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Pet of the Week............13

Police Reports................15

Sound Off.....................17

Puzzles..........................24

Going Rate....................27

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at Silver Cross Hospital and more tests have yet to come back.

•All coronavirus coverage is updated as of March 23.

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Four inpatients test positive for the

coronavirus at Silver Cross Hospital

sean hastings, Editor

Four inpatients at Silver

Cross Hospital have tested

positive for COVID-19, according

to an email sent by

President/CEO Ruth Colby

on March 23.

In the same email received

March 23, it states

that Silver Cross has tested

138 patients to date, with

51 of those coming back

negative. It is awaiting the

results of 83 others. The

email also states that it has

29 persons under investigation

in-house

One positive testing patient

has discharged, the

email states.

Silver Cross received its

first positive test on March

18.

An email sent on March

19 stated that Silver Cross

received a shipment of

N95 and paper masks.

N95 masks can be reused

throughout a shift.

Colby’s email sent on

March 23 stated that more

masks are to be donated.

The hospital announced

that beginning March 18,

it is not allowing visitors

in any area of the hospital,

which includes inpatient,

outpatient and the emergency

department. The public

will not be allowed to wait

in the hospital lobby.

However, limited exceptions

will be made for single

visitors over the age of

18 to pediatric, end-of-life

and critically ill patients,

which will be determined

on a case-by-case basis, the

email states. Patients in the

Mother Baby Unit may have

one visitor, as well. While in

Labor and Delivery, patients

may have one partner and

one doula if needed.

Also starting March 18,

the hospital will be screening

all that enter the hospital

at all four locations:

the emergency department,

main lobby entrance, Pavilion

A/B and the cancer

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center.

Those that fail the screening

will be given a mask and

asked to return to their car

and drive to the ambulance

bay near the negative pressure

room where they will

be met by staff wearing protective

equipment, the email

stated.

The building’s main

lobby hours changed from

6 a.m.-10 p.m. to 8 a.m.-6

p.m. There will also be a

checkpoint located in the

corridor between the hospital

and Pavilion A.

The Outpatient Endoscopy

Center, Pulmonary

Function Lab, Cardiac Rehabilitation

Phases II and

III, Pulmonary Rehabilitation

and the Sleep Lab are

of the outpatient services

temporarily suspended.

The hospital created a

negative pressure unit to

care for potential COV-

ID-19 patients. The unit is

currently unoccupied.

First death related to COVID-19

in Will County reported by State

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

A case of COVID-19

has led to a death in Will

County, the Illinois Department

of Health announced

March 19.

As of press time Monday,

March 23, the total

deaths in the state related

to the illness were nine.

Currently, the IDPH is

reporting a total of 1,049

cases in Illinois, 21 of

which have been reported

in Will County.

Will County Executive

Larry Walsh on March 16

issued a Proclamation of a

Disaster for Will County

via email in relation to

the COVID-19 outbreak

across the county. This

proclamation will activate

the county’s emergency

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the residents during this

time, according to the

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NL native making motorcycle trip around the world

Sean Hastings, Editor

David Smith, a New

Lenox native and 2010

graduate of Lincoln-Way

Central, has known he

wanted to do a big trip and

adventure since he was in

the Naval Academy. And

when he was active duty,

he would lay in his bunk

and dream of what that trip

would be.

The trip was going to be

on a motorcycle. Some of

the inspiration came from

a book from the ’70s called

“Jupiter’s Travels.”

Just a few years later, that

trip has begun. Smith embarked

on his motorcycle

March 4 from “his backyard”

in Washington D.C.,

where he currently lives.

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be poetic. But when I was

getting discharged and the

time of year, I didn’t want

to push it off.”

The trip is to help raise

awareness for military

mental health and suicide

prevention. He said that every

duty station he was at,

there was some form of self

harm or suicide.

He is teaming up with

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“I didn't hear about them

when I was active duty,”

Smith said. “I think there

are a lot of people who

could [benefit] from hearing

about them. There are a

lot of people in my network

who are active duty.”

Smith got out of the military

Nov. 1. He served as a

Navy Officer and graduated

from the United States Naval

Academy at Annapolis

with a degree in mechanical

engineering in 2014.

Smith is giving himself

12-18 months to finish the

entire trip in which he will

ride across more than 20

countries.

In planning his trip,

Smith spent more time

planning in the other counties

since he is not as familiar.

In the U.S., he said he

has it planned out, but also

dropped pins on places he

wanted to see and “connected

the dots.”

The support he has received

is far more than

what he expected.

“I’ve been completely

blown away by the response

Pictured is New Lenox native David Smith. Photos

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David Smith took this picture of his bike while he was in

Charleston, South Carolina.

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said. “It’s been 1,000 times

more than what I expected.

People I haven't talked to

in years have reached out.

The guy I stayed with in

Charleston, South Carolina,

just posted an Instagram

story saying it's cool to see

someone pony up and go

do their dream. People have

been sharing stuff, too.”

At first, Smith did not

think the coronavirus was

going to hinder his trip too

much, but the last couple

weeks ended up doing that.

He has rerouted around cities,

but is still pushing forward

with the adventure.

Once he makes his way

across the United States, he

is shipping the bike to Australia

where he will then

ride across. Refer to the

map to track his trip.

He added that he has

learned about the best way

to take the trip across Australia

and has had friends,

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LWSRA provides timeline, answers questions about participant who tested positive for COVID-19

Joe Coughlin, Publisher

Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association provided

additional information

March 18 about a situation

involving one of its participants

who tested positive

for COVID-19 after taking

part in three events in early

March, in response to questions

the organization said

it has received since publicly

addressing the situation

March 16.

LWSRA issued a letter

March 18, offering a timeline,

message from the parent

of the Cook County resident

who reportedly tested

positive for COVID-19 and

answers to some frequently

asked questions about the

situation. It can be viewed

in full at lwsra.org/assets/

LWSRA-COVID-19-updates-3-18-2020.pdf.

The timeline says the

participant may have come

in contact with someone

at Elim Christian Services

in Crestwood who tested

positive for the coronavirus,

though the letter from

LWSRA emphasizes this

has not been confirmed.

That LWSRA participant

then attended a Shamrock

Shuffle event March 6 at

the Orland Park Civic Center,

spending 20 minutes

around 6 p.m. at the LWS-

RA facility.

Nabeha Zegar, Orland

Park’s communications

manager said the Village is

aware of the participant’s

attendance as the Shamrock

Shuffle and has notified

participants who were

in attendance at the event.

Then, on March 8 the

participants attended a Chicago

Wolves game, as part

of an LWSRA program,

during which the group sat

in Section 116; Rows P, Q

and R; Seats 1-7. And on

March 9, the individual was

part of an LWSRA program

at Thunderbowl in Mokena.

LWSRA said the bowling

alley also was notified.

According to the participant’s

family, the individual

did not show symptoms

of COVID-19 until March

12, and LWSRA said it was

not aware at that time. The

person tested positive for

the coronavirus at Northwestern

Hospital in Chicago,

as previously reported.

On March 13, the association

said it canceled programs,

and cleaned buses

and vehicles, unaware that

an individual was infected

but to address growing

coronavirus concerns.

LWSRA received notice

of the positive coronavirus

test on March 16. It closed

the rec center that day, according

to the letter, and

staff started to notify people.

“We have notified families,

other participants, staff

members — everybody we

know of who worked with

this individual,” LWSRA

Executive Director Keith

Wallace said March 16.

“We are following all of the

protocols in place right now

by the CDC and even going

above and beyond that.”

He noted he contacted

State and county health departments,

as well.

LWSRA confirmed in the

letter that the participant

was on buses, which were

sanitized after the March 6

and March 8 events. Daily

sanitizing started March 13

in an effort to be “proactive,”

according to LWS-

RA.

LWSRA said no one on

its staff has been experiencing

symptoms. The letter

also notes the participant

did not take part in a

March 9 lunch, but was on

the bus the day prior to that

program going out. It also

notes LWSRA moved a

polling place and canceled

a board meeting “in the best

interest of the community.”

The parent told LWSRA

the participant has had a

“mild case” up until this

point, showing a fever

March 12 and a cough

that is “nearly gone” as of

March 18.

The Q&A adds that

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LWSRA will not provide

participant information, but

anyone who thinks their

children have directly contacted

the individual should

self-isolate for 14 days and

monitor for symptoms. .

LWSRA’s building and

buses are to be cleaned

and sanitized the week of

March 27

The LWSRA is a nonprofit

organization that

serves those with mental

and physical disabilities

through athletic, social and

educational programming.

LWSRA programming is

suspended through April 5,

and its offices until March

30, in accordance with

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention guidelines.

Managing Editor Bill Jones

contributed to this report

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New Lenox residents finding

fun ways to handle life amid

coronavirus isolation at home

Sean Hastings, Editor

One week through the

coronavirus pandemic,

children are out of school,

some are out of work, but

everyone is forced to make

small changes to the way

they live.

While there is a lot of

negativity in the world,

many New Lenox residents

have found the silver lining

in a lot of it and have created

positivity.

I made a post on Facebook

to see how New

Lenox residents were handling

everything. Many responses

were nice, though

some have obviously been

affected by this.

HIRING

School positivity

For starters, children are

not allowed to be in school.

But many families have

praised the work teachers

have done in E-Learning

and how great it has been.

One New Lenox child

created his own school. Liz

Balek shared a photo on

Facebook of her son, Carter

with a handmade sign.

Another New Lenox

residen,t Serena Marie,

commented: “Working hard

on excellent elearning activities

set up by 122. I have

kids at three schools and

everyone has been wonderful!

Doing that while teaching

my own classes at a different

high school district!

Clearly, our pets are enjoying

us being home.”

Katie Craven-Strein

commented how she loves

how the learning programs

are offering free resources

so students can continue to

learn.

“The schools did an

amazing job communicating

lessons with parents,”

she added.

And other parents appreciate

the availability teachers

have shown.

“Many of our local teachers

have said to contact

them if parents need help.

Yay, teachers,” Michelle

Lampert-McGreal commented.

Supporting local restaurants

One thing that has remained

consistent across

town is the support residents

have shown local restaurants.

Priscilla Hook commented

that her family moved to

New Lenox last fall.

Like many did, she had

a cruise canceled because

Carter Balek poses for a photo at his “school.” Photo

Submitted

of the pandemic, so she has

been doing different tasks

around the house that have

been put off, as well as supporting

local restaurants.

“We plan to carry out

from our New Lenox

faves...Gina’s, Williamson’s,

Beggars, and going

to try others,” she

commented. “I try to stay

positive and hope we get

through this unscathed as a

community. Our best to you

and yours!”

Kevin Molloy State Farm

and the White Wave Property

team in Manhattan

teamed up to supply students

grades 1-12 a hot dog

and drink lunch from the

Manhattan Creamery every

Wednesday while schools

are closed.

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Despite some bickering

about how people are handling

themselves in grocery

stores with buying too

much toilet paper, too many

water bottles or whatever

it may be, the majority of

communication has been

supportive.

Younger residents are

buying for the elderly and

making shopping trips for

mothers with infants at

home, just to name a few.

“I love how people are

thanking others,” Ellen

Gengo commented. “Appreciating

what they are

doing in the community

whether it’s a health worker

or a stock person. People

have offered to help or shop

for elderly or others at high

risk. It’s amazing to see

how our community has

stepped up and looked out

for each other.”

Patty Deiters commented

saying she saw a post about

a desperate mother in need

of baby wipes and Tylenol

for a sick baby and within

minutes people responded

offering to help.

“I think people are willing

to help each other and

are generous so we can all

get through this,” Deiters

commented.

Please see isolation, 14

Getting through it

NL residents making the best of current

situations

This photo comes from New Lenox resident Kate Hinkle

as she took her daughters, Hazel, 4, and Zelda, 2, on

their own unique St. Patrick’s Day Parade on March 17.

photos submitted

This photo comes from New Lenox resident Clementina

Garcia. Garcia’s oldest daughter, Ricara, 5, cut her own

hair and her 2-year-old sister, Korin’s, hair on their

first day of quarantine March 18. She shared the photo

in hopes that it will make others laugh during these

difficult times.

This photo comes

from Donna Bradley

who took her

grandson, Jake

Baldauf, on a walk at

the McKinley Preserve

in Channahon to look

for pelicans. Jake told

his grandma that it felt

good and peaceful to

get away from all the

craziness.


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The last week has been

anything but normal, especially

for some restaurants

that are used to having

their establishments filled

each night.

But with the lockdown

of all bars and restaurants,

delivery for non-delivery

restaurants and curbside

pickup has had to become

the new norm.

Though with the interesting

circumstances, the

response the community

has given has warmed the

hearts of the local business

owners and employees.

Gatto’s owner, Frank

Gatto, is one of those local

owners.

“It’s been a bit humbling

because right before [the

State] closed us down, a

lot of people were talking

about being in to support,”

Gatto said.

And having the changes,

it has forced most restaurants

to not employ their

entire staffs at the time.

But extra generosity

from the community has

helped continue to pay the

ones not working.

“It’s been incredible,”

Gatto said. “In Orland, I

had a person come in and

leave 100 bucks on the bar

for the staff. One girl from

the New Lenox Police Department

ordered food to

go and she left 100 bucks.”

Gatto added how usually

it’s the community asking

if he will help out with

an event, or help sponsor

something and how he is

happy to do it, but now it

is reversed.

“We’re all having to adjust,”

he said. “I think the

customers have just been

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Another local business

that has felt the support is

Arrowhead Ales Brewing

Company.

“New Lenox is really

stepping up and even the

surrounding areas like Mokena

and Frankfort have

been sending messages

asking what we are featuring.

I didn’t expect that,”

Arrowhead general manager

Gina Dizonno said.

“We’re making sure everything

is clean and safe.

“We’re just thankful for

the continued support,”

she said

Through the first week,

Arrowhead has created

different specials including

slabs of ribs and family

chicken dinners. Both

dishes are of limited quantity.

Follow Arrowhead on

Facebook to keep up with

the specials. It has a limited

regular menu for items

that will travel well.

And being a brewery,

there are some people who

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From Page 3

the spread of the virus.

Although Illinois is on a

stay at home order, essential

businesses including

grocery stores, gas stations,

doctor offices and

pharmacies will remain

open. Restaurants will

also continue with delivery

and curbside pickup

services.

The Will County Health

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and friends of friends, reach

out to him and offer a place

to stay while he is out there.

Smith’s father, Dave

Smith Sr., is planning on

joining his son on the India

to Mumbai leg of the trip.

come in just for the beer,

but Arrowhead has togo

beer options.

“You’re going to be

stuck at home and I’ve actually

seen a lot of people

who are doing conference

calls and having a beer

with friends and that has

been really nice to see

Arrowhead’s beers,” Dizonno

said.

And aside from food,

Arrowhead is also helping

families with children pass

time with different coloring

sheets of the beer’s

labels.

“I thought that myself

being a parent, and seeing

how many families come

in daily and weekly and I

thought we should be able

to provide a little change

up from the daily routine,”

Dizonno said. “The weather

hasn’t been great, either

so this gives them something

to do. They know the

label and the character.”

The White Horse Inn

Department is recommending

the following

actions be taken for those

who feel they may have

been exposed to the coronavirus:

• Isolate yourself and

self-monitor for the

symptoms. This includes

taking your temperature

three times daily (morning,

afternoon, evening)

to check for a fever, along

with watching for other

symptoms such as cough

and shortness of breath.

“This is huge,” Smith

Sr. said. “I’m extremely

proud of the boy. He is an

amazing individual. He has

not failed on anything he’s

wanted to do.”

Smith Sr. has never had a

chance to ride with his son,

he said.

He gave it up when

has been a staple in New

Lenox for years and over

the last couple, has had an

expanded dining room and

offers a full menu of food.

The White Horse has

also been offering 20 percent

off all orders and all

gratuity is getting split

among the entire staff.

“[The community] has

been so generous,” manager

Debbie Burke said. “I

keep telling everyone that

I am so proud of the clientele.

Our customers are

family and they have been

so supportive.”

Burke added that the bar

has its regulars that come

in after work and even

though they cannot dine in

right now, are still picking

up food to go.

The whole experience

has been overwhelming —

in a good way.

“We go outside and

talk to them and were so

overwhelmed in thanking

them,” she said. “There

Smith was 1 or 2 years old

and his son started riding in

2017.

For those interested in

following along with his

trip, follow him on Instagram

@westwardmoto or

at westwardmoto.com. At

press time, he was in Texas.

“It happened fast. It’s

have been tears in my

eyes. The community has

been wonderful.”

Burke added that it has

also shown how close the

community is, especially

in these times. On St. Patrick’s

Day, she said they

were not serving corned

beef, but knew that Tom

Kelly’s was and sent a customer

there who asked.

The White Horse offered

a limited menu on the first

day of the lockdown, but

has expanded to its entire

menu.

Burke also wanted to

give a personal thanks to

the customers and says she

is known as “the hugger.”

There are many restaurants

that have felt the

same support and will

need the continued support

while Illinois is on lockdown.

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• If you do have these

symptoms, you are asked

to phone your medical

provider for an examination,

as your medical

provider is the one who

knows you and your family’s

medical conditions

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of time, as your provider

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Incumbent Foster wins Democratic nomination in D11 primary

Sean Hastings, Editor

With 224 of 224 precincts

across Will, Kane

and Cook Counties reported,

incumbent Congressman

Bill Foster won

the nomination for the

Democratic party for the

11th U.S. Congressional

District.

As of press time, Foster

received

26,106 votes

(57 percent)

while Rachel

Ventura

received

19,3563

votes (43

percent),

according to the unofficial

results from the Will

County Clerk’s Office and

Cook County Clerk’s Office.

Foster has held office

in the 11th District since

2013. Ventura had been a

Will County Board member

for District 9 since

2018.

“I’m very grateful to the

people that I have been

representing for years,”

Foster said. “It is an honor

9

NL library’s referendum passes, services to increase

Sean Hastings, Editor

With 21 of 21 precincts

in Will County reporting,

the New Lenox Public Library’s

tax referendum is

passed with 3,741 (57 percent)

“yes” votes to 2,857

(43 percent) “no” votes,

according to the unofficial

results from the Will

Foster

County Clerk’s Office.

The library recently paid

off its construction bonds

and would no longer be

collecting that tax, which

allowed to use the same tax

rate and have it redirected

address maintenance.

The “yes” vote means

hours will be extended

during the week, the

building will be open on

Sundays, expand services

and address maintenance

needs around the building.

The current tax rate was

for a building 19 percent

of the size of the current

one. This is the first voterapproved

operational tax

9

rate increase since 1946.

“My first thought was ‘I

wish we could have been

together to celebrate,’” Director

Michelle Krooswyk

said. “Some were planning

to hangout and watch together

as the results came

in.”

Homer’s Fricilone wins

Republican nomination in

Congressional D3 primary

Thomas Czaja,

Contributing Editor

when you’re reelected.

“There’s a long list of

unfinished business. We

need to strengthen health

care, we need to stand up

for science and public policy

and climate change.”

Foster also thanked the

voters who went and voted

amid coronavirus concerns.

Homer

Glen resident

and

Will County

Board

Minority

Leader and Fricilone

District 7

Member Mike Fricilone

won the Republican nomination

for the United States

Congressional District 3

race on Tuesday, March 17,

in the Primary Election.

Fricilone secured a total

of 9,253 votes (57.60

percent), with Catherine

O’Shea a distant second at

5,198 votes (32.35 percent)

and Arthur Jones at 1,613

votes (10.04 percent), according

to unofficial re-

9

sults from the Board of

Election Commissioners

for the City of Chicago, as

well as clerks’ offices from

suburban Cook, Will and

DuPage counties. These

numbers are still with precincts

not yet reported for

suburban Cook County

and one precinct not yet

reported for the Board of

Election Commissioners

for the City of Chicago, as

of Wednesday, March 18.

Fricilone tweeted on

election night from his

Fricilone For Congress

@FriciloneMike Twitter

handle saying, “Thank you

to everyone that voted for

me! We have won Illinois’

3rd Congressional District

Please see library, 15 Please see fricilone, 15

Laib wins U.S. Congressional D11

Republican nomination primary

Sean Hastings, Editor

With 150

of 150 precincts

across

Will, Kane

and Cook

Counties reported,

Rick

Laib won the

Republican

Laib

nomination for 11th U.S.

Congressional District.

As of press time, Laib

received 7,485 votes (58

percent). His challenger,

Krishna Bansal received

5,326 votes (42 percent)

of the vote, according to

9

the unofficial results from

the Will, Cook and Kane

County Clerk’s Offices.

“I’m very grateful [for

the voters],” he said. “Not

a lot of people waited until

today and some did and

that’s fine too. I’m glad

they came out and the

county clerks went out of

their way to make everyone

comfortable.”

Laib also said he felt

things moved quickly

through the primary and

he stuck to his message

of pro-life, pro Second

Amendment and pro free

market.

Newman upsets Lipinski in Congressional D3 Democratic primary

TJ Kremer III

Contributing Editor

Joyce wins Democratic nomination in March primary for Senate D40

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Incumbent State Sen.

Patrick Joyce is set to

Democratic challenger

Marie Newman is projected

to unseat longtime Congressman

Daniel Lipinski

for her party’s nomination

for the 3rd U.S. Congressional

District.

As of press time, Newman

led

Lipinski by

an unofficial

vote count

of 38,338 to

35,213, according

to

data from Newman

the Cook,

Will and DuPage County

Clerks’ Offices, as well

advance to the general

election after winning the

Democratic primary for

State Senate District 40

on Tuesday, March 17,

as the Board of Election

Commissioners for the

City of Chicago.

Newman received

34,307 votes in suburban

Cook County and Chicago,

while Lipinski took in

32,447 votes in suburban

Cook County and Chicago.

In Will County, Newman

tallied 3,937 votes

according to unofficial

results from the clerk’s

offices of Will, Grundy,

Kankakee and Cook counties.

9

with 43 out of 43 precincts

reporting, while Lipinski

managed to collect 2,723

votes, according to the

Will County Clerk’s Office.

Lipinski had held the office

since 2005.

Lipinski narrowly beat

Newman in the 2018 Democratic

primary.

9

In the primary, Joyce

emerged with a significant

lead over his three chal-

Please see joyce, 12


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joyce

From Page 11

lengers, winning 11,103

votes and approximately

47 percent of the overall

vote. Lori Wilcox was

second with 6,319 votes,

Monica Gordon third with

4,678 votes and Marta

Perales in last place with

1,612 votes.

In Will County, with all

precincts reporting, Joyce

was in the lead with 2,605

votes, followed by Wilcox

with 1,404 votes, Gordon

with 893 votes and Perales

with 428 votes.

Joyce was appointed to

fill the State Senate District

40 seat in November

after former State Sen. Toi

Hutchinson was chosen

to oversee Illinois’ recreational

cannabis program.

on election night.

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New Lenox organizations handling coronavirus concerns

Submitted by the Village

of New Lenox

Community leaders

came together March 16

to share information on

service changes and other

policy implementations

regarding their individual

entities as it pertains to the

Coronavirus/COVID-19.

Any general COVID-19

related service issue questions

can be directed to

covid@newlenox.net or

covid19@newlenox.net.

Silver Cross Hospital

Most importantly, if you

feel you may be experiencing

symptoms of the CO-

VID-19 virus, contact your

primary health doctor. Do

not come to the emergency

room because you may

have flu-like symptoms.

Your doctor will ask you

specific questions to determine

if a test is needed.

Please see the COVID-19

Testing Decision Matrix

The hospital can collect

samples and submit for

testing only with the approval

of the Department

of Public Health.

This is not an airborne

virus. The virus spreads

through droplets from an

infected person.

Maintain a 6-foot distance

when possible. Continually

wash your hands,

cough and sneeze into your

elbow, don’t touch your

face and stay home if you

feel sick.

Restrictions are in place

for patient hospital visits.

Refer to the Silver Cross

Hospital website for restrictions.

Use approved

bleach substances

to clean all surfaces.

silvercross.org

Support your local

businesses!

• Purchase gift cards

• Schedule services

• Order carryout and

delivery from local

restaurants

We're all in this together -

support your local businesses!

Village of New Lenox

The village encourages

you to use online services

when appropriate. Please

utilize our dropbox for water

bill payments.

Non-essential services

will be conducted remotely

when possible. Water

meter installations will be

temporarily suspended.

newlenox.net.

Mayor Tim Baldermann

announced in a message

addressed on March 18

that Triple Play Concert

Series tickets will no longer

go on sale April 4.

New Lenox Police

The safety and protection

of our residents will

never be compromised.

That being said, keeping

our first responders healthy

is especially critical at this

time. Any non-essential

calls for service that can be

handled by telephone, will

take place. If you need to

see a police officer in person,

please advise the dispatcher

if you or anyone

in your household is experiencing

any symptoms of

COVID-19. All non-essential

programs will be cancelled

until further notice.

This also applies to any

of our Safe Community

Programs. Additionally,

Senator Mike Hastings is

working with our first responders

to make sure they

have enough protective

gear. newlenox.net

New Lenox Fire

The safety and protection

of our residents will

never be compromised.

That being said, keeping

our first responders healthy

is especially critical at this

time. If you need an ambulance

or fire service, please

advise the dispatcher if you

or anyone in your household

is experiencing any

symptoms of COVID-19.

All non-essential programs

will be canceled until further

notice. Additionally,

Senator Mike Hastings is

working with our first responders

to make sure they

have enough protective

gear. nlfire.com

Lincoln Way School District

210

The districts central offices

will be open from

7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. until

further notice. The District

is following the Governor’s

ban on gatherings (sports/

clubs/activities held at

High Schools) for this time.

Please see the district website

for the most current information.

lw210.org

New Lenox School District

122

To contact the District,

please use the following

main office line at

(815)-485-2169 during the

hours of 8:00 a.m.-3:00pm

Monday-Friday. As of this

date, all school activities

and other activities held at

school buildings are cancelled

until April 6. Please

see the district website for

the most current information.

nlsd122.org

New Lenox Township

All meetings being held

at the Township Senior

Building are cancelled

until further notice. The

township food pantry may

be in need of volunteers

as well as additional food

items. Please contact them

directly if you feel you

can be of assistance. This

could include high school

students that are off during

this extended break. new

lenox.org

New Lenox Public Library

The building will be

closed to the public until at

least April 6.

Due dates for all items

will be extended until

April 13, and no fines/fees

will be assessed during that

time. People are encouraged

to keep their items

until April 13. Donations

will not be accepted. For

information regarding online

library services, signing

up for a digital library

card and other library updates

can be found at new

lenoxlibrary.org

New Lenox Community

Park District

The park district will

be closed for all activities

until April 6. This is for all

programs, including childcare.

The Park District will

continue to follow School

District 122 and 210 protocols

in emergency closing.

newlenoxparks.org

Providence Catholic High

School

The High School will be

closed through March 30.

This includes all activities.

providencecatholic.org

St. Jude School

The school will be

closed through March 30.

This includes Religious

Education classes and the

Fish Fry. Information regarding

church services

can be found on the website

as well. stjude.org

New Lenox Chamber of

Commerce

Many local daycare providers

are following the

Governor’s shut down of

March 30.

Ivy League Kids Mokena

This daycare provider

has said they have room for

additional children. Please

contact them for information.

ivyleaguekids.org

The Will County Health

Department has provided a

hotline for questions: (815)

740-8977


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Following the first day of

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Board of Education was

happy to report positive

feedback from parents and

students.

E-Learning and purchase of

technology

Students logged in March

17 morning to begin their

first round of E-Learning

exercises to continue their

course work, though most

were adequately prepared.

The district had prepared E-

Learning exercises back in

November in case of snow

days, and their early efforts

have proved beneficial to

students as well as other

districts in the area, who

have taken careful notes on

the work prepared by District

122.

“I feel we are very prepared

for this situation,

even though we never anticipated

it,” said Dr. Peggy

Manville, district superintendent.

As the days between

March 17 and April 6 are

deemed “Act of God” days

by the Illinois State Board

of Education, the days will

not need to be made up at

the end of the year. Eight

total days of E-Learning

are planned, with Friday,

March 27 being scheduled

as an institute day, so no E-

Learning will take place.

A few hiccups did happen

with logging in on the

first day, as some of the

school websites experienced

slowdowns due to

unusually high traffic. To

prevent this, a “splash”

page is being designed to

draw web traffic away from

the school websites and

prevent slowdown frustrations

upon logging in.

The board as a whole

commended parents for

their continued support

during this unprecedented

shift to digital learning.

“I’m impressed by our

parents, it seems like everyone

is taking it in stride,”

board member Aaron

Raatjes said.

The board then approved

the purchase of a new set

of iPads and laptops for

$1,671,889 to enhance E-

Learning. Business Manager

Robert Groos gave an

update on the districts budget,

explaining that they

had garnered $56.3 million

in revenue and have spent

$55.6 million of that, so the

technology purchase would

be a fitting investment.

Additionally, the board

added that Spring Break

would take place as usual

beginning March 30, with

standard classes resuming

on April 6, given the duration

of E-Learning is not

expanded. Manville also

discussed the response to

IAR testing, which has not

officially been suspended

yet, though there are talks

to either delay the tests or

forgo them for the year.

Other business

• The board approved

a contract with Indicom

Electric, as well as a milk

contract with Clover Leaf

and a food service contract

with Quest.

• The board approved

one-year administrator

contracts for three assistant

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One New Lenox resident

is operating her own online

garage sale and donating

the money to her family’s

favorite restaurant: El Cortez

in Mokena.

Julie Harris said the idea

just came to her.

Harris is a teacher so is

stuck at home for the time

being.

“I’m a teacher and off

and one of our plans is to

kill time and get the house

in order,” she said. We’re

going to be empty nesters

soon. Going through some

of the stuff, we found some

old longaberger baskets.”

She said she is going to

find more items around the

house that could be sold to

help out the employees at

El Cortez.

“We go once a week and

our servers are like family,”

she said. “They know our

orders and we enjoy going

there. It’s horrific. We went

up there [March 16] afternoon

and we left our servers

a tip and it’s been on my

mind since.”

She said she is going to

keep the garage sale going

for as long as she can.

“They are always so

sweet and the man who is

the owner,” she said. They

are just our friends and they

are the first people that I

thought of.”


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Police Reports

Arizona woman arrested

after attempted attack on

officer, striking a nurse

Kyleigh Kennedy, 21,

2897 Highway 24, Camden,

Arizona, was arrested

for DUI and aggravated

battery on March 14. Police

said an officer was

dispatched to Route 30 and

Old Hickory Road to investigate

a traffic accident.

Occupants from both vehicles

had to be transported

to Silver Cross Hospital

for treatment, police said.

The officer continued to

investigate at the hospital

and learned that Kennedy

was driving under the influence

of drugs at the time

of the crash. While at the

hospital, Kennedy reportedly

charged at the officer

and attempted to strike the

officer. Kennedy had to

be restrained and struck a

nurse during the attack.

March 15

• Three male subjects reportedly

stole more than

$600 worth of electronics

from Walmart, 501 E. Lincoln

Highway.

March 13

• Kaile Rudy, 32, 235 Elm

St., Frankfort, was charged

with retail theft. Police

said an officer met with

the employee/complainant

and learned that Rudy purchased

several items at the

self-checkout, but had several

items concealed in her

purse which she had not

purchased. Rudy attemptd

to leave the store with approximately

$120 worth

of clothing and clearning

products.

March 12

• A resident in the 600

block of Gibbons Drive

reportedly had their front

passenger window of their

vehicle broken while it

was parked in their driveway

overnight.

March 9

• A male subject reportedly

stole more than $40 worth

of alcohol from Jewel, 475

Nelson Road.

• A resident in the 1900

block of Heatherway Lane

reportedly had a package

stolen off their front porch.

• A resident reportedly had

their personal information

and numerous fraudulent

lines of credit were

opened.

• Dva M. Sullivan, 27,

1106 Gardener St., Joliet,

was charged with retail

theft. Sullivan reportedly

purchased several items

at the self-checkout line at

Walmart, 501 E. Lincoln

Highway, but intentionally

didn’t scan several

other items. She attempted

to leave the store with the

unpaid items valued at approximately

$10. Sullivan

also had an outstanding

Will County Warrant out

for her arrest for failure to

appear in court on a traffic

offense.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

New Lenox Patriot’s Police

Reports are compiled from

official reports found online

on the New Lenox Police

Department’s website or

releases issued by the department

and other agencies.

Anyone listed in these reports

is considered to be innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.

Man arrested for recording up unaware teenage girl’s dress

Sean Hastings, Editor

A Tinley Park man was

arrested at Target in New

Lenox for allegedly recording

a video up a teenage juvenile

girl’s skirt March 13.

David A. Grzeslo, 49,

19330 Carrick Way, Tinley

Park, was arrested by New

Lenox police. Police said

the incident happened at

approximately 3:20 p.m.

fricilone

From Page 11

Republican Primary! Full

speed ahead to victory in

November! #IL03”

First elected to the Will

County Board in 2012,

Fricilone, 65, had said

prior to the primary he

ran to uphold Republican

values, noting Jones, a

self-avowed neo-Nazi and

Holocaust denier, had also

run in the same primary in

2018, then unopposed and

ultimately representing the

party. Despite Jones’ extremist

views, he was still

able to garner roughly 10

library

From Page 11

She added that they are

“over the moon” excited.

“Even with the CO-

VID-19 going on, the

community came out we

were beyond grateful for

the support,” she said.

“I’m still in shock. It’s

been months and years of

planning. It’s good working

with community and

From March 16

Grzeslo

was charged

with one

felony count

of unauthorized

video

recording.

Grzeslo Grzeslo

was held on

$5,000 bond and was released

after posting bail.

Police said that Grzeslo

aimed his cellphone

percent of the overall vote

in this year’s primary.

Fricilone earned 3,110

votes (73.80 percent) in

Will County, outpacing opponents

Catherine O’Shea,

who had 783 votes (18.58

percent), and Jones, who

finished with 321 votes

(7.62 percent), with all 43

precincts reporting, according

to unofficial results

from the Will County

Clerk’s Office.

The highest number

of votes was in suburban

Cook County, where with

249 of 252 precincts reporting,

Fricilone captured

5,096 votes, good for 54.34

fellow organizations We

want to be connected with

everyone. We can do more

outreach. We can serve

them more.”

The only downfall, she

said, is that the benefits

of the referendum passing

will not come in until

May 2021 because of the

levy process. Though, the

library will begin to tackle

smaller and immediate

projects by dipping into

its reserves, as well as try

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percent. O’Shea had 3,280

votes (34.98 percent) and

Jones 1,002 votes (10.68

percent) there.

The Board of Election

Commissioners for

the City or Chicago, with

202 out of 203 precincts

reporting, had O’Shea

with 1,125 votes or 46.18

percent, with Fricilone at

1,025 votes or 42.08 percent

and Jones at 286 votes

or 11.74 percent.

Finally, in DuPage County,

Fricilone had 22 votes

(61.11 percent), O’Shea 10

votes (27.78 percent) and

Jones with 4 votes (11.11

percent) with all precincts

to open one Sunday per

month.

“We can visibly show

the public that we are committing

to the promises

that we made,” she said.

Staff from the library

spoke at approximately 25

different community gatherings

to get the message

across. Krooswyk and

other staffers could not

tell people how to vote,

but could tell voters the affects

that voting yes or no

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under the dress of the unaware

teenage girl in the

store. The teen’s

friend witnessed the

act, police said. The

girl was above the age of

15, but below 18, police

said.

After meeting with

the girl, the witness and

store security, officers located

Grzeslo in the store.

He was taken into custody

and evidence was

recovered from the store

and his cellphone which

supported the complaint

made by the witness, police

said.

“We’re just thankful that

the witness was observative

and notified a store

employee who called us,”

Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini

said.

reporting there.

Fricilone will now take

on progressive Marie

Newman come November,

who upset longtime

incumbent Dan Lipinski

on the Democratic side of

the Congressional District

3 primary.

All election results are

considered unofficial until

a canvassing of votes is

completed, and absentee,

provisional and grace period

ballots are counted.

Congressional District 3

includes all or portions of

Orland Park, Tinley Park,

Homer Glen, Lockport and

New Lenox.

would have.

“It’s a good thing that I

am a library director because

I love advocating

for us and letting people

know we are more than

just books,” Krooswyk

said. “We are a place to

meet. We are a center of

the community.”

It has taken lots of planning,

but Krooswyk said

she and the rest of the staff

is excited to know which

direction they are headed.


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FROM THE MOKENA MESSENGER

Medical group offers

drive-up coronavirus

testing

Family First Medical

Group, with offices in Mokena

and Evergreen Park,

has begun offering people

drive-up testing for the

coronavirus.

Testing begins with a

phone consultation, followed

by a video screening,

according to Ryan

Dawson, marketing director

for Family First.

Should a physical test be

recommended, patients are

scheduled for a drive-up

appointment, where they

are first given a flu swab,

the results of which take

8-10 minutes, Dawson

said.

If that flu swab comes

back negative, then patients

are administered a

COVID-19 swab, which

takes roughly 48 hours

for results to come back,

Dawson said. COVID-19

is the disease caused by

the coronavirus.

Patients enrolled in

Family First’s in-network

health insurance plans

typically have their costs

covered through their insurance

policies; however,

those outside of the network

also can be tested by

paying out of pocket.

Family First also works

with Women’s Healthcare

of Illinois.

The group’s founder, Dr.

David Beckmann, understood

the need for quick

testing while maintaining

the safety of patients

who have to come into the

group’s offices, according

to Dawson, and so began

the drive-up testing on

Monday, March 16.

Those interested in setting

up a phone consultation

should begin by calling

Family First at (708)

572-7575, or Women’s

Healthcare of Illinois at

(708) 425-1907.

For more information,

visit www.yourffmg.com

and www.whcillinois.com.

Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Editor. For more, visit Moke

naMessengerDaily.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Virtual gallery lets

residents appreciate area

artists from home

The Frankfort Arts Association’s

downtown

gallery may be temporarily

closed, but community

members can still enjoy local

artists’ work by visiting

the organization’s newlylaunched

digital gallery.

The association’s latest

exhibition, titled “Treasures,”

challenged artists

to create artwork with a focus

on something valuable

to them. Originally slated

to run March 8 through

April 25 at the physical

gallery, the exhibition has

since moved to an online

format at frankfortartsassociation.org/treasuresexhibit.

Frankfort Arts Association

board member Katie

Stempniak said the organization’s

leadership opted

to create the digital gallery

in an effort to help “flatten

the curve” by reducing potential

community spread

of COVID-19.

Nearly three dozen artists

from Frankfort and

surrounding communities

contributed work to the

juried exhibition. The submissions

include photography,

sculptures, paintings,

pastels and jewelry,

Stempniak said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank

fortStationDaily.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Tinley police chief warns

residents at-home

coronavirus testing ‘does

not exist’

Some recent Facebook

postings surrounding coronavirus

concerns have

warned the public that

scammers are going doorto-door,

claiming they are

authorized to administer

at-home tests.

Tinley Park Police Chief

Matthew Walsh said the

police station has not received

any calls related to

it but that it is still important

to let residents know

“this does not exist.”

“Do not let people in

[your] house to be tested

for this virus because it

does not exist,” Walsh

said. “There’s not enough

kits available, and there’s

nobody that’s doing that.”

Assistant Village Manager

Pat Carr said in an

email to The Junction

that he also has not heard

of anything like this in

the area, but the Village

of Tinley Park is not testing

anyone. He added that

testings are to go through

an individual’s health care

provider.

Carr is involved in a new

volunteer initiative with

other residents to provide

assistance to those who are

at-risk individuals and the

elderly.

“What I was told was

any deliveries of food or

anything would be made

by people in uniform in a

Tinley Park marked vehicle,”

Walsh said. “Volunteers

would be making

phone calls to those that

might possibly be in need.”

Volunteers will have

proper credentials and

identification, Walsh added.

Reporting by Jacquelyn

Schlabach, Editor. For more,

visit TinleyJunctionDaily.

com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Joey’s donates roughly

500 pizzas to people

helping in Chicago area

Two Orland Park businesses

have been helping

those helping others

by making sure they are

well-fed — to the tune of

roughly 500 pizzas.

Joey’s locations in both

Orland Park and Morgan

Park teamed up with

Nick’s Painting & Decorating

Inc., of Orland Park,

to deliver the pizzas March

19 and 20 to first responders,

family shelters, city

workers, medical staff and

more in the Chicago area.

Nick Ipema, owner of

Nick’s Painting, said the

idea started with interior

designer Susan Devito,

who wanted to serve the

community during its response

to the coronavirus

pandemic. She wanted to

“be a light for those that

serve us daily,” Ipema

said.

The original plan was to

provide goods, doughnuts

and other items to people,

but Ipema started making

calls and found everyone

was short on food and had

limited supplies.

“We wanted to do something

big,” he said. “So,

I was conjuring up ways

that we could get a lot

of food, quickly and efficiently,

without taking

over a shop’s entire product

and workload.”

He turned to friends Anthony

Nardo and Nick Iozzo,

of Joey’s. And Joey’s

Pizza soon became the

topic of discussion.

“What an excellent way

to get food out to these

people,” Ipema said. “We

could stagger the deliveries

every three hours, and

I could have my guys use

our vans to deliver.”

Ipema said both Joey’s

and Nick’s are seeing a

slowdown in business, so

this effort became a way to

put their combined talents,

employees and business

tools to use.

Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor.

For more, visit OPPrai

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FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Neighborhood comes

together to provide safe,

fun activity for kids

As the world around

them stopped and people

sealed themselves inside of

their homes, one neighborhood

in Homer Glen found

a unique way to get out of

the house while practicing

social distancing.

On March 17, residents

of the Pebble Creek neighborhood

put shamrocks in

their front windows and

challenged local children

to find as many as they

can. Throughout the rest of

the week, it offered a way

for youths to get out of the

house and burn some energy.

It also gave parents a

way to get a few minutes

of relief and relaxation.

Kaitlyn Yoder, a resident

of Pebble Creek, found out

about the hunt on Facebook.

With the world slowing

down, people are coming

to terms with the fact that

some things they have enjoyed

in the past might not

be there for them as the

coronavirus continues to

spread across the country.

“This way, we still get to

kind of celebrate St. Patrick’s

Day and get out of

the house while doing it,”

said Yoder, who was wearing

a green White Sox shirt

and green socks as she

worked from home.

After the work day was

over, Yoder and her husband

took their two daughters

out hunting for shamrocks.

Reporting by Benjamin

Conboy, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon

Daily.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

D92 parents selfquarantines

after possible

exposure to coronavirus

Though there is no positive

test, a parent at Lockport’s

Ludwig School may

have been exposed to the

coronavirus at work, according

to a letter from

District 92 Superintendent

Tim Arnold.

The community letter

stated that Arnold spoke

to the parent at 10 p.m. the

evening of March 17 to

verify the status.

The Ludwig parent was

exposed to a student at the

school where the parent

teaches, and the student’s

father owns a business that

has an employee who has

been tested, but no results

are available yet.

According to Arnold,

the school district is monitoring

the student and their

family. There are no positive

test results at this time

The Ludwig parent has

been self-quarantining

and acting out of an abundance

of caution. No family

members have been

on school grounds since

March 13.

“Throughout last night

and this morning, I have

been in contact with the Illinois

Coronavirus Hotline,

the Will County [Regional

Office of Education], and

the [Chicago Department

of Public Health] to ensure

that District 92 is taking

every responsible measure

to ensure the safety of our

community,” Arnold wrote

in the letter.

D92 staff members are

being asked to stay home

as authorities assess the

situation.

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegendDaily.com.


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from the editor

New Lenox is really stepping it up

Sean Hastings

sean@newlenoxpatriot.com

I

hope that some of the

content in this week’s

edition of The Patriot

gives you a nice break

from all the negativity

that us and other news

outlets have to report on.

While some of the nice

stories came out because

of the coronavirus isolations,

I think it can bring

a smile to your face.

There’s no telling when

the pandemic will end,

so we will have to keep

reporting on it.

It is not meant to scare

the public, it is meant to

inform.

My favorite has to be

our Life and Arts cover

which is about a woman

who created a Facebook

group that allows

children to read books to

seniors in senior centers

across the country. The

group was created March

17 and has over 700

members. And lately, the

group has had seniors

reading and local teachers,

as well as musicians.

The children are excited

about it because they

get to read their favorite

books. While some may

not understand the reason

for it, they are still able

to make someone’s day

even if they don’t know

who they are.

Talk about a community

— a country for

that matter — coming

together in some trying

times to make people

happy.

I was only able to get

three into the article, but

I think they can speak

for the rest of the restaurants

in New Lenox.

While we are being told

to stay home and travel

only if necessary, we are

still supporting our local

restaurants, which is

great to see. As someone

who worked in the

restaurant industry from

ages 18-23, I know how

some of those employees

and owners are feeling.

Believe me, they truly

feel the love and support.

Most times we go to

a restaurant for them to

serve us and we rely on

them to get us our food.

We don’t have to go out

when we do. Frank Gatto

put it best by saying the

roles are reversed now.

The restaurants need us

more than we really need

them right now.

Now if you really

want to get away from

the coronavirus coverage,

though the word is

mentioned once in the

CONTACT

story, read our News

cover on page 4 about a

New Lenox native who

set off on a motorcycle

trip around the world.

David Smith is raising

awareness for military

mental health and suicide

prevention. He set off on

March 4 and is planning

to do the trip in 12-18

months. For that, I plan

on doing regular follow

ups with him. Whether

that be a photo he sends

in from the road, a mini

story about some of his

encounters on the trip or

just to check in and see

how he is doing, I’ll have

something in the paper

that is hopefully a good

read.

As you flipped through

this paper, you may have

saw a picture of two

sisters who went on their

own St. Patrick’s Day

Parade, two other sisters,

one of whom played

barber for a day, and a

grandma and a grandson

who went on a nature

walk.

The times we are living

in are definitely tough

and probably will be for

a while — at least until

April 7.

Most of the interactions

people have had are positive.

People are going out

of their way to help one

another, even if it means

risking their own wellbeing.

We see that from

time to time when life is

normal, but it is great to

see it now.

Though, it should not

take a crisis to act this

way all the time. Check

in on your elderly neighbors,

help that mother

with an infant by making

a trip to the grocery store

and support your local

restaurants just for the

sake of supporting.

This crisis will come

to an end, but hopefully

these acts of kindness and

support of one another

doesn’t. This doesn’t

need to be a wake up call,

because we are a great

community to begin with,

but why should we stop

going the extra mile when

this crisis ends?

We’ll all get through

this together. We’re all

in the same boat, so let’s

have each other’s backs.

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Curbing the spread Chesdan’s

provides curbside service, talks cleanliness amid

growing coronavirus concerns, Page 23

Facebook group

created to allow

children to read

to seniors in senior

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Facebook group creator

Melinda Green’s children

(from left) Benjamin, 9,

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FAITH BRIEFS

Revolution Church (24520 South U.S. Highway 52,

Manhattan)

There will be no meetings

until at least March 29. The

church is offering worship services

online at 10 or 10:30 a.m.

For the most updated information

visit the Facebook page

or website at theRevolution

Church.org.

United Methoidst Church of New Lenox (339 W.

Haven Ave., New Lenox)

All in person worships have

been suspended. While it is suspended

the church announced

that it will have a team that will

meet on Sunday morning to record

an abbreviated service that

may be viewed on YouTube.

For those that need to contact

church, call Pastor Wesley at

(630) 708-2470 or email at wes

ley@umcnl.com; or call Pastor

Matthew at (224) 307-4638 or

email at matthew@umcnl.com.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second Ave., New

Lenox)

All church services have

been suspended until at least

April 1. Mass will be streamed

online at 5 p.m. on Saturday on

9 a.m. on Sunday. Streaming

can be viewed at stjudes.org.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E. Illinois

Highway, New Lenox)

In-person gatherings are suspended.

Contact the church for

more information

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S. Gougar Road,

New Lenox)

The building will be closed

and all activities and events are

canceled until March 28.

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar Road, New

Lenox)

All in-person gatherings have

been canceled until further notice.

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar Road, New

Lenox)

Services have been suspended.

Contact the church for more

information. Online services

will be available.

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New Lenox)

All in-person gatherings have

been canceled until further notice.

Service will be livestreaming

on Facebook at 10 a.m.

March 29 as of right now. The

office, food pantry and Christian

counseling is still open.

The basketball leagues that rent

the gym have also canceled

events.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St., New

Lenox)

All worship, activities, meetings

on church campus are

canceled. Check the Facebook

page for virtual worship.

Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar Road, New

Lenox)

All services, ministries

and activities have been canceled

until March 27. Visit the

church’s Facebook page or

website for more updated information.

Parkview Christian Church (2121 S. Schoolhouse

Road, New Lenox)

All in person gatherings have

been canceled until further notice.

The church is offering online

broadcasts of the services.

Visit their website or Facebook

EDITOR’S NOTE

Not all churches have

posted changes, but

it should be assumed

services are suspended

because of gatherings of

10 or more people banned.

Contact your church for

more information regarding

online services.

page for more information.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox)

All events and worship

has been canceled. Visit the

church’s website for more information.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford Drive, New

Lenox)

In-person meetings are suspended.

Have something for Faith Briefs?

Contact Editor Sean Hastings at

sean@newlenoxpatriot.com or call

(708) 326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on Thursdays

one week prior to publication.

poetry corner

IN HIS

SOVEREIGNTY

Julie Sanders, New Lenox resident

In the wake of destruction

Cries of chaos ringing

My soul is clinging

To the promises of God

Nothing to fear at all

In God’s sovereignty

Faith steady consciously.

Evil motives, perverse disputes

Carnal minds exploding

Suspicions imploding

God is my rock, deliverer

I’ll trust in Him, with all

In His sovereignty

Resting wholeheartedly.

Confusion pours into emptiness

Spawning into friction

Perplexed in affliction

Scripture speaks truth to me

I’m calm here in prayer

In His sovereignty

One and Only God almighty.

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Panic abounding in the streets

Escalation of uncertainty

No absolutes, lives fearfully

Resolutions in pagan form

Faithless in God and His word

Not in God’s sovereignty

Restless, degraded poverty.

Alienated from the true God

Preoccupation, self enshrined

Destitute of truth, maligned

Perish in rebellious living

Refuse God’s offering

Knowing His sovereignty

Suffer His wrath eternally.

To live is Christ, to die is gain

God’s love for me defined

My timeline, His design

Singing Psalms and hymns

I believe His word

In His sovereignty

Trust in Him peacefully.

If you would like to submit a poem to Poetry

Corner, email Editor Sean Hastings,

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the new lenox patriot | March 26, 2020 | 21

NL woman creates Facebook group for virtual reading

Sean Hastings, Editor

Posing for a photo with their favorite books are

Leighton and Lucas Duff after they read on Thursday,

March 19.

In the blink of an eye, everything

changed for a lot

of people. And with those

changes has come a lack of

face-to-face interaction.

Two of those changes include

children not being in

school and senior centers

not allowing visitors.

But a New Lenox

woman’s idea is helping

fill those voids. Melinda

Green, who also owns DIY

Sign Party in New Lenox,

created a Facebook group

that allows parents to record

their children reading,

which is then shared in the

group for seniors at different

centers to watch.

The group is called Virtual

Reading Heroes.

“It wasn’t planned to

come up with this,” Green

said. “I was driving to an

event on Saturday [March

14] and someone mentioned

the senior centers

and being able to connect

with them. It was a brainstorm

thing. If we can make

this happen, kids can work

on reading skills and it’s a

great opportunity for the

seniors to see the kids and

have the entertainment.”

And since creating the

group on March 17, more

than 700 people have

joined from all around the

country.

The group allows people

to join upon approval by

Green where parents can

then sign their child up to

read on a certain day. Multiple

children read each day.

Green has children of

her own — Benjamin, Caleb

and Noah — who have

been readers in the group.

“I don’t think they quite

understand the whole thing

of it,” Green said. “When

we talk with them — I

have a great aunt in a nursing

home — we talk about

how she would feel to have

visitors. This would bring a

light to [the seniors’] days.

Then they are really on

board.”

Another reader is New

Lenox resident Gavin Hansen,

a third grader at Nelson

Prairie, who “loves fun

facts.” Gavin shared the

fact that humans share approximately

97 percent of

their DNA with gorillas.

Gavin read a book about

elephants from National

Geographic Kids March

18.

“I really thought it would

be good to read about elephants

and it would be nice

to read,” Gavin said.

His mother, Karen, found

the group on Facebook and

since their family already

makes cards for seniors,

this was a good way to still

bring some joy to them.

“I try to teach them that’s

why we like to make cards,”

Karen said. “It is important

and one small task and one

card can change a day.”

And the seniors have

made their day before, as

well, she said.

Gavin’s excitement to be

part of the group was clear.

And having visited nursing

homes before and interacting

with two seniors in the

home, he understands the

impact he and the other

children have.

“When we make someone

feel happier, it makes

us feel better, too,” Gavin

said, as he recalled a time

he met a senior and realized

she loved animals,

and brought her a Snoopy

stuffed animal the next time

Posing for a photo with their books are Gavin (left) and Nathan Hansen. Photos

Submitted

they saw one another.

Gavin’s younger brother,

Nathan, read Monday,

March 23.

For 7-year-old twins

Leighton and Lucas Duff,

they were excited to read

their favorite books. Leighton’s

is “Bear Snores on,”

and Lucas’ is “The Icky

Sticky Frog.”

Leighton’s favorite part

of the book is when the

other animals show up and

they have a party. Lucas’

favorite part of his is when

the frog gets eaten by a fish

— after it ate all the bugs

— for a surprise ending.

And the twins were determined

to make it perfect.

Their mother, Katie, said

the two practiced for 30

minutes.

Katie has been friends

with Green for 10 years.

“It’s so fun and I’m

super proud of Melinda

and it’s awesome to give

back,” Katie said. “They’re

big readers. This is a neat

way to help someone else.

We’re stuck away from

people and it’s nice they

can read for others.”

And what is nice about

the group is that even

though the children may

not know the senior that is

going to see them read, it is

still just as special.

Many of the seniors are

used to regular visitors —

primarily family — and

they cannot get that right

now.

“You never know who

they are going to be reminded

of,” Katie said.

“You can really bring some

joy to someone. A lot of

people in the group are

friends and neighbors.”

As the group continues

to grow, Green is hoping

more senior centers join.

She is also coordinating

to have the seniors read to

the children. One senior at

a center in Rhode Island

read “Goodnight Moon” on

Thursday, March 19.

She is also bringing in

different types of entertainment

including musicians.

The one obstacle she has

run into is not all senior

centers have the ability to

access to view the videos.

“I’m not one to settle for

not happening,” she said.

“I’m going to push forward

and make it work.”

For those interested in

becoming a reading hero,

visit the Virtual Reading

Heroes page on Facebook.


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Be Brave Mom

Stay-at-home-mom and in the first sentence to the stay-at-home-mom

Rebecca Barker

Contributing Columnist

Stay-at-home-mom

has taken on a

whole new meaning

in the past week. As

quickly as a toddler can

change its mood, our

worlds have also changed.

For some the idea of staying

home can be daunting,

for others — like me — a

reprieve, but no matter

where you sit it’s a change

for everyone’s routine.

As parents we are naturally

on guard. Watching

out for dangerous objects,

activities, coughs and

colds that could otherwise

hurt our kids or slow

down our routines. But

the decision to quarantine

households was made for

us without much warning

and now it’s up to us to

decide what to do with it.

I have to admit I was

initially on information

overload, feeling overwhelmed

by the idea of

a global pandemic, as

well as the sudden task

of three weeks with at

home school work, no

leaving the house, and yes

keeping my two kids from

fighting constantly. After

processing, I realized

quickly that I am so grateful

my kids are home and

safe, that this scary time

can instead be reframed

as an amazing memorable

opportunity, and most of

all reminded myself to

be brave for my kids, as

I do in other situations.

Great moms shine under

pressure and all moms are

great to their own kids in

their own way!

The echoing word

disrupted in all our lives

is routine and that’s where

I’d start to get back on

track. Develop a general

routine for the week that

works for you. Prioritize

those things that must get

done each day and about

when they can be done.

For example, E-learning

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fortunate to have a super

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sweetest teacher. I realize

that this schoolwork at

home is different for him

too and that he may need

some parent help, therefore

to start I try to have him

do his work during my

younger daughter’s nap so

he can have all my attention.

I’m also trying to stay

organized by jotting a few

ideas for the next day each

night, like a project, a meal

to make and any responsibilities

I need to remember

to do. Remembering that

each day is all ours for the

most part and to take the

pressure off, what must

be done is stay home and

healthy.

I also give you permission

to use technology!

I’m the first person to

limit time spent watching

TV, playing iPad or

video games, but I also

can be right at the front

of the line to preserve

household sanity, sitting

still, and rewarding tasks

and good behavior. We

are home and toys can be

rotated, arts and crafts explored,

but the technology

resources out there right

now are amazing!

In our home we’ve

started by using my

son’s classroom favorite

GoNoodle to get the energy

out with educational

style dance parties in our

pajamas. I’ve also added

great iPad apps like PBS

Kids games, Epic, Raz

Kids, Toca Boca, Pic Collage,

Stack the States, and

Brain Pop Jr to use. There

is also unprecedented

online access to the world

due to the recent crisis and

you now have the ability

to hear stories read to you

by an astronaut in space,

receive drawing lessons

from Mo Williams, or

participate in daily animal

chats from zookeepers at

the Brookfield and Cincinnati

Zoos. You can also

access museum virtual

tours and print coloring

pages from over 100 art

museums. Take advantage

of doing these activities

with your kids, it’s a once

in a lifetime opportunity

and a great way to be

together. And please as a

parent do not feel guilt for

a little more iPad or video

game time. Our kids’ routines

are dispirited too and

this is one way they can

easily escape for awhile.

Last note on technology

use it to connect with text,

calls, FaceTime and photo

sharing. Just because

we’re all home doesn’t

mean we’re not in this

together.

I love having my kids

at home. Despite the

circumstances, this is

an opportunity to eat ice

cream sundaes at lunch,

make slime or homemade

playdoh, put on a puppet

show or create a movie

theater in our living room

and introduce them to my

favorite childhood classics!

Make this a time to

relax at home together as

a family. Make this a time

to make memories. I will

be enjoying just staying

home, letting the house

get messy, playing in our

yard, making cookies and

home cooked meals, and

holding my family close

and safe through this

uncertain time. In no time

our routines will be back

in swing, and we will all

bravely venture back into

a new normal. For now,

Be Brave out there moms.

For more links and

resources available to help

you go on an adventure

from home visit www.be

bravemom.blogspot.com.

I’m Rebecca Barker… mom

of two, wife and writer. I’ve

lived in New Lenox most of

my life and excited to share

some of the adventures that

go along with being a mom.

Skip the nap, grab a snack,

get creative and Be Brave

Mom. For more follow me @

bebravemom2 on Facebook;

@Be_Brave_Mom on Twitter

and https://bebravemom.

blogspot.com

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The Dish

Chesdan’s remains operational with curbside pickup, delivery during pandemic

Business continues

to serve customers

their favorites

Thomas Czaja,

Contributing Editor

With several modifications,

a Homer Glen business,

like many others, is

ready to keep filling orders

for the cuisine patrons

want during a global pandemic.

Chesdan’s Pizzeria &

Grille in Homer Glen has

had carryout and delivery

options for a while, meaning

it was prepared for recent,

indefinite changes, according

to owner Dan Garr.

With Gov. J.B. Pritzker

mandating all bars

and restaurants in the state

eliminate dine-in through

March 30 because of coronavirus

concerns, establishments

are doing what

they can to keep business

going. Takeout via pickup

and delivery, which Chesdan’s

does, are still allowed,

as are drive-thrus.

“We are pretty well set

in terms of having boxing,

delivery bags,” Garr said.

“We have quadrants set

up, and our staff is trained

to take credit cards over

the phone for deliveries or

curbside pickups.”

The business announced

on its Facebook page

March 17 that while patrons

cannot currently dine

in, Chesdan’s is not limiting

its menu for pickups

and delivery. During this

unprecedented time, all

deliveries are free and taking

place all day, beginning

at 11 a.m.

“Somebody can be out

in the parking lot, and they

can always call and we’ll

run it out to them,” Garr

added about pickups.

Chesdan’s Pizzeria &

Grille

15764 S. Bell Road in

Homer Glen

Hours:

• 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Monday-Thursday

• 11 a.m.-11 p.m.

Friday-Saturday

• Noon-9 p.m. Sunday

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 301-

8300

Web: chesdanspizza.

com

In terms of cleanliness,

Chesdan’s is following the

Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention guidelines,

along with sanitization

checklists. Staff there

wear gloves. Disinfectant

has always been at maximum

strength, and door

handles and pens that are

frequently used are being

wiped down as much as

they possibly can be.

Customers can still walk

in to pick up their order,

but if they are not comfortable

doing so given the

circumstances, curbside

remains the best option,

with a pickup area set up

on the side of the building.

That said, Chesdan’s is

still trying to do all it can

for its employees.

“We are trying to keep

the waitstaff working,

because we do need hostesses

and people manning

the phones for deliveries,

pickups and things of that

nature,” Garr said.

He noted on the first day

of the new guidelines, on

St. Patrick’s Day, that orders

were still coming in at

a decent pace. On March

17 on Facebook, the business

wrote, “A great big

thank you to all our loyal

The king special personal-size pizza ($9.67) is a quick option for an individual looking for a meal on the go from

Chesdan’s Pizzeria & Grille in Homer Glen. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

“Support your local restaurants.

It’ll be good for everybody.”

“Dan Garr — Chesdan’s owner

Chesdan’s customers who

are placing those curbside

pickup and delivery orders!

We love you!”

Garr said since Chesdan’s

makes everything

from pizzas to pastas to

sandwiches to desserts

and more, he expects a

mix of their offerings to

keep moving out the door.

Those in the mood for a

pizza can still get the likes

of a large 14-inch thin

crust cheese ($18.50) that

serves 3-4 people, or any

of their other pies with

various sizing, pricing and

toppings.

Elsewhere on the menu,

the baked rigatoni ($17 or

$12.30 for the meta portion)

comes with tomato

Alfredo and mozzarella

cheese, with the option to

add spinach, mushrooms

or broccoli for $3 each.

That and the Parmesancrusted

tilapia ($15.55)

— served with garlic butter,

lemon and Parmesan

— are solid options during

Lent or anytime.

While it is unknown

what the future holds, including

if the no-dining in

mandate will be extended,

Garr and his staff are ready

Chesdan’s is utilizing a number of sanitization

methods, from cleaning pens and door handles

regularly to employees wearing gloves in an effort to

halt the spread of COVID-19.

and willing to keep serving

customers their favorite

menu items.

Those interested can

also order online with

DoorDash via the Chesdan’s

website and/or follow

the eatery on Facebook

to keep up on the

latest with any potential

further changes.

“Support your local restaurants,”

Garr said. “It’ll

be good for everybody.”


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Feb. 20

• 124 Barbara Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

1102 - Jimmie A. Allbert

to Andres Picado

Venegas, $114,999

• 691 Turtledove Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

8301 - Mark A. Madey

to Stewart M. Sabatino,

Marguerite M. Campbell

$305,000

• 2910 Star Pass, New

Lenox, 60451-4007 -

Thomas M. Chirillo to

David Fitzpatrick, Ann

Schlabach $465,000

Feb. 21

• 1956 Cornell Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3842 - Glen Walters Jr.

to Donald Johnson, Ann

Johnson $306,000

Feb. 24

• 2281 Wellington

Court, New Lenox,

60451-8539 - Donald

Johnson to Kara C

Peterson, $258,000

Feb. 25

• 781 Bishops Gate,

New Lenox, 60451-

9569 - Hpa Borrower

2018-1 Llc to Tamara

L. Baumgartner, Paul H.

Baumgartner $277,500

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2701 Property for

Sale

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 1223 Town Crest Drive, New Lenox,

IL 60451 (Single Family ). On the

2nd day of April, 2020 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: Home Point Financial Corporation

Plaintiff V. Steven W. Davis aka

Steven Davis; Foundation Finance

Company LLC, Unknown Owners

and Non-Record Claimants Defendant.

Case No. 18 CH 0906 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER

LLC.

1771 W. Diehl Rd. Suite 120

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

P: 630-453-6960

F: 630-428-4620

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

COMMON AD - REAL ESTATE

SECTION

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE

of 801 Timber Place, Unit 116, New

Lenox, IL 60451 (Condominium). On

the 9th day of April, 2020 to be held at

12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse

Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: CHEMICAL BANK, AS SUC-

CESSOR BY MERGER TO TAL-

MER BANK AND TRUST, AS SUC-

CESSOR BYMERGER TOFIRST

PLACE BANK Plaintiff V. JOSEPH

D. HEENEY, JR., ILLINOIS HOUS-

ING DEVELOPMENT AUTHOR-

ITY, FOXWOOD ESTATES CON-

DOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, UN-

KNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RE-

CORD CLAIMANTS Defendant.

Case No. 19 CH 1304 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real es-

2701 Property for

Sale

tate whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

For Information Please Contact:

WELTMAN WEINBERG & REIS

CO., L.P.A.

180 North LaSalle St. Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-312-782-9676

F: 1-312-782-4201

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Home Point Financial Corporation

Plaintiff,

vs.

Steven W. Davis aka Steven Davis;

Foundation Finance Company LLC,

Unknown Owners and Non-Record

Claimants

Defendant.

No. 18 CH 0906

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 16th day of August, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

2nd day of April, 2020 ,commencing

at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest and

best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 6 IN FIRST ADDITION TO

W.N. BOLKER'S SUBDIVISION, A

RESUBDIVISION OF PART OF

LOTS 15 AND 16, IN ARTHUR T.

MCINTOSH AND COMPANY'S

NEW LENOX ACRES IN THE

SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION 10,

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 11,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TOTHE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED

JULY 7, 1972, AS DOCUMENT

NUMBER R72-18915, IN WILL


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2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

2900 Merchandise

Under $100

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

1223 Town Crest Drive, New Lenox,

IL 60451

Description of Improvements:

Single Family

P.I.N.:

15-08-10-301-061-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

ANSELMO LINDBERG OLIVER

LLC.

1771 W. Diehl Rd. Suite 120

NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS 60563

P: 630-453-6960

F: 630-428-4620

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT

COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT

YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS

LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A

DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING

TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL

BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS

)

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL

)

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

CHEMICAL BANK, AS SUCCESSOR

BY MERGER TO TALMER BANK

AND TRUST, AS SUCCESSOR BY

MERGER TO FIRST PLACE BANK

Plaintiff,

vs.

JOSEPH D. HEENEY, JR., ILLINOIS

HOUSING DEVELOPMENT

AUTHORITY, FOXWOOD ESTATES

CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION,

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS

Defendant.

No. 19 CH 1304

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 22nd day of November,

2019, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

9th day of April, 2020 , commencing at

12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street,

Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public

auction to the highest and best bidder

or bidders the following-described real

estate:

UNIT 116, IN FOXWOOD ESTATES

CONDOMINIUM AS DELINEATED

ON A SURVEY OF THE FOLLOW-

ING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE:

LOTS 15, 16, 30, AND 31 IN COUN-

TRY CREEK MANOR UNIT NO. 1,

A SUBDIVISION OFPART OFTHE

WEST 1/2 OF THE SOUTHWEST

1/4 OFSECTION 28 AND PART OF

THE SOUTHEAST 1/4 OF SEC-

TION 29, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH,

RANGE 11EAST OFTHE THIRD

PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, AC-

CORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED JULY 31,

1979, AS DOCUMENT NO.

R79-27593, IN WILL COUNTY IL-

LINOIS, WHICH SURVEY ISAT-

TACHED AS EXHIBIT “C” TO

THE DECLARATION OFCONDO-

MINIUM RECORDED AS DOCU-

MENT NO. R87-4682, AS

AMENDED FROM TIME TO TIME,

TOGETHER WITH IS UNDIVIDED

INTEREST IN THE COMMON

ELEMENTS, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

801 Timber Place, Unit 116, New Lenox,

IL 60451

Description of Improvements:

Condominium

P.I.N.:

15-08-28-302-020-1008

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acondomin-

ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS

5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765

ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS

605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified

that the purchaser of the unit, other than

amortgagee, shall pay the assessments

and legal fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON-

TACT:

WELTMAN WEINBERG & REIS

CO., L.P.A.

180 North LaSalle St. Suite 2400

Chicago, IL 60601

P: 1-312-782-9676

F: 1-312-782-4201

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

ANNUAL TOWN MEETING

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN

To the legal voters of the Town of

New Lenox in the County of Will

and State of Illinois, that the AN-

NUAL TOWN MEETING of

said town will take place on

TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020

AS REQUIRED BY

60 ILCS 1/30-10

AT THE HOUR OF 6:30 PM AT

THE NEW LENOX

TOWNSHIP OFFICE

BUILDING

LOCATED AT 1100 SOUTH

CEDAR ROAD NEW LENOX

Ill.

for the transaction ofthe miscellaneous

business ofsaid town, and

after a Moderator having been

elected Will proceed tohear and to

consider reports of officers, and

decide on such measures as may, in

pursuance of law, come before the

meeting; and especially to consider

and decide the following:

The Township Supervisor’s Report

regarding the following; report of

Accounts, disposition of equipment,

Funds Transfers, Sale of

Township real estate located on

Old Hickory Road in New Lenox.

The Township Highway Commissioner’s

Report concerning the

possible disposition of road equipment,

and the Transfer of Funds.

AND such Old and new Business

as may lawfully come before the

electors pursuant to Law.

Dated March 19, 2020

Larry Wennlund

TOWN CLERK

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Matt Stillman

Matt Stillman is a senior

at Lincoln-Way Central

and an outside hitter for

the Knights boys volleyball

team.

The start of the

upcoming season is on

hold because of the

coronavirus. What

are your thoughts on

that?

I’m just trying to stay

positive. Trying to think of

things I’m grateful for, and

pick up friends who are

down. It’s kind of crazy,

all of it.

How did you get

started playing

volleyball?

I’ve been playing since

eighth grade. I’ve played

club every year since then.

My cousin, Sam Gorecki

who is my age and is a libero

on our team here at

Central, played. So I wanted

to play, too. He went to

Martino and I went to Mokena

Junior High, so we

were rivals. I used to play

soccer until eighth grade

but now it’s just volleyball.

What is it about

volleyball that makes

it the sport for you?

I’ve made good friends

playing it. I just love the

competitiveness of it. But

it’s mostly being with your

teammates and having

leadership with them.

What have you

learned from Central

volleyball coach Mary

Brown?

I’ve learned a lot from

her. She makes us work

hard at practice. She

makes us mentally tough.

I’ve learned to be a leader

because she teaches life

lessons too.

Do you have a

favorite moment so

far playing for the

Knights?

Yes, it’s actually our loss

to [eventual state champion]

Marist in last season’s

sectional semifinal

[at Marist]. Even though

we lost [25-18, 26-24]

we worked really closely

together [being the only

team that took Marist past

25 points all postseason]

and played our best match

of the year.

What do you do to

pump yourself up

before a match?

Before a club match, I

play on Ultimate 18 Gold,

I listen to music. But in

high school, we get in a

circle and talk about what

to focus on and that’s what

really gets you into the

match.

If you could be any

superhero, who would

you be and why?

The Flash. Because he’s

really fast and I could

get to my block sooner. I

would be able to close the

block and get the ball up.

If you could meet any

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person in the world,

living or dead, who

would it be and why?

Walt Disney. My family

likes Disney a lot. It would

have been cool to meet

him and see what went

on in his head to make the

whole Disney franchise.

Are you going to play

volleyball in college?

Yes. I’ve already committed

to Trine University

in Angola, Indiana. I did

that last October. The volleyball

coaches and the

team are really cool. But

they also have a really

good engineering program

and I’m going to study

that.

What’s the best

thing about being an

athlete at Lincoln-Way

Central?

Probably the competition

that you get here. But

also the teammates in general

and the environment

for the athletes in general.

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38 | March 26, 2020 | the new lenox patriot sports

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Athletes, coaches wait and hope for a spring season

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Ben Gerl has been looking

forward to his senior

season for a long time.

Now, the Lincoln-Way

West pitcher is unsure if it

will ever happen.

“It’s tough, especially

as a one-sport athlete,” he

said. “Ever since the summer

season ended, I’ve

been working my butt off

for the last seven months

just to have one more shot

as a senior to prove that

Lincoln-Way West can

open some eyes. The feeling

that we might not get

that opportunity, it’s really

tough.”

With spring sports suspended

as schools have

been closed amid the

coronavirus pandemic,

Gerl and all other athletes

across the area and in

wait-and-see mode, hoping

they will get a chance

to play in April or May.

“Nobody knows what

the future holds, but hopefully

we do get to play a

little bit of our season,”

Gerl said. “We’re trying to

stay fundamentally sound,

so when the time comes,

we’ll be ready to go.”

Gerl said he and some

of his teammates have

been getting together in

small groups of five or less

to get some practice in.

“We’ll message on a

group chat, see who can

make it, then have a few

guys getting together, hitting

some ground balls,

doing infield practice, all

that kind of stuff.”

Not being able to keep

his regular throwing routine

is a challenge for Gerl.

“I’m trying to keep my

arm strong,” he said. “It’s

not consistent because it’s

hard to get someone to

catch for me, but I’ll just

do the best I can.”

Lincoln-Way Central

softball coach Jeff Tarala

said it is tough for coaches

to be apart from their players

for so long.

“We took team pictures

on Saturday [March 14],

and it was kind of sad,”

Tarala said. “A lot of the

girls were like, ‘Hopefully

we’ll see you in a month.’

You get so connected with

them all. We spend an incredible

amount of time

with each other. We’re sad

to have to separate like

that.”

Players and coaches say

they are trying to remain

hopeful that there will

be competition at some

point.

“I feel awful for the seniors,”

Tarala said. “I really

hope there is at least

something, whether it’s a

shortened season or just

a playoffs or tournament

format.”

Lincoln-Way West athletic

director Ted Robbins

said all the Lincoln-Way

district athletic directors

are in a “holding pattern.”

They have not yet canceled

games beyond the

start of April, except in

cases where the scheduled

opponent has mandated a

longer shutdown.

“We’ll adapt and move

when we get further information,”

he said. “That’s

where we’re at, I think like

everybody.

“Everybody’s been

great about it, though.

They all understand this

is a bigger situation than

high school athletics. It’s

a worldwide issue. The

athletes, especially the seniors,

are disappointed, of

course, but they have been

fantastic in dealing with

this.”

Gerl said he is hoping

for the best, but prepared

mentally to deal with

whatever happens next.

“We’re just hoping this

all over blows over in a

few weeks, but we know

that may not be the case,”

he said. “We want everyone

to be safe. We’re just

going with the flow.”

Softball

New leaders want chance to guide Knights

6

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

If and when the high

school softball season begins,

so will a new era for

Lincoln-Way Central softball.

Amanda Weyh and Ashley

Platek, the two-way

stars who led the Knights

with their pitching and

their bats throughout terrific

high school careers,

have graduated.

But Central returns

many key pieces from last

season’s 32-3 team, and all

the pieces seem to be in

place for another successful

season.

“They were a really big

part of our team,” senior

first baseman/shortstop

Torince Muczynski said

of last year’s seniors. “It’s

definitely weird without

them. But it’s definitely

time for other people to

step up.

“A lot of us have high

expectations. We’ll just try

to prove ourselves.”

The Knights’ lineup is

filled with Division I recruits,

led by a core group

of seniors that includes

Muczynski (Western Illinois),

shortstop/catcher

Sydney Grein (Ohio),

infielder Jenna Deang

(Cleveland State) and outfielder

Gianna Niemeier

(North Florida).

Junior third baseman

Carly Alvers (DePaul) and

junior outfielder Sydra Seville

(Creighton) are both

high-level recruits.

“Obviously we had

some big losses from last

year’s team, but we think

we have girls ready to fill

those roles,” Central coach

Jeff Tarala said. “We have

eight or nine girls who got

a lot of playing time last

year.”

Alvers, a force in the

Knights’ lineup from Day

1 of her high school career,

hit .475 last season

with seven home runs and

42 RBI.

“I was always like the

youngest on the team, but

now being a junior I feel

like I have more responsibility

to step up and be

a leader,” she said. “I’m

pretty confident going into

this year. After last year, I

just hope we are able to go

farther.”

Muczynski hit .366 last

season and drove in 30

runs. This year, she won’t

be lurking in the shadows

of any older players.

“I think I’m definitely

more of a leader this year,”

she said. “I wasn’t as vocal

before. But I know it’s

time to step up and lead the

way.”

Grein, who hit .333 with

four home runs last season,

said the Knights have

Top returning players for Lincoln-Way Central’s softball

team include (left to right) Jenna Deang, Sydney Grein,

Lyndsey Grein, Torince Muczynski and Carly Alvers.

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a nice mix of players with

different strengths and a

strong blend of power,

contact and speed.

“Everyone steps up in

their positions and in their

own way, because everyone

has something different

to offer,” she said.

“It’s really awesome to

see.

“I have a lot of confidence

in our team. I’m just

really excited for how the

season is going to go. We

lost some great players,

but we still have a lot of

good players.”

Central relied heavily

on Weyh in the circle

late last season, but for a

good portion of the year,

the Knights had a fourpronged

pitching attack

that was virtually unhittable.

Olivia Flinn and Lyndsey

Grein – Sydney’s sister

- were a part of that pitching

staff, and they will

now be looked at to lead

the way in the circle.

Flinn, a senior Olivet

Nazarene recruit, went

5-1 with a 1.28 ERA last

season. Lyndsey Grein, a

sophomore, was 4-0 with

a 1.38 ERA as a freshman.

Senior Allison Twohig will

also factor in.

“Getting that experience,

it definitely set the

tone and the expectations

that coach Tarala and the

team has for us,” Lyndsey

Grein said. “It’s better

now coming into this year

knowing what I need to do

on the mound.

“Last year, Amanda

Weyh and Ashley Platek

were both amazing pitchers.

It was great seeing

how they worked with the

team and worked on the

mound. It was really cool

to witness their success,

and I learned a lot from

them.”


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fastbreak

22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE

PHOTO

1st and 3

THREE FEATS FROM

THE GIRLS INDOOR

TRACK AND FIELD

SEASON

1. Rachel

Baumgartner

The LW Central

senior broke the

school record in

the 800 meters

(2 minutes, 31.84

seconds).

2. Emerson Colins

The LW West

sophomore broke

the school record

in the 55 hurdles,

winning the LW

Central Indoor

Classic in 9.2

seconds on March

7.

3. Sam Spencer

The Providence

senior and

defending

state pole vault

champion broke

the state record in

the event, vaulting

13 feet, 5.5 inches

March 5 at the

Steelmen Shuffle.

Spencer eager to compete after record-breaking indoor season

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

With the coronavirus

postponing or pushing

back numerous things,

the Providence girls track

and field team is hoping

the outdoor season gets

started.

Especially senior Sam

Spencer.

Spencer, last season’s

Class 2A pole vault state

champion, already did

something this indoor season

that had never been

done before in Illinois.

She broke the girls pole

vault state record for any

class. That came March 5

at the Joliet Central Steelmen

Shuffle, where Spencer

had a vault of 13 feet,

5.5 inches.

That broke the previous

record, which was 13-5 by

Emily Grove from Pontiac

in 2011. Locally, Lincoln-

Way East standout Julia

Junkroski had a vault of

13-2 in 2015, which is now

fourth on the list.

“It was the best feeling,”

Spencer said of breaking

the record. “Just when you

get over the bar and you

know you’ve cleared it on

the way down, it is great.”

Her previous indoor record

was 12-9.

“I won the state last

year with a height of 12-

6,” Spencer said. “But my

previous high was 13-1 in

the outdoor season. [At

the Steelmen Shuffle],

after I did 13-5.5, I tried

it at 13-7 and came really

close. But I was tired after

that, so I said, ‘That’s

enough.’”

Providence coach Tom

Lenahan knows he’s

blessed to have someone

like Spencer, who is committed

to the University of

Minnesota.

“She’s amazing, she’s

the best pole vaulter in

the state,” Lenahan said.

“She’s also one of the top

sprinters in the state. She’s

qualified in the 200-meter

dash for state every year

and she’s anchored our

[800] relay which placed

in the state last year and

has the school record. She

does whatever we ask of

her. She’s someone that

comes around only once

in a coach’s career.”

Spencer certainly is. But

at the moment she’s also

without a way to do the

event that she’s best at. It’s

not like there is a way to

pole vault in one’s back

yard. So what is Spencer

doing during the time with

no competition?

“I don’t know if I can

pole vault at the school,”

Spencer said. “I know we

can’t have an organized

practice. So anything I do

is by myself. I still have to

figure it out, it’s crazy. I’ve

been doing my running

workouts and trying to

stay consistent with stuff.”

Lenahan believes she

can do that.

“She played volleyball

through her junior year,”

he said. “So she wasn’t

always pole vaulting then.

Defending state champion Sam Spencer, seen competing at state last season, broke

the state record for pole vault during the indoor season. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE

PHOTO

She’s fast and she’s strong.

She’s the type of athlete

with a work ethic that she

will be able to overcome

any time off.”

Still, Spencer is hoping

to be back at it sooner than

later. She said she has not

taken a long break from

pole vault recently.

“I played volleyball at

Providence through my

junior year, so a little bit

then,” she said. “But not

last year. I’m hoping that

everything will go smoothly

when I get back to it.”

The first scheduled

Providence outdoor meet

is a local one, the Lincoln-

Way Central Invitational

on April 11.

If that does happen,

the Celtics are certainly

more than Spencer when

it comes to top performers.

They are excepting

big things this season in a

number of events.

First off is their 800 relay

team that placed ninth

in the state last season.

Everyone is back with that

foursome being juniors

Teresa Topolski and Kendall

Dickason, along with

seniors Sarah Kerfin and

Spencer.

The Celtics are also optimistic

about their 400

relay team, which is Kerfin,

Spencer, Topolski, and

junior Kate Stead. There

are also high hopes in the

1,600 relay, which is Dickason,

Kerfin, Stead, and

6

Topolski. Senior Kate Rost

and junior Gabby Yaccino

will also be looked to in

the discus and shot put.

“We expect big things

from them,” Lenahan said

of his relays and throwers.

“We’re young everywhere

else but improving. Now,

like everyone else, we

are playing the waiting

game.”

In the meantime, Spencer

will be ready if and

when the season resumes

this spring.

“I’m just staying in

shape, working out and

preparing for the best and

to get another state title,”

she said. “I’m hoping for

the best and hoping that

everyone stays safe.”

LISTEN UP

“It’s tough, especially as a one-sport athlete. Ever since the summer season

ended, I’ve been working my butt off for the last seven months just to have

one more shot as a senior to prove that Lincoln-Way West can open some eyes.

The feeling that we might not get that opportunity, it’s really tough.”

Ben Gerl – LW West senior pitcher, on spring sports being suspended

what2watch

Scheduling decisions

• Will spring sports resume as April

begins, be further postponed, or will

the season be canceled entirely?

Index

37 – Team 22 Boys Basketball

36 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at s.millar@22ndcm.com.


new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | March 26, 2020

RECORD BREAKER

Providence’s Spencer sets

pole vault state record during

indoor season, Page 39

KINGS OF THE COURT

Meet our Team 22, featuring

the area’s best boys basketball

players, Page 37

Area athletes, coaches deal with life

without sports as they hope for seasons to

resume, Page 38

The Lincoln-Way Central baseball field sits empty March 17 as all high school sports games and practices have been suspended. STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

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