A HEROic gesture New Lenox Police

Department donates money to HERO, Page 4

Coming to Town Joey’s opening in

New Lenox by end of the year, Page 8

Cash for Laughs Two New Lenox comedians hosting

comedy show fundrasier for first responders fund, Page 14

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NL native opens beauty salon in New Lenox that uses organic products, Page 3

Celebrating the opening of Clean Beauty Boutique, Sheli Dodaro-Hernandez (middle), gets help from her 7-year-old son, Cristiano, to cut the ribbon. Joining her is

her daughter, Ofelia, and husband, Glyden, as well as friends, family and members of the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media


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Your Light Still Shines

5:30-8:30 p.m. Thursday,

Aug. 22, Lincoln-Way

West High School, 21701

Gougar Road. Join us for

an international overdose

awareness day event presented

by the Village of

New Lenox and the New

Lenox Safe Communities

America Coalition. It

includes a Narcan training,

informational and

memorial tables, HERO

“hidden in plain sight”

trailer, unwanted medication

takeback and many

speakers. For more information

contact Dan Martin

at (815) 462-6493 or at


Community Night at

Lincoln-Way Central

6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug.

23, Lincoln-Way Central

High School, 1801

E. Lincoln Highway. The

Knights will hold their annual

Community and Fan

appreciation Night to kick

off the fall sports season.

Community Night at

Lincoln-Way West

6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug.

23, Lincoln-Way West

High School, 21701 Gougar

Road. The Warriors

will hold their annual

Community and fan appreciation

night to kick

off the fall sports season.


Cruise the Commons

5-9 p.m. Tuesday,

Aug. 27, New Lenox Village

Commons, 1 Veterans

Parkway. Come and

show your vehicle off in

the Commons for the final

Cruise the Commons

night of the summer. It

will feature music from

Electric Avenue.


Meal Planning Program

5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 28, New Lenox

Public Library, 120 Veterans

Parkway. If you struggle

with the daily question

of ‘what’s for dinner?’

then this presentation will

surely make it easier for

you to answer it. We will

discuss the reasons for

menu planning and how

to menu plan. We will talk

about different options

or choices for menus that

will make your life easier.

Registration required at




Triple Play Concert

5:30 p.m. Saturday,

Aug. 31, New Lenox Village

Commons, 1 Veterans

Parkway. Kenny Loggins

will wrap up this summer’s

Triple Play Concert

Series. Gates open at 5:30,

Kavoossi takes the stage

at 6 p.m. and The Empty

Pockets take the stage

at 7:30 p.m. to open for

Loggins who will take the

stage at 9 p.m. Visit the

New Lenox Village Hall

for ticket availability.

Water Lantern Festival

4-9 p.m. Saturday, September

7, New Lenox

Village Commons, 1 Veterans

Parkway. Water

Lantern Festival is an incredible

experience where

thousands of family,

friends, and strangers celebrate

life together. Water

Lantern Festival brings

together individuals from

all ages, backgrounds, and

walks of life to join in one

emotional and memorable

night. You’ll cherish these

moments as you witness

the beauty of thousands

of lanterns reflecting upon

the water. Tickets are $30

through Aug. 31. Included

in the price is entry, floating

lantern, commemorative

drawstring bag,

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8 p.m.-midnight, Saturday,

Sept. 21, Trails Edge

Brewing Co., 20 Kansas

St. Frankfort. The Class

of 1989 will be holding

a 30-year reunion. This

is an 80’s themed occasion,

dressing 80’s style

is highly encouraged. The

cost is $25 per person advance

purchase, $30.00 at

the door. Alumni can purchase

tickets via Venmo

or PayPal to stacynasr@ You can also

purchase tickets directly

at Ranch Frostie, 1259

N. Cedar Road in New

Lenox. Other LW classes

are welcome to purchase

tickets at the door. Please

contact Sheryl Carter

(312) 859-6770 for more


Lincoln-Way High School

50-Year Class Reunion

Saturday, Oct. 12, New

Lenox VFW, 323 Old

Hickory Road. LWHS

class of 1969 will be celebrating

its 50-year reunion.

The cost is $35 per

person and the deadline to

register is Sept. 1. A Friday

night gathering is also

being held at 3 Corners

Grill & Tap, 901 E. Lincoln

Highway. Other LW

Central alumni are welcome

at both events. For

more information contact

D. Holm at (815) 485-



Bags ‘n’ Beer

6:30 p.m. Wednesdays,

Thomas E. Hartung

American Legion Post

1977, 14414 West Ford

Drive, New Lenox. Everyone

is invited to the

weekly bean bags tournament.

Teams are selected

by random draw at 6:45

p.m., and the games start

at 7 p.m. The fee to join

is $5, and first, second

and third place get prizes.

Bocce ball and horseshoe

pits will be open for the

public too.

Chess Club

10 a.m. Thursdays,

New Lenox Commons, 1

Veterans Parkway. Group

meets near the benches

next to the pond until after

noon. Open to anyone,

from beginner to master,

who enjoys playing chess.

For more information, call

(815) 485-7425.

Electronics Recycling

5-7 p.m. every second

and fourth Wednesday of

the month, New Lenox

Township Office, 1100 S.

Cedar Road, New Lenox.

The Township will properly

dispose of electronic

waste, including hair dryers,

fans, computers, cell


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is providing this service

to our residents as a

satellite collection site for

Will County Land Use

(815) 774-3321.

Lions Club Meetings

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Wednesday of each

month, Lions Community

Center, 1 W. Manor Drive,

New Lenox. The Lions

Club of New Lenox will

hold its general meeting.

All seniors are welcome

to attend. For more information,

call Bob at (815)



7:15 p.m. Mondays, Tiger

Kwons Martial Arts,

352 W. Maple St., New

Lenox. Classes are free

for first-time students and

are led by Tami Andjelic,

a certified ZIN Zumba

instructor. Attendees are

asked to bring a towel and

water. RSVP to Tami at

(815) 474-1521.


6:45-9:45 p.m. Tuesdays,

VFW Post 9545,

323 Old Hickory Road,

New Lenox. Entry tickets

are $1 and 10 chances to

win are $5 (required). The

lightning game is $1 each.

Early bird raffle is $1 each

or six for $5. Food and

drinks can be purchased.

Doors open at 5 p.m. First

game starts at 6:45 p.m.

For more information, call

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the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 3

New organic-based salon opens in New Lenox

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

Carrying around a bag

of freshly picked garden

vegetables, Kim and Tim

Dodaro, of New Lenox,

have always taught their

daughter the importance

of organic products. Sheli

Dodaro-Hernandez, the

owner of the new salon,

Clean Beauty Boutique,

in New Lenox, was raised

on natural products before

it was popular.

“She grew up in a family

business,” Tim said.

“We ran the business

out of our home for about

15 years,” Kim added.

“She saw it all.”

On Saturday, Aug. 17,

Sheli Dodaro-Hernandez

hosted the grand opening

of Clean Beauty Boutique.

Her signature services include

working with women

who have cancer and

women who suffer from


Dodaro-Hernandez uses

all organic products.

“I was looking for my

niche,” Dodaro-Hernandez

said. “I realized there

is a lack of organic options

for hair. I wanted to

bring that to the community,

there is a gap in the



comes with many years of

experience. A 1997 graduate

of Lincoln-Way High

School, Dodaro-Hernandez

went on to cosmetology

school at Aveda Institute

in Minneapolis.

“I’ve always been involved

in organic for

beauty and Aveda is plant

based,” Dodaro-Hernandez

said. “Aveda has their

own system of cutting and

coloring. I grew up in a

home where we always

went to farmers markets.

My mom was also in a

co-op where she would

buy cases of organic hair

spray. We would always

make special trips to

whole foods. Growing up,

it was a treat to go to an

organic grocery store.”

Clean Beauty Boutique

strives to bring awareness

of green and clean

beauty to the clients

and the beauty industry.


wants to ensure each and

every client will leave the

salon looking great while

using safer, cleaner products.

Through education behind

the chair, they encourage

their clients will

leave equipped with the

knowledge of how to

make daily beauty routines

safer and cleaner

through the use of organic-based

products. Dodaro-Hernandez’s

goal is to

seek and educate partners

in the industry on clean,

organic based beauty. She

aspires to start the “Clean

Beauty Revolution.”

“Organics limit your

toxic exposure,” Dodaro-

Hernandez said. “We are

bombarded with toxins

everyday in our life. Our

hair color is all organic-

Please see salon, 4

Owner of Clean Beauty Boutique, Sheli Dodaro-

Hernandez styles her son Cristiano’s hair during their

grand opening, Aug. 17. According to their website, the

boutique strives to bring awareness of green, clean

beauty to the clients and the beauty industry. Mary

Compton/22nd Century Media



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New Lenox Police Department gives $2,500 donation to HERO

Sean Hastings, Editor

John Roberts, co-founder

and president of the

Heroin Epidemic Relief

Organization, was stunned

when he found out the size

of the donation the New

Lenox Police Department

was giving HERO.

HERO lives by donations,

so even the smallest

of donations makes

Roberts happy. And that is

what Roberts expected.

When Deputy Chief

Louis Alessandrini called

Roberts to tell him about

the donation the NLPD

would be giving, he initially

said it would be $1,500.

Roberts kind of laughed

at it because of the size of

the donation was so huge,

figuring Alessandrini definitely


He did. The actual donation

was $2,500.

“It was delightful news,”

Roberts said. “When I

heard $2,500, I said ‘oh

my God.’ We work closely

with the mayor [Tim Baldermann]

and I have met

with him before. They are

one of the four partners for

HERO. I told the mayor

the other day and said it

last year: New Lenox is a

model community. All that

they are doing is so important

and makes our work


“They know we’re there

to help. We didn’t ask for

it and the chief just offered


Alessandrini had talked

to Roberts a couple days

before to ask who he

should make the check out

to — Roberts or HERO—

and when Roberts called

him back, Alessandrini had

forgotten what the amount

was going to be.

Roberts spent quite some

time talking with Bob Sterba,

New Lenox chief of police,

at the National Night

Out event on Aug. 6 in the

New Lenox Commons.

The event was sponsored

by the New Lenox Police

Department and HERO

was there with its “hidden

in plain sight” trailer. Roberts

said Sterba offered to

help with the trailer.

The two discussed on

ways that can continue to

work together to combat

the heroin epidemic. It was

Sterba’s doing that got the

ball rolling for the donation.

“We’ve grown together,”

Roberts said. “They know

what we’re going to do. We

are who we say we are. The

chief really surprised me.”

Roberts added that 98-99

percent of the donations go

back into the organization.

The money for the donation

came from forfeiture

funds from drug investigations

when a car was seized

or from proceeds received

on a search warrant or

things of that nature, Alessandrini


Alessandrini added that

it is ironic that the money

they used to donate to

Posing for a photo with the check are (left to right) Deputy Chief April Di Sandro, Mayor Tim Baldermann, HERO

Co-Founder/President John Roberts, Chief Bob Sterba and Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini. Photo Submitted

HERO came from what is

causing the epidemic, but

is happy that money is being

used for good now.

“We know that HERO

and John Roberts are

fighting the good fight

and trying to prevent this

epidemic from growing,”

Alessandrini said. “Overall,

there may be a period

of time where we don’t

hear it and then unfortunately

you may get a death.

We try to do what we can

to combat it and more people

are affected by it than

many people realize.”

HERO offers a family

support group 7-8:30 p.m.

every Tuesday at Lincolnway

Christian Church, 690

E. Illinois Highway. It also

offers grief support 7-8:30

p.m. on the first and third

Tuesday of every month

at Calvary Church, 16100

S. 104th Avenue, Orland


For more information

about HERO, visit the


From Page 3

based, because it’s less

chemical exposure. This

is my passion.”

She has also worked

with women going

through hair loss, either

by chemotherapy or alopecia.

Her salon does not

do high toxic services

such as perms and relaxers.

“Working with clients

going through cancer, I

want to limit their toxic

exposure,” she said. “We

create a plan for each client.

Some clients want a

healthier lifestyle, other

clients want to be as clean

and organic as they can be

and others have allergies

to hair dye. I assist them

as well.”

Stopping by with large

scissors was CEO of the

New Lenox Chamber of

Commerce Emily Johnson.

“Sheli has done a great

job of documenting the

transformation of this

space,” Johnson said. “It’s

also a way of learning

about the services she’s

doing. It’s been a fun process

to watch.”

The New Lenox Chamber

is always looking for

businesses to join.

“One of my goals when

I took over the chamber

was to connect with the

community,” Johnson

said. “It’s also important

to reach their target market

of the Lincoln-Way

area. We work very hard

to work with our members

on sharing their events

and things they have going

on such as this ribbon

cutting today. We want the

residents to know what’s

here. We have so many

unique and special things

in New Lenox we want

the ‘shop local’ mentality,

that residents are embracing.”

For information on the

salon visit the website at


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Lincoln-Way High Community High School D210 Board of Education

Moody’s gives D210 a

bond rating upgrade

T.J. Kremer III

Contributing Editor

It was announced at

the Thursday, Aug. 15,

Lincoln-Way Community

High School D210 Board

of Education meeting that

Moody’s upgraded the district’s

bond rating to Baa3,

up from its previous rating

of Ba1.

Moody’s decision to increase

the district’s bond

rating, in part, because of

“the district’s increased reserves

and liquidity, which

are the result of stronger

budgetary management

and consecutive years of

surplus operating results,”

according to a memo by

the credit rating company.

The memo went on to

state that: “The rating also

considers the large, affluent

tax base, above-average

debt burden with escalating

debt service, and contingent

liability risk associated

with the state’s share of

the district’s poorly funded

pension liabilities.”

According to a press

release from D210, the

district experienced an

operating surplus of $5.04

million in fiscal year 2017,

$8.01 million in fiscal year

2018, and $6.04 million

for the fiscal year that ended

on June 30 of this year.

“When we got the news

the other day, I got to tell

you I was not at all surprised,

and I mean that as

a credit to the work you

all put in keeping these

Round it up

A brief recap of other items discussed during the Aug.

15 Lincoln-Way High School D210 Board of Education


• The board voted 7-0 to approve a bid for 32

commercial refrigerators for food services and

athletic departments from Sysco Food Services in

the amount of $85,578.86.

• The board also voted 7-0 to approve the

purchase of 53 new copiers and a maintenance

contract with Proven IT as presented from the

FY2020 budget in the amount of $305,437.

* Board Member Peter Wilkes updated the board

on a student behavioral threat assessment

training on Aug. 14 that included members of law

enforcement and 24 LW D210 faculty members.

budgets in line, improving

our financial status and

getting us upgraded,” said

Board President Joseph

Kosteck. “Between that

and the growth in academic

achievement here, it’s

really something to see. …

You’re all — teachers, faculty

and staff, parents, students

— everyone is to be

commended for this. And

the board.”

Fiscal year 2020 budget

on display

As part of the process

of approving its FY2020

budget, the board was

presented with the first of

three scheduled presentations

before it will officially

vote to adopt a budget at

its Sept. 19 meeting.

The tentative budget,

which is on display

on the district’s website

at go.boarddocs.




shows a revenue increase

of $7.3 million from

FY2019, an expenditure

increase of $4.2 million

from FY2019, with a total

surplus of $5.9 million

from FY2019 for all of its

combined funds.

“Tonight is just really an

introduction to the FY2020

budget,” said Assistant

Superintendent of Business

Brad Cauffman. “We

have … two more times to

discuss the budget before

we actually vote on it. …

Tonight is just an introduction.

[There is] plenty of

time for questions.”

The board will again discuss

the budget at its next

meeting on Aug. Thursday,

Aug. 29.

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the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 7

The New Lenox Chamber of Commerce

would like to thank

The Sanctuary Golf Course and the following sponsors for once again

for making our Annual Golf Outing on August 2 nd a huge success.

Chaired by Jon Osborne, Image 360, and Melissa Walter, LincolnWay Community Bank

Mark your calendars for the 2020 Stars & Stripes Outing on

Friday, August 7 at The Sanctuary Golf Course.

Dinner Sponsors

Lunch Sponsors

Concept Development Group, Inc.

The NLCC would

also like to thank

our golfer goodies

and raffle prize


And a HUGE


to the golf

committee and


Premiere Sponsors:

Eternally Green Lawn Care

HR Green, Inc.

Image 360

Kathy Miller, State Farm Insurance

Law Office of Theresa A. Berkey

LincolnWay Community Bank

Mars Medical Equipment & Supply, Inc.

MVP Chiropractic LLC

New Lenox Community Park District

Old Plank Trail Community Bank

Village of New Lenox

Event Sponsors:

Bettenhausen Automotive

Chiro One Wellness Centers

Cruise Planners - Principle Travel

First Bank of New Lenox

Gatto’s Restaurant & Bar

Lenny’s Food N Fuel

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Principle Lighting, Inc.

Silver Oaks Behavioral Hospital

Hole Sponsors:


Bella Fiori Flower Shop, Inc.

CRIS Realty

Edward Jones Investments - Zackery Kuster

Hickey Memorial Chapel

Homewood Disposal

Kurtz Memorial Chapel

New Lenox Patriot

NuMark Credit Union

Rigsby Builders, Inc.


Shanahan Insurance Agency

State Senator Michael E. Hastings

Tom Kelly’s Chophouse & Pub LLC

Town Center Bank

Tri-star Cabinets

8 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot news

New Lenox Village Board

Possible changes for electronic gaming rules ahead

Jessie Molloy

Freelance Reporter

The New Lenox Village

Board discussed an amendment

to the village’s electronic

gaming rules at its

meeting Monday, Aug. 12

as the State of Illinois prepares

to expand the practice

in 2020.

Starting Jan. 1 Illinois’

state gaming rules will expand,

allowing most businesses

with a liquor license

to have up to six machines

instead of five and up the

maximum betting amount

from $2 to $4. The new

rules also allow large truck

stops to have up to 10 machines

and increase the

state’s tax on machine revenue

from two percent to

four percent.

New Lenox has the ability

to add additional stipulations

to business’s ability

to have video gaming, and

given the coming changes,

the board opted to review

and update its existing

policies. Currently, New

Lenox’s only significant

stipulations on gaming are

that the machines be separated

from the rest of the

establishment by at least

a half-wall divider, or be

kept in a separate room

altogether. The state only

requires a rope to separate

the machines from the

rest of the restaurant. New

Lenox also requires that a

certain percentage of the

business’s revenue come

from non-gaming activities

in order to prevent an influx

of gaming cafes and other

establishments exclusively

meant for gaming.

The proposed update

discussed Aug. 12 will

allow for the increase in

machines from five to six,

but increases the annual

registration fee paid for

the machines by owners

from $25 per machine to

$150, with exceptions for

the Park District and Veterans’

Halls. Furthermore,

the village plans to change

the required percentage of

income that must be generated

by non-gaming activities.

Instead of the previous

60 percent, gaming

locations will now only

have to have 50 percent of

their revenue come from

non-gaming activities;

however, the non-gaming

half will not be allowed

to include the sale of cigarettes

or other tobacco


“We had a loophole develop

where gas stations

and other businesses were

really pushing cigarette

sales in order to increase

their revenue,” Mayor Tim

Baldermann said. “This

will stop that from being an


New Developments

The board voted unanimously,

minus the vote

of absent trustee Douglas

Finnegan, to approve a

Special Use for the Final

P.U.D. Plat of Phase 1 of

the Four Seasons development.

Phase 1 of the agerestricted

subdivision will

include all the required site

improvements including

roadwork, drainage and

landscaping, 195 homes,

and the development’s

amenity center. While final

plans are still being completed

on the amenity center,

the board approved the

first reading of the plan and

is anticipating the second

reading with more plan details

at its next meeting.

The developer still plans

to begin construction on the

site this fall.

The board also voted to

grant approval for the site

plan of a proposed dental

office at 202 Vancina Lane.

The office will be the final

building in its retail development

and will be located

behind Five Guys off Lincoln


Elements of the building

design including signage,

are still being finalized, but

realtor Jessica Kramer said

the tennant “is very excited

to move in and is personally

getting involved with

the design plans.”

Kramer noted that they

have already applied for

building permits and that

the office is anticipated to

open in spring of 2020.

The board voted to set

surety on the project in the

amount of $106,230.94.

Men Who Cook Fundraiser

The board was visited by

a representative of the Will

County State’s Attorney’s

office to announce the

date and details of its

annual “Men Who Cook”


The event is held each

year to benefit the office’s

Children’s Advocacy

Center, which provides

“trained and compassionate

interviewers” to take

the complaint statements

of physically and sexually

abused children and provides

them with advocacy

and therapy services.

This year’s event will be

held on Saturday, Sept. 7

from 6-9 p.m. at the Chicagoland

Speedway in

Joliet. Fifty amateur and

professional cooks will

prepare samples of their

signature dishes for the

public to enjoy and judge

while listening to live music,

having some drinks,

and participating in raffles

and kid-friendly activities.

Tickets cost $40 each or

$70 per couple. For more

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New Lenox residents

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stop as Joey’s Red Hots

and Joey’s Pizza is coming

to town.

Joey’s currently has a

location in Orland Park,

which is staying open,

with one building serving

its “Red Hots”—hot dogs,

beefs, burgers and other

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New Lenox Public Library offering

Halloween costume exchange

Sean Hastings, Editor

Halloween costume

shopping can be stressful

and expensive. The perfect

costume is hard to find,

finding the right size is

even harder and the costs

for a one-night outfit are a

tough pill to swallow.

The New Lenox Public

Library is offering an

“Eek-o-Friendly” Halloween

costume exchange

Sept. 16-Oct.31 for people

to exchange or donate

last year’s costumes

and get a “new to you”

costume. It is also meant

to have people avoid just

throwing away costumes

and recycle them by having

someone else use them.

“It’s a nice way to reuse

your stuff,” Jolyce Abernathy

Morris, circulation

manager, said. “It’s a way

for people to recycle their

old costumes, donate them

and get them to people in

need. They can check out

the stash that we have

and find something new. I


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The New Lenox location,

which will be next

to the new Starbucks and

CVS on Lincoln Highway,

will have a full menu of

the “Red Hots,” pizza and


However, compared to

the Orland Park location,

there will not be much

outdoor seating in New

Lenox, but there will be

indoor seating for approximately

150 people and a

private party room to seat

up to 80.

Co-owner Nick Iozzo

said when he saw the new

strip have spots for sale, he

immediately reached out

to get Joey’s in the space.

Durbin’s was originally

lined up to fill the spot, but

backed out. Iozzo said he

wanted to pay “right now,”

but the leasing agent gave

Durbin’s a two-week notice.

He called co-owner Anthony

Nardo when he saw

the location — next to the

train station, Starbucks,

CVS and on busy Lincoln

thought it would be fun to

try here.”

The costumes should be

gently used and washed

before donating them. If

people do not have anything

to donate or exchange

they can pick out a

costume for $2 for a children’s

costume or $4 for

an adult costume.

“It’s our first time trying

it,” Abernathy-Morris said.

“I did this at a park district

before that I worked at and

people really seemed to

like it, then a [library] staff

member brought it up and

I said ‘OK, we can try that

again because it was pretty

successful where I last did

it. I think it will be pretty

well-received here too.”

Any costume, besides

wigs, or anything that

would have been touching

bare skin should not be donated.

And the library has

the right to refuse to accept

costumes if they are not in

good condition.

The donated costumes

should be the entire costume,

but if people have

pieces that they think can

be used to make a new costume,

that can be accepted.

They also do not have to

be licensed costumes.

It is all on a first-come,

first serve basis and sizes

and styles may vary.

Abernathy-Morris hopes

to have a variety of costumes.

“They’re might be a lot

of [Buzz Lightyear], for

example, but that’s OK,

because maybe someone

just needs the next size up

and pay just $2 for it instead

of going to the Disney

store and paying $50,”

she said.

All extra donations will

be sent to Morning Star


Clothing racks will be

set up in the library to

donate, people can just

bring it to the circulation

desk during regular library


For more information,

contact the library at (815)


Highway, Nardo jumped

on board.

“We wanted a Portillo’ssized

store and this gives

us that space,” Iozzo said.

He added that he is excited

to move in and be

able to accommodate the

people of New Lenox.

Mayor Tim Baldermann

also said he was excited to

have Joey’s come to town

and offer its full menu.

Iozzo signed the lease

last week and as long as the

other permits go smoothly,

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risks, dangers of fractal burning process

Sean Hastings, Editor

New Lenox resident

Rachael O’Connor lost

her husband, Jim, when

he tried the fractal burning

process and now she

is hoping to get word out

about how dangerous and

life threatening it can be.

The process of fractal

burning, simply put, involves

taking a piece of

wood, wiping it with a

mixed solution of water

and baking soda, using

jumper cables and a high

voltage transformer and

burning lightning bolt-like

figures into it.

The process can yield

great results, but can be


It uses high voltage electricity

and it can magnify

Fundraiser for Jim


Where: Eden Bar &

Grill, 926 Gardner Ave.,


When: 3 p.m. Sept. 21

Cost: $20 tickets

Features: Live music,

spaghetti dinner, face

painting for kids, dunk

tank, car show, 50/50

raffles and basket


up to 2,000 volts.

Jim went to visit his

cousin in Arkansas in early

February and made a walking

stick with his cousin.

Just over two weeks later,

Jim tried it on his own and

lost his life, Rachael said.

“I just want to get the

word out about the dangers,”

Rachael said. “I never

heard of it until he came

back from Arkansas.

“You never know who

might be messing around

with something like this.

Anyone could be doing it.”

Rachael was told that

Jim never got to the point

of making contact with the

wood and was found with

the cables in his hand.

The process has become

known to be so dangerous

that the American Association

of Woodturners has

banned the talk of process

from its site. It does; however

allow talk about the

dangers of it and has a list

of people who have lost

their life due to the process.

It lists 18 names of

known cases where people

died over the last few years.

The site also features an article

about a man that died,

who was an electrician. Rachael

said that strengthens

her point of how dangerous

it is.

Jim and Rachael O’Connor pose for a photo. Rachael

hopes to get word out about the dangers of fractal

burning and hopes that Jim’s story can save someone

else’s life. Photo Submitted

Jim, himself, was also

mechanically inclined, Rachael


Rachael and her friends

are holding a fundraiser at

Eden Bar & Grill to raise

money to help Rachael and

her youngest son out.

“The money is needed to

help in raising our youngest

son [16], pay down the

mortgage to help us keep

our home and any repairs

that might be needed to upkeep

the house,” Rachael


The night will feature

live music, food, raffles and

options for children.

Rachael and her friends

setting up the fundraiser

are seeking baskets to be


Jim used to race cars and

since his passing, Rachael

has taken up the act and recently

took second place in

the Street Outlaws event in

the 7.0 class Aug. 10.

“I’ve been doing it because

I think that’s what

he’d want to be doing. I’m

doing it in his honor,” she

said. “I’m trying to do everything

I can in his honor.”

She just picked up racing

over the last few months.

She had gone down the

track with Jim before and

been around the sport, but

has finally begun racing


The internet is flooded

with videos of the process

and while all videos note

the dangers, they still show

how to do it, which is what

Rachael does not understand.

“It’s not worth it for a human

to risk their life,” Rachael

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Legal immigrants given application assistance to attain full U.S. Citizenship

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

When immigrants want

to attain full U.S. citizenship,

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they have a clear understanding

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To aid individuals aspiring

to achieve citizenship,

State Representative

Margo McDermed hosted

a free program in which

legal immigrants were offered

application assistance

at the New Lenox

Public Library on Saturday,

Aug. 17.

It was the second time

McDermed hosted this

event, after receiving very

favorable feedback about

last year’s initial rollout of

the program.

With guidance from accredited


of the Illinois Coalition

for Immigrant and Refugee

Rights and the Spanish

Community Center in

Joliet, attendees received

citizenship consultations,

gained assistance with

completing the application

for naturalization, and

learned about citizenship

classes available.

In her introductory remarks

to the participants,

McDermed stated, “Here in

the United States we’re all

children and grandchildren

of immigrants. It’s really

important to incentivize

immigrants who are here

legally and are following

the rules. We need to honor

all of you. Nevertheless, it

is really complicated, timeconsuming,

and expensive

to apply for citizenship, so

we want to make it easy for

you and provide the opportunity

to have this service

at a low cost.”

Dagmara Avelar, a program

manager with the Illinois

Coalition for Immigrant

and Refugee Rights,

emphasized to the attendees

that it was a good decision

to participate in the


“If you’re deemed eligible

for citizenship, we

will follow up to get the

process going, making

State Rep. Margo McDermed (left) talks to Dagmara Avela, the program manager for the

Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, about the workshop’s turnout, as

well as future potential workshops. 22nd Century Media File Photo

sure you are staying on top

of all the steps along the

way,” Avelar said. “We’re

going to be there for you

from Point A today to your

oath ceremony at the end.”

They were also advised

to be prepared to furnish

detailed information on

their spouse’s and children’s

backgrounds, in

addition to their activities

over the past five years in

regards to residency and

employment in the country,

and travel outside of

the United States, as well.

During the event, the

participants completed

forms, including a screening

tool that allowed the

accredited representatives

to identify any possible

issues that might serve as

obstacles to attaining citizenship.

That was followed by

one-on-one consultations

with the representatives

who discussed their particular

eligibility for citizenship

and possible obstacles

for attaining it, as well

as to talk about the steps

necessary and resources

available to complete the

process for becoming naturalized


Yanzi Mendez, director

of external affairs for the

Office of the Republican

Leader, Jim Durkin, emphasized

the importance

of having accredited representatives

to guide applicants

through the citizenship


“If you make one little

mistake like accidentally

placing some information

in the wrong box, the application

gets thrown out,

and so you might have to

start all over or you might

have to wait a while to reapply,”

she said. “Either

way, you’re penalized, so

it’s very important to have

people who know what

they’re doing to assist you.

That’s why this workshop

provided by representative

McDermed has great


Avelar talked about

some of the challenges that

often deter eligible legal

immigrants from navigating

through the pathway to


One factor is cost. It

costs $725 just to file for

citizenship regardless as

to whether the applicant

passes the test. Plus, there

is the cost of attorney fees,

which could run anywhere

from $1,500-$5,000 depending

on how complicated

the applicant’s case


Citizenship classes not

only cover topics about

American civics and history,

but they also provide

instruction to help prepare

applicants for the speaking,

reading, and writing

portions of the test.

Avelar also stressed the

importance of applicants

to secure guidance from

properly accredited professionals.

“There’s this common

misconception that applying

for citizenship means

just filling out a form

and just sending it to Immigration,”

Avelar said.

“But we always stress the

fact that it’s important to

get legal consultation to

see if they are even eligible

for U.S. citizenship

before we continue on the


McDermed reaffirmed

the value of partnering

with the Illinois Coalition

for Immigrant and Refugee

Rights and the Spanish

Community Center to

sponsor the program. news

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 13

Lincoln-Way JROTC summer drill

camp helps kick off school year

Sean Hastings, Editor

Rarely does all three

Lincoln-Way AFJROTC

programs get together and

do team building and other

training exercises as one


The last week of the

summer during the AF-

JROTC Summer Drill

Camp, makes that possible.

It is also a chance

for returning members to

catch up, as well as welcome

in the new freshmen

to the program.

From Aug. 12-16, approximately

120 students

showed up each day to

Lincoln-Way Central for

camp to learn leadership

skills, drill maneuvers,

team building exercises

and play games.

The different flights had

approximately 15 people

in each — larger than usual,

but were lead by seniors

who attended the leadership

class in Ohio in June,

Sergeant Dan Schliffka


For Central senior Abigail

Knippel, who recently

received state and regional

awards for an essay she

wrote about ROTC, this is

her last hurrah.

“The reason why we

drill is an acronym, DLT:

discipline, leadership

and teamwork,” she said.

“Those are the three main

things we focus on as well

as making friends a week

before school starts.”

The week-long camp

was free and students did

not need to be apart of the

AFJROTC program to attend.

The camp was open

to seventh graders as well.

And for the ones who

were not already signed

up, it gave them an opportunity

to learn firsthand

what the AFJROTC program

at Lincoln-Way has

to offer.

“It’s optional and it takes

the place of gym during

the school year and they’re

told in eighth grade when

they sign up for classes

that ROTC is an option,”

Knippel said.

As a senior, she is hoping

to be a leader for her

fellow AFJROTC members

and the new students.

“I think the most important

thing is to have the

enthusiasm and a good attitude,”

she said. “As long

as we’re all happy, they’ll

be happy.”

One thing Knippel and

senior East flight leader

Colin Murphy both noted

was that the games were

one of the best parts because

it forced a lot of people

who just met to work


“We need to drill into

Members of the

Lincoln-Way AFJROTC

program march in

formation during the

annual one week


Drill Camp. On

average, 120 students

were at the camp each

day from Aug. 12-16.

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their minds, ‘you’re

strangers, we know,’ but

you have to work together,

because it is a team

sport,’” Murphy said. “If

one person is not working

with the team, it’s not going

to work. The drill has

to be synchronized. You’re

working as one person,

one unit and you’ve got to

really make sure they understand


He let his flight know

right away that if any issues

arise to sort it out on

their own or come to him.

He told the groups they

don’t have to like each

other, but have to be able

to work with each other.

It is Murphy’s first year

in charge of his own flight

and while there is some

added work to it, he is

looking forward to the

position. He also racks up

many community service

hours. He has the most in

the Corps. since 2008. He

has roughly 280 hours and

is eyeing 400 by the year’s


“ROTC has been all my

life and I’ve met so many

great friends from it,” he

said. “It’s bittersweet, because

I’m moving on to

college finally, but I’m

going to miss everyone.

Colonel and Sergeant, I’ve

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Sean Hastings, Editor

New Lenox residents

Phil Landriault and Joe

Lauer met when Phil went

to observe an open mic in

Alsip where Lauer happened

to be performing.

Landriault approached

him after the show to compliment

him on his set and

the two found out they live

two subdivisions away

from each other.

Lauer has been doing

comedy for a little over

two years and Landriault

has been doing it since

March of this year. Lauer

first got into comedy after

giving a best man’s speech

at his brother’s wedding

and having people asking

when they could see him

again on stage — thinking

he was a stand up comic.

He is an attorney.

“That kind of lit a fire

under me and probably six

months after that I did my

first open mic,” Lauer said.

The two did a show together

in June and was a

big hit and started trying

to schedule another right


CG’s Comedy Club in

Bolingbrook opened in

July and will be the site for

the duo’s comedy fundraiser

on Sept. 11.

“We approached Glen

Martino the owner and we

talked to him about having

a show and we’re looking

at scheduling with him and

he told us he could give

us a Wednesday night,”

Landriault said. “We started

looking at the schedule

Posing for a photo at CG’s Comedy Club are Joe Lauer

(left) and Phil Landriault. Photo Submitted

and we were thinking late

August or early September

and sure enough Sept. 11

pops up on a Wednesday

and I suggested we do a

charity show.”

The two decided that a

portion of the money will

go to The Hundred Club

of DuPage County, which

is non-profit organization

that assists families

of fallen first responders.

Landriault said the hope

is to have at least $1,000


It provides death, disability,

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show is being held.

Landriault has been

stopping by police and fire

stations over the last week

to get the word out and invite


The two are hoping to

sell out the space, which

holds 90 comfortably but

can hold up to 100 people.

If they sell out the show,

Landriault said they will

try to add a second show

that night or one later that


Lauer said that people

can expect to see a lot

of their neighborhood in

their set.

“I grew up in the city

[Chicago],” Lauer said.

“So a lot of my comedy

you can see the rough

streets of the southside

and I also talk about the

suburbs. You can see a

little bit of Chicago and

New Lenox in my set.”

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Police Reports

Man exposes himself to person at Morning Star Treasure Chest

Charles M. Martin, 59,

305 Davidson Street, Joliet

was charged with disorderly

contact. An officer

was reportedly dispatched

to Morning Star Treasure

Chest in reference to an

indecent exposure complainant.

The officer met

with the complainant and

learned a male subject had

exposed himself to the

complainant while inside

the store. A subsequent

investigation led to the arrest

of the offender, Martin,

on Aug. 5.

Aug. 9

• Hershel Evans, 48, 11028

S. Green Street, Chicago.,

was charged with DUI. An

officer was reportedly on

patrol and observed the

driver of a vehicle talking

on a cell phone. The

officer conducted a traffic

stop on the vehicle in the

2400 block of E. Lincoln

Highway and met with the

driver, Evans and learned

through investigation that

Evans was driving under

the influence of alcohol.

• A resident in the 100

block of Third Avenue

reportedly had their

credit card information

stolen and fraudulent purchases

were made.

Aug. 8

• A female subject reportedly

stole three bottles

of alcohol totaling $163

from CVS Pharmacy, 115

E. Lincoln Highway.

• A resident in the 2900

block of Martin Court

reportedly had someone

obtain their personal information

and opened

fraudulent accounts with

Sprint and Comcast using

their information.

Aug. 7

Three subjects reportedly

stole $1,000 worth

of products from the

pharmacy area of CVS

Pharmacy, 115 E. Lincoln



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.

String of forgeries reported at various NL businesses

Sean Hastings, Editor

From Aug. 6-10, at least

seven forgeries were reported

at different businesses

in New Lenox. Four

of those were reported on

the same day just hours


The first report of forgery

came from Harris

Bank, 110 W. Lincoln

Highway, on Aug. 6 at

10:06 a.m., where the

complainant advised that

they wrote a check to a

business to pay for services.

The complainant

reportedly put the check

in the mail and eventually

learned that someone had






obtained the check, forged

it by changing the amount

and made the check payable

to someone else.

Just over an hour later,

another report of forgery

came from TCF Bank,

2400 E. Lincoln Highway,

around 11:10 a.m. The

complainant advised that

someone tendered a fraudulent

$100 bill to the bank.

Deputy Chief Louis Alessandrini

said this is still

under investigation and at

the time of this report was

not known how the bill got

there. It was found in the

bank’s daily count.

Later that day, an officer

was dispatched to

Jimmy John’s, 2400 E.

Lincoln Highway, at 7:17

p.m. in reference to a currency

complaint. A male

subjected tendered a counterfeit

$20 bill to pay for

food. TCBY was the next

business hit with forgery.

Under an hour later, the

complainant at TCBY advised

that a male subject

tendered a counterfeit $20

bill to pay for food.

Deputy Chief Louis

Alessandrini said the two

are connected and the offenders

were caught on

video, but left the area before

police were notified.

He said in situations like

this, someone obtains the

counterfeit money, hires

others to make purchases

with large bills, get real

money in change and be

paid for the service.

The following day, Aug.

7, a resident in the 309

block of Garnet Drive had

their bank account information

obtained. The offender

reportedly made several

fraudulent checks with the

information and the checks

were cashed against the

complainant’s account.

Later that day, a 24-yearold

female, Catherine

Spearman, of Gary, Ind.

was arrested and charged

with forgery. She reportedly

attempted to pay for

her food at IHOP with a

counterfeit $100 bill. The

officer that was dispatched

to IHOP, investigated and

confirmed the bill was

fake and Spearman was arrested.

It was later learned that

Spearman also passed a

counterfeit $100 bill at

Jewel, Buffalo Wild Wings,

Beggar’s Pizza and Culver’s.

All of the counterfeit

money was recovered from

those locations. The bill being

used at IHOP was missing

the security strip and

that remained consistent

at the other businesses as

well. She was also caught

on video. The bills all had

the same serial number,


Spearman, at press time,

is the only arrest so far,

Alessandrini said.

Another forgery was

reported three days later,

Aug. 10, at Walmart, 501

E. Lincoln Highway. The

complainant advised that

a male subject tendered

several counterfeit $5 bills

to pay for a gift card and a


Free falls prevention

class being offered

for older local adults

Submitted by New Lenox

Safe Communities America


The New Lenox Safe

Communities America

Coalition, in partnership

with its member organizations,

is offering “A Matter

of Balance: Managing

Concerns About Falls”

class 9:30 –11:30 a.m.

Mondays starting Sept.

16-Nov. 4 at the New

Lenox VFW Post 9545,

323 Old Hickory Road.

Have you turned down

a chance to go out with

family or friends because

you were concerned about

falling? Have you cut

down on a favorite activity

because you might fall?

If so, “A Matter of Balance:

Managing Concerns

About Falls” is a program

for you.

Fear of falling can be

just as dangerous as falling

itself. People who develop

this fear often limit

their activities, which can

result in severe physical

weakness, making

the risk of falling even

greater. Many older adults

also experience increased

isolation and depression

when they limit their interactions

with family and

friends. “A Matter of Balance”

can help people improve

their quality of life

and remain independent.

“A Matter of Balance”

is designed to reduce the

fear of falling and increase

activity levels among

older adults. Participants

learn to set realistic

goals to increase activity,

change their environment

to reduce fall risk factors,

and learn simple exercises

to increase strength and


For additional information

or to register for the

class, contact Dan Martin,

Safe Community Coordinator,

(815) 462-6493

or via email at dmartin@ Register to

reserve a seat as seating is

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Vicki Tran, Lincoln-Way Central

rising sophomore

What is one essential you must have

when studying?

I always need to turn on a TV or have

any kind of noise in the background. I

could never study in complete silence.

Snacks are also a must for me when I’m

doing homework.

What do you like to do when not in

school or studying?

When I am not studying, I enjoy spending

time with my family and friends. I

also love finding new things to watch on

Netflix and Youtube.

What is your dream job?

My dream job is to be a physician assistant,

specializing in pediatrics at Lurie

Children’s Hospital. After being treated at

Lurie’s a few years ago, I became inspired

by an amazing group of people who made

a scary experience much more bearable.

What is one thing people don’t know

about you?

Most people don’t know that I was born

in California and I moved to Illinois when

I was 3. I love going back to California

whenever I can to visit my relatives.

Whom do you look up to and why?

I look up to my sisters, Kelly and Melissa.

They always support everything I do

and give me advice whenever I need it.

Their success in pretty much everything

they do inspires me to do the same in my

own way. The person I am today is influenced

greatly by what they have taught


What’s your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is Spanish with Senorita

Gruszka. Everyday I learn something

new about the language and the culture of

those who speak it. It’s cool to see how

similar Spanish is to English and how I

can apply it to my everyday life.

What’s one thing that stands out about

your school?

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One thing that stands out about my

school is how everyone is always willing

to help each other out. If I’m struggling

with homework or need advice, I always

have someone I can go to whether from a

classmate or faculty member.

What extracurricular do you wish your

school had?

I wish there was a club for students interested

in working in the medical field

when they get older. It would be cool

to visit/volunteer at hospitals and learn

about the different professions in the

medical field.

If you could change one thing about your

school what would it be?

If there was one thing I would change

about my school it would be the ability

to take more electives throughout my four

years in high school. There are many electives

Lincoln-Way Central has to offer,

but I won’t get the chance to take all the

ones I am interested in.

What’s your best memory from school?

My best memory so far has been being

on the badminton team at Central. It

helped me learn the importance of patience,

hard work and perseverance. My

teammates have taught me to never give

up and to always believe in myself even

when a game is tough.

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Local exhibit pays homage

to early Will County


Many people are entranced

by the romance

of great historical events

such as the Civil War, but

few are in the know about

the history of the region

to which they belong, said

Sandy Vasko, museum director

at the Will County

Historical Museum and

Research Center in Lockport.

As she researched artefacts,

she realized that each

of those have a unique story

to tell. With an aim to educate

the residents, Vasko

curated the Pre-1850 Early

Will County exhibit at the

museum that opened in

May and will be on display

through February 2020.

The room dedicated to

this exhibit is packed with

interesting objects. One

such item is the rocking

chair that belonged to John

Lane, who invented the

steel plow to cut through

the tough roots of the prairie.

But Lane did not patent

the plow, and credit was

given to John Deere.

“In 1916, the citizens

of Lockport petitioned the

Congress to declare Lane



as the inventor of the steel

plow,” Vasko said. “After

much debate, he got the

recognition he deserves.”

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend.



Mokenians invade Joliet for

Community Night

People who attended the

Joliet Slammers baseball

game Aug. 14 could be forgiven

for briefly thinking

they had somehow entered

a wormhole and ended up

in Mokena instead of Joliet.

That is because the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

partnered with the

Joliet Slammers to host

Mokena Community Night

at the ballpark as the host

Slammers took on the

Washington Wild Things.

Jeff Cordova, a 20-year

employee with Mokena

Public Works Department,

was asked if he would like

to toss out the ceremonial

first pitch. His response?

“Immediately, ‘Yes,’”

Cordova said. “How often

do you get a chance to

throw out a first pitch for

anything? This will probably

be it. So, I’m pretty excited.

I just hope I don’t hit

the cameraman or something,

like happened at the

White Sox game not too

long ago.”

Cordova did not hit anything

except the back of the

catcher’s mitt, by the way.

Then, it was time for several

youngsters from Curtain

Call Theatre in Mokena

— Emma Fishman, 17,

of Tinley Park; and Joseph

Kotze, 15; Kaitlyn Lee, 16;

and Brendon McCray, 19,

each of Frankfort — to take

center stage for the singing

of the national anthem.

Members of Mokena’s

Fourth of July Parade Planning

Committee then led

the crowd in singing of

“Take Me Out to the Ball

Game” for the seventh-inning


Reporting by T.J. Kremer III,

Editor. For more, visit Moke


Country Hoedown a hit

with local seniors

Frankfort Township’s

latest event for seniors gave

area residents a chance to

connect — and hit up the

dance floor.

More than 100 seniors

signed up for the first

Country Hoedown, held

Aug. 14 at CD&ME in

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Frankfort, and many of the

attendees donned cowboy

hats, plaid shirts and jeans

just for the occasion.

The event was organized

by Senior Activity Director

Jodi Gallagher Dilling,

who has been with the

Frankfort Township for

more than 17 years.

Bernie Glim and Country

Roads performed live

music at the event, while

Polonia Catering served

Southern classics, such as

pulled pork, and macaroni

and cheese. Seniors were

invited to enter a raffle designed

to raise money for

a new bus that Gallagher

Dilling said the Frankfort

Township “desperately,

desperately [needed].”

“We do a weekly activity

every week, we go somewhere,

and I usually try

to keep it locally, within

an hour’s time because

the bus ... has seen better

days,” Gallagher Dilling

explained. “So, we need to

get a new bus.”

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank


PAWS Tinley Park closed

for dog adoptions after

nine puppies die from


PAWS Tinley Park was

not open for dog viewings

or adoptions as of press

time, after nine puppies

died from an upper respiratory

illness, according

to director and volunteer

Danielle Radtke.

Radtke said that a litter

of nine puppies died from

an upper respiratory infection

that turned into a strain

of pneumonia.

There are 10 other dogs

from the shelter that have

“varying degrees of sickness,”

Radtke said.

The mother of the litter

that died is in foster care

and “doing well.”

“So we don’t know how

it got brought in,” Radtke

said. “It’s an upper respiratory

infection that turns

into a strain of pneumonia

that does not respond to antibiotics.

We don’t know if

it came in from a stray dog,

we don’t know if it came in

from this mom with these

nine puppies that we pulled

from a kill shelter. We

don’t know how it got here.

We’re just trying to treat it

as best as we can and clean,

and detox the shelter and

sanitize it to try to kill it.”

The shelter will be

closed for dog adoptions

for at least 2-3 more weeks.

Radtke said that PAWS

is in need of bleach, paper

towels, cleaning supplies

and laundry detergent because

“we are extra cleaning,

extra hard.”

Cat adoptions are not affected

and still open.

Reporting by Jacquelyn

Schlabach, Editor. For more,



Peace Corps volunteer

returns after two years in


When the time came to

pick a program to apply

to, Liz Srbeny knew she

wanted to live somewhere

in Africa.

The Homer Glen resident

already had the experience

of teaching English

in Chile for a year under

her belt and wanted to try

something different. She

decided to apply to the

Peace Corps, getting accepted

to be a science

teacher in Cameroon, a

country in Central Africa.

Srbeny began her volunteer

program in May 2017,

committing to two years

in Cameroon and finishing

her stay there on July 26,

spending some time traveling

abroad before returning

home Aug. 11.

Srbeny said she got to

teach science classes in

chemistry and biology to

the equivalent of sixth- and

seventh-grade levels in the

U.S., and that her Cameroon

school had 4,000

students total and between

65-80 boys and girls in her

classes. She also got to lead

a science club for students,

as well as a writing and

reading club to help them

further work on literary


“I tried to keep the classes

interesting and tried to

learn as many names as

possible,” Srbeny said of

the experience.

Reporting by Thomas

Czaja, Editor. For more, visit


Chiropractors team up for

new office in Orland Park

After nearly a decade of

practicing independently in

offices throughout Chicago

and its suburbs, chiropractors

Francis Puzon and

Gretchen Martinez have

teamed up to open Renew

Family Health Center in

Orland Park.

The chiropractic, rehabilitation

and physical therapy

office — which takes a

holistic approach to the disciplines

— started accepting

patients in May after

more than a year of careful

planning by the business

partners. Located at 11975

W. 143rd St., across from

the Pinewood Plaza Shopping

Center, Renew offers

a variety of services to patients

of all ages.

“I’ve always liked Orland

Park,” said Puzon, a

Bolingbrook native who

met Martinez when they

were students at the National

University of Health

Sciences in Lombard.

“When you hear Orland

Park, you think, ‘Oh yeah,

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from the editor

Find out what makes you feel alive

Sean Hastings

When I first started

to work on the

story about

Chad Gabriel, a longtime

New Lenox resident, who

is the host and narrator for

a docu-series called “The

Search for Aliveness,” I

was not sure where that

story was going to go.

It seemed like a wayout-of-the-box

idea, which

is what he called it. But

once I started to watch

some the episodes they

have already released, I

started to think that idea

of “what makes you feel

alive” was not as simple as

I thought.

Gabriel said in our interview

that he and his team

could have easily just went

around and picked out

the “average white male”

and find out what makes

them feel alive, but they

wanted to get opinions and

thoughts from all walks of

life. He has been to Zambia,

Africa to interview

people out there and he

also interviewed a rockstar

who has experienced fame,

money and success.

While those two people

have lived far different

lives, some of their perspectives

are just the same.

One thing Jim Peterik,

the rockstar that co-wrote

“Eye of the Tiger,” said

that people should be

themselves and not be

afraid to show it off to the

world. And in the case of

the woman in Zambia,

she has a severe case of

cerebral palsy, and she is

not afraid to be herself.

She hopes to one day have

people with disabilities

more accepted in Zambia.

As I watched along

with the videos, slowed

down and really listened to

what those people had to

say, I thought about what

makes me feel alive. And

the same goes for Gabriel,

who said, as people talk

about their experiences

and why it makes him feel

alive, he dives deeper into

what he loves and why it

makes him feel alive.

For me, it’s going to

Dave Matthews Band

concerts. I’ve seen 23

shows (rookie numbers

compared to some fans),

but every time I go to a

concert, the feeling is just

the same. For those three

hours, no matter what else

is going on in my life or

other things I need to do, I

am able to relax, dance and

forget about everything.

It’s just pure happiness.

Part of it is the adrenaline

— a common topic

Gabriel and his team touch

on in interviews. From

walking into the venue,

getting to my seat and

waiting for the band to

walk on the stage, my heart

is racing a mile a minute

as I’m wondering what

song they will open with.

And once they’re actually

on stage, just about to start

the show, my adrenaline is

through the roof.

And to a lot of my

friends, I have to justify

why I catch multiple shows

per summer, but I never

have to justify to myself

because I know how I feel

being at the concerts.

But besides that, since

it only takes up only about

four nights of my year,

whatever time I spend with

my family — sometimes

even at a concert — I

would not trade anything

for. And as I’ve gotten

older, and my siblings,

as well, it’s tougher to all

be together with our busy

schedules. My brother is

in college at the University

of Alabama and both my

sisters are starting college

next week.

It sounds simple. “Of

course you love spending

time with your family.

It’s your family.” Yeah,

but what makes that time

special? And that’s one

of the final things Gabriel

said to me in our interview.

“How can we change our

conversations around the

dinner table, for example,

where they are ones about

how we can be closer and

more alive as a family.

It’s not too simple when

you think about it.

I encourage you to think

about what makes you feel

alive and why.

“As we continue to prepare for another

school year, Lincoln-Way teachers

are learning ways to incorporate more

technology in their classrooms through

various technology trainings- all taught by

their teacher peers!”

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From Page 18

that’s a nice area. There’s

a lot going on.’ I think of

families. So, it’s a great

place to start our business.”

Renew offers all the services

one would typically

find at a chiropractor or

physical therapy office but

goes beyond the basics,

too. Puzon’s specialty is

chiropractic biophysics,

which is focused on restoring

the natural curvatures

of the spine through a process

called traction. Martinez,

meanwhile, is certified

in Webster’s technique,

which is designed for pregnant


Both see patients of all

ages, and Puzon is a proponent

of starting chiropractic

treatments early. For more

information, call (708)

645-4101 or visit

Reporting by Will O’Brien,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit

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An evening out Check

out photos from the New Lenox

Ladies Night Out, Page 26

Feels like family Gatto’s

in Orland Park traces cuisine back

to traditions of Bari, Italy, Page 27

New Lenox man hosts, narrates docu-series interviewing people and learning what

makes them feel ‘alive,’ Page 23

New Lenox resident and docu-series host Chad Gabriel talks with two women in Zambia, Africa in the making of the fourth episode of “The Search For

Aliveness.” Photo by The Search for Aliveness

22 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot faith


Revolution Church (24520 South U.S.

Highway 52, Manhattan)

More Faith Less Fret Study

6:30 p.m. Mondays.

Held at the house of a

parishioner. Contact the

church for more information

at (815) 418-6555.


10 a.m. Sundays,

United Methodist Church of New Lenox (339

W. Haven Ave, New Lenox)

Contemporary Worship


5 p.m. Sundays. A light

dinner is served after the


Art Sale at Methodist


6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept.

13, lower level of the

church, 339 W. Haven Ave.

We will be offering a selection

of quality, beautifully

framed artwork for sale.

Visitors should use west

side lower level entrance.

Prints and oils are of landscapes,

seaside, barns, etc.

The sale is open to the public

and all proceeds will

help support church ministries.

For more information,

call (815) 485-8271.

Old Campground Flea


9 a.m.-3 p.m., Sept. 21.

Vendors are being sought

for the 41st annual Old

Campground Antiques,

Collectibles, Flea Market

and Crafts. The well-advertised

outdoor sale is held on

the wooded grounds of the

United Methodist Church,

339 W. Haven Avenue, in

New Lenox. The 15x20

foot spaces are available

for $30.00 each. This event

helps support church ministries.

For application and

information call (815) 485-

8271 Ext. 53. or register

online at

The Artist’s Way Study


7 p.m. Sunday evenings

Sept. 8-Nov. 24. This fall,

Pastor Matthew and Bridget

Stefanelli will lead The

Artist’s Way: a Spiritual

Path to Higher Creativty, a

12-week course in discovering

and recovering your

creative self, using the

principles and guidelines

articulated in the book by

Julia Cameron. Everyone

welcomed. All you need

to participate is a copy of

The Artists’s Way, a blank

journal and your favorite

writing instrument. Email to

reserve your space. For

more information call

(815) 485-8271.

St. Jude Catholic Church (241 W. Second

Ave., New Lenox)

The Life in the Spirit Prayer


The Life In the Spirit

Prayer Group meets on

Thursday, Aug. 15 immediately

following the

7 p.m. Mass honoring the

Assumption of the Blessed

Virgin Mary in the Day

Chapel. Clara Chambers

will be the featured speaker,

witnessing on her experience

with the Blessed

Mother. Please join us for a

Spirit-filled evening. Information

at 815-557-8990 or


Expectant Mother’s


11 a.m.- Noon, every

second Sunday of the


Mass Schedule

7 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.

and 6:30 p.m. Sundays;

7:30 a.m. Monday-Saturday;

5 p.m. Saturdays and

8:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

MOMS Monthly Meeting

9:30- 11:30 a.m. first

Thursday of the month.

St. Jude Franciscan Hall

Room 3 and 4, 241 W. Second

Ave, New Lenox.

Called To Holiness

7-8:30 p.m. every first

Monday of the month. This

is a new young adult faithsharing

group for Catholics

in their 20s or 30s in the

Chicago Southland area.

Its purpose is to grow in

our faith through scripture,

discussion and prayer. For

directions to the meeting

location and more information,

contact Jennifer

at calledtoholinessgroup@

Eucharistic Adoration

8 a.m.- 5 p.m. first Friday

of the month.

Lincoln-Way Christian Church (690 E. Illinois

Highway, New Lenox)

Worship Services

9 and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

HERO Family Support


7-8:30 p.m. every Tuesday.

This group is open

to anyone with a family

member currently struggling

with addiction, suspected

addiction, or currently

in recovery. Family

support meetings provide

helpful tools and information

to better equip people

to help their loved ones

through their struggle. This

group provides a supportive

environment with others

who have had similar

experiences and an opportunity

to meet and network

with others.

Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S.

Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)


5 p.m. Saturday and 9

a.m. Sunday


5 p.m. Saturdays, 8 a.m.

and 10:30 a.m. Sundays.

Sunday School and Living


9:15 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 485-6973.

Bible Studies

8:30 a.m. Wednesdays

and 7 p.m. Thursdays.

Sunday School and Adult

Bible Class

9:15 a.m. Sundays.

Teen Catechesis

6 p.m. Wednesdays

Christ Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar

Road, New Lenox)

Celebrate Recovery

7-9 p.m. every Tuesday.

For anyone struggling with

hurts, habits, or hang-ups.

For more information, call

Deb at (708) 516-6318.

St. John Orthodox Chapel (112 Church

Street, New Lenox)

Sunday Services

10 a.m. Sundays. After

the service is Introduction

to Orthodoxy. Refreshments

served, Seekers

are welcome. Visit saint or call

(630) 638-9462

New Life Church (500 Gougar Road, New


Worship Services

10 a.m. Sundays. For

more information, call

(815) 462-0202.

Intro to New Life

Church staff offers a

one-day Intro to New Life

workshop, which will provide

the opportunity for

attendees to engage in an

in-depth dialogue about the

church’s mission, beliefs

and approach to ministry.

To register, sign up at new or call

the church office at (815)


The Hub (1303 S. Schoolhouse Road, New


The Landing

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. This is a group

to help teens break free

from hurts, hang-ups and

addictions. There is no

charge. For more information,

search for Freedom

Haus on Facebook.

The Center Youth Group

6:30-9 p.m. every Thursday.

Teens ages 12-19 are

welcome. The night features

live music, an open

gym, an encouraging message

and a chance to meet

new friends. For more information,

call (815) 717-


Xtreme Church

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every

Sunday. The Hub partners

with Xtreme Ministries

to host a church service.

There is loud music and

preaching. For more information,

call (815) 717-


Cherry Hill Church of Christ (2749 Lancaster

Drive, Joliet)

Sunday Services

10:30 a.m. every Sunday;

1 p.m. on the first

Sunday of each month

and 6 p.m. every Sunday

except the first Sunday of

each month.

Worship and Bible Service

7 p.m. every Wednesday.

Bible Study

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Grace Episcopal Church (209 N. Pine St.,

New Lenox)

Sunday Services

8 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II. 10 a.m. Holy Eucharist

Rite II with music,

followed by coffee hour.

For more information, call

(815) 485-6596.

Saturday Service

5 p.m. the first, third

and fifth Saturday of each


Cornerstone Church (1501 S. Gougar Road,

New Lenox)

Men’s Bible Study

6-7:30 a.m. every Friday.

For more information,

call (815) 462-7700.

Junior and Senior High

Bible Study

6:30-8:30 p.m. every

Wednesday. For more information,

call (815) 462-


Parkview Christian Church (2121 S.

Schoolhouse Road, New Lenox)

Worship Services

4 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m., 10 a.m. and 11:30

a.m. Sundays.

Peace Lutheran Church (1900 E. Lincoln

Highway, New Lenox)

Church Services

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8:30

a.m. and 11 a.m. Sundays.

“From Dope to Hope”

7-8:30 p.m. Tuesday

nights, Opiate Recovery

Group for both users &

their loved ones held at

Peace Lutheran Church.

Bible Study

10 a.m. Every Wednesday.

For more information,

call (815) 485-5327.

The Journey Church (14414 W. Ford Drive,

New Lenox)

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Reverberate Youth Group

1-3 p.m. Every first

Sunday of the month. The

group meets to discuss a

message geared toward junior

and senior high school

students. For more information,


Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Editor Sean

Hastings at sean@newlenox or call (708)

326-9170 ext. 48. Information

is due by noon on Thursdays

one week prior to publication. life & arts

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 23




Chad Gabriel (right) talks with Jim Peterik, co-founder of the band Survivor and cowriter

for the song “Eye of the Tiger.” The Search for Aliveness

NL man hosts, narrates docuseries

on ‘Search for Aliveness’

Sean Hastings, Editor

Chad Gabriel, a New

Lenox resident for 16

years, works at Tuthill

Corporations based out

of Burr Ridge. Tuthill is a

manufacturing company

that makes pumps, meters,

vacuum pumps and blowers.

But what Tuthill does,

goes beyond that. And

Gabriel could not be more

thankful for their support.

“We make those kinds

of things, yet our company

culture and purpose is really

about aliveness and

our purpose statement is to

‘Wake the World,’” Gabriel

said. “We want to get out

there and share what we’ve

learned as far as unlocking

aliveness in our employees

and bringing that out into

the world.”

Gabriel and some of his

coworkers wondered how

they could bring that notion

of aliveness outside of

their four walls at Tuthill.

One of his coworkers had

done a documentary before

and suggested it to Gabriel.

“He said ‘Chad why

don’t we do a documentary

on aliveness,’” Gabriel

said. “I said ‘man,

that’s way out of the box.

That’s an odd-ball project

for us to work on and I

love it.’ We essentially got

support from Jay Tuthill,

who is the chairman, and

Tom Carmazzi, who is the


And so, “The Search for

Aliveness” was born.

“So much news is negative,

there’s so much political

dismay, so much

distraction and people

are not thinking about the

things they could be doing

to feel more alive,” Gabriel

said. “They’re very much

focused on ‘how do I make

enough money to cover the

bills for next week, how do

I just get through the day

and not thinking bigger


“What can I do so my

family is closer and my

family feels more alive?”

The Search for Aliveness

features Gabriel, who

hosts and narrates each

episode, and his team of

Erica Magada, the cinematographer,

and Vito Pellicano,

the creator, director

and editor. He also spoke

highly of the work those

two put in and the long

hours they endure to make

the series possible.

The group interviews

different people from all

walks of life to find out

what makes them feel

alive, all while tackling

five categories: purpose,

connection, energy, being

present and engaged, and


He added that peo-

Please see Aliveness, 24









Restrictions apply and not available

on previously purchased tickets.

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Disabled Patriot Fund announces Evening of Care

Staff Report


From Page 23

ple commonly

think the notion

of “aliveness”

means happiness,

which is not always

the case.

Being sad, scared

and angry are all Gabriel

parts of feeling

alive — the emotions “we conceal,”

he said.

Most recently, Gabriel and his

team took a trip to Zambia, Africa.

It was the fourth episode of

the series.

There, he spoke to different

people, including two women

— one who is blind and one that

has cerebral palsy.

And that was one of the most

impactful conversations he has

had, he said.

“When Blessing, the girl with

cerebral palsy, said ‘disability is

not inability’ and up against all

odds, she’s in Zambia with no

At the Disabled Patriot Fund’s annual golf outing at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont, (left

to right) Miguel Delgado, Brian Wilhelm, Vernon Mitchell and Mike Jaborek received checks from the

organization, which generated nearly $30,000 through the outing to help the cause. Photo submitted

opportunity, they’re essentially

treated like rejects in society

there,” Gabriel said. “That was

so inspiring to me, like how dare

I complain about not being able

to do something. Hearing that

perspective from someone who

has nothing and has all the challenges

in the world looking to

dream so big and that moment

for me was ‘good God,’ my perspective

is skewed.”

Blessing also told Gabriel

that she wants to change the

way people with disabilities are

viewed in Zambia.

“She’s dreaming big,” Gabriel

said. “That’s so inspiring.”

With how Gabriel and his

team wanted to interview people

from all walks of life, he also interviewed

Jim Peterik, a rockstar

who is best known for being the

co-founder of the band Survivor

and co-writing the song “Eye of

the Tiger,”

Some New Lenox residents

may remember that Peterik

played at a Triple Play Concert

Hot on the hells of the success

of its annual golf outing

at Cog Hill Golf and Country

Club, the Orland Park-based

Disabled Patriot Fund is announcing

An Evening of Care

2019. The event is to take place

starting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 28 at

Thomas E. Hartung American

Legion Post 1977, 14414 W.

Ford Drive in New Lenox.

The event will offer servicemen

and women complementary

food, information

and appreciation at the

event. The Evening of Care

is to include information on

ways to help with anxiety and

sleep disorders that may be

the result of post-traumatic

stress disorder.

There will be a master chief,

guest speakers, raffle and a veterans’

gift bag, according to

organizers. Chaplains, counselors

and other veterans will be

available throughout the evening

for those who need to talk

with someone or share experiences.

To register or for more information,



The Disable Patriot

Fund benefits local military

families who have been

adversely affected by the War

on Terror.

in 2018.

Peterik said to Gabriel that

some of his best writing and

ideas for song lyrics has come

by walking in nature — a common

theme among interviewees.

He added that the one thing

that stood out about what Peterik

said was ‘to be you and don’t be

afraid to share it with the world.’

Gabriel realizes that some

people may think what they’re

doing is “fufu,” but he really

hopes that people will slow

down, watch it and think about

what makes them feel alive.

Even though he is the one

interviewing others to find out

what makes them feel alive, he

is learning about himself even

more each time.

For instance, Gabriel has been

coaching New Lenox Rebels

Baseball for approximately 10

years and until he started this

docu-series, he never gave much

thought about it. He loves the

game and working with kids, but

he never thought that is something

that brings him aliveness,

he said.

It’s that, and being with his

family fishing on a boat at sunset,

he said. He has two sons, 12

and 14, and he recognizes this is

sacred time, because in six years

they are off to college.

“Maybe change the conversation

around the dinner table

from ‘how was your day,’ ‘oh,

the weather was terrible,’ ‘what

did you do,’ to ‘what can we do

as a family to feel more alive

together and focusing on those

connection pieces, the energy

pieces, health and fitness pieces,

to that.”

Two more episodes are

planned that people can look

forward to that are set to come

out at the end of September and

November. They both really focus

on experiences, Gabriel said.

For more information about

“The Search for Aliveness” visit The

videos can also be found on


Poetry Corner



Julie Sanders, New Lenox resident

Sunlight bursts open the dawn

into the transpiring moment, I

am drawn

Unique in all it’s cascades of

transcending rays

Nestled in simplicity fair

amongst the scattered clouds

Flowers, an orchestrated array of


the color of fireworks spread

over early green.

Land, forever the eye can see

God’s creation with precision


Overwhelming beauty to breathe


to exhale, may be to lose it


Winds ever so mellow, lightly


carrying the fragrances of spring.

Excited by the birth of nature’s


The Earth filled with the knowledge

of the glory of the Lord.

Reborn in the baptism of spring

energized to the full measure of


Sun’s comforting warmth surrounds


to hold me like a babe in arms

Deeply drawn into nature’s


my roots firmly planted in God’s


Aspired love with God’s creation

the kiss of spring upon my lips

Exhilarated to the depths of my


igniting and stirring within the

chasms deep

Accentuated with alluring definitions

whispering to my mind of God’s

greatness, His presence.

Majestic painter and creator of

such a masterpiece

spring mesmerizing, holds me,

bringing peace

Sweet liberty of nature rejoices

with God’s touch

as I rejoice in His song. new lenox

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26 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot life & arts

For the Ladies

Ladies Night held in New Lenox Commons draws in friends,

family, live music, pets and more

New Lenox residents Olivia (left) and Kelly Dauksas walk through the New Lenox

Village Commons during Ladies Night Out.

New Lenox residents Carol Larsen (left) and Kathy Fox – and dogs Mary Alice

and Gracie – enjoy Ladies Night Out in the New Lenox Village Commons. Laurie

Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Orland Park residents Chris Hudon (left) and Janet Butler raise awareness for PEO, a

philanthropic educational organization for women during the event.

New Lenox residents Kathy McPhail (left) and Sandy Goffinet shop for bracelets at

39th Street Designs.

New Lenox residents Carol Krull (left) and Tammy Watson listen to music by CK and

The Gray during Ladies Night Out. dining out

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 27

The Dish

Gatto’s offers delicious Italian fare, familial comforts

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

For those looking to take

a break from their routine,

there is a quaint eatery in

Orland Park that not only

boasts delectable fare but

also affable staff members

who work to ensure diners

are treated like family.

Gatto’s Italian Restaurant

and Bar located at

8801 W. 143rd St. in Orland

Park was born out of

brothers Frank and Chuck

Gatto’s love for food and

an appreciation of their

rich Italian heritage.

“Growing up, we both

worked for restaurants in

Little Italy, and in 2000 we

decided to give our own

place a try,” Frank said.

“We are 100 percent Italian,

and our families are

great cooks. We borrowed

all the recipes from them

and started this journey.”

The first Gatto’s opened

in Tinley Park and, after

winning hearts in a few

southwest suburban neighborhoods,

heard about an

opportunity in Orland Park

in 2014.

“This town has a diverse

population, and I think every

town like this needs a

place like ours — a place

where you can come in

with your family or your

date and enjoy reasonably

priced food with a good

atmosphere and great service.”

Frank said. “It is a

place where you can really

feel comfortable.”

With oodles of charm

and a decor reminiscent of

a restaurant tucked away

in a corner of a winding

street in Italy, Gatto’s may

not be the only place in the

area serving this cuisine,

but it is unique.

“We created this concept

that we like to call comfort

food,” Frank said.

“It is basically all the

food you love eating at

home, really simple items

from pastas to chicken

Parmesan, with fresh ingredients

and made to order.”

The menu has more

than 70 items from salads

to desserts, and an array

of appetizers and entrees

in between. According

to Frank, guests usually

like to begin with Gatto’s

Garbage Salad ($8.25), a

dish that creates visual,

culinary chaos on the plate

with a host of vegetables

such as romaine lettuce,

roasted red peppers and

onions, along with ham,

and blue and Fontinella

cheeses, topped with an

Italian vinaigrette.

Next on the list is the

fried calamari (10.95) —

breaded squid rings and

tentacles, served with a

zesty cocktail sauce and


“This is my favorite

dish, too,” manager Denise

Sexton said. “It is the best

fried calamari I have eaten


Choosing an entree can

be confounding, but Gatto

himself has a clear winner:

a pasta that harks back to

his childhood days.

“I love the Portofino

[$21.95], because that

is what my brother and

I enjoyed the most,” he

said. “It is basically a

hearty concoction of fresh

shrimps, mussels, clams,

calamari, on a bed of pasta,

with a thin marinara


Although there are plenty

of desserts from which

to choose, the tiramisu

($5.95) is the perfect dish

to cap off the meal. It has

the right blend of bitter

espresso, balanced by the

Gatto’s Italian

Restaurant and Bar

8801 W. 143rd St. in

Orland Park


• 4-10 p.m. Monday-


• 4-11 p.m. Friday-


For more information ...

Phone: (708) 349-


Web: www.

The angel hair broccoli aglio ($11.75) is easy on the palate, with flavors of olive oil

and garlic. Photos by Abhinanda Datta/22nd Century Media

The eggplant Parmesan ($15.25), served over a bed of pasta and covered in marinara

sauce, is a popular vegetarian dish.

sweetness of the rich cocoa

and whipped cream,

enclosed within a scrumptious,

smooth texture.

Made from scratch and

fully customizable, special

items are offered each day,

and Gatto’s will even prepare

items that are not on

the menu.

“We can make any dish

you want,” Sexton said.

“You can choose the kind

of pasta or the kind of

sauce and even a whole

dish like the chicken Milanese

($17.50) that was offered

as one of the daily


The restaurant also has

a rooftop bar with a view.

And every Wednesday,

Gatto’s hosts a Cruise

Night — a classic car

show for the family. There

are no additional costs for

participating, but goodies

such as T-shirts are sold

at the venue, the proceeds

from which are donated to

a local charity.

“We always try to do

something that impacts the

community in a positive

way,” Frank said. “This

year, we are donating to

a local veterans organization.”

Frank’s great-grandparents

were immigrants from

Bari, Italy, and every Sunday

Frank would drive to

their house to savor a day

with his big family.

“We did not have a lot

back then, except each

other and food,” he said.

“And it was some of the

best foods you could ever


With an inherent regard

for familial bonds, Frank

made sure his restaurant

had a very clear motto:

“You arrive as friends and

leave as family.”

Despite the challenges,

he said he feels fortunate

“to do something I love.”

And while the food is important,

offering a friendly

service is what truly drives


“This business is tough,

and you spend long hours

away from your loved

ones,” Frank said. “But

we wouldn’t change a


“Our staff is trained to

interact with the guests,

because everyone wants

to be treated nicely. We

consider our customers as

family and want to give

them a place in this town

that they can call home.”

28 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot puzzles

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

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5. Irritating snob

9. Rugby formation

14. Mazar of “Good-


15. Valentine’s day


16. Hugh Laurie


17. Stagger

18. Deep black

19. ‘He’s __ nowhere


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22. Olympics reward

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25. Mokena Community

Church that

holds am annual

flea market

29. Make ___ while

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30. Don’t let the tail

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33. Lucy’s pal on TV

34. Swarm

36. The Kinks classic

37. Optimist’s statement

40. Decomposes

41. Sounds of contentment

42. Rapidly

43. Guess, for short

44. Bobble

45. Said flatly

46. Crib

47. Cleveland cager,

for short

48. Baseball’s Bud

51. Lincoln-Way

East alum who

played for the Yankees

and Cardinals

56. Respond to a


57. Hotel chain name

58. Rabbit features

60. Playground retort

61. CPR pros

62. Reference

63. Bogs and mosses

64. Obi

65. Swiss artist Paul


1. New Deal inits.

2. Alternatives to


3. Biblical shepherd

4. ___gram

5. Some cell phones

6. R2D2, for one

7. Wasn’t hurt

8. Kind of pool

9. Type of leather

10. Essential parts

11. Felt bad about

12. Insurer for military


13. Pell- __ (hastily)

21. Marine snail

24. Monopoly, e.g.

25. Downing Street


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28. Minus

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movie starring Richard


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Bunch” housekeeper

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35. Biblical verb suffix

36. Certain cosmetic

surgery, for short

38. Ball material

39. Maggot

44. Black pool balls

45. Breakfast item

46. Prejudiced individual

47. Pitches

48. Lingerie item

49. Freedom from


50. Green moth

51. Hinds

52. Jane Austen novel

53. It comes to a head

54. Fasten

55. Uffizi Gallery


59. Poker call


Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

Williamson’s Restaurant

and Pub

(1490 W. Maple St. New

Lenox, (815) 485-8585)

■Wednesdays: ■


House Wine Wednesdays

■Sundays: ■ Spicy

Bloody Marys $5

Hickory Creek Brewing


(1005 W Laraway Rd,

New Lenox. (779) 803-


■3 ■ p.m. -close Fridays:

Happy Hour from 3

to 6 p.m. followed by

Smokin’ Z BBQ food

truck from 5:30 to

8:30 p.m. and live



Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



Pete Mitchell’s Bar &


(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar

Game. Free to play.


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old La-

Grange Road, Mokena;

(708) 478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays, Fridays

and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry


To place an event

in The Scene, email a.datta


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two weekends only

Sept. 14-15

Sept. 21-22

models open 12-5pm


SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association

continues to build upon success with its Tour of Homes

Builders ready to showcase the best of new construction in Chicago’s southwest suburbs in third iteration of event


across the southwest suburbs will showcase

the crème de la crème in new construction

as the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders

Association’s 2019 Tour of Homes makes its

third annual return.

The free, information-rich tour aims to

introduce potential homebuyers to their

move-in-ready homes by showcasing

diverse structures crafted by talented area

builders. Mark your calendars for this unique

opportunity, which will take place on two

weekends: Sept. 14-15 and Sept. 21-22.

In the past two years, the event has

successfully fostered a rare, one-onone

connection between builders and

consumers, making the event a must-attend

for anyone who is looking to call the bustling

southwest suburbs home sweet home.

“We’re just really trying to promote the Tour

of Homes name and keep growing the event

to have it be a name people know and an

event people look forward to each year,”

said Shannon Rocha, executive director of

the SSHBA. “We really want the public to be

able to see what our SSHBA members do.”

Nineteen homes, including townhomes,

single-family homes and duplexes, are

highlighted in this year’s tour, allowing

prospective homebuyers to get an upclose

look at the custom work in which the

respective builders specialize.

Many of the builders’ names will be familiar

to repeat attendees, and those who have yet

to attend will surely recognize the names as

being some of the best in the business.

“Most of the builders that are in it, this will

be their third year that they’re continuing to

put their homes in,” Rocha said.

For those who have not previously attended

the tour but are looking for a new home,

Rocha assures that they need not be

intimidated by the prospect of buying a new

home; it is just as easy as purchasing a

preexisting home, she said.

Further, those in the market for a new house

can rest assured that all SSHBA builders

represent the best of the best in the industry,

as the association vets the builders and

ensures that they are up to date on industry

trends and rules, among other expertise.

“It’s just a really good way for our members

to be promoted to the public,” Rocha said. “

... They see the value of how many people

are coming to visit.”

Builders featured in this year’s tour are as


• 5th Avenue Construction


— Actual: 12878 Collina Lane, Lemont/

GPS: 11250 Archer Ave., Lemont, Estates

of Montefiori; and 12711 Caruso Court,

Lemont, Derby Pines

• Beechen & Dill Homes, Inc


— 13102 Eliza Court, Lemont, Willow

Pointe; and 10042 Franchesca Lane,

Orland Park)

• Brian Wille Construction


— 15810 Mueller Way, New Lenox,

Prairie Ridge

• Castletown Homes, Inc.


— Actual: 14253 Lacey Dr., Lemont/

GPS: 14280 McCarthy Road, Lemont,

7 Oaks; Actual: 12123 Fairmont Lane,

Lemont/GPS: 12150 Bell Road, Lemont,

Equestrian Meadows

• Charleton Highlands



Development-15557570 8208116)

— 16343 Emerson Drive, Orland Park;

16311 Emerson Drive, Orland Park

• Flaherty Builders, Inc.


— 1886 Mays Dr., New Lenox, Jacob’s

Field; 11041 Deer Haven Lane,

Orland Park, Deer Haven

• Gardner Luxury Homes


— 27232 W. Deer Hollow Lane,


• M.C. Custom Homes, Inc.

( —

16455 W. Turnberry Circle, Lockport,

Oak Creek Phase II

• McNaughton Development

( —

11245 171st Street, Orland Park,

Bluff Pointe

• Mora Builders


— 560 Mihelich Lane, Lockport,

Mihelich Estates

• O’Malley Builders


— 17036 Monarch Dr., Orland Park,

Bluff Pointe

• Putman Builders


— 22358 Majestic Lane, Frankfort,

Frankfort Meadows

• T.J. Cachey Builders II


• Sky Harbor 2130 Highview Road,

New Lenox

• Lehlinbridge Townhomes 25532 Riley Erin

Road, Manhattan

SSHBA’s membership is comprised of

roughly 180 members and 50 builders in

the southwest suburbs, with members of the

Orland Park-based association hailing from

as far as Channahon, Morris and Coal City.

“We cover a lot of area,” Rocha said.

The highly anticipated Tour of Homes

enables SSHBA to connect its prestigious

members with the broader public in an

intimate, hassle-free setting as individuals

and families are able to come and go at their


Maps of the featured homes are to be

made available as the event nears, allowing

attendees to plan their routes.

Raffle prizes also will be available. For each

home that a tour-goer visits, they earn an

additional raffle prize entry.

The SSHBA Tour of Homes has three premier

sponsors: James Hardie, Lakeside Bank and

Hines Supply. This year, the SSHBA also

will have a kick-off party for the tour where

builders will be presented with various


For more details on the upcoming

tour and to learn more about this

year’s featured builders, visit

To map a route to all 19 homes on the Tour Of Homes, visit

More information on each home and builder can also be found online.

30 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot local living

Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan, Peotone, and Joliet – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the



School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted


Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency


With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by


Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details. real estate

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 31

The New Lenox Patriot’s

Fabulous floor plan. Over

9500 square feet of

living area.

What: Exquisitely

designed executive home

on 2.5 acres; nestled in

the woods of Chartwell


Where: 1720 Giddington

Court, New Lenox

Sponsored Content

of the


Amenities: Stunning two

story home with nine-foot

ceilings featuring a main

floor master suite and

three generously sized

ensuite bedrooms on

the second floor. Dual

staircases. The gourmet

kitchen, with granite

counter tops, Sub-Zero

and Dacor appliances

also boasts a custom

island with vegetable

sink. The finished

walkout basement with

radiant heat has 10-foot

ceilings and is perfect

for entertaining. Four car

garage with radiant heat

and an epoxy coated floor

is a must have for our

winters. Have an electric

car? the EV charging port

is here. Come make this

spacious home yours.

Convenienty located to

I-355, Silver Cross and

the new Coopers Hawk.

Asking Price: $949,000

Listing Agent: June

Graffy Managing Broker

& Owner 708-269-0127

email: juneagraffy@

Listing Brokerage:

New Directions Realty

Center Inc.

Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Call (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

July 08

• 813 Meadow Ridge

Lane, New Lenox,

60451-2448 - Kirby

Clare to Michelle Mager,


• 417 W. Haven Ave.,

New Lenox, 60451-

1613 - Jenna L. Bay

to Katie A. Ziebell,

Christopher C. Ziebell


• 925 Knollside Road,

New Lenox, 60451-

3626 - Brian J. Wahl

to Vincent A. Patrizi,


• 2422 Kerry Winde

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2538 - Kevin

Rigsby to Timothy

Kuyper, Stacey Kuyper


• 2326 Bluestone

Bay Drive, New Lenox,

60451-9216 - Eagle

Ridge Corp to Robert A.

Zidek, Dianne M. Zidek


• 2818 Sunrise Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

3283 - Randall T.

Czop II to Edmundjon


Stephanie Calungcaguin


July 09

• 3227 Lightning

Court, New Lenox,

60451-5608 - Ellen

A. Bell to John P.

Rymsza, Ann M. Wood


• 1433 Stonebridge

Drive, New Lenox,

60451-2300 - Geary

McMahon to Vincenzo

Graziano, $290,000

• 1830 Orchard Lane,

New Lenox, 60451-

3486 - Chicago Title

Land Trt Co Ttee to

Joseph A. Fowler,

Cynthia R. Fowler


• 2112 Thames

River Lane, New

Lenox, 60451-9573

- Neubauer Trust to

Jeffrey D. Weis, Katie

Weis $368,000

• 157 Tonell Ave., New

Lenox, 60451-1940 -

Stephen B. Montgomery

to Robert M. Summers,

Michelle Summers


• 2927 Brett Drive,

New Lenox, 60451-

3026 - First Midwest

Bank Trustee to David

Lesak, Tracey L. Lesak


The Going Rate is provided

by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more

information, visit www. or call

(630) 557-1000.

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1003 Help Wanted


for Custom Rubber Products Company

At Aero Rubber Company, Inc. we value the desire to succeed,

providing a great customer experience, and supporting our teams.

As a consultative sales engineer in our Industrial Rubber Band

Division, you’ll receive in-depth training on our rubber products

so you can actively identify new targets and establish new

business from inception through to final sale.

To succeed you’ll need to evaluate opportunities, build

relationships, and develop leads with the support of targeted

marketing campaigns. You’ll call on qualified targets, provide

technical sales consultations, develop quotes, and provide

outstanding customer service to ensure loyal customers.

Throughout the entire process you’ll track leads with our

CRM system and report on your results.

This is an inside non-commissioned position;

it is not a telemarketing position.


- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B development and

industrial sales experience

- Prior consultative sales and relationship building

(not catalog sales)

- Proven track record of achieving results

- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

and listening skills

- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus


Medical/Dental/Vision, 401K,

Performance Bonus, Relocation Package

About Aero

Located in SW Suburb of Chicago, 46+ Years Strong

ISO 9001:2015

To Apply: Send cover letter and resume to:



Up to $15/hr plus tips and bonuses. APPLY NOW!


708.873.9044 -

Maintenance &

Janitorial Positions

Full-time (w/ benefits package)

employees wanted for

janitorial and maintenance

of south-suburban apartment

community (Orland Hills)

Responsibilities would

include but not be limited to:

Janitorial - general, basic

cleaning skills

Maintenance - light electrical,

plumbing, and general

maintenance of the property

If you are interested in this

position, please email:

Chocolate Retail Sales

World’s Finest Chocolate -

Orland Park Outlet Store

Full and Part-time Positions

Hourly rates based on

experience: $13-$15 per hour

In-store interviews will be held:

8/22 and 8/23 from 1-4pm

or apply online at



Part-Time Office Staff

Seeking office staff 20-25 hours

per week (afternoons and

evenings) for busy upbeat

Music School with locations in

Orland Park and Frankfort.

Must have strong organizational

skills, enjoy customer service,

pride yourself on efficiency,

empathy and flexibility,

and attention to detail.

Must be proficient in Word,

Office, Publisher, and Excel.

$12/hour - Send resume to:

School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits


Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit

employment tab

1003 Help




Due to rapid growth and

growing business opportunities,

Aero Rubber Company

seeks a detail-oriented

Senior Sales Assistant for

a full-time position.

Working directly with a sales

engineer, you would be

responsible for providing

exceptional customer service

and performing sales

administrative functions.

This is a very diversified

position in our fast-pace



- Strong organizational &

communication skills

- Expert in Microsoft Office

- Industrial B2B customer

service experience a plus

Competitive salary &

benefit package including


To apply, send cover letter

and resume to:

Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Part-Time Kitchen Help

M & W 8-4 Homer Glen

Measure, blend, clean.

Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

$11 per hr. no exp,

more based on exp.

Inquiries w/ job history &

contact info:

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

1003 Help




The Village ofMokena is accepting

resumes only for the position

of Water Meter Reader/

Technician. This is an entry level

position involved with reading

water meters and maintenance of

same. The successful applicant

will be required to have ahigh

school diploma orGED; orany

equivalent combination ofeducation

and experience, a valid

Illinois driver’s license (CDL preferred)

and some degree of knowledge

with regard to Utilities

Operations (snow plowing experience

also preferred). This position

also involves interaction with the

general public, therefore requiring

excellent verbal communication

skills. Toapply, please send aresume

with cover letter to the

Mokena Village Hall, ATTN:

Public Works, 11004 Carpenter

Street, Mokena, Illinois 60448 or

submit documents electronically


Resumes will be accepted until

5 p.m. September 13, 2019.

This position has astarting annual

salary of $50,874. The Village of

Mokena is an equal opportunity


Grooming Shop in Orland

Park looking for someone

responsible to bathe dogs

Tuesday, Thursday & some

Saturday mornings.

Please call 708-403-2121

Local company looking for

Exp. Dump Truck Driver

Class A & B

Full & part-time available

Dump experience necessary


Alvernia Manor Senior Living

is now hiring 3 positions

- CNA to work night shifts

- Dining room aid, part-time

- Activity aid, part-time

Call to apply: 630-257-7721

Piano Instructors

Part-Time piano instructor needed

for busy southwest suburban

Music School. 15-20 hrs per week

Send resume to:

Medical Biller & Front

Desk needed. P/T and/or

F/T. Frankfort. Please fax

or email your resume to:

or 815.880.8234

1004 Employment


1023 Caregiver


I am a retired RN that

would like to care for an

elderly or disabled person

in MY loving,

well-appointed home.

Excellent references

Please call for more details

(815) 614-8140







in the




1052 Garage Sale

Homer Glen 12144 Meadowland

Dr 8/23 &8/24 10-3pm

Baby boy things, toys, household(some

new), kids books,

some Weather Tech, car ramps,

holiday decor, and much more.

Lockport 17937 S. Mitchell Ln.

Fri. 8/23, Sat. 8/24, and Sun.

8/25, 9 - 3pm. Kids/Adult

clothing, household items,

small furniture - everything

must go!

Lockport 913 MacGregor Rd.

Thurs. 8/22, Fri. 8/23, &Sat.

8/24, 8-5pm. Tools, Lionel

Trains, Clothes, Nascar Diecast

Cars, Plumbing & Electric

Supplies, Cubs, Sox, Bears &

Blackhawks items, John Deere

tractor 245, Betty Boop, Elvis

& More!

Orland Park 11120 Brigitte

Terrace. Sat. 8/24 and Sun.

8/25, 9-2pm. Furniture,

baby/kids clothing & equip.,

toys, houseware, decor, and

much more!

Place a garage sale ad & reach

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1037 Prayer /


Oh holy St. Jude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracles, near kinsman of

Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed.

To you Ihave recourse from

the depths of my heart and

humbly beg to whom God has

given such great power to

come to my assistance. Help

me in my present and urgent

petition. In return, I promise to

make your name known and

cause to be invoked. Say 3Our

Fathers, 3Hail Marys and Glories

for 9 consecutive days.

Publication must be promised.

St. Jude pray for us all who invoke

your aid. Amen T.B.



1053 Multi Family


New Lenox 22033 Howell Dr.

Unit #6. Fri. 8/23 &Sat. 8/24,

9-3pm. Garage/Warehouse sale:

Furniture, clothing, antiques,

ladders, hardware/electrical

items, and much more!

Orland Park Eagle Ridge 3

17831 &9Abigail Ln, 10432

Rachel Ln art, clothing, toys,

tools decorations, and more.

Tinley Park 16748 Forest

View Drive 8/24 8-3pm furniture,

storage items, household,

kids clothes and much more

1057 Estate Sale

Orland Park 17608 Kelsey Ln.

Fri. 8/23 and Sat. 8/24, 9-3pm.

Lots of furniture -Sofa bed,

dresser/drawers, table and

chairs, dining room table and

hutch. Also clothes, tools,

storage equipment, golf clubs,

and lots more!

1058 Moving Sale

Colossal Moving Sale New Lenox

1057 Sierra Ridge 8/23 &8/24

9-3pm This is one you don’t want

to miss! Something for everyone.

Pictures on Sale by

Creative Home Services.

Orland Park 17160 Deer Run

Dr 8/23 &8/24 8-3pm Huge

Moving Sale and bring your

truck! classifieds

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Kendall Villa has a ton

of experience as a head

coach. It’s just been a


Villa coached the Lincoln-Way

boys volleyball

team from 1993-1999

and went on to coach the

University of St. Francis

women’s team in the early

2000’s before stepping

away to spend time with

her family.

After returning to coaching

as an assistant under

Kris Fiore at LW East the

last four years, Villa is

back in charge of her own

program as she gets set for

her first season as the girls

coach at LW West.

“I put my energy into

raising my own children

and now I have two going

to college, my last is at

West, so I can get back to

some of the things I love,”

Villa said. “I’m excited.

This feels natural. I’m

teaching full-time again

and that’s natural for me.

“I love Lincoln-Way,

the whole district, and I’m

lucky to be here.”

Villa’s opener with the

Warriors was set for Tuesday,

Aug. 21 with a home

match against Oak Forest.

“It’s all come full circle,

really,” she said. “Boys

and girls are different in

terms of power and strategy,

but coaching is coaching.”

West went 22-14 last

season under Matt Lawrence

and has some reloading

to do after losing four

seniors from that team.

Outside hitter Kirsten

Leitshuh, setter Hannah

Rubin and libero/outside

hitter Katie Little are

among the key members of

this season’s senior class.

Villa is also counting on

junior outside hitter Sage

Junior outside hitter Sage Dunne is one of the key

players new Lincoln-Way West coach Kendall Villa will

be counting on this fall. GARY MIDDENDORF/22ND CENTURY


Dunne to play a big role.

“Those four are kind of

our core players, the girls

who have a lot of experience

from last year,” Villa

said. “Kirsten has been

hurt over the summer, but

the footage I’ve seen of

her has me really excited.

Hannah Rubin is a gogetter.

“We also have sophomores

who have come up

that we are hopeful about.”

Leitshuh is excited

about having Villa as her


“It’s pretty awesome so

far,” she said. “It’s like

completely different from

last year. She gives us a

lot of one-on-one time and

she wants to make us better.

She pushes us.”

Rubin is eager to take on

a leadership role.

“We have a lot of underclassmen,

so we’re

going to help them, and I

think we’re really going

to grow,” she said. “We

used the summer to build

the connections so we can

all be better as a team this


The Warriors played

in the inaugural Velocity

Summer League in July

in Mokena. Despite being

knocked out in the

first round of the summer

playoffs by LW Central,

Leitshuh said the team got

valuable experience.

“[Villa] is building us

up,” Leitshuh said. “We’re

working on tiny things and

then moving up to bigger


“We’re testing out new

things, seeing what positions

work for everyone

and what works out.”

Villa was happy to get

the opportunity to become

familiar with her new team

over the summer.

“It was huge to have the

summer to see the girls in

motion, see how everything

is meshing,” she said.

“It’s a new group, a lot of

new girls playing together.

It’s taken some time to get

used to each other.

“We’re going to build.

We have nowhere to go

but up.” sports

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This Week In




■Aug. ■ 27 — SouthWest

Suburban Conference

Preseason Meet at

Lockport, 5 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 — SouthWest

Suburban Conference

Preseason Meet at

Lockport, 5 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 24 — Homewood-

Flossmoor Invite at

Balmoral Woods, 12:30


■Aug. ■ 27 — hosts


Andrew and Lockport at

Sanctuary, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 22 — at Hinsdale

Central at Oak Brook, 4:30


■Aug. ■ 24 — Lincoln-Way

Cup at Green Garden, 8:30


■Aug. ■ 26 — at Andrew at

Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 26 — at Plainfield

North, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 26 — hosts

Romeoville, 5:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 27 — at T.F. South,

5:30 p.m.




■Aug. ■ 27 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference

Preseason Meet at

Lockport, 5 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 – SouthWest

Suburban Conference

Preseason Meet at

Lockport, 5 p.m.


Aug. 22 – at Bolingbrook at

Bolingbrook Golf Club, 4:30


■Aug. ■ 24 – Homewood-

Flossmoor Invite at

Balmoral Woods, 12:30



■Aug. ■ 24 – Lincoln-Way

Cup at Green Garden, 8:30


■Aug. ■ 26 – Andrew Invite at

Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 27 – at Lockport at

Broken Arrow, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 – Windy City Ram

Classic vs. Providence at

Plainfield South, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 22 – hosts Tinley

Park, 4:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 24 – at Plainfield

North Invite, 8 a.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 – hosts Oak

Forest, 5:30 p.m.




■Aug. ■ 28 – hosts Celtic

Conditioner, 5 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 28 – hosts Celtic

Conditioner, 5 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 22 – vs. Fenwick and

Loyola at Fresh Meadows,

4:30 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 26 – Andrew Invite at

Silver Lake, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 – Windy City

Ram Classic vs. LW West at

Plainfield South, 4:30 p.m.


■Aug. ■ 24 – at Marian

Catholic quad, 9 a.m.


■Aug. ■ 27 – at Marist, 6


Boys Soccer

Area teams hope to put the right pieces together

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

coach Sean Fahey is banking

on his team’s experience

to carry them.

The Knights have 13

players returning from

last season’s roster and

are hungry to make a big

run after finishing 8-9-2 in


“This is probably the

first year in a three-year

cycle that we’ve got

13 returning from last

year’s team,” Fahey said.

“They’re not all starters,

but [Adam] Kedzior

in goal is a returning guy

who basically has three

years of varsity exposure.

“He’s one of our best

athletes. Nick Willner has

been our leading goal scorer

the last two years. We’re

looking for a big year out

of him. Our back line is returning.

It’s a unique scenario

that I haven’t had in

a while.”

It will be tough to replace

Connor Erickson,

the team’s leading scorer

last season who is now

playing at Aurora University,

but Fahey is confident

that there are several players

ready to rise to the occasion.

“Last year, Connor Erickson

was our nuts and

bolts, and those are tough

shoes to fill,” Fahey said.

“There’s any number of

guys looking to fill that

role who are ready. Jake

Camaioni is a dangerous

player, Sam Gorecki has

been a consistent player.

Mike Whitlock and Andrew

Burton are going to

be our center backs.

“They’ll be returning

with a chip on their shoulders.

I think seven games

out of the nine that we lost

were one-goal games last

year. So, being right there

but not there is something

they’re looking to remedy.

I’m really looking for everyone

to step up a bit.”

Kedzior is ready to step

up and have an impact in

goal this season.

“I am excited,” Kedzior

said. “I think that the team

is mine now, I have control

of the field. I’m excited for

the season, it’s going to be

a good one.”

Kedzior hopes the

team’s familiarity with

each other can make a difference

this season.

“The whole back starting

line is coming back,”

Kedzior said. “It’s really

comfortable, I play club

with a few of these guys,

too. I’ve played with them

for many years, so having

that existing chemistry is

always a good thing. I trust

all of them, we’re all pretty

confident in what each other

can do.”

Willner will be relied on

as one of the team’s top offensive

players, but he is

also confident in his teammates’

abilities to contribute.

“I know that my teammates

can step up and get

things rolling while I’m

playing in the midfield,”

Willner said. “I’m confident

that we will be fine.

“I’m looking forward

to it. I’ve been on varsity

now for my third year. I’m

excited to finally be a senior

and have the younger

guys look up to me and be

a good role model.”

The theme for this season

is growth. Fahey believes

that the growing

pains for this team have

finally stopped and hopes

this year all the hard work

will pay off for.

“When you look at this

group of seniors when

they were freshmen, it’s

been total growth,” Fahey

said. “I told them during

summer, when I look at

you from freshmen year to

now, it’s almost laughable

how far you’ve come.

“They’ve bought in to

what we’re building and

have come a long way.

I’m very proud of where

they’ve come from but

now it’s time for them to

have a good season. They

deserve that. We just hope

that the pieces fall where

they should.”

LW West

Coming off an 8-8 season,

the Warriors will rely

on five returning starters

led by the senior core of

midfielders Brady Forsythe

and Miles Hagen,

and defender Ethan Sall.

“We are experienced in

our starting lineup, and we

are ready to prove to everyone

that we have what

it takes to make waves this

season,” West coach Matt

Laude said. “We are lucky

to return some great leaders

who will be showing

our younger players the

expectations that go with

being a Warrior soccer


Laude expects sophomore

Anthony Carli and

junior Cody Colin, both

forwards, to add some firepower

to West’s offense.

Hagen thinks a strength

will be the way the Warriors

are able to work the

ball around the field.

“I like our technical capability,”

he said. “We can

move the ball pretty well.

We’re not just a kick-andrun

team, we can move the

ball up well. We also have

good fitness so we’re looking

to outwork teams this


With some newcomers

expected to play big roles,

a key will be getting everyone

to mesh together.

Hagen does not think that

will be an issue, calling

the Warriors a “close-knit


“We lost some very talented

players last year, but

the new kids coming in

this year are really good

fits. They’re going to work

really well with us and fill

some spots.”

The Warriors open the

season competing in the

32-team Windy City Ram

Classic. They are set to

take on Providence in a

first-round game at 4:30

p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 27 at

Plainfield South.


Frazer Galt takes over

as coach for Dan Potempa,

who resigned after 13 seasons

to spend more time

with his family.

Galt is also a club coach

with the Chicago Rush.

The Celtics are coming

off an 11-8-4 season and

won a Class 2A regional

title last year.

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Michael Cascino

Michael Cascino is a

Providence graduate

entering his junior season

on the golf team at Butler


How did this season

go at Butler?

It went well. I started

off pretty good in the fall.

In the spring, it was difficult

for me. My putting

was very poor. I lost my

ball striking toward the

end of the spring. Everything

was kind of going

the wrong way at the end,

but before that I played really


What type of

coach is coach [Bill]


Coach Mattingly is an

old school coach. He lets

us play and make our own

decisions. He preaches the

short game like any other

coach. He doesn’t control

us in our decisions, but he

does help us out in practice.

What is your favorite

memory from this

past season?

Playing at Inverness

Club in Toledo, Ohio.

That course was probably

the best course I’ve

played in college. We all

played pretty well and we

had a blast.

How have summer

tournaments been


The summer has been

up and down. I played

well in some stretches,

and then played poorly

in others. I think that my

game is coming around. I

played pretty well in the

Illinois Open [tying for

27th]. It’s all rounding

into form.

Are you working on

anything specific over

the summer?

Right now, I’m just

working on training. I’m

just trying to work out

more and become more

physically strong. I’m

also trying to improve my


What has been your

favorite collegiate

memory so far?

Qualifying and practicing,

getting a late nine.

Just being around my

friends and the team has

been great. I get to play

golf with my friends every

day. I enjoy the team


How did playing golf

at Providence help

you get ready for


Providence helped prepare

me because I got

the opportunity to play

against some of the best

golfers in the state. The

whole team aspect and

playing your number.

Having a coach tell you

what has and what hasn’t

been working for your

teammates and translating

that to your game.

How does a

background in hockey

Butler University

help with your golf


It actually helps a lot.

The movements in hockey

are very similar to the

movement you want in a

golf swing. It helped in

high school because it

gave me a break from golf

in the winter. It kind of

helped to reenergize for

the spring. Both of those

aspects were huge.

What are your goals

for golf in the future?

I hope that I have a future

in golf, but I’m pretty

realistic about it. Whether

I do or not, the big thing

that I’ll look back on is

all of the experiences I’ve

had during my career. I’m

going to give it all that I

have, anything after that is

out of my control.

What’s up with the

lettuce [long flowing


At the end of last year,

I had a mullet. I cut it this

summer; I can still put it

in a bun though. I think

that I’m going to grow it

back out again.

Interview conducted by Editorial

Intern Joe Bielanski

Mokena pool team has strong

showing at world championship

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

When the Slop Shots, a

pool team based out of The

Alley in Mokena, arrived

in Las Vegas earlier this

month for the American

Poolplayers Association’s

8-Ball World Championship,

seven of the eight

team members were making

their first appearance at

the massive event.

Thus, expectations were

not super high.

The Slop Shots, though,

surprised themselves with

a deep run in the event.

They tied for 33rd out of

720 teams and were the

highest-finishing team

from Illinois.

“We didn’t expect this,”

said New Lenox resident

Daniela Valencia. “We

never thought we’d finish

this high.”

Daniela Valencia’s husband,

David, was the only

player on the team with

past experience at the

world championship, having

played there once before

in 1997.

Other team members included

New Lenox’s Randy

Fencl and Ken Kazaitis,

Frankfort’s Jason Brown,

Tinley Park’s Rick Meter

and Jeff Pazdan, and Orland

Park’s Scott Coppens.

The tournament’s early

rounds feature a double

elimination format, but

Slop Shots never needed

to take advantage of that

as they went 4-0 and advanced

to the single elimination

portion on Aug. 11.

Tournament matches

have a time limit and Slop

Shots’ fifth match reached

that mark with the teams

tied, forcing a one game,

winner-take-all sudden

death tiebreaker, which

The Mokena-based Slop Shots tied for 33rd out of 720

teams at the APA World Championship in Las Vegas.

Team members include (from left) Scott Coppens,

Randy Fencl, Rick Meter, Ken Kazaitis, David Valencia,

Daniela Valencia, Jason Brown and Jeff Pazdan. Steve

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Slop Shots lost to end their


“We all shot great,”

Brown said. “We were

unlucky to lose in sudden

death. It was a great experience.

I can’t wait to try it

again next year.”

Daniela Valencia said

the team’s success made

her realize how tough the

qualifying events were and

how those competitions

had prepared her team for

the big stage.

The Slop Shots were

just one win away from

making it to Las Vegas last


“I think it showed that

the teams in our area are

really tough,” she said.

With over 5,000 top

amateur pool players from

around the world competing

on dozens of tables inside

the Westgate Las Vegas

Resort and Casino, it

was quite the atmosphere.

Of course, Las Vegas

was not a bad place to

hang out between matches,


The Slop Shots were

sure to soak it all in.

“It was absolutely amazing

to see all the different

teams from different states

and see all the skill levels,”

Daniela Valencia said.

“We had so much fun the

whole time out there.”

While the tournament

ended in heartbreaking

fashion with the suddendeath

loss, Daniela Valencia

said all the team members

were proud of how

they performed.

“It was amazing just to

get out there,” she said.

“We all stuck together.

We won as a team and we

lost as a team and we had

a blast.”

The Slop Shots already

have their sights set on a

return trip next summer.

“Everybody said that

now we know what to expect

next time,” Daniela

Valencia said. “Hopefully,

next time will be next

year. We’re going to go

for it, give it our all and

take our best shot at making

it back to Las Vegas

next year.” new lenox

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44 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

LW West soccer players help pitch in for Appalachia

Patrick Z. McGavin

Freelance Reporter

Lindsay Fortier is not

your average 15-year old.

Already, as the saying

goes, she contains multitudes.

She is a gifted musician

who has played the

violin for seven years and

is a member of the orchestra

at Lincoln-Way East.

She is also a talented

athlete who excels at goalkeeper

for the Griffins. She

played freshman soccer

last year and was pulled up

for a couple of junior varsity


For five days in late July

and early August, Fortier

was subjected to a wholly

different perspective.

As a member of the Tinley-Frankfort

Soccer Club,

she was one of 24 players

ranging in age from 13 to

18 who took part in social

service work in Pikeville,

Kentucky, a socially impoverished

region of Appalachia.

Also taking part in the

trip were Ty Arroyo, Zoey

Arroyo, Mattea Arroyo,

Caroline Beaudin, Katie

Beaudin, Jessica Byrne,

Madison Dziedzic, Anna

Fritz, Nora Gaffney, Thea

Gerfen, Emily Kedzior,

Lauren Knollenberg, Tori

Lucarelli, Meghan Majewski,

Brooklyn Mortell, Ava

Murray, America Navarett,

Mary O’Boyle, Gerald

Vetter, Mia Vetter and

Sarah Vetter.

Team members included

students from Lincoln-

Way East and Lincoln-

Way West, as well as other


Giving back

A region devastated by

the opioid crisis, rapid demographic

change and the

decline of traditional factory

culture, Pikeville is

crushed by all sides.

For young people like

Fortier, it proved an illuminating

lesson. She put

in the hard work to make

a difference. She even

brought her violin, showing

off her precocity.

“When I think about

soccer, my worry is about

saving a shot or making

sure I make the right pass,”

Fortier said. “For the people

that we interacted with,

their worry is putting food

on the table, being able to

buy toothpaste or getting a


Operating out of Tinley

Park, the soccer club is a

girls-only program that

fields teams from U10

through U19. The program

was founded by Greg Beaudin

and his partner Paul

Toman in 2009, originally

structured around the playing

activities of their respective

daughters, Katie

Beaudin and Brianna Toman.

Greg Beaudin’s wife,

Dawn, is also a key figure

in the club, part of

the all-volunteer network

that raises money in concert

with Tinley Park and

Frankfort-area businesses.

The Kentucky trip is part

of the group’s altruistic

endeavors, following trips

to Guatemala, hurricane

relief aid, US Amputee

soccer tryouts and helping

the Feed My Starving

Children program.

“We are unique in that

we are not a church,” Greg

Beaudin said. “We are a

soccer group. We worked

with [the aid program Experience

Mission Group]

to execute the logistics

of the trip. We have some

strong soccer teams, but

we are a little bit more centered

toward social service

than just awareness.”

In Kentucky, the players

painted a thrift store

and also washed and

painted playground equipment.

They visited an assisted

living and nursing

home care facility, where

many of the patients are

suffering from early dementia

or early onset Alzheimer’s.

In many cases, the more

direct action was the purest,

direct interaction or


“A lot of the players I

have been with for a long

time,” Greg Beaudin said.

“It is important for us to

make sure these young

women are aware that

there is more than just

soccer in the world. They

need to broaden their horizons.”

A new perspective

O’Boyle is a 14-year old

from Tinley Park who is

about to begin her freshman

year at Andrew. She

is already a member of the

varsity cheer program. A

midfielder in soccer, she is

a recent participant in the

soccer club. She also took

part in the Guatemala trip.

“The minute we got to

Kentucky, we unplugged

our phones and kept them

off the duration of the

trip so there were no distractions,”

O’Boyle said.

“Being new, it was such a

great bonding experience.

We all slept in the same

room on air mattresses on

the floor.

“My favorite part of the

trip was hanging out with

other kids at the YMCA.

You could just play with

them and they would forget

about everything else

going on around them. It

was a great life lesson,

which is something coach

Greg always brings up. It’s

not about winning and losing.

It’s all about learning

things different than soccer.”

Making the trip all the

Members of the Frankfort-Tinley Soccer Club, including players from Lincoln-Way

West, gave “blessing boxes” to Appalachia residents, filled with donations from

local businesses and families from Frankfort, Tinley Park, New Lenox and Mokena.

Photo submitted

more resonant and powerful

was the realization of

how closely related was

the poverty of Pikeville

and that of Guatemala.

Mortell, a 14-year old

from Frankfort and an incoming

freshman at Lincoln-Way

East, took part

in both trips.

She saw the contrast up


“Compared to Guatemala,

Kentucky doesn’t seem

like the most interesting

place,” Mortell said. “In

going there, what you see

is the difference between

the very wealthy and

the very poor. We drove

through these neighborhoods

with big houses, and

then we’d go up the hill

and find people with a lot

less. There seemed to be

nothing in between.”

With other members

from the club, Mortell

visited a pregnancy center

and assisted living facilities.

The players also traveled

to a local Walmart,

and working off a budget,

learned how to buy supplies

and toiletries intending

to last two weeks.

Caroline Beaudin is the

14-year old daughter of

the group’s founders. In

the summer of 2017, her

older sister Katie was part

of a mission in Honduras.

She eagerly accepted the

chance to go to Guatemala

last year. In Kentucky, she

took a direct intervention,

wielding a hammer and

nails in helping install a

new floor.

“Seeing how she lived

compared to what I have

back home, I realized I

was very lucky,” Caroline

Beaudin said.

The young players already

make tremendous

commitments in time for a

season that typically runs

August to June. The experience

goes beyond the abstract

and into something

particular and emotionally


“Not only is there a bond

on the field with the girls

because they have gone

through an experience,

some of these life experiences

together, it creates a

whole person,” Greg Beaudin

said. “I think it creates

a strong, whole young

woman in that they have

the strength and they know

more is out there. Doing

things like this just creates

more awareness of what is

out there.”

What seemed unquestionable

was the players

had an experience likely to

stamp them for the rest of

their lives.

“I think it’s amazing,”

Mortell said. “You are not

going to be playing sports

for the rest of your life.

Doing something other

than soccer gives me many

more opportunities to connect

with my community

or connect with people I

might never meet.” sports

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 45

New Lenox softball players involved in service trip to Dominican

Randy Whalen

Freelance Reporter

Carly Salutric summed

it up best.

“It was really amazing,”

the recent Lockport Township

graduate said.

The “it” was a softball

trip that Salutric, three other

local players and two local

coaches from the Lockport

Pride softball team

were able to be part of.

But it wasn’t just any

trip. It was a trip to the

Dominican Republic.

Salutric, fellow recent

Lockport graduate Lauren

Johnson, recent Lincoln-

Way West graduate Maddy

Eckberg and current

Providence junior Allysa

Ibarra were the local players.

Brenda Haas and Stacie

Haas, the coaches of the

Lockport Pride, helped organize

the trip which took

place from July 23-29.

“It was done through

American International

Sports Teams,” Brenda

Haas said. “AIST did the

recruiting but we were able

to pick a few girls to come

with us. Our goal is to do

this every two years.”

Since 2002, according to

its website, AIST has been

traveling the world with

select players from across

the country to compete in

a variety of sports. The

selection process is based

on recommendations from

coaches as well as statistical

leaders from around

the nation at all levels of

college play.

Two years ago the Haas’

daughter, Elly Hagen, did

a similar trip through

AIST to Australia. But

this one had a little different

feel because of the


“We had 17 different

girls from 12 states on the

trip,” Brenda said. “Including

parents and others,

we had 34 people in total.

Everyone from all over the

nation met in Miami and

from there we all flew to

the Dominican Republic.

“Once there we played

the Dominican National

Team. They compiled their

best team from around the

country. It was a high-level

team with their ages being

from 16 to 26. We went

3-3 against them.”

That, in itself, was a

great experience.

“Playing against the Dominican

National team,

not many get that opportunity,”

said Eckberg, who

will continue to play softball

locally at the University

of St. Francis. “We did

a camp with them and they

played their best softball

players. Even though we

didn’t speak the same language

we communicated

through softball.

“Seeing all the smiles on

their faces was just awesome.

Being there makes

you grateful for what you

have around here.”

Salutric also said the

communication was hard.

By the time the trip was

done, though, everyone

spoke one langue. That

was gratitude.

“The absolute highlight

of the trip was when we

went to a small village,

Quisqueya, at the end and

put on a softball camp,”

Brenda Haas said. “We

brought a snack lunch and

we all gave it to them.

After our last game there,

many of the girls, especially

the ones were going to

college, left them their bat

bags, gloves, facemasks,

cleats and literally the

shoes off their feet.

“It was one of the most

humbling and amazing experiences

that these girls

ever had. Almost the entire

team left there emptyhanded.”

Ibarra, whose dad, Tim

who helps run the Pride

along with the Haas’ and

Members of the Lockport Pride who participated in a

service trip to the Dominican Republic include (left to

right) coach Brenda Haas, Providence junior Allysa

Ibarra, Lincoln-Way West graduate Maddy Eckberg,

Lauren Johnson, Carly Salutric and coach Stacie Haas.

photo Submitted

was on the trip, was certainly

humbled to have the

opportunity to do this.

“These girls get what

is given to them because

they don’t have a lot of

stuff of their own,” she

saud. “It was amazing to

go to a different country

and meet people that you

don’t know.

“Plus, we all made

friends with the other players

throughout the country.

Now it’s great to keep in

touch with them.”

Youth Sports

NLYFA, Arrowhead Ales team up for fundraiser

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Try a new beer and support local

youth football and cheerleading

teams at the same time.

That is what the New Lenox

Youth Football Association is

hoping many people will do at

Arrowhead Ales Brewing Company.

The NLYFA partnered with

Arrowhead to create a new beer,

“Pride and Glory”, a hazy pale ale

with mosaic hops and mango, as

part of a fundraiser for the football

and cheerleading program.

NLYFA board members approached

me looking for a way to

raise money for the program and

I said I’d be all for it,” Arrowhead

owner Mike Bacon said.

Board member and cheer coach

Gina Nawrocki said it is a unique

way to raise money and they are

able to support a local business in

the process.

The beer went on tap last week

and a limited supply of bottles –

300 total – will be available starting

Friday, Aug. 23, with $2 from

each bottle sold going to NLYFA.

Additionally, when anyone

who goes to Arrowhead from Friday,

Aug. 23 to Sunday, Aug. 25

and mentions NLYFA, 5 percent

of their total bill will go to the organization.

The cheer teams for the Knights

and Warriors combined this year

for competition in the Illinois

Recreational Cheer Association.

Competing in the IRCA costs a

lot of money, Nawrocki said, and

raising money is crucial.

Board member and cheer coach

Kerry Lane said the IRCA helps

the girls get ready for high school.

NLYFA board members were

involved in the entire process as

several were there for brewing


“They came in on brewing

day and helped with some of the

steps,” Bacon said. “They helped

me mash in all the grains. They

asked some questions about the

brewing process. I got to explain

what we do and educate a little

bit. I don’t mind talking about that

with anybody if they’re interested

in hearing it.”

Nawrocki said they all enjoyed

helping out with the brewing.

Mike Bacon, owner and brewer of Arrowhead Ales Brewing Co., talks

to NLYFA board members (from left) Kerry Lane, Amanda Mellen,

Gina Nawrocki, Jenny Cryer and Megan Boggs about the beer the

two organizations collaborated to make to raise money.

Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

Bacon was excited for a chance

to help local athletes and cheerleaders.

“There are a lot of kids involved,”

he said. “It’s for a good

cause and it’s local. A lot of the

families support us, they’re in

here a lot, so this is a way for us

to team up with them and give

something back.”

46 | August 22, 2019 | the new lenox patriot sports

LW Central girls, boys golf teams excited for new challenges

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

It is a new era for Lincoln-Way

Central’s girls

golf team, but do not expect

the Knights to disappear

as a top contender in

the area and state.

Grace Curran and Brianne

Bolden, who led

the Knights to a thirdplace

finish in the state in

Class 2A last season and

a sixth-place showing the

year before, have graduated.

Curran, the 2016-17

individual state champion

as a sophomore, is off to

Minnesota. Bolden, the

state runner-up each of

the last two seasons, is

continuing her career at


Still, there is talent returning

to the Knights’

lineup, and the team’s role

players the past couple

years are ready to step up

as the leaders this year.

“I’m very excited to be

able to step up and see

how our team ends up being,”

senior Maddie Pyle

said. “I’m excited to show

strengths of other people

that maybe didn’t always

get to show it before.

“It’s going to be a good

opportunity to step up and

show my gifts and have

Carly [Schiene] show her

gifts and be leaders of this


Pyle, fellow senior

Schiene, and juniors Caitlyn

Parrish and Sydney

Miron all return after

playing important roles

the last two seasons.

At the state finals last season,

Schiene tied for 46th,

Parrish tied for 59th and

Pyle finished 70th as all

put up solid scores to help

the Knights rocket up the

team leaderboard.

“It’s all about experience,”

Central coach Brian

Shannon said. “Those

four worked really hard in

the offseason. They’re going

to have a lot of opportunities

to have success.

We’ve had some other

players who weren’t on

that team last year also really

step up. They’ve seen

the opportunities that are

available and they’ve seen

that it’s worth it to work

hard in the offseason because

success can come

your way.”

Shannon is confident

that the returning players

can help the Knights stay

highly competitive.

“Grace and Bri are not

here anymore and we miss

them, but we’re not going

to sit there and wonder

where we’d be if we

had them,” he said. “We

have other people to fill in

and I think we’ll do quite


“Ultimately, all we’re

worried about is the next

shot. There are times

where as a team last year,

we picked each other up.

I think that’s the attitude

with this team, too. There

are a lot of other players

with an opportunity to

step up.”

Schiene plans to do her

best to emulate the way

Curran and Bolden continued

working hard even

when they were already at

the top.

“I learned a lot from

them,” Schiene said. “I

think with other teams

there might be players that

become complacent when

they have the top spot, but

it was never like that with

them. It was good to look

up to them and see what

that next level looks like.”

Knights boys team hungry

for more

Lincoln-Way Central’s

boys team had an impressive

season last year with

an extremely young squad

that featured two sophomores

and a freshman in

the starting lineup.

With that group returning,

led by 2018 Class 3A

state runner-up Sean Curran,

expectations are high.

“We’re really excited,”

Central coach Ryan Pohlmann

said. “We have all

Sean Curran (left), Juney Bai (right) are returning state qualifiers for the Central boy’s

golf team. 22nd Century Media File Photos

those guys coming back

with some more experience

now, even though

we’re still pretty young.

Any time you have a

player like Sean Curran

who can go out and put

up a great number any

time, that is a great start.

We expect big things from

Juney [Bai] and we know

the rest of our lineup can

also go out and put up solid


Bai joined Curran as an

individual state qualifier

last season and tied for

71st as a freshman.

Junior Nick Tingley and

senior T.J. Edmier are also

experienced, dependable

players for the Knights

while there is still some

competition for the fifth

spot in the lineup.

As successful as the

Knights were last season,

they often came up just


That was especially

true at the Joliet Central

Regional. The Knights

finished fourth, just seven

shots behind champion

Lincoln-Way West and

only two behind thirdplace


for the final advancing

spot to sectionals.

“That has motivated us

heading into this season,”

Pohlmann said. “Last

year, we also had four or

five second-place finishes

in tournaments.

“This year, we’re hoping

to pick up some trophies.”

Senior Maddie Pyle

lines up a putt. Steve

Millar/22nd Century Media

Sports Briefs

Curran wins LW West Invite

Sean Curran got his junior

season off to a fast start

as the LW Central standout

won the LW West Invite

with a six-under 66. LW

West hosted the tournament

Friday, Aug. 16 at The Den

at Fox Creek in Bloomington,

site of the Class 3A

state finals.

Warriors boys golf second

at Oswego

Aidan Healy finished

third to lead LW West to a

runner-up finish at the Oswego

Stableford Invite.

Healy shot a one-over 37.

Vitas commits to Central


Ben Vitas, a senior at

Providence Catholic, committed

to continue his

baseball career at Central

Michigan. Vitas was one of

the Celtics’ top pitchers this


Dvorak named MCL All-


New Lenox native and

Providence graduate Jackson

Dvorak was named

to the Midwest Collegiate

League All-League team as

the top third baseman of the


Playing with the Northwest

Indiana Oilmen, Dvorak

tied for the league lead

in RBI with 37. He hit .304

with two home runs and a

.407 on-base percentage.

Dvorak will now continue

his collegiate career at Missouri-St.


3-on-3 basketball tourney

for ages 35 and up

The New Lenox Park

District will host the “United

We Play, United We

Win!” 3-on-3 basketball

tournament, open to ages

35 and over, Sept. 14 and

15 at Spencer Park. Fee:

$50. Register by Sept. 4.

Visit for

more information.

Sports Briefs are compiled

by Sports Editor Steve Millar, sports

the new lenox patriot | August 22, 2019 | 47


22nd Century Media file


1st and 3




1. Boys cross country

Senior Jared Kreis

(above) is a top

contender for LW

Central, coming

off a huge track

season. Kreis is

a two-time state


2. Girls cross country

LW Central junior

Merrigan Allen is

a two-time state

qualifier who

finished 72nd at

state her freshman

year. Junior Lauryn

Grothe is one of

the top returners

for LW West.

3. Girls swimming

LW Central junior

Keara McGowan

and LW West

junior Lea Moeller

were both state

qualifiers in

both the 50

and 100-meter

freestyle last


Girls Volleyball

LW Central’s Stevens doesn’t let heart condition slow her down


Freelance Reporter

Entering her third year

as a varsity player on the

Lincoln-Way Central girls

volleyball team, there’s no

doubt that Layne Stevens

has heart.

She also has a heart condition.

The senior middle hitter

has a heart condition

called supraventricular

tachycardia. The Mayo

Clinic website defines it as

“an abnormally fast heartbeat.

It’s a broad term that

includes many forms of

heart rhythm problems

(heart arrhythmias) that

originate above the ventricles


in the atria or AV node.”

“The part of my heart

that pumps the blood has

an extra connection,” Stevens

said. “That’s what

can cause it to happen.

When it happens, my heart

can race up to 200 beats

per minute.”

It can happen at most

any time but is usually

brought about by stressful

situations. In fact, Stevens

had no idea that she had

it until the condition was

triggered during a volleyball


“It first happened when

I was at Mokena Junior

High in a seventh-grade

volleyball match,” she

said. “We didn’t know

what was happening and I

had to go to the hospital.”

The trip to Silver Cross

Hospital got it diagnosed.

“They pretty much

knew what was happening

right away,” Stevens said.

“They were able to get it

back in rhythm.”

A hospital visit to get it

back in rhythm means a

dose of medicine.

“It’s a medicine that

makes my heart stop and

restart within three seconds,”

Stevens said. “I

can only get that medicine

at the hospital and everything

gets kind of numb.”

Obviously still able to

play the sport she loves

in volleyball, Stevens just

has to stay on an even


“I try to keep myself

centered,” she said. “If

I’m getting stressed I have

to calm myself. I try not to

boast about it [her condition].

I really just keep it

to myself. But I’m not embarrassed

by it. I don’t let

it hold me back.”

There was one time last

season that she got the

condition during a match

and had to quickly make

an exit from the volleyball


“I’m not sure who it was

against, but it was during

our Autumn Knights Tournament,”

Stevens said

of the October tourney

that the Knights host. “I

knew it was happening so

I called to be subbed out

and ran off the court to get

it corrected.”

Without the medicine,

how does she correct it?

“You just have to clench

your teeth really hard,” she

Lincoln-Way Central’s Layne Stephens hits a shot against Lincoln-Way West during

summer league play. Gary Middendorf/22nd Century Media

said. “By doing that and

concentrating you can almost

trigger it to fall back

into a normal rhythm,”

Central coach Mary

Brown knows how hard

Stevens works, even with

her condition.

“Layne has always been

a hard worker and a competitor,”

Brown said. “It

is what made me notice

her as a potential varsity

player. She takes the game

very seriously. It was scary

when she had an episode

last year. We didn’t know

what to do. Thank God she

was OK.

“She doesn’t let it slow

her down, though. She still

pushes herself to the max.

I’m looking forward to her

leadership as a senior this


Stevens is looking forward

to her senior season

as well.

“Myself and Jackie Kulinski

are the only threeyear

varsity players on the

team,” Stevens said, referencing

the junior outside

hitter who has been her

teammate the entire time

on the varsity. “I feel like

a leader out there.

“I think we have a lot of

newcomers, underclassmen

up on the varsity. But

once we get the right lineup

on the court we will be

really good.”

Stevens says volleyball

has always been the only

sport for her.

“I just like the separation

of the points,” she

said. “Every point is new.

It’s not just one ongoing


And as far as her SVT,

Stevens is also taking that

one day at a time.

“I haven’t had an episode

in six months,” she

said. “The last time I did

I was at home and got it

back in rhythm myself. I

haven’t had to go to the

hospital with it for two

years. It can flutter too. I

could go this season and

have it happen 10 times or

none at all. I just have to

be ready.”


“It’s going to be a good opportunity to step up and show

my gifts and have Carly [Schiene] show her gifts and be

leaders of this team.”

Maddie Pyle – LW Central golfer, on the Knights’ seniors filling

the void left by the graduation of Bri Bolden and Grace Curran

Tune In

Boys and Girls Cross Country

Tuesday, Aug. 26

• SWSC Preseason Meet at Lockport

• LW Central, LW East and LW West’s boys and girls cross

country teams look for a strong start to the season.


42 – Athlete of the Week

41 – This Week In

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar at

new lenox’s Hometown Newspaper | August 22, 2019


Local soccer players

lend a hand on service trip

to Appalachia, Page 44


LW Central, LW West, Providence

soccer teams look to piece

together new squads, Page 41

LW Central girls, boys golf teams have high expectations, Page 46

LEFT: Maddie Pyle (left) and Carly Schiene hope to emerge as the leaders of the Lincoln-Way Central girls golf team. Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

RIGHT: Junior Sean Curran, the 2018 state runner-up, is looking to take the Knights’ boys golf team to new heights this season. 22nd Century Media file photo

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