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up in New Lenox for residents, PAGE 4

Beating the heat Cooling centers set

cancer center celebrates anniversary, PAGE 5

a year of success Silver Cross

Commerce to hold golf fundraiser, PAGE 8

Hitting the links New Lenox Chamber of

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New Lenox residents home showcases latest security, convenience technology, PAGE 3
New Lenox resident John Narcissi monitors his house via his tablet thanks to the state-of-theart AT&T Digital Life system he had installed.

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Lauren Finkler

Proud American Days

Sean Ostruszka, ext. 34 Lauren Finkler, ext. 19 Erin McClintock, ext. 31

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Managing Editor

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Thursday-Sunday, July 25-28, 601 E. U.S. 30, New Lenox. This years new location is just east of Wal-Mart. There will be a carnival, entertainment, a beer tent, a baby contest, Battle of the Bands, bean bag tournament, big wheel race, car show, the New Lenox Fire Protection Districts Controlled Burn Cook-Off, a craft and vendor show, family bingo, a military tribute, and sand volleyball tournaments, all hosted by the New Lenox Community Park District. For more information, call (815) 4851737. SATURDAY

nors will receive a $7 certificate for Oberweis Ice Cream and Dairy Stores. In communities not located near an Oberweis, other thank you gifts may be substituted. Donors must be at least 17 years old, or 16 with written parental permission; weigh at least 110 pounds; be symptom free of cold, flu and allergies; and be in general good health.

Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Boulevard, New Lenox. Silver Cross will offer free birthing center tours for expectant families to help parents prepare and expect the best from their birthing experience. WEDNESDAY

Movie in the Commons

French Market

9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Stop by the villages French Market.

8 p.m. July 31, New Lenox Commons, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Come watch Monsters Vs. Aliens, rated PG. For more information, visit www.newlenox.net. UPCOMING

Arts Pavilion, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. An outdoor summer revival featuring live music, Gospel preaching and prayer for the sick will be held. The revival is being led by a team of people from New Lenox, Mokena, Frankfort, Orland Park, Tinley Park, Lockport and other neighboring towns. The event is free for all ages. Only lawn seating is available, so guests are welcome to bring chairs or blankets. For more information, visit www.summerrevival.org.

Lenox. The library will host a one-on-one resume and cover letter review. For more information, call (815) 4852605.

LAMP Feed My Starving Children MobilePack Community Event

Animals for Awareness

Movie in the Commons

10:30-11:30 a.m. July 27, New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Come see exotic and not-so-exotic animals and learn how Animals for Awareness shelters help care for them at programs for ages 3-12. Register online at newlenoxlibrary.org. SUNDAY

Daddy/Daughter Dance

Andrew Nicks

6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, Lions Community Center, 1 Manor Dr., New Lenox. Enjoy some quality daddy-daughter time with the park district. Pizza and snacks will be served. Register by July 19. Costs $14 per child and $17 per adult.

8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, New Lenox Commons, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Come watch The Odd Life of Timothy Green, rated PG. For more information, visit www.newlenox.net.

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 9-10, Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox. This event is an efficient and cost-effective way to make a difference in the lives of desperately hungry children around the world. Volunteers and donors pay for 100 percent of the meals packed at this event. For more information, contact LAMP Host Leader Sandy Peterson at (815) 462-3167 or LAMPfmsc@comcast.net or visit www.LAMPevent.org.

French Market

Annual Golf Outing Tailgate Party

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Ronald Papa Schaper Golf Outing

Rt. 30 Liquors Summer Picnic

French Market

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noon July 27, Sanctuary Golf Course, 485 N. Marley Road, New Lenox. The Ronald Papa Schaper Memorial Scholarship Golf Outing will begin with registration at noon and a shotgun start at 1 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. There will also be raffle prizes. The registration fee is $125 per golfer, which includes 18 holes of golf, cart, range balls, a hot dog, chips, a drink and dinner. Dinner only is $20 per person. Business and hole sponsorships are available. For questions, contact Lynn Plarski at (815) 370-9036 or Bob Schaper at (815) 2124673.

9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 28, Belmont Athletic Club grounds, 651 Highland Dr., Joliet. New Lenox/Route 30 liquors, in conjunction with The Joliet Prison City Chapter of the BCCA, will have its annual summer picnic and breweriana show. Hot dogs and food will be served. Huge raffle at 1 p.m. For more information, contact Willy Novak at (630) 291-7943. TUESDAY

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Stop by the villages French Market.

Finale Game Carnival

11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Kids who have completed their summer reading passports are invited to attend the Finale Game Carnival and DJ party. You must register by July 31 to attend.

11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, Sanctuary Golf Course, 485 Marley Road, New Lenox. Registration for the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce golf outing begins at 11 a.m., followed by lunch at 11:30 a.m. and a shotgun start at 12:30 p.m.. Dinner, prizes and raffles will follow golf. For more information, call (815) 4854241. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, Palmer Valley Park, Delaney and Martin lanes, New Lenox. Join for an endof-summer picnic. Fees are $3 per person and include lunch and inflatables. Registration deadline is Monday, July 29. For more information, contact (815) 4851737.

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Stop by the villages French Market.

Mayor Baldermanns Kid Fest

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, New Lenox Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway. This is a free event. More details to come. For more information, visit www.newlenox.net.

The Great Summer Bake Off

Picnic in the Park

Ladies Barbershop Quartet

Blood Drive

9 a.m.-1 p.m. July 27, New Lenox Village Hall, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Heartland Blood Centers is seeking healthy donors to give blood. Do-

6:30-7:30 p.m. July 30, New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. The all-female barbershop group, Midwest Crossroad Chorus, will perform at the library. Register online at newlenoxlibrary. org.

Wine & Jazz Night

6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, New Lenox Commons, 1 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. There will be a wine tasting and band The Faculty will perform. For more information, visit www.newlenox.net.

1-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox. Join the library for its first Great Summer Bake Off. Put your sweet baking skills to the test at this event by making a signature dessert then stop by for a taste test. Stay for the prizes. Only chefs must register.
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Birthing Center Tours

Summer Revival

Get Ready for the Job & Resource Fair

7 p.m. July 30, Silver

5-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, New Lenox Performing

5-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, New Lenox Public Library, 120 Veterans Parkway, New



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One smart home

New Lenox residents home showcases latest security, convenience technology

John Narcissi and his home are polar opposites. The New Lenox resident does not consider himself a tech-savvy person. Sure, he has his smart phone and tablet with which to play, but he also just recently got on Facebook. He is an engineer, not an IT guy. Meanwhile, his home may be one of the most technologically advanced in the village. If a door opens, the home knows. The temperature is too hot, it knows. Even if a battery is low, it knows. And those are just the basics. Eventually, Narcissi may be able to unlock doors, turn on and off outlets and view door-to-door salesmen from anywhere in the world. I didnt realize how much I would like knowing everything in my house was safe and secure until I got this system, Narcissi said. This system is the recently released AT&T Digital Life system, which could be considered part home-security system and part convenience center. Or, as Narcissi says, its a system that turns his home into a smart home. While home-security systems are nothing new, Narcissi waited nearly 17 years before finally installing this one. We have a unique home, and I didnt want some intrusive system, Narcissi said. The beauty with this one was that it was all wireless, and you dont even realize its there. Aside from the text and email alerts the system will send him. If he goes to leave the house and leaves a door or window open, he immediately gets a text giving him the heads up. It all works with sensors placed throughout the home. Some are hidden, like the one drilled into the side of his front door, while others are small white boxes barely an inch long, placed strategically on windows and doors. There are also standard smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and then there are ones that just look like smoke detectors e. With enormous windows dominating most of the rooms, these slightly smaller detectors are actually glass-break sensors, which can pick up the breaking of a window and then some.

New Lenox resident John Narcissi makes sure all his sensors, appliances and even batteries are working properly.

Soon after we had the system installed in April, my wife went outside to work in the yard, Narcissi said. She was using the leaf blower, and I guess the sensors picked up the vibrations when she got too close to one of the windows. She was sure surprised when the police showed up. Another story Narcissi likes to tell happened in June. He was in Tennessee when massive storms hit the area. With a number of large trees surrounding his multi-windowed home, Narcissi received a call soon after the storms from a neighbor asking if he wanted her to go check and see if his home had any damage. I had already checked on my phone, and the system told me everything was fine, Narcissi said. So when she asked, I just said, No need. Im all good. Narcissi can access the system through his computer, or apps on his smartphone and tablet. He can also customize everything about the system, from when it turns on and off to even when low-battery beeps will sound. You know how smoke detectors always seem to beep at 2 a.m. when their battery is low? Narcissi said. Well, I have it set so they will only beep during the day. I dont want to change a battery at 2 a.m. Having had the system for four months, Narcissi doesnt see himself increasing it any time soon. Yet, once his son who attends Providence Catholic goes off to college, he said he may be tempted to continue to build off what he has installed. Its great that I can customize everything about the system to what I need, Narcissi said. Its nice to know when people are coming or going. Its nice to know your house and family are secure.
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ABOVE: John Narcissi points out one of the glass-break sensors, which is part of his state-of-the-art AT&T Digital Life system he had installed in his home. LEFT: A control panel in New Lenox resident John Narcissis home tells that the door is open, which is part of his state-of-the-art AT&T Digital Life system he had installed in his home. PHOTOS BY

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NL police, township offer cooling centers

Lauren Finkler, Assistant Editor

With scorching temperatures on Thursday, July 18, and Friday, July 19, the community was well equipped for any residents who were not. Both the police station, 701 W. Haven Ave., and the township office, 1100 S. Cedar Road, were offering cooling centers as the forecast predicted heat indexes exceeding 100 degrees. Well into the afternoon and heat on July 18, staff at each location said they had yet to see any takers, but they took this as a positive sign that residents were staying safe and cool. New Lenox Police Public Safety Division Chief Dan Martin noted that the need for air conditioned areas is not as imperative in New Lenox as it is in some urban areas. Still, the service was there for anyone who may need it. Yes, its hot out, but, knock on wood, were very fortunate that we havent had any major power outages, Martin said. Amy Ringenberg, the townships accounts payable clerk, said July 18 was the first time the township had had to offer the cooling center this year. The township provided water and air conditioning in its board room from noon-9 p.m. on both

days. Martin said the police department has staffed the cooling center in the past, but with the slim participation they now leave signage on the door at 5 p.m. with a number to call if needed. Martin noted that many residents have access to either their own air conditioning or a public building to stay cool. Long story short, well hope for the best and hope that our power continues and the residents that do have access to air conditioning will continue to stay indoors and continue to stay hydrated and all the necessary precautions, Martin said. In times of extreme heat, Martin encouraged residents to be good neighbors and check on elderly neighbors or neighbors with special needs, especially if they knew that they were without air conditioning. Martin said cooling centers typically open when the heat index is over 100 degrees. An alert from Will County reminded that extreme heat can lead to a variety of health complications, including heat exhaustion and heat stroke. Symptoms of heat-related illness include headaches, skin that is hot to the touch, increased body temperature, loss of consciousness, seizures and irregular heartbeats, the release said.

French Market continues on despite recent heat


The weather may be too hot to bare in the afternoons, but the produce is still crisp and cool at the New Lenox farmers market every week. Here are some photos from the July 13 market.

Stamper Cheese employee Erin Walker (right) helps Katie Baio (left) of New Lenox and Barb Korte of Florida taste some samples on July 13.

Hailey (left) and Renee Ryan of Elwood wander the aisles looking at the produce and goodies. Photos by
Lori Bemis/22nd Century Media

Elizabeth Ramsdem (left to right) of New Lenox, Meagan Barnett of New Lenox and Aislinn Baltas of Manhattan provide music for the shopping patrons.



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Silver Cross cancer center celebrates anniversary


On June 23 patients, family members and caregivers came together at Silver Cross Field for a special Cancer Survivors Celebration to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the opening of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross. Just one year ago, 70 percent of Will County residents fighting cancer were leaving the area to seek top-notch care at academic medical centers. Today, patients and families only need to travel to I-355 and

U.S. 6 in nearby New Lenox to see cancer specialists from the renowned University of Chicago Medicine one of only two National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer programs in Illinois. Tom English of Tinley Park chose the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross when he was diagnosed with vocal cord cancer on Jan. 23. I could have gone anywhere out of state or downtown Chicago but I decided that Silver Cross was the best option so I could have the support of

my family close by, English said. The Cancer Center was just 20 minutes from my home, which was great since I had to go everyday for a total of 35 radiation treatments and five weeks of chemotherapy. I just had a biopsy last week that showed I am now cancer free after just six months. The tumor is gone thanks to doctors Narula and McCall and the entire team at the Cancer Center. When I first walked in, I was scared, but they made me feel like family. The state-of-the-art Cancer Center, which is a partnership between the Univer-

sity of Chicago Medicine and Silver Cross Hospital, opened in June 2012 and is located in the two-story Carolyn J. Czerkies Pavilion on the new Silver Cross campus. The Czerkies family donated $1.5 million to help fund the construction of the Cancer Center in memory of Carolyn, who passed away in 2000 from multiple myeloma cancer of the bone marrow. The Czerkies family travelled around the country in search for the best possible care. Their generous donation ensures that other families will have access to leading
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The University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross waits for guests to see it during the grand opening on Tuesday, June 19, 2012. 22ND CENTURY

Golf outing to raise funds for Feed My Starving Children event

Emily Brown, Staff Writer

Lincoln-Way area residents can help starving children across the world. And they can play golf while doing it. A fundraising golf event at Woodbine Golf Course in Homer Glen on Saturday, Aug. 3, will raise donations for the second annual Lincoln-Way Area MobilePack with Feed My Starving Children. Anyone is welcome at both events. The golf outing is sponsored by six churches in the community. Its Gods work, an organizer said. I was packing meals one night and felt like I was doing good in the world because nobody should be hungry, especially our children. The children are the future of the world. Last year, about 45 people attended the event, while the organizers are hoping for more than 60 this year. Donations are requested for golf and dinner at the event. A donation of $125

LAMP golf outing details

Check-in begins at 8:15 a.m. with the shot gun start at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 Woodbine Golf Course, 14240 W. 151st, Homer Glen. Visit www.lampevent.org to register Registration deadline is Sunday, July 28 for golf and dinner is requested per golfer, or participants can choose one or the other. If participants wish to play golf only, a donation of $80 is requested, while $45 is requested for dinner. The golf donation includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, while the dinner is barbecue chicken and ribs. Hole sponsorships are available for $80 per hole. Contest and hole-in-one winners will receive prizes from cash to a new car. All of the donations will benefit the LAMP mealpacking event Aug. 9-10 at Lincoln-Way West. Each participant with gold and dinners donation will equate to feeding 204 children for one day, while each dinner guests donation will feed 68 children for one day. Last year was the first year that the meal-packing event occurred and hundreds of people participated. The meals that are packed at the event are nutrient rich, scientifically designed and dried ingredient meals. More than 139,000 meals were packed last year, which provided one years worth of food to children in Haiti. More than 6,000 children die daily around the world due to starvation. Volunteers and donors pay for all of the meals packed at the event; each meal costs 22 cents.

Vance Pomranky (left to right), Sherry Burnam, Steve Baker, Christopher Rocha and Doug Jenco stand together at the 2012 fundraising golf event at Woodbine Golf Course in Homer Glen. Photo Submitted

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NL Community Park District to distribute Fall 2013 Catalog in The Patriot


The Fall 2013 Catalog for the New Lenox Community Park District will be delivered inside the upcoming Aug. 1 issue of The New Lenox Patriot newspaper. For Park District customers who do not receive The New Lenox Patriot and have requested to be added it the Park Districts mailing list as well as those who live outside of the 60451 zip code, your catalog will be mailed via your local post office. In the event one finds that the Fall 2013 Catalog does not arrive inside their The New Lenox Patriot, contact the Park District at (815) 485-1737 to arrange to have one mailed to you. For those customers who

have requested that a catalog be mailed, they will be sent out the week of Aug. 5. If you are not within the New Lenox Community Park District boundaries, but would like to receive our catalog, feel free to provide your name and address to the park district and each seasonal catalog will be mailed to you. The lottery registration and processing for Fall 2013 will begin on Saturday, Aug. 17. Please note that customers may begin providing program registrations for the lottery as soon as they receive their catalog. The Fall 2013 catalog will also be available on the Park Districts website at www.newlenoxparks.org beginning Aug. 1.

New Lenox Public Library brings back Food for Fines


Each year, the New Lenox Public Library offers cardholders a chance to wipe the slate clean with Food for Fines. Food for Fines is a program that helps the New Lenox Township Food Pantry stock its shelves. This year, Food for Fines will be happening from July 29Aug. 10 at the library. Patrons may bring in a non-perishable food item,

and the library will waive up to $15 in late fees from their card. The library asks that no expired food be brought in. Food items may not be used for lost or damaged materials. If patrons dont have any late fees but still want to donate, they can drop off food at the librarys front desk. The New Lenox Public Library is located at 120 Veterans Parkway, New Lenox.

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Area residents beat heat at NLs Splash Pad


With temperatures in the 90s and heat indexes topping triple digits last week, going outside was not an option for most. Yet, a number of area residents still managed to get outdoors thanks to the New Lenox Splash Pad. Located in Hibernia Park, the Splash Pad is a mini water park for children and adults. Both got some enjoyment out of it on Thursday, July 18. Susan Donovan of Elwood says her children needed to get out of the house after being couped up all week, and the Splash Pad offered the perfect opportunity. We only come once or twice a year, but the kids love it, Donovan said while watching her 3-year-old

Owen splash around. Meanwhile, Mike and Melanie Evans of New Lenox had been bringing their children to the park all week to beat the heat. Weve been coming a lot, the Evans 5-yearold son Micah said. I like to play under the pelican [sprayer]. It feels good. I think this is great, Melanie said. New Lenox is lucky to have something like this.
Have a quirky or interesting little story about a person or group of people doing something in every day life? The Patriot wants to hear about it for its Micro News section. Please send submissions to Editor Sean Ostruszka at sean@newlenoxpatriot.com.

Owen Donovan, 3, of Elwood tries to grab a drink while playing at the Splash Pad at Hibernia Park in New Lenox.

Mitchel Evans, 3, enjoys himself by trying to make a basket in one of the sprayers on Thursday, July 18.

Micah Evans, 5, fills up a bucket at the Splash Pad at Hibernia Park in New Lenox. PHOTOS BY SEAN OSTRUSZKA/22ND

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NL Chamber gets ready for annual golf outing




The New Lenox Chamber of Commerce is always hosting events for its members (and some for nonmembers), but this one is the biggest. On Wednesday, Aug. 7, the Chamber will host its annual Golf Outing at The Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox. According to Deb Hypke, the CEO of the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce, it is the most successful fundraiser financially that the Chamber does all year. This one event sets the stage for a lot of the events for the rest of the year, Hypke said. The last two years the outing has raised around $15,000, and Hypke hopes to top that by bringing back the golf ball drop and opening

it up to members and nonmembers. Participants can buy golf balls for $5, and the balls are then dropped over the green thanks to some help from a New Lenox Fire Protection District ladder truck. Whichever one falls closest to the hole wins $250. To buy a ball, call the Chamber at (815) 485-4241. Its a great way for people who are not able to be there or who dont like to play golf to still be involved, Hypke said. Also adding to the event will be this years theme of tail gating. Golfers and nongolfers alike are invited to set up tents and cookout prior to the shotgun start at 12:30 p.m. Registration begins at 11 a.m. The format for the round is a scramble to allow both sea-

soned and new golfers to enjoy their 18 holes. And once the golfing is over, all participants are invited to a dinner afterward, where raffle prizes will be drawn and prizes for longest drive, best score, etc. will be handed out. It brings everything together, Hypke said. People interact not only with businesses but with members of the community and potential customers. Its our most successful fundraiser, and its just a lot of fun. The golfer like it because we keep it fun, but we also keep it professional. Some people only golf this one time a year or we have serious golfers. No activities or games are forced on anybody. It can be as serious or as laid-back as you want.

Herb Dollarhide of the New Lenox Community Park District launches a ball off the green during the New Lenox Chamber of Commerces annual golf outing last year. 22ND CENTURY

Presence Saint Joseph donates EKG to NL fire dept.


Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center of Joliet donated a 12-Lead Electrocardiogram to the New Lenox Fire Protection District on Tuesday, July 16. This technology allows a heart attack patient to virtually be seen by an emergency room doctor at their door, cutting 10-30 minutes from treatment time. When transporting a patient, paramedics contact hospitals to advise them of the signs, symptoms and pre-hospital observations of the patient. The 12-Lead EKG can send a copy directly to the doctors at the hospital, who will be able to identify the cardiac life threats, saving minutes and more lives. According to NLFPD Trustee President Skip Minger, 12-Lead EKGs can cost up to $30,000. We cannot thank Saint

Josephs Medical Center enough for their continued support of our department, Minger said. Previous to this technology only three different views of the heart was available. Now, 15 different directions can be looked at. Many times in the three-lead views a major problem could not be observed until arrival at the hospital with a 12-Lead EKG exam. A few years back, we donated a 12-Lead EKG for use on one of NLFPDs rigs; and why today we are proudly donating another state-ofthe-art cardiac monitor to ensure they have the most advanced technology available, said Beth Hughes, president and CEO of Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center. Through the Bluetooth capabilities in this new monitor, a cardiac patient en route to the hospital can have their EKG transmitted directly to our Emergency

Department, Cath Lab, and even to the physicians handheld computer device. We are very grateful to Presence Saint Joseph for providing this generous gift and helping us provide the highest quality care to the residents of New Lenox, said NLFPD Chief Jon Mead. Prior to Tuesday, the NLFPD had 12 12-Lead EKGs. They can be found in all of the departments emergency vehicles. The newest device will be placed in the ladder truck purchased earlier this year. Every year about 715,000 Americans have a heart attack. Of these, 525,000 are a first heart attack and 190,000 happen in people who have already had a heart attack. Through the use of technology, such as the 12-Lead EKG, the number of deaths due to heart attack will continue to decline. Losing time can mean loss of heart muscle or, in

Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center and New Lenox Fire Protection District officials pose for a photo during a 12-Lead EKG donation ceremony. Pictured are (second from left) Lisa Lagger, chief relations officer, and (third from left) Amy Dirks Stevens, chief operating officer, from Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, along with New Lenox Fire Protection District trustees. PHOTO SUBMITTED

the case of a stroke, loss of brain function, Hughes said. This equipment will aid NLFPDs paramedics in providing the patient with the best care possible prior to their arrival at the hospital. And as soon as your ambulance pulls up to the door,

the Emergency Department team and physicians are assembled and ready to immediately begin treatment. The primary mission of the New Lenox Fire and Ambulance Protection District is to provide a range of programs designed to protect the lives

and property within New Lenox Village and Township from the effects for fires and sudden medical emergencies or exposure to dangerous conditions created by man or nature with professional, compassionate, and quality service.


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News School


School News
NL student named to deans list
AUGUSTANA COLLEGE Matthew Gasking of New Lenox, a freshman at Augustana, was among the 838 students named to the deans list for the spring 2013 term.

NL students named to deans list


The University of Dayton has named more than 2,600 students to the deans list for the spring semester of the 2012-2013 academic year. To be named to the deans list at UD, a student must achieve a superior academic record, which is a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Among the students earning the honor were New Lenox residents Angela Giaquinto and Victoria Pryzdia.

NL students graduate with honors


A number of New Lenox residents graduated with distinction at the University of Illinois commencement ceremony. Mercedes Gonzalez graduated with highest distinction department honors

and magna cum laude, earning a bachelor of arts in liberal arts and sciences and a second major in Latina/Latino studies. Breanne Bockwoldt graduated with honors, earning a bachelor of science in speech and hearing science. Ryan Eisenmann graduated with high honors, earning a bachelor of science in architectural studies. Shannon Oddo graduated with honors, earning bachelors degrees in supply chain management and management. Kimberly Rattigan graduated with the highest honors, earning a bachelor of science in community health. Ryan Rogers graduated with high honors, earning a bachelors degree in recreation, sport and tourism. Nicholas Rossi graduated summa cum laude with a bachelors in liberal arts and sciences. Ashley Skowronski graduated with departmental distinction honors, earning a bachelor of science in liberal arts and sciences. Sharon Wyskiel graduated with highest honors, earning a bachelors in agricultural and consumer economics. Laura Yoo graduated with honors, earning a bachelor of arts in music.

NL students named to spring deans list

The University of Illinois has named its deans list of scholars for the 2013 spring term. Among the students earning the honor were New Lenox residents English major Meghan Beary; psychology major Amanda Boyd; engineering physics major Isaac Carrasquillo; natural resources and environmental sciences major Vincent Conte; history of art major Hally Cook; architectural studies major Ryan Eisenmann; undecided major Abigail Giovanazzi; sociology major Mercedes Gonzalez; English major Megan Greenback; undecided major Cody James; psychology major Matthew King; history major Steven Lenz; human development and family studies major Erika Lopez; kinesiology major Emily Luckett; computer science major Maxx Macica; undecided major Ashley McInerney; molecular and cellular biology major Elizabeth McInerney; advertising major Matthew McManus; advertising major Matthew Mitchell; psychology major Brandon Mitchell; kinesiology major Anthony Petrarca; community health major

Kimberly Rattigan; philosophy major Edward Schade; animal sciences major Rylee Senesac; theatre major Ryan Smetana; community health major Taylor Stuckly; medical engineering major Alex Studnicka; psychology major Charles Turrisi; speech and hearing science major Carolyn Weiss; and agricultural and consumer economics major Sharon Wyskiel. The deans list consisted of 5,908 students overall.


NL student named to honor list

Michael Christopher Leibovitz of New Lenox, a freshmen in engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology, has been named to the honor list for the 2013 spring semester.

NL student named to deans list


NL students named to deans list


Lawrence Universitys recently announced its 2013 deans list, honoring students for maintaining a 3.4 grade point average or higher for all of the past academic year: Among the students earning the honor was New Lenox resident Joey Belonger, a 2010 graduate of Lincoln-Way West High School.

NL student named to deans list


Jaime Juhas, a McKendree University student from New Lenox, has been named to the deans list for the spring 2013 semester. To be named to the deans list, a student must earn a grade point average of

North Central College has named its deans list of scholars for the 2013 spring term. To be eligible for the deans list, undergraduate students must maintain a grade-point average of 3.6 for the term and be enrolled as full-time students. Among the students earning the honor were New Lenox residents Lauren Baltas, Amanda Coglianese, Taylor Esch, Antoinette Fiore, Carolyn Fredin, Kyle Martino, Taylor Martos, Joshua Rodig, Kaitlyn Rossi, Anna Wegrzyn, Lauren Wojdyla, Kylie Wolf and Ian Wright.
Information compiled by Editor Sean Ostruszka and Assistant Editor Lauren Finkler

Lincoln-Way Central cadets attend Summer Leadership School

Staff Report

Student cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC program from Lincoln-Way Central had a busy month of June, attending the Summer Leadership School held at Scott Air Force Base in southern Illinois. The leadership camp ran from June 9-15. Lincoln-Way Central cadets attended the camp along with cadets from 20 schools, from five different states for a total of 145 student cadets. Each day began at 5 a.m., followed by a grueling physical training program, leadership skills sessions and team building skills. Every moment was busy until lights out at 10 p.m., Master Sgt. Daniel Schliffka said. I am extremely proud of our cadets and how they carried themselves at an active duty Air Force base.

One of the core values the cadets are taught in the Air Force Junior ROTC program is Excellence in All We Do. With this in mind, the Lincoln-Way Central JROTC program prepared eight students to represent the Corps at the 2013 Summer Leadership School. Lincoln-Way Cadets attending were: Tyler Vavouleas, Steve Sawallisch, Nick Koerner, Christian May, Allyson Lyons, Heather Wirth, Rachel Mikoff and Kaitlyn Stasiak. Lincoln-Way Central cadets earned many of the top awards. Wirth, Vavouleas and Sawallisch earned honors for Top Room Inspection, while Stasiak and Mikoff were recognized for Top Uniform Inspection. Sawallisch was nominated for the Flight Guide leadership position, while cadets Wirth, Koerner and Lyons were selected as Flight Com-

manders. This year, five out of our eight attending cadets were first-years and I was eager to see how they would prove themselves in a field of more experienced cadets, Schliffka said. I had confidence they could be stellar and I was not disappointed. All of our students did an incredible job representing Lincoln-Way at Scott Air Force Base. Other schools are happy to have one or two cadets recognized by the end of the week, but LincolnWay Central cadets excelled in all areas once again. Cadets began their conditioning months in advance, all on their own time and enthusiastically. Their determination and perseverance was taken to heart, spilling over into their Leadership Week.

Pictured are student cadets in the Air Force Junior ROTC program from Lincoln-Way Central. Cadets attending were Tyler Vavouleas (left to right), Steve Sawallisch, Nick Koerner, Christian May, Master Sgt. Daniel Schliffka (teacher sponsor), Allyson Lyons, Heather Wirth, Rachel Mikoff and Kaitlyn Stasiak. Photo Submitted



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Business Briefs
NL Marquette Bank kicks off Neighborhood School Supply Drive
Marquette Bank, a locally owned neighborhood bank with a branch in New Lenox, launched its annual Neighborhood School Supply Drive and will be collecting items including crayons, glue, spiral notebooks and backpacks, which will be donated to students in need from neighboring communities. The collected items will be distributed through local schools and community organizations. Our annual Neighborhood School Supply Drive helps to ensure that our neighborhood students have the basic supplies needed to excel in the classroom, said Betty Kosky-Harn, executive vice president. As a neighborhood bank, we know how important it is to support local students and prepare them for the upcoming school year. Customers, employees, neighbors and businesses can donate school supplies at any of Marquette Banks 23 locations now through Aug. 9. Marquette Bank is accepting donations of backpacks, binders, boxes of tissue, calculators, colored pencils, crayons, dictionaries, erasers, flash cards, folders,

Pictured are school supplies donated during Marquette Banks Neighborhood School Supply Drive last year. PHOTO SUBMITTED

glue sticks, hand sanitizer, highlighters, paper towels, pens/pencils, rulers, sanitary wipes, scissors, spiral notebooks, washable markers and other general school supplies. The Neighborhood School Supply Drive is part of Marquette Banks Neighborhood Commitment, in which the bank focuses each quarter on a dif-

ferent area of need: shelter, hunger, education and health/wellness. For more information about Marquette Bank and its Neighborhood Commitment, visit www.emarquettebank.com/neighborhood or call (888) 254-9500.
Information compiled by Editor Sean Ostruszka

Lincoln-Way honors outstanding citizens

New Lenox business owners among honorees
Staff Report

The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education recognized 11 outstanding citizens with Extra Effort Awards in a ceremony just prior to the Board of Education meeting on June 27, held at Lincoln-Way Central High School. This is the 21st year for the community recognition program, Superintendent Lawrence A. Wyllie said. The awards are given to citizens who have shown exemplary school spirit and have gone above and beyond the active parent or community member. Citizens are nominated

Lincoln-Way 210 Board of Education honored 11 individuals for their outstanding service to the students of Lincoln-Way High School District 210. Honorees were Michael Kadubek (left to right), Patty Sherman, Mark Smetana, Karen Smetana, Audrey Marcquenski, Tammy Cantu, Jeff Mecher, Lou Cantu, Leo Sfikas, Frank Gatto and Rob Lash. Photo Submitted

from each high school area. Those honored were: Jeff Mecher and Audrey Marcquenski; Patty Sherman, president of the Lincoln-Way North Music Boosters; Frank Gatto, owner of New Lenoxs Gattos Restaurant; Rob Lash, president of Lincoln-

Way West Athletic Boosters; Leo Sfikas, general manager of Currie Motors-Frankfort; Michael Kadubek, owner of The Welding Center in New Lenox; and Mark and Karen Smetana and Lou and Tammy Cantu, all Lincoln-Way East Music Booster parents.

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Silver Cross Hospital honors 500 Club Volunteers


Silver Cross Hospital Senior Community Relations Coordinator Leslie Newbon (right) poses with students Simone Jones (left to right) Janaya McClellan, Keith Burt-Craig, Jaylyn Snapp and Estefani Gonzalez, who all received $1,000 scholarships through a grant given by The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission May 19. Student scholarship recipient Jasmine Moore is not pictured. Photo Submitted

Silver Cross Hospital provides scholarship grant

Staff Report

The Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission has allocated $6,000 worth of scholarships to the Joliet Area Kappa Mu Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Six $1,000 scholarships were given to the following six individuals: Keith Burt-Craig, Joliet Catholic Academy; Estefani Gonzalez, Joliet Township High School Central; Simone Jones, Joliet Catholic Academy; Janaya McClellan, Joliet Township High School

West; Jasmine Moore, Joliet Township High School Central and Jaylyn Snapp, Joliet Township High School West; at the Sororitys Scholarship Tea on May 19. The Joliet Area, Kappa Mu Omega Alumnae Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. has for more than 35 years supported and recognized excellence in education throughout the Joliet and South Suburban Areas. Alpha Kappa Alpha is thankful to the Silver Cross Healthy Community Commission, said Jeanette Hamilton,

Alpha Kappa Alpha member. Providing scholarships allows students to further their education and enables them to eventually give back to the community in a positive way. The purpose of Silver Crosss Healthy Community Commission is to coordinate and enhance existing programs for workforce development, education and business growth with a focus on health care and construction. One of the not-for-profit organizations main goals is to create a stronger, healthier future for Joliet.

At a recent luncheon, Silver Cross Hospital honored members of the 500 Club Volunteers who donated 500 or more hours of their time in a 12-month period by working in various departments within Silver Cross Hospital. The volunteers have worked in various parts of the hospital performing a variety of roles, with many of them hailing from New Lenox. Audrey Dorey of New Lenox greets guests in the Procedural Care Unit and Women and Infant Services Birthing Center, while New Lenox residents Mary Martino and Marge Persico welcome and escort guests in PCU. Ruth Brown of New

Lenox also greets guests to PCU. Jeff Kubinski of New Lenox drives the courtesy guest transportation vehicles, as well as greets and escorts guests to Pavilions A and B. Jim Pitcarin of New Lenox greets, escorts and transports guests in the Emergency Department. We appreciate the dedicated service of all of the volunteers of Silver Cross Hospital and especially wish to recognize this elite group who each has given over 500 hours of service in the past 12 months, said Laura Valencik, Silver Cross director of Volunteers Services. For more information about volunteer opportunities, visit www.silvercross. org or call (815) 300-7117.

Southwest Suburban League celebrates 50 years of helping NL, area


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Suburban Service League, a local service group made up of 36 members and 30 associate members, all volunteers. Last year, the SSL provided financial assistance to 43 local charities and 19 individuals. Among these charities are Aunt Marthas, Childs Advocacy Center of Southwest Cook County, Lincolnway Special Recreation Foundation, PADS, Respond Now, the Cancer Support Center, Food Pantries of Frankfort

and New Lenox. Scholarships to qualifying students at Joliet Junior College, Moraine Valley and Prairie State were also awarded. The all-volunteer group raises the money to benefit its many charities by hosting its annual Crystal Ball the first Saturday in November. Co-chairwomen of the event are Gisela Sabal and Mary Salisbury-Lizen. This year the theme of the ball is the celebration of 50 years of the Suburban Service League, Sabal said. Save the Date cards are being mailed out this month.

The group is very excited about this years Crystal Ball, and the 50th year anniversary, said Anne Walker, SSL president. The Crystal Ball is our main fundraiser. Last year this small group of ladies volunteering their time distributed over $80,000 to these local charities and individuals, we are very proud of that. The mission of the Suburban Service League is to provide financial assistance through fundraising events to individuals and organizations in need, focusing on the southern suburbs.

Silver Cross Hospital 500 Club volunteers those who donated 500 or more hours of their time in a 12-month period by working in various departments within Silver Cross Hospital pose for a picture during a ceremony. Pictured is (left to right, front row) Joseph Castelloni, Edith Schalk, Audry Dores, Stuart Switt, Bill Kargle, (back row) Mary Martino, Marge Persico, Ruth Brown, Judy Wasilkoff, Jeff Kubinski, Dan Shew, Mary Wereldsma, Brian Hutson, Henry Kohut and Jim Pitcarin. PHOTO SUBMITTED

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Turning two
Happy 2nd birthday to the sweetest little boy. Nicholas Schmidt turns 2 on Aug. 4. He is turning into such an amazing little person. We are so proud of you! Hope you have a great day! We love you so much! Happy birthday, Nicky! Love, Mom, Dad and Ali.
Make a free announcement in The New Lenox Patriot. We will publish birth, birthday, military, engagement, wedding and anniversary announcements free of charge. Announcements are due the Thursday before publication. To make an announcement, e-mail sean@newlenoxpatriot. com.
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PET- of the WEEK

Clark-Dorch family New Lenox

Olivia and Gracie

Olivia Clark-Dorch is a 12-year-old cairn terrier and Gracie ClarkDorch is a 7-yearold Boston terrier. They are the best of friends even though Gracie is rather obnoxious to Olivia. Gracie loves to chase after laser lights, or any light really, and Olivia likes to chase after tennis balls. Both dogs enjoy laying in the sun and pestering the family cats.
The New Lenox Patriot wants to hear about your pets! Send photos and stories (150-200 words) to Sean at sean@newlenoxpatriot.com.


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Photo Op

July 8 An officer was dispatched to a business in the 2300 block of U.S. 30 for a report of a wallet theft. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. Jorge Lopez, 33, of 110 Peale, Joliet, was arrested in the 2300 block of U.S. 30 on a warrant out of Will County for driving on a revoked drivers license. Lopez posted bond and was released. Aurelisse Castaner, 23, of 130 SW Circle Dr., Joliet, was arrested for driving on a suspended license after an officer conducted a random registration check. Castaner posted bond and was released. James S. Rajsl, 51, of 3 S. 408 Shagbark, Glen Ellyn, was arrested for driving while license suspended after an officer conducted a random registration check. Rajsl posted bond and was released. A victim reported that their passengers side mirror and the side of their vehicle was damaged by an unknown offender in the 300 block of Church. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. July 9 Nicole Bock, 32, of 109 Hunter, Joliet, was arrested for unlawful display of registration and expired registration. An officer discovered that the registration sticker did not match the registration expiration of the vehicle and found that the sticker was taken from a vehicle not registered to the driver. Bock posted bond and was released. July 10 Alanzo S. Hutcherson, 20, of 759 Burr Oak Lane, University Park, was arrested for driving on a suspended drivers license after an officer conducted a random registration check. Hutcherson posted bond and was released. July 12 Jeremy Ulbricht, 22, of 1557 Elgin, Joliet, was arrested in the 1800 block of U.S. 30 for driving under the influence, improper signaling, squealing tires and speeding at 3:49 a.m. Ulbricht posted bond and was released. Jonathon Jackson, 30, of 115 Minton, Joliet, was arrested for speeding and driving on a suspended license in the 2400 block of Haven. Jackson posted bond and was released. An unknown person used a victims debit card to make approximately $600 worth of unauthorized purchases, it was

Police reports

reported. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. Christopher Coughlin, 32, of 316 Carol, New Lenox, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Coughlin posted bond and was released. Danielle Bosshart, 20, of 19504 S. 116th, Mokena, was arrested for possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment after an officer observed a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of Haines Park. Bosshart posted bond and was released. A complainant advises that an unknown person used his debit card to buy approximately $2,500 worth of unauthorized purchases. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. July 13 Timothy Kernagis, 38, of 1575 Benton, Crete, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Kernagis posted bond and was released. Mark Friend, 30, of 10920 Settlers Pond, Frankfort, was arrested for retail theft after a complainant advised Friend left a business without paying for $30 worth of merchandise. Friend posted bond and was released. July 14 Robert Davis, 48, of 402 Amerherst, Lockport, was arrested for suspended registration and driving on a revoked license at 8:24 a.m. in the 1800 block of Silver Cross Boulevard. Davis posted bond and was released. Nadia Robinson, 36, of 907 Gael, Joliet, was arrested for driving on a suspended license. Robinson posted bond and was released. An unknown person used a credit card to make unauthorized purchases, it was reported. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. Santiago Zurith, 32, of 2905 W. 59th, Chicago, was arrested for driving on a suspended license after an officer conducted a random registration check. Zurith posted bond and was released. An officer was dispatched to the 400 block of N. Vine for a complaint that a person had broken a window to a building. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. July 15 An officer was dispatched to the 300 block of Old Hickory for a complaint of damage to property. The complainant said an unknown person broke a window on the garage. The case is under

review by investigations for assignment. An unknown person used a victims banking account to make unauthorized transactions. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. Shawn Sumpter, 27, of 29330 Murrieta, Menifee, Calif., was arrested on a Kane County warrant for failure to appear in court. Sumpter was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

July 16 Lisa Conte, 30, of 10930 Stephen Court, Mokena, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and speeding. Conte posted bond and was released.

Photo by Marybeth Sadlik

July 17 An unknown person damaged a mailbox in the 800 block of Bristol. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. An unknown person damaged a volleyball net in the 800 block of Laurel Bay. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. A complainant advised that an unknown person used their debit card to make approximately $2,800 worth of unauthorized transactions. The case is under review by investigations for assignment. Manuel Rios, 45, of 11543 Jenyglenn, Mokena, was arrested for driving on a suspended license and speeding. Rios posted bond and was released.

This photo, taken by New Lenox resident Marybeth Sadlik, shows a bird nest on one of the statues outside Encore Senior Village.
To submit photos for The New Lenox Patriots Photo Op, email sean@newlenoxpatriot.com or mail them to 11516 W. 183rd Street 3SW, Orland Park, IL 60467.

July 18 Tierra Price, 24, of 820 Cardinal, Joliet, was arrested for driving on a suspended license, operating an uninsured vehicle and suspended registration. Price posted bond and was released. Laura Saari, 55, of 429 S. Cedar, New Lenox, was arrested for driving under the influence after an officer was dispatched on a complaint that a vehicle left the scene after striking a sign in the 800 block of N. Cedar. The complainant gave the offenders license plate and the officers determined the registered owner was under the influence of alcohol. Saari posted bond and was released.
EDITORS NOTE: The New Lenox Patriot Police Reports are compiled from official reports found on file at the New Lenox Police Department headquarters in New Lenox and from the Will County Sheriffs office. Individuals named in these reports are considered innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law.


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Musings by Moss

Oh, to be so bored ...

fter a couple of blazing hot days in New Lenox during the composition of this document, Im laid up for a couple of days after some rather unpleasant injections into my knee joints (I hate this getting-old stuff). What I realized is how boring it can be sitting here by myself with my favorite ice packs and the remote control in my hand flipping back and forth between

contributing columnist

Scott moss

documentaries about such fascinating things as the polar ice caps and the Sahara Desert. I did learn something: One is very cold, and the other is very hot. I just cant remember which is which (must be the drugs). Ive devised a list of things to do when you get bored. It is well thought out due to all this boredom I am so bored with. - See if you can convince yourself to go back in time to a previous life. If you dont believe in this stuff, make one up. Today, I am Sir William Wallace from Braveheart. Im even wearing the blue-and-white makeup. - Call Comcast and lie to them about how happy you

are with their service. - Rerun the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup victory over and over again. I never get sick of it. - See if you can make an exact replica of the Eiffel Tower using only toothpicks and spitballs. - Call your wife and whine about how bored you are. They love that. - Sell something completely obnoxious on eBay. Im thinking about one of my toenails ... - Go through your sons iTunes library and enjoy the names of the bands. Some of my favorites are Behemoth, As Blood Runs Black, Lamb of God, Vital Remains, Dethklok, and of course, you cant go wrong

with Beneath the Massacre. - See how many copies of Windows 98 you have. They work well as Frisbees. - Drift back in time and try to remember how many times you wet your pants in kindergarten. - Count how many pairs of shoes your wife has. Then divide by four and almost always thats how many pairs of shoes you as a man have. For real shoe addicts you may have to divide by five or six to get a correct estimate. - Empty one shelf in the fridge and blame the aliens for doing it. Its important to keep a straight face during the discovery of said shelf

Please see Moss, 19


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From the Editor

Hotter than a $5 iPhone

From Page 18


We recently stopped by the New Lenox Public Library and asked,

Since last week was the MLB All-Star break, what team or player are you rooting for the rest of the season?


Sean Ostruszka

have a problem with New Lenox right now. Well, actually, its all of Chicagoland, but Ill narrow it down to New Lenox. Two weeks ago I was sitting on a beach in Costa Rica. Thats in Central America, which for those who havent looked at a globe in awhile, resides less than 700 miles from the equator. Growing up, I was always told the closer to the equator you get the hotter it gets. Wrong. Just dead wrong. Pretty sure I busted that theory when I stepped off the plane and was smothered by the heat here in Chicagoland. Theres something wrong when its hotter in New Lenox than it is in Costa Rica (for one, the heat here doesnt come with an ocean view). Now, I know the Proud American Days are going

on this weekend. So lets get our act together, New Lenox, and see what we can do about cooling things down. Pretty sure most of you are in agreement here. Im thinking gathering a ton of those A/C machines you see on football sidelines and encircling the Proud American Days area. Can we make this happen? All kidding aside, heat or no heat, Im excited to come out to PAD. I missed it last year because I was on vacation, but all I heard were rave reviews. Now I want to experience first hand. I want to taste the funnel cakes, listen to the music, and I may try to get a team together for the sand volleyball tournament (anyone in?). Ill be out and about throughout the four days, and if you see my bald head glaring under the sun, feel free to stop me and say hi. Ill enjoy hearing the stories of fun and taking pictures. But seriously, New Lenox, think about that A/C thing. Oh, and dont forget to send us some pictures from PAD and well get them in The Patriot.

Paul Konerko and the White Sox Kenny Sulkowski

White Sox Vincent Jankowski

Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs Luke Jackson

Anthony Rizzo and the Cubs Jake Jackson

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from NewLenoxPatriot.com as of July 22

1. NL shows support at Relay for Life event 2. Musings by Moss 3. Athlete of the Week 4. Providence football standout turns heads 5. New Lenox family offers Little Free Library

academic oncologic care close to home. In the Czerkies Pavilion, adults and children alike can see full-time medical and radiation oncologists from the University of Chicago Medicine, receive state-ofthe-art chemotherapy and radiation therapy, and take part in clinical trials. In fact, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center maintains more active clinical trials for the treatment of cancer than any other program in Illinois. Individuals with a cancer diagnosis no longer have to leave the community for an expert second opinion or comprehensive treatment that can only be found in an academic medical center setting, said Dr. Lawrence Schilder, medical director of Hematology/ Oncology at the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross. Our Cancer Center is an extension of the University of Chicagos program offering everything a patient needs all under one roof right here at Silver Cross. In addition to clinical trials

and chemotherapies not typically found in a community hospital setting, patients also benefit from state-of-theart radiation therapy techniques under the direction of UCMC radiation oncologist Dr. Anne McCall. More than 300 patients received imageguided radiation therapy at the Cancer Center in the past year. IGRT, delivered via the TrueBeam new-generation linear accelerator system, precisely targets the tumor from nearly any direction to provide the best results. At the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross, we understand that total cancer care goes well beyond radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and even surgery, Dr. Schilder said. We also offer hormonal therapy, infusion services, preventative screenings, and rehabilitation. And, we just formed a partnership with the Cancer Support Center in Mokena to offer other supportive services on site such as counseling and wellness classes. The success of the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross has led to talks of expansion in the near future.

Since we opened our new hospital last year, we have seen record-breaking patient volumes across every area inpatient, outpatient and emergency care, said Paul Pawlak, president and CEO of Silver Cross Hospital. However, our partnership with University of Chicago has been one of the most successful programs on the new campus. To handle the increased demand, the University of Chicago Medicine Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross is bringing on a fourth medical oncologist, Dr. Grace Suh, and a second radiation oncologist, Dr. Daniel Golden, in the next few months. Both of these highly skilled cancer specialists will be caring for patients full-time in the Cancer Center. Our dream for Will County residents to be able to get the very best cancer care close to home has come true, says Pawlak. To schedule an appointment, call (855) 826-1400. For more information about the new University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center at Silver Cross Hospital, visit www.ucmcancer-sch.org.

by your family. Smear green slime on the floor from the front door to the fridge just to convince them. - See if you can find the floor in your 16-year-olds room. Im pretty sure its under all the dirty clothes, books and papers, but no one knows for sure. Hopefully by the time you read this boredom will be a thing of the past in my life. My knees will be better and I can go on free to pursue a life of religious fulfillment.* *Quote from the movie Airplane, which is also helping to keep my boredom at bay
All opinions in this column are that of the writer and do not necessarily reflect those of 22nd Century Media and its staff.

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The Dish The Patriot

Movie in the Commons nights, PAGE 27

Evening flick NL residents enjoy

Rick Springfield rocks Triple Play Concert Series, PAGE 22

Rick Springfield performs Saturday, July 20, during the second leg of New Lenoxs Triple Play Concert Series.

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Life & Arts


Still loving Jessies Girl

Rick Springfield rocks Triple Play Concert Series
Marybeth Sadlik, Staff Writer

Fifteen years ago, Channahon resident Dustin Walker was brought to a Rick Springfield concert, toyguitar in tow, and placed on top of his grandfathers shoulders to get a better look at the stage. The 2-year-old captured the attention of Springfields production coordinator Ronnie Grinel and was taken up to the stage during the song Dont Talk to Strangers. From there, a lifelong bond was formed between Walker and Springfield. Now 17, Walker has found his passion, which he owes to Uncle Rick. Forming his own band from the song that launched his career, Walkers band, Talking To Strangers, opened for the man that made it all possible on July 20 at the New Lenox Commons. This is the first time I am opening for Rick, Walker said. I was on stage with him at least a half-adozen times between ages 2 and 6. He introduced me as his singing buddy, Dustin. My desire now is to be a rock star. I have been on tour with him and have been featured in his documentary film Affair of the Heart. The second concert in the Triple Play Concert Series got started with legions of fans descending upon the grounds once again for a night of fun, food and camaraderie. Beginning at 5:45 p.m., Walkers band took the stage to perform a number of rock songs. Local band Five Greystone hit the stage at 7:15 p.m. Waiting for Springfield aka Dr. Noah Drake of the television show General Hospital to delight them, many of the fans prepared by buying souvenirs to commemorate their experience. For Jenny Fileca of Dyer, Ind., and Kerry Shipe of St. John, Ind., who have been friends since age 9 and diehard Springfield fans, buy-

Friends Jenny Fileca (left) and Kerry Shipe show off their souvenir Rick Springfield purses they hand made.

Rick Springfield performs Saturday, July 20, for the second show of New Lenoxs Triple Play Concert Series. PHOTOS BY MARYBETH SADLIK/22ND

Rick Springfield engages fans while singing Human Touch.

ing souvenirs only added to their collection. Sporting rare handmade purses with Springfields likeness on one side and an actual record he had previously autographed in 2010 on the other, both were anxiously waiting to see their idol again. He brings instant happiness whenever I hear him on the radio, Fileca said. Anytime I hear him, he pulls me out of a bad mood. He is the only guy that we both agreed we would never fight over. At 63, he is still hot! Indeed, Springfield didnt disappoint his fans. Rocking out as soon as he ar-

rived at the New Lenox Commons at 9 p.m., his fans were treated to not only old favorites like Jessies Girl, Dont Talk to Strangers, Affair of the Heart and My Fathers Chair, but a hands-on opportunity to touch him when he came down into the crowd singing Human Touch. Springfield also sang I Hate Myself, You and Me, and Our Ship is Sinking, from his new album, Songs For the End of the World. The crowd learned that Springfield will be 64 next month when he sang the Beatles song When Im 64. For friends Barb Widelski, Barb

Rick Springfield rocks his new song Our Ship is Sinking.

Stone, Cathy OConnor and Cheryl Bucey, getting a chance to see Springfield was a dream come true. I never thought I would get to see him in concert, said Widelski, a New Lenox resident. I have been coming to these Triple Play concerts all five years. I just knew

we had to be here at 4:30 p.m. to get a front-row seat. Rick Springfield is the second of the sold-out 2013 Triple-Play series. Bad Company came to delight audiences on June 29, and Foreigner will be the close-out act on Aug. 31.


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Sweet and savory, with a side of snails

La Crepe Bistro brings French cooking to Homer Glen
Bill Jones, Contributing Editor

Dining Out

La Crepe Bistro
13957 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen

9 a.m.-9 p.m. TuesdayThurdsday 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday Closed Monday

As its name implies, La Crepe Bistro is home to many types of crepes, both sweet and savory, but dont expect to find the ingredients stuffed inside. We are too proud of our ingredients, owner Rima Staniuliene said. We have nothing to hide inside. And while many associate crepes with breakfast, diners wont find bacon and eggs on the menu at the Homer Glen restaurant. This is not that kind of place, Staniuliene said. La Crepe Bistro, as its name also implies, is modeled after the French bistro a style Staniuliene, a Lithuanian native, fell in love with before she, her husband and her son settled down in Homer Glen in 2000. All my life, I was like gypsy, moving all around Europe, Staniuliene explained. She found an interest in the culinary world during her travels, opening her own restaurant in Europe that served European food of all kinds, but with an emphasis on Italian cooking. Weve been in the restaurant business many years, but not in the United States, she said. Food, cooking and party planning was in our blood. And after a decade of working other jobs Rima as a personal assistant; her husband, Darius, running an animal clinic and her son Martynes as an engineer the family decided to follow its dream and finally open a restaurant. We were looking to do this since coming over, Rima said. It was always in our heads. And rather than open a restaurant in an already crowded area, the family decided to try to carve out a space for something unique in its hometown.

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Web: www.la-crepe-bistro.com Phone: (708) 966-4866 That unique vision starts with the decor, much of which from the lights, to the windows to the table clothes and china was imported from France when the family started construction in October 2012. It has already turned a number of heads, with customers constantly asking Rima where she got particular items. They say we should stop selling food and start selling furniture, she said. But the restaurant also has something special when it comes to the food, and that starts with the crepes, which account for nearly two-thirds of the menu by design. But while European crowds have enjoyed the crepes three meals a day since the restaurants opening at the beginning of May, the concept has taken a little longer for American diners, who are used to breakfast crepes, to grasp. In Europe, you can have crepes as an entre, Staniuliene said. And so La Crepe Bistros crepe options are split almost right down the middle between sweet and savory. The sweet side features things like the fresh strawberries and chocolate crepe ($8.50), which offers a crepe folded into a triangle, drizzled with chocolate, with a pile of fresh strawberries, coated in a fancy sugar, and topped with real whipped cream and sprig of mint, offering a rich option that could double as a breakfast and dessert. And the sweet side also of-

Pictured is the fresh strawberries and chocolate crepe ($8.50) at La Crepe Bistro in Homer Glen.

fers more out-of-the-box options like ice cream and Grand Marnier ($11), sweet ricotta cheese and cinnamon ($9.50) and La Citron ($6), which features freshly squeezed lemon and turbinado sugar. But the menu truly shines when it comes to the savory crepes, with items like the fruits de mer crepe ($14.50), which comes piled high with a hearty assortment of langoustine, shrimp, scallops and mussels in a Bchamel sauce. French ham ($10) is another popular choice, with cheese and crunchy onions in a cream sauce. Everything is made from scratch nothing pre-cooked, Staniuliene promised. Its made to order. For those looking for things outside of crepes, though, the menus starters section offers great shared plates for groups to try new things. The assiette de fromages ($11.50) offers a rotating selection of three cheeses (a French Comt, French blue and French cranberry when we visited), served beautifully on a wooden slab that looks like a cross

Pictured is the fruits de mer crepe ($14.50) at La Crepe Bistro, which is topped with langoustine, shrimp, scallops and mussels, as well as a Bchamel sauce. Photos by Bill
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section of a tree trunk with the bark still on it, with some fig compote and super-thin pear slices. And the escargots ($11) are expertly done, served six to an order in their shells with thin slices of garlic toast to complement the garlic butter sauce in which the snails are soaked. And if all of that is not enough, La Crepe Bistro offers four types of salads (which waitstaff said have been incredibly popular), a selection of homemade soups (to which Staniuliene hopes to add more options as the restaurant evolves), entres that include family favorites like duck leg confit and duck steak, desserts, and sides. And diners can

wash it all down with a formidable selection of wine because, as Staniuliene explains it, You cannot have French bistro without wine or Champagne. And while putting together the high-end, French-concept restaurant hasnt always been easy, Staniuliene said the results and the response she has been getting from area residents have made it worth the effort, and the extra work, the atmosphere and the minute details are all part of the plan. I dont want to do simple, she explained. I want to do something a little bit different than whats around here.

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Church briefs
Central Presbyterian Church (1101 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Adult Bible Study

7 p.m. every Monday. For more information, call (815) 485-5152.

Christs Mission Church (22811 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox)

No childcare is provided. For more information, call Debbie at (708) 516-6318 or Ginger at (815) 485-6105.
Crossroads Community Church (1501 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox)

Feed My Starving Children Fundraiser

The church will hold a fundraiser at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10.

United Methodist Church (339 New Lenox Road, New Lenox)

Divorce Care Group

6:30 p.m. every Tuesday. This is a Christianbased support group for 13 weekly sessions. For more information, call (815) 485-8271.

Celebrate Recovery

Womens Bible Study

6 p.m. every Tuesday. This free program is for anybody going through hurts, habits and hang-ups. A meal will be served, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. For more information, call Debra at (708) 516-6318.

9:15-11 a.m. every Wednesday. All ladies and guests are welcome. For more information, contact Vickey Eisenbeis at (815) 485-9437.
Trinity Lutheran Church (508 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox)

New Worship Service

10:20 a.m. third Sunday of the month. Come experience this worship service with contemporary music, family-friendly atmosphere, casual environment, Biblical and relevant messages, coffee, fellowship, and more.

Mens Breakfast Meeting

8 a.m. first Saturday of the month. For more information, call (815) 485-8271.
Have a listing for church briefs? Contact Lauren Finkler at (708) 326-9170 ext. 19, or e-mail l.finkler@22ndcenturymedia.com by noon Thursday for publication the following week. You can also let the community know about your upcoming church event by posting at NewLenoxPatriot.com.

Womens Bible Study

Bible Study

7-8:30 p.m. every Thursday. Come for deep worship and bible teaching. All are welcome.

9:30 a.m. Sundays. There will be a Bible study. For more information, call (815) 4856973.

Cancer Support Group

9:30 a.m. second Saturday of every month. For more information, call (815) 4858271.

In Memoriam
Susan M. Oram Susan M. Oram (nee Dwyer) of New Lenox passed away July 12, 2013 after her long fight with severe acute pancreatitis. She is survived by her husband, Keith; daughter, Sherry (Brian) Holmes; son, Henry; and granddaughters Jessica Spires and Hayley Holmes, all of New Lenox. She is also survived by her sisters, Geri Kennedy, LuAnne (Will) Pleshe, and Mary Beth (Bill) Velleux, her brothers, William and Joseph Dwyer, and 15 nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents Donald and Corrine Corky Dwyer her brother Robert Yogi Dwyer and two brother in laws, James Bones Kennedy and Danny Wren. Sue was born in Joliet May 31, 1949. She attended St. Mary Carmelite Grade School and Joliet Central High School. Sue worked for Barretts Ace Hardware in downtown Joliet as their bookkeeper for 30 years until their closing in 1999. She worked for Century 21 Pride in New Lenox as a Real Estate Agent from 19982011. She also served as Sexton for Maplewood Cemetery in New Lenox from 1996 2012. Sue was devoted to Maplewood Cemetery and the families she served there. She was an avid walker and swimmer. She loved tend-

ing to her flower gardens on Sue and Keiths farm in New Lenox. She was a loving and caring person to all of her family and friends. She was never at a loss for something to talk about. The family would like to thank Mary Westergaard of Vitas Hospice, and all of Sues I.C.U. nurses at Silver Cross Hospital. Donations to Maplewood Cemetery Perpetual Care Fund would be appreciated. Services were held July 15 at Hickey Memorial Chapel.

Mark D. Ellickson Mark D. Ellickson, 57, of New Lenox passed away Tuesday, July 16, at Silver Cross Hospital. Ellickson was born in Chicago to the late William and Dorothy (nee Luetke) Ellickson, living in the New Lenox area for over 30 years. He is survived by his wife, Terri (nee Craig); sons, Mark D. Jr. (Victoria) and Matthew; grandsons, Luke and Logan Ellickson; brother, Tom (Kathy) Ellickson; sister, Bev Bishop; and numerous nieces and nephews. Services were held July 20 at Kurtz Memorial Chapel.
Have someones life you youd like to honor? Email l.finkler@22ndcenturymedia. com with information about a loved one who was part of the New Lenox community.


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New Lenox resident performs in StagePlay performance

Staff Report

StagePlay: Musical Theater for Kids! summer camp performed Jazz: A Swingin Celebration on Friday, June 28, at Central Square in Lockport. The performance, originally scheduled to take place outdoors on the Lockport Township Park Districts Performing Arts Center stage in Dellwood Park, was relocated due to rain. But the weather did not dampen the spirits of 33 talented, young performers. The show concluded a one-week musical theater camp offered to children ages 3-15 through the Lockport Township Park District. New Lenox resident Katie Bavirsha was the lone representative of New Lenox, but she was joined by neighbors from Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, Romeoville, Plainfield, Crest Hill and Joliet. The students were divided up into age groups (ages 3-5, 6-8 and 9 and up), and each group given songs to learn at an age-appropriate level of difficulty, culminating in a performance at the end of the fiveday session. Participants in the camp were educated on the history of jazz,

played theater games, learned about performing and theater terminology and etiquette. They also worked on art projects, which tied in with the production. Then they put their new found knowledge of jazz and acting skills to the test in front of a packed audience com-

New Lenox resident Katie Bavirsha (second from left) performs along with fellow members of StagePlay: Musical Theater for Kids! summer camp Friday, June 28. Photo Courtesy of Kevin Shain

prised of friends and family. Musical numbers included, Jazz, Im Old Enough to Sing the Blues, Mississippi, Hobo Swing, The Blues, and Choo Choo ChBoogie. The children ages 6 and up were all given speaking parts to memorize,

as they narrated between songs throughout the production. Monica Minogue adapted, directed and choreographed the production with assistant director Katie Saweikis. The songs and script were compiled using excerpts from Jazz: A Swingin?

Celebration! by Teresa Jennings, We Haz Jazz by John Jacobson and Kirby Shaw, and a Discovery Jazz Series arrangement by Roger Emerson, and produced by special arrangement with Plank Road Publishing and Hal Leonard Corporation.

LW Central students star in Curtain Call Warehouse Theatres Lend Me a Tenor


Four Lincoln-Way Central students will be helping bring Curtain Call Warehouse Theatres upcoming production to life. Ean Schultz, Hannah Burkhardt, Jessie Kickert and Finn Mitchel, along with other young area actors will be in Lend Me a Tenor, which will be performed at 7:30 p.m. July 18-20 and at 2 p.m. July 21 at the Curtain Call Warehouse Theatre located at 12535 Old Plank Drive, New Lenox. Tickets will go on sale at the door 30 minutes before the performance. To reserve tickets in advance, email cheryldramacollins@ yahoo.com. Tickets are $10 each.

The play follows a historic night at the Cleveland Opera Company, where world-famous tenor Tito Morelli is to perform inOtello. Through a series of mishaps, however, Tito is believed to be dead, which sets off a chain reaction of slapstick and mistaken identity. This crazy farce is directed by Rebecca Collins and assistant director Michelle Housh.
The cast of Curtain Call Warehouse Theatres Lend Me a Tenor poses. Pictured is (left to right) Hannah Burkhardt, Courtney Goes, Kyle Johnson, Finn Mitchel, Jessie Kickert, Madison Freeland, Emily Koonce and Ean Schultz. Photo submitted

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A popular showing
New Lenox residents find movie-watching paradise in Commons
Felicitas Cortez, Staff Writer

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Paula Bozzetti likes to sit front and center, even if it means getting to the movies an hour before showtime. The New Lenox resident claimed her usual seat during a free outdoor screening of ParaNorman, held Wednesday, July 10, at the New Lenox Commons. You have to get here at least an hour before, said Bozzetti, who set up blankets and pillows for her group Amanda, 12, Kyle, 8, and friend Kylie Krawulski. The Commons fills up fast, especially if its for a good movie. The villages outdoor movie held every

Wednesday during the summer months is a weekly ritual for many local movie buffs. A big screen is set up inside the pavilion to feature a family-friendly film. Its fun watching movies outside, in the fresh air. Plus its free, Bozzetti said. You cant beat that price. Great minds must think alike, as many local residents followed Bozzettis lead, arriving early to grab a good seat, either close to the screen or higher up on the hill for stadium seating. After calling dibs with blankets or lawn chairs, families passed the time by walking the surrounding paths, playing ball or simply visiting with one another. Bozzetti also came prepared with plenty of kettle corn, as well as candy and drinks, while other families headed straight to the con-

Tyler Truedelle (left to right), Amy Truedelle and Brooke Truedelle nab a seat in preparation for a free outdoor screening of ParaNorman Wednesday, July 10, at the New Lenox Commons. Photos by Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media

cession stands for movietime treats. New Lenox resident Erin Okrzesik came to the event for a double purpose. Not only was Okrzesik there to enjoy the movie with her family and friends, but she

also set up a table for lastminute fundraising for the upcoming New Lenox Relay for Life event. This is a fun event for families, said New Lenox resident Heidi Cabeen. We came to the movie last week

and the kids had a great time. Its nice to do something outdoors with my kids after being at work all day. As Cabeen relaxed on a blanket, her children, Savan-

nah and Sean, played catch nearby. Even if we get here early, its fine, Cabeen said. The kids keep themselves busy and enjoy the nice weather.

New Lenox resident Paula Bozzetti (left to right) sits with daughter, Amanda, friend, Kylie Krawulski, and son, Kyle, prior to the showing of ParaNorman.

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The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

1. Indian state 6. Blueprint 10. Indonesian island 14. Fight 15. Old Milan money 16. Luau souvenirs 17. Pigeon preceder 18. Military group 19. Word-of-mouth 20. Popular restaurant closing its Mokena branch 22. Cabernet, for example 23. The I of T.G.I.F. 24. Happy 26. Setting 30. Use the information learned 32. Monitor brand 33. Man or Capri 35. Fell back 39. Bond player 41. Eisenhower 42. Rental car company 43. Add on 44. Pros opposite 46. Taking care of business


47. Disgorged 49. Prompting a bleep button on TV? 51. Shot putter? 54. Gasp while weeping 55. Seed covering 56. Lockport township softball team star, Brittany 62. Place 63. Almond 64. Patronage 66. Outlet 67. Indian flatbread 68. Make a shambles of 69. Latin infinitive 70. Honky ending 71. Hair raising 1. Lummox 2. ___ good example 3. Cut off 4. At the peak 5. Aquarium fish 6. Yarn imperfections 7. Languish 8. New York canal 9. Thick sauce 10. Detailed 11. Lofty nest 12. Tropical woody climber 13. Cay 21. Needle case 25. Appeal 26. Baby talk 27. Representation 28. Writer, Uris 29. Waffly 30. Synthetic resin 31. Associate 34. Spot 36. Radio frequency 37. Mideast chief 38. Decayed 40. Trade show 45. Slender instrument 48. Straight 50. Wear away through erosion 51. Medicinal ointment 52. Sign of spring 53. Encumbrances 54. Shut out 57. World flying association 58. Berry starter 59. ___ mortals 60. Chinese gelatin 61. Not yet final 65. The car, affectionately

6-8 p.m. every Wednesday: Magician

day: Live bands

last weeks answers jul 18

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

Little Joes Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road, New Lenox; (815) 463-1099) 5-8 p.m. every Tuesday: Piano Styles by Joe

Foxs Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St., Mokena; (708) 478-8888) 6 p.m. every Thursday, Friday and Saturday: Performance by Jerry Eadie FRANKFORT

LEVEL: Medium


(18700 S. Old LaGrange Road, Mokena; (708) 4783610) Every Tuesday: Karaoke contest for a trip to Vegas Every Wednesday: Live DJ dance party and bean bag contest Every Thursday: Karaoke ($100 giveaway)


Papa Joes Italian Restaurant

(400 W. Maple St., New Lenox; (815) 463-5637) 8 p.m. every Thursday and Saturday: Karaoke Every Friday: Live music

Tommy Nevins
(9680 Lincolnway Lane, Frankfort; (815) 4641000) 8 p.m. every Thursday: Pub Trivia

Nicks Steak and Seafood

(19634 LaGrange Road, Frankfort; (708) 4794704) 9 p.m. every Friday and Saturday: Karaoke
To place an event in The Scene, e-mail c.lane@22ndcenturymedia.com

Jennys at 191 South

(10160 191st St., Mokena; (708) 479-6873) Every Tuesday and Wednesday: Karaoke Every Friday and Satur-

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

Answers will be published next week in the paper.

Advertising section

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Packed with upgrades

Butternut Ridge offers quality, affordability
Staff Report

In the world of new construction homes, all new home products are certainly not created equal. Bryan Nooner of Distinctive Home Builders has been a professional home builder for nearly 30 years and is a recognized industry expert. Nooner is also a former two-term Southwest Suburban Home Builders Association president, national speaker and industry consultant. I urge new home buyers to carefully compare the products and features being offered when shopping for a home, said Nooner, chairman of Distinctive Home Builders

Ltd. Shoppers need to make certain that you are receiving the highest quality features in your new home possible, for the price range in which you are in. My company is pleased to be able to offer some of these quality features in our new homes at Butternut Ridge where a new 2,000-square-foot home starts at $194,990. For example, will the driveways be asphalt or concrete? A concrete driveway has a much longer life expectancy and adds value and curb appeal to the home. Same goes for vinyl flooring tile versus ceramic tile. My advice to buyers is, ask lots of questions and make sure you are getting good quality products in your new home. It
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Pictured is the Manchester, one of the homes available in the Distinctive Home Builders Ltd.s Butternut Ridge community in Manhattan. Photo submitted

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Brookside model in Lockport named Home of the Month

Riverview Builders lauded for attention to detail
Staff Report

Riverview Builders, a company responsible for crafting beautiful homes across the Chicagoland area was recently recognized by the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association for its 2,650-square-foot Brookside model at Parkside Estates in Lockport, which is base priced at $334,500. Every month the SSHBA selects a builders model from its peers that represents the high standards expected from its members. This month Riverview Builders received the award because of the builders architectural demands, quality of construction and attention to details. The model home showcases the style and quality expected of all the beautiful ranch and two-story homes to be constructed at Parkside

Estates. The Brookside model is a two-story, four-bedroom home with 2 1/2 baths and represents one of several different ranch and two-story home designs available at the community. We are very humbled that our beautiful Brookside model was recognized for excellence by the SSHBA, stated Kevin Chaffin Riverview Builders. The quality and architectural details recognized in our Brookside model is also found in every home we build, no exceptions. Attention to architectural details and quality are also some of the reasons that Kevin Chaffin received the prestigious Builder of the Year award for 2010 from the Home Builders Association of Illinois. The first floor of the Brookside is laid out in a very traditional manor. The entry foyer is topped by a two-story ceiling and provides access to a spacious living room and a formal dining room. To the rear of the home is a gorgeous family room with a built-in

Pictured is Riverview Builders Brookside model in Lockport, a 2,650-square-foot home which was recently named the SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Associations Home of the Month. Photo Submitted

speakers and an expanse of windows that provide views of the backyard. The Brookside exhibits a large kitchen, which flows uninterrupted into the dinette area and into the family room. The kitchen is outfitted with hardwood maple cabinetry, custom granite countertops and stainless steel appliances (self-cleaning range/oven, refrigerator and dishwasher). A centrally located food preparation island provides workspace for the chef of the house and a walk-in pantry with stylish door will keep

enough ingredients on hand for special meals. Finishing out the first level is a powder room and a large laundry room with washtub. The second level of the home provides enough space for a private master bedroom suite finished with a custom cove ceiling, three additional bedrooms and a full size second bathroom. As expected from a luxury home in Parkside Estates, the Brooksides master suite also includes a large walk-in closet and a luxurious super bath, which features the convenience of Special limited time grand opening prices start from the $190s with numerous quality appointments and valueadded amenities that are considered upgrades with most other builders. Brick exteriors on all four sides of the first floor, free basements in most models, ceramic tile in the kitchen, baths and foyer; custom oak cabinets with a free upgrade to maple cabinets are some of the many standard features. Butternut Ridge cabinets are all wood constructions with dove tail joints,

separate shower, enlarged whirlpool tub and a private commode area. For the proper ambiance the room is finished with beautiful custom tile work around the jetted tub and within the shower stall. Granite countertops add the final touch to this peaceful room. Although Riverview Builders offers beautiful, well-crafted single-family homes, of equal importance are the village in which Parkside Estates sits and the schools that educate its children. Parents will take pride which is very rare in the market place. Most all builders that I know use pre-made box cabinets made of press board material, said Nooner. When you buy a new home from Distinctive you truly are getting custom made cabinets for each and every home we sell no matter what the price range. Its part of the Distinctive Advantage. Oak trim and doors, concrete driveways, brick exteriors around the first floor of the home are just some of the inclusions that are part of this

in the fact their kids will attend Homer Grade School District 33C and Lockport High School District 205. Parkside Estates offers convenient access to Interstates I-55, I-80 and the new 355 Toll way extension. A variety of shopping districts and major shopping malls, including Oak Brook and Orland Square offer convenient and accessible shopping. Also nearby are a variety of recreational activities including the historic I & M Canal, Cook County Forest Preserves (which offer boating and fishing), and the Des Plaines River. To reach Parkside Estates take I-355 to 159th Street and exit east to Gougar Road, then turn right and head south 1-miles to entrance on east side of Gougar Road. The sales center and models are open by appointment. For more information, call (708) 645-0540. The SouthWest Suburban Home Builders Association is a not-for-profit trade association representing residential builders and developers in the construction industry. The south suburban chapter is one of many builder associations spread throughout the state of Illinois.

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makes a difference. Distinctive Home Builders, Ltd. recently opened sales on 18 new construction homes at Butternut Ridge in Manhattan. Located off Cedar and Smith roads in Manhattan, on-site sales opened Feb. 8. Butternut Ridge offers buyers three- and four-bedroom homes ranging in size from 1,500 square feet to 3,000 square feet, with ranch, split level and two-story designs.

unique opportunity. To reach the Butternut Ridge sales office, take I-80 to the Briggs Street exit; head south to Laraway Road; head east on Laraway Road to Cedar Road and proceed approximately 3 miles south to Butternut Ridge. The address is 25041 Sycamore Drive, Manhattan. Hours are Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information or to make an appointment, call (708) 479-7700, or visit www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.



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What: Four bedroom home in the Eagle Estates neighborhood. Where: 1990 Talon Drive, New Lenox Amenities: This home has four bedrooms, two baths and resides on a corner lot with a fenced-in backyard. The eat-in kitchen includes stainless steel appliances and hardwood floors. The family room with fireplace flows into the kitchen, which is great for entertaining. The patio doors overlook the backyard with the custommade work shed. The home also has a sub-basebment, is near Old Plank Trail and Lincoln-Way Central, and is move-in ready.

Price: $264,900 Open house time: Noon-3 p.m. July 28 Listing Agent: Contact Gail Haug of Coldwell Banker Honig Bell at (815) 3515437.

homes recently sold in New Lenox

May 22
1205 Timber Place, New Lenox, 60451-3100 - D Amico Trust to Irving W. Doucet Jr. and Zun Hui Doucet, $172,000 1759 Bellechase Drive., New Lenox, 60451-3608 - Hensel Trust to Anthony Leasure and Carin Leasure, $250,000

Matteson, $235,000

May 29
733 S. Cedar Road, New Lenox, 60451-2202 - Edward M. Lassiter Sr. to Christopher Somerville Jr. and Megan Houk, $167,000 2258 Scotsglen Drive, New Lenox, 60451-9773 - Standard Bank & Trust Trustee to Ronald G. Rekosh and Kelly A. Rekosh, $301,500 1024 S. Cooper Road, New Lenox, 60451-2679 - US Bank Na Trustee to Dean Tomaras, $116,400

May 23
651 Warbler, New Lenox, 604518599 - Robert J. Esquivel to Dennis J. Mezydlo and Elizabeth Mezydlo, $260,000 913 N. Marley Road, New Lenox, 60451-1382 - Rigsby Properties LLC to Jeffery Campbell and Melissa Mamrak, $140,000

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105 Charleston Drive, New Lenox, 60451-3169 - Charles Friedl to Jason B. Montemayer and Abby R. Montemayer, $280,000 21664 S. Moni Drive, New Lenox, 60451-2751 - First Midwest Bank Trustee to Brent Larue, $145,000
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894 Winter Park Drive, New Lenox, 60451-3104 - Zales Trust to Cherilyn Franzen, $139,000 3411 Avondale Lane, New Lenox, 60451-8602 - Louis S. Philosophos to Edward K. Matteson and Colleen E.



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10 Questions
Ruskowsky is a middle infielder and reserve pitcher for the New Lenox Lighting 14U travel softball team. She was also a freshman on the varsity team at Lincoln-Way West this past spring.

Athlete of the Week

with Amanda Ruskowsky

The Lightning have been on quite tear recently, winning four of five tournaments.

LW Patriots pound Cougars in season opener


Yeah, its been fun. We earned a couple national bids. We also finished fifth in the Metro tournament two weeks ago in Joliet. There were 43 teams there.

How long have you been with the Lightning?

This is my first year with them, but Ive been playing travel ball for five years now.

Now, are you one of those players that only wants to play travel softball in the summer, or do you like having a little free time?

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Youre a power hitter, so would you rather hit a home run or turn a double play?

short stop Dani Morgan and continue to build the program.

There are times I wish I could go hang out with my friends more, but I love softball. Its fun. So Id say 50/50.

Umm, turn a double play. I like defense a little better because there is a lot more to do.

Do you at least get a chance to take a vacation during the summer?

Oh yeah. Well play two weeks in a row and then get a week off, which is nice. Were still teenagers, and we like to go on vacation or just hang out with friends.

What was it like being a part of the regional-winning team at West this spring as a freshman?

Thats pretty amazing to have a pair of sophomore middle infielders. Have you played with Morgan before?

It was a good learning experience. I didnt get to play a lot of innings, but to be up with girls of that high of quality girls like Sam Magruder and Kaci Krumreich really prepared me for next year.

Yeah, we were on the Lincoln-Way Storm together. We batted 1-2 on that team, and were both power hitters with speed, so think we would be great for the team next year.

West seems to be building a powerhouse softball program. Where do you see it heading?

Getting back to the Lightning, are you more of an offensive or defensive team?

We have some really good hitters, but weve been in a little bit of a slump right now. Luckily, our D backs us up and it hasnt hurt us.

With Magruder graduating, Im assuming youre hoping to compete for the starting secondbase spot?

Definitely. Thats the goal. I want to play with (soon-to-be-sophomore)

I see us going even farther next year. We have a lot of good players returning and some really good players on the sophomore team coming up. I know the biggest goal for Dani and I is to bring a state title to West. I know we can do it.
Interview by Sean Ostruszka

The Lincoln-Way Patriots thought they would play Lake County Steelers in its season opener. Instead, complications brought another team to New Lenox. It didnt matter on the scoreboard. The Patriots charged through the gates of Providence Catholics Bishop Kaffner Stadium and never stopped charging, running over the Tri-City Cougars, from Wilmington 50-13 on Friday, July 12. It felt good to beat a team that knows how to win, said Patriots Defensive Coordinator Jim Strimel. Patriots started the season marching quickly down field on their first possession using a barrage of run plays. The drive was capped on sixth play when quarterback Bradley Geever handed off to Eric Wilson, who ran it in easily for the 7-yard touchdown. It was more of the same on Lincoln-Ways next possession. Javonte Keys broke a 40-plus-yard run. Then Geever broke another run down to the 1 yard line before Steve Strimel punched it in. Up 14-0, the Patriots opted to make a switch at quarterback to dual-threat Keith Coopens. The results were the same, as Strimel broke an array of tackles on his way to a 26-yard run. Coopens then finished the job with a 10-yard touchdown

run to giving the Pats a 21-0 advantage early in the second quarter. Special teams and the defense combined for the next score. A punt was downed at the Cougars 1-yard line. Seconds later, the Patriots scored on a safety to go up 23-0. Even when things went wrong they still went right on opening night. After a big punt return by Arlander Wade gave the Pats prime field position, the Patriots attempted a field goal. However, Anthony Michalowicz fumbled the snap on the field goal, which he then recovered, allowing him to scramble for a first down to set up yet another touchdown later in that drive. The Cougars would get on the board right before halftime when a receiver caught a jump ball as time expired and scampered in for the touchdown. The Patriots stepped up again, blocking the extra point to go into the break up 30-6. The Cougars started the second half with a six-minute march to the red zone, but it proved to be false hope. Moments later, the Pats forced a fumble at their 30-yard line, and Brandon Cunning sprinted the sideline with one man to beat. Cunning took the hit and the six points to extend the lead to 37-6. The Patriots tacked on two more scores in the final quarter.

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NL Lightning 10U win state title NL resident helps 12U Sparks


The 10U New Lenox Lightning are closing in on the end of their successful season, and theyre going out with a big bang after winning the ASA Chicago Metros 10U State Championship. The Lightning took the hard road to get the hardware by losing their first bracket game to their rival Lincoln-Way Blue Wave, only to

have redemption served the next day, beating them twice in the championship after being down in both games to cap off a seven-game win streak. In that win streak, the Lightning exploded for 85 runs to cruise to victory. The 10U team will head to Kentucky July 27 to compete at the ASA Nationals tournament against some of the best 10U teams in the country.

earn birth to national tournament


The 12U Orland Park Sparks Softball team earned a spot in the ASA National Tournament by winning the Born in the USA ASA Qualifier Tournament hosted by the Tinley Park Rockers June 28-30. New Lenox resident Emily Parker and

the rest of the Sparks defeated the LincolnWay Blue Wave and the Tinley Park Rockers Black teams in the quarter and semifinals. They then defeated the New Lenox Lightning 2-1 to win the championship game. The team will be traveling July 28-Aug. 3 to Chattanooga Tennessee for the ASA National Tournament.

The 10U New Lenox Lightning pose for a picture after winning the ASA Chicago Metros 10U State Championship. Pictured is (left to right, bottom row) Melanie Nelson, Hannah Bilinski, Kali, Case, Ella Jacobson, Kyla Kissee, Jenna Deang, (top row) Sydeny Swanberg, Allie Meyers, Torince Muczynski, Maddie Harper, Marissa McElligott and Natalie Teague.

The 12U Orland Park Sparks softball team poses for a photo after winning the Born in the USA ASA Qualifier Tournament. Pictured is (left to right, front row) Peyton Wuske, Alyssa MacTrinder, Irene Travis, Celia Gasbarro, Haley Dobson, (middle row) coach Meg Kelly, Emily Parker of New Lenox, Ayanna Cvitanovich, Molly Nolan, Jessica Coyle, Erin Kleffman, Maddie Ferguson, Lavin Catrambone, coach Emma Jarrel, (back row) coach John Shenberger and coach Paul Jarrel. Not pictured is Ryan Meuris. PHOTO SUBMITTED

NL resident helps Fusion Gold take fourth at Chicago Metro 14U tournament
Staff Report

The Frankfort Fusion Gold 14U softball team recently took fourth place out of 42 teams at the highly-competitive Chicago Metro 14U Class A American Softball Association Tournament. New Lenox resident Jen Sears helped the team to eight wins over the tournament weekend, getting the Fusion to the final four teams. The huge accomplishment earned the Fu-

sion an invite to the ASA Nationals in Bloomington.

Pictured is the Fusion Gold 14U softball team that placed fourth in the Chicago Metro 14U Class A Tournament (left to right, back row) Maddie Martino, Erin Dilger, Lauren Herlihy, Abby Christensen, Rebecca Paul, (front row) Eleni Kioussis, Kara Hernandez, Kaylee Dietze, Jen Sears and Kayla Reda. Not pictured is Olivia Mergenthaler. Photo



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Providence Baseball

Sour end cant ruin Celtics summer

RANDY WHALEN, Staff Writer

Providence Catholic baseball coach Mark Smith was happy with most everything about his team during the summer league season except the finish. The Celtics were one strike away from moving on to the semifinals of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Memorial Summer State Tournament playoffs. They couldnt get the out, and it cost them as they fell to Sandburg 4-1 in the quarterfinals of the Lockport Township Regional on Tuesday, July 16. Providence, which was seeded 12th in the 21-team regional, with the seeding based on total wins in the summer, closed out the summer season at 10-7-1. It was a disappointing finish, Smith said. But otherwise it was a very successful summer for us. We had 10 wins ,and we started three sophomores in the infield for most of the summer. Things looked good for the Celtics when sophomore second baseman Mike Madej made a great play to range to his right behind second and throw to first while in the air to get Peter Paxinos for the second out of the top of the seventh inning. At that point there were two out and none on for Sandburg. But with a 1-2 count, Ben Kociper singled to right to give the Eagles hope. Randy Osterman then worked from a 2-2 count to draw a walk. A wild pitch moved the runners up to second and third, and Kociper then scored on a passed ball to tie the game. What really killed us there was the two-out walk, Smith lamented about the free pass to Osterman. We had to challenge him there and make him put the ball in play. Then we had the wild pitch and passed ball, and things got worse from there. The Eagles then took the lead when their leadoff hitter, Jimmy Landgraf, hit a tapper up the third base line for an infield single as Osterman scored. They then added insurance runs on an RBI single to left from Jimmy Roche and an RBI

double to deep left by Alec Martinez. Providence received a great pitching performance by Dylan Rosa, who allowed six of the seven Eagle hits in 6 2/3 innings of work. The Celtics scored their run in the bottom of the third. Madej singled, stole second and scored when Zach Pychs grounder to second was thrown away for an error. Madej at second, Pych at third and Jackson Stulas at short make up a trio of sophomores who started all summer for the Celtics. All the rest of their players are seniors. The three sophomores showed a lot, Smith said. We showed that we can compete against some of the best pitchers. The Celtics did, but Sandburgs Sean Leland allowed an unearned run and two hits in his 6 1/3-inning performance. Bryan Pall, a righthander who will be bound for the University of Michigan on a baseball scholarship in the fall of 2014, came in the bottom of the seventh and registered the save by inducing a 4-6-3 double-play to the only batter he faced to end the game. The day before, Monday, July 15, Providence won a pair of games to advance to the quarterfinals. The first was a 3-1 win over Tinley Park and the second was a 5-4 victory over host Chicago Christian. Both games were played in Palos Heights. We really didnt play that well, Smith said of the two opening-day games. Jake Godfrey threw against Chicago Christian and pitched well before we took him out after six innings. Richard Yusa had a good day with a two-run double. We were up 5-1, but we gave up three runs in the seventh before hanging on. When it was all said and done, Smith still took the positives. It was a fun summer, he said. Im not big on the summer league, but we got all the games in and got good experience. Im a little concerned with our hitting, but our pitching is right where we want. We expect Jake Godfrey to be No. 1 and Dylan Rosa will be a strong No. 2.

Dwyane Wade camp set to kick off sixth season


Providence Catholic pitcher Dylan Rosa (left) fires in a pitch against Sandburg in a summer league playoff game on Tuesday, July 16, in Lockport. PHOTOS BY SEAN OSTRUSZKA/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Providence Catholics Phil Kunsa rips a hit against Sandburg in a summer league playoff game on Tuesday, July 16, in Lockport.

After missing last year, NBA superstar Dwyane Wade is set to visit New Lenox again this week. The three-time NBA champion of the Miami Heat will host the Dwyane Wade Elite Camp July 2526 in the Lincoln-Way Central Field House. This is the sixth year in a row Wade has brought the camp to New Lenox and fifth time he has participated, as he missed last years due to offseason surgery. The camp has really evolved, Mayor Tim Baldermann said. The first year it was just a three-onthree tournament. Now, its more hands on with top college coaches and players, and one of the greatest players in the world talking and coaching. Anyone ages 8-18 can participate in the camp. Registration cane be done beforehand at www.newlenox.net. Parents may also register their children in person beginning at 7:45 a.m. on Thursday, July 25. The fee is $149 per session. Session I begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 11:30 a.m. on both days. Session II begins at 12:30 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. both days. Each session includes a Dwyane Wade Elite Camp T-shirt, pizza and a drink. Were always happy Dwyane is willing to come here to New Lenox, Baldermann said. He really enjoys being here and working with the kids.

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West to host Warriors reach summer league semifinals poms camp

West Baseball
RANDY WHALEN, Staff Writer

The Lincoln-Way West baseball had its offense going throughout most of the summer. But the Warriors saw a great summer season end when they couldnt come up with the key hit as they fell to Minooka 5-2 in 10 innings in the semifinals of the Lockport Township Regional as part of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Memorial Summer State Tournament playoffs on Wednesday, July 17, at Ed Flink Field. Minooka went on to edge Sandburg 4-3 for the regional title the next day. With that win, the Indians improved to 13-5-1 and met St. Rita on Monday, July 22, in the state finals at North Central College in Naperville. West finished a very good summer with an 18-3-2 record. Im disappointed in [the Minooka result], West coach Jake Zajc said. But overall Im really happy with the summer. It was a great summer for us. It certainly was, but in a bit of coincidence, the Warriors lost all three of their summer league games on Lockports Flink Field. They had dropped a pair of games there the week before in Lockports Wooden Bat League. Against Minooka, the Warriors just couldnt deliver the big hit. Even when they scored their two runs in the fourth inning, it was unconventional. Minooka starting pitcher Cole Thompson lost command of the strike zone with a walk and a hit by pitch. Luke Morgan (single) scored on double play grounder, and Zach Speaker scampered home on a wild

pitch on a third strike that would have ended the inning. That put the Warriors ahead 2-1. Speaker was hit by a pitch three times in the game. Joe Butler relieved Thompson to get the last out with the bases loaded in the fourth. From there, he shut down the Warriors over 5 1/3 strong innings the rest of the way. He struck out nine, including the last two batters in the seventh with the bases loaded, and allowed three hits. If we take advantage of those [bases loaded] opportunities, it never gets to extra innings, Zajc lamented. Neal Tyrell proved to be a catalyst for the Indians. The senior shortstop hit the second pitch of the game for home run to left field to give his team an early lead. Minooka tied the game at 2-2 in the fifth when Mitch Vogrin was hit by a pitch and raced around to score on Tyler Paulsens double. There was no other scoring on the hot, humid night until the 10th. Thats when Tyrell, who singled, doubled and homered, singled with one out. He stole second with two outs, and then it looked like the Warriors had him picked off the base. But the catcher threw behind him, and Tyrell took off for third. The throw to try third got away his fourth stolen base of the game and Tyrell raced home with the go-ahead run. The third Indian run scored on a wild pitch, and then West committed an error in allowing the final run to score. Brandon Stang and Trevor Maly worked in the bottom of the 10th to save the victory for Butler. We had some breakdowns and didnt play fun-


Lincoln-Way West pitcher Andrew Clavenna fires in a pitch against Lincoln-Way North on Monday, July 15.

damental baseball, said Zajc of the top of the 10th. But it never should have got to that point. Morgan, who relieved West starter Dylan Eller (7 innings, 3 hits, 9 K, 1 BB) in the eighth, took the loss. He had five strikeouts in the final three innings as the Warriors registered 14 strikeouts on the day. Morgan and Adam Knerr each had two of the Warriors five hits. In the quarterfinals, on Tuesday, July 16, West walloped Plainfield North 12-2 in five innings. Jake Rossborough, the No. 9 hitter in the lineup, had a three-run double and four RBI. His bases-loaded double in the third drove in three runs and gave the Warriors a 7-0 lead. I went up to the plate thinking I must make contact with the bases loaded, said Rossborough. We [played] great baseball this summer, and its been a lot of fun.

Lincoln-Way Wests Zach Speaker rips a hit. PHOTOS BY SEAN


Dan Brokop, Jake Mahy and Dan LaBerry each added two hits. Kyle Strepec smashed a two-run homer for North. The Warriors, who were 21-12 in the spring, opened the tournament on Monday, July 15, by hosting a firstround game, where they defeated district rival LincolnWay North 9-1. West led 8-0 after two innings and

cruised. Brokop doubled, homered and finished with four RBI in the win. Righthanded pitcher Andrew Clavenna had a tremendous outing with six shutout innings of two-hit ball to get the victory. Between the varsity and JV, we had 40 plus kids out this summer, Zajc said. We got some new guys playing time.

The Lincoln-Way West Poms will host a dance clinic from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19, for kindergarten through sixth grade students. Dance clinic participants will perform with the varsity and sophomore poms at Community Night at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, at West. We ask the parents to arrive 15 minutes early to register your child, said Melissa Sweeney, West poms coach. We also recommend that parents return at 6:45 p.m. to receive additional information and see what their child has learned. Participants will learn skills, a routine and will play games. The Dance Clinic will be held in the cafeteria at Lincoln-Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar, New Lenox. Participants can enter through the main entrance and look for signs. The $30 fee includes a West poms T-shirt, snack and the dance clinic. Interested candidates should complete an application form before Aug. 2, to be guaranteed a T-shirt. Applications received after Aug. 2 are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Participants should wear comfortable clothing and gym shoes. For the performance, girls will wear their new T-shirt and black shorts or pants depending on the weather. This is an event that the high school girls really look forward to every year and the children always have a great time, Sweeney said. For more information and a registration sheet, contact Sweeney at msweeney @ lw210.org.



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Central Baseball

Lincoln-Way Centrals Ryan Earll rips a hit earlier in the summer. SEAN OSTRUSZKA/22ND

Lack of offense spoils Bass gem

RANDY WHALEN, Staff Writer

Brad Bass is one of the top high school pitching prospects in the state. The 6-foot-6 Bass, who enters his senior year at LincolnWay Central next month, has already committed to the University of Notre Dame. Hes dazzled on the mound for the last couple of seasons, and his fastball has been clocked at more than 90 miles per hour. In the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Phil Lawler Memorial Summer State Tournament playoffs last week, Bass once again showed why hes received so many accolades. But despite another very good outing by Bass, Central found itself on the wrong end of a 2-1 score to District 210 rival Lincoln-Way North in the play-in game of the tournament on Monday, July 15, at Lincoln-Way West. Yeah, it was a tough loss to North, Central coach Scott Gardner said. Brad Bass pitched well. North did its damage in the first, and then that was it. Bass, a right-hander, went the first six in-

nings, giving up the two runs on four hits. He walked two and struck out six. Meanwhile, the Knights offense could never get rolling. Offensively, we struggled getting the key hits when we needed to until the fifth, Gardner said. In the fifth, Jake Reil led off with a single and Tony Kestel walked. Cam Post perfectly executed a sacrifice bunt, and then Pat Michalak lined a single to right field scoring Reil. But we left the tying run stranded on third. We left seven runners on base all game. The loss ended the Knights summer season at 8-9. Their spring record was 16-14. Gardner, who finished his first season as head coach at Central in the spring, still took a lot of good things from the summer season. Overall, though, I thought this summer was very positive, he said. I was able to see a lot of things from a coaching standpoint and have a good idea of what we need to accomplish going into next spring. We will definitely have some position battles come next spring.

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Sports Briefs
Cangelosi Baseball offers training, tryouts
Cangelosi Baseball, located inside Bo Jacksons Elite Sports Dome at 17130 S. Prime Blvd. in Lockport, has several upcoming training sessions, leagues and tryouts. For more information on the program offerings, call (815) 221-6000 or visit www.cangelosibaseball.com.

Fall Training The goal of the fall training program is to give players the tools and knowledge to be impact players. This two-day-a-week program offers intensive training options for position players and pitchers. Fall League Games The purpose of the league is to provide an opportunity to compete in live games with professional instruc-

tion. Games will be played on weekends at local high school and college fields. Schedules and locations will be posted at cangelosibaseball.com. Young Guns Meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays from Sept. 9-Oct. 9, the Young Guns program is designed to introduce proper baseball development to 6-9 year olds. U-Dawgs Tryouts

The U-Dawgs is a travel organization that focuses on player development, with teams from 13U-18U. Players are provided with yearround training and complete access to the Bo Jackson Elite Sports Dome. Pre-registration for the free tryout is available. Taylor Made Softball Bo Jacksons Elite Sports will partner with Taylor Made Softball, for the first

travel softball program featured at the dome. Former pro, Venus Taylor, directs this program, which includes year-round tournaments and training, along with a membership to Bo Jacksons Elite Sports Dome. Information for the Aug. 7 and 8 tryout is available at www.cangelosibaseball.com.

West to host fall wood bat league

The High School Fall Baseball League announced its 2013 network of leagues spanning from Chicago to Dayton, Ohio. All leagues play on Sundays beginning Aug. 25 and ending with the HSFBL Championship Tourney in Indianapolis, Ind., on October 13. Among the leagues will be one hosted at Lincoln-Way West headed up by Tim Victor, a varsity baseball coach at Lincoln-Way North High School. Each league plays a sixweek regular season which includes a League Championship Tournament. League championship teams earn a birth into the HSFBL Championship Tournament to compete for the HSFBL Championship. Also, the top talent in each league is chosen to play on an All-Star Showcase team in the HSFBL All-Star Exposure Game, with the players info sent out to our network of college coaches across the Midwest. Each league plays a College Game Day at a partner college/university during the regular season, players meet

the college coaching staff, and families can tour the campus. Players receive a pro model wood bat from Hoosier Bats (150+ pro clients) and a team Dri-fit shirt as their game jersey. Players also receive exclusive discounts on wood bats from Hoosier Bats. Players receive a free profile from Showcase U Sports and a discount on a preferred membership to access 1600+ college coaches, upload video, and be included in the national prospect database. HSFBL players are eligible for the Phiten Exposure Tours College Prospect Evaluation Camp which will take place the same day as the HSFBL All-Star Game. Players have the opportunity to receive top instruction, showcase their talent, and receive a college one-on-one evaluation. This league is open to all incoming 2013 high school players (2014-2017 graduates), and players have the opportunity to enter the names of other players they would like to be on the same team with under the Teammate Request section of the registration page. The registration deadline is August 4. To register, go to www.HSFBL.com and scroll over the Registration link. Click on the league of choice, fill out the registration form, and send. The cost is $225 per player.
Information compiled by Editor Sean Ostruszka



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Getting his kicks

Central alum Wieclaw graduates from Miami
RANDY WHALEN, Staff Writer

Jake Wieclaw is back in New Lenox. But the 2008 Lincoln-Way Central alum and recent University of Miami graduate hasnt given up on his dream of Wieclaw being a professional football kicker. After graduation, I was talking to a handful of teams, but its a pretty low year for turnover with kickers, Wieclaw said. Wieclaw did have a tryout, and a convenient one at that as it was still in Miami. The only tryout I had was with the Dolphins, he said. It went pretty well, too. But I never heard anything else back from them. I was also talking to St. Louis and Denver, and the Broncos coach [John Fox] watched me work out and make a pair of 55-yard field goals. In the workouts, everything is live with a snapper and holder. Its all in front of special teams people. Right now, Im just staying in shape and seeing what happens. For the past two seasons, Wieclaw was the kicker for one of the most prestigious football programs in the nation. Last fall, as a senior, he served as Miamis placekicker and kickoff specialist in all 12 games. He helped lead the team to a 7-5 record. He led the team in scoring with 99 points, connecting on 19-of-25 field goals and 42-of-42 pointafter attempts. His 99 points rank 10th on Miamis single-season chart, while 19 field goals made ranks fourth. He opened the season with seven consecutive field goals made. After missing five of six during middle part of season, Wieclaw connected on 11 straight kicks before missing a final kick at Duke. Wieclaw made two or more field

goals in six games and scored 11 points in a season-opening win at Boston College. He added 10 points in an overtime win at Georgia Tech and had a then-seasonhigh 12 points against Virginia Tech. He connected on a careerbest 4-of-4 field goals in a home finale win against the University of South Florida. He hit a careerbest 7-of-7 PAT in season finale win at Duke. Then, he was named Walt Kichefski Hurricane Award winner at the teams end-of-season banquet. The award, named after former National Football League player and Miami coach, Walt Kichefski, goes to the top scholar-athlete in the Miami football program. Those are some nice accolades for the former Knights standout, who started playing football at an early age. I started playing football in eighth grade, Wieclaw said. I started kicking around then, too. In high school, Wieclaw, who also played wide receiver, left his mark at Central. He is still the Illinois High School Association record holder for most field goals in a season with 19 (in 23 attempts) his junior year, and in a career with 48 total. His longest field goal in high school was 52 yards. As a wide receiver in 2007, he notched a teamleading 35 receptions for 485 yards and three touchdowns before going out with an injury at the end of the regular season. He was selected to the PrepStar All-Midwest Region team and named a second-team EA Sports All-American. While some other kickers are shorter, Wieclaw is 6-foot-2. He believes thats a benefit. Kickers come in all shapes and sizes, he said. But with my size, it gave us the option of running a fake and kept teams on their toes. After waiting his turn behind current Atlanta Falcons punter Matt Bosher, Wieclaw was able to become the Hurricanes kicker as a redshirt junior in 2011. There he played in all 12 games while serv-

Jake Wieclaw (right), a Lincoln-Way Central alum, watches a kick sail through the uprights while playing for the University of Miami. Photos by JC Ridley/Caneshooter.com

ing as the teams primary placekicker, assuming duty on kickoffs and field goals. He was named a Lou Groza Award semifinalist, given annually to the nations top place-kicker. He finished the season perfect on point-after attempts, converting 39-of-39. He also connected on 11-of-14 field goal attempts, including making a 43-yard field goal against North Carolina. He hit a 36-yard field goal as time expired to lead the Hurricanes to 6-3 victory over USF. As a junior, Wieclaw also drilled a season-long 49-yard field goal in a season finale against Boston College and limited opponents to an 18.6 kick return average for the season. He was named special teams most valuable player. I have two most memorable games in college, Wieclaw said. The first is the first time I ever kicked in our home opener in 2011. It was against Ohio State [on Sept. 17], and I did the opening kickoff. There were flashes everywhere from people taking pictures, and the atmosphere was just electric. Also, the game that year where

Jake Wieclaw (right) attempts a field goal.

we beat USF at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium. It was just great to hit a game-winner in overtime. His longest field goal? People ask me that all the time, he said. Its a hard question to answer, but I guess Ive kicked one from 65 yards just goofing around in practice. If he doesnt get a job with a professional team, Wieclaw would

love to pass his kicking knowledge on to other people. I got a degree in geography and business, he said. I might want to teach and coach. I talked to some people at Lincoln-Way Central and also at Lincoln-Way West, since thats where some of my old coaches are now. But Im going to possibly try to put together my own camp and see how that works.

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Boys of summer Central, West

and Provi baseball teams compete in summer league playoffs, PAGES 53-51

Dominating start Lincoln-Way

Patriots win season opener, PAGE 49

Central alum Wieclaw graduates from Miami, PAGE 55

Jake Wieclaw (right), a Lincoln-Way Central alum, kicks for the University of Miami football team. JC Ridley/Caneshooter.com