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OCTOBER 6, 2010

Vol. 3 No. 4

Troy parents choosing full-day kindergarten By Shannon McCarthy Staff reporter

Going back to school is always an adjustment, with both kids and teachers trading long, lazy summer days for jam-packed schedules. But for this year’s crop of kindergarteners, in Troy Community Consolidated School District 30-C there was an even bigger change in store as the district introduced its full-day kindergarten program. Sue Dowse, principal of Troy Crossroads Elementary, said Troy is only the latest area district to switch to an all-day program. “Most schools have gone to full-day kindergarten,” she said, adding, “Parents had inquired about it.” Last spring, parents were notified that the district would begin offering full-day kindergarten, but that the halfday program would remain Robert Bykowski/Staff photographer

Students vie for teacher Stephanie Harrison’s attention during kindergarten class at Troy Crossroads Elementary School in Shorewood.

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14th Annual Take Back the Night about remembrance In its 14th year, Will County’s Take Back the Night (TBTN) vigil and march will again bring community together to remember women who have died due to domestic violence — and to honor those who’ve survived abuse. Brenda D. Taylor, violence survivor and author is the featured speaker for the event set for Thursday, Oct. 14, 5:30 p.m. at the University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox St. in Joliet. At the event,Taylor will discuss her personal memoir, “Beauty to Ashes,” and share her story of survival, as well as provide insight on defeating violence against women. “Having grown up abused… my story is just one of the many. However, I believe in

ALL-DAY Continued from page 1 intact. Tuition for the half-day program is $103 per year, compared with $136 for all-day kindergarten. Most parents opted for the fullday program, Dowse said. As of last week, just 16 students were enrolled in halfday kindergarten, which is now housed at Crossroads. According to Superintendent Don White, more than 460 children are enrolled in the full-

the importance of individuals speaking up and telling their stories as an offering of support, encouragement and motivation to others,” said Taylor, who was not only abused by her biological father, but by her husband who also strangled Taylor before he set fire to her body in a forest preserve. While recognizing those who survived violence such as Taylor, TBTN will remember survivors of domestic violence at Lambs Fold Center for Women and Children and Guardian Angel Home’s Groundwork shelter by collecting donations for their pantries at the event. Pantry needs include cereal, coffee, cornbread and muffin mix, hamburger helper, ketchup and mustard, macaroni and

cheese, pasta and tomato sauce, peanut butter and jelly, ramen noodles, soup and sugar. Non-food items include aluminum foil, baby bottle nipples, bath towels, disposable razors, kitchen towels, nine gallon garbage bags, paper towels, sippy cups, wash cloths, and zip lock bags — all sizes. Also needed are baby products such as lotion and diaper rash cream - and hair accessories such as head bands, barrettes and ponytail holders. “Violence against women is an epidemic that cannot be ignored,” said April Balzhiser, chair of the Will County TBTN committee. “When women break away from the cycle of violence, we must help all we can — whether by action or through awareness

day program. Dowse said the program is more convenient for working parents who otherwise would have had to find childcare for their students for half of the school day. But it also has academic advantages, she said, adding district staff observed other districts’ full-day kindergarten before launching the program at Troy. “(Students’) achievement just soars,” she said. “That’s what we wanted for our kids.” Longtime Troy kindergarten teacher Michelle Marczewski said the programs gives teachers

more time to expand on concepts and work with students. Coworker Tina Bettenhausen agreed. “Last year, we had the same amount of material and less time to do it in,” she said. Teachers prepped for the program by undergoing training on the “The Daily 5,” a kindergarten literacy program, Marczewski said. So far, both students and staff are adjusting to the full-day program. “We thought we’d have some tired kids in the afternoon, but it’s been great,” Marczewski said.

events like Take Back the Night.” During the vigil, Will County women who died as a result of violence will be acknowledged. The Generation Dance Company will perform during the event

and information tables and booths will be available. For more information on Will County Take Back the Night on October 14, go to www.willtbtn. com.


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Parish Nursing lends a healing hand As an intensive care unit nurse for many years, Bernie Madoch, RN,knows what it takes to fight for your life. Today, she is combining her years of professional work with her religious faith to fight for her own cause – the success of a network of parish nursing in churches and congregations throughout the southwest suburbs. In less than a year of hard work, her vision is gradually coming into focus. Parish nursing is a tradition of RNs and other volunteers who bring greater health awareness, prevention and sometimes intervention to members of their congregation. It is common in some parts of the country and is gradually taking a foothold in the Chicago area. While parish nursing is rooted in the JudeoChristian tradition, it is an interfaith effort and not limited to any one denomination. “We all know that resources are getting tighter, so we need to know how we can serve our community and keep people healthy and well,” Madoch said. “Maybe someone is in a hospital and nobody’s paying attention to them. We visit to let them know that God cares for them. That can be enough to give somebody hope.” Madoch’s efforts began soon after she joined St. Jude Catholic Church in New Lenox when she saw that Will and Grundy counties did not have a network to support parish nursing. Last summer, she approached the Pastoral Care Department at

Provena Saint Joseph Medical Center (PSJMC) to seek support for energetic health and wellness facilitators like her. That’s when she met Rev. Rodney Juell, manager of Pastoral Care. “Bernie came to me with experience from another parish nurse organization that was very good but too far away,” Pastor Juell recalled. “Bernie said, ‘We need something like that here,’ and I agreed with her. So we sent invitations out to any contacts we had in various congregations to see if they would be interested in working together.” Madoch and Rev. Juell joined forces to build a nuclear organization based at PSJMC that can offer guided support for new and existing parish nursing groups in the area. The first monthly meeting was held in February. Since then, 12 community parishes have expressed interest with two thirds of them participating regularly. They are hoping to encourage more participation from nurses and church members who want to help other members of their church community. “This is a ministry that is focused on making a difference in people’s lives,” Madoch said. “Our primary focus is to promote health, wellness and maintain what we have. Regardless of your religion, I think this is a calling from God. You’re supposed to take care of your community.” Rev. Juell hopes that soon the word will spread throughout congregations in the community.

“Our goal is to establish an active parish nurse organization in Will and Grundy counties. I hope many more churches make contact and join each month.” Each month’s meeting features a speaker who addresses a specific health issue, followed by an open discussion about health-related activities – what is going well and what the parish nurses identify as their greatest challenges. “It’s an incubator for ideas,” Rev. Juell said. “We provide the education and the support, but the parish nurses design their individual programs, so they set the agenda for the meetings. It’s a collaborative group.” After a recent discussion on flu season, for example, some churches organized on-site flu clinics, which sparked ideas for others. Other monthly

topics have included diabetes, nutrition, cardiac rehabilitation, gang awareness and domestic violence. “Gangs and domestic violence may not sound like they fall under the purview of parish nursing,” Rev. Juell said. “But some of our facilitators work in parishes where gang violence is a real issue. So we asked the police department to come and talk about gang suppression activities. In the coming months, we’ll have someone from the Will-Grundy Medical Clinic talk about how people without insurance can access health care services.” The September discussion focused on advanced directives, including powers-of-attorney and living wills. PSJMC staff gave an educational presentation and answered questions. “Our hope

is that these facilitators will take the word back to their churches about the importance of advanced directives,” Rev. Juell said. The program is paying off. Parish nurses use topics such as blood pressure and diabetes to do simple screening. If they see signs of disease, they urge parishioners to seek medical attention. Stories of successful intervention are proof that a village of caring neighbors really can help keep more people healthy. The parish nurse program meets every third Thursday of the month, usually at 10 a.m., in the Madison Board Room at PSJMC. For more information, or to join the group as a parish nurse, please contact Rev. Juell at 815-725-7133, ext. 3474.


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UPCOMING Register to vote. The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 2 general election is Tuesday, Oct. 5. Residents may register to vote at the office of Will County Clerk Nancy Schultz Voots, 302 N. Chicago St., Joliet. The office is open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. to noon. Two forms of identification are necessary — one showing current name and address; the second may show name only. Anyone who is unsure of the status of their registration may visit www.thewillcountyclerk. com and click on Voter Lookup under the “What’s New” section or call the office at (815) 7404620. Any registered voter who has moved within Will County may complete the back portion of their voter’s card and return it to the county clerk’s office or e-mail change of address to voterregistration@ willcountyillinois.com. Basket registration. The Will County Center for Community Concerns is taking application for Holiday Baskets. If you are not receiving one from any other agency you can come into the office at 304 North Scott Street in Joliet to apply for one. We will be taking applications for the first 125 eligible applicants. To be eligible you must: have a children in the household 16 years old or younger (Please bring in proof of children’s age: Birth Certificate or medical card); provide us with 90 days income; provide us with proof of Will County residency (mortgage statement, deed to your home, rental lease, or utility bill); Social Security Cards for everyone in the household; not be receiving another Holiday basket from any other agency Nominating petitions. for the Board of School Inspectors for Joliet Public Schools District 86 are available at the J. F. Kennedy Administrative Center, 420 North Raynor Avenue in Joliet. Petition forms will be available for pickup between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The first day to file nominating petitions is 8 a.m., Monday, Dec. 13 and no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 20. The winning candidates (two East Side seats, one West Side seat, and one AtLarge seat) will serve four-year terms that expire in 2015. For

through positive communication. Cost is $12.50 per class, or $100 for all 8 weeks including a certificate.To register or for more information, contact Carmita Farina at 815-729-0930 x532. Pop and jazz singer Jymi Dill. 6:30 p.m. at the Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd. in Shorewood. This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are requested. For more information, call 815-609-0669 or visit www. timbersofshorewood.com.

more information, contact Board Secretary, Charyll Colstock at (815)740-3196 ext. 221.

ONGOING Free popcorn at Classic Cinemas. In honor of October being National Popcorn Month, Classic Cinemas is offering a free 46 oz. popcorn with unlimited refills to all guests who sign up for movie time e-mails at www. classiccinemas.com. Ainsworth Gallery. Until November 12, watercolor paintings and prints by Lucija Dragovan will be on exhibit at the Gallery, 721 Taylor St. in Joliet. GED classes. Education Service Network, a program of the Regional Office of Education, Career Seekers GED/Workforce program, is currently offering GED classes for participants between the ages of 16 and 21 at the Premier Building, 51 W. Jackson St., Joliet, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon. Classes are also being offered at two new satellite sites at Friendship Centre at HighPoint, 175 South HighPoint Drive, Romeoville, on Monday and Wednesday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call (815) 774-8902 or 815-774-8922.

open the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of every month, from 1 - 3 pm. Upcoming dates will be October 9 and 23, November 13 and 27, and December 11. Service at the Shepherd’s Food Pantry will not otherwise be affected and will continue to serve any Romeoville residents who are in need of assistance. For questions about the pantry, please call the Good Shepherd Church at 815886-4354 Volunteers wanted. If you are 55 years or older and want to share your talents and help someone in need, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program of Catholic Charities needs you.  RSVP is seeking volunteers to provide assistance at a variety of local organizations.  You can deliver a nutritious meal to a homebound senior, mentor a child, visit lonely seniors in nursing homes or help coordinate craft projects at a senior center.  Catholic Charities will match your interests with available volunteer opportunities.  Catholic Charities will provide supplementary insurance, mileage and meal reimbursement during volunteer service. Please contact Barbara at 815-933-7791 ext 125 if the time is right for you to help. 

Career Café. Will County Workforce Services host its free weekly Career Café for job seekers at 10:30 a.m. every Tuesday in Room 519 of the JJC Renaissance Center, 214 N. Ottawa St., Joliet. Reserve a spot by calling (815) 727-4444, ext. 122 or emailing bwashington@ willcountyillinois.com.

Home Equity Conversion Mortgage. Mortgage counseling offered at no cost by the Will County Center for Community Concerns. Homeowners ages 62 years or older can supplement their incomes, pay off debts or make needed home repairs. Call the center at (815) 722-0722 ext. 209 or ext. 221 to learn more about a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage.

New schedule for Shepherd’s food pantry. The facility will be

Financial literacy class. The Will County Center for

Community Concerns offers a financial literacy class on budgeting, money management and credit. At the end of each class the participant will have a bank account opened for them with $100 deposited by Will County Center for Community Concerns. To be eligible, each participant must: be at or below the 200 percent poverty level, have a child in the household 16 years old or younger (bring in proof of children’s age: birth Certificate or medical card), provide proof of 90 days income, proof of Will County residency (mortgage statement, deed to your home, rental lease, or utility bill) and Social Security cards for everyone in the household. For more information call (815) 722-0722 and ask for the CSBG department.

Grief Workshop. 7-9 p.m. at Joliet Area Community Hospice Offices, 250 Water Stone Circle in Joliet. This four-session program also meets on Oct. 14, 21, and 28. Each session will include a presentation on grief and loss, and group discussion and support will follow the presentation. Program is free and open to the public. For more information or to register, contact Mary Ann Burns at Joliet Area Community Hospice at 815-460-3282 or mburns@joliethospice.org

OCTOBER 8 Microsoft Word for job search workshop. 2-3 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. Workshop is free for Will County residents.To reserve a seat, contact Kerby Fischer at 815-727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@willcountyillinois. com

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Job search skills workshop. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. Workshop is free for Will County residents. To reserve a seat,contact Kerby Fischer at 815727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@willcountyillinois.com

Build a Baby Scarecrow. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College Early Childhood Center, 1215 Houbolt Rd. Build a childsized scarecrow for only $5. This is a family friendly event for all ages, and also includes face painting, crafts for kids, and free popcorn and lemonade. Mums and pie pumpkins will also be available for purchase. For more information contact Bev Cavanaugh at 815-280-2280

Depression screening. 6-8 p.m. in the Silver Cross Hospital Conference Center on the hospital’s campus. Dr. Lucy Abrahim,psychiatrist,will discuss seriousness of depression and available treatments, followed by a written screening test and a confidential meeting with a behavioral health professional. To register call 888-660-4325 Spanish Parents of Adolescents class. 6-8 p.m. at 11550 Plainfield Rd. in Joliet. 8 week course that will emphasize redirecting behavior of teens

Postage stamp and postcard show. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Messiah Lutheran Church, 19901 S. Houbolt Rd. in Joliet. Admission is free. 15 Midwest stamp dealers will be available to buy, sell, and provide free appraisals. Event also includes competitive stamp exhibits, door prizes, and a $1 raffle for a tub of 10,000+ stamps. For more See CALENDAR, page 5


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CALENDAR Continued from page 4 information contact Max Zollner at mezollner@comcast.net or call 815-725-7544 You Can Brew It! 3-4:30 p.m. at the Crest Hill Branch Library. Home brewing beer is a rewarding hobby that is enjoyed by millions of people all over the world. Scott Pointon, local home brewer and library district director, will discuss equipment, ingredients,brewing process,and resources available to would-be brewers. Due to legal restrictions, this program is limited to those 21 and older. Alcohol will not be served at the program.

OCTOBER 10 Big Brothers Big Sisters Big Finale. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Fundraiser with participants such as Starbucks, Parmesans Wood Stone Pizza, Big Fish Grille, and many more.At Harrah’s Joliet Casino and Hotel, 151 N. Joliet St in Joliet. For more information or to purchase tickets for this event, go online at www. bbbswillgrundy.org

OCTOBER 11 Lemont senior expo. 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. at the Lemont Park District Centennial Building, 16028 W. 127th St. in Lemont. Free event includes flu shots, blood pressure screenings, information sessions, and much more.

OCTOBER 12 Volley for the Cure. Romeoville High School’s volleyball program holds a campaign to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Cancer Foundation. Matches will be between RHS and Oswego East.

Volley for the Cure t-shirts will be available to the general public for a donation of $12. Donations of any amount are welcome in advance by contacting Rellstabml@vvsd.org Interviewing techniques. 2-3 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. Workshop is free for Will County residents. To reserve a seat, contact Kerby Fischer at 815-727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@ willcountyillinois.com

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OCTOBER 13 Win the interview before it begins. 3 p.m. at the Crest Hill Public Library Community Room. Veteran business manager Dan Burns, author of The First Sixty Seconds, provides the tools and techniques to make a great first impression and help job seekers with their interview before it begins. For more information contact the Adult Services Desk at 815-725-0234 or e-mail dpvaskalibrarian@dpvlib.org

Spine Health. 2 p.m. The Timbers of Shorewood presents a “Quality of Life” seminar about spine health at 2 p.m. in the Elms Community Room at The Timbers of Shorewood, 1100 N. River Rd. The public is welcome at this free presentation. For more information, visit http:// www.timbersofshorewood.com or call Judy Malin at 815-6090669.

Illinois workNet workshop. 2-3 p.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. Teaches participants how to use illinoisworknet.com to look for jobs online, research careers, and identify high demand jobs and wages. Workshop is free for Will County residents. To reserve a seat,contact Kerby Fischer at 815727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@willcountyillinois.com

JJC Annual College Fair. 5:30-8 p.m. on the Joliet Junior College main campus, 1215 Houbolt Rd. The fair will be held in the gym, cageteria, and throughout the bridge and C-H concourse.A free financial aid seminar will be held in the Fine Arts Theatre at 6 and 7 p.m. and the same presented in Spanish at 6 p.m. in room K1003. For more information contact Sue Callans at 815-280-2355 or

OCTOBER 14 Resume writing workshop. 10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. Workshop is free for Will County residents. To reserve a seat, contact Kerby Fischer at 815-727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@ willcountyillinois.com

Take Back the Night 14th annual vigil and march. 5:30 p.m. gathering, 6 p.m. program at the University of St. Francis at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet. For more information, go to www. willtbtn.com Lockport Township Class of 1980 Reunion. 6-11 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Convention Center, 18501 S. Harlem Ave. in Tinley Park. For further information, contact lths80@gmail.com

OCTOBER 15 Basic computer skills for job search workshop. 10:3011:30 a.m. at the Joliet Junior College City Center Campus building, 214 N. Ottawa St. No prior computer skills necessary. Workshop is free for Will County residents. To reserve a seat, contact Kerby Fischer at 815727-4444 ext 101 or by e-mail at kfischer@willcountyillinois.com

Book discussion. 1:30 p.m. in the Crest Hill Library Community Room. Discuss Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See. Copies of the book may be picked up at the Crest Hill Public Library Reference Desk. Future discussion titles include The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse by Louise Erdrich and Animals in Translation: Using the Mysteries of Autism to Decode Animal Behavior by Temple Grandin. For more information, contact the Adult Services Desk at 815-725-0234 or e-mail dpvaskalibrarian@dpvlib.org

OCTOBER 16 Free movie night. 6-8 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Lockport, 10th and Washington Streets. The movie “How to Train your Dragon” (PG) will be shown. The event is free for the entire family and includes candy and popcorn. For more information go to www.1umclockport.org


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Minooka High School briefs Seeking input for superintendent search In early September, the Minooka Community High School District #111 Board of Education announced that Superintendent Dr. David Middleton would be retiring at the end of the 2010-2011 school

year. As they begin the process of identifying a successor for Dr. Middleton, the board will seek input from district residents in regard to the desired qualities for the next district superintendent. District residents interested in providing input by taking a brief survey are encouraged to visit the school district’s web

site, www.mchs.net, starting on Monday, Oct. 4 and then click on the “Superintendent Qualities Survey” link found under the home page’s “News Items” heading. The survey will be available from Monday, Oct. 4 through Thursday, Oct. 14.

National Merit Scholarship Program Bob Williams, principal of

Minooka Community High School, announced today that senior Allison Turner has been named a Commended Student in the 2011 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from the school and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by the principal to this scholastically talented senior. About 34,000 Commended

Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2010 competition for National Merit Scholarships, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2011 competition by taking the 2009 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test.


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Our view Education not just for kids According to those online pop-up advertisements President Obama wants everyone to go back to school, moms, the unemployed. Those advertisements largely go ignored but the premise is still sound. Children are in school, and it’s a good time for adults to think about returning to class as well. In this new era of learning the options are limitless for the adult student. Education is not limited to the notion of a night or weekend class at a university or college. With the wide variety of online courses available — your home

is your classroom. Nor is education limited to a the idea of a college credit course. The library and the park district provide a diverse schedule of programs and classes, everything from basic computer skills to yoga. Pick one and broaden your horizons. Will County agencies provide classes and seminars in mortgage counseling, resume writing, interviewing techniques and parenting. Life-long learning goes beyond the traditional textbooks and classrooms. And learning for the sake of learning is a luxury within everyone’s reach.

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Joliet Catholic begins search The Board of Members of Joliet Catholic Academy announces the appointment of an eight member Presidential Search Committee and a timeline for hiring and announcing the next Joliet Catholic Academy President. Members of the Committee include well-known clergy, highly regarded educational and civic leaders, prominent legal and business professionals, some of whom are alumni/ae of JCHS, SFA and JCA and others who have rendered service to JCA in other capacities. Committee members also include a Carmelite priest and a Joliet Franciscan sister.The Committee is made up of four women and four men. All Committee members understand the mission, vision and heritage of the school. All are committed to advancing its Catholic identity and excellence in secondary education. The Search Committee is charged with the responsibility of gathering pertinent information from diverse constituencies, articulating present needs and future goals for JCA, developing and publishing the job description, receiving and reviewing applications, and designing a comprehensive protocol for candidate interviews. The Committee is responsible

for selecting, scheduling and interviewing a vetted list of candidates, and recommending to the Board of Members the most suitable candidates.  The Board of Members is solely responsible for the final selection, contract negotiation and appointment of the next President of JCA. The Board of Members is committed to identifying the very best candidate  to succeed Sr. Faith Szambelanczyk, OSF.  As a jointly sponsored ministry of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and the Carmelites of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Province, guaranteeing a future full of hope for JCA is of paramount importance.  The Academy’s legacy of excellence in faith formation, academics, athletics and the arts remains a vibrant source of inspiration for a new generation of young women and men eager for the opportunity to dream, believe and achieve. The Board of Members which consists of three Carmelite priests and three Franciscan sisters set up a timeline for an expeditious hiring of the next President of Joliet Catholic Academy. Ideally, the Search Committee will present for final interviews and selection their top candidates by February, 2011, so the Board of

Members can choose, offer and negotiate a contract with the next JCA President in March. The Board of Members hopes to release a public announcement of the new President in April, 2011. This timeline allows for three or more months of transition time for the new President to work with Sr. Faith, the JCA administration and the JCA Board of Directors to become oriented to the Joliet Catholic Academy community and to its longtime Franciscan and Carmelite charism, history and traditions. It also provides opportunities for the new President to be introduced to various constituencies of JCA, the local Catholic Church and the broader Joliet communities before assuming the role as the third President of Joliet Catholic Academy on July 1, 2011. 

Joliet Rotary announces in scholarships The Rotary Club of Joliet recently announced that they will award six (6) $1,000 scholarships to seniors graduating in 2011 from JolietTownship High School Central Campus, Joliet Township High School West Campus and Joliet Catholic Academy. Two seniors from each of the three high schools are encouraged to apply. “We are pleased to be able to offer scholarships — and look forward to awarding them,” said Michael Murray, Joliet Rotary president. “We also look forward to meeting the recipients and their parents when we recognize them in April.” Students who wish to apply for a Joliet Rotary Scholarship can obtain an application from their school counselor or it can be downloaded from the Club’s website at www.jolietrotary. com. To be considered for the $1000 scholarship, applicants must complete the application

and provide two letters of reference from a teacher, coach, club moderator or community service coordinator. Children and grandchildren of Joliet Rotary Club members are not eligible to be recipients of these scholarships. Completed applications must be mailed to Joliet Rotary Club, Attention Scholarship Committee, P.O. Box 225, Joliet, IL 60434 - and received on or before Tuesday, March 8, 2011. Recipients will be notified of their selection by Tuesday, April 5, 2011 – and honored at the regular luncheon meeting of the Joliet Rotary Club on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 at noon in the Grand Ballroom of the Renaissance Center in Joliet. The scholarships will be provided in the form of a check made payable to the two-or-four-year accredited higher education institutions where the recipient is accepted.


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Someone might sugarcoat the situation. You might be made to feel helpless in the week ahead when faced by a situation that upsets your relationships, but that someone says is “for your own good.”

Your anxious hunt for love is like a goldfish hunting for water. Love is surrounding you, but it is invisible so you can’t quite accept it. Don’t impetuously break off a relationship this week.

Your tactics are trustworthy through thick and thin. You might not always be able to get your point across to others in the week ahead, but you will be able to ride out any misunderstandings like a champ.

You like to be seen by others as well-fixed, well-heeled and well-known. In the week ahead, you might shift your focus to home and family and could be prompted to entertain others at your own table.

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A rivalry reborn By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

At the end of the first meeting in nearly 20 years between Joliet West and Joliet Central, the scoreboard read West 32, Central 8. Those numbers do not indicate how close the game really was. However, it does prove the rivalry was reborn.

FOOTBALL “Our defense has been bend but don’t break, and we didn’t want to do that today, but we did,” Aubry said. “To score the way we did today was huge.” Central held West (1-5) to a three-and-out on the first series and then rode the back of Malik Neal down the field. After a successful drive, an errant pitch was picked up by defensive back Jon Smith, a receiver by nature, and returned 17 yards to the end zone for a 7-0 Central lead. “I just scooped it and went for the score,” Smith said. “The last few games, I have been starting it up. Against Sandburg, I had the first touchdown, against Bolingbrook I had the first pick. I like setting it off and getting the team fired up.” Central (0-6) again went back to Neal and again they moved the football.

Neal was even the recipient of a direct snap on a fake punt that kept the drive alive. Neal (22 carries, 105 yards) plunged in from one yard out. Another trick play on the point after, saw Dee Thames covert the two-point run and put Central up 8-7. West had its answer to Neal in fellow Sophomore Kameron Hargove (96 yards, 13 carries), who scored from 29 yards out of Wildcat formation to put West ahead for good. On the next Central possession, linebacker Nolan Springer sacked Central quarterback Carlos Curry and forced a fumble, which Trae Turner recovered and ran in from 24 yards out to give West a 19-8 lead. Malcolm Allen would add a one-yard sneak after the Tigers recovered a bad snap at the oneyard line and Hargrove would run in from one yard out to close the scoring. “They made mistakes and we capitalized on some of them,” Springer said. “But we could have made more plays.” The West offense was on the sideline for much of the game, as Central held the game advantage in time of possession, plays and total yards. So those who saw the game know Central played to the final horn. “It was an honor to be out there in front of the fans on both teams

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Kameron Hargrove ran for nearly 100 yards and a pair of TDs in West’s win over Central.

and to be a Steelman despite the stuff we have been through,” said Thames, a member of the joined team a year ago. “I am really proud of this team. Guys don’t quit, they do whatever coach

calls upon them to do.” Thames posted 77 yards rushing and had an interception. “I was trying to do whatever I could to help my team,” he said. Central will now host Sandburg

at Joliet Memorial Stadium Saturday. Kick-off is at 1 p.m. West will travel to LincolnWay Central to face a struggling Knight team. mark@buglenewspapers.com


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Indians win third straight Suburban Prairie crown By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

After Plainfield North ran the table during the regular season, it was Minooka that emerged victorious from the Southwest Prairie Conference girls golf meet last week at Inwood Golf Course in Joliet.

GIRLS GOLF The win was the third consecutive tournament title for the Indians. “It’s our third time doing it in a row,” said Minooka coach Joe Host.“This is the best conference tournament we have had the last three years, there were a lot of good scores out there. It is a nice way to go into regional.”

Minooka was led at the conference meet by senior Rachel Herzberger, who carded a second-place score of 82. “My goal was an 82 and I achieved my goal,” she said. “I placed fourth last year and this is better, so I am really happy with that.” Herzberger was one stroke off the medalist, Kelsey Marshall of Plainfield North. She was followed on the Indians by Sam Gewalt (88),Allie Omatto (94) and Krystal Paramo (95). Jordan King (97), Sammi Thompson (100),Caroline Brown (101) and Deaven Hudson (112) competed but did not count for the team score. The combined team score of 359 finished six shots in front of Plainfield North (368). Plainfield

Central (407), Plainfield East (429) and Romeoville (537) rounded out the field. “We are pretty balanced,” Host said.“If you look at the scores all year, it has been a different three or four girls every night. It really takes the pressure off the No. 1s and No. 2s. They don’t feel they have to throw out a low number to make us win.” Minooka hosted the regional tournament Oct. 6, at Heritage Bluff Golf Course in Channahon. They competed with Plainfield Central, Plainfield South, BradleyBourbonnais, Joliet Township, Joliet Catholic Academy, Kankakee, LaSalle-Peru, Lockport, Minooka, Morris, Ottawa, Pontiac, Romeoville, Sandwich, Streator and Yorkville. mark@buglenewspapers.com


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Troy wins state By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

When the Troy Middle School baseball team won its regional and sectional titles earlier this season, coach Tom Knapczyk would not let the team put up the No. 1 sign in the photo because they had not yet been crowned the best team in the state.

BASEBALL When the season finally closed last weekend, Troy (15-3) was able to proudly raise their index fingers because they finished the season as IESA Class 3A state champions, defeating Greenville 19-11 in nine innings. “It was nice that he made us wait until we earned that,” said catcher Joey Pharo. “It feels amazing that we had to fight to be state champs and we did it.” Fight they did. After playing the five previous games in regional, sectional and the opening two games of the state tournament averaging less

than one error a game, the flood gates opened in the opening innings of the championship game. “We put two runs up on them right away and the wheels just fell off,” Knapczyk said. “We gave up seven runs in the first inning.” But there was no panic. “We were down 7-2 and I knew that if we could dwindle the lead down we had a chance, but the ball still didn’t bounce our way and at the end of the fifth inning, the game was 11-5. “We were down six and had six outs to go.” Then came what Knapczyk thought was the missed opportunity of the game. “We scored three runs and left the bases loaded. That was the inning I thought we were going to make the run or not,” Knapczyk said. To lead off the seventh inning, Cody Grosse, Pharo and Griffin McGuire go on to load the bases with one out. See TROY, page 15

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Members of the Troy state baseball team are: front row, from left, Andrew Highbaugh, Nick Towery, Cody Grosse, Austin Poch, Mike Obrien, Mike Quiram, Jack Turk, Jeremy McGoldrick; back row: Coach Jeremy Poch, Alex Davis, Joey Pharo, Kenny Walsh, Nick Clemmons, Nick Petrak, Christian Knapczyk, Griffin McGuire, Rob Talarico, Coach Tom knapczyk, Jake Suca, Blake Tomac, Coach Mike Tonelli and Brandon Rossiter.


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Porters, JT’s McEvilly take second By Mark Gregory Sports reporter

The SouthWest Suburban Conference has historically been one of the best conferences for boys golf. Tuesday’s conference meet proved that hasn’t changed as Lincoln-Way East and Lockport both went low with a score of 319.

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Zack Trent and the Porters were second at the SWSC tournament.

TROY Continued from page 14 Nick Towery (9 hits, 2 RBI, 5 runs scored for the tournament) doubled in Grosse (6 hits, 5 RBI, 6 runs scored) and Pahro (5 hits, 5 RBI, 7 runs scored) to cut the lead to one and McGuire (7 hits, 6 RBI, 6 runs scored) scored on an Alex Davis (3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 runs scored) sacrifice fly to tie the game. Troy held tight in the bottom of the seventh as well as in the eight, pushing the game to the ninth inning. However, Greenville tried to steal a run in the home half of the eighth inning. “They got a guy on third and

had two outs and they tried to steal home,” Knapczyk said. “I think he was trying to get us to throw and Joey didn’t. He ran him all the way back and got him in a run down and we tagged him out. “It was a momentum changer. We had that confidence then that we were going to win the game,” To lead the ninth, Troy got the first two runners on and had runners at first and second with no outs. He knew as a coach, it was a no-brainer to bunt the runners over and win the game. “We were playing for one run there,” he said.“I had confidence in Alex Davis and let him hit and that goes against everything that I would ever do. But, he drove

East earned the win by one stroke, as their No. 5 golfer posted an 86, while Lockport’s fifth score was an 87. The Porters were led in the tournament by Zack Trent, who finished with a 76, which was good enough for fourth place. Brian Bullington of LincolnWay East won the meet with a 71, while Shane McEvilly of Joliet was second with a 74 and Bolingbrook’s David Cooke was third with a 75. “It wasn’t as windy as it has been the last few times I have played here,” Trent said. “It was a great round and I had a blast, it just fell apart a little at the end.” Trent said he enjoyed playing in the group with the leaders. “We were all feeding off each other, I am sure we all helped each other out,” he said. “We are proud of the team. We were all hoping to do well in conference and we did. But, next week is more important when we get to regionals. We really want to get the first pitch off the wall and both runs scored.” Troy went on to score six more times to secure the win. Jack Turk (6 hits, 2 RBI, 4 runs scored), Kenny Walsh (4 hits, 2 RBI and 5 runs scored) and Rob Talarico (2 hits, 4 RBI, 3 runs scored) joined the offensive onslaught in the tournament. Troy set offensive records for runs by a winning team in any game (prior record was 16); most runs in a championship game by the winning team (prior record was 9); Most hits in the championship game with 21 (prior record was 9); most RBI in the championship game with 19 (prior record was 6); most extra base hits in the championship game with seven (prior record was 3); most total

out of regionals as a team.” Also scoring for the Porters were Frank Onesto (71), Adam Zmikly (83) and Cody Temper (79). The non-scoring golfers for Lockport were Jake Hertzman (87), A.J. Michalowicz (87), Andrew Slonski (90) and Cory Finke (93). Homewood-Flossmoor was third in the meet with a (324), followed by Joliet (325), Sandburg (326) and Bolingbrook (361). The Steelmen were led by McEvilly’s 74. Also scoring were Devyn Boswell (79), Blake Billups (80) and Matt Ronchetti (92). “I just wanted to break 80 today, so I did better than that,” McEvilly said “I was hitting drives well. I hit irons well and two putt most of the time and even one putt some. I am hoping that we can play better as a team at the regional. If we have a better fourth score at regional we can do well.” Billups knows his score can get better before the regional tournament. “Now, I don’t high expectations for next week,” Billups said. “The course is in really good condition, the greens are really fast and I probably lost a few strokes because I didn’t adjust fast enough. “The greens are usually slower, but today they were fast and I just didn’t adjust.When you play really well, you don’t learn anything. When you don’t have a good day, you take something home that you can work on.” bases in a single game with 28 (prior record 26). “Arguably we are the best offensive team to ever win the state title,” Knapczyk said. On the mound, Towery won the title game in relief, picting two innings, allowing one hit and no runs, while striking out three. He closed the first game, a 9-2 win over Mahomet-Seymour, for McGuire, who went six innings, allowing one run on six hits. He struck out six and walked three. In game two, an 11-2 win over Mt. Zion, Talarico tossed a complete game, allowing two runs on six hits, striking out three. Pharo belted a grand slam in the opener. mark@buglenewspapers.com

Billups and the Steelmen had a second shot at Wedgewood, as the Class 3A regional tournament was held there Oct. 5, after Bugle press deadlines. They competed with BradleyBourbonnais, Danville East, East Moline, Minooka, Moline, Providence, Normal Community, Normal West and Pekin. The Porters’ regional was the same day at Mistwood in Romeoville. mark@buglenewspapers.com


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Garritson spoils H-Fs reign While Homewood-Flossmoor tried to make a clean sweep at the top of the leader board last week at the SouthWest Suburban Prairie Conference tournament at Wedgewood Golf Course in Joliet. However, Lockport’s Krystal Garritson would not let that happen.

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Krystal Garritson shot an 80 and was fourth at the SWSC tournament.

Garritson carded an 80,finishing fourth in the tournament, the only non Viking in the top eight. “I felt I played well,” Garritson said. “It was a long course. I was really happy with my putting out there, I had a few nice birdies, I chipped up and down well and hit my drives well.” The conditions were not ideal, as the wind played a factor in some scores, but Garritson got better from her last time. “I was six shots better that earlier in the year here,” she said. “My goal was to be mid 70s, but with the conditions I thought I might be in the mid 80s, so it came out perfect.”

The bottom of the allconference players all came from Sandburg with the exception of Kristy Mahal who fired a 103 and tied for the 12th and final place. The Porter duo was finished by Laura Holle with a 105 and Jen Holly (108) on the score card. Lauren Cralle (110), Natalie Sopiarz (111), Becca Lighton (112) and Taylor Thompson (114) played but did not score. Homewood-Flossmoor won the tournament with a score of 308, followed by Lockport (396), Sandburg (404) and Joliet Township (457), Bolingbrook (484) and Bradley-Bourbonnais (489). For Joliet, Taylor Hester posted the team’s top number with a 110. She was followed by Asha Reynolds (114), Rylee Dunn (115) and Angelese Robinson (118). Hannah Godlewski (119), Alexxis Udell (121), Novella Blackmon (138) and Allyse

Robinson (142) competed and did not score. “I was a nice tournament,” Hester said. “The wind kept blowing my shots to the right and I had to adjust.” Hester said she was helped by having the pressure of a talented foursome. “There was some pressure out there too, because the girls I played with were real, real good,” she said.“It pushed me a lot trying to get up there with them.” Both teams headed into regional play Regional play Oct. 6, with Joliet and Lockport traveling to Heritage Bluff Golf Course in Channahon. They competed with Plainfield Central, Plainfield South, BradleyBourbonnais, Joliet Catholic Academy, Kankakee, LaSalle-Peru, Minooka, Morris, Ottawa, Pontiac, Romeoville, Sandwich, Streator and Yorkville. mark@buglenewspapers.com


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Minooka golfers take second in SPC, again By Scott Taylor Sports reporter

For the second straight year Minooka came close, but couldn’t hurdle Plainfield Central in the Southwest Prairie Conference standings. A year after losing the title by a point to the Wildcats, the Indians finished seven points behind the Wildcats with 22 points, but good enough for second.

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Jason Chobar and the Indians placed second at the SPC meet.

Minooka shot a 335Wednesday, September 29 at Broken Arrow Golf Club in Lockport. That was good for second as Central ran away with a 319. The Indians came into the tournament tied for second with Oswego East, but defeated the Wolves by six strokes. “We’ve had such an up-anddown year that a top three finish is still pretty respectable I think,” stated Minooka’s Alex Walter. “We’ve always been near the top, so long as we stay in the

top three, I’m happy with it.” On top of the strong finish, Minooka placed three players on the 12-man All-SPC team. Walter, the defending conference MVP, was one of those players after shooting an 83 at the tournament, good for a tie for eighth place. His 20 total points ranked him fifth overall. “I hit the ball really well today,” Walter said.“And I putted pretty decent. I shot really well on the front with a 38. I had a couple misclubs on the back.” While he hasn’t had the season he wanted, he has picked up his game down the stretch. “I came into the year with high hopes and to play well, but it didn’t quite happen,” Walter said. “I was struggling with my swing the whole summer and I’m just starting to find it now. I still have a chance to make it a good year out of an average year.” Other All-SPC members were David Gregory (15 points) and Jason Chobar (13.5 points). Gregory shot an 88 in the tournament, while Chobar, a freshman, fired an 83.

“I’m happy with it,” Chobar said. “It’s just average, but I’ll take it. I think the scores were a little higher because putting was tough today. I didn’t have any three-putts, which helped.” The conditions made it a long, hard day for all of the players as the high score was a 77. staylor@buglenewspapers.com


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Become the master of multitasking at work Q. All the managers in my company are being asked to do more with less. Most days I just feel like tearing my hair out! Do you have any suggestions about multi-tasking especially when you manage people? A. I approached Dr. Mehmet Oz, heart surgeon, columnist, author and television personality who is a master of multitasking. Plus, surprisingly, he’s a genuine, calm and down-to-earth guy. I started out by asking Oz how he manages a hundred people on his television set, maintains numerous business partnerships, and supervises his staff at Columbia University. Oz observed, “It is all about getting to know each person you work with well enough to find out what his or her dream is and then helping them realize that dream.” He noted that in any group he

manages he treats his staff like family. “In a family you don’t sugarcoat things,” Oz said. “You look in each other’s eyes and tell the truth. In the workplace, sometimes this means people are in the wrong job and they leave, but they leave for a job that is a better fit.” He compared the work that goes on in the operating room to the work on any workplace team, “In an operating room, each member of my team has a job and certain strengths. When operating, I need to stay focused on my work and let my team have the freedom to do their jobs.” I asked him if he ever finds

these “workplace as family conversations” difficult. He acknowledged that really getting to know people at work means more conversations about painful emotions. “It is impossible to fix a feeling until you make sure the other person knows you have heard that feeling,” he observed. I asked him why he thought that, in most workplaces, people end up suffering not because of the work but because of other people. Oz pointed out that everyone on the planet will experience pain, but not everyone needs to experience suffering. “Suffering is the decisions we make and the behaviors we chose when we are busy trying to avoid our pain,” he explained. “When we cannot feel or cope with our pain, we do foolish things with other people and then we

suffer.” Sitting with Oz, I couldn’t help but wonder how he maintains such a calm presence. He shared that he practices Transcendental Meditation. “When I meditate, I go to that place where truth lives,” he said. “I can see what reality really is, and it is so much easier to form good relationships then.” I asked him how he inspires such loyalty in those that love, know and support his many professional endeavors. Oz’s eyes took on a characteristic twinkle as he suggested, “If you want to change someone, care about them.” Oz finished our interview by emphasizing how important it is for people in the workplace to realize there is a we in every me. He concluded: “There is a common ground, when we get to know each other, where

everyone can win. Find it and let people surprise you as you serve their higher good.” The last word(s) Q. Do you have any tricks to avoid offending people at work? A. No, there’s no Jedi mind trick that can control other people’s reactions. There are quite a few tricks for what to do once someone decides they are upset. Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006). You can contact Dr. Skube at www. interpersonaledge.com or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies. (c) 2010 INTERPERSONAL EDGE

Break debt without becoming wicked stepfather Dear Dave, I just married a wonderful lady with two children. We’ve talked over our financial situation, and we’re determined to get out of debt within two years. This will mean some big changes in our teenager’s lifestyles. How can we break this to them gently? Dan Dear Dan, Having your wife – who is also their mother – on board with the plan makes a big difference. I think all of you need to sit down and have a frank but loving discussion about the changes that are going to come with this marriage for everyone. The kids have to adjust to a stepdad being on the scene, just like you have to adjust to

a marriage situation where teenagers are part of the package. Let them know you don’t want to be the bad guy, but that you and mom have been looking at the money situation and things just don’t add up. It also wouldn’t be a bad idea if mom did a lot of the talking. Let her tell the kids that you’ve both decided it’s time to make the money behave, and this will mean some lifestyle changes. Listen to reasonable input from them, and let them know their thoughts and feelings

matter. But they also need to understand things are going to be different, and this part needs to come from mom. Otherwise, they’re likely to see you as the wicked stepdad! Dear Dave, My husband is into estate investment properties. He’ll buy a run-down house for very little money, fix it up and then rent it out. The debt we’re racking up makes me nervous. Each house has a loan, but he says it’s okay because we can sell them. Can you give me any advice? Carol Dear Carol, I went broke years ago doing exactly what your husband is doing right now. I’ve known several others who went broke doing it, too.

Lots of folks in real estate tend to believe that debt is okay so long as the property is worth more than the debt, but there are several down sides to that kind of thinking. At the end of the day, the borrower is always slave to the lender. And I’m afraid your husband may be on that path. At best, this kind of thinking will make for lots of uncertainty. The worst case scenario has you guys ending up bankrupt, just like we did. My experience way back when is proof that things like this can quickly escalate out of control when

you make debt one of your building blocks. There’s nothing wrong with investing in real estate, but I recommend that he do it much more slowly – and with cash! Dave Ramsey is a personal money management expert, popular national radio personality and the author of three New York Times bestseller— “­The Total Money Makeover,”“Financial Peace Revisited” and “More Than Enough.” As the host of a nationally syndicated radio program, “The Dave Ramsey Show,” he can be heard daily from 1 to 4 p.m. on WJOL AM1340. For more financial advice, plus special offers to our readers, please visit www. davesays.org.


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