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NOVEMBER 27, 2013

Vol. 5 No. 52

Donation drives help devastated communities BY JonatHan SaMPleS stAFF reporter


Downers Grove residents gathered supplies for victims of Nov. 17 tornado.

residents of Downers Grove took part in a statewide effort to assist the victims of the deadly tornado that cut through southern illinois on nov. 17.





Downers Grove police urge driver safety this Thanksgiving Police and safety officials in Downers Grove are reminding residents to fasten their seat belts and drive sober over the Thanksgiving holiday or run the risk of receiving a ticket or being arrested. The Downers Grove Police Department is joining the Illinois Department of Transportation, the Illinois State Police and local law enforcement agencies across the state to save more lives by strongly enforcing seat belt and impaired driving laws. “Whether you’re going across town or across the state this Thanksgiving, please make sure everyone in the car is wearing their seat belt,” Downers Grove Police Chief Robert Porter said. “As of Jan. 1, 2012, by law in

Illinois, everyone must wear a seat belt no matter what seating position. Our officers are prepared to ticket anyone who is not wearing a seat belt and arrest those choosing to drive impaired.” IDOT reports that Illinois has a 93.7 percent daytime seat belt usage rate. However, far too many drivers and passengers still do not buckle up – especially late at night. In Illinois, during the 2012 Thanksgiving holiday, nine vehicle occupants died in motor vehicle traffic crashes. Three of those deaths involved a drinking driver. Last year, over 700 individuals were injured in accidents. “Our goal is to save more

lives, so Downers Grove Police Department will be out enforcing seat belt laws around the clock,” Lt. Mike Willison said.“Additional enforcement will take place late at night when belt use is at its lowest and impaired driving is the biggest problem.” According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts saved almost 12,000 lives nationwide in 2011. Downers Grove police urge motorists to buckle up and encourage their loved ones to do the same. For more information about the Click It or Ticket and the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaigns, please visit www.



DuPage County Sheriff charges 2 Lisle men in park fire Kingston Park fire classified as ‘undetermined’ and ‘suspicious’ by Lisle Woodridge Fire Protection District Two men from Lisle were arrested and charged with starting a fire that destroyed the playground equipment at Kingston Park in

unincorporated Lisle. Tyler M. Croy, 21, of the 5500 block of Elm St., Lisle, and Michael A. Bucher, 22, of the 5400 block of


The Benish’s and their neighbors hosted a similar relief effort eight years ago for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. They were able to fill two buses during that drive. Volunteer and Downers Grove resident Heather Isacson said these are just a couple examples of the Randall Park community’s willingness to help those in need. “We do things all the time in the neighborhood; it’s not just these two events,” she said. “We do the luminaries at Christmas time, we do a food drive on Thanksgiving. This neighborhood does things all year round.” Kevin Mctigue is a neighbor of the Benish’s, and he volunteered to help load buses with supplies. “It’s Thanksgiving week,” he said. “There’s no better time to help somebody else out.” All the supplies gathered by the Randall Park drive will be delivered to Liberty Baptist Church in Peakin, Ill. Across town, Paige Catey, manager at Beauty on the Main, helped organize a similar type of relief drive.Catey,who has friends in southern Illinois, actually drove through the storms while

Continued from page 1 Neighbors in the village’s Randall Park community and employees at Beauty on the Main each organized separate relief drives with the goal of sending needed supplies to areas hardest hit by the storms. The Randall Park Tornado Relief Donation Drive was organized by Christie and John Benish, residents of Downers Grove. Within a day of Sunday’s tornado, Christie was looking to find a way to help in the rebuilding effort. Her husband John is the owner of Cook Illinois Corporation, a familyowned school bus company, and she asked him to donate buses and drivers to deliver supplies to the victims. Between 1 and 6 p.m. Friday, people were asked to drop of supplies in front of the couple’s home near Randall Park. When the day finally came, they were overwhelmed by how much support they received in the form of donations. “This community really rallies together,” Christie Benish said on the day of the drive.“It only took four days to get all this going, and we’re only an hour-and-a-half into this event and we’re already on to [filling] our fourth bus.”

Burr Oak St., Lisle, were arrested and each charged with one count of criminal damage to state supported property, which is a class 2 felony, and one count of criminal damage to property by fire/explosives, which is a class 3 felony. Bucher is currently in the DuPage County Jail and is being

held on $ 35,000 bond. Croy is currently in the DuPage County Jail and is being held on $15,000 bond. At approximately 4:48 a.m. Aug. 13, the DuPage County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a fire located at Kingston Park in unincorporated Lisle. The Lisle Woodridge Fire

Protection District responded to the area, suppressed the fire of the playground equipment and the fire was classified as “undetermined” and “suspicious.” The investigation was turned over to Sheriff’s Detective’s who conducted a thorough investigation of the fire, which led to the arrest of Bucher and Croy.


Downers Grove resident Chris Mackenna helps load supplies during Friday’s donation drive.

heading back to Downers Grove Sunday. “It was scary,” she said. After witnessing the devastation firsthand, Catey decided to reach out to her boss at Beauty on the Main and the Downers Grove Downtown

Management Corporation to get their help in organizing a relief drive. “The goal is to help as much as we can,” Catey said.“They need so much. They’re totally devastated, and whatever little part that we can do to help them and get them

things that they need.” People were asked to drop off items at Beauty on the Main Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday. On Tuesday, a U-Haul truck delivered supplies to communities in southern Illinois.



Gingerbread Festival hits Downers Grove this weekend Event will feature gingerbread storytime, tree lighting ceremony, gingerbread man hunt, DuPage Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Contest Downtown Downers Grove will host its annual Gingerbread Festival this weekend, and there’s sure to be something for all ages to enjoy. The event will feature gingerbread story-time, tree lighting ceremony, gingerbread man hunt, DuPage Habitat for Humanity Gingerbread House Contest, visits with Santa in his gingerbread house, Small Business Saturday, gingerbread boy and girl perusing town, breakfast with Santa and complimentary carriage rides. The Gingerbread Festival will begin with Santa’s arrival on Friday, Nov. 29. Children are invited to attend “Gingerbread Story-time” at the Downers Grove Library at 3:30 p.m. Doors open at 3:15 p.m. and space is limited. Immediately

following story-time, the Downers Grove North Marching Band will lead the children through the streets of Downtown Downers Grove to the tree lighting ceremony, sponsored by the village of Downers Grove. Santa will make his debut at the tree lighting ceremony with the assistance of the girls and boys of Downers Grove lighting the way for Santa in the fire truck. The village is inviting residents to view the holiday tree, which will be decorated with over 1,000 handmade ornaments by the children of Downers Grove. Attendees can enjoy cider and cookies inside the train station beginning at 4 p.m. while they wait for Santa’s

arrival. At 4:30 p.m., Downers Grove Mayor Martin Tully and Santa will count down and bring a sparkle to the tree. After the tree is lit and Christmas carols are sung, attendees can visit their favorite boutiques and restaurants or vote for their favorite Gingerbread House at the Gingerbread Headquarters and participating businesses. On Saturday, November 30 residents can support local downtown merchants by recognizing the fourth annual American Express Small Business Saturday. Downtown Downers Grove merchants will help shoppers cross off items on their Christmas list with one-of-a-kind gifts. Children can participate in the Gingerbread Man Hunt to earn a prize and visit with Santa in his Gingerbread House at Curtiss and Main from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Make sure to vote for your favorite Gingerbread House at the Gingerbread Headquarters and participating businesses,

to benefit DuPage Habitat for Humanity. On Sunday, Dec. 1, the whole family can enjoy breakfast with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m. at Lemon Tree, 10 to 11 a.m. at Kristina’s Café, 11 a.m. to noon at Pinecone Cottage, and noon to 1 p.m. at Emmett’s Ale House. Reservations are required. Children can again participate in the Gingerbread Man Hunt to earn a prize. While residents shop, they can take a break to enjoy a complimentary Carriage Ride. Visit with Santa in his Gingerbread House from 1 to 4 p.m. This also is the final day attendees can vote for their favorite Gingerbread House, to benefit DuPage Habitat for Humanity. Santa will be in his Gingerbread House (at the corner of Main and Curtiss) all season every Saturday and Sunday Nov. 30-Dec.22 from 1 to 4 p.m. Shop and Dine downtown Downers Grove this Holiday Season and pick up your

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Downers Grove Annual Gingerbread Festival


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Gingerbucks Reward Card at a participating business. Receive a stamp for every $10 you spend at a participating business. Spend $100 at participating businesses and be entered for a chance to win $100 in downtown Downers Grove gift certificates. For more information please visit or call 630-725-0991.

Calendar ONGOING Downers Grove Coat Drive. Beginning Nov. 25 through January 13, the village will be collecting gently used coats and winter accessories for all ages. Drop boxes are located in the lobbies of Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave., the Police Station, 825 Burlington Ave., and Public Works, 5101 Walnut Ave. All items collected will be donated to Sharing Connections to benefit those in need in the community. Westmont Band Parent Association Craft Show. It is time for the 24th annual Band Parent Association Craft Show at Westmont Senior High School.This year’s show will take place on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there is no admission charge. Come spend a festive day shopping among vendors who exhibit an array of handcrafted items. Offerings include traditional craft items such as handmade jewelry, ornaments, knitwear, handmade cards, and fresh wreaths. Be serenaded by ensembles from our band throughout the event and enjoy the jazz band perform holiday classics. Lunch will be served beginning at 11 a.m. and concessions will be available throughout the day. Prizes donated by our crafters are raffled off continuously during the craft show with almost 100 chances to win. Remember to bring home a tasty treat made by our flag drill team to satisfy your

sweet tooth. Vendors interested in participating in the 2013 craft show, are encouraged to contact Westmont High School at 630468-8100. A Season of Giving. Join the West Suburban Community Pantry as we celebrate this Season of Giving.Your generous donation will help feed your neighbors in need throughout the holidays and beyond. Your gift of sustenance can mean the difference between someone enjoying a nutritious meal or going to bed hungry - again. There are many ways you can lend support to those who are facing “food insecurity” during these difficult economic times. Thanksgiving Celebration Program: Throughout the month of November, the Pantry will provide each client with a holiday meal.Donate frozen hams/turkeys or non-perishable food items such as instant potatoes, stuffing mix, canned yarns, pumpkinpie filling, canned fruits and vegetables, gravy and cranberry sauce. Christmas Celebration Program: Throughout the month of December, every client with a child 12 and under visiting the pantry, will receive an age appropriate gift. Gift donations should be delivered to the pantry unwrapped. You may also make a monetary donation by check or credit card. With every $1 we receive, we have the purchasing power of $6 and that is a lot of bang for the buck. Holiday food or gift donations will be

accepted at the Pantry from now through the Christmas holiday. The pantry is open for donations Monday - Saturday from 8:00am - 4:00pm. Monetary donations can be mailed to West Suburban Community Pantry located at 6809 Hobson Valley Drive, Unit 118, Woodridge, IL 60517. Call 630-512-9921 ext. 202 if you wish to make your donation via credit card. Technology Tuesdays. 1 to 3 p.m. at the Westmont Public Library. Drop in for help with your basic technology questions. A team of librarians will be on hand to talk about everything from email to Facebook to smart devices and apps. We’ll have tablets and computers on hand for you to use, but you are welcome to bring your own device. Alcoholics Anonymous. Meetings daily at the West SuburbanAlano Club,17W.Quincy St., Westmont. Open speaker meetings at 7 p.m. Saturdays and 10 a.m. Sundays, other meetings listed by day and hour on www. Memberships available: inquire at the Club. Saturday Morning Storytime. 9:30-10 a.m. at the Downers Grove Library. Join in every Saturday morning for storytime filled with stories, songs, and fingerplays. This program is for children of all ages and their caregivers. Adult participation is an important part



of this storytime. Job Club. Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Woodridge Library, 3 Plaza Drive, Woodridge. Job Club members learn to write résumés and cover letters,develop interviewing skills and find job leads. No sign-up, no fee, just drop in. For further information call 630-964-7899, email askus@, or visit

NOVEMBER 27 Feed My Starving Children. 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Game Pazzo, 63rd St. and Woodward Ave., Downers Grove. Seeking people to volunteer their services for 2 hours to pack food for the less fortunate. Children ages 8 and up are welcome to volunteer, too. Reserve your time slot at www. default.asp?ievent=1061211 and click on “Volunteer to Pack.”

NOVEMBER 28 Downers Grove Junior Woman’s Club. 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Emmett’s Ale House, 5200 Main St., Downers Grove. Meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Members are dedicated to supporting and raising the awareness of charitable organizations, individuals in need, and the community. New members always welcome. www.

Bonfield Express 5k Run/ Walk. 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Main and Grove streets, Downers Grove. 10th annual Thanksgiving Day race to honor the memory of Downers Grove South father, coach, and teacher Jim Bonfield. Online registration: $25/individual and $85/family; Race Day registration: $30/ individual and $100/family; Nov. 27 & 28: $35/individual only. For more information, visit www.

NOVEMBER 29 Tree Lighting Ceremony. 4:30 p.m. Sponsored by the Village of Downers Grove. Join the mayor in the countdown to turn on the lights of the tree at the Main Street Train Station. Over 1,000 ornaments handmade by local youth decorate the tree. Refreshments will be served inside the train station from 4 to 5 p.m. The Downers Grove Choral Society and scout troops will lead the crowd in songs of the season.

NOVEMBER 29DECEMBER 1 Gingerbread Festival. November 29-30 and December 1,2013 Downtown Downers Grove. Activities include: Gingerbread Man Hunt all day See CALENDAR, page 17



The following items were compiled from the official reports of the [VILLAGE NAME] Police Department. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination.

Downers Grove

Brian Keith Philip, 39, 3219 Foxridge Court, Woodridge, was arrested at 1:03 a.m. Nov. 15 in the 4000 block of Finley Road for DUI/alcohol. Tyler R. Ingles, 19, 4323 Elm, Downers Grove, was arrested at 11:53 a.m. Nov. 15 on Main and Chicago for DUI/drugs for possession of drug paraphernalia.

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6:07 a.m. Nov. 17 in the 6700 block of Fairmount for DUI/alcohol and blood alcohol content over .08. Erica Ellisa Ervin, 26, 1971 Loomes Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 7:40 a.m. Nov. 18 on 63rd Street and Belmont for suspended registration. Noel Sierra, 33, 230 W. Johnson St., Palatine, was arrested at 11:31 a.m. Nov. 18 on Ogden and Stanley for driving while license suspended. Daniel M. Hester, 39, 4416 Florence Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 10:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at the residence for domestic battery.

Serguio A. Escute, 36, 22 E. 58th St., Westmont, was arrested at 2:12 a.m. Nov. 16 on Washington and 59th for no valid driver’s license.

Eligio Berrera, 41, 5603 S. Loomis, Chicago, was arrested at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 19 at the Downers Grove Police Station for theft.

Theu E. Price, 24, 3S455 Curtis Ave., Warrenville, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Nov. 16 in the 2900 block of Butterfield Road for possession of drug paraphernalia.

Grzegorz M. Rygiel, 19, 7383 Grand Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 8:55 p.m. Nov. 19 in the 7300 block of Grand Avenue for possession of cannabis.

Megan E. Tatro, 22, 569 Strong St., Bolingbrook, was arrested at 2:26 a.m. Nov. 16 in the 2900 block of Butterfield Road for DUI/alcohol.

David R. Andreen, 42, 2007 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 8:58 a.m. Nov. 20 in the 3900 block of Main Street for speeding and driving while license suspended.

Andrew A. Valdivia, 22, 2137 Pepperwood Lane, Glendale Heights, was arrested at 3:52 a.m. Nov. 16 on Interstate 355 and North Avenue for criminal trespass to a building.

Kenneth C. Love, 28, 7318 Winthrop Way, Downers Grove, was arrested at 9:46 a.m. Nov. 20 on 75th Street and Fairmount for a warrant.

Justin J. Netrefa, 24, 6146 Fairview Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 8:33 a.m. Nov. 16 in the 300 block of 63rd Street for driving while license suspended.

John P. Burke, 45, 2105 Prentiss, Downers Grove, was arrested at 4:29 p.m. Nov. 20 in the 6500 block of Woodward for a warrant.

Darryl Mayfield, 49, 2929 Flossmoor Road, Flossmoor, was arrested at 10:16 a.m. Nov. 16 on Ogden and Elm for driving while license suspended.

Helga B. Seno, 73, 1140 Valley View Drive, Downers Grove, was arrested at 5:39 p.m. Nov. 20 at the residence for domestic battery.

Moira T. Koppe, 27, 3101 Grove Ave., Berwyn, was arrested at 1:18 a.m. Nov. 17 in the 900 block of 55th Street for driving while license suspended and possession of cannabis.

Juan M. Rosales, 24, 6724 Park Lane, Westmont, was arrested at 12:41 p.m. Nov. 21 on 63rd Street and Pershing for no valid driver’s license.

Michaela C. Nicholson, 18, 5517 Katrine Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at

Christopher Lawrence Bolton, 23, 2270 Rodge, Aurora, was arrested at 7:24 a.m. Nov. 21 on Fairview Avenue and Eighth

Street for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license suspended. Lisa M. Cottrill, 41, 5501 Washington Ave., Downers Grove, was arrested at 6 p.m. Nov. 21 at the residence for domestic battery.

Westmont At approximately 9:30 p.m. Nov. 11, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 200 block of West Ogden Avenue. Officers arrested Velia Partida, female, age 39, of 10745 S. Nordica Ave., Worth, for driving with a suspended driver’s license. She was cited for improper lighting. She was released on her own recognizance. At approximately 11:10 p.m. Nov. 12, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of South Warwick Avenue. Officers arrested Anthony Fry, male, age 38, of 9348 S. 87th Ave., Hickory Hills, for driving with a revoked driver’s license. He was cited for expired registration and operating an uninsured vehicle. He was released on his own recognizance. Sometime between 2 and 6 p.m.Nov.12,an unknown offender(s) entered a residence in the 100 block of West Naperville Road and stole clothing and jewelry. Total loss is $1,600. At approximately 2:15 p.m. Nov. 13, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 300 block of West Ogden Avenue. Officers arrested Tiara McKnight, female, age 24, of 4652 Custer Ave., Brookfield, for driving with a suspended driver’s license. She was cited for operating an uninsured vehicle. She was released on her own recognizance. Sometime between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Nov. 13, an unknown offender(s) entered a residence in the 0100 block of 56th Street and stole electronics. Total loss is $750. Sometime between 2:10 and 2:30 p.m. Nov. 14, an unknown offender(s) entered an apartment in the 600 block of West 65th Street and stole clothing and currency. Total loss is $500.

At approximately 9 p.m. Nov. 14, officers conducted a traffic stop in the 500 block of Brookside Drive. Officers arrested Guadalupe Martinez, male, age 43, of 1101 75th St. #12, Darien, for driving with a suspended driver’s license. He was cited for disobeying a stop sign. He was released on his own recognizance. At approximately 4:20 p.m. Nov. 15, officers responded to the 0-100 block of East Ogden Avenue for a theft. Officers arrested Arthur Williams, male, age 61, of 501 N. Cass Ave. #108,Westmont, for retail theft after he stole magazines. He was released on his own recognizance.

Woodridge A residential burglary occurred sometime between 6:30 and 8:07 p.m. Nov. 16 in the 1100 block of Hillcrest. Unknown person broke into a residence and removed items of jewelry. At approximately 9:12 p.m. Nov. 16, Jacob Haury, 23, 2674 Meadowdale Lane, Woodridge, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, possession of drug paraphernalia and failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, following a traffic accident in the 3500 block of Hobson Road. A burglary and criminal damage to property was reported to have occurred sometime over the weekend in the 2100 block of Internationale Parkway. Unknown person made entry into an empty warehouse, damaging a window and the fire alarm wiring and conduit. At approximately 7:19 p.m. Nov. 18, a male juvenile, age 14, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, following an incident in the 2500 block of Waterbury Drive. At approximately 11:38 p.m. Nov. 19, Anthony Nix, 18, 2913 Sheridan Drive, Woodridge and Arnas Gaurylius, 19, 2354 Sunnydale Drive,Woodridge,were charged with possession of cannabis, following the investigation of a suspicious vehicle in the 2900 block of Stonewall.

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letter to the editor Support for a graduated income tax Legislation (HJRCA 33/SJRCA 40) is pending in Springfield for a constitutional amendment on a fair tax allowing for higher rates on higher incomes and lower rates on lower incomes. The League of Women Voters Illinois (LWVIL) supports this plan, rather than the flat tax now imposed in Illinois. LWVIL believes this amendment will bring fairness to Illinois’ tax code, helping Illinois families. It will help Illinois protect key priorities such as education, public safety, health care and human services. These vital services have been significantly shortchanged in recent years because of Illinois’

systemic budget problems; the result of an out-of-date tax code that overburdens middle income families. The legislation embodies another important principle: citizen participation. If adopted by the General Assembly, this referendum would ask Illinois voters if they want to amend the 1970 Illinois Constitution, which currently states that the personal income tax must be non-graduated (flat). The LWVIL knows it is time for long-term budget solutions to help rebuild the Illinois economy, and provide sustained support to programs and services that people

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need. Adoption of a graduated income tax achieves a necessary step in reaching these goals. Mary Kubasak, President LWVIL Hilary Denk & Peggy Healy, CoPresidents, LWV Downers Grove/ Lisle/Woodridge Sue Whitworth, President, LWV Elmhurst Jayne Boeckelman, President, LWV Glen Ellyn Mary Wright, President, LWV Naperville Diana Hoke, President, LWV Roselle/Bloomingdale Missey Wilhelm, President, LWV Wheaton




A suburban epidemic DuPage County officials seek to educate community on dramatic increase in heroin addiction, deaths suburbs and is a huge problem among our teens in DuPage County, especially the western suburbs,” Bellock said. In 2012, the county saw 38 heroin overdoses, ranging from people age 19 to 56. Through September 2013, DuPage County has already seen 42 heroin related deaths and is on pace to shatter last year’s figures. Jorgenson said that for most of the year, the county was seeing nearly one heroin death a week. In addition to the increased number of deaths in 2013, Jorgenson said the victims are getting younger. A 15-year old and 16-year-old were among

smoking tobacco,” Jorgenson said. “We’re talking about heroin because it is so uniquely addictive When Audrey Albright stood and so uniquely dangerous.” to address the crowd during a While not the focus of the special presentation Monday night’s forum,Berlin did point out evening on the spread of heroin the role played by pharmaceutical into suburban DuPage County, drugs and marijuana as possible she promised her story would gateways to heroin use and resonate with everyone in the addiction. Citing a federal survey, audience. Berlin said that four out of five On Oct. 27, 2012 Albright, of heroin addicts say they started Lombard, lost her 21-year-old son using prescription medication. Michael Savastano to a heroin Children and potential users can overdose. After witnessing her easily access unused prescription son’s attempts with rehab, painkillers, and that’s how many Albright, along with several addictions start. other “angel moms,” attended “There’s a black market for Monday’s forum to stress the those pills, but they cost a lot profound dangers of of money,” The heroin problem has moved heroin addiction. Berlin said. “The moment an “It becomes from the city out to the addict walks in the a lot easier to suburbs and is a huge problem door, they are on use heroin; among our teens in DuPage borrowed time,” she it’s easier to County, especially the western said.“We do not want get because any families to go there’s so suburbs.” through what we’ve much of it.” -state representative patti bellock, R-westmont experienced. We are Because living with half a of the large heart.” amount of Every time Albright thinks of four teenaged victims who have heroin coming into the country, her son, she is reminded of the died of heroin overdoses this the purity of the drug has realities of heroin addiction and year. Additionally, the number increased from four percent in its prevalence in DuPage County. of overdose victims usually the 1980s to 35 percent today. However, many in the area are decreases as they get older This high purity has added to the naive to the impasses the drug because, according to Jorgenson drug’s addictiveness and also led has made into quiet suburban “they’re either in jail, they’re to an uptick in heroin deaths. streets. dead or in recovery.” Berlin added that the Chicago Monday’s forum, titled “Those are your choices, drug trade is an appealing “Heroin—The Suburban Secret,” because you don’t live a long marketplace for many suburban looked to address that problem time in this lifestyle,” he said. addicts, who travel down and explore possible remedies to The reason heroin is so Interstate 290 to the city’s West the growing number of overdose addictive is because the shape Side. Because the sales are a fatalities. The forum, which took of the molecules act as a very consistent and steady source of place at Good Samaritan Hospital good delivery system to quickly income for the dealers, Berlin in Downers Grove, was hosted and effectively get the drug into said suburban drug users do by state reps. Patti Bellock, the brain. Furthermore, today’s not have to worry about being R-Westmont, and Sandy Pihos, heroin is much stronger than robbed. R-Glen Ellyn. years ago, which means addicts Because law enforcement can A panel comprised of Richard do not have to inject the drug only arrest drug dealers and Jorgenson, DuPage County to get high. Jorgenson said the users, Berlin admitted that the coroner; Robert Berlin, DuPage physical properties of the drug, job of dissuading heroin use has County state’s attorney; and Joan along with its strength and highly to start within the community. Olson, executive director of the addictive nature, put heroin on a However, law enforcement has Robert Crown Center, was on different level when compared several new tools to save lives hand to shed light on what some to other recreational drugs. and tackle the heroin problem at are calling a suburban epidemic. It confuses the whole issue of its source. “The heroin problem has this drug when we start talking The amount of heroin moved from the city out to the about marijuana or alcohol or required to arrest someone By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

BREAKING DOWN THE NUMBERS H E R O I N D E AT H S tow n/v i ll ag e lo m ba r d d own ers g rove w e s t c h i c ag o v i l l a pa r k b l o o m i n gda l e w o o d r i dg e w h e ato n bartlet t da r i e n el mhurst h i n d s da l e wa r r e n v i l l e add i s o n au ro r a h a n o v e r pa r k napervi lle i ta s c a lisle medinah w i l low b ro o k roselle wes tm o n t carol strea m cl arendon hills g l e n e l ly n g l e n da l e h e i g h t s oa k b ro o k winfield t o ta l for delivery dropped from 5 to 3 grams in 2012. Berlin said this will allow police to target drug dealers instead of users. The Illinois legislature also has passed an overdose immunity law, which allows people who are witnessing an overdose to call the paramedics without worry of being arrested for drug possession. “Heroin or cocaine; 3 grams or less, and you’re immune,” Berlin said. The centerpiece of the new tools available to law enforcement is the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or the RICO Act. The law allows law enforcement to prosecute drug rings and seize their assets. Earlier this year, DuPage County had its first RICO case, which netted 31 defendants involved in a heroin trafficking organization.

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Berlin said the organization was bringing in $2,500 to $3,000 a day in heroin sales. “The heroin problem in this county is an epidemic,” Berlin said. Despite all these efforts, the spread of heroin into DuPage County has continued to increase. Monday’s forum is part of an ongoing effort to educate the community and begin working towards a solution to the suburban heroin problem. Organizations such as the Robert Crown Center have researched heroin addiction and prevention, as well as developed innovative methods for engaging youth in heroin prevention. More of their research and prevention methods can be found at heroin.robertcrown. org/HeroinEducation/index. html.

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Down 40 Letters in a prof’s email address 41 City where the first koala sanctuary opened 42 Term paper abbr. 45 Wild outing 47 14-time A.L. AllStar 48 Collection of plates 50 Isn’t industrious 52 Tag for some asis mdse. 53 Legend site 54 Get one’s goat, e.g. 56 It was once called Mission San Antonio de Valero 58 Underwater escape mechanism 60 Stories on stands 61 Enhances 62 Slim and trim 63 Ritual candelabrum 64 Cutie pies

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Horoscopes Power up to pass over pitfalls. Your executive abilities may come in handy in the week ahead. Loved ones might be too busy to give you attention when you need it, but you’re big enough to overlook it.

Passing the buck could cost you some dough. Don’t expect other people to take care of your work or other tasks in the week ahead. You could be careless, especially if money is involved.

One and one is two. You can balance the books with the best of them and excel at organization. A special someone may not be willing to give you the benefit of the doubt this week, so don’t push your luck.

Money is like water and will drain away if there’s a hole in the container. Keep a sharp eye on small expenses in the week ahead. You can coast on your reputation as a team player at work or in your career.

Color your world. Get out the crayons so you aren’t tempted to delve into gray areas this week. Rather than imagining the worst that can happen, focus on the best that can happen and stick to it.

Fuzzy thinking fouls up the data feed. During the upcoming week, you might imagine things are one way when they are the other way. Concentrate on being accurate and pay attention to small details.

Fault finding fuels feuds. In the week ahead, remain cool as a cucumber and ignore the nagging desire to pick apart a relationship. You might even take criticism from others to heart when it isn’t deserved.

Picky people might hide their picks. You should be sensitive to nuances, but not so sensitive that you imagine the worst. Count your change twice when shopping, especially in the first half of the week.

You can’t be an ace when you’re lost in space. Focus on enhancing your reputation in public in the week ahead and find ways to demonstrate that you’re true blue with family and loved ones.

You can climb your way to the top on the shoulders of those willing to offer support. In the week ahead, you should be circumspect about saying something that could be misunderstood or misinterpreted.

Vagueness causes dissension. Avoid making promises in the first part of the week when people can be hard to pin down and money can evaporate. Guard against the impulse to shop until you drop.

You can only please some of the people some of the time. This week, you may find yourself trying to please everyone and end up not pleasing anyone, including yourself. Stay true blue to yourself.



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second a DGN first Swimmers runners-up; earn first-ever state trophy By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

Downers North capped off what’s been a record-shattering 2013 season at Saturday’s state meet by capturing the prize that’s been on the program’s radar for years: A state team trophy. Led by senior Gabby Sims— who added to her collection of state championship hardware with titles in 100-yard butterfly and 100 freestyle, along with being part of two first-place relay teams—the Trojans secured second place, finishing just 3 ½ points behind New Trier (160.5 to 157), which won its fourth straight title. Superlatives such as “amazing” and “incredible” were used liberally byTrojans team members afterward to describe not only nabbing their team trophy, but racking up a collection of firsttime achievements throughout the year, such as winning the West Suburban Silver Division crown and defeating Hinsdale Central and Naperville Central in dual meets. “It’s amazing and totally unexpected,” said the Harvardbound Sims, who finishes her brilliant career with five individual and three relay titles, See SECOND, page 14

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Downers Grove North placed second at the state swim meet.




ALL SET Plainfield North’s Federico is Voyager Player of the Year

By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

The setter position in volleyball, particularly in a 5-1 system, is a unique position. Not only are you in charge of setting up your teammates for a kill in every rotation, you also need to be able to dig, block and offer a threat to throw down or tip a kill yourself. Plainfield North’s Kate Federico mastered many of those skills, finishing the season with 1,090 assists, 183 digs, 116 kills and 68 aces. For her accomplishments, Federico has been named the 2013 Voyager Media Girls Volleyball Player of the Year. “Our coaches always tell us if we’re not good at one skill we have to become better at a different skill,” she said. “I’m not that tall so I’m not that strong of a blocker. So, I have to become a great defensive player and be able to pick up tips. I work on my jump a lot so I am able to hit or tip on the second ball. Last

year I head a little bit in club, but other than that I’ve always ran a 5-1. Federico is known for her ability to throw down a kill at any point during a match but the kill she had against Naperville North in a sectional semifinal proved just how dangerous she was from anywhere on the court. “There was that one ball where I hit from the back row,” Federico said of the play.“I liked that.” Being able to do a lot of different things well is still only a part of the job though for a setter. It is also important to spread the ball around to different hitters, something Federico had a knack for. “Getting everyone involved is definitely a key point in volleyball,” Federico said. “If you just set one person, the other team is going to figure that out and start blocking the one person.” With her success on the court, it is difficult to see what she has See ALL-AREA, page 13

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Plainfield North’s Kate Federico is the Voyager Media Player of the Year.

Sports ALL-AREA Continued from page 12 had to overcome off of it. Federico’s mom, Christine Rehor Federico, died two years ago after a battle with myelodysplastic syndrome. Rehor Federico was a standout at Downers Grove North and Illinois State. However, that has made Federico stonger. “It has impacted me a lot,” Federico said. “Everything I do now has a purpose. My purpose now is to make her proud in everything I do. So I’m doing everything I can.” Her hard work has paid off with player of the year awards, which makes it even more gratifying for her. “It means a lot to me,” Federico said. “I’m kind of at a loss for words. Being a player of the year or having any great title like that means a lot because I know that my mom is proud and everyone is proud. It is something that I have been working hard for and to get an achievement like that is great.”

Federico will now move on to the college level, where she hopes to play right away and continue to follow in her mother’s footsteps. She recently signed to play at Clemson University in South Carolina. “I’m hoping to start,” Federico said.“When I went there I wasn’t too sure about it. But I ended up falling in love with the campus. The coaching staff there is great. The coach (Jolene Jordan Hoover) played with my mom, so there is a connection there.” The rest of the members of the 2013 Voyager Media All-Area team are:

MARY HELEN BEACOM A sophomore, Beacom settled into her role during her second year as a varsity starter with Downers North. The Trojans’ setter finished with totals of 751 assists, 199 digs, 29 aces and 25 kills while helping her club go

23-15 and reach the sectional semifinals. “She is a great competitor with a high motor, constantly working very hard in every rep of every drill in practice,” Downers North coach Mark Wasik said.“She made great strides with her decisionmaking this year, running our offense with good efficiency.”

SKYLER DAY She posted 248 kills, 23 blocks and 27 aces this season for Minooka. “Skyler came back from the off-season a more complete and self-confident player,” said Minooka coach Chris Hoeschler. “She was always a strong attacker, but she was definitely a dominant attacker who had the ability to take over a match. Her ball control and serve receive were also much improved.  In fact, she was just as valuable passing the ball as she was attacking it.”

RACHAEL FARA A commit to Northwestern, the junior posted 235 kills and

THE BUGLE NOVEMBER 27, 2013 132 blocks to lead Benet in both, as well as leading the team in hitting and kill percentage. “As a blocker, Rachael is one of the most dominant we’ve had at Benet and she’s become our go-to player on offense,” said Benet coach Brad Baker. “When she connects she’s virtually unstoppable. Rachael has gotten better in every aspect of the game, and with her experience she has a great ability to read plays.”

HANNAH FARLEY The junior outside hitter was a leader for Maine East, which enjoyed a resurgence this season, winning 17 games. Farley had 212 kills, 167 digs and recorded a serving efficiency of


97.6 percent. “She really stepped up through her work ethic at practice and games and taking on extra responsibility and duties,” Maine East coach Anne Bezek said. “She improved so much this year versus last year. She’s a great hitter and developed a lot of shots.”

KRISSA GEARRING Bolingbrook senior outside hitter and captain was a four-year varsity starter. She was all tournament at Waubonsie Valley and United Township tournaments as well as SWSC ALL Conference and team MVP. She posted 420 kills, 37 aces and 472 total points scored this season. “She was named one of the sun times top 50 volleyball players in the state, I am nominating her

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SECOND Continued from page 11 and 16 state medals (a school record). “I’m so proud of our team; I couldn’t have done it without them. “It’s the perfect way to end my high school career. I’m so grateful for everyone who’s helped me. I have nothing but thanks and I’m so happy that everyone came out to support us. It’s been an amazing day. I’m speechless; I’m so happy.” Sims, one of three double winners in individual events on Saturday, secured firsts in the 100 freestyle (50.12 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (53.93). “My time yesterday (Friday in the 100 free prelims) was better, but it wasn’t where I wanted it to be,” Sims said,“and (Mundelein junior) Erin (Falconer) was definitely serious competition. She got a 50.1 at sectionals last week. “I knew what she could do, but honestly, it wasn’t really about the time this year. I just wanted to win, finish out my senior year and scoring as many points for

the team as we can because we were going after a trophy.” During the final event of the day, the 400-yard relay, Sims and her teammates on that squad— twin sister Maddy, junior Emily Albrecht and freshman Lindsay Mathys—sent an enthusiastic DGN cheering section into a frenzy by winning the event in 3:25.16 after trailing throughout a good portion of the race. “It was incredible,” said Maddy, who’s committed to Northwestern.She swam the third leg and earned all-state honors, as well, in 100-butterfly along junior teammate Daria Wick (seventh and ninth, respectively). “Just knowing that my sister was there waiting for me at the wall (Gabby swam the anchor leg), and my teammates there supporting us, it was incredible. We just really came together as a team. We’ve never had really this close of a team before. We just have that extra belief in ourselves.” “It’s just overwhelming,” added Albrecht,who also was 10th in the 50-yard freestyle.“We came in(to) this meet strong.We were seeded third and we came out one seed above that. It’s so amazing to feel

Sports that we’ve worked so hard and it paid off.” Albrecht, the Sims sisters and junior Gabriele Serniute started off the afternoon by roaring to a state championship in the 200 medley relay, establishing a poolrecord time of 1:42.22. “It feels great,” said Serniute, who individually secured sixth place in the 200 IM, going 2:05.38. “I truly believe it’s hard to find a team where everyone really clicks together, and just goes out there to do what we have to do. It’s really tough to find those kind of people to fit together.” The Trojans had another allstate performance in the 200 freestyle relay. The quartet of Albrecht,Wick,Mathys and Maddy Sims checked in at 1:35.37 for second place. Adding to DGN’s team total were freshmen twin sisters Emily and Elizabeth Aument—seventh and eighth in diving—and Albrecht, who was 10th in the 50 freestyle. The Trojans will, of course, lose Gabby and Maddy to graduation, but they’ll field another strong team next season with Albrecht, Serniute, Wick, Mathys and the

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Gabriele Serniute and the 200 medley relay team broke the pool record and earned a first-place finish in state.

Aument sisters among their top returnees. “It’s kind of like a dream coming true,” Albrecht said, “and

now we’ve got to set bigger goals and we can go farther than this. I know we will.”



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T h o u g h listed as a middle hitter, the senior played multiple positions— including setter—this season for Maine South, which won their first regional title since 2007. “She played in every match, but depending on how healthy our team was really determined where she played,” Maine South coach Peter King said. “She started the season playing middle and setter, then had her fair share of swing from the outside.” Miles ended up with 207 assists, 163 kills, 53 combined blocks and 21 aces.

for all state,” said Bolingbrook coach Andrea Bercot.

ELIZABETH HYLAND Plainfield Central junior totaled 303 kills, 47 blocks, 20 aces and 144 digs for the Wildcats. She has verbally committed to Lewis University. “Elizabeth worked extremely hard this season to become a leader on the court,” Plainfield Central coach Erik Vogt said. “In our biggest matches she played her best. You couldn’t ask for a better player to coach. Elizabeth is going to be a dominate player in our region next year.”

ALLIE LINDROTH A sophomore from Plainfield North, Lindroth took her game to the next level in her second varsity season. She tallied 247 kills, 209 digs, 38 blocks and 22 aces.

KATHERINE MAHLKE The recent University of Michigan signee and fouryear starter compiled 313 kills, 35 blocks for points and 215 digs as a right-side hitter for Downers North. Named to the Waubonsie Valley and Autumnfest all-tournament teams, the 6-2 Mahlke also was listed among the top seniors nationally by prepvolleyball. com—No. 68 out of 150. “Katherine put this team on her back and was a great role model for a young team,” Downers North coach Mark Wasik said.“I am looking forward to her continued growth at Michigan because as dominant as she was in high school, she still has a high ceiling when it comes to maximizing her potential.”

MARY MURPHY JCA’s 5-foot, 10-inch junior setter posted 555 assists, 121 kills, 180 digs, 21 blocks this season. She tallied 154 service points including 42 aces. “Mary brings excellent knowledge of the game to the court and knows how to lead by her actions,” said coach Chris Scheibe.

KAYLA PFEIFFER Senior setter for Lockport, she has signed with Jacksonville St University in Alabama. This season, she posted 244 Kills for a .285 hitting percentage, 250 assists and 209 digs. “Kayla is a three-year starter on varsity, and has shown great leadership in the role of setter and captain,” said Lockport coach Erika Lange.“She is a smooth and naturally athletic player, who is also a humble and committed student athlete.  Jacksonville State University is lucky to have signed her.”

OLIVIA RUSEK Regarded as one of the top

outside hitters in the Central Suburban League—if not the best— Rusek, who committed to Miami of Ohio during her junior year, finished her four-year varsity career as Niles West’s all-time kills leader with 1,009. The Wolves advanced to sectionals each of the past two seasons with Rusek leading the charge. “She is a leader on and off the floor as well as a CSL Scholar,” Niles West coach Stacy Metoyer said. “She is one of the most passionate players that has come through the program and she will be missed dearly.”

DAKOTA SANTORE Plainfield North senior was the leading hitter on the regional champs.A fouryear varsity player, Santore finished with 325 kills, 228 digs, 27 blocks and 44 aces. She was an alltournament selection in three tournaments this year.

JULIA SHEMITIS The 5-9 senior outside hitter posted 232 kills, 27 aces, 126 service points, 170 digs and 19 blocks this season for JCA. She was All-ESCC and was AllTournament at Autumnfest. For her career, she tallied 427 kills, 88 aces, 356 service points, 422 digs and 28 blocks. “Julia lives and breathes volleyball. She would so whatever it takes to win,” Scheibe said. “She is the only senior on this team who plays all six positions and she has had the weight of the world on her shoulders and has dealt with it beautifully. “Any coach would love to have Julia on his or her team because she not only has fantastic talent but the heart and desire many athletes lack.”


ASHLEY SHOOK A freshman from Plainfield Central, Shook did a little bit of everything. She finished with 145 kills, 59 blocks, 39 aces, 71 digs and 255 assists. “Watching Ashley play volleyball you would swear she is a junior or senior,” Vogt said. “Standing 6’1, Ashley is the complete package as a setter. She is a big, physical blocker with no fear of any hitter. She is developing quickly into one of the best setters in the 2017 class. “Plainfield Central was 1220 a year before Ashley came and we finished with a record of 18-19. Ashley is a big reason Plainfield Central is back on the rise.”

STEPHANIE SINNAPPAN Senior posted 909 assists and 194 digs on the season as the Benet setter. She is committed to the University of Chicago “Stephanie ran a 5-1 one this year and was the quarterback of our team,” Baker said.“She plays the position that has the chance to make the biggest difference on a team because she touched the ball on every play. All elite teams have elite level setters and Stephanie played at an extremely high level of us.  She was also a very diverse player as she had almost a 100 kills on the years and was one of the best blocking setters in the state.”  

LINDSEY VISVARDIS The junior libero paced Lockport with 400 digs and a 2.05 passing average. “As a junior libero, Lindsey consistently demonstrates an


amazing volleyball IQ,” Lange said. “She understands the flow of the game and how to read hitters, and she plays with the tenacious attitude that characterizes truly great defensive specialists. Without her passing average or her digs our offense could not have found as much success as it did.”    

MACKENZI WELSH The Plainfield East sophomore was tough for defenses to stop, finishing with 303 kills. Also had 49 block kills and 173 digs. Had 19 kills in a match twice during the season. “MacKenzi Welsh has been a vital part of our varsity team since last season,” Plainfield East coach Emily Tonon said. “As a second year starter on varsity, she stepped into a big role as an outside hitter for us this year. Her drive and motivation along with her love for the sport have helped her become the player that she is today. “MacKenzi doesn’t leave the court and takes the lead in the back row to set our other front row players if our setters dig the ball. She possesses a positive attitude and stepped up as a leader for the team, which is why she was made a captain.”

CAROLINE WOLF Senior libero posted 562 digs this season, which is the most all-time in Benet history, more than 150 more than the next player and is committed to Wake Forest. “Caroline is our emotional leader both on and off the court,” Baker said. “She’s in charge of our defense. She’s outstanding on serve-receive and she gets her teammates extra swings because



Angels look to build off strong season By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

A year ago the Joliet Catholic Academy girls basketball team cut down the nets as champions of the Class 3A Coal City Regional, the first for the school since 2006. And, while the trophy is on display outside the gym, the members of that team last year don’t remember that game. They remember the 72-63 loss at the hands of Kankakee McNamara in the Peotone Sectional semifinal. “Yes, did we have a nice season and we had some big wins, but in the end, we didn’t get as far as we wanted and as far as we expected to go,” said JCA coach Ed Schodrof. The Angles will return senior Jasmine Lumpkin this season on the heels of her verbal commitment to Michigan State University. “I was very excited to sign, it was a blessing to do it and get it out of the way so I can really focus on the team,” Lumpkin said. “I have a really good relationship with the coaches at Michigan State and I can see myself competing in the Big 10 Conference.The had my major (pre med) and it really felt like home.” The Bugle Player of the Year averaged Lumpkin averaged 17.4 points and 11.6 rebounds a game a year ago. Joining Lumpkin will be sisters Nicole and Christina, who both had big seasons a year ago. Nicole, a sophomore, averaged 16.9 points per game in her first season of varsity basketball. Fellow sophomores Kennedy Weigt and Andriana Acosta will also be key additions. The Angels have more freshman talent on the roster this season, as they welcome 6-foot, 1-inch Ty Battle and 6-0 Jnaya Walker, to the team. “They are going to have to come in and play right away and they cannot come in and play like a freshman,” Schodrof said. “They

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JCA senior Jasmine Lumpkin signs her national letter of intent to play basketball next season at Michigan State University.

are part of the varsity team and they are here for a reason they have to play like it and we have confidence in them. It is about toughness and skill set and work ethic and they bring that total package.” Both freshmen have a basketball pedigree and both have dad who are now assistant coaches. However, these are not your typical fathers-turned coaches. Walker’s dad Jeff is a nearly 30-year veteran coach who has coached both boys and girls teams, while Battle’s dad, Kenny. was a member of the 1989 Flyin’ Illini team that reached the NCAA Final Four. He was the 27th overall selection of the Detroit Pistons in the 1989 NBA and had a four-year career in the league. “We picked up two guys in Jeff Walker and Kenny Battle. Jeff has 26 years or experienced

and Kenny has college and NBA experience and we have all watched him on TV,” Schodrof said. With the schedule the Angels have this season, they will need all the coaching they can get. “The kids know that I was not afraid to stack them up against anybody.Win or lose, we just want them to play to their maximum ability,” Schodrof said. “There are not a lot of people who would want our schedule.We have added Whitney Young and we have two ranked teams from Missouri and Georgia in the TurkeyJamm and we have C.L. Miller from St. Louis and the McDonald’s Shootout and half of our games are against teams that are ranked in this state or another. “Then, throw in the conference and it is the best conference you can be in and it will be a

challenging season from start to finish and that is exactly how we want it.” With that tough schedule, the Angels will need to rely on their athleticism, which Schodrof said they will do. “I don’t want to give any secrets away,” he said.“But, we have some more length, so defensively we will show some new things.” The players are ready to go out this season and they know what it will take to get to where they want. “We have to learn from that loss (last year),” Lumplin said.“We have to take this one step at a time and it all starts in practice.” The Ekhomu sisters are ready. “We are excited because we have a lot of good players this year,” Christina said. “The goal is to win the championship, but we are not looking too far ahead. We

are taking it one game at a time.” “We can’t take shortcuts and we have to hold each other accountable and we have to encourage each other,” Nicole said. The Angels opened with an 8449 win over Rich East. Lumpkin paced the team with 28 points, eight rebounds and four steals. Weigt added 15 points, while Andriana Acosta tallied 13 points, and had eight rebounds. For JCA, that win was just the first step in proving what they can do. “Last year people underestimated us and didn’t believe in us and we shocked the world,” Christina Ekhomu said.“This year, people are saying we are overrated, so we have to shock them again.”




District 58 commemorates American Education Week Schools throughout District 58 participated in a variety of activities to celebrate American Education Week November 18-22 marks the 92nd annual observance of American Education Week. The theme, “Great Public Schools: A Basic Right and Our Responsibility,” highlights the importance of bringing together educators, parents, students and communities in a unified effort to build great public schools. Schools throughout District 58 participated in a variety of activities to celebrate American Education Week, including

Breakfast with Books events at Belle Aire, Lester, Pierce Downer and Highland; Family Reading Night and spirit days at El Sierra; a parent visitation event at Hillcrest; and Grandparents/VIP Day at O’Neill Middle School. In addition, the District 58 Board of Education approved a resolution Nov. 12 proclaiming Nov. 18-22 American Education Week, and urging “all citizens to make a commitment to public education and to the future of

our community, state and nation by visiting their local public schools and by donating their time and talents to help make the public schools even better.” “District 58 truly is a wonderful place to learn and grow. In addition to our wonderful students, staff and families, we are so fortunate to be part of a larger community that embraces, supports and celebrates public education,” said Superintendent Kari Cremascoli. “Students benefit from our strong partnerships with numerous community partners who give generously of their time, expertise, financial

Together, we provide a wellrounded, excellent education to each and every student in District 58. We’re proud to work hand-inhand to make a difference in the lives of our students.” - Superintendent Kari Cremascoli support and facilities to help us provide the best possible educational experience. We look forward to continuing and expanding these partnerships in the years to come.” During American Education Week, District 58 is asking residents to join in celebrating public schools by thanking

teachers,support staff,substitute teachers and other partners in education. “Together, we provide a wellrounded, excellent education to each and every student in District 58. We’re proud to work hand-in-hand to make a difference in the lives of our students,” Cremascoli said.

differentiated engagement blocks (DEB) Students’ Experiences: gifted students from a number of the schools shared their experiences in the program Future Focus: Student growth plans are being developed to better individualize curriculum and differentiate based on individual student needs

•Comprehensive Annual Financial Report; •Single Audit; •Trend Monitoring Report; and •Management Letter.

District 68 Board Briefs The following items are the highlights from the Woodridge School District 68 Board of Education meeting held on Nov. 18. The next Woodridge School District 68 Board of Education regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at Jefferson Junior High Learning Resource Center.

Fall Musical Cast members from the fall musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, performed a number from their production. Video of their visit to the school board meeting can be found on the District 68 YouTube page.

CALENDAR Continued from page 5 long; Story-time at the Downers Grove Library 3:30pm,Doors open at 3:15 p.m. & space is limited; Procession to the Tree Lighting Ceremony after Story-time; Tree Lighting Ceremony; 4th Annual American Express Small Business Saturday all day long; Visit with Santa in his Gingerbread House 1-4pm; Breakfast with Santa (Lemon Tree 9-10am, Kristina’s Café 10am-11am, Pinecone Cottage 11am-12pm, Emmett’s Ale House 12-1pm) Reservations required. For more information and a full list of events, visit www.

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Staff Recognition The Board of Education presented certificates of appreciation to the Woodridge EducationAssociation (WEA) and Woodridge Educational Support Staff (WESS) in recognition for their contributions to the district as part of National Education Week.

Presentation John Erickson, Director of Buildings and Grounds, recently spoke to the Public Works Directors of municipalities throughout DuPage County. His presentation, “Kicking Asphalt to the Curb: Woodridge School District 68 Green Campus Initiatives,”provided information

your day in downtown Westmont as we provide many characters and activities for everybody. Frosty will be teaching a new dance called the Snowball Shuffle at the Center for Dance. Then you’ll be able to get your picture taken and watch “The Grinch.” The Scrooge will be lurking around somewhere as well as the Nutcracker. Uncle Bub’s will be providing a cookie decorating event as well. Santa’s reindeer and the elves will land at the Westmont Centre lawn at 3:45 p.m. and stay for pictures until 4:30 p.m..After that, they will join the parade and return to the lawn until 6:45 p.m.. The Westmont High School Madrigals will be singing their favorite holiday songs in the Westmont Centre lobby.The Frosty & Friends Parade will begin at 5 p.m. and march down Cass Avenue from Chicago

about our permeable paver projects and the long-term economic and environmental benefits.

Gifted Program Update Kelly Neylon, Gifted Program Coordinator, and gifted specialists and teachers from the district’s schools reported on the progress of the gifted program, newly implemented this school year.The presentation included: Curriculum Development: Planned Experiences,Brainology, integrated units at the junior high (e.g., Design & Innovation, Global Health), math, and

Avenue to Richmond Street. The parade will conclude with Santa’s arrival and the lighting of the Village of Westmont tree! Children of all ages can join Santa in the Westmont Centre afterwards for treats and a visit. Used Cooking Oil Collection. 9 a.m to 12 p.m. If you fire up the turkey fryer for Thanksgiving, here’s one solution of what to do with the used liquid cooking oil. Bring the liquid in its original container, milk jug or bucket to Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave, (same area as the montly electronics recycling) or any of the other listed locations. Collected oil will be turned into clean burning biofuels. For more information, contact SCARCE at 630-545-9710.

Financial Audit Presentation David Meyer, CPA, a partner at Wermer, Rogers, Doran & Ruzon, LLC, presented the findings of the district’s annual financial audit. Mr. Meyer’s presentation included the following:

DECEMBER 1 Toy Drive. 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. at All Nations Fellowship Church, 3700 Fairview Drive, Downers Grove. Donations will benefit underserved children up to age 18 in DG Township. In appreciation, a complimentary family portrait will be offered to each donor courtesy of Marcus Turner Photography. For a suggested list of toys, gifts or specific family wish list; Mrs. Verdun (630) 708-2229, or YMCA Christmas Tree Sale. Noon to 6 p.m. at the Indian Boundary YMCA, 711 59th St., Downers Grove. Beautiful, fresh Christmas trees. 7’ to 8’ balsams and Fraser firs. Cash or checks accepted. Sales benefit the YMCA Men”s and Women’s Service Clubs.

Key financial highlights for the 2012-2013 fiscal year include the following: •The district continues to benefit from a low debt structure with a 96.3% long term debt margin remaining; •The district received a perfect 4.0 on its financial profile score to achieve “Financial Recognition” from the Illinois State Board of Education; and •The district maintains a Standard & Poor’s credit rating of AA+.

Dixieland and Charleston— Music with Larry Levin. 2 p.m. at the Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. Using cutting-edge technology, this talented musician can emulate the sound of an eight-piece band. Add to that his remarkable range and the versatility of his singing voice, you have a performer who is fantastically fun.

DECEMBER 2 Santa Letters. At the Woodridge Community Center. FREE to Woodridge Park District Residents Only Won’t your children be surprised to receive a personal letter from Santa? Just stop by the Community Center from November 25 – December 2 during office hours to give Santa’s helpers the necessary See CALENDAR, page 18



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How to cut unproductive conversations short Q. I’m a results-oriented guy, and I have often been told I’m intimidating or bossy. I try to ask what people think we should do, but it takes forever for them to come up with a plan. Is there a way to get people to take action without being accused of being bossy? A.Yes, if you use advanced paraphrasing skills, you’ll be able to lead other people to the conclusion you’ve already drawn. Start by rephrasing the goal you believe the group or the individual has - e.g.,“It sounds like we want to finalize the 2014 budget.”Then state more than one way to arrive at this goal.“Did the group want to approve the numbers on the agenda or add a category before we approve it?” People experience us as “bossy”

when we get busy telling them what to do. If it appears we are simply listening well and feeding back what we are hearing, people find us a pleasure to work with. If instead of using paraphrasing, you appeared to be controlling the group e.g.,“Obviously we need to finalize the budget today. If you want to add something do it now and then let’s approve the numbers and move on with our day” - you’ll get a bad reaction to your method, not your suggestion. Most of us spend a fair amount of time in our offices these days feeling overworked, overwhelmed and invisible.We can end up meandering through our meetings and goal setting because we have too much data to shift through to see a conclusion. Don’t take it for granted that

you obviously have the talent to pierce the complexity of your workplace and distill all this data into an action plan.When you do this feat of problem solving, people around you may feel inadequate. If you can make them think that your conclusion was actually their idea, they get to feel competent and motivated rather than embarrassed that they didn’t think of your plan. A certain amount of humility is required to not take immediate credit for your exceptional problem solving and goal setting skills.Then again, it will not go unnoticed that when you are involved in any project, the productivity soars.You’ll be sought out, promoted and given the best projects because results happen when you’re around. You will also rarely have to fight to get anything done or hear the word “bossy” when people describe you. Instead you’ll hear

People experience us as “bossy” when we get busy telling them what to do. If it appears we are simply listening well and feeding back what we are hearing, people find us a pleasure to work with.

the word “effective,” and you’ll be able to sit back while others implement your good ideas.

The last word(s) Q. I have a coworker who seems to thinks he has no limits to what he can do. He brags, fails, and brags some more. People seem very impressed when they first meet him.Will his behavior ever catch up to him? A. Yes, as Albert Einstein (who reportedly was a very smart guy) once said,“The difference between stupidity and genius is

Tips for Surviving Christmas financially CALENDAR 1. It’s not an emergency. Christmas is not an emergency, it happens every year. Don’t use this as an excuse to overspend and buy things you can’t afford. 2. Make a Holiday Budget. Make a list of everyone you are buying a gift for, and put a dollar amount by every name.Total it at the bottom.This is your Christmas budget.You

can also check out www., a free online budgeting tool to help you easily keep the holidays from wrecking your finances. 3. Pay cash. Put the total from your budget in an envelope, and when the cash is gone stop spending.This will help keep you on budget because if you overspend on Aunt Sue, Uncle Harry won’t get a gift! 4. Avoid debt. If you’re

running a little short on cash, talk to your family about spending expectations. Draw names, set price limits or get creative. Whatever you do, don’t go into debt. It’s not worth it! *Dave Ramsey isAmerica’s trusted voice on money and business.He’s authored four New YorkTimes best-selling books:Financial Peace, MoreThan Enough,TheTotal Money Makeover and EntreLeadership.The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 6 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations.Follow Ramsey onTwitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at


Economic Development Corporation moves to downtown Downers Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation that facilitates the retention, attraction of business in Downers Grove The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation and the Downers Grove Visitors Bureau have moved their office to downtown Downers Grove. The DGEDC is now located in the Charles Place building at 5159 Mochel, one block south of Curtiss. The new DGEDC office is conveniently located in the

heart of downtown Downers Grove, next to the parking deck. The office is within two blocks of Village Hall, the Downtown Management Corporation and the Main Street Metra Station. “Our new location will enhance our ability to attract businesses and visitors to Downers Grove,” said Michael Cassa, president and CEO of the

DGEDC. “One of the features of the new office will be a Recognition Wall, which will recognize the companies that have become investors in our organization.” The Downers Grove Economic Development Corporation is a 501(c)(6) public/private partnership that facilitates the retention and attraction of business in Downers Grove. The Downers Grove Visitors Bureau is the official agency that promotes tourism in the Village.

Continued from page 17 information. Letters will be sent the week of December 9. District 58 Digital Learning Workshop. At the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St. Parents will learn about digital tools including executive functioning skills such as calendaring, task management, reminders, communication, and organization. Learn about accessing the library’s digital materials including ebooks, emagazines and online databases. The workshops also will address internet safety and digital citizenship. Printmaking with Nancy D’Agostino. 6 p.m. at the Woodridge Public Library, 3 Plaza Drive. D’Agostino will offer a brief presentation about the history of printmaking. After that, children over five and adults will make a small print. Children must be accompanied by an adult, but adults do not need to be accompanied by a child! This is in conjunction with the display in the Art Gallery during December, featuring D’Agostino’s prints.

that genius has its limits.” Stupid people always end up falling up a cliff of their own making.

(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 or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies.)


DECEMBER 3 Your Self-Publishing Options. 7 p.m. at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St. More authors today are eschewing traditional publishers in favor of publishing their own books, and there are a slew of options available. Downers Grove resident Kelly James-Enger, author of books including Goodbye Byline, Hello Big Bucks: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money Ghostwriting and Coauthoring Books and Six-Figure Freelancing: The Writer’s Guide to Making More Money, Second Edition, will give you an overview of self-publishing options so you can make the best choice for your book. Active Adult Center’s Annual Holiday Party. 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Get in the holiday spirit at one of the most popular parties of the year! The Downers Grove Park District Active Adult Center presents the Annual Holiday Party on Tuesday, December 3. The program is for adults. The fee is $18 for residents and $20 for non-residents. Browse, click and register online at dgparks. org. For more information, call the Active Adult Center at (630) 963-1300.


IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 18TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DUPAGE COUNTY - WHEATON, ILLINOIS PNC BANK, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER TRUST NO. 500212-03, et al. Defendants. 2012CH 000345 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 2, 2013, the Sheriff of Dupage County will on January 7, 2014, at the hour of 10:00 AM at DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, 501 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 or in a place otherwise designated at the time of sale, County of Dupage and State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real estate. COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 4220 Saratoga Avenue, Apartment 108, Downers Grove, IL 60515 The Judgment amount was $116,761.73 Sale terms: 10% due by cash or certified funds at the time of sale and the balance is due within 24 hours of the sale. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “as is” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, or the Mortgagee of the Mortgagee’s attorney. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA, 180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60601, Telephone: 312-782-9676, Facsimile: 312-782-4201. Please refer to file number 10082304 I570038 Published 11/27, 12/4, 12/11








LEGAL SHERIFF’S SALE IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE 18TH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT DUPAGE COUNTY - WHEATON, ILLINOIS PNC BANK, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO NATIONAL CITY BANK AS SUCCESSOR BY MERGER TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB Plaintiff, vs. BANK OF AMERICA, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION AS SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE OF LASALLE BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE UNDER TRUST NO. 500212-03, et al. Defendants. 2012CH 000345 NOTICE OF SHERIFF’S SALE OF REAL ESTATE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 2, 2013, the Sheriff of Dupage County will on January 7, 2014, at the hour of 10:00 AM at DuPage County Sheriff’s Office, 501 North County Farm Road, Wheaton, IL 60187 or in a place otherwise designated at the time of sale, County of Dupage and State of Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real estate. UNIT I-108 IN WESTBROOK WEST CONDOMINIUM, AS DELINEATED ON A SURVEY OF THE FOLLOWING DESCRIBED REAL ESTATE: PART OF THE EAST 1/2 OF SECTION 6, TOWNSHIP 38 NORTH, RANGE 11, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, AND ALSO PART OF LOT 2 IN KALBRIER AND CASSIDY’S SURVEY BEING A PART OF SECTIONS 5 AND 6, TOWNSHIP 38 NORTH, RANGE 11, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED MAY 20, 1948 AS DOCUMENT 545419, IN DUPAGE COUNTY, ILLINOIS, WHICH SURVEY IS ATTACHED AS EXHIBIT “A” TO THE DECLARATION OF CONDOMINIUM RECORDED AS DOCUMENT R79-44909, TOGETHER WITH ITS UNDIVIDED PERCENTAGE INTEREST IN THE COMMON ELEMENTS. COMMONLY KNOWN AS: 4220 Saratoga Avenue, Apartment 108, Downers Grove, IL 60515 The Judgment amount was $116,761.73 Sale terms: 10% due by cash or certified funds at the time of sale and the balance is due within 24 hours of the sale. The subject property is subject to real estate taxes, special assessments or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “as is” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, or the Mortgagee of the Mortgagee’s attorney. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser shall receive a Certificate of Sale, which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the real estate after Confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and Plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the Court file to verify all information. For information: Examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: Weltman, Weinberg & Reis Co., LPA, 180 N. LaSalle Street, Suite 2400, Chicago, IL 60601, Telephone: 312-782-9676, Facsimile: 312-782-4201. Please refer to file number 10082304 I570038 Published 11/27, 12/4, 12/11



Easy sweet potato and apple gratin makes a spectacular holiday side dish Yes, a perfectly roasted turkey is the unchallenged star of the Thanksgiving table, just as that same beautiful roast - or a ham, or a bone-in pork loin, or a prime rib of beef - makes the necessarily spectacular centerpiece for any of the holiday meals to come. But, just as the star of a great screen or stage production often shines even brighter w h e n surrounded b y outstanding supporting p l aye r s , so does a festive entree become all the more memorable accompanied by beautiful and delicious side dishes. In my experience, accompaniments are often the last choices home cooks make when planning their seasonal entertaining. With that in mind, I’d like to share with you one of my all-time favorites: Sweet Potato and Apple Gratin. Not only does it taste delicious and look beautiful with any gala main dish, but it’s also very simple to make - and even more so because you can find all the ingredients easily, as well as do much of the preparation ahead of time. Sweet potatoes are a popular holiday side for good reason. When cooked, they have an earthy-sweet flavor that makes a perfect complement to roast poultry or meat. As a bonus, their deep, bright golden-orange color naturally decorates any table where they are served. Too often, people default to cooking their sweet potatoes with an old-fashioned marshmallow topping. While I recognize that a touch of sweetness can heighten the tuber’s flavor, I prefer to go a

iF YOu LiKe, Add YOur OWn TOucHes. FOr sLiGHTLY sWeeTer resuLTs, incLude A FeW spOOnFuLs OF dArK brOWn suGAr Or mApLe sYrup WiTH THe creAm, FOr eXAmpLe. more natural route. That’s why I like to pair them with sweettart Granny Smith apples, an easy-to-find variety that’s also a standby of the season. Add a touch of sweet spices, a little bit of butter and cream and golden breadcrumbs, and you have a pleasingly well-balanced combination of tastes and textures that everyone will love throughout the coming monthplus of parties. You’ll also be surprised how simple this dish is to make in advance. You can saute the apples and layer them in the baking dish with the sliced sweet potatoes and cream as early as the morning of your special meal.Then, simply cover the dish with foil and keep it in the refrigerator. About an hour and a quarter before serving time, start baking the gratin; then, add the breadcrumbs and last dotting of butter and complete the baking a few minutes before dinner is served. If you like, add your own touches. For slightly sweeter results, include a few spoonfuls of dark brown sugar or maple syrup with the cream, for example. Or add some chopped walnuts or pecans to the breadcrumbs; or replace the crumbs with crushed gingersnap cookies. Just hold the marshmallows! (c) 2013 WOLFGANG PUCK WORLDWIDE, INC. DISTRIBUTED BY TRIBUNE CONTENT AGENCY, LLC.

SWEE T PO TATO AND APPLE GRATIN Serves 8 to 12 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for greasing 1 pound organic Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, quartered, and cut into 1/4-inch slices 1-1/2 pounds orange-fleshed sweet potatoes, peeled and cut crosswise into thin slices 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon Dash of freshly grated nutmeg 1-1/4 cups heavy cream, half-and-half, or milk 1/2 cup fresh brioche crumbs or challah crumbs

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter. Add the apples and saute, stirring frequently, until they begin to turn golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Meanwhile, put the sweet potatoes in a mediumsized mixing bowl. Add the salt, pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg. Pour in the cream, half-and-half, or milk and toss the sweet potatoes to coat them evenly. Grease a deep 10-inch gratin dish with some butter. Evenly spread half of the sweet potato mixture on the bottom, overlapping the slices as neatly as possible. Spread the sauteed apples evenly over the potatoes, and then top them with a neat, evenly

overlapped layer of the remaining potatoes, drizzling with any cream, half-and-half, or milk left in the bowl. Cover the dish with aluminum foil and bake in the preheated oven until the potatoes are tender enough to be easily pierced with the tip of a sharp knife, about 1 hour. Remove the dish from the oven. Raise the temperature to 500 degrees F. Carefully remove the foil from the dish. Sprinkle the brioche or challah crumbs evenly over the top and dot with the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter. Return the dish to the oven and bake until the crumbs have browned, about 5 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning. Remove from the oven and serve.




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