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Plainfield Park District Patriotic Picnic & Fireworks Tuesday, July 3, 2012, 5 p.m. Plainfield High School - Central Campus, 24120 W Fort Beggs Dr, Plainfield, IL The free event will provide fun activities for the entire family, including an inflatable obstacle course, “Chalk It Up” sidewalk art, family games, bean bag toss, and Play Zone activities. The event will also include touch-a-truck See 4TH, page 2


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Annual Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks Show set for July 3 Submitted by the Plainfield Police Department

The Plainfield Police Department would like to remind all residents and visitors to the Village of Plainfield the 2012 Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks Show will take place on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 at the Plainfield Central High School (PCHS), which is located at 24120 West Fort Beggs Drive. The Patriotic Picnic will run from 5 to 9 p.m. The Fireworks Show then concludes the day’s activities and is scheduled to start at 9:15 p.m. As a result of this event, the roadways in and around PCHS, specifically Fort Beggs Drive and James Street will be heavily congested. Additionally, Fort Beggs Drive will be closed from 8:30 p.m. until approximately a half hour after the completion of the Fireworks Show. Beginning in the early morning on Tuesday, July 3, the south

parking lot off Fort Beggs Drive across the street from PCHS will be closed to all vehicles other than those participating in the Patriotic Picnic. Renwick Community Park will be closed the entire day to allow for the safe set-up of the Fireworks Show. Picnic and handicapped parking is available at PCHS. Additional parking for the Fireworks Show is available at St. Mary’s Immaculate Church located at 15629 South Route 59. Plainfield Police remind all motorists to anticipate longer than normal delays in traffic movement and also to be aware of the increase in pedestrian traffic in and around PCHS and along Route 59. Any questions regarding road closures or parking for the Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks Show may be directed to Commander Anthony Novak at 815-267-7234.


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opportunities including military, police, fire, and village vehicles, as well as representation by Operation Support Our Troops, an organization that sends care packages, as well as cards and letters of support from the community, to troops deployed overseas. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening, and the Plainfield Park District’s dance classes will perform at 7 p.m. Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic baskets, chairs and coolers for this all-ages event. Concessions will also be provided by the Plainfield Central High School Athletics Booster Club. (Please note that alcoholic beverages are not allowed on school or park district property.)

Mokena Mokena Park District will host its annual Fourth of July Parade., stepping off at 10 a.m. heading north on Wolf Road to Granite Drive. The 2012 themes will be Patriots and Pioneers, The Land of the Free and The Home of the Brave. All veterans are invited to the free veterans breakfast from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at St. John’s Annex, 11102 Second St. The breakfast

Lockport Township Park district offers 4th of July Fireworks on July 2. Festivities take place from 6:15 to 9:15 p.m. at Dellwood Park, 18th Street and Lawrence Avenue.

Joliet Joliet Regional Chamber of Commerce will host its annual fireworks display at dusk on July 4 at Joliet Memorial Stadium. The Joliet Slammers will offer fireworks following the games at dusk July 3 and 4, at Silver Cross Field, where Slammers take on the Florence Freedom.

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Playa Vista gets go-ahead for changes By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Along 135th Street on Plainfield’s west edge sits a plot of curving residential streets, overgrown by years of disinterest. The more than 400 lots are empty, just waiting for backhoes to dig foundations. But in the distance, one lone home sits on the barren field, as the sole resident of Playa Vista. The planned community for active seniors, designed to complement residential neighbors in Grande Park across the road, had big plans in 2007, when Plainfield village

officials approved the planned development at 135th St. and Ridge Road. But the housing crash that followed left the neighborhood over-priced and over-reaching. To date, only one home has been sold. Last week, developers from Hartz Homes successfully negotiated changes to the design of the prospective homes, with the hopes of lowering prices and jump-starting construction in the community. On Monday, trustees approved the requests of developers to eliminate garage windows, replace fiber cement with less expensive materials reducing

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the roof pitch on the homes, all of which will cut down costs and make prices more competitive. Village planner Michael Garrigan said the changes keep the neighborhood consistent with the design of neighboring Grande Park. This is in stark

contrast to requests made last year for Springbank, a luxury subdivision along Drauden Road, which had experienced similar abandonment by the market following the housing crash. In the case of Springbank, potential new developers sought to build

multi-family housing on the property as well as single family homes. “Hartz is only changing the materials on their senior cottages and townhomes, they are not introducing new types of product,� Garrigan explained.

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BP gets no support from commission By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The Plainfield Plan Commission unanimously voted down plans for a BP gas station on the corner of routes 30 and 59. If approved, the development would have encompassed more than one lot and required the 1880’s era Corbin House to be taken down in the process.

Arguing issues of traffic, access and appropriateness to the area, the plan commissioners said they would not recommend the Village Board approve rezoning requests for the station and convenience store. The proposal included eight fuel pumps, a 3,600-square-foot convenience store and a drivethrough restaurant. Proponents of the project

suggested that the project simply replaced a former Go-Tane station on the site, which was removed during the widening of Route 59. But others, including Plan Commission Chairman James Sobkoviak, said the widening of the road has brought more traffic, making the location inappropriate for the BP project. Despite offers to give up a proposed full-access entrance on

Route 59, eliminate a proposed shared use of an alleyway used by homeowners along Route 30 and nix the drive-thru, the plan still failed to garner the needed support. Residents of the area were vocal in their disdain for the plan since its announcement last month. and historical preservationists lent their support to residents when it became clear that an

1880s era home would be taken down in the process. There are no discussions about moving the proposed station to another site within the village, according to Village Planner Michael Garrigan. Technically, the proposal must still go before the village’s Board of Trustees for a vote, which is expected to take place next month.

Young owner opens ‘old- Strack and VanTil school’ produce market to close its doors By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

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Walk into the Peter Rubi Produce Market, and you might think you’ve gone back in time. That’s because owner Brandon Graves has designed his new store to remind patrons of an era before the supermarket, when purveyors specialized. The Peter Rubi Market, 15412 S. Route 59, offers a big selection in its small quarters. Alongside fruit bowl standbys like bananas and apples sit more exotic choices, such as black watermelons, fresh apricots and golden raspberries. “I wanted to offer the community something different,” Graves said, adding that his store offers produce and products that all are organic, natural or glutenfree. In addition to the produce, a wide array of nuts and seeds grace the back wall,and complementary items, such as organic salad dressings and herb blends fill in the shelves. But the stars are the fresh produce items that line the space, offering row after row of sweet aroma. “My professor said I ‘lit up’ when I talked about fruits and vegetables,” Graves recalled. “He told me this is what I needed to do with my life, and I think he was right.”

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Brandon Graves, owner of the Peter Rubi Produce Market, tells Plainfield resident Cheryl Piotrowski and her children, Emily and Thomas, about one of the store’s specials, the lemon drop melon. Graves opened the market at 15412 Rt. 59 on June 22.

That advice wasn’t given too long ago. Graves, who is barely 24 years old, graduated from Millikin University in Decatur just two years ago. While there he studied entrepreneurship. A local boy, Graves has been a constant at the Plainfield Farmers Market since he was 14 years old. He’s hoping the goodwill he’s built through the years on Lockport Street translates into a strong customer base at the store. In fact, Graves is keeping his presence at the local farmers market, with a Peter Rubi stand that will offer market-goers whatever specialty items the store is featuring. This week, it

was lemon drop melons, a cousin of the honeydew with a citrusy kick. Located next to Tischler’s Market, Graves says he hopes to have a good working relationship with the butcher shop, offering area residents a respite from the supermarket scene, and an alternative to driving north into Naperville. Currently getting his produce daily from the Chicago Produce Market, Graves goal is to fill his aisles with items from local farms and growers. Peter Ruby Produce Market is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week.

County to buy-out floodprone property owners By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Residents along the DuPage River are no strangers to high water. Flooding issues have plagued residents along the waterway for decades, filling basements and deluging yards and roadways. But now, through the efforts of Will County officials, waterlogged residents may be able to get out from under the water. A Federal IKE grant (named for Hurricane Ike) has recently been

obtained. The grant allows Will County to buy flooded homes along the DuPage that qualify. There are 40 floodplain properties, including 30 structures, included in the potential buy-out. Plainfield Township Supervisor and Will County Board member John Argoudelis voted to accept the funds, which total more than $5 million, and begin the purchase process. The funding comes from the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. More than 22 homes in Plainfield will be

part of the buy-out program. The DCEO program allows local governments to acquire residential and commercial properties located in flood prone areas and/or properties substantially damaged as a result of the 2008 flooding. Additionally, participating property owners will be eligible for relocation incentives and/or down payment assistance and interim mortgage assistance depending on funding See FLOOD, page 5

Liquidation has begun at South Plainfield supermarket Strack and VanTil after the company announced the store’s closing last week. The grocery chain, which also owns Utra Foods, will close the Route 59 location in July. Company officials have cited a host of factors, from a weak economy to ongoing road construction, as reasons for struggling performance. The store, which opened in 2007, employs about 80 people, and those out of work will have the opportunity to be placed at other company locations. The grocer operates a Strack and VanTil in Chicago, and 14 in Indiana, as well as 11 Ultra Foods locations across Illinois, including a Joliet location and another about to open in

Crestwood later this year. Ongoing residential growth in the area sparked an influx of grocers over the past two decades along Route 59. Immediately south of the Strack and VanTil location is a Dominick’s store, as well as three Jewel food stores in the area. Additionally, growth of both superstores like Walmart and Target, and smaller boutique markets such as Tischler’s and Peter Rubi Produce Market, offer shoppers an alternative to the traditional supermarket aisle. The grocery business is one of the most competitive industries in Illinois, experts say. Other national and regional entrants to the market include West Coast based Trader Joe’s stores, Wisconsin employee owned Woodman’s supermarkets and consistent growth from Aldi food stores, which has more than 20 stores in the southwest suburban market.

Airport Rd. interchange a long way off By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

In what can only be described as the earliest of discussions, a public hearing last week addressed the future plans for aWill County stretch of Interstate 55. The area being studied includes about four miles of I-55 from south of Airport Road to one mile north of Route 126/Lockport Road. That includes all of Route 126 south of I-55, a 4,500-foot section of 135th Street east and west of Essington and 3,5000 feet of Essington north of Route 126, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Over the past year,V3 Companies has been working on a study for the possible expansion of the I-55 interchange at Route 126, and for the possible creation of a new interchange at I-55 and Lockport Street/Airport Road. The project is being guided by community advisors from Plainfield, Romeoville and Bolingbrook, and members of all entities got together with residents June 21 to discuss

potential challenges, traffic routes and the like. Congestion on the stretch of highway, and the roadways which connect, is due in part to limited See I-55, page 5

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Communities considering ordinances allowing backyard chickens By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

Tiffany Pankow is worried. At her home in Wheatland Township, Pankow and her four children are concerned about a county ordinance that prohibits them from keeping their chickens, which Pankow said her children raised from just two days old. “We first started the coop for my daughter Peace, 8, who has severe learning disabilities,” Pankow said.“She was held back a year in school and struggles to make it through every school day.” Pankow said Peace used to

be angry and frustrated, and the behavioral problem was severe enough that she was beginning to look into special schools to give her the support she needed. “Peace has always had a gift with animals, however, so we began the coop to give her a place of comfort she could come home to after school.” Today,Pankow says her daughter is dramatically changed by the experience. “Peace is a completely different girl. She spends hours—yes, literally, hours—a day tending to her chickens, ensuring they are fed and watered and often

just spending time with them,” Pankow explained. “They have, I believe, given her a sense of accomplishment and responsibility in addition to the comfort and stability she desperately needed.” Pankow said that the care her daughter shows the chicks has extended to her siblings as well. “Instead of hitting her four-yearold sister out of frustration, she takes her by the hand to help her and kneels down to speak to her,“ she said. But as helpful as the chickens may be, they are against the law in her Wheatland Township home, and county officials have written

to Pankow, giving her 14 days to get rid of the chickens. That deadline comes next week. “I know that, though this will be very difficult, my other three children will eventually be ok, but I truly don’t believe my daughter Peace will ever recover,” Pankow said. “We will do anything to get laws passed or be able to get a special use permit to allow us to keep our chickens.” They may not have to do much at all. TheWill County Board is looking to provide for situations like that of See COOPS, page 9

Cross job fair to see 65 employers By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

More than 65 area employers covering a wide range of manufacturing, labor, health care, educational, retail and community services are set to participate in State Rep. Tom Cross’ Jobs Fair 2012 to be held from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. today at Plainfield North High School, 12005 S. 248th Ave. “Our Jobs Fair matches local job seekers with area employers who are looking to hire right now,” said Cross. “I encourage everyone who’s unemployed or under-employed to come check out all the job opportunities available here in our area.” Admission to the event is free and no registration is necessary for job seekers. Free

workshops will also be offered at the event; including “Stand Out Resumes” at 10 a.m.; “Successful Interviewing” at 11 a.m., and “Master Your Job Search” at 12 p.m. Resources on veterans’ assistance, apprenticeship information and polishing your networking skills also will be offered at the event. Vendors include everything from medical orgnaizations and insurance companies to home sales, staffing agencies, manufacturing and government agencies. A complete list of participating companies can be found at Cross’s website, For more information, please call (815) 254-0000 or visit While many people are still

out of work or underemployed, the Illinois Department of Employment Security reports that the local unemployment rate fell in eight metro areas during May cpompared to last year, and the state’s not seasonally adjusted rate has dropped every month this year. Data suggests that the rate of unemployment in the Joliet/ Naperville region dropped from 10.1 percent in May 2011 to 8.6 percent in May 2012, the largest upswing in employment statewide. Chicago-Joliet-Naper ville

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also added 32,700 jobs in the 12-month period. Sectors increasing most oftens were manufacturing and educational/ health services . “May offered another reason to be cautiously optimistic that our moderate recovery will continue to bring lower unemployment and more jobs,” IDES Director Jay Rowell said. “As encouraged as we should be with the overall improvement across our state, we remain guarded as economic events unfolding in Europe reverberate throughout the world.”

exiting options for travelers. Right now, drivers on Route 126 can only enter I-55 northbound, pushing southbound drivers further into local traffic, or forcing entrance to a congested I-55 earlier in their journey. Similarly,northbound drivers on I-55 cannot exit onto Route 126 at all.As such, a full, two-way interchange is proposed for Lockport Street/ Airport Road,within the boundaries of Romeoville. Potential congestion on Weber Road and nearby Route 30 also is being considered. New interchanges,improvements to existing ramps and even expanded frontage road access to the expressway all were options discussed in a plan that, in the best of circumstances, would see work begin no sooner than 2017. Studies are to continue through 2014, followed by nearly two years of design and planning, officials said.

FLOOD Continued from page 4 availability. The projects must be shown to support the goals of a community’s long-term recovery or hazard mitigation plan. Information about the buy-out program is posted on the township website at Those residents who qualify can contact Tom Carroll at 815-740-8140. The land will be purchased by the county, and then transferred to the park district,Argoudelis said.

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From Years Past Five years ago…2007 • The District 202 Board of Education accepted the resignations of Walker’s Grove Elementary School Principal Jay Hollingsworth and Assistant Principal Rick Kabellis. District spokesman Tom Hernandez declined to comment on the resignations, except to say that the process to replace the two administrators would begin in time to fully staff Walker’s Grove before school began in August.

Fifteen years ago… 1997 • While the Plainfield District 202 Board of Education may have empathized with families building new homes in the school district, it refused to change its policy regarding nonresident enrollment. The board affirmed its policy following a request from future Plainfield residents who were building a home in the Champion Creek subdivision. The parents of two school-age children learned that if their home was not completed by Oct. 1, they would pay $28 per child, per day, to send their children to Plainfield schools. Board of education member Bob Smith said 300 to 400 people in the same situation would move into the district that year. “Most school districts are stricter than we are,” Smith said. “We moved our deadline to give people a month leeway. We thought a month was reasonable.” The father who had come before the board said he was determined to change the district’s policy. “I’ve got an attorney,” the man said. “I’m not stopping. If I have to challenge the Illinois School Board, that’s what I’m going to do. They’ve placed a burden on people moving throughout Illinois.”

Twenty-five years ago… 1987 • Gus Rousonelos of Rousonelos Farms of Plainfield said that while the new federal immigration amnesty laws were not aimed at agricultural workers, the message had not reached Mexico, and his company and hundreds of others like it were hurting for workers. “In the past years, we’ve had more than 600 men, working in six crews, out in the fields,” Rousonelos said. “But look around here right now,” he said.“I’ve got about 45 men harvesting. I have two crews out here and we won’t get all of this crop in. We have only 275 men working.” Besides the apparent breakdown in communication, Rousonelos said the U.S.-Mexican border was being patrolled more aggressively and workers weren’t getting across as easily as in past years. “Many of my people have worked for my family for a number of years,” Rousonelos said.“Some of them can qualify for the amnesty program and we are helping them to do this.”

Thirty years ago… 1982 • The Plainfield Area Jaycees were planning a few competitions for the upcoming Plainfield Fest, including wrist wrestling, a team tug of war and stock garden tractor pulling contest. • A crowd estimated at 500 people gathered at the Troy fire station in Shorewood to obtain information and show support for the newly formed Taxpayers for Action Committee. The group hired an attorney and planned to file a class-action suit, alleging property taxes were incorrectly calculated. The activists encouraged residents to pay their taxes under protest.

Plainfield Trivia Test your knowledge with these brain stumpers Think you’ve got what it takes to beat your neighbors at a game of Plainfield trivia? The Enterprise newspaper has partnered with the Plainfield Historical Society to bring you some of the most challenging Plainfield trivia that will keep you guessing for weeks. Visit the Plainfield Historical Society on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. for the answers, and stop by to celebrate the Enterprise’s 125th Anniversary with the Society at this year’s Plainfield Fest, held in downtown Plainfield, July 21. The Plainfield Historical Society will be hosting a trivia contest from 4 to 5 p.m. at Plainfield Fest inside the Enterprise tent, so be sure to study-up before the big event. The Historical Society will also be featuring a display showcasing the extensive history of Plainfield.

Question 1 March 1956 -The bids were opened for a new school to be built in Plainfield. Name the school and location.

Question 2 This Plainfield couple – he, a longtime administrator and she, a beloved teacher, were grand marshals of the 1981 Homecoming parade. Who were they?

Question 3 What family owned the RoJo Nut and Chip Co.? And what does RoJo stand for? Remember to visit the Plainfield Historical Society on Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. to get the answers to these trivia questions. The Historical Society is located at 23836 West Main Street in Plainfield.

Police Notes • A Will County teen has pled not guilty to charges that he sexually assaulted a child younger than 13, despite reports that he previously admitted to assaulting the child during a police interview. Jason Minger, 18, of the 230000 block of West Lynn Street near Plainfield, was arrested by Joliet police in May after investigating claims that he repeatedly sexually assaulted a 12-year-old boy for more than a year. The child’s parents reported the alleged crime to police. If convicted of predatory criminal sexual assault, Minger faces a mandatory six- to 30year sentence. The teen is also charged with aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim younger than 13, a crime that nets a sentence of three to

seven years upon conviction. Joliet police report that Minger admitted in an interview to the sexual assault of two victims, the second of which still is being investigated. A pretrial hearing is set for July 17. • The driver of an SUV overshot the intersection of Route 126 and County Line Road, rolling his vehicle into a drainage ditch. Fire officials said the driver of the SUV was headed north on County Line Road when he missed the turn. He was transported to RushCopley Hospital in Aurora, where he was treated. Fire officials needed a hazardous materials crew to clean up fuel leaking into the ditch.

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• The body of a missing Wilmington man was discovered hanging from a tree June 14 in Plainfield, according to the Will County Coroner’s Office. David M. Herman, 40, was reported missing on June 11. Herman’s body was discovered by a police officer in a wooded area near Interstate 55 and Route 26 in Plainfield,according to the coroner’s office. Illinois State Police are investigating the death as an apparent suicide. • Two vehicles collided and rolled over into a ditch off Interstate 55 during the morning rush on June 18. Illinois State Police report that one victim was transported See POLICE, page 12


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Community Events

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ONGOING ESL writing and grammar practice. Mondays at 10 a.m. at the Plainfield Library. If you want to practice writing English and English grammar, come to this relaxed group to meet other multi-lingual adults and an English-speaking tutor.The group meets in the lower-level bay area of the library. During the summer, a teen will be available to read to the young children of any participants. ESL conversation club. Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10 a.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. This club is for any adult whose first language is not English. Come practice your speaking skills while learning about American culture. ESL reading club. Tuesdays at 10 a.m. at the Plainfield Public Library. If you want to learn new words, practice your pronunciation, and become more fluent in English, come to this relaxed weekly group Meet other multi-lingual adults and an English-speaking coordinator to read aloud.Choose your own level and use newspapers, magazines, or books to start reading with more confidence. Main Street Museum. Open 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays at the Plainfield Historical Society,23836 W. Main St. in Plainfield. Free admission. Group tours available by appointment. Call 815-4364073 for more information. Overeaters Anonymous. Sundays from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational United Church of Christ, at the corner of Rte. 59 and Fraser Rd. Meeting is held in the lounge room. No dues, fees or weigh-ins. Everyone welcome! Tai Chi and Westfield Walkers. Senior Services Center of Will County wants to keep seniors healthy and living independently as long as possible.Tai Chi is offered here at the center on Tuesday’s and other locations throughout the county. This is a 12-week program. Join us on Mondays and Wednesdays as we walk the mall. Not only do you get the benefit of walking twice a week, once a month we offer a free breakfast at Panera and an opportunity to hear a speaker provided by Provena Health. You can take a 12-week Tai Chi class for a $20 suggested donation, and you can join our Westfield Walkers Club for $25 per year. For more information please give us a call at 815-723-9713. Plainfield Art League Juried

Exhibits. Until July 27, Plainfield Art League, in conjunction with Plainfield School District 202, will be holding two, back-to-back, juried exhibits at the District 202 Administration building at 15732 Howard Street in Plainfield. Watercolors, oils, mixed media, acrylics, and drawings will all be featured in the second floor gallery.

Group. Meets once per month at varying locations in the Plainfield/Joliet area. Open to those who have lost a partner and are ready to begin healing and moving forward in life by sharing their experiences with others. Children are welcome. For more information please contact Amanda at widowswear

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Anything Grows Garden Club of Plainfield. 7 p.m. at Plainfield Congregational Church, 24020 W. Fraser Road. Join us for “Garden Talk.” We meet every fourth Wednesday of the month. Guest speakers, garden projects or day trips are scheduled for every meeting. Dues are $15 for a single membership or $20 for a family membership. For more information contact Anita at

“Going Green” Electronics Recycling Project. In cooperation with Vintage Tech Recyclers, Wheatland Township will continue its recycling of electronic equipment for township residents. If you have any items of question, please call to see if they will be accepted. All items can be dropped off at the Township office, 31 W 236 91st St. in Naperville, Monday thru Friday between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. For more information, contact Jay Madalon at (630) 851-3952 or e-mail to: JayM@

Brown Bag teen writer’s group. 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Bring your stories and poems to share while eating your sack lunch. Drinks and dessert provided. Sign up for this program at

PlainfieldArt League Demos. Plainfield Art League holds their monthly art demo every second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 8:45 p.m. in the large meeting room, downstairs at the Plainfield Public Library unless otherwise noted - please check website for details/topics. The Plainfield Library is located on Illinois Street in downtown Plainfield.Art League demos are free and open to the public so come join us and bring a friend! For more info or to become a member, visit www., email or call 815-556-9278. Birth after cesarean. 12-2 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. meetings the first Monday of the month in Romeoville. Come for encouragement, supports, and information on planning for your next birth. Babes-in-arms are always welcome. Call Melanie in Romeoville at 253-861-5897 for more information, or e-mail Silent Prayer hour. The members of the St. Mary Immaculate Military Ministry invite everyone to devote an hour together to pray for the dedicated individuals who wear the uniforms of our country. Please join us on the 3rd Friday of each month from 6 to 7 p.m. in the St. Mary Immaculate Parish Adoration Chapel for an hour of silent prayer for a soldier (or the soldier’s family). Use the North Wing entrance to the church at 15629 South Rt. 59 in Plainfield. We also invite you to submit a name (s) to be added to our prayer intention list. Please contact Maria Prekop at 312-259-6851 or Ann Eckhorn at 815-254-9656. Young



Circle of Hope Al-Anon Family Group. Sundays at 1:302:30 p.m. at Joliet Alano Club (back entrance), 265 Republic Ave. in Joliet. This on-going support group with no fees or dues is for all families and friends of problem drinkers, especially those who are affected today by growing up in an alcoholic home. For more information contact Al-Anon/Alateen 815-773-9623 or visit for more information. Food Pantry. To better serve your needs, Power Connection’s Large Food Pantry will now be open on the second and fourth Mondays of the month from 1 to 6:45 p.m. For a $20 donation you can shop the aisles of canned/ boxed goods, drinks, desserts, snacks, breads, fruits & vegetables. There is no income verification and all residents of Illinois are welcome.  The Clothing Pantry is open from 9 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. on those Mondays. Donations accepted Monday-Thursday,9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Call (630) 679-6899 or visit www.thepowerconnection. org for more information/services available.

JUNE 28 Crafty Teens. 6:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Show off your skills making one-of-a-kind foodshaped pillows. Registration is required. Sign up for this program at Family Recess. 7-8 p.m. at Eaton Preserve.Take a break from chores, duties, and stress to enjoy organized backyard games and activities with the Plainfield Park District. Event will be canceled in

JUNE 30 Two-Bite Club. 1 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. For kids 6-8. Learn about “My Plate,” the new food model for healthy eating. Taste foods from all the food groups. Sign up for this program at


You wouldn’t want to be at the Boston Tea Party. 3:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. Dress in Colonial-era garb or red, white, and blue, travel in time to December 1773, and experience the tea party that changed American history forever. Sign up for this program at http://

JULY 3 Patriotic fun with music. 10 a.m., 11 a.m., and 4 p.m. meetings at the Plainfield Library. Children aged nine months to eight years, along with an adult caregiver, are invited to a musical celebration of patriotic music. Sign up for this program at http://plainfield.

JULY 5 Family Bingo. 2 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. BINGO for the whole family. Sign up for this program at http://plainfield.lib. Family Recess. 7-8 p.m. at Clow Stephens Community Park. Take a break from chores, duties, and stress to enjoy organized backyard games and activities with the Plainfield Park District. Event will be canceled in the event of inclement weather.

JULY 6 New catalog help session. 10 a.m. at the Plainfield Library. Drop in to the computer lab for a brief demo of the new library catalog. Learn how to find materials, place holds, and check your account information.

JULY 8 St. Joseph Academy Benefit Picnic. 1 to 9 p.m. at St. Joe’s. Come check out ALTUS. Four longtime friends from Plainfield brought their love of different music styles (alternative, metal, and classic rock) together with their musical talents to create their unique sound ALTUS! They will be playing from 2 to 4 p.m. Then from 5 to 9 p.m. join us

for JUNKYARD DAWGS. Come enjoy some delicious food from :Louisiana Barbeque, Big Wheel, Raffles and more – for additional information please contact St. Joseph Academy at 815-723-4567.

JULY 9 Parachute play. 10:30 a.m. at the Plainfield Library. Children aged 3-5 with a caregiver will have fun playing with a large parachute. Sign up for this program at http:// Stories and more. 1:30 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. This program is for kids going into first through third grades who like storytelling, puppets, singing, movement, and drawing. Bring an oversized t-shirt to protect your clothes while doing art. Sign up for this program at http:// Green Village Series: Backyard Beekeeping. 7 p.m. at the Plainfield Library. From protective gear and tools to harvesting honey, learn what you can do to help bees flourish this summer. The Green Village Series is in partnership with the Village of Plainfield. Sign up for this program at http://plainfield.

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COOPS Continued from page 5 the Pankows’through an ordinance its members drafted this week. Board member and Plainfield Township Supervisor John Argoudelis is all for the poultry plan. “As a farmer I’ve personally been interested in doing so for several years,” he said. According to the draft, the keeping of chickens may be approved as a special use in the R-1 and R-2 districts (see the special use procedures of Sec. 155-16.40). In R-2A, R-3 and R-4 districts, under similar special use guidelines, the number of chickens would be limited to one per 2,500 square feet of lot area. No roosters would be allowed. The ordinance is up for approval by the Will County Board on July 19. Backyard chicken farming is a movement that has been gaining strength and support in

neighborhoods across the area. A throwback to an earlier era, made popular again by the popularity of organic foods and sustainable living, the idea of having a chicken coop alongside the swing set and the trampoline is becoming more and more acceptable in the suburbs. The push for raising chickens in residential neighborhoods is gaining strength across the county and the country. Locally, there are residents arguing their rights to raise poultry in the backyard in Wheatland Township, Plainfield Township, Oswego and Crest Hill. There’s even a Facebook Page, “The Chicken Revolution,” dedicated to the local cause. On the page, members post their own comments, link to articles about local legislation and connect with chicken farmers from across the country fighting their own battles for residential coops. Already, cities and villages such as Naperville, Evanston and St. Charles allow residents to keep chickens on their property. Most allow for between 10 and 20 hens, no roosters to wake neighbors

at dawn and regulations exist to dictate the size of the coop, storage of supplies, and location on the property. The issue came up within the village limits of Plainfield earlier this month, when village trustee Jim Racich argued the merits of chicken farming on behalf of a local resident, who despite current regulations disallowing it, has been raising chickens in his yard. “It’s healthy, it’s organic,” Racich told his fellow board members Monday.“One could argue that it’s educational.” The idea seemed well-received by the members of the Village Board, and Racich now is seeking a community response to the idea. The community can offer input at “I see the value to limited farming,” Racich said. “I did it as a child on a much larger scale and

was enriched by the experience.” Argoudelis called Racich’s plea “forward thinking.” Village Planner Michael Garrigan said the village is strongly considering a change in the ordinance, which has been in place since 1961, and was readopted in 1998 and in 2008. The reason for the consideration in the change, Garrigan said, relates to the growth in the organic movement and back to earth movements that emphasize the importance of creating a local food industry that is locally accessible. “Many communities permit chickens in residential zoning districts based on the realization that providing fresh and organic produce to residents is an important goal for a community,”he said.“I think it reflects the growing importance of healthy living and the growth of the organic industry.”

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Police and Fire

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

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Robert Garrette,47, 2403 Twin Fountain Court, Plainfield, was arrested on May 28 at 3:22 p.m. at 13521 S. Route 59 for retail theft.



Carmen Gratace, 34, 1948 W. Ashbrooke Road, Romeoville, was arrested on June 10 at 2:37 p.m. in the 26700 block of Lindengate Circle for no valid driver’s license.






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Linda Washington, 53, 852 E. 88th Place, Chicago, was arrested on June 14 at 10:26 a.m. in the 14000 block of S. Coil Plus Drive for in-state warrant.


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Jarrod McDaniel, 26, 12410 S. Blue Iris Lane, Plainfield, was arrested on June 14 at 1:05 p.m. at the residence for in-state warrant.

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Federico Cruz-Mendez, 35, 1018 Edgerton Drive, was arrested on June 15 at 12:47 p.m. on S. Frontage Road and S. Lincoln Highway for no valid driver’s license.

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Anselmo Rodriguez, 28, 254 Oakview Ave., Aurora, was arrested on June 15 at 4:55 p.m. on S. Fox River and W. Lockport for no valid driver’s license.



Zachary Deberry, 19, 11 S. McGrath Lane, Naperville, was arrested on June 15 at 8:33 p.m. on W. Renwick Road and Route 59 for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and illegal transportation of alcohol.


Charles Horvath, 46, 24823 W. Illini Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on June 15 at 10:18 p.m. on S. Eyre Circle and S. Van Dyke Road for DUI/alcohol.


Edwin Ortega, 44, 434 Mallview Lane, Bolingbrook, was arrested on June 16 at 12:04 p.m. on S. Joliet Road and S. Route 59 for no valid driver’s license.


Rodriguez, 28, 4304 10 Daniel Carrington Lane,Plainfield, was arrested on June 16 at 7:04 p.m. on W. 143rd and S. Van Dyke Road for possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis and drug equipment. Jake Hackett, 19, 11730 S. Chesapeake Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on June 17 at 1:42 a.m. on W. Norman Avenue and S. Route 59 for illegal possession of alcohol by a minor and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor.


Pedro Birrueta, 19, 2118 S. Central, Cicero, was arrested on June 17 at 4:21 a.m. on W. 135th and S. Blakely Drive for possession of drug equipment.


Cardenas, 18, 1638 13 Eric Harvey Ave., Berwyn, was arrested on June 17 at 4:21 a.m. on W. 135th and S. Blakely Drive for illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor and illegal transportation of alcohol. Anthony Capozziello, 21, 916 South Ave., St. Charles, was arrested on June 17 at 8:21 a.m. on W. Getson Avenue and S. Joliet Road for no valid driver’s license.


Darrin Pietrzak, 47, P.O. Box 190, Kingston, was arrested on June 17 at 3:53 p.m. on S. Joliet Road and W. Renwick Road for operating a vehicle with suspended registration/ no insurance.


Jacob Allen, 18, 25047 W. Round Barn Road, Plainfield, was arrested on June 17 at 9:59 p.m. on W. 135th Street and S. Round Barn Road for possession of drug equipment.

Randal Albrecht, 21, 16531 Hillcrest, Tinley Park, was arrested on June 19 at 1:19 a.m. on S. Heritage Drive and S. Indian Boundary Line Road for suspended/revoked driver’s license.

Michael Strang, 18, 13404 S. Kerr, Plainfield, was arrested on June 17 at 9:59 p.m. on W. 135th and S. Round Barn Road for possession of drug equipment.

Jovanni Landa, 29, 4309 Bayhead Court, Aurora, was arrested on June 19 at 1:56 p.m. in the 11000 block of S. Route 59 for driver and passenger safety belts.

Mechele Thompson, 37, 2027 Huttner Court, Hoffman Estates, was arrested on June 18 at 10:50 a.m. on W. Douglas Drive and S. Route 59 for driver and passenger safety belts.

Porfirio Sanches-Manjarez, 30, 934 Fenton, Aurora, was arrested on June 19 at 1:56 p.m. in the 11000 block of S. Route 59 for driver and passenger safety belts and DUI/ drugs.

Paula McManis, 47, 24036 W.Walnut Circle, Plainfield, was arrested on June 18 at 4:01 p.m. in the 24000 block of W. Walnut Circle for domestic battery.

Andy Ferrer, 27, 163 Dolores St., Oswego, was arrested on June 19 at 7:22 p.m. on W. Lockport and S. Meadow Lane for no valid driver’s license.









Stephanie Sells, 31, 921 N. LaSalle Drive, Chicago, was arrested on June 19 at 10:03 p.m. on W. 135th and S. Route 59 for DUI/alcohol.


Gregory Luzinski, 34, 24822 W. Gates Court, Plainfield, was arrested on June 21 at 10:48 p.m. at the residence for battery.


Valerie Novak, 29, 15004 S. Wood Farm Road, Plainfield, was arrested on June 22 at 11:52 p.m. at the residence for domestic battery.


John Kessler, 32, 14605 Wilkens, Plainfield, was arrested on June 24 at 1:37 p.m. on S. Naperville Road and S. Route 59 for drag racing.


Harry Zander, 25, 6905 Clearwater Drive, Plainfield, was arrested on June 24 at 1:37 p.m. on S. Naperville Road and S. Route 59 for drag racing.


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Illinois DARE Officers Association Officer of the Year awarded Submitted by the Plainfield Police Department

The Plainfield Police Department is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2012 Illinois DARE Officers Association (IDOA) of the Year, which was recently awarded to Officer Erin Cook of the Plainfield Police Department. The IDOA Officer of the Year is an award given to an Illinois DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Officer who has displayed exemplary skills in the classroom, shown professional and personal character beyond reproach, and is a leader in the communities in which they serve. Officer Erin Cook started her career as a police officer in July of 2000 with the goal of being a DARE Officer. Upon graduating from the police academy, Officer Erin Cook worked tirelessly to help the Police Department’s DARE program whenever and wherever

needed, by volunteering to help during all DARE activities and events. Officer Erin Cook’s hard work and enthusiasm for DARE made her the obvious choice to be the departments next DARE Officer and in 2007. In Officer Erin Cook’s first week after graduating the twoweek DARE School in 2007, she was given the task of instructing approximately 800 students. Officer Erin Cook accepted the challenge and began to work with Plainfield Community Consolidated School District to add the new DARE curriculum, which expanded the curriculum from 12 to 18 weeks in length. Officer Erin Cook next overhauled the Plainfield Police Department’s DARE Walk, helping to expand awareness for the local program and raise much needed funds that to this day have kept our department’s See AWARD, page 12

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Obituary Margaret E. Ferguson Margaret E. Ferguson, nee Kenney, 97, a resident of Plainfield, IL since 1945, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at Lakewood Living Center, Plainfield. She was born on June 17, 1915 in Lowell, IL. Margaret is survived by her loving children, Jim (Jane) Ferguson and Alice (Earl) Otto, both of Plainfield; her cherished grandchildren, Mike (Tina) and Patrick Ferguson,Marsha (James) Brand, Mark (Nancy) Ferguson, Susan (Tony) Tegtmeyer, Sharon (Jon) Frink, Lynette (Tom) Lovelace and Steven (Rebecca) Otto; her fourteen special great-grandchildren; and her

daughter-in-law, Janet Ferguson of Naperville. She was preceded in death by her beloved husband, Arnum Earl Ferguson; her son, Dave Ferguson; her brother, Thomas Kenney and sister-in-law, Elsie Kenney. Margaret was a dedicated member of the Plainfield United Methodist Church and the Woman’s Society. She always took great pride in being able to cook and bake for her family and friends. Her sweet smile and “I love you” will be forever remembered by all Margaret shared them with. For those who would like to leave a lasting tribute to Margaret’s life, memorials to the Plainfield United Methodist

Church Kitchen Fund, 15114 S. Illinois St, Plainfield, IL 60544 or Passages Hospice, 515 Warrenville Rd, Lisle, IL 60532 would be greatly appreciated. Visitation was Saturday, June 23, 9:00 AM until the time of Funeral Services which began at 11:00 AM at the Plainfield United Methodist Church, 15114 S. Illinois St, Plainfield. Interment will follow at Plainfield Township Cemetery. OVERMAN-JONES FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES 15219 S. Joliet Road (Corner of Rts. 59 & East 30) Plainfield, IL 60544 Info:(815) 436 – 9221 or

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Robbery suspect caught AWARD On June 25, 2012, at 12:52 p.m., a male white subject entered the Plainfield Meijer Store located at 13521 S. Route 59. The subject approached the pharmacy department where he gave the Pharmacist a note demanding she give him controlled substances. After the Pharmacist provided substances the subject left the store in an unknown direction. Plainfield Police immediately swarmed the area and located the offender attempting to flee. A vehicle pursuit ensued after which the subject was taken into custody. The subject is identified as”

• Christian Wayne Glazener (M/W) • 24152 S. Walnut Circle, Plainfield Illinois • 06/23/71


at 1:38 p.m., the driver of a pickup truck was injured in a similar accident on northbound Interstate 55 near Renwick Road.Police say the pickup truck and attached trailer rolled over and came to rest in the center lane. The driver was treated for minor injuries at Adventist Hospital in Bolingbrook. No other occupants were in the vehicle.

Continued from page 7 to the hospital with minor injuries after the two vehicles were involved in the crash on northbound Interstate 55, north of Route 126 around 6:38 a.m. The accident remains under investigation. Just hours later,

After being taken into custody, Glazener was transported to the Plainfield Police Department. Glazener was also positively identified as the offender in the similar robbery occurring at Plainfield Target located at 12800 S. Route 59 on June 18. Glazener was subsequently charged with two counts of Robbery and transferred to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

Continued from page 11 program alive and flourishing in a time where DARE is being cut from many of the existing budgets. In 2010, Officer Erin Cook took the lead to develop and implement the police department’s most ambitious fundraising project, raising funds not only for the police department but for the teachers and children from the local school district. Under Officer Erin Cook’s direction, the project, Village of Plainfield Screamfield Haunted House, took on a life of its own. The Plainfield Police Department is now home to an enormous haunted house that operates for two weeks in October and utilizes over 60 area high school students as actors and brings in thousands of “willing” participants to experience the haunted house. This haunted house has quickly become a community tradition and is now entering its third year of operation. Officer Erin Cook has created a place for area students go have fun, be part of a team, in

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an extremely safe environment. During Officer Erin Cook’s tenure as DARE Officer she is credited for many other achievements including aVillage-

wide drug take back program, expansion of senior services, the final implementation of the police department’s Caretrak Program, the creation of Illinois State DARE Day, and years of service to the Illinois DARE Officers Association. Officer Erin Cook’s contributions to the DARE Program and the Children of Plainfield are numerous and her hard work and dedication have left a lasting impression on everyone she has worked with. Anyone with questions related to this press release may contact Commander Anthony Novak at his office, 815-267-7234.

The Enterprise

Thursday, June 28, 2012 By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

They say legends are made in the postseason. That was the case for Plainfield Central’s Morgan Vogt. While she had a strong regular season, she turned her game up a notch in the playoffs and helped the Wildcats win their first sectional championship in program history. For those performances, Vogt has been named the 2012 Voyager Media Softball Player of the Year. Vogt finished the season with a .411 batting average, 51 hits, 38 runs, 25 RBI and seven doubles offensively. In her first year pitching since a freshman, she went 12-3 with a 1.48 ERA. “I’ve been surprised with how good (I threw),” Vogt stated. “It’s exciting to throw again. I’m having fun because I’m doing good but I wanted to enjoy my senior year.” In the playoffs though is where she really shined. She led the team to a regional title, blanking Waubonsie Valley on the mound and getting three hits at the plate (single, double and triple), while driving home a pair of runs. In the sectional semifinal, she held Neuqua Valley to one first inning run as the Wildcats rallied to win 2-1. Then in the sectional final, she again limited Naperville North to one first inning run. Offensively her double led to the first run of the game for Central in the bottom of the third and she later drove home an RBI for an insurance run in a 3-1 win. Despite a loss in the supersectionals, Vogt had a clutch two-RBI double with one out in the top of the seventh to tie the game. Several years down the road her remarkable run to lead her team in the postseason will still be remembered. “Morgan stepped up and led this team to the Supersectional,” Central coach Anne Campbell

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said. “She is an outstanding outfielder, but really showed her versatility when she pitched again this year. She had a breakout year offensively, she was one of the top two hitters all year. She finishes her fouryear career with a .341 BA and her name in our record book numerous times.”

SPECIAL MENTION: MAEVE McGUIRE T h e University of Georgia recruit had a stellar season at the plate for Benet. She had 16 homers from the leadoff position, to go along with 22 doubles, 48 RBI, 69 runs scored and a .528 batting average. “She is a game-changer, teams pitch around her from the very first at-bat,” Benet coach Jerry Schilf said. “I was told our regional semifinal opponent’s strategy was to throw the first pitch for a strike, and the rest of the pitches for balls with the hopes she would swing at something out of the strike zone. She went one for two with a double, two RBI, three runs and three walks. She was one shy of the IHSA record for doubles in a season as a sophomore with 26, she is two shy of the single season HR record with 16 and as far as I can tell she has more extra base hits this season than anyone one else in the history of the sport in Illinois. Forty of her 65 hits are for extra bases.” The rest of the Voyager Media All-Area softball team is:

JESSIE ANDREE Andree, who transferred from Hinsdale South after her freshman year, fit right in to Downers South’s potent lineup as its leadoff hitter and will be See ALL-AREA, page 14

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ALL-AREA Continued from page 13 a fixture there for the next two seasons. She hit a robust .508 with a .567 on-base percentage and was 15-for-25 with runners in scoring position.

CAILEY BAKER T h e Plainfield Central senior catcher was as clutch as they come, both offensively and d e f e n s i v e l y. She tagged out runners at the plate in both the sectional final and supersectional, while driving home the go-ahead run in the top of the seventh against Moline in the supersectional.

Finished the season with a .424 batting average, 53 hits, 32 RBI and nine doubles. “I think Cailey is the best catcher in the area,” Campbell said. “She is the total package, outstanding defensively and has led the team offensively for two years. She is a coach’s dream; a great leader with a passion to play the game. She works very hard to continue to make herself better.”

a home run in the first game of the season and took off from there. She was awesome at the plate for us all season long.”

wanted up to bat in clutch moments.”


Downers North pitcher went 16-5 with an ERA of .36 in 138 innings. She struck out 244 batters, while walking just 30.

behind the plate for the past three seasons. The four-year varsity player spent most of her senior year as the DH after undergoing shoulder surgery last January, but caught towards the end of the season. She hit .357 with a team-high 5 homers and 44 RBIs.




Senior catcher for JCA batted .439 with 19 doubles, 58 hits and 30 RBI and was a three-year starter. “The better the competition was, the better she played,” JCA coach Dave Douglas said. “She was the player you

Junior centerfielder batted .429 with a .531 on base percentage, while throwing out six runners at the plate.

Plainfield South junior hit .382 with 42 hits, 12 doubles, 31 RBI and 28 runs scored. “Whitney is definitely an important part of our team,” Singler said. “Whitney was able to overcome a leg surgery this past winter to return to our

Junior first b a s e m a n batted .377 with 40 hits, 33 RBI, 10 doubles and three homers for Plainfield East. “She was a big spark plug for us right from the start,” East coach Chris Morris said.“She hit

Junior shortstop batted .445 with 28 RBI, five homers, 14 stolen bases and scored 30 runs for Joliet West.



KATY LaCIVITA LaCivita, who will continue playing collegiately at Loyola, was Downers South’s rock

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ALL-AREA Continued from page 14 team as a big leader. She is our catalyst and a very tough out. She has one of the quickest bats around and very smart on the bases. She is a wall at third base for us and is very talented. She is committed to play at SIUE after graduation. We are very excited to have her back for a fourth year.”

JACKIE LILEK Posted a 10-2 record with a 1.76 ERA for Minooka. She struck out 73 batters and walked only 33 in 83 innings pitched. At the plate, she batted .287 and scored 15 runs. “Jackie had another great season for the Minooka Indians,” said Minooka coach Mark Brown. “Jackie had another 10 win season and an era under 2.00. Jackie was great in the circle again in 2012 shutting down quality teams. Jackie’s love for the game is intense. She demands the best from herself and her hard working attitude rubs off on her teammates. Jackie has been a huge part of the Indians success.”

ALYSSA MANNUCCI Junior batted .392 with 47 hits, nine doubles, four homers, 21 RBI and 36 runs for Plainfield South. “Alyssa has been a tremendous asset to our team,” Singler said. “She really stepped her game up this season. She has worked hard to get faster, stronger and improve her game at the plate. She is one of the best base runners out there. She is very solid in the field and simply a tough shortstop  with tremendous range. She  has also stepped in as a leader this year as our team captain, threeyear varsity starter, stat leader in our record books and team MVP two years in a row. She is committed to play at Loyola after graduation. We are very excited to have her back for a fourth year.”

ANNIE MOLEK Plainfield East junior went 20-11 on the mound with 152 strikeouts. At the plate she had 36 hits, 11 doubles and 26 RBI for regional champs. “Annie has been phenomenal,”

Morris said. “She pitched almost every game for us and pitched well. “She’s not overpowering, but she moves the ball around. I can’t say enough about her on the mound. She hit the ball well this year.”

KAITLYN MULLARKEY One of Maine South’s leading hitters for a second-straight year, Mullarkey batted cleanup, batted over .400 and enjoyed several multi-hit games, including hitting for the cycle against Maine West.

KALEIGH NAGLE Junior from Plainfield Central went 11-4 on the mound with a 1.60 ERA. At the plate she batted .358, with 43 hits, eight doubles, 25 RBI and 27 runs for the sectional champions. “She’s a versatile player who has done an outstanding job on the mound, but really shines at shortstop,” Campbell said. “She has great range and a very strong arm. Kaleigh is one of those players who leaves it all on the field every game and plays very instinctively.”

SARA NOVAK Batted .459 with a team-best 30 RBI for Minooka and scored a team-high 31 runs. As a pitcher, Novak was 14-3 with a 1.40 ERA. She posted eight complete games and struck out 217 batters, while walking 43. “Sara did everything for us this year. She was a dominate pitcher, played the left side of

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the infield well, and played some left field when we needed her to,” Brown said. “There isn’t anything Sara can’t do on a softball field, she even wants to catch. Sara also led our team in hits, RBI, and OPS. She is a special player and it has been great watching her develop and grow as a player and person.” See ALL-AREA, page 16

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MARISSA PANKO Sophomore shortstop hit .587 with 74 hits, 14 doubles, four triples, 35 RBI, 50 runs and 15 stolen bases for Benet.

MARIA PRETE Prete not only is a slick fielder —“She was the rock of our infield,” said Westmont coach Sue Zapinski—she’s also the Sentinels’ top hitter. Prete was Westmont’s team leader in batting average (.434), home runs (4), doubles (15), on-base percentage (.500) and slugging percentage (.708) while hitting third in the lineup.


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9U Edge win tournament title The 9U Illinois Edge went 6-0 overall in the at the USSSA Illinois State Tournament last week at Lenz Field in Jacksonville, IL, winning three games on June 17. Their record is now 29-10-1 on the season. In the final, the Edge defeated Mokena Blaze 12-11 for the victory. J.T. Munyon scored the game-winning run for the Edge, helping Reed Gannon earn the win on the mound. Gannon went 4 2/3 innings, striking out seven batters in the game. Gannon also scored the game’s first run after a triple and an RBI single from Caden Dyhr. Alex Brodie struck out the final two batters for the save. Members of the Edge are: J.T. Munyon, Joey Clausen, Adam Dowler, Reed Gannon, Trevor Kucera, Caden Dyhr, Mason Rasner, Alex Brodie, Jimmy Ashley and Ryan Silva.

T h i r d b a s e m a n batted .345 with 40 hits, 28 RBI and seven doubles for Plainfield Central. She had both gamewinning RBI in two sectional wins. “What makes Dominique a great third baseman is her throwing consistency,”Campbell said. “She did not have a throwing error all year, and very few fielding errors. She was See ALL-AREA, page 18

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CrackerJacks win fifth straight By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

The Midwest Collegiate League has added four expansion teams for the 2012 season, but the league’s defending champion—the Will County CrackerJacks—would like nothing more than to get another crack at the title.

BASEBALL And the CrackerJacks are clearly in championshiphunting mode once again. The CrackerJacks won their fifth straight contest Sunday night after crushing the DuPage County Hounds, one of the MCL’s new squads, 11-2. They are within a game of the South Division leading Northwest Indiana Oilmen, which also is a new team. On Tuesday night, Will County faced the DeKalb County Liners, who lead the North Division and are brand new to the league, as well. The MCL’s fourth expansion team, the Illinois Lincolns, were two games behind Will County in the South Division standings. Vern Hasty, last season’s MCL Manager of the Year, likes the makeup of his 2012 CrackerJacks, who have players on their roster from across the country. “They were here two, maybe three days prior to our first game, so that didn’t give us a whole lot of time to get the kids together,” Hasty said.“We’re just hoping that they jell among themselves. “Last year it worked out well, and so far this year the kids are really coming together. I know that sounds cliché, but they really are a great group of kids.” Left-fielder Mitch Elliott and shortstop Daniel Nevares— second and fourth in the MCL in hitting, respectively—pounded DuPage pitching on Sunday. Nevares (.366 so far this season) went 3-for-4 and drove in five

runs, while Elliott (.419) was 3-for-6. Nevares homered in Will County’s 10-run third inning—a single-game team record for most runs in one inning. Pitching-wise, the CrackerJacks are getting relief help this season from Joliet West product Mike Grindstaff. Grindstaff, who appeared in eight games during his freshman year last spring at Northern Illinois, pitched 1 2/3 innings in the CrackerJacks’ 11-3 triumph over the Chicago Zephyrs on June 21. He allowed just one hit and faced seven batters, striking out three. “He’s a great kid and he’s going to be a very good ballplayer, no doubt in my mind,” said Hasty in reference to Grindstaff, the 2011 team MVP at Joliet West who went 9-1 his senior year—a single-season school record for most victories. “He came in and threw the ball very hard. I’ll be honest with you, I was a little surprised. He really let it go and was very impressive.” Another new addition to the CrackerJacks is someone who’s near and dear to many Chicago Cubs fans’ hearts. Bob Dernier, the Cubs’ center-fielder during their 1984 season in which they won the National League East title and advanced to the N.L. Championship Series, is Will County’s associate head coach and director of baseball operations. Dernier, who won a Gold Glove and stole 45 bases for the North Siders that season, served as the Cubs’ first base coach in 2011. “These young men with the CrackerJacks are working toward their dream of being drafted into a major league organization and working their way up to the big leagues,” said Dernier after joining the CrackerJacks earlier this year. “I look forward to working with these young men on a daily basis this summer and hopefully helping them get a step closer to fulfilling the dream.”

Meanwhile, Plainfield North graduate Patrick Cashman pitched a scoreless inning for the DuPage Hounds on Sunday and recorded a strikeout. Cashman won seven games for Plainfield North his senior year and helped lead the Tigers to a 31-3 record and the sectional semifinals. He missed what would have been his freshman year at Benedictine University last spring when he suffered a small tear in his rotator cuff in February. Fortunately, Cashman didn’t need surgery, but he said he’s not 100 percent just yet. “It’s a long-term process so I’m not really expecting to get back at 100 percent this summer,” he said.“I’m just trying to get some innings.” Cashman’s fastball topped out between 88 and 90 mph before the injury. “Right now I’m not where I was,” he said. “I’m trying to work on my off-speed pitches coming back from an injury. I’m just trying to get everything going again. Results don’t really matter to me. Obviously I want to win a championship (with the Hounds); that’s what baseball is all about, but me personally, I just want to try and get everything going and get ready for next year.” Overall, Cashman said he’s enjoying his summer with the Hounds. “It’s different than any other league I’ve played in,” he said. “It’s like a minor league atmosphere so it’s always fun to come out here. There are nice crowds and the guys want to win. It’s a great group of guys.” Plainfield Central product Nick Woltkamp has appeared in seven games in a relief role for the CrackerJacks and is 2-0 with one save. He completed his freshman season at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, starting three games and striking out 12 in 14 innings for the Crusaders.

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ALL-AREA Continued from page 16 a vacuum at third, but really helped our team offensively this year. Dominique’s play both offensively and defensively were huge in our post season run this year.”

JULIANNE RURKA The Benet sophomore, twotime ESCC all-conference selection batted .555 with 66 hits, 10 doubles, four triples, four homers, 52 RBI and 47 runs scored.

DALE RYNDAK Sophomore pitcher and center fielder from Downers North batted .386 with 34 RBI, nine homers and eight doubles. On the mound she was 12-2 with a .61 ERA in 103 innings. She struck out 129 and walked only nine.

MICHELLE SPILLMAN Romeoville senior led team with a .371 batting average to go along with five doubles, four triples and four homers, with 18 RBI. “She has been our power lefty hitter,” Romeoville coach Christina Douglas said. “She led the team in home runs and

RBI. Michelle has developed into a well-rounded student athlete who has worked hard to be where she is today. I truly believe if Michelle continues to work hard great things will come at Purdue North Central.”

TAYLOR WEISSENHOFER Lockport senior pitcher went 22-5 with a 1.09 ERA, including a no-hitter in the regional semifinal against Plainfield North. She struck out 266 and walked just 40. “Taylor was our “Leader” on the mound,” Chanovec said. “She was able to help keep us in many games until our offense found its way. She averaged about 10 strikeouts a game and that takes a lot of pressure off of the defense. She was an outstanding fielder and anytime you can have a fifth fielder in the infield it takes hits away. “She also helped us out offensively at the plate, adding two home runs. We would not have been the team we were without Taylor on the mound.”

EMILY YORK Burst onto the scene as a freshman for Benet. Batted .459 with 56 hits, 10 doubles, four homers and 63 RBI. Mark Gregory and Mike Sandrolini also contributed

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Chicagoland Speedway unveils new logo By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

The Chicagoland Speedway kicked off its two upcoming Summer NASCAR weekends Summer Beach Party at Oak Street Beach in Chicago. The party featured NASCAR drivers Danica Patrick, a Roscoe Illinois native, Ricky Stenhouse Jr.,the 2011 NASCAR Nationwide Series Champion and Justin Allgaier, the winner of the 2011 Chicagoland Speedway race. The Speedway also unveiled its new logo, which features a rendering of the Chicago skyline, something they wanted to incorporate to the look and feel of the Speedway. “We wanted to bring the iconic Chicago skyline to our logo and to the Speedway,” said Speedway President Scott Paddock. “Around 40 percent of our fans for the September race are from out of state, so we want to give them some of the look and feel of Chicago.” Paddock said more changes will take place, such as the look of the trams being modeled after the Chicago subway system. “As we kickoff our 11th year as NASCAR’s home in Chicago, we are proud to host two major event weekends of racing for one of the most watched and attended sports in the country. Each year we welcome thousands of guests from all 50 states and several different countries who expect to see elements of Chicago when they come to an event at our facility, and we intend to deliver on that,” Paddock told fans.

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Ricky Stenhouse Jr., from left, Justin Algier and Danica Patrick helped introduce their new logo at a beach party Sunday.

He also announced a renewed partnership with another Chicago name. “In addition to our new branding, we’re proud to have our partners at Levy Restaurants, a long-time staple of the Chicago sports and restaurant scene, committed to enhancing the food and beverage experience by bringing classic Chicago foods and introducing signature offerings to the Speedway,” he

said. “Their expertise will allow fans to experience one of the world’s greatest cities each time they visit.” While Chicago classics like the Italian beef, Chicagostyle hot dog and other local favorites will star on the new menu, Chicagoland Speedway and Levy have also collaborated to create several new signature items that can only be found at the Speedway.

The Blueberry Moonshine, the Chicken and Waffle Sandwich, Brisket Slider and “The Intimidator” Dog, fully loaded with homemade mac and cheese and crispy bacon, are just a few new items that will debut at Chicagoland Speedway in 2012. The Speedway will bring other elements of Chicago to fans that will enhance the overall guest experience, including

integrating iconic architectural elements from the city, on-site entertainment, as well as new strategic partnerships with Chicago area-based businesses. For tickets to any Chicagoland Speedway event, call 1-888-629-RACE (7223). For more information on Chicagoland Speedway, stay connected on Twitter and Facebook or by visiting www.

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H o ro s c o p e s


Land on your feet. A few shakeups from the past week could leave you up in the air. Rest assured that, like a cat, you won’t fall down no matter what changes or pressures are brought to bear this week.

Nurture the promptings of moral sense. In the week ahead, those who want to win at all costs may suggest ways to take advantage of loopholes. Stick to high moral ground, even if it seems unpopular.

Open the fortune cookie and read the message, but take it with a grain of salt. Enjoy assurances that things are going well in the week ahead. However, this is not a good week to launch initiatives.

Fixate on fine-tuning friend and foe. In the week to come, don’t get distracted by someone’s charm. Those who help you are not always your friends and those who oppose you are not always enemies.

You don’t need to climb Jacob’s ladder to heighten experiences. There may be more than one instance during the week ahead when you will be tempted to shake things up just to show your importance.

If you wait for perfect conditions, nothing would ever be achieved. But in the upcoming week, starting a key undertaking under poor conditions will only slow you down. Hold off on initiatives.

Virtue in the absence of opportunity is hardly a moral triumph. It may be easy for you to criticize others unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. During the week ahead, refrain from value judgments.

There are no dress rehearsals for life. In the week to come, you might be faced by challenges that you are completely unprepared to handle. Don’t make crucial decisions until you are sure of your part.

The wise does at once what the fool does at last. You have been procrastinating, so your money seems to seep out of your pocket. In the week ahead, put a stopper on a financial drain.

Get behind the eight ball before the eight ball knocks you out of place. In the week to come, you might find that strains and stresses take their toll. Avoid making any crucial changes or decisions.

If you hike in the wild, be prepared to wrestle a bear. An exploration of the unknown could put you up against something bigger than yourself. Stick to what you know in the week to come.

There is no shame in being a geek when a geeky problem arises. The dictionary is a good tool that you shouldn’t be ashamed to use in the week ahead. Verify the facts before committing.


1 Treble symbol 5 Knock for a loop 9 Red Delicious, e.g. 14 Fishing need 15 [Lightbulb!] 16 Bay Area county 17 Landed on a perch 18 Confidenceinspiring 20 Polite egotist’s musical request? (Beatles) 22 “Just __ naturally” 23 Dr.’s field 24 Paranormal 28 Uppercase letters, briefly 30 Weep and wail 33 “__ turn is it?” 34 Paper towel unit 35 GI no-show 36 Adamant egotist’s musical request? (Doris Day) 39 Barely made, with “out” 40 Wild and crazy 41 They may be faith-based or quantum

42 Boxing count 43 Quick on one’s feet 44 “Kings are __ gods”: Shakespeare’s “Pericles” 45 Red, Yellow or Black 46 “So-o-o-o good!” 47 Needy egotist’s musical request? (Supremes) 55 Fettuccine Alfredo topping, e.g. 56 A mere step away 57 “The Threepenny Opera” composer Kurt 58 Walked heavily 59 Sandwich seller 60 Box for Beeb watchers 61 William and Harry, to Charles 62 Black cat, to some

1 Show appreciation at a show 2 Quiet time 3 New York canal 4 Greek salad cheese 5 Run the show 6 Really good (at) 7 Fervor 8 Leisure 9 Gets a smile out of 10 Peeled with a knife 11 Puritanical 12 Bit of poetry 13 Subj. including grammar 19 Sales rep’s giveaway 21 Oregon’s capital 24 Little hooter 25 Fail in the clutch 26 Group of witches 27 Like many flea market items 28 Groanworthy, as a joke 29 Friend in war 30 “Don’t __ the small stuff!” 31 Punchiness 32 Make holy

34 Lion’s warning 35 Declare with confidence 37 Convenience for Northeastern toll-paying drivers 38 “Remember the __!” 43 In good taste 44 Fixes securely (in) 45 T-shirt size 46 City nicknamed “The Heart of Georgia” 47 Canadian tribe 48 Eye, to Yvette 49 Packs away dishes? 50 Dollar rival 51 Reverse, in word processing 52 Rain really hard 53 Like 61-Across 54 “__ Brockovich” 55 100 lbs.



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WHITE CORN FILLING: 1 cup heavy cream 4 ears white organic sweet corn, grated with the medium holes of a box grater 1 teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 3 ounces mascarpone cheese 1 ounce goat cheese 1/8 cup grated Parmesan cheese 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh thyme AGNOLOTTI: 10 thin sheets Basic Pasta Dough, each about 6 by 12 inches, either store-bought or homemade (recipe follows) Semolina or all-purpose flour, for dusting 1 large cage-free egg, beaten with 1 tablespoon cold water 1/2 cup organic chicken broth 2 sprigs fresh sage Salt 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into pieces For the filling, put the cream in a small skillet and boil over medium-high heat until reduced to about 1/3 cup. Stir in the corn, sugar, salt, and pepper. Cook at a slow boil, stirring constantly,

until thick enough to coat the spoon heavily. Transfer to a medium mixing bowl. Stir in the cheeses and thyme. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Rest the bowl inside a larger bowl of ice water and stir occasionally until cooled. For the agnolotti, place a sheet of pasta on a lightly floured work surface. Mound heaping teaspoons of filling in two rows along the sheet, about 1 inch apart. Brush the egg on the pasta in between the mounds. With a knife or pastry wheel, cut the pasta lengthwise between the rows. With one strip, lift a lengthwise edge over the filling mounds, pressing it down firmly all along the opposite edge to seal. Press down firmly between the mounds to seal in each mound. With a pasta wheel, cut between each mound and trim to form a rim about 1/4 inch all around each mound. Pinch the edges again to seal. Repeat with the remaining

BASIC PASTA DOUGH Serves 10 to 12

3 cups all-purpose flour 8 large cage-free egg yolks 1 teaspoon kosher salt 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil 2 to 3 tablespoons water Semolina or all-purpose flour, for dusting In a food processor, combine the flour, yolks, salt, oil, and 2 tablespoons water. Process until the dough holds together. Stop and pinch the dough; if it feels too dry, process in up to 1 tablespoon more water.Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface and knead by hand until smooth. Loosely wrap in plastic and leave at room temperature for 1 hour. Cut the dough into 4 equal pieces. Keep the others covered with plastic while rolling one piece

at a time, by hand with a rolling pin or using a pasta machine. For a pasta machine, set the rollers to the widest opening. Flatten the dough into a thick strip no wider than the rollers. Dust very lightly with flour. Run the dough through the rollers. Fold in thirds, crosswise, and run through again. Repeat 2 or more times, until the dough feels smooth and somewhat elastic. Set the rollers to the next smaller opening and run the dough through. Continue, using a smaller opening each time, until you reach the desired thinness. (The strip will be long. If your workspace is small, cut the dough in half halfway through the process, keeping the unused half covered.)

filling and pasta. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Meanwhile, in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat,combine the broth, sage, and butter, stirring until a thick emulsion forms. Remove the sage. Keep the sauce warm. When the water boils, carefully slide in the pasta and boil until al dente, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon, draining well. Add to the sage butter. To serve, spoon the agnolotti and sauce into soup plates.

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Business & Real Estate

Discover more luck at work with the right tools Q. I see people who seem to be born with a rabbit’s foot in their pocket that works. They show up at the right time, say the right thing, and usually get what they want.Are they lucky or smart? A. People who seem to be born under a lucky star are benefiting about 80 percent from smarts and 20 percent from luck. What this means is most of us can discover a lot more luck in our careers if we only learn the right tools. Words are not cheap when it comes to getting what you want on the job.Words are actually quite hypnotic. You can use language in ways that make people go out of their way to help you or go out of their way to harm you. Here is a simple example. Next

time you call a customer service person, pay attention to what you say after they ask, “How can I help you!” Do you immediately start blaming them for your current problem? Another option would be to pause and say pleasantly,“I am sure you can help me,” and then describe what you need. You may even get one of those companies where the representatives ask, “How can I give you excellent service today!” You can then reply,“I am sure you

will!” The point I’m making is that your choice of language will either put people around you into a cooperative mood or make them feel hostile. You have the power to choose your language and thus a lot of power over your “luck.” The biggest problem I see in clients I coach is their unawareness of the effects of their habitual language. If we have a habit of blaming people, defending ourselves or pointing out what others do wrong, we stop seeing how people react. Then we chalk up bad reactions to bad luck rather than our choice of words. If you want to discover more luck, spend a week pretending a reality show is taping you at work. At the end of each conversation, review

Edward Hospital seeks Plainfield area residents for Advisory Committee Edward Hospital is seeking Plainfield area residents to fill openings on its Patient/ Family Advisory Committee, which is made up of Edward patients, family members of Edward patients and Edward employees. Edward is searching for committee members who live in locations throughout the hospital system’s regional service area, including Plainfield. The committee was created in 2008 with the goal of patients and family members

sharing their experiences and collaborating with hospital leaders to improve the way Edward treats patients. The work of the committee, which meets monthly, has resulted in changes, big and small, in how Edward operates. For example: • Patients are better educated about what to expect at discharge. • Instructions are stated more clearly for visitors to isolation rooms.

• Online and printed communications are made brief, simple and readable for people without a background in medicine. To keep the committee’s perspective fresh, members are limited to two-year terms. Plainfield area residents interested in serving on Edward’s Patient/Family Advisory Committee should contact Patient Advocate Julie Danker at (630) 527-5290.

the tape. What words did you choose, how did others respond, what did you want, and were there other words you could have used? Once you see that you have the power to change your language, you’ll also see you have the power to change your “luck.” You won’t need lucky stars or rabbit’s feet when you learn to use words as your good luck charm.

The last word(s) Q. I am certain I don’t have my ideal job. I also can’t see how I can ever get that job when I’m stuck working in a position that I only do to pay bills. Is there a way to bridge the gap between a deadend job and the job you dream

about? A. Yes, stop treating this job like a waste of time and seek out responsibilities that make you qualified for your dream job. If you can’t grow where you’re planted, you’ll never be ready for your ideal position. (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.)


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