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TraNSPorTaTioN “We’re at the preliminary stages at this investigation,” said Tim depaepe, a signal specialist with the NTSB, the day of the crash. “We’re just securing [the wreckage] because before we let people look at the train we don’t want people to get hurt.”


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Crews were working around the clock March 29 to repair to restore service to O’Hare Blue Line; CTA officials expected the station to be up and running by March 30.

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Vol. 58 No. 26

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Martial arts teacher charged with sexual abuse of a minor

61-year-old Tottas had been running Skokie Tae-Kwon-Do out of 4640 Oakton St. since at least 2010 By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Rep

A self-described Tae Kwon Do “master” is accused of sexually abusing one of his martial arts students. Triantafilos “Master COURTESY COOK Terry” Tottas was COUnTY SHEIRff charged with criminal Triantafilos sexual abuse on Feb. “Master Terry” 12. The charges were Tottas, 61, of brought about after a Morton Grove male juvenile student told Skokie police that Tottas had been inappropriately touching him over the last four years. The 61-year old Tottas had been running Skokie Tae-Kwon-Do out of >> see charged | page 21







Woman honored for helping stop ‘Bad Hair Bandit’ Bandit will serve Cook, DuPage sentences concurrently

crime spree. “It was a normal day,” said Pope. “We had just opened up the salon, so everything was totally unexpected when it happened.” She was cleaning toward By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter the back of the Great Clips at 1238 N. Ashland Ave. in Chicago the morning of Feb. At a recent 4, 2013. Another stylist was meeting, Niles working the front desk as officials presented an Logsdon walked in with a award to the Chicago PHOTO COURTESY backpack around 10:45 a.m. woman who was SKOKIE PD “We thought he was just instrumental in Jason B. a normal customer coming helping stop the “Bad Logsdon, 41, of in,” said Pope. “He came in Hair Bandit’s” crime Evanston pretty calm, and he had a big spree. scarf on his face, but it was Sherese Pope, 23, was given the Chief’s Citizen’s pretty cold out, so we didn’t think Award by Niles Police and a $500 anything of it.” Pope said that once Logsdon reward from the Niles Crime Stoppers, a non-profit organization pulled out what looked like a gun that pays cash rewards for crime and demanded money,she realized how serious the situation was. tips. “We just did what we were told Pope was the woman who provided Chicago police with the and tried not to freak out,” said partial license plate number that Pope. Pope had been with Great allowed authorities to identify 41year old Jason B. Logsdon as the Clips for three years at that point, bandit and end his three-month and said the salon franchise had

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Sherese Pope, 23, was given the Chief’s Citizen’s Award by Niles Police and a $500 reward from the Niles Crime Stoppers on March 25. From left to right: Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki, Sherese Pope, Niles Crime Stoppers members Norbert Johnson and Morgan Dubiel, Niles Trustee Chris Hanusiak and Niles Mayor Andrew Przybylo.

helped prepare its employees for this type of high-stress situation. That’s why she had the presence of mind to peer out the salon’s large windows as Logsdon fled with the money. “When we looked out the salon’s window, we could see a car,” said Pope.“He was parked not even 10 or 20 feet away from the

salon.” She said that looking back, she didn’t know what she was thinking when she stepped outside the salon to try to copy down the license place number of the man who had just robbed her at gunpoint. “You know, she did this, and she didn’t even know about the

reward,” said Niles Police Chief Dean Strzelecki after presenting Pope her award on March 25. “She’s a good kid.” During the height of Logsdon’s spree, the Niles Crime Stoppers offered $1,000 for any information leading to the bandit’s capture. While the reward didn’t play a significant part in this arrest, Strzelecki said that the community should keep in mind that providing anonymous tips via the Niles Crime Stoppers or the Niles police Smartphone app are key to keeping a community safe. Eight hours after Pope gave Chicago police the partial license plate number,authorities were able to bring Logsdon into custody. He admitted to using his girlfriend’s car to go out and rob the salons, using the stolen money to pay for his crack cocaine addiction. Prosecutors said Logsdon chose salons because on average they’re staffed with female employees whom he felt he would have a disadvantage when intimidating them with a BB gun.

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Local man faces homicide charges in fatal hit-and-run After 2-day investigation, police identified McShane, of the 100 Block of North Northwest Highway, as the driver of the SUV in construction, had been drinking with a friend at the The Aberdeen Tap at 440 A Park Ridge N Aberdeen St. Stokowski was also at the bar, but at a man is facing felony different table with friends. charges related to a At some point, the fatal hit-and-run on bartender cut off McShane the Near West Side of COURTESY from ordering drinks Chicago. CHICAGO POLICE because he was too drunk, Chicago police are prosecutors said.As McShane charging Timothy Timothy McShane, 42, was headed to his girlfriend’s McShane with of Park Ridge SUV to leave,prosecutors say reckless homicide, Stokowski went after him to keep aggravated DUI resulting in him from driving while drunk. injury or death, failure to report a “Stokowski leaned into the fatal accident, and two counts of driver’s side window, and McShane driving on a suspended driver’s drove off with him partially in the license. car for three quarters of a block Chicago police allege that 42north, ” prosecutors allege. year old McShane drove the black Eventually, Stokowski fell off the SUV that struck and killed Shane car as it drove away and was taken Stokowski in the 400 block of to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital. North Aberdeen Avenue around Stokowski, 33, of the 1100 block 4:40 p.m. on March 22. That day, McShane, who works of West Belmont Avenue, was By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

pronounced dead at 5:18 p.m. Cranial cerebral injuries sustained from the SUV’s impact were found to be the cause of death, said the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office. Stokowski was employed as a production artist at Emmi Solutions in the Loop, according to his LinkedIn profile. His online obituary says his brother, sister, grandmother and his fiancée survive him. He was planning to

be married later this year. “He enjoyed biking, playing guitar, traveling, basketball and dancing. He was the light of our lives and did not know a stranger,” said the obituary. “He is probably having a dance-off in heaven.” He also was a member of St. Philomena Catholic Church, and he volunteered with the Muscular Dystrophy Association for many years. After a two-day investigation,

police identified McShane, of the 100 Block of North Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, as the driver of the SUV. He was arrested around 10 p.m. on March 24 at his girlfriend’s apartment while “obviously intoxicated,” said the Chicago police report. Cook County Judge Laura Sullivan ordered him held on $350,000 bail during his bond hearing. His next court date is April 11 at 26th and California.



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Vote to expand gas station Police investigate dead liquor licenses unresolved body found in forest Currently, village allows 2 gas stations in Niles to sell liquor to their customers By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

A vote to expand licensing for gas stations that sell liquor was left unresolved at a recent Niles trustee meeting. Currently, the village allows two gas stations in Niles to sell liquor to their customers. The amendment that was presented before trustees March 25 would have removed its “sunset provision” and expanded the maximum number of liquor licenses for gas stations from two to three. “I wasn’t aware this [ordinance had] a trial period,” said Trustee Rosemary Palicki. Village Attorney Joe Annunzio said the reason for the sunset

clause in the original ordinance was that the village wasn’t sure if allowing gas stations to sell liquor would increase crime. He said that since the original ordinance was passed, the village had not seen any rise in crime, so the liquor commissioner decided to extend the current licenses indefinitely. As for increasing the maximum number of gas station liquor licenses from two to three, Annunzio said it was because another gas station had requested one. “I was under the understanding that we would not issue more liquor licenses to gas stations,” said Trustee Chris Hanusiak. To this, Annunzio said the amendment also got rid of a

proviso that a gas station’s liquor license needs to be dissolved when its present owners close or sell the business. “If [the gas station] is sold, the license ceases to exist,” said Annunzio. While the board had a quorum, Trustees George Alpogianis and Joe LoVerde were both absent from the meeting that night. So when Trustees Palicki and Hanusiak both voted against the amendment, it created a tie. Normally, Mayor Andrew Przybylo would have been able to use his vote to break the tie. However because he holds a liquor license as part owner of The White Eagle, Przybylo recused himself from voting. Before anyone could comment on the stalemate, a frustrated Przybylo started reading off the next item on the board’s agenda for that night.

preserve near Rosemont Medical Examiner’s Office said the body was of that 64-yearold Edward Webster By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

A dead body was found in the woods east of Rosemont the morning of March 24. A group of inmates was cleaning the forested area as part of the Sheriff’s Work Alternative Program (SWAP) when they came across the body, said Cook County Sheriff spokesperson Eleni Demertzis. She said inmates found the

body in the 6200 block of River Road, between Higgins Road and Devon Avenue. “They found it at some point mid-morning,” said Demertzis. On March 26, the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office said the body was of that 64-year old Edward Webster. While an autopsy was performed the day after he was found, at press time the office was still trying to determine the cause of death “pending further studies.” Demertzis said that Cook County Sheriff’s police detectives were currently investigating the incident. This is a developing story; check back for updates. ahernandez@buglenewspapers. com


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NTSB investigates CTA train derailment at O’Hare station O’Hare Blue Line station resumed service March 30 By Alex V. Hernandez Staff Reporter

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a Blue Line train derailment at O’Hare airport. An eight-car Chicago Transit Authority train jumped off the tracks and rammed itself up the escalators that lead to the airport around 3 a.m. on March 24. The crash closed the station until the afternoon of March 30, when CTA construction crews finished repairing the damage the train caused. Over 30 people received nonserious injures from the crash. “We’re at the preliminary stages at this investigation,” said Tim Depaepe, a signal specialist with the NTSB the day of the crash. “We’re just securing [the wreckage] because before we let people look at the train we don’t want people to get hurt.” Immediately after the crash, the train was kept at the station as investigators collected data from the debris. While the station was closed, a bus service between Rosemont and O’Hare was in effect. By March 29 CTA construction crews were working around the clock to repair to restore service to O’Hare Blue Line. After the crash, officials from the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 308 said the train’s operator might have fallen asleep at the wheel due to fatigue. The NTSB confirmed this after they conducted a two-hour interview with the train operator. “She told us she dozed off,” said NTSB spokesman Terry Williams. In her recollection of that night, the train operator said she fell asleep while driving the train and woke up when it slammed into the Blue Line station, said Williams. Williams said she had been employed by the CTA for approximately 60 days before the O’Hare crash. He also said she admitted to


The Blue Line train jumped off the tracks and traveled up the escalators at the O’Hare CTA station. NTSB investigators started documenting the rail cars involved on March 25.

falling asleep on a previous trip back in February. In that instance she told investigators she fell asleep and missed a stop. While the train operator’s fatigue was a factor, Williams said the NTSB is also looking into why the rail system’s fail-safes didn’t kick in to stop the train. He said the Blue Line train was traveling at its normal speed of 25 mph when it entered O’Hare. “The [emergency brake] is 41 feet away from the bumper,” said Williams. “We will be looking at how that works and why it did not stop the train.” He said the investigation into the crash could last about a year. However, once investigators are done collecting data from the wreckage the O’Hare station would be turned back to CTA to resume regular operations. A YouTube video allegedly showing the crash was posted the day after the accident in the r/Chicago subreddit. In the video a few men can be heard talking as they watch what appears to be CCTV footage of the O’Hare Blue Line station.

Soon after being posted the original video was deleted by the YouTube account’s owner. However The Bugle was able to make a copy of the file before it was taken down. It can be seen at Since the accident the CTA has been facing a steady stream of lawsuits related to the crash. One of the first ones filed was by Latherow Law Office filed on behalf of 22-year-old passenger Niakesha Thomas. It alleges that her injuries from the crash have left her unable to walk. It further claims the CTA was negligent when the “a reported combination of operator inattention and excessive speed” caused the crash. Corboy & Demetrio filed another suit on behalf of Dalila Jefferson, a 23-year old security guard at O’Hare. The firm claims Jefferson was in the first train car when it jumped the tracks landed on the escalator and received injuries that has left him with severe pain in his neck and back and a broken foot.




Police Blotter


The following items were compiled from the official reports of the Morton Grove, Niles, and Park Ridge Police Departments. Appearing in the police blotter does not constitute a finding of guilt, only a court of law can make that determination.






Unur Luvsangonchig, 38, of the 430 block of S. Hobart, Los Angeles (CA), was arrested March 20 in the 8500 block of Dempster for two counts of DUI.



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Sang H. Kim, 38, of the 1100 block of Perth Dr, Schaumburg, was arrested March 20 in the 6700 block of Touhy for DUI.




Tavares J. Humpries, 28, of the 3300 block of W. Lexington, Chicago, was arrested March 21 in the 8400 block of Dempster for no valid driver’s license.

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John A. St. Clair, 64, of the 1300 block of W. Estes, Chicago, was arrested March 23 in the 5600 block of Touhy for retail theft.

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Antoinette L. Bennett, 24, of the 2100 block of W. Adams, Chicago, was arrested March 19 in the 9000 block of Golf for theft.


William E. Miller, 32, of the 3600 block of Morgan, Steger, was arrested March 24 at the intersection of Milwaukee & Birchwood for driving with a suspended driver’s license.

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Christopher Papanicolaou, 18, of the 5400 block of N. Oak Park, Chicago, was arrested March 17 in the 1100 block of S. Dee for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia.


Samuel Mitchell III, 22, of the 0-100 block N. Cumberland Pkwy., Des Plaines, was arrested March 19 in the 900 block of Northwest Hwy. for driving without a license.


Juan Reyes-Barragan, 52, of the 2400 block of N. Rutherford,Chicago,was arrested March 19 at the intersection of Talcott & Chester for no valid driver’s license and failure to signal.

Antonio Soriano-Torres, 31, of the 8800 block of Root, Niles, was arrested March 19 at the intersection of Meacham & Northwest Hwy. for driving while license revoked and driving without headlights.


Zande, 60, of 11 Richard the 2000 block of Fir St., Glenview, was arrested March 17 at the intersection of Greenwood & Madison for speeding and DUI. Anna Marie Czochara, 34, of 500 block of N. East River Rd., Des Plaines, was arrested March 22 in the 100 block of N. Northwest Hwy. for no valid driver’s license and speeding.


Robert Valdez, 32, of 1900 block of Oakton, Park Ridge, was arrested March 22 at the intersection of Northwest


Hwy. & Oakton for DUI, DUI transporting children under 16, no front registration, possession of drug paraphernalia, and child endangerment. Evancio, 18, of the 14 Jane 1300 block of Grace, Park Ridge, was arrested March 22 at the intersection of Vernon & Weeg Way for possession of cannabis and possession of drug paraphernalia. Mendez, 18, of 100 15 William block of East Ave., Park Ridge, was arrested March 22 in the 2600 block of Dempster for disorderly conduct. 16-year old from Park 16 ARidge was arrested March 24 in the 700 block of Devon for possession of cannabis and curfew.

A 16-year old from Park Ridge was arrested March 24 in the 700 block of Devon for curfew.


A 15-year old from Park Ridge was arrested March 24 in the 700 block of Devon for possession of cannabis and curfew.


Morton Grove Suspect: Dannette Hollimon, 38, of Arlington Heights was arrested March 22 in the 7500 block of Dempster for suspended driver’s license.


Diego Mercado, 20, of Des Plaines was arrested March 22 at the intersection of Dempster & Elmore for


suspended driver’s license. Manuel Mejia, 28, of Niles was arrested March 20 in the 8500 block of Waukegan for possession of cannabis.


Armando Aguirre, 22, of Bensenville was arrested March 23 at the intersection of Dempster & Menard for possession of cannabis.


Patrick McDonough, 18, of Chicago was arrested March 24 in the 8700 block of Fernald for possession of cannabis.


Dezmond Lookis, 26, of Highland Park was arrested March 23 in the 8700 block of Fernald for possession of a controlled substance (9 grams of Cannabis and 26 Hydrocodone pills)


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How to tell you’re in Niles When my oldest was learning government manages those to drive, he startled me by simple, boring, yet critical saying, “I know even with my things. eyes closed when I arrive in We had some friends visiting Niles.” I immediately told him over the winter for a getnever to drive with his eyes together. It was during the closed. worst of the snowfalls, and We were on Milwaukee several canceled. They couldn’t leaving Chicago get out of their garages or and heading into the alley. Others arrived Niles. His point was and remarked at how clear that Niles’ streets Niles’ streets were. were different. Even the sidewalks were They were smooth, clear. Where do you think pot hole-free, and they’re from? Chicago. we l l - m a i n t a i n e d . Chicago’s been a failed city My second child is another PersPectIVe for a long time. morgaN DubIeL learning to drive Long ago, it abandoned and noted the very same thing. the alleys (do you remember We have government at the when they used to plow the local level to manage those alleys?) and side streets for things that are “community snow control. property,” those things that I don’t know why the voters cannot be privately owned and take it. They’ve paid for that that we have a shared ownership service, along for pot hole-free and responsibility for. roads. Streets and sidewalks are two It’s like ordering dinner and perfect examples. My personal letting the restaurant serve Law of Bad Government is it to someone else. It’s a form to look at how well a local of stealing or cheating the

My personal Law of Bad government is to look at how well a local government manages those simple, boring, yet critical things. customer. Where does all that money go? Not to neighborhoods or the streets people need to transit through. The sidewalks are another story. The Village doesn’t clear the sidewalks, the people do. Why is that? Why is it that nearly every Niles residential block has snow cleared? W e know that commercial establishments clear their snow because they need money, and if customers cannot get across snow and ice, they cannot get paid. >> see nILes | page 17


Autism Awareness Day highlights abilities of people with Autism, intellectual disabilities bombarding me. “I can’t function without doing this, but I am repeatedly teased for this.” Today, April 2, Similar to Breanna, people we celebrate World often don’t see me as having Autism Awareness a disability. I was diagnosed Day. with a severe language sPecIaL VoIces This is a day to DaNIeL disorder and learning educate and bring smrokoWskI disabilities when I was born. awareness to our All this means is it takes me communities about how it feels longer to process information and to be someone with autism get words out. Many times this or other types of intellectual is really frustrating— especially when hanging out with friends. disabilities. This past week, nervous and My friend, Breanna Bogucki, with shaking hands, I showed was diagnosed with a form of my mom’s co-worker a photo autism-PDD-NOS and obsessiveof me with my friends, Jack and compulsive disorder. Breanna, during a recent Special “We don’t always look like we Olympics Global Messenger have a disability, and people think training. we are weird,” Breanna wrote on Jack is the youngest Global her Facebook page. “I rock my Messenger for Special Olympics head from side to side. It helps Illinois and is currently featured me process the information that is trying to get through my brain. in the Toys R’ Us advertisements This also calms me, so I can block for the 2014 Special Olympics out the outside stimuli that is USA Games. By Daniel Smrokowski @podmandan


Breanna Bogucki, 16, of Cary, Ill., stands smiling with her phone in hand, as she takes a “selfie” with me in the basement of Misericordia on the North Side of Chicago.

Breanna won first place in the Special Talents America competition in November 2012. Her prize was to record >> see awareness | page 8



>> awareness, from page 7

opportunity that she receives— from performing in front of an inspiring song, “I Was Born her fellow athletes at the Yesterday,” written especially Special Olympics Illinois 2013 for her by singer/songwriter Summer Games to special needs Jim Peterik, (Ides of March and fundraising events. Survivor) and Lisa McClowry, Beginning June 14,Breanna will a singer/songwriter and be competing with the Northern international Illinois Special vocalist of Breanna is embracing R e c r e a t i o n the year every opportunity that team in artistic nominee. You gymnastics at she receives— from can purchase the Summer performing in front of this song on Games in her fellow athletes at iTunes, Amazon, Normal, Ill. As CDBaby or she competes, the Special Olympics Spotify. I’ll also be Illinois 2013 Summer I talked to competing in Games to special my mom’s coaquatics, with needs fundraising worker because the Southeast events. it is vital that Association for Special Parks all of us with and Recreation (SEASPAR) team. special needs have our voices heard. People need to include Soon after she and her family and accept us. Employers need will head to New Jersey where to hire us for jobs. If they do not, Breanna will sing during the USA then they are missing out on the Games for Special Olympics.   value we bring to humanity. If you have questions about Daniel Smrokowski is an Athlete autism, just ask Breanna. Just like and Global Messenger (speaker) with Special Olympics Illinois on many of you who are active on the Southeast Association for Special Facebook and social media,  all Parks and Recreation (SEASPAR) of us with special needs are too. team. He is also the Founder and CEO Ask her any questions on her of Special Chronicles Nonprofit New Special Chronicles webpage, Media Company, a pioneering network that gives respect and voice to people S p e c i a l C h r o n i c l e s . c o m / with special needs. Come Join us at: BreannaAlyssa  Breanna is embracing every

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Niles Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Katie Schneider introducing the “Bud to Bouquet” art parade at the March 25 village board meeting. Next to her is one of the 35 Niles Roses the chamber is inviting artists to customize.

Night of Roses blossoms with public art, involvement Niles Rose is a custom designed piece made specifically for the village The Niles Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce a new addition to the popular Night of Roses annual event honoring local heroes. This year to celebrate our unique community and showcase more local talent we are launching a “Bud to Bouquet” art parade. “We want to showcase our local, artistic talent and give a platform for visitors, residents and shoppers to enjoy free art throughout town”says Executive Director Katie Schneider, “we strongly encourage creativity and originality.” We welcome any artist to submit designs for one of 35 custom designed Niles

Roses, made of fiberglass and approximately 36” x 24” it’s a single vase and blooming single rose. The Niles Rose is a custom designed piece made specifically for our town. Approved designs will be connected with a business sponsor. Once a design has been matched with a business sponsor artists will have seven weeks to complete their art. Artists may paint, sculpt and transform the object. Artists may add to the basic form, but cannot compromise the structural integrity. Artist Criteria and Application is now available at www.; submissions are due April 11, 2014. Niles Roses will be out on display in local businesses from July – October for people to visit and see the talented designs

“We want to showcase our local, artistic talent and give a platform for visitors, residents and shoppers to enjoy free art throughout town” says Executive Director Katie Schneider, “we strongly encourage creativity and originality.” out artists have created. The Niles Night of Roses – A Tribute to Home Grown Success will now be held on Saturday, November 15, 2014 at the White Eagle and continue to honor local businesses, volunteers, citizens and heroes. Custom designed Niles Roses will be auctioned off at the event.

Take 5 Crossword Puzzle

Across 1 Piece of fruit? 8 Time capsule ceremonies 15 Barhopping 16 Awkward at gatherings, say 17 Big oaf 18 “I need an answer now!” 19 __-Locka, Florida 20 Shortens again, as a board 22 Medieval fight club? 23 Move, briefly 25 Frozen Four org. 26 Pequod coowner 27 Give up a seat 29 Pianist Schnabel 31 Ivy League nickname 32 Wild West 34 Prefix with -syllabic 35 NBAer Artest who changed his name to Metta World Peace 36 Youngest male

Down tennis player to be No. 1 in the ATP Rankings 40 Guy 41 Short remnant 42 Cagy 43 Battle of Shiloh monogram 44 Erect 46 Bollywood garments 50 Bedroom label 52 Some brothers 54 Having a single channel 55 NYC train, familiarly 56 Historic events 58 16th-century date 59 Certain tie 61 “Now, listen ...” 63 As good as it gets 64 All-purpose 65 Covent Garden locale 66 Fuddy-duddy

1 Deep sleeps 2 Hot under the collar 3 Syllables sometimes said with one’s fingers in one’s ears 4 1940s arena: Abbr. 5 Queen who is also a humanitarian activist 6 Keepsake 7 Mississippi source 8 Show known for its slow-motion shots 9 Capitalizes on 10 Sigur __: ethereal Icelandic band 11 “Where __ from ...” 12 Wartime signal 13 Loyal friend of Gawain 14 Alabama Slammer ingredient 21 Duel personality? 24 Words someone 15-Across loves to hear

26 Hunts 28 Mani-pedi spot 30 Rugged vehicles 33 Incredulous accusation 36 Stop looking for a rescue plane 37 Recliner features 38 Where most hits wind up 39 Start of Popeye’s credo 40 Seconds ago 45 Turn a corner, in a game 47 The Joker portrayer 48 Like comic Eddie Izzard, at times 49 Alone 51 Unspoken 53 Symbol of strength 56 “Happily Divorced” actress Drescher 57 Cellphone button 60 Cockney abode 62 Mag mogul


Horoscopes Today’s New Moon falls in your sign and indicates the start of several weeks during which you’re more cognizant of what’s really important to you and brings happiness. Do what gives you joy to be successful.

Resistance to change is futile. You tend to hold onto the old as long as it’s viable and only reach out for the new when it’s inevitable. You have a tendency to spend freely in the upcoming week, but it’s all for fun.

Some changes are for the better. New acquaintances might sweep into your life like a breath of fresh air and alter your perceptions in the week ahead. As part of the global community everyone you meet is related in some way.

The proof is in the pudding. Major changes may bring the prospect of big rewards in the week ahead, but could cause unexpected consequences, too. Ensure that the results of a desired change are worth the trouble.

Tense circumstances require tender loving care. The week ahead might present several challenging situations. Keep your cool and don’t go off halfcocked. The new lunar cycle might offer a chance to entertain unusual ideas.

Train an educated eye on ways to increase your net worth. Finances might be affected by social or government changes in the week ahead. As things break down, you might be able to pick up the leavings.

Gridlock might lock you out. The New Moon falls in your solar house of partnerships, so relationships might be of interest during the next several weeks. Tensions that begin to build now might last several weeks.

Deal with little criticisms or mistakes that crop up before beginning something new. A wave of enthusiasm might tempt you to make large expenditures, but this is not a good week to initiate major purchases or changes.

Starting something new this week might seem like an uphill climb. It’s a far better idea to contend with existing situations and keep your money in your pocket. Be prepared for unexpected bills or cash outlays.

A bad case of media frenzy might grab your attention in the week ahead. Move forward with business as usual and don’t get caught up in political situations. Avoid starting key projects or making crucial decisions.

Affection, not perfection, matters. In the week to come, you’re better off working side by side with others than trying to go it alone. When you notice someone’s faults, remember that nobody is perfect.

Focus on your future in the week ahead. Take a vacation from mass production by eating more food that grows naturally on fewer highly processed products. Grow healthy, wealthy and wise.



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INSIDE: Cold weather affecting teams in the diamond, page 14; Niles West softball opens season in Tennessee, page 15



Sargeant first team all-area, O’Mara POY By Scott Taylor Sports Editor

Last year Benet’s Sean O’Mara was a first team Voyager Media Publications All-Area selection in helping the Redwings advance to a sectional final. This year he took his game to the next level. The 6-foot, 9-inch senior averaged 23 points and 13 rebounds and shot better than 60 percent from the field for Benet. For his accomplishments, O’Mara has been named the 2014 Voyager Media Publications Boys Basketball Player of the Year. “I’ve been working all summer and on our off days,” O’Mara said.“I’ve been trying to get away from my junior habit. I watched a lot of film on myself and I would step and fade away and take jumpers. I’m 6-9, I shouldn’t be taking jumpers, especially when I can get to the bucket like I can. That has been the focus for me this year.” “He has great feet and great hands and he really understands how to play,” Benet coach Gene Heidcamp said. “He has really been a dominant player on the high school level. His game has improved every year, but this year he has been dominant from his ability to score and pass the ball.” O’Mara showed solid athleticism throughout the year, running the court well for a fast-paced offense. “My teammates do a great job of pushing the ball up the floor and getting the ball to me,” O’Mara said. “I have to make it count and take it strong to the hoop. It is nice to increase your shot percentage when you are dunking the ball.” “Offensively he has had an

unbelievable y e a r , ” Heidcamp said. “He is shooing in the 60 percent and he just a dominant low post player. Not only scoring but also his ability to draw attention and pass out of it and free up our shooters makes us difficult to defend. “He is very unselfish. He is not just a big kid. He is a big kid with a skill set and understands how to play. He has good hands and good feet and add unselfish to that and that makes a really good player.” He is continuing his playing career at Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH, where he signed to play at earlier this year. “It was phenomenal,” O’Mara said of signing with the Musketeers.“It was a great day in my memory. It’s hard to explain. The process is kind of draining and you build relationships with a lot of people. Being able to sign with Xavier helped me to focus on this season and to go as far as we can.” O’Mara’s hard work has paid off so far, and now he hopes it pays off at the next level. “It is great to have the opportunity to play at the next level,” O’Mara said.“It helps with all the hard work I’ve put in and my coaches and teammates have put in with me at practice. You can’t take it for granted, you have to keep working. You have to prepare yourself for the next level as well. I’m working on things you might not see at the games, but hopefully you will see it next year.” >> see ALL-AREA | page 12

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Maine South’s George Sargeant is a first team all-area selection.



>> ALL-AREA, FROM PAGE 11 The rest of the Voyager Media Publications All-Area first team are:

AARON JORDAN A verbal commit to the University of Illinois, Jordan led Plainfield East with 18.8 points and 4.2 rebounds. The junior also shot 84 percent from the foul line, made 43 steals and 59 three pointers. “When teams scout us, they realize they have to limit him as much as possible,” Plainfield East coach Branden Adkins said. “In the offseason he needs to keep getting stronger

and become a more dynamic player. He can take guys off the dribble and has the pull-up jumper. He is close to eclipse the 1,000-point mark. He did a lot of great things for us this year.”

PRENTISS NIXON J u n i o r g u a r d averaged 17 points, three rebounds and three assists for Bolingbrook. “Prentiss is known for his scoring, but he brings so much more to the table,” Bolingbrook coach Rob Brost said. “He defends well, can handle it, his motor never stops, and he is coachable. The best part is that I know he will continue to

Sports work extremely hard to take his game to an even higher level. He has 10-12 D-I scholarship offers.”

GEORGE SARGEANT The 6-7 junior, who’s also a wide receiver for the Maine South football team, has become one of the area’s top big men this season. He led the Hawks in both scoring (17.1 points per game) and rebounding (6.9) this winter. “He’s kind of taken that role where we’ve always have that post player who’s dominant,” Maine South coach Tony Lavorato said. “He’s really talented and he’s still scratching the surface. He’s got a huge upside.”

TREVOR STUMPE T h e Plainfield North junior filled the stat sheet for the Tigers this year. He averaged 23.3 points, six rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.9 steals and .83 blocks per game. “Trevor is a player that does everything for our team,” Plainfield North coach Robert Krahulik said. “He led us in every statistic except assists. He had several big games that he kept us in games or took over the game for us. He is a player that can go either way on the drive, and is a great finisher with his left hand. He also is a great shooter who is able to create his own shots.Trevor got better defensively as the season went on.”

Second team JONAH COBLE J o l i e t C e n t r a l senior was the leading scorer for the Steelmen posting 14.9 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. “Jonah has been a three year varsity starter who has been a staple of the program and what we have been trying to accomplish,” said Central coach Jeff Corcoran. “He has been known as a scorer that can get to the basket and finish or knock down the three. He has grown as a player at both ends

of the floor for us and been a leader for us in his time at Central.”

GAGE DAVIS Bolingbrook senior guard averaged 14 points, four rebounds and two assists for the Raiders. He has committed to Division-I IPFW. “Gage provided an offensive punch for us throughout the year,” Brost said. “He can score in bunches, shoots it with range and can finish around the rim. Gage has come a long way as a person, a student and as a player.  I am fortunate to have coached him and wish him the best at IPFW.”

JALEN JACKSON One of four starting sophomores for Joliet Catholic A c a d e m y, J a c k s o n averaged 14.7 points, 2.1 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. He shot 48 percent from the field and 40 percent from three-point range, helping the Hilltoppers to a Class 3A Sweet 16 berth. “Even though every team we play keys on Jalen he always comes through with a solid performance and that’s remarkable for a sophomore,” said JCA coach Joe Gura.

JOE MOONEY The Notre Dame junior helped fill a leadership vacuum after the Dons lost their entire 201213 starting lineup to graduation, including Mooney’s older brother, Matt. But he did a lot more than just provide leadership. Mooney emerged as one of the top players in the ESCC, averaging 18 points, four rebounds and three assists per game in his first varsity season. “I had no one that started a varsity basketball game (going into this season),” Notre Dame coach Tom Les said. “Joe has

kind of settled us in. “He’s been the leader. He’s been the guy (whom) we’ve put the ball in his hands when it’s crunch time.”

LOGAN VELASQUEZ T h e Plainfield Central senior posted 14.9 points and 10 rebounds per game. He also set the school’s c a r e e r rebounding record, finishing his career with 622. He also shot 54 percent from the floor on the year. “He is just a basketball player and I’m proud of him,” Plainfield Central coach Steve Lamberti said. “The amazing thing about it was that it was really in just two years. His sophomore year he had 75 rebounds. He works so hard and is such a nice kid. When it is all said and done, to be one of the best basketball players in school history, we are proud of him for that.”

Third team GROVER ANDERSON Do-it-all senior led Lockport in nearly every major c a t e g o r y. He averaged 13.4 points per game, while leading the Porters in assists (92), steals (53) and blocked shots (17). He was also second on the team with 130 total rebounds. “Grover Anderson did an outstanding job in accepting whatever role the team needed from him on each night. He was team player on both ends of the floor,” said Lockport coach Lawrence Thompson, Jr. “Individually he improved his offense to lead us in assists and scoring. He did that with, on most nights, guarding the opposing teams best perimeter player. His attitude toward being the best teammate he could be meant a lot to our team this year.”

DEVIN BLAKE Sophomore standout for Downers North averaged >> see ALL-AREA | page 13

Sports >> ALL-AREA, FROM PAGE 12 13 points and eight rebounds per game, while shooting 50 percent from the field. “Devin is considered one of the top sophomores in the area,” Downers North coach Jim Thomas said. “He led our team in both points and rebounds. His passion for the game will propel him this offseason for a great 2014/15 season.”

PAUL ENGO III T h e senior from Downers S o u t h averaged 14.8 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He also had 36 steals and made 47 threepointers. “Paul Engo III’s outside shooting and defense was huge for our team this season,” Downers South coach Kristopher Olson said. “He started every game and we barely ever took him off the court. Paul probably was our most improved player from the time he was a freshmen until his senior year. “When Paul entered high school, he was on our freshmen B team and was not an outside threat. Paul’s all round game was very important to us this year.”

ANDREW PALUCKI The senior is a threeyear varsity player and two-year starter at Maine South who’s been part of three regional title teams. Palucki does a little bit of everything for the Hawks, with averages of 12.2 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a team-best 1.6 steals per game. “He’s grown up a lot this year,” Maine South coach Tony Lavorato said. “He’s taken a leadership role and he’s really kind of the heart and soul of our team.”

DANNY SPINUZZA Spinuzza tallied 14.1 points and 3.7 rebounds per game for Downers South. He contr ibuted 68 assists, 40 steals and 39 three-pointers. “Danny Spinuzza was a threeyear varsity starter,” Downers South coach Kristopher Olson said.“Danny started every game and we only took him out when he was in foul trouble. Danny was our floor general and he set our offense up. Danny also made the big shot when necessary. He was our best ball handler and we had no back up for him.”

Fourth team JOHN CAMPBELL Campbell averaged 12.9 points per game and paced Lockport with 194 rebounds. He was also second in steals (48) and blocks (13). “John Campbell improved his overall game this year stepping up to lead our team in rebounding and second to Grover in scoring,” Thompson said. “John was the pulse of the Porters this season, he played with great passion and love for the game. John’s hard work and passionate play help us compete at a high level this season and I think that meant a lot to the Porters this season to know that every night he was going to give it all for Lockport.”

ANTONIO DYSON S e n i o r rejoined Joliet Central after moving back from Kentucky and led the Steelmen in rebounds with 7.4 per game, while being the No. 2 scorer on the team with 10.2 points per game. “Antonio Dyson is a long, athletic wing player who helped us tremendously at both ends of the floor,” Corcoran said. “He was able to block shots,

rebound, run the floor, finish at the rim and defend players that are smaller than him. He is also a good shooter that can score in bunches.”

ROMEO MAGLIORE A senior, Magliore averaged nearly 12 points per contest for Niles West this year and led the club in rebounding (4.6 per game), field-goal percentage (53.4 percent), three-point shooting percentage (36.4) and steals (47). “Every game this year, he’s been a great leader for us,” Niles West coach Bob Williams said. “He’s kind of one of those renaissance men. Whatever needs to be done he does it.”

COLLIN PELLETTIERI S e n i o r averages 11 points and 3.8 assists per game for Benet Academy along with hitting a team-high 83 three-point field goals. “He has been our best threepoint shooter,” Heidkamp said. “He has 83 made threes and that is a really high number and not easy to do. He adds another dimension, not only as a shooter, but as a point guard. His game has evolved and he handles pressure well and gets us into our sets. He has also improved defensively.”

MILES SNOWDEN Plainfield South senior averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and three blocks per game. He had a school record with 20 rebounds in one game. “Miles has a very high basketball IQ,” Plainfield South coach Tim Boe said. “He is a great all-around player that can block shots, rebound, pass, and score in the paint.” Mark Gregory and Mike Sandrolini contributed






Mother Nature causing havoc on the diamond Last spring, local baseball and softball teams had to deal with an excess amount of rainfall that washed out countless games, many of which were not made up. Illinois Baseball Association Hall of Fame coach Garry Gustafson of Niles West summed up 2013 this way: “I thought it (last year) was the worst,” he said.“With the weather we lost 12 games.” Well, Mother Nature has thrown teams another change-up. The calendar may have officially turned to spring, but Old Man Winter is not going quietly. While the record snowfall has since melted, the harsh winter, combined with below normal temps throughout March, have done a number on baseball and softball diamonds. The grass won’t be turning green anytime soon because fields are still basically frozen. Gustafson and Maine South coach Bill Milano report that their teams’respective fields have frost depths anywhere between 2-3 feet. According to the Illinois State Climatologist website, the daily minimum four-inch soil temperature (Fahrenheit) under the grass in the Chicago area was 23.9 degrees going into March. Through midweek last week, Milano said there was still snow and ice on the outfield warning track at Maine South. That snow and ice is likely gone as temperatures were expected to reach the mid-to-upper 50s and low 60s through a three-day stretch into Tuesday. However, as Milano points out, “The thaw hasn’t happened yet.” “We’ll be lucky to get on it (the field) in a week,” he said. “In 25 years I can’t remember not starting because of frost. It’s going to be a while.” Gustafson said “it’s not any easy thing, without a doubt.” “Niles West has a great grounds crew,” he said. “I watch the weather religiously. We’re in a better situation than lot of high school teams because our field bounces back better than others, but right now we’re waiting for the frost to come out of the ground.They don’t even want us on the grass until the frost comes up. It’s been a tough start. It’s

been a tough winter and we’ve been feeling the effects of it.” Needless to say, the first couple weeks of the schedule have been all but wiped out for most teams. Last week, Maine South was scheduled to play games on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Each of those contests were cancelled. Baseball and softball teams have been practicing and preparing as best they can, but nearly all of their work has been limited to indoors. Niles West softball coach Nicole Reynolds said the school’s field house has a lot of room in it, and the team has been over to Frozen Ropes Training Center, an indoor baseball-softball facility off of Touhy in Chicago. But it’s obviously not the same. “There’s only so much you can do indoors,” she said. “You try to be smart with it.” Taking fly balls, of course, is something teams can’t do inside, and taking ground balls indoors isn’t like taking them outside, where field conditions come into play. “It’s not easy to practice inside and get the kids ready to play,” Gustafson said. “We’ve been on the football field once (Niles West’s football field has an allweather turf).” “We have been outside, but it’s been limited,” said Maine East softball coach Emiliano Hernandez. “Yes, it’s frustrating because these games (that have been cancelled) are important so we can learn about our team to get ready for conference play.” New Resurrection softball coach Fred Angelini, who’s from Park Ridge, said, “We are dealing with indoor practice and trying to simulate game situations.” But he added,“We are anxious to get started (outside).” Yet two squads in particular— the Wolves’ softball team and Notre Dame’s baseball team— did not have to cancel games right off the bat. Niles West, for example, traveled to Murphysboro, Tenn. last week to take part in the Lady Warrior Classic against four teams from Tennessee and one from Alabama. The Dons’ home field is on the Notre Dame campus and is not yet in condition to play games, but Notre Dame’s first three scheduled contests of the year were played at the Wheeling Park District’s new athletic complex at Heritage Park, which features four new baseball and softball

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Pat Dillon and Notre Dame opened their season indoors at the Wheeling Park District’s athletic complex.

fields complete with all-weather turf. “Fortunately with a facility like this we were able to get here and play here all week and don’t have to worry about any maintenance, so it’s kind of a blessing,” said Notre Dame coach Nelson Gord. “We actually came

out here and scrimmaged on Monday (March 24). We’ve been outside a little bit here and there. We have turf on our football field at school, but they’re just excited to come out and play.” Meanwhile, teams that haven’t been able to go south or play on an artificial surface have to wait

for the weather to break … and to give them a break. “With each passing day, like everyone else, we’re hoping for good weather and to get things started,” Gustafson said. “We’re just hoping to get started and get the engines started.”




Wolves’ softball team opens season in Tennessee By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

and an RBI against Clarksville.

Niles West’s softball team started its season last week in Murphysboro, Tenn., competing in the Lady Warrior Classic. The Wolves, who played four teams from Tennessee and one from Alabama, unfortunately lost all five games and were shut out in three of the five—12-0 to Oakland, 10-0 to Munford and 9-0 to Riverdale. They also were upended 10-1 by Clarksville. All four of these squads are from Tennessee. The Wolves were competitive against the entry from Alabama, Decatur Heritage Christian Academy, but dropped that matchup, 13-7. Atorena Michael had two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, and Tatiyana Rodriguez added two hits.Alyssa Falcone doubled and drove in a run, and Payton Genis had an RBI single. Shannon McHugh hit a double in the loss to Munford, while Kacie Simkins had a hit

Notre Dame started its season on time, thanks to playing two games at Heritage Park in Wheeling, whose baseball diamond has allweather turf. The Dons dropped their season-opener 7-5 to Evanston on March 26, and succumbed to New Trier, 3-1, March 28. Notre Dame did battle back from a 6-1 deficit vs. Evanston, but came up short. Tommy Norton went 3-for-3 with an RBI and two stolen bases. Brandon Maize’s double was the Dons’ only extra base hit. Sam Ferri, Mike Ferri and Shaun Polakow each had RBIs. Pitching-wise, Nick Wasilyw tossed two scoreless innings. Notre Dame did outhit New Trier but that didn’t translate into runs. Norton doubled and singled and drove in the Dons’ lone run. Matt Segovia also tripled.




Maine East notched two victories last week—25-17, 2515 over Fenton on March 27 and 25-22, 27-25 over Leyden on March 25. Lerin Matthews and Matt Ziejewski posted eight and seven kills, respectively, for Maine East vs. Fenton. Matthews and Joe Swoboda each had seven kills against Leyden, while Leonard David added 19 assists. Niles West downed Maine West in a CSL crossover match on March 27, 25-17, 25-14. Zach Gelfand and Eli Gelfand combined for 10 kills, and Jordan Moy totaled 15 assists.


Maine South’s Makai DeNeveArnam netted a hat trick as the Hawks pounded Deerfield, 166, in a CSL crossover game on March 25. Nick Schnaufer, Jimmy Connelly and Jason Pinsky each scored twice; Dillon Buschmann, Matt Cacciatore, Jimmy Gardiner, Ernest Mato, Andrew Schmidt and Ben Tatlock also added goals. Maine East was an 11-7 winner over St. Charles on March 25. Ricky Pokorski found the back of the net five times for the Demons, and Mateo Kozomara scored four goals. Julio Montiel and Tyler Vonderheide collected one goal apiece.

Maine South won its third game of the year with a 4-0 shutout of Riverside-Brookfield on March 27. Emily O’Grady picked up the shutout in goal, while Claudia Wine Kate Thursby, Cassidy Gooding and Bridget Whitney each scored goals.

Maine South took the team title at its recent five-team Hawk Invitational with 27.1 points. No. 3 singles player, Lisa Mak, and the No. 1 doubles team of Brittany Lung and Mattie Schmit each took first while going undefeated. Bonnie Schultz was


the champion at No. 2 singles, and the No. 4 doubles team of Chloe Byrniarski and Danielle Gomez won an invite title, as well. Sandra Kroschel finished runner-up at No. 4 singles. The No. 2 doubles team of Ashlee Kossifologos and Abbey McAleer, along with the No. 3 doubles team of Jana Durekop and Paula Kossifologos, each placed second.

BOYS GYMNASTICS Maine South competed in the recent Leyden Invitation, which featured 15 teams. Nico Mikhail participated in the all-around, with his top finish being a fourth on vault (9.0). NilesWest was at the Naperville North Invitational, held recently, and placed second out of six teams. Harris Khan finished first on the floor exercise and bar, while Paul Dugo (vault), Ryan Tang (pommel horse) and David Thai (rings) each secured thirdplace finishes.




BOYS BBALL Points Per Game Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Sean O’Mara, Benet Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Joe Mooney, Notre Dame George Sargeant, Maine South Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Paul Engo, III, Downers South Jalen Jackson, JCA Danny Spinuzza, Downers South Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Grover Anderson, Lockport Evan Hines, Niles West John Campbell, Lockport Devin Blake, Downers North Corey Evers, Plainfield South Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Andrew Palucki, Maine South Romeo Magliore, Niles West Kelly, Westmont Jake Nowak, Plainfield North Miles Snowden, Plainfield South Little, Westmont Collin Pellettieri, Benet Allias Roberts-Burnett, Joliet West Kevin Krieger, Plainfield North Jake Smith, Minooka Shane Murray, Lisle Calvin Brooks, Plainfield South Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Antonio Dyson, Joliet Central Kenny Williams, Bolingbrook Shane Ritter, Plainfield South Jacob Buchner, Plainfield South Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Robbie Brooks, Plainfield Central Jeremy Glavanovits, Lisle Nick Novak, Plainfield East Jojo Rios, Niles West Joe Butler, Minooka Myles Farley, Downers North Ray Greco, Downers North Adam Alexander, Minooka Mike Ruwoldt, Joliet West Jon Arenas, Maine South D’Anthony Wright, Joliet West Logiurato, Westmont Rebounds Per Game Sean O’Mara, Benet Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Jeremy Glavanovits, Lisle Devin Blake, Downers North John Campbell, Lockport Antonio Dyson, Joliet Central Zach Trussell, Lisle Miles Snowden, Plainfield South George Sargeant, Maine South Shane Murray, Lisle Joe Butler, Minooka Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Kenny Williams, Bolingbrook Shakur Triplett, Bolingbrook Kelly, Westmont Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Josh Smith, Plainfield East Calvin Brooks, Plainfield South Josh Dillingham, Bolingbrook Kevin Krieger, Plainfield North

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Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Brad Hund, Plainfield Central Jeff Washington, Joliet West Assists Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Collin Pellettieri, Benet Grover Anderson, Lockport Andrew Palucki, Maine South Logiurato, Westmont Myles Ward, Plainfield East Sean Maloney, Maine South Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Joe Mooney, Notre Dame Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Little, Westmont Ralph Blakney, Lockport Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North Danny Spinuzza, Downers South Dwight Watkins, Plainfield Central Nick Novak, Plainfield East Jalen Jackson, JCA Jon Arenas, Maine South Jake Pedrelli, Maine South Jonny Butler, Minooka Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Corey Evers, Plainfield South Kelly, Westmont CJ Redmond, Bolingbrook Tim Doll, Westmont Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East John Campbell, Lockport Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Jared Whitacre, Downers North Joe Butler, Minooka Neal Tyrell, Minooka Deiondre Taylor, Lockport Jojo Rios, Niles West Isaiah Webster, Plainfield North D’Anthony Wright, Joliet West Allias Roberts-Burnett, Joliet West Steals Grover Anderson, Lockport Corey Evers, Plainfield South Trevor Stumpe, Plainfield North John Campbell, Lockport Romeo Magliore, Niles West Dwight Watkins, Plainfield Central Andrew Palucki, Maine South Logiurato, Westmont Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Jon Arenas, Maine South Danny Spinuzza, Downers South Ralph Blakney, Lockport Paul Engo, III, Downers South Nick Novak, Plainfield East Myles Ward, Plainfield East Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Little, Westmont Jonny Butler, Minooka Neal Tyrell, Minooka D’Anthony Wright, Joliet West Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Kelly, Westmont George Sargeant, Maine South Joe Butler, Minooka Deiondre Taylor, Lockport Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Jojo Rios, Niles West Tim Doll, Westmont

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Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Sean Maloney, Maine South CJ Redmond, Bolingbrook Jake Pedrelli, Maine South Josh Smith, Plainfield East Mike Ruwoldt, Joliet West Field Goal % Tristin Esker, Plainfield East Shane Murray, Lisle George Sargeant, Maine South Julian Torres, Bolingbrook Greg Pietrzak, Westmont Shakur Triplett, Bolingbrook Davis Neilands, Maine South Tristin Esker, Plainfield East Kenny Williams, Bolingbrook Jake Pedrelli, Maine South Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central Matt Hund, Plainfield Central Romeo Magliore, Niles West Adam Alexander, Minooka Mark Geers, Minooka Jon Arenas, Maine South Ray Greco, Downers North Bowen Marks, Downers North Antonio Dyson, Joliet Central Justin Windt, Plainfield Central Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Josh Dillingham, Bolingbrook Odi Audisho, Niles West Devin Blake, Downers North Jordan Reed, Plainfield East Free Throw % Caleb deMarigny, Maine South George Sargeant, Maine South Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Mike Ruwoldt, Joliet West Odi Audisho, Niles West Andrew Palucki, Maine South Matt Hund, Plainfield Central Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Grover Anderson, Lockport Connor Bielat, Lisle Allias Roberts-Burnett, Joliet West Romeo Magliore, Niles West Cappel, Minooka Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Brodric Thomas, Bolingbrook Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Ralph Blakney, Lockport Torrens, Westmont Myles Farley, Downers North Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Neal Tyrell, Minooka 3-pointers Collin Pellettieri, Benet Aaron Jordan, Plainfield East Evan Hines, Niles West Paul Engo, III, Downers South Nick Novak, Plainfield East Jalen Jackson, JCA Danny Spinuzza, Downers South Ray Greco, Downers North Prentiss Nixon, Bolingbrook Dwight Watkins, Plainfield Central Jojo Rios, Niles West Ahmad Gibson, Niles West Caleb deMarigny, Maine South Johnny Kostelz, Plainfield Central Andrew Palucki, Maine South

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Shane Ritter, Plainfield South Mike Ruwoldt, Joliet West Jonah Coble, Joliet Central Devin Blake, Downers North Romeo Magliore, Niles West Gage Davis, Bolingbrook Neal Tyrell, Minooka Sean Maloney, Maine South Logan Velasquez, Plainfield Central GIRLS BBALL Points Per Game Jasmine Lumpkin, JCA Jaida Green, Downers North Aysia Bugg, Bolingbrook Emily Schramek, Benet Erin Heide, Minooka Emily Eshoo, Benet Nicole Ekhomu, JCA Jordan Heberg, Plainfield North Sarah Costello, Downers North Tyler Everett, Plainfield South Kelly Carnagio, Minooka Lexi Marin, Romeoville Peyton Winters, Downers North Hailey Schoenman, Maine South Shaylee Sloan, Maine East Chavon Banks, Joliet Central Kathleen Doyle, Benet Monica Barefield, Joliet West Kate Moriarty, Resurrection Elanta Slowik, Maine East Claire Hardy, Downers South Brooklyn Bachmann, Minooka Ryaen Johnson, Bolingbrook Taylor Farrell, Resurrection Valencia Chandler, Joliet West Chantell Mack, Joliet Central Destiny Hollins, Lockport Cherish Smith, Romeoville Nina Anderson, Maine South Naomi Mays, Lockport Rebounds Per Game Chavon Banks, Joliet Central Sarah Costello, Downers North Jasmine Lumpkin, JCA Chantell Mack, Joliet Central Claire Hardy, Downers South Shaylee Sloan, Maine East Cherish Smith, Romeoville Hailey Schoenman, Maine South Maria Protic, Maine East Peyton Winters, Downers North Kate Moriarty, Resurrection Kelly Carnagio, Minooka Ryaen Johnson, Bolingbrook Valencia Chandler, Joliet West Jacqui Eubanks, Plainfield South Ty Battle, JCA Sydney Arlis, Minooka Nina Anderson, Maine South Kyla Creal, Lockport Jenae Rowe, Joliet West Ally Fink, Plainfield South Rachel Sutphin, Plainfield South Adriana Acosta, JCA Assists Sarah Costello, Downers North Jaida Green, Downers North Brooklyn Bachmann, Minooka Nicole Ekhomu, JCA Bre Sobotka, Resurrection

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Organize your bedroom for a good night’s sleep

If your bedroom is anything but restful, consider spending some time de-cluttering Is your bedroom pare down what you calm and serene, a don’t or won’t wear. place where you can Be realistic. relax and get a restful Do you keep passing over night’s sleep? a particular shirt or pair Or, is it a chaotic of pants because another place filled with clutter, one is more comfortable clothes, papers and the come to order or fits better? sue becker like? If so, move it on to a If your bedroom is anything but new home – either elsewhere in restful, consider spending some your home or to a charity. Once you’ve moved out what time de-cluttering and organizing you don’t wear, there will be more it so it becomes a sanctuary to room to put away the clothes that replenish your mind and soul. previously sat in piles because In addition, organizing your there was no place to put them. bedroom will make getting dressed each day a simple endeavor rather than a frantic Remove the clutter hunt for matching shoes. It’s hard to sleep when piles of laundry, paper and other assorted Pare down your clutter is “staring” at you. clothing I wonder how many Go through your closet, dresser people who suffer from sleep and other piles of clothing and disturbances would get a more

>> NILES, from page 7 Why do homeowners do it? There are some things you cannot write a law on. Some things need to simply be the “rules” or just how things are done. Niles is a middle-class community and one with pride and a strong work ethic.There is no law that could force people to shovel snow. Who would enforce it? How? My neighbors take pride in their homes and always shovel their walks. I can only think of two occasions when sidewalks

didn’t get shoveled. One was our family. We were all sick and didn’t get to it, but the other was even more interesting. For some reason this family just didn’t shovel. But, after seeing their neighbors’ good example and wanting to be a part of that, they began shoveling and now always do.That’s something that no law can bring about. If laws kept men honest, our prisons would be empty. You know you’re in Niles because we do it right, without the heavy hand of the law upon us.

restful sleep simply by removing these stress-inducing items. An easy solution is to stop yourself from bringing anything into your bedroom unless you put it away right away. In addition, if it doesn’t support the activities you do in your bedroom (sleep, read, get dressed, insert your own fun activity here) it shouldn’t be in there. Find another place to store such items – your sleep and your health are too important to ignore this guideline.

Be creative with storage Consider vertical storage (e.g., hooks on the wall) and underbed storage (for out of season clothes, seldom worn shoes, extra bedding) for items that won’t fit anywhere else. Maybe a nightstand, lingerie cabinet or bookcase can give you the functional storage you need without taking up much space.

If your bedroom is anything but restful, consider spending some time de-cluttering and organizing it so it becomes a sanctuary to replenish your mind and soul. Sustain the serenity Once you’ve turned your muddled mess into a serene sanctuary, you’ll want to be sure to keep it that way. Get a hamper - and use it! Be sure clothes are coming out (i.e., getting laundered) at a faster rate than they’re going in. Make your bed every morning – this simple two-minute task will quickly transform the look and feel of your room. When you bring in your clean laundry, put it away right away – when your closet and dresser are pared down, it should take no more than five minutes to quickly and easily put things away. Since your bedroom is the first thing

you see in the morning and the last thing you see at night, be sure to tidy it up frequently so you can start and end your day calm and relaxed. Pleasant dreams!

Sue Becker is a Certified Professional Organizer in Chronic Disorganization who helps individuals and businesses discover the simplicity, harmony, and freedom of being organized and productive. She also speaks to companies and organizations about how to get organized and make the most of their time. Sue can be reached at or 630-7241111.



Senior Style Niles Senior Center For a detailed description of programs & activities or to ask about membership or registration requirements, please check the Naturally Active Program Guides or call the Niles Senior Center at 5888420. Information about the Niles Senior Center can be found on the Village of Niles Website at Click on “Departments” (upper left), and then Click on “Senior” You can now see what’s new at the Senior Center. Advanced registration is required for programs. For a detailed description of programs & activities or to ask about membership or registration requirements, call the Niles Senior Center at 847588-8420 Individuals must be a registered member of the Niles Senior Center to receive the member price. Non members are invited to participate in programs at the non-member price. For more information about membership and programs, contact the Senior Center. Issues in the News • 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Thursdays This dynamic, refreshing class is led by long time leader of this program, Arlene Golub. This group is filled with folks from all walks of life, retired or not, who want to keep abreast of a broad spectrum of what is occurring locally and worldwide. Issues for discussion are brought up by class participants, and everyone’s opinion is valued. Please call the NSC at 847-5888420 for more information. Got the dot? It may save your life Assist first responders with the information they need. Become part of the Illinois Dot Program. The Illinois Dot Program is a statewide initiative designed to provide vital medical information on vehicle drivers and passengers. Information contained on the medical card can assist first responders in the “Golden Hour” immediately following a serious crash. This can very well mean the difference between life and death. For more information, please contact the Niles Senior

Center (847 588-8420). Tai Chi Demo Instructor: Renee Gatsis, Arthritis Institute certified. Friday, March 28, 10:1510:45am, FREE Registration required. Lite Lunch and Movie: The Book Thief Starring Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson & Sophie Nelisse. While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing book and sharing them with others. Under the stairs in her home, a Jewish refugee is being sheltered by her adoptive parents. –IMDB Lunch includes an Italian beef, chips & dessert. Friday, April 4, 12:00pm $5M/$7.50NM Men Have Health Issues Too! Are you a male over 50? Are you a male over 45 with a strong family history of prostate cancer? Receive a free blood test and take control of your health. Free interactive workshop on prostate and testicular health. Free PSA lab screening for men over 50 and men over 40 with a strong family history. Learn more! Saturday, April 5, 9:00am-12:00pm. Lunch to Benefit… Crime Stoppers Cook County Crime Stoppers bring together citizens, businesses and the media to collect anonymous tips on serious crimes in Chicago and greater Cook County. Lunch includes a $2 hot dog, chips and cookie. Open to everyone. All proceeds will go to Crime Stoppers. Monday, April 7, 11:30am-1:00pm SCRAM, Senior Crime Reduction Awareness Matters Driving Safety – Operating a motor vehicle can be a risky situation, from aggressive to distracted drivers. Learn how to protect yourself and your vehicle. Friday, April 11, 2:003:30pm, FREE Golfers Needed The Niles Senior Center is looking for men and women for the upcoming golf season! Contact Jaymi at (847)5888420 for more info! Men’s Golf kick-off meeting – Thursday, April 10 10:30am. Women’s Golf kick-off meeting – Thursday, April 24 10:30am

Annual Rummage Sale If you are interested in reserving a table to sell the many treasures in your home that you no longer use, please call Jaymi at 847-588-8420 as soon as possible. A $5.00 donation per table is required at time of reservation. All donations will go to the Niles Food Pantry. Space is limited! Table reservations are on a first come, first serve basis. Rummage Sale will be Saturday, April 26 from 9:00am1:00pm

Park Ridge Senior Center Senior Center Memberships Senior Center membership begins at age 55. Our quarterly new and prospective member meetings will you give information on the many activities, programs, events and services offered. Membership dues are: Single: $46 Resident, $65 Non-Resident Couple: $70 Resident, $99 Non-Resident Over 90 Single: $23 Resident, $32.50 Non-Resident Over 90 Couple: $35 Resident, $49.50 Non-Resident Enjoy these Senior Center Membership benefits: Priority registration and special rates for Active Adult programs, events & trips; A drop-in social center open 7 days a week; Free members-only unique monthly programming and activities; A variety of free clubs for many interests and hobbies; Monthly Newsletter delivered to your home; and Volunteer Opportunities. Enjoy these facility amenities as a Senior Center Member: Large meeting hall; Classrooms; Full service kitchen; Stage with sound system; Ceramic room and kiln; 2 large screen TVs; Game tables; 4 ping pong tables; Variety of solitary and group activities for member use; Members art displays; Free Lending Library; and Free Medical Lending Closet (limited quantities) For more information, call 847-692-3597.


Bridge If bridge is of interest there are several opportunities to enjoy the game. Groups meet on Friday mornings, Sunday afternoons, and Couple’s Bridge meets the first Thursday of the month. Call the Center at 847-692-3597 for more information or to be put in touch with one of the group moderators. Senior Center Clubs Men’s Club: 1st & 2nd Tuesday of the month. Join us as we plan fun and exciting events, as well as make a difference in our community. Book Worms: 1st Thursday of the month, 1 p.m. Love to read? Join us every month for a discussion pertaining to a variety of books . One per month . Camera Club: 4th Tuesday of the month, 10 a.m. Join our camera club as they provide instruction and interesting slideshows on a variety of different topics . Money Matters with Chris Valentine: 1st & 3rd Monday of the Month, 10 a.m. Chris Valentine from Edward Jones presents a program of financial tips and answers your questions


Opera Arts Club with Leo Rizzetto. 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month, Noon. Do you have a love for opera and/or musicals? Leo Rizzetto, opera aficionado, presents a variety of majestic operas and toe tapping musicals. Computer Club: 1st Wednesday of the month, 1:30 p.m. Need a computer refresher course or just help learning the computer? Join Richard Brandt as he leads the group . Come with questions. Handicrafters: every Friday, 10 a.m. Do you knit, crochet, sew, quilt, cross-stitch, or embroider? We make items for the Annual Holiday Bazaar and the V .A . Hospitals . We provide the supplies for these events, or you can work on your own project . Beginners are welcome! Ongoing activities Following are number of ongoing activities at the Center: • Woodcarvers meet Thursdays at 9 a.m.…a free activity: • Gamers, 1 to 4:30 p.m. Fridays play dominos, hand and foot, scrabble for >> see SENIORS | page 20



>> SENIORS, from page 19 rummikube … also free. • Ceramics students meet 9:30 a.m. to noon Mondays and Tuesdays and work on projects of your choice. There is a charge of $7 per class. • Pinochle players meet the second Monday, Third Thursday and every Saturday of the month at 1 p.m. • Table tennis players start play at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. All abilities are welcome for this free activity. • Have you ever thought of tap dancing? This is a fun way of exercising. The class is at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays. The fee is $10 for members and $15 for non-members. Just Lunch April 4, 12:30 p.m. Ages 55 & Up. $7 members , $9 nonmembers. Looking for good company and a delicious meal? Look no further! Join us monthly for a warm meal prepared by All on the Road Catering at the Senior Center . Stay afterwards for good company and a game or two of cards . SC Still Misbehavin’ at the Moulin Bleu and Fish Fry April 10 5 to 8 p.m. Ages 55 & Up. $21 members and $24 for non-members. Still Acting Up! is excited to perform “Still Misbehavin’ at the Moulin Bleu” for the Park Ridge Park District Senior Center . The fabulous Club Moulin Bleu is closing, and its stars are back for one last night to relive their glory days of song and dance . This gala performance finds our favorite Skokie seniors up to their old tricks – as well as a few new ones . Don’s Dock is catering our fish fry including french fries, hush puppies, and coleslaw . This is an event you won’t want to miss! Roberta Miles April 21, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages 55 & Up. $17 members, $19 non-members. Long-time Chicago favorite Roberta Miles brings her unique interpretation of jazz standards and romantic ballads in her newest release entitled Body and Soul . A regular at famous jazz haunts in Chicagoland, Roberta Miles is known for her “smooth cool jazz .” Lunch is catered .

Senior Style

Annual Fashion Show May 2 12:30 to 3 p,m. Ages 55 & Up. $45 members, $50 non-members. It’s spring and time to check out this year’s latest fashions! Join your friends from the Park Ridge Park District Senior Center for an afternoon including lunch, fashion and a raffle . The Senior Center’s Annual Fashion Show will be held at Fountain Blue in Des Plaines, and features fashions modeled by members of the Senior Center. Just Lunch May 9, 12:30 p.m. Ages 55 & Up. $7 members , $9 nonmembers. Looking for good company and a delicious meal? Look no further! Join us monthly for a warm meal prepared by All on the Road Catering at the Senior Center . Stay afterwards for good company and a game or two of cards . SC Choraliers, Uketones & Tappers May 19 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Ages 55 & Up. $15 members, $17 non-members. Join our very own Senior Center Choraliers, Tappers and Uketones during their annual spring performance . Lunch is catered by Inglenook.

the fourth Wednesday of the month from 10 to 11:30 a.m. On-site appointments are available for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, with Senior Health Insurance Program volunteers, and to discuss individual concerns of all kinds. Monthly wellness programs offered include cholesterol screening, diabetes screening, and a foot care clinic. Appointments are available by calling 847-470-5223. For information or an appointment to discuss your needs, call Mary Senn at 847663-3072. Volunteer opportunities Do you have great people skills? Do you enjoy reception work? North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove has opening for people to help at our front desk, greeting guests, directing calls, and assisting with registrations. Please contact Volunteer Services at 847.784.6052 for details.

Morton Grove North Shore Senior Center

Senior Center membership Become a member of North Shore Senior Center’s Morton Grove Campus and enjoy opportunities to live longer, happier, healthier lives through an array of programs, activities, trips and services. Members receive a discount on all programs, activities, and trips, Lifelong Learning Program Catalog, information on local, state, and federal issues affecting seniors, and invitations to special events and presentations. Membership dues are $20 for an individual and $35 for a couple/household for a full year. Everyone welcome! Call North Shore Senior Center’s Morton Grove Campus at 847-470-5223 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. or stop by the Senior Center, 6140 Dempster Street in Morton Grove, to become a member.

North Shore Senior Center’s Morton Grove Social Services Office has space in the American Legion Memorial Civic Center at 6140 Dempster Street. Information and assistance is provided to individuals of all ages including access to public benefits, referrals for a variety of community programs, on-site and off-site support groups, and applications for the Village financial assistance program. A monthly Caregiver Support Group meets on

AARP Foundation Tax Preparation Service Available Mondays & Fridays, February 3 – April 14 We are thrilled to welcome back AARP’s Foundation TaxAide Volunteers to North Shore Senior Center in Morton Grove! If you would like assistance in preparing your tax return, volunteers are here to help. Please call our Morton Grove location at 847-470-5223 to make your appointment for personalized

Senior Center Open House & Tea May 29 9 a.m. to noon. Ages 55 & Up. FREE. This complimentary event is a show and tell of the activities and programs that the Park Ridge Park District Senior Center offers . Stop in to meet instructors and program participants to get first- hand testimonies of the activities offered . Tea begins at 11:00am .

assistance. Appointments are required, walk-ins cannot be accommodated. No fee. Beautiful Gardens of North America Monday, April 7 1 – 2:30 p.m. Begin in the beautiful, lush Jewell Gardens in Skagway, AK with oversize flowers and gigantic vegetables resulting from moist coastal air and long summer days. From there, join Claire Cross as she takes you from coast-to-coast on a luscious journey exploring the exquisite gardens North America has to offer. $9 member; $12 non-member. Call 847-470-5223 to register. The Last Days of Jesus: The Passion Wednesday, April 9 1 – 2:30 p.m. Take a fresh look at the Passion of Christ with Biblical Scholar, Reverend James McIlhone, Director of Biblical Formation, Archdiocese of Chicago. Father McIlhone will look at the biblical narratives of the Passion, death and burial of Jesus Christ, with special concentration on the narrative in the gospel of Matthew. $9 member; $12 nonmember. Call 847-470-5223 to register. Those Were The Days Radio Players Friday, April 11 1 – 2:30 p.m. Those Were the Days Radio Players will bring us the fun and excitement of old time radio from the 30’s, 40’s and 50’s. Who knows who’s likely to show up? It might be George Burns and Gracie Allen, or Jack Benny or even Baby Snooks. Perhaps “The Shadow” will make an appearance! Or we’ll experience the chills of “Inner Sanctum” or “Lights Out.” And, perhaps the Bickersons might even stop by. Join us for a few laughs, maybe a few chills and certainly some surprises! $9 member; $12 non-member. Call 847-4705223 to register. A Springtime Concert with Jim Kendros Wednesday, April 16 1 – 2:30 p.m. Welcome springtime as Jim Kendros offers a lyrical and upbeat piano concert! Jim will play many favorite songs of the 1930s through the 1970s and will feature beloved

movie themes - all performed featuring Jim’s own lyrical piano style. $8 member; $11 non-member. Call 847-4705223 to register. The World of Apps for Smart Phones & Tablets Wednesday, April 30 1 – 3:00 p.m. Do you want to connect with the grandkids? Play music? Find recipes? There’s an App for that! Explore some of the important and fun apps for your smart phones and tablets. Let’s share info or just discover new stuff. Bring in your device and let the fun begin! $9 member; $12 non-member. Call 847-4705223 to register. Introduction to Mah Jongg Tuesdays, May 6 – June 24 1 – 3:00 p.m. Learn the exciting tile game Mah Jongg! This class is for those with no experience as well as those wanting to brush up their skills. You will learn tile recognition, fundamentals, and strategy. Students must have their own current Mah Jongg card for class. $49 member; $65 non-member. Call 847-4705223 to register. The Roosevelt Women Mondays, May 5 & 12 1 – 2:30 p.m. While President of the United States, Franklin Delano Roosevelt had many sources of support and advice, such as his cabinet and his close friends. He also had a group of women from whom he gained political help and emotional support. This class focuses on five of them; smart, savvy, and intensely loyal, these women were directly involved in guiding the United States through some of its darkest years. $16 member; $22 non-member. Call 847-4705223 to register. Introduction to Beading Fridays, May 9, 16 & 23. 10 a.m. – noon. Make fun jewelry and accessories while you learn the fundamentals of beading. You’ll learn the tools, materials, and methods of beading, and experiment with color and design. Use your imagination to create original pieces to take home after each class. $35 member; $42 non-member. Beading kit and materials included. Call 847470-5223 to register.

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Niles Metropolitan Chorus to present musical masterpieces at St. John Brebeuf April 13 Program will begin at 3 p.m. and at SJB, 8307 N. Harlem Two musical masterpieces by the Niles Metropolitan Chorus—Requiems by Gabriel Fauré and John Rutter—will be presented at St. John Brebeuf (SBJ) on April 13. The program is part of an on-going concert series that began last year to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the parish. The program will begin at at 3 p.m. and at SJB, 8307 N. Harlem, in Niles.

>> charged, from page 1 4640 Oakton St. since at least 2010. According to the website for the dojo, a training facility, Tottas has over 29 years of experience as a martial arts instructor, and his dojo offered classes to kids and adults six days a week. Cook County prosecutors allege Tottas used his position as “Master Terry” to repeatedly sexually abuse a student of his, starting in the summer of 2010 and continuing through February of this year. The first instance of abuse reportedly began when the victim was 8 years old. In that instance, Tottas was driving his truck from Skokie to Chicago with the victim as his passenger, said prosecutors. During the trip, Tottas reportedly began to rub the victim’s knees and hands and told him he was beautiful. Soon

It’s open to the entire community and there is no charge for admission. Instead there will be a free will offering. The concert is sponsored by SJB and The Niles Bugle newspaper. “All are welcome to our musical performances and other activities,” says Pastor Michael Meany. “As part of our ongoing outreach, we invite non-parish members and the community in general to come and see what we do at St. John Brebeuf.” The special Lenten performance will feature the Musica Lumina Orchestra

after, prosecutors allege Tottas parked his truck and began “to kiss the boy on his mouth and touch him under his clothes.” In another incident, when the victim and Tottas were alone together in the dojo, Tottas allegedly grabbed and touched the victim over his clothes and again began kissing the boy in the mouth. Prosecutors allege that while Tottas did this, he told the boy he could trust him, and that what they were doing was their secret. A few days later, when the victim was again alone with Tottas, the teacher reportedly put his hands underneath his student’s shorts to touch him. Tottas is no longer renting the 3,000-square-foot space at 4640 Oakton, said a building manager who would only give his name as Mr. Sava. Sava said he wasn’t aware of the criminal charges against Tottas and said

and Soloists led by Marek Rachelski, Director of Music at SJB. Open to the entire community, the Niles Metropolitan Chorus, an ecumenical community chorus that includes both adults and teenagers, was established last year under the leadership of Rachelski. Upcoming programs in the on-going series include the Land of Lakes Choirboys on Saturday, June 7, at 7 p.m. For more information, call 847-966-8145 or visit www.

his tenant abruptly closed shop about a month ago. “I thought he was moving back to Greece,” said Sava. At press time, Tottas had not responded to The Bugle’s requests for comment. Currently the Skokie dojo looks abandoned, with “for rent” signs in the windows. When peering into the dojo, a few martial arts trophies can be seen, covered in dust and apparently left behind by their owner. Tottas, of the 5600 block of Crain, Morton Grove, turned himself in at the Skokie police department on Feb. 12 and then appeared in bond court the next day. The judge at that hearing said that if Tottas posted $10,000 bond he would be required to be on “electronic release” and have no contact with the victim. A spokesperson from the



obituary August G. Merkel August G. Merkel, age 92, Army Veteran WWII, Beloved Husband for 39 years of the late Marie, nee Ganshirt, loving father of Paul (Linda), Philip (Christine), Theresa (Joseph) Annunzio, James (Elaine), Thomas (Rhonda), Robert (Christine), Mary Rose (Dennis) Masek, Gerianne (Timothy) Joseph, Margaret (James) Bierbower and the late Sharon Ann, dearest grandfather of Lindsay (Seamus) McGowan, Andrew Annunzio, Kaitlyn Annunzio, Gregory (Sarah) Merkel, Joseph Merkel, Caroline (Louis) Habaerkorn, Peter Merkel, Brandon Merkel, Roger Merkel, Ryan Merkel, Christopher (Maureen) Merkel, Marie (Peter Bittner) Merkel,Annette Merkel, Carlin Joseph, William Joseph, Grace

Joseph, Rebecca (Ryan Booth) Bierbower, Chloe Bierbower, Emily Bierbower, Ryan Masek, Kristy (Robert) White, and Allison (Jeffrey) Gutsmiedl, fond great grandfather of Maeve, Amelia, Robert, Colton, Mason, Emerson and Adley, with loving care from Magdalena Koleva. Visitation was Sunday March 23 from 3 to 9 p.m. at Skaja Terrace Funeral Home, 7812 N. Milwaukee Ave., Niles. Funeral Services were Monday March 24 at 9:15 a.m. to St. John Brebeuf for 10 a.m. Mass. Interment Maryhill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials to Uncle Pete’s Ministry or Rainbow Hospice Ark Appreciated. For more information, call 847-966-7302 or visit www.


A photo showing Tottas instruct students taken at the dojo in 2012.

Cook County Sheriff’s office said that Tottas was not physically in jail but still “technically in custody” via an ankle monitor as of March 24. His next court date is April 23 at the Skokie District Courthouse.

ahernandez@buglenewspapers. com




HOME IMPROVEMENT: Tips to green your lifestyle StatePoint

Going green at home doesn’t have to turn your life upside down. There are simple measures you can take in your kitchen and garden to run a planet-friendly home.

reduce Waste Ensure your kitchen is properly outfitted with labeled paper and plastic recycling bins. Keep these receptacles handy to encourage your family and guests to make use of them. Take your waste reduction a step further by setting up a bin for food scraps, which you can add to your yard trimmings. Composting creates a natural fertilizer that’s makes a planetfriendly alternative to the chemical variety. By recycling and composting, you can join the ranks of Americans reducing the waste they send to the landfill. In fact, recycling and composting prevented 86.9 million tons of materials from being disposed in 2011 in the United

States, up from 15 million tons in 1980, according to government estimates.

Protect Wildlife You may think of your yard as “yours,” but you are actually sharing the space with furry creatures, insects and birds. Habitat destruction and loss, as well other manmade and natural threats, put beautiful species like humming birds at risk. Make your garden a safe haven with bird feeders and by planting native, sustentative shrubs, trees and flowers. Unfortunately, bird to building collisions, particularly with windows, are estimated to kill between 100 million and 1 billion birds in the United States alone, according to a new report from the Cooper Ornithological Society. Ensure the safety of your airborne visitors by applying static-cling decals to your windows, which helps birds detect glass, thereby avoiding injury or death. Decals

from WindowAlert, for example, rely on special ultraviolet-reflecting coating that looks like etched glass to humans, but is quite visible to birds, and add a decorative appearance to your home. The coating can fade over time, so remember to replace decals every six to nine months. More information can be found at

When dinner comes from your own back yard, it means fresher produce that’s good for your family, and good for the planet. Don’t just enjoy nature this season, take care of it. With a few small tweaks, it isn’t hard to run your home more sustainably.


Ensure the safety of your airborne visitors by applying static-cling decals to your windows, which helps birds detect glass, thereby avoiding injury or death.

eat Local Source your food locally to reduce your carbon footprint. If possible, buy local, in-season fruits and vegetables that didn’t have to travel the world to reach your plate. And while flowers are beautiful to look at -- and the right ones can provide nectar for pollinating insects and birds -- consider turning at least part of your garden into a space for herbs and vegetables to grow.

caLeNdar APRIL 3 Author Event: “Mayor 1%; Rahm Emanuel and the Rise of Chicago’s 99%.” 7 p.m. Niles Public Library, 6960 W Oakton St, Niles. Chicago research journalist Kari Lydersen presents a slide-lecture based on based on her latest book, appraising the combative mayor and his agenda. Online Security: How to be Safe on the Web. 6:30 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. Concerned about identity theft or computer viruses? Scott Davidson from ARX Computers will provide an overview of online privacy and security. Topics covered will include creating secure passwords, Facebook privacy settings, recognizing suspicious emails, and updating and backing up your computer. Registration Required. For more information or to register, go to calendar.mgpl. org or call 847-929-5101. Free Caregiver Conference. 9 a.m. The Accelerated Center, 1900 Old Willow Rd., Northbrook. Join other family caregivers for

support and the opportunity to gather valuable information and resources to assist you in building your own caregiver network. In addition to six presentations, participants will have access to thirty information tables that will introduce you to local resources and companies who support family caregivers. Free to attend. Continental breakfast and lunch provided. Please RSVP to 847-4620885 or

APRIL 4 YA Minecraft Tournament. 3:30 p.m. Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S Prospect Ave, Park Ridge. Come to the Library for our Minecraft creative competition. You’ll have the afternoon to complete for a chance to win a Minecraft prize.

APRIL 5 Breakfast with Bunny. 9 a.m. Howard Leisure Center, 6676 W. Howard Street, Niles. Celebrate Spring with Niles Park District at our buffet breakfast with Bunny. Adults and children must register for this event. Bunny will be available for a perfect photo

opportunity. Entertainment and craft project included. Two seatings available: 9:00 am & 10:30 am. Fee involved. Register at the Howard Leisure Center. Batting Cages Open. 12 p.m. Oakton Batting Cages, Park Ridge. Start baseball and softball season off right by practicing your skills at the Oakton Batting Cages. Guys & Dolls (1955). 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove. In New York, a gambler is challenged to take a cold female missionary to Havana, but they fall for each other, and the bet has a hidden motive to finance a crap game. Cast: Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra Join us every Tuesday at 11:30am for movies, munchies, and more. Call 847-929-5101 or visit for more information. Notre Dame College Prep and Resurrection College Prep Jazz Band Concert. 4 p.m. Resurrection College Prep High School,7500Talcott,Chicago. Help support the Notre Dame

College Prep and Resurrection College Prep High School Music Program by attending the Jazz Concert. Admission is $5 each at the door. This concert will featured the University of Notre Dame Jazz Band, the Reunion Jazz Orchestra and the ND/Res Jazz Band. It’s a top-notch line up. For more details, visit www.nddons. org.

APRIL 6 For What It’s Worth:Antiques Appraisal. 2 p.m. Morton Grove Public Library, 6140 Lincoln Ave., Morton Grove.Find out the history of artifacts you’ve been storing and get an appraisal of their value. Karl Gates, a historian and appraiser,presents an introduction to collecting and selling antiques; trends in design, color, and style; and criteria used in evaluating collectibles. Registration is limited to sixty people; one portable item per person. If your antique is not portable, you may bring a photograph of it. Items will be grouped by type (china, silver, paintings, ceramics, etc.) on a table in front of the Baxter Room. Mr. Gates will discuss each group

and then appraise each item individually. No guns, stamps, or coins,please.For more information or to register, go to calendar.mgpl. org or call 847-929-5101. Irv and Shelly’s Fresh Picks Open House. 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. 5625 W Howard St Niles. The entire event is free of charge. Come by for a chance to meet some of our farmers from Tempel Organics, Full Harvest Farms, Oriana’s Oriental Orchards River Valley Ranch, and more. Enjoy drinks and snacks courtesy of Goose Island Brewery, Nana, Karma Kombucha, Hungry Monkey, Enrique Jimenez, and River Valley Kitchens. If you need a little more to eat our own Chef Ryan will be roasting a whole pig to serve courtesy of Gunthorp Farms and hosting a vegetariancooking demo for your viewing pleasure. We will have tours through the warehouse, live music courtesy of our driver and Sham’s Band Member Paul Gulyas, and a play area for children, so bring the whole family.





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Niles 04-03-14  

Niles 04-03-14