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Sentinel The Shorewood

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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Vol. 17 No. 51

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Photos courtesy of Gina Staehely

Annual Staehely toy drive marks beginning of holiday season in Shorewood By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter


he annual Mark Staehely Foundation Toy Drive benefits patients at Children’s Memorial Hospital and Provena St. Joseph Medical Center. New, unwrapped toys for children ages newborn to age 18 will be collected all over the Shorewood, Joliet and Plainfield area until Dec. 15. The deadline for donations is Dec. 9. “These children and their families have come to count on this annual toy drive more than people will ever know,” said Susan Staehely, Mark’s mom and the force behind the continuing yearly tradition. “I am so happy that we have been able to keep our promise to Mark and continue his legacy but it would not be possible without the generosity of all the folks in this area. Anyone who would like to make a monetary donation can do so by sending

“These children and their

families have come to count on this annual toy drive more than people will ever know.” Susan Staehely, Mark’s mom. checks, made payable to the Mark Staehely Toy Drive to 21005 Ron Lee Drive, Shorewood Il 60404. “We use the money we receive to buy gift cards for older kids, as they are hard to buy for,” Staehely said. A true hometown hero, Mark Staehely was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma, a rare pediatric cancer when he was 12 years old. He dedicated his shortened life to raising money for research and helping other children fighting cancer. One of his most significant contributions

was the toy drive be organized at Children’s Memorial Hospital in 2005. It was the largest toy drive the hospital ever had seen, and Staehely himself helped to distribute the presents to children and their families who have to be in the hospital at Christmas. He was honored by the Board of Directors of Children’s Memorial Hospital with the George D. Kennedy Leadership Award, and the yearly toy drive continues to this day. More than 30,000 toys were distributed at local hospitals in 2011. Toy donations are being taken at: • Troy Fire Dept. 700 Cottage Road (Route 59), Shorewood, • Shorewood Police Department, Route. 52, Shorewood, • D’Arcy GMC, 2022 Essington Road; D’Arcy Volkswagen, 2861 W. Jefferson; D’Arcy Hyundai, 2521 W. Jefferson, Joliet. Make Your Mark is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization started in memory of Mark Staehely. The organization raises

funds for pediatric cancer research, supports Mark’s Treasure Chest programs, awards scholarship opportunities to local students and funds fellowships.

Time of the Season The Christmas season kicks off this week in Shorewood, with a host of holiday events and charitable programs. Village of Shorewood will host its third annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at 6 p.m. Nov. 27 at the Shorewood Village Hall, One Towne Center. In addition to the tree lighting, the Troy Swing Choir will be on hand to entertain residents with holiday carols. The tree lighting marks the kickoff to another yearly event, the Village’s Sixth Annual Food Drive.The collection effort , organized with the Restoration Christian Church of Shorewood, will be open to See SEASON, page 2




Residents invited to hear Shorewood-Troy library plans By Sherri Dauskurdas Staff Reporter

The Shorewood-Troy Library District is hosting an informational session about the potential new library facility at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 3, in the Meeting Room of the Library, 650 Deerwood Drive. Representatives from the Library’s architectural firm, Nagle Hartray, will be discussing the building’s design, and will be taking feedback from the community. Library Board members and Director Jennie Mills also will be on hand at the meeting to answer questions from the audience. Mills and members of

SEASON Continued from page 1 the public beginning at the Tree Lighting, and continuing through December 31. Donations can be dropped off at the Village Hall’s Community Development Department, (Suite 102) or at the Police Department. Children in town should get their wish lists ready, as Santa Claus is coming to Shorewood Dec. 2. Local children can visit with Santa to share their holiday wishes from 1 to 3 p.m., at

the Library Board have been pursuing the idea of constructing a new library building, citing concerns over a lack of space sufficient to serve the library’s 19,000 patrons, as well as limitations on both space and electricity in the current building, which have compromised the library’s ability to meet its patrons’ technology needs. Five acres of land on Wynstone Drive serve as the potential site for the new library. Earlier this year, library’s building consultants completed research to determine among other things, the amount of space needed and the technology requirements. Community focus groups were

hosted to get input on the services and accommodations patrons would most like to see in place. Nagle Hartray Architects was chosen to draw up preliminary plans for a modern library building. Anyone interested in becoming more involved in the new library project can become a member of the ShorewoodTroy Library Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The citizen’s group will lead the charge of support for an April 2013 referendum to fund completion of a new library building, as well as continue discussions about the areas of greatest need, the plans the architects put forth and community fundraising options.

Shorewood Village Hall. Treats will be available, as well as the opportunity for digital photographs. If you miss the Jolly Old Elf on Dec. 2, there’s a second chance: Santa Claus will listen to children’s wishes and pose for photos at the 9th Annual Timbers’ holiday event, “Santa and the Timbers’ Elves,” offered by the Kiwanis Club of Shorewood and the Timbers, from 1 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, at The Timbers of Shorewood retirement community, 1100 N. River Road. Cider, cookies and other refreshments will be served, and children’s entertainment,

including a clown, petting zoo, horse-pulled hayrack rides and caricature drawing, will be offered. A craft show with many homemade items also will be available. “Families can have a wonderful Saturday afternoon,” said Shelly Goggins, activities director at The Timbers. “There will be treats, surprises and animals galore, including real reindeer from Summerfield Farms in Belvidere.” The event is free, but everyone is asked to bring an unwrapped toy to donate to the Mark Staehely Drive, one of the biggest holiday season charitable efforts in Shorewood.

Feeling fenced in



Businesses ask for a deal on second-hand licenses By Jonathan Samples Staff Reporter

Mayor Tom Giarrante warned area merchants opposed to proposed changes in the city’s second-hand dealer license to get on board. The ordinance would require them to register specific items with an online investigation system. “Make no mistake, we will get an ordinance passed, so get involved,” Giarrante told a group of retailers at the Nov. 19 City Council meeting. The warning came after council members voted to table the ordinance until Dec. 18, when city officials would be able to gather additional information and meet with representatives of the affected industries. “I would like to see this tabled until the second meeting in December and get

all parties involved,” Giarrante said. “Hopefully, we can work something out that’s agreeable to everybody.” Currently, the ordinance would create new regulations for antique dealers, itinerant merchants, junk dealers, junk peddlers, pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers. These regulations would require approximately 40 affected businesses in Joliet to register information regarding specific items with LeadsOnline, an organization that assists law enforcement personnel in recovering stolen property. “We have an obligation in this town to not only protect our businesses, but to protect the 150,000 people who live in this city,” Police Chief Mike Trafton said. As it stands, the ordinance would require sellers to provide two forms of identification and buyers to hold on to

unique items with identifiable characteristics for 14 days before they can be re-sold or disposed of. Additionally, buyers would have to photograph all items, and firearms dealers would have to maintain records and hold on to articles for 14 days. However,many local businesses feel the move would shift the responsibility of law enforcement onto retailers, while also invading their customers’ privacy. Quentin Burrows, an attorney representing the Will County Coin Club, said the ordinance unfairly assumes coin shops are wrought with stolen and fenced merchandise. “A coin club is not the same as a pawn shop or a pawnbroker,” Burrows said. “Coin dealers are not collateral lenders; they don’t set high interest rates set by the state, they don’t get to retain the collateral if someone defaults on a loan, they also don’t have a

history of being closely regulated the way pawn shops do.” He said the ordinance resembles illegal “search and seizure” and puts shop owners, who would be required to hold on to items for up to 14 days, at risk of burglary. “Crime prevention is important, but it must be balanced against the rights of individuals and businesses,” he said. Kenneth Glassman, manager for Berlinsky Scrap, said his company would like to continue working closely with police to ensure stolen property is not purchased or sold by his company. But he feels the local ordinance would be unfair without a common statewide law. Glassman argued the ordinance would handicap Joliet businesses, because customers who were uncomfortable with giving out personal information could go to locations outside of Joliet.

“I’m not talking about criminals,” he said.“But [don’t] punish us and punish our legitimate customers who have concerns about their identity… They’re going to say, ‘I can go five miles away, and I don’t have to put up with this.’” Glassman also asked that the city meet with individual industries in the hopes that any future ordinance would benefit all parties. A significant number of residential and motor vehicles burglaries in 2010 and 2011 prompted Joliet Police to look into the online investigation system, which they feel would deter offenders by making it harder to fence stolen merchandise. LeadsOnline is currently used by approximately 1,900 law enforcement agencies nationwide and more than 70 agencies in Illinois.



Joliet-area Big Brothers Big Sisters form Latino Advisory Council Are you concerned about Latino children in your community? Big Brothers Big Sisters is forming a Latino Advisory Council to assist in advancing its efforts to serve the Latino population in its service area of Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois counties. The initial meeting is scheduled for 12 p.m.,Thursday,Dec.13 at Big Brothers Big Sisters, 417 Taylor St., Joliet.This informational session is open to anyone concerned about Latino children in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and Iroquois counties. Lunch will be provided. The Latino Advisory Council will consist of respected and accomplished leaders in the areas of government, business, media relations, social services,

etc. Representation from current and alumni big brothers and big sisters, alumni littles and/or their families will also be included. Richard Rodriguez, of Joliet, will chair the Latino Advisory Council and he sits on the Big Brothers Big Sisters Board of Directors. Office manager Vivian Mather and social worker Lorraine Guerrero will work with the committee as well. “Latino children are our largest growing demographic of children,” Guerrero said. “I hope that whoever comes to our December 13th meeting, will leave with a sense of responsibility to help Latino youth. We want to inspire community leaders to empower Latino youth, whether they work with us or find their own niche to

do so.” “The experience and input from the Latino Advisory Council membership will provide guidance and ensure quality, culturally and linguistically appropriate mentoring services to the Latino community,” said Big Brothers Big Sisters CEO Lisa Morel Las. “They will also assist us in shaping and prioritizing our future direction around service to the Latino population.” Members will be expected to commit time, influence and energy in furthering the work of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Latino Mentoring Initiative. Specific responsibilities include: • Provide guidance to Big Brothers Big Sisters’ leadership in

order to ensure that the strategic plan of the organization includes the needs of the Latino population and strategies for meeting such • Provide feedback on emerging and best practices within the Latino population • Recommend direction and methods for outreaching to and serving the Latino population • Provide guidance and support in identifying and leveraging potential partnerships and resources that will supplement the LMI efforts • Become informed about the organization’s mission, vision, values and programming in order to better service in the capacity of advisory board member • Attend quarterly Latino

Advisory Council meetings “The Dec. 13 meeting will provide information on our evidence and research based mentoring program and why it is a proven success and crucial to children in our community,” Guerrero said. “While this is an effort to increase mentors for our youth, our hope is that even if something bigger or different comes out of it, we’ll be happy.” For more information about Big Brothers Big Sisters, visit the agency’s new Latino-focused website at To register for the meeting, contact Mather at 815-723-2227 or e-mail Rodriguez at richardrodriguez36@

Fun Fair and Family Expo Dec. 2 at Joliet Park District Joliet Junior Woman’s Club presents a Fun Fair & Family Expo from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at the Joliet Park District Multi-Purpose Center, 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet. Children with Special Needs and their families are welcome at 10 a.m. Free admission, but tickets are required for activities. Wristbands will be sold for all activities for $10.

There will be pictures with Santa, inflatable bouncers, crafts, games, face painting, pizza,TCBY, ice and cream. Every child gets a goodie bag. There will be free gift wrapping for one gift with purchase of a wristband. Each additional gift, $2 donation. Bring a non-perishable food donation for MorningStar Mission and receive four game tickets. Limit four per child.

Calendar ONGOING In the Spirit of the Holiday Season, the Village of Shorewood will be hosting the Sixth Annual Food Drive to benefit the Restoration Christian Church located on Channahon Street in Shorewood. The Food Drive will be open to the public starting with the Village Christmas Tree Lighting on November 27th and ending December 31st. All donations should be directed to the Community Development Department in Village Hall Suite 102 or the Police Department. Holiday Nature Camp. Spend your holiday break at the Nature Center exploring and learning about the animals.We will hike in the woods looking for tracks and enjoying the seasonal wonders. Inside we will learn about frogs, turtles, and snakes with a closeup visit. Ages: 6-12 yrs Deadline: Dec.19, 20, 21, 26, 27 and 28. Dates of camps: Dec. 26, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.; Dec. 27,10 am-12 pm; Dec. 28, 10 am-12 pm; Jan. 2, 10 am-12 pm; Jan. 3, 10 am-12 pm; and Jan. 4, 10 am-12 pm. Citizens Against Ruining the Environment. Every third Monday of the month at 6-7:30 p.m. at SOS Children’s Village, 17545 Village Lane, Lockport. This volunteer non-profit environmental organization is dedicated to serving Will County and the surrounding area. For more information or a meeting agenda, call Ellen Rendulich at 815-834-1611. Are you affected by someone’s drinking? Open meetings are held every third Friday of the month from 7 p.m.8:30 p.m. at 265 Republic Ave. in Joliet. Contact Al-anon/Alateen at 815-773-9623 or visit www.niafg. org for more information.

Young Widows Support Group. Meets once a month at varying locations in the Plainfield/Joliet area. Open to those who have lost a partner and are ready to begin healing and moving forward in life by sharing their experiences with others. Children are welcome. For more information please contact Amanda at widowswearstilettos Joliet Jewish Congregation. Joliet Jewish Congregation Shabbat (Sabbath) Services are Friday evening at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m. at 250 North Midland Ave., Joliet. Joliet Jewish Congregation Religious Sunday School: 10:00am. For more information, visit www. or call 815-741-4600. Led by Rabbi Charles Rubovits.

NOVEMBER 28 Ladies Night to Benefit Joliet Police Department’s Santa’s Cops. 6 to 9 p.m. at The Departmenr Restaurant and Liquor Lounge, 205 N. Chicago St., Joliet. There is no cost to attend and many vendors will be selling unique holiday gift items. Ladies are welcome to enjoy this night of shopping, pampering and fun. Make up artists, manicurists and massage therapists will all be in attendance. The best part is that a portion of the vendor’s table fees are being donated to Joliet Police Department’s Santa’s Cops as well as money from raffle ticket sales. Hispanic Open House. 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the University of St. Francis’ Turk Studio Theater, 500 Wilcox Street,Joliet,Ill.Admissions counselors will be on hand to talk more about programs offered by the university and how to navigate the admission process. ‘Healthy Holiday Eating’ Free Lecture. Alden Estates

of Shorewood invites the community to learn about maintaining a healthy lifestyle by attending “Healthy Eating for the Holidays” at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 28. Learn tips for maintaining your weight and waistline this upcoming season. Appetizers, beverages, entrees and desserts will be discussed – and samples will be available. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is required by calling 815-2308700 or going online to www. edseries. All lectures will be held at Alden Estates of Shorewood, 710 W. Black Rd. in Shorewood.

NOVEMBER 29 Wound Care & Hyperbaric Medicine Talk. 6 p.m. at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison St., Joliet. Don’t let a non-healing wound stop you from getting the most out of life. If you’re suffering from diabetic foot ulcers, venous ulcers, soft tissue or radiation injury, or any non-healing wound you should join us for this informational talk. Dr. Leon Huddleston, Medical Director of the Provena Center for Wound Care and Hyperbaric Medicine, the area’s only physician-directed wound care program will discuss causes prevention and treatment of non-healing wounds. For more information, call 815-725-7133.

DECEMBER 1 36th Annual Festival of the Gnomes. 1 to 3:30 p.m. at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson, Joliet. See the legends and lore of the wee folk come to life on state. Watch out for the Snotgurgle! Visit the gift shop filled with “gnomemade” treasures. First year? Get your gnome cap here. Returning? Get a free cap tassel. Breakfast with St. Nicholas.St.

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL NOVEMBER 28, 2012 Paul the Apostle School is hosting a Breakfast with St. Nicholas from 9 to 11 a.m. for children ages 3-6, who are considering joining the St. Paul school community next year and wish to learn more about the school’s pre-school programs. In addition to breakfast, the morning will include music, stories, arts and crafts, and a photo with St. Nicholas. For more information about this special event and St. Paul the Apostle School please call (815) 725-3390.

DECEMBER 3 New Library Meeting. 7 p.m. at the Shorewood-Troy Public Library, 650 Deerwood Drive. The Library is holding an informational session about the potential new library facility on Monday, December 3rd at 7pm. The meeting will be held in the Meeting Room of the Library. Representatives from the Library’s architectural firm, Nagle Hartray, will be discussing the building’s design, and will be taking feedback from the community. Library Board members and our Director, Jennie Mills, will also be at the meeting to answer questions from the audience.

DECEMBER 4 Alice in Wonderland by Alphabet Soup Productions. 10:30 a.m. at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park,201W.Jefferson, Joliet. Alice in Wonderland by Alphabet Soup Productions. Shows 10:30 Am. Great field trip! For tickets call 1-630-932-1555,


Visit www.Absorodproductions. com. Forever Plaid’s “Plaid Tidings”. The Lockport Township Park District is offering a trip to Forever Plaid’s “Plaid Tidings” at the Theater in the Centre in Munster, IN for all ages on Tues., Dec. 4 from 12:45pm5:30pm. Enjoy this smash hit musical about a famous singing group,The Plaids.You’ll enjoy this holiday treat! Fee includes main floor seats and transportation. Fees: $63/resident; $73/nonresident. For more information, call the Lockport Township Park District at 815-838-1183, ext. 207 or visit

DECEMBER 5 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis. 8 p.m. at the Rialto Square Theatre, 102 N. Chicago St., Joliet. Experience the Magic! Mannheim Steamroller Christmas BY CHIP DAVIS has been America’s favorite holiday celebration for over 25 years. Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER along with dazzling multimedia effects performed in an intimate setting. The spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller. Don’t miss this ultimate holiday tradition from the #1 Christmas music artist in history! For more information call 815-726-6600.



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

Joliet Darrin Riley, 41, 425 Bluebird Drive, Bolingbrook, was cited Nov. 13 on N. Briggs and E. Cass for driving while license suspended and no seat belts.


insurance card, operating vehicle with suspended registration and driving while license suspended. Person(s) unknown on Nov. 15 stole a blue go kart, and three mountain bikes from the rear yard of a residence in the 400 block of N. Briggs.


Person(s) unknown entered a residence in the 2300 block of Gaylord Road within the past month and stole jewelry.


Person(s) unknown damaged a 2007 recreational vehicle on Nov. 13 in the 2700 block of Lancaster Drive by placing small dents on both side doors.

Person(s) unknown entered a detached garage in the 500 block of Harwood on Nov. 16 and stole a 42� TV, a home audio system, Playstation III, car stereo, battery charger, DVD player and $200.

Shenequia N. Jones, age 32, of 235 Krakar Ave., Joliet, was cited Nov. 14 on Sterling and Walnut for false

Will County Gang Suppression Unit executed a search warrant at this address and arrested Domingo J.





Romero, 25, 400 White Ave., Joliet, with possession of cannabis with intent/500 grams to 2000 grams and possession of drug equipment; Aaron D. Aversa, 21, 712 Campbell, Joliet, with possession of cannabis with intent/500 grams to 2000 grams and possession of drug equipment; Christopher G. Borunda, 19, 817 N. Bluff, Joliet, with possession of a controlled substance; and Daniel A. Perez, 24, 1405 Winifred, Joliet, with possession of a controlled substance. Taylor Malecki, 24, 621 Southgate Road, New Lenox, was arrested Nov. 17 on Plainfield Road and Wyoming for speeding and DUI.


Melissa Albert, 30, 609 Hutchins, Joliet, was cited Nov. 17 on Caton Farm and Oakland Avenue for driving while license suspended and operating vehicle with


suspended registration. Person(s) unknown entered a vehicle in the 100 block of Peale on Nov. 17 and stole a wallet, $40, and CD’s.


Andrew J. White, 30, 511 Mack, Joliet, was arrested Nov. 18 on Black Road and Mack for speeding and DUI.


Lockport Elizabeth Ochoa, 44, 1144 Waiola, LaGrange, was cited Nov. 12 on W. 159th and Interstate


355 for operating a vehicle with suspended registration. Joanne M. Skates, 46, 309 Edinburgh Drive, Lockport, was cited Nov. 13 on Dellwood and Green Garden Place for failure to yield at intersection, and Taro Autman, 56, 2510 Springside Drive, Crest Hill, was cited for operating an uninsured motor vehicle.





Letter to the Editor

Could it be that the attack ads are lying? Repeat after me! Thank God the November election is over! Thank God I won’t be bombarded with TV ads that accuse people of every conceivable deviate act known to man. Thank God I don’t have to see countless dollars being spent on these campaigns for a while. Thank God it will be some time before I feel obligated to watch “debates” that are won or lost by the way a candidate giggles and smiles instead of who addresses the issues appropriately. If everything that was said about all these candidates by

their opponents were remotely true, then I believe that they all need to go to jail for a while, don’t you? They supposedly cheated the tax man. They cheated their constituents. They cheated on spouses. They lied, stole and ripped us off. My God, I have heard of criminals who are in prison for less! Then what do we do? WE ELECTED THEM! I’m confused. If they did all that was said about them during the campaign, why hasn’t the criminal justice system stepped in and pressed charges against

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them? Could it be that the attack ads are lying? That the ads are filled with half truths and blatant lies? If so, have we been sold down the river by the candidate who had the most money to spend on commercials that made their opponent out to be a bigger diabolical monster than he or she was? If we have been brainwashed by negative campaigning and cast our votes based on unsubstantiated accusations by professional marketing agents then we are truly in trouble. If this

is the case, we will always have people in office with the ability to raise the most money to hire the best advertising people who have the scruples of rodents. Not a pretty picture of our future. So what do we do? Perhaps we turn the tide on these people and vote for the candidates who shows the most class during a campaign. They talk about the issues and what they plan to do about them. They should point out how their opponent differs on the issues as long as it is based on facts, not

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half truths or worse yet, out and out lies. By all means, personal attacks should be kept out of the campaign. As soon as a candidate starts a positive campaign, we point out to our friends how honorable we think it is, and if their opponent sinks to the negative campaign tactics, how dishonorable we think that is. Maybe, just maybe we can make a difference. For all of our sakes, I hope so. Rick Chapman Shorewood Mayor




Joliet Township to hold honors testing Joliet Township High School will conduct district-wide placement testing sessions Dec. 1 and 8 for all eighth-graders interested in enrolling in honors courses at JTHS. The tests are open to students living within JTHS boundaries and students

may test on either date. The testing is comprised of 2 assessments, the Cognitive Skills Index (CSI) aptitude test and a writing sample. The CSI compares a student’s cognitive ability with that of students who are the same age without

regard to grade placement; it tests 4 areas: sequences, analogies, memory, and verbal reasoning. The writing sample is an additional tool used to determine English and Social Science placement. Students are given a writing prompt and

will have 1 hour to complete a writing sample in response to the prompt. On testing days, students should arrive between 8 and 8:15 a.m. with two #2 pencils Parents with questions regarding the testing or honors

classes should contact Dr. Mary Balsie at 815-774-1611 or Students may test at either location – no pre-registration is needed. No students will be admitted once testing begins.

County tackles bullying Community Matters and the Will County Regional Office of Education will host a conference on reducing bullying and fostering safer schools with nationally recognized writer and educator Rick Phillips from 8 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Dec. 10 at the Professional Development Alliance, 2705 McDonough St., Joliet. Phillips, the author of “Safe School Ambassadors: Harnessing Student Power to Stop Bullying and Violence” and “Ten Years After Columbine: School Violence-Prevention Report Card,” is the executive director and founder of Community Matters, a non-profit organization formed to work with schools and communities to create safe school environments. The presentation will outline proven strategies to improve

school climate, such as the Safe School Ambassadors, a studentcentered program that trains leaders from several student groups and teaches them nonviolent communication and intervention skills to stop bullying and violent behavior among their classmates. The conference is free, and participants will receive three CDPU’s. They will also receive recommendations for upgrading their school climate, an audit tool to determine the costs and losses associated with bullying, strategies for reducing and preventing bullying and information about mobilizing students to intervene when they see bullying or violence. To register, call Christi Cardwell at 815-744-8337 or email

Lockport Rotary names Lockport Township students of the month Talia Farej, a senior at Lockport Township High School, has been chosen as an October student of the month by the Lockport Rotary Club for her exemplary work within the art department. A summer camp nominee and recipient,Talia has demonstrated extraordinary interest and work ethic in the arts. She remains at the top of her art classes all your years at LTHS and has demonstrated superior character traits when compared to peers. Talia’s artistic ability is not limited to the quality of her visual arts production, but she is also active in dance and teaches community dance classes through the Community

Wellness Center at LTHS. She is a positive role model for all students, as she is committed to excellence, creativity, selfexpression, and self-respect. (Jon) Max Hannah was also chosen as an October student of the month. His level of character and musicianship are unmatched in the entire choral program. Hannah is not the most naturally talented student and so has had to work hard for every success he has achieved. His strong work ethic has helped Max to become a leader in each of his ensembles and he always displays the utmost level of character and professionalism in each endeavor.

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H o ro s c o p e s Pace yourself. There’s nothing you can do today that you can’t do tomorrow. Take advantage of a day off by recharging your batteries for the coming week. Good manners are contagious so be on your best behavior.

If you’re afraid of rotten apples, don’t go to the barrel, pick them from the tree. Sticking to the same antiquated routines may simply result in repeating past mistakes. Try to come up with fresh and original ideas this week.

All work and no play isn’t much fun. Explore your inner child using imagination and taking flights of fancy. Focus on activities you enjoy rather than work. Important decisions should be postponed until later this week.

Don’t take it personally. If you read between the lines and search for insults, you’re likely to find them. Take the chip off your shoulder and try to make the best of every situation in the week ahead.

Don’t be your own worst critic. You shouldn’t torture yourself over shortcomings when you possess so many strengths. Do what you do best in the week ahead instead of trying to do what you can’t.

Every rose has thorns. Don’t let appearances fool you, just because everything appears rosy on the surface doesn’t mean that there aren’t unforeseen pitfalls lurking around the corner. Remain on guard this week.

Go ahead, make your day. Resolve to be selfish by doing whatever brings you the most enjoyment in the week to come. Your time is usually rationed by your schedule, but you can create your own time slots.

Expect the unexpected. Leave a bit of wiggle room in your schedule to account for unforeseen surprises in the week ahead. It would be to your benefit to make a point of finishing whatever you begin.

Take a break. Spend some time away from that big project you’ve been working on and you’ll be amazed at the fresh perspective you receive. Save decisionmaking until later in the week.

Beware the green-eyed monster. Don’t envy another’s success, especially when their gain benefits you as well. Allow everyone time in the limelight and wish them well this week. Your turn will come soon.

Make your choice count. Don’t just flip a coin when faced with a crucial decision. Take the time to do your homework and figure out which option is best. Business will be the top priority this week.

Fog clouds the path ahead this week. There are many variables that are obscured regarding a new endeavor. It may be better to wait until events unfold and you have more facts, before starting anything new.

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INSIDE: Saints win National Championship,

page 12; Local teams gain experience at WJOL Thanksgiving Classic, page 13



Joliet West wins own tourney By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Heading into the 2012 season, Joliet West and Bolingbrook were already picked to be at or near the top of the class in the SouthWest Suburban Conference. After their battle Nov. 24 in the title game of the, that was only solidified. West won the game 63-56 in their first time in the title game of its own invite. West rode the hot hand of senior guard Morris Dunnigan, who tallied 13 of his game-high 31 points in the fourth quarter, en route to being tabbed MVP of the tournament. “Morris Dunnigan is a great high school basketball player,’’ said Joliet West coach Luke Yaklich. “He has worked so hard to come back from the ACL injury his sophomore year and finally, he’s back to 100 percent. I am super proud of Morris. He put us on his back and led us to the win. When he plays well, we are always going to play well, that is just the pressure of being the best player.” “This means a whole lot,” Dunnigan said of the win. “We have never had a chance to play in this first place game, so it is important. We came to play. We have players that have been on varsity for three and four years, so we have experience this year.” The game was a battle from the beginning, as the teams were tied 15-15 after the opening quarter and were knotted at 2828 at halftime. West held a slim 41-40 after three quarters before pulling ahead late. “This tournament was won in the first two weeks of our practice,”Yaklich said.“There is a reason we put the guys through so much early on.”

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Joliet West senior Moris Dunnigan was MVP of the Joliet West Thanksgiving Tournament.

Senior Carl Tyrell added 17 points for West, although he was not at full strength. “Carl Tyrell had the flu tonight and he was out there playing at 70 percent,”Yaklich said. Bolingbrook (3-1) was led by All-Tournament selectees Kendall Guyton, who posted 20 points and Ben Moore (16). “This is only one battle of three against Bolingbrook,’’ Yaklich

said. “They have a great team, Rob does a great job with them. I think out seniors played well and their guys just didn’t have it. It’s going to be a different game the next two. This is a precursor to two more great games.” What the win did give West is confidence. “It means a lot that we already played one of the top teams in our conference,” Dunnigan said.

To get to the final game, Joliet West defeated Thornridge 68-49 behind 19 points from Dunnigan. West also defeated Plainfield South 78-49. Dunnigan led the way with 19 points, while Brandon McCullum added 15. McCullum was also named to the All-Tournament team. “I have been coaching for 14

years and B Mac is the toughest player I have coached,” Yaklich said.“He was up sophomore year and was defensive player of the year. He was defensive player of the year last year and is well on his way this year. He is the most mentally and physically tough kid I have ever coached. He is a fighter and it takes a lot to bring him down.”




St. Francis earns National Championship VANCOUVER, Wash. – Led by All-Americans senior Phil Rizzo (Evergreen Park, Ill./ Evergreen Park), junior Mike Blaszczyk (Novi, Mich./ Novi) and freshman Brandon Carson (Waterford, Mich./ Mott), University of St. Francis won the 2012 NAIA Men’s Cross Country National Championship Saturday at the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site. | Results USF’s national title is the second in school history and the first for men’s cross country. The Saints captured the NAIA baseball championship in 1993. Placing three runners among the top 30, St. Francis totaled 138 points in the final team standings. Southern Oregon University was the runner-up with 153 points, followed California State University-San Marcos (165), Oklahoma Baptist University (179) and Aquinas College (191). In all, 31 teams participated in the meet. Rizzo finished in eighth place overall as he covered the 8K

course in 24:44. Blaszczyk and Carson crossed the line one second apart (25:10, 25:11) to place 23rd and 24th. “I was pretty surprised when I heard we won it,” said Rizzo.“The other top teams were running strong, and we did not get out very well. We were way back early on so to hear that we won it, we were definitely surprised. “It is amazing to see that our hard work paid off, just a bunch of average 20-year olds from the Midwest coming together and feeding off each other.” First-year head coach Jeff Barker’s team entered the event ranked second in the final NAIA regular season poll behind Southern Oregon. Prior to Saturday’s first-place performance, the Saints’ best national finish was a 13th-place showing a year ago. Following the race, Barker was named the NAIA National Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. “It was very humbling to win the national championship,” Barker said. “We stuck to our

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The University of St. Francis is NAIA National Cross Country Champions.

game plan and pulled it off. It’s amazing. I thought we could get on the podium (the top four teams get introduced), but I just wasn’t sure if we had enough to win the championship. “I have to give credit to former head coach Drew Ludtke, as he recruited all these guys. He

did a great job of building the program. “He built the foundation with kids of character and kids who believed in being one big family.” Juniors Dylan Reyes (Sterling, Ill./ Newman Central Catholic) and Jake Ferris (Joliet, Ill./ Plainfield South) rounded out the

Saints’ five scorers. Reyes finished 60th overall (25:45), while Ferris checked in 74th (25:54). Senior Mike Topp (Gaylord, Mich./ St. Mary Cathedral) (93rd/26:04) and sophomore Matt Peacock (Hesperia, Mich./ Hesperia) (228th/27:22) were USF’s sixth and seventh finishers.




Locals learn from WJOL Thanksgiving Classic By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

In its first season in the WJOL Thanksgiving Classic, Minooka found itself in a good position Nov. 24 as it faced off against Joliet Central for third place. The Indians used an up-tempo offensive style to roll through the tournament with a 3-1 record, falling only in the season opener to Providence. In the finale, Minooka defeated Joliet Central 60-50. Darrin Myers led all scorers with 19 points, while Jake Hogan posted nine. “We came in here with only three kids with varsity experience,” said Minooka coach Scott Tanaka. “We had that tough first game against Providence, but our young kids responded and they gained experience and we won basketball games. You only wish you didn’t have Providence so early, so we could have faced them as we progressed and got better. Our kids were timid in that first game.” In that loss, a 61-51 loss to the Celtics, Minooka was paced by 20 points from senior Jake Hogan. Hogan tallied 18 in the 52-36 win over Romeoville, while Myers chipped in 14. It was Myers who led the scoring in Minooka’s 5241 win over Lockport. He posted 17 points, while Hogan had 12. Hogan was named to the AllTournament team for Minooka.

JOLIET CENTRAL In a tournament that is more about finding out what a team needs to work on, the Steelmen were able to find out and earn a pair of wins in the process. “We learned who can play in situations,” said Central coach Jeff Corcoran. “This may have tightened the rotation up a bit. We learned who can play in situations. This sets the tone for what we want to do and who fits into that.” Joliet Central alternated wins and losses in the tournament, falling to Minooka in the thirdplace game 60-50. All-Tournament selection Jonah Coble led the Steelmen in scoring with 16 points. The Steelmen opened the tournament with a 54-37 win over Plainfield Central. Jalen Heath paced the team with 10 points, while Coble added eight. Heath also led the team in rebounding with 10.

Coble posted 17 and Heath added 10 in Central’s 67-50 loss to eventual tournament champion Crete-Monee. Three Steelmen were in double digits in the 61-40 win over JCA. Coble led the way with a doubledouble of 14 points and 10 rebounds, while Markel Elis added 11 points and Heath posted 10.

LOCKPORT The Porters tournament started off well, but ended with a sixthplace finish after a 48-43 loss to Plainfield Central. David Robinson led the scoring with 10 points, while Grover Anderson and Andrew Gosney added seven each. Lockport opened the tournament with a 49-34 win over Romeoville. Robinson put up a game-high 20 points, while Derrick Lockhart chipped in seven. It was Lockhart who led the scoring in Lockport’s 48-47 loss to Providence Catholic with 13 points, while John Campbell added 10. Robinson tallied seven points, but grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. The Porters ended up in the fifth-place game after a 52-41 loss to Minooka. Anderson led the team with 12 points, while Campbell added eight and Lockhart chipped in seven.

JOLIET CATHOLIC Despite a 0-4 tournament, JCA coach Joe Gura was happy to get the young Hillmen game action. “We know who we are,” Gura said. “We are a young, young, young,young team with unlimited potential. We just have to keep striving through. This is not an easy tournament. In any year, we are probably the number eight seed anyway based on history –

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Minooka’s Darrin Myers tries to driver past Central’s Jonah Coble.

but that will change soon.” Joliet Catholic opened the tournament with an 83-52 loss to eventual champion Crete-Monee. Senior Ryan Peter scored 17 points, while Shakar Washington tallied 15 points. Freshman Jalen Jackson had 11 in his varsity debut. Peter again led the team in scoring the next two games he scored 16 in JCA’s 52-39 loss to Plainfield Central and 11 in a 6140 loss to Joliet Central. Washington paced the team with 13 points in their 59-42 loss to Romeoville. “We played with five or six guys that had no varsity experience and that is crazy,” Gura said. “We showed flashes of doing what we have to do, but then we showed breakdowns of being young. I am very encouraged, we have four games in Aurora next week and we will be fine.”




Alviti heads Voyager All-Area team By Mike Sandrolini Sports Reporter

“Matt Al-vi-ti … Matt Al-vi-ti.” This chant from the Maine South student section could be heard at regular intervals not only at every home game during Matt Alviti’s stellar senior season,

but throughout the brilliant three-year career of the Hawks’ quarterback. “You hear them, and it’s awesome to know that the whole school is behind you,” said Alviti, the Voyager Media 2012 Football Player of the Year. “It’s a great honor,” said Alviti

regarding being named Player of the Year. “I had a great career at Maine South playing in a great system. The coaches put me in a great situation and I had great teammates. I can’t get this award without my teammates as well as the coaching staff.” Alviti threw for 2,740 yards this season—completing 68 percent of his attempts—with 28 touchdown passes and only five interceptions. He also was a threat on the ground, rushing for 843 yards and 19 touchdowns. Alviti’s versatility will fit him well as he takes his talents next fall to Northwestern University, a great place for multidimensional quarterbacks. “I think the sky’s the limit for him (at Northwestern) with the offense they run,” said Maine South head coach David Inserra. “They do an incredible job of pulling the best out of the quarterbacks they have. He has the arm strength, the athletic ability and the toughness to play that position.” “I think I’ll be able to succeed well in their offensive system,” Alviti added. “That’s one of the big reasons I picked Northwestern.” Alviti took over as the starting QB his sophomore year and helped guide Maine South to the Class 8A state championship— winning 12 consecutive contests after the team had lost its first two games of the year. The Hawks then rattled off another 10 in a row during Alviti’s junior season in 2011 before falling in the second round of

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Maine South quarterback Matt Alviti is the Voyager Media 2012 Football Player of the Year.

the playoffs (10-1 overall). This season, the Hawks (11-1) won 11 straight and advanced to the quarterfinals. All told, Maine South compiled a 33-4 record with Alviti under center. But Alviti’s career numbers are even more noteworthy.

He finishes with 9,746 total yards, ranking him fourth unofficially in IHSA history. He’s also fifth all-time in passing yardage (7,788) and passes completed (538), and is tied for ninth with 78 career TD passes. “What he’s done just in sheer numbers is phenomenal,” Inserra said. “Leading the team to the state championship as a sophomore, he was definitely the leader of that team. He did everything he could to duplicate that feat his junior and senior years.” The rest of the members of the Voyager Media All-Area Football Team are:

A.J. APIQUIAN S e n i o r linebacker from Plainfield Central led the team with 65 tackles, 11.5 for loss, with two sacks. “Excellent See ALL-AREA, page 15

Sports ALL-AREA reader, great blitzer and our leading tackler,” Central coach John Jackson said. “He is very versatile and was a free safety last year. He was an impact player and our defensive leader.”

the defensive line in 2012. “You always need someone on the offensive line to captain things, take charge and direct traffic, and Nick kind of did that,” said Notre Dame coach Mike Hennessey. “With Chris’ stats, you have to have guys up front that are doing a tremendous job. All five guys did a tremendous job for us.”



Despite missing nearly five games with injury, the University of Illinois-bound Bolingbrook quarterback posted 1,091 yards of total offense and 16 total touchdowns. The 2011 Voyager Media Player of the year, his coach John Ivlow calls Bailey “The best player in state.”

Sophomore quarterback burst onto the scene this season, completing 181 of 303 passes for 2,318 yards and 20 TDs.After only one season, he is 700 yards and four TDs shy of the school record. “As a sophomore he stepped up and had some spectacular games for us,” said Benet coach Pat New.“He is only going to get better the next two years.”

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CALEB BAILEY Bailey, a linebacker for Romeoville, led the team with 104 tackles and also spent some time on offense, gaining 288 yards with three scores on just 42 carries. “Caleb Bailey is one of the best football players I have had the pleasure of coaching,” Romeoville coach Jeff Kuna said. “Caleb has been our Defensive MVP the last two years and has set almost every defensive statistical record in our program. He has a great combination of speed, strength and athleticism which has made his a very versatile defensive player, from playing the run, to pressuring the quarterback or dropping into coverage.  Caleb has played great for us over the last two seasons, but I still believe he is learning the game and his best football is yet to be played.”

NICK BARGIONE Chris James was quick to give credit to the Notre Dame’s offensive line throughout the season for his success, and Bargione was one of those linemen who helped spring James for long gains. Bargione started the 2011 season at tackle before moving to guard this year. He also saw plenty of action in

HERB BETANCOURT Betancourt was one of the Notre Dame’s leaders on defense. His prowess for making big plays helped lift Notre Dame to the Class 6A quarterfinals this season—the Dons’ best postseason finish since 1997. “He took and ownership and leadership on the defensive end,” said Hennessy. “He’s an excellent athlete, and has very good overall speed. Because of that, we were able to put him in a lot of different situations to make him effective, and therefore, make our defense effective.”

J. B. BUTLER No matter who was in the backfield this season, JCA moved the ball on the ground to the tune of 3,682 yards, a lot of them coming behind Butler. He also posted 20 tackles as a part-time defensive lineman. “To be a two-year starter already by the end of your junior year on our offensive line at left tackle says a lot about his abilities,” said JCA coach Dan Sharp. “He has great feet and great athleticism, and we can also use him as a pulling guard. He has a first-class motor, always making that push forward, and he did a great job blocking field goals and extra points.When we needed help and physicality in the interior of our defensive

line, we knew who to turn to.”

VONTAE DIGGS Downers North junior had 56 tackles, 16 for losses and six sacks. “He will be a Division-I prospect if he put some meat on for next year,” North coach John Wander said. “He has big play potential every snap he is in the game.”

BRYCE DOUGLAS A powerful defensive tackle, the Illinois recruit was a threeyear starter and was the defensive MVP in the Southwest Prairie Conference for Plainfield Central. Douglas tallied 48 tackles, 12 for a loss, with 3.5 sacks, one interception and a forced fumble. “He is the strongest Player I’ve ever coached,” Jackson said. “His value is in the fact that he demanded double teams from opponent’s offenses yet he still dominated games despite it.”

JORDAN ELLINGWOOD The senior finished his career as the second leading career rusher in Plainfield Central history. This year he tallied

THE BUGLE/SENTINEL NOVEMBER 28, 2012 1,066 yards rushing and 12 touchdowns. “He is one of the toughest (If not the toughest) football player I’ve ever coached and one of the best football players I’ve ever coached,” Jackson said.

JACK EURITT Senior broke the school’s record for receptions in a season, catching 55 passes for 850 yards and 10 touchdowns. “He is a terrific athlete and set the school record for receptions,” New said. “He made some huge plays for us this year.”

BRETT FOX The three-year starter for Plainfield North spent time on both sides of the ball at linebacker and tight end. He had 94 tackles on defense with 2.5 sacks and two fumble recoveries, and had six catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns. “Brett is a tough, physical twoway player for us,” North coach Tim Kane said. “How he played the game on both sides of the ball raised everyone else’s level as well due to his tenacity and intensity.”

CLIFTON GARRETT The Plainfield South junior linebacker totaled 107 tackles on the season, 10.5 for a loss, and a fumble return for a touchdown. He also contributed four touchdowns on offense. He


is being recruited by several top college football programs across the country. “He is an outstanding competitor, and has outstanding talent,” South coach Ken Bublitz said. “Clifton demonstrates tremendous closing speed and impressive finishes on tackles. He was able to get involved in the offense as the season continued demonstrating excellent hands as a receiver, toughness as a runner and aggressiveness as a blocker.”

TY ISAAC In a school that has produced great high school running backs, the USC-bound Isaac passed them all, posting 5,315 yards in his JCA career. Despite battling nagging injuries from the first game of the season this year, Isaac still rushed for 1,500 yards and 22 touchdowns. “I told him after our last game, ‘I never saw anyone run the ball better in a brown jersey than you,’ ” Sharp said. “We finally get Ty healthy and the season is over. He had an amazing career year here, playing in two state championship games and being our all-time leading rusher, but I what will remember the most See ALL-AREA, page 16



ALL-AREA Continued from page 15 is how well he handled all the attention, all the accolades, with such humility and class. And I know USC can’t wait to get him on their campus.”

ZACH JACKOVICH The junior defensive back posted 66 tackles this season and was third on the team with 35 solo tackles. A Johnny-on-thespot player most of the season, Jackovich posted a team-best seven interceptions. “When Grant Harrison went down with an injury before the season opener against Providence, Zach stepped into that hole at free safety and made his mark on our secondary,” Sharp said. “When we were struggling to come up with turnovers at the start of the year, Zach would intercept a pass, or even two, and that’s something every defense is looking for that timely turnover. And he can only get better for next season.”

CHRIS JAMES James, who led Notre Dame in rushing as a sophomore, took his game to the next level, and then

some, during his junior season. James’ combination of power, quickness and speed enabled him to pile up 2,089 yards and 29 touchdowns on the ground, while adding 252 yards and three scores receiving. “Chris did a great job getting himself prepared for this season, getting bigger, faster, stronger, adapting and maturing,” said Hennessey.“He had a better sense and better vision for holes, and better anticipation.”

BLAKE KING T h e Northwesternbound offensive lineman, King was the catalyst for everything Minooka did offensively this season, being able to block for the run or pass. “Blake was a solid player for us all year,” said Minooka coach Paul Forsythe. “Obviously, he was someone who we tried to run behind whenever we could.”

TYLER LANCASTER Plainfield East center was the main man up front for the Bengals. “He is a Northwestern commit on the offensive line,” East coach Mike Romeli said. He

Sports had 16 tackles 5 tackles for loss and was very dominant.”

PAT MALONEY When Maine South coach David Inserra talks about Maloney, two words come to mind - pure leadership. “Both vocally and physically,” Inserra added. “He truly was the emotional and verbal leader on this team. He always brought everyone together. He’s like a second coach on the field.” The 6-3, 275-pound Ball State signee, named CSL South Lineman of the Year, is a two-time all-CSL South pick and had 34 pancake blocks. “Ball State is getting a winner, just way he handles himself and way he plays,” Inserra said.

NOAH MEYER Meyer, the co-CSL South Defensive Player of the Year, was a mainstay on a Hawks’ defense that helped lift Maine South to consecutive undefeated regular seasons. He compiled a teamhigh 83 tackles, including 19 tackles-for-loss. “He’s extremely aggressive and changes direction really well,” said Inserra.“He’s our leader on defense and we had a pretty solid defense..”

PORTER ONTKO Two-way player for 11-2 Benet, Ontko carried the ball for 967 yards and 15 touchdowns this season, while catching 34 passes for 349 yards and one score.

On the defensive side, was a fixture in the defensive backfield and had one interception for a touchdown. “He was such an explosive player for us,” New said. “He is a physical player that is really explosive with the ball in his hands. He ran the ball for us, was a receiver, defensive back and he was also a return man.”

rushing yards, 396 receiving yards and eight TDs. “Korey is a tremendous football player and will be very successful someday because of his hard work,” said coach Jason Aubrey.



A nonstarter at the beginning of the season, the Minooka senior proved he earned the job and started at defensive back the last seven games of the season and ended up with a team-best six interceptions. “Corbett was the spark that got us out of an 0-3 start,” Forsythe said. “He made big plays that changed the outcome of games for us. With six interceptions in only seven games started, his side of the field was a turnover waiting to happen.”

A senior running back/ linebacker from Downers North, Salter led team with 802 rushing yards and six touchdowns for Class 7A quarterfinalist.Also had a defensive touchdown. “He is a special athlete who could play almost any position on the field,” Wander said. “He is undersized, but has a heart of gold.”


OMAR STOVER Senior running back carried the ball a team-best 112 times for 1,012 yards and 12 touchdowns on the season for Bolingbrook.


Niles West advanced to the postseason for the first time Senior quarterback and since 2004 this fall, and Williams defensive back was team MVP is a big reason why. The 6-foot, for Plainfield North. He had 180-pound Williams, named 684 rushing yards and seven CSL South co-Defensive Player touchdowns, while throwing of the Year, recorded 119 total for 981 yards and had 12 tackles and 12 tackles-for-loss. touchdown passes. He also had He also is a two-time all-CSL three interceptions on defense. South selection. “Kurt has been a great leader “James plays with a passion for us and made so many plays and motor that I have not seen in for us on both sides of the my years of coaching,” said Niles ball,” Kane said. “As a QB he is West coach Scott Baum. “He has dangerous due to his speed, a knack for being around the athleticism and throwing ability.  football and is a model for being Numerous times he has made a true student-athlete.” positive yardage plays when it had looked like a play for a EMILE WISDOM loss.” A l l  JAY ROBERTS conference defensive A senior from Plainfield North, player for Roberts has gone over 1,000 B o l i n g b r o o k yards rushing each of the past posted a teamtwo years, gaining 1,238 this high 81 tackles, year, with 13 touchdowns. including a “Jay is a very physical, Raider-best 46 powerful  between the tackle solo tackles and 11 tackles for runner and has carried the load loss. He also led the team with for us for the past two seasons,” six sacks and three fumble Kane said. recoveries. “He was a two-year starter KOREY ROGERS and the leader of the defense,” said Ivlow. “He was one of the Do-everything senior for Joliet only seniors on defense and he West, Rogers was a running back, will be missed.” receiver and played quarterback Scott Taylor and Mark Gregory contributed in the Wildcat. He posted 525





Wildcats take fifth at WJOL By Mark Gregory Sports Reporter

Coming off a hard-fought, eight-point loss to CreteMonee in the third round of the WJOL Thanksgiving Classic at the University of St. Francis, Plainfield Central was excited to take to the floor Nov. 24 against Lockport in the battle for fifth place. The Wildcats (2-2) fought just as hard as they had the day before, only this time, they grabbed the 48-43 win. “We were excited to get four games here and if you can’t win four, you have to win three and if you can’t win three, you have to win two,” said Central coach Steve Lamberti. “Having to play Lockport was big for us. They are a well-coached, structured, storied program and being able to get a win with an inexperienced team here is big for us. “I thought (against CreteMonee) we played our best game of the year and came up short. Today was a completely different feeling because we came out and fought hard and were able to get the win.” Logan Velasquez paced all scorers with 15 points, while freshman Justin Windt added 12. “Logan has been playing good defensively, but he had 15 here and that is his best game,” Lamberti said. He said returners Curtis Harrington,Velasquez and Mitch Young have been pressing a lot early in the year with the influx of new players. “We have a lot of inexperienced guys. Justin is a freshman and (Devaun Goodlow) coming out as a senior, Dwight Watkins is a new player and Josh Zaragoza didn’t play last year. We have a lot of guys that are just starting to get it,” Lambert said. “We are expecting a lot out of Curtis and Logan and Mitch and so far they have had OK starts. They are trying to do a little too much right now. The shooting percentage from (Young and

Harrington) is not great. They are not selfish guys, but the mentality is they have to do what they can to help us win. Once they relax, they will be fine.” Lamberti said the others are stepping up to take the pressure off. “Justin is an undersized post as a freshman and we knew he would give us some energy and due to some circumstances, he had to start a few games for us here and was really solid – on the glass, defensively and finishing inside,” Lamberti said. “That is a big Lockport team and he is the kind of guy that is going to keep growing and getting better. It is nice to see guys coming off the bench like Dwight Watkins and Josh Zaragoza and Matt Ryan and give us some energy.We have 14 guys on the roster and for the last four games, we have had 14 guys some way, somehow trying to help us get a win.” “I am really proud of the seniors for helping those guys. That goes unnoticed sometime, when you have a senior helping a junior, helping a freshman, helping a senior who was hurt last year, helping a transfer understand what we expect.” Windt came off the bench in the tournament opener in a 5437 loss to Joliet Central, scoring six. The Wildcats were paced by eight from Velasquez, as Goodlow, a transfer from Romeoville, added seven and Young and Harrington had six each as well. In game two, Central earned its first win, 52-39 over JCA. Harrington posted 15, Goodlow added 12 and Young had 10. Windt had six in his first career start. In the loss to Crete-Monee, Windt and Velasquez shared honors with 10 each. The win over Lockport evened out their wins and losses for the tournament. “These guys are proud of the win, but when I look at them, they are hungry. They are disappointed in some things

BOYS BOWLING 1. Romeoville 2. Plainfield Central 3. Lockport 4. Minooka 5. Bolingbrook 6. Joliet West 7. Plainfield North

GIRLS BOWLING 1. Lockport 2. Minooka 3. Joliet West 4. Plainfield East 5. Plainfield North 6. Plainfield Central 7. Downers South

BOYS BASKETBALL 1. Benet 2. Joliet West 3. Notre Dame 4. Bolingbrook 5. Downers South 6. Minooka 7. Niles West

GIRLS BASKETBALL 1. Bolingbrook 2. Maine South 3. Plainfield East 4. Romeoville 5. Benet 6. JCA 7. Plainfield North

WRESTLING Mark Gregory/Bugle Staff

Plainfield Central guard Curtis Harrington helped the Wildcats placed fifth at the WJOL Classic.

they did wrong, like some turnovers,” Lamberti said. “They are disappointed they didn’t pull away some more and that we missed some free throws, but we made them when they count and did the things they needed to do. We are both

better for playing each other, we are happy to get the W, but we know it could have went either way. “We hope that this helps us get some wins throughout the year.”

1. Lockport 2. Minooka 3. Notre Dame 4. Plainfield Central 5. Downers North 6. Joliet West 7. Downers South Rankings are compiled by Mark Gregory and Scott Taylor.



fancy. Focus on activities you enjoy rather than work. Important decisions should be postponed until later this week.

Take the chip off your shoulder and try to make the best of every situation in the week ahead.

Don’t be your own worst critic. You shouldn’t torture yourself over shortcomings when you possess so many strengths. Do what you do best in the week ahead instead of trying to do what you can’t.

Every rose has thorns. Don’t let appearances fool you, just because everything appears rosy on the surface doesn’t mean that there aren’t unforeseen pitfalls lurking around the corner. Remain on guard this week.


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Avoid the ‘fight to be right’ to get results Q. I’m an avid reader of this column and am puzzled by why you so often recommend telling coworkers they are right in an argument. I think the truth is important. I always speak my mind. Do I have to pick between making my point and being effective at work? A. Yes, being right and being effective are mutually exclusive choices. When you fight to be right, you guarantee the other person is now at risk of being wrong. Most normal people will then engage in a power struggle with you that will not end in you getting what you want. Clients are always telling me how enlightening it is to find out they are not the only person on the planet who is emotionally insecure at times. Many people don’t realize that everyone in their workplace is walking around wanting to avoid ever

feeling they are inadequate or bad. W e accidentally trigger these fears in our coworkers when we insist on being right. Unfortunately, most of your coworkers identify being right with being good and adequate. Thus, they will fight to the death to be right. If you understand this dynamic, you will become a black belt at workplace politics. You will probably be the only one in your workplace who can emotionally afford to be wrong ... and then get what you want. Most people around you will actually give away what they originally wanted if you will just let them be right. I’ve had executive coaching

clients who have spent years arguing with me about why it is necessary for them to be right. Then one day, they allow the other person to be right and quickly get what they want. Realize there is a long, long checkout line at work of people who will do just about anything to be right. Consider whether you’d rather be in an area with no line with people who can tolerate being wrong and effective. An excellent phrase to practice when a coworker wants to make you wrong is,“You may be right.” You’ll then be able to return to negotiating the outcome you desire because you allowed your coworker to win the power struggle for self-esteem. If you find it nearly impossible to let coworkers win right/wrong arguments, ask yourself what you hope to gain by winning? Anytime you get to be right,

you’ll still face the insecurity of being wrong in the future. Ask yourself what your long-term benefit is by winning one selfesteem power struggle. Now ask yourself what your long-term gain is when you let others be right and consistently get the result you prefer? Who do you figure has the most power and influence at work, the person who is right or the person who gets results? Yes, you’ll have to give up the emotional dessert of immediate satisfaction when you win an argument. However, as time goes by and you accumulate result over result, being right might seem much less delicious.

The last word(s) Q. I have a job I love and I am paid well. I listen to friends who complain about their jobs. Is it cheating to be making good

money to be paid to do what you enjoy? A. No, we do our best work at an activity that feels like adult play. Enjoying our work puts us in a state of creativity and passion for excellence - and that is exactly what others want to pay us for!

(Daneen Skube, Ph.D., executive coach, trainer, therapist and speaker, also appears as the FOX Channel’s “Workplace Guru” each Monday morning. She’s the author of “Interpersonal Edge: Breakthrough Tools for Talking to Anyone, Anywhere, About Anything” (Hay House, 2006). You can contact Dr. Skube at www. or 1420 NW Gilman Blvd., #2845, Issaquah, WA 98027. Sorry, no personal replies.)


Letting them in on financial secrets Dear Dave, I’m in a very fortunate position when it comes to my finances. I’m 25, and I make $50,000 a year. I’m also completely debt-free. In your opinion, when is it appropriate to let someone you’re dating know about your financial situation? Anonymous Dear Anonymous, Wow, you are in a great position for someone so young. I’m not sure how you got there, but it certainly wasn’t by being dumb or immature. I think it’s only natural in a dating situation to reveal more about oneself as time passes and the relationship gets deeper and more serious. In my mind, people who start throwing around financial information on a first

date are either extremely superficial or just plain weird. But after you’ve been dating a while, and definitely before you’re engaged, you should know everything about the other person. There should be complete disclosure. That’s called intimacy. There’s no room for skeletons in the closet when it comes to a healthy relationship. Just take your time and make sure you’re both committed to being open and honest about things. Then, as the relationship progresses, the depth of intimacy and the depth of information will

progress in all areas of your lives. —Dave

What’s the worst that can happen? Dear Dave, My wife and I want to do a livein/flip real estate purchase. The idea is to buy a fixer-upper and rent out the basement to help with the mortgage payments. What do you think about the idea? Brian Dear Brian, I love real estate. I’ve flipped a few houses too. But the particulars of the deal make me a little nervous. In a situation like this you need to do a basic business analysis.

You’ve got to have a plan and figure out the worst case scenario. Part of this is determining whether or not you can survive if things fall apart. In this case, the worst case is that you can’t get a renter and the house doesn’t sell. It puts your family in jeopardy if this happens, so to me it’s not an option. Honestly, I think you’ve got house fever right now. The possibility I just mentioned isn’t a rare occurrence. Lots of people have had the same idea, with the best of intentions, and still end up in a big mess. But if you and your wife are willing to accept the possibility of things not working out like you planned—and the fact that you might have to take additional jobs for an unknown period of time just to make ends meet—then it might be a play.

Me? I don’t like putting myself into skin-of-my-teeth positions intentionally. When I wore a younger man’s clothes, I was willing to do stuff and ignore the risk involved. Going broke years ago knocked that out of me in a hurry. Any deal that runs the risk of leaving you bankrupt, or the victim of a foreclosure, just isn’t worth it! —Dave * Dave Ramsey is America’s trusted voice on money and business. He’s authored four New York Times bestselling books: Financial Peace, More Than Enough, The Total Money Makeover and EntreLeadership. The Dave Ramsey Show is heard by more than 5 million listeners each week on more than 500 radio stations. Follow Dave on Twitter at @DaveRamsey and on the web at









Mobile Workforce Center announces December schedule Workforce Services Division of Will County has announced the December schedule of its Mobile Workforce Center. The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters, and job applications. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations, internet access, and offers keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings including and Illinois workNet. The Mobile Workforce Center will be at Bolingbrook IDES, 321 Quadrangle Drive, Bolingbrook, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Mondays with the exception of Dec. 24, when MWC will be in for maintenance. On all Tuesdays except Christmas Day, it will provide service from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. at the main entrance to Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. It will be at Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each Wednesday. Wilmington City Hall, 1165 S. Water St., Wilmington, will host MWC from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. every Thursday. The unit will be at Frankfort

Township Office, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort, from 9:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 3 p.m. on Fridays. Will County Executive Larry Walsh encourages job seekers to take advantage of the service, which is offered at no cost to county residents. Workforce Services is under the Will County Executive’s office and is led byAdministrative Manager Susan Flessner. For additional information about the Workforce Services Division of Will County, go to

Workforce Services offers five-workshop series in December Workforce Services Division of Will County has announced its December schedule of workshops designed for job seekers. “Workforce Services has developed some wonderful workshops to aid our residents,” Walsh said. “These classes will give residents an edge when looking for and applying for jobs.” “Many of our customers have not needed to look for work in a long time,” said Susan Flessner, WSD Administrative Manager. “These workshops help them brush up on their job search skills, and maybe learn some

new job search techniques that didn’t exist five or 10 years ago.” Choosing a new career will help those who have been laid off and would like assistance to determine which careers best suit their skills and interests. It will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 4, and at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20. A session on job search skills, Master Your Job Search, will be offered at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5, and at 10:30 a.m.Tuesday, Dec. 18. Stand Out Resumes will be offered at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 11, and at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26. Learn the basics of creating a competitive resume. Attendees may bring current resumes and have one-on-one reviews with WSD staff by request. Participants will learn interviewing techniques at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, and at 2 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27, in Successful Interviewing. Learn how to prepare for a job interview, be confident and make a positive impression. Attendees may each schedule an individual, digitally recorded mock interview after completing the workshop. Networking Your Way to a New Job will help job searchers learn how to develop relationships and contacts with relatives, friends and acquaintances who

can assist with the job search. The class also includes the use of social media in networking. The workshop will be held at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19. All workshops will be held on the fourth floor of the JJC City Center Campus building at 214 N. Ottawa St. and are offered at no cost for Will County residents. Workshops last about an hour, depending upon the number of participants. To reserve a seat, contact Roxy Sefcik by phone at (815)

723-3884, or e-mail at rsefcik@ In addition, WSD’s computer lab will be open at 3 p.m. Thursdays and at 10:30 a.m. Fridays for job seekers who wish to learn basic computer skills. Walk-ins are welcome at computer labs. For additional information about the Workforce Services Division of Will County, go to WSD is under the County Executive’s office.



Sentinel 11-28-12  

Sentinel 11-28-12