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Hands of Peace Celebrates 15 Years BY LIBBY ELLIOTT DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

More than 300 supporters and young alumni of the Glenview-based organization Hands of Peace gathered on May 6 in Regenstein Hall at the Chicago Botanic Garden to celebrate the organization’s 15-year history of empowering Israeli, Palestinian and American teens to work for peace in their communities. The event raised more than $150,000 to support the non-profit’s summer peace building programs in Chicago and San Diego, as well as ongoing outreach in the Middle East to promote education and leadership skills for young people. After an opening cocktail reception, dinner and silent auction, attendees watched two short films, including one made by Hands of Peace youth during a recent summer visit to Chicago. The evening’s program also featured presentations by two Hands of Peace alumni: Shira Gemer, a Jewish Israeli who participated in Hands of Peace in the summers of 2003 and 2004, and Samir Hawila, a Palestinian citizen of Israel who traveled to Chicago for the summer program in 2006 and 2007. Gemer is now working at a Jerusalem news channel as the editor of a program about Middle Eastern politics. Hawila is a political advisor at the British Embassy in Tel Aviv. “The experience definitely shaped my profesContinued on PG 7

FETCHING FUN DOG PARKS GIVE CANINES, HUMANS SPACE TO UNLEASH BY LIBBY ELLIOTT DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

On a warm spring or summer day on the North Shore, it can often feel like all of humanity is out walking a dog. It’s true that Chicago’s leafy northern suburbs are a paradise for canines. Between the lake, the beach, and a plentiful supply of off-leash dog parks, there’s ample space for rambunctious pups to run, fetch and wag their way to tired contentment. At Winnetka’s off-leash dog beach at Centennial Park on Sheridan Road, a warm, sunny morning can bring as many as 10 to 15 dogs and their humans out for 30 minutes to an hour or more of playtime, a ritual many dog beach regulars consider an essential component of their daily routine. Winnetka resident Annie Ross takes her 9-month old mini-Australian Shepherd, Nellie, to the dog beach almost every morning - rain, snow or shine. Bringing Nellie to the beach, said Ross - even on a bitterly cold morning – is a necessity for them both. “It’s her social time,” said Annie, who chatted amiably with other dog owners while tossing balls to Nellie. “It’s my social time, too. By coming down here each day, winter didn’t seem quite so daunting.” Nellie is joined most beach mornings by her four-legged pals, Ryman, Goldie, Bear, Pippa and Henry. In the years before Pippa - a German Shorthaired Pointer - and Henry - an English Springer Spaniel - relocated to Winnetka from the United Kingdom in 2015 with owners Caroline and Lee Betsill, the two dogs lived totally off-leash, running alongside the Betsills’ horses and wandering freely on their property. The Betsills chose their home, in part, for its close proximity to Centennial Park. “Our realtor told us, ‘you’ve got to get a beach pass and get yourself down there,’” said Caroline. Grace Flatt walks the short distance from

Van Cortez of Glenview with Dory the Dachshund at Community Bark West in Glenview. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

her home to Winnetka’s dog beach nearly every day with her active, athletic 2-year-old Yellow Labrador Retriever, Goldie, often meeting good friends, Rosalie Ten Bruggencate - dog mom to 3-year old Black Lab Bear - and Ashley Vaughn Bransfield mama of Ryman, a Border Collie/Blue Heeler mix. “To be honest, if Goldie doesn’t get the proper exercise each day, I’m in trouble,” said Flatt. “I come home to find a rug or chair chewed in my kitchen.”

The Winnetka Park District (WPD) maintains strict control over access to Centennial Dog Beach, requiring that owners produce proof of current vaccinations and a village dog license before issuing a key entry card to the enclosed area. Roughly 375 dog passes are issued by the WPD each year. Like most North Shore dog parks, the WPD charges a hefty fee for non-residents. Locals pay just $40 per one-year pass versus Continued on PG 7

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INDEX

NEWS 8 go native in the garden

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Many organizations recommend planting native species – for good reason.

8 art in the park

Glenview artist’s new sculpture is rooted in Flick Park lore.

LIFESTYLE & ARTS 9 north shore foodie

Customers are loyal to Alchemy Coffee Bar, and not just because it serves great coffee.

9 social scene

A Night of Glenbrook Theater drew almost 200 supporters to Disney’s The Little Mermaid.

REAL ESTATE 10 open houses

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NEWS FETCHING FUN Cont. from PG 1 $180 for non-residents. In addition to staging a community-wide clean up every May, the WPD’s maintenance crew regularly collects trash and lake debris from the beach throughout the day. Pass holders are expected to abide by a publicly posted list of rules and regulations, including cleaning up their dog’s waste. In the summer months, the WPD turns on a water hose stationed inside Centennial Park to aid in cleaning sandy, muddy pups. Further south, at Wilmette’s Gillson Park Dog Beach, the same rules apply, although access is not regulated through a key card. The beach can be accessed through a locked gate, but off-leash dogs are required to display a permit tag on their collar. At Glenview’s Community Bark West’s 6-acre off-leash dog park, located off Zenith Drive inside the vast 95-acre Community Park recreational complex, access to a large, fencedin grassy field is controlled with magnetic key cards issued by the Glenview Park District. The park district issues an average of 550 passes each year, currently priced at $60 for residents and $138 for non-residents. Glenview resident Patti McCleery brings her 1-year old terrier mix, Gertie – rescued from a shelter in Tennessee - to Community Bark West an average of three times a week. “She loves to run and jump and the yard just wasn’t enough,” said McCleery. McCleery and Gertie often socialize with other dog park regulars, including Cindy Sunkel and her 4-year old Golden Doodle, Ralph, as well as John Mooney and his 3-year old Dachshund, Dory, who has a penchant for escaping from the family’s backyard. Bringing Dory regularly to a park where she can roam freely, said Mooney, has helped curb her appetite for illicit adventure. “She still has wanderlust, but it’s gotten better,”

said Mooney. Amenities at Community Bark West include a separate fenced area for smaller dogs, a covered picnic area, a water hose and water fountain (with separate spouts for both dogs and humans) - plus metal water bowls that remain at the park year round. “The dogs have their preferences,” said Mooney. “Some like the hose, others insist on a bowl. To be honest, the dogs are as quirky as their owners.” North Shore’s off-leash dog parks include: Glenview • Community Bark West, 1001 Zenith Drive • Beck Lake Off-Leash Dog Area, 9700 Gloria Court Wilmette • Gilson Park Dog Beach, Sheridan Road & Michigan Avenue Winnetka • Centennial Park Dog Beach, 225 Sheridan Road Highland Park • Moraine Park and Beach, 2501 Sheridan Road Deerfield • Jaycee Memorial Park, 1050 Wilmot Road Lake Forest • Prairie Wolf Dog Exercise Area, Waukegan Road (Route 43), south of Old Mill Road and north of Half Day Road (Route 22) Lake Bluff • Sunrise Beach, 1 East Center Avenue Northbrook • Coast Guard Park, 2490 Dundee Road

Grertie runs with the ball at Community Bark West in Glenview.

PEACE Cont. from PG 1 sional choices,” said Gemer, a former Jerusalembased producer for the BBC. “I went on to study journalism…I wanted to stay involved by reporting on the Middle East conflict.” Hands of Peace founder Gretchen Grad served as the program’s moderator. “Tonight’s benefit has a duel purpose,” Grad told DailyNorthShore. “Hands of Peace is still very much a grass-roots fundraising organization, so we have pressing financial needs, but we’re also gathered to make new friends and raise the organization’s profile.” As a non-profit 501(c)(3), Hands of Peace relies heavily on private donations to meet its annual $800,000 operating budget. Founded in the aftermath of 9/11 by three women – one Jewish, one Muslim and one Christian – Hands of Peace works with youth to break down the walls of conflict in the Middle East. After an extensive application process, approximately 50 Middle Eastern and American teens aged 15-17 get together in Chicago and San Diego for three weeks of dialogue sessions, arts and educational activities, and team building ex- Zena Abdelhamid and her mom, Nashwa Mekky, both of Northbrook, Yasmeen Abdelhamid of ercises. The participants are housed with local host Northbrook and Amreen Khadeer of Chicago during the Hands of Peace benefit at the Chicago Botanic families, with whom they often build long-term Garden. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER friendships. Winnetka residents Irene and Tom Smith have organizing an annual picnic for teen participants ago, the Smiths hosted two students in their home supported Hands of Peace for nearly 11 years by each July in Winnetka’s Elder Park. Several years for three weeks – one Palestinian, one Israeli – THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

coming together from areas deeply divided by conflict, culture, geography and history. “The idea behind Hands of Peace is to provide a safe place for kids to learn about each other,” said Smith. “But that doesn’t mean they’re not immune to what’s happening around us.” Hands of Peace has expanded in size, strength and scope over the past 15 years; a second San Diego program launched in 2014. The organization now has more than 500 alumni living and working for peace across the United States and throughout Israel and the Palestinian West Bank. “Hands of Peace is Chicago’s best kept secret and it really shouldn’t be,” said Gretchen Grad. “There’s Middle East youth empowerment going on right here in our own backyard.” Hands of Peace alumna Erika Grad, who recently graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut with a degree in African Studies and Human Rights, credits the summer peace-building program with her decision to join the United States Peace Corps this September. Grad will teach English in Madagascar for two years, but hopes to pursue a career in the Foreign Service. “I have Hands of Peace to thank for my broader interest in the world,” said Grad, a Hands of Peace participant in 2010, following her freshman year at Glenbrook South High School. “I’ve always found a way to embed that experience into my conversations and interactions with people from all walks of life.”

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NEWS

Native Plants Fight Invasive Species, Stem Stormwater Woes BY EMILY SPECTRE DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

Want to stem stormwater problems and nurture butterflies? Planting an oak tree can help accomplish both endeavors – and The Grove and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District want to help. This year The Grove is partnering with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District to give away free oak tree saplings. Oak trees are thirsty plants that are a great way to take stormwater out of the system, Judy Beck, vice president and conservation chair for The Grove Heritage Association, told DailyNorthShore. The initiative is part of MWRD’s “Restore the Canopy” project. The Grove in Glenview will host its annual plant sale on May 19, which includes many native plants.  “This is a perfect opportunity for The Grove to not only provide a service for people who enjoy The Grove, but also people who want a habitat for native wildlife. That is part of The Grove’s mission - to preserve a part of Illinois cultural and natural history,” said Judy Beck. The Grove added a native plants section to its annual sale about 10 years ago, to encourage people to go native. Over time, there has been uptick in interest. “It’s really interesting to see how many people now come in and are interested in specific natives and know more and more about it,” Beck said. For instance, more people are interested in purchasing milkweed, because of an increasing awareness that the plant attracts monarch but-

Milkweed will be for sale at The Grove on May 19.

terflies, Beck said. “There is a demand for it and own native plant sale in partnership with the people are listening and it means our gardens are Wilmette Park District, which has been going all getting healthier,” she observed. strong ever since. This year’s sale, which was on The Grove is not alone – several North Shore May 12, included about 60 species — mostly peorganizations held native plant sales in the coming rennials —as well as about a half a dozen trees and weeks. shrubs that are beneficial for bird habitat. Go Green Wilmette has always been an advoNative plants “provide habitat, and it is a neat, cate of planting native plants in suburban yards simple thing people can do,” Karen Glennemeier, and gardens, but about four years ago the group a board member of Go Green Wilmette, told Dairealized that places to purchase native plants were lyNorthShore.  Native plants in suburban yards provide a stepfew and far between on the North Shore. That scarcity inspired Go Green to establish its ping stone for pollinators as they head to larger,

natural areas such as the Cook County Forest Preserve, Glennemeier said. Migrating birds fly thousands of miles and need a place to stop, rest and eat, and native trees and plants tend to host more insects and other creatures for birds to eat. The Go Green sale included plenty of showy plants for purchase, such as blazing star, which blooms pink and purple in the summer. “It’s dramatic little fire works in your garden,” Glennemeier said. Lake Forest Open Lands started selling plants about 15 years ago, but it decided to focus its spring sale on native plants, trees and shrubs when emerald ash borer hit, said Peter Gordon, director of land management and operations for Open Lands. The tiny green beetle was first confirmed in Illinois in 2006, and it spread quickly through suburban areas, ravaging local ash tree populations. As people began losing trees, Open Lands recognized the opportunity to encourage the community to plant things that are native to northern Illinois. According to Gordon, an oak tree can support about 400 species of moths and butterflies. He also said that native plants require less water, fertilization and maintenance once they are established. While many people steer clear of native plants because they fear an unruly garden, Gordon said native plants also can be utilized to create a formal, organized look. The Grove plant sale will be on May 19 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 1421 Milwaukee Avenue, Glenview; www.glenviewparks.org.

A 12-inch cast robin, made of glass, which sits on top of the sculpture, pays homage to a real robin.

Glenview Sculpture Is For The Birds BY ADRIENNE FAWCETT DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

A story about a devoted mother robin inspired visual artist Elisa Boughner to create a contemporary sculpture for Flick Park in Glenview. The Glenview Park District and the Glenview Park Foundation approached Boughner last year with the idea of adding public art to the Synnestvedt Arboretum at Flick Park, 3600 Glenview Road. The sculpture cost $17,650.

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Boughner designed a 10-foot-tall tree made of brushed aluminum with a cast 12-inch bird, made of glass, to sit on top of the tree. The sculpture was installed in Flick Park on May 9 along a wooded path of trees preserved from the former Synnestvedt Nursery. Boughner attended the installation ceremony with other notables, including Austin Bader, whose Skokie-based company, Bader Art Metal & Fabrication, constructed the sculpture, and Matt Synnestvedt and Barbara Synnestvedt. Boughner did some research and came across

a story from Ralph Synnestvedt, who formerly owned the land where the piece would be displayed, according to a press release from the Glenview Park District. Synnestvedt said that the day his nursery was relocated from the now-Flick Park, a robin’s nest was discovered in a tree after it had been pulled out of the ground and placed onto a

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truck to be transported to another city, and the crew noticed a robin was following the truck.  Boughner found an article in which Synnestvedt was quoted, “Robin just chased this tree all the way to the new site. That’s loyalty!” Boughner has had a visual arts gallery/studio in Glenview since 2000. THE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND


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Wilmette Coffeehouse is an Alchemy Attraction BY LIBBY ELLIOT DAILYNORTHSHORE.COM

Many roast masters believe there’s equal parts skill and magic in the perfectly roasted coffee bean. An expert roaster must intuitively “read” the beans, finessing both heat and timing with split-second precision. Tiny adjustments can sometimes lead to radically different - occasionally unexpected - outcomes. So it’s no surprise that veteran coffee roasters Julie and Blair Cooke didn’t feel the need to follow a prescribed recipe when they opened Alchemy Coffee Bar on Linden Avenue in Wilmette 13 years ago; they followed their instincts. When a building Blair loved came up for rent, they grabbed it. Realizing that money was tight, the couple enlisted a talented friend to custom build Alchemy’s bar and seating area out of artfully crafted plywood. And rather than install a fancy sound system, Blair brought in a vintage turntable and records from his extensive vinyl collection. “I knew we were on the right path,” said Blair. “Everything just fell into place.” Alchemy launched in 2005 with a full-time staff of two: Blair handled the in-house roasting; Julie, the baking. The couple earned their sweat equity, and then some. With big dreams and a small budget, the husband and wife business partners transformed a tiny, mid-

Blair and Julie Cooke at Alchemy Coffee House in Wilmette. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

century-style former dentist’s office into a Wilmette hot spot, where regulars from far and wide pull up by car each morning for a caffeine fix and one of Alchemy’s signature, super-sized scones. There’s no recipe for those, either. As Blair tells it, Julie was pregnant with the couple’s second child when Alchemy first opened its doors. After the baby arrived, Blair - a novice - took over her baking duties, playing a little too fast and loose with the ingredients. “The scones blew up into these big pillows, but they were wonderful,” said Julie. “We’ve been selling

them ever since.” On any given morning at Alchemy, customers can expect to find four plates piled with fluffy scones ($3.40) in fruity flavors like fig, mango and date nut, plus banana chocolate chip. If they’re lucky, Alchemy’s regulars can snag a slice of homemade banana cake with chocolate ganache before it disappears. “There are days when our cake sells out before we even put it in the display case, ” said Blair. The 600-square-foot café features a standard menu of coffee house favorites brewed with beans roasted in Alchemy’s sleek Diedrich IR-12 installed behind the bar. Choices include café au lait ($2.80), latte ($3.50), cappuccino ($3.50), chai tea latte ($3.50) and mocha ($3.88) – all served in 12-, 16- and 24-ounce cups, as well as a few of Alchemy’s own high-octane inventions. The Buzz Queen ($3.40 for 12-ounce.) is an Americano coffee served with two extra shots of espresso; the Mocha Bomber ($5.15 for 16-ounce) mixes iced coffee with dark chocolate. And in Alchemy’s version of an iced coffee, an extra espresso is added to maintain flavor as the drink is diluted with melting ice. Although Alchemy features a handful of smoothie-style drinks on its menu, it eschews the sugary, blended concoctions favored by coffee bar chains. Alchemy’s bestselling smoothie, The Alchemist, ($4.85) blends ice, milk, bananas, fig, walnuts, honey and a pinch of salt. “I don’t want candy,” said Blair. “I want drinks

and baked goods to taste like food, not cloying sweetness.” Alchemy, while comfortable, is not a place to linger for hours on end; there’s no Wi-Fi or plush leather chairs. The space is small, but functional. Customers are welcome to browse through Alchemy’s eclectic record collection. Reading material is offered in the form of an unabridged dictionary, a nod to Blair’s love of words. In the summertime, Alchemy’s front garden comes to life and customers sit outside at sidewalk tables. But most of the coffee bar’s “regular-regulars” just pop in for their favorite drink and leave with a to-go cup. “We know what they want before they even walk in the door,” said Julie. “By the time they park, their coffee is waiting on the counter.” Some customers come in just to buy a bag of Blair’s best-selling Harrar Eithopia Dark Roast coffee beans, available by the pound ($15.99), along with five other varietals. Bags of Alchemy’s coffee beans are also sold online. Open seven days a week, very little has changed at Alchemy since 2005. The coffee bar’s staff has grown slightly, but Julie and Blair have been careful not to mess with karma. “We have a system,” said Blair. “We do three things really, really well here: coffee, scones and cake. I think simplicity is a good thing. “ Alchemy Coffee House is located at 416 Linden Avenue, Wilmette; 847-251-4334, alchemycoffeehouse.com.

Socials A Night of Glenbrook Theater Glenbrook High School Foundation Photography by miniMorgan Photography

On Saturday, April 28, Northbrook and Glenview community members, parents, alumni and friends gathered for the Glenbrook High School Foundation’s “A Night of Glenbrook Theater” benefit featuring the North/South musical Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Glenbrook North High School. This marked the 6th Milestone Year of the dinner-theater benefit. The Foundation welcomed almost 200 Glenbrook supporters and raised more than $40,000 – a new record! Big Ten Network Lead Studio Host and New York Times Bestselling author Dave Revsine was the honored alumnus this year and gave the keynote address. All proceeds will be used to support programs, resources, and initiatives for Glenbrook students.

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The senior capped off a fine career with the Glenbrook South boys gymnastics team by capturing a medal at the IHSA state meet. Pauker, who qualified to state in three events, placed fourth on the pommel horse with a 9.25. For his sensational efforts, Pauker will receive a special gift from

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Pauker up Glenbrook South senior gymnast — fourth at state on pommel horse — collects program’s first state medal since 2015 BY BILL MCLEAN SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

A young man who wants to hit it big in Silicon Valley someday reached a peak at the state boys gymnastics meet last weekend. Glenbrook South senior Lucas Pauker — bound for Stanford University, where he’ll major in computer science, and a two-time Science Olympiad medalist (optics, hovercraft) — placed fourth on the pommel horse with a 9.25 at Hoffman Estates High School May 12. Pauker’s horse routine featured a Tong-Fei, a challenging ‘D’ move in which the competitor executes a pair of circles while traveling the length of the apparatus. None of the event’s other nine finals qualifiers attempted it. “Learned it two years ago,” said the 5-foot-8, 140-pound Pauker, a Wilmette Gymnastics Club member since 2013. “The key to the move is using momentum to swing your body around.” Fifth on the event at a club regional meet this spring, Pauker would not have competed at club nationals had he qualified to do so because the national meet and the high school state meet were scheduled for the same weekend. Pauker, who had also advanced to the state finals session on parallel bars (10th, 8.95) and vault (12th, 8.5) last weekend, became the first Titans boys gymnast to medal at state since Jeremy Fine finished fifth on vault in 2015. “Lucas remained loyal to our program,” said Titans boys gymnastics coach Brandon Tucker, a former Glenbrook South and University of Illinois gymnast and a current GBS science teacher. “He was able to be loyal to his club team, too. He was strapped for time this spring, with his gymnastics, with his academics and with his commitments to several activities at school, and I have a strict attendance policy. But Lucas still showed up when he was supposed to show up for us.” Pauker, a four-time state qualifier, had advanced to the event finals at state only once (2017, in one event) before last weekend. “We’re thrilled he made it out of preliminaries in three events this year,” Tucker said. “We would have been happy with two or with one.” On the meet’s first day, May 11, Pauker placed 15th in the all-around with a 51.75; the Model UN and math team member had entered the meet ranked 19th among state qualifiers, based on sectional scores. “I’m really happy with my performance today,” Pauker said after receiving his medal. “Right now I’m taking it all in, savoring this. I tried to be as relaxed as possible [during his finals routine]. “It’s taught me a lot, the sport of gymnastics has. It’s taught me perseverance — something you have to have if you want to overcome the mental block that usually comes while learning a new skill. I worked through challenges, dealt with what happens when you find yourself out of your comfort zone.” There won’t be anything routine about what awaits Pauker in college.

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L.P. SPINS: Glenbrook South senior Lucas Pauker, seen here at the sectional meet, claims a fourth-place medal at the state gymnastics meet. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JOEL LERNER

And beyond. But he can’t wait to sit in his first class at Stanford and nail (no chalk needed) that first assignment or that first test. “I’ve loved computer science for years, especially the problem-solving aspect of it,” said Pauker, who took an MIT online computer science course months before his very first day of classes at Glenbrook South, in 2014. “Maybe I’ll start a software company someday. “My hope is to take advantage of the opportunities out there in Silicon Valley.” Notable: Almost as impressive as Lucas Pauker’s fourth-place state effort on pommel horse was his 9.2 preliminary score on the parallel bars. It represented the lowest mark among finals qualifiers in the event, but it also supplanted the Glenbrook

“I’m super happy,” said the 5-foot-7, 135-pound Mutchnik, whose previous personal-best mark on p-bars was 9.3. “It’s been a really fun weekend. I’m ecstatic about where I placed in the all-around (24th, 49.95, after ranking 29th among all state qualifiers), and, on top of that, I got to compete with two of my teammates [freshmen Daniel Lavrentiev and Glenbrook North: Casey Mutchnik notched Olly Kaputska]. “Awesome,” Mutchnik added. quite a hat trick — at a gymnastics meet. At last weekend’s state meet in Hoffman Estates, Lavrentiev and Kaputska qualified to compete in the Spartans junior earned a personal-best score of a combined five events at state. Lavrentiev, a three9.4 on the parallel bars in the all-around competition event qualifier, finished 31st on high bar with an May 11 and a 9.4 in the preliminary round and the 8.05; Kaputska tied for 39th place on vault with an finals session May 12. 8.55. The big stage and the bright lights last weekend Mutchnik tied Deerfield senior Clayton Petrasek for fifth place on p-bars to become the first boys failed to unnerve Mutchnik. “Pressure, I guess you could say, helped me this gymnast from GBN to medal at state since Nate weekend,” he said. Elfant silvered on vault in 2013. South senior’s previous personal-best mark in the event. “His best [p-bars] score … by far,” Titans coach Brandon Tucker said. “Crisp and clean; Lucas cleaned up the little things. That routine was nearly flawless.”

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Jumping off the page Glenbrook South’s Roberson puts her rare talent on display at sectional meet BY KEVIN REITERMAN SPORTS@NORTHSHOREWEEKEND.COM

Athletes like Raelyn Roberson don’t come around too often. They’re rare. “For a coach, getting someone like Raelyn on your team is like catching lightning in a bottle,” says Dan Zapler, jumps coach for the Glenbrook South girls track and field team. That’s not hype. Or hyperbole. Roberson’s takeoff in the long jump is doubletake worthy. “She’s got elite speed. Elite power,” Zapler says. Her ceiling? It’s anyone guess. Roberson put her explosiveness and extravagant

Hannah Morris (19-0), Naperville North senior Saffilla Allie (18-10 ½) and Danville junior Ameia Wilson (18-10). Morris is favored to win it, having taken runnerup honors in last year’s state meet (19-6). Wilson was 10th (18-1). Being a freshman last spring, Roberson might’ve been a little overwhelmed by the competitive environment of a state meet. This year? Probably not. “She’s got the potential to be right there with the best jumpers in the state,” notes New Trier jumps coach Jamie Klotz. “She’s become the standard around here — especially after going 18-6 at the CSL South Meet. To jump that far in that sand pit at Maine South is an amazing feat. “I remember her coming onto the scene and how quickly that she started knocking on the door. She’s really made herself into an elite long jumper,” Klotz adds. “She’s improved her strength and explosiveness. And she’s a gamer. As a coach, you die for athletes like her.” Her rise to prominence can be traced to last year’s sectional at Loyola Academy. She won the event with a breakout jump of 17-11 ¾. “That was a real moment for me,” Roberson says. “But now, I look at what I did there and think, ‘Oh, that was OK.’ ” To her credit, she’s thinking in the present — and in the future — and not in the past. “Just taking it one foot at a time,” she says, with the slightest of smiles.

“She’s got the potential to be right there with the best jumpers in the state. She’s become the standard around here — especially after going 18-6 at the CSL South Meet. To jump that far in that sand pit at Maine South is an amazing feat."

talent on display at the Class 3A Niles West Sectional on May 10. She popped an 18-8 to take first place by nearly 10 inches. “The good news with her is that 18 feet is now her floor,” says Zapler, who also watched his star pupil leap 18-8 to win the long jump title at the CSL South Meet at Maine South on May 3. The sophomore has become a happening at track and field meets. And it’s not by happenstance. In order to jump off the charts, Roberson has not only refined her technique — but she also has melded her God-given talent with hard work. What separates her? “It’s her dedication,” says Zapler. “She worked all year long to get better. As far as strength and conditioning goes, she showed up Day 1 in midseason form. “Being trained by TCBoost [Sports PerforTHE NORTH SHORE WEEKEND

RAE DONE WELL: Glenbrook South’s Raelyn Roberson goes airborne in the long jump at the Niles West Sectional. She took first with a leap of 18-8. PHOTOGRAPHY BY GEORGE PFOERTNER

mance] helped a lot,” the GBN assistant adds. “Speed and power translates into longer distance. And she still can get faster and stronger.” Roberson, who also qualified to state in the 100 meters (3rd, 12.60) and 4x200 relay (4th, 1:44.65) with Maddie Batka, Kate Snively and Taylor Ozimek, is not putting any limits on herself at this weekend’s state meet in Charleston. “I’d like to make the finals and possibly break

out a 19-footer,” Roberson says. “Being positive is the only way to be.” Part of her newfound confidence is getting her form down pat. “I’m been trying to fix everything that I’ve doing wrong,” says Roberson. “I just keep trying to perfect my technique.” She will head Downstate with the fourth-best sectional mark behind Bloom Township senior

Notable: Glenbrook South tallied 62 points to place sixth in the team standings at the Niles West Sectional. In addition to Raelyn Roberson and the 4x100 relay, the Titans advanced three others to this weekend’s state meet in Charleston. Junior Taylor Ozimek (2nd place) and Anne Streb (3rd place) cleared 5-2 to make the state cut in the high jump, along with Maine South’s Katie Dingle (1st) and New Trier’s Natalie Karabas (4th), while senior Emily Noone qualified in the 800 meters (4th, 2:17.88) for the fourth year in a row. … Streb, meanwhile, just missed advancing in the triple jump (3rd, 35-7). GBS’s other noteworthy efforts were turned in by Kate Snively in the 200 meters (5th, 26.75), Kate Jortberg in the 1600 (6th, 5:12.39), Kayleigh Pitterman in the 3200 (4th, 14:43.45), Alexis Rosenfeld in the shot put (6th, 31-8 ¾), Maya Goldenberg in the pole vault (7th, 8-9) and the 4x400 relay of Noone, Mary Cowhey, Lauren Hayes and Ozimek (3rd, 4:07.81). … Glenbrook South took runner-up honors in the CSL South Meet on May 3 with 127 points. New Trier had 147 points. Roberson finished with three individual championships — long jump (18-8), 100 (12.69) and 200 (26.25) — while she teamed up with Maddie Batka, Snively and Ozimek to win the 4x200 relay (1:46.22). The other winners included Jorberg in the 3200 (11:14.41) and Sydney Willits in the triple jump (35-3 ¼). SATURDAY MAY 19 | SUNDAY MAY 20 2018 |

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Dentist leads a fulfilling life BY BILL MCLEAN ILLUSTRATION BY BARRY BLITT

Dentist Mark Landau mounts his bicycle at his home in Northbrook and pedals, pedals, pedals. Freedom. It ’s early in the morning. Maybe it ’s a windless day, or maybe the wind is a biting one. All that matters is that he’s on the road, in full churn. The same dentist sits across f rom me at Countr y Kitchen in Highland Park. I want to know exactly what he’s thinking when he sits atop the bike and hears the constant, near-hypnotic whir of the wheels. “ The wheel in f ront of me,” Landau says. “My breathing. That ’s my time to clear my mind. Great stress relief, nothing like it. I look for ward to riding ever y day. “All I’m focusing on is what ’s going on around me.” Avid cyclist and sailor, dentist, photographer, author, family man, traveler, philanthropist — Dr. Landau is all of them, and I get the feeling he’s a laser-focused and in-the-moment man no matter where he is, no matter what he happens to be doing. One day in early 2016, while conversing with one of his patients in his S kokie office, Landau received a genuine compliment f rom the patient, a painter, about one of the f ramed Landau photographs adorning a wall. Landau specializes in cosmetic and restorative dentistr y ; it must be comforting and highly reassuring for a patient to view a dentist ’s attention to detail and appreciation f or beaut y in another field. “ You need to apply for a galler y showing,” the patient insisted. “I was humbled,” Landau recalls minutes before the arrival of his scrambled eggs (with spinach, mushrooms and broccoli), f ruit cup and hash browns. Landau applied for a galler y showing at The Art Center-Highland Park. His work was accepted. He showed 12 of his striking photographs last summer, with some 300 folks showing up for the showing. Landau? Humbled, again. And grateful. And appreciative. “My [late] father, Bill, had a big influence on me,” says Landau, a graduate of now-defunct Niles East High School in Skokie. “He wasn’t just a c linical microbiologist and medical school professional; he was also an inventor, a woodworker, a photographer who knew how to use a camera to tell a stor y. He made

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c loc ks. I got to work with my hands, create things, with my father by my side. My father had a good eye, a creative eye, and he taught me the importance of being meticulous, of taking pride in ever ything I do. “ ‘ I t ’s O K , ’ m y father liked to remind me, ‘if it takes a lot of time to do something right.’ ” Landau has found time to ser ve on the boards of The Ar t Center-Highland Park and Pass W ith F lying Colors, an organiz ation that prepares Chicago’s underser ved first-generation students for college and career success. The good dentist mentors a Honduran who attends Malcolm X College in Chicago and wants t o b e a d e n t a l hy g i e n i s t someday. “ W hat a wonderful, hardworking young man,” Landau says, adding mentors arrange afterschool tutoring sessions and field trips to city museums and theaters when their mentees are in high school. “If he were your son, you’d be ver y proud of him.” The father of Emil y and Adam, with his wife, Beth, a n a t t o r n e y, D r. Landau wrote a book, Atlas of Cosmetic Dentist r y : A P a t i e n t ’s Guide (Q uintessence Publishing, 2007). It ’s for patients and dentists interested in cosmetic and dental implant procedures, featuring before-andaf ter photographs of his patients and presenting solutions to a full spectrum of dental problems. “I’m in this business to promote qualit y health and

help make people feel good about themselves,” says Landau, who earned his dental degree f rom Northwestern University and

Dentistry is a true melding of technology and creativity.

completed his residency at Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center in Chicago. “It ’s gratifying, a tremendous feeling, to change the way people feel about themselves. A patient said to me, ‘I work with people ever y day. I want to feel confident in f ront of those people. P lease fix my smile.’ I love showing up at my office and working with a wonderful and unbelievably talented staff. I’m never in a hurr y to leave my office. “Dentistr y,” he adds, “is a true melding of technolog y and creativity.” Activities, rigorous ones, keep Landau sharp and energetic. He trained for his first triathlon in dental school, and he has raced in a pair of Chicago Marathons. O utings with his cycling group invigorate him. Always. W hen Landau was 13, a good f riend and running partner, 10-year-old Troy, taught him how to sail and windsurf. Dr. Landau and Troy sail together these days. Cycle together, too. Landau shifts gears, to the topic of photography, as we prepare to exit our booth at Countr y Kitchen. The voracious reader of books written by professional photographers has some thoughts about the late Ansel Adams, c licker extraordinaire of iconic black-and-white landscape photographs. “Ansel Adams had a vision of how he wanted a photo to turn out well before he took the shot,” Landau says. “All those great photos he took — he did not get lucky. He’d wait and wait and wait until he saw, before him, the vision he had imagined. He was a patient man. He was a great photographer.” Mark Landau’s dentist off ice is located at 4709 Golf Road, Suite 809, in Skokie. For more information about Landau, the artist, please visit marklandauphotography.com.

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The North Shore Weekend West, Issue 121  

The West Zone of the North Shore Weekend is published every two weeks and features the news and personalities of Glenview, Northbrook, and D...