The North Shore Weekend EAST, Issue 109

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No. 109 | A JWC Media publication

saturday novemBER 08 | sunday novemBER 09 2014

local news and personalities of Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka, Northfield, Glencoe, Highland Park, evanston, Lake Forest, Mettawa & Lake Bluff

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North Shore Weekend NEWS 08 Angelic nature

Supermodel Petra Nemcova, who barely survived the tsunami in the Indian Ocean a decade ago, will aid a charity benefit on the North Shore.

12 News Digest

A summary of news that’s happened around the North Shore and a preview of upcoming events.

LIFESTYLE & ARTS 22 Social Whirl

Take a look at some of the top parties attended by North Shore residents recently.

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23 Out and About

Discover the answers our roving photographer received to our weekly question to North Shore residents.

24 Goings On About Towns

Find out about the best events coming up this week in the North Shore.

HOME & DESIGN 25 HAVING IT ALL The North Shore’s Carpet Cleaning Experts

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SPORTS 52 Seizing an opportunity

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Bernie’s success is one for the books


hen Brian Floriani’s cat died, the 5-year-old boy was confused. The unexpected loss of Whicker didn’t make sense to his young mind. His father, Bernie, read a book to him and his two siblings. Called “The Tenth Good Thing About Barney,” it talked about the death of a cat — and helped Brian gain understanding. “It was a beautiful book. I remember it like it was yesterday,” Brian says. Years later, in 2005, he read an excerpt out loud at the funeral of his father — whose surprise death jolted Brian, then 31 and a working as a golf pro. “I thought, ‘What am I doing here? What’s my purpose?’ “ Brian recalls. He found out. Today, he honors his father — who grew up in Western Pennsylvania without running water but with books — through Bernie’s Book Bank. In five years, the non-profit has distributed more than 3 million quality books to about 95,000 children from Zion to the South Side of Chicago and other poverty-lashed areas. “These children come to school in kindergarten so optimistic, but they barely have a chance if they’re not reading-ready,” Brian notes. “The only card they have to play is education, and that’s built on being a voracious reader.” After figuring out that the supply of books far outweighs the demand, Brian knew if he could provide a sensible business and logistics process, the problem could be solved cheaply. At the moment, it costs Bernie’s just 40 cents to collect, process and distribute each book into a lower-income child’s hands.

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Aside from books, thousands of thank-you notes have poured into the Lake Forest headquarters. Brian recalls when a Bernie’s truck appeared outside the fence of a Cook County school. “The kids were at recess, and as soon as we pull in, they drop their footballs and jump ropes and go to the fence yelling ‘Bernie’s Book Bank! Bernie’s Book Bank!’ “ says Brian. for beautiful beds, inside Today, the next chapter is emerging. Floriani is raising $2.5 million to build out and operate a new 40,000-square-foot processing center in 2015 to serve Chicagoland’s 350,000 children in need with 4.2 million books annually. The Next Chapter campaign is receiving significant support from local families like the Hunter Family Foundation and chicago hinsdale lake forest companies such as Abbvie and Wintrust, both big 773 404 2020 630 655 0497 847 295 8370 providers of volunteers to Bernie’s Book Bank. Floriani envisions the new center as a destination for volunteers and expects sponsor companies will conduct team-building activities and meetings there (more information is available at www.berniesbook-11.14 BSM NSW Sferra co-op.indd 1 The death of Bernie Floriani has affected, for the better, the lives of millions of children. Says Brian, “The hole that forms with that loss doesn’t go away. But you can plant a seed and nurture it and have it grow into something good.” Enjoy the weekend.

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Nemcova revved up to help North Shore charitable event

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■ by bill mclean Almost 10 years after suffering a broken pelvis and surviving a devastating tsunami near a resort in Thailand by clinging to the top of a palm tree for eight hours, supermodel Petra Nemcova sits in an airport in New York before a recent flight to London. Her voice during a phone interview exudes excitement as she discusses the Happy Hearts Fund organization she created in the wake of the 2004 natural disaster that killed more than 230,000 people — including her fiancé Simon Atlee. “Each day people get to choose to be positive or negative,” says Nemcova, who was born in what is now the Czech Republic and has lived in Haiti for the past 22 months. “I always choose to be positive.” Her nonprofit Happy Hearts Fund rebuilds schools in regions struck by natural disasters. It is a particularly beneficial cause for a community after emergency responders complete their high-priority tasks following a tragedy and global attention fades. Delays in reconstruction efforts usually ensue, keeping children at home for months during school hours. That’s when Happy Hearts Fund steps in — and closes the crucial time gap between the departure of the first responders and the resumption of rebuilding classrooms. Thus far Happy Hearts Fund has provided vital capital for the construction of 92 schools all over the world. “I’ve been very blessed to be able to travel and connect

with so many people in so many countries,” Nemcova says. “I’ve seen people who have suffered terrible losses, but I’m inspired when I see those same people smile and share their love.” Nemcova has never seen people from the North Shore beam in a North Shore setting. But that will change on Nov. 8, when she plans to serve as one of several luminaries at a charity event held at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff: “DALLAS: Stetsons, Stilettos and Sportscars.” The gathering — also featuring former Chicago Bears Richard Dent and Alex Brown, a casino, live music, an open bar, fare from six restaurants, a live and a silent auction — is sponsored by Heal Team 6, a nonprofit organization founded in 2012 by Green Oaks resident Steven Esposito. Heal Team 6 helps local charitable organizations generate resources and establish business connections. This weekend’s DALLAS gala intends to round up Texassized funds for the Association of Horizon, an all-volunteer organization that provides recreational activities for adults with physical disabilities. Its annual budget is only $80,000, and it runs a weeklong annual summer camp in downstate Illinois for adults with cerebral palsy, muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis. “I went down there with Terry (Rozdolsky, an original Association of Horizon volunteer and a Lake Forest resident) last summer to see what goes on during the camp,” says Esposito, senior vice president and portfolio management director of Morgan Stanley Wealth Management in

Lake Forest. “I was amazed. I was in tears,” he adds. “It was incredibly heartwarming, seeing the campers enjoy a variety of activities with generous volunteers. But you know what else is so great about the camp [in Hudson, near Lake Bloomington]? The caregivers of the campers with disabilities are usually their parents, and that week is often the only week in the year when the parents get a well-deserved break. It’s wonderful what the Association of Horizon does each year.” Esposito met Nemcova in the green room of the ABC News studio in New York before appearing on a financial advice segment a couple of months ago. His wife, Melissa, is a big Petra Nemcova fan, so Steven called his wife and handed his phone to his new friend, who performed on season 12 of “Dancing with the Stars” in 2011 and was named ambassador-at-large for Haiti because of her extensive commitments to charities in 2012. “They talked for about 15 minutes,” Steven recalls. “Petra is such a sweet, loving, giving person … beautiful on the outside and inside. We’re excited she’ll be at the event this weekend, and we’re grateful the Mancuso family donated the use of facility to us. “Petra,” he adds, “is going to fly in the day before the event and then fly to Peru the day after it.” To purchase tickets and learn more about this weekend’s charitable event that runs from 6 p.m.-11:30 p.m. at Lake Forest Sportscars in Lake Bluff, visit Tickets must be purchased in advance. ■


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NEWS DIGEST Review Highland Park

Rudy Espiritu started as the city’s new deputy city manager on Oct. 20. He has more than 15 years experience working in local government administration. Espiritu brings experience in labor relations, financial management and economic development to the position. Espiritu had been the assistant city manager in DeKalb since 2007. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science and a master’s degree of public administration, both from University of Illinois-Chicago.

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The Church of the Holy Spirit has been named the Parish of the Year by the Revive Center for Housing and Healing in Chicago. The Parish of the Year award recognizes a church that has made a significant contribution the Revive Center’s work to alleviate and prevent homelessness in the city of Chicago. “We are humbled to receive this honor,” said the Rev. Alan C. James, rector of The Church of the Holy Spirit. “Serving others is at the core of our mission.” For decades, The Church of the Holy Spirit has provided gifts for the Revive Center’s Christmas Basket program, which distributes Christmas gifts to more than 5,000 people each December. The church’s senior choir also collects hams for Revive to distribute each Easter.

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A number of Veterans Day events are set to take place. The public is invited to a Veterans Day ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at the Lake Forest High School auditorium beginning at 10:45 a.m. The event is put on by the Lake Forest American Legion McKinlock Troop 264. North Shore residents are also invited to attend a Veterans Day program at the Winnetka Community House, 620 Lincoln Avenue, on Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. The one-hour program is sponsored by the Winnetka Park District, Village of Winnetka, Winnetka Club, Hadley School for the Blind Veterans Initiative, New Trier V.F.W. Post #4831 Boy Scout Troops 18, 20, & 28, and Cub Scout Pack 18.


Alan Nadolna, a Wilmette resident who is chief executive officer of the Associates Group — which he helped found in 1983 — has been named a Five Star Professional Wealth Advisor. The Five Star Professional award program is in its 12th year. The Minneapolisbased firm looks to identify trustworthy service individuals.

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The Lake Forest Lake Bluff Artisan Guild’s Winter Show will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 and Thursday, Nov. 13 from 10 a.m.

to 5 p.m. in the CROYA space at the Lake Forest Recreation Center, 400 Hastings Road. It will feature 26 artisans, including painters, fiber and glass artists, wood workers, and jewelers. There will also be a French Flea Market with items donated by the Guild and by the Mother’s Trust. Foundation Claude Bouteille, from Taste of Paris, will be serving a French luncheon as The Carlsville Trio plays jazz.

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together the yogi, the athlete, the disabled, the physical therapist and integrated healthcare from Nov. 21-23. The Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association (GLASA) — together with Forever OM Yoga, Lake Forest Country Day School and the Lake Forest Bookstore — will host nationally recognized yoga teacher Matthew Sanford. He was paralyzed in a car accident at age 13, and now he is an author and recognized as a leader in the integrated healthcare movement. Visit for additional details on the fundraising event. ■


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■ by jake jarvi Every year, Google hosts a software developer’s conference called Google I/O. The purpose is to introduce software developers to the new range of technologies Google will release for the coming year and the tools developers will have for creating applications for Google’s Web platforms and mobile devices. Tickets to the two-day event have been known to sell out in less than an hour. One of the attendees this year, however, didn’t have to worry about tickets. For the second summer in a row, Tommy McHugh, a 15-year-old sophomore at North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, was invited to the conference as an academic partner. “I’ve been working on programming and building apps and websites for awhile,” says McHugh. “I’ve done a fair amount of open source contributions. A couple people at Google noticed that and invited me out since I had worked primarily with some of Google’s key technologies.” The technologies McHugh has invested his time into help other software developers build apps for Google’s devices with more ease. He’s built libraries that help people access online resources and bring them into apps. He’s been working on a way for people to develop Android apps for Chromebook, Google’s laptop brand, which hasn’t been possible

before. And he also builds apps of his own. He released his first app, Photo Cloud, at the age of 13. It was an iPhone app the synced photos from the user’s phone to the iCloud before Apple instituted the Photo Stream feature. He’s currently at work on an app called Prep for Google’s Android phones. Prep is designed to collect all the pertinent information from a user’s multiple social media platforms and file sharing sites and compile them for ease of use based on where the user currently is and what they’re currently trying to accomplish. “I’ve really loved programming since sixth or seventh grade, when I started fiddling around with computers,” McHugh says. “I think it’s going to be more important for everyone to learn as we’re in this new digital age when everyone’s using their iPads and their iPhones and their computers. I’m not doing this because I feel like I have to do this to get into college. I’m just really interested in it.” His personal interest is such that in addition to working in the open source community, creating his own apps, and developing libraries and shortcuts for other app developers, he’s undergoing an online computer science class through a company called Amplify. It’s a way of supplementing his academics and focusing on his area of interest, as well as receiving credit through his school as an independent study. Evidence that he’s also good at academic programming. ■






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HBO shows help author learn the art of fiction ■ by katie rose mceneely

Anthony Marra, the author of “A Constellation of Vital Phenomena,” was a guest at Ragdale Novel Affair in September. He’ll return to the foundation for a residency. Reading: I recently finished “The Bone Clock” by David Mitchell. It was on of the best novels I have read in years. It’s particularly poignant and a worthwhile read for readers who have enjoyed his previous novels — it gathers together a number of characters who have appeared in previous books, and you see how his other books are sort of a chapter in this one mega-novel. Listening: I tend to listen to a lot audiobooks when I’m running around — and podcasts. In terms of music, I’ve been listening to a lot of Daft Punk recently. Early 2000s sort of electronica, which is the only music I can listen to when I write. Anything with a lot of lyrics or musical components jars me a little bit when I’m writing. The constant untz-untz-untz [of electronica] keeps me on track; it’s a bit of a metronome. Watching: I’ve been watching a lot of “Boardwalk Empire” recently and “Deadwood,” both on HBO. I think both of them are very novelistic in their conception and execution, and I feel like I learn about how to write fiction as much from watching something like “Boardwalk Empire” as I do by reading a novel. Following: I’ve been sort of closely

watching the U.S. response to ISIL in the last couple weeks; [in September, I had] just got back to America after a month of doing readings in Europe, and just to see both the American and European response to conflicts in the Middle East has been fascinating and scary. Activity: I’m in the process of finishing a collection of short stories set in Eastern Europe, Russia and Chechnya. I’m not entirely sure when it’s due out; maybe a year or a year and a half. I teach creative writing classes, fiction classes, at Stanford University. The fall quarter I’m only teaching one class, and then I do two classes in the winter and spring quarters. I always sort of hesitate to answer questions [about what people should take away from my writing], since I don’t think it’s the place of the author to give any guidance. As soon as the book goes out into the world, it no longer belongs to the writer, and it becomes something for the reader to discover. Anything that a reader takes out of it, whether or not it’s intentional, is as valid as anything that I could have planned. Eating: I just ate some oatmeal. I don’t do a lot of cooking, so I just eat whatever I can assemble easily. What is your favorite mistake? Once I was mistaken for Jimmy Fallon, even though I don’t think we look at all alike, really, in any way. That was a few years ago. ■

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New look, food unveiled at O’Neil’s ■ by simon murray

On a recent afternoon at O’Neil’s in Winnetka, a 500-gallon tank filled with tropical fish stands imposingly, a revamped bar exudes modern casual chic, and the exposed kitchen is buzzing. But the restaurant isn’t open. A confused customer wanders in and is greeted by the owners, Mary and Patrick O’Neil, who politely inform her that they are purely open for dinner starting at 5 p.m. from Monday through Sunday; no lunch anymore. The customer can hardly contain herself, saying exactly what everyone’s thinking: “You’ve changed so much!” Indeed. The O’Neils have seen a trend or two in their time managing restaurants. Before opening their eponymous casual fine dining in Winnetka, they had already overseen standalone locations, starting with The Noodle in Wilmette. O’Neil’s transformation from a quaint family-owned restaurant with wood paneling into a contemporary family-owned restaurant with an open concept and kid-friendly dining is finally complete. But that change isn’t limited to the décor. The food has been transformed as well. While the staples — salmon, duck, calamari, and Caesar salad — will stay the same (“We would never change those,” says Mary) — Chef Ramiro and Chef Josh, who have been with the establishment for more than two years, have created inventive new dishes. Surprises abound. The drunken shrimp, for instance, brings together tequila and kaitafibattered noodles on jumbo-sized shrimp, combining into one delectable appetizer. “Everyone does coconut shrimp,” says Chef Ramiro when asked about what makes this plate different. Instead of having shredded

coconut invade the flavoring, the kaitafi lets your mouth savor the texture and the subtle tastes. But they’ve also rolled out the big guns. After the bar manager, Michael Pomerantz, mixed up a Mata Hari for the cocktail menu, Mary suggested the chefs should create a food pairing to counter balance the bold spices, including sweet vermouth infused with chai tea. What they came up with was a seared scallop and creamy risotto dish that blends curry with the bold flavors found in the cocktail. The pair is best tried together. “When pairing food and beverages, I feel it’s a creative opportunity to complement a dish by either matching or contrasting flavors,” says Mary, who began creating cocktails at their Trifecta Grill in Winnetka. “Keeping in mind the body — or weight — of the wine or cocktail is also an important aspect to consider.” Another, more traditional pairing, is what she decided to do with a staple on their menu for over 22 years: the duck. It’s rich, savory dark meat has been paired with the award-winning Sonoma Cutrer Pinot Noir. “I wanted an exceptional pinot noir that would enhance our equally exceptional duck without competing,” notes Mary. “A heavier red, a Cabernet for example, would have a heavier body that could possibly overpower the entrée.” For those known to have the simplest of tastes —kids — O’Neil’s has also perfected the “Clean Plate Club,” a menu that tries to elevate the standard kids’ meal of chicken fingers and French fries found at most restaurants. Youngsters are given the option of fried mac and cheese balls with a “ying yang” sauce, cheese pizza flatbread, chicken skewers with lemon butter orzo, matchstick steamed carrots, lotus chips and more. ■


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MY FAVORITE WEEKEND Lisa and Mark talk Turkey

During their recent honeymoon, Lisa Wolfe and Mark DiGanci traveled to eight different countries. Most memorable was their time spent in two Turkish cities. First stop was Kusadasi, where the excavation of a city named Ephesus, partially destroyed during an earthquake 2,500 years ago, is ongoing — and seemingly never-ending. “We had a private tour of a new section that had been opened by a man who had worked on the excavation for 40 years,” Lisa says. “He said, ‘I will never see the end of this project.’ “ The Wolfes were amazed by one of the best surviving examples of Roman architecture (the Roman Republic took control of the city in 129 BC) in the world. “It was so advanced. They had heated floors and running water back in the

day,” Lisa notes. “We were walking on the same pathway created by the Romans.” Next was Istanbul, a spot Lisa had visited before — and had vowed on the spot to one day have a Turkish chandelier in her home. They walked to the Grand Bazaar, one of the oldest covered markets in the world. After drinking green tea and beer with a proprietor, they helped design a chandelier. “The gentleman helped us with the color of the glass, how it hangs. We did every detail with him,” she says. That chandelier was Mark’s wedding present to Lisa — a reminder of how he lights up her life. ■ ~ David Sweet

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love & marriage

Empty-nesters can enjoy the excitement of dates again ■ by joanna brown

Pinterest page dedicated to empty-nesting? Ideas range from ways to pray for your husband to signs that proclaim, “You’re in my inappropriate thoughts.” In between are ideas for stuffing a seven-day pillbox with encouragement and verses and stuffing a date night jar full of ideas written in tiny slips of paper. Tell me what activity you’ve rediscovered as an empty-nester. Send an email to ■

and socializing with our best friends. We have a lot of fun, and he is happy to include me as he is now getting out more than he used to. It has been a relationship enhancer.” Lynn Zakeri, a licensed clinical social worker with offices in Northfield and Skokie, commended their efforts. Finding a low-risk activity over which you can reconnect with your spouse pays dividends. “When you have kids at home, doing things with your spouse can be a chore to fit in. But when you have the time and want to do it, it feels like a date and that can be a real joy,” she explained. “You got married because you like each other. You got through the chaos, and now you put that energy into each other.” Zakeri recommended that spouses start talking about their newfound free time in simple ways — and without any complaints. Rather than whining that your spouse spends too much time on the golf course or in the office, invite your spouse to do something specific with you. Ask if you can accompany him or her out on a favorite

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Shortly before I turned on my furnace this fall, I wrote about the potential benefits of taking a golf lesson with my spouse. Northbrook Park District teaching pro Michael Wenzel explained to me that “taking a lesson helps to bring couples together with their games so that each has a better idea of what the other should be working on.” Norma Morley — the director at Montessori Connection, a preschool in Highland Park — was quick to email me her endorsement. She and a friend took up golf about four years ago as a way to spend more time together and with their respective husbands — even while the women both work full-time. “We have gone on golf weekends with our friends to different places, therefore we are traveling a bit more,” Morley wrote. “I am playing for the pure enjoyment of being outdoors on a beautiful day and sharing a hobby with my husband, as we are empty-nesters

activity. “Think about what you would enjoy doing together and say something like, ‘I don’t have anything going on Saturday afternoon. What about you? Would you like to do something with me?’ Zakeri said. “Sixteen weeks of golf lessons is risky, but spend two hours apple picking or volunteer somewhere for an afternoon or go to a museum where you can enjoy each other’s company.” Would you believe there’s a whole

11/08 – 11/09/14

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Sexual abuse center, other non-profits find foundation lifeline ■ by joanna brown

Since last year, Illinois schools have been required to provide sexual assault and abuse prevention education to students in kindergarten through 12th grade. Many schools have called on the Lake County-based Zacharias Sexual Abuse Center to lead such lessons. “With the youngest students, we talk about listening to your tummy, and when your tummy tells you that something doesn’t feel right, you tell an adult that you trust,” explained Director of Stewardship and Development Stephanie Garrity. “It’s about empowering kids to know that their feelings are their own, and they’re entitled to have them.” With every school in search of experts to lead these classrooms lessons, Garrity said the Zacharias Center had no choice but to expand its staff to meet the demand. Funding from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park enabled such growth. “It’s only through their support that we’ve been able to respond to this unfunded state mandate,” Garrity said. “The Healthcare Foundation is dedicated to keeping funds local, and as much as we don’t want to believe it, sexual assault happens everywhere — and at alarming rates.” The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park was established in 2000 — the same time that the former Highland Park Hospital merged and became NorthShore Highland Park Hospital — with $100 million from the former Highland Park Hospital Foundation to support community-based healthcare pro-

grams in the area served by the hospital. A volunteer board annually evaluates applications from organizations between the Chicago city limits and the Wisconsin border and awards grants totaling $2.5 million; another $4 million annual grant to the hospital offsets the costs of clinical programs and uncompensated care. In 2014, trustees selected 67 grant recipients – tremendous growth over the six grants they awarded in 2000. “We like to focus on small not-for-profits,” said Healthcare Foundation chairman James Styer. “We’ve given grants ranging from $2,000 to $500,000. We require that applicants are very specific, providing a budget and plans for the project they’re proposing, and also that they report back on their activities after they receive a grant. “And those reports are humbling.” Among the recipients are the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind, Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, the Jewish Council for Youth Services Camp Star, the North Shore Senior Center, PADS Crisis Services, and Save a Star Drug Awareness. Another recipient, the Family Room Counseling Program at the Cancer Wellness Center, provides professional counseling services free to patients receiving cancer treatment and their families, long-term cancer survivors, and people who have lost a family member to cancer. “We have a fabulous, active board,” Styer said of the 11 trustees, including former Highland Park mayors Michael Belsky and Daniel Pierce and current mayor Nancy



Stephanie Garrity and Amy Junge of the Zacharias Center, which benefits from the Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park. photography by joel lerner

Rotering. “These are all people who are trying to help people and programs they know our communities need because they’ve been involved locally over the years. They’ve made site visits because someone has

encouraged them to get involved.” The Healthcare Foundation of Highland Park is accepting grant applications for 2016. Find more information at ■

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Sophisticated contemporary home with incredible space and light on almost 1 acre. Great open floor plan. Five bedrooms, 5.1 bathrooms, master suite with luxury bath, finished lower level, expansive deck overlooking the lush, private yard. Three car attached garage and 1st floor laundry. Outstanding location. ©2014 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage fully supports the principles of the Fair Housing Act and the Equal Opportunity Act. Operated by a subsidiary of NRT LLC. Coldwell Banker and the Coldwell Banker Logo are registered service marks owned by Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Real estate agents affiliated with Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage are independent contractor sales associates and are not employees of Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage.

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lifestyle & arts

THe North shore weekend

11/08 – 11/09/14

out & about

“What is your primary reason for using social media?” photography by robin subar

“Like” us on Facebook for exclusive updates, event invitations, & luxurious giveaways.

Jill Bajorek, Evanston Staying in touch with friends who are far away.

Shannon and Mike Mahoney, Evanston Shannon: To stay connected to family and see baby pictures Mike: I use social media to get news and comedy.

Tiffany Banken and Kelsey Rujek, Wilmette Tiffany: I just check it once a quarter for updates. Kelsey: I also seldom use it.

Alex Williamson, Evanston I don’t use Facebook. I use Twitter.

Kristen Neveu, Evanston I use Facebook and Instagram to share photos of my kids and my hobbies.

Elizabeth and Michelle Roberson, Evanston Elizabeth: To keep in touch with my friends from college.

Amanda Jones, Wilmette I post twice a week on Facebook and Instagram Mostly social issues that usually lead to much commentary!

Leah Gromwold, Evanston I post on Facebook two times per month for life updates and to keep in touch with people whom I don’t see regularly.

11/08 – 11/09/14

lifestyle & arts


the gourmet

With its cranberries, pecans and maple syrup, this rustic quick bread tastes just like a colorful trip to the colonies in the fall. MAKES 1 LOAF // ACTIVE TIME: 15 MINUTES // TOTAL TIME: 75 MINUTES

Nonstick vegetable oil spray

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup pure maple syrup

1 cup unbleached all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon maple extract

1 1/4 cups buttermilk

3/4 cup chopped pecans plus 10 pecan halves for garnish

1 cup medium-grind whole grain cornmeal or regular cornmeal

1. Position rack in center of oven and preheat to 350°F. 2. Spray 9x5x3-inch metal loaf pan with nonstick spray. 3. Whisk both flours, cornmeal, sugar, salt, and baking powder in large bowl. 4. Whisk buttermilk, melted butter,

■ by johnson ho

1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted

maple syrup, eggs, and extract in medium bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until blended. 5. Stir in 3/4 cup chopped pecans and cranberries. 6. Spoon batter into pan. Arrange pecan halves in row down center

An Evening to Imagine photography by robin subar

A Colonial Autumn

1 cup white whole wheat flour or regular whole wheat flour*


Kohl Children’s Museum hosted its annual black-tie gala in October, toasting the museum’s ninth year in Glenview. The evening raised more than $500,000, going to support the museum’s educational programming, operations, services for children with special needs, and outreach to children and families in low-income communities. More than 400 guests came together for a night of dining, dancing, and entertainment, as well as to pay tribute to the gala’s honored guest, David Hiller, president and CEO of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

Paul Sutenbach, Sheridan Turner

3/4 cup dried cranberries (about 4 ounces) of batter. 7. Bake bread until top is golden brown and paring knife inserted into center of bread comes out clean, tenting bread loosely with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 10 minutes. Cool in pan on rack 20 minutes. Turn out onto rack; cool.

wines of the week

Lisa McClung Ristic, Anna, Ella, and Blasko Ristic

Sue Warshauer, Rammina Hamill, Alison Trukenbrod

Kristen & Brian Novelline

Emily & Thomas Reynolds

As the first cold fronts arrive on the North Shore, warm comfort foods provide a great relief when paired with a perfect wine. SATURDAY DINNER 2006 Matanzas Creek Jackson Park Vineyard Merlot, Sonoma; $40 A virtually under-appreciated treasure in the vast lake of boring Merlots, this organically grown and artistically sophisticated red traces its genesis to the winemaker’s birth home in Bordeaux. An unbridled young rascal in the arch-conservative Bordeaux region four decades ago, Pierre immigrated to California to find the freedom to create innovative styles of wine unencumbered by often irrational rigid rules and traditions. He found the best terrain for the Merlot grape in an olive grove in the hills above Sonoma Valley. The rich clay soil, wonderful sun exposure, moderate temperature and naturally balanced ecosystem reminded him of the exclusive Chateau Petrus, the flagship estate wine made strictly from Merlot grapes. He succeeded superbly, but the production level has remained too small for national recognition. However, among real experts, this elegant rendition captures the mellow, understated opulence that has permitted Chateau Petrus to charge over $1,000 per bottle. A veritable steal and gorgeous partner for potato leek or split pea soups, veal stew, pork shoulder roast or risottos. Best 5-10 years after vintage and after 45 minutes of decanting. MIDWEEK MEAL 2009 Pio Cesare Dolcetto d’Alba, Piedmont, Italy; $22



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Like the previous wine, Barbera d’Asti suffers from the shadow effect of its prestigious neighbors and remains little appreciated here. Just a tad less rich, but more fruit forward and succulent in the finish, great Barberas represent the favorite option on wine lists of better Continental restaurants with autumnal specials or authentic Italian trattorias featuring vegetarian specials, lightly rich pasta dishes and salami platters. Little known is its charming affinity for mildly spicy Oriental fare and chocolate desserts — especially cookies!


BEST VALUE 2006 Contratto Panta Rei Barbera d’Asti, Piedmont, Italy; $22


Another arcane discovery, this one stands in the shadows of the legendary Barolos and Barbarescos nearby, which command up to $800 per bottle. “Dolcetto” in Italian refers to the grape variety’s soft tannin expression in contrast to the leathery and astringent Nebbiolo grape of its neighbor. These grapes require a decade or more of aging before reaching their prime. In great vintages and in the hands of quality cellar masters, as in this case, Dolcetto becomes a joyful tenor with a generous range of talents at a bargain price. The local cucina commonly features ravioli filled with finely ground lamb, beef, pork and mushrooms (white truffle!) as well as with hearty sausages simmered in pasta sauce. A fantastic standby choice for casual dinners with friends and family without financial pain. Best 3-8 years from vintage and after 30 minutes of decanting.

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lifestyle & arts


Music Institute of Chicago Jazz Festival

THe North shore weekend



Holiday Bazaar

Highland Park artist Nina Weiss’ landscape paintings beginning Nov. 9 when a

11/08 – 11/09/14


The Open Mic!

The Kenilworth Club

reception will be held to unveil her art

410 Kenilworth Avenue, Kenilworth

exhibition, “Hidden/Protected.” The exhibit

555 N. Sheridan Road, Lake Forest

Nichols Concert Hall

10 a.m.-4 p.m.

runs through Dec. 23.

5-7 p.m.

1490 Chicago Avenue, Evanston

$10; $5 for club members

Also November 8 For programming details, visit musicinst. org/charlie-parker-jazz-festival The Music Institute of Chicago presents its fifth annual jazz festival, this year celebrating the career and influence of jazz icon Charlie “Bird” Parker. The festival

Get a head start on the holidays at the third annual Holiday Bazaar at the Kenilworth Club. A festive event providing the North Shore community an opportunity to sample the food of local restaurants. Featuring a special appearance by The Caroling Party.


Regina Dominican Open House Regina Dominican High School 701 Locust Road, Wilmette 6-8 p.m.

Strings” recordings, with jazz veteran

Hidden/Protected: The Art of Nina Weiss

Regina Dominican will host its final

Charles McPherson as saxophone

Brushwood Center at Ryerson Woods

take a personalized tour of Regina

soloist and Music Institute Artist

21850 N Riverwoods Road, Deerfield

Dominican’s campus and meet the

in Residence Tammy McCann. The

Opening Reception 1-3 p.m.

faculty, staff, coaches, students, and

festival will also showcase new work;

current parents.

opens with a rare performance of music from the legendary “Bird with

a lecture and book signing; a bebop extravaganza, and a jazz invitational.

open house of the year from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sixth, seventh, and eighth-grade girls and their families are invited to

Brushwood Center visitors can view

Skybox at Lake Forest College

Open mic for self-written pieces will be followed by Chicago’s Bill Hillmann, author of “The Old Neighborhood”; Jacob Knabb, author and visiting assistant professor of English; and student Allegra Wozniak.

Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the subject heading “GOAT” along with the particulars — Event Name, Event Location/Sponsor, Event Address, Event Time/Date, Event Cost, contact information (web or phone) and a 30-word description of the event —to katierose@ at least 14 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

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Home & design | 25

Country estate features comfortable elegance

The pristine interior includes a DeGuilio kitchen.

■ by ann marie scheidler Once upon a time, Chicago’s elite traveled from the hustle and bustle of the city to the serenity of Lake Forest for a piece of land and the tranquility that came with it. And while many years have passed since Lake Forest’s founding, its allure hasn’t changed much. A young couple was taken with Lake Forest’s charm when they built their estate at 464 S. Ridge Road a little more than a decade ago. While convenient to Chicago’s main thoroughfares, this home is tucked quietly among the trees of a secluded lot, providing solitude and sanctuary to those who are seeking it. This French provincial is appealing to homeowners wishing to enjoy all of its space. In the six-bedroom, six-full-bathroom abode where detailed ceilings soar to lofty heights, the expansive rooms can be adapted for many different uses and lifestyles. While this home is inherently beautiful, it’s intrinsically functional. And as the homeowners who raised two teenage sons in this house will attest — it had to be. The DeGuilio kitchen is the perfect example of this thoughtful design. While the space boasts of all the finishes one might see in a top showroom, it’s a cook’s kitchen above all else. “I love our kitchen,” says the homeowner. “It’s white, it’s clean, it’s modern. But I love to cook healthy, delicious meals for my family. I like to test recipes and try new things. This kitchen is for cooking and for enjoying your family.” The wide-open spaces throughout the home lend itself to be a place to gather. The sleek neutral décor makes the home easy to love. “The flooring and fabrics we chose for the house are durable,” says the homeowner, who knows they’ve been tested. “People may shy away from the light colors, but I love how it feels warm and comfortable. And everything we’ve picked is washable. I’ve washed everything myself.” The homeowners were also astute in adding touches that make the home unique even among the luxurious — chandeliers that create an intimate atmosphere in these oversized spaces, dressing rooms with built-in display shelves and softly lit cabinetry, stateof the-art media and exercise rooms, and an expansive wine cellar for even the most sophisticated collector. The pristine interior is only surpassed by the elegant landscape surrounding the home, where the European influences are clear. With a tennis court, salt-water pool and pool house, and patio covered by a perfectly appointed ivy-covered pergola — why ever go inside? 464 S. Ridge Road is available for your consideration from Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realty. For more information, contact Nancy Adelman at 847-338-5068 or nadelman@ ■

The salt-water pool and patio are popular spots in the summer.

26 | real estate NORTH SHORE OFFERINGS Houses of the Week



867 Peach Tree Lane Glencoe

626 Warbler Circle​ ​Highland Park​

Exclusively presented by: Susan Maman @properties 847.878.5235

Exclusively presented by: Sari Wolf Baird & Warner ​847.561.4617​ ​​

Elegant and architecturally rich in details describe this home set on a quiet cul-de-sac. Features include a foyer, hardwood floors throughout the home, scalloped and tray ceilings, cook’s kitchen with stainless steel appliances, large family room with custom floor-to-ceiling Canadian, maple built-ins, and an expansive dining room. Upstairs has a grand master suite with a spa-like master bath and fireplace, 4 additional bedrooms, and 4 custom fireplaces. Fully finished lower level with theater and wet bar. PRESENTED BY @ PROPERTIES.

Beautifully remodeled custom home. Eloquent high end gourmet eat in kitchen with appliances, custom cabinetry, center island prep area, wet bar and butler pantry. PRESENTED BY BAIRD & WARNER.

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Oakdale 01 | 460 Glencoe Sunday 2-4

$625,000 Fleischman, Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

$1,099,000 Dinny Dwyer, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.5146

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Margate 08 | 190 Lake Bluff

Hibbard 03 | 660 Winnetka

Bay Rd

Everett Rd

Sunday 2:30-4

Sunday 12-2


36 40

Illinois Road 07 | 3584 Wilmette

02 | Winnetka

21 20


$850,000 Fleischman, Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494

306 Walnut

Lake Bluff

E Park Ave

Sunday 1-3

$879,000 Suzy Thompson, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.542.4132


Buckley Rd

E Townline Rd

Fairford Lane 06 | 2593 Northbrook

Sunday 1-4

$795,000 Rina Du Toit, Berkshire Hathaway 847.814.8648

Sunday 2:15-4:15

$1,050,000 Dinny Dwyer, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.5146

Lake Forest

04 | Winnetka

605 Lincoln Ave

18 11 13 23 38 19 37 39

Sunday 1-3

$1,650,000 Jeanie Moysey, Berkshire Hathaway 847.800.8110

Sunday 1-3

$998,000 Skirving Team, Coldwell Banker 847.924.4119

05 | Wilmette

2120 Wilmette Avenue

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10 | Glencoe

235 Lincoln

Sunday 2-4

Sunday 12-2


$2,700,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway 847.340.8499

$795,000 Fleischman, Coldwell Banker 847.217.0494


Half Day Rd

09 | Winnetka

757 Locust

11 | Lake Forest 546 Timber


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Dundee Rd

42 Northbrook 45

Harvard 12 | 1690 Lake Forest Sunday 1-4

$629,000 Chris Puszynski, Baird & Warner 847.812.7265

Glencoe 1

41 43



Tower Rd



Winnetka 17

Sunday 1-3







Lake Ave



Sunday 1-3

$1,695,000 Jody Dickstein, Coldwell Banker 847.651.7100 Beechwood 15 | 2240 Wilmette Sunday 1-3

$1,025,000 Gloria Matlin, Coldwell Banker 847.951.4040


Kajer Lane 23 | 1227 Lake Forest Sunday 2-4

Sunday 12-2

$1,349,000 Monica Childs, @properties 847.881.0200

Sunday 3-4:30

Sunday 12-3

$1,329,000 Jeff Holcomb, @properties 847.763.0200

Sunday 12-2

$1,625,000 Joe Nash, Berkshire Hathaway 847.846.0100 Waukegan 18 | 1255 Lake Forest Sunday 2:30-4:30

$865,000 Joe Nash Berkshire Hathaway 847.846.0100 Illinois Road 19 | 489 Lake Forest Sunday 1-4

$1,225,000 Jean Anderson, Berkshire Hathaway 847.460.5412 Wimbledon Road 20 | 51 Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3

$949,999 Julian Harkleroad, Berkshire Hathaway 224.456.5019 Green Bay Road 21 | 49 Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3

$1,275,000 Kelly McInerney, Berkshire Hathaway 847.826.6800

22 | 2809 Meadowview Court $639,000 Antonacci/Glickman, Baird & Warner 312.543.2758

Highland Park Sunday 1-4

$775,000 Goldblatt/Abreu, @properties 847.432.0700

Mohawk Road 24 | 1005 Wilmette

$1,299,000 Mike Mitchell, Coldwell Banker 847.910.0146 Apple Tree 17 | 131 Winnetka

32 | 1173 Glencoe Avenue

$1,399,900 Andra O’Neill, @properties 847.295.0700

Lakeside Manor Melrose Avenue 16 | 441 25 | 601 Highland Park Kenilworth

Glenview Sunday 1-3





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$2,750,000 Brunhild Baass, Baird & Warner 847.804.0092

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13 | Lake Forest

155 E Onwentsia Road

her N. S

Sunset Ridge Rd

Shermer Rd

Willow Rd

$849,900 Laura Henderson, Baird & Warner 708-997-7778

28 10 31 16 32 34 33

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Highland 14Park 26

McDaniels 14 | 1345 Highland Park

Sheridan Road 26 | 1505 Highland Park Sunday 12-2

$1,275,000 Pickus/Schulkin, @properties 847.432.0700 Bosworth Lane 27 | 1864 Northfield Sunday 11-3

$999,000 Larry Kent, @properties 847.881.0200 Cedar Avenue 28 | 287 Highland Park Sunday 2-4

$899,000 Debbie Scully, @properties 847.432.0700 Illinois Road 29 | 918 Wilmette Sunday 12-1:30

$899,000 Natasha Miller, @properties 847.881.0200 Riverside Drive 30 | 83 Deerfield Sunday 1-3

$850,000 Sito/Chen, @properties 847.763.0200 Clavey Road 31 | 1980 Highland Park Sunday 1-3

$849,900 Pickus/Schulkin, @properties 847.432.0700

NORTH SHORE OPEN HOUSES Ahwahnee Lane 40 | 180 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3

$1,199,000 Vera Purcell, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

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1106 Old Elm Lane Glencoe Sunday 1-4

$629,000 Alla Kimbarovsky, @properties 847.432.0700

Techny Road 41 | 3765 Northbrook Sunday 1-3

$699,000 Barb Pepoon, Coldwell Banker 847.962.5537

Barberry Road 34 | 156 Highland Park Sunday 1-4

$629,000 Janice Goldblatt, @properties 847.432.0700 Lucky Lake 35 | 13560 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3

$1,585,000 Chris Melchior, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Brighton Court 42 | 1643 Northbrook Sunday 12-2

$624,500 Caroline Gau, Coldwell Banker 847.477.4825 2709 Kingston Drive

43 | Northbrook Sunday 12-3

$649,900 Robin Blumenthal, Coldwell Banker 847.917.9187

Saunders 36 | 240 Lake Forest Sunday 3:15-5

$695,000 Chris Melchior, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

Cherry Lane 44 | 2441 Northbrook Sunday 12-2

$549,900 Bryce Fuller, Coldwell Banker 847.208.7888

Ryan 37 | 491 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3

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1741 Mission Hills $1,050,000 Road Sherry Stepp, Coldwell Banker Northbrook 847.234.8000 Sunday 1-3 Forest Hill 38 | 740 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3

$799,000 Ann Lyon, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 Forest Hill 39 | 579 Lake Forest Sunday 2-4

$769,000 Stacey Marquis, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

$449,500 Katie Marx, Coldwell Banker 847.525.6254

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601 melrose avenue, kenilworth 5 BEd/3.1 Bath

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$10,000 cREdit at cLoSing iF contRact BEFoRE 12/31/2014! 1106 old Elm Street, glencoe 3 BEd/2 Bath

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875 E Ringwood Road, Lake Forest 6 BEd/6.1 Bath

Stephanie klein Mobile: 847.309.4331 Office: 847.295.0700



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SoLd! 1079 Elm Street, winnetka* 5 BEd/2.2 Bath


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120 hawthorn, glencoe 7 BEd/9.2 Bath

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undER contRact 920 hill Road, winnetka 7 BEd/4.2 Bath


undER contRact 900 hill Road, winnetka vacant Land

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indooR PooL 2063 Burr oaks Lane, highland Park 4 BEd/3.1 Bath



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BuiLd youR dREam homE

2102-2012 grange avenue, highland Park $485,000

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special section for the north shore weekend | 11/08 – 11/09/14 893 Elm Street, winnetka 5 BEd/4.1 Bath



882 Elm Street, winnetka 5 BEd/5.2 Bath

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Distinctly dynamic New Trier’s Smith ‘chutes’ for a repeat state title in Peoria

Home stretch: New Trier senior Mimi Smith, seen here winning the CSL South Meet on Oct. 18 at Maine East, will head to this Saturday’s Class 3A state meet as the reigning champion. She has verbally committed to Wake Forest. photography by joel lerner

■ by bill mclean The reigning Class 3A girls state cross country champion ran around as a dinosaur in North Shore neighborhoods last week. Accompanying New Trier senior Mimi Smith for some trick-or-treating on the eve of the Niles West Sectional was a teammate dressed up as a zebra. Other Trevians/animals: tiger, duck, owl, turtle and badger. “You should have seen Mimi in her green outfit in the driving sleet that day,” New Trier girls cross country coach/ zookeeper John Burnside says. “She and her teammates were getting pounded by some of the ugliest weather. But Mimi stayed positive, showed her leadership. “At no point,” he adds, “did she appear like she wasn’t interested. Mimi truly enjoyed that time with her teammates.” A year ago, near the end of the state meet at Detweiller Park in Peoria, the same Mimi Smith — minus a bag full of goodies — neared the leader of the Class 3A race about 200 meters from the finish. Smith wasn’t smiling. “I’d seen that look before,” Burnside says. “It’s a look that says, ‘I won’t be denied.’ Her determined expression at that point in the race, her form … I knew she’d win. She’s one of the best racers I’ve ever seen.” Smith won with a time of 16:43, two seconds ahead of then-freshman Alexa Haff of Hinsdale Central. She became the first in program history to return to Winnetka as a state individual champion — two seasons after helping NT capture its first girls state team title as a freshman. “I remember feeling empty-headed after the finish,” Smith calls. “Somebody gave me the [starter’s] bullet shell in a envelope, and then two New Trier boy runners caught me before I fell to the ground. One of my friends thought I had finished second because I wasn’t showing much emotion. “But what an unbelievable experience that was,” she adds. “So much energy down there, so many emotions. I was nervous before the start but also relaxed and confident.” And later proud to be a member of the third-place team. The thrill of winning the race matched the thrill of standing with her teammates to receive team medals.

“Mimi is so respectful of every single one of her teammates,” says sophomore teammate Grace Fagan. “Our pack is runners 2 through 7; she’s not part of it because she’s so fast. But she tells us how to stay together, and she helps us get ready mentally for every race. “Mimi,” she adds, “has this way of making all of us feel we’re one.” When Smith was 8, she fell off a swing while vacationing in England, breaking her left humerus and dislocating her left elbow. Behold the accident that put her on the path to verbally committing to Wake Forest University as a cross country and track and field recruit last month. “It has the major [health and exercise science] I want,” says Smith, who also considered attending Northwestern, Wisconsin and William and Mary. “I’ve wanted to be a physical therapist since I rehabbed my injuries with one [in Evanston]. She was so nice, young and so cool. She had a very active job. The last kind of job I want is a desk job.” Smith, a Wilmette resident, kicked soccer to the side after the former FC United outside back won medal and after medal at Illinois Elementary School Association state cross country and track meets. “My times dropped and I remember thinking, ‘This is cool,’ ” says Smith, a captain and the only senior among the Trevians’ top 11 runners this fall. “The more I ran, the more I wanted to be dedicated to running.” During the Trevians’ state championship season in 2011, then-senior Julie Jackson occasionally drove Smith home after practice. Smith rode shotgun but let Jackson trigger most of the conversations. “Julie was mature, very approachable, such a dedicated runner,” recalls Smith, who finished 10th (17:08) at state that year — between NT sisters Courtney Ackerman (4th place, 16:50) and Jessica Ackerman (11th, 17:11). “Everybody wanted to be like Julie. Julie made me feel welcome. “That whole team made me feel welcome.” Now it’s Smith’s turn to put her final Trevians team at ease at this weekend’s 3A state meet in Peoria. NT — paced by Smith’s third-place finish (17:17) — qualified for state with a runner-up showing (57 points) behind champion Glenbard West (34) and individual champ Lindsay Graham (16:34 at the Niles West Sectional Nov. 1.

“What impresses me the most about Mimi is her consistency,” Burnside says. “She’s there everyday, ready to give a complete effort with a great attitude. When she competes and her body is exhausted and her brain is turned off, she still maintains composure … and a lot of that comes from her dedication to training.” One of Burnside’s favorite memories of Smith’s freshman season was Smith’s decision to let her teammates view some of her homemade music videos in a team setting. The footage featured Smith performing as a junior high student. “Mimi exposed her spirit and soul to the team in an open and vulnerable way,” Burnside says. “That let me know how special this kid is, in additional to being a phenomenal athlete.” The two-time reigning Central Suburban League cross country champion, Smith achieved another first in NT athletics as a sophomore, helping a 3200-meter relay win a state championship in Charleston. Smith raced solo on Nov. 1 — after a sectional race. Smith hustled over to New Trier’s Northfield campus to catch the end of the state field hockey championship game between New Trier and Lake Forest. She arrived with about five minutes left in overtime, with the teams tied at 1-1. Smith’s good friend, senior attack Rachel Mirkin, played a key role in NT’s 2-1 victory, delivering the pass preceding the assist on Kitty Kenyon’s winning goal with 15.7 seconds left in OT. Smith celebrated with the victorious Trevians on the field afterward. A Kitty beamed and hugged teammates and posed for photos. A former dinosaur took it all in, knowing exactly how each champ felt. Notable: New Trier sophomore Cara Keleher (ninth place, 17:55) finished second among Trevians at the Niles West Sectional Nov. 1, followed by sophomores Caroline Fix (10th, 17:57), Molly Schmidt (17th, 18:14) and Katie Glew (18th, 18:14-plus). Freshman Savannah Noethlich (20th, 18:16) and junior Oona Jung-Beeman (24th, 18:24) also ran for the Trevians. Meanwhile, NT’s boys squad edged Glenbard West 81-88 on Nov. 1 at Niles West. Josh Rosenkranz led the team (8th, 15:01), followed by Luke Duros (12th), Austin Santacruz (15th), Tarek Afifi (23rd) and Jack Litowitz (25th). ■

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Feel-good state of mind Hargitt’s TD sets the tone — and mood — in LF's playoff win ■ by kevin reiterman He flashed a big smile during a postgame interview. And held it. Classic Mateo. No news flash here. “He’s always smiling,” said Lake Forest High School head football coach Chuck Spagnoli, referring to senior wide-out Matthew “Mateo” Hargitt. “He’s always in a good mood.” You get no argument from the leader of this squad: star inside linebacker Jack Traynor. “He’s a real laid-back kid, and his mentality is to have fun,” said Traynor. “But he also works hard (at football).” Beaming was allowed in this Class 6A opening round state playoff win over Belvidere North 42-21 on Oct. 31. The game started in shocking fashion — third play on LF’s opening drive — when Hargitt sprinted right past a Blue Thunder cornerback on a double move and caught a wide-open 34-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Danny Carollo . “An adrenaline rush,” said a bright-eyed Hargitt, who finished the night with three catches for 60 yards. He couldn’t believe how open he was. “I put a move on their cornerback, and he bit,” said Hargitt, who now has 22 catches for 279 yards for the season. “When I saw the ball heading my way, I knew I had him beat.” “He froze their cornerback and flew right by him,” noted Traynor. Spagnoli praised his offensive coordinator Phil DeWald. “It was a well-conceived play,” said the LF head coach. “Our quarterback made a great throw, our receiver made a great catch and I’m guessing that our offensive line (Thomas Kennedy, Jack Boyd, John McArthur, George Kohl and William Conover) did a pretty good job of blocking.”

“To make a play like that on the opening series in a hostile environment was huge,” Traynor said. “That play set the tone for the whole game.” LF’s other huge play came just before halftime, when junior speedster Quinn Julian travelled 40 yards on a screen pass. He made it to the 1-yard line with :01 left on the clock. One play later, senior running back Wes Janeck powered it in to give the Scouts (7-3) a seven-point lead, 21-14. “I knew the clocking was running down,” said Julian, who added a 13-yard TD run in the second half. “I tried to jump into the end zone. Luckily, we still had a second on the clock. “It was a momentum changer,” he added. LF’s hurry-up offense worked like a charm. “That series was greatly executed,” said Spagnoli. “Quinn made a great play to get down to the 1-yard line.” The Scouts ended up with 452 yards of offense. Janeck picked up 200 yards on 29 carries. His four TD runs measured 11, 1, 49 and 11 yards. Carollo had one of his finest performances of the season: 16-for-22 for 195 yards. Michael Christensen had four catches for 39 yards. On the defensive end, Traynor once again led the way with eight tackles, including a 7-yard quarterback sack and 3-yard tackle for loss. The other sacks belonged to Nicholas Athenson, Jason Mills, Trevor Morcott, Francis Nicholas and Charles Yale. Notable: Lake Forest will take on visiting Glenbard South on Nov. 8 at 4:30 p.m. The No. 5 Raiders took down Riverside-Brookfield 31-7 on Nov. 1. … “We had a rough stretch (in the middle of the season),” said Traynor. “But we’re hitting our stride now. We expect success in the state playoffs.” … LF’s all-time record in the state playoffs is now even: 22-22. In the past three seasons, the Scouts are a combined 6-2. ■

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Hear them now Trevians ring in November with state title

Trevs revel: New Trier’s Kristen Nykaza (No. 6), Audrey Kingdom and Kitty Kenyon (No. 1) celebrate their state championship. photography by joel lerner

■ by bill mclean Its sound is similar to that of a knee bumping into a table in a dark room or a wildly errant cue ball striking a wooden wall in a pool hall. The corresponding noise in the wonderful world of prep sports: a field hockey ball banging a cage’s backboard behind a goalkeeper. “It’s my favorite sound in the world,” New Trier senior attack Kitty Kenyon admitted after generating that very sound with 15.7 seconds left in overtime in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association state championship game in Northfield Nov. 1. Her loud-and-clear tally was the difference in NT’s 2-1 defeat of two-time reigning state champion Lake Forest. The assist came from junior defensive standout Rose Gorski, who had controlled a pass from senior attack Rachel Mirkin before dishing the feed. “We might play on opposite sides of the field,” Kenyon added, “but Rose and I always feel each other’s presence when we compete.” Gorski had never gripped a field hockey stick when she decided to show up for the first day of tryouts her freshman year in 2012. Her initial intent, though, wasn’t to make a Trevians field hockey team then. “I wanted to meet people,” Gorski recalled. “I’d attended a small school [Central School in Glencoe], with an enrollment of 120.” New Trier’s current enrollment: 4,120. From tranquil Mayberry to hustle-bustle New York City, more or less — in mere months. Gorski appeared quite comfortable in the midst of ecstatic Trevians, players’ parents and players’ friends immediately after last weekend’s title game. NT’s coaches also had a tough time masking their pure joy on the day after Halloween. “We’d been wanting this … really wanting this,” Trevians coach Stephanie Nykaza said a year after her club lost to LF in the state final and two years after her girls fell to Loyola Academy in a state semifinal. LF’s Scouts (18-3-1) also topped NT (22-2-1) twice during the regular season this fall. Nykaza altered her defensive scheme, putting senior Emily Carothers (normally a left wing) on 2014 IHSFHA Player of the Year and Princetonbound midfielder Elise Wong and relying on Gorski, junior defender Audrey Kingdom and senior defender Kristen Nykaza (the coach’s daughter) to make life as easy as possible for Trevs sophomore goalie Therese Cooney. “Lake Forest has many good players, but Elise, she really hurt us [in the regular-season games],” Stephanie Nykaza said after winning the ninth state

title in her 25th season at NT. Kristen Nykaza was hurting — all over. The former competitive snowboarder at the national level had right-shoulder surgery to look forward to after the championship game. Injuries to her hips, back and an ankle also challenged her this fall. “She muscled through those injuries,” her mother said. Kristen’s intended major at the University of Missouri? “Nursing,” she said. Naturally. “Adrenaline kicked in,” Kristen Nykaza said, referring to an athlete’s internal balm. Trevians junior attack Sofia Crnkovich scored her club’s first goal at 2:48 of the first half, off an assist from senior attack Lindsay Hackett. Lake Forest got on the board first, thanks to a sequence initiated by junior defender Katelyn Lochiatto and one of her frighteningly effective golf-swing entry passes. Scouts sophomore Libby Thompson wound up scoring what would be LF’s final goal of another highly successful season. “That was how a state final should be played,” Scouts coach Melanie Walsh said of the taut battle featuring impressive stickhandling and fearless defense. “I told my players, ‘You could not have done any more that you did.’ They played hard, and they did everything I asked them to do. What you saw out there was a total team effort.” Third place: In the game for third place at the IHSFHA state tournament last weekend, Lake Forest Academy’s team was at its most productive when it was down 1-0 — with 0:00 left in regulation. A game can’t end when the trailing team earns a penalty corner, and LFA’s Caxys got one as time expired and another during that post-regulation corner against Oak Park-River Forest at New Trier’s Northfield campus Nov. 1. LFA sophomore Maggie Stoll struck for the gametying goal on the second penalty corner, stunning the Huskies and forcing overtime. LFA rode the late momentum and earned third-place honors for the second year in a row by outscoring OP-RF 4-2 in the 1-v-1 session following OT. “We had our players push my [nearly] 5,000-pound car [Honda Pilot],” Caxys coach Diane Cooper said of one of the team’s drills the day before the thirdplace game. “If you can do that [in groups of three], you can do anything.” Stoll also scored the clincher in the 1-v-1 segment, following tallies from LFA juniors Lexi Silver and Emily Conklin and freshman Izzy Moody. Cooper praised Caxys junior Caroline Miller for her season-long success as the squad’s goalkeeper. ■

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Jack Reacher: Highland Park High School senior wide-out Jack McGuire snares a two-yard TD reception against Fenwick in the opening round of the Class 7A state playoffs. photography by joel lerner

■ by bill mclean Retiring Highland Park High School football Hal Chiodo sat in a locker room with a few sports writers after a playoff loss last weekend, trying to process a response to a question about what he’ll miss most about coaching. He stared at the ground for about five seconds, raised his head and appeared ready to reply. But he wasn’t; he was a bit choked up. Chiodo then exhaled. Now he was ready. “I love kids,” he said after his second-seeded Giants lost 17-10 to visiting and 15th-seeded Fenwick in a Class 7A first-round game Nov. 1. “I love seeing kids do well. It’s what I’m all about.” The date a Chiodo-coached team had last lost a game was Nov. 2, 2013, in playoff opener at Rockton Hononegah. HP’s memorable 9-0 run in the 2014 regular season could do very little to ease the sting of HP’s 0-1 mark in Chiodo’s final postseason. “You never want any season to end, and when it ends it hurts,” said Chiodo, who guided four of his six HPHS squads to playoff berths. “This season … it ended suddenly. We’re not going to get to practice on Monday; that’s hard to swallow.” Fenwick’s Friars had nine reasons to believe it wouldn’t be easy to top Highland Park on its home turf. The reasons? See HP’s regular-season record. “They know how to win; look at their nine wins — that concerned us the most,” said Fenwick senior defensive back and University of Connecticut-bound Aaron Garland, who came down with one of the visitors’ six interceptions. “But our coaches put together a great game plan. One of the keys was to stop the run. “The other,” the 6-foot, 184-pounder added, “was to do our job in the secondary.” Garland put his breakneck speed to good use at two critical junctures. Giants senior running back Cole Greenberg (21 carries, 112 yards) shot out of his backfield and raced past linemen and linebackers. HP’s suddenly vocal crowd roared as Greenberg began to get a pretty good sniff of an end zone. But Garland

caught up to HP’s dangerous back and brought him down at Fenwick’s 18-yard line. Greenberg’s 67-yard dash — with the teams tied at 10-10 in the fourth quarter — did not set the stage for points. Fenwick (6-4) blocked a 30-yard field goal attempt at 6:09. Garland sprinted with the football nearly three minutes later, returning an interception to HP’s 1-yard line on a second-and-14 from Fenwick’s 46. Friars senior running back Pat Donahue (22 rushes, 115 yards) then ran it in for the game-winning touchdown. “Not scoring [after Greenberg’s 67-yard run], that was the turning point,” Chiodo admitted. “We were right in the game, ready to win. “We just could not gather any momentum in the second half.” Giants junior defensive back Cristian Volpentesta sparkled in both halves, applying constant pressure on Fenwick quarterbacks Sean Moorman and Gavin Graves. His sack resulted in an eight-yard loss, and he dropped two other ball carriers for a three-yard loss and no gain. “Great football player,” Chiodo said. “Cristian took sweeps away and didn’t give their quarterbacks much time to throw the ball.” Giants senior defensive ends Teddy Sutker and Jason Shulruff each recorded a sack. Sutker’s came on a fourth down — 14 yards behind the line of scrimmage, with a little more than a minute left in fourth quarter. “Our defense played an awesome game,” Chiodo said. HP senior wideout Jack McGuire (three catches, 33 yards) caught a two-yard TD pass from senior Sam Nevers (15-for-34, 189 yards) at 2:01 of the first quarter for the game’s first points. Sophomore Jacob Swartz tied it at 10-10 with a 20-yard field goal at the end of the third quarter. Notable: Senior running back Tommy Rudman led the Giants in receiving (73 yards on four grabs) against Fenwick. Senior wideout Luke Norcia finished with two catches (36 yards), and classmate Hallvard Lundevall, a wideout, capped his career by snaring three tosses for 33 yards. … HP outgained Fenwick 282-184 in total yardage. … Highland Park’s football program (varsity, sophomore, frosh A teams) won a combined 25 games this fall. “HP football is definitely going in the right direction,” Chiodo said. ■




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 He’s got his number: New Trier sophomore cornerback Francis Fay intercepts a pass in front of Glenbrook South’s Peter Pappas.. photography by ting shen


Fay’s interception keys Trevians in opening chapter of playoffs ■ by kevin reiterman

The Chicago Bulls have that Derrick fella. New Trier’s field hockey team boasts a Gorski. But NT’s Rose got to celebrate a championship on Nov. 1. Rose Gorski (left) served as a dominant force on defense as NT edged top-seeded and two-time reigning state champion Lake Forest 2-1 in overtime for the Illinois High School Field Hockey state championship in Northfield. Gorski also came up big on offense for the Trevians (22-2-1), directing the assist on senior Kitty Kenyon’s game-winning goal with 15.7 seconds left in OT.

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Glenbrook South’s Fitz Stadler, a 6-foot-7 quarterback who will pitch next season at Arizona State, tried to sneak a fastball into a tight window. The hard-throwing right-hander, who can touch 91 miles per hour on the radar gun, fired a bullet pass into the right flat and front corner of the north end zone at New Trier’s Northfield Campus. His heater was intended for one of his running backs, No. 26 Peter Pappas. Instead, it hummed into the armpit of another player wearing No. 26, New Trier cornerback Francis Fay. Stadler hit the “2” in the front of Fay’s green jersey top and, as New Trier coach Brian Doll noted after his team claimed a 24-14 win over visiting GBS in the opening round of the Class 8A state playoffs, the ball “just kind of stuck there.” Fay’s fourth interception of the season came at a critical juncture. Down 17-7, with six minutes left, Stadler had his team on the move. Prior to the INT, the Titans (6-4) were facing a 1st-and-10 at the NT 17-yard line. “It’s a play that I will look back on for some time,” said Fay, a three-sport athlete at the school (guard in basketball, center fielder in baseball). Fay is not afraid of the bright lights of a state playoff game. The 5-foot-9, 160-pound sophomore was brought up to the varsity from the freshman team in last year’s openinground loss at Glenbard North. Wearing No. 91, he got his spikes wet by running the ball seven times for seven yards. “He’s a kid who makes plays,” said Doll. “And if he misses on a play, he comes right back.” Fay was put to the test in this one. His assignment was to chase, if you will, Glenbrook South’s top receiver, Chase Daniel, all over the field.

“The game plan was for me to line up against No. 24 all night,” said Fay. “One-on-one defense. Which is something, as a basketball player, I’ve been doing all my life. I looked forward to the challenge. “(Defensive backs coach Jason) Dane told me to be physical against him and to read my keys,” Fay added. “And if I did that, I’d have success.” Daniel started slowly. He was targeted only twice (one 8-yard catch) in the first half. But the 6-1, 171-pound senior eventually hit his stride, finishing the game with five catches for 98 yards. To Fay’s credit, he didn’t do any end-zone dancing. “He’s a stud receiver,” said Fay. “I watched a lot of film on him. He runs near-perfect routes — and he’s a burner.” This win by New Trier, No. 9 on the season, wasn’t perfect, but it did the job. The Trevians won their first state playoff game since 2008 at Lane Tech. The last time that they won nine games in a season was in 2003. “To me, high school football is about building a foundation,” said Doll, who is in his first season as head coach at NT. “Just get this done. That was our approach for this game. The first and second quarters might have been a case of us having rookie-itis.” New Trier, which will host Chicago Curie in a second round game on Nov. 8 (1 p.m.), got off to a slow start. A 35-yard field goal by Nick Endre produced a 3-0 halftime lead. Eventually, the game turned into another Kevin Mulhern Show. The senior running back popped for 31 yards on NT’s first score with 5:44 left in the third quarter. He later broke free on a 22-yard TD run in fourth quarter. He finished the game with 144 rushing yards on 28 carries. Sophomore quarterback Clay Czyzynski (8-for-14, 100 yards) tossed a 4-yard scoring strike to Andrew Hauser (3-41) with 8:36 left to play. Hauser also had a big play on defense (3-yard sack). The other top defenders were Will Francke (8 tackles), Charlie Schoder (6 tackles), Nick Krauskopf (5 tackles) and Scott Hammes (interception). ■

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Loyola’s Walsh proves to be very effective in state playoff opener ■ by kevin reiterman When the season opened in Milwaukee in late August, the best place to find Aidan Walsh was approximately seven yards behind the line of scrimmage. The senior arguably held the cushiest and safest position on the Loyola Academy football team: holder. By rule, those who receive snaps from center are protected from intentional contact. Roughing the holder is a serious offense: a 15-yard penalty. Walsh’s other duty — his side job, if you will — was thirdstring quarterback. Both positions lack prestige. In the corporate workforce, they’re equivalent to entry-level positions. They’re a far cry from the corner office with the breathtaking view. Enter the Incredulous Case of Aidan Walsh. For someone to start there and end up where Walsh ended up —starting QB for one of the best football programs in the state — is as rare and curious as it is fabulous and fable-like. Walsh, who was making only his third start of the season, wasn’t hard to find on Nov. 1 in LA’s 37-20 victory over visiting Warren in the opening round of the Class 8A state playoffs. The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder was the one delivering the deep ball for long gains and gaining big yards on zone reads. This new CEO of the LA offense also wasn’t hard to find after the game. He was in the one in demand. He was a microphone magnet. Soon after Walsh had just finished an interview with a local cable television station, he was bombarded by more questions from members of the print media. “This is awesome,” said Walsh, who completed 13-for-16 for 176 yards and two touchdowns. “I love coming out here and playing for my teammates and my school.” Senior Michael Carlin, a two-year starter at center, is not surprised by Walsh’s sudden success. “I knew he had it in him,” said Carlin, who also snapped for DJ Melsheimer and Emmett Clifford before they went

How sweet it is: Loyola Academy’s Aidan Walsh dances into the end zone in the team’s opening round state playoff win over Warren. The Ramblers won 37-20 and will face top-seeded Stevenson on Nov. 8. photography by joel lerner

down with concussion and shoulder injuries, respectively. “I was hoping he’d get a shot to play. “He’s a great leader who is not afraid to get down and dirty,” Carlin added. “And he’s got great receivers. He knows that he doesn’t have to do too much.” Walsh was on the money throughout the 32 minutes against Warren (6-4). In the first half, he was extra chummy with his tight end: Bobby Walker. He targeted Walker five times in the first half and connected with No. 85 five times for 57 yards, including a 14-yard strike in the end zone with 1:32 left in the first quarter. Walsh’s other favorite receiver was senior Spencer Cecola (4 catches, 93 yards), who was very Brandon Marshall-like on his 26-yard TD reception with just over six minutes left in the third quarter. Cecola leaped high and hauled in Walsh’s high spiral despite some glue-like coverage by the Warren secondary. “I just had to put it up there,” said Walsh of his 6-3, 193pound receiver. “I knew Spencer would go up and get it.” Walsh also displayed some impressive leg speed on the opening series of the second half, when he scored from 20 yards out on a zone read. It didn’t take LA offensive coordinator Tyler Vradenburg

long to smile at the mention of Walsh’s name. “I couldn’t be prouder. Proud of the way he’s prepared for this moment,” said the assistant. “He never said a word [when he started the season No. 3 on the depth chart]. He never said, ‘It should be me [at No. 1].’ “He’s so humble. The guys on this team love him,” Vradenburg added. Notable: The Ramblers, seeded No. 8, will travel to No. 1 Stevenson on Nov. 8 (1 p.m.). It will be a rematch of last year’s state semifinal game, which LA won in magical fashion, 15-14. … LA’s leading ball carrier against Warren was senior Dara Laja (16 carries, 141 yards) … Mark Nichol, the defensive player of the year in the Chicago Catholic League Blue Division, also was a factor in the running game: 10 rushes, 62 yards. He had a 6-yard TD run in the third quarter. … On defense, Nichol finished with a team-high eight tackles, including two for losses. Brock Hardwick and Daniel Pinelli had five tackles each, while Mark Dowdle intercepted two passes, returning one for 45 yards to set up Nichol’s TD. … In addition to Nichol, the other all-conference players include Dowdle, Owen Buscaglia, Thomas Dreher, Calvin Falkenhayn, Brian O’Brien and Ryan Zinkula. ■

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Trevians douse Wildkits, reclaim fire hydrant ■ by kevin reiterman On the field, the heavy lifting was done by Colin Egerter. His one-touch goal from 20 yards out with 34 minutes left in the second half broke a scoreless tie and ultimately gave the New Trier boys soccer team a 1-0 victory over archrival Evanston in the Class 3A Niles North Sectional final on Nov. 1. As the Trevians congregated in the parking lot, they faced another weighty matter. They had to figure out a way to lug the spoils of their victory — the celebrated and very heavy fire hydrant — onto the team bus. It was a beautiful struggle. “It takes two, three and maybe four guys to carry it,” said NT head coach Wes Molyneaux, of the vintage cast iron apparatus, which has been a winnertake-all prize since the 1960s. Possible hernias? Oh so worth it. When it comes to soccer between New Trier and Evanston, traditions never die. Winning the sectional plaque was cool. Regaining the fire hydrant? Equally cool. The Wildkits have been in possession of the “trophy” for the past four years. Like autumn in the Midwest, the fire hydrant soon will change colors. New Trier’s players enthusiastically will paint over Evanston’s orange and blue — along with its many player signatures scattered all

over it — with their forest green, blue and gray. The Trevians will add a new set of autographs. “We lost it to them in 2010,” said Molyneaux. “It’s good to get some redemption. And what’s even better? To do it in the state playoffs.” The No. 2 Trevians (21-3-2), who were scheduled to play Fremd in the Barrington Supersectional on Nov. 4, went into the sectional championship as the slightest of underdogs. They had lost 2-1 to No. 1 Evanston (16-3-4) during the regular season. Egerter, a senior midfielder, wasn’t the likeliest of heroes. He entered the game with one goal and six assists. “We’ve had a lot of different guys, who have had big moments this year,” said Molyneaux, who is in his second year as NT’s head coach after eight seasons as an assistant. “Today, Colin came up with the big moment. I’m real happy for him. “A lot of guys had great games,” the coach added. “That’s how you win (a sectional title).” New Trier’s defense was stellar once again. Senior goalkeeper Jonathan Jaggard tallied six saves to earn the shutout. The Trevians, who feature 16 seniors, advanced to the sectional final after downing Maine South 4-1 on Oct. 28. Duncan Gill came up with a hat trick in the semifinal at Niles North. Matt Gallo scored the other goal, while the assists were credited to Spencer Farina (two), Jamey Minturn (two) and Egerter. Gill now has 23 goals for the season to go along with 11 assists. Farina has 17 assists. ■

Highland Park’s great soccer run comes to end ■ by bill mclean Maybe Blake Novotny’s eyes welled up with tears after a soccer match because of the howling, unforgiving wind. Maybe they got that way when the Highland Park High School boys soccer coach realized he’d never get to coach his seniors again. Both forces — Mother Nature, elimination from the state playoffs — likely triggered the mini floods after Novotny’s Giants fell 2-1 to Fremd’s Vikings in the Class 3A Palatine Sectional Oct. 31. “This group of seniors… real good examples of student-athletes, all of them,” Novotny said after his 12th-seed club (13-7-4) nearly reached the Elite Eight with what would have been another upset. (Fremd, the third seed in the sectional, improved to 18-5-1 and advanced to a scheduled Barrington Supersectional Nov. 4.) “They’re all passionate about playing soccer,” he added, “and they all genuinely love soccer.” Fremd had the erratic gusts at its back for the first half in frigid Palatine but didn’t capitalize until the 12:18 mark following a lengthy throw-in. HP tallied the equalizer on a set play at 23:03 of the second half. Giants senior midfielder Tony Barrios’ corner kick ended up at senior midfielder Ian Valadez’s feet. Valadez then delivered a pass to junior midfielder Eamonn Moore, stationed near Fremd’s goalkeeper after his mates had lined up at the top of the box for the corner kick. Moore buried a shot past the near post to make it 1-1. Moore praised Barrios’ wind-aided, in-swing corner kick. Novotny lauded Moore’s in-match intelligence. “Eamonn,” the coach said, “has a good soccer brain, and we’re looking forward to his leadership next year.”

A injury to Moore’s right ankle forced him to sit out a few matches earlier this fall. He wasn’t totally pain-free in the sectional final. “I learned it’s important to do what you can to bounce back from adversity,” Moore said. “Our team this year, especially during the playoffs — it was all about persistence. We always fought back well when we found ourselves trailing.” The sectional final appeared destined for overtime before Fremd sophomore midfielder James Lefevre blasted the match winner through the biting air with 12:31 remaining. HP battled valiantly from that point on, with its best chance to knot the score again on a shot from senior defender Omar Rodriguez. Fremd’s keeper slid quickly to his left to collect the grounder and preserve the 2-1 score at the 4:29 mark. “I feel bad for Omar, because that was a big save by their keeper,” Novotny said afterward. “We’d still be playing if he hadn’t done that.” HP’s final kick of the 2014 season came off the foot of senior goalie Carlos Pineda — from midfield. The ball caromed violently off a Viking at close range and bounced toward the Giants’ side of the pitch. Shortly thereafter several Giants, exhausted and disheartened, hit the turf as Vikings came together to celebrate the victory. “That second half went by so fast,” Novotny said. “It felt like it lasted only 15 minutes. Fremd … give that team credit for scoring [against the wind].” Notable: HP edged Buffalo Grove 2-1 in a Palatine Sectional semifinal Oct. 28. … A year after losing 3-1 in two overtimes to Hersey in a Class 3A playoff opener at Lake Forest, HP enjoyed a 3-1 run in postseason play this fall. The Giants knocked out fifth-seeded Hersey 1-0 in a playoff opener Oct. 21, before ending Stevenson’s and Buffalo Grove’s seasons in succession. … Moore, on Rodriguez: “He’s our rock in the back.” ■

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54 | Sunday breakfast Child with Down syndrome helps principal learn even more about faith, hope and charity two-week-old baby in her hands. “A deer in the headlights with my little Ryan,” rememOn an unusually warm fall day, bers Carden. the Greenhouse Inn Restaurant Ryan, her sixth child, — so named for its airy, largehad just been diagnosed windowed design complete with with Down syndrome, and a sunflower at every table — is Carden was close to tears, packed. Numbers tower over feeling entirely hopeless for the tables, with pens and colorhis future. coded menus at the ready. I wasn’t sure I wanted At a table close by, a woman to be here, I wasn’t sure in an old button-up sweater sits how to deal with the whole with serene concentration. Down syndrome thing. But “That’s Sister Rosemary,” I walked out, honestly, says Katie Carden, table 14, feeling like there was so as she checks off her order on much hope,” says Carden. the bright-pink soup and salad “Within a couple weeks menu. At the behest of the we realized its business waitress, Jill, who jokingly as usual.” needles Carden for taking Now, the Greenhouse so long (“Oh, Jill I’m sleepInn is Carden’s favoring on the job!”), Carden ite brunch spot; a orders a chicken balsamic place where she salad and a glass of lemonade meets with coworkbefore returning the slip to the ers, friends, and even waitress. journalists. Jill is a resident of Carden, whose Misericordia, a 31-acre comeyes harbor a deep, munity that provides continual care for more than Katie Carden illustration by barry blitt crystalline blue while she talks, sees her life 600 children and adults with developmental disabilities; and the as coming full circle. When she was nine years Greenhouse Inn is part of its campus. Its old she took a babysitting course, and waited staff of servers, cooking assistants, bakers, until she was 10 to get her Red Cross certicashiers is made up of its full-time residents. fication. Afterwards, she began babysitting Carden appears to know everyone. Every “for everybody in the neighborhood,” includperson who ambles past the table stays and ing her favorite: a girl named Missy who lived chats with her. So it’s difficult to imagine across the street. Missy had cerebral palsy, and there ever being a time in her life when Carden knew after babysitting her that she she wasn’t completely in her element at wanted to become a special education teacher. Today, Carden lives in the same house she Miseracordia. But there was. Not long ago, Carden grew up in with her husband, Tom. And though walked through the doors with a she was never able to concentrate her full time

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and effort into the field of special education, she is able to affect the lives of untold families, community members — and, of course, children — in her position as principal at The School of Saints Faith, Hope & Charity in Winnetka. Recently, Carden had two of her youngest students in her office (Faith Hope combines preschoolers to 8th graders under one roof). One of the girls asked Carden what she wanted to be when she grew up, and though Carden said she would probably be a principal, on the drive over she thought of one better: Sister Rosemary. Back in the 1950s — when Carden’s motherin-law gave birth to a daughter with Down syndrome, and doctors were telling her to put her daughter in an institution and tell all her family and friends she died in child birth and just move on with her life — Sister Rosemary founded Misericordia with 30 orphans with special needs. Though Carden’s mother-inlaw bucked that trend (“She had a lot of kids at home, and she said, ‘If I can train my dog to bark at the backdoor, there’s no way I can’t rear this child’”) without Sister Rosemary, there wouldn’t be the facility that there is today. This year the Carden family had their biggest transition, with their oldest going off to college and Ryan entering kindergarten. (Three more of her kids, her twins and an 8th grader attend Faith Hope.) And just this September, Faith Hope received a National Blue Ribbon award for outstanding academic achievements. In many ways, it’s a testament to Carden’s commitment to her role as principal. Though the Blue Ribbon represents that the school’s academics are in the top 15 percent of the nation, Carden also notes that community involvement is still a high priority for its student body, which start volunteering in preschool and go on to work with the North Shore Senior Center, food pantries, soup kitchens, and Misericordia by 8th grade. “One of the things I think I really bring to

the job is a perspective of being an educator, so I can really relate to the teachers, but then there is the perspective of being a mom,” says Carden. “I can understand what the parents are going through, and I’ve made some changes at school to make things easier for families.” Those include adding a 3-year-old preschool program that starts at the same time as the rest of the school so there’s one drop off, one pick up, and “no driving around in a car for 20 minutes with a kid in a snow suit and snow boots because their preschool doesn’t start for another half hour,” says Carden. “And I have an 8th grader. I know exactly what its like to go to football practice and get home and study for a test. I got it — I know.” But it’s easy to grasp that she also knows much more than the typical mother. Carden’s husband, Tom, is a police officer for the 24th district of Rogers Park. Every night she has to turn on the 10 o’clock news — even if she isn’t going to bed until later — to make sure nothing major is happening in the city. And then of course there’s Ryan, who at first needed “therapists in our house probably three days a week,” says Carden, but who now is able to maneuver around his speech apps on his iPad to watch Toy Story. For Carden, Misericordia represents a facility not unlike college for Ryan. A place he can go, one day, where he can wake up, get dressed, go to work, and has a reading class or a painting class or goes swimming. And someday, her dream is to see Faith Hope become inclusive to special needs; bringing families “with one child in a public school because they have cerebral palsy, or Down syndrome, or such severe learning disabilities” together under one roof: hers. “I look at my own kids; they have become so much better people for having Ryan in their life,” admits Carden. “He’s the most loved of all my kids.”■

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