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Park in Hubbard Woods to be revamped

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ubbard Woods Park will receive a significant facelift when the Winnetka Park District begins its $2 million renovation of the park in August, which will include a new playground and a pavilion. On April 9, the Village Council voted 4-1 in favor of the park’s revamp. Over the past 18 months the Park District worked with the Village and community groups to develop plans to improve Hubbard Woods, a 1 1/2 acre park located on Green Bay Road near the train station. The Park District plans include replacing the existing shelter and gazebo with a new pavilion that will include bathroom facilities, a new playground with a splash pad, improved pedestrian pathways and enhanced landscaping. Scott Freres of the architectural and design firm The Lakota Group maintained that after two years developing the project he felt confident that the Park DisContinues on page 12

When Bob met Sally They were students together in grade school — and then dedicated their lives to teaching BY DAVID SWEET

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any years ago in a land far from Lake Forest, Bob Bullard and Sally Weissent attended grade school together. They also gathered at the same church, the Union Congregational Church in East Walpole, Mass. As time went by, Sally watched Bob — a strong-armed right-hander — pitch baseball games on the same Little League and high school teams as her brother, Sandy, who would become a star pitcher at Harvard University. And back at church, they connected through their senior high fellowship group. Bob moved on to Lake Forest College and Sally (two years his junior) attended Lake Erie College in Gainesville, Ohio. During college, they started dating. After graduation, Sally conducted graduate work at National Louis University. In 1970, they were married. The next year, armed with a bachelor of arts degree in political science, Bob was hired as chair of the history department and taught courses in American history and Western Civilization

Bob and Sally Bullard have worked at Lake Forest Country Day School since the 1970s. They will leave in June and move to Cape Cod. Photography by Joel Lerner

at Lake Forest Country Day School, a not-so-long walk from his college dormitories. After five years at a public school, Sally — whose dream since childhood had been to be a teacher — joined him at LFCDS during the nation’s bicentennial. Fast forward almost 40 years.

Sally and Bob are winding up an unparalleled career as teachers and administrators at the independent school. No couple has enjoyed a longer tenure at the brick institution between Western Avenue and Green Bay Road. No teacher has served longer than Bob.

Think they’ll miss anything? “The daily interaction with kids and colleagues – no question,” begins Bob, sitting next to Sally during lunch at Miramar in Highwood. “It’s our second family.” “The people and the intellectual stimulation,” notes Sally.

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“Those ‘aha’ moments when a child gets it. Those moments lend great inspiration to one’s life.” To get a sense of the last time a Bullard did not teach at LFCDS, the west campus of Lake Forest High School was but a dream. The movie “Ordinary People” (in which Bob and Sally’s daughter Katie played a role as a trick-or-treater in the Halloween scene) was a decade away. The tools of the modern student — such as laptops — had not been invented. They’ve seen a few changes since they first lived in faculty housing on the south end of the school’s property. Not only have the woods by that house been cleared to create a baseball field and an outdoor laboratory, but a glance north reveals a structure twice as big as the school Bob walked into during the Nixon Administration. But the biggest change, both agree, is the diversity of the school community today. “I feel that more people today come not necessarily because of the traditions and the overall excellence of the curriculum but because of the sound mission of the school,” says Sally, who notes that all programs — especially the fine arts, instrumental and choral ones — have improved immensely during her tenure. Adds Bob, who founded the admissions office in 1975, “I always worried how comfortable Continues on page 12

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IN THIS ISSUE [ NEWS ] 12 c  lass acts

Sally and Bob Bullard have dedicated their careers to Lake Forest Country Day School. Now, after countless decades in the classrooms, they plan to retire.

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Is it morbid to write your obituary? W

David Sweet

hen I taught journalism to college students, there was one assignment they seemed to get particular pleasure from: writing their own obituary. Following The New York Times format (a paper they were required to read, which was honored more in the breach than in the observance), they looked ahead many years to write about their careers, their accomplishments outside of work, whether they had gotten married and raised children, and how they died. That’s where the creativity really kicked in — eaten by an alligator in the Amazon, for instance. I was reminded of this at church recently during an evening service. The reverend passed out pieces of papers and pens and asked everyone to write the first three sentences of his or her obituary. Talk about an assignment that

focuses one’s mind. There is no getting around the fact that, one day, an obituary will be written about all of us. What do you want to be remembered for? What have you yet to accomplish that you’d like to so it is included in those final lines about your life? An obituary is truly a fluid document until the day of death. The biggest newspapers create obituaries of major leaders, executives, celebrities and others decades before they breathe their last; some end up drastically rewritten. Before 1994, Orenthal James Simpson would have been remembered as a record-setting running back and Heisman Trophy winner in the first sentence of his obituary; when he passes away, the lead instead will be all about the murder of his ex-wife Nicole and her friend Ronald Goldman and the circuslike trial that gripped America. I wrote a draft of my own

obituary three or four years ago. Beyond putting one’s past in perspective, there’s a practical reason to craft one years before (one hopes) death. If the end appears suddenly and unexpectedly, the grieving relatives will

“There is no getting around the fact that, one day, an obituary will be written about all of us. What do you want to be remembered for?”

have a document in place to share with obituary sections rather than try to remember dates and jobs and more by memory. Interestingly enough, the assignment at church prompted me to consider the future. If I live 30 more years, what can I accomplish in different areas of life that I can be proud to include in that last article? What is truly important? Some will say writing one’s obituary is morbid, while others fear death to the extent that they don’t even want to think about it. But it’s not only good to revisit what you’ve accomplished in the past but to imagine what you hope to achieve in the future. Enjoy the weekend.

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NEWS BULLARD Continued from page 1

it was going to be for new students, particularly in the middle grades, as they came into the school. We don’t even think about it now.” Bob points to one of the school’s signature events, the Veterans Day assembly, along with the Washington, D.C. trip (which he started and ran for 27 years) as particular highlights during his decades. Sally mentions Pioneer Days, which she launched with her fellow third-grade teacher, Lynn Beuttell. Students would live in a historical time (such as 1856) and learn how to stitch, make jams and more over three days. “I did it for 17 years,” she says, “and it never got old. Parents and fellow colleagues would get involved as well.” When asked about the influence of mentors, one name passes both of their lips. Charlie Leake.

“His sense of humor and his warmth. His level-headed perspective. His support of faculty. His unmatched ability to teach and to help kids understand math,” begins Bob about the longtime LFCDS teacher and administrator, who passed away a few years ago. “His impact on me was profound, and I think his students said it best when they noted in their yearbook dedication, ‘Mr. Leake, you are Socrates, Zeus, Abraham Lincoln, General Patton and Captain Kangaroo all rolled into one. ‘ ” Both are fans of former headmaster Jim Marks, who they agree left an indelible mark on the school, and former headmaster Malcolm Coates, who helped Bob cut his teeth in administration and who was especially helpful to Sally when she started teaching. And they both share great excitement for the future of the school under the leadership of current Head of School Bob Whelan.

When Whelan joined LFCDS two years ago, he felt fortunate to have the Bullards as guides. “It was an extraordinary gift to learn about Lake Forest Country Day School history, culture, and the importance of the surrounding community from these two remarkable people,” he says. “Bob and Sally’s devotion to the school manifested itself in an encyclopedic knowledge of people, places, and events.” Back when they were newcomers in Lake Forest, Sally and Bob were quickly championed by school parents. One of their favorite memories occurred upon the birth of their first child in 1975. Frank and Jean Farwell, along with George and Hat Berminghams (all former LFCDS parents), threw a baby shower for them. “Talk about being embraced by the community,” say the Bullards, whose three children,

Katie, Scott and Lisa, attended LFCDS. This summer they’ll move to Brewster, Mass. on Cape Cod. Sally plans to spend time with her 93-year-old mother who, on several occasions, came out to help during Pioneer Days, bringing back memories of her own one-room school house experience growing up on a farm in northern Vermont. Sally also would like to spend time volunteering at two charter schools in Boston started by LFCDS graduate Jennifer Grumhaus Daley. Bob plans to stay connected with LFCDS on a consulting basis for boarding schools and for connecting with alumni. Both expect to volunteer at the Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, a mile and a half walk from their house, and catch a few games of the Brewster White Caps of the Cape Cod Baseball League. They are thrilled with the thought of visits from their

Trees to return to Open Lands property

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hen Lake Forest Open Lands Association felled several hundred trees at the entrance to the Mellody Farm Nature Preserve recently, crews found a hidden treasure: original oak trees that were planted as part of the Armour Estate in 1909. “We didn’t even know they were there,” said Lake Forest Open Lands President John Sentell. “They were hidden for years behind everything else.”

Everything else includes 150 dead or dying ash, 65 dead or dying elm and 150 invasive buckthorn trees. A few native trees and shrubs were felled as well, but they too were classified as dead or dying. “We hate to remove trees, but we’re not immune to the destruction of Dutch elm disease, emerald ash borer and the growth of invasive buckthorn. At Deerpath and Waukegan roads, we had all three,” he said.

The recent action has left the two-acre site — a major artery into downtown Lake Forest — looking like loggers have clear cut the area, but it won’t be like that for long. The group will soon replant the area with hundreds of evergreens, native trees, shrubs, wildflowers and grasses. The lineup includes white oak, hills oak, and ironwood trees and black spruce and red cedar conifers. All will be about six to eight feet in height — chosen delib-

erately rather than larger trees because smaller trees often survive better and grow faster than newly planted large trees, he said. They will also plant numerous native seeds and 500 native shrubs such as arrow wood, viburnum, and three different varieties of dogwood. The goal is to produce a diversity of plants that provide seasonal color and native pollinators to the site. The corner will look sparse for three more weeks until

six grandchildren as well. Before they depart, LFCDS will hold an event in their honor at the school on Saturday, May 2. Ice cream will be served as children run around the fields; old friends will offer toasts. In addition, the Bullard Fund for professional development for faculty and scholarships for students is being created to honor their legacy. The couple will officially depart sometime in June and don’t even want to talk about the thought of their last time walking out the doors. When it’s time for school again, they understand the transition will be hard. “I haven’t known any teacher who retired who didn’t feel a sense of loss when September rolled around,” Sally says. But they’ll adapt. And they can’t imagine their lives having turned out any other way than working at Country Day. Say Sally and Bob, “We have been blessed.” crews complete the replanting effort. After that, Sentell said, the shrubs will grow quickly, but the trees will take more time. And while the forest at the corner of Deerpath and Waukegan fills in, an area just south of it will remain more open so that people can enjoy long views west toward Middlefork Savanna. Sentell pointed out that native restoration is expensive, time-consuming and labor-intensive work, and credited the Lake Forest Garden Club for helping in this effort.

trict had the support of the community. “We had resounding support that our pavilion needed restroom facilities to support that park,” he said. And while parking may be a problem, Freres asserted that parking is not an economic development tool, it is a byproduct. This project “is about generating pedestrian traffic,” he said. But Trustee Richard Kates was dissatisfied with the temporary parking solution proposed and felt the Village could do more to protect local businesses. Trustee Carol Fessler was less concerned with parking and more concerned with the architectural design of the pavilion. Calling the building “architecturally quite mundane,” Fessler said she was “disappointed in the lack of responsiveness” by the Park District. But the other council members were impressed by the Park District’s plans. “I am not going to say in the 11th hour…okay back to the drawing board because I don’t like this and I don’t like that,” Trustee William Krucks said. “This whole plan calls out for positive action by the council.” While Fessler was disappointed in the architectural plans, she ultimately agreed that over all the project would be positive for the Village. Only Kates voted against the plan, citing a failure of the Village to protect local businesses.

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Americans for Prosperity helped topple referendum

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ilmette’s $14.2 million lakefront referendum was the topic of conversation locally for months — and turns out it also was on the radar of the state branch of a national conservative organization, Americans for Pros-

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perity. On April 2, AFP Illinois posted on its website that it was “standing with Illinois taxpayers by fighting local tax or debt increases in 31 communities.” Wilmette’s Park District referendum was listed as target referenda in the April 7 election on the group’s site, along with two other Cook County suburbs, Crestwood and La Grange, both western suburbs facing sales tax referendums. The Wilmette

lakefront referendum — which encompassed improvements at Gillson Park and Langdon park in Wilmette — was defeated. AFP Illinois is the Illinois chapter of a conservative grassroots organization that opposes big government and advocates for lower taxes. According to its website, AFP comprises more than 2.3 million activists nationwide, while AFP Illinois has over 63,000 members. AFP was founded by billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch, and according to a Washington Post article, the organization is expanding its grass roots effort aimed at local elections at the state level. According to Andrew Nelms, Deputy State Director for AFP Illinois, the organization is funded by donors and members, but Nelms was unable to say how much was spent opposing the Wilmette referendum. And while the Wilmette referendum

was identified by the group as one of 113 tax referendums on Illinois’ ballots this April, Nelms said AFP targeted Wilmette because the group identified it as the 8th largest tax referendum in the state. “[AFP Illinois] is trying to educate people as to the true cost of these questions,” Nelms said. The initiative in Wilmette was part of the group’s larger “Local Anti-Tax Initiative,” an effort to fight local tax or debt increases that was first started in 2012. AFP Illinois mailed brochures to Wilmette residents urging them to vote no on the referendum. The brochure stated: “Illinois has the second highest property taxes in the nation. Wilmette already has some of the highest property taxes in Illinois. These referendums will cost the average home owners $1,610 over the 14 year life of the bond.” ~ Emily Spectre

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Blair House receives landmark status

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he Lake Bluff Board of Trustees approved an ordinance designating the Keck and Keck-designed Blair House at 925 N. Sheridan Road a Lake Bluff Historic Landmark. The move on April 13 follows the Lake Bluff Historic Preservation Commission’s nomination of the mid-century modern home for landmark status, which came five weeks after the property’s owner applied for a demolition permit on Dec. 12, 2014. Historic Landmark designation doesn’t mean a building can’t be torn down; it just delays the process for 120 days. The house is owned by the estate of Edward McCormick Blair, which is managed by Edward McCormick Blair Jr. Demolition/construction activity is picking up steam in Lake Bluff. So far in 2015, the village has received six demolition applications; in all of 2014, the village received five. ~Adrienne Fawcett


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WILMETTE 847.256.7400

WINNETKA 847.446.4000

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Earth Day 2015

THIS IS HOME New Listing

Winnetka Maureen Mohling

622Oak.info

New Listing

$2,215,000 847-446-4000

New Listing

Kenilworth 138Abingdon.info $1,795,000 Blanche Egan Romey 847-446-4000

Winnetka 310 Woodley Rd Constance Browne

$1,700,000 847-724-5800

Winnetka 1044Elm.info Julie Dowdle Rogers

New Listing

Glencoe Eve Bremen

1054bluff.info

New Listing

$1,580,000 847-446-4000

New Listing

$1,549,000 Glencoe 610stonegateterrace.info $1,450,000 847-835-6000 Jody Dickstein 847-835-6000

Kenilworth 527 Warwick Rd $1,395,000 Barbara Mawicke 847-446-4000

Lake Forest 1665 Oak Knoll Dr $995,000 Mary Pat Lundgren 847-234-8000

Winnetka Nancy Powers

517Cherry.info

New Listing

New Listing

Glencoe 1010eastwood.info $975,000 Janie Bress 847-835-6000

Wilmette 303CentralPark.info $949,000 Team Van Horn 847-446-4000

Northfield 426FoxMeadow.info $945,000 Highland Park 800deerfield305.info $945,000 Maureen Mohling 847-446-4000 Julie Deutsch 847-835-6000

New Listing

Lake Forest Debra A Vargas

1725Tallgrass.info

Open Sun 12-2

Highwood Roni Nanini

255Michigan.info $740,000 847-945-7100

$3,390,000 847-446-4000

$1,750,000 847-234-8000

Highland Park 2501AugustaWay.info $900,000 Erin Rutman 847-945-7100

Kenilworth 742Cummings.com $849,000 Barbara Mawicke 847-446-4000

Winnetka 1148Oak.info $839,000 Annie Flanagan 847-446-4000

New Listing

New Listing

Winnetka 146Woodland.info $739,000 Karabas & Caponi 847-446-4000

New Listing

Winnetka Carol Munro

935Tower.info

Highland Park 395 Brownville Rd $749,900 Allison Silver 847-433-5400

New Listing

$729,000 847-446-4000

New Listing

New Listing

New Listing

Lake Forest 1185Breckenridge.info $725,000 Robin Bentley Gold 847-446-4000

Wilmette 2340Pomona.info $725,000 Sue Hertzberg 847-446-4000

Highland Park 170 Ridge Rd $699,900 Sonia Munwes Cohen 847-835-6000

Glencoe 263cedarlane.info $725,000 Janie Bress 847-835-6000

Wilmette SFC Team

530Locust.info

$685,000 847-446-4000

Highland Park Jan Cooper

1290lincolnsouth.info

$1,699,000 847-835-6000

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New Listing

Glencoe Linda Rosenbloom

486 Jefferson Ave

$1,495,000 847-835-6000

Evanston Joanne Hagee Matik

Open Sun 12-2

2407 Bennett Ave

$1,295,000 847-724-5800

Kenilworth Jefferson Vice

Glencoe Alan Shultz

251 Wentworth Ave

$650,000 312-751-9100

$639,900 847-433-5400

Lake Forest 155 S Newport Ct $629,000 Francie Pinkwater 847-433-5400

Highland Park 1835Clifton.info $535,000 Erik Gimbel 847-272-9880

Northfield 350Eaton.info $489,000 Carol Munro 847-446-4000

Highland Park Allison Silver

1103Sunset.info

$1,095,000 847-446-4000

Lake Forest 1150 Fairview Ave $599,000 Brittany Tennett 847-234-8000

Evanston SFC Team

1834Ridge.info

Northfield 85Wagner.info $585,000 Shannon Towson 847-945-7100

New Listing

Under Contract

Winnetka 904Elm.info $439,000 Maureen Mohling 847-446-4000

597 Hyacinth Pl

Open Sun 11-2

New Listing

New Listing

$1,225,000 847-256-7400

New Listing

Wilmette 1103NewTrierCourt.info $659,000 West & Weiss 847-446-4000

Winnetka SFC Team

615 Ridge Rd

$399,000 847-446-4000

Wilmette Harry Gold

538Hibbard.info

$360,000 847-945-7100

Evanston 505Sheridan-1W.info $329,000 Emily Braun-McClintock 847-866-8200

Evanston 1570 Elmwood Ave 703 $262,000 Juanita Soong 847-724-5800

New Listing

New Listing

New Listing

Highland Park1392 Sunnyside Ave $325,000 Michael Hope 847-433-5400

Wilmette 1925 Lake Ave 217 $292,500 Susie Raffel & Israel Friedman 847-945-7100

Evanston 3210Colfax.info $289,000 Cynthia Horowitz 847-272-9880

Open Sun 12-2

Winnetka Anne Malone

370Poplar.info

$1,050,000 847-446-4000

Open Sun 1-4

Evanston 2501Central-1B.info $260,000 Helen Madden 847-866-8200

Evanston www.2507Crawford.info $255,000 Susan Roche 847-866-8200

Evanston 622 Sheridan Sq 3 $239,000 Jefferson Vice 847-256-7400

Highland Park James Roth

1695 2nd St 501

$189,000 847-433-5400

New Listing

Glencoe Bonnie Larson/Marila Beatty

175Lake.info

$1,050,000 847-446-4000

Evanston 9201 N Drake Ave 409 $174,500 Bill Alston 847-696-0700

Evanston1015Madison-202.info $169,000 Sally Gerber-Weiland 847-866-8200

Winnetka 561 Hill Ter 309 $167,000 Jennifer Waldman 847-724-5800

Evanston www.631Hinman-2.info $157,000 Cathy Kozlarek 847-866-8200

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PRESENtiNG tHE NoRtH SHoRE 2015

1111 5 Briar Long Lane, Name, Glencoe Highland Park LindaGlo Rosenbloom Matlin

$1,300,000 $5,400,000

1111Keystone, 309 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

$1,300,000 $2,975,000

1111Eastwood, 945 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

$2,975,000 $1,300,000

1111 Sheridan, 1014 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

$1,300,000 $2,750,000

1111 Sheridan, 2313 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

$1,300,000 $2,395,000

1111 Lewis 1939 Long Name, Lane, Highland Highland Park Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

$1,300,000 $2,195,000

1111Bluff, 712 LongGlencoe Name, Highland Park Mike Glo Mitchell Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,895,000

1111Earlston, 549 Long Name, Kenilworth Highland Park Daverille Glo Matlin Sher

$1,300,000 $1,850,000

1111 Lincoln 1290 Long Name, Ave. S, Highland Highland Park Park $1,300,000 $1,699,000 Lori Dub/Jan Glo Matlin Cooper

1111 Bluff, 1025 Long Glencoe Name, Highland Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,695,000

1111Euclid, 144 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Linda GloJacobson Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,690,000

1111 Linden, 1171 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park $1,300,000 $1,590,000 Lori Dub/Jan Glo Matlin Cooper

1111 Bluff, 1054 Long Glencoe Name, Highland Park Eve GloBremen Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,549,000

1111 Beinlich, 1080 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park $1,300,000 $1,499,000 Paula Simon|Debbie Glo Matlin Bartelstein

1111Jefferson, 486 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park LindaGlo Rosenbloom Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,495,000

1111 Forest, 1458 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Sonia Glo Matlin Cohen

$1,495,000 $1,300,000

1111Sheridan 455 Long Name, Road, Highland GlencoePark LindaGlo Rosenbloom Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,475,000

1111Stonegate, 610 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

1111Madison, 391 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Jody GloDickstein Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,399,000

1111Rosewood, 302 Long Name, Winnetka Highland Park Wendy Glo Matlin Friedlich

$1,379,000 $1,300,000

$1,450,000 $1,300,000


Glencoe office 640 Vernon Avenue

1111Lakeside 441 Long Name, Manor, Highland Highland Park Park $1,299,000 $1,300,000 Mike Glo Mitchell Matlin

1111 Glencoe, 1177 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Eve GloBremen Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,195,000

1111oak, 972 LongGlencoe Name, Highland Park Mike Glo Mitchell Matlin

$1,300,000 $1,159,000

1111Park, 439 LongGlencoe Name, Highland Park Mike Glo Mitchell Matlin

$1,150,000 $1,300,000

1111Bob-o-Link, 760 Long Name,Highland HighlandPark Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

1111Deerfield, 800 Long Name, #305,Highland HighlandPark Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

$1,300,000 $945,000

1111Greenleaf, 830 Long Name, Glencoe Highland Park Linda GloJacobson Matlin

$1,300,000 $850,000

1111 Shady 2383 Long Name, Lane, Highland Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

$1,300,000 $829,000

$1,092,000 $1,300,000

1111 tower, 1054 Long Name, Winnetka Highland Park $1,300,000 $809,000 Lori Dub/Jan Glo Matlin Cooper

1111 Painters 2090 Long Name, Lake, Highland Highland Park Park $1,300,000 $799,000 Lida Glo Zrecny Matlin

1111 Parkside 2990 Long Name, Drive, Highland Highland Park Park $1,300,000 $789,000 Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

1111Glencoe 860 Long Name, Drive,Highland Glencoe Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

$1,300,000 $749,000

1111Ridge, 170 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Sonia Glo Matlin Cohen

1111Hazel, 436 Long Highland Name, Highland Park Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

1111onwentsia, 588 Long Name, Highland Highland Park Park Julie GloDeutsch Matlin

1111Park, 353 Long#3W, Name, Highland Highland Park Park Cheryl Glo Waldstein Matlin

$1,300,000 $419,000

$1,300,000 $699,900

$1,300,000 $639,000

$1,300,000 $495,000

this is a small sample of our listings. Call for more information. 1111 St. 1475 Long tropez Name, Court, Highland Highland Park Park $1,300,000 $279,950 Anita GloNeumann Matlin

1111Kelburn 431 Long Name, # 212,Highland DeerfieldPark Alfred Glo Matlin Cohen

$1,300,000 $265,000

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LOOKING FOR A NEW HOME?

Gayle Stellas

Will Make It Easy For You! Experienced Buyer’s Broker with Marla Schneider, Coldwell Banker’s #1 North Shore Agent

OPEN SUNDAY, APRIL 26TH 12-2PM 2114 LAKE ST, WILMETTE Charm, beauty & exquisite updates in this 3700 sq ft 4 bedroom 4 bath Tudor in District 39/New Trier. 1st floor bedroom & bath. Arched doorways, stained glass windows, all hardwood floors, gourmet kitchen, finished basement, bonus room over 2 car garage in meticulous condition. $749,000

Call Gayle for a free consultation

COMING SOON! LONG GROVE

Beautiful, brick Dior home on 1 acre lot with 6 bedrooms & 5-1/2 baths on the lake in Promontory. Open floor plan, 1st floor bedroom & bath, 3 fireplaces, 3 car garage, large wrap around porch, 5000 sq ft + finished basement with 2nd kitchen. District 96 & Stevenson Call for details

847-602-6266

Get Moving with Gayle

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• Marla Schneider #1 Agent Coldwell Banker North Shore & Glenview Office 2014 • 60.8 Million Dollars In Closed Sales 2014 • 123 Closed Sales 2014 • 850 Million Dollars in Career Sales *#1 in closed sales volume for Coldwell Banker, on the North Shore. Based on information from Midwest Real Estate Data LLC for the period 1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014. Due to MLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy, this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate. Therefore, Coldwell Banker does not guarantee the data accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS’s may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. ©2015 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.


NEW LISTING! 175 Lake | Glencoe | $1,050,000 Y DA O 2 N T SU , 12 N E th OP il 26 r Ap

4 Bedrooms | 3.2 Baths Call for details!

MARILA BEATTY (847) 609-2575

ColdwellBankerOnline.com

BONNIE LARSON (847) 924-9636

BonnieLarson.com

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introducing… 302 Rosewood Avenue | winnetkA | $1,379,000

wendy Friedlich

312.618.5751 wendy.Friedlich@cbexchange.com

for Additional information …call Wendy

312.618.5751 wendy.Friedlich@cbexchange.com

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FORT SHERIDAN LAKEFRONT LIVING Janet and Barb take great pride representing some of the finest homes on Chicago’s North Shore. They are a truly caring team, who will exceed your expectations on every level. For superior service, call us today!

OPEN 4/26 1-3

JANET BORDEN 36 Scott Loop | Highland Park

$1,136,000

5 Beds, 4.2 Baths Meticulously restored historic mansion. Stunning year round lake views.

40 Scott Loop | Highland Park

T. 847.833.3171 janet@janetborden.com

$1,375,000

BARB BROWN

5 Beds, 5.2 Baths Impressive home built in 2002, lake views, elevator and 4 car garage.

T. 847.338.2277 barb.brown@cbexchange.com

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FLEISCHMAN HOME TEAM

PRESENTS

HigHland Park

OPEN 12-2 2120Wilmette.info | Wilmette $795,000

2526Wilmette.info | Wilmette $550,000

353 Park avenue, #3W | $419,000

OPEN 2:30-4 900Yale.info | Wilmette $499,000

9360Skokie-317.info | Skokie $349,000

Beautiful 3-bedroom, 2.1 bath townhome with attached 2-car garage just east of lively and chic downtown HP. all newer: kitchen and baths, hardwood floors, roof, walkways and more. Treat your pup to dQ and stroll home before your ice cream’s gone. This townhome’s pet-friendly!

Beverly and Marshall Fleischman Bev | 847.217.0494 Marshall | 847.642.2363 Beverly.Fleischman@cbexchange.com www.BEVANDMARSHALL.com ©2015 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.

Cheryl Waldstein 847.975.4756 Cheryl.Waldstein@cbexchange.com ©2015 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.


North Shore Luxury Open sunday 1-3

185 Franklin | Glencoe

$3,595,000

945 Eastwood | Glencoe

$2,975,000

309 Keystone Ct. | Glencoe

$2,975,000

new listing

2313 Sheridan | Highland Park

$2,395,000

1025 Bluff | Glencoe

$1,695,000

$1,399,000

390 Lakeside Ter. | Glencoe

Jody dickSteiN 847.651.7100 JodyDickstein.com

Jody.Dickstein@cbexchange.com

$1,450,000

coming soon

coming Soon

391 Madison | Glencoe

610 Stonegate Ter. | Glencoe

$2,795,000

831 Bluff | Glencoe

$1,195,000

reNe FirmiN

847.835.6006 ReneFirmin.com Rene.Firmin@cbexchange.com

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PATTI & GREG SKIRVING Patti 847.924.4119 | Greg 847.863.3614 Patti.Skirving@cbexchange.com | Greg.Skirving@cbexchange.com Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Winnetka

K nowledge Is The dIfference

Coming Soon... 143 Sheridan road, Kenilworth 5 BedroomS | 3.2 BathS Noted architect Bertram A Weber designed this stunning Riparian home that has been updated throughout and enjoys spectacular Lake Michigan views from all but two rooms. Expansive Bluestone patio, three terraces, two illuminated walkways to the private, gorgeous beach! ©2015 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, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Coldwell Banker Previews International logo are registered and unregistered 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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Knowledge Is The dIfference

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1325 Kurtis | LaKe Forest 7 Bedrooms, 6.2 Baths | $2,595,000 Stately two story foyer leads to a dramatic living room with cathedral ceiling and breathtaking views of a stunning black bottom pool with multiple waterfalls that is nestled in a stone natural setting. Additional highlights include a large gourmet kitchen and butler’s pantry, luxurious master suite with sitting room and patagonian rosewood floors in all bedrooms on 2nd floor. www.1325Kurtis.info ©2015 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, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International and the Coldwell Banker Previews International logo are registered and unregistered 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


$550 MILLION SOLD ON THE NORTH SHORE OPEN | SUNDAY 11:30 AM - 2 PM

626 WAYLAND | KENILWORTH $1,325,000 | 626WAYLAND.INFO

COMING SOON | OPEN 5/3/15

401 W WILSHIRE | WILMETTE

UNDER CONTRACT IN 4 DAYS

1705 NORTHFIELD SQR C | NORTHFIELD $175,000 | 1705NORTHFIELD-C.INFO

OPEN | SUNDAY 1 - 3PM

2268 WASHINGTON | NORTHBROOK $567,000 | 2268WASHINGTON.INFO

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NEWS

North Shore native’s film embraces relevance of Bible BY JOANNA BROWN

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hen religious leaders talk about the proverbial road less traveled, they’re also referring to Highland Park native Nolan Lebovitz’s career. A lifelong fan of film and television, Lebovitz has married his experience as a filmmaker and rabbinical student in a new documentary about the Book of Genesis. Lebovitz is traveling to synagogues and churches across the country to discuss his film “Roadmap Genesis” and the relevance of the Bible in modern times. He argues that the Book of Genesis contains guideposts on how to live a productive, fruitful, and fulfilling life — and how to return this country to prosperity. “A rabbi is a teacher, and I have a responsibility to walk into

a church or a synagogue, sit at their table and engage in conversation,” he says. “People say really profound things when I do that.” But Lebovitz’s journey has followed a most indirect route. He grew up in Highland Park, attending Solomon Schechter Day School and Highland Park High School before enrolling in film school at the University of Southern California. He found success as a writer and director of the 2008 suspense thriller “Tortured,” starring Laurence Fishburne, about the same time that the Fox network picked up a sitcom he had written (though it never aired). Around then Lebovitz married and welcomed the first of his three children. And his interest turned to introspection and religious study. “Hollywood is very much a ‘hurry up and wait’ business, and it all sort of came together

for me when I had time on my hands,” Lebovitz recalled. “I started to think and to look around and examine this life.” He had learned to respect the Torah as a source of inspiration and learning at Solomon Schechter Day School, and he returned to the text as an adult. Lebovitz eventually enrolled in the Ziegler School for Rabbinic Studies at American Jewish University, and sometime in his second year of classes told his wife Blair (a New Trier High School alumna) that he wanted to make a documentary to explain why he had fallen in love with the words of the Bible again. “You can watch the news every day and think about how people have lost their moral compass,” Lebovitz said. “But my kids give me motivation every morning. I want them to grow up knowing who they are as Jews and as Americans.”

The film is a compilation of interviews with leaders including Chicago’s Francis Cardinal George, legal expert and political commentator Alan Dershowitz, former Governor Mike Huckabee, Highland Park Rabbi Vernon Kurtz, and many other theologians. “We used to be a more Biblical people than we are now,” Cardinal George explains in the film. The introduction of sin in the Book of Genesis, followed by reconciliation, is mirrored in the streets of Chicago today and speaks to the modern experience of many people. Modern men need to understand God’s examples from the Bible, he continues, in order to understand “who we are as a people.” It’s for the same reason that Lebovitz is planning a career as a congregational rabbi who makes films. “We haven’t yet used media

to teach and engage young people in their faith,” Lebovitz said. “They don’t wear the same clothes or listen to the same music as their grandparents, so why do Nolan Lebovitz with we ask them Rabbi Vernon Kurtz to derive the same meaning that you don’t have to choose one from the same teachings? Reinvention is heavy, thing to pursue when they offer but media and technology, I be- programs like FOCUS on the lieve, will help religion in general Arts at the high school.” Lebovitz will return to the and Judaism in particular. “I have always wanted to make North Shore in June to screen movies,” he continued. “I’ve al- “Roadmap Genesis” with loways loved movies and televi- cal congregations — including sion, but most people don’t get Highland Park’s North Suburban to do all that they love. That’s the Synagogue Beth El. Learn more difference in my life, and I think about scheduling a screening at Highland Park fosters the idea http://roadmapgenesis.com.

Standout students

Freshmen started a club? You better believe it By Jake Jarvi

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here are other clubs at Highland Park High School (HPHS) that allow typically functioning students to work with our special needs students, but I noticed that there was a lack of opportunity for our students with special needs to participate in sports,” says Emma Fleisher, a 17-yearold junior at HPHS and cofounder of Highland Park Believers, a club where peer coaches help special needs students train to compete in the Special Olympics. “After speaking with parents and teachers we found that there was definitely a need.” However, when Fleisher and her two other co-founders, Sarah Elbaum and Robin Kass, presented the idea of the Highland Park Believers, they were freshmen in high school. “The way we saw it, if we started the club early, it would

have longevity,” says Fleisher. “We’d be able to continue it over the following three years. We saw it as a benefit. But I think the school was nervous we were so young.” Their proposal was rejected their freshman year. Undeterred, the trio reached out to Special Olympics Illinois and underwent the steps to have themselves declared an agency called HP Believers. With the blessing of the Special Olympics — and since the track at HPHS is free for public use — they began training at HPHS as an agency with no school affiliation and one athlete on their roster. The following year, as sophomores, they resubmitted the Highland Park Believers for affiliation with the school and were accepted. That was last year, and they brought their one athlete to compete in the Area 13 Spring Games with Special Olympics Illinois in Lake Zurich. “Every team was huge, they

had 20-some participants, and, of course, we were there with just four of us, three coaches and our athlete,” says Fleisher. “We had a crowd of supporters, all our friends came; it was exciting. “Our athlete did an excellent job; she ran the 50-meter race. We were super proud of her.” Now in their junior year, Fleisher, Elbaum, and Kass have transitioned into head coach positions, they’ve added six other peer coaches, and are now training for track events with three athletes who are preparing to compete at the Area 13 Spring Games on May 3. Before the training season starts, the peer coaches are trained in disability awareness, and in strategies and techniques known to be effective with each Highland Park Believers athlete, as they’ve been working with them on a personal level for some time. Just before the training season begins in November, they

Emma Fleisher is co-founder of Highland Park Believers, where peer coaches help special needs students train to compete in the Special Olympics.

meet with their athletes’ parents to make sure everyone is comfortable and they set goals for the season. Training takes place every other week, begins with a warm-up, stretching, and coaches running alongside their athletes as they become familiar with the routine.

As the competition date approaches, the athletes work on running independently while the coaches cheer them on from the sidelines. Each practice ends with everyone sitting in a circle and talking about something that they’re proud of or excited about.

“That’s a really nice way that we foster team spirit and camaraderie,” says Fleisher. “Looking at our athletes, they’ve come so far since day one —athletically, confidence-wise, and their social skills have developed so much. I’m so proud of the progress they have made.”


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1. 736 11th Street Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $1,299,000 Kevin Rutherford, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

12. 207 Woodstock Avenue Kenilworth Sunday 12-2 $1,995,000 Mary Grant, @properties 847.881.0200

24. 190 Thackeray Northfield Sunday 1-3 $790,000 Katie Hauser, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

2. 1511 Highland Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $1,065,000 Georgia Garvey, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

13. 523 Greenwood Kenilworth Sunday 1-3 $2,449,000 Alicja Skibicki, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

25. 575 Oak Tree Lane Northfield Sunday 12-2 $1,425,000 Baylor/Shields, @properties 847.881.0200

3. 225 Lawndale Street Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $959,000 Merry Juell, @properties 847.881.0200

14. 543 Melrose Avenue Kenilworth Sunday 12 - 2 $1,359,000 Joe Nash, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.846.0100

26. 32 Meadowview Drive Northfield Sunday 1-3 $1,295,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.340.8499

15. 626 Wayland Ave. Kenilworth Sunday, 11:30-2 $1,325,000 Linda Martin, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

27. 21 Regent Wood Northfield Sunday 12:30-2:30 $899,000 Carol Grant and Muggsy Jacoby, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.421.7501, 847.924.3811

4. 757 12th Street Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $949,000 Connie Dornan, @properties 847.998.0200

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5. 1257 Ridge Road Wilmette Sunday 12-2 $849,000 Monica Childs, @properties 847.881.0200

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6. 510 Greenleaf Avenue Wilmette Sunday 2:30-4:30 $1,899,000 Joe Nash, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.846.0100

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31. 114 Washington Lake Forest Sunday 12-2:00pm $ 640,000 Brunhild Baass Baird & Warner 847.804.0092

20. 1010 Cherry Tree Lane Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $784,900 Harry Maisel, @properties 847.881.0200

32. 355 Oakdale Lake Forest Saturday 1-3 $775,000 Laura Henderson Baird & Warner 708.997.7778

21. 225 Sylvan Road Glencoe Sunday 12-2 $699,000 Elise Rinaldi, @properties 847.881.0200

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10. 530 Locust Rd. Wilmette Sunday, 2:30-4:30 $685,000 SFC Team, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

33. 556 Meadowood Drive Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $860,000 Lisa Hathaway, @properties 847.295.0700

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22. 328 Jefferson Avenue Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $599,900 Rinaldi/Bellavia, @properties 847.881.0200

11. 921 Greenwood Wilmette Sunday 1-3 $1,200,000 Carrie Healy, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.507.7666

34. 1262 W Deerpath Road Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $850,000 Lisa Hathaway, @properties 847.295.0700

23. 175 Lake St. Glencoe Sunday, 12-2 $1,050,000 Bonnie Larson, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

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30. 161 Washington Circle Lake Forest Sunday 11:30 to 1:30 $699,000 Chris Yore, Baird and Warner Lake Forest 847.804.2879

19. 85 Crescent Drive Glencoe Sunday 11-1 $969,000 Amy Dowell, @properties 847.432.0700

9. 216 16th St. Wilmette Sunday, 12-2 $869,000 SFC Team, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

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29. 364 Sunset Northfield Sunday 1-3 $799,000 Marina Burman, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.401.1048

18. 235 Dennis Lane Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $1,275,000 Carole Rosenberg, @properties 847.881.0200

8. 1920 Washington Ave. Wilmette Sunday, 3-5 $1,075,000 Vicki Nelson, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

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28. 3 Regent Wood Rd. Northfield Sunday, 12-2 $849,000 Vicki Nelson, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

17. 602 South Avenue Glencoe Sunday 12-2 $1,445,000 Lisa Carrel, @properties 847.881.0200

7. 1035 Chestnut Ave. Wilmette Sunday, 1-3 $1,975,000 Suzanne Martin, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000

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16. 551 Oakdale Glencoe Sunday 1-3 $849,000 Peg O’Halloran, Baird & Warner 847.446.1855

35. 925 Beverly Place Lake Forest Open Sunday 1-3 $799,000 Katherine Hudson, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485

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42. 737 Woodlawn Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $479,000 Amy Cochran, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

62. 1919 Dale Avenue Highland Park Sunday 11 – 1 $699,000 T. Wurster & C. Peterson, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 312.972.2515

43. 1800 Amberley, #108 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $429,000 Marsha Nusslock, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

53. 882 Cherokee Lake Bluff Sunday 1-3 $899,000 Laura Henderson, Baird & Warner 708.997.7778

44. 1475 Ridge Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $1,549,000 Vera Purcell, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000

54. 190 Margate Court Lake Bluff Sunday 1-4 $759,000 Susan Updike, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.533.9636

45. 1271 Wild Rose Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $739,000 Sue Lindeman, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 46. 1094 Grandview Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $639,000 Linda Landsell, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 47. 163 E. Louis Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $649,900 Michele Wilson, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 48. 1800 Amberley Court, #308 Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $715,000 Julie Morse, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.830.4356 49. 1918 Hackberry Lane Lake Forest Sunday 2 - 4 $$789,000 Jane Chana, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.804.0471 50. 461 Saddle Run Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $2,350,000 Roberta Miller, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.275.2725 51. 489 E. Illinois Road Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $1,225,000 Anderson/Mancuso, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.460.5412 52. 1030 Oak Grove Lane Lake Forest Sunday 2-4 $849,000 Suzie Hempstead, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff 847.910.8645 53. 3535 Patten Rd Unit 2B, Highland Park Sunday, April 26, 12:45 - 3:45 pm, $549,000 Arthur, Lewis, Baird & Warner 847.910.1664 54. 1570 Hawthorne Lane Highland Park Sunday 1-3 $725,000 Geri Emalfarb, @properties 847.432.0700 55. 1402 Lincoln Place Highland Park Sunday 12-2 $549,000 Debi Weinberg, @properties 312.254.0200 56. 608 Sumac Road Highland Park Sunday 1-3 $525,000 Kim Kelley, @properties 847.432.0700

58. 991 Half Day Road Highland Park Sunday 12-2 $397,000 Claire Schwab, @properties 847.432.0700

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57. 3089 Parkside Drive Highland Park Sunday 2:30-4:30 $489,000 Debbie Scully, @properties 847.432.0700

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38. 630 Meadowood Drive Lake Forest Sunday 1-3 $1,679,000 Scott Lackie, Griffith, Grant & Lackie Realtors® 847.234.0485

40. 1452 Edgewood Road Lake Forest, IL. Sunday 2-4 $599,900 Chris Yore, Baird and Warner/Lake Forest 847.804.2879

59. 127 Whistler Highland Park Sunday 12-2pm $499,900 Marlene Rubenstein Team 847.565.6666

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69. 373 Berkeley Avenue Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $739,000 Chris Downey, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.340.8499 70. 1152 Asbury Avenue Winnetka Sunday 2 - 4 $919,000 Sherry Molitor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.204.6282 71. 1183 Scott Avenue Winnetka Sunday 2 - 4 $1,765,000 Sherry Molitor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.204.6282 72. 717 Willow Road Winnetka Sunday 12 - 2 $730,000 Sherry Molitor, Berkshire Hathaway Home Services KoenigRubloff 847.204.6282 73. 127 Old Green Bay Rd. Winnetka Sunday, 1-3 $2,880,000 Nancy Powers, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000 74. 2 Old Green Bay Rd. Winnetka Sunday, 2:30-4:30 $1,975,000 Linda Martin, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000 75. 103 Sunset Rd. Winnetka Sunday, 12-2 $1,095,000 SFC Team, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000 76. 1144 Hamptondale Winnetka Sunday. 12-2:00PM $845,000 The Skirving Team, Coldwell Banker Patti: 847.924.4119/ Greg:847.863.3614 77. 96 Church Winnetka Sunday 1-3 $1,599,000 Jean Wright , Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.1906 78. 370 Poplar Winnetka, Sunday 1-3 $1,050,000. Anne Malone, Coldwell Banker 847-912-4806 79. 810A Chestnut Deerfield Sunday 12-2pm $310,000 Marlene Rubenstein Team 847.565.6666 80. 3851 Mission Hills Road Northbrook Sunday 2-4 $449,000 Karen Skurie, Baird and Warner 847.361.4687 81. 2268 Washington Dr. Northbrook Sunday, 1-3 $567,000 Linda Martin, Coldwell Banker Winnetka 847.446.4000 82. 2131 Middlefork Northfield Sunday 12-2 $1,345,000 Dinny Dwyer, Jean Wright Real Estate 847.217.1906 83. 842 Lyster Highland Park Sunday 1-4 $599,000 Chris Melchior, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000 84. 28638 Isleworth Lake Bluff Sunday 12-2 $589,000 Vera Purcell, Coldwell Banker 847.234.8000


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North Shore Foodie

Where scones enjoy an English touch

Chef Debbie Evans By Simon Murray

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efore becoming a chef — immigrating to the U.S., settling in Evanston and bringing a knowledgeable culinary perspective to Tommy Nevins and the Celtic Knot — Debbie Evans was a professional dancer. Trained in theater and dance, she performed for audiences Chef across Europe. Her travels evenANDY MOTTOher in Evanston, tually deposited where she would open a brewpub with a noticeable English accent. The same can be said of Evans, who says the Peckish Pig — which opened a little over a year ago — has received peckish customers “right across the realm,” from Winnetka to Glencoe to Rogers Park. As owner of the tavern and onsite brewery, Evans performs a different routine. One where every

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member of her family plays a role, and no less graceful than the routines she performed in the past. Her audience is still sitting, in rapt attention. And when people call her over and say the food is great, she gets a similar feeling. Says Evans, “You get a rush.” In the Peckish Pig’s kitchen, Evans moves with poise showing how to prepare a treat from her childhood: English scones. The recipe comes all the way across the pond from her nan (grandmother) and is a distant cousin of American scones, which tend to be flakier and drier, with more sugar. Among the many differences, Evans’ scones were doughy, with cream that gives it “a richer, deeper flavor,” and infused with Kerrygold, an Irish butter. “Make sure you freeze your butter,” warns Evans, adding it’s easier to grate and is less likely to melt and then separate when added to the flour. She’s quick to boast: “If you try it, you’ll never eat American butter again.” Extra points: If you serve your English scones with tea and slice them along the center, piling on both halves as you would an open-faced melt: butter, strawberry preserve jam, cream, and a layer of strawberries. “Really messy to eat,” says Evans, who will be serving her signature, homemade scones this Mother’s Day. “But an experience to try and eat it.”

Peckish Pig’s English Scones

TOTAL TIME: 40 minutes SERVES: 10

4 cups flour ¾ sugar 3 teaspoons baking powder 1 ½ teaspoons salt 12 ounces butter 4 eggs 2 cups heavy whipping cream 1. P  reheat oven to 350 degrees. 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and butter. 3. Add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and fold, careful not to over mix. 4. S  hape into two ounce scones and bake for 20 minutes or until slightly brown.

English scones are a favorite at Peckish Pig. Photography by Joel Lerner


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Goings on About Towns

out & about Photography by Robin Subar

Will the Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup this year?

A photograph by Lisa A. Frank Friday, April 24 Band, Choir and Orchestra Concert

Gorton Community Center 400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest 7:30 p.m. Free The Lake Forest College band, choir, and orchestra will present a combined concert at the Gorton Community Center. This event is free and open to the public. Saturday, April 25 Melissa Jay Craig and Lisa A. Frank Exhibition Opening

ZIA Gallery 548 Chestnut St., Winnetka 5 p.m. www.ziagallery.net Lisa A. Frank builds photographs from thousands of images she takes while walking in the woods. Melissa Jay Craig processes the fibers and sometimes even grows and harvests the materials for her work. Kaleidescope Eyes

Highland Park Community House 1991 Sheridan Road, Highland Park $45 5 p.m.-9 p.m. (847) 433-5254 The Kaleidescope Eyes, an acoustic rock and Beatles tribute band, will appear at the Highland Park Woman’s Club annual fundraiser. The evening will include a silent auction, raffle, door prizes and dinner. Thursday, April 30

Highland Park Community House 1991 Sheridan Rd. 7:30 p.m.

Erik Gimbel, Highland Park

Tickets: $20, $15 (seniors), $5 (under 18) http://spektralquartet.com An ensemble-in-residence at the University of Chicago, the Spektral Quartet’s mission is to create conversations between composers of all eras of classical music. Josef Haydn, the granddaddy of the string quartet, takes the audience back to the genesis of the genre with his Op. 33 No. 2, “The Joke,” a piece which seeks to crack smiles in the audience.

Yes — because they had challenges last year, and they should have won.

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Teddy O’Brians 432 Sheridan Road, Highwood 5 p.m. Participants will receive a passport-punch card, with the goal of visiting all businesses and receiving a punch at each one. The night sponsored by the Highwood Chamber of Commerce will end at Miramar, where attendees drop off their punch cards to be eligible for the raffle prize, which will be drawn at 8:30 p.m.

Robyn and Addison Shapiro, Highland Park Bobby Lively, Evanston

Robyn: Sure! Addison: No!

As good a chance as any!

Saturday, May 2 “Ancient Answers to Good and Evil That Were Cut from the Bible”

Temple Jeremiah 937 Happ Road, Northfield 8 p.m. Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will present the Stanley Golder Interfaith Lecture Series. Hoffman will discuss the compelling account of Adam and Eve’s life in exile, Abraham’s troubling childhood, and the intriguing saga of Enoch — ancient material from the Bible’s cutting-room floor that fills in significant blanks in the formative texts of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Nadine Heroux and Blu, Highland Park

Dan Friis, Lake Forest

Gosh I hope they do!

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Kitchen tour is in a league of its own By Sheryl DeVore

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ive North Shore homeowners are inviting women into their kitchens on Friday, May 1 for food, conversation and ideas on remodeling. Called Designer Kitchens of the North Shore Kitchen Tour, the fifth annual event is sponsored by the Junior League of Evanston-North Shore. Ticket holders will tour designer kitchens in Winnetka and Kenilworth and talk with architectural firms about trends, new technologies, materials and décor Co-chairwomen Lisa Stadler of Glenview and Jen Segall of Winnetka have been working since September to choose just the right kitchens. “Everyone likes to look at kitchens,” Stadler said. “It’s probably their favorite part of the house. Everyone is always excited to see how everyone else is designing their kitchen, and this event will inspire them.” Each home on the tour has distinct features, Segall said —

for example, a green modern back splash or a color scheme showing the contrast between, for example, white and dark hardwood. “Creating cool, little workable nooks and niches is also a trend. For people looking to redesign their kitchen, this is a great way to start,” she said. Sadler remodeled her kitchen last year and embraced the white trend she noticed at recent kitchen tours run by the league. Segall started remodeling her kitchen in March and said she’s incorporating the white trend as well as adding a complementary color. “We’re working with a whiteand -blue color scheme and making it a functional kitchen with two kids and two dogs,” she said. Sadler said local businesses will set up floral arrangements and other spring decor on dining tables and kitchen islands at the kitchen tours. She said partnering with local businesses is part of the league’s mission, along

with helping others. One of her favorite projects is called Fitting Futures, which helps low-income women prepare for a job search and achieve economic self-sufficiency. “We work with a range of different people — from women on the North Shore to the city of Chicago,” said Stadler, a league member for seven years. “Some of the clients have sent us letters letting us know how our help has benefitted them. They express thanks for making them feel better and giving them the courage in their job searches.” Segall has belonged to the Junior League for 12 years, most of them in Texas. When she moved to Winnetka in 2010, she joined the Evanston-North Shore League. “What the league gives back to the community is very substantial,” she said. She’s met women who share “similar interests and aspirations and who are looking to make an impact on the community.

The Junior League of Evanston/North Shore is set to host a kitchen tour. Lisa Stadler of Glenview (left) and Jennifer Segall of Winnetka are the co-chairs. Photography by Joel Lerner

Stadler expects the league will raise more than $40,000 at this year’s event and attract 500 guests.

The kitchen tour will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., May 1. Tickets are available at https:// www.jle-ns.org/kitchen-tour/.

Prices are $40 until April 24 and $55 after until the day of the event. For more information, call 847441-0995.

Socials Cocktails & Couture Photography by Robin Subar

Parents of District 35 in Glencoe flocked to the ballroom of the Renaissance North Shore Hotel for an evening of fashion and fundraising recently, all in support of the Glencoe PTO. Denise Knouse and Michele Scherer co-chaired Couture & Cocktails, a night that featured boutique shopping from local stores as well as food and specialty drinks. The $28,000 raised will go to Glencoe schools, supporting technology improvements, organic gardens, or arts and cultural programs. glencoepto.org Michelle Herman, Michelle Burden

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Love & Marriage

Small gestures by couples can make big impact

Joanna Brown

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learned recently that April is National Couple Appreciation Month, established by a travel service to encourage couples to do something special to celebrate their relationship. It sounds simple enough, and the Internet is full of inexpensive, schmaltzy ways to celebrate. “Isn’t every month couple’s month?” asked one quick-thinking married man I ran into at a recent birthday party. And yes, that sounds good, but it’s far

from the truth. This April has included spring break travel plans, religious holidays, the start of spring youth sports, and the other busyness that comes with the onset of warmer weather. Toward that end, Proust advised us, “Let us be grateful to the people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Voltaire said that “appreciation is a wonderful thing. It makes what is excellent in others belong

Appreciation is not easy to express at home. It’s much easier to address in an office environment when, say, a bookkeeper collects a long-overdue debt from a delinquent client.” to us as well.” And Mark Twain taught, “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” Still, appreciation is not easy to express at home. It’s much easier to address in an office environment when, say, a bookkeeper collects a long-overdue debt from a delinquent client. A pat on the back, thanks for her diligence, and compliments on her professionalism come to

mind quickly. Consultant Nate Booth offers such advice on his website of the same name. Be specific when giving praise, and switch up the praise you give so that your actions don’t be stagnant or sound insincere. Make your gesture match the recipient; keep notes in your personnel files to help you remember each staff members’ special interests and hobbies. And remember that your professional reward program is part of building your dream business. Reward the behaviors that you want to see more frequently and those that move you toward your business’s long-term goals. But treating your spouse like your office team is unwise, and so the appreciation you express this month must not mirror the gesture you offered the bookkeeper last month. But neither the reward you give at work nor the appreciation you express at home need to break the bank. Consider these suggestions from across the Web: • Offer praise in private as in public. Cocktail parties are not a time to mock the spouse you praise at home, and praise given only in public can have the appearance of just being wellmannered. Consistent gratitude, in contrast, strengthens your relationship. • Appreciate time and thoughtfulness given to a task, not just the results. It takes as much time and

energy to burn dinner as it does to serve it gracefully. • Mail a love note to your spouse, to be received when you’re not around. Or, slip a note under their windshield wiper to be discovered on their way out in the morning. • Bring home flowers just because it is Wednesday, not because it’s Valentine’s Day or a special anniversary. Skip the roses near the flower shop’s door in favor of a favorite bloom that the florist has to hunt down.

• Ask for your spouse’s input before you plan an especially good meal at home. • Take over one household chose after a long day. Take out the garbage so that your spouse can savor an extra glass of wine, or get up the first time the alarm goes off and brew a fresh pot of coffee in the morning. And let me know what you’ve done this month that I can add to the list for April 2016. Send an email to joanna@northshoreweekend.com.

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Group advocates to make a difference in children’s lives BY SAM EICHNER

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hen Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) takes over Ravinia Festival on Friday, May 2 for its annual gala, guests will luxuriate in their fair share of diversions: auctions, dinner, drinks — and the springtime splendor of the grounds themselves. Still, nothing will be able to distract attendees from the seriousness of the benefit’s mission: to help support CASA Lake County, a non-profit organization whose small crew of impassioned employees and volunteers give a voice to many of the neglected or abused children in the county court system. CASA originated in Seattle nearly 40 years ago; today, there are more than 1,000 programs nationwide. CASA Lake County’s Executive Director Terri Greenberg

has been involved in the organization since its establishment in 1993. Its primary purpose, she says, is to represent the best interests of the children to whom it’s assigned and speak with everyone involved in the case so that CASA can provide the most comprehensive information to the judge. The secondary purpose, Greenberg suggests, is much less clear-cut, though just as integral: to serve as the one constant in that child’s life. “Kids in foster care and the juvenile court system end up with many different homes, foster parents, schools and therapists. And there’s no consistency,” Greenberg says. “CASA is the one constant in that child’s life. Our volunteers stay with the case until the child finds a permanent home.” It’s been found that kids find a permanent home about a year sooner with CASA than they

would’ve without. As a result, Greenberg says, they experience much less trauma because they’re not moved as often from foster home to foster home. Which is expressly why its spring gala is so important: with little to no government funding, CASA’s volunteer-based infrastructure is solely dependent on private donations. This year, Director of Development Mari Christopherson hopes that everybody present — either individually or as a group — will be able to donate enough to cover the costs of sponsoring one child. “The percentage of people living in poverty in Lake County is now equal to the percentage of people living in poverty in Cook County,” Christopherson says. “The need is so much greater closer to home, and we are lucky to have so many incredible corporations and people based in Lake County that are

supportive of us.” The benefit in May is the organization’s 11th annual. Unsurprisingly, it was organized by one of CASA’s resolute volunteers — Joanna Lynn. “The one thing we’re trying to do,” Lynn says, “is make sure everyone leaves with a good understanding of what CASA does and what it means to the children we support.” To that end, the gala will honor two parents who are in the final stages of adopting CASA children, as well as feature a speech from an adult who benefitted f rom the program as a child. “CASA is unique in that, as an advocate, you can see you’ve made a difference in an individual child’s life,” Lynn says. “My experience with the children I advocated for was one of the most rewarding experiences of my life.”

Joanna Lynn Photography by Joel Lerner

Erika’s helps shine light on teen depression BY NICOLE SCHNITZLER

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tarted in 2004 as a way of building awareness in schools about depression, Erika’s Lighthouse was formed in memory of Erika Neuckranz, an eighth-grader at Carleton Washburne Middle School in Winnetka who had struggled with depression for a year and a half before committing suicide. “There wasn’t any kind of formalized depression education and awareness being taught in schools,” explains Erika’s Lighthouse director of operations Heather Freed. “Erika’s parents felt that there was a real big piece missing to the puzzle.” The Neuckranz family worked on a pilot program with Ohiobased Red Flags, a curriculum educating students, parents and teachers on the signs and symptoms of depression. They implemented the program at all of New Trier High School’s feeder schools to promote early intervention.

Still, Erika’s friends wanted to do more. Once at New Trier they created the first Teen Panel program, which trains teens on how to talk with their peers about what depression is and how to find help. They also launched Teen Club, a way for students to help advocate mental health awareness throughout the year through activities and fundraising events. Freed confirms the importance of continuing the conversation of depression and its signs well into high school — and beyond. “It’s not one of those things you can just check a box off if you talked about it in seventh grade,” she says. “Your mental health needs to be integrated into your learning, always.” As such, the organization created its own high school curriculum in 2011 along with its own middle school curriculum in October, which is already being taught across 28 schools. While the teacher-student education is a core dimension of

their programming, Freed also credits the insight of the teens who are at work within the 22 Teen Panels and 12 Teen Clubs. “They’re our future — they have an important stake in what we’re doing,” says Freed. “And they have really amazing ideas.” Those ideas can be experienced on Saturday, May 16 at the Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser, the organization’s third annual spring event and the first time the planning committee — and its attendees — will be a mix of adults and young adults. The evening will take place at the Willis Tower Skydeck, where guests can take in 360-degree city views in between bites from Berghoff Catering and bets on any of the 16 game tables — from poker and roulette, to craps and blackjack. While ticket proceeds will benefit the organization, attendees can opt to further support the cause by choosing a specific program at the event to sponsor, such as the Teen Panels or Teen Clubs. It’s these programs that have

Erika’s Lighthouse fundraiser co-chairs Karen Peters, Meara Fallon and Alexandra Perraud gather on the 99th floor of the Willis Tower, the location of the May 16 event. Photography by Joel Lerner

helped to educate 43,000 individuals in 37 communities in 2014 alone — impressive results that Freed has witnessed on a personal scale. “You talk to seventh-graders

now, and they know the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist and can tell you the symptoms of anxiety and depression,” she says. “We really believe that this works in making a dif-

ference — we know it saves lives.” The Monte Carlo Night Fundraiser is on Saturday, May 16 from 7 p.m. until 11 p.m. For tickets and additional information, visit erikaslighthouse.org.


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eorge Karkazis may wear a mask, but there’s no question that he’s one of the faces of the Lake Forest High School baseball team this season. The kid’s got skills — he’ll catch at the Division I level next year. But, more importantly, says his coach, Ray Del Fava, the senior backstop comes equipped — and armored — with an undeniable intangible: leadership. Leadership, according to Del Fava, oozes out of him and through the pores of his chest protector. “He’s got a good arm. He blocks the plate well,” said Del Fava. “But it’s his leadership abilities that really set him apart. What he brings as a leader goes beyond his skill set.” Karkazis, a serious-minded athlete, plays this beloved game hard, fast and for keeps. No. 11 is all business. So you can imagine how he felt on April 18. The Scouts rolled out their shiny new 13-0 record in front of a home crowd and wound up losing to a good Glenbrook North team, 11-0, in five innings. “Sometimes, when the wheels come off, they really come off,” said Del Fava. And, to make matters worse, Karkazis and the Scouts were victimized by one of the game’s most rarest of plays: a triple play. “It was a frustrating day for us,” said Karkazis. “And the triple play pretty much summarized the day.” Oddly enough, less than 24 hours earlier, the subject of a triple play came up in a dugout discussion during a game against North Chicago. “Some of our seniors were talking about the triple play we turned as 10-year-olds, while we were playing for the Lake Forest Junior Scouts,” Karkazis said. “It was pretty sweet. As a little kid, it’s one of those things you dream about as a ballplayer. “It’s the only time that I’ve seen one,” he added. Until Saturday. And he got to see — and feel — this one up close and a little too personal.

BY kevin reiterman sports@northshoreweekend.com

With his team trailing 11-0 in the bottom of the second, Karkazis followed up Charlie Sullivan’s single with a walk. Cue the rally machine. “It looked like we might be getting something going, especially with Mateo (Hargitt), a hot hitter up there,” said Karkazis. But, in a flash, GBN first baseman Brandon LaBunski turned into the Big Lebowski. The senior became an instant cult figure to GBN teammates, when he snagged Hargitt’s line drive, placed a tag on Karkazis and fired a bullet to shortstop Kyle Mitter. “There wasn’t much I could do about it,” Karkazis said. “And Charlie, who was getting a good secondary lead, couldn’t get back in time.” The afternoon didn’t get any better. The Spartans turned double plays in the third and fourth innings. “Hitting into two double plays and a triple play pretty much squashes any momentum,” said Del Fava. And, heading into a game with a perfect 13-0 record will bring the best out of your opponent. “Yes,” said GBN coach Dom Savino, who saw his own team improve to 13-3 overall. “We were aware (that Lake Forest was undefeated).” “You start out as well as we did (13-0) … you become a marquee win on other teams’ schedules,” Del Fava said. Karkazis, who has signed a national letter of intent with Miami of Ohio, is not surprised by his team’s fast start. “What we’ve done so far is not beyond our expectations,” he said. “Others might not have perceived it that way.” And with his compact swing and quick hands, the left-handed swinging Karkazis is off to a terrific start at the plate. He’s hitting .452 with 15 runs and 16 RBIs. Six of his hits, including one homer, have gone for extra bases. Last year, Karkazis appeared in 34 games and wound up hitting .333 with 24 RBIs, 33 runs, three homers and nine doubles. He

George Karkazis of the Scouts swings away during last weekend’s game against Glenbrook North. Photography by Joel Lerner

struck out only 11 times. Del Fava knew early on that he had something special in Karkazis. In fact, he brought up his young catcher at the end of sophomore year — and immediately placed him in an unfamiliar position (second base) in the opening game of the 2013 state playoffs against Libertyville. “By sticking a sophomore into the starting lineup, I made some enemies that day,” said Del Fava. “But, I figured we were a better team with him in the lineup,” the LF coach added. “He’s a such a great competitor who wants to win so badly. “ Karkazis admits now that he was a little shocked to see the name George Karkazis on the lineup card that day.

“I thought I would be there to watch and hang out,” he said. “He put me at second base, and I hadn’t played there all year. I used to play infield but that was before high school.” The ball, as they say, always finds the new guy. And it did that day. In the very first inning, Libertyville star Evan Skoug, who is currently catching for Texas Christian, bounced out to Karkazis. Then, after a pitching change later in the game, he was moved to another unfamiliar position: right field. These days, there’s not a lot of utility in Karkazis game. You won’t catch this 5-foot-10, 185pounder straying from behind the plate.

The same thing figures to be true when he puts on a RedHawks jersey. “I think he’s going to make a quick transition to (Division I) baseball,” said Del Fava. “The speed of the game is not going to faze him at all.”

Notable: The Scouts improved to 4-0 in conference play by sweeping Libertyville. Senior right-hander Mark Turelli picked up the win on April 15, when he allowed four hits and no earned runs over six innings in a 4-1 win. Cal Coughlin earned the save. And in the 11-3 win over the Wildcats on April 14, Jake Durburg (4-for-4, 4 RBIs), Cole Digman (3 hits, 2 RBIs), Mateo Hargitt (2 hits, 2

RBIs), Charlie Sullivan (2 hits) and George Karkazis (2 hits) led the offense. Bryan Bund was the winning pitcher. … Coughlin was the story on April 16, when the Scouts topped host Carmel Catholic 8-4. Coughlin, who attended Carmel for two years, not only led the attack (single, double, 2 RBIs) but he also was the winning pitcher (4.2 IP, 7 Ks, 3 hits). Hargitt and Digman had doubles, while Cal Kropke drove in two runs. … On April 17, LF beat North Chicago 16-2. Durburg (2 hits, 3 RBIs), Chris Grough (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Clayton Lawrence (2 hits), Matthew Peterson (2 RBIs), Nick Athenson (2 RBIs) and Luke Gibson (2 RBIs) paced the attack. Jack Blake was the winning pitch.


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Prodigy in motion

Youngest Dwyer amassing goals at an astounding rate for top-ranked Ramblers BY bill mclean, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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rennan Dwyer eschewed toy rattles as an infant. Too small. Too normal. Too ephemeral. Her primary plaything more than a decade ago had heft. It also was longer than Brennan’s frame at the time. Want to see it these days? It is possible. Dwyer, a sophomore at Loyola Academy, continues to grip the plaything as a teen. It is a lacrosse stick. “One of her older sisters [Bridget, Nora or Kathleen] probably put a stick in Brennan’s crib,” says her chuckling father and Loyola Academy’s girls lacrosse coach, John Dwyer. “She had been looking forward to playing lacrosse at Loyola for a long, long time … 10-12 years.” Loyola Academy’s girls lacrosse program won its sixth straight state championship last spring. A humble freshman middie named Brennan Dwyer was named a US Lacrosse All-American after LA’s 24-5 season. Dwyer, still humble, is producing All-World numbers this spring. She has poured in 47 goals in only 12 games, with four coming in a 16-6 defeat of visiting Hinsdale Central (a Final Four team last year) on April 15 and four more exploding from her stick four days later in the first half of LA’s 18-3 rout of Cathedral High School, ranked second in Indiana. Dwyer also recorded six draw controls in the latter game. She did not play in the second half. “Brennan Dwyer sits” is a synonym for “mercy.” “Brennan is pretty unflappable and very fast,” John Dwyer says. “Those are two pretty good qualities to have. She is a lot stronger this year, and she’s playing with a lot of confidence. She trusts her teammates, and her teammates trust her. What was special to me was seeing her teammates embrace her last year. I also saw her embrace her teammates. “I’m seeing the same things this year.” The 5-foot-5 Brennan Dwyer exhibits pure joy after most of her goals. She jumps. As soon as her feet return to the turf, she sprints toward swarming teammates, determined to celebrate with them as quickly as possible. If she gets lost in a pulsating huddle of happy Ramblers, all the better. Either one of her teammates had passed the ball to her or another Rambler had initiated a transition from the other end of the field — and thus deserves, in her mind, as much attention, if not more. “We play as a team,” says Dwyer, who amassed a combined 19 goals in five games in LA’s East Coast trip April 9-11. “We do well when we play as a team. “My three sisters,” she adds, still deflecting, “taught me so much about lacrosse.” Her father’s 10-2 club is ranked 23rd in the country and No. 1 in the Midwest by laxmagazine. com. The Ramblers scored at least 16 goals in eight of their victories and allowed more than 10 goals only once. They had outscored their opponents 187-57 through April 19. The only number that concerns Brennan Dwyer after lacrosse games is the number of hugs she gets to give her nephews and nieces. The Winnetka resident has 10.

Loyola Academy Brennan Dwyer negotiates through traffic during her team’s 16-6 win over Hinsdale Central. She has 47 goals in only 12 games.

“However many watch our games, that’s how many I hug,” she says, smiling. Dwyer is as humorous off the field as she is seriously good on it. Ask her teammates, any of them. “Brennan always makes me laugh. Always,” LA senior attack Caroline Heldring says. “She’s great. She’s great in games, too. It’s amazing when she puts her head down and drives … drives with one, two, three, four girls on her. It doesn’t matter how many are trying to stop her. She’s going — going in.” Has a lacrosse player in Illinois ever been more prepared than Brennan Dwyer to play the sport at a high level as a freshman? Probably not. Her father is the John Wooden of girls lacrosse in Illinois. She watched her sisters practice lacrosse and play lacrosse games and prepare for each lacrosse practice and each lacrosse game. She no doubt listened to lax talk at home, in cars, during vacations, between

naps in her crib. Her two older brothers, John and Brian, did not play lacrosse, but they stood out as hockey and football players. Competition sustains her. Competitive in-house people spur her, inspire her. “It certainly helped her, growing up with sisters who played as much lacrosse as her sisters did,” John Dwyer says. “She’s known the game pretty well for years. She knows what she has to do to be ready for seasons and for games. Brennan doesn’t show a lot of outward emotion, but she’s driven, really driven. And she gets what it means to be a teammate. “What she really wants is the opportunity to play lacrosse on Memorial Day weekend,” he adds. Each year the NCAA stages its Division I women’s lacrosse championship on Memorial Day weekend. It will be held this year at PPL Park, a Major League Soccer club’s stadium in Chester, Pa. It is the Philadelphia Union’s crib.

Notable: Dwyer and Heldring each scored four goals in LA’s 16-6 defeat of visiting Hinsdale Central on April 15 in chilly, windy Glenview. The Ramblers trailed 3-1 at the 17:24 mark of the first half. LA senior middie Kathleen Hulseman delivered five assists to go with her two goals. Sophomore middie Colleen Huffman tallied three goals, and senior attack Annie Nick finished with a goal and an assist. Bailey Busscher and Mary Dooley each scored a goal for the victors. Starter Ana Freda and reserve Delaney Oliveira took cared of LA’s goalkeeper duties. Oliveira entered late in the second half. “We passed our midterm exam,” said LA coach John Dwyer, whose squad led 7-4 at the break and scored twice in a 1:32 span early in the second half. “Hinsdale Central is a dangerous team on offense. Our kids did not get rattled when we were down 3-1. I liked what I saw, especially when our goalkeeper [Freda] made a save and we passed the ball seven times before scoring. Our kids likes to share the ball.”


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Sommer springs to action New Trier volleyball player adds formidable element to his game

spired whenever I watch him play. I try to play volleyball as intensely has Noah plays basketball.” Sommer met Trevians senior outside hitter Henry LeVee when the two were fifth-graders. The sport of basketball brought them together. The sport of volleyball continues to strengthen the Sommer-LeVee bond. “He’s a great guy, a great friend,” LeVee says. “He hasn’t changed at all since I met him. He’s one of the smartest volleyball players I know. He’s good at seeing the court. He’s reliable when he’s blocking and when he’s swinging. Same player, every day. What I also like about him, in addition to his consistency, is his calm demeanor. He’s not one to get overhyped about anything.” It is not easy being a fierce competitor and a calm leader at the same time. Sommer pulls it off, match after match after match. “At times you need to reset, as a team, when you’re playing a volleyball match,” says Sommer, bound for Indiana University to study accounting and finance. “If you lose a point, you have to think it’s 0-0 all over gain. It’s a good thing to look at the next point as another start, as a reset. “I’m excited about our team this year. We’re competitive. We’re deep. I think we’re the deepest team in the state. We have bench guys, several bench guys, who could start for good teams at other schools.” A New Trier volleyball practice ends. A Trevian arrives at a volNew Trier senior Andrew Sommer blunts a kill attempt during recent volleyball action. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: jOEL LERNER leyball net, well before anybody “Andrew has really upped his title match of the Warren Tour- else does. He takes it down, a teen BY bill mclean, sports@northshoreweekend.com Why wouldn’t I be happy at that nament, he notched 22 assists in eagerly taking care of a housepoint of the day? Plus I’m a pretty game,” she adds. Sommer earned “Senior of the a 25-14, 25-10 win over Lincoln- keeping duty without having ew Trier High School volSommer’s last spring as a optimistic guy in general.” leyball coach Sue Ellen Trevian is going as well as the volSommer, the 2015 volleyball Week” honors earlier this month Way East High School. Sommer been asked to do it. He is always Haak arrives for a practice. leyball team’s season is going. NT, player, is considerably different for achieving an unusual feat at a popped for five kills and four the first to a net. The Trevian is She sees senior middle hitter a state quarterfinalist last year, is than Sommer, the 2014 volleyball practice. He set a volleyball that blocks in the same match. Andrew Sommer, still smiling, Andrew Sommer, who had arrived 15-0 overall, 2-0 in the Central player. He tried a different club in went through a basketball net, The not-so-pressing question: still thrilled about where he is. The scene surprises nobody in some 40 minutes earlier. Early, Suburban League South. The the offseason, joining Vernon Hills- positioned between 25-30 feet Will Mr. Chakravorti ever again. Sommer always gets there 6-foot-4, 155-pound Sommer based Adversity. The change en- above a gym floor. The set splashed recover from his stunning setback the gym. way before anybody else does. paces the squad in blocks, a year hanced the offensive side of his the net on his second try. Sommer’s to Sommer? Sommer sees Haak. Both smile after finishing second among game. Buffed it, strengthened it. great day suddenly got greater. Sommer likes to follow two Notable: New Trier senior at about the same time. teammates in the category as a Sommer no longer elevates to block “That surprised me,” he admits. winter sports teams, the Bulls and defensive specialist Brian Haak speaks first. She always first-year varsity spiker. lots of shots and smack the occa- “I don’t set. No way did I think Blackhawks. He watched and loved Hammes reached for a team-high I’d beat our setters on the team. every minute of the Blackhawks’ 12 digs in last week’s 25-21, speaks first during the encounter. “I love volleyball. I love playing sional kill. “How is your day, Andrew volleyball,” Sommer, a Wilmette He now skies for lots of blocks A ‘Senior of the Week’ gets to be 4-3 double-overtime playoff 25-21 defeat of host Evanston Sommer?” the coach asks. resident, says. “It’s constant and frequent kills. a part of the coin toss [before victory over the Nashville Predators last week. Junior outside hitter Sommer’s day? action, pure energy. I love being “Andrew got more offensive matches]. That was an honor.” on April 15. His favorite Bull is Henry Lindstrom pounded eight Sunny, no matter what the with the guys at practice, at reps [at Adversity], and it’s Sommer had to top one of the center Joakim Noah. Sommer digs kills. Sommer finished with four weather happens to be doing. matches. When [Haak] greets showing,” Haak says. “He’s a top setters in the state, Trevians Noah’s work ethic and opening- kills and an ace. … Lindstrom’s “He tells me the same thing me like she does each school day, bigger part of our offense this senior Dante Chakravorti, during tip-to-final-buzzer intensity. five kills led NT’s attack in its every day,” Haak says. “He says, near a volleyball court, that’s year. He jumps high, and he’s the quirky contest. Chakravorti “Joakim wants to grab every rapid 25-10, 25-7 defeat of ‘Great, Coach. I am having a great easily the best part of my day. I’m quick along the net — a good lofted 18 assists in NT’s most rebound,” Sommer says. “He plays Waukegan on April 14. Senior day.’ And he always says it with usually coming off seven hours combination for a middle hitter. recent victory, a 25-21, 25-21 100 percent, nonstop, in every outside hitter Dan Wacura and a huge smile. He’s personable, of sitting in classrooms, seven He is super smart, reads the ball defeat of host Evanston on April game. He’s pure energy on a bas- junior right side hitter Harry hours of listening to lectures. well, makes good decisions. friendly, never moody.” 16. The previous weekend, in the ketball court, relentless. I get in- Marwil struck four kills apiece.

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Tandemonium

Highland Park’s battle-tested duo — Gordon and Aizenberg — poised to make plenty of noise this spring BY bill mclean, sports@northshoreweekend.com

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avid Aizenberg’s right hand is killing him. It is stinging, throbbing, getting redder by the second. His Highland Park High School doubles partner, senior Max Gordon, had just smacked it hard, demonstrating what he likes to do after the Giants’ No. 1 duo wins a big point in a big tennis match. Aizenberg, a junior, winces briefly. He then cracks a half smile. “Max likes to get feisty on the court,” Aizenberg says. “At times we’re both feisty. “I try to settle him down, keep him grounded.” Every successful doubles team needs a Max Gordon-type. The 5-foot-11, 150-pounder has a quick first step and quicker hands, weapons that come in quite handy for reflex volleys. He bounces around the courts during points — and after points. His energy level never nears “E” on his fuel gauge. Watch Gordon fly around the court. Watch animation win points. Aizenberg is steady, big on executing textbook finishing shots and bigger (6-3, 180 pounds) than he stood (6-1) and weighed (165 pounds) last year, when he and Gordon won five of seven matches to finish among the top 9-12 doubles teams at the state meet last spring. Aizenberg added pop to his shots in the offseason. His serves handcuff returners. “They definitely have the makeup of a team capable of winning a state doubles championship,” says HP tennis coach Steve Rudman, who has guided a trio of tandems (two boys pairs and one girls team) to state doubles titles at the school. “They’re in that mold. David is stronger and taller, more confident in himself, more aggressive. Max is a smart doubles player, really good at setting up David. Max does all the things — some are little things — that you look for in a quality doubles player. David and Max are good together. They’re seasoned, tough. They’re both solid players who

understand doubles. “They’re also classy kids, on and off the court,” he adds. Aizenberg/Gordon went 3-0 to capture the No. 1 doubles title at the Prospect Invitational on April 18. They dropped only a combined eight games in six sets, downing Barrington High School’s entrant 6-1, 6-0 in the title match at Harper College in Palatine. The effort at the invite upped their overall record to 4-1. Aizenberg/Gordon lost 6-4, 6-4 to Stevenson’s top duo in the Giants’ season opener on April 13. “I hope they learned something from that loss,” Rudman says. “They got way too cute in that match, going for angles, crazy angles they never should

have attempted.” Gordon’s breakfast order on the morning of the Prospect Invite also was unconventional. Rudman and his netters met at Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park at 6 a.m. They essentially opened the place. It is what the squad does, before every weekend invite. Gordon asked for a … grilled chicken sandwich. “A plain grilled chicken sandwich,” a smiling Gordon clarifies. “Nothing on it. Plain protein. That’s what I like to order.” Aizenberg chose normal breakfast fare, consuming eggs and a bagel before hitting the courts and swinging for tennis bagels (6-0 sets) with his partner. Their games are different. Their

personalities are different. Their breakfast preferences are different. Their teaching pro? The same. Last summer both started working with Ryan Rowe at College Park Athletic Club in Bannockburn. Rowe and current professional tennis player Kevin Anderson (ranked No. 15 in the world in singles) won the NCAA men’s doubles championship as University of Illinois teammates in 2006. Rowe stands 6-5. “He told me he was the shortest guy on the court when he played in that NCAA final,” says Aizenberg, a state doubles qualifier (with current senior Teddy Dunn) as a freshman in the 2013 season. “He’s helped me a lot. My serve is bigger. I’m hitting bigger

shots.” Aizenberg and Gordon each entered HPHS hoping to battle primarily as a singles player. A couple of forces altered that aspiration, one being Rudman, a doubles guru. The other: Zacko Brint, a 2012 HPHS graduate and junior tennis player at Wesleyan (Conn.) University. Brint and David Zak (HPHS, ’11) reached the doubles final at the state meet in 2010. “Zacko was like a big brother to me when we were teammates,” Gordon says. “Zacko and I … we’ve talked doubles, late at night,” Aizenberg says. “We’ve talked ‘Highland Park’ doubles. There’s ‘summer doubles’, and then there’s ‘High-

land Park’ doubles.” The difference between the two kinds of doubles is tennis novicevs.-Novak Djokovic different. The summer version is relaxed, as intense as a few hours on a hammock on a comfortable, breezy day in July. The Highland Park version is wonderfully brutish, heavy on the rush and crush. Rudman loves to preach high-percentage, relentless doubles. The shorter the winning point, the better. “My top four doubles guys [sophomores Jonny Raab and Brandon Lew are the others] like to do drills at practice,” says Rudman. “Our practices are spirited, always fun. My guys like to Continues on page 48


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Inside the Press Box CIRCLING THE BASES Baseball

Highland Park: Hard to beat this. Junior outfielder Justin Mills hit a home run and two triples in his team’s 12-2 victory over visiting Waukegan on April 16. In addition to his 10 total bases, he knocked in five runs. The Giants (2-14) banged out 10 hits. Liam McCann and Justin Halpern had two hits apiece, while Eric Schwartz doubled and knocked in two runs. Bradley Kaplan went the distance (6 innings) and allowed five hits to go along with five strikeouts and one walk. In other action, HP dropped a 4-3 decision to host Evanston on April 14. Mills, Benjy Rubin and Ryan Kane had two hits each. Kane, Rubin and Thano Fourlas drove in the runs. Despite suffering the loss, Daniel Wagner had a solid outing on the mound (6 IP, 7 hits, 4 Ks). He was touched for four runs in the bottom of the fourth. Loyola: The Ramblers had stretched their winning streak to six games. And then, they went up against 6-foot-6 Jack Kurtenbach. The hard-throwing St. Ignatius right-hander gave up only one hit in six-plus innings on April 18 and beat LA 3-1. Alex Thomas got the team’s lone hit. Meanwhile, junior Thomas Giella pitched well for the Ramblers. Two days earlier, LA’s bats exploded in a fiveinning 11-0 win over visiting St. Joseph. Jacob Frank and Alex Thomas led the way with two hits and four RBIs apiece. Neil Udelhofen allowed only one hit while striking out nine. On April 15, the Ramblers (10-4) held on to beat De La Salle 6-5. Brendan Egan had two hits, while Frank and Jack Lombardi drove it two runs each. On April 14, Loyola rallied with three runs in the bottom of the seventh to edge Stevenson 9-8. Jack Yalowitz had three hits. Lombardi had two base knocks. And, on April 13, Yalowitz virtually was unhittable in a 7-1 victory over DePaul College Prep. He went the distance on a two-hitter. He finished Bina Saipi and the New Trier High School soccer team will be playing in the championship game of the PepsiCo Showdown on Sunday at DePaul with 15 strikeouts. University. Photography by Joel Lerner

New Trier: Sparked by the hitting of Ryan Acri (2 hits, 2 RBIs), Matt Boscow (2 hits) and Jake Reynolds (2 hits) and the pitching of Danny Katz (4 IP, 5 Ks), the Trevians topped host Prospect 7-2 on April 18. The Trevians (8-3-1) have not lost since April 8. On April 16, they beat host Deerfield 3-0. Ben Brecht earned the win, allowing no runs and only three hits in 6-plus innings. Michael Hurley led the team with two hits and two runs batted in. On April 14, New Trier took care of visiting Niles North 10-3. Hurley (3 hits), Reynolds (2 RBIs), Clay Czyzynski (2 hits), Scott Hammes (4 RBIs) and Dylan McGuire (2 RBIs) led the offense. Katz was the winning pitcher. And, on April 15, NT played visiting Stevenson to a 4-4 tie. The game was called after nine innings. Czyzynski had four hits, while Hurley had three hits and four RBIs.

She came up with a single and a double in HP’s Mack went 2-for-5, while Skye Miller added a 6-4 setback to visiting Maine East on April 14. two-run double. Moriah Roberts and Hannah Matthews had the team’s other hits. Matthews, a freshman, also New Trier: Junior Shayle Arenson is hitting a team-best .412 for the 4-4 Trevians, who have pitched in relief, allowing only two hits. won three games in a row. The other leading Lake Forest: Jon’nah Williams and Marga- hitters include Laura Bagan (.360), Gillian ret Mack have been stellar at the plate. Williams, Gossard (.357), Lee Fisher (.348) and Lily Novak a freshman, is hitting .600 after five games with (.333). only two strikeouts. Gossard had a big moment in the team’s 5-4 Mack, a senior, is hitting .556 with a team-high win over Sandburg on April 18. The sophomore hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth six RBIs. Elizabeth Porter (.286), Isabel Das (.273) and inning. Alicia Bagan and Dana Dolinko hit Shannon Stowe (.273) are hitting just under .300. doubles. On April 17, in a 5-4 loss to visiting Round NT also defeated visiting Evanston 5-2 on Lake, Mack went 3-for-3 with a home run and April 16 and visiting Zion-Benton 9-7 on April two RBIs. 15 after falling 11-6 to host Maine Sout on April On April 18, the top three hitters — Sarah 14. Porter, Williams and Mack — in the batting In the win over Z-B, Laura Bagan went Between Innings order had big days. Porter finished with two hits, 4-for-4 with two doubles, while Novak went Girls Softball including a double, and drove in two runs. Wil- 3-for-3 with a double. Dolinko had two hits and Highland Park: Jenny Goldsher did her job. liams had two singles, a double and four RBIs. four RBIs.

And, in the loss to Maine South, Arenson went 4-for-4. Fisher and Alicia Bagan knocked in two runs apiece.

STICK NATION Boys Lacrosse

Lake Forest: The Scouts improved to 8-3 overall with a10-9 overtime win over visiting Wheaton Warrenville South on April 18. Mac Montagne scored the game-winner in the extra session. It was the fourth win in a row for the Scouts. Currently, senior Conor Walters is leading the LF offense. He has a team-high 61 points on 32 goals and 29 assists. The second leading scorer is sophomore Cole Johnston with 15 goals, while senior Pat Brandell has 14 goals to go along with 11 assists for 25 points. The offense also features Mac Altounian (12 goals, 4 assists), Mitch Salanty (12 goals, 2 assists) and Matthew Clifford (11 goals, 2 assists).


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Lake Forest: Eight Scouts tallied goals in a 13-12 victory over visiting Glenbrook North on April 16. Grace Geraghty led the team with three goals, while Katie Karahalios, Audrey Kaus and Marielle St. Amand had two goals each. The other scorers were Kara Antonucci, Katie Hanson and Sarah Steindl. St. Amand also added three assists. On April 18, Lake Forest (2-5) dropped a 13-10 decision despite a four-goal output by Karahalios. St. Amand and Lindsey Close had two goals each. Antonucci and Kaus also scored. The assists were credited to Close (2), St. Amand (2), Geraghty, Karahalios and Caroline Skinner.

semifinal round on April 18. The goals were scored by Haley Yamada (PK), Natalie Laser, Maggie Armstrong and Kelly Maday. Two days earlier, the Trevians edged Hersey 1-0 in the quarterfinals. Maday’s unassisted goal in the first half proved to be the game-winner.

COURTSIDE Boys Tennis

Lake Forest: They went 3-0 at the Deerfield Quad on April 18. The Scouts scored 7-0 victories over Stevenson and Fremd, while they edged the host Warriors 4-3. In the Deerfield battle, Alex Bancila (No. 2) and Clarke Hough (No. 3) earned wins in singles play. Ben Kasbeer and Colton England were victorious at No. 2 doubles, while Jackson Smyth and Henry Batinovic needed three sets to win at No. 4 doubles. LF senior Brice Polender dropped a 6-4, 7-5 New Trier: The Trevians won two of three decision to Deerfield’s Noah Rosenblat but games in their weekend competition in Califor- topped Stevenson standout Colin Harvey 6-3, nia. They earned wins over two California teams: 6-4. On April 17, the Scouts defeated Glenbrook Menlos School 13-10 and Carondelet 9-6. They North 5-3. Brice Polender at No. 1 and Connor came up short against St. Ignatius 12-7. On April 14, New Trier took care of Deerfield Polender at No. 3 picked up wins in singles play. 17-2. Katherine Gjertsen and Jenny Thompson In other action last week, LF topped Lake tallied four goals each. Darby Tingue and Isabelle Zurich 6-1 and Vernon Hills 7-0. Sennett had two goals apiece. The other scorers were Caleigh DeWitt, Maddie MacRitchie, Grace Loyola Academy: It went down to the wire. Hemmer, Audrey Kingdom and Tace Sutherland. The Ramblers edged York 25-24 to claim the Five different players — Gjertsen, MacRitchie, Maine South Invite on April 18. Thompson, Sutherland and Emily Carothers Jack Burns and Andrew Hovanec were the — had two assists each. Sennett, Kitty Kenyon champs at No. 2 doubles. The second-place finand Megan Wetzel also set up scores. ishers include the No. 1 doubles tandem of Jack Nichols and Alan Arocho and the No. 3 doubles FOOTNOTES team of Keenan Ryan and Alex Davis. Girls Soccer In singles play, LA received third-place efforts Lake Forest: The Scouts have a 5-2-1 record from Peter Horne at No. 1 and Andrew Sullivan following their 1-1 tie with Lyons on April 16. at No. 2. On April 17, the Ramblers topped Bishop New Trier: The undefeated Trevians will play McNamara 5-0. And they defeated St. Ignatius the PepsiCo Showdown championship game on 9-1 on April 14. April 26 at DePaul University’s Wish Field (4 p.m.). Girls Badminton NT defeated Hinsdale Central 4-1 in the New Trier: The host Trevians claimed top

honors in the New Trier Featherfest on April 18. They tallied 31 points which was just enough to edge runner-up Downers Grove North (30 points).York (27), Lockport (27) and Hinsdale South (25) rounded out the top five. NT had two champions. Julia Matyjas took first at No. 4 singles, while Sydney Box and Emma Frank teamed to win No. 4 doubles. Cece Bishop and Kaylin Steinberg finished fourth at No. 1 doubles. On April 16, New Trier defeated Glenbrook South 11-7 in dual-meet action. Julia Siebert beat GBS’s Ashley Clark at No. 1 singles 21-8, 21-9. At first doubles, Bishop and Steinberg topped GBS’s Tina James and Jane Oh 21-8, 21-11.

VOLLEYS

Boys Volleyball

the Scouts rallied for a 2-1 win. The stat leaders were Gaughan (21 assists), Moore (12 kills) and Christensen (9 digs).

Loyola: Highlighted by Jakub Mazurek (11 kills), the Ramblers took care of visiting Niles West 25-19, 25-18 on April 17 to run their overall record to 13-3. On April 15, Andrew Kubicek (6 kills), Matt Byrne (6 kills) and Jack Talaga (21 assists) led the way in a 25-14, 25-17 win over visiting St. Rita.

POOLSIDE

Boys Water Polo

New Trier: Sparked by Alex Grant (5 goals) and Chandler Tempest (4 goals), the Trevians claimed a 13-11 victory over Glenbrook South on April 16. The other goals were scored by Henry Yavitt, Michael Krueger, Chris Keller and Sam Yavitt. On April 14, Krueger tallied five goals as NT downed Evanston 16-11. Grant had four goals, while Patrick Drake and Will Kohl scored two goals each. Keller, Nicky Hochschild and Jackson Ingle also scored.

Highland Park: Ari Hoffman and Dylan Brown had seven kills apiece, but it wasn’t enough against visiting Niles North on April 20. In the 2-0 loss, Ryan Chiou had 14 digs, while Zack Pollack had nine digs to go with six kills. Ben Wellek added eight digs. On April 15, HP lost to Deerfield 2-0. Hoffman had seven kills. Chiou and Bennett Preskil had five digs each. Girls Water Polo And, in the Lake County Tournament on Highland Park: The Giants defeated visiting April 17-18, the Giants went 1-4. Their lone win Maine South in thrilling fashion on April 15. They came against Mundelein 2-1. scored with seven seconds left to win the game 6-5. Ali Perlman had two goals in the contest. Lake Forest: Paced by Andrew Salzer (9 AT THE COLLEGE LEVEL kills), Mason Moore (7 kills), Quinn Gaughan Men’s Gymnastics (19 kills) and Michael Christensen (5 digs), the Scouts got back on the winning track on Monday Danny Berardini: The Lake Forest native with a 2-0 win over Grant. recently helped the Oklahoma Sooners to a naAt the Lake County Tournament on April tional championship. Berardini, who trained at 17-18, the Scouts went 2-3. Their wins came the Buffalo Grove Gymnastics Center, earned against Grant 2-0 and Stevenson 2-0. They were more All-America recognition by taking fifth on beaten by Lake Zurich 2-0, Zion-Benton 2-0 the high bar (15.0) and tying for 10th place on the parallel bars (14.90). and Carmel 2-0. In the Stevenson contest, Moore (10 kills), The Sooners won the team title with a 447.050. Gaughan (23 assists), Christensen (8 digs) and Stanford was the runner-up (440.450). Shane King (7 kills) led the way. Varun Rao had Berardini also claimed All-America honors 19 assists in the win over Grant. during his freshman, sophomore and junior On April 15, in a league game at Lake Zurich, seasons.

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David Aizenberg of the Giants follows through on a topspin forehand in earlier action this spring. PHOTOGRAPHY BY: jOEL LERNER

“Our practices are spirited, always fun. My guys like to get after it, like to go all out.” — HP tennis coach Steve Rudman It gets a little rough.” Gordon does not say a word. His grin speaks syllables, lots and lots of syllables.

flight champions. Lew/Raab needed a super tiebreaker (in lieu get after it, like to go all out.” of a third set) to defeat a BarThe Giants’ tennis practices rington tandem in their title match. must be a lot like 1-on-1 basketFishbein/Swartz topped a New ball battles between Gordon and Notable: Rudman’s boys of Trier pair 6-3, 6-4 in the No. 3 Aizenberg. Their favorite hoops spring won the Prospect Invite doubles final. At No. 4 doubles, venue is a driveway. The ball is last weekend. HP’s crew scored HP sophomores Will Reisner and orange and much bigger than that 16 points, ahead of runner-up Luke Sclamberg won two of three yellow one that comes in a can New Trier High School (15) and matches. Giants sophomore Ari with two others. Aizenberg wants third-place Normal Community Mazza went 2-1 at No. 3 singles. to win. Gordon wants to win. High School (14). Lew/Raab (No. HP senior Davis Blum won a “I’ve got size on him,” says 2) and seniors Jacob Fishbein/ match at No. 1 singles, and sophAizenberg, his right hand no Andrew Schwartz (No. 3) joined omore Daniel Meek contributed longer throbbing. “We go at it. Aizenberg/Gordon as doubles a victory at No. 2 singles. Several Continued from page 45

of HP’s varsity regulars missed the invite because of ACT testing. … Illness sidelined the Giants’ returning No. 1 singles player, Jacob Edelchik, for most of the first week of the season. He reached the sixth round of the consolation bracket at state last spring. … Giants junior Nick Zazove lost a three-setter at No. 1 singles to Stevenson senior Colin Harvey in HP’s seasonopening 4-3 loss April 13. Harvey was half of the Patriots’ state championship doubles team last spring.


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the north shore weekend

SUNDAY BREAKFAST

Keeping a zoo ahead of the pack BY DAVID A.F. SWEET

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s a boy, Stuart Strahl visited the Bronx Zoo in New York with his neighbor, Dr. William Conway, who happened to be the institution’s director. In an aviary, Dr. Conway put peanuts in Strahl’s hands and, all of a sudden, Lady Ross’s Turacos flew over to eat them. “It was the most startling, marvelous experience,” says Strahl. Inspired by the memory, he stands up to grab the hefty “Handbook of the Birds of the World” out of his office and flips to a picture of the two-pound iridescent blue bird with a red crest and yellow beak. “Imagine that eating out of your hand and looking at you,” says the president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Zoological Society, which operates the Brookfield Zoo. Back in his seat for lunch, the 59-year-old’s passion for wildlife and conversation becomes even more apparent. “Building interest in wildlife and nature is there in our brainstems,” says Strahl. “People need to be connected to wildlife. Our mission is to inspire people and engage them in caring about wildlife.” Though the Lincoln Park Zoo, The Art Institute and The Shedd Aquarium often receive more press, the Brookfield Zoo attracts more paying customers — about 2.3 million annually — than any other cultural institution in not

only Chicago but the Midwest as well. More than 4,000 animals (including royal antelopes and two-toed sloths) can be seen across the nonprofit’s 216 acres. Its history boasts many innovations, from the inaugural animal hospital at a zoo to the first genetics laboratory. Original governing members of the Chicago Zoological Society include some of the city’s most prominent names, from William Wrigley Jr. to A.B. Dick to Solomon A. Smith. Thanks to 83 acres of land donated to the Forest Preserves of Cook County by Edith Rockefeller McCormick of Lake Forest, who dreamed of having a barless zoo so animals and people could connect, Brookfield opened in 1934. That connection she desired exists today and will be strengthened this summer with the opening of Hamill Family Wild Encounters, where visitors will be able to touch and feed parakeets and goats while also enjoying close encounters with red pandas and llamas. Though a number of new exhibits have opened under his watch (including the Great Bear Wilderness) since he was hired in 2003, Strahl has also faced the challenge of reinvigorating the 81-year-old facility’s aging infrastructure. In the past decade, every boiler and many roofs have been replaced. “Imagine running a small village,” says Strahl, who oversees a $60 million operating budget. “In addition to animal staff and exhibits, we have our own emer-

gency-medical-techniciantrained police force, our own food people, maintenance and design shops, and three or four weddings each weekend. It’s a pretty complex organization.” Strahl and his management team have boosted attendance at the zoo by more than 15 percent and expanded membership to 110,000 families. He has hired a staff to develop outreach programs on Chicago’s West Side and South Side to persuade more

“When I give people an experience with an animal they’ve never had before and to have their face light up — I see that spark that ignited my own passion for wildlife and conservation.” —Stuart Strahl

inner-city residents to visit. He worked with the Forest Preserves to notch an agreement with the Pace bus service to drop people right at the doors of the zoo from places as far way as 95th Street. He hopes new offerings (in 2014, Brookfield launched extended hours on summer nights with music and light shows) will bring even more people in. His enthusiasm for nature (he worked as a field biologist in the South American jungles for 10 years after earning a bachelor of arts in biology at Bates College and a Ph.D. at SUNY Albany) was stimulated during childhood. Strahl grew up in Pelham Manor, N.Y., a few blocks from Long Island Sound and from the forests of Pelham Bay Park. “I’d go exploring with my brother. We’d have canteens and go bird-watching,” he recalls. “We’d go down to the rocks and get mussels and flounder and make a campfire. It was like going on safari.” His grandfather owned a 410acre farm on a deep-water creek on Maryland’s eastern shore, a picture of which hangs on the wall above him. Strahl visited often and would explore surrounding forests, wetlands and the Chesapeake Bay. When his grandfather passed away, the family donated the farm to the Chesapeake Audubon Society.

Stuart Strahl | Illustration by Barry Blitt

Strahl created a performance-based science curriculum there for neighboring schoolchildren to take advantage of. “My grandfather, who was a businessman, probably would have said, ‘Oh my God, you gave it away?’ “ Strahl says. “But our family felt other people should have the same experience we did.” Before coming to the zoo, Strahl worked as vice president of the National Audubon Society (he first donated to the organization as a teenager, using money earned from mowing lawns). Moving to Miami in 1996, he helped the society restore the Everglades, a massive area of tropical wetlands in Florida. Though the space generated $20 billion in tourism from sportsmen and others at the time, that number was dwindling because of dirty water and other ills. Recruiting supporters from the

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chambers of commerce, engaging with the agricultural community and more, Strahl helped Audubon create a broad-based movement that culminated in the largest ecological restoration initiative in history, the Comprehensive Everglades Restoration Plan. As lunch finishes, it’s time for Strahl to return to his adjoining office, whose door is emblazoned with a bison, the Chicago Zoological Society’s logo. No doubt he’d prefer to be roaming the grounds with the speed of that hoofed animal to connect many visitors with Brookfield’s variety of creatures. Says Strahl, “When I give people an experience with an animal they’ve never had before and to have their face light up — I see that spark that ignited my own passion for wildlife and conservation. All of us can make a difference, and that is what Brookfield Zoo is all about.”


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