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North Shore women talk about their memories of producing the epic show — and how life has treated them since ■ by amy merrick On her first day of work at “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” Jen Stamper was handed a box of videotapes and told to dub them. She asked where to go. The reply: “Figure it out.” So she did, wandering through the maze of hallways at Harpo Studios — a former roller rink on Chicago’s West Side — until she found the right place. “You learn how to be a problem-solver who can get things done,” said Stamper, who spent 16 years with the program, working her way up to co-producer. The long hours, tight deadlines and intense demands of the show wore on Harpo’s employees — but they also created close bonds. The work felt meaningful. Lives were changed. After working there, returning to a normal schedule was a relief, but it was also a challenge. Nothing else created such a thrill. “Sometimes I go on YouTube and look up certain moments,” said Karen Firsel, a former associate producer. “It’s like reliving that energy.”

“Sometimes I go on YouTube and look up certain moments. It’s like reliving that energy.” | Karen Firsel A handful of former Oprah producers — all North Shore residents — reminisced about the show recently and described how they had to rediscover themselves once they left. Some departed on their own schedule, while others were forced to shift gears when “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in 2011, after a 25-year run in Chicago. A few worked briefly on other Harpo programs, such as the short-lived “The Rosie Show” or “The Dr. Oz Show.” Winfrey, meanwhile, moved to Los Angeles to launch the OWN cable network. Producers are the workhorses of any television program. At Harpo, they pitched show ideas, conducted background research, and found and interviewed guests. They assembled prerecorded segments, wrote scripts and supervised edits. Then they prepped the guests — and Oprah herself — for the actual taping. Sixteen-hour workdays and sacrificed personal lives were common. As a new mom, Stamper spent her first Mother’s Day at the office. When Firsel was dating her now-husband, she was constantly canceling plans to stay late. Of course, there were also perks, including frequent celebrity encounters. Performances by Whitney Houston, Tina Turner and Madonna. Gwyneth Paltrow walking around backstage in a shirt and stockings while her skirt was being steamed. And that notorious episode when Tom Cruise jumped on Oprah’s couch, expressing his love for Katie Holmes? “I love that moment!” said April Terrien, a former associate producer. “I don’t care what anybody says.” Yet the real highlights had nothing to do with Hollywood. For Firsel, it was the 2004 episode when Oprah gave a Pontiac G-Six to every member of her audience. The footage of people leaping out of their chairs and Oprah shouting, “Everybody gets a car!” became one of the show’s best-known moments. For Stamper of Northbrook, it was working on a program with Elie Wiesel, the Nobel Peace Prize-winner and author of “Night.” The producers chose 50 students who had written essays inspired by the book. One girl, Clemantine, was a Rwandan refugee living in America, who hadn’t seen her parents in 12 years. On the show, Clemantine and her sister were reunited with their family, whom Oprah had flown to Chicago as a surprise. “That moment of them seeing each other…” said Stamper — and her eyes filled with tears. Oprah was always the driving force. While famously

Former producers for “The Oprah Winfrey Show” — Jen Stamper, Karen Firsel, and April Terrien — get together.

photography by joel lerner perfectionistic, she also showed her gratitude, sending handwritten notes of praise and taking employees to Hawaii or on a cruise. “She has a way of making you feel like every person is there for a reason,” said Terrien, who opted to stay home with her two children when the show ended, a choice she described as “the hardest I ever made.” A number of the producers left Harpo when they felt they couldn’t give enough attention to their families. But for women who thrived on adrenaline, the decision felt like speeding along the expressway for years, then coming to an abrupt stop. Some were adrift for months as they recovered from chronic exhaustion. “I needed to figure out who I was without Harpo,” said Rosenthal, who worked for the studio for 12 years, ending as a senior supervising producer, creating promotions for upcoming episodes. Part of that learning process has been spending time with her daughter, writing a book about finding her own birth

mother and studying Bikram Yoga, which is practiced in a 105-degree space. “You have no choice but to stand in this room and stare at yourself in a mirror and really connect with yourself,” she said. The tenacious attitude required to keep pace at Harpo has given the women confidence to start new ventures. Firsel, a mother of two, has realized her longtime dream of being on camera, appearing in fashion and lifestyle segments for WGN. Stamper, who has four children, recently opened Juniper, a women’s clothing boutique in Northbrook. The producers remain close — they describe themselves as a “sorority” — and support each other’s dreams. Stamper’s new boutique sells beaded jewelry made by Highland Park resident Dana Hughes, a former Harpo promotions producer and mother of two who co-founded Danelle Designs about a year ago. “Whether working at Harpo, being a mom or having a jewelry business, the skills are all transferable,” said Hughes. ■

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Lake Forest The Lake Forest City Council approved the installation of an electrical vehicle charging station. The city received a grant of $8,587 for the $18,625 project, with the balance of the cost eventually being offset by user fees.   The charging station will be located in the parking lot behind City Hall.  Users will be charged $1 per hour, with the city receiving 57 cents per hour and the other portion of the fee going to ComEd and the

Wilmette The village recently presented its fiscal year 2014 budget, one which is balanced and maintains all village services. The proposed budget provides for capital funding for infrastructure improvements in neighborhoods, including: — $848,000 for street resurfacing and improvements, to address needed repairs. — $273,000 for alley maintenance improvements. The budget’s increase in the property tax levy is 3.39%, smaller than the increase for 2013.

PREVIEW Highland Park The Birchwood Club is hosting a free Paddle-Palooza event on Sunday, Nov. 17 from noon to 7 p.m. for the public, club members and their guests to celebrate its newly expanded paddle tennis facility. The growth in paddle tennis has allowed the Birchwood Club to recently install its third and fourth paddle tennis courts for year-round use. The Paddle-Palooza event will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony, exhibitions, competitions and prizes for all guests.

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At the 4th annual espnW Women + Sport Summit, Toyota and espnW kicked off the meeting by letting Highland Park native Barb Lazarus know she is making a difference. Launching a new program called “Everyday Heroes,” Olympic snowboarder Elena Hight presented Lazarus with the award and a bouquet of white flowers on behalf of Toyota and espnW. The presentation included a two-minute video introducing Lazarus and her work with Game On! Sports Camps 4 Girls, The Game On! Sports Foundation and her community outreach. The following night Dionne Colvin, national manager of media for Toyota, presented Lazarus with a check for $10,000.

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The North Suburban Symphony Orchestra will hold its “Symphonic Explosion and Anniversary Party” on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 4 p.m. at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest to celebrate its 25th anniversary. After the concert, enjoy food from local restaurants, beverages, silent and live auctions — and the unveiling of the symphony’s new name. Tickets are $35 for all patrons; children 12 and under free with a paid adult. For more information, go to

A number of Veterans Day ceremonies are set to take place across the North Shore. Join the New Trier Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4831 for a Veterans Day observance at the Community House in Winnetka on Monday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. In Lake Forest, Marine Corps Gunner Charles Major will speak at 11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11 at the Lake Forest High School auditorium. Out of nearly 200,000 Marines on duty, only about 100 are gunners. For more information on observances, please check your city or village website.

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Duo creates symphony to battle cancer ■ by angelika labno Two Lake Forest High School seniors, Anna-Nicole Noronha and Mona SeyedBolorforosh, have seen their mothers fight breast cancer; one has watched her pass away. In putting up their own fight against the disease, they produced Symphony for Survival, a concert benefiting the American Cancer Society, on Oct. 26. “We felt that music was a good way to bring together our interests,” said Noronha, who like Seyed-Bolorforosh, plays violin in the orchestra and piano privately. “A lot of people don’t realize that high schoolers have very personal connections to the disease, so it was a good way to honor those people.” Perseverance and passion took their idea from a small concept to a full-blown event. Contemporary, classical and Broadway music was performed by the school orchestra, band and choir as well as musicians from Midwest Young Artists. Noronha put together an electric group to play “Mr. Blue Sky” by Electric Light Orchestra, and Seyed-Bolorforosh accompanied the chorale. To increase funds, Noronha appealed to local business for donations or ad space in the programs and raffle tickets sold at the door earned them close to $1,000. The estimated grand total raised was nearly $3,000. “Frankly, I would have been proud if we raised even $500, because every cent is going to the American Cancer Society,” said Seyed-Bolorforosh. “Our goal for this concert was to not make it breast cancer-specific, although I should be biased towards it. There are a lot of other cancers out there that are just as deadly.” To show just how varied cancer is, the program included pictures of the performers, a paragraph of why they were doing

the show and color-coded ribbons symbolizing what cancers they were affected by: dark blue for colon cancer, gold for childhood cancers and lime for lymphoma, for example. The senior girls are active in other activities. Seyed-Bolorforosh is on the committee for Relay for Life as an event coordinator responsible for finding entertainment and setting up music. For about eight months this year, she volunteered at the acute care wing of Lake Forest Hospital and hopes to return after college-planning duties subside. Noronha entertains the residents of Westmoreland on the piano and has volunteered at other nursing homes in the past. She was also a summer research intern for American Cancer Society, where she carefully studied inflammatory breast cancer at Rosalind Franklin. “It gave me a different perspective and appreciation for these people who are in the lab and giving so much of their time and dedication,” said Noronha. Robert Bassill, LFHS orchestra director, said the student-organized concert was a first in his 11 years there, and he was impressed that the girls pulled off the event despite initial setbacks and much “red tape” in reserving the auditorium. “There’s been a lot of ideas in the past, but the motivation doesn’t always follow through,” he said. “They are both great musicians, very intelligent and very motivated.” The success even left Seyed-Bolorforosh a little stunned. “You always read in the papers about these kids who accomplish great and wonderful things, and you never think you’d be one of them. All it is is using your passion and going after what you think is impossible. We thought this would be unimaginable, but ultimately, passion is an extremely strong driving force. It was worth the blood, sweat and tears.” ■

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■ by katie rose mceneely Juliana Purcell Sheehan is a painter and photographer renting studio space at Re-invent in Lake Forest. Reading: I’m not in school, but I always want to be learning. I’m reading business books and marketing. I want to be the best I can be, and I don’t know everything. I’m also obsessed with quote books right now. I consider it research for life and for art, so I try to read The New York Times every day so I can be aware that the world is larger than the world I live in. And I read Shel Silverstein all the time.  Listening: Always Bruce Springsteen. Also the Goo Goo Dolls, Dave Matthews, Led Zeppelin, Michael Jackson, Florence + The Machine, Keith Urban and Emeli Sandé.  Watching: This summer, I loved “So You Think You Can Dance.” It’s incredible. I’m not a dancer, but I’m incredibly obsessed with the movement. I like to watch the choreography when I’m painting.  Following: There’s a photographer named Tim Fitch. I saw something on his Facebook page recently — I haven’t seen photography like his before. He does a lot of wedding photography, but it’s not anything like wedding photography you’ve seen before. I just stare at it all the time. Activity: I love going to towns or cities that I don’t know — a really long road trip. Most recently, to New York — 17 hours! Since then I’ve met about five to seven perfect strangers that significantly changed my way of thinking in areas of my life that needed to be changed. We’d met, and in an hour, since then, things keep happening and connecting. I’ve never felt more alive or happy.


This is a huge part of my upcoming projects, and it’s connecting to a thing I’ve been working on for over a year: a group on Facebook called “5 Thousand Smiles.” My close friend and I started coming up with five positive things each day, because life was rough and we needed to find the good things again. My biggest thing is, the little things aren’t little. They’re absolutely everything. It’s open to the public now, and people add their positives for the day. People overthink it, but they shouldn’t; it shouldn’t be hard. One of the big ideas of the project is positivity: you can change your attitude and perspective on the world around you, which can change the world around you. It’s a way to learn about someone’s day — everyone says, “How are you?” And you end up getting these really tiny details. I can tell that there’s something really big coming, and I can’t wait for it. Art is a huge part of how people tell their stories — choreography, poetry. Even though I have a lot of different styles of art, all of them are a story. Abstract is more emotive, and also a way to deal with carpal tunnel syndrome. Having a project that I have to get out — writing about it or painting it as soon as possible — it’s almost physically painful to have that story locked inside you. That’s the worst feeling.  Eating: I try to eat healthy so I don’t crash and burn, but I don’t, because...I’m going to start tomorrow. Favorite mistake: I was making German chocolate lava cake and made a mistake by  missing  an important ingredient. It turned out that it was a lot better the accidental way, and now it is my secret recipe. For more information, visit ■







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18 | lifestyle & arts sunday breakfast ■ by david sweet More than a dozen pages of the redesigned Chicago magazine hang side by side in Elizabeth Fenner’s office a week before its newsstand introduction. Print publications have been pummeled by the Internet and other forces in the last decade. But Fenner— editor in chief of the 43-year-old publication — is undeterred. “The great thing about a print magazine is you feel like you’re going on a journey,” says Fenner, who grew up in Winnetka and is a Regina Dominican alumnus. “Appetizers in front, meatier items later. You are getting something that surprises, delights and informs. When you’re finished, you’ve had a complete experience.” The redesigned Chicago — featuring a bolder logo, new tagline (“Big City, Big Stories”) and a larger culture section, among other changes launched in its November issue — is a major transformation for the Tribune-owned publication, which is likely to be part of a sale of the firm’s print properties in the near future. The restyling took many months. As Fenner pointed out in her editor’s note, “We looked at how people consumed media today and how the best magazines in the country deliver great journalism. We analyzed research showing what you value most about Chicago (magazine).” also enjoyed a revamp, looking a bit more like the Vanity Fair and New York magazine sites and housing the lengthy listings of recommended restaurants and cultural events that had formerly appeared in the publication. Photo galleries receive more space, and more video stories are promised. Tapped to lead Chicago two years ago, Fenner moved from New York City to take the reins from Richard Babcock, who had run the country’s largest-circulation city monthly for exactly 20 years to the day. After working at Money, People and Fortune — venerable Time Inc. magazines — it was her first chance to reach her main goal: to be an editor in chief. “Long-form narratives about crime and business, stories about people and food — it’s all the stuff I had covered at different magazines, but I never had done it in one place,” says Fenner, whose 11th-floor corner office in the Tribune Tower offers a superb view of Michigan Avenue and of the Wrigley Building across the street. “Our mission is twofold; to help readers find the best of Chicago and to tell stories that matter.” Fenner would like the magazine to be comprised equally of long-form narrative pieces and service stories, such as Best Restaurants and Best Doctors — “something helpful to readers,” Fenner explains. In its first redesigned issue, Best Steakhouses were featured, along with a lengthy

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profile of Michael Ferro — head of SunTimes Media, not only a journalism competitor but someone who had not given an interview in more than a decade. With newsstand sales accounting for 10 percent or more of circulation, Fenner was asked what constitutes a compelling cover. “I learned at Time Inc. that what’s key is an image plus a main cover line that are simple and promise a clear benefit. People walk by newsstands quickly, and you need to convey your message fast. “Our November cover, Best Steakhouses, is a good example. We zero in on a juicy rib-eye and run the phrase Best Steakhouses above the logo. Hard to miss the benefit of that.” Fenner’s interests in writing and editing were obvious in childhood, when the self-described bookworm wrote stories and illustrated them in a notebook. At Regina, where she served as co-editor of The Crown, she was influenced by journalism teacher Sandra Sternberg. “When we had a wacky Elizabeth Fenner idea, she was all behind us,” Fenner recalls. “We decided to do a joke issue on April Fool’s Day calling the newspaper The Clown. We had tons of fun with it. She felt weskin could do anything.” tightening After graduating fromwrinkle the University reduction of Notre Dame in 1986, Fenner worked as a management consultant in damage Boston. But after threesun years, she reversal realized it wasn’t what skintaking texturearejuvenation she wanted to do. After writing class at Radcliffe Publishing Course, she moved to New York and procured a freelance fact-checker job at Money magazine when Time Inc. was still riding high. “I was mentored by journalists. They were training from within — they spared no expense,” Fenner says. By the time she switched to Fortune in 2000, the business magazine was thick with advertising from the dotcom boom. That quickly turned, and layoffs began. “People above me on the masthead were clinging to their jobs, and I thought if I waited to move up, I’d be in for a

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long wait,” Fenner says. Instead, she joined Rodale’s Women’s Health when it launched as the No. 2 editor. Before long, Money magazine beckoned again, and she became the assistant managing editor. Then one of her Notre Dame roommates informed her about the opening at Chicago. “She said, ‘This is the perfect job for you,’ ” recalls Fenner, whose office features her mug shot on a variety of mock Time Inc. covers given to her when she left the company. So far it’s been a nice fit. Fenner knocked down the silos between print and online so that the entire Chicago magazine team works together. She has steered the monthly away from historical pieces, dropped its sports column and championed more deeply reported stories on lawbreakers, sexual misconduct and more. “I want to know what’s going on in Chicago right now,” she says. “ The Mexican drug cartel is happening right now. “We don’t do stories because advertisers want us to — we do them because illustration by barry blitt we think they’re best for the reader and the city. People know we’re trustworthy.” When Fenner heads to the North Shore from the city for Sunday breakfast (her parents Joe and Alice Ann Fenner live in Wilmette while her sister, Ann Braham, resides in Winnetka), she’ll stop in at Walker Bros. Original Pancake House. In her spare time, she’s a big fan of reading other magazines, such as The New Yorker (“I devour it when it comes in”), Entertainment Weekly and any and all design magazines she can find (Fenner, who took classes at Parsons The New School for Design in New York, often helps friends decorate their apartments). But it’s the new design at her hometown magazine that has her most excited these days. Says Fenner, “Some of our new fonts are literally hot off the presses. Looking at beautiful design makes me happy — and I think most people feel the same way.” ■

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North Shore’s Krewella blasts off with major-label album ■ by gregg shapiro

It’s been a while since a new band with Chicagoland roots got some major-label love, but that has changed with Get Wet (Columbia), the debut album by Krewella, featuring Northbrook native Jahan Yousaf. The EDM (electronic dance music) trio, who recently played the Electric Zoo fest in New York, are enjoying the attention they’re getting for their “Live For The Night” single and accompanying video, not to mention the wellreceived predecessors “Alive” and “Killin’ It.” Continuing to perform their volcanic live show across the United States, Krewella has embarked on a multi-city tour that will keep them on the road through November. I recently spoke with Yousaf, who along with her sister Yasmine and Kris “Rain Man” Trindl, comprise the sum total of Krewella. Gregg Shapiro: Jahan, what can you tell me about how the trio Krewella was formed? Jahan Yousaf: Yasmine and I are sisters. I met Kris (Trindl) back in 2007 in high school. He was the lead guitarist in a metal band, and I was just part of the metal scene. I was going to metal shows. When I met him he was programming metal beats for the band he was in. Before going into the studio to record the live instruments, he would program everything on the computer. He would use sampled drums and guitar sounds. That was his background in computer programming music before he went into dance music.

About five months after I met him he was throwing a house party — we would party a lot — and he disappeared. I was looking for him at his apartment in Chicago, and I found him in his room listening to an indie pop dance beat. He was the first person at the time that I knew who could produce music. This was before the whole DJ phenomenon, back in 2007 when it was rare to come across that 18-year-olds kid that was a DJ or making music. (For me) it started off as a hobby. I was just writing for fun. We’d meet up on the weekends. Eventually our friends and our parents pointed out that we had something special and unique so we decided to continue pursuing it and taking it a little more seriously. We brought Yasmine on the team a few months after Kris and I started working together. GS: How did the name of band come about? JY: I came up with the name when I was coming up with song lyrics in 2007 or early 2008. The name popped in my head, with the spelling, and I didn’t second-guess it. I always believed that you should go with your gut whether that means going with lyrics or thought or thesis or theory. I really believe in going with your first instinct. That was the name that popped in my head. GS: What can you tell me about your role in the songwriting process? JY: It depends on the song. Sometimes Kris (aka Rain Man) will propose an idea to Yasmine and I. It will be a very rough beat that he spent a few hours working on, a blueprint for a beat. Yasmine and I will take a

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I’m guessing that it spews some sort of lava and that people get wet. Am I right? JY: [Laughs] No, that’s a little too over our budget right now. It’s an amazing structure inspired by our “Play Hard” artwork which was the first project we put out, the first body of work. When we put out the EP a couple of years ago, we had this dream of having this custom stage production, but we didn’t have the means or budget or fans to have something this elaborate. It’s an idea we’ve been marinating for the past few years. A few months ago we started planning out the volcano. I have to give full credit to Th3rd Brain Management, Jake Udell and Nathan Lim our managers, who took care of working with V Squared Labs in the production and creative process while Kris, Yasmine and I were working on the album. They helped make our dream of having this beautiful stage production come to fruition. GS: Jahan, the Chicago suburbs have been the birthplace for some major artists in contemporary music including Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins, fellow EDM artist Kaskade and Fall Out Boy. In fact, Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy can be heard on the song “Dancing With The Devil.” How did that come to be? JY: That was through our A&R at Columbia and our management. They know we are huge fans of Fall Out Boy, especially Yasmine. That was a huge teenage dream to work with, write with, get in the studio and have a track with someone you’ve looked up to your whole life. We happened to be in LA at the same time, which is rare because we are always touring, and we always take advantage of studio sessions we are in L.A. We were just jotting down ideas and thoughts. It was very cathartic to spill out our emotions. It ended up turning into an angsty, rage song. GS: The three members of Krewella all attended Glenbrook North High School. Do you have any favorite Northbrook or Glenview hangouts or restaurants that you’d like to mention? JY: I have such fond memories of the Village Green in Northbrook. It’s a cute little park. It’s somewhere, if I ever go back, I would walk through and have amazing fond memories from the time I was five years old to when I was 16. That’s a place where Yasmine and I would play on the playground we were little kids. As started getting older, that was the place where you would go meet up with boys. You’re underage and you drink in the gazebo. That’s the place where you go when you’re not allowed to go to parties and meet up with people. It’s a very special place and I think a lot of people raised in Northbrook think that, too. ■

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Time to consider holiday decor ■ by jenna schubert As much as most people look forward to the holidays— the gifts, the delicious food, and the time spent with family—there is one aspect of the season that tends to cause dread rather than inspire joy: the decorations. If the thought of readying your home for holiday guests is enough to bring on a cold sweat, know that all it takes is some basic advice—in this case, from interior designer Mark Roberts of Mark David Designs in Lake Forest—and simple planning to pull together the holiday look in your home. For those who celebrate Christmas, the tree is one of the most important centerpieces for the home, and often the most time-consuming holiday element to assemble. In order to ease the workload, Roberts suggests never attempting to decorate the tree alone. “It’s always fun to do it with your family or friends; make it a party,” he says. “There’s no ‘right’ way to decorate the tree, because it’s a personal part of your home.” Though it’s tempting to put the bare minimum on the tree, Roberts explains that more ornaments will give your home a much more “complete” look. The tabletop is another key component of holiday decorating, according to Roberts. But, unlike the tree, the tabletop can be simple and still pack a big punch. For a traditional home, a centerpiece of either artificial or fresh flowers is ideal. “Amaryllis bulbs or hydrangeas are good options,” Roberts says. Or, for a basic centerpiece, Roberts recommends buying colored balls and placing them in a big, clear glass bowl. “It looks very tasteful, and it’s a transitional look that appeals to younger people,” he says. For the mantle, Roberts recommends using garlands that extend to the floor and are wrapped with lights. “Even if you don’t have room for a Christmas tree, this is an easy way to decorate,” he says. “You get a lot of the holiday look, without taking up a lot of space.” Though colored

lights are Roberts’ favorite, he cautions that colored lights may need to be replaced more frequently, as color trends and tastes change. And for one last finishing touch to your home, Roberts puts small swags on the light fixtures above the bathroom sink, to add a warm look to bathrooms without interfering with the counter space. Overall, sticking with a common color theme throughout the home is advisable, according to Roberts. However, giving each room its own unique look, while making sure all the rooms’ colors and styles complement each other, is another good option. “You wouldn’t design your home with each room having a completely different look, you would design the rooms to coordinate,” he says. “So that’s what you should do with your holiday decorations, too.” Though sticking with traditional colors is often a good idea, Roberts says the new trends for this year’s holiday decorations might also be an appealing option. This year, he’s noticed the peacock theme has become a hit. “It’s all about the turquoises, the purples, and even the fuchsias,” he says. “It’s very popular, and it’s a look that’s translated into fabric designs and dinnerware.” On the other end of the spectrum, burlap is also a new trend. “It’s more textural ribbons, ornaments made out of ropes, and earthylooking items,” Roberts adds. Whether you’re a traditional red and green decorator, or someone who’s looking for a more modern and unique look, the possibilities for home holiday decorations are endless. As for Roberts, he’s partial to following the theme you like best and making sure you have the budget to buy everything at once. “Try not to piecemeal it. If you buy multiples of items, not just one or two, you’ll get the complete look,” he says. “And it doesn’t have to be expensive; if you find an ornament that’s a dollar or two, even multiples of that will make a bigger impact.” To learn more about seasonal décor, contact Mark David Designs at 847-714-9970, or visit ■

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For better or worse — depending on our genes? It’s been 10 years now since I walked down the aisle to meet my groom, and I still read about all the marriage research studies popular media has to report. Dr. Phil says that 36 percent of women married at age 20 or older will get divorced — except when the wife is the child of divorce. Then the odds of her marriage ending in divorce rise to 59 percent. That makes sense. My latest finds, however, have me completely confused. The success of my marriage appears to be another case of nature vs. nurture? Northwestern University and the University of California-Berkeley released a report in October that said DNA determines, in part, how happy we are in our marriages. Researchers looked at the genotypes of more than 100 married people, then watched their interactions with their spouses. They concluded that the 5-HTTLPR gene determines how much our emotions affect our relationships. This inherited gene helps to regulate serotonin. Married people with two short 5-HTTLPR genes were most unhappy in their relationships when negative emotions like anger and contempt were present, and happiest when surrounded by positive emo-

tions like humor and affection. Spouses with long 5-HTTLPR genes weren’t overly bothered by what the researches called the “emotional tenor of marriage.” Researchers assured readers that neither of the genetic variants is inherently good or bad, and couples with opposing variations of the gene are not necessarily incompatible. They simply found that some people are more likely to thrive in good relationships and suffer in bad ones; it’s in their nature. The same day I found a study out of Brown University which used 30 years of data from Framingham, Mass., to determine that divorce is contagious. Study participants were 75 percent more likely to divorce if a friend is divorced, and 33 percent more likely if a friend of a friend is divorced. The researchers studied divorce like an epidemic, contagious and spreading “through a social network like a rumor.” Sociologists call it Social Contagion: when information, attitudes and behaviors spread through friends, families and other social networks. The same study found that people with more friends in their social network were less likely to divorce than people with fewer friendships. Researchers suggest that this may be because a strong social network makes it easier for individuals to weather

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4th Annual National Juried Exhibition of Pastel Painters | The Art Center — Highland Park | 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park | Opening reception 6:30-9 p.m. | | The Chicago Pastel Painters and The Art Center — Highland Park present this exhibit, which will feature 90 works of art. The awards will be judged by Sandra Burshell, master member of the Pastel Society of America, and will be revealed at the opening. Friday Evening Author Series | Lake Forest Book Store | 680 N. Western Ave., Lake Forest | 7 p.m. | To reserve a copy of the book or for more information, call Lake Forest Book Store at 847-234-4420 | Chicagoan Renee Rosen will discuss her new novel, “Dollface: A Novel of the Roaring Twenties.” “Dollface” is set in Chicago during the Beer Wars, a battle Al Capone refused to lose.



Stark Carpet will occupy the former Saks Fifth Avenue Space for a two-week clearance event. Stark Carpet traditionally sells only to licensed interior designers and architects, but this will be open to the public. MONDAY, NOVEMBER 11 Veterans Day Observance | City of Highland Park | Memorial Park (405 Prospect Ave.) | 11 a.m. | The City of Highland Park presents the Veterans Day Observance featuring representatives from the American Legion Post #145, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4737 and Jewish War Veterans #29. Members of the Highland Park High School Band will perform. The event will take place rain or shine.  (For more Veterans Day activities, please check News Digest.) TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12 Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart Open House | 760 E. Westleigh Road, Lake Forest | 6:30 p.m. | woodlandsacademy. org | Tour the school, meet with teachers and coaches, and learn about the clubs and activities that make the Woodlands experience unique. WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 13


Regina Dominican High School Open House

Falcon Boxing Gym Grand Opening and Open House | 3090 North Lake Terrace Road, Glenview | 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. | 847-998-1760 or |

The gym will have free group lessons in boxing, hot boxing, Zumba and more. Free giveaways sponsored by Gatorade and Matrix fitness and special promotions on memberships and lessons through out the day. The 42,000 square foot facility will offer boxing training, weight training, cardio and personal training and group classes. Stark Carpet Pop-up | 1849 Green Bay Road, Space 199, Highland Park | Through Nov. 17 | |

| 701 Locust Road, Wilmette | 6-8 p.m. |; Contact Pattie Fuentes, Director of Admissions, at 847.256.7660 ext. 223 for more information | Sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade girls and their families are invited to take a tour of Regina Dominican’s campus and meet the faculty, staff, coaches, students and current parents. Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the particulars and the subject heading “GOAT” to at least 10 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

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Brain tumor helps spur dedication to brewing ■ by katie rose mceneely Michael Buss owns the recently opened North Shore Brewing Supply in Highland Park. What prompted you to open North Shore Brewing Supply? A number of things. I made my first batch with a friend on his stove back in 1996. It was a lot of fun and I didn’t do it often, but as time went on, as I tasted more craft beer and got learn more about craft beer and became more excited about craft beer, I started making more beer. It was an organic thing — the love for beer led to wondering if I could make it at home. There are clone recipes, where you try to copy commercial recipes, and I got that bug. As time went on, I became more and more interested in the hobby. There were a couple of main catalysts in the last year, year and a half. I used to go to Libertyville — that’s the closest store — but I heard that they were struggling, and they ended up no longer being around. The next closest place was Gurnee or the city, and knowing that I have a lot of friends around here who brew as well, I decided to start looking into it. I was ready for something new in my life, I’ve been a teacher and I’ve been in the service industry for most of my professional life, so this is sort of a marriage of both, because we teach classes here. Another big factor was I was diagnosed with a brain tumor over a year ago —everything was taken care of, but it was kind of a watershed moment and it made me take pause and evaluate what I was doing in my life. I like sharing this hobby — it’s fun, but it can be intimidating to people who don’t know much about it. There’s a lot to learn, and there are a lot of details. Years brewing? 17 years.

Do you create your own recipes? I’ve made beers with items from my gardens. Around this time of year we usually make a pumpkin ale, and I’ve put hot peppers in to make spicy beer. Sometimes when you buy your ingredients, just like when you’re cooking, you have leftover ingredients, so I build a recipe around what I have. Signature brew? I love making scotch ales. They have a little bit of bite to them, and a lot of malt. Favorite beer to drink? I’d have to say it depends on the seasons. Right now is my favorite time of year, with harvest ales — earthy, autumnal flavors with bigger grain flavors. In the winter I like porters. Worthwhile gadget? One of the pieces of equipment that you can do without, but that makes your life a lot easier, is an immersion chiller. It’s basically copper tubing that you use to help cool down the wort (beer before it’s beer). Favorite cookbook? “The Best of the Brew.” It’s a Brew-Your-Own magazine that has a special issue with 250 clone recipes, everything from Dogfish Head to different Belgian copycats. Best brewing story? One of the very first batches I made, I had it in a fermenting bucket. It had a lot of hops in it, and it bubbled to the point where some of the hops got clogged in the airlock, and my batch exploded. When we went into the room where it was fermenting, there were hops all over the ceiling and the walls. It was a mess. My wife was very understanding. North Shore Brewing Supply is located at 1480 Old Deerfield Road in Highland Park. For more information visit or call 847-8310570. ■

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As 130,000 spectators vanish, resilient Conway Farms returns to normal ■ by bob gariano It has been nearly two months since the BMW Championship was played at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest. Both nature and the Conway Farms staff have shown their remarkable resiliency since then. The tinker-toy structures erected on the course have all been disassembled and carted off to be used at other events. Where a two-story hospitality pavilion stood, the second practice green has been reinstalled. Because the early autumn weather has been mild, the heather and indigenous grasses in the rough are already starting to grow again after being trod flat from thousands of spectator feet. More than 130,000 spectators paid to attend the four-day event at the Conway Farms. They were assisted by nearly 2,500 volunteers who did everything from driving shuttle buses to operating cash registers at the merchandise tent to holding microphones for player interviews. The golfers and staff were challenged by the capricious weather. Early in the tournament week temperatures reached well into the 90s, but by the weekend a cold front had arrived with a drenching rain on Sunday that required the final round be postponed until Monday. Hot or chilly, the prairie wind was a constant factor. The golf course was a showcase for its first professional tournament and represented a challenge for these top professional athletes. The 70 professionals shot an average score over 72 holes of a nearly even par of 70.8 per round. The 5th and 13th holes earned their low-handicap ratings by

being the hardest with average scores of 4.24. The easiest hole statistically was the par 5 14th. As for easy pitch and putt, forget it. All of the par threes averaged significantly above par for the week. The wide range of scoring created some debate about whether the course was hard or easy. This made Jim Furyk’s score of 59 on Friday all the more noteworthy. Only the sixth player to shoot a 59 in PGA tournament play, he did it while the rest of the field struggled. The next closest scores on that Friday were two players who could only muster 65s. There have been more than three million professional tournament rounds that have yielded these six scores of 59. One of these record low scores belongs to Lake Forest’s Chip Beck who shot a score of 59 during a round at the 1991 Las Vegas Invitational. In spite of Furyk’s historic performance, Zach Johnson made a heroic run during the final round on Monday that clinched the tournament win in Lake Forest. Two weeks later, Henrik Stenson won the overall FedEx Cup title with its $10 million prize money at East Lake Golf Course in Atlanta. It was the same fiery Stenson who, after an unfortunate bounce, intentionally broke one of his clubs over a rock as he approached the green on number 18 at Conway Farms. That stream contains plenty of errant golf balls, but only one dismembered head from a professional’s driver. Of course, according to the rules of the game, that headless shaft continued to be counted as one of his 14 clubs in his bag. For all of the statistics, the essence of the Conway Farms event distilled to the quality of hospitality and conviviality

of people of the North Shore who provided a backdrop for the event. One day late in the week, volunteers in the merchandise tent could catch sight of three miniature Ricky Fowlers, splendidly attired in bright orange from head to toe with matching oversized caps. These young fans came out to cheer their hero. Their youthful enthusiasm for the game ensures that PGA tournaments will be well attended long into the future. It was that same day that Tom Fazio stopped by the members’ pavilion adjacent to the 17th green. Fazio designed the Conway Farms course almost three decades ago and his commitment to exemplary course design has not waned. He spent time describing the challenges and techniques of the course with a small group of club members. Perhaps most indicative of the week was this conversation overheard near the BMW owners pavilion on Saturday afternoon. A young spectator and golf enthusiast engaged a veteran observer with the idea that “This course cannot be all that hard. After all, Furyk shot a 59 yesterday.” The sagacious veteran reflected for a moment and then said, “I don’t know about that. I do know that there are seven billion people on our planet. This week, the best 70 golfers from among those seven billion have come to Lake Forest to play golf at Conway Farms. Even motivated with a shot at the $10 million prize, only half of those 70 professionals could shoot par or below for the first round. That must mean something.” Main Street columnist Bob Gariano can be reached at ■

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Dry skin, holiday procedures keep dermatologist occupied

Dr. Tina Venetos

photography by jim prisching ■ by jenna schubert Dr. Tina Venetos enjoys working with patients of all ages, which was part of the reason she was drawn to the field of dermatology. After growing up in Chicago and finishing degrees at Loyola University and the University of Illinois Medical School, she completed an internal medicine residency at Evanston Hospital and a dermatology residency at the University of Illinois Hospital and Clinic. In 1996, she started her own dermatology practice, Northshore Dermatology, in Wilmette. Now, the Lake Forest resident continues to see patients in her Wilmette and Lake Forest offices, where she offers cosmetic procedures (including Botox, fillers, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, chemical peels, facial resurfacing, and fat reduction treatments), as well as medical dermatology procedures (including treatments for acne, warts, moles, psoriasis, and skin cancer surgical treatments). The North Shore Weekend caught up with Dr. Venetos to learn more about her practice. What are some of the major concerns that your patients have, particularly at this time of year? Two things with this season: one is dry skin. I always tell people to drink plenty of water, don’t use hot water when you shower, always try to use a non-perfumed moisturizing soap (like Dove), make sure your humidifier is working, and moisturize on a daily basis. The other thing that comes into play at this time of year, with the holidays coming up, is that many people want a procedure that will make them look better. Which services or treatments do you recommend for patients who are hoping to look their best for the holiday and winter social season? Botox helps with wrinkles on the forehead and in between the eyes, and fillers are great for the lower face. The Ultherapy procedure, which uses ultrasound energy to stimulate collagen production and tighten your skin, takes two to four months to see results — so if someone is thinking about getting that procedure, it’s good to get it a

couple of months before the holidays. The results will last up to three years. This is also the time for people to start thinking about CoolSculpting by Zeltiq — which freezes fat non-surgically — because it is permanent but it also takes two to four months to see the results. So if someone is thinking further down the line (such as spring break), now’s the time to get CoolSculpting. You will eventually see a 20 to 40 percent fat reduction in the areas treated. For those who enjoy outdoor winter sports, what are some precautions they should take with their skin? The one thing I always tell people is: “Don’t forget sunscreen.” The reflection of the sun off the snow can cause sunburn, believe it or not. And on a daily basis, they should be using moisturizer. Even people who tend to have oily skin or to break out with acne should still be using an oil-free moisturizer. When preparing for holiday parties, do you have a particular line of makeup that you recommend for women? In our office, we sell a product called Revision, and it does three things: it’s a moisturizer, it contains sunscreen, and it has tint that matches your skin tone. I recommend that for a lot of people. It’s not heavy, it’s inexpensive, and for what it does, it’s a great product. For people who tend to have acne breakouts, I recommend a cover up from Neutrogena that contains salicylic acid. And we can’t forget the men — what services have been popular with your male patients recently? Sometimes people think that only women come in to have Botox done, but that’s not true. Some of my male patients get Botox or fillers around the mouth. We’ve done CoolSculpting, Ultherapy, chemical peels, Sellas (a laser that helps with acne scarring), laser hair removal, and the Pearl (laser resurfacing) on men. Northshore Dermatology is located at 800 N. Westmoreland Road in Lake Forest and 3612 Lake Avenue in Wilmette. For more information, or to learn about seasonal specials, call 847-234-1177 (Lake Forest) or 847-853-7900 (Wilmette), or visit ■

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Mickey makes it happen as Scouts successfully defend state title ■ by bill mclean Payton Mickey played defense for Lake Forest High School’s field hockey team this fall. She didn’t move much. She didn’t have to move much. A bored air conditioner installer in the dead of winter in Nome, Alaska, probably burns more calories in the first few hours of a workday than Mickey did during a typical field hockey game in 2013. “Our midfielders are really good,” Mickey said recently. “They did a great job of keeping the ball at the other end of the field.” But Mickey occasionally had to whack the ball out of harm’s way in front of senior goalie Chandler Scoco. Lake Forest coach Melanie Walsh liked what she saw and moved Mickey up to foreign territory in the practices leading up to the Final Four of the state tournament Nov. 1-2. Mickey got to be offensive — as a member of the Scouts’ penalty-corner unit. “She has a great rip,” Walsh said of Mickey’s mighty slap. “We knew she’d be great on corners.” Mickey came up big on the biggest stage, striking the first and third goals in Lake Forest’s 3-0 defeat of New Trier in the Illinois High School Field Hockey Association championship game at Lake Forest on Nov. 2. Her season goal total before the final: two. Senior forward Emily George tallied the second goal nearly eight minutes after Mickey’s go-ahead tally. The state title was the Scouts’ second straight and 11th overall. It capped a 21-1 season in which LF outscored its opponents 136-13. “I’m thrilled, absolutely thrilled,” Walsh said. But at the half of the championship, Walsh was concerned, absolutely concerned. Neither club scored, and LF played a safe, somewhat timid brand of field hockey. “Our goal was to score early,” Walsh said. “We didn’t do that. With five minutes left in the first half, my feeling was, ‘Let’s get through this half.’ It was not our best half. “We told them [at halftime], ‘Take chances and risks in the second half.’ We reminded them that good things would happen if they played that way.” Ten minutes in, a very good thing happened. Mickey broke the 0-0 tie following a shot by senior midfielder Mackenzie Adams. The assist was Adams’ 25th of the season. “That was such a relief as soon as Payton’s shot went in,” Adams said. “It gave us confidence. It made us believe. We all started thinking, ‘OK, we can win this.’ ” Fourteen of Lake Forest’s 22 players are seniors, including all-state picks Adams, Nicole Beshilas (D), Emily Cavalaris (F), Halle Frain (M), Katherine Kallergis (M) and Mackenzie Mick (M). Ten of the Scouts’ 11 starters are in line to graduate next spring Sophomore starter Elise Wong, a defender, must have felt like a plebe surrounded by decorated generals. But she played like she belonged and disrupted several of New Trier’s attempts to establish a rhythm on offense.

Ecstasy and agony: Lake Forest’s Payton Mickey (center) celebrates her second goal with Emily George (No. 7), Ginny McGowan (left) and Katherine Kallergis (right) during the Scouts’ 3-0 victory over New Trier in last Saturday’s state championship.

photography by joel lerner “She probably felt a lot of pressure today, because she wanted to do well for the seniors,” Walsh said. “Elise had a great game. She’s a phenomenal athlete, a strong athlete. And her stick skills are insane.” Wong started playing field hockey as a second-grader and resident of Vancouver. Her brothers, Tim and Nick, also competed in the sport in Canada. Elise and her family moved to Lake Forest when she was 8. “It’s my passion,” she said. “I hope to play field hockey for as long as I can. “I loved playing on this team. We all connected, on and off the field.” Top-seeded Lake Forest and secondseeded New Trier (23-2-1) each notched a shutout victory in the state semifinals on Nov. 1. LF beat Lake Forest Academy 6-0, and New Trier defeated Loyola Academy 4-0. NT coach Stephanie Nykaza lauded the efforts of her defenders after the championship game. Junior Kristen Nykaza and seniors Molly Klare, Julia Pappageorge and Chloe Madvig made LF earn its ninth state title since 2000. “Our defense, against all the shots we had to face, played really well,” Coach Nykaza said. “Lake Forest played a great game. We just did not generate that much of an attack.” NT placed third at last fall’s state tournament. Klare was grateful she got to play in the state final in her final prep game. “We improved incredibly throughout

the season,” she said. “We worked hard all season.” Depth — along with talent, determination and too many intangibles to count — lifted the Scouts all season. Walsh’s bench players weren’t typical bench players. They were difference makers. “This year’s senior class … strong, it was so strong,” Walsh said. She could put in senior reserves Ginny McGowan, Caroline Blank and Lizzie Zavitz and never worry about a drop-off in skill level or energy. Lake Forest’s other senior champs: defenders Val Wood and Grace von Ohlen. Scoco will graduate as a two-time state champion goalie. Notable: The City of Lake Forest recognized LFHS’s state championship field hockey team at City Hall on Nov. 4. … Klare and Nykaza, along with NT teammates Maddy Burds (M), Jackie Kingdom (M) and Hannah Waldman (F), made the IHSFHA all-state team. … Waldman scored twice and Klare and sophomore Claire Weaver each tallied a goal in New Trier’s semifinal defeat of Loyola Academy. … George and Cavalaris struck for two goals apiece in Lake Forest’s semifinal win over LFA. Kallergis and Adams scored the other two.

Lake Forest Academy Caxys field hockey coach Diane Cooper could have described how her team got fired

up before each game this fall. But she chose instead to let her players provide an impromptu visual and audio after they edged Loyola Academy 1-0 in the game for third place at the IHSFHSA tournament on Nov. 2. “Come over here,” Cooper said on the stadium field at Lake Forest High School’s West Campus. “They’ll show you.” All 14 of them circled up, crouched slightly and recited lines from “Miracle,” the movie about the U.S. men’s gold-medal hockey at the 1980 Winter Olympics. Each line was uttered in the flick by Kurt Russell, who portrayed USA coach Herb Brooks. Each line was from Brooks’ speech to his players before the USA-Soviet Union game. A sampling: “Great moments are born from great opportunity.” “You were born to be a hockey player.” “You were meant to be here.” “This is your time.” LFA senior Margaux Boles — one of four Caxys all-state picks — figured the team had viewed the inspirational movie at least five times this fall. “We all got along. We all liked to hang out, blast music,” Boles said. “We meshed, and in games we never stopped fighting.” LFA’s Final Four appearance was its first in program history. Earlier this season, many of the Caxys field hockey >> page 43

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‘He can do it all’ Loyola’s Pontarelli develops into a top-flight defender ■ by bob gosman By all accounts, Loyola Academy senior defensive tackle Charlie Pontarelli is a nice guy … off the field. When he puts on the Loyola Academy football jersey and steps on the field, that’s another matter. “He’s kind of a gentle giant type,” Loyola Academy coach John Holecek said. “But when he gets on the field, he plays with an aggressive, nasty edge.” The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder has helped anchor Loyola Academy’s stingy defense. By commanding a steady stream of double teams, he is able to funnel ball carriers to the Ramblers’ deep and talented linebacking corps. After dispatching Lane Tech 48-7 on Nov. 2l to open the IHSA Class 8A playoffs, the Ramblers visit Niles Notre Dame at 6 p.m. on Nov. 9. Pontarelli’s play has caught the attention of a number of Ivy League schools. He recently made a verbal commitment to the University of Dartmouth. Not bad for a guy who thought he would be an offensive lineman at the varsity level. Following his sophomore season, assistant coach Beau Desherow and some of his other coaches speculated he would have more potential as a defensive lineman. Initially, Pontarelli was concerned about switching positions. “It was a little bit of a shock because I thought I was doing pretty good on the offensive line,” he said. Quickly, though, he grew to love the defensive line and embraced the move. “The defensive line is a bit more fun and you get recognized more,” he said. “I love it.” Pontarelli improved steadily as a junior and was a starter by the end of the season. However, he made his real progress in the offseason. “He really developed over the summer and showed his explosiveness and toughness,” Holecek said. Pontarelli gained about 20 pounds which has transformed his game. He now draws a steady stream of double teams. “I was at a disadvantage on the line last year and every pound helps,” he said.

Going Green: Loyola Academy’s Charlie Pontarelli, seen here against Providence Catholic on Sept. 21, has made a verbal commitment to Dartmouth.

photography by joel lerner “There’s just something about beating a double team. It’s a great feeling.” Holecek has enjoyed watching Pontarelli’s transition, both to a new side of the ball and into an impact player. “I don’t think he’s had a bad game,” Holecek said. “He’s shown he can play with the best players in the state. He’s quick, smart and strong. He has good feet and hands and instincts for the game.” Pontarelli finished the regular season with 51 tackles, including 23 unassisted. He also had seven tackles for loss, one quarterback sack and one fumble recovery

Senior quarterback Jack Penn and Pontarelli have been playing football together since grade school. In those days, Pontarelli played center. Penn knew right away that the move to defense would suit Pontarelli perfectly. “There are some guys that are good at rushing the passer and some guys who can stop the run,” Penn said. “He can do it all. When we practice against the (first-string defense), we need to put two guys on him. “Charlie has always been a big guy who was good at football and who understood the game,” the LA quarterback added. “I

think his (intelligence) is the best part of his game.” Notable: Senior Johnny Burns came up with a memorable performance for LA. He rushed for 100 yards on 12 carries. With 10:24 left in the third quarter, he raced into the end zone on a 38-yard run. Julius Holley (6-71) scored from five yards out in first quarter. Penn not only had a TD run (21 yards) but he also threw touchdown passes to Owen Buscaglia (12 yards) and Joe Joyce (5 yards). Mike Kurzydlowski kicked two field goals (30 and 18 yards). ■

NU recruit steals the show in NT’s playoff opener ■ by kevin reiterman Justin Jackson is in another category. He’s a franchise player. He’s the Unfair Advantage. Shutting down this Glenbard North High School running back, a Northwestern four-star recruit who will soon make his home on the North Shore, has become darn near impossible. The 6-foot, 185-pound Jackson, who is blessed with power and breakaway speed, rolled up 343 yards and ripped off touchdown runs of 33, 72 and 62 yards against New Trier on Nov. 1 in the opening round of the Class 8A state playoffs. “Going in, we knew how good he was,” said New Trier defensive lineman Michael Sernus, following his team’s 35-10 loss to the host Panthers (9-1). “Give him credit. He had an awesome game.” Jackson, who also plays a mean cornerback, finished the regular season with 34 touchdowns. He even ran wild against two of the state’s perennial powers. He exploded for 349 yards against Wheaton Warrenville South in Week 8 and added 339 against Wheaton North in Week 9. Northwestern fans are going to love this kid. “He’s a super talent,” said NT head coach Dan Sharkey. New Trier, which finished the season 5-5, needed to play

mistake-free football against this talented foe. Instead, on a misty night in Carol Stream, the Trevians turned the ball over five times (two fumbles, three interceptions). But there were highlights. Late in the fourth quarter, New Trier wide receiver Spencer Cotten scored on a nine-yard reception. The senior standout reached the end zone with a help of a ballet move. After catching the pass just short of the goal line, he twirled into the end zone with a pirouette move. “It was nice to end the season on a high note,” said Cotten, who caught a game-high nine passes for 78 yards. Senior quarterback Matt McCaffrey put the ball up 35 times and completed 23 passes for 197 yards. He also was the team’s leading rusher with 56 yards on 14 carries. The catch of the night belonged to junior Charlie Schoder (5 receptions, 56 yards). During NT’s 10-play, 71-yard scoring drive, the athletic wide-out made a leaping, one-handed grab between two defenders. The play went for 17 yards and a first down. The stone-cold block of the night belonged to junior Scott Hammes (5 catches, 37 yards). During a seven-yard, fourthquarter reception by Cotten, Hammes de-cleated Glenbard North outside linebacker Brad Metoyer near the 50-yard line. This also was a special night for Francis Fay. Welcome to the Big Leagues, kid. Fay, wearing jersey No. 91, received starter minutes in

the second half, when starting tailback Kevin Mulhern (7 attempts, 24 yards) went down with a game-ending injury on a kick return. “A week ago, Fay was playing freshman football,” said Sharkey, who also moved up two other freshmen in Clay Czyzynski and Eric Nicholas. “We’ve had some injuries at tailback.” Thus, Fay was the next one up. “He showed us in practice that he could contribute,” Sharkey said. Fay’s debut carry came at the end of the second quarter: a four-yard gain. He eventually finished with seven carries for seven yards. He also had a six-yard reception. “It was a little overwhelming at first,” said Fay, who played quarterback for the freshman team. “But I was fine after the butterflies went away. “The (varsity) game is played at such a fast pace. I wasn’t expecting that,” he added. Defensively, the Trevians had their moments. They recorded eight tackles for loss and recovered two fumbles. The leaders were Sernus (5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 fumble recovery) and John Paul Mosele (2 TFLs). The other contributors were Andrew Hauser (3-yard TFL), James Doan (5-yard TFL), Rayo Adewunmi (3-yard TFL), Matt Klein (1-yard TFL), Colin Casas (5-yard TFL) and Joe Lewis (fumble recovery). ■

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Sectional race a ‘confidence booster’ for HP’s Estrada ■ by kevin reiterman Winning would have been ideal. But Highland Park High School’s Angel Estrada knew whom he was up against at the Class 3A cross country sectional at Busse Woods on Nov. 2. Estrada was Mr. Content following his third-place finish (15:12.57). The HP senior hung tough with a couple of super racers in McHenry’s Jesse Reiser (1st, 15:03.24) and Conant’s Zach Dale (2nd, 15:05.24). And he finished seven seconds ahead of Palatine ace Graham Brown. “I was ready. It was exciting,” said Estrada. “I wanted to see what I could do against them. If I fell short, it wasn’t going to be the end of the world.” Estrada basically went stride for stride with the leaders through a big portion of this three-mile race. He didn’t look out of place. “He was right there with two of the best guys in the state,” said HP head coach Kevin Caines. “He showed a lot of poise and toughness.” “This is a confidence booster for me,” said Estrada, who will be the lone HP runner advancing to the IHSA state meet at Peoria’s Detweiller Park on Nov. 9. Sophomore Brett Davidson was HP’s No. 2 runner (45th, 16:16.72). Junior Ben Casey finished 106th (16:55.49). In the girls race, HP’s Marni Pine came in 52nd in 19:20.16.

New Trier The chase is on. The Trevians will head to this Saturday’s Class 3A state meet in Peoria with plenty of confidence. Led by seniors Chase Silverman and Peter Cotsirilos, New Trier claimed a team title at the Lake Park Sectional on Nov. 2 with 79 points. York took runner-up honors with 95 points. Silverman followed up his regional win with a third-place showing (15:00). Cotsirilos was fifth overall in 15:04. The pack also came through in a big way: Tarek Afifi (18th, 15:18), Austin Santacruz (23rd, 15:21), Om Kanwar (30th, 15:30), Connor Trapp (38th, 15:36) and Luke Duros (41st, 15:40). In the girls race, NT’s Mimi Smith out-ran everyone except last year’s state champ: Glenbard West’s Madeline Perez (16:44.7). Smith was

Angel in the field: Highland Park High School’s (No. 96) Angel Estrada, seen here during the CSL meet, raced to a third-place finish at the Schaumburg Sectional on Nov. 2.

photography by joel lerner clocked in 16:55.0. The Trevians (76 points) placed second in the team standings behind Glenbard West (30 points). NT’s top five included Cara Keleher (15th, 18:06), Kelli Schmidt (18th, 18:11), Molly Schmidt (19th, 18:12) and Kaitlin Frei (22nd, 18:15).

Loyola Junior Jack Carroll continues to lead the way. He finished seventh (15:08)at the Lake Park Sectional to lead the Ramblers to state-qualifying fourth-place finish (144 points). Loyola also received solid efforts from Spencer Kelly (20th, 15:19), Christian Swenson (32nd, 15:31), Matthew Randolph (37th, 15:36) and Teddy Brombach (15:50). Meanwhile, LA’s girls team also qualified to the state meet. Sophomore Kathryn House finished 10th (17:50) to pace LA to a fifth-place showing (205 points). She was followed in by Sarah Kelley (23rd, 18:20), Jackie McDonnell (50th, 19:15), Caroline Zaworski (55th,

19:20) and Claire Monticello (67th, 19:34). Lake Forest Led by their front-runner, senior Claire Yandell, the Scouts earned a trip to the state meet. They tallied 141 points to place fourth at the Class 2A Belvidere Sectional on Nov. 2. Yandell cruised the three-mile layout in 18:21.40. Junior Emma Allen played a key role. She was LF’s second runner in (25th, 19:09.50). The other scorers were Gabrielle Simeck (30th, 19:13.10), Nora Burgener (41st, 19:25) and Kelsey Schmidt (48th, 19:33). It also was a good outing for sophomore Mark Myers. The LF sophomore qualified to the boys state meet with a seventh-place finish (15:37.0) at the Belvidere Sectional.

Woodlands Senior Caroline Watts will be making a return trip to the Class 1A state meet in Peoria. She finished third (19:49) in the Lisle Sectional on Nov. 2. ■

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adopted the nicknames of the players on that USA hockey team. Senior Caroline Duckworth took “Rizzo,” Mike Eruzione’s moniker. Eruzione scored the game-winning goal in the USA-Soviet Union game. None other than Duckworth scored the lone goal in the third-place match against Loyola (16-7). The assist came from Tufts University-bound Mary Kate Patton. “We had really good team chemistry,” Patton said. “In games, we were relentless.” LFA (15-6) had split its two games with LA in the regular season. Patton, Duckworth and LFA junior Amanda Bozorgi also made the all-state team. Loyola Academy’s all-state selectees were Courtney Cheever, Gieriet Brown, Jenny Baudhuin, Margaret Crawford and Lindsay Getz. ■






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Quaid’s entertaining play a highlight in Scouts’ playoff rout ■ by bill mclean Geno Quaid’s pick-six got deep-sixed in a Class 6A playoff opener. The Lake Forest High School senior defensive back/fullback could smell the end zone after intercepting a pass from quarterback Jacquelle Smith of visiting Hubbard on Nov. 2. The 6-foot, 200-pounder had pinballed off a few Greyhounds after securing the football at Hubbard’s 40-yard line. He broke a tackle. Then another. He spun this way. And that way. He dashed. He cut. He veered. “My vision … it wasn’t too good at the end of the return,” a smiling Quaid recalled after Lake Forest’s 41-6 victory. “I also felt like I was running uphill.” He stopped running and fell at the eight-yard line. Sympathetic groans ensued — from LF fans, from LF’s sideline. Either a drained Quaid tripped or some all-conference hash mark made a sensational ankle tackle. “You know what?” he said, still beaming. “Our DB coach [Bobby Magna] told the DBs today that he had a dream last night. He dreamed one of us would get a pick-six tonight.” The sixth-seeded Scouts (8-2) needed only one play to finish what Quaid had started. Senior quarterback Regis Durbin tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to senior running back Hub Cirame. It fattened LF’s advantage to 27-0. Quaid did get another opportunity to score six points. One of five Lake Forest fullbacks, he traveled one yard for a well-deserved TD at 4:43 of the third quarter. That made it 41-0. “It wasn’t even my turn [in the fullback rotation],” Quaid said. LF heads to De La Salle (6-4) in Chicago for its next postseason test Nov. 8 at 6:30 p.m. The 14th-seeded Meteors edged third-seeded Crystal Lake Central 38-35 in double overtime on Nov. 2. Lake Forest used a 27-point second quarter to leash Hubbard’s 11th-seeded Greyhounds (6-4). A highly efficient Durbin (9-of-13, 181 yards) threw all three of his TDs in the frame — and each landed in Cirame’s hands. Cirame finished with four receptions for 97 yards and ran for 57 more on 10 carries. His one-yard TD run, at 0:20 of the first quarter, opened the scoring. “Our kids came out and played hard,” Scouts coach Chuck Spagnoli said. “We did what we needed to do.” The Scouts’ secondary came up big, coming down with three picks. Senior safety Jack Yale snared the other two interceptions, one in each half. Senior DB Andrew Nelson contributed a tackle for loss. Hubbard’s Smith completed only seven of 21 passes for 45 yards. “Our [DBs] stayed on top of deep routes,” Spagnoli said. “That was one of our goals tonight. Give those guys a lot of credit.”

On 'Q': Lake Forest High School’s Geno Quaid, seen here against Grant during the regular season, helped his team beat Hubbard 41-6 on Nov. 2.

photography by joel lerner Austin McIlvaine never looks for credit. But the Scouts’ unassuming defensive lineman deserved it. The 6-foot, 175-pounder tied junior linebacker Jack Traynor for teamhigh honors in tackles for loss (two). “I fall in line. I’m not a huge senior leader,” McIlvaine said. “It was a good team win, and everybody got the chance to play.” Traynor, also a running back, paced the Scouts in tackles (seven) and rushing (five carries, 62 yards). He ran for a 44-yard TD on the first play of LF’s fourth possession. Notable: Lake Forest entered the playoff opener with a 19-21 postseason record; Hubbard’s was 19-20. LF reached its first state semifinal (6A) in program history last fall. Hubbard made it to the semifinals in 2005 (6A) and 2000 (5A). … Scouts junior Kyle Gattari kicked five extra points against Hubbard. … Senior linebacker Joseph Beible and junior linebacker Patrick Bentz each recorded a sack for

the Scouts. … LF senior linebacker Jack Kutschke finished with 5.5 tackles, including one for a loss. Senior linebacker Benjamin Audley ranked third among Scouts in tackles, with 4.5. … … Cirame’s three TD receptions in the second quarter covered 52, eight and 33 yards. … LF senior wideout David Glynn caught two passes for 43 yards. Classmate Connor Hayes’ 26-yard grab set up Quaid’s oneyard TD run in the third quarter. Senior tight end Liam Howe caught two Durbin tosses for 15 yards … Scouts sophomore John Cirame recovered a fumble at Hubbard’s 47-yard line at 8:38 of the second quarter. Two plays later, Durbin connected with Hub Cirame for a 52-yard TD. … LF junior Trevor Morcott made the Scouts’ top specialteams tackle, hustling to drop a Hubbard punt returner at the Greyhounds’ 16-yard line after Lake Forest’s first possession of the second quarter. ■

Israel, Giants give it their all in playoff loss ■ by kevin reiterman Bosco Israel figured to be an impact player for the Highland Park High School football team. But, midway through the season, things went south for this extremely athletic 6-foot-2, 185-pound senior. Israel wasn’t cutting it at defensive end. Thus, the inevitable happened. “I lost my starting position,” said Israel. Talk about hard times at Highland Park High. But, to his credit, Israel didn’t phone it in. Instead, he rallied. He spent the last four weeks getting his assignments and “concepts down.” No. 83 was hard to miss in the opening round of the Class 7A state playoffs on Nov. 2. Israel played tough from start to finish in his team’s 35-14 loss to host Rockton Hononegah. “He made some plays,” said Highland Park head coach Hal Chiodo, “especially on the backside (opposite side), against some pretty big fellas.” As the Giants (7-3) huddled on the field after the game, it was hard to find a clean spot on Israel’s white road jersey.

“I put my whole heart into it,” said Israel. “I did all I could do.” Israel, who clears 6-2 in the high jump and leaps 20-8 in the long jump, was in on a team-high 13 tackles. He shared a three-yard tackle for loss with senior Jeremy Trudell, while he also batted down a pass. “I thought he made the most of his opportunity,” said Chiodo, noting that Israel replaced Jason Shulruff, who missed the game due to a religious obligation. There were a lot of tackles to be made. Hononegah (8-2) ran 81 plays from scrimmage compared to HP’s 51. The Indians, who had two backs rush for more than 200 yards each, out-gained the Giants 468-271. “Those two backs (Alex Martin and Jake Wilson) are out of this world,” said Chiodo. HP quarterback Tommy Sutker had an amazing game (17-33-1, 255 yards), considering that he was “playing on one leg.” “Tommy couldn’t practice all week,” said Chiodo, noting that his QB sustained a knee injury in the regular-season finale against Glenbrook North. “We didn’t know, if he would be able to play. He couldn’t put anything on his throws. But

what a valiant and gutsy effort.” Sutker did what he could. He helped to put the Giants ahead 14-13 at halftime. He scored on a seven-yard QB keeper with 11:36 left in the second quarter. And then, with 1:14 left in the first half, he tossed a six-yard TD strike to Jeremy Levin. Most of his passing yards — 196 — came in the first half. The slant was the route of choice for Jack McGuire, who caught six passes for 87 yards. Cole Greenberg also had a terrific game. His 37-yard reception set up Levin’s TD. And he added a 50-yard reception in the fourth quarter. Luke Norcia made catches all over the field, including a 31-yarder on a fade route. He finished with five receptions for 68 yards. Norcia also made big plays on the defensive side. The defensive back forced a fumble and finished with nine tackles. Linebacker Jason Goldstein, who had 11 tackles, also forced a fumble, while Hallvard Lundevall, Jacob Wiczer, Teddy Sutker and Levin recovered fumbles. Tommy Rudman was in on nine stops, including one for loss. Jared Korn (7 tackles) also had a tackle for loss. ■

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Loyola’s Lord is a winner on — and off the court

■ by bill mclean An expressionless woman sits in Hilda’s Place, a transitional shelter for homeless folks in Evanston. In walks volunteer Victoria Lord. The woman motions Lord to join her for a chat. The woman is no longer expressionless. Her smile sticks around for a while. Lord, also smiling, sits near the woman. They talk about their days, their weekends, their families. Everything and anything. The woman’s mood spikes in the presence of Lord, a Wilmette resident and 6-foot senior outside hitter on Loyola Academy’s volleyball team. Watch her in a volleyball match. It’s impossible to miss her incessant, infectious positivity, no matter how the Ramblers are faring. Lord is as effusive off the court as well. “I’m passionate about volunteering,” Lord said. “It’s a big part of my life. I like volunteering at hospitals. I enjoy tutoring inner city students. I worked with a little girl who was having trouble with math one day. The look she gave me, after she started to understand what was going on … you never forget things like that. “She then said, ‘Thank you so much.’ It was genuine. It was rewarding to hear.” Mark Chang, for one, is thankful Lord has time to serve as a consistent force on volleyball courts. The Ramblers’ coach watched the Emory University-bound Lord strike Clench, clinch: Victoria Lord (No. 3) reacts after the Ramblers scored a point in their regional title win over Evanston on Oct. 31. a kill on two set points in Loyola Academy’s 25-17, 15-25, 25-14 defeat of the host school in the Class 4A Evanston photography by joel lerner Regional final on Oct. 31. passer.’ A little reminder every now and then never hurts.” “Victoria means a lot to the team,” Chang said after his they’re formed and why people have them. crew improved to 26-7. “She’s a natural born leader and one “My main focus in college will be pre-med. But I’m glad I’ll Notable: LA was scheduled to face Maine South in a New of our strongest outside hitters. She’s positive. She knows also get to play volleyball. I want that academic-athletic bal- Trier Sectional semifinal on Nov. 5. … Loyola Academy senior how to energize the team.” ance, and that’s one of the reasons I’m excited about Emory.” outside hitter Danielle Van Zelst struck a team-high 14 kills in LA senior middle Kelsey O’Neill has known Lord since Her transition to college in Georgia should be a smooth the Evanston Regional championship on Oct. 31. Sophomore the two started honing their games years ago as members one. She no doubt will find herself, on many occasions, setter Katie Randolph lofted 29 assists, and classmate Lauren of the Wildcat Juniors volleyball club. among students assigned to hammer out a group project. Stadler smacked four aces. “She has a strong swing,” Chang O’Neill’s first impression of Lord triggered a quiver. Lord typically is the one who takes charge. said of Van Zelst. “She has stung a lot of teams. Teams don’t And loves doing so. “I was scared of her, a little intimidated,” recalled O’Neill, expect what’s coming from her. She changes up her shot well, “I’m the one who says to others, ‘OK, you do this, you do and that throws the block off.” … A sectional championship a University of Pittsburgh recruit. “I remember thinking, ‘OK, she’s good, really good.’ But the more I got to know her, that, and I’ll do this,’ ” Lord says. “I’m comfortable in that role.” would be a program-first for LA. … Senior middle Jamie the more I realized she’s impossible to hate. Vic is always For now, though, she’s sitting-near-a-fireplace-on-a-frigid- Wright is the Ramblers’ other co-captain. there for you, always there to pick you up. She’s fun-loving, day cozy as the floor leader for the Ramblers. She has enthusociable and smart — smart in everything.” siastically embraced her captainship. New Trier “I took it upon myself to try to become the best leader One of Lord’s favorite books is “Spark: The Revolutionary The Trevians thumped host Trinity 25-12, 25-11 in a New Science of Exercise and the Brain,” by John J. Ratey. I could be when I was named captain,” Lord said. “There Class 4A regional final in River Forest on Oct. 31. New It riveted her from the first word on the first page to the are so many components in volleyball. The team aspect Trier (28-3) was scheduled to host Niles West in a sectional last item in the index. is my favorite aspect. If you’re not serving well, you can semifinal on Nov. 5. “It was a solid win, and the girls played well,” Trevians “The brain fascinates me,” said Lord, interested in major- make up for that in other areas, like hitting and passing. ing in pre-med at D-III Emory. “It always has. That book “If one of my teammates makes a pass that’s off, it’s my job coach Hannah Hsieh said. “We need to continue to play was so interesting. I love learning about memories and how to go up to her and say, ‘Don’t worry; you’re still an amazing clean volleyball.” ■





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Tanzania is a great getaway before baby arrives What made us decide to go to Tanzania is we were going to have a baby. We thought we wouldn’t have any more big adventures, so where could we go that would be a dream trip? In Tanzania, we got both the safari and the ocean/beach scene. We flew to Amsterdam and then to Killimanjaro. It was just the two of us, a driver, cook and guide. We decided to do the safari with tents and to not make it extravagant. We went right into northern Tanzania, and there were all of these zebras.

“When the lions are miles away and roar, it sounds like they’re next door. Really there’s nothing beyond the grace of God that keeps them away.”

Tom Adolphson and his wife, Qing Li, live in Wilmette.

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At a zoo, you see a couple of lonely zebras standing there — there you see thousands. When the lions are miles away and roar, it sounds like they’re next door. Really there’s nothing beyond the grace of God that keeps them away. The coolest thing is we got a balloon trip. When you’re up there, it’s like heaven — it’s completely silent. When we landed, we came across a lion and its mate. Going to Zanzibar, we went into the ocean and saw kite surfers. The big highlight is Stone Town, an old city. It’s like from the movies — everyone is garbed in traditional Muslim clothing, and there are a lot of fish markets. We went to a spice farm in the country to see all of this stuff you love but don’t know where it came from, like nutmeg. Last December, Victor was born. His nursery was decorated with all the pictures of the African animals. It’s our dream to take him to Tanzania some day. Tom Adolphson and Qing Li, as told to David Sweet. ■

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