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northbrook native Mitch Rogatz sports a passion for book publishing. P. 24

saturday september 14 | sunday september 15 2013

moving stationery Devon Fahner makes Cheree Berry an inviting spot. P. 13

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featuring the news and personalities of glenview, northbrook and deerfield

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North Shore Offerings Take a look at two intriguing houses in our towns.

Executive Director Sophia Twichell helps Ryerson grow.

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at a Field Museum benefit in Chicago and discovered we shared great respect for many of the same national publications. He had harbored a long-time desire to launch a newspaper, and after working for media properties from Dow Jones to NBCSports.com for more than 25 years, I yearned to oversee a special kind of publication. We started it last October. We have a strong crew for our newest edition. Bill McLean and Angelika Labno will concentrate on sports, guided by Sports Editor Kevin Reiterman, who boasts 35 years experience covering the high schools and youth sports. Jenna Schubert (a graduate of Trinity University International in Deerfield) and others will write pieces for the news side. This debut issue features stories on Northbrook native Mitch Rogatz, a leading sports-book publisher, Ryerson Woods Executive Director Sophia Twichell, a Deerfield resident’s involvement with chicago hinsdale lake forest the online fundraiser Kickstarter — and more. 773 404 2020 630 655 0497 847 295 8370 This paper is designed for you and our North shopbedside.com Shore life. We welcome your feedback. Tell us stories you’d like to read by sending ideas to my e-mail address below. 9.6.13 BSM NSW Sept Dream in color.indd 1 As far as we can tell – even though the first newspaper on American soil was launched in 1690 — there has never been one solely focused on the beautiful towns north of Chicago. The North Shore Weekend is proud and excited to add three vibrant cities to its coverage area.

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Sophia Twichell

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Enlivening Ryerson with new ideas is second nature to Twichell ■ by joanna brown Sophia Twichell wasn’t one of those kids who grew up loving the deciduous trees that populated her North Shore neighborhood. She did, however, love the rain forests. So it made sense that this self-proclaimed “science nerd” took a job at the

Field Museum that sent her on conservation projects in remote Latin American locales. But as time passed and Twichell found herself living back on the North Shore with a young family, she reconnected with her woodland roots. Twichell’s volunteer work at the Ryerson Conservation Area has turned into a decade-long career that has

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brought innumerable Lake County residents closer to nature. “Everyone needs nature, and we want more people to connect with nature,” said Twichell, the executive director of the Friends of Ryerson Woods, whose own love for nature is shown by the fact she “birdscaped” the area (added garden features designed to attract birds) around her Lake Bluff home. The Friends of Ryerson Woods is a 30-yearold volunteer-based organization tasked with increasing respect and appreciation for the environment through lifelong learning. The group is based at the 561-acre Edward L. Ryerson Conservation Area in Riverwoods. “Conventional science education only reaches a small population, but at the intersection of art and nature we can broaden the appeal and expand education without a science base,” Twichell says, explaining why the Friends of Ryerson Woods organize a book group, art exhibits and a film festival in the woods, all with environmental themes. Programming has changed a lot since she signed on in 2004. She inherited two widely respected nature symposiums, as well as a board of directors that encouraged her to pursue new ideas. In 2006, they selected their first theme to structure the planned expansion of on-site programming: the Year of the Crane. “Our thought was to adopt a new theme each year based on a compelling environmental issue or concern,” Twichell recalled. “The bulk of our programming (annually) relates to the theme and explores it from multiple angles so that program attendees would gain a deeper appreciation or understanding of that concern.” Ryerson is midway through the Year of the Skies, with programming to explore weather, climate

change and migration patterns. Chicagoan Judith Stockdale, a longtime Friends board member and a friend of the Ryerson family, explained that the focus on the arts for adults “brings a whole new constituency with each new program, and demonstrates that you don’t need to know how to use binoculars to enjoy the environment.” Another focus during Twichell’s tenure has been the use of Ryerson Woods by Lake County’s Latino community. Bilingual, guided hikes through the Forest Preserve have attracted the population that surveys say aren’t using the Forest Preserve facilities as frequently as local leaders would like. “At some point we started looking at the demographics of our region and the increase in Latinos in Lake County,” Twichell said. “Then we looked at what populations weren’t touched by our programming and said let’s try to touch on some of the thorny issue the conservation community is facing and make some headway there.” A grant from the Grand Victoria Foundation and a partnership with the Mano a Mano Family Resource Center have attracted local Latino families to Ryerson Woods to focus on nature education and healthy lifestyles. Immediate past Board president Georgie Geraghty of Winnetka credited Twichell’s creative thinking for the growth of the Friends’ programming. “Sophie has been willing to take calculated risks and experiment, to try different things. And when you have that approach and you recognize that no one bats 1.000, the outcome is extraordinary and has ramifications beyond Ryerson Woods,” she said. “Our hikes are the product of a lot of collaboration and a lot of lessons learned that can now be shared with other conservation groups in Chicago.” ■

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‘Saturday Night Live’ alum stays in spotlight

Nora Dunn

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Nora Dunn is a woman of many voices. In her new one-woman show “Mythical Proportions,” Dunn dons the personae of an 87-year-old Hollywood authority and raconteur, a precocious seven-year old girl, a 65-yearold African-American woman and a wide-eyed middle-aged British civil servant, to illustrate the power of mythology. But when Dunn speaks as Dunn, she is pure Chicago, West Side accent and attitude and all. A familiar face to fans of vintage “Saturday Night Live,” Nora Dunn’s length career has kept her busy on the small screen, the big screen and the stage. “Mythical Proportions” will run through Sept. 22 at Theater Wit on Belmont in Chicago. Gregg Shapiro: Nora, in the last couple of years you have appeared on Chicago stages in “Love, Loss and What I Wore,” as well as in your new one-woman show “Mythical Proportions.” As a native Chicagoan, what does it mean to you to perform in your hometown? Nora Dunn: I have performed here a lot in the past. I came back here from a long stint on the West Coast and felt I reconnected with an important piece of my personhood. I wanted to premier this in Chicago because it has so much to do with having been born here. It’s special in that way. My father adored Chicago. He wanted to live and die here, and he did. GS: “Love, Loss and What I Wore” was an ensemble piece, and “Mythical Proportions” is a solo show. What are the rewards and challenges of both? ND: Well, “Love, Loss…” was a reading, though it was an ensemble show. Bringing written monologues to life is its own species. On stage, alone, doing your own work is a

much bigger risk. I don’t feel responsible for other people’s writing, and all I can do is my best with it. But with my own writing, there are so many more ways to let myself down, and that is the profound challenge. To treat the material as if I did not write it, and honor it the same as I honored Nora Ephron, and so forth. GS: The title of your new show, “Mythical Proportions,” is portrayed in various ways, including the mythology surrounding the prosthetic leg in the basement of your childhood home, the puzzling mythology of the neighborhood in which Mr. Rogers resided and the mythological memories a Hollywood octogenarian. As a writer and performer, how important are myths in your life? ND: Myths are metaphors. And the most magical experiences in my life have been metaphorical. Ironies. Experiences that save you from one particular moment in your life when you feel despair, or confusions, these sorts of miracles happen. You don’t have to be prepared for them, but you have to recognize them when they arrive. GS: “Mythical Proportions” is a combination of personal storytelling and memories with the voices of four characters. Were there more than four characters at any point in creating the show, and if so, how did you decide that these were the four you wanted to include? ND: There was more of everything and in the end I had to make less of everything so as to tell one story with basically one theme. GS: The Hollywood mythology character – is she based on someone that you met in Hollywood or elsewhere? ND: No. She is loosely based on Robert Evans, the producer. GS: Is part of her mythology the way that she gets facts wrong, such as Rock Hudson’s real name? ND: No. Her monologue is true but it is based in her world, which is of course fiction. GS: In terms of the personal stories, what was involved in the process of selecting what you wanted to tell? ND: It was a long process. I worked on the piece in various forms and venues for a year and half. GS: One of the more personal stories that you tell has a professional angle – about how you feel like something of an outsider in the industry. If you could go back to the early days of your career are there things you would change or do you think you would do it all the same way? ND: We can’t go back, and so there is no point in doing that. Of course we do, though. Anyone who says they don’t have regrets is not telling the truth. I was who I was then, and I am who I am now because of my experiences since. We have to forgive ourselves for our mistakes, or we won’t be able to forgive others who have made them. I did not have the wisdom then that I have now. I had courage and will. I still do, but I experience both of those in another form now. There is less drive to achieve, and more joy in the doing of it. GS: From your years on “Saturday Night Live” all the way

through “Mythical Proportions,” you have displayed a marvelous knack for doing voices and accents. How old were you when you discovered that you do voices and accents? ND: I have always been a parrot. I have a good ear, but bad knees. GS: Did doing voices and accents result in laughs or did also get you into trouble for doing them? ND: Well, I suppose I did get in trouble for some of my impersonations. I did one of my manager and he found out, so I had to do it for him, but he laughed. GS: As someone who grew up in Chicago and has spent time here as an adult — do you have any memories of time spent on the North Shore, perhaps a favorite restaurant, night spot or performance venue? ND: We never went to the North Shore. I didn’t know Wilmette existed until a week ago when I wandered in by accident. I love the harbor. Actually, I worked for a caterer in the ‘80s and I served a Thanksgiving dinner in Glencoe. I had never been there before. The only thing I remember about the experience is the turkey. But now I have friends in Lake Forest, Peach and Wayne Carr, and they have taken me to a wonderful Mexican restaurant in downtown Lake Forest, and another great place in Highwood, I think, right next to Highland Park. Tin ceilings. Great food and wine list. The owner is a very funny guy and he and his wife are there in the restaurant. I am bad with names, but I do remember faces, so trust me that I can see their faces now.

“On stage, alone, doing your own work is a much bigger risk … with my own writing, there are so many more ways to let myself down, and that is the profound challenge.” | Nora Dunn I have discovered the North Shore now and I think I will try to crash a beach there before the water chills down. Maybe they won’t know I am from Chicago. GS: Julia Sweeney, another Saturday Night Live alum, currently lives in Wilmette, and Tim Kazurinsky lives in Evanston. Do you ever socialize with these former SNL cast members while you are in the area? ND: I have run into Tim and saw him do “The Odd Couple” (at Northlight). What a hilarious guy. I also saw him as a guest on “The Dinner Party.” He makes me laugh. He is such a warm and genuine man. I don’t know Julia; only from her work on “Saturday Night Live” and her remarkable one-woman show. I saw her first one She inspired me to get up off my easy chair and start workshopping my own piece. ■

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■ by angelika labno Since an invitation sets the tone for an occasion, stationery expert Devon Fahner of Cheree Berry Paper in Winnetka is passionate about giving clients a customized creative process. “She has such a clear love for anything paper-related and she treats it with importance, which is very refreshing,” said Angela Rogna, a former downtown Chicago wedding planner. When Rogna and her husband, Christopher McNicholas, were planning their Aug. 17 wedding, Rogna chose Fahner after seeing her devotion to the process with previous clients and to her parents’ 30th wedding anniversary.  With little guidance, Fahner nailed a natural color palette, suggested calligraphy and came up with the idea of a monogram that was used throughout the event, such as on banners and menu cards. “The second you sit down with Devon, it’s almost like she’s reading your mind,” said Rogna.  “She knows what direction she wants to go but still gives you options.” Wedding clients get an all-in-one package, as Fahner is also a former vice president of a Washington, D.C. wedding planning firm.  Rogna contacted her with questions several times throughout the months leading up to her wedding and even put her in touch with her florist.  Fahner came to Winnetka after marrying a Chicagoan and was introduced to Cheree Berry through a former colleague.  Cheree Berry Paper, which is based in St. Louis, has a downtown studio and Winnetka office.  Cheree Berry, founder of the eponymous firm, had done most of her clients’ wedding invitations,

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Trinity student knows perks of a homeschool education

Abby Wickman

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■ by abby wickman I can still remember my first day of homeschooling. My mom had a little bell she rang to signal the different parts of the day. However, the most confusing part was when the bell rang for school to be over, and I was dismissed. I remember picking up my books, walking to the edge of the living room, and asking my well-intentioned mother, “Mommy, where do I go now?” I’m met with a wide range of reactions when I first tell people that I was homeschooled from kindergarten to my senior year of high school. A common one: “But you’re so normal.” A common concern most people have is that of socialization – how does a homeschooler make friends, if he or she stays home all day? Contrary to this popular misconception, as a homeschooler, I was probably out of the house just as much as a public school or private school student would be – maybe more. My mom was a huge fan of extracurricular activities, and encouraged all of us kids to be involved with clubs and organizations that would both engage our different interests and prepare us for college someday. From folk dance troupes to soccer teams to mock Senate programs – my mother kept us busy. However, she also kept it laid back. Most kids asked me, “Can you do school in your pajamas?” It’s true, some days I stayed in my pajamas and didn’t start school till noon. However, experience taught me that if I finished my school early and well, I would have more free time later in the day. This concept of being independent in my studies and setting my own goals was something that greatly benefitted me later on. Once I got to college, I was prepared to do a lot of work on my own with minimal supervision. I knew what had to be done, and I knew what the consequences of procrastinating would be. But don’t get me wrong; the transition to college was not seamless. Professors were not my parents, and flexibility with deadlines (and a 24/7

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Marine nabs medal for bravery in Afghanistan ■ by angelika labno

Sgt. Luis Garcia sits in the Starbucks across from Wrigley Field just after a Sunday afternoon game — a spot quite different than his days as a Marine in Afghanistan. “I was not ready to die in my young 20s,” said Garcia, 22. “I just had the mindset that I was going to go back home.” He recently did — and was rewarded at Naval Station Great Lakes, where Garcia was given the Navy and Marine Corps Medal for a 2012 incident that turned out to be friendly fire. It occurred during his second deployment in Afghanistan, this time in Musa Qala with the 2nd Battalion 5th Marines.  He recalls the sound of a suppressed shot, the frantic thought of being on top of a hill with no cover, and the sight of his buddies dropping to the ground.  His first instinct, however, was to grab his rifle and to run to protect them. “The thoughts of ‘I might lose my life’ didn’t cross my mind,” he said, rubbing at his forearms, on which great angel wings are tattooed.  The angels were watching over him that day, he says, because he didn’t even notice that his body armor was shot twice. One of the wounded, a Navy medic who was shot in the head, helped Garcia tend to a critically injured Marine. Seeing his uneven chest movements, they thought fast to puncture his lung with a needle, which allowed his chest to immediately swell with air.   “I want to continue doing things to help people,” says Garcia, who hopes to become a Chicago firefighter and paramedic and who has family members in Lake Bluff.   He joined the Marines after graduating early from Zion Benton High School in 2009.  The decision largely came as a challenge to his older sister enlisting in the National Guard.  Garcia completed boot camp in San Diego, engineer school in North Carolina, and was stationed at Camp Pendleton with the 1st Combat Engineer Battalion.  A year and a half later, he was deployed with the 3rd Battalion 5th Marines — also known as the “Darkhorse Battalion” — to the perilous

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photography by joel lerner Sangin, located in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan. “Imagine going to a Third-World country — and then a step down,” said Garcia. The Marines took over from the British troops, who told Garcia that “one in four will not come back” and a “good luck.” He describes it as entering a bee’s nest: it was a heavily Taliban area that was none too pleased with new

American visitors. During this period, Sangin saw an increased use of improvised explosive devices (IEDs), resulting in heavy casualties involving missing limbs.  It was Garcia’s job to act as minesweeper in front of the patrols, finding and sometimes disassembling IEDs.  His eyes trained to pick up on signs like patches of dirt that were darker than others. “You really had to be on top of your game 120 percent of the time,” he said.  “The way they would fight us would just be like going around playing cat-and-mouse with these bombs, putting them in the ground at night and watching the ways that we go.” Garcia lost 25 from his unit, and 200 were wounded in action. “That brotherhood really comes into play,” he said.  “They say you do it for your country, which mainly you do, but the real reason why you even do anything while you’re out there is because of that dude to your left and to your right.  You care about them and they care about you.” After his first tour, Garcia admits to breaking down and finding solace in heavy drinking.  Aware of his downward spiral, he was able to clean up for his second tour, which included getting married to Maribel, with whom he is a proud parent to one-month-old Luis Jr.  He now hits the gym five days a week and finished his first semester of college.   “Don’t sweat the small things, and don’t sweat the big things — my Dad always said that to me, and that stuck with me, especially after going through stuff like [war],” Garcia said of his approach to life.   He adds that seeing death, especially young guys like him, made him appreciate the small things.  He is looking forward to marking off his bucket list, visiting his comrades and “juking” players on the soccer field. “I don’t regret how life happened,” he reflected.  “I just want to have a happy life; as long as I have that, money doesn’t matter.  You can’t take that with you too.” ■

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Outdoor classroom offers plenty of lessons

Joseph Sears School sixth-grader Sam Nahrwold, along with seventh-graders Leah Caywood (left) and Stella Cook, enjoy the school’s outdoor classroom in Kenilworth.

photography by joel lerner ■ by angelika labno Green Bay Road was once home to several Indian guide trees. These trees would be manually trained to grow in a certain direction, bending to signal important locations such as nearby water sources. Over the years, the original trees have all but disappeared from the North Shore, but the tradition has not been lost: the children of Joseph Sears School in Kenilworth will start training their yearold guide tree in their new outdoor classroom. “Our kids today are going to be the stewards of our Earth tomorrow,” said science teacher Lynne Hubert. “It’s 21st-century skills that we work on here.” The tree is just one of the components of the outdoor classroom, which is beginning its second phase this fall. The terraced garden includes vegetable and flowerbeds, berry bushes, a vineyard, a prairie landscape and a council ring, which serves as a gathering place for a classroom. Preparations are being made for a rain garden, where rain barrels will be connected between spots that come out of a retaining wall, to provide irrigation to the garden in front of it. A sundial and pergola over the council ring will round out this year’s projects. Phase three will incorporate a mosaic wall and butterfly garden. “I think it’s always going to be fluid,” said Superintendent Kelley Kalinich. “Just like nature — you kind of have to go with the flow.” Several groups were instrumental in realizing the superintendent’s dream. The Joseph Sears School Parents’ Volunteer Association made it financially plausible by raising approximately $60,000 at a benefit called “Get Your Green On.” Mike Evans, a landscape architect based in Highland Park, turned a vision into a plan. Sears also became the first suburban school to partner with Openlands Chicago, who in turn taught students how to properly plant prairie plants and vegetables. Pivotal involvement, however, came from the student environmental club, Planet Panther. “Dr. Kalinich wanted it to be student-focused, because that’s whom it’s for,” said Chaidan Upp, the club’s teacher advisor, who is passing along her role this year. “Planet Panther was instrumental in raising awareness around the school.” The members surveyed classrooms and reported

the findings back to the outdoor classroom committee, speaking on behalf of the students as to what they would like to get out of the classroom. They also applied and won a grant for a rain barrel. The members will meet throughout the year to understand what the next steps are for the classroom as it prepares for the next phase. Hubert, too, regularly meets with teachers to discuss the garden’s evolving educational purposes. She divvies lessons up by grade, beginning with butterflies in kindergarten. “It gives kids some reality to what they’re doing,” she said. Hubert has found that children in special education concentrate better when outdoors, and they enjoy the furry sensitivity plants that have been specifically planted for touching. “I have learned about some of the plants that I have seen there, and they look different in the outdoor classroom than they do in the grocery store,” said sixth-grader Sam Nahrwold. “They look bigger and better.” In addition to tying the lessons back to the curriculum, Hubert hopes to instill a love of homegrown food. “Kids have to learn what goes into raising a crop to be able to appreciate where their food comes from,” said Hubert, hoping that themed gardens — such as a pizza (oregano and tomatoes) — will spark an interest. The summer’s harvest produced bountiful zucchini, cucumbers, tomatoes and eggplant — so much that the school considers teaming with a garden club or shelter in the future. “We want to make sure the harvest is enjoyed,” said Kalinich. The outdoor classroom will also provide a new purpose this year: to simply enjoy the beauty of nature. Students can sign up during recess or after school to spend time reflecting outdoors or participate in maintenance duties, whatever their interest might be. “What I like best about it is that students can understand how important the environment is to the world and how we wouldn’t be in existence without it,” said seventh-grader Leah Caywood. “And also, [I like] the sheer beauty of the outdoors.” ■


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Creative ideas on North Shore and elsewhere get funding through Web site ■ by bill mclean Danny Wilk of Deerfield needed to attract $10,000 in pledges in 30 days for his Kickstarter project. He reached the figure — plus $186 — in the nick of time on the 30th day, April 7. Wilk, in the insurance business, created a product named Wallet Works, a simple, versatile and innovative wallet with a variety of personal and corporate uses. And it never makes permanent, unbecoming rectangular marks on pants. It is constructed of the same material used for credit cards, and it safely holds all of your essentials, plus cash. A band serves as the product’s sturdy bracelet, securing the bills. “It’s a minimalist wallet for a front pocket,” said Wilk, who grew up in Highland Park and dubs himself an “entrepreneur at heart.” “I exhibited the wallet recently at a trade show [at McCormick Place] and got some great feedback like, ‘This is fantastic.’ ” The TV show “Shark Tank” prodded Wilk’s venture. The show features billionaires who hear product pitches from mostly thousandaires and then decide whether to invest in the products or pass. “My three daughters and I watch the show,” said Wilk, the patent owner of the Bandyball rubber band ball. “I thought, ‘I’ll show them how to start a business.’ That was the impetus behind the wallet. I knew it would be a phenomenal learning experience for them, no matter how it worked out.” Hatched in January, Wilk’s idea led to the production of a prototype and samples. Wilk then found a manufacturer and, after the Kickstarter money came in, used it to buy material and market the product. “In June,” he said, “we started shipping the finished product [to backers]. It’s been exciting and fun for me. I’ve always liked developing new projects, new ideas.” Kickstarter started in 2009, as an American-based for-profit company that provides tools to raise funds via crowd funding for a variety of projects through its website. More than 4.6 million people have pledged more than $750 million for more than 47,000 creative projects. A project must reach its minimum funding goal by a deadline in order to collect, with 5 percent of the goal total going to Kickstarter as a fee. Various incentives turn viewers of projects on Kickstarter. com into eager donors, from getting a movie script signed from a project’s cast to getting a comic-book character named after the backer and illustrated in the backer’s likeness. What good could possibly come from being caught with a fake ID after ordering a beer as a 19-year-old? Receiving nearly $53,000 in a Kickstarter crowd-funding

campaign to create a potential TV series, that’s what. The true story started five years ago in California. Jack Briggs, a 2007 Lake Forest High School graduate, was in a restaurant with friends and fellow actors. With a fake ID in his wallet and a beer in front of him, Briggs looked up at a pair of police officers. “I had heard they did ID checks at that place only twice a year,” recalled Briggs, now 24. “They took my ID and went outside.” Briggs later joined the cops and confessed, saying, “It’s fake. I’ll take the punishment, whatever it is.” A judge eventually sentenced Briggs to attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. “I couldn’t believe that,” Briggs said. “All those meetings, for having one beer.” Brian Briggs got wind of what his son was going through and laughed — not at Jack’s indiscretion but at Jack’s unusual plan of attack after the sentencing. “I found out was that Jack attended all 10 AA meetings, at various locations in the Los Angeles area, in one weekend,” Brian Briggs said. “Some [AA folks] belittled him, and others were very supportive. The variety of atmospheres at each meeting ended up being the germ of his project.” Years later, Jack Briggs and several of his actor friends sat in a room, shooting ideas at one another. What emerged from the session was a commitment to create a mockumentary about a college addiction program that handles addictions in the same room at the same time, with a working title of “Addicts Anonymous.” Imagine a food addict sitting next to a pyromaniac sitting next to a man with anger issues. Money to back the project was a issue. A lack of it, specifically. Briggs and his team of “Addicts Anonymous” creators — actor Nate Hartley and “Days of our Lives” soap opera actors Shawn Christian and Freddie Smith — sought to garner $31,590 to pay for the production of six episodes that might air as a Web series as early as this fall. They received $52,750 from 276 backers in 16 days on Kickstarter. “The money kept pouring in,” said Briggs, who landed roles for Lookingglass Theatre productions and other companies in Chicago while attending Lake Forest High School and appeared on an episode of the TV series “Private Practice” after moving to California. “One week in, we had $8,000. Then two people gave us $5,000 each. It’s been incredible. We feel blessed.” In the summer before his senior year as a theatre major at Northwestern University, Seth Garben came up with a unique plot to a short film he wanted to make. Two conmen impersonate doctors who attempt to lure an agoraphobic shut-in out of his house in order to sell it to an unwary

couple. With the help of Kickstarter ($2,250 pledged) and other resources, Garben produced “Out of Here,” a 10-minute, 45-second flick that is being considered for inclusion at several film festivals. “We found the perfect house [in Evanston] for the movie, and I’m glad we did because that house was such an important part of the movie,” said Garben, who lives in Venice, Calif., and is shopping a TV pilot. “Kickstarter is a fantastic and important vehicle for people, especially for those in the arts at the grassroots level. “It was a little bumpy, my project, and I considered dropping it. But I stuck with my vision, and I got to the point where I thought, ‘There’s no way you can stop now.’ It was like I was driving and my brake lines were cut.” Spike Lee’s Kickstarter campaign has been in full-speedahead mode for weeks. The film director/producer/writer/ actor’s production company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, has produced about 35 more films than Garben has. But that hasn’t stopped more than 6,000 people from pledging more than a $1.3 million for Lee’s movie project about human beings who are addicted to blood. As of Aug. 20, 29 backers of the project had donated $10,000 each, with the incentive of joining Lee for dinner before sitting next to him in a Madison Square Garden courtside seat for a New York Knicks game. Other Kickstarter projects attached to high-profile names include Rob Thomas’ “The Veronica Mars Movie Project” ($5.7 million pledged) and Zach Braff’s “Wish I Was Here” movie ($3.1 million pledged). Those who pledge money have it deducted from Amazon Pay accounts once the projects are successfully funded. Kickstarter’s Web site notes that Beethoven and Mark Twain, among other artists, funded their works with the help of wealthy patrons and “by soliciting money from smaller patrons, often called subscribers.” Some of the subscribers received either an early copy or special edition of the work. “Kickstarter,” the site summed, “is an extension of this model, turbocharged by the Web.” Christian, executive director and one of the co-creators of “Addicts Anonymous,” shared what excites him most about the project during a 52-second video on the project’s Kickstarter page, saying it’s the movie “Breakfast Club” in “a really twisted, irreverent way for this generation (Millennials).” Later in the clip, he captured the essence of Kickstarter campaigns and the backers’ collective message. “The biggest thing about a Kickstarter project is that it is built with the help of an audience,” Christian said. “It’s the people saying, ‘Look, this is what we want to watch,’ as opposed to the networks saying, “Look, this is what you’re going to watch.’ ” ■

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NEWS DIGEST REVIEW glenview The Glenview Grind coffee shop opened this month, replacing Caribou Coffee in the same spot. The Caribou staff found an investor named Perry Mandera, a Glenview resident, to reopen the store under a new name. The space has been revamped and has the feel of a coffee bar; the lion’s share of Caribou employees were retained. The location at 999 Waukegan Rd. closed in April. Scores of Caribou Coffee Company locations across the country have been shutting their doors, including many on the North Shore. glenview The Karate Can-Do! Traveling Team performed its karate maneuvers at the Art at the

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Glen Town Center art festival recently. The Karate Can-Do! Traveling Team is part of the Karate Can-Do! Program offered at North Shore Dojo in Glenview. The program gives children of all abilities the opportunity to participate in karate.   “The intention is to provide inclusion and adaptation in a

program that is both recreational and competitive in nature,” says Sensei Jeff Kohn, founding director and head instructor of North Shore Dojo. northbrook The plan commission heard public testimony Monday on the proposed Walmart in the village.

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The big-box store plans a 150,000-square-foot Walmart Supercenter at 1000 Skokie Boulevard. As proposed, the Supercenter would be open seven days a week between 6 a.m. and midnight and provide general merchandise, grocery and liquor sales, a pharmacy, and more. Walmart has indicated the store will sell neither firearms nor ammunition.  For questions regarding the project, please contact David Schoon, assistant director for development and planning services, at 847-664-4052 or at david.schoon@northbrook.il.us. 

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during the football game. Operation Stand Down is a program started by the Lake County Veterans Assistance Commission, which benefits local homeless, unemployed and at-risk veterans and their families in Lake County. Donations of new or gently used coats and gloves (adult and children sizes) are needed. Contact Detective Cachola of the Deerfield Police Department at 847-945-8636 or at ocachola@deerfield.il.us for more information. glenview Glenview House is ready to host its second annual Oktoberfest on Saturday, Sept. 21. A tent outside of the restaurant will house the event. Beers will include HackerPschorr Oktoberfest and Sam

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Adams Oktoberfest. Brats, pretzels and more will be available to eat. The German band Die Musikmeisters will play. There is no charge for admission. Commemorative liters and half liters will cost $2 per cup. northbrook The Northbrook Park District will build a dog park at Coast Guard Park that is expected to be ready this fall. The Park District said surveys and public meetings prompted the idea. Residents hoped for a spot where dogs could play without a leash while cavorting with other canines. The plan includes a two-acre area for large dogs, a half-acre spot for small dogs and a dog wash.

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Glacier photography just the tip of the iceberg for Balog

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James Balog is the founder and director of Extreme Ice Survey, the most extensive photographic study of glaciers ever conducted (featured in the documentary “Chasing Ice”). He will be one of the guests of honor at Ragdale’s A Novel Affair on Sept. 27-28. Reading: I just finished the “Secret Nights of the Shadow Catcher,” by Timothy Egan, about Edward Curtis, a photographer. I read another book called “True Summit,” by David Roberts, about the first ascent of Annapurna, a mountain in the Himalayas. That’s been the past few weeks. Listening: I’ve been, unnaturally, devoid of music the past few months. But what I have been listening to is my old favorites: Beethoven’s “Piano Concerto No. 5,” the Back Keys, Led Zeppelin and Mendelssohn’s “Songs Without Words.” That’s me: Mr. Eclectic. Watching: I watch virtually no TV. The wasteland is appalling; but I did just watch Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris,” a film called “The Fierce Green Fire,” about climate change and sustainability. And just last night I watched a segment of the PBS series on the American West. The overall series is simply called “The West.” Following: In terms of subjects that I follow, it kind of makes my head spin. I follow way, way, way too much. I try and keep up on economic news; I read The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. The big thing I keep track of is about a dozen different sectors of science knowledge, anthropogenic change. What I’m looking at is atmospheric science, ice science, particularly in Greenland, and mountain glaciers in Antarctica. I’m looking at forest changes, animal extinction, sea level rise, ocean acidification. And the science of extreme weather, particularly as it relates to severe storms and drought. I read the leading scientific journals on a regular basis, and it’s absolutely exhausting. I’ve had intermediaries filtering it for me at times, as it’s almost a half-time job. The other thing I’m thinking about is the view of political trends as it relates

to climate security. I try to stay aware of what Chinese and European trends are in clean energy, in very clear terms, because I’m not an engineer. And of course I’m watching what’s going on in Washington, vis-à-vis climate change and energy policy. Activity: We’re preparing for two big expeditions this winter: one to Patagonia in Argentina, and one in Antarctica. It’s a big process. I’m writing a book, a series of stories of what I’ve seen as a photographer looking at the current era of massive human-caused change on the planet — that’s basically what my whole career has been about. At Ragdale, I’ll be talking about what I saw in the world of climate change. Eating: I’ve been focusing on eating a lot more protein and cutting down on carbs, trying to feed that engine. That’s sort of the general concept — I’m not a

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Notching a triumph in the sports book world

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Herald on the Blackhawks and the Star Tribune in Once the Chicago Blackhawks astonished the Boston Minnesota on Peterson) Bruins by scoring two late goals to capture the Stanley to write commemoraCup in June, the streets of the Windy City swelled with tive books. Though thousands yearning to celebrate. the Peterson work Not Mitch Rogatz. After watching the game with his dog was obvious as his Clementine — along with a few bags of taco chips and a cold season progressed beer — he remained indoors. Work beckoned. — and Triumph “I sent communications to the Midwest printer to hit could focus solely on the button on the run of 32,000 copies of him — the playoffs in ‘Unstoppable!’,” says Rogatz, the publisher of Chicagoall pro sports based Triumph Books, referring to the company’s 128leagues create spepage large paperback reliving the Blackhawks’ cial challenges. Rogatz and others championship season. “Then I jumped into the backorders must assess what to make sure all books could get shipped, received, and teams hold the best put on shelves 3-1/2 days later.” chances to win the Those instant books — “Unstoppable!” appeared in about Super Bowl, Stanley 450 area Walgreens stores by the weekend after the Monday night clincher — are a crucial business for Cup and the like. When Triumph, once owned by Random House before Rogatz the finals begin, two books are nearly com(along with a private investor) bought the company he plete, and printing constarted back from the New York publisher in 2011. Championships are big sellers for the leading sports-book tracts have been procured in publisher in the country — and speed is crucial. the two contending cities. “That first weekend, the passion is still high,” says But only one press will Rogatz, a Glencoe resident and Northbrook native run. who notes nearly a third of sales are achieved at In fact, Rogatz faced that time. “It’s like a toboggan hill. The more you more work after the have at the stores early on — and managers see Blackhawks’ win that night; he so much selling so fast — the toboggan is high needed to deal and can have a long run. They’ll keep that prodMitch Rogatz with the seconduct by the cash register much longer.” Standout seasons can also prompt the quick book illustration by barry blitt place city. After in forming the turnaround — Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s MVP performance a year after major Boston Globe that the Bruins’ book it had been working surgery spurred “Rush to Greatness” this past winter. on would not be published (Triumph did green-light a But Triumph’s best-selling instant book ever fit neither runner-up book once, after Seattle lost its first Super category. Bowl), Rogatz cancelled the print run of 24,000 copies as On April 1, 2001, Rogatz picked up the Sunday New York well as orders slated for retailers such as BJ›s Warehouse Times on his driveway. He soon checked the paperback nonClub and stores in Logan Airport. fiction best-seller list. Propped at No. 1 was Triumph’s “Dale Triumph publishes more than 100 books a year, primarily Earnhardt: Remembering the Intimidator.” related to sports (perhaps five percent are instant books, but “It was April 1, so I thought, ‘Did someone slide this in they provide a big chunk of the company’s $10 million-plus to give me a hard time?’ “ recalled Rogatz. annual sales). Especially popular is the “100 Things” series Right after Earnhardt died in a Daytona 500 crash on — for example, “100 Things Nebraska Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.” Biographies on sports legends such Feb. 18, Wal-Mart called Rogatz’ salesmen to ask if a book as Bobby Orr and Vince Lombardi are a Triumph staple. was planned. Triumph published one in about a week, printing 350,000 copies. “Remembering the Intimidator” “We have to come up with a whole list of new titles every topped the New York Times’ charts for 13 weeks. six months,” said Rogatz, whose fall titles are now hitting The firm partners with local newspapers (such as the Daily bookstores. “The good news is, in sports, there’s always

something new. The bad news is, unlike a Procter & Gamble product, the shelf life is generally only several months.” Growing up in Northbrook, Rogatz has wonderful memories of the village he enthusiastically refers to as “the speed-skating capital of the world.” His street was filled with boys around the same age. “You’d choose sides for kickball, football — you could count on having a game of anything,” Rogatz said. His father, Bruce Roberts, was a well-known sportscaster on CBS, teaming up with Bill Kurtis and Walter Jacobson some nights. “He’d take me to a Bears’ practice. While he was interviewing, I’d be catching punts from Bobby Joe Greene,” Rogatz said. “I’d go to Bulls’ games and catch free throws for Tom Boerwinkle.” Following stints at Arthur Andersen and Quaker Oats and after procuring a masters in business administration from the University of Chicago in 1985, Rogatz met with a friend who wanted to enter the book business. “I thought, ‘Spend a dollar and make a million.’ Thought I knew everything like other MBAs — I was one of those guys,” Rogatz said. The duo started a company called Bonus Books. After publishing the hugely successful “Ditka: An Autobiography” in 1986 after the Bears’ Super Bowl win, the company faltered. Rogatz launched Triumph Books in 1989 by himself in shared office space in the South Loop. Over lunch at Yoke, a few football fields from Triumph’s present office on Franklin Street, Rogatz recalled a bruising start as a solo entrepreneur before he noticed the NCAA was publishing annual media guides for college football teams — and a light went off. “I thought, ‘You know what? You could have a record book,” says Rogatz, sipping a Ben Hogan (half cranberry juice and half orange juice, a drink so named during lunch). “You already have the information. What if we put on a new cover, change the design …’ ” “The Official College Football Record Book” was born, as was Triumph’s relationship with sports entities (the NHL and others eventually followed the NCAA). Its success long since established, Triumph — with the bankruptcy of Borders and the rise of e-books — faces different challenges these days. “If it’s a four-color book like the Adrian Peterson one, the e-book platform is not great,” Rogatz sighs. “I liken this to grinding in the corners in hockey. You have to work a little bit harder, but it’s there to be had.” And the publisher is optimistic he has the right formula for the future. “The sports and the emotion aren’t going away,” he says. “The delivery mechanism may change, but the story and the message and the commentary will still be there.” ■

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Lights, camera …  action! The North Shore was once a hotbed of moviemaking ■ by

bill mclean

Steve and Gerry Keen heard Hollywood had arrived in their hometown of Highland Park in 1982. The married couple wanted to check out a movie set after dinner one night. They got on their bikes, seeking bright lights — and maybe a movie star or two. “We knew the people who had lived in one of the houses they were using for the film,” Steve Keen recalled. “We pulled up, and I noticed a kid flipping a football to himself on the front lawn. Others were standing around. They were between scenes.” Steve approached the young actor and struck up a conversation after introducing himself. “How is everything in Highland Park?” Steve, then 38, asked. Small talk ensued. The actor, football in hand, retreated slightly from the North Shore resident; Steve Keen also backed up. They chatted some more on the lawn; they retreated some more. “He wanted to play catch,” Keen said. “And that’s what we did for about five to 10 minutes. We stopped tossing the football around when he had to go inside for a scene.” Steve Keen learned a couple of things that day. One of them: Tom Cruise can throw a tight spiral. “I had never heard of Tom Cruise,” Keen said. “He was a kid, just a kid. He seemed like a nice kid. “My wife had heard of him.” Cruise was 20 when he portrayed Joel Goodsen in the 1983 film “Risky Business,” written and directed by Highland Park native Paul Brickman. Goodsen wasn’t a very good son in the flick. Several years earlier, actor Timothy Hutton was Conrad Jarrett, the son of characters Robert Redford directs “Ordinary People.” portrayed by Donald Sutherland and Mary Tyler Moore, in “Ordinary People.” The 1980 movie, directed by Robert Redford, was also shot in Highland Park, as well as in Lake Forest, Lake Bluff, Highwood, Wilmette and Northbrook. “It was like one big picnic, every day,” Benjamin recalled. Lake Forest resident Tim Henry appeared in a few of the movie’s scenes, including one that But Hollywood is no longer packing its wicker baskets and blanketing the North Shore took place in the McDonald’s on Sheridan Road in Highwood. A 17-year-old Lake Forest High as often as it did 30-40 years ago. School student at the time, Henry played a rambunctious teen who disrupted Conrad’s nerveBenjamin shared a couple of theories. racking date with Jeannine (Elizabeth McGovern) by yelping, “Hey, Jarrett, how ya doing?” “John Hughes, Paul Brickman and David Seltzer — they wrote what they knew, and they Henry, who now works in real estate and still lives in Lake Forest, had a friend back knew all about growing up in communities like those on the North Shore,” she said. “They then whose mom was friends with the casting director of “Ordinary People.” The movie enjoyed telling stories, and they certainly enjoyed returning to film those stories here. would need lots of teens to serve as extras. “But there aren’t fewer movies shot here because of a lack of local, talented screenwrit“My suggestion, before I got the part, was to have Redford stop by a party I’d planned ers. There’s an economic factor working; it’s sometimes cheaper to shoot scenes elsewhere to attend,” Henry said. “I told everybody at the party that Robert Redford would stop by. (Canada, for example) than it is to shoot here.” Well, 7 p.m. came and went. Then 8, then 9. No sign of Robert Redford. At 9:30 that night, Former Lake Forest High School science teacher Jim Benton shot more than 1,000 there’s a knock at the back door. It’s Robert Redford, with Mary Tyler Moore. Redford photographs during the filming of “Ordinary People,” which won the Academy Award for told the person who answered the door, ‘I’m looking for my friend, Tim Henry.’ Best Picture. After getting permission to click to his heart’s content, as long as it didn’t “Robert Redford,” Henry added, “is very personable, very cool.” interfere with the movie’s actual sounds, the Lake Bluff resident captured images mostly One of the hottest locations to shoot movies in the 1970s and 1980s — particularly motion of the people who toiled behind the scenes. pictures aimed at drawing teens — was the North Shore. The late director/screenwriter “Cameramen, sound people, people unloading trucks … I was interested in taking shots John Hughes was to teen movies what Elvis Presley was to rock and roll. A Northbrook of the non-actors for historical purposes, for our school’s yearbook,” said Benton, who noted resident and Glenbrook North High School graduate, Hughes liked to set up shop for his part of his back can be seen in one of the movie’s pool scenes. “I got to know those people films in familiar territory. Some of his hits (either as director, writer or both) that were really well. “I couldn’t believe the number of hours the actors spent just waiting around. Being an shot along the North Shore: “Sixteen Candles” (1984); “The Breakfast Club” (1984); “Weird Science” (1985); “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (1986); “Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987); actor, I learned, must be incredibly boring.” and “Home Alone” (1990). It took a 10-hour window to complete a three-minute “Lucas,” a 1986 film starring Charlie Sheen and Corey “Ordinary People” scene in Walker Bros. Original Pancake Haim, was written and directed by David Seltzer, another House in Wilmette. Highland Park native and a 1958 Highland Park High One of the many “Ordinary People” stories Benjamin School graduate. likes to recount is the number of local women who had It’s one of Susan Benjamin’s favorite flicks. The former asked Redford out. Highland Park High School teacher and School District “They went up to him and asked him if he’d like to join them 113 assistant superintendent noted a football scene in for tea,” Benjamin. “He said no to all of them. But that didn’t “Lucas” started in what was once a girls locker room at seem to bother the women, because they got to tell their friends HPHS. that they asked Robert Redford to join them for tea.” Steve and Gerry Keen were at a play in London when Ask Benjamin anything about the time when Hollywood invaded the North Shore seemingly every other month (durthey noticed two patrons rushing out of the theatre moments ing the Carter and Reagan administrations), and she’ll before the end of the first act. One looked a lot like Tom enlighten and educate. The Highland Park resident does, Cruise; the other looked a lot like Nicole Kidman, Cruise’s after all, live on Beech Street, next door to the location of wife then. It was 1999 — 15 years after Steve and Cruise met on a set in Highland Park. the red-Ferrari-crashing-through-the-glass-garage-and-intoa-ravine scene from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” She also has Steve got up and headed toward the lobby, hoping to run conducted “Hollywood in Highland Park” bus/van tours for into the actor that had starred in dozens of hits since danc20 years. Stops along the tour include Highland Park houses ing alone to Bob Seger’s “Old Time Rock and Roll” in “Risky and restaurants that appeared in “Ordinary People,” “Risky Business.” “I couldn’t find him,” Steve said. “Maybe it wasn’t Tom Business,” “Home Alone” (the main house showcased in that movie is on Lincoln Avenue in Winnetka), “Ferris Bueller’s Cruise. I told my wife I was going to stick around the Day Off,” “Lucas” and “A Prelude to a Kiss.” entrance until just before the start of the second act. He appeared. He was Tom Cruise. For two months in 1985, Benjamin’s front yard was Hughes’ outdoor office during the filming of “Ferris Bueller’s “I went up to him and reminded him of the time we spent Day Off.” Actors, camera and lighting folks, along with Susan Benjamin lives next door to the house where a red Ferrari playing catch all those years ago. He said, ‘Oh my curious neighbors, also hung out and mingled for hours in flew into the ravine during “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.” God, how are you?’ He then gave me the biggest smile front of the Benjamin house. and shook my hand.” ■ photography by joel lerner


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love & marriage Is an old family engagement ring better than a new one? ■ by joanna brown

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some non-traditional stones that make Ms. Geraty roll over in her grave. Jennifer Lopez, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, and Prince William all chose colored gemstones to send the trend on fire. And then there are the 5 percent of men who seek out a “man-gagement ring.” An additional 17 percent reported that they would be willing to wear such a thing. Jennifer Hudson gave her fiancé a ring, and singer Michael Buble wore one. I imagine that Justin Bieber will wear one, too. What other new marriage and wedding customs can you see coming? Share your predictions with me at Joanna@northshoreweekend.com ■

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It’s been a while since I started reading “The Engagements,” but I’m still thinking about rings. The beautiful novel by J. Courtney Sullivan intermingles four fictional couples, in four separate decades, and their experiences with marriage with the true story of Frances Geraty, the woman behind DeBeers’ famous tagline, “A Diamond is Forever.” Ms. Geraty contributed significantly to the rise in popularity of diamond engagement rings in the U.S., though she herself never married. Since I first discussed Ms. Geraty in this column I learned about the rings worn by Glenview resident Gail Kalina and her daughter. The story begins with a small solitaire Gail’s mother-in-law, Florence, received on her 17th birthday with her father’s advice: don’t be in a hurry to get a diamond from a young man. Florence took it to heart and spent 10 years after

secretarial school working and traveling the country. In 1944, she received a onecarat emerald cut engagement ring from her future husband, Joseph. Joseph replaced Florence’s ring with a larger one on their 25th anniversary, and the first ring was handed down to their youngest son — Gail’s husband — for use as Gail’s engagement ring. Many years after that, in 1976, Florence passed down to Gail’s daughter the small solitaire Florence had received on her 17th birthday. She shared same advice that she had received with the ring: don’t be in a hurry. Gail told me recently, “Both my daughter and I wear our rings everyday and cherish the memories of a very special woman.” I feel the same way about my engagement ring, which previously served as my grandmother Josephine’s (she is also my namesake). I was her only granddaughter at the time of her death, and I kept her ring for many years in a box on my dresser. My then-boyfriend knew that I wanted to wear the ring as my own, and surprised me when he proposed with a diamond to

replace the small stone in the center of the ring that my working-class grandfather had provided. The blend of the old and new makes the ring that much more special to me. I designed a special necklace a few years ago to display the tiny original diamond, which is similarly precious to me. While Gail and I are most fond of our old rings, a recent survey of 10,000 newly engaged and recently married women by The Knot revealed that second-hand rings account for only 14 percent of engagement rings. Fifty percent of women opted for new, fully fashioned rings; and 36 percent wear new, custom-designed rings. Included in those custom rings are likely


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skändal owner Katie Cory is prepared for the store’s upcoming pajama party.

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■ by jake jarvi skändal in Winnetka is hosting an open house in honor of its first anniversary in business — and is offering guests a chance to make a difference in the lives of Chicagoland children as a part of the celebration. Anyone making purchases during the Thursday, Sept. 26 event has the option of receiving a 15 percent discount on his or her purchase or donating that 15 percent to the Rice Child + Family Center, a residential treatment center for the toughest cases of abuse and neglect in the Illinois foster care system. “The money we raise is for the things that the state does not pay for,” says Katie Cory, owner of skändal. “Shockingly, these are the things that work the most successfully to help the kids get better. They’re things like yoga therapy, music therapy, drum therapy. They’re called expressive therapies. The state won’t pay for them.” The Rice Child + Family Center has been helping abused children for more than 105 years. When children who have suffered a history of violence demonstrate unpredictable behavior and have a difficult time socializing in foster families, Rice helps them to recover positive social capabilities. Through the guidance of therapists who are with them 24 hours a day, individual and group counseling, and social skills training, the children are rehabilitated with the hopes of placing them either in a loving adoptive or foster family. “As an organization, about 88 percent or so of our funding comes from state or federal grants or reimbursements, but about eight percent of it is philanthropic like this,” says Jassen Strokosch, communications director of Children’s Home + Aid, the organization that founded the Rice Center. “While that’s a small percentage of the total, it’s really crucial. Most of

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our great program success comes from doing additional services that aren’t going to be covered. “One of the things we’ve implemented in the last couple years at Rice Center specifically is a much healthier diet. The children are healthier; they’re more active. We’re able to do that because of philanthropic dollars like this.” One of the recurring costs for the Rice Child + Family Center is two pairs of pajamas per year for each of their residents. In honor of that, Cory and her team are offering 20 percent discounts or donations to any guest who attends the open house in pajamas. Cory opened skändal a year ago as the North Shore’s portal to Scandinavian design. Showcasing the

“The money we raise is for the things that the state does not pay for. Shockingly, these are the things that work the most successfully to help the kids get better.” | Katie Cory work of design houses from Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Iceland, and the Netherlands, skändal emphasizes apparel and accessories but also maintains a selection of home goods and gifts. skändal’s First Anniversary and Pajama Party runs from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 26. The celebration will feature hors d’oeuvres and beverages. “Besides my family, my heart lies in two places,” says Cory. “skändal and Rice. So events like this are a perfect mix.” ■

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WANTED ! CONNIE DORNAN NEEDS HOMES TO SELL! 54 Homes Sold in 2013 and Counting!

1917 GLENVIEW - SOLD!!

29027 BRASSERIE - SOLD!!

“Quite simply the best follow up…” - Joanne D. “Straight shooter & honest…” - Kevin B.

1906 LINNEMAN - PENDING!!

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1123 PINE - SOLD!!

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438 BRIARHILL - SOLD!!

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1020 KNOLLWOOD - PENDING!!

3126 ELDER - SOLD!!

TOP 1% REALTOR® NATIONWIDE*

915 ROLLING PASS - SOLD!!

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What Matters...

To Maximize Your Exposure, Coldwell Banker Matters Unique Visitors 6/2013

Year Over Year Change

COLDWELLBANKERONLINE.COM

347,497

+33.6%

rubloff.com

142,371

+75.5%

bairdwarner.com

115,235

+50.8%

koenigstrey.com

36,649

-37.3%

atproperties.com

29,128

-66.8%

Web Site

*Based on information from Compete.com August 2013. Neither Compete.com nor CBRB guarantee accuracy of the data; data may not reflect all market activity.

We Believe in Home DEERFIELD 847.945.7100

EVANSTON CENTRAL 847.866.8200

EVANSTON DOWNTOWN 847.864.2600

GLENCOE 847.835.0236

GLENVIEW 847.724.5800

HIGHLAND PARK 847.433.5400

LAKE FOREST 847.234.8000

NORTHBROOK 847.272.9880

WILMETTE WINNETKA 847.256.7400 847.446.4000


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#1 on the north Shore #1 in Glenview-Golf

#1 in Northbrook

Closed Transactions

260

Closed Transactions

246

by Broker

by Broker

January 1 - June 30, 2013

January 1 - June 30, 2013

136

62

46

45

43

33

39 19

14

cb

Koenig & Strey

@properties

Prudential Rubloff

Baird & Warner

Pulte Homes

#1 in Deerfield

144

cb

Koenig & Strey

Prudential Rubloff

@properties

Baird & Warner

15

Century 21 M.B. Real Estate

#1 on the North Shore

1,635

Closed Transactions

Closed Transactions by Broker January 1 - June 30, 2013

by Broker

January 1 - June 30, 2013

722

40

437 377 24

273

21

19

171 9

cb

Koenig & Strey

Prudential Rubloff

Baird & Warner

@properties

Re/max Experts

coldwell

@properties

Koenig & Strey

Prudential Rubloff

Baird & Warner

Jameson Sothebys

Based on information from Midwest Real Estate Data LLC for the period 1/1/13-6/30/13. Due to MLS reporting methods and allowable reporting policy, this data is only informational and may not be completely accurate. Therefore, Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage does not guarantee the data accuracy. Data maintained by the MLS may not reflect all real estate activity in the market. Criteria: Closed; Property Type=DE, AT, Land; Area= Deerfield,Evanston,Glencoe, Glenview-Golf,Highwood, Highland Park, Kenilworth, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lincolnshire, Northbrook, Northfield, Riverwoods, Winnetka, Wilmette

Buyers and sellers of North Shore real estate trust Coldwell Banker more than any other brokerage.

We Believe in Home DEERFIELD 847.945.7100

EVANSTON CENTRAL 847.866.8200

EVANSTON DOWNTOWN 847.864.2600

GLENCOE 847.835.0236

GLENVIEW 847.724.5800

HIGHLAND PARK 847.433.5400

LAKE FOREST 847.234.8000

NORTHBROOK 847.272.9880

WILMETTE WINNETKA 847.256.7400 847.446.4000


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DEERFIELD 847.945.7100

EVANSTON CENTRAL 847.866.8200

EVANSTON DOWNTOWN 847.864.2600

GLENCOE 847.835.0236

GLENVIEW 847.724.5800

HIGHLAND PARK 847.433.5400

LAKE FOREST 847.234.8000

NORTHBROOK 847.272.9880

WILMETTE WINNETKA 847.256.7400 847.446.4000


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ColdwellBankerOnline.com

DEERFIELD

$2,999,000

NORTHBROOK

$2,950,000

NORTHBROOK

$2,950,000

NORTHBROOK

$2,495,000

Turn-Of-The-Century 7 bedroom, 8.2 bath home enhanced by multi-million dollar renovation.

Stunning 6 bedroom, 8.1 bath custom 10,000+ square foot contemporary flooded with light.

Extraordinary 6 bedroom, 5.2 bath custom residence on a spectacular 1.25-acre.

Spectacularly beautiful 5 bedroom, 5.3 bath home is located on a 1.5-acre lot backing to a forest preserve.

Michele Vold/Linda Antokal

847-945-7100

Maureen Mohling

847-446-4500

Gloria Matlin

Donald Stein/Brenda Ferdman

$2,399,000

NORTHBROOK

$2,299,000

GLENVIEW

RIVERWOODS

847-835-0236

$2,250,000

GLENVIEW

847-945-7100

$2,249,000

Elegant 6 bedroom, 5.2 bathwith 4 fireplaces, cherry & granite kitchen, stunning MB, finished LL, & more.

Stunning 5 bedroom, 6.1 bath French Country home has been expertly constructed with the highest level of finish.

Call this castle your home! 6 bedroom, 7.3 bath home on fenced 2 acres!

East Glenview 5 bedroom on 1 acre with 2 fireplaces, 1st floor office, gourmet kitchen, lovely MB & more.

Marla Schneider

847-724-5800

Suzanne Myers

Lori Progar

847-990-3110

Marla Schneider

847-724-5800

NORTHBROOK

$1,995,000

$1,750,000

LINCOLNSHIRE

$1,730,000

GLENVIEW

847-234-8000

$1,850,000

NORTHBROOK

Impressive 5 bedroom, 6.1 bath w/6 fireplaces, gourmet kitchen, library, glorious MB, fin LL & more.

Magnificent East Glenview residence with the charm of yesteryear and modern conveniences.

Exquisite 3 br, 3.2 ba custom home on a private lake designed by renowned architect Tony Grunsfeld.

Fabulous new Arthur J. Greene masterpiece backing to Wright Woods Forest Preserve on over 1 acre lot.

Marla Schneider

Marla Schneider

Marla Pierson

847-778-5339

David Rose

847-433-5400

$1,590,000

GLENVIEW

$1,575,000

847-724-5800

BANNOCKBURN

$1,599,000

BANNOCKBURN

847-724-5800

$1,595,000

NORTHBROOK

Fantastic 4 bedroom, 5.1 bath sprawling custom-built 20 year old ranch home beautifully-set on 3 private acres.

Architect-designed 4 bedroom, 5.1 bath retreat. Totally redone to highest standards in last several years.

Exquisite 1-of-a-kind 7000+ square foot Ranch home on a gorgeous acre lot!

Wonderful red brick Colonial on 1.3 acres in a most serene and private setting in an enclave of 5 homes.

Alan Berlow

Julie Deutsch

Marla Pierson

Anne DuBray

847-945-7100

847-835-6086

847-778-5339

Knowledge Is The dIfference Bringing out your home’s exceptional qualities and skillfully marketing them to the widest audience of qualified luxury home buyers – that’s the winning combination of experience, expertise and resources that Coldwell Banker Previews International® Property Specialists employ to consistently deliver the exceptional results you desire. Uniquely qualified to represent your interests, they’ve mastered the fine art of handling exceptional properties.

©2013 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker®, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews International Logo are registered trademarks licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office is Operated by Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC.

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ColdwellBankerOnline.com

GLENVIEW

$1,480,000

GLENVIEW

$1,399,000

BANNOCKBURN

$1,394,000

GLENVIEW

$1,375,000

New construction 5 bedroom, 4.2 bath home on lovely dead-end street and walk to Cunliff Park.

East Glenview 5 bedroom, 6.1 bath custom home on ½ acre. Gourmet kitchen. Library w/fplc. Full finished LL.

Spectacular 6 bedroom, 6 full, 2 half bath home on over 4+ gorgeous acres of equestrian property!

Charming, expanded and remodeled 5 bedroom, 3.2 bath Cape Cod home in the heart of The Circles.

Uney Lai

Marla Schneider

Team Van Horn

Anne DuBray

847-724-5800

GLENVIEW

$1,325,000

GLENVIEW

847-724-5800

$1,299,000

GLENVIEW

847-702-9686

$1,268,000

RIVERWOODS

847-724-5800

$1,199,900

Great opportunity to be in the sought-after Southgate on the Glen. 5 bedroom, 4.1 bath custom-built home.

Another new construction home offered by Orchard Glen Homes in sought-after Henley-Dewes-Linneman area.

Amazing classic home on one of South Gates largest, private, beautifully landscaped lots.

Custom 3 bedroom, 5.1 bath home features views of the patio, pond and spectacular waterfall!

Judy Huske

847-724-5800

Monica Corbett

847-446-4500

Anne DuBray

847-724-5800

Steve Grunyk

$1,199,000

RIVERWOODS

$1,199,000

GLENVIEW

$1,189,000

LINCOLNSHIRE

RIVERWOODS

847-945-7100

$1,100,000

Sophisticated and elegant 3 bedroom, 4.1 bath French Country ranch in a serene setting.

Outstanding 6 bedroom, 6.1 bath with lake & golf course views w/gourmet kitchen, indoor pool, & more

Elegant 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath Colonial on wooded 5/8 acre lot in Glenayre Park.

So much to love in this newer 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath highquality custom-built ranch.

Karen Feldman

Marla Schneider

Constance Browne

Leta Gold

GLENVIEW

847-945-7100

$1,025,000

BANNOCKBURN

847-724-5800

$1,025,000

GLENVIEW

847-724-5800

$999,000

DEERFIELD

847-945-7100

$949,000

Traditional 4 bedroom, 4.1 bath home in ideal location features grand porch, smart floor plan w/chef’s kitchen.

Outstanding 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath custom ranch on 2+ lush acres with tranquil pond.

Beautiful expanded 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath remodeled ranch on a lovely acre lot.

Sensational 5 bedroom, 3.1 bath brick and stone newer home with all the bells and whistles.

Monica Corbett

Sharon Gertz

Anne DuBray

Nancy Gibson

847-446-4500

847-926-1743

847-724-5800

Knowledge Is The dIfference Bringing out your home’s exceptional qualities and skillfully marketing them to the widest audience of qualified luxury home buyers – that’s the winning combination of experience, expertise and resources that Coldwell Banker Previews International® Property Specialists employ to consistently deliver the exceptional results you desire. Uniquely qualified to represent your interests, they’ve mastered the fine art of handling exceptional properties.

©2013 Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. All Rights Reserved. Coldwell Banker®, the Coldwell Banker Logo, Coldwell Banker Previews International® and the Previews International Logo are registered trademarks licensed to Coldwell Banker Real Estate LLC. Each Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Office is Operated by Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate LLC.

847-753-6239


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The Marla Schneider TeaM

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Over 51 MilliOn under cOnTracT YTd Over 100 TranSacTiOnS under cOnTracT YTd Over 780 MilliOn in career SaleS #1 agenT cOldwell Banker glenview and nOrTh ShOre 2012 • TOp 1% Of real eSTaTe agenTS inTernaTiOnallY • a TeaM Of prOfeSSiOnalS dedicaTed TO YOur needS wiTh Over 80 YearS Of cOMBined reSidenTial real eSTaTe experience • cOldwell Banker iS The leading real eSTaTe cOMpanY On The nOrTh ShOre in BOTh vOluMe and uniTS

when The TiMe cOMeS TO BuY Or Sell YOur hOMe cOnTacT YOur nOrTh ShOre SpecialiSTS… The Marla Schneider TeaM • 847-657-3790 Marla.Schneider@cbexchange.com • www.MoveWithMarla.com

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2025 Maplewood Road, Northbrook IL

09/14 – 09/15/13

$749,000

Beautiful 5 Bedroom, 5 Bath in Glenbrook Countryside Subdivision of Northbrook. Sits on over half acre of land. Gourmet Kitchen with granite counters and cherry cabinets, and SS appliances. Family Room and Master Bedroom with Fireplaces. Crown Moldings throughout. 1st Floor Bedroom. Full Finished Lower Level which includes full bath, plus extra room, currently used as office. Full outdoor kitchen on backyard patio. Over 3000 sq ft of living space. 3 car attached garage. www.2025Maplewood.info

Joel Raynes 312.607.2784 Joel.Raynes@CBExchange.com

FEATURED PROPERTIES

1100 Central Ave. E Wilmette, IL 60091

RECENTLY SOLD

940 Sutton Northbrook

$649,900

2320 Oak Northbrook

243 Gladys Court, Deerfield

1710 Mission Hills #204 Northbrook

$998,000

1520 Rosewood Deerfield

Susan Levinson Whether buying your first home or downsizing after 30 years to a condo, Susan’s goal is to make her client’s real estate experience stress free and successful. Susan’s 35 years experience is your biggest asset as she guides you from staging, pricing, contract negotiations and on to the closing. Her commitment and passion for Real Estate has earned her many Top Producer awards including #2 Agent in Northbrook 2 years in a row.

319 Hibbard Road, Winnetka

Susan Levinson 847.601.4994 Susan.Levinson@CBExchange.com

1330 Shermer Road Northbrook, IL 60062


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Matchless In Exceeding Client Expectations

Listed by Valerie Average Time On Market: Less Than One Week!

SOLD Northbrook

UNDER CONTRACT

UNDER CONTRACT

950 Huckleberry Ln.

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

Northbrook

11 Ct. Of Hidden Wells

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

Northbrook

2241 Chestnut St.

4 Bedrooms | 2.0 Baths

Sold by Valerie

Highland Park

SOLD

SOLD

SOLD 500 Lincoln Ave.

2 Bedrooms | 1 Bath

Glenview

2117 Trowbridge Ct. Unit 3

3 Bedrooms | 3.1 Baths

Northbrook

1088 Shermer Rd. #105

2 Bedrooms | 2.0 Baths

2012 and 2013 Five Star Real Estate Agent Award 2012 Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate Sterling Society I have qualified buyers right now and great properties about to be listed. Please contact me for all of your real estate needs!

Valerie Kistenbroker 847.452.0191 Valerie.Kistenbroker@cbexchange.com

ValerieKistenbrokerHomes.com

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When You Work With Sharon...“It’s All About YOU!”

FOR SALE! Glenview

SOLD

SOLD

3020 Knollwood

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

Glenview

2400 Covert

2 Bedrooms | 1.1 Baths

Glenview

1333 Royal Oak

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

3020Knollwood.info

SOLD Deerfield

1050 Brookside

3 Bedrooms | 2 Baths

Glenview

UNDER CONTRACT Glenview

SOLD

SOLD 430 Michael Manor

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

Glenview

UNDER CONTRACT

UNDER CONTRACT

2624 Fontana

4 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

Morton Grove

9030 Harlem

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

2305 Central

3 Bedrooms | 1.1 Baths

Northbrook

Sharon Recently Represented Buyers In Purchasing The Following Homes 1512 Crown, Glenview 8846 Merrill, Niles 6616 Hazel, Morton Grove 3000 Applegate, Glenview

Sharon Dolezal 847.361-0864 Sharon.Dolezal@cbexchange.com

SharonDolezal.com

1954 Thornwood, Northbrook 1731 Pavillion #408, Park Ridge 4403 New Hampshire, Crystal Lake 30 Rosewood, Hawthorn Woods

2442 Ridge

5 Bedrooms | 3.1 Baths


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Always Work With The FINEst

Cindy Fine

847-212-4732 cindy.fine@cbexchange.com

Jessica Fine

847.212.2630 jessica.fine@cbexchange.com 1923 Potomac court Wheeling

1717 haPP road northbrook

Lexington Homes Willow Place Townhome is absolutely exquisite! Move-in ready with large eat-in kitchen with balcony, granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, & hardwood floors! 3 spacious bedrooms, 2.5 baths, and large lower level recreation/media room! With its peaceful prairie surroundings and bike path, this home truly has it ALL.

This unique home situated on a cul-de-sac has everything and more! Welcoming foyer leading to the open light filled family room. Bright kitchen with tons of cabinets, corian countertops, backsplash and stainless steel appliances, cabinet paneled fridge. Dining room is surrounded by new sliding doors leading to the beautiful yard and gardens. First floor space with own bed, bath & kitchen. 4 bedrooms, 3 baths.

$268,500

$569,000

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Thinking of Moving? Homes For Your Lifestyle

1009 Meadowbrook, Deerfield Fabulous 5 bedroom, 5.1 bath home on a gorgeous half acre lot! Enjoy the huge master retreat with incredible luxurious bath and tremendous walk-in closet. $899,995 | 1009Meadowbrook.info

1625 Brighton, Northbrook

1022 Whitfield, Northbrook

Spacious 4 bedroom, 3.1 bath home with beautiful master bath and fabulous finished basement. $549,500 | 1625Brighton.info

Charming 3 bedroom, 2 bath Ranch with full basement and 1 car garage. $269,000 | 1022Whitfield.info

Marsha Schwartz 847.217-9599 Marsha.Schwartz@cbexchange.com BestNorthShoreHomes.com

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Home Is Where Your Story Begins... ...Let Barb Help You Find Your Stage!

Northfield

$1,075,000

4 Bedrooms | 4.0 Baths

www.2371Dorina.info Custom Ranch!

Highland Park

2 Bedrooms | 1.1 Baths

4 Bedrooms | 4.1 Baths

$325,000

$999,000

www.2310Oak.info Newer Construction in District 28!

Barb Pepoon 847.480.4081 Barb.Pepoon@cbexchange.com

BarbPepoon.com

4 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

$699,500

www.1214Ridgewood.info East Northbrook!

www.775Broadview.info Ravinia Area!

Northbrook

Northbrook

Deerfield

3 Bedrooms | 2.1 Baths

$399,900

www.845FountainView.info On The Water!

Northbrook

5 Bedrooms | 3 Baths

$649,000

www.2060Glendale.info Southbridge Commons!

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Joan Papadopoulos ABR®, CNS, e-PRO , SRES®

847-832-2136 Real Estate Solutions | Making Dreams Come True 4016 Fairway Drive wilmette

4043 Fairway Drive wilmette

Colonial with a contemporary flair. 3 bedrooms, 2.1 updated baths. Great room has cook’s dream-kitchen plus dining and media area for optimal entertaining. Extensively remodeled in 2000. Heated garage, screened porch, fenced garden, sun deck off master bedroom, office, mudroom, and sunny laundry. Adjacent to golf course and just steps to forest preserve bike trails.

Executive home with 4 large bedrooms, 3.1 baths, first floor family room with full bath, and office. Basement rec room, huge storage and work rooms. High-end appliances and custom cabinetry in eat-in kitchen, plus formal dining room and picturesque patio, 4 fireplaces. Brazilian cherry floors throughout. Enjoy the Wilmette golf course and forest preserve trails nearby.

For Sale: $650,000

For rent: $4,500

Secluded Lake Living ExclusivE listing tEam lynne & Jim Knurr 414-350-8345

W2247 Beulah Heights Road, East Troy, WI | $920,000 | MLS/Source ID: 1325935 Unparalleled privacy on 5+ acres on Lake Beulah, an easy 90 minute drive from the North Shore. This stunning wooded property offers every amenity and the relaxation of secluded lake living. Tucked on a private cove, enjoy great views from the wrap around deck, patio &

tiered yard. Fabulous interior features 3 levels of living w/gorgeous hickory and slate floors, 2 fireplaces, granite & stainless steel kitchen, walls of windows and 3 glass walk-in showers. 4-car heated garage with bonus rec rm. Your quiet retreat awaits you!


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goings on about towns FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13

13th Annual Friends of the Lake Forest Library Book Sale | Lake Forest Recreation Center | 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest | 9 a.m.8 p.m.; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. on Sept. 14-15. | 847-234-0636 | More than 100,000 high-quality books are on site, as well as CDs, DVDs and record albums. 10 percent off for teachers on Sept. 14; all books half-price on Sept. 15.

Summer Fridays: Anna Lee Huber | 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 847-234-4420 | Anna Lee Huber comes from Indiana to discuss “Mortal Arts,” her latest historical mystery featuring the 19th-century Scottish sleuth, Lady Darby . A book signing will follow the program, and refreshments will be served. This is the last event in the 2013 Summer Friday series.

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

See gourds of all shapes and sizes. Society members and growers will be on hand to answer questions. Vendors will sell crafted gourds of all kinds in addition to dry gourds, seeds, tools, and supplies. Several workshops will be offered through the Chicago Botanic Garden. The Chicago Botanic Garden Farmers Market will also occur at this time.

“The Old Man and the Old Moon” | Glencoe Writers Theatre | 376 Park Avenue (Box Office), Glencoe | Tickets $70 | 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. | writerstheatre.org | Directed by Associate Artistic Director Stuart Carden and PigPen Theatre Co., “The Old Man and The Old Moon” tells the Italo Calvino-esque tale of a man whose job is to collect spilled light to refill the leaking moon.  When his wife leaves home to pursue a much-needed adventure, he abandons his post to follow her.

Pilobolus | Ravinia Pavilion | 200 Ravinia Park Road, Highland Park | 7 p.m. | Tickets $10-$45 | ravinia.org |

Expressions in Contemporary Glass

This Connecticut-based contemporary American dance company will perform the closing act of the 2013 Ravinia Festival season. The company is known for using the human body as a medium for athletic, witty expression.

| The Art Center – Highland Park | 1957 Sheridan Road, Highland Park | theartcenterhp.org |

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 19

Curated by the Echt Gallery, this show explores the processes and innovation inherent in contemporary glass art and sculpture. It will feature the work of noted artists Dale Chihuly, Harue Shimomoto, and Janusz Walentynowicz, among others. Artist Bert Menco will also have artwork on view during “Dutch - Chicago, Interactions.”

Taste of Wilmette 2013

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Featuring bites from local restaurants, men and women’s fall fashions from New York Fashion Week, local boutique deals and a cash bar. Register in advance at wilmettechamber.org.

Illinois Gourd Society Show & Sale | Chicago Botanic Garden | 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe | 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. | chicagobotanic.org |

| Wilmette/Kenilworth Chamber of Commerce | Women’s Club of Wilmette | 930 Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette | 5-8 p.m. | Admission $10 at the door (cash only) | wilmettechamber.org |

Want to submit your North Shore event to Goings On About Towns? Send an email with the particulars and the subject heading “GOAT” to katierose@jwcmedia.com at least 10 days before publication, and we will do our best to get it in.

Long-time Winnetka restaurant enjoys a makeover ■ by jake jarvi People who’ve been going to O’Neil’s in Winnetka for the last 22 years will be glad to know that most of their menu has remained intact since they closed for a major redesign in February. When the doors re-opened, however, the menu staples were about the only recognizable thing in the dining room. Down came the wall separating the dining room from the bar. Tall-backed booths were replaced with low-backed couches and chairs. Gone are the darker wood tones that gave the dining room its Italian feel, along with the faux murals and hanging ceiling drapes. Instead, the dining room offers views of both the bar and the open kitchen. The color scheme has shifted to white with a variety of different lighting fixtures hanging from the open ceiling. Pops of blue accent lighting draw attention to the bar and the planters. Frosted glass cobalt blue water bottles arrive at each table to complete the design. “The concept was to go in the opposite direction,” says Patrick O’Neil, owner of O’Neil’s. “We felt it was time to make it more South Beach; lively and current. Get the dark woods and carpets out of there. It was a big risk, because it had been successful for so many years, but we felt stale. “We stripped it from the floor up. There’s O’Neil’s in Winnetka has a new look but is still serving many of its favorite meals, such as roasted half nothing from the old store there. It’s a whole duck with orange sauce, orzo and fresh vegetables. new restaurant.” photography by joel lerner Along with revamping the space, O’Neil’s

also added a few of their hidden specialties —- previously available by request —- to the new menu. Always a popular special, the seared ahi tuna has a permanent spot amid their appetizers. A roasted chicken entrée with roasted potatoes and green beans is available. Rounding out the new additions is a fried egg-topped Kobe burger with a side of Parmesan and truffle oil fries. The classic pasta menu and pesto flatbread

“We felt it was time to make it more South Beach; lively and current.” | Patrick O’Neil haven’t gone anywhere. “It was do or die,” says O’Neil. “I always say if you’re not growing, you’re dying. We plateaued about five years ago, and I felt like we weren’t staying current. “We’ve got Chef Ramiro [Velasquez] from Carlos in Highwood. He’s wonderful. It was time to completely remodel from floor to ceiling. That whole place can be power washed at the end of the night. There are no seams anywhere in that building. It’s the right way to do restaurants now.” O’Neil’s is located at 1003 Green Bay Road in Winnetka. For more information call 847446-7100 or visit oneilswinnetka.com. ■


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9th Annual Feed the Dream Ladies’ Golf and Luncheon Event photography by larry miller The Occasion: Feed the Dream, an organization committed to improving the health and quality of life for young Guatemalan children and women, hosted their annual golf outing last summer, featuring 92 golfers and 170 guests for the luncheon and program portion. The VIPs: The event was organized by founder and Executive Director Sandy Haggart and co-chair Justine Cody. The End Result: Around $120,000 was raised to go directly to Feed the Dream’s nutrition program located in remote areas of Guatemala. feedthedream.org

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Husband continues woman’s posthumous fight against ovarian cancer ■ by angelika labno

“I’ve said it many times: if it were me that got cancer, she would have started an organization similar,” says Tom Schaffner of his wife Julie — whose middle name was Wine.

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Having Wine as her middle name was a fun coincidence for wine aficionado and Wilmette resident Julie Schaffner. On Sept. 27, glasses of wine — or beer or scotch — will be raised to her posthumous fight against ovarian cancer as part of the Julie W. Schaffner Ovarian Cancer Research Fund second annual fundraiser. During one of Schaffner’s chemotherapy sessions, she established the framework for a namesake organization. Less than three years after she succumbed to the disease, the organization is making big strides, largely thanks to her husband, Tom. The event, titled WineHopsScotch!, will take place at the Kenilworth Club. The offerings — limited to wine tasting last year — have grown to incorporate local craft beers and single malt scotch. There will also be a jazz band, gourmet food stations and an auction, but the focus will be raising awareness and funds. “I’ve said it many times: if it were me that got cancer, she would have started an organization similar; it’s in our nature,” said Tom Schaffner. He hosts meetings in his kitchen and spreads the word across many generations. The younger ones are reached through his daughter Lindsay, 25, who hopes to continue the fund’s trifold mission: research, awareness and education. Ovarian cancer is a silent killer — it is hard to detect symptoms, and once most women do, it’s often in the later stages. According to the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, mortality rates for the cancer have

not improved in 40 years. If detected early, the survival rate jumps to 93 percent. A mere 15 percent of patients, however, are diagnosed early. Awareness and education is critical. “I feel like I have an impact,” said long-time family friend and financial advisor to the organization Linda Steen. “With early detection, we can save a lot of lives.” The Schaffner Fund is also raising money for an Ovarian and Breast Cancer Molecular Research Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, headed by Dr. James Dolan. He was not only Schaffner’s cancer surgeon but technically one of her employees while she was the chief operating officer at Advocate. The research will focus on finding out exactly how uncontrolled cells resist various forms of treatment. The first phase of this long-term project is establishing a laboratory and fund fellowships for a decade. “It’s one thing to have a lab in D.C., but to have it right here, that’s going to help a lot of people right in our neighborhood,” said Schaffner. “We’d like to affect people’s lives where we live first, and then spread from there.” Tickets for the event start at $125, or one can become Julie’s Gal Pal, which is $500 for two tickets and additional recognition. Purchasing is available at www.jwsfund.org as is more information on the organization’s progress, news and upcoming events. “It’s tough to lose someone so close to you...but the most awesome part of it is we’re doing something about it,” said Lindsay. “We can’t bring my mom back, but we’re aiming to make a difference for someone down the road, so they don’t have to experience the same thing.” ■

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matter of taste ■ by katie rose mceneely Ellen King is the head baker and co-owner at Hewn in Evanston. How did you start baking? I worked in restaurants in Seattle, doing organic farms and cheese buying, and bread was always taken for granted — I didn’t make it because we always had access to great bakeries. About four years ago I moved to Evanston, and I didn’t see any bread like I did on the West Coast, so I started focusing on it. Years cooking? 10 years. What made you decide to become a professional chef? Food is a way for people to connect and come together. It was how I relaxed at the end of the day, and finally it dawned on me: why didn’t I go to culinary school and make it a career? Best recipe tweak? I can’t eat cow’s milk, so a lot of stuff I make here is with sheep or goat’s milk, or miso to simulate dairy. When there’s something I want to eat with a dairy base, I can have a small bit to try, and then I’ll change the recipe so I can eat it. Everything I make is for people who have a problem with cow’s milk. We don’t add meat either — in Seattle, I worked in a vegetable restaurant. We highlighted vegetables and grains and didn’t use meat substitute. That’s how we cook here. We want it to be filling and umami and delicious, but it doesn’t have meat and you don’t miss it. Signature dish? Really, it’s the bread that drives us. It’s the heart. Our country bread is for sure our mainstay, by far. The second one is the picholine-olive. My favorite bread to eat is the caramelized onion rye. Favorite style of bread to make? All our breads are influenced by ancient bread making. We don’t add instant yeast; we rely on out leaven [wild yeast]. France is definitely an inspiration, but I spent time in Israel and one of our bakers lived in Turkey. Our breads have a Middle Eastern, Persian flair. I like to call us an American bakery — the blending of cultures makes this bakery American. That’s why we’re called “hewn.” Hand-made on a small scale, very seasonal. What do you like to eat at home? I love salads — I’ll

have a meat salad, but it’s a small part. I’ll have a cucumber salad or a lot of little salads alongside of it. The simpler and more seasonal, the better. Worthwhile gadget? A wooden reamer. I add lemon or lime or orange into so many different things, and I am always using it. Favorite cookbook? I just got a new cookbook that is so beautiful, “The River Cottage Cookbook,” by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. Favorite fruit or vegetable? I love strawberries. Favorite vegetable might be the onion. It’s so ridiculous, it has to be cooked. Funniest or most memorable kitchen incident? I was working under a French chef and I was really nervous on the line — whenever he gave an order you’d run to do what he asked. He said “Helen” — he always called me Helen — “go get the heel from the walk-in.” I couldn’t find it, I was freaking out. The chef was yelling where it was — and then he said, “Eel! Eel!” The eel was right in front of me, but I didn’t realize I was looking for it. It took me a long time to live that one down. Hewn is located at 810 Dempster Street in Evanston. For more information, visit hewnbread.com or call 847869-4396. ■

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Rising designers to showcase fashions at Gold Coast event ■ by joanna brown

Mary Hess (right) and Beth Parsons are co-chairing the 58th Gold Coast Fashion Award Show.

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Mary Hess and Beth Parsons have a lot in common. Both residents of Lake Forest, their children are classmates at the School of St. Mary. In fact, they met when each volunteered to help with the school’s annual gala. They learned, as their friendship grew, that both had benefitted from the tender loving care and medical expertise offered by the staff at Lurie Children’s Hospital when their children were sick. And now they’re co-chairing the 58th Gold Coast Fashion Award Show, a showcase for rising designers to benefit Lurie Children’s Hospital on Friday, Sept. 27 in the Hilton Chicago and Towers at 720 S. Michigan Ave. Eight fashion designers will bring their work to the runway, and audience members vote for their favorite; Hess compared it “American Idol.” “It’s great recognition for these up-and-comers to have as they start their careers and start to get noticed,” she said. “This fashion show has been in Chicago for a long time, and some of the past winners have been names like Bill Blass, Monique Lhuillier and Rubin Singer, who designed Beyonce’s Super Bowl outfit. But among those who have competed and not won are Jason Wu, who has worked with Michelle Obama, and Tory Burch, who everyone knows.” Competitors are selected by a producer from the Chicago’s Merchandise Mart, Parsons explained. The 2012 Fashion Award Show Winner, Wes Gordon, will be honored this year and show a capsule collection of his work on the runway. “It’s as close as you can get to New York’s Fashion Week,” Parsons said. Also showcasing their fall lines on the runway will be local retailers Escada, Lanvin, McElroy Furs, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Thom Browne. The co-chairs’ excitement for the Fashion Award Show

is obvious, but it pales in comparison to their passion for its beneficiary, Lurie Children’s Hospital. Hess took her son there 11 years ago when he spiked a fever two weeks after his birth. A virus kept him in the hospital for five days. “It is the darkest time in your life because you don’t know what’s going on,” Hess said of a child’s illness, but Lurie Children’s Hospital was “the best place to be. The nurses and staff there are like a bunch of angels. The way they took care of our family and our visitors was amazing, and I vowed then to do whatever I could for them.” Parsons, whose daughter had heart surgery at Lurie Hospital several years ago, made a similar promise. “The care we got from all the people there – starting with the volunteers who deliver games to the kids who aren’t ambulatory — they all make a difference in families’ lives.” The fashion show is the largest fundraising event hosted by the Children’s Service Board to benefit hospital programs. Among their past gifts is funding for bilingual emergency room staff specifically trained in healthcare communications to provide information and comfort to Spanish-speaking families. Hess’s advice to first-time Fashion Award Show attendees was simple: find a great outfit, bring along a good friend, and have great time. Parsons suggested that the Fashion Show would make a special mother-daughter outing. “Some many people are touched by the hospital in one way or another – that’s why it’s awesome,” Hess said. Gold Coast Fashion Award Show sponsors include Lana Jewelry, Digital Realty, Server Farm Realty, The Africa Channel, Beacon Capital Partners, The Hearn Company, Turner Construction and Sheridan Road magazine. Find more information and purchase tickets at www. gcfas.com. ■


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■ by bill mclean It will be shouted in the near future if it hasn’t already — either in the heat of battle or in jest: “My home is smarter than your home!” Bill McMartin is a general manager at Abt Electronics in Glenview. To explain to customers what a smart home could allow its owner to do, he sets up a scenario. “Say you’re vacationing in another state, and your neighbor calls you on your smart phone because your dog won’t stop barking in the house,” McMartin began. “Your neighbor is concerned, and so are you while you’re on a beach somewhere. You’d like the neighbor to enter the home to check up on things. “It’s possible,” he added, “to open a door for your neighbor — using your smart phone.” A smart pad mounted on a wall might very well become as common of a fixture in a kitchen as a cabinet. With a few touches of a screen, a homeowner has the power to control the lighting and temperature of each room for that day and to select the genres of music that will be played in two rooms for a party that night. There isn’t a Mensa International society for intelligent homes. Yet. And don’t be surprised if chimneys get fitted for oversized mortar boards in the next five years. “People are tired of dealing with 48 different kinds of remotes at home,” said Don Zordani, a high-end residential developer based in Lake Forest. “They want to simplify, and they want to be able to do all kinds of things with an iPhone, like arming and disarming an alarm system or opening their garage door. People are no longer afraid of technology and its challenges like many of them were 10-15 years ago. “Look around,” he added. “Everybody is familiar and comfortable and walking around with devices.” Like students, pets, phones and pads, some homes are smarter than others. The cost to juice up a home’s intelligence varies widely, because a homeowner who cherishes security doesn’t necessarily care about all the bells and whistles — make that, sound bars and 4K Ultra HDTV units — of a smart home theater. Green homes also boast high IQs, as they help homeowners reduce their carbon footprint from the size of a Sasquatch impression to one closer to that of a hamster’s. Owner Brandon Weiss of Weiss Building & Development in South Elgin has been at the forefront of the green building movement for years, becoming only the 24th Master Certified Green Professional in the country. “Homeowners are able to install a dashboard and monitor daily a home’s energy conmichael crawford/the new yorker collection/www.cartoonbank.com sumption,” Weiss said. “Maybe the utility bill is high one month because somebody inadvertently left a light on in a closet all weekend. Homeowners don’t just want durable, comfortable homes; they also want homes that provide consistent, efficient temperatures in rooms. “Green homes do that,” he added. “Green homes help homeowners save money in the long run. More and more people are realizing they don’t have to be super environmentalminded to live in a green home.” Keith Fisher is security-minded and owns Keyth Security Technologies in Highland Park, a leader in residential and commercial security solutions throughout the Chicagoland area. Its clever mission is, “To service and protect.” Fisher compared many of today’s high-tech cars to smart homes, dubbing them “little motorized homes.” Even $15,000 cars have essentially morphed into PCs on wheels, he noted. “Computers adjust the seats, the mirrors, the sound system,” Fisher said. “All you hear these days is ‘smart’ this, ‘intelligent’ that. ‘Automated’ means the same thing. Young people today, many of them were born with smart spoons in their mouths. They’re going to grow up, and everything in their homes will be smart, intelligent, automated. “The other buzz word out there,” he added, “is ‘connectivity.’ Everything, it seems, is connected, with a tablet controlling a smart home system’s subsystems.” Imagine Media opened in Lake Forest in 2006 as a developer of home entertainment systems. Co-founder Brad Alves has been in the business since 1977, meaning he remembers the era when homeowners were first able to time shift TV programming and blink back at a VCR’s blinking “12:00.”

A press of a button can change the television, temperature and more in smart homes.

“It’s always been an exciting time to be in this business because it’s always about cutting-edge technology,” Alves said. “The biggest challenge and thus the biggest reward is making things simple for our clients, and that also applies to people who own smart-home technology and insist on efficiency. They want a button for lighting, a button for music. They want simplicity. “If a person doesn’t know how to operate a system easily, I’m not doing my job.” Paul Faber co-owns Media Tech Intelligent Home Systems in St. Charles, which delivers home automation in lighting, music, thermostat, security and energy management systems. Among the home design firms Media Tech works with is Studio 41; one of Studio 41’s locations is in Highland Park. Media Tech provides three automated home systems, including its flagship, AMX. The other two are Savant and Control4. With a Control4 system, you are able to control the

“People are no longer afraid of technology and its challenges … everybody is familiar and comfortable and walking around with devices.” | Don Zordani lights, picture and sound of a home theater with one touch — and have a door “tell you” exactly when your tiptoeing teenager gets home at night. “Smart-home systems control multiple subsystems,” Faber said. “Homeowners who own only one computer know that computer needs attention at times. The drawback of a smart-home system, with the addition of computers, is that sometimes it’s a challenge to maintain those extra devices. “But,” he added, “there are plenty of benefits, from saving energy with light controls to getting a surveillance system that can tape the time a babysitter spends with the homeowner’s child.” “The Jetsons” animated series originally ran in primetime in 1962-63. It later aired on weekdays and weekend mornings until 1987, entertaining viewers with episodes set in 2062 and plot lines featuring farfetched inventions. One of the characters was an apronwearing, red-buttons-for-eyes robotic maid named Rosie. “We haven’t designed one of those,” cracked Abt’s McMartin. “But we’re working on it.” ■


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Talking real estate with @properties Agent Mary Marcus ■ by hannah stevens How did you get started selling real estate on the North Shore? I entered into real estate after raising my two sons, ages 23 and 25, as a single parent. Knowing they were off to college soon, I took my love of interior design, people, and homes on the North Shore and started buying and selling houses. It was a natural business to enter—knowing my passion for style and décor, people would ask me to look at a home before buying it to see what potential I thought was there. Can you tell us a little about your love of interior design and how it’s helped your career? When I was a young girl, my mom was always painting, repainting, and using all sorts of wallpapers—thus began my love for interior design. My sense of style and love for homes, décor, and fashion has developed through the years. I am always fascinated by homeowners’ collections. I can tell a lot about a home just by walking through the front door. Realtor Mary Marcus and Alan Kossof My passion for interior design gives me an edge, because I have a vision that most people don’t. What’s one piece of advice you would give homeowners looking to sell? Sellers need to have their house spruced up in almost-move-in condition and price the house right from the beginning. Overpriced houses will sit on the market and you lose potential buyers! I can’t stress this enough. What is one piece of advice you would give to homeowners looking to buy? Buyers should have a list of what’s most important in their home search and also be prequalified. That way, when they find the perfect house, they’re ready to make an offer. Inventory is low in most markets, so be ready.  Do you have a favorite place to spend downtime on the North Shore? I love the Botanic Garden and, of course, Ravinia. After speaking with Mary, we caught up with local salon owner Alan Kossof, one of Mary’s recent success stories, to ask him about his experience. How did you and Mary meet and when did she become your real estate agent? Mary has been a loyal client of my salon, Teddie Kossof, for years and had asked for our business when she heard we were in the market to buy a home a little over a year ago.

photography by jim prisching Can you share with us your experience buying a home with Mary? Mary was an absolute pleasure to work with. She took the time to understand what we were looking for in a home and really took initiative. She was not your typical agent, bombarding your email inbox with listings. Mary personalized the search and got us involved. And it didn’t stop there. When we found the home and it came time to close, Mary remained very active and present. Our circumstances were unique, because we were dealing with a bank-owned property, but Mary took it upon herself to see the entire process through and really held our hands. While you were in the process of buying your home, Mary also found tenants for your townhome. What was that experience like? When we began the house-hunting process with Mary, we were still living in a townhome. Again, Mary went above and beyond to help us move out and put in just the right amount of effort to find a tenant. She brought in an unbelievable photographer who captured the essence of the home and was there to oversee the process every step of the way. I think by the third appointment, Mary had the townhome leased for two years with a great tenant. It could not have worked out better for us! ■


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$499,000 Blanche Kishner, Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236

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$550,000 Mirella Caputo, Coldwell Banker 847.835.0236

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medical degree at State University in New York. He completed his surgical internship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital and was chief resident in plastic surgery at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. “A brilliant surgeon (Dr. David Dibbell) trained me at Wisconsin,” he said. “He was artistically talented, and he truly enjoyed teaching. I was fortunate.” Founder and director of Body by Bloch and Skin Deep Medical Spa, Bloch is a board certified plastic surgeon. A fairly recent advance in the forehead lift reduces recovery time from a week to two-to-three days. The procedure to treat wrinkles involves small incisions above the hairline and the use of an endoscopic camera, which guides instruments to correct the muscles that cause furrows. Bloch’s Skin Deep Medical Spa provides an alternative for men and women who prefer exploring non-invasive treatments for skin rejuvenation and body contouring. Bloch appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show and has been featured in Vogue and Allure magazines. “Technological advances in our field continue to make all kinds of cosmetic procedures less invasive,” he said. “Because of the advances, we’re seeing more desired

“At the end of the day,” the Highland Park resident added, “how we interact with others has a lot to do with how we think we look.” | Dr. Stephen Bloch

Dr. Steven Bloch

■ by bill mclean A patient in Dr. Steven Bloch’s office in Highland Park made eye contact with practically everything as the plastic surgeon went over cosmetic options. What the patient’s eyes did not see that day: Bloch’s eyes. “She clearly was uncomfortable with herself, with her appearance,” recalled Bloch, in his 34th year in the profession. “I talked with her, but she wouldn’t look at me.”

After a procedure had been performed on her by Dr. Bloch, the two met again in Bloch’s office. A lamp wasn’t needed. The patient’s smile had provided plenty of light. “And she looked right at me as we spoke,” Bloch said. “She was self-assured, excited about life. I felt privileged, like I do every day, that I got to pursue an aesthetic ideal for that patient. “At the end of the day,” the Highland Park resident added, “how we interact with

others has a lot to do with how we think we look.” Bloch, who grew up in New York City, thought for sure he’d pursue a career in architecture at Syracuse University. But he underwent surgery for acute appendicitis at the age of 19 and radically shifted his academic focus shortly thereafter. “The surgery … it was pretty cool,” he said. “That led to my interest in pre-med. In my youth, I was interested in art, specifically painting and sculpture.” Bloch essentially melded the interests, creating a career path that began with a

results with less scarring. In a perfect world, I’d be able to wave a magic wand without performing surgery on people who want to pursue beauty. “But I don’t have one of those.” What Bloch does have is an eye — a sharp, creative one that can significantly alter and enhance faces and bodies. You can teach procedures at med school; you can’t teach degrees of genius. “People want to feel comfortable in their own skin,” Bloch says. “That’s a basic human desire. Some are able to achieve that through diet and exercise. But some are not, no matter how hard they try. I treat people who aren’t sick. I treat people who are still in the productive years of their lives … people who want to enhance the quality of their lives. “When I can do that for others, it’s very gratifying.” Bloch likes to snow ski and play tennis when he’s not helping patients gain inner peace via outer beauty. But he usually wants to get back to work after only a couple of days on the slopes, and his tennis game needs a nip and tuck. His best shot in tennis? “I’m still looking for that, still working on that,” he said, smiling. ■


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Team-first Hardy is following up a sensational summer with a sizzling fall

Glenbrook North High School’s Nick Hardy is following up an impressive summer with an equally impressive fall.

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Course in Bloomington. Deerfield’s Kelsey and current New Trier junior Jack Junge each carded a 71 to share medalist honors at state last fall. “Nick is an overall great player, solid in all aspects of the game,” Kelsey said. “We go Days after making national headlines at this summer’s U.S. Amateur Championship back a long time, playing against each other in too many junior tournaments to count. in Massachusetts, Glenbrook North senior golfer Nick Hardy thought locally. “We’re both pretty competitive.” He texted Spartans coach Justin Gerbich from The Country Club in Brookline, Mass., But don’t think Hardy plays 72 holes of golf per day and breaks up the rounds by hitwondering how the first day of tryouts had gone. “That’s Nick, a great kid and a great teammate,” Gerbich said. “At meets during the ting and solving miniature golf facilities at night. The young man has a life away from the fairways and greens and clubhouses. season, he’s the one always asking, ‘How are our guys doing?’ ” The 6-foot, 165-pound Hardy played a phenomenal round of golf against the nation’s best Hardy plays fantasy football and attended the Chicago Bears’ 24-21 season-opening amateurs on Aug. 12, carding a 5-under-par 65 to lead after one round at Charles River win against the visiting Cincinnati Bengals on Sept. 8. Country Club in Newton, Mass. The University of Illinois recruit then shot “We were a mentally stronger team,” Hardy said of his Bears. a 73 to qualify for match play at The Country Club in Brookline, where he “We played a gutty game.” “Nick's distance control Hardy can’t wait to take his golf game to Champaign and lost 1-up in the first round to Zac Blair of Ogden, Utah. “I felt confident and ready before heading to the tournament,” Hardy compete for Mike Small’s Fighting Illini. Illinois finished a is fantastic,” Gerbich recalled after shooting a 1-under 69 to tie Deerfield senior and Class 3A program-best second at the NCAA Championships in early said. “He's rarely short, June after capturing its fifth straight Big Ten title in April. reigning state champion Ian Kelsey for third place at Deerfield Invite at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove on Sept. 7. The school also reached the match-play segment of the NCAA rarely long.” His 69 marked the fourth time in as many tries he had bettered par at Championships in 2011. an 18-hole event for the Spartans this fall, an impressive but hardly sur“To play for one of the best college coaches in the country and prising streak. The same Nick Hardy, after all, tied the course record at the Merit Club for a team that’s had so much recent success, I’m excited, extremely excited,” Hardy said. in Libertyville with an 8-under 64 a couple of months ago and later won an American Gerbich, meanwhile, plans to enjoy and savor the little time he has left with Hardy as Junior Golf Association tournament in Indiana with a closing round of 63. a Spartan. Hardy made quite an impression on Gerbich as a freshman in the fall of 2010, Stuck in the 60s — without being a hippie. at the Central Suburban League South Tournament. “Nick’s distance control is fantastic,” Gerbich said. “He’s rarely short, rarely long. I’ve “Nick had scored a 72, maybe a 71,” Gerbich said. “Later, he found out his teammate noticed more power from him [this season] … the type of power you see out of college players.” [and classmate] Brian Ohr had shot a 70. What I remember the most about that day was Hardy was all of 1 when his father, John, handed him a plastic golf club and encour- how happy Nick was for Brian. “Nobody,” he added, “was happier for Brian than Nick was.” aged him to wallop a plastic ball. It was love at first slice, but he probably corrected that Notable: Glenbrook North finished fifth (302) at Saturday’s Deerfield Invite at Twin flaw before he turned 18 months. “I have always enjoyed the challenge of doing what it takes to get a small ball to go in a Orchard on Sept. 7, four strokes behind fourth-place Barrington. Highland Park (295) small hole,” Hardy said. “About 90 percent of golf is mental, and that’s a part of the game edged New Trier (296) for first place, and Lake Forest High School placed third (297). I love. If you’re not strong mentally on a course, you’re probably not going to do very well.” Scores from Ohr (75), Luke Oberholtzer (76) and Matt Kull (82) also counted for the A fourth-year member of Glenbrook North’s varsity, Hardy played on a pair (2010, 2012) Spartans. Highland Park senior Patrick Flavin earned medalist honors after shootof fourth-place state teams, finishing in a tie for 15th place (80-75) as a freshman and in ing a 2-under 68 and beating Lake Forest High School junior Mac Montagne on the a tie for ninth place (75) at last fall’s rain-shortened meet at The Den at Fox Creek Golf second playoff hole.

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Maor Kramer Deerfield Boys Cross Country: He was his team’s top performer at the Hornet-Red Devil Invitational on Sept. 7. Kramer placed 44th in 16:24. Alex Wolfe came in 55th (16:37) for the Warriors, who finished 10th (309 points). Abbey Osborn Deerfield Girls Cross Country: The junior turned in a solid showing at the Art Campbell Lake County Invite on Sept. 3 at the Waukegan Sports Park. She finished 13th overall in a time of 20:05.6. Deerfield took 10th in the team standings (232 points). Caylee Silvers Deerfield Field Hockey: She scored the team’s lone goal on Sept. 3, when Deerfield dropped a 2-1 decision to visiting Glenbard West. Landon Hines/Ross Leviton Deerfield Football: Hines made a push for 100 yards rushing but came up short in his team’s 41-15 loss to host St. Viator on Sept. 6. Hines, who scored on a 1-yard run, finished the game with 83 yards on 16 carries. The Warriors (1-1), who were scheduled to play Glenbrook South on Sept. 12, ended the game with 216 rushing yards. Quarterback Ben Ethridge gained 65 yards, while Alec Frank added 50 yards on 14 carries. Alex Williams scored the team’s other TD. Deerfield, which opened the season with a 15-0 victory over Zion-Benton on Aug. 30, was led defensively by Ross Leviton (8 tackles, interception), Michael Kuras (8 tackles), Kevin Mulert (5 tackles, 1 for loss), Sam Modro (5 tackles) and Quincy Novak (tackle for loss). Nick Cox/Matt Tedeschi Glenbrook North Football: Great production from Cox and Tedeschi on the defensive end helped the Spartans to a decisive 47-8 victory over visiting Steinmetz on Sept. 6. Cox finished the game with a team-high 12 tackles, including two for losses. Tedeschi came up with 11 tackles, including 1 ½ tackles for losses. The Spartans (1-1), who were scheduled to play Maine South on Sept. 12, were led offensively by David Burnside, John Clark and AJ Spitz. Burnside rushed for 52 yards and two touchdowns while also catching five passes for 64 yards. Clark had 87 rushing yards with one touchdown. And Spitz not only carried the ball six times for 64 yards, but he also completed 5 of 7 passes for 78 yards. The senior quarterback had one TD on the ground and one in the air to Cox (2 catches, 44 yards). Junior QB Danny Ahern, who shared time with Spitz, ran for 56 yards and threw for 95. Josh Simone and Bobby Pocaro also had rushing TDs, while the other tackle leaders were Adam Jurczuk (9), Matt Alexander (8), Alex Garcia (7) and Burnside (7). Three of Jurczuk’s tackles went for losses. Garcia had 3 ½ tackles for loss. Steven Schroeder/Mike Gentile/Brett Laurie Glenbrook South Football: All three running backs rushed for 100 yards or more in the Titans’ 56-26 victory over host Matea Valley on Sept. 6. Schroeder, who has five touchdowns on the season, gained 100 yards on 20 carries while reaching the end zone three times on short runs. Gentile rushed 15 times for 131 yards and two scores. He had a 65-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Laurie opened the scoring with a 75-yard run and wound up 153 yards on seven attempts. He now has three TDs on the season. The Titans, who were scheduled to play at Deerfield on Sept. 12, also moved the ball in the air. Fitz Stadler, a 6-foot-6 junior, completed 6 of 9 passes for 78 yards with no interceptions. He threw a 23-yard TD pass to Cody Carroll (4-57). Carroll’s two-game total is 10 catches for 206 yards and three TDs. So far, the defense is being led by Tommy O’Hara (18 tackles in two games) and Paul Jones (13 tackles in two games). Jack Penn Loyola Football: The senior quarterback accounted for a big chuck of LA’s yards — 114 rushing, 128 passing — in its 44-20 win over O’Fallon on Sept. 7 in East St. Louis. His afternoon included a one-yard TD run and an eightyard TD pass Joe Joyce. Joyce finished the game with three catches for 44 yards. Three also was the number of made field goals by Mike Kurzydlowski, who connected from 34, 30 and 41 yards. LA’s running game also featured Julius Holley (18-73) and Donnel Haley (7-63). Haley had a pair of fourth-quarter TD

Deerfield High School's Jack Bizar battles for possession earlier soccer action this fall. The Warriors claimed a 1-0 win over Vernon Hills on Sept. 6.

photography by joel lerner runs: 20 and 10 yards. John Kecki was one of the defensive stars. He scored on a seven-yard interception return in the third quarter. Andrew Cerney and Mark Dowdle also had interceptions. Michael Abrahamson Loyola Boys Golf: He shot a 72 and finished in a three-tie for sixth place in the Deerfield Invite at Twin Orchard on Sept. 7. Tyler Aldrich carded a 77 to share 19th place. The Ramblers finished sixth with a 306. Lauren Kelsey Deerfield Girls Golf: She shot a 39 in a dual-meet win over visiting Warren on Sept. 6. Kelsey also led the team in a 178-181 victory over Vernon Hills on Sept. 3. In earlier tournament action, Kelsey finished fifth (78) in the Conant Tournament and 12th (86) in the Lake County Invite. The team also is receiving solid play from Kelly Storti, Anna Cohen, Jessica Waltz, Carrie Trapani and Jamie Clark. Cohen was 15th (88) and Trapani was 20th (90) at the county meet. Amy Hong Glenbrook North Girls Golf: Hong opened the 2013 campaign with two strong tournament performances. She placed sixth (78) in the Conant Early Bird Invite on Aug. 26. Then, at the Libertyville Invite on Aug. 30, she carded an 84. Emma Vickery also shot an 84 at the Libertyville Invite. Mitchell Doppelt/Troy Kayne Deerfield Soccer: Doppelt netted his first-ever varsity goal on a free kick in the Warriors’ 1-0 victory over Vernon Hills on Sept. 6. Kayne, meanwhile, recorded his first shutout of the season for the Warriors (1-4). The defense also featured Jay Lehrman, Matt Grady, Evan Gerke and Doppelt. Jack Bizar, Niklas Wood, Jamie Ackerson and Parker James also applied pressure on the VH defense.

Ethan Glass/Jeff Mutchnik Glenbrook North Soccer: Glass scored an unassisted goal in the team’s 2-1 loss to Maine South on Sept. 7, while Mutchnik’s unassisted goal was GBN’s lone tally in a 3-1 setback to Niles North on Sept. 3. Gabe Gottlieb had eight saves in a 2-0 season-opening loss to Lane Tech. He was credited with four stops against Niles North. In the Maine South contest, Teddy Shapior had four saves. Ariel Lozovsky Deerfield Tennis: She was the home team’s top finisher in the Deerfield Invite on Sept. 7. She took third at No. 1 singles. The Warriors finished sixth overall with 10 points. Molly Nakahara Deerfield Volleyball: She recorded five kills and two blocks in her team’s season-opening loss to Lakes 25-19, 25-22 on Sept. 3. Junior Kate Vivacue also had five kills, while sophomore Natalie Behling finished with four blocks. Senior Jessica Vuckovich had three kills go along with an ace and a block. Christina Goldman and Dana Kaufman had eight assists apiece, while Phoebe Block had eight digs. Leah Reinfranck Glenbrook North Volleyball: The senior middle hitter put together a solid all-around performance in helping the Spartans to a seventhplace finish (3-2 record) in the New Trier Summers’ End Tournament on Sept. 6-7. Reinfranck led the team in kills (38) and ace serves (10). She also had 24 digs. Ali Ruben was the team’s digs leader with 28. Kate Kamin finished the five matches with 19 kills, 24 digs and two aces. Isabelle Vargas had 25 kills, while Courtney Chron was credited with 21 digs. Hannah Rosenson added nine aces.


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Playing together at Northwestern a real thrill for Deerfield trio

Scott Lakin (No. 21), Connor Holloway (No. 13) and Joey Calistri (No. 10) are all playing for Northwestern University this fall.

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sports@northshoreweekend.com Having two players from the same high school on a nationally ranked men’s soccer team is rare. Having three from the same team is downright unique. “It was a perfect storm that all three of them wound up here,” said Northwestern University soccer coach Tim Lenahan, referring to Deerfield High School graduates Joey Calistri, Connor Holloway and Scott Lakin. The trio has made their mark on the Wildcats’ program, which opened the season ranked No. 19 in the country. Holloway, a senior midfielder, and Calistri, a sophomore forward, are fixtures in NU’s starting lineup. Lakin, a senior defender, currently is a key player off the bench. “I would rank all three players in the top one percent of players I have coached, so I’m not surprised at all that they have achieved the kind of success they have at the college level,” said veteran Deerfield High School soccer coach Elliott Hurtig. Calistri, a superstar in high school, has become a headliner for the Cats, who are 2-1-0 following their 2-0 victory over host Xavier on Sept. 8. He already has five points — 2 goals, 1 assist — this fall. The forward began his college career with wild success,

leading NU with nine goals and earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors. He also pulled down two other huge honors: SoccerAmerica All-Freshman First Team and CollegeSoccerNews.com All-Freshman First Team. His smooth transition to the college game comes as no surprise. Calistri played varsity as a freshman at Deerfield and netted 89 career goals. Holloway and Lakin also had stellar careers at Deerfield. According to Hurtig, they are known for their hard work and humility. “I have never heard one of them brag about anything they accomplished ... instead, they all work incredibly hard and let their skills on the field do the talking,” said Hurtig. The three of them chose Northwestern University because it was the best pairing of athletics and academics, while staying close to home was a plus. Calistri says the other two played an influential role in his college choice, and they certainly eased his transition onto the team, as they all played for the Chicago Fire Academy as well. “I’m just glad to be back out here with the guys; it’s always a good time to be back together,” said Calistri. “It’s cool that we’ve been able to watch each other grow,” Holloway added. But there have been some trials for Holloway and Lakin. Both went down with the same injury within the past

year. A hip labral tear, which flies under the radar of the notorious ACL tear, is due to wear and tear, and it required surgery. Holloway, who wears jersey No. 13, missed the entire 2012 season after starting 17 games in 2011. Lakin is still limited with his minutes on the field after completing intense physical therapy over the summer. Lakin started all 23 games last season and helped to shut out 10 opponents. Lenahan added that Lakin’s “blazing” speed and leftfootedness give him a certain advantage on the field. Holloway, who is a team captain, is great at connecting passes. “He does so many little things that might go unnoticed, but he’s always in the right position,” said Lakin. “Connor will play me a ball without even looking, because he knows I’ll be in that spot.” Holloway is grateful to be back and he makes sure his fellow teammates don’t take the beautiful game for granted, but the injury handed him a reality check. “It changed my perspective on things, like how fortunate I am to be at a school like Northwestern,” said Holloway. “You realize soccer might not be your end goal in life.” ■


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Laser-focused Even-keeled approach works wonders for Deerfield's Kelsey ■ by bill mclean

sports@northshoreweekend.com Ian Kelsey three-putted the first hole at last weekend’s Deerfield Invite at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove. As the Deerfield High School senior and reigning Class 3A state champion walked to the second hole on Sept. 7, his facial expression and body language screamed … nothing. Sporting a straight face and a slouch-free posture, the Warrior quickly forgot about the recent past and focused on nothing but the sudden future. “The part of Ian’s game that stands out the most for me is his even-keel demeanor,” Deerfield coach Jeff Fishbein said. “If you’re watching him play a round, you wouldn’t be able to tell if he’s shooting 3-over or 3-under.” Kelsey shot a 1-under-par 69 at Twin Orchard, tying Glenbrook North standout and Illinois recruit Nick Hardy for third place behind runner-up Mac Montagne (68) of Lake Forest High School and medalist Patrick Flavin (68) of Highland Park High School (Flavin won it with a birdie on the second playoff hole). “Ian,” Fishbein added, “has phenomenal composure; nothing rattles him, and his bounce-back ability is fantastic. He’s always playing the shot ahead of him.” As a three-sport athlete his freshman year, Kelsey took shots in basketball games and chucked baseballs as a pitcher when he gave his golf clubs a break. But he got hooked on golf and chose to concentrate on the sport that requires more concentration than practically any other sport beginning his sophomore year. “I got addicted to golf, got the bug,” the 6-foot, 150-pound Kelsey admitted. “I love the challenges in the sport, the mental and physical ones, and I love to play it. It’s the

greatest game.” Kelsey shot a 1-under 71 at the rain-shortened Class 3A state meet in Bloomington last fall, becoming the first in program history to capture state medalist honors — and he did it as a first-time qualifier. (Current junior Jack Junge of New Trier also shot a 71, carding birdies on four of the last six holes). Kelsey was 3-under through 14 holes after going 2-under 34 on the front nine. “Nothing spectacular,” recalled Kelsey, who birdied five holes at The Den at Fox Creek Golf Course. Kelsey returned to The Den on Aug. 21 for the Raider Classic and paced the Warriors’ sixth-place showing with a 74, good for a tie for third place. Three days later at the Warren Invite, the Warrior tied Lyons Township’s Dan Hudson for third place with a 72 at Bittersweet Golf Club in Gurnee. He shot a 36 against Niles North in a nine-hole dual at Deerfield Golf Club Sept. 3. “I’ve been playing against Ian my entire junior career,” said Glenbrook North’s Hardy, who shot a 5-under 65 to lead this summer’s U.S. Men’s Amateur Championship after one round in Newtown, Mass. “Quiet kid. He’s very accurate, a great ball striker. He doesn’t miss much, and when he does, the miss isn’t bad; that’s a big part of succeeding in golf, minimizing your misses.” As is emotion management. If an Emotion Management, Inc., existed, Kelsey would be its CEO. The son of orthodontists John Kelsey and Heekyoung Jo, Ian Kelsey is wired to complete a round of golf in a cool and unflappable manner. Fishbein praised Kelsey’s parents for raising such a respectful, mature-beyond-his-years son. But Fishbein also deserves some credit for instilling a sense of professionalism in Kelsey — and Kelsey’s

teammates. When he’s not guiding Warriors on the links, Fishbein works as a sports and clinical psychologist. It’s an ideal blend of professions. “He preaches positive body language and not getting down on yourself,” Kelsey said. “Being in control of your emotions is important in sports, especially golf.” Kelsey probably had a hard time containing his emotions when he attended the Western Open at Cog Hill Golf and Country Club in Lemont. “I was seven years old, maybe eight,” he said. During a round, one of the PGA golfers tossed a scuffed ball toward Kelsey, who caught it and started cherishing it immediately. The “pitcher” on the links that day was none other than Tiger Woods. “It’s been inspiring, watching him play professional golf,” Kelsey said. “The way he wins, then number of tournaments he’s won in his career … ridiculous.” The last boys prep player to win two state golf championships in Illinois was Mason Jacobs of Massac County High School in Metropolis. He topped the 2A field in 2007 after capturing the Class A championship the previous year. But Kelsey isn’t thinking about matching that special double next month, in part because the first tee shot at state isn’t the shot in front of him. “We’re going to miss him next year,” Fishbein said. “He’s a great kid to have around, a very good teacher. The guys on the team totally respect him.” Notable: Deerfield finished seventh (308) at its invite at Twin Orchard Country Club in Long Grove on Sept. 7. Scores from Eric Bagg (79), Thomas Shimamoto (79) and Jack Dickman (81) also counted for Deerfield. Highland Park (295) finished first at the highly competitive meet, followed by New Trier (296), Lake Forest (297) and Barrington (298).. ■

Deerfield High School’s Ian Kelsey swings away during earlier action this fall. He is the Class 3A co-reigning state champ

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‘1’ fine player Glenbrook South's Ryba looking to take care of some unfinished business

Glenbrook South’s Caroline Ryba stretches to return a serve during play against Latin’s Miya Coleman at Waveland Park Tennis Courts on Sept. 6.

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■ by angelika labno

sports@northshoreweekend.com There it was, Caroline Ryba’s name, just to the right of “1.” Glenbrook South High School’s ace, a junior at the time, had earned the top seed at last fall’s state girls tennis meet. It’s a honor to most netters — and a burden to some. “I tried to instill in her, going into the tournament, that we’d be proud of her no matter what happened, that she wouldn’t be disappointing any of us,” Titans coach Katie Nicolotti said. “She said, ‘I’m not going to place undue pressure on myself,’ but I think, emotionally, she did.” Ryba faced Naperville Central’s Tiffany Chen in a fourth-round match, after losing only one game in her first three matches. Ryba was on cruise control. But Chen halted Ryba’s run in the championship bracket, advancing with a taut 6-2, 6-7 (3), 6-4 victory. Ryba is normally even-keeled and composed. Nicolotti noticed that Ryba wasn’t her typical self before the match. Ryba bounced back to net a pair of back-draw matches and then lost to Carol Finke of New Trier in an 8-3 pro set in the consolation quarterfinals, giving her a 5-2 mark at the meet. Glenbrook’s No. 2 singles player, current junior Annemarie Emme, won seven of nine matches at state, including five crucial ones in the back draw, and earned all-state status after reaching the semifinal round of the consolation bracket. South’s 12 singles wins, plus a combined four doubles wins from two Titans doubles state qualifiers, resulted in a fourth-place showing — the best state finish in program history. “Yes, tennis is an individual sport, but I emphasize the fact that we’re playing as a team and we win or lose as a team,” said Nicolotti. “It was disappointing for Caroline, but she was still a member of the fourth-place team at state.” Ryba, who plays in year-round tournaments, lost more close matches — and some confidence — in the following months. She finally reached a turning point after a tight match in Arizona a few days after Christmas. “I didn’t let my [losses] get to me, and I started believing that I can and should win,” said Ryba. “I toughened up.” She enjoyed a stretch of success at ensuing tournaments, and the University of Minnesota took notice. She has verbally committed to play for the Golden Gophers. “It’s a great school all around, with tennis and academics,” said Ryba. “It’s a good location, the coaches are nice and it’s a Big Ten school.” Nicolotti, who praised Ryba as being a smart and strategic player from the baseline, said she has seen Ryba gain more confidence in her net game this fall. Doing so helps her end the points more quickly.

Ryba’s quiet yet strong presence has evolved into a more vocal one, giving Titans players and coaches yet another reason to appreciate her at practices and meets. “She’s also unbelievably talented,” said Nicolotti. “She always displays great sportsmanship and modesty when she›s on the court, and she sets a really great example for the girls.” “I›m looking forward to enjoying time with my teammates; I love them all,” said Ryba, currently 3-0 in dual matches.   Ryba attributes her success to time management, eating well and having a personal trainer to keep her fit. When she›s not playing, her family loves watching tennis together, and given her Polish background, she naturally roots for the country’s professional players, such as sisters Agnieszka (ranked No. 4 in the world) and Urszula Radwanska (No. 38). She is also prepping for her move to the Twin Cities and is visiting over the weekend to meet her new team members. Although still undecided, Ryba is looking into studying biomechanical engineering at UM and may consider the professional circuit — that is, if she›s not burned out after her final collegiate match. “I love the sport, and it’s a lifelong sport, so I’ll have it forever,” she said. “I’m just looking forward to college.” ■


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Making it happen Temple-bound Rapacz develops into a top-notch performer ■ by t.j. brown

sports@northshoreweekend.com Three years ago, Izzy Rapacz had to be coaxed to play volleyball for Glenbrook South High School’s Freshman B team. Next year, the Titans senior won’t need any arm-twisting to pack her bags for Philadelphia, where she’ll go to Temple University on a full ride and play for the Owls. Rapacz’s status as star player is a little hard to believe, considering she initially had no intention of playing the sport. But, as a 6-foot-2 freshman, she was hard to miss in the GBS hallways. “She didn’t really try out for volleyball,” recalled Glenbrook South head coach Katie Hoover. “We saw her in our book sale line and recruited her to come out.” “It’s crazy,” Rapacz said. “At first, I didn’t like volleyball. But once I got recruited (by GBS assistants), I started practicing and started getting better and better. As I got really good, I started to love volleyball, and it grew from there.” She’s done all she can to become a better all-around player. Her passing has really improved. “She’s worked hard on it,” Hoover said. “I give her 100 percent credit for that. Without that passing component, she was never going to be successful at outside hitter. She’s now our strongest passer and atttacker.” In last weekend’s New Trier Summer’s End Tournament, Rapacz led the Titans’ attack with 34 kills in five matches. GBS went 2-1 in pool play. And then, in the second-place bracket, they finished 1-1, beating Trinity 25-18, 25-16 and losing to Oak Park-River Forest 25-20, 25-14 in the final. In the match with Trinity, Rapacz was also a defensive force, leading the team with seven digs. Hoover has been impressed with her star’s focus. “She always, always, always wanted to play in college on a scholarship,” Hoover said. “She put in the extra time and made it happen for herself.” Being a year-round player has paid off. Rapacz has been a standout club player for the Rolling Thunder, which is based in Lake Zurich. “Playing club over the summers and going to nationals has given me a lot of experience,” Rapacz said. “To get better, that’s what you really need.” Now it’s on to Temple, which Rapacz chose over Oregon State, DePaul and Eastern lllinois. “I felt Temple was home,” Rapacz said. Notable: The Titans’ 3-2 record in the New Trier Tournament boosted their overall record to 6-6 on the young season. In opening-night pool play at Glenbrook North, GBS dropped its first match to Loyola 25-21, 22-25, 15-11 before defeating Warren 25-9, 25-8 and Zion-Benton 25-13, 25-16. Saturday, GBS beat Trinity 25-18, 25-16 before losing to OPRF 25-20, 25-14 in the second-place bracket final. “We didn’t finish as strongly as we liked to,” Hoover said, following the loss to OPRF. “We didn’t serve as aggressively as we needed to and we got caught up in our serves, passing-wise. We didn’t pass to target to get our attack really settled.” In the Loyola match, Shannon Carroll had 27 assists and Maggie Ziegler added nine digs. Rapacz led the team with 15 kills, followed by Amanda Thoeleck (7) and Sylvia Wojslaw (5). In the Warren match, Moira Brennan led the team with six assists, while Hannah Nelson had three digs and three kills. In the Friday finale, Brennan had 15 assists, while Catie Weinman led the team with eight kills. Sara Prenner, Rapacz and Carly Weinman each had six digs. On Saturday, Carroll totaled 18 assists. The attack was led by Brennan (13 kills), Rapacz (12 kills) and Cynthia Karnezis (7 kills). Sara Prenner had 11 digs. ■

Glenbrook South’s Izzy Rapacz makes a play at the net during action in the New Trier Summer’s End Tournament.

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Realizing her potential Pitt-bound O'Neill playing at high level for Ramblers ■ by bob gosman

sports@northshoreweekend.com Most Division I volleyball players begin their high school careers on varsity or as key members of the sophomore team. Loyola Academy senior middle blocker Kelsey O’Neill took a different path. Already close to her full 6-foot-1 height as a freshman, O’Neill played with her classmates … on the freshman B team. How would O’Neill describe herself back then? “Super skinny, not very strong,” she said. “I just played for fun and I remember how much I wanted to make any team. I didn’t really have the skills yet.” From there, O’Neill progressed and was a key member of the sophomore team the following year. “She was so much better and I remember wondering what happened to her in the offseason,” senior outside hitter Victoria Lord. Of course, as a sophomore, O’Neill was just scratching the surface. She exploded onto the scene that summer, earning an invitation to try out for the USA Volleyball program. She earned a spot on the Youth A1 team, which is one notch below her age-group national team. She followed that up with a dominating junior season for Loyola Academy and is poised for an even better senior season. Earlier in the year, she gave a verbal commitment to play in college for the University of Pittsburgh where she will also pursue her dream of becoming a doctor.  Loyola Academy coach Mark Chang said that even though O’Neill was still a bit raw as a sophomore, it was clear she had massive potential. “She moved very effortlessly and you could tell by her facial reactions after good plays and mistakes that she wanted to get better,” he said. “That summer, she grew her volleyball acumen and her athleticism improved. That brought about a major change in her game and was really a formative summer.” Playing with USA Volleyball invigorated O’Neill and drove her to continue to develop her game. “When you play people at that high of a level, it makes you want “I love the team to get better so you can be as good as them,” she said. “Going aspect, the up (against taller players), I had to be smarter about my shots and intensity and how where to place them.”  during a game you As a junior at Loyola Academy, she anchored the Ramblers’ don't think about attack and the team advanced anything else.” to an IHSA regional final. This season, the Ramblers have won seven of their first eight matches including a victory over Niles North, the team which bounced them from the 2012 playoffs. Loyola Academy placed second at the well-regarded New Trier Summer’s End Tournament. “Our team is pretty young but we have some really good skilled players,” O’Neill said One of those is sophomore setter Katie Randolph. “It’s awesome to have her as a go-to hitter,” Randolph said. “We have a really good connection.” To prepare for her senior season, O’Neill played club volleyball and also spent more time with USA Volleyball. In addition, she found the free time to attend open gyms where she played against boys on their taller net. “I improved my vertical a lot by playing against them,” she said. “I had to reach a lot higher and focus more on my contact.” As her skills have grown and expanded, so has her passion for the game. “I love the team aspect, the intensity and how during a game you don’t think about anything else,” she said. “It keeps you focused and you play with really high energy all the time.” Upon graduation, O’Neill is excited to continue developing as a player and student at the University of Pittsburgh. Interestingly, the roster is peppered with area players: Delaney Clesen (Evanston Township High School), Casey Durham (Evanston), Amanda Orchard (Lake Zurich), Jenna Jacobson (Whitney Young) and Jessica Boddy (Metea Valley). O’Neill also seriously considered Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Georgetown. “I got a really good sense of what the school was about and I liked the medical center,” she said. “I love the volleyball program and the new coaches. I could tell it was the right fit for me.” ■

Kelsey O’Neill (No. 1) teams with Julia Murphy during action at the New Trier Summer’s End Tournament. O’Neill will play college volleyball at the University of Pittsburgh.

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For Donna and Bill

nothing beats a few quiet days on their 65 acres in Mettawa

Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis enjoy the peace of their Mettawa property.

photography by j.geil We actually do have a perfect weekend about every weekend. We don’t take a jet; we don’t go through security. We leave Chicago every Friday night. We take a 40-minute drive north and end up in Mettawa at the place we’ve owned for 23 years. We get away from the routine. On a Friday night we might stop at Prairie Grass Café first to take something to go and eat outside on our own terrace. We have as many meals as we can outside. We try to catch up with something on Netflix after that. On Saturday morning, whether we wear snow shoes or hiking shoes depending on the season, we go for an hour-long walk on the paths on our property. When the weather turns crisp, Bill cooks breakfast at the fire pit. The tree house (built by Bill and a carpenter) is not far away. We have a formal English garden, a vegetable garden, 20 acres of prairie. For lunch we like to use our barbeque and use Tallgrass products. Bill is the griller. We can use a good portion of our afternoon getting rid of deadwood. We have a whole

On Saturday morning, whether we wear snow shoes or hiking shoes . . . we go for an hour-long walk on the paths on our property. When the weather turns crisp, Bill cooks breakfast at the fire pit. closet full of kites that we fly. We have a little kayak. At the end of the day we stroll. We stop by the benches we have. It’s like being on a dream vacation. On Saturday nights we go to the Landmark Renaissance in Highland Park to see movies. We enjoy all kinds of films and also documentaries, of course. Many documentaries

we’ve watched have been about bees. We’re seeing fewer and fewer bees because they are suffering from mites, beetles. We make our own honey from the bees we have here and give it to friends. Writers’ Theatre in Glencoe on Saturdays is also a favorite spot. The Botanic Garden is another place we love to stroll. We’re big fans of Book TV on C-SPAN. There are very few perfect weekends that don’t involve guests. For Sunday brunch here, friends may bring something and we’ll provide the rest. We have charity events here. We also go to Prairie Grass and meet friends. We truly enjoy interacting with people. Everyone thinks, ‘The perfect weekend. Let’s fly to the Caribbean.’ We already travel a lot for a living. You have that ‘gee whiz’ feeling when you come out here. The natural world has changed every time you come out. If we got a free jet to Paris, we probably wouldn’t take it. Donna LaPietra and Bill Kurtis, as told to David Sweet ■


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The North Shore Weekend West features the news and personalities of Glenview, Northbrook and Deerfield, Illinois.