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ECRWSS A Lox and Bagel sandwich at Max and Benny's in Northbrook.

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Breakfast of champions can be found on North Shore


once had a teacher who, as a critic for The Hollywood Reporter, was well-versed in the written word. Like most teachers, a few phrases he uttered remained memorable through the years. “If you’re reading about what a columnist had for breakfast,” he announced to the class, “you’re reading the writings of a desperate man.” His point: Columnists’ ideas often dried up to the point where they thought readers might be interested in their first meal of the day (Tom Wolfe offered similar advice when he noted, “Anytime you see a columnist trying to squeeze material out of his house, articles, books, or the television set, you’ve got a starving soul on your hands.”). Call me starving and desperate if you’d like, because I’m going to tell you what I eat for breakfast six days a week: Special K. If I’m feeling in the mood to mix it up, I may instead pour a bowl of Rice Krispies to my children’s surprise. (To show how far I’ve progressed, Frosted Flakes and Cocoa Krispies were favorites when I was young.) But the seventh day? Often I like to venture out — and there are a slew of spots on the North Shore that offer fantastic breakfasts, from spicy omelettes to crab-covered eggs benedict to Belgian waffles and much more. Kevin’s Place on Wuakegan Road in Deerfield is always a popular spot; if that’s too crowded, head south a few miles toward Max and Benny’s, a Northbrook institution. Bill McLean

presents a taste of our local restaurants inside. One of writer Kurt Andersen’s earliest memories of the North Shore, actually, was eating massive pancakes at Walker Bros. The Original House of Pancakes in Wilmette. The author of “True Believers,” which is set in Wilmette, always had a bit of a fascination with the North Shore while growing up in Omaha, Neb. “I thought the North Shore was the nearest simulacrum to the affluent Midwestern suburb,” he says. “I remember at high school in Nebraska, the principal always talked about New Trier as the best high school.” In the 1980s, Andersen helped launch one of the best magazines of the era. The irreverent Spy lampooned Donald Trump and other celebrities monthly. One article highlighted feuds between famous people. “In a sidebar we said how Gore Vidal was quite litigious. We even catalogued all of his lawsuits,” Andersen recalled. “He threatened to sue us for that.” Read about Andersen’s career (which includes writing parodies of The New York Post and The Wall Street Journal) in Sunday Breakfast. Enjoy the weekend.

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Rise and dine Breakfast spots on North Shore offer abundant choices, warm atmospheres

How to stack up a mountainous stack of pancakes at one restaurant against another? It’s a matter of your taste — and culinary Sherpa. Some breakfast joints prepare omelets traditionally. Others prefer the oven-baked rout. The latter produces an airy, puffy version. Hungry yet? A sampling of breakfast items at North Shore establishments. Butterfield’s, Northbrook Must try: Taffy apple French toast. Food for thought: How often do you get to consume an apple drenched in taffy, without having to wield a cumbersome stick? Give this place points for creativity. Caffe Buon Giorno, Winnetka Must try: Italian Villager’s Breakfast — three eggs with Italian sausage, tomatoes and Grana Padano cheese scrambled. Food for thought: “I don’t know an Italian villager who has ever eaten that,” says co-owner Mary Jo Vlahos, an Italian. “It’s one of our popular orders.” Country Kitchen, Highland Park Must try: Sausage and American cheese omelet. Food for thought: “I’ve been going there almost my entire life,” says Joey Morelli, co-owner of Max’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Highland Park. “They know what they’re doing. And I respect them.” Kevin’s Place, Deerfield Must try: Crunchy French toast and a fruit plate, with a side of oatmeal. Food for thought: If it’s cold outside, order hot chocolate. It comes with an Alp-shaped dollop of whipped cream. Max and Benny’s, Northbrook Must try: Yogurt parfait — a healthy eye opener of fat-free vanilla or strawberry yogurt layered with fresh fruit, granola and seasonal berries. Food for thought: It’s popular. It’s tasty and healthy. You can’t go wrong. Max’s Delicatessen & Restaurant, Highland Park Must try: Three eggs over medium, thick cut bacon, toasted sesame seed bagel with chive cream cheese Food for thought: That’s co-owner Joey Morelli’s go-to fare. He was a chef in New York. Trust his taste. Mrs. D’s Diner, Wilmette Must try: Mrs. D’s Breakfast Hash — a messy mix of grilled veggies, hash browns and cheese, topped with two eggs and served with toast. Food for thought: “You get a lot of food for the price ($6.75),” co-owner Dimitri Kapetan says. “It’s what we’re all about. We’re straight-forward, nothing fancy.” Once Upon a Bagel, Highland Park Must try: Huevos Con Chorizo — eggs scrambled with spicy Mexican sausage. Food for thought: Hold the coffee. The sausage alone should serve as a delectable jolt. Pinstripes, Northbrook Must try: Chocolate fountain and made-to-order omelets and at Sunday brunch with Santa (Dec. 8 & 15). Food for thought: It doesn’t get much better than noshing near St. Nick. Don’t be at all surprised when the big fella checks the menu twice. Prairie Grass Café, Northbrook Must try: PGC Signature Benedict — two poached eggs over sautéed spinach, crumbled bacon and English muffin, with roasted tomato hollandaise. Food for thought: If that doesn’t make your mouth water, check for a pulse. Walker Bros. Original Pancake House, Wilmette, Glenview and Highland Park Must try: Pumpkin pancakes. Food for thought: “They’re a hit, with kids and adults,” says Angel Adan, the manager at the Wilmette location.

The Triple Berry Crunchy French Toast at Kevin's Place in Deerfield is always popular.

photography by joel lerner ■ by bill mclean Kevin Quigley pulls up a chair at a restaurant in Deerfield and strikes up a lively discussion with three diners. A girl, no older than 4, sits to his immediate right at a table. He makes her feel like a princess in no time. He then says something to the girl’s parents. They laugh heartily, before ordering breakfast. A wide-eyed, beaming Quigley — perpetual sunshine in shoes, to anybody who knows him — is having the time of his life in front of an appreciative, rapt audience. Kevin Quigley is also the owner of the restaurant, Kevin’s Place. “The refueling of the soul, for young and old,” Quigley says of one of the many appeals at Kevin’s Place. “I love people. I love connecting with them. So much goes on in here. “Food,” he adds, “is secondary.” A framed picture of Led Zeppelin hangs behind the counter at Mrs. D’s Diner in Wilmette. It is a vintage image of the four rockers, shot in the 1970s. An entirely different genre of music — forks and knives clinking plates, a variety of conversations, coffee cups hitting the countertop — serves as a morning soundtrack at the quaint joint. The scent track? Bacon, eggs, hash browns, toast and coffee. High school and college pennants line the walls. Napkins with customers’ handwritten messages on them are push-pinned to the corked

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Spinach Benedict with Roasted Tomato Hollandaise at Prairie Grass Cafe.

photography by brian briggs “We’ve been giving rubber ducks to kids who eat here for years,” says co-owner Dimitri Kapetan, whose wife, Christina (aka “Mrs. D”), is the other co-owner. “They collect them,” he adds. “A parent came in and showed us a picture of one of the kids. The child was surrounded by what must have been 100 rubber ducks.” Hungry folks don’t just frequent popular breakfast places along the North Shore for the delicious food. A restaurant’s ambience can be as savory as the hot apple pancakes — topped by a cool scoop of French vanilla ice cream from Homer’s — or the football-sized omelets at Walker Bros. Original Pancake House locations in Wilmette, Glenview and Highland Park. First-time diners at restaurants often become regulars because of the owner’s personality. “I got a call from a customer who was in Washington, D.C., at the time,” Quigley says. “The customer told me, ‘I’m coming to Deerfield. I need my Kevin fix.’ ” Attentive service also keeps ’em coming back. Mary Jo Vlahos and her husband, Themis, co-own Caffe Buon Giorno in Winnetka. Its mom-and-pop charm warms customers well before they sit down to order cinnamon raisin French toast or maybe a three-egg Tuscan omelet. “I bake. [Themis] cooks,” Mary Jo says. “We’re very hands-on. My husband goes to the market in the wee hours to pick up what we need. We want people to feel like they’re eating and interacting in a house — our house. “It’s a friendly place, for people of all ages,” she adds. “I remember a little boy noticing one of his friends in here one day and running to give him a hug.” Mitra Ryndak’s hugs at Café Aroma are as hearty as her favorite breakfast creation (spinach omelet, with feta cheese) at the cozy European-style establishment she runs on Elm Street in Winnetka. “My customers … they’re not my customers,” says

Ryndak, who was born in Iran and lived in France for years. “They’re my extended family.” A regular named Jack eats Café Aroma’s Hot Oatmeal four times a week. There, in parentheses next to “Hot Oatmeal” on the menu, is “Jack’s Favorite.” Another one of Café Aroma’s regulars is Marilyn. She orders a certain croissant — with butter, jam and cream cheese — often. “She sometimes calls me on my cell phone,” Ryndak says,” and asks, ‘Is there a croissant in my future?’ ” A diner at Max’s Delicatessen & Restaurant in Highland Park once asked co-owner Joey Morelli, “Could you make me a pizza bagel?” It was nowhere to be found on Max’s menu. Morelli replied, “Give me five minutes.” Five minutes later, Morelli whipped up a pizza bagel. “I’m a chef,” says Morelli, who co-owns Max’s with his brother, Greg, and cousin, Stacey. “If somebody wants something that we don’t offer, I will do my best to prepare it.” One of the best breakfast places for large groups is Max and Benny’s in Northbrook. Its Prairie Room seats 70. Forty diners could inhale the establishment’s yummy cranberry challa French toast (holiday season only) in the Garden Room. For the past 10-15 years, some 55 competitive debaters and their coaches from a New Jersey high school have reserved the Prairie Room at Max and Benny’s in late November. Max and Benny’s must be doing something right. There’s no debate. “Our comfort food is high quality, and it’s consistent,” says Jim Jagel, catering/sales manager at Max and Benny’s. “All of the fish [for lox and fish platters] comes from New York. We order thousands of pounds of it each month.” A real treat, for those who like to sleep in on a Sunday and knock off two meals in one sitting: champagne brunch

at the Deer Path Inn in Lake Forest. Or brunch at Prairie Grass Café in Northbrook. Diners feast in the Deer Path Inn’s English Room, under chandeliers and next to either elegant drapes or classy paintings. “People walk in here and feel like they’re in England,” says Al Niang, the Deer Path Inn’s restaurant manager. “It’s unique. People love the setting.” They also rave about the food — and choices. Some of the stations: salad, cheese, bread, seafood (shrimp, oysters and sushi) and lamb/beef (placed on diners’ plates by a carver). Customers can order eggs from the servers. Each Monday, from 2-5 p.m., Niang calls the Sunday brunchers, many of whom are still full. “I ask them for feedback,” Niang says. “I want to make sure they enjoyed the food and the experience. I want to make sure they were treated like VIPs. “Business is tough,” he adds. “There is a lot of competition.” Egg Harbor Café in Lake Forest sits a tenth of a mile from the Deer Path Inn. Its manager, Will Makoski, also puts the customer first, second and third. “Our big focus is ‘customerization,’ ” Makoski says. “We will do anything for a guest as long as it doesn’t interfere with the experience of another guest. A customer asked for a tea we did not have. We went out and got it. “Our staff is a highly energetic one in a family-friendly, country setting.” Steve Rudman, a kinetic boys and girls tennis coach at Highland Park High School, meets his players at the same breakfast place each Saturday morning during the season. He sees to it that they fuel up before hitting the courts. “I like the place because there’s enough room for 13-16 of us to sit together and bond as a team,” Rudman says. The place is Once Upon a Bagel in Highland Park. And his Giants usually played tennis happily ever after. ■


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photography by joel lerner ■ by bill mclean A certain gentleman from Lake Forest might not wear his heart on his sleeve. But he certainly wears holiday tradition on his vest — 30 years worth of holiday tradition. An art student from a school in Lake Forest designs a festive button each year. Many residents typically adorn the buttons for the city’s annual Tree Lighting Ceremony at Market Square. Lake Forest held its 30th such ceremony on Nov. 29. “He is out there every year, for all to see his vest full of buttons,” said Shelley Walker, a City of Lake Forest administrative assistant. “He has all of them,” she added. Each year at Northbrook Court, from mid-November to mid-December, Santa poses for pictures with shoppers’ pets (cats and dogs only) once a week. There’s nothing like the roar of a “Ho, ho, ho” in concert with the occasional “Woof, woof, woof” in a mall setting. Holiday traditions abound along the North Shore this time of year, from staples like tree/downtown lightings and St. Nick appearances to unique events like a pre-Thanksgiving parade in Wilmette and pony rides and a petting zoo in Deerfield. Each tradition serves as a visual alarm clock signaling the start of a feel-good season, especially when the first significant snow has yet to blanket yards and towns’ sidewalks. “It pulls together the whole community,” Wilmette Chamber of Commerce executive director Nada Becker said of the village’s early parade, staged this year on the morning of a bitter-cold Nov. 23. “Ours has a true hometown feel to it. Families come together. Floats get built. School bands march. “And it’s an opportunity,” she added, “to lose, for an hour or so, all that hustle-bustle so many people seem to have.” Small Business Saturday occurred a day after Black

Friday and exactly a week after the Wilmette parade. It is not a Hallmark holiday yet, but Hallmark shops everywhere probably enjoyed plenty of foot traffic on Nov. 30. “I knew it was the start of the holiday season when I had some hot apple cider at our Hallmark,” said Village of Northbrook communications manager Cheryl Fayne-Depersio. A popular North Shore destination in December is Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe. It turns into a winter wonderland, with a magnificent display of 750,000 twinkling lights, garden-scale trains, miniature Chicago landmarks, horticulture displays and indoor snowfall. David Fitzgerald can’t wait to spend time outdoors in downtown Deerfield for the village’s annual Winter Celebration on Dec. 6-7. That’s when the management analyst at the Village of Deerfield, along with other humans, will get plenty of opportunities to roam near a variety of animals.

“It’s an opportunity to lose, for an hour or so, all that hustle-bustle so many people seem to have.” | Nada Becker Look for live reindeer cavorting in front of Village Hall, a petting zoo and horse-drawn sleigh rides and carriages. “I’m really interested in the animals,” said Fitzgerald, who was hired by the village only eight months ago. “I have heard great things about what goes on during the celebration. “Local stores,” he added, “will open their doors and show customers their traditions. The celebration … it’s a reminder to the people of Deerfield of the importance of shopping local. It’s about investing in your hometown’s business owners. It’s also about seeing your neighbors while shopping.”

For Highland Park residents, the lighting of downtown Highland Park is quite a sight. Each year the mayor gets to brighten the city by flipping a switch. The duty triggers oohs and aahs that rival those heard at the end of a fireworks display on July 4. “It’s magical,” said Jennifer Dotson, executive assistant in the City Manager’s office in Highland Park. The light switch that Lake Forest uses for its Tree Lighting Ceremony is an old one. It is painted red and green, and it’s approximately the size of a first-grader (3 feet tall, 70 pounds). The must-see event to check out before Market Square becomes wildly aglow on the Friday after Thanksgiving is the ice-sculpting performance. “That is always quite a show,” Walker said. “You should see what he does. Last year he used a chisel and a chainsaw to create a sculpture.” A massacre never looked so beautiful. Among some other holiday traditions along the North Shore: Lake Bluff: Dec. 7-8, beginning each day at 10 a.m. — “It’s a Wonderful Life in Lake Bluff.” It features carnival rides, live reindeer and Santa handing out candy from a fire truck. Northbrook: Dec. 11, 6-7:30 p.m. — A Gingerbread Workshop at the Leisure Center. The Northbrook Park District supplies gingerbread houses, candy and frosting, along with pizza and soda for participating families. Wilmette: Dec. 14, 4:30 p.m. —“Meet Us at the Manger,” hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church of Wilmette. It is a meaningful retelling of the Christmas story. The free, roughly one-hour long, child-friendly program consists of a narrated recounting of Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem. Prior to the service, a variety of animals will be available for viewing and picture taking. Winnetka: Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. — A Holiday Chocolate Walk through Hubbard Woods. Hubbard Woods Design District merchants offer a tasting of chocolate confections. ■


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U.S. Congressman Brad Schneider, a freshman Democrat whose district includes most of the North Shore, spoke at the Lake Forest Club Nov. 22 about Obamacare and other issues.

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■ by joanna brown The October rollout of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act — also known as Obamacare — was awash in controversy, from a barely functioning web site to millions of canceled insurance policies. Still, Moraine Township headquarters in Highland Park remains crowded with North Shore residents hoping to sign up. Township Supervisor Anne Flanigan Bassi, a Democrat, is leading a team of five staff members and 16 community volunteers who have been certified as healthcare navigators. They help 20-30 people each week register at “This is a life-changer for people,” Bassi said of enrollees. “I think it’s going well and connecting a whole lot of people who have never before had access to healthcare.” Bassi’s optimism is echoed by Democratic leaders along the North Shore, who remain committed to the success of national health care reform — even though Republicans are expected to use their support as a rallying cry against them during 2014 elections. “I’ve consistently said that I support the Affordable Care Act and am committed to helping get it right,” said 10th District Congressman Brad Schneider of Deerfield. “While the law is not perfect and there are aspects of it that should be improved, it is a vitally important step toward providing affordable, quality health care to millions of Americans. “From allowing kids to stay on their parents’ plan until age 26 to preventing insurers from denying coverage because of preexisting conditions, making sure women aren’t paying more for coverage simply because they’re women, and helping small businesses provide coverage to employees — there are a number of critical reforms included in the law.” State Sen. Daniel Biss, D-9th, agreed. “I think we’ll look back on it with pride and wonder why there was ever any doubt,” he noted. Nevertheless, Biss and Schneider used the same word to describe the rollout: unacceptable. The number of Illinoisans able to successfully enroll


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online in October was only in the hundreds because of continued problems with the federal website that operates the state exchange. This is far less than local leaders were anticipating. “No one is more disappointed in the rollout as I am,” Schneider told a gathering at The Lake Forest Club on Nov. 22. “It’s unacceptable that people got cancelation notices for their insurance. But I’m also frustrated in the position of some that we’re not going to fix it. We have to work together.” Biss said the website’s shortcomings were most frustrating because of its intended role in making the law work. “If you look at the states that built their own exchanges like California and Kentucky, they seem to have figured out how to do it and they are seeing strong enrollment; it seems to be working for them,” said Biss of Evanston. Finding success in the coming year, he continued, will take patience. “In the long term, the Affordable Care Act includes measures to rein in the growth of our healthcare costs. Right now we’re in the early days of a complicated economic ecosystem, and we need to monitor how the numbers come in to see how much improvement we realize.” “It’s the law, so let’s lick our wounds and find ways to work together,” said veteran Democratic lawmaker Susan Garrett, who retired from the State Senate in January after 14 years representing the North Shore. She has since joined the Illinois Campaign for Political Reform, a non-partisan public interest group, as chairman of the board. “I think there has been a real wake-up call as to what our hopes were and what the reality is,” said Garrett of Lake Forest. “It’s going to take a lot more time than we anticipated and is going to need a lot more deliberation and we’ll have to follow through to be sure that the law is interpreted to everybody’s benefit: the business owners, the patients, the providers, and all of our constituents. But right now I think there are still a lot of questions out there. “Everyone needs to take a deep breath and wait and explore all their options in order to make it work,” she added. ■

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■ by jenna schubert In the United States, it is estimated that 1 million to 1.5 million people have autism — and 80 percent of those are under age 22, according to the Centers for Disease Control. With such a large number moving from educational settings to the world of adulthood, the need for support is becoming more urgent. Glenview resident Julie Tracy decided to answer that need when she, along with her husband Michael, founded the Julie + Michael Tracy Family Foundation (JMTF), which provides residential solutions, health and wellness services and more for young adults with autism. Tracy grew up in Milwaukee before graduating from Northwestern University in Evanston and embarking on her 30-year career as a speech and language pathologist. She and Michael met in their early 20s and raised their family (sons Joe and John, now ages 23 and 21, respectively) in Glenview. John was diagnosed with autism as a two-year-old; as a high school student, he experienced a period of severe mental illness. In the summer of 2011, he was hospitalized at Rush University Medical Center, where he stayed for five weeks. During that pivotal time, Tracy saw a significant gap in the services and care available for young adults with autism. By March of 2012, she and her husband incorporated JMTF, which works closely with the Autism Assessment Research and Treatment Services Center (AARTS) at Rush to provide support for individuals with autism who are making the transition from childhood to adulthood. In order to achieve the foundation’s goals, Tracy and other volunteers are working toward the opening of JMTF’s first residence in the spring of 2014 on Chicago’s West Side. Located in the neighborhood at the heart of the University Village, it will become the home of three young adults with autism. On the first floor, other nonresident patients from the AARTS Center, their

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Review Deerfield Holy Cross Junior High School students captured the third annual Junior High Mathematics Competition held recently at Regina Dominican High School. The Holy Cross students topped problem solvers from seven other area junior high schools – Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Sts. Faith, Hope and Charity, St. Athanasius, St. Francis Xavier, St. Genevieve, St. Paul of the Cross, and Wildwood. A total of 50 students were involved in the annual competition, sponsored by the Regina Dominican math department and the school’s Mathletes. In the competition, teams of three to five students worked collaboratively on 10 problems for 30 minutes. There were also individual competitions in problemsolving, geometry and algebra. The Holy Cross team was comprised of Margaret Guanci, Grace Sluzynski and Sarah Nelson. Holy Cross’ Nelson also took home top individual honors. Glenview The Glenview Park District recently opened a lighted, four-court paddle facility. It is part of the Glenview Prairie Club — Golf and Paddle (formerly Glenview National 9), located near The Glen Town Center at 2800 W. Lake Ave. A new, spacious clubhouse accommodates golf and paddle enthusiasts.

Road to reduce flooding among Shermer, Patriot Boulevard and Compass Road. Final consideration of the 2013 property tax levy and 2014 budget will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday (Dec. 10) at Village Hall, 1225 Waukegan Road.

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For more information on membership, lessons and league play, call (847) 657-1637. Glenview The village, in a November public hearing, presented a budget that will accelerate flood control and projects in the community without increasing property taxes. Glenview officials note that they have scaled back expenses the past few years in an effort to reach desired fund balances without sacrificing services. Village leaders expect building permits to be a significant source of revenue as current and planned projects move

forward. The village’s financial road map includes a $12 million flood-control project. More than half of those floodproofing funds will come from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago for improvements east of Harm Road and on the Middle Stem of the North Branch of the Chicago River. Those two projects are expected to benefit 1,150 Glenview parcels. Other flood-control work being planned is increasing water retention on the Glenview Park Golf Course – a joint project with the Park District – and installing bypass sewers west of Shermer

Northbrook Two women were charged in a case of identity theft at Northbrook Court last week after allegedly ringing up $2,300 on another woman’s charge card. Cydney M. Collins, 20, of 327 Fourwinds Way, Carpentersville, was charged with theft; and Sharon M. Louie, 50, of 7111 S. Wentworth, Chicago, was charged with identity theft. Northbrook police said Louie approached a store cash register shortly after 3 p.m. Nov. 26 and informed the employee that she had forgotten her store credit card. She provided an out-ofstate driver’s license and punched in a security number to confirm her identity, police said. Louie then allegedly purchased $983 in merchandise. Police said Louie then informed the store employee that her friend, Collins, was going to buy merchandise on the same credit card. Store security contacted police who got in touch with the woman whose driver’s license was used. The woman she had not authorized anyone to use her card and that she still had the actual card in her possession. A little more than four hours later, a Woodfield Mall sister store of the Northbrook Court merchant contacted

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Northbrook Winners have been announced in the North Suburban YMCA’s second annual Juried Junior High Art Show. Prize winners were: Sixth-graders: Natalie Brame (first), Mikaela Sherry (second) and Venessa Kuliga (third). Seventh-graders: David Lee (first), Kayla Zuiker (second) and Dean Ligkas (third). Eighth-graders: Dima Zaghal (first), Matthew Mar (second) and Kenna Du (third). The Northbrook Arts Commission provided cash awards to the top finishers. “We really had an outstanding selection of works to consider, especially from the eight-graders,” noted Cathie Winnie, NSYMCA visual arts director. “I’m very proud of the students who had the courage to submit their projects to be critiqued and displayed.” The work of 50 young artists had been displayed throughout the Y’s public areas. Open to all junior high and middle school students, the annual show includes a competition judged by a local art teacher. The YMCA offers visual arts classes for all ages, including junior high programs in advanced art, peer group art, wearable art and graphic novels.

PReview Deerfield The Candy Cane Train, formerly known as the Polar Express, will take parents and kids on a train ride to meet Santa and holiday friends on Dec. 15. The program will leave from the Jewett Park Community Center, 836 Jewett Park Drive, at 1 p.m. And head to the Deerfield train station and then board a train for the magical trip. Refreshments, courtesy of Whole Foods, will be served. Cameras are encouraged for the event. The program is for children up to age 12 and their parents or family members. The cost is $15 for residents and $22 for non-residents. Local park districts were informed by Warner Bros. earlier this fall that the name “Polar Express” could not be used for the holiday train rides as it would be considered a copyright infringement. For information and tickets for the Deerfield event, call (847) 945-0650. Glenview A community holiday tradition will continue next weekend, providing holiday music, visits with Santa and a chance to help a local food pantry. The Glenview Community Band’s 23rd Holiday Concert will take place at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the auditorium of Glenbrook South High School. For the sixth year, members of the high school’s bands will be involved in the event, which will feature holiday music and a chance for youngsters to meet with Santa up on the auditorium stage. Admission is $5 plus one item of nonperishable food, or $6. Children 12 years

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Northbrook Individuals looking for some relief from the hustle and bustle of the holidays may want to find their way to the Sheraton Northbrook on Saturday (Dec. 7) for YogaFest 2013. Running from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the event will feature a diverse selection of yoga workshops, local merchants and music. The all-inclusive admission price is $25, with proceeds benefiting the North Suburban YMCA’s Mind/Body programs. YogaFest will include five 50-minute classes designed for all levels. Workshops are: Holiday Vinyasa (linking breath to pose) at 10 a.m., Vinyasa Flow at 11 a.m., Kinesiology (mechanics of body movement) at noon, Hip Hop Yoga at 1 p.m., and Anusara (flowering with grace) Yoga at 2 p.m. “This is a perfect time for the local yoga


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Northbrook A program on coping with grief during the holidays will be held Tuesday (Dec. 10) afternoon at Covenant Village of Northbrook, 2625 Techny Road. Sally Pierce, chaplain of the Holmstad, a Covenant continuing care community in Batavia, will present “Handling the Holidays,” a program aimed at helping individuals find the joy of the season when things have changed because of a loss, at 1 p.m. Pierce will provide ways to be more mindful of grief and to find joy in the holiday season. The program is free and open to the public. Call (847) 412-7016 to reserve a space for the program. On Tuesday evening at Covenant Village, Dick Ferris will provide a cinema seminar. The film for the 7 p.m. program will be “Joyeux Noel,” which was nominated for both an Academy Award and a Golden Globe Award for best foreign film, tells the true story of Christmas Eve 1914 when an event changed the lives of countless soldiers. A discussion will follow the viewing. The film is rated PG-13 and is 1 hour, 50 minutes in length. To reserve a seat for the program, call (847) 412-7016.

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Work is a standing joke for ‘Saturday Night Live’ alum ■ by gregg shapiro

Longtime Evanston resident Tim Kazurinsky is a funny guy. An alumnus of Second City and “Saturday Night Live,” Kazurinsky should also be familiar to fans of the series of “Police Academy” movies. A writer as well as a performer, Kazurinsky wrote the screenplay for the Rob Lowe/Demi Moore vehicle “About Last Night…” which was recently remade and will be released in 2014. He returned to live performance in 2012 and can currently be seen at The Royal George Theater in the hilarious and fast-paced “Old Jews Telling Jokes.” Extended through March 30, 2014, tickets would make an ideal holiday gift for Jew and Gentile alike. I spoke to Tim at Brother’s K on Main Street in Evanston about the show and his career. Gregg Shapiro: Tim, because “Old Jews Telling Jokes” is a vaudeville-style show, would you say that your experience with Second City and on SNL was good preparation? Tim Kazurinsky: Absolutely! Second City can sort of prepare you. But it’s strange, this is more manic, initially, than Second City or “Saturday Night Live” was. Because there, you had sketches that were three or five, or gosh, even seven minutes (long). Here, we’ve got, I believe, 75 jokes in an hour and a half. There is not just the rapid fire of the scenes, but what we call “tops” and “bottoms,” from the four places you can go on and off stage. The traffic patterns are like 747s over O’Hare. It’s mayhem backstage. You’re on and off, on and off. The hardest part of the show is remembering where you’re going on and off stage so you don’t collide with another actor and screw them up. Sometimes they’re coming on with furniture, a chair.

“The traffic patterns are like 747s over O’Hare. It’s mayhem backstage. You’re on and off, on and off.” | Tim Kazurinsky GS: Yes, those blue pieces that are moved around. TK: Plastic covered, of course. GS: Because it’s such a physical show, with all that running around. Did you have to do any special prep in advance of the production? TK: I had been screenwriting for 30 years. When George Wendt called me and asked me to be Felix to his Oscar (in The Odd Couple) at Northlight, and also in Kansas City, I found that by going to the gym, I was sharper onstage that night. So I started going to the gym every day. I’ve fallen off a bit on this show because it’s been kind of a crazy time, but I’m getting back to it now. GS: It looks like doing the show is almost like going to the gym. TK: It’s a workout! That Renee Matthews, bless her, is no spring chicken and any time the rest of us are sitting around going, “I’m a little pooped,” there’s Rene at the starting gate. She never misses a cue. She’s got more energy and fire than the rest of us. I’m knocked out by Renee. What an example. GS: As you mentioned, there are more than 70 jokes in the show. Were there jokes with which you were familiar or were many or most of them new to you? TK: I am a joke-aholic. I have been collecting them for years. I have computer files. I have them backed up. I have them printed out. Just like the old stand-ups. I have begun to categorize them. Retirement jokes, golf jokes, doctor jokes. Musician jokes, I particularly love. What’s the difference between a U.S. Savings Bond and a musician? A U.S. Savings Bond will eventually mature and make money. My favorite file was the Jewish jokes. They were the crème de la crème. They were hipper, more obtuse, funnier. GS: Because you have this existing joke file, did you bring any of your own jokes with you to the show? TK: Hopefully, at some point there is going to be Old Jews Telling New Jokes or another version. I am already bugging the authors, Dan (Okrent) and Peter (Gethers), about stuff for the next show. GS: Are they flexible and open to suggestions? TK: Oh, yes! They’re great guys. This is one of those rare jobs where not only are the five members of the cast nice,

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photography by joel lerner but so are the stage manager, the assistant stage manager, everybody in the building is nice. The producers couldn’t be nicer. This happens twice in your lifetime where there are no prima donnas. It’s wonderful. GS: On the night that I saw it, several times during the show, it looked like the cast members might laugh along with the audience. Is laughter onstage permissible? TK: Yes! It’s not only permissible, it’s encouraged and recommended. It’s more in how we tell it or change it up, which we do for each other, because we’ve all heard these jokes. And it’s also how the audience reacts to the jokes. It’s a very delicate thing. People don’t realize that joke telling is very tricky. You have to time it so you don’t wear out the welcome and become a shaggy dog and make it interesting enough that you capture them and surprise them. With Renee, with her joke about the mailman, “my husband said, screw the mailman, give him a dollar,” she plays that laugh like a fiddle. And then she waits for that laugh to die down, and she goes, “The drink was my idea.” She does a little kick of her heel and she gets a second laugh. I’m going, “That gal, she’s a pro! She knows how to work a joke.” GS: Old Jews Telling Jokes includes a couple of clips of the late Alan King. Do you have any favorite comedians, male or female, from the heyday of Borscht Belt comedy? TK: I’m originally from Australia. I grew up there. I ran away and came to America when I was 16. I was in Pennsylvania first for a couple of years. I hit Chicago in 1968. It was civil rights and women’s rights and the Vietnam War and Democratic National Convention. Was there a better time to be here? I felt like I was in the center of the universe. Then, when Obama got elected (in 2008), I felt that again. I picked the right place to live and fall in love with. (When I first arrived) I ended up in Rogers Park, working at The Pickle Barrel for six years. I became totally immersed in Jewish culture. My friends were Jewish, the girls I dated were Jewish, the people I worked for were Jewish. I didn’t know what a Jew was and it was like, “Who are these people?” I loved the sense of humor; the darkness, the frankness. They said what was on their mind. I felt like I had found my tribe. That’s when I started liking Jewish jokes and have been collecting them ever since. But back then, on The Mike

Douglas Show, you’d see Shecky Greene, Jack Douglas with Reiko his Japanese wife. I loved those guys. Charlie Callas. They were all Jewish. I worked with Sid Caesar – he hosted SNL one time. Then you get into Your Show of Shows and those writers – Mel Tolkin, Neil Simon, Woody Allen, Larry Gelbart. They were all there, the greatest writing staff ever assembled. For me, it’s Lenny Bruce and Woody Allen during the night club years. GS: Nora Dunn and Julia Sweeney, two more former SNL cast members, also live in the area. Do you ever happen to cross paths with either or both of them? TK: I saw Julia’s show at SPACE. It was terrific. We had a chat. My wife (Marcia) took me to a salon where Nora was doing a couple of wonderful things that became part of her show Mythical Proportions. I spoke to them both after their shows but we never got heavily into the “what was it like for you?” kind of thing. It’s a different trip for each person. It could go either way depending on who your producer is and who the cast members are. GS: What do you enjoy most about living in Evanston? TK: I like to call it the “People’s Republic of Evanston” [laughs]. I moved up here in 1990. I should say dragged kicking and screaming. I had an apartment on Lake Shore Drive in the city that I loved. Sheldon Patinkin lived in the building next to me and one building south of him Joyce Sloan lived. It was our (Second City) shtetl. Then we had two kids, a dog and a cat and my wife said we need a school district and a yard. We came up here and it took me about a year to discover that this is way better! I can park. I have a garage. I once left the garage open for three days and when I came back nothing was missing! It was kind of sad to think I had nothing worth stealing [laughs], but the four bicycles were still there. I love it; my kids grew up here. GS: Do you have any favorite dining or entertainment spots in Evanston or along the North Shore that you would like to share with the readers? TK: There’s this new club, 27 Live, that just opened up on Church Street. We did a staged reading of His Girl Friday there. There’s also Found and Farmhouse, wonderful new restaurants. There’s a lot of new stuff opening. My only complaint with Evanston [laughs] is that it’s perpetually under construction. Why are they constantly tearing up the sidewalks and the streets? How do these poor shopkeepers stay in business? How many times are you going to tear up downtown? (That said), I really love it up here. ■

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■ by joanna brown The holiday season promises a ton of fun with neighbors, colleagues, family members, and others. We spread holiday cheer via the annual family photo card and our careful (i.e., time-consuming) selection of gifts for those we love most. But we rarely pause in December to celebrate with our spouses. Even Christmas morning becomes chaotic with putting the finishing touches on the family meal, coaxing kids away from the toys, gathering the shredded wrapping paper, and hustling off to church before the decent parking spots are gone. Taking time to appreciate the holidays and our spouses is far from easy this month. I sought ways to combine the two economically — and I found Tony Fulmer. He is the chief horticulture officer at Wilmette’s Chalet and an expert in building fireplace fires. He swears that it’s not difficult to build a quality fire and quickly set the stage for a romantic nightcap. “There is definitely an art to building a good fire,” Fulmer said. He offered no insight into romance. But we agreed that leaving the office party an hour early in favor of a quiet drink with the one you love most sounds awfully nice.

The first step seems obvious, but Fulmer reminded me to check that the flue is open and a good updraft is present, as it is oxygen that feeds the fire. Light a long match, hold it up in the chimney and watch for the flame to be drawn up; smoke wafting back down and into the living room is a bad sign. “If this is your first winter in a house, don’t assume that the fireplace is ready to go,” Fulmer said. Look for a sliding grate at the bottom of your fireplace screen and open it, too, to let in more oxygen to feed your fire. Second, Fulmer recommended seasoned firewood. That only means that it has been dried naturally or in a kiln to remove all of the moisture from inside the wood. Hardwoods like maple, oak, hickory and cherry burn hot with nice aromas, while birch’s papery bark makes it easy to start ablaze. Fulmer said many clients buy a small amount of birch for that reason, and then switch to a cherry wood for its medium heat and sweet aroma after the fire is strong. “Don’t use softwoods,” he warned. “No one reputable sells them.” Burning Christmas trees and other holiday greens releases creosotes in the smoke, which build up in the

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chimney and causes chimney fires. And then there is the construction of a great fire. From the bottom up, Fulmer said, make an X with fatwood or birch starters, lay a big piece of wood against the back of the fireplace to reflect heat forward, and then pile on three or four other logs with a ½ inch of space between them for oxygen to circulate and feed the flames. “Don’t skimp on the logs,” Fulmer said. “Four is a minimum, but five works best.” Finally: plan ahead and stock extra firewood within reach. No one wants to set his or her drink down and tromp through the garage when the fire begins to fade. The only thing left, Fulmer and I agreed, is a great drink. Fulmer recommends hot cocoa or a sweet Riesling wine to spark the fires of romance. Love & Marriage columnist Joanna Brown can be reached at ■

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Octogenarian carves out spot as top sculptor ■ by bob gariano Bob Andrus’s studio is in the converted first level of his home in Lake County. The shop is well-equipped with a band saw, grinders, a table saw — and enough carving tools and chisels to stock a small furniture factory. At age 87, Bob has emerged as one of the preeminent sculptors in the Midwest. His work includes realistic and symbolic wooden carvings depicting botanicals, human shapes, and abstract designs. Even though there is a startling breadth to his subject matter, every Andrus piece exhibits the same precision craftsmanship and cohesive design. The realistic work in particular transcends the trompe l’oeil style that first strikes the observer. Upon closer examination, each piece seems to glow with vitality and color — almost like the subject was only just picked from the vine or bush where it grew. The Ann Arbor, Mich. native’s journey into the art world has been circuitous. “My first exposure I had to art was when my mother sent me to oil painting classes on Saturday mornings,” he said. “I didn’t like those classes much because they got in the way of my baseball games.” Bob enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1945 and was assigned to a B-17 bomber

squadron in Italy. Because he was not the biggest guy, he served as a ball turret gunner. “We were chasing the Germans out of Italy, and they had enough good sense to take their anti-aircraft batteries with them as they retreated across the Alps,” he said. “They didn’t have much fighter protection, but they sure knew how to use those guns. “After our duty in Europe, I was reassigned to the Pacific but while traveling there, we heard the Americans had dropped the atomic bomb, and the war was suddenly over.” As a returning veteran, Andrus enrolled at the University of Michigan business school. He soon found that calculus and the other numerical classes were boring. He started taking design classes. Andrus graduated from Michigan with a degree in information design — or what today we call graphic design. Andrus joined Foote Cone and Belding after graduation and started a career in advertising, working with clients like the Ford Motor Co. to sell their new models. Later, he went to New York to help launch new Packard and Studebaker models. After a brief stint back in Detroit helping with the Edsel introduction, he decided to leave Motown and come to Chicago to work with leading packaged goods companies like Kimberly Clark, Kraft, and SC Johnson.

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energy in structure and composition in an art work.” It is an apt word to describe Andrus’s work. He often applies 10 or more coats of finishes to give the pieces depth and lifelike translucency. In addition, his subjects are sometimes precisely cut open to reveal the inner seed pods and delicate structures under the surface of flowers, fruits, and vegetables. How many times have we sliced open a green pepper without actually seeing the exquisite three-dimensional natural shapes inside? Andrus’s work allows us to observe and explore these small wonders seemingly for the first time. When this new way of seeing is applied to more complex assemblages, the carvings go from depictions of everyday items to surrealistic combinations of familiar shapes. The colors and forms become trees or human figures. He often carves in tightly grained wood like poplar or jelutong, so details are not obscured by the underlying structure of the wood. As he approaches 90 years, Andrus — whose work can be seen at www.rgandrus. com — shows no signs of slowing down. Says he, “I think that good design and sculpture is all around us. I enjoy helping people see the beauty in everyday things.” Main Street columnist Bob Gariano can be reached at ■

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Hard to figure Bid for a state crown falls just short for highly touted Ramblers

Downer in DeKalb: Loyola Academy’s Austin Lyons reacts to his team’s 13-10 state final loss to Naperville Central.

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■ by kevin reiterman Shortly after the second-place trophy presentation, one of the Loyola Academy players was lugging the cumbersome prize back to the team’s locker room at Huskie Stadium in DeKalb. On the way, this wooden, three-foot keepsake accidently slipped out of his hands and fell to the ground. It landed hard. But … it survived. It stayed mostly intact. No harm, no foul. No worries. But the symbolism here? Hard to miss. Loyola, which was the glitter team heading to the IHSA Class 8A state title game on Nov. 30, saw its chance for a state championship fall by the wayside. The team dropped a hard-fought 13-10 decision to Naperville Central. No doubt, for these Ramblers (12-2), it will go down as the one that got away. Ranked as one of the top teams in the state by most media outlets, the Ramblers took the field at Northern Illinois University as the odds-on favorites against the Redhawks. “I thought going in that we were the better team,” said Loyola defensive tackle Charlie Pontarelli. “A lot of people thought we were a better team last year,” he added, alluding to the Ramblers’ run to the 2012 Class 8A semifinals. “So we proved a lot of people wrong.” The 6-foot-3, 250-pound Pontarelli,

who will don a jersey for Dartmouth University next fall, said that the final series of the game will haunt him for some time. “We had five minutes to stop them (and get the ball back),” said Pontarelli. “We should’ve been able to do that.” The Redhawks, who took possession at their own 21-yard line, ran off the final 5 minutes and 33 seconds of the game. On the 13th play of the drive, quarterback Jacob Kolzow took a knee at the Loyola six-yard line as the horn sounded. “Until that last drive, I was pretty happy with what we did on defense,” said Pontarelli. But, he added: “What we did in the first (26-plus minutes) doesn’t mean anything. It’s what we did in the last five.” The killer play came on fourth-and-one at the LA 21-yard line with 2:12 left. “I had him (Kolzow) wrapped up in the backfield,” said a disbelieving Pontarelli, a stand-up guy who put together a stellar season. “I know I will watch the film at some point. But it’s not going to be a good memory.” Naperville Central (11-3) definitely won the special-teams battle. The Redhawks led 6-0 at halftime on a pair of field goals by Connor Assalley (a 34-yarder in the first quarter and a 37-yarder in the second quarter). And they eventually took a 13-2 advantage with 8:55 left, when Dillon Grooss not only blocked a 22-yard field goal attempt by Loyola’s Mike Kurzydlowski but also ran it back 83 yards for a touchdown.

“Kicking the field goal was the safer choice at the time,” said Loyola head coach John Holecek. “Obviously, I regret it now.” But the decision was a sound one, considering how reliable Kurzydlowski had been all season. The junior came into the contest with very good numbers: 52 of 55 on PATs and 9 of 14 on field-goal attempts. Grooss not only came in untouched, but the junior defensive back was able to field the ball on a perfect bounce. It was a Sunday hop. With a running start, Grooss blasted down the right sideline. Loyola’s holder, Aidan Walsh, gave chase but couldn’t catch him. “Hats off to them,” said Holecek. “They made some plays.” Loyola’s best offense came late, when senior quarterback Jack Penn scrambled free and tossed an eight-yard touchdown pass to Fran O’Malley with 5:39 left in regulation. Penn (30-40-1, 238 yards) capped the 11-play, 75-yard drive with a two-point conversion on a quarterback draw. On that series, Penn completed passes to six different receivers, including a 21-yarder to Joe Joyce (7-44) and a 14-yarder to Joe Dixon (5-45) in Naperville Central territory. LA’s leading receiver was junior Owen Buscaglia, who snagged 12 passes for a game-high 91 yards. His best catch was a 24-yarder over the middle on the first play of the second half. With the exception of Penn’s 67 yards, the Ramblers’ ground game never got

rolling. The team was limited to 100 yards, averaging 3.2 yards per carry. “I’ll have to see the film to diagnose that,” said Holecek. Notable: Loyola’s top performer on defense was senior linebacker Andrew Cerney. No. 40 finished with a team-high 11 tackles (7 solos, 4 assists). He also had a quarterback sack and tackle for loss … Fellow inside linebacker Brian O’Brien (6 tackles), outside linebacker Tim Sullivan (5 tackles) and nose tackle Tommy Nickele also came up with tackles for loss ... The other tackle leaders were junior defensive backs Calvin Falkenhayn (7) and Ryan Zinkula (6) … “We knew what they were going to run,” said O’Brien. “We just didn’t make enough big plays. We didn’t force turnovers.” … Naperville Central was limited to 10 first downs and 91 rushing yards … Beating Mount Carmel 24-17 in Week Six was one of the highlights of Loyola’s season. The 13-1 Caravan capped their season with a 30-0 victory over Lake Zurich in the Class 7A state title game … The Redhawks, who finished fourth in the DuPage Valley Conference, ended the season on a sixgame winning streak. At one point, they were 5-3… The Ramblers, who also placed second in the state in 2011, will return five starters on defense: Thomas Dreher (DE), Mark Dowdle, Zinkuka, Falkenhayn and O’Brien. Three juniors started on offense: tackle Jack Moroni, center Michael Carlin and Buscaglia. ■


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On an even keel Widner not going to dwell on title-game loss ■ by bill mclean Ben Widner sported a blank expression. His posture was upright, positive. The Glenbrook South High School boys basketball coach hardly looked like a man whose team trailed host Loyola Academy 16-2 after one quarter in the New Trier/Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament championship game on Nov. 30. MIA: an exasperated look and slumped shoulders. “You have to stay even, when things are going well and when they’re not going so well,” Widner would say after his club’s 59-24 loss in Wilmette. “We definitely learned some things today. The entire week was a learning process for us.” LA (4-0) dominated from start to finish, using a dazzling display of ball movement and stifling defense. The Ramblers led 31-11 at the half and 46-17 after three quarters. “They passed up good shots for great shots,” Widner said. “They’re aggressive but patient. Everything they do is in sync. “It’s an excellent team,” he added. “We knew that coming in.” The Titans’ best stretch was a 5-2 sequence in the final 1:11 of the second quarter. Glenbrook South senior forward Tommy O’Hara hit a pair of free throws, before senior guard Paul Jones netted a three-pointer with 12 ticks left in the half. In between: Loyola junior Griffin Boehm scored down low after gathering a sharp bounce pass from senior Dragisa Azanjac. “We didn’t have a run in the game,” Widner said. The victors put together runs of 8-0, 13-2, 10-2 and 12-4. Ramblers senior guard Kevin Kucera scored all of his game-high 15 points in the first three quarters. Guard and classmate James Clarke struck for 11, including a pair of treys in the first quarter. Eleven Ramblers scored in the title game. Senior center Conor McCarthy tallied a team-high six points for Glenbrook South (2-2). Jones chipped in with five. McCarthy, senior guard Danny Nikitas and senior guard/forward Johnny Cowhey each grabbed five rebounds for the Titans. “The first week of a season is a time for all teams to start figuring out their strengths,” Widner said. “We have some good players. “We saw positives this week.” Notable: The Titans went 2-1 in Pool B play at the tourney. So did Lake Forest High School and St. Ignatius. Glenbrook South advanced to the title game against Loyola because it had allowed fewer points (150) than LF (158) and St. Ignatius (162) did. … GBS topped LF 52-49 in a tourney opener on Nov. 25; lost 65-54 to St. Ignatius on Nov. 26; and beat Prosser 58-36 on Nov. 27. Nikitas paced his team in scoring in each game, tallying 19 against LF, 15 against St. Ignatius and 18 against Prosser. “A good leader, a good kid,” Widner said of Nikitas. … Jones averaged 13.7 points per game in pool play. … O’Hara scored nine points versus Prosser. ■

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Weber plans to be patient with his inexperienced squad ■ by t.j. brown If experience is the best teacher, it can also be a cruel one. Glenbrook North’s boys basketball team suffered some tough lessons when it went 1-3 to open the season in the Kurland-Schnurr Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament at Niles West and Saint Patrick high schools. But coach David Weber hopes that the Spartans, who graduated seven seniors from last year’s squad, will quickly morph into the CSL North force they normally are. “We have a lot of seniors, but they didn’t play a lot last year, and you can see it out on the floor sometimes,” Weber said after GBN’s 48-39 loss to Phillips Friday night at St. Patrick. “It is going to take them time.” After losing to Hersey 69-62 in the opener, GBN came back with a 74-25 win over Robeson, before losing 49-48 to Niles West on Nov. 27. “The Niles West loss was devastating to us,” Weber said of the contest in which the Spartans had a nine-point lead with three minutes left in the game. “We missed the front end of a bonus. Then they hit a three, and it all went downhill from there.” “We started turning the ball over, and they got transition baskets,” senior Cameron Liss said. “In the end, they had a play and made a layup at the buzzer. We were out of position.” Liss, a 6-foot-5 forward, and junior Jan Siegen (6-3) give the Spartans a pair of big guys to build the team around. Siegien, who led the Spartans with 17 points against Phillips, returns after a respectable varsity season as a sophomore. Liss, who scored 11 points while grabbing seven rebounds and blocking a shot, against Phil-

lips, is another inside scoring threat. “Both Cameron and Jan can score, and they’re effective inside,” Weber said. “Siegien is a good three-point shooter. We need a lot out of them, and they’ve got to bring it every night.” Senior Cameron Werhan (6-2), senior Paul Collins (6-4) and junior Pat Hamilton (6-3) add to Glenbrook North’s depth up front. Guard Ethan Lutz (6-1) joins Siegien as one of the few players with significant playing time last season. At point guard, junior Matthias Kim, senior Sean Katz and senior Brett Werner are all getting playing time as Weber looks for the right combination. “I like our point guards, but their play has been very shaky,” Weber said. “We’re trying three guys at the position, and hopefully one of them will step up.” In the Phillips game, Kim had a steal and an assist, Katz had four assists and two steals and Werner had an assist. However, the Spartans turned the ball over 14 times as they struggled with Phillips’ press. “I think all of our guards can handle the ball,” said Liss, who was the beneficiary of a couple of nice Ethan Lutz assists Friday night. “We just need to slow down on offense.” In Phillips, GBN faced a team that liked to trap and press and create unfavorable 1-on-1 matchups on offense. “If you let us walk into our offense, we’ll be fine,” Weber said. “But it’s when you make us make decisions, when you make us scramble, we aren’t good at it.” But the season is young, and Glenbrook North’s schedule provides opportunity to test its mettle, especially come the prestigious Proviso West Tournament at the end of December. “All four games (this week) were winnable,” Liss said. “At the end of the season, if we were to play these teams again, we would win.” ■

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Warriors have the right mix Team opens season with a third-place finish at the Palatine Tournament ■ by bob gosman It was an especially productive offseason for the Deerfield High School boys basketball team. From summer tournaments to a new fall league, the Warriors, who are extremely deep, managed to build trust and team chemistry. “We played great team ball, especially on defense,” senior forward Michael Alfieri said. “Our team bonded, we had fun and we developed high expectations.” The Warriors were forced to draw on that bond in the first game of the season. Trailing Rolling Meadows 24-18 at halftime on Nov. 26 in the first round of the Ed Molitor Thanksgiving Classic in Palatine, Deerfield rallied for a 60-53 victory. “A loss would have killed some of our energy for the year,” senior guard Eric Porter said. “It was really important to show that we could fight back.” Porter drained six three-pointers and scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half. Teammate Jack Gurvey hit a pair of three-pointers and had 11 points. “We have a lot of veterans on the team, guys that have been there in these types of situations,” Porter said. Added Alfieri: “Eric and Jack caught fire and hit the shots we needed. That was the main reason we won the game.” Porter said he realized he pressed in the first half. “I’d been waiting for this since last year so my adrenaline was too high,” he said. “In the second half, I got into the flow of the game.” Deerfield finished the tournament with a 3-1 record. After winning their first two games, the Warriors dropped a 48-32 decision to York. “York was a lot bigger and drove to the basket hard and was able to get to the foul line,” Alfieri said. “It was a reality check and (showed) what we need to work on.” The Warriors closed out the tournament with a 57-48 victory over Palatine High School in the third-place game. Alfieri had 19 points and 10 rebounds. Senior newcomer Stefanos Fasianos looks to be a good fit for the Warriors. Fasianos, a 6-foot-5 combo guard/forward, arrived from Florida by way of Greece. His family moved to Deerfield over the summer. His introduction to the Deerfield program was seamless. “He showed up on the first day of summer camp and was part of the team right away,” Porter said. “He makes our team bigger; he’s an athletic and long defender who can guard the other team’s best player.” Fasianos played last year at Arlington Country Day, a private school and basketball power in Jacksonville. He said that he averaged about 10 minutes per game on a 17-man roster that featured many future college players. “Deerfield’s team was exactly what I was looking for,” Fasianos said. “I wanted more playing time and to have a good senior year. I played with the team over the summer, and the coaches and players were great to me. It was easy to adapt to a new environment.” Sophomore Jordan Baum, a 6-3 guard, is another player to watch. He saw time on varsity last winter, and he was a member of the USA junior team at the 19th Maccabi Games in Israel this summer. “He has a really high basketball IQ,” Porter said. “He’s a good passer and defensive player. He practiced with us throughout the summer so he’s used to the varsity speed and can really contribute to our team.”. ■

Deerfield High School forward Michael Alfieri fights for a rebound during his team’s tournament game against Richards.

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Broadcasting • Mark Braun: The 63-year-old is closing on a unique milestone. The Metro Chicago Sports Network play-byplay broadcaster will work his 50,000th sports event on Dec. 13, when New Trier takes on Maine South in a boys basketball game. His announcing career spans 43 years. He currently does games for the New Trier High School athletic department (football, basketball, baseball and field hockey); Loyola Academy parent association (baseball and hockey); Highland Park High School parent association (baseball); Glenbrook South High School (hockey); Wilmette Connie Mack (baseball) and North Shore Griffins (youth football). He’s been prolific. Braun has worked as many as 15 games in a single day, while he has videoed, announced and edited as many as 4,500 events in a season. He’s done 25,000 games for New Trier and 17,000 ice hockey games. His motto is simple: “It’s always about the players.” On Dec. 12, there will be a celebration of Braun’s life work at Stormy’s Tavern and Grille in Northfield.

Roaming the sidelines

football • Lake Forest: The Scouts’ football team lost three games in 2013. The Class 6A state quarterfinalist (9-3) fell to Lake Zurich, Stevenson and Batavia. None of the losses was a bad one. LZ reached the Class 7A state final; Stevenson made it to a Class 8A semifinal; and Batavia, which defeated LF 19-14 in a state quarterfinal, routed Richards 34-14 for the 6A championship on Nov. 30. The trio went a combined 35-6 this fall, including 12-2 in the postseason.

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Men’s hockey • Glenview: Matt Ustaski, a 6-6, 225-pound center, has made a verbal commitment to the University of Wisconsin. The 19-year-old Glenview resident will join the Badgers after playing two seasons for Langley in the British Columbia Hockey League. He had 11 goals and 16 assists for the Rivermen during the 2012-13 season. Through 25 games this season, he has nine goals and 14 points.

At the next level

Football • Holy Cross: Loyola Academy grad Peter Pujals, a freshman quarterback at Holy Cross, has been named the Patriot League Rookie of the Year. The Glenview native made eight starts and threw for 2,261 yards and 19 touchdowns. He also rushed for 469 yards. He was ranked second in the Patriot League in passing yards and total offense. He was third in pass efficiency (134.8).

At the pro level

Men’s Basketball • Jack Cooley: The former Glenbrook South and Notre Dame star is playing in Turkey this winter. And he’s putting up decent numbers for Trabzonspor. After eight games, the 6-foot-9 forward is averaging 13.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He’s shooting 65 percent from the field.

Thinking out loud

Basketball • The Hand-Check Rule: IHSA basketball officials are enforcing this rule in earnest this season. Thus, the games are being called much tighter. More fouls. More breaks in the action. It’s a good rule. Defenders shouldn’t be allowed to impede ball-handlers. Fouls should be called when it happens. But many of the referees, who want to be in line with

Glenbrook South’s Danny Nikitas (No. 24) charges into Lake Forest’s Evan Boudreaux during tourney action in the New Trier-Loyola Tournament.

photography by joel lerner this rule, are overreacting. A lot of touch fouls are being whistled. A lot of (extra) free throws are being shot. Here’s a solution: Instead of giving the bonus on the seventh foul of each half, let’s increase that number to the 10th foul. Or, let’s take a page from the NBA and allow five fouls in each quarter before the bonus goes into effect. The double bonus goes into play on the 10th foul. In the meantime, coaches are on the spot. They have to convince their players — which they should anyway — to play defense with their feet. And — you guessed it — they need to spend more practice time … shooting free throws. Now, more than ever, games will be won — and lost — at the foul line.

• Eric Porter: The Deerfield senior guard, a threeyear starter, entered the Shooter’s Zone in his team’s tournament-opening victory over Rolling Meadows 60-53 on Nov. 26 at Palatine. He scored 22 of his game-high 24 points in the second half. He hit 8 of his last 11 shots, including 6 of 8 from beyond the arc.

Football • The Spread Offense: Does anyone miss “Three yards and a cloud of dust”? It used to be the standard in high school football. Running to daylight and playing smash-mouth football used to be the thing for most teams. But, it’s gone the way of the Ford Edsel, eight-track cartridge and phone booth. The wide-open, no-huddle offense has been around for a while, but it’s now in full force. Offensive football around here has been fully transformed. Having a dual-threat quarterback is like finding gold. Three area QBs joined the 2,000 Club this season. At Loyola, Jack Penn passed for 2,220 yards and rushed for 618 yards in 12 games. At Highland Park, Tommy Sutker finished with 2,186 yards in 10 games: 1,669 in the air and 517 on the ground. And, at Lake Forest, Regis Durbin picked up 2,013 yards in 12 games: 1,580 passing and 433 rushing. “I think it’s safe to say that this is the trend. This is modern-day football,” veteran Highland Park coach Hal Chiodo.

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• Ricky Samuelson: The 6-foot-4 wing had an electrifying fourth quarter in New Trier’s 65-59 overtime loss to Loyola on Nov. 27 in round three of pool play at the New Trier-Loyola Tournament. He scored all 12 of his team’s points, including two three-pointers, in the fourth quarter. The senior finished the game with 18 points.

Tennis • New Trier: Girls tennis coach Jerry Morse-Karzen captured his 38th United States Tennis Association gold ball (national title) on Nov. 24. Morse-Karzen, 60, and his 30-year-old son, Brett, won the USTA National Senior Father/Son Doubles Clay Court Championship at The Landings Racquet Club in Sarasota, Fla. In the final, the Morse-Karzens defeated a duo from Delray Beach, Fla., 6-4, 6-2. It capped an unprecedented Grand Slam season in the division. The 6-foot-4 Jerry and the 6-10 Brett had emerged victorious at national events on three other surfaces in 2013 — hard court, indoor and grass. The tandem’s gold ball in Sarasota upped its Father/ Son career total to an astounding 24; the first 20 were Open division crowns. Jerry has netted 10 USTA Father/Daughter titles with Becky. Jerry also won national Father/Son championships with his father, Richard. Brett Morse-Karzen (NTHS, ’02) and classmate Yusuke Amamoto finished runner-up in doubles at the 2001 and ’02 state meets. NT won the team title both seasons. ■




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Highly sought-after Clarke is one of keys for the Ramblers in championship game “Our team chemistry is off the charts,” Clarke said. “We all love playing in [Livatino’s] system. Offense, defense … it’s all fun.” Senior guard Kevin Kucera, another tri-captain, finished with a game-high 15 points. LA junior Griffin Boehm chipped in with eight points. Tri-captain Jack Morrissey stood out in Loyola’s final Pool A game on Nov. 27, pouring in 23 points in a 65-59 overtime defeat of New Trier. Kucera netted 17, and sophomore Christopher Harris struck for 12 points. “It was nice, not having to play [on the day after Thanksgiving],” Livatino said. “We challenged the guys. They came in that day, worked hard on some things. And they responded well [against Glenbrook South.] “We did some good stuff.” Well before the title game, as New Trier and Lake Forest warmed up for the third-place game, somebody brought up the topic of prep football in front of Livatino. “It’s great day to be Rambler,” he said. “Two teams from Loyola, playing for championships. Yes, the one our football team is going for us is certainly a bigger deal than the one we hope to win. “Our guys will be focused on basketball. Our guys will think about football after the basketball game.”

■ by bill mclean A basketball game ended. One of the stars of the game, tri-captain James Clarke, joined his teammates and a championship plaque to pose for pictures under a basket on Nov. 30. Loyola Academy Ramblers smiled. The championship plaque did not. Clarke, a guard, and his hoops brethren then headed to a locker room. Ramblers coach Tom Livatino spoke, assessing his club’s frighteningly decisive 59-24 defeat of Glenbrook South High School in the final of the New Trier/Loyola Thanksgiving Tournament at Loyola. A sportswriter interviewed Clarke. Another sportswriter interviewed Clarke. A college coach introduced himself to the 6-foot Clarke. They spoke to each other for about five minutes. Clarke was courteous and respectful throughout the encounters. No surprise. The young man oozes good manners. But there had to be a voice inside of him demanding, “Let’s go, let’s go, let’s go! Now!” His favorite football team, Loyola Academy’s, would soon battle Naperville Central for the Class 8A state title in DeKalb, 71 miles away. “A bunch of us are driving there tonight to root for the team,” Clarke said after scoring 11 points (10 in the first quarter) and grabbing a team-high five rebounds against the Titans. “Two football players (juniors Owen Buscaglia and Mark Dowdle) also play basketball. “We can’t wait for them to start playing basketball with us.” LA’s gridders, alas, lost 13-10. LA’s hoopsters (4-0) led 16-2 after one quarter and did not allow GBS (2-2) to score more than nine points in any quarter.

Xxxxxxxxxxxxx: Senior guard James Clarke, seen here in action last season, played a key role as the Ramblers went 4-0 in their Thanksgiving Tournament.

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wine country is a scintillating destination We went to California on a wine tasting we bid on during a Catholic Charities auction. It was an amazing experience. We got there on a Friday and stayed at the Fairmont Sonoma Mission Inn & Spa. The next morning we were picked up by a Mercedes-Benz limousine and headed out to the wineries. The wine tastings were all just for the two of us.

“They took us to their private wine tasting area that could seat about 60, and there were three glasses set up on the table. We were like, ‘We’re not worthy.’”

Jim and Sue Kane own Bridie McKenna’s in Highwood.

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One vineyard that blew us away was Katherine Hall. They took us to their private wine tasting area that could seat about 60, and there were three glasses set up on the table. We were like, ‘We’re not worthy.’ They had some reserve tastings that were unbelievable. After we picked up lunch at a boutique grocery store and went to another winery, we drove to Domaine Chandon in Yountville on the way back for champagne. For dinner that night we went to a wonderful restaurant called The Girl and the Fig. We were sick of wine by this point, and I (Sue) ordered a cucumber martini. It was one of the best things ever. We had salmon and sea bass; the place was excellent and romantic. At the inn, we had full access to all the spa facilities inside and outside. They had saunas and springs. We both got a massage. We didn’t expect how lovely the whole trip would be. Sue and Jim Kane, as told to David Sweet. ■

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THE THRILL OF THE CHASE. THE LAP OF LUXURY. THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS. As a true Aston Martin, motorsport has played its part in the development of our four door sports car. In May 2010, Aston Martin contested the annual Nürburgring 24 hours in a near-standard roadregistered Rapide. With only minor changes to satisfy racing safety requirements, this car – complete with standard Touchtronic 2 automatic transmission – ran fast and faultlessly throughout, achieving second in class and 34th overall from a starting grid of 200 purpose-built racing cars. As with all our racing activity, lessons learned in that gruelling event have directly influenced the development of future road car products, including the Rapide S.


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While the 12C is the technological essence of a race car, the 12C Spider incorporates an additional dimension. 12C Spider owners will love the opportunity to lower the roof and hear the unhindered howl of a V8 twin turbo engine at full throttle. It undoubtedly enhances an already euphoric 12C driving experience.The 12C Spider delivers all the thrills characteristic of a high performance roadster, and yet transforms into a raucous track beast at the flick of a switch. W W W. L F S C . C O M






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North Shore Weekend WEST, Issue 7  
North Shore Weekend WEST, Issue 7  

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