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More than 150 local business people enjoyed golf and networking during the annual Orland Park Chamber Golf Outing held June 15 at Silver Lake Country Club. Many thanks to event co-chairs Ray Klosowski and Patrick Zomparelli, hole sponsors, prize donors and volunteers. Proceeds will benefit the chamber’s scholarship program.

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“Pandemonium is a great way to end your summer,” Gira says. “If anyone has been wondering what this exciting and unique race is all about, come out this year and experience it firsthand.” Pandemonium registration fee is $50 from July 17 to August 11 and $55 on race day. Registered participants may pick up their swag bags August 10-12 at Human Race Sports, 15148 S. LaGrange Road. Registration includes a Pandemonium dri-fit shirt, race bib and other free goodies. Advance registration and the information is available at the Village of Orland Park Recreation Administration Building, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue and the village's Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. For more information or questions, log on to OrlandPark.org  or call 708.403.7275.

ORLAND PARK POLICE TO HOST AUGUST 27 ANNUAL BICYCLE RIDE TO BENEFIT SPECIAL OLYMPICS The Orland Park Police Department’s late summer bike ride to benefit Special Olympics Illinois returns at 7:30 a.m. Sunday, August 27. The ride begins and ends at Gatto’s Orland Park, 8800 W. 143rd St. The 14.4-mile course will travel through Orland Park and will then connect with the Tinley Creek Forest Preserve Trails. A water stop is held midway through the ride, which is not a race. Refreshments will be available, and a complimentary breakfast buffet with soft drinks and coffee will be available at Gatto's

PANDEMONIUM RETURNS TO ORLAND PARK Get ready for mud, foam, water and fun when Pandemonium in the Park returns to the Village of Orland Park Saturday, August 12. The 5K obstacle course, which debuted in 2014, is back with even

after the ride. "Each summer, people ask when the ride will be held because it's an annual favorite," Police Chief Tim McCarthy says. "It's not a race. It's leisurely paced, and everyone remains together as a group." All participants are expected to wear bicycle helmets.

more colorful and slippery challenges. The first wave begins at 8

The ride is open to those ages 12 and older, and the cost is $25

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“Pandemonium is a great summer event that has grown in numbers and popularity each year it’s been offered,” Pat Gira, village trustee and chair of the village’s recreation and parks committee, says. “If you enjoy 5Ks and obstacle courses, then Pandemonium is

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the best of both worlds.” Pandemonium offers an obstacle courses to keep participants climbing, sliding, crawling or running through mud, water, foam and more. “This event has become the highlight of the summer for people from throughout the region,” Orland Park Director of Recreation Nancy Flores says. “It’s an unusual event, and people want to be a part of it.” Families, friends and co-workers are encouraged to form teams and experience Pandemonium together, dressed in costumes or silly themes. The race is not timed, and all participants receive an official Pandemonium finisher’s medal and a free slice of Beggar’s Pizza.  “This year, we’re featuring a new course with new obstacles, and we are opening the course up to 11-year-olds accompanied by a parent,” Ray Piatonni, facility and event administrator for the recreation department, says. 16

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ORLAND PARK TEEN LEADS FUNDRAISING EFFORT TO CREATE CHALLENGER BASEBALL FIELD Orland Park’s Zachary Stack is on a mission to share the sport that he's played most of his life. Stack began playing baseball with the Orland Youth Association when he was 4 years old. He has played for the Warriors Travel Team since he was 8 and now plays for the Warriors 16U Travel Team.  A lifelong resident of Orland Park, Stack is on a mission to add to the baseball offerings in the community with the development of a challenger baseball field. He is the eldest of Tammy and Ken

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“One of my sister’s friends at Cardinal Bernardin School told me

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that he played a baseball game at a challenger’s field. I had played

Dress in your superhero finest and watch as Batman defends Gotham

ball at that complex and was somewhat familiar with the field,” Stack

City Lego style in "The Lego Batman Movie!" This is an interactive

says. “When I found out that Orland Park didn’t have something like

movie complete with games and activities. The Boy Scouts will be

this, I knew that I wanted to change that.”

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DANCING TO DUSK Join us for a beautiful evening of line dancing on the Village Green Tennis Courts in Palos Park on Saturday, August 19. The grounds open at 5 p.m. and dancing begins at 6 p.m. Dee Ulrich will demonstrate different moves for line dancers as well as other favorite dances. Even if you are not a dancer, come out and enjoy the evening. Food and

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The term challenger field is a universal term to describe modified

An open area at the west end of the Humphrey Complex has

baseball fields. The Little League Challengers Program is an adaptive

been earmarked for the field at 14600 West Ave. The estimated

initiative created for individuals with physical or intellectual chal-

cost to bring a challenger  field to the village’s  John Humphrey

lenges. Any individual with these challenges can participate.

Sports Complex is $500,000. 

“I’ve played baseball most of my life, and I think it would be really

Stack is reaching out to other young athletes from Marist and Carl

cool if I could help make it possible for everyone to play ball in Orland

Sandburg High Schools asking for their help to raise funds for the

Park,” Stack says.

project. He has also been working closely with Orland Park Village

The Little League Challenger Division accommodates players ages four to 18 and up to 22 if enrolled in school. The Senior League Challenger Division accommodates players over the age of 15.

trustees Gira and Dan Calandriello. “We’re thinking of a walk or a run, some type of kickoff celebration and reaching out to local foundations and businesses,” Stack

“When Zach brought his proposal to the village, we were immedi-

says. “Our first event will be hosting a booth at the Taste of Orland

ately interested,” said trustee Pat Gira, chair of the village’s recreation

Park where we will accept donations and spread the word about

and parks committee. “Orland Park has a very active, long running

what we’re doing.”

special recreation program with many Special Olympians but we’ve never had a challenger ballfield.”

Of her son’s quest to bring a challenger’s field to Orland Park, Tammy Stack said, “My husband and I are very proud of Zach and

Challenger fields include a number of modifications to help those

what he wants to accomplish. It’s going to be a great day in Orland

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same complex as their peers and siblings. This is a great project

and play surface and paved paths from the parking lot to the field.

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Influential Teachers

Local Teachers Speak on the Significance of Education

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t one time or another, we have all been positively influenced by an educator. Even though it may not have

felt like it at the time, hindsight often becomes 20/20 as we grow up and reflect on the people involved in shaping who we are. Teachers have a tendency of being toward the top of that list, as their lives are dedicated to molding young minds. Each teacher has their own unique teaching style, and four local teachers share how their style work and why education is such an important aspect of an individual's life.

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SCHOOL: HOLMES ELEMENTARY SUBJECT/GRADE: KINDERGARTEN THE PARKS LIFESTYLE (TPL): What motivated you to

become a teacher? MT: I remember wanting to be a teacher since I was

in kindergarten. My teacher made our classroom very welcoming, and I couldn't wait to go back to class every day. As I got older, I wanted to be able to give that feeling and experience to other kids. TPL: How long have you been teaching? MT: This will be my fifth year. TPL: What is unique about your teaching style? MT: I like to incorporate hands-on teaching when-

ever I can. I feel my students learn better when they are involved, not just listening to me. I love watching them learn through a hands-on activity and they don't even realize that they are learning. They just think they're having fun! TPL: What has been the most rewarding part of

your career? MT: My second year of teaching I had a student who

had a pair of shoes that had a hole in the front. His toes were sticking out, and it was starting to get cold out. Since I am in a high poverty school, I had asked my sister if she could ask some of her friends to see if their kids had outgrown a pair of shoes in his size. We ended up getting him a couple pairs. When he first put them on, he had mentioned how nice they felt. After some thought, we realized that there were other students who didn't have a winter coat or other winter necessities. We decided to set up a drive for both kindergarten classes to help get necessities and something special for each kid. We wanted to make sure they had a good Christmas at school in case they wouldn't have much of a Christmas at home. With the help of my sister, we were able to get gifts and necessities for over 40 students! Since then, our "secret snowman" drive has happened every year and grown a little each year. TPL: What advice would you give to future educators? MT: If everything doesn't go the way you planned in

your first year, don't get discouraged! The first year is always the hardest, but it will get better! CONTINUED >

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INFLUENTIAL TEACHERS (CON TI N U ED)

SCHOOL: CHRISTA MCAULIFFE ELEMENTARY SUBJECT/GRADE: FOURTH TPL: What motivated you to become a teacher?

MANDY BENIAC

MB: My mom really motivated me to become

a teacher. She has been a teacher for over 35 years and she has really shown me how much I can make a difference in a child's life. My mom works hard every day and gives 100 percent of her heart to her students. I want to do the same for my students. TPL: How long have you been teaching? MB: I just finished my first year teaching. TPL: What is unique about your teaching style? MB: I enjoy a talkative classroom. My philoso-

phy in the classroom is that students learn best from each other and that learning from each other will help students learn to work with others in real life situations that will help in a work setting that involves collaboration. Students learn to listen to each other and add on to the conversation which brings ideas together.

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TPL: What has been the most rewarding part

of your career? MB: The most rewarding part of my career is

when I was student teaching. I had a student who moved to the United States with little English. On my last day of student teaching, she raised her hand and said her first full sentence is English out loud in front of the whole class with no help or prompt. I felt like in that moment all her hard work and my help paid off. You could tell there that she was really making progress! TPL: What advice would you give to

future educators? MB: The best advice I have is to have a life

outside of school. Teachers give so much of their time for their students after school hours. Sometimes you get caught up, but you have to also think about yourself and your needs sometimes. Join a running club, knitting club or book club where you have to not do school work. It is important to balance life and work. 26

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MEGHAN SCHACHT SCHOOL: CARL SANDBURG HIGH SCHOOL SUBJECT/GRADE: U.S. HISTORY, SOCIOLOGY, GRADES 11, 12 TPL: What motivated you to become a teacher? MS: I had an amazing high school experience,

and I wanted to provide the same for others. TPL: How long have you been teaching? MS: The 2017-18 school year will be my 16th year.

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TPL: What is unique about your teaching style? MS: I like to think that I make what we're

learning relevant to my students. My goal is to constantly make connections between what we're studying and what is going on in the world today. Additionally, I like to think that I consistently share my enthusiasm and passion for the material. TPL: What has been the most rewarding part

of your career? MS: There are so many moments to choose

from! However, I love when I hear from students once they are in college, and they share the connections between their experiences in my class and what they are

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studying in college. I also love when a student who perhaps did not have an interest in social studies develops an appreciation for it throughout the year. TPL: What advice would you give to

future educators? MS: There are many outside factors/issues

that educators deal with on a daily basis that can be stressful, but those moments with your students are what make it all worth it! You will learn just as much from your stu-

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Back Stage

music fills the air in the parks ARTICLE BARBARA BARRIELLE

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usic is abundant in The Parks and throughout Chicago in venues big and small. Metal, rock, folk, jazz, rap, alternative, you name it. We have it.

Billed as the original multiday music festival, Lollapalooza (Lollapalooza.com), does not show any signs

of slowing down and continues to change with the times and musical tastes. Conceived as an annual music festival featuring popular alternative rock, heavy metal, punk rock, hip-hop, dance and comedy performances and craft booths, “Lolla” truly has something for everybody. Celebrating its 26th year, Lollapalooza 2017 takes place August 3-7 in Grant Park, and headlining acts include Lorde, Chance the Rapper, Muse, Blink-182, Wiz Khalifa, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, and the lineup includes dozens of additional acts. General admission tickets are sold out, but VIP and platinum experiences are still available. The Live Nation organization manages The Hollywood Casino Amphitheater (LiveNation.com), and although complaints about parking and high concession prices may taint this outdoor arena experience, the performers it attracts are worth minor hassles. Read the rules and bring a low lawn chair and plenty of snacks in clear plastic bags, so food concessions are no problem. Attendees can bring water in clear bottles and gallon jugs, but not alcohol, so put your party money on the ticket and a beer or margarita. 28

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Although it has had many names in its long life as a premier outdoor concert venue, Hollywood Casino remains one of the longest-running amphitheaters and can hold up to 28,000 people. Its long-running history means kids, their parents and grandparents all have great memories of concerts here and will continue to make memories many times as a family. The Beverly Arts Center has several small performing arts venues as well as a main stage that attracts top jazz, blues and folk acts. Check out BeverlyArtCenter.org for upcoming intimate acts as well as films, theater performances and classes. A laid-back outdoor venue that attracts blues, jazz and rhythm acts is found at The Country Club Hills Theater (CCHTheater.com). Rolling lawn area and reserved seating make up this charming venue that also has good food and visiting food trucks to make offerings more interesting. On Saturday, August 5, Country Club Hills Theater welcomes The Masters of Funk for some upbeat dance-worthy hours of music. Los Lobos and Los Lonely Boys bring a south-of-the-border twist on Friday, August 11 and War with The Average White Band will bring down the house on Saturday, August 12. There are plenty of fantastic live music cafes and restaurants in The Parks, including places like The Carraig Pub in Oak Forest that serves great food and a variety of international beers. Tribes Alehouse & Grill, Jenny’s Southside Tap, The Brass Tap and The Black Sheep also have regular live music, especially on weekends. Check local schedules

Busy all summer—Paul McCartney played here in July—and these acts are coming in August and September: • Saturday, August 12: Kings of Leon • Monday, August 14: Linkin Park • Saturday, August 19: Lady Antebellum • Saturday, September 16: Luke Bryan • Sunday, September 17: Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows • Saturday, September 23: Brad Paisley August 2017 | The Parks Lifestyle

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everyday driving. For those eco-friendly drivers, the Eco-pro mode is, even more, fuel efficient by shifting at a lower RPM. The X3 combines its features to provide not only an ideal driving machine but an environmentally conscious one as well. At a red light, the X3 turns off the engine to prevent waste. While many of us enjoy cooling our car down in the summer; BMW engineers do not condone the practice of “puffing,” or starting up a vehicle before driving. To avoid this cushioned process, BMW has provided an app for drivers to turn fans on or open the windows on summer days. If you have forgotten where you parked, this app also allows you to flash the vehicle's lights, honk the horn and much more. Day-to-day driving has never been safer; not only is the driver looking out for hazardous conditions, but the vehicle is as well. To make the driver aware of danger, the steering wheel vibrates when nearing a potential hazard. These include; lane departures, active blind spot awareness, and Active Cruise Control. These safety features combine to maintain a safe distance from you and the driver ahead. Steering wheel vibrations are not the only way the X3 alerts the driver; break interruptions will occur for potential frontal or pedestrian collisions. August 2017 | The Parks Lifestyle

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Financial Buzz

Can You Save for College & Retirement? F

You can generally invest in the 529 plan offered by most states, but in some cases, you may be eligible for a state income tax incentive. Also, all withdrawals from 529 plans will be free from federal income taxes, as long as the money is used for a qualified college

ew of us have unlimited financial

or graduate school expense of the beneficiary

resources, which means almost all of

you’ve named. Withdrawals for expenses other

us need to prioritize our financial goals.

than qualified education expenditures may be

Consequently, you’ll have some decisions to

subject to federal and state taxes and a 10 per-

make if you’d like to help pay for your chil-

cent penalty on the earnings.

dren’s college educations someday while, at

By starting your 529 plan early, when your

the same time, saving for your own retirement.

children are young, you’ll give the investments

Your first step in addressing these objec-

within the plan more time to grow. Plus, you

tives is to maintain realistic expectations.

can make smaller contributions on a regular

Consider the issue of paying for college. Right

basis, rather than come up with big lump

now, the average four-year cost (tuition, fees,

sums later on. And by following this approach,

room and board) is about $80,000 for in-state

you may be in a better financial position for

students at public universities and approxi-

investing in your IRA and your 401(k) or

mately $180,000 for private schools, accord-

other employer-sponsored retirement plan.

ing to the College Board. And these costs are

Obviously, it’s to your benefit to contribute

likely to keep rising in the years ahead. Can

as much as you can to these plans, which

you save this much for your kids’ education?

offer tax advantages and a wide range of

Instead of committing yourself to put-

investment options. If you’re investing in a

ting away this type of money, take a holistic

401(k) or similar employer-backed plan, try

approach to saving for your children’s higher

to boost your contributions every time your

education. After all, you probably won’t be the

salary increases. At the very least, always put

only one to help pay for college. Depending

in enough to earn your employer’s matching

on your income and assets, your family might

contribution, if one is offered.

be eligible for some needs-based financial

And once your children are through with

aid awarded by the college. Also, you should

college, you can discontinue saving in your

encourage your children to apply for as many

529 plan (although you may want to open

scholarships as possible, but keep in mind

another one in the future for your grand-

that most scholarships don’t provide a “full

children) and devote more money to your

ride.” Here’s the bottom line: Don’t assume you

retirement accounts.

will receive so much aid that you don’t need to

It can certainly be challenging to save for

save for college at all, but don’t burden your-

education and retirement, but with discipline

self with the expectation that you need to pick

and perseverance, it can be done. So, give it

up the full tab for your children’s schooling.

the “old college try.”

On a practical level, you may want to commit

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to putting a certain amount per month into a

This article was written by Edward Jones for use

college savings vehicle, such as a 529 plan.

by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

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fter making the jump from television actress in Hollywood to president of her own public relations company in Chicago,

Laura Orrico has found success in representing an array of clients. With her boutique public relations firm, Orrico has the ability to give personalized attention to her clients, who range from politicians to musicians to actors. In such a high-pressure and fast-paced industry, Orrico works to ensure that her clients find public relations represen-

tation to be an enjoyable experience. With this value in mind, Orrico shares her favorite songs to unwind with after a long day of work.

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