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Marist beats Brother Rice, Volume XLVII No. 50 52-40 in an intense neighborhood showdown Tuesday night More details and photos in next week’s sports

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Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton was shocked when he witnessed a cyclist get off his bike and crawl under a delayed freight train rather than conServing Chicago tinue to wait for the train to pass a crossing in the village. It was an extremely dangerous thing to do, but the move emphasized for Sexton the frustration people are dealing with when it comes to stalled trains and downed crossing gates at various spots in the village. “People who get frustrated do crazy things,” Sexton said. Sexton said the delays force ambulances headed for Christ Medical Center—the region’s only trauma center—and Little Company of Mary Hospital from reaching their destinations in a timely fashion. Rerouting

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wastes precious moments that could be the difference between life and death, he said. “Somebody is going to get hurt or die waiting for an ambulance,” Sexton said. The railroad line, which CSX took over in 2012, dissects the Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hickory Hills, Oak Lawn, Palos Hills and Worth Thursday, March 1, 2007 village and crosses 95th Street near Troy Avenue and Kedzie Avenue at 94th Street—immediately adjacent to the police and fire departments. Stalled trains and downed gates occur numerous times a week, and the delays have exceeded one hour in some cases, Sexton said. “It’s a mess,” said Sexton, who added that the village has received hundreds of calls from complaining residents. The trouble is, there’s little the village can do, as the fedPhoto by Bob Rakow eral government oversees the A series of signs warn drivers of oncoming trains at one of the crossings, which has experienced (Continued on page 2) massive delays that Evergreen Park Mayor Jim Sexton hopes that the railroad can prevent.

Skater made our country greater Beloved EP volunteer finally retires at age 90 By Claudia Parker Correspondent

Cubs player Edwin Jackson (above) and speed skating legend Bonnie Blair were in the area on Friday for two functions See page 3 and page 5

Rakow remembers Megan Hurkes, who would have turned 15 in Feb. Page 6

With wheels on her heels, 90year-old Rona Cox has spent a lifetime rolling through life and serving her country. Approximately 400,000 women enlisted with the armed forces during World War II. Cox, a former resident of Evergreen Park, is one of them. Her two-year stint had such an impact, she continued to serve as a volunteer for 63 years with an unflinching dedication at the American Legion Post. The first 10 were served in Hometown and the final 53 at Post 854 in Evergreen Park, where she remained until retiring in December. And she was a pretty good roller skater, too. Even at 90-years-old, Cox is

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Former Evergreen Park resident Rona Cox was in what is now known as the Air Force in the 1940s, left photo, and has served as an American Legion volunteer in the area for more than 60 years. Cox, right photo, just turned 90 and retired from volunteer work in December. vibrant and lucid. She said, “I’ve spent my entire life being active. I didn’t retire from skating until I was 83. At that age, had I fallen, I would have

been finished off in a wheelchair somewhere.” For nearly 70 years on roller skates, Cox said she never had an injury. “Nothing kept me

from rolling.’’ Cox said. In addition to volunteering, Cox worked full-time while raising her two children, Dave Cox of Lemont and Patricia Morrin

Police suspect foul play in death of Rice teacher By Jeff Vorva Reporter editor

INDEX Police News.....................2 Our Neighborhood..........4 Sudoku...........................4 Commentary...................6 Death Notices.................7 Crossword...................7 School..........................8&9 Calendar......................10 Consumer.........................11

COLUMNISTS Jeff Vorva........................3 Bob Rakow........................6 Wine Guy..........................12

of Chicago. She said her mother, Helen Reynolds, offered a tremendous amount of support. Reynolds moved the year Dave (Continued on page 7)

An icon from Brother Rice High School was found dead in his Orland Park home on Tuesday and police are investigating the possibility of foul play. Al Filan, 62, a longtime business teacher at the school and soccer coach in the area, was found dead at his Orland Park home in the 9400 block of Georgetown Square and multiple media reports say that the Orland Park Police Department is handing it off to the South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force for further investigation. “We don’t want to leave any stone unturned if there is any Photo by Brigid Rakow The doors at St. Bernadette Catholic Academy likely will be closed next school year, but Evergreen Park possibility [of] foul play,” Orland Park Commander John Keating Mayor Jim Sexton and school officials are talking about a financial plan to save the school. told Sun-Times Media. I can’t confirm [it is a homicide]. It’s still classified as a death investigation at this point…’’ By Bob Rakow designed to prevent the school ways in which $500,000 could An autopsy was scheduled for Staff Reporter from closing its doors at the be raised to keep the school Wednesday, after The Regional end of the year. open. Publishing deadline. St. Bernadette Catholic AcadSexton, principal Arlene Bau“I’m really not at liberty to A statement from Brother emy officials and Evergreen mann and the Rev. Benedykt discuss the options,” Sexton Rice said that Filan taught at Park Mayor Jim Sexton are Pazdan, St. Bernadette’s pas- said. the school for more than 39 years examining a series of options tor, met Thursday to discuss (Continued on page 8) and “touched the lives of thou-

St. Bernadette needs $500,000 to stay open

sands of students.” Filan was also a veteran soccer coach and was a former head coach and assistant at Andrew High School in Tinley Park. Orland Hills’ Tim Neighbors, who was a goalie coach for Filan at Andrew for a couple of years, was shocked to hear the news. “One of my sons called us,” Neighbors said. “We were like ‘holy cow!’ You know people get up in age could have a heart attack or something like that. He was in his 60s. But to find out if it was foul play, I can’t believe it.’’ Neighbors’ sons, Greg and Tim, played for Andrew in the late 1990s and early 2000s. “Al was more of a quiet coach — but like all of us he had him moments when he got loud,” Neighbors said. “And I’ll tell you what — he always faced the stiffest competition. He never backed down from a challenge and the teams we played were loaded.’’ Marist High School held a moment of silence for Filan before the boys basketball game between the RedHawks and Brother Rice on Tuesday night.


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90th Street and Melvina Avenue, police said. ***    A catalytic convertor was re   Allen Cooper, 23, of Chicago,    A catalytic convertor was rewas charged with retail theft Jan. ported stolen between Dec. 14 ported to be removed Jan. 14 16 after allegedly stealing goods and Jan. 11 from a car in the from a car in the parking lot from Kohl’s at Chicago Ridge Mall, 10500 block of Cicero Avenue. of Jewel-Osco, 9424 S. Pulaski Road. police said. *** *** ***    Teresa Harrison-Maciasz, 44,    A catalytic convertor was re   Lusiana Lacuku, 33, of Oak of Oak Lawn, was charged with Forest, was charged with retail battery Dec. 24 after a distur- ported stolen Jan. 14 from a car theft Jan. 20 after allegedly steal- bance at Christ Medical Center, in a parking lot in the 4700 block of 95th Street. ing merchandise from Kohl’s at police said. *** Chicago Ridge Mall, police said. ***    Carrie A. Jayne, 41, of Ly   A disabled car was reported ons, was charged with drunken stolen between Jan. 10-14 from driving, speeding, improper lane the parking lot of Fairplay, 8700 use, no insurance and disobeying S. Cicero Ave. a traffic signal after a Jan. 14 *** stop at 97th Street and Cicero    Christopher T. Wilson, 20,    Wilfred M. Wingfield III, 59, Avenue, police said. of Chicago, was charged with of Chicago, was charged with *** trespassing Jan. 11 at Wal-Mart, drunken driving, no insurance    Two cases of wine were re2500 W. 95th St., after he was and driving on an expired liported stolen Jan. 14 from Jewelspotted at the store security cense after a Jan. 11 stop at Osco, 4650 W. 103rd St. Two men despite being asked previously 91st Street and Cicero Avenue, entered the store at 7:15 a.m., not to enter the store, police police said. said. *** ***    Daniel F. Turski, 18, of Jus   Susan M. Olson, 51, was tice, was charged with drunken charged with drunken driving, driving, illegal consumption of leaving the scene of an accident alcohol by a minor, speeding and and no insurance Jan. 12 after driving too fast for conditions she struck another vehicle at Jan. 11 after a stop at 111th 91st Street and Western Avenue, Street and Central Avenue, popolice said. lice said. By Bob Rakow *** ***    Efren O. Paderes, 41, of Nor-    Dylan Kellogg, 22, of Oak Staff Reporter ridge, was charged with retail Lawn, was charged with disortheft Jan. 14 after allegedly derly conduct Jan. 11 after a    A Palos Heights man was stealing goods from Wal-Mart, disturbance at Speedway, 4814 charged Jan. 13 with child abduction after he tried to con2500 W. 95th St., police said. W. 99th St., police said. vince a high school girl to enter *** ***    Delilah Carpenter, 55, of Sum-    Hand tools valued at $350 his car, Oak Lawn police said. mit, was charged with expired were reported stolen Jan. 11    Terrence P. Loftus, 59, drove registration, driving without a from a garage in the 9600 block alongside a 17-year-old girl who was walking home from school valid license, no insurance and of Mason Avenue. near 92nd Street and Kilpatrick improper lane use Jan. 14 after *** a stop at 87th Street and Cali-    Casey J. Hopkins, 20, of Ev- Avenue and asked if she needed fornia Avenue, police said. ergreen Park, was charged ille- a ride, reports said. *** gal consumption of alcohol by a    Brian L. Balke, 35, of Chicago, minor and damage to property was charged with possession of Jan. 13 after he allegedly threw a controlled substance and drug a brick through a window of a (Continued from page 1) paraphernalia, failure to signal, house in the 10000 block of Kolin no insurance, improper lane use Avenue, police said. railroads. and driving with one taillight ***    Sexton last week attended a Jan. 16 after a stop at 97th    John M. Carzoli, 54, of Crest- 90-minute meeting with CSX Street and Western Avenue, wood, was charged with drunken officials to discuss a solution to police said. driving Jan. 13 after a stop at the problem. State Rep. Kelly Burke (D-36th) state Sen. Bill Cunningham (D-18th) and representatives from the offices of U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Rep. Bobby Rush and 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea also attended the Chicago Ridge / Evergreen Park / Hickory Hills meeting.    Railroad officials made a comOak Lawn / Palos Hills / Worth mitment to put an end to the delays, Sexton said, but the mayor Publisher Amy Richards is tiring of promises the railroad Editor Jeff Vorva doesn’t keep, he said.    “They’re going to make everySports Editor Ken Karrson thing better,” Sexton said with Graphic Design/Layout Kari Nelson & Jackie Santora

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removed the wine from the liquor department and exited through the storeroom door. They were seen in a car westbound on 103rd Street, police said. ***    An Apple MacBook Pro, I-Pad, game system, a remote control truck and a bike were stolen Jan. 14 from an apartment in the 6300 block of 99th Place. ***    Tires were flattened, windows broken and sugar poured into the gas tanks Jan. 15 of two cars in a parking lot in the 10200 block of Pulaski Road.

obeying a traffic signal Jan. 16 after an incident the previous night that started at Zante’s Lounge, 10307 S. Roberts Road, police said. Police were dispatched to the bar at 9 p.m. for a disturbance. When they arrived, they saw Kazlauskas allegedly drive away at a high rate of speed. He drove east on 103rd Street, ignoring attempts by police to stop him, according to reports. His car weaved between lanes and he disobeyed a traffic signal at 103rd Street and Harlem Avenue, police said. He eventually stopped in 7100 block of 103rd Street, got out of the car and ran away. Kazlauskas turned himself into police the following day. ***    Danny Kazlauskas, 27, was    A charity box containing about charged with reckless driving, $30 was reported stolen Jan. 16 fleeing and eluding, failure to from the counter at Dunkin’ signal, improper lane use, driving Donuts, 10340 S. Harlem Ave. too fast for conditions and dis- The box was stolen by man wear-

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ing a mask and black and grey sweater. The man ran south on Harlem after exiting the store, police said. ***    Corey Castillo, 35, of Palos Hills, was charged with two counts of disorderly conduct Jan. 17 after a disturbance in the 11200 block of Roberts Road, which involved yelling racial slurs at another individual, police said. ***    A cash register was reported stolen and a television damaged Jan. 18 at Tayor Nicole Salon, 10035 S. Roberts Road, police said. Area police departments Chicago Ridge 425-7831 Evergreen Park 422-2142 Hickory Hills 598-4900 Oak Lawn 499-7722 Palos Hills 598-2272 Worth 448-3979

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   The girl declined the ride, but Loftus continued to follow her and was persistent in his attempt to continue a conversation, police said. He also motioned for her to get into the car, they said.    The girl reached her home and locked herself inside, according to reports. She memorized the license plate number of the Chrysler that Loftus was driving. The car was registered to an 86-year-old-woman, re-

ports said.    Last Friday, Oak Lawn police picked up Loftus, who is the son of the woman who owned the car, police said. Loftus matched the composite drawing provided by the student. He was identified by the student in a lineup the next day.    The Cook County State’s attorney approved one count of child abduction because the offender intentionally attempted to lure a child, traveling from

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a trace of sarcasm. “I’ll feel better when it gets fixed.”    Sexton said no improvements were made following a previous meeting with CSX officials at O’Shea’s office.    “It’s only gotten worse,” he said. “It’s just off the charts. I can understand why there’s so much road rage.”    CSX officials told Sexton that recent extreme weather as well as repairs being made along the line are to blame for the delays.    The train line runs through Chicago’s Mt. Greenwood community before entering Ever-

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Even this Olympic-sized grump will have an interest in games

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Olympics legend Bonnie Blair talks to Stagg students Friday afternoon.

The sports fan in me has no use for the Olympics. Sorry. If I don’t care about sports such as figure skating, skiing and sports where they shoot guns while they are on skis for three years and 11 months, why should I get all excited about them during the Olympics? Call me a grump and a grouch but I really don’t feel better about myself as an American because our ice dancers outpointed the ice dancers from Japan. Someone’s triple axel will not solve the unemployment problem or pension crisis going in our country and state. Don’t even get me started on the politics and the cesspool of corruption over the years from Olympic officials, and word is that the coming Olympics in Sochi could be the most corrupt in history. However... The writer/editor in me thinks the Olympics are wonderful. I am a guy who prides himself on trying to tell great stories about people and the Olympics certainly provide more than enough great stories. Emotions run high. The triumphs are great. The disappointments

Editor’s Notebook by Jeff Vorva are monumental. Just to get to the Olympics, there are plenty of cheers and tears. An athlete has to work hard to reach that elite level. Even the people on snowshoes shooting guns have fascinating tales to tell. Another drama to getting to the big games is timing. You have to be at your top form at just the right time because this event takes place every four years. If an athlete peaks in 2013 or 2015? Oh well. You are out of luck, pal. Legendary Olympic speed skater Bonnie Blair was in Palos Hills last Friday to give a motivational talk to students at Stagg High School and it was a very cool assignment. I was able to chat with her afterward and I didn’t feel like I was interviewing an ex-athlete. I felt like I was talking to a historic figure.

The sports fan in me wouldn’t watch speed skating. The reporter in me was honored to be able to spend a few minutes talking to Bonnie Blair, who these days goes by Bonnie Cruikshank. One of the things she told the Stagg kids was about working as hard as you can and then work a little harder. She talked about the 5 a.m. wakeup calls for practice. She talked about the heartbreak of races she lost. All good stuff. Great stories abound from Blair and the Olympic athletes in the past and many more are waiting to be written. So as the 2014 Olympics approach in a couple of weeks, the sports fan in me is ready for another long yawn while the editor/reporter in me has a couple of reasons to pay close attention. First, there is former Sandburg student and Palos Heights resident Kendall Coyne. She is on the United States women’s hockey team. The fact that she is a local star is great. The fact that her brother, Kevin, is a freelance reporter for us here at Regional Publishing makes it that more special. We’re hoping that if Kevin

gets to make the trip to Sochi, he will be able to write some columns and stories for us. Now, there is a chance that he will have an undying sense of duty to stay home and cover Chicago Ridge and Moraine Valley meetings instead of watching his sister try to win a gold medal…just kidding. Second, I was able to interview figure skater Jason Brown of Highland Park before he qualified for the Olympics and he couldn’t have been nicer to talk to. If this kid medals, he will be a huge international celebrity. It’s always fun for some writers to brag to anyone who will listen that “I knew so-and-so before he was a big star.’’ So I may, gulp, actually watch some figure skating with interest. I was hoping Palos Hills’ Katie Eberling would get a shot to be on the U.S. bobsled team. Some speculated that she would be a lock to make the team but this weekend she was passed over in favor of, among others, former track star Lolo Jones. So I won’t shout from the mountaintops “BRING ON THE GAMES!!!” but when they get here, I’ll give it a couple of looks.

Just another hockey mom? Look and listen closer — this one has a heavy medal background By Jeff Vorva Reporter editor A hockey mom from Wisconsin named Bonnie Cruikshank was in the area for most of the weekend. She spent some time at the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park with her husband, Dave, cheering on their son, Grant, in a hockey tournament. She wore bells. She had horns. “You have to come with your toys,” she said. For the most part, she was able to roam around without people knowing that she was more than just a hockey mom. Her maiden name is Blair. Bonnie Blair. Yes, that Bonnie Blair. Blair is a former Olympic speedskater who is one of the most decorated athletes in United States history with five gold medals and one bronze in her collection. She competed in four Olympics with her last one com-

who walk by me and they don’t know. It has been awhile. But the funny thing is that my voice can sometimes be a dead giveaway. People will say ‘I know that voice ing 20 years ago. from somewhere.’ ” For a span of a decade, fans of Around the Orland and Palos the Olympics seemingly watched area, she is known as Aunt Bonher grow up before their eyes nie to some. and then she was gone from the Blair’s niece is Christine Colpublic eye for 20 years, save for lins of Orland Park. Her great winning awards, bring named nieces are Shannon Collins, a to various Halls-of-Fame and former Stagg student now atgiving motivational speeches. tending St. Xavier University, Blair took some time on Fri- and Amanda Collins, a junior day to stop by in Palos Hills at Stagg who helped bring her and give a speech to Stagg High famous aunt to the school to School students, hours after speak to some of her classmates watching her son play. She is in the school’s auditorium. a couple of months shy of 50 Although Shannon and Amanand many people walk by her da never took to ice sports, they without knowing they were in are both proud of their aunt’s the presence of a legend. accomplishments, even though But she said some do recog- all of her history was made benize her. fore they were born. “There are some people who “It is very cool because you go do know who I am and people to her house and she has this are very good to me,” she said. huge coffee table with all of her “They will come up and either gold medals,” Amanda said. congratulate me for representBlair also has a daughter named ing the country or compliment Blair. me about my son. “Don’t worry — she is Blair “I’m pretty approachable Cruikshank not Blair Blair,” Blair and I didn’t do anything bad. said. But there are a lot of people Blair Cruikshank is a gymnast

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Orland Park’s Christine Collins, from left, Bonnie Blair, Shannon Collins and Amanda Collins pose for a photo with one of Blair’s gold medals after Blair’s speech in Palos Hills. Blair is Christine’s aunt and Shannon and Amanda’s great aunt. and Blair said “It’s different being involved in a sport where you are being judged,” she said. And being a hockey/gymnastics mom is a learning experience. “There are so many emotions you go through sitting there and you can’t control anything,” Blair said. “Now I know what my mother has gone through all of those years.”

Worth officials make an Ancel-ary decision By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter Worth Village officials did some housekeeping at Tuesday’s board meeting. Trustees approved ordinances eliminating the village’s youth and recreational facilities commissions, committees that have not met in several years. “We’re cleaning up the code book,” Mayor Mary Werner said. The board also approved a waiver of conflict of interest that will allow its law firm, Ancel Glink, to continue to represent both the village and the Worth Park District as the park district assumes control of Worth Days. The village decided last year that the park district was better suited to run the fest, which this year will serve as the village’s primary 100th anniversary celebration. Trustee Mary Rhein voted against the measure, saying that a conflict of interest exists if Ancel Glink represents both the village and the park district. “I’m definitely not comfortable voting for this,” Rhein said.

plans are already underway. In other business, Werner’s appointments to the centennial committee were approved. Committee members are: Gene Sikora, Linda Dawson, Bahira Karim, James Plahm, Barb Dziedzic, Robert Burns, Kari Fickes, Georgia Prendergast and Jeanne Elder. The members will serve through the end of the year. The next meeting is Feb. 3.

“It’s just too big a conflict of interest.” Rhein added that Werner’s husband, Steve, is president of the park board. And, she said, different municipal attorneys might examine various issues in different ways. Village attorney Robert Bush said the two intergovernmental agreements between the village and the park district are fairly routine and his firm would recommend another law firm if needed. He added that sticking with one law firm will save the

village time and money. In addition to the agreement transferring control of Worth Days to the park district, the two taxing bodies plan to sign an agreement authorizing the police department to patrol village parks—a duty the department already performs but which has never be formalized, Warner said. Trustee Colleen McElroy said the Worth Days agreement should already have been presented to the board. The timing is important because centennial

The centennial kickoff celebration will be held from 7 p.m. to midnight Feb. 8 at the Chieftain Pub, 6906 W. 111th St. Admission is $10 and features food and live entertainment.

Machak to stay at Dist. 124 By Bob Rakow Staff Reporter Officials in Evergreen Park School District 124 will not be seeking a new superintendent. Supt. Robert Machak has withdrawn his name from the superintendent search in Park Ridge School District 64 where he was one of two finalists for the position. “I shared my decision with our board of education and teaching staff last week. I am grateful for the wonderful students, staff, parents and my administrative colleagues here in District 124,” Machak said in an email. He added that he is looking forward to seeing projects initiated since he became superintendent 18 months ago come to fruition.

“I am looking forward to seeing these projects, such as our oneto-one technology initiative and the Central Junior High School transformation into a true middle school, through to their completion,” he said. “I feel blessed to be a member of this school community, and I hope to remain here a long time.” Machak met on Jan. 9 with principals, assistant principals and administrators as well as PTO and union representatives, District 64 board president Anthony Borrelli said. The meetings were followed by a threehour interview with the school board. The board was expected to meet Jan. 15 to discuss the candidate visits. Board members will then visit the preferred candidate’s school district. It hopes to an-

nounce the new superintendent at its Jan. 28 meeting, Borrelli said. Machak is in his second year as District 124 superintendent. Previously, he was superintendent for four years of Emmons Elementary School District 33 in Antioch. He also has served as a principal in West Northfield School District 31 in Northbrook for a decade and as an assistant principal in Hawthorn School District 73 in Vernon Hills for a year. He began his career in education teaching English for eight years. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Machak received his master’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University and his doctorate from National-Louis University.

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Our Neighborhood

Stagg Nation invades the United Center

Stagg players pose, but weren’t in a smiling mood, at mid-court at the United Center after they dropped a Southwest Suburban Conference game on Saturday. For more details on the game, see Sports.

The Bulls and The United Center scoreboard welcome Stagg and Sandburg for a Southwest Suburban Conference battle in Chicago.

The Stagg pom-pon squad performs a routine at the game Saturday at the United Center.

The Stagg band (above) get a little brassy as it performs at the special game at the United Center.

Photos by Jeff Vorva

More than 300 Stagg fans (left) bought tickets for the matchup against Sandburg at the United Center and the Bulls-Philadephia 76ers game on Saturday. Here they are cheering during a firsthalf run for the Chargers in the matinee contest.

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News and events from our archives.

No toilets needed when the train comes once 50 years ago

From the Jan. 23 1964 edition The story: Worth’s Board of Trustees tabled a proposal to meet four times a month instead of the usual two. Trustee Jack Baldwin complained the committee meetings were going to midnight and that the board should hold special meetings on the second and fourth Mondays. The quote: “Ridiculous. There is only one train each way and they are very punctual. Nobody is kept waiting for the train to arrive, and if they miss it, there’s no use waiting around the depot. There won’t be another train.’’—The Wabash Railroad’s response in a letter denying Worth a toilet facility at its depot. Fun fact: Brooks Going, a 1961 World Baton Champion from Miami, Fla., signed up to teach at Dee’s Studio of Dance in Worth.

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History of the World

From the Jan. 26, 1989 edition The story: Ganine Eads, 25, of Oak Lawn received a minor wound while fighting with her husband, Gary, police said. Police said while they were arguing, Ganine pulled out a gun. Then she dropped the weapon. Gary then picked up the chrome plated .45 automatic handgun and the gun accidentally discharged and she suffered a superficial wound to her right shoulder. No charges were filed, police said. The quote: “The chance to improve the court system is a wonderful challenge. [We want people to say] ‘Yep, that’s a place where we get good service.’”-- Circuit Court Clerk Aurelia Pucinski of the pending opening of the new courthouse in Bridgeview on the border of Palos Hills. Fun fact: Several local actors were involved in a comedy play “E.R.” under the colorful name of Argyle Gargoyle Productions.

Fire to come to soon-to-be-built Bridgeview stadium 10 years ago

From the Jan. 22, 2004 edition The story: The Chicago Fire soccer team agreed to play in a proposed stadium in Bridgeview that would hold 20,000 to 25,000 people. They planned to play there in 2006. The quote: “I have some big shoes to fill. Joel Tomas was a lifelong neighbor, I always thought he was always going to be there.’’ — Palos Hills alderman-to-be Kelly O’Brien who was replacing Tomas, who had died while serving his term. Fun fact: Survivor singer/songwriter Jim Peterik and his World Stage Band were set to perform at Moraine Valley. The group featured former members of Night Ranger, Blackhawk, the Storm and Pride of the Lions.

Jan. 23: ON THIS DATE in 1973, President Nixon announced an accord to end the Vietnam War. Jan. 24: ON THIS DATE in 1848, sawmill builder James Wilson Marshall’s find of gold in a branch of the Sacramento River near Coloma, Calif., set off the California Gold Rush. Jan. 25: ON THIS DATE in 1971, Charles Manson and three female followers were found guilty of murder and conspiracy in the 1969 slayings of seven people. Jan. 26: ON THIS DATE in 1907, Congress outlawed direct contributions to political campaigns from corporations. Jan. 27: ON THIS DATE in 1880, Thomas Edison patented his incandescent electric lamp. In 1967, a fire aboard the Apollo 1 spacecraft during a launch-pad test killed astronauts Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger Chaffee. Jan. 28: ON THIS DATE in 1956, Elvis Presley made his first national television appearance on “The Dorsey Brothers Show.” In 1986, space shuttle Challenger exploded over the Atlantic just 73 seconds after liftoff, killing all seven crewmembers aboard. Jan. 29: ON THIS DATE in 1886, the first successful gasolinepowered car was patented by Karl Benz in Karlsruhe, Germany. Answer to last week’s question: This week in 1977, George H.W. Bush, who would later become president, ended his tenure as director of Central Intelligence. This week’s question: What was the title of the first daytime soap opera that premiered on a network-affiliate TV station in 1949? (Mark Andrews can be reached via e-mail at mlandrews@ embarqmail.com.)


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Cubs pitcher Jackson a big winner at Children’s Hospital

Photo by Jeff Vorva

Photo by Jeff Vorva

Worth’s Zaid Shareef, who was scheduled to undergo chemotherapy, D’Angelo Curtis of Chicago tries on an autographed hat given to Photo by Jeff Vorva is all smiles after meeting Edwin Jackson Friday at Advocate him by Edwin Jackson Fridaiy at Advocate Children’s Hospital in Cubs pitcher Edwin Jackson poses with Glen Ellyn’s Noah Children’s Hospital. Oak Lawn as a part of the Cubs Caravan. Szajkovics at Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.

Palos Hill changes fence ordinance

Community Briefs

By Kelly White Correspondent

Palos Hills

   Corner-lot homeowners in Palos Hills now need to seek permission from the city council before making changes to their fences.    Amendments to the city’s fence ordinance went into effect after a vote during Thursday’s city council meeting, altering the ordinance wording slightly, yet significantly.    The changed portion of the ordinance pertains only to front and side yards of homes and says the constructed fence must still remain six inches inside of the homeowners’ property line.    Alderman Joan Knox (2nd

Employers needed for job/internship fair at Moraine Valley    Employers from all industries who have position openings are needed for Moraine Valley Community College’s spring job and internship fair from 2 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 27. The fair will be in the Moraine Business and Conference Center, Building M, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy. Employer checkin is at noon, and the employer luncheon is at 12:30 p.m.    The fair is an opportunity for employers to recruit students, alumni and community members to fulfill employment needs, including hourly or salary jobs, and paid or non-paid internships. Commission-only positions and undisclosed third-party recruiting will not be included.    The registration fee is $100 for a six-foot table and lunch for two recruiters. Registration forms are due by March 20, and can be downloaded from the college’s website at morainevalley.edu/jrc. Space is limited. For more information about the fair or other events, call the Job Resource Center at 974-5313, or visit the website.

Orland Park

Tinley Park Crisis Center To Laud Supporters At Dinner Dance In February    Orland Park’s Therese Dubelbeis, Crisis Center for South Suburbia board member since 2003, past board president, and employee for the Village of Orland Park, will be presented the Dianne Masters Award at the Crisis Center’s annual Heart to Heart dinner dance. This award is named after the founder of the organization and recognizes individuals who emulate Dianne’s vision, commitment, and ability to overcome obstacles while creating a brighter future for women and children in crisis.    The Corporate Recognition Award will be presented to Steven Campbell, president of Bellman-Melcor LLC. An outstanding corporate citizen, Bellman-Melcor LLC has consistently given back to the community through support of the Crisis Center. Neat Repeats Resale volunteers will be awarded the CCSS Volunteer Spirit Award for their invaluable contribution and service to the Crisis Center for nearly 30 years.    The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s Heart to Heart dinner dance will be held Saturday, Feb. 22 at Silver Lake Country Club in Orland Park. The annual fundraiser will include cocktails, dinner, silent and live auctions, a raffle, entertainment by The Jimmy O and Rhonda Lee Duo, and celebrity emcee, WGN’s Andrea Darlas. The live auction will feature items such as Southwest Airlines tickets, as well as a Chicago Blackhawks logo painting by Elliott From.    Dinner dance tickets, which are $90, raffle tickets, ad book advertising space, and sponsorship opportunities are still available. For more information and reservations, call Christopher Beele at 429-7255, ext. 118. Currently, diamond sponsors are Advocate Christ Medical Center and Sheet Metal Werks.    The Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s mission is to provide emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence and address the societal issues that contribute to domestic violence. For more information, visit www.crisisctr.org.

Jackie Jimenez

Moraine grad enjoys White House experience    What Moraine Valley Community College did for her, a former White House intern wants to do for other students—help them realize their potential.    Jackie Jimenez, a 2010 graduate, served from September to December as an intern in the Office of Presidential Correspondence, where she listened to the stories and concerns of Americans and helped respond on behalf of President Obama. She also served on the White House Comment Line, where people leave messages for the president. That experience added fuel to a passion to serve that she says Moraine Valley ignited in her during her tenure at the college.    “Moraine Valley was really where my passion for service started,” she said. “There is so much diversity and everyone has different opinions. The small classes really allowed for conversations to take place and learn about different experiences. There are so many clubs and programs at Moraine that collectively helped me develop professionally. The staff and teachers really care and believe in their students. The motivation that they provided really gave me the confidence to go out and pursue my dreams.”    It was a crowded road to the White House. Jimenez, of Bridgeview, was among 6,000 students who applied for the unpaid position in January 2013. She did not hear from the White House until July when she was notified that she had advanced to the second round. She then was notified that she was on a wait list, and finally in September she was told that she would be among 147 fall semester interns.    “The White House Internship Program is overall an amazing experience. They provide interns with so many opportunities from service projects to professional development workshops,” she said. “Aside from the internship program, being in D.C. was great. You meet so many different people from all over the country. Hardly anyone is actually from D.C., and everyone comes here because they are passionate about

something. Sometimes we agreed on things and sometimes we did not, but listening to them and allowing myself to learn from them is a life skill that I will take with me wherever I go,” she said.    Of the many experiences she gained during her three-month program, there is one that stands out, and that’s when she met the president.    “I thought it was just a photo session, which was still very exciting, but President Obama answered questions. He was very encouraging and thanked us for our service. Interns work hard every day, and I think sometimes we forgot where we were, but after hearing from the president, I took a step back and just thought, ‘Wow, I really am in D.C. as a White House intern.’ It was pretty amazing,” Jimenez said.    The experience also changed her as a person. “I feel a lot more independent. When I first arrived in D.C., I did not know a single person, not even the family that I would be living with. I was scared and nervous. There would be times when I thought, ‘What am I doing here? How did I ever get picked to be a White House intern?’ I still had moments when I doubted myself, but I met and spoke with so many people who had those same feelings. In those three months I grew more confident in myself and in my work,” she said.    The internship experience has not put her on the path to a career in politics—at least not for the immediate future—but it opened her eyes to different ways of getting there. “I want to help students develop professionally just like the staff at Moraine helped me. I believe that all students have the potential to do amazing things, and the White House Internship Program showed me just how much young people can accomplish when they have people motivating and encouraging them. I am still not sure how to get to where I want to be, but I have learned to not limit myself and to be open to change,” Jimenez said. — Submitted by Moraine Valley Community College

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Ward) said the phrasing being changed in the ordinance pertains solely to corner-lot exceptions. “The property owner must now appeal directly to the city council before any construction of an otherwise permitted fence takes place,” she said.    Prior to the change, a homeowner was allowed to make the change with permission from his or her neighbor, by having them sign the permit request indicating they had no objections to the changes as long as the homeowner already previously obtained a permit for the fence.    “The major change to the fence ordinance is now a hom-

eowner needs to come before the city council before making any changes to an already permitted fence,” Mayor Jerry Bennett said. “Before they were able to do so with just the permission of their neighbor; however, now any changes must first come directly before the city council.”    Knox added that nowhere in the ordinance is there a legal written description on what constitutes the front of a house. Ald. A.J. Pasek felt not determining what constitutes the front of a house may cause future problems for the city.    “We need to eventually determine what the front of the house is and include it in the ordinance,” he said.

Dougherty bids for FOP presidency    Bill Dougherty, currently a candidate for President of the Fraternal Order of Police Chicago Lodge #7 in the March. 6 elections, is currently the group’s acting president.    He joined the Chicago Police Department in 1987 and worked in several districts as a patrolman and tactical officer. Dougherty began his FOP career as a watch representative in the ninth district.

   In 1999, he served on the board as a trustee for a threeyear term. He was elected to the office of first vice president of the Fraternal Order of Police, Chicago Lodge 7 in March 2002.    Dougherty also skates with the FOP Stars hockey team. He and his wife Deb live on the South Side with their four boys, Kyle, Noah, Griffin and Ethan.

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Burke advocates Babies Love Books program    State Rep. Kelly Burke, DEvergreen Park, is inviting constituents to participate in Babies Love Books, a book drive to collect new hardcover board books for local infant and toddler programs. Board books, made from paperboard, are preferred due to the more sturdy material that is user-friendly for toddlers.    “Research indicates that a child’s early development years are critical to long-term growth,” Burke said. “Investing in educa-

tion for young children, especially during infancy and toddler years, can help give them an early advantage. It’s important that we work together to provide children with an environment that fosters learning and development.”    Donations will go to early childhood programs in the area including The Cradle to the Classroom at Richards High School, the Birth to Three program sponsored by Saint Xavier University and the Courage Program. Books will be collected

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from Jan. 23 through Feb. 3 at Burke’s district office, 5144 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn, Monday through Thursday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. After-hours donations can be left in the designated tote at the back door of the office.    “Young children from all economic backgrounds should be given the same educational opportunities that enhance language and cognitive abilities,” Burke said. “I encourage residents to (Continued on page 12)


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The Reporter

Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Guest View

It’s sad a former friend goes on attack    The following is a commentary in response to former Oak Lawn Mayor Dave Heilmann’s Guest View from last Thursday. By Steve Radice    It’s clear to me our former mayor is still having trouble dealing with his defeat in last April’s election, and after I read his (commentary), I first decided to ignore it and concentrate on more important things like my family and my job. But after my 15-year old son read it and asked “How can someone be allowed to write lies like this?” I realized I needed to respond.    To begin, I have lived in Oak Lawn’s 3rd District for more than 20 years. I raised my family here and have been active in our community for the majority of that time, because I love Oak Lawn and I want our Village to thrive.    In 2007 my trustee, Bob Streit, asked me to serve on the Village’s Planning & Development Committee which I happily agreed to do. I served for six years, the last two as Chairman, in October 2012 the Village posted a help-wanted notice for parttime property maintenance inspector position. This was something I thought I could do and be good at given my experience on the P&DC. I submitted my resume, interviewed, and was offered the part-time position, which pays $18 hour, provides no insurance benefits, and doesn’t qualify for a pension.    Prior to taking the job I asked if there might be a conflict of interest if I remained on the P&D Commission, and the attorneys thought it might, so on October 15, 2012, before my term was up, I submitted my resignation

letter from the P&D Commission to the Village Manager and Board — including thenMayor Dave Heilmann.    Afterward, Trustee Streit called me to say he was unhappy with my decision but understood and respected it. He thanked me for my six years of service and said he was proud of the work I did, and so did several other board members, the village manager, and my fellow commission members. In fact, the village manager asked me to help train the new commissioner replacing me, which I was happy to do.    Compare those facts to the slanderous lie Dave Heilmann wrote about me…that I was “not re-appointed to the P&D Committee because Heilmann received complaints about my independence.” He provides no proof or documentation, because none exists, and neither he nor any other Village official ever told me about any complaints, not while I was on the P&D Committee, and not any time after.    In fact, the only real disagreement I ever had with Dave Heilmann was over Christ Hospital’s $500 million expansion. Heilmann thought the hospital should get a free pass on construction fees, permit fees, and other payments that could have amounted to almost $7 million for Oak Lawn residents. These are fees that every other business and resident in Oak Lawn pays, and that Advocate Christ routinely pays and expects to pay in ALL the other towns where they have hospitals.    For some reason Heilmann thought Oak Lawn should be different, that we shouldn’t “penalize” the hospital, regardless of how their half(Continued on page 8)

Keeping Megan’s memory alive Hurckes’ spirit sparks annual bowling event    I vividly remember the moment I learned that Megan Hurckes had died.    My daughter and I were returning from the grocery store and before I could pull the car to the curb, my wife stepped onto the front porch to deliver the news. I was beyond shocked. What happened? How could this horrific news be true? But, sadly, it was true no matter how hard it was to believe.    The news quickly spread throughout Oak Lawn. Megan Hurckes, 10, died in an ATV accident on Labor Day weekend in Wisconsin. Purple ribbons were tied around trees throughout the community to commemorate her short life. Social media was flooded with messages from friends and family offering their condolences and support.    Megan was a sweet, adorable girl who had a smile you couldn’t forget. My daughter, Brigid, played softball with Megan on a team coached by her father, Jerry. Those were good times that I’ll always remember.    Jerry Hurckes is a former Oak Lawn trustee, who ran

The B-Side by Bob Rakow for mayor several years ago. I know him as a politician, a coach, a community activist. He was always a good news source when he represented District 6 on the Oak Lawn Village Board. He and his wife, Maryann, are good people.    Perhaps one of the most difficult things I’ve ever done is offer Jerry and Maryann my condolences at Megan’s wake. Hundreds of people stood in line at Blake and Lamb Funeral Home for more than two hours to offer the Hurckes’ their sympathies.    When I approached Jerry, we embraced and he said, “She was a good girl, Bob. She was a good girl.” My heart was pounding. I had no idea what to say. What could I say? This family was grieving over the loss of their 10-year-old daughter, their baby girl. There were no words.    More than four years have passed since Megan’s death. She would have turned 15 in

February. She would have been a high school freshman. I have no doubt that the Hurckes’ deeply miss Megan every day, but what they’ve done to honor her life is remarkable. The family has gone beyond grieving to celebrate what Megan meant not only to them but to so many others who knew her from the community, St. Louis de Montfort Parish, Kolb School and Westside Baseball.    Jerry Hurckes once told me, “To keep her memory going is much more important.”    The Hurckes’ will do exactly that on Feb. 1 when they celebrate Megan’s 15th birthday at the annual Megan Hurckes Memorial Candlelight Bowl. The event begins at 7 p.m. at Arena Lanes, 4700 W. 103rd St., Oak Lawn. Tickets for bowling (which is optional) are $10. You can also sponsor a lane for eight bowlers for $150. A cash bar is available and raffles and chances will be held throughout the evening.    The event is a good time, I guarantee it. Come out and see some familiar faces, bowl, eat, drink and, most importantly, take a moment to tell Jerry and Maryann Hurckes that Megan’s lives on, not just in

our hearts and memories, but in the lives of so many children who’ve benefitted from the scholarship foundation, which was formed shortly after her death.    The foundation has raised thousands of dollars for scholarships awarded to students from Oak Lawn Community High School, Simmons Middle School, Kolb Elementary School and Saint Louis de Montfort. Money also has been contributed to Westside Baseball and the Oak Lawn Children’s Museum, where the Megan’s Maze exhibit is on display for thousands of children to enjoy.    The Hurckes’ have said they never would have survived the tragedy of Megan’s death without the support of friends and community members. Let’s show them that love and support once again on Feb. 1 while remembering Megan as well.    For information or tickets, call (708) 599-7302 or visit www.meganhurckesscholarshipfund.com. If you can’t make it, donations can be sent to the Megan Hurckes Scholarship Foundation, 7036 W. 96th St., Oak Lawn, Ill., 60453.

Inside the First Amendment

Protests over the protests at clinics that perform abortions By Gene Policinski    Few topics in modern life have produced as much rancorous and visible public debate as abortion — and one hot point of contention today is simply how close that debate may take place to the clinics that perform them.    The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday over a challenge to a Massachusetts state law, in McCullen v. Coakley, that creates a fixed, 35-foot “buffer zone” around the entrance or driveways of such clinics, forbidding protesters and others from entering the zone, with the exception of women seeking medical services, workers at the clinic, police and those merely walking to somewhere else.    The law at issue is rooted, its advocates say, in years of conflicts around such clinics in which protesters battle — verbally and sometimes more — and where women are harassed or even blocked as they attempt to enter. They argue that both pro- and

anti-abortion demonstrators still can state their views, just not in proximity that’s likely to intimidate anyone.    On Wednesday, Justice Elena Kagan questioned the size of the Massachusetts zone, saying she was “a little hung up on why you need so much space.” Justice Antonin Scalia remarked that rather than bar all speech in the 35foot zone, perhaps just a ban on swearing and screaming could be used.    But those in opposition to the law being challenged say that, as applied, it illegally targets only the speech of anti-abortion forces, and creates a constitutional conundrum in which listeners’ rights are favored over those of speakers, while offering no reasonable alternative for anti-abortion groups to effectively deliver their message. On Wednesday, justices also noted that not all those at clinics to oppose abortion are protesting: Many are there to offer a calm presentation of their views.    Similar arguments were

raised over a Colorado buffer zone law upheld by the Court in 2000, in Hill v. Colorado — its last major ruling on the issue. The Colorado statute set out a 100-foot area around health care facilities, and forbade anti-abortion protesters inside such areas from coming closer than eight feet to anyone for the purpose of counseling or protesting — a so-called “floating buffer zone.”    A 1994 federal law forbids violent actions, obstruction, interference and intimidation outside abortion clinics — in other words, it governs conduct, not the message. Challengers to both the Colorado and Massachusetts laws say those more-restrictive state statutes have it the wrong way around, targeting just anti-abortion speech, while those supporting abortion rights are free to move within the zones and to speak to women as they enter and leave clinics.    Generally, the First Amendment precludes government from considering

“content” or “viewpoint” when regulating speech. Massachusetts officials say a history at such clinics of confrontation and violence justifies overriding that general limitation, in the name of public safety.    There are other significant First Amendment issues raised in this case and in the earlier Hill decision, including a proper balancing of what some call “a right to be let alone” vs. free speech rights of speakers on sensitive or even offensive matters.    The essential point of laws banning protests near such clinics is to shelter women seeking information or abortions from the emotional distress produced by oftengraphic language, signs, handouts and “in-your-face” tactics used by anti-abortion forces, who see such actions as the final opportunity to reverse a decision to end a pregnancy.    And the equally basic First Amendment question raised is whether protection of “vigorous public debate” over

significant issues in our society can be muzzled because of the undeniable distress it causes some women who hear — or are challenged by — that debate.    A clue as to how the Court may view McCullen may be found in a 2011 ruling in which emotional distress to the listener also was a core issue, involving protesters at a funeral service for a U.S. Marine killed in the line of duty. In that case, Snyder v. Phelps, the father of the fallen Marine sued a group known as the Westboro Baptist Church over its virulently anti-gay signs and visible picketing at his son’s funeral.    In an 8-1 decision, the court upheld the Westboro group’s right to protest and to use the most-effective place and manner of free speech, as long as it did not physically disrupt the services, and even if it caused pain to the Snyder family.    “The principle (is) that debate on public issues should be uninhibited, robust, and wide-open,” Chief

Justice John Roberts said in the majority opinion. “The First Amendment protects our right to express ourselves, and the depths of our opinions and emotions, in the most strident terms,” he wrote. “Speech is powerful. It can stir people to action, move them to tears of both joy and sorrow, and — as it did here — inflict great pain ... (but) we cannot react to that pain by punishing the speaker. As a nation we have chosen a different course, to protect even hurtful speech on public issues to ensure that we do not stifle public debate.”    Nothing about the national debate over abortion is simple — and that applies at times to even the words and manner we use in talking about it. Gene Policinski is chief operating officer of the Newseum Institute and senior vice president of the Institute’s First Amendment Center. He can be reached at gpolicinski@newseum.org.

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Photos by Joan Hadac

Mary Michaelson, La Grange Park    “It’s important for people to express themselves creatively. Without a creative outlet, I feel I’d be missing something in my life.”

Kelly Kretzer, Orland Park    “Every aspect of art is important. It allows creativity, and that creativity flows into other aspects of your life.”

Chris Gliwa, Dwight    “It is a form of expression, an expression of our times.”

Patrick Garassi, Orland Park    “Art is everything, trees, landscaping, building, clothing, furniture. Art makes up the world.”

Nellie Michaelson, La Grange Park    “It gives people in general a way to express themselves. To some, it’s another form of entertainment.”


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After 63 years of service, local volunteer retires Parachute wedding dress weaves Cox’s two loves together

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“I found myself being drawn in but no one from my small family had ever served in the military,” she said. After becoming more skilled at her hobby of roller skating, she began to compete. Skating kept her mind occupied as she sought her mother’s approval to enlist in the Air Force, which is where Kenneth had already been for a year. She finally joined in July 1944, becoming a classification specialist for B17 bombers. Cox spent her tour in New Mexico and later, Colorado

By Claudia Parker Correspondent

Photo by Jeff Vorva

Rona Cox shows off a B-17 model airplane. The 90-year old still loves the military after spending more than 60 years volunteering for area American Legion groups. Springs, which is now the Air Force headquarters. She was responsible for getting classified personnel into Europe. Although the war ended in 1945, she spent an additional year bringing her fleet home. She was honorably discharged in August 1946. She and Kenneth married in 1949 and moved to Hometown. “Hometown was where you went to establish yourself when you got back from the war,’’ she said. “The community was built for returning veterans. The American Legion Post and its auxiliary were just being formed. I was one of the first to join.”

post.” She’s received various accolades from the district, county and state for her work, including recognition for being one of the first female commanders and auxiliary presidents. She loves the military and is fond of veterans. Even while considering her own death, she’s thought of the veterans. “It’s a far drive from Evergreen Park to the cemetery, and I don’t want people hungry,” she said. “So, I told the funeral director to serve lunch first.” When he asked what style of thank you cards she wanted, she replied, “I’ll take care of those myself.”

The purpose of the American Legion is to assist veterans of all wars, their widows and dependent children. The Legion also is active in developing and promoting legislative activities that establish or protect the rights of veterans. “This work is important,’’ Cox said. “Through the years, I’ve held just about every job there is serving my local

There’s no need to print those programs just yet. Cox is very much alive and well. Today you can find her at a ballet performance or snuggled on her sofa watching a good ol’ war movie. “After 63 years with the Legion, I guess it’s time to relax,’’ she said. “But I’ll never forget the veterans.”

The two things that longtime Evergreen Park volunteer Rona Cox loves the most are her late husband, Kenneth, and the military. In what could be called the perfect symbol of her life, her love of Kenneth and the military were weaved together in the form of a unique wedding dress that was made out of a parachute. When Rona left the Air Force in the 1949, she was given a parachute. Rona’s mother, Helen Reynolds, was a skilled seamstress and was able to take that parachute, made from yards of pure silk, and create Rona a breathtakingly, gorgeous wedding dress. Nearly, 40 years later, on Jan. 1, 1988, Kenneth collapsed and later died from a massive heart attack while golfing with friends. While saddened by her husband’s death, Rona can’t help but to be grateful for all the years they spent together. Kenneth’s experiences in the war are described in a book titled, “Backwards into Battle: A Tail Gunner’s Journey in World War II”by Andy Doty. The national headquarters for The American Legion in Indianapolis is slated to keep Rona’s wedding dress there for display. Kenneth and Rona Cox married in 1949 shortly after returning from World War II. The couple both served in the United States Air Force. Kenneth was a radioman on a B-29 bomber, and Rona was a classification specialist for B-17 bombers. Shortly before the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Aug. 6, 1945, Kenneth and nine airmen were on a reconnaissance mission. This is the military’s way of exploring beyond the area occupied by friendly

Benefits & Fundraisers Dig through the closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls on Saturday, March 22, from 9 to 11 a.m., in Building S, Room

117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy, Palos Hills. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in

Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information about making a donation, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475. *** Neat Repeats Resale stores are looking for volunteers to work in

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forces. During this mission, their plane went down into the Pacific Ocean. Of the 10, seven survived with minor injuries. Kenneth was one of them. The dress provides good memo-

ries of Kenneth for Rona. “When I see my wedding dress, I think of him, floating overnight in the Pacific Ocean and I’m thankful he didn’t die that day,” she said.

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Former Evergreen Park resident Rona Cox was married to her husband, Kenneth, in a dress made out of parachute material.

Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ, 9411 S. 51st Ave., Oak Lawn, will bless children younger than 5 Sunday during the annual Candelmas celebration at the 9:30 a.m. worship service. Children will receive a blessing and their parents will light a candle. All young children and their parents are invited to this service. They do not have to be members of Pilgrim Faith. Parents who would like their child to be included may call the church at 422-4200. *** Rebound for Glory, a musical comedy about the seven, make that 10, deadly sins will be performed at 2 p.m. Sunday, at St. Mark Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11007 S. 76th Ave., near the intersection of 111th Street and Southwest Highway, Worth. Tickets are free at the door, but a free will offering will be received. The play’s synopsis said, “It’s a little known fact that you can take an express train from Hell to Heaven, and if you want to, you can stay. But if you stay, you must leave all of Hell back in Hell. Most travelers prefer to take the return trip in the afternoon.”

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was born in 1952 and didn’t leave until she died in 1985. Having family support allowed Cox to offer more than what most could give. She said, “If I couldn’t be totally committed. I didn’t do it.” With Cox’s official retirement from the ALP, she said, “I’m getting organized. I’ve made my final plans. I told the funeral director not to put a crucifix on my program. Instead, put a B-17 bomber on it!” Cox was barely out of high school when the war began. She graduated six months prior to the bombing of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. She admits to being naïve about going to war, saying, “I had no idea what the war was about. I’d just discovered roller skating. After taking dance lessons for 12 years, I was enraptured by being able to dance to the organ on skates.’’ The skating rink became her stage. It wasn’t long before her solo performances turned into duets. She blushed, saying, “Sailors from the Great Lakes training center came to the rink by the busloads. I liked them boys.” Cox befriended many of the servicemen. One in particular, named Kenneth Cox, whom she’d dated since high school, joined the Army Air Corps, which is now known as the United States Air Force.


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schools Bulletin Board Brother Rice

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Reservations are needed by Monday for the Brother Rice Alumni Mothers’ Club’s second annual Trivia Night at 7 p.m. Saturday, at Brother Rice High School, 10001 S. Pulaski Rd., Chicago. The cost is $15 per person. Participants are welcome to bring their own snacks, and pizza orders will be taken. This is a 21 and older event; beer, wine, and pop will be available for purchase. Due to our liquor license, no outside liquor is allowed. For more information and reservations, call Peggy Gannon at 773-239-6399, or email her at peggygannon24@ gmail.com.

Mother McAuley

To help develop a positive feeling among students, Worthwoods School staff continues to hand out “Worthwoods School Wildcat Reward Bucks.’’ These reward bucks are given to students who show that they are going above and beyond the regular expectations of good grades and doing their homework on time. Students helping others without being asked, being polite, and holding a door open for someone are some of the ways students can receive reward bucks from any staff member at any time. During the Student of the Month assemblies, these reward bucks are put into a raffle and two winners are chosen and prizes are awarded. Pictured here is December Reward Buck winners, Michael Gasinski and Asmaa Qabalawi with Principal Tim Hathhorn.

Mother McAuley High School welcomed students from more than 114 grammar schools for the High School Placement Test Jan. 11. Mother McAuley is dedicated to continuing the work begun by our foundress, Catherine McAuley, nearly 170 years: to provide young women with an education that prepares them to meet the challenges of the fast changing world as decision makers and leaders guided by strong Mercy values. This is the lifetime advantage of a McAuley education. The administration, faculty and staff at Mother McAuley understand that a Catholic education is a big commitment for families, and know parents have a choice in where to send their daughters. They are looking forward to embracing this group of women who, as the leaders on the stage, on the field and in the classroom, will be enjoying not just equal opportunity, but every opportunity

Moraine Valley

Women are asked to dig through their closets and pull out gently used prom and bridesmaid dresses to donate to Moraine Valley Community College’s Dream Come True Project. Dresses of all styles and sizes that are in good condition will be accepted. Shoes, purses, jewelry, and other (Continued on page 9)

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St. Bernadette Catholic Academy has served students for more than 60 years. The Archdiocese of Chicago recently announced that the school will close due to declining enrollment and struggling finances.

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billion-dollar project might affect our Village. Maybe it had something to do with Mr. Heilmann’s law firm (from their website) representing some of Chicago-areas biggest hospitals and hospital groups? Or maybe because Christ Hospital honored Heilmann as their “2012 Man of the Year,� complete with a black-tie event at a museum in downtown Chicago? Whatever his reasons, I disagreed with Heilmann, and so did the majority of our other P&D Commissioners. And Heilmann made it very clear to me that he was very unhappy with my position, so apparently if you disagree with Dave Heilmann, you are not “acting independently.� Which is backwards and hypocritical. Especially when the majority of the village trustees, the village manager, the village clerk, and the village attorney also disagreed with Heilmann, and so did the vast majority of Oak Lawn residents as we saw in last April’s election, where the issue of Christ Hospital paying their “fair share� was the No. 1 issue. Dave Heilmann and his entire slate of candidates lost decidedly, and within weeks Christ Hospital also said they disagreed with Heilmann, when they agreed to pay the Village more than $3 million for their expansion. That was the biggest and most obvious lie but it wasn’t the only one. I can’t deny that after reading Dave Heilmann’s (commentary) I became very angry and frustrated, but as I began writing my response, that anger and frustration turned to sadness. Sadness for a person who, a person who I thought held so much promise for Oak Lawn. We are fellow parishioners at St. Linus parish. I supported Dave when he first ran for Mayor in 2005, and worked on his re-election campaign in 2009. I attended his father’s wake, and sent his wife a getwell card during her illness. And I did all of this not because of politics, but because I considered Dave a friend, which makes his attack on me that much more hurtful. It’s one thing to disagree with someone, or even to dislike someone, but it’s something altogether different when you purposely lie about someone and malign their reputation and character to get revenge on your political enemies. And it’s not acceptable. Period. Heilmann finished by saying “Sometimes silence screams the truth,� and since he appears to believe that, consider my response the answer to that silence. But also consider something else. There is definitely one thing that “screams the truth�, and not just sometimes but always. It’s called the truth. Radice is the former Oak Lawn Planning & Development commissioner.

Sexton said the school, which has experienced declining enrollment over the past few years, needs $500,000 to remain open for the next three years. The school currently has less than 100 students. The school, 9311 S. Francisco Ave., must look to large donations rather than fundraising within the parish community in order to achieve the goal, he said. “We’re looking to get some partnerships with some people,� said Sexton, who would not identify potential business partners. “You’ve got to come up with a couple big donors.� Sexton admitted that raising a significant amount of money in a short period of time will be difficult, but is not ready to give up on the school’s future. “Never say never,� he said. Archdiocesan officials said that financial plans must be submitted by Friday. Pazdan could not be reached for comment, and Baumann was hesitant to discuss the meeting. “We’ll see what happens,� she said. She added that raising money to keep the doors open for an-

other year is not sufficient and likely would not be approved by the diocese, which she described as “cautious� about plans to save schools slated for closure. “To come up with money for one year is not enough. We’ve got to wait and see.� She added that the school would require long-term marketing and financial plans to keep it sustainable for several years. “If something happens, I’ll be dancing down 95th Street,� Baumann quipped. Over the past five years, the Chicago Archdiocese has contributed more than $100 million to operate its school system over and above what local parishes contributed. Continued support at that level is unsustainable, the diocese said in a statement. The families of the 775 children affected by the closures of St. Bernadette and five other elementary schools will be encouraged to transfer their children to nearby Catholic schools and offered tuition discounts to offset any inconvenience, the diocese said.

Campus Leaders Area Students Earn Bachelor’s Degrees

A number of area students earned academic degrees after the fall semester at Western Illinois University. Included in that list were: • Matthew J. Swiatkowski of Evergreen Park, Bachelor of Arts, English; • Angelo Nicholas Makropoulos of Hickory Hills, Bachelor of Arts, music; • Kevin Stephen Jarzabkowski of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration; • Brian Koltz of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, law enforcement and justice administration; • Megan Marie Landis of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Science, zoology • John Henry Veres of Oak Lawn, Bachelor of Arts, general studies; and • Shonda L. Smith of Worth, Bachelor of Science, psychology.

Indiana State University announces dean’s list

Katheryne Barrow of Oak Lawn earned a place on the Indiana State University dean’s list for the fall semester. To be eligible for the dean’s list at Indiana State, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Hickory Hills Woman Named to Dean’s List

Victoria Kulbokas of Hickory Hills was named to the Upper Iowa University fall dean’s list. To be honored, the undergraduate must have earned a minimum 3.50 grade point average for the semester and be enrolled as a full-time student.

EP Woman Earns Dean’s List Recognition

Melanie Doweiko of Evergreen Park has been named to the fall semester dean’s list at Ohio Wesleyan University. To qualify for the dean’s list, Ohio Wesleyan students must achieve a grade point average of 3.5 or better on a 4.0 scale in all applicable classes.

Marquette announces its fall Dean’s List

The following local students have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2013 semester at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis.: • Matthew Deal of Evergreen

Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in athletic training; • Emily Lajeunesse of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in elementary/middle Education; and • Tara McQuillan of Evergreen Park who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance. • Austin Lenz of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in accounting; • Khader Zahdan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in biomedical engineering in biomechanics; • Patrick Bangs of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in business administration; • Ryan Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering; • Cody Haberkorn of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in electrical and electronic engineering; • Andrew Roberts of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Electrical and Electronic Engineering; • Jonathan Eskra of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in exercise physiology; • Brendan McCarron of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in finance; • Michelle Nudo of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing; • Mary Sullivan of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing; and • Kyle Kalchbrenner of Oak Lawn who is pursuing a Master of Physician Assistant in physician assistant studies. • Christian Villanueva of Hickory Hills who is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing.

Chicago Ridge Resident Receives University Scholarship

Taylor Sonichsen, a 2014 graduate of Harold L. Richards High School, and daughter of Mark and Judy Sonichsen, has been awarded the Vision Scholarship by Mount Mary University for the 2014-2015 school year. The Vision Scholarship is presented to students who are empowered to carry out the vision of the university as established in 1913. Mount Mary University is recognized as a diverse learning community that works in partnership with local, national and global organizations to educate women to transform the world. Taylor will be a freshman at Mount Mary this fall and plans to major in dietetics.


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Hundreds taste a Bit of Germany at Shepard High

Shepard students Joseph Brewer and Gabrielle Ramirez, both of Worth, pause for a photo under a backdrop of colorful banners representing various regions of Germany. Behind them, volunteers serve bratwurst, German-style potato salad, sauerkraut and other favorites. Also served at the event were “root bier” and hot pretzels with mustard. Teacher Jennifer Fischer (center) poses for a photo with students Steven Szajek, Trish Hoppenrath and Heidi Szymborski, all of Worth. Hoppenrath is a 2012 graduate of Shepard and came to the to meet old friends and share fellowship with current students. Fischer, a Palos Heights Photos by Mary Hadac event resident, is also a Shepard alumna.

Nearly 500 men, women and children celebrated German culture last Saturday in the cafeteria at Shepard High School, 13049 S. A traditional German-style nutcracker soldier stands guard over a Ridgeland Ave. The annual “Little Bit of Germany” event was hosted by the school’s International Exchange Club and German Club sweet table that included German chocolate cake, apple strudel, and raised a record $4,500 to help provide transportation for 17 students and three chaperones to visit Berlin in June. The event kuchen bread, and other favorites. was funded in part by donations from several dozen businesses, churches and clubs in the community.

Bulletin Board (Continued from page 8) accessories also will be accepted. Donations can be brought to the Multicultural Student Affairs Department in Room 201, on the second floor of Building S, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.    The dresses will be given away free of charge to local high school girls from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, March 22 in Building S, Room 117, on the main campus, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The Dream Come True Project is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Celebration Month committee and the Celebrating Diversity Task Group. For more information, call Nereida Perez at 974-5475.

Oak Lawn Community H.S.    Each year, LifeSource offers area high schools the opportunity to earn scholarship money. Oak Lawn Community High School has earned the scholarship money for the past five years. The school will host its annual winter blood drive Friday, Jan. 31 in the Spartan Gym. Students are encouraged to donate blood during their gym period. Students must be at least 16 years old. A parent permission slip is required for students who are only 16-years old. Parents and community members are encouraged to visit a community donor center or mobile blood drive when eligible. Individuals are eligible to donate blood every 56 days. Be sure to mention donor code OL94 when donating blood.

Queen of Peace

   Queen of Peace High School will sponsor a Leadership Conference for fifth, sixth and seventh grade girls on Saturday, Feb. 8. Eighth grade girls who have already taken the entrance exam at Queen of Peace may also attend. The purpose of the conference is to provide leadership training for female student leaders as they prepare to assume leadership roles in the next few years. The cost is $5. The Queen of Peace Leadership Conference will concentrate on training emerging leaders, as well as provide current leaders new tools in how to lead effectively. For more information, or to register, call Mary Kate Love at 496-4753, or email her at lovem@

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Scholarship Opportunity

   Applications for the 2014 Orland Township Scholarship Program are now available at the Township Office, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park. This year’s scholarship program will give numerous awards to the class of 2014 totaling $16, 500, with one $2,000 scholarship, eight $1,000 scholarships and 13 $500 scholarships.

   Scholarship applications completed in their entirety must be delivered to Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Avenue, Orland Park, IL 60462, by Friday, Feb. 28. Orland Township is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more information, call 403-4222.    An additional scholarship opportunity is available at Orland Township. Applications for the Township

Officials of Illinois Scholarship are available at orlandtwp.org, or at the Orland Township Office. Applications are due by Saturday, March 1, 2014 and should be mailed to Township Officials of Illinois, Attention Scholarship Committee, 3217 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL 62702.

St. Patricia

   St. Patricia Grade School, 9000 S. 86th Ave., is hosting a Big Game Day open house from 9 a.m. to 1

p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Parents and children are invited to take a tour to meet with students, faculty, staff, and parents and get a better sense of what St. Patricia has to offer. St. Patricia

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community calendar Focus on Seniors AARP Offers Driver Safety Program for Seniors    The first AARP Smart Driver Class for 2014 will be offered at the Office for Citizen Services, 3450 W. 97th St., Evergreen Park, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Feb. 6 and Feb. 7. Attendance on both days is required. The class size is limited, so early registration is suggested. The eight-hour refresher course reviews rules of the road for the mature adult. Sign up for the class may be made in person, or by mail at the OCS. Checks should made payable to AARP, and include

Blood and Bears

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   Palos Hills resident Sarah White was at Soldier Field Saturday to donate blood at LifeSource’s annual “85 Champs” blood drive. After donating blood, White was treated to a tour of the Bears’ locker room, where he and met former Bear and Hall of Fame defenseman Dan Hampton. LifeSource collected 133 units of blood at the Soldier Field drive, thus supporting 399 lives.

Park Clips Chicago Ridge

   The Chicago Ridge Park District has a number of facilities. The Freedom Activity Center is located at 6252 W. Birmingham, and the phone number is 6364900. The Frontier Fieldhouse is located at 9807 S. Sayre Ave., and the phone number is 4233959. Registration should be made at least one week prior to the event or class. For more information, or to register for a program, call either number above. ***    Immediately: The Chicago Ridge Park District is looking for a Yoga teacher for the upcoming months. Applicants must be available Monday through Thursday in the evenings. Those interested in this position should contact Dominic Malito at 6364900, or by email at dominicma@chicagoridgeparks.com. ***    Feb. 7: Daddy Daughter date night is being held from 6:30 to 10: p.m. The night will include prizes, dinner, entertainment, and dancing. The price is $25 for a resident couple and $40 for a non-resident couple. There is an $8 charge for each additional girl. The event will take place at the Frontier Fieldhouse. Tickets are available at the Freedom Activity Center or the Frontier Fieldhouse. ***    Feb. 8: Disney on Ice is the destination for the next park district trip. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 9:45 a.m., and will return at 3:30 p.m. The cost is $30 for residents, and $40 for non-residents. The price includes admission into the show. ***    Feb. 11: The park district is taking a trip to the Chicago Auto Show, which spans more than one million square feet of car exhibit space. The bus leaves the Freedom Activity Center at 5:30 p.m., and will return at 11 p.m. The price is $7 for residents, and $12 for non-residents. The price does not include admission into the auto show. *** Instructional Basketball League    Saturdays from Feb. 15 to April 5: The instructional basketball league will introduce children to the world of basketball in an instructional game setting at the Freedom Activity Center. Children will play eight weeks of games. Games will begin at 10 a.m. and will last one hour. The league fee is $50. ***    Ongoing: The Chicago Ridge Park District is taking team registration for 4th through 8th grade boys basketball and girls

volleyball leagues. For registration information, please call 708423-3959 or visit our website www.chicagoridgeparks.com.

Evergreen Park

   The Evergreen Park Recreation Department is headquartered at the Village Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St., but holds programs in various locations throughout the village. For more information, or to register for a class, call 229-3373. ***    Jan. 25 to March 15: Group swim lessons for boys and girls ages 4 years and older will be held on Saturdays from 11 to 11:45 a.m., or from noon to 12:45 p.m. The fee for eight weeks is $75 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Swim lessons are held at the Evergreen Park High School pool, 99th Street and Kedzie Ave.

Oak Lawn

   Ongoing: Duplicate bridge will be held at 11:30 a.m. Mondays at the Oak View Center. Cost is $7 per person and includes a light lunch. For more information, call 857-2200.

Worth

   The Worth Park District is located at the Terrace Centre, 11500 S. Beloit Ave. For more information, or to register for the programs, call 448-7080.    The Winter/Spring Worth Park District program guide has arrived. Registration has begun. ***    Immediately: The Worth Park District is taking registration for several programs for young children ready to learn the fundamentals of sports. Parents and their children may choose from little kickers soccer, parent tot sports, little baller’s basketball or instructional tball. Classes begin the beginning of February and March. ***    Feb. 12: The next monthly Senior Luncheon at the Terrace Centre will take place from 12 to 2 p.m. Both residents and non-residents of Worth Park District are welcome to attend. Reservations are needed each month one week prior to the luncheon. ***    Feb. 17: The park district is hosting Kids Day Out trips for children ages 5 to 12. Kids Day Out lasts from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at a cost of $35 per day. The next trips will be to Chuck E. Cheese in February, and Odyssey Funworld on March 18. Trips leave from the Terrace Centre. ***    Feb. 19: Seniors are invited to join friends on trips to local restaurants. There are a variety options, and participants can (Continued on page 12)

the participant’s name, address and phone number. The fee for AARP members is $15 and for non-members, $20. AARP members are asked card to the first class for verification. For more information, call 422-8776. In addition to updating driving knowledge and skills, class members may be eligible for a discount on auto insurance after completing the course.

Double Nickel

   The Double Nickel Plus Chorus meets at the Community Center, 3450 W. 97th St. in Evergreen Park, every Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. in Room 111. New-

comers are welcome. For more information call 422-8776.

Meals on Wheels

   The Evergreen Park Office of Citizens’ Services offers a Meals on Wheels program for village residents 60 years and older who are unable to prepare their own meals. Meals are delivered Monday through Friday. For more information call 422-8776.

55 and Up

   Palos Hills residents 55 years and older meet from noon to 2 p.m. the second and fourth

Wednesdays of each month at the Palos Hills Community Center, 8455 W. 103rd St. Tickets for events must be purchased one week in advance. Entertainment includes musicians, singers, luncheons, movies, plays and bingo.

Pinochle

   The Worth Senior Pinochle club is seeking new members. Membership is free. Visit the group at the Worth Park District Terrace Centre, 11500 Beloit Ave., every Monday and Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Games begin at noon. Call 448-1181 for information.

Library Notes Evergreen Park

   The Evergreen Park Public Library is at 9400 S. Troy Ave. The phone number is 422-8522. ***    Ongoing: Members of the community are invited to visit the Evergreen Park Public Library in November and December as it showcases a variety of artwork from Evergreen Park High School students enrolled in studio photography, beginning art, introduction to art, and ceramics/sculpture/jewelry design. For more information, call 422-8522, or visit evergreenparklibrary.org.

Green Hills

   Green Hills Public Library District is located at 8611 W. 103rd St., Palos Hills. For more information, call 598-8446. Registration is made online at greenhillslibrary. org. ***    Through Jan. 31: Library patrons are invited to join the 2014 Winter Reading Program. Children in grades Pre-K through 12 can earn weekly prizes. Adults will also win prizes including gift certificates to local restaurants, bookstores, and more. Everyone is encouraged to read to win. Registration is necessary. ***    Jan. 23: Teens will learn how to construct different creations using a variety of patterned duct tapes at 6 p.m. All supplies will be provided. Registration is required and limited to 25 teens. ***    Jan. 27: New York Times bestselling author Julie Hyzy discusses and signs copies of “Grace Takes Off,” the fourth book in her Manor House Mystery series at 6:30 p.m. The first 30 patrons to sign up and attend the event will get a free copy of Hyzy’s book. Registration required. ***    Jan. 28: An Internet Basics class is being offered at the library from 5 to 8 p.m. Participants will learn how to operate various search engines, bookmarks, favorites, and social media. Registration is limited to four per class and open to residents only. Laptops will be provided. ***    Jan. 30: Patrons are urged come to the library to play sportsthemed games and activities. Teams will work together to earn prizes at 6 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. Registration is required and limited to 40.

Oak Lawn

   The Oak Lawn Public library is located at 9427 S. Raymond Ave. For more information, or to register for a program, call 422-4990. ***    The library’s regular hours are: Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 422-4990. ***    Jan. 25: The library will host, “Fermilab Presents: The Mr. Freeze Cryogenic Show” from 10 to 11 a.m. Patrons will learn from Fermilab scientist Mr. Freeze about the field of super cooling cryogenics. Mr. Freeze will demonstrate lots of the basic properties of cryo-

genics, using liquid nitrogen as the main material. Due to loud explosions, this show is recommended for students in second grade and up. Younger children are welcome with appropriate adult support. Registration is not required. ***    Jan. 26: The library will host a free lecture on the opera “Barber of Seville” at 1:30 p.m. At this session, a member of the Lyric Opera Lecture Corps will explain the plot, play musical selections and give background on the composer. The Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library are sponsoring this program. ***    Jan. 27: Dr. Kevin Luke, orthopedic surgeon and medical director of the Bone and Joint Institute at Advocate Christ Medical Center, reveals the facts about today’s joint replacements at 6:30 p.m. He can help patrons answer the question, “Joint Replacement: Is it Time?” ***    Jan. 27: The library will begin an Adventure Club from 6:30-7:30 p.m. This new program will keep children guessing what will happen next. Activities will be based on historical happenings, odd occurrences and unusual celebrations that are significant for that date’s session. Participants can be playing games, making crafts, reading books, and even going outside. Registration begins 10 days before each session. ***    Jan. 28: Illinois Joining Forces: Resources for Military and Veteran Families presents an open house at 7 p.m. at the library. The group wants to kick off an effort to recognize all that our military families have contributed and sacrificed for our nation. Also included is a program about General George Washington and his creation of the Military Badge of Merit, the predecessor to the currently awarded Purple Heart Medal. ***    Tuesdays in February: Toddlers ages 2 to 3, with anaccompanying adult, can listen stories, and participate in fingerplays and movement during toddler time from 9:30 to 10 a.m. at the library. Registration begins 10 days before each session. ***    Wednesdays in February: Children ages 2 to 3, with an accompanying adult, are invited to participate in a toddler art class at the library. Toddlers will hear a story, sing, make a processoriented art project and dance. Aprons are provided. There are two sessions: from 9:30 to 10 a.m., or 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. Registration begins 10 days before each session. ***    Feb. 5: Landscape historian Barbara Geiger will present “Inside the Devil in the White City” at 7 p.m. She will trace the steps of Henry Holmes who owned the World’s Fair Hotel, and Daniel Burnham, master architect and planner. She will also discuss the 1893 World’s Fair and Victorian Chicago.

***    Feb. 8: Local writers are invited to share their original poetry and short stories at 1 p.m. at the library. There is a five-minute time limit per reader. Light refreshments will be provided. ***    Feb. 8: An in-person registration will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. for the upcoming The Friends of the Oak Lawn Public Library sponsored trip to the 2014 Flower & Garden Show Wednesday, March 19. The trip will include a visit the 2014 Flower & Garden Show at Navy Pier and lunch and a show aboard the Spirit of Chicago. Once on board, participants will partake in a buffer and witness a floral arrangement demonstration. An interactive master of ceremonies will provide entertainment.    Trip-goers depart at 9 a.m. and return at 3 p.m. This cost is $72 for Friends members and $77 for others. There is a minimum of 30 and a maximum of 45 people who can register for this trip. Friends of the Library must present a current membership card to receive the $5 discount. There is a two ticket limit per person. These trips are not wheelchair accessible. ***    Feb. 9: Dennis Debondt is back from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library to entertain patrons with his humor and magical talent. Registration is not required and all ages are welcome. ***    Feb. 10: Art historian Jeff Mishur of Art Excursions, Inc. discusses why Monet, Renoir, Manet and Cezanne considered still life subjects a modern subject for their own time, and how their approaches responded to the great tradition of 17th century Dutch still life. He will be at the library at 7 p.m. ***    Second Tuesday of the month: Adults and teens are of all skill levels are invited to participate in a Crochet Club from 2 to 3 p.m. at the library in meeting room C. Participants are invited to bring their hooks, yarn and any current project. All skill levels are welcome. Beginners should bring an H or I hook, and skein of yarn, any color. For more information about this program, please contact the computer center at and ask for Patty. ***    Feb. 11: The library will host a free movie screening of Groundhog Day at 10 a.m. A weatherman finds himself living the same day over and over again. The movie stars Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell and Chris Elliott and debuted in 1993. The movie is rated PG and is 101 minutes (one hour and 41 minutes) long. ***    Feb. 12: The Oak Lawn Community Partnership will hold free health screenings at the library from 10 to 11 a.m. in the lower level meeting room. Performing blood pressure screenings will be personnel

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from the Oak Lawn Fire Department. In addition, “Ask the Pharmacist” and heart health awareness will be available. The Oak Lawn Community Partnership is a cooperative alliance between the Village of Oak Lawn, Advocate Christ Medical Center, service organizations, educators, interested community members and business leaders. For a complete schedule of dates and programs, call the library. *** Sunday with Friends Concert    Feb. 16: The library will host a free concert featuring “Petra’s Recession Seven” from 2 to 3 p.m. This seven-piece jazz band returns with a sound reminiscent of the jazz vocal recordings of the 1950s. Sponsoring the concert are the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library. ***    Feb. 19: Community residents are invited to play a life sized, live board game of Harry Potter Clue from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the library. The Library’s Teen Advisory Board has designed a life-size board game of Harry Potter-themed Clue where the library is the board and participants are the pieces. ***    Feb. 20: Cardiologist Dr. Dinker Trivedi and registered dietitian Mary Gregory of Advocate Christ Medical Center present “High Blood Pressure: How to Treat and Control High Blood Pressure with the DASH Diet” at 6:30 p.m. in the library. ***    Feb. 22: Some Native Americans believed that a spirit lives inside each popcorn kernel, while others used it as decoration instead of eating it. The library will uncover the science behind the pop and participants will eat the discoveries. Different age groups will meet at different times. Those ages 4 to 5 will gather from 9:30 to 10 a.m.; ages 6 to 7 from 10:30 to 11 a.m.; ages 8 to 10 from 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and ages 11 to 13 from 2 to 2:30 p.m. Registration begins Feb. 12. ***    Ongoing: Patrons are asked to donate their “gently used” books, magazines, CDs and videos to the Friends of the Oak Lawn Library Ongoing Book Sale at the library. Due to space limitations, the Friends will not accept Reade r s Digest C o n densed Books, encyclopedias and older textbooks. The donation drop-off area is near the library’s Cook Avenue entrance. Interested parties may fill out a short form at the reception booth to receive a tax letter by mail that acknowledges their donation.    The Friends Ongoing Book Sale provides an ever-changing variety of books, magazines and other forms of media at bargain prices. Hardcover books cost 50 cents each, paperbacks are 25 cents and magazines cost 10 cents each. Audio-visual items are priced as indicated. Funds collected from the book sale support library programming and purchases that are beyond their regular budget.

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Use tax diversification to help manage retirement income You need to save and invest as much as possible to pay for the retirement lifestyle you’ve envisioned. But your retirement income also depends, to a certain degree, on how your retirement funds are taxed. And that’s why you may be interested in tax diversification. To understand the concept of tax diversification, you’ll need to be familiar with how two of the most important retirement-savings vehicles — an IRA and a 401(k) — are taxed. Essentially, these accounts can be classified as either “traditional” or “Roth.” When you invest in a traditional IRA or 401(k), your contributions may be tax-deductible and your earnings can grow tax deferred. With a Roth IRA or 401(k), your contributions are not deductible, but your distributions can potentially be tax-free, provided you meet certain conditions. (Keep in mind, though, that to contribute to a Roth IRA, you can’t exceed designated income limits. Also, not all employers offer the Roth option for 401(k) plans.) Of course, “tax free” sounds better than “tax deferred,” so you might think that a Roth option is always going to be preferable. But that’s not necessarily the case. If you think your tax bracket will be lower in retirement than when you were working, a traditional IRA or 401(k) might be a better choice,

due to the cumulative tax deductions you took at a higher tax rate. But if your tax bracket will be the same, or higher, during retirement, then the value of tax-free distributions from a Roth IRA or 401(k) may outweigh the benefits of the tax deductions you’d get from a traditional IRA or 401(k). So making the choice between “traditional” and “Roth” could be tricky. But here’s the good news: You don’t necessarily have to choose, at least not with your IRA. That’s because you may be able to contribute to both a traditional IRA and a Roth IRA, assuming you meet the Roth’s income guidelines. This allows you to benefit from both the tax deductions of the traditional IRA and the potential tax-free distributions of the Roth IRA. And once you retire, this tax diversification can be especially valuable. Why? Because when you have money in different types of accounts, you gain flexibility in how

Siri is a serious help

For a feature that has so many uses across all of iOS, it is amazing how many people have never you structure your withdrawals used Siri before. A survey taken — and this flexibility can help you in the second half of last year potentially increase the amount of found that as many as 84 percent your after-tax disposable income. of users polled were not using Siri If you have a variety of accounts, following the launch of iOS 7. with different tax treatments, That means that there are you could decide to first make still quite a few individuals that your required withdrawals (from for some strange reason find it a traditional IRA and 401(k) or awkward speaking into their cell other employer-sponsored plan), phones. What may make the refollowed, in order, by withdrawals maining device owners more comfrom your taxable investment acfortable trying out Siri is knowcounts, your tax-deferred accounts ing that you can use Siri with a and, finally, your tax-free accounts. set of headphones that include a Keep in mind, though, that you microphone and even Bluetooth may need to vary your actual seheadsets. quence of withdrawals from year The following will help those to year, depending on your tax that have not used Siri before get situation. For example, it might started, and show off some of the make sense to change the order of many situations where Siri can withdrawals, or take withdrawals be used on iOS for those among from multiple accounts, to help us that are using it. reduce taxes and avoid moving into a different tax bracket. Teaching Siri Clearly, tax diversification can What to call you — Siri can be beneficial. So after consulting be configured under the General with your tax and financial advisettings on your iOS device. One sors, consider ways of allocating of the first things you set up on your retirement plan contributions your device is which record in to provide the flexibility you need your contacts list belongs to your to maximize your income during identity information. Siri uses this your retirement years. information to know who you are. Using the nickname feature of Scott Johnson, CFP, is a financial your contact information, you advisor with Edward Jones, 8146 can tell Siri what you prefer to W. 111th St., Palos Hills, 974-1965. be called. It is of course much Edward Jones does not provide legal easier to just tell Siri “Siri, call advice. This article was written by me ‘your majesty.’” Edward Jones for use by your local Correct pronunciations — Siri Edward Jones financial advisor. does not always get things right when it comes to the pronunciation of certain names. But that’s ok, you can always teach Siri how best to enunciate each name. All you need to do is simply tell Siri rials. Once you pay the contractor, to “Pronounce Geoffrey Goetz” he disappears with the money and and you will be guided through no work is ever done. Having access a series of tuning settings that to your property also provide an op- will help get the pronunciation portunity for these people to check just right. This is much better what valuables you may have for a than trying to manually enter a phonetic spelling of a name in the future burglary or ID theft. 8. Pyramid Companies. Pyra- nickname field of your contacts. Your family tree — Your conmid schemes within companies are fraudulent because returns to tacts list is something that Siri can investors are paid from personal master. The more information you money or the money paid by the have in your contact list the more newest investors, rather than from Siri will know about you and your any actual profit earned by an indi- family. In contacts you can add vidual or organization running the several different relationships by operation. These scams collapse be- editing your contact information cause payouts exceed investments, and adding a new “Related Name.” or because the legal authorities The label specifies the relationship prosecute the organizers for sale between the two contacts; mother, of unregistered securities. Often the father, brother, sister, spouse, child, organizers simply disappear with friend. You can even enter a custom label of your choosing. When funds sent to them. 9. Sweepstakes. If you don’t re- used in conjunction with Find My member entering a sweepstakes, be Friends, it makes searching for very suspicious about being declared your contacts by your association a winner. If the prize provider wants to them much easier. “Siri, where you to send money or give your is my son (or daughter)?” social security number to receive your prize, take no action. If you Working with Text Take dictation — Using Siri to send money you will likely never receive a prize or you will get a perform speech-to-text translaprize of lesser value than the money tions is not limited to the questions you can ask Siri. You can you’ve sent. 10. Debt Relief Services (Non- also tap the microphone button on Compliant with FTC rule). The Fed- the keyboard to awaken Siri and eral Trade Commission has estab- speak the text you would like Siri lished rules for debt relief services to type for you. Sometimes saying (for profit businesses that represent what you are thinking can help you that they renegotiate, settle or alter refine your thoughts more clearly, the terms of payment for an unse- and allows you to avoid committing cured debt). The FTC rule governs to paper many of the things in life disclosures and representations that you probably shouldn’t. debt relief services can make and Read selected text — There are does not allow advance fees. There many hidden gems inside of the are legitimate debt relief compaiOS Accessibility settings that alnies that comply with the FTC rule most everyone can take advantage and the Better Business Bureau is of. One such setting is turning on identifying only the non-compliant the text-to-speech abilities of Siri. companies as scams. Hidden under General, Accessi“Before giving any company your bility, Speak Selection, you can personal or financial information, change the voice, speaking rate, review the business on the BBB and even have the words highwebsite,” said Bernas. “And rememlighted as they are spoken. This ber, if an offer seems too good to will add an additional selectable be true, it probably is.” item above the text when you select For more information on these it named “Speak.” Simply select top 10 scams, visit www.bbb.org. a section of text as if you wanted — The Better Business Bureau to copy it and tap on the “Speak” option to have Siri read back to you the text that you have selected. Unfortunately this does not work on books in your Kindle library.

Top 10 scams of year listed Topping the list of scam activity and little work. Check offers out for 2013 is advance fee brokers, thoroughly for free with the BBB accounting for over 45-percent of at www.bbb.org. scam inquiries to the Better Busi3. Credit Repair Services with ness Bureau serving Chicago and Advance Fees. Consumers with Northern Illinois (BBB). Advance bad credit ratings are particularly fee brokers are usually empty vulnerable to this scam. Everything promises for a personal or business a credit-repair operation offers an loan requiring payment of a fee in individual can do personally at little advance. This scam attracts vul- or no cost. Credit repair operations nerable consumers that need cash cannot ask for money in advance urgently. Coming in a close second and they cannot automatically reis work-at-home scams. This scam move legitimate negative reports lures consumers by using get-rich- from your credit history. quick approaches. The BBB’s Top 4. Foreign Lotteries. Any lottery Ten Scams are ranked based on from a foreign country is illegal in number of specific inquiries made the United States. Stating a person by consumers to provide insight on can win or is a winner already prothe deceptive and sometimes illegal vides a strong incentive; however, business practices in 2013. people should never send money to “In 2013, consumers were tight obtain lottery money. Scammers usfor cash and were trying to im- ing fictitious addresses will request prove their financial situations,” you send “fees and taxes” to them said Steve J. Bernas, president through a wire service, take the cash & CEO of the BBB. “Scammers and never provide any winnings took advantage of these vulnerable because there are no winners. consumers.” 5. Office Supplies - Sale by DeBernas explained, “It is impor- ceptive Telemarketing. This scam tant to be aware that these scams features fake invoices for office supexist. That way people can avoid plies being sent to a business, often losing money or personal financial for only a couple hundred dollars. information.” This relatively low amount makes Top 10 scams in 2013 it easier for company personnel to 1. Advance Fee Brokers. Often quickly sign off and feel it is not these appear to be very professional worth their time to check the inoperations with attractive websites voice’s validity, which would be done and advertisements. However, it is if it was for a larger amount. illegal for a business to charge a fee 6. Prize Promotions. There are prior to providing a loan. Typically, several variations of this scam, but after wiring money to the scam- most include some aspect that remer, the victim never receives the quires people who are identified loan. These “lenders” will use fake as “winners” to provide money or physical addresses or the addresses some type of personal information, of real companies. such as a credit card or social 2. Work-At-Home Schemes. Le- security number, to verify being gitimate telecommuting jobs do ex- a winner. In the end, no prize is ist; however, many work-from-home awarded and the personal informaopportunities are scams. Promising tion is then used to withdraw a convenient work always attracts victim’s money from accounts or attention; however, when the re- for identity theft. quirement is to send money for 7. Paving, Painting & Home Immaterials first, consumers should with provement by “Traveling” Tony Dunst Workers. always be on guard. Do not pur- Never pay upfront to a “traveling” chase services or products from a contractor who just happens to be firm that’s reluctant to answer your in the neighborhood, is doing work questions and be cautious of any nearby, or has extra materials. The company that offers an exception- technique to get your money often ally high salary requiring few skills requires you to pay for added mate-

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By Chad Holloway

How to set an effective trap Trapping is a fundamental part of poker. While it is mainly utilized on a hand-by-hand basis, sometimes it’s best to set up the ploy hours in advance. That is what I did to win the biggest poker tournament of my life. As a senior news editor for PokerNews.com, I spend seven weeks every summer working at the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas. This past May, I had a couple of days off and decided to play the very first event at the WSOP: the $500 casino employees no-limit hold ‘em event. The tournament began with 898 players, and two days later it was down to me and a California prop player — someone who’s paid by a casino to play in a shorthanded game — named Allan Kwong. I began heads-up play with a 2-1 chip lead, but my opponent managed to double to take a lead of his own. Over the next 90 minutes

I fought back, and it was during this time that I formulated a new strategy. Admittedly, I was running extremely well and picking up quality hands — A-K, A-Q, big pocket pairs — that made it easy to put my plan into action. The plan was simple: Preflop I would either raise or call a raise with Tony Dunst from him. If he was first to act on the flop and checked, I would bet. I won more than my fair share of pots doings this. However, if I was first to act — and this was laying the foundation for my trap — I would check and allow him to bet, which he did frequently. Every time I would respond with a big check-raise, usually one that was three to fourTony times Dunst the size with of his bet. He folded frequently, but in the back of my mind I knew it was killing him to do so. It was only a matter of time before he pushed back when I had a hand, and then I’d stack him. Sure enough, on Level 22, with the blinds at 15,000-30,000 with a

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5,000 ante, Kwong raised to 75,000 and I called with Qc 9h. The 5c Qs Qd flop delivered me trips, and I checked. Kwong continuation-bet 85,000, and I did what I’d been doing and check-raised big to 350,000. The trap had been set over the course of more than an hour, and Kwong finally tumbled into it. He moved all in, and I snap-called. He tabled the Ad Kh, and after the 10h and 2d appeared on the turn and river, respectively, I emerged as the last man standing to collect $84,915 and poker’s most coveted prize: a WSOP gold bracelet. Kwong was a formidable opponent, and sometimes the best way to beat such players is to let them beat themselves. Trapping is a clever way to make that happen. But remember, you can’t push them in; you have to be patient and let them fall in. (Chad Holloway is a World Series of Poker bracelet winner and Senior News Editor for PokerNews.com and learn.pokernews.com. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadAHolloway.)

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ting and the proper configuration screen will instantly appear. Launch apps — Similar to the spotlight feature in iOS, Siri has the ability to find and quickly launch apps you have installed on your device. By saying someBy Geoffrey Goeta thing like “Launch Spotify,” Siri will search your list of installed Gigaom.com apps and launch the app matching the name you have spoken. To do that you will have to turn Play iTunes Radio — Of course on Siri’s Voice Over feature. iTunes is an app, but Siri can take Reading ebooks — Siri’s Voice you specifically to iTunes Radio, Over setting can turn virtually which is a tab within an app. This any ebook into an audiobook. To feature — launching a specific tab make it easier to switch Voice Over within an app — does not work on on and off, you can configure the all apps like Spotify or Pandora, but Accessibility Shortcut feature lo- is a handy way to instantly play cated at the bottom of the settings your favorite iTunes radio station for Accessibility. With it you can with a simple command. You can quickly use a triple-click of the even get more specific with your Home button to turn Voice Over music library and ask Siri to play a on and off. Once set, open one of particular album, song or artist. the books in your Library, even using the Kindle app, and triple- Sending and click to enable Voice Over. Once receiving messages activated use a two-finger swipe Review missed calls — Placing up to signify that you want Siri calls to specific individuals in your to begin reading the book to you. contacts list by saying something Now Siri is not nearly as nice as as simple as “Call Home” is cersome of the winners of this year’s tainly easy enough to do using Siri. Audie awards for audible books, But did you know that Siri can but it will do in a pinch. also be used to list out your most Speak notifications — Another recently missed calls by saying “Do hidden gem in the Accessibility I have any missed calls” or check settings is the ability to have Siri your voicemail list by saying “Do speak notifications as they pop up. I have any new voicemail.” Again, This particular feature is great to this is a great hands-free feature use in conjunction with your car that you can use in many situations audio system so you don’t feel like where you are waiting for that you have to take your eyes off the important call to come in. road when a new notification is Check email — In a similar sent to you. This is accomplished manner, Siri also has access to by turning on the Speak Notifica- all of your mail: “Do I have any tions feature that is part of the new email?” You can even get Voice Over capabilities. Triple-click more specific by asking “Any new the home button once your iPhone email from Tom today” and Siri is paired with your car and Siri will look at any emails that you will read your notifications as they have received from Tom today. pop up while you are driving. It is even possible to have Siri check the context of the message Controlling your device by asking something like “Show Change device settings — This new mail about the contract.” is a great feature when you are on Tweet someone — Since Siri is a plane, listening to your favorite integrated more with external sermusic, and you want to switch the vices like Twitter, you can use Siri airplane mode on. You can speak a in a similar fashion to messages. command to Siri by pressing and Rather than saying “Tell Susie holding down on the pause button message” you say “Tweet message on the remote attached to your instead”. You can even specify a headphones and instruct Siri to hashtag that you want to use in modify the settings without miss- your message or that you want to ing a beat. Something as simple as use your location information in just saying “Turn on Bluetooth” your tweet. Siri can search beyond as you get into your car and “Turn the bounds of search engines as on Bluetooth” when you get out. well: it can search for trending topAnd if there is a setting that you ics on Twitter by asking “What is frequently change but don’t like trending on Twitter” or something navigating too, just inform Siri more specific like “Find tweets with that you want to change the set- the hashtag Siri”.

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Fighter of cancer, heart disease all around us A natural substance derived from grapes fights cancer, kills germs, is an antioxidant and reduces the risk of heart disease. This is according to Dr. DeBasis Bagchi, who received his PhD in medicinal chemistry from the University of Connecticut in 1982. The good doctor conducted research he believes shows moderate wine consumption lowers the risk of developing certain diseases because of resveratrol. Resveratrol is a naturally occurring substance found in red grapes, mulberries and to a lesser extent peanuts that helps these plants defend against pathogens such as bacteria and fungi. It may protect against atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease, blood clots, high cholesterol, osteoporosis and conditions marked by inflammation. The Indians and Chinese use the root of the Japanese knotweed, which contains about 187 milligrams per kilogram, for

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WhATIZIT? Any chances of shutting out the gallery two weeks in a row were turned to powder right away when Willow Springs’ Harrison Debre came right out of the box with the correct answer. Some other folks got it right — it was chalk that is used by gymnasts. Some got it wrong. But spirits were a little brighter this week after the WHATIZIT? wunderkinds was shut out two weeks ago. Scoring perfect 10s were Chicago Ridge’s Kathy Higgins, Dana Oswald and Patty Vandenberg, Hickory Hills’ Jack and Griffin Burke Faddis, Worth’s German Cordova and Robert Solner, Oak Lawn’s Jane Foley, Evergreen Park’s Tom Fitzpatrick and Palos Hills’ Lois Faragher, Those who fell off the balance beam were those who guessed flour, baking powder, a tub of ice cream from the Plush Horse and a pan full of powdered sugar “just like the ingredient my wife and I put on our homemade Christmas Kolaches.’’ This week’s clue: Icon. Send those guesses to thereporter@comcast.net. Put WHATIZIT in the subject line by Monday night and don’t forget to provide your name and hometown.

these reasons and to treat allergic reactions. Resveratrol may also lower blood sugar, help balance one’s mood and may be a safe and natural replacement for estrogen during menopause. Recent studies indicate it may also be an anticancer agent. What this means is that many cellular processes known to contribute to the development of cancer are changed or halted by resveratrol. This substance actually reduces tumor growth and may be most effective on cancers it can come into direct contact with, such as those of the skin and digestive system. Resveratrol is a potent scavenger of free radicals, unpaired electrons that are usually highly reactive and a key ingredient in chemical reactions. Free radicals are important to some basic lifesustaining processes including destroying bacteria, but also cause damage to cells and DNA, that

The Wine Guy with Anthony Scarano may contribute to the development of certain ailments such as Parkinson’s disease, atherosclerosis, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. These developments are astounding. We have a substance found in many foods available to us that can help us live longer, healthier lives. But to live long we must have an all-around healthy

To help individuals reduce the risk for heart disease, Palos Community Hospital will sponsor the following activities throughout the month of February. • Sleep, snoring and your heart — Learn how snoring puts more at risk than a good night’s sleep. Snoring can impact health in a variety of ways but especially the heart. Join board-certified sleep medicine physician Tabassum Hanif, M.D., as she discusses the link between snoring and heart health. The free presentation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Call 226-2300 to register. • The plumbing and wiring of your heart — Heart disease

can impact the wiring or the plumbing, sometimes both, of the heart. Join an electrician and a plumber without being charged for an emergency visit for this free presentation. Electrophysiologist Sean Tierney, M.D., and Cardiologist Ravi Ramana, M.D., will explain how the heart works, how various heart conditions are treated, such as atrial fibrillation and congestive heart failure, and the symptoms that signal the need to see a physician. The free presentation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Call 226-2300 to register. • Heart attack basics — Symptoms of heart attack can be as different as night and day

from one person to the next. Take advantage of this opportunity to get a comprehensive look at heart attack symptoms for men and women, and when the call to 9-1-1 should be made in this presentation by Cardiologist Marlon Everett, M.D. The free presentation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Call 226-2300 to register. • Get a leg up on vascular health — Are your legs slowing you down? The vascular system of the legs is made up of arteries and veins. The arteries carry blood from the heart to the legs and blood is then returned back to the heart with veins. During the aging process, arteries thicken with plaque

Children’s vaccinations available to underinsured at Orland Township Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., has gained approval from the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide immuseveral reasons. One, vaccinations nizations to local underinsured aren’t universal. The CDC children at its monthly immuestimates that about 85 percent nization clinic. Vaccines are available to chilof children between ages 19 and 35 months are fully immunized dren 18 and under who are either against pertussis. The rates in uninsured, underinsured, Medicadolescents are about 70 percent. aid-eligible (includes All Kids), In adults, fewer than 10 percent Native American or Alaskan Nahave received Tdap. So the last tive. Underinsured means that time most adults were immunized the child has health insurance, against pertussis was when they but it does not cover any vaccines, were children. In addition, over time the vaccine’s effectiveness wanes, so we see adolescents and adults with pertussis. These older patients typically have a milder form of the (Continued from page 10) illness because they retain some spend as much or as little as immunity from early vaccinations. the like.Worth Park District is But patients with mild pertussis traveling Grand Lux, Chicago in are still contagious. The disease February, and McCormick and can be transmitted via germ-laden Schmick’s, Oakbrook March 19. droplets propelled into the air from Registration is due one week prior to each trip. The cost is a cough or sneeze. The key is to prevent pertussis $8 per residents, and $12 for from occurring. Make sure that non-residents. Trips leave from all infants and children — as the Terrace Centre at 10:30 a.m., well as adult family members and are expected to return by and caregivers — are fully 2 p.m. each afternoon. *** vaccinated against pertussis. — Feb. 21: Registration must Thomas Boyce, M.D., and W. Charles Huskins, M.D., Pediatric Infectious Diseases, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn. (Medical Edge from Mayo Clinic is an educational resource and doesn’t replace regular medical care. E-mail a question to medicaledge(AT SIGN)mayo. edu. For more information, visit www.mayoclinic.org.)

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certain vaccines, or it has a fixed dollar limit or cap for vaccines, and once that cap is reached a child is ineligible. With valid proof of Orland Township residency, vaccines are free of charge. For children residing outside of the township’s boundaries, a $20 administration fee per vaccine will be collected. An up-to-date shot record is mandatory to receive any vaccine, and children must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Available children’s vaccines include DTaP, DTaP-Hep B-IPV, DTaP-IPV-Hib, DTaP-IPV, Hep A, Hep B, Hep B-Hib, HPV, Me-

ningococcal, MMR, IPV, Pneumococcal, Rotavirus, Tdap and Varicella. Adult vaccines are offered to Orland Township residents only and are available at a discounted rate. Adult vaccines include HPV, Pneumococcal, Hep A, Tuberculosis, Hep B, Tdap, IPV, Meningococcal, Hep A-Hep B, MMR, Typhoid and Shingles. Proof of residency is required. Orland Township’s next immunization clinics will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday, March 8 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. For more, call 403-4222 or visit www.orlandtwp.org.

Park Clips be made by this date for the Princess Ball. Father’s and daughters are invited to this event being held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Music, food, and a photo together will be part of the festivities. The cost is $25 per couple and $8 per additional child. *** March 7: Seniors are taking a trip to Water Tower Place, Chicago. The group leave from the Terrace Centre at 9 a.m., and return at 2 p.m. $12. Registration

is due at least one week prior to the trip. *** March 21: is the last day to register for All Day childcare during spring break. Cancellation can be avoided by registering today. The fee for the spring break special is $20 per day, per child, for residents. This price is for care between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Care will be provided for the extended hours of 7 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 6 p.m. for an additional $10.

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and cholesterol, get stiffer and narrow leading to peripheral artery disease and veins can become faulty with their function, creating pain, swelling and unsightly varicose veins. Join board-certified Vascular Surgeon Sanjeev Pradhan, M.D., as he discusses diseases affecting arteries and veins and when to see a physician. The free presentation will take place from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at Palos Health & Fitness Center, 15430 West Ave., Orland Park. Call 226-2300 to register. Registration is required for each program listed above. To register, call 226-2300. For more information, visit the events and classes section of Palos Community Hospital’s website at Palos CommunityHospital.org.

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Resurgence of pertussis makes vaccination important for people of all ages adults, too, and are strongly recommended for those in close contact with infants, particularly during an outbreak. Ask your physician if you can receive Tdap (tetanus-diphtheria-acellular pertussis) vaccine instead of the usual Td (tetanus-diphtheria) booster. The Tdap vaccine can be given anytime, regardless of how recently the person received their last Td booster. Tdap (given to older children and adults) is slightly different from DTaP (given to infants) in that it has a lower amount of diphtheria and pertussis antigens, hence the lowercase “d” and “p.” Pertussis vaccines are very safe, effective and beneficial. Before the vaccine was available, pertussis was a greatly feared disease that killed thousands of children every year. Now, perhaps 10 to 20 pertussis deaths occur per year in the United States. Almost all of these deaths occur in young infants. People of all ages still contract the disease. Since the 1980s, pertussis incidence has been increasing in the United States. In a typical year, 5,000 to 10,000 cases are reported, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But epidemics occur every three to five years. In 2010, more than 27,000 cases were reported in the United States. We continue to see pertussis for

Anthony Scarano is not a doctor. He is an Evergreen Park resident, winemaker and certified naturopath. Suggestions in this space are solely the opinions of Mr. Scarano based on years of independent study and personal experience, and may not be beneficial to health. Wine should be consumed in moderation, as overindulgence may be harmful to health.

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DEAR MAYO CLINIC: Is it true that adults should be vaccinated against pertussis? I thought that was a childhood disease. Hasn’t it basically been eliminated in the United States? ANSWER: Now more than ever, it’s important for everyone — including adults — to be vaccinated against pertussis. There is an effective vaccine against pertussis, also known as whooping cough. But the immunity generated by the vaccine weakens over time. When enough people in the population become susceptible to infection, an epidemic can occur. These epidemics are not as severe as was seen in the prevaccine era, but they still affect a lot of people. Currently, there are large outbreaks of pertussis in Washington, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Pertussis is a highly contagious bacterial infection that causes a severe, hacking cough. The coughing spells can be followed by a high-pitched intake of breath that sounds like a “whoop” and gives the disease its name. Coughing spasms can cause extreme fatigue and vomiting and make breathing difficult. In babies, the disease can be very serious because their airways are tiny and they may have trouble breathing in enough oxygen during coughing spells. Severe coughing spells can also generate small hemorrhages in the eyes and brain. Vaccination is the most important way to prevent pertussis. Infants should be vaccinated at ages 2, 4 and 6 months. The pertussis vaccination is given in combination with tetanus and diphtheria vaccines, which is abbreviated as DTaP for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis. Boosters are recommended at 12 to 18 months; 4 to 6 years; and again at age 11. Pertussis booster shots are available for

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Bulldogs scrap their way to split By Ken Karrson     Basketball’s dog days may have already arrived at Richards.     That’s because these assuredly aren’t the ’Dogs’ days.     At least that was true a couple times in a busy week. Two South Suburban Conference contests, followed by a pair of encounters in Rockford Jefferson’s Martin Luther King holiday tournament proved draining to Richards, an assessment validated by its mostly uninspired performance in the second of two Saturday games.     But the resultant 54-46 loss to the tourney hosts wasn’t the Bulldogs’ only low point. Even more frustrating to coach John Chappetto was Richards’ Friday defeat against Oak Forest, which marred the former’s heretofore spotless league ledger.     The Bulldogs are still leading the SSC Red and boast a record well over .500, but Chappetto admitted that by Saturday night he was virtually “too tired to coach” and figured his players were equally spent.     “Our guys seemed disinterested or tired or something,” he said in the aftermath of the Rockford Jefferson clash. “I didn’t like our focus. We just looked lifeless.”     Not at the outset, as Richards raced to a 16-11 first-period lead. But a five-point second stanza indicated trouble, and by the time the J-Hawks constructed a 35-26 edge in the third quarter Chappetto had seen enough. He removed all his starters and prepared to simply ride out the remainder of the game.     But a funny thing happened before that — the Bulldogs’ reserves

infused the team with energy. Antoine Listenbee and Ameen Hussein, in particular, gave Richards some fuel by tallying nine points between them in the third frame and bringing the visitors within 37-33 at the break.     “It was a [competitive] game the rest of the way,” Chappetto said.     It didn’t, however, tilt in the Bulldogs’ direction, although they were still within two after Josh Meier nailed a pair of fourth-quarter free throws. But the Chicago State Universitybound center was assessed with a technical foul right after that — Chappetto said it was a very delayed response to an earlier play — and the J-Hawks’ ensuing charity tosses allowed them to regain some footing.     Rockford Jefferson wound up going 21-of-31 at the line and outscoring Richards by 10 from there. Meier (15 points) and Listenbee (11 points) were the scoring leaders for the Bulldogs, who continued tournament play this past Monday with matchups against Rockford Lutheran, a Class 2A power, and Belvidere. ***     Richards’ other outing at Rockford Jefferson presented a more favorable result for the locals, who captured Saturday’s 2 p.m. affair versus Belvidere North by a 71-63 count. The final score was close only because Belvidere drilled seven 3-pointers in the last eight minutes and piled up a total of 31 points.     “Eighty percent of their offense is 3-point attempts,” Chappetto said. “They were Eisenhower without the trapping defense.”

    Before Belvidere North made its late charge, the Bulldogs were in command. A 26-point secondperiod explosion was at the heart of Richards’ dominance as Meier (28 points) was virtually unstoppable inside.     Deon Alexander (13 points), Dedrick Shannon (13) and Thaer Othman (11) also contributed for the Bulldogs, who benefited as well from a 19-8 scoring advantage at the foul line. Oak Forest 64 Richards 62     A back-and-forth game leaned the Bengals’ way Friday night, but not officially until the Bulldogs misfired on their final possession. That Richards (12-5, 6-1) was so much in contention was a bit eyeopening, seeing as how Meier was held to four points.     “It was another frustrating night for Meier,” Chappetto said. “I don’t think our guys were trying to freeze him out. [Oak Forest] had a good game plan.     “You don’t get to 14-2 and win a Christmas tournament by accident. They’re a legitimately good team — it’s their best team since 1987.”     Meier was guarded by a 6-foot9 Bengal, as well as a 6-4 one who played a physical style. The Photo by Jeff Vorva biggest Bulldog only took three Sandburg’s Niko Kogionis lets fly with a 3-point shot during the Eagles’ SouthWest Suburban Conshots, but he nevertheless made his presence felt with team highs ference Blue game Saturday at the United Center. Kogionis scored a game-high 22 points to help of eight rebounds, five assists and Sandburg defeat the Chargers 59-46. five blocks.     Shannon (16 points), Alexander (15), Othman (12) and Spencer Tears (10) picked up the scoring slack, and that was good enough to keep the visitors in the hunt the entire evening. (Continued on page 3)

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‘Resilient’ Astros knock off TF North By Ken Karrson     Few would argue that TF North has been a South Suburban Conference stalwart in basketball ever since the league was initially formed.     Thus, any win over the Meteors is considered a satisfying accomplishment. And, in Shepard’s case, it has also been a somewhat rare one.     “We beat TF North two years ago at the buzzer,” Astros coach Tony Chiuccariello said, “but we don’t beat them very often.”     The odds of Shepard reversing its fortunes Friday night in Palos Heights appeared rather long, especially since the Astros were coming off an emotionally taxing setback against TF South. What made Tuesday’s outcome difficult for Chiuccariello and his players to swallow was that, until a disastrous fourth quarter unfolded, Shepard had been in a reasonably good position to succeed.     However, the Astros surprised Chiuccariello with a spirited prac-

tice session on Wednesday, and that energy carried over into Friday. Despite dealing with a distinct height differential that favored TF North, Shepard did enough things right to make off with a 51-42 triumph.     “They have nice size and they absolutely dominated us on the boards, but the boys were very resilient,” Chiuccariello said. “We battled pretty hard and the kids did a great job. What helped us was we shot the ball very well and we did play good defense.     “You hope this is going to build us some momentum the rest of the way and we’re going to have greater success [overall].”     If the Astros (7-9, 4-3) continue to perform in a manner similar to Friday’s, such a thing certainly seems possible. Although the Meteors out-rebounded Shepard 34-21 and collected 15 offensive boards, the visitors actually made four fewer baskets while launching 16 additional shots.     TF North’s 29 percent accuracy rate paled in comparison to the Astros’ season-best mark of 54,

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and Chiuccariello liked the fact that seven of his athletes reached the scoring column.     “We played good team basketball,” he said. “We’re a much better team when we move the ball around.”     Chiuccariello pointed to a few third-period sequences as the perfect illustrations of what Shepard was all about on this occasion. Twice, Jacob Littleton broke the Meteors’ defensive press and earned an assist as both Kenny Gorski and Zack Haxel converted Littleton skip passes into buckets. Another time, Gorski patiently waited to find an open Malcolm Lawson in the corner and the latter then fired in a 3-pointer.     Those hoops were keys to a 1710 scoring edge that lifted the Astros into a 40-30 lead after 24 minutes. TF North wasn’t about to quietly surrender, however, and it eventually stormed back to within three during the final stanza.     But that’s when Shepard flexed some defensive muscle. The As(Continued on page 6)

Eagles soar past Chargers in Chicago By Ken Karrson

    At an arena named after an airline, it was probably appropriate that the group flying highest was the one with wings.     The Eagles are only a nickname for Sandburg athletic teams, of course, not an actual description of roster members, but on Saturday at the United Center that moniker was dead-on accurate. In the view of Stagg coach John Daniels, the Eagles were definitely birds of prey.     And their quarry was Daniels’ Chargers. While Stagg and Sand-

burg have always shared the same school district, this season they have renewed acquaintances in a conference sense as well as all Chargers squads now compete in the SouthWest Suburban Blue.     Stagg did indeed battle the Eagles on pretty even terms, at least for a while. However, a decisive third quarter gave Sandburg a huge boost, both emotionally and on the scoreboard, and the Eagles went on to log a 59-46 triumph.     “It was a great experience and a great day,” Sandburg coach Todd Allen said. “I appreciate John tak-

Downright unneighborly RedHawks rough up local rival St. Laurence By Ken Karrson     Gene Nolan can empathize with what Mark Sevedge is going through during the 2013-14 basketball season.     When he took over as head coach at Marist, Nolan’s first two clubs struggled to find success. At one juncture, the young leader joked that his career record was the worst in Illinois.     Much has changed since then, and Nolan believes his counterpart at St. Laurence will eventually enjoy a greater number of bright moments as well. Sevedge is no hoops novice, but some of his current players are, at least from a varsity-experience standpoint,

which has undoubtedly contributed to the Vikings’ difficulties.     “They lost a lot to graduation and they’re going through that [rough] stage,” Nolan said. “It’s a testament to their kids on how hard they play. You can tell Mark and his staff are doing a great job.     “They’re going to find their identity and they will get better.”     That may indeed be true, but it didn’t happen last Tuesday night in Mount Greenwood. Even though Nolan can easily relate to Sevedge’s present dilemma, that was of no consequence to his athletes.     The RedHawks were quite

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Mother McAuley’s Molly O’Malley stands in unfriendly territory as she prepares to throw an inbounds pass from in front of Marist’s student section last Wednesday. The Lady RedHawks notched an upset of the Mighty Macs in the neighborhood showdown. Story on Page 2.

ing one of his home games and having us down there.     “It’s always tough playing Stagg. They beat us twice last year, including in the regional title game, so I think our kids were looking forward to this.”     The Eagles (5-9, 2-3) entered the game with a record far below that of the Chargers (12-5, 2-3), as well as on the heels of two difficult losses. However, Stagg was licking some wounds of its own after falling short of Lockport at home the Friday before.     The Chargers appeared to be (Continued on page 3)

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inhospitable to St. Laurence on game night, jumping out to a 19-3 first-quarter lead and extending that margin to 23 points (34-11) by intermission. The Vikings eventually wound up on the wrong end of a 50-30 final.     Sevedge originally thought his club might have caught a break because Marist star Nic Weishar was still sidelined with an injury, but even without the 6-foot-5 senior forward in the lineup the RedHawks (13-4) still outsized their neighborhood rival. And at those times when Marist was unable to do damage inside, it managed to strike effectively from the outside. (Continued on page 5)

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Moraine Valley College’s Kyle Ward starts upcourt after making a steal against Waubonsee College last Thursday in Palos Hills. The Cyclones scored a win in overtime. Story on Page 4.


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Hey, what’s up with this doc? Bartosh     Maybe this is why Little Leaguers should be paid.     If you recall, an online sportswriter suggested several months ago that those youngsters responsible for taking their baseball teams deep into the Little League World Series tournament should be compensated with more than just slaps on the backside and congratulatory shouts of “Great job!” And he wasn’t simply referring to them being eligible for triple treats at the postgame concession stand.     No, this particular writer’s contention was that, seeing as how Little League International earns gobs of money through its World Series and the national televising of it on ESPN, the kids deserve a share of the cash. He wasn’t advocating a big payday, only a stipend, but it nevertheless seemed a bit ridiculous.     Revisiting the idea during basketball season, I still think it’s goofy. After hearing about Alan Beck, though, my opinion now is held for a different reason.     Suddenly, I don’t think a stipend is anywhere near adequate enough. The players should receive a much bigger slice of the TV-generated pie — say, five or six figures’ worth.     And I’m willing to bet Joe Paris agrees with me.     Paris is the father of a Little Leaguer who is being sued by — get this — his own coach. As has been previously reported on a number of news sites, Alan Beck, who coached a team in Roseville, Calif., was evidently injured when the younger Paris tossed his helmet while rounding third base with the winning run in a game last spring.     According to the lawsuit brought against both the player and Little League, Beck suffered a torn Achilles tendon after being hit with the helmet and now wants compensation for his medical bills, as well as for pain and suffering. Price tag:

$600,000.     Wow, that helmet must have packed the wallop of a minivan. If the Paris kid’s arm is that lively at 14 years of age, maybe Beck ought to think about dropping his suit and becoming the youngster’s agent because the latter has a definite, high-paying future in baseball.     But apparently, Beck doesn’t want to wait for a potential windfall. He’d rather extract his pound of financial flesh without delay.     What’s surprising is that he’s not hurting — at least in a monetary sense — at the moment because he’s a doctor. That’s right, a doctor is the guy engaging in this particular form of malpractice.     And, really, how else should one describe what Beck is doing? Suing a kid is bad form in any situation, but considering these were accidental circumstances it’s especially odious.     What’s the matter? Doesn’t Beck know anyone in the medical field well enough to have his surgical needs taken care of gratis, or at least at a vastly reduced rate? But that’s not the point here.     What happened was purely inadvertent — even Beck and his attorney implied as much in different Internet accounts of the story. So what’s the deal with a lawsuit?     I’m not belittling Beck’s injury. A torn Achilles tendon is serious business, and there is going to be a lengthy period of recovery and rehabilitation he’ll have to undergo. But a half-million dollars’ worth?     In a statement given to one California TV station, Beck claimed that he was only asking for $20,000 to help with his medical expenses. He said his attorney upped the ante by multiplying it 25 times, an act we all know would never occur within the legal profession.

    But if that did indeed happen and Beck really wasn’t a party to it, why hasn’t the doctor been more emphatic about clarifying his stance? Asking a typical family for $20,000 could break them; even in a Californiastyle higher-rent district, it still rates as a substantial amount of money, but at least in that instance Beck doesn’t appear to be going straight for the remuneration-seeking jugular.     And before we indict the doctor for behavior not befitting a man in his profession, let’s consider one other version of the story that appeared online. That one featured Beck saying all he wanted was an apology from Joe Paris’ son.     OK, so which is it? I know medical people always encourage patients to obtain second and third opinions, but I never realized they were all supposed to come from the same source.     A legal expert consulted by the TV station that interviewed Beck said that the latter’s chance of collecting on his suit is probably be rather slim, seeing as how the incident was unintentional. In addition, that same expert said that both players and coaches in baseball should reasonably expect to see objects — balls, bats, helmets, etc. — flying around during a game, so Beck’s case could also be dismissed on those grounds.     And, as was pointed out on Yahoo, Little League International features kids throwing equipment while celebrating in a promotional video. If Beck hasn’t already seen that video, maybe he should.     Interestingly, in my various searches about the story, I failed to find out what Beck’s specialty is in medicine. Not that it really matters, but I have one suggestion for him:     If it’s pediatrics, he might want to pursue a new line of work.

Mustangs looking ‘A-O-Kay’ Win over Kankakee highlights busy week By Ken Karrson     From broken hearts to breakthrough — that’s the transformation Evergreen Park underwent last week.     In a season that has already included a number of tough-luck losses, the last thing the Mustangs needed was more disappointment. But after Hillcrest bounced Evergreen by 22 points in a South Suburban Conference crossover game on Tuesday, Mustangs coach Pat Flannigan was bracing for another round of heartache.     What bothered the third-year boss most was his guys’ inability to hang with the Hawks longer. While he readily acknowledged the quality of Hillcrest’s hoops program, Flannigan also remembered that Evergreen pushed the Hawks to the very limit a year ago before falling to defeat on a last-second shot.     “I was expecting a little bit more [this time],” he said after the Mustangs absorbed a 77-55 beating. “We’ve been in it against most teams this year, and I thought we had enough talent to fight back [here].”     That didn’t really happen, but instead of belaboring the latest setback, Evergreen players chose to turn their situation around, beginning with a 53-40 conference triumph over Bremen on Friday. That was followed by a pair of wins at Moline’s shootout on Saturday.     The Mustangs’ 50-29 rout of Chicago Bulls Prep was somewhat academic; what caught Flannigan’s attention was his club’s 61-56 conquest of Kankakee, which had beaten SSC Red front-runner Richards during Christmas tournament play.     The Kays were ahead of Evergreen 37-27 with just under three minutes remaining in the third period, but starting then the Mustangs refused to be denied. A 3-point basket and conventional three-point play by Issac Matthews got things rolling forward for Evergreen, then he added another 3-ball, basket and free throw in the final 1:31 to hand the locals a 42-41 advantage.     A 5-0 run during the fourth quarter gave the Mustangs a little more breathing room and they were able to finish off Kankakee. What made Evergreen’s success especially noteworthy is that it was achieved while its top player, senior Jacquet McClendon, was

absent because of a football recruiting trip.     “We were not going to talk about that,” Flannigan said of McClendon’s missing-person status. “We just had to move on. We have enough talent in the room [to do well].     “We have a couple sophomores who practice solely with the varsity, and I have no problem sending them into games to pick up some slack. They answered the challenge [here].”     While Matthews unquestionably was a big gun for the Mustangs, they also received solid input from other individuals. Included among that group was sophomore Sam Kennedy, who dropped in eight points.     “I was very worried about [Kankakee], but we were playing our style of basketball [much of the time],” Flannigan said. “We moved the ball, cut hard and had open [shooting] lanes.” ***     Chicago Bulls Prep didn’t pose much of a threat to Evergreen once it fell behind in the second quarter. The Mustangs held a hefty 35-17 scoring edge over the middle two stanzas, thanks in part to a lengthy Bulls Prep dry spell.     The latter sank only two field goals over the first 6:35 of the third frame, which allowed Evergreen to create a 40-21 cushion for itself. Jordan Brown aided the Mustangs’ attack in that period with a three-point play, Kennedy nailed a 3-point shot and Matthews chipped in five points.     Matthews finished with 11 points and seven rebounds to pace Evergreen, but four other players netted between seven and nine points. Brown augmented his scoring with 10 rebounds and three assists.     “We had good balance and we got them out of what they wanted to do,” Flannigan said. “It was challenging playing two games in a day, but we kind of like it.”     Two more contests awaited the Mustangs this past Monday, as they completed their tourney stay with confrontations against Moline and Marengo.     “Until we get to where we want to be, we call this our state tournament right now,” Flannigan said. “We get to play four games, stay in a hotel and spend a lot of time around one another.” Evergreen Park 53 Bremen 40     Opening runs by the Mustangs

in both the third and fourth quarters lifted them to their initial SSC victory of the season on Friday.     Buckets by Tobi Olajedo and Alex Cheatham sparked a 6-0 spurt right after halftime, which extended Evergreen’s lead to 3020. Olajedo hit a total of four baskets, including a 3-pointer, during the stanza. Then Matthews stepped forward with a three-point play and field goal to engineer a 7-2 getaway to the final frame that kept the Mustangs in control.     Olajedo finished with 14 points and five of Evergreen’s 16 steals, while Matthews and McClendon both tossed in 13 points. The latter duo also combined for 15 rebounds.     “Our full-court pressure in the second half changed the tempo of the game,” Flannigan said. “I think we had a little more inside power than them and we hit some shots. It was nice to get a home win and a conference win all rolled into one.”     About the only negative was a technical foul Flannigan incurred after questioning an intentional foul whistled on one of his players. However, he had no complaints about the officiating as a whole.     “We’ve had some good crews so far this year — we’ve been blessed,” Flannigan said. “I told our kids this was a life lesson for them. You learn what you’re up against and you adjust to it.” Hillcrest 77 Evergreen Park 55     The Mustangs (7-8, 1-6) never did fully adjust to the Hawks last Tuesday. Particularly damaging to Evergreen was Hillcrest’s 25-7 third-quarter blitz.     With the contest basically beyond the Mustangs’ reach, Flannigan summoned his reserves, and several of them contributed to a 17-11 scoring advantage in the fourth period. Included among the production were two baskets by Darren Pritchett, a 3-pointer from Jake Quigley and Joe Moran’s three-point play.     Evergreen shot 50 percent from the field and deposited 20 free throws, but it was unable to adequately cope with the Hawks’ defense. In the final stanza, for example, the Mustangs were guilty of seven turnovers within the first four-plus minutes, which paved the way for a 7-0 Hillcrest (Continued on page 4)

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Marist senior Lorna McCall lets loose with a 3-point shot last Wednesday against Mother McAuley.

Girls’ basketball roundup Lady Chargers top Sandburg in SWSC Blue clash By Anthony Nasella     When Stagg defeated SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue rival Sandburg 46-28 last Tuesday, it was a significant win in the eyes of Lady Chargers coach Bill Turner.     “This was probably our best allaround game this season against a quality opponent,” he said. “This is the type of game that the girls are capable of playing. Now, we need to keep that level of intensity and consistency for the remainder of the season.”     Casey McMahon (18 points, seven rebounds) really got Stagg going against the Lady Eagles with three 3-point field goals in the first quarter. Then it was the scoring and board work of Mia DiGiacomo (14 points, 16 rebounds), plus a stellar team-wide defensive effort that carried the Lady Chargers the rest of the way.     The defense first flexed its muscle in the second period, when Sandburg was held to two points and fell behind by eight (20-12) at halftime. The margin would have been much greater had Stagg not misfired nine times at the foul line.     McMahon and DiGiacomo continued to put the ball in the basket in the third quarter. More long-range sharpshooting by the former — McMahon finished the evening with six 3-point baskets — and some free throws from DiGiacomo helped the Lady Chargers stretch their lead out to 31-20.     Hannah Henderson (eight points, three assists, three steals) scored on a putback of her own miss to begin the final frame, then made a steal and converted an uncontested layup to balloon Stagg’s advantage to 15 points and pretty much decide the issue. The Lady Chargers also benefited from a hefty 37-21 edge on the glass.     “You can always throw out the records when our two teams play, and our girls played with a lot of energy and enthusiasm,” Turner said. “Sandburg is a good team that has been playing well and

[our] players were looking forward to this challenge.” ***     The momentum generated from Tuesday’s success extended into Friday, as the Lady Chargers beat Joliet Central 50-44 in another conference clash.     Once again, the trio of McMahon, DiGiacomo and Henderson loomed large as they combined for 36 points and 28 rebounds. McMahon (17 points, nine rebounds, five assists, five steals) deposited a pair of 3-pointers to get Stagg off and running toward a 13-8 first-period lead.     “She did a fantastic job of running the offense throughout the game and is getting more and more comfortable in the role of point guard,” Turner said of McMahon.     More struggles at the charity stripe — the Lady Chargers were 1-of-9 from there through the first three stanzas — kept the contest unnecessarily close for longer than Turner would have preferred. When the fourth quarter commenced, Stagg was ahead by only four at 32-28.     Ironically, free-throw shooting is what allowed the Lady Chargers to finally put the game on ice. McMahon, Henderson (11 points, seven rebounds, four assists) and sophomore Kate Adams (six points, six rebounds) were the key figures as Stagg sank 12of-14 attempts in the last eight minutes.     DiGiacomo wound up with eight points and 12 boards, while sophomore Nora Elmosa tossed in six points and received praise from Turner for her ball handling. The Lady Chargers (8-9, 2-4) out-rebounded Joliet 40-32, making it nine contests in a row where they have held the upper hand on the boards.     Next up for Stagg are SWSC Blue road trips to Joliet West and Homewood-Flossmoor. ***     Homewood-Flossmoor also got the better of Sandburg last week. The Lady Eagles (12-8, 3-3) were routed 70-30 on Thursday.

OAK LAWN     The Lady Spartans dominated a pair of South Suburban Conference foes last week, as they whipped Bremen (65-16) and TF South (73-32) in crossover contests on Tuesday and Friday, respectively.     Double-doubles from Brianna Markusic (14 points, 10 rebounds, six steals) and Jannah Mahmoud (13 points, 11 rebounds) led host Oak Lawn past the Lady Braves. Also contributing were Kellie O’Connor (nine points, two assists, two steals), Brooke Annerino (eight points, three assists, three steals) and LaTondra Brooks (six points, five assists, five steals).     A 27-2 getaway for the Lady Spartans decided the outcome early.     “We really emphasized having a good first quarter,” Oak Lawn coach Janet Meyers said. “We had been having strong first quarters consistently going into the holiday break and faltered against Hillcrest. We wanted to get back to our game plan of coming out strong.     “Brianna Markusic had a strong first quarter, scoring 10 of her game-high 14 points. We did a great job defensively and it created a lot of opportunities for us to score in the first quarter. We had a nice balance of scoring throughout the game.”     Friday’s matchup between TF South and the Lady Spartans was part of a boys’-girls’ doubleheader. The Lady Rebels entered the contest with a 14-2 record, but Oak Lawn was ready for them and jumped out to a 15-5 lead. Twenty-three second-period points sent the Lady Spartans into halftime with a massive 38-10 advantage.     Markusic had another impressive first half, scoring 13 of her game-high 19 points. Oak Lawn dominated the Lady Rebels on the glass, out-rebounding them 47-23 for the game.     Also starring for the Lady Spartans (16-1, 6-1) were Brooks (15 points, five assists, four steals), (Continued on page 5)

Win is out of sight Knights triumph without Pittman at helm By Ken Karrson     Out of sight didn’t mean out of mind.     After getting tagged with two technical fouls the Friday before, Chicago Christian coach Kevin Pittman was forced to miss the Knights’ Suburban Christian Conference encounter with Guerin Prep last Saturday. While his assistant coaches left his seat empty, Pittman and his wife, Joanne, took in a game between Illiana Christian and Timothy Christian.     But while his eyes were on the Vikings and Trojans, Pittman’s thoughts were definitely with Chicago Christian.     “That was the most difficult thing I’ve had to do in a long time,” Pittman said, referring to watching the Knights’ bus depart for River Grove without him aboard.     Almost as difficult for him was seeing the contest play out on tape. While Pittman wasn’t about to give back Christian’s 42-37 victory, by no means did he view it as a work of artistry.     Particularly troublesome to him was the Knights’ erratic shooting: 24 percent from the field and 57 percent at the foul line. Even worse than the statistics themselves, at least in Pittman’s opinion, was Christian’s refusal to ever really dictate the game’s flow.     “All Guerin wants to do is muck

the game up, slow it down and play at their pace,” he said. “We had a great week of practice and we spent last week, ad nauseum, going through offensive sets. I thought we had things lined up where we’d see dramatic improvement in our offensive play, but we didn’t.     “Some of it was poor shooting — if you execute and don’t finish, it looks like garbage. But there were also the bad reads and unforced turnovers. We struggled to find the open guy, and there was no way we should still be playing this way.”     Despite their shortcomings, the Knights (7-9, 1-4) never trailed Guerin. They also were unable to ever extend their lead beyond single digits, but senior Blaine Wright made sure the Gators remained at arm’s length down the stretch by sinking six fourthperiod free throws.     He totaled 12 points to pace Christian, but no one else had more than nine. Trevor Wolterink reached that plateau and augmented his effort with three steals, which tied him with Wright and Daylon Washington for the team lead in that category.     Guerin was charged with twodozen turnovers, twice as many as the Knights, but it wasn’t hurt too badly as Christian collected just six points off the miscues. Still, Pittman was pleased to find

out his guys took reasonably good care of the ball.     “Without that, I don’t think there’s any way we can escape [with a win],” he said. “How many areas can you be poor at [and survive]? At least they don’t put pictures in the win-loss column.”     Upon further review, Pittman admitted “it wasn’t all bad” for the Knights, but he doesn’t want his athletes to use youth as an excuse. Five members of Christian’s roster are sophomores, but with 16 games already under their belts, Pittman wants them “to act like varsity players.”     “We have to recognize things for them [right now], but that has to change,” he said.     Pittman will be back on the bench this weekend when the Knights square off with Montini and Marian Central Catholic in a pair of SCC contests. The latter will be part of a boys’-girls’ doubleheader in Woodstock.

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Chicago Christian Scoring: Wright 12, Wolterink 9, Parker 8, Washington 6, Fitzpatrick 3, Spencer 3, Leo 1. Rebounds: Spencer 10. Assists: Parker 2, Wright 2. Steals: Washington 3, Wolterink 3, Wright 3.


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Sports wrap By Anthony Nasella

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Sandburg’s Alec Martinez tries to get around Stagg’s Kevin White during Saturday’s game at the United Center.

Eagles (Continued from page 1) over that disappointment, as they tallied 17 first-quarter points and held leads at each of the first two period stops. But as Daniels pointed out, “it was a tale of two halves.”     And the second half definitely belonged to Sandburg. It seized control of the proceedings by going on a 22-9 tear in the third stanza, an outburst triggered by a pair of 3-point baskets from Niko Kogionis (22 points) and two three-point plays by junior guard Alec Martinez. Both of the latter resulted from putbacks.     “It was kind of methodical,” Allen said, referring to his club’s momentum-shifting run, “but we were able to maintain [a lead after that]. Everybody was a little anxious at the start and we were a little jump shot-happy, but once the initial awe wore off, we got down to business.     “Our guys listened well, did what we wanted to and followed the game plan. There were a lot of good contributions, so it was a great team win. It made for a fun night.”     Not surprisingly, Daniels didn’t share his counterpart’s level of enthusiasm, although he was quick to praise the Eagles for a job well done.     “There’s no excuses — Sandburg beat us,” Daniels said. “I thought Sandburg played well, and a lot of credit goes to [Niko] Cahue and Kogionis.     “Their two stars combined for

41 points; mine combined for 20. That was the difference.”     Cahue was the Eagles’ go-to guy in the early going, as his eight second-quarter points kept Sandburg close. However, the 19 points with which he finished didn’t represent Cahue’s only measurable input — his presence in the paint also caused Stagg shooters to often hesitate.     “Our kids wouldn’t attack the rim all the way,” Daniels said. “Every time we’d get in the lane, he’d be standing there.     “I’m a big fan of Cahue. He’s a big, strong boy, and he’s a better player than he was last year.”     Max Strus led the Chargers with 16 points, but only six of those came after intermission. No other Stagg player reached double figures, and the Chargers’ other usual headliner, Kevin White, managed just four points while not registering any field goals.     The Eagles’ employment of a zone defense slowed Stagg’s progress after the first quarter, and the Chargers also hurt themselves by missing eight free throws. By contrast, Sandburg connected on nearly half of its 39 shots and went 16-of-21 at the stripe, with seven of the makes occurring in the last eight minutes.     “They’re a very good 5-9 team,” Daniels said of the Eagles, who committed only 10 turnovers. “They do good things. The only chink in their armor might be handling the press, but we’re not athletic enough to give them any problems with that.”     Heading into a busy week, Allen was glad to see Sandburg finally prosper after having “played

well enough to win the last two games” but coming away empty against both Providence Catholic and Joliet West. After meeting Crete-Monee this past Monday at the Joliet Central Shootout, the Eagles tangle with Homewood-Flossmoor and Plainfield East on Friday and Saturday, respectively.     Stagg, meanwhile, will try to regroup versus Argo and Joliet Central. The Chargers’ ledger still sits well above the .500 mark, but Daniels feels there is plenty of room for improvement.     “We’ve got a lot of games left and we’re good enough where we can get this thing going again,” he said. “[But] we don’t do the little things that make the difference. We’re missing that [Sean] Dwyer, [Mike] Scatena or [Steve] Kubiak type who’ll do that.     “I think of great teams as ones that embody what their coach wants. We’ve always had those blue-collar guys who said, ‘You’re going to have to beat us because we’re not going to beat ourselves,’ but unfortunately our early success [this season] has made some kids think that it’s not necessary [to play harder than opponents].”

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    One trend Sandburg girls’ bowling coach Joe Geiger has noticed with his Lady Eagles is consistency, whether they’re competing in dual matches or invitationals.     That steadiness continued last week, when Sandburg racked up a pair of victories at Orland Bowl. The Lady Eagles defeated Chicago Christian (1,553-1,323) on Wednesday and Lincoln-Way East (1,692-1,629) in a SouthWest Suburban Conference Blue encounter on Thursday.     “We continue to bowl at, or above, our average every time we compete,” Geiger said. “With last year’s team, we never knew, apart from Nicole Powell, who we would receive consistent contributions from. This year’s team is very consistent.     “We’re constantly making strides, and I think we have a good shot at regionals in a couple of weeks.”     Freshman Jessica Colson rolled a 212 game and 358 series to lead the way for Sandburg versus the Lady Knights. Teammate Maddie Gowgiel assisted with a 172 game and 321 series.     “We slumped a bit in the first game, but in the second game we stepped up and bowled above our average, which is always our goal,” Geiger said. “The 212 game from Jessica was huge.”     Geiger has been especially pleased with the progress he has seen from Gowgiel.     “Maddie has been stepping up slowly, climbing from our No. 4 bowler to our No. 3,” he said. “She’s not too far from being our No. 2 bowler, in reality.     “She’s been battling a little injury on her thumb from a cat scratch. You hate to see injuries in bowling, but she’s emerging.”     Colson was also sharp against the Lady Griffins, as she posted a 380 series for the Lady Eagles. Sandburg received other measurable contributions from Gowgiel, Elizabeth Fazy and freshman Kristen Crowe.     “We bowled far above our average again, which I was obviously very happy about,” Geiger said. “Elizabeth Fazy really stepped up for us — she came in and bowled a 198 in her first game and a 177 in her second game. Maddie rolled a 210 in her second game, bouncing back from a 121 firstgame effort.”     Crowe, a two-handed bowler, has already gained her peers’ respect with her game.     “We call Kristen our ‘spare queen,’” Geiger said. “She leads the team in spares, but she’s starting. She had a good first game of 186.     “She’s very consistent with a

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    In fact, Richards blasted its way into a 24-12 lead in the opening period, doing so on the strength of six 3-point baskets, two of which Stagg Scoring: Strus 16, Gardner 8, Sims were delivered by Alexander. He sank another in the second quar7, White 4. ter, as did Shannon, but that was to be all of the ’Dogs’ production prior to halftime.     Richards’ silence enabled the Bengals to climb back into the chase by accruing 16 points of their own in the second frame. At intermission, Oak Forest trailed by just a deuce, 30-28.     “It was fool’s gold,” Chappetto said of his team’s lead. “At this point, it feels like we’re losing. We didn’t do a good job of adjusting [to the Bengals’ defense against Meier], and I knew we wouldn’t continue hitting 3s like that.”     Oak Forest opened the third stanza on an 8-0 run, and it was ahead 45-36 when the Bulldogs finally fired back. Field goals by Tears, Shannon and Alexander in quick succession reduced Richards’ deficit and positioned it for a competitive fourth period.     A series of free throws put the Bengals in control once more, but Othman’s 3-pointer triggered another 8-0 surge by the Bulldogs that muddied the waters again with two minutes to go. When Othman hit a layup, Richards had seemingly gotten back within two, but the bucket was expunged by a traveling call and the Bulldogs’ Sandburg Scoring: Kogionis 22, Cahue 19, Martinez 7, Straka 4, Ruzevich 3, T. Demogerontas 2, Paxinos 2.

150 average; a bad game for her would be in the upper 130s. She’s just very steady.”     And Geiger can’t say enough about the steadiest bowler on his team: Colson.     “Jessica leads the way for us and sets the pace,” he said. “We can count on her to bowl her best every time out.” ***     Shepard began last week on the wrong end of a 1,565-1,402 decision against Richards in a South Suburban Conference Red match on Monday at Centennial Lanes. Miranda Lindgren’s 210 game and 378 series topped the Lady Astros.     The gap was narrower versus Oak Forest on Tuesday, but Shepard still wound up 18 pins shy of victory at Oak Forest Bowl. Lindgren led all bowlers with a 313 series, which included a 173 high game. ***     Stagg also fell short twice last week, doing so against Oak Forest (1,541-1,347) on Monday at Oak Forest Bowl and Andrew (1,725-1,272) in an SWSC crossover match on Tuesday at Orland Bowl.     Breanna Malak’s 308 series made her the No. 1 bowler at Palos Lanes last Monday, but her individual effort couldn’t save Chicago Christian from absorbing a 1,407-1,348 setback versus Oak Lawn. BOYS’ BOWLING     Josh Harder’s 1,479 pinfall total earned him the individual championship in Saturday’s Sandburg Regional, and his performance also enabled the host Eagles to place second at Orland Bowl.     The Eagles’ total of 6,449 pins was just 41 behind regional champion Romeoville. As for Harder, he outdistanced his closest pursuer, Lincoln-Way West’s Josh Glover, by 104 pins. Harder rolled an 804 morning series, which was largely constructed on games of 288 and 284.     Joining Harder in leading Sandburg was Brandon Torres, whose 1,369 score was good for the third position overall.     Earlier in the week, the Eagles easily handled Reavis 2,146-1,832 on Wednesday at Orland Bowl. Torres registered meet bests with a 246 game and 472 series, while Brandon Goeringer added a 461 series for Sandburg. ***     Brandon Dietz’s perfect game highlighted Shepard’s showing at the Sandburg Regional. Dietz finished 18th with a pinfall total of 1,233 and will join teammate Eric Walters (13th; 1,275 pins) in the sectional round. BOYS’ SWIMMING     Shepard defeated Lemont 112-

71 in an SSC crossover meet last Tuesday behind twin victories from Zach Sierzega and Sanders Yu.     Sierzega touched out first in both the 50- and 100-yard freestyles, doing so in 24.08 seconds and 54.52, respectively. Yu’s triumphs, meanwhile, came in the 100-breaststroke (1:06.25) and 200-individual medley (2:13.83). ***     Wins by Zack Amendola in the 200-free (1:50.97) and Harlan Long in the 500-free (5:16.02) propelled host Stagg to a 121-64 SWSC Blue victory over Homewood-Flossmoor last Thursday. The two swimmers were also part of the Chargers’ triumphant 200and 400-free relay units, which completed their respective races in 1:33.85 and 3:33.87. ***     Sandburg scored 113 points to take fifth place at Saturday’s Al Gillberg Invitational. Finishing ahead of the Eagles were Naperville Central (318.5 points), Marmion Academy (166.5), Brother Rice (158), and Fenwick (155).

rally fizzled after that.     “When you look back at a twopoint loss, there’s a lot of things you can point to that you could have done differently,” Chappetto said. “But it just wasn’t meant to be.” Richards 60 Lemont 56     Lemont has never been one of Chappetto’s favorite game sites, in large part because his Bulldogs have rarely been at their best while playing there. Last Tuesday’s SSC crossover matchup was no different.     “I knew that game wasn’t going to be easy,” Chappetto said. “[The Indians] are big and physical and well-suited to their gym. And we’re not as highly explosive as we’ve been — this isn’t 2007, 8 or 9.     “We were able to get out of there with a win. That’s all we wanted.”     For a while, Richards looked ready to roll. Othman’s 3-pointer, Shannon’s drive and Jaylen Catledge’s putback gave the Bulldogs a big push out of the third-quarter gate, and the visitors went ahead by 11 points.     An offensive foul wiped out another Richards bucket, Lemont buried a 3-pointer at the other end and, suddenly, the latter caught fire. The Indians got even at one juncture, but Shannon’s 8-of-10 effort at the free-throw line in the fourth stanza helped the ‘Dogs clinch a hard-fought victory.     Shannon finished with 23 points and five assists to pace Richards, while Meier backed him with a

double-double of 11 points and 14 rebounds. Catledge was also a force for the Bulldogs with 10 points and 12 boards.     Richards prevailed despite shooting only 31 percent from the floor and committing 21 turnovers.     “We’re like that right now,” Chappetto said, referring to the Bulldogs’ winning-ugly method. “If [the miscues] aren’t a lot, they’re big as far as when they happen.”

WRESTLING     Lockport edged Sandburg 2927 in an SWSC Blue showdown Thursday night, thereby ending the Eagles’ four-year reign as conference champion.     Sandburg took a 6-0 lead after wins from heavyweight Matt Frostman and Louie Hayes (106 pounds), but the Porters then ripped off five straight decisions to go in front 19-6. John Pellegrino, who was third at state last season, stopped Lockport’s winning streak with a first-round fall at 145. He and teammate Patrick Brucki (170) were the only Eagles who pinned their opponents.     Hunter Pindel, whom Sandburg coach Eric Siebert termed a standout, earned a victory at 182 to give the Eagles a 24-23 lead. But a forfeit against undefeated Tyler Johnson at 195 pushed Sandburg back in arrears of the Porters by five points.     The evening’s most competitive match came at 152, where the Eagles’ Tom Slattery edged Lockport freshman Trevell Timmons. Slattery took an early lead and survived a late Timmons rally to earn a 7-6 decision.     On Saturday at the Sandburg Duals, the Eagles lost 30-18 to Hononegah in the semifinals, but rebounded to beat 14-time Tennessee state champ Baylor 50-15 for third place in the eight-team tourney.     Pellegrino, Frostman and Christian Robertson (126) all had pins against Baylor. The Eagles beat South Elgin 61-6 in their first match of the day.

Statistics Richards Lemont

12 15 19 14 - 60 11 15 11 19 - 56

Richards Scoring: Shannon 23, Meier 11, Catledge 10, Alexander 7, Tears 4, T. Othman 3, Listenbee 2. Rebounds: Meier 14, Catledge 12. AssistsL Shannon 5. Richards Oak Forest

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Richards Scoring: Shannon 16, Alexander 15, T. Othman 12, Tears 10, Meier 4, Listenbee 3, Anagnostopolous 2. Rebounds: Meier 8. Assists: Meier 5. Richards Belvidere North

12 26 16 17 - 71 8 15 9 31 - 63

Richards Scoring: Meier 28, Alexander 13, Shannon 13, T. Othman 11, Jones 3, Anagnostopolous 2, Hussein 1. Richards 16 5 12 13 - 46 Rockford Jeffer. 11 14 12 17 - 54 Richards Scoring: Meier 15, Listenbee 11, T. Othman 8, Hussein 7, Shannon 4.

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Section 2 Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Trinity sports report

Trolls rally, beat USF in OT By Tim Cronin

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Moraine Valley College’s Denton Wallace looks for room to make a play last Thursday versus Waubonsee College.

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Men stop skid, women’s win streak snapped By Maura Vizza     Both of Moraine Valley College’s basketball teams saw streaks halted last week.     For the men, that was definitely good news, as they were in the throes of a skid. That slide had reached four games after the Cyclones dropped a 78-62 decision to the College of Lake County in an Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference matchup last Tuesday.     However, Moraine finally reversed course on Thursday, as it slipped past Waubonsee College, 64-58, in overtime. Kyle Ward led the way for the Cyclones with a triple-double of 17 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists, plus four steals.     Denton Wallace tossed in 15 points, and together he and Ward enabled Moraine to set the OT pace and snatch away the momentum Waubonsee carried with it into the extra session after forging a 55-all tie with less than a full second remaining in regulation.     Also lending a hand for the Cyclones were Johnte Shannon (11 points, five rebounds), Brett Kaiser (eight points, six rebounds) and Des’nique Harris (seven points, 10 rebounds). The win was Moraine’s first in conference play this season. ***     Trailing CLC by just four points at halftime on Tuesday, the Cyclones ran aground after the break and were never able to fully recover. Ward (14 points, six rebounds, four steals, three assists) and Paul Ostruskevicius (13 points, seven rebounds, three steals) were Moraine’s top performers in defeat.     Three days before falling short of CLC, the Cyclones dropped an 80-73 verdict to Oakton College. Four players accounted for nearly three-fourths of Moraine’s production as Kaiser (16 points, eight rebounds, three assists), Harris (16 points, seven rebounds), Shannon (12 points, four assists) and Ward (11 points, six assists, five rebounds) all tallied in double figures. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     As for the female Cyclones, the end of their streak was unwelcome as it meant a five-game string of successes had been broken. Doing the deed last Thursday was Waubonsee, which prevailed 67-61 in Palos Hills.     Moraine, which lost for the first time in ISCC play, fell 18 points in arrears of Waubonsee during

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    There is light at the end of the tunnel for Trinity Christian College, and it isn’t an oncoming power forward.     The Trolls scored their most significant victory of the season on Saturday, an 85-83 overtime road triumph over fellow Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference member University of St. Francis. To do so, they had to overcome a 16-point deficit, and by doing that Trinity (5-15) gained its first conference triumph after suffering eight straight losses.     Such a record is hardly earthshaking, but it does provide something of a foundation for a team that had been getting beaten all around the league. And the way it was accomplished — with a 46-30 halftime margin gradually erased — made at least a small statement: Trinity Christian is not a doormat for the rest of the CCAC.     Jake Van Den Berg and Jared Jones provided the Trolls’ heroics. Van Den Berg’s rebound of Joe Hehir’s miss supplied the winning points with a second left in the extra session.     But before that could happen, Trinity — which never led until Ezekiel Odonkor’s jumper at the start of overtime — had to force the additional period.     Van Den Berg’s driving layup with 40 seconds left in regulation cut the gap to three points. Forced to foul to stop the clock, the Trolls were fortunate the Fighting Saints missed their free throws. Then Jones, fouled at the buzzer on a missed 3-point attempt, made all three charity tosses to knot the score.     Jones’ 23 points led Trinity, with Hehir’s 21 — which included an 8-of-8 free-throw effort — offering the Trolls a second viable weapon. Odonkor was a force inside with 12 points and nine rebounds, and Van Den Berg’s eight points and eight rebounds were also critical.     Trinity’s 21-of-28 performance at the line far exceeded USF’s 10-of-24 effort. ***     The Trolls’ success made up for a close loss to Holy Cross three nights prior. The Saints scored a 64-60 victory in DeVos Gym, with Trinity’s second-half fade the big reason why.     The locals were ahead 54-48 with nine minutes remaining, but Holy Cross outplayed the hosts from that point, with the excep-

RedHawks

Stagg alumnus Maggie Yandel fires a pass for Moraine Valley (Continued from page 1) College during last Thursday’s women’s game versus Waubonsee     “Marist was able to get whatCollege. ever they wanted,” Sevedge said. the second half before charging four rebounds, four assists and “Marist pressured us hard and all the way back to within three. four steals on the Cyclones’ took us out of what we wanted Two long-range attempts to create behalf, while Jones supplied a to do. Everything was rushed and a tie were off the mark, however, double-double of 13 points and there were only a couple possessions where I felt we executed and the Cyclones were never able 14 boards.     Also heard from were Aileen what we wanted. to catch up to the Chiefs.     Katie McGann paced Moraine Gorman (11 points, 11 rebounds,     “The fact we held them down with 15 points, which came on six steals, four assists), Jaber (10 in the second half was not infive 3-point baskets. Jamilla Jones points, seven rebounds) and Mc- dicative of how the game went. chipped in her third consecutive Gann (10 points, including three I think they called off the dogs [because] there was nothing we double-double by totaling 13 3-point buckets). points and 11 rebounds, Maggie     Yandel received her conference did well.” Yandel had 11 points, and Nari- honor after her 20-point outburst     Six RedHawks contributed to man Jaber finished with five helped Moraine beat Oakton. That their team’s rapid getaway and points, eight rebounds and five effort came on the heels of a 29- three different players sank 3point display versus Olive-Harvey. pointers in the opening period. blocks.     Two other outings wound up Yandel hit 23-of-35 shots over that Kevin Lerma was Marist’s top positively for the Cyclones, who two-game stretch and augmented performer with team-high totals downed the College of Lake Coun- her scoring with 10 rebounds, six of 13 points and six rebounds, but Brian Holland (11 points), ty 69-54 last Tuesday and Oakton steals and six assists. Jeremiah Ferguson (nine) and *** College 71-52 on Jan. 11.     A switch to man-to-man pres-     The triumph over Oakton also Ken Rivard (seven points, three sure defense late in the first half featured solid showings from assists) also made their presences allowed Moraine to go on an 8-0 McGann (17 points), Jones (12 felt. run and establish a 34-29 halftime points, 18 rebounds), Gorman     The RedHawks took only 30 lead over CLC. From there, the (eight points, 10 rebounds, eight shots in the contest, but canned Cyclones gradually pulled away to assists) and Jaber (eight blocks). 60 percent of those. And of their The Cyclones extended a 34-29 14 turnovers, just five occurred post a more convincing victory.     Spurring Moraine to its fifth halftime lead to double digits right before halftime. win in a row were Yandel and away and held an advantage as     “Efficiency is the end goal,” Jones. Yandel, who was coming big as 25 points in the second Nolan said. “We want balance, off an ISCC Player of the Week half before bagging the 19-point both individually and in terms of spacing the floor, and we always selection, delivered 19 points, victory. want one point — or more — per possession.     “I thought we played well from Statistics the start. We took care of the Hillcrest 15 26 25 11 - 77 ball and cut well, and we had (Continued from page 2) Evergreen Park 9 22 7 17 - 55 a combination of interior and perimeter scoring. Anytime you run that handed it a double-digit Evergreen Park Scoring: Weathersby can do both it makes it difficult edge.     “Whenever you get down to a 12, Matthews 11, Oladejo 9, Cheatham for the defense because they have good team like that, they smell 4, McClendon 4, Pritchett 4, Moran 3, to make a choice [on what to try blood,” Flannigan said. “[Hawks Quigley 3, Brown 2, Hughes 2, Issaka 1. to stop].” coach Don Houston] has done a Rebounds: Cheatham 5. Assists: Brown 1,     Rich Lamb and sophomore Brett Risley had eight points great job with that program, and Moran 1, Oladejo 1, Weathersby 1. apiece to lead St. Laurence, which they just have more depth than 13 7 10 10 - 40 went 9-of-33 from the field. The us. Once they go six, seven, eight Bremen [and] nine deep on us, we can’t Evergreen Park 13 11 16 13 - 53 Vikings were also guilty of 17 turnovers, a happening Sevedge keep up.     “If we could have gotten a Evergreen Park Scoring: Oladejo 14, Mat- attributed to good preparation on couple [more] baskets early and thews 13, McClendon 13, Cheatham 6, Marist’s part. built some confidence, it would Weathersby 5, Brown 2. Rebounds: Mc-     “Our guards are young and on Clendon 9, Weathersby 8, Matthews 6. the small side,” he said. “When have made a big difference.” teams scout us well, they try to     But giving Hillcrest a scare Assists: Brown 3. Steals: Oladejo 5. take advantage of that.” without administering a defeat 8 9 9 3 - 29 is not what Flannigan desired, Bulls Prep 61 Evergreen Park 8 14 21 7 - 50 Harlan either. Marist 59     “We don’t want to come in and say, ‘OK, we played them close Evergreen Park Scoring: Matthews 11,     For the third time in as many again,’” he said. “We have to play Brown 9, Kennedy 8, Weathersby 8, seasons, a matchup between the these guys every year now, [so] Oladejo 7, Cheatham 4, Pritchett 2, Quig- RedHawks and Falcons was dewe’ve got to catch up to them ley 1. Rebounds: Brown 10, Matthews 7. cided by a buzzer-beating basket. On Friday, a Harlan player made Assists: Brown 3. Steals: Oladejo 3. soon.” it in overtime to secure a victory     Tony Weathersby and Matthews 17 7 17 15 - 56 for his squad. were Evergreen’s top scorers with Kankakee Evergreen Park 15 10 17 19 - 61     Nolan said a photograph taken 12 and 11 points, respectively.

Mustangs

tion of a rally that saw Van Den Berg (14 points, 17 rebounds) tie the game at 60-all on a layup with a minute to play. The Saints controlled the rest of the game.     Beginning with Saturday’s matchup versus Indiana University-South Bend, five of the Trolls’ next eight contests are against clubs with losing records. If Trinity beats those squads, it gets to 10 wins this season.     If the Trolls falter against any one of them, however, a doubledigit-victory campaign will be difficult to achieve because the other opponents on the docket include the cream of the CCAC North Division: Roosevelt, Robert Morris, St. Xavier and Cardinal Stritch. ***     • Statistics: 5-15 overall, 1-8 CCAC, 2-4 home, 3-8 away, 0-3 neutral. Leaders: Jared Jones 16.8 ppg, 47 assists, 20 steals; Ezekiel Odonkor 8.0 rpg., 17 blocks.     • Schedule: Saturday, vs. Indiana University-South Bend, 3 p.m.; Wednesday, at Olivet Nazarene University, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 1, vs. Robert Morris University, 3 p.m.; Feb. 5, at Roosevelt, 7:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, vs. Trinity International University, 3 p.m. WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     The Trolls’ baby steps are being taken with more confidence these days, even when the occasional stumble occurs.     Trinity split last week’s CCAC contests, rolling to a 59-53 home victory over Holy Cross on Wednesday before falling to an 80-51 defeat at the University of St. Francis on Saturday.     A failure to keep the Fighting Saints off the boards, and to hit baskets themselves, doomed the Trolls in Joliet. It was 48-23 at intermission, and the margin ballooned to 34 points at one juncture of the second half. Caitlin Cody’s 14-point, 10-rebound showing paced Trinity.     The outcome soured moods that were upbeat after the win over Holy Cross. Allie Paluchniak’s 14 points and Cody’s 12 points and 11 boards led the winning effort, with Erynn Schuh adding 11 points and Rebecca DeHaan, the rebounding leader much of last season, contributing 10 caroms.     The Trolls jumped ahead 17-7, were up 28-19 at the half, and bounced back from the Saints’ only rally of the night — which moved Holy Cross in front 3534 early in the second half — to

regain the advantage and hold it to the finish.     The win came despite Trinity’s 33 percent shooting night from the floor. Holy Cross, partly due to the Trolls’ defense and partly because it was simply off-target, shot 24 percent.     Trinity (6-14, 2-7) faced a tough foe this past Wednesday in Purdue University Calumet (14-4, 8-0), but it will be looking Indiana University-South Bend (13-6, 3-4) squarely in the eye on Saturday afternoon. With the improvement seen so far, a 10-plus-win season for the Trolls isn’t beyond the realm of possibility. ***     • Statistics: 6-14 overall, 2-7 CCAC, 2-4 home, 3-8 away, 1-2 neutral. Leaders: Caitlin Cody 13.5 ppg, 8.0 rpg., 15 blocks; Allie Paluchniak 40 assists, 29 steals.     • Schedule: Saturday, vs. Indiana University-South Bend, 1 p.m.; Jan. 29, at Olivet Nazarene University, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 1, vs. Robert Morris University, 1 p.m.; Feb. 5, at Roosevelt University, 5:30 p.m.; Feb. 8, vs. Trinity International University, 1 p.m. TRACK & FIELD     With a bang from the starter’s pistol, Trinity’s track teams were off and running at Saturday’s indoor meet at Grand Valley State.     And as might be expected, the Trolls’ leaders in cross country picked up where they had left off in the distance events. Andy Reidsma placed seventh in the 3,000meter run, scoring the only points for the men’s squad by completing the race in 8 minutes, 33.50 seconds. That clocking also qualified him for both the NAIA and National Christian College Athletic Association indoor meets.     Qualifying for the NCCAA gettogether along with Reidsma was Marcus Devers, who made it in the 400 after timing out in 50.42.     Anna Bos met the women’s standards for each organization by running 10:29.71 in her 3,000 race. Meanwhile, sophomore Emily Dykstra’s 33-foot, 6 ¼-inch triple jump on her last attempt qualified her for the NCCAA meet.     In addition, a slew of school indoor records were set by Trinity’s women, including three by freshmen: Courtney Kalous’ 1:39.06 in the 600, Ashley Jordan’s 5:24.90 in the mile and Erin Wessels’ 8.86 in the 60-dash.     Saturday’s stop on the indoor circuit is at Indiana Wesleyan.

of the last play showed the ball still in the athlete’s hands after the clock had hit zero, but he refused to cite that as the difference in the game. Rather, Nolan pointed to his own team’s 21 turnovers and 10 missed free throws, as well as the 18 offensive rebounds it surrendered.     “We can’t cheat the game of basketball like that and win,” he said. “It’s really amazing to think we had several chances to win this game.”     Lerma’s layup with 20 seconds left in regulation forged a 53-all deadlock, and Marist then got up 57-55 in OT. But after rebounding a missed Falcons free throw, the RedHawks squandered an opportunity to increase their edge by losing possession on a traveling call.     Marist had been in good shape through the first three quarters, as it held the lead at each period stop, thanks to significant input from Holland (15 points), Lerma (13 points, seven rebounds), Ferguson (12 points, eight assists, five rebounds), Brian Barry (nine points, four assists) and Ryan Tucker (six rebounds, four assists).     “Offensively, we were getting great shots from great players,” Nolan said. “And defensively, we were playing well. [But] in the fourth quarter, they sort of imposed their will on us. Their pressure got to us — they sped us up and turned us over.”     Also hampering the RedHawks later on was the loss of three players to fifth fouls. Nolan, though, didn’t want to detract from the Falcons’ accomplishments.     “Harlan’s good,” he said. “They lost to Morgan Park about a month ago by two points and lost to Simeon by six about 10 days before they played us. These are the kind of games that test you, but I think our kids are going to respond very well [after this].”     Marist returned to action this past Tuesday against another familiar foe, Brother Rice, and will meet Nazareth Academy on Friday. Gordon Tech 44 St. Laurence 37     A 16-1 surge in the third quarter boosted the Rams past the Vikings in a Chicago Catholic League confrontation Friday night in Burbank. That run enabled Gordon Tech to erase a 21-19 halftime deficit.     Preceding the Vikings’ disastrous third period was an almostas-devastating second frame. In the earlier one, St. Laurence (2-13,

0-7) mustered just four points and also did not record a basket.     The Rams’ switch from a manto-man to zone defense was partially responsible for hamstringing the Vikings, who had tossed in three 3-pointers in the opening stanza and erupted for 17 points. Lamb accounted for eight of those.     But his loss to a partially separated shoulder early in the third quarter is what essentially sounded the death knell for St. Laurence.     “He’s usually our most consistent scorer,” Sevedge said of Lamb. “When he went down, that hurt us.”     Despite his absence for almost the entire second half, Lamb still ended up as the Vikes’ biggest scorer with 10 points. He also pulled down a team-best five rebounds. Quentin Forberg (eight points) and Bob Kelly (seven points, three assists) were other St. Laurence notables.     While the Vikings again were unable to find their shooting eye — 25 percent accuracy from the floor and five missed charity tosses in the fourth quarter were the most glaring deficiencies — they never lost sight of Gordon Tech.     “I thought, for the most part, we played pretty good defense,” Sevedge said. “And what also helped us stay in the game was that they were 7-of-25 at the line.”     A great deal of the Rams’ production came down low, where a 6-foot-6, 275-pound player and another who checked in at 6-4, 230 led them. That beefy duo was responsible for 10 of Gordon Tech’s 16 points in the pivotal third frame.     A nonconference encounter with Hancock awaited the Vikings this past Tuesday and they will host St. Joseph in another Catholic League clash on Friday.     “We’re [also] hosting a regional this year, so hopefully we’ll be hitting our stride soon,” said Sevedge, whose 2012-13 contingent played its best ball at the end of last season.     “It’s been hard. I think [many] people respect what we’re trying to do, but I know [other] people aren’t thinking real positive about me. But we’re working our butts off and staying positive.”     And that, he hopes, will be enough to keep all his players on board.     “Of our 13 players on the roster, 10 are multi-sport athletes,” Sevedge said. “When you go through (Continued on page 5)


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SXU sports summary

Seven football players honored for academics     The 2013 football season has been over for a couple of months, but recognition for St. Xavier University players continues.     This time, seven Cougars were feted for their academic exploits by getting named as Daktronics-NAIA Scholar-Athletes. To be eligible for consideration, student-athletes must be nominated by their head coach or school’s sports information director, have achieved junior academic standing and maintain a grade-point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.     Representing SXU were junior defensive lineman JD Barchard, senior linebacker Zach Dolph, junior defensive lineman Greg Hayward (Oak Lawn), senior kicker Spencer Nolen, senior offensive lineman Brian Studnicka (Stagg), and junior linebackers Alex Walters and Jacek Wesolowski. WOMEN’S TRACK     Senior Ashley Shares (Stagg) became the first Cougar to qualify for the 2014 NAIA Indoor Track & Field National Championships after posting an “A”-standard qualifying time in the 5K run at last weekend’s Lewis University Invitational.     Shares captured the event in 18 minutes, 19.44 seconds and advanced to the national meet for the second year in a row. Last season, she finished ninth overall at the NAIA meet with a time of 18:06.70.     “I could not be more thrilled with Ashley’s performance,” SXU coach Lisa Ebel said. “It was a great time, especially considering it is her first 5K of the season and she ran the majority of the race alone. She is working phenomenally hard and I am very optimistic about her performance at [the] nationals in March.”     The NAIA indoor meet will be held March 6-8 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio. MEN’S BASKETBALL     So what happens when things don’t go as smoothly as desired?     Just chalk up another win anyway.     For quite some time now, the Cougars have been living the good life basketball-wise. Thirteen straight victories had lifted SXU to the No. 4 ranking in the latest NAIA Division II poll, the program’s loftiest national perch since it secured the No. 3 spot in a Division I poll back in February of 2003.     All of which meant little to Olivet Nazarene University Saturday in Bourbonnais. As one of the Cougars’ longtime rivals within the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference, the Tigers aren’t going to be easily impressed — or, more importantly, intimidated — regardless of what others might say.     And joining them in downplaying SXU’s achievements to date was Cougars coach Tom O’Malley.     “I constantly tell our kids the only thing we’ve got to worry about is the game right in front of us,” he said. “You can’t think of the past — and ratings all revolve around the past.”     O’Malley expected SXU to receive a stern test from Olivet, both because of the aforemen-

tioned familiarity factor and the Tigers’ own recent surge that had translated into a five-game winning streak. And that’s exactly what happened.     The Cougars didn’t help themselves any by shooting a sub-par 43 percent from the floor and just 65 percent at the foul line. But at crunch time, they still had enough in their arsenal to accomplish their mission.     A combination of eight SXU points and four Olivet turnovers in the last three minutes propelled the visitors to a hard-fought 68-67 triumph at McHie Arena. Brad Karp’s free throw with 6.5 seconds remaining snapped the final tie.     “Having that No. 4 tag puts the bull’s-eye on you,” O’Malley said. “And [Olivet’s] a team that’s very difficult to prepare for. They always have good shooters, they run their stuff and they do it well.     “If you look at some of the great [college basketball] programs, like Duke or Kansas or Syracuse, they don’t vary what they do [from year to year]. Olivet’s in a situation where they’ve got very young players, as opposed to a lot of juniors and seniors who are used to the way things are done there, but this is the time of year they start to bear fruit from what they do and the tough schedule they play.”     O’Malley’s refusal to pepper his own team’s slate with pushovers no doubt aided the Cougars here when they faced adversity. It didn’t hurt, either, to have Jack Krieger on their side.     The junior popped in five 3s — the last of those coming after an Olivet miscue and giving SXU a 66-64 lead with 1:32 left — and finished with 31 points. Karp chipped in 15 points, while Michael Simpson contributed 11. Between them, Krieger and Simpson also made off with seven of the Cougars’ 10 steals.     Those thefts were part of a 20-turnover performance for the hosts, who had once held a 64-61 lead in the late stages.     “We probably missed about 10 easy shots inside the paint and we missed nine free throws — that helps the confidence of the other team,” O’Malley said. “That was a real test, but sometimes you can get some confidence by winning close games like this. And at the end of the year, nobody looks at the win column and says, ‘You only won this game by one point.’     “A lot of people think they have to get a loss to learn, but it’s much better to escape with a close, hardfought win. A win that’s not pretty is always acceptable.” St. Xavier 93 Purdue-North Central 75     The Cougars’ other conquest of last week came in a more typical fashion, as they rolled over the Panthers in another CCAC clash on Wednesday.     Four SXU players scored in double figures, a group led by Simpson, who tossed in 24 points and also registered five steals. Krieger had 23 points and five assists, Karp provided the Cougars (18-2, 7-1) with a double-double of 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Munir Smith totaled 13 points, eight rebounds and six assists.     O’Malley liked the balance his team displayed, as well as the ability of some SXU reserves to make an impact. That did not surprise

him, however.     “When you come in off the bench and it’s a 10- or 15-point game, it’s easier to play well,” O’Malley said.     The Cougars fired away at a 52 percent clip and netted 21 points off 20 Purdue-North Central turnovers. SXU steals caused 11 of those miscues.     CCAC encounters with Calumet College of St. Joseph and the University of St. Francis were on the Cougars’ docket this week. SXU and the Fighting Saints will meet on Saturday. — Ken Karrson WOMEN’S BASKETBALL     Morgan Stuut recently claimed Player of the Week honors in both the NAIA and CCAC, and she showed no signs of resting on her laurels last week. In fact, she may have been better than ever.     Veteran Cougars boss Bob Hallberg admitted he’s never seen anything quite like the performance Stuut put on during SXU’s 117-80 rout of CCAC rival Olivet Nazarene last Saturday in Bourbonnais. The junior forward narrowly missed a personal quadruple-double, settling instead for a monster triple-double of 40 points, 23 rebounds and 11 assists. On top of that, Stuut made seven steals on the defensive end.     The 40 points established a single-game standard for the Cougars women, the 23 boards equaled another program mark and the 11 assists left Stuut just two shy of still another record. Behind her heroics, NAIA Division II No. 8ranked SXU (17-3, 7-1) won for the 12th time in a row.     “I’ve been doing this a long time,” Hallberg said, “and I’ve never seen anyone dominate a game like Morgan Stuut did for us against Olivet Nazarene. It was as dominating of a performance that I’ve ever witnessed in all my years of coaching — and I coached four kids who were NBA draft choices.     “This was some performance by an individual to have those kinds of stats in all four of those categories. It was just an amazing outing from a young lady who just continues to play at an incredible level.”     Stuut’s staunch board work not only drew raves from Hallberg, but she also became the Cougars’ career rebounding leader in the process. Her 993rd rebound enabled Stuut to pass Erin Hennemann (Class of 2010) on the all-time list.     In earning her Player of the Week designations, Stuut averaged 22.5 points and 17 rebounds during SXU’s wins over Trinity Christian College and Indiana University-South Bend the week of Jan. 6. Stuut, the Cougars’ team leader in five major statistical categories, is currently No. 1 among all NAIA Division II rebounders with 271 and in the national top 10 in five other areas, including points per game (20.4) and 3-point field-goal percentage (44.3).     Believe it or not, Stuut wasn’t SXU’s only star on Saturday. Fellow junior Suzie Broski sank 15of-25 field-goal attempts to notch a career-high 30 points, guard Niara Harris chipped in 17 points on 7-of-9 marksmanship and Jackie Brandt registered six steals.     “To go with Morgan, the efforts of Suzie and Niara were noteworthy, too,” Hallberg said. “And we

RedHawks (Continued from page 4) a tough season, you wonder if they’re [already] thinking about baseball or football workouts.”

Statistics St. Laurence Marist

3 8 7 12 - 30 19 15 10 6 - 50

St. Laurence Scoring: Lamb 8, Risley 8, Aderman 6, Delaney 2, Gurgone 2, Kelly 2, Don Curley 1, Forberg 1. Rebounds: Lamb 3. Assists: Delaney 2.

    Their second and third losses were doled out last week, as NAIA No. 10-ranked Clarke (Iowa) University and No. 6-ranked St. Ambrose prevailed on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively. Clarke did so by a 25-18, 25-16, 25-22 score at the Shannon Center despite a match-best 15 kills by SXU senior outside hitter Justin Cousin.     Cousin passed the 600 plateau in career kills and now sits in the No. 2 position in school annals, behind only Aaron Porter, who totaled 815.     Other players of note for the Cougars on Tuesday were sophomore middle blocker Sam Kull (seven kills, team-high six assisted blocks), senior setter Jacob Siska (20 assists and 11 digs, both teambest figures) and freshman middle blocker Noel Bragagnolo (four assisted blocks). Tyler Wills and Joe Biros paced the visiting Crusaders with 10 kills each. ***     The Fighting Bees also subdued SXU in straight sets, 25-13, 27-25, 25-23, in Davenport, Iowa. Senior middle blocker J.T. O’Connell was the Cougars’ big gun with six kills and eight total blocks, three of which were solo efforts.     Kull matched O’Connell’s kills total, Siska supplied 19 assists, three assisted blocks and a service ace for SXU, and redshirt freshman Matthew Mead had five kills, three digs and two assisted blocks. As a team, the Cougars recorded 19 total blocks, including five solos.     George Langheld led St. Ambrose in its season-opener with a match-best 11 kills.     SXU (0-3) began Great Lakes MEN’S VOLLEYBALL     Three matches into the 2014 Conference play this past Tuesday season, the Cougars remain empty on the road against Robert Morris University. in the win column.

had six other players contribute offensively in the win.     “We received incredible contributions on both ends during the entire game. It was one of the best games I’ve ever coached as far as a team playing solidly on both ends of the floor.”     As a team, the Cougars shot a season-best 59 percent (52-of-88) from the floor and held a commanding 54-32 edge on the glass. Other notable stats included 36 assists and 21 steals, the latter being part of a 33-turnover exhibition by the Tigers.     “In Olivet Nazarene’s last 10 games, they averaged something like 112 points a game,” Hallberg said. “The fact that we were able to hold them to 80 points was quite an effort. Olivet was on a winning streak and had just moved into the NAIA poll after beating Robert Morris [University] 138-117.     “Another notable stat was that Olivet averages 54 3-point [tries] a game, and they attempted only 42 against our zone defense. And part of that accomplishment was [due to] Jackie Brandt — I often find her at the top of the key, guarding two and three players at a time. She’s one of the best defensive players in the conference.”     SXU led nearly the entire game as it built a 14-7 advantage early on, extended it to 14 (38-24) at the nine-minute mark of the first half on Margaret Wildner’s putback and took a 60-42 lead into intermission. Aiding the Cougars’ cause in the first 20 minutes were 19 Tigers miscues.     It was more of the same when play resumed, as SXU’s margin grew to 38 points with five minutes remaining. The 117 points were the most in a single game for the Cougars since January

of 2008, when they amassed 118 against Olivet. ***     Illinois Institute of Technology was no match for SXU last Wednesday, either, as it fell to a 92-42 defeat at the Shannon Center. A 25-3 run by the Cougars to open the contest pretty much told the tale.     Five SXU players tallied in double digits, a group spearheaded by the trio of Stuut, Wildner and Maloree Johnson, all of whom finished with 11 points. Stuut complemented her scoring with 18 rebounds and five assists.     Pitching in, too, were sisters Caitlin and Meaghan McMahon, who produced 10 points apiece. The former also pulled down 10 rebounds, while her freshman sibling added four assists and three steals.     All 12 Cougars who took the floor on Wednesday had at least two points and one rebound.     “In fairness to IIT, they’re just starting their program back up,” Hallberg said. “Their head coach was a coach at Illinois and played for Rutgers. She’s been around a while, but it’s going to take a while for that program to recruit talented players and become a contender.     “We knew the game wasn’t going to be too challenging, so we pretty much stayed back in a 2-3 zone and tried not to put too much pressure on them. Then we were able to recover from a much easier game and win a big game against Olivet.” — Anthony Nasella

Basketball roundup

Lemont last Tuesday, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back in another SSC crossover contest to beat Oak Forest 60-48 on Thursday.     Sydni Tears’ 16 points and eight rebounds paced Richards versus the Lady Indians, while Carly Stazak added 12 points and three assists. Also contributing were Taylor Sonichsen (nine points, seven assists) and Kennedy Brister (six points), the latter doing so after coming off the bench.     The Lady Bulldogs trailed at each period stop, with a 39-32 deficit facing them heading into the fourth quarter.     “Lemont is a very disciplined team and very well coached,” Richards coach Jeff Kortz said. “I thought we played hard and did a lot of good things.”     Tears was a force again on Thursday, and this time her 25point, six-rebound exhibition was good enough to carry the Lady Bulldogs to victory. Able support for Tears was provided by Sonichsen (14 points, three assists, four steals), Christina Kwartnik (11 points, three steals) and Stazak (nine points, five rebounds).     Richards (6-9, 2-5), which shot 21-of-28 at the foul line in the game, led 18-10 after the first eight minutes of play, but was down 2524 at halftime. The Lady Bulldogs regained their footing in the third stanza and took a 42-40 advantage into the final quarter.     “Oak Forest is well coached, but very young,” Kortz said. “I thought we played very well in the second half and got some turnovers and transition points that helped a lot.” MOTHER MCAULEY     In the Battle of Mount Greenwood last Wednesday, the Mighty Macs and Marist faced off in another clash of skill and athleticism. This time, Mother McAuley came up short against its neighbor by a 64-56 count.     Brooke Wyderski’s double-double of 20 points and 14 rebounds keyed the Lady RedHawks’ performance. Her consecutive 3-point baskets triggered a game-turning 11-0 Marist run in the second half that created double-digit breath-

(Continued from page 2) Mahmoud (10 points, four assists), Duneya Shatat (eight points, three assists, two steals) and Annerino (seven points, six rebounds).     “We had really stressed in practice the importance of controlling the boards and being tough in the post, and we worked hard on that for two days,” Meyers said. “I was glad to see the girls come out and execute in the game.     “Brianna Markusic had 12 rebounds, Jannah Mahmoud had 14 rebounds, and even our guards blocked out and did a good job on the boards. Brooke Annerino had six defensive rebounds.”     Meyers was also pleased with her team’s defense. Knowing TF South was an extremely quick team, the strategy was not to press, but rather to take the Lady Rebels on in the half-court and force them to run their offense.     The plan was obviously effective.     “The girls did a great job of pressuring the ball, getting in the passing lanes and holding them to one shot,” Meyers said. “I was proud of how the girls played.     “We had a tough loss against Hillcrest [the week before] and we have been working to correct our mistakes. The girls put it all together on Friday and beat a good team.”     During the first quarter, Brooks became Oak Lawn’s career scoring leader after burying a 3-point shot. She passed Kathy Krzak, who established the previous record of 1,231 points in 1999.     “I am happy for LaTondra,” Meyers said. “She has been a great addition to our program.     “It is amazing that such an unselfish player can break the scoring record. She leads our team in both scoring and assists. Her main goal is to win, and she will do whatever is necessary to get her team to reach that goal.” RICHARDS     After suffering a 51-48 loss to

ing room for it. Other Lady RedHawks heroines included Tehya Fortune (12 points), Madison Naujokas (10) and Katelyn Rosner (nine).     Showing the way for the Macs were Elizabeth Nye and Molly McGinty with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Nye, however, did not break into the scoring column until the second quarter.     McAuley’s luck was no better on Saturday, as Regina handed it a 35-33 Girls Catholic Athletic Conference Red loss. Molly O’Malley’s 15 points topped the Macs (14-6, 3-1).     Marist, too, did not fare well on Saturday. Defending Class 4A champion Marian Catholic roughed up the Lady RedHawks 68-48 in an East Suburban Catholic Conference contest.     Naujokas poured in 19 points for Marist (9-9, 1-3) in the losing cause. EVERGREEN PARK     The Lady Mustangs (11-9, 2-4) dropped a 60-43 SSC crossover verdict to Hillcrest last Tuesday. Evergreen Park’s Zoe Monks led all scorers with 22 points. MT. ASSISI     MaryKate Wetzel tossed in eight points on both Tuesday and Wednesday of last week, but the Screeching Eagles were only able to gain a two-game split.     Seton Academy beat Mt. Assisi 54-40 in the earlier contest, but the Eagles (7-12, 3-3) forgot about that GCAC White setback quickly enough to take down Trinity 50-13.     Mt. Assisi’s Sabrina Miller matched Wetzel with eight points in the win. SHEPARD     The Lady Astros came up short against TF South last Tuesday in an SSC crossover affair. Heather Banis had a team-best 11 points for Shepard (4-14, 1-5) in the 6339 loss. CHICAGO CHRISTIAN     The Lady Knights (5-11, 2-4) defeated Aurora Christian 59-51 in a Suburban Christian Conference Gold tilt last Tuesday behind a combined 41 points from Kaycee Pittman (21) and Anna Persenaire (20).

Marist Scoring: Lerma 13, Holland 11, Ferguson 9, Rivard 7, Hill 5, Tucker 3, Hawkins 1, Sterba 1. Rebounds: Lerma 6, Hawkins 5. Assists: Tucker 5. Marist Harlan

11 17 11 14 7 14 10 22

6 - 59 8 - 61

Marist Scoring: Holland 15, Lerma 13, Ferguson 12, Barry 9, Hill 5, Tucker 3, Rivard 2. Rebounds: Lerma 7, Tucker 6, Ferguson 5. Assists: Ferguson 8. Gordon Tech St. Laurence

16 3 16 9 - 44 17 4 1 15 -37

St. Laurence Scoring: Lamb 10, Forberg 8, Kelly 7, Radford 6, Dan Curley 2, Delaney 2, Gurgone 2. Rebounds: Lamb 5. Assists: Delaney 3, Kelly 3.

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Mother McAuley’s Elizabeth Nye has possession of the ball during last Wednesday’s contest versus Marist.


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Section 2 Thursday, January 23, 2014

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Matt Prunkle

Orland’s Prunkle named St. Laurence soccer coach

    Matt Prunkle, who played soccer at Brother Rice and currently resides in Orland Park, will coach that same sport at St. Laurence beginning next fall.     Prunkle has spent the past six years as an assistant coach at the collegiate level, with stops at Moraine Valley College, Olivet Nazarene University and St. Xavier University, his alma mater. He has also worked as a coach with Inter FC for a decade, during which time the team has won one state cup and been runnerup another time.     As a player, Prunkle won the Chicago Catholic League’s Tony Lawless Award as a senior, was named to the all-state soccer team and earned All-Midwest honors. The Crusaders placed fourth at the state tournament that year. At SXU, Prunkle was a two-year captain and all-conference performer in his senior season.     “I am honored to be joining the St. Laurence family,” said Prunkle, who is teaching history at the school. “The school and athletic department have gone through some major changes in the past few years, and I believe both are set for big things in the near future.     “I am excited to be part of the changes at St. Laurence and I look forward to the challenge of making the program a consistent contender in the Catholic League and in the state playoffs.”

Mt. Assisi dance team shines at competition

    Mt. Assisi Academy’s dance team withstood the loss of one member to injury well enough to place second in jazz performance and fifth in poms in a competition held at Huntley High School on Jan. 12.     Making the accomplishments particularly notable was that the team had to successfully incorporate late changes in its routines to compensate for its reduced number of participants. Mt. Assisi team members include Katie O’Leary (Oak Lawn), Taylor Coughlin, Amy Gesiakowski, Juliana Layman, Shyann Koenig, Jorie Pudil, Molly Williams (Orland Park) and Kylie McGivney. Ashley Sproule and Alyssa Signore are the coaches.

Rice splits pair of basketball games

    Brother Rice’s up-and-down basketball tendencies continued last week, despite more heroics from senior Quinn Niego.     Niego, who set a Crusaders record for most points in one quarter during a 66-46 thrashing of Bishop McNamara the week before, tossed in a career-high 31

(Continued from page 1) tros recorded three straight stops, limiting the Meteors to just one shot on each possession, and augmented those shows of resistance with some timely scoring.     After Darren Cohen and Nick Heidinger sank a free throw apiece to extend Shepard’s advantage to 46-41, Yakov Witherspoon administered the knockout blow by hitting back-to-back baskets, the second being a layup after the Astros executed another press break.     Lawson (13 points) and Littleton (11 points, seven assists) were Shepard’s offensive ringleaders, but Chiuccariello appreciated the level of scoring balance behind the duo. Heidinger complemented his five points with a team-best seven rebounds.     The Astros, who remained two games in arrears of SSC Red-leading Richards, tangles with Evergreen Park on Friday.

last Tuesday to help Rice down Nazareth Academy 69-58. Niego nailed all four of his 3-point attempts and went 9-of-10 both from the field and at the free-throw line. He also collected six rebounds.     His usual sidekick, Ray Rubio, registered a double-double in support of Niego. Rubio totaled 14 points and 10 rebounds, and also dished out a team-best three assists. Dan Scanlon provided 10 points and four other players scored for the Crusaders, who connected on 48 percent of their shots from the floor and hit 27 of their 31 charity tosses.     Rice was guilty of only eight turnovers.     But after recording back-toback triumphs in rather impressive fashion, the Crusaders stubbed their toes Saturday at Hales Franciscan. The Spartans, who have dominated Rice on their home court through the years, bagged another victory, this time by a 71-58 count.     A 17-8 scoring advantage in the third quarter proved critical to Hales’ well-being, as it gave the home team an 11-point lead heading into the final frame. The Spartans’ 51 percent accuracy for the game bettered the Crusaders’ effort by eight points.     Also damaging Rice in the Chicago Catholic League contest was a less-than-satisfactory 53 percent conversion rate at the stripe. Once again, Rubio, Niego and Scanlon represented a three-headed monster for the Crusaders (8-8, 2-4), as they racked up all but 11 of their club’s points.     Rubio set the pace with 20 points, but Niego supplied a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds, plus three assists. Scanlon deposited 10 points.

Athletics events coming to Queen of Peace

    Two athletics-related events will be held at Queen of Peace in the coming weeks.     The school’s Athletic Hall of Fame will honor its 2014 inductees at a ceremony on Jan. 28. It will follow that night’s basketball game between the Pride and Nazareth Academy.     In addition, there will be a reception, for which tickets are available at a cost of $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 10 and under.     Also on tap is an alumnae volleyball tournament set for Saturday, Feb. 8. The cost is $30 per player or $300 for a team of 10. All players will receive a T-shirt, and proceeds will go toward the purchase price of a new volleyball net and standards, and a Stairmaster for the fitness center.     For more information or to register, contact Anne O’Neill Malone at 458-7600, ext. 4415.

St. Pat’s wins 5th-grade volleyball title

    St. Patricia’s 5th-grade girls’ volleyball team captured the title of the Crestwood Winter Tournament.     St. Pat’s defeated St. George 21-13, 22-20 in the championship match. St. Pat’s rallied from a 2013 deficit to win the second set.

Stagg’s Kelly named to all-state academic team

    Stagg senior Austin Kelly, a twotime member of this paper’s allarea football team, recently added a scholastic honor to his list of accomplishments.     Kelly, whose career total of

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Quinn Niego gets crowded by Nazareth Academy’s Christian Davis last Tuesday, but the Crusader got free often enough to tally 31 points and lead his team to victory. and full-time travel teams.     Registration date Feb. 8 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday session will be held at Conrady Junior High School, Roberts Road and 97th Street in Hickory Hills.     George Czarnik, of Hickory Hills, and Peter Donahue, of Palos Hills, will serve as HBSA president and vice president, reOak Lawn second at spectively. For more information Rice bowling tourney about the new organization or     With a pinfall total of 5,905, how to become involved with it, Oak Lawn trailed only Freecontact Czarnik at 599-6983. port and captured second place at Brother Rice’s Winter Finale bowling event. Ryan Kirby was Baseball camps announced the Spartans’ top individual with     Chicago Christian will host a 1,354 series, which was good six-week baseball camps during the winter. for third place overall.     The host Crusaders, who were     Chicago Christian camp starts fifth as a team with 5,728 pins, Feb. 1 under the guidance of boasted the best single-game bowl- Knights coach and school athletic er in Anthony Butler, whose top director Eric Brauer. The camp effort left him just 11 pins shy will be held in conjunction with of a perfect game. St. Laurence’s U.S. Baseball Academy and are Manny Sanlhez took fifth with a open to players in grades 1-12.     Session will be offered in adhigh game of 267. vanced hitting, pitching, catching, fielding and baserunning. RegisHickory Hills, Palos Hills tration is now underway, and baseball programs merge classes are limited to six players     After years of competing against per coach. each other as local rivals, Hickory     For more information on any Hills Youth Baseball and the Palos of three camps, visit www.USHills Baseball Association have BaseballAcademy.com or call 1merged into one organization. 866-622-4487.     The new entity will be known as “Hills Baseball Softball Association,” and provide baseball and Midwest Elite looking softball at all levels for children for softball players aged 4-16. HBSA, which will con-     Midwest Elite Diamond 19-andduct play on fields in both com- over women’s fast-pitch softball munities, will accept youngsters club is looking for college-rostered from throughout the southwest players to compete in the sumsuburbs for recreational participa- mer of 2014. tion, as well as for its part-time     The team will play in four local 1,389 rushing yards made him the Chargers’ No. 2 ground gainer in the new millennium, earned a spot on the Illinois High School Football Coaches Association All-State Academic team. Stagg’s former captain sports a 3.8 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale.

tournaments — including nationals — and two round-robin events. All positions will be considered, but specific needs include pitcher, catcher and infield/slapper. No practices are required.     For more information, contact Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or ditrfp73@aol.com.

Openings for Diamond in the Rough

    Diamond in the Rough fastpitch softball has player openings in its girls’ windmill pitching, beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.     For more information, call Bill Lammel at 289-3438 or email ditrfp73@aol.com.

Palos Park to host winter basketball league

    Palos Park, in conjunction with the Palos Heights Recreation Department and Worth Park District, will host a winter basketball league for youngsters in grades 1-8 that will play games each Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. through March 15.     Each child will have one practice and one game per week, with an emphasis being placed on skills development. Separate leagues will be formed for boys and girls, and play will be conducted in a total of four different age groups.     For more information, call 6713760.

BASKETBALL STANDINGS 8th Grade

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Junior T-Bolts 51, Sutherland 36     Leading scorers: Tom Rolder (J) 11 points; Jonny Poole (S) 11 points. LAC Indians 31, Burbank Fusion 28     Leading scorers: Jordan Devitt (L) 8 points, Tyler Gray 8 points; Jack Carter (B) 7 points. Cardinals 35, Jr. Phoenix 32     Leading scorers: Sam Rost (C) 13 points; Jared Mutter (J) 12 points. 7th Grade W L Lemont Coyotes 5 0 LAC Indians 4 1 Oak Lawn Deer 3 2 Jr. T-Bolts 2 3 Shooters 1 4 Sutherland 0 5 Results

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Statistics Shepard TF South

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Shepard Scoring: Cohen 15, Littleton 10, Heidinger 4, Lawson 2, Prater 2, Witherspoon 2. Rebounds: Cohen 8. Assists: Heidinger 3. TF North Shepard

13 7 10 12 - 42 11 12 17 11 - 51

Shepard Scoring: Lawson 13, Littleton 11, Witherspoon 8, Cohen 6, Heidinger 5, Gorski 4, Haxel 4. Rebounds: Heidinger 7. Assists: Littleton 7.

Chicago Ridge Park District LAC Indians Jr. Phoenix Burbank Fusion Cardinals Jr. T-Bolts Sutherland Results

Mt. Assisi’s dance team recorded second- and fifth-place finishes at a recent tournament.

TF South 55 Shepard 35     The only thing preventing the Astros from gaining a sweep of their two District 215 foes last week was a Tuesday fourth quarter Chiuccariello would love to forget.     Down just 36-30 entering the period after two Witherspoon steals led to late hoops for himself and Cohen at the conclusion of the previous frame, Shepard saw its forward progress abruptly halted by a sudden cold spell.     “We definitely had momentum at the end of the third quarter,” Chiuccariello said. “[But] we could not buy a basket [after that]. We kept driving the lane, but we weren’t getting to the free-throw line, either.”     The Astros had only three opportunities at the charity stripe, compared to 17 for the Rebels. However, that was only part of Shepard’s problem — also plaguing it were a rebounding shortage (30-23), five more turnovers (17-12) and sub-par shooting (33 percent). TF South clicked on exactly half of its 46 field-goal tries, three of which immediately resulted from Astros miscues in the fourth quarter and helped seal the visitors’ fate.     Interestingly, Shepard’s lategame fade ran completely counter to its earlier exhibition. Chiuccariello called the game’s opening stanza “probably our best energy quarter against a quality opponent all year,” but the Astros were still left to chase in the second half after the Rebels took a 24-21 lead into the break.     Cohen and Littleton combined for 25 points and 13 rebounds, but Shepard’s attack was relatively silent after that as no one else netted more than four points.

LAC Indians 43, Shooters 32     Leading scorers: Michael Yario (L) 14 points; Casey Griffin (S) 6 points, Joe O’Gorman 6 points, Nick Karas 6 points. Oak Lawn Deer 46, Jr. T-Bolts 29     Leading scorers: Clyde Cobb (O) 13 points; Micah Schnyders (J) 8 points. Lemont Coyotes 70, Sutherland 26     Leading scorers: James Tauer (L) 13 points; Damari Duhart

(S) 16 points. 5th Grade W L Jaguars 5 1 Jr. Knights 5 1 Jr. T-Bolts 5 1 Lemont Coyotes 3 2 Orland Magic 3 3 Shooters 2 4 Palos Demons 1 6 Eagles 0 6 Results Jr. Knights 36, Shooters 15     Leading scorers: Sean Curran (J) 10 points; Joshua Borishade (S) 8 points. Jr. T-Bolts 34, Eagles 13     Leading scorers: Michael Bobber (J) 8 points; Quadri Durojaiye (E) 6 points. Orland Magic 22, Lemont Coyotes 19     Leading scorers: Michael Walsh (O) 8 points; Jake Wilk (L) 9 points. Jaguars 47, Palos Demons 17     Leading scorers: Matthew Somerville (J) 14 points; Matthew Madaras (P) 6 points. 4th Grade W L R-B Bulldogs (Blue) 5 1 Orland Magic 4 2 Lemont Coyotes 3 3 R-B Bulldogs (White) 0 6 Results R-B Bulldogs Blue 31, Orland Magic 21     Leading scorers: Andrew Stokes (R) 10 points; Ben Meehan (O) 6 points. Lemont Coyotes 12, R-B Bulldogs White 9     Leading scorers: Thomas Ulatowski (L) 4 points; Joevonn McCittry (R) 4 points.


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For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC P l a i n t i f f , � v . � ARTA GASHI A/K/A ARTA BUSTAMI, HICKORY POINTE CONDOMINIUMS, CITIBANK (SOUTH DAKOTA), N.A. Defendants 12 CH 024614 9440 S. 79TH COURT UNIT #3SE HICKORY HILLS, IL 60457 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 21, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 24, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 9440 S. 79TH COURT UNIT #3SE, HICKORY HILLS, IL 60457 Property Index No. 23-01-303-019-1009. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-12-11094. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-12-11094 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 12 CH 024614 TJSC#: 33-26357 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584860

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION THE BANK OF NEW YORK MELLON F/K/A THE BANK OF NEW YORK, AS TRUSTEE FOR ALTERNATIVE LOAN TRUST 2004-12CB, MORTGAGE PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2004-12CB Plaintiff, -v.MICHAEL M GRECO, STEPHANIE D GRECO, MORTGAGE ELECTRONIC REGISTRATION SYSTEMS, INC., COUNTRYWIDE HOME LOANS, INC., GOTTLIEB MEMORIAL HOSPITAL, WOLF ROAD PLAZA, LLC, HAYES PROPERTIES, INC. Defendants 10 CH 21178 12423 SOUTHWEST HIGHWAY Palos Park, IL 60464 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 7, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 14, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 12423 SOUTHWEST HIGHWAY, Palos Park, IL 60464 Property Index No. 23-26-308-003-0000. The real estate is improved with a single family residence. The judgment amount was $290,775.15. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, contact Plaintiff’s attorney: POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 263-0003. Please refer to file number C13-94281. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. POTESTIVO & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 223 WEST JACKSON BLVD, STE 610 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 263-0003 Attorney File No. C13-94281 Attorney Code. 43932 Case Number: 10 CH 21178 TJSC#: 34-242 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584617

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION FIFTH THIRD MORTGAGE COMPANY P l a i n t i f f , � v . � JEFF BLOCKSON AKA JEFFREY BLOCKSON, JUANITA M. BLOCKSON, AMERICAN CHARTERED BANK, UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF JEFF BLOCKSON AKA JEFFREY BLOCKSON, IF ANY, YCONDA COLLINS, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON-RECORD C L A I M A N T S � D e f e n d a n t s � 10 CH 32012 8126 ABERDEEN DRIVE PALOS HEIGHTS, IL 60463 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 18, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 20, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate:Commonly known as 8126 ABERDEEN DRIVE, PALOS HEIGHTS, IL 60463 Property Index No. 23-35-416-011-0000. The real estate is improved with a 2 story home with a detached garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1016207. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1016207 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 10 CH 32012 TJSC#: 33-25384 I583547

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BAYVIEW LOAN SERVICING, LLC, A DELAWARE LIMITED LIABILITY COMPANY Plaintiff, v . � ELENI PASHOS AKA ELENI PASILOS Defendants 13 CH 16858 10331 S. Roberts Rd. Palos Heights, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on December 12, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on January 30, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10331 S. Roberts Rd., Palos Heights, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-13-102-080-0000. The real estate is improved with a commercial building. The judgment amount was $504,696.71. Sale terms: The bid amount, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, shall be paid in certified funds immediately by the highest and best bidder at the conclusion of the sale. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: HEAVNER, SCOTT, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC, 111 East Main Street, DECATUR, IL 62523, (217) 422-1719. If the sale is set aside for any reason, the Purchaser at the sale shall be entitled only to a return of the deposit paid. The Purchaser shall have no further recourse against the Mortgagor, the Mortgagee or the Mortgagee's attorney. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. HEAVNER, SCOTT, BEYERS & MIHLAR, LLC 111 East Main Street DECATUR, IL 62523 (217) 422-1719 Attorney Code. 40387 Case Number: 13 CH 16858 TJSC#: 33-27607 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I581753

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, v . � 10 CH 26238 8437 HOLLYWOOD DRIVE ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 PATRICIA ANN DUDDLESTON Defendants NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on January 31, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 18, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8437 HOLLYWOOD DRIVE, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 Property Index No. 27-14-103-041-0000. The real estate is improved with a one story single family home with a two car garage. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information: Visit our website at service.atty-pierce.com. between the hours of 3 and 5 pm. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES, Plaintiff's Attorneys, One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300, CHICAGO, IL 60602. Tel No. (312) 476-5500. Please refer to file number PA1014968. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. PIERCE & ASSOCIATES One North Dearborn Street Suite 1300 CHICAGO, IL 60602 (312) 476-5500 Attorney File No. PA1014968 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 10 CH 26238 TJSC#: 34-540 I585424

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT, CHANCERY DIVISION MIDFIRST BANK, P l a i n t i f f � V . � JEREMY KINGERY; SCENIC TREE CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, D e f e n d a n t s � 13 CH 14597 Property Address: 10152 SOUTH 84TH TERRACE UNIT 12-312 PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE C O N D O M I N I U M � Fisher and Shapiro file # 13-067532 (It is advised that interested parties consult with their own attorneys before bidding at mortgage foreclosure s a l e s . ) � PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on November 12, 2013, Kallen Realty Services, Inc., as Selling Official will at 12:30 p.m. on February 14, 2014, at 205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1020, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real p r o p e r t y : � Commonly known as 10152 South 84th Terrace, Unit 12-312, Palos Hills, IL 60465 Permanent Index No.: 23-11-302-003-1332 The mortgaged real estate is improved with a dwelling. The property will NOT be open for inspection. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). The judgment amount was $109,743.87. Sale terms for non-parties: 10% of successful bid immediately at conclusion of auction, balance by 12:30 p.m. the next business day, both by cashier's checks; and no refunds. The sale shall be subject to general real estate taxes, special taxes, special assessments, special taxes levied, and superior liens, if any. The property is offered "as is," with no express or implied warranties and without any representation as to the quality of title or recourse to Plaintiff. Prospective bidders are admonished to review the court file to verify all information and to view auction rules at w w w . k a l l e n r s . c o m . � For information: Sale Clerk, Fisher and Shapiro, Attorney # 42168, 2121 Waukegan Road, Suite 301, Bannockburn, Illinois 60015, (847) 291-1717, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays only. I577110

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For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT, CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY, AS TRUSTEE FOR LONG BEACH MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST 2006-5, P l a i n t i f f � V . � KHALED JAMIL SHALTAF; AKRAM QANDEEL; NISREEN AD QANDEEL A/K/A NISREEN AD Q A N D E E K , � D e f e n d a n t s � 09 CH 03352 Property Address: 10112 South 81st Court Palos Hills, IL 60465 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Fisher and Shapiro file # 08-015653 (It is advised that interested parties consult with their own attorneys before bidding at mortgage foreclosure s a l e s . ) � PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on September 14, 2011, Kallen Realty Services, Inc., as Selling Official will at 12:30 p.m. on February 19, 2014, at 205 W. Randolph Street, Suite 1020, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described real property: Commonly known as 10112 South 81st Court, Palos Hills, IL 60465 Permanent Index No.: 23-11-405-040 The mortgaged real estate is improved with a dwelling. The property will NOT be open for inspection. The judgment amount was $714,784.50. Sale terms for non-parties: 10% of successful bid immediately at conclusion of auction, balance by 12:30 p.m. the next business day, both by cashier's checks; and no refunds. The sale shall be subject to general real estate taxes, special taxes, special assessments, special taxes levied, and superior liens, if any. The property is offered "as is," with no express or implied warranties and without any representation as to the quality of title or recourse to Plaintiff. Prospective bidders are admonished to review the court file to verify all information and to view auction rules at w w w . k a l l e n r s . c o m . � For information: Sale Clerk, Fisher and Shapiro, Attorney # 42168, 2121 Waukegan Road, Suite 301, Bannockburn, Illinois 60015, (847) 291-1717, between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. weekdays only. I580608

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK County, Illinois, County Department, Chancery Division. Bridgeview Bank Group, an Illinois banking corporation, P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � First Secure Bank and Trust Co., f/k/a Family Bank and Trust Company as Trustee under Trust Agreement dated October 21, 2005 and known as Trust Number 10-836, Azhar H. Chaudry, Ghania, Inc., A.R.Y. Investment, Corporation, Joseph Murphy, Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants, D e f e n d a n t s . � 12 CH 37792; Sheriff's No. 140001-001F. Pursuant to a Judgment made and entered by said Court in the above entitled cause, Thomas J. Dart, Sheriff of Cook County, Illinois, will on February 14, 2014, at 1:00 P.M. in Room LL06 of the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction the following described premises and real estate mentioned in said Judgment:PIN: 23-01-309-015-0000.Common address: 7941 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.N/K/A PIN: 23-01-309-032-0000.Address: 7941 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457 a/k/a 7951 W. 92nd St., Hickory Hills, IL 60457.Improvements: 3- two-story brown brick masonry townhomes.Sale shall be under the following terms: 10% down in certified funds at time of the sale with balance due within twenty-four hours after the sale.Sale shall be subject to general taxes, special assessments, and any prior first mortgages. Premises will NOT be open for inspection. For information: Greiman, Rome & Griesmeyer, LLC, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 200 W. Madison St., Ste. 755, Chicago, IL 60606. Tel. No. (312) 428-2750.This is an attempt to collect a debt pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act and any information obtained will be used for that purpose.I583953

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1-23-14 For Sale For Notice Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION WELLS FARGO BANK, N.A. Plaintiff, -v.DEBORAH L. NOETZEL A/K/A DEBORAH LYNN VACHERLON A/K/A DEBORAH MCQUEN, WILLIAM T. NOETZEL, CENTENNIAL PARK CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, INC., CENTENNIAL VILLAGE UNIT I TOWNHOME ASSOCIATION Defendants 13 CH 010980 15705 S. RAVINA AVENUE UNIT #307 ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 14, 2013, Auction.com, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on February 19, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 West Mart Center Drive (in the Auction. com room), CHICAGO, IL, 60654, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 15705 S. RAVINA AVENUE UNIT #307, ORLAND PARK, IL 60462 Property Index No. 27-16-402-018-1023. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-13-09386. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. AUCTION.COM LLC For Additional Information regarding Auction.com, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800-280-2832) CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-13-09386 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 13 CH 010980 TJSC#: 33-25769 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I585234

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, I L L I N O I S � COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, AS TRUSTEE FOR J P MORGAN MORTGAGE ACQUISITION T R U S T � 2006-CH2, ASSET BACKED PASS-THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2006-CH2 P l a i n t i f f , � v s . � ANITA MORAWSKA, DEVONSHIRE C O N D O M I N I U M � A S S O C I A T I O N � D e f e n d a n t s , � 13 CH 7504 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on November 27, 2013 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell at public auction to the highest bidder for cash, as set forth below, the following described mortgaged real e s t a t e : � Commonly known as 9051 South Roberts Road, Unit 306, Hickory Hills, Il 60457. P.I.N. 23-01-107-022-1026 & 23-01-107-022-1044. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a condominium residence. The purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by subdivisions (g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9 of the Condominium Property Act Sale terms: 10% down by certified funds, balance, by certified funds, within 24 hours. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection For information call Sales Department at Plaintiff's Attorney, Manley Deas Kochalski, LLC, One East Wacker Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60601. (312) 651-6705. 1 3 0 1 6 0 3 2 � INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I584493

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For Sale For Notice Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION OCWEN LOAN SERVICING, LLC Plaintiff, -v.SAULIUS DEMIKIS, RIVIERA REGAL I CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION A/K/A RIVIERA REGAL CONDOMINIUM PHASE I ASSOCIATION, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 11 CH 014539 11119 S. 84TH AVENUE UNIT #1A PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on October 29, 2013, Auction.com, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 1:00 PM on February 5, 2014, at the Holiday Inn Chicago Mart Plaza, 350 West Mart Center Drive (in the Auction.com room), CHICAGO, IL, 60654, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 11119 S. 84TH AVENUE UNIT #1A, PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-23-200-026-1055. The real estate is improved with a condo/townhouse. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in “AS IS” condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff’s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-11-11873. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www. tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. AUCTION.COM LLC For Additional Information regarding Auction.com, please visit www.Auction.com or call (800-280-2832) CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-11-11873 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 11 CH 014539 TJSC#: 33-24387 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff’s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I582472

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Property Listings For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY D I V I S I O N ďż˝ GREEN TREE SERVICING LLC, P l a i n t i f f , ďż˝ v . ďż˝ CRYSTAL WITHERSPOON A/K/A CRYSTAL H O I N A C K I , ďż˝ TIM WITHERSPOON, RIVERA REGAL I CONDOMINIUM ASSOCIATION, RIVERA REGAL CONDOMINIUM UMBRELLA A S S O C I A T I O N ďż˝ D e f e n d a n t s ďż˝ 12 CH 30799 11103 S. 84TH AVE., 2A Palos Hills, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 4, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 13, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 11103 S. 84TH AVE., 2A, Palos Hills, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-23-200-026-1009 VOL. 0152. The real estate is improved with a condominium. The judgment amount was $139,775.86. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, contact Plaintiff's attorney: JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC, 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125, Chicago, IL 60606, (312) 541-9710. Please refer to file number 12-3002. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. JOHNSON, BLUMBERG & ASSOCIATES, LLC 230 W. Monroe Street, Suite #1125 Chicago, IL 60606 (312) 541-9710 Attorney File No. 12-3002 Attorney Code. 40342 Case Number: 12 CH 30799 TJSC#: 33-24702 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I583105

For Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION DEUTSCHE BANK NATIONAL TRUST COMPANY ON BEHALF OF THE CERTIFICATE HOLDERS MORGAN STANLEY ABS CAPITAL I INC. TRUST 2005-NC2 MORTGAGE PASS THROUGH CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2005-NC2 P l a i n t i f f , ďż˝ v . ďż˝ TEIMOUR FAILY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS D e f e n d a n t s ďż˝ 09 CH 039125 10100 W. 159TH STREET ORLAND PARK, IL 60467 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 18, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 20, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 10100 W. 159TH STREET, ORLAND PARK, IL 60467 Property Index No. 27-16-300-011. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in "AS IS" condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiff's attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-09-26432. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-09-26432 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 09 CH 039125 TJSC#: 33-26215 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiff's attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584873

For Notice Sale IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK COUNTY, ILLINOIS COUNTY DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION U.S. BANK, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION, SUCCESSOR TRUSTEE TO BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. AS SUCCESSOR TO LASALLE BANK, N.A. AS TRUSTEE FOR THE MERRILL LYNCH FIRST FRANKLIN MORTGAGE LOAN TRUST, MORTGAGE LOAN ASSET-BACKED CERTIFICATES, SERIES 2007-3 Plaintiff, -v.MARWAN ALNASS, NOUREL NACHAT, ADRIA TOWNHOMES RESIDENTIAL ASSOCIATION Defendants 11 CH 034101 8148 W. 111TH STREET UNIT C3 PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on November 20, 2013, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on February 24, 2014, at the The Judicial Sales Corporation, One South Wacker Drive - 24th Floor, CHICAGO, IL, 60606, sell at public auction to the highest bidder, as set forth below, the following described real estate: Commonly known as 8148 W. 111TH STREET UNIT C3, PALOS HILLS, IL 60465 Property Index No. 23-14-400-107. The real estate is improved with a residence. Sale terms: 25% down of the highest bid by certified funds at the close of the sale payable to The Judicial Sales Corporation. No third party checks will be accepted. The balance, including the Judicial sale fee for Abandoned Residential Property Municipality Relief Fund, which is calculated on residential real estate at the rate of $1 for each $1,000 or fraction thereof of the amount paid by the purchaser not to exceed $300, in certified funds/or wire transfer, is due within twenty-four (24) hours. No fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. The subject property is subject to general real estate taxes, special assessments, or special taxes levied against said real estate and is offered for sale without any representation as to quality or quantity of title and without recourse to Plaintiff and in â&#x20AC;&#x153;AS ISâ&#x20AC;? condition. The sale is further subject to confirmation by the court. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale that will entitle the purchaser to a deed to the real estate after confirmation of the sale. The property will NOT be open for inspection and plaintiff makes no representation as to the condition of the property. Prospective bidders are admonished to check the court file to verify all information. If this property is a condominium unit, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale, other than a mortgagee, shall pay the assessments and the legal fees required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(1) and (g)(4). If this property is a condominium unit which is part of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit at the foreclosure sale other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by The Condominium Property Act, 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1). IF YOU ARE THE MORTGAGOR (HOMEOWNER), YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN IN POSSESSION FOR 30 DAYS AFTER ENTRY OF AN ORDER OF POSSESSION, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 15-1701(C) OF THE ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE LAW. For information, examine the court file or contact Plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney: CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C., 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100, BURR RIDGE, IL 60527, (630) 794-9876. Please refer to file number 14-11-31706. THE JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION One South Wacker Drive, 24th Floor, Chicago, IL 60606-4650 (312) 236-SALE You can also visit The Judicial Sales Corporation at www.tjsc.com for a 7 day status report of pending sales. CODILIS & ASSOCIATES, P.C. 15W030 NORTH FRONTAGE ROAD, SUITE 100 BURR RIDGE, IL 60527 (630) 794-5300 Attorney File No. 14-11-31706 Attorney ARDC No. 00468002 Attorney Code. 21762 Case Number: 11 CH 034101 TJSC#: 33-26077 NOTE: Pursuant to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, you are advised that Plaintiffâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s attorney is deemed to be a debt collector attempting to collect a debt and any information obtained will be used for that purpose. I584819

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Broaden Your Horizons This week Aging well luncheon     Aging excellently will be the focus of a luncheon program on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from noon to 2 p.m., at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     Dr. Cheryl Woodson, M.D., advises seniors on how to age gracefully and also how to care for their elders, without destroying their own physical, financial, emotional and spiritual health. She compares the stresses of aging, eldercare, and understanding a new health system as those of a tsunami in which we can either surf or drown. Dr. Woodson offers a surfboard of advice to empower seniors to age excellently.     The luncheon begins at noon, costs $17 per person, and requires advance reservations. For more information, call The Center at 361-3650.

Yoga class     A new gentle yoga class will be offered at The Center on five Tuesday evenings beginning Jan. 28, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.     The class will meet at the Anderson Activity Center of The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     Instructor Valerie Lindstrom will lead the yoga sessions, which will include discussion and practice on breathing, relaxation, and centering, as well as movement and poses.     Yoga newcomers are welcome. Students should dress in comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. The five-week class costs $50. Registration is required. Call 361-3650.

monthly Womantalk coffee hour and discussion on Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.     Led by MaryAnn Grzych, ladies are invited to join the discussion of “Simple Abundance” by Sarah Ban Breathnach or other inspirational readings that participants wish to bring. There is no cost, but advance reservations are required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

New laughter circle     A new laughter circle will meet on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 6 p.m. at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     Laughter leader Kathy O’Brien brings laughter and all its benefits to the Laughter Circle program. A laughter circle is a group of people who want to LAUGH! Not from jokes or comedy routines, but rather from laughter for the sake of laughter. Research shows that laughter strengthens the immune system, reduces stress and anxiety, alleviates pain, and helps people get along better. O’Brien is a registered nurse and an advanced certified laughter leader. She asks a donation to The Center of $10 per participant. Registration is appreciated. Interested persons should call The Center at 361-3650.

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    Artist Marilyn VandenBout of Evergreen Park will offer a Papermaking Workshop at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts on two Wednesday evenings, Jan. 29, and Feb. 5, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park.     VandenBout helps students to make handmade papers, both flat formed in molds for an emWomantalk discussion and bossed look, all useful as valen    The Center, 12700 Southwest tines, stationery, or other creative Highway, Palos Park, will host its projects.

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    The workshop costs $25, plus a $10 materials fee. Single night registration is also available at $14 per class plus a $5 materials fee. Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

Upcoming Center Cinema     “Juno” will be shown on Friday, Jan 31, at 6:30 p.m., as part of the monthly Center Cinema series at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park.     Ellen Page plays Juno, a smart teen dealing with an unplanned pregnancy. Diablo Cody won an Oscar for her sharp, laugh-outloud script.     A discussion follows the movie. Free popcorn is served. No fee is charged, but pre-registration is necessary. Call The Center at 361-3650.

New pastel painting class     A new pastel painting class begins at The Log Cabin Center for the Arts, 12700 Southwest Highway in Palos Park, on Monday, Feb. 3, at 9:30 a.m.     The class is taught by artist Susan Flanagan of Tinley Park, who invites both beginners and experienced painters to join. Students will develop their own individual styles as they paint using either their own photographs or still life scenes provided by Flanagan. The class will focus on the principles of composition, shape, color, and value, as well as techniques for under painting and pastel applications.     The six-week class costs $84. A list of required supplies for the six-week class is available at The Center office. Advance registration is required. Call 361-3650.

Heights senior plays two roles in comedy at Mother McAuley     The Mother McAuley High School senior theatre students will present “Waiting in the Wings” on Friday and Saturday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the door.     Palos Heights resident, senior Mary Kate Gorman, plays two roles in the performances.     “Waiting in the Wings” was written by Noel Coward in 1999. The story focuses on actress May Davenport, who believes she is the leading lady at the retirement home where she lives. Everything is going well until a woman who held comparable star status in her day, and with whom May has been estranged for years, takes up residence at the home. This comedy will keep you laughing.     For the production, McAuley and Brother Rice students not only perform in the show, they create the costumes, build the set, and produce the play.     The play is directed by Patricia Haynes with technical direction by Kyle Dunleavy. For more information, call (773) 881-6512 or visit www.mothermcauley.org.

    Almost everyone is familiar with the phrase “easy as apple pie,” meant to suggest that a task couldn’t be simpler. But I suspect that most people, encountering those words, feel like saying something like, “Yeah, right!”     Many home cooks consider piemaking a difficult task. They’d rather just pick up a freshly prepared one from their favorite local bakery or the supermarket’s baked-goods section, or maybe pop a frozen pie in the oven.     I think the time has come for a home pie-making revival. And apple pie is a perfect way to start. In fact, I’ll even dare to say that it’s easy, as you’ll see in the recipe I share with you here and another, different kind of apple pie I’ll serve up in my next column.     Ask most people to describe a perfect apple pie and you’ll hear a combination of characteristics that sometimes sound to me like a yin-and-yang of food terms. They’ll describe their ideal pastry as flakey and crisp yet tender. The filling, meanwhile, should feature sweet yet tangy apples that are perfectly cooked through and tender yet still with a touch of firmness and crispness. Some people like the taste of cinnamon in the filling, too; others don’t. And there are those who insist on topping each serving with vanilla ice cream, while others (including those of us who grew up in Austria) opt for whipped cream, and some want their pie plain and simple. Then, there’s the English contingent, who like serving their apple pie accompanied by a wedge of sharp Cheddar cheese.     Out of all these many characteristics and options, I’ve come up with a version of a traditional apple pie that, to my taste, balances all the yins and yangs. For the filling, I use good, well-balanced, crisp cooking apples such as the Granny Smith or Golden Delicious varieties. I precook the apples with butter and sugar (cinnamon optional), along with a splash of Calvados (apple brandy) to heighten their flavor, until the fruit is surrounding by a rich golden caramel sauce.     For the crust, I’ve decided to add Cheddar cheese right into the pastry. A touch of cider vinegar in the dough not only complements the flavor of the filling but also, through its acidity, makes the dough inherently more tender while it bakes to the desired golden-brown color.     All in all, the result is an apple pie that tastes familiar enough to please all the traditional-minded people out there, but with a complexity and depth of flavor that may, at first bite, open your eyes just a bit wider and make you feel as if you’re eating apple pie for the first time.     And making it all, believe or not, is as easy as apple pie! APPLE PIE WITH CHEDDAR CRUST Serves 8

CHEDDAR CRUST: 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour Mary Kate Gorman, of Palos Heights, performed with her Theatre 1/2 teaspoon salt Seminar class in a short skit with her Theatre Seminar class for 6 ounces unsalted butter, cut into Mercy Day earlier this year. She plays two roles in the upcoming 1-inch chunks and chilled in the freezer for 15 minutes Noel Coward comedy “Waiting in the Wings.” Submitted photo

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Making your own pie crust is actually quite easy! 1-1/2 cups shredded sharp or mild Cheddar cheese 3/4 teaspoon apple cider vinegar 1/3 to 1/2 cup ice water APPLE FILLING: 7 tablespoons unsalted butter 8 medium-sized firm, tangy-sweet organic apples such as Granny Smith or Golden Delicious, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2inch wedges 1/2 cup sugar 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon, optional 4 tablespoons Calvados (apple brandy) or applejack 1 large cage-free egg, beaten Whipped cream or vanilla ice cream, for serving, optional     First, make the Cheddar Pastry: Put the flour and salt in the bowl of a food processor fitted with the stainless-steel blade. Pulse 5 or 6 times to combine. Add the chilled butter and process for 5 seconds. Add the Cheddar and pulse the machine on and off 4 times to combine. In a measuring cup, combine the cider vinegar and 1/3 cup of ice water. With the machine running, pour the vinegar-water mixture through the feed tube; continue processing until a ball of dough forms. If the dough doesn’t come together, process in another 1 to 2 tablespoons of ice water.     Turn out the dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With clean hands, form it into an even ball. Cut the ball into 2 pieces, 1 slightly larger than the other. Pat each into a flattened disk. Wrap each disk in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.     Meanwhile, prepare the Apple Filling: Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and melt 6 tablespoons of the butter. When

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the butter turns light brown, add the apples and sprinkle with the sugar and, if you like, the cinnamon. Cook, stirring frequently, until the sugar has turned golden-brown, 10 to 15 minutes, but the apples are still firm. Stir in the Calvados and remove from the heat. Empty onto a sheet pan lined with aluminum foil. Set aside to cool to room temperature.     For the pie, preheat the oven to 400 degree F., positioning a rack in the lower third of the oven.     Meanwhile, on a lightly floured work surface, with a floured rolling pin, roll out the smaller disk of dough to an even 11-inch circle. Gently fold the dough in half or quarters, transfer to a 9inch pie pan, unfold, and gently ease into the pan’s contours. Roll out the larger disk to a 12-inch circle.     Fill the lined pie pan with the cooled apple mixture and dot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Top with the larger pastry disk, tucking its edges under the rim of the bottom pastry. With your fingers, press down all around the rim to seal decoratively. With the tip of a small, sharp knife, cut 3 vents, each about 2 inches long, in the center of the top crust.     Bake the pie for 30 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F. and bake 20 minutes longer. Remove from the oven, brush the top with the beaten egg, return to the oven, and bake until golden brown, about 5 minutes longer.     Serve hot, warm, or at room temperature, cut into wedges and accompanied, if you like, by whipped cream or ice cream.

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Videoview by Jay Bobbin â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; (NOTICE: Ratings for each film begin with a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;starâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; rating â&#x20AC;&#x201D; one star meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;poor,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; four meaning â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;excellentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201D; followed by the Motion Picture Association of America rating, and then by a family-viewing guide, the key for which appears below.) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; STARTING THIS WEEK: â&#x20AC;&#x153;CAPTAIN PHILLIPSâ&#x20AC;?: Tom Hanks is a big factor in the current film award season for his title performance in director Paul Greengrassâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; compelling drama, re-creating the true 2009 hijacking of an American cargo ship by Somali pirates. Capt. Richard Phillips puts himself at major risk to ensure the safety of his crew, whom he orders into hiding; he ultimately ends up literally in the middle of a showdown between his captors and the U.S. Navy. Co-star Barkhad Abdi also earned strong critical notices as the piratesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; leader. DVD extras: â&#x20AC;&#x153;making-ofâ&#x20AC;? documentary; audio commentary by Greengrass. *** (PG-13: AS, V) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;BLUE JASMINEâ&#x20AC;?: Woody Allen has directed many actors to award nominations â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and, frequently, to the awards themselves â&#x20AC;&#x201D; and Cate Blanchett is one of his latest beneficiaries in the title role of this fine comedydrama. Jasmine is a fallen socialite trying to come to grips with losing her status in New York as she attempts to start over there. Allenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s script also provides parts for Alec Baldwin, Louis C.K., Bobby Cannavale, Andrew Dice

Clay and Peter Sarsgaard. DVD extras: red-carpet footage; press conference. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;MACHETE KILLSâ&#x20AC;?: Just a suggestion ... you may not want to have a big meal before watching director Robert Rodriguezâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s evenmore-over-the-top sequel to his graphic action ode that elevated Danny Trejo from supporting player to star as troubleshooter Machete. The antihero who â&#x20AC;&#x153;donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t textâ&#x20AC;? has even more trouble to shoot when the U.S. president (Carlos Estevez, alias Charlie Sheen) enlists him to prevent a terrorist (Mel Gibson) from instigating the next world war. Antonio Banderas, Michelle Rodriguez, Sofia Vergara, Amber Heard and Cuba Gooding Jr. also are in on the frantic and frequently gruesome proceedings. DVD extras: â&#x20AC;&#x153;making-ofâ&#x20AC;? documentary; deleted and extended scenes. *** (R: AS, P, GV) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;INSTRUCTIONS NOT INCLUDEDâ&#x20AC;?: Something of a surprise hit at the box office, this comedy-drama stars director and co-writer Eugenio Derbez â&#x20AC;&#x201D; popular on Mexican television â&#x20AC;&#x201D; as a carefree fellow shocked to find a baby left at his doorstep. He relocates to Los Angeles to find the childâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s mother, picking up work as a stuntman along the way and eventually settling into his new life ... only to find it upended when the mom reappears, wanting custody. Loreto Peralta plays the daughter in later years; Jessica

Lindsey also stars. DVD extra: audio commentary by Derbez. *** (PG-13: AS, P) (Also on Blu-ray and On Demand) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;NYPD BLUE: SEASON 5â&#x20AC;?: Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s been quite some time â&#x20AC;&#x201D; almost eight years, in fact â&#x20AC;&#x201D; since the last home video release of executive producer Steven Bochcoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s much-acclaimed police drama, so its fans should find this latest offering quite welcome. Sipowicz and Simone (Dennis Franz, Jimmy Smits) are still detective partners, with the latterâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s relationship with fellow cop Russell (Kim Delaney) still on uncertain ground largely due to her personal past. Terrence Howard, Giancarlo Esposito and Mos Def are among the guest stars; regular cast members also include Gordon Clapp, Nicholas Turturro and James McDaniel. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE RETURNEDâ&#x20AC;?: Shown on Sundance Channel, this supernatural French melodrama explores what happens when several deceased people resume their former lives ... initially not realizing theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re dead. Their reappearance forces them to reinvent themselves to their loved ones, with added complications posed by a coinciding string of murders. The eerie, wellacted miniseries includes Anne Consigny, Frederic Pierrot and Celine Sallette among its stars. DVD extras: interview with codirector Fabrice Gobert; essay by critic Scott Tobias. *** (Not rated: AS, P, V) (Also on Bluray)

â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; COMING SOON: â&#x20AC;&#x153;CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2â&#x20AC;? (Jan. 28): Flintâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s (voice by Bill Hader) machine creates strange hybrids of food and animals in the animated sequel. (PG: AS) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;DOWNTON ABBEY: SEASON 4â&#x20AC;? (Jan. 28): The latest round of the globally popular drama comes to home video, enabling viewers to see several episodes before theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re telecast on PBS. (Not rated: AS) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;THE FIFTH ESTATEâ&#x20AC;? (Jan. 28): WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) is enmeshed in a global scandal over the release of classified documents. (R: P, V) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;LAST VEGASâ&#x20AC;? (Jan. 28): Oscar winners all, Michael Douglas, Robert De Niro, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Kline play longtime pals who reunite for a spree in ... you know where. (PG13: AS, P) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;RUSHâ&#x20AC;? (Jan. 28): Auto racers James Hunt and Niki Lauda (Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Bruhl) are rivals on the Formula 1 circuit in director Ron Howardâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s factbased drama. (R: AS, N, P) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;ESCAPE PLANâ&#x20AC;? (Feb. 4): A security system expert (Sylvester Stallone) gets help from an inmate (Arnold Schwarzenegger) when heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s trapped inside a prison. (R: AS, P, V) â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; FAMILY-VIEWING GUIDE KEY: AS, adult situations; N, nudity; P, profanity; V, violence; GV, particularly graphic violence.

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by Maane Khatchatourian Julia Louis-Dreyfus: James Gandolfini â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;had a lot of insecuritiesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; As â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough Saidâ&#x20AC;? fades to black, the words â&#x20AC;&#x153;For Jimâ&#x20AC;? appear at the beginning of the end credits. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Just like the film itself, the recent Variety Screening Series Q&A paid homage to the late James Gandolfini. This was Gandolfiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s last performance before his tragic death. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Julia Louis-Dreyfus, who also stars in the film, said the two shared an immediate chemistry. She wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t caught off guard by the connection, but Louis-Dreyfus said she was surprised to learn about the legendary actorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s deeprooted insecurities. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was fascinated to find out fairly quickly that he had a lot of insecurities about playing the part and really questioned whether he was right for the role as we were shooting it,â&#x20AC;? she told the audience at Hollywoodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s ArcLight Cinemas. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He kept saying, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;If you want to fire me, thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; ... He was just a very sympathetic person, not at all Tony Soprano-like, in fact, very similar to the character of Albert (from this film).â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Despite his anxiety, writerdirector Nicole Holofcener said the former â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sopranosâ&#x20AC;? leading man would deliver an unmatched performance, scene after scene. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;If he had a lot of business to do in a scene, he kind of let me know that he was never going to pull it off,â&#x20AC;? Holofcener said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;That kind of feeling of â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I have to know the lines and perform and eat the spaghetti at the same time as pour the juice in the thing.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; In the beginning, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be like, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh, s--t. Maybe I should have him just sit there or whatever.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; And then, as soon as we rolled, he did it perfectly.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; The two also recalled

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Gandolfiniâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s generosity in both his professional and personal life. The actor bought the filmâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s PA, who stood outside by their trailers, a chair with an awning so he could be rested and protected from the sun. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Louis-Dreyfus and Holofcener, who became fast friends while working on this comedy (LouisDreyfus credited â&#x20AC;&#x153;Match.com or CAAâ&#x20AC;? for the union), showed their comedy chops by cracking jokes the entire night. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I was in a cab in New York and Nicole called and she says, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;What do you think of Gandolfini,â&#x20AC;&#x2122;â&#x20AC;? Louis-Dreyfus recalled. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Oh my god. I love him. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so awesome.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Then I hung up the phone and I was next to my husband and I said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I think I got this job,â&#x20AC;&#x2122; because I wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t sure.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Her tag team partner then chimed in: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Not that youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to be in it, I just wanted to know.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Unlike most scripts, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Enough

Saidâ&#x20AC;? (like its star and director themselves) embraces the struggle to communicate. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;I notice that in movies, people are so articulate or smarter than their character should be or better dressed than character should be,â&#x20AC;? Holofcener said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everyone shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be so eloquent. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m not. I like real.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; As the former star of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Seinfeld,â&#x20AC;? Louis-Dreyfus knows a thing or two about filming awkward scenes. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;The awkwardness thing is where I like to live as an actress,â&#x20AC;? Louis-Dreyfus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;In addition to whatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s so brilliantly put on the page by Nicole, as a director, I think she really has this great capacity to stay longer than is comfortable in a moment, which is, I think, a strength of the film, in the sense that itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very raw and real.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Despite their hilarious oneliners, the most memorable moment of the night came when a disgruntled audience member, who

was supposed to ask a question during the end of the Q&A session, put down the film. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m sorry, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m going to be straight,â&#x20AC;? she said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;This film doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t deserve (Julia). Our conversations in life are much more meaningful. I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t know how you got the funding for this film, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s way too shallow.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; The gasps in the almost packed house slowly turned into groans as the anonymous audience memberâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s insults grew more serious. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s interesting â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;cause thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not a question,â&#x20AC;? Louis-Dreyfus said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a little hostile.â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;Why did you even stay?â&#x20AC;? Holofcener asked aloud, wondering why she stuck around after the screening. â&#x20AC;&#x201A; â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Another audience member then jumped in with a question to stop the womanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s tirade. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Help me, my heart is beating,â&#x20AC;? Louis-Dreyfus said. This was one awkward moment she hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t bargained for.

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Silver jewelry classes offered at The Center â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; New afternoon and evening silver jewelry classes begin Monday, Feb. 3, at The Center, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; In the afternoon intermediate level class, from 2 to 4 p.m., instructor Dan Snyder helps students design, saw, file, solder, and polish rough pieces of silver metal into beautiful sterling silver pins, pendants, brooches, bracelets, and other jewelry. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Snyder also instructs the evening 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. class, in which students design, saw, solder, and polish silver into beautiful sterling silver pendants containing rocks polished in The Centerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s new lapidary studio. Former lapidary students should bring their polished stones to set into silver. Stones will be provided for those who havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t previously made their own. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; Student Wendy Martin is pictured finishing a silver ring she has made in class. â&#x20AC;&#x201A;â&#x20AC;&#x201A; The class fee is $84 for six weeks for either class. Students should also expect to pay $40 to $50 in class for silver costs. Advance registration is required. Call The Center at 361-3650.

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