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However, Kelly said that was under the assumption that there would be no additional expenses and the board may choose to not buy those additional Chromebooks. The board delayed the vote on the $44,000 expenditure and will hear it again during one of the May meetings. Until then, both Kelly and Germany said that more discussion is needed so that the district and the board have the same understanding of the expenditures. “It’s very hard as a board member to spend this much money and not completely understand what you are buying,” Kelly said. Also April 23, the board approved the leasing of new math textbooks and support materials on a three-year lease not to exceed $155,000. The district will use the three years to evaluate the new materials and determine whether it will still need textbooks.

D-113A cutting back on attachments to board agendas District 113A is taking more of a bare minimum approach to the information it provides with board of education agendas on the BoardDocs website. Instead of having descriptions of discussion items with multiple attached documents, the April 23 meeting agenda only provided the title of each discussion item. Interim Superintendent Pamela Hollich, who has previous experience as a superintendent at Brookwood School District 167 in Glenwood, said the amount of information District 113A provided with its agendas before is not common practice among school districts. She said a lot of the attached documents were drafts and not

meant to be considered complete or finalized, which causes confusion for residents. “The problem with publishing every single thing is people think that those are done deals,” she said. She said the summaries included with the agenda items also include details that could change before the district makes a decision. The district would be more willing to release documents that have been finalized, she said. Hollich said the decision to scale back the agendas is part of the district’s evaluation of all of its practices as it transitions to a new superintendent.

Local Scout puts Lemont Township trails on the map By DAN FARNHAM LEMONT – The paths of Lemont Township Heritage Woodland Sanctuary have been mapped out thanks to local Boy Scout Alex Bronner. For his Eagle Scout project, Bronner measured the trails, planted posts marking distance at intersections and put up trail maps at the Lemont Township Community Center and Roberta Street entrance. Bronner said he was inspired to do the project because he likes to ride his bike on the paths “I would think, ‘How far did I

More about Alex Age: 17 School: Senior at LHS Activities: Tech for musicals, play French Horn Hobbies: Bike riding, video games, reading

ride my bike today?,’ just out of curiosity,” he said. Lemont Township Supervisor Steve Rosendahl said the trails needed to be organized like this but it was not something the township had thought addressing about until Bronner


foot he traveled. He admitted it was a tedious News to your process. phone “I had to go back a couple of times to make sure I was right,” Visit to he said. sign up for news and weather He measured two half-mile text alerts from Suburban Life. trails and one three-quarters mile trail. Rosendahl said these measurements will be useful for people who want to use the came to them with the project. “We had existing paths out trails for fitness. “I always tell people I got there,” he said. “But you kind of walk aimlessly with little di- two miles worth of trails, but I couldn’t tell you how much if rection.” After determining three you go this way or that way,” paths, Bronner said he mea- he said. Bronner said he had to hursured them by walking with a device that clicked for every ry to get the posts for the dis-

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tance markers in the ground before winter. He said he was under a time constraint because he needed to finish the project before he turned 18 in order to qualify for Eagle Scout status. He also had a problem with the first map he made because the ink bled. He made sure to laminate the next copy. The township unveiled the project during its Earth Day celebration on April 26. Rosendahl said he likes the organization that the maps and markers bring. “It’s just another touch,” he said. “It’s something that adds purpose.”

8ON THE COVER Lemont Scout Alex Bronner mapped out the trails at the Lemont Township Heritage Woodland Sanctuary for his Eagle Scout project. Dan Farnham -


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LEMONT – Discussions about further expenses related to computer purchases during the April 23 District 113A School Board meeting left some board members confused on why they were not earlier informed of the extra costs. The district was asking for another $44,000 for imaging, management licenses and warranties on student and teacher devices that the board had approved during the March 19 meeting. District Business Manager Barbara Germany said the $44,000 fell within the district’s technology budget for this year, where as the computers are being paid for with a state loan that only covers hardware costs. She also said the board had been informed that this would be an additional expense based on the information given to

them during the March 19 meeting. “If you look at the spreadsheet they got last month, it was on there,” she said. However, board members said they thought the more than $495,000 agreed to be spent on computers during the March 19 meeting included all related costs. “Some of the board members had only seen what they had formally voted on,” school board president Cindy Kelly said. Kelly said the additional expenses should have been presented to the board as part of the rest of the purchases instead of assuming the board would approve it as part of the budget. “Just because it was in the budget doesn’t mean we were going to spend it,” she said. During March, the board approved the purchase of 59 more Google Chromebooks than planned because it fit with the cost of the loan.


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Student shows dedication to drumming By DAN FARNHAM

About Steven Brija LEMONT – After the Lemont High School Marching Band has finished its fall season, percussionist Steven Brija marches to the beat of a different group of drums. Brija is a member of the Pioneer Indoor Percussion, a competitive marching percussion ensemble based in Romeoville. The group won second place in the Winter Guard International’s Percussion Open Finals on April 12 in Dayton, Ohio. This is Brija’s second year with Pioneer Indoor. He played the tenor drums this year after playing the cymbals last year. Brija said Lemont High School used to have a similar percussion program but it was cut a couple of years ago. He said he was looking for another percussion group to join and was familiar with Pioneer Indoor through people

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Lemont High School student Steven Brija performs with Pioneer Indoor Percussion, a Romeoville-based competitive percussion ensemble. who worked with the percussionists at the school. Brija, who plans on majoring in music in college, said it has been a good experience playing the ensemble, made up of high school and college students.

“It’s a kind of opportunity you don’t get in high school because you get to work with different instructors,” he said. Lemont High School band director Terry Redford said

Brija is a talented musician who basically is self-taught on the drums and the bass. He said music is a good career choice for Brija because of his dedication. “If there’s anybody that’s practicing in the practice room, it’s Steven,” he said, adding that it takes a special kind of student to make the large time commitment Pioneer Indoor requires. From mid-November to mid-April, the group practices for 10 hours every Saturday, except for the weekends they are traveling for competition. They also had frequent threehour Friday practices.

Brija said the long practices are daunting to some other Lemont students interested in joining. “This I can handle,” he said. “I have all Sunday to do homework.” Brija said he enjoys indoor marching more because the smaller space and fewer members put more emphasis on individual performers. “You’re not just a musician moving across a field,” he said. “You are actually a performer.” Though it is his second year with the group, it was Brija’s first year at the national finals because of a collapsed lung he suffered last year. He said the group’s jump from 10th place last year was incredible. “It was an amazing feeling,” he said. With this second marching season over, Brija is looking for a third season by joining a drum and bugle corps this summer.

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and is very excited for another new park to be unveiled this summer,” Lemont Park District LEMONT – The Lemont Park District has broken ground on it Board President Patrick Sexton said in a statement. Abbey Oaks Park project, with In other renovation news, the plans to unveil the renovation in June, according to a park district park district will complete the update to its Centennial Campus news release. entrance by planting trees and According to the release, the park will feature an updated play other foliage and adding signs. structure that includes a 20-foot Everest Academy offers zip-line, a climbing net, and play panels geared towards the dinner, dancing today LEMONT – Everest Academy of younger children. The play piece will be designed Lemont is holding a fundraiser with a tree house theme and will at 6:30 p.m. today at the Morton Arboretum, 4100 Route 53, Lisle. accommodate children ages 2 The fundraiser, themed “Growto 12. Some other elements will ing Greatness,” features dinner include a grasshopper spring rider, a double racer slide and a and dancing to the music of the City Lights Orchestra. There will speed slide. There will be a new sheltered also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $225 per person area with a picnic table, along or $2,100 for a table of 10. For with benches throughout the grounds. Large trees with fuller more information, contact Amy Scoville at 312-343-3413 or canopies will be planted. email everestadmin@everestle“The district is committed to following through on park –Suburban Life Media replacements as necessary

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LEMONT – The construction company responsible for building a new Wet Weather Treatment Facility at Lemont Water Reclamation Plant, 13 Stephen St., expects to continue using explosives to break through bedrock for the next six to eight weeks. Adam Johnson, a public information officer with the construction company J.J. Henderson, said the blasting started April 16 and will take place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. He said the company planned to start blasting in December, but the weather forced them to delay it. The project is on an accelerated timeline in to order to meet a mid-2015 deadline, he said. According to a Metropolitan Water Reclamation District spokesperson, the Wet Weather Treatment Facility will store excess water during storms until it can be treated. The spokesperson said water from the combined sewer system can exceed the plant’s treatment capacity of 4.5 million gallons per day during storms.


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Pizza and Stonehouse Pub. The winners included: Kylie Meloni – Appetizer/Salad 5-8 year old – Pita Bread Balsamic Ellie Cuiching – Appetizer/ Salad 5-8 year old – Strawberry Romaine Salad Nawahl Bouchari – Entrée 5-8 year old – Piggy Pillows Bridget McCuffin – Entrée 9-13 year old – Rea’s Chili Haley Heeg – Entrée 14-18 year old – Cream Cheese Enchiladas Caitlin Brennwald – Dessert 5-8 year old – Graham Cracker Pudding Tarts Abigal Pacyga – Dessert 9-13 year old – Crushing Chocolate.

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LEMONT – The Lemont Park District has broken ground on it Abbey Oaks Park project, with plans to unveil the renovation in June, according to a park district news release. According to the release, the park will feature an updated play structure that includes a 20-foot zip-line, a climbing net, and play panels geared towards the younger children. The play piece will be designed with a tree house theme and will accommodate children ages 2 to 12. Some other elements will include a grasshopper spring rider, a

double racer slide and a speed slide. There will be a new sheltered area with a picnic table, along with benches throughout the grounds. Large trees with fuller canopies will be planted. The District is committed to following through on park replacements as necessary and is very excited for another new park to be unveiled this summer,” said Lemont Park District Board President Patrick Sexton in a statement. In other renovation news, the park district will complete the update to its Centennial Campus entrance by planting trees and other foliage and adding signs.

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New Abbey Oaks Park will be ready in June

8POLICE REPORTS Information in Police Reports is obtained from the Lemont Police Department. Individuals listed in Police Reports who have been charged with a crime have not been proven guilty in court.

DUI Rimvydas Grieze, 29, 44 Fountainhead Drive, Westmont, was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol and improper lane use after a traffic stop at 3:13 a.m. April 27 at Archer Avenue and Oak Tree Drive.

Marijuana possession • Dsean Phillips, 21, 3012 Tower Line Road, Bridgeport, was charged with possession of marijuana and possession of alcohol after a traffic stop at 10:37 p.m. April 25 in the 300 block of Front Street. • A juvenile was charged with possession of marijuana after a traffic stop at 8:56 p.m. April 25 at Keepataw Drive and State Street.

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Warrior Booster Club saves extracurriculars During our past two board meetings, we have honored the boys varsity basketball team coached by Jack Williams and the girls varsity basketball team coached by Shawn Ryan. We also honored our girls cheerleading team coached by Laurie Saulys and Daryl Mercer. While taking pictures and shaking hands of many proud students and parents, my thoughts centered on the club that made this possible. Four years ago, our district had to cut all extracurricular activities from our budget. Luckily, a group of district parents – Brenda Douglas, Dan Banas, Ed Kramer and Amy COMMUNITY Kramer – formed the Warrior VOICE Booster Club to find a way Cindy to save our activities. It was Kelly decided the club would offer activities for a fee and handle registration. Students signed up for the activities, the club collected the money and submitted the fees and registration lists to Old Quarry Middle School. By following these procedures, it ensured our teams and clubs could compete in our conference and state competitions. Because of the Warrior Booster Club, most of the activities the school ran were saved. The club also offered an average of $1,200 per year in scholarships and fee waivers for eligible students since 2011-12. In the past four years, Warrior Booster Club has helped the middle school achieve much. For next year, our district and the club agreed the school will take over the registration process and collection of fees. The club will continue to operate and support Old Quarry Middle School, but its focus will be on providing new uniforms and equipment for the teams. The club will still continue its scholarship and fee waiver program so all eligible students can participate. “As [School District 113A] steps in to take over the activities and clubs, we only hope we can do as good a job as the [booster club] has done in providing meaningful activities and opportunities for our students,” Dennis Kennedy said. “It has been very rewarding to watch so many students participate and get involved the last four years,” Amy Kramer said. “The work we put in never felt like a burden. It was just something we wanted to do to help make Old Quarry a good school and great place for our children.” On behalf of the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A School Board, I thank the booster club for giving our children the chance to participate in all of the teams and clubs you provide.

Cindy Kelly is the president of the Lemont-Bromberek Combined School District 113A Board of Education.

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Lois Ryan (front, center) and her husband, Jim (front, left), meet her relatives during a trip to Slovenia in September.

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Enough taxes already I see Westmont is now cutting more services but raising taxes. The streets department will no longer be picking up brush instead waste management will be doing it. And there are much stricter guidelines for putting brush out. The elderly will not be able to manage. Also, I see the village is still in talks to enact a stormwater runoff fee, better known as a tax. Residents are paying enough taxes and cannot afford what we now have. No more new taxes and stop making up new taxes that the village of Westmont residents cannot afford.

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should happen is only those who have brush pickup should have to purchase a sticker or something at the village and pay for it so that we don’t all have to share its cost, which we cannot afford. Also, there are much stricter guidelines as to how the brush has to be put out. I’m concerned that some of the elderly people aren’t able to accommodate this requirement.

Foxes, fence builders will benefit from chickens

According to the Suburban Life, if the Downers Grove Village Council approves the new backyard chickens ordinance, the new setback for chicken coops will only be 7 feet from property lines instead of the current 50-foot requirement. All neighbors would also have to give an OK and the $84 dollar permit would last five years before all neighbors would have to consent again. I feel few neighbors want to disagree, Responding to Westmont’s regardless of their desire for farm brush pick-up costs animals next door. The winners I’m calling concerning the here will be foxes, raccoons and article in the Suburban Life fence contractors, once chickens concerning Westmont’s new can be kept in virtually any neighbrush-pickup program. I was borhood in the village. Expect that quite surprised to see this lots of high fences will be built and actually disappointed in and tight-lipped neighbors and the town of Westmont. I do Realtors will be torn between full know that they just purchased disclosure and mums the word. last year a brand new chipper and a brand new chipper Resident hopes village truck specifically for picking will study chicken issue up brush in the village itself, Many schools and daycare which residents pay for. Also, providers have regulations what it doesn’t mention in the prohibiting most mammals article that I’m very concerned and birds from being kept in about; if waste management is classrooms in areas where picking up brush on a basis that casual contact in proximity with coincides with garbage pickup, children could lead to airborne or who’s paying the additional bill contact-spread parasites or mifor this service, which Westcro-organisms. As the village of mont is eliminating by doing Downers Grove moves to reduce themselves? I’m sure we’re barriers to residential backyard going to have another increase chicken keeping, one hopes in our garbage pickup fee, and health and liability analyses have it’s not listed here. I am very concerned. I believe what See SOUND OFF, page 13


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I just wanted to Sound Off about the Lemont post office. I went there to mail a package. One person was working in the window, where people were getting a passport. There were 12 of us waiting in line, and no one else came out the other window. I think that’s ridiculous that we had to wait more than a half-hour to mail a package. They should have either a separate window for the passports, or they should have two people working.


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for that matter to encourage residents and business to invest and prosper in Illinois. Instead, the same power brokers that run this one-party state encourage thoughtful taxpaying citizens to vote with their feet and leave Illinois. Illinois is going broke – pension time bombs, unpaid bills, residents and businesses leaving – and Springfield just keeps looking for more revenue. As the so-called “Fair Tax” push gets launched, it has never been more obvious that Illinois is indeed in a sad state of affairs.

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The village of Glen Ellyn announced there will be at $1.4 million shortfall in its budget. In the same breath, it approved the hiring of consultants to mock up new signage. With a deficit budget, the board decided to move forward with more spending. It’s always more surveys, more studies, more consulting fees on frivolous ideas with Glen Ellyn. Why do we bother with politicians?

elimination of the flat tax and embracing a new method of getting more and more tax revenues for Springfield politicians to squander. It is a sad state of So long, Kewpies affairs when the same elected ofSo long, Kewpies, from a cus- ficials who gave us a “temporary” tomer. Kewpies is out of busi67 percent tax increase now ness. I was there in January, and tell us the increase will likely be I tried to go there in February. permanent (shocking). Now they I had training to be an election have to plot out new ways to judge official and wanted to get get more money from taxpayers dinner there in February and saw using deceiving labels like a “Fair Bring back the W.P.A. a sign on the door saying “we’re Tax.” What this state should be Local, state and federal taking a break for awhile.” The governments increase taxes to doing is reducing the flat income next month I saw a sign on the subsidize extended welfare and tax rate and corporate tax rate door that said “taking a break.” unemployment benefits. Why This month, I looked in the isn’t there a program like what window and saw the counter President Franklin Roosevelt instituted? The W.P.A. put people torn apart and heard from a back to work instead of the gov- customer Thursday, April 24, ernment paying more for people that Kewpies is out of business. who don’t work. Numerous jobs Congratulations on all the years, could be created to give individu- Kewpies. We in Brookfield will als and our government the pride miss you. of contributing versus collecting more and more from those who Springfield is do work. America should stop playing Daddy Warbucks to those wrong on tax changes There is a progressive push to throughout the world that may hit Illinois taxpayers with a new be in need. Doesn’t our country income tax scheme involving deserve the same respect that pavement is just thrown in. It’s too much. Our streets rarely get cleaned, so those who live there have the labor of sweeping or blowing pavement we don’t want or need in our driveways. How about making Blanchard not a one way street or replace our street and clean it? Police our street. People do not stop at the stop signs.


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What does living with mental illness sound like? A new album produced by local mental health nonprofit The Awakenings Project asks that question and a number of area artists answer it. The CD, titled “Awakenings: Songs and Poems” is filled with original music and spoken word creations by 16 contributors with mental illnesses. Though track titles such as “Focus on the Light,” “Finding Winter’s End,” “PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)” and “Crazy Cycle” seem to center on struggles with mental illness, many songs

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don’t directly address the common theme that brought the artists together. That’s part of the point, said producer, musician and Awakenings board member Mandy Rakow. “There is an ongoing theme for the subject matter for anything Awakenings does – recovery,” said Rakow, who suffers from extreme depression. “I think that definitely comes

through in the pieces that people chose, but some people just picked stuff that was fun and their favorite.” “We just wanted to highlight the abilities that people with mental disabilities have.” The Awakenings Project has offered similar opportunities for more than 15 years. The Wheaton-based group began when what was supposed to be a one-time show took shape as a nonprofit. Today, the project has an annual literary magazine, an Elgin art studio and regular exhibits, including one that opened April 25 at North Central College in Naperville. Robert Lundin, a Glen Ellyn resident, The Awakenings Project co-founder and mental

health specialist at the DuPage County Health Department, said he became interested in the idea of art as an outlet for those with mental illnesses after reading a book on the subject. “Hemingway, Van Gogh, there are dozens with mental illnesses that come to mind that achieved artistic brilliance,” he said. “I decided to put it out there and see how good of artists we could find.” By celebrating the music, art and stories of those with mental illnesses, their talent is the focus, instead of their oft stigmatized conditions. “We hoped with ‘Awakenings’ to give some people ... the identification of ‘artist’ or ‘writer’ or ‘musician,’ ” he said.

Police search for serial armed robber By RYAN TERRELL Woodridge police are looking for an armed robber they say has robbed people using a knife and a handgun on three occasions since April 24. The Village of Woodridge sent out a news release at 5 p.m. Monday asking for the public’s help in identifying a male offender carrying a small handgun after an armed robbery in the 7700 block of Janes Avenue on Monday afternoon. The suspect is described as a male Hispanic, 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-10 with a medium build and in his late teens to early 20s. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, black jeans, a black baseball hat with a red bill and his face is covered with a bandana. The first incident oc -

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Woodridge police released this photo of the man suspected to have robbed a woman in a Jewel parking lot on April 24. The same suspect is believed to have committed armed robberies on Sunday and Monday as well. curred around 1:05 p.m. April 24, when a man approached a van in the parking lot of Jewel, 2317 W. 75th St., and robbed a woman, threatening her with a “large butcher’s

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weather in the forecast. For weeks, Kiefner and most other Will County farmers have resisted the urge to put their crops in the ground with the soil only borderline ready. Kiefner pointed out how costly the worst-case scenario can be if farmers were hit with a prolonged cold spell. For the corn seeds alone, it costs farmers $120 per acre, he said. “If a farmer planted a 100 acres and had to come back, that would really not be favorable. It’s rare, but when it happens, it hurts,” he said. “So I play on the conservative side. If we could tailor-make our weather, we would all plant during the last week of April, first week of May and have our corn done by Mother’s Day and get that perfect one inch of rain every week.” Will County Farm Bureau Manager Mark Schneidewind said this week’s forecast – filled with cooler temperatures and chances of heavy rain – leaves farmers with unsure footing on the fields, he said. “We’re really not seeing the temperatures warm up,” Schneidewind said, noting temperatures are not expected to get above 70 all week. As of Sunday, 19 percent of the nation’s corn crop is in the ground, just behind the fiveyear average of 28 percent, but

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WHERE: Wandschneider Park, 831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove WHEN: Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 3 COST & INFO: Free;, 630-963-1300 ABOUT: Travel back to a simpler time at the Downers Grove Park District’s “Country in the Park” event. Wandschneider Park will be transformed into countryside for the day, highlighting demonstrations in blacksmithing, butter making, sheep shearing, heirloom gardening and other skills. Kids can visit calves, sheep, chickens and pigs – once commonplace around town. Festivities take place outside the Downers Grove Museum.


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‘LES MISERABLES’ WHERE: 100 Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrrace WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday until June 8, with lunch and dinner packages available COST & INFO: Tickets start at $45 for adults; 630-530-0111, ABOUT: Celebrating its 30th anniversary, Drury Lane Theatre is earning raves for “Les Misérables.” In the ensemble is Woodridge native Justin Adair. The cast is led by Ivan Rutherford, who played Jean Valjean in over 2,000 performances on Broadway. Musical director is Darien native Roberta Duchak, vocal coach for Russell Crowe and Hugh Jackman for the recent film version.



WHERE: Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Ave., Downers Grove WHEN: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8 COST & INFO: $20 ($25 after May 2); ticket information at 630-960-7600, ABOUT: A concert by the band 7th heaven will benefit SEASPAR, which provides year-round recreation services for individuals with disabilities, and is an extension of the park districts of Clarendon Hills, Darien, Downers Grove, Lisle, Westmont and Woodridge. Ticketholders who dine that evening at Scarletti’s Italian Kitchen and Gatto’s Restaurant & Bar in Downers Grove will have 10 percent of their dinner bill donated to SEASPAR.


WHERE: 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove WHEN: 8:15 p.m. Friday, May 2 COST & INFO: $7; 630-968-5526,; ABOUT: Indiana folk rockers Shiny Shiny Black – self-labeled as “Coffeehouse Rock N’ Roll” – fittingly will star at Two Way Street Coffee House. They promise carefully crafted songs, a high-energy show, and on-stage banter for a lively night. Shiny Shiny Black will play a lightly amplified concert open to all ages.

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WHERE: Graham Crackers Comic Books, 1550 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove, and 1271 Rickert Drive, Naperville WHEN: Saturday, May 3 COST & INFO: Free; 630-852-1810,; www. ABOUT: The first Saturday in May is the annual Free Comic Book Day at participating shops. Every customer can select from among special comics printed just for the day and absolutely free. Comic books for kids and for adults are among the 60 titles, and previews are online at www. The event is an opportunity to discover the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops.

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Adventure beckons at HB Jones in Elmhurst ELMHURST – As I approached HB Jones, I only had one goal in mind: to climb Mount Everest. Let me explain. My research into the Elmhurst restaurant called HB Jones, aka Hamburger Jones, started last month. Normally, I rarely research an unfamiliar restaurant beforehand, other than to see if there’s a dress code, but the stories surrounding HB Jones and its menu are as entertaining as the eatery itself. A backstory has been created around the adventures of fictional character Horatio B. Jones. One tale has him descending Mount Everest until his expedition is snowed in, and then credits his “unyielding hunger for his favorite food” for inspiring his trek to safety. Back at base camp, he was rewarded with a burger of “Everest proportions.” For my adventure, I checked the online menu and went to the burger section where I saw the “Jones Climbs Everest” burger – three 10-ounce patties, cheeses and an array of toppings, accompanied by fries. This was the burger waiting for Jones after he returned, and if I finished one, I would get my name on the wall and a T-shirt. At that moment, it became my goal to consume that burger and make the metaphorical climb. As I walked in with hunger on my side, the first thing I noticed was the atypical setting. The restaurant features a greenhouse-style section, where light floods through walls of windows to turn the expansive dining area into a creatively inviting space. The restaurant is replete with big screen TVs and colorful decor touches. As staff escorted us to a table, I started having second thoughts about my contemplated burger challenge, when I saw the copious amounts of food others were enjoying. It wasn’t just the burgers, but the sandwiches, too, that

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HB Jones in Elmhurst bills itself as a destination for “adventures in eating and drinking.” Its greenhouse-style dining area is a unique setting, with patio seating available.

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More photos online “Country Road to a Coronary” is a mouthwatering cheeseburger on a buttered bun with bacon and sunny-side-up egg, shown with a special side of mac and cheese. were generous in size, ranging from the Cajun chicken sandwich to skirt steak and a classic BLT. More than 20 sauces provide tantalizing options to shake up flavor profiles. Beyond meat-dominated dishes including ribs, the restaurant has a variety of choices, such as a salad bar, complemented by an array of craft beer and draft options. The connecting pub

room whips up cocktails and milkshakes. One almost gave me brain freeze, because I couldn’t put down the rich vanilla concoction. After the last slurp, I knew I wouldn’t make the summit of Everest on this visit – mostly because I couldn’t pass up an appetizer and shake. For added decadence, the menu also highlights shakes fortified with rum.

To see more photos from HB Jones, find this story online at I started with the zesty chicken strip appetizer, and then ordered the “Country Road to a Coronary” burger, a tasty melding of melted cheddar and juicy beef amped up by the creamy yolk of a sunnyside-up egg. I couldn’t resist picking mac and cheese as a satisfying side dish, which helped push the summit just out of reach.

Meanwhile, my mom worked on her British burger, named for criss-crossed bacon strips meant to resemble the Union Jack flag, and commented that the meat was cooked perfectly with just the right amount of bacon. We finished off the meal with a piece of killer chocolate cake. The enthusiastic friendliness of the staff and the warm atmosphere make it a fun destination. Not only do I suggest you check out HB Jones for the addictive comfort food, I vow to return by this summer to try for the Everest burger, and claim that T-shirt and my name on the wall as “Mr. E. Dyner” with all the glory that goes with it. I could also go for another milkshake.

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MAY 2 YOGA FOR ALL LEVELS, 9 a.m. May 2, Prairie Yoga, 4701 Auvergne Avenue, Lisle. Drop-in cost is $18. Information: HINSDALE ROTARY CLUB, 12:15 p.m. May 2, The Community House, 415 W. Eighth St., Hinsdale. Information: 630286-9541 or TEEN MOVIE FRIDAY, 3 p.m. May 2, Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. All movies rated PG-13 and below. Contact the Vortex for movie title information. For grades 6-12. Information: AIDAN O’TOOLE, 5 p.m. May 2, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Irish favorites along with some current radio hits. Information: www.ballydoylepub. com. METROPOLITAN FAMILY SERVICES DUPAGE GALA, 6 p.m. May 2, Bobaks Signature Events at Seven Bridges, 6440 Double Eagle Drive, Woodridge. Formal evening features delicious cuisine, live music by Strings of Silk, a Champagne and Martini jewelry raffle, a wine raffle, and live and silent auctions. Community leaders Alexander C. and Rinda Allison will be presented with the Roger K. Johnson Award in honor of their many years of service to families and communities served by Metropolitan Family Services DuPage. Tickets are $150. Proceeds benefit Metropolitan Family Services DuPage. Information: www. or 312-9864046. Cost: $150. PIZZA WARS & EAGLE JAM, 6 p.m. May 2, Clarendon Hills Middle School, 301 Chicago Avenue, Clarendon Hills. Vote for your favorite local pizzeria. Participating pizzerias include: Aurelio’s, Baldinelli, Domino’s, Fox’s, Home Run Inn, L&F, Mario’s, Pompei, York Tavern and Zazzo’s. Students will be showcasing their talents on stage at Eagle Jam. Tickets are $10 before the day of the event and $12 at the door. Admission includes 10 tasting pizza slices and water. Information: www. WEST SUBURBAN COMMUNITY PANTRY SPRING SPECTACULAR, 6:30 p.m. May 2, Sheraton Lisle Hotel, 3000 Warrenville Road, Lisle. This year’s event has an “Uncommonly Monopoly’ theme, a tribute to the board game. Features a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, musical entertainment,

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‘HARVEY’ REDUX WHERE: Asbury Hall at First United Methodist Church, 232 S. York Road, Elmhurst WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays, May 2 to 18 COST & INFO: Elwood P. Dowd (played by Chuck Jacobson, from left) turns the tables on Dr. Chumley (Bill Boggs), when GreenMan Theatre caps its 10th season with the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Harvey.” Harvey is Elwood’s best friend, a 6-foot, invisible rabbit, in the story made famous in the 1950 film starring James Stewart. Directed by Jim Bruner, the show stars Boggs, Jacobson, Duard Mosley and Taylor Sebesta, all of Elmhurst; Kim White of La Grange; Richard Bucchi of Winfield; Jerry Moore of Lombard; Jennifer Price of Burr Ridge; and Denis Duffy, Vicky Giannini, Dana Peters and Barb Singelmann. Tickets cost $17 for adults, and $15 for seniors and students, with reservations offered at 630-464-2646 or raffle prizes, and the famous jail from the “Monopoly’ game. Ticket prices begin at $100 per person. Proceeds support efforts of the West Suburban Community Pantry to eradicate hunger throughout DuPage County. Tickets: 630-512-9921. Information: OPEN GAME NIGHT, 7 p.m. May 2, Fair Game, 5150 C Main St., Downers Grove. Information: PAINT AND PLAY, 7 p.m. May 2, The Brigantine Gallery, 734 Ogden Ave., Downers Grove. Teachers will guide you through a painting from beginning to end. All materials, snacks and beverages provided for $20; no credit cards. Information: www.vickeryart. com. “CABARET,” 8 p.m. May 2 and 3, 2 p.m. May 4, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Clifford Bradshaw, a naïve American novelist, finds his way to the Berlin’s infamous Kit Kat Club and is drawn to its decadence. But how long can Cliff close his eyes to the reality of 1930s Germany? Presented by the Grove Players. $20 for adults, $16 for seniors, and $13 for students. Information: or 630-415-3682. SHINY SHINY BLACK LIVE, 8:15 p.m. May 2, Two Way Street Coffee House, 1047 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Indiana folk rockers. Information: 630-968-5526 or www.twowaystreet.

org. WAYNIAC SHOW KARAOKE, 10 p.m. May 2, Mullen’s - Lisle, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: 630-505-0240 or MIKE TRAMP, 10 p.m. May 2, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W. Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Live music. Information: events or 630-679-1994.

MAY 3 BLACKSMITHING 101, 8 a.m. May 3, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville. Learn the art of blacksmithing with an introduction to safety, tools and the forge in this two-session class. Participants will learn hammer techniques while making an item to take home. Reservations required, for ages 18 to adult, all materials are provided. $150 for both sessions. Call 630-420-6010. Information: www.napersettlement. org. RECYCLING EXTRAVAGANZA, 9:30 a.m. May 3, Oak Brook Public Library, 600 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Drive through and drop off your electronics, clothing, books, CFL light bulbs, bicycles, wheelchairs, crutches, pet supplies and more. Information: 3RD ANNUAL NATURE PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT OF THE MORTON ARBORETUM PHOTOGRAPHIC SOCIETY

(MAPS), 10 a.m. May 3 and 4, The Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois Route 53, Lisle. See the natural world through the eyes of local artists. More than 150 original photos showcasing the beauty of the natural landscape will be on display. Several pieces will also be available for purchase. The artists will also be available to answer questions about the photographs. Exhibit is free with paid admission to the Morton Arboretum. Information: or 630-968-0074. FOUNDERS’ DAY HISTORIC FAMILY BIKE RIDE, 10 a.m. May 3, Fischel Park, 1036 Grove Street, Downers Grove. Free. Information: www. DEMO DAY, 11 a.m. May 3, Downers Grove Golf Club, 2420 Haddow Road, Downers Grove. Golfsmith of Downers Grove will have some of the most popular vendors in the industry out to show off the season’s newest equipment. Free. Information: FREE COMIC BOOK DAY, 11 a.m. May 3, Indian Prairie Public Library, 401 Plainfield Road, Darien. Free comic books for all ages from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. while supplies last. There will also be a comic-themed photo booth and scratch ticket giveaways. Information:

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• GO GUIDE Continued from page 21 COUNTRY IN THE PARK, noon May 3, Downers Grove Museum, 831 Maple Ave, Downers Grove. View demonstrations on blacksmithing, butter making, sheep shearing, heirloom gardening and more. Visit with calves, sheep, chickens and pigs and celebrate the rural heritage of Downers Grove. Information: QUICK TIPS: PLANTING FOR SUCCESS, noon May 3 and 4, The Growing Place, 25w471 Plank Road, Naperville. Find out how to plant your plants correctly to achieve gardening success. Information: PRESERVING YOUR FAMILY HEIRLOOMS, 1 p.m. May 3, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Information on basic care and proper handling of furniture, metals, ceramics, and glass objects to prevent and reduce damage. Attendees will have any opportunity to consult about care and storage options for their own special family heirlooms. Program includes a tour of the museum’s Collections Care and Storage Facility. For ages teen to adult. Space limited to the first 20 registrants. Tickets are $10, $8 sustaining members. Information: 630-420-6010 or TEAM YOUTH DAY, 1 p.m. May 3, Downers Grove South High School, 1436 Norfolk Street, Downers Grove. The Downers Grove High School Boys Lacrosse team is inviting all youth lacrosse players along with family and friends to attend our first Youth Day game. Come out and cheer on Downers Grove as they face-off against York High School. Enjoy an afternoon of lacrosse games, raffle prizes, relay races, giveaways and food. SPRING SWING SCRAMBLE, 3 p.m. May 3, Downers Grove Golf Club, 2420 Haddow Road, Downers Grove. Nine holes with a shotgun start immediately after the Golfsmith Demo Day. Age 13 years and up. Registration: Cost: $100. 2014 KENTUCKY DERBY GALA, 3 p.m. May 3, Chicago Marriott Naperville, 1801 N. Naperville Blvd., Naperville. Gala to benefit Hesed House. Cost: $125-$1,500. Information: www. or 630-505-4900. SALSA, 6 p.m. May 3, Esteban’s Dining and Dancing, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville. Free entry with purchase of dinner entree available from 6 to 9 p.m. With no dinner reservation $10 cover charge. Take a one-hour lesson with Cinnamon. Information: www. html. CHICAGO BEER RALLY, 6 p.m. May 3, Romeoville Athletic and Event Center, 55 Phelps, Romeoville. Support Chicago area craft brewers at this beer fest. Enjoy great beer and food

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PLANT SALE WHERE: Bloomingdale Park District Maintenance Building, 259 Springfield Drive WHEN: Noon to 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 COST & INFO: Varies;; ABOUT: The Bloomingdale Garden Club spring sale features flats of 48 annuals, hanging baskets, geraniums, specialty plants, Proven Winners, accent plants, vegetables and herbs. from local vendors. Adult general admission is $40 ($45 at the door if still available) and designated driver admission is $15. Information: www. IMPROVISATIONAL SHOW, 6:30 p.m. May 3, Midwestern University, 555 31st Street, Downers Grove. Students studying clinical psychology on the Downers Grove Campus learn improvisational theater techniques in order to make them better healthcare professionals upon graduation. As a culmination of their improv studies, the students perform in an annual show. Free.

MAY 4 360 SPRING AHEAD 10K, 5K & Kids Fun Run, 8 a.m. May 4, CityGate Centre, 2135 City Gate Lane, Naperville. Cost: $15-$40. THE UPS AND DOWNS OF DINING IN THE GUILDED AGE, noon and 3 p.m. May 4, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. Food historians Ellie Carlson and Mark Howe will portray a cook and butler from a 1922 home in Illinois and will provide insight into the eating habits of wealthy families. A tour of historic Mayslake Hall will be offered for an hour before each of the two seating options. Cost: $15. Information: or 630-206-9567. GREEN EARTH FAIR AT GREEN EARTH INSTITUTE, 12:30 p.m. May 4, Green Earth Fair, 10S404 Knoch Knolls Road, Naperville. Musical artists will include

Anna Stange, The Space Goats, Vanessa Antonino, and newcomers Mandy Rakow, Evan Frazier and Joel Vogel will entertain with acoustic rock originals. Childrens’ activities, crafts, and fun. Willowbrook Wildlife Center will be bringing local wildlife for up-close viewing. Learn new ways to green your life from more than 40 exhibitors and expert speakers on nutrition, organic gardening, backyard chickens, and more. Free. Information: GIRL SCOUTS MAY DAY, 1 p.m. May 4, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville. Daisies, Brownies and Juniors are invited to visit Naper Settlement for this badge-earning bonanza. Pick up your badge-in-a-bag at check in, visit the stations, tour the buildings, play games and earn your Petal or Badge. $13 per Scout, $11 for adults. Reservations: register. Information: SPIES AND SPYING IN THE CIVIL WAR, 4 p.m. May 4, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster Street, Naperville. Presentation for all audiences and features the illustrations of acclaimed artist Jim Weren. Day of event tickets: $7/adult, $6/youth (4-12); $6/NHSS member and student; advance tickets save $1 each. Information: 630-4206010 or SENIOR STAR AT WEBER PLACE HOSTS KICK-OFF EVENT FOR THE WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S JOLIET, 4:30 p.m. May 4, Senior Star at Weber Place, 605 South Edward Drive, Romeoville. The event will include a Cinco de

Mayo themed taco party with an informative discussion led by Mickey Peterson, manager of special events for the Alzheimer’s Association, Greater Illinois Chapter, about the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s Joliet scheduled for Sept. 27 at Rock Run Forest Preserve. Attendees will be served a build-your-own taco bar and refreshments. RSVP to 815-439-9955 by May 2. Cost: $15. Information: DJ NIGHT, 8 p.m. May 4, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Information: www. or 630-679-1994.

MAY 5 EXCEL COMPUTER CLASS, 9 a.m. May 5, Power Connection, 999 Remington Blvd., Suite F, Bolingbrook. Class is for seven weeks. Cost is $30. Register at Power Connection or call 630-6796899. Cost: $30. Information: www. LITERACY DUPAGE TUTOR TRAINING IN LISLE, 6 p.m. May 5, Lisle Library District, 777 Front St., Lisle. Literacy DuPage provides accessible and customized one-to-one English language tutoring to adults with low-level literacy skills who speak English as their first or second language. No experience, teaching background or second language is required to be a tutor. Tutors receive comprehensive training in a series of six workshops preparing them for one-to-one tutoring. Plan to attend all 6 sessions: May 5, 8, 12, 15, 19 and June 2. Cost: $25.

Information: DOWNERS GROVE ARTISTS’ GUILD, 7 p.m. May 5, Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss St., Downers Grove. Meets September through May. Information: 630-963-5749 or 630-960-1200. HOW COGNITIVE SKILLS AFFECT READING, 7 p.m. May 5, Naperville Public Library at 95th Street, 3015 Cedar Glade Drive, Naperville. Mia Tischer, executive director from LearningRx Chicago-Naperville, will teach how cognitive skills lay the foundation of reading. Information: 630-961-4100. AFTER HOURS FILM SOCIETY PRESENTS “ELAINE STRITCH: SHOOT ME,” 7:30 p.m. May 5, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove. Documentary featuring Broadway legend Elaine Stritch. $5 After Hours members, $9 nonmembers. Information: or 630-968-0219. ACOUSTIC NIGHT, 8 p.m. May 5, Miss Kitty’s, 634 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Open to all acoustic musicians. Information: Miss-Kittys-Saloon. BAGS COMPETITION, 8 p.m. May 5, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove. Information: ecalendar.php.

MAY 6 GENERAL COMPUTER CLASS, 9 a.m. May 6, Power Connection, 999 Remington Blvd., Suite F, Bolingbrook. Class runs for seven weeks and cost is $30. Register at Power Connection or call 630-679-6899. Cost: $30. Information: PINOCHLE CLUB, noon May 6, Lincoln Center, 935 Maple Ave., Downers Grove. Meets in Room 307. Information: 630-649-2116. LEMONT-HOMER GLEN ROTARY, noon May 6, Ruffled Feathers, 1 Pete Dye Drive, Lemont. Information: 630-2579063. WOODRIDGE ROTARY CLUB, noon May 6, Seven Bridges Golf Club, 1 Mulligan Drive, Woodridge. Information: 630960-5417 or www.woodridgerotary. org. NAPERVILLE NOON LIONS CLUB MEETING, 12:15 p.m. May 6, Braconi’s Restaurant, 796 Royal Saint George Drive, Naperville. Meets the first four Tuesdays of each month. Information: ROTARY CLUB OF DARIEN, 12:15 p.m. May 6, Argonne National Lab - Guest House, 9700 Cass Avenue, Darien. Guests must pre-register. Information: 630-434-5075 or www. WSI QUIZ NIGHT, 7 p.m. May 6, Quigley’s Irish Pub, 43 E. Jefferson St., Naperville. First Tuesday of each month. Information: or 630-428-4774.

MAY 7 WEDNESDAY WALKING CLUB, 8 to 9 a.m. May 7, Naper Settlement, 523 S. Webster St., Naperville. Through Oct. 29. Choose your route through the museum grounds. Sign in at the Pre-Emption House Tavern, log your minutes and then enjoy a healthy treat. Registration and information: 630-420-6010 or EXCEL COMPUTER CLASS, 9 a.m. May 7, Power Connection, 999 Remington Blvd., Suite F, Bolingbrook. Class is for seven weeks. Cost is $30. Register at Power Connection or call 630-6796899. Cost: $30. Information: www. LADIES AID OF THE BOHEMIAN HOME, 1 p.m. May 7, Tabor Hills Pavilion, 1327 Crystal Ave., Naperville. Board meeting, 11 a.m. $8 for noon lunch. Information: 630-322-8681. UNITED STATES UNDER REPAIR, 2:15 p.m. May 7, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. The national debt topped $17 trillion for the first time and is growing. How did we get here? The class will focus on the top issues, their ramifications if left broken, and what we can do to repair it. Cost: $48. Information: 2ND ANNUAL GIRLS ON GARTNER, 3 p.m. May 7, Naperville Plaza, 88 West Gartner Road, Naperville. Coalition of merchants at Naperville Plaza offers

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GO FLY A KITE WHERE: Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, May 3 COST & INFO: Free; register for kite-record attempt at, 630-510-5064 ABOUT: Make a kite and watch professional kite flyers, including special guests The Chicago Fire Kite Team take to the air in demonstrations. Bring a kite and join the grand launch at 11 a.m., when the Wheaton Park District attempts to break its record of 834 kites flying simultaneously. a packed day of activities, entertainment and refreshments. Information: ROTARY CLUB OF NAPERVILLE/ DOWNTOWN MEETING, 4:44 p.m. May 7, Hugo’s Frog Bar, 55 S Main St., Naperville. First guest visit is complimentary. All subsequent visits come with a guest fee of $20 to cover beverages and light refreshments. Information: BINGO AT THE LITHUANIAN WORLD CENTER, 5:15 p.m. May 7, Lithuanian World Center, 14911 E 127th St., Lemont. Early bird raffle starting at 5:15 p.m. Bingo and raffle begin at 6:45 p.m., with payouts ranging from $100 to $500. Information: 630-257-8787. WILLOW SPRINGS LIONS CLUB, 6 p.m. May 7, Willow Crossing Tavern, 8524 S. Archer Ave., Willow Springs. Information: 708-839-5178. VIP WHISKEY TASTING EVENT, 6 p.m. May 7, Carlucci Restaurant & Bar, 1801 Butterfield Road, Downers Grove. Cost: $150 for VIP admission, $160 at the door. VIP guests will enjoy high-end, specialty whiskies, scotches and bourbons, food and dessert pairings, a bourbon tasting glass to take home, $50 gift certificate for Carlucci and a complimentary cigar. VIP designated driver admission is $45. This is a 21 and over event. Information: www. DOWNERS GROVE TOASTMASTERS MEETING, 7 p.m. May 7, Downers Grove Village Hall, 801 Burlington Ave., Downers Grove. Information: 630-936-9625 or

YOU GOTTA KEEP DANCIN’ SERIES, 7 p.m. May 7, Downers Grove Community Church, 6600 Fairview, Downers Grove. The Rev. Howard Hoekstra will lead discussion of the book, “You Gotta Keep Dancin’” to assist people in the midst of pain. Information: LISLE LIBRARY DISTRICT SEED LIBRARY ORIENTATION, 7 p.m. May 7, Lisle Library District, 777 Front Street, Lisle. Katrina Chipman, horticulturalist from the Morton Arboretum, explains how to save seeds from popular garden vegetables. Heirloom bean, lettuce, pea, pepper, and tomato seeds will be available to borrow. Information: MUSICAL THEATRE PRODUCTION “JEKYLL & HYDE,” 7 p.m. May 7 and 8, Naperville North High School, 899 N. Mill St., Naperville. Based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story about a brilliant doctor whose experiments with human personality create a murderous counterpart. Tickets: Pricing: $12 for adult, $8 for student. Information: BOOK AND COOKIE CLUB, 7 p.m. May 7, Naperville Public Library - Naper Blvd, 2035 S. Naper Blvd., Naperville. Parent and child book group for children in third through fifth grades will discuss “One-Handed Catch” by Mary Jane Auch. Information: LISLE KIWANIS CLUB, 7:30 p.m. May 7, Lisle Hilton Hotel, Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: OPEN MIC NIGHT, 8 p.m. May 7, Miss

Kitty’s, 634 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Information: www.misskittyssaloon. com. TRIVIA NIGHT, 8:30 p.m. May 7, Mullen’s, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: www.mullensbarandgrill. com or 630-505-0240. OPEN MIC NIGHT, 9 p.m. May 7, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main Street, Downers Grove. Play three songs or 15 minutes. Information:

MAY 8 TABOO TOPIX, 8:30 a.m. May 8, Occupational Training & Supply, 7233 Adams Street, Willowbrook. Live theater performance designed to help your company prevent harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Cost: $65. Information: www.vrc-hr. com. ADVENTURES OF WOMEN TRAVELING ALONE, 9 a.m. May 8, Benedictine University Center for Lifelong Learning, 1832 Centre Point Circle, Naperville. Tips on efficient packing, finding the right tours, using guide books and mapping out your dream trip. Cost: $48. Information: www. GENERAL COMPUTER CLASS, 9 a.m. May 8, Power Connection, 999 Remington Blvd., Suite F, Bolingbrook. Class runs for seven weeks and cost is $30. Register at Power Connection or call 630-679-6899. Cost: $30. Information: ACXIOMASTERS TOASTMASTERS,

noon May 8, Acxiom Corporation, 3333 S. Finley Road, Downers Grove. Information: 630-944-4948. BENEDICTINE OPEN HOUSE, 5 p.m. May 8, Benedictine University’s National Moser Center for Adult Learning, 1832 Center Point Circle, Suite 102, Naperville. Meet with an admissions counselor to review program requirements and get an overview of the university’s adult business programs. Admissions application fee is waived for Open House attendees. Information: 877-353-9622, email or 7TH HEAVEN BAND, 7 p.m. May 8, Tivoli Theatre, 5021 Highland Avenue, Downers Grove. Tickets $20 per person ($25 after May 2) at the SEASPAR office, 4500 Belmont Road in Downers Grove, and at Anderson’s Bookshop in downtown Downers Grove. Proceeds benefit SEASPAR. Information: 630-960-7600. BENET BAND & ORCHESTRA CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Benet Academy-Lisle, 2200 Maple Ave., Lisle. Information: “IPHIGENIA AND OTHER DAUGHTERS,” 7:30 p.m. May 8, Madden Theatre-North Central College, 171 E. Chicago Avenue, Naperville. Production delivers all the bold theatricality and ambitious, ethical questions of ancient Greek tragedy, minus the misogyny. Play contains strong language. Cost: $8-$10. Information: FRANK CARUSO AND FRIENDS, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Mayslake Peabody Estate, 1717 W. 31 St., Oak Brook. A night of jaz. Cost: $18-$25. Information: or 630206-9567. TRIVIA NIGHT, 7:30 p.m. May 8, DJ’s Sports Bar, 222 E. Chicago Ave., Westmont. Win a $25 or $10 gift card to DJ’s. Information: www.djswestmont. com/upcoming_events.php. FOX VALLEY GENEALOGICAL SOCIETY, 7:30 p.m. May 8, Naperville Municipal Center, 400 S. Eagle St., Naperville. Laura Cosgrove Lorenzana will present the program, “An Archivist’s Notebook.” This program provides information about how you can preserve your paper documents and photographs. Information: www. THE PETE ELLMAN BIG BAND (N.F.P.), 8 p.m. May 8, Mullen’s - Lisle, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: 630-505-0240 or BACHATA THURSDAYS, 8 p.m. May 8, Esteban’s Dining and Dancing, 1550 N. Route 59, Naperville. Take a one-hour lesson with DJ Gaston at 8 p.m. At 9 p.m., show off your moves with open dancing. Information: KITTY-OKE, 8 p.m. May 8, Miss Kitty’s, 634 E. Ogden Ave., Naperville. Information: Miss-Kittys-Saloon.

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CHORUS OF DUPAGE, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church, 815 S. Washington St., Naperville. All-male barbershop chorus. Call Jerry Broz, 630-964-3139. DOWNERS GROVE CAMERA CLUB COMPETITION NIGHT, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Oak Trace Retirement Home, 200 Village Hall, Downers Grove. First Tuesday of each month, October through May. Members can bring in images for review. Information: or www. BENET JAZZ & PERCUSSION CONCERT, 7:30 p.m. May 6, Benet Academy-Lisle, 2200 Maple Ave., Lisle. Information: LIVE TEAM TRIVIA, 8 p.m. May 6, StoneHouse Pub, 103 Stephen St., Lemont. Prizes to the top three teams. Information: 630-257-1300. KARAOKE, 8 p.m. May 6, Tailgaters Sports Bar & Grill, 431 W Boughton Road, Bolingbrook. Information: or 630-679-1994. OPEN MIC, 8:30 p.m. May 6, Mullen’s, 3080 Warrenville Road, Lisle. Information: 630-505-0240 or www. TRIVIA NIGHT, 9 p.m. May 6, Ballydoyle in Downers Grove, 5157 Main St., Downers Grove. Information: www.

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Joey Petzoldt gets set to release the ball during the XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships April 18 in Reno, Nev. The Lemont High School graduate and his Lindenwood University teammates won the title.

‘Definitely unbelievable’ By SCOTT SCHMID The week before he left for the 2014 XBowling Intercollegiate Team Championships with his Lindenwood University teammates, Joey Petzoldt had a dream that they captured the national title. As it turns out, dreams do come true. The Lemont graduate and collegiate senior went on to play an important role in the Lions securing the 2014 Kerm Helmer Cup with a 3-0 win over Urbana on April 18 in Reno, Nev., in the title match that will be shown on the CBS Sports Network on May 27.

Number to know Number of times Joey Petzoldt was named team MVP for Lindenwood University’s men’s bowling team.


“It was definitely unbelievable,” said Petzoldt, who was a two-time IHSA state qualifier while at Lemont. “For one, just getting the chance to make it to the finals and then getting the opportunity to win and be a part of a national championship team is unbelievable.” Petzoldt had made it to the event with his team as a sophomore, but that year Lin-

denwood came up just a little short. “We were one game away from the finals then, and unfortunately we lost to the eventual national champions,” Petzoldt said. “We came close. And my sister [Jenny] made the finals twice but unfortunately came up short both times.” He averaged a 204 this season, which was the highest mark of his career. He also has 13 300-games to his career, the first of which came as a sophomore in high school and the last almost a year ago. But those individual accomplishments pale in comparison to a national championship.

Lemont native Petzold wins bowling title with Lindenwood University

“Especially being my senior year, it’s an awesome way to go out,” he said. “To win your senior year in anything is an unbelievable accomplishment. And then being only the second [Lindenwood men’s bowling] team to win, the first title was in 2005. I’m glad to be a part of winning a national championship for our school. To consider myself in that group is an unbelievable feeling.” The mass communication major comes from a bowling family and got started with the sport at an early age. “Pretty much ever since I was able to pick up a ball,” said Petzoldt, when asked about his

initial foray into bowling. “My parents used to bowl in leagues back when Lemont Lanes was open. It’s something that has run in our family for a long time and it is something we still do together.” Set to graduate later this month, the senior will continue bowling with the ultimate goal to reach the professional level. He would also like to coach one day. “There is a lot I’ve learned from this sport that I’d love to teach,” said Petzoldt, who is also a radio DJ for the school and has broadcast bowling events, “whether to people who are just starting or to college bowlers.”



The Indians then defeated TF South 5-0 in a dual meet Tuesday. Urban and Longi combined to lose only one game at singles while the doubles teams of Ziebell and Burner, Diaz-Sanin and Matthews and Austin Economos and Mason were all victorious in straight sets.

With Aleksandra Mihailovic scoring three goals, Lemont’s girls soccer team won its ninth match of the season with a 4-0 victory against TF co-op Tuesday. Maddy Bermele also found the back of the net for the Indians, who posted their 10th shutout of the season. Goalie SOFTBALL Kelly Fritz made one save. Lemont fell by a 7-6 margin Fritz was also perfect on to Evergreen Park on April 25. Saturday as Lemont played Lincoln-Way West to a 0-0 tie.



Lemont competed at Saturday’s Pedersen Prep Classic hosted by Kaneland High School. Christian Goushas came in fifth place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.61 and Chris Thompson was sixth in the 400 dash (52.03). Joe Sciacca added a sixth-place showing in the pole vault (12 feet).

With Nick Urban placing first at No. 1 singles, Lemont finished in second place at Saturday’s Joliet invitational. Urban won all three of his matches in straight sets. Faraz Longi came in as the runner-up at No. 2 singles while the No. 3 doubles team of Will Totura and Jeff Mason also placed second. The No. 1 doubles duo of Joe Ziebell and BOYS VOLLEYBALL Lemont dropped a 25-16, 18Nathaniel Burner and the No. 2 doubles grouping of Juan 25, 25-22 decision against ShepDiaz-Sanin and Ace Matthews ard on Tuesday. Ed Kostrubala had 10 kills in the loss. both finished third.

Krumrie, Steele lead Lemont DHH volleyball at tourney all-star awards for their performance at the tournament. Lemont High School’s Deaf Joining Krumrie and and Hard of Hearing volleyball Steele on the team were juteam competed niors Ryan at the Harper Glynn, Kiara College Deaf VolHarris and Jusleyball Tournatin Slusher; ment in Palatine sophomores over the weekKurt Bernabei, end. The Indians Ashley Mussalplayed a total of Monica lem and Greg Keshon 14 games at the Krumrie Schmidt; and Steele one-day tournafreshmen Abby ment and went Bernabei and Emre Guven. 10-4 to finish in third place. The Indians’ coaches inTwo Lemont players, senior clude DHH program staff Monica Krumrie and sopho- members Judy Gray and Eric more Keshon Steele, earned Smithson.


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Lemont’s Mike Wisz tags Wheaton North’s Doug Michalak at second base April 12. The hot-hitting Wisz and the Indians play a key game against Lincoln-Way West on Saturday.

Big game on tap for Lemont By SCOTT SCHMID LEMONT – For a nonconference game, Saturday’s matchup against Lincoln-Way West holds a little extra importance for Lemont’s baseball team. With the Indians and Warriors in the same regional, which will also include defending Class 3A state champion Joliet Catholic, the winner might have the leg up for postseason seeding purposes. Lemont had a 17-1 record as of Tuesday while Lincoln-Way West was still undefeated at 18-0. Last spring, the Indians knocked the Warriors out of the playoffs with a 9-1 win. “That’s a big game on Saturday,” Lemont coach Brian Storako said. “We will have our work cut out for us.” Thus far, the Indians have been led by a dominant pitching staff, which allowed just six runs in their recent six-

game winning streak. On Tuesday, Kevin Trojak allowed four hits and one run in five innings of work to lead Lemont to a 7-1 win against TF North. Mike Wisz was 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Jake Latz yielded only one hit while striking out nine in six innings of work as Lemont beat Lincoln-Way East, 6-0, on Saturday. Eric Tucker and Matt Monaco both scored two runs for the Indians while Ryan Folliard was 1-for-2 with an RBI and run scored. “Jake has figured it out and is throwing lots of strikes,” Storako said. “He has 32 strikeouts in 17 innings and zero earned runs and four walks. The walks, that’s the most important thing, when he is throwing strikes and getting multiple pitches over, he is tough to hit.” A day earlier, the squad upended Tinley Park 7-1 behind a complete-game performance from Charlie Wright,

who allowed four hits while striking out 10. Wisz was 2-for-4 with a double, triple, RBI and three runs scored. Jake Terrazas had two hits and an RBI, and Danny Dowiarz contributed a double and two runs batted in. On April 24, Lemont defeated Eisenhower 13-3 as Wisz and Jake Latz both cranked out home runs. Wisz was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Nick Wisz was 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs. Dowiarz also had two hits and two runs scored. Mike Wisz is leading the team with a .458 batting average. “Everything he is hitting, he is hitting right on the button,” Storako said. “There are not many pitches he has missed. He’s working hard at it and he’s hitting well.” Sean Sublette was the winning pitcher against Eisenhower, striking out five while yielding no earned runs in 41/3 innings.

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New rules no problem for new Lemont coach By SCOTT SCHMID When the Illinois High School Association introduced changes to preseason football practice in May of 2013 in hopes of making the sport safer, some local coaches predicted that was just the beginning. Turns out they were right. Last week, the IHSA announced that a by-law which eliminates full pads and full contact (full contact is defined as football drills or game situations where live action occurs) during the 25 days of summer camp passed by a 170-87 vote by principals and athletic directors from across the state. Practices with helmets and shoulders pad will also now be limited to 14 hours a week and a maximum of 15 out of the 25 days during the summer contact period. “We believe this revision minimizes risk to football student-athletes, while allowing for the teaching of appropriate fundamentals,” IHSA executive director Marty Hickman said on the IHSA website. “This is another important step in making high school football as safe as possible, while putting all of our schools on an even playing field regarding football activities during the summer.” Recently hired Lemont football coach Bret Kooi wasn’t caught off guard by the news. “To be honest with you,” Kooi said, “I realistically thought this was going to come down so it wasn’t a big surprise.” Kooi went on to say that the changes won’t affect his summer camp plans even as he looks to get Lemont ready to go in his first season at the helm. “In my past, we’ve always done that anyway; we’ve always been just helmets and shoulder pads,” said Kooi, who coached for 17 years at Lockport before being hired as Lemont’s coach in February. “So for me personally, it’s not going to be a change.” There are multiple reasons for shying away from full pads and contact in the summer according to Kooi. “It’s a combination of a lot of things,” he said. “In the summertime, obviously it tends to be hotter and we want to keep

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Lemont quarterback Ryan Dawson throws a pass during a 7-on-7 event against Downers Grove South last summer. Dawson and the rest of Lemont’s returning football players won’t be affected by new summer practice rules that were recently enacted. the kids fresh and healthy. are staying away from any “The other thing, when you contact on the bottom. When don’t have the bottoms on, you you have full gear on, you get

that mentality that since it’s for the team in the summer are full dress, it’s full go. We are to learn as much as we can and not looking for that. Our goals to stay healthy.”



Meet Florence Nightingale was born May 12, 1820, in Florence, Italy, and was named for the city in which she was born. Her parents were from England, and they were on a tour of Europe when Florence was born. Florence was expected to follow the path of other young, wealthy English women and marry, have children, and focus on a home life and a social life. But Florence was extremely bright and had a strong passion for helping others. She decided the best way she could do that would to be a nurse. In 1851, her dream was achieved, and she went off to nursing school in Germany. When the Crimean War broke out, Nightingale heard about the horrible, unsanitary conditions of the hospitals on the front, and of all the wounded and sick soldiers who were in desperate need of better medical care. When she was offered a position as a nurse at Scutari, a military hospital in Turkey, she set off to help.

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Florence Nightingale While Nightingale was at Scutari, she organized the hospital to ensure better care for the soldiers. She kept detailed records and statistics, and she discovered that the cleaner and more sanitized the conditions of the hospital were, the more people lived. She knew she had discovered something that could change hospitals and health care for the better. When she returned home to England, she helped open a professional school of nursing for women, where a new generation of nurses were trained in her own theories of health care, sanitation and nursing. Her inluence started to spread, as nurses trained in her tradition were practicing her theories and training other nurses. Nightingale continued to write to spread her ideas, and she died after a long life at the age of 90. To this day, Nightingale is remembered as a reformer and nursing pioneer. — Anne Raih, MCN

Think about it, write about it Florence Nightingale is remembered for the lasting impact she had on nursing. during the same time, across the sea in america, another influential nurse — clara Barton — was founding the american Red cross. For National Nurses Week, which begins on may 6, find out more about Clara Barton. Visit the library to find a biography of Barton, or do research on the internet. Write a short biography on what you find.

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IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK ILLINOIS COUNTY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION BANK OF AMERICA, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. NORMAN ROY; CHERYL A. ROY A/K/A CHERYL ROY; STATE BANK OF COUNTRYSIDE; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF NORMAN ROY, IF ANY; UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF CHERYL A. ROY, IF ANY; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NON RECORD CLAIMANTS; Defendants, 11 CH 40916 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above entitled cause on January 29, 2013 Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Monday, May 12, 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 estate: P.I.N. 22-33-202-022-0000. Commonly known as 14755 West 131st Street, Lemont, IL 60439. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 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 the Sales Clerk at Plaintiff's Attorney, The Wirbicki Law Group, 33 West Monroe Street, Chicago, Illinois 60603. (312) 360-9455 W11-2683. INTERCOUNTY JUDICIAL SALES CORPORATION Selling Officer, (312) 444-1122 I600389 April 18, 25, May 2, 2014

Publisher's Notice: All real estate advertising in this newspaper is subject to the Fair Housing Act which makes it illegal to advertise "any preference, limitation or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention, to make any such preference, limitation of discrimination." Familial status includes children under the age of 18 living with parents or legal custodians, pregnant women and people securing custody of children under 18. This newspaper will not knowingly accept any advertising for real estate which is in violation of the law. Our readers are hereby informed that all dwellings advertised in this newspaper are available on an equal opportunity basis. To complain of discrimination call HUD tollfree at 1-800-669-9777. The tollfree telephone number for the hearing impaired is 1-800-927-9275. IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF COOK ILLINOIS COUNTY COUNTY, DEPARTMENT - CHANCERY DIVISION CITIMORTGAGE, INC. Plaintiff, -v.DOROTHY HERRERA A/K/A DOROTHY J. HERRERA, KARI MUR-

RAY A/K/A KARI SPILLER, KYLE MURRAY A/K/A KYLE R. MURRAY, ELISA HERRERA A/K/A ELISA E. HERRERA, BANKERS TRUST COMPANY OF CALIFORNIA, N.A., UNKNOWN HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF SALVADOR HERRERA, IF ANY, UNKNOWN OWNERS AND NONRECORD CLAIMANTS Defendants 13 CH 20405 709 SINGER AVENUE LEMONT, IL 60439 NOTICE OF SALE PUBLIC NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered in the above cause on February 14, 2014, an agent for The Judicial Sales Corporation, will at 10:30 AM on May 15, 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 709 SINGER AVENUE, LEMONT, IL 60439 Property Index No. 22-29-111003-0000. The real estate is improved with a two story single family home with a two car 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 twentyfour (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

pu 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 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 PA1312709. 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 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. PA1312709 Attorney Code. 91220 Case Number: 13 CH 20405 TJSC#: 34-3027 I601222 April 18, 25, May 2, 2014

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TOMASZ WLODARCZYK; MIROSLAWA WLODARCZYK; PNC BANK, N.A. S/I/I TO MIDAMERICA BANK, FSB; Defendants, 13 CH 22648 PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered in the above entitled cause on February 19, 2014, Intercounty Judicial Sales Corporation will on Friday, May 23, 2014, at the hour of 11 a.m. in their office at 120 West Madison Street, Suite 718A, Chicago, Illinois, sell to the highest bidder for cash, the followin de ribed

gh ing described property: P.I.N. 22-28-417-013-0000. Commonly known as 1237 WOBURN DRIVE, LEMONT, IL 60439. The mortgaged real estate is improved with a single family residence. If the subject mortgaged real estate is a unit of a common interest community, the purchaser of the unit other than a mortgagee shall pay the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Condominium Property Act. Sale terms: 25% down by certified fund bala within 24 ho by

by funds, balance within 24 hours, by certified funds. No refunds. The property will NOT be open for inspection. Upon payment in full of the amount bid, the purchaser will receive a Certificate of Sale which will entitle the purchaser to a Deed to the premises after confirmation of the sale. For information: Visit our website at Between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. only. Pierce & Associates, Plaintiff's Attorneys, 1 North Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Tel.No.


LEGAL NOTICE/PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VILLAGE OF LEMONT PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that the Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs chamber room at Village Hall, 418 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois on the following matter: Chicago Blaze Rugby Club PUD 2014-03 13011 W. Smith Rd., Lemont, IL 22-31-100-004, 22-31-100-006, and 22-31-100-023

Case Name: Case Number: Address: PIN:

Walt Rebenson, president of Chicago Blaze Building Corporation, owner of the subject property, is requesting final Planned Unit Development (PUD) approval for redevelopment of the site which includes a new 4,738 sq. ft. rugby clubhouse and associated parking. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to speak. All documents in connection with the above matter are on file with the Village of Lemont and are available for examination by interested persons by contacting the Planning & Economic Development Department at (630) 257-1595.


__________________________________ Anthony Spinelli, Chairman Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission May 2, 2014 Lemont Suburban Life 7690






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Property Address: 12912 ARCHER AVENUE LEMONT, IL 60439 NOTICE OF FORECLOSURE SALE Fisher and Shapiro file # 12-063924 (It is advised that interested parties consult with their own attorneys before bidding at mortgage foreclosure les.)

g at gage sales.) PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that pursuant to a Judgment of Foreclosure entered on November 15, 2013, Kallen Realty Services, Inc., as Selling Official will at 12:30 p.m. on June 2, 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 12912 Archer Avenue, Lemont, IL 60439 Permanent Index No.: 22-33-103021-0000 The mortgaged real estate is improved with a dwelling. The property will NOT be open for inspection. The judgment amount was $363,044.94. Sale terms for nonparties: 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 asts ecial ta levied d

CLASSIFIED s, sp s, sp sessments, 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 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. I604269 May 2, 9, 16, 2014 Get the job you want at: Placing Ads Is Easy! Just Call Our Classified Department Toll-Free at: 866-817-F-A-S-T that's 866-817-3278


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Notice is hereby given that the Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs chamber room at Village Hall, 418 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois on the following matter: Case Name: Case Number: Address: PIN:

Talcott Outdoor Dining Special Use 2014-04 427-443 Talcott Ave., Lemont, IL. 22-20-405-024-0001, -1002, -1003, -1004, -1005, and -1006


Jerry Kulhanek, acting on behalf of 507 Talcott LLC, owner of the subject property is requesting a special use permit for an outdoor dining and drinking area. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to speak. All documents in connection with the above matter are on file with the Village of Lemont and are available for examination by interested persons by contacting the Planning & Economic Development Department at (630) 257-1595. __________________________________ Anthony Spinelli, Chairman Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission


TIME AND PLACE OF OPENING OF BIDS: Sealed Proposals for the improvement described herein will be received at the office of the Village Administrator of the Village of Lemont, 418 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois 60439 until 10:00 a.m, May 20, 2014, and will be publicly opened and read at that time.


DESCRIPTION OF WORK: The removal of existing concrete unit pavers and replacement with new concrete unit pavers, and all appurtenant construction.

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LEGAL NOTICE/PUBLIC NOTICE NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING VILLAGE OF LEMONT PLANNING & ZONING COMMISSION Notice is hereby given that the Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission will conduct a Public Hearing on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the upstairs chamber room at Village Hall, 418 Main Street, Lemont, Illinois on the following matter: Case Name: Case Number: Address: PIN:

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Kohl's PUD Amendment 2014-05 13440 Archer Ave., Lemont, IL 22-32-302-011-0000

Frank Evans, acting on behalf of Kohl's Illinois Inc., a subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc., owner of the subject property is requesting an amendment to the Target/Kohl's Shopping Center PUD (O-21-99 and O-29-99) for changes to the exterior of the Kohl's Department Store. All interested persons are invited to attend the public hearing and will be given an opportunity to speak. All documents in connection with the above matter are on file with the Village of Lemont and are available for examination by interested persons by contacting the Planning & Economic Development Department at (630) 257-1595.


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All work will be in conformance with the "Standard Specifications for Road and Bridge Construction", dated January 1, 2012. Plans and Proposal forms may be obtained from the Project Engineer, FRANK NOVOTNY & ASSOCIATES, INC., 825 Midway Drive, Willowbrook, Illinois 60527, (630) 887-8640, for a non-refundable fee of $100.00. Proposal forms are non-transferable. Only those Proposals that have been obtained from, and with the approval of, Frank Novotny & Associates will be accepted at the bid opening. Only qualified Contractors who can furnish satisfactory proof that they have performed work of similar nature as Contractors will be entitled to receive Plans and submit Proposals. In order to meet this requirement, at the request of the Engineer, bidders will be required to submit a "Statement of Experience" consisting of a list of previous projects of similar nature in order to receive Plans. The Owner reserves the right to issue Bid Documents only to those Contractors deemed qualified. All Proposals must be accompanied by a Bank Cashier's Check, Bank Draft, Certified Check, or Bid Bond for not less than five percent (5%) of the total amount of the Bid, or as provided in the applicable sections of the "Standard Specifications". No Bid may be withdrawn after opening of Proposals without the consent of the Owner for a period of forty-five (45) days after the scheduled time of opening of Bids. The Contractor will be required to furnish a labor and material "Performance Bond" in the full amount of the Contract. The Contractor will be required to pay Prevailing Wages in accordance with all applicable laws.

IV. AWARD CRITERIA AND REJECTION OF BIDS: This Contract will be awarded to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder considering conformity with the terms and conditions established by the Village in the Proposal and Contract documents. The issuance of Plans and Proposal forms for bidding based upon a pre-qualification rating shall not be the sole determinant of responsibility. The Village reserves the right to determine responsibility at the time of award, to reject any and all Proposals, to re-advertise the proposed improvements, and to waive technicalities. BY ORDER OF: MAYOR & BOARD OF TRUSTEES VILLAGE OF LEMONT

__________________________________ Anthony Spinelli, Chairman Lemont Planning and Zoning Commission

Charlene M. Smollen, Clerk

May 2, 2014 Lemont Suburban Life 7693

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Mayor’s Drive for Charity

Odd-Even Watering Regulations

Sincere thanks to all who participated in the Mayor’s Drive for Charity on April 28. The weather turned out to be much better than predicted. Thanks to all of our golfers and dinner attendees and special thanks to our sponsors and donors for making this another successful year. Your support is greatly appreciated! The Mayor’s Charity Fund Applications are accessible on the village website or call or email Linda Molitor at 630-257-1590 / to have one sent to you.

Beginning May 15, odd-even watering regulations will go into effect. Properties with odd-numbered addresses may water on odd-numbered calendar days; even-numbered addresses may water on even-numbered calendar days between the hours of 6:00 p.m. and 10:00 a.m. Odd-even regulations apply until October 1. On the day new sod is laid, residents may water freely. Thereafter, the odd-even regulations apply.

MWRD Lemont Plant Expansion Project

Lawn sprinkler RPZ valves must be tested annually by a certified technician to prevent contamination of the public water supply by faulty valves. The inspection certificate must be submitted to the Building Department following the inspection. A list of certified inspectors can be found on the Village website at

As part of their plant expansion project in Downtown Lemont, MWRD will be conducting the blasting phase of the project over the next few months, estimated through June. Although the exact times of the blasting are not known, the contractor has relayed the general schedule so the public will be aware of the cause of the blasts. The blasts will generally occur three times daily, once in the morning, once around noon and once in the late afternoon. For more information on the project visit

Residents Asked to Monitor Ash Trees Although the Public Works Department conducts routine visual inspections, residents are being asked to monitor ash trees particularly in the parkway for signs of distress. The borer kills trees from the inside out, planting eggs inside ash trees. The larvae then eat the tissue of the tree causing it to die. The beetles emerge shortly after Memorial Day and spread to other trees. Signs to watch for are: • Die-back at the crown of the tree. • “S” Shaped galleys or tunnels on tree trunks. • “D” shaped emergence holes. Residents are encouraged to contact the Public Works department at 630-257-2532 regarding infested parkway trees. When contacting, residents are asked to give their name, address and a contact number for a follow up.

Village of Lemont 418 Main St. • Lemont, IL 60439 630-257-1550 • FAX 630-257-1598 email: Visit the Village website at

Annual Lawn SprinklerValvesTesting

The Quarry Cascade 5K Walkathon This 5K Walkathon hosted by the Lemont Juniorettes will benefit the Lemont quarries for improvements to the quarry boat ramp. The fee is $10 before May 18, and $15 thereafter. The Lemont Heritage Committee will provide hot dogs, chips and drinks after the walk. Information, registration forms and pledge sheets are located on the Juniorettes page of the Lemont Junior Woman’s Club website at

Cops On Top The Lemont Police Department will participate in the Annual Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics with the Cops on Top event at Dunkin Donuts at Derby & Archer on Friday, May 30, between 5:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The goal is to raise public awareness of the Special Olympics and to raise funds to assist area athletes in arriving and participating in this great event. Please stop by Dunkin Donuts on Derby on May 30th during these hours and show your support for this great cause.

Mayor Brian K. Reaves Village Clerk Charlene Smollen Village Administrator George J. Schafer

Trustees Debby Blatzer Paul Chialdikas Clifford Miklos Rick Sniegowski Ronald Stapleton Jeanette Virgilio


LMR Suburban Life • • Friday, May 2, 2014 • LEM