• Aaron Toppen’s grandmother, Betty Winter (left) and mother, Pam Toppen (middle) greeting Will Marquardt Sunday, May 22, at the dedication ceremony for the flagpole honoring Aaron at Mokena Junior High. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Flagpole erected to honor a fallen hero of Mokena

    May 24, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor News

    When inspiration strikes, great things can be made.

  • Mokena Police Officer Jim Payne waves to cars during the Friday, May 20 Cop on a Rooftop event at the Dunkin’ Donuts at 187th Street and Wolf Road. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Fund-raising the Roof

    May 24, 2016 By Jeff Vorva, Freelance Reporter News

    Members of the Mokena Police Department were so fired up about raising $5,000 last year – despite enduring a morning of rain – for the Special Olympics that they decided to double their

  • The rib-eye steak sandwich ($11.99) is one of the most popular items on the menu at The Fat Italian Restaurant, and is topped with grilled onions and Swiss cheese. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    The Fat Italian aims to please with dynamic menu

    May 19, 2016 By Max Lapthorne, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    When Antonio Caruso goes out to eat, he expects a friendly atmosphere and tasty food. So that is what he aims for The Fat Italian Restaurant in Tinley Park to deliver.

  • Lincoln-Way North’s Jennifer Pozza bats May 11 during a game against Andrew in Frankfort. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Andrew spoils LW North’s senior night in one-sided affair

    May 18, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Sports, High School

    It was senior night for the Lincoln-Way North softball team on May 11 against Andrew, but for soon-to-be graduate Molly Kapala, it was a night she immediately want

  • English Bulldog “Harry” walks through the Pet Parade with his owners Marty (left) and Ellen Kelly at the annual Woofstock event hosted at Main Park in Mokena. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Pets big, small enjoy Woofstock activites with their families

    May 16, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor Life & Arts

    The morning clouds parted in the afternoon for the sun to shine down on the Mokena Community Park District’s annual Woofstock and Pet Parade.