• Pictured is Lincoln-Way East senior girls golfer Kelly Sterling, who recently took sixth place at the Illinois High School Association Class 2A state tournament. 22nd Century Media File Photo

    Sterling’s astonishing East career ends with sixth-place finish at state

    October 27, 2014 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    When Kelly Sterling entered high school and immediately joined the girls varsity golf team, she knew she had some big shoes to fill.

  • Mokena resident Dee Block holds one of her favorite sculptures, a Zimbabwean soap stone. Born and raised in Zimbabwe, Block lived in a total of five countries and traveled to many others before settling down in the U.S. Photos by Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media

    Adventurer leads globe-trotting lifestyle

    October 27, 2014 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Upon hearing her English-accented voice, few would guess that Dee Block is actually a Mokena resident — or that she has lived in six separate countries during her lifetime.

  • James Tinlan (left) and Conner Brennan hold on tight Friday, Oct. 17, during the Superman ride at one of several high-flying attractions offered at this year’s annual Halloween Hollow, held Friday, Oct. 17, at Main Park in Mokena. Photos by Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media

    Frightening good times

    October 27, 2014 By Felicitas Cortez, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    A few zombies roamed among the thousands who attended the 33rd annual Halloween Hollow,  the Mokena Community Park District’s weekend celebration that jump started the spooky season.

  • Pictured is Mamma Onesta’s chicken Pompeii ($17.95) paired with the Lockport restaurant’s signature garlic rolls, made fresh daily with homemade bread. The chicken Pompeii features boneless chicken breasts in an oil, garlic and white wine sauce, served on a bed of spaghetti and topped with spinach strips and melted mozzarella. Photo by Dennis D. Jacobs/22nd Century Media

    Mamma Onesta’s offers honestly good Italian fare

    October 27, 2014 By Dennis D. Jacobs, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    One would think a city with a strong Italian heritage like Lockport would have an outstanding Italian restaurant.

    It does.

  • Sherie Sloane and her son Noah (middle) pose with the rest of their family at the black belt ceremony.

    Kung-fu family

    October 27, 2014 By Danny Ciamprone, Editor News

    Unable to hold back tears of joy, Sherie Sloane knelt down beside her son to tie his black belt – a culmination of a three-year endeavor that tried and pushed both their physical and men