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Mokena father of three Brian Costello is one heck of a guy, according to those who know him best. 

In addition to running Mokena-based Costello Wholesale Floor Company with his wife, Christine, Brian regularly takes his boys on frog-capturing, salmon-catching adventures. He takes them to football practice and school picnics, too, those interviewed said.

Will O'Brien

When inspiration strikes, great things can be made.

Boy Scout and Mokena Junior High eighth-grader Will Marquardt was moved by Aaron Toppen, a Mokena resident who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. Marquardt said he was trying to decided on an Eagle Scout project to complete when Toppen was killed.

Amanda Jarzynski

Mokena police arrested two Joliet men suspected of burglary after apprehending both suspects Tuesday, May 12, at the construction site of Clarendale of Mokena, located in the 21000 block of S. Wolf Road. 

Police took Dwayne Jones, 24, into custody at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning after an officer spotted an unauthorized vehicle on the premises of Clarendale, an assisted living facility under construction and set to open in the fall of 2015.

Danny Ciamprone

Oct. 28

• Joseph Rafacz, 29, of 10831 W. 191st St. in Mokena, was charged with domestic battery at 10831 W. 191st St. after police responded in reference to an ongoing domestic disturbance.

Oct. 25

• Traci Frazier, 40, of 13920 W. Carriage Lane in Manhattan, was charged with battery at 10847 W. La Porte Road in Mokena after striking a victim in the face.

Oct. 22

Danny Ciamprone

When a little boy at AutoZone stared at Michael Assefa’s prosthetic running blade recently, Assefa responded by lifting the blade and saying “It’s cool, isn’t it? Just like Iron Man!”

The positive response is characteristic of the 21-year-old Lincoln-Way East alum. Assefa lost the lower part of his left leg in an accident, but during the past three years, has risen to become one of 31 representatives from the United States in the International Wheelchair & Amputee Sports World Games.  

The Lincoln-Way High School District 210 Board of Education left a school closure as the only optional solution to its financial issues following discussion at its Thursday, July 16 meeting.
Meredith Dobes

Plans to build a Panda Express near the intersection of Wolf Road and Lincoln Highway are headed back to the drawing board after Village trustees strongly objected to blueprints of the project presented by an architecture firm on Monday, April 21, during a work session at Village Hall.

“I think it would be a disservice to the residents and businesses in the area to put in a business like that,” Trustee George Metanias said. “It needs to match what’s around, which is nothing like this. I cannot and will not support a plan like this.”

Will O'Brien

Ellen Duda, a Central student, was chosen as this week’s Standout Student for her academic excellence.

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

I always have music playing in the background, whether it’s Beyoncé, TWENTY ØNE PILØTS or The Lumineers.

What do you like to do when not in school or studying?

When not in school, I play golf, binge-watch Netflix, go rollerblading or spend some time with my best friends. 

Tim Carroll

After losing her 20-year-old sister to cancer six years ago, Carlee Koerner entered a “very dark place” emotionally — until someone pulled her back into the light. 

“Rachelle really took me and shook me up a little bit and said, ‘You’re missing life. You’re letting everything pass you by,’” Koerner said. “[She] helped me find my own ‘street of dreams‘ — my own path in life.”

Rebecca Susmarski
When Frankfort resident Rachel McCurdy started looking to buy “big girl” clothes for her oldest daughter, Chloe (6 at the time), she said she could not find anything that she would want her child to wear.
Amanda Jarzynski

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