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The Mokena teachers’ union expressed “extreme disappointment” with the current progress of contract negotiations during a July 14 meeting of the Mokena Elementary School District 159 Board of Education. 

About 30 members of the Mokena Teachers Association (MTA) filled the spectators’ seats as MTA co-president Cathy Lark spoke for the union in front of the six board members present (member Patrick Markham was absent). The MTA currently has more than 100 members.

Lark said contract negotiations began in early 2014. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Pictured is the sun setting over Main Park’s Field 2 on Saturday, May 24, during the Mokena Blast’s Memorial Day weekend softball tournament. The three-day competition featured 38 teams who played 91 games. 

Mokena-gram producer Jean Lachat blogs at spiritofthesoulphotography.wordpress.com

Seven thousand Easter eggs may sound like a load too large for even the Easter Bunny to carry, but a local club will soon hide that amount for Mokena children to find.
The Lions Club of Mokena will host its annual Easter egg hunt promptly at noon on Saturday, April 12, at the Mokena Community Park District’s Main Park, 10847 W. La Porte Road. All children ages 2-15 are invited to participate and will be divided into three groups at the hunt based on age.

Will O'Brien

A Mokena firefighter was hospitalized and later released Monday, June 2, after responding to a residential fire in the 10000 block of Cambridge Drive in Mokena, said Mokena Fire Protection District Chief Howard Stephens. 

The firefighter, taken to Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, “is doing OK at this point,” Stephens said. 

Around 5:52 p.m. the fire districts of Mokena and Frankfort were dispatched and upon arriving found a kitchen fire inside one unit of a four-unit townhouse complex, Stephens said. 

Will O'Brien

How many suburbs does it take to help an injured, four- pound dog? 

In the case of one toy miniature pinscher rescue, three. 

An anonymous couple found the estimated 2-year-old dog lying in front of the Charter Fitness in Frankfort Township on June 3. Her pelvis was fractured by an unknown cause. 

Rebecca Susmarski

The early morning rain on Wednesday, June 11, stopped just in time for the Mokena Chamber of Commerce to host its annual golf outing at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox. 

 More than 80 golfers divided into about 21 teams of four were expected to participate in the event. The outing ran under a Las Vegas theme this year — that is, “What happens at the Mokena Chamber golf outing stays at the Mokena Chamber golf outing.” 

Rebecca Susmarski

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

Over the shoulder and a few hundred yards away from Bruce Johnson stood the site of what will soon be filled with construction crews going to work on the first indoor shooting range in the Village of Mokena.

“It’s just going to be a state of the art, modern facility,” Johnson said with admiration as he gazed out the window of the RBT Development office building in Mokena. “That’s 88th Avenue and [the facility] is going to be straight back to where that white box is.”

Rebecca Susmarski

June 16

Shawn M. Roe, 35, of Mokena, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. after police observed him walking in front of his residence in the 11200 block of Wexford Drive and from prior contact with the subject knew there was an existing warrant for his arrest through the Will County Sheriff’s Office, police said. His court date is July 9 in Will County.

Rebecca Susmarski

Although Mokena resident Kathleen Fitzgerald Bowlds could be called a devoted teacher — a heroine, even — she humbly prefers not to broadcast her efforts. 

Yet Bowlds’s colleagues touted her superior work for her on Friday, May 2, when they surprised her with the Most Distinguished Teacher for 2013-2014 award at a ceremony in Gaelic Park. Bowlds educates children ranging in age from 14-21 with physical impairments and also works with children with other special needs via after-school activities. 

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