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There are more than a couple new faces at the Mokena Community Park District Administration Center. With a new executive director, recreation supervisor of special events and trips and recreation supervisor of athletics, the park district is going into the new year with new ideas ...
Tim Carroll

Some sign changes may be coming to Mokena Town Square after a Village of Mokena Board of Trustees work session conversation May 9 at Village Hall.

Representatives of Popeyes Louisiana Chicken made a request to add a 10-foot, electronic monument sign for the property at 19814 S. LaGrange Road, formerly the site of KFC and a Dixie Chicken. Currently, the businesses in Mokena Town Square cannot have individual signs.

Amanda Jarzynski

John Hall was picked as this week’s Standout Student because of his academic performance.

What is one essential you must have when studying?

Music. It really helps me relax and concentrate on what I’m doing.

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

I really enjoy hanging out with my friends and just watching sports on TV or playing ping pong. 

What is your dream job and why? 

Tim Carroll

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
Despite residents' forecasts of increased traffic congestion, Mokena is to get a new convenience story-gas station combination on LaGrange Road.
Tim Carroll

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
A Mokena man forced entry into a New Lenox home July 25 and stabbed his ex-wife’s boyfriend multiple times with a pocket knife, according to Will County Sherriff's Office spokesperson Kathy Hoffmeyer. The victim sustained three stab wounds and a punctured lung during the altercation, which took place in the 100 block of East Francis Road in New Lenox, Hoffmeyer said. As of Friday, July 28, the victim remained in the hospital, she added.
Bill Jones

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 owners Steve and Jeanna Rotondi of Mokena founded the original Roma Sports Club in 2011, they never imagined they would grow out of the building and need something much larger so quickly.  

On Monday, Nov. 10, the Rotondi’s broke ground on the new, larger, state of the art facility Roma Sports Club at 9115 Mark Court in Frankfort.  

Rebecca Susmarski
Aaron Michalak is a senior guard on Lincoln-Way Central’s boys basketball team.
Tim Carroll

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