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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

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

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. 

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

Jack Sarsfield has done and seen a great deal in his 89 years on earth.

 Throughout decades of studying, working, teaching and being a kind, memorable friend to many, the Mokena resident has enjoyed one constant that still stirs his blood: creating art.

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

When it comes to the Fourth of July parade, Mokena officials have it down pat.

“We have the parade organization down to a science, which is why it runs so smoothly,” said Cindy Gamboa, a Mokena Chamber of Commerce member who grew up in the village and has coordinated the event for the last 18 years. “We have a dedicated crew of volunteers, generous corporate sponsors and there is excellent coordination among Village officials and departments that helps pull it all together.”

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

Representatives on behalf of the Meijer store due to open in Mokena this summer gave $25,000 to the Mokena Elementary School District 159 Board of Education during a June 18 board meeting. 

Jags Brar, director of the Mokena Meijer, and Lisa Milla, Brar’s partner, presented the check to board president Danielle Didrickson in front of superintendent Omar Castillo and four other members of the board. (Members Joseph Spalla and Patrick Markham were absent.) 

Rebecca Susmarski

July 28

• Jacob Kittl, 22, of Oak Lawn, was arrested at 11:30 p.m. and charged with DUI alcohol, operating an uninsured motor vehicle, improper lane usage and driving without headlights after police spotted him drifting to the right with no lights on in the 19600 block of La Grange Road in Mokena. His court date is Sept. 2 in Joliet.

July 26

Rebecca Susmarski

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