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Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

Mokena resident David Kropp has something in common with his vibrant yellow home on Third Street: both have witnessed tumultuous periods in American history, as well as the growth of Mokena. 

Kropp grew up in the house during the Great Depression and returned in 2007, after spending decades away from Mokena. During that time, Kropp served in the military, owned a successful landscape architectural business and traveled all over the world. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Good Neighbors of Mokena started out small as a group of Mokena men looking to help families following the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.

More than 10 years later, the nonprofit has nine board members and plans to extend its reach into Frankfort and New Lenox with a rebranding that includes a name change to the Good Neighbors of Lincoln-Way, said Don Finn, Good Neighbors board president.

Rebecca Susmarski

Ownership of the 55-acre shopping plaza where a Meijer superstore is under construction is set to change hands.
A deal between the parcel’s original developer, Mokena Retail Associates, and Inland Venture Corporation, a publicly traded trust with 161 properties nationwide, could be squared away within the next 30 to 45 days, said Alan Zordan, the Village’s director of economic and community development.
The property, known as Mokena Marketplace, is located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road.

Will O'Brien

The sun’s been shining. The temperature’s rising, and, as if one more sign of summer’s arrival was needed, the Mokena Blast softball organization on Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, took over a pair of Mokena’s parks with its annual Blast into Summer Memorial Day tournament.

Cheers and pings of aluminum bats could be heard across town as 38 teams from throughout the Chicagoland area arrived to compete at Main and McGovney parks, said John Sheehan, a Blast parent and tournament coordinator.

While many students across the nation ventured to banquet halls for prom night this year, Lincoln-Way East’s prom-goers took a trip to Italy — or at least they felt like they had.

The prom, which took place Friday, May 16, at CD & ME in Frankfort, featured an “Under the Tuscan Sun” theme. Sunflowers adorned the dining tables, and attendees received a family-style Italian dinner rather than the buffet typically served at East proms.

Will O'Brien

May 20

• At 5:04 p.m. near the intersection of Wolf Road and 191st Street, Octavio Rojo Benites, 36, of the 2700 block of 178th Street, Lansing, was arrested on charges of driving without a license and non-functioning taillights. He was released pending a court date.

May 18

Will O'Brien

Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola hosted a public meeting on April 16 to propose the possibility of obtaining cheaper Lake Michigan water for suburbanites.

Rebecca Susmarski

Only 11 years old and already competing at the University of Michigan.  

Mokena-trained gymnast Sam Garza placed third on vault in his level at the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Championships Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. The New Lenox resident competed against qualifying gymnasts from all over Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Garza is a member of the Gym-Kinetics boys gymnastics team in Mokena.

From shopping and wine tastings to health tips and entertainment, more than 60 vendors are scheduled to appear at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The free expo will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

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