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The Mokena Blaze 12U baseball team took first place in the Midwest Region Slamfest held April 26-27 in Portage, Ind.

Dean Anna has played baseball for a lot of teams in his life. 

He’s played for his high school at Lincoln-Way East. He’s played for John A. Logan College and Ball State University. He even played for the Tucson Padres, the Triple-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.

And now, the 27-year-old Mokena native can add another stop to that list — the New York Yankees.

Sept. 23

• Phillip Smith, 29, of 601 E. 87th Place in Chicago, and Jeffrey Mason, 29, of 621 E. 87th Place in Chicago, were each charged with credit card theft, forgery and possession of cannabis at 20002 S. Wolf Road in Mokena after police responded to a reported credit card fraud with a description of two suspects purchasing gift cards with fraudulent credit cards, police said. The cannabis weighed 3.8 grams, police said.

Danny Ciamprone

The inspiration came to Bridget Shafer, very aptly, on the Fourth of July. 

The Mokena resident had stepped out for a run that day when she thought of Pvt. Aaron Toppen, a 19-year-old Mokena resident who died in a friendly fire incident in Afghanistan this past June. The young patriot inspired her to create the inaugural “Our Fallen Hero” 5K run/walk, which will take place at 8 a.m. on Sept. 27 at Willowview Park in Mokena. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Newly released ComEd power supply rates show the Village of Mokena’s aggregation program will indeed continue to offer residents and small businesses substantial savings over ComEd rates, Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said.

Zoellner, who has managed much of the aggregation process on the Village’s end, gave a presentation on the matter Monday, May 12, during a regular Village Board meeting.

Will O'Brien

Dear Editor,
It appears the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education and administrators are not addressing the underlying issue.  
In cutting 18 teachers and previously canceling the Air Force Junior ROTC program (which is now back but requires kids to be shipped to other schools), all due to enrollment issues for certain programs, this issue is about overcapacity.  
We have too many schools and not enough students.

Will O'Brien

Kyla Melnyczenko is put in her high chair when her mom Lynn heads over to the stereo. 

Through the speakers comes singer Iggy Izzalea, and grooving in her seat is Lynn’s 11-month old who starts to break into a dance. 

“It’s an adventure every day,” said her dad Eric Melnyczenko, assistant principal at Mokena Junior High. “We learn more and more about her and her personality.”

Aside from being a natural dancer, Melnyczenko said his daughter is a “fighter” who works hard day in and day out with her therapies.

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

Nina Heidkamp is a senior at Lincoln-Way East and the No. 1 singles player on the Griffins girls tennis team. 

You played doubles last season, correct?

Yes. Last year was the only time I’ve played doubles.

Do you like singles or doubles better?

Singles. I like it because there’s more decision-making time than in doubles. 

 

How long have you been on the varsity?

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

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