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Regan Loconte knows the most successful charity events take a bit of effort and a lot of goodwill. 

The Mokena 12-year-old had both in the bag – more than 400 to be exact – the number of grocery bags filled with non-perishable food she collected during a recent food drive.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education unanimously named Michael Ruffalo as the new principal of Dr. Julian Rogus School on Wednesday, April 30, during a special meeting. 

Ruffalo currently serves as principal of Hilda Walker Intermediate School, and he will replace Kathryn Klein as principal at Rogus for the 2014-2015 school year. In early April, the  board approved Klein as the district’s director of curriculum for the forthcoming school year. 

Will O'Brien

What began as one Mokena resident’s response to a tragedy blossomed into a positive effort against poverty in schools. 

Retired teacher Dick Flesher and current teacher Dawn Oler operate a nonprofit called Schools Count Corp. out of their Mokena home. The organization provides a variety of items and services for schools in need throughout the Chicago area and even out-of-state. 

Danny Ciamprone

For the past seven years, The Messenger has been bringing Mokena residents all the news of Mokena free each week, along with daily updates on MokenaMessenger.com. But to keep receiving The Messenger free of charge, it is important for you to return the requester cards we have been telling you about.

Rebecca Susmarski

Aug. 4

• Kelly Conway, 34, of Frankfort, was arrested at 3:14 p.m. and charged with resisting/obstructing a peace officer, and having an in-state warrant. Shawn Roe, 35, of Frankfort, was arrested and charged with having a suspended/revoked license, resisting a peace officer and having an in-state warrant after police observed Roe driving on a suspended license with Conway as the passenger in the 19600 block of Wolf Road. 

Aug. 1

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees approved a host of business and infrastructure-related development items during its March 24 meeting.
The board first gave final approval to an indoor go-kart facility and indoor motor vehicles sales center. A special use permit was granted to Autobahn Indoor Speedway, whose team is aiming to have a 65,000-square-foot, two-track indoor raceway operating at 9120 W. 191st St. by summer.

Will O'Brien

Women of all ages are invited to attend and enjoy a day just for them at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The expo — which is to be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive in Tinley Park — is slated to feature more than 60 vendors for women. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

The Mokena Messenger is rolling out another new weekly feature, this one highlighting the handiwork of professional photographer Jean Lachat, who lives and operates a studio in Mokena.

Not long ago, the publication added two columnists: Jay Margalus, the author of Front Street Tech (weekly); and Robin Melvin, writer of Robin’s Nest (monthly). 

Now, we’re adding some exciting visuals to the mix.

Will O'Brien

Bridie Doyle, Mokena Elementary School first-grader

What is one essential you must have when studying and why?

One thing I must have when studying is peace and quiet because I can’t focus if it’s loud.  

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

I like to ride horses at Fitzjoy Farm.

What is your dream job and why?

Will O'Brien

June 29

• Brian Garcia, 20, of St. Charles, was arrested at 6:36 p.m. and charged with driving without valid registration, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle and driving with a suspended driver’s license after police observed the motorcycle he was riding at Everett and Cambridge Drive did not have registration on it. His court date is Aug. 13 in Joliet.  

June 28

Rebecca Susmarski

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