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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

Volleyball and basketball enthusiasts can rejoice as the Mokena Village Board unanimously approved an indoor sports facility addition at Velocity All Sports during its regular board meeting Monday, Aug. 25.

The special use permit request from Velocity All Sports, located at 9120 W. 191st St., allows the business to operate a 50,000 square foot indoor volleyball and basketball facility on the property.

Danny Ciamprone

Jadon Zimmer may have been born with a small hole in his heart, but he’s not letting that damper his enthusiastic young spirit for helping others.

“While my hole is relatively small and has not had a major impact on my life, some other boys and girls aren’t as lucky,” reads Zimmer’s note on his donation page as part of the American Heart Association.

And the Mokena resident isn’t alone in his fight to support heart health as he’s received an abundant amount of support from friends and family, including his twin sisters Liana and Leah.

Danny Ciamprone

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

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

Dec. 3

• Thomas Leonard II, 32, of 11510 Francis Road in Mokena, was charged with speeding, driving without lights, failure to signal and attempting to elude a peace officer in the 11200 block of Front Street in Mokena after police reportedly observed the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed.

Dec. 2

Danny Ciamprone

Lincoln-Way North softball coach Aimee Lonigro has set the bar very high for her team this season.

With a majority of the team back that went 17-12 last year — including 11-3 in the SouthWest Suburban Conference Red — there should be big expectations.

“I know that they will have a successful season on the softball field,” Lonigro said of her team. “I am hoping that they can do some things that no other [North] teams here have done before. I am setting the bar very high for them, because I know they can handle it.”

Danny Ciamprone

Rosemary Girten is renowned in her family for taking care of everyone, and when she recently needed help herself, one of her pint-sized relatives returned the favor. 

Shaina Girten, a 7-year-old Mokena resident and Arbury Hills student, called 911 on Jan. 28 when Rosemary, Shaina’s maternal great-grandmother, fell in her Oak Forest home. Rosemary and her husband Gene have been watching Shaina since she was seven weeks old, and the couple picks her up from school each day. 

Rebecca Susmarski

As a tax paying citizen of Mokena, I want to be informed of the Village’s issues, so I attend park district meetings on a regular basis.

I have found that I am one of the very few who attend. As a result, I would like to inform the citizens of some information about the park district referendum soon to be decided on Nov. 4.

Danny Ciamprone

Welcome back.

It’s the middle of the day and you have a hankering for a corned beef or pastrami sandwich on marble rye and you’re in beautiful Mokena, Illinois. Driving to downtown Chicago for your deli fix isn’t an option. What to do, what to do?

If you’re in Mokena or the Lincoln-Way area, then the answer is quite simple. Drop in at D’Marie’s Deli,  19031 Old LaGrange Road (right next to Stoney Point Grill) and place your order with owners Gil and Christina Rimsnider.

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