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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.

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

A 27-year-old man was arrested around 2:25 a.m. on Sunday, April 20, on numerous charges, including DUI and possession of marijuana, after police recorded him driving 98 mph on LaGrange Road.

Mamduh Hashem Beituni, of the 7200 block of West 108th Street, Worth, was also arrested on charges of reckless driving, speeding more than 40 mph over the posted limit, illegal transportation of alcohol, failure to stop and improper lane usage.

Will O'Brien

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.

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

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

It’s called “With-A-Switch” because Chris Vroman and his brother Kevin can fix pretty much any electronic device out there. In fact, what Mario and Luigi are to the gaming world, the Vromans are just the same to the technology revolution.

There are some things though even the owners of one of the only electronic repair stores in Mokena can’t overcome, and why come Aug. 1, “With-A-Switch” will be relocated from Front Street.

But let’s back up to April 1, 2013 – April Fool’s Day – the same day the brothers acquired the store front. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Aug. 13

• Tom Vesvardes, 18, of Oak Forest, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment at West 191st Street and 80th Avenue in Mokena after police observed the suspect driving with one headlight. His court date is Sept. 9.

Aug. 10

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

Nov. 5

• Kenneth Land, 48, of 243 Indian Mound Drive in New Lenox, was charged with DUI, carrying a suspended/revoked driver’s license and improper lane usage in the 11200 block of West Lincoln Highway in Mokena after police reported the driver crossed the concrete shoulder of the roadway with both passenger tires on several instances.

Danny Ciamprone

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