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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

John Mihalos’ new restaurant would have made his grandmother proud.

Mihalos, an Orland Park resident, opened Just Shrimp in November, and the restaurant serves only the freshest seafood — shrimp, catfish and other wild-caught products arrive by truck daily — coated in a light, crispy batter and infused with spices that evoke Cajun flavors.

Danny Ciamprone

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

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

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

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

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

Jan. 25

• John Duzansky, 44, of 19811 Kensington Drive in Mokena, was charged with DUI and improper parking on the roadway in the 19500 block of Victorian Drive after police reported to a vehicle parked for several hours with its lights on, police said.

Jan. 22

Danny Ciamprone

The Food & Wine Fest has been a tradition in the Village of Mokena for the past 10 years, and while some changes will be made for this year’s event, the outlook for good times appear undaunted.

Dennis Buxbaum, president of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce and chairman of the Food & Wine Fest, said one of the changes this year will be the timing of certain events within the festival.

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.