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From shopping and wine tastings to health tips and entertainment, more than 60 vendors are scheduled to appear at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The free expo will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

May 20

• At 5:04 p.m. near the intersection of Wolf Road and 191st Street, Octavio Rojo Benites, 36, of the 2700 block of 178th Street, Lansing, was arrested on charges of driving without a license and non-functioning taillights. He was released pending a court date.

May 18

Will O'Brien

The sun’s been shining. The temperature’s rising, and, as if one more sign of summer’s arrival was needed, the Mokena Blast softball organization on Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, took over a pair of Mokena’s parks with its annual Blast into Summer Memorial Day tournament.

Cheers and pings of aluminum bats could be heard across town as 38 teams from throughout the Chicagoland area arrived to compete at Main and McGovney parks, said John Sheehan, a Blast parent and tournament coordinator.

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

A sea of blue packed the meeting room for the Mokena Village Board of Trustees meeting on July 14 as family, friends and supporters received a resolution designating the honorary name of “Aaron Toppen Memorial Drive” for Townline Road between 187th Street and Francis Road in Mokena.

“Through this tragedy and difficult time, we’re really, really blessed with the wonderful circle of support,” said his mom Pam Toppen who, along with several family members and supporters, wore blue T-shirts to commemorate Aaron.

Rebecca Susmarski

Only 11 years old and already competing at the University of Michigan.  

Mokena-trained gymnast Sam Garza placed third on vault in his level at the USA Gymnastics Region 5 Championships Friday, April 11 through Sunday, April 13. The New Lenox resident competed against qualifying gymnasts from all over Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Kentucky. 

Garza is a member of the Gym-Kinetics boys gymnastics team in Mokena.

While many students across the nation ventured to banquet halls for prom night this year, Lincoln-Way East’s prom-goers took a trip to Italy — or at least they felt like they had.

The prom, which took place Friday, May 16, at CD & ME in Frankfort, featured an “Under the Tuscan Sun” theme. Sunflowers adorned the dining tables, and attendees received a family-style Italian dinner rather than the buffet typically served at East proms.

Will O'Brien

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

Pictured is Berkot’s Super Foods fried chicken. Berkot’s is the place to go for fried chicken in Mokena. On an average graduation weekend in June, the grocery serves upwards of 2,000 pieces of the hometown favorite.

Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Mokena-gram producer Jean Lachat blogs at spiritofthesoulphotography.wordpress.com

Rebecca Susmarski

A sunflower is among the wildflowers growing on the corner of 194th Street and Wolf Road, where the color changes every hour.

 

Danny Ciamprone

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