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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

“More happiness.”

That was the term that Lincoln-Way North girls’ volleyball senior middle hitter Valen Manns used last week.

She had good reason too, as she helped lead the Phoenix to the championship of the summer league playoffs on Thursday, July 31, at Palos Courts in Palos Heights.  

Rebecca Susmarski

Many adults look back on childhood as a period in their lives without worry or care, but on May 22, one school taught its students that one can never plan for the future too early. 

About 200 eighth-graders at Mokena Junior High School attended the school’s inaugural Reality Store event in the gymnasium. Designed to give students a taste of life as an adult, the event featured 14 local businesses and organizations, including The Cancer Support Center, First Midwest Bank, AT&T and Carol’s Travel Service. 

Danny Ciamprone

A 53-year-old Mokena man was charged with DUI June 29 at 11333 Hummingbird Lane, in Mokena, after police responded to reports of a vehicle parked in the driveway for two hours.

Timothy O’Loughlin, of 11333 Hummingbird Lane, in Mokena, was alleged found asleep behind the wheel by police with the vehicle still running. 

The suspect then allegedly refused to take the field sobriety tests and was charged with DUI, police said.

June 28

Danny Ciamprone

Abby Olivieri is a senior at Lincoln-Way East. She is a two-sport athlete on the swimming and water polo teams.

What are you doing sports wise in the summer?

I play with LAW, which is Lincoln-Way Area Water Polo. We practice 3-4 times per week and we [went] to Cincinnati [last] weekend. I think plying in the offseason is just as important as playing in the season, and it helps get you [college] exposure. 

What else do you like about playing club polo in the summer?

Danny Ciamprone

For more than 60 years, Lions Club International has served those in need all over the country, and while the club may have started as a way to help those who were visually or hearing impaired, the Mokena Lions Club has evolved to doing more for everyone in the community.

On June 22, Lion Craig McCutcheon presented information to the Mokena Village Board of Trustees and the public on not only the good the club was delivering in the area but also how it goes about in funding that continuing support.

Danny Ciamprone

Jillian Hersted and her family were familiar with the Creamery and enjoyed its products for years, so when they heard that the business was for sale, they decided to make a move to keep its doors open.

The first Creamery was opened in Frankfort in 1981, and the store grew to become a chain with six other locations — Mokena, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Manteno, New Lenox and Orland Hills, according to the Creamery’s website. It primarily sells ice cream, along with some sandwiches and other food items.

Danny Ciamprone

Hometown hero 

Photo by Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

Yellow ribbons adorn trees in front of Ken and Danielle Newbauer’s home on Marjorie Parkway in Mokena. Ken, a former infantry member, said he wanted to show support for his neighbors, the family of Aaron Toppen, who was killed in Afghanistan while on active duty with the U.S. Army.

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

Rebecca Susmarski

Three individuals were reportedly charged after police received a tip that a possible drug transaction could be taking place in the area of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road in Mokena.

Danny Ciamprone
A pair of racers enjoy the Autobahn Indoor Speedway facility in Maryland.

Ladies and gentleman of Mokena, start your engines. Indoor go-karts could be coming to town.
Developers at Autobahn Indoor Speedway want a two-track, 65,000-square-foot racing business up and running inside the Ligo building at 9100 W. 191st St. by June or July.
The plan was first publicly detailed Monday, Jan. 20, during a Village Board work session.

Will O'Brien

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