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Hola, bonjour, hallo and hello: greetings in the four languages that a group of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students have mastered. 

Speaking four divergent languages and hailing from the district’s four schools, 80 students became the first recipients in Illinois history to qualify for the new state-recognized Seal of Biliteracy during a ceremony Wednesday, April 10, at Lincoln-Way Central. 

Ownership of the 55-acre shopping plaza where a Meijer superstore is under construction is set to change hands.
A deal between the parcel’s original developer, Mokena Retail Associates, and Inland Venture Corporation, a publicly traded trust with 161 properties nationwide, could be squared away within the next 30 to 45 days, said Alan Zordan, the Village’s director of economic and community development.
The property, known as Mokena Marketplace, is located at the southwest corner of Lincoln Highway and Wolf Road.

Will O'Brien

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

Mokena resident Tyler Martinkus should enjoy his summer break, as he has spent the last few years working hard to achieve the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. 

Martinkus, a member of Boy Scout Troop 725 and a recent graduate of Providence Catholic High School, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 15 of last year. He received his badge in a June 1 court of honor ceremony at the Mokena VFW Post 725 on Wolf Road. 

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

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

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

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

Mokena Village Trustee Don Labriola hosted a public meeting on April 16 to propose the possibility of obtaining cheaper Lake Michigan water for suburbanites.

Rebecca Susmarski

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

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