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June 16

Shawn M. Roe, 35, of Mokena, was arrested at 5:20 p.m. after police observed him walking in front of his residence in the 11200 block of Wexford Drive and from prior contact with the subject knew there was an existing warrant for his arrest through the Will County Sheriff’s Office, police said. His court date is July 9 in Will County.

Rebecca Susmarski

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

Even though it may be time to put down the gardening gear with fall weather in full swing, that hasn’t stopped a pair of flower pots from taking home this year’s championship as winners of The Mokena Messenger’s Halloween costume contest.

Leah and Kara Zaker of Mokena won this year’s contest with their flower pot costumes, which showed off creativity, originality and, above all else, embodied the Halloween spirit.

There were several great entries this year, and all submissions may be viewed on Page 27 of this issue.

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

Pictured is the sun setting over Main Park’s Field 2 on Saturday, May 24, during the Mokena Blast’s Memorial Day weekend softball tournament. The three-day competition featured 38 teams who played 91 games. 

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What began as a service requirement for one high schooler has resulted in an annual lesson in giving for multiple children. 

The annual caroling and gift-giving event took place on Dec. 20 at the Catholic Charities Daybreak Center in Joliet. John Narcissi, a Mokena resident and graduate of St. Mary’s, originally started the event three years ago as a service project and provided a free acoustic guitar concert at the event this year. 

Rebecca Susmarski

Tribes taps flowing with original brews

Since opening Galway Tribes Irish Pub & Alehouse roughly 10 years ago, owner Niall Freyne admits he has made a few business mistakes. What is important is that each one was a lesson learned in building something bigger and better.

And ever since closing the Frankfort bar in 2009, things have been on the rise for Freyne and his Tribes Alehouse & Grills, which opened locations first in Mokena and then Tinley Park.

Danny Ciamprone

After months of discussion, research, public forums and spreading the word about the need for upgrades at two Mokena Community Park District facilities, park commissioners have approved a resolution to place a $6 million property tax neutral bond issue on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.

One of those facilities is The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, which needs to be expanded to accommodate growing demand, and the other concerns improvements to Yunker Farm Park. 

Rebecca Susmarski

The early morning rain on Wednesday, June 11, stopped just in time for the Mokena Chamber of Commerce to host its annual golf outing at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox. 

 More than 80 golfers divided into about 21 teams of four were expected to participate in the event. The outing ran under a Las Vegas theme this year — that is, “What happens at the Mokena Chamber golf outing stays at the Mokena Chamber golf outing.” 

Rebecca Susmarski

Feb. 13
• At midnight near the intersection of Interstate 80 and South LaGrange Road, Juan Atenco, 43, of the 14900 block of Robey Avenue, Harvey, was arrested on charges of driving without proper lighting and without a valid license. He was released on bond, pending a March 19 court date.

Will O'Brien