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Whether it’s a physical or mental feat standing before us, the only limitations conquering those obstacles are the ones we set ourselves.

At Family Martial Arts in Mokena, the challenge is both a test of body and mind, but the universal hurdle remains.

“I always tell kids, the biggest enemy is yourself,” said head master Sung Ho Kim. “You need to be disciplined yourself ... that way you don’t have to fight.”

Rebecca Susmarski

Newly released ComEd power supply rates show the Village of Mokena’s aggregation program will indeed continue to offer residents and small businesses substantial savings over ComEd rates, Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said.

Zoellner, who has managed much of the aggregation process on the Village’s end, gave a presentation on the matter Monday, May 12, during a regular Village Board meeting.

Will O'Brien

Dear Editor,
It appears the Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Board of Education and administrators are not addressing the underlying issue.  
In cutting 18 teachers and previously canceling the Air Force Junior ROTC program (which is now back but requires kids to be shipped to other schools), all due to enrollment issues for certain programs, this issue is about overcapacity.  
We have too many schools and not enough students.

Will O'Brien

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

Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

Kyla Melnyczenko is put in her high chair when her mom Lynn heads over to the stereo. 

Through the speakers comes singer Iggy Izzalea, and grooving in her seat is Lynn’s 11-month old who starts to break into a dance. 

“It’s an adventure every day,” said her dad Eric Melnyczenko, assistant principal at Mokena Junior High. “We learn more and more about her and her personality.”

Aside from being a natural dancer, Melnyczenko said his daughter is a “fighter” who works hard day in and day out with her therapies.

Rebecca Susmarski

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

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

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

True education involves more than what students encounter on their ACT tests, and one Mokena resident has been recognized for proving that to her students daily. 

Dawn Oler, who teaches family and consumer sciences at Hinsdale Central High School, recently won a “Teacher of the Year” award from the Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Oler, who has taught at Central for 11 years, won the award for her Invitation to Teach classes, which offer a college-focused curriculum to high school seniors interested in pursuing education. 

Rebecca Susmarski

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