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For the 16th straight year, the Mokena Community Park District will host Woofstock, providing local pets and their owners an opportunity to strut their stuff with competition prizes — not to mention bragging rights — on the line.

The annual celebration of all things animal will return to Main Park on Sunday, May 18, with registration starting at 1 p.m. and activities commencing a half hour later. Admission is free, and the event is open to all animals.

This year’s 13th annual golf outing fundraiser will take place under a new name as the organization branches out to help more people.

For the past 12 years, Good Neighbors of Mokena has hosted an annual golf outing, and this year is no different, except for a title change – Good Neighbors of Lincoln-Way Annual Golf Outing – which will take place at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox.

But the purpose of the fundraiser is still the same.

Danny Ciamprone

March 23
• At 1 a.m. in the 19500 block of Midland Avenue, Carlie R. Foreman, 25, of the same address, was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug equipment. She was transported to the Will County Adult Detention Facility.

March 22
• At 12:11 a.m. in the 11600 block of Seminole Court, Lauren Dolores Bayci, 33, of the 300 block of Sunset Trail, New Lenox, was arrested on a charge of theft. She was released pending a May 12 local court date.

March 21

Will O'Brien

A new Whitmore ACE Hardware store opened the doors of it’s fifth location July 9, on Francis Road in Mokena, an area which has struggled to maintain businesses in the past.

Store Owner David Cripe said there were a number of factors that led to the decision to expand Ace Hardware to Mokena. One was the previous lack of a hardware store in the village. 

Amanda Jarzynski

Three years ago, St. Mary Parish was looking for an idea to bring together a fellowship of parishioners and a way to attract new visitors to the church.

“We received new leadership and the parish really wanted to do a friend-raiser,” said Jeannine Kubas, a long-time parishioner of St. Mary. “Everyone wants to make money, but the idea was to have some type of fellowship event not focused on making money.”

Amanda Jarzynski

A new scoreboard is set to be installed at Main Park thanks to both a youth football organization and a Midwestern retailer with an increasingly noticeable local presence.
Meijer recently donated a multipurpose scoreboard to the Mokena Jr. Griffins, who in turn donated the piece of equipment to the Mokena Community Park District. The Griffins’ football squads play home games at Main Park.

Will O'Brien

For more than 39 minutes Saturday, Oct. 25, the Andrew and Lincoln-Way East boys soccer teams were involved in a defensive struggle to determine the winner of the Class 3A Eisenhower Regional title.

Then, just as it looked as if 40 minutes would come and go without a score, Andrew’s Jesus Mendez struck with 38.3 seconds left to give his team the advantage. The T-Bolts wouldn’t relinquish the lead, winning 4-1 and advancing to the Sandburg Sectional semifinals.

Rebecca Susmarski

The Mokena Village Board of Trustees unanimously approved two contracts during its regular meeting Monday, Jan. 12, regarding the recently purchased downtown building at 19747 Wolf Road, including the removal of asbestos and the demolition of the structure to follow in the spring.

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena Woman’s Club, a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, is offering scholarships to Mokena students pursuing higher education.

Applicants must reside within the Mokena District 159 boundaries.

Danny Ciamprone

Dec. 27

• Timothy Deaton, 21, of 3953 W. 49th St. in Chicago, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia at 19099 Old LaGrange Road in Mokena after police responded to domestic trouble and discovered a red glass pipe in the car.

• Joshua Runions, 33, of 16460 Nottingham Court in Orland Park, was charged with burglary and retail theft at 20005 S. Wolf Road in Mokena after police responded to a suspect in custody for retail theft. 

Rebecca Susmarski