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Sheridan Whiteside is not the type of person the average homeowner would like to have over for a family dinner, but he is a famous radio personality, so he brings with him some excitement and notoriety.

But when he breaks his hip outside the Stanley family home on his way to dinner, leaving him helpless and forcing him to stay at their house for a month, his demands become ever more outlandish.

Tim Carroll

Local home-based businesses got a little more public face time Wednesday, April 23, thanks to a combined effort from the Mokena, Tinley Park and Frankfort chambers of commerce. 

The expo — featuring healthcare, financial, technology, and specialized products and services — was held at the Aurelio’s Pizza in Frankfort. The first-time event was planned to give owners of home-based businesses a boost for advertising and networking opportunities with fellow chamber members, said Melissa Fedora, director of the Mokena Chamber of Commerce.

Will O'Brien

ProSource Wholesale Floorcoverings hosted a grand-opening event Thursday, June 5, at its new showroom in Mokena. 

Located at 9951 W. 190th St., units I and J, the showroom features more than 40,000 flooring choices, including private label and name-brand carpet, hardwood, ceramic, vinyl, laminate and more. In addition to floorcoverings, the showroom offers products for kitchens and bathrooms, including cabinets and countertops. 

Will O'Brien

Summit Hill School District 161 is welcoming several new administrators as this school year kicks-off.

Included in the new administration is Arbury Hills Principal John Snipes, Rogus Assistant Principal Frances Boss and Walker Assistant Principal Laura Goebel.

Also, three current administrators have leadership roles in new buildings: Dana Wright will serve as principal at Indian Trail School, Dan Pierson will serve as principal at Walker School and Michael Ruffalo will serve as principal at Rogus School. 

Danny Ciamprone

The Mokena School District 159 Board of Education heard the benefits of adopting a new elementary English Language Learner program at a Feb. 19 board meeting.
All seven members of the board listened as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Kathleen Wilkey gave a presentation highlighting program options for qualifying ELL students at Mokena Elementary School. ELL students are bilingual children who have not yet achieved full proficiency in the English language; the students test into ELL classes and test out once they have achieved the state-required proficiency level.

Will O'Brien

Construction season has gotten underway in Mokena.
Crews began working Wednesday, April 2, to replace water mains running under a pair of downtown district streets, and improvements to a well-trafficked bridge on the town’s west side aren’t far off.
Those projects, however, are just a portion of a busy spring and summer of road repaving, sidewalk fixing and other infrastructure work ahead.
“It’s going to be going fast and furious now, after being pent up for the last few months,” Assistant Village Administrator Kirk Zoellner said.

Will O'Brien
The Mokena Community Park District Board of Commissioners has voted to approve the issuance of bonds not to exceed $840,000.
Tim Carroll

Summit Hill School District 161 welcomed students to two very exciting programs this school year.

Rebecca Susmarski

Rashid Riggins got started in the food industry by parking his trailer smoker at carnivals all throughout Will, DuPage, Kane and Cook counties for three years before he and his fiancé, Marsha, recently opened Bear Down Barbecue & Catering Company in Frankfort.

As unconventional a path as that may seem to some, Riggins looks at it as the traditional route.

F. Amanda Tugade

The first three minutes are a bit grainy, shot in black and white while slowly drawing the viewer into the heart of Tulum – the site of one of the last cities once occupied by the Maya.

The last two minutes are a narration, or rather a poem, that combines art with filmmaking in a Super 8 style resembling the type of home movies one would be accustomed to seeing in the late 1960s.

Danny Ciamprone