More than 1,000 people showed up for a memorial for late Sandburg High School
Athletic Director Bruce Scheidegger in the Eagle Gym Sunday afternoon. The
two-hour ceremony featured several speeches including one from boys cross
country coach John O'Malley.
O'Malley told the crowd that Scheidegger was very busy, but always had an
extra minute for everyone. So he put a minute up on the scoreboard (left photo)
and urged everyone to applaud and cheer Mr. Scheidegger for that minute. The
crowd followed his instructions (right photo), and what started out as polite
applause turned into a wild madhouse the final 15 seconds before the buzzer went
Scheidegger died Feb. 9 in a one-vehicle accident north of Mount Carroll.
The Worth Police Department will beginning in the spring use an all-terrain
vehicle in an attempt to discourage vandalism and other petty crime at parks and
the village-owned Water's Edge Golf Club.
The four-wheeler will allow police officers access to areas they would not be
able to enter with squad cars. Worth Trustee Mary Rhein said the ATVs will help
with the department's "aggressive patrol tactics."
"The ATV will be used to help with underage drinking, criminal damage to
property, and graffiti at Water's Edge and the 10 parks in the village," Rhein
said. "There will be access to where access by patrol cars is limited."
Worth will pay $8,500 for the black-and-white vehicle, which will be equipped
with emergency lights, a public address system, windshield and siren, Rhein
said. The funds will come from the police department's asset forfeiture fund. It
will be delivered to the department next week, then sent out to be equipped with
Worth resident Gene Sikora at Tuesday's Village Board meeting questioned how
police officers would transfer an arrestee to the police station. Police Chief
Martin Knolmayer said a squad car will be called to do such a job.
If the ATV purchase proves beneficial, a second one may be purchased, Rhein
said. Officers will receive four to eight hours of training on how to properly
operate the vehicle, and one officers is a certified ATV instructor, Rhein said.
"I really think it's gonna be an asset, especially on vandals," Rhein said.
"It will be easier access to fly through a park."
Saint Xavier University student Aldo Quinones of Oak Lawn shows his enthusiasm at the SXU School of Education's first Pinning Ceremony held Feb. 5. The ceremony was held in honor of the university's teacher education students earning candidacy status in the School of Education, the first major benchmark in the program leading to teacher licensure.
For an online gallery of photos from the event visit the "Saint Xavier University News" Facebook page.
Park dist. bringing back rocket slide as part of $1.2M project at Memorial
By Laura Bollin
Memorial Park in Oak Lawn is going back in time. More specifically, it is
going back to the 1960s, when it was known as Rocket Slide Park.
Oak Lawn Park District director Maddie Kelly said the park, 102nd Street and
Major Avenue, will undergo a $1.2 million renovation this summer. Among the
imrpovements will be a return of the beloved rocket ship slide, only bigger and
better than before.
"I used to ride my bike from Beverly [in Chicago] up there when I was a kid,
it was such a cool slide," Kelly said. "Now, we are replacing the whole
playground, and it will all have a rocket ship theme. The rocket ship slide is
going to be a huge slide that looks like a tall rocket ship, with all sorts of
space toys on it. It's going to be really, really cool."
The park district received at $400,000 grant from the Illinois Department of
Natural Resources to help cover the costs of the renovation. Other upgrades will
include a splash pad, new playground, bathrooms, walking trails, tennis courts,
areas for bean bags and horseshoes, and two full basketball courts.
"We're resurfacing everything so it'll be like playing on a brand new court,"
The park district also plans to replace a dilapidated picnic shelter with one
covered with a green roof. The shelter will be about the same size as the
existing one, and will accommodate as many as 15 people.
Visitors will also see improvements to Memorial Pond. The park district will
install a new pier, and add plants and a log fence and rock outcroppings for
"That park has been in disarray for a long time, and it is an eyesore and an
embarrassment to us," Kelly said. "It is going to rejuvenate the whole
neighborhood. It will be a place people want to move because it is such a
Kelly expects the renovations to be completed by the end of the summer.
The Ultimate Spartan Contest, which will conclude with the selection of the
top senior male student-athlete at Oak Lawn High School, will be held at 7:30
p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21 in the Spartan Gymnasium, 95th Street and Southwest
Highway. The competition is a fundraiser for the Oak Lawn High softball program,
which wants to build a batting cage at the Spartan Athletic Complex.
The contestants will be Kyle Cheng (from left), Connor Niemiec, Bob Kametas,
Sean Altenburg, Shawn Cannon, Cody McElheny and Saul Huerta, who will compete in
formal wear, beachwear, talent, fundraising and interview. One of the categories
for judging will be audience approval as well, where the loudest screams and
cheers will give the contestants more points.
Altenburg was the school's Homecoming king and plays football and basketball.
Cannon plays hoops and competes on the track team. Cheng is a tennis player and
participates in several clubs and organizations. Huerta plays soccer, Kametas
plays basketball and baseball, McElheny runs cross country and track, and
Niemiec wrestles and plays football and baseball.
Tickets will go on sale for $5 in advance, and will be $7 at the door.
Softball players, contestants, the coaching staff, and the Athletic Office will
be selling tickets. Find updates on Twitter @OakLawnSoftball.