• New Lenox Fire Protection District Fire Inspector James Brown demonstrates on a CPR dummy for students Friday, July 11, during the district’s Babysitting Academy. (Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Students get certified in NL fire district’s baby-sitting course

    July 24, 2014 By Elissa Chudwin, Staff Writer News

    Boys and girls ages 11 to 16 watched Friday, July 11, as New Lenox Fire Protection District Fire Inspector and CPR Instructor James Brown demonstrated chest compressions and mouth-

  • American Legion Post Thomas Hartung 1977 Pig Roast and Rib Battle third-place winner Greg Vincent prepares his ribs for tasting Saturday, July 12. (Marybeth Sadlik/22nd Century Media)

    American Legion hosts first Pig Roast and Rib Battle

    July 22, 2014 By Marybeth Sadlik, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    For a long time, patrons of the American Legion Thomas Hartung Post 1977 would brag about their ribs. 

  • Pictured is the chicken oreganato ($23), one of 20 new items at the newly remodeled 94 Grille & Tavern. The bone-in chicken breast and legs are smothered in a zesty lemon and oreganato butter, and served alongside potato wedges. (Erik Schmidt/22nd Century Media)

    Don’t mess with 94 Grille & Tavern

    July 22, 2014 By Erik Schmidt, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    One time, because he felt like it, Bryan Sord built an entire 8,000-square foot restaurant from scratch in just 93 days.

  • Pictured are New Lenox resident Jason Verbeek’s miniature sculptures, displayed in his back yard at Illini Drive and Farmview Road. He turns a miniature into a full sculpture once someone expresses interest in buying one. (Meredith Dobes/22nd Century Media)

    New Lenox sculptor inspired to mesh metal with organic

    July 17, 2014 By Meredith Dobes, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    Blending the organic with the industrial was a natural progression for Jason Verbeek, New Lenox resident and sculptor.

  • Pictured is Buddy (dog on the left) with his new family members (left to right) Keenan and Marike Fifield and Fozzie. (Photo submitted)

    New Lenox volunteer gives aging Puggle second chance

    July 16, 2014 By Sarah Janssen, Editor Life & Arts

    Victoria Koblick has volunteered at the South Suburban Humane Society for more than a year, fostering three dogs in her time with the shelter.

  • New Lenox resident and member of Boy Scout Troop 755 Nick Di Sandro carries the flag onto the field Friday, July 11, during the opening ceremonies at Relay for Life of New Lenox. (Photos by Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Area teams raise $67K for American Cancer Society

    July 15, 2014 By Felicitas Cortez, Staff Writer News

    More than 500 participants — from New Lenox and local communities — gathered to celebrate cancer survivors and their caregivers, as well as pay tribute to those who have died from