• Pictured is Pulpo al Mojo de Ajo, and octopus-based dish expected to soon hit the menu at Mama Maria’s Taco & Tequila Bar in Orland Park. (Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media)

    Mama Maria’s well-armed with quality ingredients

    January 23, 2015 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Octopus takes center stage on Laco Seeber’s menu

  • A scene from the Christmas village of Dee Kuban, 82, of Lockport. Her village has 846 different pieces. (Photos by Dennis D. Jacobs/22nd Century Media)

    Lockport woman builds massive Christmas village every year

    January 23, 2015 By Dennis D. Jacobs, Editor Life & Arts

    When Dee Kuban of Lockport was growing up in Joliet, the Rev. Aloysius Sinsky of St. Mary Nativity church used to set up a village in the church during Christmas time.

  • Porterettes Maddy Smietanski (right), Brooke Bellair (center) and Kelsey Bekermeier perform during the Thursday, Jan. 15 conference competition at Lincoln-Way Central. (Photos by Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Porterettes finish third at conference competition

    January 23, 2015 By Thomas Czaja, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    The Lockport Township Porterettes varsity poms squad went to conference on Thursday, Jan. 15, as defending conference champions, with the goal in mind to repeat.

  • Pictured is a caterpillar on a hand, a photo which won Brittany Matejko of Lockport first prize in the 2013 Forest Preserve District of Will County Woods Walk Photo Contest. Matejko — who says she likes to take photos of things other people don’t notice — recently won another prize in the contest in 2014. (Photo submitted)

    Lockport resident is Woods Walk winner

    January 23, 2015 By Dennis D. Jacobs, Editor News

    Brittany Matejko of Lockport notices things other people don’t.

  • Alex Venezio (No. 23) scrambles toward the puck for Lemont-Lockport in a game against Lane Tech Sunday, Jan. 11 at Addison Ice Arena. Venezio and the Spartans lost 4-2 in the final game for defenseman Kurt Bernabei, who is transferring to a school in Washington, D.C. (Photos by Tristan Zeier/22nd Century Media)

    Spartans suffer tough loss, lose much more

    January 16, 2015 By Dan Irons, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    There is no easy way to replace an athlete the caliber of the Spartans’ Kurt Bernabei — just ask his coach, Steve Somerfield.