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Football Playoffs, an Oil Spill, a Presidential Election and More: Nov. 2012 in Review

New Lenox residents came together this month to vote, to cheer, to give thanks, to cry and more. Take a look at the top 10 stories in Patch for November.

November 2012 is destined to stand out because it brought Americans together for a specific purpose—the Presidential Election. And New Lenox was no different. The 20 precincts in the community saw a record voter turn-out; however, voters here would have preferred Mitt Romney.  

The American spirit and the realization of the freedoms enjoyed in this nation were lived out in genuine New Lenox style this month. The Scouts collected for a food drive, and those who sacrificed on our behalf were memorialized in a time-honored tradition on Veterans Day at the Village Commons. Crowds filled the bleachers to cheer during the playoffs for football teams at Lincoln-Way West High School and Providence Catholic High School. Later in the month, families gathered around the table for Thanksgiving. And then, the community came together again; this time it was to mourn the loss of 16-year-old Austin Lempera, a Lincoln-Way Central football player and member of the unofficial "Goon Squad."

Here's a run-down of the Top 10 Stories for November 2012:  

1. Mokena Oil Leak Recovery Moving Rapidly, No Health Risk : The Mokena oil tank spill indeed poses no known health risk, but officials acknowledge that someone should have notified the public.

2. Coyote Spotted in New Lenox: Where Have You Seen Them? : We compiled a map of recent coyote sightings in town. Here's what you need to know about the elusive animals.

3. : The county and a private nursing company were also named in the suit filed by the attorney for an unidentified man with HIV.

4. Student's Arrest Tied to Friend's Overdose Death at Lewis: Cops: Romeoville police say Lewis University student Jamie Olson took steps to conceal her involvement in the suspected heroin death of her friend.

5. : Find out when and where the final installment of the Twilight Saga is playing in New Lenox, and how to get tickets. Theaters are also offering marathons for the Twihards.

6. : Police say three men took jewelry, a safe and more after holding down a 76-year-old New Lenox Township resident while they robbed her.

7. Carlton Fisk's Lawyer Wants Judge to Strike Out DUI Evidence:  The lawyer for White Sox legend Carlton Fisk filed motions to have evidence thrown out in the Hall of Famer's drunken driving case.

8. Loud Complaints from Village Officials Make for Railroad Quiet Zones: An agreement that was years in the making have officially stifled the annoying train horns on the south side of town.

9. Worker Saved After Arm Caught in Meat Grinder: Orland firefighters took the man, with his arm still stuck in machinery, to Silver Cross Hospital to safely remove his arm from the grinder. The call was described as a first for the fire district.

10. Did Life in the Shadow of Obama Push Jesse Jackson Jr. Over the Edge? : A columnist who's covered Jackson since his first days in public office suggests Obama's rise sent Jackson to his downfall.

Editor's Picks for the Month:

1. For the Love of Karly: Operation Christmas Child created a legacy for 9-year-old Karly Little. The locally-run Christian relief program has been dubbed "Karly's Kartons." The shoe boxes they fill for girls will feature a letter about Karly and the kind of trinkets she liked.

2. New Lenox Makes an All-Out Assault on Unemployment: At Boot Camp for Job Seekers, the village, library and the business community joined forces to hit unemployment with all the gusto it can.

3. JH Sweis Catering Zesty Menu for Banquets at the American Legion: JH Sweis Catering brings 25 years of experience to the American Legion, while also catering corporate events, weddings and more.

4. D210 Board: Are iPads an Answer to Academic Engagement? : Find out what methods produce instantaneous results.

5. Tell-Tale Plop Lands Woman in Jail After Drug Test Turns Violent: Cops : A New Lenox woman previously convicted on a methamphetamine charge allegedly attacked the county employee paid to watch her provide a urine sample. And her boyfriend was charged with possessing hand grenades a couple months ago too.

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