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Haunted hangout a hit for families

When Halloween season is at hand, even dreary weather can’t keep people from participating in events. That was the case in Mokena over the weekend, as Halloween Hollow drew families from throughout the Southland to Main Park. The 32nd annual event, which now runs three …

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Zombie Space Golf: The Tinley Park Jaycees will host a Zombie Space Golf social at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Space Golf, 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park. Creatures will stalk and terrorize golfers through 18 holes of miniature golf. The event is not recommended for …

To Your Health: Stroke: Learn the facts, figures and symptoms


With World Stroke Day approaching, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges everyone to learn the signs of stroke.

Supermodel and actress Claudia Mason is helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association raise awareness on World Stroke Day, Oct. 29.

Worldwide, stroke is the second-leading …

GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away


WASHINGTON — While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law’s major Medicaid expansion.

Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don’t see the law going away.

Nine Republican …

Benefit set for ‘hero’ with new heart


Jace Szklanecki woke up on Valentine’s Day with a new heart.

At 21 months old, Jace already has survived two open heart surgeries, heart failure, a stroke and a heart transplant, according to his maternal aunt, Gina Minetti, of Tinley Park.

Jace’s parents, Nikki and …

Eisenhower student excels in speech, theater


She loves performing in comedy, music and theater and not particularly in that order. Throw those fields together, and you are likely to find Lena Smith, a junior at Eisenhower High School, signing up to audition.

Smith, 16, who earned honors with distinction, the highest …

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Chamber Meeting: Tim McEnery, founder and CEO of Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, will be the guest speaker at the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce meeting, scheduled for 7:45 to 9 a.m. Wednesday at Silver Lake Country Club, 14700 S. 82nd Ave., Orland Park. …

This family gets a kick out of martial arts


Building a martial arts dynasty was not on the minds of Dondrell Brown, Sr. and Kelley Nichols-Brown five years ago when they married and blended their two families of five boys into one. But the possibility exists. The Browns founded Supreme Martial Arts Academy, a …

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Open House: All Day Montessori, 1819 W. 99th St., Chicago, will hold open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. It will include tours, and chances to meet faculty, staff and parents and learn about the full-day fall program for kids ages 15 months to …

Your Pets for Oct. 16, 2014


We want your pet photos

Whether it’s you with your dog, cat, bird, fish or lizard, please e-mail a jpeg photo with your name, your pet’s name and hometown to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@

Weekend events include local theater, train show


Tickets are still available for “Mulan Jr.” featuring students from the surrounding suburbs. Let these talented actors take you back to the legendary story-telling days of ancient China with this stage adaptation of Disney’s “Mulan.” The Huns have invaded and it’s up to the misfit …

Evergreen teen keen on leadership


Abby Langevin, a senior at Evergreen Park High School, participates in a long list of extracurricular activities.

She’s a member of the National Honor Society, student government, mathletes, softball, volleyball, basketball, student leadership, the freshman mentor program and Snowball. She also has earned a perfect …

Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 16, 2014


The Thursday NeighborhoodStar prints adoptable pets weekly when space permits.

Area shelters should send photos; pet descriptions; and shelter hours, address and contact information to Mike Deacon at with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line.

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st St., …

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Palos Hauntings: The Palos Hills parks and recreation department will host The Haunted Hills of Palos haunted hayrides from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 108th Street and Roberts Road. The hayride goes through a wooded area that is haunted by ghouls and …

To Your Health: Group is Making Strides against breast cancer


The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for 100 years. Today, we’re helping save more than 400 lives a day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight. We’re putting your dollars to work now …

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‘Sudden Loss’ Workshop: VITAS Healthcare is hosting a free bereavement workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VITAS Office, 8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M, Tinley Park. To register or for more information, call (708) 781-4405 or email Candidate Forum: The League …