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CSI: Cops serve Italian (for a cause)

Crestwood police were called to Barraco’s Pizza on a recent Thursday night — to work. Once there, officers reported to the kitchen and grabbed trays to wait on the restaurant’s patrons for the second annual Crestwood Tip-a-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Barraco’s partnered …

Oak Forest teen shoots for the sky


Elijah Reed recently had a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into his future.

The Tinley Park High School senior, 18, said he has known since he saw an air and water show when he was about 10 that he wants to be an Air …

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Candy Exchange: Amazing Smiles Family Dental Care, 16906 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, will conduct its annual Halloween candy exchange from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. To discourage sugary snacks and promote dental health, Amazing Smiles invites all local children to trade their Halloween sweets …

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Christmas at Encore Shop: Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop, the Encore Shop, will host its annual Christmas Opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. Items for sale include seasonal decorations and ornaments, holiday gifts, …

Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 30, 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., …

Your Pets for Oct. 30, 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@

To Your Health: How to protect yourself from seasonal flu


Flu season begins in October, with the number of cases reported typically peaking in the winter months.

To help area residents combat the flu and stay healthy throughout the fall and coming winter, Ingalls Care Center in Crestwood is offering flu shots at a low …

Fall events slated at Thorn Creek

Thorn Creek Nature Center, at 247 Monee Road, near Park Forest, has a number of fall programs among its offerings.

The center is at the beginning of a 31/2-mile trail system through Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and houses several displays for both adults and children, …

Hip pain seminar set for Nov. 18

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox will host a free presentation on ways to treat hip pain from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the hospital’s conference center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., according to a press release from the hospital.

Dr. Tom Antkowiak and …

Tips to avoid stress as new Thanksgiving host


NEW YORK — The potatoes are wrong. The football game’s too loud. The kids aren’t dressed right.

Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line, it also can be prime ground for sniping and griping the …

Oak Forest teen finds endeavors endearing


Sally Salman has known all along what was expected of her.

“My mother wants me and my sisters to be independent,” she said.

To that end, Salman was taught from an early age what she had to do.

“She’d tell us to get our homework …

‘Happy Halmoween’ set to benefit Orland Park man


The Team Chrissy Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for Jim Halm, an Orland Park resident who was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple sclerosis.

Halm is a neighbor “across the street and down the block” from Dan Bober, a founder and chairman of Team Chrissy, but …

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Fundraiser for Phil: PHILanthropy, a benefit for brain cancer patient Phil Hassett, of Oak Lawn, is set for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Hassett, a married father of three, was diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma …

Southland’s weekend mix: Halloween art just the start


A Halloween art program for kids of all ages is set for Sunday at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest.

“Skulls and Bones” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., according to a press release …

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Not-So-Haunted House: Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, will hold its annual Not-So-Haunted House from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public and is geared toward preschoolers through third-graders. The theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in conjunction …

HollyDays an event with special goals


Unique gifts, artwork and decorations are among the draws for HollyDays, an event scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release about the event.

But it’s also a chance to …