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Richards students get into code mode early

A bridge program for incoming freshmen at Richards High School in Oak Lawn has students writing and editing computer code and learning about the workings of smartphones, computers and gaming consoles, according to a release from Community High School District 218. For a recent class, …

Blue Island teen’s rule of thumb: Lend a hand


Ashley Cedeno is a senior-to-be at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, and one can bet that she will fill her days with extracurricular activities that involve paying it forward in the community. As a member of the National Honor Society, Cedeno’s favorite activity is …

Get Up and Go!


National Night Out: Oak Forest will mark its police-community partnership at the 17th annual National Night Out event, hosted by the crime prevention commission, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the city hall, 15440 Central Ave. Balance Class for Older Adults: Palos Community Hospital …

To Your Health: Understanding the impact of obesity on your overall health


Obesity is essentially an epidemic sweeping the nation. Reported levels of obesity have soared within the last several years and are at an all-time high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. The CDC …

Animal Welfare League’s luau-themed adoption event set


Animal Adoption Mega Event: The Chicago Ridge-based Animal Welfare League will host a mega-adoption event, a Bow Wow Luau, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot of the Matteson PetSmart at 4824 Lincoln Highway. More than 100 pets from different …

Pets o’ the Week for July 31, 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., …

Walk to benefit brain tumor research set for Aug. 9


The fifth annual Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Community Walk Path, 4200 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills, according to a press release from the Mary E. Smith Foundation, Inc.

The foundation once …

To Your Health: Overuse to blame for many throwing injuries


The number of shoulder and elbow injuries in young, throwing athletes has seen a dramatic rise over the last few decades. Nearly half of all baseball pitchers will experience pain in their throwing arm at some point in their careers. This growing epidemic impacts throwers …

Many hands help pack pantry, but need grows in Frankfort Twp.


The Frankfort Township food pantry is in better shape than it has been for years, director Jodi Gallagher-Dilling said.

“We’re doing great now this summer,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “It’s the best summer we’ve ever had.”

Gallagher-Dilling said there has been a notable difference in what the …

Get Up and Go!

Golf Outing: The Frankfort School District 157C Education Foundation will host its second annual golf outing Aug. 11 at Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort. The cost per player is $155, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a forecaddie per foursome, …

Son-in-law’s father emotionally abusive


Dear Abby: I adore my son-in-law, “Tom.” He’s a wonderful husband to our daughter. He’s always inviting us to dinner along with his parents and family. We get along with them, but can’t stand how they treat Tom. We have never seen parents treat their …

Georgia Nicols horoscopes for July 20


◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your creative vibes are hot. Let us not forget that Aries is the sign of the artisan — you can do anything with your hands. You love the challenge of trying something new or demystifying the mystique of a process. (“Hmm, …

SXU event aimed at raising money to fight cancer


Fire Up A Cure is a “dream come true” for Dr. Jason Canner, division head of hematology/oncology at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital and founder in 2011 of the Cure It Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports pediatric cancer research and supports children diagnosed with cancer. …

Pets o’ the Week for July 24, 2014


PAWS Animal Shelter  8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park,  (815) 464-7298, Animal Welfare League  10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, South Suburban Humane Society   1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, Animals for Awareness  P.O. Box 56, Palos Park  …

Sister Madonna Rougeau to help retired nuns


Sister Madonna Rougeau’s transition in August from her ministry and administrative work for Franciscan St. James Health in the south suburbs to Our Lady of the Angels convent in Mishawaka, Indiana, will take her back to her roots in religious life, but it will be …

Oak Lawn teen is more than a chess champ


When Richards High School’s chess team won the Illinois High School Association Class AAA chess championship this year, Andrew Gacek was there. In fact, he went 6-1 at the state tournament.

“I was proud of myself and the fact that I was able to support …