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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 …

Southland’s weekend mix: Halloween art just the start

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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

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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 …

Get Up and Go!

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Fighting Breast Cancer: Orangetheory Fitness will host a car-smashing fundraiser to benefit the fight against breast cancer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 15200 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Participants will pay a minimum donation of $2 per minute for the opportunity to …

Second career a mysterious choice for Homer Glen woman

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Helen Mace Osterman, 85, was an easy child to raise as she grew up in Chicago.

The Homer Glen author said her mother “always knew where I was. If I wasn’t home, I was at the library. I always had my nose in a book.” …

Fundraiser in Homewood features tastes of the holidays

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Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, a nonprofit that provides support to terminally ill patients and their families, will host the third annual Toast the Tastes of the holidays event from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Ave., Homewood, …

Your Pets for Oct. 23, 2014

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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@ southtownstar.com

Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 23, 2014

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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 mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line.

PAWS Animal Shelter

8301 W. 191st St., …

Haunted hangout a hit for families

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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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Pancake Breakfast: Orland/Palos VFW Post 2604 and Boy Scout Troop 318/383 will host their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 10. There also …

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 …