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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

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◆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

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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

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

Sister Madonna Rougeau to help retired nuns

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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

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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 …

Get Up and Go!

Health Care Scams Discussion: The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD for seniors will discuss health care scams at its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the New Lenox police station community room, 701 W. Haven Ave. The program will be presented by the Illinois Attorney General’s office …

Spine-tingling tale has happy ending for Blue Island woman

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Arlene Vera, of Blue Island, goes to church on Sundays now.

She recently took a family friend’s young daughter out to fly a kite, is planning a trip to the zoo later this month and shops at flea markets to indulge her passion for antiques. …

Get Up and Go!

Raiders Coaches Golf Outing: The 15th annual Raiders coaches golf outing to benefit Oak Forest Raiders youth football is slated for Aug. 8 at George W. Dunne National golf course, 16310 S. Central Ave., near Oak Forest. The cost is $135 ($125 if paid in …

Oak Forest woman raising butterflies, writing books

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Ruth DeYoung, 72, is a woman of many talents. A visitor to her Oak Forest home might find DeYoung working in her lush backyard flower garden or releasing butterflies she has raised. But it’s just as likely she will be sitting at her computer working …

Religion briefs for July 18

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Teaching Series: The Lighthouse Church of All Nations is counting down the weeks to its new sanctuary with a teaching series called “Through A Looking Glass.” There will be surprises every week. The church is at 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip. For more information, call …

Crete-Monee High School program to stage ‘Cinderella’

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The Crete-Monee High School 2014 summer drama enrichment program will host Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. July 23 to 26 at the Milton Payton Performing Arts Center, 1515 W. Exchange St., Crete, according to a press release about the program.

About 100 students …

Free eye exams offered for eligible women, kids

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VSP Vision Care, in partnership with Prevent Blindness and the South Suburban Family Shelter, and with the cooperation of Kirschner Vision, will offer free eye exams for women and children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 in Homewood, according to a press release. …

MuckFest in Lockport to support MS research

The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its inaugural MuckFest MS mud and fun run beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 23, at Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park, 2807 Canal St., Lockport, according to a press release.

Participants will slip, slide, …

Bluegrass picks in the Southland

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Despite the weekend’s torrential downpours, loyal bluegrass fans made their way to Frankfort’s Breidert Green. Dedicated to the harmonic twang of the fiddle and mandolin, people came from all over for the Fourth Annual Bluegrass on the Green. Fourteen live bands played over the weekend. …

Pets o’ the Week for July 17, 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., …