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Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings

WASHINGTON — Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t …

Fundraiser set for crash victim who faces extensive rehab


A devastating, deadly car accident March 30 left Jose “Joey” Flores, 19, of Alsip, with severe injuries that kept him in Loyola Hospital’s intensive care unit for 27 days, and he spent an additional 15 days in RML Specialty Hospital, according to Flores’ aunt, Juanita …

To Your Health: Back to school: A review, and positive practices


Back-to-school season is the great reset.

Along with buying new school supplies, we can re-establish habits and practices that worked well, and let go of those that were not effective, establishing new ones. The heart of this reset is creating habits aligned with our intentions …

Get Up and Go!

Pet Adoption Event: The South Suburban Humane Society, 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, will host an “Empty the Shelter” event from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. It will waive adoption fees for all dogs and cats. For information …

She’s sad daughter giving up her baby


Dear Abby: My teenage daughter will be giving birth soon, and she has decided to place her baby for adoption. I have told her that whatever she decides, I will support her decision. Here is the difficult part: This will still be my biological grandchild. …

Georgia Nicols horoscopes for Aug. 25


◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): This is a poor day to ask people for money, or to repay a loan, or get money from a bank or the government because you will meet with obstacles. Just take a step back and wait a day or two. …

Oak Forest teen cultivates cultural awareness


Sara Valente, a senior at Oak Forest High School, has always enjoyed music. And her voice is impacting her future these days. Valente remembers first becoming interested in music while in fifth grade. She joined the choir and found herself singing along to songs on …

Triathlons a way of life for Evergreen Park man


Going the distance has been Jeff Sabbath’s goal for 30 years as a competitor in the Chicago Triathlon. The 55-year-old Evergreen Park resident plans to do it again Sunday, competing in his 31st event — and counting. “I’ve done every Chicago Triathlon that they’ve had,” …

Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 21, 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., …

James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial golf outing set

Golf Outing/Fundraiser: The fifth annual James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial Fund Golf Outing & Reception is slated for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 13 at Water’s Edge Golf Club, 7205 W. 115th St., Worth. The fund endows scholarships for students at Brother Rice High School …

Wurst Fest celebrates Frankfort’s German roots


Attendees can sip beer, eat bratwurst and listen to Die Musikmeisters — a German band — at the upcoming Frankfort Lions Wurst Festival.

The annual event, slated for 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Oak and Kansas streets in downtown Frankfort, also features a …

To Your Health: Take advantage of your Medicare wellness visit benefit


It’s no secret that Americans are living longer than ever before.

In fact, the first of the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) turned 65 in 2011. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of senior citizens will increase dramatically between …

Getting the (gum)ball rolling: Program helps special kids learn job skills


Buying a gumball may seem like an insignificant action in the course of a day.

But it depends where that happens. If it’s at some Southland Walgreens stores, the Matteson office of state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills; Pearson’s Bakery in Homewood, or about 15 …

Get Up and Go!

Volunteer Opportunity: Neat Repeats Resale stores, which support the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence, is accepting volunteer applications at both stores: 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park, …

Stagg student is medical-minded


Carson Smith, a senior-to-be at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, seems to excel at everything she tries.

She has her sights set on attending an Ivy League college next year. Meanwhile, she’s busy adding credentials to her resume and helping people at the same …

Kruse teacher added to SD 146 Wall of Fame


The Community Consolidated School District 146 Board on Monday voted unanimously to add a plaque to the D146 Wall of Fame honoring retired teacher Sue Zugenbuehler, of Kruse Education Center in Orland Park, according to a press release from the district.

Zugenbuehler is a retired …