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Tinley Park woman’s volunteer spirit is award-worthy

Volunteer work has been a part of Denise Borkowski’s life since she was a teenager. The daughter of the late William McCarthy, a Chicago police officer, and the niece of an aunt who volunteered evenings to work with disabled children, Borkowski seems to lean naturally …

Your Pets for Oct. 2, 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@

Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 2, 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., …

Get Up and Go!

Crop Walk: A Crop Walk to help fight hunger is slated to begin at 2 p.m. Sunday at United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Registration starts at 1:30 p.m. There will be 1- and 3-mile trails for walkers. The event will benefit …

Viagra ads target women for first time


TRENTON, N.J. — The maker of the world’s top-selling erectile dysfunction drug was to begin airing on Tuesday the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women.

In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed …

On the diamond for the dogs: Rescues meet in charity softball game


“Rescue vs. Rescue” will pit Dogs are Deserving Rescue, of Crete, against It’s a Pittie Rescue, of Peotone, in a charity softball game to benefit pit bulls and other dog breeds.

Jana Pace, of Crete, and Sheri Lopez, of Dyer, Indiana, founded Dogs are Deserving …

To Your Health: Cancer survivorship numbers improving

According to Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2014-2015, the number of cancer survivors is growing even though the rates of new cancers are decreasing.

This is due, in part, to both improved detection methods and treatments. It is estimated there are 14.5 million …

Southland College Prep senior trades break for apprenticeship program


There were no lazy summer days for Tiffany Hill during her so-called vacation between her junior and senior years at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park. That’s because Hill participated in an eight-week research apprentice program so she could keep busy.

“A …

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Job Fair: Orland Township will host its annual fall job fair, free and open to all, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Orland Township center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Attendees should bring resumes and can learn about available jobs at …

Frankfort man believes laughter helps in cancer fight


Laughter is a natural medicine. Studies have shown it can boost the immune system, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, ease digestion, improve sleep, enhance the quality of life for patients with chronic diseases, and, of course, just make people happier.

Humor and a good, …

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Drive For Donations: Van Drunen Ford in Homewood and Bloom Trail High School are hosting a Drive 4UR School event from noon to 7 p.m. Monday. During parent-teacher conferences at the school, 22331 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago Heights, families can test drive new Fords. For …

Homewood woman shares a century of memories


Mary Cantway officially will have 100 years’ worth of memories on Tuesday.

The longtime Homewood resident’s clear mind, lively appearance and active lifestyle belie her age.

Born in 1914 at 66th Street and Normal Boulevard in Chicago’s Englewood community during Woodrow Wilson’s administration, Cantway said …

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Fall Play: Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, will present its fall play, “Eurydice,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Playwright Sarah Ruhl retells the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, a release from …

Beverly Arts Center fashion show spotlights surrealism


The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, will host “Crossing into Dream,” a surrealist fashion show, performance and party, on Oct. 10., according to a press release from the center.

A featured event of Chicago Artists Month, the evening will begin with a …

Garlic Fest returns to Thorn Creek Nature Center on Oct. 4


It is billed by organizers as “an afternoon of family fun celebrating organically grown garlic with recipes, cooking, crafts, hikes, planting and growing.”

Garlic Fest returns to Thorn Creek Nature Center, at 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 4, according …

McAuley all-class reunion set for Oct. 25

The Mother McAuley/St. Xavier Academy Alumnae Association will host the school’s second annual all-class reunion and McAuley Hall induction ceremony on Oct. 25, according to the school.

All alumnae, friends and supporters of the school are invited to attend the event on the campus at …