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Five Questions: Anthony Schmidt, 34, Chicago Ridge

Get to know your neighbor with our weekly Five Questions feature.

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Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians and Happy Easter! The Oak Lawn Raiders Steps Against Cancer team will hold its 4th annual fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. April 26 at PD’s Place, 9611 Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn. The Raiders, a non-profit organization founded in 1974, …

Community Sports Calendar (North)

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s North region, which includes Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, and Worth.

Lifeguard training course offered in Oak Lawn

The Oak Lawn Park District is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course during the first week of June, according to a release from the park district.

Enrollees must be 15 or older.

The course is intended to train young adults in surveillance skills …

A day of song for Hometown Elementary School Chorus

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The Hometown Elementary School Chorus, directed by Rebecca Hemminger, earlier this month attended an annual SingFest hosted by the Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago in Elmhurst, according to a press release about the event.

The 11 chorus members spent the day in rehearsals with …

Trinity Christian College names Rudenga interim president

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The Trinity Christian College Board of Trustees has appointed Elizabeth Rudenga, provost of Trinity, to the role of interim president in the wake of current president Steven Timmermans accepting the nomination to be the next executive director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, …

Sabadosa: Palos Heights ‘dog lady’ helps returning veterans

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Some people seem to know their vocation at a young age. If you were to ask Palos Heights business owner Pam Johnson Barnett when she knew she wanted to be a dog trainer, she would respond, “at the age of 2.” She fondly recalls playing …

Oak Lawn police blotter

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RETAIL THEFT: Raeshonda Montrey, 27, of Milwaukee, was charged with retail theft, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia after she stole clothing and toiletries March 18 from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said.

THEFT: Mary Franklin, 55, 6842 S. Normal Ave, Unit …

For Richards counselor, cancer fight is personal

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Marie Cerwin recently sat on the stage at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, ready to donate her hair to Locks of Love, according to a press release from the school.

Instead of worrying about how she would look, however, Cerwin thought of her friend …

Scooby-Doo to appear at pet adoption event

Scooby-Doo, of cartoon fame, will be part of a mobile pet adoption event slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 at the PetSmart at 7340 W. 191st St., Tinley Park.

Scooby-Doo has joined North Shore Animal League America, which is partnering with the …

Petzel: Voting campaign underway to get special car for disabled teen

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Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Ellen Kruger, a math teacher at Oak Lawn Community High School is again going above and beyond for one of her students — spearheading a campaign to get a car for Riley Spreadbury, who’s confined to a wheelchair. Spreadbury, 18, is …

Oak Lawn High School honors theater program

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Oak Lawn Community High School planned to host an all-school assembly to honor the school’s theater program for earning two state titles at the recent IHSA State Drama and Group Interpretation Tournament.

Spartans were crowned state champions in both the Contest Play and Group Interpretation …

Ball to highlight Marist’s 50th anniversary celebration

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Marist High School will host the Red & White Ball to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary on April 12 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave.

Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a brief program at 7:30 p.m. Dancing will …

Oak Lawn police blotter

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REVOKED LICENSE: Michael Fabry, 52, 3604 W. 121st St., Alsip, was charged with driving on a revoked license, no insurance, driving with only one headlight and excessive muffler noise after a stop March 11 in the 11000 block of Pulaski Road, police said. …

Community Sports Calendar (North)

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s North region, which includes Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, and Worth.

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I had the honor of meeting Oak Lawn’s Linda Stearns three years ago when I interviewed her for an article about Garden Center Services in Burbank. She was, and continues to be, instrumental in promoting awareness for that nonprofit organization, which services the needs of …

Rings blessed for St. Rita’s Prep Bowl champs

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Chuck Henrichs, Eamon Moran, George Vanek, George Padron, Nick Filomeno and Nick Vanderham display the rings they received for the St. Rita football team’s victory in the 2013 Prep Bowl. The rings were blessed at a special March 13 Mass in the chapel at St. …