U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) talks to parishoners after the July 13 dedication of the Jonathan Collins Activity Center at St. Gerald Parish in Oak Lawn. The building is named after the grandson of longtime parishioner Alice Collins, a Marine who was killed in 2004 at age 19 while serving in Iraq. | Supplied photo
Updated: August 13, 2013 2:57PM
Here is a look at what’s going on in Oak Lawn.
Backpack giveaway slated
The Cellular Connection store at 9621 S. Cicero Ave., will give away about 100 backpacks filled with school supplies through Verizon’s School Rocks Backpack Giveaway initiative between noon and 2 p.m. Aug. 3.
Backpacks will be given away on a first-come, first-served basis.
Since May, TCC customers have been given the option to round their purchases up to the nearest dollar with the difference going directly to the School Rocks Backpack Giveaway.
Advocate Christ earns recognition
Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has been recognized by BlueCross BlueShield as a Blue Distinction Center in three specialty areas: cardiac care, knee and hip replacement and spine surgery.
A hospital is recognized as a Blue Distinction Center in a specific specialty based on the expertise of its physicians and clinicians, the number of times the hospital has performed a procedure and its overall performance in achieving results, according to a news release.
Child ID program offered
The Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave., will hold a child identification program 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 10.
Parents will receive a printout containing their child’s pertinent information, a front and side color photograph and fingerprints for record-keeping. No advanced registration is required.
Check out a new career
Representatives from Moraine Valley Community College will present “Career Paths and Coffee: First Step to a New Future” at 7 p.m. Aug. 12 at the Oak Lawn Public Library, 9427 S. Raymond Ave. The representatives will talk about exploring new careers and earning a college degree.
Advance registration is not required. Information is at (708) 422-4990 or www.oaklawnlibrary.org.
Chamber to host luncheon with Alsip chamber
The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce will host a luncheon with the Alsip Chamber of Commerce on Aug. 13.
Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by noon lunch.
For reservations call (708) 424-8300 or email email@example.com.
Firm updates technology
MJ & S Transportation of Oak Lawn, a non-emergency medical transportation company focused on taking people to local medical appointments, recently took advantage of AT&T technology to improve its efficiency, according to a news release.
The technology — Enhanced Push to Talk and Xora StreetSmart Workforce — allows MJ&S to see the exact location of vehicles and with real time traffic information help dispatchers reroute drivers as needed. Passengers also can be updated as to departure and arrival times, according to an AT&T spokesman. The dispatches can be delivered in short, audible messages to drivers at times when a phone call or text is not advisable.