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Lemont teen a finalist for state theater awards

Frank Zabilka, of Lemont, and Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, played Billy Lawler and Peggy Sawyer, respectively, in Benet Academy’s recent production of “42nd Street.” They are among 24 finalists in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards Competition to be presented April 25 by Broadway …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Nicholas Leonard, 28, 16020 Parker Road, Homer Glen, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no insurance after a stop April 3 at 159th Street and Will-Cook Road, police said.

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RETAIL THEFT: Shaunta Brown, 34, 1407 Harbor …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Mariela Robledo, 20, 17620 Village Lane, Lockport, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no front license plate after a stop March 27 at 167th Street and Bell Road, police said.

LICENSE SUSPENDED: Edward Hack, 54, 722 Rosanne, Lockport, …

Hinderman: Fundraiser planned to help prevent child suicide

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“Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Unfathomable. “There are no words to describe the loss of a child. And when that child is a well-loved, energetic and seemingly happy 11-year-old girl, it is devastating to learn that her death was a suicide.” — AnnMarie Foundation AnnMarie Blaha was a …

Hinderman: SWIFT forum focuses on women’s key role in religion

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The SouthWest InterFaith Team hosted a speaker’s forum on March 23 at The Prayer Center of Orland Park, 16550 104th Ave., entitled “Women Who Shaped Our Faith,” with an all-female panel providing Christian, Muslim and Jewish perspectives. The SWIFT forums are held twice a year …

Lockport raises more than $12K for St. Baldrick’s

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The third annual St. Baldrick’s event at Lockport Township High School, which was sponsored by student government, raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research, according to a press release from the school.

The event, held March 13 at the Central campus gymnasium, included a …

Orland Twp. offers car seats for low-income families

Orland Township Food Pantry recipients and low-income families can apply for child car seats from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Orland Township office, 14807 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, according to a release …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

GROWING POT: Andrew Szaflarski, 43, 13041 Chicago-Bloomington Trail, Homer Glen, was charged with possession of marijuana plants after Will County sheriff’s police served him with legal papers March 4 and smelled a strong odor of marijuana, police said. They said officers found 10 …

Orland Park Area Chamber holds member orientation

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The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce will host a member orientation for new and current members from 7:45 to 9 a.m. April 3 at Parkway Bank & Trust Co., 14345 S. LaGrange Road.

There is no cost for the event. Light refreshments will be …

Orland Twp. Easter basket program underway

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Orland Township will hold its annual Easter basket program for families in need in the township.

Residents are encouraged to donate pre-made Easter baskets labeled “boy” or “girl” and with the appropriate age of the child.

Students can earn one hour of community service for …

Hinderman: A great trip, but there’s no place like home

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My parents are avid travelers and commemorate milestones with travel. Attaining a “milestone,” my mom took me to Italy to celebrate. SouthtownStar bosses learned of my departure, and I was (jokingly) informed of newspaper policy — “if freelancers travel to Europe, they must bring an …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

DUI ARREST: Timothy J. Victor, 25, 16040 Josef Drive, Homer Glen, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and improper lane use after he was stopped March 1 at 143rd Street and Will-Cook Road, police said.

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RETAIL THEFT: Jose Ortega, 48, 5612 …

Orland Park police blotter

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MARIJUANA CHARGE: Benjamin Honeywood, 25, of Naperville, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license after a Feb. 7 stop in the 14700 block of LaGrange Road, police said.

HIT AND RUN: Jorge Bencomo, 22, 8872 …

Catholic Schools honorees named

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Catholic Schools Supt. Sister Mary Paul McCaughey and the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards, which honor educators and Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties, according to a press release from the archdiocese. …

Attack Volleyball Club’s 15 Black team takes title

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During a snowstorm on a recent early morning, players from the Orland Park–based Attack Volleyball Club’s 15 Black team made the drive to northwest Indiana for the South Side Power Series Tournament. Six matches later, the team was the undefeated champion of the 15s division, …

Duck stamp contest underway for young artists

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is accepting entries for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp contest through March 15.

Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Program, which teaches students about waterfowl habitat conservation and allows them to …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Christopher Willer, 34, of Joliet, was charged with driving on a suspended license after he was stopped Feb. 12 at 151st Street and Parker Road, police said.

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EMPLOYEE THEFT: Christian Kozlowski, 27, 15604 117th Ave., Orland Park, was charged …