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Lockport honors teacher with ‘contagious spirit’

Evon Schlotter, a physical education teacher and girls cross country and track coach at Lockport Township High School, was chosen as the 2014 William and Mildred Jackson Teacher Award honoree, according to a press release from the school. Schlotter was to be honored Thursday night …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

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SUSPENDED LICENSE: Ladonna Lopez, 26, 333 Cameron, Lockport, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after a stop June 25 at Bell Road and Oak Valley Trail, police said.

LICENSE SUSPENDED: Peter Muhammad, 52, 6418 Maryland Ave., Chicago, was charged …

Hinderman: Fellowship and learning about other faiths

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I previously have written about the Southwest Interfaith Team (SWIFT), which holds gatherings at different houses of worship, and explores specific topics, with speakers presenting the Christian, Jewish and Muslim perspectives.

Because I have written about it, SWIFT board member Khalid Mozaffar recently invited me …

Students in Orland pull their weight

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Students at the Kruse Education Center in Orland Park recently took part in an end-of-the-year Sports Day. Lunch was provided through the Kruse PTA.

Orland’s young professionals get cooking

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The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce Young Professionals committee recently enjoyed an old-fashioned barbecue hosted by American Family Insurance agent Andy Varga, according to a press release from the chamber.

Varga, the committee co-chair, invited committee members to his office at 10600 W. 143rd …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

DUI ARREST: Kelly Sylves, 35, 14537 W. Edison Drive, New Lenox, was charged with drunken driving, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and no insurance after an accident June 17 in the 14000 block of Heatherwood Court, police said.

SUSPENDED LICENSE: …

Hinderman: Life moves fast, but summer moves faster

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With the calendar moving swiftly through the summer, and July already here, let’s make the most of it! Orland Park has plenty to do, but if you’ve taken part in many of the village’s summer festivities and children’s programs, consider expanding your choices to the …

Orland Park police blotter

ORLAND PARK

RETAIL THEFT: Heidi Cartalino, 33, 955 Harmon Lane, New Lenox, was charged with retail theft after stealing $200 worth of cosmetics from Sephora May 24 at Orland Square Mall, police said.

DUI ARREST: Joseph Hannan, 25, 13712 Lindsay Drive, Orland Park, was charged …

Hinderman:

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With summer officially having started on Saturday and the kids out of school for a couple of weeks (meaning they’re getting bored), it’s time to decide how to best use the 60 or so precious days until school resumes. Keeping the kids busy is a …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

BURGLARY: Office supplies, an electric meter and a duffel bag were stolen June 11 from the ComEd substation, 14501 Bell Road. The fence at the substation was damaged to gain access to the property.

VEHICLE BURGLARY: Kevin Benak, 45, 3309 W. 108th St., …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Carlos Baeza-Solis, 21, of Joliet, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a May 22 stop at 159th Street and Bell Road, police said.

NO LICENSE: Victor A. Gonzalez-Diaz, 25, 7230 W. 60th Place, Summit, was charged with driving …

Hinderman: A misplaced purse, and a caring employee

Regular readers of the SouthtownStar are likely familiar with the popular Speak Out section, where people call in with comments about the news of the day or to voice an opinion or any one of myriad topics. Often, Speak Out contains “thank you” notes for …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

DRUG CHARGE: Derrick Schwartz, 47, 13961 Woodmill Court, Homer Glen, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after being arrested at his residence, police said.

DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Robert T. Glynn, 20, 16501 Pear Ave., Orland Park, was charged with disorderly conduct and …

Local nonprofits grateful for Thrivent Community

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Priscilla Steinmetz and Diane Carroll, founders of The Bridge Teen Center and My Joyful Heart, respectively, recently attended the annual membership meeting of Thrivent Community-Orland Area, hosted by Orland Area Associates, to share real-life stories and examples of how donations from Thrivent Community benefited their …

Police chiefs association awards scholarships

The South Suburban Association of Chiefs of Police recently awarded $1,000 scholarships to 10 children of police officers, according to a press release from the Orland Hills Police Department.

The recipients were Kaley Albrecht, of Manhattan; Leah Delott, of Naperville; Sarah Dominguez, of Lockport: Samantha …

Orland Park police blotter

ORLAND PARK

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Michael Macauley, 24, 9217 Fairway Drive, Orland Park, was charged with domestic battery after an April 29 dispute in the 13900 block of Stonehenge Drive, police said.

DOMESTIC BATTERY: Alex Pastore, 21, 14210 87th Ave., Orland Park, was charged with domestic …

Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter

HOMER GLEN

SUSPENDED LICENSE: Matthew M. Gill, 24, of Downers Grove, was charged with driving on a suspended license and running a stop sign after a stop April 25 at Meadowland Drive and Will-Cook Road, police said.

LICENSE SUSPENDED: Tadas Caplikas, 19, 13325 Choctaw Trail, …