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Dekker: Tough to top Tinley’s Caribbean Block Party

When it comes to summer fun, Tinley Park has got it going on. The 16th annual Caribbean Block Party is happening from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. If you are looking for some fun, you are going to find it here. This event is jam-packed …

Tinley Park girl a pageant state finalist


Arabella Reid, 4, of Tinley Park, has qualified as a state finalist in the National American Miss 2014 Miss Illinois Princess Pageants, according to her family.

She is to compete for the title of Miss Illinois Princess, a competition for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, on …

Crisis Center for South Suburbia gets $100K grant


The Crisis Center for South Suburbia recently was awarded a $100,000 restricted grant from Impact 100 Chicago at an annual Grant Award Celebration at Arlington Park, according to a press release.

Impact 100 Chicago was founded in 2010 by a group of women who joined …

Dekker: Children’s charity helps kids in a big way


When it comes to helping out children in need, Michelle Maxia, director and founder of the Toy Box Connection children’s charity, always thinks big. Maxia said she’s facing her biggest challenge to date. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis is low on toys. St. …

Tinley Park police blotter


BURGLARY: Various tools and electrical equipment was stolen between May 30 and June 3 from Peoria Manufacturing, 17600 Duvan Drive. A chain-link fence was cut to get inside.

THEFTS: Catalytic converters were stolen June 2 from two cars in the parking lot of …

Moraine Valley tennis competes at nationals


The Moraine Valley Community College men’s tennis team played some of its best matches all season at the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Plano, Texas, even earning some points in the intensified competition. Facing athletes from across the country and internationally, the Cyclones finished 23rd …

Dekker: Tinley Park chamber hosts summer food drive


When most of us think about summer, it’s barbecues, vacations and festivals that come to mind. It’s really easy to forget that there are people around us who are in tough situations and need help. During the summer months, our local food pantries struggle to …

District 146 makes good use of ‘Biggest Loser’

Tinley Park-based Community Consolidated School District 146 concluded a successful districtwide weight-loss challenge for its employees, according to a district press release.

Central Middle School gym teacher Marc Lewis came up with the concept for the competition for district employees. Lewis said that when he …

Heartland Blood Centers launches scholarship program


Heartland Blood Centers is offering its inaugural Students Saving Summer scholarship program in appreciation of the high school and college students who account for 25 percent of its volunteer blood donors, according to a press release.

Students ages 17 to 21 can earn one of …

Tinley Park police blotter


DUI ARREST: Sylvia Jagielski, 78, of Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use after a May 23 stop in the 7400 block of 183rd Street, police said.

DUI CHARGE: Hugo Xique-Cuatlacuatl, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged with drunken …

Tinley Park police blotter


CAR BURGLARY: A purse and wallet were stolen May 10 from a car in the 17200 block of 71st Court.

RESISTING POLICE: Adrian Lopez, 23, of Blue Island, was charged with theft and resisting police after taking a woman’s car keys and disobeying …

Moraine Valley baseball building toward ’15 season


The 2014 Moraine Valley Community College baseball team made strides this season and garnered some awards, creating confidence for a successful 2015. There was a later start to the season than normal because of wintry conditions, but once the Cyclones got some games in, the …

Tinley Park police blotter


THEFT: A dirt bike was stolen between April 26 and May 4 from a carport in the 6200 block of 177th Street.

CAR BURGLARY: A carton of cigarettes was stolen April 29 from a car in the 7800 block of Nottingham Drive.


Tinley Park police blotter


DOMESTIC BATTERY: Louis Jackson, 22, of Tinley Park, was charged with domestic battery after an April 15 incident at his home in the 17200 block of 71st Court, police said.

CAR DAMAGED: Someone caused about $5,000 in damage by slashing the top of …

Frankfort, Mokena police blotter


SUSPENDED LICENSE: Julio Osorio Rodriguez, 38, of Joliet, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a stop April 10 in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue, police said.

NO LICENSE: Edward Soto Garcia, 47, of Lyons, was charged with driving without a …

Community Sports Calendar (Central)

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s Central region, which includes Crestwood, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Midlothian, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Orland Park, and Tinley Park.

Andrew ensemble reigns with ‘Let It Rain’


Andrew High School’s winter percussion ensemble recently took the gold medal at the Winter Guard International competition in Dayton, Ohio.

The group performed “Let It Rain” under the direction of Alan Barone, John Kelly and Mike Zuziak, according to a press release from the school. …