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Southland seeing resurgence in homebuilding

With home construction season in full swing, there are indications throughout the Southland that the long-anticipated rebound in building is for real. Housing starts are on the rise after the recession brought new-home construction to a virtual standstill, and housing projects that had stalled are …

Landing spot for Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest up in the air

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Not in Kansas anymore. And not in Orland Park either. The Midwest Wizard of Oz Fest is caught in a whirlwind right now, and it may or may not land in Tinley Park. Mayor Ed Zabrocki said he was approached at the village’s Caribbean Beach …

Talent takes the stage in Chicago Ridge

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Gianna Walter was worried before a talent show Thursday afternoon at the Chicago Ridge Public Library. After all, she was not feeling well because of a sore throat and an earache. And there were those nasty pre-show butterflies flitting around. But in the end, Gianna …

Taste of Orland Park opens Friday

Preparations were underway Thursday afternoon for the annual Taste of Orland Park, which will be held Friday through Sunday at the Village Center. Workers were setting up the main stage Thursday afternoon in preparation for the bands that will play during the event, and rows …

Worth centennial quilt up for raffle

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A quilt commemorating Worth’s centennial and featuring logos of area organizations is being raffled off by the village’s centennial committee. Designed by resident Celeste Cameron, the quilt, which is on display at the village hall, features logos of area schools and clubs, the park district, …

News Briefs for Aug. 1, 2014

Kurtz Ambulance new EMS provider for Tinley Park

Kurtz Ambulance Service will begin providing emergency medical services to Tinley Park residents on Friday, according to a news release from the village.

Tinley Park will house an advanced life support ambulance at each of the four …

Orland Park teen seeks Miss Teen USA title

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Despite her youth, Miranda Fenzau is a pageant lifer. “I’ve been involved in pageants since I was six years old,” Fenzau said. “I’ve done commercials and then my mom put me in pageants.” The reigning Miss Illinois Teen USA will compete for the title of …

Motley Crue leader singer Vince Neil to raise money for Tinley Wish charity

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When the legendary rock band Motley Crue takes its farewell tour to Tinley Park next week, lead singer Vince Neil is planning to make a stop of his own for charity. Neil is scheduled to sign autographs and pose for pictures on Thursday at Bettenhausen …

Who’s the Ribmaster? BBQ-rib throwdown this weekend

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Frankfort is the place for ribs — at least it will be Saturday. About 20 contestants will be cooking up some baby back ribs at the Sixth Annual Amateur Rib Cook Off. The public tasting is from 1 to 3 p.m., according to Mary Canino, …

Revived South Holland Christian store has #celerynightfever planned

If you like to talk to tomatoes then the Family Christian store in South Holland has an event for you.

To celebrate the release of the newest Veggie Tales DVD, “Celery Night Fever,” the store, located at 550 E. 162nd Street, will be hosting a …

Chicago Ridge hydrant painting contest part of village’s centennial

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It was an easy decision for Abe and Mary Rihani when it came to how they should decorate the fire hydrant in front of their Chicago Ridge home.

They went with an all-American theme for the village’s fire hydrant painting contest, one of the events …

Posen novelist publishes third book

Five years after the release of his first book, “Tandem Tryst,” Posen resident Ralph E. Horner has completed its sequel, his third novel, entitled “Midnight Mist.”

“Tandem Tryst,” a romantic science-fiction adventure follows the journey of Jeff, a widower who discovers a magical ring that …

Groundbreaking for Evergreen Park’s new park Thursday

A grand opening celebration of Evergreen Park’s new 50-acre park at the southeast corner of 91st Street and California Avenue will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday. The park is on land that formerly was part of the Evergreen Country Club. The other …

Lawn equipment stolen from baseball complex

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Burglars made off with heavy-duty lawn equipment from a Hickory Hills baseball complex over the weekend, according to police. About $20,000 worth of lawn mowers and motorized vehicles were taken from a storage trailer at the fields in the 9900 block of 76th Avenue, said …

Fire at Tinley Park food mart quickly extinguished

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A small fire broke out Wednesday in a rooftop air conditioning unit of TP Food Mart convenience store in Tinley park, assistant fire chief Kris Dunn said. One person, believed to be an employee of the air conditioning company that was servicing the unit, was …

Throwback fair on tap in Tinley Park

Old Tinley doesn’t always refer to the pub or downtown. On Aug. 17, it’ll mean the late 1800s as the Tinley Park Historical Society hosts an Old Settlers Day Fair. The fair will feature demonstrations of quilting, weaving, canning, carpentry and woodworking by volunteers dressed …