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Updated: September 2, 2014 6:02AM



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 fire stations within the village, and a fifth ambulance will be at Fire Station No. 1, along with a supervisor’s vehicle, the release said.

“This is a new and exciting time for EMS service in the village,” Mayor Edward Zabrocki said in the release.

The village’s emergency management agency has been working with other departments to transition to Kurtz from Trace Ambulance, the release said.

“We had a short time to make this change, and it would not have happened without the support and collaboration of the Tinley Park Fire Department,” Pat Carr, director of emergency management and 911 communications for Tinley Park, said in the release.

Ambulance and fire services will remain separate entities. Contract administration will be under the control of the Tinley Park emergency management agency and 911 communications, the release said.

Village officials said the new contract is expected to save the village about $800,000 over the life of the agreement, which runs through July 31, 2018.

Each ambulance will be marked as a “Tinley Park Advanced Life Support Ambulance” and will be equipped with automatic vehicle locators, the release said.

“The AVL function is especially helpful because we’ll be able to identify where each of the ambulances are at any given time and dispatch them to areas where they’re needed,” Trustee Brian Maher, who also is chairman of the village’s public safety committee, said in the release.

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Lipinski town hall meeting rescheduled

Because of a last-minute change in plans by leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives, a town hall meeting with U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, that was scheduled for Thursday has been rescheduled to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Oak Lawn Community High School, 9400 Southwest Highway, according to a release from Lipinski’s office.

Congressional staff will be available starting at 6:30 p.m.

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Soccer league registration deadline nears

The registration deadline is Aug. 7 for enrolling in the Chicago Fire kids recreational soccer league with the Mokena Community Park District. Boys or girls from kindergartners through sixth-graders can play from Aug. 18 to Oct. 25.

“(Programs) are getting very popular,” said Mary Beth Windberg, the park district’s superintendent of recreation. “This is the first year we’ve used Chicago Fire and we’re very excited about that.”

There are eight professional training sessions during the week, along with team practices, which are led by volunteer coaches. The games are on Saturdays.

“The program focuses on small-sided games for maximum touches on the ball and maximum participation for the player, both of which are instrumental for player development,” according to the district website.

The programs are divided into three age groups. Age 4 to kindergarten is co-ed. There are separate boys and girls programs for first- through third-graders and fourth- through sixth-graders.

There is a coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 14 at the recreation program center, 10925 W. La Porte Road.

Practices and training start the week of Aug. 18, and games start Sept. 6. All are held at the Oaks Recreation Center, 10847 W. La Porte Road.

Class sizes are limited. The evaluation date for all players is Aug. 9. Fees are $100 for residents and $120 for nonresidents.

For more information, visit www.mokenapark.com.

Erin Gallagher



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