Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT Southtown Star logo 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ GSU plans first family and friends weekend ]]> Lead story image

Governors State University plans to hold its inaugural Family and Friends Weekend from Oct. 9 to 12, according to a press release from the school in University Park. Students, their families, alumni and friends of the university — which this semester began operating as a four-year school — are invited to a weekend of family-oriented events and entertainment, the release said. The first-ever men’s basketball game (against Trinity International University) tips off at 6 p.m. Oct. 9. A performance by hypnotist Jim Wand is slated for 7 p.m. Oct. 10 in the GSU Center for Performing Arts. Activities ranging from … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 23:07:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fundraising effort for Orland Park burn victim ]]> Lead story image

Family and friends of an Orland Park woman severely burned when a fire broke out in her home Saturday have launched an online fundraising effort. It was organized by a niece of Beth Tooth, who is being treated for her injuries at Loyola University Medical Center. So far, a bit more than $3,000 has been raised, with a goal of gathering $20,000 in donations, Chris Fryzek, a longtime friend of the Tooth family, said Wednesday. The 56-year-old Tooth was rescued by firefighters from her single-level home in the 14500 block of Aspen Street. She was in the rear bedroom of … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 22:34:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ SUV rams into Worth office; no one hurt ]]> Lead story image

No one was hurt Wednesday afternoon when a sport utility vehicle crashed through the front doors of a business on 111th Street in Worth, police said. They said the driver of the Jeep Grand Cherokee lost control about 4:20 p.m. and rammed into Premier Mortgage Services, 7059 W. 111th St. “My co-worker and I were in the building working, and then we heard this huge crash of noise and we looked and the car was inside the building,” employee Michelle Moriarty said. The business will reopen Thursday, Moriarty said. Police could not say Wednesday what caused the crash or if … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ex-convict has advice on deterring burglars ]]> Lead story image

Marcus Williams likes to give a stern warning to the groups that he speaks to about burglary. “I come in peace. Some things I say might ruffles your feathers. I mean no harm. I’m here to change your mind about what you think a criminal is,” he says. Williams, a convicted burglar, spoke Monday night at a community meeting at the Evergreen Park Public Library hosted by state Sen. Bill Cunningham, D-Chicago, and state Rep. Kelly Burke, D-Chicago, to increase awareness of burglaries and how to minimize the risk of being a victim. Williams, 50, who was imprisoned three different … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:14:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heritage Fest recalls Will County’s pioneer era ]]> Lead story image

The simplicity of life on the frontier shaped America’s history, and remembering life before four-wheel drive and iPads was the focus of Heritage Fest last weekend. The annual festival is sponsored by Lockport and the Will County Historical Society and serves as a fundraiser for Heritage Village, a popular tourist attraction formerly known as the Pioneer Settlement, which is operated by the historical society. Heritage Village consists of several buildings that are historic themselves or were built with historic themes in mind. Steve Helis, of Joliet, demonstrated blacksmithing at the festival, which was held in a parking lot at the … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:20:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lawyers group shares food, work advice ]]> Lead story image

They may spend their time at work in court or devouring legal briefs, but that doesn’t mean lawyers don’t like to get out and consume good food, too. For Chicago attorney Dana Zivkocich, what started as a monthly dinner for two of her colleagues, aimed at addressing each other’s work issues and concerns, has evolved into something much more. Think “Check, Please!” but with networking. “I had called a couple of my friends to meet with me over some drinks and to talk casually about running a law practice,” Zivkovich said. “Between the three of us, we thought if we … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fundraiser set for sick baby’s family at Oak Lawn VFW ]]> Lead story image

A fundraiser to benefit a Rockford family whose baby boy was born with a rare combination of three congenital heart defects will be held at the Veterans of Foreign Wars hall in Oak Lawn, 9514 S. 52 Ave., on Sunday. The event is being organized in part by Brian Bleakley, who met the family while they were all staying at the Ronald McDonald House in Oak Lawn, which provides lodging for families whose children are undergoing treatment at Advocate Children’s Hospital. Bleakley’s sons were born premature, and he said the Lucchese family had been welcoming and kind to his family … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:20:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Richards teacher out for a spin ... on ‘Wheel of Fortune’ ]]> Lead story image

As an English teacher at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, Sara Carlson regularly deals with words and phrases. Six words she uttered recently might be her current favorites: “I want to buy a vowel.” That’s a staple on “Wheel of Fortune,” and Carlson can be heard saying it on Thursday night’s segment at 6:30 p.m. on ABC-TV. It’s Teacher’s Week on the long-running show, and Carlson made the cut at a recent audition in Chicago, and her appearance was filmed in May in Los Angeles. A confidentiality agreement prevents her from divulging how she did, but she wrote in … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:16:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ News Briefs: New Lenox reminds of recall ]]>

The New Lenox Fire Protection District has alerted residents to a recall of Kidde smoke and combination smoke/CO alarms due to alarm failure. The alarms could fail to alert consumers of a fire or a CO incident following a power outage, fire officials said in a news release. The recall involves Kidde residential smoke alarm model i12010S with manufacture dates between Dec. 18, 2013, and May 13, 2014; combination smoke/CO alarm il2010SCO with manufacture dates between Dec. 30, 2013, and May 13, 2014, and combination smoke/CO alarm model KN-COSM-IBA with manufacture date between Oct. 22, 2013, and May 13, 2014. … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:21:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ 25 years later, a mother still pursues her daughter’s death ]]> Lead story image

It’s been 25 years, and Holly Dvorak’s bedroom in her family’s Mokena home remains largely unchanged. Her bed is neatly made, and her roller skates and teenage clothes wait for the young woman who would have turned 42 on Wednesday. Her parents still hang on to the newspaper clippings of that fateful day — Nov. 27, 1988 — with headlines that reported: “2 teenagers found shot to death,” “Police probe deaths,” and “Teens’ deaths ruled suicide.” It has been difficult enough coping with the tragic death of their then-16-year-old blond-haired daughter, youngest of their five children, but more than two … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:10:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wife of CPD officer killed in crash suing Calumet Park over chase ]]> Lead story image

The family of a Chicago police officer killed in March when his vehicle was struck by a van being pursued by Calumet Park police has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the village. David Harris, a 10-year Chicago police veteran, had just ended his shift and was on his way home the night of March 14 when the van struck his car in the 8700 block of South Lafayette Avenue just off the Dan Ryan Expressway. A Calumet Park police officer started chasing the van after he noticed the driver commit several traffic violations and saw the license plate did … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:15:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Midlothian pulls out of lake water project ]]> Lead story image

Midlothian has become the third town to pull out of the South Suburban Joint Area Water Agency, another serious blow to what appears to be an increasingly unlikely effort to establish an independent system to deliver Lake Michigan water. Midlothian trustees voted unanimously last week to withdraw from the agency, said Trustee Don Killelea, who represents the village on the water agency’s board. The decision follows a similar move by Blue Island and Calumet Park, leaving only four towns in the agency — Alsip, Markham, Harvey and Robbins. The seven partners united in 2012 and approved a $5 million bond … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:06:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Surprise cutathon helps boost longtime volunter facing cancer ]]> Lead story image

In a cruel twist of fate, cancer has come calling upon a woman who has spent much of her life helping others saddled by the disease. Marie Jarrell, a New Lenox resident who worked for 12 years as a coach for the fundraising arm of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Foundation, was diagnosed in April with breast cancer. She underwent a mastectomy in July and started chemotherapy in August. But the good wishes and rays of hope that Jarrell, who was the head marathon coach of the foundation’s team-in-training for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, distributed over the years have … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:15:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charity softball game helps Chicago’s fire and police families ]]> Lead story image

For members of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association, camaraderie and being charitable never get old. Especially when a worthwhile charity involves members of Chicago’s fire and police departments. Grant Mulvey, treasurer of the alumni association, loves being a part of events that help the families of police officers and firefighters. “This started years ago. This is an awesome, awesome event,” Mulvey said. “When anyone loses a big member of their family, it hits home and we have to protect everyone.” The seventh annual Chicago Fire Department vs. Chicago Police Department Citywide 16-inch Softball Championship took place Sunday afternoon at Richard … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:08:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn’s senior center to move ]]> Lead story image

Oak Lawn wants to move its senior citizens center back downtown to share the Johnson-Phelps VFW Post 5220. The senior center would use the building mostly during daytime, freeing up the evenings for post activities, officials said. At the Sept. 9 village board meeting, Mayor Sandra Bury and Post Cmdr. Daniel Johnson signed a public-private partnership that would provide senior services at the post, 9514 S. 52nd Ave. The village board then approved an agreement for Wight and Co. to conduct a facilities assessment and do a preliminary design study for an extension on the building’s west side to make … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 02:07:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Suit: Nurse had ‘unsolicited’ sex with man waiting for heart transplant at Christ Medical Center ]]>

While a man was lying in his bed at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, medicated and waiting for a heart transplant, a nurse entered his room and “initiated unsolicited sexual relations, including intercourse,” according to a lawsuit filed Monday. The patient and his wife filed the lawsuit in Cook County Circuit Court, alleging that Advocate Christ Medical Center was negligent in employing the nurse, who “had a propensity to initiate unauthorized physical contact with patients,” the lawsuit stated. The nurse, who also was named as a defendant, is accused of battery. The alleged battery happened Oct. 12, 2012, while … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:10:56 -0500