southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![CDATA[ Triathlons a way of life for Evergreen Park man ]]> Lead story image

Going the distance has been Jeff Sabbath’s goal for 30 years as a competitor in the Chicago Triathlon. The 55-year-old Evergreen Park resident plans to do it again Sunday, competing in his 31st event — and counting. “I’ve done every Chicago Triathlon that they’ve had,” Sabbath said. He first competed in 1983, coming to Chicago from his then-home state of Iowa at a time when the Ironman Triathlon on Wide World of Sports popularized the event. A national series of races put together by the U.S. Triathlon Federation made the competition “more attainable” for the average athlete and drew enough … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:13:25 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29357549-423/triathlons-a-way-of-life-for-evergreen-park-man.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29357549-423/triathlons-a-way-of-life-for-evergreen-park-man.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 21, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The Thursday NeighborhoodStar prints adoptable pets weekly when space permits. Area shelters should send photos; pet descriptions; and shelter hours, address and contact information to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, (815) 464-7298, pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, animalwelfareleague.com South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, southsuburbanhumanesociety.org Animals for Awareness P.O. Box 56, Palos Park, (708) 361-9330, animalsforawareness.org Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-1594, tlcanimalshelter.org National Animal Welfare … ]]> Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:28:04 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29082491-423/pets-o-the-week-for-aug-21-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29082491-423/pets-o-the-week-for-aug-21-2014.html <![CDATA[ James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial golf outing set ]]>

Golf Outing/Fundraiser: The fifth annual James Ryan O’Donnell Memorial Fund Golf Outing & Reception is slated for 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 13 at Water’s Edge Golf Club, 7205 W. 115th St., Worth. The fund endows scholarships for students at Brother Rice High School in Chicago. Registration at the course begins at 11 a.m., with a shotgun start slated for 12:30 p.m. The cost is $125, including the post-golf reception, or $80 per individual for golf only. Golf entries include a golf cart, green fees, lunch, cocktails, golf gift, games and prizes. Reservations will be taken on a first-come, … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:13:35 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29341716-423/james-ryan-odonnell-memorial-golf-outing-set.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29341716-423/james-ryan-odonnell-memorial-golf-outing-set.html <![CDATA[ Wurst Fest celebrates Frankfort’s German roots ]]> Lead story image

Attendees can sip beer, eat bratwurst and listen to Die Musikmeisters — a German band — at the upcoming Frankfort Lions Wurst Festival. The annual event, slated for 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Aug. 28 at Oak and Kansas streets in downtown Frankfort, also features a raffle with cash prizes. “This year, we’re going back to the town’s German roots,” said Margaret Farina, a member of the Frankfort Lions festival committee, adding that organizers expect 400 to 500 people to attend. Admission is $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets include an automatic entry into the raffle and already … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:13:47 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28977658-423/wurst-fest-celebrates-frankforts-german-roots.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/28977658-423/wurst-fest-celebrates-frankforts-german-roots.html <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Take advantage of your Medicare wellness visit benefit ]]> Lead story image

It’s no secret that Americans are living longer than ever before. In fact, the first of the baby boomers (those born between 1946 and 1964) turned 65 in 2011. And according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of senior citizens will increase dramatically between now and 2030 — growing to 72 million, more than twice the number from 2000. Good health is important at any age, but if you truly want to enjoy your senior years, the best way to stay healthy is to lead a healthy lifestyle. You can do that by exercising, eating well, maintaining a healthy … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 02:14:30 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29352271-423/to-your-health-take-advantage-of-your-medicare-wellness-visit-benefit.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29352271-423/to-your-health-take-advantage-of-your-medicare-wellness-visit-benefit.html <![CDATA[ Getting the (gum)ball rolling: Program helps special kids learn job skills ]]> Lead story image

Buying a gumball may seem like an insignificant action in the course of a day. But it depends where that happens. If it’s at some Southland Walgreens stores, the Matteson office of state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills; Pearson’s Bakery in Homewood, or about 15 other locations, then that gumball patron is doing more than satisfying a sweet tooth. Through the filling and maintenance of gumball dispensers, Bubble2Work provides employment opportunities and helps provide funds to train young people with autism and similar disabilities for employment, according to Kelly Anne Ohde, director of communications for Easter Seals Metropolitan Chicago. “It’s … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:11:10 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257592-423/getting-the-gumball-rolling-program-helps-special-kids-learn-job-skills.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257592-423/getting-the-gumball-rolling-program-helps-special-kids-learn-job-skills.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Volunteer Opportunity: Neat Repeats Resale stores, which support the Crisis Center for South Suburbia, a nonprofit that provides emergency shelter and other essential services for individuals and families victimized by domestic violence, is accepting volunteer applications at both stores: 9028 W. 159th St., Orland Park, (708) 364-7605; and 7026 W. 111th St., Worth (708) 361-6860. A recruitment day with tours and information is scheduled for Tuesday. Open House and Health Fair: Church of the Holy Family in Park Forest will host its second annual open house and health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 02:10:57 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29288967-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29288967-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Stagg student is medical-minded ]]> Lead story image

Carson Smith, a senior-to-be at Stagg High School in Palos Hills, seems to excel at everything she tries. She has her sights set on attending an Ivy League college next year. Meanwhile, she’s busy adding credentials to her resume and helping people at the same time. For the last two years, Smith, 17, has participated in a health sciences internship at Harvard University. Two years ago, she contacted the Harvard School of Public Health and let them know that she was interested in medical research. That initiative earned her an invitation to come to Harvard for a three-week internship last … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:11:11 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29286098-423/stagg-student-is-medical-minded.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29286098-423/stagg-student-is-medical-minded.html <![CDATA[ Kruse teacher added to SD 146 Wall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

The Community Consolidated School District 146 Board on Monday voted unanimously to add a plaque to the D146 Wall of Fame honoring retired teacher Sue Zugenbuehler, of Kruse Education Center in Orland Park, according to a press release from the district. Zugenbuehler is a retired teacher who began with the district in 1972. She is being honored for her commitment to her job, her students and the district, the release said. “Sue worked in District 146 for over 30 years,” Kruse Education Center Principal Carey Radde said in the release. “She demonstrated dedication to the children and their learning. Kruse … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:12:25 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257487-423/kruse-teacher-added-to-sd-146-wall-of-fame.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257487-423/kruse-teacher-added-to-sd-146-wall-of-fame.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Community Festival: Redeemer’s Lutheran Church, 4955 W. 158th St., Oak Forest, will host its Summer Community Festival from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 24. There will be free food, prizes, games, face painting, child ID kits and pet care workshops. There also will be a Sunday School Rally Day at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 14, and a rummage/bake sale from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 20. Open House and Health Fair: Church of the Holy Family in Park Forest will host its second annual open house and health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 13 at the church, … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 02:10:59 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257383-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29257383-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Homewood Fall Fest slated for Sept. 20 ]]> Lead story image

The village of Homewood will host the 13th annual Fall Fest and Chili Cook-Off from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sept. 20 at Martin Avenue from Hickory to Ridge Road, according to a press release from the village. Fall Fest 2014 is to feature live entertainment for children and adults, horse-drawn wagon rides, the annual bean bag tournament, pony rides, games, art and craft vendors, a pumpkin patch, and food from local eateries, the release said. Closing the evening will be a free showing of “The Lego Movie.” The fest is hosted by the community relations commission, and admission is … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:24:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29258209-423/homewood-fall-fest-slated-for-sept-20.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29258209-423/homewood-fall-fest-slated-for-sept-20.html <![CDATA[ Glenwood Academy gets financial boost ]]> Lead story image

A Glenwood-based organization that aims to help at-risk youth recently received more than $50,000 toward its cause. A national investment firm holding its annual convention last week in Chicago was looking for a local charity to support, and thanks in part to a suggestion from a Frankfort financial group, Glenwood Academy received $50,536. David Duncan, a financial manager at Provider Group Wealth Advisors in Frankfort, also serves on the board of Glenwood Academy. Each year, his firm’s broker/dealer, Cambridge Investments, adopts a charity for its fundraising efforts at its national conference. This year, it was in Chicago, so Duncan recommended … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:12:36 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29239373-423/glenwood-academy-gets-financial-boost.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29239373-423/glenwood-academy-gets-financial-boost.html <![CDATA[ Park Forest woman’s specialty: chocolate-flavored inspiration ]]> Lead story image

Helena Rogers is a businesswoman whose business benefits other women. Rogers founded “Chocolate Therapy for Women,” a seminar series that combines information, inspiration and motivation with a touch of sweet chocolate indulgence. “As women, we do everything for everybody else, so (I) try to get women to think about treating yourself,” Rogers said. The idea to incorporate chocolate into a series of seminars came to the Park Forest resident in 2008 as she sat in her “favorite chair” in her bedroom, she said, musing about what career path to take next. Rogers said she was forced to close down her … ]]> Thu, 14 Aug 2014 02:13:04 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29213540-423/park-forest-womans-specialty-chocolate-flavored-inspiration.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29213540-423/park-forest-womans-specialty-chocolate-flavored-inspiration.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Lemonade Stand for Cancer Fight: Brooklyn Brown will host an Alex’s Lemonade Stand from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Joe Orr Road and Winston Lane, Chicago Heights, to help fight childhood cancer. Brooklyn read and was amazed by the story of Alex Scott, a cancer patient who in 2000, at age 4, announced she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure. That led to the creation of the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which has raised more than $75 million for pediatric cancer research. Donations also can be made by … ]]> Fri, 15 Aug 2014 02:12:15 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29236207-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29236207-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 14, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The Thursday NeighborhoodStar prints adoptable pets weekly when space permits. Area shelters should send photos; pet descriptions; and shelter hours, address and contact information to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, (815) 464-7298, pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, animalwelfareleague.com South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, southsuburbanhumanesociety.org Animals for Awareness P.O. Box 56, Palos Park, (708) 361-9330, animalsforawareness.org Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-1594, tlcanimalshelter.org National Animal Welfare … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 13:32:30 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29082487-423/pets-o-the-week-for-aug-14-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29082487-423/pets-o-the-week-for-aug-14-2014.html <![CDATA[ Kidsave organization plans Southland visits ]]> Lead story image

The international organization Kidsave, whose mission is to find homes for older children often forgotten in orphanages or raised to adulthood in foster homes, has again this summer sent children to the Chicago area from Colombia as part of its “Summer Miracles” program. Angelica, 12, and her brother Juan, 11, arrived in early August and will stay with a host family for several weeks before returning home to their foster family in Colombia. The children have been in a foster home since 2008. Kidsave’s goal to find them a forever home involves the children attending summer events to help them … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 02:11:35 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29094325-423/kidsave-organization-plans-southland-visits.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/29094325-423/kidsave-organization-plans-southland-visits.html