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[ Viagra ads target women for first time ]]> Lead story image

TRENTON, N.J. — The maker of the world’s top-selling erectile dysfunction drug was to begin airing on Tuesday the first Viagra TV commercial that targets the less-obvious sufferers of the sexual condition: women. In the new 60-second ad, a middle-aged woman reclining on a bed in a tropical setting addresses the problems couples encounter when a man is impotent. “So, guys, it’s just you and your honey. The setting is perfect. But then erectile dysfunction happens again,” she says before encouraging men to ask their doctor about Viagra. “Plenty of guys have this issue — not just getting an erection, … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 15:29:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ On the diamond for the dogs: Rescues meet in charity softball game ]]> Lead story image

“Rescue vs. Rescue” will pit Dogs are Deserving Rescue, of Crete, against It’s a Pittie Rescue, of Peotone, in a charity softball game to benefit pit bulls and other dog breeds. Jana Pace, of Crete, and Sheri Lopez, of Dyer, Indiana, founded Dogs are Deserving Rescue in January after they discovered a common interest in saving neglected, abused and abandoned dogs. “We’re an all-breed rescue, but we specialize in pit bulls,” Pace said. All funds raised will go directly to help the rescued animals, Pace said. “We’re hoping for a huge turnout,” she said. “Rescue vs. Rescue” is to begin … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:12:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Cancer survivorship numbers improving ]]>

According to Cancer Treatment & Survivorship Facts & Figures 2014-2015, the number of cancer survivors is growing even though the rates of new cancers are decreasing. This is due, in part, to both improved detection methods and treatments. It is estimated there are 14.5 million cancer survivors alive in the United States today, and that number is expected to grow to almost 19 million by 2024. The majority of cancer survivors (64 percent) were diagnosed five or more years ago, and 15 percent were diagnosed 20 or more years ago. Nearly half (46 percent) of cancer survivors are 70 or … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 17:09:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Southland College Prep senior trades break for apprenticeship program ]]> Lead story image

There were no lazy summer days for Tiffany Hill during her so-called vacation between her junior and senior years at Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park. That’s because Hill participated in an eight-week research apprentice program so she could keep busy. “A friend and I were talking about doing something productive over the summer. We decided to do a program where you could experience college life and do something pertaining to school,” said Hill, 17, who has a 4.65 grade-point average and is tied for the No. 1 rank in her class. “I found this program at … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:10:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Job Fair: Orland Township will host its annual fall job fair, free and open to all, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Orland Township center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Attendees should bring resumes and can learn about available jobs at more than 30 places. Information: or (708) 403-4222. Pet Blessing: Church of the Holy Family, 102 Marquette St., Park Forest, will hold a blessing of animals at 4 p.m. Saturday. All pets and people are welcome, and refreshments for both will be served. Participants should bring leashes or carriers as needed for the safety … ]]> Tue, 30 Sep 2014 02:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort man believes laughter helps in cancer fight ]]> Lead story image

Laughter is a natural medicine. Studies have shown it can boost the immune system, decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, ease digestion, improve sleep, enhance the quality of life for patients with chronic diseases, and, of course, just make people happier. Humor and a good, positive attitude also can get people through rough times in their lives, as Mike Chlebek, of Frankfort, experienced this summer. It may have even helped save his life. Chlebek just finished a regimen of 44 days of radiation treatment for prostate cancer and said the humor and cheerful attitude he encountered during his treatments was … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:12:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Drive For Donations: Van Drunen Ford in Homewood and Bloom Trail High School are hosting a Drive 4UR School event from noon to 7 p.m. Monday. During parent-teacher conferences at the school, 22331 Cottage Grove Ave., Chicago Heights, families can test drive new Fords. For each test drive, Van Drunen Ford will donate $20 to the school, up to $6,000. Over the past two years, the event has raised more than $10,000 for Bloom Trail. Walk of Hope: The Cancer Support Center hosts its annual Walk of Hope on Oct. 5 at Irwin Park, 18120 Highland Avenue, Homewood. Registration is … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 02:09:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homewood woman shares a century of memories ]]> Lead story image

Mary Cantway officially will have 100 years’ worth of memories on Tuesday. The longtime Homewood resident’s clear mind, lively appearance and active lifestyle belie her age. Born in 1914 at 66th Street and Normal Boulevard in Chicago’s Englewood community during Woodrow Wilson’s administration, Cantway said her earliest memories are of the home her family moved into about a year after her birth — just down the block from where she was born. “We lived in a 10-room house,” Cantway said. “I can remember my father bought it for $10,000.” It was home to Cantway, her parents — Homer and Jennie … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Fall Play: Homewood-Flossmoor Community High School, 999 Kedzie Ave., Flossmoor, will present its fall play, “Eurydice,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and at 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday. Playwright Sarah Ruhl retells the classic myth of Orpheus through the eyes of its heroine, a release from the school said. Dying too young on her wedding day, Eurydice must journey to the underworld, where she reunites with her father and struggles to remember her lost love. The show is appropriate for age 14 and older, the release said. Tickets ($8/adult, $5/student/senior) are available at the school’s campus store and will be available … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 02:12:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beverly Arts Center fashion show spotlights surrealism ]]> Lead story image

The Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, will host “Crossing into Dream,” a surrealist fashion show, performance and party, on Oct. 10., according to a press release from the center. A featured event of Chicago Artists Month, the evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m. A toast to the Beverly Art Walk will be at 7 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m., the release said. The Beverly Arts Center Auxiliary Board is sponsoring the fashion show as a way to express that some of the most powerful borders to be crossed exist … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:14:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Garlic Fest returns to Thorn Creek Nature Center on Oct. 4 ]]> Lead story image

It is billed by organizers as “an afternoon of family fun celebrating organically grown garlic with recipes, cooking, crafts, hikes, planting and growing.” Garlic Fest returns to Thorn Creek Nature Center, at 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 4, according to a release from the center. There will be demonstrations, garlic refreshments and music. A wide variety of garlic tastes and fragrances can be experienced as visitors explore organic garlic grown on Thorn Creek’s historic farm, and sample the baked goods and treats with garlic baked right into them, according to the release. The Garlic … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:26:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ McAuley all-class reunion set for Oct. 25 ]]>

The Mother McAuley/St. Xavier Academy Alumnae Association will host the school’s second annual all-class reunion and McAuley Hall induction ceremony on Oct. 25, according to the school. All alumnae, friends and supporters of the school are invited to attend the event on the campus at 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago. Mass at 5 p.m. will be followed by a ceremony at 7 p.m. recognizing the inductees into McAuley Hall, the school’s Hall of Honor. Established in 2013, McAuley Hall is a permanent installation at the school, serving to educate and inspire current and future students and all who visit, according … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:21:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Sept. 25, 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 with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, (815) 464-7298, Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, Animals for Awareness P.O. Box 56, Palos Park, (708) 361-9330, Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-1594, National Animal Welfare … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:14:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Maneki Neko Con 3D slated for Oct. 3 to 5 in Matteson ]]>

The Prairie State College Anime/Science Fiction Club will host its third annual Maneki Neko Con from Oct. 3 to 5 at the Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave., Matteson. The event will include a creative writing competition, art show and artist’s alley, vendors, a costume contest, fantasy, Cards Against Humanity (for those age 18 and older only), costume play, a Yu-Gi-Oh tournament, Nerf wars, a pizza party with video and board games, science fiction, steam punk, Furry Fandom and more. There also will be several guests, including an artist, an author, a singer and comic book store owner. Advance registration, … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 02:13:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Walk-Run-N-Roll aids fight vs. rare disorders ]]> Lead story image

Carol Carney, of Tinley Park, and Cicely Anderson, of Blue Island, know more than they care to about transverse myelitis, a neuroimmune disorder. Through personal experience with the devastating disorder and as members of the Transverse Myelitis Association, they are aware that isn’t the case for many people. Carney and Anderson thus are teaming up with other association members to raise awareness and funds to fight transverse myelitis at the 2nd Annual Illinois Walk-Run-N-Roll for the Transverse Myelitis Association. “Even for someone with TM, I was shocked to see how many young people develop TM and other neuroimmune diseases,” Carney … ]]> Tue, 23 Sep 2014 02:10:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Ingalls forum spotlights breast cancer fight ]]> Lead story image

The observance of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month each October has provided a time to reflect on loved ones who have won and lost battles against breast cancer. It’s also an opportunity to raise awareness toward finding a cure, including encouraging all women to get a regular mammography screening to detect any problems in early stages. On Oct. 18, Ingalls Health System and the Southland Coalition to Conquer Breast Cancer will host their 15th annual Conquering Breast Cancer Forum at the Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park. The forum focuses on medical and cultural issues surrounding breast cancer in the … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 02:16:23 -0500