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[ CSI: Cops serve Italian (for a cause) ]]> Lead story image

Crestwood police were called to Barraco’s Pizza on a recent Thursday night — to work. Once there, officers reported to the kitchen and grabbed trays to wait on the restaurant’s patrons for the second annual Crestwood Tip-a-Cop event to benefit Special Olympics Illinois. Barraco’s partnered with the Crestwood Police Department for the event in 2013 as part of the department’s Torch Run annual fundraising efforts for Special Olympics. During the event, the officers take over the servers’ roles for the night ­— taking orders, busing tables and bringing food and drinks to the customers. All of the customers’ tips, plus … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:13:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Forest teen shoots for the sky ]]> Lead story image

Elijah Reed recently had a rare opportunity to get a glimpse into his future. The Tinley Park High School senior, 18, said he has known since he saw an air and water show when he was about 10 that he wants to be an Air Force pilot. “For me, it’s always been piloting,” Reed said. “I don’t have the patience for a desk job. I can’t sit still.” To realize his goal, Reed has had a plan of action to find a good college and enroll in the ROTC program. After graduation, he said, he planned to attend the Air … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:13:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Candy Exchange: Amazing Smiles Family Dental Care, 16906 Oak Park Ave., Tinley Park, will conduct its annual Halloween candy exchange from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. To discourage sugary snacks and promote dental health, Amazing Smiles invites all local children to trade their Halloween sweets for other treats, such as gift certificates from Best Buy, Toys R Us and Target. Grand prize gift baskets also will be presented to the children who bring in the most candy (by weight). There will be three age groups awarded gift baskets: 5 and under, 6 through 9, and 10 and older. The candy … ]]> Fri, 31 Oct 2014 02:13:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Christmas at Encore Shop: Silver Cross Hospital’s resale shop, the Encore Shop, will host its annual Christmas Opening from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Hershman Building, 1301 Copperfield Ave., Joliet. Items for sale include seasonal decorations and ornaments, holiday gifts, pottery, ceramics, dishes, clothing, books and more. All proceeds benefit services at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, a not-for-profit health care provider. Donations can be dropped off at the new Encore Shop in Joliet or in the collection bin outside Silver Cross Hospital, 1900 Silver Cross Blvd. Information: (815) 300-7642 or (815) 300-7117. Turkey … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:13:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 30, 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, 30 Oct 2014 02:13:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your Pets for Oct. 30, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

We want your pet photos Whether it’s you with your dog, cat, bird, fish or lizard, please e-mail a jpeg photo with your name, your pet’s name and hometown to Mike Deacon at mdeacon@ … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 02:13:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: How to protect yourself from seasonal flu ]]> Lead story image

Flu season begins in October, with the number of cases reported typically peaking in the winter months. To help area residents combat the flu and stay healthy throughout the fall and coming winter, Ingalls Care Center in Crestwood is offering flu shots at a low price of just $15 while supplies last. As an added benefit, you’ll receive a free digital thermometer just for stopping in. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone 6 months of age and older get a flu vaccine every season. This recommendation has been in place since 2010, when the CDC voted … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:16:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fall events slated at Thorn Creek ]]>

Thorn Creek Nature Center, at 247 Monee Road, near Park Forest, has a number of fall programs among its offerings. The center is at the beginning of a 31/2-mile trail system through Thorn Creek Nature Preserve and houses several displays for both adults and children, according to a release from the center. “An Afternoon with Friends of Thorn Creek Woods” is set for 1 p.m. Sunday. There will be a potluck meeting and a presentation, “History of the Preservation of Thorn Creek Woods.” Attendees are asked to bring their own “whatever,” and organizers will provide fried chicken, the release said. … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:11:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hip pain seminar set for Nov. 18 ]]>

Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox will host a free presentation on ways to treat hip pain from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 18 in the hospital’s conference center, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., according to a press release from the hospital. Dr. Tom Antkowiak and Dr. Rajeev Puri, orthopedic surgeons, will discuss the latest treatment plans for hip pain and degenerative hip conditions. Those treatment plans include hip arthroscopy and minimally invasive anterior total hip replacement, the release said. “Over time and with age, the cartilage in the hip can wear out,” Antkowiak said in the release. “As the cartilage … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tips to avoid stress as new Thanksgiving host ]]> Lead story image

NEW YORK — The potatoes are wrong. The football game’s too loud. The kids aren’t dressed right. Thanksgiving can, of course, be a great joy, but with so many beloved traditions on the line, it also can be prime ground for sniping and griping the first time the torch has been passed. Your mother, mother-in-law, father or father-in-law might be thrilled to give up hosting after many decades, but that doesn’t mean they’ll behave themselves once sidelined, said Ruth Nemzoff, author of “Don’t Bite Your Tongue: How to Foster Rewarding Relationships with Your Adult Children.” Before you find yourself wrapping … ]]> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 02:16:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Forest teen finds endeavors endearing ]]> Lead story image

Sally Salman has known all along what was expected of her. “My mother wants me and my sisters to be independent,” she said. To that end, Salman was taught from an early age what she had to do. “She’d tell us to get our homework done,” the Oak Forest girl said of her mother. “At 16, we had to get a job. We had to get good grades and participate in everything. She wants us to go to college.” To date, Salman, 17, has successfully been ticking off all of the boxes on her mother’s to-do list. As a senior … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:35:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Happy Halmoween’ set to benefit Orland Park man ]]> Lead story image

The Team Chrissy Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for Jim Halm, an Orland Park resident who was diagnosed in 2010 with multiple sclerosis. Halm is a neighbor “across the street and down the block” from Dan Bober, a founder and chairman of Team Chrissy, but wherever in the Chicago area Halm was from wouldn’t matter to the nonprofit, Bober said. The foundation exists to help people with MS. Bober said when his daughter Christina, 32, was diagnosed with MS 10 years ago, the entire family became involved in walks, golf outings and other fundraisers to help the National Multiple Sclerosis … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:13:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Fundraiser for Phil: PHILanthropy, a benefit for brain cancer patient Phil Hassett, of Oak Lawn, is set for 3 to 8 p.m. Saturday at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Hassett, a married father of three, was diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma in April and after 30 radiation treatments and chemotherapy is unable to work. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door; or $10 for ages 6 to 20, and free for those 5 and under. The cost includes a buffet from 4 to 6 p.m., beer, wine, pop, dessert, entertainment and a raffle ticket. … ]]> Tue, 28 Oct 2014 02:12:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Southland’s weekend mix: Halloween art just the start ]]> Lead story image

A Halloween art program for kids of all ages is set for Sunday at Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest. “Skulls and Bones” will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. and from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., according to a press release from the center. Internationally known artist Patricia Moore will guide participants in a Halloween art experience using bones as subject and medium. Skulls, antlers and the remains of the animals of Thorn Creek Woods — deer, raccoons, voles and other wildlife — will be on display for aspiring artists to examine. Each participant will create … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:38:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Not-So-Haunted House: Mother McAuley High School, 3737 W. 99th St., Chicago, will hold its annual Not-So-Haunted House from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It is open to the public and is geared toward preschoolers through third-graders. The theme is “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” in conjunction with the fall musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” which runs Nov. 20 to 23. There will be face-painting, spooky stories, games, activities, puppet shows, skits, candy and more. Kids are encouraged to wear costumes. Admission is $2. Reservations are not required. Attendees should enter through the auditorium doors. Information: (773) 881-6512. Music & Masquerade: The … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:32:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ HollyDays an event with special goals ]]> Lead story image

Unique gifts, artwork and decorations are among the draws for HollyDays, an event scheduled for 6 to 10 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release about the event. But it’s also a chance to “foster acceptance through awareness,” as HollyDays raises funds for I Am Who I Am, a nonprofit that advocates and provides support for those with special needs, the release said. HollyDays is “a celebration of the beauty of every person who has a special ability,” I Am Who I Am executive director Holly Simon said in … ]]> Mon, 27 Oct 2014 11:10:20 -0500