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[ Evergreen Park teen’s mission: Boost acceptance of diversity ]]> Lead story image

Alex Deninger gives a lot of credence to dreams. In fact, it was a dream that gave the Evergreen Park High School senior the idea to form a new club at the school. When she awoke, she didn’t dismiss the dream or the idea. She turned it into reality. Deninger, then a junior, had dreamed of forming a club to raise awareness and provide support to the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) community. She petitioned the administration to start the club in October 2013. Along with her friend, Caitlin Gunty, now a junior, they got the club off the … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:14:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Letters led to romance, wedding for young soldier ]]> Lead story image

More than 58,000 young men were killed in the Vietnam War, most before they had a chance to experience much of adulthood. John Petrovic was one of the lucky ones. The time-honored tradition of writing to the troops resulted in him having a full life: a wife, children, grandchildren and a happy marriage of nearly 50 years, actually all because of the war. The Chicago Heights native was drafted not long after beginning work at the University of Chicago Book Publishing Department doing odds and ends in the studio. The Bloom High School graduate had received his associate’s degree from … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:12:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Tattoos For Bikes: Firehouse Tattoos in Crestwood will hold a fundraiser Sept. 28 to help kids with disabilities get adaptive bikes. All profits raised from noon to 8 p.m. that day at the shop, 12740 Calumet Sag Road, will go to Project Mobility, according to the Firehouse Tattoos in Crestwood page on Facebook. Adaptive bikes can cost up to $4,000. Participants should visit the shop in advance and provide a design and a $20 nonrefundable deposit. Large tattoos will be started but not finished that day. Six artists will be tattooing. To donate without getting a tattoo, or for more … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 18:14:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Historical Presentation: The Matteson Historical Society will host a free program, “Transportation and the Village of Matteson,” presented by Paul Jaenicke, at 2 p.m. Sept. 21 at Old St. Paul’s Church, 6200 W. Vollmer Road, Matteson. A slide presentation will include the development of railroads, highways and buses and their influence on the community and surrounding areas. Jaenicke was born in Matteson and has published books on area history. Information: (708) 748-7914. GSU Graduate Program Fair: The Chicago Southland Graduate Fair 2014, an opportunity to learn about graduate school programs and opportunities offered by colleges and universities, is slated for … ]]> Fri, 12 Sep 2014 02:12:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ A love story and a launchpad: Local screenwriter’s film has been a hit ]]> Lead story image

Dale Zawada has a degree in criminal justice from South Suburban College, which he has “never used once,” he said. “I was trying to find myself, I guess, and I had to do something, so I did that,” Zawada said. Instead, he said, he has found his “dream job” in an unrelated field — screenwriting — the result of a passion rather than a course of formal study. Zawada, 30, is self-taught, having read and researched comedy and screenwriting during his college years. He practiced what he learned, writing “a lot of spec (speculative) scripts,” which he sent off to … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:12:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs ]]>

GSU to host Recovery Walk In celebration of National Recovery Month, the Governors State University Addictions Studies Alumni Club will sponsor its third annual Walk for Recovery on Sept. 20 at Governors State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park, according to a press release about the walk. The Walk for Recovery is designed to honor individuals in recovery or who are seeking recovery, the release said. The event also celebrates the treatment and support service providers who are committed to helping them and to increasing awareness surrounding addiction issues. The free event begins with registration from 8 to 9 a.m., … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:24:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Wine-pairing contest highlights fundraising event ]]>

A wine-pairing contest to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 26 at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Ave., according to a press release about the event. The foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to providing comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens who have been diagnosed with cancer by providing gifts from a treasure chest or gift cards at dozens of hospitals nationwide, according to the foundation. The wine-pairing event is expected to be a night of friendly competition between some local businesses that offer wine, the … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:18:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Summit Hill softball team scores in ALS fight ]]> Lead story image

The “B” team for softball at Summit Hill Junior High School in Frankfort recently accepted the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge and raised $200 for the ALS Association, according to a release from the school. Assistant coach Kathryn Hopkins was challenged by another teacher at the junior high and saw that as an opportunity to bring her team together and to raise money for a great cause, the release said. “We decided that challenging our team was a great opportunity for our girls,” Hopkins said in the release. “Our girls see all of their friends being challenged on Instagram and Facebook, … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:18:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ CJB School joins cancer fight with lemonade stand ]]> Lead story image

Every school year, the student council at Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School in Orland Hills decides whom they will help for the coming year, according to a press release from the school. This year, their first fundraiser was to benefit the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds for childhood cancer research and awareness, while also encouraging children to learn that they can make a difference, according to the organization. The student council ambassadors set up the lemonade stand to coincide with Packet Pick-Up Day, held every year for students and their families, the school said. They sold lemonade for … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:21:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Girl’s lemonade stand aids fight vs. childhood cancer ]]> Lead story image

A local girl has raised more than $700 so far in an ongoing effort to fund research to fight childhood cancer, according to the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Brooklyn Brown recently held a lemonade stand in Chicago Heights to benefit the foundation’s mission to not only raise money and awareness about childhood cancer causes and fund research, but “to encourage and empower others, especially children, to get involved and make a difference for children with cancer.” “I am so proud of my daughter for all of her hard work in raising this money to help find a cure for childhood … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:25:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bavarian Fest fundraiser set for Sept. 27 ]]> Lead story image

The fourth annual Bavarian Fest to benefit the Crisis Center for South Suburbia is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Marrs-Meyer American Legion, 11001 S. Depot Ave., Worth, according to a press release from the center. Tickets are $25 in advance through Sept. 22, and $35 at the door (if available), the release said. The cost includes a German-style dinner and two drinks. Those who buy tickets in advance will be entered into a door prize raffle upon attending, the release said. To buy tickets in advance, visit, stop in at the Neat Repeats Resale … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:21:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Sept. 11, 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, 11 Sep 2014 02:12:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Pet Food Drive: A pet food drive to benefit family pets in need in New Lenox and Frankfort townships will be part of the grand opening of the New Lenox Petco this weekend. The drive for the Best Buddies Pet Pantry will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Petco, 495 E. Lincoln Highway. Items needed include any new dog and cat food, dog biscuits, cat treats, resealable plastic bags and pet food coupons. Monetary donations will be used to buy pet food. For more information, visit or call (219) 728-1401. Best Buddies Pet Pantry … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 02:12:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ Kindness to wildlife can pay off in the garden ]]> Lead story image

Competition and conflict have existed between people and animals since the first gardeners began sowing seeds on the ground. The critters just as quickly carried them away. But coexisting with wildlife in farm fields or gardens can be a winning proposition for those willing to alter their habitat. Even nuisance animals can become plant partners with a little planning. “You can steer your way around a lot of the usual wildlife-property owner confrontations,” said Robert Pierce, an extension fisheries and wildlife specialist with the University of Missouri. “Do some homework about animal behavior,” Pierce said. “Know where raccoons or deer … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:13:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Keeping the faith’: Therapy awaits Frankfort man after liver transplant ]]> Lead story image

The Hudson family, of Frankfort, knows the importance of “listening to your body,” Susan Hudson, 36, said. Ryan Hudson, 39, might not be alive today if the couple hadn’t paid attention to a deteriorating condition that began in early August when Ryan went to a local clinic feeling ill. He was told by a doctor that he had a virus — possibly hepatitis, Susan said. Ryan was prescribed antibiotics, but after three weeks of worsening symptoms and subsequent trips to the doctor that resulted in no additional treatment or tests, Susan said she insisted her husband go to the emergency … ]]> Tue, 09 Sep 2014 02:10:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: A shot at a healthy school year ]]> Lead story image

The new school year has begun, and students have headed back to the classroom. Along with back-to-school shopping, taking care of registration and orientation, you probably had to be sure that your child is up to date with vaccinations. In fact, your state may require children entering school to be vaccinated against certain diseases. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), vaccinations will prevent more than 21 million hospitalizations and 732,000 deaths among children born in the past 20 years. However, outbreaks of preventable diseases still happen. For example, more than 48,000 cases of whooping cough and … ]]> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:13:25 -0500