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[ Softball soiree: Cops, firemen, ex-Hawks play for charity ]]> Lead story image

When members of the Chicago Blackhawks Alumni Association take the field against members of the Chicago police and fire departments on Sept. 14, it’s expected that a good time will be had by all to benefit some great causes. Alumni Association vice president Jack O’Callahan said the seventh annual Blackhawk Alumni & Friends Charity Softball Classic is “a family day ... to raise money ... but also to raise awareness” for the Chicago Firefighters’ Ende, Menzer, Walsh & Quinn Retirees,’ Widows’ and Children’s Assistance Fund ( and the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation ( and related police and fire charities. … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 17:44:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Circus in Richton Park: The Kelly Miller Circus is coming to Richton Park on Thursday, with performances at 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Lakewood Field, 5051 Sauk Trail. In the morning, visitors can watch the Big Top being raised by elephant power, according to a release from the village. Advance tickets are for sale at the Richton Park Village Hall or the Community Center, 4445 or 4455 Sauk Trail. They also can be bought online at Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for kids under 12 in advance, or $15 and $7, respectively, on circus day. Job Fair; … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 18:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn teen savors science, and the stage ]]> Lead story image

Caroline Azem is a talented performer. She loves being on stage. At Richards High School in Oak Lawn, where she is a senior, she’s a member of Group Interpretation, the Laughing Aardvarks (the school’s improv group), drama club, fall play and speech. She’s good, too. Last year, as a member of the Group Interpretation team, she went to state and placed fifth. She also was recognized as a member of the All-State Cast. “My favorite activity is Group Interpretation because it is more of a family environment,” Azem said. “I get to work with my favorite coaches and I have … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:09:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ A good fit at specialty boutique for cancer patients ]]> Lead story image

Lynn’s Boutique, a specialty shop in Franciscan St. James Health’s Comprehensive Cancer Center in Olympia Fields, expects to experience a smooth transition at the end of this month. Norene DeLaurentis, a certified post-mastectomy prosthetic and bra fitter, will retire Friday, and Robin Jean, of Blue Island, will take over the position, having completed 500 hours of training with DeLaurentis in addition to completing an eight-hour class required for certification. DeLaurentis, 74, of Lansing, has had a 28-year career in the field. She has been with Lynn’s Boutique — her favorite of several places of employment — for six years, she … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:19:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

SD 123 Open House: Oak Lawn-Hometown School District 123 will host an open house from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday at Kolmar School, 10425 S. Kolmar Ave., Oak Lawn. Those interested in the 4-year-old Tuition Preschool Program for the 2014-15 school year are welcome. The program uses the Creative Curriculum Approach and incorporates literacy-enriched instruction while providing opportunities for purposeful play, according to a release from District 123. RSVP by calling (708) 422-1800. Information: Email Movie in the Moonlight: Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills, will host its next free Movie in the Moonlight event, … ]]> Mon, 01 Sep 2014 02:09:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bike run to benefit Tresure Chest Foundation set for Sept. 6 ]]> Lead story image

Bike Run to Fight Cancer: The Parkview Motorcycle Club will hold its fourth annual Cruzin for Kidz with Cancer event to benefit the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 6, with the first bike out at 11 a.m. at Parkview Christian Church, 183rd and Wolf Road, Orland Park. The foundation is an Orland Park-based nonprofit that provides comfort and distraction from painful procedures to children and teens diagnosed with cancer by providing a toy or gift card in 48 hospitals nationwide. There will be raffles, and lunch at the foundation’s Orland Park warehouse, 15430 S. … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:14:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bikers battle hunger to benefit Alicia’s House ]]> Lead story image

A dozen bikers navigated the streets of South Chicago Heights to help raise money to feed the hungry on a Saturday earlier this month at the Alicia’s House Inaugural Bike Run, Hog Roast and Auction. Bikers and their families enjoyed a nice ride, along with food, entertainment and raffles, and they even got a chance to mingle with former Major League Baseball All-Star and former Cubs pitcher Milt Pappas. All proceeds of the bike run went to Alicia’s House Food Pantry. Juan Hernandez, founder of Alicia’s House Food Pantry, said the pantry was started after his 4-year-old granddaughter Alicia was … ]]> Fri, 29 Aug 2014 02:15:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ingalls Health System offers programs in September ]]> Lead story image

Ingalls Health System will host a number of health programs in September, according to a release from the health care provider. A partial list of them follows, with the information as provided in the release: Breast Cancer Support Group from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 9 at Ingalls Family Care Center, 6701 W. 159th St., Tinley Park. The program is free. For more information, call (708) 738-0956. Cancer Survivor Day from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Cancer Support Center, 2028 Elm Road, Homewood. This special Cancer Survivor Day is for cancer survivors and their caregivers, and … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:25:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Peace Village awards scholarships to graduating employees ]]> Lead story image

When Joe Labriola, then at Sandburg High School in Orland Park, saw signs promoting $2,500 scholarships for employees posted in the kitchens of Peace Village in Palos Park, he knew it was an opportunity too good to pass up, according to a recent press release about the scholarship program. Labriola planned to enroll at the University of Illinois and could use help with his tuition fund, the release said. He planned to major in mechanical engineering to design and build affordable performance cars, so he got together the scholarship application, including his grade-point average, ACT score, three recommendations and a … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Share Your Soles fundraiser set for Sept. 18 ]]> Lead story image

The Burnham Park Yacht Club, 1500 S. Linn White Drive, Chicago, will host the 15th Annual Share Your Soles Fundraiser Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 18. Share Your Soles is an international nonprofit founded in 1999 by Mona Purdy, a graduate of Richards High School in Oak Lawn, to bring shoes and other items to impoverished children all over the world. Tickets are $125 and include appetizers, dinner buffet and live entertainment by John David, of Ditka’s Restaurant; Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Inc. Epsilon Eta Chapter, from Chicago State University; and celebrity disc jockeys Madrid Perry and Kamil … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:22:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Service dog group seeks volunteers ]]>

Heartland Service Dogs, Inc., a Mokena-based nonprofit, is seeking volunteers to raise puppies for 18 to 24 months to help them become service dogs, according to the organization’s website. During this time, they attend obedience classes and work on service dog commands that the dogs will need to know for advanced training. Puppy raisers take the dogs into public settings, such as shopping malls, restaurants, traveling, doctor offices, school and many other places, according to the website. Socialization is critical in raising a working dog that is not bothered by new environments or experiences, it said. Heartland Service Dogs aims … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:19:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Aug. 28, 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, 28 Aug 2014 02:19:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Biking the Burbs for Beers set for Saturday ]]>

Biking the Burbs: The Biking the Burbs for Beers bicycle ride is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday. The event is a very informal bike ride through parts of Flossmoor, Chicago Heights, South Chicago Heights and Steger. It’s a chance for family and friends to enjoy a day of fresh air, activity and conversation, according to a release about the event. Riders stop at several local establishments for drinks and food. The places are family-owned and operated by people who support their communities, the release said. The ride itself is free, but riders pay for their food and drink. A buffet … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 02:18:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Study: House calls for frail elders bring savings ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — Ten or 12 times a year, Beatrice Adams’ daughter would race her frail mother to the emergency room for high blood pressure or pain from a list of chronic illnesses. Then Adams found a doctor who makes house calls, and the 89-year-old hasn’t needed ER care in nearly two years. “I’m not a wimpy female,” Adams said as Dr. Eric De Jonge wheeled his medical bag into her dining room and sat down to examine her. “I have only 11 years to make 100, and I’m going to make it.” The old-fashioned house call is starting to make … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:16:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fundraiser set for crash victim who faces extensive rehab ]]> Lead story image

A devastating, deadly car accident March 30 left Jose “Joey” Flores, 19, of Alsip, with severe injuries that kept him in Loyola Hospital’s intensive care unit for 27 days, and he spent an additional 15 days in RML Specialty Hospital, according to Flores’ aunt, Juanita Hunt. “He doesn’t even remember being in Loyola,” Hunt said. Flores’ girlfriend, Cassie Hense, 17, who was driving when the single-car accident occurred, was killed on impact. Flores suffered a fractured skull and fractured jaw, and his spleen and one kidney had to be removed, Hunt said. Although Flores is home with his mother and … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 02:12:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Back to school: A review, and positive practices ]]> Lead story image

Back-to-school season is the great reset. Along with buying new school supplies, we can re-establish habits and practices that worked well, and let go of those that were not effective, establishing new ones. The heart of this reset is creating habits aligned with our intentions that the school year be a good one for our children, that they are happy, healthy and able to learn. Dr. Larry B. Silver, a pediatrician, wrote: “School is the ‘workplace’ for children. Successful school performance is essential for psychological and social growth.” Like the beginning of the year, this article opens with a review … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 02:16:02 -0500