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[ 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 … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 01:04:00 -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 … ]]> Sat, 25 Oct 2014 00:10:00 -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 … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 02:47:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]> Lead story image

Fighting Breast Cancer: Orangetheory Fitness will host a car-smashing fundraiser to benefit the fight against breast cancer from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at 15200 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. Participants will pay a minimum donation of $2 per minute for the opportunity to take swings at a “smash car.” Proceeds go to the Chicago-area Susan G. Komen organization. Fall Harvest of Hope: The Port Ministries, a nonprofit serving the poor on Chicago’s South Side, will host a fundraiser from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. The second annual benefit … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 03:38:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Second career a mysterious choice for Homer Glen woman ]]> Lead story image

Helen Mace Osterman, 85, was an easy child to raise as she grew up in Chicago. The Homer Glen author said her mother “always knew where I was. If I wasn’t home, I was at the library. I always had my nose in a book.” Osterman’s love of reading eventually led to a writing career in which she often has used her life experiences in her nine novels — mostly mysteries, and all published since 2007. One source of material is her “superstitious” Italian family, “where everybody was always worrying about the evil eye” and Osterman was concerned that “every … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:12:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Fundraiser in Homewood features tastes of the holidays ]]> Lead story image

Horizon Hospice & Palliative Care, a nonprofit that provides support to terminally ill patients and their families, will host the third annual Toast the Tastes of the holidays event from 3:30 to 7 p.m. Nov. 2 at Ravisloe Country Club, 18231 S. Park Ave., Homewood, according to a press release from the organization. The event will feature tastings from local chefs, assorted fine wines and silent auction items, the release said. The food samplings will include chicken and sausage jambalaya, stuffed mushrooms, shrimp and grits, and more, it said. There also will be a program highlighting Horizon’s service to the … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 23:46:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your Pets for Oct. 23, 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, 23 Oct 2014 04:51:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 23, 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, 23 Oct 2014 04:45:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Haunted hangout a hit for families ]]> Lead story image

When Halloween season is at hand, even dreary weather can’t keep people from participating in events. That was the case in Mokena over the weekend, as Halloween Hollow drew families from throughout the Southland to Main Park. The 32nd annual event, which now runs three days, featured a costume contest Sunday, but people who attended Friday and Saturday also dressed ready for Halloween. The Elliott sisters — Emily, 9, Meghan, 13, and Jessica, 12, of St. Charles — wore neon tutus. Superhero capes and tiaras also were worn by kids. Children weren’t the only ones having fun, though. Caryn Bridges, … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:47:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Pancake Breakfast: Orland/Palos VFW Post 2604 and Boy Scout Troop 318/383 will host their annual pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 S. Ravinia. The cost is $5 for adults, $3 for kids under 10. There also will be a blood drive. Spaghetti Dinner: St. Irenaeus Parish, 207 S. Orchard, Park Forest, will hosts its 34th annual Spaghetti Dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday. There will be a raffle and prizes. Tickets at door will be $10 for adults; $3 for kids 10 and under. Workshop for Educators: The Metropolitan Institute … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 04:45:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Zombie Space Golf: The Tinley Park Jaycees will host a Zombie Space Golf social at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Space Golf, 15611 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park. Creatures will stalk and terrorize golfers through 18 holes of miniature golf. The event is not recommended for kids under age 10. The cost is $8.50 per adult. Those interested also may join the Jaycees for dinner at 6:30 p.m. at Red Robin, 15503 S. LaGrange Road, Orland Park. The Jaycees are a nonprofit for people ages 21 to 40 who are dedicated to improving the community. Information: Email or visit … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:47:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Stroke: Learn the facts, figures and symptoms ]]> Lead story image

With World Stroke Day approaching, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association urges everyone to learn the signs of stroke. Supermodel and actress Claudia Mason is helping the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association raise awareness on World Stroke Day, Oct. 29. Worldwide, stroke is the second-leading cause of death. Like many Americans, Mason didn’t have stroke on her radar until she suffered one at age 40. “I never thought something like this could happen to a healthy, young adult,” Mason said. “I always thought strokes were something only senior citizens with heart disease had.” Mason didn’t think anything of her sore … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:51:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ GOP governors don’t see ‘Obamacare’ going away ]]> Lead story image

WASHINGTON — While Republicans in Congress shout, “Repeal Obamacare,” GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law’s major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don’t see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people in their states, despite their own misgivings and adamant opposition from conservative legislators. Three more governors are negotiating with the Democratic administration in Washington. Rather than demanding repeal, the governors generally have sought federal concessions to make their decisions more politically acceptable at home. That approach is in … ]]> Fri, 24 Oct 2014 11:51:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Benefit set for ‘hero’ with new heart ]]> Lead story image

Jace Szklanecki woke up on Valentine’s Day with a new heart. At 21 months old, Jace already has survived two open heart surgeries, heart failure, a stroke and a heart transplant, according to his maternal aunt, Gina Minetti, of Tinley Park. Jace’s parents, Nikki and Rob Szklanecki, have been with their young son every step of the way while also caring for Jace’s siblings, Marek, 6, and Mirelle, 3, Minetti said. Rob continues to work as an elementary school teacher, but Nikki had to put her career as a speech pathologist on hold when Jace was born so she could … ]]> Tue, 21 Oct 2014 02:08:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Eisenhower student excels in speech, theater ]]> Lead story image

She loves performing in comedy, music and theater and not particularly in that order. Throw those fields together, and you are likely to find Lena Smith, a junior at Eisenhower High School, signing up to audition. Smith, 16, who earned honors with distinction, the highest academic honor a high school student can achieve, has won multiple speech tournament championships and was named the South Suburban Conference champion in humorous interpretation as a sophomore on Eisenhower’s speech team. She specializes in comedy performances. “That’s what I love,” she said. As a freshman, she played the role of Adelaide in Eisenhower’s production … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 02:10:00 -0500