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[ Religion briefs for April 11, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. Fish Dinner: Our Lady of Loretto Women’s Guild hosts a fish fry from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday (April 11) in the parish hall, 8925 S. Kostner Ave., Hometown. The fish dinner includes one refill of fish and costs $8. The shrimp dinner costs $9. Both dinners include baked or french-fried potatoes, coleslaw, roll and dessert. The meatless pasta dinner costs $7 and includes a salad and dessert. Additional menu items are macaroni and cheese, grilled cheese, homemade soup, cheese sticks and zucchini sticks. A Loretto’s Luscious Creations bake … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 02:15:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs for April 16, 2014 ]]>

Blood Pressure Screening: Silver Cross will offer free blood pressure checks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily in April at the Silver Cross Health Center, 12701 W. 143rd St., Homer Glen. Walk-ins are welcome. For more information, call (708) 364-6337. Bariatric Surgery Program: Free “Obesity & Your Health: Is Weight-Loss Surgery Right for Me?” informational sessions on both traditional and laparoscopic surgery take place at 5:45 p.m. Wednesdays at BMI Surgery at Silver Cross Hospital, 1890 Silver Cross Blvd., Suite 260, New Lenox. To attend, visit or call (888) 660-4325. Blood Pressure Screenings: Bloom Township and Complete Home … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:18:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charity briefs for April 15, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at charity news in the Southland. ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 02:13:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ What’s really going on here? ]]> Lead story image

Last week’s winner: Oh no! I got caught red-handed taking a selfie of my nose — Donna Cudar, Miller Beach, Ind. Runners-up: The ‘Eyes’ Have it.  — Vince Vizza, Evergreen Park Well, it looks like the “no’s” have it!!!! — Pat Browne, Lemont I bought the Transparency! It’s Smartphone’s latest model. Callers can never lie to me again. — Carl F. Rollberg, Calumet Park Can you see me now? — Jo Cizon, Highland, Ind. … ]]> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 02:10:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Charity briefs for April 8, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at charity news in the Southland. ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for April 10, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

The Thursday Neighborhood Star 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 … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:10:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Campus notes for April 10, 2014 ]]>

University of Wisconsin-La Crosse Jennifer Stutz, of Orland Park, graduated in December from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. She earned a bachelor of science degree after majoring in biology with a biomedical science concentration. University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Michael Judd, or Frankfort, a junior general management major, made the 2014 University of Wisconsin-Whitewater men’s track and field team in the fall. Jennifer McKiernan, of Tinley Park, a junior physical education major; and Kristin Shackleton, of Frankfort, a junior social work major; made the 2014 gymnastics team. The Warhawks are back-to-back defending national champions. Northern Illinois University Several area students graduated after the … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 02:11:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your pets for April 10, 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, 10 Apr 2014 02:11:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Exhibit spotlights artist with Blue Island studio ]]> Lead story image

“Real Places Seen in Dreams,” an exhibit of mixed-media works by Carla Winterbottom, is to open with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. April 18 at the Health in the Arts Clinic and Gallery at the University of Illinois-Chicago, 835 S. Wolcott Ave., No. E144. Winterbottom’s studio is in Blue Island, according to a press release about the event. Admission to the reception is free and includes music by Rick Therrio and Friends. The exhibit continues through June 6, the release said. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except Wednesdays, when it closes at … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:26:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Nonprofit ensemble holding auditions for sopranos ]]> Lead story image

Just Friends, a nonprofit vocal ensemble, is looking for a couple of good voices. Or listening for them. The group is holding auditions for one first soprano voice and one second soprano voice. The candidates should have choral or small ensemble experience and should be prepared to perform a selection of their choice and one from the group’s repertoire. Auditions will be conducted at the First Christian Church, 1045 Dixie Highway, Chicago Heights. Just Friends, a nine-voice group of talented local musicians, is a nonprofit that works with accompaniment, providing 35- to 45-minute programs for a small contribution, according to … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:31:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marian Catholic to stage ‘Shrek The Musical’ ]]> Lead story image

The theater department of Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights will perform its annual spring musical, “Shrek the Musical,” at 7:30 p.m. April 11 and 12 and at 2 p.m. April 13. The performances will be at the Croarkin Auditorium, 700 Ashland Ave. The event is for children and adults of all ages and is based on the DreamWorks animated motion picture, “Shrek.” Tickets, which can be bought at the Marian Catholic box office, are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. For more information, call (708) 756–9404. The cast includes: Shrek, portrayed by Alex … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:27:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Health briefs for April 9, 2014 ]]>

Here is a look at health news in the Southland. ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 02:19:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Something’s afoot: H-F running club seeking new members ]]> Lead story image

All runners are created equal, according to Mike Brunette and Mark Madison, a couple of guys from the Homewood-Flossmoor area. A couple of years ago, they had an idea for a running club reflecting that belief. They said they saw firsthand the need for such a club. Brunette, 34, a former Homewood resident who joined the Chicago Area Runners Association in 2008 when he became interested in marathon running, said that through CARA, he saw the benefits of running with a group. “It makes you accountable and it builds friendships,” Brunette said. Then Brunette met Madison, 44, in 2011 at … ]]> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 11:17:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Forest teen has selfless vision ]]> Lead story image

Helwa Saleh, a senior at Oak Forest High School, enjoys helping people and giving back. That is why Saleh, a stellar student with a 5.0-grade-point average, is planning to become an optometrist for people with disabilities. Saleh, 18, plans to major in biology or pre-optometry in college. “I want to do something with people with disabilities. I like optometry because I can help people but I want to see if I can help those with special needs,” she said. Her interest in both is rooted in her daily life. For years, she watched her mother get her eyes checked, and … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 02:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for April 4, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. ]]> Fri, 04 Apr 2014 02:13:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Your pets for April 3, 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, 03 Apr 2014 02:12:07 -0500