southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 84 34 30 Copyright 2014 <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30495359-423/eisenhower-student-excels-in-speech-theater.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30495359-423/eisenhower-student-excels-in-speech-theater.html <![CDATA[ This family gets a kick out of martial arts ]]> Lead story image

Building a martial arts dynasty was not on the minds of Dondrell Brown, Sr. and Kelley Nichols-Brown five years ago when they married and blended their two families of five boys into one. But the possibility exists. The Browns founded Supreme Martial Arts Academy, a martial arts school that will not only teach the discipline and skill of Taekwando, but also bring the lifestyle it creates to its students and “keep them off the streets and show them something new,” Brown said. “I’ve been doing martial arts since I was the age of eight,” he said. “From the first time … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:17:47 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30417101-423/this-family-gets-a-kick-out-of-martial-arts.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30417101-423/this-family-gets-a-kick-out-of-martial-arts.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Open House: All Day Montessori, 1819 W. 99th St., Chicago, will hold open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. It will include tours, and chances to meet faculty, staff and parents and learn about the full-day fall program for kids ages 15 months to 6 years, and summer camp programs for kids 2 to 9. Information: (773) 239-8248 or www.alldaymontessori.org. Sons of Italy: Order Sons of Italy in America Leone D’Oro Lodge No. 2700 will hold its general monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Orland Park Civic Center, 14750 Ravinia Ave. It will feature Lou Macaluso, author … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 02:13:20 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30453823-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30453823-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Your Pets for Oct. 16, 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@ southtownstar.com … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:18:16 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30453915-423/your-pets-for-oct-16-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30453915-423/your-pets-for-oct-16-2014.html <![CDATA[ Weekend events include local theater, train show ]]> Lead story image

Tickets are still available for “Mulan Jr.” featuring students from the surrounding suburbs. Let these talented actors take you back to the legendary story-telling days of ancient China with this stage adaptation of Disney’s “Mulan.” The Huns have invaded and it’s up to the misfit Mulan (played by Alexis Dilg from Yorkville) and her mischievous sidekick, Mushu (played by Jazmine Ozinga from Palos Heights). Their goal is to save the emperor. Follow the students as they take you through a heartwarming celebration of culture, honor and fighting spirit. Shows will be held at Chicago Christian High School located at 12001 … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:18:28 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30456810-423/weekend-events-include-local-theater-train-show.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30456810-423/weekend-events-include-local-theater-train-show.html <![CDATA[ Evergreen teen keen on leadership ]]> Lead story image

Abby Langevin, a senior at Evergreen Park High School, participates in a long list of extracurricular activities. She’s a member of the National Honor Society, student government, mathletes, softball, volleyball, basketball, student leadership, the freshman mentor program and Snowball. She also has earned a perfect attendance award, sportsmanship award in softball and volleyball and a coach’s award for softball. One wouldn’t think someone who can do all that has lacked confidence. Nevertheless, Langevin, 17, says she did until she got involved in student leadership. “Being in student leadership has given me a lot of confidence. I can talk in front … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:12:27 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30381780-423/evergreen-teen-keen-on-leadership.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30381780-423/evergreen-teen-keen-on-leadership.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 16, 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 mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, (815) 464-7298, pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, animalwelfareleague.com South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, southsuburbanhumanesociety.org Animals for Awareness P.O. Box 56, Palos Park, (708) 361-9330, animalsforawareness.org Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-1594, tlcanimalshelter.org National Animal Welfare … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:18:04 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30066850-423/pets-o-the-week-for-oct-16-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30066850-423/pets-o-the-week-for-oct-16-2014.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Palos Hauntings: The Palos Hills parks and recreation department will host The Haunted Hills of Palos haunted hayrides from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday at 108th Street and Roberts Road. The hayride goes through a wooded area that is haunted by ghouls and goblins. Tickets are $5 for adults; $3 for kids age 10 and under. The Not So Scary Hayride is from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at the same site. Children’s tickets are $5. Children under 1 and adults are free. For that event, there also will be a bounce house, entertainment, crafts, face painting, treats … ]]> Thu, 16 Oct 2014 02:17:35 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30417619-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30417619-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Group is Making Strides against breast cancer ]]> Lead story image

The American Cancer Society has been saving lives for 100 years. Today, we’re helping save more than 400 lives a day that would have otherwise been lost to cancer. And we won’t stop until we finish the fight. We’re putting your dollars to work now — doing the most in every community to help women with breast cancer today and working tirelessly to find cures to end the disease tomorrow. The progress we’re making because of Making Strides supporters is nothing short of remarkable. But it is no time to rest. When more walkers raise money to fight breast cancer, … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 02:18:42 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30435539-423/to-your-health-group-is-making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30435539-423/to-your-health-group-is-making-strides-against-breast-cancer.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

‘Sudden Loss’ Workshop: VITAS Healthcare is hosting a free bereavement workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday at the VITAS Office, 8525 W. 183rd St., Suite M, Tinley Park. To register or for more information, call (708) 781-4405 or email Ronald.Walker@vitas.com. Candidate Forum: The League of Women Voters of the Palos-Orland Area and the League of Women Voters of LaGrange are holding a congressional forum for the 3rd District of Illinois between Palos Heights Trustee Sharon Brannigan and U.S. Rep. Daniel Lipinski, D-3rd, at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fogelberg Auditorium in the T building at Moraine Valley Community College, … ]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 02:14:47 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30414485-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30414485-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Paranormal Conference: The Palos Paranormal Conference is set for 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Building M at Moraine Valley Community College, 9000 W. College Parkway, Palos Hills. The conference will feature psychic readers, alternative health therapies, metaphysical tool vendors (crystals, aura photography, etc.), seminars and more. Admission is $12.50 for one day or $20 for both. For more information, visit Palosparanormal.com. Stroke Conference for Nurses: The Silver Cross Neuroscience Institute will host a free Neuro Conference from 11:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and from 3:20 to 6:30 p.m. Nov. 6 for … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 02:12:49 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30346430-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30346430-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Mokena becomes Purple Heart Village ]]> Lead story image

Mokena has joined the ranks of Purple Heart municipalities across the state and officially declared October to be Purple Heart Month in the village. At a recent village board meeting, Dan Finn, of Oak Lawn, commander of the Illinois Military Order of the Purple Heart, presented Mayor Frank Fleischer with a plaque recognizing Mokena’s support of the military and its designation as a Purple Heart Village. Fleischer thanked Finn and the organization’s vice commander, Mike Lash, along with officers of the group’s Ladies Auxiliary for their dedication to making communities aware of the Military Order of the Purple Heart’s work … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:16:27 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30062698-423/mokena-becomes-purple-heart-village.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30062698-423/mokena-becomes-purple-heart-village.html <![CDATA[ Human hair today, art tomorrow ]]> Lead story image

Creativity has been “pouring out of” Anastasia “Stasi” Zappas-Raptis, owner of Zappas Salon in Tinley Park, she said, for the past two years. The Oak Forest resident wrote a book for young people, designed a wedding dress and developed a unique type of artwork using an unconventional medium. “I just always had it in me that I wanted to do hair, and hairstylists have all kinds of artistic abilities,” she said. Zappas-Raptis said she decided to act on some artistic visions she began having about a year-and-a-half ago after she unsuccessfully tried to find a place to recycle the hair … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:15:40 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30316042-423/human-hair-today-art-tomorrow.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30316042-423/human-hair-today-art-tomorrow.html <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Halloween Events at UMC: A Trunk or Treat event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 25 at United Methodist Church, 339 W. Haven Ave., New Lenox. Participants can arrive early to decorate. The church also will hold its Halloween party for seventh- to 12th-graders from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 30. There will be a costume party, pizza and games, prizes and more. Information on either event: (815) 485-8271. Preparing Siblings: Palos Community Hospital, 12251 S. 80th Ave., Palos Heights, is offering an interactive big brother/big sister class from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday to help prepare siblings … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 02:16:15 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30333961-423/get-up-and-go.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30333961-423/get-up-and-go.html <![CDATA[ Your Pets for Oct. 9, 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@ southtownstar.com … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:16:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30334696-423/your-pets-for-oct-9-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30334696-423/your-pets-for-oct-9-2014.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for Oct. 9, 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 mdeacon@southtownstar.com with “Pets o’ the Week” in the subject line. PAWS Animal Shelter 8301 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, (815) 464-7298, pawstinleypark.org Animal Welfare League 10305 Southwest Highway, Chicago Ridge, (708) 636-8586, animalwelfareleague.com South Suburban Humane Society 1103 W. End Ave., Chicago Heights, (708) 755-7387, southsuburbanhumanesociety.org Animals for Awareness P.O. Box 56, Palos Park, (708) 361-9330, animalsforawareness.org Tender Loving Care 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, (708) 301-1594, tlcanimalshelter.org National Animal Welfare … ]]> Thu, 09 Oct 2014 02:15:57 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30066836-423/pets-o-the-week-for-oct-9-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/30066836-423/pets-o-the-week-for-oct-9-2014.html