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[ SXU event aimed at raising money to fight cancer ]]> Lead story image

Fire Up A Cure is a “dream come true” for Dr. Jason Canner, division head of hematology/oncology at Advocate Hope Children’s Hospital and founder in 2011 of the Cure It Foundation, a nonprofit organization which supports pediatric cancer research and supports children diagnosed with cancer. The 2014 Fire Up A Cure will be held at St. Xavier University, 3700 W. 103rd St., from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters statewide will compete in a series of challenges to raise awareness and funding for pediatric cancer clinical trials and for local children battling cancer. “I think that this is an … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:11:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn teen is more than a chess champ ]]> Lead story image

When Richards High School’s chess team won the Illinois High School Association Class AAA chess championship this year, Andrew Gacek was there. In fact, he went 6-1 at the state tournament. “I was proud of myself and the fact that I was able to support my team,” Gacek said of the win. “I felt like I was a big part of the team and the school as a whole.” A relative newcomer to the game of chess, Gacek, 16, admits to knowing some of the rules and how chess pieces moved before entering high school, but he was never really … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:09:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Health Care Scams Discussion: The Manhattan-New Lenox TRIAD for seniors will discuss health care scams at its meeting at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the New Lenox police station community room, 701 W. Haven Ave. The program will be presented by the Illinois Attorney General’s office to make seniors aware of scammers who call, email or send letters and texts to get money and personal and financial information. They know people have questions about the new health insurance marketplace and they take advantage of that to mislead and cheat people. The TRIAD is made up of several agencies and organizations from … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 02:11:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Spine-tingling tale has happy ending for Blue Island woman ]]> Lead story image

Arlene Vera, of Blue Island, goes to church on Sundays now. She recently took a family friend’s young daughter out to fly a kite, is planning a trip to the zoo later this month and shops at flea markets to indulge her passion for antiques. She relishes every outing. For the past two years, Vera, at 72 years old, wasn’t able to enjoy her life much. In fact, she spent most of her time in bed, in agony with leg and hip pain, the result of a burst disc in her spine. “It started out like someone was hammering nails … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:12:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Raiders Coaches Golf Outing: The 15th annual Raiders coaches golf outing to benefit Oak Forest Raiders youth football is slated for Aug. 8 at George W. Dunne National golf course, 16310 S. Central Ave., near Oak Forest. The cost is $135 ($125 if paid in advance) and includes golf, door prizes, refreshments, lunch, dinner and a four-hour open bar. Registration begins at noon; a shotgun start at 2 p.m. Registrants should ask about a recent Raider alumni discount. Reservations are due by July 25. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Donations of prizes are welcome. Information: Chuck Toland at (708) 671-5400. Back-to-School … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:09:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Forest woman raising butterflies, writing books ]]> Lead story image

Ruth DeYoung, 72, is a woman of many talents. A visitor to her Oak Forest home might find DeYoung working in her lush backyard flower garden or releasing butterflies she has raised. But it’s just as likely she will be sitting at her computer working on a new book. DeYoung recently self-published a Christian-themed children’s book, “The Temple Curtain,” through WestBow Press. DeYoung said the book’s target audience is third- to eighth-graders, but she said adults have told her they “learned a lot” by reading it, and some grandparents have told her they are reading it to their grandchildren as … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:12:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for July 18 ]]> Lead story image

Teaching Series: The Lighthouse Church of All Nations is counting down the weeks to its new sanctuary with a teaching series called “Through A Looking Glass.” There will be surprises every week. The church is at 4501 W. 127th St., Alsip. For more information, call (708) 385-6020 or visit Concert: Mayo African Methodist Episcopal Church, 20839 Homeland Road, Matteson, will present Pastor Mitty Collier in concert Sunday. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the concert starts at 3:30. Tickets are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. More information or tickets: (708) 503-1400. Jewish Genealogical Society Meeting: The … ]]> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:12:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crete-Monee High School program to stage ‘Cinderella’ ]]> Lead story image

The Crete-Monee High School 2014 summer drama enrichment program will host Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Cinderella” at 7 p.m. July 23 to 26 at the Milton Payton Performing Arts Center, 1515 W. Exchange St., Crete, according to a press release about the program. About 100 students ages 7 to 18 will participate in the program. Gary Thorsky is the director, Justin Williams and Tucker Arbuthnot are the set designers, Eric Rehm is the music director, Tylen Elliott is the artistic coordinator, and Katie Colletti, Kelly Colletti and Bridget DeLaurentis are the choreographers, the release said. “Cinderella” is a Tony Award-winning Broadway … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:26:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Free eye exams offered for eligible women, kids ]]> Lead story image

VSP Vision Care, in partnership with Prevent Blindness and the South Suburban Family Shelter, and with the cooperation of Kirschner Vision, will offer free eye exams for women and children from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 13 in Homewood, according to a press release. A new survey from Prevent Blindness found that only 9 percent of American women realize they are at greater risk of permanent vision loss than men. According to its study, entitled “Vision Problems in the U.S.,” 66 percent of those experiencing blindness are women, 61 percent of those suffering with cataracts are women, and 65 … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:17:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ MuckFest in Lockport to support MS research ]]>

The Greater Illinois Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society will hold its inaugural MuckFest MS mud and fun run beginning at 8 a.m. Aug. 23, at Legacy Paintball & Airsoft Park, 2807 Canal St., Lockport, according to a press release. Participants will slip, slide, slosh, climb, crawl and jump through 15 muck- and fun-filled obstacles to raise funds for critical MS research, programs and services, the release said. The Lockport event is one of 10 MuckFests nationwide that will send runners of varying athletic abilities on a messy, obstacle-packed 5k jaunt. “MuckFest MS is an awesome opportunity to get … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:17:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bluegrass picks in the Southland ]]> Lead story image

Despite the weekend’s torrential downpours, loyal bluegrass fans made their way to Frankfort’s Breidert Green. Dedicated to the harmonic twang of the fiddle and mandolin, people came from all over for the Fourth Annual Bluegrass on the Green. Fourteen live bands played over the weekend. For people who follow the genre, this was the place to be. The village hosted big names in the music scene, including, for example, Chris Jones, the host of Sirius XM’s “Bluegrass Junction.” The band, Special Consensus, is a grammy-nominated group. Kenny and Amanda Smith won the International Bluegrass Music Association’s prestigious Emerging Artist of … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:11:14 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for July 17, 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, 17 Jul 2014 02:13:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Helping P.A.W.S.: Boston’s Restaurant & Sports Bar, 7216 W. 191st St., Tinley Park, will host fundraisers for the People’s Animal Welfare Society on July 29 and Aug. 2. On July 29, Boston’s will give back 15 percent of total sales for every check for which a P.A.W.S. flier is brought in. The fliers can be picked up at the shelter, 8301 W. 191st St., or at Boston’s. The fundraising efforts will culminate in a fifth annual car and dog wash from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2, with all proceeds going to the shelter. The staff of Boston’s also … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 02:12:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ A fix for subpar recognition: Submarine veterans aim to build memorial ]]> Lead story image

The sharing of special memories, “inside” humor, a bit of salty sailor language and a great meal made by a former Navy cook all are part of the monthly agenda of the USS Chicago Base Submarine Veterans, who meet at Bremen VFW Post 2791 in Tinley Park. There’s a serious and organized portion of the agenda, too, overseen by Cmdr. Ken Tupman, of Bourbonnais. It includes the solemn reciting of the names and details of “lost ships,” submarines and their crews lost while in service to the United States. Tupman gives updates about members, announces which members are having birthdays … ]]> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 02:12:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mind&Body: Lightning survivor has no memory of deadly strike ]]> Lead story image

DENVER — Justin Teilhet doesn’t remember hearing a “boom” or feeling a sting, just waking up numb on the treeless tundra high in Rocky Mountain National Park and discovering his good friend was trying to revive his wife. It was a lightning bolt, he learned later, and it killed his wife and left him with a burn on his shoulder and scrapes on his face when he was knocked to the ground unconscious. Lightning killed two people last weekend in the popular park, where summer storms can close in quickly, with deadly results. Both lightning strikes last weekend hit exposed … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:14:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Ingalls’ STAR program enhances life after cancer treatment ]]> Lead story image

Thanks to better treatments, earlier detection and the loving care of family and friends, there are more than 13 million cancer survivors in the United States today. One out of every six people over age 65 is a cancer survivor. In fact, according to the National Cancer Institute, 66 percent of adults diagnosed with cancer today can expect to be alive in five years. Some survivors live with cancer as a chronic disease requiring periodic treatments over time. Others go into long-term remission, leading normal lives with few, if any, side effects. Thankfully, as many as two-thirds of all cancer … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 02:14:40 -0500