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[ Blue Island teen’s rule of thumb: Lend a hand ]]> Lead story image

Ashley Cedeno is a senior-to-be at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island, and one can bet that she will fill her days with extracurricular activities that involve paying it forward in the community. As a member of the National Honor Society, Cedeno’s favorite activity is helping out in the community. “My passion is helping people, so I enjoy helping the community and involving all my classmates,” she said. “I like the feeling of helping everybody.” It is a drive that comes naturally, said Cedeno, 16. “I have just always been into helping people. If it were up to me, I’d … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:11:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Understanding the impact of obesity on your overall health ]]> Lead story image

Obesity is essentially an epidemic sweeping the nation. Reported levels of obesity have soared within the last several years and are at an all-time high. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than one-third of U.S. adults are obese. The CDC also reports that obesity affects some groups more than others, including 47.8 percent of blacks and 42.5 percent of Hispanics. Most alarming, 12.5 million children and adolescents ages 2 to 19 are obese. Being obese should not be taken lightly. The effects of obesity go beyond not feeling well in general, or being short of … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 02:15:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Animal Welfare League’s luau-themed adoption event set ]]> Lead story image

Animal Adoption Mega Event: The Chicago Ridge-based Animal Welfare League will host a mega-adoption event, a Bow Wow Luau, sponsored by PetSmart Charities, on Saturday and Sunday in the parking lot of the Matteson PetSmart at 4824 Lincoln Highway. More than 100 pets from different rescue groups, including the Animal Welfare League, will be on hand from noon to 6 p.m. both days to introduce attendees to their new best friends. The family fun Hawaiian event will include a jumpy house for kids, games, raffles, a disc jockey and much more. Attendees wearing Hawaiian attire will get a free gift. … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 02:11:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for July 31, 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, 31 Jul 2014 02:12:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Walk to benefit brain tumor research set for Aug. 9 ]]> Lead story image

The fifth annual Mary E. Smith Brain Tumor Awareness Fun Run/Walk is scheduled for 8 a.m. Aug. 9 at the Community Walk Path, 4200 W. 183rd St., Country Club Hills, according to a press release from the Mary E. Smith Foundation, Inc. The foundation once again has partnered with the city of Country Club Hills to bring a family friendly event in support of scholarship/grant programs which aid in the advancement and awareness of brain tumor research, the release said. The event is sponsored by Franciscan St. James Health, I-94 Nissan of South Holland, Sraga Hauser LLC attorneys at law, … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 20:24:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Overuse to blame for many throwing injuries ]]> Lead story image

The number of shoulder and elbow injuries in young, throwing athletes has seen a dramatic rise over the last few decades. Nearly half of all baseball pitchers will experience pain in their throwing arm at some point in their careers. This growing epidemic impacts throwers of all ages, from young Little Leaguers to high school and collegiate pitchers. In fact, Major League Baseball has seen a record number of pitchers this year with elbow injuries requiring season ending surgery. So what has changed over the years to contribute to this increase in arm injuries? The current generation of baseball players … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 14:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Many hands help pack pantry, but need grows in Frankfort Twp. ]]> Lead story image

The Frankfort Township food pantry is in better shape than it has been for years, director Jodi Gallagher-Dilling said. “We’re doing great now this summer,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “It’s the best summer we’ve ever had.” Gallagher-Dilling said there has been a notable difference in what the pantry can offer clients since it joined the Northern Illinois Food Bank about a year ago. “Joining the food bank was just about the best thing that ever happened to us,” Gallagher-Dilling said. “They’re very, very good to us. It’s been a blessing to join them.” Gallagher-Dilling said in addition to providing “generous food orders,” … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:10:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Get Up and Go! ]]>

Golf Outing: The Frankfort School District 157C Education Foundation will host its second annual golf outing Aug. 11 at Prestwick Country Club, 601 Prestwick Drive, Frankfort. The cost per player is $155, which includes 18 holes of golf with a cart, a forecaddie per foursome, boxed lunch and dinner. The format will be a four-player scramble. Registration and access to practice facilities begin at 10:30 a.m., with a shotgun start slated for noon. The registration deadline is Aug. 4. Register online by visiting All proceeds benefit District 157C classrooms through teacher-written grants. The foundation donated $90,000 to district schools … ]]> Tue, 29 Jul 2014 02:10:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ Son-in-law’s father emotionally abusive ]]> Lead story image

Dear Abby: I adore my son-in-law, “Tom.” He’s a wonderful husband to our daughter. He’s always inviting us to dinner along with his parents and family. We get along with them, but can’t stand how they treat Tom. We have never seen parents treat their children the way they treat him — especially the father. Tom is practically begging for his approval and attention on a daily basis. The last time we had dinner together, you could see the hurt and embarrassment on Tom’s face after his father spoke to him. I desperately want to say something to the father, … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:10:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Georgia Nicols horoscopes for July 20 ]]> Lead story image

◆ARIES (March 21-April 19): Your creative vibes are hot. Let us not forget that Aries is the sign of the artisan — you can do anything with your hands. You love the challenge of trying something new or demystifying the mystique of a process. (“Hmm, so that’s how they do it.”) Give free range to your talents. ◆TAURUS (April 20-May 20): If you feel you would rather stay at home today, by all means, do so. Today will not be that productive at work. It’s a goofy day. Furthermore, your instinct is to focus on home and family. (Preferably to … ]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:10:54 -0500 <![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[ Pets o’ the Week for July 24, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

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 Society  9981 W. 190th St., Suites A&B, Mokena, (708) 478-5102 … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:09:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sister Madonna Rougeau to help retired nuns ]]> Lead story image

Sister Madonna Rougeau’s transition in August from her ministry and administrative work for Franciscan St. James Health in the south suburbs to Our Lady of the Angels convent in Mishawaka, Indiana, will take her back to her roots in religious life, but it will be an emotional journey home. “It’s bittersweet,” Rougeau said. “I say that because I’ve grown to love the people and the ministry here in Chicago Heights and Olympia Fields.” After almost 10 years as the sister superior from the order of the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration and as vice president of mission integration … ]]> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 02:09:16 -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