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[ Tinley Park teacher also has brush with success ]]> Lead story image

Tinley Park resident and artist Al Sorenson has had “brushes” with celebrities — a print of Bears legend Gale Sayers he has worked on recently comes to mind — but is very happy teaching his fifth-grade class at Fulton School. “I like being able to help shape kids’ lives and have a good influence on them,” Sorenson said. “It’s kind of fun at the age I deal with — a bunch of 10-year-olds — having some control over helping them grow as a student and ... for me, it’s just as important to teach them to be better people.” Sorenson, … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 10:22:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26996658-460/tinley-park-teacher-also-has-brush-with-success.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26996658-460/tinley-park-teacher-also-has-brush-with-success.html <![CDATA[ Charity briefs for April 22, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at charity news in the Southland. ]]> Tue, 22 Apr 2014 02:14:06 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26970275-423/charity-briefs-for-april-22-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26970275-423/charity-briefs-for-april-22-2014.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for April 24, 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 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 … ]]> Thu, 24 Apr 2014 02:22:09 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/27012039-423/pets-o-the-week-for-april-24-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/27012039-423/pets-o-the-week-for-april-24-2014.html <![CDATA[ Your Pets for April 24, 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, 24 Apr 2014 02:22:43 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/27012101-423/your-pets-for-april-24-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/27012101-423/your-pets-for-april-24-2014.html <![CDATA[ Registration underway for 37th Ridge Run ]]>

Registration is underway for the Beverly Area Planning Association’s 37th Annual Ridge Run, slated for Memorial Day, May 26. The start/finish line will be at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago. Race day registration opens at 6:30 a.m., with the start times being 8 a.m. for the 10K, 8:10 a.m. for the Dick O’Neill Youth Mile, and 9:30 a.m. for the 5K run and walk. Prize money will be awarded to the top three overall men and women in the 10K and 5K races. For more information or to register online, call (773) 233-3100 or visit www.bapa.org/ridgerun. Staff report … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 22:51:48 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26972853-423/registration-underway-for-37th-ridge-run.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26972853-423/registration-underway-for-37th-ridge-run.html <![CDATA[ Health briefs for April 23, 2014 ]]>

Here is a look at health news in the Southland. 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. Wellness Wednesday: Orland Township hosts this program from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. April 23 in the Orland Township Activity Center, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. An appointment is necessary. Residents can have their blood pressure checked for no charge and glucose levels checked by a registered medical professional … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:22:24 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26988596-423/health-briefs-for-april-23-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26988596-423/health-briefs-for-april-23-2014.html <![CDATA[ To Your Health: Traveling abroad? Don’t bring unwanted ‘souvenirs’ home ]]> Lead story image

International travel can be a wonderful experience. However, travel is not without risk, especially to developing countries, whether for business, pleasure or visiting family and/or friends. If you’re planning a trip abroad, your first stop should be at a travel medicine clinic for a pretravel consultation with a travel medicine specialist. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends such a visit about six weeks in advance of your expected departure date. As many as 45 million Americans travel abroad each year. About one-third of those experience a travel-related illness. A study of travelers to developing countries and eastern Europe … ]]> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 02:22:14 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26870443-423/to-your-health-traveling-abroad-dont-bring-unwanted-souvenirs-home.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26870443-423/to-your-health-traveling-abroad-dont-bring-unwanted-souvenirs-home.html <![CDATA[ Religion briefs for April 18, 2014 ]]> Lead story image

Here is a look at news from Southland houses of worship. Click Lifestyles at SouthtownStar.com for more Religion Briefs. Religion news and photos may be submitted to religion@southtownstar.com. Holy Week Services: Christ Lutheran Church, 14700 S. 94th Ave., Orland Park, will hold Good Friday services at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., and Easter services at 6:30, 9 and 11 a.m. Easter breakfast will be from 8 to 9 a.m. Holy Week Services: The First United Methodist Church of Oak Lawn, 10000 Central Ave., will have a Good Friday service at 7 p.m. and Easter Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. For … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 02:18:08 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26903940-423/religion-briefs-for-april-18-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26903940-423/religion-briefs-for-april-18-2014.html <![CDATA[ Paired prosperity for Tinley teens ]]> Lead story image

Ashley and Amber Estes, seniors at Tinley Park High School, are identical twins in every way. They look alike and act alike. Their tastes are identical and so are their goals. So as the date for graduation draws closer, along with what for some would be the prospect of separating for the first time and going to different schools, they have made the decision to continue their educations as they have done all their lives — side by side. Come next school year, the girls, 18, will head for the University of Chicago, where they are looking to major in … ]]> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 02:13:24 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26917726-423/paired-prosperity-for-tinley-teens.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26917726-423/paired-prosperity-for-tinley-teens.html <![CDATA[ Monee mom’s career is a joke (or several ... ) ]]> Lead story image

Comedienne Tracy DeGraaf still is adding to her original comedy act from 2010 — “Life Happens, Laugh Anyway” — and that’s a good thing. “I’ve grown so much as a comedian,” said DeGraaf, 48. “Comedy is something that takes forever to really hone. It really does.” Five years ago, comedy wasn’t even “on my radar anywhere, ever,” DeGraaf said. She just wanted to get her book published. “Laugh Anyway Mom,” a story about her life in Monee with her husband, Ron, and their five sons, was completed by 2009, but DeGraaf didn’t know what steps to take next. She hired … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:15:50 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26682371-423/monee-moms-career-is-a-joke-or-several-.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26682371-423/monee-moms-career-is-a-joke-or-several-.html <![CDATA[ Habitat presents ‘Hard Hat & High Heels’ event ]]>

Habitat for Humanity Chicago South Suburbs will host what it calls a “very special” fundraiser on May 9 at Tall Grass Art Gallery, 367 Artists Walk in Park Forest. Proceeds will be used to continue its various programs involving rehabbing foreclosed properties and providing weatherization support for low-income homeowners, according to a press release from the organization. “Hard Hats & High Heels” will be an evening of wine, beer and food tastings, the release said. Guests will be entertained by Spellbinder the Magician, and there will be a chance auction, it said. Habitat officials said in the release that the … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:16:07 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26699826-423/habitat-presents-hard-hat-high-heels-event.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26699826-423/habitat-presents-hard-hat-high-heels-event.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26761233-423/religion-briefs-for-april-11-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26761233-423/religion-briefs-for-april-11-2014.html <![CDATA[ Your Pets for April 17, 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, 17 Apr 2014 02:16:41 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26871365-423/your-pets-for-april-17-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26871365-423/your-pets-for-april-17-2014.html <![CDATA[ Pets o’ the Week for April 17, 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 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 … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:16:29 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26871362-423/pets-o-the-week-for-april-17-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26871362-423/pets-o-the-week-for-april-17-2014.html <![CDATA[ Campus notes ]]>

Drake University Several local residents were named to the dean’s list for the fall semester at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. They include: Stephanie Pirko, of Frankfort; Michael Jennings, of Lockport; Christa Kordik, of Mokena; Hannah Bovard, of New Lenox; and Paige Zidek, of Tinley Park. Cornell University Jennifer Lippold, of Homer Glen, was named to the fall semester dean’s list at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. Missouri University of Science  and Technology Several local residents were named to the fall semester dean’s list at Missouri University of Science and Technology in Rolla. They include: Matthew Eakins, of Evergreen … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:16:12 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26884550-423/campus-notes.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26884550-423/campus-notes.html <![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 www.bmisurgery.org or call (888) 660-4325. Blood Pressure Screenings: Bloom Township and Complete Home … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 02:18:05 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26865374-423/health-briefs-for-april-16-2014.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/lifestyles/26865374-423/health-briefs-for-april-16-2014.html