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[ 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 <![CDATA[ Lemont teen a finalist for state theater awards ]]> Lead story image

Frank Zabilka, of Lemont, and Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, played Billy Lawler and Peggy Sawyer, respectively, in Benet Academy’s recent production of “42nd Street.” They are among 24 finalists in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards Competition to be presented April 25 by Broadway in Chicago. They were nominated for Best Performance in a Lead Role. Two Illinois winners will go to New York to take part in an enrichment program and the National High School Musical Theater Awards during the summer. Staff report … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 03:58:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dolton woman wins early bird prize in Chicago Dream House Raffle ]]> Lead story image

A Dolton woman was among the lucky winners of a Chicago Dream House Raffle early bird drawing, officials at The Hope Institute for Children and Families recently announced. Sharon Houston won the choice of either $5,000 cash or a trip to Prague, Czech Republic or Vienna, Austria, according to a press release from the organization. Runner-up Sam Chadda, of Lombard, got to choose between $5,000 cash and a trip to either Maui, Hawaii; or Jamaica. Both winners bought their $150 raffle tickets in time for the second early bird drawing and became eligible for subsequent drawings, as well as the … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:27:29 -0500