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[ Chicago Heights kids take part in clinic hosted by Cubs ]]> Lead story image

Kids from Chicago Heights were among those who recently took part as the Chicago Cubs hosted a national PLAY campaign baseball clinic, according to a release from the Cubs. The Cubs hosted the clinic earlier this month for local youths from the Chicago area, including kids from The Arc, which has a chapter, SouthSTAR Services, in Chicago Heights, the Cubs said. The Arc serves people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, including Down syndrome, autism, fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, cerebral palsy and more, the release said. All youth in attendance were able to partake in the PLAY campaign, which aims to … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:22:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Art exhibition  slated at SSC ]]> Lead story image

The art and design department of South Suburban College will present a new exhibition titled “Trail to Arcadia,” which will be on display Aug. 25 through Sept. 17, according to a news release from the school. Chicago-based artist Anna Zanic was born in Vinkovci, Croatia, in 1976, the release said. She earned her master’s of fine arts from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2002. In this body of work, the abstracted notion of atmospheric landscape is a metaphorical expression of life’s mysterious and elusive path, according to the release. Works are built with layers of watercolor washes, intermixed with … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:45:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 148 brass feted for stance vs. underage drinking ]]> Lead story image

Dolton West Elementary School District 148 Supt. Jayne E. Purcell, board Secretary James E. Bendell and the rest of the school board were honored by the Family Guidance Centers, Inc./Southland Prevention Coalition during the board’s June meeting. Coalition representatives Tula Beene and Robert Thompson gave Community Service Awards to Purcell and Bendell for their support of the coalition’s work to prevent underage drinking, according to a release from the district. All District 148 board members were honored for their support as well, and each received a gift card, which the board members donated to children who were present at the … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:21:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Marian Catholic announces honor roll ]]> Lead story image

Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights recently released its list of students who made the honor roll in the fourth quarter of the 2013-14 school year. Southland residents who qualified, and their hometowns, include: Beecher: Christine Boland-Prom, Allison Spence, Zachary Spence, Stephanie Wisniewski, Alexis Zivo. Blue Island: Alyssa Roulo. Burnham: Brittney Morris, Whitney Plumery. Calumet City: Brasia Berryhill, Rachel Churilla, Brandon Clark, Leah Erby, Imani Fizer, Frankie Foxworth, Brianna Herard-Exorphe, Petra Ibarra, Sierra Jones, Kyla Lee, Hailey Losselyong, Emmanuel Ogunlana, Tylor Parsons, Gabriella Pierre-Louis. Chicago: Tristan Augustine, Jorian Brown, Morgan Paige Clift, Arielle Hernandez-Lyons, Aliya Jankowski, Arika Johnson, Olivia … ]]> Thu, 21 Aug 2014 06:10:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ South Suburban College slates open houses ]]>

South Suburban College will hold several program-specific open houses in the coming weeks for prospective students still weighing their college options for the coming fall semester, in addition to a comprehensive, collegewide open house on Aug. 7, according to a release from the college. The remaining open house schedule is as follows: Department of business and technology From 3 to 7 p.m. July 17 at the main campus atrium. Call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2357, or email Court reporting/verbatim technology From 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 24 in Room 5190 of the Oak Forest Center. Call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 3217, … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 20:22:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Zion Lutheran students find (piano) keys to success ]]> Lead story image

Students of the piano program at Zion Lutheran School in Beecher were invited to perform at the recent Be Art Momence event, according to a press release about the program. Be Art Momence is a recently formed nonprofit art group of like-minded individuals who would like to see the artists of Momence and the surrounding areas be revealed and appreciated, the release said. Students from Zion’s piano program played solos and duets in two locations on the downtown streets of Momence as art patrons viewed galleries. “It was the perfect evening for Zion’s emerging musicians to be outdoors. The children … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:25:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights church to hold rummage sale and more ]]>

First Christian Church in Chicago Heights will be holding a number of events in the coming weeks, including its annual rummage sale, according to the church. The church will hold “flip side” prayer and worship services at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in July. A movie night is slated for 7 p.m. July 11 in the Garden Room. Attendees can bring a snack and drink. The book club meets at 10 a.m. July 12, also in the Garden Room. Knitting, crocheting and crafts take place starting at 3:30 p.m. July 17 in the Garden Room. Participants can learn skills and make items … ]]> Thu, 07 Aug 2014 06:17:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights, Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

CHICAGO HEIGHTS BURGLARY: A television was stolen between April 28 and May 7 from an apartment. AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: Viola Coleman, 65, 1312 Park Ave., Chicago Heights, was charged with aggravated assault after threatening to kill another woman with a knife at her apartment complex on May 1, police said. DUI ARREST: Michael Norman, 23, 2607 Commercial Ave., South Chicago Heights, was charged with drunken driving, running a stop sign, improper lane use and no insurance after a May 1 stop at Chicago Road and Hickory Street, police said. WEAPONS CHARGE: Anthony Kyles, 39, 117 Walnut St., Park Forest, was charged … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights nursing/rehab center adds physiatrist ]]>

Through a partnership with Integrated Rehab Consultants LLC, Prairie Manor Nursing and Rehab in Chicago Heights has added a physiatrist — a physician who specializes in physical medicine and rehabilitation — at the facility three times a week, according to a press release from Prairie Manor. Dr. Amish Patel, the founder and CEO of Integrated Rehab Consultants, will be the physiatrist. Patel graduated from the Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences, getting his medical degree in 2006, according to the release. He graduated with honors in 2007 from an internship at Swedish Covenant Hospital in Chicago, the release said. … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:09:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ SSC theatre issues ‘Moon Over Buffalo’ casting call ]]>

The PAC Rats Theatre Co., of South Suburban College, will hold open auditions for the Ken Ludwig comedy, “Moon Over Buffalo,” beginning at 7 p.m. July 9 and 10. Readings will be held in the Kindig Performing Arts Center on the main campus at 15800 S. State St., South Holland, according to a press release from the college. Auditions are open to community members as well as SSC students. Appointments and prepared audition materials are not necessary, according to the release. Auditioners will read from scenes, which will be available at the time of auditions. Copies of the script are … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:16:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crete Park District announces July programs lineup ]]>

The Crete Park District is hosting a number of upcoming programs. Unless otherwise indicated, they will be held at the park district’s Willard Wood Center, 515 First St., Crete. Advance registration is required at the center or online, unless otherwise indicated, and registration is requested at least one week in advance to guarantee the classes will be held. For more information, call (708) 672-6969 or visit The programs: To Knit or Knot to Knit Attendees can learn basic knitting skills and all about the new and different types of yarns, needles and accessories. The class is for ages 8 … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:16:26 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mills leads impressive showing for Zion Lutheran track team ]]> Lead story image

Zion Lutheran School in Beecher recently participated in the Lutheran Sports Association state competition for track and field at Concordia University in River Forest. As a team, Zion placed 19th out of 32 schools. Riley Koehn, Zion eighth-grade student, placed 12th out of 21 for shot put with a throw of 34 feet, 1.50 inches. Nathan Smith, a Zion eighth-grade student, tied for 11th out of 22 for high jump with a jump of 4 feet, 10 inches. Jacob Mills placed first out of 34 for discus with a throw of 127 feet, 9 inches and 21st in shot put … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:14:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Vacation Bible school offered at St. John’s Lutheran School ]]> Lead story image

St. John’s Lutheran School, 18100 Wentworth Ave., Lansing, will hold vacation Bible school for children entering preschool to eighth grade from 9 a.m. to noon June 16 to 20, according to a press release. The program is “Weird Animals, Where Jesus’ Love is One-of-a-Kind.” Parents may participate in a tour of the school during the program. St. John’s Lutheran School is for students age 3 to eighth grade and has a student-teacher ratio of 10 to 1, according to the release. For more information, call (708) 895-9280. Staff report … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:15:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Southland trio mark five years as cancer survivors ]]> Lead story image

Three Southlanders were among 123 five-year cancer survivors who gathered on June 6 to celebrate at the Celebrate Life tree-planting ceremony with their families, friends and supporters at Cancer Treatment Centers of America at Midwestern Regional Medical Center in Zion. More than 300 trees are to be planted in honor of all of the five-year cancer survivors recognized ​at the hospital ​this year, according to a press release about the effort. Each celebrant also was honored with an engraved gold leaf, which is displayed on one of three ever-growing “trees of life” located within the hospital, the release said. Among … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:17:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ SSC to host open house for new speech language pathology assistant program ]]>

South Suburban College’s health professions department will host an open house June 24 for its new speech language pathology assistant program, which it will pilot during the fall, according to a press release from the college. The speech language pathology assistant educational program prepares individuals to work in a health or educational setting under a registered speech pathologist with at least two years of professional experience, according to the release. Assistants generally work with equipment maintenance, patient assessment, paperwork and execution of speech pathologist treatment plans, it said. Courses in the program are structured to provide students with background information, … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:10:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Service offers help finding transportation to St. James hospitals ]]>

Franciscan St. James Health recently announced the introduction of CareLinks Transportation Service, a free resource that provides patients information about transportation services available in the communities served by the hospital, according to a press release from Franciscan St. James Health. The service was introduced to improve access to care within the south suburbs by helping those with transportation challenges become more aware of existing transportation services. “For many people, the lack of transportation is a major obstacle in gaining access to care,” Karen Yates, Franciscan St. James director of mission integration and volunteer services, said in the release. “It can … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 14:55:31 -0500