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[ 2 Southland schools renamed for First Family ]]> Lead story image

The President and Mrs. Obama are coming to Park Forest-Chicago Heights School District 163 — at least in a manner of speaking. As part of a realignment of district schools, which took effect with the start of this school year, the former Beacon Hill school has been renamed the Barack Obama School of Leadership and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the district said Friday in a news release. Forest Trail school is now the Michelle Obama School of Technology and the Arts, the district said. Students in fourth through eighth grades attend the two schools. “The Obama name was … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 02:13:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights police blotter ]]>

CHICAGO HEIGHTS BURGLARY: Three faucets, copper pipes and four floor vents were stolen between Aug. 1 and 7 from a vacant house in the 200 block of Raye Drive. HOME BURGLARY: Two window air conditioners, a refrigerator, aluminum trim, copper and a laptop computer were stolen Aug. 6 or 7 from an apartment in the 1600 block of Buena Vista Avenue after the apartment had been temporarily vacated due to fire damage. CAR THEFT: A 24-year-old Park Forest man told police an unknown woman stole his car Aug. 8 after he gave her a ride because she was crying and … ]]> Wed, 17 Sep 2014 20:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Program at Marian Catholic lets kids study forensics, sports engineering ]]> Lead story image

In collaboration with Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development, Marian Catholic High School will offer the Accelerated Weekend Experience program for students in fifth to eighth grades, according to a press release from the Chicago Heights High School. The program provides challenging, hands-on, in-depth exploration for those passionate about the subjects of sports materials science and engineering, and forensic science, the release said. The two-day courses will be held from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 25 and 26 at Marian Catholic, 700 Ashland Ave. Sports materials science and engineering is for students in grades five and six, and forensic … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crete Park District unveils lineup of programs ]]>

The Crete Park District will hold “To Knit or Knot to Knit” classes from 5 to 6 p.m. Mondays from Oct. 6 to 27, according to a release from the district. Participants will learn how to knit and about knitting materials and supplies. The cost is $20 for residents of Crete Park District and $30 for nonresidents. Participants must bring a set of No. 8 straight knitting needles and a skein of knitting worsted yarn. Zumba fitness classes will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Sept. 30 to Oct. 23. Participants will work out to … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:25:03 -0500 <![CDATA[ SSC programs promote literacy ]]>

South Suburban College will celebrate National Adult and Family Literacy Week from Sept. 22 to 26. The week’s activities will recognize the growing needs of adults who need assistance in learning the English language, are working to complete their high school equivalencies or for those who cannot read, have limited reading skills or lack appropriate math skills, according to a press release from the college. The SSC adult education department will sponsor the following activities, the release said: A Secretary of State Adult Volunteer Literacy Program fall book sale from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 23 in the SSC … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:25:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Chicago Heights hosts Sister Cities Festival ]]>

Sister Cities Festival: Chicago Heights will host its third annual Sister Cities Festival from Friday through Sunday at the intersection of 10th Street and Dixie Highway. Many of the activities will introduce attendees to popular traditions in Chicago Heights’ four sister cities: Wadowice, Poland; Asuogyaman District, Ghana, West Africa; Cedral, San Luis Potosi, Mexico; and San Benedetto del Tronto, Marche, Italy. There will be informative displays and free children’s crafts, plus rides, games and food from local vendors. The festivities begin with a carnival from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday. The rest of the festival officially kicks off Saturday, when … ]]> Fri, 05 Sep 2014 02:12:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ingalls to host free back pain seminar Sept. 10 ]]>

Low back pain is one of the most common reasons to visit a doctor’s office or emergency room, according to a release from Ingalls Health System. More than 90 percent of Americans experience back pain at some point in their lifetime, and when it persists for more than three days, it might be time to seek medical attention, the release said. Attendees can learn about the nonsurgical treatment options for neck and low back pain at a free educational seminar, “Oh, My Aching Back: What Can Be Done To Make It Better?” to be held at 12:30 p.m. Sept. 10 … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 20:23:51 -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 … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:25:13 -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 … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:33:42 -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