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[ Ahern: Walden Parkway Fall Fest to promote local shops ]]> Lead story image

This is a story with a double whammy of sweetness. First, there’s the point that Sweet Freaks is a fairly new business in the Beverly community of Chicago that calls out to chocoholics everywhere. However, that’s only the first part of the sweetness. The second part of the sweetness is that Sweet Freaks donates 50 percent of some of its sales to the Live Like John Foundation. Live Like John is an organization in Beverly that was established to work for better care and a cure for pediatric brain tumors. Katie Murphy and her husband, the owners of Sweet Freaks, … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:24:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Beverly church to hold hazardous and ewaste collection event ]]>

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will sponsor an electronics and hazardous waste collection event from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Nov. 1 in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago, according to a press release from the church. Computers, laptops, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, boom boxes, mercury-fluorescent lamps and bulbs, televisions, phones, small microwaves, eyeglasses, non-controlled expired prescription drugs, and textbooks will be accepted for disposal, the release said. The following hazardous items will be accepted only if properly sealed: antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, oil-based paints, paint thinners, aerosol paints, car batteries, reusable batteries, … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:43:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Beverly church joins fight against human trafficking ]]> Lead story image

The Rev. Lawrence Cameron of Beverly’s Bethany Union Church said his congregation’s involvement with Destiny Rescue, a global group that fights human trafficking, is a God-sized calling. “I invited Destiny Rescue to (the church) because I believe that their work and mission is significant, and Chicago has resources to aid DR in their goal of ending slavery in our lifetime,” Cameron wrote in an email. To introduce Destiny Rescue to the Chicago area, a meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the church, 1750 W. 103rd St. The free program will have representatives from the organization speaking about … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:27:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Drive underway in Beverly to move farmers market ]]> Lead story image

As the season winds down for the farmers market in the Beverly community of Chicago, one question keeps coming up: Should the market be moved from 95th Street and Longwood Drive? Residents in support of a move are talking via social media sites and have established a website, where they hope to garner enough signatures to warrant a trip to Ald. Matt O’Shea’s (19th) office, seeking his support. Those not in support of a move may not have a website to promote the status quo, but they, too, are talking on social media sites. The 95th Street Business Association has … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:22:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Mount Greenwood Fest is today ]]> Lead story image

The current trend to participate in the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge prompted members of the Mount Greenwood Chamber of Commerce to have a dunk tank, which will help fund ALS research, at the community’s summer festival today. The ice bucket challenge aims to bring attention and money to organizations that work to find a cure for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, and it has garnered much attention throughout the Internet via social media and other outlets. All proceeds from the festival dunk tank will go to the Les Turner ALS Foundation of Chicago. The Mount Greenwood … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:09:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Chicago men hope to take comic book series global ]]> Lead story image

What if Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf became friends? What if they married? David Gruba and Rene Castellano not only asked these questions, they created a comic book series where that happens. Their series, “Tales of the Wolfman,” details the life of Red and her marriage to the Wolf. They’re working to distribute and sell the comic book worldwide. They’ve looked to funding platforms such as Kickstarter, an Internet site where people can post information about their creative projects in the worlds of art, comics, crafts, design, photography, publishing and more. Through Kickstarter, people in the … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:49:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Brother Rice marching band goes to Washington ]]> Lead story image

When the Brother Rice High School marching band performed at Washington, D.C.’s Fourth of July parade, the members also took time out for their education and learned lessons about commitment, valor and honor. That’s a lot to fit in for a few days’ trip, but the school’s band director, Dan Briggs, has nothing but praise for the trip, the lessons learned and especially for his students. “More than 90 percent of the students chose to go on this trip,” Briggs said. “You don’t often see that kind of participation, but that’s why I love my kids. The kids had to … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:16:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Theology-on-Tap sets summer series schedule ]]>

Young adults from throughout the Archdiocese of Chicago are invited to St. Bernadette Church in Evergreen Park to participate in South Side Theology-on-Tap, a summer speaker and discussion series, according to a press release about the series. South Side Theology-on-Tap will feature four different speakers and topics: Dr. Andrea Stapleton, on “Sacraments and the Catholic Call to Justice,” on July 13; the Rev. Corey Brost, on “Faith and Politics: Faithful Citizenship,” on July 20; the Rev. Michael Scherschel, on “Discerning God’s Call,” on July 27; and the Rev. Jim Lause, the celebrant of a 10:30 a.m. Mass on Aug. 3, … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 22:59:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Evergreen Park students get ‘tour’ of Chicago ]]> Lead story image

After a recent morning of standardized testing, the freshman and sophomore students at Evergreen Park Community High School participated in an afternoon event entitled “What’s Around Town,” which was designed to introduce the freshmen and sophomores to the ethnic diversity that the city of Chicago offers, according to a press release from the school. Students were given “passports” to help guide them through their simulated tour of some different neighborhoods of Chicago. Jessica Mitchell, from Pace bus services, provided students with maps and explained how they could visit the different neighborhoods using public transportation. The National Hellenic Museum of Greektown … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ Grant helps SXU offer language services to community ]]>

St. Xavier University’s Ludden Speech and Language Clinic recently received a $30,000 grant from the Helen Brach Foundation, a longtime supporter of the clinic, according to a press release from St. Xavier. The gift is vital to the continuation of services and programs that the Ludden Clinic offers to South Side families impacted by communication disorders related to language delays, phonology/articulation, aphasia, hearing, stuttering and fluency, according to the release. The clinic serves more than 1,000 area residents each year through its on-campus and off-site programs, the release said. Many benefit from financial subsidization, which makes these services easier to … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:15:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Everyone was French for a day at Sutherland ]]> Lead story image

The French would say “très fabuleux,” but English speakers would just say “very fabulous” to describe the French event at E. H. Sutherland Elementary School in the Beverly community of Chicago. The annual all-day event is the brainchild of the school’s art teacher, Jennifer Mastropaolo, choreographer Sharon McCastland and musician Rosemary DeSanto. Alan Wax, the school’s seventh- and eighth-grade French teacher and event planner extraordinaire, staged the event, which featured shows with a Disney theme, students dressed as Disney characters and art and other educational projects that decorated the hallways of the school. In addition, because Sutherland is an International … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:13:50 -0500 <![CDATA[ SXU’s management school earns high marks ]]>

St. Xavier University’s Graham School of Management recently earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business International, according to a press release from the university in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community. “Achieving AACSB accreditation illustrates how much we value providing the highest quality education for our undergraduate and graduate school business students,” SXU president Christine M. Wiseman said in the release. “It took a great deal of self-evaluation and determination to earn AACSB accreditation. I’m so proud of our faculty and staff who worked hard to ensure a successful outcome throughout the rigorous AACSB accreditation process.” AACSB accreditation … ]]> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 18:48:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: A traveling history museum for Smith Village ]]> Lead story image

What does tool design have to do with the history of a retirement community? At first glance, not much. However, when Smith Village in the Beverly community of Chicago turned 90 this year, its officials accepted help from Blue Island resident and tool designer Ken Jellema to help establish a traveling museum filled with historical artifacts and memorabilia. Jellema also created a multimedia presentation about the retirement community. Jellema, an avid history buff, is a former president of the Blue Island Historical Society and also chaired the Blue Island Preservation Commission for eight years. Taking on the task of Smith … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:00:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Christ the King students enjoy murder mystery come alive ]]> Lead story image

The “murderous” eighth-grade students at Christ the King Elementary School in the Beverly community of Chicago “killed” their pastor for the third year in a row — all in the name of a good education. The make-believe murder, as well as the subsequent investigations, are part of an elaborate lesson plan developed by eighth-grade teachers Vicki Rocus and Donna Gentile. Rocus, the author of the back story that accompanied the murder, staged this year’s event in the Old West, specifically Tombstone, Ariz., in the late 1800s. Each of Christ the King’s 30 eighth graders played the part of a historical … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:12:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Women shop ‘In Good Company’ for charity ]]> Lead story image

More than 600 women turned out when the Little Company of Mary Auxiliary hosted the eighth annual In Good Company fundraiser and shopping event at Ridge Country Club in Chicago on April 10, according to a press release from the hospital. The garden-themed evening included trendy shopping, fine wine, pastries, French delicacies, raffles and more, with Little Company of Mary’s own Dr. David Roth, an anesthesiologist, playing classical music on the piano throughout the event, the release said. Shopping went from 4 to 9:30 p.m., and Ridge Country Club was decorated in a colorful array of flowers and garden-inspired trinkets. … ]]> Wed, 28 May 2014 06:10:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: Morgan Park native is pursuing comedy career ]]> Lead story image

When comedian Pat McGann performed a comedy routine on the “The Late Show with David Letterman,” he felt as though he had checked off an item from his bucket list. But that satisfied feeling left fairly quickly because McGann knows that in the comedy business, and it is a business, it is important to move forward, set new goals and reach for new successes. Still, there was no denying the good feeling that came from having a resume that now includes the phrase, “appeared on Letterman’s Show.” “It definitely helps to have that credit,” McGann said. “It validates the time … ]]> Wed, 21 May 2014 06:09:49 -0500