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[ McAuley students earn leadership awards ]]> Lead story image

Seven Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School students recently received Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards from the Archdiocese of Chicago, according to a press release from the school. Seniors Allyson Avants (Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community), Therese Bueno (Orland Park) and Cayla Smith and juniors Erin Cunnea (Crestwood), Suzanne Dwyer (Tinley Park), Jazay McBride (Dolton) and Jessica Pedroza (Orland Park) received the awards for their leadership and participation in campus ministry at McAuley from the Rev. Andrew P. Wypych, auxiliary bishop of Chicago. The Vicariate V Youth Leadership Awards are granted once a year. Each student is nominated for the award … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:43 -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 … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ St. Xavier unveils commencement speakers ]]> Lead story image

Former Mercy Housing chief executive officer Sister Lillian Murphy and Chicago Public Schools CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett are scheduled to speak and receive honorary degrees at St. Xavier University’s graduation ceremony May 10, according to a press release from the school. Murphy will deliver the commencement address at the undergraduate ceremony, which is to begin at 10 a.m., and Byrd-Bennett will deliver the address at the graduate ceremony, which begins at 3 p.m., the release said. Both ceremonies are slated to take place at the Shannon Center on SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Murphy has been CEO of Mercy … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 19:00:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tradition is fashionable at Mother McAuley ]]> Lead story image

The Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School Mother’s Club recently hosted a spring luncheon and fashion show, “Wish Upon a Star,” an annual fundraising event that provides an opportunity for mothers, daughters, alumnae, family, friends and supporters to gather together, according to a release from the school in Chicago’s Mount Greenwood community. The afternoon includes lunch, a $1,000 cash prize grand raffle, other raffle prizes and more than 50 baskets and a fashion show for which McAuley faculty, staff members and alumnae are invited to model. For more than 60 years, McAuley has honored the graduating seniors at this event. … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ SXU to host symposium on Stephen A. Douglas ]]> Lead story image

St. Xavier University and the Stephen A. Douglas Association will host a one-day public symposium, “Visualizing the American Past: Remembering Stephen A. Douglas in the Age of Ken Burns,” on April 26. The symposium, commemorating Douglas’ birth on April 23, 1813, includes five sessions that will assess Douglas’ historical legacy, according to a press release about the event. The symposium is open to the public and will be held at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St., in the Warde Academic Center’s McGuire Hall. The registration fee, including lunch, is $40, and the optional question-and-answer dinner after the keynote address … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 09:51:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: ‘Mayor of Western Avenue’ remembered fondly ]]> Lead story image

Today’s column involves two compelling stories: one about a man who refused to be limited by his developmental disability and the other about a community that embraced him. Herbert “Hub” Altman grew up in the Beverly community of Chicago and spent his life loving people, socializing, working hard and attending baseball games, even as life threw him a curveball by giving him a mind that would never mature as his body would. Despite having the intellectual capacity of a child, Altman managed to find his way in the neighborhood where he grew up. He ran a window washing business, met … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:20:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Rings blessed for St. Rita’s Prep Bowl champs ]]> Lead story image

Chuck Henrichs, Eamon Moran, George Vanek, George Padron, Nick Filomeno and Nick Vanderham display the rings they received for the St. Rita football team’s victory in the 2013 Prep Bowl. The rings were blessed at a special March 13 Mass in the chapel at St. Rita High School in Chicago. … ]]> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:19:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Mount Greenwood Library offers April programs ]]>

The Mount Greenwood Library, 11010 S. Kedzie Ave., Chicago, will host Money Smart Week programs in April. “Strategies for a Sustainable Income in Retirement” will be held at 6 p.m. April 8. “How to Buy Foreclosures & Short Sales” will be held at 2 p.m. April 12. The program will be presented by a representative from The Society for Financial Awareness. For more information, call (312) 747-2805. The Junior League of Chicago will present “The Madhatters are Coming!” a performance of stories, skits and poems, at 11 a.m. April 25. Children ages 3 to 8 can wear their favorite hats. … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:22:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ahern: SXU’s Birth to 3 program aids at-risk kids, families ]]> Lead story image

Kathy Peters and Lori Winkler helped more than 500 families over the past 10 years, but few probably know of their efforts. The women run St. Xavier University’s Birth to 3 program in the Mount Greenwood community of Chicago, working out of office space at Mount Greenwood Community Church, 3509 W. 111th St. As certified Teaching Activities for Learning and Knowledge practitioners, they reach out to provide a nurturing and supportive environment to children under 3 who are determined to be at risk academically and those identified with special needs. “We’re just starting our sixth year here (at the church),” … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:23:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shakespeare’s ‘Dream’ to be staged for McAuley students ]]> Lead story image

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School will host the Chicago Shakespeare Touring Theatre Co. on April 1 for a performance of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” The in-school field trip is sponsored by the English department and partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency. The Chicago Shakespeare Touring Theatre Co. is known for vibrant productions that reflect Shakespeare’s genius for storytelling, language and empathy for the human condition, according to a press release. Thanks to the invitation for the group to perform in McAuley’s auditorium, 570 students will have the opportunity to see the production. The works … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:23:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Night of comedy to benefit fight vs. breast cancer ]]> Lead story image

Comedienne Patti Vasquez is to perform “Lipstick Mom 2014” at 8 p.m. May 2 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago. Admission is $25. Half of the proceeds will go to the Little Company of Mary Hospital Comprehensive Breast Health Center through the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk. In her stand-up show, Vasquez tackles motherhood, relationships, pop culture and more with a cheerful, witty edge that keeps audiences laughing all night, according to a press release from the arts center. To buy tickets, visit the center’s box office, call (773) 445-3838 or visit Staff report … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:02:41 -0500 <![CDATA[ ‘Cuban Five’ artist’s work to be exhibited ]]> Lead story image

“I Will Die the Way I Lived,” an exhibit of 15 watercolors by Antonio Guerrero, will be hosted from March 21 to April 13 at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release from the center. The opening reception is free and is scheduled for 7 to 9 p.m. March 22. Guerrero is one of the “Cuban Five,” and one of the three still imprisoned in the United States on charges including conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent. Cuba officials have said the men were no threat to U.S. sovereignty, and … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:02:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Smith Village health fair open to the public ]]> Lead story image

Smith Village, a continuing care retirement community, will host a free public health fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 26 at 2320 W. 113th Place, Chicago. “We’re building on March’s National Nutrition Month with our theme, ‘Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,’ ” Smith Village executive director Marti Jatis said in a press release. “For that reason, in addition to providing free health screenings and a variety of health information stations, the fair will include delicious tasting samples prepared by our executive chef, David Somerfield, who promotes the health benefits of consuming a Mediterranean-style diet.” Somerfield will conduct … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:02:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Free hands-on art event slated for March 23 ]]>

“Get In, Get Art,” the Beverly Arts Center’s popular monthly activity series, hosts “Get Local” from 2 to 4 p.m. March 23. Showcasing art and culture from Chicago, the program offers free activities for all ages and is held at the center, 2407 W. 111th St., Chicago, according to a press release from the center. Projects will be inspired by local and city history, as well as the artists, musicians, writers and performers who have made Chicago a center for the arts. Activities range from make-and-take arts projects for young children, through workshop-style art lessons for adults. “Get Local” also … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:02:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Event to benefit family of girl, 2, with cystic fibrosis ]]> Lead story image

Family and friends of 2-year-old Adele Higgins will host an “Arms Around Adele Benefit” from 3 to 8 p.m. March 22 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park. Adele was born with cystic fibrosis, a lifelong condition requiring intensive medical care, according to a flyer about the event. Proceeds from the benefit will be used for current and future medical expenses. Admission is $35 per person and includes a full buffet, beer, wine, soda and water. Disc jockey Mark Eaton will provide entertainment. The benefit will include raffles and auctions for prizes, including signed sports jerseys, hotel … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:11:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ All Day Montessori to host open house ]]>

All Day Montessori, which bills itself as “more than just a school,” will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to noon March 23 at the facility, 1819 W. 99th St., Chicago. The event will include tours, opportunities to meet faculty, staff and parents, and the chance to learn more about the full-day fall Montessori program for children ages 15 months through 6 years, and summer camp programs for children ages 2 to 9. For more information, call (773) 239-8248. Staff report … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 10:09:36 -0500