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[ LWSRA team wins wheelchair softball World Series ]]> Lead story image

The Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Junior Hawks played like a veteran team and captured the National Wheelchair Softball Association World Series recently at Cubs Care Field at McFetridge Sports Center in Chicago, according to a press release from the association. After winning twice and losing twice on the first day of games, LWSRA was seeded No. 2 going into the second day, the release said. The Junior Hawks then beat the Nebraska Barrons 7-1 in the semifinals and the Minnesota Rolling Twins 1-0 in the championship game, the release said. Junior Hawks named to the All-Tournament Team were Thomas Duffy, … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:13:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: Space Lab a place in Mokena where ideas come to life ]]> Lead story image

Space Lab in Mokena is offering a solution to the problem of where to go when you have a great idea but no place to make it happen. Owner Jay Margalus, 30, of Mokena, said Space Lab is a “co-working space and a maker space so we kind of combine those two elements. The (maker space) is kind of like a gym for geeks.” The 2,300-square-foot space, recently moved to 1121 First St. after a year at a different Mokena location, accommodates not only “geeks,” but entrepreneurs and small-business owners who need space to ply their craft, skill or trade; … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:20:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX SUSPENDED LICENSE: Bradley Klukis, 19, 106 W. Third Ave., New Lenox, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after a stop Sept. 19 at Haven Avenue and Nelson Road, police said. FUNNY MONEY: Ameilia Davis, 18, of Loves Park, Ill., was charged with forgery after she tried to use counterfeit $20 bills to make a purchase at Target Sept. 19 in the 2300 block of East Lincoln Highway. DUI CHARGE: Gary Durish, 60, 2375 Palmer Ranch, New Lenox, was charged with drunken driving and speeding after he was stopped Sept. 20 at Grand Mesa Drive … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT DUI CASE: James C. Martin, 39, 21785 Blue Bird Lane, Frankfort, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use after he was stopped Sept. 18 at LaGrange Road and Old Frankfort Way, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Vehicles were burglarized Sept. 18 in the 21700 block of LaGrange Road. Police did not report how many vehicles were involved or what was stolen. DUI CHARGE: Kyle Tovar, 24, 8451 Dunmore Drive, Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving and failure to yield at an intersection after a stop Sept. 20 in the 20200 block of LaGrange Road, police said. VEHICLE … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 11:16:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT WARRANT ARREST: Eric Pate, 25, 20249 Countryside Court, Frankfort, was arrested Sept. 9 on a Cook County warrant after a stop at Harlem Avenue and Sauk Trail, police said. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Jermey M. Taylor, 34, of Minooka, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a Sept. 11 stop at U.S. 30 and Woodbridge Drive, police said. REVOKED LICENSE: Maurice L. Johnson, 42, of Lynwood, was charged with driving on revoked license, failing to properly restrain a child and improper lane use after being stopped Sept. 11 at U.S. 30 and Hunterwoods Drive, police said. DRUG CHARGE: John … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:38:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: Mokena teen runs nonprofit group to deter bullying ]]> Lead story image

Anti-bullying campaigns have become a popular cause nationwide, taken up by school districts and celebrities alike in the hope of making a difference by educating children and parents about the dangers of bullying. There are some young people who believe that empowering teens to help each other — whether they are victims of bullying, bystanders or the bully — is an even more effective way to make a difference. Mokena resident Ryan Hesslau, 18, is the founder of foreverU — originally a Facebook-based, anti-bullying site that has blossomed into a teen movement. About 2½ years ago, Hesslau was hearing stories … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:26:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort hosts 5K on Old Plank Road Trail ]]>

A chance to celebrate the autumn changes along Old Plank Road Trail is the reason behind the 5K run/walk taking place Saturday in Frankfort. “Everyone enjoys the race because it’s such a scenic route along the trail,” village spokeswoman Mary Canino said. About 300 people are expected to attend the annual event. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. at Breidert Green, White and Kansas streets, followed by a presentation and warmup at 9:15 a.m. The race begins at the trail and White Street at 9:30 a.m. The awards presentation is at 10:30 a.m. Awards are given to male and female runners … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 02:18:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX SUSPENDED LICENSE: Michael Kramer, 46, of Shorewood, was charged with driving on a suspended license, improper stopping on a roadway, and resisting arrest after police found his vehicle stopped in the middle of Haven Avenue at Pine Street on Sept. 11, police said. LICENSE SUSPENDED: Vincent Baugh, 22, 1984 Washington St., New Lenox, was charged with driving on a suspended license and having expired registration after a stop Sept. 12 at Ferro Drive and Gougar Road, police said. THEFT: Construction material was stolen after someone cut through a fence Sept. 14 in the 300 block of Garnet Court. … ]]> Thu, 25 Sep 2014 22:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT SUSPENDED LICENSE: Rogelio Vargas, 44, of South Holland, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a stop Aug. 20 at LaGrange and Pleasant Hill roads, police said. WARRANT ARREST: Shannon M. Hennessy, 34, 456 Ohio Road, Frankfort, was arrested Aug. 20 on a Frankfort traffic warrant after police stopped her on her block, police said. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Mariano H. Gonzalez, 23, of Beecher, was charged with driving on a suspended license, no insurance and improper display of registration Aug. 20 after a stop in the 22300 block of LaGrange Road, police said. LICENSE SUSPENDED: William T. Schultz, … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:04:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: Horseback riding provides bright moments for disabled kids ]]> Lead story image

As a child, Sandy Michalewicz, 54, often begged her parents to let her have a horse, but their home in a Chicago neighborhood made it an impossible dream. Like her father, who was determined to walk again after a medication error left him paralyzed, Michalewicz never gave up. She even bargained with God. “I just always wanted that horse,” she said. “I said, ‘Hey, God, if I ever get a horse, I’m going to promise you I’m going to share it.” It didn’t happen for her as a child, but after Michalewicz married and started a family, her husband, Jim, … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:08:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Event features ‘Wined-ing’ path in Frankfort ]]> Lead story image

The Frankfort Historic Business Association will hold its third annual Wined-ing through Historic Downtown Frankfort wine and ale-tasting event from 4 to 8 p.m. Sept. 28. New for 2014 are event partners WineStyles, of Frankfort, and 350 Brewing and Hailstorm Brewing, both of Tinley Park; extended walk hours, and live music on the Breidert Green. Wine and ale samples and tastes from local restaurants will be available during the walk. Live music includes the Ben Clark Jazz Quintet from 4 to 8 p.m. on the Breidert Green stage. Other locations/artists include an Illinois Philharmonic Orchestra string trio from 4 to … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:07:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX DUI ARREST: Taylor Worrall, 19, 420 Livingston Drive, New Lenox, was charged with drunken driving, leaving the scene of an accident, improper lane use and no insurance after he allegedly struck a mailbox and a sign Aug. 22 in the 300 block of West Joliet Highway, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARY: A duffel bag was stolen from an unlocked vehicle Aug. 25 in the 2600 block of Bluestone Bay Drive. BURGLARY: Michael Ferreira, 23, 512 Livingston Drive, New Lenox, was charged with burglary after he allegedly stole cash Aug. 25 from a home in the 200 block of Foxhill … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Brashinger: L-Way area park districts offer before- and after-school programs ]]> Lead story image

Local park district programs can go a long way to ease the concerns of parents who may have longer workdays than their children’s school days. Several park districts in the Lincoln-Way area offer parents an affordable solution to the problem of who will take care of their children while parents are commuting and working — and whether it will be done in a safe environment. The Frankfort Square Park District’s Before and After School Program, known as BAS, is in its sixth year of serving kindergarten through sixth-grade students attending Summit Hill School District 161. Cheryl Martin, superintendent of the … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:09:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox, Will County police blotter ]]>

NEW LENOX CHECK FRAUD: Tytiana Hardmon, 24, of Calumet City, and Anthony Redman, 23, of Chicago, were charged with forgery, money laundering and fraud after they deposited a fraudulent check into an account at TCF Bank and withdrew money Aug. 8 from the ATM at the bank in the 2400 block of East U.S. 30, police said. VANDALISM: Jacob Strempel, 19, 705 Tanager Lane, New Lenox, and Joseph Grainger, 18, of Joliet, were charged with criminal damage to property after they damaged a mailbox Aug. 8 in the 2900 block of Gifford Place, police said. FORGERY: Hasan Rihan, 30, 2849 … ]]> Tue, 02 Sep 2014 19:36:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ PSAT testing at L-Way schools set for Oct. 15 ]]>

The four Lincoln-Way high schools — Central, East, North and West — will administer the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) on Oct. 15 at each high school, according to a press release from Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210. Freshmen, sophomores and juniors who are interested in taking the national exam should register in their school’s PPS office, the release said. “The PSAT is the qualifying test for National Merit Scholars during a student’s junior year. Juniors from around the nation take this test to compete for scholarship money,” Central Principal Steve Provis said in the release. “In addition, many … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:12:29 -0500 <![CDATA[ New Lenox Rebels capture Classic title ]]> Lead story image

Despite viruses and injuries, the New Lenox Rebels Red 11U baseball team was able to overcome it all and win the Memorial Day Classic tournament in New Lenox. The weekend didn’t start out great with the Rebels losing 12-2 to the Lockport Vipers after what manager Tom Strilko described as a “sloppy” game. “I reminded them that losing one game in pool play doesn’t mean the end and challenged them to come back (the next day) a different team,” Strilko said. The Rebels came out the next day and won two straight, including a tough 4-1 win in the quarterfinals … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:02:33 -0500