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[ Lauded runners include Thornton Township High School alumni ]]> Lead story image

Three members of the Moraine Valley Community College women’s cross country team from Palos Hills earned 2013 Academic All-NJCAA honors from the National Junior College Cross Country Coaches Association for their outstanding work in the classroom. Diana Dinh (Sandburg High School in Orland Park), Aileen Gorman (Marist High School in Chicago) and Maritza Najera (Thornton Township High School in Harvey) were recognized for academic achievement for the fall semester. Dinh also earned the honor in 2012. In addition, the women’s team earned the Academic All-NJCAA Team designation, ranking eighth among Division I colleges. Joining Dinh, Gorman and Najera on the … ]]> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 00:45:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F offers summer ‘university’ for teachers ]]>

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will offer professional learning opportunities for teachers. The Summer 2014 Homewood-Flossmoor University courses are open to educators throughout the Chicago area. Professional development classes are taught by Homewood-Flossmoor certified teachers and administrators on a variety of topics, including best instructional practices, classroom-technology integration and student supports. The cost is $50 for a full-day class and $100 for a two-day class. “Our teachers are very comfortable presenting and get so much out of learning from the experiences of their colleagues,” H-F curriculum director Nancy Spaniak said in a news release. “We are delighted to open this affordable professional … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 20:02:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills man recognized for work on college newspaper ]]>

A Country Club Hills man has helped the Lewis University newspaper win a number of awards. Editors from The Flyer student newspaper were recognized with six awards by the Illinois College Press Association at the organization’s annual journalism convention in Chicago, according to a press release about the awards. Student journalists from four-year colleges and universities throughout Illinois compete for the coveted awards. Ross Reed, of Country Club Hills, is a news editor for The Flyer. Audrey Heiberger, a layout editor for the print edition, was presented with a third-place award in the Open Category for an advertisement she created … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:56:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hillcrest senior lands ‘Most Improved’ scholarship ]]> Lead story image

The Bremen Community High School District 228 Educational Foundation and Hillcrest counselors recently selected Hillcrest senior Carolina Reyes to be one of the four recipients of the Mark & Moira Schmidt “Most Improved” Scholarship. Reyes will receive a $1,000 scholarship, according to a press release. The award is made available to students who have been accepted to a postsecondary institution and have shown remarkable improvement during their first seven semesters of high school. Staff report … ]]> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 19:46:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F grad, noted violinist to perform locally ]]> Lead story image

Violinist Jasmine Lin, a graduate of Homewood-Flossmoor High School, will return to the area for a performance with the Trio Voce ensemble at 7:30 p.m. April 21, in the Prairie State College Auditorium, 202 S. Halsted St., Chicago Heights. Trio Voce is composed of Lin, cellist Marina Hoover, and pianist Patricia Tao. Hailed by Fanfare magazine for its “deeply committed and passionate” performances, the ensemble has garnered acclaim for its concerts in New York, Chicago, the north Midwest, California, Edmonton, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, according to a release about the performance. Lin was 12 when she was named the … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:17:28 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS BURGLARY: A hot water heater and furnace were stolen between Jan. 31 and March 11 from a vacant house in the 4200 block of 178th Street. BURGLARY: A toolbox, saw and power drill were stolen March 10 from a job site in the 17500 block of Cypress Avenue. DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Dawn Harris, 29, 19216 Elm Drive, Country Club Hills, was charged with disorderly conduct after causing a disturbance March 11 at Zenon Skyuta School, 4301 W. 180th St., after her child did not get off the school bus on time, police said. ORDER VIOLATED: Gregory McDowell, 42, … ]]> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 22:10:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hillcrest’s Turner qualifies for BPA nationals ]]> Lead story image

The Business Professionals of America students at Hillcrest High School in Country Club Hills recently participated in the state competition and were able to attend leadership activities, compete in workplace skills assessments and more, according to a press release from Bremen Community High School District 228. Senior Aliyah Turner qualified to compete at the 2014 National Business Professionals of America Conference to be held later this month in Indianapolis. Turner is looking for sponsors to help her fund her trip. For more information about Hillcrest’s Business Professionals of America or to donate to help Turner compete at nationals, email BPA … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:24:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hillcrest DECA members thrive at state ]]> Lead story image

Hillcrest High School DECA Chapter members recently did well in the State Career Development Conference in Decatur, according to a press release from the Country Club Hills school. Students utilized a variety of methods and models to measure their knowledge and skills through the process of completing multiple-choice economics and career cluster examinations; in addition, participants engaged in two problem-solving-based role plays in the various business environments, the release said. This year’s participants were Robynn Alsup, Gsha Branch, Rayvon Cooper, Jasmyn Dixon, James Dominiak, Diavontay Elliott, Moriah Flowers, Anthony Harper, Kalila Hunter, Reggie Johnson, Tazjanae Johnson, Ogechi Oparah, Kala Stewart … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:24:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shelter’s Spring Boutique slated for April 6 ]]>

The South Suburban Family Shelter will host its annual Spring Boutique from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 6 at the Community House of Flossmoor Community Church, 2218 Hutchison Road, Flossmoor, according to a press release from the organization. There will be a variety of unique and distinctive gift items such as individually crafted jewelry, home and fashion accessories, handmade herbal bath products, handmade pottery, fair-trade products, plus items from Scentsy, Tastefully Simple, and Perfectly Posh vendors, according to the release. South Suburban Family Shelter will receive 20 percent of all sales, with the money being used to support the … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:25:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Program aims to boost professional women ]]>

The Professional Women’s Network will host the Lisa Bloom program, “Think — Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down World,” to be presented by Jennifer Brosius on April 10 in Flossmoor. The program will outline specific steps to allow women to reclaim their brains, regain focus and take charge of their lives, according to a press release about the event. Brosius is a certified public accountant and has been working in public and corporate accounting for five years. “Women who attend this program will find that they leave with a better understanding of how our culture and … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:24:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F art students’ works recognized ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor High School’s visual arts department was named the Best School Art Program in the state by the Illinois Art Education Association in November, according to a release from the school. Several H-F art students have received recognition at area art shows and competitions. Three H-F students received top awards at the SouthWest Suburban Conference Visual Arts Festival, held at Governors State University. Katie Kuester took first place for program cover design, Mia Guzynski’s work was chosen as best of mixed media, and Rebecca Francis’ efforts were chosen as best of school in photography. Other participating students were Jayla Neely, … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:24:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ H-F High School offers summer theatre camp ]]> Lead story image

Homewood-Flossmoor High School will offer a Summer Theatre Camp for second- through 12th-grade students from 1:45 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays from June 9 to July 18 in the Mall Auditorium. The camp is a dramatic cultural camp with a two-night musical performance on stage. A parent meeting is scheduled for 3:45 p.m. June 17, at which time parents will receive complete packets of information on the performances. All campers will perform in the musical. The camp fee is $375 per student in second through eighth grades and $250 for H-F High School students. There is also a $40 … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:24:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ Country Club Hills police blotter ]]>

COUNTRY CLUB HILLS THEFT: About 100 feet of copper pipe was stolen between Feb. 1 and March 7 from a vacant home in the 18600 block of Nightingale Terrace. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Luther Floyd, 33, 18019 Greenview Terrace, Country Club Hills, was charged with domestic battery after a Feb. 3 incident at his home, police said. THEFT: Deltric Smith, 27, 17471 Park Lane, Country Club Hills, was charged with theft and resisting police after stealing a cellphone and a laptop computer Feb. 4 from a car in the 18300 block of Poplar Lane and then fleeing officers, police said. PURLOINED PURSE: … ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Youth orchestra offers Incredible Opportunity Program ]]> Lead story image

A nonprofit that offers kids opportunities to learn to play string instruments hopes to continue its recent growth, according to a press release from the organization. The Suburban Youth Symphony Orchestra in 2009 came close to dissolving, the release said. String programs in schools in towns such as Chicago Heights, Park Forest and Crete had been lost over a period to budget cuts, leaving few area students to take part in the extracurricular orchestra. But since 2010, the Suburban Youth Symphony has offered an Incredible Opportunity Program. Students write an essay on “Why I Want to Play the Violin, Viola, … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:16:42 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cancer Support Center marks 20 years of service ]]> Lead story image

The Cancer Support Center is celebrating 20 years of service, and will host a March 20 event that will feature the redesign of the center’s brand, a showcase of the new, interactive website, and the introduction of a programming initiative. The center’s annual meeting begins at 7 p.m. at the Homewood location, 2028 Elm Road. The event will reflect the organization’s milestones while sharing goals for the coming years. The Cancer Support Center, which also has a Mokena location, gives strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones, according to … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:16:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bone marrow registry drive at Temple Anshe Sholom ]]>

A Be The Match bone marrow registry drive is set for 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Match 16 at Temple Anshe Sholom, 20820 S. Western Ave., Olympia Fields, during the temple’s annual Purim festival. The drive is open to those between the ages of 18 and 44 who are willing to sign up as potential bone marrow or stem cell donors for someone needing a transplant, such as those suffering with leukemia, lymphoma, other blood cancers or sickle cell anemia. Would-be donors submit an application along with four mouth swabs to the National Marrow Donor Program, headquartered in Minneapolis. About … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:10:48 -0500