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[ Officials from Southland Charter, SD 162 take Ice Bucket Challenge ]]> Lead story image

Representatives from seven Matteson School District 162 schools joined Southland College Prep Charter High School administrators recently in taking the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise money and awareness for ALS research, according to a press release about the event. “We’re all in and all wet” was the rally cry when the principals and vice principals gathered, the release said. The event was emceed by Southland College Prep Charter High School athletic director Homer Thomas, who was doused by some of the school’s basketball players, the release said. Thomas was among 22 who took the challenge. They included District 162 … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:26:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Changing times — Park Forest Lions Club folds ]]> Lead story image

There was a time that when a truckload of potatoes spilled, sending sacks of spuds tumbling across a two-lane highway, people would stop and help the driver salvage his crop. It was a time when service clubs such as the Elks, Eagles, Lions, Kiwanis, Rotary and Optimists were integral parts of the life in the community, raising money for worthy causes and donating time and effort for the betterment of others. Today, those sacks of potatoes would be shoved to the side of a four-lane, limited-access road so that motorists armed with cruise control, satellite radio and wireless phone devices … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:16:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Noted journalist to speak at GSU ]]>

Juan Gonzalez, a New York Daily News columnist and co-host of “Democracy Now,” is to deliver the keynote address at the Midwest History Association Conference at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 at Governors State University, according to a press release from the school. The event is free and open to the public. Gonzalez, a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and UNITY: Journalists of Color, will draw from his years of experience as an investigative reporter to discuss labor relations, the environment, race relations, urban policy and media, according to the release. He has authored three books: “Harvest … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:15:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Well-known Park Forest man now ‘invisible’ ]]> Lead story image

He once was one of the most identifiable people in Park Forest, but when he sat in the front row in the Park Forest Public Library at the recent memorial service for Dr. Alice Racher, few of the more than 150 people in attendance could spot Jonathan Billig. Little more than two years ago, Billig was the behind-the-scenes stage manager of the Illinois Theatre Center, a Park Forest playhouse founded by his parents, Steve and Etel Billig. He could not be missed. He was 5 feet, 6 inches tall and when he stepped on a scale at the doctor’s office … ]]> Sun, 07 Sep 2014 02:26:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Training course at PSC opens doors to manufacturing jobs ]]> Lead story image

When Juan Calo graduated from Thornton Fractional South High School two years ago, he was faced with two choices: going to school or going to work. He tried school first. “I wanted to train to be an EMT (emergency medical technician), but school was not for me,” he said. Plan B wasn’t much better. He went to work at a fast-food restaurant but could not imagine himself cooking hamburgers, shoveling French fries and dispensing soft drinks for the rest of his life. Calo was on a long road to nowhere. He hated the job, but it was the only one … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:24:38 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heart and soul of area food co-op retires at 86 ]]> Lead story image

When Lawrence Colson lost his battle against diabetes in 1974, his 46-year-old widow, Dorothy, was left to care for their seven children, ranging in age from nine to 21, five of whom were living in the family’s Park Forest home. What she needed was something to cover the huge hole in her life. The shield she found was a small job in a newly created food cooperative that was being organized in Park Forest. “It fit me,” she said. “It almost seemed as if it was created for me. It was my spiritual journey.” In May 1974, Dorothy Colson began … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:19:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Hit-&-run bicyclist angers, injures ]]> Lead story image

Welcome to Colorado, and look both ways before you step outside. I didn’t. While visiting the grandkids in Longmont, we spent one leisurely morning at our favorite coffee shop in town. Armed with a couple of cups to go, we walked out the side door, bound for the car parked across the street. “Watch your step,” I cautioned Madame as I balanced the cups and began to navigate the three steps to the sidewalk. Those were the last words spoken before (1) I planted my right foot on the pavement, and (2) was slammed into by a young man on … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:15:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Workforce Center to make Tuesday stops in University Park ]]>

The July schedule for the Mobile Workforce Center has been announced by the Workforce Services Division of Will County, and it includes Tuesday stops in University Park. The mobile unit travels throughout Will County to help residents with resume development, cover letters and job applications, according to a release from the county. The workforce center contains 11 computer stations and Internet access, and participants are offered keyboarding lessons, as well as resume and job search assistance using online listings, including and Illinois workNet, the release said. The center will be at Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff, Bolingbrook, from … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:15:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: July 4 might be good time for president to revisit Park Forest ]]> Lead story image

Dear Mr. President, I hope all is well with you. It has been 11 years or so since we last saw you in Park Forest in our Independence Day parade. That was when you were a state senator running for U.S. senator. I know you gave up that job in 2008 for your current position, although I understand you will be looking for something else to do in a couple of years. Before you start worrying on how you will support your family after you leave Washington, D.C., let me be the first to suggest you might make some contacts … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:13:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Richton Park throws prom for senior citizens ]]> Lead story image

The village of Richton Park recently hosted its first Adult Senior Prom in the Richton Park Community Center. More than 150 guests from Richton Park and surrounding communities attended, according to a press release. The Hollywood-themed event, “Puttin’ on the Glitz,” rolled out the red carpet, complete with a group of paparazzi ready to snap pictures as guests arrived, the release said. The night included live jazz by the Rich South jazz band, dinner, drinks, music and a prom court ceremony. Volunteers and sponsors were Guaranteed Technical Services and Consulting, Inc.; United Liquors, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., the … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:14:34 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU has community garden plots available ]]>

Plots are available for Governors State University’s organic community garden, according to a press release from the school. “GSU is proud to welcome gardeners to our community garden again this spring. This is an opportunity for them to grow healthy, organic food for their families,” said Kevin Barto, director of campus services for GSU’s office of facilities development and management department. “We expect to have a mix of experienced and first-time gardeners, working together to produce healthy food. But it also gives them a chance to interact and learn from each other.” Barto said the University Sustainable Garden is located … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:15:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Taking time to contemplate life and death ]]>

Before I die, I want to (fill in the blank). So what’s the most important thing you want to do in the time you have left? Some want to become wealthy or adopt a kitten or go to Paris or climb Mount Everest or get in touch with that long-lost friend or learn to swim or learn a language or even learn to love. Anything counts, and this summer you may be able to tell the world (anonymously, of course) what fuel you use to drive your motor. The village of Park Forest is considering the construction of a “Before … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:13:54 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Talking about Park Forest’s future ]]> Lead story image

The question at our table was to choose a problem affecting the south suburbs and figure out how it could be solved. Where do we start? Jobs, of course. Jobs mean that a skilled work force is available, and that, in turn, involves preparation and training. So we focused the discussion on teaching needed technical and vocational competence to students, how it can be done and why it is so desperately needed for the future of the south suburbs. The setting was Park Forest, the time was last Monday, and the event was one of numerous “On the Table” meetings … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:02:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matteson Family Days entertainment announced ]]>

The entertainment lineup for the 30th Annual Matteson Family Days festival on June 27 and 28 has been announced, according to a press release about the event. The June 27 set will be highlighted by multi-platinum-selling rhythm and blues group En Vogue at 8:30 p.m., while June 28 will feature back-to-back performances by R&B legend Howard Hewett and Grammy Award-winning artist Peabo Bryson at 6 and 8:30 p.m. respectively. Opening acts will include urban jazz group Delivery Point Band on June 27 and Narski Music Artist Review starring vocalist BabiDoll, keyboardist Chris Allison and saxophonist Reggie F. on June 28. … ]]> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 11:16:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Blackhawk announces stellar spellers ]]> Lead story image

Blackhawk Intermediate Center in Park Forest recently held its spelling bee, according to a press release from the school. The top finishers at each grade level were as follows: Fourth grade: Danesha Turner, first place; Symiah Hyler, second; and Damecko Peterson, third Fifth grade: Darren Radcliff, first place; Keshauna Schaffer, second; and Jeremiah Dora, third Sixth grade: Brandon Franklin, first place; Aneisa Hoskin, second; and Jayla Reese, third Melvin Pumphrey was the spelling bee judge. Staff report … ]]> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 06:18:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Tardy spring keeps yard-work list growing ]]> Lead story image

The daffodils seemed to appear overnight, rising out of the mulch-filled area in the front yard of our shack on Shabbona Drive. Ivory-white petals and buttery-yellow centers seemed to glisten in the chill of the morning sun. The wind gusts played a game of tag with the flowers, which swayed with each passing breeze. All this seemed to be part of the annual promise that spring will finally arrive. It was little more than one week later that some of our yellow and red tulips popped open. These sturdy bloomers are the sentries of the season, standing tall against the … ]]> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 06:10:35 -0500