southtownstar.suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com Latest news from The Southtown Star Online en-us Wed, 28 Jul 2010 14:10:16 PDT webmaster@suntimes.com http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/csp/cms/sites/STM/assets/img/logos/southtownstar.gif Southtown Star logo http://southtownstar.suntimes.com 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 … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:13:43 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29665252-521/officials-from-southland-charter-sd-162-take-ice-bucket-challenge.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29665252-521/officials-from-southland-charter-sd-162-take-ice-bucket-challenge.html <![CDATA[ Shnay: Roadwork ending, but light problem persists ]]> Lead story image

The road construction season is nearly done, and not a red-light camera too soon. I’m glad to report that the eight-month project at U.S. 30 and Western Avenue is done. The barrels and cones are gone. Those flashing arrows are no longer pointing to the left or right, and we need not take the Brookwood Drive detour through Olympia Fields to get to Western Avenue. Pavement was patched, curbs and gutters removed and replaced. It’s now easier to make right turns, except when the two cars ahead of you want to stay in their lane. Total cost of the project … ]]> Thu, 30 Oct 2014 19:12:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30693904-521/shnay-roadwork-ending-but-light-problem-persists.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30693904-521/shnay-roadwork-ending-but-light-problem-persists.html <![CDATA[ Park Forest family members are ‘100 percenters’ ]]> Lead story image

The other day we answered one of those all-too-frequent telephone calls from a person asking for donations to some “worthy” cause desperately needed by the poor or the ill or the homeless or the hungry or the veterans. Out of curiosity, we asked “what percentage of my donation will actually go to these people in need?” “About 15 percent” was the reply. Although we never progressed beyond the use of fingers and toes to count, we quickly deduced that 85 cents out of every dollar given would not go to those who needed help. We concluded that was too high … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:27:18 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30422456-521/park-forest-family-members-are-100-percenters.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30422456-521/park-forest-family-members-are-100-percenters.html <![CDATA[ Charter school study to be discussed at Park Forest Library ]]>

The League of Women Voters of the Park Forest Area will host a meeting at 7 p.m. Oct. 21 to provide information on the state league’s study of the management of charter schools, according to a release from the Park Forest-area league. The meeting will be at the Park Forest Public Library, 400 Lakewood Blvd. Ann Courter, co-chair of the State League of Women Voters charter school study committee, will speak and present an informational slide show. The topics will include issues of evaluation and accountability, transparency, and funding for charter schools in Illinois, the release said. Questions being considered … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:30:23 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30342199-521/charter-school-study-to-be-discussed-at-park-forest-library.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30342199-521/charter-school-study-to-be-discussed-at-park-forest-library.html <![CDATA[ GSU’s online supply chain management program feted ]]>

The online graduate degree program for supply chain management at Governors State University is among the best in the nation, as measured by the website bestschools.org, according to a press release from the University Park university. School officials believe the discipline of supply chain management is critical to U.S. competitiveness, according to the release. “As the global economy becomes more interconnected, strategic supply chain management becomes increasingly crucial to our economic success,” Ellen Foster Curtis, dean of GSU’s college of business and public administration, said in the release. “It is an interdisciplinary field that oversees business interactions from the supplier’s … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:31:32 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30216810-521/gsus-online-supply-chain-management-program-feted.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30216810-521/gsus-online-supply-chain-management-program-feted.html <![CDATA[ Shnay: Park Forest again emerges from ‘food desert’ ]]> Lead story image

It was announced recently that Country Squire Foods will open a new store in Park Forest before the end of the year, and job applications are available at the village hall. The store will be on the same site on Orchard Drive that was previously the home of Jewel, Sterk’s and Orchard Fresh Market, and it appears to be committed to the long haul. It’s about time. Once upon a time, grocery stores fought to get a foot in the village’s shopping door. The cramped Jewel store in the Park Forest Plaza boasted that it was the chain’s leader in … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:32:54 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30177723-521/shnay-park-forest-again-emerges-from-food-desert.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/30177723-521/shnay-park-forest-again-emerges-from-food-desert.html <![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 … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:10:48 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29910756-521/shnay-changing-times-park-forest-lions-club-folds.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29910756-521/shnay-changing-times-park-forest-lions-club-folds.html <![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 … ]]> Wed, 22 Oct 2014 06:06:58 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29871046-521/noted-journalist-to-speak-at-gsu.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29871046-521/noted-journalist-to-speak-at-gsu.html <![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 … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:11:23 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29621603-521/shnay-well-known-park-forest-man-now-invisible.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29621603-521/shnay-well-known-park-forest-man-now-invisible.html <![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 … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 12:50:49 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29285042-521/shnay-training-course-at-psc-opens-doors-to-manufacturing-jobs.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/29285042-521/shnay-training-course-at-psc-opens-doors-to-manufacturing-jobs.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28802503-521/heart-and-soul-of-area-food-co-op-retires-at-86.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28802503-521/heart-and-soul-of-area-food-co-op-retires-at-86.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28284256-521/shnay-hit-run-bicyclist-angers-injures.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28284256-521/shnay-hit-run-bicyclist-angers-injures.html <![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 jobs4people.org 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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28138386-521/workforce-center-to-make-tuesday-stops-in-university-park.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/28138386-521/workforce-center-to-make-tuesday-stops-in-university-park.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27975257-521/shnay-july-4-might-be-good-time-for-president-to-revisit-park-forest.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27975257-521/shnay-july-4-might-be-good-time-for-president-to-revisit-park-forest.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27983298-521/richton-park-throws-prom-for-senior-citizens.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27983298-521/richton-park-throws-prom-for-senior-citizens.html <![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 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27995161-521/gsu-has-community-garden-plots-available.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/matteson/27995161-521/gsu-has-community-garden-plots-available.html