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[ Woods music to highlight event at Thorn Creek Nature Center ]]> Lead story image

Thorn Creek Nature Center, 247 Monee Road, Park Forest, will host the annual Woods Music Benefit for those age 12 and older at 7 p.m. March 21. The evening will feature Thorn Creek favorites Patricia Caldwell, Ingrid Krizan and Moose River. Caldwell will sing inspirational and humorous songs; Krizan, a classically trained professional cellist, will perform her original work, “Bach & I;” and Moose River — Kendra Reinshagen, Steve Aultz and Jon Mendelson — will play folk and folk blues. All proceeds will benefit Thorn Creek Woods and Nature Center. The musicians will donate their time and talent. Admission is … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:16:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Fast-moving news cycle leaves some behind ]]> Lead story image

A friend, John, came up to me the other day and asked a question, the answer to which can be easily found. “Google it,” I said. “I can’t. I don’t have a computer,” John replied. “It is broken, then?” “I never had one,” John said. “I don’t even have a cellphone, and I finally broke down and bought a television set last year, but I still watch programs in black and white.” All this was spoken with a tinge of pride in his voice. Despite his obvious lack of staying current with technology, John is a not an evil person … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Versatile vocalist spotlighted at GSU concert ]]> Lead story image

Favorites from four musical icons will be featured in a one-night-only concert performed by one of Chicago’s best vocalists, according to a press release from Governors State University. Dee Alexander will be accompanied by the Evolution Ensemble Orchestra as she showcases her versatile voice beginning at 8 p.m. April 26 at Governors State University’s Center for Performing Arts, the release said. Her performances span virtually every music genre including gospel, blues, neo-soul, rhythm and blues, and world music, the release said. But her true heart belongs to jazz, it said. Her 2007 “Sirens of Song” tribute to Nina Simone and … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:27:48 -0500 <![CDATA[ Spring market slated for May 1 at Governors State ]]>

The Governors State University Civil Service Senate will host the Annual Spring Open Market from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 1 in the Hall of Governors, according to a press release from the school. More than 30 crafters and vendors will have unique items and gifts just in time for Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, birthdays or just because, according to the release. The market is free and open to the public. Governors State University is at 1 University Parkway, University Park. Interested vendors and crafters are encouraged to participate. Space is limited. For more information or to register, call … ]]> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 17:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Rich East enters Park Forest Historical Society’s Hall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

In 1951, the pioneer residents of Park Forest did what today would be unthinkable — they approved the creation of a high school district to serve their sons and daughters by raising their taxes. These citizens of a new community were more than willing to pay to have their children taught in a high school close to home. The vote wasn’t even close — 1,812 to 12. In September 1953, the same year that Park Forest was named an All-America City for this effort, Rich Township High School opened at Sauk Trail and Lakewood Boulevard. Through the years, both academic … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:23:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: ‘Max’ driven to irrational scheme by plentiful potholes ]]> Lead story image

For the sake of his safety, let’s call him Max, as in “Mad Max.” Max is fighting mad over the condition of the roads after this miserable winter. “Some of the streets look as if they were in the middle of a war in the Third World,” he said in a telephone conversation. “These are not just potholes out there. They are more like craters.” He acknowledges that the 70-plus inches of snow, the continual scraping of streets by plows and brief spates of warm weather that turned snow to slush and then to ice made the streets this bad, … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:26:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Matteson library to break ground on expansion ]]>

The Matteson Public Library, 801 S. School Ave., will host a groundbreaking ceremony at 5 p.m. March 24 to mark the official start of the library’s expansion project, according to a press release from the library. The project will increase the size of the library by nearly 40 percent. The design by the architectural firm Dewberry will be implemented by Gilbane Construction Co., according to the release. Among local officials expected to be on hand are U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd; state Rep. Al Riley, D-Olympia Fields; state Sen. Michael Hastings, D-Orland Hills; and Secretary of State Jesse White, the … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:27:43 -0500 <![CDATA[ Diversity Dinners registration deadline is March 26 ]]>

The 17th Annual Diversity Dinners will be held throughout the south suburbs on April 24. Residents will open their homes to celebrate diversity in small gatherings by sharing a meal and lively discussion, according to a press release about the event. The Diversity Dinners bring people of different races, religions, ethnicities, lifestyles and ages together to eat dinner, discuss their common goals, understand differences, address misconceptions and offer solutions to strengthen communities, the release said. The event is funded by contributions from individuals, businesses and local organizations and is coordinated by the villages of Flossmoor, Park Forest, Homewood, Richton Park … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:26:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Funds in place for prairie restoration at GSU ]]> Lead story image

Governors State University announced that the Bill Dodd Memorial Prairie Restoration Fund has been fully funded through donations of $29,160. The prairie restoration will complement the university’s Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, located on campus, according to a GSU press release. Investment income raised from the principal amount will fund ongoing landscape projects around the sculpture park, the release said. The goal is to restore the natural flora around the park to conditions seen by settlers when they first arrived in the area in the early 19th century. The fund is named after William H. Dodd, a longtime administrator at Governors … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:12:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU to host virtual graduate business program info session ]]>

The College of Business and Public Administration at Governors State University is hosting a virtual graduate programs information session from 6 to 7:30 p.m. March 24. Participants in the interactive online session will have the opportunity to learn about graduate programs in business administration, public administration, management information systems and accounting, as well as information about the accelerated, online MBA in supply chain management, according to a press release from the university. Academic advisors will be available to answer questions and provide application and financial aid information, the release said. Participants must RSVP by March 21 to obtain online access … ]]> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 12:16:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Shnay: Marking 50 years in our Park Forest home ]]> Lead story image

It was a hard slog. We said goodbye to friends in Albuquerque that Saturday and Sunday in March 1964. Our furniture and possessions in the rented house on La Veta Street were in the hands of movers. Packed the days before, they were to be shipped to our new home in Illinois. Our family of five — Penny, 3-year-old Alan, 7-week-old Deborah, our dog Tosca and me — were quartered in a small motel room that featured a postage-stamp-sized kitchen. We had to pay $50 for a week’s stay, although we did not expect to be there that long. There … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:13:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Concert to trace history of slavery in America ]]> Lead story image

About 100 singers and band members from Southland College Prep Charter High School in Richton Park will be special guests at the Grande Prairie Singers’ concert, “I Remember When the Stars Fell,” at 4 p.m. March 9 at Faith United Protestant Church, 10 Hemlock Road, Park Forest, according to a press release from the school. The concert, a musical journey through the history of slavery in America, is open to the public. Advance tickets are $15 for adults; and $10 for students, and can be bought by calling (708) 481-8684. Tickets at the door are $20 for adults and $10 … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:13:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Expo to help homeowners, first-time buyers ]]> Lead story image

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd, will host a Housing Expo to help homeowners with loan modifications and property tax appeals from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 15 at Victory Apostolic Church, 20801 Matteson Ave., Matteson. Current homeowners will have the opportunity to speak directly to lenders about loan modifications. The event also will inform first-time homebuyers about down-payment assistance programs. In addition, exhibitors will offer rental information and resources, according to a press release from Kelly’s office. The expo’s 20 exhibitors will include the Cook County Board of Review, Chase, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, Habitat for Humanity, Kankakee … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:10:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU to host workshops for educators ]]>

Governors State University’s college of education and Metropolitan Institute for Leadership in Education will sponsor two workshops for school and district office administrators and staff. Speaker and educator Jennifer Abrams will present “Resilience, Emotional Intelligence, and Accountability,” a program which provides essential strategies and resources for meeting the challenges of working in schools and achieving academic and organizational outcomes, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. March 13, according to a press release about the workshops. This workshop will assist leaders in developing interpersonal skills to better deal with the complex needs of their district, department or school and help those … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:10:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ GSU to host film, discussion on human trafficking ]]>

To mark Women’s History Month, Governors State University on March 11 will host a special, free screening of “Not My Life,” a film about human trafficking and modern slavery on a global scale. The film is directed by Robert Bilheimer. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion, which will focus on the effects of human trafficking on women in Illinois. Panelists will include Farah Baqai, an activist who ran for Congress in 2012; and representatives from the Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation and Chicago Dream Center. The program will be held in the Governors State University Center for … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:09:15 -0500 <![CDATA[ Huth student puts a spell on her competition ]]>

Noor Baig recently placed first in the South Cook County Area Spelling Bee. Noor, 12, of Olympia Fields, a seventh-grader at Huth Middle School in Matteson, competed against 31 students enrolled in grades three through eight. Her final word in the event was “oblivion.” “It’s really quite impressive to see Noor Baig’s energy and enthusiasm for a critical skill such as spelling when so many writers in today’s fast-paced digital world rely on computer software to monitor their work,” Matteson School District 162 Supt. Blondean Davis said in a press release. Since her kindergarten days, Noor has been recognized by … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:11:06 -0500