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[ Sabadosa: American Legion can use your support ]]> Lead story image

I recently spoke with Evergreen Park’s Chuck Sulek about his involvement with American Legion Evergreen Park Post 854. Sulek is a U.S. Air Force veteran and a recently retired over-the-road trucker. He fills his newfound freedom with a part-time job along with being the post’s senior vice commander and event planner. Sulek appreciates the camaraderie with fellow veterans and enjoys helping out with the social events and fundraising efforts sponsored by the post. His personal mission is to promote a fresh awareness of the American Legion and to encourage some of the younger veterans to become active members. Frankly, he … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:22:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: A boy’s bicycle was stolen between July 11 and 16 from the back yard of a house in the 10300 block of Tripp Avenue. HOME BURGLARY: Two handguns, a 9mm semi-automatic and a .380-caliber, and ammunition were stolen July 12 or 13 from a locked metal cabinet during a burglary of a house in the 9500 block of McVicker Avenue. POT POSSESSION: Eid Hammad, 28, 7805 Natoma Ave.,, Burbank, was charged with possession of marijuana after a stop July 14 in the 8700 block of Mayfield Avenue, police said. VANDALISM: The hood of a 2012 Audi A6 … ]]> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 21:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Big wins at nationals for Moraine women’s tennis ]]> Lead story image

Having not played an organized match since the NJCAA Region IV Tournament on Oct. 12, the Moraine Valley Community College women’s tennis team practiced hard for a challenging matchup at the NJCAA National Tournament in May in Tyler, Texas. In the Cyclones’ sixth trip, they had enough grit to earn some big wins, a first for the college. The unquestionable thriller was Tricia Poremba (Maine West) at sixth singles. For the first time in seven years, Moraine Valley won a main draw match. The undefeated All-Conference and All-Region player took 3.5 hours in a three-set battle to knock out a … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: A cellphone was stolen June 22 by a pickpocket from a 25-year-old Burbank man at Chuck E Cheese, 4031 W. 95th St. NO LICENSE: Orlando Talavera, 31, 9102 Tulley Ave., Oak Lawn, was charged with driving without a valid license after a stop June 23 in the 5400 block of Southwest Highway, police said. DISORDERLY CONDUCT: Anthony Kush, 49, 9204 Kedvale Ave., Oak Lawn, was charged with disorderly conduct June 23 after he was throwing items from three open suitcases outside 7-Eleven, 4501 W. 95th St., police said. THEFT: A hubcap was stolen June 23 from a … ]]> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: St. Catherine mission trip builds friendships ]]> Lead story image

Imagine spending hours in 90-plus-degree heat and high humidity digging trenches or pulling off shingles from a roof or tearing out old carpeting and insulation without the benefit of air conditioning. That was part of the challenge faced a few weeks ago by the Youth Group of St. Catherine of Alexandria of Oak Lawn. Amazingly, the volunteers say they had a great time while working under such adverse conditions. On June 8 at the break of dawn, two 12-passenger vans hit the road for a 14-hour drive to Asheboro, N.C. Thirteen high school students, seven college students and four adult … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:24:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ McCord Gallery sets kids activities lineup ]]> Lead story image

The McCord Gallery & Cultural Center, 9602 W. Creek Road, Palos Park, will host a series of creative children’s activities in July. Dino Draw for children ages 4 to 6 will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 7, 14 and 21. Children will create, cut, color and shape dinosaur eggs, fossils and a brontosaurus bank, among other activities. Monet’s Garden Party for children ages 4 to 6 will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. July 8, 15, 22 and 29. Children will learn about famous garden paintings and the artists and make functional art pieces to put … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:23:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN VANDALISM: An explosive device was used to blow up a mailbox June 11 in the 9200 block of McVicker Avenue. The homeowner heard the explosion and briefly gave chase in his car after a car that had four youths. BURGLARY: Tools valued at $5,000 were stolen between June 12 and 15 from a garage in the 10000 block of Marion Avenue. NO LICENSE: Ionut Baldovin-Tomescu, 26, of Anaheim, Calif., was charged with driving without a valid license, soliciting without a permit, using a cellphone while driving and no insurance after a stop June 13 in the 4500 block … ]]> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:54:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Village to again host July 4 parade ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Oak Lawn’s annual Fourth of July Parade starts at 10 a.m. from 51st Avenue and 95th Street and proceeds westbound on 95th Street to 55th Court. This will be the ninth year that the village has sponsored the parade, which previously was organized by the park district. Public works director Steve Barrett has worked for the village for 41 years and has been involved in countless village events. Barrett said that before the village took over the Fourth of July parade, “I think the biggest thing we (village) had was a 75-year celebration, it was a … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:21:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

VANDALISM: Someone used a sharp object to damage cooling tubes inside an air conditioner in the 9600 block of Komensky Avenue between June 1 and 14. VEHICLE BURGLARY: Tools and prescription drugs were stolen from an unlocked vehicle June 4 or 5 in the 8700 block of New England Avenue. NO LICENSE: Felipe DeJesus Garcia, 28, 8101 S. Komensky Ave., Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license, and speeding after he was stopped June 5 in the 9700 block of Pulaski Road, police said. THEFT: Numerous used or damaged tires and a transmission core were stolen June 5 … ]]> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 19:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Bridgeview Redbirds soar to Series ]]> Lead story image

The Bridgeview Redbirds 14U softball team recently came in second place in the Crete Crush Spring Showdown — an NSA World Series qualifier — thus earning a World Series bid. Pictured are (top row) coach Matt Booe, coach Brian Wujcik, Julia Moriarity, Taylor Lupo, Katelyn Flahive, Samantha Stahl, Kayla Meske, Jessica Hayes, Fiona Biondic, and coach Mike Motola; and (middle row) Donna Booe, Becky Wujcik and Angelina D’Amico; and (front row) Maddie Motola and Hailey Melvin. … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:22:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ St. Alexander student third in calendar contest ]]> Lead story image

Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez recently congratulated Rebecca Busch, of St. Alexander School in Palos Heights, for her anti-drug poster, which placed third in the Eighth-Grade Division of a contest to depict alternatives to using drugs. Some of the artwork from the contest will be featured in the state’s attorney’s 2015 calendar. Staff report … ]]> Sun, 29 Jun 2014 02:23:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ The Center offers Junior Farmers program, basketry classes ]]> Lead story image

Registration is underway for the final sessions of Junior Farmers at The Center’s Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, Palos Park, according to a release from the center. Summer Junior Farmers is an opportunity for children ages 3 to 8 to learn about and enjoy the life of the farm, the release said. The program is led by farm program coordinator Kay Ardizzone, known for her love of animals and of children, according to the release. The final two-week sessions of Junior Farmers begin July 14 and 28. Classes for each session meet Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Morning sessions, which cost … ]]> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 15:29:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn Ice Arena plans anniversary celebration ]]> Lead story image

The Oak Lawn Park District Ice Arena is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a series of events from Aug. 8 to 10, according to a release from the district. Events will include hockey games featuring the Chicago Blackhawk Alumni vs. active-duty soldiers of Hockey Saves; Oak Lawn Police/Fire vs. Hockey Saves; and Orland Park Police/Fire vs. Hockey Saves. There will also be an open skate with a disc jockey, a Salute to Heroes figure skating exhibition, plus raffles, split-the-pot, chuck-a-puck, auctions and more, the release said. Tickets include admission to all events (although the open skate is limited to capacity … ]]> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:33:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: It’s time for our annual summer reading ideas ]]> Lead story image

My readers have helped me to put together a list of summer books. Whether you prefer the feel of a paper book in your hands or you have come to enjoy reading on a screen, a good book can become a magic carpet, taking you to far-off places or exploring new ways of thinking. So ... grab a beach towel, a cold drink, find a shady spot to relax and get ready to dive into some inspired summer reading. Lisa McClowry said her “must read” recommendation is “The Memory Keeper’s Daughter” by Kim Edwards. She describes the plot as “beautiful, … ]]> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:21:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ School briefs ]]> Lead story image

Shepard defends Junior ROTC marksmanship crown With rifles prepped and ready, students from Shepard, Richards and Eisenhower high schools recently joked and talked amiably with one another and their Junior ROTC instructors before the annual marksmanship contest, according to a press release from Community High School District 218. If they felt any tension about the contest — with neighborhood bragging rights at stake — one could not tell. Perhaps they all felt confident: Students take pride in this competition and spend a lot of time on target practice, the release said. “It’s funny, but once the competition starts we won’t … ]]> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 15:13:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ SWSRA gets $13K donation through Fraternal Order of Eagles ]]> Lead story image

The Blue Island Fraternal Order of Eagles recently donated $13,266 to the South West Special Recreation Association (SWSRA), according to a press release from the association. As part of the Illinois State Aerie Project, the Eagles donated to SWSRA a total of more than $21,000 in the past 12 months. All of that money is for SWSRA’s scholarship program for residents who need financial assistance to pay for special-recreation programs and events. SWSRA provides year-round recreation programs and services for individuals with disabilities or special needs. As president of the Fraternal Order of Eagles and a member of the Blue … ]]> Sun, 22 Jun 2014 02:21:06 -0500