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[ Fest brings Greece to Palos Hills ]]> Lead story image

The annual Greek Fest took place Aug. 16 at SS. Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Church in Palos Hills. … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:22:09 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: Gilda’s Club now at Christ Medical Center ]]> Lead story image

Many readers likely will recall the comedian/actress/author Gilda Radner from the golden days of TV’s “Saturday Night Live.” Radner, an Emmy Award winner, was among the original cast that produced such greats as John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray. In 1986, Radner was found to have Stage 4 ovarian cancer after a series of misdiagnoses. She completed her memoir, “It’s Always Something,” the favorite phrase of her character, Roseanne Roseannadanna, a month prior to her death. In the book, Radner describes her struggle with the disease, her determination to continue laughing in spite of it and her hope to … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:22:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Christ Medical Center lauded for excellence ]]> Lead story image

Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn has been recognized as being among the top 50 hospitals in the nation for cardiology/heart surgery, gynecology, geriatric medicine and neurology/neurosurgery, according to the “Best Hospitals 2014-15” rankings released recently by U.S. News and World Report, a press release from Advocate said. Of the nearly 4,800 hospitals analyzed for “Best Hospitals,” only 144 achieved national ranking in even one of the 16 specialties reviewed, according to the press release. This is the third consecutive year in which the medical center has earned top-50 rankings in heart and geriatric care, and the first time … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:23:02 -0500 <![CDATA[ School supplies project blooms for MVCC, Flowers for Dreams ]]>

Through the efforts of Moraine Valley Community College and Flowers for Dreams, more than 60 Chicago Public Schools students living at or below the poverty line were to receive donated school supplies for the 2014-15 school year, according to a press release about the effort. The college partnered with the Chicago florist to sell floral bouquets at its 2014 commencement ceremony, and proceeds from the flower sales were then used to buy the school supplies, the release said. For every $27 of bouquets sold, Flowers for Dreams donated a backpack full of a year’s worth of school supplies to a … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:22:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN CAR BURGLARY: Dovydas Vitkevicius, 5540 W. 103rd St., Unit 3A, Oak Lawn, was charged with vehicle burglary after he stole a briefcase and wallet from a car Aug. 5 in the 5500 block of 103rd Street and was found walking with the briefcase nearby, police said. VEHICLE THEFT: A 2000 Buick LeSabre was stolen Aug. 5 in the 10400 block of Circle Drive. CAR BURGLARY: A computer, cellphone and credit and debit cards were stolen Aug. 5 from a car in the 9500 block of Cicero Avenue. VANDALISM: Windows at several businesses were damaged Aug. 6 when someone … ]]> Tue, 26 Aug 2014 16:58:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: St. Gerald parishioner reaches century mark ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Special birthday wishes go out to a special lady, Anna Chickerillo, who’s celebrating her 100th birthday. To put things in perspective, Anna was born just weeks after the start of World War 1 and shortly after Babe Ruth made his major league debut with the Boston Red Sox. Born in Chicago on Aug. 19, 1914 to Sophie and Anthony Gates, Anna was the first of three daughters for the couple. She attended St. Anne School at 55th Street and Wentworth Avenue and graduated from Englewood High School, 6201 S. Stewart Ave., in two years in 1932. … ]]> Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:21:56 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN WARRANT ARREST: Daniel Doyle, 37, 10440 Mayfield Ave, Unit 3B, Oak Lawn, was arrested July 30 in the 10200 block of Washington Avenue on a Bridgeview warrant related to a drunken driving charge, police said. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Amir Smith, 19, 8222 Mozart Ave., Chicago, was charged with driving on a suspended license after being stopped July 30 in the 10000 block of Pulaski Road, police said. THEFT: A catalytic convertor was stolen July 30 from a van in the 4000 block of 95th Street. DUI ARREST: Stephen Campbell, 23, 9840 Merton Ave., Oak Lawn, was charged with drunken … ]]> Mon, 18 Aug 2014 22:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: Oak Lawn pastor’s book uncovers her ancestors’ secrets ]]> Lead story image

We can discover much about ourselves by digging into our history, but it’s often difficult to find the facts, especially if relatives wanted the past to remain a secret. This did not deter the Rev. Nancy Goede, of Oak Lawn, from uncovering the lives of her immigrant ancestors who initiated her meditation on family, conflict and forgiveness. Goede is a pastor of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and for the past 11 years has been serving the congregation at Mount Zion in Oak Lawn. Previously, she was the Lutheran pastor to the University of Chicago community for seven years. … ]]> Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:21:59 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: A cellphone was stolen July 22 at the Salvation Army thrift store, 8732 Cicero Ave. VANDALISM: The cable TV line to a house in the 4600 block of 99th Place was cut July 25. WARRANT ARREST: Shyane Greyer, 19, 6630 Hoyne Ave., Chicago, was arrested July 25 on a Rosemont warrant for theft after police conducted a well-being check of a woman at the Midway Inn, 9304 Cicero Ave., police said. THEFT: A Chicago vehicle sticker was stolen July 25 from a woman’s 2004 Honda while it was being repaired at Napleton Honda, 5800 W. 95th St. … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 19:44:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Oak Lawn concerts are about more than just music ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! If you haven’t made it out to any of the summer concerts on the Village Green, you’ve missed out on quite a few entertaining performances. The free concerts, hosted by the village of Oak Lawn and the Oak Lawn Park District, have been taking place every two weeks since June and have featured a variety of music performed by popular local bands. The July 27 concert featured a country rock band, Heartsfield, which brought out a good crowd. The band performed several of its well-known hits, including “Music Eyes,” “The Only Time I’m Sober Is When … ]]> Sun, 10 Aug 2014 02:20:49 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: St. Catherine Parish reopens adoration chapel ]]> Lead story image

Friday, St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish in Oak Lawn planned to celebrate the reopening and dedication of its Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel, which originally opened in October 2010 and sustained extensive water damage last winter. The late Rev. Patrick Henry was pastor in 2010. After years of parishioners petitioning for an adoration chapel, Henry organized a volunteer committee to make the vision a reality. Tradespeople from the parish donated their time and talent to remodel the former St. Catherine of Alexandria convent chapel. The adoration chapel was open for worship from 3 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. During last … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:21:06 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: An old water tank, valued at $70 for scrap, was stolen July 17 from outside a building in the 4400 block of 111th Street. DRUG CHARGES: Laura Hruska, 25, 11725 Karlov Ave., Alsip, was charged with possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, and Kenneth Austra, 30, of the same address, was charged with possession of a controlled substance after a stop July 17 in the 4600 block of 103rd Street, police said. RETAIL THEFT: Dewitt H. Hamilton, 34, 1909 Cheker Square, East Hazel Crest, was charged with retail theft for stealing items worth $130 on … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 21:24:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Worth Township collecting school supplies ]]>

Worth Township’s youth commission again is sponsoring its Apple Tree program for families experiencing financial difficulties, according to a release about the program. The program provides children with school supplies, and while it is active all year long, the greatest need for children is at the beginning of each school year, the release said. Apple Tree is made possible by the generous donations of local residents, businesses, church groups, schools and civic groups, it said. Among the items needed by the children are pencils, pens, folders, scissors, facial tissue, crayons, mechanical pencils, erasable pens, colored pencils, markers, glue and backpacks. … ]]> Sun, 03 Aug 2014 02:18:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moraine Valley athletes  honored for academics ]]> Lead story image

Moraine Valley Community College student athletes continued to prove their merit in the classroom this past year. Among nearly 60,000 student-athletes who compete in the National Junior College Athletic Association, six Moraine Valley student athletes were recognized with the Academic Student-Athlete Award for their academic achievements and three squads were named All-Academic Teams for the 2013-14 school year. Additionally, 28 students were named Illinois Skyway Collegiate Conference 2013-14 All-Academic Athletes of the Year and 29 freshmen were named All-Conference Freshmen Academic Athletes of the year. Being named an NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete requires having higher than a 3.6 GPA after 45 … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:21:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Recycling is way of life for Oak Lawn e-waste boss ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Many of you may know village employee Jack Lopez, who oversees Oak Lawn’s electronic waste recycling program and its collection site. Lopez has worked for the public works department for more than 22 years in various capacities, but he found his calling when he volunteered to take on the day-to-day responsibilities of running the e-waste program. His passion for recycling, combined with his passion to educate people on all things recyclable, is a win-win for everyone. Lopez is extremely knowledgeable about electronic waste, recycling in general, sustainability and myriad other environmental topics. If you’ve visited the … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 06:18:08 -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