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[ MVCC alum turns internship into full-time job ]]> Lead story image

Moraine Valley Community College graduate Anan Ayyad not only is continuing his education at Purdue University Calumet in Hammond, Indiana, according to a release from Moraine Valley, but he lined up full-time work at ArcelorMittal after participating in an internship program through Moraine Valley. ArcelorMittal is the world’s largest steel manufacturer and offers internships for students to work with a mentor in the steel industry through a partnership with Moraine Valley, the release said. Ayyad earned an associate in applied science degree in mechatronics technology, but took related classes because students who study electronics usually earn the internship, the release … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:43:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: Honoring the nuns who serve our community ]]> Lead story image

Our community was stunned this month by a horrific, 11-vehicle accident at 95th Street and Cicero Avenue that resulted in the tragic loss of three lives, including two Little Company of Mary nuns, Jean Stickney, 86, and “Anna” Kab Kyoung Kim, 48. The two nuns were passengers in a car driven by another LCM nun, Sharon Ann Walsh, when a pickup truck westbound on 95th Street went through a red light and slammed into their car head-on before becoming airborne and colliding with other vehicles. It happened very quickly. In an instant, 11 vehicles were mangled, the two nuns and … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:50:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Burbank Halloween scene doubly frightful ]]> Lead story image

A pair of Burbank homeowners have teamed up again to create the Nephilim Haunted Yard, which will feature “live” ghouls on weekends through Nov. 2. The homes are at 8211 and 8215 S. Mulligan Ave. and feature many animated displays, along with the “live” performances from 7 to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and from 7 to 10 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 2. The displays are open for viewing on weeknights as well, but without the performers. The displays earned a rating of 5 out of 5 chain saws, according to Organizers also will be accepting donations for Hailey … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:47:52 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN DUI ARREST: Jose Vasquez, Jr., 36, 6049 W. 103rd St., Unit 2E, Chicago Ridge, was charged with drunken driving, speeding, improper lane use and driving without a valid license after a stop Oct. 2 in the 5600 block of 99th Street, police said. BURGLARY: Tools worth $1,300 were stolen between Oct. 2 and Oct. 12 from a garage in the 10000 block of Moody Avenue. BATTERY: George Petraski, 56, 14007 Bell Road, Homer Glen, was charged with battery after getting into a dispute Oct. 3 with a Chicago man when his shopping cart struck the man at Hobo, … ]]> Mon, 20 Oct 2014 22:24:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Oak Lawn teen creates vets memorial for Eagle Scout project ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Justin Aubin, a member of Boy Scout Troop 1615, has a goal to earn his Eagle Scout award. He, troop members and others have been diligently working at the site of his Eagle Scout service project since August. Justin is a sophomore at Brother Rice High School and turns 16 this month. He’s been a Scout for most of his young life, becoming a Cub Scout and joining the Boy Scouts when he was in fifth grade. He said he was drawn to the Scouts because “a lot of my friends were doing things like camping … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:26:11 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN BURGLARY: Tools were stolen between Sept. 15 and Sept. 23 from a garage in the 6100 block of 99th Street. NO LICENSE: Fredy Palomores-Sanchez, 20, 2353 Hamlin Ave., Chicago, was charged with driving without a valid license and speeding after a stop Sept. 26 at Southwest Highway and Kilpatrick Avenue, police said. THEFT: A catalytic convertor was stolen Sept. 26 from a car in the 8700 block of 55th Court. WARRANT ARREST: Dontae Williams, 29, 10544 Karlov Ave., Oak Lawn, was arrested on two Bridgeview warrants for driving on a suspended license when he turned himself in Sept. … ]]> Mon, 13 Oct 2014 22:32:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: St. Catherine’s Club 55+ begins ]]> Lead story image

Recently, during a St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish meeting, ideas were tossed around for new clubs. The Rev. Dennis Ziomek, the parish pastor, said there are active clubs for several age groups — Toddling Chargers Playgroup (preschool tots and caregivers), Youth Group (teens and young adults) and the Men’s Club. He and others at the meeting wondered whether a club should be formed for the senior citizens of the parish. Seasoned organizers and crowd entertainers, Larry and Clare Bergnach, along with other longtime parishioners Beth Patko, Ron Johnson and Loretta and Dave Golden volunteered to form a committee, putting out … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 13:43:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Burbank’s Recplex gets ‘green’ recognition ]]> Lead story image

The Burbank Park District recently was awarded LEED Leadership certification in energy and environmental design, according to a press release from the park district. The LEED rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed and operated for improved environmental and human health performance, the release said. The Fusion Recplex is a 37,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness and community center, according to the release. It has a fitness center, personal training studio, spin studio, walking track, full gymnasium, multipurpose rooms, kids zone, lounge areas, locker rooms, steam room and … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:48:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Christ Medical Center gets high marks for heart care ]]> Lead story image

For the third straight year, Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and its Heart, Vascular and Transplant Institute have been included in a national listing of “100 Hospitals With Great Heart Programs,” according to a release from Advocate. The recognition was noted in the September edition of Becker’s Hospital Review, the release said. The publication’s editorial team selects hospitals on the basis of their achieved recognition for quality care, clinical awards and contributions to the cardiology and cardiovascular surgery fields, the release said. Hospitals on the Becker’s list have received accolades for outstanding cardiovascular services by U.S. News & … ]]> Thu, 23 Oct 2014 16:48:40 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cook County clerk honors ‘best of the best’ poll workers ]]> Lead story image

Cook County Clerk David Orr recently honored “the best of the best” suburban Cook County poll workers for their dedication, hard work and depth of election knowledge at a recognition ceremony, according to a press release from the clerk’s office. Of nearly 10,000 suburban poll workers, about 70 were selected for special recognition and invited to attend the ceremony, the release said. Honorees from the Southland and their townships or polling places included James Leech and Alberto Mendoza (Bloom); Randall Visser and Lurene Fields (Bremen); Scharronne Shipp and Shevelle Carter (Calumet); Judith Drong and James Whittaker (Lemont); Daisy Roman and … ]]> Sun, 19 Oct 2014 02:23:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN ROBBERY: A 31-year-old Oak Lawn man was robbed while pumping gas Sept. 21 at the BP station, 10259 Cicero Ave. Police said a man asked the victim for $20 in gas money, and when the victim pulled out a wad of $20 bills, the robber grabbed it and drove away. MARIJUANA ARREST: Alexander Seban, 22, 9358 Sawyer Ave., Evergreen Park, was charged with possession of marijuana and having an obstructed windshield after a stop Sept. 21 at 99th Street and Cicero Avenue, police said. PROPERTY DAMAGE: Keith Williams, 19, 4037 W. 93rd St., Oak Lawn, was charged with … ]]> Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: The front license plate on a car was stolen between Sept. 9 and 21 in the 8800 block of Cicero Avenue. THEFT: A box of various unused and expired vaccines, valued at more than $5,500, was stolen between Sept. 9 and 22 from Chicagoland Pediatric Partners, 4700 W. 95th St. BURGLARY: Tools and an amplifier were stolen from a garage and an unlocked car between Sept. 13 and 15. BURGLARY: Tools were stolen from a garage in the 9800 block of Meade Avenue between Sept. 13 and 19. VANDALISM: A car was keyed Sept. 17 in a … ]]> Fri, 03 Oct 2014 21:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Midnight Terror Haunted House back, and bigger ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! With Halloween quickly approaching, there’s a spooktacular event that will definitely get your entire family in the Halloween spirit. Midnight Terror Haunted House is open through Nov. 1 at its new location, 9531 S. 52nd Ave., (former Beatty’s Lumber warehouse) in Oak Lawn. I got a sneak peak and tour of the haunted house, and it’s amazing. The haunted house is the creation of Justin Cerniuk, 25, and his three business partners — his uncle, Robert Page, and his two best friends, Maciej Kulawiak and Mark Krupa. This is Cerniuk’s 11th year hosting the event. He … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 02:27:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN CAR THEFT: A car rented Aug. 3 to a Chicago man by Enterprise, 6801 W. 95th St., was reported stolen Sept. 17 because it had not been returned. THEFT: A catalytic convertor was stolen between Aug. 30 and Sept. 19 from a 1999 Chevrolet Malibu in the 9200 block of 54th Court. JEEP THEFT: A 2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee was stolen between Sept. 3 and 17 from Mancari’s Chrysler-Plymouth, 4630 W. 95th St. POT POSSESSION: Creston Robinson, 18, of Westmont, was charged with possession of marijuana after he was found smoking in a parked car Sept. 8 in … ]]> Mon, 29 Sep 2014 22:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: 55-year-old Oak Lawn man completes his first IronMan ]]> Lead story image

Superheroes come in many different forms. For example, the Marvel comic book superhero Iron Man is an armor-suited figure known for fighting corporate crime and terrorism. Oak Lawn’s Dave Thompson has proven that he’s an iron man in his own right — having recently proven his powers in a one-day sporting event known for its grueling length and harsh race conditions, the IronMan World Championship. After nine months of training, Thompson, 55, competed on Sept. 7 in Madison, Wisconsin. The IronMan Triathlon consists of three events — a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run — all … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:23:18 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN THEFT: Jewelry worth more than $5,000 that was hidden in a dresser drawer was stolen between Aug. 12 and Sept. 12 from her home in the 10000 block of Kedvale Avenue. THEFT: A four-foot section of copper pipe was stolen between Aug. 27 and 30 from outside a house in the 10100 block of Minnick Avenue. WARRANT ARREST: Peter Cardinal, 26, 10900 Keating Ave., Apt. 1A, Oak Lawn, was arrested Aug. 28 at his home on an Orland Park warrant for trespassing, police said. RECKLESS DRIVING: Amy Garcia, 24, 2422 Avers Ave., Chicago, was charged with reckless driving, … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 20:14:00 -0500