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[ Five Questions: Anthony Schmidt, 34, Chicago Ridge ]]> Lead story image

Get to know your neighbor with our weekly Five Questions feature. ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 08:28:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Oak Lawn Raiders set fundraiser to fight cancer ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians and Happy Easter! The Oak Lawn Raiders Steps Against Cancer team will hold its 4th annual fundraiser from 4 to 9 p.m. April 26 at PD’s Place, 9611 Southwest Highway in Oak Lawn. The Raiders, a non-profit organization founded in 1974, helps raise funds for those in need within the community. Last year, they donated $26,680 to 58 charities/individuals, $16,000 to the Beverly Breast Cancer Walk and $1,000 to Advocate/Christ Breast Health Center. Jim Collachia, the vice president of the Raiders, has been a member for 31 years. His wife, Laura, along with the wives of … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Sports Calendar (North) ]]>

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s North region, which includes Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, and Worth. ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lifeguard training course offered in Oak Lawn ]]>

The Oak Lawn Park District is offering the American Red Cross Lifeguard Training Course during the first week of June, according to a release from the park district. Enrollees must be 15 or older. The course is intended to train young adults in surveillance skills to help them recognize and prevent injuries; rescue skills, in the water and on land; first-aid training and professional rescuer CPR, to help prepare for any emergency; and additional lifeguard responsibilities such as interacting with the public and addressing uncooperative patrons, the release said. The course will be held at Central Pool, 9400 S. Kenton … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ A day of song for Hometown Elementary School Chorus ]]> Lead story image

The Hometown Elementary School Chorus, directed by Rebecca Hemminger, earlier this month attended an annual SingFest hosted by the Anima Young Singers of Greater Chicago in Elmhurst, according to a press release about the event. The 11 chorus members spent the day in rehearsals with various area school choruses, the Anima Singers and the St. Charles Singers. A final concert was presented at the end of the day for parents and family to enjoy, the release said. Staff report … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:24 -0500 <![CDATA[ Trinity Christian College names Rudenga interim president ]]> Lead story image

The Trinity Christian College Board of Trustees has appointed Elizabeth Rudenga, provost of Trinity, to the role of interim president in the wake of current president Steven Timmermans accepting the nomination to be the next executive director of the Christian Reformed Church in North America, pending the approval of the Christian Reformed Church Synod in June. As the chief academic officer of Trinity since 2000 and dean of the faculty, Rudenga has been responsible for the scope and quality of instruction, provided leadership in long-range planning and worked with committees of the school board and faculty, according to a press … ]]> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 16:28:51 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: Palos Heights ‘dog lady’ helps returning veterans ]]> Lead story image

Some people seem to know their vocation at a young age. If you were to ask Palos Heights business owner Pam Johnson Barnett when she knew she wanted to be a dog trainer, she would respond, “at the age of 2.” She fondly recalls playing with her grandmother’s dog when she was a toddler. In 1965, when she was 4, her parents bought her a German shepherd/collie mix puppy which she named Mike. Barnett soon learned a valuable lesson about dog behavior when Mike bit her in the face after she got too close to his food dish. Featured on … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:24:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN RETAIL THEFT: Raeshonda Montrey, 27, of Milwaukee, was charged with retail theft, battery and possession of drug paraphernalia after she stole clothing and toiletries March 18 from Kmart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said. THEFT: Mary Franklin, 55, 6842 S. Normal Ave, Unit 2B, Chicago, was charged with theft and battery March 18 after she stole items worth $126 and hit a security guard at KMart, 4101 W. 95th St., police said. POT POSSESSION: Christopher Silverman, 27, 3549 W. 95th St., Evergreen Park, was charged with possession of marijuana after a stop March 18 in the 5200 block … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:28:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ For Richards counselor, cancer fight is personal ]]> Lead story image

Marie Cerwin recently sat on the stage at Richards High School in Oak Lawn, ready to donate her hair to Locks of Love, according to a press release from the school. Instead of worrying about how she would look, however, Cerwin thought of her friend who had died in December from melanoma. “Leslie Andrew was a college friend of mine. She played on the University of Cincinnati basketball team and I played on their soccer team,” Cerwin, who works as a guidance counselor at Richards, said in the release. “We were roommates, graduate assistants for the university athletic department, and … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:25:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Scooby-Doo to appear at pet adoption event ]]>

Scooby-Doo, of cartoon fame, will be part of a mobile pet adoption event slated for 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 25 at the PetSmart at 7340 W. 191st St., Tinley Park. Scooby-Doo has joined North Shore Animal League America, which is partnering with the Chicago Ridge-based Animal Welfare League for the special event, according to a press release about the event. There will be special activities aimed at raising funds and awareness to support local shelters and school programs that teach social and emotional learning skills by helping homeless animals. Adoptable shelter dogs, cats, puppies and kittens will be … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 15:08:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Petzel: Voting campaign underway to get special car for disabled teen ]]> Lead story image

Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians! Ellen Kruger, a math teacher at Oak Lawn Community High School is again going above and beyond for one of her students — spearheading a campaign to get a car for Riley Spreadbury, who’s confined to a wheelchair. Spreadbury, 18, is a senior at the high school. She was born with Goldenhar Syndrome, a condition affecting internal organs, ear deformities and scoliosis. In spite of her condition, she had a relatively normal and active childhood, including swimming, ballet, hiking and other activities. When Spreadbury was 10, she developed scoliosis, which required several back surgeries. Unfortunately, due … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:20:35 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn High School honors theater program ]]> Lead story image

Oak Lawn Community High School planned to host an all-school assembly to honor the school’s theater program for earning two state titles at the recent IHSA State Drama and Group Interpretation Tournament. Spartans were crowned state champions in both the Contest Play and Group Interpretation categories. The team was welcomed home by a crowd of more than 200 supporters, according to a press release from the school. For the contest play, the school performed “The Normal Heart” by Larry Kramer, which is about the outbreak of the AIDS virus in early 1980s New York City. Cast members included Taylor Lindemann, … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:25:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Ball to highlight Marist’s 50th anniversary celebration ]]> Lead story image

Marist High School will host the Red & White Ball to celebrate the school’s 50th anniversary on April 12 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and a brief program at 7:30 p.m. Dancing will follow with live entertainment by Final Say until midnight, according to a press release from the school. Several Marist Brothers will be recognized for awards they received earlier in the school year. Brother Brice Byczynski (Class of 1967), Brother Richard Carey (1976), Brother John Kachinsky (1980) and Brother John Murray (1967, posthumously) are alumni who … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:20:57 -0500 <![CDATA[ Oak Lawn police blotter ]]>

OAK LAWN REVOKED LICENSE: Michael Fabry, 52, 3604 W. 121st St., Alsip, was charged with driving on a revoked license, no insurance, driving with only one headlight and excessive muffler noise after a stop March 11 in the 11000 block of Pulaski Road, police said. POT POSSESSION: Kellen Kodis, 22, 5101 W. 82nd Place, Burbank, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia after being stopped March 11 in the 8800 block of Cicero Avenue, police said. CAR BURGLARY: A man’s gold wedding ring was stolen March 11 or 12 from an unlocked car in the 10100 block of … ]]> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 15:52:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Sports Calendar (North) ]]>

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s North region, which includes Alsip, Chicago Ridge, Evergreen Park, Hometown, Oak Lawn, Palos Heights, Palos Park, Palos Hills, and Worth. ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:21:55 -0500 <![CDATA[ Sabadosa: A way to help a deserving ‘local hero’ ]]> Lead story image

I had the honor of meeting Oak Lawn’s Linda Stearns three years ago when I interviewed her for an article about Garden Center Services in Burbank. She was, and continues to be, instrumental in promoting awareness for that nonprofit organization, which services the needs of the developmentally disabled. When Stearns’ amazing personal story unfolded, I subsequently wrote an article about her and her “son,” Charlie Peer. I have to admit that I was, and continue to be, blown away by what this woman has accomplished in her lifetime. Now, she needs the help of her community to reward her for … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:20:52 -0500