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A celebration of Park School’s long history is slated for noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 4 at the Orland Park school, 9960 W. 143rd St., according to a press release from Orland School District 135. The school, which has been part of the district for more than 90 years, is being honored as a historical landmark, the release said. The computer lab will be open, displaying learning tools from the past as well as current technology. “Celebrity” readers from both present and past years will perform presentations in the gym. The student cafeteria will host a variety of “old-fashioned” board … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:17:48 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29906547-521/park-school-to-celebrate-its-long-history.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29906547-521/park-school-to-celebrate-its-long-history.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN VANDALISM: One tire on each of two vehicles was punctured Oct. 7 in the 15000 block of Pinto Street. THEFT: Nicole N. Lowery, 26, 12013 W. Lake View Drive, Orland Park, was charged with theft after an incident Oct. 9 in the 12000 block of 143rd Street, police said. NO LICENSE: Oskaras Zvicevicius, 24, 14301 Oak Trail, Homer Glen, was charged with driving without a valid license and illegal use of a cellphone after a stop Oct. 11 at 143rd Street and Oak Trail, police said. HOME BURGLARY: A handgun, cash, jewelry and an iPad were stolen Oct. … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:26:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30506626-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30506626-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN SUSPENDED LICENSE: Shannon Mounts, 36, 15407 Lisa Court, Orland Park, was charged with driving on a suspended license and illegal use of a cellphone after a Sept. 23 stop at 143rd Street and Kings Road, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: A lighter and a purse were stolen Sept. 26 from two unlocked vehicles in the 13000 block of Shady Lane. DUI ARREST: Matthew Vandermay, 28, 1106 Greeley Drive, New Lenox, was charged with drunken driving Sept. 26 after a stop at 151st Street and Cedar Road, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: A wallet containing $80 was stolen Sept. 29 from … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:30:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30381103-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30381103-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Orland Park STRIKE Committee gets teens to focus on community ]]> Lead story image

The Orland Park STRIKE committee for teenagers ages 13 to 18 will host its monthly meeting from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Orland Park Cultural Arts Center, 14760 Park Lane. STRIKE, which stands for Supportive Teens Responding in Kindness Everywhere , consists of high school freshmen through seniors who gather on the third Wednesday of every month to plan and implement various service projects. Their mission is to allow teens “to have a voice, learn about commitment and responsibility and teach leadership skills and valuable life lessons as well as present possible career choices. This committee is … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:25:15 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30310235-521/orland-park-strike-committee-gets-teens-to-focus-on-community.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30310235-521/orland-park-strike-committee-gets-teens-to-focus-on-community.html <![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 02:21:22 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30340581-521/cook-county-clerk-honors-best-of-the-best-poll-workers.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30340581-521/cook-county-clerk-honors-best-of-the-best-poll-workers.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN THEFT: Cash was stolen Sept. 20 from two exterior bill changers at Homer Glen Car Wash, 12738 W. 159th St. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Jacob A. Maali, 21, 13941 Preston Drive, Orland Park, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a stop Sept. 21 at Bell Road and Glengary Drive, police said. HOUSE DAMAGED: A vacant house in the 14000 block of Mallard Drive was damaged Sept. 22 when vandals damaged the roof to gain access inside and then turned on all faucets and closed drain plugs, causing substantial water damage. VANDALISM: A window on a vehicle was … ]]> Thu, 02 Oct 2014 22:38:01 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30241521-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30241521-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Hinderman: Public tours held at Orland Park’s historic Stellwagen Farm ]]> Lead story image

The Stellwagen family last weekend held group tours of the family farm, 17701 108th Ave., in Orland Park, which was purchased in 2002 by the village for $6 million as part of its Open Lands program to be preserved as a historic farm and open prairie. Diane Grigus met me as I began the tour and said “this is the beginning of the next stage toward the property becoming a place where students may learn about life on a farm,” which was the goal of her father, Harwood Stellwagen, when he sold the 60-acre farm to Orland Park. “He was … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:20:03 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29992478-521/hinderman-public-tours-held-at-orland-parks-historic-stellwagen-farm.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29992478-521/hinderman-public-tours-held-at-orland-parks-historic-stellwagen-farm.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN BATTERY: Jack Hlustik, 50, 14150 W. Dublin Court, Homer Glen, was charged with battery, assault and resisting police after a disturbance Sept. 9 at his residence, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Three vehicles, two of which were unlocked, were burglarized Sept. 12 in the 14000 block of Heatherwood Drive. Among the items taken were a wallet and a cellphone charger. VANDALISM: A large trash container and its contents were set on fire Sept. 13 in the 15000 block of Jeanne Lane. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Four unlocked vehicles were burglarized Sept. 15. Two were in the 17000 block of Foxboro Lane, … ]]> Wed, 24 Sep 2014 22:36:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30092330-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/30092330-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN MARIJUANA CHARGE: Mark A. Dean, 33, 1247 Barbara Lane, Chicago Heights, was charged with selling marijuana Sept. 2 at 159th Street and Cedar Road, police said. STOLEN PROPERTY: Kris M. Haber, 30, of Bolingbrook, was charged with possession of stolen property and having expired registration after a stop Sept. 6 at 143rd Street and Golden Oak Drive, police said. VANDALISM: Four granite bench tops were damaged Sept. 6 at Homer Healing Garden, 14858 Founders Crossing. VEHICLE BURGLARY: A wallet was taken Sept. 7 from an unlocked vehicle in the 16000 block of Windmill Drive. HOME BURGLARY: An iPad … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 22:02:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29973565-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29973565-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Tickets on sale for third Dancing with Senior Stars ]]>

Tickets for Orland Township’s third annual Dancing with the Senior Stars are on sale at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. The event will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Oct. 9 at Georgio’s Banquets in Orland Park. Five couples will compete for a cash prize and the coveted mirror ball trophy. The couples will dance before a panel of judges, whose votes and the audience’s votes will determine the final score and the winning couple. This year’s event has a new spin. Fred Astaire Dance Studio in Mokena has partnered with Orland Township and will be … ]]> Sun, 21 Sep 2014 02:19:50 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29871767-521/tickets-on-sale-for-thirddancing-with-senior-stars.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29871767-521/tickets-on-sale-for-thirddancing-with-senior-stars.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN SUSPENDED LICENSE: Andrew Bochantin, 44, 14310 Saddle Brook Lane, Homer Glen, was charged with driving on a suspended license and running a stop sign after a stop Aug. 19 at Cricketwood Drive and Parker Road, police said. DUI ARREST: Ian Kupczyk, 39, 14018 Derby Drive, Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use after an Aug. 20 stop at 143rd Street and Bell Road, police said. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Five vehicles were burglarized Aug. 24 in the 12000 block of Beaver Den Trail. Stolen in the break-ins were wallets, three purses, credit and debit cards, an … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 22:28:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29834559-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29834559-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Hinderman: News, tips to help parents and students as school resumes ]]> Lead story image

The familiar sight of school buses reminds us that school is back in session. So I checked with Tracy Marc, Orland School District 135’s community relations coordinator, and Carla Erdey, communications director for Consolidated High School District 230, to find out what’s new with Orland park schools. Marc said District 135 “recently rolled out a huge technology program with the junior high students and our third-grade students. All junior high students were issued a district Mac Book Air laptop shortly before classes began on Aug. 25. Our third-grade students will be issued a district iPad the week of Sept. 16.” … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:09:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29771619-521/hinderman-news-tips-to-help-parents-and-students-as-school-resumes.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29771619-521/hinderman-news-tips-to-help-parents-and-students-as-school-resumes.html <![CDATA[ Hinderman: Get involved, to help yourself and others ]]> Lead story image

The summer is all but over, and the kids are back in school. Might be a good time to take advantage of having some more free time (if you do) to take some of the new classes being offered at Orland Park’s Sportsplex. Deborah Geghen, fitness manager at the Sportsplex, 11351 W. 159th St., said the recreation center has many new programs, for both children and adults, starting this fall. For younger children (ages 8-16), Yoga & Fitness for Kids is a new class that teaches the basics of yoga with stretching and strength exercises, kickboxing, cycling, aerobics, etc. Classes … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:14:58 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29501441-521/hinderman-get-involved-to-help-yourself-and-others.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29501441-521/hinderman-get-involved-to-help-yourself-and-others.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Sunglasses and a watch were stolen Aug. 5 from a vehicle in the 13000 block of Baywood Lane and water was poured on the seats and center console. Gift cards and $12 cash were stolen the same day from an unlocked vehicle in the same block. BURGLARY: Two tool boxes containing tools were stolen Aug. 5 from two unlocked landscaping trailers at Straightline Landscaping, 15836 Annico Drive. MARIJUANA CHARGE: Mark R. Castro, 37, 15441 Treetop Drive, Orland Park, was charged with possession of marijuana with intent to sell it and possession of a controlled substance and … ]]> Wed, 27 Aug 2014 23:06:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29528511-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29528511-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN THEFT: An aluminum canoe was stolen July 29 from the side yard of a residence in the 13000 block of Mulranny Drive. VANDALISM: Two banners and an awning were ripped down and two garden decorations were damaged July 29 at Sunny Lane Acres, 16217 Gougar Road. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Knasi Afriyie, 67, of Bolingbrook, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after a stop Aug. 1 at 143rd Street and Lemont Road, police said. ORLAND PARK FELONY THEFT: Brittany Hill, 23, 9800 Forest Ave., Chicago, a Home Depot employee, was charged with felony theft after issuing … ]]> Tue, 19 Aug 2014 21:02:00 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29364100-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29364100-521/homer-glen-orland-park-police-blotter.html <![CDATA[ Hinderman: McCord Gallery to hold fundraiser for new annex ]]> Lead story image

If you’ve traveled on LaGrange Road near 131st Street, you probably have glanced to the west and seen a large white house atop a hill just north of Carl Sandburg High School. Unusual buildings, seemingly “out of place” structures, grab my attention because it’s rare to see historic buildings in this area. I’m always curious to see what purpose such buildings are serving today. The large house along LaGrange Road is the McCord Gallery and Cultural Center, an art and music instruction center along with an art gallery. Lynne Terr, executive director of the McCord Gallery, and Jeanette Wood, co-chair … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:13:13 -0500 http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29203684-521/hinderman-mccord-gallery-to-hold-fundraiser-for-new-annex.html http://southtownstar.suntimes.com/neighborhoodstar/orlandpark/29203684-521/hinderman-mccord-gallery-to-hold-fundraiser-for-new-annex.html