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[ Lemont teen a finalist for state theater awards ]]> Lead story image

Frank Zabilka, of Lemont, and Alex Oechsel, of Naperville, played Billy Lawler and Peggy Sawyer, respectively, in Benet Academy’s recent production of “42nd Street.” They are among 24 finalists in the Illinois High School Music Theater Awards Competition to be presented April 25 by Broadway in Chicago. They were nominated for Best Performance in a Lead Role. Two Illinois winners will go to New York to take part in an enrichment program and the National High School Musical Theater Awards during the summer. Staff report … ]]> Sun, 20 Apr 2014 02:23:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN SUSPENDED LICENSE: Nicholas Leonard, 28, 16020 Parker Road, Homer Glen, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no insurance after a stop April 3 at 159th Street and Will-Cook Road, police said. ORLAND PARK RETAIL THEFT: Shaunta Brown, 34, 1407 Harbor Ave., Calumet City, was charged with retail theft after stealing $200 worth of clothing March 15 from Express at Orland Square Mall, police said. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Robert O’Brien, 21, of Delavan, Wis., was charged with domestic battery after a March 16 incident at a home in the 13700 block of 88th Avenue, police said. DUI … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN SUSPENDED LICENSE: Mariela Robledo, 20, 17620 Village Lane, Lockport, was charged with driving on a suspended license and no front license plate after a stop March 27 at 167th Street and Bell Road, police said. LICENSE SUSPENDED: Edward Hack, 54, 722 Rosanne, Lockport, was charged with driving on a suspended license and having an obstructed license plate after being stopped March 28 at 159th Street and Parker Road, police said. MARIJUANA CHARGE: Jacob M. Hoffman, 19, 13750 W. 151st St., Homer Glen, was charged with selling marijuana after a March 30 stop at Anne K. Drive and Coachman … ]]> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 21:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hinderman: Fundraiser planned to help prevent child suicide ]]> Lead story image

“Unimaginable. Unthinkable. Unfathomable. “There are no words to describe the loss of a child. And when that child is a well-loved, energetic and seemingly happy 11-year-old girl, it is devastating to learn that her death was a suicide.” — AnnMarie Foundation AnnMarie Blaha was a loving, bright and beautiful young girl who had a passion for helping others. She lived among us in Orland Park, attended the schools here and loved her bunny, Skittles, along with all living things. She played volleyball and was a Girl Scout. Colleen Flimanowicz’s two daughters, Jenna and Paige, were close friends of AnnMarie, and … ]]> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 17:30:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hinderman: SWIFT forum focuses on women’s key role in religion ]]> Lead story image

The SouthWest InterFaith Team hosted a speaker’s forum on March 23 at The Prayer Center of Orland Park, 16550 104th Ave., entitled “Women Who Shaped Our Faith,” with an all-female panel providing Christian, Muslim and Jewish perspectives. The SWIFT forums are held twice a year and are well-attended by people of multiple religious denominations. Admission is free, however donations are organized for charity. At this conference, 165 attendees provided 30 boxes of gently used clothing for Respond Now, a Chicago Heights-based charity that provides food, shelter and other assistance to needy families. After welcoming remarks, n opening prayer and introductions, … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:20:08 -0500 <![CDATA[ Lockport raises more than $12K for St. Baldrick’s ]]> Lead story image

The third annual St. Baldrick’s event at Lockport Township High School, which was sponsored by student government, raised more than $12,000 for pediatric cancer research, according to a press release from the school. The event, held March 13 at the Central campus gymnasium, included a Special Olympics basketball game, a halftime performance by the school’s poms squad, music by Boom Entertainment, raffles and Cold Stone ice cream sales. Lockport athletic teams and activity groups and their coaches and sponsors — including ROTC, National Honor Society, the baseball, soccer, volleyball, softball and poms squads, and the pep band — supported the … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:05:22 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Twp. offers car seats for low-income families ]]>

Orland Township Food Pantry recipients and low-income families can apply for child car seats from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays at the Orland Township office, 14807 Ravinia Ave., Orland Park, according to a release from the township. Families must fill out a brief application and provide proof of residency, a birth certificate of the child needing the car seat and proof of income, the release said. Illinois law requires any child under age 8 to be secured in a child safety seat, the release said. Child car seats are … ]]> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 04:05:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN GROWING POT: Andrew Szaflarski, 43, 13041 Chicago-Bloomington Trail, Homer Glen, was charged with possession of marijuana plants after Will County sheriff’s police served him with legal papers March 4 and smelled a strong odor of marijuana, police said. They said officers found 10 plants growing in the crawl space in his basement. SUSPENDED LICENSE: Gerardo Segundo-De La Cruz, 32, 14922 Mappie Road, Harvey, was charged with driving on a suspended license and speeding after a stop March 8 at 151st Street and Bell Road, police said.. DUI ARREST: Darlene Dabek, 67, of Woodridge, was charged with drunken driving, … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 22:18:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park Area Chamber holds member orientation ]]> Lead story image

The Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce will host a member orientation for new and current members from 7:45 to 9 a.m. April 3 at Parkway Bank & Trust Co., 14345 S. LaGrange Road. There is no cost for the event. Light refreshments will be served. “An annual investment in chamber membership is one of the best local marketing tools a business can have,” chamber executive director Keloryn Putnam said in a press release from the chamber. “A chamber of commerce is a great way for a business to become involved in their community.” Member orientations are held throughout the … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:20:32 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Twp. Easter basket program underway ]]> Lead story image

Orland Township will hold its annual Easter basket program for families in need in the township. Residents are encouraged to donate pre-made Easter baskets labeled “boy” or “girl” and with the appropriate age of the child. Students can earn one hour of community service for each basket made up to a total of five baskets. Baskets being considered for community service must include the following: Easter grass, a stuffed animal, one book (coloring, reading, activity, etc.), one box of crayons or magic markers, one small new toy and five or more pieces of wrapped candy. Baskets may be dropped off … ]]> Sun, 23 Mar 2014 02:20:44 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hinderman: A great trip, but there’s no place like home ]]> Lead story image

My parents are avid travelers and commemorate milestones with travel. Attaining a “milestone,” my mom took me to Italy to celebrate. SouthtownStar bosses learned of my departure, and I was (jokingly) informed of newspaper policy — “if freelancers travel to Europe, they must bring an editor with in case there are questions on anything they submitted.” Since I was not able to smuggle an editor in my luggage, I’d like to share my experiences and bring you all along on my travels. We began in Venice in the northern part of Italy’s “boot.” Vanni, our tour guide and 40 of … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:07:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN DUI ARREST: Timothy J. Victor, 25, 16040 Josef Drive, Homer Glen, was charged with drunken driving, speeding and improper lane use after he was stopped March 1 at 143rd Street and Will-Cook Road, police said. ORLAND PARK RETAIL THEFT: Jose Ortega, 48, 5612 Nagle St., Chicago, was charged with retail theft after stealing $920 worth of items from the Apple Store at Orland Square Mall, police said. They said the thefts occurred on three occasions between Feb. 2 and 16. DUI CHARGE: Jennifer Tzavaras, 30, 19538 104th Ave., Mokena, was charged with driving under the influence of drugs, … ]]> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 22:14:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Orland Park police blotter ]]>

ORLAND PARK MARIJUANA CHARGE: Benjamin Honeywood, 25, of Naperville, was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and driving on a suspended license after a Feb. 7 stop in the 14700 block of LaGrange Road, police said. HIT AND RUN: Jorge Bencomo, 22, 8872 Leslie Drive, Orland Hills, was charged with hit and run, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and leaving the scene of an accident after rear-ending another car Feb. 8 at 94th Avenue and Orland Square Drive, police said. POT POSSESSION: Noor Ajaj, 19, 8909 167th Place, Orland Hills, was charged with possession of … ]]> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 16:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Catholic Schools honorees named ]]> Lead story image

Catholic Schools Supt. Sister Mary Paul McCaughey and the Archdiocese of Chicago Board of Catholic Schools recently announced the recipients of the 2014 Distinguished Service Awards, which honor educators and Catholic schools in Cook and Lake counties, according to a press release from the archdiocese. Distinguished Service awardees among those at Southland elementary schools included Rebecca Salabura (St. Cajetan School, Chicago), Karen Zerante (St. Agnes School, Chicago Heights), Marie Lindsey (St. Benedict School, Blue Island), Nancy Ramig (St. Michael School, Orland Park), Mariclare Kmiec (Incarnation School, Palos Heights), and Renae Lewis (Christ Our Savior School, South Holland). Distinguished Service awardees … ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 15:56:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Attack Volleyball Club’s 15 Black team takes title ]]> Lead story image

During a snowstorm on a recent early morning, players from the Orland Park–based Attack Volleyball Club’s 15 Black team made the drive to northwest Indiana for the South Side Power Series Tournament. Six matches later, the team was the undefeated champion of the 15s division, which included 12 teams from Illinois and Indiana. “It was a long, snowy ride to Hobart (Ind.),” coach Jason Sabo said, “but the girls played great as a team and played their roles well. “Emily Wicks anchored and led the offense the entire tournament as our starting setter. Our back row defense was also very … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:10:37 -0500 <![CDATA[ Duck stamp contest underway for young artists ]]>

Crab Orchard National Wildlife Refuge is accepting entries for the Illinois Junior Duck Stamp contest through March 15. Students from kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Program, which teaches students about waterfowl habitat conservation and allows them to express what they have learned artistically, according to a press release about the contest. Students are encouraged to observe the animals in their natural habitat in order to create their original duck stamp contest entry, the release said. Winners will be chosen in four age categories, with 100 prizes being awarded. The winning Illinois artwork … ]]> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 06:09:16 -0500