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[ Park School to celebrate its long history ]]> Lead story image

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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![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.” … ]]> Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:20:35 -0500 <![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 … ]]> Sun, 31 Aug 2014 02:17:47 -0500 <![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 <![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 <![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 <![CDATA[ Auditions scheduled for Dancing with Senior Stars ]]>

Auditions for Orland Township’s third annual Dancing with the Senior Stars will be held at 6 p.m. Aug. 19 and Aug. 20 at Orland Township, 14807 S. Ravinia Ave., Orland Park. Auditions are open to amateur dancers only, ages 55 and older. At auditions, couples will be required to perform one dance routine in front of a panel of judges. Couples must provide their own music at auditions. Dance categories include swing, jitterbug, fox trot, waltz, tango, cha cha and rumba. Registration is required. To register, call (708) 403-4222 and specify audition date. At the audition, five couples will be … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:09:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Series of programs set  at Bridge Teen Center ]]>

The Bridge Teen Center, 15555 S. 71st Court, Orland Park, will host several August events. Train Your Brain: Boost Your Memory will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19. The program will help students remember new locker combinations, class schedules and assignments. Electric Guitar will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. Aug. 19. Tone Wolf Music will teach students the basics of the electric guitar. Computer Animation with Illinois Institute of Art will be held from 4:15 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20. Participants will take a trip to the Illinois Institute of Art campus to learn the … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:09:46 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN HOME BURGLARY: A pair of sketches of the cartoon characters Tom and Jerry were stolen July 27 from a home in the 13000 block of Choctaw Trail. REVOKED LICENSE: Karolina Walocha, 31, of Willowbrook, was charged with driving on a revoked license after a stop July 27 at 143rd Street and Golden Oak Drive, police said. ORLAND PARK RETAIL THEFT: Feda Alhijawi, 35, 16838 93rd Ave., Orland Hills, was charged with retail theft after stealing $200 worth of items July 4 from J.C. Penney at Orland Square Mall, police said. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Scott Redman, 21, 7806 Palm Drive, … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:40:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Hinderman: Camp Quality provides escape for children with cancer ]]> Lead story image

Camp Quality Illinois will hold its 20th summer camp for children with cancer from Aug. 3 to 9 at Camp Manitoqua in Frankfort, with 84 children ages 5 to 17 are expected to attend. Carol Oostman, the public relations coordinator for Camp Quality, said the children can participate in activities “similar to any other summer camp. Campers make crafts, swim, take inflatable boats on the pond, take motorcycle rides and more. The difference is that Camp Quality has pediatric oncology doctors and nurses on site and on call 24/7.” At Camp Quality, each child is paired with a companion to … ]]> Thu, 04 Sep 2014 06:13:45 -0500 <![CDATA[ Homer Glen, Orland Park police blotter ]]>

HOMER GLEN VEHICLE BURGLARIES: A rental car was stolen from a driveway and returned July 15 in the 13000 block of Farm View. The victim told police that he apparently dropped his keys outside his home and awoke the next morning unable to find his keys and saw that the car was not in the same spot as he had left it. A gym bag with various items was stolen from the car. A neighbor across the street reported that their vehicle had been broken into the same night. THEFT: A copper ground bar and about 60 feet of copper … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:58:00 -0500