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[ SD 230 athletic trainers get national award ]]> Lead story image

Consolidated High School District 230 schools recently received the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Safe Sports School award, according to a press release from the district. The award champions safety and recognizes high schools that provide safe environments for student-athletes, and it reinforces the importance of providing topnotch care, injury prevention and treatment, the release said. Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools are the second, third and fourth high schools in Illinois to earn this national award, the release said. “District 230 is honored to receive this first team recognition from NATA, and we remain committed to keeping our student-athletes safe … ]]> Wed, 08 Oct 2014 06:12:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ ]]>

TINLEY PARK BURGLARY: More than $50,000 worth of equipment was stolen between Sept. 20 and Oct. 1 from Liberty Concrete, 17511 Duvan Drive, after thieves cut the chain at an entrance gate. Stolen were a 1987 Ford dump truck, a 1991 Cronkhite flatbed trailer and a 2013 New Holland skid-steer loader. VANDALISM: A Tinley Park family told police their home in the 7600 block of 161st Place has been targeted several times by pranksters between Sept. 24 and Oct. 3. The house was toilet papered, egged and someone scrawled a sexist slur and pictures of male genitalia on a car … ]]> Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:26:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK HOME BURGLARY: A Tinley Park couple told police someone stole jewelry and checkbooks from their home in the 16500 block of Fairfax Court while they were vacationing in Europe from Sept. 10 to 26. THEFT: Someone stole approximately five gallons worth of grapes between Sept. 12 and 19 from vines at the rear of a house in the 17200 block of Harlem Avenue. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Brian Kmak, 34, of the 17300 block of Avon Lane, Tinley Park, was charged with domestic battery and criminal damage to property after a Sept. 18 incident at his home, police said. DOMESTIC … ]]> Fri, 10 Oct 2014 22:30:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Downtown Tinley Boo Bash an autumn highlight ]]> Lead story image

I absolutely love the fall season and all that comes with it — the changing colors, cooler temperatures, fresh apple pie, fires at night. It just feels like comfort food for the soul. It also means that Halloween is right around the corner. If you have kids, you’ll want to mark Oct. 26 on your calender for the 3rd annual Downtown Tinley Boo Bash. The Halloween fun runs from noon to 3 p.m. in Zabrocki Plaza and the Oak Park Avenue train station, 6700 South St. This free event includes hayrides, DJ entertainment, a costume contest and trick-or-treating with local … ]]> Sun, 12 Oct 2014 02:24:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK RETAIL THEFT: Samantha Marotta, 23, of New Lenox, was charged with retail theft after issuing fraudulent returns and pocketing a total of $883 while employed at Dick’s Sporting Goods, 7370 W. 191st St., between Aug. 17 and Sept. 10, police said. DUI CASE: Crystal Bell, 26, 11744 Princeton Ave., Chicago, was charged with drunken driving, running a red light, speeding, no insurance and driving with one headlight after an Aug. 23 stop at 151st and 80th Avenue, police said. THEFT ARREST: Jacob Burrell, 20, of the 5200 block of 131st Street, Crestwood, was charged with theft and criminal … ]]> Fri, 26 Sep 2014 22:36:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Tinley Park FD again hosts open house to promote fire safety ]]> Lead story image

It was 1871 when the first fire prevention month was observed, a result of the Great Chicago Fire. The need to educate people on fire safety and prevention is as important now as it was then. The Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau has been busy visiting schools and day care centers throughout the community, teaching our youngest citizens lessons in fire safety. These visits not only teach our children about the dangers of fire but also help to familiarize them with fire trucks and firefighters up close, both of which can seem big and scary to a little person. From … ]]> Sun, 28 Sep 2014 02:19:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK CAR BURGLARIES: A GPS system was stolen Aug. 16 from a car in the 16300 block of Parliament Avenue. A resident of the same block reported that a pair of athletic shoes were taken from her car that night, and a third homeowner said three cellphones were taken from her car. VEHICLE BURGLARIES: Eight vehicles were burglarized during the night of Aug. 18-19. Four occurred in the 7700 block of Nottingham Drive and four others took place in the 16300 and 16400 blocks of Ozark Avenue. CAR BURGLARY: A wallet was stolen Aug. 22 or 23 from a … ]]> Tue, 16 Sep 2014 20:02:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: PAWS again hosts Bark and Brew fundraiser ]]> Lead story image

So what’s better than good craft beer and delicious food? How about when all of the money goes to take care of the animals at the PAWS animal shelter in Tinley Park. From 6 to 10 p.m. Sept. 27, PAWS will host its second annual Bark and Brew beer-tasting event to raise funds to help offset the rising cost of medical care for the animals at the shelter, 8301 W. 191st St. The event will take place at Jenny’s Steakhouse, 10160 W. 191st St., Mokena. The ticket price is $30 and includes beer samplings from 10 area craft breweries, pizza, … ]]> Wed, 15 Oct 2014 06:07:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ School briefs ]]>

Tinley Park school  shows off expansion A ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark recent renovations at Memorial School in Tinley Park is slated for 5:15 p.m. Thursday, according to a press release from Community Consolidated School District 146. Memorial School underwent some major structural changes during an expansion project, the release said. The ribbon-cutting precedes an open house for families at the school, 6701 W. 179th St. The expansion includes a new and improved media center and a new wing of classrooms, the release said. Staff report SD 230 schools feted Sandburg, Stagg and Andrew high schools have been named among America’s … ]]> Sun, 05 Oct 2014 07:39:05 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: PAWS shelter to hold its first pet parade ]]> Lead story image

It was 1974 when the Peoples Animal Welfare Society of Tinley Park was founded. Then, the welfare of animals was not in the forefront of most people’s minds. It was common for dogs to run wild, which often lead to unfortunate endings for them. In the shelter’s earliest days, a few volunteers would take turns keeping stray animals in their homes. Forty years later, PAWS is a nonprofit, no-kill shelter that has placed more than 23,000 dogs and cats into loving homes. It has more than 200 volunteers who give their time to the operation of this vital shelter, 8301 … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:12:30 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK BATTERY ARREST: Keith Henry Jr., 40, of the 18200 block of Eagle Drive in Tinley Park, was charged with battery after tackling another man Aug. 16 at Bailey’s Bar, 17731 Oak Park Ave., police said. They said the victim said he did not know Henry and had no idea why he attacked him, and Henry had no explanation for why he did. VANDALISM: Someone spray-painted the word “deadman” Aug. 16 or 17 on a car in the 6600 block of 176th Street. WINDOW SHATTERED: A brick was thrown Aug. 17 through the front window of a house in … ]]> Thu, 28 Aug 2014 19:48:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK THEFT ARREST: Daryl Linnear, 29, of the 5000 block of 159th Street in Oak Forest, was charged with retail theft and possession of a theft-detection shielding device after stealing liquor July 22 and Aug. 1 from Super Kmart, 16300 Harlem Ave., police said. COPPER THEFT: About $750 worth of copper was stolen sometime between July 25 and 30 from Airy’s Inc., 7455 W. Duvan Drive. PILFERED PURSE: A 64-year-old woman told police someone stole her purse July 31 when she set it on the floor as she tried on shoes at Together We Cope, 17010 Oak Park Ave. … ]]> Wed, 20 Aug 2014 22:20:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Jaycees old and new unite in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

The day held all the ingredients needed for success — good weather, good food, a good location and two enthusiastic groups of people. It was a sharing of wisdom, a passing of the torch, if you will, from members of Tinley Park’s original Jaycees organization to the group of young people (ages 21 to 40 to be eligible) who are bringing back the service organization in the village. On Aug. 3, former Jaycees gathered at the Tinley Park Historical Society with the new chapter of the U.S. Junior Chamber of Commerce, with the former members sharing the extensive collection of … ]]> Thu, 18 Sep 2014 06:12:25 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK AGGRAVATED ASSAULT: Colin Rubinas, 31, of the 16300 block of Parliament Avenue, Tinley Park, was charged with aggravated assault after aggressively advancing July 18 on a police officer who said he was yelling and stumbling in the parking lot of 7-Eleven, 7601 W. 159th St., police said. PILFERED PHONE: A cellphone was stolen July 19 from a patron at a concert at First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre, 19100 Ridgeland Ave., police said. WARRANT ARREST: Kyle Vigil, 21, of the 17300 block of Harlem Avenue, Tinley Park, was arrested July 19 on a Cook County warrant after the manager of … ]]> Tue, 12 Aug 2014 22:42:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park to enforce vehicle sticker law starting Aug. 16 ]]> Lead story image

Tinley Park residents who failed to buy their vehicle stickers by the June 30 deadline have a few days left to do so before police start giving out citations, according to a release from the village. Police will begin enforcement and start ticketing violators starting Aug. 16, the release said. “The village has established a moratorium to encourage those who haven’t purchased their vehicle stickers to do so,” Village Clerk Patrick E. Rea said in the release. “The late fees still will apply, but tickets will not be issued for lack of compliance until Aug. 16.” Stickers are sold from … ]]> Thu, 11 Sep 2014 06:18:13 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau gets grant ]]>

The Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau recently received a $2,552 fire prevention grant from commercial property insurer FM Global to buy four computer tablets with smart covers, according to a press release from the village. These devices will assist the bureau with inspections and pre-planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings and as an essential component for its accreditation status, the release said. “These tablets, and the information they collect, will help the Tinley Park Fire Prevention Bureau be more efficient in their daily operations,” Trustee Brian Maher, chairman of the village’s public safety committee, … ]]> Wed, 01 Oct 2014 06:02:57 -0500