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[ Dekker: The cost of convenience can be large ]]> Lead story image

I’d like to think that, if given a choice, most people would choose living habits that didn’t harm the environment, but going green isn’t always easy or convenient. Unfortunately, the concept of convenience has filled our landfills and oceans with unfathomable amounts of plastic, Styrofoam, metals and other materials designed to make life easier for us. But convenience has its consequences. I live in a 12-unit condominium building that has been dealing with plumbing issues recently. After repeated basement sewer back-ups, plumbers have been out several times to rod out all the lines around the building. This has proved to … ]]> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 11:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park girl a pageant state finalist ]]> Lead story image

Arabella Reid, 4, of Tinley Park, has qualified as a state finalist in the National American Miss 2014 Miss Illinois Princess Pageants, according to her family. She is to compete for the title of Miss Illinois Princess, a competition for 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds, on Aug. 1 and 2 at the Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles. State pageant winners will receive $1,000 cash; the official state crown, banner trophy and roses; paid entry into the national pageant; a tour of Hollywood; and two VIP tickets to Disneyland, according to the National American Miss website. Arabella is involved with gymnastics … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:19:31 -0500 <![CDATA[ Crisis Center for South Suburbia gets $100K grant ]]> Lead story image

The Crisis Center for South Suburbia recently was awarded a $100,000 restricted grant from Impact 100 Chicago at an annual Grant Award Celebration at Arlington Park, according to a press release. Impact 100 Chicago was founded in 2010 by a group of women who joined together to pool financial resources to award grants to area nonprofits in five focus areas: family, health and wellness, education, arts and culture, and environment. The Tinley Park-based crisis center provides emergency shelter and other essential services to women and children experiencing domestic abuse. The grant will fund necessary renovations to the shelter’s bedrooms, kitchen … ]]> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 16:31:23 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Tough to top Tinley’s Caribbean Block Party ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to summer fun, Tinley Park has got it going on. The 16th annual Caribbean Block Party is happening from noon to 7 p.m. Sunday. If you are looking for some fun, you are going to find it here. This event is jam-packed with something for everyone. Kids can play all day in the Kidz Zone, the giant sandbox and the Bus of Fun. There will be games, rides, inflatables, hair braiding and a bubble performer. Mr. D’s House of Magic will delight kids of all ages with his show at 12:30 p.m. Brand new this year is … ]]> Sun, 20 Jul 2014 02:17:21 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Children’s charity helps kids in a big way ]]> Lead story image

When it comes to helping out children in need, Michelle Maxia, director and founder of the Toy Box Connection children’s charity, always thinks big. Maxia said she’s facing her biggest challenge to date. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis is low on toys. St. Jude specializes in treating childhood leukemia, brain tumors and sickle cell disease. No child is denied treatment because of the family’s inability to pay. During the late summer and fall, the hospital runs low on toys. That knowledge is all it took to set the wheels in motion for Maxia. “We can help,” she said. … ]]> Sun, 06 Jul 2014 02:20:33 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK BURGLARY: Various tools and electrical equipment was stolen between May 30 and June 3 from Peoria Manufacturing, 17600 Duvan Drive. A chain-link fence was cut to get inside. THEFTS: Catalytic converters were stolen June 2 from two cars in the parking lot of the 80th Avenue Metra station. BURGLARY: A Tinley Park woman told police that her neighbors saw several people enter her car and garage June 2 in the 7900 block of 163rd Court and steal a pair of gym shoes. The burglars ran off when confronted by the neighbors. ATTEMPTED BURGLARY: Someone tried to break into … ]]> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 22:06:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moraine Valley tennis competes at nationals ]]> Lead story image

The Moraine Valley Community College men’s tennis team played some of its best matches all season at the NJCAA Division I Tournament in Plano, Texas, even earning some points in the intensified competition. Facing athletes from across the country and internationally, the Cyclones finished 23rd out of 27 teams. At fourth singles, sophomore Tim Stewart (Stagg) earned points with a big 6-2, 6-2 victory in the first round over an opponent from New Mexico Military Institute. Stewart played at a high level throughout, losing in a tight second-round match to finish in the top 16 nationally. “This was the best … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:12:16 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Tinley Park chamber hosts summer food drive ]]> Lead story image

When most of us think about summer, it’s barbecues, vacations and festivals that come to mind. It’s really easy to forget that there are people around us who are in tough situations and need help. During the summer months, our local food pantries struggle to keep enough food on the shelves. Gordon Collins, manager of pantry services at Together We Cope, said there are several reasons why shortages occur during the summer months. “When children are out of school, they eat more food at home,” Collins said. “Also, many food drives are held in the fall and winter around the … ]]> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 06:10:17 -0500 <![CDATA[ District 146 makes good use of ‘Biggest Loser’ ]]>

Tinley Park-based Community Consolidated School District 146 concluded a successful districtwide weight-loss challenge for its employees, according to a district press release. Central Middle School gym teacher Marc Lewis came up with the concept for the competition for district employees. Lewis said that when he first presented the “Biggest Loser”-inspired plan to the D146 Gets Fit wellness committee, he received positive feedback from the group, but there were some concerns. “Weight is a touchy subject, so we had to tread carefully,” Lewis said. “Our idea was not just about losing weight, but a message about changing to a healthier lifestyle. … ]]> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 06:14:36 -0500 <![CDATA[ Heartland Blood Centers launches scholarship program ]]> Lead story image

Heartland Blood Centers is offering its inaugural Students Saving Summer scholarship program in appreciation of the high school and college students who account for 25 percent of its volunteer blood donors, according to a press release. Students ages 17 to 21 can earn one of five $1,000 scholarships from Heartland by making at least one successful blood donation at any of Heartland’s mobile blood drives or center locations through Aug. 31. Family and friends can donate on behalf of the student, the release said. The center location in the Southland is at 16100 Centennial Circle, Tinley Park, but blood drives … ]]> Wed, 30 Jul 2014 06:03:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK DUI ARREST: Sylvia Jagielski, 78, of Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving and improper lane use after a May 23 stop in the 7400 block of 183rd Street, police said. DUI CHARGE: Hugo Xique-Cuatlacuatl, 29, of Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use, driving on a suspended license and no insurance after a stop May 23 in the 17000 block of 71st Avenue, police said. VANDALISM: Paint balls were fired May 23 at bricks and windows in the front of a house in the 7800 block of 167th Street. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Robert Houston, 23, … ]]> Wed, 11 Jun 2014 22:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK CAR BURGLARY: A purse and wallet were stolen May 10 from a car in the 17200 block of 71st Court. RESISTING POLICE: Adrian Lopez, 23, of Blue Island, was charged with theft and resisting police after taking a woman’s car keys and disobeying police after a May 11 incident at Durbin’s 17265 Oak Park Ave., police said. VANDALISM: A rock was thrown through a car’s rear window May 13 outside Comfort Inn & Suites, 18400 Spring Creek Drive. DOMESTIC BATTERY: Rodney Koehler, 41, of Tinley Park, was charged with domestic battery and interfering with the report of domestic … ]]> Thu, 29 May 2014 21:34:01 -0500 <![CDATA[ Moraine Valley baseball building toward ’15 season ]]> Lead story image

The 2014 Moraine Valley Community College baseball team made strides this season and garnered some awards, creating confidence for a successful 2015. There was a later start to the season than normal because of wintry conditions, but once the Cyclones got some games in, the freshman-dominated team battled. The Cyclones finished 9-17 overall and 5-10 in the Illinois Skyway Conference. “We got a lot out of playing,” coach Cole Farmer said. “Our guys had to learn how to play college ball because it’s different from high school. They learned and took away a lot from this season, making them better … ]]> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 06:12:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK THEFT: A dirt bike was stolen between April 26 and May 4 from a carport in the 6200 block of 177th Street. CAR BURGLARY: A carton of cigarettes was stolen April 29 from a car in the 7800 block of Nottingham Drive. CAR BURGLARY: A GPS unit, phone charger, DVD player and $10 in change were stolen April 29 from a car in a driveway the 16500 block of 76th Avenue. BIKE THEFT: A boys bicycle was stolen April 29 or 30 from an open garage in the 8000 block of Tudor Lane. DUI ARREST: Brian Mullenbruck, 26, … ]]> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK DOMESTIC BATTERY: Louis Jackson, 22, of Tinley Park, was charged with domestic battery after an April 15 incident at his home in the 17200 block of 71st Court, police said. CAR DAMAGED: Someone caused about $5,000 in damage by slashing the top of a BMW convertible and putting deep scratches into the car’s doors and windows when it was parked April 17 in a driveway in the 8400 block of Kirby Drive. DUI ARREST: Mark Schoiber, 27, of Orland Park, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use and no insurance after driving his car into a ditch … ]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:38:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Frankfort, Mokena police blotter ]]>

FRANKFORT SUSPENDED LICENSE: Julio Osorio Rodriguez, 38, of Joliet, was charged with driving on a suspended license after a stop April 10 in the 200 block of Colorado Avenue, police said. NO LICENSE: Edward Soto Garcia, 47, of Lyons, was charged with driving without a valid license or registration, no insurance and improper lighting after being stopped April 11 at U.S. 30 and Harlem Avenue, police said. DUI ARREST: Brittany Erfft, 24, 21287 Brittany Drive, Frankfort, was charged with drunken driving, illegal transportation of alcohol and improper lane use after an April 13 stop at Sauk Trail and Harlem Avenue, … ]]> Wed, 07 May 2014 22:38:00 -0500