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[ FYI on FMBA: Jimmy Buffett in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

Jimmy Buffett’s This One’s for You Tour 2014 is set for June in Tinley Park. Find out more and watch videos from the musical artist on FYI on FMBA at ]]> Sun, 02 Mar 2014 10:24:47 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Montessori students search for spring, and more ]]> Lead story image

The young students at Hope Montessori School in Tinley Park have been busy lately. They have been out on walks to record the number of robins arriving. They have been watching the progress of buds on the trees and scouring the ground for signs of flower bulbs popping through the softened earth. Much like the rest of us, they are searching for signs of spring. They are learning the signals of the gradual awakening of nature from its long and deep sleep this winter. “We are lucky to live in an area that experiences four distinct seasons,” Traci Tyszka, director … ]]> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 02:22:12 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK CAR BURGLARY: A laptop computer was stolen March 21 or 22 from a car in the 7600 block of 160th Street. PURLOINED PURSE: A purse was stolen March 24 from a car in the parking lot of St. Stephen Deacon and Martyr Church, 17500 84th Ave. VANDALISM: A marble was fired March 24, breaking a window of a house in the 16400 block of 66th Avenue. HOUSE EGGED: A house was egged March 24 in the 700 block of Joliet Drive. RETAIL THEFT: Kassandra Stearney, 44, of Worth, was charged with retail theft after stealing an accent table, … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 21:22:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Together We Cope honors standout volunteers ]]> Lead story image

JoAnn Hillblom, of Mokena, and Mary Nolan, of Orland Hills, have been named the 2014 recipients of Together We Cope’s annual Reimer Award as outstanding volunteers for the Tinley Park social services agency. The award is given to volunteers who demonstrate the care and compassion that is the spirit of Together We Cope, according to a press release from the nonprofit. It is named for Theodore H. Reimer Jr., a late member of the agency’s board of directors and a longtime volunteer. Together We Cope assists south suburban families in crisis through its food pantry, resale shop and funding for … ]]> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 02:19:07 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Sports Calendar (Central) ]]>

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s Central region, which includes Crestwood, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Midlothian, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Orland Park, and Tinley Park. ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:18:10 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Mooseheart kids enjoy fun-filled day in Tinley Park ]]> Lead story image

Treating the residents of Mooseheart Child City and School to a day of fun is more than an act of kindness to Michelle Maxia, founder of the Toy Box Connection children’s charity. It’s about keeping her word. A 14-year-old boy who resides at Child City told Maxia that he remembered what she told all the kids at their first outing given by the Toy Box Connection. He said she promised them that as long as there was a Toy Box Connection, she would make these events happen for them. That was seven years ago and about the time that Orland … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:17:39 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park announces Irish parade winners ]]> Lead story image

The village of Tinley Park recently announced the winners in various entrant categories for its 15th annual Downtown Tinley Irish Parade, featuring 73 entrants. In the Professional Floats category, Gaelic Park won first place; Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17 won second place, and the Tinley Park Park District won third place. Winners in the Amateur Floats category included Cuzin’s Pub in first place, USS Chicago Base – US Submarine Veterans in second place, and Veterinary Clinic of Tinley Park in third place. In the Vehicles category, Bettenhausen Automotive won first place; Tinley/NuWay Disposal took second place, and St. Coletta’s … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 04:23:58 -0500 <![CDATA[ Providence names valedictorian, salutatorian ]]> Lead story image

Eric Connelly has been named as the Class of 2014 valedictorian and Jessica Talwar as salutatorian at Providence Catholic High School in New Lenox, Principal Donald Sebestyen announced recently. “We are very proud of these academically gifted students who are leaders among their peers both in and out of the classroom, and we wish them the very best in their future endeavors,” Sebestyen said in a press release from the school. Connelly, son of John and Heidi Connelly, of Tinley Park, is a graduate of Cardinal Joseph Bernardin Catholic School and is a parishioner at St. Elizabeth Seton Church. Connelly … ]]> Sun, 30 Mar 2014 02:18:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 146 group unleashes generosity on PAWS ]]> Lead story image

Members of D146 Gives recently stopped by PAWS of Tinley Park with a large donation, courtesy of the Community Consolidated School District 146 staff. The committee each month coordinates a different donation project to benefit various community efforts. Fifth-grade teacher Julie Harris, the teachers union president at Kruse Education Center in Orland Park, heads D146 Gives and also chose to be the chairperson for the PAWS donation project, according to a press release from the group. “The committee comes together once a year to decide which monthly donation projects we will undertake,” she said in the press release. “I happen … ]]> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 23:08:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ Tinley Park police blotter ]]>

TINLEY PARK DUI ARREST: Theresa Madej, 55, of Tinley Park, was charged with drunken driving, improper lane use and no insurance after a Feb. 15 stop in the 9500 block of 171st Street, police said. CAR BREAK-IN: A Tinley Park man told police someone broke into his car Feb. 25 and shattered the screen to his car radio in the 16300 block of Ozark Avenue. RETAIL THEFT: Demetrious Ward, 24, of Robbins, was charged with retail theft after stealing $150 worth of alcohol Feb. 25 from SuperTarget, 18460 80th Ave., police said. BATTERY: A Tinley Park man told police two … ]]> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 22:10:00 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 146 adds Koepel to Wall of Fame ]]> Lead story image

Tinley Park-based Community Consolidated School District 146 recently added Virginia “Ginny” Koepel’s plaque to the Wall of Fame. Koepel was a beloved math teacher at Memorial School for more than 20 years, according to a press release from the district. She was hired as a classroom teacher in 1988, and inspired learning in fifth-grade students before moving into the position of gifted facilitator years later. Koepel took on many roles within the district mentoring new teachers, leading the Earth Day celebration, science fair and chess club. She was extremely involved with the District 146 Math Challenge, the release said. District … ]]> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 04:00:20 -0500 <![CDATA[ Community Sports Calendar (Central) ]]>

Here is a look at sporting events in the SouthtownStar’s Central region, which includes Crestwood, Frankfort, Homer Glen, Manhattan, Midlothian, Mokena, New Lenox, Oak Forest, Orland Hills, Orland Park, and Tinley Park. ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:09:19 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Jaycees’ pizza tasting to benefit Garden Gallery ]]> Lead story image

If you were looking for an excuse to go out for pizza, look no further than downtown Tinley Park. The new Jaycee chapter in the village will host its first-ever Pizza Taste-Off Competition from 6 to 8 p.m. March 20 at Tinley Park Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2791, 17147 Oak Park Ave. For a $6 donation, area residents will be able to sample a variety of pizzas from local pizzerias. This will be a blind taste test, asking the participants to rate each pizza on a scale of 1 to 5 in three different categories — thin crust, pan … ]]> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 06:08:53 -0500 <![CDATA[ Cardinal Bernadin School girls volleyball wins tournament ]]> Lead story image

The fourth-grade girls volleyball team from Cardinal Bernardin School in Orland Hills won the St. George Martin Luther King Tournament with a 10-0 record. ]]> Thu, 13 Mar 2014 03:12:27 -0500 <![CDATA[ Dekker: Tinley Park’s Irish Parade a sure sign that spring is here ]]> Lead story image

This past week’s miserably cold weather (averaging 20 to 30 degrees below the normal high temperature) notwithstanding, the calendar is on our side as we turn to March — aware that we’ll soon be permanently removed from the grasp of stubborn Ol’ Man Winter. And not a moment too soon, if you ask me. I did enjoy seeing all the snow, but I’m more than ready to lose the heavy coats and boots and dive into what we all hope will be a warm and wonderful spring. And a major harbinger of spring in Tinley Park is the 15th annual … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:14:04 -0500 <![CDATA[ SD 228 students get lessons in leadership ]]> Lead story image

Students from Tinley Park, Bremen, Hillcrest and Oak Forest high schools took part Jan. 21 in a Bremen Community High School District 228 Students in Leadership meeting at Tinley Park High School, according to a press release from the district. Each school board member and administrator was paired up with one student. Julia Karajeh (Tinley Park) played the role of board President John Kirkton, while and Jasmine Silva (Bremen) acted as Supt. Bill Kendall. Karajeh led the meeting, and Silva provided input as superintendent. Bashar Abuseini (Oak Forest) acted as board secretary David Mensing. Other student participants provided group reports … ]]> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 06:03:58 -0500