Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound August 30, 2023

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Stagg flag football coach Saja Alnajjar received two tickets to the Super Bowl from the Chicago Bears. District 230 photo

Area Sports Report | Stagg flag football coach invited to Super Bowl

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Saja Alnajjar said she became a football fan growing up, and one of the first games she watched was Super Bowl XLI between the Chicago Bears and Indianapolis Colts in February 2007. Little did she know then that she would someday be a football coach. And little did…

SXU coach Sidney Lovitsch gives instructions against Trinity Christian on Dec. 9. Photo by Jeff Vorva

College Report | SXU beats Trinity in battle of interim coaches

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff writer It was a battle featuring two interim coaches on the sidelines. Both Saint Xavier and Trinity Christian College had to find women’s basketball coaches roughly a month before the start of practice this season, and the athletic departments went to work. SXU hired assistant coach Sidney Lovitsch as…

Oak Lawn's Jacky Canales drives in a game against Lindblom on Dec. 9.  Photo by Jeff Vorva

Girls Hoops Wrap | Oak Lawn sees a lot in first 10 games

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Spread the loveBy Jeff Vorva Staff Writer Oak Lawn’s girls basketball team beat Lindblom 64-14 on Dec. 9. The Spartans also lost a game 52-18 against Wheaton North on Nov. 24. They have just about seen it all while compiling a 6-4 record to open the season. Close games. Blowouts. But they entered this week…

Oak Lawn forward Henry Martinez (32) goes up to block a shot by Evergreen Park guard Keshaun Crawl-Vava during the Spartans’ 68-66 victory on Dec. 8. Photo by Xavier Sanchez

Unbeaten Oak Lawn edges Evergreen Park on late free throws

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Spread the loveBy Xavier Sanchez Correspondent Oak Lawn forward Henry Martinez has long thought about playing for the Spartans. Martinez is not only playing for them, but he is also becoming a key contributor for an Oak Lawn team that entered this week unbeaten. His 20-point performance and some clutch free-throws were instrumental in maintaining…

Christmas decorations light up the sidewalk in front of Justice Village Hall. (Photos by Carol McGowan)

Justice lights village Christmas trees 

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Spread the loveBy Carol McGowan  Justice village officials spent a few minutes before their board meeting last week to celebrate the holiday season by lighting the village Christmas tree and other decorated trees in front of the village hall. Mayor Kris Wasowicz lit the tree and wished everyone a wonderful holiday season. After the tree…

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Beds Plus to hold ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ pop-up bar in Brookfield 

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Spread the loveGeorge Bailey is coming to Brookfield for the Beds Plus third annual “It’s a Wonderful Life” pop-up bar. Come and get your wings from Nick to help those in need of “a couple of decent rooms and a bath.” Beds Plus works to reduce and end homelessness in your community. The pop-up event…

Residents packed the Willow Springs board room for the Nov. 27 meeting.  (Photos by Steve Metsch)

Consultant backs Willow Springs on zoning of LTHS parcel

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Spread the loveBy Steve Metsch  All for one and one for all was the theme of last week’s community meeting held at the Willow Springs Village Hall. Concerned residents, politicians from the village and surrounding communities joined in their opposition to any industrial development of a parcel of land in the village owned by the…

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2 men charged in shooting of Bedford Park cop 

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Spread the loveBy Bob Bong  A Blue Island man was charged last week with attempted murder in the shooting of a Bedford Park police officer in the early morning hours of November 26. Raul Perez, 24, of Blue Island, was charged with one count of attempted first degree murder of a police officer, one count…


Cool Kids see Santa

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Spread the love. Several dozen special-needs boys and girls were let in early at the Midway Chamber of Commerce’s annual Snack With Santa, held earlier this month at Mayfield Banquets. The special time was the brainchild of the Midway Cool Kids Club, a social club founded earlier this year by Geno Randazzo of All Exterior…

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Palos 118 school board member honored for continued learning  

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Spread the lovePam Paris, a member of the Palos School District 118 Board of Education, has been recognized by the Illinois Association of School Boards for her participation in a number of professional development and leadership activities during her service as a school board member. IASB recognizes school board members who show a dedication and desire to learn more about local school governance, adding to their leadership skills, knowledge of state and national educational issues, and commitment to serving in trust of their community and their students. Paris acquired 40 credits to earn IASB’s Board Leader Recognition status. Because of Paris’ ongoing…