Chippewa School unveils new playground

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By Kelly White Students at Chippewa School returned to the classroom last week with an entirely new all-inclusive playground. The playground renovation was part of a planned facility upgrade to replace the aging equipment at the school, 12425 S. Austin Ave., Palos Heights. “This is a wonderful accomplishment,” Palos Heights Mayor Bob Straz, said. “The…

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Orland Park Library hosts Hobby Fair

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By Kelly White Hobby enthusiasts were out in full force. They gathered at none other than the Orland Park Public Library, 14921 S Ravinia Ave., for its first-ever Hobby Fair on July 22. “It’s great that we are bringing people in our community together with their interests,” Mary Adamowski, Orland Park Public Library Director, said.…

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Jesse’s Tavern closes in Chicago Ridge

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By Kelly White  Chicago Ridge’s neighborhood bar where everybody knows your name closed its doors this past weekend, but not without a final farewell.   Jesse’s Tavern, 10501 S. Ridgeland Ave., opened 17 years ago. Owned by Kathy and Jim McKinney, of Chicago Ridge, Jesse’s Tavern, with its infamous red and white sign, was a…

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Palos Heights families take a swing at Wiffle Wednesdays

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By Kelly White Kids are gathering outside and playing in the parks until they are called home for dinner and this isn’t a reflection 1980s. A group of Palos Heights parents and children worked together to rekindle that hometown community feel by starting up Wiffle Wednesdays right in the neighborhood for children of all ages.…

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MVCC, SD218 team up for summer STEAM camp

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By Kelly White Through an educational collaboration with Moraine Valley Community College, Community High School District 218’s STEAM camp students from third- to eighth-grade have been learning more about science, technology, engineering, art and math this summer. These fields are providing students with the opportunity to gain exposure to the cutting-edge field of STEAM, according…

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Palos Hills enjoys National Night Out

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By Kelly White Strengthening the relationship between neighbors and local law enforcement, the city of Palos Hills was proud to take part in National Night Out. Palos Hills held its seventh annual National Night Out event on Tuesday at Town Square Park, 8455 W. 103rd Street. “The City of Palos Hills is proud to again…

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Marist celebrates summer with music fest

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By Kelly White Marist High School celebrated the summer season this past week with an outdoor music festival. The coed Catholic college preparatory high school, 4200 W. 115th St., Chicago, hosted its second annual Southside SummerFest on July 22 and the rain did not keep alumni away. “It is just such a fun night with…

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Green Hills Library collecting school supplies

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By Kelly White School is right around the corner, and the Green Hills Public Library District would like to make school supply shopping a little bit easier for community members in need. Until Friday, August 11, the library is hosting a School Supply Drive. Items may be donated directly at the Youth Services Desk within…

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Oak Lawn Library reflects on the 1967 tornado


By Kelly White Last week, a dozen tornadoes were reported in the Chicago area. One left a path of destruction from Burr Ridge to Stickney. Just a few days earlier, witnesses to another tornado outbreak five decades earlier had gathered to discuss the 1967 tornado that hit Oak Lawn. The 1967 outbreak was one of…

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Orland Township gets kids ready with Back-to-School Health Fair

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By Kelly White Orland Township helped to get students in the community ready to get back to school by holding its annual Back-To-School Health Fair. Presented by Orland Township Supervisor Paul O’Grady and the Orland Township Board of Trustees, the free health fair was held on Saturday, July 15, at the township, 14807 S. Ravinia…

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