Auto mechanics strike area car dealerships

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By Bob Bong Vehicle owners needing service at a local dealership may find it hard to make an appointment as members of Automobile Mechanics Union Local 701 went on strike Monday after talks with the New Car Dealer Committee failed to reach a new contract. The NCDC represents more than 100 new car dealerships across…

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Disney Store closing at Chicago Ridge Mall

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By Bob Bong Walt Disney Co. will be closing its Disney Store inside Chicago Ridge Mall on or before August 18. The company announced in March it would be closing more than 60 of its brick-and-mortar locations to focus on its online business, which is about a third of its retail stores. All store merchandise…

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Comings & Goings: BETA wrestling academy opens in Justice

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By Bob Bong Joe Phelan has been coaching wrestling in the southwest suburbs for about 30 years. He started with the Badgers Wrestling Club at Argo High School and has been involved one way or another ever since. A month ago, Phelan dipped into his savings to open Beast Elite Training Academy at 7750 S.…

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Comings & Goings: Cannabis store opens in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Ascend Wellness Holdings has opened its second Illinois cannabis dispensary in Chicago Ridge. Ascend by Midway – Chicago Ridge opened at 9820 S. Ridgeland Ave. in a former Pier 1 store that closed last year when the chain went out of business. Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar, who was just re-elected, was…

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GBC Autism Services Earns BHCOE Reaccreditation

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GBC Autism Services (www.gbcautismservices.com) recently earned a 2-Year BHCOE Reaccreditation, the only applied behavior analysis (ABA)-specific accreditation. They received national recognition for their commitment to quality and improvement. GBC provides children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) services based on the principles of Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA). This includes in-home and clinic-based ABA therapy, a preschool-like…

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Comings & Goings: 5 Guys closes in Chicago Ridge

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By Bob Bong Chicago Ridge Mall, which is losing its Sears anchor store by the end of April, has also lost one of its many food outlets with the recent closing of 5 Guys gourmet hamburgers. The company did not respond to requests for information, and Chicago Ridge Mayor Chuck Tokar said he didn’t know…

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Comings & Goings: Bandana’s BBQ opens in south suburbs

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By Bob Bong St. Louis-based Bandana’s BBQ announced that its latest location in Tinley Park is now open for carryout and curbside service with dine-in service coming soon. The restaurant is in the former Dugout and Applebee’s building at 16200 S. Harlem Ave. The restaurant is open daily from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. To…

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