‘Kitchen Witches’ help to brighten holidays for abused women

Photo by Dermot Connolly Janet Evans, of Palos Heights, founder of Zelda’s Kitchen Witches, stands among many of the houseware gifts collected at a “shower” the non-profit held Sunday in Palos Heights for abused women going into transitional housing. By Dermot Connolly Zelda’s Kitchen Witches held a “shower” on Sunday afternoon in Palos Heights for…

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Former Oak Lawn village manager pleads not guilty

By Dermot Connolly Former Oak Lawn village manager Larry Deetjen made a brief appearance in a Bridgeview courtroom on Tuesday morning for a hearing on misdemeanor charges related to an Oct. 10 hit-and-run incident that severely injured a man in Chicago Ridge. Deetjen, accompanied by his attorney, Michael Walsh, appeared before Judge Stephen Connolly, and…

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Justice approves recreational cannabis sales

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By Jeff Templin Justice trustees voted Nov. 25 to allow recreational sales of cannabis in the village, but only after attaching a bevy of restrictions and zoning requirements to the measure. Municipalities across the state have been deciding whether to allow recreational cannabis sales and, as in several nearby communities, residents attended the Nov. 25…

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Oak Lawn village manager retires following hit-and-run accident

By Dermot Connolly Oak Lawn Village Manager Larry Deetjen retired, effective immediately on Monday, after being charged Friday in connection with an Oct. 10 hit-and-run incident that critically injured a pedestrian at 101st Street and Harlem Avenue in Chicago Ridge. Deetjen, 70, has been village manager since 2007. He was placed on paid administrative leave…

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Evergreen Park says no to cannabis

By Joe Boyle While other municipalities are considering their options on the sale of cannabis as of Jan. 1, the village of Evergreen Park has made their decision loud and clear. While residents can decide if they want to smoke marijuana in the privacy of their own homes, they will not be able to purchase…

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Police Blotter for Nov. 14

PALOS HEIGHTS Hit-and-run Hanna Abdul-Karim, 45, of Palos Park, was charged with leaving the scene of a property damage crash in the 7100 block of West 127th Street at 1:25 p.m. Friday. Police said he left the scene without providing his information. He is due in court on Dec. 18. Domestic battery Kathleen Devitt, 58,…

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Palos Park honors veterans at remembrance ceremony

  By Dermot Connolly Cold temperatures and a few inches of snow were no hindrance for the residents, veterans and village officials who attended the Palos Park Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony at the village Recreation Center at noon on Monday. “The weather reminds me of the Battle of the Bulge. It was cold and snowing…

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