Clear-Ridge Reporter and NewsHound PDF December 1, 2021

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Mary Stanek

Getting busy with blueberries

By Mary Stanek Your correspondent in Archer Heights and West Elsdon 3808 W. 57th Place • (773) 284-7394 Did you know that blueberries rank high in antioxidant activity, as compared with other fruits and vegetables? One cup of fresh blueberries has about 85 calories. Blueberries can also keep in the refrigerator for up to 10…

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Library fair was a success

By Kathy Headley Your correspondent in Chicago Lawn and Marquette Manor 6610 S. Francisco • (773) 776-7778 Last Saturday was the Chicago Lawn Resource Fair hosted by the Chicago Lawn Branch Library. What a nice event: plenty of games and prizes for the kids. Organizers had 61st Place was blocked off, from Kedzie west to…

Peggy Zabicki

New Walgreens looking hopeful

By Peggy Zabicki Your correspondent in West Lawn 3633 W. 60th Place • (773) 504-9327 I was making my weekly drive around the neighborhood and was happy to see all the construction progress at the Walgreens at 59th and Pulaski. The destruction done during the days of rioting and pillaging was so extensive that this Walgreens had…

Orland Park Mayor Keith Pekau hopes that sales tax incentives will lure a few more businesses to fill some large, vacant storefronts. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Orland Park giving incentives to fill big, empty spaces

By Jeff Vorva Orland Park officials are looking to fill a few large vacant storefronts in the village and that’s not going to be easy. “It’s hard to fill because we have just about every large retailer here,” Mayor Keith Pekau said at the Aug. 1 village board meeting. “We have a few vacancies right…

Orland Park police officer Ryan Kielar-McNamara receives a hug from his father, Kevin, Monday night during the quarterly awards ceremony. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

More Orland cops honored while Capone’s appeals suspension

By Jeff Vorva If it seems like every couple of months, the Village of Orland Park is honoring its cops, well, that’s because it is. Mayor Keith Pekau phased out the once-a-year presentation in favor of honoring the police quarterly. His reasoning is that an annual presentation could be lengthy for family members and children…

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Lions looking to start SW Side club

Set meeting at Archer Heights Library By Tim Hadac Eye screenings for children ages 6 months to 6 years will be offered at no charge by Lions International, from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 20 at the Archer Heights Branch Library, 5055 S. Archer. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or other…

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Worth questions but provides funding for park district

By Joe Boyle The request by the Worth Park District for financial assistance was granted by village officials but not without some specific concerns being addressed first. Trustee Brad Urban believed that the initial request for $30,000 through intergovernmental sharing of American Rescue Plan Act funds to make up for deficits caused by COVID-19 was a…

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Shepard High School welcomes new faculty

Principal Dr. Jennifer Pollack and Shepard High School welcomed two new faculty members for the 2022-2023 school year. The new staff members include Family and Consumer Science teacher Jorie Martinez, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the Eastern Illinois University and special education teacher Justin Perkins, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of…

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Richards High School welcomes new faculty

Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson and Richards High School welcomed several new faculty members for the 2022-2023 school year. The new staff members include foreign language teacher Blanca Alcantar, who earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Aaron Griffin, Dean of Students, who earned a bachelor’s degree from North Park University and…

Navy Cdr. (ret.) Doug Groters talks with new students about the U.S. Navy JROTC program during Freshman Day at Richards High School. (Supplied photos)

SD218 Class of 2026 gets off to a fast, relaxed start

Designed to calm their nerves and introduce them to all that high school will offer, Freshman Day in District 218 greets new students with a warm embrace. For a long time, researchers have known that ninth grade operates as a gateway: Students who succeed tend to excel in later years, while those who struggle tend…

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