Illinois Appellate Court denies new trial for Granat

Convicted in 2017 of murdering parents in unincorporated Palos Park By Dermot Connolly The Illinois Appellate Court has denied a request for a new trial filed by former Stagg High School student John Granat, who was convicted in 2017 of killing his parents in their home in unincorporated Palos Park. Granat was 17 when prosecutors…

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Yoga gets the goat in Orland Park

  Nature’s Trail combines traditional yoga training with goat fun By Kelly White Yoga is a mind and body practice that combines strength and wellness with relaxation. Putting a spin on the traditional form of exercise is a studio set in the heart of the Orland Park community that ties together yoga, nature, and goats.…

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New seafood restaurant opens in Palos Hills

  By Bob Bong A Mediterranean seafood restaurant opened last month in Palos Hills and features some kinds of fish not readily available in the southern suburbs. SeaCatcher Mediterranean Sea Food & Grill opened Nov. 3 at 10331 S. Roberts Road in the former Bertucci’s restaurant. Owner Sam Farhan said that in addition to more…

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Palos Park officer gets $1,000 Christmas present

    By Bob Bong Working on Christmas really paid off this year for Palos Park Police Officer Angelo Marasco. Marasco was on patrol Christmas Day when he ran into a gentleman who thanked him for being on patrol and presented him with a Christmas card. When Marasco opened the card, he found a note…

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Stagg student to host conservation expo Saturday

  By Dermot Connolly The second annual CONEX, a free conservation expo, is being held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Stagg High School. 8015 W. 111th St., in Palos Hills. The family-friendly event featuring live animals, live music, a craft fair, face-painting and even a tyrannosaurus rex skull rented from the Field…

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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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Orland Park, Hope Covenant Church at odds over homeless shelter

By Dermot Connolly A controversial homeless shelter operated by an Orland Park church since Oct. 1 remained open on Tuesday night against the wishes of the village government. Pastor Jon Fogel of Hope Covenant Church said the basement of the church at 14401 West Ave. has been used as an overnight shelter for homeless people…

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Protesters ask Palos Township officials to fire private security firm

By Dermot Connolly Protesters who have been demanding the resignation of Palos Township Trustee Sharon Brannigan since 2017 now want the township board to fire a private security firm hired to maintain control at meetings. After a raucous July meeting, the board hired Monterrey Security to maintain control at the often-rowdy township meetings. Before the…

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Pete’s Fresh Market eyes Oak Lawn’s Freshline site

By Bob Bong Oak Lawn residents who were sorry to see the closing of Freshline Foods last month may soon get a new supermarket to take its place. Oak Lawn Mayor Sandra Bury announced recently that Pete’s Fresh Market, a locally owned supermarket chain based on Chicago’s Southwest Side, had agreed to buy the Freshline…

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