Wharton fifth-graders take first place in math competition

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By Carol McGowan A class at District 104’s Wharton 5th Grade Center in Summit recently celebrated a big win. Ms. Xheraj’s class took first place in the Region 7 Math Online Sumdog Competition. Sumdog’s free online math contests tout being a fun way to motivate students as they compete against other classes and schools, either…

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Forest View salutes veterans on their day

FVVD Veterans in attendance

By Carol McGowan Despite the cold rain and wind last Thursday, many turned out for the first ever Veterans Day ceremony at the Forest View Village Hall. Veterans, village and state officials, residents, and students from Home Elementary School in Stickney started making their way to the front of the building on 46th Street just…

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Buddy Program underway at SD 104


By Carol McGowan There’s a new kind of mentoring program underway at Graves Elementary and Heritage Middle schools in Summit. Maria Torres, a dual kindergarten teacher at Graves Elementary, and William Vavrin, the dual eighth-grade teacher at Heritage Middle School, are piloting a program they created called the Buddy Program. It’s a way for eighth-graders at…

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Roberts Park Fire Protection District celebrates 75 Years

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By Carol McGowan The Roberts Park Fire Protection District, which handles fire and ambulance calls for the Village of Justice, City of Hickory Hills, nearby unincorporated Cook County, the Interstate 294 Tollway and Cook County Forest Preserve, is celebrating its 75th year. The district has two fire stations, one at the Justice Village Hall, and…

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School District 104 dedicates field to Bernabe Tovar

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By Carol McGowan School District 104 commemorated the life and service of school teacher and soccer coach Bernabe Tovar with the dedication last week of a sports field in his honor. Supt. Troy Whalen hosted the event last Thursday, which welcomed a crowd of nearly 150 at Graves Elementary/Heritage Middle School in Summit. Whalen highlighted…

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Argo celebrates Homecoming, names West Gym for Helen Mallis

Mallis with Gymnasium sign

By Carol McGowan It was a chilly morning last Saturday, but the spirit at Argo Community High School was as warm as ever for its homecoming parade and dedication of West Gym. The parade kicked off from Summit Park at 9 a.m., with over two dozen participants. Marchers reached the school on 63rd street just…

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Summit Dental Smiles now open in Summit

Summit Dental Smiles reception

By Carol McGowan Summit Dental Smiles is now open at 7557 W. 63rd St. in Summit. It’s in a newly remodeled building that was formerly a law office, and medical office many years prior to that. If you visited the building in the past, you wouldn’t recognize it now. It sat vacant for years, and…

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