‘Cinderella’s Closet’ helps make prom dreams come true

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Photo by Kelly White Oak Lawn residents (from left) Gloria Renteria, 14; Jocelyn Vail, 14; and Sky Hope Fuchs, 18, show off some of the prom dresses available at Cinderella’s Closet, which will be open to the public on Saturday, Jan. 27 at Oak Lawn Community High School. e Teens at Oak Lawn Community High…

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Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School teacher scores with Bears

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By Kelly White Oak Lawn-Hometown Middle School teacher, Heather McCarthy’s devotion to teaching has scored her quite the educational touchdown. McCarthy, who teaches seventh-grade English Language Arts at the school located at 5345 W. 99th St. in Oak Lawn, was surprised when Chairman of the Chicago Bears, George McCaskey personally popped in to announce her as…

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New restaurants coming to Orland Park

By Dermot Connolly The Orland Park Village Board, at its last meeting of 2020, finalized plans for several new restaurants and a long-awaited downtown residential development. The board first approved an inducement agreement that will bring a family-owned Taqueria Los Comales to 15609 S. Harlem Ave., the former site of a Dunkin’ Donuts. According to…

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Palos Park police await COVID-19 vaccinations

By Jeff Vorva The Palos Park Village Council opened 2021 taking care of some insurance business. During Monday night’s meeting via teleconference, the council voted unanimously to approve its insurance contribution to the Intergovernmental Risk Management Agency of $88,051. Village Manager Rick Boehm said that the council can use a surplus credit of $78,051 and…

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Fire levels Don’s Dogs in Orland Park

By Bob Bong A fire early Wednesday morning heavily damaged Don’s Hot Dogs in Orland Park. Orland firefighters responded to a call about 1 a.m. of a fire at the restaurant at 7245 W. 151st St. Upon arrival, firefighters found heavy fire that broke through the roof. Crews began an aggressive attack and the fire…

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Archdiocese provides plan to reopen Catholic schools

  By Joe Boyle The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office of Catholic Schools released its plan last Friday to open school buildings next month as they cope with the COVID-19 pandemic. “We live in extraordinary times and it is our intent to reopen our school buildings safely to all families in the fall,” said Dr. Jim…

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Starved Rock for a good time outside

  By Jason Maholy Sports Editor The COVID-19 outbreak put a damper on many a person’s plans for vacations and outdoor adventures during the early spring, but with parks and other public venues in Illinois re-opening it’s time to knock off the quarantine rust and get active again. For those people who enjoy exploring the…

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Village greenlights Taste of Orland, special events

  By Dermot Connolly Orland Park trustees agreed Monday night to move full speed ahead with special events this summer including two concerts, the Taste of Orland, Brewfest and the Great Pumpkin Party. They did agree to observe social distancing and to take other pandemic precautions. The Orland Park Village Board approved a resolution Monday…

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Children’s Farm, McCord Gallery open again in Palos Park

  By Bob Bong Things are getting back to normal in Palos Park. The Children’s Farm at The Center reopened Tuesday, while the McCord Gallery is open again and new classes will start later this month. The Children’s Farm, 12700 Southwest Highway, is open and following state and CDC guidelines for public safety. All employees,…

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Come Alive in Palos Heights restaurant reopening guide

Palos Heights has issued the following list of restaurant statuses as of May 27. Outdoor dining will be permitted until midnight. Some restaurants will continue the practice of curbside pickup due to uncertainties and expense of buying outdoor tables and chairs. Other restaurants will open or expand their outdoor dining. Please contact the restaurant directly…

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