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Nothing but the tooth: Area dentist Nellie Gannon wins women’s Liberty Run; Sandburg grad Dahleen finishes first among men

By Jeff Vorva / July 6, 2021 / Comments Off on Nothing but the tooth: Area dentist Nellie Gannon wins women’s Liberty Run; Sandburg grad Dahleen finishes first among men

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent After stops in Kentucky and Tennessee, Nellie Gannon is back home. The Marist graduate and dentist is working at offices in Palos Heights and Orland Park; and now that she has settled in, her running endeavors are going well, too. Gannon, 29, used the Orland Park Liberty Run/Walk at Centennial Park…

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Pugh makes debut but Johnson gets goal in Red Stars’ draw

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Pugh makes debut but Johnson gets goal in Red Stars’ draw

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Forward Mallory Pugh made her highly anticipated debut with the Chicago Red Stars on Wednesday night but it was her replacement who stole the show. Pugh, 22 and the youngest player to ever score an Olympic goal for the U.S. soccer team when was was 18, has had injury woes for…

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A few smiles for St. Laurence after loss to Providence

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on A few smiles for St. Laurence after loss to Providence

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent There were smiles from some St. Laurence football players at Kavanaugh Field on Friday night after their game with Providence Catholic. But they may have been a little forced. After the 33-7 loss to the Celtics in a Chicago Catholic League/East Suburban Catholic Conference crossover showdown in Burbank, the players trudged…

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Washington the center of attention vs. Evergreen Park

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on Washington the center of attention vs. Evergreen Park

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Because he is prone to making dramatic and spectacular plays on both offense and defense, Shepard football player Kendrick Washington finds himself to be the center of attention. But there was a time in his career when he was the center. Yes, when he was ages seven and eight, Washington was…

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McNicholas does swimmingly in pool and in the classroom

By Jeff Vorva / April 24, 2021 / Comments Off on McNicholas does swimmingly in pool and in the classroom

By Jeff Vorva, Correspondent Mother McAuley senior Elizabeth McNicholas admits that the process she uses to keep track of her busy schedule could be a little better. “I have some things in my phone and some things in my planner,” she said. “It’s unorganized a little bit, but it’s working.” That’s true. The swimmer and…

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‘He is ridiculous’

By News Desk / April 5, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘He is ridiculous’

Photo by Jeff Vorva Brother Rice junior receiver Ricky Smalling has already dazzled some college scouts and local media in recent weeks. He’s not a local secret any more. His performance on Friday night showed a little more of the world what he is all about with more Chicago reporters present and Comcast SportsNet Chicago…

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‘Greedy’ St. Laurence knocks off 6A’s top seed to get to semifinals

By News Desk / April 5, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘Greedy’ St. Laurence knocks off 6A’s top seed to get to semifinals

Photo by Jim Boyce No offense to Rich Central, King and Tinley Park, the schools St. Laurence beat on the way to last year’s Class 5A state football semifinals, but Vikings coach Harold Blackmon was happy to see the murderer’s row of traditional powers in his team’s 6A path when the brackets were announced by…

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‘A heck of a game’

By News Desk / April 5, 2021 / Comments Off on ‘A heck of a game’

  Photos by Aaron FitzPatrick Brother Rice fans storm newly christened Tom Mitchell Field after winning a wild 49-42 victory over Mt. Carmel Friday night. Fans who saw Brother Rice defeat Mount Carmel, 49-42, last Friday got far more than their money’s worth. After a thrilling 21-20 overtime win by the Crusaders in the sophomore…

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Sen. Hastings Rescues Choking Colleague

By Jeff Vorva / March 4, 2019 / Comments Off on Sen. Hastings Rescues Choking Colleague

                Military training ‘Came back to me’ — Hastings By Dermot Connolly Hero. That’s what state Rep. Mike Murphy (R-99th) is calling State Sen. Michael Hastings (D-17th) after Hastings rescued him when he began choking at a reception last week. The stricken man said Hastings performed the Heimlich…

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The Easy Writer: Super Bowl LIII, wrestling and Bulls spit

By Jason Maholy / February 14, 2019 / Comments Off on The Easy Writer: Super Bowl LIII, wrestling and Bulls spit

By Jason Maholy Sports Editor Let’s cut right to the chase, Super Bowl LIII is Sunday. Somewhere between pizza, salsa, beverages, ‘squares,’ stupidly expensive commercials, musical entertainment and general hoopla, a football game between the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Los Angeles Rams: Part II will be played in Atlanta’s sparkling new…

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Brother Rice lineman Zak Bowden motions forward as quarterback Jack Lausch scores one of his three rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 40-21 road victory over Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Rice tops Marist as both powers eye playoffs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The buzz and postgame emotions from Brother Rice’s 40-21 victory over Marist on Friday was abbreviated. Because the heralded game was played on the final regular season weekend of the year, these area and state powers and bitter rivals quickly turned their attention to the playoff pairings announcements, which came less…

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Last home game a winner for Red Stars

By Alison Moran What a way to end a season at home. It was a perfect night for a cool game of soccer, with temperatures in the upper 50s and no rain dampening the field. In front of 4,488 of the Red Stars’ faithful at SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, the Chicago Red Stars defeated KC…

Evergreen Park wide receiver Elijah Matthews catches a touchdown pass over Oak Lawn’s Gavin Butler. Photo by Steve Metsch

High School Football: Mustangs buck Spartans into offseason

By Steve Metsch Correspondent Coming into the regular-season finale, Evergreen Park knew Oak Lawn needed a victory to possibly make the playoffs. The Mustangs, most likely already in the tournament but with a chance to improve their seed, had other plans. “Not on our watch,” senior wide receiver Elijah Matthews said after Evergreen Park defeated…

Sandburg’s Maia Loureiro, shown in a first-round match in Barrington, is the fifth area player to finish in the top 10 in the state in girls tennis. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Sports Postseason Roundup: Maia, oh, Maia — Sandburg soph finishes in top 8

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent It was cloudy. It was windy. It was rainy. Many people might describe it as a lousy day, but Sandburg sophomore tennis star Maia Loureiro wasn’t complaining. She was playing tennis. In the state tournament. She opened her state career on that crummy Oct. 21 day at Barrington High School with…

Kendall Coyne, shown at a past celebration at Sandburg High School, is the 2021 IBAM Person of the Year. (Photo by Jeff Vorva)

Coyne Schofield to be honored as IBAM’s Person of the Year

By Jeff Vorva Palos Heights hockey legend Kendall Coyne Schofield is picking up a huge award Friday night and it doesn’t have much to do with hockey. Schofield was named the Irish Books, Art and Music Person of the Year and will be honored at the group’s 13th Awards Gala Oct. 22 at the American…

Jim Sexton, the former Evergreen Park mayor, shows his sign for the drive given in honor at the grand opening of the new baseball and softball fields. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Evergreen Park welcomes own fields of dreams and honors Sexton

By Jeff Vorva Brand new fields and a retired mayor were the stars of the show on Oct. 14. Evergreen Park High School had a grand opening of its new turfed baseball and softball fields. The fields were used in late spring, but this event was to celebrate the fields and show them off to…

Chicago 3-year-old Tyler Myslinski, (left) and his 5-year-old brother Jason fight for the ball during an open house at the Wintrust Sports Complex Saturday in Bedford Park. (Photos by Jeff Vorva)

Bedford Park’s Wintrust Sports Complex is a ‘one-stop’ monster

By Jeff Vorva The Wintrust Sports Complex has not even held its grand opening yet in Bedford Park, but it’s already bringing ESPN to town in July. The facility’s general manager, Wade Walsh, said the American Cornhole League will host its Final Chase at the new site and ESPN will be broadcasting the finals on…

Brother Rice lineman Zak Bowden motions forward as quarterback Jack Lausch scores one of his three rushing touchdowns in Friday’s 40-21 road victory over Marist. Photo by Jeff Vorva

High School Football: Rice tops Marist as both powers eye playoffs

By Jeff Vorva Correspondent The buzz and postgame emotions from Brother Rice’s 40-21 victory over Marist on Friday was abbreviated. Because the heralded game was played on the final regular season weekend of the year, these area and state powers and bitter rivals quickly turned their attention to the playoff pairings announcements, which came less…

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A ‘businessman with a heart’

Colleagues pay tribute to Jim Vondrak By Joan Hadac In a business world frequently competitive to the point of being harsh and even cruel, James C. “Jim” Vondrak stood out as a businessman with a heart. The scion of a Southwest Side newspaper family, Mr. Vondrak owned and operated a chain of community newspapers led…

Officer Maureen O’Neill in her final days on the job at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station. --Greater Southwest News-Herald photo by Lorena Paredes

She bleeds blue

Officer Maureen O’Neill retires after 38 years By Tim Hadac If things appear a little unglued in the commander’s office at the Chicago Lawn (8th) District Police Station, it’s because Officer Maureen O’Neill recently retired after serving in the district for 38 years, 7 months and 1 day. “It’s fair to say that in some…

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Purple for a purpose

Taking a momentary break from tying purple ribbons around trees and fenceposts at West Lawn Park last Saturday are CPD Officers Sarai Trevino, Maria DeLaTorre, Raymond Tracy and Jose Supulveda, and Shari Grassmuck and Nancy Arroyo. The group made the park go purple in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month. DVAM has been a national…

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Tabares leads way to big success for police

Raises $21,000 for protective vests By Joan Hadac When 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares planned her annual Get Behind the Vest pancake breakfast at St. Daniel the Prophet Church, her goal was to surpass last year’s total of $10,500. To say she succeeded is an understatement. After the final pancake was sold at the drive-through…

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Homecoming court crowned at Nazareth Academy

Two local students are among the 2021 homecoming court at Nazareth Academy. Serving as queen is Isabella Romano, a 2017 graduate of St. Daniel the Prophet School. On the court is Ryan Spain, a 2019 graduate of of St. Symphorosa School. The court was announced at an all-school pep rally during their recent Spirit Week.…

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Café 63 rolls out auto-themed menu for car show

By Joan Hadac Your correspondent in Clearing and Garfield Ridge (708) 496-0265 • [email protected] Back in the Oct. 6 edition of the Clear-Ridge Reporter & NewsHound, I wrote about the car show hosted by the Garfield Ridge Chamber of Commerce and the Clearing Night Force, set for 3 to 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24. Well, it’s…

Chicago FOP Lodge 7 President John Catanzara, a Clearing resident, advises his union’s members not to abide by Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s vaccine mandate. --Screenshot from an FOP video

Leaders push back against vax

Aldermen, FOP chief butt heads with Lightfoot By Tim Hadac A week after the Lightfoot Administration announced that all city workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19—or face disciplinary measures—some employees pushed back. One of the most public was 23rd Ward Ald. Silvana Tabares, who signed a letter of concern to the mayor–with five of…

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Support older workers, Newman says

From staff reports U.S. Rep. Marie Newman (D-3rd) recently joined three Democratic House colleagues in introducing the Supporting Older Workers Act, a new bill designed to improve and advance the employment, economic success and the well-being of America’s older workers. Newman said the legislation would strengthen the workforce development system for older workers and reduce…

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