Jeff Vorva's Extra Point -- Coach Stu is back thanks to support from the swimming community

Jeff Vorva's Extra Point -- Coach Stu is back thanks to support from the swimming community

Photo by Jeff Vorva Joel Staszewski coaches a group of club water polo players Thursday at the Brother Rice pool. The Richards teacher and coach has gone through some serious health issues in the past 15 months.  In the movie “It’s a Wonderful Life,” a community rallies around likable lead character George Bailey in his time of need. In real life, Richards teacher and water polo/swim coach Joel Staszewski has a similar story... Read more


Evergreen Park's senior moments help roc…

Evergreen Park's senior moments help rock Oak Lawn

Photo by Jeff Vorva For a second or two, a referee is able to match Evergreen Park’s Jalen Lynch stride-for-stride but Lynch passed the ref and the Oak Lawn defense in a 61-yard run in the Mustangs’ 49-24 shocker over Oak Lawn Friday night.    Four years ago, Evergreen Park’s current seniors arrived expecting one thing, and in the seasons since have mostly gotten something else. Friday, Oak Lawn visited the Mustangs expecting to make a bit of history,... Read more

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‘Ted 2’ sequel should have stayed in hibernation The comedy “Ted 2” is an unneeded sequel to the film “Ted.” The first brought us Mark Wahlberg as John, along with Seth MacFarlane as Ted, his foul-mouthed Teddy bear of a best friend. This film picks up a little after the first film ended. We see the bear getting married to his sleazy fiancee, Tami-Lynn (Jessica Barth), at a wedding officiated by Sam... Read more


Time is right for opening door to new po…


Time is right for opening door to new possibilities

Photo by Claudia Parker Claudia Parker is retiring as a columnist so she can pursue other projects, like this recent assignment taking photos of a 2017 graduate.   “When one door closes, another one opens…” --Alexander Graham Bell Cheers to new beginnings! Last Saturday, I shot senior portraits for a 2017 graduate who said, “Do whatever you want,” she shrugged. “You’re the photographer, I trust you.” My mind looped with endless possibilities. “I’ve got this,” I told... Read more