Free trees coming to Palos Hills

  • Written by Kelly White

  The city of Palos Hills is looking forward to a green spring.
  The Community Resource Department received a grant from Living Land and Waters Million Trees Project for 150-200 free trees to distribute to residents. T

Community Briefs from 2-13-14

SXU To Host Indoor Duathlon

  Community residents are invited to compete in Saint Xavier University’s Indoor Duathlon, while avoiding the snow and cold temperatures this February. The Duathlon is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, in the Shannon Center, located at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Time slots will be scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis.
  Registration costs $15 for SXU students, $20 for SXU faculty and staff, $20 for SXU alumni and Shannon Center members, and $25 for members of the community,18 and older.
  The Duathlon is a 45-minute race that takes place in the Shannon Center on the indoor track. It consists of a 15-minute run/walk on the track, then 15 minutes on a stationary bike, followed by another 15-minute run/walk. The goal is to try to complete as many laps on the track or miles on the bike as you can in the given time frame. Families are welcome to bring their children. The gym will be available for open playtime for all children. Participants can also enjoy light refreshments, an awards ceremony and a participant T-shirt.

Oak Lawn
Chuck Martin and Indigo Jazz 5 Band to Play in Oak Lawn

  The Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., will host Chuck Martin and Indigo Jazz 5 Band from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday for an encore performance. A cash bar is available. Patrons must be ages 21 or older. The fee is $12 and includes admission and food and/or beverages up to $6.
  For more information, or to reserve a seat, call 857-2433.

Wine Lovers Invited to Stony Creek Clubhouse

  The Oak Lawn Park District Stony Creek Clubhouse, 5850 W. 103rd St., is hosting a wine tasting event from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22. Event-goers will sample an selection of wines accompanied with different cheeses, fruits and appetizers. The cost is $14 per person and individuals must be 21 years or older to participate. For more information or make a reservation, call 857-2433.

Evergreen Park
Rainbow announces training schedule for southwest and south side dogs
  Rainbow Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT), the largest and oldest not-for-profit organization of its type in the Chicago metropolitan area, is offering an Introduction to Animal Assisted Therapy course this spring to help owners train their dogs to become therapy dogs.
  The course will be held Tuesday mornings from 10 to 11:30 a.m., starting March 4 and running every other week through April 15. It is being held at Peace Memorial, 3200 West 101st St., Unit 1, Evergreen Park.
  The fee for the 6-hour program is $75 for one handler and $125 for two handlers. Pre-registration is required. Dogs must be at least 6 months old and familiar with basic obedience commands (sit, down, stay, etc.). Handlers must be 18 or older. For more information, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call 773-383-1153. Further information and online registration is available at:
  The course includes instruction on hand signals, getting your dog to work for others, and an introduction to the games used in therapy work to help improve and enhance verbal and motor skills.
  Children with special needs will often perform tasks for trained dogs that they would not ordinarily do for anyone else. Rainbow’s AAT programs build on this unique bond between dogs and humans to meet specific goals.

Retro Reporter 2-13-14

  • Written by Compiled by Jeff Vorva

Retro Reporter Art

Wait…how did this guy break his foot?
50 years ago
From the Feb. 13, 1964 issue
  The story: A pledge drive was underway for the proposed St. Louis De Montifort church and school building fund. Rev. James C. Quinn said results would determine the construction dates.
  The quote: “Heaters too close to things that burn, are always cause for much concern,” – a rhyme sent to the Reporter from Palos Heights Fire Chief Ed Kamper.
  Fun fact: Catherine Barz wrote in her About Oak Lawn column “Pete Smith…is hobbling around on crutches as the result of a basketball accident. According to his wife, Millie, he got hit in the head with the ball and broke his foot. Huh?”

Streit endorsed by Illinois’ big boss
25 years ago
From the Feb. 16, 1989 edition
  The story: Governor Jim Thompson endorsed Bob Streit for Worth Township supervisor and his slate of candidates. “I think Bob Streit is a fine committeeman and will make an excellent supervisor of Worth Township. He has my support and I am going to do all I can to help him and the other fine Republicans on his ticket win in April.”
  The quote: “They’re starting to express a little bit of outrage … at having a scavenger or junker come by and pick up their recyclable materials.” – Oak Lawn Trustee Roland Stancik on citizen’s reaction of people scavenging their garbage.
  Fun fact: Conrady Junior High put on its first Operation Snowflake program to show a positive spirit and to take a “just say no” attitude when it comes to drinking and taking drugs.

Liquor store murderer sentenced to death
10 years ago
From the Feb. 12, 2004 edition
  The story: Ricardo Harris was given a death sentence for the 1999 murders of two people at the former Extra Value Liquors in Oak Lawn. Police say he came to Oak Lawn after fleeing police in Michigan a few prior to the murders.
  The quote: “It feels like getting hit with a hammer really fast all over your body,’’ – Oak Lawn detective Jack McCarthy describing the new X26 taser guns.
  Fun fact: Chicago Ridge’s Greg Short, a sixth grader at our Lady of the Ridge, built a scale model of an ancient Greek battleship as a class project and the Reporter did a feature on it.

Hickory Hills woman plows into police car

  • Written by Bob Rakow

A Hickory Hills woman was charged with leaving the scene of an early morning crash last Thursday after hitting a squad car and injuring two police officers, police said.
Olivia D. Aguilar, 22, of the 7900 block of 93rd Street in Hickory Hills, also was charged with two counts of aggravated battery of a police officer, the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office said.
Two Hickory Hills officers were in a squad car in the 7800 block of 93rd Street at about 1 a.m. when Aguilar, who was driving a 2014 Audi without headlights, crashed into their vehicle, police said. The squad car was totaled and the Audi was badly damaged, according to reports.
The officers and Aguilar were treated for injuries at Palos Community Hospital and released, police said.
She was being held in the Cook County Jail on a $10,000 bond and was scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday, according to the state’s attorney.

Bogus 911 caller pulled off two previous heists

  • Written by Kevin M. Coyne

 Chicago Ridge Deputy Chief Paul Landry said police nabbed a suspected bank robber who pulled off at least two other heists and a 21-year-old Chicago Ridge man who robbed a Shell station at gunpoint.
  As reported in last week’s Reporter, Javier Diaz, 27, of Franklin Park, was apprehended by Chicago Ridge police after a Jan. 30 attempted robbery at a Bank Financial branch, 6415 W. 95th St. Diaz had made a phony call to 911 to say a gunman was at an Oak Lawn school, hoping to divert the police.
  According to police Diaz passed the teller a note demanding $10,000 or his gang would come back and kill the teller.