This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Feb. 21, 1963

The Kiwanis Club of Worth accepted an unusual new member: Willie Windsor, the ventriloquist doll of Kiwanis member Jack Kennelly. Kennelly said he would use the doll at Kiwanis events.


The Calvin Christian Reformed Church, 101st Street and Central Avenue in Oak Lawn, was dedicated on Feb. 13. The congregation had been meeting for the past year at Sward School, 99th Street and Brandt Avenue.

25 years ago
Feb. 25, 1988

The Eastern Onion Singing Telegram Company celebrated being in Chicago Ridge for more than a year.

The Eastern Onion sent out singing telegrams throughout the suburbs, and performed at birthdays, anniversaries, proposals and other events. Chicago actress Helen Hayes and Chicago Blackhawks owner Arthur Wirtz were two Chicago celebrities who received singing telegrams from the company, which took its name from a pun on the money wire service Western Union.


Palos Hills Mayor Jerry Bennett announced the city had a balanced budget for a seventh straight year. The budget, which was close to $5 million, was up $431,000 (5 percent) over the previous year's budget of $4.49 million.

10 years ago
Feb. 20, 2003

The Hickory Hills City Council tabled a decision to allow a subdivision at 80th Court and 88th Street.

Aldermen had concerns the subdivision's main drive may be too narrow for fire engines and ambulances to get through to homes. The subdivision was expected to include eight town homes and one single-family home.


A Chicago Ridge woman and her infant daughter were saved by firefighters after a fire at their apartment complex, 5724 W. 111th St.

Firefighters used ladders to save the woman and her daughter, who were on a balcony, and another man who was on the third floor. The fire was believed to have started in a rear unit on the ground floor, but the cause was unknown.

Prom gown turn-around

The Bridgeview Park District will hold a Prom Gown Turn- Around from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 12 at the Bridgeview Park District, 8100 S. Beloit Ave.

Sellers you can bring gently used dresses, shoes and accessories they won't wear again to be sold for cash. Sellers can price and sell their own items. Seller space fee is free; register by March 5. For more information call 594-1818.

Advanced physics

Oak Lawn Community High School senior advanced placement physics students Cathal Burke (from left), Marc Augustine and Nick Demas were at the University of Chicago Feb. 7 to participate in a panel discussion that highlighted the discovery of the Higgs boson. The event was hosted by the Institute and gave participants the chance to interact with practicing physicists and learn about cutting-edge research.

The Higgs boson is a theoretical particle - sometimes called the "God particle" by the mainstream media - predicted to exist by the Standard Model of physics.

Our Neighbors

Mary Wallace of Oak Lawn ranked as Coldwell Banker's No. 10 agent in total units sold in 2012. Wallace, a sales associate with Coldwell Banker's Oak Lawn office, has been recognized as the top agent in Oak Lawn in units and sales volume for the past five years. She joined the company in 2003 and has earned several awards including rookie of the year (2004) and international president's premier member (2012).


Alfredo Melendez of Oak Lawn is among the artists featured in the Lewis University President's 5th annual Art Show. Melendez's artwork included "The Hunt and Sopra's Creation," which earned honorable mention in the show.

Worth-y of awards

The Worth Park District brought home two prestigious awards from the 2013 Illinois Park and Recreation Association/Illinois Association of Park District's annual conference. The park district was one of nine in Illinois to earn the IPRA's 2012 Workplace Excellence award. The park district earned 48 out of a possible 52 points.

Seen here accepting the Workplace Excellence award are Worth Park District director Carlo Capalbo and treasurer Sarah Redmond. The workplace excellence program encompasses the six dimensions of wellness - physical activity, social, emotional, intellectual, spiritual and environmental. Higher productivity and lower absenteeism are among the touted benefits of healthy employees.

Worth Park Board President Steve Werner was awarded the distinction of Master Board Member by the IAPD by earning 750 units through the association's board member development program.