Have a ball on Groundhog Day

The Little Company of Mary Hospital Foundation will host the annual Crystal Heart Ball on Saturday, Feb. 2 at the Field Museum. The Crystal Heart Ball is the premier fundraiser for the hospital.

Irving and Shirley Fuld will chair the premier fundraising event along with co-chairpersons Matt and Mary Ellen Filosa. Event will include a cocktail reception, meal prepared by Blue Plate Catering, and the musical stylings of the Indigo Orchestra. Attendees will have exclusive access to the featured exhibit "Maharaja: The Splendor of India's Royal Courts," which features paintings and costumes, jewelry, weapons and a golden throne. Spanning more than 250 years, the exhibition traces the shift in political control to strong regional powers, colonization by Great Britain, and the emergence of the modern, independent nation in 1947.

The Venerable Mary Potter Humanitarian Award will be presented to Harmony, Hope & Healing. Accepting the award will be founder Marge Nykaza.

The Sister Nancy Boyle Award for Excellence will be presented to Little Company of Mary's Integrative Therapy Department for providing holistic and state-of-the-art cancer therapy- recognized by the Commission on Cancer of The American College of Surgeons.

A cash raffle drawing will pick a grand prize winner of $15,000, as well as a second prize of $5,000, third prize of $2,500, and fourth prize of $1,000. Raffle tickets are $100 each in the foundation department and winners do not have to be present.

Ball tickets are $300 per person, proceeds will benefit "Values. Vision. Innovation: The Campaign for Little Company of Mary Hospital." Guests may purchase a Diamond table for $7,500, a Heart of Gold Table for $5,000, or a Crystal Heart Table for $3000. Contact the Little Company of Mary's Foundation department to purchase tickets at 229-5447 or visit

Testing with care

Oak Lawn High School Student Council Vice President Barbara Pajor helps create care packages that were given to students and staff members before first semester final exams began Dec. 18. Each package included No. 2 pencils, sticky notes, pretzels, granola bars, candy, and a handwritten letter offering encouragement. Student Council members wrote more than 200 letters with sayings like "Do UR best!" and "Good luck on your test!"

This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Jan. 10, 1962

Hickory Hills annexed 30 acres of land. Twenty acres were annexed west of 88th Avenue, and another 10 were annexed east of 88th Avenue between 89th and 91st Streets.


Worth Township paid $45,000 for a 10-acre plot of land as the site for a new town hall to house the supervisor, clerk and auditor offices. The site was bound by 115th Street on the north, 116th Street on the south, Menard Avenue on the east and Mayfield Avenue on the west.

25 years ago
Jan. 14, 1988

Moraine Valley Community College in Palos Hills received a $4 million donation from a former student to help fund a $16 million fine and performing arts center. William Stoecker, the chairman of the board of Grabill Corporation in Oak Forest, attended Moraine from 1976 to 1977 and said he wanted to give back to the school.


Jim Riley, the owner of Riley's Trick Shop in Worth, started Knucklehead Press, a bizarre humor magazine. Riley planned to publish the magazine once every three months.

10 years ago
Jan. 10, 2002

Evergreen Park mourned the death of former Mayor Anthony Vacco. The village's longest serving mayor, in office for 32 years, died Jan. 3. He was 77.


A 76-year-old man allegedly shot his wife to death on New Year's Eve as she laid in bed at Advocate Christ Medical Center.

Shirley Harrison, 74, had suffered a stroke, and her husband, Thomas, told police he believed she was suffering. Thomas shot Shirley then turned the gun on himself and fired one non-fatal shot into his chest. He was charged with first-degree murder.

This week in THEREPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Jan. 3, 1962

A Worth couple adopted a 3-yearold boy from China. Gerald Berg and his wife adopted Kenneth Ming Berg from Hong Kong through a Catholic Charities adoption program. Adoption proceedings were finalized Dec. 27, and Kenneth joined the family's other boy, 4- year-old Jeffrey. Both boys wanted to grow up to be police officers.

25 years ago
Jan. 7, 1987

The Worth Village Board approved "Operation Deep Freeze," which would add manpower to the fire department in the event of severe weather. The program allowed the fire department to schedule three additional firefighters when either temperatures fell below zero or 3 inches of snow of more fell.

10 years ago
Jan. 3, 2002

Consolidated High School District 230's board of education decided to launch its own investigation into claims of improper asbestos removal at Sandburg and Andrews high schools.

The Illinois Attorney General had launched an investigation during the summer after hearing complaints that construction workers were ripping apart asbestos-laden floor tiles in areas that were open to the public. The work was part of a $118 million construction and renovation projects at Andrews, Sandburg and Stagg schools.

District 124 schools to get new security cams

By Jessie Molloy

Evergreen Park School District 124 will install new surveillance cameras at all five of its buildings, and as another security measure is considering reconfiguring the main entrance at Central Junior High School.

The District 124 board of education on Dec. 19 voted to approve the installation of the new cameras, awarding the winning bid of $44,800 to Precision Control Systems of Chicago. Most of the work will be finished this week while students are on winter break, and the fine tuning of the cameras and the accompanying computer system will be finished by Jan. 30, district officials said.

The new cameras are intended to provide better security in all the schools' high traffic areas, and footage will be recorded to a central computer system rather than to videotapes or DVDs.

The board also heard a proposal from FGM Architects' representative Mike Eichhorn for the reconstruction of the entrance-way at Central Junior High, 9400 Sawyer Ave. The district has for three years been considering ways to reconfigure the school's entrance to make access to student areas more difficult. Work is anticipated to begin planning this summer in conjunction with pipe replacement and roofing projects at Central and Northeast and Northwest elementary schools.

Board members agree the project is necessary, but there is some concern about the nearly $500,000 price tag - significantly more than the original estimate of about $300,000. A less streamlined version of the reconfiguration could be a cheaper alternative, but was not as well-received by board members. Another possibility is postponing the roof work at Northeast for another year or two to free up funds for the work at Central.

The board plans to review more detailed designs this month to get a better idea of the project's cost and scope. The board hopes to reach a decision this month so the project can go out to bid in February.