OL high schools to host worthwhile runs

  • Written by Bob Rakow


  Both Oak Lawn high schools featury-page-2-col-sullyRunners take part in the 2012 Sully Shuffle. This year’s version of the race takes place Sunday. Submitted photowill hit the streets running the next two weekends to raise money for serious illnesses.

  The 5th annual Sully Shuffle is set for Sunday and will run through the neighborhood adjacent to Oak Lawn Community High School.
  The following Sunday, Richards High School’s second Run With the Bulldogs will be held in support of the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, which provides free toys and gift cards to children and teens undergoing cancer treatment.
  The POTC foundation was founded 10 years ago by Orland Park resident Colleen Kisel, who bought a small toy for her son each time he faced another round of chemotherapy during his successful battle with lymphocytic leukemia.
  It is the only charity of its kind in the nation and serves many hospitals throughout the Chicago area, including Advocate Children’s Hospital in Oak Lawn.
  The inaugural 5K run raised $11,000 for the charity.
  Running with Bulldogs begins at 8 a.m. at Richards and proceeds through the neighborhood east of the high school. Interested participants can register for $25 at
  Run With the Bulldogs was conceived by Richards teacher Bob Beck, who has invested hundreds of hours of personal time planning and organizing the event.
  “The idea of giving a child a gift after their treatment gives them a piece of hope every time they visit the hospital,” Peck said. “It gives them a chance to still feel like a kid and have enjoyment during a day that might seem gloomy by spending it in a hospital.”
  The goal of the Treasure Chest Foundation is the same as the day it was founded, Kisel said.
  “When a child must endure the rigors of cancer treatment, there is little anyone can do to take away the pain,” she said. “However, through the efforts of the Treasure Chest Foundation, children are provided with comfort and distraction during the times they need it most. It is our goal to keep these treasure chests full of toys so that each time a child needs that distraction, it’s there.”
  The Sully Shuffle is a 5K run/3K walk named after Skip Sullivan, a retired Oak Lawn High School teacher and coach, who has been fighting Parkinson’s disease for nine years.
  The run has raised $93,000 over the past four years, and organizers are hoping to raise an additional $15,000 to $20,000 this year. Proceeds are donated to the Midwest chapter of the American Parkinson’s Disease Foundation.
  The mini shuffle starts at 8:30 a.m. on the school track followed by the run/walk at 9 a.m. on Austin Avenue. The post party will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Homestead Barr, 9306 S. Central Ave.
  Approximately 120 runners and 150 walkers are registered for the event. Interested participants can register at or from 4 to 7 p.m. on Saturday at Deja Brew, 5219 W. 95th St. Registration also will be accepted beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday.
  The registration fee is $30 for the walk and $35 for the run. Walkers and runners both will receive a t-shirt and bag. The fee for the mini shuffle is $15 and includes a shirt. The cost of the post party is $30 and includes beer, wine and soda.
  Raffle prizes include three sets of Bears tickets, a 60-inch LG plasma TV, Cubs tickets and many raffle baskets. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the run/walk or at the post party.
  Sullivan is a 1969 graduate of Oak Lawn High School. He was a three-sport varsity athlete in football, basketball and baseball. He continued his football and baseball careers at Iowa State University.
  He retired from teaching in 2006 and continued as part-time athletic director and head baseball coach until 2008. He is a member of the Illinois Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame after a 14-year tenure as head coach at Oak Lawn.


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Chicago Ridge
  The Veterans Of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary No. 177 of Chicago Ridge is sponsoring a poster contest for first through third grade students and an essay contest for fourth and fifth graders.
  The fourth and fifth graders graders will write on the topic “How do our veterans serve America?” The essay should be no longer than 200 words and should be typed or neatly handwritten in black ink.
  The cover sheet for the essay should contain: student’s name, school, age of student and grade. The Deadline is Nov. 6.
  The theme for the poster for first, second and third graders is “I am a proud American.”

  The poster should be no larger than 14 by 22 inches. Students may use any type coloring agents like crayons, paints, markers, etc.
  On the back of the poster please include: the student’s name, the age of the students and the grade.
  The deadline is Nov. 6. For more information on either contest, contact Renee at 630-452-9447.

Evergreen Park Dist. 124
  School District 124 provides free vision, hearing, speech, language, basic concepts knowledge, and fine and gross motor skills screenings for children 3 to 5 years old who are not yet in kindergarten. Children eligible can qualify for special programs. For more information call Jean Hector at 423-0951, Ext. 2140.

Moraine Valley
  Employers from all industries who have position openings are needed for Moraine Valley Community College’s Fall Job and Internship Fair on Sept. 26, from 2 to 5 p.m. The fair will be in the Moraine Business and Conference Center, Building M, on campus, 9000 W. College Pkwy., Palos Hills. Employer check-in is at noon, and the employer luncheon is at 12:30 p.m.
  The Fall Job and Internship Fair is a prime opportunity for employers to recruit students, alumni and community members to fulfill employment needs, including hourly or salary jobs and paid or non-paid internships. Commission-only positions and undisclosed third-party recruiting will not be included.
  The registration fee is $100 for a six-foot table and lunch for two recruiters. You also can register for the Spring Job and Internship Fair, and the fee for both fairs will be reduced to $150. Registration forms are due by Sept. 20, and can be downloaded from the college’s website at Space is limited.
  For more information about the fair or other events, call the Job Resource Center at 708-974-5313, or visit the website.
  Volunteers for Moraine Valley Community College’s Literacy Program are currently being recruited to tutor adults who read, write or compute math at or below a ninth-grade level or who need additional help in learning English.
  Tutors commit to teaching basic reading, math, computer, or English skills to an assigned student for two hours each week for one year. Regular meeting days and times are decided by the tutor and the student. The literacy program offers tutoring at local libraries, the main campus in Palos Hills and college extension centers in Blue Island and Tinley Park. Tutors can choose a location close to their work or home.
  Volunteers should be high school graduates over the age of 18. Teaching experience is not required. Volunteers must complete 12 hours of mandatory training, which can be completed online at or at the college in September.
  To volunteer or for more information, call 608-4151.

Saint Xavier
  Saint Xavier University will host the 13th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk during its 2013 Homecoming Week at 9 a.m. on Oct. 5. The race begins and ends at SXU’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St, and travels through Evergreen Park.
  Pre-registration is $30 for runners/walkers and $25 for SXU students. Prices increase to $35 for runners/walkers and $30 for SXU students from Mon., Sept. 30 to Fri., Oct. 4. On race day, registration is $40 for runners/walkers and $35 for SXU students. The Cougar 5K is bringing back the family rate which costs $75 for two adults and one child age 17 or under from the same immediate family. Each additional child is $20. Family rate registration is not available on race day. Visit, keyword: cougar 5k to register.
  All participants will receive a white cotton long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt. Participants that register before Sun., Sept. 15 have the option to purchase a black dry-tech long-sleeve Cougar 5K shirt for an additional $5 instead of the white cotton shirt. Exclusive Cougar 5K charcoal grey quarter-zip jackets also are on sale for $30 through the online registration form or in the Shannon Center at the Chicago campus.
  For more information or to register, visit the Cougar 5K Run/Walk website at, keyword: cougar 5k or call the race hotline at 773-298-3592.

50-50 – Stagg and Marist host milestone celebrations

  • Written by Bob Rakow and Jeff Vorva


  Two area high schools are celebrating their 50th anniversariesPage-5-2-col-cardinalFrancis Cardinal George admires a Marist sweatshirt presented to him as a gift for conducting Mass at the school on Monday. this school year and both kicked things off with early-year activities.

  On Friday, Stagg High School made the 50th anniversary a highlight of its Homecoming celebration and parade. On Monday, Marist hosted a Mass with special guest Francis Cardinal George presiding.

  School spirit was at its optimumPage 5 3 col stagg drummers - s Stagg band members (from left) junior John Schmidt, senior Katie Johnson and junior Rich Gonzini step onto Roberts Road at start of Friday’s parade. Friday afternoon at Stagg High School as students clad in blue and orange paraded along Roberts Road in celebration of homecoming and the school’s 50th anniversary.
  Students from more than 30 teams and organizations gathered in the parking lot of Conrady Junior High in Hickory Hills and decorated golf carts with posters and blue and orange streamers.
  Larger clubs and sports teams walked the parade route, which stepped off from Conrady and proceeded to Stagg football stadium.
  Descendants of Amos Alonzo Stagg served as grand marshals of the parade, which drew hundreds of spectators along the route two-mile route.
  The school was named after the legendary University of Chicago football coach “in recognition of his century of devotion to young men to help them understand the powers they possess.”

Page-5-2-col-first-classSome of the people who were there when Marist opened its doors in 1963 were recognized Monday during the 50th anniversary.

  On Sept. 9, 1963, Marist opened its doors to students for the first time.
  Fifty years later, the school held a Mass on its football field with Francis Cardinal George presiding to honor the half century of service.
  Br. Gerard Brereton, the first hired faculty member in the school’s history, came in from New York to take part in the celebration.
  “When it opened, we didn’t know what waspage-5-2-col-bellBr. Brice Byczynski, who attended Marist on the first day of school Sept. 9, 1963, rings the bell on Monday during the school’s 50th anniversary celebration. going to happen — we had no idea,” he said during a party after the ceremony. “The school wasn’t even finished being built. We had to use temporary rooms until Christmas, when they finished it.’’
  The former Spanish teacher is amazed how much the school has grown over the years.
  “I could never imagine that the school would look like this,” he said. “We came from 203rd and Pulaski in a station wagon with nine brothers, teach at the school and go home every night. You would never believe the school turned to what it turned into. It’s more than doubled the land. It’s almost like a college campus.’’
  Principal Larry Tucker brought back some nostalgia when he told the estimated crowd of 2,500 people about what life was like back in that era.
  “The beehive hairdo was popular and the Beatles were heard frequently on the radio,” Tucker said. “Lava lamps were all the rage. Were there lava lamps in the monastery? No. The monastery didn’t exist at that time. Marist High School officially opened by the ringing of a hand bell at 9 a.m. For 50 years and over 18,000 graduates, Marist High School and the Marist brothers teamed with lay educators to form the Marist family making Jesus known and loved.’’
  The school’s president, Br. Pat McNamara, had some of the members of the first graduating classes stand up and he remarked to the current students, “Take a good look — that’s what you will look like in 50 years.”


Paurazas marks 60 years in priesthood


Rev. Peter Paurazas will be marking 60 years in the priesthood at 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 2, at St. Patricia Church in Hickory Hills.
Ordained in May,1955 at Mundelein by Samuel Cardinal Stritch, Paurazas has served as an Associate Pastor at St. Joseph (South Chicago) and at lmmaculate Conception (Brighton Park) before becoming Pastor of St. Adrian in Marquette Park and St. Rene Goupil in Clearing.
ln addition he has taught at St.Francis DeSales High School from 1960-66 and at Maria High School from 1966-92.
Paurazas (who has one sister, Cecilia) is the son of lgnatius and Anna Paurazas and currently serves as a retired priest in residence at St.Patricia in Hickory Hills. After the Mass, light refreshments will be served in the Parish Center.


Church Corner from 10-2-14

  • Written by Kari Nelson


  The Fall Festival of Choirs Concert will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, at Morgan Park Presbyterian Church, 2017 W. 110th Pl., Chicago.

  The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church is sponsoring an electronic/hazardous waste collection from 8:30 to 11 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 1, in the church parking lot located at northwest corner of 103rd Street and Seeley Avenue.
  The following items will be accepted: computers, laptops, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, boom boxes, mercury-florescent lamps and bulbs, televisions, cell and land line phones, small microwaves, eyeglasses, non-controlled expired prescription drugs, and textbooks.
  The following hazardous items will be accepted if properly sealed: antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, oil-based paints, paint thinners, aerosol paints, car batteries, reusable batteries, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, and hobby chemicals.
  The group cannot accept: latex, acrylic or water based paints, Freon, incandescent bulbs, products needing water cleanup only, bio-hazardous material or needles. Also, no athletic shoes will be collected at this event.
  This collection is a service offered to local residents. Modest donations to offset costs are appreciated. The Green Sanctuary Group thanks Beverly Bank and Trust and Com2 for their ongoing support of this community service.
  To volunteer, or for more information, contact Eileen Klees at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (773) 968-3396, or Fran Sowa at, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or call (708) 423-6392.

Willow Springs


Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, 212 S. Nolton Ave., Willow Springs, will be serving up spaghetti and sides from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18. The tab is $8 for adults and $3 for children 3 to 9 years old. Children younger than 3, eat free. Dinner includes spaghetti, salad, bread and butter, beverages, and dessert. Take-outs will be available. Parking is available at the upper and lower level.