Friday, March 15, 2013
A 21-year-old Park Forest man is accused of giving the 17-year-old girl alcohol before the Friday morning crash, according to a report.
A 17-year-old Orland Park girl struck by a car Friday morning in Olympia Field is suffering from life-threatening injuries, Sun-Times Media reports. Lemanuel J. Pitts, 21, of the 100 block of Illinois Street in Park Forest is charged with one count of providing liquor to a minor and one count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to the report. He is accused of giving the teen alcohol before the crash. The girl was hit at about 5 a.m. in the 3600 block of Route 30, according to the report. She was flown to Stroger Hospital in Chicago. Follow Patch on Facebook: Orland Park / Chicago Heights
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Bail for Ralph Grajek, 46, was set at $200,000 on Wednesday. He is accused of striking a woman and ripping out a telephone line after pushing his way into the home.
An Orland Park man was charged Wednesday with home invasion after police said he forced his way into an unincorporated Palos Heights home. Ralph Grajek, 46, appeared in Bridgeview bond court Wednesday, according the Cook County Sheriff’s Office. His bail was set at $200,000. Grajek is accused of forcing his way into the house on 128th Street at around 12:45 a.m. Feb. 17, hitting a woman who was home several times in the face and ripping a telephone line out of the wall when she tried to call 911, police said. After fleeing in a black GMC Jimmy, Grajek was arrested several days later on Feb. 25 after a manhunt led police to Chicago Ridge, according to the Sheriff’s Office. He was taken into custody without incident. Grajek is due in …
Friday, December 21, 2012
Would your Christmas be a bit jollier if you didn’t spend it in the kitchen?
Below is a list of local restaurants and grocery stores that would be more than happy to lend a hand.
If you are not a fan of preparing large holiday dinners, but adore hosting and having your loved ones together for Christmas, try one of the many great catering options available in the area. Many local businesses offer catering packages, take-and-heat dinners and more that will make it easier to spend more time with your loved ones this holiday season. Cafe Gaston 14448 John Humphrey Drive 708-403-3663 Cafe Gaston is offering full Christmas Eve and Christmas Dat meals for people. Customers can also choose off the restaurant's our catering menu and the restaurant can package it. Pickup is on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Call if for further details at 708-403-3663. Cooper’s Hawk Restaurant and Winery 15690 S. Harlem Avenue 708-633-0200 …
Friday, November 23, 2012
'The Ellen DeGeneres Show' popped into the Best Buy in Orland Park on Thanksgiving, surprising one lucky family from the South Side with a shopping spree and thousands of dollars in Best Buy goodies—and handing out $50,000 in gift cards to others.
They came in hordes and formed a line thousands long—the length of a strip mall, out around the corner, and north along LaGrange Road. Amidst Black Friday excitement and rumors of a cameo by Ellen DeGeneres, eager shoppers and fans flocked to Best Buy in Orland Park on Thanksgiving, hoping to snag a prized purchase, and a glimpse of the talk show host. Though DeGeneres did not appear and most might have been disappointed, one lucky family's day got a lot brighter. A South Side family chosen from millions of contest entrants was treated to a Best Buy shopping spree and thousands of dollars in giftcards, courtesy of The Ellen Show. Members of the show's production staff were mum on how they chose the winning family, whose name is being …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Also in the latest business news, Tinley's Bettenhausen Rec Center will get a $4.5 million facelift, Fox Head opens in Orland Park, and more.
Rue 21, a national fashion retailer for young men and women, has signed a lease to open a new store in the Tinley Park Plaza near 159th Street and Harlem Avenue. The 5,800-square-foot store will be between Walt’s Foods and Bath & Body Works in the plaza, Brixmor Property Group announced. Brixmor owns and manages the strip mall. The store is expected to open in late summer or early fall. Rue 21 is based in Warrendale, Pa., and operates 770 stores in 46 states. The lease is one of three the retailer signed last month with Brixmor. For more information, visit Rue 21. The Tinley Park Park District is expected this week to open bids on a major expansion of the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center. Bids are due by 10 a.m. Friday for construction…
Monday, June 18, 2012
Berkot's Super Foods to open its 13th store on Thursday in Orland Park's Wolf Plaza at 159th Street and Wolf Road.
Odyssey Fun World at 19111 S. Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park last week opened the state’s first mobile Zip Line ride. “It’s an extreme ride,” said General Manager Clint Paraday describing the ride that lasts only seconds but packs a wallop. “We opened it on Friday and the crowd response was phenomenal.” Paraday said the Zip Line tower stands 30-feet high and the line stretches out to 130 feet long. There is a 60-pound minimum weight and a 250-pound maximum. “The heavier you are, the faster you go,” Paraday said. The Zip Line is one of many innovations Paraday has brought to the amusement park in the past year including a corn maize last Halloween and a musical light show at Christmastime. “We’re trying to stay relevant,” he said. “We had 30,…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Village of Orland Park recently sent out its spring update on various actions, efforts and decisions.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
A foundation formed in the name of late Orland Park resident Flo Vanderpool recently donated $11,000 to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation.
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Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Floridamae "Flo" Vanderpool lived in Orland Park most of her life, and spent years seeing the world with her sister Lois by her side. The two visited almost every continent, and each brought back a souvenir from their explorations—often the same souvenir. When Vanderpool passed away in 2008, she left every trinket, her entire estate and her personal fortune in the hands of her investment advisor and good family friend Gary Bertacchi. She asked that Bertacchi keep her charity foundation, the Cord-Vanderpool Foundation, up and running, sharing her wealth with those in need. On Dec. 19, Bertacchi dropped off a $6,000 check made out to the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, an Orland Park-based charity that delivers toys into the …
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Debi Ross takes the worries out of holiday decorating. Not only will she give your tree a unique look, she'll even take it down after Christmas.
Orland Park resident Debi Ross could be considered one of Santa’s special helpers. Her business, Special Looks, has been getting homes and businesses in Orland Park and the surrounding communities ready for the holiday season for nearly 14 years. She’s even traveled out-of-state to give homes that “Special Look." “People want to have their homes look festive for the season, but for different reasons—whether they are too busy, (physically) unable or don’t quite have the knack—they turn to us for help,” said Ross. “And we love doing it.” Ross began her love of Christmas decorating nearly 30 years ago, working for a local florist, where during the holiday season she was in charge of creating special arrangements for clients. Even after the …
Friday, December 2, 2011
Police officers teach students to resist peer pressure and live productive drug and violence-free lives.
Officers Chuck Barth and Scott Shuster have worked various assignments throughout their time with the Orland Park Police Department. What’s their toughest beat to date? And their toughTeaching the D.A.R.E. program to Orland area junior high students. Founded in 1983, Drug Abuse Resistance Education is an international program designed to bring awareness to teenagers about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse. "It starts at home with parents telling their kids not to use drugs and alcohol," said Barth. "The D.A.R.E program makes sure kids have the tools and training to be able to resist drugs and alcohol." The program is taught by specially trained police officers and lasts 10 to 13 weeks, with students taking a D.A.R.E lesson once a week …