Monday, December 31, 2012
We look back at stories from the past year about ghost riding, grief shared through, Twitter, recovery, community images, a demon, pizza, murder and others.
Two-and-a-half years, 5,100 articles, 2,650 events, 800 Local Voices posts and we are just getting started. First, thanks to everyone who helped get us to this point. Your faith, participation, enthusiasm and yes, criticism, has made this crazy thing a labor of love, ever since I first got a weird look from someone when trying to describe the listing directory that didn’t yet exist. We have big plans for 2013 at Orland Park Patch, and across the Patch network. But before we get to all of that, here’s a walk through a few interesting stories and posts that came about in the last year (in no particular order). Orland Cops Catch Up to Reckless, Wheelie-Popping 'Ghost Rider' The tale of Justin Jachimiec, a 22-year-old accused of riding a dirt …
Sunday, May 13, 2012
We look back at a week of the different ways people faced a tragedy, a new dealership home, an abandoned house burning, football views and Mitt Romney’s doorway.
MONDAY Thousands Turn to Twitter in Support of Fallen Sandburg Student Late Sunday night, friends and family posted the hashtag #RN20 in honor of Ryan Nash. Within a few hours, thousands did the same to raise awareness and prevent others from suffering silently. Comings & Goings: New BMW Dealership in Orland; Tinley's Flying Dragon Goes Dark Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau to celebrate National Tourism Day on May 9. TUESDAY Ryan Nash 'Knew How to Cheer People Up' Classmates wore black to Sandburg High on Monday after learning of the freshman's death but pledged to wear white Tuesday to honor the teen as they find ways to cope. Abandoned House Fire Blocked 159th Street Both Ways The Orland Fire Protection District stopped an …
Saturday, May 12, 2012
The 15-year-old Sandburg freshman baseball player, who took his life on Sunday, was mourned on the ball field and by his friends through social media.
Ryan Nash, a Carl Sandburg High School freshman who committed suicide Sunday, was remembered this week in several ways. The night of his death, over 1,500 people added the Twitter hashtag #RN20 to their tweets, to spread awareness of teen suicide. Friends of Nash, and complete strangers moved by the effort, asked Oprah, Lady Gaga and Justin Bieber among many other largely-followed tweeters to post the tag. Later in the week, students wore black one day, and white the next. His fellow freshmen baseball players routed Joliet Central 20-1 on Tuesday in Nash’s honor, with the number 20 painted on the field. “Ryan was a great kid, always had a smile on his face, knew how to cheer people up,” said Tony Gizzi, a classmate for about eight years…
Thursday, May 10, 2012
The Sandburg Eagles freshmen boys baseball team beat Joliet Central 20-1 in front of more than 100 spectators Tuesday night, dedicating their victory to Ryan Nash. See video of the game and comments from players and coaches.
When Eagles pitcher David Grimaldo looked down at the mound during Tuesday's nights game against Joliet Central, he knew exactly who he was pitching for. Players on the Carl Sandburg High School boys freshmen baseball team wrote "Ryan" on the mound to honor teammate Ryan Nash, who took his own life on Sunday. The group was told early in the season to stick together, they said, and has recently relied on that camaraderie more than they ever thought they may. On Monday morning, the team met to decide whether they would play the next game. Players, parents and coaches all agreed they should. “The parents have been great through it all,” said Coach Derrick Smith. “They were right there with us in the morning yesterday.” READ: Ryan Nash 'Knew …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Classmates wore black to Sandburg High on Monday after learning of the freshman's death but pledged to wear white Tuesday to honor the teen as they find ways to cope.
Ryan Nash could make “anyone’s frown turn upside down.” The 15-year-old freshman at Carl Sandburg High School was described by a longtime classmate as having a knack for lightening the mood of those around him. “Ryan was a great kid, always had a smile on his face, knew how to cheer people up,” said Tony Gizzi, a classmate for about eight years. “He was the one kid who would never talk behind someone’s back. He was just a joyful person. He loved hanging out with friends, one of the most social kids I knew. Nobody could talk bad about Ryan.” Ryan Nash took his own life Sunday afternoon. The coroner has ruled his death a suicide. On Monday, Sandburg students paid tribute to Ryan Nash by wearing black. For Tuesday’s school day, they pledged …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Read through the massive outpouring of support on Twitter and other social media in the days since 15-year-old Ryan Nash passed away, with many people encouraging others not to suffer in silence.
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Late Sunday night, friends and family posted the hashtag #RN20 in honor of Ryan Nash. Within a few hours, thousands did the same to raise awareness and prevent others from suffering silently.
Updated, 2:15 p.m. Monday, May 07 Updated, 10:15 a.m. Monday, May 07 Close friends and family began sharing their grief on Twitter about suddenly losing a loved one Sunday night. Within a few hours, thousands of people joined them online, sharing thoughts and prayers after the death of 15-year-old Ryan Nash. The Carl Sandburg High School freshman and baseball player was declared dead by the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office Sunday night. The medical examiner concluded Monday afternoon that Nash died of a gunshot wound and his death was ruled a suicide. Nash’s death sparked a massive reaction on Twitter, with prayers and support for him. Some thought early on that bullying may have been a contributing factor, but on Monday sources said …