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Survivor Spotlight: Doctor repairs 'time bomb' aneurysm

Survivor Spotlight: Doctor repairs 'time bomb' aneurysm

A new method of treating thoracic aortic aneurysms means better outcomes for patients like Olivia Browder, of Schererville, and the 15,000 other Americans affected by them annually.

August 20, 2014 9:35 am Photos

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Plant-based diets improve overall health

Plant-based diets improve overall health

Your mother was so right when she told you to eat your vegetables.

August 20, 2014 9:35 am
Painkiller options for expecting mothers

Painkiller options for expecting mothers

Expectant moms have a lot of choices. Picking out a crib and baby clothes may be fun, but she also faces many choices when it comes to pain management during her pregnancy and labor. While some choose natural birth, others opt for IV pain medication or epidurals for labor pain.

August 20, 2014 9:35 am Photos

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GERD study on the cutting edge of gastroenterology

GERD study on the cutting edge of gastroenterology

The staff at the Methodist Hospital GERD Center hopes that patients are finding permanent relief after having an incision free procedure the hospital introduced four years ago.

August 20, 2014 9:35 am Photos

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Going On: How we cope with grief and loss

Going On: How we cope with grief and loss

The specter and eventuality of loss are always there, hovering and waiting to pounce and engulf us causing grief—pain, anguish and an overwhelming sense of never having again what we once had.

August 20, 2014 6:30 am
Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

Elvis provides couple with happy 5th anniversary

Most couples in their 30s can't say they saw Elvis on their first date, but my husband and I can. In 2007, we went on our first date to see an Elvis tribute artist perform in Lansing. I covered the event for The Times. These days, I'm still writing and we are still checking out Elvis shows.

August 20, 2014 12:00 am

Car cruise zooming into LARC

Start your engines and drive to Lansing for a special car cruise taking place this weekend.

August 13, 2014 12:00 am
The little attractions that could: Region offers fun for train lovers

The little attractions that could: Region offers fun for train lovers

Thomas the Tank Engine is a very useful engine, and a very popular one. The fictional blue steam engine hails from the Island of Sodor on his popular show “Thomas & Friends” but also can be found throughout Northwest Indiana and the Chicago area.

August 06, 2014 10:00 pm Photos

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Children learn power of doing good

It has been almost 10 years since I started writing Illinois community news and yet there is always more to learn about those who do good work in the community and how they do it.

August 06, 2014 12:00 am

Visit car shows and cruise nights in Hegewisch, south suburbs

The reopening of Blue Top Drive-in in Highland brought out a large crowd last week, proof that there’s a bit of old car nostalgia in all of us. Many car enthusiasts and classic car owners can also be found throughout the south suburbs the rest of this summer as they attend local car shows an…

July 30, 2014 12:00 am

Famous veggies to make appearance in South Holland

SOUTH HOLLAND | Special movie stars coming to town next week are part of a happy story for Family Christian Store, which community members saved from closure earlier this year.

July 28, 2014 12:00 am

Make a splash with new adventures

My family’s summer days are flying by and have been filled with backyard playtime, trips to the local parks and a few mini adventures.

July 23, 2014 12:00 am

St. Florian hopes to increase enrollment with scholarships

CHICAGO | As St. Florian School readies to open its doors for a new school year Aug. 25, school officials are hoping for continued success in fundraising and increased enrollment.

July 19, 2014 10:00 pm

Life’s a picnic with these summer plans

The coming weeks will bring fun and informative events for all ages. Whether you are interested in food, art or jazz, there is something for you.

July 16, 2014 12:00 am

Starved Rock makes great escape from city

From time to time, we city dwellers need to find little escapes. Luckily Illinois offers many beautiful outposts for adventurous day trips.

July 09, 2014 12:00 am
Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Culinary canvas: Diverse flavors, ethnic foods star at Taste of Chicago

Grant Park will soon buzz with locals and tourists blending together to make the food festival of all food festivals known as Taste of Chicago.

July 08, 2014 11:18 pm Photos

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Four St. John siblings earn Scouting's highest honor

Four St. John siblings earn Scouting's highest honor

CALUMET CITY | If you need help building a camp fire or starting a community service project, call the Wojciks.

July 06, 2014 12:00 pm
Scouts find ways to show their patriotism year round

Scouts find ways to show their patriotism year round

Whether throwing a special party for veterans or carrying the American flag in a parade, local Boy Scouts show their patriotism through good deeds and positive attitudes.

July 03, 2014 1:21 pm Photos

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Hero Moms: Military families serve their country

Hero Moms: Military families serve their country

When it comes to loving a hero, Winfield mom Jen Sanders knows the drill. First a Marine’s wife and now she a Marine’s mom, she knows first hand the struggles and joys of loving someone serving his country.

July 02, 2014 11:41 pm Photos

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The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

There are greener options than grass when it comes creating a beautiful landscape. Groundcover and other earth friendly textiles are gaining popularity as home owners and landscape designers seek to reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying variety in their outdoor space.

June 26, 2014 9:23 am Photos

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Cool off with pool time, movie nights

Calumet Memorial Park District will present a showing of “The LEGO movie” at 7 p.m. Thursday. Come out to Sandridge Park, 600 Oglesby Ave. in Calumet City for a free outdoor movie night. Bring lawn chairs and blankets.

June 25, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch, other local residents voice frustration about trains

CHICAGO | Residents from Hegewisch and other nearby neighborhoods spoke passionately about their frustrations with increasing train traffic during a community meeting Tuesday night at St. Columba Social Center in Chicago’s Hegewisch neighborhood.

June 24, 2014 12:00 am
Lansing Historical Walk tells the town's story

Lansing Historical Walk tells the town's story

LANSING | On Monday night, Paul Schultz continued what has become a 30-year tradition of leading the Lansing Historical Walk down Ridge Road. With cars going by and tidbits flying, a large group of attendees surrounded Schultz as he told stories of Lansing families throughout the years. The …

June 23, 2014 5:27 pm Photos

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Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

Chicago Heights woman helps others while waiting for kidney

With her positive attitude and bubbly personality, Jameria Smith sounds like a typical 24-year-old talking about her goals. It's the obstacles she faces with determination and hope that set her apart.

June 18, 2014 12:00 am
Wind and Waves: Kite boarders make the most of Lake Michigan's surf

Wind and Waves: Kite boarders make the most of Lake Michigan's surf

When Michael Szromba and his buddies get together to kite board, a crowd of onlookers is usually nearby watching in awe as they put on their own type of air and water show.

June 11, 2014 11:46 am Photos

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Wolf Lake gives son first fishing experience

We took advantage of Illinois’ free fishing days this past weekend by visiting Hegewisch’s Wolf Lake where our 2-year-old son reeled in the first fish of what's sure to be an illustrious fishing career.

June 11, 2014 12:00 am
Restorers turn diamonds in the rough to desirable furniture

Restorers turn diamonds in the rough to desirable furniture

In the hands of furniture restorers, anything is possible. Damaged tables find new life. Old baseboards meet their match. Home owners find the furniture loves of their life.

June 10, 2014 12:30 pm Photos

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Brick by brick: LEGO addicts use imaginations to build

Brick by brick: LEGO addicts use imaginations to build

Four-year-old Westin Hahn's love of LEGOs inspired his family to throw him a LEGO themed birthday party complete with a LEGO brick cake and custom centerpieces, gift bags and balloons put together by mom, Alina.

June 08, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Egg-cellent Trend: Chicken coops provide loveable backyard pets and fresh eggs

Egg-cellent Trend: Chicken coops provide loveable backyard pets and fresh eggs

Chicken coops are popping up in Northwest Indiana backyards, part of a growing nationwide trend.

June 07, 2014 6:00 am Photos

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Hegewisch mom petitions for park revamp

Mann Park has been the hub of Hegewisch for decades but some say the aging facilities could use a face-lift.

June 04, 2014 12:00 am

Hegewisch cleanup planned for June 7 around Avenue K

A community cleanup effort planned in Hegewisch offers a great opportunity for neighbors to work together to keep our town great. This upcoming one just happens to be organized by a friend of mine, who also calls Hegewisch home.

May 28, 2014 12:00 am

Plan to clean up, learn, play in June

I just returned from a trip to Florida and am still readjusting to real life back in Chicago. Luckily, there are many upcoming events in June to get me back into the swing of the Windy City.

May 21, 2014 12:00 am
Live to 100 Mom!: Cycling classes provide productive workout for all ages and skill levels

Live to 100 Mom!: Cycling classes provide productive workout for all ages and skill levels

Women of all ages and skill levels can get in shape at their own pace with cycling classes.

May 11, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Get outdoors to celebrate nature

It’s time to get out the bikes and hiking shoes for a week of special nature events in our area.

May 07, 2014 12:00 am
Fun at the Zoo: Area zoos offer unique, exotic experiences for families

Fun at the Zoo: Area zoos offer unique, exotic experiences for families

Families who love visiting the zoo have plenty to look forward to this summer. In addition to spending time with animals, they can sign up for special events and plan to experience temporary exhibits opening for the summer season.

May 01, 2014 6:30 am Photos

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Sign up for spring activities

A few weeks ago, my father-in-law attended a class on Hegewisch genealogy at the Hegewisch branch of the Chicago Public Library. He is already a big genealogy buff but said he picked up a few tips from the presenter and that a good-sized crowd came out to the event.

April 30, 2014 12:00 am
Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

Golden-Ks enjoy food, fellowship at annual get-together

I was sad that my family was not able to make it to the Lansing Golden-K Kiwanis Club’s chili supper this month, but I have received word the annual celebration at the Eisenhower Center in Lansing was a big success.

April 23, 2014 12:00 am
A green clean: Consumers demand more eco-friendly, toxin-free cleaning products

A green clean: Consumers demand more eco-friendly, toxin-free cleaning products

Store shelves and Pinterest boards are filled with ideas when it comes to household cleaners.

April 19, 2014 8:00 am Photos

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Orthopedics and innovation: How technology helps patients recover

James Murphy, a third generation orthopedic surgeon, has seen firsthand how improvements in technology impact patient care.

April 16, 2014 4:51 pm
Survivor Spotlight: Bariatric gives teacher a new lease on life

Survivor Spotlight: Bariatric gives teacher a new lease on life

As a middle school math teacher, Jeannine Wolfe knows about numbers and hers were not adding up to good health.

April 16, 2014 4:48 pm Photos

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Summer camps offer enrichment for kids

Pretty soon the kids will be out of school and their parents will be looking for activities to keep them busy.

April 16, 2014 12:00 am
Easter bunnies: Rabbits should not be given as gifts, but make good pets for committed owners

Easter bunnies: Rabbits should not be given as gifts, but make good pets for committed owners

This time of year rabbits hop to the center of attention as humane educators work to dispel the idea that bunnies and chicks make good gifts for children on Easter morning.

April 12, 2014 10:45 pm Photos

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Schererville native finds worldwide success with digital strategy agency

Schererville native finds worldwide success with digital strategy agency

Having a bestselling book published in paperback is another accomplishment Schererville native Amy Webb can add to her long list of successes.

April 12, 2014 12:00 pm
Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Local events keep Easter Bunny hopping

Breakfast with the Easter Bunny was hopping this Sunday in Hegewisch. The General Pulaski Knights of Columbus 3223 served up its annual tradition with plenty of eggs, French toast and pancakes to satisfy hungry attendees.

April 09, 2014 12:00 am
The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

The grass is always greener: High-design ground cover in landscaping

There are greener options than grass when it comes creating a beautiful landscape. Groundcover and other earth friendly textiles are gaining popularity as home owners and landscape designers seek to reduce their carbon footprint while still enjoying variety in their outdoor space.

April 08, 2014 9:23 am Photos

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Keeping lawn and garden care simple for safety

Keeping lawn and garden care simple for safety

Children and pets love the outdoors, making it important to take the proper safety precautions with gardening and lawn care. With the influx of organic products on the market and a shift toward more natural solutions, gardeners are finding more "green" options for their green thumbs.

April 03, 2014 9:30 am

Plenty of spring events around town

As Chicagoans, we often take for granted how many great options we have in our own backyard. Our museums, zoos and theaters are among the best in the country and our skyline definitely rivals any in the world.

April 02, 2014 12:00 am
LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC hosting fundraiser on Aug. 8

LARC is selling tickets to a rocking fundraiser.

March 26, 2014 12:00 am
Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

Singing for Spring: High schools bring out their best for this season's musicals

High schoolers look forward to spring as a time for prom, time for baseball and time to sing. Spring musicals fill local school auditoriums with song and dance, showcasing the triple threat for students who can act, sing and dance.

March 23, 2014 7:00 am Photos

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Financial aid resources help students get ahead on college loans

Financial aid resources help students get ahead on college loans

Financial aid forms and deadlines can stress out students, but with the right resources, they can navigate the system with ease.

March 21, 2014 1:19 pm
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