• The Baldinelli Favorite pizza (prices vary by size) comes topped with a thick layer of cheese, homemade meatballs, spinach, garlic and mushrooms at Baldinelli Pizza in Homer Glen. Rebecca Susmarski/22nd Century Media

    More than just pizza

    April 28, 2016 By Rebecca Susmarski, Contributing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    While many people would refrain from eating garlic on a first date, Vince Distasio and Michelle Honein ordered a meal full of garlic on theirs, and pizza quickly became another one of th

  • Brian Papa celebrates with his current team, the Lincoln-Way East Griffins, after earning his 800th career win as a head coach. Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

    Hitting a final season milestone

    April 28, 2016 By Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School

    When it comes to soccer in the state of Illinois, Brian Papa is a legend.

  • The Lavin-Cassidy School of Irish Dancing’s under-16 team, including Anna and Olivia McMahon, poses at the 2016 Irish Dancing Commission’s World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Photo courtesy of Feis.photos

    Twin sisters, Irish dancers take home world title

    April 27, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts
    Brian McMahon signed up his twin daughters, Anna and Olivia, for Irish dance classes when they were 5 years old, just so they could learn more about their heritage. He did not expect that nearly a decade later, his girls would go from novice learners to world champions.
  • Jim Giglio gets a visit from his son’s dog Ellie after his brain surgery January 2016. Photos submitted

    Showing strength against great odds

    April 26, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor News
    It is difficult to stay positive in the face of overwhelming adversity. After a while, most people feel like calling it quits and giving up the big fight. For Mokena resident, Jim Giglio, there is no such thing as giving up when it comes to his three-year fight against Stage 4 lung cancer and brain tumors. He said he finds his strength through being a father to his two sons, Chris and Kyle.
  • Rachel McCurdy, owner of The Talking Shirt in Mokena, stocks her store April 19 with T-shirts that bear designs with positive messages. Photos by Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

    Clothing with positive attitude

    April 26, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor News
    When Frankfort resident Rachel McCurdy started looking to buy “big girl” clothes for her oldest daughter, Chloe (6 at the time), she said she could not find anything that she would want her child to wear.


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