• Julie Shapiro, of Orland Park, won the 2015 Vacation Photo Contest with this photo of her daughter jumping into a rive while on a hike in Big Sky, Montana. (photo submitted)

    Getting ready for summer

    May 21, 2015 By Staff Report News

    51 fun things to do in the southwest suburbs this summer

    The weather is getting nicer, school is out and vacation time is aplenty.

  • Mokena resident Bella Rodrigues, who lost her lower right leg to surgery, receives some help from her therapy dog named Max as she continues rehab with her prosthetic leg. Photo submitted

    Getting by with help from a furry friend

    May 19, 2015 By Rebecca Susmarski, Assistant Editor News

    After 8-year-old Bella Rodrigues lost her lower right leg to surgery, a therapy dog named Max came to her assistance — but if he could talk, he might say the young girl helped him just a

  • Sharon Stokes, of Mokena, signs a chalkboard with the theme, “What are you Running From?” May 9 at Hickory Creek Forest Preserve during the third annual foreverU 5K Fun Run/Walk in Mokena. Jean Lachat/22nd Century Media

    Running from hate toward love

    May 19, 2015 By Amanda Del Buono, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    On the morning of May 9, the teen-driven nonprofit foreverU held its most important event of the year: a 5K fun run/walk to raise funds that not only builds awareness about bullyin

  • The fried spiced pork shank ($26), served alongside steamed egg noodles, is one of the latest editions to the menu at Q Restaurant in Orland Park. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    Q continues to offer something special

    May 21, 2015 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts

    A man walks into Q Restaurant for lunch. He is looking for something simple: a traditionally-prepared bowl of the Vietnamese specialty pho.

  • Lincoln-Way East junior Abby Olivieri (right) reaches for a loose ball Friday, May 15, during a sectional semifinal against Bremen Co-op, held at Lincoln-Way North. Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

    East, North girls water polo teams fall at sectional

    May 19, 2015 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports

    After graduating eight seniors from last season’s state quarterfinals team, not many expected the Lincoln-Way East girls water polo squad to have a good season.