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Women in the southwest suburbs will be treated to a day of shopping and pampering at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.
The expo — which is scheduled for 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center — is to feature dozens of booths. The event will offer everything a woman needs such as health screenings, fashion and beauty tips, food, home décor, shopping and more.

Will O'Brien

Some may see the road Rick Tustin took to his new job at Grace Fellowship Church an act of fate — or even, the hand of God. 

Tustin, a Manhattan resident and father of three, accepted the interim position of lead pastor at the church after former lead pastor John Morlan departed on June 15 to preach in Colorado. Tustin left a tenured position at Hillcrest High School, where he taught for 12 years, to take the job. 

Danny Ciamprone

Hola, bonjour, hallo and hello: greetings in the four languages that a group of Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 students have mastered. 

Speaking four divergent languages and hailing from the district’s four schools, 80 students became the first recipients in Illinois history to qualify for the new state-recognized Seal of Biliteracy during a ceremony Wednesday, April 10, at Lincoln-Way Central. 

Aug. 13

• Tom Vesvardes, 18, of Oak Forest, was arrested at 11:56 p.m. and charged with possession of cannabis and possession of drug equipment at West 191st Street and 80th Avenue in Mokena after police observed the suspect driving with one headlight. His court date is Sept. 9.

Aug. 10

Rebecca Susmarski

Mokena resident Tyler Martinkus should enjoy his summer break, as he has spent the last few years working hard to achieve the highest rank in the Boy Scouts of America. 

Martinkus, a member of Boy Scout Troop 725 and a recent graduate of Providence Catholic High School, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout on Dec. 15 of last year. He received his badge in a June 1 court of honor ceremony at the Mokena VFW Post 725 on Wolf Road. 

Rebecca Susmarski

St. Mary’s Catholic School in Mokena recently welcomed its newly elected student council members.

The newly elected members were inducted after the school Mass on Wednesday, Oct. 1, in the church. 

The seven student leaders on the executive board for the 2014-2015 year are McKenna Bandyk of Mokena, executive assistant; Sarah Noone of Mokena, treasurer; Alexandria Perns of Mokena, vice president; Maura Murphy of Mokena, president; Emma Canniff of Mokena, secretary; Athan Bastas of Mokena and John Morrison of Mokena, bookstore managers. 

Rebecca Susmarski

From shopping and wine tastings to health tips and entertainment, more than 60 vendors are scheduled to appear at 22nd Century Media’s Lady - A Women’s Expo.

The free expo will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive, Tinley Park. The event is sponsored by Meijer, Beyer Natural Health Solutions and Bettenhausen Automotive.

Will O'Brien

True education involves more than what students encounter on their ACT tests, and one Mokena resident has been recognized for proving that to her students daily. 

Dawn Oler, who teaches family and consumer sciences at Hinsdale Central High School, recently won a “Teacher of the Year” award from the Illinois Association of Family and Consumer Sciences. Oler, who has taught at Central for 11 years, won the award for her Invitation to Teach classes, which offer a college-focused curriculum to high school seniors interested in pursuing education. 

Rebecca Susmarski

The sun’s been shining. The temperature’s rising, and, as if one more sign of summer’s arrival was needed, the Mokena Blast softball organization on Friday, May 23, through Sunday, May 25, took over a pair of Mokena’s parks with its annual Blast into Summer Memorial Day tournament.

Cheers and pings of aluminum bats could be heard across town as 38 teams from throughout the Chicagoland area arrived to compete at Main and McGovney parks, said John Sheehan, a Blast parent and tournament coordinator.

May 20

• At 5:04 p.m. near the intersection of Wolf Road and 191st Street, Octavio Rojo Benites, 36, of the 2700 block of 178th Street, Lansing, was arrested on charges of driving without a license and non-functioning taillights. He was released pending a court date.

May 18

Will O'Brien

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