Local scout Eddie Seitz is holding an items drive for the homeless for his Eagle community service project on Feb. 17, at Our Lady of Loretto in Hometown. B96 DJ Nikki is spinning the tunes.
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Local aspiring Eagle Scout is collecting donations for the homeless at event featuring live music and entertainment at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Hometown this Sunday, Feb. 17.
He’s Eddie Seitz and he’s poised to achieve the highest rank that the Boy Scouts have to offer. This Hometown Boy Scout is on the final leg of his journey to earning his Eagle rank where he’ll be hosting an item drive featuring refreshments, live music and entertainment at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 8925 S. Kostner Ave. in Hometown, from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Eddie, 17, who belongs to Troop 682, is collecting toiletries, socks, underwear, sweatshirts and jeans for his Eagle service project. The items will be donated to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ’s PADS homeless shelter in Oak Lawn. Patch caught up with Eddie to learn more about the process for becoming an Eagle Scout. Patch: How long have you been in scouting? Eddie Seitz: I …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Oak Lawn Chamber moves into new digs, Wilsons Leather opens at Chicago Ridge Mall.
The combined Al's Beef and Nancy's Pizza at 5128 W. 95th St. in Oak Lawn closed at the end of business on Sept. 18. A receptionist at the corporate office in Orland Park confirmed the closing but had no details and requests for more information were not returned. The Oak Lawn Chamber of Commerce is in the midst of moving from its longtime location at 5314 W. 95th St. into new digs at the Metra Station at 95th Street and Tulley Avenue. “We will open in our new location at 9 a.m. on Oct. 1,” said chamber director Julie Miller. Miller said the move was necessitated by the pending sale of the 5314 W. 95th St. building by the village. “Our membership does feel that the new location will give village businesses more exposure to the commuters who…
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Immanuel Christian Reformed and Our Savior’s Lutheran churches spent Christmas Day serving those in need in a handful of different ways.
Joshua Erkman stands up with a few other naval recruits who were sitting in Our Savior’s Lutheran Church’s sanctuary. They start singing as another of their fellow naval recruits plays a few familiar notes from “Stand By Me” on a nearby piano. Minutes before, they were talking about how it’s a treat to be able to sit on a carpeted surface and talk, after spending two months in boot camp at the Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes. “We’re so busy in training, we usually don’t have time for simple conversations,” said Erkman, 19, from Colorado. “That makes the kindness of these people here all the more meaningful.” Erkman and about 45 other recruits spent Christmas Day at Our Savior’s in Burbank, watching movies, eating a home cooked …
Tuesday, March 22, 2011
For many of the southwest suburbs' homeless, South Suburban PADS is the last stop before the free fall.
If she could rename herself and erase all the mistakes that put her out on the streets, she would call herself Jasmine. A 70-ish, older white woman carrying a library book, Jasmine has been homeless since December, living in her car by day, sleeping in the South Suburban PADS shelters by night. Except for her slightly soiled clothes rotated from a suitcase to save the cost of laundering, one would hardly guess that Jasmine was homeless. She looks like the nice grandmother next door, the older woman who sits next to you at church. Jasmine doesn’t want to be interviewed on camera or have her real name used, because she doesn’t want her friends to know that she has been homeless the past three months. She enjoys the game of picking a new name…
Monday, March 7, 2011
After a second try, a convicted sex offender successfully registers with local police using church address to comply with state law.
A convicted sex offender has registered with the Oak Lawn Police Department using the address of a church that also serves as a South Suburban PADS shelter. Jura Bhasherat, 28, was first turned away last month when he attempted to register as a sex offender at the Oak Lawn Police Department using the address of Oak Lawn Community Church, 9000 S. Ridgeland Ave., which is part of the PADS network. According to police reports, Bhasherat told police he was homeless and wanted to comply with the law that required him to register as a sex offender but did not have a valid government ID showing an Oak Lawn address. Police gave Bhasherat three days to produce a proper ID with an Oak Lawn address. Bhasherat returned to the village police department…
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
The Emmaus Community church in Chicago Heights served as a PADS facility on Christmas, offering meals, haircuts and a warm respite from the winter.
Carol Marshall stood in the middle of a dozen volunteers who in a moment became food servers. Prepared food had just arrived for the Christmas dinner on Saturday at The Emmaus Community in Chicago Heights. The church served as a facility for South Suburban PADS, or Public Action to Deliver Shelter, on Christmas, offering hot meals, a comfortable environment and haircuts for the homeless. A buffet line of homemade turkey, sweet potatoes, mac and cheese, and pies was set up, ready for service. But with so many people who decided to spend their Christmas helping out at Emmaus, Marshall needed to find more tasks for them. Then it hit her. Those volunteers would literally serve Christmas dinner plates to the 65 guests seated at tables within …