Saturday, May 11, 2013
Popular social studies teacher and tennis coach with a knack for bringing out the best in students, dies Friday at age 32.
Richards High School is reeling from the loss of a popular teacher and tennis coach who lost his battle with cancer. Parents received an automated voice-mail from the school principal informing them that Matt Gavin had passed away at age 32 on Friday morning. Gavin is the son of Mary Ellen Gavin, who serves Dist. 218 as a speech pathologist at Eisenhower High School in Blue Island. Listen to the automated message from the Richards HS principal. In his automated message to parents, principal John Hallberg said that counselors would be available at the school Monday to talk to students and staff. After the news broke late Friday afternoon, many parents and students left messages of sadness and grief on Richards’ Facebook page, portraying …
Monday, January 21, 2013
March camps will teach kids ages 5 to 14 basketball fundamentals.
Saturday, January 5, 2013
Johnny Holmes, a Dist. 218 board member, is facing his second DUI charge in three years.
A District 218 school board member has retired from his job as a south suburban police chief following his recent arrest for drunken driving. Johnny Holmes announced his retirement, effective Friday, after a Thursday night Village of Robbins meeting meant to determine his future with the municipality, according to a media release. He is currently serving his third term as a member of Community High School Dist. 218 school board, which includes H.L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn and Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Holmes’ departure as the village’s top cop comes on the heels of a Dec. 22 arrest. He is charged with driving under the influence, his second such charge in three years. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Palos The …
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Johnny Holmes, the Village of Robbins' police chief and a District 218 board member, was suspended in December after he was charged with DUI.
The future for the Village of Robbins' top cop hangs on the outcome of a closed-door meeting set to take place tonight. Mayor Irene Brodie and board members will meet in a special closed meeting at 5:30 p.m. to make a “definitive determination” on Johnny Holmes status as the village police chief, who was charged with DUI in December. Holmes, 66, has been suspended since Dec. 26 after village officials found out about his arrest earlier in the month, said village Administrator Napoleon Haney. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Palos Currently, Holmes is a member on the Community High School Dist. 218 school board, that includes H. L. Richards High School in Oak Lawn, and Alan B. Shepard High School in Palos Heights. Police stopped Holmes in …
Sunday, December 30, 2012
Most local races are uncontested, and some boards can't find enough candidates to run for vacancies.
Friday, December 28, 2012
Johnny Holmes, a D218 school board member and chief of police in Robbins, charged with second DUI in three years, the Chicago Tribune reports.
A school board member and south suburban police chief has been charged with his second DUI in less than three years, the Chicago Tribune reported. Robbins Police Chief Johnny Holmes, 66, was pulled over around 10:30 p.m. Dec. 22, after he was reported to have cut off another driver. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Palos According to the Tribune, Holmes was found with a flask of liquor in his pocket and a blood-alcohol content of .194, more than twice the legal limit. At first Holmes denied he had had any alcohol, but he eventually admitted to drinking earlier at Posen Pub. Holmes also thought he was still in Posen, the Tribune cited the police report. Holmes failed field sobriety tests and was arrested. He was eventually charged with two …
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Small world-phenomenon attorny Burt Odelson, legal counsel for over 20 municipalities and school boards--including D229 and D218 in Oak Lawn--is representing the Chicago City Council's black caucus in the aldermanic ward remap.
Monday, August 15, 2011
It's that time of year again. Important back-to-school information for parents and students attending Oak Lawn public schools.
Forget where you stashed your kid's school supply list in May? Still not sure when the first full day of school is for your children? Here are some important dates and other helpful links to help your family start the new school year off on the right foot. Aug. 24 -- first day of school (Grades 1-2, Lawn Manor), early dismissal Aug. 17 – first full day of school, freshman Check Oak Lawn Patch on Tuesday for Oak Lawn parochial schools' back-to-school schedules.