• The new Village Hall at 14240 W. 151st Street is open for business as the board room and community room are still being finished. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

    Mayor, officials praise new Village Hall for its convenience, space

    July 25, 2016 By Thomas Czaja, Editor News, Village
    An assortment of boxes sat near the front entrance, while other odds and ends awaited transport. After a process several years in the making, the items were soon to have a new home.
  • Jack Dewey focuses on catching a Pokémon in the popular augmented reality mobile game “Pokémon Go” on his mother’s phone July 20 at Homer Township Public Library. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

    ‘Pokémon Go’ players exchange tips at PokéStop

    July 26, 2016 By Thomas Czaja, Editor Life & Arts
    The difference between regular library patrons and those trying to capture a Pikachu or Eevee is readily apparent to Becky Vallejo. Vallejo, the assistant reference clerk at Homer Township Public Library, said the “Pokémon Go” users stand out from the usual crowd searching for books.
  • Wooden Paddle Pizza’s The Buzzkill (starting at $8.35) features fresh basil, pepperoni, Calabrian chili peppers and fresh mozzarella on red tomato sauce, topped with honey. Bill Jones/22nd Century Media

    Wooden Paddle signature pie anything but a buzzkill

    July 27, 2016 By Bill Jones, Managing Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    No matter how much January 2014’s Pizza of the Month was, like any other Pizza of the Month, designed to simply come and go at Orland Park’s Wooden Paddle Pizza, owners Jonathan and Brianna Cowan simply could not kill its buzz.
  • Haleem Ajibola (left) and Austin Hoffman go head-to-head in a drill July 19 during a youth coaches clinic at Lockport Township High School. Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media

    Porters football has last summer prep

    July 28, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    The summer has been an opportunity for the Lockport Township football team to get some practice time in, but it is also a chance to bond. This season’s team won’t have its first game until traveling to face Downers Grove North in just over four weeks.
  • Members of the Lockport girls volleyball team huddle together during one of the team’s summer league games Thursday, July 21, at Palos Courts in Palos Heights. Seamus Scanlan/22nd Century Media

    Girls volleyball: Porters bring intensity, confidence for summer league scrimmages

    July 26, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    At the end of last season, the Lockport Township girls volleyball team won six straight matches before being eliminated from the postseason in a close loss to Plainfield Central. It appears Lockport has carried that momentum over to the summer season.

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