Little Company of Mary Hospital (LCMH) is preparing to renovate its emergency department, and a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the hospital, 2800 W. 95th St., on Aug. 6 to start the project that officials said will take about two years.

A new wave of young boxers is set to participate in the fourth edition of Ring Around the Warrior, an annual night of outdoor boxing that raises funds for St. Cajetan Elementary School.

A 33-year-old man was charged with burglary and criminal trespass to a vehicle after, authorities said, he was arrested in Mt. Greenwood after returning a vehicle he had stolen.

The case of James Sonntag, a man from Morgan Park charged three years ago with possessing and disseminating child pornography, went to a bench trial on Aug. 6, and a verdict is expected next month.

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An early-morning fire was reported on Aug. 13 at an office building at 9415 S. Western Ave., according to authorities.

The GFWC Beverly Hills Junior Woman’s Club is seeking community help in redeveloping the school library at John H. Vanderpoel Humanities Academy, 9510 S. Prospect Ave.

Barb Gyarmathy was amazed earlier this year that renowned landscape designer Roy Diblik had agreed to come to the Beverly Arts Center (BAC) to speak to members of the Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills and other residents who have a green thumb.

July 30—A theft of $500 or less on the 2100 block of West 95th Street was reported at 10:26 a.m., police said.

Author Angela “Angel Life” McMullan will discuss and sign her book, “Confronting God: Phraseology for Courageous Faith,” on Saturday, Sept. 7, from noon to 3 p.m., at the Beverly branch library, 1962 W. 95th St. McMullan will discuss a collection of sermons broadcasted from her popular radio…

The Chicago Quilters’ Guild meets on the first Wednesday of the month from September to June at St Bede’s Parish Center, 4420 W. 83rd St., from 7 to 9 p.m. The guild has been in existence for 25 years and offers workshops, guest speakers and show-and-tell by members. Meetings include door pr…

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The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS) Farm Stand recently opened for the season. The stand offers in-season produce that students grow on the school farm, including squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, corn, collard greens, peppers, okra, zucchini, eggplant, watermelon, cantaloup…

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Chicago Public Schools (CPS) officials announced a proposed budget for the fiscal year 2020 on Aug. 8 at Morgan Park High School (MPHS)—and they chose that location, they said, in order to celebrate a major investment in the school, 1744 W. Pryor Ave.

Ginger Rugai, former 19th Ward alderman, is proud of what the women’s 16-inch softball tournament named in her honor has done to fight breast cancer.

Gary T. Johanson, 80, former executive director of the Washington and Jane Smith Home, in Morgan Park, the precursor of Smith Village, died July 6.

Nick, Lori and Sophia DiNovo were joined by hundreds of local residents in celebrating the 20th anniversary of 115 Bourbon Street on Aug. 4. Opened in August 1999, 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., in Merrionette Park, has become a valuable resource for the community and has hosted hund…

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL), a division of Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC), is planning to open a new “multipurpose solution center” in the Marshfield Plaza, 119th Street and Marshfield Avenue, in Morgan Park.

July 22—A theft of $500 or less from a residential driveway on the 10000 block of South Bell Avenue was reported at 3:07 a.m., police said.

The Chicago Police Department 22nd District will host a CAPS meeting for Beat 2222 on Tuesday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m., at Brainerd Park, 1246 W. 92nd St. For more information about CAPS meetings, call the 22nd District CAPS office, (312) 745-0620, or visit the website at

The Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St., recently announced new programming for the fall session of its School of Fine Arts.

Spectators gathered to try to catch a glimpse inside, and crew members wheeled TV cameras and equipment around the store parking lot.

Introducing several ordinances recently, 19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea believes they will address the city’s troubling pension-fund shortfall.

Community activist Steve English and licensed professional counselor Patti Ahern are joining forces to create an artist and writers group for LGBTQ and questioning adolescents ages 12 and up.

Andres Nealis, of Morgan Park, and Katelyn Connery, of Crystal Lake, were married on April 27 in Amelia Island, Fla. Andres is the son of Terence Nealis and is a graduate of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Katelyn is the daughter of Robert and Dawneen Connery of Crystal Lake, and she …

Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School announced the appointment of new members to its board of trustees, including local residents Jil Simpson Ross and Tim Doody, and Laurel Azzarello McGrath.

The Chicago Shakespeare in the Parks tour will visit Ridge Park, 1817 W. 96th St., on Saturday, Aug. 10. The free performance will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. This event is presented as a part of the city of Chicago’s Year of Chicago Theatre. For more information, visit the website at

The Chicago Midwest chapter of the National Cartoonists Society (NCS) will host its first exhibit of cartoon art by chapter members Sept. 15 through Nov. 3 at the Beverly Arts Center (BAC), 2407 W. 111th St.

The Andrew Weishar Foundation (Weish4Ever) will host its Thanks a Million Celebration on Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Beverly Country Club, 8700 S. Western Ave., to commemorate a huge milestone in the organization’s history.

July 15—An armed robbery with a dangerous weapon at a residence on the 9500 block of South Vanderpoel Avenue was reported at 5:57 p.m., police said.

Rosemont-based financial services company Wintrust sponsored an event hosted by Good Sports, Inc. on June 20 at Mercy Home Soccer in Chicago that provided $70,000 worth of sports equipment to children in need.

The 2nd Annual Great Joliet Prison Break-In will be held on Saturday, Aug. 24, from 4 to 11p.m. The prison fundraiser will feature iconic Chicago band The Ides of March, as well as Hot Mess, Great Moments in Vinyl, and The Nikki Hill Band.