It started as a humorous prank. These days, however, a lawn ornament that’s popping up in front of homes is a local phenomenon and social media star, bringing laughs and smiles to adults and kids alike.

A rabid bat was found in Beverly, continuing a trend in recent years in which the animals have been reported locally during this time of year.

A felon on parole has been charged with sexually assaulting a St. Laurence High School female student on her way to the school just blocks away.

When Christmas Without Cancer (CWC) announced that it would memorialize Beverly resident Matt Hooker with its annual 5K run/walk, organizers had no choice but to open registration early.

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The Chicago Police Department 22nd District will host CAPS meetings for Beat 2221 on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 7 p.m., at Christ the King Church, 9225 S. Hamilton Ave., and Beats 2211 and 2212 on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m., at the 22nd District station, 1900 W. Monterey Ave. For more information …

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Area residents can safely dispose of electronic and hazardous household waste on Saturday, Oct. 5, from 8:30 to 11 a.m., by bringing items to the parking lot of Morgan Park United Methodist Church, 11030 S. Longwood Dr.

“Threads of Imagination,” a new exhibit at the Ridge Historical Society (RHS), 10621 S. Seeley Ave., will open for the Beverly Art Walk on Saturday, Sept. 21, and run until mid-January 2020.

The Park Forest Art Fair, sponsored by the Tall Grass Arts Association, will celebrate its 64th year on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 21 and 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on the Village Green in downtown Park Forest.

Sept. 2—A theft of $500 or less from a residence on the 3000 block of West 111th Street was reported at 11 a.m., police said.

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JaMonica Marion graduated from Mt. Greenwood Elementary School and the Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences (CHSAS), and she then spent 12 years working at CHSAS.

It’s a big day for everyone in the family when kids head back to school, and for Margaret Russell, two-year pre-K at Emmanuel Christian School, and Seamus Russell, three-year pre-K at Most Holy Redeemer, they were excited to get their picture taken on their First Day of School. Hundreds of f…

Several local legislators have signed a letter requesting the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board (HFSRB) postpone a Sept. 17 meeting in which members will vote on the application to close from owners of MetroSouth Medical Center in Blue Island.

The annual Beverly Art Walk will include a bevy of “hubs” throughout Beverly/Morgan Park, as well as a list of featured events throughout the community that will give visitors an eclectic sampling of art, music and food.

Grania McKirdie has helped organize the annual AIDS benefit for the Chicago Academy for the Arts (CAA) since she was a freshman at the high school for performing and visual arts in River West.

Several residential burglaries were reported in East Beverly in early September, according to a community alert issued by Chicago Police Department Area South detectives on Sept. 4.

James Sonntag, the local resident charged with possession of child pornography three years ago, was found guilty on Sept. 9 on three of 12 counts.

Core Fitness and Physical Therapy, 2940 W. 95th St., in Evergreen Park, hosted a grand re-opening on Aug. 22 to celebrate it expansion. Owner Diane Fidler joined staff member Courtney McGrath and director of education and training Terri McCabe at the celebration, where customers enjoyed clas…

It was not exactly an old-fashioned barn raising, but the scene near 106th Street and Whipple Avenue on Aug. 24 had an air of neighbor helping neighbor.

Mt. Greenwood Elementary School held its annual ice cream social and open house on Aug. 27 to kick off the 2019-20 school year. The Mt. Greenwood School PTO sponsored the event. Parents, students and teachers socialized and enjoyed ice cream treats before entering the building to see their n…

The teachers and staff of Sutherland Elementary School celebrated a successful first day of school on Tuesday, Sept. 3, and they proudly wore their staff shirts that displayed the staff hashtag, #lovethemfirst, on the back of the shirt. For more photos of the First Day of School, see the spe…

Alumnae of Academy of Our Lady (AOL)/Longwood High School are invited to visit the former AOL campus on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m., for a short prayer service at the Lourdes Grotto, followed by a tour of the buildings. The visit is part of AOL Alumnae Association’s all-school reunion f…

Aug. 23—A theft of $500 or less from the 10300 block of South Western Avenue was reported at 2:10 p.m., police said.

Paul Lisnek, WGN-TV political analyst, host of “Politics Tonight” on CLTV and author, will discuss his latest thriller, “Assume Guilt,” a gripping story about Chicago and Illinois politics, on Saturday, Sept. 14, at 1 p.m., at the Evergreen Park Library, 9400 S. Troy Ave. Lisnek will also di…

The Children’s Farm at The Center, 12700 Southwest Hwy., in Palos Park, will host “All About Horses” on Sunday, Sept. 15, from 1 to 4 p.m. Farm Program Manager Tara Garcia will host the program. Event activities include horse rides, riding demonstrations, grooming and more. Admission is $8 p…

With mental and substance use disorders growing at an alarming rate, state Rep. Bob Rita (D-28th) will promote the importance of September as National Recovery Month with a community event on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., at the Calumet Township Senior Center, 12633 S. Ashland Ave., in Cal…

Women’s Healthcare of Illinois, a practice devoted to providing comprehensive and exceptional care to meet the individual needs of patients in the southwest Chicagoland area and Northwest Indiana, is offering nitrous oxide as a pain management alternative during labor and delivery at Advocat…

Blink Fitness Gym, located at 3243 W. 115th St., in Stonebrook Plaza in Merrionette Park, hosted a grand opening on Aug. 29. According to CEO Todd Magazine, who joined several staff members at the opening, the gym focuses on “mood above muscle,” and staff members are known as “Mood Lifters.”…

Metropolitan Gastroenterology Consultants (Metro GI), 10444 S. Western Ave., recently earned the Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval for Office Based Surgery Accreditation for the third consecutive time.

Lake Katherine Nature Center & Botanic Gardens, 7402 W. Lake Katherine Dr., in Palos Heights, will host its Monarch Butterfly Festival on Sunday, Sept.15, at 11 a.m. As they walk through a butterfly tent, families will experience monarchs close up. Other attractions will include an art a…

19th Ward Ald. Matt O’Shea and the Citizens Utility Board (CUB) will host a utility bill clinic on Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m., and Thursday, Sept. 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the 19th Ward office, 10400 S. Western Ave. Residents are invited to bring their utility bills for review…

Arlene Gottardo, Beverly branch library children’s librarian, recently presented Joseph Herber, 9, with a new Kindle Fire after Herber completed the Chicago Public Library Summer Learning Challenge, “Explorers at Play.” Herber, a St. Barnabas Elementary School student and Beverly resident, t…

Carrying signs decrying racism and promoting diversity, about 200 people participated in an anti-racism march through Mt. Greenwood, Morgan Park and Beverly on Sept. 7, and they recited an anti-racism pledge to continue to oppose bigotry.

Several residential burglaries were reported in East Beverly in early September, according to a community alert issued by the Chicago Police Department’s Area South detectives bureau on Sept. 4.

When people enter the gym at St. John Fisher Elementary School (SJF), they will see a shiny new floor, featuring the name at midcourt of a fallen hero: Conner T. Lowry.

For local residents who knew Jack Griffin, they knew two things were guaranteed: Griffin would be at Munroe Park on election day, shaking hands with voters while working as a 19th Ward precinct captain, and if he had a minute to himself, he’d be enjoying a big cigar.