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Public safety promotions

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Public safety promotions

Public safety promotions Bridgeview board focuses on police, fire staffing By Steve Metsch Personnel moves were on the agenda at the latest meeting of the Bridgeview Village Board. The board unanimously approved promoting a firefighter to the rank of lieutenant, and making a part-time police officer a full-time officer. Firefighter Jason Yerkovich, with the department…

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Musician thrives in pandemic

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Musician thrives in pandemic Being solo helps, says guitarist/singer Fascetta By Steve Metsch Like many musicians, Joe Fascetta has had an odd year. Gigs dried up for months after the coronavirus pandemic hit hard in March 2020 and the nation shut down. But unlike the big-name bands who have not been able to tour or…

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Grant, Rolder lead Marist

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Grant, Rolder lead Marist

Grant, Rolder lead Marist Two TDs, two pickoffs result in 13-0 win at Naz By Steve Metsch Two was a big number when Marist played at Nazareth on Saturday. Marist linebacker Jimmy Rolder made two key interceptions – including one at the goal-line – to stymie Nazareth scoring drives. And Marist running back Jamari Grant…

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St. Francis routs R-B

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St. Francis routs R-B

St. Francis routs R-B Rittenhouse tosses six TD passes, three to Bishop By Steve Metsch When a quarterback and wide receiver have played football together for 10 years, they develop a special connection. Each seems to instinctively know what the other will do. St. Francis senior quarterback Tommy Rittenhouse and junior wide receiver Tyler Bishop…

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Von Drasek rolls in Countryside

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Von Drasek rolls in Countryside

Von Drasek rolls in Countryside Alderman beats ex-mayor for fifth term on council By Steve Metsch Countryside Ald. John Von Drasek (2nd Ward) was in an interesting situation Wednesday morning. While residents he met congratulated him for winning his fifth term in office Tuesday, one reminded him to remove his campaign signs in a timely…

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Getty wins big in Lyons

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Getty wins big in Lyons

Getty wins big in Lyons Mayor credits volunteers with winning fourth term By Steve Metsch Crediting an old school approach of pounding the pavement and going door to door, Lyons Village President Christopher Getty thanked his large and diverse campaign army for delivering another four-year term in office Tuesday. According to unofficial totals from the…

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Loyola rambles to win

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Loyola rambles to win

Loyola rambles to win Running game too much for Brother Rice  By Steve Metsch Thanks to a formidable running game, stingy defense and a key penalty, Loyola proved it belongs in the elite of Chicago area football with a big win at Brother Rice. After a first quarter that saw each offense stuck in neutral,…

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Reavis Boles over Spartans

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Reavis Boles over Spartans

Reavis Boles over Spartans Senior scores 4 touchdowns, runs for 252 yards By Steve Metsch Rashaad Boles is not one to seek the spotlight. Rather, it finds him. After he scorched Oak Lawn for four touchdowns and 252 yards on 26 carries – leading Reavis to a 36-12 victory in Burbank – the humble senior…

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Pet Parade in September

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Pet Parade in September

Pet Parade in September Pandemic moves 75th annual event from June date By Steve Metsch Right now, there will be a 75th Pet Parade in La Grange this year. But it won’t held on the usual day, the first Saturday after Memorial Day. That is June 5 this year. Rather, organizers have decided – citing concerns…

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Countryside alderman dies

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Countryside alderman dies

Countryside alderman dies ‘It’s a tragic loss’ mayor says of Jasinski’s passing By Steve Metsch Countryside City Hall was draped with purple-and-black bunting Tuesday after the sudden death Monday of longtime Alderman Jim Jasinski (1st Ward). “On behalf of the city of Countryside and the Countryside City Council, we are deeply saddened by the loss…

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Police presence in SD 103

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Police presence in SD 103

Police presence in SD 103 Lyons to hire officer liaison for middle school By Steve Metsch The Lyons School District 103 board approved a plan to have a police officer liaison stationed in George Washington Middle School, but it wasn’t a slam dunk. The hiring was approved by 4-2 vote with board member Sharon Anderson…

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Easter egg hunt in Lyons

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Easter egg hunt in Lyons

Easter egg hunt in Lyons March 28 event will be followed by others in ’21  By Steve Metsch For the first time in roughly a year, Ted Tala is busy planning events. Like many of us, Tala, the parks and recreation director for the village of Lyons, saw his routine thrown for a loss with…

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