• Joy Turner (left), of Lockport, gives her sister-in-law Laura Alberts, of Orland Park, flowers Thursday, May 19, to wish her luck before she performs Natalie Cole’s “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.” Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Orland Park’s Laura Alberts becomes first woman to win Orland Township’s Senior American Idol

    May 25, 2016 By Jeff Vorva, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    During the fourth running of Orland Township’s Senior American Idol competition Thursday, May 19, Laura Alberts sang three songs including “Luck Be a Lady Tonight.”

  • Haley Carrero waves to her family and friends in the stands May 17 during Sandburg High School’s 2016 Commencement Ceremony at Seliga Field. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Sandburg graduates savor their moment

    May 24, 2016 By F. Amanda Tugade, Assistant Editor News, School

    It was an hour before graduation, and all Mateo Cortez could think about was buying a bottle of chocolate milk from a vending machine inside Sandburg High School’s cafeteria.

  • The rib-eye steak sandwich ($11.99) is one of the most popular items on the menu at The Fat Italian Restaurant, and is topped with grilled onions and Swiss cheese. Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    The Fat Italian aims to please diners with dynamic menu

    May 23, 2016 By Max Lapthorne, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    When Antonio Caruso goes out to eat, he expects a friendly atmosphere and tasty food. So that is what he aims for The Fat Italian Restaurant in Tinley Park to deliver.

  • Jack Genis, 11, helps a customer Saturday, May 14, during his Jack’s Back Cupcake/Lemonade Stand fundraiser in Frankfort to benefit Orland Park’s Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Frankfort boy’s charity lemonade stand raises more than $4,000

    May 20, 2016 By Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter News

    Chilly weather was not going to stop Jack Genis and his family from setting up shop Saturday, May 14, for their eighth annual Jack’s Back Cupcake/Lemonade Stand fundraiser for children w

  • Teresa Dorey/Orland Park resident

    Orland Park resident’s beach shot wins the 2016 Vacation Photo Contest

    May 19, 2016 By Bill Jones, Editor News

    When Orland Park resident Teresa Dorey finally snapped a shot of all three of her girls — Hannah, Emma and Abigail — jumping on the beach against the backdrop of a beaut