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On Twitter, David Dolitsky’s signature smile is everywhere. His friends and family have shared photos and short videos of the late 17-year-old Sandburg High School student, who was best known for his humor and his heart.
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Wesley Peak

An Orland Fire Protection District firefighter reportedly died the morning of Sunday, Sept. 7, in a single-vehicle crash.

Wesley Peak, 36, of the 200 block of Marquette Place in Manteno, was pronounced dead at 7:43 a.m., according to the daily case ledger from the Cook County Medical Examiner’s Office.

The crash took place on Peak’s way to work, according to fire district spokesperson Ray Hanania.

Bill Jones
A 17-year-old boy mowing a lawn in the Silo Ridge subdivision was struck and killed by a car that veered off the road around 4:30 p.m. Friday, June 17, according to a press release issued the same day by the Orland Park Police Department.
F. Amanda Tugade
Four men from Detroit reportedly were arrested after what police are describing as a “smash and grab type of theft” attempt the morning of Thursday, Sept. 8, at an Orland Park jewelry store in the 15100 block of LaGrange Road.
Bill Jones

In an old house nestled in Orland Park’s old downtown is a lifelong dream, a labor of love for one local resident. 

Sugarbaker’s Darlin’ Decor & More is to open Saturday, Nov. 5, at 9925 W 143rd St.

Brittany Kapa

The Orland Fire Protection District Board of Trustees named an interim acting fire chief at its regular meeting in response to Fire Chief Ken Brucki’s reported request for a leave of absence.

The Fire Board voted unanimously Aug. 25 to appoint Battalion Chief Michael Schofield as the interim acting fire chief for the duration of Brucki’s absence.

Brucki requested a leave of absence with pay Aug. 21 for an indefinite period of time because of “personal issues,” district spokesperson Ray Hanania said at the meeting.

Danielle Tabor
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Known for her friendly and competitive spirit, as well as her recent battle with colon cancer, the Sandburg and Orland Park community is mourning the loss of Jane Caliendo.

A longtime physical education teacher — and girls swimming and water polo coach — for Sandburg, Caliendo (nee Schofield) died Saturday, Oct. 4.

Bill Jones
A 74-year-old Orland Park man allegedly responsible for a vehicle that left the roadway June 17, striking and killing 17-year-old David Dolitsky outside his family’s Orland Park home, was charged Dec. 1 with three traffic offenses by the Orland Park Police Department.
Bill Jones
Orland Park native Ashley Jurjovec lived every day of her life to the fullest, according to the people who knew her best. Today, her memory lives on through her family and friends as they work to raise funds and awareness for the rare heart condition that led to Ashley’s death at the age of 31, on May 10, 2016.
Bill Jones

Two years after an Orland Park 11-year-old girl committed suicide, school boards across Illinois are being required to implement a suicide prevention and training policy in hopes that youth suicide rates decrease across the state.

The legislation, AnnMarie’s Law, was enacted into law Aug. 21, nearly two months after Gov. Bruce Rauner received the policy, then known as Senate Bill 1793.

Bill Jones