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State Sen. Michael Hastings hopes the youth suicide prevention and awareness legislation he is sponsoring will help Orland Park residents Susan and Mike Blaha cope with their daughter AnnMarie’s suicide in June 2013.

When Hastings learned what happened to the 11-year-old, he could not fathom why such a young person would commit suicide, he said. The senator has known the Blaha family since he was in fifth or sixth grade, and they were neighbors in Orland Hills.

Bill Jones
The annual Orland Days festival is returning for 2018 but with some tweaks to how it has been run in the past. Because of financial constraints, the Orland Park Lions Club, which stages the event, decided to shorten the festival by a day and remove the annual parade from this year’s lineup.
Bill Jones
Dave Shalabi, who was appointed to the Orland School District 135 Board of Education in June 2015 to fill a vacancy, was ousted in his first attempt at an elected position by Orland Park voters on Election Day.
Bill Jones
In addition to local races for Village of Orland Park mayor and seats on the Orland School District 135 Board of Education, Orland Park voters were faced with two advisory/non-binding questions — designed to gauge public opinion — from the Village when they went to their polling places Tuesday, April 4. In both cases, the majority of Orland Park residents voted “No,” according to unofficial results from the Cook and Will County Clerks’ Offices.
Bill Jones

District releases statements regarding alleged incidents

Just days after an former Orland School District 135 teacher was charged with abusing two former students she met during their time at Jerling Jr. High School, a 28-year-old Orland Park man was charged with abusing a minor in a separate incident.

Jeffrey Morowczynski, 28, of Orland Park, was charged with two counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, a Class 2 felony, according to a spokesperson for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Danielle Tabor
The South Suburban Emergency Response Team reportedly found a “felony amount” of cannabis, cocaine, scales and packaging materials upon executing a search warrant on an Orland Park residence.
Bill Jones
A 43-year-old woman who had a knife pressed to her throat by a would-be robber was able to grab it and force the Park Forest teenager to walk away at an Orland Park drug store.
Bill Jones
Saturday, Feb. 18, it was mission accomplished for Sandburg grappler Patrick Brucki. Brucki secured the state title that had eluded him in his prior trips to the individual state tournament with a 12-4 victory over Mason Kroening, of Waubonsie Valley, in the finals at 195 pounds of the Illinois High School Association Individual Wrestling Finals.
Brittany Kapa

Two women were charged April 19 following an undercover police operation carried out at an Orland Park massage parlor.

Suyun Jin, 47, of 9202 Wherry Lane in Orland Park, was charged with one count of prostitution, as well as two counts of conducting a massage without a licence, while Hongxiu Fu, 47, of 313 W. 23rd St. in Chicago, was charged with two counts of prostitution, after undercover police from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office’s Vice Unit conducted operations on April 5, 12 and 19 at ZY Massage, 11225 W. 159th St. in Orland Park.

Bill Jones
The Village of Orland Park may soon partner with the Village of New Lenox on the Triple Play concert series. Orland officials discussed the possibility March 5 during a Village Board meeting. According to the proposal, Orland Park would host a concert at Centennial Park West the Friday before the New Lenox event, which hosts acts on three Saturdays over the course of the summer months. Staff estimated 5,000 ticket sales at $30 per ticket, with additional revenue made from beverages. Staff also noted it would need to rent a stage that is 40-feet-by-40-feet.
Bill Jones