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March 26, 2020

Moraine Valley Extends Online Instruction; All Buildings Closed

All spring semester instruction, which resumed in an online format on Monday, March 23, will continue online through the end of the spring semester, Moraine Valley Community College officials announced recently. 

Additionally, the college’s Palos Hills campus and extension centers in Blue Island and Tinley Park will be closed until at least April 19. All faculty and staff members are working remotely, and all student support services will be offered remotely only. Employees will be accessible by phone and email to meet student needs.

This closure includes the Health, Fitness & Recreation Center, and all on-campus events, including the college’s commencement ceremony, are canceled. 

Full story available in the Hickory Hills Citizen


March 19, 2020

Former Mayor Jack Faddis Passes Away

City Hall was draped in bunting in remembrance of former mayor Jack Faddis. Faddis was an Alderman in Hickory Hills for a number of years before proudly serving as mayor from 1995-2003. During his time as mayor he worked tirelessly on behalf of the residents to improve the city. During his tenure, the city was awarded the Hometown Award 3 years and received Tree City USA seven years. 

He was most proud of bringing in over $4 million in State and Federal grants to help pay for the redesign and enhancement of the city’s infrastructure to be able to withstand a 100-year flood; the design and building of the Senior/Community Center; and the design and building of the state of the art Police Station. Faddis passed away on March 4th.

Full story available in the Hickory Hills Citizen


March 12, 2020

Dog Reunites with Owner; Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

Last month an emaciated pit bull was found in a trash bag, on the side of a road in Willow Springs. The dog was taken to the South Suburban Humane Society in Chicago Heights where they named him Vinny. 

The dog’s name is actually Max, the shelter revealed on a social media post last week. The owner, whose real name was not released, came to the shelter after the news broke about Max being found and family members were contacted about the dog possibly being Max.

The alleged defendant—Janiel Mixon, a 48-year-old woman, of Justice, who was arrested on February 28 and charged with animal cruelty—kicked the original dog owner out of the home. After being kicked out, the owner moved in with family, but couldn’t take Max with him. As he tried to get money together, working two jobs, Mixon demanded payment to get Max. 

Full story available in the Hickory Hills Citizen


Vinny – whose real name is Max – was reunited with his owner.

March 5, 2020

District 230 School Board Hires Two Administrators

At its meeting Thursday night, February 27, the District 230 School Board approved the hiring of two administrators.

Current Athletic Director Tom Freyer was named Division Chair for Mathematics and Business at Sandburg High School in light of the retirement of Mark Fertel at the end of this school year.


Dave Keating was named Director of Facilities for District 230 in light of the retirement of Bob Hughes.

Full story available in the Hickory Hills Citizen


Left to right:  

Tom Freyer,  Dave Keating