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Established 1930

Published every Thursday in the Village of Oak Lawn, IL

MAY 21, 2020

Oak Lawn Safely Plans Farmer’s Market

The Oak Lawn Farmer’s Market will open June 3 at Dumke Drive at 52nd Avenue from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Wednesday through October 14. Strict social distancing guidelines will be required. Face masks are already mandated for those aged two and older, and it should come as no surprise that there will be no gathering, sitting, eating on site, or entertainment allowed. 


Hand sanitizer and portable hand washing stations will be available, as well as one-way aisles. Vendors will be required to sanitize their stands, tables, cash boxes, etc. with approved disinfectants. They will not be able to sell tangible items such as accessories, clothing, crafts, jewelry, etc. 


Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent

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MAY 14, 2020

OLCHS Joins ‘Lights for the Fight’

Oak Lawn Community High School is honored to light up Napleton Field on Friday nights, from 8 to 8:20 p.m., joining IHSA schools throughout Illinois to turn on stadium lights as a part of Lights for the Fight. 


This gesture shows support for OLCHS seniors, as well as healthcare workers, first responders, and all other essential workers on the front lines of the pandemic.


Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent

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MAY 7, 2020

Richards High School Considers Graduation Ceremony

Senior students at Richards High School will finish their last day of remote learning on May 8. District 218 officials are planning a traditional graduation ceremony between July 6 and July 11. The district will consider other options in the event that social restrictions are still in order. Scholarship recipients will be sent a viewable link during the week of May 26 for a virtual awards ceremony, as well as a commemorative program, award letter and information on scholarships in the mail.


Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent

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APRIL 30, 2020

Richards Staff Surprised with Lawn Signs of Support

The strange days of isolation due to COVID-19 have denied people the social interactions everyone needs. Heading to work, seeing neighbors, visiting with family, or just going out to a restaurant comprise important elements of daily life and mental health.


Leaders at Richards High School understood this.  


Recently, they took time to drive to the homes of all staff members to deliver lawn signs as a reminder of their value – and very simply that they’re missed.


In addition to Principal Dr. Mike Jacobson, staff members Alison Wilde, Beth Janus Doyle, Cora Umecker, Courtney Easter, Caroline Mesaf, Deb Swanson, Danielle Krawisz, Janeen Abdelhadi, Kelly Fleming, Kelly Lucca, Kirstin Cucio, and Sarah Szczepkowski delivered signs.

Their friends appreciated the effort.


“I’ve worked for several districts and this is the one that feels like home. Through every challenge in life I have felt tremendous support from everyone in 218. This sign was a reminder that we’re still all in this together. It also was necessary comic relief and I’m grateful for that!” said Spanish teacher Alexis Morford.


Science teacher Stan Natonek summed the gesture succinctly. “Leadership isn’t about talking it’s about doing,” he said.


Richards planned the outreach as a surprise. 


Full story available in the Oak Lawn Independent

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Pictured: Richards teacher assistant Chris Annerino and his mom, Mary, a teacher and coach.