Monday, May 20, 2013
The mother of a 13-year-old Midlothian girl reported her missing Monday, but police found her shortly after.
A 13-year-old Hille Middle School student who was reported missing by her mom Monday morning was back home before the paperwork was even filed, according to police. “The girl has been located. She’s back and everything is fine” said Midlothian police Lt. Harold Kaufman. Kyara Rush, 13, of Midlothian, was reported missing by her mother to police early Monday morning. An email from Margaret Longo, superintendent for Forest Ridge Elementary School District 142, was sent out, saying an Amber Alert had been filed for the teen. No Amber Alert had been filed, Kaufman said. In fact, police hadn’t even finished putting the report into the computer system by the time the girl was found later in the day on Monday, May 20. Kaufman declined to released…
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Oak Forest, Cook County and Forest Ridge District 142 officials gathered Oct. 7 to activate a stoplight at Hille Middle School. The light was installed as a safety measure after a student was struck by a car in April.
Staff at Hille Middle School can breathe easier when students leave school for the day, after the activation of a stoplight near the site of a student's injury last spring. District 142 officials, along with Oak Forest and Cook County representatives happily flipped the switch that they hope will keep students safe. The sidewalk and a new stoplight are safety measures planned after student Alex Fitzgerald was struck by a car in April 2012. Alex, who is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury sustained in the accident, inspired city and school officials to seek help from Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy, to make the area safer for students. "It is an incredible day for us," said Superintendent Dr. Margaret Longo. "The fact that…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Oak Forest aldermen Tuesday signed off on the lowest bid for the installation of a sidewalk near Hille Middle School. Work is expected to begin as early as next week.
Installation of a sidewalk near the site of a student's injury in April will begin Oct. 1, Oak Forest aldermen decided Tuesday. Aldermen approved a bid totaling $69,608 for the work, from Alsip-based Davis Concrete Construction. The bid was the lowest of four submitted, and came in under an engineer's projected $72,000. Work is scheduled to start Oct. 1, to be completed by Nov. 2. Sidewalk will be laid on the south side of 151st Street, from Condado to the existing sidewalk at 5747 W. 151st St., in addition to a connecting sidewalk to the existing sidewalk. The City of Oak Forest will pay $34,588 for its portion of the work; Forest Ridge District 142 will pay $10,906. The remainder will be covered by Oak Forest, to be reimbursed by Cook …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Cook County officials approved a stoplight and sidewalk on 151st Street, near Hille School, where student Alex Fitzgerald was struck by a car in April. Oak Forest and Forest Ridge District 142 will chip in a portion of the costs.
Alex Fitzgerald wasn't the first, but hopefully he'll be the last student to be struck by a car along 151st Street, near Hille Middle School. Alex, who is still recovering from a traumatic brain injury sustained in the accident, inspired city and school officials to seek help from Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy, to make the area safer for students. Aldermen Tuesday signed off on an agreement with the County, regarding the details of the design, installation and payment for a sidewalk and stoplight near the location. Alex was the third student to be hit by a car near that spot in recent years, said City Administrator Troy Ishler. Cook County officials approved the installation of a stoplight and sidewalk near the location. The …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
A school bus and van collided near 151st and Laramie in Oak Forest Wednesday afternoon, leaving several Jack Hille Middle School students hurt, but with no serious injuries, Sun-Times Media reports.
Several students from Jack Hille Middle School sustained minor injuries Wednesday afternoon, after a van and a school bus transporting them collided near 151st and Laramie, Superintendent Dr. Margaret Longo told Sun-Times Media. Four students were treated on-site, and were released shortly after to their parents' care, according to the report. Three students were taken to area hospitals as precautionary measure. Want more breaking news? Sign up for our breaking news alerts!
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A fundraiser for Alex “Fitz” Fitzgerald, who was struck by a car last month outside of Jack Hille Middle School, has been set for July 1. The Oak Forest community continues to rally around the injured 12-year-old and his family.
Chris Medina is looking to help out the family of a hospitalized Jack Hille Middle School student however he can. A fundraiser for 12-year-old Alex Fitzgerald of Oak Forest is set for July 1. Fitzgerald, known as “Fitz” in the community, suffered bone fractures and head trauma when he was struck by a car in April. Medina’s fiance, Juliana Ramos, suffered a traumatic brain injury after a 2009 car crash. The former American Idol contestant and Oak Forest resident empathized with what the Fitzgeralds are going through. Fitzgerald has remained in intensive care since the crash. "It really hit hard and I felt like I wanted to be a part of it," Medina said. Medina said he has talked with people close with the Fitzgeralds and wants to be involved…
Thursday, February 23, 2012
Forest Ridge District 142 officials are on alert after a student said a strange man approached her as she walked to school.
Forest Ridge District 142 officials warned parents that a Hille Middle School student reported being approached by a suspicious vehicle Thursday morning. An older, Caucasian male in a grey compact four-door car approached the student near 155th and Betty Ann Lane, around 7:25 a.m. The man, who is described as having short brownish-blond hair, balding on the top, pointed at the student and motioned for her to come closer, according to the letter. The student noted "6034" as the first four digits of the license plate and ran home. School officials contacted Oak Forest police. If residents see a vehicle matching the description, they are encouraged to call police at (708)687-1376.
Friday, January 20, 2012
The kids in Hille Jazz Band are the first in the door two days a week—they get one hour to practice, starting at 7:15 a.m. And it's working. The group was recently chosen to perform at a statewide music conference.
Some are still rubbing the sleep out of their eyes as they tote their instruments through the doors of Hille Middle School. The members of the school's jazz band have an hour to practice together each week, broken down into two, half-hour, before-school sessions kicking off at 7:15 a.m. That's dedication. The band members, led by Director Steve Nendza, are making beautiful music together, winning awards and forming friendships. Most recently, they were selected to perform at the Illinois Music Education Conference on Jan. 26 in Peoria. The band is one of three middle school groups chosen from across the state, Nendza said. Patch popped into an early morning practice to catch up with Nendza and the band members.