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18 | February 16, 2017 |

18 | February 16, 2017 | The orland park prairie news Police Reports Evergreen Park man charged with DUI following reported crash 295359_5.5_x_5.indd 1 2/9/17 9:31 9:30 AM Warren E. Larson, 65, of 9339 Harding Ave. in Evergreen Park, was charged Jan. 27 with DUI of alcohol, failure to reduced speed to avoid an accident and following too closely after he allegedly was involved in a crash near the intersection of 143rd Street and LaGrange Road. Larson reportedly struck another vehicle from behind with the one he was driving while the other was stopped a red light. He had an odor of alcohol, slurred speech, and bloodshot and glassy eyes, police said. He reportedly was taken to Palos Community Hospital because he had a large laceration on his forehead. He could not do field sobriety tests because of the hospital attention needed, but he gave blood and urine samples, police said. The results were not provided in the report. Jan. 24 • Cory Alexander Temple, 19, of 15402 Maple Ave. in Markham, was charged with retail theft after he allegedly tried to take a video game controller valued at $59.99 from a store in the 15800 block of 94th Avenue. He reportedly took a pair of scissors valued at $2.69 out of their packaging while in the store, used them to cut the security device off the controller, concealed the controlled in his pants and tried to leave, before he was stopped. Jan. 22 Connie L. Cholley, 53, of 19357 Woodfield Court in Tinley Park, was charged with retail theft after she allegedly tried to take 27 items valued at a total of $770 from a department store at Orland Square. She reportedly put the items in a shopping cart, went to the fitting room, concealed the items in canvas bags, went to the fitting room again and concealed more items, and then tried to leave the store before she was stopped. Editor’s note: The Orland Park Prairie’s police reports come from the Orland Park Police Department. Anyone listed in these reports is considered to be innocent of all charges until proven guilty in a court of law. Business Briefs Baird & Warner Orland Park announces Home Buyer Workshop Baird & Warner Orland Park is to host a Home Buyer Workshop from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at 9145 W. 151st St. The event is designed to give potential homebuyers access to experts, in an effort to teach them about realtors, lenders, lawyers, inspectors, insurers and title companies along the way to purchasing a home. For more information, call (708) 460-1400. Compiled by Editor Bill Jones, “Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education.” Attention Builders: Advertise with 22nd Century Media Reach 92,000+ Southwest Suburban homes. ® Contact Lora Healy 708.326.9170 ext. 31 Visit us at sound off the orland park prairie | February 16, 2017 | 19 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From as of Friday, Feb. 10 1. Orland man charged with public indecency for alleged rec center incident 2. Orland police reportedly bust Tinley man for felonious amount of drugs 3. Sandburg cheerleading finishes third, Providence takes fourth at state 4. Sandburg girls basketball suffers Senior Night loss 5. Eagles wrestling dominates Andrew Regional, takes five individual titles Become a Prairie Plus member: Laurie Marino, of Orland Park, posed the accompanying image Friday, Feb. 10, which she said she captured on a trip to Lake Geneva. Like The Orland Park Prairie: “Thanks @JerlingJayhawks for bringing over 350+ students in the last 2 days to see what @TheBridgeTC is all about! #afterschoolworks” @TheBridgeTC — Bridge Teen Center, on Feb. 8 Follow The Orland Park Prairie: @opprairie From the Editor #OPKind rocks our office park BILL JONES This past week, I was coming into work when I noticed, in a small patch of rocks between our door and that of a neighboring business two rocks that, well, were not the like others. In a patch of light-brown stones were two bright white rocks, and they had writing on them. The one said, “We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give.” The other, “Always tell your world, no matter what,” with the flip side reading, “#OPKind.” They were both incredibly colorful, and I opted to leave them there for someone else to find. Upon entering the office, I said, “Did anyone else notice the rocks out front?” I got about a 50/50 mix of “What are you talking about?” and “Yeah, I saw those. What’s up with that?” For the uninitiated, #OPKind is a social media campaign launched by the Village to publicly recognize those who practice acts of kindness. Officially attributed to Mayor Dan McLaughlin, it was started as a hashtag for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest as a way to celebrate kindness. It all is designed to tie into the theme, “Orland Park is Kind,” of the 2017 State of the Village Address to be held Thursday, March 9, at Sandburg High School, with tagged photos to be shared at the address. The Village also has produced — and will provide free of charge — “I Am #OPKind” stickers, designed to be given to those who demonstrate kindness. People are encouraged to further share these happenings via social media through pictures and brief descriptions of the acts of kindness. And, if I didn’t know better, the cynical side of me might suggest someone from the Village dropped these rocks outside of our office in a deliberate effort to get me to write about them — sorry, we have slacked on getting word out regarding this program, but mission accomplished. But these trending campaigns also have a way of taking on lives of their own, and I also recently saw an email that the Orland Park Area Chamber of Commerce was working to get more businesses involved. I happen to know a member of the chamber who loiters around our office quite a bit, so there’s a good chance she or one of her cohorts were involved. Either way, it was a pleasant surprise. I like the unexpected things that take me out of the routine of my day, and I like trying to take people out of their routines on occasion, as well. It just keeps life interesting. After I left the rocks there, one of our designers found them outside the door. She liked the one so much These two rocks turned up this past week outside the door of The Orland Park Prairie’s office. Photos by Bill Jones/22nd Century Media she decided she wanted to keep it for herself. By all accounts, it made her day. So, to the person who left these rocks outside our door, thanks. We owe you a sticker for your own act of kindness. And for anyone else looking to participate, the #OP- Kind stickers are available at the information desk in the lobby of Orland Park’s Village Hall, 14700 S. Ravinia Avenue, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information, call (708) 403-6399. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Orland Park Prairie encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. 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