Local support for cystic fibrosis research

A series of fundraisers to benefit cystic fibrosis research will be held in Forest Park and the Chicago area, beginning the weekend of Aug. 8 when two Madison Street businesses will donate a portion of their sales to the cause.

Tim and Dorothy Gillian, whose daughter, Anna, has cystic fibrosis, have been raising money for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation for 18 years. On Oct. 9, the Gillians will be recognized by the Greater Illinois Chapter as family honorees during the foundation’s annual banquet in Chicago. Each year one family that has had success in raising money for the foundation is honored in this way, according to a spokeswoman for the chapter.

Leading up to the Oct. 9 event, the Gillians will attempt to raise $100,000, beginning with help from Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, 7347 Madison, and Team Blonde, 7442 Madison, during the weekend of Aug. 8.

On Sept. 19 at St. Bernardine’s, the family will host a theme party featuring raffles, music, dinner and auctions to help raise money. Tickets for that event are $30.

A charity softball tournament hosted by the park district is also in the works.

To donate, purchase tickets or volunteer, contact Dorothy Gillian at 514-6616, or visit www.annapalooza.com.

Public memorial for Orland

A memorial service for Dr. Phyllis Orland will be held at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson, on Aug. 16.

From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the public is welcome to attend the ceremony and view a brief program eulogizing the former pediatrician. Orland died July 1 at the age of 90. Those in attendance will be encouraged to share memories of Orland.

“She was my pediatrician,” Karen Dylewski, director of the community center, said.

Orland and her deceased husband, Dr. Frank Orland, a dentist who focused his career on research, were revered within the community after moving here in the 1940s. Phyllis Orland practiced out of the family’s home and eventually found herself treating the grandchildren of some of her earliest patients.

Frank Orland had also devoted his time to chronicling the community’s history.

Health fair, school physicals

A health fair offering free services to seniors and students will be held Saturday, Aug. 8 at Proviso Math and Science Academy, 8601 Roosevelt. The third annual event is scheduled to run from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and provide dental exams, glucose screenings, hearing tests, vision tests and other complimentary services for seniors age 60 and older.

A step dance exercise class is also being offered at 10:45 a.m., and bingo will be played from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Between 11 a.m. and 11:45, seniors may also purchase a boxed lunch for $1.50. Reservations for the meal are required.

For students, free physicals will be performed by Loyola University Medical Center staff by appointment. A parent must be present for the exam and have the appropriate school forms.

To make an appointment for a back-to-school physical, call the academy at 338-4192. To reserve a lunch, call 547-5600.

The health fair is sponsored by Proviso Township High School District 209, West Suburban Senior Services and Proviso Township.

Behind the blue

Residents interested in learning more about police work, and how officers here respond to various emergencies, can attend a series of free workshops beginning Tuesday, Sept. 8.

“I’ve always gotten good feedback on it,” Chief Jim Ryan said of the class.

Each week, through Nov. 17, participants will see demonstrations of various aspects of the job. Collecting evidence, juvenile cases, communications, patrols and other facets of police work will be presented in a hands-on fashion, said Ryan. For more information, or to register for the 2009 Citizens Police Academy, contact Sgt. Pete Morrissette at 615-6220.

Police: Employees staged heist

Police recently arrested three suspects, including two employees, accused of staging an April 11 robbery of a Forest Park sandwich shop. According to a department statement, Victor Owens, Lyndon Pendleton, both 19, and 21-year-old Joseph Lowe are facing felony charges for taking $1,300 in cash from Jimmy John’s while Lowe was in charge of closing the eatery that night.

Det. Jarlath Heveran caught a break in the investigation, said the department, when Lowe allegedly admitted to police that he had played a part in the crime. Upon arrest, the other suspects in the case confessed, said police. Pendleton played the role of the armed robber, carrying a knife into the business, and Owens, who also works at the business, served as the driver, according to police.