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Hipster housing on Harlem in the Heights? Not as far-fetched as some might think, a Palos Heights alderman told his colleagues at a City Council committee-of-the-whole meeting last month.
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 Anyone expecting a retail revival along the long-struggling Harlem Avenue business strip in Palos Heights—at least any time soon—is not being realistic and ought to think about alternatives.

That’s the unvarnished advice Douglas J. Hammel, senior associate at Houseal Lavigne Associates, gave the City Council at its committee-of-the-whole meeting last month.
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Smoking is now forbidden on all municipal parks and recreation property in Palos Heights, inside and out. The prohibition, effective immediately, was approved as a matter of policy, but not yet law, by the City Council at its meeting Tuesday night.
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Orland Park Mayor Daniel McLaughlin reached out to his neighbor to the south at Monday Night’s Village Board meeting, hosting former Tinley Park Mayor Ed Zabrocki for the first time ever. Zabrocki recently resigned after a cancer diagnosis, saying he wanted to spend more time with his family and throw all his energy into beating the disease and living a long, healthy life.
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“Jurassic World” picks ups some 22 years after the disaster on Isla Nublar, the site of “Jurassic Park.” That horrible experiment had washed away the dream of an enthusiastic billionaire who tried to build a dinosaur-themed amusement park but failed before it was even realized. We now have a new enthusiastic but crazy billionaire, who brings us “Jurassic World,” a fully functioning theme park full of dinosaurs and fun for the whole family.
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The “ugliest wall in town” may go from worst to first later this year, as the next project of the Palos Heights Public Arts Commission.

The south wall of the public works building, just south of City Hall, 7607 W. College Drive, will be adorned with a five-panel work of art later this year, if all goes according to plan.
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Palos Heights’ ongoing struggle to attract business development can be explained, in part, by its own cumbersome and sometimes confusing review process, City Council members heard last month.
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A plan to bulldoze a church and build a 66-unit housing development for people with dementia in its place now has “one strike” against it because developers apparently failed to notify everyone living nearby about a meeting held May 26 to discuss the matter, Palos Park Mayor John Mahoney said. 
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A round-the-clock, 625-mile relay race designed to put Palos Heights in the Guinness Book of World Records is set for later this month on the Shepard High School athletic field, 13049 S. Ridgeland Ave.

“Never before has a world record been set in Palos Heights--until now,” claimed race co-organizer Joseph Lerner, a Shepard High School math teacher, as well as a track and cross country coach at Shepard and Trinity Christian College. “We plan to do something historic.”
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From our sister paper, The Reporter: The Evergreen Park Athletic Association official who blew the whistle on the Jackie Robinson West Little League for cheating by violating residency rules was charged early Tuesday morning with disorderly conduct and assault after chasing a woman down a residential street and threatening her husband, police said.
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