Bridgeport singer, actress in Senior American Idol competition finals

Joan Harzich Sipich, a lifelong resident of Bridgeport, has made it to the finals of the Orland Township Senior American Idol competition at age 82.

Dr. Perez named surgical director for breast health at Mercy Hospital

Mercy Hospital and Medical Center has named a new surgical director for the Sister Sheila Lyne Comprehensive Breast and Women’s Healthcare Center. Claudia Perez, DO (Doctor of Osteopathy), a board-certified general surgeon, will focus exclusively on breast surgery.

Jans Antiques relocating to Evanston

If you recently visited Jans Antiques, 225 N. Racine Ave. at Fulton Street, you probably noticed that owner Jan Seymour is moving a lot of inventory — literally.

March for Kids to help Mercy Home youngsters

Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has expanded and renamed its annual public outreach campaign, formerly known as Shamrocks for Kids, to enlist even more of the public in its cause to provide a safe and loving home for kids in crisis.

Second area heliport may come to Pilsen

A helicopter take-off and landing facility in southeast Pilsen, which received Chicago Planning and Development Department approval, is on hold until neighborhood residents have a say about it.

University Village Chiropractic offers new procedure to accelerate healing

University Village Chiropractic, 1354 W. Taylor St., is providing a new treatment option for pain and injuries. Known as ARP (accelerated recovery performance) wave technology, this patented, FDAapproved system offers a breakthrough for dealing with the neurological origin of soft-tissue conditions and symptoms.

Msgr. O’Donnell still going strong at age 103

For Monsignor Richard O’Donnell, being a priest has not changed that much over the nearly 80 years since his ordination — at least not in the essentials.

Patrick Palella named WCA executive director

The West Central Association (WCA) Chamber of Commerce has named Patrick Palella as its new executive director. A lifelong Chicagoan, Palella brings 15 years’ experience as a consultant specializing in turnaround and strategic growth for various organizations.

Romano sisters are karate champs

Angelina Romano, the daughter of former Near West Side residents Rick and Olga Romano, now is a national karate champion after competing with the Illinois Shotokan Karate Club in the U.S. Team Trials, held earlier this year in Greenville, SC. She won the eight-year-olds’ division National Karate Championship, sponsored by USA Karate, a national karate federation.

IMD creates $3.4 billion impact on area, economic impact study says

The Illinois Medical District (IMD) adds $3.4 billion to the Chicago region’s economy, is responsible for more than 18,000 jobs that otherwise would not exist, and contributes more than $75 million in tax revenue for the State and Chicago metropolitan area, according to the results of a recent economic impact study.