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A 'Phantom' Writer, a Passionate Pastor and Plane-Pulling Police

A look back at the most compelling stories published on Chicago Heights Patch for the week of Oct. 9-15.

A 'Phantom' Writer, a Passionate Pastor and Plane-Pulling Police

Heights Police Pay to Pull a Plane (Monday, Oct. 10)

Not many of us would pay good money and drive all the way out to O'Hare International Airport to pull 90-tons of metal. donated to the Special Olympics of Illinois just to do that. They did it well too.

A Chicago Heights Church That Accepts All  (Tuesday, Oct. 11)

was the subject of our last People of Faith entry, and Pastor Patrick Shebeck was not shy about revealing the things that make his church different from others. Shebeck said the church accepts gay clergy and isn't afraid to tackle tough issues, including the problems with health insurance in America.

Union Street Gallery Shows Us How to Be Human (Tuesday, Oct. 11)

I just have to say how awesome the concept for this fall's National Juried Exhibit at is. 'Being Human' dives into the beautiful, painful and disturbing aspects of humanity, all with the help of 65 artists form 21 different states in the U.S. This is an exhibit you won't want to miss.

Michelle Rodriguez: Opera Singer, Writer, Mom (Wednesday, Oct. 12)

Our Remarkable Resident last week just may be the queen of multitasking. Michelle Rodriguez is a Heights-grown opera singer and novelist with an affinity for tales about vampires, angels and demons. She's also a stay-at-home mom raising two kids. She captivated hundreds of Patch readers in our video story about her many talents, including writing Phantom of the Opera fan fiction. To cap things off Rodriguez recently became our newest Local Voices blogger.

Thornwood Apartments Encourages Kids and Deters Crime (Friday, Oct. 14)

We did a slightly different style of business spotlight with last week, talking to property manager Dionne Williams about the improvements and upgrades the complex has had in recent years. Williams also addressed crime, revealing the many security measures used to deter any would be criminals.

Last week was a lot fun. There was plenty of interesting news and lots to talk about. Next week we'll be highlighting the talents of a gold medal-winning Chicago Heights police officer and giving a preview of what's to come this Halloween in the Heights.

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