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Josh Bootsma

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Josh is Managing Editor at The Lansing Journal and believes in the power and purpose of community news. He covers any local topics—from village government to theatre, from business openings to migratory birds.

Illinois Department of Human Rights event planned at Lansing Public Library

November 7 event part of statewide Fairness and Equality Campaign by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 26, 2018) - The Lansing Public Library will host “Introduction to the Illinois Department of Human Rights” on November 7 as part of the Illinois Bicentennial Fairness and Equality Campaign. Starting at 6:00pm on the...

Massage parlor special use permit denied by Village Board

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 18, 2018) - At Tuesday night's Board meeting, Village Trustees voted unanimously to deny VIP Lansing Spa Inc. a special use permit to operate a massage parlor at 3674 Ridge Road. The decision was the final step in preventing owner Seung Oh from opening...

Lansing Fire Department introduces two new firefighters

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 17, 2018) - New Lansing firefighter/paramedics Sebastian Koziel and Joseph LaPorta were introduced during Tuesday’s Village Board meeting. Interim Fire Chief Michael Templeman introduced his two newest firemen to the board, saying, “We’re glad to have you guys aboard.” Those present at the meeting applauded for...

Illiana Derby Dames skate for fun, charity

Competition meets camaraderie at Lynwood Roller Rink by Josh Bootsma LYNWOOD, Ill. (October 9, 2018) - The Lynwood Sport Center draws all types of people to skate at its roller rink. Come in on Friday nights and you’ll see a teenage hangout on wheels. On Tuesdays you’ll witness a family pizza...

Affirming diversity

Lansing's first Human Relations Commission combines variety of backgrounds into unity of purpose photos and article by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (October 2, 2018) - Nine Lansing residents were unanimously approved to serve on Lansing's Human Relations Commission on Tuesday, September 18, marking the end of more than a year’s worth...

Massage parlor denied recommendation for Special Use Permit

Planning & Zoning Chairman cites “lingering questions” as reason for denial by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 27, 2018) - For the second time this year, Lansing's Planning and Zoning Board heard the request of a massage parlor to obtain a special use permit to occupy 3674 Ridge Road. Seung Oh,...

Ghost the Musical—acting, staging, lighting make audiences believe

Playing at Munster's Theatre at the Center through October 14 review by Josh Bootsma MUNSTER, Ind. (September 18, 2018) - In 1990, movie-goers swarmed to theaters to see Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore, and Whoopi Goldberg star in a film about romance, greed,and life after death. Directed by Jerry Zucker, the Best...

Third annual 0.1K supports local causes

Running a short distance can sometimes go a long way by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (September 9, 2018) - About 60 people stood at the starting line near the Lansing clock tower Saturday morning to run a peculiar distance: 0.1 kilometers. Starting at 11:45am, the third annual “For God & Country...

‘Play ball!’—Lansing’s Jeff Schoettle umpires high-level Little League

by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. (August 28, 2018) - Jeff Schoettle spends his days determining if adults are safe. In the evenings, he puts on a different uniform and does the same for kids. Construction safety officer by day, the 50-year-old Lansing native spends many of his spring and summer...

Mexico en el Corazón gets standing ovation from Lansing crowd

"We go where we have friends," says NCFJ President Sergio Suárez by Josh Bootsma LANSING, Ill. – (September 1, 2018) Crowds surged through the doors of TF South High School’s auditorium Saturday as Mexico en el Corazón took to the stage to entertain about 800 area residents with mariachi music and...