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Reena Alsakaji

Reena Alsakaji
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Reena Alsakaji is a freelance writer and a senior at Munster High School. She is the Editor-in-Chief of her school’s student-run newspaper, Crier. She is also involved in Munster Speech & Debate, Student Government, HOSA, Philosophy Club, and Poetry Club. Over the past two years, Reena has fallen in love with the Lansing community as she watched her mother go through the process of opening up a home decor business on Ridge Road (Cadou Decor). Reena hopes to broaden her coverage all over Lansing. Her favorite story so far is, “South Holland neighborhood group hosts Juneteenth event for hundreds.”

District 158 collaborates with Lansing Fire Department to better handle health crisis situations

In late July, staff members at District 158 completed CPR training and are now better equipped able to respond to crisis situations...

Lansing Public Library hosts annual block party featuring new activities

From a live band to a large petting zoo, there was no shortage of laughter and fun as residents enjoyed the Lansing Library's block party...

‘You go in there, and you feel at home’ – 100-year-old Gayety’s customer reflects on a childhood staple

“When we would go into the Gayety’s, there was Mr. Papageorge. He would greet us at the door almost every time and he had a cigar."

Lansing Public Library hosts reptile show for the first time since pandemic

Featuring reptiles from Australia to Central Africa to Asia, the Lansing Public Library’s Crosstown Exotics Reptile Show gave kids...

Sewing kit, projector, croquet set, laptop – meet Lansing’s ‘Library of Things’

The "Library of Things” features various items that can be checked out — ranging from a simple pair of headphones to carpet cleaner...

Lansing Public Library to hold Hispanic Heritage Fiesta September 16

Free event runs 6 – 8 p.m. on Friday, September 16 by Reena Alsakaji LANSING, Ill. (August 14, 2022) – For the first time in its history, the Lansing Public Library will hold a Hispanic Heritage Fiesta on Friday, September 16, just in time for National Hispanic Heritage Month. The event...

Lansing’s Mobile Book Runner program comes to an end

Plans for next summer on the horizon by Reena Alsakaji LANSING, Ill. (July 28, 2022) - From the shelves of the Lansing Public Library to the outskirts of playgrounds, 120 books can be found for check-out in several areas around Lansing. Set up by Andrew Harootunian, the Mobile Book Runner program...

Lansing Historical Society hosts ‘Brides Through the Decades’ again after two years

By Reena Alsakaji LANSING, Ill. (July 8, 2022) – In the basement of the Lansing Public Library, dozens of bridal dresses are overtaking every corner. The Lansing Historical Society Museum is currently holding its “Brides Through the Decades" exhibit, a staple in Lansing. Entry is available for free every Monday...

South Holland neighborhood group hosts Juneteenth event for hundreds

By Reena Alsakaji SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (June 22, 2022) – The sounds of both music and chatter filled the air at the campus of Unity Christian Academy on Saturday, June 18. Posters were scattered across the grass, asking questions such as “How can I make a difference?” and “What does...

South Holland’s Micah 6:8 group to hold first Juneteenth celebration

By Reena Alsakaji SOUTH HOLLAND, Ill. (June 15, 2022) – After holding two unity walks promoting social justice and racial equality in recent years, the South Holland-based Micah 6:8 group is preparing to hold their first celebratory event this Saturday, June 18, in honor of Juneteenth. The event will be...