Names in the News: People to Watch in Tinley Park

Kathy Passafiume wants to connect drug addicts with those who can help. James Garner wants a traveling youth baseball team that got scammed to have a season.

Battling an Epidemic

, the clinical director, has seen that shame is a big reason why people don’t seek treatment for drug addictions. She and several other professionals at Carl Sandburg High School that introduced addiction resources in our area for people in need. “The whole point is getting rid of the shame to simply ask for help,” Passafiume said. “There so many options out there, and these helpers have been in the trenches for a long time. They know what to do with all these situations. All we need to do is link the two together.”

Read  in coverage earlier this week.

For the Love of the Game

has really stepped up to the plate. The 32-year-old owner of the  in  is donating full uniforms, hats, sweatshirts, helmets and more to a Hobart, IN, youth traveling baseball team that was swindled by its coach. The coach, Jeffrey Halter, 40, of South Elgin, walked off with nearly $8,000 of parents' money, leaving them with nothing to show for it, according to reports. Without help from those like Garner, the Deep Rivers Devils may not have a season at all. "I heard about it, and I knew I had to do something," Garner, 32, of Frankfort, said. "You just feel bad for the kids. They were left with no direction. This guy was really running the show so they didn't have anyone to do things for them."


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