You learn a lot being the local government reporter in a town like Oak Park. Sometimes it's dry; sometimes it's entertaining. Monday's village board meeting was both. Here's a roundup of my observations.
Downtown Oak Park held its 25th annual meeting Tuesday evening in an empty storefront on Marion Street. There was a good crowd of merchants, members and village officials, including Anan Abu-Taleb, Oak Park's new village president.
Chris Ware's New Yorker magazine covers are threatening to turn him into this generation's Norman Rockwell. His latest focused on Mother's Day, depicting a couple of moms sharing a Happy Mother's Day card in the kitchen, while their three kids peek from the stairway.
Steve Skidmore has been reunited with his class ring. If you recall our May 1 story [Lost and found, News, May 1], the former Oak Park resident, and Baylor University grad, thought his 1970 class ring was long gone, but it washed up in the backyard of Kevin and Deb Quantock McCarey, following the April floods.
After turning 60 last June, Wednesday Journal's Ken Trainor never expected to be the youngest person in the room, but that was the case last Thursday night when the third class of "60 over 60" was inducted, the kickoff for Celebrating Seniors Week, May 16-23, a series of events coordinated by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, led by Chairman Jim Flanagan.
They packed the place Thursday night at The Children's Clinic over on Lake Street. There were two reasons for the first open house in seven years at the medical clinic sponsored by the OPRF Infant Welfare Society. The first was to show off the newly renovated space. The second was to start replenishing the funds the group had just spent on the spruce up.