Melrose Park, IL 10/31/2013. After raising over $4000 in 2012, students at Walther Christian Academy took on an even more ambitious goal of $5000 for this year's September 29th event. The motivation for the increase was the desire to provide five fresh water wells for five villages overseas. These wells will decrease the need for mostly women and children to walk an average of four hours per day to retrieve this precious resource for their families. This extra time and energy would then be available for such poverty-fighting tasks as attending school and beginning small businesses.
Complete with dazzling decorations and delectable treats, the second annual Stand Tall with Sarah's Inn signature fundraiser on October 19 was filled with good friends and inspiring conversations. Organized and hosted by an event committee of Oak Park residents, the event raised more than $93,000 for Sarah's Inn.
Earlier this week, I drove down to far south Homer Glen to visit Czimer's, a 100-year-old butcher shop specializing in game and seafood…particularly large game and seafood. Rich Czimer is a loquacious, eccentric gentleman, quite knowledgeable and committed to a business that has been in his family for a century. Walking in, one of the first things I spotted in the freezer cabinet was lion, both as bratwurst and steak.
WGN-TV anchor and reporter Micah Mattere stopped by Greenline Wheels, an Oak Park bike shop on Marion Street, last week not to purchase bikes for the station, but to feature Greenline employee David Poppei as "One of Chicago's Very Own."