I tend to work a lot of hours. So last January when Mariah, our teenage daughter, hit a wall of pain and anguish and asked us to take her to an in-patient psychiatric facility, I wanted to say something to my colleagues here about why I'd be in and out of the office so much.
This has been a tough fall for hiding my hosta detritus. First, the leaves wouldn't fall from my trees at all. Two weekends back I was ready, clippers-oiled, to start taking down my garden for the winter. Damned leaves were still stuck to the trees, changing colors, looking sharp.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Hateful: Let's start with allegedly. Frank Elliott allegedly torched his own gay night spot in Oak Park in June 2012. He allegedly scrawled homophobic slurs on the walls of the Velvet Rope before he allegedly set it ablaze.
Parenthesis, a 33-year-old Oak Park nonprofit focused on providing social services to teenage moms, was chosen last week by the Collaboration for Early Childhood to lead the effort to engage local families with very young children considered to be at risk.
Rush University Medical Center on Friday completed its full acquisition of Rush Oak Park Hospital, with the closing of an agreement that ends the century-plus sponsorship of the hospital by the Wheaton Franciscan religious order.
Finally, finally … on Monday night there was a determinedly honest conversation about economic development at Oak Park's village hall. And there was remarkable consensus among the village president, board members and the head of the Oak Park Development Corporation, who testified.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: I don't like Ike: Ike Carothers, the convicted alderman from Austin, is making noises that he plans to run for the Cook County board from the district that includes both the greater West Side, Oak Park, Forest Park and points west out toward Bellwood.