Not sure why exactly, but I've spent more evenings than ever over the past six weeks eating chicken off of sticks, sipping Cokes and listening to good and determined people talk about what moves them to passionate effort.
It was nice while it lasted. Having the world's greenest Walgreens, I mean. Oak Park has been crowing about that drug store at Madison Street and Oak Park Avenue the way a mom touts a first-born. After Wright and Hemingway, the green Walgreens has actually been drawing eco-tourists, we are told.
David Pope came to our offices Monday morning to talk about why he is not running for a third term as Oak Park's village president. He spoke without notes. He hardly even paused for excessive periods of time to consider and reconsider his words. He did draw us one chart, which is a low number for him, and made me wish I'd kept all the charts he's drawn at the small round table in my office over the years.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: House Hunters, the HGTV show in which young couples defy all odds and actually buy a home, came to Oak Park recently. Did you see it? The traditional move from the upscale city neighborhood to the leafy suburbs (with schools for the cute kids)
By Dec. 1, the three local government bodies — parks, elementary schools and village — contemplating a grand sharing of office space on Madison Street are due back with a fully-thought-out proposal on just why they want to spend $6-10 million to plant a new shared headquarters on the clotted village hall parking lot on Madison Street.
There aren't many things clearer than that a student who is connected at school in multiple ways is going to have more success in all the ways we seek as a community. The high school student who is active in extracurriculars — be it sports, debate, drama, social service — will also do better academically and socially.
Each fall, for many years, the Wednesday Journal and Forest Park Review publish a special section called Community of Caring. This section is an effort to focus readers' attention on the annual fundraising efforts of the local charities by telling the stories of people who received social services from the agencies.
Each fall, for many years, the Journal and Review would publish a special section called Community of Caring. It was an effort to focus readers' attention on the annual fundraising efforts of the local United Way by telling the stories of people who received social services from the agencies that depended on funding from the charity.