In their recent run of fantastic finishes on the football field, OPRF and Lyons Township reversed roles Friday at Oak Park Stadium. A year after the Lions' Jake Elliott kicked a clutch 52-yard field goal at the buzzer to edge OPRF, the Huskies called on a committee of stars, notably Lloyd Yates, Jamal Baggett, Jakari Cammon, Tom Odell and Sedrick McDonald, to squeak by LT 35-34.
OK, it wasn't everyone's favorite summer of all time. Instead it was one of the hottest and driest of all time, at least through June and July. But by August, as you can see (above), the grass was green again in Scoville Park — just before they dug it all up. Like we said.
Four like-minded Oak Park moms, Carrie Summy, Nikki Richardson, Shobha Mahadev, and Maureen Heffern Ponicki, believe giving kids regular helpings of service opportunity will instill in them the qualities of compassion and gratitude early on, and help them "be the change" as they get older.
Oak Park Police Officer Ed Hadac is one of a few business beat officers who monitor activity in the village's business districts. The concept is similar to the department's resident beat officer program, which splits the village into eight sections and puts an officer who lives there in charge of patrolling each one.
On Tuesday the residents of the 700 block of Bonnie Brae in River Forest held their 11th annual LemonAidfundraiser. More than 1,000 people turned out to make charitable donations and get a refreshing beverage. This year's proceeds will go to Sarah's Inn – a charity that works with victims of domestic violence.
After some 250 local Democrats gathered at FitzGerald's to celebrate President Barack Obama's acceptance speech on Sept. 6, their attention turned the next day to building support for the president in neighboring Iowa. While the president visited battleground Iowa on Friday, supporters back in Oak Park were planning another weekend campaign bus trip to the state.
Olympic heroics weren't confined to London this summer. Athletic daring was also on display at Illinois State University, which hosted the Special Olympics for three days in mid-June. A five-member team of athletes from Oak Park competed there for the first time. These novices had no idea what to expect but walked away with a fistful of medals.