Deb Quantock McCarey is a freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all its publications. An avid urban gardener and growing naturalist, she is also a local "green" advocate and community volunteer. As a WJ gardening blogger, Deb is also the host of Deb's Big Backyard, which runs on oakpark.com and airs on Oak Park public cable, Channel 6. In partnership with her spouse, Kevin J. McCarey, she is also a writer/producer for Lyman Street Productions and Print at www.lymanstreetproductions.com, a small business in Oak Park that produces and provides web content.
In the zip codes 60301 through 60305, the Live & Give Survey of over 600 residents has revealed that in 2014 the dollar amount that is contributed out of Oak Park and River Forest is about twice the national average, or $5,986, as compared to the national average of $2,974 per person annually, said Kristin Vogen, CEO/president of the Oak Park-River Forest Community Foundation.
Just minutes before 9-year-old Shelby Giloth took the stage at First Baptist Church of Oak Park to belt out "Tomorrow" from Annie, she was fidgeting in a church pew, waiting for her number to be called.
If you build an arts district on Harrison Street in southeast Oak Park, will people come?
In 1998, that was the field of dreams when painter, muralist and sculptor, Tia Etu, became the first working artist in a live/work gallery space, Whatever Comes to Mind, at 11 Harrison St. in Oak Park.