Deb Quantock McCarey is a freelance writer who has worked with Wednesday Journal Inc. since 1995, writing features and special sections for all of its publications, including Chicago Parent. As a "green" person who chooses to ride her bike and walk to work and everywhere else year-round, Deb has also completed two Chicago Marathons. In addition to that, she is an avid urban gardener, an active participant in social justice issues and involved in several community service projects, many of which she has written about on her blog, Deb's Big Backyard. She is also a writer/producer at Lyman Street Productions (www.lymanstreetproductions.com), and a mother of two grown sons who resides with her spouse, Kevin, and their big dog and two small, bossy cats in Oak Park.
In a world trying to understand the issues surrounding polar vortexes and ice cap melts; super-storms, raging forest fires and severe droughts; bee colony collapse disorder; and GMOs, setting aside an hour or two to "educate" one's self by viewing a few flicks during Green Community Connection's 3rd Annual One Earth Film Festival, March 7-9, offers an entertaining way to gain a leg up on what to do next for the planet.
Several minutes prior to Principal Nate Rouse's opening remarks at the15th annual Black Professionals Day at Oak Park and River Forest High School, Drew Swope, a junior well dressed in a tan vest, dress pants and polished shoes, was saying he knows he wants to work in the hospitality services field some day.
There's good news for owners of rental property in the Austin community. In early March a grant-funding opportunity will provide much-needed funds to assist in improving the state of multi-unit rental buildings (2-4) that are vacant and in disrepair, thanks to a $100,000-plus grant recently awarded to the Oak Park Regional Housing Center (OPRHC) by HOPE Fair Housing Center in West Chicago.
With me being a relatively new urban gardener, last year I spent a lot of time trying to attract more pollinators to my native plant and edible garden landscape, and recently I realized that me becoming a beekeeper in some form isn't a stretch at all.