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.
From a local college working on ways to make bus transit really work for students to a commission working to curb pesticide use in Oak Park and River Forest to the company that owns the largest number of local apartments and keeps implementing small energy efficiency measures, the 2014 Annual Institutional Leaders Forum was a hands-on demonstration of the virtues of collaboration and passion.
On Dec. 2, the national giving day movement now known as #GivingTuesday will pop up on digital screens hyper-locally, thanks to the Oak Park and River Forest Community Foundation's IGiveOP+RF#GivingTuesday online logo campaign.
Artist Tia Etu says that 25 years ago she was the first business to move in and set up a gallery, with studio, on the long stretch of Harrison Street that has become known as the Oak Park Arts District.
Nearly 25 years ago, Dr. David Kupperman, then a physicist with Argonne National Labs, built and blew off his first rounds of bot- tle rockets, surrounded by a classroom of giddy fourth graders learning firsthand about Newton's Law of Physics with each pop.
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