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.
Loving couple John O'Neill, a leading real estate broker and insurance agent for many decades in Oak Park and River Forest, and his beloved wife, Margaret T. O'Neill, 81, died of natural causes in their River Forest home on July 29 and July 30, respectively.
The practice of edible gardening, where veggies, fruits and herbs are sustainably cultivated farm-to-table in big and small landscapes, is alive and kicking in Oak Park, River Forest and the Austin community on the West Side of Chicago.