As Sandy Lentz settles into being a newly elected member of the Park District of Oak Park board, back on her 800 block of north Humphrey, this spring, summer and fall her garden will be calling her home.
As a girl growing up in rural Wisconsin, Tara Schaafsma, 39, loved gathering edible berries from a nearby woods, and harvesting flowers, herbs, fruits and vegetables from her parents' large backyard gardens.
Especially for urban gardeners like me who live in small spaces, worm composting (also called vermicomposting) is a productive, fun and doable way to divert biodegradable kitchen scraps away from a landfill and back into the soil in my garden…or on to my indoor plants as a top dressing.
In their retirement years, Oak Parker Phyllis Bowen says that she and her spouse Samuel haven't minded climbing the stairs up to their newly-constructed rooftop garden to watch the flowers, fruits, herbs and veggies grow. In a way, it's the avid gardener's dream come true.
When first meeting John Lawrence, the 2012 Realtor of the Year, it's easy to see how and why the broker/owner of Oak Park-based Weichert Realtors – Nickel Group was selected by the Oak Park Area Association of Realtors (OPAAR) to receive this top industry honor.
Scott Fisher, 52, is a carpenter, general contractor and jazz trombonist from Oak Park who says he has an intuitive sense of how to seamlessly blend new and old construction in vintage buildings, as if what he has done had always been there.
As Cliona Lim looks on, the venerable old home in which she grew up, 203 Franklin Ave., River Forest, will soon be demolished. The 106-year-old residence where her family resided for nearly 50 years holds myriad fond memories of her wonder years. Last month, a Cook County Circuit court judge sided with the village of River Forest and ordered the home —owned by John Trage — on the corner of Washington and Franklin demolished.