The 19-year-old graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School who was shot and killed last week while driving in the West Pullman neighborhood was an aspiring rapper who always had a smile on his face, according to his former teacher.
As a former high school teacher, Al Popowits has learned how to effectively communicate to an audience. His classroom experience taught him to be heard, make eye contact and, most importantly, not be boring. In fact, he was so not boring that Wednesday Journal has named him River Forest's Village of the Year.
River Forester Patty Henek was very busy helping people in need in 2012. Henek and her neighbors in the 700 block of Bonnie Brae were able to raise $19,000 in September during their 10th annual LemonAid fundraiser, which they started to commemorate the 9/11 attacks. That amount surpassed the $16,000 they raised the previous year.
Staff at the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest are still hoping to relocate to a village-owned former firehouse on Lake Street once their lease extension at Pleasant Home runs out in two years.
If the River Forest Tennis Club continues to push forward a proposal to install light poles on three of its tennis courts this spring, surrounding residents would like the club to know they are done being good neighbors.