Senior night did not go the way that the OPRF girls basketball team had planned. The Huskies were handed a 45-36 loss by Downers Grove North on Friday in Oak Park, which put a crimp in a special night where their upperclassmen and their retiring head coach were honored before the game.
A long road trip with a backseat full of kids can be bad enough, let alone a backseat filled with 41 barking dogs. That was the case for Kathy and Mike Nobles last week, who drove 12 hours overnight last Thursday — from Tulsa, Okla., all the way up to Oak Park.
Chicago's literary heritage is comparable to the best in the world," said Donald Evans, executive director of the relatively new Chicago Literary Hall of Fame. Evans is among several Oak Parkers instrumental in making sure Chicago is no "Second City" when it comes to being recognized as the home of great writers.
While OPRF and Glenbard West are the early front-runners to win the coveted West Suburban (Silver) Conference boys basketball title, two-time defending champion Lyons Township and several other teams are in hot pursuit. The Lions played their part in tightening the conference race considerably by dealing visiting OPRF a 65-53 loss, its first setback in the Silver this season, on Friday night in La Grange.
When Sister Michelle Germanson was asked to be the first president of Trinity High School in River Forest, she had one main concern—too many girls. Germanson had grown up attending co-ed schools during her childhood in Madison, Wis, had two brothers and had never been a president before.
When Shireesh Reddy and his wife Saritha purchased their home on Woodbine Avenue in 2010, there was no question that they were going to need to renovate the small bungalow to accommodate the needs of their family. While plenty of homeowners may feel like they have to move heaven and earth to get a sizeable home renovation project underway in an Oak Park historic district, for the Reddys that was no exaggeration.
Twenty-eleven was a year that saw several notable projects continue to drag on, while other battles in Oak Park finally came to an end. Oak Park Village Hall at last resolved a nearly two-year long lawsuit with the public high school, but not before some $685,000 was spent on the dispute.
A new store on Madison Street in Forest Park is enlivening the local home décor scene with a distinct personality. Partners Jef Anderson and Noel Eberline opened Yearbook in September, and already this new addition has created a buzz. The store will appear in an upcoming issue of Chicago Home and Garden Magazine.