Darwin taught us that everything must adapt or die. Local weekly newspapers like this one are no exception. So late last September Wednesday Journal launched OakPark.com, the new and improved version of the print paper.
At long last, the first day of school came last week for Anna and Beth, two little girls from Oak Park. The night before, the two 5-year-olds, with the help of their mothers, had lain out their new outfits, and packed their new Dora, the Explorer backpacks. Now the two were clinging to their mommies on the playground before school with a mix of fear, anxiety and excitement.
My family and I have been going on vacation with the same five families for more than 25 years. We always go the first or second week of August. We always go to the same place, Watervale, which is near Frankfort, Mich. about 300 miles from Oak Park.
Oak Park is a little like Notre Dame football or Morton's Steakhouse. Lots of people love it. Lots of people hate it. I only recently became aware of the depth of the animus when I began writing and blogging about my son's likely move from Oak Park to a different western suburb.
I sometimes think the best that we can hope for is that things will get worse slowly. The cynical, protracted negotiations over raising the budget ceiling are only the latest brick in my house of doom. The seas rise. The air thickens. The rich grow richer. The poor grow poorer. Government fails us. Greed and arrogance are not sins, but ambitions.
The May 26 District 200 board meeting was the last one of the 2010-11 school year. I'm guessing the OPRF school board was as relieved as the students and teachers to be finished with a difficult year. The new superintendent, Steven Isoye, got through his first year without being charged with plagiarism, so he's already ahead of his predecessor.
When I was little, I wanted to be famous. I'm not sure exactly why, but I would guess it had something to do with reading lots of history and sports biographies and a wish to improve upon a lower middle class life in New Albany, Ind.
On April 11, 1936 the Lake Theatre opened in Oak Park with a single screen and a seating capacity of 1,750. Theaters were huge in those days long before today's much smaller multiplexes. The opening was surely a hot topic of conversation for Oak Parkers. Designed by Thomas Lamb, the Lake was a great example of the art deco style.