With a giant magnifying glass in one hand, Rose Micatka hunched over her Bingo playing card and scoured the chart for the right numbers. As one of her friends flipped through a deck of cards, another friend periodically reached over to help place chips on the squares Micatka missed.
Though men typically dominate the business world, the number of women-owned firms grew by about 20 percent from 2002 to 2007, according to data released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau. Though figures were not available for Forest Park, many people in the business community have said women seem to be the driving force in the village's business scene.
While Sgt. Joshua Harris was serving in Afghanistan, his lieutenant would often yell to him, "Harris, what are you smiling for?" "I don't know, sir," Harris would reply. The 21-year-old member of the Illinois Army National Guard always walked around with a big smile across his face.
Many people are stocking up on candy this weekend to prepare for all the sugar-crazed trick-or-treaters, but few residents may realize that some of the sweet, and sour, Halloween treats are manufactured right here in Forest Park.