After turning 60 last June, Wednesday Journal's Ken Trainor never expected to be the youngest person in the room, but that was the case last Thursday night when the third class of "60 over 60" was inducted, the kickoff for Celebrating Seniors Week, May 16-23, a series of events coordinated by the Celebrating Seniors Coalition, led by Chairman Jim Flanagan.
And speaking of famous Oak Parkers, Peter Sagal, host of the popular NPR current events show, Wait, Wait … Don't Tell Me, is also an avid long-distance runner who also writes a running column ("Roads Scholar") for Runner's World magazine. In his April 16 column, he talks about running his slowest marathon ever.
Who'd have guessed that the late, great River Forester, Paul Harvey, would be the hit of this year's Super Bowl ads? A couple of years ago, it was Oak Park native (and nonagenarian) Betty White in the year's big commercial (playing football, no less) so Harvey is continuing our strong local connection.
It's been a tough time for green ash lovers, since the arrival of the emerald ash borer. The village has been taking ash trees down by the dozen because all are doomed by this voracious, invasive predator.
Last week, Republicans gathered at Bar Louie to watch Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention. This week, supporters of Barack Obama will gather at FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt Road in Berwyn (Clarence and Roosevelt) to watch the president's convention speech.
One of our resident film buffs (and art film advocate) Bill Higgins sent the following enticement to see Beasts of the Southern Wild, which continues its run at The Lake, where it was the second highest grossing film of the Labor Day weekend.
The Lake Theatre, which has been doing very well of late landing art and indie films for their demanding Oak Park audience, has booked one of the more noteworthy films of the year thus far. Beginning Friday, Beasts of the Southern Wild, will begin its run.
Over 400 people attended the retirement sendoff for Gloria Nash, who became an institution at West Suburban Montessori School, 1039 S. East Ave. in Oak Park. Mrs. Nash, who retired as supervisor of child care, started at West Suburban in 1979, and rarely missed a day.
Scoville Park, Oak Park's front lawn, site of summer concerts, Ultimate Frisbee games, sunbathing, strolling (with or without strollers), climbing on the WWI memorial, toddlers tumbling down the hill, and shortcuts to and from the train — all gone till next spring.