The 17-year-old Oak Park and River Forest High School student who landed a handful of felony charges last month after a search of his apartment turned up large quantities of drugs, cash, and allegedly stolen goods apparently got some of the drugs via a FedEx shipment from California.
A handful of River Forest residents are refusing to take crime and violence sitting down. By all appearances, the village is a relatively safe place to live. Weekly police reports consist mostly of minor infractions, along with the occasional theft or burglary.
The following interview was conducted on Aug. 13 with Jay Friedman, music director of the Symphony of Oak Park-River Forest; David Leehey, president of the board of directors; and Carole Benson, symphony chorus member and member of the board of directors.
The Chicago area branch of the worldwide charity organization United Way has a new approach to its charitable initiatives — dubbed Live United 2020 — which was officially announced Friday morning. And that focus on early childhood education was good news for two local social service agencies but spelled trouble for a third.
Oak Park's Maya del Sol Restaurant took 200 reservations this past Friday night in the span of about six hours. It's probable that those diners were out to show support for a much-loved neighborhood restaurant at a critical moment. But it's fair to say some were also aiming for a spot on TV.
As the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center inches closer, an ambitious group of River Forest residents are hard at work planning this year's charity LemonAid stand, a fundraiser born of a desire to do some good in the face of unspeakable tragedy. The charitable event will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11 on the 700 block of Bonnie Brae.
You've seen her work on Roseanne, on Friends, and more recently, on 30 Rock. She's done Scrubs, Rules of Engagement, Gilmore Girls, and Ellen. Her resume reads like a TV Guide listing. So it's not news that Gail Mancuso has lately been hard at work directing the critically-acclaimed hit ABC comedy Modern Family. Or that she has just been nominated for an Emmy. What's odd and surprising is that Mancuso lives, at least part of the time, in River Forest.
A 49-year-old man was riding his bike on the 7700 block of Greenfield, Sept. 5, when he was struck in the back with an egg, thrown by unknown offenders in a yellow midsize vehicle last seen fleeing southbound on Park Avenue.
Armitage Dam, which is located just north of River Forest on the Des Plaines River, is slated to be fully removed by mid-October. That change in the river should increase the overall health of the river, as well as increase the number of fish downstream from the dam.