Paula Kluth didn't like having all her children's books cluttering her basement, unread. These weren't just any children's books. She'd written them herself and had a special interest in making sure they were enjoyed by others. So one day, she brought them to the Oak Park-River Forest Food Pantry, housed in the basement of First United Church of Oak Park, 818 Lake St.
The Oak Park Head Start child care program has found two new places to call home. On Sept. 12, the program's 68 local participants will begin their school year at one of two new locations: at Hephzibah Children's Association's North Boulevard headquarters or at Creative Children's Daycare Center on North Avenue.
The Community Chest of Oak Park-River Forest has pledged $75,000 in funding to Hephzibah Children's Association this year, to help make up for the funds lost when Hephzibah was denied a $100,000 annual grant from United Way.
Representatives of Community Justice Center Westside from the Cook County State's Attorney's Office joined forces with members of the Oak Park Police Department, village staff, and the Madison Street Business Association to stage a walking tour of Madison Street businesses last week, to make their presence known to local business owners.
A 76-year-old woman was transported to Loyola Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained when she was struck while walking in the crosswalk at the corner of Park and Division by a vehicle headed eastbound on Division.
The fate of the playing fields at Stevenson Park still remains to be seen, but commissioners on the Park District of Oak Park board leaned toward keeping a baseball diamond at the site, at their Aug. 23 board meeting.
Oak Park police are asking for help in locating a missing Oak Park man who suffers from schizophrenia. Thirty-eight-year-old Evan Cater was reported missing by his father on Aug. 18, after he left his home on the 500 block of S. Elmwood without his wallet, keys, cellphone or medication.
Hephzibah Children's Association has been denied an annual grant from the United Way, bringing their decades-long partnership to an end and leaving Hephzibah scrambling to find a way to make up for the loss of funds for it's Oak Park day care program.
The Oak Park Head Start child care program has found a new place to call home. But local early childhood advocates are frustrated that early efforts to relocate the program were unsuccessful and that the final space sharing solution has room for only half of the program's 68 children.