What do you do with a hallway clogged with freshmen during lunch? Oak Park and River Forest High School found out last week as it implemented its new, partially-open campus policy on the first day of school Aug. 24. The policy, which was approved in May, allows juniors and seniors off campus but under very specific conditions, including parental permission.
President Barack Obama had a much friendlier one-on-one talk at a recent town hall meeting in Illinois than he did in Iowa where he got into a verbal dustup with a Tea Party activist. The president's bus tour of the rural Midwest passed through Alpha and Atkinson last week, two small towns in the northwestern part of Illinois. The visit to Atkinson on Aug. 16 included a brief talk with state Rep. LaShawn Ford (D-8th), who was in attendance at the event.
Oak Parkers probably missed the legendary webslinger Spiderman swooping down from a skyscraper last month to save One Stop Comics from impending doom. Or maybe not, since it didn't really happen — not just because Spiderman isn't real but also because there aren't any skyscrapers at Ridgeland Avenue and Lake Street for him to swoop down from.
The River Forest Police Department and village government are considering issuing local ordinance tickets to low-level marijuana users and funneling those offenders into treatment and education programs.
Junior and seniors at Oak Park and River Forest High School had better be wearing their IDs, have passing grades, and routinely show up on time to class if they want to leave the campus for lunch. Those are among the parameters the school has established for upperclassmen under the new, partially-open campus policy that takes effect on Aug. 24 when school resumes.
Two Fenwick High School students have taken their athletic endeavors to the national stage. Fenwick senior Matt Garelli of Elmhurst wrestled in the U.S.A Wrestling Free Style National Championship in Fargo, N.D. last month, defending his national championship.
The Oak Park Area Arts Council recently announced the recipients of its 2011 Fine Arts Scholarship program for college-bound students. Each recipient receives a $1,000 scholarship for their freshman year tuition and fees.
The Rev. M. Randolph Thompson did not have a problem with people viewing him as a role model. If fact, he welcomed it. He said so in an interview with Wednesday Journal in 1997 after our paper that year named him Villager of the Year.