A toast to the newlyweds

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Timothy Deuchler and Tanisha Woodson-Shelby were married at Garfield Park Conservatory on Oct. 1. The bride's parents are Patricia and Larry Shelby of Oak Park. The groom's parents are Doug and Nancy Deuchler, also of Oak Park. Both Tim and Tanisha graduated from Oak Park and River Forest High School in 1993, and from Northwestern University. Tim holds a master of science degree in computer information systems, and is an application developer for IBM. Tanisha, who earned a bachelor of arts degree in English, works as an administrator at the American College of Surgeons.

Katie plays a Rose in 'April'

Oak Parker Katie Monahan is portraying Rose Arnott in a production of Enchanted April at The Jedlicka Performing Arts Center in Cicero. The play runs until Nov. 5.

Monahan holds an M.A. in sociology from the University of Chicago, where she was a nationally ranked badminton player. It was while coaching at a junior camp that she got involved in theater while performing skits she wrote for the campers' entertainment. She's also appeared in other community productions. By day, she works in property management while pursuing an M.A.T. degree in elementary education.

Arts friendly award

The Village of Oak Park earned an honorable mention in the 2005 Illinois Arts Friendly Community Award presentation in September. Selected by the Illinois Arts Alliance Foundation and the Illinois Municipal League, and sponsored by Motorola, the awards seek to highlight and promote municipal support of the arts and to honor municipal leaders who've encouraged innovative approaches to using the arts to build healthy communities. The Oak Park Area Arts Council and Executive Director Camille Wilson White were lauded for the summer youth arts program launched last summer, in which 10 apprentices between the ages of 15 and 19 were employed to help produce the public mural, "Off the Wall," on the east wall of Terra Incognito on Chicago Avenue.

Making his debut

Carlo Sebree was born in Chicago on Sept. 22. He weighed 6 pounds 7 ounces at birth, and measured 19 inches long. Carlo's proud parents are Susan and Ross Lissuzzo of Chicago. Grandparents are Mr. and Mrs. Russell C. Lissuzzo of Oak Park and Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Sebree of Avon, Ind. Great grandparents are Anthony V. DeRose of Oak Park, Mrs. Anthony J. Lissuzzo of Oak Park and Mrs. G. Vance. Carlo has a big brother, Luca Ross, who is 18 months old.

Studying HIV in Ethiopia

Oak Park resident Nathan Linsk, a professor in the University of Illinois at Chicago's Jane Addams College of Social Work, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to conduct HIV research in Ethiopia during the 2005-06 academic year. He will examine patterns of care and support for HIV-infected persons living in one of Africa's poorest nations, and will formulate recommendations to improve health and service programs related to medication and support for patients and their families. Linsk is a principal investigator of the Midwest AIDS Training and Education Center and the Great Lakes Addictions Technology Transfer Center at UIC, and has conducted research and consulted in Namibia, Ethiopia, Estonia, Malawi and Romania.

Fast friends

Oak Parker Whitney Allen, a freshman at Carleton College in Minnesota, participated in a world-wide fast on Oct. 6, and donated the money saved to relief efforts in the Darfur region of Sudan, where an estimated 400,000 people have been killed since 2003 and over 2.5 million people have been left homeless by violence. Over 500 people die there each day from violence, malnutrition and disease. Allen joined hundreds of Carleton students, faculty and staff in the fast, which was followed by a dinner event with a student panel and question-and-answer session.

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