Once in a lifetime: RF Zip Code Day


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As if Monday's Memorial Day Parade wasn't enough, or all the hoopla over River Forest celebrating its 125th anniversary ... a long-time reader called to remind us, well, actually he had to tell us because we had no idea, that this Friday is River Forest's Zip Code Day. That would be one day in all of our lifetimes when one's Zip Code matches the date. 60305 = 6/03/05. Gino Pisani was hoping to get flyers distributed at the parade to alert people to the happy coincidence.

Michael works the mic

Nobody does Memorial Day quite like River Forest, and no River Forester celebrates quite like Tom Michael. As the parade (roughly 100 total) hit the home stretch on the 1200 block of Ashland Avenue, participants got the interview treatment from Michael, who lives at 1227 Ashland and has been doing a kind of parade play-by-play for roughly 30 years now. A friend provides the P.A. system, and Michael stands in the street doing commentary and quickie interviews with his mic.

On the adjacent lawn, the word "REMEMBER" is set up in large block letters, behind a couple of dozen American flags. A large blow-up of a Sun-Times column on the history of Memorial Day is tacked to a tree. About 40 or so of Michael's friends and family were on hand for the post-parade BBQ.

Michael says it's an important day. "Whether you agree or disagree, these people gave their lives, you know?"

Worth remembering, he says.

West Sub honors pair

Sheila Rock and Dr. Kevin O'Donoghue have been recognized by West Suburban Hospital for their long service to the hospital. The two were honored May 12 in a ceremony at the hospital.

Rock is a former member of the hospital's board of directors, a long-time member of the Auxiliary, and currently a volunteer in the gift shop at West Sub. She received the Margaret R. Houck Award for Volunteerism and Stewardship.

O'Donoghue has been on the hospital staff since 1973 and in that time has worked to build the hospital's cardiac care program and facilities. He received the Kenneth J. Douglas Award for Excellence.
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