We would like to take a moment to thank the individuals and organizations that made the Countdown to Midnight Festival a success. We are extremely thankful to the community for letting us host what turned out to be a wonderful event. From the start of our planning we were fortunate to secure the services of a life-long DOOP'ER, Deirdra Stockmann. Deirdra fell in love with this event from the beginning, and worked countless hours in crafting and shaping it. Her commitment and dedication made it the successful event it was.
Kudos goes to District 97 and Special Services Director Steve Caste for showing initiative and leadership in starting a Verbal Behavior ABA program in the fall ("D97 to start ABA program in fall," July 27).
I have been watching the village board study sessions and meetings on channel 6 from the relative comfort and quiet of my home and I believe I am beginning to understand what the new Oak Park looks like.
Traveling en masse with 25 other bikers creates a certain right-of-way in the streets of Oak Park. They blow through traffic lights and stop signs, as long as there's no other traffic, and a ripple of hands indicates every turn before it happens.
Keep cycling west along Augusta Boulevard and you'll catch the Grand Bicycle Trail of Illinois, the longest continuous bike trail in the state. The trail was created in the early 1990s and joins several bike trails in Illinois into one continuous trail. It also goes through River Forest?#34;look for signs on Washington Boulevard or Keystone Avenue.
Though Oak Park's hope to one day "cap" the Eisenhower Expressway has drawn both community enthusiasm and skepticism, the idea now appears to have at least grabbed greater attention from Congress, which voted last week to include $4.8 million in the federal transportation bill for further study of the project.