About five years ago, the Village of Oak Park became intentionally more pro-active in promoting the use of bicycles?#34;just one component in a more comprehensive effort to address area traffic congestion as development increases population density.
Omigod! Just when we were ready to veg out into the dog days of summer, all hell has broken loose! There is so much cool stuff happening around here that the head spins! We are tempted to go eat donuts until the excitement passes, but we will not. Pencil gripped firmly in hand, we seize our daybook and write.
Short of locking the front and back doors, the Buzz Café was about as far from being at risk of armed robbery as a business can be Thursday night. The popular coffee shop and meeting place at 905 S. Lombard Ave. was full of customers, there was heavy street traffic just outside from returning commuters, and a police officer was on duty a block away near the Lombard Avenue Blue Line el stop.
River Forest police tracked down and arrested a suspect minutes after he allegedly robbed the TCF Bank, 800 N. Harlem Ave. early Friday evening. Ronald Kenneth Brunt, 41, a paroled convict, was arrested after being observed by responding police boarding a Pace bus at Harlem and Division five minutes after the robbery around 7:15 p.m.
When you walk into the South Cafeteria at OPRF during the first week of August, the sight of so many books can be overwhelming, boxes upon boxes, on and under tables, spilling into an adjacent gym. Volunteer librarians walk among the tables, sorting the books into categories; the only hint that the cafeteria is not a makeshift library is that the organizer, Jeff Kallay, occasionally returns to a small table in the middle of the room to crack open the cash register.
Though the Mosquito Abatement District has yet to find a significant number of West Nile virus-carrying mosquitoes in Oak Park traps, local and county health officials are warning that increases in infected insects found elsewhere in Illinois should spur residents to take necessary precautions.
Oak Park police are clamping down on two groups of teenagers who have been engaged in an escalating dispute over the summer. The bad blood between the two groups has recently involved the possession and use of potentially lethal weapons.
Martha Lussenhop's garden has turned brown and crispy. For more than 30 years, she worked to plant flowers and nurture trees in the lot that was adjacent to her home on the 900 block of Wesley Avenue. After Lussenhop and her husband sold the house before retiring to Oregon, they told friends they were glad to know that a young family would be moving in who could enjoy the home where they raised their two daughters and who would continue to care for the garden. She hoped to write them about all the intricacies of the history of the house, and left them a vase which was given to them when they first moved in by the widow of a man who grew up there.