When you live alone, there is no division of labor. The buck starts and stops with me. I am upstairs and downstairs, outside and inside. If Downton Abbey is a microcosm of society, I am a microcosm of that microcosm.
This week we tell the stories of not one but two great programs at Oak Park and River Forest High School. These are teacher-led efforts that bring together teens who are looking for something that will connect them to others while allowing them to explore their own challenges and lives.
Monday afternoon, the Sugar Beet Co-op signed a long-term and very generous lease for the ground floor commercial space of The Grove Apartments. The landlord is Interfaith Housing Development Corporation, a partner in the conversion of the old Comcast headquarters into 51 affordable housing units targeted at single tenants, some with disabilities.
I accepted with alacrity an invitation to serve on the Roosevelt Exterior Design Committee to study the planned renovations of Roosevelt Middle School. I did so because of my appreciation for the hard work and dedication of the people who serve on the District 90 school board, in the school administration, and on the faculty of our three elementary schools.
At 20 years old, I was the youngest member of the "Gun Right and Responsibilities Committee." Before I begin, fair warning: I don't sugarcoat anything. (In defense of my coming language I invoke the 1st Amendment.)
I have a fourth-grader in Oak Park. I was one of two families who chose to opt out of the ISAT. I had no idea that I would have to swallow a bitter pill of disillusionment about what it means to work with the district. I was told that I could either let him take the test or keep him home for two weeks. Opting out essentially meant he would be denied his right, as a public school student, to access daily instruction.
The District 90 school board has presented a plan to "update" the exterior of Roosevelt Middle School. This plan calls for the elimination of parking around the school. In addition, it reduces the capacity of the north parking lot between Roosevelt Middle School and the River Forest Public Library from 36 spaces to 20 spaces.
Frederick L. Brandstrader, 75, of Chicago, formerly of Oak Park, died on Ash Wednesday, March 5. Born in Chicago on Nov, 30, 1938, he was a graduate of St. Catherine of Siena Grammar School, Oak Park and River Forest High School, Loyola University, and St. Mary of the Lake Seminary.
Connie Ann Davis, 64, a forty-year resident of Oak Park, died on March 9, 2014 from complications related to her long battle with muscular dystrophy, which she fought with valor until the end. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, traveling, going to the casino, collecting elephant figurines and unique salt and pepper shakers, and doing crossword puzzles.