When I was a young guy and my family members didn't want me to know what they were discussing, they would talk in their special code, which was German. All adult family members spoke the language, even though they had been born in the United States and spoke perfect Midwestern English.
Last year, as Daniel Roush and Laura Scholl of Chicago began looking for a new home in which to raise their young family, Oak Park made the short list for all the usual reasons — location, transportation, schools and quality of life. So in May 2012, in the first suburb west of Chicago, Roush, a Chicago-based architect, found a priced-right, distressed property he could redo on a budget and comfortably live in for years to come,
Until seventh grade, it was all about sports for John Clay III. Basketball, to be precise (he's 6-3). Maybe because of the demands of sports, he was looking for an easy course to fill out his schedule, so he took choir. A few of the girls told him he had a nice voice. OK. And his best friend, Da'Boris Bradley was "a theater geek." Being a seventh-grader, of course, Clay teased him about it.
Setting up the compost table during Earth Fest at the Oak Park Public Works Department building last month was Don Nekrosius, 65. He is there with a cadre of University of Illinois Extension master gardeners and composters who are sharing how the right proportion of "the browns" (carbon) and "the greens" (nitrogen), plus water and oxygen, can heat up a compost pile to create the nutrient-rich humus that home gardeners love.
Two noteworthy Oak Park forces will combine on May 23 in a timely fundraiser for the Historical Society of Oak Park-River Forest. The National Historic Landmark Heurtley House will open its doors for a rare glimpse into its Frank Lloyd Wright-designed interiors and local graphic novelist Chris Ware will be on hand to sign copies of his "time-warp" poster, featuring the Heurtley House, and to share insights into his work on the acclaimed "boxed" novel, Building Stories along with his covers for the New Yorker and work with the New York Times.
2013 may be remembered as the year that Ridgeland Common closed for construction, taking away one of Oak Park's two public pools for an entire summer season. While the Ridgeland pool will return new and improved in 2014, for this year, other local pools are prepared for increases in visitors.