In another sure-footed effort to ensure that his growth agenda for Oak Park takes hold, Village President Anan Abu-Taleb has effectively put the brakes on the hiring of a new administrator at village hall — director of community and economic development — until the broad and chronic dysfunction of Oak Park's economic development efforts can be dissected and diagnosed. Smart move.
Two of those results — the ditch and the el — represent notable victories for Oak Park's intense efforts to steer this planning process. And the third — the fourth lane — was and should be a foregone conclusion.
We live in an amazing community. I think most of us in Oak Park, River Forest and Forest Park realize that, but it's easy to get distracted by the little issues that come up each day — a noisy dog next door or trying to find a parking space.
We were married on Feb. 2, 1963, at Holy Rosary Church in Chicago, and celebrated our 50th anniversary on Feb. 2, 2013. Holy cow! A long time, but we've enjoyed every day of it. The good thing about being married is you never have to worry about a date on Saturday night!
I heard that the "streakers" at the OPRF High School game received out-of-school suspensions for their acts. The way I understand it, these students ran across the field wearing swimsuits with a message painted across their bodies asking girls to go to a dance.
A huge thank you to all of the volunteers who joined us at the 2nd Annual Pleasant District Family Triathlon. This year's race was a smashing success with twice as many teams as last year, and we could not have done it without you.