Maya Devi Pingle and William Paul Trinen are pleased to announce their marriage on June 18 at The Aspen Historical Society, with a reception at the Hotel Jerome in Aspen, Colo. The bride is the daughter of Ajith and Diane Pingle, and sister of Ari Pingle, all of Oak Park. The groom is the son of the late Donald Trinen and Anna Marie Trinen, and stepson of Barbara Simmons of Scottsdale, Ariz.
This group of River Forest residents, part of our list of 30 we're recognizing as we celebrate the village's 125th anniversary, have something in common beside their address. Unlike some of those we've chronicled, who just happened to hang their hats here, these men and women were leaders in the community.
MOMENTA, the resident performing arts company of the Academy of Movement and Music in Oak Park joined two other dance companies in presenting A Combustible Cultural Journey of Dance on Oct. 1 and 2. The performances at the Athenaeum Theatre in Chicago also featured Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre and DanceLoop Chicago.
Oak Parker Suzanne Stegar is a musician and a breast cancer survivor. So when she heard about Sing to Live, Live To Sing Community Chorus, a new group for people whose lives have been touched by breast cancer, she knew it was perfect for her.
Oct. 16: The Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest presents its 14th annual Tale of the Tombstones, a two-hour walking tour of historic Forest Home Cemetery, 863 Des Plaines Ave. in Forest Park. Visit the burial sites of the founders and developers of River Forest in honor of the 125th anniversary celebration.
Jennifer Dawn Czarnecki, formerly of River Forest, and Nicholas Townsend Crofts, formerly of Oak Park, were married Aug. 5 at St. Luke Church in River Forest by Rev. Thomas Unz, friend of the bride. Their wedding reception was held at Ashton-Place in Willowbrook, with a surprise appearance and song by "Bono" from the U2 Elevation Band from St. Louis.
Things change a lot in 50 years. But the bonds people form with each other in high school never change. Members of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Class of 1955 will renew those bonds this weekend, when they gather at Homecoming for their 50th reunion.
Think of the enormous number of faces and places that have passed through these pages in the last 25 years. Cute kids, frazzled politicians, devastated survivors, fire, snow, floods, flowers. You might recall some of the words we used to tell the stories, but it's the images that stick.
"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! The Bronx is up and the Battery's down." And I'm in the middle, just like the people, riding (like crazy) in that hole in the ground. Without a doubt, folks, New York is a "helluva" town.