Barrie Park Reopening Two hours before the speeches began at the official Barrie Park re-opening Saturday, a smaller group of officials met by a young Bald Cypress tree on the east side of the park. They were there to honor the memory of a woman who had done more than most to help assure that the end result of all the turmoil and emotions surrounding the Barrie Park remediation was a positive one.
Part of being 12 years old is learning the boundaries of where fun ends and serious danger begins. One particular south Oak Park 12 year old is enduring a hard lesson in that distinction after falling and breaking his arm in three places while riding a bike down the new Barrie Park sledding hill Saturday afternoon.
Former Oak Park resident and activist Demeteria Byas, died Aug. 24 at a New Orleans hospital shortly before the Hurricane struck. She died of cancer with her 16-year-old son Carrington Byas holding her hand as she passed away, said Eleanor Taylor.
No lawsuit has been filed yet in connection with the death of Patricia Quane, an Oak Park resident killed by a Metra express train while crossing the Burlington Northern-Santa Fe tracks at Longcommon Road in Riverside on Aug. 23. But the attorney for her family said last Friday that the case was still "moving toward litigation."
As one of its first items of business at its Sept. 6 regular meeting, Oak Park village trustees passed a resolution in memory of Bob James, the Realtor described as "a pivotal force dealing with the issues of integration in the 1960s and 1970s working for the passage of the fair housing ordinance which became law in Oak Park in 1968."
Our dog is driving us crazy. Norman the schnoodle has been bugging us for weeks to take him on the Animal Care League's Walk for the Animals on Sunday, Sept. 18, at Maple Park (Harlem Avenue and Roosevelt Road).