I read this at the July 5 Village Board of Trustees meeting in response to a Wednesday Journal article about Manager Swenson ("Oak Park's Swenson leading other towns into 'performance measurement,'" June 29).
As a seasoned financial professional, I find myself in total agreement with the calculations of local real estate mogul Paul Hammer. The people of Oak Park will be better off paying the Pipers today than tomorrow.
Regarding the plight of Butch Diederich, I think the board should just do an independent study. The former board neglected this issue and the only way to tell the truth is through an independent investigation.
In a letter to the editor on the June 29, Jim Boushay and Rickey Sain wrote that dialogue should be conducted in a spirit of trust and reverence for all persons: an excellent definition which we should all accept ("Trainor's dialogue follows a distinguished tradition").
Edith Birdsall Slayton, 79, helped make OP an All-America City Pearl Smilor, 74, Homemaker, former Oak Park resident Dr. Glen Balfour McDonald, 75, Academic skills specialist at UIC Janet Peloso, 74, Forest Park-River Forest Realtor grew up in Wyoming
• In the mid-19th century, the area that would become River Forest was thickly wooded and very dark at night. The early settlers carried lanterns if they went calling on one another. The wide-open prairies in the east central section were ideal for farming and grazing.
The only drawback to professional storyteller Megan Wells' performance in Gods of Love is that it's only offered once a week in a Wednesday evening slot as part of the Oak Park Festival Theatre's season.
Harry Potter fever hits Oak Park again this weekend, with "Countdown to Midnight," the village-wide party in honor of the release of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, the sixth book in the series. Events and activities will be scattered throughout Oak Park beginning on Friday, July 15, at 2 p.m. and ending with the release of the book at midnight.
As I mentioned in a recent column, I can't say enough about Todd & Holland Tea Merchants. This has been true since the very first (serendipitous) day when I walked into that extraordinary tea shop (formerly in River Forest) and met Bill Todd.
There were other white and black pioneers connected with the early sawmill along the Des Plaines River in what's now River Forest, but after a brief sojourn they all moved along further west. In the 1830s, Ashbel Steele (1794-1861) was the first permanent white settler.