Kicking out a karate move or bench-pressing 300 pounds used to be no problem for Tim Toerber. But since a car accident in 1976, he can only walk a few feet on his own. His souvenirs include arthritis, fused bones in his spinal column and emphysema.
Jeanine Camaren has been ensnared by Tangled Web, the knit shop at 177 S. Oak Park Ave. She regularly makes the trek to Oak Park, past other stores closer to her Western Springs home, to find buttons, yarn and kindred spirits.
Clyde E. Williams moved to Chicago in 1979â€"its West Side is where he sought his fortune and raised his children, where he bought a house and then a business, and later bought anotherâ€"but this isn't home. Not really.
Ice dancers Logan Giulietti-Schmitt, 20, of Oak Park, and his partner, Mauri Gustafson, 17, of St. Louis, will represent the United States at the International Skating Union-sanctioned Junior Grand Prix in Tallinn, Estonia, Sept. 15-18. They were chosen as members of Team USA based on the results of the 2005 Lake Placid Ice Dancing Championships in August, where they earned a fifth in compulsory, fourth in original and second in free dance events.
On Sat., Aug. 20, local band Javier and the Bear competed in the 2005 Illinois Parks and Recreation "Teen Battle of the Bands" at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The band won the judged competition, which was scored on clarity of sound, vocals, pitch and musicianship, the quality and complexity of original songs, stage presence, appearance of the band and audience response.
What do you get when you mix a spectacular 1904 E.E. Roberts-designed mansion with a passel of decorators and a good cause? The 34th Annual Oak Park-River Forest Infant Welfare Society ASID Showcase House, a 28-room, Tudor-Revival home at 620 N. Euclid Ave. Todd House (named for it's original owner, industrialist Henry C. Todd) is dressed, open and ready for guests.
Coco Montoya, The Cryan' Shames, the Old Town School of Folk Music and Mr. Blotto headline Downtown Oak Park's 14th Annual Oktoberfest this weekend. A food, wine and beer garden and children's activities will accompany music on two stages. Downtown shops will offer special sales all weekend, too.
The TCF Bank at Harlem and Chicago in River Forest was robbed for the second time in five weeks last Wednesday, Sept. 7. At 4:12 that afternoon a man described as black, 20-30 years old, weighing between 180 and 190 pounds, hair in corn rolls, walked up to a teller with a note stating that he had a gun.