Congrats to the Oak Park Cycling Club and the Oak Park Visitors Center on a successful first ever Wright Ride in Oak Park and environs on August 21. It was a beautiful day. Approximately four hundred riders participated. The most popular course was the 25-mile route, but I saw many riders heading out to Waterfall Glen on the 62-mile option.
Renee Miller's voice turned hoarse last week as the Fenwick girls' swim coach was forced to talk over the den of her team, a squad more than likely chattering about its potential to trump last season's success. With four of her top six finishers back this year, Miller may not have to do a lot of talking.
The Concordia University Cougars will enter the 2005 football season with the desire to put a winless 2004 behind them and make forward strides in the Illini-Badger Conference under second-year head coach Bob Conwell.
With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal has been keeping readers informed of their progress each week throughout the summer. The minor league season ends on Labor Day, so there will be just two more editions. Look for a season recap in the Sept. 16 issue. Stats are through Sunday.
Two Muslim men?#34;Charles Muhammad, who is a middle school teacher and Chicago native, and Rehan Siddiqui, who immigrated from Pakistan to the United States 26 years ago?#34;sat down with me and my intern recently to share their responses and those of this area's Islamic community to the terrorist bombings in London and Egypt.
How do you make sense of, by all accounts, a lovely person like local cyclist Trish Quane being killed by a train in Riverside? How do you explain a cyclist going under the barriers at a railroad crossing?
Behind most statistics, there is a complex story, and the recent figures on discipline cases at Oak Park and River Forest High School have perhaps a more nuanced history than most. Taken alone, the numbers?#34;especially the 93 percent increase in the number of overall students punished for breaking rules?#34;are quite alarming.
I took a tour last week with the Downtown Steering Committee, a group of village officials and concerned citizens attempting to put together a more specific plan for Lake Street/Westgate development. Here's my two cents:
I am writing in reply to Ken Trainor's column of Aug. 24 regarding Festival Theatre ("Festival Theatre needs more Arthur Miller"). I want to say first of all, that all of us in the company are aware of and grateful for his support throughout the year.