In its recently-revised survey of Downtown Oak Park and neighboring business districts, the Historic Preservation Commission identified roughly 68 percent of buildings not already within the Ridgeland Historic District as "structures of merit" or as architecturally "significant."
No one, the saying goes, ever expects bad things to happen to them. Getting mugged is simply not something people dwell on as they move through their daily lives. Yet every week the local police reports contain evidence that such thinking is at best flawed.
Passersby who may have speculated that the new sledding hill at Barrie Park looks a bit bigger?#34;and steeper?#34;than its predecessor would be correct, said Park District Executive Director Gary Balling.
Barrie Park, which has been closed since January 1999 due to an extensive environmental cleanup project, is on target to re-open Sept. 10. The re-opening will feature an all-afternoon celebration sponsored by the Park District of Oak Park and the Southeast Oak Park Community Organization.
Robert Riddle first became aware of the phenomena a year ago as he was getting ready for bed. The crunching of leaves underfoot and the train's whining arrival at a nearby station were the only interruptions to an otherwise still autumn evening.
The Oak Park Fire Department, which prides itself on being well prepared for fire emergencies, recently became even better prepared. The department now has the capability of treating canine and feline victims of smoke inhalation with their acquisition of three pet-sized emergency breathing apparati.
Though approval of a final budget is months away, village staff's proposal to allocate $500,000 for an animal shelter would likely only cover construction or expansion costs, and not acquisition of property or operating expenses, Deputy Village Manager Ray Wiggins said last week.