September is the month that hails the beginning of a new school year across America. From nursery school through universities, young people begin their yearly journey for learning. Horace Mann, who lived in the state of Massachusetts, was the first great advocate for schools and public education for all young people in the 19th century.
I see a problem in garage parking which is about to dominate Oak Park. I won't shop or walk if I have to park in a garage. Garages are unsafe for women. There is no way to get around the fact that many women will not park in them.
Things change a lot in 50 years. But the bonds people form with each other in high school never change. Members of Oak Park and River Forest High School's Class of 1955 will renew those bonds this weekend, when they gather at Homecoming for their 50th reunion.
Think of the enormous number of faces and places that have passed through these pages in the last 25 years. Cute kids, frazzled politicians, devastated survivors, fire, snow, floods, flowers. You might recall some of the words we used to tell the stories, but it's the images that stick.
"New York, New York, it's a wonderful town! The Bronx is up and the Battery's down." And I'm in the middle, just like the people, riding (like crazy) in that hole in the ground. Without a doubt, folks, New York is a "helluva" town.
Swinging your hips into that alluring runway walk isn't as easy as it looks. You really have to concentrate, and you don't always know what to do with your arms, according to Adriana Vargas, a 24-year-old who has been perfecting her strut at Danza Viva's new striptease aerobics class, "The Art of Tease."
John and Ann Gearen of Oak Park announce the marriage of their son, John Alan, to Molly Christiansen, daughter of Knud and Lindsey Christiansen of Princeton, N.J. The couple was married on June 18 in Union Pier, Mich.
I like to think of my garden as a cemetery for lucky instruments," said Oak Parker Marianne Nathan, first place winner in the small gardens category of the Chicago Tribune Glorious Gardens Contest 2005. The newspaper announced Chicago-area winners for five categories in September.