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.
Some good news on the Violano Virtuoso front: Laura Thompson, executive director of the Pleasant Home Foundation says she got a call recently from the Mills Novelty Co. That's right, the company started by Herbert Mills, whose family donated Pleasant Home to the Park District of Oak Park way back in 1930, still exists.
The recently announced $4.8 million in federal appropriations earmarked for an engineering study of a possible cap over the Eisenhower Expressway has been the center of local attention lately. But several other long-planned local projects will also be funded as part of the massive $238 billion federal transportation bill signed into law recently.