So far, so good. That's the early line from Dennis Murphy as his landmark Poor Phil's bar and grill at 139 S. Marion St. wraps up a first smoke-free week. Murphy, his staff and even his customers say there has been no drop-off in business and that enthusiasm for the move is intense.
With the $2.1 renovation of the Keystone Park complex now behind them, the River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners is wasting no time moving ahead with both general and specific plans for the future.
While the choices were made three weeks ago, the announcement of Oak Park's two new deputy police chiefs was made just last week. And the formal swearing in of a long-time Oak Park officer and a veteran of the Chicago police force will come on June 17.
In our wrap-up of the River Forest Memorial Day Parade last week [Caterer a perfect 2-for-2] we mischaracterized The Perfect Dinner as, well, a "caterer," which is not their primary business. They do offer catering, but their primary business is prepared family-favorite dinners available for carry-out or delivery during the week.
Last week the new Oak Park village board indicated that it plans to take a more critical look at the village's longstanding Diversity Assurance Program (DAP). The village board met last Thursday evening in a nearly 4-hour study session to receive and discuss a report on the DAP program prepared by the village's Housing Programs Advisory Committee (HPAC).
The District 97 Board of Education was expected this week to appoint a Morton Grove middle school principal to head Brooks Middle School, and Mann Elementary Principal to head Whittier Elementary School.
For Jim Dickert, the spark came when he read a Bob Herbert column in the New York Times last April. For Jennifer Harbury, the spark came from discovering that her Guatemalan husband had been tortured and executed by military officers on the payroll of the CIA.