After years of being at the center of seemingly endless and intractable controversy, Barrie Park was finally at the center of community last Saturday. Closed to the public since January, 1999, the park was officially reopened for public use last Saturday with a full crowd on hand.
With the belief that any legal uncertainty over the ownership of a small swatch of wooded land along Thatcher Avenue has been resolved in its favor, Dominican University will move ahead with zoning applications to build a parking garage and classroom building on the west side of its River Forest campus.
West Suburban Hospital Medical Center CEO Jay Kreuzer plans to "inform our neighbors regarding our ongoing response to the growing needs of the communities we serve," according to a letter sent to hospital neighbors in early September.
Hurricane Katrina Ann Marie Coviello never expected to have her son enrolled in Beye Elementary School?#34;not this school year, probably not ever. But Coviello is back here with her partner, Mark Quirk, and her two kids, ages 8 and 1, living with her parents, Jack and Nancy Leavy, and interviewing for jobs in the interim.
Oak Park resident Rebecca Brislain is the former executive director of a food bank in Colorado Springs for America's Second Harvest, a national network of over 200 food banks, which partners with FEMA, the Red Cross, and other disaster relief organizations following natural catastrophes.
Residents of the 500 blocks of South Euclid, Wesley and Clarence avenues asked that cul-de-sacs be installed at Euclid and Wesley and a traffic diverter installed on Clarence at a village board meeting last week.
Barrie Park Reopening Two hours before the speeches began at the official Barrie Park re-opening Saturday, a smaller group of officials met by a young Bald Cypress tree on the east side of the park. They were there to honor the memory of a woman who had done more than most to help assure that the end result of all the turmoil and emotions surrounding the Barrie Park remediation was a positive one.