With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal has been keeping readers informed of their progress each week throughout this summer. Since regular seasons have ended, next week's season recap will be the final edition of the year. Stay tuned next year for continued coverage of area prospects.
Concordia University's women's soccer team combined strong defensive play and a fast start by freshman forward Kari Zielke to charge to a 2-0 start under first-year head coach Steve Moore. Sophomore keeper Malika Manouzi made seven saves while four different Cougars tallied in a 4-0 season-opening win over Dominican University on Sept. 1.
With apologies to James M. Barrie, the kids (and adults) in the vicinity of the park named for the distinguished children's author can't be blamed for thinking of Southeast Oak Park's major green space as "Neverland."
We're glad to see the village is issuing fewer parking citations. Too aggressive enforcement has frayed many a nerve among residents. At the same time, we're glad to see that a more efficient collections system has resulted in more people paying their parking fines. It's only fair that scofflaws should be forced to pay their share.
I'm not the handiest guy, but three weeks ago I took part in a one-day service project in Austin called "Labor of Love," sponsored by Eyes on Austin, a local community organization. They've been doing this for about five years now, in partnership with a white congregation from First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ill.
The recent hearings about OPRF High School, conducted by the Illinois General Assembly Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, led by Representative Calvin Giles have touched some raw nerves locally. But they are truly a welcome breath of fresh air for our community.