The number of Oak Park single-family homeowners who have appealed the county's recent reassessment of their property values has increased roughly 70 percent over the 2002 reassessment period, according to Township Assessor Ali ElSaffar.
Though no dead birds found in Oak Park and tested for West Nile virus have shown signs of being infected with the disease, the village is urging residents to report dead crows, robins and blue jays to its West Nile hotline at 358-5694.
Oak Park and River Forest High School for the third consecutive year failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), a measure established by the federal No Child Left Behind mandate, according to a recent standardized test report.
Clearly Dr. Constance Collins is a person of great charisma. She emits positive energy, continuously. She is confident in herself. Her passion and emotion about being the new superintendent of Oak Park's public elementary schools are not shielded with an eye to protecting herself from future slings and arrows.
A nice man is moving on to a new role in life: Retirement, as a doting grandfather of two. Dino Dini, 66, owner of Dini's Barber Shop, 425 N. Marion St. (near Chicago Avenue), finally puts the clippers away after 40 years of cutting, combing, wheeling the chair around and handing over the mirror to newly shorn customers.
The tall, spreading Catalpa tree in Peter and Barb Haack's front yard doesn't look like it spent some six hours burning through the early hours of last Saturday. You have to look closely to discern the black charring at the base of the tree. Then you notice the circular marks where several smaller limbs were cut off by fire fighters.
Three veteran River Forest police officers who claim they were passed over for notable promotions based on age and sex discrimination have been given the opportunity to have their case heard in federal court.
All right, everybody out of the pool! Summer's over; time to stop having fun. You know that the pools actually stay open through Labor Day, of course. But it would be in poor taste to continue splashing around with the same reckless abandon you've been exhibiting all summer.