Thursday evening the River Forest Development Review Board unanimously voted to recommend approval of a plan by Dominican University to establish a new early childhood education center on the university's Priory campus.
Turns out there'll be no preliminary lighting work done on Keystone Park's west field after all. The River Forest Park District voted 3-2 July 11 to authorize underground electrical work and the installation of the bases for light poles. The intent was to expedite the eventual installation of light poles and lights should the village's Development Review Board (DRB) approve it. However the village doesn't distinguish between preliminary and final work when issuing construction permits.
It's official. Oak Park is "hot," according to Barbara Corcoran, contributor to The View, a daytime talkshow, geared toward women, judging by the July 20 segment we saw (thanks to Sue Mills who loaned us her tape).
Preliminary budget numbers concerned members of the District 97 Board of Education last week, prompting them to ask administrators to propose spending reductions in a budget year earlier planned to be free from cuts.
Oak Park elementary schools will offer a verbal behavior Applied Behavioral Analysis program for students with special needs in the fall, special services director Steve Castle said at last week's District 97 board meeting.
The large, cardboard-cutout birds on the east windows of the Oak Park Public Library, along with the stacks of books and inspirational quotes painted colorfully across the walls make the main library somewhat reminiscent of an elementary school. But those bird cutouts are no art project. In fact, they've been strategically placed in an effort to keep real birds from accidentally flying into the windows.
First United Church of Oak Park has a reputation for taking stands on social issues and fomenting change. In a history of the congregation posted on its website, First United chose to describe its two predecessor churches as "pivotal forces in the community for social welfare and for justice. Whether it was advocating for civil rights during the 1960s and open housing in the 1970s, both congregations were in the forefront of change."
Tony the Tiger has officially visited Oak Park. Camera and production crews from Leo Burnett, a Chicago-area ad agency, swarmed first to Stevenson Skate Park, then to the soccer field at Taylor Park Monday to shoot footage for new Frosted Flakes commercials.