What a wonderful experience I had one day last week while shopping along Marion Street when I came upon the newest lawn in Oak Park. My response to Wednesday Journal's invitation last week is "Keep it Green!"
A recent letter to the editor brought up the complications of exiting from the Whiteco deal and another brought up downtown parking complaints and yet another news story discussed the possibility of former President Trapani moving from Oak Park and of our current development director definitely leaving. I'd like to comment on these.
We are aware of the issues surrounding the former Lussenhop property at 947 S. Wesley. Martha and John Lussenhop were led to believe that they sold their gem of a home and garden lot to people who would honor and care for them. That was their clear intent.
Why were the 100-400 blocks of south Ridgeland selected? These specific blocks are between Madison and Lake Streets. There are no parking lane lines on these blocks, but from Lakes Street north, there are.
Here we go again ("Mosquito spraying a maybe for OP," Aug. 17). How about our president and trustees keeping "close watch in Oak Park" instead of the district manager for the Mosquito Abatement District (MAD)? How about if our trusees weigh in and vote aye or nay on spraying pesticides?
It has been seven weeks since GALA's marvelous fireworks to celebrate our country's birthday on the Fourth of July. Although threatened by rain most of the day, the ground and aerial displays went off without incident. And, from many comments received by our volunteers, the crowd really enjoyed the 31st annual show.
There's debate around who introduced the idea of a workers' holiday in the United States. Some say it was Matthew Maguire, a machinist, and later the secretary of Local 344 of the International Association of Machinists in Patterson New Jersey. Others credit Peter J. McGuire, who was general secretary of the Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners and a co-founder of the American Federation of Labor (AFL).
The day I called to sign up for Oak Park-based company FunQuilt's three day workshop, Idea to Quilt, I was a little taken aback at what I was told. "Sometimes there's tears," said Bill Kerr, one of the two creative forces behind the company.