With four recent area graduates pursuing pro baseball dreams, Wednesday Journal will be keeping readers informed of their progress each week until the seasons end in early September. Stats are through Sunday.
Talk to runners who've come here from other cities and you'll likely hear that Chicago area races generally are better organized, and the whole road race scene is superior to most other parts of the country. Practically every weekend, it seems, you can choose among several good races. We also have effective structures for individual age group competition and among running clubs.
Oak Park police are investigating several armed robberies in town last week. Two young men approached another man outside his 1998 Chevy S-10 pickup truck in the parking lot in the 800 block of Lake Street around 9:30 p.m. Aug. 8.
Roots run deep in Oak Park for Bob James, head of W.R. James, Realtors. The company has its origins in his grandfather's stucco and plastering business. John E. James came to Oak Park in 1896 and built the home at 832 S. Scoville Ave. that may have been the inspiration for the Gunderson subdivision directly east.
Oak Park resident John Ludwig, a third generation glass and mirror artist, exhibits his work at the family owned Ludwig Gallery on Chicago's Northwest Side. The pieces he does are a collaboration with father Jack Ludwig, not only of labor but also of aesthetic influence.
Lately, I've been on a religious jag. I'll step down from the pulpit soon, but I've been enjoying the process of figuring out what I believe?#34;the subject of my last two columns?#34;and stating those beliefs. Why should conservative Christians and Muslims monopolize the public pulpit?
The biting comedic talents of Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson make Wedding Crashers a quick, hilarious and funny ride, but the story has a few dirty secrets at its core, including flat characters, plot holes and a painfully unoriginal romantic comedy ending.
In January, new knitter Cathy Busking found herself lonely for stitching partners and advice. She'd read about the national "stitch 'n' bitch" knitting groups forming all over the country, so she Googled "Oak Park Stitch 'n' Bitch," and found a newly-christened Yahoo group by the same name. Best of all, their first meeting was coming up in a few weeks.