The Oak Park park board voted 4-0 to approve the Austin Gardens Master Plan at last Thursday's final meeting of the current board. Two new members will take their seats in May. The master plan, developed by CYLA Design Associates, and summarized by the firm's principal, Carol Yetken, consists of three phases.
Last week, younger members of local fire departments experienced the real thing as they worked in a smoke and fire-filled environment at the soon-to-be-demolished Abell Howe industrial site in Forest Park.
Five young men got out of a four door car in the 400 block of North Humphrey just after 6 p.m. April 20 and proceeded to punch and kick a man. One attacker also hit the man with a steel auto security device ("The Club"). The man told police that one of his attackers had shot him in Chicago near Division Street and Pine Avenue back in 2003.
Controversy is the word of the day in Springfield as state legislators consider new stricter regulations on payday lending services that provide cash advances on paychecks for consumers who are strapped for cash.
Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream made friends and influenced people last week as the new Downtown Oak Park business gave away nearly 4,000 scoops and raised nearly $1,000 for Oak Park's Wonder Works Children's Museum.
According to the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the domestic cat has been the nation's most popular pet since the mid-1980s. At least one furry feline can be found in almost 35 percent of households and of those approximately 50 percent own two or more cats.
In addition to planting new trees in observance of Arbor Day, the Forestry Commission would like to call attention to the health of nearly 19,000 trees growing on our parkways. The recent survey noted good to excellent health of most of these trees. It also brought to our attention a disturbing practice. Several hundred trees have wood chips or soil piled against the trunk?#34;known as "volcano mulching."