This is an hour of history that troubles our minds and hurts our hearts," said Gerald Ford in his 1974 inaugural address. He had it right. Vietnam and Watergate were hardly over, and we faced runaway inflation, a depressed economy and energy shortages.
Sharpened pencils. Crisp sheets of paper. Brand-new folders and notebooks not yet worn around the edges. Shiny new backpacks. "It's just cool for a kid to get new stuff," says Terri McConville, an Oak Park resident and chair of the Backpack Project.
What do we expect from a disaster movie? We're conditioned to be satisfied as long as it has three elements: a highly improbable, scientifically embarrassing explanation for the cause of the havoc, a slew of unrelated characters experiencing the disaster and, finally, a superficial light show of special effects. When you've got these three things in a script, it's bound to get made.
On Friday, June 10, the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community hosted its 26th Annual Seniors' Prom, "Summertime in Venice." Following an Italian dinner buffet, residents and guests were serenaded by strolling accordion player Joe Martino. The king and queen of the prom, Helen Ulias and Bernie Gusfield, were crowned by last year's king and queen, Mikki Reinhold and Fred Czerwionka.
River Forest resident Don Fumo has been honored with a street sign at the intersection of California and Wabansia on Chicago's West Side. "Don Fumo Avenue" celebrates Fumo's career as principal of Bernhard Moos Elementary School, 1711 California Ave.
Two weeks ago, Oak Parker Ted Lonergan, spiffily dressed in a suit, tie and bike helmet, peddled his hardly-ever-used bike toward village hall. He was supposed to be on vacation, but a choice made in 1916 set him on this journey instead.
Oak Park police charged Isaias Rocha, 19, of Maywood, and Miguel Riveria, 20, of Melrose Park with aggravated discharge of a firearm last Tuesday after Rocha allegedly fired two shots from a .357 magnum handgun at another car they had been chasing since an altercation in Maywood.
Bill Sullivan was happy running his law practice and real estate business out of his 1101 Lake St. office, where he's been since 1992. But when the opportunity to buy a property for his offices came up, and when that space would increase his visibility, he took it.
Atop two mixed-use buildings near the corner of Pleasant Street and Oak Park Avenue two weeks ago, solar panels rose to greet the sun, making the rooftops look like the wings of a commercial jet at touchdown.