When people talk about Oak Park and River Forest neighborhoods, the emphasis is usually on "neighbor." But on June 26, the Historical Society will place the accent firmly on "hoods" with their first-ever "Welcome to the Neighbor Hoodâ€"A guided tour of gangster homes in Oak Park & River Forest."
Taking note of its strong parental involvement and history of academic success, Janice DiVincenzo said last week that she was excited to become the new principal of River Forest's Willard School. The District 90 board approved her hiring at a special meeting last Wednesday, June 1.
So far, so good. That's the early line from Dennis Murphy as his landmark Poor Phil's bar and grill at 139 S. Marion St. wraps up a first smoke-free week. Murphy, his staff and even his customers say there has been no drop-off in business and that enthusiasm for the move is intense.
With the $2.1 renovation of the Keystone Park complex now behind them, the River Forest Park District Board of Commissioners is wasting no time moving ahead with both general and specific plans for the future.
While the choices were made three weeks ago, the announcement of Oak Park's two new deputy police chiefs was made just last week. And the formal swearing in of a long-time Oak Park officer and a veteran of the Chicago police force will come on June 17.