Oak/Leyden Developmental Services owns 11 group homes in the western suburbs?#34;two in Oak Park. And last Friday afternoon each one looked a little prettier following a gardening contest involving the residents of each home.
It is not every July that Wednesday Journal turns 25. So we are celebrating with the Biggest Block Party Oak Park and River Forest have ever seen. It is this Sunday and we're using all of Scoville Park to pack in all the fun.
The River Forest village board on Monday directed its attorney to finalize language on an ordinance designed to give the village greater oversight authority on future condominium conversions. Village Attorney Jon Gilbert has already spent a dozen hours researching and revising language on the proposed ordinance, it was disclosed Monday.
At a board meeting last week, Trustee Martha Brock joined Trustee Robert Milstein in requesting that an independent investigation be launched into the firing of former public works employee Butch Diederich.
An allegedly suicidal Oak Park man who fired a gunshot into the ceiling of his bedroom then engaged Oak Park police in a two hour stand off last Wednesday night, was ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation by a Circuit Court judge Thursday.
Homeowner Sharon Smith was found guilty last Wednesday of two of the four citations she received after a birthday party at her house, 430 S. Taylor Ave., led to a rowdy brawl by dozens of teenaged party goers.
On Sunday, 4,200 women competed in the Danskin Triathlon in Pleasant Prairie, Wis., and I was one of them. It was my first triathlon. I was persuaded, convinced, cajoled, even bribed by my younger sister, Alison White, to join her in the race. Alison competed in the grueling race last year. "It's fun," she said matter-of-factly upon its conclusion. Going in, my ultimate goal was, "Please, don't let me be last."
The scores didn't mean much, and frankly, neither did the wins and losses. But Oak Park-River Forrest and Fenwick teams were both happy with their showings over the weekend at the 11th Annual Minuteman Classic.