It is clear that student academic achievement is not just the responsibility of school officials and teachers. Students, of course, bear a central role. So, too, do parents. Finding positive and effective ways to pull more parents into the school community has proven difficult in Oak Park and elsewhere. That is especially the case when it comes to minority parents.
It was just a bit more than a year ago that the sound of gunshots rang out from the entrance of the West Suburban Emergency Room as a man was brazenly murdered by gang members. This following a dangerous chase through Chicago streets to the very doorstep of Oak Park.
If a trustee abstains during a vote, has he or she made a decision? The answer is yes. Wednesday Journal writes in an editorial that Trustee Baker and I were saying maybe when we voted to abstain on extending the put-call agreement for the Colt Building ("Yes, no, not maybe," July 6). The editors see this choice as wrong.
I am disappointed that Village President David Pope did not recognize the significance and impact that the inclusion of the wisdom of a historian, an elder statesperson, for want of a better term, would have added to our Oak Park Village Board of Trustees in these times of turmoil, change, and new beginnings in our village.
In response to my neighbor's letter ("As murder shakes up our quiet block, reality TV is an unwelcome intruder"), I agree the bludgeoning of Peter D'Agostino was a tragic, malicious, and hateful crime that shook our community to its core. Any murder is an uncommon occurrence in our tight-knit community and one involving a beloved friend and neighbor should give us a reason to pause and think.
On Thursday, June 7, the South East Oak Park Community Organization (SEOPCO) sponsored a meeting with representatives from the Village of Oak Park police and community relations departments at the Park District of Oak Park Conservatory. The reason for the meeting was to provide good dialogue among its participants in the recent event that happened on June 22.
So a dog is man's best friend. I thought about that as I circled the block containing the outdoor track on the morning of July 4th. For those who use the track, the fact that it is closed from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. is old news.