For 10 years, we have lived in a nice house on a quiet neighborhood in Oak Park. Part of the reason that it has been so peaceful here is that Carpenter Avenue, the street on which we live, extends for no more than four blocks. In other words, no one knows we're here. That, of course, has been a mixed blessing in that the Village of Oak Park also seemed to have forgotten that we even exist. Still, it seemed like a small price to pay for our solitude.
Dr. Robert Gatson, 56, a pediatrician who cared for the less fortunate Thomas Stuart, 79, WWII veteran, early computer technician Joseph Naples, 76, longtime owner of Melrose Park vegetable market James Bell, 72, professor at Daley College in Chicago Carl Linder, 84, editor and information director for Lutheran publications
During the remodeling of her Oak Park kitchen and adjoining back room, writer Linda Downing Miller kept a weekly diary chronicling the project's ups and downs. She's been sharing it with us over the past few months; here's the third and final installment.
Bike thefts continue at a high rate in Oak Park, with a total of at least 30 bikes having been stolen or, attempted to be stolen in the past three weeks. Following the arrest of six Chicago juveniles in two incidents May 23, a man was apprehended the next day riding a stolen bike. Last week six more individuals were arrested for bike theft.
Candy Johnson was at a career crossroads. She'd tired of the sign-painting business she and her partner, Mercedes Corona, had run for 18 years, and a recent degree in teaching art at an elementary school wasn't her thing either.
There are so many exciting residents who made their contributions during River Forest's rich history, it's difficult to single out only 30 for celebration. But we've done it, as part of our nod to River Forest's 125th anniversary.