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.
In the early morning hours of June 21, while our family was away on vacation, our home caught fire. An alert neighbor promptly notified the Oak Park Fire Department, which responded with extraordinary speed.
West Suburban PADS recently ended its 13th season of providing safe, warm shelter and three nutritious meals daily to nearly 500 men, women and children who were homeless and came to our door seeking help. The response came from 800 volunteers and local faith communities who made the shelter operation possible. A big thank you is owed to all who contributed to this amazing, community-based effort.