You may think Ernest Hemingway's Birthplace, restored and operated by the Hemingway Foundation, is a finished project, but actually it's a work in progress. Photos of three paintings done by Hemingway's maternal grandmother, Caroline Hancock Hall?#34;enlarged to their original dimensions and framed by Paul Hamer of Frame Warehouse?#34;have just been added to the home's collection.
It's taken awhile, but it seems that spring has finally sprung. And as I sit here writing this column, I can assert that it's a picture perfect day: sunny, blue skied and crystal clear, with just a hint of breeze and certainly unlike any other day I've been able to recall for some time. I'm struck by an awesome, invigorating feeling of hope and promise, as I look forward to the days ahead. Much is new.
A luncheon honoring volunteers at West Suburban Medical Center was held on April 13 at Oak Park Country Club. Each year the board of trustees celebrates the dedicated men and women who contribute so much time and effort to the hospital.
The Jerusalem Cafe, which opened Wednesday, May 18, promises to add an international flavor to the mix of Oak Park's hundred-plus list of restaurants and coffee shops. The cafe brings its family-owned charm and reasonably priced, made-from-scratch Mediterranean dishes to the Marion Street Mall.
The Village of Oak Park and a consortium of local business organizations will roll out a new marketing campaign focused on promoting retail districts village-wide at the annual Day in Our Village event this weekend.
Bike thefts are popular again, with a total of nine thefts or attempted thefts over four days. A total of six Chicago juveniles were arrested for bike theft on May 23. Four were arrested after taking two bikes from a back yard in the 500 block of South Harvey. Two more juveniles were caught stealing a bike from a yard in the 500 block of South East.
WEB EXTRA! Veteran Oak Park Police Commander Anthony Ambrose was named to fill one of two vacant Deputy Chief of Police positions on that force Tuesday. Carl Leidy, a 32-year veteran of the Chicago police force, was named to fill the other position.