Tennis Columnist To steal a line from Harry Porterfield, I'd like to tell you about SOMEONE YOU SHOULD KNOW. His name is Mel Phillips, Jr., and he has returned to the Oak Park Tennis Club this summer where he has been the head tennis pro for three years.
The Julian girls' track and field team placed third at State. Brittany Smith led the way with two second place finishes. Smith was last year's State champ in the shot put and fourth in the discus. She ends her career with four All-State medals. Her tosses of 33-8 (shot put) and 97-3 (discus) helped her finish second in both events this year.
Trinity Pierce, a graduate of Trinity High School and currently a student at Wheaton College, was selected the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin All-Conference softball team last week. Pierce helped lead the Thunder to a 20-17 record season, with a 5-9 mark and fifth-place finish in the CCIW.
An open letter to the New Leadership Party Trustees: Reading Village President David Pope's letter, the WEDNESDAY JOURNAL editorial ("No white guys, no acronyms for seventh trustee"), and Morrie Seeskin's letter ("NLP village board should expect criticism"), I perceive that you four are receiving a lot of subtle but intense pressure to "be nice," allow someone new to be appointed to the board, and not be "political."
I have read the qualities the appointed Oak Park trustee must possess and they are all fine qualities, but the village board has neglected the most important quality the new trustee should have. That quality is a super power. Yes people of Oak Park, we need a trustee with super powers.
We were nearly knocked off our barstools last week to hear that Dennis Murphy has decided to make Poor Phil's smoke free. We're surprised mostly because Murphy has been among the staunchest opponents to a proposal to ban smoking at indoor workplaces, including restaurants.
After reading the letter submitted by Peggy Vicars ("Critics of OPRF's TEAM program have gone too far," May 4) I felt compelled to respond to several of her comments. I am the mother of five sons. Four of those five sons are graduates of OPRF and received an excellent education. My youngest son is a current TEAM student.
Oak Park and River Forest have been known to be classical style resident locations. Recently the highly respected and influential New York Times newspaper has eulogized Oak Park, Illinois, to be a location for enjoyable tourist visiting.
Many thanks for your coverage over the last few weeks of the parents' efforts to bring change to the TEAM program in Special Education at OPRF High School. This is certainly a vital and controversial issue that justifiably calls for the attention of the entire community. The importance of the high school, and the importance of how it is viewed, are two points that probably all can agree upon.