Enjoying the privilege of writing this column each week compels me to keep current with the latest trends in culinary arts. It's an ever-expanding field that continues to fascinate and entice a growing number of novices, all eager and hopeful of finding their niche.
On April 19, over 200 young volunteers were honored at Oak Park Village Hall at the Eighth Annual Applauding Our Youth Volunteers celebration. Over 200 volunteers, ranging in age from 4 to 19, received dinner, certificates from the State of Illinois signed by Gov. Rod Blagojevich and a recognition gift from the organization for which they donate their time.
A man described as short and in his 30's walked into O'Connor's Cleaners, 1045 Chicago Ave., the afternoon of April 30, asked to make change, then pulled out a "large handgun" and pointed it at the clerk's head. The robber reached into the cash drawer, took $85 and ran out of the store.
Financial shortages in the operation of the Illinois Lottery machines at a White Hen Pantry in River Forest were among the reasons the store's franchise owner has turned the Lake Street store back to its corporate owners.
Shoppers visiting The Avenue for their Mother's Day purchases this weekend will get an extra gift for mom: free roses. With every $25 spent at a participating store, shoppers will receive one red rose. After accumulating a bouquet, shoppers may take their roses to either Garland Flowers, 137 S. Oak Park Ave., or KaBloom!, 701 W. Lake St., where, for a modest price the roses will be arranged in a vase.
Nearly every seat in the Oak Park Village Hall council chambers was occupied Monday night, as new and departing board members participated in an Oak Park post-election tradition of short speeches on past service and future plans.
The battle for a smoke free Oak Park is far from over. When the Oak Park village board voted 5-2 on March 7 to defeat a proposed ordinance which would have banned smoking in all public buildings and workplaces in Oak Park, both opponents and proponents knew the measure would resurface after April's village elections.