Oak Park elementary school board members last week began a process of defining the board's role, the role of its officers and of the superintendent in a process designed to build mutual understanding into a newly formed leadership at District 97.
The Supported Education Association (SEA), celebrated its fifth annual SEAstar Awards at Cornerstone Church on May 13, recognizing people?#34;from teachers to taxi drivers?#34;who "are making a positive difference in the lives" of Oak Park students with special needs.
Last Saturday morning over 100 local citizens, the majority of them blessed with youthful energy and enthusiasm, left the forest preserves on River Forest's western boundary a little better than they found it. Area teenagers and younger kids accompanied by their parents fanned out through Thatcher Woods and the surrounding area to take part in the annual Desplaines River Cleanup.
The cleanup and restoration of Barrie Park may have gained a reputation for delays, but the Park District of Oak Park is confident that the playground area of the park will be open to the public beginning Saturday morning.
A Catholic church in the Austin neighborhood was closed after a final mass on Mother's Day and Rev. Andrew Greeley is feeling badly. He wrote about it in his Sun-Times column last week. It was, to me, a lovely and moving piece until the end when my mind and his words came out at the same troubled place.
Oak Park Police Chief Rick Tanksley released a statement regarding the hiring of two new deputy police chiefs on Thursday, May 12. The statement confirmed that a decision had been made regarding the two positions, but noted that details remain to be dealt with before any public announcement is made.