When you're single, the marketing of holidays seems a cruel ploy to amplify your loneliness, your sense of being detached. Just when you thought it was safe to crawl out of hiding after the one-two punch of Christmas and New Year's Eve, along comes the final February blow.
Ruth S. McLaren, senior vice president, Community Bank Oak Park-River Forest, was named one of the 50 most influential women in banking by US BANKER magazine, a national publication of the financial services industry.
Carleton Hotel owners and Oak Park real estate investors Ron and Mike Fox expect to finalize purchase of the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook by early March, a move that would increase the total value of their company properties by 15 percent to 20 percent, Mike Fox said last week.
Thieves took advantage of numerous inattentive individuals in Oak Park and River Forest last week to steal cash or merchandise ranging in value from $6 to $1,200. Someone removed a wallet from a woman shopping at River Forest Town Center the morning of Feb. 6. An hour later one of her credit cards was used to purchase $1,077 in merchandise at a Best Buy.
Teams with younger than young athletes seems to be the norm at Fenwick. The school boasts a renowned girls' basketball team, currently ranked No. 5 in the state, where four starters are sophomores. But there's another team at Fenwick just as young, and proving to be just as dominant: the boys' swim team.
The real Brad Spencer has left the body. This is his arrogant, sarcastic, and cynical persona, who, for all intents and purposes, has hijacked the poor sap's brain for the writing of this column. It's about time I got my chance to say what's really on his mind.