The only contested race in the April 5 election that we didn't issue endorsements for last week was Oak Park Township. In that race, the entire slate of incumbents is running for re-election, but for some reason, only one of the four candidates contacted us in time to set up an endorsement interview. Our rule is we only endorse those candidates who participate.
When Ben Wood opens the door of his parents' Oak Park home, he seems completely at ease. But after I sit and talk with him a while, I notice he's a bit restless. "Fidgety," he calls it. Perhaps it's because he's not settled hereâ€"Oak Park is just a rest stop in a long and unfinished adventure.
It seems so simple now. "Five parents, one teacher, lots of clarinets sitting in closetsâ€"a slam dunk," says Joan Winstein, president of the board of PING! (Providing Instruments for the Next Generation).
Circle Theatre was the big winner at the Oak Park Area Arts Council's annual meeting, held March 16 at Pleasant Home. Plenty of candidates and elected officials were on hand to press flesh and assure representatives of the arts community that they get the message OPAAC has been pitching for years: A thriving, vital arts scene is an essential element in the success of the continuing Oak Park experiment?#34;everything from development to diversity.
On April 2, the voices of the Oak Park Concert Chorale and the beauty of Unity Temple will combine for "Magnificent Music for Magnificent Spaces." The Chorale, celebrating its 25th year in Oak Park, not only blends soaring voices, but is itself a harmonious blend of diverse ages and ethnic groups.
The documentary Let Them Exist Nowhere by Liz Gawne, a graduate of St. Giles School and Fenwick High School, will air tomorrow, March 31, on WTTW's Image Union at 10:30 p.m. The film tells the story of a young Croatian boy living in Bosnia who was blinded by a landmine.
A ceremony was held by the Chapter 557 Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) on Feb. 20 at the Oak Park Public Library to award scholarships to local teachers and therapists for their work and programs for children with special needs. For the first time this year, the ceremony included not only CEC mini-grant awards but also Naomi Law Scholarship awards, named for the former director of special education in Oak Park Elementary School District 97.
WEB EXTRA! In an atmosphere made tense by continuing calls for leadership change at Brooks Middle School and accusations that those calls were racially motivated, the District 97 Board of Education passed two measures late last night, one of which will end Flora Green's tenure as principal.