For the third straight year, the Alumni Association of Oak Park and River Forest High School is sponsoring Summer Enrichment Scholarships as a means of allowing students who show promise, yet lack adequate financial means, to attend a summer enrichment camp.
On what would have been her 42nd birthday, over two dozen of Therese Pender's family and friends gathered last Thursday evening at the site in River Forest where she was murdered last month. In a solemn ceremony that began with a recitation of the 23rd Psalm and concluded with participants singing "Amazing Grace," the gathering celebrated the life of a person all agreed was a gentle and giving soul who had done nothing to deserve her brutal fate.
The River Forest 125th Anniversary Committee has announced details of its gala fundraiser, scheduled for June 17 at Dominican University. The cocktail party/fundraiser, which will coincide with the premiere opening of the River Forest Artists' exhibition at Dominican, will feature entertainment by a variety of local singers, musicians and dancers.
Pleasant Home Foundation closed a loop at their annual meeting April 12 when they brought Robert Ridgeway in to tell the story of how a nut magnate came to donate a mechanical musical marvel, produced by a peanut king, to the home where the king once lived.
The River Forest police department has named Patrolman Seth DeYoung its 2004 Police Officer of the Year. DeYoung, 29, who has been on patrol duties since completing his 18-month probationary period, has been a cop less than 30 months. However in that time he has been awarded an Honorable Mention for exceptional service in the line of duty, three unit citations for his team work with other officers, and a Letter of Recognition.
Five years after the first plans were formulated for the renovation of Keystone Park, 300 parents and their kids gathered last Friday as the sun set on a beautiful warm April evening to christen the new facility.
"I love those," said T.J. Thomas, pointing at a colorful Japanese kimono. Thomas was one of the many students at Irving Elementary School who participated in the annual "Passport to the World" event, an intercultural program organized by teachers and parents at Irving.