On not a few chilly afternoons, I've been poking around in the dirt for the hopeful signs of daffodil shoots, and so the offering of "A Thousand Flowers" by Bella Voce at Grace Episcopal Church last Saturday (temperature 29 degrees) was a happy prospect.
The Monarch Ball, a gala black-tie fundraiser for Resurrection Health Care, which owns West Suburban Hospital, will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago. Chairs of the ball are Oak Parkers Mary Lou and Martin J. Noll.
The Oak Park-River Forest Community Associates of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Nineteenth Century Club celebrated Valentine's Day early on Feb. 7 with a lecture by Jeff Nigro, director of adult programs, museum education at the Art Institute of Chicago and a performance of Dante's New Life, by John Nygro accompanied by Joel Spears on lute.
Carolyn Newberry Schwartz must be re-elected to the District 97 board. How can one of seven board members make that much difference? The next school year will start with a new superintendent, a new assistant superintendent, and the other top administrators averaging less than two years in their current roles in District 97.
The school board elections are near and everyone, whether you have students in the schools or not, should look at the candidates running for school board closely. There are several candidates running, but residents should look at all aspects of the candidates.
It is unfortunate that, in lauding Dr. Fagan's accomplishments, the current and former board presidents failed to include any mention of special education, which serves almost 20 percent of District 97 students ("Collins will build on Fagan's success at D97," Feb. 23).
Voters in the next Village election to be held on April 5 face deeply important decisions that will have lasting impact on Oak Park. Responding to these challenges will require a careful balance of creativity and pragmatism. In this election, voters will have to choose between distinct alternative views for the future of our village. Recent letters to the editor in these pages provide a window into some of these differences.
The Village Managers Association's (VMA) process was as open and inclusive as the participants could have wished for! At the start of the Selection Committee process, there were 60-plus people in attendance. Anyone who left the VMA organization did so on their own volition and were not thrown out or asked to leave. For the first time, I spent 12 weeks participating in the process. This led to the selection of a slate of excellent candidates: for President of the Village Board, Diana Carpenter, for Trustees, Ray Barbosa, Dorothy Reid and Mas Takiguchi, and for Village Clerk, Sandra Sokol.
There are three issues regarding a ban on smoking in public places: public health, civil rights, and economic development. No specific conclusions on the first two are necessary in order to see what is best for Oak Park?#34;just consider the economic impact and the wisest choice becomes obvious.