Thank you for writing about small business concerns in Oak Park ("Is OP unfriendly to small business?" December 29). I own the Village Laundromat at 14 Chicago Ave. in Oak Park. I think that the official position of the Oak Park governmental bodies below the board level is that there are no small businesses in Oak Park between Ridgeland Avenue and Austin Boulevard.
? The following contains incidents reported to the Oak Park and River Forest police departments from Dec. 27, 2004 through Jan. 2, 2005. Not all incidents that occurred are listed. Anyone named in reports has only been charged with a crime and cases have not yet been adjudicated.
Trinity hosted its First Annual Christmas Tournament over the holidays where eight Chicago-area teams participated. Highlights of the tournament included Marshall head coach Dorothy Gaters reaching a record 800th career victory on the first day of play, when her Commandos defeated Leyden 44-26.
St. Joseph proved to be just what everyone expected: a formidable opponent for Fenwick in the opening round of a heavily stocked Proviso West Holiday tournament that ran from Dec. 27 through Dec. 30. The Friars (8-4) fell to St. Joe, the eventual tournament champ, 74-50. But no one expected New Trier (6-6) to embarrass the Friars 63-47 in Round 2 of the tournament's consolation bracket.
One of the highlights of the Pontiac Holiday tournament was OPRF's Robert Strzemp. The 6-foot-5 Strzemp was selected to the All-tournament team, despite the fact that the Huskies (8-4, 1-1) weren't in the final four. OPRF finished 2-2 in the tournament, but Strzemp shot over 50 percent from the field and tallied a total 80 points in the four games. OPRF head coach Al Allen called his senior forward a "One-man wrecking crew."
Rectifying its place in the West Suburban (Silver) Conference standings is goal No. 1 for the Oak Park and River Forest girls' basketball team, who recently finished third at the Mundelein Holiday tournament.