When we first met Oak Park filmmaker Jeff Smith, he was about to show his documentary, Tony's Song, at the Oak Park Public Library. At age 52, Smith had left a safe but mind-numbing career at Amtrak to pursue an MFA in film and video at Columbia College. Last March, he was at full speed, with projects bubbling and the degree just a thesis film away.
It's been nearly a year?#34;an eventful year?#34;since I talked to Zachary Bokum's parents, John and Maggy Bokum. As an 18-year-old senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School in 2002, Zach signed up with the Illinois National Guard, figuring it would help pay for college and be good experience for his criminal justice studies at Western Illinois University. A weekend a month and two months in the summer for six years seemed like a fair deal.
Last July, Bill Dwyer took a look at FitzGerald's, the nightclub just across Roosevelt Road in Berwyn. The occasion was a new book, Live From FitzGerald's: Songs and Stories of an American Music Club by writer Dave Whitaker and photographer Blair Jensen.
You're sitting there waiting to ring in the New Year. Waiting … waiting … waiting. If only you could be doing something constructive to pass the time, something that makes you take a trip back in time, something that might spark some brain power. Well, here it is, your final final of the year. Get your No. 2 pencil out. No talking, no cheating, and no bubble-gum chewing. You have 365 days to complete this exam and not a minute more. Good luck.
The Dominican University women's basketball team dropped three games on their California road trip last week, falling to Occidental College, Whittier College and California Lutheran University. The three losses pushed the Stars winless streak to nine games as the Stars stand at 1-10 on the season heading into Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference (NIIC) play after the New Year.
With at least 12 representatives from Division I colleges in attendance at the Proviso West Holiday tournament on opening night Monday, the Fenwick boys' basketball team didn't exactly show off its best stuff. But the recruiters may have been looking elsewhere anyway.
A gunman robbed the 7-Eleven at 515 Madison of $1,000 on Dec. 21. The man reportedly entered the store a little after 1:30 in the afternoon. After handling numerous pieces of merchandise, he brought several items to the counter. When the clerk began checking the items, the man pulled a large black semi-automatic hand gun and demanded money. When the clerk complied, the robber placed the cash in a bag and told the clerk to lie on the floor, then fled.
Volvo of Oak Park opened its brand new doors in October, the new location giving the dealership hopes of more than doubling its business, driven by both higher sales and a greater capacity to service vehicles.