One result of being around awhile is getting your arm twisted to be on committees. In my case, after many years as president of the Oak Park Runners Club, I'm on the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) Racing Committee. We evaluate the many races held each year in the Chicago area, and recommend about 20 of the best to the CARA Board for the annual CARA Race Circuit.
When involved in a long journey, most people find it helpful to have a map that shows where they've been and where they're going. Education is certainly a journey, and officials at the River Forest elementary school system want to map it out as concisely as possible.
River Forest's ad hoc 125th Anniversary Committee met for the fourth time Monday night. Chairperson Laurel McMahon expressed satisfaction that 15 people found time to attend the 3-hour-plus meeting at village hall, despite the demands of the season.
With an aggressive plan to be proactive ahead of what they fear could be an increasingly violent spring, more than a dozen Oak Park and River Forest officials gathered Monday to head off a local increase in youth violence. While saying Oak Park and River Forest do not have a gang problem, officials said there has been a resurgence of street gang-inspired behavior.
A lot of good comes out of holiday disasters, near-disasters, and fiascosâ€"good stories, mostly. There's nothing quite like a glitch in the works to elevate a particular holiday to the level of legend and enshrine it permanently in family lore.