What irony! Here I sit looking out my window at a lake effect snowstorm, while on TV, Venus Williams and Andy Roddick are sweating in the hot Australian sun where temperatures are in the 80s and fans in the crowd are wearing t-shirts and tank tops! Unless you're lucky enough to travel south during the winter, it surely makes for a long season. Oh, well, just 94 days until May 1, but who's counting!
WEB EXTRA! Oak Park resident Ronuk Genge was arrested by agents of the FBI's Safe Child Task Force in Atlanta a short time after he de-planed at HartsfieldInternationalAirport on Saturday, Jan. 15. Genge, 27, had allegedly flown to Atlanta to have sex with the nine year old daughter of a woman he had met on the Internet. That woman, whom Genge had been conversing with since January 10, was in fact an undercover FBI task force agent.
If not for Paul Hamer, the five-neck checkerboard guitar that Cheap Trick made famous onstage might still be just a whim of Rick Nielsen's fevered imagination. Shaggy-haired boys?#34;not to mention bellybutton rings and bare midriffs?#34;might still be enduring a frosty reception at Illinois public schools.
Outgoing River Forest village trustee Dale Rider, a frequent opponent of Village President Frank Paris in village board votes, will be Paris's opponent in the April presidential election. Rider, a 10 year veteran of the village board, was one of 10 individuals filing papers with the village clerk early Tuesday morning for village president, trustee or library board. For Rider, it's all or nothing after 10 years on the village board.
Morris Buske, 92, and Roy Gummerson, 90, died on the same day, Jan. 14, 2005, Buske at his home in Holley Court Terrace, Gummerson at West Suburban Hospital, where he had spent years working as a dedicated volunteer.
Spent part of Friday afternoon with Tim Connelly, president of Whiteco. He came calling, along with his Oak Parker-of-a-PR-guy. Whiteco now has Oak Park architects, Oak Park advisors. Everything Oak Park.
With a raft of vacancies looming on the Oak Park police department, the Oak Park Board of Fire and Police Commissioners selected two vendors last Thursday to conduct written and psychological testing for its entry level police officer process.