Oak Park residents Mac and Harriette Robinet installed ground source heat pumps (geothermal system) outside their home in 2011 and 12 solar panels on their garage roof last summer. Mac, who worked as a physicist at Argonne National Laboratory for 39 years, estimates they are already saving 20% on the cost of energy.
In a world trying to understand the issues surrounding polar vortexes and ice cap melts; super-storms, raging forest fires and severe droughts; bee colony collapse disorder; and GMOs, setting aside an hour or two to "educate" one's self by viewing a few flicks during Green Community Connection's 3rd Annual One Earth Film Festival, March 7-9, offers an entertaining way to gain a leg up on what to do next for the planet.
Michael F. Garrity Sr., 71, of Oak Park, died on Feb. 26, 2014 at Hines V.A. Hospital. Born on Oct. 21, 1942 in Chicago, he was a fleet mechanic for AT&T and enjoyed working on cars and taking road trips with his hot rod.
People need help coping with life's challenges. If we're lucky, our family and friends notice when we're not handling our lives very well, when we've lost hope, or take up dangerous habits. Often when they do notice, they're unable to help or effect change.
Behind every handcrafted item for sale at Ten Thousand Villages is a story. There is a necklace made from bomb casings from landmines in Cambodia and wall art hammered from steel barrels by young uneducated men in Haiti.
March 8th, I noticed on my kitchen calendar, is International Women's Day. March is also Women's History Month. A good time for some awareness-raising. Nicholas Kristof has done admirable work on that front in his New York Times column. If he hasn't already received one, he deserves a humanitarian award.
The essential remaking of Cook County government has been underway for three years already. And during this start of the Toni Preckwinkle era of reform and reinvention, residents of the 1st District have been on the sidelines with our do-nothing holdover of a commissioner from the county's decades of bloat and patronage and governance, so actively bad it was insulting both to the county's poor who used the services and the county's middle class which was being robbed with every tax collection cycle.