No matter how empty the garden in late fall might appear, there's actually much to see. A row of hardy beets continues to grow in our raised bed. The variable temperatures characteristic of the season allow tougher root vegetables like these to endure beyond the time when most of the other plants have gone to rest.
I've lived on a corner in Oak Park for a long time. As a result, I have a pretty good idea of how many "dog parents" act responsibly by picking up the waste their charges leave behind. During the summer, very rarely do I have to pick up after their dogs.
Odds and ends with some a bit odder than others: Hateful: Let's start with allegedly. Frank Elliott allegedly torched his own gay night spot in Oak Park in June 2012. He allegedly scrawled homophobic slurs on the walls of the Velvet Rope before he allegedly set it ablaze.
Oak-Leyden Developmental Services is gearing up for its annual benefit and the exciting auction and raffle gifts are pouring in. The name of the upcoming fundraiser, "We've Got Great Taste," which takes place on Saturday, Nov. 16 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association, 178 Forest Ave. in Oak Park, provides a hint of what is in store for lucky guests.
Whether it is the strong desire to move the Oak Park Police Department out of its bunker in the basement of village hall or some intricate maneuver to use funds from the Madison Street TIF to help build it, the momentum to construct the new District 97 elementary school administration building out back of village hall is gathering steam.
We've been surprised that, in the month since Safeway announced it was abandoning the Chicago market and off-loading its Dominick's stores, there are still just four stores which have been claimed by competitors. Last week, Safeway announced it will shutter all remaining Dominick's on Dec. 28 if they aren't purchased.