On Thursday, Oct. 27, at 1:30 p.m., there were about 20 senior citizens lined up outside the fire station on Euclid Avenue. They were waiting to receive flu shots administered by the Oak Park Health Dept.
Dear President Pope and Board Members, I would like to thank board members G. Baker, E. Brady, M. Brock and R. Milstein for standing up for what I believe the majority of Oak Park residents want ... the preservation of a cohesive, intact historic downtown business district that we can all be proud of.
Dear Trustees, I walked away from watching last week's village board meeting with such a sense of disgust that it has prompted me to submit these thoughts and comments. The meeting included discussions of the Downtown Steering Committee's recommendations for the "superblock."
I felt sorry for the trustees on Oct. 27 as they participated in the decision about development in downtown Oak Park. What felt to me like an organized pressure group tried to bully them into rubber-stamping a plan for our downtown that would do little to nothing to "save" it.
As the village board considers tearing up the Marion Street mall, AAA's Margaret Weier pens "Distinctive Oak Park," in its November-December 2005 issue. She discusses the Marion Street pedestrian walkway and its selection of one-of-a-kind stores.
As long time Oak Park homeowners, we've enjoyed the village's many services, diversity and culture. We discovered the community of dog owners when we introduced our puppy to the dog group at Lindberg Park. We have attended every weekend, year-round, ever since. It has helped to socialize our dog and to provide the necessary exercise that dogs, just like people, need on a regular basis.
I'd like to say, "Hat's Off" and congratulations to one our dedicated village workers. She is Marilyn Michaels, the front desk receptionist serving the public. It's great that she's recognized in the National Register of Who's Who in Executives and Professionals. She is certainly deserving of it. I've been saying she has such tact, diplomacy and care in her manners of providing service to the public.