My name is Rick Marchetti. I have been a coach in Oak Park Youth baseball for the past 18 years. Due to fundamental differences with the OPYB board of directors, I have stepped down as a coach for this program.
The Oak Park/River Forest community enriches the lives of its residents and visitors in many ways, but one of the most important is our cultural heritage. Our well-known traditions in architecture and literature make this place really special. But there's another cultural treasure here that isn't as well known, and it needs the help of media like Wednesday Journal to let people enjoy it. I'm talking about the Symphony of Oak Park & River Forest.
The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest is an arts resource for our community to be proud of. For 75 years, this community orchestra has provided an outlet for the talent of many amateur and professional musicians and much great music and enthusiastic performances for its audiences.
On Sunday, Oct. 16, almost 550 people strolled the winding paths of historic Forest Home Cemetery to hear costumed interpreters bring tales of the founding and development cf the Village of River Forest.
Little more than a year ago, one of our local right-wingers wrote a letter to the editor stating that President Bush won the election with the most votes ever received by a presidential candidate, as if this actually meant something.
Now that summer theater in Austin Gardens is over, a thought about Festival Theatre in Oak Park occurs to me. I have noticed, in the many years I have walked in Austin Gardens Park, there is a large area where the plays take place that is unused for much more than dog walking.
The time I came to Rev. Mickelson and New Spirit Church was the darkest period of my life. My son's partner was in the last stages of AIDS. He was in and out of consciousness, and when awake, he asked to find a priest or minister to have a holy union with my son, Andrew.