International Literacy Day, which occurred Sept. 8, calls our attention to the over 1.3 billion people worldwide who are functionally illiterate. For multiple reasons over recent years, literacy has been less visible than equally worthy, more highly publicized issues, such as health care, Social Security, public education, and homelessness. The reality of the problem, however, makes it no less deserving of our attention.
I wanted to thank you for the article "The minority of a minority ?#34; Two black valedictorians at OPRF this year" by Diana Oleszczuk that appeared in the Aug. 31 issue and for the Our Views editorial: "The noble cause of student discipline."
On Wednesday evening, Aug. 31, the School Leadership Team (SLT) of Oliver Wendell Holmes Elementary School presented their annual report to the District 97 Board of Education. We were delighted to report that the 2004-2005 school year was a formative year for the Holmes SLT.
As director of Youth Services for Oak Park and River Forest townships (an intergovernmental collaboration) and chair of the Gang and Drug Task Force (an intergovernmental collaboration with 11 local taxing bodies, including the Village of Oak Park, Village of River Forest, District 200, District 97, District 90, the Park District of Oak Park, River Forest Park District, Oak Park Public Library, River Forest Public Library, River Forest Township and Oak Park Township) I have some knowledge of the power of these two communities when we decide to name a problem, accept responsibility to address it, commit to work together, and supply the necessary resources.
We would like to take a moment to thank the individuals and organizations that made the 1st Annual Wright Ride a success. The ride drew over 370 cyclists and spanned 14 communities, and we are extremely thankful to them for letting us host this wonderful event.
If you have visited the Starbucks on Lake Street on a weekend this summer, you know that word "pandemic" is not an overstatement. Swarms of bicyclists flood the street, taking over the sidewalk and road, then move to the chairs outside Starbucks, where they remain for quite some time.
Every September, communities across the country celebrate National Drug & Alcohol Recovery Month by turning their attention and support to those who are struggling with substance dependence and abuse. While many individuals and families deal with these issues every day, Recovery Month reminds us that recovery from addiction is an ongoing process, the success of which thrives with support from friends, family, and community.
Each day, more than three women in the United States are murdered by a male intimate partner*. It's called domestic violence and could be happening right next door to you or even in your own home. In fact, recent news stories in the Chicago Tribune reported on two probable cases of domestic violence that resulted in the deaths of two Cicero women (Aug. 11, 15, and 22 editions).