Mr. Spencer, I have followed your coverage of the OPRF football season closely this year. I anxiously awaited your articles in the Wednesday Journal after each uplifting win and each agonizing loss. Thanks for your spirit of optimism. Thanks for not jumping on the bandwagon of gloom and despair.
The Oak Park and River Forest High School Alumni Association's annual tailgate benefit on Oct. 8 was a success because of many generous supporters. Thank you, Wednesday Journal, for your excellent coverage of Homecoming events, including the tailgate party. This Alumni Association-sponsored event under tents at the Tasty Dog parking lot benefits summer enrichment programs for current OPRFHS students.
I facilitate the Adult Sunday School at New Spirit Church, Scoville at Adams. I was thinking about the article that was in your newspaper about the church [Two views, same pew, Oct. 5]. I noticed this written on a Starbucks Coffee cup:
The article written about Reverend Bradley was a bit insensitive and was considerably upsetting to me. Rev. Bradley has been nothing but a complete rock for this church. He's a very gentle man, and the way he is portrayed in this article is preposterous.
My favorite bakery is Oak Park Bakery for pies, cakes, sweet rolls, etc. I've shopped there since I was a little kid, going on Saturdays with my Dad. The other pie place is the vendor at the Farmers' Market that sells pies during the summer. I don't know the vendor's name, but they sell half and whole pies that are delicious!
THE WANDERING MAN ... Sitting in a customers-only chair outside the coffee shop. Saying hi to strangers, unwary or not, to get them to stop, get them talking, bum a cigarette, ask the time, bum a buck or two. A phenomenon of the city, spilled over into OP and even RF. Look too long at him, get called a fagot. He's aggressive but easily ignored because desperate and painfully uncertain.
In a long op-ed piece in today's Journal, Oak Park Village Trustee Robert Milstein rightfully points out that at last week's marathon board session on the future of Downtown Oak Park, there were several key issues where agreement was universal.