With apologies to James M. Barrie, the kids (and adults) in the vicinity of the park named for the distinguished children's author can't be blamed for thinking of Southeast Oak Park's major green space as "Neverland."
We're glad to see the village is issuing fewer parking citations. Too aggressive enforcement has frayed many a nerve among residents. At the same time, we're glad to see that a more efficient collections system has resulted in more people paying their parking fines. It's only fair that scofflaws should be forced to pay their share.
I'm not the handiest guy, but three weeks ago I took part in a one-day service project in Austin called "Labor of Love," sponsored by Eyes on Austin, a local community organization. They've been doing this for about five years now, in partnership with a white congregation from First Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, Ill.
The recent hearings about OPRF High School, conducted by the Illinois General Assembly Committee on Elementary and Secondary Education, led by Representative Calvin Giles have touched some raw nerves locally. But they are truly a welcome breath of fresh air for our community.
It warmed my heart to read two weeks ago Ms. Donna Ogdon Chen's letter to the editor wherein she described the "magnificent send-off" that her friends threw for her on the occasion of her departure from the position of executive director of Downtown Oak Park ("Thanks for making downtown tenure memorable," Aug. 24). A happier occasion one could barely imagine!
This letter is in regards to the recent tragedy that the Oak Park community experienced with the death of Patricia Quane. Although I was not an eyewitness, I was present at the Riverside train station when this tragedy occurred. I hope that sharing my recollection of events will help Ms. Quane's family and friends process this loss.