I've been using the parking lot at Marion and Ontario for almost over 30 years. I've always considered it the "central convenience" of Oak Park. Without exaggeration, each and every time I've driven into that parking lot, I've inwardly smiled to myself and said, "How convenient, Oak Park is really a neat place to live!"
We are the residents and neighbors of the 900 block of Wesley Avenue. This block has a grand, turn-of-the-century brick home on its southwest corner that was owned by Martha and John Lussenhop for over 30 years and was recently sold when they retired to Oregon.
I am writing this letter in protest to the proposed subdivision and development of the property down my street at 947 Wesley. If this development happens there will be a permanent change compromising the architectural beauty of this home, wiping away the open side yard to create a dense structure on limited space, creating a negative impact on our neighborhood for the personal monetary gain of the developer.
How surprised and upset I was that not one of our two local papers?#34;papers who supposedly are for the people?#34;saw fit last week to put anything in their paper about a recent anniversary that occurred. The 15th anniversary of the signing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
We would like to take a moment to thank the individuals and organizations that made the Countdown to Midnight Festival a success. We are extremely thankful to the community for letting us host what turned out to be a wonderful event. From the start of our planning we were fortunate to secure the services of a life-long DOOP'ER, Deirdra Stockmann. Deirdra fell in love with this event from the beginning, and worked countless hours in crafting and shaping it. Her commitment and dedication made it the successful event it was.
Kudos goes to District 97 and Special Services Director Steve Caste for showing initiative and leadership in starting a Verbal Behavior ABA program in the fall ("D97 to start ABA program in fall," July 27).
I have been watching the village board study sessions and meetings on channel 6 from the relative comfort and quiet of my home and I believe I am beginning to understand what the new Oak Park looks like.