We are writing this letter to thank the many Oak Park businesses for the donation of raffle prizes, which were given away during the Snowflake event held on Friday, April 22, at Julian Middle School. Over 100 students enjoyed the event consisting of performances by the schools' CAST and BRAVO programs, small group discussions of the performances and raffle prizes.
Since Alex Kolovitz's 20th birthday is coming up, I was thinking about all the progress he has made in his lifetime. Alex is a medically fragile young man who has required many physical, medical and educational supports in his lifetime. At present he is completing his first year at the CITE Program of Oak Park and River Forest High School.
For two weeks in a row, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL has published letters questioning the psychological well-being and motivation of TEAM parents seeking reform ("Critics of OPRF's TEAM program have gone too far," May 4 and "This parent is happy with OPRF's TEAM work," May 11). Surely WEDNESDAY JOURNAL will find space for a TEAM parent to respond to these scandalous personal attacks.
For years, or more accurately for decades, the two hallmarks of Oak Park politics were intensity and civility. There were always differences of opinion being expressed by activists on all sides, but one always understood that opponents on one issue would likely be working together on another, or at least sitting on the same side at a ball game or soccer match.
Last week, WEDNESDAY JOURNAL printed a letter from Forest Park Commissioner Theresa Steinbach regarding a bill that Senator Kimberly Lightford and I are sponsoring in the current session of the General Assembly ("OP should know what Senator Harmon's up to"). I write to clear up some misconceptions in Commissioner Steinbach's letter.
Development. Two words come to mind: improvement and progress. Development is not just about growth and change. Improvement and progress encompass what development should accomplish. There is no question that the downtown area of Oak Park is in dire need of progressive and improvement.
I am writing in response to last week's One View by Jay Arbetman, "Harrison Street is hip, but sadly neglected." I don't know what Mr. Arbetman's connection to Harrison Street is, but as a long time business owner on Harrison Street, I would like to offer a different perspective.
As co-chairs of the Board of Directors of the Oak Park Area Lesbian and Gay Association (OPALGA) we would like to clarify any misconception that may have arisen as a result of the article referencing the "Day of Silence" which appeared in the May 11 issue of the JOURNAL ("OPRF 'heterosexual quiz' rankles dad, OPALGA, too").
For much of the last two years, parents of some students in the Oak Park and River Forest High School Transitional Education with Access to the Mainstream (TEAM) program have been expressing their concerns and discontent with the educational program their children are receiving.