We were nearly knocked off our barstools last week to hear that Dennis Murphy has decided to make Poor Phil's smoke free. We're surprised mostly because Murphy has been among the staunchest opponents to a proposal to ban smoking at indoor workplaces, including restaurants.
After reading the letter submitted by Peggy Vicars ("Critics of OPRF's TEAM program have gone too far," May 4) I felt compelled to respond to several of her comments. I am the mother of five sons. Four of those five sons are graduates of OPRF and received an excellent education. My youngest son is a current TEAM student.
Oak Park and River Forest have been known to be classical style resident locations. Recently the highly respected and influential New York Times newspaper has eulogized Oak Park, Illinois, to be a location for enjoyable tourist visiting.
Many thanks for your coverage over the last few weeks of the parents' efforts to bring change to the TEAM program in Special Education at OPRF High School. This is certainly a vital and controversial issue that justifiably calls for the attention of the entire community. The importance of the high school, and the importance of how it is viewed, are two points that probably all can agree upon.
Congratulations to the newly elected village officials. David Pope for president, and for trustee, Greg Marsey, Martha Brock and Geoff Baker. I'm sure these four will work with Ray Johnson, Bob Milstein and soon the newly appointed trustee to continue good governance in Oak Park and help to keep us as the best village in the country.
The article "OPRF 'heterosexual quiz' rankles dad, OPALGA, too" (May 4) stated there were 11 questions on the sexual preference/experience survey handed out to OPRF foreign language students on the Day of Silence. Six questions were printed. I'd like to know the other 5 as well. Why wouldn't all questions have been included? Perhaps there wasn't enough space in last week's paper.
Well, now it's us. Six stories, 75 condos, stores, all on the end of our block on Madison. Mr. Schiess strikes again. Six stories? How many six story buildings are there in Oak Park? Both I can think of at least have some land around them. This won't.
The OPRF Board of Education gave the Boosters permission to explore the support and concerns surrounding the potential for permanent lighting in the stadium field. We find it both curious and disappointing that both the Boosters and John Rigas of the District 200 Board of Education don't understand why the neighbors would object to this process.