In these bleak days of No Child Left Behind, when standardized tests are thought to measure the quality of children's education, it may sound like folly to take your kids out of school for three weeks. But having done just that, I'm convinced that traveling with kids is one of the best educational opportunities parents have to offer.
We're pleased to see River Forest's 125th anniversary committee taking steps to restore the Cummings Park "bandshell," the border-line eyesore sitting at the key gateway intersection of Harlem and Lake.
Yikes! How did I get here, surrounded by anti-Whiteco diatribes, anti-smoking screeds, anti-anti-smoking rebuttals, and anti-Milstein manifestos? Impending economic disaster! Surreptitious subsidies! Machivellian Milsteinian malevolence! Second-hand innuendo!
Wow! That's the only response one could have had at the end of two concerts that recently graced our local schools. The first was on Friday the 4th at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where three different student jazz bands?#34;nearly a hundred musicians altogether?#34;held the audience rapt for nearly two hours under the inspired direction of Scotty Jones.
I was happy to hear that the Park District of Oak Park was putting a referendum for increased funding on the April 5th ballot. My family uses many park district programs and facilities so the need to invest in the facilities is obvious to me.
I urge all Oak Park voters to attend at least one of the upcoming District 97 school board candidate forums to learn about the candidates and the issues. I believe anyone who does will conclude that Carolyn Newberry Schwartz, the current District 97 board vice president, deserves reelection.
As former presidents of the District 97 Board of Education, we offer our enthusiastic support for our new Superintendent Constance Collins. Local news reports and "word on the street," indicate that the current board has selected an excellent superintendent to lead Oak Park's Elementary schools.
In the Feb. 16 wednesday journal viewpoints section, my dear friend, Ethel Cotovsky, offered a cleverly crafted and thinly disguised negative campaign piece ("Milstein's not the same Bob she remembers") for her preferred slate of candidates for village offices in the April election?#34;the first negative swing of this 2005 campaign season.