Two village residents vying for a spot on the Park District of Oak Park Board of Commissioners officially announced the platform for their campaign on Thursday. Diane Dunn and Thomas Finch are calling themselves "Alive! Our Parks!" and are touting that neither of them are “an insider” in the race for three open spots on the board.
As a preemptive strike against the marital discord she feared might follow retirement, Oak Parker Ceoria Coates took up acting. She knew that having something do in her spare time would lower the chances of her and her late husband getting stir-crazy and driving each other nuts at home all day.
Oak Park Village Manager Tom Barwin spends most of his Monday nights at village board meetings, hearing residents protest about parking or trustees squabble over spending. But this past Monday he was 6,000 miles away in Abuja, Nigeria, hanging out with three professional football players.
Opponents and proponents of the District 97 tax hike referendum will meet tonight at Irving School for another in a series of forums leading up to the April 5 vote. This event is co-sponsored by SEOPCO (South East Oak Park Community Organization) and Wednesday Journal.
State Rep. Karen Yarbrough hosts celebration and discussion about Saartjie (Sarah) Baartman, a 19th Century slave who was displayed in European "freak Shows" and objectified for her physical appearance. The event will also raise awareness about worldwide human trafficking and domestic violence.
Nothing says "Oak Park" like squirrels, our most numerous form of wildlife (we hope). And Oak Parker Joel Brown (whom we profiled on Dec. 10, 2003) is among the most knowledgeable about Sciurus caroliensis. Brown was featured in a Washington Post column last Sunday under the headline, "In the urban game park, nut-gatherers rule."