Oak Park resident and longtime political involvee Julie Samuels will be on the ballot in the March 21 primary. She’s running for Lieutenant Governor on the Green Party ticket. If she were to win in November, she would replace a former Oak Parker, Pat Quinn, for the state’s largely ceremonial number two spot.

A service for Mark Glende

Mark Glende, the homeless man most people knew only as Mark, who frequented the area of Oak Park Avenue near the Eisenhower overpass, will be remembered with a memorial Mass at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 4, at Ascension Church.

The church had not scheduled the ceremony in time to be published in last week’s Wednesday Journal article [South Oak Park remembers Mark Glende].

Phil’s 50th

Although it doesn’t have nearly the alumni base of Fenwick, Trinity, and OPRF, there are a number of ex-seminarians living in Oak Park and River Forest who once passed through the Archdiocesan system at Quigley Preparatory Seminary. One of them, former state senate president Phil Rock, graduated 50 years ago. Quigley sent a photo of the Class of 1956, in pre-priestly garb no less, to its alums, one of whom?#34;unfortunately for Phil?#34;works at Wednesday Journal. We thought you might like to see a famous former pol in his Roman collar.

Area media watch

?  Local residents were all over the area media outlets this past week. An article in the Sunday Tribune’s Home & Garden section, titled appropriately “homangarden” (defined as “a place where boundaries between a house and the surrounding landscape have been blurred”) highlighted the front plaza of landscape designer Rosalind Reed‘s Oak Park home(andgarden). The lead photo was taken in its summer prime.

?  Meanwhile, in the Perspective section of the Trib, a front-page piece was written by staff reporter, and Oak Parker, Russell Working about his stepson, Sergei, 19, a Russian immigrant who shocked his parents recently by joining the Marines?#34;in spite of the fact that he isn’t yet an American citizen.

?  In other news from the Trib, theater critic Chris Jones noted that actor (and Oak Parker) John Mahoney will not be appearing in the upcoming Goodman Theatre production of David Mamet’s Romance, due to illness. Reportedly, he was recently hospitalized because of abdominal pains.

?  Crain’s Chicago Business, this past Monday, featured a half-page photo of West Suburban Medical Center CEO Jay Kreuzer, 54, at his breakfast table, a glass of orange juice in one hand and his Blackberry (not the fruit kind) in the other. Stenciled above his head on the wall is “Treasure The Little Things” and above that, at the top of the page, is a quote from Kreuzer: “Technology has been a lifelong obsession for me. I have every gadget ever invented.” Under the title “He needs gadgets. Badly,” Kreuzer is identified as “Blackberry Addict.” In his testimonial to digital hardware, he confesses, “I have a high-definition plasma TV with Dolby Surround sound, which is piped throughout the house. It’s integrated with the stereo system. I’ve had every iPod ever made. I got the latest one two days ago, and I’ve already downloaded several hundred songs and a half-dozen movies and music videos. I use the iPod when I go running.”

?  And one last reminder from TV-land: WTTW Ch. 11’s video tour, “Chicago’s Western Suburbs: From Prairie Soil to Prairie Style,” led by Geoffrey Baer, airs Tuesday, March 11 at 7:30 p.m. If you miss it, the show repeats March 12 and 20 at 7 p.m. The tour ends in Oak Park.

And speaking of tours …

Tickets for the Wright Plus Housewalk, perhaps the most famous in the world, go on sale today. The walk itself takes place May 20 and tickets are highly prized, which explains the $85 price tag ($70 if you’re a Preservation Trust member). Call 848-9518 or go online at www.wrightplus.org. This year’s lineup includes:

?  John F. Barrett House (c. 1893, architect unknown, new to Wright Plus), below

?  Chauncey Williams House (1895, Frank Lloyd Wright)

? Hills-DeCaro House (1906, Frank Lloyd Wright)

? Cyrus C. Collins House (1906, E.E. Roberts)

?  Isabel Roberts House (1908, Frank Lloyd Wright)

? C.S. Pellet House (1916, Spencer & Powers, new to Wright Plus)

? Edward Probst House (1916, Edward Probst, new to Wright Plus)

? William Sloan House (1926, White & Weber, new to Wright Plus)

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