Oak Park viewers of the popular CBS crime drama, NUMB3RS, may see a familiar face on the show this fall.

Sheila Hardin, a teacher in geometry and advanced placement at Oak Park and River Forest High School, won a walk-on role in the drama about an FBI agent and his math wiz brother who solve crimes together. The show’s twist is that the duo uses mathematical theories to solve crimes.

Hardin won a grand prize sweepstakes award sponsored by Texas Instruments in partnership with the show. She will get a trip to Hollywood with her family, along with her walk-on role. OPRF sophomore Kevin Binder, who entered the sweepstakes, nominated Hardin for the prize. Binder will also receive a four-day trip with his family to Los Angeles and a chance to meet one of the show’s cast members.

Traveling Ernestly

Mila Tours, located in the far north suburbs, is becoming a specialist in Hemingway-themed trips worldwide. That’s partly because their marketing vice president is Oak Park resident Scott Schwar, former executive director of the Ernest Hemingway Foundation. They recently sent us the following list of Hemingway-related travel “adventures:”

Peru: Hemingway’s Peruvian Adventure and Seminar, Aug. 12-20

China: Hemingway’s China Road with Seminar, Oct. 18-29

Italy: Hemingway’s Venetian Love, Nov. 16-22

Kenya/Tanzania: Hemingway’s East African Safari, Jan. 12-20, 2007

For more information on “Hemingway Travel Destinations,” call Scott at 847/625-3529.

Playing the parliamentary game

During a long public comment portion of Monday night’s Oak Park village board meeting, David and Patricia Spagat urged the board to reconsider the possibility of opening a shelter in the old Central Pumping Station and Reservoir building at Lombard Avenue on the south side of Lake Street.

Per the board’s policy of limiting comments to three minutes?#34;which most speakers push to the limits of President David Pope’s patience?#34;Pope cut off Patricia Spagat, who was reading from a statement she prepared, at the three-minute mark.

“We have six minutes,” she said, looking at her husband, to the amusement of the crowd.

Pope said he would give Mr. Spagat another three minutes to continue the statement.

Then, in a move of proper parliamentary procedure, David Spagat said he would graciously yield his time to his wife. How chivalrous.

Quote of the Week

“Wednesday Journal raised its price and lowered its journalistic integrity [the same week].”

?#34;Trustee Bob Milstein, during Monday’s
village board meeting, on the ups
and downs of the news business

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