William J. Martin, an Oak Park resident, has been selected by Fenwick High School to receive the 2006 Accipiter Award for Meritorious Service to the legal profession. He is a full partner in the law firm of Martin, Breen, and Merrick in Oak Park. Martin gained much notoriety from the sensational murder trial of Richard Speck in 1966. He successfully prosecuted Speck for the slaying of eight Chicago nurses and sent him to prison for life. Later, he wrote the critically acclaimed account in his book entitled Crime of the Century: Richard Speck and the Murder of Eight Nurses.

Fine arts scholarships

The Oak Park Area Arts Council has announced the 2006 Fine Arts Scholarship recipients. The winning students, all from Oak Park and River Forest High School, are Christopher Barlow – Fordham University at Lincoln Center (Theatre), Hillary Esqueda – New York University (Classical Voice Performance), Cecilia Fleming – Vanderbilt University (Piano Performance & Biochemistry/Chemistry), Julia Haptonstahl – Northern Illinois University (Dance), Andrew Jamieson – Northwestern University School of Music (Composition), Kathryn Risher – Dartmouth College (Flute Performance & Biology), Lauren Valsoano – Carthage College (Graphic Design & Communications), and Chris Weller – Berklee College of Music (Jazz Performance & Music Education).

Cinderella’s stepmother

Oak Parker Cheryl Silver will play Cinderella’s stepmother in a Jedlicka Performing Arts Center production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Silver tends to her two young sons, who are two and five, during the day, but turns into a professional actress by night. She will be performing from August 4 to 19 at 3801 S. Central in Cicero.

Vassar bachelor

Nora Schlesinger, of Oak Park, recently received a Bachelor of Arts from Vassar College, graduating with General Honors and Departmental Honors.

Interior specialists

Gastroenterologists Stephen Deutsch and Rama Venu of West Suburban Medical Center were among the first group of doctors inducted into the American Gastroenterological Association as fellows.

Jasinski joins Community

Steven W. Jasinski has joined Community Bank Oak Park River Forest as a vice president in their commercial banking division. He had been a vice president in commercial banking at First Midwest Bank in Des Plaines, IL.

McLaren heads Rotary

Ruth McLaren, senior vice president of Community Bank Oak Park River Forest, is the new President of The Rotary Club of Oak Park-River Forest. McLaren joined the Rotary Club in 1987, and has been a member of the Rotary Club Board for nine years.

Morava joins board

Local stained glass artist Peter Morava, owner of Morava Studios in Oak Park, was elected to the Executive Board of the Stained Glass Association of America at their 97th annual conference. He is currently serving on the Conservation and Preservation Committee.

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