Miranda Theis of Oak Park was awarded third place in the child category for the Chicago Zoological Society’s 2006 Photo Contest for a picture she snapped of a raccoon. Winners were honored this past October at the Brookfield Zoo Discovery Center, where their photos were displayed through mid-November. A panel of professional photographers chose the winners from approximately 250 photos submitted. Theis’ winning photo can be viewed at http://www.brookfieldzoo.org.

Mentioned honorably

Mary McCloskey of Oak Park was awarded an Honorable Mention award for her photography by a jury at the City Colleges of Chicago art competition this past November. The 60-something art student was one of 50 City Colleges art students chosen to display their work in the show, which runs through this May.

Swelling the ranks

Oak Parkers J. Martin and Krista Konecki announced that their first child was born on Nov. 4, 2005. Her name is Ava Lynn Konecki.


Robert Klein, a 1983 OPRF graduate, was promoted to Lt. Col. of the U.S. Army in a ceremony at the Pentagon this past October. Klein first started his military career as a senior at OPRF in the Army Reserves, and he is currently posted at the Pentagon as a military planner. He has served in Germany, Fort Stewart, Georgia, taught American history at West Point and served at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.

All that jazz

The Oak Park Public Library is one of only 50 libraries across the country chosen to participate in the national program “Looking at Jazz: America’s Art Form.” The series, which runs on six consecutive Wednesday evenings beginning Jan. 31, uses documentary and archival film as a jumping-off point for discussions of jazz as an American art form.

Betting on Gamble

Nevin Hedlund Architects, Inc., River Forest, added Will Gamble as principal of the firm this past September. The architecture firm specializes in designing churches, synagogues, office buildings and historical preservation projects.

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