Lawmakers To Speak In Oak Park + River Forest Fire Chief Retires

Welcome to the weekend! There’s a lot going on in Oak Park and River Forest today, so I’m saving the usual notebook for tomorrow’s Daily. Now let’s get to the news.

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First, today’s weather: Clear throughout the day. High: 80 Low: 64.

Here are the top stories in Oak Park-River Forest today:

1. River Forest Fire Chief Kurt Bohlmann is retiring next week after 31 years of service. At its Monday meeting, the Village Board recognized Bohlmann in honor of “his outstanding leadership and contributions to the community during his tenure.” Deputy Fire Chief Robert Nortier will serve as interim chief until a replacement is named. (VRF)

2. Five seniors at Fenwick High School were named National Merit Scholar semi-finalists this week. Samantha Carpenter, Lindsey Drumm, Finley Huggins, Kathryn Nairn and Hugo Nunez were among 16,000 students chosen out of 1.5 million students who took the PSAT nationwide last year. (Fenwick)

3. Oak Park’s Finance Committee met this week to review the village’s five-year Capital Improvement Plan. Interim Village Manager Lisa Shelley said the board hopes to adopt the first year of the plan in October. (Wednesday Journal)

4. Residents are invited to attend a free celebration today at the future site of the Oak Park Community Recreation Center. The “A Place to Belong” event begins at 3:30 p.m. and marks the public launch of The Parks Foundation capital campaign to build the $22 million facility at 229 Madison Street. Senator Don Harmon is expected to speak, along with Representatives Camille Lilly and La Shawn Ford. (Patch)

5. “See You Saturday” events return today in downtown Oak Park and will run for three more Saturdays this fall. Marion Street “transforms into an interactive, open street experience” beginning at 10 a.m. and features live music, food and activities for all ages. (Downtown Oak Park)

Today in Oak Park-River Forest:

  • The Wright Plus Architectural Housewalk returns. (9 a.m.)
  • Free outdoor yoga at Thatcher Woods. (9 a.m.)
  • The Village of Oak Park hosts a virtual “Symposium on Sustainability.” (9 a.m.)
  • Fox Community Center offers a Safe Sitter course. (9:30 a.m.)
  • Make miniatures at Dole Center. (10 a.m.)
  • The Forest Preserves of Cook County co-hosts a Foster Parent Recruitment Picnic. (10 a.m.)
  • The Oak Park International Film Festival kicks off at the library. (10 a.m.)
  • Live music and food are on tap at Berwyn’s Oktoberfest. (12 p.m.)
  • Author Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi discusses her new book “Ugly Prey” at OPRF Museum. (3 p.m.)
  • Clint Eastwood‘s “Cry Macho” plays at Lake Theatre. (7:15 p.m.)

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That’s all for this busy Saturday in OPRF. See you tomorrow for the Sunday edition of the Daily!

Georgi Presecky

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About me: Georgi is a Chicago-based reporter with seven years of experience writing for entertainment-based publications. She represented FF2 Media for five years at film festivals across the U.S., from Sundance to Austin. She began working for Patch in 2019.


via Oak Park-River Forest Patch

September 17, 2021 at 02:31PM

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