🌱 District 97 Tackles Racism + Geppetto’s Supports Troops

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Good morning! Georgi Presecky here with the latest issue of the Oak Park-River Forest Daily.

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First, today’s weather: Mostly sunny and chilly. High: 46 Low: 30.


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

1. District 97 has implemented an anti-racist curriculum that emphasizes inclusiveness. The idea came about in the summer of 2020 after the George Floyd murder. Gwendolyn Brooks Middle School teacher Katy Alejos said “We had to talk about these things with our students.” (Wednesday Journal)

2. A father and son in River Forest engineered a new way to distribute candy to trick-or-treaters this weekend. Dave Zimberoff and his 17-year-old son Sam created a 60-foot conveyor belt to drop full-sized candy bars into a witch’s cauldron. (Paid source: Forest Leaves)

3. Lawmakers broke ground on a new distribution center at 3500 Wolf Road in Franklin Park last week. The former home of Precision Steel “will be a flexible building that can accommodate many different tenants,” Principle Construction President James Burcato said. (Paid source: Franklin Park Herald-Journal)

4. Geppetto’s Toy Box is hosting its annual “Feeding of the Goblins” event now through Nov. 7. Customers will get 10 percent off their purchase if they bring in a pound or more of candy to donate to U.S. Military Service Members. A 15 percent off discount will be offered to those who donate toothbrushes. (Geppetto’s)

5. About 300 students at Oak Park River Forest High School were named AP Scholars, the College Board announced this week. Scholars earned a score of three or higher on at least three Advanced Placement exams at the end of the 2020-2021 school year. (OPRFHS)


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Today in Oak Park-River Forest:

  • West Suburban Montessori School offers admissions tours. (9 a.m.)
  • It’s “New Book Tuesday” at The Book Table. (9 a.m.)
  • Virtual mid-day meditation with the Oak Park Public Library. (12 p.m.)
  • Zoom Pajama Story-time is held by the library for kids six and younger. (6:30 p.m.)
  • Lake Theatre hosts $5 Tuesdays – see any film at any time for five dollars. (All day)

Oak Park-River Forest Patch Notebook

  • St. Catherine of Siena-St. Lucy Parish will hold a mass tonight to honor All Souls Day to remember those who have died and their families. (SCSL)
  • The Oak Park River Forest Infant Welfare Society seeks volunteers. (Facebook)
  • The Village of Oak Park is offering loans to help homeowners pay for home repairs. (VOP)
  • Community members are protesting the abrupt closure of a Garfield Park Aldi store. (Austin Weekly News)
  • The Cook County Department of Public Health reports that only 25 percent of expectant mothers have gotten the COVID-19 vaccine, despite being at high risk. (CCDPH)

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That’s all for today, OPRF! See you tomorrow for more local news.

Georgi Presecky


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November 1, 2021 at 02:58PM

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