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Welcoming a New Face to Oak Park

The debut post from our Patch intern...

I'm really tired of moving.

My name is Aly Brumback and I'm the intern for Chicago Patch. I'll be reporting over the summer for Oak Park-River Forest Patch. You might see me around town taking pictures, video or talking to members of the community. Come say "Hi" if you notice me. I'd love to hear what stories you want to see about your town.

So, why do I hate moving? I moved up to Chicago at the beginning of this month, and my newest residence marks the fourth place I've lived in a year. Needless to say, I plan to stay here awhile. Last summer, I interned at the News and Record in Greensboro, N.C., then went back to my home state to finish my senior year at Ball State University in Muncie, Ind., where I was the editor of the student newspaper.

Lastly, I was in D.C. this spring, interning with the Student Press Law Center, a nonprofit that protects the First Amendment rights of student journalists. All of these experiences have been invaluable, and I can't wait to see what my summer at Patch will bring.

I spent Monday learning about the area and getting set up with reporting equipment. My first impression of Oak Park and River Forest is that there are quite a lot of coffee shops. Not that I mind that... I'm basically a caffeine addict. If you have a favorite local java house, please let me know. I want to visit all of them during my summer, especially since I want to work someplace that makes me accessible to the community.

I'm getting the ball rolling this week and I can't wait till I'm immersed into the local culture. I think it's going to be a lot of fun.

— Aly

Follow me on Twitter at @alybrumback and check out @oakparkpatch while
you're at it.

Sarah Corbin June 16, 2011 at 12:23 AM
Coffee Shop Circuit: Yova on S. Oak Park Ave right before the expressway - also froyo. Yummo. Buzz Cafe on Harrison - great healthier choice lunch and dinner options too Prairie Bread Kitchen and Intelligentsia (can't say much more about that - my fav coffee!) Sugar Fixe and an Austrian? coffee - great chocolate croissants. I'm sure I missed some other inde's out there - but that's a pretty good start. Happy Coffee drinking.
Aly Brumback June 16, 2011 at 04:23 AM
Thank you both for the tips!
Belinda Bremner June 16, 2011 at 02:42 PM
Welcome! You'll also find delicious French Press coffee at Marion Street Cheese Market (Marion and South Blvd). Everything they offer is wonderfully fresh and delicious. They also pack delicious picnics for Oak Park Festival Theatre's performances Thursdays through Sundays in Austin Gardens (Lake at Forest). OPFT is Oak Park's only professional (Actors' Equity Association) theatre and the Midwest's oldest (38 years) outdoor classical theatre. This summer's productions are "The History of King Henry the Fourth" (a new adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV Parts I and II" followed by "Henry V". Visit www.oakparkfestival.com And, again, welcome!
Aly Brumback June 17, 2011 at 04:14 AM
All of that sounds great, Belinda. Thanks so much!
Maria C Lopez June 25, 2011 at 11:25 AM
HOW CAN I LIST A LOST CAT FROM OAK PARK?He's been missing since june21st (wednesday) from the parking lot at 50 west chicago avenue. 3 years old,grey short hair (smallish) wearing blue collar with jingle bell. his tags were lost,but will answer to "smokey". miss him very much!!! i am disabled with cardiomyapothy and this is making me physically ill. please help me to bring my little guy home:(

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