Thursday, May 23, 2013
Looking to see a movie? Here's the latest shows at Oak Park's Lake Theater, as well as other nearby theaters.
Looking to see a movie this weekend? If you're in the Oak Park area, check out Classic Cinemas' Lake Theater. Featuring a $6 matinee for shows before 6 p.m., a collection of movies that many national theater chains are playing and the old-timey experience of going to the movies, Lake Theater offers a lot to like. Playing This Weekend (May 23-26) Last showing Thursday Peeples (R) stars Craig Robinson as a "regular guy" who crashes a family reunion in the Hamptons the ask Kerry Washington to marry him. I don't have anything funny to say about this, fitting for a movie that looks to be lacking comedy. Opening Friday Epic (PG) has Beyonce, so go see it. A teen girl finds herself in a mysterious universe and must fight to save her world. …
Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Memorial Day celebrations in the area include a commemoration ceremony in Scoville Park and a parade in River Forest with free hot dogs at the end.
It's time to kick off summer again with a Memorial Day barbeque, maybe a little picnic and a special tribute to the men and women who serve and have served our country. Here is what's going on this Memorial Day weekend in the area: The Memorial Day commemoration ceremony at 9 a.m., Mon., May 27 in Oak Park will feature remarks from public officials and area veterans, music, a rifle salute from the Oak Park honor guard, and special tributes to fallen soldiers and River Forest diplomat Anne Smedinghoff, who was one of five Americans killed last month in Afghanistan. The ceremony will take place at the Peace Triumphant monument in Scoville Park, near Lake Street and Oak Park Avenue. The event also will tie into the 150th anniversary …
If you've got wit, add your caption to Patch's weekly comic challenge and win a personalized print.
Are you blessed with insight and good humor? Or just bored today? Share your wit with your neighbors by entering Patch's comic caption challenge. Just add your dialogue for today's comic in the comment section of this post. Our only requirement is that you keep it clean! At week's end, we'll pick the winning punchline based on how many of us here at Patch giggle and smile at your contribution. The user who produces the winning punchline will get a personalized proof of the comic, with the winning words and a credit line, from cartoonist Chuck Ingwersen and Patch. Congratulations to Mary DeKlerk, who provided the winning punchline to last week's UFO cartoon: Clyde, I think your relatives have arrived ...
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
The babies are due this summer and fall. Look through the photo gallery of the expectant moms, including the most incredible ultrasound picture you'll ever see.
Just a little more than a week after Mother’s Day, the Brookfield Zoo announced Monday it has three new moms to be. Dolphins Allie, Tapeko and Spree are expected to give birth during the summer and fall, according to a zoo release. “Allie, Tapeko, and Spree are all healthy and their pregnancies are progressing well,” said Jennifer Langan, associate veterinarian for the Chicago Zoological Society. Like us on Facebook! Forest Park / La Grange / Oak Park / Western Springs Allie, 26, and Tapeko, 31, are experienced mothers, having raised five babies between them, including Tapeko’s two daughters, Noelani, 9, and Allison, 7, who also live at the zoo. This will be the first baby for Spree, 10, who is at the zoo from Minnesota as part of the …
The National Transportation Safety Board recommends reducing the limit. Some say it would save lives. Others say it's unreasonable.
One drink could be the standard for drunken drivingat least for some people if the National Transporation Safety Board has its way. On Tuesday, the NTSB recommended states lower the blood-alcohol threshold for driving under the influence from 0.08 percent to 0.05 percent. About 10,000 deaths a year are related to drunken driving. The NTSB says the lower limit would save 500 to 800 lives a year. Officials at the American Beverage Institute called the proposal "ludicrous." It said the average woman could reach the 0.05 percent limit by having one drink. We reached out to readers in our near-Chicago west-suburban sites and asked them: should the DUI limit be lowered to 0.05 percent? Here’s some of the responses we got: Lori Galandak-Anthony…
Monday, May 20, 2013
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Sunday, May 19, 2013
Monday is your last chance to share comments on IDOT's plan to ease congestion along Interstate 290.
Area residents have until Monday, May 20, to share their comments on an IDOT plan to ease congestion along Interstate 290. The Illinois Department of Transportation has four final alternatives to address this issue, all of which include adding a lane and moving the Harlem Avenue and Austin Boulevard ramps to the outside. State officials say no Oak Park property will be needed for the new ramps, but a Village of Oak Park news release said that some citizens have said the placement could have negative impacts. To learn more about the plans, go to the Eisenhower Expressway project website. The seven documents at the top of the page are the most relevant, especially the I-290 Alternatives Evaluation Summary 2013 Apr02. Residents can share …
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Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's been a long week. You need a pick-me-up.
Friday's here. Thank goodness. One more day of work, and that's it. Here's a little inspiration to get you through to Saturday. For more than a month now, Patch and Grape-Nuts have teamed up to present stories about your neighbors, neighbors who have faced challenges that would seem insurmountable to many of us. But not to the people we've featured in this series, Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories have generated dozens of comments on Patch and on Facebook: "Great story..." "Thanks for sharing..." "So wonderfully inspiring..." And, so, here they are again. Great stories shared to inspire. Take a look at what these people have faced. Then click on the story to see their responses. And feel better about your tough week. Pit Bull …