Thursday, September 6, 2012
Annual River Forest charity fundraiser slated for Sept. 11.
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Thursday, September 6, 2012
A friendly message from your friends at Patch: We just wanted to make sure everyone's aware that the LemonAid chairty fundraiser is once taking place in the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place in River Forest on Sept. 11 Earlier: Anniversary of a Tragedy, Marked with Charity For the uninitiated, LemonAid is a "kids helping kids" fundraiser started by a group of River Forest neighbors who decided to do some good after 9/11. Eleven years later, it's swelled into a major block party, with proceeds — more than $52,000 in total — headed to a local nonprofits. This year, it's Sarah's Inn, the Oak Park-based resource agency for victims of domestic violence. Expect lemonade provided by Whole Foods Market River Forest, snacks, kids activities from the …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Civil liberties group lambastes president for counterterrorism and surveillance methods in "everywhere and forever war."
Oak Park's an Obama town. Election data shows the Obama-Biden ticket won 24,580 votes in Oak Park Township to McCain-Palin's 4,271 in the November 2008 presidential election. But is it still an Obama town? We'd like to know, especially in light of last week's report issued by the ACLU, which harshly criticized Obama's national security policies, many of which were continued from the presidency of George W. Bush. A Call to Courage: Reclaiming Our Liberties Ten Years After 9/11 outlines what the report calls "secrets and lies, moral cowardice and legal sophistry" in measures like military detention, racial and religious profiling, surveillance programs and backtracking on a pledge to close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center, all in the name…
Sunday, September 11, 2011
When tragedy struck, a Roosevelt Middle School art teacher urged student expression.
Amidst the confusion and chaos of Sept. 11, 2001, Roosevelt Middle School students were spreading rumors of more plane hijackings, teachers were glued to a small television and faculty members presided over assemblies designed to calm a nervous student body. In the days after, the students remained bewildered, so art instructor Sally McPartlin grabbed several sheets of paper and let the children express themselves. The result of that impromptu exercise, displayed in the gallery above, offers a unique and disheartening look at an unforgettable day in American history. The paintings and drawings, recently pulled from a classroom closet, will be on display throughout the week for Roosevelt's current crop of students and faculty.
Friday, September 9, 2011
Communities gather to mourn, remember a national tragedy.
Moment of Remembrance in Oak Park Elected officials in Oak Park passed a resolution at a recent village board meeting requesting residents to observe a moment of remembrance. The resolution asks folks to ring bells, blow whistles and sound sirens for one full minute at noon on Sunday. "Pride of Service" Tribute to Emergency Responders Oak Park and state officials are scheduled to be on-hand at the Belmont Village senior living center, 1035 Madison St., for a tribute to local and national public safety officials. The event at 1 p.m. Sunday is followed by a family-friendly barbecue, with music and games. River Forest Remembrance The public is invited to a vigil outside River Forest Village Hall, 400 Park Avenue, where police and fire crews, …
For the 10th year, the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place in River Forest becomes the center of goodwill.
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Friday, September 9, 2011
Luke Olson was just 7 years old when America came under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. "The most I really knew was that two planes crashed into the World Trade Center," said Olson, now 17. "I didn't understand the personal toll." But many on Olson's block — the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place — understood terrorism's impact on the country and to its people. Together with the kids on the block, they created the 9/11 Charity LemonAid Stand, a neighborhood event that sends it proceeds to a nominated local nonprofit. What started as a grassroots neighborhood effort — the stand collected $400 in its 2002 debut — has swelled into a major local event. (In fact, the kids aren't even making the lemonade anymore — it will be supplied by nearby Whole …
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Local Muslims discuss experiences since the September 11 attacks.
This story is part of a Patch series examining the Muslim experience 10 years after the Sept. 11 attacks. Read other stories in the series here. Ten years after 9/11, Mohammed Saiduzzaman is still getting used to the looks some non-Muslims give him -- the raised eyebrows, the suspicious stares. "[It's] like we have done something wrong," he explained. Saiduzzaman and Mir Shamsuddin, two prominent local Muslims, sat down recently at a roundtable with Patch to discuss their experiences since the September 11 attacks. Read more: Acclaimed Muslim Playright Returns to Hometown for Debut Skokie resident Mir Shamsuddin, a retired professor of medicine at Northwestern University, was accompanied by Saiduzzaman, president of the Dar-us-Sunnah …
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
700 block of Bonnie Brae Place to get honorary designation.
The 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place soon will also be known as Honorary LemonAid Place. At a recent River Forest Village Board meeting, trustees unanimously approved the designation of the intersection of Bonnie Brae Place at Chicago Avenue as Honorary LemonAid Place to show their appreciation for the work that has been done to aid children. The charity lemonade stand was set up in 2002 in memory of the attacks on Sept. 11. Related: The Sweetness of Charity What started as a feel-good fundraiser — the stand collected $400 in its 2002 debut — has turned into a small-scale powerhouse. In 2009, Lemon-Aid raised $8,500 for the Children's Clinic in Oak Park, which provides affordable health care to disadvantaged children. In 2010, the stand …
Sunday, September 12, 2010
Food, family, fun come together at the 9/11 Charity Lemon-Aid Stand.
Stretched across the manicured lawns of a quiet River Forest street, a group of children erected vendor stands that were soon packed with home-made cookies, cupcakes, brownies and of course, lemonade. The children, all neighbors in the 700 block of Bonnie Brae Place, once again organized their "lemon-aid" fundraiser, which benefits a new local nonprofit program every year. This year, the youth group—chaired by Matthew Henek, 14, and Madeline Strand, 13—voted to select Opportunity Knocks as the recipient. "It's a great thing to do that makes other people's lives better," Madeline said. Lemon-Aid debuted in 2002, one year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Organizers said it was the community's way of marking the solemn national …