Fumo gets kudos ... not to mention his own street

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River Forest resident Don Fumo has been honored with a street sign at the intersection of California and Wabansia on Chicago's West Side. "Don Fumo Avenue" celebrates Fumo's career as principal of Bernhard Moos Elementary School, 1711 California Ave. He retired June 30 after a 38-year career with the Chicago Public Schools, 36 of those at Moos. He began as a sixth-grade classroom teacher, later working as a math coordinator, disciplinarian and assistant principal before becoming principal in 1994.

The sign was unveiled June 4, with Ald. Manuel "Manny" Flores (First Ward) on hand to mark the event. Flores credited Fumo with fighting for years to get Moos a much-needed addition that was completed in 2003 and resulted in Fumo being honored by the Armitage Avenue Corridor Chamber of Commerce. Flores also sponsored a Chicago City Council resolution congratulating Fumo on his retirement.

Leary leads
family physicians

Dr. Fredric D. Leary of Oak Park has been elected president of the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. A family physician and associate program director for the Resurrection-St. Mary of Nazareth Hospital Family Medicine Residency, Leary graduated from University College, Galway, Ireland in 1989 and completed his residency training at Abingdon Memorial Hospital in Abingdon, Pa. In 2001, he earned an MBA degree with a concentration in health administration from Dominican University in River Forest. Leary, who lives here with his wife Mary Pat and their three children, joined the IAFP board in 2000 and has served on committees and as treasurer.

Circle snags 4 Jeffs

Circle Theatre in Forest Park won four Jeff Citations at the 32nd annual Joseph Jefferson Citations Wing Awards on June 13. The non-equity wing celebrates outstanding achievement in non-union Chicago theater. The Jeff Citations went to: Jon Steinhagen, actor in a principal role?#34;musical and Joel Sutliffe, actor in a supporting role?#34;musical in The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and Sarah Swanson, actress in a principal role?#34;musical and Darrelyn Marx, actress in a supporting role?#34;musical for Jane Eyre.

Circle Theatre is the only Jeff-eligible non-equity company located outside Chicago's city limits. The June 13 ceremony opened with a performance of "Off to the Races" by the cast of Circle's Drood.

McClure's new me ... not

Wendy McClure, who grew up in Oak Park and is the daughter of former village president Jim McClure, presented a reading from her new book, I'm Not the New Me, at Barbara's Bookstore on June 16. A 1989 graduate of Oak Park and River Forest High School, Wendy edited the high school literary magazine and won the school's Hemingway Award for creative writing. She reviewed OPRF's appearance in the TV show High School Reunion for the Television Without Pity website.

Fenwick takes state again

Fenwick High School teams placed first in three state science competitions last spring. The Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering Team won its sixth consecutive state championship in the Academic Challenge Competition on April 12. Three members also won individual state championships, including Oak Parker William Dietz in the computer category. Nicholas McFadden of Oak Park placed second in math.

The Fenwick varsity Junior Engineering and Technical Society Team ranked first in the state among large selective schools for the third consecutive year, and the junior varsity JETS team also placed first in state. The coach for all the Fenwick teams is Ramzi Farran.

Pooling their resources

The West Cook YMCA in Oak Park has hired Eric W. Meyer as its competitive swimming director, head coach for the YMCA Youth Swim Team (TOPS) and administrator for the self-coached Masters Swim Team (TOPM). Meyer has over nine years of coaching experience and comes here from Indiana where he was head coach for the Lafayette Area Aquatics USA-Swimming Club and McCutcheon High School's men's and women's teams, as well as the assistant coach at Purdue University. He has been pursuing his master's at Ball State University in physical education with a coaching specialty, and holds a B.S. in industrial management/information systems from Purdue.

West Cook YMCA has also hired Robert Kemp as aquatic director and age-group assistant coach for TOPS. He has been a YMCA aquatic director in Berwyn, Waukegan and Palatine, and has been head coach for two YMCA swim teams. Kemp is working on a degree in business management at Illinois Benedictine University.

Menagerie a trois

The Animal Care League in Oak Park has announced two personnel changes: Director Amy Soumar is leaving to head the Hinsdale Humane Society. The new director is Tom Van Winkle, who comes to the league from Peoria. Martin Contreras, who has been second in command at the league, is also leaving to head animal control in Cicero.

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Nelson Colon from chicago  

Posted: June 19th, 2015 11:36 PM

Man i feel bad now and days as a kid i gave this man a hell back in the early 90s Mr. Fumo if you ever see this I'am truly sorry for all the crap and frustratio i gave you and you where a good person and principle. You might not remember me but you might remember my mother Diane Rehor. Congratulations on the street name... Nelson Colon Jr.

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