Friday Field Notes

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

A few Friday observations from around the villages:
Sure the US Postal Service is broke. But did they eliminate all funding for basic landscaping around the post offices? Drove past the South Branch on Garfield near Harlem last weekend. Looks awful. They need to requisition a Weed Whacker from Washington.
Monkey Island, a little spit of village owned land at Lombard and Randolph, has always been a charming destination for little neighborhood kids, dog walkers, middle school smoochers. But the last couple of years have not been kind to its population of trees. Last week four more came down leaving a big bare spot. This parkway is left over somehow from an old streetcar line that ran through town a century ago.
I tend not to get riled up over dumbly timed public works projects on the theory that I have a hard time scheduling a plumber to come to my house. But the note today from the high school that the village has scheduled curb and resurfacing work next week for the stretch of Erie Street that runs on the north side of OPRF is pretty frustrating. Ever tried to drop a kid off at OPRF? Erie is an essential part of the morning tangle. The school was basically closed for 10 weeks over the summer. It will be closed again next summer. Just saying.

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OP Resident # 545 from Oak Park  

Posted: September 9th, 2013 8:32 PM

Your comment about OPRF brings up a constant sore spot for me, a life long resident & parent of an OPRF student. For the life of me, I can't understand the volume of students either driving, or being driven to, OPRF every day. My hunch is most cars that pull up near the school have 1 student being dropped off, & that most live within walking distance meaning almost anywhere in the village. If we want to talk "green", then walk green. Get your kid out of the car, & onto a bike or his/her feet.

Karen Barg Baldwin from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: September 7th, 2013 1:50 AM

Completely agree about post office.

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