Have you ever wondered about what it's like to be a Forest Park police officer, or wanted to ride in a squad car without the inconvenience of being under arrest? The Forest Park Citizens Police Academy starts up again next week and reservations are still available.
A man in a "fancy red car" asking for the phone number of a mother walking to Betsy Ross School March 4 did not commit a crime, said Forest Park Deputy Chief Thomas Aftanas. In an email sent to parents from Betsy Ross Secretary Patty Marino, the incident was characterized as an "attempted abduction."
Elaine Luther's new art exhibit began with doll house bathtubs, the kind with tiny little claw feet. The Forest Park artist and jeweler began to collect them and cover them in silver plate after she saw a photo of a front-yard religious grotto in a folk art book.
When I walked into a history museum in a small Illinois town, I was startled to see a mannequin dressed in the peaked hood finery of an Imperial Wizard. The curator told me that the historical society's mission was to preserve and present the history of the town good or bad.
The Historical Society of Forest Park is planning for the 100th anniversary of Chicago's Eastland Ship Disaster in 2015. Members of the historical society met with Eastland historian and expert Ted Wachholz of Arlington Heights last week.
A woman who told police she was homeless and afraid of losing her van injured a Forest Park police officer by running over his foot after he told her he needed to clamp a Denver boot on the vehicle around 12:45 p.m., Feb. 25.
Balloons were everywhere, along with a live ragtime piano, dollar-kiddie scoops and genuine home-made root beers, not to mention pie à la mode. Forest Park's Brown Cow ice cream parlor and soda fountain celebrated its 10th birthday March 1 and 2.
Proviso Math and Science Academy senior Karen Basurto will get a chance to present her experiences helping out the Maywood Public Library at an education conference at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign this week.