CUinFP hosts green discussion

A local advocacy group will host a Sept. 27 discussion on environmental issues featuring a presentation from Karen Rozmus, the manager of waste reduction efforts in Oak Park’s department of public works. Rozmus is a long-time resident of Forest Park and recently earned the manager of the year award from the Suburban Branch of the American Public Works Association, Chicago Metro Chapter for her work.

The discussion, hosted by Citizens United in Forest Park, is expected to focus on promoting environmental awareness, recycling efforts and other green issues. The event begins at 7 p.m. at St. Peter’s Church, 500 Hannah Ave. In addition to Rozmus, three other speakers are scheduled to attend.

Police chief earns regional post

Police Chief Jim Ryan was voted into the president’s seat of the West Suburban Chiefs of Police Association at the group’s annual luncheon held earlier this month in McCook. Ryan replaces Lyons Police Chief Dan Babich, who will remain on the WSCOP board of directors.

The chiefs association allows suburban officers an opportunity to network with peers and serves as a conduit for informing membership of state and national issues. The west suburban group also works with other chiefs associations in the northern and southern suburbs on various issues that impact the region.

River Forest Police Chief Nick Weiss will hold the vice president’s seat, Broadview Chief Ray Pelletier was elected secretary and McCook Police Chief Frank Wolfe will serve as sergeant at arms.

Memorial softball tourney

A softball tournament that will raise money for a local scholarship fund will be held later this month in memory of a local woman who died this year while volunteering in Alaska.

The first annual KG Classic will get underway on Sept. 29 at the Park District on Harrison Street in honor of Kathy Garrigan. Garrigan, formerly of Oak Park, drowned while canoeing on Harding Lake in Alaska over Memorial Day weekend. The 24-year-old woman’s body was found 38 days after she and two others were reported missing.

Garrigan was in Alaska working with AmeriCorps. Prior to her death, Garrigan spent several recent summers working at Molly Malone’s on Madison Street in Forest Park.

The softball event will feature live music and food in addition to the competition. Half of each team’s $200 entry fee will be donated to the scholarship fund.

For additional information on the tournament or the scholarship, contact Sal Petramala at (773) 858-6010 or Mike Carmody at (708) 870-2376.