Streets named for civic giants

Two longtime residents and civic leaders were honored by the village council recently for their service and dedication to Forest Park. Proclamations recognizing Howard “Bud” Boy and August “Gus” Scolaro were read during the June 23 meeting. The 400 block of Hannah Avenue will be named in Scolaro’s honor, as will a portion of Harrison Street for Boy.

For both men, the long list of public service includes work for the Park District, local civic groups and the U.S. military. Too, both Boy and Scolaro have lived at their respective addresses on Harrison Street and Hannah Avenue for decades.

Absent Murphy, officer promoted

A Forest Park police officer, Kenneth Gross, will be promoted to the rank of sergeant following approval from the village council at its June 23 meeting. Gross was recommended by Chief Jim Ryan to fill the vacancy in the department’s roster created by the resignation of former sergeant Mike Murphy.

Council members also authorized police officials to hire an officer to fill Gross’ spot on the patrol roster.

Murphy was forced to quit the department as part of a plea agreement reached with federal prosecutors earlier this year. He is scheduled to be sentenced on misdemeanor charges July 9.

Road trip to Wrigley

The Howard Mohr Community Center is organizing a family-oriented trip to Wrigley Field to see the Peoria Chiefs take on the Kane County Cougars, Tuesday, July 29. The price-$26 for residents, $29 for non-residents – covers transportation and seating.

The game will feature family entertainment between innings and children under 14 will have the chance to run the bases of the Friendly Confines after the game. The trip is expected to depart at 5:15 p.m. on game day and return to Forest Park at 11 p.m.

For additional information contact the Community Center at (708) 771-7737.