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Commissioner joins schools

Village council member Michael Curry has expanded his role in the community, requesting that the District 91 school board appoint him to its citizen’s advisory board. During an April 9 meeting of the school board, Curry received unanimous approval from the group.

“I’m thrilled that Michael Curry is interested in being on the citizen’s advisory council,” Superintendent Lou Cavallo said. “I think he’ll be a great member.”

Of late, the advisory board has been focused on the transition from neighborhood elementary schools to grade-level centers. The new classroom model will be implemented in the fall.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to help and assist our schools achieve their goals, and most importantly to help our kids,” Curry said.

Teachers to be lauded by peers; board will give ‘crystal apple’

For more than a decade, students in Forest Park’s K-8 public schools have been recognized for taking on leadership roles through annual citizenship awards. Beginning this year, teachers in the district will be called out for their achievements, Superintendent Lou Cavallo announced at a recent board meeting.

One teacher from each of District 91’s five schools will recognized as a teacher of the year, according to Cavallo. The criteria for judging are still being established, but nominations and voting will be left to educators in each building. Then, school board members will select one teacher from among the winners to be the district’s teacher of the year, said Cavallo. The overall winner will receive the newly established “crystal apple award.”

Pizza parlor to open at Madison, Desplaines

A new pizza and Italian-style restaurant is expected to open at the corner of Madison and Desplaines following a unanimous April 9 vote by the village council.

The now vacant property at 7600 Madison has housed several restaurants in past years, most recently Rocco’s, which closed its doors in 2007. Gil Paringella, a River Forest resident, received the council’s approval to renovate the building into a pizza parlor offering delivery and pick-up services. The restaurant will have a full bar and dine-in seating, as well, according to Paringella’s application. Tentatively, the business is expected to be open from 4 p.m. to midnight during the week and until 2 a.m. on weekends.