John Rice is a columnist/private detective, who has seen his business and family thrive in Forest Park. He thoroughly enjoys life in the village and still gets a thrill smelling Red Hots, watching softball and strolling through cemeteries.
'Woke" means we are conscious of racial discrimination and other forms of oppression. By that definition, many of us have been woke for a long time. How could we live in the Chicago area and not see the racial segregation and prejudice?
'It's not easy being green," sings Kermit the Frog. In the case of the Altenheim property, it's not easy staying green. The pandemic, however, is causing a shift in our attitude toward development and density in Forest Park.
Lieutenant Tom "T.J." Janopoulos has deep roots in Forest Park, which makes his retirement from the fire department bittersweet. He was born and raised in town and has lived here for most of his 54 years. He joined the department on October 15, 1990 and his last day on duty will be October 14, 2020.
Among the many casualties of our COVID summer was our No Gloves National softball tournament. Thanks to a scrappy team from Forest Park, though, we can still celebrate softball. YTD won the Class A National Softball Championship!