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.
Ever since the pandemic began, I've been feeling like a bump on a log — a bump who's in over his head. Even though I'm as fit as a fiddle, I don't know whether to fish or cut bait. I realize we're not out of the woods yet because I still can't see the forest for the trees. I'd be laughing until it hurts, if it weren't for my mask.
Thanks mostly to Mayor Rory Hoskins, Forest Park started celebrating Juneteenth long before other communities even knew about it. The first time I heard about the holiday was in 2008. I was sitting in the backyard of my neighbor and friend, Commissioner Rory Hoskins. A native of Galveston, Texas, where the holiday originated, Rory was acutely aware of its significance.
A commercial for a major brand of beer was filmed in Forest Park on June 11. The shoot focused on the 400 block of Thomas and the crew used several houses as backdrops. According to Daniel Marcus, location manager for the film production company STORY, it was one of the first commercials shot on location in Illinois since the start of the pandemic.
When she was interviewed in the lobby of 314 Lathrop Ave., Frances J. Lee looked positively regal. Her hair was styled and her dress was elegant. Lee looked like a queen but possesses a humble servant's heart. Family, friends and residents can honor Lee for her 90th birthday, on Sunday, June 28 at 4:45 p.m. with a car parade.