Happy Saturday! Here's your five-minute guide to what's making headlines today in Oak Park and River Forest.
First, today's weather: Mostly sunny and cold. High: 22 Low: 16.
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Here are the top 5 stories in Oak Park-River Forest today:
1. Fenwick High School switched to remote learning yesterday after eight inches of snow fell overnight in some suburbs. Schools in Cicero and Berwyn also announced late starts due to the weather. (NBC)
2. Oak Park’s snow emergency parking rules went into effect yesterday morning. Until further notice, parking is prohibited on designated snow routes and restricted on other streets. (VOP)
3. Developers of the long-awaited Lake and Lathrop project were granted an extension for their construction loan due to pandemic delays. Plans for a residential and retail building at the site have been in the works since 2018. (Wednesday Journal)
4. Oak Park and River Forest High School announced two new coaching hires for the upcoming athletic season. Alum JP Coughlin will lead the softball team and water polo assistant coach Bailey Wendt was promoted to head coach. (OPRFHS)
5. The St. Patrick’s Day parade will return to Forest Park on March 5, the chamber of commerce announced. Last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19. (Forest Park Review)
Today in Oak Park-River Forest:
“Parallel Mothers” opens at Lake Theatre. (1:50 p.m.)
Trailside Museum hosts a guided “Winter Tree Secrets” hike. (1:30 p.m.)
The Collaboration for Early Childhood hosts a vision-boarding workshop. (4 p.m.)
Cindi Cronin performs at Donny G’s. (8 p.m.)
From my notebook:
Local singers will join Oak Park’s Nineteenth Century Club next month for “The Three Baritones: A Valentine Gift for You.” (Paid source: Oak Leaves)
Oak Park is seeking resident feedback on its climate plan. (VOP)
Housing Forward’s temporary emergency shelter will close this morning, but libraries and hospitals are offering warming centers. (Housing Forward)
Forest Preserves of Cook County canceled today’s “All About Fire” event in Thatcher Woods. (FPDCC)
WGN visited River Forest Chocolates this week as part of its “Around Town” series. (VRF)
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— Georgi Presecky
About me: Georgi is a Chicago-based newsletter writer and partner content curator. She spent five years on the entertainment beat for FF2 Media covering film festivals across the U.S. Her feature articles have been recognized with awards from the Illinois Women's Press Association and National Federation of Press Women. As editor-in-chief of the Lewis University newspaper, she and her staff earned honors from the Associated Collegiate Press and American Scholastic Press Associations. She began working for Patch in 2019.