Saturday, March 9, 2013
With the help of the Oak Forest Crime Prevention Committee, Patch shares the city's calls for service for the month of February, broken down by ward.
Each week, Patch features items from reports on file at the Oak Forest Police Department. Although not all accounts are reported in the Patch police blotter, the Oak Forest Crime Prevention Committee compiles the number of calls of service monthly, by type and location. This week, Patch gives you the rundown of what was called in and where during the month of February. See how your ward measures up. Patch will feature one ward per day over the next week. See how Ward 3 compares to Ward 1, Ward 2 and others throughout the week Unsure of which ward you live in? Visit Patch's Oak Forest 101—a quick summary of the most important facts about Oak Forest. *Note, these statistics are gathered from the Oak Forest Police Department's Daily Call for …
Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Patch hit the hill at El Morro park to take some photos of residents enjoying the snow on Tuesday, March 5. Show us how you spend your snow day!
The ground covered in a thick blanket of fresh, white powder, and nearly every school in Oak Forest closed for the day, youngsters—and the young at heart—hit the local sledding hills to have a little fun March 5. Patch went to El Morro Park, where approximately 45 residents and their children, were slipping and sliding down the big hill. Children of all ages were on the hill, riding tubes, snowboards, sleds and sometimes going down without any aid at all. Share your own photos of you and your family enjoying the snow day. It's as simple as clicking the "Upload Photos and Videos" button near the photos and adding them to our gallery.
Monday, March 4, 2013
Up to eight inches may fall in some areas Monday night and Tuesday throughout the day.
Light snow Monday may develop into heavier snowfall throughout the night and all day Tuesday, according to a warning from the National Weather Service. Accumulation rates of up to 1.5 inches an hour may lead to an estimated 4 to 8 inches of snow. Check out this post on how to prevent a heart attack while you're shoveling snow tomorrow. You can track the storm as it approaches the Chicago area using our live weather map. Just type in your zipcode or town to get a view of your neighborhood. Have to drive? Check out list of 10 things to keep in your car during the winter.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Oak Forest Senior Commission will host its monthly luncheon Thursday, Feb. 28, at the Oak Forest Community Center. The guest speaker will be Dr. Kevin Dolehide.
The Oak Forest Senior Commission will host its monthly Seniors' Luncheon at the Oak Forest Community Center on Thursday, Feb. 28. The commission will host seniors for an afternoon full of food, fun and information, as Dr. Kevin Dolehide will also give a presentation during the lunch. The luncheon kicks off at 11 a.m. at the community center, at the corner of 155th Street and Kilpatrick Avenue, with tickets $4 at the door. Tickets cover the cost of the entire event, including BINGO. For more information, call 708-687-4050.
An entire shopping center located at 15120 S. Cicero Avenue is up for sale or lease. Patch wants to know: What Should Go Here?
Busy Cicero Avenue is home to many businesses in the Oak Forest community, but it is also home to several vacant spots, as well. One such is the commercial shopping strip center at 15120 Cicero Avenue. The location currently has signage for a tattoo shop and tax center, but also has open office space available as well. The office space could be a perfect location for a lawyer's office, an accounting location or some other type of customer service business. The entire center is up for lease or purchase, or single units can be leased as well. A listing for the center touts more than 1,200 square feet of retail space for lease or sale, along with a 10-percent CAP rate for the property. Patch wants to know, what should go here? Leave your …
Friday, February 22, 2013
The 4th Annual Oak Forest Fleadh kicks off Saturday, March 9, at 8:30 a.m., with the green going strong all day long. Check out our lineup of the day's events, and which restaurants will take part in the event's open house.
Get out your finest green duds and start brushing up on your Irish accent, the 4th annual Fleadh is coming. On Saturday, March 9, the Oak Forest Fleadh kicks off bright and early, with fun flowing throughout the day, into the nighttime hours. Get going in green at 8:30 a.m. with the Oak Forest Fleadh 5K, with the course taking runners through the city's 3rd District before reaching the finish line near 159th Street and Cicero Avenue. Following the 5K, Active Transportation Alliance's Open Bike Ride wheels down Cicero Avenue, from 157th Street to 151st Street. Then the Fleadh Family Parade steps off at 11 a.m. from the corner of 157th Street and Cicero Avenue. Space is still available to march in the parade; sign up on the city of Oak …
Saturday, February 16, 2013
Check out what's dropping out of Redbox kiosks in Oak Forest most this week.
Thinking of staying in tonight? Maybe renting a movie? Oak Forest Patch is showing off the top Redbox DVD rentals in town this week! These popular flicks might be hard to find, so be sure to check out our list of local kiosks to help in your hunt. Here are the films that topped the list in the week of Feb. 9-16. PLEASE VISIT our Patch Places directory for RedBox locations:
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The Ash tree population in Oak Forest is down to a mere 100 trees—and Oak Forest Public Works expects to have those removed by spring. But what next?
Where have all the ash trees gone? They've nearly all been removed from Oak Forest city limits, in an effort to offset the effects of the Emerald Ash Borer. The Oak Forest Public Works Department is down to 100 trees due for removal, and they hope to finish by April 1, City Administration Troy Ishler said during a Feb. 12 city council meeting. The remaining trees are mostly in the Bramblewood and Westview subdivisions. City officials hope to replace ash trees that have been removed within a year. However, the replacement will depend on available funding. The city is currently pursuing grant opportunities to fund the replacement. A recent donation of $25,000 could help the city with its replanting wishlist. In early 2012, the Oak Forest …
Saturday, February 9, 2013
Check out what's dropping out of Redbox kiosks in Oak Forest most this week.
Thinking of staying in tonight? Maybe renting a movie? Oak Forest Patch is showing off the top Redbox DVD rentals in town this week! These popular flicks might be hard to find, so be sure to check out our list of local kiosks to help in your hunt. Here are the films that topped the list in the week of Feb. 2-9. PLEASE VISIT our Patch Places directory for RedBox locations:
Monday, February 4, 2013
Located in the Oak Creek Plaza, the storefront at 15524-B is a small spot a local business could nestle into. Patch wants to know: What Should Go Here?
The Oak Creek Plaza on Cicero Avenue is a smaller business area that features Just Threading and Priceless Grooming Lounge Barber Shop, but it also has space for another business to move on in. The open space, located at 15524-B Cicero Avenue, could be the home of a small shop. Perhaps a mom-and-pop sporting goods store, a takeout restaurant or a boutique of some sort. With high visibility along busy Cicero Avenue and plenty of parking, the location could be perfect for the right type of business. The location also features 900 square feet of floor space and can be rented or leased. Rent is listed at $1,200 per month, according to a listing from R.M. Post Realtors. Patch wants to know: What Should Go Here? For more information about the …