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Local News Digest: Oak Forest to open new Metra station

Updated: January 16, 2014 6:33AM



Oak Forest will officially open its new Metra train station Friday with an afternoon ribbon-cutting ceremony, according to a press release from the city.

“I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for commuters,” Mayor Hank Kuspa said in the release. “They have been very patient throughout the construction of the train station. We look forward to bringing more amenities to this area for commuters, residents and visitors to enjoy as we continue to create a dynamic, transit-oriented development at 159th and Cicero Avenue.”

The new station has significant architectural details and elongated canopies with prominent columns, the release said. It includes a warming shelter, bike parking and lockers, rest room facilities, indoor/outdoor seated waiting areas, and a geothermal heating system — one of many environmentally friendly features, the release said.

Landscaping around the train station is to be completed in the spring.

“We hope commuters and residents can take pride in this new Oak Forest landmark,” community development director Adam Dotson said in the release. “While the train station is a symbol of our future, it also celebrates our past. For more than 100 years, the station has played a pivotal role in the growth of this community, and it will continue to do so by welcoming visitors and inviting them to explore our neighborhoods, businesses and recreational areas.”

The train station was funded by $2.3 million in federal and state grants, along with money from a special taxing district in the city.

Preschool registration open

Frankfort-based Summit Hill School District 161 is accepting applications for the 2014-15 school year for its tuition-based preschool program.

The program provides preschoolers with classroom instruction and activities that focus on total development, including concepts and skills related to language arts, math, science, physical growth, health and social/emotional development, according to a press release from the district.

Classes meet from either 8:30 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2:30 p.m. five days a week at Rogus School, 20027 S. 88th Ave., Frankfort. Students must be between 3 and 5 years old as of Sept. 1, 2014 and must be residents of District 161.

Applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis, and should be returned to the early learning program office at Rogus School (enter through Door 9).

For more information and registration forms, visit www.summithill.org.

ACA enrollment event

U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly, D-2nd, will host an Affordable Care Act informational and enrollment event to assist the public in signing up for health care and applying for available subsidies, according to a press release from Kelly’s office.

The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at DA’s Deli and Dining, 18348 S. Pulaski Road, Country Club Hills.

Participants should bring a birth certificate, green card, U.S. passport or citizenship certificate, Social Security card, paycheck stub, W-2 or federal income tax forms, and proof of residency, such as a driver’s license, state ID or utility bill.

For more information, call (708) 679-0078.

Staff reports



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