You can feel it in the air and see it in the greening grass and trees. These April days are getting longer and everything around us is springing back to life. With this issue of Urban Life Wash Park we’ve made a concentrated effort to celebrate the idea of rebirth.

The article ‘Growing Up Steele’ by Matt Salis, offers a glimpse at our neighborhood elementary school and the community that surrounds it. His piece shines a light on what it means to be a kid blossoming in this environment.

Lindsay Cutler’s piece ‘Just Ask the Bees’ takes a deeper look into a fascinating epidemic that has an impact on our lives in ways we can’t even imagine. Did you know that bees are responsible for 2 out of every 3 foods we eat? Of course, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t take a closer look at Earth Day. So our article, Earth Day . . . Every Day,

attempts to simplify the main ideas of an enormous topic. It considers some easy, everyday solutions and new ways of thinking that will contribute to a more positive outlook for the future of our community and planet.

With Mother Earth in mind, we can’t help but think of our good friend that we lost early in the year, Sarah Mogen. You may know her name, as she was the heart and soul of Washington Park Early Learning Center. She was born to work with children and taught them to see the beauty in the ordinary and in one another. But more than that, she was a lover of nature and made it part of her daily routine to honor our planet even if in the tiniest of ways, and in this issue we make an effort to honor her.  We hope you enjoy the April Urban Life Wash Park and Happy Spring!

Your neighbors – Sam & Shaleen DeStefano