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.
March Madness was on display at the Middle School on St. Patrick's Day when students faced off against Forest Park police officers on the basketball court. The game was the brainchild of seventh-graders Treasure Brown and Oxavionne Bryant.
David Penzell, director of operations at Waldheim Cemetery, reported that there have been no threats or acts of vandalism at the cemetery to date. He said the Forest Park Police Department is aware of anti-Semitic acts plaguing the Chicago area and have stepped up their patrols of the Jewish cemetery.
Phyllis Malahy Cormack didn't start out to be a pioneer but, in many ways, she became a female trailblazer. In the 1960s, she was a single-mom who worked two jobs. She later became a career woman, working in community relations for Metra. She was special in so many ways, not only raising five children by herself but becoming the "neighborhood mom" to many of their friends.
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM), at 4041 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago is presenting a timely exhibit titled, "Vonnegut's Odyssey," celebrating the life, writing and artwork of author Kurt Vonnegut Jr. It's the museum's first exhibit by a World War II vet in recent years.