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That great game party at St. Bernardine honoring Mr. Nice Guy, Johnny Lattner, is not ended quite yet. We finally found the photo of Johnny and his daughter, Maggie Skiver, amid the crowd.
Get your Forest Parkopoly at the Christmas walk, $25 per. The Historical Society put it together and it's pretty interesting - should make a nice Christmas gift for old neighbors or friends who have moved.
Congratulations to Matt Pingel, singer, guitarist and all-round talented young man. You'll be able to hear Matt at FitzGerald's in Berwyn on Friday, Nov. 23 around 9 p.m. He's a student at the University of Indiana at Bloomington now. Matt writes all his music and is an accomplished acoustic guitar performer and singer. If you get to FitzGerald's, Roosevelt Road and Clarence, you'll be able to buy a copy of his newly released CD - or maybe you'll catch him in person at one of the many restaurants in the Western Springs area where he entertains.
Matt's grandmother, Sandy Byrnes, is a unique talent in her own right. She is "Nanny Aunt Sally" to many youngsters here and at St. Luke. For the annual Indians and Chiefs event there, Sandy made vests for the Indians and the Chiefs, as well as fancy scarves for the kids at St. Bernardine.
Sandy, along with several other Forest Parkers, is now an honorary police officer after completing Forest Park Citizens Police Academy, offered right here in town. Congratulations to all those recent grads, including Forest Park Review Editor Jean Lotus.
Speedy get-well wishes to Rich Schauer, who was pretty severely injured last week while he was working on some batteries. Something went very wrong when some rings he was wearing caught a spark from the batteries and the rings fused. Rich's skin reached a very high temperature and he had to pull the melting rings off before he lost that finger.
Join the Oak Park Concert Chorale for an evening of choral gems to herald the Christmas season. Two newly commissioned works by Paul Bourman and Carl Schalk will be featured, along with medieval, baroque and 20th-century Christmas music. The OPCC always opens the season with an early concert. For that we are all grateful. Time gets precious around this time of year. General admission is $18, seniors/students $10. The concert is at St. John, 305 Circle; time is 4 p.m. The Concert Chorale is directed by Paul Lindblad.
You are also invited to attend the Youth Group Vendor Fair at St. John Church, also on Sunday, Nov.18, from noon until 3 p.m. Money raised at this fundraiser will help defray expenses of the young people who will attend the National Youth Gathering in San Antonio, Texas in July of 2013. You'll recognize the names of the vendors - top notch! They include Pampered Chef, Avon, Usborne Books, Lindt chocolates, Mary Kay, and many more. Do some shopping before attending the concert.
Birthdays this week are Jennifer Mendenhall, Jacqueline Neubeiser, Eric Bothis, Michael Harnett, Rebecca Borzello, Dan Leisten, Mixchal Mazman, Carol Jargstorf, Dave Michaelso, Hilda Kearney, Jessica Dylewski, Chris Brower, Aaron Apilado, Nicholas Mear, Rich Bothie, Pat Carey, Letitia Olmsted, Lillian Sansone, Susanne Jasper. Happy anniversary to Phil and Pat Czuprynski and Chris and Dennis Rosselli.