Hooray for and congratulations to Johnny Tricoci who bowled a perfect 300 game at Broadview Bowl last week!

Congratulations to Marge Sydlo, Evelyn Krueger and Zeno Jacquat who bravely competed in a Literacy Volunteer Spell-A-Thon at Holley Court Terrace. The words were really difficult, but our spellers held their own for a long time.

Special get well wishes to Chuck Brod, who will be undergoing knee surgery as soon as they can find a substitute for him at Saint John’s. He really needs the surgery or serious complications could develop.

Eleanor Locati, new corresponding secretary of the Friends of the Forest Park Library and faithful parishioner of Saint Bernardine’s, wasn’t able to attend Saint B’s Dinner and fashion show last week because she was at the volunteer dinner for the Oak Park Hospital. Eleanor regularly gives communion to patients at the hospital.

Welcome home to Rita Marcantonio who is now recuperating with her brand new knee! Speedy get well, Rita.

Thoughts and prayers are with Diane Becker who has been under the weather lately. Hurry up and get well, Diane. Your many friends and neighbors want you around to schmooze with.

Lorraine Sansone, former secretary at Betsy Ross, celebrated a big birthday April 19. Happy birthday, Lorraine.

Bill Gilchrist helped me rescue an injured bird last week. I took the bird to Trailside to have its injury treated and was told they no longer minister to sparrows, squirrels, raccoons, rabbits and lots of other wildlife. Let Mother Nature take care of ’em. They’ll put the animals down, but will not care for them. So I brought the little guy back home, put him in a cat carrier with the door open and about an hour later he was gone, I think (hope) his parents found him.

Congratulations to Walther sophomores Amanda Gehrke, a graduate of Forest Park Middle School; Katherine Hemmann, Saint John’s, and Michael Hemmann, also Saint John’s, who were inducted into the National Honor Society on March 17, 2005.

The Hillside Centennial Year will begin May 7 with a concert by the Manner und Damen Chor, a Polish Folkloric Dance Ensemble. There will be Irish/Celtic music, Spanish guitar and flamenco dancing. Also there, African and Caribbean percussion ensembles, the Naperville Men’s Glee Club and Hillside schoolchildren representing the “voices of the future”. That’s at the Hillside Commons, Hillside & Washington 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.

Lillian Sylvester is looking for a few retired senior ladies who like to sing and can read music. Call 366-6339 for more details.

A lovely, gentle “Lola” (Tagalog for Grandmother) is willing to care for a young child in your home or hers. Highly recommended, speaks English and Tagalog, Call 366-4685, leave your name and number.

Remember the Library Book Sale May 13,14,15 and 16. Friday noon until 5 p.m; Saturday 10 a.m. until 5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. and the Monday

cleanup sale 10 a.m. until noon.

April 28 happy birthday to Matt Radkiewicz, Tom Cody, Pat Doss; on April 29 to Angie Ventrella and happy anniversary to Brandi and Rob Mintz; April 30 happy birthday to Tom Hawkins. May 1 already and Larry and Pete Geraci get a birthday wish; on May 2 Karen Hawkins, Kate Schultz, Alexandra Zaverdas and Madison Grace Kaup get one; May 3 happy birthday to Phil Blum; on May 4 to Amy Bax and 5-year-old Mary Jane (Janie) Grimes.

Saint Joseph “A” Honor Roll includes the names of Steven Knysch, Matthew Reich, Malcolm Smith II and James Whalen; On the “B” Honor Roll are Charles Atherton, Zachery Consalvi, Michael Dowdle, Brian Lauris, Kori Miller, Alexander Puente, Charles Verceles, Andrew Wagner and Travis Wilson.

More Honor Rollees next week.

And a Happy Passover and Callo Pasqua to all.

Jackie is a former Chicago and Elmwood Park schoolteacher with an undying love for music, friendly pets and a host of life's other treasures too numerous to list. She was born on the far southwest side...