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Nicole Wagner and Drew Carter are now Mr. & Mrs. Andrew Carter as of April 23. But a near tragedy was averted shortly before the nuptials began. And I do mean shortly. About fifteen minutes before the ceremony Drew’s best man asked for the rings. Drew’s eyes got big, his eyebrows went up and he began patting all his pockets frantically. No rings!


He ran out of the church, jumped into the waiting limo and the driver sped back to the house. There, Drew burst out of the car, sprinted up the stairs, retrieved the rings, sprinted back into the car and made it to the church just about two minutes after the starting time.


Bev Thompson has more big plans afoot. On Thursday, May 12 at 1 p.m., the community center will be showing The Notebook, no reservations necessary. Popcorn will be served, transportation by appointment, no charge.


On Thursday, June 9, Ocean’s Twelve will be playing, starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Matt Damon and Catherine Zeta-Jones”free! Reservations not required! And again, popcorn! The whole thing starts at 1 p.m.


Incidentally, a former student of mine has a small walk-on in that movie, unless they cut him. He got paid, though.


The Community Center will be going to a Cubs game on Wednesday, September 28 (last game of the season at Wrigley Field). Cost is $25 for residents, $28 non-resident. Payment is due by Friday, June 17.


Congratulations to IHM Honor Roll students for the third quarter. First Honors went to Deborah Kozlowski, Jacqueline Potratz and Emma Trahey; Second Honors were earned by Samantha Kyles and Alexandra Zaverdas.


Fenwick Honor Students this quarter are: First Honors: Atina D’Souza, Joseph Elpayaa, Kristine Evanson, Akinjide Famoyegun, Anna Gillian, Sarah Goetz, Michael Johnsen, Jaclyn Karaszewski, Krystle Kutak, Mark Rara, Alexandra Silva, Momoko Takahashi, Ann White and Cara White.


Second Honors at Fenwick went to Eric Bradley, Michael DiGilio, Ian Hitre, Conrad Javier, Craig Lichtenberg, David McCoy, Kevin McNamara, Brittany Novak, Thomas O’Brien, Madeline Stroth and Patrick Wilkinson.


Apologies to Marge Zwadlo. Marge was one of the brave spellers who entered the Literacy Volunteers spelling contest. And I misspelled her name! Not only is Marge a prize winning speller, she’s a budding artist and will be in the Art Show at Triton on May 4. If you’d like to admire her work and the works of fellow students, there will be a reception in the evening, in Building “F.” Marge’s teacher is Dennis McNamara, an inspiration, according to Marge.


Katrina Jones was one of the centerpiece winners at Saint Bernardine’s recent dinner. Her mother is artist Linda Dylewski and according to her grandson, Frankie Dylewski if you stand still too long, grandma will paint you. The centerpiece will make a nice still life. It probably is already.


Saint Bernardine’s will hold its annual Family Fest on Sunday, May 22nd from noon until dusk. You are invited to join the parish at the 11:30 a.m. mass and continue on to the festivities. Admission is free, food available from some of our wonderful restaurants such as Jimmy’s Marbuzet, Salerno’s Pizza, cotton candy, and on and on. Call Deb Michalak at 261-2441 for more information.


Time for happy birthday wishes: On May 4 it’s Janie Grimes day; on May 5 Bill Dwyer, Sarah Ann Booth; May 6, Shirell Mollo; May 7 is the birthday of Michelle Collis, Erin Casey, Ashley Kanelos and Chantel Kamm; on May 8, a special happy birthday to Dorothy Tricoci; on May 9 to Becky Marcantonio. May 10 happy birthday to Kyle Earing and happy anniversary to June and Bob Isslehard; May 11 to Tracie Karlin, L.A.Goodman, John V.Grimes and Chris Fulco. Thanks for your time.

Jackie Schulz

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...