Exciting times at the Schwebl household what with graduation, concerts, soccer games, etc. Carie Schwebl and her soccer teammates were honored at Soldier Field last Saturday, May 14, when the Chicago Fire played New Jersey Metro Stars. Carrie herself sang before 10,000 spectators as she opened the evening by singing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

The girls have been coached by Courtney Breen for the past four years.

Congratulations to Carrie and the Trinity soccer team. Sadly, it’s kind of a swan song since Carrie and several of her Trinity friends will be going off to DePaul in the fall.

The Pentecostal Church, Adams & Hannah, will treat the neighborhood kids to an afternoon of magic, balloons, hot dogs, chips, drinks, games and fun, fun, fun!

The date is May 21 and there’s no charge. Bring the kids for an afternoon (1 p.m. until 5 p.m.) of fun and fellowship.

Saint Peter’s will host the Hinsdale Adventist Choir on May 22, a well known and much loved organization that performs concerts at churches all over the Chicago area. For no charge! So if you’d like to hear this famous choir, come to Saint Peter’s at the 10:45 a.m. service on May 22.

Welcome to our new intern, Paul Zukauskas senior at Creighton in Omaha, Neb. Paul lives in the area and graduated from Ignatius a few years ago. Here’s what our good-looking intern looks like!

Congratulations to new inductees (and old members) in the National Junior Honor Society from Field Middle School: eight graders are Maggie Barbahen, Cassandra Buchanan, Adrienne Decker, Paul Fitzgerald, Samantha Grams, Anne Hanrahan, Elizabeth Johnsen, Samantha Jones, Miana Melendez, Brian Mullen, Naureen Rizvi, Zanfina Rrahmani, John “Jack” Turek and David Wawzenek.

Seventh graders inducted or current members are Michael Branda, Natalie Burdett, Jessica Dylewski, Tyler Ceninger, Bethany Marinier and Samantha Zaverdas. Inductees from sixth grade are Patrick Dorneker, Angel D’Souza and Connor Hudson. Keep up the good work kids.

Remember Ocean’s Twelve at the community center on Thursday, June 9 at 1 p.m. No reservations are necessary, free popcorn will be served!

The Cubs game on September 28″$25 for residents,$28 non-residents”is still open. Call 771-7737.

Last Wednesday’s Mystery Trip was outstanding”according to all reports. The bus took the gang to Janesville, Wisc. where they rode around the GM truck plant in a tram.

After the GM trip they went through a BUS CARWASH. They had to because the pheasant farm they visited requires visitors to get their vehicles washed before entering the pheasant farm. Millions of pheasants … The June 1 trip has been changed to a local destination to the Lake Theatre, with a snack, followed by a garden dinner at Horan’s. Cost of the trip, $21.

John Rice thinks the idea of “privacy” fences” is taken from River Forest.

I don’t know where they came from all of a sudden, but I don’t like the unfriendliness of them. They seem to say, “keep out,” “stay away,” “we don’t want to know you.” And I think they are changing the neighborliness of old Forest Park.

In don’t know when the last time a kid was stolen from a yard in town, but I suspect it was never. About 95 percent of kids who are murdered in this country have been victims of family members. So those fences only trap the poor kid in and put him or her at the mercy of someone in his or her own family.

Belated happy birthday to Carrie Schwebl, May 9. Happy birthday to Carl Schwebl on May 18; also to one year old Mikela Brown. On the May 19, to Moon Mullin, Jonas Wojtas and Nancy Kersten; May 20 is the happy birthday of Phyllis DeVilbiss, Janet Fink and Pam Bower;on May 21 birthday greetings to Shirley Stange and on May 23 to Mike Jargstorf and Tom Conrad; on May 24 to Mark Janopoulos, Matt Schuler and Bill Trezise; happy birthday May 25 to Gary Fink, Tricia Cassiani, Bob Ashcroft, Ben Reina, Ruth Stefl and Kyle Kutak.

Thanks for your time. See you later.

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...