Everyone knew Sharon Calderone long before her son became our mayor. Sharon was involved with Saint Bernardine’s, scouts, her husband’s Shortstop Lounge, and, of course, her family. Her loss will be felt not only by her family, but also by her neighbors and many friends.

Another loss to Forest Park last week was “Blondie” Neher. Blondie and Del were a happy, famous couple in Forest Park years ago. She and her great friend,Jane Holmberg, were often seen together at meetings,social events,etc. In my mind I see the two of them together. Sympathy to her son Mickey and her many friends and relatives.

Our new editor has been with us for a few weeks now and it’s about time I get around to welcoming him. He’ll never know how truly welcome he is. Seth Stern is a bright, handsome young man and a recent graduate of Emory University in Atlanta. He’ll find lots of things to fill this paper, but it’s a gruelling job. Good luck, Seth, and welcome to the Forest Park Review.

Welcome home to Ruth Loyd. Ruth has been visiting her family in Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island and New Jersey. Her grandson, Sean Bryan has had another book published. Remember A Boy and His Bunny? If you read it (and it’s worth reading for any age) there was a clue on the last page as to what the next book would be about.Details to follow.

The three lovely young women in the picture are enjoying a class in cake decorating at Flavour. Colleen Sahlas, Chef Haley, and Lindsay Schumaier are in the midst of making a butter cake with Swiss butter cream frosting! If that sounds good, wait til you hear what’s in it. For the cake, 1/4 pound of butter, for the frosting, a WHOLE POUND OF BUTTER!! Colleen and Lindsay decorated their cakes better than anyone in the class. Maybe we’ll get a picture of their cakes some day.

When the 600 block on Beloit had a block party recently,Cliff Lieber treated his neighbors to fresh caught Lake Erie pike which he caught, cleaned and cooked himself.

Congratulations to newly minted M.A. teachers Andrea Ellison and Kelly Burrell. Next week we’ll give you the names of the other Forest Park teachers who completed the master’s program through Olivet Nazarene University.

Pretty, petite Puneet Khan has graduated from Loyola, is working in the import export business with her father and awaiting word as to whether she’ll begin med school at Loyola. Good luck,Paneet!

Now when you meet friends for lunch or dinner in Forest Park,you can take them to lots of interesting stops along Madison Street, just as we could many years ago. The charming women, Jennnifer and Dina at “Painted Board” will welcome you with big smiles (did you see their big color feature in the Chicago Tribune July 24)? “Two Fish” is another must as is “Flavour” right next door. Jeanine Guncheonhas many exotic items on display and you’ll certainly never starve to death on Madison Street. If you are in a frame of mind to catch up on the latest biography or mystery story, there’s always Centuries & Sleuths,also seen in the Tribune. Have you heard the latest adjective to describe Forest Park? We’re “trendy.” Oak Park may be sexy (what isn’t these days?) but we are TRENDY!

Let’s see how many birthdays I can screw up this week: August 3 is Dyonne Scheiwe and Cali Carlson’s birthday: on the 4th it’s Ashley Ernst, Sandy Boy, Brianna Balsavich and happy anniversary to Janet and Gary Fink; on August 6 Barbara Sullivan and Dan Giers get a happy birthday; August 7 James Childs. On the 8th, happy anniversary to Tim and Peggy Grams; On August 9, happy birthday to T.J.Janopoulos, Diane Becker and Danny Seveda; on the 10th Connie Robey has a birthday; August 11th happy birthday to Rebecca Greskoviak, Allison Pacyga and ten year old Jake Brown.

When Cathi Taylor left the library after many years of conducting arts and craft lessons, she didn’t want a good-bye party. Cathi asked that the Friends make a donation to the children’s library instead. Shown in the photo are Friends Evelyn Krueger, Shirley Christell and Betty Gilchrist presenting the gift to Nancy Kerr (Children’s Librarian, now at the River Forest Library) and Cathi Taylor now on her way up to the North Woods and retirement.

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...