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Did you read this paper last week? What is going on around here? Disappearing money, reappearing money, e-mails being rerouted, charges of corruption, graft, and on and on. Maybe it was the heat wave, the construction noise, those big real estate tax bills. All this could make a person grouchy.

But after the noisy trucks, the piles of gravel, the closed-off streets, alleys, and sidewalks comes the moment of truth … brought to you through the efforts of Joe (Giuseppe) Nardulli. Our alleys couldn’t be more beautiful if they had been carved out of marble by Michelangelo himself. Mr. Nardulli, a native of Bari, Italy came to the U.S.A. in the ’60s and worked hard at his trade. Then seven years ago he took a chance and started his own business. Not one to sit back in an air-conditioned office while his men do the back-breaking work, Joe Nardulli is on the job every day. So congratulations to Joe and thank you to all his hard workers such as Jose and Homero, who are finishing the concrete outside the fence of Mayor Calderone.

Congratulations and great good luck to Megan Nutley who recently started her own greeting card business-Silhouette Blue. These unique handmade cards are available individually for a mere $2.The designs are for a number of occasions and boxed sets of 10 thank you cards are also available. You can see these cards on Megan’s website, Payment can be made by check at Paypal. Megan has recently started custom handmade wedding invitations as well. By the end of this year, she hopes to have pre-designed invitations which can be individualized by paper color, font and layout. Right now everything is “from scratch.” She’ll probably have Christmas cards available this year as well.

Get-well wishes to Jon Scheiwe, one of our fine Forest Park teachers. Hurry and get well, Jon, the school bell will be ringing soon. Another recoveree is Diane Sisson over at West Suburban Hospital. Sandy Erickson and Bea Brennan are also on the recovering list. So best wishes to both of them from all of Forest Park.

Remember Mike Solberg of Forest Eye Care? Well, Mike and Mary Solberg‘s grandson, Jackson Solberg son of Jeffrey and Jessica Solberg was baptized at St. Bernardine’s last Sunday. Great-grandparents of the baby are Joan and Wally Solberg. Congratulations to the family.

Happy August 16th birthday to Colleen Murray and Rocco Cirrintano; on the 17th, to Angela Tricoci, Kevin Nutley, Donna Prochazka and Thomas Curry; on Aug. 18, say happy birthday to Betty Breseman, Christine Cassiani, Dorothy Grams, Barb Lambke, and Eileen Pfaff (and a one-month belated 80th birthday to Marilyn Trainor); on the 19th, to Lisa Cozzi, Terry Hemstreet, Lindsay Pritchard and Anthony Bowen; on Aug. 20, birthday greetings go to Donald Childs, Madison Crowe, Amanda McAdam, Kaitlin Smith, Ida Hanson and Alice Nolan; on Aug. 21 to Bill Lichtenberg and Lucinda Mister; and Jacob Marchetti will be five years old on Aug. 23.

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...