Chop a bun!

The question on everyone’s mind is who bought Art Jones’ house? Ask and you shall receive. The Review has the answer. The Tarara Family, pictured above is the new owner; mother Holly, dad Sam and son J.T. Not shown is soon-to-be-baby Tarara who will arrive in November.

The Tararas come to us from the Wicker Park area in Chicago where Sam is a real estate agent and developer. Holly was a sales rep for Bristol Meyers but with baby number two on the way, she has taken early retirement. Mr. Tarara is a DePaul graduate, his wife studied at Iowa State. Sam rehabbed buildings in the Wicker Park/Lincoln Park area with the help of his able, dependable friend and “Man Friday,” Stefan (Petie) Liczek who comes from Romania and speaks several languages including Hungarian and Romanian. The Tararas love their neighbors on Marengo Avenue and are enjoying Forest Park.

I think Art had a plan when he sold to them. They are anxious to jump right in and get to know us and get involved. Welcome to Forest Park Sam, Holly and J.T.

Madeline Kochman, friend of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest and faithful supervisor of the feeding of the orchestra between rehearsals and performances, is out of a job this season. First United Church of Christ in Oak Park, where the orchestra performs, is undergoing massive remodeling and the orchestra members will have to feed themselves. However, concerts will go on as usual, there will always be room in the sanctuary for audience and orchestra. But Madeline is not one to be idle. She is active in Vital Bridges an organization that cares for HIV patients. Madeline is an active member of the Oak Park Temple where a group of knitters knit hats and scarves for PADS, chemo patients, and others.

Speaking of the symphony, the season will begin with the Mahler 4th symphony on Oct. 22. Elizabeth Norman, soprano will perform Handel’s “Let the Bright Seraphim” and The Bohme trumpet concerto will feature “Christ Martin.” Concerts begin at 4 p.m. at First United, 848 Lake St. Pre-concert conversations by Carl Grapentine begin at 3 p.m. For information call 708-218-2648 or go to

Movie at the community center on Oct. 12 at 1p.m. “Rumor Has It”; senior bingo on the 26th at 1 p.m. $2.50, lunch is $6. Reservations are required, 771-7737- Movie on Nov. 9 is “A Prairie Home Companion” at 1 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Cindy Lyons Health Fair is Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. Trip to Chicago History Museum on Nov. 8; to Alta Villa on the 15th; to Portage Theatre for an organ concert and lunch at Trattoria Peppinos on Nov. 29; Call 771-7737 for more information.

Centuries and Sleuths for Erik Larsen’s “Thunderstruck” on Wednesday, Oct. 25 at 4 o’clock in the afternoon. Notice that’s 4 p.m., not the usual 7 p.m. This will probably be a door buster so make your reservation early at 771-7243.

On Nov. 11 happy birthday to Bob Sullivan, Mark Hosty and Eve Dudzik happy anniversary to Fred and Roberta Marunda (I know this is a repeat, but Wednesdays often get repeated); on the 12th Charlotte and Frank Chiero celebrate 10 years together; birthday greetings to Bob Scheiwe and Bernice Abbott; on the 13th Bill Plumtree, Laura Hein, Barbara Sedlak; Nov. 14 Nick Radkiewicz, John Rice, Anna Snyder, Georgia Becker, Jack Vainisi, Patrick Sullivan and Kim Dorney; on the 15th Jim Murray, Laurie Kokenes; on Nov. 16 Jillian Dorney, Rich Boyer, Pat Mullen, Hannah Fink and anniversary greetings to Nancy and Phil Blum; Nov. 17 Susan Blazek, Carl Bachnaer, Bridget Cote, Bev Thompson, Catherine Treiber.

Falemmindrit and mirupafshim. (Thanks and 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...