It was the last weekend of the summer so several blocks held their final block party of 2008. Carol Novak supervised the operation of the piñata and swarms of children rushed to collect the goodies. Scooping up the delights of the 500 Hannah Avenue piñata in the photo are, Ryan Scott, Megan Murphy, Laura Murphy, Reagan Hosty, Nick Novak, Jillian Johnson, Bella Nacke, Michael Tricoci, Kaitlin Dunlop and Delaney Johnson. Meanwhile, over on the 600 block of Beloit, neighbors and friends were enjoying the vegetables of Joe Gianelli‘s famous garden vegetables. May Bill‘s legendary bean casserole, and other delectables, too numerous to mention, were also savored.

Here are neighbors Mary Ann Fabbrini and her friend Jessica McKenzie. Jessica is holding her new puppy, Nemo. Leashed dogs are welcome at this block party. Leashed dogs are welcome just about anywhere. Unleashed dogs are usually very nice, too, but their owners should be locked up.

Before we go one word further let us say “Lo Shanah Tovah” to everyone. It is the year 5769. May it bring peace to us all.

Sympathy to Mark Hosty on the death of his mother, Margaret Hosty. Mrs. Hosty was described by her dear friend, Maureen Harnett, as a very elegant, well-organized woman. She will be missed by all who knew her.

The Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest will present its opening concert on Sunday, Oct. 19 at 4 p.m. at First United Church, 848 Lake St. Russian Romance will feature talented young pianist Mio Nakamura, who will play the Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. The orchestra will open with Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 6. Such a wonderful orchestra, such beautiful music, and so close with free parking! Friends are needed to help cleanup after the orchestra enjoys a little refreshment during their pre-concert rehearsal. Anyone interested? Call 366-4685 if you are.

Remember the rummage sale at First United Church of Christ, 1000 Elgin Ave. on Saturday, Oct. 4 from 9 a.m. until 3 pm. The sale is for the benefit of CUinFP, a not-for-profit corporation that supports civic efforts in Forest Park.

Oct. 1 is the birthday of Mike O’Connor; Oct. 2 is the happy anniversary of Gus and Marie Scolero, and the birthday of Diane Rice and Sheryl Neff; Oct. 3, Paul Jargstorf; Oct. 4, Robert Mintz and happy anniversary to Jody and Sandy Tracy; Oct. 5, Nick Mangiaracina and Nathan Johnson; Oct. 6, Allen Latall, Jason Fabiani, Gary Aelmeroth; Oct. 7, Angela Spiratos, and Patrick Michael Olson.

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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.