The crowd at Doc’s never quite reached a fever pitch. Well, that was then and this is now. Some of the revelers went out for a halftime cigarette; Andy Collis, Brian Sullivan, John Martin and Jeff Bouter.

Meanwhile, down the street at Schauer, the hard working staff couldn’t take time off for the Beans game. They were too busy waiting on customers – about five customers, altogether. Those hardworking loyal employees are Jessica Josetti, Jim Barreett, Brandon Philyow, Paul Nelson and Corinna Jantz. However, by 4:05 p.m. they were all gone.

In case you haven’t heard, the Oak Park Symphony (official name Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest) has officially been kicked out of First United Church, the one at 848 Lake. Saddest of all, they fired Dudley Fillmore, the best custodian any church or organization could ever have. Reasons are unclear. There might be more information on this in the Wednesday Journal. The February concert and all future concerts will be held at Percy Julian School, Ridgeland and Washington.

Back to reality, and to Forest Park activities. Centuries & Sleuths will host a history discussion group on Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. Amity Shlaes’ “The Forgotten Man: A New History of The Great Depression” will be the topic. Tentative plans are still on the table for the Meeting of Minds XVII: Doing it My Way. The moderator is Madeline Moon. This is a repeat of a panel featuring Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey; performers are Charles Coleman, Phillip Gordon and Christopher Wilkerson. The program will be performed sometime in February. If you’re eager to know just when, call Augie Aleksy at (708) 771 7243

The best neighbor in town is probably Preston Moore, who revs up his snow blower and does all of his neighbors’ sidewalks on Warren Avenue.

A belated happy birthday to Juliane Vincenza. Other birthdays this week are Tracey Doss, Orion Javier, Leela Itzel, Marlene Quandt, Matthew Walsh, Sharon Andrews, Lia Pardun, Rickie Bean and Kolton Smenter.

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.