Remember, applications for the 2010 utility tax refund are available at village hall and the community center. Please call 708-366-2323 or 708-771-7737 to have a form mailed to your home. Thanks, from the village.

The kids and dogs have been having a riotous winter. When the 9-foot-high snow wall on Madison Street appeared, the kids just turned it into another reason to enjoy a snow day with friends. Belma Ortiz, Chila Ortiz, Anthony Ortiz, Diana Hassell, Lany Concannon, Taylor Hassell and Lazaro Padilla shouted ecstatically all afternoon.

Some virus from cyberspace crawled into my brain last week and I omitted half the column. Then I blamed our new editor. Apologies to Nick Moroni and the people whose photos didn’t appear.

Remember, the presentation by candidates for the school and park boards will be held at the park building on Feb. 16 from 7 till 9:30 p.m. They are, for school board, Sean Blaylock, Frank Mott, Raphael Rosa, John Tricoci; for park board, Cathleen McDermott, Roy Sansone, and John Hosty. See you there?

Congratulations to Bob Cox and his daughter Audrey. Bob and Audrey graduated from college on the same day recently – Bob from UIC with a degree in urban planning and public administration. Audrey’s degree was from Dominican University, and she is now a qualified nutritionist. Later in the year, Bob and his wife, Sharon, will celebrate their wedding anniversary with a visit to Scotland; Bob will be wearing his kilt, of course. Picture to follow.

Sing happy birthday to these people this week: Karie Schlichting, Kirsten Cursel, Paul Stahlke, Tiffany Greenberg, Christine Marshan, Cedric Javier, Ian McSheffrey, Daniel Marote, Paula Peterson, Emmaly Sansone, Carl Grapentine, Amelia Huebner, Michael Paulin, Hailey Reis, Timothy X. Lane, Kyle Vincent Clifton, Valentine Marusk, Payton Schmidt, Marty Redmond, Mike Cossio, Ethan Flanagan.

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.Snow day, snow play for local kids