Let’s begin with birthdays. Mar. 16 through Mar. 23 are: Landria Stevens, Jessica Conrad, Kathleen Pacudan, John Costello, Matt Lyons, Morgan Rae Vobornik, Sarah Buzanski, Maya Reese Keppner, Tiffany Williams, Ken Jasper, Dino Panzani, Kevin Sallerwaite, Katie Miller, Esther Wyn Reese, Geoff Flight, Sue Fishma Christel, Tara Cassiani, Dan Gallina, Steve Urban, Joe Gianelli, Alexandria Reina, Laura Haeger, Bob O’Brien, Ryan Mallo, Andrew Huebner, Grace Snyder, Peter Zapotek, John Huebner, Natalie Mazzone, Riley Gierald, Tom Reich, Gary Steger, Bob Walker, Terry Udil, Hillary Rutak, happy anniversary to Janet and Elmer Mittlehauser.

It wouldn’t be fair to endorse any candidate in this column, but I must comment on the enthusiasm young Matt Walsh has caused around Forest Park. This Saint Ignatius honor student has shown great leadership in pursuing a place on the ballot for commissioner. He’ll learn a lot of “to dos” and “not to dos” in this experience. If he doesn’t win, he should at least be given extra credit in political science or sociology. Kasey Krupa, for one, sees a great political future for this enterprising young man.

Speaking of the candidates, the endorsement signs have sprung up all over town like spring flowers. Many dogs have done leg-lifts on these signs, but this should be taken as an endorsement: dogs only lift their legs on what they like.

Augie Aleksy has copies of a recently published book on Chicago’s neighborhood Irish bars on the shelves at Centuries and Sleuths. It’s called “Chicago’s Historic Irish Pubs,” and a feature about its writers appeared in this week’s Wednesday Journal – the Review’s parent paper.

A distributor approached Mark Hosty about selling some of the books at his tavern. Being a loyal member of the Chamber of Commerce, Mark told the guy, “Augie and I have an agreement. He doesn’t sell booze and I don’t sell books.” Get the book, you’ll enjoy it.

Forest Parkers are fainting, weak from hunger with the temporary closing of Louies (they’re remodeling). There’s always Andrea’s on Roosevelt if you are starving. It’s a bit far from Madison but worth the trip.

Between May 6 and 13 it’s senior’s week in Forest Park, River Forest and Oak Park. The weeklong celebration will highlight older adults and honor the citizens who make our lives richer. For more information call 630 505 8375.

Mr. Callahan, the dog, is dressed for the real Saint Patrick’s Day. He didn’t care for the weather on parade day in town.

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.