Aside from the heat, last week’s talk of the town was the No Glove softball tournament at Park. Nothing generates a buzz like this Forest Park tradition, which was started by the late Jim Sarno and the much loved Alice Conway, who is also deceased.

It wasn’t too hot for Paul McCartney fans Mary and Donna Fabbrani, and their niece Veronica McKuhn to head over to Wrigley Field to see Sir Paul in concert. Veronica, along with her dad, Paul McKuhn, came all the way from Virginia Beach, Va. to see the show.

It was a memorable, but hot, birthday celebration for Lisa Marquardt last Sunday, July 31. Light Poetry’s staff, and Forest Parkers Jan Stephens and Tom Gorman, all sang Happy Birthday to Lisa, who was surrounded by many beautiful flowers she received as gifts. Her watchdog Henry looked on in delight.

An apology is extended to Kelly Rice Molnar – I did not include her married name when acknowledging her July 31 birthday in a past edition. But, I’d like to congratulate Kelly and her husband Josh on the July 28 birth of their first child, a son, named Troy Robert Molnar. Congrats to the new grandparents, Diane and John Rice, too.

Additional congratulations go out to Forest Park native Rebecca Leehey, who just received her Bachelor of Arts degree. She recently moved back to town with her very special dog, Marathon.

Some of my notes for this week’s column might have melted in the heat, so it’s a little short. I apologize.

Those celebrating a hot August birthday this week include: President Barack Obama, Dyone Scheiwe, Cali Carlson, Ashley Ernst, Sandy Boy, Briana Balsavich, Audrey Gainews, Barbara Sullivan, Dan Giers, David Stahlke, James Childs, Betty Schulz, Roger Grant, Janet Sullivan, TJ Janopoulos, Dan Seveda, Connie Robey, Storey Novak.

Happy anniversaries to Janet and Gary Fink, and Tim and Peggy Grams.

Thanks for your time.

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.