Nick Novak, chip off the old block, has made his side yard into a mini football field.  Maybe you’ll get a picture of it if the one I tried to take turns up.

Journey Alvorado had a happy first birthday on August 10. Everyone celebrated joyfully, especially her ecstatic parents. Her name has deep meaning.

Welcome home to the McMahons, who have been vacationing in Connecticut. Grandma Hazel Brown looked after things while they were away.

A belated happy first birthday to Flynn Vogel, who turned 1 on Aug. 7.

Speedy get-well wishes to Rhonda Roldan. Her husband, Frank; her doggie, Snoopy; and many of her neighbors and friends missed her while she was in the hospital. Sadly, she celebrated her Aug. 6 birthday there.

Welcome to a new baby, Evelyn Rose Osborn, who was born Aug. 3. Baby Evelyn’s big brother is James Osborn, and her proud parents are Jennifer and David.

Congratulations to Lisa Tiew, who is celebrating 22 years with Catholic Charities. She also has one of the most beautiful gardens in Forest Park.  She and her husband raised two remarkable sons, Michael and Jimmy, and one lovely daughter, Kim. Kim begins college this year at Lewis University.

It’s happy birthday this week for: Angela Tricoci, Kevin Nutley, Donna Prochazka, Thomas Curry, Betty Breseman, Mary Bosley, Dorothy Grams, Eileen Pfaff, Christine Cassiani, Lisa Cozzi, Terry Hemstreet, Lindsay Pritchard, Anthony Bower, Donald Childs, Madison Crowe, Amanda McAdam, Kaitlin Smith, Ida Hanson, Alice Nolan, Bill Lichtenberg, Lucinda Mister, Sydney Brennanm Raysel Gist, Jacob Marchetti, Kamryn Edwards and Bonnie Cimiglia. 

Happy anniversary to: Mary and Ron Moravec, Edward and Marie Zamora, and Joyce and Pat Oberg.

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.