The crossing guards, kids and parents who were greeted every morning by Bobby Davis are no doubt devastated by the news of his untimely death. Sympathy to Bobby’s friends and family; he will be missed by many in Forest Park. There will be a service for him on Saturday, Sept. 18, from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at First Paradise Baptist Church, 6736 S. Cottage Grove, Chicago.

More sympathy to the family and friends of Christine Caldarulo.  Christine left us earlier this month. She was 72. 

Belated happy birthday wishes to Tim Lore whose birthday was September 14th.  Tim is back at Triton again. This semester he’s studying acting.

Congratulations to Sheree Pintozzi Bredow and Mary Hoffman on the spectacular job they did organizing the Saint Bernardine reunion.  Old friends from 31 states attended, classes from as far back as 1938 were there.  There was much hugging, laughing, some tears and plenty of great food from Jimmy’s.

Mike Huff is in the process of organizing a reunion of the 1970-1974 Forest Park Middle School graduates.  This reunion is scheduled for Nov. 5, from 7-11 p.m., at the Howard Mohr Community Center.  For more information e-mail Mike at, or go to the Facebook page Grew Up in Forest Park, IL. Cost to be announced … More later – I hope.

Here’s a little more information about our “Great Sun” window at the library – the one that was vandalized a few weeks ago. The glass came from France and Germany and the window was paid for by the Centennial Committee, the Forest Park Woman’s Club, and other donors. That’s according to info I received from Robert Brayden. The window was dedicated to man’s quest for beauty and purpose, and the library’s role in fulfilling both of these.

Seniors are invited to a free barbeque on Oct. 4. It’s an annual end-of-the-summer event, but reservations are required. Transportation is available. For more information, call 708-771-7737.

Back here in town birthdays will be celebrated by: Alyssa Neff, Bridget Woods Dowdle, Jodi Gianakopoulis, Alexandra Bafett, Nick Spanello, Dee Galbraith, Debbie Doss Maris, Lucy Gianelli, Laura McDermott, Hunter Van Zant, Brenda Miranda, Ariel Weisneth.

Happy anniversary to Tony and Jackie Cardamone, Sandy and Joe Byrnes, Art and Diane McGrath.  

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.