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The Hawks are back in town! No, not the Chicago Blackhawks, the peregrine falcons. The adults have been around for a while, and observers have noted that the adults have a brood of youngsters who are learning to fly and acquaint themselves with the neighborhood. The Fitzgeralds on the 400 block of Thomas saw one youngster sitting on their second floor air conditioner, beak against the window with the Fitzgerald cat, nose to the window on the inside. Incidentally, the cat’s name is Falco.

Urgent call from the Forest Park Food Pantry! The cupboard is bare. Bare! Food is urgently needed NOW. Marie Beckman, Jane Jones and Rose Kricka will be coming to Ed’s Way and Schauer Hardware to pick up the needed supplies. So give them some non-perishables to bring back to the Community Center.

Here come Jesse Williamson, his mother Debbie, and best friend Teresa Marousek with dogs Winnie, Zena and Sully, all out for a stroll on a nice summer’s day. The picture will be interrupted soon, however, because Jesse, Winnie and Debbie will be moving to the Carolan in Plainfield. Neighbors are very sorry to see them go but everyone wishes them happiness in Plainfield.

Stop off at Forest Park National Bank and view the paintings of the latest artist, Nickolas Burkhart. Dan Watts and I differed on interpretations of one of the works, but I guess that’s what art is all about. Mr. Burkhart’s aim is to help all to enjoy art. “An intersection of obsessive line drawing.” I saw bicycles strewn randomly all over the place with scribble writing written above. Dan saw something quite different. Go see for yourself. These art exhibits are sponsored by the Oak Park Area Arts Council.

Animal lovers: remember this name Cat Vando, TNR (Trap, Neuter, Return). This organization is the only humane, effective, economical method of reducing and caring for cats living on our streets. You can reach them at 708-829-6013 or at catvandotnr@yahoo.com. Write to P.O. Box 851, Maywood 60153. You can friend them on Facebook. Remember, an unspayed female cat, her offspring producing two litters per year, with 2.8 surviving kittens per litter can produce in one year, 12 cats; in two years, 57 cats; in five years, 11,801; and in nine years; 11,606,077. This is only a conservative estimate. Love ’em and spay/neuter ’em.

Birthdays this week include Maureen Harnett, Colleen Murray, Rocco Cirrintano, Angela Tricoci, Kevin Nutley, Donna Prochazka, Thomas Curry, Betty Breseman, Mary Bosley, Christina Cassiani, Dorothy Grams, Barbara Lambke, Eileen Pfaff, Lisa Cozzi, Donald Childs, Madison Crowe, Amanda McAdam, Kaitlin Smith, Ida Hanson, Alice Nolan, Bill Lichtenberg, Lucinda Mister, Joanna DeMarco, Terry Hemstreet and Anthony Bower.

Happy anniversary to Jon and Letitia Olmsted.

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.