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See the picture of my car at the top of this column? No? That’s because the car isn’t there. It was stolen sometime between 7 p.m. Thursday and 7 a.m. Friday. If you’ve ever had this happen to you, you know the incredible sensation of looking and not seeing, looking and not seeing. It was an oldie but goodie, nothing fancy, a 2000 Prism, dependable, thanks to Pete Collies.

The 600 block of Beloit held its annual block party last week. Only this year it was a week-end event. May Bill was the star of the show with her amazing bean casserole, pineapple cake and other delectables. Cliff Leber brought the fresh-caught fish, and all the neighbors supplied their favorite dishes. Joe Gianelli is the prize-wining Italian chef of the block who makes sure no one ever goes away hungry. May is ready for the auto show, modeling a 1926 Model T.

Congratulations to Maryrose B. Goodman of Forest Park who just graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Services from Millikin University in Decatur, Ill.

Welcome to Forest Park to newcomer Trish Frumski, a Nurse Practitioner who comes to us from Oak Park. Trish is proud of her twins, Aric, a student a Northern Illinois University and Andrea a wine barista at Purdue.

Reader’s Choice: the best of the best in an on line Patch newspaper, of sorts. Readers have chosen Schauer’s Hardware as the best of its kind in the area. You can contribute on Twitter and Facebook. The waitstaff at Winberie’s won, dog boarding is Out U Go, noticeably absent from the list was the Best Coleslaw at Louie’s.

Remember Peanut Day September 28th. The Kiwanis donate all money received to children’s activities and charities in Forest Park. Be generous. And thank you.

Welcome to our new photographer at the Journal/Review, David Pierini. David comes to us form Livonia, Michigan with two degrees, one in print journalism and one in Photo Journalism. He worked for 5 years on the Kalamazoo Gazette before coming to us. David’s wife is Lynette Kalsnes who is Arts and Culture Editor at radio station WBEZ.

Birthday greetings to these birthday boys and girls this week: Toni Terrana, Amanda Koehne, Michael Clifton, John Deering, Lynn Mazzone, Heather Webb, Aaron Bakartis, Christine Carr, Joe Carr, Todd Marler, Ckayton Davis, Kirk Scully, Karen Conway Kurey, John Erickson, Rick Stephani, Lily O’Neill , Diane Huebner, Betty Huebner, Marion Flight. Happy anniversary to Tony and Lois Calderone and Carol and Dave Novak.