It was probably the best Christmas Walk ever. So let’s declare deedee and edie’s, with those pugs, the all-time store-window winner and go on from there.

I thought Santa’s long white beard being spun from a spinning wheel at Knit Nirvana was especially clever. The Gasse music students and Team Blonde’s harmonica /elf dancer were eye-catching. Did you get to hear the hearty carols of the Oak Leyden Singers at Guillen’s photography shop? Those young people gave everyone the Christmas spirit.

Rich Schauer (aka Dr. Who) and his assistants, Loretta and Corinna Jantz join in wishing everyone a Merry Christmas. Let us also give a nod to those very talented madrigal singers at Centuries & Sleuths and the Harlem Mannerchor singers.

Steve Backman has retired in time to help Gloria with all the Christmas chores. He will now have more time than ever to make sure the village officials are on the job. Every municipality needs a loyal opposition.

Sympathy to the family and friends of Gary DeCosola. The DeCosola family has been going through very rough times lately. Your neighbors and friends sincerely hope 2013 will be kinder to this much-loved family.

The Michael Teolis singers gave us a delightful performance last Saturday at the United Methodist Church in Oak Park. A few of the Forest Parkers involved with the group are Louise Brueggermann, Kathy Greco and Nancy Greco. You’ll have to wait until May 4 to hear them again.

In the spirit of the season, the Kiwanis Club donated $1,000 to the Forest Park Food Pantry. Consider joining the Kiwanis: nice people, meetings are fun and you’ll be a part of their generosity.

Angie Poulos has retired from teaching and is now a Parent Coach! Her motto is “Be Your Best.” She is well qualified as a parent, having raised a family and has had her share of problems along the way. You can reach Angie at 708-771-8161 or or Good luck.

Happy birthday to Carli Loyd, Kallen O’Shea, Sue Lentini Stuart, Matt Pingel, MJ Luetgert, DeMara Gilbraith, Brian Mullen, Scott Marler, Gloria Chaney, Andrew Doss, Mary Alice Nee, Marilyn Hosty, Payton Brown, Morgan Trage, Madison Hannah Pronek, Corina Harnett, Steven Rosmus and AndeneMaughm.

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...

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