Lendita and Vlora Sabrije

A little leftover Christmas pudding from Albania: Some holiday visitors from Kosovo, Lendita and Vlora Sabrije, were in Forest Park to visit family who live here. The Rrahamni Family, Vildana, Xhevahire, Elmie, Elist, Natire, and Sabrie and Hava Kaciu, Vlora Baraku, and Lendila Azemi. If the names sound a little strange, imagine how strange our names must sound to them. Lendita and Vlora are now back in Albania.

Belated happy birthday wishes to Marge Prato, Dec. 26. Marge’s son, Mike, is now living in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Sympathy to all the members of St. Bernardine Parish on the closing of that revered old school. Many memories for many Forest Parkers are embedded in that school. Megan Roach and Chris Dunaway are two young mothers who worked tirelessly for the school. Their efforts were appreciated and not in vain.

A noble animal is the dog. Here we see noble Suzie Respass, honored recipient of the Kennel Club Award for good citizenship. Suzie went to school and passed almost all of the tests required. Her one weakness is, of course, food.

Goodbye and good luck to the Bland family, Eric and Melanie and kids, as they forge ahead to Charlotte, N.C. They were good neighbors and will be missed.

It’s Dean’s List time again! Once again, Christine Huebner has made the list at North Central College in Naperville. Congratulations!

Condolences to the Haeger family: Laurie Kokenes, Allan and Linda, Barbara (and Scott) Popelka and Lisa Haeger on the death of their mother Shirley Haeger on Jan. 13 at age 81. Shirley was a special person who did a lot for the Forest Park Review.

You don’t see Kaylee Blake at the front register at Schauer’s anymore. Kaylee spent the Christmas holiday in Florida and now she’s back at Triton … and looking for another part-time job.

Never give up: Four out of five Chicago shoppers still want Marshall Field’s back, according to a poll of about 500 shoppers this Christmas. “Every great city has a great international emporium: London has Harrod’s, Paris Le Bon Marche.” Chicago had Marshall Field’s for most of the 20th century. It symbolized Chicago as much as the lake or the Water Tower. Many citizens are hopeful that Field’s will be restored and reinvented. Much information on this subject can be learned by visiting www.FieldsFansChicago.org/21 or twitter @FieldsFansChgo. Why should a New York store identify our city?

Jackie Schulz

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...