Congratulations to Alexia Hollins for being FPMS School Citizen of the Year.

Well, it’s here again. Pi Day! 3.14 (etc.). One of these days it will be right up there with Halloween, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day and all the rest of the minor holidays that have acquired major recognition.

A reason to celebrate in the Alexander household is the birth of Deacon Lee Alexander on Feb. 28. Deacon is the son of Jarvis and Jennifer Alexander. His proud grandma is Janet Alexander. Deacon is her first and best grandchild! Congratulations to all the Alexanders.

Because of weather conditions, construction, and who knows what else, book donations to the library have been discouraged lately. Well, the donation department is now reopened. In time for spring cleaning books are now welcome in time for the June book sale, the Friends of the Library yearly activity. So if you’re wondering what to do with all those tomes you have accumulated over the years, wonder no more. Just bring them to the library.

On Sunday, March 17, the real Saint Patrick’s Day, St. John Lutheran Church, 305 Circle, the Heritage Chorale of Oak Park, under the direction of Maurice Boyer, will present a concert of choral works. Copeland, Barber, Finney, Mozart and Bruckner will be the featured composers. The concert is free and all are invited. You will hear beautiful music performed by one of the best choral groups in the area. Following the concert, refreshments will be served and friends and neighbors will gather to discuss the performance.

Don’t forget to donate your ball gowns to Cinderella Project. Members of the Kiwanis Key Club at Proviso Math and Science Academy are setting up a day of princess prom pampering for seniors who might not be able to afford the trimmings of a prom gown. Bring your party wear to the Community Center by Saturday, March 23. This year they’re also collecting menswear for Prince Charmings.

There were so many perfect snowmen after last week’s surprise late snowfall. Among the winners was this handsome fellow, the handiwork of Aulon Rrahmani and his mother, Xhevahire. A behemoth, colossal snowman was observed at the Ochoa residence in the 900 block of Troost.

Congratulations to Thomas Gorman on the publication of his book of poetry and cartoons. The book is dedicated to the late John Mella on what would have been his 71st birthday. The cartoons are humorous, thought provoking and subtle. John was an amazing, brilliant man. He left us too soon.

Forest Park is proud of this year’s SCOTY winner, Alexia Hollins. That’s “School Citizen of the Year.” Each year the West 40 schools consortium asks schools to choose one student who exemplifies qualities of leadership, scholarship and community. Alexia is a good student, has an upbeat attitude, is an athlete, possesses a good singing voice and is a leader who is able to lead by example. She will have the honor of reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at the 2013 commencement in May. Congratulations to Alexia!

Happy birthday this week to Terry Meffley, Sharon Beazley, Ted Fox, Tom Pingel, Milan Davis, Coralee Johnson, Ethan Flanagan, Vandria Stevens, Jessica Conrad, Kathleen Pacudan, Victoria DiJulia Hofstetter, Matt Lyons, Morgan Vobornik, Sarah Buzanski, Maya Reese Keppner, Tiffany Williams, Dino Panzani, Kevin Satterwaite, Katie Miller, Geoff Flight, Esther Rossi, Sue Fishman, Tara Cassiani, Dan Gallina, Joe Gianelli, and Steve Urba. Happy anniversary to Isabel and Bob Fox and Rich and Rosemary Krieger.

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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