Tea with miss sandy: Girls enjoyed fresh fruit and cupcakes at the Park District last weekend for a Teddy Bear Tea Party with Miss Sandy.Courtesy Jackie Schulz

This week Forest Park said good-bye to another icon, Gus Scolaro. When Gus operated West End Market the place was always crowded with customers looking for the best prime cuts anywhere. I mean anywhere. They came from west suburbs, north suburbs, even a few from south suburbs. Gus’s produce manager, Louie, was comic relief.

We loved Louie. “Are these peaches sweet, Louie?” “You bet, sweet like-a the woman before she’s a marry.” “Now take-a you time, but hurry up.”

Sympathy to Gus’s family, especially his little dog, Buddy. And to all of us who will miss seeing Gus manicuring his lawn, keeping every blade of grass the same height as his neighbor’s blade, but always taking time to visit with passersby.

Saint Bernardine’s Women’s Club dinner will try again for this Thursday, barring any sabotage by Mother Nature.

Miss Sandy hosted a very classy Bears “tea” party for some Forest Park young ladies and their bears last week. “Classy” meaning the guests used cups and saucers! Fresh fruit and homemade cupcakes were served and the girls were dressed in their finest. Phoebe Pogue’s mother, Chrissy Pogue assisted Ms. Sandy. The girls even helped clean up. Seated around the table are Morgan Anderson, Samantha Abraham, Allison Calvin, Arianna Horras, Storey Novak, Madelyn Entler, Jessica Flowers, Reese Milchoffer K. Kennedy and Phoebe Pogue.

Sympathy to Storey Novak on the death of her grandma’s beautiful black lab, Jocko.

Matt Pingel has another album out, it’s “Small Miracles” and can be ordered on iTunes. Matt writes and performs his own music and Grandma and Grandpa Byrnes are bursting with pride, naturally.

Congratulations to Lisa Markwart who passed the “bar” exam last week No, not that bar exam. This bar exam tests the examinee’s ability to make drinks such as a Side Car, Cosmopolitan , Rob Roy, etc, There are probably 100 such fancy-schmancy drinks. Some with names that would make you blush. If anybody blushes anymore.

Did you get a robot call from Triton warning you not to go to school after the big flood last week? Did your call come at 1:30 am? Mine did. Thanks, Triton.

On Saturday, May 4, at 7:30 pm The Michael Teolis Singers will present a “Happy Birthday, Maestro” concert at First United Methodist Church, 324 N. Oak Park Ave. There will be choral arrangements and original compositions by Maestro Teolis along with some choruses from the Baseball opera, “Mighty Casey.” Ticket prices $18 adults $12 seniors and students. To reserve tickets call 708.366.2889.

Birthday greetings to Peggy Hughes, Rihann Tillman, Daniel Hawkins, Joe Dornecker, Katie Kelly, Luke Daniel Boher, Christina Li, April Moroney, Luke Boher, Anne Childs, Art Grams, Annette Pardun, Jon Olmsted, Kamiyah Lara, Cindy Fischer, Kyle Littlejohn, Mary Monaghan, John Boy, Dolores Kruger, Matt Radkiewwicz, Tom Cody, Angie Ventrella, and Emily Fjelstad. Happy anniversary to Debbie and Bill Schaubel, Mike and Joan Bigos, Sue and Rich Bothie. Special belated birthday wishes to Dolores Holub.

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...