Betty Huebner is grappling with sewer problems after last month's flooding.

It was the party of the century—literally! Lorraine Boy entertained her guests with her usual humor and interest in everyone. Lorraine, is as she has always been, an outward directed lady, rarely talking about herself, always interested in you. Great lady, great party! You were invited, you know, so I hope you were among the myriad of guests. Shown with Lorraine is everyone’s favorite Park Director, Larry Piekarz. Mayor Anthony Calderone also stopped by. Lorraine’s daughter-in-law, Sandy Boy was the “hostess with the mostest” having organized the food, drinks, flowers, guest list, pictures, etc. for everyone’s enjoyment. Sandy has been living in Marco Island, Florida where she has become active in the local chamber of commerce and is president of her condo board. Sandy will never be bored, so many interests. Lorraine’s grandson, John Boy was down from Kenosha for the party. He didn’t let a few knee problems get in the way of enjoying grandma’s party. Granddaughter Janine Boy was unable to attend. She was at home, under the weather. We wish her a speedy recovery.

Speaking of sewer problems as we were last week, pity poor Betty Huebner. Betty had a serious sewer problem and had to have her front yard dug up out to the street and repaired. According to Betty, she is responsible for the cost of this project. OUCH! Shown in the photo with Betty are Miguel Ponilla, and Nick Schubel.

Call him “soon to be nationally famous.” Matt Pingel will sing at Constitution Court from 5 – 8 p.m. during for Hot Rods and Revelry, Saturday May 18 on Madison Street. Grandparents Sandy and Joe Byrnes are very proud.

Forest Park has never looked more beautiful, it seems to me. The flowering fruit trees, daffodils, tulips. Redbud trees, have never seemed so bountiful. The forsythias and flowering quince are about bloomed out. The magnolia flowers have gone already. Their stay is all too brief each year, but well worth waiting for.

Again thank you to Scott McAdam and family for hosting the annual Chamber Awards Night. The awards were well worth the recognition and the food exceeded its usual excellence. Some new guests on the party roster were the board of directors of the Symphony of Oak Park and River Forest. They heartily welcome you to attend this Sunday’s concert. (May 19th, 4 p.m. Dominican University). The music featured in this month’s program is sure to delight everyone, music lover or not. I promise you will recognize every piece: by sound if not by name: Sibelius’ Finlandia; the Moldau by Smetana, Liszt’s Les Preludes, and Ravel’s Bolero.

In case you’re still hungry after last week’s feast, come to the Kiwanis annual spaghetti dinner Saturday, May 18, 3:30 -8:30 p.m. at the Howard Mohr Community Center. Come, hang out with your neighbors and support the Kiwanis. The Kiwanis does so much for Forest Park charities, especially charities that support the needs of kids.

Happy birthday to Lisa Novak, Sue Lyons, Audrey Kazmarek, Jason Webb, Carl Schwebl, Mikela Brown, Peg O’Connell, Jonas Wojtas, Phyllis DeVilbiss Mary Lotus, Janet Fink, Shirley Stange, Tyler Robert Fink, Mike Jargstorf, Tom Conrad, Zianna Turek, and the Strong twins, Emma Elizabeth and Maxwell. Happy anniversary to Bob and Lisa Kowalski, Roy and Terry Sansone.

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...