Forest Park Public Works employee Pat Braniff updates the planters in Forest Park.Courtesy RICK WATTS

Pat Braniff keeps the beauty of Forest Park up to date. Here he is bidding farewell to the early spring pansies as a more heat and sun loving variety of flower takes their place. He gets plenty of advice from Rick Watts and Jim Payette, Rick took this photo.

Apologies to Sheree Pintozzi Broedow for forgetting her married name of the last 30 years. Sheree is heartbroken over the closing of St. Bernardine’s and has undertaken the task of organizing another all-school reunion. This one is scheduled for September 14th from 4 until 8 p.m. and will be held in the school hall, catered by Jimmy’s. The $40 ticket will include dinner, a disc jockey and lots of fun. Sheree’s telephone number is 785.633.3384. Any leftover money will be contributed to St. Bernardine’s.

On Sunday, July 14 from 1 – 4 p.m., “Feeline Groovy,” a cat and human day spa will provide you and your kitty with a variety of services. You can have Fluffy’s nails trimmed, get her (him) a massage, a pedicure, have a photo taken, get micro-chipped, have behavior problems evaluated and more. Appropriate jewelry will be available, “kitty” cocktails, and much more. All for a mere $25 at the Howard Mohr Community Center, 7640 Jackson in Forest Park. Call 708.366.8285 for more information.

Everyone seems to have a superstition for bringing about a Hawks victory. Rich Krieger must stand or sit throughout the game, depending of what he was doing at the time of the first goal, Dan Scollard refuses to watch the game, instead he goes out on his porch and listens to the cheers (or lack of) from his neighbors. Jim Ford must wear his Hawks black sweater, unwashed since the first game (ewww). My own is this: if the Hawks are tied or losing on TV, I go into my bedroom and finish out the game on the radio. John Wideman is so much more exciting anyway. As this column is being written it is Monday morning, June 17. Who knows what will happen tonight. Go Hawks!

Minnie Maxwell’s family and church family held a beautiful service last week. There was much singing, hugging, tears and laughter as Minnie’s dear friends remembered her.

Catholics, non-Catholics, Muslims, Jews, Buddhists, Taoists, atheists, anyone interested in ultimate reality will get something to ponder out of Ken Trainor’s book Unfinished Pentecost. Highly recommended reading.

Congratulations to Sally Berko who earned a MPH in Community Health Sciences from University of Illinois – Chicago this spring.

If you’re looking for a book sale, the River Forest Friends of the Library is ready to oblige. Dates are June 28 from 5- 9 p.m., June 29 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and June 30 12-3 p.m. The library is on Lathrop Avenue, and the sale will be at Roosevelt School, adjacent to the library.

Happy birthday this week to Ginger McKay, Angela Hodges, Sophia Miller, John Mahoney, John Fabbiani, Charles Watson, Leshundria Ford, Jackson Ramirez, Susan Covington, Jane Hseu, Jennifer Medica, Tyler Leninger, Michael Fumo. Chuck Brod, Caileigh Pronek, and Steve Backman. Happy anniversary to Marie and John Spence, Angela and Cory Fink, Mark and Joan Janopoulos.

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...