Dominican fashion grad Erin VonKannon is the newest cashier at Schauer's.JACKIE SCHULZ/Contributor

The newest employee at Schauer Hardware is Erin VonKannon, recent graduate of Dominican University with a degree in apparel design. In between studies of design, Erin spent a semester in South Africa studying the literature, philosophy and social customs of the culture.

Congratulations to Editor Jean Lotus on the outstanding job she has been doing as editor of The Review. This paper won five first place awards from the Illinois Press Association in June. Of course our favorite, Tom Holmes was responsible for at least one mention, as was John Rice for his entertaining insightful columns. Photographer David Pierini won first place for a portrait of our very own Forest Park bagpiper, Bryan Jirsa. Amy Malina won for her story about our Conservation of Sculpture and Objects studio and owners Andrzej and Bartosz Dajnowski. Special mention went to Sharon Daly and Jean, for their coverage of the journey of video gambling’s defeat in Forest Park. Jean and publisher Dan Haley treated everyone to a great evening at Cocina de los Lobos where we were graciously cared for by Gabino.

Dentist Dr. Jerry Udelson is holding a contest to name the giant teeth he installed on his building on Harlem near Roosevelt Road. For every nomination chosen, Udelson will donate to a charity suggested by the person who coins the name. Creative name-generators will also win a gift certificate to a local restaurant or dessert shop – where they can rack up the cavities.

Congratulations to the team from Dion Riccardo’s Victory Martial Arts Academy on Roosevelt Road, who raised more than $1,000 at the local American Cancer Society Relay for Life.

Who doesn’t love acoustic guitar? Don’t miss Madison Street World Music Series presentation of Chicago’s Guitar Circle this Friday at Pineapple Dance Studio, upstairs at 7518 Madison Street, Saturday, Aug. 3 at 8 p.m. Presented by Erika Ochoa from Pineapple and Jodi Gianakopoulos at The Old School Records.

Next time you’re on Madison Street, you may want to drop in to the Forest Park bank to view the paintings of artist Michael Wayne. Mr. Wayne got his first inspiration from Marc Chagall at an early age and his love of painting and sculpture has grown. His vivid colors and subject matter are sure to give you pause and brighten your day for taking the time to spend with Michael Wayne.

Sympathy to the family and many friends of Henry “Bud” Raimondi who died a few weeks ago. Old timers will remember the Raimondi family from years ago. Bud originally worked for McQueen construction until that company closed. He loved anything with a motor so he opened an auto repair shop at Desplaines and Harvard. His big Dull Dozer was the plow that cleared the Forest Park streets after the big blizzard of ’67, remember? Bud Raimondi as always there to help anyone with a car problem, day or night. According to his nephew, James, Bud Raimondi was everyone’s “buddy.”

Don’t forget St. John’s Corn Boil party, Saturday Aug. 10 from 4:30 – 7 p.m. Enjoy the wonderful sweet corn and other specials harvested here in Illinois. There’s no charge for this community party.

Birthday greetings this week to Karen Stuart, Kelly Rice Molnar, Debbie Espinoza, Kelly Crawford, Ethel Draper, Ed Martinski, Kathleen Lane, Marie Gianelli, Madeline Kochman, Cali Carlson, Evelyn Rose Osborn, Barack Obama, Ashley Ernst, Sandy Boy, Briann Balsavich, Andrea Gaines, Barbara Sullivan, Dan Giers, David Stahlke. Happy anniversary to Janet and Gary Fink. Belated happy anniversary to Millie and Ben Spinelli, and belated happy birthday wishes to Dorothy Spinelli, July 24th.

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...