Jacob Morales, Joddetti Lozaba and Jaslene Morales

Jackson at Thomas or Circle near Harvard: these young entrepreneurs were working feverishly trying to make a few $ for school supplies. The Harnetts , Mike and Corinna added $15 to their college fund. Farther south on Circle Avenue, Jaslene Morales recently celebrated her birthday and is proud to announce that she is now three years old and about to begin school at Garfield. Her brother, Jacob is a student at Grant-White. Their big cousin, Joddetti Lozaba is a student at Prosser Academy in Chicago. And an enthusiastic lemonade salesman I might add.

The world and the Forest Park National Bank welcomed Dylan Rozmus on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2013. Proud parents, Colleen and Ted strolled along the avenue when Dylan was exactly one week old.

Dee Shoman is celebrating a special birthday on August 23rd. Happy birthday, Dee!

Tinfinity, and beyond! To celebrate ten years of friendship and fun, Forest Parkers Sarah Jolie and Rob and Kristen Huber had a meat-filled celebration Saturday in the 200 block of Circle Avenue that helped the Forest Park Food Pantry. Since tin is the gift for a 10-year anniversary, they invited all of their friends to bring ten cans for the pantry. Monday, kids delivered 150 lbs. of food and a check for $200 to the pantry. They were “surprised and grateful” Jolie said.

Don’t forget the all-you-can eat spaghetti dinner at First United Church of Christ Saturday, Aug. 24. Tickets are sold at the door, $10, $5 for children and the 5-and-under people eat free. Address is 1000 Elgin Ave., 5 – 7:30 p.m.

Friday Aug. 23 a special treat comes to Centuries and Sleuths Bookstore. Screenwriters Stephanie Argy and Alec Boehm will discuss their new 11-part film series A person known to me. It’s a historical mystery set in Chicago around 1915. At 7419 W. Madison St.

We have so many talented young people in this area. Don’t miss Ella Gill and Scott Daniel, two high school aged performers who’ve been making musical magic with original compositions. They’ll be playing at Fitzgerald’s in Berwyn Thursday night. Ella just starred in Les Miserables at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Scott just graduated – after winning the high school concerto competition with his violin rendition of Tchaikovsky then receiving the Presidential Scholar award from President Obama. See them quick, before they aren’t local anymore.

Also, don’t miss Casey McDonough, Alex Hall and Randy Rogers (also known as the Letter 3) at Goldy’s, 7316 Circle Ave. on Friday, Aug. 23.

Every good thing must come to an end, so it is with summer vacation. Best wishes to Forest Park’s returning students to Grant-White, Betsy Ross, Middle School, Field-Stevenson, Proviso East, Fenwick, Trinity, Walther, Walther Academy for a good year, a fresh start, a chance to erase past mistakes. This year, St. Bernardine’s students will be going to many new schools: Saint Luke’s, Ascension, and who knows. Best of luck in these new schools, we hope you’ll make new friends and be happy there.

It’s birthday time for Bill Lichtenberg, Lucinda Mister, Joanne DeMauro, Raysel Gist, Joe Blazek, Jacob Marchetti, Kamryn Edwards, Bonie Cimiglia, Leslie Kelley, Wilma Halely, Hazel Anne Rossi, Madelyn Entler, and Rosalie Koldan. Happy anniversary to Melissa and Anthony Tareck, Hafid and Siham Hamadene, Mary and Ron Moravec, and last but not least, Jon and Letitia Olmsted.

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...