Exciting News for Forest Park! Santa Claus has officially moved his toy store to Madison Street at Harrison Toys, just west of Beloit. Be sure to stop off there on your Christmas shopping adventures. It’s the most exciting new store on the Street.

The happy faces shown here are party goers, Mary Bennett, Cindy Czosnyka and Irene Kaldis all of Always in Style, where Irene had a joyful, Christmas celebration last Sunday. Irene taught everyone how to say “Merry Christmas” in Greek, “Kala Kristugena.” You don’t have to learn Greek to ask for Greek pastry, but just in case, you’ll want to say kourambiedes. They’re the round or crescent shaped almond cookies that everyone seems to love. Then you can learn koulovrla a less sweet butter cookie more log-shaped. Of course there is always baklava! Everyone’s favorite. Unfortunately, there weren’t any tall, handsome Greek men there to give the ladies a dance lesson. You’ll probably have to go to a Greek wedding for that. By the way, Irene buys her wonderful pastries from Greek nuns, Sisters of St. John Chrysostomos, at the Greek Orthodox Monastery.

Wednesday Journal and publisher Dan Haley threw a gala Christmas party at Skrine Chops last week. It’s always a happy occasion when we get to actually SEE some of the people we just read each week. Three of our most popular writers seen here at the Review are Editor Jean Lotus, Rev. Tom Holmes and half of John Rice’s head. They seem to be saying “Merry Christmas” to you.

A speedy recovery to Carl Grapentine of station WFMT who slipped on the ice last Sunday, tore a ligament in his knee thereby missing Beethoven’s Dec. 16 birthday.

Kay Duff is Trinity High School basketball team’s #1 fan. She is ecstatic about their team’s honor of being one of the top girls basketball team in the region!

Walther’s class of 2014 is proud of its 11 Illinois State Scholars. To be eligible a student of an approved high school must finish in the top one-half of high school classes at the end of the third semester prior to graduation and/or score in the 95th percentile of the ACT, SAT or Prairie State Achievement exam. Honored Walther students are: Julia Abbe, Rohan Dammala, Kurtiss Duff, Amanda Hermansen, Vance Nagel, Ryan O’Neill, Megan Simzyk, Matthew Steinhardt, Michael Walz (Forest Park), Collin Wassilak (Forest Park) and Peter Wykert. Congratulations on the hard work and honor well deserved!

Happy birthday to Sue Stanton, Bill Hoppk, Amanda Rychtanek, Tim Flanagan, Irene O’Shea, Diana Dylewski, Scott Popelka, Kaylee Ross, Angelina Cote, Jennifer Vince, J.P. Miceli, Angel D’Souza, Daniel Gerger, Lauren Duwell,Vince Cirrintano, Norm Hopp, Thalia Becker, Bill Kaup, Monica Saleeb, Jay Milano.

Have a Merry Christmas!

 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 of Chicago in a great neighborhood when it was a great time to be young.

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...