Get ready for Chinese New Year Jan. 31 this year. Armenian Christmas (sometimes called ‘Little Christmas’) was Monday, Jan. 6. The Armenian Christian church is the oldest Christian Church.

Sympathy to the family of Bernie Woods, and quite a family it is. Bernie and his late wife raised a great family and he will be very much missed. He made the world a better place for his having been in it.

The Novaks know what to do when it gets cold—flood the yard and start skating. They made a Blackhawks logo and froze it under the ice, just like at United Center, and away they all went. The Novak kids who flooded the yard are Nic, Matt, Katie, Storey and Nolan. Four year old Nolan was determined to skate with the big kids so he got a little chair to push around, and after a little while of pushing and falling, Nolan was ready to get in the game. It wasn’t long before about forty neighbor kids joined the throng and the future Hawks went at it.

Belated happy birthday to Carol Novak, grandma to all those Novak kids. 

John Guajardo, electrician, and cyclist, does all his commuting by bike, He has worked at 79th Street and Harlem for many years and gets there by bike every day. His sister has biked from her home in Chicago to Milwaukee several times. John lives by his motto, “Pedal on!”

 Welcome to Forest Park to super neighbors Nero and his son Mandell. Mandell arrived here from Birmingham, Ala. just in time for the record breaking cold we have been enjoying. These good Samaritans know how to help out neighbors who are stuck in the snow.

January birthdays this week are: Kathy Leninger, Tina Marcantonio, Charlie Vederal, Danielle Riske, Phil Bohnert, Brianna Dodge, John Boy, Kirsten Bjornson, Mary Gallela, Victoria Burdet, Linda Bursey, Nancy Blum, Ryan Farrell, Ellen Krupa, Mary Fabbrini. John Gillian, Timothy X. Lane, Sue Bracker, Erika Goodman Osborn, Rajiv Hirandandi, Mary Virginia Sedlack, Michael Bjornson, and Kal Scollard.

 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...