Do you remember when Terry Meffley began in Forest Park? When you first saw her in that shop in Constitution Court behind the barrels of candy and nuts? When Nutcracker Sweet closed Terry went over to the Community Center and there she stayed for many years. After Bev Thompson died Terry inherited Bev’s job arranging the center’s weekly trips. We loved Bev and Terry filled her shoes very nicely. So now it’s good-bye and good luck to Terry Meffley who said good-bye to us last Friday June 27. Well-wishers presented her with flowers and gifts. Among them were Danielle Milano, Tish Olmstead, Michelle Rives and Brenda Riske. Now Terry can go back to her first love, dog rescue organization “Good as Gold,” placing Golden Retrievers in good homes. Golden Retrievers are the saints of the dog world and each one deserves a loving home.

And a big warm “Hello” to the new deli lady at Ed’s Way, Kay Lonergan. Kay fits right in at Ed’s Way where everyone is warm and helpful. We all know shopping local is good for the economy, in the long run good for each of us. The deli selections are the best anywhere, there’s usually a good place to park, not a long wait, if any, at the checkout counter, and the freshest meat in town, not to mention the fresh produce. Those emerald green tee shirts with “Ed’ Way” spelled out in sparking emeralds are available to all of us. They’d make a great Saint Patrick’s Day item. 

Sympathy to the Doss Family on the death of Candy Doss Kowarch. Candy was very young so her death is especially heartbreaking.

There’s a new diplomat in town: Forest Park’s own Matthew Poole! U.S. Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker swore in 24 new Foreign Commercial Service officers last week. These finance experts help the United States with exports all over the world, which support millions of U.S. jobs. Matthew formerly worked in the private sector as a CPA for KPMG. He’s a U.S. Army veteran who serves in the Reserves. Mother Andrea Poole is terribly proud. 

Nancy Greco! Break a leg in that hilarious comedy Dead Man’s Cell which will be playing at the Athenaeum theatre on Southport. The show is being produced by one of Chicago’s newest theatre companies “The Enthusiasts.” It opens with an incessantly ringing cell phone in a quiet café. The story depicts the struggle to connect in a technologically obsessed world. This comedy was written by Sarah Ruhl, a MacArthur “genius grant” recipient and Pulitzer Prize finalist. This production was done by Steppenwolf theatre a few years ago. Performances are July 11- 27, Thursdays through Saturdays , 8 p.m. and Sundays at 3 p.m. The Athenaeum is located at 2936 Southport in Chicago, tickets are $20,with senior and student discounts available. A trip to the Athenaeum is an adventure in itself. Great Chicago neighborhood. Treat yourself and enjoy our own Nancy Greco who plays the dead man’s mother.

Happy birthday to Shannon VanDiepen, Alaina Buzas, Matt Montes, Sue Pyan, Michael Fox, Lucian Dubbem, Tina Neubeiser, Patricia Gotier, Nancy Lovell, John O”Donnell, Madalyn Little, Craig Lichtenberg, Emmett Byrne, Michelle Lindgren, Janine Boy, John Doss, Jackie Clifton, and Karen Jargstorf. Happy Anniversary to Bob and Brenda Loula, Gert and Millard Phebus, and Diane and Colin Chin. 

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...

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