A fond goodbye to Terry Mefley and a rousing welcome to Denise Murray! Denise is the newest member of the Forest Park Community Center staff. More about her next week. But you probably know about her already, since she has been a very active volunteer in town for some time.
Terry’s farewell party was so well attended the walls were bulging. A favorite guest at the fest was our old bus driver, Carol Ralph. Pictures are available at the center. We will always treasure the memory of smiling, charming Terry.
We need more workers like Noel Torres in town. Noel has been giving tender, firm, loving care to John Becker for about a year now. And both are surviving. Jack doesn’t make it to Doc Ryan’s or the Shortstop anymore. Noel kind of put a permanent stop to that. But he and Jack are out most days, walking around, talking to old neighbors, taking advantage of this mild summer. At times Noel’s wife, Dinah drops in to visit, too as do old neighbors.
Speaking of Doc Ryan’s, if you are a fan of Johnny Lattner (and who isn’t?), you can find him and a host of his friends at Doc Ryan’s any Tuesday at around noon.
Keep that 1964 reunion in mind for all grade schools in Oak Park and River Forest. You can find it on Facebook. Oct. 11 is the date with an opening event at the Historical Society of Oak Park and River Forest. Then the party moves to Kevil’s and Goldy’s. Oct. 18 for the Forest Park Junior High 50th reunion class of 1964 – that one takes place at R Place.
Birthdays this week: Barbara Sullivan, Dan Giers, James Childs, David Stahlke, Flynn Vogel, Roger Grant, Janet Sullivan, Dylan Thomas, T.J. Janopoulos, Danny Seveda, Connie Robey, Journey Alvarado, Storey Hanna Novak , Jake Brown, Al Verri, Phil Jilek. Anniversary greetings to the Goetz’s, and to Tim and Peggy Grams.
Welcome home from Wales to Bill Dwyer.
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.