Friends of Narcissa (Nancy) Millar will be happy for her to learn that she passed her citizenship exam! She wanted to celebrate the occasion by having breakfast at Louie’s. This tiny, I mean tiny, lady knows how to celebrate. She had a mushroom and cheese omelet, hash browns, and two slices of French toast. Her many friends at St. Bernardine’s, as well as friendly waitresses Suzie Fishman and Sarah Brant, are happy for Nancy. Louie posed for a photo, and well-wishers Andy Collis, Scott McAdam and Marie Breitbarecht (the charming lady at the desk at the Forest Park Public Library) also extended congratulations to Narcissa. The actual swearing-in will come later in the year, when it’s warmer (we hope).

Welcome to new Forest Parker Annette Sadowski. Annette is an animal lover and caregiver. She works at Prairie State Animal Hospital in Oak Park, and we are happy to have her here in town with all the other animal lovers.

Last Sunday was a big day at St. John Lutheran Church. More about that elsewhere in the paper (see Tom Holmes’ story on page 8). 

The Walther Christian Academy (WYSE, Worldwide Youth in Science and Engineering) team took first place in last week’s regional competition, 300 Division. Fourteen medals were earned by 11 team members, including Forest Parker Stephanie Hegarty who earned a third place in English. Walther’s team swept the categories of English, Chemistry, and Math and will advance to the sectionals in March. Hooray for our team, congratulations and good luck in March, Walther!

The last Bread & Soup Tuesday will be held at Old School, Desplaines & Randolph, on Tuesday, March 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Donate what you will, it all goes to the Forest Park Food Pantry. It’s also an evening of good fellowship, neighbors seeing neighbors they haven’t seen through this cold, cold winter. The Food Pantry can really use a lot of donations this year, too.

Daylight Savings Time returns on March 8 and we’re still buried in deep winter! 

It is typical St. Patrick’s Day Parade weather, though.

Happy birthday to late February birthday celebrants Alexia Eterno, Rashel Hamilton, Gary Neubeiser, Joseph and Jillian Tricoci, Mary Haley, Alexandria Reina, Jonah Victorson, Kristi Kasack, Elaine Czarnak, Xauer Skinner.

Browsing through a 1956 volume of old “Reviews,” I found committees were forming for the centennial, and Fred Becker was fined $1 for abetting Joe Kline, who was wearing a fake mustache. Italian Heritage Day was being planned by Armand Meola. Repairs were being made on the Li’l Theatre (now Brown Cow). There is a stunning photograph of the late Ed O’Shea who was running for state representative, 4th district. The old Forest Theatre (now McDonald’s) was showing Susan Hayward in I’ll Cry Tomorrow and The Desperate Hours, starring Humphrey Bogart. 

Keep warm.

 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...