A very special happy 100th birthday to Millie Spinelli. Several generations of immediate family members were on hand to help her celebrate. Millie still looks beautiful and happy. Congratulations from all of Forest Park. 

It’s a sad day around here at Wednesday Journal Inc., which publishes the Forest Park Review. A favorite colleague, Sky Hatter, who is one of the company’s page layout designers, is leaving us to go back home to California to be nearer her family and dog, George. 

Sky will really be missed by everyone. But we wish her the best of what life has in store for her.

Several Forest Parkers expressed disappointment over the weekend Music Fest. The word “claustrophobic” comes to mind. I can relate to that. My dog and I began our evening walk before the gates went up and started back after the gates were locked. No way out! A kindly shopkeeper took pity on us and let us out through her establishment’s rear exit.

Nancy Pavlak and Stella and Allison Beltraini were bemoaning the latest Blackhawks trades. “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” seems to be a lesson the Blackhawk management never learned. Capitalism will be the undoing of us all. But it surely was a great year with lots of exciting memories. We thank them for all that. Gentle Stella was so disappointed she wanted to bite somebody, but fortunately Stella does not know how to bite.

Aaliyah Wilson has been busy this summer creating colorful bracelets. You may see her making them while shopping at Schauer’s Hardware Store. She takes orders, by the way. 

Coming Aug. 8 at Centuries & Sleuths the G.K. Chesterton Society will discuss Catholic Literary Giants by Joseph Pearce. That’s Saturday, July 25 at 2 p.m. Chesterton is being talked about as a candidate for sainthood, you know.

Birthday greetings this week to Ryan Pacyga, Derek Hein, Ruth Stefl, Angela Nutley, Jenny Okolowicz, Brea McDonald, Sharon Good, Rick Hemstreet, Jeff Ashman, Lorien Menhennet, Stephanie Mondragon, Richard Lulipani, Julie Gordon, Kevin Thompson, Eleanor Konkowski, Julian Apilado, Cathy Collins, Claudia Mandile, Mike Espinoza, Eric Neubeiser, Joan Bigos, Brett McNeil, Troy Robert Molnar and Lauri Falbo.

 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...