Sincere sympathy to the family of Xhemile Rramani, a newcomer to Forest Park, who died last week. Mrs. Rramani was here visiting her family, especially her grandson, Aulon and baby granddaughter, Anna, whom she had never seen.

And a sad farewell to adult services librarian, Maureen Sill, who is leaving Forest Park for a position in the architecture department of the IIT library. Architecture and IIT, sounds like an exciting new life for Maureen. We’ll miss her, but we wish her well, very well in fact.

(Pictured) Karen Stuart, vigilant crossing guard, is helping Josh, Josh’s mom, Brianna, and their faithful, but playful dog, Tucker, cross the street in front of the library. Snow brings out the jubilance* in dogs, and Tucker is no exception. 

*Is there such a word?

Apologies to Paula Diverde for not mentioning her Nov. 12 birthday. I remember looking at her name and thinking what a lovely musical name it is. So belated happy birthday, happy year to Paula Diverde.

Janet Paulin is still at it, creating and sewing and knitting all kinds of Christmas stuff for the many bazaars still to come: At the Ascension gym, 822 Clarence Ave., on Dec. 5 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.; on Dec. 12 at the Nineteenth Century Charitable Association from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.; and especially the Small Business Section Open House at 839 S. Oak Park Ave. at the Women’s Exchange. The latter is always a winner and lasts from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Original items, Christmas and otherwise are available for purchase at phenomenally low prices. Come and browse or spend; you’re always welcome.

I hope you got to one of our outstanding concerts Sunday. If you heard John Gerson play the Beethoven violin concerto you heard an amazingly talented violinist. This extremely sensitive young man will be heard around the land before long.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone and happy birthday to May Bill, Brian Hawkins, Meagan Ryan, Emmie Whitebone, Jessica Marafatsos, Maddie McKay, Michael Branda, Patrick Rice, Grace Fielden, Roberta James, Karen McGrath, Carla Loyd, William Shremsher, Gina Barger, Ariel Michelle Smith, Daryl Latall, Bradley Edward Spence, Carol Ann Hills, Roland Maughm, Joan Purvis, Dixie Quitsch, and Reagan Hosty. Happy anniversary to Ruth and Jerry Belonsky and Chris and Dennis Roselli.

  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...