Augie and Tracy Aleksy were married 45 years on the 25th anniversary of Centuries & Sleuths. The photo of Circle & Harlem’s crossing guard, Frank Cubic didn’t make it to the paper last week (my fault), so here is Frank today. 

In memory of Wayne Schauer, an $800 donation was made to the Forest Park Food Pantry by Nancy and Richard Schauer. The donation was accepted by Marie Beckman and Rose Krough. The funds were generated from the sale of Big Wheel raffle tickets, and hardware sales, and the Saturday popcorn giveaway at the store. We will always miss Wayne Schauer. 

Rose and Marie would like to thank Forest Parkers who continue to donate to the Food Pantry and in the monthly door-to-door food drive.

Sympathy to the family of Marilyn Trainor, a remarkable woman and the mother of our Ken Trainor. Marilyn lived a full life and made the world a better place for having been here.

 Happy New Year and a big “Thank You” to Tony Calderone and the village staff. Forest Park has never been better. Also, we really appreciate the convenience (not to mention the savings) of not having to search for a quarter when we park. Oak Park took a page out of our book and generously gave drivers a two-day no fee parking break each weekend in December. Whoopee!

Santa Claus dropped in at The Junction last Sunday. He looked like the real one to me. Unfortunately, Rudolph was having a nap up on the roof and couldn’t fly, so Santa had to drive.

Looking ahead to 2016, the senior movie on Jan. 14 will be The Imitation Game. It tells the story of the math genius of World War II, Alan Turing, who cracked Nazi codes, including Enigma messages, which crypto-analysts thought was unbreakable. He was later sent to prison for being gay. The movie starts at 1 p.m., no reservations required. On Jan. 9, C&S will host the G.K. Chesterton Society to discuss A Short History of England, 2 p.m.

Happy birthday to Hunter Trieber, Mark Rice, Tom Cannon, Ryan Neff, Lauren Trage, and Jean Vina Tremp. And happy New Year birthday to Helen Collis, Rich Gray, Rita Trage, and Amy Hocheimer. On the 2nd, best wishes to Jenni Jargstorf, Alice and Lara Mellin, Tom Kloess, Ian Hoffman, Christine Malone, Joan Huynh, Deb Harris, Ashley Breseman, and Mike Marcantonio.

  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...