To begin, thank you, Mayor and council, for the beautification of Madison Street. The planters are lovely and the corner-crossing treatment is the best. 

Let’s not spoil all this beauty and class by regaining the reputation of a town where people come to get drunk. And add to that, gambling. Nobody wants to live in Glencoe as one of last week’s speakers said. There is so much more in Forest Park than a place to drink. Visitors come for our outstanding bookstore, our Creativita classes, our sophisticated shops, our friendly neighbors, and let us not forget the hardware store! 

Our restaurants have excellent reputations, how about our Old School Records? I could go on. There’s more to Forest Park than drinking, sir.

Among the many attractive assets of Forest Park is the number of dogs who seem to be residents. Here are two new canine residents shown with their caregiver, Rae. The dogs are Baxter and Bentley, friendly and very well behaved. Welcome to Forest Park, boys (and Rae).

In case you haven’t passed by the old Scolero house on Adams, now owned by Scott and Kyle, here it is, almost completed. 

It looked good before; now it’s a masterpiece. I wish Gus could come back for just a few hours; he’d be so happy. No matter what they do to it, it will always be the Scolero house.

Jim Payette has been missing from the bench on Constitution Square for too long. Where has he been? Recovering from a fall, a bad fall. Jim is feeling better and recovering, thanks to clean living and healthy eating. We hope to see him back on his bench before winter.

Happy birthday to Katie Tricoci, Ellie Clifton, Tim Mellin, Jenny Okolwicz, Ryan Pacyga, Ruth Stefl, Millie Spinelli, Angela Nutley, Sharon Good, Jeff Ashman, Rick Hemstreet, Stephanie Mondragon, Richard Lulipani, Julie Gordon, Kevin Thompson, Eleanor Konkowski, Julian Apilado, Claudia Mandile, Mike Espinosa, Eric Neubeiser, Joan Bigos, and Troy Molnar.

Thanks to the sympathetic people who donated to the cause of Suzi. Her doctor has decided to wait a while and see how the condition develops. Your donations are all recorded and if the surgery is deemed not necessary all donated funds will be returned. Christina is most grateful. 

 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...

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