The 600 block of Beloit has the best block parties. Just ask them. Last Saturday (Aug. 13) started out rainy, but when the party started, nature cleared things up and sent a beautiful (but hot) August day. 

Shown here are vicious guard dog Ling-Ling and Officer Lauren Ballistoni. A tough combination of law enforcers as you can see. They kept the crowd peaceful and well behaved. Cliff Leber had his table spellbound as he told of his deep-sea fishing adventures. If he’ll let me, I hope to have some exciting action pictures of his 5-pound muskie, 200-pound tarpon, and lots more. Please, Cliff. Let us see them … by next week. 

Congratulations and best wishes for a bright future to Mr. & Mrs. Jason Brown, (Amanda McAdam). The Browns were married June 4 at River Forest Presbyterian Church. 

John Cline and his family are ecstatic over the birth of the first girl in the family in five generations. Natalya Cline was born Aug. 10 to Jonathan and Irwina Cline. Congratulations to everyone involved.

Get a copy of this month’s (August) Chicago magazine. There is a great story about what a wonderful town Forest Park is. Many of the good spots on Madison Street are mentioned with lots of pictures. The article has nothing but wonderful things to say about us. All true.

A recent visitor from Mesa, Arizona was Carol Byars who grew up here, went to Garfield, Forest Park Middle School, and Proviso East. Carol wanted to have breakfast at Louie’s with her longtime friend, Karen Rozmus. Breakfast at Louie’s is a Forest Park tradition, even before it was Louie’s (I think it was Pete’s back then). 

 Birthday greetings this week go to Angela Tricoci, Kevin Nutley, Donna Prochazka, Tom Curry, Betty Breseman, Mary Bosley, Christina Cassiani, Dorothy Grams, Barbara Lambke, Eileen Pfaff, Lisa Cozzi, Terry Hemstreet, Lindsay Pritchard, Anthony Bower, Donald Childs, Adison Crewe, Kitlin Smith, Ida Hanson, Alice Nolan, Bill Lichtenberg, Lucinda Mister, and Joanne Demarco

Happy anniversary to Joyce and Patrick Oberg and to Jon and Letitia Olmsted.

 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...