Our beloved Zeno Jacquat is now in hospice. Georgette, Zeno’s wife, said more surgery, tubes, etc. would be cruel and, in the end, useless. So our dear Zeno is near the end and we send him our love and affection. Zeno did more for the Friends of the Library than anyone else. His good nature kept the friends together for many years. We love you, Zeno, you will always live for us.
Jef Anderson and Noel Eberline just launched their interior design website, yearbookstudios.com. Forest Parkers know them best from Yearbook Studios on Madison Street, which just celebrated its fifth anniversary in business. Congratulations. You can reach Jef at Jef@comcast.net or Jef@yearbookstudios.net (Call 847-989-5071) and Noel at Noeleberline@comcast.net or 847-269-7735. Good luck, men!
Forest Park said goodbye to Dolores (Dee) Holub last week. For a woman of 99 years, she really filled the room with friends. There was no end to the praise and lists of accomplishments in Dolores’ life. She lived her entire life here in Forest Park. Girl Scouting was so much a part of her life that she even started an adult Scout Troop “007.” The ladies went to camp in Wisconsin, made craft items, did all kinds of scout activities. Some women think it would still be a good idea.
Diane Collins, reference librarian, has recovered from her recent cataract surgery. Her adult book club will read Silkworm in October.
For about two weeks, I have been watching and waiting for a certain bird in my backyard. He looks like a sparrow but has a snow white head. Kind of looks like a micro-mini-bald eagle. Several neighbors have tried to find him on their iPads, the closest we have come to finding him is a bird from — get this — New Zealand. But our unsung genius here at the Review, Jacquinete Baldwin, found him on the internet. Turns out he is a Chipping Sparrow.
Another neighbor, Gerri Grant, took a great picture of a praying mantis. Eew, makes you glad they only get to be about 6 or 7 inches long. Geri tells us they are good guys, so don’t kill one if you find him (her, actually).
Remember the Doll Tea Party next Saturday, Sept. 17 at the Women’s Exchange on Oak Park Avenue.
Belated happy anniversary to Tony and Lois Calderone, Lisa and P.J. Walsh, Carol and Dave Novak, and Guy and Katina Macino. Birthday greetings go to Rick Stephanie, Lily O’Neil, Max Rus, Nicole Walsh, Diane and Betty Huebner, Brian Foley, Claire Finnegan, Adam Goetz, Alyssa Neff, Jodi Gianakopoulis, Alex Bafetti, Maureen Harnett, Dee Galbraith, Lucy Gianelli, and Laura McDermott.
Congratulations and best wishes to Tracy and Colleen Cassiani.
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.