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Neighborhood Trash

Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is...

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Hi Everyone!

I recently moved to the area and love living in our new home. One thing that seems to happen every single day is the accumulation of trash in our yard, on the side walk etc... I understand we live in the city and the odds of a stray piece of trash rolling around is going to happen, but it blows my mind when I see full McDonalds bags, Arizona Ice Tea, beer cans every single day. Someone is consciously throwing their trash outside. I have started walking up and down my street with a trash bag to pick up whatever I can and it seems to help ! I really believe in leading by example. Sure enough the other day I was picking up trash and someone came out of their house and did the same thing! It was great! It would be awesome if everyone in the area could start to do the same thing. Make our neighborhood clean and welcoming!

  • RT Here

    And why does it seem that half of the garbage out there is giant ice tea/monter drink cans and McDonald's bags? I suppose it's indicative of the use group.

  • Michelle Fennessy Twitter @drfennessy

    I live in Pilsen and come home on weekends. I make it a point to carry gloves, mask,
    and a trash bag w me to collect trash in our 15th Racine viaduct (usually once a visit). What gets me are people who throw dirty diapers on sidewalks.

    Leading by example is great! We had 2 community volunteers today to help with sample collections and trash pickup.

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Bird Found!

Beautiful & tame bird found last night - Lawndale & Leland in Albany Park! This is someone's bird! We have in a cage for now but we can't keep this guy for long. Please contact me!

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Not all panhandling is illegal

Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being...

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Under the Municipal Code of Chicago, not all panhandling is illegal. But some forms of aggressive panhandling or panhandling in certain places are illegal and should be reported.

Panhandling is defined as any solicitation made in person upon any street, public place or park in the city, in which a person requests an immediate donation of money or other gratuity from another person, and includes but is not limited to seeking donations, by vocal appeal, or where the person being solicited receives an item or service of little or no monetary value in exchange for a donation, under circumstances where a reasonable person would understand that the transaction is in substance a donation.

Panhandling does not include the act of passively standing or sitting nor performing music, singing or other street performance with a sign or other indication that a donation is sought, without any vocal request except in response to an inquiry by another person.

For example, under the Municipal Code of Chicago, panhandling is prohibited when either the panhandler or the person being solicited in the following places:

• Within ten feet of a bus shelter or a posted Chicago Transit Authority bus stop sign;
• In any public transportation vehicle or public transportation facility;
• In a vehicle which is parked or stopped on a public street or alley, except for those solicitations from recognized charitable organizations;
• In a sidewalk cafe or restaurant;
• In a filling station; or
• Within ten feet in any direction from an ATM or the entrance to a bank or currency exchange.

  • Cross out the bar code on the can. Otherwise they will return the can to the store for cash for drugs.

  • Wicked Fast BMW Average Chicagoan who loves her city

    @ Tas My screen name is related to my profession and I have a clean record on my street driving license and I'd like to keep it that way. Thank you for your concern.

    @Alex, these days it is pretty hard to return anything without a receipt and from the...

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    @ Tas My screen name is related to my profession and I have a clean record on my street driving license and I'd like to keep it that way. Thank you for your concern.

    @Alex, these days it is pretty hard to return anything without a receipt and from the reactions I receive, I highly doubt that any of them get returned. I would say of the "street people" that I have spoken with only about 10% appear to have a drug or alcohol problem. I think if you took the time to actually talk to them you would find that most are out there due to a few bad things happening that have snowballed and left them without money enough to get by or have a home. I have spoken with many and find that some even have jobs but can't afford an apartment. I spoke with one man I recognized in line at the bank. He has a job at Walmart on Diversey, he has a bank account and a debit card but he can't afford to have an apartment and still afford to eat and take the bus. He told me not to worry about him, he has a good spot that is warm and dry and he doesn't keep money on him except when he is collecting. He also said that he thought the soup was a great idea and that he loves the chicken corn chowder the best. People are people and they are just as valid as I am. I just worry about them stepping out in front of me on the off ramps. I couldn't live with myself if I killed someone.

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Donating an electric piano

Does anyone know of any organizations/schools that need/will accept an electric piano? I have one that I'm looking to get rid of. A few of the keys need repair and I've replaced it with an upright piano. I'd rather donate it than throw it away.

Thanks!!

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Neighborhood Violence

I'm new to every block and I am appalled by the amount of crimes I see. I grew up in the suburbs and obviously its much quieter out there.

The news about the stabbing yesterday.... Very disturbing. How can we help create an environment that discourages such behavior??
I don't want to be walking around wondering if some bum is going to jump
me while I am doing my runs or walking to the store.

Laws, ordinaces, and policies don't seem to do the trick.
What the next best step..... I wonder.

  • Domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood, to people of any culture, and every kind of back ground. No amount of knowing your neighbors is going to stop that. If the person involved doesn't seek help, it will continue. The unit next to mine had a couple who fought "loudly"...

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    Domestic violence can happen in any neighborhood, to people of any culture, and every kind of back ground. No amount of knowing your neighbors is going to stop that. If the person involved doesn't seek help, it will continue. The unit next to mine had a couple who fought "loudly" all of the time, you could hear the name calling, yelling etc. Then one day ol' girl had a black eye and didn't come out of the unit for a week. Eventually ol' boy left her - she didn't leave him. Never called the police, never had him arrested, never asked for an order of protection. Never even tried to leave. She did however ignore every one in the building, she didn't want to know her neighbors. The problem with a domestic situation is if no one presses charges, nothing is going to happen. That stabbing incident from the original post, not sure how that could have been prevented.

    However, if you're worried about some "bum" jumping you, take the headphones out and put the iphone away. Don't make yourself an easy target.

  • Flew That Chicago born & raised. You can come home again!

    @jm540 - that would be much more comforting if the bangers had better aim.

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Updated 7 hours ago

Ice Cream Soda?

Is there anyplace in the vicinity of Albany Park or nearby that serves real ice cream sodas?

Real ice cream sodas, served in glass, made with high pressure compressed seltzer water. Not a float, like a root beer float.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    "Northeast corner of Paulina and Belmont. The name escapes me."

    Scooters.

    http://www.scootersfrozencustard.com/

    I passed by there on Paulina about 8 PM on Friday, but didn't stop. They were crowded, so it must be pretty good.

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    No ice cream soda at Scooters. I stopped by there last night. Good ice cream, a large variety - but no ice cream sodas.

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  • Google for PreK

    Mrs. Alvarado is asking for $966.68:
    My students need an iPad mini along with a case to secure the device from breaking.
    North River Elementary School Comment

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Northwest suburban police blotter

...the 1400 block of East Central Road, Mount Prospect, and Jeremy Driscoll, 26, of the 4900 block of North Monticello, Chicago, were arrested around 1:05 p.m. July 29 at Brown's home and...

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• Sarah R. Weber, 19, of the 100 block of LaSalle Road, Streamwood, was arrested around 2:19 a.m. Aug. 21 on the 1300 block of Kingsbury and charged with battery, criminal trespass, and consumption of alcohol by a minor.

• Thieves stole a blue mountain bike around 2 p.m. Aug. 21 on the 1500 block of Maplewood. During the same time and on the same block, burglars stole tools out of a vehicle. Someone burglarized a third car on the same block but missing items were not identified.

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Stabbing in Albany Park

Does anyone have details about this stabbing of a woman this morning in Albany Park? Just curious if it was a targeted event or a random act.

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-woman-dies-following-northwest-side-stabbing-20140827-story.html

  • Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical...

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    Not sure. This is what the article said: CHICAGO — A 38-year-old woman was fatally stabbed Wednesday morning in Albany Park.

    Officers were called to a home in the 4700 block of North Lawndale Avenue for a woman stabbed around 8:20 a.m. The woman was transported to Illinois Masonic Medical Center in critical condition, said Officer Janel Sedevic, a police spokeswoman.

    The victim was identified by the Cook County Medical Examiner's Office as Erenbira Pimentel-Hernandez of the 5000 block of West Grand Avenue.

    She was pronounced dead at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital at 12:40 p.m.

    The stabbing appeared to be domestic-related and no one is in custody, Sedevic said.

  • My house is on the street that dead ends into the alley behind this building. My husband was approached by detectives who were investigating on Wednesday and they told him that it was a case of domestic violence. The detectives knew who the offender was, but the person ran off after the stabbing. I do not know if they have caught the guy yet or not.

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27 Things To Do in Chicago's 'Hoods Before Summer Ends

...their way through the wildflowers, many of which are still in full bloom. Ronan Park, 3000 W. Argyle St., boasts a lovely nature walk along the Chicago River — be prepared to share the trail...

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Hit Up the Parson's Chicken & Fish Patio: Snag a spot under the red-and-white umbrellas and sip an ice cold negroni slushie. Maybe eat some chicken too. 2952 W. Armitage Ave.

Have Your Pie and Eat it Too: Swimsuit season is almost over. So grab a slice at Bang Bang Pie, walk to a grassy spot on Humboldt Boulevard with your friends. Eat, drink, play a board game and fall asleep. 2051 N. California Ave. (Note: Bang Bang is closed on Labor Day, but will reopen Tuesday)

...Friday, Gary Burton on Saturday, and the Sun Ra Arkestra closes the festival on Sunday. 201 E. Randolph St.

...in the skyline or do some stargazing … with or without your significant other. Bait shop: 3130 S. Canal St. Park: 2700 S. Halsted St...

...some stargazing … with or without your significant other. Bait shop: 3130 S. Canal St. Park: 2700 S. Halsted St.

...Grab a spot at one of the outdoor tables at Turtle’s Bar & Grill at 33rd and Wells streets and watch the game-day scene as you toss back some beers or down...

Find Inner Peace: The recently expanded Ping Tom Park in Chinatown offers some of the city's most stunning skyline views, especially in the evening. 300 W. 19th St.

...camps over, additional time has been added for lap swim, adult swim and family swim. 11320 S. Western Ave.

...group meets through Oct. 15 but haven't you put this off long enough already? 10328 S. Western Ave.

...In the event of inclement weather, yoga will be moved inside the field house at 1817 W. 96th St. But barring any rain, you'll enjoy shavasana in the sunshine. 9600 S. Longwood Drive...

...1817 W. 96th St. But barring any rain, you'll enjoy shavasana in the sunshine. 9600 S. Longwood Drive...

...soar overhead, while minks and other water-loving mammals make the river banks their homes. 5275 N. Cicero Ave.

...the city. Keep an eye out for prairie crayfish, garter snakes and a few coyotes. 4200 N. Oak Park Ave. near Irving Park Road

...you're consuming. Look for Cintron around 5:30 p.m. on Fridays in the 1700 block of North Wolcott Avenue near the Bloomingdale Trail...

...and California Avenues near Humboldt Park's namesake park. Then, walk to Cermak Produce at 2701 W. North Ave. where there's a small grill stand on the southern end of the grocery's...

...and enjoy the spread on a blanket near the newly-renovated playground. Lillie's Q, 1856 W. North Ave. Walsh Playground, 1722 N. Ashland Ave...

...blanket near the newly-renovated playground. Lillie's Q, 1856 W. North Ave. Walsh Playground, 1722 N. Ashland Ave.

...it's awesome to scatter pigeons. Hours of fun for the whole family! Giddings Plaza, 4731 N. Lincoln Ave.

...with the "I'm melting ..." scene in the background and you will win the Internet. 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

...city to feel like you've left the city. Just cruise over to Winnemac Park, 5101 N. Leavitt St., where large swaths of green space have been restored to their natural prairie state. Wood...

...be prepared to share the trail with deer. Tucked away behind Von Steuben High School, 5039 N. Kimball Ave., is another short river walk, truly a hidden gem...

...hand, as the beautiful summer begins to slip away. At least there’s ice cream. 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave.

Read a Darn Book: Auburn Park features a lagoon, waterfall and fishing privileges. The park, which sits off 79th and Eggleston and is sandwiched in between newly built homes, is open from 6 a.m.-11 p.m. Catch up on some reading as ducks and swans float past. 406 W. Winneconna Parkway.

...farm will give you up to $10 in free produce depending on what you spend. 5814 S. Wood St.

Sip a Drink With a View: Get a drink on the rooftop of The J. Parker on a Saturday night to catch the fireworks off Navy Pier in the distance. There are only two weekends of summer fireworks left, with the final night happening Sept. 6. 13th floor, 1816 N. Clark St.

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These nearby schools are looking for financial help on DonorsChoose.org:

  • Inspiring Minds Through iPads

    Ms. Shapiro is asking for $1038.31:
    My students need two iPads with two protective cases for more access to technology.
    Edison Park Elementary School Comment
  • Play-Dough in PreK

    Mrs. Alvarado is asking for $232.21:
    My students need play-dough, play-dough accessories and trays to keep play-dough in one place. Play-dough helps little hands develop better fine motor skills.
    North River Elementary School Comment

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Spraying for Mosquitoes

Did anyone hear that our area was supposed to be sprayed for mosquitoes tonight? The only thing I found on line was that areas west of A.P. were to be sprayed but it sure smelled like they did our area also (around 10:00 p.m.).

43 hours ago

Lost dog

This morning on our way to school, saw a cream and light brown dog with collar wandering around without owner. I can only assume it was lost. It was kinda shy and ran to the other side of the street when it saw us.

45 hours ago

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