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Opt out of ComEd smart meter

Just wanted to bring attention to the ComEd smart meter opt out program. They keep the option pretty well hidden unless you search for it on your own. I'm unfortunately going thru the process of having one installed as I type. Only now have I even known about the possibility of opting out by being so upset with the project that's been going on that I started looking up online info about the smart meter itself. They are installing it...

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Just wanted to bring attention to the ComEd smart meter opt out program. They keep the option pretty well hidden unless you search for it on your own. I'm unfortunately going thru the process of having one installed as I type. Only now have I even known about the possibility of opting out by being so upset with the project that's been going on that I started looking up online info about the smart meter itself. They are installing it on the front face of my house so I wanted to see how much it would stand out so I was looking up images of them online. Then I came across the info on opting out. Of course it'll cost over $20 a month to do and supposedly by 2019 you won't have a choice. But things could change in that time if they see enough people having reservations about it. I started getting letters about needing to set up an appointment to have them come inside to plan for the change. Within a couple weeks of the first letter came another letter saying my power would be cut if I did not schedule an appointment soon. Never did any letter I received mention that there was an option to opt out. When I called to complain about that fact, way too late in the process by the way, the woman on the phone was so curious as to how I found out about the option of opting out. They are trying to keep it as hush hush as possible and aren't giving up info freely. Hopefully if you decide to get it where you live they won't be ruining your last couple months of summer tearing up the streets early in the morn & digging up your property so late in the season that cleaning it up will be a hassle in the time constraints of upcoming bad weather. Hopefully it won't be during Halloween so that the kids have dangerous obstacles and are completely prevented from using the sidewalk. I've just described my experience. If people would like to add the dangers and concerns to having smart meters I would love to hear opinions about that. So I big trick from ComEd on Halloween and in general.

  • For those who tout the marvels of the smart meters, if and when they develop Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, as many of us have, they will wish that they had looked a little further into this technology. The information is there for all to see. Like the opt out information, those who...

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    For those who tout the marvels of the smart meters, if and when they develop Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity, as many of us have, they will wish that they had looked a little further into this technology. The information is there for all to see. Like the opt out information, those who stand to make a lot of money and hold all the controls, would rather we don't know the facts. The facts for them are unfortunately rearing their ugly heads all over the world. Heart palpitations, extreme head pressure and pain, disorientation, itching, etc. (the list goes on), are all very real symptoms some of us are experiencing. Those of us who can feel the force field like feeling that these meters give off, are the canaries in the coal mine. Please pay attention to us. The World Health Organization classifies EMR as a class 2B carcinogen. We won't even go into the fires that these meters have caused or the fact that the person who installs one on your home is not even an electrician, but only an "upgraded meter reader." Despite all of the problems, not to mention a clear violation of your 4th amendment right, the solution from the power companies around the world is, deny, deny and deny.

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Moving to Beverly?? Part II - Schools

Thanks again to everyone that commented on my post last week. It was extremely helpful and informative. We are now digging in deeper and we on the lookout for a great home, and with that comes the big question on schools. What I've heard is most families choose the catholic elementary schools but I've also heard that Sutherland is a great choice. Our priorities in a school would be overall education/environment, meaning it's not a priority for the school to...

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Thanks again to everyone that commented on my post last week. It was extremely helpful and informative. We are now digging in deeper and we on the lookout for a great home, and with that comes the big question on schools. What I've heard is most families choose the catholic elementary schools but I've also heard that Sutherland is a great choice. Our priorities in a school would be overall education/environment, meaning it's not a priority for the school to teach them religion, but if it does that's not a problem either. We are neutral on the religious integration to education. So we would choose a school that has; a good student teach ratio, high parent involvement, diverse after school activities, low behavior issues, a comfortable physical environment, etc. I'm looking to collect information, and hope that I'm not starting a debate as to which schools are "better". As everyone has different priorities when selecting a school I know "better" means different things to different people. I'm hoping to hear from parents and educators from different schools and what they feel are the best things about the school they chose. If there is anyone out there that has used multiple schools or changed schools, I would love to hear about your decision process.

  • Anne - I saw some similar comments on a blog awhile ago about Sutherland which were concerning. Your comment is one I would like to understand better and learn more about. Do you know of another resource like EveryBlock that is more dedicated to education? Maybe a website where parents are exchanging information?
    Thanks!

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    Michelle- I do not know of any particular blog or I would share it with you . What I have been told has been by parents and teachers from the school. My own children graduated last year but I have friends with children there and some who have left or...

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    Michelle- I do not know of any particular blog or I would share it with you . What I have been told has been by parents and teachers from the school. My own children graduated last year but I have friends with children there and some who have left or are looking to leave next year. I see many of the teachers around the neighborhood and I know some great ones have left this year. Sorry just the local area blogs may have info as it comes up but I know of none particularly for education. Good Luck to you and your family.

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Moving to Beverly???

My husband and I are searching for our next home and we are considering moving from West Town to Beverly. I am hoping to get some input from the community to help us make a decision. We are somewhat familiar with the area as he grew up in the southern suburbs and we have family in Mt. Greenwood. Our hesitations are ones I'm sure you've heard before; proximity to violence and deteriorating neighborhood. To be more specific we are concerned...

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My husband and I are searching for our next home and we are considering moving from West Town to Beverly. I am hoping to get some input from the community to help us make a decision. We are somewhat familiar with the area as he grew up in the southern suburbs and we have family in Mt. Greenwood. Our hesitations are ones I'm sure you've heard before; proximity to violence and deteriorating neighborhood. To be more specific we are concerned that what we like about Beverly, the people that MAKE this community, are starting to move out, etc. Ideally we are looking for a place that has a strong community, but more importantly one that has their eyes on the future. Can anyone speak to how Beverly has changed over the last 20,10,5 years? And can can anyone speak to what the future might be? What is coming down the pipeline for long term sustainability and growth (not necessarily population, more so commerce, business, arts and culture)? What are the roadblocks for growth? What anchors exist in the community? How strong and active is the neighborhood association?What common goals does the community share?

Any input would be greatly appreciated!

  • My wife and I moved to Beverly 6 months ago and love the neighborhood. I've lived in Logan Square, South Loop, Pilsen, and Bridgeport and this neighborhood feels more like a real community than any place I've been in Chicago.

    I had a lot of the same questions as you...

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    My wife and I moved to Beverly 6 months ago and love the neighborhood. I've lived in Logan Square, South Loop, Pilsen, and Bridgeport and this neighborhood feels more like a real community than any place I've been in Chicago.

    I had a lot of the same questions as you - we were getting ready to have a baby (our first) and I wanted to make sure that we were moving to a place where we could raise a family while still take public transportation and have some of the conveniences of an urban area. Statistically I found that Beverly is definitely one of the safer neighborhoods in the city, consistently in the top 10 or so. The Chicago Tribune has a pretty good crime rate tool if you are interested in really looking at numbers.

    Our block, like most, has families that have been here for 50 years, and young families that have moved to the area within 3 years. Everyone has been welcoming, neighborly, and helpful.

    I think the neighborhood is so active and neighborly in part because it does have its challenges. It also has so much to offer: beautiful streets and homes without the price tag of the north side, big old trees, parks, plenty of shopping, public transportation, an active community, etc. I'm excited to see how the neighborhood develops in the next 10 years and I'm already selling it to my friends and family.

    Hope to see you around!

  • Thank you so much for all your comments. We greatly appreciate it. I have a few questions about schools and I will start a fresh post. If you have any input watch for it and let us know.

    Thanks again!

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Gale Math & Science Academy

Our 3rd-6th grade students are learning The Spanish Language. We are piloting a World Language Program using Rosetta Stone. Our students are excited!

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...the first 100 pet owners who bring their pet to The Original Rainbow Cone at 9225 S. Western Ave. between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.  Dogs must be leashed and...

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Bank robbed in Evergreen Park

In another incident, someone also tried to rob a Suburban Bank & Trust branch at 9901 S. Western Avenue about 2:30 p.m. Friday, according to the FBI. Details of that incident, and information regarding whether it might be connected to the Evergreen Park robbery, were not available Friday evening.

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Theater events: McAninch stages Shakespeare, Twain double-bill this weekend

...m. and 1 p.m. The tour concludes March 27 and 28 at Ridge Park, 9625 S. Longwood Drive, Chicago. (773) 227-0180, ext. 15, or chicagochildrenstheatre.org...

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...and Stage 773. Performances begin Friday, March 20, and run Fridays through April 17 at 1225 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 327-5252 or stage773.com...

...interactive productions, performs at 11 a.m. Friday, March 20, at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., Chicago, and 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central...

...E. Washington St., Chicago, and 11 a.m. Saturday, March 21, at Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave., Chicago. The free, family-friendly performances are part of the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs...

• The New Colony hosts a free cabaret/open mic event titled Show & Tell at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 20, at The Den Theatre, 1333 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago. See thenewcolony.org.

...the 2012 best-seller for the company's KidSeries. Performances begin Saturday, March 21, at 6912 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (773) 761-4477 or lifelinetheatre.com...

...at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place, 175 E. Chestnut St., Chicago. Music director Will Van Dyke and The Whiskey 5 Band also perform. (800) 775...

...Bottom" at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Logan Center for the Arts, 915 E. 60th St., Chicago. The reading is part of the citywide August Wilson Celebration produced by The Goodman...

• The Annoyance Theatre presents "Improvised Twilight Zone" at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at 851 W. Belmont Ave., Chicago. (773) 697-9693 or theannoyance.com.

...its production "Red Kite, Blue Sky," geared toward children with autism, to Harrison Park, at 1824 S. Wood St., Chicago, on Saturday and Sunday, March 21-22. Performances are at 10:30 and 11...

...Soiree at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 21, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel, 17 E. Monroe St., Chicago. The event, honoring Broadway in Chicago president Lou Raizin, features a magic performance by...

...the opening production of its 29th season. Previews begin Tuesday, March 24, at Angel Island, 735 W. Sheridan Road, Chicago. The show opens March 26. (866) 468-3401 or maryarrchie.com...

...created by "a rogue artificial intelligence." The play opens March 27 at the Storefront Theater, 66 E. Randolph St., Chicago. See theateroobleck.com...

...director Nick Sandys directs the comedy, which opens March 30, at the Greenhouse Theater Center, 2257 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago. (773) 244-8119 or remybumppo.org...

...Einstein's theory of the universe. Performances begin Thursday, March 26, at the Athenaeum Theatre, 2936 N. Southport Ave., Chicago. (773) 935-6975 or genesistheatricals.com or athenaeumtheatre.org...

...Max DeTogne in the titular role. Performances run through May 17 at No Exit Cafe, 6970 N. Glenwood Ave., Chicago. (800) 595-4849 or theo-u.org...

...Individual tickets go on sale Aug. 1 and are available at the box office at 5535 S. Ellis Ave., Chicago, by phone at (773) 753-4472 or online at courttheatre.org...

...town where the murders of hundreds of women have remained unsolved. Performances take place at 170 N. Dearborn St., Chicago. Season subscriptions are available. Individual tickets go on sale in August. They're available...

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Good things are happening at Gale!

Teachers teaching teachers. Gale Math & Science Academy teachers participated in a STEM activity this evening.

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Sunday bike ride and solstice bonfire

...Preserves is having a solstice bonfire at Whistler Woods. Let's meet at Ridge Park (1817 W 96th St.) at 1:15 for a bike ride on the Major Taylor Trail down to Whistler...

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