9 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Sullivan and Kolzar where are you?

Once again Thompson is on the cover of the Bridgeport News. I agree the Bridgeport News is really nothing more than a place for family Happy Birthdays and other announcements but this is direct mail. Social media is a small part of a campaign and everytime Thompson is on the cover of the BPN he is getting free direct mail branding to a very targeted audience. I would like to see Sullivan and Kolzar submit articles and photos to the...

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Once again Thompson is on the cover of the Bridgeport News. I agree the Bridgeport News is really nothing more than a place for family Happy Birthdays and other announcements but this is direct mail. Social media is a small part of a campaign and everytime Thompson is on the cover of the BPN he is getting free direct mail branding to a very targeted audience. I would like to see Sullivan and Kolzar submit articles and photos to the BPN and get rejected and then post the photos and articles on social media telling us that the BPN refused to cover them. It would make for a great impact and it would once and for all prove the point that the BPN has a very big stake in the election but for only one person!

  • Sue Chad Sussie Q.

    Dextee, since you continue to drag the Bridgeport News in this election let's stick to the facts not your personal opinion.
    This was on everyblock on August 29 posted by MRSRAC, editor of the newspaper.
      The Newspaper has been part of the this great community for 75 yrs. Our mast head...

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    Dextee, since you continue to drag the Bridgeport News in this election let's stick to the facts not your personal opinion.
    This was on everyblock on August 29 posted by MRSRAC, editor of the newspaper.
      The Newspaper has been part of the this great community for 75 yrs. Our mast head states we are a Non-Partisan Independent Newspaper. All/any political ads/articles submitted are paid for. We wish the best to all the candidates that have already announced for 11th Ward Alderman and to anyone that may still enter the race. If campaign funds allow we will be happy to help with any political advertising you may need.
    Thank You, Janice Racinowski, Editor-40 yr. employee
    and Ellen Feldman-Ryan-Sid's Kid
    This is posted on their facebook page, (4) All of the articles/photos that appear in the newspaper are submitted for publication by members of community organizations, advertisers and residents of our area. We do not have any reporters or photographers. Most articles are free of charge but there is a nominal fee for fundraising, church/school/business related articles. There is a charge for all political articles/ads.
    This was posted on everyblock on 9/27 from Rene.
    The Bridgeport News does not write articles. Individuals and groups submit their own stories and usually pay for publication.
    I don't know what other candidates are doing, but right now, I know that Maureen Sullivan's campaign is focusing on petitions. Time for campaigning does not come until she is on the ballot. The election is not until February so it would be a waste to start serious campaigning now.
    I know there was an ad in the Bridgeport News announcing John Kozlars run For 11 th Ward Alderman race, I think it was in the 1 st week of September
    You should email the candidates themselves to find out why they are not choosing to use the community newspaper at this time. The fact is all candidates are welcome to place their articles and ads for a fee.

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    One of the biggest issues is that the "advertisements" that are paid for do not appear as advertisements. Instead, they are presented on the front page as though they were editorial content, reported objectively by journalists: They're presented as news, and not labeled as being paid advertisements (which is still...

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    One of the biggest issues is that the "advertisements" that are paid for do not appear as advertisements. Instead, they are presented on the front page as though they were editorial content, reported objectively by journalists: They're presented as news, and not labeled as being paid advertisements (which is still common for publications that allow advertising to be visually presented as news).

    All of this appears as editorial-looking content under the masthead of "Bridgeport News." Perhaps the title should be changed to the "Bridgeport Weekly Advertising Circular" ... or maybe the "Bridgeport Whorepaper."

3 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

2015 budget hearing for McGuane Park

This is our annual opportunity to request events for McGuane for 2015. Last year we requested Sunday hours and swimming on Sunday and got it. This year we would like to request music, dance and team sports. Please consider attending this budget hearing and supporting McGuane. If you have ideas for events, please post them here and/or attend the McGuane advisory council meeting at 6pm the first Monday of each month at the field house. The budget hearing is tomorrow, Sept 30, at 6:00 pm Fosco Park, 1312 S. Racine.

  • Mary, how do you think the meeting went?

    The nice girl who manages Donovan Park told us tonight at the toddler art class that it'll be getting a nice new water feature for next year. She thought that might be through some sort of other funding though.

  • Mary 17 year Bridgeport resident

    Sorry I didn't get to see you; the reception ladies couldn't tell me if you were there. I think it went well for McGuane. How did it go for McKinley?

Sep 10

Updated 18 hours ago

Speed camera

Speed camera on Archer near Wood WHY the speed cameras are for schools and playgrounds. None there. Contact 12ward to ask WHY?

  • denise b concerned citizen

    The only way that is going to make a diffence is to have the media there.

  • Pete DeMay A McKinley Park parent and candidate for alderman

    We have some media confirmed for tomorrow. Now don't forget to come to the rally and bring a friend! It's time to show Rahm and his puppets in City Council that we don't want their speed and red light cameras in Chicago.

Sep 21

Updated 6 days ago

info on bridgeport

Hi all! I am interested in any and all information on the neighborhood. We are considering buying a home there next spring. We currently live in the nw side and don't like it, too suburban. We are a family of four, we have a 2 and 4 year old. Safety? Friendliness? Schools? Any information would be great!

  • Justin K. McKinley Parker since 2008, south sider since 1998

    Yes, Josh, tons of new development (and higher-end stuff) coming to the areas of Bridgeport south of 35th.

  • Jeanne Marie Mondrella-Keating Real Esate Broker and Chicago Highrise Rep, Jeanne

    Love those new homes behind Donovan as well as 38th place right off Pershing. Ones on 37th place nice as well

6 days ago

Special Olympics at McGuane

Plan a walk over to McGuane between 9 am and 3 pm this Saturday, Sept. 27, to cheer on the children participating in a bocce tournament. And be sure to bring a few dollars to buy a raffle ticket or two and buy some great treats from the bake sale. This is your opportunity to take a walk on a lovely day, meet some amazing kids and support our Special Olympic program at McGuane. It is said it takes a village to raise a child and I am betting that the villagers in Bridgeport will make this a success. McGuane Park is located at 2901 S. Poplar. The bocce courts are on Poplar just south of the field house.

Sep 18

Updated Sep 22

New Zaytune location?

I see that there's a new Zaytune sign at 35th and Western. I assume that this is a new one, not the one on Morgan in Bridgeport. Does anyone have the scoop? It's a great place. They might be well-advised to wait until the Western Ave. construction is done (if it ever is!) before opening. That construction is brutalizing business around there, as the Archer Ave. construction is in that area.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Maybe they could start serving Turkish/Greek coffee in the meantime?

  • Kevin S. #Bridgeport #Southside #Chicago

    That would be great @Erik.

Sep 19

Speed Camera Survey

Residents of the 12th Ward! Please take 2-3 minutes to fill out this survey regarding the speed camera on Archer. Thank you!

https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/XXTHRSL

Sep 17

Updated Sep 18

YARD SALE!!

Anybody know of any yard sales this weekend?? With lots of kids stuff there.

  • Ok and what was your reason for this comment?

  • The big semiannual South Loop neighborhood yard sale is Saturday, Sept. 20, 8 am to 3 pm, in Dearborn Park, 9th & Plymouth. There's always a lot of outgrown kids stuff.

Sep 15

Updated Sep 17

International Grill in Pilsen

For those of us who've been wondering where Chef Eusebio and Olga from Amelia's went, check out their new restaurant in Pilsen. Essentially the same menu, still great stuff. BYOB. We ate there Friday night. Sorry to see them leave Canaryville, but they're still close by.

  • jim m bridgeport resident 14 years

    amelia's is not gone but the chef has moved on...

  • rene One of Morty's people

    Ah... Well now there are two things to celebrate :)

Sep 10

Updated Sep 17

Speed camera

They is a new speed camera on Archer near Wood. These cameras were suppose to be for Schools and playgrounds. None in that area.

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    JL, you got "democratic" (democracy) and "republic" mixed up. What you're referring to as "republic" is a direct democracy. When leaders make decisions on behalf of their constituents, it's a republic—when the representatives are elected, it's a democratic republic.

  • SETROC Here I am Roc you like a hurricane

    Lets keep voting democrat because this city, county, state, and country are all in such great shape.Now off to take my crazy pills.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 14

Sep 12

Abandoned car

Thanks to the officer to responded so quickly to the abandoned car

Sep 02

Updated Sep 06

Concrete contractor needed

Seeking a reliable concrete contractor to bid on a residential driveway project.

Need to build concrete beam approx 20'L x 4'W x 4'D to prevent frost heave in winter. Beam needs to be set flush into the ground (4 feet deep).

Please give me your recommendations and contact info. Much appreciated!

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    I put in fence posts myself. you have to dig to 42 or 48". 36" deep is not deep enough for the weather in Chicago.
    I set my wood posts in pea gravel (no water will collect and rot the wood) and my metal posts using this "wing" attachment at...

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    I put in fence posts myself. you have to dig to 42 or 48". 36" deep is not deep enough for the weather in Chicago.
    I set my wood posts in pea gravel (no water will collect and rot the wood) and my metal posts using this "wing" attachment at the base, that I got at home depot (for setting posts without concrete).
    now my neighbor laughed when he asked what I was doing and I said I was not going to set in concrete, but neither the wood posts or the metal posts have heaved in 20 years, so I guess I got the last laugh.

    good luck with your project!!!

  • Michael Vitali Human being

    Thanks again to Gary M. who stopped by this afternoon and gave me some valuable pointers.

    Justin K., it looks like I will be in touch with your welding contact in the near future.

    Thanks to everyone who contributed ideas, very much appreciated.

Sep 04

Updated Sep 05

HIT AND RUN??

Seen on another thread a man on a bicycle just got hit on 33rd and emerald. Driver took off and the man did not survive.

Sep 03

Updated Sep 04

Were you or your neighbors the victim of one of those tire thefts?

Hi,

I'm finishing up a story for DNAinfo Chicago about the thefts of tires and wheels from seven cars, many from Armour Square and McKinley Park neighborhoods.

If you were victimized — I'm sorry, that sucks— I'd also like to speak with for the story. I can be reached at ccora(at)dnainfo(dot)com

Thanks,
Casey

  • My neighbors as well as myself noticed some unfamiliar folks trolling around randomly photographing the area. Was difficult to discern what they're intended subject matter was but if seemed suspicious. This was roughly 3 weeks prior to the thefts. I feel strongly that there is a connection.

Aug 27

Updated Sep 02

LGBT Neighbors In Bridgeport Chicago

Hello everyone I am Karl a founder of LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport Chicago. I am here to let everybody know were are here in Bridgeport. We like to help our fellow neighbors doesn't matter what your sexuality is.

We will be having a Picnic at the Nature Park at 27th and Halsted on top of the mountain on Sunday August 31st 1pm to 5pm. Also on Monday September 1st 6:00pm to 8:30 pm we will be having a arts and...

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Hello everyone I am Karl a founder of LGBT Neighbors in Bridgeport Chicago. I am here to let everybody know were are here in Bridgeport. We like to help our fellow neighbors doesn't matter what your sexuality is.

We will be having a Picnic at the Nature Park at 27th and Halsted on top of the mountain on Sunday August 31st 1pm to 5pm. Also on Monday September 1st 6:00pm to 8:30 pm we will be having a arts and crafts meeting. Check our website below for further information.

If anybody has further questions feel free to comment on this post or if you feel more comfortable send me a private message on here or though our website.

www.lgbtneighborsinbridgeportchicago.org

karl@lgbtneighborsinbridgeportchicago.org

Text us
312•627•9945

  • Erik H Loyola & UofC alumnus, Chicago Loot Drop charity

    Sorry I haven't emailed yet. I'm stuck in the weeds with work and side projects. As soon as I get some breathing room, I'll shoot you an email.

  • Karl a.k.a Bportboy A founder of LGBT Neightbors in Bridgeport Chicago

    No worries Erik :)

Aug 30

Updated Aug 31

For sale

A 3 year old fridge for sale .a apartment size or good for a garage.50.00 will deliver in excellent condition.

  • What would u like to know?

  • The fridge is white .its made by haier.its about 5foot height -2feet wide .it works great!

Aug 30

Updated Aug 30

Front sidewalk sale today

3016 s Lowe August 30 2014

Aug 18

Updated Aug 25

Loud Music

What is the policy regarding loud music in our neighborhood? This last Saturday I and the surrounding area had to endure live loud music from 5:00 to 8:30. This was blaring into my house and I had all my windows closed and AC on. I could not concentrate or watch TV. I could barely hear when I called 911. These people are repeat offenders when it comes to playing their music as I have called in the past. Aren't they fined for this?

  • denise b concerned citizen

    Eric it is never a little law when it has to do with the person who NEEDS it inforcedI have lived in my home which I own for 35 years.Have always keep it up but thinking about moving out of Chicago in a couple of years when I retire. Will...

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    Eric it is never a little law when it has to do with the person who NEEDS it inforcedI have lived in my home which I own for 35 years.Have always keep it up but thinking about moving out of Chicago in a couple of years when I retire. Will sell my home whatever I get for it.The city is losing alot of it's good citizens because of the chaos going on in the city.Look around in your neighborhoods. It is happening in mine.Noise maybe a small thing to some people but when you can not enjoy your home WHY would you want to stay.

  • Happy making better choices

    Denise you are actually right. As a person who was recently robbed, when the neighborhood as gotten use to loud music and noises which they use to call 911 for but due to the lack of response they stopped, criminals then know what area to target. Lots of ppl are...

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    Denise you are actually right. As a person who was recently robbed, when the neighborhood as gotten use to loud music and noises which they use to call 911 for but due to the lack of response they stopped, criminals then know what area to target. Lots of ppl are robbed by neighbors or ppl actually in their building for multi units. You turn music up loud enough no one hears the breaking of the door or windows smashing. Clearly that is not your experience but please don't dismiss others as even a possibility. Some of the most ridiculous things ppl hear are criminal genius bc no one believes it to be true or possible.

    The broken window theory does apply to nuisance behavior. What if the police did what the Orland park officers did? There would be less loud music banging down the street and some ppl would think about going into areas where they can't even play loud music in the car without getting a ticket. Ppl would second guess moving to a block where if a cop hears music from the sidewalk, they are ticketed and landlords are fined. Some of the biggest criminals in the city live in quiet burbs so this is not a city vc burb chat but about enforcement vs. non-enforcement.

Aug 23

Updated Aug 23

Fight Night @ U.S. Cellular

Tonight @ 6:00 P.M. B96 is sponsoring Fight Night. There are several good boxers on the card. Bridgports very own Frankie " Timebomb" Scalise is fighting tonight. Come out and support Frankie!! Tickets are still availabe

Aug 23

Sidewalk / Garage sale 3041 S. Shields

Big sale. 4 families selling lots of stuff home goods , books, baby clothes , electronics. Some new, slightly used. August 23rd & 24th 10am!!!!!!!

Aug 04

Updated Aug 13

Lost Kitten

Please help. White kitten with 2 black spots on his head and a black tail escaped from 32nd and May on Saturday. He's afraid of strangers and will run away if you approach but he's very sweet. Please call 214-395-5584 if you spot him, he's a very good at running and hiding.

  • hodeho Thirteen-year Brighton Park resident

    Very sorry for your loss, Krista.

  • if someone lost or wants the kitten i put in the link above, please do not hesitate to contact the person on that link and that thread...it's a black/white kitten that needs a home or is lost please check it out

Aug 10

Updated Aug 13

Alderman Alert...more boarded up stores!

When are we going to know who is running against Alderman Balcer? The look of this neighborhood is lowering property values and making the neighborhood a joke.

Drive East on 35th from Morgan and count the abandoned and boarded up lots and buildings. Then make a left or right on Halsted. Even more boarded up and empty store fronts.

Who is running against Balcer? What associations in the neighborhood or ward are focused on business development? I am fed up with the lack of action. Its time to get together, put pressure and a plan forward and fix Bridgeport!

  • South Loop truth Poliical activist

    Balcer is not interested in carrying favor with Rahm. He will never go with the people, only follow Rahms anti cop pro pay to play agenda. They both need to the sooner the better.

  • South Loop truth Poliical activist

    Sorry should be only interested in carrying favor with mayor pay to play.

May 09 2012

Updated Aug 03

Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago

I understand rumors were flying at the CAPS meeting regarding the Fire Commissioner, Jose Santiago. It was alleged he was the brother of a current gangbanger in the neighborhood.

I am posting here to assure you that this is not the case and am willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have to squash this damaging rumor.

The FC was raised in the Little Italy neighborhood with his 3 sisters by a single mother. He joined the Marines...

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I understand rumors were flying at the CAPS meeting regarding the Fire Commissioner, Jose Santiago. It was alleged he was the brother of a current gangbanger in the neighborhood.

I am posting here to assure you that this is not the case and am willing to answer any questions or concerns you may have to squash this damaging rumor.

The FC was raised in the Little Italy neighborhood with his 3 sisters by a single mother. He joined the Marines at age 17, serving both active and reserves for over 31 years. He joined the Chicago Fire Department in 1979, working his way though the ranks.

Like many young men, bought his home on the northside, married his sweetheart and raised his family, while completing college and working a second job. His 2 daughters are currently both obtaining advanced college degrees.

He is a workaholic that believes in hard work and results.

False rumors lead to a lack of confidence in our leaders and a road block to goals.

  • Lee Ann, just curious what happened to Jose Santiago's wife, I never see any mention of her just his lovely daughters. did something tragic happen to her.

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