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  • St Symphorosa Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    So sad to hear parents speak negatively of this school. I have been a parishioner since I started Kindergarten at the school many years ago, and am happy with the education my kids are receiving now. They have made amazing friendships with their classmates and enjoy a wide variety of activities (scouts, school musicals, clubs, etc - not only sports). The age at which they are invited to Homecoming dance is the same at ALL the schools in the area (ask around - JV and Varsity level is included in the dance). Unlike some other schools, Syms includes ALL students in grades 4-8, not just football players and cheerleaders at their dance! Students are treated fairly and receive a quality, Catholic education. My sons standardized tests scores are WAY above the National average and have been every year! The teachers do care and will work with your child if they need help. I love the opportunity to be extremely involved in activities and events at the school. We are proud to be members of the Syms "Family"!!!

    St Symphorosa Elementary School (6125 South Austin Avenue) Published on GreatSchools October 29, 2014
  • St Symphorosa Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    My children have always scored way above average on their standardized tests. And if by clique you mean people are friendly to each other? It's a shame you are not part of that. My kids have been going to dances at the school for years. They have never been encouraged to bring dates. Maybe some kids want to bring dates, but it's never been encouraged by the school, teachers or parents. Overall, my family has been very happy with the school.

    St Symphorosa Elementary School (6125 South Austin Avenue) Published on GreatSchools October 29, 2014
  • St Symphorosa Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    This school is amazing. I really like the caring, family atmosphere and the excellent teachers that go above and beyond to ensure student success. My child is happy and safe at St. Symphorosa. The academic foundation he is receiving is excellent and his faith formation is wonderful. I appreciate this school and know that my child will have a bright future thanks to the start he received at St. Syms.

    St Symphorosa Elementary School (6125 South Austin Avenue) Published on GreatSchools October 29, 2014
  • St Symphorosa Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Ugh I wish I could just piggy back off of whomever wrote on oct 28th. GOOD FOR YOU!! For speaking up because everything you said is 100% accurate. I Would bet my life that the people who are giving good reviews are the ones who push the clique at this school. Yes I'm sure your child is "excelling" as you say. It's easy to when this school is A YEAR behind. The 4 & 5 teachers are so bad I talked to a lawyer and was ready to take action when my husband talked me out of it. This school is a JOKE. The only reason it got one star is because I couldn't submit with zero!!!!

    St Symphorosa Elementary School (6125 South Austin Avenue) Published on GreatSchools October 29, 2014

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  • St Symphorosa Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    Before sending your children to this school, ask a few questions. First, ask to see the school's standardized test results. Second, ask how old (young!) children are when they can attend their first dance/ Third, ask to speak to teachers in ALL grades - espeicallly teachers who are near retirement, and ask them about their teaching methods and whet they think of children, in general, and children in their classes. Then ask what you want for your children? Is a strong academic program important? Look at the standardized test scors, and you'll be very disappointed. Is it important for teachers to try new, innovative teaching methods, and not just try to force kids into their teaching "box"? You will be disappointed in about half the teachers. Do you want a school where bullying is not tolerated and this behavior is dealt with swiftly and fiarly? If your child is bullied, more than likely, he or she will be blamed for "not fitting in." If you like the ydea of pre-junior-high age children going to boy-girl dances, and encouraged to bring "dates", you will find that here. What is important to you?Great academics in a Christian setting? Look elsewhere.

    St Symphorosa Elementary School (6125 South Austin Avenue) Published on GreatSchools October 28, 2014

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Recognized this cat?

This cat is looking for it's home and is lost wandering outside. It would like to find its way home, or is looking for a foster home before winter arrives.

Not sure of the gender. Very passionate and affectionate, loves to be pet.

  • Kisses, which is the name of this cat, was taken off the streets into a temporary Foster Home. That's when it was discovered he was chipped. The information on the chip was outdated, due to the fact that owner handed him off to another individual 4 years ago.

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    Kisses, which is the name of this cat, was taken off the streets into a temporary Foster Home. That's when it was discovered he was chipped. The information on the chip was outdated, due to the fact that owner handed him off to another individual 4 years ago.

    When the second owner came forward to claim Kisses, the cat decided to bolt. Therefore, he is presently on the streets. He took off running by 51st and Massasoit. He was original found on 57th and Karlov.

    Kisses is extremely hungry for wet cat can food. Something missing from his diet from the second owner. The only way to lure him, if found, is with wet can food.

    I hope he is located and picked up. He is chipped, but to the wrong owner.

  • Hi Citizen,

    Thanks for the explanation. If wet food works for luring the cat, and the area where he was last seen is known, has anyone considered setting a trap? Shelters loan humane traps to catch cats. The temperature is going to drop to near freezing by the weekend.

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Found Domesticated Cat

Very friendly and passionate domestic cat is wandering lost outdoors. This cat needs a home before the winter weather arrives. Can anyone help?

Pattern on the back looks like a pair of wings, probably got away from someone.

Not sure if it's a male or female, it is domesticated and loves to be pet.

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Falcon in the 'hood

Had a report from my mother in the 6200 block of Mason that a falcon snatched a squirrel from her back yard this morning. She was glad that it wasn't their little dog that got nabbed, but is heartbroken about "her" squirrel. She has a bird feeder with seeds and puts nuts out for the squirrels, and had seen the falcon hanging around, but thought it was interested in the seeds/nuts -- now she knows it prefers small animals. I don't know how far falcons travel, but keep an eye out if you have a small dog in your yard.

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Austin Avenue

Just want to let the people along Austin Ave south of the tracks know that I appreciate the very special hell that you're going through for the greater good of our community. (I have to cross it every day to get to my elderly parents' house on 62nd & Mason.) What a mess! The inconvenience! No parking in front of your house! The noise! The dirt! I saw a wall of dust blowing on a windy day last week and then realized that I had winced -- feeling your pain. It will be over some day, but in the meantime, you have my sympathy!

  • does anyone know what are they even repairing or why? wasnt aware of any big issues with that street

  • William, I believe they are putting in new sewers. I live right there and it is a complete nightmare.

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Updated Oct 07

Response to SW Post on Zalewski Flyer

Joan,

In response to http://www.swchicagopost.com/2014/09/help-wanted-alderman-with-brains.html?m=1

You grow a back bone and show the flyer instead of your opinions and do what any good reporter would do and tell all the facts.

Zalewski is using tax money to feed his pockets.

You seem to stay idol when it comes to Zalewski.

Report on his bankruptcy, gambling addiction, and what a crappy Alderman he is.

You are not here to be pious, but to report all news,

For all those that have not seen the flyer it's attached.

  • If I recall, he also has/had cush comraderie with the CTA, and also, the then private contracting corporation that set up the infamous traffic cameras. Weren't these outfits also big donors to his re-election campaign last time?

  • Hammertime, first time i seen flier-well done.

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Updated Oct 07

DISASTER HOTLINE for the 23rdWard!

When a disaster strikes, people look for help and expect to get it from their elected officials. These past several months, we have faced cruel weather conditions where heavy rains and gusty winds left many residents with flooded basements, downed trees, damaged roofs, downed power lines and broken gas mains. Many of these conditions could be life threatening. People lost electricity, needed additional trash pick-ups, required prompt assistance to have sewers opened up, etc. It is unfortunate, that in 19...

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When a disaster strikes, people look for help and expect to get it from their elected officials. These past several months, we have faced cruel weather conditions where heavy rains and gusty winds left many residents with flooded basements, downed trees, damaged roofs, downed power lines and broken gas mains. Many of these conditions could be life threatening. People lost electricity, needed additional trash pick-ups, required prompt assistance to have sewers opened up, etc. It is unfortunate, that in 19 years of alderman Zalewski being in the office, residents have not gotten the assistance they deserve, but help is on the way.
If elected, I will create an aldermanic DISASTER HOTLINE with open phone lines, not just a recording, to assist and provide information to residents of the 23rd Ward. My aldermanic staff and I will answer phones from 6am till midnight during any emergency to provide answers, take requests and expedite outage repairs. The residents would be able to call my office to find out when electricity will be restored, downed trees cleaned up or how to get assistance in pumping water from their basements. These are issues the public deserves to be helped with. It is just the right thing to do when people need help.

  • Chet 606 Rogers Park, NOHavana, CE

    Ms Goral, I like the idea of being able to report, access and receive timely information during a disaster but such services are generally available be it through Com-Ed, Chgo, FEMA, .... Having a clearing-house layer of mgmt that in my guess will say, 'call Com-ed,, heres the #" really...

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    Ms Goral, I like the idea of being able to report, access and receive timely information during a disaster but such services are generally available be it through Com-Ed, Chgo, FEMA, .... Having a clearing-house layer of mgmt that in my guess will say, 'call Com-ed,, heres the #" really does no good.

    Rather, the community services I would like to see accessible during a disaster, are pretty much the same as during happy times, just tightened up a bit. e.g.,

    1. Mobility. Getting around on a bicycle could be convenient. Power and docking info may be out for DIVVY bicycle stations but let's take that chance. Next, striped bicycle lanes that the community is already used to and a bicycle shop or two along Archer.

    2. Gathering places with tables, maybe heat, water or something warm. Independently-owned cafe's up and down Archer from Pulaski to Harlem. Cafe's are also a great place to access wifi if necessary.

    3. Independent family-run restaurants. See cafes above.

    4. Things may be cheaper at big-chain hardware stores, but it's the walkable neighborhood hardware stores that will be needed. Highlight them now and increase their on-site staff so that there are plenty for repairing window panes, ....... A note on hardware stores. I find it difficult to walk into and stay in a hardware store that has on display especially right by the cash registers (for easy cary-out) all those lawn chemicals, sprays, weed killers, .... How does staff manage to breath Scott's poisons throughout the workday. Imo, a hardware store w/o forcing a customer to be exposed to lawn chemicals is greatly appreciated.

    5. One of the first things people do immediately post a disaster is wander the streets. See Mobility and Cafes above.

    But why focus on disaster. Rather, let's focus on quality of life. See bicycles and cafes above.

    Was that you I saw at the Divvy station on Michigan & Oak?

  • If Mrs. Goral will implement such an idea as a local emergency contact center, what is the harm to have a more localized reach for such information? I myself would prefer getting a real person on the line locally, to provide needed information, instead of getting an automated response, an...

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    If Mrs. Goral will implement such an idea as a local emergency contact center, what is the harm to have a more localized reach for such information? I myself would prefer getting a real person on the line locally, to provide needed information, instead of getting an automated response, an operator in Khazakhstan, a continous busy signal, or one of the all-time worst-- 'elevator musack' on a scratchy tape loop!

    Seriously, this often happens when the public tries to access a big-daddy entity during such as Com Ed during an outage or other crisis time (i.e. Com Ed, which btw, is increasingly acting like BIG BROTHER with its so-called 'Smart Meters' takeover-- have you seen those spooky co. flyer inserts-- photo of a smart meter and the words
    "Hello there.")?

    But, I digress...back to a local hotline for area emergencies. Why not be 'plugged in' at the local level with such real-time information/assistance? If Mrs. Goral is concerned enough to swing this-- and I don't see why not-- then all the better for the community she would serve. Btw, her idea, does not preclude
    other ideas being implemented as well in the community, such as Chet 606 suggests, above...

    The point is, I have stopped contacting my current alderman-- for any help-- long ago,
    when I got no response to my letters, notes, emails in the past, about various issues-- and when I got a couple of very rude responses from his phone staffers. And that bit of flim-flam from the alderman, led me to take my vote and go elsewhere....

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Updated Oct 07

Question for Chuck Hughes?

What do you think about Paulino Villareal being fired from Sheriffs office?

  • Please do explain your comment, Hammer Time, for the benefit of all of us who should be concerned about such matters as relating to the future of our ward. Thanks....

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Trees

I just noticed they put a blue tag on my tree. I know red tags are being cut down because of Asian beattle. What does the blue tag mean

Sep 25

Updated Oct 05

Neighbors beware of Vehicle break-ins

On Thursday 9.25 We noticed that someone broke into our vehicle. Everything was taken out of the glove box. The only thing of value that was taken was a large make-up bag containing a variety of lip sticks, accessories, brushes and eye shadows.

I noticed a large individual maybe 6'2 wearing black on wednesday night outside my block. I didn't think nothing of it, out lights have been out for sometime on our block and nothing is being done by the city.

Offense may have happened between 8 pm 9.24 - 7 am 9.25

  • Will_iam43 Who dat?

    Same thing just happened to us they just took our phone charger

  • SETROC Here I am Roc you like a hurricane

    Where did this happen at?

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Updated Sep 27

flooding

I was a victim of the flooding. I have lived here 23 years never flooded. I lost almost everything. All my furniture, Christmas decorations , washer, dryer, furnice. Days of carrying all the destroyed items I worked so hard to get. All the people here hurting, tired and disgusted. This should not happen to anyone. The seniors struggling as it is... It's a shame. I have worked on this alone for over a month straight. All I keep thing about is when it rains are the gates open or do I lose more this time.

  • Avon lady Avon Rep in the area

    Hi I am a long time resident and Avon rep in the area. Nice meeting all of you.

  • We've lived in the neighborhood 60 years and have had many bad floods in the past -50's and 60's, but this last one was the worst. Had to toss so much away. The only good thing about the 10 inches of water we got was getting rid of a lot of things.

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Updated Sep 25

Austin Ave closure

The train going through the neighborhood with 200+ carts is bad enough without having to avoid austin because its closed.

  • Narragansett is a nightmare in the morning now and they are also resurfacing 55th St around Austin. Why can't they work on one project at a time. I have to leave a half hour early just to get to Archer.

  • I called my Alderman's office and I questioned why they didn't do the work during the Summer before school was in session. I was told Sym's festival caused the delay. It will reopen sometime in November...

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5800 block w 63rd place

What happend in the alley last night at like 5 or 6pm 5 squads in alley 2 outfront

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