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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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Apr 14 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Gang 'presents'...

It was good to finally see the huge 'DMS' gang grafitti removed from the wall of a building near 51st and Kolmar...

This info link re: DMS, refers to this gang's 'philosophy'
(originating in NY (as far as Australia!) and now here too in the 23rd ward?--you find t'DMS' along fences, street posts, buildings, along Archer Avenue. (a few interpretations of this acronym, but the more current is: "Drugs, Money, Sex"):

http://pauaprincess.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/youth-gangs-scourge-of-society-or-family-substitute/

Secondly, for anyone who wants to educate themselves...

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It was good to finally see the huge 'DMS' gang grafitti removed from the wall of a building near 51st and Kolmar...

This info link re: DMS, refers to this gang's 'philosophy'
(originating in NY (as far as Australia!) and now here too in the 23rd ward?--you find t'DMS' along fences, street posts, buildings, along Archer Avenue. (a few interpretations of this acronym, but the more current is: "Drugs, Money, Sex"):

http://pauaprincess.wordpress.com/2007/06/24/youth-gangs-scourge-of-society-or-family-substitute/

Secondly, for anyone who wants to educate themselves about the number of gangs in Chicago, who they are (down to photos, gang symbols, police district maps of where they are) you can take borrow the book through your local library:

http://www.wgntv.com/news/wgntv-where-the-gangs-are,0,2185751.story

For all those who really want to "get to know your neighbors", start here; because these gangs ARE here (though this book
has data through 2011 [copyright of 2012], I believe the district mapping isn't accurate, because it shows the Archer Heights area as having NO gang presence...Heh! NOT!

They ARE present, if not accounted for....as the still gang grafitti shows, the increasing organized crime shows, the rise of gold stores, tattoo parlors and now, pawn shops, shows-- what next, porn shops?). And if this data WAS accurate at the time, then we've really got to worry because gangs are blooming faster than the Spring flowers! Are gangs fighting for THIS turf or east AH? Are we going to have to see their formal presence on future maps of this area of the 23rd ward?

All the more reason to stay on top of the grafitti removal, keep up the police patrolling (and again, many thanks to the police for doing so!), and getting yourself involved as a community resident in reporting any grafitti, any suspicious activity you see. This can't be stated enough....

  • C homeowner

    I meant- why isn't he in jail?

  • johndoe324

    Hahaha u people are so far removed from what is actually going on in your neighborhood it's dfunny...it's one of the nicest areas in the city take a chill pill dumb fcks

Oct 12

Updated 3 days ago

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.

Aug 28

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....

Sep 21

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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Oct 06

Updated Oct 07

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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Sep 25

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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Sep 17

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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Sep 25

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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Aug 18

Updated Sep 21

New Alderman in the 13th ward?

Do you think we need a new Alderman in our ward? Come on people sound off let your opinions. Be heard!

  • Tad just because a newspaper writes an article about someone does not mean that it's factual. You are very quick to jump on the medias bandwagon against Mike Madigan. Being a ward resident you should focus on finding the truth. The story from the sun times about Madigan has a...

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    Tad just because a newspaper writes an article about someone does not mean that it's factual. You are very quick to jump on the medias bandwagon against Mike Madigan. Being a ward resident you should focus on finding the truth. The story from the sun times about Madigan has a a phenomenal head line but if you read it closely there is no smoking gun concerning Madigan and what would you call a cult.
    Because you are progressive I presume the truth doesn't matter because you despise anything to do with Machine like politics. Good night taddy.

  • Taddy...LOL.

Sep 14

Updated Sep 21

Zalewski Crook

Me take lesson Chuck Hughes! Chuck Hughes Tardo Lika Me! Chuch Highrs Win! Zalewski crook!?!

  • Stand4truth Property owner

    Yep...Lynnchex..there's certainly more! That's why I've been saying, "do your homework on all the candidates!" Both incumbent and wannabes. Public records are a beautiful thing, you just need to look.

  • HammerTime Sup with it

    Zalewski needs to go! A fact is he went Bankrupt because he gambles. A fact I want to know is if a "wannabe" or challenger (if we are speaking facts)Paulino Villareal got fired from Sheriffs Department? What do you think Chuck Hughes?

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Updated Sep 16

Re: Was Aldermanic Candidate Paulino Villareal fired from the Sherifs Department?

Is this true?!?!

Re: Yesterday I volunteered to register new voters in Southwest Chicago. As an Hispanic Woman I found it offensive when a Caucasian Man told me, "I guess its your guys (Meaning Hispanics) turn to take over according to Paulino Villareal". He then explained to me that Mr. Villareal is a candidate for Alderman in the 23rd Ward. He told me to google a video that circulated online via social media: http://youtu.be/PMFlYdv8Wbw and then another of him answering...

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Is this true?!?!

Re: Yesterday I volunteered to register new voters in Southwest Chicago. As an Hispanic Woman I found it offensive when a Caucasian Man told me, "I guess its your guys (Meaning Hispanics) turn to take over according to Paulino Villareal". He then explained to me that Mr. Villareal is a candidate for Alderman in the 23rd Ward. He told me to google a video that circulated online via social media: http://youtu.be/PMFlYdv8Wbw and then another of him answering questions from what seems to be a reporter: http://youtu.be/D-8gXm3p9f4. The man then ranted about Mr. Villareal's losing his job as an officer for a gun related incident, abusing his power, and beating his wife. He then went off on how Mr. Villareal stated that if he were elected, he would put on a bullet proof vest, carry a gun, and patrol the streets.

Since I had never heard of this, all I could tell this man was that I would look it up. Then explained to him that I might be of Hispanic Heritage, but I am an American,educated, Tax Payer, who served my country. Then told him that Mr. Villareal does not represent most Hispanics view. We are not trying to take over!!! We have the same American Dream as the next person, no matter their background.

After watching the videos I was speechless that Mr. Villareal spoke as if he had a "Latino Manifest Destiny" to prove. So I am not sure what or who to believe. Just hope Latinos/Hispanics don't just vote for him because of his race. After all look at how Alderman Solis sold out the Latino/Hispanic community in Pilsen.

What I do know is that as a Latina/Hispanic/American/Woman/Human, Mr. Villareal will not be getting my vote. Especially if he is rumored to been fired for abusing his power as an Officer and abusive. I hope those are just rumors, but even then just from watching his stump speech and interview his point of being "Officer Alderman" is ludicrous.

It takes more than a Spanish Surname to win my vote!

  • Thank you, 'Lady of Fire', for your open-minded, thoughtful and informative stance.
    Refreshing to come across in this ward...I too have seen this video and it impacted
    me likewise....

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Updated Sep 13

Stop Chicago Machine

A group of us fed up with The Madigans, Burkes, Zalewakis... Created a fan page to uncover them with there lies and corruption. It's a group of teachers, education activist, tax attorneys, professors, moms, dads, police officers, and activist! We are not afraid like our page!

Haters comment away make it fun!

https://www.facebook.com/stopchicagomachine

  • The machine must be beaten. 50 tears in power is enough!

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