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Feb 27 2014

Updated Mar 17

A Clean(er) Block in Just 5 Minutes a Day

If you care what your neighborhood looks like but it's plagued by excessive littering, i have a simple challenge for you. And no lame excuses, I don't want to hear how busy you are, we can all spare 5 minutes a day, as well as a grocery bag.

So here's the challenge: Everyday walk up and down your block for 5 minutes picking up every piece of trash you see. Do this for a week and you are likely to...

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If you care what your neighborhood looks like but it's plagued by excessive littering, i have a simple challenge for you. And no lame excuses, I don't want to hear how busy you are, we can all spare 5 minutes a day, as well as a grocery bag.

So here's the challenge: Everyday walk up and down your block for 5 minutes picking up every piece of trash you see. Do this for a week and you are likely to see enough of a difference, that proves it's worth a continued effort.

As you put in your 5 minutes a day you might hear an inner voice that says something like; "This is beneath you.", "You have better things to do with my time." and/or "You'll look like a crazy street person." Ignore the 'trash talk' and instead say to yourself "I'm ashamed of living on a block that looks so bad.", "This is so simple and easy... a preschooler could do it." and the inevitable logical conclusion in question "WTF is wrong with people?" I prefer/recommend some variation of the later... anger is a great motivator. ;D

Now if you happen to be a doggie-parent, you have zero excuse for at least picking up glass-bottles* as you go on your daily walk around the block... being that roughly a quarter of your time is spent idly standing and waiting for your pup to sniff and pee every other tree, shrub and light pole.

*Note: to decrease the chances of glass shards cutting paws

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    WOW you have great neighbors. No one comes out to help me and very few pickup litter in their own front yard. My guess is many if not all, are a bit too uppity to stoop so low. Literally and figuratively speaking, picking up trash is beneath them. ;D

  • Elder Preacher of The Gospel, community property owner .

    Keep up the good work. I salute you all and join in the effort.

Mar 17

ServiceWorks needs success coaches!

ServiceWorks is looking for success coaches to act as mentors for students at Gage Park High School! If you are looking to make a difference and willing to commit to Thursdays for ten weeks starting April 16 to June 11, then we highly encourage you to participate. Please look at the details below for more information:

Success Coaches must:

-Must be experienced professionals (1+ experience)
-Be willing to commit to mentoring youth on Thursdays between the hours of 12:20-1:20pm for 10 weeks.
-Attend an orientation. Orientations typically take place weekday evenings after 5pm.
-Experience volunteering/working with youth is a plus, but not needed
- Skype option is available, but limited.

Interested? contact: serviceworks@casacentral.org

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Poetry Slam Submissions Due March 31st First Prize $125

Email Poetry Submissions to: apollobrewer@sbcglobal.net
Poetry Slam Friday, April 17th
Grand Crossing Park
7655 S Ingleside South Gym 6:00pm
You must reside in Woodlawn, Grand Crossing, Chatham or Park Manor
You must be 13 - 19 years old

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Updated Mar 14

DIY Project: Litter Picks

To encourage my neighbors to help pick up litter on the block I have handed out at least a dozen picks over the past five years... yet i have never seen one put to use, or even the evidence of one put to use. You may have a better caliber of neighbor living on your block... so here's an easy (5 simple steps) and cheap (25 cents a piece) DIY project:

Take a few shortcuts via alleys during the week...

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To encourage my neighbors to help pick up litter on the block I have handed out at least a dozen picks over the past five years... yet i have never seen one put to use, or even the evidence of one put to use. You may have a better caliber of neighbor living on your block... so here's an easy (5 simple steps) and cheap (25 cents a piece) DIY project:

Take a few shortcuts via alleys during the week and you'll find plenty of old beat up and broken brooms/shovels/rakes. Take them home and salvage only the wood handles. Grab a pack of the longest galvanized nails they have at the hardware store. I highly recommend Menard's 8" nails that you see in the attached photo http://www.menards.com/main/building-materials/pole-barn-post-frame-materials/pole-barn-nails/grip-fast-80d-galvanized-pole-barn-nail-8-pcs-box/p-1459104-c-8769.htm . If you go with a different nail, just make sure it's ribbed like the one in the photo. The ribs help keep the litter from sliding off the nail/pick.

First step: Sharpen the tip of the nail.
Second: Cut off the tail of the nail with a metal grinder or saw
Third: Drill a one inch deep hole in one end of the wood stick/handle.
Forth: Squeeze a little Gorilla Glue or Liquid Nails into the hole.
Fifth: Insert blunt end of nail into hole and let dry over night.
...and WaaLaa you have yourself a sturdy professional grade pick. Now get out there and have some fun harpooning a whale's worth of trash.

Note: After some use, they get dull. For a quick fix, drag them at an angle on the sidewalk to maintain a piercing tip. For a longer lasting tip, always avoid picking up anything off a hard surface, it's the quickest way to dull your point. Kick your 'target' to a soft surface area, ie grass or dirt, before piercing.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    Thanks for the confirmation AJ, i've noticed the same thing. I think it has in part to do with the expectation that someone else will pick up after you ie landlord or weekly maintenance crew. Where as a home owner is accustomed to be responsible for everything.

  • Elder Preacher of The Gospel, community property owner .

    Good idea.

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Wooflawn Support for Southside Dog Parks

Dear Fellow Wooflawn Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown...

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Dear Fellow Wooflawn Puparents,

I'm reaching out to you in hopes we can connect and give support to one another in creating and maintaining safe and fun environments for our furkids to play, exercise and socialize.

There are currently three such places in Woodlawn aka 'Wooflawn' :
Jackson Bark (Road Hazards Agility Course), Wagsworth and Woofington.
https://www.facebook.com/wooflawn/
https://foursquare.com/v/jackson-bark-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/wagsworth-dog-park-chicago-il/
https://foursquare.com/v/woofington-dog-park/

There are also two more promising dog park developments underway;
one in South Shore's Rainbow Beach led by Marion Brown marion.brown@gmail.com
https://www.facebook.com/SouthShoreDogBeach
and Bronzeville's Buckthorn Park led by Ephraim Lee xhle@hotmail.com

On a related note; if anyone has any old toys their pup has lost interest in, consider giving them a second life by donating them to one of the dog parks... also any grocery bags for the bag dispensers would also be greatly appreciated.

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Man, Woman Dead In Woodlawn Murder-Suicide

A man called police and requested a well-being check at his son’s home in the 6500 block of South Kimbark Avenue, police said.

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Man, woman found dead in murder-suicide in Woodlawn

A man called police and requested a well-being check at his son's home in the 6500 block of South Kimbark, police said.

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Man, woman dead in apparent murder-suicide shooting on South Side

Authorities were conducting a well-being check in the 6500 block of South Kimbark Avenue around 6:33 p.m. Sunday when they discovered the 25-year-old woman and 23-year-old man, both shot to death, police said. Their names have not been released.

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Updated Mar 01

20th Ward Aldermanic RUN OFF ELECTION

To my neighbors in the 20th Ward, may I remind you of Carol Mosley-Braun's infamous statement she made about the "crack lady" when she was running for Mayor and how that was the catalyst that possibly lost her the election. Well, our current Alderman went there with one of the candidates running against him during a debate when he stated to him (not verbatim) "you talking about helping the children, but you are behind in your child support payments." Really,...

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To my neighbors in the 20th Ward, may I remind you of Carol Mosley-Braun's infamous statement she made about the "crack lady" when she was running for Mayor and how that was the catalyst that possibly lost her the election. Well, our current Alderman went there with one of the candidates running against him during a debate when he stated to him (not verbatim) "you talking about helping the children, but you are behind in your child support payments." Really, Willie? (You can watch it on You-tube if you weren't in the audience. All the debates for all the wards as well as the debate between the Mayoral Candidates is on you-tube as well.) Did Willie think telling the audience that his opponent was behind in child support was going to garner him more votes. I think not, what it did was allow us to see the current alderman in his true form. MY OPINION: It is not by coincidence that you see all these changes happening in Woodlawn and the surrounding areas going on now. It is to fool you into thinking that Willie (AND THE MAYOR) is doing something for the community. Where has (T)he(Y) been in the past four years? Why did it take an election year for all this work to begin? As voters we need to demand more from our elected officials....not just during an election year, but all year-round. We shouldn't just see the police in our neighborhoods as representatives of the government, we need more visuals of the Alderman, Congressman, Senators, Mayor, etc. I've gotten more material in the mail in a week about what Willie (MAYOR) has done in the 20th Ward (CITY) than I have in four years since I've been living in the ward (CITY). I employ you to seek change and ask that you take it to the polls and vote for it! Show these elected officials that to get our support, they need to actively participate on our behalf. I am not being paid to endorse anyone, but I will vote my candidate of choice. BAILEY for Alderman of the 20th Ward and the other guy for Mayor......IJS

  • JD Concerned Citizen in the 20th Ward

    The sound of 2 hands slowly clapping in a mocking derisive manner.

  • Good morning EB neighbors! Would believe we got about 1 inch of snow or less last night and at 4A we got snow plowing in the Manor but with 19 inches it took forever. .Is this an improvement or a Rahm trying to "fool" the ward to get back in office. .Don't be fooled. .We are "wiser" than that. Stay tunes and observe all things. ....it's the little things that makes you see the motive. ...

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