2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Littering - Really?

Just an observation - I'm amazed at the apparent acceptance of throwing trash out one's car window. Maybe it's just timing, but once again yesterday sitting at a stop light along Cicero and the car in front of me opens their window and tosses their trash (papers) out the window.

Is it just me or is that ok here? I moved here from Texas about 3 years ago and although Texas has other issues, it was just not cool to...

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Just an observation - I'm amazed at the apparent acceptance of throwing trash out one's car window. Maybe it's just timing, but once again yesterday sitting at a stop light along Cicero and the car in front of me opens their window and tosses their trash (papers) out the window.

Is it just me or is that ok here? I moved here from Texas about 3 years ago and although Texas has other issues, it was just not cool to litter - seriously, in the 30 years I lived there I don't think I ever saw this sort of behavior, yet in the 3 years here I've seen it a half dozen times. There was a long running campaign in Texas - "Don't Mess with Texas" that seemed to really work, as hokey as that sounds. I hear no such message here.

For almost a year we had a guy that would sit in his car late at night along our street, eat takeout food and toss all his leftovers out of the car - I finally waited up and called the police and even after they chased him away he still came back, like it was perfectly acceptable.

I really don't get it?

  • It happens everywhere. It's not a neighborhood thing, since I've seen it happen in higher end neighborhoods from people who are just passing through. (Personally, I keep a bag for garbage in my car and take it with me when I park at home..). There are now two garbage swirls the size of Texas in the ocean.

  • HoneyBadger resident

    JimmyMac - I still remember that commercial of the American Indian with a tear running down his cheek and Sue - I do remember Clean-Up Week. Be nice to get that commercial to air again. My kids still remember when I was driving and stopped the car and pulled to...

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    JimmyMac - I still remember that commercial of the American Indian with a tear running down his cheek and Sue - I do remember Clean-Up Week. Be nice to get that commercial to air again. My kids still remember when I was driving and stopped the car and pulled to the curb and made one of them walk back a block to pick up what they'd thrown out the window before giving them the lecture about all of us standing waist deep in trash if everyone threw their papers out the window. I think it was a gum wrapper - lol.

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Nov 24

Updated 12 hours ago

Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Susan, OId Irving Anna commented in another thread:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/politics/dec16-39th-ward-alderman-debate-6565538/

    "Several community associations are discussing co-sponsoring a debate. Effort is being spearheaded by the Hollywood Park--North Park group. Location would be Northside College Prep auditorium. No firm details yet."

    I look forward to attending,

    From reading Kathleen's comment, it confirms that some areas of the 39th Ward receives better treatment than other sections. My area seems to be one of the forgotten areas.

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Finding Solutions to Shared Community Challenges

    The Edgebrook Community Association is doing a 39th Ward aldermanic debate on January.

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47 hours ago

Updated 46 hours ago

The Chicago Park District--Take a Survey, Please!

Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of...

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Just answered the survey call sent via E-mail, can you do the same? See the CPD's request below:

"Arts & Culture Survey: Tell us about your experience in the parks!

Help us to sustain and build vibrant arts opportunities in our neighborhood parks. Tell us about your arts experience in the parks by taking the Arts & Culture Survey! Surveys will be used as a component of a district wide arts and cultural resource assessment resulting in the creation of an online cultural database.

Take the survey now.
https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/chicagoparkcommunity

Complete this survey by December 21, 2014 and receive 500 Park Points. Not a Park Points member yet? Learn more about Park Points and sign up today.

Thank you for your participation and support.

The Chicago Park District

AA - Administration Building
Chicago Park District
541 N Fairbanks Ct.
Chicago, IL, US
60611"

2 days ago

Mending fences

Can anyone recommend a carpenter skilled at building a gated fence?

Thanks in advance.

2 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

  • Congrats to the Alderman

  • Miss Colleen Live in Jefferson Park

    I agree with Arena's support of the teachers union and all unions in general. I will give credit where credit is due.

Nov 05

Updated 4 days ago

Love Letter from the Garbage Man

A big sticker was placed on our recycle bin today. It was dark outside but I think it's an orange "hazardous waste" sticker with three boxes. None were checked. In black marker they wrote "NO BLACK BAGS".

You can't put black trash bags in the blue bin anymore? No advance notice either?

  • Kathleen Boyle Your dog's best friend! (Taking real estate break)

    I thought we weren't supposed to us plastic bags in the blue bins at all, just dump recyclables right into the can.

  • Maureen T. Master Gardener, Landscape Designer

    Last week my garbage collector wrote "no plastic bags" in white grease pencil on the top of my blue can. I still collect recyclables in plastic Jewel
    bags in the house but I just dump the items in the blue can and recycle the Jewel bags. Not a problem at all.

5 days ago

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Dec 10

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Dec 10

  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    INTERIOR REHABILITATION WITH REPLACEMENT OF PLUMBING FIXTURES, ELECTRICAL FIXTURES, AND NEW MECHANICAL SYSTEM. ALL WORK AS PER PLANS.**CERTIFIED CORRECTIONS- - SUBJECT TO FIELD INSPECTIONS & AUDIT **

    4649 W. Wilson Ave. Issued December 8, 2014 Comment

Dec 08

Updated Dec 09

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Does anyone know what happened here? How awful!

  • HHF Mayfair Park lurker

    That's the Mayfair Bible Church, across from the Irish Heritage Center. I can't find any other details.

Dec 09

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Dec 08

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Dec 07

BIZCamps by Network For Teaching Entrepreneurship

Came across a unique program to inspire high school kids to stay in school by giving them a hands-on learning on how to start a business. A non-for-profit organization can create a full blown program or just a camp. See the links. I would hope that our local high schools and charitable organizations would take a look at this promising opportunity.

Watch the introduction video at http://www.nfte.com/
http://www.nfte.com/what/bizcamps

Dec 07

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Dec 07

Dec 06

Updated Dec 06

Missing a cat in OIP?

This stunning little feline showed up on my front porch today. Look familiar?

  • Flicking The Bean

    Uh oh.

Dec 06

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Dec 05

Wright College Registration, Continuing Ed, Children Swimming Question

Can anyone tell me when their Spring 2015 registration for kid swimming classes begins? These classes fill-up quickly.

Can anyone download their continuing ed catalog instead of this exact-match class look-up? We always get their mail catalog too late.

Of the many registrations we complete throughout the year, their process is a test of my endurance.

Thank you!

Dec 05

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Dec 04

Winterfest

Looks like perfect weather for Winterfest this weekend!

3 day community event sponsored by our local realtors Derek DiSera and Christie Ascione of The Park Place Group of @ properties!

Dec 5 4pm-10pm
Dec 6 9am-10pm
Dec7 9am-6pm

3644 N. Kedvale Ave.

This event will include an ice skating rink, Mistletoe Market indoor craft fair, fresh wreath & trees, food plus and drinks.

Trees start at only $30!!!

Invite your friends to skate, sip, shop plus lots to do for all ages!

Check out the details. http://stviatorelementary.squarespace.com/2014winterfest/

RSVP https://www.facebook.com/pages/St-Viator-Elementary-School-and-Parish-Chicago-Illinois/226818119921?sk=events&key=events

Dec 04

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Mar 31

Updated Dec 04

Bike racks at Grayland

Anybody else wish there were decent bike racks at the Grayland Metra stop?

  • Harry Lee Six Corners

    I would probably benefit a bit from an Irving Park stop for the MDN line as well (I think it'd be slightly closer to me than the Mayfair station); would also make it a little easier for those from outside the area to get to Six Corners. Obviously it isn't going to happen, but I think it would've been nice.

  • I requested this need more support to move it up the list. the address is 3734 milwaukee
    http://chicago.everyblock.com/improvement/mar31-bike-racks-grayland-6063809/

Jul 06

Updated Dec 03

Christian Education for Less

Just heard about this 50% off tuition voucher program for the "new" students on the radio and wanted to share it with my neighbors. Our family has not used this discounted program, but we have browsed the school choices for Chicago only, which seem to include just the Christian schools. I would like to see the Roman Catholic schools included, as well. This participation could also help them with filling the underutilized capacity. Please spread the word.

http://halfpriceschools.com/?page_id=15

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    since when are Roman Catholics not Christian?

  • Robin, yes, you are right. My post could have been written better. I was merely trying to point out that no Roman Catholic school participates in this particular program, which I found disappointing. Thanks for the finding.

    http://halfpriceschools.com/?page_id=15

Dec 03

Alderman Nick Sposato Hosting Free Property Tax Seminar Dec 9th

For residents of Jefferson Township, the Cook County Board of Review is accepting property tax appeals from now until December 15th. Please Join Alderman Nick Sposato at 6pm on December 9th at St. Priscilla's, 6949 W. Addison for a free community seminar. A presentation will be given by the Cook County Board of Review staff on how homeowners can apply to lower their property assessments. Staff will be on hand to explain and guide you through this process.

PLEASE BRING YOUR PERMANENT INDEX NUMBER (PIN#) AND/OR TAX BILL WITH YOU TO THE MEETING.

Dec 03

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Dec 02

Updated Dec 02

Scholarships for College

Below please find a link to some college scholarships listed on the CPS website. If you have come across other like items, feel free to share them here, too. Thanks.

https://cps.academicworks.com/

Dec 02

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Dec 01

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Nov 29

Updated Nov 30

Dog Reunited with Family

The dog I found on 11/17 has been reunited with his very happy family! Thanks everyone!

  • ewrick LoganSquared

    Thank you Jen. It couldnt have happened without you. He was actually my first dog, but since I was too young to take care of him, my mom gave him away to my aunt.

  • Jen

    He's an awesome dog and I'm glad we could help!

Nov 30

Nov 30

Updated Nov 30

Hold-Ups

Being from the Old Irving Park area it was brought to my attention there have been some robberies by gun point. The latest one was Nov 21st on the 4000 block of North Keystone. Has anyone heard of any others in the area?

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    17th Police just put out alert. Trib story: Police are warning Northwest Side residents after two separate robberies in Irving Park earlier this month.

    In both robberies, a man and a woman approached someone and started a conversation. The man then implied he had a weapon and took the person's...

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    17th Police just put out alert. Trib story: Police are warning Northwest Side residents after two separate robberies in Irving Park earlier this month.

    In both robberies, a man and a woman approached someone and started a conversation. The man then implied he had a weapon and took the person's property, according to a police statement.

    The first robbery happened about 11:20 p.m. on November 20 in the 4000 block of North Central Park Avenue, and the second robbery happened about two hours later at 1:30 a.m. in the 4000 block of North Keyston Avenue, police said.

    The man was described as black, age 25 to 35 years-old, 5-foot-10 to six feet tall and about 170 pounds with black hair and brown eyes. The woman was described as the same age, with long black hair and brown eyes. In one robbery, the woman was pushing a stroller, police said.

    Anyone with information can contact Area North detectives at (312) 744-8263.

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