40 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

I am the "Gang Bangers" described in the neighborhood "Rap-off."

Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social...

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Hi,

My name is Abraham Velazquez, Jr. Co-Founder of The Peace Poets, LLC., and Love Living™ Entertainment. While touring The Peace Poets' newest album, State of The Art, through the Northeast and Midwest, we were graciously received by the Koinonia House this weekend.

To give some background on The Peace Poets, we are a collective of artists from New York that celebrate, examine and advocate for life through music and poetry. We have had the privilege of participating in social justice actions, sharing in poetry and music in over 30 countries.

At Koinonia House, we were to blessed to break bread together given freely, we shared stories, and built new relationships with neighbors in the community. We performed Hip Hop music and opened up the stage for folks from the neighborhood to share their stories.

Several of the narratives shared by the community were about their pain, police brutality, deescalating violence in our neighborhoods, creating long-term mentorship for our young people, examining the roots of violence, the need for jobs and community centers for youth, and etc.

I'm not judging the person who labeled us as "Gang Bangers" in a "rap-off," I assure you that in no way do I have an intent to judge you. What you said and labeled us as, however, is extremely hurtful, racist, and ignorant. I am not sure why the playing of Hip Hop music, singing to a guitar, and the performance of spoken word poetry would warrant such hatred.

I hope you can consider the negative impact this has on our young people. 3 and 4 year olds that gather in community to be in safety and watch a neighborhood performance. Lets be observant of our language and even more attentive to the love our youth needs. Peace.

Abraham Velazquez, Jr.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Jaebee -- How have I scapegoated the poor by suggesting some need to step up to their parenting responsibilities? The OP suggested the need for "long-term mentorship. K Trev rightfully noted those are called parents. Robin wondered how to attack the problem given multi-generational family dysfunction. I gave a suggestion...

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    Jaebee -- How have I scapegoated the poor by suggesting some need to step up to their parenting responsibilities? The OP suggested the need for "long-term mentorship. K Trev rightfully noted those are called parents. Robin wondered how to attack the problem given multi-generational family dysfunction. I gave a suggestion that you believe to be "absurd" for some unknown reason.

    I think it's absurd for people to think the poor are incapable of effective parenting.

    I think it's absurd for people to believe even the best teachers can accomplish much in the classroom if a child's parents aren't willing to partner with them to help their children succeed.

    I think it's absurd for anyone to think it's punishing the poor to ask for active parental involvement in their own child's school.

    I think it's absurd to keep insisting that some segments of the population are incapable of learning, achieving and contributing to society -- that the ONLY way "some people" can survive is through life-long dependence on government subsidies. That's what I call the racism of low expectations. VERY sad.

  • So many neighbors behaving disgracefully here. There's really no excuse for this level of intolerance based on fear and ignorance. Try listening and learning before you spout off.

Aug 25

Updated 16 min ago

Phone Scam

Monday, August 25, 2014
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Police are warning residents about the "one-ring phone scam," which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back.

Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like "You've reached the operator, please hold," while being...

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Monday, August 25, 2014
CHICAGO (WLS) -- Police are warning residents about the "one-ring phone scam," which uses auto-dialers to target cell phone numbers across the country. The danger to consumers is not in receiving the call, but in calling back.

Scammers let the phone ring once and then hang up, prompting a missed call notification on phones. When an intended victim returns the call, police say they hear a message like "You've reached the operator, please hold," while being slammed by a heft per-minute charge on top of an international rate. Police say the calls come from phone numbers with three-digit area codes that look like they are from within the U.S., but are actually associated with international phone numbers.

The area codes used by scammers include 268, 284, 473, 664, 649, 767, 809, 829, 849 and 876.

To protect themselves, police advise cell phone owners to ignore a call like this should they receive one. If you're tempted to call back for whatever reason, check the number on online directories or search engines first so you can confirm where the phone is registered or see if it's listed as a scam phone number.

If you have been the victim of the scam, police say to try to resolve the charges with your cell phone carrier and, if that doesn't work, file a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Don't disagree with you, Melody. The card thing was really off. However, older people, or people that have had life/financial difficulties, may not understand how fishy this is and many are not familiar with modern technology. They blindly and honestly try to do what they think is the right thing....

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    Don't disagree with you, Melody. The card thing was really off. However, older people, or people that have had life/financial difficulties, may not understand how fishy this is and many are not familiar with modern technology. They blindly and honestly try to do what they think is the right thing. In addition, I know of someone who did receive a phone call from the IRS. I cried BS, but it turned out to be legitimate. I never thought the IRS would call anyone to claim they owed money but would send a written letter to that person or a tax preparer of record. My assumption was wrong.

    Older people who are not versed in scams or technology are sitting ducks.

    When you call people stupid, I have to ask if you have ever taken care of an elderly person or someone that doesn't have your level of education or faculties whether they be family, neighbor or friend? "Stupid" means you know better. Maybe "ignorant" would have been a better choice of words.

  • FebGirl Once a bride, but never a bridesmaid

    Dee said what my reply would be: the people who fall for these outrageous scams aren't your average people. They are vulnerable in some way. They are people with some kind of impairment that causes them to be confused. Not severe enough to take away their independence, but just enough to put them at risk for being exploited. This is why it's important to be aware of the scams out there so people can make those they know who are at greater risk aware too.

5 hours ago

Updated 53 min ago

Joe Moore -- RPEyes Said You Were Busy Over the Labor Day Holiday

Hi Joe -- I apologize for the redundancy of this post, but RPEyes insisted I posted a review of your record for this term in office right before Labor Day to insure that you had no time to respond. Since that wasn't the case, I committed to re-posting again. For simplicity's sake, however, it seems more efficient to provide you the link for that other thread.

http://chicago.everyblock.com/politics/aug30-joe-moore-and-carl-good-this-ones-you-6353603/

As you will see, many people would like a reasoned discussion of your record. Thanks.

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    When you put your pony in the race you must expect to be fair game for questions. Suzanne is a political operative and should expect to be questioned. Is there a suggestion that being paid by tax dollars gives someone special status? If we want government we have to pay...

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    When you put your pony in the race you must expect to be fair game for questions. Suzanne is a political operative and should expect to be questioned. Is there a suggestion that being paid by tax dollars gives someone special status? If we want government we have to pay for it just the same as anyone who does work expects to be paid. Why do petty little minds always resort to name calling? It is so school girlish just the same as screaming with capital letters. Spelling names backwards is so silly.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Ignatius -- "Is there a suggestion that being paid by tax dollars gives someone special status?" Duh -- YES!! Being paid for being an Alderman does lead to expectations that you are supposed to be accomplishing something for our community. Joe Moore is alderman and I am not. Like any employee, shouldn't he be held accountable for job performance (just like the rest of us shmucks who make our livings in the private sector?)

40 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Update on shootings

Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman...

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Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shootings this evening. The first occurred on Morse Avenue at approximately 5:15 p.m. in the 1200 block of West Morse. Two people were hit by the same bullet, which was fired about one hundred yards from the victims. The victims, a man in a wheel chair and a woman who was pushing him, are both OK. The man suffered a graze wound to the head and has been released from the hospital and the woman was shot in the chest. Fortunately, her condition has stabilized and they expect she will survive.. I spoke with 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera this evening and he says the police have not identified any suspects or motive for the shooting and are not certain if the victims were the intended targets.

The second shooting occurred on the 7400 block of North Ridge. Two men, both 29, were shot. One man died from shotgun wounds to the abdomen and leg and the other man was shot in the right leg and taken to Illinois Masonic Medical Center, where his condition has stabilized. Commander Waldera tells me police do not believe the Ridge shooting is related to the Morse shooting. Instead, they believe the Ridge Avenue shooting is the result of a dispute between Evanston gangs, which spilled over into Chicago.

I will provide you with further updates as they become available.

  • d3 NOH

    I'm not saying this to encourage anyone to move; talking about the negatives doesn't mean there aren't still many positives that outweigh...

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    This is not a Democratic or Republican thing. As soon as a Republican crosses into Chicago to get elected they become a Democrat. Think Emanuel, buddy of Rauner. The real dividing line is between corporate politicians and more community rooted ones. All the others try to play the fence or...

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    This is not a Democratic or Republican thing. As soon as a Republican crosses into Chicago to get elected they become a Democrat. Think Emanuel, buddy of Rauner. The real dividing line is between corporate politicians and more community rooted ones. All the others try to play the fence or side with one or the other.

    Right on Morse during the day? This is scandalous. Were there no cameras going? If there was a demonstration passing down Morse, cops would be everywhere and everybody's photo would already be archived in the Red Squad files.

    No surprise that Illinois is among the top corrupt states.

29 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Where to donate books?

I'm getting rid of a lot of books and I'd like to see them go to a good home. It's a wide mix of hardcovers, paperbacks, fiction, non-fiction, texts from college (literary criticism stuff), plus science fiction and true crime stuff.

I could just leave them at Salvation Army but I thought maybe there was a better place that might be more specific to books. If they get re-sold that's fine. Just hate to see them wind up in the trash.

I can bring them anywhere in Chicago but if there's a local RP spot that would be best. It's about four big boxes of books total. Thanks in advance for any tips.

  • The Brown Elephant in Andersonville would love to get a bunch of book in. They have a great book section.

  • Totally just curious here--no one suggested the Chicago public library. We have a branch right here on Clark. So, that made me wonder--why not them? Do they not accept donations, or is there a reason I'm just not aware of?

22 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

found dog

Found dog Sunday night by Wolcott and Birchwood. Small white dog with black spots. Very friendly.

  • Have you checked into or posted this info on lost dogs of IL?

  • Can't tell how big the dog is, but looks like a corgi mix. If it's bigger than that, then a cattle dog mix. Never seen one of either with white and block spots, though!

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Monthly parking

Does anyone know where I can rent monthly a parking spot near greenleaf and Paulina?

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    There is a house on Paulina between Greenleaf and Morse that has 6 rental spots on the side of it. A lot of the nearby condo associations on Greenleaf also have spots available on a monthly basis. Usually the association contact info is posted on the buildings -- you might have to do some cold calling but you will likely find something available around there.

3 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Shooting Incidents Mar Labor Day Weekend

Unfortunately, Rogers Park experienced two shooting incidents Sunday evening.

Below is a link where I summarize the facts surrounding the two incidents and share some of the efforts the police and I are undertaking to address the violence and what you can do to help. Finally, I place the recent incidents in some perspective.

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154712_322.htm

  • broeber Near Morse Station

    JohnR - My mistake. That person was still at a party with a suspected gang member. Guilty by association in my book.

  • Yeah I'd tend to agree

1 hour ago

Lost Bracelet at Pratt Beach

This is probably a long shot, but I lost a bracelet on Pratt beach over the weekend. It fell into the sand by the plank benches, north of the pier, on the edge of the Prairie Grass Conservation Area on Pratt beach.

When I went back to look for it yesterday morning, I ran into a neighbour that said he found it Sunday morning in the sand & placed it on top of the planks. By the time I went...

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This is probably a long shot, but I lost a bracelet on Pratt beach over the weekend. It fell into the sand by the plank benches, north of the pier, on the edge of the Prairie Grass Conservation Area on Pratt beach.

When I went back to look for it yesterday morning, I ran into a neighbour that said he found it Sunday morning in the sand & placed it on top of the planks. By the time I went looking for it, it was gone but wasn't turned into lost & found at the Lifeguard station.

It's a black & white horn/bone cuff bracelet. It has sentimental value only, I would offer a small reward if found.

Thanks Much! E

32 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

How many will avoid Morse Avenue altogether?

As I heard 20 or more explain how they have recently applied for CCW at the GAAF. The vast majority of those applying were single moms.
Biggest reason, recent shootings.

How long will this thread stay active?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I just got off the phone with a friend who lives in Nevada. She tells me that the instructor at her first concealed-carry class had a relevant bit of advice for her. "Firearms are for unexpected threats," he said. "If you expect threats where you live, you don't need a gun. You need a real estate agent."

  • I agree that RP has a lot to offer. However, it seems that lately we can barely go 2 weeks without shots fired or someone getting shot--so that's a huge quality of life issue when I don't feel safe walking around outside with my daughter.

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Trash left from visitors to the Rogers Park beaches

Good Morning Everyone!!
Just recently discovered this blog about our neighborhood. I have resided in Rogers Park since 2000 and really like my neighborhood. One of my pet peeves is people coming to visit the Rogers Park Beaches and leaving trash behind. If you live east of Sheridan Road, lets share pictures of what people leave behind after a day of fun at the beach. Of course, share pictures items / trash on the street or your yard.

Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    The logic of color coding? Confusion? Suspicion of laziness? Please give me a break. If those are the greatest problems in life then some people have it really good.

  • d3 NOH

    ignatius, just because it's not the biggest problem in the ward doesn't mean it's not an issue and people like you who want to sit back and not point out obvious problems and obvious solutions are not helping any bit.

41 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Alderman Moore petitioner at work

I thought I've seen it all. Guess I was wrong. Right after the shooting of two innocent people this afternoon in front of JB's Pizza, Alderman Moore had one of his signature collector's at the crime scene trying to get his petition signed.

  • neleh Accountant

    if an organization receives city funds, should they be using their participants to help an alderman collect signatures to run for office? sounds sketchy to me, like a conflict of interest, but is it illegal?

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Ignatius--or Joe--whoever you are, you know that it's not illegal to pay campaign workers. And handing out the cash was never my job, that was Wayne Frazier. I spent election days sitting at the front desk in the ward office. I understand now though, that it should be reported in...

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    Ignatius--or Joe--whoever you are, you know that it's not illegal to pay campaign workers. And handing out the cash was never my job, that was Wayne Frazier. I spent election days sitting at the front desk in the ward office. I understand now though, that it should be reported in those pesky filings with the State Board of Elections. Maybe I'll go take a look.

    Conspiracy theories?! That's a scream. You beat the hell out of me for reporting illegal acts then suggest that I conspired to keep them secret. Go figure.

2 hours ago

Free Futon

Need a futon? We've got a spare. Full size; black metal frame, in good shape. We have pets but the futon has been reliably covered. The plain blue cover can be washed as needed. No bedbugs. I'm near Sheridan and Pratt, reach out if interested.

3 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Redistricting

I was redistricted into the 49th ward from 40th ward with the 2012 redistricting. Is this now official, I thought the process was held by various court challenges? Should I expect to vote in 2015 municipal elections in the 49th ward?

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Mark, if you were redistricted as you say (I was) you are now in the 49th. Did you not receive your voter card in the mail that indicates your ward, district and polling place?

24 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

WGN News on scene

If anyone cares to share info, WGN has two trucks and news reporter's on Morse.

  • Reilly Neighbor on Columbia

    Meanwhile, it doesn't seem like the "commander" says much about the shootings. And our alderman told seniors at a senior building a few weeks ago that what they were hearing was firecrackers...

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    And what should have the Commander and the Alderman been saying? Answer please.

4 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Free moving boxes and tubs

I have about 30-40 moving boxes and two over sized long tubs that would be useful for moving long items. Please leave a comment below and we can arrange a time for you to come pick them up.

  • Sdelgado Coffee lover

    I thought I posted but it doesn't show. I never got your email but I am around this evening if that works for you.

  • Hi Sdelgado.....I just read your post this morning and surprise you didn't get my email. I sent you another one here on EB from your profile. Check again if not, I'll post my email, but please delete it after receiving it. Thanks!

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Leaving hi tax Illinois for low tax states

http://ilnews.org/2780/irs-dragging-feet-in-release-of-inter-state-migration-data/
SPRRINGFIELD — The Internal Revenue Service is dragging its feet releasing data on migration of people — and their income — between states.

In the past, it has taken one to two years for the IRS to prepare and release migration information but now it will take three years, said J. Scott Moody, who heads State Budget Solutions, a national group dedicated to promoting fiscal responsibility in the state governments.

“The data indicates that year after year, people are moving from high-tax ‘blue’ states like Illinois to low-tax ‘red’ states,” Moody, said.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    "IRS slow to release data" provides little insight. Want to read more? Let's compare Illinois and Indiana for a moment. Here's a good place to start: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/two-neighboring-states-one-big-financial-gap-110718

    But, what I choose to keep in mind that others perhaps do not is that "being open for business" doesn't mean that the...

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    "IRS slow to release data" provides little insight. Want to read more? Let's compare Illinois and Indiana for a moment. Here's a good place to start: http://www.wbez.org/series/curious-city/two-neighboring-states-one-big-financial-gap-110718

    But, what I choose to keep in mind that others perhaps do not is that "being open for business" doesn't mean that the individual is better off. I work for an Indiana company and I live here, by choice. I go to Indiana quite often and the poor are poorer, the roads are poorer, the wages are lower, the services provided to the needy are poorer, and at the same time, we saw "My Man Mitch" raise taxes to both address a budget deficit and fund Lucas Oil Stadium in Indy. (The Colts only paid for about 1/7th of it.) And they care too much about who can and can't get married; taking a pointless stand against the tides turning in favor of allowing gay marriage.

    I don't hate Indiana by any means. And I might still live there some day. But practically speaking, there's a lot more to it than just your Republican party line of "taxes bad, Illinois sucks."

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    BTW note how Indiana is sitting on a $2 billion surplus. If I ran the universe, that would be going into a NWI Improvement fund. The area is very economically depressed and needs a jump start. Indiana tends to forget about the part up here by Chicago, I guess they just assume it's all our fault or something. Yes, you do save money when you don't spend it on things that actually need a cash injection to improve.

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Moving to Chicago

Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around...

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Hi, I'm new on here! I don't currently live in Chicago but I would really love to relocate there once my lease is up, which is about 7 months from now. I am from a small town and have only visited a few times. That being said, I'm used to low rent (500 plus electric for a 2 bed 2 bath with washer dryer and parking). I definitely know I'm not getting that in Chicago! I like to stay around 6 - 850 but I'm starting to think that even that may be hard. I'm fine with a one bedroom or even a studio. I would love a view of the skyline or even the lake. I want to be located in a friendly neighborhood with either other college students or even families are fine. I'm going to college online so that won't be an issue until I need to apply to graduate school, years from now. I'd prefer to be near the action but I'm fine with a train ride or a cab to get there as I don't go out all the time.

So, with that being said, I was wondering if anyone had suggestions for which area to look in for apartments? Like I said, as a college student keeping the price low is a priority but then again I don't want to live in a place that makes me hate moving every day of my life. Thank you!!

  • Having lived in Edgewater, I would avoid the high-rise buildings on Sheridan Road. A lot have had bedbug issues (you can do a search of buildings by address on bedbudregisty.com to see which buildings have had tenants complaining about them on the site). I would go with either a 3-story walkup or a mid-rise building. The less people in the building, the less chance of getting bedbugs from someone else. Chicago is, afterall, the number one state in the country with bedbug issues.

  • *number one city in the country.

    I wish this website had an edit button.

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Joe Moore and Carl Good -- This one's for you!

In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly...

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In the thread titled “49th Ward Back to School Picnic This Sunday!” Carl Good challenged people who believe Joe Moore is an ineffective leader to:

1) Question him on the issues and his voting record.
2) Outline specifically what Moore could do better in combating this summer's rise in shootings.
3) "Force" Moore to defend his record on education.

Joe Moore accepted that challenge, saying: “I would be more than happy elaborate on points 1, 2 and 3. It certainly would be more enjoyable and intellectually challenging than what my "opposition" thus far has thrown my way. Let's see if anyone rises to the challenge.”

I’m rising to the challenge, Joe and Carl!

Anyone can look at the alderman’s voting record on the website for the Office of the City Clerk, but it is a depressing exercise in seeing how little of any substance our City Council works on. It’s all about approving awnings and sidewalk cafes, granting of “privilege in the public way,” or congratulating people and groups for existing or retiring. https://chicago.legistar.com/PersonDetail.aspx?ID=60995&GUID=FE2F5131-67D8-4FF3-8AD6-38962CDCA1EF (Question for the City Council – Couldn’t ANY of that actually just be part of a regular business application process handled by a non-political bureaucrat based on outlined standards? Oops -- not really. Not when votes on the mundane can generate campaign contributions for incumbent alderpeople.)

After searching through the first 17 pages of Joe’s votes on such fascinating topics, I decided just to review what legislation he’s sponsored, figuring that would be an indicator of what he’s really interested in being a leader on during this current term in office. (Please note that I don’t believe resolutions stating a belief or telling another policymaking body what they should do constitute a meaningful and substantive act by any member of the Chicago City Council.)

To Be Continued...

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    The question of education isn't a hot button issue for all of us. Don't have kids, don't know enough to have a strong opinion. This (thread) is a bit long and perhaps too easy to ignore; I honestly think the best sharp edge you could wield here would be on...

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    The question of education isn't a hot button issue for all of us. Don't have kids, don't know enough to have a strong opinion. This (thread) is a bit long and perhaps too easy to ignore; I honestly think the best sharp edge you could wield here would be on the topics of violence and safety. In Joe Moore's defense, it's not like he can push a magic button and make the bad guys go away. But even so, I think that's the weak spot considering what's going on around us recently.

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Robin -- I don't know how long ago your daughter was in CPS, but getting into the selective enrollments schools is harder than getting into Harvard! http://wgntv.com/2014/05/23/a-look-at-the-competitive-world-of-selective-enrollment-school-admission-in-chicago/

    The other issue is that not all students can succeed in a selective enrollment school that teaches to the top of the bell curve. We need great CPS schools for kids at all levels, and that simply doesn't exist in Chicago and a real reason many families must move out of the City or go the private school route.

5 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Water Issues on Farwell

Was curious if this was just my building, the block, or the area. I believe water main work is being done on 1300-1400 Farwell.

This morning we had no water until 8:30am, and slightly yellow stinky water for a short period after that. Only after running the water for a bit did I bite the bullet and take a shower after it had cleared up a bit.

We had no posted notices that I'm aware of. Just curious if others ran into this problem.

  • Matt - they have been working along Farwell all of last week from Ashland going East. I believe they are putting in new water lines and in some spots fire hydrants. They replaced 2 hydrants and installed 2 new ones East of me. (1600 Farwell). It took them a week to go from Ashland to Glenwood, so it shouldn't take that long to get past you. They are working quickly.

3 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

CPS outpaces charter schools

Chicago’s public neighborhood elementary schools improved greatly in reading and slightly in math, outpacing average charter school growth last year, according to a Chicago Sun-Times analysis of recently released testing data....

http://www.suntimes.com/29536936-761/cps-outpaces-charter-schools-in-improvements-especially-in-reading.html#.VAICl2PciSp

  • Now

    Robin did not know that about non-certified teachers can work in charter schools. But the CTU also threw charter school teachers under the bus a couple of contract negotiations ago when it negotiated it would not unionize charter school teachers in exchange for other concessions.

  • Now

    neleh, maybe "allow" wasn't the right word, and it would be nice if it were really a "right". There are many factors working against unionization including unions that don't do a thing for their members or unions that protect bad workers.

17 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Cat Found

A female white, brown, and black calico cat was found near the back door of my apartment near Glenwood & Lunt on Thursday, August 28. If you recognize her, please let me know.

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    Hope you find her owners.

46 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Shooting on Morse

Female hit.

  • Ignatius Reilly theological geometrician

    Snark alert! Snark alert! Snark alert!

  • Gay Angel Queer Academic in RP since '03

    This thread should be renamed The Trollery. Let's focus on community crime and gun violence. RP is a great place to live. We should unite to make it better and safer.

7 hours ago

You have 29 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

25 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

Hope everyone is having a good holiday!
Our group will be meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland Cafe.
See you then. As always...newcomers welcome.
Barbara

  • RogersParkGuy 4-year Rogers Park Resident

    Wow! This is great. I took 8 years of Spanish in school and never took the time to immerse myself in the language enough to get fluent. Total waste! I may attend some nights to see if I can knock the rust off!

    Aye! Que Bueno! Assisti Ocho anos de...

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    Wow! This is great. I took 8 years of Spanish in school and never took the time to immerse myself in the language enough to get fluent. Total waste! I may attend some nights to see if I can knock the rust off!

    Aye! Que Bueno! Assisti Ocho anos de clases de Espanol y nunca gaste el tiempo para aprender la lengua sufficientemente para hablarla como sea mi lengua maternal. Que Pena! Podria assistir unas noches para practicar y ver si puedo hablar tan bien que yo solia.

    How'd I do? Anybody?

  • Dear RogersParkGuy~
    Escribe muy bien! Gracias por su interes. La practica es todo. Me parece que
    hablar en espanol no sera problema para usted. Nos vemos...

    Barbara

18 hours ago

Happy Labor Day!

My Calendar app must be broken. It claims today is September 1, but my neighbor’s fireworks indicate it is July 4.

Nov 25 2011

Updated 23 hours ago

Dog Leash Laws and the people who dont care

Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What...

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Hello everyone,
This is my first post and since starting to read everyblock in September - I feel that the people who participate really care about this community and eachother in it as a whole.
Indian Boundary Park is an amazing sanctuary in the city and i feel lucky to live close and be able to take my dogs for walks in the park several times a day (and always clean up afterwards).
Which brings me to this question:
What do you do about the people who dont leash their dogs (and there are plenty in the am)? My dogs are well trained but we do NOT let them off leash ever because of the great variables that can happen. However - other dog owners do not follow the same decorum.
We have called the police (who show up - but typically after they have time to leash up), we have asked (typically with a response of "find a different part of the park" or we just get ingnored or a snide comment.
So I ask all of you -- What would you do?
How would you handle this?
Is there anything more I can do? (and no - i wont try to find a different park)
Thank you for you replies and help!

Jim

  • So call the police then. I agree. As I said the police have better things to do, unfortunately. But I too, would rather they enforce other laws like battery, robbery, rape, murder and proliferation of guns. Having your dog off leash is not a felony just and ordinance and not what I would consider of top importance either.

  • I for one would feel stupid and immoral calling the police away from what could be a life or death situation to enforce an unleashed dog ordinance.

2 days ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Good News!

The Gale students and staff worked very hard to improve teaching and learning. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth on NWEA Reading and 13.3% increase in growth on NWEA Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however let's congratulate our staff and students. APPLAUSE! Thank you to the community, alderman and network for your support.

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Shooting Near Howard and Western?

This is from a neighborhood message board:

"There were a series of gunshots in the alley in the 7400 block of Maplewood and then many police officers. . . shortly before 11."

I hope this was something domestic, and the gang war isn't moving west

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    There is nothing stopping the gangs from moving anywhere they want to move...so, better get used to that.

  • Josh H. 15yrs Rogers Park

    Hey robin, which message board are you referring to? I would like to keep up to date with any news from west rogers park. Thanks

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

best place to get cabinet door handles?

what is the best/most affordable place or website to get cabinet door handles for kitchen/bath remodel?

Jun 12

Updated 30 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Let's look out for one another--especIally our little ones.

    http://youtu.be/q4T37EaW4eU

    Good morning.

  • This is a long one but worth it!!

    Happy They Are Going Back To School Tomorrow Day!!
    Congratulations to all you parents and caretakers of small people. You have managed to stay off the news, not be included with the Kardashian stories on TMZ, not have the gavel thrown at...

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    This is a long one but worth it!!

    Happy They Are Going Back To School Tomorrow Day!!
    Congratulations to all you parents and caretakers of small people. You have managed to stay off the news, not be included with the Kardashian stories on TMZ, not have the gavel thrown at you by Judge Mathis, Judge Judy,or have Iyala Vinzant " Fix Your Life", as a result of the thoughts and possible actions you may have wanted to engage in because of one more" mom I'm bored", one more episode of " I spent $$$ on that darn phone and he won't answer it- but when I see him the thing is attached to his a--!!, one more HOW MUCH are the tickets to the amusement park , to the final indignity suffered this week- these school supplies cost the value of my retirement fund!!
    They are all a little browner, a little taller, and today a little sadder.
    Parents crank up "Happy" and do your freedom dance. You got 9 months and 11 days before the inmates are released into your custody again!!!!
    Good morning to all!!

6 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Voter information alert

Seen around the neighborhood.

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    Balloons are worser than guns and knives. Just say NO to balloons.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi Folks,

    Since this thread has gotten so far off-topic, we're closing comments.

3 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Voters Beware! Incompetence or Deception is Alive and Well These Days

A certain candidate posted on his members-only Facebook campaign page the following. "Though our alderman seems to consider our election code as arbitrary, the State of Illinois does not. "Sec. 29-12. Disregard of Election Code" is a Class 4 Felony." Is disregard a Class 4 Felony? No. (10 ILCS 5/29-12/Ch. 46, par. 29-12) Did anyone consider anything arbitrary? No. Did the certain candidate intend to deceive? Possibly. Was the candidate incompetent and didn't even understand election law? Possibly. Should we elect candidates like this or should we we expect better and demand the best? I think that neither incompetence nor deceptiveness is acceptable. It's a tough call. What do you think?

  • Anne Sullivan In and around Rogers Park since 1970

    Ah yes, the wanted poster created by my stalker, a right wing gun nut psychopath who is now homeless and living in somewhere in Texas last I heard. Not surprised you two are fans. I hope you checked out some of his "artwork" featuring your hero Ald Moore!

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi Folks,

    We're closing comments due to the continual back and forth personal attacks.

4 days ago

Updated 31 hours ago

Local opinions on indictment of Commander Glen Evans

I am sure that there is a wide diversity in opinion to the actions, if true, of Commander Gen Evans.

  • @rogerpark...read...He hasn't been convicted of anything!! You already have him tried and convicted and now you want his job taken...wait till the facts are completely in,not what the 10 o'clock news tells you that not the facts,that's sensationalism at its best. If you claim not to believe everything you hear then stop acting like it.

  • All I'll say is that if he's guilty I hope he's convicted, loses his pension, and gets to see the inside of a maximum security prison.

    Without protective custody.

31 hours ago

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35 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Shots fired

Awakened to 5 shots fired on Touhy/Wolcott several minutes ago. Any word on that?

42 hours ago

Updated 32 hours ago

FOUND DOG: 8/31 9pm - Friendly Beagle Mix

This friendly guy was wandering around Ashland and Lunt for more than 30 minutes, then crossed the street... I was able to get a leash on him and walked around the block looking for anyone who was looking for him- to no avail. I got him some water, and offered food... but he's crying for his family. As I have a dog of my own and can't give him comfortable shelter overnight, I've called 311 and am waiting for Animal Control to pick him up. Anyone know his owner??!??

  • dj long time RP home owner

    Thank you for your good work!!! No need to delete; we like hearing good endings!

  • Thank you for your extra effort and success in bringing dog and owner together. It's is reassuring to know there are people like you!

3 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Hey, Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman!

You won't gain supporters ringing doorbells on a Saturday in a mostly Orthodox area!

No, I won't name names.

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Mr. Stein - Mr. Gordon is a candidate for the 49th ward, not the 50th

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Roger Stein, you are addressing the wrong ward.

41 hours ago

Updated 40 hours ago

A lot of police, crime scene tape & news crew

Does anyone know what happened on Ridge between Fargo & Birchwood on East side of the street? Just came home and saw a lot of police activity.

  • Nancy Poptart I support rainbows and unicorns.

    Possibly a murder or an aggravated sexual assault or a robbery and battery but only Craig or Need for a Change would really know. They are into minute by minute crime stuff.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    One of the two shot on Ridge has died.

    Now we've got another homicide.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Glenwood Sunday Market Increases Matching Grant for LINK Shoppers

Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food...

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Low-income households in Rogers Park will have even greater accessibility to the fresh, nutritious and locally grown foods offered at the Glenwood Sunday Market thanks to an $8,000 grant to the Market from LINK Up Illinois.

The grant will enable the Market to increase its weekly Double Dollar Matching Grant Program. This program helps customers on Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Benefits (SNAP) buy more food at the Glenwood Sunday Market.

Double Dollars are bonus market tokens which match every SNAP (food stamps) purchase at the market dollar for dollar up to a certain limit. The new grant will enable the Market to increase the limit from $10 per weekly visit to $25. This means a family can spend up to $25 and receive $50 worth of healthy produce which they can prepare every week.

According to the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Rogers Park has the highest food insecurity rate on the north side of Chicago, with nearly 17% of our neighbors experiencing times when they do not know how they will obtain their next meal. Approximately 10,000 Rogers Park residents rely on LINK benefits. The Glenwood Sunday Market has accepted LINK benefits since it opened in 2010 and serves hundreds of LINK shoppers every year.

The Market supports and encourages organic and sustainable growing practices by bringing local farmers to the 49th Ward. All the food farmers participating in the Glenwood Sunday Market are located within 200 miles of the 49th Ward and use sustainable farming practices. The principle of "know your farmer, know your food," is the watchword of the Glenwood Sunday Market.

The Market runs every Sunday, rain or shine, from early June to late October. Locally grown fresh produce, baked goods, and packaged foods are featured, as well as weekly entertainment, educational programs, and fun activities for everyone. The Market is conveniently located just steps from the Morse Avenue stop on the CTA's Red Line.

Aug 25

Updated 2 days ago

Alderman Moore's "Satellite Service Office" to Conduct Autumn Tour

With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

Please stop by and say hello on any of...

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With today's late summer heat wave, it may be hard to believe that autumn soon will be upon us. But it's true and it's time again for the 49th Ward Service Office to take to the streets with my "Satellite Service Office." My staff and I will be out in the neighborhood throughout the autumn to meet you, take city service requests and assist you with any other matters of concern.

Please stop by and say hello on any of the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 26, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Howard "L" station (Howard entrance)
Wednesday, August 27, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Morse entrance)
Thursday, August 28, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Morse "L" station (Lunt entrance)
Friday, August 29, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Sheridan entrance)

Saturday, August 30, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Morse Fresh Market, 1430 W. Morse
Sunday, August 31, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Jerome's Church (Lunt and Paulina)

Tuesday, September 2, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Loyola "L" station (Loyola entrance)
Wednesday, September 3, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Jarvis "L" station

Monday, September 8, 6:30 to 9 a.m., CTA parking garage (Rogers and Paulina)
Tuesday, September 9, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Lunt entrance)
Thursday, September 11, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Metra station (Greenleaf entrance)
Friday, September 12, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Gateway Centre Atrium (L.A. Fitness)

Saturday, September 13, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Devon Market, 1440 W. Devon
Sunday, September 14, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Glenwood Sunday Market

Monday, September 15, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Starbuck's (Columbia and Sheridan)
Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., Dunkin Donuts, 6970 N. Clark

Saturday, September 20, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, Jewel/Osco (Gateway Centre)
Sunday, September 21, 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon, St. Ignatius Church, 6559 N. Glenwood

Please note that this schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or other circumstances.

I look forward to seeing you!

  • Thanks, Joe, your special request was honored. The potholes in the alley were patched right away.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I'm glad to hear it, Dr. Ma'at. Thank you for letting me know.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Good News

The students and staff of Gale worked hard to improve teaching and learning. Congratulations to them for improving the Spring NWEA Test results. We saw a 13.2% increase in growth for Reading and a 13.3% increase in growth for Math. We still have much work to do on attainment, however, we are moving forward. Let's give our students a hand clap! Thanks for your support of our school and students.

2 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Who do you want to see as Alderman of the 49th Ward - Rogers Park?

Signatures for the aldermanic election are being collected all around the ward for next February's race. Who do you want to see as alderman of the 49th Ward. All comments welcome.

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