4 min ago

Updated 3 min ago

Voter Registration

If you've recently become a new citizen, turned 18, or just have never voted in an election, now is your time to take action. Please Register to Vote if you care about the schools in our community, safety, housing, cleanliness, health, and immigrant issues, please register to vote at Indo-American Center anytime 9-5 Monday through Saturday.

Those you cannot yet vote will thank you.

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    The deadline is October 7. This is an important election coming up...for senator and governor.

28 hours ago

Updated 4 min ago

Dero Bike fix-it station vandalized

Well, it only took 3 months for the Dero Bike fix-it station on Howard to get vandalized and become a non-working red pole stuck in the ground.

http://chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com/2014/09/dero-fixit-station-3-months-later.html

Seems you can't put anything up around here without it getting ruined.

3 hours ago

Updated 5 min ago

Mayor & Alderman 1%: Their budget numbers game

Smoke and mirrors. Excerpt from this week's Reader:

"Obviously, those enhancements and savings didn't work out so well, because in February the mayor asked the City Council to sign off on borrowing about $1 billion more.

Then he sent Aldermen Will Burns and Joe Moore to explain it all on Chicago Tonight. And we got to watch Joe yell at Alderman Scott Waguespack, a mayoral critic. So at least it was entertaining..."

http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/rahms-balanced-budget-claims-dont-add-up/Content?oid=15162657

  • Kitty P Kitty Mama

    It would be totally awesome if at some point in your journalistic "career" you could figure out how to use an apostrophe correctly. LOL

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    Don Gordon talks like he's something different and new, but in fact, he sends Craig out to do his dirty work while hiding off line. It's no different than any other politician.

26 hours ago

Updated 7 min ago

Fuji For US Senate Election 2014

Open letter to the Honorable Dick Durbin (US Senator, Democrat), Honorable Jim Oberweis (Illinois State Senator, Republican) & Candidate Sharon Hansen (Libertarian)

My name is Fuji. I am a concerned parent, dedicated educator and your Independent candidate for United States Senate.

China is a mighty dragon. Hong Kong is the heart of the dragon. Inaction is a choice not to act. That is why I have chosen not to remain silent.

I am writing this letter to publically challenge my...

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Open letter to the Honorable Dick Durbin (US Senator, Democrat), Honorable Jim Oberweis (Illinois State Senator, Republican) & Candidate Sharon Hansen (Libertarian)

My name is Fuji. I am a concerned parent, dedicated educator and your Independent candidate for United States Senate.

China is a mighty dragon. Hong Kong is the heart of the dragon. Inaction is a choice not to act. That is why I have chosen not to remain silent.

I am writing this letter to publically challenge my fellow candidates for United States Senate to an open debate on Hong Kong’s democratic aspirations for liberty, justice and freedom for all.

I personally support every peaceful demonstrator in Hong Kong demanding genuine liberty, authentic justice and real freedom.

Now is the time for an open debate, so you the voter can decide who is the most capable of serving you for the next six years in our United States Senate.

Thank you for your time and considering my request.

Sincerely,
Fuji For US Senate

PS - www.50thward.com

  • Ranman RP denizen since 1973

    Sir,
    While I would be interested in hearing their position on the Hong Kong issue, I suspect that every one of them would offer mind-numbingly similar 30 second versions of the standby boilerplate anti-Chinese government, "I support freedom" rhetoric.

    Meanwhile, we have myriad issues of more pressing and immediate importance on the national, state, county, and municipal levels.

    Here's hoping you're prepared to address them as eagerly as you seem to be regarding one international concern.

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    I care about too many other issues to vote for somebody who has expressed concern only over one issue.

12 hours ago

Updated 9 min ago

Mayor and Alderman 1% joined at the hip

Alderman Moore. King Rahm's rubber stamp.

A meesage from Don Gordon:

"I expect that once again the alderman will use the funds to dig up as much as possible about me to create the lies and innuendos that he did the last time I ran. Those pink postcards, nasty mailers and of all things…"

Read Don Gordon's full statement here.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/Gordon2015/permalink/698125366930540/

22 hours ago

Updated 11 min ago

DNA Article on Aldermanic Challenger

DNA Rogers Park has an interesting article on Peter Sifnotis, 50th Ward aldermanic candidate. The article expands on Peter's platform and includes responses from Ald. Silverstein to issues he's raised. Well worth reading.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141001/west-rogers-park/former-marine-challenges-ald-debra-silverstein-50th-ward-race?utm_source=Rogers+Park+%26+Edgewater&utm_campaign=778ef216c2-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9bf16baa3a-778ef216c2-174058649

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    I'd like to meet Peter, karen. Is posting this enough? Thanks.

  • karen returned to my roots

    Email me directly through everyblock and I will give you the address and time

42 hours ago

Updated 58 min ago

Animal Sacrifices at Howard St Beach

Yesterday I found a dead rabbit in a black magic hat at the base of a tree. Last week someone else found 2 animals lying dead, side-by-side in the same park. A neighbor in my building said there are animal sacrifices performed on the beach regularly. This is so upsetting to me that it makes me cry. A woman posted recently about leaving the neighborhood and she was slammed with negativity, for being negative. I've lived in a lot of...

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Yesterday I found a dead rabbit in a black magic hat at the base of a tree. Last week someone else found 2 animals lying dead, side-by-side in the same park. A neighbor in my building said there are animal sacrifices performed on the beach regularly. This is so upsetting to me that it makes me cry. A woman posted recently about leaving the neighborhood and she was slammed with negativity, for being negative. I've lived in a lot of neighborhoods in Chicago and while there may be some nice things to say about it, I also don't feel safe when I walk, and a trip to the park to get in touch with nature brings on great sadness. Innocent animals do not deserve to be murdered. In 30 years, this is the first time I've ever been afraid in a Chicago neighborhood or have seen such cruelty done in the open. I'm just saying.

  • Todd Agosto Analyst/Investigator at Veritatem Cognoscere

    What happened to 'Peace Out'? Alias no longer links to a profile page... shows a status of 'Inactive User'. Perhaps the animal sacrifice cult tracked him down?

  • Is it possible we're all just working on a big satirical roleplay where a close-knit community of "active" neighbors invent new issues to tackle and clumsily debate? This is one of the strangest threads I've seen here, yet.

1 hour ago

Foreclosure help available

Via Lakeside CDC:

Chicago, IL - September 29, 2014 – Lakeside Community Development Corporation, a HUD – approved non-profit organization that works to preserve and create affordable housing, will conduct free foreclosure prevention clinics for homeowners beginning in October.

Homeowners who are interested in learning more about the foreclosure counseling process or who need assistance should attend one of the clinics. Topics include an overview of the foreclosure process in Chicago and the suburban communities, tips for avoiding foreclosure, options...

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Via Lakeside CDC:

Chicago, IL - September 29, 2014 – Lakeside Community Development Corporation, a HUD – approved non-profit organization that works to preserve and create affordable housing, will conduct free foreclosure prevention clinics for homeowners beginning in October.

Homeowners who are interested in learning more about the foreclosure counseling process or who need assistance should attend one of the clinics. Topics include an overview of the foreclosure process in Chicago and the suburban communities, tips for avoiding foreclosure, options as a homeowner, communicating with lenders and prioritizing debt. Lakeside’s foreclosure prevention counselors will work individually with homeowners to assess their situation and provide recommendations for the next steps.

Individualized assistance includes:
• Help compiling necessary documentation
• Development of a budget and spending plan
• Options for managing debt
• Review of refinance and modification opportunities

Clinics are held on Wednesdays twice monthly at noon at 6636 N. Clark St. in Rogers Park. For more information, contact Lakeside Community Development Corporation at 773-381-5253, or visit the organization’s website at www.lakesidecdc.org.

About Lakeside Community Development Corporation
Founded in 2005, Lakeside Community Development Corporation is a non-profit organization providing comprehensive and innovative housing programs for low-income residents of Rogers Park, West Ridge, Uptown, Lincoln Square, North Center, North Park, Albany Park, and Edgewater, as well as other under-served communities throughout Chicago and surrounding suburbs. The organization can be reached at 773-381-5253 or on the Internet at www.lakesidecdc.org.

Contact:
Kurt Krahn (kurt@lakesidecdc.org)
Executive Director, Lakeside CDC
6636 N. Clark St
Chicago, IL 60626
773-381-5253

31 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Register to Vote Now!

The last day to register to vote in the November election is Tuesday, October 7. If you have moved since you last registered, you need to re-register. You can register at Alderman Moore's office, 7356 N. Greenview, or, if you are downtown, at the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. There will also be a Voters' Registrar at Sol Café, 1615 W. Howard, on Thursday, Oct. 2, 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM.

  • Who are you going to replace them with?

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    Bump!

    Even if you're sure that you don't like anyone that's running, download a sample ballot, look into ALL the candidates, not just the ones running for high-level offices, and VOTE! Write-in your favorite cartoon character as a protest vote if you need to, so long as you VOTE!

41 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Dog owners help me spread the word

My dog loves everyone and want's to play with every dog or human he meets. I am well aware that not every person or dog feels the same. As some one who fosters & rehabilitates dogs I have found the following a very good idea. It is the Yellow Ribbon Project. An easy way for the public to recognize from a distance a dog, that for whatever reasons, needs space.
If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or...

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My dog loves everyone and want's to play with every dog or human he meets. I am well aware that not every person or dog feels the same. As some one who fosters & rehabilitates dogs I have found the following a very good idea. It is the Yellow Ribbon Project. An easy way for the public to recognize from a distance a dog, that for whatever reasons, needs space.
If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on a leash, this is a dog who needs some space.
PLEASE do not approach this dog with your dog.
PLEASE maintain distance or give this dog and his/her person time to move out of the way.
THANK YOU. Those of us who own these dogs appreciate your help and respect.
Let's get this going in Chicago. I believe it will help solve a lot of conflicts between dogs and people. Spread the word!

  • Kitty P Kitty Mama

    There are a lot of unsteady people in our neighborhood.

  • Kitty P, tread lightly as I'm pretty sure you are one of Eddie's personality defects.

2 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Last Night Mugging at Pratt & Greenview-Anyone Know Anything?

When I was coming home last night around 10:00pm I saw there were a bunch of cop cars, ambulance and fire truck at a residence on the East side of the street just North of Pratt & Greenview.

I inquired with someone who was also a pedestrian and they said someone was mugged and one of the people pushed the other through the glass doorway into the apartment building. A mugging to me is just as, if not more, disconcerting than a shooting since it's a very directed act. I was just wondering if anyone knew more about what happened? Thanks so much for any information, I've greatly appreciated the comradery of EveryBlock.

  • My husband was out walking the dog and saw a very intoxicated man attempt to walk through his glass door... My husband asked if he was ok and he said he was fine and he was going to call a friend to help him get inside his place. When cops...

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    My husband was out walking the dog and saw a very intoxicated man attempt to walk through his glass door... My husband asked if he was ok and he said he was fine and he was going to call a friend to help him get inside his place. When cops came the man claimed he was being mugged. The man was seriously intoxicated and confused, sadly. While it is completely possible that he was mugged earlier in the evening, he was not pushed into his door, he was drunk and tried to walk through it.

  • Thank you hap89! Wow, well, while I'm sure that wasn't a painless experience, I guess I'm happy it isn't another crime in the neighborhood. Hopefully they fix the glass soon for the other residents in that building!

47 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Having trouble finding court dates for the murders.

Has anyone been contacted about court dates for those charged with the Devon Ave murder? Have any of the other RP shooters and murders been caught?

46 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Vote for Your Favorite Bike Rack Design at this Sunday's "Art Round Trip" Festival

There's an election coming up this Sunday, but no politicians are on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the logo design that you would most like to see on our new bike racks.

This is all a part of my 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process in which I give 49th Ward residents the power to determine how I spend the ward's capital budget allocation. New bike racks were one of the projects approved by the voters in...

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There's an election coming up this Sunday, but no politicians are on the ballot. Instead, you will get to vote for the logo design that you would most like to see on our new bike racks.

This is all a part of my 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process in which I give 49th Ward residents the power to determine how I spend the ward's capital budget allocation. New bike racks were one of the projects approved by the voters in previous participatory budgeting elections and I arranged with the City to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks in high traffic locations.

I issued a call last month for Rogers Park artists and designers to submit proposals for the logo design. Over 40 local artists submitted designs and a panel of judges from the Rogers Park Arts Alliance and the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee narrowed the field to four finalists.

To view the proposed finalists, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155226_322.htm#Bike

Now it's your turn. In the tradition of 49th Ward participatory democracy, I'm asking the residents of my ward to vote for their favorite design. The vote will take place this Sunday, October 5th, 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., at Art Round Trip--a biking-walking-riding celebration of the arts in Rogers Park. Polling stations will be set up at or near each of the four CTA Red Line stations in Rogers Park--Loyola, Morse, Jarvis and Howard--and the Greenleaf Arts Center, 1806 W. Greenleaf.

The design that receives the most community resident votes will become the official 49th Ward bike rack design.

  • Who. I'm voting for a new King of the Loopies around here. And he's the alderman's spokesperson?

    Joe Moore's very own Unsteady Eddie for King Loopy! Long live the king!

  • Kitty P Kitty Mama

    Long live King Loopie. Or Loopy. Which is it?

39 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Ebola news, from CDPH

In case you were wondering...

CHICAGO - In response to news of the first diagnosis of Ebola virus in the United States, Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D., of the Chicago Department of Public Health released the following statement:

"Ebola is a serious issue, but we remind Chicago residents the virus does not pose a significant risk to the general United States public. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of Chicago residents, we have been working...

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In case you were wondering...

CHICAGO - In response to news of the first diagnosis of Ebola virus in the United States, Commissioner Bechara Choucair, M.D., of the Chicago Department of Public Health released the following statement:

"Ebola is a serious issue, but we remind Chicago residents the virus does not pose a significant risk to the general United States public. As part of our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of Chicago residents, we have been working for more than a month with healthcare workers in hospitals and other settings to ensure they are aware of diagnostic, testing, reporting and infection control recommendations. We remain in contact with the CDC and other health departments to monitor the situation in the U.S. and abroad. We encourage residents to follow CDC guidelines and avoid non-essential travel to West African countries affected by Ebola virus outbreak."

CDPH has also made this fact sheet available with additional information on Ebola:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/cdph/infectious_disease/Communicable_Disease/092414Ebola_Fact_Sheet_FINAL.pdf?utm_source=Statement+on+Ebola&utm_campaign=Prepare+Chicago+Press+Release&utm_medium=email

3 hours ago

You have 9 new neighbors in your followed places, including…

3 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Mice?!

A little while ago I noticed something moving and to my horror saw a mouse along the baseboard in my living room. I didn't get the best look at it because I yelled when I saw it and scared it off, but I'm hoping it's just a mouse and not a small/juvenile rat.

I've been in my apartment for four months, and have never seen any evidence of pests aside from two centipedes earlier this summer. Prior to that I...

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A little while ago I noticed something moving and to my horror saw a mouse along the baseboard in my living room. I didn't get the best look at it because I yelled when I saw it and scared it off, but I'm hoping it's just a mouse and not a small/juvenile rat.

I've been in my apartment for four months, and have never seen any evidence of pests aside from two centipedes earlier this summer. Prior to that I was in a different apartment in the same building for a year and again, no pest issues aside from the occasional spider or centipede.

My building has a pest control company come out twice a year, but I think they just spray for insects. I'm planning to calling my landlady to see what can be done, but I'm just wondering if any neighbors have had any recent issues with rodents.

I live with a small dog, so poison is not at option. Her food is also not left (out she cleans her bowl within 5 minutes of being served) and stored in a heavy duty container. I don't cook much so the kitchen is always very clean, with little food in the cupboards. Trash cans in the apartment are covered, too. There is a gap between the radiator pipe and the flooring a few feet from where the critter was seen. Is cramming it full of steel wool a good idea?

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Jun 12

Updated 3 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.

  • Good morning you wild and crazy guys!!
    I'm awake, but the dogs and my husband are snoring up a storm.
    Still singing the praises of my neighbor Donna and her pit bull Emma Rose for fine pet ownership. They are a practiced duo!!!

    Have a splendid day!!

  • Dee in E Rogers Park East Rogers Park over 10 Years

    A very good morning to all!! Now I am starting my countdown to when it will be light again when I leave for work in the morning. The daylight is getting shorter, so remember to enjoy these beautiful days of fall!

2 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Copt ticketing smokers on sidewalks?

I wonder if anyone has knowledge or experience with police enforcement of the CTA anti-smoking ordinance. Specifically, I was heading to work towards the Howard Station as I have for years, and two plainclothes cops ticketed me for smoking "on CTA property."
Thing is, I was walking on the sidewalk, not in the station, or platform. The sidewalk abuts a storage facility next to the bus lanes at the station. He said he had just ticketed eight people before me...

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I wonder if anyone has knowledge or experience with police enforcement of the CTA anti-smoking ordinance. Specifically, I was heading to work towards the Howard Station as I have for years, and two plainclothes cops ticketed me for smoking "on CTA property."
Thing is, I was walking on the sidewalk, not in the station, or platform. The sidewalk abuts a storage facility next to the bus lanes at the station. He said he had just ticketed eight people before me for the same thing, confirming what I already knew--that people routinely smoke on their way to the station, and put it out before entering.

I pointed out to him that there are no signs or markings indicating either the "property" line or the anti-smoking policy.

Is this yet another way to squeeze more dollars out of local residents?
Shouldn't they be posting signs first advising residents before citing them for offenses?
Has anyone encountered this or challenged a ticket?
Is anyone else fed up with the constant fines and tickets issuing from the CPD?
(I own a car).
thanks.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Good question, Spam. I was unaware that we even have a Copt community in Chicago much less that they're on the police force.

  • Wasn't everyone just complaining about all the Copters overhead??

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Responsible Pit Bull owners - a true story

I observed something really incredible tonight as I was walking my two dogs
on Albion Street in Rogers Park. I have a 70-pound German shepherd and a little
Chihuahua mix. Nina, the shepherd, can be intimidating to look at but is really
very gentle.

We suddenly saw, walking towards us, a woman with an awesome, muscular
purebred Pit Bull. As soon as she saw us, she turned towards the street, put herself between her dog and us, stepped down a...

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I observed something really incredible tonight as I was walking my two dogs
on Albion Street in Rogers Park. I have a 70-pound German shepherd and a little
Chihuahua mix. Nina, the shepherd, can be intimidating to look at but is really
very gentle.

We suddenly saw, walking towards us, a woman with an awesome, muscular
purebred Pit Bull. As soon as she saw us, she turned towards the street, put herself between her dog and us, stepped down a driveway, and gently distracted her dog by feeding him treats until we walked by. I think that is the most awesome demonstration of responsible dog ownership I have ever seen! I may never see that woman again, but I hope she is reading this and knows that I respect her greatly!!!!

Having owned several "bully breeds" myself, I know that pitties, rotties, etc. do not always do well at the end of a leash when passing another dog on the street, and we must take every precaution to avoid disaster, even if that dog is an angel with small kids and other people.

Love to hear what some of you think of this act of kindness.

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    Dear RP dog lovers:
    What a GRRRReat conversation! I am delighted to get so many thanks and to actually find out who that wonderful woman was - Donna and Emma Rose, you ROCK! Wonderful, thoughtful comments, all. And yes: my little Woody (the chi mix) is a little pistol at...

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    Dear RP dog lovers:
    What a GRRRReat conversation! I am delighted to get so many thanks and to actually find out who that wonderful woman was - Donna and Emma Rose, you ROCK! Wonderful, thoughtful comments, all. And yes: my little Woody (the chi mix) is a little pistol at times, but that is the nature of the teeny dog in a world of giants. He is actually a therapy dog and brings much comfort to people in recovery centers
    where we visit. I hope to someday get a Pit Bull of my own - there are so very many
    of them in shelters with so little hope of ever getting out, and I really love the breed.

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    To FA Girl:
    I totally empathize with you! You were doing the responsible thing - your dog deserves to walk in public just like every other dog. Thanks for your comment.
    I see so many insane, stupid things done by dog owners that we should require them to take mandatory dog safety training - the really stupid owners need obedience school. Their dogs are just fine.

24 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Parking?

I know this is a HUGE stretch, but does anyone know of a parking spot I can rent on or very near Eastlake Terrace? Thank you!

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    There's a commercial garage on Howard immediately west of the gas station at Howard & Sheridan.

39 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Help with cutting cat's nails

Does anyone have a recommendation for a skilled vet tech/ assistant who comes to your home and can cut cat's nails?

  • 60660Gal loves Edgewater,

    Di..I have found that sometimes cats do better being clipped by a stranger. If you can't bring your cat in to a groomer--ask them if they would consider a home visit..the independent shops may be able to recommend someone Good Luck

  • James B. Best neighbor evah

    I'll put in a vote for Bark Bark Club for a "take to" spot for cutting nails. I would never suggest you go to Petsmart or Petco for this service.

35 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Parking space for rent?

Hello everyone! I have been looking for a parking space to rent near ashland and albion. As some of you know might know parking is a struggle in these streets and people leave big gaps in between. I also just bought a brand new car and someone already broke my back bumper i just dont want to deal with all of that so if someone can help i will appreciate it!

19 hours ago

Updated 17 hours ago

Community Service Hours for High School and College Students

I am running an Intergenerational Arts Program and I have room for a few more students interested in gaining service hours and experience by volunteering and doing photography, video, a journal article, and assisting with the older adult program. The program is 5 weeks long, on a weekend afternoon and one weekday afternoon / evening. Can anyone recommend the Community Service Director at a nearby high school ? Contact Sharon Hyson, Arts Educator and Art Therapist at shazhys@yahoo.com for further information.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Sharon - this sounds like a great program! Besides the "nearby" high schools, I would contact all of the selective enrollment high schools as they draw students from all over the city.

    Call the school, and ask to speak to a guidance counselor (you can generally find the names on the schools' websites

Sep 20

Updated 17 hours ago

Alerman's Survey

See Ald. Silverstein's report on her recent survey for some interesting information. According to the report, 93% of the ward's residents do not attend CAPS meetings. The alderman recently began sending out the 24th District's crime report with her newsletter, and I wonder if one of the reasons for low attendance is the fact that the CAPS meetings in the report are for the 49th Ward.

http://50thwardchicago.com/2014/survey-results/
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7tWxCq0oKt8RE9iMVVnVFFOWjg/edit?pli=1

  • Jerome Yanoff Lived here since 1977

    There are a lot of tourists who dine on the section between Western and Damen. There are also a lot of people shopping on Devon between California and Damen. Most of them are of Indian or Pakistani heritage. They come from Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan and even Iowa. I don't know how much difference a sidewalk scape makes to them.

  • Jerome Yanoff Lived here since 1977

    I do not see any connection between the street scaping and more people coming to Devon Avenue. I would rather see people cleaning it than redoing it. I have lived on the North Side since 1942 and in West Rogers Park since 1977. The major change I have seen on the street (not the shops) is the amount of dirt and the amount of pigeons.

4 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

6413 N. Glenwood Situation?

There has been a lot going on at this property over the course of the past couple of weeks. Like most of you, we have a general idea who our neighbors on the block are, even if we don't have an opportunity to speak with them frequently. At this property, there have been something like eight tenants over the course of the past two months, concrete trucks pulling up in the middle of the night to "work" on the basement,...

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There has been a lot going on at this property over the course of the past couple of weeks. Like most of you, we have a general idea who our neighbors on the block are, even if we don't have an opportunity to speak with them frequently. At this property, there have been something like eight tenants over the course of the past two months, concrete trucks pulling up in the middle of the night to "work" on the basement, and just in the past two weeks, the cutting down of two large trees that took the alley out of commission for a couple of days.

Our first thought was "It's a landlord trying to make improvements to his/her property...shut up and move along. Nothing to see here." Lately, however, the first floor tenant has been knocking on doors to tell folks on the block about his situation. Apparently the landlord is renting the property out by the bedroom and trying to evict the (now lone) tenant from the first floor because they are "getting way too much space for what they're paying and scaring away potential tenants." (?) Also, the landlord (again, allegedly) told the tenant and the neighbors that he didn't need a permit to cut the trees down. Not sure what the rules are there, but it was scary to watch. It was a large and unwieldy tree. The "arborists" cutting it down did a lot of screaming and running away whenever something started to crack.

In any case, I'm sure there are several sides to the story. The tenants asked us and several other neighbors for help, and we referred him to the Alderman's Office. From what they told us, the Ward said that there was nothing they could do.

Again, our mindset is really that this situation is none of our business, but it would be nice to see some stability to the property again. The gorgeous fence that was there is now trashed, the trees were cut down (allegedly without a permit), and the "rent by the bedroom with no lease" allegation sounds like a magnet for trouble.

Any ideas? Thanks.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    They do wear Catholic Plaid skirts.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    I read a warning that people are having the catholic converters stolen from their cars at night from in front of their houses. Why are catholic converters sleeping in parked cars anyways and why are they being kidnapped? Rogers Park is getting more dangerously day by day.

Aug 19

Updated 19 hours ago

Calling all Rogers Park Artists and Designers: Design our new Bike Rack Logo

Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's...

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Are you a Rogers Park artist, designer or just have a knack for slick sketching? I need your help coming up with a bike rack logo that welcomes people to our neighborhood.

The bike racks are being funded through the 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process in which residents of my ward vote on how to spend $1 million of the ward's capital infrastructure fund. Residents in 2010 voted to fund 15 "artistic multifunctional bike racks." However, the City of Chicago's Office of Budget and Management, which has final discretion over the funding of City infrastructure projects, did not approve the project, as it had serious concerns about the cost of the racks as well as insurance and oversight issues.

Instead, the City's Budget Office approved my request to use the money allocated for the artistic bike racks to install nearly 100 of the traditional City bike racks throughout our neighborhood. The City's Budget Office also agreed to my request to set aside a portion of the money allocated to include a distinct logo design on some of the racks that will be located at several community gateways and high traffic spots.

I'm looking for Rogers Park artists and designers to come up with ideas for the logo design.

Several Chicago neighborhoods use custom logos on their bike racks to build community identity, improve the look of commercial streets, and add a little local creativity to an otherwise purely functional object on the public way. For some examples of bike racks from the Uptown, Wicker Park/Bucktown and Lakeview neighborhoods, see the photos posted below.

The competition is open to any Rogers Park artists or designer. You must either live in Rogers Park or have a studio in Rogers Park (defined as the area bound by the Evanston border on the north, Devon Avenue on the south, Lake Michigan on the east and Western Avenue on the West)

For full details, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154516_322.htm#PB

  • It matters because people like us rely on bikes for daily transportation. Bike theft is a real problem and it's a little insulting when a thing that's supposed to be super straightforward and help you is just plain wrong for it's purpose. Most of the folks voting on this issue...

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    It matters because people like us rely on bikes for daily transportation. Bike theft is a real problem and it's a little insulting when a thing that's supposed to be super straightforward and help you is just plain wrong for it's purpose. Most of the folks voting on this issue won't know the difference, and none of the choices that don't actually serve the purpose of securing a bike should have ever seen the light of day. Sorry if we bike people seem cranky, but it's just a little bit insulting.

  • Not even worth joking with you people...

    This thread isn't *about* ebola. Or Somalia. Or shootings.

    I am a cyclist living in Rogers Park. I won't apologize for caring.

    By the way, Bob Fuller of Joe's staff has said on a FB group that clearance from the ground to the logo is now being stated as 25". 5" more than the given parameters on the 49th Ward site before.

    That really nice of them. I am officially reserving judgment on their usability as of now.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Community Activist Responsible for Health Center

From what I'm reading in this morning's DNA Chicago article, community activists were responsible for bringing the new health center to Rogers Park. I would like to know more about how that happened. Also, what other programs, resources and events came from community activists work? http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140929/rogers-park/heartland-health-centers-clinic-opens-on-devon-avenue

  • Nancy B. Co-Owner Gold'N Pear Catering

    Jim Ginderske and a small group of folks (including my husband) started the Neighbors for a Healthy Rogers Park back in I think 2005. The group is now defunct, but as Jim said in his speech at the Ribbon Cutting, all it takes is one person with a good idea and the willingness to work with neighbors to get something done. I'm pretty proud to see the new clinic!

  • To be clear, "defunct" just means we no longer register the name with the State. Since we don't raise money or seek grants there is really no reason to do so. We still bang away at health policy issues, however and when its helpful we do still use the name,...

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    To be clear, "defunct" just means we no longer register the name with the State. Since we don't raise money or seek grants there is really no reason to do so. We still bang away at health policy issues, however and when its helpful we do still use the name, esp when writing letters of support for other's initiatives. Some of us serve on the advisory board of the Touhy clinic as well.

    As I stated in the article, we did this together. Heartland Health has been a relentless force for community health since '08, when Touhy opened. Local electeds jump in as needed, and usually the battles there are about finding funding more than lobbying for resources. Loyola U helped out with the '06 Needs Assessment, and local poets and artists donated the work that hangs at Touhy, which hopefully we can replicate at Devon. These kinds of projects are so complex and long running that its always in the end a team effort that gets it done.

    As for other stuff, we have worked on everything from hurricane Katrina relief back in the day to lobbying for charity care regulations, helping run child car seat safety events, and doing surveys and trying to get medicaid reimbursement rates for dental care increased. Most of this stuff is tedious and not terribly exciting, but public health rarely is.

  • Nancy B. Co-Owner Gold'N Pear Catering

    Thanks for the clarification, Jim. And I apologize for giving out incorrect information.

2 days ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Advice on t-shirts

Hey neighbors! In brief, I love this neighborhood. There may be problems, but where are there not? I am determined to not become disheartened or discouraged. I love this neighborhood because so many others love it and are actively making a difference in this diverse community. I'd rather live and be present in this wonderful mess than attempt to live in ignorance elsewhere.

Personally I wanted a means to show off my pride for our corner of the city. I'm...

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Hey neighbors! In brief, I love this neighborhood. There may be problems, but where are there not? I am determined to not become disheartened or discouraged. I love this neighborhood because so many others love it and are actively making a difference in this diverse community. I'd rather live and be present in this wonderful mess than attempt to live in ignorance elsewhere.

Personally I wanted a means to show off my pride for our corner of the city. I'm a graphic designer by trade so making Rogers Park t-shirts seemed like an obvious choice. I did so back in August when I participated in the Glenwood Ave Arts Fest. The Fest was so amazing, talking with so many other folks living in and invested in Rogers Park who were also supportive of my artwork.

I wondered if any of you had any ideas or leads as to how I could better get the word out on these designs. It was easy when I had a booth and folks could walk by and see it firsthand, but I don't have a brick and mortar location. I know that Rogers Park is a really awesome place and I'm sure that many you fellow denizens feel the same way.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Resurrect the "Made in Rogers Park" t-shirts. I had one back in the '80a

  • These are great shirts. Maybe the Armadillo Pillow and Flatts & Sharpe music might have an interest in selling them?

21 hours ago

FREE Dispensers & Toilet paper

Hello everyone,
We recently had new paper towel and toilet paper dispensers installed at the church through a Staples program. Since all of the dispensers were changed (some broken, some working), we now have several working toilet paper and paper towel dispensers with no use for them. We also have a couple of boxes of the toilet paper for those specific dispensers. Because we can no longer use it, but do not want to throw out perfectly usable goods, we are offering them for free for whoever can come pick them up! These are perfect for someone! Please respond to this post or call Evelyn Martinez in the office at 773-761-2500!

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

REMINDER: Alderman Moore's Job Fair Set for Wednesday

Don't forget that I'm hosting a Job Fair and Employment Resource Workshop TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 1st), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

This is a perfect venue for those who either are out of work and looking for a job or dissatisfied their current job and looking for a new challenge. Over 30 employers will be present, accepting applications and resumes and answering your questions. I will also offer workshops...

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Don't forget that I'm hosting a Job Fair and Employment Resource Workshop TOMORROW (Wednesday, October 1st), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

This is a perfect venue for those who either are out of work and looking for a job or dissatisfied their current job and looking for a new challenge. Over 30 employers will be present, accepting applications and resumes and answering your questions. I will also offer workshops on job preparation and resume writing. Finally, representatives from workforce re-entry programs that offer job-readiness training and assistance for ex-offenders will be present.

Please dress appropriately for a job interview and bring at least 20 copies of your resume.

Many thanks to my co-sponsors for this event--Howard Area Community Center Adult Education & Employment Center, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, State Senator Heather Steans, State Representative Kelly Cassidy and Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin.

I look forward to seeing you tomorrow, Wednesday, October 1st.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Don't forget my Job Fair & Employment Resource Workshop, is taking place TODAY (Wednesday, May 21st), 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

  • Has anyone seen a list of the companies seeking employees? Any idea if they are looking for specific kinds of employees?

    Is there any information at all out there on this thing?

  • Venus the Cat's Mom kinder gentler cat mommie

    This is one way to stem violence halp people have hope & aspirations ....

    Good Job Alderman.

43 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Salt Bagels. Anyone know if they're available in East Rogers Park? (Not Dunkin - tried both)

I miss the old bagel place at Jarvis and Greenview. They were the only place I could find salt bagels. Does anyone know a place in the neighborhood where you can buy them? (I'm at North Shore & Sheridan)

  • I believe New York Kosher is closed. Not RP, but New York Bagel & Bialy at Touhy and Cicero.

  • The old place at Greenview/Jarvis got their bagels from New York Bagels and Baileys (4714 W Touhy). I believe the place on Clark does also. Best bagels in Chicago! They also make their own cream cheese and are open 24/7.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Update on NCR shutdown of Domestic Violence Services

NCR Board member Kelli Klieman wrote a letter last week in which she claimed several things, which we’ll try to sort though here:

Claim: “NCR has arranged to have the program's funding shifted to other agencies in Rogers Park which provide these services, including Between Friends and Centro Romero.”

~NCR can’t make such arrangements. That's done by the City or State. NCR has no input over those decisions.

Claim: “There will be no reduction in the support available to victims,...

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NCR Board member Kelli Klieman wrote a letter last week in which she claimed several things, which we’ll try to sort though here:

Claim: “NCR has arranged to have the program's funding shifted to other agencies in Rogers Park which provide these services, including Between Friends and Centro Romero.”

~NCR can’t make such arrangements. That's done by the City or State. NCR has no input over those decisions.

Claim: “There will be no reduction in the support available to victims, either in the immediate community or at the Domestic Violence Court.”

~As soon as VASP shuts down, unless the City and State awards funds directly to a local agency, services will be reduced in the immediate community and possibly at DV court as well.  

Also, once NCR surrendered certain VASP funding, those dollars went into a State wide pool. I was told that “Any organization that may take VASP clients must prove they are providing services at a significantly increased rate and they have to wait until next funding year to apply for funding.”

Because the grant period goes until next August, NCR’s action means at least 20% of the funding was forfeited outright.

Claim: “Those services will simply be provided by agencies with substantial programs to combat domestic violence.”

~She appears not to grasp that VASP is a substantial program to combat domestic violence,

Meanwhile, NCR’s Exec. Director Zala claimed that clients would also be transitioned to Howard Area Community Center, again with no details about where money will come from to pay for the transition.

Finally, officials at the county courthouse appear not to have been informed as yet where transitioning clients will go.

  • Steady Eddie: Your words fall on deaf ears. This simple minded Neanderthal has learned to follow the money. Thanks for the spelling lesson. Doesn't really matter what you or I think this program is caput. The NCR is moving on......so should you.

  • Kitty P Kitty Mama

    You're going to be fun, roger.

27 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 32 hours ago

Shots fired

Three shots fired at about 1:20 a.m. on Sept. 30 in the west end of the 1600 block of Juneway Terrace. Just wondering if anyone knew anything more.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    My companion heard tonight's and called it in.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Great. Can you tell us what your companion heard and when? What did your companion call in? Specific information would be appreciated beyond that your companion heard something and called it in. Gun shots? Loud voices? Sirens or what?

34 hours ago

4 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Philly's Best is open

Just walked by Pratt and Sheridan, and they are open for business!

2 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Red Light Violation

Anyone else getting tagged at Sheridan and Devon? $100 fricking bucks. I hate these things. I guess high property tax and 10% sales tax ain't enough.

Are there any groups protesting these Automated Traffic Violations, or as Joe Moore et al call them ATM's?

  • That will certainly prevent you from getting a right-turn-on-red ticket. I won't argue with overkill.

  • longer yellow will cut back on that $500 million

Sep 19

Updated 39 hours ago

City crew rat baiting

We have been discussing the rat situation in our area in this blog. My request regarding baiting for rats was closed due to "no signs of rats." Can you believe it? I guess they have to see them to believe it. I know there are rats. I see them during the day and at night. So, what type of service do we get as property owners who pay taxes?
It is outrageous. The city claims it sent a crew and they found nothing at all. I have been able to bait in the yard and I have seen dead rats as a consequence of the baiting.
I am appalled at the response.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Thanks, Robin. Learned something new. A colony of feral felines sounds tempting. Kittens and cats - love them.

  • How about a truckload of junkyard dogs in the middle of the night? Do it section by section of Chicago, until every section of Chicago is "taken care of"! It's been done in other cities. Just don't go out in the middle of the night with your dog!

2 days ago

Updated 39 hours ago

Dentist Recommendations?

My fantastic dentist of ten years has decided to move his practice as far west as possible in Chicago, and now the trip there and back is just nuts.
So! I would love to hear any and all recommendations of your favorite dentists in the RP area? I'm around Pratt and Sheridan. I don't have a car, so something pretty close to a red or purple line stop would be awesome.

Thank you, neighbors!

  • Dr Greg Chip on Ridge and Touhy. He and his wife Penny run this office with a great staff. Great people very personable. I actually enjoy going to the dentist. Give them a try. Been going there for 9 years now.

  • Dr Cohen near Devon and Clark, is where my wife is going. She is very good, and nice, too. She is there only on Mondays, though.

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

Join Me for the First Annual Great Chicago Fire Festival

Join me for the first annual Great Chicago Fire Festival this Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 p.m., as we mark our City's epic resurgence from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

This first-of-its-kind spectacle of fire will take place along the Chicago River, between State Street and Columbus Drive. Redmoon Theater, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District, created this free event to unite Chicago's neighborhoods...

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Join me for the first annual Great Chicago Fire Festival this Saturday, October 4th, 8:00 p.m., as we mark our City's epic resurgence from the ashes of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871.

This first-of-its-kind spectacle of fire will take place along the Chicago River, between State Street and Columbus Drive. Redmoon Theater, in partnership with the City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events and the Chicago Park District, created this free event to unite Chicago's neighborhoods and celebrate Chicago's grit, greatness and renewal following one of the greatest tragedies our City ever experienced.

Highlights of the Spectacle will include fiery cauldrons lowered from the bridges and kayakers pulling fire buoys and prairie gardens. Three floating fire sculptures resembling pre-1871 homes will be set ablaze, each revealing a dramatic and symbolic interior core. The finale will feature a choreographed fireworks display and a moving tribute to Chicago's neighborhoods.

As Chair of the City Council's Committee on Special Events, Cultural Affairs and Recreation, I have been assured by the Chicago Fire Department that every measure has been taken to make sure all this fire is contained on the water and safe for spectators.

I hope you can make it to what will hopefully be the first of an annual event to bring Chicago neighborhoods together celebrating our City's comeback from its most difficult time.

For more information, visit:

http://chicagofirefestival.com/

  • Braig Grodner Valiant Crusader

    Decency Index on RP Everyblock site: down 50%. Thanks Jerry and Craig and Julia.

  • I'll be there and will post pictures from my vantage point.

Sep 24

Updated 42 hours ago

Lots of Dead & Dying Trees on North Shore & Lakewood

Does anyone have the inside scoop on who I would call/contact to have someone from the city remove a completely dead tree (At the L tracks on North Shore) and look at some other trees to determine their health? I think they're Ash trees and they're dying. Don't know if its from the Emerald Ash Borer or if its from the recent gas line installation last year. North Shore is in serious need of tree-trimming and tree removal though. Someone is going to get hurt and/or have serious damage to their property/car. Thanks for any and all info on this.

  • Mitchell Brown Historic Preservation fan

    Many of the trees are clearly dying. One is completely dead and has been for some time. Its lost all of its bark below where the branches begin even.

  • JCV

    That definitely sounds like the work of the ash-borer. They're deadly to trees because they eat the fiber between the bark and the wood, causing the bark to fall off any opening the trees up to infection. They don't actually bore into the wood (though if you look closely at...

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    That definitely sounds like the work of the ash-borer. They're deadly to trees because they eat the fiber between the bark and the wood, causing the bark to fall off any opening the trees up to infection. They don't actually bore into the wood (though if you look closely at the exposed wood, you'll see little "channels" on the surface). It's best to keep 311 and the alderman's office involved especially if the tree has been dead for quite some time (I had to make several calls but eventually it was resolved).

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Those clothing donation boxes...

Like the one on the corner of Howard/Sheridan. Are they actually collected/where do the donations go? I'm getting rid of some clothing and shoes before my move and I want it to go to someone in need (i.e.: for free) and wanna know more about this or if there's a better place to take it. I don't have a car so I can't transport stuff very far.

  • Care for Real by Berwyn and Sheridan is also a great place to donate clothes for our local community.

  • sheila clerkin long time resident east Rogers Park

    Care For Real gives the clothes away to those who need them.

6 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Join Me for a Neighborhood Safety Walk on Howard Street

Join 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera, Beat 2422 Facilitator Toni Duncan and me for a Neighborhood Safety Walk on Howard Street and the surrounding area this Monday evening, September 29th. Meet us at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

Our walk is modeled after the successful "positive loitering" walks, where neighbors gather together and stroll through the neighborhood or simply "loiter" on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter...

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Join 24th District Commander Thomas Waldera, Beat 2422 Facilitator Toni Duncan and me for a Neighborhood Safety Walk on Howard Street and the surrounding area this Monday evening, September 29th. Meet us at 7:00 p.m. in front of the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

Our walk is modeled after the successful "positive loitering" walks, where neighbors gather together and stroll through the neighborhood or simply "loiter" on certain street corners. Their sole purpose is to deter crime by their positive presence on the street.

It's a great way to meet your neighbors and check out some interesting neighborhood spots you may have overlooked.

It promises to be a warm early fall evening, so please mark your calendars and join us!

  • Actionman :

    You will be pleased to hear :

    .....Very large crowd participated.

    .....Multiple Beat Facilitators from other Beats were there.

    .....Very visible police presence.

    ------------------------------------------------------------------------

    I hope it sent a clear message to local troublemakers.

  • Venus the Cat's Mom kinder gentler cat mommie

    If that is true Pat that's very good and can do nothing but good things hopefully.

Sep 20

Updated 46 hours ago

NO COMPLAINTS here

That's right, I'm going to come out and say it for those of us not letting hysteria take control: We are happy to hear the sirens, helicopters, and street pavers.

Would it be nice to live in a Utopia? Certainly. But the reality is that people don't police themselves and streets are not self-repairing.

We wont complain that city workers are actually doing their job. But we will complain when streets are in decay or innocents are harmed. Let's not get it twisted.

  • Rob

    meh, just another inactive account

    Personally, I would find it great if someone compared me to a Phil Hartman character. All I seem to get is that I'm Joe Moore's employee/minion (or wife?) It's gotten repetitious to the point where it is taking some of the fun out of this; The lack of creativity is not fitting of Rogers Park.

    I notice my "muted" count went up again though. Someday I'll catch up with you Helen. Until then, the "little weeding project" continues.

  • Joe has many wives. I'm supposed to be one of them, too. Meh.
    On the mutes: sometime last spring, some enterprising EB user decided to use multiple avatars to raise the mute count of everyone he or she disagreed with. My mute count rose from 2 to 22 in just two days. Something tells me that a high percentage of those mutes are now inactive users, but EB doesn't deactivate mutes. Meh again.

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Worried..possibly about nothing?

So just a couple minutes ago (about 11:15pm) I heard what sounded like fireworks.. But keeping up with local news I know better. Anyone know anything? I guess it is indeed the Jewish New Year--maybe they do fireworks? Just trying to stay positive here. The "bangs" were pretty evenly spread out..just curious because I almost walked home like I usually do and tend to get a little paranoid. Didn't sound as sporadic as gunshots usually are.

  • mamagotcha Write on!

    When I woke up this morning, I could see there was an evidence cone in the cemetery. Spoke this evening with a security guy (one of the Kate's dudes) about the foofaraw in the Juneway alley last night. He said it was a foot chase from Jarvis, someone saw the...

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    When I woke up this morning, I could see there was an evidence cone in the cemetery. Spoke this evening with a security guy (one of the Kate's dudes) about the foofaraw in the Juneway alley last night. He said it was a foot chase from Jarvis, someone saw the guy threw something into the cemetery and then try to scale one of the fences behind the condo next door (glad he didn't keep running; my condo building don't have a fence, eep!). He also said the guy was in custody, and that they recovered a weapon.

  • brandon sheridan walker

    the blasts of the shofar would not equal the blasts of fireworks & as previously stated, that is correct; we don't DO fireworks at the Jewish New Year.....the new year is more of a time for reflection & soul-searching. Shanah Tovah to my fellow brothers & sisters on EB.

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