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Another shooting in Rogers Park last night?

Was there yet more shooting in RP last night, July 21st? Was there a post about this that was taken down? Does anyone know about this?

  • Yes, my neighbors said it was around the Morse area!!

  • My friend said that he thought a posting on Everyblock.com about the shooting had been taken down. Does anyone know about that?

58 min ago

Updated 19 min ago

Young dog needs a home!

A friend of mine found a young dog, about 1yo at Walter Disney School in Uptown. After several days of searching, her owners have not claimed her. She's very friendly towards people, dogs and cats. She loves to play and snuggle. She's about 20 lbs, a terrier mix. She is a cutie, and super sweet. My friend cannot keep her because he already has 3dogs. If we can't find someone to foster or adopt her by Thursday, he will have to send her to a shelter. Can you help?

2 hours ago

Sifu Design Studio Facing Closure

Per Sifu: "Due to a shifty accountant, back taxes and fines have threatened to close our store. We had a payment plan worked out, but now the IRS said we have 10 days to pay our outstanding balance.

So, on July 26, the IRS is threatening to revoke our business license and close us down. We are trying to get an extention, but we can't rest knowing that the end could be so near."

They're trying to raise emergency funding HERE:

http://www.gofundme.com/savingsifu

14 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

More shots fired in Rogers Parks.

About 5 shots fired at 1500 block of Morse at 10:34 pm.

  • Kelley- I'm sad to hear you're doubting your move. RP is a beautiful neighborhood (and I have lived at Clark and Devon for five years) with many wonderful people, please don't let what you're reading on EB make you second guess your decision. Yesterday, as I was driving between my...

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    Kelley- I'm sad to hear you're doubting your move. RP is a beautiful neighborhood (and I have lived at Clark and Devon for five years) with many wonderful people, please don't let what you're reading on EB make you second guess your decision. Yesterday, as I was driving between my place and my boyfriend's up around Jarvis, I looked around and saw beautiful gardens on the corners, a woman gardening, another walking her dog and a beautiful, sunny day. It made me realize that we're letting a bunch of weeds choke out the beauty of this neighborhood. Do things need to change? Yes, however things need to change all over this city, not just RP. Do you need to be aware and smart about when and where you are? Yes, however that's everywhere.

    Admittedly, it feels like there has been an uptick in the Wild Wild West high noon shootings, and I have felt more wary. That said, having lived here (almost five years) and Uptown (eleven years), overall, I have felt safer here than I ever did elsewhere. The good thing about the Internet is that you can get a lot of information about your new neighborhood very easily. The bad thing about the Internet is also that you can get a lot of information about your new neighborhood very easily and it can be daunting.

    Best of luck with your move and an early welcome to the neighborhood!! :)

  • Thanks Tracey and Bruce! I appreciate hearing this!

5 hours ago

CAPS Beats 2422, 2423, 2424 Combined Meeting 7/24/14

The CAPS meeting for July 2014 will be Thursday, July 24. This is the monthly CAPS meeting for Beats 2422, 2423 and 2424.

The meeting is at 7:00 PM at Chicago Math and Science Academy, (CMSA) 7212 N Clark.

I hope to see you there.

Toni
Beat 2422

21 hours ago

"A Midsummer Night's Dream" in Loyola Park

Come enjoy a free performance of
A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Loyola Park
Friday, July 25 and Saturday, July 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Grab a blanket, pack a picnic and come as you are! This coming weekend, a 75-minute abridged production of Shakespeare’s bewitching comedy is playing in Loyola Park—FREE FOR ALL. Against the backdrop of our beautiful city, experience the wildly entertaining tale about the inexplicable magic of falling in love—and the marvel of waking up from the sweetest of dreams.

Rogers Park’s own rock band The Streams, featuring musicians from Loyola University, will kick off the show.

Loyola Park at the Farwell Avenue Entrance
Friday, July 25, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, July 26, 6:30 p.m.

23 hours ago

Volunteers Needed for EdgeFest -- August 2 & 3

The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for our annual summer street festival, EdgeFest! EdgeFest will take place August 2 and 3 on Broadway between Thorndale and Ardmore. We'll have 2 stages with music, an interactive kids' tent with games and crafts, local food vendors and artists, and karaoke on the South Stage on Saturday night!

We are looking for volunteers to help pull off a great event! We have openings in the beer tent, at the Chamber table, and helping run the Bridgeview Bank money booth game.

If you are interested in volunteering, please email ally@edgewater.org indicating your name, desired placement, and desired day.

For more information about EdgeFest, visit http://edgewater.org/edgefest

25 hours ago

Spanish Conversation Group

Reminder~
Our Spanish conversation group is meeting tonight at 7:30 at the Heartland Cafe.
Everyone welcome.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival This Weekend

Travel the world this weekend without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival this Saturday, July 19th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 20th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor--the Rogers Park Business Alliance--in bringing this marvelous...

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Travel the world this weekend without ever leaving the 49th Ward. Dance to the beat of music as diverse as our community and sample flavors from every continent on the planet at the 9th Annual Celebrate Clark Street World Music Festival this Saturday, July 19th (1:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.) and Sunday, July 20th (1:00 to 10 p.m.) on Clark Street between Morse and Estes. I am proud to join the lead sponsor--the Rogers Park Business Alliance--in bringing this marvelous festival to Rogers Park.

Picked by ChicagoTraveler.com for the "Editor's Choice Award" and critically acclaimed and recognized by the Chicago Reader for its eclectic musical lineup, this world music street party continually breaks the mold of Chicago's predictable street festivals. "Make no mistake--the live music acts rival, if not exceed some of those at the Taste or anything else you could find at a Grant Park fest." - allvoices.com

With two stages of live World Music (curated by Sound Culture Center for Global Arts), Celebrate Clark Street has grown from a large block party into one of Chicago's most renowned and unique street festivals, attracting over 25,000 people annually. The festival has become a mecca for concert and festival goers and Chicago's hippest "globalistas." It highlights folkloric music and dance from around the world and cutting edge international touring bands, redefining the world music genre.

Celebrate Clark Street welcomes families. Circus acts will be performing throughout the festival area, and family activities will include Zumba, face painting, arts & crafts and much more.

The festival is known for hosting many outstanding and critically acclaimed artists and showcasing the diversity of the neighborhood.

For a schedule of festival music and entertainment, visit:

http://www.celebrateclarkstreet.com/schedule/

Suggested Donation: $5 per person, $10 per family.

I look forward to what promises to be a very fun weekend in Rogers Park!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Multi family indoor white elephant sale this Saturday only!

Multi family indoor white elephant/garage sale, this Saturday 7/19 inside the Captain's Walk @ 6033 N Sheridan from 11 am to 3 pm. Lots of girls clothing (Gap, Mini Boden etc) women's clothing, household items, jewelry and much more. One day only!!

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Wil Lewis Memorial Service Scheduled

A memorial service for William "Will' Lewis, the victim of last Saturday's tragic shooting on Devon, will be held next Wednesday, July 23rd, at the Harder Funeral Home in Brookfield, Wisconsin. near his boyhood home.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until the time of the service as well as from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 22. All visitations and services will take place at the Harder Funeral Home, 18700 West Capitol Dr., Brookfield, Wisconsin.

In lieu of flowers, the family has established a memorial in Wil's name for future scholarship funds:

http://www.youcaring.com/memorial-fundraiser/wil-lewis-memorial/204035

For more information:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/doorcountyadvocate/obituary.aspx?n=william-lewis-wil&pid=171751655&#sthash.G90AECum.YsetJVOs.dpuf

  • support police 35 yr resident of Edgebrook. Landscaping and photo

    Was the shooting gang related?

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Community co-working space

Hello neighbors - I'm interested in opening and sharing a co-working space. There'd be space for private offices and common office space. Any interest from local professionals?

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    There was one last year on Morse, it came and went pretty quickly. It's possible to perhaps put some of the blame for failure on the operators, but truly, I think the need just wasn't there. The few times I used it, I tended to be the only person there.

    I probably wouldn't utilize a new coworking space if one appeared.

  • The Bezazian Branch Library in Uptown (1226 W. Ainslie) will be opening a small co-working space called The Shift in the next few weeks. Call 312-744-0019 got more info.

4 days ago

Site Maintenance - 7/19 at 9 p.m.

Hi Folks,

EveryBlock will be down for site maintenance starting Saturday, July 19th at 9 p.m. EST, and will be back online the morning of Sunday, July 20th. We appreciate your patience, and we apologize if you see this message in multiple neighborhoods.

4 days ago

Good News: Rogers Park Beaches Some of the Cleanest in Great Lakes Area

It is safe to go in the water in Rogers Park.

When it comes to water quality at the beaches, the North Side Chicago neighborhood ranks among the best, according to a new study.

Juneway Terrace beach and Rogers Beach rank among the best for water quality, according to a study by the National Resources Defense Council, a grassroots environmental group.
Thanks Loyola Student Dispatch for noticing and writing about such good news!
http://loyolastudentdispatch.com/2014/07/16/rogers-park-beaches-among-cleanest-in-chicago/

Jul 08

Updated 4 days ago

Mayor's "Working Group" Recommends a $13 Minimum Wage for Workers in Chicago

Mayor Emanuel recently appointed me to a 16-member "Minimum Wage Working Group," consisting of community, labor and business leaders to develop a proposal for a minimum wage in Chicago. The Working Group today submitted a report recommending that the City Council establish a Chicago minimum wage of $13 an hour.

For a copy of the Working Group's full report, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/general/MinimumWageReport.pdf

To his credit, Mayor Emanuel quickly endorsed the recommendations and pledged his full support when they are brought before...

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Mayor Emanuel recently appointed me to a 16-member "Minimum Wage Working Group," consisting of community, labor and business leaders to develop a proposal for a minimum wage in Chicago. The Working Group today submitted a report recommending that the City Council establish a Chicago minimum wage of $13 an hour.

For a copy of the Working Group's full report, visit:

http://www.cityofchicago.org/content/dam/city/depts/mayor/general/MinimumWageReport.pdf

To his credit, Mayor Emanuel quickly endorsed the recommendations and pledged his full support when they are brought before the City Council.

As one of the members of the working group and the lead sponsor of the Big Box Living Wage Ordinance in 2006, I heartily support the recommendations. The current Congress is unwilling to raise the federal minimum wage, which has stood at $7.25 since 2009. And it is far from certain the Illinois General Assembly will enact an increase in the state minimum wage beyond the current $8.25.

With the federal and state legislatures at a standstill, it is incumbent upon the Chicago City Council and our mayor to follow the lead of other U.S. cities and enact our own city minimum wage.

Seattle voters recently enacted a $15 minimum wage for their city and San Francisco voters are likely to approve a similar $15 minimum wage proposal when they vote in November. When taking into account the higher cost of living on the west coast, Chicago's $13 minimum wage is approximately equivalent to Seattle's $15 minimum wage.

Chicago's increase would raise wages for approximately 410,000 workers and add $800 million to Chicago's economy over four years.

To give small businesses time to adjust, the Working Group recommended that the $13 minimum wage be phased in over the next four years and then indexed to inflation.

I am proud to have participated in the Working Group and I'm equally proud of its recommendations. A job should lift you out of poverty, not keep you in it.

  • The bottom line is that people are suffering. Many people are not making a fair living wage. I don't understand how others don't see how this is a problem. How is anyone supposed to live off 600 dollars a month? People should look out for one another, and care if their neighbors are suffering. I am all for raising the minimum wage to 13 dollars an hour.

  • I agree Michelle, no econ study can control for all variables. My only point was that an ongoing study of only this city before/after the MW increase and focused on those areas of the economy most likely to be impacted, controlling for other variable as best as possible, would provide more meaningful data than the referenced study.

4 days ago

Awesome Yard Sale tomorrow Friday 7223 N. Bell 9am

7223 N. Bell just 2 blocks West of Touhy/Ridge. Great stuff! Rice cooker, ice cream maker, bread maker, housewares, antiques, entertaining goods, coffees spices, kitchenwares new and lightly used. See you there! 9am - 3pm.

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Positive loitering

How many people are going to go to the positive loitering event tomorrow? I think it's a great idea and a show solidarity for our neighborhood.

  • Sandy:I believe the Alderman was a block away. Even if he eyeballed the shooter he unlike you would receive 24 hour Police Protection.

  • I was looking for you Jobart to give you a hand shake .

Jul 15

Updated 4 days ago

Yard Work etc. Paying $15/hr

It's been impossible to find someone to help a senior (me) around the house for occasional yard work, basement cleaning and the like. I went on craigslist and the person i got stole money and medication. I have no lawn, it's a garden, so i need someone who knows a weed from a flower and can do some lifting. A 12 year old won't be able to handle it.Its not a bad gig. I pay $15/hour so kind of expect a good job. Help!

Jun 28

Updated 5 days ago

Know No Limits almost certain to remain open

Word has it that the gym will remain open under new management. This is from a very reliable source. The gym will be owned by Reza, the restaurant guy. I've never heard a positive thing about this man so hopefully he doesn't ruin the place. My understanding is that he is going to likely replace the entire staff with his own team.

  • Can't judge unless someone does something to me or someone I love? Guess I can't judge Charlie Manson.....really?

  • Winston in Andersonville Andersonville dog owner

    1) I'm fairly happy (so far) with KNL's new management. They seem very attuned to the needs of its members, they've improved some areas of the gym. Additionally, there's talk of using the upstairs in some way. I'm still not a fan of the owner, but for now, but I'll...

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    1) I'm fairly happy (so far) with KNL's new management. They seem very attuned to the needs of its members, they've improved some areas of the gym. Additionally, there's talk of using the upstairs in some way. I'm still not a fan of the owner, but for now, but I'll quit whining.

    2) In response to Lisa: I'm generall confused by folks who refuse to pass judgement on people based solely on the fact that the person's action haven't directly affected them or their loved ones. I'm going to list some major douchbags whose actions didn't directly affect me but we all consider them dicks:

    Hitler
    The king from Braveheart
    Timothy McVeigh
    Lex Luther
    Cruela DeVille
    Bin Laden
    The joker
    The six-fingered dude from The Princess Bride who killed Inego Montoya's dad (sp?)
    The Unibomber

    You get the drift

5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Too much for one night...

Even for me this is getting a bit much having lived here 28 years. Just now had a loud domestic dispute outside at North Shore and Greenview. Police were very quick to respond, broke it up. Family members came out to try to find the persons involved, came back empty handed. So I took my dog out for his final sojourn for the night when a few minutes later the most upset one came back screaming at the top of...

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Even for me this is getting a bit much having lived here 28 years. Just now had a loud domestic dispute outside at North Shore and Greenview. Police were very quick to respond, broke it up. Family members came out to try to find the persons involved, came back empty handed. So I took my dog out for his final sojourn for the night when a few minutes later the most upset one came back screaming at the top of her lungs about killing the b****h. (Actually when she was half a block away I couldn't tell what she was screaming - scared the daylights out of me.) So called 911 again and coincidentally a police car came by almost before I hung up. Told them the situation. They said they would talk to her. Hope it is quiet the rest of the night. Good night everyone!!!

  • Amy Better your world.

    I heard what was probably the same woman a few nights ago ranting and raving about some 'b****h.' I had my phone ready in case it escalated beyond yelling...

Jul 14

Updated 5 days ago

Unable to get a zone permit for Rogers Park at local vendor. Why? Anyone else have this problem?

New to the area and just moved in near Loyola. Went to a local vendor and when they used my address i was informed i needed to go to the Aldemans office to get a zone permit number added to my city sticker. The block we live on and several others show Zone 56. The manager even assisted me and just said i needed to go to the Aldermans office. Anyone know why?

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    d3 That would be Texas. It does not say "permanent" or anything else.

  • The police ticket cars heavily for zone 56 east of Sheridan, at least in the surrounding blocks of my place. The zone addition to your city sticker is something like $25. One ticket for no permit is $50 I believe.

Jul 14

Updated 6 days ago

  • d3 NOH

    How many have been deported from Chicago that fit into the gangbanger category?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Snowden just left on his own.

Jul 15

Updated 6 days ago

Spectacular Edgewater Sunrise Shots From This AM

Thank you, jodig101, for being such an early riser! These and all kinds of other great shots from daily life in our 'hood can be found here:

http://edgewater.quickercity.com/instagram/

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Local Guy Makes Good

6 days ago

Upcoming Rummage Sales - For Sellers?

Is anyone aware of upcoming rummage sales that allow residents to secure a table to sell their wares? Perhaps a local church or community group?

Jul 12

Updated Jul 15

The Edgeville Buzz

I just read this article and I'm shaking my head. The author (and owner/publisher) uses the totally unnecessary phrase "as of yet" not once but TWICE in a piece that totals 8 sentences.

http://edgevillebuzz.com/news/man-drowns-near-hollywood-beach

It also contains punctuation errors, a spelling error, and, even though the headline is "Man Drowns Near Hollywood Beach," the final sentence leaves open the possibility that he may still be alive.

Sorry, but considering that The Edgeville Buzz is charging businesses for advertising, this is ridiculous.

I'm interested to know how people feel about this. Do people actually read these articles or just the headlines?

  • WOW!

    This borderline-hysterical string of comments from "idaslapternow" sounds very much in tone and wording like the response I received from the publisher of Edgeville Buzz several months ago when I posted a single critical comment on a particular article. That event left me scarred and bitter and with a...

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    WOW!

    This borderline-hysterical string of comments from "idaslapternow" sounds very much in tone and wording like the response I received from the publisher of Edgeville Buzz several months ago when I posted a single critical comment on a particular article. That event left me scarred and bitter and with a raging vendetta against the organization, of course.

    You're absolutely right, Danny Z. It's just my "personal distaste."

    This is a sentence from a recent article. You be the judge.

    "When firefighters arrived on the seen and they saw a head bobbing in the water about ten feet from shore."

    Why would anyone wish to volunteer his services to a news outfit run by a guy who responds to criticism like you just kicked his dog and thinks this level of writing qualifies as "just fine?"

    I'm out. No mas!

  • Chi-town_chief Just a resident who wants to be more involved.

    Nothing I love more than people complaining about something they don't have to follow. Here is a simple solution to make your life so much easier. If the blog bothers you so much, stop reading it.

Jul 14

Andersonville and Edgewater Get "Best of Chicago" Acclaim!

EDGEWATER:

Best Emerging Playwright: Ike Holter, whose lauded "Exit Strategy" is currently running at Edgewater's Jackalope Theatre.

Best of The Hoods: Independent Spirits, Ellipsis Coffeehouse

http://edgewater.quickercity.com/local-news/

ANDERSONVILLE:

Best Sandwich: Johnny Brown Bag's Pork Milanese

Best Jewelry Boutique: Winifred Grace

Best of The Hoods: The Brixton

http://andersonville.quickercity.com/local-news/

Jul 07

Updated Jul 14

Sink hole on Lunt

Engulfed minivan forcing police to close street.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    If these seven City of Chicago Water Dept. guys keep lounging around on the taxpayer dime much longer - we just may have another car or bicyclist fall in.

    Perhaps the growing sinkhole 100 yards to the east of them will collapse, too, then they can build a campfire, roast marshmallows and pitch a tent.

    All on the taxpayer's of Chicago.

  • Joshua M

    Craig you, or a friend, should call Legislative Inspector General Faisal Kahn and report this. It sounds like corruption and misuse of city resources. Send him your photos. I heard that you do undercover work for the city. Is that true? The police deny it but you can't trust them to tell the truth.

Jul 13

Updated Jul 14

What to do if people are drinking and swarinig in the alley

What to do if people are drinking and swarinig in the alley? Do I call 911?

  • ooops

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    definitely a quality of life issue... call 911 immediately. Get neighbors to do the same.

Jul 12

Updated Jul 14

Chicago Math and Science Academy Charter Expansion Faces Hearing Monday

See you at the meeting on Monday. Speak up about the expansion of Concept Charter CMSA School (currently under investigation for white collar crime). The hearing, 5-6:30 p.m. at Chicago Public School's headquarters, 125 S. Clark St.. Note: Alderman Brookins, has pulled his support for a Concept school being built on the south side.

Our public education tax dollars needs to go to support Neighborhood CPS schools. Note: past history of Concept Schools administrators giving gifts to politicians to push their agenda.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140711/rogers-park/chicago-math-science-academy-charter-expansion-faces-hearing-monday
http://politics.suntimes.com/article/chicago/new-south-side-charter-school-hold-due-fbi-probe/thu-07102014-749pm

  • Iris Barr I grew-up in the Albany Park/West Rogers Park

    My sons went to Stone Scholastic Academy. Parents were elegible to be on the LCS Board as long as you went through the proper channels, ended up on the ballot, and voted it on. I also worked the LSC election for years. Is it still a lottery system to get into the school you wish your child be selected for

  • joshua, you are right, tho the comment was hard to follow.
    the answer is to set aside slots for different constituencies.
    parents, teachers, academics. put reps from the charters on there, and let them fight for the funding on the floor like everyone else. even studens could be represented.
    elected...

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    joshua, you are right, tho the comment was hard to follow.
    the answer is to set aside slots for different constituencies.
    parents, teachers, academics. put reps from the charters on there, and let them fight for the funding on the floor like everyone else. even studens could be represented.
    elected board is not going to happen. people shouldnt waste their time. they just abolished a joke, what has it been 20 years ago. lawmakers just dont do that

    if you want real accountability, lets charter principles the way we charter charters. instead of the joke of the lsc, make them let the public and all the families into the schools and take a vote.

Jan 23

Updated Jul 14

Cookies and carnitas rocks!

Shameless plug for one of Edgewater's newest restaurants. Great food great guys that own it and they source their ingredients well and (mostly) sustainably. It's cash only so make sure you have some before walking in and it can seem a tad pricey, but that burger is fantastic!

  • Coffee shop is apperently going to open at 6am m-sat.
    Tomorrow?! Its about time!!

  • DK Living and Playing in Chicago

    Why won't those harrassed file a complaint?

Jul 13

Felines & Canines is Hiring!

Felines & Canines, a busy no-kill shelter is looking for an animal caretaker. Duties include- walking dogs, cleaning kennels, scrubbing litterboxes, etc.
We're a great group of dedicated people and you have to be reliable and a team player.
Pay is up to $10/hr. and weekends are a must. We have a full time and part time position available, so email me for details.
Hope to hear from you soon!
Abby@felinescanines.org

Jul 10

Updated Jul 13

Adult Film Legend Tera Patrick to Conduct Reading at Women and Children First Bookstore

This should bring in a slightly different crowd than Jimmy Carter.

http://www.andersonville.quickercity.com/local-news/

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    A feminist bookstore is the perfect venue for a book like this! Feminism is supposed to be about allowing women to express themselves and lead the lives they wish despite social pressures. No matter if it's stay-at-home moms, career-driven women, or adult film stars. When I hear a feminist put down pornography, to me that's equivalent to "s1ut-shaming".

  • Beautifully put Michelle! Wonderful!

Jul 12

Updated Jul 13

What We Talk About When We Talk About Violence In Chicago

http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/12/330784587/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-in-chicago

NPA article some people might find interesting. I sure did. All about how we perceive tragedy in Chicago differently from tragedy elsewhere. Here's some quotes I found insightful:

"I think the national media only pays attention to Chicago when its an issue of sheer numbers." But even then, the terminology is still different. "In Chicago, there were [seven] people shot outside of a laundromat, and no one uses the term 'mass shooting,'"

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http://www.npr.org/blogs/codeswitch/2014/07/12/330784587/what-we-talk-about-when-we-talk-about-violence-in-chicago

NPA article some people might find interesting. I sure did. All about how we perceive tragedy in Chicago differently from tragedy elsewhere. Here's some quotes I found insightful:

"I think the national media only pays attention to Chicago when its an issue of sheer numbers." But even then, the terminology is still different. "In Chicago, there were [seven] people shot outside of a laundromat, and no one uses the term 'mass shooting,'"

American tragedies don't occur on the southside of Chicago or the New Orleans 9th Ward. They don't occur where inner city high school kids shoot into school buses or someone shoots at a 10-year old's birthday party in New Orleans. Or Gary, Indiana. Or Compton. Or Newport News. These are where the forgotten tragedies happen and the cities are left to persevere on their own.

We have templates that we superimpose on Chicago and places like it. These templates distort the ways violence comes to bear on individual lives, obscure the patterns that come with that violence, and shape the ways we think about ameliorating it. These are each human-scale tragedies worthy of human-scale consideration. To really understand what happened in Chicago last weekend, we have to be able both to see those shootings as mass shootings, and to see the lives they shatter.

(I posted to RP because that seems to be where people actually discuss things on EB. Sorry to anyone who is offended by this not being a RP-specific issue.)

  • Michelle Edgewater Edgewater Resident: Love the neighborhood!

    rogerparker, I agree nothing has really changed, but I think the point being made is that our reactions are very different. Pick any mass shooting that's happened relatively recently. The media does spotlights on the victims, and we as a society mourn these people who were killed for no rational...

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    rogerparker, I agree nothing has really changed, but I think the point being made is that our reactions are very different. Pick any mass shooting that's happened relatively recently. The media does spotlights on the victims, and we as a society mourn these people who were killed for no rational reason. When the people innocently doing laundry were gunned down in Chicago, no one paid attention to the victims. Why? Could it be because they were poor and black? Or is it because we have become cold and unempathetic to anything associated with the term "gang-related"?

  • Barry C Farmer

    "hampered by a history of corruption that makes any move they make suspect"? That's a vague and provocative assertion can you fill in some detail? What corruption? What would be suspect?

Jul 10

Updated Jul 13

Hollywood Beach

Anyone knows what is going on at hollywood beach right now? I saw a lot of firetrucks and more coming.

Jul 12

Local Writer Releases New Humor Book

101 Ways to Get Lice: A Remedy to Society's Little Parasites is now available at Wolfbait & B-girls in Logan Square, and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu. I also placed a copy in the community book section at Common Cup on Morse Ave - if it is still there, please check it out. If not, I hope the person that took it enjoys it.

Written by a local Rogers Park author, me to be exact, 101 Ways...

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101 Ways to Get Lice: A Remedy to Society's Little Parasites is now available at Wolfbait & B-girls in Logan Square, and online through Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Lulu. I also placed a copy in the community book section at Common Cup on Morse Ave - if it is still there, please check it out. If not, I hope the person that took it enjoys it.

Written by a local Rogers Park author, me to be exact, 101 Ways to Get Lice is a look at particular things people do that are annoying, illogical, or just plain silly, such as wearing socks with sandals, guessing the ending to a movie, and refusing to eat the crust of a piece of pizza.

Please check it out and spread the word to help support a local artist.

Thanks.

Jul 12

The Red Line Tap Presents

THE RED LINE TAP PRESENTS
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SATURDAY 7.26.2014: GROOD / BIFUNKAL

WEDNESDAY 7.30.2014: BIG LEG EMMA / WESLEY HARDING / SONS OF THE NEW AMISH

TUESDAY 8.5.2014: THE RED LINE TAP MONTHLY BARN DANCE W/ CALLER JO MORLAND

THURSDAY 8.7.2014: MALCOLM HOLCOMBE

FRIDAY 8.15.2014: THE MUDFLAPPS / CAN I GET AN AMEN

SATURDAY 8.16.2014: THE FUTURE LAUREATES / SIMPLETON & CITYFOLK / THE LUNA BLUES MACHINE

SUNDAY 8.17.2014:...

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UPCOMING SHOW HI-LIGHTS:

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SATURDAY 7.26.2014: GROOD / BIFUNKAL

WEDNESDAY 7.30.2014: BIG LEG EMMA / WESLEY HARDING / SONS OF THE NEW AMISH

TUESDAY 8.5.2014: THE RED LINE TAP MONTHLY BARN DANCE W/ CALLER JO MORLAND

THURSDAY 8.7.2014: MALCOLM HOLCOMBE

FRIDAY 8.15.2014: THE MUDFLAPPS / CAN I GET AN AMEN

SATURDAY 8.16.2014: THE FUTURE LAUREATES / SIMPLETON & CITYFOLK / THE LUNA BLUES MACHINE

SUNDAY 8.17.2014: OUTLAW FAMILY BAND / THE WANDERING DIRT

WEDNESDAY 8.20.2014: HANNAH ALDRIDGE / JORDAN DEAN

FRIDAY 8.22.2014: THE RIKK AGNEW BAND (DI / THE ADOLESCENTS) / VORTIS / THE HEADSPINS

SATURDAY 8.23.2014 OTIS GIBBS / SCOTCH HOLLOW

SUNDAY 8.24.2014: ERA 9 / WEREWOLVES AT HOUR 30

MONDAY 8.25.2014: THE TREWS

THURSDAY 8.28.2014: THE KREUTZER SONATA / ON THE CINDER / DRET 75

FRIDAY 8.29.2014: PAGEANTRY

SATURDAY 8.30.2014: SCONY MACK / TWIN BROTHER / OLD EARTH

FRIDAY 9.5.2014: THE TONELLIS / WEEKEND VINYL / GOOEY

SATURDAY 9.6.2014: THE MEMBERS / VOICE OF ADDICTION / DEATH AND MEMPHIS / THE COMA BOYS / DJ BASHERT

THURSDAY 9.11.2014: KID CONGO POWERS AND THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS / THE HEEBY JEEBIES / DJ BASHERT

THURSDAY 9.18.2014: TWISTA

FRIDAY 9.26.2014: ENFORCER / HESSIAN / BLOOD OF KINGS

SATURDAY 9.27.2014: THE VIBRATORS / DEPRAVOS DE LA MOUR / MODERN DAY RIPPERS / THE POLYMER TWINS

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Jul 12

Updated Jul 12

More gun shots!

Did anyone else just hear a series of gun shots?

Jul 10

Updated Jul 10

Pothole on Greenview and Northshore

Garbage Filled Pothole on Greenview and Northshore

  • I am so sorry about the wording of that post. New phone!! Excuse the repetitiveness in the beginning! Didn't mean for it to sound goofy.

  • Craig_Gernhardt Official Account

    I say let's do a "Follow me Friday" at the pothole on Greenview and North Shore.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 10

Huge Growing Pothole

There is a large hole in the center of the road next to the round about on Pratt between Sullivan and the grade school. The growing crevice is now filled with garbage. It has gotten to the size of a garden unit. Pretty soon there will be a "for rent" sign on it.

Jul 09

Updated Jul 09

New to area

Does anyone use Twitter heavily and have any recommendations to on who/what to follow on Twitter for neighborhood news? i.e., restaurants who tweet frequently, neighbors who tweet about Edgewater/Andersonville happenings, organizations and the like.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I'd start with Benjamin Woodard's Rogers Park News account: https://twitter.com/rogersparknews

  • Quickercity Lover of All Things Local

    Please take a look at my startup, Quickercity. It is largely Twitter-powered and pulls in/links to content from hyperlocal news outfits, local aldermen and chambers of commerce, restaurants, shops, arts organizations, etc., organized by neighborhood.. It is also highly-visual, so you're not just inundated with a constant stream of text. It's a work-in-progress, but I'd like your feedback.

    http://www.andersonville.quickercity.com/

    http://edgewater.quickercity.com/

    Thanks,

    Robert McCarthy
    Founder, Quickercity

  • Edgewater Nora Agrees with Pink. Founder, Arka Pana Consulting.

    EdgevilleBuzz, AvilleChamber, edgechamber

Jul 05

Updated Jul 08

Lucas Foundation Reveals Plans

A stunning combination of crisp and soft architectural elements is being considered for the new Lucas lakeshore museum. It will unify the crisp and angular elements of McCormick Place with the soft and roundish elements of Soldier Field's aluminum implant. Lucas said it will be a Yin and Yangy reflection of Chicago's bipolar character. An underground nuclear reactor will provide all the building's energy needs and pipes drilled under the lake will support a geothermal heating and cooling system so...

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A stunning combination of crisp and soft architectural elements is being considered for the new Lucas lakeshore museum. It will unify the crisp and angular elements of McCormick Place with the soft and roundish elements of Soldier Field's aluminum implant. Lucas said it will be a Yin and Yangy reflection of Chicago's bipolar character. An underground nuclear reactor will provide all the building's energy needs and pipes drilled under the lake will support a geothermal heating and cooling system so that the museum will be completely self reliant and pull energy from the local grid. A support fleet of turbo-charged hover craft will ferry museum visitors between Navy Pier, Monroe Harbor and the Northerly Island harbor thereby unifying the Chicago museum experience.

Jul 02

Updated Jul 07

Top Box Food Orders

Hey Everyone, if you would like to order from Top Box Foods, Monday is the deadline. The boxes will be delivered to United Church of Rogers Park on Saturday July 12 between 12:30 and 1:30. If you don't know what Top Box Food is, please visit their website. http://www.topboxfoods.com/

  • Just a reminder, today is the last day to order for Saturday's delivery. Anyone can order.

Jul 07

Updated Jul 07

White House Hosts Ald. Moore's Staff at Participatory Budgeting Meeting

The 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process once again is receiving recognition from the White House. My chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, and my participatory budgeting liaison, Cecilia Salinas, were invited recently to attend a day-long meeting at the White House to discuss their experiences with participatory budgeting in Rogers Park.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy organized the meeting and co-sponsored it with the Participatory Budgeting Project, which is the organization that helped me launch "PB" in the 49th...

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The 49th Ward's Participatory Budgeting process once again is receiving recognition from the White House. My chief-of-staff, Betsy Vandercook, and my participatory budgeting liaison, Cecilia Salinas, were invited recently to attend a day-long meeting at the White House to discuss their experiences with participatory budgeting in Rogers Park.

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy organized the meeting and co-sponsored it with the Participatory Budgeting Project, which is the organization that helped me launch "PB" in the 49th Ward. They brought together community organizers, residents, funders, researchers and technologists to share best practices and identify next steps for expanding and deepening PB.

As reported in the White House OSTP blog, Betsy and Stanford University Professor Ashish Goel demonstrated a new online voting tool piloted at last May's 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting election. The tool is already showing great promise as a way to help community members easily access information about their voting options.

Betsy and Cecilia were joined by leading researchers, such as Gianpaolo Baiocchi of New York University, Tiago Peixoto of the World Bank, and Alexa Kasdan of New York's Community Development Project, who also spoke about the positive effects of participatory budgeting, and new evaluation techniques for measuring and communicating these impacts.

As Josh Lerner, the Executive Director of the Participatory Budgeting Project noted, when the 49th Ward launched participatory budgeting five years ago it was "an obscure idea in the U.S. Now, as the White House has recognized, it's a best practice for civic engagement, used by over 40 cities, districts, universities, schools, and other institutions across the country".

Congratulations once again to the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee and all the scores of community volunteers who have made participatory budgeting in the 49th Ward a national model!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Please, you just posted that you hate all politicians everywhere.

  • (How ironic that the post was on the thread "Stop the Spam," Al I.)

Jul 04

Updated Jul 07

Is there a permit for this?

A street party with beer, grills, and music we can hear 1½ blocks away, and with or without the illegal firecrackers that were just shot off somewhere near, is happening on the north end of the block of Wolcott Avenue between Estes and Touhy avenues. The scene is blocked off by cars parked across the street. No sign of any sponsoring organization, nor do I recall any advance no-parking notices that might identify it as permitted. The smells are good and the music not really objectionable, but has a permit for closing the street been issued, or are people who just decide to have fun and close it being allowed to do so?

  • Half right: Arrogant bicyclists are no better than arrogant drivers. But if people didn't have to get block-party permits, they'd be able to shut down public streets at will. Could we really tolerate that? I think not.

  • joyeliya Albany Park Resident

    I agree with Bill!

Jul 06

Here Comes the Sun Walking Club canceled for Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Just a friendly reminder that Here Comes the Sun Walking Club will not be meeting this Tuesday, 7/8/14 but will meet-up on Thursday, July 10, 2014. Join us as at our new time, 7 AM - 8 AM (or until you need to leave) as we meet, mix, mingle and mend in front of our Rogers Park Chiropractor, Dr. Joe Vallee's Office at 1154 West Lunt, Suite #1 (across the Street from the Growling Rabbit) prior to walking. Why? Because living is good.

Jul 04

Updated Jul 05

Coyote Sighting

Twice in the last six days a coyote has been seen walking west on the 1600 block of Highland. Today's sighting was at 4: 30am while the other was around 5am. In both instances the coyote, medium size 20 to 25 lbs, walked down the middle of the street.

I was walking my dog at the time, but the coyote ignored us even though we were in clear sight. Nonetheless I will continue to make sure my pepper spray is handy and I think other dog owners in the area should also be on the alert.

Jun 29

Updated Jul 03

Dog found tied to tree in Loyola park

Do you know who this guys family is?

  • Preeti Ravenswood Superstar since 2003

    Thanks for checking, Alexis. They are closed for the day (5:50pm) so I will donate on Saturday. I prefer donating directly to the vet to avoid that user fee.

  • KandD Rogers Park native, third generation

    Donation made -- I would love to meet Karma -- she's adorable!!! :)

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