May 02

Updated 32 min ago

Who needs fabric?

I don't really like to throw away textiles, so I am wondering what sort of groups would want ripped denim, bedsheets, pajama pants, etc. These items are no longer wearable or usable but the material can be used in many other ways.

  • Tommy Turkey eat more chicken

    Her bicycle is as distinctive as her Monk Parrot's wardrobe. It is the most whimsical and delightful bicycle in all of the Western World and looks like the love-child offspring from a marriage between a real bicycle and a painted Romanian gypsy wagon. In a way her bicycle has its own wardrobe. Lunch Monkey, the bird, has a costume for just about every and any action figure you've heard of.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Kristi, they often come to the alderman's Follow Me on Friday events. I'd be surprised if they don't show up at Pottawattomie Park tonight:

    http://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/aug29-alderman-joe-moores-follow-me-friday-pottawattomie-park-6349181/

    They go to the park and just generally all around RP. I last saw her at the Glenwood Arts Fest with Lunch. If something is happening in the neighborhood, expect them to come.

2 days ago

Updated 57 min ago

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

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

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Dee -- As far as I know, there are no Republican candidates running, although the aldermanic race is non-partisan -- meaning you don't have to list a Party affiliation one way or another. As to why not? Probably because RP is the "Peoples Republic of Rogers Park," so it's a...

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    Dee -- As far as I know, there are no Republican candidates running, although the aldermanic race is non-partisan -- meaning you don't have to list a Party affiliation one way or another. As to why not? Probably because RP is the "Peoples Republic of Rogers Park," so it's a great deal of effort for almost no chance of success.

    I would hope that we have at least one centrist, successful and sensible individual in the Ward who is willing to put in a period of public service for the betterment of Chicago. We desperately need it.

    I would publicly support anyone:
    1) Who is ethical and doesn't believe the job of "aldercreature" is the best job he/she will ever have.
    2) Is intelligent and can articulate some clear policy objectives he/she is willing to be evaluated on.
    3) Will focus on educational improvement and have a hard discussion with voters that educational success for students is based on parental involvement.
    4) Is willing to raise his/her hand and volunteer the Ward to incubate some innovative programs that can address both education and crime.
    5) Will actively work with the community to develop an RP revitalization plan that builds upon, preserves and strengthens our diverse assets.
    6) Would list on his/her website all political contributions above $250 and what business interests (if any) that contributor has in the Ward.
    7) Is willing to work REALLY hard on the above.

    If a person of this nature came along, I wouldn't hesitate to urge Republicans, Independents, or Democrats to vote for that person.

  • Excellent, Suzanne. I never saw that posting. I don't necessarily agree with all of your assessment, but it's the kind of substantive response that the Don Gordon crowd is failing to articulate in their preference for jeering, insulting and belittling Rogers Park voters. I'll give your post a bump.

2 days ago

Updated 58 min ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

To Be Continued...

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    In 2011, we see that Joe is perfectly capable of getting down to City Hall on a regular basis. He only missed 11 of 61 meetings in the first year of this term. All of the missed meetings occurred after September 27 in 2011, and included 5 of the 13...

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    In 2011, we see that Joe is perfectly capable of getting down to City Hall on a regular basis. He only missed 11 of 61 meetings in the first year of this term. All of the missed meetings occurred after September 27 in 2011, and included 5 of the 13 Finance Committee meetings for the year and 3 of the 13 Budget and Government Operations Committee meetings.

    What’s interesting is that he actually showed up for 2 meetings in February of a Committee that was “inactive.” Did no one let him know that the Committee no longer existed, and how long did he sit by himself in an empty room?

    What happened in 2011 that may have prodded such a level of involvement in City Council activities? Perhaps Joe wanted to impress our new king – Mayor Rahm? Perhaps he was angling for a State job and wanted his dear wife appointed by the King as the alderman here in Rogers Park? Who knows!

  • Never saw this post. Bump.
    Gordonites: take a lesson from Suzanne. Notice that she's not calling Joe a "crook" without backing that up with some kind of evidence; she's not making baseless claims that Joe is earning 10x his aldermanic salary; she's not obsessing over a minor postal incident at...

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    Never saw this post. Bump.
    Gordonites: take a lesson from Suzanne. Notice that she's not calling Joe a "crook" without backing that up with some kind of evidence; she's not making baseless claims that Joe is earning 10x his aldermanic salary; she's not obsessing over a minor postal incident at the alderman's headquarters by touting that as a major corruption scandal; she's not alleging that Concept schools sent Joe and his wife on an all-expense-paid trip to Turkey; she's not screaming about a one-sided story about petitions; she's not claiming the alderman should go because there are still potholes one some of our streets; and she's not poised to attack everyone who disagrees with her as "Joe's trolls." She's just looking at Joe's record and formulating a critique.

33 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Local Charities

Hi neighbors! I'm trying to find information on local (north side Chicago--Rogers Park, Edgewater, Uptown, Andersonville, etc.) charities in need of donations. Preferably nothing "political" in any way, just community-based. I came across A Just Harvest and H.O.M.E. and would like to find more along those lines.

  • Reilly Neighbor on Columbia

    Caring Connections for Seniors is a five-year-old Rogers Park nonprofit that helps seniors stay in their homes by providing free services, such as grocery shopping, medical visits, and computer help--all performed by volunteers. I've been working with them for three years, and they need funding, which they use for phones for scheduling, supplies, the cost of IGO cars, the cost of providing refurbished computers. (773) 649-5838. It really is neighbors helping neighbors.

  • Ann on Glenwood 15 yr. condo owner

    Jenny asked about local charities for considerations. I can recommend Care For Real, 5500 block of Broadway, which is the local food pantry. Also Howard Area Community Center has several programs which reach out to the local population. And Centro Romero, 6200 block of Clark, also serves the local Hispanic population in various ways. Good luck!

1 hour ago

Free Entertainment

Really cool neighborhood blog needs some viewership. Lots of fun perspectives and obsessive posts about the area mostly around Jarvis and Howard. There's even some fun stalker photos of private property for the voyeuristic types. Check it out:

chevanstonrogerspark.blogspot.com

2 hours ago

Free moving boxes and tubs

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

7 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Trash left from visitors to the Rogers Park beaches

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

Have a safe Labor Day weekend.

  • d3 NOH

    people should start calling 911 on those leaving trash. If CPD is willing to enforce dog leash laws from 911 calls, they should enforce litter laws. It's a health and safety hazard.

    Also, why do some beaches have metal garbage bins marked for charcoal, but not others? Rogers Ave needs one.

  • Michael Archangel Just trying to balance out the "haters"

    @JLQ - I have my own issues with Metra riders who park on the streets near the Rogers Park Station. All too often people arriving back to the station and on their way to their cars seem to think it is okay to use the parkways to deposit their empty cups, etc.

    So, your pet peeve is similar to mine!

4 hours ago

Gray Cat Wandering

In case someone is looking for her, there is a young female gray cat hanging around the 1800 block of Pratt. I have seen the same cat on Wolcott around Morse by the apartment buildings on west side of Wolcott. A woman was calling her Ashley and said she owned her last time I saw her. Seemed like she was chasing the cat. Not sure why she has no collar and is left to roam. She is friendly and this time was very hungry.

22 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

4th Greenest University

The Sierra Club made a top ten list of the greenest colleges in the country, and guess who is number four on the list! Our very own Loyola! So SO proud.
Here's a link: http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/slideshow/top-ten-coolest-schools-2014#9

  • tom 2422 Rogers Parker since 1972

    awesome news. way to go Loyola!

  • Dr. Joe Chiropractor in the Rogers Park Neighborhood

    I ride my bike through the campus every day on the way to my office. LOVE IT! It's one of the gems along the lakefront.

2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Alderman Moore is up to his dirty campaign tricks already...

Spreading false information to gain more campaign petition signatures and hopefully negate the opponents' signatures.

This is classic Old School Chicago Politics brought to you by Joe Moore.

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20140827/BLOGS02/140829836/49th-ward-aldermanic-fight-off-to-a-screaming-start

  • First, "Tom" you have been banned from all candidate forums for using multiple fake identities. How many have you used just this morning?

    Unless you have something useful to say about the subject of this thread...well...it's clear you don't.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Hi folks,

    Because of the number of personal attacks and off-topic comments, we are closing this thread.

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16 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Local opinions on indictment of Commander Glen Evans

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

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    It is very sad if these charges are true because without a doubt the allegations of intimidation, use of firearm, and use of tazer are clearly civil rights violations of a less than human being who is entitled to protection against this under the law. What is even scarier is...

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    It is very sad if these charges are true because without a doubt the allegations of intimidation, use of firearm, and use of tazer are clearly civil rights violations of a less than human being who is entitled to protection against this under the law. What is even scarier is that a fine police officer, who has risked his life on a daily basis for over 20 years combating the menace to society that worthless criminal beings such as Ricky J Williams present fostering blight and decay to our communities, rationally saw fit to overstep the acceptable parameters of his conduct to provide safety to that community. I for one applaud and Support Commander Glen Evans and hope that a jury of his peers; his peers being responsible hard working citizens whose communities are constantly threatened by filth like Ricky J Williams, find him innocent.

    I, for one, am tired of worthless politicians who jeopardize all sense of community safety to garner the endorsements of left wingers such as Jesse J and Luis G. who choose to view the perpetrators of these crimes such as Ricky J Williams as victims of an imbalanced economic system rather than the criminal filth that they are by their own volition.

  • He should retire now save his pension and move on.

7 hours ago

Happy Friday

Time to get out your FRYING PANS, it's FRI-DAY!

8 hours ago

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26 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

On the bright side...wedding!

Just witnessed a nice little wedding being held on Jarvis Beach.
The weather was perfect, and the beach and lake looked fantastic.

Congratulations to the happy couple! I did not quite catch their names, as the PA was kind of low.

Jun 12

Updated 9 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.

  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    Yep, I agree...the two really can't be compared. Just those few years really left an impression on me. (smiling)

  • Big Shout Out to Dee this morning, who swung by my place yesterday to actually meet in person. It was great to meet ya. We were having floors sanded and visiting with my daughter in law. It's Friday and the weather is perfect for a stroll, picnic or neighborly hellos. Get out share a smile and a good day!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend all!!

10 hours ago

Glenwood Sunday Market Increases Matching Grant for LINK Shoppers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Positive Loitering - THIS THURSDAY 8/28 @ 7:00PM - Corner of Morse & Glenwood

Hello Neighbors!

One last reminder: Please join us for Positive Loitering on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. We are meeting at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. After we've gathered, we will move on and loiter in a few spots nearby before returning to the original location at Morse and Glenwood.

For those who haven't heard about Rogers Park Positive Loitering:

The Rogers Park Positive Loitering group is a volunteer association of all residents who believe that our...

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Hello Neighbors!

One last reminder: Please join us for Positive Loitering on Thursday, August 28th from 7:00PM to 9:00PM. We are meeting at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. After we've gathered, we will move on and loiter in a few spots nearby before returning to the original location at Morse and Glenwood.

For those who haven't heard about Rogers Park Positive Loitering:

The Rogers Park Positive Loitering group is a volunteer association of all residents who believe that our collective appearance as a group of non-confrontational "loiterers" will give a visible and powerful message that the community belongs to all of us. Part of our message is that we are a diverse, organized, and alert body of neighbors who act as the eyes and ears for one another and for our police enforcement services.

We meet at predetermined locations and times that are arranged on a monthly basis based on the needs of the community. We then walk through the neighborhood accompanied by a police escort. In order to protect everyone's safety, the complete route is announced to members the night of the event.

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If you plan to join us this Thursday, or have any questions, respond here, or email us at:

rogersparkpl@gmail.com

or visit our Facebook group and ask to join at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/rppositiveloitering/

  • John Versical gardener, future emperor

    Just a reminder, neighbors! Join us tonight at 7:00PM at the corner of Morse and Glenwood! We will move from there around 7:30 to other locations and return to Morse and Glenwood by 9:00.

  • Neighbors:

    THANK YOU for coming out for Positive Loitering tonight! We had about 20 two legged neighbors and a handful of four legged ones for another successful loitering event.

    Bonus #1: It was a relatively quite night.
    Bonus #2: We dodged the rain!

    Once again, thank you for your participation and we look forward to seeing you out in September! Dates for September Positive Loitering will be posted very soon.

    See you again soon!

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

  • Rob, you should hear what the Loyola kids call you!

  • So, exactly how does a motto of serving people fit in with purposefully causing a fight with a homeless person? How about changing it to help a homeless person because they are people too and deserve respect?

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Jackie Robinson West Parade Details

Jackie Robinson West celebration parade details, including route and times. An exciting day for young people and Chicago!

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140825/morgan-park/jackie-robinson-west-parade-route-set-for-wednesday

  • It was things like JRW, Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation Baseball and sports@ Morgan Park and competing (having fun doing it all) and knowing that if I wanted to have all that fun; I had to achieve( keep my grades up ) and stay out of trouble and make GOOD decisions....

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    It was things like JRW, Mayor Daley's Youth Foundation Baseball and sports@ Morgan Park and competing (having fun doing it all) and knowing that if I wanted to have all that fun; I had to achieve( keep my grades up ) and stay out of trouble and make GOOD decisions.
    I cried watching the kids going bat crazy and having fun .Imagine being told you can't go out to play because of gun fire and stupid gangs .Then imagine seeing your peers achieving and being held up before the world and everyone is happy.Hopefully It made an impression on our little kids here in Chicago.

    Have a splendid holiday weekend neighbors (;

  • Dee On Newgard '92

    Robin, I did see Mone. Amazing! Something tells me she has great adults in her life that support her, encourage her, and tell her she can be anything she wants to be. IMHO, while every child needs this, our girls need strong role models of any age away from "reality"...

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    Robin, I did see Mone. Amazing! Something tells me she has great adults in her life that support her, encourage her, and tell her she can be anything she wants to be. IMHO, while every child needs this, our girls need strong role models of any age away from "reality" TV, bad videos and junk magazines. I believe and hope this young woman will go on to do great things. No fear!

    All of these kids have inspired a neighborhood somewhere, the largest of cities, and a nation. They've also inspired individual hearts like mine. We can all celebrate and bask in their glow. What I think most important is that they shed a different light on their communities and our city, and have brought everyone together. The local and national headlines weren't wrought with gang violence and shootings, but rather the hope and perseverance of some noble young men (and a girl, woo hoo!) who brought back a semblance of who our youth are, and who we can be. We shouldn't fail them, and we can certainly learn from their example.

    Pay it forward.

24 hours ago

What's ahead for Indiarn Boundary?

More than six out of 10 users of Indian Boundary Park would like to see an increased number of MUSICAL concerts, plays and similar cultural events, a newly released survey finds. 

The same number would like to see the park host programs based around animals, such as bird walks and visits from farm animals and more exotic species such as raptors and reptiles brought in by ORGANIZATIONS such as the Audubon Society. 

If you'd like to know more about the results of a survey of 223 park users or receive a digital copy, visit the IBP Advisory Council web site here:

http://www.indianboundaryparkadvisorycouncil.org/advisory-council-announces-survey-results.html

25 hours ago

Earn $120 as an Election Judge in this November's Election

A limited number of election judge positions are available for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

If you are interested in earning some extra money ($120) or simply want to perform your civic duty and help the election process run smoothly, please come to the 49th Ward Democratic Party office at 1774 W. Greenleaf (at Ravenswood) and complete an application. The office will be accepting applications this Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, August...

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A limited number of election judge positions are available for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, November 4th.

If you are interested in earning some extra money ($120) or simply want to perform your civic duty and help the election process run smoothly, please come to the 49th Ward Democratic Party office at 1774 W. Greenleaf (at Ravenswood) and complete an application. The office will be accepting applications this Saturday, August 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and Sunday, August 31st 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

An election judge must be willing to work long hours. Your day as an election judge starts at 5:00 a.m. and lasts until the results are tabulated and the election equipment disassembled (usually no earlier than 8:00 p.m. and no later than 10:00 p.m.).

If you have any questions, please email democrats@49thward.com or call 773-973-4949.

2 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Direct Energy at my door

Is this a scam? Why are they knocking on doors?

  • Shawn m. You get it. Sorry to plotter.

  • Delmer Fudge bowling captain + ccw4eva

    It's a scam in that it is unwise to buy anything sold door-to-door. Don't ever do that! It's a bottom-scraper marketing tactic. People selling the best of something that you'll truly want, aren't going to be doing it. It's high pressure and it prevents you from doing competitive research before you sign or buy.

32 hours ago

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2 days ago

Updated 36 hours ago

Police Commander Waldera Provides another Update on Recent Activities

Below is 24th District Police Commander Thomas Waldera's most recent report on the activities and accomplishments of his 24th District police officers:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154640_322.htm

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    I greatly appreciate these updates, but they are grossly incomplete as they omit follow up updates in regards to our criminal courts disposition of these matters. Are these individuals being sentenced to incarceration, given probation/supervision, community service, charges drappoed and the criminals spoon fed if they promise not to commit...

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    I greatly appreciate these updates, but they are grossly incomplete as they omit follow up updates in regards to our criminal courts disposition of these matters. Are these individuals being sentenced to incarceration, given probation/supervision, community service, charges drappoed and the criminals spoon fed if they promise not to commit illegal acts again as they cross their hearts and hope top die if they do?

    With all do respect to our honest, hard working 24th District CPD; all of their efforts are futile if the courts do not reinforce their arrests with convictions and punishment equitable to the crime.

  • Need - it has to start somewhere; nothing can get done if CPD doesn't do theirs which they are the other things are out of their control. Thanks for the updates and the hard work Commander & Alderman they are appreciated

39 hours ago

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Jul 23

Updated 45 hours ago

What do you think of a Proposal to Rename Jarvis Beach and Park?

I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor...

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I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor of Ms. Mahony Griffin.

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

Mary Mahony Griffin (see photo below taken in 1930 with husband, Walter Burley Griffin) was of the first female licensed architects in the United States, an ambassador of the Chicago-style architecture to the world, and a pioneer for professional women in the first decades of the 20th Century. She was the first employee hired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and became his right hand person. Her design work and watercolors became synonymous with the Prairie Style of architecture.

Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes became known as a staple of Wright's style, though he never gave her credit for her work. Despite her talents, her work went largely unrecognized during her tenure with Wright.

Mahony Griffin's talents finally emerged from Wright's shadow when she and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, won the international design competition for designing the capitol city of Australia, Canberra (this is why the Consul-General of Australia is advocating for her to be honored). She is celebrated in Australia and Asia, but remains overlooked in the United States, her hometown of Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park where she spent her final years.

Below is a Wikipedia biography of Mahony Griffin's amazing life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Mahony_Griffin

  • PTM DJ/MC

    And have you heard the park at Water Tower is being named after Jane Byrne. That's a former Chicago MAYOR. And it's a PARK not the entire Water Tower.

  • shawn m Moving from apt to apt in RP

    http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/08/27/ask-geoffrey-827

    Chicago Tonight just did a little bit about the proposal to rename Jarvis beach. Like everyone else, they couldn't find much about Mr. Jarvis. But still kinda cool that the story made the local news.

45 hours ago

Bamboo Plants for Sale

Beautiful Bamboo plants for sale - Phyllostachys Auroesulcata - 3 bamboo plants 3' tall in large terracotta containers. They can live in these containers for years. Stay outside in the summer, brought in for the winter. Local pick up only, Rogers Park Howard/Sheridan Road. Buy one $55 buy all three $120. Spread the word! Buy all three! Call Sophie 773-262-1468.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Thank you, thank you, thank you

Thank you to the wonderful person on the 155 Devon bus who found my cell-phone and then found me to return it.

  • Oh wow! That is nice to hear! There ARE good people in the world after all.

  • Yes. There are nice people. A Loyola student found my phone on Sheridan rd and when I called it, he told me where to meet him and returned it. I offered a reward and he refused any money. He made me nicer to others.

2 days ago

Wasted Wednesday at the Red Line Tap

You don't have to wait any longer, Wasted Wednesday is here! $1 Bud Drafts / $3 Well Drinks / $1 Pucker Shots and Music from Sweet Diezel Jenkins / Ivo Okafo / The Soul Vistas - $5.00 - Free W/ College ID

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Missing Puppy Flier

I just saw this flier taped to a doorway on Lakewood (just south of Columbia). Heartbreaking, right? I haven't seen anything about this little guy on Everyblock yet, so I thought I would pass the word along. The missing puppy is a female, and the owner's number is 773.256.7149.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Howard St. to Get a New Restaurant

The windows in the former Jamaica Jerk restaurant in the Howard Theater Building are papered over and a sign announces that Aguas Tortas is coming soon. I don't know whether they're moving down from Evanston or opening a second location. It doesn't seem to be a chain.

http://www.aguastortas.com/

  • d3 NOH

    Great to see something fill the storefront.. I like a good torta. Good to have local businesses that aren't moving their HQ out of the country to avoid paying taxes!

  • Ok....there is something to be said for the character of old Howard St...I remember many years ago...walking out of Frankenstein's hammered....going to get shrimp from the Fish Keg and one of our friends just disappeared swallowed by the earth. Turns out he fell down an open manhole 12 feet and broke both of his ankles they didn't find him for two days.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

It's a Beautiful Day for a Picnic! Join us Today!

The sun is breaking through the clouds and the National Weather Service is predicting a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s. In other words, it's a beautiful day for the 24th Annual BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans and me! Join us today (Sunday, August 24th), from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Loyola Park (Farwell and the Lake).

The picnic will feature an appearance by the world famous Jesse White Tumbling Team....

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The sun is breaking through the clouds and the National Weather Service is predicting a partly sunny day with temperatures in the low 80s. In other words, it's a beautiful day for the 24th Annual BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC sponsored by State Senator Heather Steans and me! Join us today (Sunday, August 24th), from 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m. at Loyola Park (Farwell and the Lake).

The picnic will feature an appearance by the world famous Jesse White Tumbling Team. The Tumblers have been thrilling audiences since 1959. Their acrobatic performances can be seen during half-time shows for the National Basketball Association, the National Football League and Major League Baseball games.

We're also serving up free food, soft drinks and music and offering a host of games and prizes. We'll have bingo for the seniors and face painting for the kids, a DJ spinning tunes, dance contests, a moonwalk and other large, inflatable carnival toys. And we'll be giving away free school supplies to families!

I've been hosting this picnic since 1991 as a reminder to kids and their parents of the importance of returning to school. But this is also a COMMUNITY PICNIC for people of all ages, so stop by even if you're kids are grown or you've never had kids.

In short, it will be a fun day for EVERYONE! Please join us.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Says the hall monitor.

  • And says the hall monitor's thankful friends ScottPhillips (#1 or #2?) and Sparkles (or is it Sparky?). They are such a tight knit little club it's almost cute.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Phone Scam

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    Nope. A friend would leave a voicemail or send a text or send an email

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    True, John, that it could be from a friend with a new phone, but I think Eddie's comment is on the mark: "If a call gets cut off and they don't call back it's nothing important."

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Spanish Conversation Group

Buenos Dias!
Sorry...I won't be able to make it over to the Heartland tonight in order to accommodate
those who couldn't join us last night due to bad weather. With Labor Day next Monday,
let's get together a week from today, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland. Hope that's
convenient for everyone. The handouts I have worked out really well last night. I'm anxious
to get them to everybody.

Muchas Gracias,
Barbara

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

I look forward to seeing you!

  • RP Exercise Physiology Exercise Physiology

    What has been done to fix pot holes around senior facilities? Has there been any sort of priority list made?

  • robin in WRP Tired and Cranky

    RP - is there a Levy Center, or other facility for seniors in the 49th? I am not aware of any...

2 days ago

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Sep 13 2012

Updated 2 days ago

Strike Coverage

Some teachers are more organized than others. Chicago teachers are very well organized.
Several RP schools were represented. I saw signs for New Field, Gale and Jordan. I did not see any for CMSA, hmm wonder why? Seems they are on the brink of being put on probation with their attendance and performance evaluations.

  • Look, does massive layoffs of teachers and staff ring a bell? http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/07/24/cps-layoff-protests_n_3645023.html We the people need an elected Board and vote out the "Leave No Child Left Behind" teaching-to-a-test method that has replaced academic basics. If you ask me, this has been a deliberate attempt to degrade and destroy the public schools. Teaching is not a job, it's a vocation

  • Les M. 30 plus year resident

    @Radical Chic:
    Right on! We need an elected Board. This "teaching to the test" has been going on for years and has accomplished nothing. You know what you're talking about.
    I will say no more because I think I may have ruffled a few feathers here. Hope no, but after forty years ijn the system, I saw a lot.

Aug 16

Updated 3 days ago

Who will be our next mayor?

The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last...

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The Chicago Tribune took another big swipe at Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Thursday, publishing the dismal results of a job performance poll that shows Emanuel's approval numbers in the tank.

The conservative-leaning paper surveyed Chicago voters and found significant dissatisfaction with how the incumbent Democrat -- up for relection this February -- is handling the city's multitude of problems including a broken education system. According to the Trib, Emanuel's job approval rating slipped from 50 percent around this time last year to a current low of 35 percent.

Rahm's approval ratings are sinking fast. Preckwinkle is out of the race. Karen Lewis' ratings have improved, and so has Fioretti's. Who would be the best choice for our next mayor?
Source: http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/rahm-emanuel-job-approval-ratings-chicago-tribune-poll-271262221.html#ixzz3AYhN7YZa
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  • Timjz Optimistic Rogers Parker

    I saw a very well written greeting (?) card at the frame/gift shop called Four Sided on Clark in Andersonville yesterday. It said "if you're losing an argument, just correct the other person's grammar."
    I thought this was fitting for todays lesson.

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Neil, the answer is discipline and personal restraint. Just say NO and skip past offending threads. Actually it's a lot easier than saying NO to a second piece of cheese cake. But we all have our demons and they all are different. Mine is the second piece of cheese cake and, apparently, yours is the Demon Thread. Good luck in your struggle. If I knew of a good 12-step program I would advise you.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Karen Lewis for Mayor - what does Rogers Park think?

Just wondering what my neighbors think about Karen Lewis for Mayor? I like how people centric she is, and that she cares about the neighborhoods. And, I think the bulk of the citizens would trust her.

  • Now

    Beck,you trivialize what other people say, maybe unintentionally, but the "whatever" attitude really doesn't become you, and making stuff up doesn't make it true. You're a disappointment Beck, I really think you're interesting, but you lost me. Keep harping all you want, but you and Drew60626 are in the same category: unreadable.

  • Venus the Cat's Mom kinder gentler cat mommie

    Not Karen!

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3 days ago

Lost Ipod and headphones

I realize this is probably a lost cause but wanted to try:

I lost my light blue ipod touch over the weekend (Aug 23rd). Black headphones were connected as well. My best guess is it would have been near the Farwell lighthouse (even with Farwell Ave)

Reward if returned (I have family pictures on there that I have not backed up yet)

Thanks for reading!

Jul 28

Updated 4 days ago

Scrabble, anyone?

Hello, friends. We are new to the neighborhood. I'm Emily and my fiancée
is Eddie. I founded a Scrabble club in Madison and then Edgerton, WI.
Any interest in starting one in Rogers Park? We can meet at our house, and
anyone can come, regardless of skill. We can teach newcomers! Please
post if interested, and we will contact y. P.S. We LOVE Rogers Park!

  • Jenene Resident since 2003

    Thanks, Emily, I need to drop off books this week at the Rogers Park Branch this week and I will inquire there as well. Common Cup (Morse & Greenview) has a little side room that might serve to dampen the grinder noise.

  • Emily B. Smith Medical Editor

    Jenene: I did put in an application at the Rogers Park Branch library - am
    awaiting their reply. It would be for Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thanks
    for your thoughts.
    E.

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