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Are You a Historic Bungalow Enthusiast?

If so, check out the new products offered by Chicago Historic Bungalow Association

https://www.etsy.com/shop/BungalowStuff

  • Love historic Chicago bungalows, thanks for posting the link.

  • The Association offers classes during the year on maintaining and restoring bungalows. I took a window repair class and was amazed to learn that it's better to preserve than replace the window frames that came with your bungalow because newer wood can never match them for strength and resilience. Seems...

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    The Association offers classes during the year on maintaining and restoring bungalows. I took a window repair class and was amazed to learn that it's better to preserve than replace the window frames that came with your bungalow because newer wood can never match them for strength and resilience. Seems the original framing likely came from trees more than one hundred years old that grew in an environment that will never exist again--free from modern pollutants, chemicals, etc. I live in a two-flat that's about 90 years old, but the information applied to us, too. It's a great organization.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I wish more people appreciated all of the great architecture in our neighborhood. It's sad to see so many interesting buildings in disrepair. Fortunately, there are some people who do understand the importance of retaining the history of the area and its architecture.

Dec 06

Updated Dec 10

Hearings Scheduled on 50th Ward Nominating Petition Objections, Part 1

Objections have been filed for all the nominating petitions for the alderman’s challengers. If the objections are upheld, some or all of the four challengers could be tossed off the ballot. No objections have been filed against Silverstein’s petitions. Objectors include one candidate, Zehra Quadri, who has filed objections against Fuji Shiourqa, Shajan Kuriakose, and Peter Sifnotis, and two citizens, Jonathan Porter, who has objected to Fuji and Quadri, and Maureen Roche, who opposes Sifnotis’ petitions.

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Objections have been filed for all the nominating petitions for the alderman’s challengers. If the objections are upheld, some or all of the four challengers could be tossed off the ballot. No objections have been filed against Silverstein’s petitions. Objectors include one candidate, Zehra Quadri, who has filed objections against Fuji Shiourqa, Shajan Kuriakose, and Peter Sifnotis, and two citizens, Jonathan Porter, who has objected to Fuji and Quadri, and Maureen Roche, who opposes Sifnotis’ petitions.

All the objections are scheduled to be heard by the CBOE on Dec. 9 in the Lower Level Conference Room at CB”OE offices at 69 W. Washington, beginning with Zehra Quadri’s challenge to Sifnotis at 10:30 am, followed by Roche against Sifnotis at 11, Quadri v. Fuji at 11:30, Jonathan Porter v Fuji at Noon, Quadri v Kuriakose at 12:30, and Porter v Quadri at 1 pm.

All objectors use the same allegations, ie, that some of the signatures were not written by the voters themselves; that some of the signers’ addresses are outside the ward; & that the petitions did not state the office sought, in addition to other objections. Quadri also alleges that in March 2013 Kuriakose voted in another ward, making him ineligible to run in the 50th due to the one-year residency requirement. She is represented by the law firm the Skyles Group. LLC, of Mount Prospect.

Porter & Roche have filed as concerned citizens, but anyone familiar with Chicago politics wouldn’t be surprised to learn they are merely fronting for one of the other candidates. Jonathan Porter is represented by the law firm the Parikh Law Group, LLD of Chicago, and Roche by James P. Nally, PC, of Chicago.

Check this link for details of each case: http://app.chicagoelections.com/documents/general/M2015-HearingSchedule.pdf

  • Fuji Shioura Independent Alderman Candidate Fuji

    Pete, Paco is correct about using your regular proof for residency like utility bills and such. Thanks Paco :) Gracias!

  • Fuji Shioura Independent Alderman Candidate Fuji

    But seriously, anyone here with parking related violations in our 50th Ward, please let me know about it so we can fight it together! www.50thward.com

Dec 04

Chicago Math & Science Academy (CMSA) Ranks Level 1

For the 2nd consecutive year, CMSA has received a Level 1 ranking by CPS.

Nov 13

Updated Nov 26

Beware of deranged man in WRP

I was walking home yesterday around 4 p.m. on Hoyne ave just past Fargo when somebody started following me. The middle aged black man made light conversation with me about how cold it was then he asked me where I lived he started touching me inappropriately through my ski jacket telling me I had a nice jacket. I immediately ran to the gate of my condo as he walked the opposite direction. I didn't get a good description on him so I did not call the police. I'm posting this to put other females on notice and want the community to keep and eye out and also to be really careful. Scary

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Nonsense, you sound as though you have lots of experience with situations where women are accosted, assaulted or groped in your day-to-day rounds. More power to you and your observational skills! I guess.

    Me? Not as experienced or capable. Like being able to read a map, maybe. Some people have the skills, some don't.

  • To "SpamAlert": You sound as though you have even more experience being clueless and sarcastic, not quite so much being analytical or relevant.

Nov 19

Updated Nov 21

Gun shots in West RIdge

What were the gun shots in the ally off Washtenaw north of Pratt about 30 minutes agao? Does anyone know? Blood, car door open...gangs?

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you....

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    UPDATE as of 11/20/2014 10:00PM (CT)

    The latest information I have now received from CPD indicates the following:

    1) This shooting was not a random act
    2) Involvement of a criminal street gang member is confirmed

    This update is provided to keep you informed and not intended to alarm you.

    If you have any information about this incident please contact:
    Area North Detective Division at (312) 744-8261

    For latest updates please check the CAPS Beat 2411 web site at https://groups.yahoo.com/groups/CAPS2411

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

  • Herecomestheman Character assassin.

    Live by the gun, Die by the gun.

Nov 20

Updated Nov 21

Helicopter over Touhy Thursday morning?

Did anyone notice the orange and white helicopter hovering over Touhy near McCormick this morning around 8AM? Was there something going on?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    It looked to us like it was delivering something to the construction zone (maybe an HVAC unit?)

Nov 17

Updated Nov 18

Construction on Devon

Anyone know what they are starting construction on at Devon and Ravenswood (west of viaduct). I was told its not a S&C project.

Nov 11

Updated Nov 17

Permit Parking on Arthur near Warren Park

Ald. Silverstein wants to put in Permit Parking on my street. This would not only cost me more money on a street I already pay taxes for but would not solve the problem. I also would need to buy guest passes for visitors. My family has live din the same place for 50 years and the population of the neighborhood keeps going up and will continue to do so, that means even if you pay for the permit you still...

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Ald. Silverstein wants to put in Permit Parking on my street. This would not only cost me more money on a street I already pay taxes for but would not solve the problem. I also would need to buy guest passes for visitors. My family has live din the same place for 50 years and the population of the neighborhood keeps going up and will continue to do so, that means even if you pay for the permit you still wont be able to find a parking spot.

I have a 6 year old son with Autism, he is in therapy outside of school 5 days a week. Not only would I need guest passes 2 days a week for my babysitter but I would also need 2 passes 2 days a week for the therapists that come to my house from 5:30-7:30 pm (permit enforcement would start at 5pm) this is ludicrous and would cost me a lot of money, money that I use to provide my son with extra therapy. Has anyone else had a problem like this or tried this route in their neighborhood only to have them thinking "Uh Oh"? I would appreciate any feedback. I was sent a survey and when I tried to fax it in, the fax number provided was for a business called AON downtown, hmmm. Diversion tactic?

  • Well said, Dan. West Ridge is not now and never was a nightlife district.

  • Fuji, I read your proposals on your Web site. A few questions: Why should the neighborhood pick up parking costs for visitors? Who will pay for the free parking and the shuttle buses? Nothing is really "free," there are always costs associated with "benefits" and those costs need to be...

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    Fuji, I read your proposals on your Web site. A few questions: Why should the neighborhood pick up parking costs for visitors? Who will pay for the free parking and the shuttle buses? Nothing is really "free," there are always costs associated with "benefits" and those costs need to be paid; for example, who will pay to lease and fuel the shuttle buses?. Will they be using CTA stops? Is it really a good idea to add shuttle buses to the congestion on Devon? If the Warren Park lot is used exclusively or overwhelmingly by shoppers, where would those using the park's facilities park?

Nov 16

Rapid gunfire Saturday night Arthur and Bell

No exaggeration, like *20* rapid shots at Arthur and Bell in West Rogers around 1:30 am. Several squad cars within minutes. Couldn't decipher anything from the window but hope no one was hurt. Anyone else around see/hear anything?

Oct 16

Updated Oct 31

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened...

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    I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened in Milwaukee has me hopeful. Cermak seems to have identified the "ethnic" market as its niche, which makes sense for the Ridge location, given the mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Latino consumers in the area, among others. But they seem to define "ethnic" quite broadly, including Polish, German, Italian and Greek.

    "If you were to walk into the (West Milwaukee) store, whether you're Hispanic, whether you're German, whether you're Polish, whether you're Italian, you'd think that store was for you."
    http://www.jsonline.com/business/cermak-is-a-fresh-face-on-the-area-food-scene-0360khu-161668825.html

  • Looking forward to their opening and I am hoping for a great store nearby to me. From the outside it looks like it will be soon.

Oct 27

Updated Oct 30

Trick or Treat?

Just wondering what time and date the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods trick or treat? We're new to the neighborhood. Do all the neighborhoods do it at the same time?

Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

Helicopters Over Rogers Park (The Park)

Does anyone know the reason for helicopters over Rogers Park (The Park) and southwest, maybe to Touhy and California (from my vantage point in the park), between 4 and 4:30 this afternoon.

  • Darius-- I'm in the park several times a day. It is great.
    Robin-- Our sense of privacy and safety is based on two dimensions. We normally only have to watch our backs. Our front and left and right take care of themselves. Surveillance from above violates that norm, which is precisely why cops and the media use helicopters.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    Robin
    I don't like it because of all the noise. On Saturday, a helicopter was so low that I could not carry on a conversation with a neighbor in front of my house.

Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Fire near Rogers / Ridge

Anyone know what caused the fire? I don't know where exactly it is but I smelled it from my house. Didn't wanna go investigate it.

  • Patrick Resident of Rogers Park on and off since 2004

    What time did this happen? Glad your okay

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