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Chess in CPS Schools and Beyond, like Libraries and Parks, Too!

Chess provides a fantastic way to develop critical thinking and plus through strategic play. There is a current movement to bring chess to every CPS school and it would be great to bring on board all of our neighborhood kids soon.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-24/news/ct-met-schmich-1124-20131124_1_illinois-chess-association-chess-part-mike-bologna

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10078666

One can easily develop the basic skills with the following:

"Learn to Play Chess with Fritz & Chesster: Chess Complete 3-Pack" CD-ROM;

Free or paid membership on https://www.chesskid.com/ ;

Attending free Saturday chess games with some lessons during the school year at Edgebrook Library;

Attending a chess camp like Chess-Ed at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, http://www.chess-ed.com/camps.htm; Dynamic Chess, Oak Park, at http://dynamicchessinc.com/page5.php; or Active Learning at DePaul's O'Hare Campus, http://www.chesscamp.com/camcategorysearch.php?cpid=1&anc=USA%20Chess%20Camp .

Our family's ultimate learning tool is http://www.chessmagnetschool.com/

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Jun 25

Updated 3 days ago

Yesterday's Short Downpour

Did anyone else have problem with water on their street like we did and maybe in their basement? One of my neighbor's pumped water out of his basement, as it poured. We must find solutions to this damaging issue before another major and prolonged rain hits us like the one in April 2013. Please contact our politician for help.

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at ward38@cityofchicago.org

  • southsideandy A South Side outpost in the heart of the N.W. Side

    Don't know how familiar you are with this group, but I get emails from them about solving urban flooding all the time...I'm not involved with them, so I can't say that they're "any good" but maybe check them out.

    http://www.cnt.org/water/

  • On Saturday morning, I saw a part of sewer system getting a PVC lining, only a couple of blocks of Grace Ave, east of Cumberland. It looked like an efficient process to prevent sewer cave-ins. It was done without destroying the ground and the surrounding area. There seemed to be...

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    On Saturday morning, I saw a part of sewer system getting a PVC lining, only a couple of blocks of Grace Ave, east of Cumberland. It looked like an efficient process to prevent sewer cave-ins. It was done without destroying the ground and the surrounding area. There seemed to be a minimal impact on the traffic. The following video reminds me of what I think I saw at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0UXthJMd4gg. (Note: This is a random video made to promote a Californian plumbing company.)

    I think that our ward would benefit from such sewer PVC lining throughout, given the sewer's age and some cave-ins in the area. Let's hope that we can secure the same type of grant as Ward 41st did, http://www.ward41.com/?p=2293 .

Jan 28

Updated 4 days ago

Where is Alderman Nicholas Sposato?

Why isn't Alderman Nicholas Sposato on everyblock for Ward 36? I know Tom for the 38th is (I Used to be in the 38th and we got remapped)

  • The biggest issue was the cut and hack of the 36th, then he jumps to the 38th (which is now MUCH larger). It is clear that favors are being done and once again, we are punished. I just hope the voters in the 38th are smart enough to see what it is and not reward this deceptive behavior.

  • Mike, I am in the 36th and voted for Alderman Sposato. I think he is a fine Alderman and would be thrilled if he is still my Alderman when my address is changed to the 38th. I will vote for him again if he runs.

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Updated Jul 19

What happened to the MAILBOX at Pittsburgh and Irving Park?

I used to mail my bills and letters there all the time... last fall I noticed it was gone. Still gone. When is it going to be replaced?

  • Paula, Belmont Terrace 8-year resident, 36th ward (for now...)

    Rich, I'm kjnd of in the same boat. The mailbox we regularly used at Orange & Roscoe Streets also disappeared a while ago. I have to wonder about the discrepancy between our part of Chicago, and Norridge...

    Thanks Minerva, I'll contact Rep. Quigley.

  • Kordian- Northwest Side Player, Juice Bars, Office Equipment

    I heard the reason they removed the mailboxes was that people from Itasca would stop on their commute and constantly use the mailboxes as toilets. I thought that sounded a little outlandish, but I have a cousin who works for the post office that confirmed it.

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What's going on with Family Palace?

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