12 hours ago

Post election!

Well it's finally over, it's been both an honor and a privilege to run for public office, we have what I believe is a great neighborhood, I'm look forward helping our community in what ever way I can, once again,from the Hernandez family Thank you and God bless!

30 hours ago

AAUW Tech Savvy Conference at Triton College, River Grove, IL, March 21, 2015.

The AAUW Jane Addams Branch along with members from local Chicagoland AAUW branches are offering an all-day AAUW Tech Savvy STEM career conference for 6-9th grade girls and their parents/mentors at Triton College, 2000 Fifth Avenue, Building R, River Grove, IL 60171 on Saturday March 21, 2015, from 8.30 – 3.30 pm.

Registration is open at http://app.certain.com/profile/form/index.cfm?PKformID=0x2003931738a

For more information see http://janeaddams-il.aauw.net/tech-savvy/

3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Dunning Conservation area gazebo collapsed

So sad to have seen the new gazebo built last summer, has collapsed, and I hope they will rebuild!!

  • cc...was that the tool shed in the community garden near the Streets & San yard? Or was it some other building elsewhere?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    it was a "gazebo" or picnic shelter. it was open air, so I doubt anyone would use it for a tool shed.......you can see it from oak park avenue, in the parking lot.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Feb, 24th Election Day!

Well tomorrow is the big day, no matter what happens I'm thankful for the help of Bruce and Rich, for sticking with me and pushing me, my wife and kids for putting up with me, my fellow Soldiers in the IL,National Guard for their support, I believe in our system of Government more then ever, every time I put on the uniform of our county's Military I'm reminded of what it stands for it,so with that said Thank you and God bless!

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

If you live in the (new) 38th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 45th ward?

Just wondering how it would shake out if we were choosing between Arena, Baert, Diaz and Garrido.

2 days ago

Chicago Tonight on Mayoral Election

"A new report being released this morning shows that the supposedly budget-strapped Windy City – which for years has not made its full pension payments – actually has mountains of cash sitting in a slush fund controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, as the report documents, the slush fund now receives more money each year than it would cost to adequately finance Chicago’s pension funds. Yet, Emanuel is refusing to use the cash from that slush fund to shore up...

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"A new report being released this morning shows that the supposedly budget-strapped Windy City – which for years has not made its full pension payments – actually has mountains of cash sitting in a slush fund controlled by Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Indeed, as the report documents, the slush fund now receives more money each year than it would cost to adequately finance Chicago’s pension funds. Yet, Emanuel is refusing to use the cash from that slush fund to shore up the pensions. Instead, his new pension “reform” proposal cuts pension benefits, requires higher contributions from public employees and raises property taxes in the name of fiscal responsibility. Yet, the same “reform” proposal will actually quietly increase his already bloated slush fund.

But it gets worse: an investigation by Pando has discovered that Emanuel has been using that same slush fund to enrich some of his biggest campaign contributors."

See the entirety of David Sirota's piece just below Chicago Tonight article.

<http://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2014/12/18/mayoral-candidate-garc-unveils-plan-fight-crime>;

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Chicago Ward Boundaries on Everyblock

Just got an e-mail from EveryBlock that the Chicago ward boundaries got updated.

  • Everett Block EveryBlock Team Captain

    Thank you for sharing, Minerva! The ward boundaries were updated a few weeks ago. Please let us know if you have any questions.

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4 days ago

Bridge elementary school

Just wondering if anyone knew anything about Bridge. My daughter starts kindergarten this year and I just wanted to know if anyone had any personal experience with the school. Thanks!

Feb 19

Updated 4 days ago

What Are the Rules for Political Phone Calls?

I have been getting unwelcomed political calls and would like to know what are the rules governing them? I know they are allowed by the National Do Not Call Registry. However, shouldn't the calling party identify themselves and tell us who is paying for the call? I am accustomed to hearing such details in political ads, but I did not get this disclosure in the two recent phone recordings left on my home phone. Can I get some guidance here, please?

  • All's fair in love and war, and politics is war. First I used to tell the robotic surveyors that I was undecided. Then I started "leaning" toward voting for a different candidate with each call. Then I "definitely" will vote for a different candidate with each call. Voting is still...

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    All's fair in love and war, and politics is war. First I used to tell the robotic surveyors that I was undecided. Then I started "leaning" toward voting for a different candidate with each call. Then I "definitely" will vote for a different candidate with each call. Voting is still by secret ballot and it doesn't matter what people say when the robots call; what matters is when the voters actually arrive at the polling places. And no candidate has a right to know what the outcome will be until the last fat lady sings in the voting booth.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    I got 3 of these annoying calls by now from same woman.

    Only ONE political office of the few I have been involved with asked me for my full name, address and phone number when leaving a message.

    At the time this info was being collected, I was confused as...

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    I got 3 of these annoying calls by now from same woman.

    Only ONE political office of the few I have been involved with asked me for my full name, address and phone number when leaving a message.

    At the time this info was being collected, I was confused as to why this extra detail is necessary. Now, I realize that I have helped create a FREE database for political campaigning.

    Well, last night I left a message with THAT office and instructed them to take my info out of their dbase. Let's hope this will stop the calls.

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Election time!

Well it's almost over this is the last weekend, we'll be out in the ward passing out our literature, when it's all said and done we will have hand delivered about 6,000 flyers, we are the same three people who walked allover the Ward and collected over 1200 signatures, we used our own money and shoe leather why? because we believe that we could make a difference, we didn't sit around and complain we took action. The media said we...

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Well it's almost over this is the last weekend, we'll be out in the ward passing out our literature, when it's all said and done we will have hand delivered about 6,000 flyers, we are the same three people who walked allover the Ward and collected over 1200 signatures, we used our own money and shoe leather why? because we believe that we could make a difference, we didn't sit around and complain we took action. The media said we never had a chance, after all we didn't get the union money or have a political organization to back us, make no mistake we are true independents we owe NO ONE! I have always believed the old saying " No Guts No Glory"

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Feb 17

Updated 6 days ago

Children's Programming at Wright College

Based on review of the latest City Colleges of Chicago catalog, particularly the section for Wright College, I can't help but conclude that the family programming is stuck in the dark ages. The offerings understandably focus on the staples of education: math and reading. However, where are the computer programming and robotics classes? Music is offered on Saturday mornings, when a lot of children are engaged with sports' teams. Why not offer music later in the afternoon or in the...

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Based on review of the latest City Colleges of Chicago catalog, particularly the section for Wright College, I can't help but conclude that the family programming is stuck in the dark ages. The offerings understandably focus on the staples of education: math and reading. However, where are the computer programming and robotics classes? Music is offered on Saturday mornings, when a lot of children are engaged with sports' teams. Why not offer music later in the afternoon or in the early evenings? We are living in an increasingly interdependent global economy, why not offer foreign languages to children, not just the adults, specifically, Spanish and Polish, given our local demographics. As I recall, chess is offered in conjunction with swimming in the summer, but how about offering chess in the early evenings, during the school year, too? We all could cook and eat better. How about having instruction on cooking coupled with nutrition for the young ones, offered as an after-school program? Dance, Drama, and Create class is also offered on Saturday mornings, which competes with sports, as already mentioned, and also with chess tournaments. Most of all, there is a lot of support that can be found for developing a reader, however writing continues to get poor coverage. How about teaching the process, including: brainstorming, scampering and mind mapping, starting with the elementary children? One could also argue for adding an offering of outdoor science. There is an adjacent public land that could be utilized and coupled with 4H curriculum. If desired, our community could have its own miniature Garfield Park Conservatory.

On the positive note, the programming pricing is amazingly affordable! Also, one can build a preschool 1/2-day with the various classes offered, back to back, in the same room. And, the swimming program is the crown jewel with the demand way, way outpacing the supply.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Wright College could also act as a satellite location for programs offered by vendors like the Center for Gifted ~ Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity. They are affordable and current with class selections. Last November, according to their on-line schedule, they offered a couple of classes at our local Thorp Scholastic Academy. These were surprisingly short, one day, 3 hours each classes though. Nevertheless, one was titled "Create a Lego Movie! (1-3) and the other was "STEM: Hoppers and Hovercraft (3-8)" Check it out at http://www.centerforgifted.org/

  • Minerva* Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    We can request the change with our governor at:
    http://www2.illinois.gov/gov/Pages/ContacttheGovernor.aspx

    We can write Wright College President David Potash at dpotash@ccc.edu

    We can ask for help from Stand for Children and our state and local representatives, like Mulroe, Martwick and TBD Alderman.

    Things need and should change with the times.

Feb 19

Feb 18

Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity Offers Classes & Camps at Thorp Scholastic Academy, Chicago

Per http://www.centerforgifted.org/perspective.html:

"The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity offers diverse and challenging programs fall, winter break, winter, spring, and summer. Programs range from Wondrous Workshops of Saturday or Sunday, Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder in the Winter, four or five Sunday afternoons each, to a summer of many exciting one, two, and three week programs, half day and all day, June, July, and beginning August. Programs reflect courses in science, math, humanities, the arts, computers, robotics,...

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Per http://www.centerforgifted.org/perspective.html:

"The Center for Gifted and Midwest Torrance Center for Creativity offers diverse and challenging programs fall, winter break, winter, spring, and summer. Programs range from Wondrous Workshops of Saturday or Sunday, Worlds of Wisdom and Wonder in the Winter, four or five Sunday afternoons each, to a summer of many exciting one, two, and three week programs, half day and all day, June, July, and beginning August. Programs reflect courses in science, math, humanities, the arts, computers, robotics, all designed to advance the thinking, creating, and producing talents and abilities of participants. Courses challenge students to think more perceptively, creatively, deeply, and expansively."

For eligibility, see http://www.centerforgifted.org/eligibility.html

For financial aid, see http://www.centerforgifted.org/financialaidW15.pdf

PreK-Grade 8 camp is scheduled for June 22-July 2.

Feb 17

Updated Feb 18

Have you made your reservation yet at St. Pascal School? -6143 W Irving Park Road, 773-736-8806

A tuition freeze is in effect until Friday, February 27, for all new and returning school families. We are looking forward to seeing you soon to finalize your reservation. You can also have your child spend a day with us to experience what St.Pascal has to offer. For further information call 773-736-8806. Current tuition rates are posted on our website, stpascalschool.com. Higher rates will go into effect on Monday, March 2.

  • Dano Living the dream on NW side

    There will be no tuition increase at St.Barts next year.

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Feb 17

WATCH: 38th ward aldermanic forum hosted by Friends of Portage Park

Take a look at this video to learn more about the candidates before you head out to vote in Chicago's upcoming election: http://ow.ly/Je908

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Feb 16

FREE Quality Theatre Performance for the Family to Enjoy!! --Feb. 20th - March 29th, 2015

In the past I have spoken fondly of Stage Coach Theatre's camps for children. For years now, they have continued to amaze our family with their knowledge, talents and teaching results. Through them, my family learned of Quest Theatre Ensemble, another amazing organization, and their community giveback. As a matter of fact, the two organizations share some common members.

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In the past I have spoken fondly of Stage Coach Theatre's camps for children. For years now, they have continued to amaze our family with their knowledge, talents and teaching results. Through them, my family learned of Quest Theatre Ensemble, another amazing organization, and their community giveback. As a matter of fact, the two organizations share some common members.

If you have ever wondered but could not take out your family to a quality free show, here is your opportunity:

"Join Quest for the world premiere musical, Tomato Queen! Journey with Camina as she tries to discover the secret to growing a perfect tomato--a feat that could earn her a crown! Cheer on Camina and her new friend Dormouse as they battle homesickness, a humongous Hornworm, and an Evil Scientist bent on destruction. Tomato Queen features live music and Quest's signature large-scale puppetry." http://questensemble.org/index.php

Feb 16

Scholarships to FIRST Participants for Engineering Degrees and Not Only

It pays to get involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Per http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/scholarships:

"Colleges, universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to participants on FIRST teams - This is official recognition of the knowledge, technical, and life skills one has gained as a participant in a FIRST program.

FIRST Scholarships:

-Are funded and administered by the scholarship providers (colleges, universities, corporations, etc.), not by FIRST

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It pays to get involved with FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Per http://www.usfirst.org/aboutus/scholarships:

"Colleges, universities, professional associations, and corporations offer college scholarships to participants on FIRST teams - This is official recognition of the knowledge, technical, and life skills one has gained as a participant in a FIRST program.

FIRST Scholarships:

-Are funded and administered by the scholarship providers (colleges, universities, corporations, etc.), not by FIRST

-Each has unique eligibility requirements, deadline dates, and application procedures

-The vast majority are available for participants to apply for in their senior year of high school, as a Rising FIRST Alum.

-Are usually for use at the specific provider college or university, but a few can be used at any school

-Are not just for engineering majors - roughly 35% of FIRST Scholarships can be used for any course of study

-Vary from one-time awards of $500 to full four-year tuition

-View the 2015 scholarships' list at http://www.usfirst.org/scholarshipsearch.aspx "

Let's bring FIRST to our communities, schools, parks and libraries!

Feb 16

The 2015 Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program nomination form is now available!

Nominate a young volunteer, age 6 to 18, for up to $10,000 in scholarships. To submit a nomination, go to kohlskids.com and follow the online instructions. Nominations accepted through March 13; nominators must be 21 or older.

Details regarding the Kohl's Cares Scholarship Program can be found in the Official Rules and Frequently Asked Questions.

If you have additional questions or require assistance, please use the contact below.

Good luck!

Kohl’s Cares Scholarship Program
Customer Service Center
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8-5 CT
kohls.scholarshipamerica.org

http://www.kohlscorporation.com/CommunityRelations/scholarship/

Feb 12

Updated Feb 13

Neighborhood Gathering

38th Ward friends, it's too cold for me to ask you to open your doors. All the same, I'd love to have the chance to talk with you. Please consider coming out to Legno's tonight. I'll be there from 6-8pm. If you would like to partake in pizza, apps, beer, wine, and soft drinks, it's just $25. 4250 N. Central Ave.

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Join the group!

Come and join this new group on facebook. This a neighborhood group where you can auction off your items. You could win children's clothes or toys, women's clothes, etc., for a $1. Feel free to join and invite you family and friends.
Love To Bid (Portage Park, Norridge, Avondale) https://www.facebook.com/groups/549038008560767/

Feb 08

36th Ward Forum

Great forum...watched on YouTube. Wish I could have attended in person. Aquino has my vote!!

Feb 08

Jan 20

Updated Feb 06

Campaign Signs - no permission.

So I thought to put a campaign sign on someone's property you had to have their permission? Did this change? We came home from a walk the other day and there was an OMAR AQUINO sign on our neighbors lawn. Our neighbors do not live in the house and it is currently boarded up but the house is far from abandoned. I asked them if they gave permission for the sign and they said no. So my question to the...

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So I thought to put a campaign sign on someone's property you had to have their permission? Did this change? We came home from a walk the other day and there was an OMAR AQUINO sign on our neighbors lawn. Our neighbors do not live in the house and it is currently boarded up but the house is far from abandoned. I asked them if they gave permission for the sign and they said no. So my question to the Aquino campaign is why would I vote for you if you cannot even follow simple campaign rules? I you'd like to get your message out to my neighbors contact me directly (I head up our block club) and we can set up a meeting. Another candidate has already reached out in this way. I don't know if I personally will vote for him yet but I do know that I appreciate that he would rather talk with myself and my community than slapping a sign where he thinks no one will care.

  • Laymaneers Constant Vigilance

    Finger pointing? Hmmm...I see this as an issue...a big one in fact, because if you (general term for candidate) can not follow simple rules during a campaign how can I trust you to listen to and take care of my needs once in office? I'm happy to boast that our...

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    Finger pointing? Hmmm...I see this as an issue...a big one in fact, because if you (general term for candidate) can not follow simple rules during a campaign how can I trust you to listen to and take care of my needs once in office? I'm happy to boast that our block is an active community that has worked WITH our current Alderman (Tim Cullerton) to find solutions for problems from cleaning up a vacant house and aiding the city in evicting gangbangers from rentals in the area. These solutions have benefitted not only our block but the community as a whole.

    Speaking for my house, we are looking for an Alderman who takes our concerns, no matter the severity, seriously and is willing to work with us to find solutions instead of trivializing them.

    Gilbert, I appreciate that you took the time to write here today and I look forward to hearing why you feel you are the best candidate. Your campaign manager has been in touch with me and we are trying to set up date and time for you to address our block club as well as Chris and Alonso.

  • Alonso Born and raised in the Cragin neighborhood.

    I just wanted to update this thread for the Eddy block club. Hope everyone is doing well.

    Last night, we had our first 36th Ward candidates forum at Steinmetz. It went well! The organizations that put it together (Steinmetz College Prep, the Mikva Challenge, the Northwest Side Housing Center, the...

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    I just wanted to update this thread for the Eddy block club. Hope everyone is doing well.

    Last night, we had our first 36th Ward candidates forum at Steinmetz. It went well! The organizations that put it together (Steinmetz College Prep, the Mikva Challenge, the Northwest Side Housing Center, the Friends of Portage Park, and the Portage Park Chamber of Commerce) did a great job with it. It started on time and ended on time and ran smoothly. The audience was very professional too.

    Below is the link for the Youtube video filmed by CAN TV.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x97wu2HLTHI

    We have another forum on Monday, February 9th in the evening.

    https://www.facebook.com/36thward/photos/a.251618814921496.58740.175063572577021/784136351669737/?type=1&theater

    And another one at Hanson Park on the 17th.

    https://www.facebook.com/36thward/photos/pcb.780025155414190/780024852080887/?type=1&theater

Feb 05

Updated Feb 06

Petition not signed

Did any other 36th Ward resident receive a letter personally thanking you for signing Omar Aquino's petition. For a petition that you didn't sign?

We did. Three of us in the household, each receiving a letter. None of us signed.

Deceptive practice? Thoughts?

  • Alonso Born and raised in the Cragin neighborhood.

    My neighbor received one and they definitely didn't sign his petition. One of three things happened. Either someone from his campaign mistakenly submitted the wrong Excel list to their printer, or they sent one to all the voters assuming that most voters signed for anyone that knocked on their door...

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    My neighbor received one and they definitely didn't sign his petition. One of three things happened. Either someone from his campaign mistakenly submitted the wrong Excel list to their printer, or they sent one to all the voters assuming that most voters signed for anyone that knocked on their door and wouldn't remember whom they signed for, or there was some shadiness in the petition process and names were signed by someone other than the voter.

    I have a hard copy of the petitions for Aquino If anyone wants to take a look at them and see if their name was mistakenly added to the petition.

    I'm attaching the YouTube video of the 36th Ward forum to this thread in case you weren't able to make it last night.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x97wu2HLTHI

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Feb 02

Starting garden plants from seed?

Hi, I have started my garden plants from seed for several years... great week to be going through catalog's! My garden is not that big, and always end up with lots of a few types of seedlings. Is there anyone who does the same and would be interested in trading seedlings?

Feb 02

Wonderful neighbors!

Not sure who the wonderful neighbor was that did the 3000 Block of Mango with the snow blower, but thank you very much! Extend that thanks to all those who gave the extra effort for their neighbors. We tried to keep up yesterday, but being an older nurse had made the decision I needed to get to work today. Bus commute was 1.5 hours each way usually 45 minute, but was able to walk done the sidewalks on all blocks when I finally got home. So glad I did not have to shovel when I got home! I really appreciate!

Jun 25

Updated Jan 31

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

  • Lol!! No way! I'm good..gettin off my soapbox haha..been WAY too much talk back n forth about it I'm burnt out..enough is enough I think we all get the point. Take care Ben was nice debating with you :)
    Peace 😊👍

  • Nobody said u had a choice....lol!!! I'll c u around!! :-)

Aug 08

Updated Jan 29

Sposato jumping ship

I hope the 38th ward gets what was given to the 36th ward. Not much.
There has been no improvement in the 36th over the past years. We hoped Nick would have stuck to his guns to help clean up the ward. Oh well guess not. It is easier to just go to a ward that has more union residents. Less responsibilities I guess. Good way to get a nice pension.

  • Minerva truth and facts seem to be foreign to you. Not only in your bought and paid for support of charter schools that reports show to not only not out perform neighborhood schools but often they under perform and your lies you repeat over and over and over on this community message board. We are tired of you. Please move on.

    Truth about the remap.

    http://www.wbez.org/no-sidebar/approved-ward-map-95662

  • Sposato was MIA in the matter of the unlicensed "social club" at Opal & Belmont. It was like dealing with Rice. We turned to Cullerton who got it shut down.

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