41 hours ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Another shooting

There was a shooting at Pontiac and forest preserve dr. This morning gang bangers

  • DB

    Like I said, foreclosures and plummeting property values are the downfall. That's what brings Section 8. There's no section 8 housing in affluent neighborhoods.

  • Dino V. HVAC guy

    There is a lot of section 8 in affluent neighborhoods, it has all to do with how you are raised that leads to these kids choosing the gangbangers lifestyle, I will choose to a part of this community by volunteering my time at Hiawatha park, library and in the near future my daughters school, will not let these maggots takeover...

34 hours ago

Mar 17

Updated 2 days ago

Caps meeting Tonight Merrimac Park

7 pm to discuss the last 2 shootings in the neighborhood !

  • Melissa Starosta Concerned resident

    When is the next CAPS Meeting at Merrimac Park? Would like follow up discussion on 2 shootings and neighborhood gang activity!!! I was unable to attend on March 17.

Mar 07

Updated 2 days ago

Robotics ... for Kids at Loyola University, May 3rd, 10-4, for ~$30 !!!

The future workforce will depend increasingly on technology, irrespective if they will end-up in the office or on the factory floor. Thus, it is crucial to introduce our children to programming, robotics and engineering early on.

Check out this amazing opportunity, a steal indeed, from Devoxx4Kids at
http://www.meetup.com/Devoxx4Kids-Chicagoland-Area/
or
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/devoxx4kids-chicagoland-tech-fun-field-day-midtier-track-tickets-15891700504

Learn about Devoxx4Kids' worldly mission at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zOkIqXQ6z18

Learn about their teaching methods and tools at http://www.slideshare.net/arungupta1/programming-tokids-geecon

3 days ago

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Mar 06

Updated 4 days ago

Cutting down all the trees on my block

So far 10 trees have been removed. As we speak another is being cut. This started at 8:30 am. There was no posting on the tree or anywhere near it. I have called the City and have been told its cause of the ash bettle. None of the trees on my block have been or looked sick. They bloom every year, from top to bottom. My neighboor had hers removed because she hated it. And had a process to go...

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So far 10 trees have been removed. As we speak another is being cut. This started at 8:30 am. There was no posting on the tree or anywhere near it. I have called the City and have been told its cause of the ash bettle. None of the trees on my block have been or looked sick. They bloom every year, from top to bottom. My neighboor had hers removed because she hated it. And had a process to go through to do so. Shortly after that is when they started chopping them down left and right. When you looked at the cut down trees they were healthy, there was no sign of any infestation. When I asked the city why, I was told ALL OF THE ASH TREES ARE INFESTED, AND THEY WILL BE REMOVING THEM ALL. Also no new trees will be placed back unless the owner wants to have them come and do it. I think there is also a fee for that. My neighboor on the other side of the lady who had hers removed, he is refusing to have his cut down. So there has been talk between the neighboor on the other side n the one who had the tree removed. I think its disgusting. Our neighboorhood looks like garbage now. All the fresh air that we get from this polluted city is getting harder to get.

Mar 19

Updated 4 days ago

Mason ave trees

Ok so today my friend that lives down the street stopped by. He told me he saw the city trimming branches on his tree and thought that's all they were doing. Well the cut the whole tree down and told him that it was dead. He had told them it wasn't and didn't want it cut down. Phillip I had told him about your idea for Mason ave. I was wondering how we go about this. He and his wife want to join in getting trees back on Mason ave. The tree provided shade and they are upset. So if anyone can help us out please get ahold of me. Thank you all ;-)

4 days ago

Please do not support HB 3402. It discriminates against parents with special needs children.

My heart goes out to the families with special needs children. They need more understanding that the harsh bill HB 3402. If you agree, please contact your State Rep. today or tomorrow. Use this link to find out who your Illinois state representative at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=44862 .

Source for content below: ICHE Legislative Task Force Alert E-mail.

Background:
Many types of special needs issues families deal with directly impact a child's ability to attend school regularly. Parents with special needs kids...

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My heart goes out to the families with special needs children. They need more understanding that the harsh bill HB 3402. If you agree, please contact your State Rep. today or tomorrow. Use this link to find out who your Illinois state representative at http://www.hslda.org/elink.asp?id=44862 .

Source for content below: ICHE Legislative Task Force Alert E-mail.

Background:
Many types of special needs issues families deal with directly impact a child's ability to attend school regularly. Parents with special needs kids need more understanding, more flexibility, more grace with attendance issues. House Bill 3402 bill does just the opposite. It treats them more harshly.

Virtually every time there is an effort to toughen truancy laws, it's because the EXISTING truancy laws are not being enforced.

This bill would allow the parent of a child to be jailed for six months rather than one month. Kids with special needs rely on their parents possibly even more heavily than kids without special needs. Who will take care of these kids if their parents are jailed for six months? If the child's special needs are causing the irregular attendance, will they jail the next caretaker, too?

It is unfair to discriminate and treat parents more harshly just because their child has more needs than others.

The first and most powerful advocates for a child with special needs are the parents. It's bad policy to attack the ones primarily responsible for protecting the child.

This bill unconstitutionally discriminates against parents of children receiving special education services.

The bill would not directly impact families with special needs children who are not receiving--and do not wish to receive--special education services.

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Mar 05

Updated 5 days ago

Free Chess Seminar for Ages 7-77 at Our Own Dunning Library and Plus

Know the basics?
Now learn the basics beyond the basics.
www.chichess.org

If you’ve only been taught the rules of chess, you haven’t been taught to play chess. Learn the tricks and techniques that all accomplished players know and transform your game from aimless to merciless.

SATURDAY, FEB. 28, 2–4 PM
Avalon Branch Library, 8148 S. Stony Island Ave.

SATURDAY, MARCH 14, 2–4 PM
Logan Square Branch Library, 3030 W. Fullerton Ave.

SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2–4 PM
Dunning Branch Library, 7455 W. Cornelia Ave.
http://chipublib.bibliocommons.com/events/54f5d81025660f505200e394

SATURDAY, MARCH 28, 2–4 PM
Roosevelt Branch Library, 1101 W. Taylor St.

Your strong support for this FIRST chess seminar at DPL will help us bring more of the same.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Registration is not required for the event.
    However, Chicago Chess Center is recording the planned attendance at https://www.facebook.com/events/878802642165073/ So, please add your name if you are planning to come.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Regrettably, our family could not make the event due to various commitments all over Chicagoland. Nevertheless, I was told that there was a very good attendance. The room was packed with both adults and children.

    If anyone is interested in keeping the chess enthusiasm going at Dunning Public Library, we...

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    Regrettably, our family could not make the event due to various commitments all over Chicagoland. Nevertheless, I was told that there was a very good attendance. The room was packed with both adults and children.

    If anyone is interested in keeping the chess enthusiasm going at Dunning Public Library, we hope to hear from you. Could you volunteer your chess knowledge? It would be awesome to have quarterly chess seminars for the new and the not-so-new to chess.

    Also, I heard that the Chicago Park District is planning to provide chess instruction to their staff this spring. This extra knowledge is expected to be incorporated into the summer park camp activities. At least one of our local parks has chess sets already, which they have used many years back. Thus, opportunities are being created to grow the love for chess. Perhaps, we could even get park chess clubs.

Mar 18

Northside Chicago

Come and join this new group on facebook. Starting bids are $1, $3, $5, $10. Its addicting and fun!
Love To Bid (Northside Chicago)
https://www.facebook.com/groups/549038008560767/

Mar 18

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Mar 16

Mar 13

Any Feedback on Boot Camps at Our Local Parks? Likes? Dislikes?

Coca-Cola Troops for Fitness taps returning military veterans to teach military-style fitness classes like calisthenics, sit-ups, push-ups, pull-ups and other fitness and nutritional techniques to families in communities most in need of wellness services. I see that local parks like Hiawatha, Shabbona and Jefferson offer such programs at a steal deal. Would you recommend them to friends and family?

Pulled Example:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/fitness-boot-camp-at-hiawatha/102969

Feb 16

Updated Mar 13

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/

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Mar 05

Updated Mar 10

LOST DOG

lol I have lost my dog on March 4th in the Austin and Bernice area.it's a 7 year old female German Shepherd

  • Me too Kathleen. She is gorgeous! I private messaged the OP but I have not heard anything back. I was hoping this was their pup since she was found a few blocks away and on the same day theirs got away but as of now she is still posted as lost on helping lost pets and lostdogsillinois, so we don't know if it was a match.
    Thankfully this pup is safe with the family that found her and hope the OP found their pup if this was not her.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    What is the update is the dog back with owner.

Mar 09

Kid Entrepreneurs in the Shark Tank @ TechNexus Chicago

Taken from the recent Green Apple Campus' E-mail distribution:

"In StartUp to Achieve Workshops kids mean business! In this fun, experiential program kids are inspired to creatively apply business concepts to unlock potential opportunities. In the spirit of innovation StartUp to Achieve incorporates business and entrepreneurial on-line games and simulations as well as high energy instructor led activities. Our goal: inspire the next generation of innovators.

Kid CEOs will set goals, develop their StartUp BigIdea, establish their brand, spread the...

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Taken from the recent Green Apple Campus' E-mail distribution:

"In StartUp to Achieve Workshops kids mean business! In this fun, experiential program kids are inspired to creatively apply business concepts to unlock potential opportunities. In the spirit of innovation StartUp to Achieve incorporates business and entrepreneurial on-line games and simulations as well as high energy instructor led activities. Our goal: inspire the next generation of innovators.

Kid CEOs will set goals, develop their StartUp BigIdea, establish their brand, spread the word, explore funding. We will challenge kids to develop their best pitch and survive the Shark Tank. You're the boss!

Kids will have the awesome opportunity to be coached by the best of the brightest entrepreneurs at TechNexus Chicago. Workshops will be held at TechNexus @ Lyric Opera House 12th Floor. More about TechNexus.

Sample Activities
•Ingenuity Challenges
•Entrepreneurial Life Cycle
•StartUp Team Activities
•Think Like a Kid, Who says? Google Innovation.
•The Pitch
•The Money Game
•Getting the Word Out
•Shark Tank & Funding BigIdeas

When: 3 sessions 9:00am -4:00pm Monday - Friday. Listing below.
•July 13 - July 17
•August 3 - August 7
•August 10 - August 14 Just For Girls

Where: TechNexus Chicago, 20 North Upper Wacker Drive #1200 Chicago 60606
Who: Kids Grades 6 to Grade 9.
Cost: $650 per session including lunch. Early Bird discount expires 3.13.15."

More info at http://www.greenapplecamps.com/startup-to-achieve-chicago-2015/

Mar 09

Mar 07

Updated Mar 08

Jobs

Does anyone know of any city jobs hiring?

  • Pat Belmont Central homeowner

    Check cityofchicago.org for the full list.

  • Thank you, I have checked and there really isn't anything. So I thought I'd ask just in case.

Mar 02

Updated Mar 08

Nice block doesn't always yield nice neighbors

I live on Parkside and wellington and if anyone is looking for a nicer group of neighbors I'd like to say it's NOT HERE!! ppl are rude and disrespectful of other people's property. I can go on but what's the point. I will be looking for a new area come spring. I was thinking maybe Humboldt park. At least there ppl are real.

  • Craig Born and raised in the city.

    I recall two shootings there last year. No one saw or heard a thing. But yet some how bullets made holes in a car and a person.

  • Tell me why ppl are still calling dibs on parking. I can't even leave my house for fear of not finding a parking when I get back. Talked to alderman office 2x ..promises promises

Mar 08

Mar 04

Dance classes for kids

i am familiar with the dance academy and forevermore but wanted to know if there are any other dance studios offering classes for kids on the northwest side off chicago. i would even go to norridge, harwood heights, oak park, elmwood park or river grove. thank you :)

Mar 04

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Mar 02

Heroes With Hope 5K, Rosemont

Looking for a run, while helping a good cause? Check it out at

http://www.rosemont.com/mbfinancialpark/events/heroes-with-hope-5k/?camefrom=EMCL_545692_24079773

Mar 02

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Feb 28

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Feb 26

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!

Feb 25

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/

Feb 23

Updated Feb 25

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.

Feb 25

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Feb 25

Feb 23

Updated Feb 25

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!

Feb 21

Updated Feb 24

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.

  • SPIRO 1983 GREEK commander Promo 25

    Garrido garrido

  • wayne 25 year Irving&Austin res.

    Arena

Feb 24

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>;

Feb 24

Updated Feb 24

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.

Feb 23

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Feb 22

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!

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