6 days ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Helicopter

Wonder why there's a helicopter circling Belmont Cragin. It's been with a spotlight for at least 30 minutes now going in circles.

  • Melissa, you said it was mostly teens out congregating and shouting and they really don't know any better. Why don't they know any better? And you said they need options to positively spend their time in this area. Yeah, but mostly they need parents that will spend quality time with...

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    Melissa, you said it was mostly teens out congregating and shouting and they really don't know any better. Why don't they know any better? And you said they need options to positively spend their time in this area. Yeah, but mostly they need parents that will spend quality time with them and keep them on a shorter leash. All the programs in the world won't make a difference if the parents don't make sure they go there, take them there or something. The kids that go there semi happily, on their own, aren't the problem, it's the kids that never make it there that may become the problem. So, how does one get those into some programs? Once again, it goes back to the parents. How does one get those parents to drink the kool-Aid? Very complicated issues, no easy "fixes", eh? :(

  • Kapel Local Resident

    Issues of finding more programs for kids, teens and adults and advertising the existing programs at parks etc.that a lot of folks don't know exist, gang issues, crime issues, out of control ethnic celebrations, etc. are all discussed at meetings and forums of this new neighborhood group: "Belmont-Cragin-United" They generally have monthly meetings at the Portage/Cragin Library. Here's their Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/pages/Belmont-Cragin-United/264526150416608

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Ald. Reboyras (29th) seeking opinion on medical marijuana dispensaries

Received an email from Ald. Ariel Reboyras's office saying that he had been approached by people interested in opening up medical marijuana dispensaries in the 29th ward, and so he is seeking feedback from constituents. From the email:

"To date, I have been approached by representatives looking to open up a dispensary in the 30th Ward's Avondale and Portage Park communities. I would like to hear your thoughts and views regarding this topic. Your support in providing me your insights by Friday, September 19th would be greatly appreciated. You can either email me at ward30@cityofchicago.org, or contact my office at 773.794.3095."

  • Isnt he the 30th ward alderman? why would he be concerned with the 29th ward?

  • Nevermind. email says 30th but you wrote 29th. In any case, what laws or city ordinances apply to dispensaries? anyone know?

  • Pat Belmont Central homeowner

    Oh yeah, you're right. Sorry for the confusion. Just replace 29th with 30th above.

    Silly Everyblock won't let me delete or edit my post, of course.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

How does this happen in America!!!

This story was shared by a coworker this morning. A mother that is doomed to die due to her illegal status. Her children will have no home or a place once she is gone. Her children are half Mexican and half Puerto Rican and father absent due to her disease... Unfuckenbelievable!!! Please help Mari with any donations or please attend Sept 21 at 12pm for a gathering on her behalf. Mari is currently being evicted because she is in her last stages of cancer and cannot work. All I can think about is what happens to the kids!!! Jesus!

  • This is truly sad, does she have other family members they might be able to stay with??

  • MakeChicagoSafe Please keep our Chicago Safe

    I have no idea but I have started acquiring more information about this unfortunate woman. There really needs to be better laws put in place to protect and secure children. I know I can't save the world but if I can make a difference in any child's life I want to. And as far as the father living somewhere in Humboldt park with his new girlfriend, he should be thrown in prison for being a dead beat!!!

  • I'm sorry, but I really doubt she is doomed to die because she is undocumented like you said. But her and the children getting evicted, not having the money for rent is due to her undocumented status since if she was documented could get TANF which would help some, but...

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    I'm sorry, but I really doubt she is doomed to die because she is undocumented like you said. But her and the children getting evicted, not having the money for rent is due to her undocumented status since if she was documented could get TANF which would help some, but probably still not be enough to live on.

    Re. there should be better laws to protect and secure children. There are, but the father doesn't seem to want to take responsibility and no law in heaven or earth can make him take responsibility. Actually, since he is Puerto Rican, she could have gone to one of those free legal clinics to have his wages garnished for child support. Yes, I know, too late now, but one shouldn't wait til one's roof is falling down to get a scum bag to take responsibility. It's not that I don't have empathy, have a ton of it, but.... . Maybe I'll go to that fundraiser. .

5 days ago

St. Genevieve School Rummage Sale!

Hi there neighbors, St. Genevieve School is hosting a rummage sale this Sunday! Please come and shop around or purchase a table to sell your own gently used unwanted items.

4835 W. Altgeld Chicago, IL 60639

RUMMAGE SALE BY THE STG PARENT ASSOCIATION
The St. Gen's Parents Association is having a rummage sale this upcoming Sunday, September 21st in Maher Hall. You can purchase a table for $40. That includes a $20 deposit that you will get back when your...

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Hi there neighbors, St. Genevieve School is hosting a rummage sale this Sunday! Please come and shop around or purchase a table to sell your own gently used unwanted items.

4835 W. Altgeld Chicago, IL 60639

RUMMAGE SALE BY THE STG PARENT ASSOCIATION
The St. Gen's Parents Association is having a rummage sale this upcoming Sunday, September 21st in Maher Hall. You can purchase a table for $40. That includes a $20 deposit that you will get back when your space is cleaned at the end of the sale. Any profit you make at your table is yours!!!

STG Parent's Association will be selling snacks and drinks.
The doors will open at 7a.m to set up and the sale will begin at 8:00am
The rummage sale will close at 3:00p.m.
If you are interested please contact us at parentassoc@stgschool.org to hold a spot for you!

Sep 14

Belmont-Cragin United meeting tomorrow, 09/15!

Community Organization of Belmont Cragin United (COB-CU) Meeting
Monday, September 15, 2014
6:30p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Portage Cragin Library
5108 W. Belmont

Aug 27

Updated Aug 29

Stealth mosquito spraying tonite

2 trucks just came by spraying for mosquitos. They sprayed so much you could see the cloud of vapor and the smell is still lingering in the house. I would have closed doors and windows if we had notice.
No notice from the Alderman and nothing on the city's website.

Aug 18

Hair help

Anyone know of a great hair stylist who is good at up do's. Need one for a Friday wedding, but at 7am. Mine may not be able to accommodate. Need a back up. Preferably Portage park or Jefferson park area.

Aug 15

Onward Neighborhood House's Food Pantry at St. Peter's Church

Onward Neighborhood House has opened a brand new, client-choice food pantry in collaboration with St. Peter's Church, 2805 N. Linder Avenue, in Chicago's Belmont Cragin neighborhood.

The pantry is open from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursdays, and provides healthy foods for people in that community.

Aug 12

Updated Aug 13

Zumba classes

Anyone know of any Zumba classes I'm able to join? I'm in Cragin and nothing ever going on around here 😞
Need to lose some weight 😣

  • I have never been to the Zumba on Cicero and Wrightwood. There is a huge Zumba sign on the 2nd floor of the building right at the light. I have also seen another Zumba place on Diversey and Kilbourn- it's a small place....

  • MakeChicagoSafe Please keep our Chicago Safe

    Thanks for all the information I'll look into them cause God knows I need too 😳

Aug 12

Updated Aug 13

Cragin

Cragin Park Advisory Council August 21 5:00 pm
Cragin del Consejo Asesor Agosto 21 5:00 pm

  • Marinewife 5 yrs in Cragin, Bungalow owner, CPS mom

    Hi! What is this?

  • Rita Barth Cragin Park Advisory Council President

    Cragin park 2611 Lockwood has a non profit advisory council. We meet spring to fall once a month with park supervisor and share any concerns about park. Hope that helps.

Aug 11

School Uniforms

Selling Brand New School Uniform Pants and Shorts {Girl size Khaki Color 7 and 8} please send me a message Selling them for $4.00 pants and Shorts $3.00 near Grand and Central cherries0069@yahoo.com
Thanks

Aug 11

Ofertas de Empleo

Esta es una lista de empleos en la zona de Belmont Cragin, Avondale, Jefferson Park, Irving Park, Portage Park y alrededores. favor compartir con vecinos, amigos y familiares:

http://goo.gl/AzSPEV

Aug 11

Clases de ESL gratis en Northwest Community Church y Onward House

Registros para las clases de ESL gratis

Niveles 1 y 2 - Northwest Community Church
Niveles 3 y 4 - Onward House

Horarios: 9 am a 1 pm en las mañanas - 6 - 8 pm en las tardes

Fechas de registro y examanes: 25 de agosto a las 6 pm y 3 de septiembre a las 6 pm. Los registros seran en la Iglesia Northwest: 5318 W Diversey ave.

Traer: ID y un recibo con su nombre y direccion. Estar preparados para 2 horas de incripcion, registro y examen.

Para GED registrarse en Wright College y pedir quedar en la lista de Onward House

Aug 07

Updated Aug 08

Best prices to Morelia Mexico

Anyone know where I can purchase tickets to fly to Mexico at good prices?
Leaving this weekend returning the 18th. It's an emergency 😔

Aug 04

Upcoming Events in the 30th Ward

Via Ald. Reboyras's newsletter:

11th Annual Back to School Health Fair - August 21, 2014
FREE school immunizations, dental exams and more
http://www.30thwardchicago.com/event/11th-annual-school-health-fair/

Town Hall Meeting - August 27, 2014
Talk with City Departments on issues and work going on in the area.
http://www.30thwardchicago.com/event/town-hall-meeting-2/

Movie in the Park - Saturday - September 13, 2014
IRON MAN 3, at Chopin Park
http://www.30thwardchicago.com/event/iron-man-3-movie-park/

Looking for employment with the City of Chicago?
You can apply by going to the website with the link below.
https://chicago.taleo.net/careersection/100/jobsearch/ftl

Jul 27

Are You Entrepreneurial But Have Limited Funds?

the weather's been fine but how about your work-days? Been a drag? Been a grind? Been stressful? How about your financial outlook for the next few years- see any chance for improvement or change? Or are you a stay-at-home mom looking for income while you raise your children in the home?
Come spend an hour with me at the local library to learn about how you can take control of your future with a successful team who will teach you...

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the weather's been fine but how about your work-days? Been a drag? Been a grind? Been stressful? How about your financial outlook for the next few years- see any chance for improvement or change? Or are you a stay-at-home mom looking for income while you raise your children in the home?
Come spend an hour with me at the local library to learn about how you can take control of your future with a successful team who will teach you how you can build your own business on the side as you continue with your day job (for now)- but eventually be able to quit and be the entrepreneur that you've always wanted to be but didn't have the funds to do it.
You can start part-time and have fun with us as you learn all skills you need.
In the meantime, think about some of your present challenges you'd like to change...write them down (too much stress, too many hours, not enough pay, not enough energy and good health for your retirement years!) You may come up with alot of them. We'll prioritize them and work on 'em together.
Maya Angelou (God rest her soul) said, "Any person who tries to improve their world has courage and they are heros!"
Sincerely, Canigan Intl, 847-826-1121

Jul 21

Updated Jul 25

Bungalow chimney advice/recommendation

Hello Belmont-Cragin neighbors!

My husband and I bought our bungalow back in January and at the time we noticed the chimney, which is painted, looked as if it was peeling or flaking. Our home inspector said it was probably due to the house needing a new roof and chimney flashings. We had the roof and flashings replaced in April and the roofer said he thinks the chimney looks the way it does because of moisture pushing through the bricks from the inside as the boiler and got water heater vent through it.

2 questions:
Has anyone had this happen in their home, especially if you love in a bungalow?

Can anyone recommend a chimney expert/repair guy?

Thanks!

  • hkl Belmont-Cragin homeowner

    Will do Lujan.

  • Thank you, hkl. Be careful with whatever company you go with. Even being on Angie's List doesn't mean as much as people think.

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