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Street Sweeping Season Begins Wednesday--Schedule for April 1 through May 18 Posted

Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

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Street sweeping season begins officially Wednesday, April 1st. Though the 49th Ward street sweeper is already out cleaning the streets as weather permits, today marks the first day this year that the city will post the bright orange "no parking" street sweeping signs on residential streets.

To view a map of the 49th Ward street sweeping areas and a schedule for April 1st through May 18th, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/street-sweeping/.

Each residential street in the 49th Ward is swept approximately once a month. Residential street sweeping this year will continue until the end of November.

PLEASE NOTE: STREET SWEEPING WILL BE CARRIED OUT UNDER THE OLD WARD BOUNDARIES UNTIL MAY 18TH.

Following the start of the new city council term on Monday, May 18th, street sweeping will switch to the new ward boundaries. I will publish the schedule for May 19th through the end of November as soon as it becomes available.

Special note for those who live in the portion of the new 49th Ward that was once in the 40th Ward: Your streets will be swept by the 40th Ward on April 1st 2nd, 3rd and 6th. For the precise days your street will be swept, visit Alderman Patrick O'Connor's web site at

http://www.aldermanoconnor.com/street-sweeping/2014-street-sweeping-schedule-for-40th-ward/

Also please note, our commercial streets, and Ravenswood and Glenwood along the CTA and Metra embankments, are posted with permanent street cleaning signs and swept once or twice a week.

How can you help? Remind your neighbors to move their cars on street sweeping days. Refrain from blowing or raking leaves or other debris into the streets. Pick up litter along the curb rather than leaving it for the street sweepers. Our street sweeper vehicles are slowed down by large volumes of leaves and litter. The more cooperation we have from community residents, the more effectively we can sweep your street.

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Former Mayoral Candidate Bob Fioretti Endorses Rahm for Re-Election

Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

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Here's what he said:

“The city's finances are a serious problem. It’s grave, and I don’t believe Mr. Garcia is ready to deal with the problems this city faces on the financial front. I don’t think he’s demonstrated it on the campaign trail, during the debates and especially with his call for a commission to study the city’s financial problems.”

Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-fioretti-endorses-emanuel-20150329-story.html

“We need a mayor that can dive in, rather than a mayor that wants to create a commission to look at the problem that his supporters say does not exist. The mayor and I disagree on many issues. . . . My endorsement is about which of these two candidates is ready and able to take on the tough financial challenges this city faces. For me, that candidate is Rahm.”

Chicago Sun-Times

http://chicago.suntimes.com/chicago-politics/7/71/477945/ald-bob-fioretti-endorsing-rahm-emanuel-mayor?utm_source=Chicago+Sun-Times&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&ID=333567_BREAKING+NEWS%3a+Fioretti+endorses+Emanuel+in+runoff+for+mayor&dm_i=2JCP,75DR,2HTMZ9,FRAE,1

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    I find it more than a little ironic that the Rahm haters exalted Bob Fioretti as one of the "true independent progressives in the City Council" when he supported their narrative, but as soon as he departs from their orthodoxy, they throw him under the proverbial bus.

  • daveP been around awhile

    Wow, a politician getting a payoff to support another politician.

    breaking news!

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  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    From the article, "... Charles Thomas asked if Mayor Emanuel would help the alderman pay off his campaign debt ... he said that's a possibility."

3 days ago

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The final two weeks, volunteer to GOTV for Chuy Garcia!

Greetings fellow West Rogers Park Neighbors,

This election has begun! April 7th is less than two weeks away but we are at the start of Early Voting.

While I urge each and everyone of you to go out and vote early for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and urge friends and family to do the same, it is just as important to get out the vote in the surrounding NE region.

If you are a supporters, I ask each of you to...

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Greetings fellow West Rogers Park Neighbors,

This election has begun! April 7th is less than two weeks away but we are at the start of Early Voting.

While I urge each and everyone of you to go out and vote early for Jesus "Chuy" Garcia and urge friends and family to do the same, it is just as important to get out the vote in the surrounding NE region.

If you are a supporters, I ask each of you to contribute some volunteer time during Early Voting and on GOTV Weekend to help turnout supporters and bring undecided voters towards Chuy!

We are located at 1144 W Wilson Ave right across from Truman College. You can vote early there and stop by right across the street to volunteer!

Some suggestions below:

-Join us daily to speak to supporters to urge them to Early Vote using our Predictive Hub Dialing system.
-Join us the weekend of March 28/29 and April 4/5 to canvass the local neighborhoods or make phone calls.

While these are just suggestions, you can join us any day of the week from 10am-8pm!

Some of you have already committed time, some have yet not.

Please let us know:

Date(s) you can come in:
Time(s) on those days that you can come in:
Whether you prefer to phonebank/canvass

Contact ahmed@chicagoforchuy.com or 773-800-0159 and leave a message with the above information.

In Solidarity!

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    Robin, I think that there might be validity to your statement. The caveat is that some are much worse than others.

  • Essam Your Neighbor

    Hey Ahmed, since you were working so closely on the Fioretti campaign , now that he has endorsed Rahm, what are your thoughts? It's important for me to understand the dynamics at play since you are now actively supporting Gracia. Is it more, anyone but Rahm than anything else? It's crunch time now, I can't wait to hear your take.

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Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council cited among best in the city

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city....

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The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

The Chicago Park District named the Indian Boundary Park Advisory Council one of the top advisory councils among the 600-plus parks in the city.

I'm proud to be a member, along with Leta Dally president, Valeri Vanourek, secretary, and vice presidents Karen Vanourek and Dawn McNeal, plus member stalwarts Daniel Ebel, Jane Pranga and Michele Miller.

Membership in the council is open to all. Check us out here:

www.indianboundaryparkadvisorycouncil.org

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Congratulations. It's unfortunate that the Chicago Park District does not publicize good news like this. It's not even listed in the News section of the Park District's home page on the web. They have not even publicized Governor Rauner's freezing of State grants that will affect a total of 27...

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    Congratulations. It's unfortunate that the Chicago Park District does not publicize good news like this. It's not even listed in the News section of the Park District's home page on the web. They have not even publicized Governor Rauner's freezing of State grants that will affect a total of 27 Chicago projects at 25 parks across Chicago which stand to lose $28 million for scheduled improvements. “The Governor talks about a shared sacrifice, but his budget and decisions to freeze previously awarded grants ask the children and families of Chicago to do all of the sacrificing,” said Mayor Emanuel.

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

    The council has done a great job maintaining the park and field house...Congrats!

  • Essam Your Neighbor

    Congratulations!

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ISO good handyman for WRP area

Anybody know a good handyman to service our area?

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Water Bill for 2 Flat Home, urgent question!

Hello all, my father owns a 2 flat home, non metered account. His last bill was charged over $900 for 6 months. Does this sound about right?? (2 floors, $490 for water, $480 for sewer usage). We are trying to figure out what other homeowners are paying for 2 flat or 2 floor 25' homes. We are considering installing a meter, and most likely will

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    I called the water department. I was told I have a leaky toilet or faucet, and that it was recorded by the meter reader last September. I was never informed. The water department has a way of determining leaks, but no process in place to inform the owner of the finding. At least now I know and can do something about it. Thank you, neighbors!

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    How can the homeowner not be informed? "No process in place" means that the job of follow-up has not been specifically assigned. We can no longer expect workers to use common sense in things like this. Instead the city keeps the info on file in case the owner gets an unexpectedly large bill and calls about it. The city that works doesn't anymore.

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Do TIFs Rob Our Schools and Enrich Downtown Developers?

Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks...

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Tax Increment Financing (or "TIF") is the favorite target of many commentators and aspiring politicians. TIFs, they argue, deprive our schools of desperately needed money and line the pockets of politically connected downtown developers. Empty out the TIF accounts, they proclaim, and all our budgetary woes would be solved.

Crain's Chicago Business columnist, Greg Hinz, who got his start in Rogers Park as a reporter for the old Lerner News Star, just wrote an excellent piece on TIFs that debunks those myths and sets the record straight on TIFs.

It's must reading for anyone who wants a clear understanding of how TIFs operate and a reality check for those who see TIFs as some evil enterprise or view them as a panacea for solving our fiscal crisis.

Below is a link to the article:

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20150314/ISSUE05/150319867/the-demagogues-are-wrong-about-tifs

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Keep up the useless silly talk about TIFS but continue to ignore the unfunded pension debt of nearly $30 billion. Your twisted priorities are what is truly awe-inspiring.

  • Bill in Rogers Park Rogers Parker - co-founder of Glenwood Neighbors

    Hyperbole is not conducive to healthy debate.

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ISO good optometrist in WRP area or nearby

Can anyone recommend a good optometrist for the area? Thanks in advance!

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Last Chance to Check Out Projects Proposed for Participatory Budgeting

Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

This is the next step in my "Participatory Budgeting" process that gives 49th...

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Tomorrow is your last chance to provide your comments and suggestions on the proposed neighborhood improvement projects that will be put to a vote of the entire 49th Ward community in April.

Join us for a Project Expo TOMORROW (Saturday, March 28th), 10:00 a.m., at the Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland). Free parking is available in the lot just north of the fieldhouse.

This is the next step in my "Participatory Budgeting" process that gives 49th Ward residents the power to decide directly how to spend the Ward's $1 million of the ward's "menu money"--discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

You will hear from five volunteer committees about projects they're proposing to be placed on the election ballot on Saturday, April 25th. You'll then have an opportunity to offer your feedback and suggestions on the proposed ideas.

For more information about participatory budgeting and how the process works in the 49th Ward, visit the Participatory Budgeting page on my web site:

http://www.ward49.com/participatory-budgeting/

The 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Leadership Committee, the Community Representatives and I look forward to hearing your input tomorrow.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Mark your calendar for the upcoming 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting Election Day. Vote for your favorite 49th Ward infrastructure projects at the Voting Assembly, Saturday, April 25th, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., at the Chicago Math and Science Academy, 7212 N. Clark St. (just south of the firehouse).

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Bump

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Thanks, Helen!

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Alderman Joe Moore's Follow Me on Friday to Pita Pit and BMO Harris "Smart Branch"

It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out...

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It's a Follow Me on Friday twofer! This Friday evening, I will be hanging out at two businesses that just opened next door to each other--Pita Pit and BMO Harris Bank. They are occupying two of the three storefronts in Loyola University's new apartment building, located just steps from the Loyola Red Line station.

Join me this Friday, March 27th, from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., at 6556-58 N. Sheridan. Grab a complimentary pita at Pita Pit and check out the fun, casual atmosphere at the chain's newest restaurant. Then head next door and enjoy some beer, wine and soft drinks courtesy of BMO Harris while exploring the bank's "smart" new features.

Pita Pit's manager, Manny Valdes (left), will make sure you are well taken care of with made-to-order pitas. It's a fresh, healthy alternative to fast food, which explains Pita Pit's motto: "fresh thinking, healthy eating."

At Pita Pit you will find more combinations of meats, veggies, cheeses and sauces than anywhere else. Manny claims Pita Pit offers "over a trillion possible pita combinations." Though that may be a tiny bit of an exaggeration, there's no question that Pita Pit's selection of ingredients is quite enormous.

After enjoying your pita, head next door for some drinks at the new BMO Harris Smart Branch (see photo below), where branch manager Jose Garcia will show you the bank's Mobile Cash system, a new technology that allows consumers to video chat with bank tellers and withdraw money from an ATM using their smartphone.

The card-less ATMs allow customers to prepare a transition before arriving to the bank. Users enter the amount they want withdrawn in the BMO Harris app, and then hold up the given QR code to the smartphone reader at the ATM to receive their funds. The transaction takes about 15 seconds, roughly a third of the time it takes for a card withdrawal.

Come see for yourself this amazing new technology.

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    "Follow Me on Friday" is one of my efforts to encourage my constituents to sample some of the 49th Ward's finest restaurants, pubs and businesses. Each week on my Facebook page, I post the name and location of a local restaurant, pub or business where I'll be hanging out after work on Friday. The establishment offers specials for all my Facebook followers and their friends. It's a great opportunity for you to check out one of the fine local 49th Ward businesses you may not have visited before.

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Amazing assortment of choices at Pita Pit. There was a great turnout and everyone I talked to praised the food. Vegetarians will find plenty to eat here as well.

2 days ago

Eater Tastings: Most Anticipated Spring Openings; Chicago's Cat Cafe; More

WEST ROGERS PARK—Chicago is finally getting one of the biggest trends in the nation—a cat cafe where people will be able to drink coffee, eat snacks, and hang out with cats. It'll be in the upcoming new Tree House Humane Society at 7225 N. Western.

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West Rogers Park: Shots fired in neighborhood again--only ten days apart from first.

Good morning neighbors,

Around 4:20 AM on March 27th, shots were heard by Warren Park, near Arthur and Hamilton Avenues. These have come only ten days since the last incident, where several neighbors in the area saw/heard shots followed by a car leaving the scene.

So far, (thankfully) no injuries have been reported.

My whole family was abruptly awoken by the shots, which were very close to our building (we live right by one of the entrances to Warren Park)....

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Good morning neighbors,

Around 4:20 AM on March 27th, shots were heard by Warren Park, near Arthur and Hamilton Avenues. These have come only ten days since the last incident, where several neighbors in the area saw/heard shots followed by a car leaving the scene.

So far, (thankfully) no injuries have been reported.

My whole family was abruptly awoken by the shots, which were very close to our building (we live right by one of the entrances to Warren Park). We did not see anything suspicious, but more than eight shots were clearly heard.

About eight minutes later, we saw police cars patrolling the area.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I have lived in the same place for more than seven years and this is the first time that we have noticed an increase in such activity/occurrences.

I have attended past CAPS meetings and while the police do encourage for positive loitering group formation and community patrolling, only so much can be done when half of the neighborhood's residents are sound asleep.

I know many fellow neighbors begin their work day as early as 4:00 AM and I would hate to think that one of them gets hurt while these unnecessary acts of violence are taking place right outside our homes.

Has anyone else heard/seen anything suspicious during these past few weeks?

I am definitely attending the next CAPS meeting to find out what exactly is going on (hopefully police have some idea).

4 days ago

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Two sweet cats need foster home

A neighbor lost her apartment this morning and rather than allow her two cats to be taken by animal control, I took them in. However I have my own cats and can't keep them. I am contacting all the various rescues but thought I wouls see if anyone would foster these two sweeties until my neighbor gets back on her feet. Thanks.

  • Mary, One male, one female. Eight and twelve yeats old. Front paw declawed.

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community development

have been away for a couple weeks. wondering what happened with the hospital linen business that was going to be developed ridge/devon? was that contingient on that woman who's name I can not remember being alderman? haven't really heard about it again.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Mary, Zehra Quadri's plans were not contingent on her becoming alderman. I don't know where you got the Ridge/Devon location; none was specified. She is looking at various locations around the ward. Her first priority at the moment is the opening of the commercial test kitchen at her community resource...

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    Mary, Zehra Quadri's plans were not contingent on her becoming alderman. I don't know where you got the Ridge/Devon location; none was specified. She is looking at various locations around the ward. Her first priority at the moment is the opening of the commercial test kitchen at her community resource center, ZAM's Hope, on Arteesian. She's preparing for a zoning change hearing to make that a reality. In the meantime, she is also working on the textile business. It requires export licensing and other government paperwork that\s time-consuming, but, as originally stated, the textile business will become a realty later this year. Thanks much for your interest!

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    think I read that on EB during the election. thanks for the update.

  • Cityboy Couch miner in Rogers park for 67 years

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20th & 24th District Police Blotter, Week of March 25-31

The customer had gone to the station at 7130 N. Western Ave. around 3 a.m. and stated that he needed a break light replaced, according to...

The man, who lives on the 7400 block of N. Claremont Ave, told officers on March 13 that H&R Block had called to say the tax forms he’d filed were being rejected because his taxes had already been filed and a refund was determined. The amount of the expected refund was not specified.  

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The shooting took place on the 2200 block of W. Winnemac Ave. and involved approximately five male Hispanics, witnesses said. The man that was killed resided on...

Quentin J. Sykes, 31, of the 1700 block of W. Pratt Blvd., did not have a FOID card or a license to conceal-and-carry. In addition, the handgun had not been registered with the state, police said. 

Sykes had been stopped in the 6800 block of N. Clark St. around midnight for driving with expired license-plate tags. When an officer asked about the...

The driver, 48, recovered the gun as the thief ran from the fight on the 2000 block of W. Birchwood Ave. and presented it to officers who’d responded to the robbery call. 

...the items inventoried by police were: U.S. mail addressed to a woman in the 3700 block of Wayne; a box delivered to a resident of the 3000 block of Sheffield; Moen bathroom fixtures...

...woman in the 3700 block of Wayne; a box delivered to a resident of the 3000 block of Sheffield; Moen bathroom fixtures; individually-wrapped shirts; blankets; a Britax car seat travel bag; a collection...

The victim—who was hit in the left arm and upper-left abdomen while walking in the 1600 block of W. Juneway Terrace—was a known Gangster Disciple who lived on the block, according to police. There was no word on his condition at the time of publication. 

...said the 48-year-old man charged with aggravated battery returned several times to the 1200 block of Morse and continued ramming the victim’s vehicle. The victim, whose car was being steadily demolished...

Rogers Park police arrested two admitted gang members March 15 for multiple offenses after stopping their vehicle for failing to signal on the 6300 block of Ridge Blvd.  

Bail for Sanchez and Del Valle is set at $250,000 and $150,000 respectively. Both list Uptown addresses in the 800 block of Wilson.

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Peoples Gas-save energy costs

If you live in an older house, it's likely that you've seen some pretty high bills for heating and gas. Check out the free energy saving installation services from People's Gas/ComEd: http://www.peoplesgasdelivery.com/home/rebates_direct.aspx
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Mar 11

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Devon-McCormick Redevelopment

I attended last night's meeting on redevelopment of the southeast corner at Devon and McCormick. The proposal is simple: In exchange for green space where the parking lot now stands, a developer proposes to tear down the theater and car wash and build a 3-story storage facility. The key to the project is the green space. The developer won't go ahead without it. Once the asphalt is torn up and replaced by turf, the deal would close in 45 days...

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I attended last night's meeting on redevelopment of the southeast corner at Devon and McCormick. The proposal is simple: In exchange for green space where the parking lot now stands, a developer proposes to tear down the theater and car wash and build a 3-story storage facility. The key to the project is the green space. The developer won't go ahead without it. Once the asphalt is torn up and replaced by turf, the deal would close in 45 days and demolition would begin.

Many at the meeting feel that only a business with no need for parking can be built at what is referred to as the "gateway" to West Ridge. Although redeveloping the theater as a cultural center was also proposed, representatives of the property owner were not interested.

The feeling of many at the meeting is that anything is better than what's there now--two buildings that the owner has neglected, that have attracted taggers and other criminals (the buildings have been broken into) and that have become an eyesore. There was equal feeling that we can do better than a storage facility. The site has been in this state for years. I think a few more weeks of community input won't hurt.

JCCWRP leaders are meeting with Chicago Park District officials later this week to discuss the park district's taking over management of the green space. If CPD declines, the community through one of its neighbor organizations could assume responsibility. There are many unanswered questions.

It's important that a much larger cross-section of the community attend the next meeting. This is close to being a done deal. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is ready to tear up the asphalt ASAP. Once that's done, the community has no say in the project.

Another meeting will be scheduled. A fuller explanation of what happened is on my blog.

4 days ago

New place to order delivery??

What is your favorite delivery place in RP?
I am looking for lunch . Sadly the only Matzo ball soup delivery has a $25 delivery minimum. :(

5 days ago

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Sun-Times Praises Sullivan High School's Restorative Justice Program

Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90...

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Sullivan High School and its dynamic new principal, Chad Adams, won high praise today from the Chicago Sun-Times for the school's innovative Restorative Justice Program.

Rather than kicking troubled kids out of school, the program helps students take responsibility for their actions and make amends to the individuals they harmed.

The results: out-of-school suspensions at Sullivan are down 73 percent, incidents of misconduct have dropped 45 percent and average daily attendance increased from 80 percent two years ago to 90 percent today.

The Sun-Times editorial calls upon the Chicago Public Schools to follow Sullivan's lead in a program that focuses on changing behavior, rather than simply punishing behavior.

Congratulations to Principal Adams and the teachers, staff and students at Sullivan. Job well done!

Here's a link to the Sun-Times editorial:

http://chicago.suntimes.com/news/7/71/466884/editorial-cps-discipline-2

  • Steady Eddie quick on the drawl

    Congratulations are in order for students, staff and administration.

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Shots Fired 12:30 AM West Rogers Park

Around 12:30 AM, five shots were fired at the corner of west Arthur Ave. and North Hamilton Ave. About a minute later, a man in a dark hoodie ran and entered a car and sped away east on Arthur. Several minutes later cops arrived and started looking for bullet casings. After 40 minutes, it seems that the cops were unsuccessful, but are continuing to patrol the area. I'm wondering what (or who) the intended target was-- since the direction of...

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Around 12:30 AM, five shots were fired at the corner of west Arthur Ave. and North Hamilton Ave. About a minute later, a man in a dark hoodie ran and entered a car and sped away east on Arthur. Several minutes later cops arrived and started looking for bullet casings. After 40 minutes, it seems that the cops were unsuccessful, but are continuing to patrol the area. I'm wondering what (or who) the intended target was-- since the direction of the shots are still not identified.

I've been living in the area for 8 years and I've only witnessed one drive by shooting (same intersection, actually-- five years ago). The intended target was a rival gang member walking his dog who was injured but got away in a separate car.

Has anyone else in the area noticed any increase in violence and shootings that go unreported by the media?

With the lack of parking in the area, I am always making rounds trying to find parking after work around 12:30. The fact that this happened right on my block, when neighbors are walking their dog or walking home-- is unsettling.

  • Alexandru Vasile Luca seeley and Jarvis

    Hey Robin, if you told me the sky was orange I would believe you bc it is the truth. The sky does turn orange when the sun sets bc of the position of the sun? So what's your point? My point is that non for profit community organizations such as CAPS should be run by people whose first interest is he community and neighborhood and crime prevention, not Chhhhhaaaaashhhh Maaahhhhneyyyy.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Mr. Luca - who do think runs CAPS? And who is Chash Mahney?

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Mar 21

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Find out what's Proposed for this Year's Participatory Budgeting Election Ballot

If you've been a 49th Ward resident for a while, you know that I employ a process called "participatory budgeting." Known as "PB49," this process gives the residents of my ward the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the Ward's "menu money," discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

I invite you to attend one of the upcoming PB49 PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects...

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If you've been a 49th Ward resident for a while, you know that I employ a process called "participatory budgeting." Known as "PB49," this process gives the residents of my ward the power to decide directly how to spend $1 million of the Ward's "menu money," discretionary funds received annually by each Chicago alderman for infrastructure improvements in their wards.

I invite you to attend one of the upcoming PB49 PROJECT EXPOS to learn about the proposed neighborhood improvement projects for this year and provide your feedback. The project proposals have been put together by neighborhood volunteers, who've been working hard the last five months researching and crafting the proposals for your consideration.

You need only go to one of the Expos. The dates, times and locations of the Expos are as follows:

Tuesday, March 24th, 7:00 p.m., Sullivan High School, 6631 N. Bosworth (between North Shore and Albion).

Saturday, March 28th, 10:00 a.m., Willye White Park Fieldhouse, 1610 W. Howard (at Ashland).

For more information about on the PB process and Expos, visit:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/157561_322.htm

  • Joe Moore Alderman, 49th Ward

    Don't forget to stop by tonight and find out what your neighbors are proposing for this years's participatory budgeting election.

6 days ago

20th & 24th District Police Blotter

The customer had gone to the station at 7130 N. Western Ave. around 3 a.m. and stated that he needed a break light replaced, according to...

The man, who lives on the 7400 block of N. Claremont Ave, told officers on March 13 that H&R Block had called to say the tax forms he’d filed were being rejected because his taxes had already been filed and a refund was determined. The amount of the expected refund was not specified.  

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The shooting took place on the 2200 block of W. Winnemac Ave. and involved approximately five male Hispanics, witnesses said. The man that was killed resided on...

Quentin J. Sykes, 31, of the 1700 block of W. Pratt Blvd., did not have a FOID card or a license to conceal-and-carry. In addition, the handgun had not been registered with the state, police said. 

Sykes had been stopped in the 6800 block of N. Clark St. around midnight for driving with expired license-plate tags. When an officer asked about the...

The driver, 48, recovered the gun as the thief ran from the fight on the 2000 block of W. Birchwood Ave. and presented it to officers who’d responded to the robbery call. 

...the items inventoried by police were: U.S. mail addressed to a woman in the 3700 block of Wayne; a box delivered to a resident of the 3000 block of Sheffield; Moen bathroom fixtures...

...woman in the 3700 block of Wayne; a box delivered to a resident of the 3000 block of Sheffield; Moen bathroom fixtures; individually-wrapped shirts; blankets; a Britax car seat travel bag; a collection...

The victim—who was hit in the left arm and upper-left abdomen while walking in the 1600 block of W. Juneway Terrace—was a known Gangster Disciple who lived on the block, according to police. There was no word on his condition at the time of publication. 

...said the 48-year-old man charged with aggravated battery returned several times to the 1200 block of Morse and continued ramming the victim’s vehicle. The victim, whose car was being steadily demolished...

Rogers Park police arrested two admitted gang members March 15 for multiple offenses after stopping their vehicle for failing to signal on the 6300 block of Ridge Blvd.  

Bail for Sanchez and Del Valle is set at $250,000 and $150,000 respectively. Both list Uptown addresses in the 800 block of Wilson.

Mar 20

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$7 Million Cat Shelter Construction To Break Ground Next Month

After a half decade of gathering input, searching for donors and perfecting designs, organizers are preparing to begin construction at the group’s new 15,000-square-foot location at 7225 N. Western Ave.

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Tree House Humane Society, 1212 W. Carmen Ave., has, over the years since it opened in 1971, cared for some 35,000 cats and small critters.

...was to add on to the organization's high-volume spay-and-neuter clinic at 1626 N. Ashland Ave. But after an anonymous donor offered land at the Western Avenue location, along with a...

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Tree House Humane Society, a no-kill cat shelter headquartered in Uptown, announced it will break ground next month on a new, expanded facility in Rogers Park (7225 N. Western Ave.) that will feature a cat cafe.

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Chicago's first cat cafe is in the works

Tree House Humane Society, a no-kill cat shelter headquartered in Uptown, announced it will break ground next month on a new, expanded facility in Rogers Park (7225 N. Western Ave.) that will feature a cat cafe.

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Mar 23

Drink Your Caffeine With Cats: Chicago's First Cat Cafe on the Horizon

...part of a new location of Tree House Humane Society and Veterinary Clinic heading to 7225 N. Western Ave. in West Rogers Park. Groundbreaking on the $7 million facility could happen in April, DNAinfo...

Mar 22

Come to the St. Baldrick's Event TODAY at Jarvis Square and Help Kids with Cancer

If you're looking for a fun activity today, I have just the event for you. And you can help a worthy cause at the same time.

R Public House is hosting its fourth annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event at Jarvis Square TODAY (Sunday March 22nd), 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The event helps raise money and awareness for research and treatments for kids battling childhood cancer.

Sean Kelly, has put together a team of folks who have agreed to...

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If you're looking for a fun activity today, I have just the event for you. And you can help a worthy cause at the same time.

R Public House is hosting its fourth annual St. Baldrick's Head Shaving Event at Jarvis Square TODAY (Sunday March 22nd), 12:00 noon to 6:00 p.m. The event helps raise money and awareness for research and treatments for kids battling childhood cancer.

Sean Kelly, has put together a team of folks who have agreed to shave their heads to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause.

Look for the heated tent on Jarvis just west of Greenview. Plenty of music, food and refreshments will be available

It's not too late to volunteer as a shavee or simply donate to the cause, visit:

https://www.stbaldricks.org/teams/mypage/96715/2015

To find out more about the St. Baldrick's foundation and the wonderful work they do on behalf of children with cancer, visit:

http://www.stbaldricks.org/

I hope to see you there.

Mar 22

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