Oct 17

Updated 6 min ago

Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development

The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner....

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The Hispanic Housing Development Corporation together with the Norweigan-American Hospital Inc. has sent in an application for a change in zoning to build a hugh 60 feet high 4 story, 49 unit building in the middle of the neighborhood. If the hospital does this to one of its properties it can do it to other areas as well and the entire neighborhood will be blocked by huge unsightly buildings. This will bring down the property values for every property owner. This company is, also, responsible for other ugly buildings in Humboldt Park.

The property is located at 1045 N Sacramento Avenue, 1049 N Francisco Ave. The building will include 49 affordable dwelling units, tenant ancilliary areas such as recreation areas and library as well as 42 exterior parking spaces. They want to change the zoning from 2 story houses and create this huge complex instead. I see this as a big problem.

The way to fight this rezoning is described in the following websites:

http://www.useful-community-development.org/re-zoning-opposition.html
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate law/zoning/proposed_rezoning_change.htm
http://real-estate-law.freeadvice.com/real-estate-law/zoning/object_neighbor_zoning.htm

Let's keep this discussion ongoing on this site until this is resolved. Please tell others.

  • Please include anyone who can make it. Again Tuesday, 6:00 p.m. Continental
    2nd floor

    I will try to draft some document containing issues previously raised by all on this and other threads so that the discussion is focused. Because it is the first meeting it will be important for HP neighbors to introduce themselves. I will take notes.

  • Ang Resident Loving the Park

    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units...

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    City dude, you asked about how many subsidized housing units within 250 ft. of the proposed new development. we have 3 organization working here:

    Bickerdike's Boulevard Apartments are on the same stretch just south of the proposed new development (about 300ft). "Boulevard Apartments: Three historic buildings which include 70 units make up this development, located on three sites along Humboldt Boulevard. This substantial rehabilitation project was completed in 1993."

    Bickerdike owns 3 more buildings east of Sacramento going down Augusta @ Richmond, @Mozart Street, @Francisco, these are also in that same range. So we are at 6 Bickerdike Apartment Buildings in this little corner. The area I am talking about is Sacramento to California/Chicago to Augusta( approx. 250-500ft from new developments). http://www.bickerdikemembership.org/properties

    Hispanic Housing (CHA ) properties in this same area consists of 10 scattered sites buildings with 38 units.

    We have Section 8 buildings in this same area. I don't know how to find out which is a section 8 building but I know a few(5 units) on the 800-900 block of Richmond street.

    So confirmed numbers are 108 units of subsidized housing in this little area. not counting section 8 and the Bickerdike Apartments on Augusta.

    Hope the numbers help

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Guy who walks around talking to himself, and when he sees me he calls me "White Trash"

Anybody seen or had an encounter with this guy, around the 1700 block of Spaulding? I believe he is Hispanic and in his 20's, and when confronted he starts to talk a bunch of $&it, even though he walks by me and calls me white trash. Its happened twice, and the second time I just let it go. I'm not really sure whats going on, and just wondered if anyone knew. I figured he's got some mental issues or something.

  • I would think about reporting him if you feel threatened but with crazy people that could make things worse...this is really hard to know what to do.

  • Brandon G Brewer. Engineer. Human.

    Thanks guys, I've studied a couple of disciplines of martial arts, I'm sure I'd be able to handle the situation, should it turn violent, but that doesn't mean that I want it to. The guy really doesn't seem mentally ill, I think he just likes to goat people. Either way, I try to steer clear of him, and would not care one bit if I ever saw him again.

2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Any affordable vets that will do shots vaccines n emergencies for seizures?

Hi recently just found out my dog has epilepsy. I'm a city college graduate kid working part time who just coughed up 3,000 for er(life savings) I want to know of a vet that will do shots vaccines n real emergency procedures without forcing me to go in debt n if possible make payments as Banfield dropped the ball :(

  • (I love my dog, too...)

  • PetSupplies Plus is having their monthly 'non-emergency' vet this Nov. 2nd (Sunday) from 1-2:30. I don't know if that will help. It is in the back area and the vet there was great, I thought. I kept my dog in the car until it was my turn as there was a line. Located at 3640 N. Elston (773) 583-2288. It was a good experience for me (and dog), but then I really like PetSuppliesPlus and this location. Maybe call and find out?.

2 hours ago

Actual Plans for Vetran Housing Development

Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click...

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Hi Neighbors,
I know there are multiple posts about the proposed development- instead of posting this link in each of them I hoped to consolidate the posts here so the conversation could be narrowly tailored to thoughts on the actual plan, and potential next steps/ recommendations we could submit. You can find the plan as a pdf attachment by using this url: https://chicago.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=1937901&GUID=B8D9CFC9-30B4-463F-8631-C5DF2B623332&Options=Advanced&Search=

Alternatively, you can find the application by going to the Chicago City Clerks Website: www.chicityclerk.com, then click on the legislation and records tab, filter search by the Intro Date: 10/8/14; and the Current Controlling Legislative Body (Committee on Zoning,Landmarks and Building Standards)

In regards to the public hearing, I initially heard conflicting information from Alderman Maldonado's office and the Department of Planning and Development. My current understanding is that the hearing was scheduled for committee on Zoning for November 13, 2014 at 10am. Because this is a planned development (PD 599) it must first be approved/recommended by the Planning Commission before it can be heard by Committee on Zoning. Once approved by the Planning Commission, it would likely pass zoning.

The hearings for the Planning Commission happen on the THIRD Thursday of the month at 10am in council chambers at City Hall. The Department of Planning and Development and the Clerk's website do not show it on a November Agenda. I heard second hand that the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation would likely try to get it on the December Agenda.

I'd also like to say that both Alderman Maldonato's office and the Department of Planning and Development were very responsive and helpful in clarifying the process.

26 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

More Subsidized Housing in Humboldt

Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls...

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Many of you may have seen this already but I wanted to post it so that people can comment. My first thought is that I have seen other articles that say the building will be 60 feet tall and 4 stories. If each floor is ten feet high, wouldn't that make the building 40 feet tall? Then I see the picture and it is 5 stories tall. Either way it is too tall for a residential street.

The article pulls at your heart strings by saying there are homeless veterans out there, but these are rentals. So how are the veterans that are homeless going to be able to rent here?

Also, it is being built once again by Hispanic Housing. Championed by the PR Agenda to shore up their voting base. Here it is

http://oururbantimes.com/health/new-affordable-housing-veterans-coming-west-town

  • And ownership will mysteriously transfer after a period of time, like it did on the SRO at the corner of Christiana and Division. If experience has any bearing, it will transfer ownership in 7 years.

    Imagine the wealth that can be built owning a 48 unit building and not having...

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    And ownership will mysteriously transfer after a period of time, like it did on the SRO at the corner of Christiana and Division. If experience has any bearing, it will transfer ownership in 7 years.

    Imagine the wealth that can be built owning a 48 unit building and not having to pay property taxes...

    And the "use" of the building is wide open for re-interpretation with the transfer of new ownership. Any contract, covenants, agreements and understandings you have with the original owner will be null & void.

    So it could be PR Veterans for 7 years, and then 5 stories of who knows what thereafter.

    Good luck with that. I have posted previously about what the SRO mentioned above has sustained in my neighborhood. While the current management seems to be quite a bit better than it was a year ago, there are still at least one founding member of the Latin Kings living there & selling drugs. He is good at what he does, and it is difficult for the cops to catch him.

    The grandson or nephew of this guy was hyped up and did about $10,000 worth of damage to one of my neighbors cars a few years ago. My neighbor was woken up by a phone call from another neighbor telling him that someone was breaking into his car.

    He came out to discover that the thieves had pried the trunk lid open to steal the spare tire. They were trying to fit the stolen spare onto their car. They also did extensive damage to the dashboard and interior trying to steal the radio and speakers which were all destroyed.

    The spare they stole didn't even fit their car.

    The police showed up, there was blood and fingerprint evidence everywhere, and after my neighbor pressed charges, this LK living in the SRO came over and threatened his life. The kid is serving the tail end of his 5 years, but we are not looking forward to his jail graduation party.

    Our tax dollars hard at work.

    Currently LUCHA owns it, and uses the address 3339 W. Division, as well as 1152-1158 N. Division.

  • Hispanic Housing Corporation does not discriminate. They serve everyone. I bought a house they built in Humboldt Park over twenty years ago and I am not Hispanic. Many of the people who bought houses they put up were not. There was never any question that we were eligible for housing. Please don't jump to conclusions about the behavior of organizations.

3 hours ago

Someday Is Closer Than You Think

For many people, Someday is an elusive day on the far-off horizon—always close enough to see, but too distant to touch. 

5 hours ago

If you lost keys on Humboldt Blvd...

Yesterday in the 1600 block, I have them. There are 3 keys & a Mariano's card on the key chain

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2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Division and Central Park / Grand Ave - Building

Does anyone know what they are doing with this building? I see they are adding trees to the parking lot, and maybe getting it ready to be re-surfaced. Just curious.

  • MANogueras HUMBOLDT PARK MAN

    A much needed addition to the area!

  • Taladrina humboldt park warrior

    Can not wait until they finish it. It will be $10 a month and $20 if you want to take the classes and be able to bring a friend. Their other locations has zumba classes. I cannot wait to cancel my Planet Fitness membership. That gym is horrible.

20 hours ago

Updated 16 hours ago

Western/Jackson Police Activity

Today in the morning, around 9:30 am, there were about 8 cop cars and multiple police officers on Jackson Ave (west of western). There is a park being built around there and the police were across the street surveying the empty lot. Anyone know what happened? I work at a school nearby and like to know what's going on in the neighborhood.

  • we need change CLEAN-UP THE CORNERS

    I hate to even drive through that corridor. It seems like there's at least one shooting there per week and usually during daytime/early evening. I just don't understand this city and how they allow such disruption to go on, unchecked.

3 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

3244 W. cortez Heavy car traffic and drug activity

Heavy car traffic at alley and drug dealing. New neighbors really hurting the peace and quiet of this neighborhood. Please call police and report so that its more than just a few people calling !!!

I need your help !!!
It was so quiet but someone rented to these people. And now we have loud noise, mechanic work, heavy car traffic and drug dealing. As well as lots of unwanted people in and out . Lets all call police, if we see this until they go elsewhere.

  • @rob, I'm in agreement. We've continually worked hard to make the Spaulding block a great place to live.

  • If you read my previous comments, I'm worried about my neighbors dealing. But thanks for the rude reply!

18 hours ago

Norvell Group and Associates Review and Complaints: Norvell Electronique

Depuis sa création en 1955, Norvell a gardé cette philosophie simple et claire : nous servons seulement jusqu'à ce que nous pouvons entretenir. Un peu comme dire qu'un restaurant cuit uniquement ce qui est sur le menu. Une attente évidente mais qui assure les clients que ce qu'ils finissent par acquérir de Norvell sera relevant de leur expertise et, ainsi, satisfaire complètement les besoins des clients. Le long de cette ligne, Norvell possède une impressionnante gamme de, bien, excellents cuisiniers de servir une large sélection de recettes pour alimenter des solutions avec différentes applications.

27 hours ago

Updated 21 hours ago

  • Thing Fish Southside to Northside

    gah, I hate this guy.

  • We get 50-unit subsidized housing built next to our homes, and built next to what might otherwise become successful retail areas if even the slightest encouragement was allowed.

    Maldonado chooses to have LUXURY TOWNHOMES built on his block. Might I add that Reverend De Jesus owns a sprawling mansion near...

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    We get 50-unit subsidized housing built next to our homes, and built next to what might otherwise become successful retail areas if even the slightest encouragement was allowed.

    Maldonado chooses to have LUXURY TOWNHOMES built on his block. Might I add that Reverend De Jesus owns a sprawling mansion near the Bloomingdale Trail as well.

    Good thing for Maldonado and the Reverend that they have friends on the Zoning Board of Appeals. De Jesus used to work there until his aspirations to run for Mayor of Chicago as a leader of the Homophobe party drove him to resign. The political connection ought to, again, help those in power to make their investments and homestead areas more pleasant, livable, and valuable while simultaneously jamming the rest of us with MORE MORE MORE subsidized housing and the problems that come with that burden.

    At least there will be 8 more taxpayers in the Ward. Or will the developer have to built 25% or more "affordable" units in the townhouses like the rest of the developers do in the 'hood? Let me guess. ANOTHER EXEMPTION.

  • They should make him sell this land for $1 for affordable housing. He seems to love pushing other developments toward the affordable housing end. Why is he choosing to build luxury homes on his own land??? oh thats right, because he wants to make as much money as possible. F this guy. Get out and vote him out!

47 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Find out how taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent

Just saw this and thought others might be interested.

There is a free meeting about how our taxes/TIFs in the 27th Ward have been spent and allocated, and more. The meeting is on Thursday, November 6, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm, at 1044 W Randolph St.

I’ve always wondered where our taxes were going, how it was being spent, and whether it was being spent on things needed, like parks, schools, traffic relieve.

The meeting is being hosted by Gabe Beukinga, candidate for 27th Ward Alderman, and Tom Tresser of the CivicLab TIF Illumination Project.

Here’s a URL for more information:
http://tinyurl.com/27thWard-TIF-Forum

Dec 14 2012

Updated 24 hours ago

Roberto Maldonado

Is this guy any good? I have been wondering what he does for HP and I can't figure it out...does anyone know his email address? It's not on his website..which is weird.

  • Realmccoy, I was thinking about how much fun it would be to create a facebook page dedicated to collecting press regarding Muy Mal Donado's shady dealings...:)

  • Almost any city official should have page like that, definetly I'll be fan of Muy Mal Donado's one.

25 hours ago

Ald. Maldonado's Land Near Bloomingdale Trail Sold to Trust in Wife's Name

Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action...

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Four years after Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) withdrew a proposal to rezone property he owned due to a "conflict of interest," the alderman has transferred the land to a trust controlled by his wife.

A proposal is now before the city to rezone the vacant industrial property — situated along the future Bloomingdale trail — so eight townhomes can be built.

The city's Committee on Zoning Landmark and Building Standards was to hear the industrial-to-residential rezoning request Tuesday, but action was delayed until at least Nov. 13.

Humboldt Park residents were told of the rezoning proposal at 1754-56 N. Central Park Ave. and 1755-57 N. Monticello Ave. on Sept. 20. The vacant properties were listed under Maldonado’s name until 2013, when they were transferred to the Nancy Y. Franco Maldonado Trust.

“The settlor of the trust, Nancy Y. Franco-Maldonado, is my wife. I am a guarantor for the loan which encumbers the property,” Maldonado wrote to the executive director of the Chicago Ethics Board Oct. 7. The alderman has also disclosed his relationship in the site's zoning application.

Transferring the property to his wife is akin to "moving it from your left pocket to your right," according to estate lawyer John Zelenka.

"If he put it in his wife’s trust, he's the guarantor and he's on the mortgage then he owns it," Zelenka added.

Maldonado canceled plans to rezone the same 26th Ward properties in 2009 due to a "conflict of interest," the Chicago Reader reported at the time. He had just become the 26th Ward's alderman, and aldermen have a say in land use policy in their wards.

The properties sit directly adjacent to the upcoming Bloomingdale Trail, part of the larger "606" system that is converting forgotten railroad tracks into a linear park that will stretch through several neighborhoods.

read the rest at DNA info here...

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/humboldt-park/ald-maldonados-land-near-bloomingdale-trail-sold-trust-wifes-name

27 hours ago

Trick, Don’t Treat, Cyber Criminals

Kids and kids at heart look forward to the end of October, when we use tricks and treats in equal measure to celebrate Halloween. No doubt, you’ll be passing out treats to costumed hobgoblins and hooligans in your neighborhood this Halloween night. But be careful that you’re not fooled by a different kind of trickster looking for a larger handout—such as your identity.

27 hours ago

RFPs issued for West Humboldt Park SSA #63

The West Humboldt Park SSA #63 is seeking full-service company vendors to provide Sidewalk Cleaning Services and Security Services for the Chicago Avenue commercial corridor for 2015.

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2 days ago

‘Maintain Your Brain’ Program Set for November 5

Want to learn how to reduce your risk of stroke and know the differences in stroke symptoms for men and women? Join us for a free interactive program, “Maintain Your Brain: Keeping a Healthy Brain at Any Age” from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on November 5 at Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center (PSMEMC), Nazareth Family Center, 1127 N. Oakley Blvd., (enter at Thomas St. and Oakley Blvd.), Chicago.

Oct 15

Updated 2 days ago

Housing development

Does anyone know anything about the proposed 4 story (60ft)/49 unit Hispanic Housing Development building going up between Sacramento & Francisco by Norwegian Hospital?

  • I and a neighbor met with Alderman Maldonado Roberto and he had brought in the President of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Hipolito Roldan, to his office. Hipolito Roldan told us that the Norwegian Hospital had lent the property to the Hispanic Housing for 99 year so if you live...

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    I and a neighbor met with Alderman Maldonado Roberto and he had brought in the President of the Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, Hipolito Roldan, to his office. Hipolito Roldan told us that the Norwegian Hospital had lent the property to the Hispanic Housing for 99 year so if you live close to the area you will be affected by this construction for a very long time.

    Hipolito Roldan showed us an overview drawing of the planned low income housing at 1045 North Sacramento Avenue. The construction will fill the lot just west of the Norwegian Hospital building. As such the construction will face the boulevard. Presently that lot is parking for the hospital employees. If you want to get an idea of the size of the building visit this parking lot and walk around it as well as up and down Sacramento. It will be the size of the parking lot and 60 feet up in the air. The empty lot just south of this structure will be made into a parking lot to replace the parking the hospital's employers loose.

    Hipolito Roldan told us that the building will house 62 residents. That is substantially more people than Sylvia Michas from Chico and Nunes P.C. informed residents about in her rezoning notice. She claimed that there would be 49 residents in the building. However, Hipolito Roldan had no information about the lot at 1049 North Francisco Avenue which was another lot Sylvia Michas had applied rezoning for.

    We were only two visitors to the Alderman's office and we expressed parking concerns, congestion concerns, garbage concerns, noise , etc. We used the PLAZA TAINO building at 111 N. Francisco Ave. as an example for how the new building will affect the neighborhood. The PLAZA TAINO building house between 60 to 70 people which is about the same as the planned new construction. See continuation below:

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    We informed Hipolito Roldan that there was a constant parking problem, noise problem, garbage problem on the streets surrounding this building from early mornings to late evenings caused by visitors to the Taino building, workers, caretakers, grand children being dropped off and picked up for baby sitting as well...

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    We informed Hipolito Roldan that there was a constant parking problem, noise problem, garbage problem on the streets surrounding this building from early mornings to late evenings caused by visitors to the Taino building, workers, caretakers, grand children being dropped off and picked up for baby sitting as well as other visitors to the retirees. Hipolito Roldan answered by telling us that the new building fulfilled the legal demands and he told us that retirees don't have cars.

    I have not met Alderman Maldonado Roberto previously and I found him being a good listener. I encourage everybody affected by this new construction to go to his office and tell him about your concerns and ask him questions you need answers to. The more visitors he meet with the better he understand our concerns. The project will not disappear without YOU doing something. Please, knock your neighbors door and tell him or her to do something as well. Refer people to this discussion or if you are good at creating a website blog or good with social sites such as FaceBook, please, create a medium for us to help us get in contact with everyone in the neighborhood. This blog is very difficult to find if you do not know the initial headline. We need an easier-to-find medium to communicate.

    Also, Can anybody help. I was not able to post this entire blog at another discussion regarding this rezoning. The headline for that blog is: Norweigan Hospital try to change zoning for huge 4 story Housing Development.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Be a great neighbor! Take Mental Health First Aid Training

Association House has recently started providing Mental Health First Aid training & certification to anyone in the community. 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental crisis at some point in their lives, and this course gives people the tools to recognize the symptoms and provide initial support to help friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors in need.

Fall/Winter Training Schedule:

Option 1:
Tuesday November 11,2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 1)
Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 2)

Option 2:
Tuesday December...

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Association House has recently started providing Mental Health First Aid training & certification to anyone in the community. 1 in 5 adults will experience a mental crisis at some point in their lives, and this course gives people the tools to recognize the symptoms and provide initial support to help friends, family members, colleagues, or neighbors in need.

Fall/Winter Training Schedule:

Option 1:
Tuesday November 11,2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 1)
Tuesday November 18, 2014 1:00pm-5:00pm (session 2)

Option 2:
Tuesday December 16, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (session 1)
Thursday December 18, 2014 9:00am-1:00pm (session 2)

Option 3:
Saturday January 10, 2015 9:0am-1:00pm (session1)
Saturday January 17, 2015 9:00am-1:00pm (session 2)

Please Note: You must be present for both sessions to complete this training. There is a $25 reservation fee for this training.

Sign up here: http://www.eventbrite.com/o/association-house-of-chicago-2570009008

It is an 8 hour course that will teach you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and addictions. The course is delivered by certified Mental Health First Aid USA instructors who complete a 5-day training and meet certification requirements.

Mental Health First Aid Teaches:

- Risk factors and warning signs of mental health concerns.
- Information on depression, anxiety, trauma, psychosis, and substance use.
- A 5-step action plan to help someone developing a mental health concern or in crisis.
- Available evidence-based professional, peer, and self-help resources.

Mental Health First Aid is listed in the substance abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices.

  • This looks awesome! Thanks for posting. I am definitely going to see if I can do it.

  • Emily, that's great! I recently took the course and have found it easier just to console/talk with friends who are having a hard time but not necessarily a 'mental crisis'.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Lost Cat Found

Short gray hair, green eyes, long body. Please help to find its owner. This sweet cat was sitting on my back steps for hours since this morning. It has no microchip. I posted flyers on Artesian, Campbell, and Maplewood off of North Ave. It's clearly a house cat because it's very sweet, went into a cat carrier on its own. I'm keeping it safe at my house for a few days hoping someone will respond.

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4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Judgeing Aldermen on 'People's Score'

Here's an interesting article.

I may not agree with everything they are advocating for, but I do agree with more aldermanic transparency.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141024/downtown/anti-rahm-website-judges-aldermen-on-peoples-score

http://takebackchicago.org/find-your-alderman/alderman-roberto-maldonado

  • I think I've already decided to vote against Maldonato, but I'm still kind of on the fence about which candidate to actually vote for.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Car-Radio Repair - Logan Square?

Hi All, My SUV (2003 Ford Escape) has a radio (6 x cd changer with radio) that is fried. Need it repaired or replaced with something else. All these mixed reviews on Yelp leave me wondering...does anyone have any good recommendations for guys in the area to take my car to? Good on price and service. Honesty is key. Thanks!

  • I would check the fuses first, since your car came with the CD changer, you might have more than one fuse for the radio. Even if you buy a generic radio, crooks are attracted to anything that is not stock. Always remove the faceplate or take apart your old radios face and use it as a decoy. I would check this place out. I bought car eq/amp there when i was in high school, I was able to haggle the price. But this was a long time ago.
    http://midwaykustoms.com/

  • Bethany Persons Christian, wife and new mom

    Yes they did, so it was a one stop shop. Hope it works out for you!

3 days ago

Taking a Drastic Turn for the Better

“My life took a drastic turn for the better when I enrolled at Greater West Town, and for that I will always be thankful,” says Rafael.  He graduated from the Shipping & Receiving Program at Greater West Town Training Partnership (GWTP) last year.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Water being wasted - Have called - Still running

Hi, Have called in twice to 311 (last time about 1 month ago) to report water draining on the sidewalk in front of an abandoned building on Division near Spaulding. Received a service #, but can't figure out how to track it, even using the service tracker on the city's web site. The water is running slowly out of the sewer cover, and the sidewalk is wet, so it isn't as if it can't be seen.

How can I get this fixed? Who do I call, besides 311? Water is a precious commodity, and all this wasted water is really irresponsible.

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    Thanks, gpblight! I've just fired off an email to Laporte. We'll see how fast it gets repaired now!

  • CPL949 HP Resident

    That's a cool site, Robin in WRP! I have bookmarked it for future use.

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Oct 06

Updated 3 days ago

Former Sausage Warehouse Acquired to House New Arts Center in Humboldt

smh

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support...

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http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141006/humboldt-park/former-sausage-warehouse-acquired-house-new-arts-center-humboldt

HUMBOLDT PARK — The Puerto Rican Cultural Center bought a former sausage warehouse on Division Street as it works to build an arts center that will include a performing arts theater, studio and living quarters for artists and a piano lounge.

The Paseo Boricua Arts Center is to built on Humboldt Park's Paseo Boricua, the strip of Division Street between California and Western.

The Puerto Rican Cultural Center kicked off its 5-year strategic plan to preserve and support the Puerto Rican community in Humboldt Park with the purchase of the warehouse at 2713 W. Division St., the former home of the Ashland Sausage Company.

“The acquisition of those properties is a major step in trying to commercially and culturally anchor our community as it faces the onslaught of an ever encroaching gentrification process which seeks to erase our historical memory from the Greater Humboldt Park community,” read an announcement from Ald. Roberto Maldonado’s office.

The properties will be converted into the new center, which will include 14 live/work space for community artists, a 99-seat theater for performance arts and dramatic productions, a retail arts gallery and a “wines of Latin America/Spirits of the Caribbean Piano Lounge,” according to Maldonado’s office.

The 3,000 square foot building sits across from the Puerto Rican Cultural Center along Paseo Boricua.

“The project will definitely invigorate the financial development of the community, and will provide a place where artists can realize themselves both economically and creatively,” according to Maldonado’s office. “It will truly foment a sense of place for our cultural workers.”

Belmont Bank will provide financing for the project. The Division Street Business Development Association, and its executive director Eduardo Arocho, will manage the initiative.

  • A group of neighbors affected by the zoning change around the Norweigan American Hospital in Humboldt Park will meet at the Alderman's office tomorrow Monday October 27 at 3:00 PM at 2511 W. Division Street. Please, be there to question the Alderman and to make an initial complaint about the huge 60 feet 4 story buildings that is planned for our neighborhood.

  • I wonder what Mssr. José López and company would have to say about a Hispanic owned gastropub that pays homage to the European roots of Humboldt Park on the Paseo. In case anyone thinks the idea of such a place is sacrilegious, there is such a place in Pilsen called...

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    I wonder what Mssr. José López and company would have to say about a Hispanic owned gastropub that pays homage to the European roots of Humboldt Park on the Paseo. In case anyone thinks the idea of such a place is sacrilegious, there is such a place in Pilsen called Pl-zeń. The name pays homage to the Bohemian roots of the neighborhood. I don't see such an establishment threatening the Mexican identity of the neighborhood.

    Heaven forbid a business minded Puertorrican dare think to open a place called Von Humboldt, paying homage to the botanist Alexander Von Humboldt after whom the park was named. What would happen if I entered Maldonado's office dressed in my very best guayabera and proposed such an idea to him in Spanish? Would it sit well with the honorable Mssr. López?

Oct 21

Updated 4 days ago

Forming a ceramics/pottery co-op!

Hello, we are in the process of forming co-op for ceramicists that need a space to throw and fire their work. The goal is to pool our resources together so that we can get a space where we can work. We can also use this space to have monthly gallery openings so that we can show our work to the neighborhood. We have three people interested so far, anyone on here interested?

Also, does anyone know of potential places where we could set up a kiln? It would have to be a place that we could vent, like somewhere that used to be equipped for a kitchen.

Thanks neighbors!

  • Hi there!

    I'd definitely be interested! I too currently throw at Penguin Foot Pottery but would love a space I can go to in the evenings and on weekends. I'd love to join you guys for a lunch to chat about everything.

    Are you thinking of a place to rent? How much are you thinking the place would cost/mo?

  • Aimee, awesome! I'll send you more info about our meet up - we are having dinner tonight if you're interested.

    As for the place - yes we are looking for a place to rent (particularly warehouse, storefront, and commercial spaces) - maybe to lease if the rent goes down with that. We're thinking the more people we get, the better the facility - but we are hoping that nobody pay more than 300 a month, although lower would better. Right now we are at 6 possible people!

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