4 days ago

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REMINDER: Join Me Tonight for a Discussion on the Future of Leone Beach Park

Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents....

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Don't forget to join me tonight to learn about and contribute to the effort to redevelop Leone Beach Park and Fieldhouse. The meeting will take place TONIGHT (Monday, October 27th), 7:00 p.m. at the Loyola Park Fieldhouse, 1230 W. Greenleaf Ave, 2nd Floor Sky Room.

I am hosting this meeting so you can hear from community members and the Chicago Park District on possible ways we to make this underused park and fieldhouse a new asset for Rogers Park residents.

Leone Beach Park is located at Touhy Avenue and the lakefront. It includes a beach, a playground close to Sheridan Road, and a 114-year-old building that has been used as a park fieldhouse for most of its existence. It is also the northernmost point in Chicago for Lake Michigan Water Trail.

A number of ideas for redeveloping the Leone facility have been offered over the years. This current conversation began last year as part of a proposal brought up during my Participatory Budgeting (PB) process. While the proposal didn't fit into PB at the time, interested community members kept the conversation going.

Park District Superintendent Mike Kelly is very supportive of exploring a redevelopment plan for the fieldhouse and surrounding area and has committed members of his planning staff to developing a plan with my community.

This is where you come in. Some of the community members who have been working with my office and me want to share with you their ideas for Leone Beach and Park and get your feedback and ideas.

Ideas for the park include improving the facilities for lifeguards and the Junior Lifeguard Program to preserve and enhance the program, landscaping that better reflects the natural landscape of the lakefront, a kayak launch and storage facilities, event space and room for educational programming about Lake Michigan's ecosystem. You'll hear more on Monday. The working group and I want to hear your ideas, and to get you involved in bringing new life to this wonderful community resource.

  • Oh you little boys and your fake aliases. Don Gordon won't play with you so you all get your panties in a wad. You don't even realize how badly you represent the puppet alderman as his band of fools.

    And Reid you keep thinking your posts are removed simply because they are marked unneighborly. That's just dumb. The moderators must be tired of you and your childish attacks.

  • And JCV (or whatever your name is) Don Gordon is anything but silent. He just doesn't have anything to do with troll world. What legitimate candidate would?

    Don has been meeting face to face with voters all over the 49th ward. That's something No Moore never does because he doesn't...

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    And JCV (or whatever your name is) Don Gordon is anything but silent. He just doesn't have anything to do with troll world. What legitimate candidate would?

    Don has been meeting face to face with voters all over the 49th ward. That's something No Moore never does because he doesn't want to answer the tough questions about his lack of ethics, investigations, slapping from the White House, mayoral puppetry and living off of fat cat developers.

    Don has already answered any questions you might have. Or you can ask him yourself. Go to his Facebook page and use your real name. He will even meet with you in person just like he does with other voters all the time.

    You just can't be a fake.

    How can anyone but trolls possibly complain about that?

Oct 21

Updated 5 min ago

Relocating to Chicago- job around UChicago

I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town...

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I'm relocating to Chicago for a job right near the UChicago campus. I've heard varied opinions about safety living around UChicago. I have the option of leaving my car at home with my parents, but a few friends have said that public transport to and from UChicago is dicey, and that I should drive.

If I do drive, I'm just worried about the commute. How do the commutes compare: between Rogers Park and UChicago; Logan Square and UChicago; West Town and UChicago? Are there other neighborhoods that might be affordable that also have off street parking (in the $1000 range).

I looked up the commutes and google says 30 minutes for all of them. I am skeptical about this as google always says 30 minutes for commutes around Boston, where I currently live, and those end up being more like 40-45 minutes.

Thank you! I appreciate all of your feedback.

  • Meli Manak OFFICIAL ACCOUNT

    Consider checking out Bridgeport. It's similar to Rogers Park especially with the diversity.

  • Holman Pettibone Long-time resident

    Two other things I would add to the many valid and helpful comments here! First, you may already be aware that Hyde Park residents pay a special tax levy to hire their own private police force to supplement the Chicago Police. The Private Police are actually more visible than Chicago...

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    Two other things I would add to the many valid and helpful comments here! First, you may already be aware that Hyde Park residents pay a special tax levy to hire their own private police force to supplement the Chicago Police. The Private Police are actually more visible than Chicago Police as they patrol the neighborhood. Second, (if this is an option) I would explore whether your Employer will allow you to work a flex schedule of four 10-hour days so that perhaps you could drive to Hyde Park and avoid the harshest rush hour portion of the lengthy commute by driving earlier in the morning AND later in the evening. I agree that public transportation from Rogers Park to Hyde Park would be brutally long, especially on the CTA..

12 hours ago

Updated 12 min ago

Electioneering inside the Prohibited Zone

When I went over to vote early this afternoon, I found a campaign sign posted inside the zone where signs and other electioneering is prohibited. I reported it to an election judge inside, and he went out and removed it. Lo and behold, the sign belonged to the Republican Committee(wo)man's candidate for state representative. So, if you vote early on Friday or Saturday, watch for such shenanigans. The zone extends from the door to the fieldhouse out to the blue cone, 100 ft. away.

  • President Obama has done a fantastic job as Commander In Chief. The country has never been more united, we are well respected around the world, the economy is thriving and we have never been safer. Right Helen?

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Commander in Chief Bush started an expensive and needless war in Iraq based on lies. Obama finally got us out of that trillions of dollar Bush war. After Bush turned the Clinton black ink national treasury into a red ink mess Obama finally reversed it and is building it back...

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    Commander in Chief Bush started an expensive and needless war in Iraq based on lies. Obama finally got us out of that trillions of dollar Bush war. After Bush turned the Clinton black ink national treasury into a red ink mess Obama finally reversed it and is building it back up. After Bush thumbed his nose at our European friends Obama has repaired the relationships and has created international coalitions even including some members in the Middle East. Bush bankrupted the economy and our diplomatic ties. Obama has worked to restore both. Bush played war with bombs, ground troops and expensive military weapons. Obama has used diplomacy, economic sanctions and non-violent alternatives before ever using military power as a last resort. Yes Jim, Obama has done a much better job as our national executive and as Commander in Chief. Bush left him a big mess and Obama has been cleaning it up. Obama has moved national health care in a positive direction after Bush dragged his heels. Obama has nurtured social justice and equal rights after Bush allowed John Ashcroft to trash women's rights, torture prisoners, and disrespect minority segments of our citizens. Obama has cleaned up and reversed lots of the mess that the privileged, white Little Cowboy from Yale University created acting as a drunken fraternity boy from the Ive League. Because of Obama America is once again looked up to and respected among world leaders. Obama doesn't jump into jet planes, fly from Santa Barbara to the USS Lincoln aircraft carrier to announce Mission Accomplished just for its value as theater and entertainment.

23 hours ago

Updated 13 min ago

Missing Cat

Hi everyone,

My favorite cat seems to have gotten out last night. I wouldn't worry but she's not an outdoor cat and she's only two years old so, needless to say, I'm pretty upset and worried about her.

She's a longer, skinny tortoise shell cat with a very loud and screechy meow. She responds to Danni and is very people friendly though she may be a bit skittish given the circumstances. I'll post a picture when I'm not at work.

We live on Glenwood and Northshore, right on the corner so hopefully she'd be nearby. The area seems to have a lot of cats roaming pretty regularly. Any help would be greatly appreciated. I really miss her.

  • Thanks, I'll try this tomorrow morning and hope for the best. I'm worried that she's gotten farther away from home than we expected. We live pretty close to the train tracks and I'm not sure if they might be scaring her into hiding. It's also very cold out so I'm worried she may have dug her way into hiding. So many yards and garages around, it's all overwhelming.

  • slk long-time rogers parker

    She may go where other cats are being fed. If you know of any neighbors in your area who feed the feral cats or have colonies, you should check there. I have heard of owners finding their pets in these areas too. I bet she is close by and just hiding. Keep walking and calling her and post flyers if you can. Good luck!

47 hours ago

Updated 18 min ago

Courage Campaign: CTA!

My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks...

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My name is Kara and I live in Uptown. For the past two months I've been working on a campaign to raise money for CTA ads that discourage harassment.

Street harassment is a major issue for me on my block and commute to work, and I wanted to do something to promote awareness. I've been working with the CTA's advertising company on this project, and they seem very willing to help.

I just launched the fundraising page a few weeks ago, and I've been having meetings with a group of interested people on fundraising ideas and ad content.

If you have fundraising ideas, are interested in contributing ad content, or helping in any way, email me at ctacouragecampaign@gmail.com.

Also, you can find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CourageCTA
And follow us on Twitter @CourageCTA

Peace,

Kara

  • Howie and Teri 100 Years in Rogers Park

    If only the practitioners of "low level harassment" such as catcalls and whistles were asked how they'd feel if their daughters / mothers / sisters were the objects of this attention...

  • I'd like a campaign against oversized strollers and wheelie carts during rush hour.

Oct 21 2012

Updated 19 min ago

Avoid the Lines; Vote Early or Vote by Mail Starting Monday

Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning Monday, October 22nd, until Saturday, November 3rd. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at...

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Avoid the lines at the polls and potentially bad weather on Election Day by VOTING EARLY OR BY MAIL!

VOTE EARLY

Vote early at any one of 51 locations beginning Monday, October 22nd, until Saturday, November 3rd. Early voting hours are from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday. Here are the Early Voting locations most convenient to 49th Ward residents:

Pottawattomie Park
7340 N. Rogers (just west of the Metra tracks)

Broadway Armory Park
5917 N. Broadway (at Thorndale)

Warren Park
6601 N. Western (2 blocks south of Pratt)

Chicago Board of Elections
69 W. Washington
Lower level (across from Daley Plaza)

If you need a ride to an early voting site, please email my office at ward49@cityofchicago.org or call 773-973-4900.

Early Voting is also available Sundays, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Board of Elections office, 69 W. Washington, and at two city neighborhood locations, including Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside.

At all Early Voting sites, you will need to bring a government-issued photo identification, such as a driver's license or state I.D.

VOTE BY MAIL

You can also vote by mail! Illinois law now permits you to vote by mail for any reason whatsoever. To obtain an application to vote by mail, visit:

http://www.chicagoelections.com/dm/general/document_399.pdf

Complete the application and either mail it or deliver it personally to the Chicago Board of Elections, 69 W. Washington. Suite 600, Chicago, IL 60602.

You will then receive your ballot in the mail. Follow all the enclosed instructions and make sure to vote in secret. The ballot may be returned to the Board of Elections by U.S. mail or a state licensed motor carrier or it may be delivered personally by you or an immediate relative.

28 hours ago

Updated 21 min ago

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia - Is he Your Choice for Mayor? If not, who is?

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has given up on Chicago's public safety and its public schools, new mayoral candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia said Wednesday in his first public appearance since announcing his fledgling campaign..

While Garcia criticized Emanuel for closing nearly 50 schools and for not hiring enough police officers, he declined to say how he'd raise enough revenue for the financially challenged city to open more schools and pay for more cops.
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-chicago-mayor-race-garcia-met-20141029-story.html

3 days ago

Updated 22 min ago

Leone Park-Beach Meeting

Last night Danny Diamond and Chris Serb spoke with much heart and changed the conversation from a nature center to a tribute to Sam Leone and the lifeguard program.

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    How very strange. Someone with the "name" "RogersParkingSpot" questions the identity of someone who uses his actual name. Only in Rogers Park.

  • I should change my name to Helen?

24 hours ago

Updated 24 min ago

A Man in Dire "Need" Depends on the Kindness of "Neighbors"

A friend noted that he did this to him during the summer near Amundsen High School. Yesterday, he was at Bryn Mawr and Ravenswood. On 10/29, a middle-aged, African-American man showed me an inhaler needed for his daughter's asthma. She needed help right away. He displayed $7 in cash, but he needs $10. He has three daughters and lives a block away. Anyway you can help? Please give. And God bless you.

  • ScottK Near Glenwood/Devon in North Edgewater

    I think it's completely reasonable to adopt a personal policy of not handing out cash on the street -- and instead contributing as generously as possible to a social-services operation that truly and demonstrably helps people in need. The first one that comes to mind is the Chicago Food Depository. Or a local church's grocery giveaway program (Church of the Ascension, La Salle & Elm Street, does one on the first Saturday of the month at noon...helps upwards of 200 people each time).

  • SonjaF Astrologer, writer

    Ever see a good production of 3 Penny Opera?

21 hours ago

Updated 43 min ago

Stolen Bike- Specialized Langster Seattle Edition

Hi All,

Please let me know if you see a Green Specialized mountain bike around the neighborhood, or for sale anywhere. We had one stolen from our garage sometime within the last few days.

I am going to report it too, but I thought this might be a good resource.

Thanks!

  • holly homeowner rogers park

    really sorry to hear this. mine got stolen a few months ago from the yard ; (

20 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Voter fraud prevention mechanism

Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that...

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Hello neighbors,

I have a question about this year's election.

A couple hours ago I went to vote early at Warren Park. I wasn't asked to identify myself other than provide my name and address on a paper form (which I assume was then cross-checked against a pre-existing list by one of the volunteers).

My question is this: what would prevent me from going to another early voting locale tomorrow and cast a vote again? Would the volunteer at that location check first if my name appears on their own pre-existing list, and if it didn't, I would be sent away?

I don't remember not having to identify myself at previous elections (in fact, when another person I know went to vote early, he said he was explicitly instructed to "put away your ID"). I know that voter ID is a hot button issue, but I genuinely want to know what steps are being taken this time around to prevent potential voter fraud.

Thank you in advance for any insightful comments/responses.

  • JCV My head hurts.

    Just fair and balanced, thanks!

  • Amen! Finally some simple answers! No you cant vote again. As some have said you're already entered into the system and they match your signature
    And as others said if someone is going to try n commit voters fraud and fill out another17 pages then they have no life!

45 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Halloween in Edgewater Glen?

So I keep reading about how Edgewater Glen does a great Trick or Treat event every year,but can't find street names-anyone know what streets they are?

Also is it safe? It's dark out there so debating if I should take my daughter out around here.

2 hours ago

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35 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Metro stop

Does anyone know when will metra start building the station on Peterson and ravenswood?

Jun 12

Updated 4 hours ago

Good Morning

Don't you just love it when someone smiles at you and says "Hi" and "good morning" to you first thing in the morning(I do).Say hi to your neighbors
greet them, have a good day.

34 hours ago

Updated 12 hours ago

Fabulous Protest March

Join the free, fabulous protest march somewhere in Ravenswood near Lincoln Square on October 30th. It has been endorsed by a leading Rogers Park challenger for alderman in 2015. The event is free and open to the public, but please register in advance by calling 773-916-7484. Join the march and continue the fight even though we're not quite sure what it's all about. Just protest and support your right of free speech.

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    Anyone afraid of being ambushed by psychos or going out and speaking in public isn't ready to represent the 49th Ward in the City Council. It's a rough and tumble world out there and we don't want timid or cowardly people pretending to represent us in front of the Mayor. They will end up being eaten for lunch at the first City Council meeting.

  • daveP been around awhile

    yeah, pretty dangerous to go vote with the mayor 97% of the time. . while not attending the majority of your meetings.

2 days ago

Updated 14 hours ago

Troubles With FedEx Packages, Anyone Else?

Hey Neighbors,

I live at the corner of Lakewood and Elmwood, and last week was supposed to receive two packages from FedEx. The first one was delivered, but left outside my building - not even in the foyer and our buzzer was not pressed. The next was not delivered. According to tracking, it was delivered and signed for, although no attempt was made to contact my husband or I upon its arrival. I left a note for my neighbors to...

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Hey Neighbors,

I live at the corner of Lakewood and Elmwood, and last week was supposed to receive two packages from FedEx. The first one was delivered, but left outside my building - not even in the foyer and our buzzer was not pressed. The next was not delivered. According to tracking, it was delivered and signed for, although no attempt was made to contact my husband or I upon its arrival. I left a note for my neighbors to ask if anyone signed for it to please come forward (the name FedEx says was on the signature did not match any of our residents) and a neighbor came forward to say the same thing happened to her. Same day, same time delivery, also no contact made and package was not received. We called FedEx who says they can't find the driver of that route and that we're basically on our own. Anyone else having trouble getting their packages from them recently?

Much thanks!

  • It happened to us as well about two months ago. My son works from home and was waiting for a package that never appeared. He called UPS and they claim they delivered it but had to "talk to the driver first". He waited (2) weeks for the call back that...

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    It happened to us as well about two months ago. My son works from home and was waiting for a package that never appeared. He called UPS and they claim they delivered it but had to "talk to the driver first". He waited (2) weeks for the call back that never came. Called again and got the run around. We don't know if the package was stolen by the driver or if he left it outside and someone came along and picked it up or is just lost in the UPS system. He got a replacement but drove to the UPS distribution center to pick it up rather than take the chance on the driver.

  • Mis-deliveries happen, too. I spent 20 minutes last week on the phone with UPS because the driver had left a package in our foyer that had the right street number on it but should have been delivered to that address on Winona, not on Argyle, which is where it was...

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    Mis-deliveries happen, too. I spent 20 minutes last week on the phone with UPS because the driver had left a package in our foyer that had the right street number on it but should have been delivered to that address on Winona, not on Argyle, which is where it was left. I told them I would just walk it over but I wasn't sure if I would be able to get it inside that person's entryway. I also wanted UPS to know it had happened. They insisted on having the driver come back for it--which was just as inconvenient for me as walking it over would have been but at least correct recipient probably eventually got her delivery from Piper Lime.

    I work for a company that sends hundreds of UPS packages out every week, mostly without incident, but sometimes they do screw up. Fed Ex is actually quite a bit worse when it comes to errors and sloppiness, like not bothering to make second delivery attempts, etc.

Oct 16

Updated 15 hours ago

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • I think they could have opened earlier but they completely gutted the inside. The store had just been remodeled 3-5 years ago so I don't know what was so run down inside that they had to do that. As of today, they are still working on the inside. I tried to peek in the windows but construction plastic is hung about a foot inside the windows so no luck! It will be great when they finally open.

  • I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened...

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    I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened in Milwaukee has me hopeful. Cermak seems to have identified the "ethnic" market as its niche, which makes sense for the Ridge location, given the mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Latino consumers in the area, among others. But they seem to define "ethnic" quite broadly, including Polish, German, Italian and Greek.

    "If you were to walk into the (West Milwaukee) store, whether you're Hispanic, whether you're German, whether you're Polish, whether you're Italian, you'd think that store was for you."
    http://www.jsonline.com/business/cermak-is-a-fresh-face-on-the-area-food-scene-0360khu-161668825.html

2 days ago

Updated 15 hours ago

Mental Health Dominates City Budget Discussion

The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the...

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The Chicago Department of Public Health Budget Hearing - Dominated by Mental Healthcare concerns.

Ebola readiness was the marquee topic at the Department of Public Health hearing on the proposed Chicago budget at City Hall on October 28. But the topic that drew the most attention from Aldermen, and likely from those in attendance too, was the city’s budget and plans for mental health care.

Aldermen grilled department commissioner Bechara Choucair about the proposed budget numbers as relates to the city’s public mental health clinics, and asked often-repeated questions about the impacts of closing six of 12 clinics in 2012.

Choucair reported that the public clinics are serving about the same number of people they served before the closings – between 2,100 and 2,400.

Activists with the Mental Health Movement and the AFSCME labor union have said the city numbers are misleading because the public clinic caseload was much higher in the year before the closings; by the time of the closing the city had “closed” cases that they maintain represent people still needing services. There were 2,798 clients who had an appointment at the clinics in the year before the closures, according to the city.

Aldermen also asked Choucair why the city has not enrolled in managed care networks that would enable the public clinics to receive Medicaid reimbursement. An ordinance that would pave the way for such enrollment has been drafted but not introduced in City Council. Choucair said city officials are in “active discussions” about enrolling in managed care networks.

Choucair and Aldermen discussed the shortage of psychiatrists within the city mental health system. There are currently four psychiatrists serving about 2,400 patients across the six clinics, and one of them is retiring.

Aldermen asked the department for more numbers to consider before they vote November 5 on the proposed 2015 budget

  • This just in: another big success sign for Obamacare. U.S. insurers planning to sell Obamacare health plans for the coming year are expecting at least a 20 percent growth in customers and in some states are anticipate more than doubling sign-ups.

    http://www.businessinsider.com/r-insurers-have-big-plans-for-2015-obamacare-enrollment-2014-10

  • Lucas G “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

    Back to topic: Aldermen should not vote for the 2015 budget until mental health clinic items have been addressed, including restoring the Rogers Park Northtown Clinic formerly located on Howard near Ashland. Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions. I told my friend about your concern and he looked emotional. I told him his community does care.

2 days ago

Updated 16 hours ago

What Kind of Flag is it?

There is a black and gold flag on a flag pole on the NorthWest corner of Hermitage and Thome. Any one have an idea what country or event it is there for?

4 days ago

Updated 17 hours ago

A Nature Center - Right Idea. Wrong Place.

In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house...

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In recognition of the long legacy that Sam Leone left in Rogers Park, and the history of Chicago’s Junior Life Guard program founded in 1925 at what is now Leone Beach, we recommend that the proposed nature center be located somewhere other than inside the field house that is currently used by the life guards at Leone Beach.

We recommend that a living museum, dedicated to Sam Leone and the Junior Guard program, be installed in the existing field house instead of a nature center. Further we recommend that the Park District consider restoring the Junior Guard program to its previous stature at Leone and add a natatorium to the site, as proposed to the Park District in 1979.

This would facilitate year-round life guard aquatic training and provide a lap pool for use by area residents. It would also complement the Lake Michigan Water Trail kayak launch and proposal for its expansion.

As for the Nature Center, other opportune locations could serve to highlight the impact of a successful dune restoration along Loyola Park’s shoreline. One location we feel would be more appropriate is an addition to the east end of the Loyola Park field house—now a hand-ball court that’s no longer used and parking for employees who could park in designated spaces on Greenleaf. The site would provide easy access to the Nature Center for hundreds of children who regularly use the field house and be incorporated into programs offered at Loyola Park.

Signed by Rogers Park residents, Junior Guard Program alumni, Parents of children in the program,
Tim Colleran
Chris Serb
Don Gordon
Pat Dooley
Jerry Gavin
Ann Serb
Brian Murphy
Kent Frayn
Renee Leone O'Bryan
Rob Fleigel
Pat Colleran
Mike Dooley
Keith Heger
Jonathan Hudik
Dan Burns
Bret Renaud
Bonnie Gordon
Bobby Diamond
Joanna Klimczak
Shanna Gordon
Jeannine Silis
Greg Wuerfel
Bob Lock
Rachel Barr
Donald L Leone Jr
Craig Kemnitz
John Kavanagh
Meghan Gordon

  • Barry C ready for a long weekend

    A multi-purpose community center and free park district fieldhouse designed by the community to serve the community is an exercise in pure democracy. Nearby free parking is a great bonus.

  • Yes. The alderman worked a back room deal to use tax payer money to provide free parking for those privileged folks who live on the lakefront. It was excluded from the almighty participatory budgeting campaign tool.

Sep 19

Updated 19 hours ago

Any One want to create a Social Club in Rogers Park

Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a...

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Hello my friendly neighbors,
Since I have joined Everyblock Rogers Park
I must say I have really enjoyed having conversations with a lot of you, I wish we could all have an opportunity to have coffee, tea or drinks and really sit down and continue with a great conversation like we do everyday. Talking to you all helps me vent how I feel about my community, and the changes that I would like to make, to make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. We all might not agree with each other but i really do enjoy the great responses and arguments we make about changing Rogers Park. Would anyone be willing to want to start a Rogers Park Block Club. Rogers park is filled with great smart individuals who have the potential of being great leaders and Activist in their neighborhood. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have the opportunity to meet someone and other families in Rogers Park, who holds great values? I think so
What do you all think?

  • Mother Olson Watchful mother.

    I think this sounds like a lovely idea! Perhaps we could arrange monthly dinner meetings?

  • Terry Midnight Owner of Third Coast Comics in Edgewater

    I'm in! It sounds like a swell idea!

Oct 14

Updated 20 hours ago

Why We Have Rats

I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always...

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I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always cleaning up the alley, but he wasn't there today. And, as of half an hour ago, there's even more garbage on the ground, more bags tossed into the alley. Recently someone has begun to leave newspaper with torn bread and what appears to be cheese on top the dumpster several times a week. This may be poison (note the dead rat between the bags) and would explain the two dead squirrels and dead pigeon I've found in the last week. Squirrels are always on these dumpsters because there's always food here. The city has repeatedly cited this building but the tenants continue to dump their garbage like this. (I picked up the rat and the bread and cheese after I took the pictures.) I heard on tonight's news that Orkin has named Chicago the city with the nation's worse rat problem (based on the number of citizen complaints). The tenants here are one reason that's probably true.

22 hours ago

Local Ghost Stories To Get You In The Edgewater Halloween Spirit

Ready to get your inner ghoul out this Halloween? Here are a few local haunts to get you started right. In Edgewater, the most famous haunting is probably the sadly closed Old Saint Andrews Inn. The story goes that the original owner, Frank Giff, was so devoted to his bar and his drinking that he […]

2 days ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Found License

Rebecca Eden - I found your license. If you send your birthday as verification of identity, I'd be happy to get it back to you.

  • chrisfinn bornagain chicagoan

    I believe when you move you are require to update your drivers license within a certain length of time. This is an official document for identification. I know a lot of people don't, but if you were involved in an accident or other event , notifying next of kin or other designated persons would be delayed

  • d3 NOH

    Only if you're a CDL driver do you have to get it actually replaced, otherwise you just have to notify them of the new address; the Chicago police themselves often don't know this, though. I've been told twice by two different cops my license was invalid. The beat cop in...

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    Only if you're a CDL driver do you have to get it actually replaced, otherwise you just have to notify them of the new address; the Chicago police themselves often don't know this, though. I've been told twice by two different cops my license was invalid. The beat cop in 24 (a real d'khead) gave me a ticket for something unrelated, because I challenged him on this fact, in fact. And it turns out, he's wrong. His ticket was also bogus and thrown out.

    'How do I get my license and registration corrected if my name or address changes?
    Within 10 days of changing your name or address, you must notify the Secretary of State by visiting a Driver Services facility or by writing to the Driver Services Department, Central Services, 2701 S. Dirksen Parkway, Springfield, Illinois 62723. If you wish to have a new driver's license reflecting the change, you must visit a driver facility and pay a $5 fee. To change your address, you can use the online Address Change Notification to transmit notification of address changes to the Driver Services Department. Please be sure to include your Driver's License or Identification Card number and registration number. A change of name for driver's license or ID card must be completed at a Driver Services facility. A CDL holder must obtain a corrected driver's license within 30 days of any such change.'
    http://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/departments/drivers/faq.html

38 hours ago

Updated 23 hours ago

Help Prevent Death by Bike

Between the years of 2010 and 2012, Illinois ranks fifth in the nation among bike fatalities. In urban areas, where cycling has long been a transit option, the percentage of fatalities rose from 50 percent in 1975 to 69 percent in 2012.

These numbers should prompt cyclists in Chicago to re-familiarize themselves with the rules of the road. Blowing through stop signs, very common, and riding the wrong way on one way streets, very common, causes death and injury.

Rogers Park has violators on a daily basis. Ride safely and within the law. If you order carry-out food, request delivery by car and not by bicycle. Help save lives and keep our community safe.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Kyros, you're right.

  • First off the report said, "Urban bicycle fatalities are increasingly common, the report said, accounting for 69 percent of bicyclist deaths in 2012 versus 50 percent in 1975." So urban bicycle fatalities increased as a percentage of total bicycle deaths. You seemed to insinuate that total bike deaths increased by...

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    First off the report said, "Urban bicycle fatalities are increasingly common, the report said, accounting for 69 percent of bicyclist deaths in 2012 versus 50 percent in 1975." So urban bicycle fatalities increased as a percentage of total bicycle deaths. You seemed to insinuate that total bike deaths increased by that percentage.

    It did say that the total number of bicycle deaths nationwide increased by 16 percent between 2010 and 2012. But as someone else mentioned, the article does not discuss total number of bikers. So we don't know if the number of bike deaths as a percentage of total bikers has increased, decreased or stayed the same. (In Illinois the total deaths increased from 24 in 2010 to 29 in 2012. I would argue that that's too small of a sample size to really draw any rational conclusions).

    Sorry - I hate to see poorly used statistics.

    Anyway, I am a regular biker and I know a lot of bikers don't follow the rules. I think that makes it more dangerous for the bikers who are responsible. That being said, there have been numerous times when I've almost been hit by cars running stop signs or generally not following the law (and I was actually hit by a car a couple of years ago while I was riding on the lakefront bike path). Ultimately, rather than getting into another argument about bikes vs cars, maybe we should all just start following the rules.

6 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Is this typical now?

I was walking on Bryn Mawr/Winthrop near the 7-11 and there was a Chicago police officer standing up against the building near the door with an assault rifle. There was no obvious criminal activity occurring and there was no armored truck picking up cash from a business there. Is this normal now for the police to stand on the street with assault rifles? I like the police presence, but unless it's a SWAT raid, why in the hell do they need assault rifles? Maybe it's silly to be more concerned about an assault rifle than a standard police revolver, but I found it very unsettling.

  • DK, it doesn't really matter the situation or how fast the officer thinks. 5.56 is a powerful, high velocity round, its going to keep going after it hits someone and will likely still have enough force to go through a wall. Stray rounds are going to be a nightmare. Any...

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    DK, it doesn't really matter the situation or how fast the officer thinks. 5.56 is a powerful, high velocity round, its going to keep going after it hits someone and will likely still have enough force to go through a wall. Stray rounds are going to be a nightmare. Any of the standard handguns CPD carries are going to have 15+ rounds in the magazine and aren't going to be nearly as likely to injure bystanders in a busy, densely populated urban area. No cop has any business carrying a rifle unless he's going into a situation where he knows a suspect is going to have body armor, its just irresponsible.

    Lets hope this idiot doesn't run into a situation where he needs to "think fast" because someone is going to get hurt and then the city is going to lose a lawsuit.

  • William,
    You make a lot of assumptions. You don't know his/her training, skill, experience, load and caliber, etc. in light of attacks on military and police, their job is even more dangerous. Plus, to call them idiots make you sound idiotic.

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

Gale School to Receive Intensive Support from Chicago Public Schools

Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to...

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Gale School just received some great news: Chicago Public Schools (CPS) informed Principal Cassandra Washington and me yesterday that the school will receive direct support from the Office of Strategic School Support Services (OS4), which provides early-intervention programs for high-need schools.

Unlike a "school turnaround,' in which the entire school staff is replaced, the OS4 program keeps the principal and staff in place. The program provides hands-on support for principals and teachers, offering intense and comprehensive professional development tailored to the specific needs of the school. In short, OS4 is a reasonable and balanced approach that addresses a school's serious academic challenges, but falls short of firing the entire staff.

OS4 schools receive leadership and instructional coaches that will help the staff sustain the new practices and improve performance. OS4 schools also often receive capital improvements to their buildings.

Gale's OS4 designation arose out of conversations I had last summer with Principal Washington, Gale LSC member Kyle Hillman and high-level CPS administrators. All of us recognized that Gale was not performing at an acceptable academic level and that the additional guidance and support of OS4 was needed.

After receiving assurances from Principal Washington that she and her staff were ready and able to do the intensive work needed to put themselves on a path toward success, I submitted a formal request to CPS for OS4 designation. Principal Washington and I received word yesterday from CPS that they had granted our request.

OS4 will partner with Gale for up to three years, and its support and services are designed to build the capacity of Gale to sustain improvements beyond the program. In addition, Gale will be responsible for meeting or exceeding annual school-specific benchmarks established by CPS.

  • JMG

    Glad to hear of this positive development! Let's welcome the progress and remember the history.

  • When I taught on the south side, there was a similar lead paint and asbestos removal project that took most of the school year, so it can't happen overnight at Gale!

27 hours ago

Updated 26 hours ago

24th District Provides Update on Recent Police Activities

Below is the most recent summary of 24th District Police activity:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/155641_322.htm

4 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Trick or Treat?

Just wondering what time and date the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods trick or treat? We're new to the neighborhood. Do all the neighborhoods do it at the same time?

26 hours ago

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5 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

"Dress That Pet" Post

I don't want to sound argumentative, nor do I wish to take business away from anyone, but I feel I must speak out about putting clothes on our pets. I find it demeaning and abusive to a dog or cat to dress it up. The attire could very well cause physical discomfort to the animal. Dogs and cats are sentient beings. They are not dolls. The chimp in the organdy pinafore at a circus is a case in the extreme, but I believe the principle to be the same.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Helen, you hate me only because I don't like Joe Moore. Too bad.

  • Tremaine Can't vote for Quinn. My conscience won't let me.

    Oh, now I see what happened. My comment "How many accounts do you have?" wasn't for you, Helen. It was a reply for some comment that is now deleted.

36 hours ago

Updated 36 hours ago

13 LUCKY Safety Tips for your kids this Halloween!

Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on...

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Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on the left hand side and a full listing will pop up!

2.Do not allow your kids to have candy or treats that appear to have been tampered with.

3.Know the route your kids will be take and do not deviate. Have them check in every hour, by phone or stop back at home.

4.Trick or treat in groups with an adult! If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.

5.Pick a safe costume, fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Take into consideration the weather and layer up if needed.

6.Know exactly other activities they are attending (parties, school or mall functions). If at a home, meet the parents in advance and get a phone number.

7.Set a time they must be home by! No excuses!

8.Kids will be kids so use your best judgment to explain the dangers of vandalism like throwing eggs. If this happens to you then here are some clean up tips; a) Cool water with detergent OR cool salty water should help. Hot water might bake it on b) A scrub brush might be needed for screens c) Water and ammonia on windows works well

9.Stay visible in lighted areas and carry a flashlight that is ON!

10.Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or...

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    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.

    13.Cross streets safely, look both ways, cross at corners or crosswalks. Hold a younger child’s hand when crossing.

    Enjoy and be safe!

    Richard Concaildi
    President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
    Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
    richconcaildi@aol.com

    Stand Proud America!

    The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

40 hours ago

Three New Businesses Transforming Andersonville’s Busiest Intersections

The corners of two of Andersonvilles’s busiest intersections on Foster between Clark and Ashland are buzzing with new businesses that are all opening soon. Sitting vacant for a while now, Nelson Funeral Home at Foster/Ashland and both Vitamin Outlet and Icosium Cafe at Foster/Clark have left people wondering when these prime local spaces would be […]

2 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

In One Ear Open Mic needs your help!!!

The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps...

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The In One Ear open mic which is hosted weekly at the Heartland Café in Rogers Park is looking for your help. We recently had some equipment stolen and are running a campaign to help raise money to replace the equipment and upgrade some to ensure this 28 year old open mic can keep running and keep up with the times. With just 16 hours left to go, we still have a bit of ways to go and though perhaps some you amazing folks on everyblock would like to get involved and help spread the word for us. I've attached the link to our indiegogo campaign and you can find us every Wednesday night after 9pm at the Heartland Café as well as on facebook. Any help is greatly appreciated!!!! :)

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/in-one-ear-robbed-help-us-replace-and-upgrade/x/8558862#home

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141029/rogers-park/microphones-poetry-books-stolen-from-in-one-ear-open-mic-organizers-van

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2 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Possible shooting between Broadway and Sheridan near Thorndale?

Anyone hear seven or so loud pops around 7:50 or so tonight? I did from atop a condo here at around the 5800 North block of Sheridan and then saw cops cars swarming up and down all the local streets in between about 4 minutes later.

Anyways, let us know if you heard/saw anything. Stay safe out there folks!

2 days ago

Updated 44 hours ago

Lost Cat

Please help me find my missing cat! I had to give her to an acquaintance due to having to move. Her new home was on North Kenmore. Please share/bump/ask your friends/neighbors. I currently live in Elgin and am driving down to check the shelters but am having absolutely no luck. Any and all help would be greatly appreciated...

-Julia

  • My neighbor saw a cat that looked like yours on our back porch on October 1st. I assume yours has not been missing that long? We're near Howard & Sheridan, which would be pretty far for her to travel. In addition to the shelters, contact any neighborhood vets and groomers as they might hear about strays also. Best of luck! Will keep a lookout.

  • jlee250 Friendly Neighbor

    Zoe has been missing since October 17th. I've called all the shelters. Hope she turns up soon. Thank you all!

46 hours ago

Edgewater Shooting Last Night On Winthrop

The relatively quiet streets in Edgewater over the last couple months were shattered with a shooting last night according to Chicago Police. The shooting occurred at 7:50pm Tuesday evening on the 5900 block of N. Winthrop Ave. The victim was a 27-year-old male who was shot in the back and left leg. The man was taken […]

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Trick or treating

Hi all, I'm new to Rogers Park. Do the kids go trick or treating on Halloween night in the neighborhood? Thanks!

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

    Yup we get trick or treaters anywhere starting at around 3 to stragglers at 8:30. And in Chicago it is on the 31st that the kids come. Some suburbs do it on Sunday before but not in the city.

  • steven beckerman Lifelong resident of the Rogers Park neighborhood.

    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when...

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    I always work late and live in an apartment building, so don't know if there's a lot in RP. When we were kids here, we went to houses, or apartments we knew, as well as neighborhood stores. We also did "beggars night" which was the night before (worked best when Halloween was on a Sat., Sun., or Mon.) As an adult, I have seen that some of the best trick or treating is in Lakewood Balmoral, or similar areas in central Lakeview where there are lots of houses with lots of families. Friends in Lakewood Balmoral (area from Foster to Bryn Mawr, B'way to Clark gave away over 100 jumbo bags of candy, we're talking thousands of trick or treaters!

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

KNL Gym

Does anyone know if there is free WiFi?

Oct 23

Updated 2 days ago

Electrician

Hi,
I need a licensed and insured electrician to put up some lights in my condo. Does anyone have a recommendation for someone who is reasonable and dependable?

  • Northshore Electric
    8107 Ridgeway Avenue
    Skokie, IL 60076
    (847) 869-0606
    Very professional - gives estimates and is dependable - I was very pleased with their work - these are licensed electricians that know their trade.

  • I've used Kevin from Restoration Electric, who brought my building up to code. Thorough and professional. (773) 334-WIRE (9473) They have a website: http://www.restorationelectric.com/

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