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Updated 19 hours ago

Commercial fishing on lakefront around Belmont Harbor?

Last week I noticed a weird foam about 15 ft out on the water in an extensive ring. I asked a scientist friend who knows about such things. He said that the local fisherman have taken to the disgraceful practice of using fire extinguishers to push out 20 or more lines to catch fish and the foam is a result of the froth from the extinguishers.
Today I saw men dragging big carts of items such as extinguishers, various multi fishing lines, many large buckets and other equipment. etc over to the lakefront. Is this commercial fishing? What are they doing with the fish they catch? Are Lake Michigan fish being sold to local restaurants?

  • d3 NOH

    they don't seem to be very strict on fishing regulations off shore here? I see people snagging every morning just driving along LSD. That's illegal, no?

  • The Fire extinguishers have been emptied and refilled with compressed air, so there is no contamination from "Power Lining" that I can tell. Here is how it works: "No support poles needed for a power line. Get yourself a fire extinguisher, empty it and then have it filled with compressed...

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    The Fire extinguishers have been emptied and refilled with compressed air, so there is no contamination from "Power Lining" that I can tell. Here is how it works: "No support poles needed for a power line. Get yourself a fire extinguisher, empty it and then have it filled with compressed air at a Fire Extinguisher supply. Most extinguishers have a hose of some type and you have to adapt that to a piece of pipe, maybe 1 1/2 inch diameter. Your weight needs to slide in the pipe easily. Attach a three ft. piece of chalk cord to the weight and the rubber band to the chalk line. Attach the end of the rubber band to a open face fishing pole/reel. Most guys use only the bottom half of the rod. Make sure your bail is open. Aim pipe out over the lake and hit the fire extinguisher handle quickly. Weight is shot out and takes rubber band and line with it. Reel in line, rubber stretches. Disconnect line from fishing rod and add leader with six droppers that you bait with crawlers, etc. A length of flyline is added to the end of the leader. Let the rubber band pull the hooks and flyline back out. I attach a large bobber near the last hook. Clip end of flyline to a bell and sit back waiting for the ring/ring. Pull in fish hand over hand, rebait and repeat process. Flyline is best because it won't tangle when you handline it in. Some guys use mono but they need a large reel of some type to keep it from tangling. Henry's Bait should be able to set you up with weight, leaders and flyline. Your on your own for a fire extinguisher. 5 or 10 lbers work good." As to whether or not it would be considered "commercial" you would need to talk to the City of Chicago, or The State of Illinois.

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Coalfire Pizza coming to 3707 N. Southport

Confirmed today that they are coming to the former Hye Bar space, and hoping to open later this summer.

http://southportcorridorchicago.blogspot.com/2014/04/coalfire-pizza-coming-to-3707-n.html

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Ants!

It is spring and the ants have begun to march. In our experience last year, the little roundish traps didn't do enough. So, I think we need an exterminator. I'm okay with them doing what they need to do outside the house. But, I'm worried about the interior. I don't want the chemicals in the house and substances like vinegar don't seem to work well enough. Will hiring an exterminator just for the outside be sufficient? Any exterminator recommendations? Any ant removal recommendations?

Thanks

  • Steve Vance Thrice Decades on Melrose St.

    Cinnamon eh? I'm giving this a shot in the next week as I get them from tiny crevices and cracks that sometimes sitting the Terro traps by is near impossible.

  • Patricia 25 Year Lakeview Resident

    Important distinction: Carpenter ants--the big black ants--are like termites and very destructive. For them, I'd go with a professional exterminator. The little ants are an icky nuisance and can be dealt with by ant traps or cinnamon. Nievka, I love your description of a "tiny cinnamon wall."

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Will a quartz countertop remnant sell?

I know this is a weird question. We're replacing a countertop and are going to have leftover quartz. I don't want to take delivery of it if I can't get rid of it. Do you think this is something people would buy? Is there a want-ads listing service for building materials other than the obvious, like craigslist?

  • Could you please confirmd the dimensions of the remnant that you have and the price? I too, would be interested! THX.

  • L

    I don't know. I don't have it and won't take delivery of it unless I have a home for it. It is a slab that has two back splashes cut from it. As soon as I have more info, I'll post or PM you. Thanks.

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4 days ago

Brainy beauty seeks active, happy home

Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a...

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Quoting from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary: "If he were a high school student, Bounder would be voted Most Likely to Succeed. Or perhaps Most Congenial. Heck, maybe even Best Eyes. In short, Bounder is an all-star — a smart cookie with impressive athleticism and a smile that confirms his unfailing friendliness.

Energetic and game for anything, Bounder thinks running around and playing catch are just about the most fun one can have. But this two-and-a-half-year-old has just as active a mind — he’s already completed a formal training program with flying colors. Basic commands? Easy-peasy. Bounder loves learning and takes pride in all that he knows how to do.
Bounder’s looking for an active home and a person who loves exercise, the outdoors, and bonding through ongoing training as much as he does. Check out the beautiful Bounder in action right here.

Because Bounder is so full of life, and so ready to channel his enthusiasm, his friends at Helping Paws in Woodstock, Illinois, are looking to find him a loving home or foster home as soon as possible. If you think you might be the one for Bounder, please call Ravelle or Donna M at 815-338-4400.
Even if you can’t adopt or foster right now, you can still help spread the word by posting Bounder’s flyer anywhere pet-loving people might see it".

4 days ago

Dog looking for foster or forever home!

Deke is a 45 lb pit mix who is looking for a forever home or a foster! He was saved from CACC moments before it was too late. His current foster has a new job that will take her out of the house too often to continue watching him. He is about a year old, incredibly sweet and loves to play. Contact me or email bowwowrevolution@gmail.com

Apr 10

Updated 4 days ago

Beware of Energy Plus - Stick with ComEd

I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be....

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I was wondering why my electric bills seemed kinda high. Not crazy high, but more than they should be. I figured it must have something to do with that offer I signed up for to have my energy delivered by Energy Plus. I was a sucker for their airline miles offer. What was going on was that every month their charge went up by mere pennies, but last month the electric bill was about $30 more than it should be. This winter we all saw higher bills of course because of the brutal winter. If you are using Energy Plus, call ComEd and cancel it. If you are considering signing up, read the fine print and cancel as soon as you can after getting the miles....or better yet, learn from my mistake and steer clear and warn your friends.

  • Had the same thing happen to me with Viridian. I saved quite a bit in supply charges over the first couple of years and then without notice, the supply rates nearly tripled (from 0.0499 to 0.1299 per kWh). Guess that's what I get for being on their variable plan.

  • d3 NOH

    Thank you for pointing this out. For the 12 months after sign-up, it was a good deal, then you're right they just nudged the price up and up and up. Our electric bill is double what it should be now. Canceled and signed up somewhere else but it will take 2 months. A lesson here is to put an item in your calendar to check and pick a diff plan before the 12 month ending.

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6 days ago

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Bikes stolen

Sadly, we went into our garage Friday morning and discovered both doors wide open and our bikes gone. We don't know if our garage mates left the door open, the door is faulty or if we left the door to our backyard unlocked, but however it happened, there is someone in the area stealing. So make sure that you watch for the garage door to go all the way to the ground before walking away.

We've filed a report with 311 as well as the stolen bike registry, but I don't have a ton of faith that we will be seeing them again.

  • Thanks Beeb and Mike! We will definitely have to check that out. We have sensor lights now, but clearly that didn't do much!

  • Therese Ten-year resident.

    24 hours after our bikes we're stolen in December, they appeared on Craig's List in the same posting. My husband responded as though he were an interested buyer, then called the police, who said they'd send a detective if the thief responded with an address. There was no response and a few hours later the post came down, which leads us to believe the thief knew or had learned our last name. So if your bikes appear on Craig's List, I'd recommend having friends query on your behalf. Good luck.

Apr 07

Updated 5 days ago

New Development Ashland/School

Does anyone know what's coming up at the northeast corner of Ashland & School? It's been an empty bank for the three years we've lived here, and I'm curious what's coming to the neighborhood.

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Apr 10

Updated 6 days ago

Building Maintenace Entered Condo Without Permission

I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

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I am an owner of a condo in Lakeview and the other day I came home to find that the painters my building hired unlocked and opened the front door to my unit to do some non-emergency work to my door frame. I have never given the building permission to enter my unit.

I called management to address the issue and they have yet to address my concern that the painters they hired entered my unit without permission.

As an owner I am not sure how I report this to the city and get follow up since this to me in completely unacceptable. In addition to this being my home I have pets that I don't want strangers interacting with.

Does anyone know how I should appropriately notify the city of this? 311 said I should file a Trespassing report with the city but I figured I would reach out to a larger audience first.

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Apr 10

Updated Apr 11

Dismantling home security system - ok to pull plug? (not in use.)

New condo has an old Brink's security setup with the hall keypad and a white transformer (?) box taking up an outlet in the kitchen. Its about 3" x 4" or so.
I just want to yank it out and throw everything into a recycling center but, even though it has not been functional for a long time, I wonder if it will "go off" beeping crazily if I just pull it out. I've contacted them but, so far, no answer. Brinks is now ADT. Thanks very much!

  • Thanks so much Katie, Bob and 3300! Now I will have room to plug in something useful!

  • North Coaster Lakeview resident

    I dismantled my ADT system a while back. Be careful if it is wired to use your phone line to dial out, when I started yanking and clipping wires I accidentally disconnected my AT&T voice & DSL.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 11

Need sound expert to soundproof hallway door.

Can anyone please recommend someone who is familiar with a project like this? We have a nasty problem with across the hall neighbors and noise. Thanks very much.

  • Yes, I found the old posting and it was very informative. Thanks so much. Robin - the neighbors aren't nasty - just self engrossed. Their racket is nasty!!

  • Contact Accurate Construction. Those guys are pretty good at sound mitigation issues. They can suggest options....

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Updated Apr 10

Cameras at Ashland/Addison intersection?

Driving the other day I saw smalish white cameras mounted atop the traffic lights at the Ashland/Addison intersection. These are not the big red light cameras or the speed cameras as far as I can tell. Well they might be speed cameras, but they look different than ones that are currently in place.

Just wondering if anyone knows about the cameras and what they are for?

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Apr 09

Lakeview Flickr Photo Group

Feel free to upload your Flickr photos to the new Lakeview Group!

https://www.flickr.com/groups/2659840@N22/?added=6

Apr 07

Updated Apr 09

Toshiba Laptop Charger

I am not very IT minded and asking for assistance in regards to a little accident I had with my laptop. It fell off my bed and bent my power cord, which is now unusable. Can I get away buying a cheaper universal charger, or do I need to buy the exact same one? Or, should anyone have one they can part with let me know and other advice let me know.

  • Try Amazon - that's where I get all my extra chargers

  • Found one on Amazon that I hope will do the trick. Thanks much all!

Apr 09

Updated Apr 09

  • we saw lighting improvements on Wayne and was needed and appreciated. The other blocks mentioned will no doubt appreciate more lighting to sidewalks, it is a great security enhancement.

Apr 09

Updated Apr 09

Plants & Trees

Hey Everyone! In case you were concerned, I figured out how to hang my hammock- turns out my old roommate left bike hooks and it hangs perfect there, didn't have to drill or anything. Now I want to fill the room with plants and possibly fig or lemon trees or something. I'm still new to the city- where do I find stuff like that? Plants, herbs, etc?

  • Pictures please!

    I found a houseplant on craigslist, although it's hit or miss. You could also try posting there in their "Wanted" section.

  • d3 NOH

    Gethsemane Garden Center ..
    home depot will have fruit trees but not lemon, i don't know if they carry fig.

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Apr 07

Updated Apr 09

Scooters Frozen Custard - just the facts please

I love Scooter's Frozen Custard, but I don't love their website. I created a new one for myself that just tells me the upcoming flavors and that's it. I think it's good enough to share and it's mobile friendly. Enjoy.

http://www.scootersflavors.com/

  • In Wisconsin custard and ice cream are not used interchangeably, not even kind of in my experience! Frozen custard is frozen custard, not ice cream.

  • Maybe interchangeably is the wrong word, but in my experience if you ask for ice cream you will generally silently receive custard. As to your second point. I quote the infallible scooters website "Facts" page: http://www.scootersfrozencustard.com/Facts.html

    WHAT IS FROZEN CUSTARD?

    It's Ice Cream
    It's Ice Cream made FRESH all day, every day
    It's Ice Cream made in plain sight for you to see
    It's Ice Cream that is CREAMY and SMOOTH!
    It's the Best Ice Cream you may never have had!

Apr 07

Updated Apr 09

  • SaucyJack 50th ward

    Hey, guy had it coming. But I don't understand how the organization allows this guy to operate outside the park. It seems no different than panhandling to me. Hey, at least Billy Cub wears pants.

  • SaucyJack 50th ward

    Whoop, I stand corrected. Billy Cub has no pants either. Have these Cub mascots have no sense of decency?

Apr 09

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Updated Apr 08

Did your heating bill go up this winter?

Just got my latest People's gas. $60.39

Anyone else hold their breath before opening up that email?

Not surprisingly, it was higher than last year for the same monthly period.

Nov 2013 to April 2014, my gas bill increased by 25%.

Again, not surprising. I spent a lot more time indoors this winter!

Anyone else want to compare notes?
Anyone want to whine about it? I'm listening.

  • d3 NOH

    mine have been around 550/mo last 3 months. gladly trade. i have a new 95% boiler but a lot of other factors working against. you're heating your place w/ forced air for $60/mo? that's actually pretty amazing. I imagine being third floor probably helps a lot too. You can't even get gas to a studio for a cooking stove alone for $30/mo after the rate hikes last year.

  • d3,
    My neighbors below me must keep their heat up because my condo never dips below upper 50's when my heat is turned off.
    My furnace is a Carrier installed in 1996. I don't have my own hot water tank. The condo building has a central hot water heater.
    I...

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    d3,
    My neighbors below me must keep their heat up because my condo never dips below upper 50's when my heat is turned off.
    My furnace is a Carrier installed in 1996. I don't have my own hot water tank. The condo building has a central hot water heater.
    I turn my thermostat way down before going to bed every night.
    I've got a gas stove and gas clothes dryer. I'm a single guy so I use both minimally!
    I also use door draft guards for all of my closets. Because why spend money heating the air inside of them, right?

    How do you like that 95% boiler? Is it actually a boiler or a furnace? What's the difference?

Feb 25

Updated Apr 08

Agassiz Local School Council Election

Hello, everyone. I am a Parent Representative on the Agassiz Elementary Local School Council. I wanted to let you know that we have at least one Community Representative vacancy to fill in the upcoming Local School Council election for the two-year term beginning July, 2014.

As I am sure you are aware, the Local School Council consists of parents, community members, teachers and the principal of the school. The LSC meets monthly. LSC duties include:

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Hello, everyone. I am a Parent Representative on the Agassiz Elementary Local School Council. I wanted to let you know that we have at least one Community Representative vacancy to fill in the upcoming Local School Council election for the two-year term beginning July, 2014.

As I am sure you are aware, the Local School Council consists of parents, community members, teachers and the principal of the school. The LSC meets monthly. LSC duties include:

1. Approving how school funds and resources are allocated

2. Developing and monitoring the school's annual Continuous Improvement Work Plan

3. Evaluating and selecting the school's principal

LSC application forms may be picked-up at the Agassiz main office (2851 N Seminary), or downloaded at http://www.cps.edu/pages/Localschoolcouncils.aspx. Candidates must submit completed applications to the main office by 3/14/14. A Candidate Forum is scheduled for the evening of 3/19/14, and the election will be held on 4/7/14.

To be nominated and serve as a community representative, a person must:

1. Reside in Agassiz’ attendance area, which can be found at http://cps.edu/Schools/Find_a_school/Pages/schoollocator.aspx

2. Be 18 years of age, or older

3. Not be an employee of the Board of Education after 6/30/14

4. Not be the parent or legal guardian, as defined in Board Rule 6-28, of a child enrolled at Agassiz.

We are very appreciative of the support that we receive from the local community, and would be very honored to have one of you serve on our LSC. Please consider running, and let me know if you have any questions I may answer for you.

Thank you.

Scott Ross
Parent Representative
Agassiz Local School Council

  • bitterjoe Naturalized Chicagoan and Cubs fan

    Only one qualified candidate for Community Representative ran in yesterday's election, and we're still looking for volunteers to serve on our LSC. Please let me know if you're interested!

Apr 08

Free Coffee at Chicago Comics.

Stop by Chicago Comics this Sunday from 12-2 and try some free coffee from Passion House Roasters. Chicago Comics. 3244 N. CLark St. Chicago

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