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So, who went to the meeting last night? I did!

In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope...

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In general, after seeing the presentation and the passion, I truly hope that this will turn out as a positive resource for returning veterans and their families. At this point, it seems we can only hope for the best. I did have one small concern about one woman who stood up and commented, telling the audience that she is a social worker and she sees so many single mothers that can't afford to live in the area anymore. I hope the general public understand that this will be strictly for veterans and has nothing to do, for the most part, with single mothers or affordable housing for the general public. This is for veterans, which is admirable. My understanding is it will NOT be available for the general public to apply for housing. I hope the general public will understand this. I took notes at the meeting and recorded it, and correct me if I'm wrong, but this is supposed to be 100 percent veteran housing.

  • I went to the meeting as well but too little to late. This was already a done deal and the only reason they called the meeting was to say that they reached out to the community. I am compassionate about our Vets and have no problem with providing them assistance....

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    I went to the meeting as well but too little to late. This was already a done deal and the only reason they called the meeting was to say that they reached out to the community. I am compassionate about our Vets and have no problem with providing them assistance. I just feel that they are using the Vets as a shield to hide behind their real motives on all the money they are making on the building. Again, under this agreement only 80% of occupancy has to be Veterans.

    Still not sure how many of the people are OK with the NO BID process along with the fact that Mr. Roldan is President of the Hispanic Housing authority and is the President of Tropic construction who will be doing the construction. This is a Conflict of Interest. When questioned on how much money Tropic will make on this NO bid contract, Mr. Roldan said he had no idea, then he stated maybe 4%-5%? Kind of scary that the President of a small construction company has no idea how much profit is in it for him on a 48Millon, scratch that, 14Millon dollar proposal that his company put together for this project. Mr. Roldan knows exactly how much money they are making on this deal and never answered the question. Since Mr. Roldan struggled with this answer, I figured I would help, Mr. Roldan and his Tropic construction crew will make around $560,000 - $700,000.00 from the tax payers.

    With the new financial numbers that were provided, it appears that the cost per unit is around 250K. I see a lot of single family homes and condo's in Humboldt that are much cheaper than 250K.We already have established federal buying programs for Vet's that they can take advantage of. You would think that the Alderman would work with the federal government, the city and the vets to get them into the vacant houses / condo's that are sitting ideal. None of these vets will ever own any of these units. They are just renters and all the profits will go to the HHA hand picked management company.

  • I was told that there were dozens of hands in the air to ask questions, and not enough time to ask them. There was no sign-up sheet to speak; just "random" people were called on to ask questions. Some questions were obviously "canned" and Maldonado had some seriously rehearsed questions,...

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    I was told that there were dozens of hands in the air to ask questions, and not enough time to ask them. There was no sign-up sheet to speak; just "random" people were called on to ask questions. Some questions were obviously "canned" and Maldonado had some seriously rehearsed questions, comments and answers.

    Precious minutes that could have been used for informative purposes were consumed by what I was told was a Puerto Rican crowd cheering loudly every time the Borinquineer representative shouted "La Familia, Hua" or something about "sticking together." A couple of young ladies railed on about gentrification, white people, etc. and the same kind of boring dribble that I typically avoid like piles of vomit.

    When there is only one community meeting, one would hope that it would provide an adequate amount of time for explanation and discussion. Those that want to wave flags, beat drums, and whoop and holler can reserve it for the rally.

    There was not enough time for the community to get their questions answered and concerns addressed. There was no forum for suggesting changes. There was no other alternative designs or plans sought after. This was a no-bid contract handed to one developer and the process did not involve the greater Humboldt Park community.

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Housecat went missing last night

Hey all! Were on the 1800 block of N Francisco Ave and our domestic short-hair-loveable-mutt of a cat named Captain Falcon went missing late last night.

He's the guy on the left in the attached photo. Please let me know if you see him. He extremely friendly (and fat) and has never been outside before!

  • Go out and call him when the area is quieter. If it's dark, take a flashlight; take the catnip or the treat container. When you call him, listen for his response. Put your scented socks by your gates. Walk in all directions if your house, also putting your scent out there for him.

  • Fellow 1800 N Francisco block here. We'll keep an eye out for him!

Dec 11

Updated 1 hour ago

Maldonado trying to sneak through another deal to strong hold Humboldt Park and take tax dollars.

Four-story building low income housing is getting green-lit in Humboldt Park without community input despite being a proposal that would permanently "change the dynamic of the neighborhood."

Read the full article for more information. http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20141211/humboldt-park/humboldt-park-veterans-housing-proposal-draws-mayoral-backing-mudslinging?utm_source=Logan+Square+%26+Humboldt+Park&utm_campaign=5492efe360-Mailchimp-CHI&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_dfef6fa313-5492efe360-172450769

ONLY chance for your voice to be heard Dec. 17 at the Humboldt Park field house, 1400 N. Sacramento Blvd. at 5:30 p.m.

  • The cost was revised to 14.9 million. That's $304,000 per unit.

    That is still a lot of money, considering that there is no land acquisition cost.

    Single family homes are available in the $200,000 range in Humboldt Park.

    Seems like a better program for veterans is one that promotes home...

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    The cost was revised to 14.9 million. That's $304,000 per unit.

    That is still a lot of money, considering that there is no land acquisition cost.

    Single family homes are available in the $200,000 range in Humboldt Park.

    Seems like a better program for veterans is one that promotes home ownership. With Veterans loan programs like financing 3% over the purchase price of a home to finance closing costs, etc., many veterans can walk into home ownership with almost no money out of their pocket.

    I still don't see why this project is needed in our neighborhood. The federal government already has many programs in place to assist Veterans.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    Yea it went well EastHumboldtNeighbor, Except for the people who were questioning and commenting off topic throughout the entire dialogue (i.e gentrification and racism ralliers) over half of the 1.5 hours we had there these fools were adding zero value to that discussion which detracted from the overall conversation we...

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    Yea it went well EastHumboldtNeighbor, Except for the people who were questioning and commenting off topic throughout the entire dialogue (i.e gentrification and racism ralliers) over half of the 1.5 hours we had there these fools were adding zero value to that discussion which detracted from the overall conversation we were there to have.

    Maldonado is a farce. He would interrupt the conversation at will whenever it started to pressure them and he'd jump in and talk in circles and say absolutely nothing for 5 minutes. It was like a filibuster at times. I loved when Adam Corona stood up and called him out. That guys got my vote in February.

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Who is going to attend the meeting tonight, regarding the proposed veteran's building?

The more people involved, hopefully the more thoroughly all opinions can be taken into account. This means everyone, all ethnicities, all opinions.

  • How does that big of a mistake happen? To overstate costs by 65%? It seems to be a little bit more than a rounding error.

  • City Dude Living in Humboldt Park

    Today is the PUBLIC HEARING. Don't forget to go.
    The neighbors around the hospital dropped off a BRIEF at Alderman Maldonado's office yesterday before the Community meeting. You can read it here: www.humboldtparkhousing.com

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Maldonado: Opposition to Veteran Housing 'Sounding Like Racist' Comments

http://dnain.fo/1IXS2xQ

Maldonado is beginning to sound a little desperate, making these baseless accusations publicly. I think someone knows he might be in trouble come February. It took citizens coming together to root out these back door deals which were right in front of us the whole time.

HUMBOLDT PARK — A proposal to build affordable housing for veterans in Humboldt Park continues to stir opinion, with the local alderman recently calling some comments by opponents on socal media racist.

  • Same tricks, different development.

    Bait and switch, steal and twitch.

    Politicians LOVE no-bid contracts so that they can hand fat-cat deals to their buddies. Buddies then return the favor. Maldonado needs this project to go through so he can fund his re-election and dirt-throwing campaign to buy false advertisement to try to make up for his lousy management of the Ward.

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    East Humboldt Neighbor, that figures it comes from Mayor Rahm-A-Dama-Ding-Dong's office. They change the rules and the numbers so many times even Einstein couldn't keep track. Humboldtwriter, only the names change, but it's the same game. Politics is the art of BS.

Jul 28

Updated 19 hours ago

Collecting dog/cat donations for shelter: food, toys, sheets, towels...

You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

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You guys have been so awesome with these donations. Last time I dropped them off, the woman who runs the shelter had tears in her eyes and said please tell those Everyblock folks "thank you" and how much this means to us and the animals.

The animal shelter is in need again so I'm making another round picking up donations if you're able to donate/have old linens laying around.

This open-access shelter has very little funds and takes in many animals. They also provide a pet pantry for people who can't afford dog/cat food for their pets. It's so sad when you see people drop off their loved pets because they no longer can afford them. This pet pantry, which is running very, very low, helps keeps animals in their loving homes (and out of these open-access shelters).

Here's a list of items they need most:
- dog and cat food (any kind)
- treats to help fatten up the underweight dogs (actual dog treats or Aldi hot dogs are good, cheaper option)
- calming toys (such as stuffed animals or kongs and peanut butter - please no squeeky/stimulating toys)
- used (clean) towels, sheets and blankets for dogs/cats to lay on in the cages they're in basically 24/7. It helps lower their stress and gives them comfort.
- medications your pet didn't finish. These animals often come in sick from being on the street -- any antibiotics, pain pills or supplements help. There is a vet there that prescribes them and will use donated meds appropriately.
- Rescue Remedy or other calming supplements/sprays etc. (shelter life can be stressful)
- dog leashes, collars

I can pick up donations from your house Friday (8/1)12-1:30pm or 5-7pm. Or you are welcome to drop off at my place near North ave and California today 7/28 after 5pm or Wednesday after 7pm. Please message me for details.

Thank you SO MUCH for your generosity. The dogs and cats thank you.

  • Cram writer

    Meg - not sure why, but our DMs aren't going through. Can you email me at cram@plateonline.com, so we can coordinate meeting? Thanks!

  • meg

    Thanks Cram - emailed you. If anyone wants to contact me, looks like DMs aren't working. Just email me at meaghan.olson@gmail.com. Thanks!

2 days ago

Updated 24 hours ago

A Must Read regarding the newest Subsidized Housing Project in H.P.

I have seen many posts on this topic in the last few weeks, but this page gives the most comprehensive info about the 6 -story building being proposed on the land owned by Norwegian American Hospital. Please read it if you want. Or not.

http://www.humboldtparkhousing.com/humboldt-politics/

  • First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as...

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    First of all, I didn't write the article, I just posted it. It also contains a link to an article in Chicago Magazine. If you don"t agree with it, then take it up with them.

    Next, don't assume anything for me. I don't care what gets built as long as it is according to code(ie no zoning changes) and my tax dollars don't have to pay for it.

    I think most people have seen the race-baiting show in the media recently and realize that when somebody uses the term "racist" it is because they have already lost the intellectual argument.

    But if anybody that is hiding behind a pseudonym wants to introduce themselves to me face to face, we can discuss our differences at that time.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    fighting the good fight: Your posts are painful to read. Just stop already.

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

LOST Cat

Please help us locate our cat Beam. He has been missing since Sunday am. He is an altered male Bengal with a chip. Please check your garages as he has gotten stuck in one before. Contact me immediately if you have seen him. we miss him very much.
lyndsay1133@yahoo.com
773-818-4680

  • Jen

    Check the stray tours at animal control (2741 s western) every day. They keep the animals on hold for 3 days and if no one comes for them there's a good chance of them being put down bc the shelter is pretty full

  • LT

    I have registered my lost cat with animal control and have been checking their "pet harbor" everyday since he went missing. Thank you for responding.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

The Maldonado take on the Vet Housing

Diversity, generosity is at the heart of proposed Vet housing

  • Is that $42.6 million project to support 49 units? So $800,000+ per unit. If that is, they should see if they could probably construct within current zoning rather than making a fortune in single unit housing.

  • Not an open bidding project. Overpriced development and friends of the Alderman construction company. You can buy land and build 109 single family homes for that price. Ridiculous. And tax exempt which means that all of the taxpaying homeowners will have an increased property tax burden.

Aug 12

Updated 4 days ago

Lost Cat?

There is a smaller Bengal type cat walking on Cortez near California. It does not have a collar but it isn't behaving like a feral cat and is wandering aimlessly. It was interested in food and would approach me briefly but not long enough for me to capture it without frightening it. I did not see any posts here about a missing cat, but I do hope this guy (or girl) finds their home.

Dec 08

Updated 5 days ago

We have a mayoral race coming up. Any opinions about the candidates???

We have 3 main contenders Rahm, Jesus Garcia, and Fioretti.
Whats your opinion??
Id like to hear whats your opinion and why?

  • kim

    I would encourage voters to subscribe to http://www.aldertrack.com newsletter for free. If you are really wanting to follow the campaigns in more detail they have a paid very detailed daily updated form that is worth the one time $10 fee. These guys do a great job collecting all the data in one place so it is easy to follow.

  • Chris on Division St. Division in East Village

    Aldertrack also has a twitter account for what it's worth.

Dec 08

Updated 5 days ago

Humboldt Haus Sandwich Bar North Ave/Sacramento

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Humboldt-Haus-Sandwich-Bar/298164123723519

Have you guys tried this yet?? My husband and I live around the block and have been waiting for months for this to open. The sandwiches are delicious...we prefer pick up or delivery but if you want a beer with your sandwich you can stop in and eat there. More of a deli than a restaurant. Keep local and try it...you won't be disappointed. Little pricey but the Italian and the Western are great!

  • musch955 New on Whipple St.

    Totally agree with the sign...don't think they need to hit us over the head that it is a liquor store, the beer/lotto signs in the window give it away. The deli is attached but it is a totally different store front, so don't think of it like you are getting a sandwich at a liquor store. Like I said it is worth a try! Sandwiches are more expensive but they really are delicious and high quality (we aren't talking subway).

  • Brenton A poor, poor, writer in Humboldt Park.

    The best way to open a business is to see the neighborhood as a palate of colors to choose from.

    At least in Chicago, each 'hood has it's own collection of signage memes and color combinations. These have been distilled over time to the point that business owners know what...

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    The best way to open a business is to see the neighborhood as a palate of colors to choose from.

    At least in Chicago, each 'hood has it's own collection of signage memes and color combinations. These have been distilled over time to the point that business owners know what works.

    For the larger part the colors of Humboldt Park are yellow and red. A savvy pedestrian can see that in some of the most popular businesses in the neighborhood. WE BUY GOLD. TIP TOP. CURRENCY EXCHANGE.

    Asides from the bit of green in Cermak's logo, green is only used to denote money services, such as accounting, taxes, payday loans. All those things that really bum the average dude out.

    North Ave. is practically a highway on that stretch by the park. I regularly see people speeding through it as though it was an interstate. In order to catch a person's attention at such high speed one needs a large, bold, statement of services.

    More often than not, people will slow down for LIQUOR, rather than "Artisinal Handmade Sandwiches" in a curly typeface on a dark green awning, as is the rage in Gold Coast/Other places I can't afford to live.

    TLDR: Yeah, they put a trashy LIQUOR sign on their liquor store. Deal with it and be thankful that there is a GD sandwich shop you can walk to that isn't Subway.

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2015 Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop Dates Announced

The San Lucas United Church of Christ in Chicago, and the Puerto Rican Cuatro Project have announced the schedule for the 2015 Puerto Rican Tiple Construction Workshop. The workshop will be offered from Monday June 22 thru Sunday June 28, 2015, at the San Lucas Church facilities, located at 2914 West North Avenue in Humboldt Park.  

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Dec 10

Updated 6 days ago

Home Daycare Options Humboldt Park/ Ukranian Village/Logan Square

Hi we are looking for some good suggestions for a home day care in Humboldt Park (preferably east of the park because that's where we live,) Ukranian Village, or Logan Square (on the southern end.) We are looking for openings in March. Thanks.

  • Colibri Home Day care Is a montessori based home day care call Pilar 773 780 2231
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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Your tax dollars hard at work under Maldonado's watch!

Just wanted to share another fine example of how our alderman spends our tax dollars in Humboldt park. Nothing like purchasing land with federal dollars for the cultural center's parking lot, then using the space to house the Puerto Rican float for 364 days a year!

Nov 12

Updated 6 days ago

  • CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran...

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    CS,
    Just look at the project with a few simple question:

    Why build a veterans home near a NON-veterans hospital?

    Why build a veterans home 3 blocks from an existing veterans home(at Franklin and Sacramento)?

    Why make it part of the contract that you don't have to be a veteran to live here?

    Why say it is 4 stories when clearly from the architects renderings it is 5 stories?

    Why would it cost $400,000 /unit for basic housing?

    Why build it on the property of Norwegian American Hospital (which has been on that site for over 100 years) and then name it something Puerto Rican?

    Why are these things always built by the same 3 developers, and always use the same lawyers to pass the "zoning change"?

    Why don't the alderman in other wards build subsidized housing for their veterans?

    This has become the tried-and-true formulaic way that elected officials in Humboldt and Logan can shift millions of tax dollars to their friends and family.

    BTW, as Johnathon Gruber was quoted last week, the ..."voters are too stupid to know the difference". That's why Chicago politicians steal from the taxpayer, not banks and individuals.

    http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/obamacare-architect-jonathan-gruber-fire/story?id=26919286

  • The only real way to fix this problem is to vote Maldonado out of office. Humboldt Park needs change.

Dec 11

Updated 6 days ago

Maldonado at it again, back door deals and his own agenda

More back door deals without reaching out to the residence of Humboldt park. Check out what they sent out to the cultural center members in regards to this. What a joke !!!

Dec 04

Updated 6 days ago

Dogs off leash in Humboldt Park

I know I'm going to sound all vigilante b***h about this, but for goodness sake people, please leash your dogs in the park. Not only is it the law, you're risking your dog's life, your life, the life of other dogs and other people. Not every dog is dog-friendly and when yours comes zipping up to mine, that is not cool. If your dog is super active and needs off-leash play time, please take them to the many fenced in...

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I know I'm going to sound all vigilante b***h about this, but for goodness sake people, please leash your dogs in the park. Not only is it the law, you're risking your dog's life, your life, the life of other dogs and other people. Not every dog is dog-friendly and when yours comes zipping up to mine, that is not cool. If your dog is super active and needs off-leash play time, please take them to the many fenced in dog parks around the city. No one, and I mean absolutely no one knows their dog 100%, how they will react each and every time.

Please. Leash your dog. It's the right thing, and intelligent thing, to do. And do not yell at me or ignore me when I tell you to do it either, because I will tell you.

  • everyblockhp Looking to make hp a better place for everyone !

    Keep them leashed please, I once had to kick a dog as hard as I could in the ribs. I did not like doing that, but I didn't know if it was friendly or not. I almost broke his jaw with the second kick then he ran away. The owner...

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    Keep them leashed please, I once had to kick a dog as hard as I could in the ribs. I did not like doing that, but I didn't know if it was friendly or not. I almost broke his jaw with the second kick then he ran away. The owner was crying saying that she just wanted to play.

    I'll do it again if I have to. Im not going to get my testies bitten off because you want to let your dog run loose !!!
    Be conscious of others please ! not everyone likes dogs. I sure don't.

  • Just as an fyi, I called 911 twice today about off-leash dogs in the park and I will keep calling. The 911 operators didn't laugh me off the phone either. I probably sound like a crazy person but it's for everyone's safety.

    I hope you'll all join me in the quest to make the park safe.

Dec 10

Updated Dec 11

Front gate repair

Does anyone have any recommendations for someone who can repair the lock/knob to the front gate of our building?The lock is close to breaking and we want to fix it before it goes completely. This lock is also hooked to the intercom system so they would need to be familiar with how those work as well.

Thanks!

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Dec 09

Updated Dec 10

Lost cat

Our cat has been missing since Sunday am. Has anyone seen a Bengal cat? His name is Beam and he has spots on his belly and stripes on his back as well as a small scar by his nose. He does have a chip as well.Would probably be within the California to Western and Divisin to Augusta radius. Please check your garages as he has gotten stuck in one before. Please message me on Everyblock if you have seen at cat matching this description. Thank you

Dec 07

Updated Dec 09

Home invasion, Burglary, on Spaulding

Beware neighbors there was a burglary on the 11XX n Spaulding. Things were stolen. Supposedly they knocked and when no one answered they busted in the rear door.
People saw them but did not imagine they were up to no good. Ladies and gentlemen, at the first site of suspicious behavior call the police !

Fyi : The burglars were a male white red hair and male black.
Be safe everyone and happy holidays
If anyone knows more info please share and or correct this post.

  • Mike Conover 90's block organizing, CAPS, resident since 07

    And, even if it is an uneventful false alarm; an extra pass-by from the police, and an extra awareness by the police of your concern, is a good thing. Neighborhoods become safer, and less targeted by crime, principally because of community involvement; watching out and calling the police.

  • We can all do our part keeping our neighborhood safe and clean wherever we live! If in doubt....call the police.

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Dec 05

Updated Dec 08

Yes There Is A Santa Clause Neighbors

I had to let people know good things happen too! Recently, my family and I have had a run of bad luck, a burglary and then a theft among a hand full of other problems. I noticed I had a Groupon for The Logan Theater. I decided to take my wife to the movies to get our minds off of our problems and would have never thought this could happen! A couple and their two children saw I was wearing...

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I had to let people know good things happen too! Recently, my family and I have had a run of bad luck, a burglary and then a theft among a hand full of other problems. I noticed I had a Groupon for The Logan Theater. I decided to take my wife to the movies to get our minds off of our problems and would have never thought this could happen! A couple and their two children saw I was wearing a military jacket as I waited to use my Groupon. When I stepped up to the cashier, I was given a $20 gift card and told the family in front of me purchased it and told the cashier to give it to me and say thanks for being in the service and protecting them. I WAS FLOORED!!! In these times where so many question what citizens in uniform do to and not for the citizens, this was not in my mind at all. After the movie, I found the family and told them I served so many years ago and was not involved in the recent conflicts that I did not believe I deserved their gift. They all said, even the children, that when I served did not matter and they just wanted to say thanks.
This moment turned my outlook totally around and made me so proud to have served in the Army and realize my troubles where small.
Yes, there is a Santa Clause and I am lucky to have unbelievably thoughtful neighbors!
MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Nov 07

Updated Dec 08

Maldonado must go! Let's All Get On the Same Page

For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still...

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For those of us who would like to see Alderman MALdonado ousted, I suggest that we 'get on the same page' for the upcoming elections in February if we wish to succeed.

Currently, there are 2 other candidates running against MALdonado. One is Juanita Irizarry and the other is Adam Corona.

The problem with having 2 other opponents is that they could very well "split the vote" thereby allowing MALdonado a win. Yes, I understand that the winner must still secure at least 50% of the vote, and I personally do not wish to see a run-off election (thinking of taxpayer dollars here.)

Remember, the goal is to OUST MALdonado!

My intention with this post is NOT to get into a deep discussion about either candidate, because this is exactly what will lead to a vote split! Bear with me here.... At face value, Irizarry seems way ahead of Corona in terms of community involvement. Also, I spoke with several community leaders that I respect, and they highly recommend Irizarry.
And, one community leader even indicated to me that s(he) has asked Corona to withdraw from the election specifically to avoid a vote-split. If you are not a fan of second-hand information, then I hereby officially ask Adam Corona to withdraw from the election and throw his support behind Irizarry.

So, I suggest that we throw our combined support behind Irazziry. No, I do not work for her. I have never even met her. I just took a quick look at both candidates with info on the Internet and this blog-site. I don't want to over-complicate it. Unless some egregious info surfaces about Irizarry before election day, she's getting my vote. Remember, the goal is to defeat MALdonado. And based on what I am seeing, I think Irazziry is the stronger of the 2 candidates.

Let's do it, together! Let's send MALdonato packing - well deserved and overdue!

  • Robert Terra Works in Chicago Local Politics

    Niceneighbor, I'm not attempting to discourage you, political activity is very important, particularly in a ward facing the very difficult questions and problems as the 26th. But you are focusing too much attention into just one aspect of politics. A thriving business sector is vital for the economic health of...

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    Niceneighbor, I'm not attempting to discourage you, political activity is very important, particularly in a ward facing the very difficult questions and problems as the 26th. But you are focusing too much attention into just one aspect of politics. A thriving business sector is vital for the economic health of any ward, but there are other sections of the community who have valid voices and concerns. We need an Alderman who will try to represent the ward as a whole. Unless you wish to press for a write in candidate you will not find yourself able to get onto the ballot. This is not outdated thinking, it is protocol dictated by and enforced by the Chicago Board of Elections.

    The 26th Ward is currently entering into arguably the most important Aldermanic race it has seen in the last twenty years, and there is much currently in the air. You are correct in addressing economic development as one of the key issues in this race, but in order to develop a business community there must be properly maintained infrastructure, reduced criminal presence and ultimately business owners who are intending on bringing sustainable jobs paying a living wage. Adam is intending to do just this, and his platform largely centers around economic development, good maintenance of the ward, responsibility and transparency for both the Alderman's office and those who are conducting their business in the community.

    I'd hardly consider my perspective one put forth by the old guard, as I'm in my twenties with my educational background out of the University of DePaul and have never worked for a machine candidate. If you truly interested in aiding with a campaign and feel that you would be best suited for interactions with the Business community you are more than welcome to come to our office located at 2547 w. North and meet with Adam so you can learn more about our campaign and let us know your concerns and vision.

  • REALMCCOY West Town/Humboldt Pk Homeowner

    ^ Robert, I have a lot of respect for Adam and I plan to vote for him no doubt. You have certainly added some value to these conversations here on EB but you cant expect anyone here to take you seriously when you say you are a graduate of the "University of DePaul"

Dec 08

2014: A look back at Bickerdike's work [video]

The end of 2014 is just days away so it's time to take a look back at what a great year it was!

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Dec 05

Updated Dec 07

Live-In Nanny Needed

Hello - we are seeking a live-in nanny for our 2yo & 5yo. We live in Roscoe Village. The ideal candidate will have a friendly and positive attitude; be willing to help with all aspects of household management; and have flexibility re. work times and hours. Primary assistance is needed Mon-Fri., so it's okay if the nanny has somewhere else to live/stay on the weekends. MUST have a driver's license and excellent references. Spanish-speaking okay.

  • Try one of the au pair services. We had a great young lady from Brazil who became almost like a member of the family.

  • Try contacting Marcie Wolbeck
    Cultural Care Au Pair (773) 896-5040
    marcie.wolbeck@culturalcare.com

Dec 06

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Dec 03

Updated Dec 05

Aftercare needed for December.

We are new to having our two children full time so are looking for some advice. (They lived with their mom prior who let's just say is a mess). Our two children go to Columbus (6 yr old and 10 yr old) and are done with school at 2:45 every day. We have been desperately searching for some sort of aftercare for weeks as we received full custody after the school year started and all the CPS and Park District...

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We are new to having our two children full time so are looking for some advice. (They lived with their mom prior who let's just say is a mess). Our two children go to Columbus (6 yr old and 10 yr old) and are done with school at 2:45 every day. We have been desperately searching for some sort of aftercare for weeks as we received full custody after the school year started and all the CPS and Park District programs were already full. We thankfully managed to get them into a Park District program starting in January but are still scrambling trying to figure something out for December. We are on a super tight budget for a couple months and can't afford a nanny or daycare right now. We both work full time and need aftercare for them from 2:45pm to 6pm Mon-Fri and 8am to 5pm during winter break. Does anyone have any suggestions?

  • Amy

    Check the YMCA. They have programs all year round.

  • In the search field, type Winter Break Camp. Good Luck!

Dec 04

Updated Dec 05

Thank you for saving my white coat!

thank you so much to the kind stranger who found my medical white coat between maplewood and rockwell on Le moyne and hung it on the fence. I'm a PA student and after coming home from a long day yesterday I must have dropped it without realizing. I came out to my car this morning to see it hanging with all my notes/pens still in the pockets. After having my home broken into and my truck's tire cover stolen over the past three years of living in this neighborhood, I was really touched by your act of kindness so thank you!!

  • Sorry you have had those problems in the past but it looks like things are 'looking up'! Why don't you hang a little sign that says 'Thank you' on where it was found; the person will know it is for them..just a thought...

  • Kittyhop, I just saw this yesterday, where someone put a note saying thanks for finding their keys, they had just moved from New York....it made me smile and I'm not the one who found the keys, so I'm thinking the same result from your suggestion...

  • I have actually found a large bag on the street (bike stuff) while walking 'La Dawg' and rather than leave it there, we brought it home and then walked back and posted a sign on the fence giving an e-mail address/phone # (better than actually address) and the guy called...

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    I have actually found a large bag on the street (bike stuff) while walking 'La Dawg' and rather than leave it there, we brought it home and then walked back and posted a sign on the fence giving an e-mail address/phone # (better than actually address) and the guy called as soon as he got home remembering where his car was parked..and there was the sign...and he was happy..and that worked well.

    There is a little flag in Humboldt Park under a little tree that says something like 'I really love you. your husband"...I think his wife must be a runner...and it just makes the smile of day.

    "Thank you" is the biggest word i know...

Dec 05

WOW FREQUENCY: Limited Editions Holiday Art Sale

WOW Frequency will showcase more than a dozen local artists, poets and musicians throughout December. Limited edition prints, children’s books, posters and artwork will be on sale at 2415 W North Avenue with special poetry and music events taking place from 1-6pm on the first three Saturdays of the month.

Come join us and shop local this holiday season.

Dec 02

Updated Dec 05

#GivingTuesday/Helping the Greater Humboldt Park Community and beyond

My Everyblock friends,

I work for Association House, located near Kedzie and Division (we are the hospital building across from the park, kind of hard to miss us!) and in honor of #GivingTuesday, I thought I would let you know a little bit about what we do for the community, and how you can help if you're looking to give back during these months where many are looking for a way to contribute.

**Donate to our Toy Drive or Food...

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My Everyblock friends,

I work for Association House, located near Kedzie and Division (we are the hospital building across from the park, kind of hard to miss us!) and in honor of #GivingTuesday, I thought I would let you know a little bit about what we do for the community, and how you can help if you're looking to give back during these months where many are looking for a way to contribute.

**Donate to our Toy Drive or Food Pantry**
-We have boxes located in our reception area to collect toys through December 12, 2014.
- We are always in need of quality food items (that you would actually want to eat!)

**Donate to our Holiday Fund**
- http://bit.ly/donateAHC (Pay pal)
- FYI: 87% of our expenses go right to our health, education, and economic development programs... not staff salaries, not to 'awareness' campaigns, or vague 'research'... our results are real and our 115 year track record of improving lives is excellent.

**Volunteer**
- We are in need of daytime tutors to help our Adult Education classes
- We can always use more volunteers to help in our Technology Center and would love to have a volunteer complete advanced workshops or teach on Saturdays.
- We will soon be recruiting for an Auxiliary Board of Young Professionals to help us fundraise for program gaps and raise awareness.

**Follow us on Social Media**
- www.facebook.com/associationhouse
- www.instagram.com/AHChumboldt
- www.twitter.com/AHChumboldt

I invite anyone to contact me and set up a tour, I am really proud of the work we do here, and would love to meet more of our neighbors (and gain more support, of course).

Happy Holidays!

Nikki

  • Thanks, Nikki! My three year old cant wait to drop off the toys she picked out for the drive today. Are the boxes accessible during regular business hours?

  • Yellowdellow - sorry I just saw this! Yes we have someone at reception from 9am - 7pm who can receive those from you and your little one! We are also open on Saturday from 8am - 1pm! Thank you so much for the donations!

Dec 05

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