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Does anyone have any idea why the planes are flying so low and so often tonight?? About every 3 min

Does anyone have any idea why the planes are flying so low and so often tonight?? They're coming about every 3 minutes and it feels like I can reach out and touch them!
I know Albany Park is in the flight pattern and that it alternates, but this seems unusual...not to mention annoying!

  • Chris Dick Johnson!

    Show me where anyone has said here it's not okay over my house, but it's okay over someone else's house. I haven't said that. Why don't you get familiar with the subject before you go attacking people.

    I didn't know about the runways. Ald Laurino, who was serving during the...

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    Show me where anyone has said here it's not okay over my house, but it's okay over someone else's house. I haven't said that. Why don't you get familiar with the subject before you go attacking people.

    I didn't know about the runways. Ald Laurino, who was serving during the vote, and even voted on this, has said she didn't know this was the vision.

    I believe FAIR coalition has some great ideas. They want to work with both affected suburbs and city residents affected by the noise, and fairly distribute the noise.

    How about routing traffic over forest areas, industrial zones, highways during late night and early morning hours? How about using a steeper incline landing pattern, when weather permits, so that some residents aren't as affected? How about keeping the diagonal runways in use, along with the east west, so that the noise is more fairly distributed, and gives the pilots more safer landing options during cross winds, and allows a higher flight capacity? How about reconsidering the trombone pattern so that planes aren't making banking turns, that increase noise, over residential areas but instead happen out over the lake? From my understanding, none of these ideas have financial impact on O'Hare, would help with the noise, and not simply just push the noise some where else.

    I get that it's something we will likely just have to deal with, and I'm not crying a river about it. But while there are options that could help with this, that have minimal to no financial impact on O'Hare, and don't just simply push the noise else where, I would push my officials to consider these options.

  • Maria de la Rosa-Young, North Park Gardener and coffee lover

    Jeff, it's obvious that you have no idea of the impact the new traffic pattern is causing many of us in neighborhoods that have had little or no air traffic before the expansion. You mention new windows, well, we have done that and additionally have had spray insulation done at...

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    Jeff, it's obvious that you have no idea of the impact the new traffic pattern is causing many of us in neighborhoods that have had little or no air traffic before the expansion. You mention new windows, well, we have done that and additionally have had spray insulation done at our own cost, we've even relocated our bedroom to the first floor of our house and still hear the planes roaring! Don't believe it's a good idea to have residents living in their houses like prisoners because they can't enjoy their yards and surrounding parks due to the horrible plane noise. The people who were affected by plane noise before the expansion chose to be near the airport, we didn't!

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39th Ward Alderman Forum

Many thanks to the IWCA for hosting last week's 39th ward Aldermanic candidate forum. Joe L., Ald. Laurino and I were all present and answered preselected questions in addition to taking questions from the audience.

If you missed the forum, my office live tweeted it: https://twitter.com/RobertFor39

There's another forum coming up on Feb. 4 at the 17th Police District Station: https://www.facebook.com/events/991949754151865 Questions for that forum can be submitted by Jan. 31 to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for review.

If you were able to attend last week, I would love to hear your feedback.

If you are able to attend on Feb. 4, I look forward to meeting you!

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    From the organizers of this forum: "Thank you for your questions so far, everyone! If you have a question, or maybe attended another forum and thought a question there should be asked again, please send it to 39thwardforum@gmail.com for consideration. Please send them by the end of January 31, so we can prepare a great list for our moderator Patty Wetli."

    Thanks again to the groups involved in putting this together: North Mayfair Improvement Association, Albany Park Neighobrs, Hollywood North Park Community Association, and Old Irving Park Association.

Nov 24

Updated 13 hours ago

Candidates for 39th Ward Alderman

I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter...

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I've been studying the 39th Ward candidates for alderman, and while I am still undecided since anything can happen between now and the election, I have been impressed by Robert Murphy. He seems to have a handle on the issues of the Ward and appears very passionate. I am still open to hearing more from Joe Laiacona and Mary Hunter.

If you're interested in knowing - Murphy, Laiacona's and Hunter all have Facebook pages, and Murphy and Laiacona have twitter too. I tried to find a FB page or twitter for Alderman Laurino but I don't think she has either.

If anyone has any thoughts on any of the candidates, I would like to hear any views. You can also private message me if you like.

  • Patrick Flynn Concerned citizen, Real Estate Executive

    Robert, thanks for the responses and they were all very valid. I wish you luck in translating your message into votes.

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    Thanks Mr Flynn. We hope others care about the 39th Ward as much as you do.

22 hours ago

Cat roaming in area

There's a cat , mostly white with calico markings roaming around the 3101 N. Francisco Building.

27 hours ago

Lost wedding band

Lost my platinum wedding band the other day. My wife is gonna to kill me. I have photos to confirm it is mine if found. Could use some help!! I live in Lincoln Square but work in Portage Park. Thanks

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just saw two great white pyrnees runnning down 4900 N block of whipple called 311 a

just saw two great white pyrnees runnning down 4900 N block of whipple called 311 and they can't send someone out until tomorrow morning :( i have seen them being walked in the neighborhood before too wish i could do more - i could not catch them.

3 days ago

Updated 40 hours ago

Gun -- big gun -- in an alley, 4400 block West Bernard

We are house-hunting and tonight saw a place on the 4400 block of West Bernard. As we were checking out the garage, we walked into the alley and saw three young men, late teens or 20s, standing in the middle of the alley passing around what seemed to be a gun. A really big gun. Like a semi-automatic gun.

I actually didn't see the gun, because I was poking around the garage, but my realtor and friend saw it and are pretty convinced it was the real deal.

Has anyone seen anything like this? This is a royal bummer, because up until that second, I was sold on this house. Now, we are obviously a little put off.

  • Guardian,

    I agree, I've met some of the nicer people in the building, too. It would be nice if the landlord put a bit more effort in, but he did build me a nicer fence.

  • Concerned Guardian Albany Park resident for almost 2 years now.

    Hi AP Student,
    Actually I have been in contact with APN and had volunteered as well as attended 2 meetings in the past :-). I was hoping to start a block club and find outlets for these teens that hang out in the buildings and on the corners. My schedule...

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    Hi AP Student,
    Actually I have been in contact with APN and had volunteered as well as attended 2 meetings in the past :-). I was hoping to start a block club and find outlets for these teens that hang out in the buildings and on the corners. My schedule with work became an obstacle, so I couldn't get as involved as I wanted in the past. My goal now is to get involved as much as I can. I like the direction in which APN is taking the neighborhood, so I hope to share my support and time. @John thanks, he's a nice guy but his motives are off a bit. I will continue to do all I can along with everyone else that wants change on this block. I stand by that quote on my profile photo. I would hate to see the good displaced on the account of bad fruit. Oh Sarah I apologize for going on and on under your thread. Lol. Again Sarah as Istated above "Don't get discouraged, this is a nice neighborhood."

3 days ago

Updated 41 hours ago

33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum

What are some of your thoughts on tonight's forum?

  • The organizers of the 33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum will be continuing the conversation on our Facebook page through the election.

    https://www.facebook.com/33WardForum

    We received more submissions from voters than could be included in Tuesday night's Q&A session. We will be posting the questions that were unable to be asked during...

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    The organizers of the 33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum will be continuing the conversation on our Facebook page through the election.

    https://www.facebook.com/33WardForum

    We received more submissions from voters than could be included in Tuesday night's Q&A session. We will be posting the questions that were unable to be asked during the forum on our Facebook page and have requested that the Candidates respond to Ward constituents there.

    Video of last night's Forum is online, again posted on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/33WardForum. We will also post links to the Labor Beat and CAN-TV videos once they are available.

    We will be posting media coverage of the Forum as it becomes available. Articles about the Forum from DNAInfo Chicago and Progress Illinois are posted on the FB page.

    A Twitter summary of the forum is available via #33WardForum: https://twitter.com/hashtag/33wardforum?f=realtime

    Thank you for your interest in the 33rd Ward aldermanic election!

  • E.G. Albany Park

    I wasn't impressed by Deb, I'll look strongly at one of the other two

2 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Property management recommendations

Greetings neighbors,
Preparing to rent out the 2nd floor of our Albany Park 2 flat. Have been searching for a property management company to handle everything. Any recommendations or experiences with a company? Would love to hear some suggestions.

Many thanks!

  • NorthSide Realty,inc.
    4753 N Spaulding
    Chicago, IL 60625
    Direct:847-571-6248
    Email:saimacausevic@thenorthsiderealty.com

    Our property management firm is located in and concentrated on the Albany Park neighborhood.

    Thanks,

    Saima Causevic

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Dec 16

Updated 2 days ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

Jan 22

Updated 3 days ago

Meeting with Alderman Rey Colon.

EDITED: Changes coming to Montrose Avenue! A development is proposed for 3850 W. Montrose, currently the site of Crafty Beaver. Bethany Retirement Community, a supportive living facility for seniors. This would be a five-story development featuring 130 units (110 studios and 20 one-bedroom units) as well as two outdoor patios, dining and resident-activity areas, and a green-roof garden. (Bethany would be relocating its existing facility in South Andersonville.)
Alderman Rey Colón invites all neighbors to attend a community meeting on...

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EDITED: Changes coming to Montrose Avenue! A development is proposed for 3850 W. Montrose, currently the site of Crafty Beaver. Bethany Retirement Community, a supportive living facility for seniors. This would be a five-story development featuring 130 units (110 studios and 20 one-bedroom units) as well as two outdoor patios, dining and resident-activity areas, and a green-roof garden. (Bethany would be relocating its existing facility in South Andersonville.)
Alderman Rey Colón invites all neighbors to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Aspira Haugan School, Annex Building, 3729 W. Leland. The Alderman, staff, and developer will be present to walk neighbors through the plans and necessary zoning change.
For additional information, contact Ald. Colon's office at 773-365-3535.

  • Thank you to everyone who was able to go and speak for me and the other AP families.

  • Irving Park Momma Trying to be a good neighbor

    Ditto what Mike W. said. We had planned on attending the meeting, but sickness invaded our home. I think we still need to be vigilant about any further proposals for this land. Additionally, it still has to go before the zoning board. It's Chicago, and anything could happen even if the community is against the proposal.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Food pantry/soup kitchen

Looking for a soup kitchen or food pantry in Albany Park in order to volunteer with my kids. Anyone know if there are any in the area between Lawrence/Pulaski and Kimball/Montrose?

  • bstaswick Urban Farmer

    Thanks, everyone!

  • Grace Covenant Church has a food pantry every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm. They are located at 4201 N. Monticello Ave. (773) 478-0208. They serve approximately 25-50 households every Saturday morning with food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and breads donated from local Panera bakeries. It is the...

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    Grace Covenant Church has a food pantry every Saturday morning from 10am to 12pm. They are located at 4201 N. Monticello Ave. (773) 478-0208. They serve approximately 25-50 households every Saturday morning with food from the Greater Chicago Food Depository and breads donated from local Panera bakeries. It is the only food pantry open on Saturdays in the neighborhood, as such it is designed to serve working families that are in need. It is set up as a "shopping experience" for the clients where they can go thru with a shopping assistant and pick out a set number of items, which are usually proteins, grains and canned fruits and vegetables.

    Here is a link to their website: http://www.gracechurchchicago.org/food-pantry/

    They coordinate all of their volunteer help thru http://www.volunteerspot.com/group/111714660206#!/show. You can follow the links there and sign up or email their coordinator at fedwithgracefoodpantry@gmail.com. Either way it is a simple process of picking the date that works best for you. All ages are welcome to volunteer. Kids and teens often man the bread table or help count items at checkout.

    Full disclosure: I attend this church and my family has volunteered there several times over the last year. To give you an idea of the need and the outreach in Albany Park here are the 2014 numbers:

    1,989 Households served
    7,818 Individuals benefitted (total in households)
    68,000 Pounds of food distributed
    130 Volunteers
    2,711 Volunteer hours

    Thank you for reading and considering volunteering!

3 days ago

St. Edward School Open House

Come check out St. Ed's, Thursday, January 29, 9-11 AM, 4343 W. Sunnyside. See our students and teachers in action! Visit our new state-of-the-art science room! Talk to parents and our principal about what makes St. Ed's such a special learning community. Visit our website at www.stedwardschool.com for more information! Registrations for pre-k 3 - 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year are now being accepted!

3 days ago

St. Edward School Open House

Come check out St. Ed's, Thursday, January 29, 9-11 AM. See our students and teachers in action! Visit our new state-of-the-art science room! Talk to parents and our principal about what makes St. Ed's such a special learning community. Visit our website at www.stedwardschool.com for more information! Registrations for pre-k 3 - 8th grade for the 2015-16 school year are now being accepted!

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Jan 07

Updated 3 days ago

URGENT - Husky Loose in AP

we just spotted a Husky running down the alley between Kimball and Bernard towards Montrose. We tried to get him to approach offering treats. He is wearing a collar. He ran off. We are afraid he will get hit by a car or freeze.

  • Thank Jennie. I never saw him so I never knew if the missing pups could have been him, but I am glad to hear you're looking out! Thanks so much for letting me know.

  • Hopefully he's doing well !

3 days ago

January 27, 1973: 42nd anniversary of the Paris Peace Accords and Cease Fire in the Vietnam War

Received this today from a fellow member of the American Legion. An important reminder for each of us not to forget the service and sacrifice of so many...

On January 27, 1973 (42 years ago today) the Paris Peace Accords were signed declaring a cease-fire in Vietnam. The U.S. government, South Vietnam and North Vietnam governments pledged to "respect the independence, sovereignty, unity, and territorial integrity of Vietnam as recognized by the 1954 Geneva Agreements on Vietnam."

The U.S. further agreed to continue withdrawing troops, which resulted in a complete removal of soldiers by March 29, 1973.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Maid Service?

Can anyone recommend a good, affordable maid service? We just need someone to come in once a month to give a good cleaning. Thanks!

Jan 20

Updated 3 days ago

Recommendation for Real Estate Agent in East Albany Park area?

Can anyone recommend a good real estate agent who knows the Ravenswood Manor, East Albany Park, Irving Park areas? Just looking for someone experienced and is a good rep. Trying to sell our condo. Thanks!

  • Sorry wrong post Please diregard. However, I to am looking for a real estate agent who will be proactive in search for my home. I have gone thru two agents so far and I want to give up

  • If you're looking for an agent to buy a property, I can't recommend Carrie Weston enough. She works for a small firm in Chicago (Big Shoulders Realty) and has served me well (twice), as well as several friends -- I've recommended her several times. She loves what she does and it shows. Good luck!

4 days ago

6:30 tonight meeting with Alderman

Don't forget, Alderman Rey Colón invites all neighbors to attend a community meeting on Tuesday, January 27 at 6:30pm at Aspira Haugan School, Annex Building, 3729 W. Leland.

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Updated 4 days ago

Handyman recommendation

I am hoping to get a solid recommendation on a handyman. Would prefer to give my money to someone local, small and dependable. Any suggestions?

  • Miles Baltrusaitis Downtown Commuter

    I really like Gary's Handyman Service at http://800gary.com. Also in the 'hood around Kilbourn. 847.800.4279 (that's 800-GARY). Pretty neat, right?

  • Ravens Yes.I can fix that.

    Reasonable, many years experience. Have tools. Also repair appliances. Please call 312-890-7558

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Yummy

Vicky is awesome. Great service!!

Jan 23

Updated 5 days ago

No More Recycling Plastic Bags?

I hear from my friendly recycling man that the city will no longer accept any plastic bags in the blue recycling bins. That's trash bags or grocery bags. This is confirmed on the city's site: http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/streets/supp_info/recycling1/blue_cart_residentialrecyclingacceptedmaterials.html

How long has this been the case? Seems lame, no?

  • Yes, those plastic grocery bags and plastic sheeting are recyclable but they need to be handled separately. Left in the waste stream they wrap around and get caught on the rollers that move the waste through the sorting facilities and cause breakdowns and loss of man-hours spent removing them from the stream to keep them from literally, gumming up the works.

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    The City of Chicago recycling website mentioned in the first post has brief videos about the recycling process. In the video about separating or sorting recyclables the narrator says something like, "First, the plastic bags holding the items are ripped open to loosen the contents." So it looks like we...

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    The City of Chicago recycling website mentioned in the first post has brief videos about the recycling process. In the video about separating or sorting recyclables the narrator says something like, "First, the plastic bags holding the items are ripped open to loosen the contents." So it looks like we can still carry our newspapers and other plastic and glass out to the blue cart in plastic bags. We use Glad recycling bags, which are translucent. We take our bag of bags to the Jewel every couple of weeks for recycling.

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