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Health news Micron & Associates Hong Kong Blog - Top 3 health tips: easy ways to lose weight

Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

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Would you like to cut about 500 calories from your daily diet without even realizing it? All you have to do is turn the following tips into habits, and you'll drop one pound per week, 26 pounds in six months, or 52 pounds by next year!

Stick to the strategy from Prevention magazine, published by Rodale of Emmaus, and watch the scale drop to a new low.

SNACK IN AFTERNOON, NOT MORNING

1 If you're divvying up your total daily calories among five or six smaller meals to control hunger and lose weight, you may be able to get by with one less snack and slim down even more. According to one study, a mid-morning snack is less effective for weight loss than a mid-afternoon one.

IGNORE THE WORDS 'LOW FAT'

2 It may sound counterintuitive but a Cornell study found people eat up to 50 percent more when a product is labeled low-fat. This is known as the "halo effect," because it makes the product appear healthful, prompts us to feel virtuous and — you guessed it — we end up eating more. Here's the rule: Eat the same amount of the "skinny" version as you normally would the "fat" version and you'll cut calories.

EXERCISE IN THE MORNING

3 Women who work out in the morning reduce their appetite and boost their total physical activity throughout the day, according to researchers. But here's the fine-print: The appetite-reducing effect only lasts for a short time, until body temperature returns to normal after exercise. However, since moving in the morning apparently encourages more movement all day, try four or five short bursts of activity (take the stairs, park in the outer reaches of the parking lot, do some crunches …) for best results.

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2 days ago

Updated 5 hours 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?

  • The orange sticker placed on the blue bin is to notify the regular garbage truck to take the contents.

  • 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.

3 days ago

Updated 6 hours 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.

  • Marcib Albany park home Owner

    Wow! We are finally getting our property values to go up some, after the huge loses we property owners took . This type of facility is not going to increase our property values but the opposite. not happy with meeting date !

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    .If property values go up some then property tax will go up some too, won't it?

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Kittens

I have to get rid of two female kittens. They are 7 months old. I am available today (Wednesday, 1/21) after 4:30 pm but before 6:30 pm. If interested, feel free to email me. Thanks

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

    Thanks, I got the new landlord to approve my keeping them. They are like babies, and as I stated before it would damage them to be separated. They adore each other so much. I know that shelters would separate them, that's why I reached out to see if someone wanted them so that they aren't separated. Thanks again

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    Concerned Guardian,
    That's wonderful news! I always think kittens are happier in pairs. I have two littermates that I adopted as kittens. They have been so happy together, and keep each other company when I'm not home. :) So glad you are keeping them. Thank you for taking care of them, for thinking about what's best for them, and keeping them together.

45 hours ago

Updated 25 hours ago

Palmer Elementary School

Palmer is a level 1 Chicago public school and now has a great new banner to celebrate this achievement.

  • That banner is a wonderful public statement of all the hard work going on inside that school. Congratulations to the Administration, Faculty, and Students and their Families. And thank for for helping make North Mayfair the great neighborhood it is!

28 hours ago

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Updated 32 hours 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!

  • TK

    Sam sounds extremely credible and I must vouch for her recommendation!!! 😊

    Feel free to reach out if you need any assistance at all. Best of luck!!!

    www.tksellschicago.com

    -Ted K

  • Thank you everyone for your input! This helps a lot!

5 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

The Deb Mell Avalanche of Campaign Flyers

Is anyone else just getting deluged by Mell flyers in the mail? Between my wife and I we get two almost every day. I have dozens of these flyers stacking up. I wasn't planning to vote for Mell. The flyers would have convinced me otherwise if I had been.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Same problem in the 50th with Silverstein literature. I picked up three flyers on the grass during my block walk home from the bus stop

  • MK long-time city girl & dog lover

    So wasteful and annoying! Was also not planning to vote for her, and this just confirms it. Makes me question her judgment about use of resources.

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2 days ago

Gas Meter/Pipe Installation This Year?

Will this be the year that they finally make it over to Keystone? Does anyone know the site with the map that People's Gas has with their planned locations?

Thanks!

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Used appliance store rec!

Greetings neighbors,
Looking for a place that has good used and/or refurbished washers and dryers. Anyone have any positive experiences with any local stores? Any and all recommendations welcome.

Many thanks!

  • Andrew Levin Property Management Specialist

    Mike's Furniture is still open at 1259 N Ashland. In addition to great used appliances, they have a great stove and refrig repair service mostly for appliances they have sold in the past.

  • Sue Portage Park-er

    There are Sears Outlets in Melrose Park and Niles. Refurbished and returned items, some with dings but most in like new condition. You can shop the current inventory on-line before making the trip. http://www.searsoutlet.com/
    We've bought a couple appliances there and have had no problems.

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Property rentals provided by Trulia

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone attend the newly formatted CAPs meeing (1722, 1723, 1724)?

I am curious how the new format worked out. Likes/dislikes?

  • Chris Dick Johnson!

    I attended. For the most part, first meeting went better than I thought it would. Still think they will have to curtail wondering complaints a little better, but it didn't happen as much as I thought it would. Turnout was great. Meeting ended by 7:30 for all 3 beats (30...

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    I attended. For the most part, first meeting went better than I thought it would. Still think they will have to curtail wondering complaints a little better, but it didn't happen as much as I thought it would. Turnout was great. Meeting ended by 7:30 for all 3 beats (30 mins shorter than allotted). I like the (recently) new lieutenant.

    All in all, a few small kinks, but ran smoother than I thought. I was expecting a real cluster. And it wasn't at all.

    I did enjoy seeing the larger attendance, and seeing some faces from my neighboring beats I have seen in a long time.

  • FCZ Montrose and Troy

    Thanks, Chris. I, too, am surprised it only lasted for an hour. And, by the attendance.

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Watch Your Cars!!!

Thieves going around steeling tires with the rims off cars.

  • A friend living on Oakley just south of Montrose had her catalytic converter cut out three days ago.

  • inssane North Sider since 1981

    Wheel locks
    Catalytic convertor lock

    Those are two things that you can protect your car with and they work.

    You can get around wheel locks, unlikely thieves will have time or tool to do so.
    The cat lock, they would need a toolkit IF they can take it off.

    Likely,...

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    Wheel locks
    Catalytic convertor lock

    Those are two things that you can protect your car with and they work.

    You can get around wheel locks, unlikely thieves will have time or tool to do so.
    The cat lock, they would need a toolkit IF they can take it off.

    Likely, with these pieces in place, a thief will see it and move on.
    Higher vehicles (toyota Rav3/4runner) type trucks are most common for cat theft. These people must be idiots, most of the nice rims in Chicago come off of cars for winter time.

    GL

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Dec 16

Updated 4 days ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

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

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    Also, I don't know about Ald. Laurino's scheduling, but the invite for the forum went out to all candidates on Dec 13, so not really last minutes

  • Did anyone participate in Laurino's town hall meeting last night via phone? I learned about it last night after the fact. I didn't see it listed on the ward website and I didn't receive any email notice so I wasn't home to take the call. Did anyone participate? And did anyone receive advance notice?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

snow giving people a license to not clean up dog poo

once the snow melts, the amount of moist, smudgy, smooshy, disgusting dog shieet that emerges all over the place is really a measuring stick of society.

all you people who do this are a small notch above rats & pigeons.

  • Dan on Monticello Neighborhood Guy

    Jane, I agree with you on the idea of making bags available for people that "forget" to bring them. I've tried it by the back fence in my yard, and some people do use them.

    There's really not much more you can do other than to encourage people to be...

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    Jane, I agree with you on the idea of making bags available for people that "forget" to bring them. I've tried it by the back fence in my yard, and some people do use them.

    There's really not much more you can do other than to encourage people to be responsible; yelling at them after the business is done and they start walking away usually turns unproductive.

    As for the hurling of trash out of car windows... just ONCE I'd like to see a cop write a ticket for littering. Or someone just lose it, pick up the trash and hurl back into their car. It would be nice to see the City begin a concentrated campaign against litter; some people have been doing it for so long they don't even think about it as being something irresponsible.

    Oh, and to the OP retrac... I know rats and pigeons aren't the most cuddly and beloved of city critters; but they are definitely several notches above careless pet owners and litterers.

  • I am a dog owner and I routinely keep at least one bag, usually two, in my pocket, even when my dog is not with me. The second bag allows me to pick up extra poop I encounter on my property or my neighbors'. I also routinely use a bag...

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    I am a dog owner and I routinely keep at least one bag, usually two, in my pocket, even when my dog is not with me. The second bag allows me to pick up extra poop I encounter on my property or my neighbors'. I also routinely use a bag I have with me to clean up all the cigarette butts I find outside my back gate and around my trash cans. (Picked up 30 of them yesterday.) On the rare occasion that I have forgotten to take a bag with me on a dog walk, I have gone home for a bag and retraced my steps. Snow actually makes it easy to do the clean up from the dogs, so it's no excuse. It's dried leaves in the fall that makes it a little harder. I find these behaviors to be absolutely disrespectful to my neighborhood.

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photography

Where are the best spots in Albany Park for photographers? Not just nature shots but to capture outstanding model photos? Interior and exterior is fine by me. Thanks

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    Definitely the wetlands and maybe the field house also at Eugene Field, see my post about it from this past fall, took a few photos there with my DSLR

  • Chandra Lynn Dagley Albany Park Sky Goddess

    Also the Thai cultural center on Pulaski maybe, (I think it's Thai) where the old police station used to be

Jan 15

Updated 5 days ago

Group of Young Vandals

I've noticed a group of kids, approximate ages 10 - 15, knocking over trash receptacles, throwing rocks at cars, apartment and house windows, and generally making trouble in the alley that runs just south of Lawrence, between Avers and Lawndale. The group ranges between 6 and 10 kids and they usually appear within a couple hours after school, normally between 3:30 and 5pm. I've called the police each time, but because they move quickly, normally by the time the police...

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I've noticed a group of kids, approximate ages 10 - 15, knocking over trash receptacles, throwing rocks at cars, apartment and house windows, and generally making trouble in the alley that runs just south of Lawrence, between Avers and Lawndale. The group ranges between 6 and 10 kids and they usually appear within a couple hours after school, normally between 3:30 and 5pm. I've called the police each time, but because they move quickly, normally by the time the police arrive, they are long gone.
I caution neighbors to be vigilant. These kids more than likely live local, and have parents that aren't monitoring their comings and goings. If you've recently had a broken window, turned over garbage can, or other vandalism in this area, this is likely the source. I urge you also to notify the police if you see these trouble-makers (you may make the report anonymously if having your info in police hands worries you). Multiple reports will generate more action and also establish a pattern, which may help put an end to this annoyance.

  • eric teacher, resident

    Don't sweat the petty things, eh?

  • JK

    Just had a snowball thrown at the front window. All in good fun, I'm sure.

Jan 13

Updated 5 days ago

Try Ciao Bella's Pizza @ 3737 W Lawrence Ave!!

As close as you can get to thin crust pizza from Italy! Super delicious and at a great price! Close to the Kimball Brown line stop. Just walk a few blocks west on Lawrence. Haven't tried delivery, but if you dine in, they serve food quickly and all are made to order!

  • loraine t washington 5 yr. resident

    Too funny. At least they called you back.

  • Anne Northwest side mom

    We called in an order for pick up and when we didn't get there as quickly as we thought we would they called to let us know it was ready and sitting there waiting there for us - he was really nice about it and it seemed more helpful on his part than him thinking that we weren't going to pay for what we ordered. The pizzas were delicious - we will absolutely be ordering from them again!

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Seeking free shredding

Hi there, Cleaning house for the new year and would like to know of any free shredding events or services in January. Thanks in advance!

  • Neighborly1~ Values community.

    I am looking for this too! They are often held in warmer months, but don't know where to find then in winter.

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Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

6 days ago

Concordia Place BrewFest

Join Concordia Place at Revolution Brewing and enjoy a night full of unlimited craft brews, delicious appetizers and much more. All proceeds will benefit Concordia Place.

$45/person - Limited time friends and family special (available until January 26)
$60 before February 7
$75 at the door

$20 VIP Upgrade - Tour of brewery, meet the brewer, sample some of the newest brews available, and a BrewFest koozie donated by Bulldog Printing.

$250 4 Pack - Four tickets with VIP upgrade

$500 HOPS Sponsor - Six tickets with VIP upgrade, event signage & social media recognition

Get tickets today at www.ConcordiaPlace.org/BrewFest

Dec 04

Updated 6 days ago

At Lawrence Hall, vulnerable kids terrorized, learn life of crime

www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang...

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www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-youth-treatment-crime-met-20141203-story.html

One teenager raped a 50-year-old woman as she walked to the "L" stop at dawn.

A second was arrested nine times in one year on charges that included theft, property damage and groping and punching a girl.

A third was convicted in a series of cellphone robberies in which he punched passers-by to the ground, cracking the teeth of one victim and dragging another down the street by her purse.

These assailants weren't working for a powerful street gang or other criminal enterprise.

They were juvenile state wards promised round-the-clock supervision and intensive therapy in a taxpayer-financed residential treatment center or in a network of nearby group homes run by the same Chicago agency.

Lawrence Hall is located at 4833 N Francisco Ave.

  • If you have a long memory, you can remember Patrick Murphy, the Cook County Public Guardian back then, saying that DCFS is what keeps prostitution in Chicago supplied with new recruits.

  • Our new governor just slashed funding to DCFS. How can they possibly make things better with even less money.

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