3 days ago

Updated 59 min ago

Permit question

We are in the process of buying a new duplex in Lake View (yay!) and once everything is finalized will need/want to do some work on the unit including updating the kitchen and maybe some work on the above garage deck. I know a lot of the work will require city permits. Does anyone have advice on navigating those waters? We've only rented till now so I have no idea what we are getting into. Also any suggestions for designers and/or contractors is greatly appreciated! TIA!!!

  • d3 NOH

    The building department in this city is so corrupt it's amazing. Pay an expeditor or it's 3+ months. Total corruption, still continuing under Rahm.

  • Dusanmann Commercial construction vendor,broker,biz investor

    Jon above describe it just perfect. Be sure to hire someone who is known in the business and have good recommendation. Lot of people just looking for the cheapest price. Never go with the cheapest proposal. This is the project you live with. I do commercial only but I can definitely recommend some good remodelers.

1 hour ago

WildClaw Theatre benefit @ Four Moon Tavern

WildClaw Theatre holds their spring Metamorphosis benefit this evening at Four Moon Tavern (1847 W Roscoe). Come celebrate the 100th anniversary of Kafka's Metamorphosis and support the local theater group's efforts. RSVP at the event's Facebook page.

Mar 08

Updated 1 hour ago

Mayoral and Aldermanic Debates/Forums Before 4/7 Run-Off Election

MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by...

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MAYORAL:
Monday 3/16 6-7pm/Location TBD, Televised Mayoral Debate, NBC-5/Telemundo, co-sponsors are: University of Chicago's Institute of Politics and Harris School of Public Policy. NOTE: The debate is not listed yet on the Telemundo Chicago Schedule as being either broadcast live or delayed broadcast, or if in English or Spanish language.

DATE NOW SET: Thursday 3/26 Fox-32 Televised Mayoral Debate, Time/Location TBD, Time should be on the schedule/known next week

Sunday, 3/29 3pm, Purcell Hall, 4300 West Washington Blvd. ,Sponsored by West Side NAACP
, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

Tuesday 3/31 7-8pm Televised Mayoral Debate, WTTW/Chicago Tonight, Location likely WTTW Studio

ALDERMANIC:
2nd WARD: Wednesday 3/11 7-8pm WTTW/Chicago Tonight Forum, may be an extended segment rather than the entire program.

2nd WARD: Tuesday 3/24, 7-8:15pm, Columbus Elementary School,1003 N. Leavitt St, Greg Hinz, political editor from Crain's and Hal Dardick, a City Hall reporter from the Tribune will be moderating the 75-minute forum, which is co-sponsored by the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association, the East Village Association and the Wicker Park Committee.

29th WARD: Thursday 3/26, 6pm, Sankofa Cultural Arts & Business Center,5820 W. Chicago Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

24th WARD: Tuesday 3/31, 6pm, Roswell B. Mason Math And Science Academy, 1830 S. Keeler Ave., Sponsored by West Side NAACP,Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

37th WARD: Thursday 4/2,6pm Amberg Hall, Bethel New Life, 1140 N. Lamon Ave.,Sponsored by West Side Sponsored by West Side NAACP, Likely to be posted on CAN-TV

For NAACP sponsored forums RSVP: please email westsidenaacp@gmail.com including your name, contact number, and email

The above first list is as of 3/8/15. I plan to update it as get more information.

9 hours ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Wellington and Mildred resident's

Stop being such cry babies about the ambulances and now fire trucks parking on Wellington in front of Illionis Masonic Hospital. You don't own the street and if you got a life and stopped staring out your window, you wouldn't even know they were there.
The good people of the neighborhood are tired of listening to you whine. What, did you buy your house in the middle of the night and not notice the huge hospital?
Shut up already!

6 days ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Tour Ravenswood Elementary School

Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal...

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Ravenswood Elementary School has added tour dates to its regular schedule to accommodate CPS’ lottery acceptance announcements. Tours will be offered at 9 a.m. on:

Tuesday, March 24
Tuesday, March 31
Tuesday, April 14
Tuesday, May 12
Tuesday, June 9

Tours are led by Ravenswood parents knowledgeable about the school curriculum and activities. Visitors have the opportunity to see facilities, observe classrooms in action, ask questions and experience our school community firsthand. After the tour, the principal or assistant principal will join the group for an open question-and-answer session.

Reservations are not necessary. To join the tour, enter the school through the main (center) entry doors on Paulina Street. Sign in at the security desk and proceed down the hall to Multi-Purpose Room.

  • SBloom architect, 26 years north side

    Another tour offered this Tuesday Morning!

Jan 24

Updated 9 hours ago

Looking for radio (car) repair hobbyist/shop

I have an early 1990s car with a radio that seems to be acting up. Or, the speakers need their amps looked.

I need someone that can bench-test both.

I tried Yelp and Google. Neither are helpful. I guess it is a dying craft.

Anyone know of a hobbyist or electronics shop in Northcenter?

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    Robin--Thanks for the info about pay-to-play in Angie's List. How did you learn of this? It's despicable!

  • SixtyTwoPercentWater Neighborhood Blogger

    All - I am still looking. Surely there is a guy/gal in a basement somewhere with a soldering iron and a box full of electronic parts looking for work.

    Thanks for the feedback. I will try another angle (look up electronics dealers and back into repair persons.)

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27 hours ago

46th Ward Debates, Including 2 Televised ones, Viewing Parties Planned

MORE: 46th Ward Debates, including 2 televised ones!:
FROM:http://www.uptownupdate.com/2015/03/aldermanic-forums-yes-indeed-live-and.html
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Aldermanic Forums? Yes, Indeed! Live and Televised

If you're still on the fence about who to vote for in the 46th Ward aldermanic run-off, or if you just want to root for your candidate, there are several 46th Ward forums before Tuesday, April 7th.

•On Saturday, March 28, at 2pm, the League of Women Voters Chicago is sponsoring a forum between Ald. James Cappleman and challenger Amy...

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FROM:http://www.uptownupdate.com/2015/03/aldermanic-forums-yes-indeed-live-and.html
Saturday, March 28, 2015

Aldermanic Forums? Yes, Indeed! Live and Televised

If you're still on the fence about who to vote for in the 46th Ward aldermanic run-off, or if you just want to root for your candidate, there are several 46th Ward forums before Tuesday, April 7th.

•On Saturday, March 28, at 2pm, the League of Women Voters Chicago is sponsoring a forum between Ald. James Cappleman and challenger Amy Crawford at Preston Bradley Center, 941 West Lawrence (aka the People's Church).
•On Wednesday, April 1, there will be the first of two televised debates between the two candidates, and Buena Park Neighbors will be holding viewing parties for them both at Buena Beach Bar & Grill, in the Imperial Towers building at 4250 North Marine. There will be light refreshments, and food and drink specials. The televised debate will be on WTTW's Chicago Tonight program, from 7pm-8pm (doors open at 6pm).
•On Friday, April 3, Buena Beach Bar & Grill will once again open its doors at 6pm for a viewing party. This time the debate will be on CLTV's Politics Tonight, from 6:30pm-7pm.

UU Note: The East Lakeview Neighbors live debate originally scheduled at Temple Sholom has been cancelled, and the original times for the televised debates have been corrected. Please note the correct information above. We apologize for the earlier, inaccurate information.

Mar 02 2014

Updated 32 hours ago

Free concealed carry class - Northcenter

We are offering a free concealed carry class the weekend of March (March 28/29). The class will be eight hours each day and we will do the shooting qualification at Maxon's in Des Planes the following Saturday.

The class is limited to 40 people so if you are interested send us an email and we will send you the details.

Illinois has just been forced to allow people to protect themselves. Don't pass up this chance to take charge of your personal defense.

  • ANN1 xx

    Im confused. Is this class this weekend or was it last year?

  • Hammerman @ Lincoln Square Hammerman of Lincoln Square Tree House Builder

    Sure is funny! ???????????????? I thought it was this week, I didn't see the year. Just responded to it last week since I saw the dates of March 28&29. oh well too late anyway, ha!

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

Lost black and white cat

Mila got out of her home on Lakewood between Diversey and Wolfram in the Lakeview neighborhood of Chicago on Saturday, September 6, 2014, and she is still missing.

Mila is a 3 year-old black-and-white cat with green-yellow eyes. Her back is black while her belly, chest and paws are white. She has black around her eyes and a little black button nose. Mila is micro-chipped and was wearing a black-and-white collar with her name and our number on it. The collar has no tags or bells attached.

See more photos of Mila: danielleg.com/mila

REWARD: $1,000

  • G.

    I'm always keeping my eye out for her. I hope she is safe with a family and you find her soon.

  • I was out walking my dog and saw a black and white cat with a collar, but I wasn't able to approach the cat because of my dog. I'm not 100% that it was Mila, but it looked enough alike her for me to write. This happened around 12:00pm today,...

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    I was out walking my dog and saw a black and white cat with a collar, but I wasn't able to approach the cat because of my dog. I'm not 100% that it was Mila, but it looked enough alike her for me to write. This happened around 12:00pm today, Saturday March 28th. This cat was in the alley behind 856 W Wolfram and ran into the yard behind/adjacent to this building. (I did go back outside after putting my dog in but didn't see it. I couldn't enter the person's yard.) I hope this helps!

Mar 20

Updated 38 hours ago

Lincoln Square Concealed Carry Course

After your training you have a thorough understanding of:

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act
Justifiable Use of Deadly Force
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
How to draw your gun from a holster quickly and safely
What type of ammunition / gun is best to defend yourself
The various options on how to conceal your gun
When to shoot and when not to shoot
How to shoot without taking the time to use the sights
Much more…

Instead of merely a...

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After your training you have a thorough understanding of:

The Firearm Concealed Carry Act
Justifiable Use of Deadly Force
Unlawful Use of a Weapon
How to draw your gun from a holster quickly and safely
What type of ammunition / gun is best to defend yourself
The various options on how to conceal your gun
When to shoot and when not to shoot
How to shoot without taking the time to use the sights
Much more…

Instead of merely a lecture class, you will spend time interacting with the instructor, other students, and even training with laser pistols in the classroom before we head to the range.

You can finish your 16 hours with all the training requirements for Utah, Arizona and Florida non-resident CCW permits in addition to your Illinois License! This will allow you to carry in 32 States.

If this is of interest to you contact us at chicagocarry@windycitymail.org and we will send you the details for the course.

  • I am interested as well. Just sent you an email.

  • ANN1 xx

    I looked at the calendar for Maxon and I don't see the class, when do you do the shooting?

40 hours ago

LP SmartSide Siding

Hi Neighbors - have any of you utilized LP SmartSide engineered wood siding? What has been your experience? Many thanks in advance for your experience and advice.

41 hours ago

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3 days ago

Updated 42 hours ago

Looking for 3 bed 2 bath

Does anyone know of any properties that match this description. We are looking to move between now and July 1.

  • Deb Karp Humboldt Park

    I have several choices. Price point ?

  • Check out Revere Flats on Irving/Western by Noah Properties - just broke ground on phase 2 .... 3bed/3bath, gorgeous, large and great pricepoint!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Two lost dogs found

Two lost dogs were founds near the Starbucks off of Roscoe and leavitt. One big brindle mastiff mix and one large white doodle. They are safe with me

  • kvee California and irving park resident

    The two dogs are running around again. I tried to call them but they ignored me, Last seen at School and Seeley.

  • Talked to the owners and they said that they went for a walk and are at home, they are not lost

2 days ago

2 days ago

Choose Your Sports Bars Wisely This NCAA Tournament Weekend

UCLA: Commonwealth, 2000 Roscoe St. ($8 Miller Lite pitchers, $5 Miller Lite stadium cups and $5 bombs)

Louisville: Finley Dunne’s Tavern, 3458 N. Lincoln Ave. ($2 Miller High Life, $5 bombs)

Kentucky: The Pony Inn, 1638 W. Belmont Ave. ($5 UK Stadium Cups; $5 Big Blue Punch; $4 John Wall Shots; $15 Party Platter)

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Gonzaga: Sully’s House, 1501 N. Dayton St. ($16 domestic buckets, $10 Miller Lite pitchers, $4 Killians on draft)

NC State: Sheffield’s Beer and Wine Garden, 3258 N. Sheffield Ave.

Duke: Lincoln Park Stadium Bar, 2423 N. Clark St. ($7 Fish Taco dinner, $6 Cosmos)

Utah: Merkle’s, 3516 N. Clark St. ($5 Allagash White, $6 22oz Goose Island Drafts, $6 Deep Eddy Pints)

Oklahoma: Barn and Company, 950 W Wrightwood Ave. ($6 40oz beer)

Michigan State: Mad River Bar and Grille, 2909 N. Sheffield Ave ($4 drafts, $5 Jameson, and more.)

Wisconsin: Deuces and Diamond Club, 3505 N. Clark St. (Special: $15 Domestic Buckets, $5 Badger Bombs and $18 Wings N' Things: wings, fries, onion rings and pickle chips.)

Notre Dame: Citizen Bar, 364 W. Erie ($5 vodka cocktails)

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Candidate Forum at Chicago State University

CAN-TV VIDEO of Wed 3/26 Mayoral Forum at Chicago State University is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5knj9dWsFoA
Chicago Mayoral Election Runoff Forum
Published on Mar 27, 2015

Election forum featuring Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, hosted by Chicago State University. This program was streamed and recorded by Chicago Access Network Television (CAN TV).

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    This Mayoral Forum was held on Wed 3/25. a Fox32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate was held on Thur 3/26, VIDEO of the Fox 32 Debate is at:VIDEO of the Thursday 3/26 FOX32/Better Government Association Mayoral Debate is at:(Note: I could not see the video due to an upgrade in the Adobe player that I could not make on my shared computer) VIDEO of the Debate is at:http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video?clipId=11281078&autoStart=true

2 days ago

Drink Alarmist's First Beer Before Everyone Else

Taste for yourself, 7 p.m. Friday, Riverview Tavern, 1958 W. Roscoe St.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Waguespack supports Chuy

A message from Alderman Scott Waguespack:

I want to thank you for your support in the municipal elections in February as I was able to work with you to gain 79% of the vote in the 32nd Ward vote. The elected school board issue also tallied about 83% of the vote.

Another big date in Chicago's political history was made when the first ever mayoral runoff was set for April 7th. I am urging you to get out and vote...

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A message from Alderman Scott Waguespack:

I want to thank you for your support in the municipal elections in February as I was able to work with you to gain 79% of the vote in the 32nd Ward vote. The elected school board issue also tallied about 83% of the vote.

Another big date in Chicago's political history was made when the first ever mayoral runoff was set for April 7th. I am urging you to get out and vote early or on April 7th. I am supporting Chuy Garcia for Mayor but whoever you vote for, exercise your right to vote.

Voting for the April 7th runoff election is underway at early voting locations throughout the City. This is the first time Chicago has had a Mayoral runoff election since the runoff system was put into place. The Board of Elections ballots will list the two candidates for the office of Mayor: Mayor Emanuel and Chuy Garcia . In the 32nd Ward there will be one ballot cast for the mayoral race and no other questions will be on the ballot.

For questions about registration, absentee ballots, or any other election related issues visit the Q&A page at the Board of Elections for answers. To look up your polling place, check your voter information on the Chicago Board of Elections.


EARLY Voting is offered from Monday March 23rd through Saturday April 4th. Any voter registered in the City of Chicago may use any Early Voting site in the city, regardless of where the voter lives. Voters do need to present government photo ID during early voting.

HOURS of Polling Locations
All sites will be open every day from March 23 through April 4:
Mon-Sat - 9 am-5 pm
Sunday - 9 am - 3 pm

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Cleaner for Shearling Coat needed

Can anyone recommend a good, reliable cleaner for a shearling coat in the Lincoln Square/North Center neighborhoods?

  • Julie Bean heavy coffee drinker

    Without a Trace on Bryn Mawr.

    They refurbished a leather jacket for me. I found the prices fair.

    http://www.withoutatrace.com

  • April in Lincoln Square resident 22 years

    Davis Imperial Cleaners on Bryn Mawr. They're near Without a Trace (on the other side of the street). Or, contact a local furrier for advice, since shearling is "real."

2 days ago

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3 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

How much do you tip movers?

What's the going rate for tipping movers?

  • I recently used Schlep (www.schlep.it) to move an armoire; they were fantastic and the cost was $80, so I tipped $10 for each Schlepper.

  • I have always ordered lunch for the crew and tipped based on their individual performance( I have moved 3 times in 15 years) the median tip being $30.00.
    Hope this helps!

3 days ago

5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Pension Reform - Budget - Civic Federation - Tribune Editorial

I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion...

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I read the Op Ed piece in today's Tribune. Pretty nasty way to get a pension, if that is true (work one day, pay some credits a voila! $97K a year for life).

That got me wondering a few things. Normally, I go right to the idea "who should I blame for this mess" but that won't solve the underlying issue. I started to think through who "owns" approving pension plans in general and who might have an unbiased opinion on the matter. I needed to find someplace, somewhere that would have a white paper I can read.

That lead me to the Civic Federation. (No affiliation in any way.)

I took a read about the FY2016 budget on the Civic Federation's website. Seems they have half a dozen or so fixes/ideas that will get us back on sensible fiscal footing.

I guess my question is, does anyone have any experience with their projections or their math? I am curious if they have the required rigor of analysis done to be considered a viable, reliable source for reform recommendations. Thoughts?

  • The Civic Federation is well-regarded as a credible source of rigorous analysis. Government entities and news organizations respect and seek CF's input.

Mar 19

Updated 3 days ago

New Home Construction Cost

We have a small single family home in North Center and looking to tear-down and rebuild. Has anyone gone through this process? We haven’t started searching for a contractor yet and don’t know what to expect in terms of cost. We have searched new construction in the area and would like to build a home similar to what is being built around us, a single family, framed home approx. 4000 square ft. Anyone know what the approx. cost would be from tear-down to move in ready? I know there are many variables so a range would help. We currently have no mortgage on our house and know taxes will increase. Thanks for your help.

  • CJL ...

    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was...

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    J: "It looks like I have a cistern in my back yard. Basically looks like a sewer lid in the ground on the back of the house"

    That you have the cistern doesn't mean it's still tied in--there could have been something done in the past. *usually*, if it was done properly, they would have backfilled the cistern with sand/gravel. So if you lift the cover and it's part/all full of sand/gravel, then it's out of service. Otherwise, you at least have to have someone take a look at it.

    The cistern in my yard was (and as I understand it, in most cases, in NC/LS) originally basically a grease trap--the kitchen drains ran to a sewer line that ran out to the cistern, and then there was another sewer line out of the cistern (higher than the kitchen inflow) tying into the line that runs to the main under the street. So the heavy grease and food debris would settle into the bottom of the cistern, and the cleaner water flow out to the main. Ours has been all capped off and filled, but is still there in the backyard.

  • william V northcenter resident

    Jim-- I can't write it all- take to long-but if you call me after 2 pm any day I can help you with some ideas on this -- 773-480-5542

3 days ago

Roscoe Village fitness studio hosted moms for free classes

Last Saturday, moms from the Neighborhood Parents Network were invited to MakeYourBody studio at 2218 W. Belmont to try free kettlebell and high-intensity cardio classes. Thanks to everyone who came in and worked out with us!

If you're looking to get in shape this spring in a small-group setting where you will learn proper technique, visit or website (http://www.makeyourbody.com/) or stop in from 11-3 on Saturday during the Belmont Bunny Hop!

Mar 20

Updated 3 days ago

How long will construction at Addison and Western last?

Anyone know how long the construction will last at Addison & Western? It's quite a nightmare at the moment. Thanks!

  • Bus rapid transit. Makes so much more sense on Western than on Ashland.

  • Im in agreement. Especially because Western goes the entire length of the city. The Ashland bus stops at Irving. Not helpful to get to the city's northern neighborhoods by bus easily.

    Also Western is a good middle ground between the blue line or the brown line on the north side. On the south side, just the orange line.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Police tape at Larchmont and Ravenswood this morning. Anyone know what happened?

This morning when I was leaving for work I saw police tape at Ravenswood and Larchmont with police cars further down the block. Does anyone know what happened?

3 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Who do you love as a hair stylist?

I'm looking for a stylist to cut my hair every 6-8 weeks. My current stylist is great at color but I need a separate person for cuts. The man who used to cut my hair moved back to Ohio. :-( Any suggestions? I'm in Lakeview but am willing to travel a bit for a fantastic cut and style. My hair is several inches below the shoulders, very straight and relatively healthy.

Thank you for any and all suggestions.

  • Sheba at Sparrow on Milwaukee by Logan Boulevard. I always get compliments.

  • I second Josie at sine non qua Lakeview/west town
    I used to drive back home to Detroit for haircuts. Now that I go to Josie I wouldn't go to anyone else. I got another haircut from some other stylists at the salon while Josie was on maternity and I prefer her but I love the salon overall, everyone is great and really knowledgeable and professional

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Video of 36th Ward Aldemanic Candidate Forum, held on Monday 3/23

36th WARD, Monday 3/23,Debate between candidates to be Alderman in Chicago's 36th Ward. The debate was organized by the Bel-Montclare Community Organization. The candidates are Gilbert Villegas and Omar Aquino. The moderator is Alonso Zaragoza.
VIDEO of the forum is at:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRc0m-XOfm0

4 days ago

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