23 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

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!

    Correct. And many area Aldermen, even ones serving in 2003 (Laurino for example) have stated they didn't know the "vision". And my understanding is it was unclear until Rahm that the intention was to destroy the diagonal runways. Pilots and FAA actually want the use of the diags, for safety...

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    Correct. And many area Aldermen, even ones serving in 2003 (Laurino for example) have stated they didn't know the "vision". And my understanding is it was unclear until Rahm that the intention was to destroy the diagonal runways. Pilots and FAA actually want the use of the diags, for safety reasons, and higher capacity. And use of diagonal and latitude runways would actually fairly disperse the noise.

    I didn't move next to an airport. It moved next to me. I understand living in an urban area, they will be plenty of noises I have to deal with. I believe O'Hare to be valuable to our economy, and a necessity. But I don't believe O'Hare is being a good neighbor on this matter, and they haven't tried to work with the community at all, and our mayor being completely dismissive and unresponsive.

  • I have lived in Albany Park for five years now, and for the first four, there was some air traffic (which is to be expected since O'Hare isn't too far away), but these days it's relentless. We have a flight path directly over our house that sometimes shuttles in a...

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    I have lived in Albany Park for five years now, and for the first four, there was some air traffic (which is to be expected since O'Hare isn't too far away), but these days it's relentless. We have a flight path directly over our house that sometimes shuttles in a plane a minute. And if there isn't a plane flying directly over us, there's another path about a block or so away, so we hear that too. I am completely beside myself that Mayor Emanuel ignores the pleas for change. It's unacceptable. I have joined FAiR Chicago and appreciate the voice we share there. I've also contacted Rey Colon, our new alderman, about the issue, hoping he'll get involved. Let's all continue to put the pressure on our elected officials—we deserve to live in peace!

13 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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23 hours ago

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 26 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 28 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

36 hours ago

Updated 28 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 2 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.)
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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.

3 days ago

Updated 2 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!

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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!

3 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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4 days ago

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!

Jan 23

Updated 4 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.

4 days ago

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5 days ago

Woman hurt after car slams into bus stop, rolls over on Northwest Side

A 22-year-old man was driving a 1997 Honda Civic eastbound in the 3600 block of West Foster Avenue around 1 a.m. when he sideswiped another vehicle, struck a bus stop and rolled over, said Chicago Police News Affairs Amina Greer.

Jan 21

Updated 5 days ago

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.

Jan 19

Updated 6 days 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.

6 days ago

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Jan 21

Updated Jan 23

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.

Jan 23

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Jan 22

Updated Jan 22

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.

Jan 20

Updated Jan 22

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

Jan 22

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

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.

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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.

Jan 21

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

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 Jan 20

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 20

Jan 13

Updated Jan 20

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!

Jan 19

Updated Jan 20

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.

Jan 20

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Jan 19

Updated Jan 19

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.

Jan 19

Concordia Place BrewFest

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3633-3660 W. Foster Ave.