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Updated 1 hour ago

Cermak Produce

Does anyone knows when Cermak Produce will open on Damen/Ridge where Dominicks used to be?

  • They have got to be getting close. Two days ago I saw them working on the front of the building. Masons were working on the brick, sidewalk and façade.

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Updated 10 hours ago

Next CAPS Meeting for Beat 2412

Does anyone know when the next meeting for Beat 2412 is? The only listing I can find is for 2013. Thanks.

  • JR West Ridge Neighbor Since 2003 Resident of West Ridge since 2003

    I believe Mary Beth Brewer managed the 2412 website until she moved. I was told she took it down when she moved.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    I'm surprised that Mary Beth didn't pass it on to someone. It's easy to set up a yahoo group (we have one for 2411, and one for west rogers park).

2 days ago

Updated 11 hours ago

Howard street Red Line Station

When I moved to Chicago in W Rogers Park almost ten years ago. The Howard street station was horrible to say the least. Then we were fortunate enough to get the Brand new state of the art beautiful station. They spent millions and millions of dollars in our neighborhood. The residents should be as elated as I was.

I have a car and don't use the el that much. But went to pride last week of June and took the...

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When I moved to Chicago in W Rogers Park almost ten years ago. The Howard street station was horrible to say the least. Then we were fortunate enough to get the Brand new state of the art beautiful station. They spent millions and millions of dollars in our neighborhood. The residents should be as elated as I was.

I have a car and don't use the el that much. But went to pride last week of June and took the train. I was blown away as to the condition our once beautiful station has fallen into. The escalator was clanking horribly. The windows and walls don't appear to have ever been cleaned. So I'm thinking. Ok. They will fix the escalator. WRONG. Took the train last week 3 months later and the escalator is still making that awful noise and the place is a dirty mess

I contacted Ald Moores office, the CTA and WGN News. Got standards email responses from all

We have a multi million dollar stop here. Who is in charge of maintenance on the station? Who is in charge of cleaning? We certainly need to find out who is responsible for this and Fire the lazy sob's. This is ridiculous. If any of you witness this. Please contact Mr Moores office. The CTA and any news agencies that you may have ties with

  • It's filthy, poorly maintained, dangerous, and overrun with surly unhelpful employees who stand around doing absolutely nothing. It's a disgrace - an extremely expensive disgrace, for which WE all paid.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Peg - as an almost daily user of the the Howard station, I have to disagree with most of wheat you have to say. The station is filthy because it is (a) exposed to the elements, (b) not funded well enough for frequent cleanings, (c) used by people who have...

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    Peg - as an almost daily user of the the Howard station, I have to disagree with most of wheat you have to say. The station is filthy because it is (a) exposed to the elements, (b) not funded well enough for frequent cleanings, (c) used by people who have not interest in using garbage cans, and are not encouraged to do so.

    Why do you say the station is poorly maintained? Escalators seem to be working 95+% of the time, lights seem to work, turnstiles function well. Please explain.

    Dangerous? I have passed through the station almost every day since August 1998, and have never felt in danger.

    I have had only positive experiences with the employees, and will take the average CTA employee over the average RCN employee any day.

Sep 20

Updated 16 hours ago

Alerman's Survey

See Ald. Silverstein's report on her recent survey for some interesting information. According to the report, 93% of the ward's residents do not attend CAPS meetings. The alderman recently began sending out the 24th District's crime report with her newsletter, and I wonder if one of the reasons for low attendance is the fact that the CAPS meetings in the report are for the 49th Ward.

http://50thwardchicago.com/2014/survey-results/
https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B7tWxCq0oKt8RE9iMVVnVFFOWjg/edit?pli=1

  • Jerome Yanoff Lived here since 1977

    Does anybody think this "sidewalk scape" makes any difference to anyone except for the people being paid to build it. I would rather they had spared a crew to fix the hole in my street that I first reported in mid June.

  • Jerome, Deb is quick to claim credit for the street-scaping project, and because everyone hates it, I'd like to let her; however, this project was set in motion before she entered the scene. The problem with street-scaping is multi-faceted. The only people who benefit from these projects are the contractors...

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    Jerome, Deb is quick to claim credit for the street-scaping project, and because everyone hates it, I'd like to let her; however, this project was set in motion before she entered the scene. The problem with street-scaping is multi-faceted. The only people who benefit from these projects are the contractors who complete them. They reduce parking, which is already a significant concern to current business owners. They reduce traffic capacity, which is a problem already. If you haven't been down Devon, I can tell you it's severely congested most hours of the day. Because we are starved off efficient public transportation, most everyone in this ward must drive. The last thing you want to do is reduce their ability to get around. Transportation is a primary driver of economic growth, and limiting ability to travel through the city is destructive. Reducing parking and traffic capacity alone should be enough to say "enough, we don't want this project." Sadly, it gets worse. The special taxes that business owners along Devon must pay are expected to triple to cover the indefinite maintenance of this pet project. These projects have one purpose only, and that's to give the alderman something to brag about. It steers tax dollars to contractors, who in most cases contributed to their campaigns, and away from useful projects and other infrastructure improvement and repair.

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Website Up and Running

The website for my campaign is up and running and is fully functional! You can find out more information about me at www.votesifnotis.com. Donation functionality will be added later tonight. If you would like to sign my petition to get on the ballot or offer to volunteer for my campaign, in addition to asking me any questions or voicing any concerns, check out the site!

2 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

Our police officers at work

after that terrifying incident on Thursday, I got home today and saw a police squad driving by the same spot where I was threatened. Thank you! I felt safe and I know someone is listening.

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Updated 2 days ago

Clarifying Rules on Signature Collection

While out speaking with residents in the community and collecting signatures for the upcoming election, I encountered quite a few people who were flat-out lied to. Canvassers from Alderman Silverstein's camp apparently are telling residents that there are no challengers in the upcoming election and that they can sign more than one petition. Both statements are false! There are four known candidates to represent the 50th Ward: Zehra Quadri, Shajan Kuriakose, Deb Silverstein, and Pete Sifnotis. Further, your signature is valid for only one petition, so make it count! Don't let someone coerce you into signing!

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Updated 3 days ago

Water Bill

Hi, we bought a townhouse in August and got our water bill yesterday and the bill is for the May-Oct period. I have a couple of questions:
1. Why am I paying for six months when I've only lived there for a month?
2. Should I get a water meter? If we don't, we will pay a flat rate of $400 every six months.

Thanks for your input.

  • As a point of reference, our six unit condo building (2 baths each unit) and 5 sets of washer/dryers and everybody has dishwashers, we pay $200 (roughly) every other month. Definitely worth it to get a meter. Oh, and we do water our lawn.

  • Chef Roux Business Owner, = Rights Activist, RP Lover

    We are paying $800 every other month for 8 Townhomes. Is $50 a month high?

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Sep 20

Updated 4 days ago

Attendance at Devon Community Market

"This Wednesday was the last Devon Community Market of the season. This year’s market was a tremendous success, with more than 4,000 residents streaming in from all over the city and beyond to sample everything the 50th Ward has to offer! I was also very pleased to be able to bring in farmers from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana to provide our neighborhood with fresh local berries, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese." [Quote from Ald. Silverstein's current newsletter]

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"This Wednesday was the last Devon Community Market of the season. This year’s market was a tremendous success, with more than 4,000 residents streaming in from all over the city and beyond to sample everything the 50th Ward has to offer! I was also very pleased to be able to bring in farmers from Michigan, Illinois and Indiana to provide our neighborhood with fresh local berries, vegetables, meat, eggs and cheese." [Quote from Ald. Silverstein's current newsletter]

The claim that more than 4,000 people attended the market is simply unbelievable--it must be a typo. I missed only 3 markets and never saw more than 30-40 people in attendance at any of the ones I attended. I also volunteered at one market, and attendance was on the low end of that. I wonder how the number was calculated. Perhaps it is a typo and the actual number meant was 400, which would be much closer to reality.

I think Mary Arents did a wonderful job organizing and managing the market, but I still think it's in the wrong place. There's very little foot traffic on that stretch of Devon, and the event I worked showed that one problem with shoppers arriving after 6 pm is that there's no place for them to park. The suggested parking on side streets didn't work because people arriving home from work took all the spots, and nobody wants to pay the parking fees in order to shop the Market. Maybe next year it can be part of the Touhy Avenue revitalization, or located on Western Avenue. If organizers stopped calling it the Devon Market, and began calling it the West Rogers Park Market, there'd be more flexibility in choosing a location where it can draw more traffic. I'd like to see it succeed, but I think the first step is to tell the truth about well it really did, what didn't work out, and how it can be improved.

  • I am glad more people attended the market this year and applaud Mary for all her hard work. I attempted to go to the market on a few occasions and gave up because there was no parking. I would highly suggest moving the market from its current location. I had...

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    I am glad more people attended the market this year and applaud Mary for all her hard work. I attempted to go to the market on a few occasions and gave up because there was no parking. I would highly suggest moving the market from its current location. I had suggested to Mary prior to the market beginning, the JCC parking lot on Touhy or adjacent areas. I understand the park district charges incredible fees, eliminating Warren and Indian Boundary but wonder how other successful farmer's markets are successful regardless of this-ie Independence Park. In addition, it would be great to have the market on a weekend- I would not only be able to attend, but be a vendor as well.

  • Good ideas, Dawn. A weekend market on Touhy Avenue could be just what the area needs to encourage other retail investment. What kind of items would you sell?

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rumors of a mosque?

Is it true that a mosque is proposed to take over the church on Thorndale and Campbell?
I heard something a few weeks ago but nothing since.

5 days ago

Save the Date: Oct 20- "Why Chicago needs an Elected School Board"

Join the West Rogers Park Community Organization for another Democracy In Chicago Education Forum:

"Why Chicago Needs An Elected School Board"

a panel discussion including for now:

Will Guzzardi
Illinois State House Representative-elect for the 39th District*

Wendy Katten
Director at Raise Your Hand

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 to 8:30 P.M.
Devon Bank Community Room
6445 North Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60645

Limited Free Parking

Questions? Contact
amytruelove@yahoo.com

*Will Guzzardi is running unopposed in the November General Elections

https://www.facebook.com/events/340904849417141/

Sep 22

Updated 5 days ago

Volunteer with Karen Lewis' Mayoral Campaign!

Greetings,

I will be working as one of the Northside Regional Field Organizers for Karen Lewis’ Mayoral campaign specifically responsible for wards 33, 38, 39, 41 and 45 among other North/Northwest side neighborhoods including the 50th ward due to it being my home turf!

Karen is seriously considering running for Mayor in the 2015 City of Chicago elections and we need your help to get her on the ballot. At this time, we are looking for volunteers who believe in...

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Greetings,

I will be working as one of the Northside Regional Field Organizers for Karen Lewis’ Mayoral campaign specifically responsible for wards 33, 38, 39, 41 and 45 among other North/Northwest side neighborhoods including the 50th ward due to it being my home turf!

Karen is seriously considering running for Mayor in the 2015 City of Chicago elections and we need your help to get her on the ballot. At this time, we are looking for volunteers who believe in Karen to help gather signatures.

You can read more about Karen and myself at the end of this message.

There are a plethora of avenues for collecting signatures. You might be interested in:

• Going door to door in your neighborhood/precinct.
• Going door to door in other wards.
• Doing a morning or evening shift at a local CTA Train or Bus station.
• Collecting at high foot traffic street corners, parks, shopping centers, malls, movie theaters, and any special events.
• Simply keeping some petition sheets with you wherever you go and collecting!

If you are interested in any of the above, please contact me with:

1. Name
2. Ward you live in
3. Phone number
4. Email
5. General Availability
6. Can you help get more volunteers?

Feel free to contact me directly at (773) 800-0159 or at cityzenkhan@gmail.com and I will either work with you or put you in touch with the Organizer relevant to your ward.

I will be able to provide you a brief training and share clipboards, pens, and petition sheets and work with you to assess a schedule that would produce best results. If you don't fall in the wards I am covering, I can connect you with your region's coordinator.

We will be doing larger collection events in the near future and gatherings but also need people to be working on this daily.

Sincerely,
Ahmed Khan
Regional Field Organizer
Karen Lewis for Mayor
(773) 800-0159
cityzenkhan@gmail.com

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Ahmed, thanks. Just curious, why is Ward 40 not included in your region?

  • Ahmed Khan 50th Ward Resident

    jldoolittle: It is just the way the regions are broken down among the other Organizers. Nothing else. There is overlap due to neighborhoods overlapping different wards. 50th is technically not mine either but I just live here so doing a lot of work here also. If you are interested I can put you in touch with the Field Organizer more specific to your ward. Overtime, I will still be helping in and around 40th anyways.

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Sep 19

Updated 5 days ago

City crew rat baiting

We have been discussing the rat situation in our area in this blog. My request regarding baiting for rats was closed due to "no signs of rats." Can you believe it? I guess they have to see them to believe it. I know there are rats. I see them during the day and at night. So, what type of service do we get as property owners who pay taxes?
It is outrageous. The city claims it sent a crew and they found nothing at all. I have been able to bait in the yard and I have seen dead rats as a consequence of the baiting.
I am appalled at the response.

  • Robin in Rogers Park Owner of Cats in the City, LLC

    There is no perfect world. I found one dead bird near my feral colony. I also found a dead squirrel yesterday and a dead rat a while ago. I suspect my kitties got the bird and poison got the other two. I feel the bird was not at its best...

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    There is no perfect world. I found one dead bird near my feral colony. I also found a dead squirrel yesterday and a dead rat a while ago. I suspect my kitties got the bird and poison got the other two. I feel the bird was not at its best to be caught like that. It was a house sparrow. I am the kind of person where I don't want to see any animal die - but that's me and you'd have to know me to love me...;-) Anyway, here's more about feral kitties and the city rat race, if anyone is interested! http://www.communitycatsbook.com.

  • jldoolittle Resident of Rogers Park for 9 years

    Thanks, Robin. Learned something new. A colony of feral felines sounds tempting. Kittens and cats - love them.

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Beat 2411 Community Policing meeting schedule for balance of 2014

Neighbors,

Effective 09/2014, a new schedule, location & format for Community Policing meetings.

Schedule:
•Meetings on Community Policing will occur on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00PM-8:00PM.

Location:
•Monthly meetings rotate between the Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center (JCC) 3003 W Touhy Ave & St. Margaret Mary’s Activity Center (SMM) 7331 N Claremont Avenue

•Odd months – meetings are at the JCC
•Even month – meetings are at SMM

•Remaining 2014 schedule
•Tuesday 10/14/2014 – SMM
•Tuesday 11/11/2014...

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Neighbors,

Effective 09/2014, a new schedule, location & format for Community Policing meetings.

Schedule:
•Meetings on Community Policing will occur on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00PM-8:00PM.

Location:
•Monthly meetings rotate between the Bernard Horwich Jewish Community Center (JCC) 3003 W Touhy Ave & St. Margaret Mary’s Activity Center (SMM) 7331 N Claremont Avenue

•Odd months – meetings are at the JCC
•Even month – meetings are at SMM

•Remaining 2014 schedule
•Tuesday 10/14/2014 – SMM
•Tuesday 11/11/2014 - JCC
•Tuesday 12/09/2014 - SMM

Format:
•The meeting format & the name of the meeting will also change
•The Chicago Police Department (CPD) has limited resources & cannot attend every meeting.
•When NO Officers are scheduled to attend the meeting will be termed a “Community Policing meeting for Beat 2411”
•When Police Officers are scheduled and do attend it will be called a “Beat Meeting for Beat 2411”

Join and check for updates at our official site:
https://groups.yahoo.com/groups/CAPS2411/

Crime prevention, Community safety & Quality of life are priorities for CAPS 2411
If an arrest is made, a victim has already suffered.

Richard Concaildi
President and Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411
Vice Chair District Advisory Committee (District 24)
richconcaildi@aol.com

Stand Proud America!

The views and opinions expressed on this site are solely those of the CAPS Beat Facilitator and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the Chicago Police Department. A CAPS Beat Facilitator is a volunteer and is not employed by the City or the Department. The Chicago Police Department makes no claims as to the accuracy or veracity of any information contained on this site or distributed by the CAPS Beat Facilitator. The site is for informational use only and should not be construed to be a component of the Chicago Police Department training or reflective of Department procedure or protocol.

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Updated Sep 21

Last night

What was with all the sirens last night?

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Right around 2 am someone was assaulted on Western Ave just north of Devon.

  • Need for a Change 20 years in Rogers Park

    what about just before 3:0 am near the Heartland Cafe?

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Sep 18

Updated Sep 20

WRPCO: Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News

Please find in the below link information on the Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News from the West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO).

Click here for the newsletter: http://goo.gl/QCqdUY

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    ....don't care....so boring....much sighing...

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Don't nod off, Al,....it's almost lunch time!

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Sep 19

The crazy siren activity on Thursday 9/18 night.

Does anyone know what the hell was going on around 1am this morning/last night in Rogers Park? So many sirens for so long. It sounded quite serious.

Sep 15

Updated Sep 18

Choppers again?

Helicopters flying around rp again, anyone know what happened?

Sep 15

Updated Sep 18

Confused

Anyone else curious as to why the news fails to show all the shootings in uptown and Rogers park? I see lots of coverage on the south side shootings.

  • Need for change:

    There is a difference between statistics and figures. Just thought you should know.

  • The media is in the pockets of the politicians. If you have been reading the news since the beginning of the year, you will see shooting numbers when reported by the news are numbers from only a day or two on the weekends. They used to show an entire weekend. They started to split it up and stop reporting a full weekend a few months back. heyjackass.com is probably one of the best sources to find out about shootings.

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