Oct 16

Updated 2 hours ago

Cermak Market?

Anyone got the scoop on the old Dominicks on Ridge? Looks like they're doing a bunch of work there and I heard it was gonna be a grocery called Cermak produce or something like that. Thanks.

  • I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened...

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    I think it's a good sign that they didn't reopen the store too quickly without working on improving it and making it their own. I have no idea exactly what kind of store they plan to open at the site, but this article about a Cermark Fresh store that opened in Milwaukee has me hopeful. Cermak seems to have identified the "ethnic" market as its niche, which makes sense for the Ridge location, given the mixture of Indian, Pakistani and Latino consumers in the area, among others. But they seem to define "ethnic" quite broadly, including Polish, German, Italian and Greek.

    "If you were to walk into the (West Milwaukee) store, whether you're Hispanic, whether you're German, whether you're Polish, whether you're Italian, you'd think that store was for you."
    http://www.jsonline.com/business/cermak-is-a-fresh-face-on-the-area-food-scene-0360khu-161668825.html

  • Looking forward to their opening and I am hoping for a great store nearby to me. From the outside it looks like it will be soon.

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Oct 14

Updated 25 hours ago

Why We Have Rats

I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always...

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I took these photos this morning. The tenants in this building (the northwest corner of Devon & Fairfield) don't care how they dispose of their garbage. Some of it is tossed out of the second and third floor windows above the dumpsters. I once saw a bag in mid-flight but couldn't tell which floor it came from. Much of it comes from tenants who toss their bags on top, behind, or next to the dumpster. The maintenance man is always cleaning up the alley, but he wasn't there today. And, as of half an hour ago, there's even more garbage on the ground, more bags tossed into the alley. Recently someone has begun to leave newspaper with torn bread and what appears to be cheese on top the dumpster several times a week. This may be poison (note the dead rat between the bags) and would explain the two dead squirrels and dead pigeon I've found in the last week. Squirrels are always on these dumpsters because there's always food here. The city has repeatedly cited this building but the tenants continue to dump their garbage like this. (I picked up the rat and the bread and cheese after I took the pictures.) I heard on tonight's news that Orkin has named Chicago the city with the nation's worse rat problem (based on the number of citizen complaints). The tenants here are one reason that's probably true.

4 days ago

Updated 30 hours ago

Trick or Treat?

Just wondering what time and date the Rogers Park and West Ridge neighborhoods trick or treat? We're new to the neighborhood. Do all the neighborhoods do it at the same time?

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41 hours ago

Updated 41 hours ago

13 LUCKY Safety Tips for your kids this Halloween!

Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on...

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Halloween can be a wonderful time of the year but you need to protect and safeguard your kids from potential hazards.

This is a public service announcement in hopes of preventing crime.

District 24 recommends all trick or treating to be done between 2pm and 8pm and with adult supervision if possible.

1.Keep kids away from registered sex offenders possibly living in the area by checking the Illinois State Police Sex Offender website at http://www.isp.state.il.us/sor/sor.cfm. Enter your zip code on the left hand side and a full listing will pop up!

2.Do not allow your kids to have candy or treats that appear to have been tampered with.

3.Know the route your kids will be take and do not deviate. Have them check in every hour, by phone or stop back at home.

4.Trick or treat in groups with an adult! If you can't take them yourself, see if another parent or two can.

5.Pick a safe costume, fire proof or treated with fire retardant. If wearing a mask of any kind, make sure that the eye holes are large enough for good peripheral vision. Take into consideration the weather and layer up if needed.

6.Know exactly other activities they are attending (parties, school or mall functions). If at a home, meet the parents in advance and get a phone number.

7.Set a time they must be home by! No excuses!

8.Kids will be kids so use your best judgment to explain the dangers of vandalism like throwing eggs. If this happens to you then here are some clean up tips; a) Cool water with detergent OR cool salty water should help. Hot water might bake it on b) A scrub brush might be needed for screens c) Water and ammonia on windows works well

9.Stay visible in lighted areas and carry a flashlight that is ON!

10.Serve your kids a filling meal before trick or treating and they won't be as tempted to eat any candy before they bring it home for you to check.

  • Richard Concaildi Beat Facilitator CAPS 2411/Vice-Chair DAC Dist 24

    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or...

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    11.If your child is carrying a toy prop, make sure the tips are smooth and flexible enough to not cause injury if fallen on. Make sure that costumes won't get in the way causing them to trip. Watch those stairs!

    12.Teach your kids about not getting into strangers cars or talking to strangers, no matter what the person says to them. Tell them what to do should this happen, to scream as loud as they can to draw attention and to run away as fast as they can to someplace safe.

    13.Cross streets safely, look both ways, cross at corners or crosswalks. Hold a younger child’s hand when crossing.

    Enjoy and be safe!

    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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5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Every dog bite is unique

One morning my dog and I stepped outside, said hi to two neighbors, walked three or four houses down the street, said hi to a passer-by, and my dog bit her. Freaked us both out. She came back to my house, cleaned up the puncture (some how he managed not to tear her pants) and we exchanged information. I encouraged her to go to the ER or her doctor and said I would pay for everything. I gave her my...

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One morning my dog and I stepped outside, said hi to two neighbors, walked three or four houses down the street, said hi to a passer-by, and my dog bit her. Freaked us both out. She came back to my house, cleaned up the puncture (some how he managed not to tear her pants) and we exchanged information. I encouraged her to go to the ER or her doctor and said I would pay for everything. I gave her my vet's name and phone number. She ended up giving me a hug because I was so shaken. I even sent her pictures of my dog cuddling with one of his best friends, a nine month old baby. No police were involved, no suing or litigation. I guess the moral of this story is nothing is guaranteed, you can only do the best with what happens.

  • Sorry for the misunderstanding. I know your dog was leashed, but your situation goes to show that a dog can bite even while in close proximity to the owner. The reality is that dog bites can happen at any time, under any circumstances. Thank goodness you were right there to...

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    Sorry for the misunderstanding. I know your dog was leashed, but your situation goes to show that a dog can bite even while in close proximity to the owner. The reality is that dog bites can happen at any time, under any circumstances. Thank goodness you were right there to witness & control the situation.

    As far as calling 311 & reporting the incident, usually that's up to the person affected. As long as your dog is up-to-date on Rabies & you exchanged contact information, I wouldn't worry. It sounds like you did the right thing.

  • If the person who has been injured does not find the need to call police, then it means she did not feel the dog was dangerous and the owner was extremely responsible and cared a great deal. Even suggested doctor visit and gave all information for vet. Offered to pay...

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    If the person who has been injured does not find the need to call police, then it means she did not feel the dog was dangerous and the owner was extremely responsible and cared a great deal. Even suggested doctor visit and gave all information for vet. Offered to pay for all and she even brought her to her home and took care of the wound. I am sure if the injured party felt negatively towards any part of the incident she would have called the police. I agree totally with Sue, why call the police and have her dog unnecessarily involved with the police.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Mugging at 7300 N Ridge

Saturday evening someone was mugged at 7300 N Ridge. Weapon implied but not shown. Two male offenders, male blacks around 16 years old. One wearing black hoodie, the other wearing a green hoodie with an orange zipper. Fled eastbound on Chase. Taken was a phone and wallet.

  • Too much stuff happening around that small area just in the past few months. I believe it can all be traced back to one or two badly run rental buildings. I suggest the neighbors keep tabs, noting buildings that have a lot of problems with young thugs hanging out in front of them, a lot of noise, a lot of turnover of apartments. Complain on the 311 website. Enough complaints, and you can get the owners/managers into housing court.

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Oct 24

Dog Found

Sign seen this morning at Touhy and Sacramento: found small dog 773-540-0734.

I am just the messenger

Oct 24

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Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

Helicopters Over Rogers Park (The Park)

Does anyone know the reason for helicopters over Rogers Park (The Park) and southwest, maybe to Touhy and California (from my vantage point in the park), between 4 and 4:30 this afternoon.

  • Darius-- I'm in the park several times a day. It is great.
    Robin-- Our sense of privacy and safety is based on two dimensions. We normally only have to watch our backs. Our front and left and right take care of themselves. Surveillance from above violates that norm, which is precisely why cops and the media use helicopters.

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

    Robin
    I don't like it because of all the noise. On Saturday, a helicopter was so low that I could not carry on a conversation with a neighbor in front of my house.

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Oct 21

Updated Oct 23

20th & 24th District Police Blotter, by Mark Schipper

The woman had been with her daughter on the 2600 block of W. Granville Ave. when she was attacked. Her daughter said a black male in his late teens or early-20s had checked her mother to the ground while she crossed the street near Talman Ave.

This article has 7 other Chicago locations (Show)

Officers arrested two 17-year-olds for a beating and robbery that occurred Oct. 9 on the 1400 block of W. Fargo Ave.

Beat officers monitoring the radio heard the flash message detailing the robbery and stopped two men matching the descriptions in an alley off the 1400 block of W. Jarvis Ave. 

The victim, 28, said he was on the sidewalk on the 5400 block of N. Sheridan Rd. talking on his cell-phone when he was robbed. A man had approached, pointed a gun at his face and ordered him into the alley, he said. 

A 53-year-old woman walking home from work was punched in the eye Oct. 15 on the 5200 block of N. Kenmore Ave. and robbed. 

Two men knocked a 55-year-old woman to the ground near 1200 W. Winnemac Ave. in Uptown before robbing her the morning of Oct. 15.

Officers arrested a known gang member Oct. 17 in Rogers Park for allegedly firing into a vehicle on the 1600 block of W. Juneway Terrace just over a week earlier.  

Stevon Browner, 20, was taken into custody on the 1600 block of W. Howard St. and charged with aggravated battery and discharge of a firearm, police said. 

  • mamagotcha Write on!

    Derp. Figured it out. I'd erase the derpy comment above but that's not an option. Carry on...

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Mama, there are actual printed copies of News-Star (and probably Inside-Booster too). It's rarely worth looking through. It's the sad remains of what once was a good local newspaper, published in a building that stood where the Peterson Garden Project installed the gardens on Howard this year.

Oct 21

Updated Oct 22

What is happening on Touhy and Western?

I saw numerous fire trucks as I was driving by around 4 p.m. I'm fearing it was something serious.

Oct 22

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Oct 20

Updated Oct 21

Fire near Rogers / Ridge

Anyone know what caused the fire? I don't know where exactly it is but I smelled it from my house. Didn't wanna go investigate it.

  • Patrick Resident of Rogers Park on and off since 2004

    What time did this happen? Glad your okay

Oct 21

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Oct 16

Updated Oct 20

What kind of issues are affecting the Rogers Park community?

I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community...

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I am a college student studying the Rogers Park area.
I wanted to be able to ask local residents about their feelings about issues in their community. I would appreciate it if anyone can answer some questions.

1. Do you know who your alderman is?

2. What has your alderman done, promised, promised, but not completed?

3. How do your see the issues in your community as compared to the city of Chicago?

4. What is something that your community needs?

5. Do you know who your neighbors are?

Yes No

6. What job opportunities does Rogers Park have available?

7. What is your view of the school system?

8. Do you feel that the law enforcement services in your community are effective?

9. Do you feel that community resources are easily assessable?

Thank you for your help. A

  • mary b lived in same 5 or so square miles for 59+yrs.

    What am I missing?

  • Renuka Literacy Coordinator at the Indo-American Center

    Thanks because I was going to pass it around to the students I teach!

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Oct 18

Updated Oct 18

2740 W. Arthur - Anyone seeing all the loitering and destruction to the Tamid Managed building.

2740 W. Arthur - Tamid Management needs to step up with the loitering of gangbangers and the destruction to the front hallways doors/windows.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Call 24.They have an officer responsible for "problem buildings"

Oct 15

Updated Oct 18

Aldermanic Ratings from Take Back Chicago

Take Back Chicago has rated each alderman on a specific set of issues. You can check the ratings for Ald. Silverstein here: http://takebackchicago.org/find-your-alderman/alderman-debra-silverstein

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Charter schools also take the active parents away from the public schools, and leave behind all of the students with special needs (who are more expensive to educate)

  • Robin, that's exactly right. Activist parents hold schools--and politicians--accountable. Parental involvement is essential--for the kids, for the teachers, for the school. It's so hard to keep the culture wars from intruding on schools. I'm always amazed that so many people have difficulty accepting that kids need the basics--reading, writing, math--before they can begin to be educated in the true sense of the word.

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