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Thank You, city council woman Silversteinn#

Just a thank you for keeping our neighborhoods great.
Harbor Girl

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Peter, that attack on Zehra Quadri is uncalled for and untruthful. I read the Tribune interview and she said no such thing. Please post the exact wording from that interview where you found that statement. I think that this is a matter of honor for you as a candidate. You...

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    Peter, that attack on Zehra Quadri is uncalled for and untruthful. I read the Tribune interview and she said no such thing. Please post the exact wording from that interview where you found that statement. I think that this is a matter of honor for you as a candidate. You cannot and should not make statements like that unless you are prepared to produce proof of what you say. You have an unfortunate tendency to shoot from the hip and don't care if your aim is accurate.

    I invite readers of EveryBlock to read her interview for themselves.
    http://elections.chicagotribune.com/candidates/zehra-quadri/

    You appear to be supporting Shajan Kuriakose. Interested parties can read his interview here:http://elections.chicagotribune.com/candidates/shajan-m-kuriakose/

    Debra's is here: http://elections.chicagotribune.com/candidates/debra-silverstein/

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    I apologize if my comment was unclear. I'm referring to the forum held on Monday where the candidates were interviewed by a panel, which is not available online. Ms Quadri was asked flat-out if she were seeking office to benefit her organization, to which she replied "yes." Contrary to your assertion, my aim is quite accurate and I don't say anything that hasn't been researched.

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6324-48 N Western Ave for sale $2,499,000

Here's a good site for another monolith structure like the one on Rockwell and Devon or maybe a huge parking garage that will stand empty for years.

https://www.redfin.com/IL/Chicago/6324-6348-N-Western-Ave-60659/home/62659578?utm_campaign=instant_listings_update&utm_content=address&utm_medium=email&utm_source=myredfin

  • Thanks for the reply, Peter.

    I loved the Nortown. Saw many movies there in the '70s. Yes, I agree that Mr. Stone may have squandered an opportunity, as you describe. Of course aldermen have great influence in attracting business and helping development. The operative word here is influence. This doesn't...

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    Thanks for the reply, Peter.

    I loved the Nortown. Saw many movies there in the '70s. Yes, I agree that Mr. Stone may have squandered an opportunity, as you describe. Of course aldermen have great influence in attracting business and helping development. The operative word here is influence. This doesn't mean an alderman can get blood out of a stone. I'm not certain that the alderman is simply sitting back and waiting for something to happen, as you put it. That may be jumping to conclusions. Perhaps you know something I don't. But I do know that the plans for the building all went up in smoke after the economic crisis of 2007, as did many other development plans.

    As for the TIF and the streetscape, I'm not certain that the funds for this all come from the TIF. You may want to check that. In any case, this is a sorely needed facelift for Devon Avenue, in my opinion. And I do think that it will attract business.

    Also, I agree with Alexandru. That seems a ridiculous amount of money for that parcel. But what do I know.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    The streetscape by itself will do nothing to attract business, as Peter rightly notes. The storefronts are still shabby and dirty, the merchandise is the same from store to store, and the merchants don't care about making their stores attractive. They don't even wash their windows or sweep the streets out front--or hire someone else to do it. Why would anyone invest in what is basically a 24-block strip mall? Silverstein is just clueless when it comes to economic development.

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Updated 13 hours ago

Anyone know when Lickety Split on Western and Lunt is going to open? It looks close...

I know they handsome contractor delays, but looks like the stocked inventory...any word on ribbon cutting?

  • So far, the best bread I've found on the far north side is the Georgian bakery on Devon. Their "french" bread (more like an Italian baguette) is a delight. It's nice to know of these bakeries in Evanston and Skokie, but I'm not about to take a $15 taxi ride...

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    So far, the best bread I've found on the far north side is the Georgian bakery on Devon. Their "french" bread (more like an Italian baguette) is a delight. It's nice to know of these bakeries in Evanston and Skokie, but I'm not about to take a $15 taxi ride or drive five miles just to pick up some bread.

    A good bakery can be the very heart of a community. There's an extraordinary one in Goshen, Indiana--Rachel's Bread--that anyone interested in the business of bread baking should go visit and study as a model for a community bakery. It makes a good profit and everyone in town buys there. It's located in a building right next to the Goshen farmer's market (just like Heartland Cafe).

    For the life of me I can't figure out why all these energetic young entrepreneurial and socially-conscious Chicagoans don't think of a career in baking, particularly in a historically progressive neighborhood like Rogers Park where a bakery would seem a natural fit.

    http://www.elkharttruth.com/living/2011/04/11/Dining-A-La-King-Taste-of-Europe-at-Rachel-s-in-Goshen-video.html

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 50 + years

    Nancy B, again, thanks for that recommendation of Hewn for good bread. We picked up a loaf of whole wheat last week and went back for another today. Each day, they list the breads they have that day on their Facebook page:

    https://www.facebook.com/hewnbread

    We also got a chocolate almond croissant today, which we split. Flaky and yummy.

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Married son needs short term rental in West Ridge

Does anyone know of any short-term rentals in the West Ridge neighborhood? The bank bought out his lease and he needs to move in two weeks. Eventually he wants to buy a small house.

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Again, candidates excluded from a debate

The West Ridge Chamber is holding an aldermanic candidate event, and not inviting the certified write-in candidates. It's also pricey: $30 for members, $40 for others.

We should be able to hear from ALL of the candidates, not just the "chosen ones"

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Updated Jan 21

DATE CHANGE: 50th Ward Aldermanic Candidates Forum

DATE CHANGE: 50th Ward
Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Moderated by: Ben Joravsky
Award Winning Journalist, Chicago Reader

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Devon Bank, Lower Level Community Room
6445 N. Western Avenue, Chicago

The West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO)is proud to sponsor, as it did in 2007 and 2011, a Candidates Forum for residents to learn the positions and views of the 50th Ward Aldermanic candidates running in the February 24, 2015 election.

The Forum will enable all official...

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DATE CHANGE: 50th Ward
Aldermanic Candidates Forum

Moderated by: Ben Joravsky
Award Winning Journalist, Chicago Reader

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Devon Bank, Lower Level Community Room
6445 N. Western Avenue, Chicago

The West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO)is proud to sponsor, as it did in 2007 and 2011, a Candidates Forum for residents to learn the positions and views of the 50th Ward Aldermanic candidates running in the February 24, 2015 election.

The Forum will enable all official candidates to present their ideas and plans as well as to answer selected audience questions. All candidates (including official write-in candidates) have been invited.

WRPCO is a non-partisan community group and makes no endorsement of any candidate. The Forum is FREE and open to the public.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Ahmed - have all of the candidates committed?

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    It would be a mistake for the alderman not to show up. There are five candidates and everybody should be heard. I wonder if 90 minutes is enough time. Who's formulating the questions? Certainly we need to hear what the candidates have to say about education in the ward (in...

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    It would be a mistake for the alderman not to show up. There are five candidates and everybody should be heard. I wonder if 90 minutes is enough time. Who's formulating the questions? Certainly we need to hear what the candidates have to say about education in the ward (in general and Decatur in particular); what their plans are for economic redevelopment (not their visions or their hopes and dreams but their actual plans), and what they intend to accomplish over the next four years. Personally, I'm sick and tired of abandoned promises and empty rhetoric. What would they do and how would they do it? As specifically as possible.

Jan 19

Updated Jan 21

Does Alderman Silverstein care about ALL schools in the 50th Ward?

We have been long time residents of the West Rogers Park, (19 yrs in our home). Last year we decided to have our son (6 yr. old) tested in hopes of attending the Decatur Classical School K-6 in WRP. He was accepted to DCS! Not only is the school touted to be the #1 elementary school in Chicago, it is a few blocks from my home. After having been in DCS since September 2014, we are finding political issues are...

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We have been long time residents of the West Rogers Park, (19 yrs in our home). Last year we decided to have our son (6 yr. old) tested in hopes of attending the Decatur Classical School K-6 in WRP. He was accepted to DCS! Not only is the school touted to be the #1 elementary school in Chicago, it is a few blocks from my home. After having been in DCS since September 2014, we are finding political issues are plaguing this school. The school’s location, originally built to house a K-2 population is too small to accomodate K-6 (w/ 2 classes each). It is crowded and lacks essential facilities, such as a cafeteria and a gym. For years DCS have been working to find options for the school to be expanded to accommodate a thriving, growing school population, and add a 7th & 8th grade. Unfortunately, even our own alderman chooses to ignore the needs of this school. She does not seem to understand that more families will want to move into her ward to be close to the school, if she can only find the time and energy to listen and help support the school’s needs. Our LSC and Principal have tried tirelessly to communicate with her and tried tirelessly to ask for her support, but she continues to set us aside. Requests to meet with her have been postponed and never rescheduled. My questions to Ald Silverstein are:

Do you care about students and their families? Shouldn’t you support this school to bring more business and residents into the 50th Ward? Do you care if this school stays, or do you want this school to move elsewhere, and turn away the large number of families who shop in our stores, eat in our restaurants, rent our parks, and help the various industries in your Ward?

Ald Silverstein, your good will to the DCS can transcend beyond votes for this upcoming election. It would show your forward thinking as you build our community to its next phase as a thriving, successful and safe community for families.

[EveryBlock readers, I urge you to comment on this post.]

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    There are four other choices for alderman so if she is re-elected we'll have nobody to blame but ourselves. There are about 50,000 residents in the ward, but only 11,000 voted in the last two aldermanic elections (and only about 7,000 voted in the run-off between Bernie and Debra). An alderman elected by such a small percentage of voters isn't accountable to anybody.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    Decatur Classical School is an asset to the community and losing it would be a mistake. I believe every effort should be made to retain quality schools in the ward. Inaction or simply ignoring the community and students' parents is unacceptable. It seems like the priorities are a little out of order.

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Updated Jan 19

Kitties Saved but May Need Homes...

My son, and his girlfriend have gone above and beyond to help save the freezing kitties that lived outside in her yard. Here a a copy and paste of the events of the past few days. They have spent lots of time and money. 3 babies need a home. I hope this makes sense...

4 cats (<1yr old, not kittens):
• 3 black and white (younger), 1 all black (we will keep him as pet)
• No noticeable health issues...

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My son, and his girlfriend have gone above and beyond to help save the freezing kitties that lived outside in her yard. Here a a copy and paste of the events of the past few days. They have spent lots of time and money. 3 babies need a home. I hope this makes sense...

4 cats (<1yr old, not kittens):
• 3 black and white (younger), 1 all black (we will keep him as pet)
• No noticeable health issues (cuts, ear mites, fleas, rabies, etc.)
• Will participate in Treehouse’s TNR
• Somewhat socialized (will eat and play in front of us, but no touching and almost no meowing)
• Seem healthy/energetic
• 1 has diarrhea
• Simply cannot keep in our home (rules of owner)

Diarrhea has subsided. Socialization has marginally increased. Treehouse TNR is complete. All cats are fixed, tipped, vaccinated, microchipped, medicated, and examined.

We are re-releasing to wild right now but can retrap as needed. (Putting warmed cat house back outside).

They found a cyst when removing the uterus of one little gal so we may have saved her a slow painful death from uterine cancer.

  • Catherine Animal Care Giver and Personal Organizer

    To figure out how to go forward, it's necessary to know if they're friendly to humans or not. The test for this is rather simple, put out food for them, and wait. If they will eat the food in a human's presence, then they may be friendly. If they won't...

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    To figure out how to go forward, it's necessary to know if they're friendly to humans or not. The test for this is rather simple, put out food for them, and wait. If they will eat the food in a human's presence, then they may be friendly. If they won't come out until you are out of sight, then they're feral. If you've been able to pet the cats without them running away, then they're likely friendly. If they run away at the first sight of you, then they're feral.

    Cats will also mew incessantly when they feel trapped, be it in a car, carrier, or confined to a room.

  • Deb Russcol Rogers Park '79. Realtor-North Side '87.

    Try giving a call over to Felines and Canines.
    Phone number (773) 465-4132
    6379 N Paulina St
    Chicago, IL 60660
    Devon Ave west of Clark on the south side of the street.

Jan 08

Updated Jan 19

Replace CityOfChicago.ORG with CHICAGO.GOV

I would replace the outdated www.cityofchicago.org with WWW.CHICAGO.GOV, just like SEATTLE.GOV, BOSTON.GOV, etc. My aldermanic office will work with Chicago residents, city officials, and local area students to prepare, design and support CHICAGO.GOV. This nationally recognized and internationally accepted role model for modern city governance will be cost-effective, efficient, and transparent. My office would support other wards that would like to participate in this new more effective model. A government website should be so easy to use and navigate that...

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I would replace the outdated www.cityofchicago.org with WWW.CHICAGO.GOV, just like SEATTLE.GOV, BOSTON.GOV, etc. My aldermanic office will work with Chicago residents, city officials, and local area students to prepare, design and support CHICAGO.GOV. This nationally recognized and internationally accepted role model for modern city governance will be cost-effective, efficient, and transparent. My office would support other wards that would like to participate in this new more effective model. A government website should be so easy to use and navigate that it would make the Freedom of Information Act redundant.
Aslo, One of the primary goals of any government website should be the commitment to make accountability through transparency. A government website should be so easy to use and navigate, that it would make FOIA (Freedom of Information Act) completely unnecessary. The domain name extension .GOV was first introduced in 1985. The city of Seattle has SEATTLE.GOV since December 2000 and the city of Boston has BOSTON.GOV since October 2000. I rather we register CHICAGO.GOV as soon as possible (but I can’t do this until I’m elected).

Jan 18

Updated Jan 19

Attempted Home Invasion

Anyone see anyone suspicious on Saturday early evening around Ridge Blvd?

Jan 18

Updated Jan 19

Does anyone know a place where I can get my cat chipped?

My cat is strictly house cat and she's not allowed to go outside but I just want to get her chipped just in case something happens. Can't go anywhere outside of Chicago (Aurora, Mc Henry, Niles, etc.) as I don't have transportation except for bus. Thanks.

  • Andrea Kim Animal Advocate and Animal Care Provider

    You can get a ride (cheaper than a cab) via Lyft

    Free $10 credit with code ANDREA1403 (I drive for them p/t)

  • Uptown Animal Hospital at Clark street & Bryn Mawr chip'd my pets for me.

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Updated Jan 18

Visit to new Lickety Split

Taking advantage of the slight warm up we visited the new Lickety Split at Western and Lunt this afternoon. They have three favors and dozens of toppings. Had the coffee flavored custard with hot Carmel topping. Delicious. They also have expresso, lattes and hot cider for those who cannot face ice cream in the cold. Glad to have them in the neighborhood.

  • soder606 Mother, Grandmother, Cook, Reader, Liberal

    I do not think they have frozen yogurt, just three flavors of frozen custard - vanilla, chocolate and coffee. I have never been to Scooters so I cannot compare.

  • John Kane I have lived here for 12 years.

    I will still go and enjoy the treats. Thanks 😀

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Updated Jan 17

WRPCO Candidate Forum Rescheduled

After speaking with the president of the West Rogers Park Community Organization to confirm the dates for the upcoming candidate forum, I've learned that it has to be rescheduled because two guests declined to attend. Zehra Quadri had a conflict and Debra Silverstein refused to attend. Apparently, Ms Silverstein demanded specifically that my invitation be withdrawn. Because she successfully had me removed from the ballot, she believes that I should not be allowed to speak. I filed to run as...

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After speaking with the president of the West Rogers Park Community Organization to confirm the dates for the upcoming candidate forum, I've learned that it has to be rescheduled because two guests declined to attend. Zehra Quadri had a conflict and Debra Silverstein refused to attend. Apparently, Ms Silverstein demanded specifically that my invitation be withdrawn. Because she successfully had me removed from the ballot, she believes that I should not be allowed to speak. I filed to run as a write-in candidate and am certified as such. There is no reason that the residents of this ward should not be able to hear me speak about the problems our community faces and the plans I have to overcome them. Further, if these individuals are looking to represent our community I believe they should speak publicly and defend their intentions. The residents of this ward deserve open debate and a forum to present their questions. Being denied this opportunity is a disservice to the community and I think we deserve better.

  • Paco 50thWardFollies.com

    Still, the debate wasn't actually "scheduled" it was in the process of being scheduled. The two people who declined weren't "guests" they were candidates. A scheduling conflict is not a refusal to attend in the sense that the candidate is avoiding debate. So far the alderman hasn't issued any statement....

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    Still, the debate wasn't actually "scheduled" it was in the process of being scheduled. The two people who declined weren't "guests" they were candidates. A scheduling conflict is not a refusal to attend in the sense that the candidate is avoiding debate. So far the alderman hasn't issued any statement. So let's hear from her office: Is Debra Silverstein refusing to debate Peter Sifnotis? Or did she decline the invitation because the only other candidate on the official ballot right now would not be there? Is the alderman waiting for a full ballot? Let's get the facts.

  • Peter Sifnotis Candidate for 50th Ward Alderman

    The facts are laid out already and were provided by involved parties. The debate was scheduled for the 26th. The announcement wasn't made because two candidates declined to attend. Ms Quadri had a conflict and Ms Silverstein specifically said that I should not be allowed to participate, later clarifying that...

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    The facts are laid out already and were provided by involved parties. The debate was scheduled for the 26th. The announcement wasn't made because two candidates declined to attend. Ms Quadri had a conflict and Ms Silverstein specifically said that I should not be allowed to participate, later clarifying that no write-in candidates should be allowed to speak. Further, she attempted to write the rules and determine the format. Contrary to what you've asserted, there are three candidates whose names will be printed on the ballot: Deb Silverstein, Zehra Quadri, and Shajan Kuriakose. Because there are no pictures of her with the mayor involved, I don't expect she'll explain any of this in her upcoming newsletter.

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10 year old fourth grader nominated and chosen to represent Boone elementary for national program

My middle son Joshua has been select for a program where he will be able to attend Loyola University for a week during summer. His teacher nominated him last year. Of all the nominations he was chosen! He has the chance to get hands on experience in medicine, forensics, and other programs they offer. Our family is big. 6 kids, one income. The program is expensive. I've talked to the school and they will see if they can help but...

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My middle son Joshua has been select for a program where he will be able to attend Loyola University for a week during summer. His teacher nominated him last year. Of all the nominations he was chosen! He has the chance to get hands on experience in medicine, forensics, and other programs they offer. Our family is big. 6 kids, one income. The program is expensive. I've talked to the school and they will see if they can help but it does not look hopeful. 2000.00 if he sleeps in the dorm, 1500.00 if he comes home at night which we prefer! I've seen fund raisers on here from teachers but this is not 'school supplies'. This is a very unique opportunity I would really like for my son. I believe it will show him with continued hard work he can do what he chooses with his life. He can rise above being raised in a financially strapped family. It does not define who he is or what he can accomplish!!! If anybody has any advice on fundraising please let me know. Thank you!

Jan 16

Meet & Greet for Shajan Kuriakose

Hi Neighbors,

I wanted to drop a quick note and let everyone know that my campaign will be hosting a meet and greet, Tuesday, January 20th at Candlelite (7452 N. Western Avenue) between 7:30PM-9:30PM. We will have pizza and soft drinks available. Hope to see you there!

Thanks,
Shajan
www.friendsofshajan.com

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