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smashed windows

hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been...

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hello neighbors and neighborhood businesses. i work at green grocer chicago at the corner of grand and noble. over the past couple months we have had a break-in and two incidents of seemingly random vandalism. in all three cases, we have had our front windows smashed in. all of them have occurred around 4am-5am. having been in the neighborhood for over 6 years, it is very disheartening and frustrating. we have video cameras in the store and we have been working with the police precinct but there isn't much they can do. we are just wondering if other people have had the same problem and also let the neighborhood know to be vigilant and safe. replacing glass gets expensive for a small businesses like us, but more important, it is scary and troubling knowing there are people on our block in the early morning hours looking to cause damage and perhaps hurt people.

  • Lyn Wolfson President Chicago Grand Neighbors Association

    Call your alderman and contact CAPS shy Juan Clas and ask what additional assistance police can provide. You might be in remapped 1st ward Ald Proco Joe Moreno, otherwise Walter Burnett. Maybe Ald can ask police to declare hot spot, to have tactical team patrol between those hours. Find out what CAPS area you are in and who is Community Facilitator. If Beat 1215 email Beth at Beat.1215@yahoo.com
    Ask for help.

  • Lyn Wolfson President Chicago Grand Neighbors Association

    Typo above Sgt. Clas.

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Anyone interested in getting a fenced dog park in Smith Park?

We've been walking our dogs up to Wicker Park, but it'd be nice to have a designated, fenced-in, off-leash area closer to home. Anyone else interested or know if this has been attempted before?

Thanks --Leila

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    You could try Claremont dog park at Western and Flournoy St. It's closer to wicker park and SO much bigger with grass, no concrete.

  • Sarah Ebling east village/ west town

    Closer to Smith park than wicker park**

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Smith Park Advisory Council to host a Movie in the Park

Sat, Sep 6, 2014 7:30 p.m.

This will be the final movie for the year.

Bring your picnic baskets, chairs or blankets and enjoy
Back to the Future!

Connie's Pizza will once again be on site selling slices of sausage, cheese or cheese and pepperoni pizzas. Proceeds generated will support the sports programs at Smith Park. SPAC, looks forward to having all families come and enjoy this wonderful movie.

Saturday, September 6, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

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Drones Flying In Your Neighborhood

My sleep was disturbed at 2:30 am this morning by a drone hovering above our apartment building. I have seen it hovering over my building and adjacent ones in broad daylight several times, sometimes for several hours. This is the first time I have seen and heard it at night. Has anyone noticed this happening near their homes? If so, is there anything that I can do about it?

  • Big Al WP Big Al, Your Neighborhood Pal

    T in Chi-You're probably right that it is gas powered. That must have been the "fuel exhaust" I was seeing coming from it. I didn't even know gas powered "toys" existed as I thought they were all battery powered. I don't know anything about that drone you're talking about.

  • Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on...

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    Big Al - I've never flown one of the gas powered helicopter models, but I've seen videos and it totally make sense that the exhaust would look like something be sprayed down from it. (Plus it would be really cool to set up a RC helicopter to spray water on small fires - it's pretty common to make scale WWII planes that do things like drop fake bombs or make machine gun sounds when you hit a button on the remote control - a fire fighting RC chopper would be pretty awesome, particularly for firefighters!) Thanks!

    I've never been able to find a city ordinance that flat out bans flying radio control planes, helicopters, etc (some cities/towns do have them, though). A big part of why I'd like to help defuse this situation with our neighbor who is buzzing the neighborhood is that I'd like to avoid some alderman with nothing better to do passing some sort of ban of "drones", and which would probably ban all other radio control flying gizmos. (I'm thinking of some of Burt Natarus' more zany proposals...)

    It's cool that firefighters can use some of their down time to fly a RC heli, I can do some test runs in the alley, and even that our neighbor can do *a little* flying around (but not when its really bugging people, and particularly at 2:30am). It would be nice if we could avoid heavy handed new ordinances or unnecessary police involvement (though, repeatedly waking people up in the middle of the night is a pretty appropriate thing to call the police about, if it keeps happening.)

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WATER: Non-metered account v metered for 2-flat

Hi neighbors, Just curious if anyone had any success with installing meter save in their 2-flat. My water bills have gone from $300 -$600 per 6 month use, and when I called to inquire, I was told it's because of an unmetered account.

I joked that I should start selling the water to other people to cover the crazy increase, and bizarrely enough the rep told me I should. Oh, Chicago.

Just wanted to inquire from fellow neighbors before I sign up.

  • Our bill was $200+ every six month and had it changed to meter so now $30+ bi-monthly. We also got a rain barrel from the city to water the plants.

  • CJL ...

    We got a meter 3 years ago. Our last full 6 month unmetered bill was $400. Since then our highest two month bill has been under $50. So, even if every bill now were our highest (they aren't), and the unmetered amount hadn't gone up (it would have), we'd be paying over 60% less. In reality, we are paying about 80% less than if we had not switched.

    Seems like a no brainer, too me.

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Jeep Wrangler

Does anyone know of a place where you can lift your jeep and add some tires and rims?

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Candidate Calonder invited to speak at Independence Celebration at Ukrainian Festival

Sun, Aug 24, 2014 1:00PM

Come hear what I have to say about the ills affecting Kyiv, as well as Chicago.

  • Mark (on Huron) (Happy neighbor, Official candidate, IL. St. Rep)

    Be careful when planning on going, it could be muddy at the park.

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Downpour thinned crowds but didn't dampen spirits at Ukrainian Fest and Chicago Food Social

The Ukrainian Days Festival (UDF), in Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Ave., and the Chicago Food Social in the parking lot of Kendall College, 900 N. Branch...

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Smith Park Advisory Council Welcomes Ukrainian Fest

Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

UKRAINIAN DAYS FESTIVAL SATURDAY and SUNDAY

What it is: It takes a whole Ukrainian Village to raise a Ukrainian Days Festival, and at the end of August, that’s exactly what happens here in Chicago. Come out and celebrate Ukrainian culture with music, dance, ethnic food, sports competitions, crafts and family-friendly activities.

Dates: August 23 – 24, 2014
Hours: 12 PM to 10 PM
Cost: $5 donation

  • I enjoy this festival and love the cultural diversity.

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Coach House for Rent

2-3 Bedroom coach house for Rent in West Town off of Huron & Damen. $1800 utilities included! Laundry on site! Will be ready September 1st. Pictures to follow but if anyone would like to come see it please contact Ginny @ 312-498-3771. Credit Check - Serious inquiries only! Dogs ok! Cats ok!

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hello

I am missing my six week old female gray pitbull. She has a little white on her. she has beautiful blue eyes. I miss taking care of her. I bought her so that she can be a companion for my 21 year old dog. Please help me find her. Call me at (773) 405-7284 Sophie or (773) 484-5056. Thank You.

  • Ha ha ha ha! I did have to re read that part when I saw the post as well. It's rare but it happens. Oldest dog to live was like 28 years old or something.

  • I just lost my boxer/lab this year, he was 10, would of loved another 11 years wt him, hope u find your pup.

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Smith Park: Smith Park Advisory Council - News and Important Information

On behalf of the Smith Park Advisory Council (SPAC), I would like to thank the Illinois Secretary of State's Office Mobile Unit, (SOSMU) for coming out to Smith Park on July 26th and to all of those who participated in utilizing this great service.

The Movie in the Park took place on July 22nd and over 300 residents attended the event. At the request of community members, SPAC is in the process of providing a second movie in the park...

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On behalf of the Smith Park Advisory Council (SPAC), I would like to thank the Illinois Secretary of State's Office Mobile Unit, (SOSMU) for coming out to Smith Park on July 26th and to all of those who participated in utilizing this great service.

The Movie in the Park took place on July 22nd and over 300 residents attended the event. At the request of community members, SPAC is in the process of providing a second movie in the park soon; hopefully in September, after Labor Day. Due to the school schedules, the movie will be shown on a Saturday night in order to accommodate everyone. We will keep everyone posted as to the exact date and movie showing.

More excitingly and for the first time, Smith Park will host a Circus in the Park. This 2-day event will take place on Saturday, September 27th and Sunday, September 28th, with two showings/times; one at 2 p.m. and the second at 5 p.m., with all proceeds benefiting improvements for the Chicago Park Districts. Tickets are selling quickly so get yours now! If you are interested in attending a performance at Smith Park, please click on this link to purchase your tickets in advance: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/804080

The Ukrainian Festival will take place at Smith Park on August 23 and 24, 2014. The time will be from 12 p.m. until 10 p.m. There is a $5.00 suggested donation. Enjoy the music, food and fun.

Finally, if you are not aware, the Cook County Assessor's office has opened a location in the West Town Community to file a Property Tax Appeal. If you feel your property taxes are too high and would like to appeal them, you may do so online. Click on this link for assistance: http://www.cookcountyassessor.com/Internet_Appeals/ResidentialAppealsearch.aspx
You must have your property index number handy in order to complete this form. Once you have provided your information, a representative from the Assessor's office will contact you. THE DEADLINE TO FILE IS AUGUST 18, 2014.

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Gyms in West Town?

Hi

I'm moving to West Town/UK Village this month from lakeview and am looking for a gym. I know there's Bucktown and WP Athletic Clubs and WP fitness... Just curious if there might be anything closer to Chicago & California?

Th

Thanks!

  • Pure Vibe Fitness on Ashland...West Loop Athletic Club on Randolph...CrossFit Construct and Kareem Fitness on Grand...REACH Beyond Fitness on Chicago...My Time Fitness on Chicago (small place where you swipe in open 24 hours a day).

  • Amy

    Pure Vibes is now Co-op gym. I'm leery of Kareem Team Fitness because Kareem is on the sex offender registry.

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