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Dogs and Neighbors .....

We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has...

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We have lived in our home for over 35 years. We have always had at lease 1 dogs in the home. at current rate we have a houseful ranging from small to large breeds. Our dogs are laid back and friendly. We have a 6 foot privacy fence around our yard so we can "let the dogs out". In the last month, our neighbors next door (with an INSAINLY close house - builder developed 2 houses on one lot) has decided to tell us that we need to change our routine in the mornings because our dogs wake them up in the morning. Again we have lived in our home for 35 + years and have been waking up at 5:30am for the same amount of time. When they moved in 5+ years ago - we had all of our dogs. We get up at 5:30am and let the dogs out. All of our pets are vetted and licensed. they are not out for long - and we call them in should they bark. We have noticed a vermin problem in the area ... but is this a good reason that we should have to stop allowing our dogs in our backyard - or is the neighbor being unreasonable? We have tried talking things out, but al they seem to want is for us to change our habits ...

  • Don't know what your setup is, but is there a way you could confine the dogs to only a part of the yard in the morning so maybe they just do their business and come in? At times (early morning, after midnight) I unwind a length of plastic fencing to...

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    Don't know what your setup is, but is there a way you could confine the dogs to only a part of the yard in the morning so maybe they just do their business and come in? At times (early morning, after midnight) I unwind a length of plastic fencing to keep my dog in a small area of our yard to do her business, and don't let her into the whole yard so she doesn't bark her head off at who know what. Course, my setup allows this, and it's not too cumbersome.
    Anyway, I know you might be thinking you want your dogs to stretch their legs and have some activity before you leave for work all day, but 5:30 am is a little early. If it were 6:30, I'd really not be very sympathetic with the neighbors.

  • smartypants LifeLongCityGirl

    Hope this helps: The Yin and the Yang. My neighbor lets her 3 dogs out at 4:15 a.m. 7 days per week. They bark. A lot. But, hell...she was here about 2 decades longer than me and, well, I live in an urban area. Yes, I know I can reasonably...

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    Hope this helps: The Yin and the Yang. My neighbor lets her 3 dogs out at 4:15 a.m. 7 days per week. They bark. A lot. But, hell...she was here about 2 decades longer than me and, well, I live in an urban area. Yes, I know I can reasonably complain about a 4:15 disturbance, but I run a suicide hotline in the middle of the night 3x per week so my hours are peculiar, too. I don't make noise (single family home) but if I were still in an apartment I'm sure my footsteps would! It stinks to have to deal with all of these noises, I know....but I think they are unavoidable, thus, as I always say, air purifier from Home Depot - 100 - 150 bux a pop, but a life saver. Good luck, neighbor!

3 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

Early Voting Begins Tomorrow

To find the nearby voting place and any days/time restrictions, please click the link below. Vote wisely: the choice is either the maintenance of the old status quo, which earned us bottom state ratings, or voting for the change to restore our hopes for a better tomorrow. God bless!

http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/early-voting.html

  • Vote early and vote often! Even dead people still vote in Chicago!

  • Your neighbor, Hector northwest side resident for 29 years

    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up...

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    No one is paying my bills but it sounds like you may be on rauners payroll. Has he threatened to ruin you too? If the status quo means an increase in minimum wage and protecting our public school teacher's jobs then yes I definitely will protect that. You brought up a host of issues with very little substance to prove them. Taxing people for services will hurt Illinoisans. Can you Picture paying taxes for a haircut? He can't be bought BUT his company will be bought. He won't take a salary but his company will start to get contracts to run the state pension or 529 plans. The fees he'll make off that will be more then the governor salary. He wants to turn pensions to a 401k where only you contribute to it. He is a union buster. Unions are what gives employees a voice. If it were up to him the minimum wage would be eliminated. You want a shmuck like this running our state?

Jun 19

Updated 8 hours ago

Irving Park Rd (Bet. Harlem & Cumberland)

Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a...

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Since last fall, I became outwardly concerned with the state of Irving Park Rd near my home. Our Illinois Route 19 acts much like highway, between Harlem Ave. and Cumberland Ave. There are two cemeteries on each side of it, which are Acacia Park Cemetery and Irving Park Cemetery. Cars ZOOM BY with little concern for the pedestrians and bikers. Anyone who would pull a traffic report would note that deadly accidents and bumper to bumper accidents are not a stranger here! Two of my neighbors were KILLED over the past two years, one on a bike and one in the car. This year, someone just DROVE THROUGH the rusted-out fence into Irving Park Cemetery. Often KIDS on bikes, MOTHERS with strollers and ELDERLY with their shopping carts either struggle through the gravel and mud filled paths, where used to be once concrete sidewalks on "both" sides of the road, or they maneuver their equipment into the street. These both northern and southern sidewalks used to be functional until they were abandoned in the late 1960's or so. If anyone would talk to the CROSSING guard by N. Pioneer Ave, ours is Kristen, would learn of the frequent dangers of crossing the street. She will be back in the fall when the school restarts and would appreciate having traffic lights installed, too. The requests to fix these sidewalks have bounced around various public offices with mixed results. I PLEA with all concerned citizens to assist me with getting this overdue safety issue resolved by contacting all politicians overseeing or soon-to-be overseeing this area. Hearing from the community-at-large vs. one neighborhood mother is far more impactful I am told. Thank you!!!

Please e-mail your support for the sidewalks to:

Senator Mulroe at senatorjohnmulroe@att.net;
Representative Martwick at repmartwick@gmail.com;
Alderman Sposato at info@aldermansposato.com; and
Alderman Cullerton at Timothy.Cullerton@cityofchicago.org.

  • Also, the traffic lights are not recommended at this time. So, we need to address the speeding for safety reasons. We have 47 children crossing the street plus elderly including a blind person. Anyway, we need to get the IDOT recommendation in our hands, so we can provide our community's feedback on the recommendation. Once both sides are on board with the next steps, it is still not a guarantee that anything will happen, at least not any time soon, because the next obstacle is primarily getting the funding.

  • Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and...

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    Bill, I agree with you that the Irving Park Rd. width "inconsistency" is driving most people crazy, incl. my self, esp. during the rush hour. If we could convince the businesses and some residents that they do not need the street parking, we would certainly eliminate the jumping back and forth between one and two lanes in each direction. This contraction and expansion is part of the problem. It causes speeding and then sudden breaking. It becomes an even bigger issue when the setting sun is in the driver's eyes. During the afternoon rush hour, it is not uncommon to have up to four cars lined up to turn left onto P streets. They do not have a left turn lane. They often get hit from behind by the blinded or distracted driver speeding in the westward direction. Hopefully, somehow, we can figure out a solution that works for most people.

2 days ago

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Mandatory Water Meter?

So I just got an orange tag on my door from Professional Meters Inc saying I have to allow them to install a water meter or experience POSSIBLE water service termination..?
I can't find anything online about this other than what is online by the company, but it seems weird to me because the notice says they have been trying to reach me but this is the first I have heard of it.

I think I want it to be false and a scam but I can't tell. Anybody?...

  • Right now I believe getting a water meter is still free to the property owner. Might not always be the case.

  • If you are thinking about a meter, call the city, as you get free rain barrell or other options. You will probably save money and for seven years you are guaranteed not to pay a higher bill then if you didn't have meter.

11 hours ago

Voting Machines

With the early voting going on there has been some issues with machines changing your vote. Make sure you double check your selections before finalizing YOUR VOTE!

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  • St Viator Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    I'm a resident of Old Irving and absolutely love our historic neighborhood! When my girls approached school age, I started looking into potential schools nearby. Unfortunately CPS provided nothing but headaches- between their crazy lotteries, distance challenged schools and larger class sizes. So I had to think outside the box. That's how I ended up sending my non-Catholic girls to St. Viator and couldn't be happier. :) St. Viator puts an emphasis on academics, community and smaller class sizes. Teachers leverage online programs like Super Kids (reading), Rosetta Stone (language) and Go Math. Peace Builders are also core to their education and I can see a difference in how my girls treat people kindly and with respect. As a working parent, we take full advantage of the after school care and wonderful enrichment programs. So far they've taken chess, hip hop, drama and building robots. But in the end, what really matters is that they are happy, challenged and surrounded by people who love and support them at school. That's why I'm glad we found such a wonderful neighborhood school that my girls are thriving at.

    St Viator Elementary School (4140 West Addison Street) Published on GreatSchools October 20, 2014

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Job Availability: 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher

We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children...

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We are seeking 2 full-time Teacher Assistants and a Teacher for new classrooms with ECE Experience. This is a Reggio Emilia inspired school in a beautiful, newer facility. Competitive salary, great working conditions, with a wonderful staff and clientele, paid vacations, holidays, and other incentives available. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who have high standards and believe the care they provide to children is invaluable.
The ideal candidate will have demonstrated the ability to establish effective relationships with children and families served. Applicants must be passionate about working with children and be committed to abiding by DCFS guidelines and standards.
Qualified candidates must be professional, have a neat appearance, patience for children, desire to teach and continue professional development training. Fluent in a second language, preferably Polish.
Also must be able to pass a criminal background check and TB/ Physical exam. The candidate must have a valid driver’s license and be willing to learn to drive our 13 passenger van and 13 passenger bus.
Interested candidates should email resume and letter of interest stating why you want to work in child care.
Email: carlosim70@yahoo.com
P: (773) 202 1199
And as always, please remember to like us:
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Logan Square To-Do List: Horror Movie, Haunted House, Pumpkinfest

WHEN/WHERE: Friday, Oct. 24, 7 – 10 pm; St. Viator Recreation Center, 3644 N. Kedvale Ave.

This article has 4 other Chicago locations (Show)

WHEN/WHERE: Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7 – 9 pm; Revolution Brewery, 2323 N. Milwaukee Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday, Oct. 22, 7:30 – 10 pm; Comfort Station, 2579 N. Milwaukee Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Saturday, Oct. 25, 10 am – 2 pm; Unity Park, 2636 N. Kimball Ave.

WHEN/WHERE: Sunday, Oct. 26, noon – 6 pm; The LAMAS Clubhouse, 3519 W. Fullerton Ave.

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  • St Viator Elementary School reviewed by a parent

    What an awesome place for my child. She has learned so much and the school acts as one large family. The new principal is proving to be a wonderful addition. The difference is seen I the way she motivates the teachers and treats the parents. This school is the place to go!

    St Viator Elementary School (4140 West Addison Street) Published on GreatSchools October 17, 2014

5 days ago

ALL KIDS INVITED TO BE A PART OF THE SHOW, "A Broadway Christmas"

NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. FREE. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. Location is Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave., the corner of Keeler and Grace. Enter on Grace and come up the steps. We're singing music from Frozen, The Nightmare before Christmas, ELF: The Musical, and more!

We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6...

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NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. FREE. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays starting this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. Location is Irving Park United Methodist Church, 3801 N Keeler Ave., the corner of Keeler and Grace. Enter on Grace and come up the steps. We're singing music from Frozen, The Nightmare before Christmas, ELF: The Musical, and more!

We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge for the children to participate.

Directed by Jonathan Braun, music teacher at St. Viator and elsewhere, and Becky Hines, whose degree is in drama and is an active mom at Belding Elementary, with assistance from Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley, who is the pastor and has a background in music and drama..

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UPDATED rehearsal information for "A Broadway Christmas" at Irving Park United Methodist Church

NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge...

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NO AUDITIONS NEEDED. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Wednesdays this week for this Revue of Broadway Christmas music! Children kindergarten-9th grades are invited. No experience necessary. We will have two performances in December on Friday and Satruday, December 5-6 at 7:00 pm. Ticket sales for the performances benefit the Irving Park Food Pantry and the Arts Programs at Irving Park United Methodist Church. (We offer everything free or at reduced costs to children of the community.) There is no charge for the children to participate. Directed by Jonathan Braun, music teacher at St. Viator and elsewhere, and Becky Hines, whose degree is in drama and is an active mom at Belding Elementary, with assistance from Rev. Dr. Katherine Thomas Paisley, who is the pastor and has a background in music and drama..

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Oct 09

Updated 5 days ago

Meeting at Schurz last night

There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
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There was a good mix of residents and teachers at the meeting at Schurz last night, along with a few city officials and champions of the field proposal. My initial thoughts:
1. Although we were told otherwise, and Alderman Arena insisted over and over that this meeting was planned all along to happen now, we still feel that the meeting happened now because of pressure of neighbors after finding out about these plans. There is still a strong distrust.
2. We were assured over and over that if we agreed to this proposal, the park district would run the new park according to neighbors's wishes, would NOT be rented out to adult leagues EVER, and would only rent out to youth leagues during times that the neighborhood agreed too.
3. It would be a park. I doubt that it would run according to neighbors's wishes. Do any parks run according to neighbors wishes?
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  • There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as,...

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    There was no TIF money allocated to that field nor do we lose money. Last night, I read the entire Portage Park proposal in regard to the new housing on Milwaukee, the businesses at 6 Corners and so on. It's to help new businesses, stimulate economic growth as well as, the housing and aesthetics.

    2.1M was allocated to the Chicago Board of Education to utilize for Schurz. I'd like to hear their plans first. The roof was already finished, it very clearly wasn't for the field. They needed that money for the school and I want to know what they want to do with it?

    I would also like to know what the neighboring alderman are doing to their area? In particular, Kilbourne Park since it’s also their money. We have so many parcels of land with X’s in our community, in disrepair, deteriorated and run down that I now understand why the field has been neglected although, it shouldn’t have been. But I’d like to know what area or business we’d be throwing under the bus if we utilize those funds for the field? Is this additional funding including the 2.1 given to CPS? Or are we just hijacking their money that they probably want to utilize for the auditorium and other things inside the school that are in disrepair?

    We need more information to make an educated decision. We can also educate ourselves instead of repeating things that support our argument.

  • Zoes mom working at home

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/16/artificial-turf-cancer-crumb-rubber_n_5997228.html?&ir=Chicago&ncid=tweetlnkushpmg00000059

    More information on the field type too please, we don't want to install and then have to reinstall.

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Dunning Neighborhood Organization

Does the above group still exist or have they changed their name?

I'm in Dunning Square/Ward 38 and don't have a clue as to which neighborhood organization I'd be categorized since I'm on Berteau & West of Narragansett.

Thank you

Oct 15

Updated Oct 15

Lost Puppy! Please help us find her :(

Our puppy was last seen on Monday Sept. 29 by Milwaukee and Addison. She is a 7 month old Siberian Husky. She has one blue eye and one brown eye. She is black, grey and white. She weighs about 30-40 lbs. We miss her! if anyone has seen her please contact me.

  • So sorry. What's her name? Have you posted on Facebook's Lost Dogs Illinois?
    https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois. Its free to post.

    You may have already done this, but if not, you may want to notify Chicago Animal Care and Control, the police dept and vets in the area. Post on craigslist, but make...

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    So sorry. What's her name? Have you posted on Facebook's Lost Dogs Illinois?
    https://www.facebook.com/LostDogsIllinois. Its free to post.

    You may have already done this, but if not, you may want to notify Chicago Animal Care and Control, the police dept and vets in the area. Post on craigslist, but make sure you check that post occasionally since the ads expire without notification.

    Posting flyers works well too, since everyone is not on the internet. And sometimes neighborhood kids are a good resource for searching. Also, just a thought, but if I found a dog, I would search everyblock for "lost dog" and since your post reads "lost puppy" it didn't show up. You may want to post both ways.

    I'll keep an eye out and prayers she finds her way home.

Oct 14

Updated Oct 15

More basement flooding

We didn't have flooding/drainage issues in previous years...and we didn't have a ton of roadwork and underground construction happening on all sides of us in previous years either. Anyone else experiencing an in flux of flooding due to city construction? Anything we can do about it?

  • A&K

    Only if you can prove it.

  • Tom G Living in Avondale since 1994

    Take pictures and keep a record of property damage. See if your neighbors have the same problem. Complain to your alderman, even if he says he can't do anything. Keep an eye on your furnace and water heater if they were partially submerged--the valves and ignition systems may be damaged....

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    Take pictures and keep a record of property damage. See if your neighbors have the same problem. Complain to your alderman, even if he says he can't do anything. Keep an eye on your furnace and water heater if they were partially submerged--the valves and ignition systems may be damaged. Keep records of all replacement costs. I live few blocks east of you and had experienced flooding eight out of ten years. Two events were due to exceptionally huge rainfalls and covered by FEMA disaster funds. The rest were just due to heavy rains and the old and inadequate city sewer system. I finally gave up and installed a flood gate and cistern to keep the sewers from backing up into my basement (yuchhh) but it was expensive. I don't know about filing claims against the city, but if you go that route you'll need a lawyer that knows the system and a bunch of neighbors to sign on with you. That is, if this isn't an Act of God but an Act of the City. I'd love to hear how other neighbors have coped with the rotten sewer system in our area.

  • I used to live by Montrose and Hamlin. All our basements flooded and I think the problem is worse the closer you get to the river.

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