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Bulls/Sox Academy and Parks

It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer...

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It would be great to be able to evaluate our parks' programming much like we do it for restaurants and other service providers. This way we could have a better chance to weed out the bad and to bring in the great.

One of outstanding park programs found in the suburbs is the Bulls/Sox Academy. They offer fundamental camps, summer camps and more. The nearest location is in Park Ridge. Hopefully, we can manage to eventually bring the offering closer to home or we will be seeing you there.

http://www.bullssoxacademy.com/

Park Ridge Community Center
Must Register through Park Ridge Park District
1515 Touhy Avenue Park Ridge, IL

Current Offering: Basketball FUNdamentals Camp 6-12yrs
Dates: February 12 - March 5
Days: Thursday
Time: 4:30-6:00pm
Cost: $124
Class: 38704 Code: 31220PRK2

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Jeff Berkowitz Interviews Alderman Sposato, 2014

Great information about the state of our local schools and our leadership telling us we cannot have an educational choice.

Great information about push for higher minimum wage, even though the demand and supply does not support it.

Great information about creating opposition for the sake of creating opposition.

Does this point of view match yours?

http://youtu.be/u592ar4hnro?t=1s

  • Karl JP Retired from Jefferson's Park.

    "Bolsheviks". Ha! Good stuff. Is this guy on CAN-tv or something?

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    This is not CAN-TV, which I find dull. Public Affairs TV with Jeff Berkowitz is far better, more informative and captivating program. Sposato and Arena can answer your questions better. They interviewed with the guy.

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Gas Meter/Pipe Installation This Year?

Will this be the year that they finally make it over to Keystone? Does anyone know the site with the map that People's Gas has with their planned locations?

Thanks!

Jan 10

Updated 41 hours ago

Neighborhood Infrastructure Menu Program

The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete...

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The following is my response to an e-mail request. I am reluctant to send an e-mail back, because my private info would be disclosed. Let me know if you need anything else.

The actual final expenditure detail by ward by year is located at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/obm/provdrs/cap_improve.html
The 2014 file is called 2014 Program, found close to the tab's bottom on the left side.

My past links referred to a pdf file instead of the Capital Improvement Program tab, which became obsolete with any subsequent same-year data update.

Once the chosen year file is open, hold CTL key as you press F key. Then enter Ward: 36 to get to the first line of the ward detail. You will find that all 2014 Ward 36 dollars were spent on infrastructure, mostly street resurfacing. No park district expenses.

To find Ward 36th's park spending, you have to go to 2013 and 2012 Menu Report. In 2013, both Shabonna and Hiawattha playlots got $310,277 in total. In 2012, Shabonna got $85,301. These park playlots got multiple sources of funding, grants and ward matching.

  • Ald. Nicholas Sposato's Service Office From the 38th Ward to your kitchen table

    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu...

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    Thank you for posting this "Minerva". Copies of yearly menu expenditures are always available through the city or our office.

    After last years severe winter the streets were in very bad shape so after speaking with members of the community we decided to use the bulk of the 2014 menu funds on street resurfacing. In 2012 and 2013 I allocated funds to improve our local parks. For Hiawatha Park we worked with the Chicago Park District and split the cost 50/50. For Shabbona Park we worked with St. Rep Arroyo and the Chicago Park District to split the cost 3 ways. These park improvements are not only great for the children to have new playgrounds but help improve the neighborhood as a whole which will help attract more families and businesses to the area.

    Again "Minerva" thank you starting this conversation and your continued support!

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  • Permit issued for renovation/alteration

    DECONVERSION OF 3 DU BUILDING TO SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE. NEW 2 AND 3 STORY REAR FRAME ADDITIONS. NEW FRAME DORMERS. NEW REAR WOOD DECK, WOOD FRONT STAIRS TO BE REPLACED WITH NEW AS PER PLANS.(certified corrections)

    4739 N. Kewanee Ave. Issued January 21, 2015 Comment

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Illinois Christian Home Educators Convention, June 4-6, 2015, Naperville

Save the dates: The ICHE Annual State Convention will be held at Calvary Church in Naperville on June 4-6, 2015!

The ICHE Annual State Convention is a wonderful experience. Come listen to great speakers offering sound instruction, participate in corporate worship, fellowship with other home school families, and visit the exhibit hall, giving you the opportunity to physically review curricula and other schooling resources. If you've attended a past convention, we look forward to seeing you again. If you are new to homeschooling, we encourage you to take advantage of what the state convention can offer - all in helping you train up your children in the way they should go.

http://www.iche.org/events/4617/06-04-2015/2015-iche-annual-state-convention

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Updated 3 days ago

39th Ward Alderman Debate?

Finally there's competition for the job. Anyone know if there's a debate in the works?

  • Robert Murphy local booster, active neighbor

    Also, I don't know about Ald. Laurino's scheduling, but the invite for the forum went out to all candidates on Dec 13, so not really last minutes

  • Did anyone participate in Laurino's town hall meeting last night via phone? I learned about it last night after the fact. I didn't see it listed on the ward website and I didn't receive any email notice so I wasn't home to take the call. Did anyone participate? And did anyone receive advance notice?

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Dr. Martin Luther King - "I Have A Dream" Speech

Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power...

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Every year on Martin Luther King Day I read with my family Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Last year I shared this practice with others (using social media) and got a huge response. This year, I do the same. The speech is copied partially below (EB has character limitations!). You can then click on the link to read the full text and listen to it (also available on YouTube). The sound of it only adds to the power of the oratory.

If interested, I would suggest you read "Letters from Birmingham Jail" too.

So, read, reflect, discuss and then actively work towards our nation's continued need to achieve racial justice.

I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand today, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of their captivity.

But one hundred years later, the Negro still is not free. One hundred years later, the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination. One hundred years later, the Negro lives on a lonely island of poverty in the midst of a vast ocean of material prosperity. One hundred years later, the Negro is still languished in the corners of American society and finds himself an exile in his own land. And so we've come here today to dramatize a shameful condition.

http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/mlkihaveadream.htm

  • Bob Kastigar 15 Years North Park, bike rider, retired

    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane...

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    I can't find the pictures I took, but several years ago I rode a bicycle between Selma and Montgomery, just to take a slow ride along the route.

    The Edmund Pattus bridge hasn't changed, but Rt 80 today is a four-lane mostly divided highway. Back then it was a two-lane highway. There are signs posted where the two camping spots were located. The land is still empty, but they're just vacant land, not campgrounds.

    There isn't anything noteworthy in Selma. It's like any other small town. Local restaurants, but McDonalds and Burger Kings too. I didn't see anything noteworthy about the march.

    Someplace near Montgomery I got chased off the highway by a state trooper. He told me since it was a federal highway bicycles weren't allowed. I tried to point out to him that this wasn't a restricted highway, there were no sign postings and that bicycles were allowed. He offered to take me into jail and let a judge decide the next day. I declined, even though I knew if MLK has been with me, he wouldn't have given up so easily. I got off the highway (he followed me until I did), camped and the next day returned to the highway several miles down the road. Several other state police passed me but didn't stop.

    I got done what I wanted to get done, but Rt. 80 isn't really the most pleasant place to ride a bicycle.

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Open House - Experience the St. Viator Community

St. Viator Elementary School is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 24th. Meet faculty, staff and parents who will be available to answer your questions and give you a tour of the school.

St. Viator offers full and half-day preschool programs for 3 & 4 year-olds and a challenging, enriching curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
St. Viator is proud of its rigorous academic program built on the principles of differentiated, hands-on learning using interactive technology as well...

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St. Viator Elementary School is hosting an open house on Saturday, January 24th. Meet faculty, staff and parents who will be available to answer your questions and give you a tour of the school.

St. Viator offers full and half-day preschool programs for 3 & 4 year-olds and a challenging, enriching curriculum for kindergarten through 8th grade students.
St. Viator is proud of its rigorous academic program built on the principles of differentiated, hands-on learning using interactive technology as well as:
*A world language program taught using the award-winning Rosetta Stone interactive software
*Super Kids reading program for PreK through 2nd grade
*Peacebuilders program - teaching peaceful conflict resolution and positive behaviors
*A reading specialist for students with special needs as well as advanced readers
*An award-winning fine arts program as well as music, choir and band
*Before and after school Kid Care
*A variety of extracurricular activities allowing students to discover their identity and explore their interests
WE HOPE YOU CAN JOIN US!

Applications for the 2015-2016 school year are currently being accepted.
If you have any questions, or would like to schedule a personal tour please call the school office at 773-545-2173.

St. Viator Elementary school is located in historic Old Irving Park, 4140 W. Addison Street, Chicago
www.stviatorchicago.org

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Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 12:01 am

Don't forget the broken sidewalks. The slots are limited and last only few days.

Call 311 or log onto the 311 website at http://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/311.html

  • Don't do this if you're scheduled to be part of the Peoples Gas repiping program.

Jan 17

Updated 6 days ago

Why Aren't Our Children the Central Point of Campaigns?

When most people decide to have children, they do it with the understanding that the children will become their focal point, and thus the family decisions and plans will be centered around benefiting the future generation. However, little local campaign coverage is being given to the topic of directly improving the educational outcomes for our children, who are expected to inherit a ton of debt.

With that said, I am calling on all parents, especially those frustrated with the lack...

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When most people decide to have children, they do it with the understanding that the children will become their focal point, and thus the family decisions and plans will be centered around benefiting the future generation. However, little local campaign coverage is being given to the topic of directly improving the educational outcomes for our children, who are expected to inherit a ton of debt.

With that said, I am calling on all parents, especially those frustrated with the lack of local, quality educational services to participate in these elections and to ask tough questions about all of our nearby schools, parks and libraries. Some questions could include:

How can we raise accountability in our schools, parks and libraries?
How can we share the best practices across all of our institutions?
How can we turn the schools, parks and libraries to be more welcoming and engaging?
How can we address the overcrowding in our schools?
How can we bring more hands-on work and in-depth education?
How can we bring more vocational programming?
How can we bring more culture and celebrate our ethnic diversity?
How can we bring multilingual storytime to our libraries?
How do we start a teen center?

Thriving families are thriving communities! Instead of building bars and dollar stores, let's build great family institutions. Everything else will likely fall into its rightful place.

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    All parents must be working ....

Jan 07

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Woodcraft Class at Merrimac & Shabbona Parks--Let's Make a Derby Car & Race!

Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family...

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Since last year, we feel privileged to have the affordable local opportunity to take the real-life-application woodcraft class at Merrimac Park with Mr. Joe. The same teacher and class is being offered at Shabbona Park.

Every spring, this woodcraft class focuses on making, from scratch, derby cars to take part in a memorable derby car race at Portage Park. This event is big and fun for the whole family! Both scouts and the woodcraft students participate in it. Our family was simply blown away by the last year experience! The organization, the presentation, the children's output and the family turn-out was more than pleasing. It was way beyond our expectations. Thanks Mr. Joe and thanks Chicago Park District!

Currently, to my surprise, there are still registration spots available for woodcraft with Mr. Joe at both parks. I would like to encourage our local youth and their families to join this affordable, local program, teaching the life skill of carpentry. Like us, once you try it, you will be hooked and that is my promise!

Woodcraft with Mr, Joe is our local gem. Let's build it up and protect it.

Ages: ~7-10: https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98302

Ages: ~9-12:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98303

Ages: 18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-merrimac/98304

Ages: ~7-10:
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98315

Ages: ~18+
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98317

Ages: ~10-13
https://apm.activecommunities.com/chicagoparkdistrict/Activity_Search/woodcraft-at-shabbona/98316

  • @Minerva, by my parents today and found it.

    here are 9 pictures of the pics of the car.... wow, that takes me back.

    what do you think?

    http://imgur.com/cZvwtSk,tzBQRPE,XBg2s4A,6R6w0eN,k2mIz51,CZYoY3N,o1nViQZ,a2n4NFK,RsNxsVL

  • Minerva From my kitchen table to yours.

    Love it! Colors red, black and silver depict energy, mystery and wisdom. The sleek, elongated shape with extra weight at the end means business, the seed. :)

    I thought you were pulling my leg, but you are for real. Good for you! Keep your interest and fond memories alive.

    I think you ought to come to the car derby at Portage Park, in mid-March, I think, with your treasure. I think Mr. Joe, kids and the community as a whole would be thrilled to hear your story.

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Roofing repair?

any suggestions for honest reasonable roofing repair? Roof 4 yr old but looks like it got a leak from last year's Chiberia. thought it was just a little snow up the shingles but this year it started leaking during a thaw. I need to find a reasonable roof repair person to assess problem.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Albany Roofing is awesome! Be sure to ask for Larry 773-878-1281.

  • A roof that's only 4 years old should not be leaking - and roofers usually give at least a 10 year warranty. Check back with whomever did the job - they should come out and fix it for free. You may have to dig out your old paperwork - there's probably a warranty attached to the estimate or bill. Good luck

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Garage

Any suggestions on local services that epoxy garage floors?

Jan 14

RedEye Columns

Hey everyone,

I've been fortunate to be writing for the RedEye as a contributing columnist this winter. If you missed my ode to Skilling last week, here it is. My new column should be in tomorrow's paper on pg. 4.
http://www.redeyechicago.com/news/redeye-tom-skilling-delivers-good-weather-20150107,0,2573291.column

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