Mar 27

Updated 2 days ago

Community Forum on USPS issues, Monday night March 31st

Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager...

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Just a reminder about our community forum on USPS mail delivery problems and solutions this Monday night March 31st at 7pm, located at A.N.Pritzger School (2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL.)

This forum will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS.

We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:
Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager
Bill Hedrick, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Andre Martin, Office of the Inspector General
Mark Reynolds, Customer Services Operations
(The Station manager for Wicker Park and other postal representatives will also be in attendance)

This purpose of this forum is to help get context on what the USPS has to go through in order to get us the mail. We plan on leaving with a firm plan on how we can help them solve delivery problems from a community point of view.

Topics: Lost mail, stolen mail, package theft, new and easy ways of reporting, delivery issues, communicating with the local office, knowing your carrier, falsely marked delivered and best types of mailboxes.

Hope you can make it. For more info please click here: https://www.facebook.com/events/723187241036294

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny...

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    The best way to handle this is to elevate it to a National and Congressional level. Do some searching: Chicago, postal problems or mix up words. Enter Karen Schenck and you can see what she is doing. There are many articles on Chicagos' long standing postal problems.

    In 2007 Danny Davis held congressional meetings on the problems with Chicago mail service that was designated THE WORST IN THE COUNTRY. Here we are 7 years later and things are getting worse than in 2007!

    Working with the same people who made the problem sometimes doesn't work. Why? Their judgement calls are what cause the problems. Making excuses, blaming the victims...those are all signals of NOT taking responsibility for the problems internally. Sending patrons back to the same phone numbers and software that don't work is also a sign management is on the wrong path.

    What Postal management should be doing is working with steller individuals to provide reliable feedback; then going to the personnel file to figure out who was "on duty" at that time...and implementing protocols to get rid of workers who are doing a bad job.

    The CRM software can be misleading as data can be manipulated through threads or algorithms. Unless they CATCH the culprets...things NEVER change. Sabotage does go on and is a tactic used to cause problems.

    t things done.

  • gpblight 15 Yr East Garfield Resident

    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal...

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    Contact Danny Davis Office. Not sure if he still heads the Postal Committee who also contributes to his campaigns. He did get Congressional hearings in 2007 so he knows what to do. YOU need Congressional hearings.

    All of the internal fighting between management and unions at the expense of postal patrons is the reason why there may be no hope for this institution in Chicago. We have the same problem in other City worker unions too. In the end, taxpayers have to realize we pay for the service. If we don't get it, there is no reason to pay for a lifetime of work and then pensions until workers die.

    That puts patrons on a continual downslide of worse and worse service. Drive around the neighborhoods that are 60-70% empty...realize that almost 1/3 of the Chicgo residents left in the past 35 years. With 1.2million gone...there will be cutbacks. But that is ok because Illinois is #1 in government hires. We hire more government workers than any other state. ERGO...less population, more hires....means financial ruin.

    Again...Congressional hearings is the FASTEST way to ge

4 days ago

Smoke Daddy's generous field trip experience for LaSalle II students

Huge thanks to Smoke Daddy's for giving a great experience to LaSalle II students and great article in the Our Urban Times newspaper.
http://oururbantimes.com/school-news/smoke-daddy-welcomes-future-workers-lasalle-ii-elementary-school-east-village

5 days ago

Where do you get your news from?

Hello Ukrainian Villagers,
I'm writing an article for class on where people get news from their country (via a certain TV station, website, newspaper, etc). I'm curious where Ukrainian natives/ Ukrainians get their news from. Please let me know if you're interested in participating.
Feel free to email me at crystal.carrazco@loop.colum.edu or PM me for my number.

Thank you so much in advance. :)

Apr 08

Updated Apr 09

New Development on Huron/Western

Hi All: there's a new developemnt going up at Huron and Western. Pretty much everyone on my street thinks this is going to be one ugly development. While I am far from being 'anti-development', in fact, I encourage it, but this is far out weird. What's a good route to take to challenge the developers to potentially change it? Given that I am runnning for State Rep for this area, I want to stay on top of this new site.

Jun 11 2012

Updated Apr 06

Parkway dog pee

Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that...

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Our neighbor, who is a very nice person, just informed me that some other people on the block have complained that our patch of grass near the curb (I believe it's called a parkway) has a bunch of brown spots from dog pee. She admitted that she thinks it looks bad, too. Our dog doesn't use the patch, but our tenants upstairs let their dogs use it and people walking their dogs will let them go there. She said that you can get fined by the city for this, which sounds absurd. Is this true? I guess my husband and I are in the minority, I keep a well manicured small front garden but don't really care much about the parkway other than keeping it mowed. We both work a lot and I'd rather focus on my back yard and garden. I guess my question is; how much should I care about what the neighbors say, and can you be fined? And I'd be willing to ask our tenants to go across the street to the park, but how am I supposed to keep other dogs from peeing there when I'm gone most of the day? She keeps people off of hers because she's home most of the day and can see when someone is outside.

Full disclosure: that same neighbor's husband mows our parkway for us. We have never asked him to do it and he just does it because he's a nice guy and he knows we only have a push mower. We have thanked him many times. So I'm not sure if there's a sense of entitlement going on there since they maintain it? We would be happy to mow it ourselves. They have lived here a long time and are very particular.

If we put up a fence, then that makes the grass much harder to mow, so then that would involve pulling up the grass and putting something else there which I don't have the desire to to. Also, I've heard that this patch is technically property of the city and could be torn up if they need to access a water main, etc. Any advice is appreciated!

  • The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil...

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    The dogs are urunating on the sidewalk directly if the front if someone gate. That is gross and rude. agree that dogs will go where they will go but this neighbor pulls her dogs in front of the gate to make them go there and laughs. If she were civil she would pull them away from the front gate. I would never let my dogs do that and I would expect others not to do the same regardless if it is city sidewalk or our property. Something scary is that they both have professional job. They are acting like children.

  • You're totally right Confused, those people are ridiculous. I don't think dogs should go on sidewalks unless that's the only option. That's where everyone walks, no one should have to walk around rivers of pee, especially right in front of their gate.

Apr 04

"Paper Jam" VIP Party/Collector's Preview at Vertical Gallery

Hi! Does anyone want to learn about pop art tonight and mingle with artists and collectors? We are bring a small group of five to this invite-only free reception 6 to 9 p.m. tonight (Fri) and have two RSVPs so far, so room for three more. I am excited because usually I just write about art shows in the form of entering in listings but never actually go to any In Real Life (IRL). The public reception kicks off on Saturday. http://dnain.fo/1lFtJen

Mar 31

Updated Apr 01

Let's talk about news in the 'hood this Wednesday!

Hi, all... if you are headed to the Wicker Park Committee mtg at Jerry's on Wed, I hope you can pop by Piece for an after-party! Initially we were hoping to do the first IRL on Tuesday April 1st but the dugout pit at the front of the brewery/pizzeria was booked.

As an added perk for anyone who purchases a ticket (link http://bit.ly/1mavhdk ) , we will be giving away one copy of "Sad Pictures for Children" at random.

Here is more background on the outing. http://dnain.fo/IRLmysterypizza

Hope to see you there!

  • Liko will be there! My husband wants to know if he can eat dinner at the meeting :)

  • leah wp leah in wicker park

    YES! We will have light snacks and some beverage for everyone, but if he wants to order dinner himself, he can eat it during the meeting! See you there!!

Mar 17

Updated Mar 31

Community Mail Delivery Forum for Wicker Park, March 31st

Hello Neighbors, in an effort to understand the issues regarding lost mail, slow mail and stolen mail, concerned community members have working for the last few months to create a series of public forums to help resolve mail delivery issues.

The first forum (Monday March 31st at 7pm) will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service, and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS. Those details will be added as we confirm the guests....

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Hello Neighbors, in an effort to understand the issues regarding lost mail, slow mail and stolen mail, concerned community members have working for the last few months to create a series of public forums to help resolve mail delivery issues.

The first forum (Monday March 31st at 7pm) will be focused *solely* on the United States Postal Service, and will feature speakers and employees from various departments of the USPS. Those details will be added as we confirm the guests.

This purpose of this specific forum is to help us get some context on what the USPS has to go through in order to get us the mail. We plan on leaving with a firm plan on how we can help them solve delivery problems. As a community we can set goals for the USPS and work with them to help improve mail delivery for our zip code (Mainly 60622, but the meeting also includes nearby zip codes).

There will be some presentations by USPS employees on different local departments operate. Ideally we can leave knowing more about their issues and how those issues have led to delivery problems.

This will also be a chance to set up a plan of action on who to contact for various problems. It's hard to navigate the national website for local contacts, but this forum will discuss ways to talk locally about your issues and help us track the progress for future meetings. The best solution is to have open two-way communication with the USPS on what we can do to help them deliver the mail safely and more efficiently.

Thank you and please RSVP for this event, space is limited:
https://www.facebook.com/events/723187241036294/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular&source=1

It will be held at A.N. Pritzger School (across the street from Wicker Park), 2009 W Schiller St, Chicago, IL. The date will be Monday March 31st, starting *promptly* at 7pm.

  • Steve Niketopoulos Admin for Neighborhood Watch and Community Pages

    There will be a unique fact sheet created for this meeting by USPS on the new ways of reporting problems and working with local contacts, so that's a win right there. Also, this will be a highly interactive meeting, so please try to stop over if you have the time....

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    There will be a unique fact sheet created for this meeting by USPS on the new ways of reporting problems and working with local contacts, so that's a win right there. Also, this will be a highly interactive meeting, so please try to stop over if you have the time. It's up next to Wicker Park itself at Pritzger school, starts at 7pm sharp https://www.facebook.com/events/723187241036294/

    We've confirmed our speakers from the USPS will be:

    Karen Schenck, District Manager, Chicago
    Anthony Vaughan, Postmaster of Chicago
    Paula McHenry, Customer Services Operations Manager
    Bill Hedrick, U.S. Postal Inspection Service
    Andre Martin, Office of the Inspector General
    Mark Reynolds, Customer Services Operations
    (The Station manager for Wicker Park and other postal representatives will also be in attendance)

Mar 29

Updated Mar 31

Parking in Heated, Enclosed Garage - Wicker Park / Bucktown / Ukranian Villiage

I have two enclosed garage parking spaces in a desirable building. Steps from Wicker Park, Division Street restaurants. Remote control access. Available immediately.

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Program Offerings Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Registration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 24

View 2014 Summer Day Camp Programs Now!

The Chicago Park District is the hot spot for kids this summer. For the ultimate summer camp experience, look no further than your local park! With a variety of camp offerings, you're sure to find an option to match your needs.

Camp programs can be found at more than 200 parks throughout the city where children enjoy water fun, field trips, athletic activities and cultural experiences.

Online Summer Restoration begins on April 7 for parks west of California and on April 8 for parks east of California. Make your wishlists now to save time. http://tinyurl.com/lelmx2c

Mar 21

Health Insurance. Need to enroll? We can help.

Presence Health Care, PrimeCare, the Puerto Rican Cultural Center and St. Joseph Services invite you to a FREE event to help you learn about your health plan options and provide helpful resources. Enroll in a plan on-site with Navigators and Assisters here to help you through the process and to answer any questions you may have.

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WHERE: 1510 N. Claremont Avenue, Chicago, IL 60622
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FREE giveaways and FREE health screenings. For more information call (312) 361-7959.

Mar 14

Local School Council Election - Roberto Clemente Community Academy

My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday,...

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My name is Iris Millan, and I am running for the Local School Council at Roberto Clemente Community Academy (RCCA) as a Community Representative. I have lived in the community (just three blocks west of RCCA) for ten years. My partner, Eddie, and I are raising two young children. If you live within the high school's attendance boundaries. You can vote at the school, located at 1147 N. Western Avenue - anytime from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8, 2014. Please follow this link to find out if you live within the RCCA attendance boundaries:
http://cps.edu/Schools/Find_a_school/Pages/SchoolLocator.aspx?Schools=609759

As a community representative on RCCA's Local School Council, I plan to bring the following to the table:
- Help promote the new International Baccalaureate (IB) Program that RCCA was recently approved for.
- Extensive experience working with the Chicago Public Schools Central Office officials, as a former Aldermanic Education/Schools Liaison.
- Helped promote the IB Program to the RCCA community schools, community leaders and other stakeholders. As Aldermanic Education Liaison, I was tasked to assist in the pioneering, establishing and announcing of the IB Program to the RCCA administration, community leaders, and alumni.
- Help build stronger bridges between local elementary schools and RCCA.
- I understand the need for better high school options for our elementary school children and will work with elected officials, community leaders and elementary Local School Councils to showcase the good news happening at RCCA.
Please come to the LSC Candidates Forum at RCCA - 1147 N. Western Avenue - on Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school's auditorium.
I encourage you to email me at irisforrcca@gmail.com with any questions or for more information about the LSC Elections at RCCA.

Respectfully,
Iris Millan
Community Representative
for the RCCA Local School Council

Mar 12

Updated Mar 13

Mariano's on Chicago Ave

Just was wondering if anyone knew the actual date of the Mariano's Opening on Chicago Ave.

Mar 11

Updated Mar 12

Any news on what happened at Mr Brown's lounge?

I walked by this morning and noticed the windows and door were boarded up. Couldn't get over in time to read the paper taped to the doorway, though.

  • kwp I Am The Thunder, You Are The Kitty Cat

    It's open for business as usual. Seems every six months they get their front window smashed over night, but they're not closed.

Mar 04

Updated Mar 10

Chiditirod shopping cart remains...

A shopping cart used in the past weekend Chiditirod is still sitting on our street. Does anyone know who to call to get rid of it? The garbage men left it and I doubt 311 would care.

I love the fun happenings in the neighborhood and am a 10+ year resident but this was uncool. One particular group hung out on our street in the back of a pick up with cases of beer. When done, they dumped the empty cases and cans in the street next to their shopping cart and left. Anyone know who to contact to share our experience?

Thanks.

  • Kay of East Village like a good neighbor.....

    I saw a shopping cart too sitting along the sidwalk and thought it must be a chiditorad shopping cart. But wasn't sure. It was somewhere on Wood St. or Wolcott between Milwaukee/Division.

  • Hi Kay. I called the Alderman's office and they retrieved the cart within a day or so. They just needed the exact address. Hope that helps.

Mar 09

Updated Mar 10

Bucktown, Wicker Park & West Loop Virtual Garage Sale

Tired of waiting until summer to get rid the unwanted clutter?
Tired of spend a weekend sitting in the hot sun wheeling and dealing?
I have started some Facebook virtual garage sale groups around the area.
A place to buy, sell or even give away item with people in your neighborhood.
Much easier than other selling sites, come check us out.

Bucktown, Wicker Park & West Loop Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/282543145231487/
North Center, Lincoln Square, Lake view, Roscoe Village Virtual...

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Tired of waiting until summer to get rid the unwanted clutter?
Tired of spend a weekend sitting in the hot sun wheeling and dealing?
I have started some Facebook virtual garage sale groups around the area.
A place to buy, sell or even give away item with people in your neighborhood.
Much easier than other selling sites, come check us out.

Bucktown, Wicker Park & West Loop Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/282543145231487/
North Center, Lincoln Square, Lake view, Roscoe Village Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1406838629562737/
Andersonville, Uptown, Loyola, Rogers Park & Edgewater Virtual Garage sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/732530996757733/
Lincoln Park, Old Town, River West/North & Gold Coast Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1452216758330187/
Forest Glen, Sauganash, Mayfair & Edgebrook Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1420706874835898/
Albany Park, Irving Park/ Old Irving & Ravenswood Manor Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/707752879264290/
Belmont Cragin, Brickyard, Montclare & Surrounding Area Virtual Garage Sale
https://www.facebook.com/groups/1463361163876571/

Mar 06

Western Closed Starting Friday

Hello everyone. In Alderman Moreno's email today, he noted the construction scheduled or Wabansia - Western, which was postponed from several weeks ago, is beginning bright & early tomorrow. Just a heads up.

http://www.wickerparkbucktown.info/_blog/Wicker_Park_Bucktown_Insider's_Guide/post/bloomingdale-trail-street-closures-this-weekend-wickerpark-bucktown/

Mar 04

Updated Mar 06

Fun things to do with a 19 year old

My brother is hanging out with me on Saturday and after hot Doug's there's not much I can think of that doesn't involve libations. Neither of us are big bowlers. Any ideas?

Feb 28

Updated Mar 04

Wicker Park Trader Joe's Plans

From Alisa Hauser: http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140228/wicker-park/alderman-trader-joes-wicker-park-plan-needs-neighboring-schools-support

Won't someone THINK OF THE CHILDREN??? I've got a fiver on some parent saying they'll only agree to this if Trader Joe's goes 100% GMO free because GMO carrots kindap and murder children.

  • Thyra DeCicco Founder of Wicker Park Bucktown Insiders Guide

    I did.There were additional requests for traffic studies but I felt Trader Joe's was attempting to compromise with the school. Lots of additional meetings to follow. They are expecting approx 19,000 visitors a week and are looking at making Honore a 2- way street, widening alleys etc. A lot of work for this location. imho. The space would also include additional commercial space beyond Trader Joe's plus 2 leevels of parking.To Ali's point, they said this space (size) is difficult to find so finding another location would be difficult.

  • Scott Evergreen & Damen

    Thanks all. While we could certainly use another grocery in the neighborhood, this strikes me as a poor choice of locations.

    --S

Feb 25

Updated Mar 04

Oscar Viewing Parties in WP/Bucktown?

anyone know of any Oscar viewing parties in the hood? a quick search yielded Blue Line and Boundary as hosting events...hoping for a few more options. thank you for your knowledge.

Feb 18

Updated Feb 21

Marshfield ave-attempted break in.

I live on the 1000 block of north marshfield avenue. Last night, someone shattered our back sliding door. Luckily, the alarm must have scared them off and nobody actually got in. Someone in our building said they had heard buzzing so the burglar may have been trying the buzzers first to see if people in the building were home. Wanted to warn everyone in the area to be careful and to keep an eye out.

  • Our house was broken into on Monday as well. Glass shattered in front door, alarm went off computer stolen. Dog very upset.

  • call me Lou Jefferson Park Sox Fan

    Sorry to hear that Nancy. What type of door did they did they gain entrance through? We have a glass patio door in the back of the house and are also concerned about a potential break-in. We're trying to decide how to better secure this door.

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