2 hours ago

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What does John Garrido say?

Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want...

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Copernicus Forum: JP parking structure

Question: Four years ago, there was a proposed 299 space parking garage with store fronts at Ainslie and Lipps next to the CTA Terminal. Currently, the 25,000 s.f parcel is a gravel parking lot. Does Jefferson Park business district need a multilevel parking structure either at this site or elsewhere?

Garrido: "Well, I think parking is important. I know that we like the idea that we want to make everything pedestrian friendly, and we want to have everybody walk and ride their bikes. While that's important, that's good, the fact remains, people drive. But I think that with any project, if the developer wants to put up a parking garage like what he was taking about there. Then, the first thing that needs to happen when any job comes into my office is I need the plans and all the information on the project. It
will immediately, right from the very beginning, be put up on a website so that way everybody can see it and everybody can be involved in a discussion and understand and know what is going on. Then we would have a community meeting about it. For me it's gonna be all about community first. We need to have the community right in the process from the very beginning so we get that input,so we get that feedback,so a developer doesn't necessarily waste their time doing something that the community isn't going to accept. And then the community can have a voice in that process. Unfortunately, a lot of the process that we have now it doesn't seem to go that way."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: Does J
P need a parking structure?

What does John Garrido say?
Parking is important.
Discount people walking and people biking.
Pivot to canned answer about zoning process.
"For me it's gonna be all about community first."
Diminish the existing process.

Acknowledge the question then pivot? Done.
Anybody have a clarity on this question? No.
Mission accomplished.

  • Jill♡,
    Did Mr Garrido answer the question? He did not.
    Do you know more about Mr Garrido's position now that you're read his response? I certainly don't.

    Parking is important, but not more important than people walking, people biking, people riding the bus, than lost opportunity costs. In line with...

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    Jill♡,
    Did Mr Garrido answer the question? He did not.
    Do you know more about Mr Garrido's position now that you're read his response? I certainly don't.

    Parking is important, but not more important than people walking, people biking, people riding the bus, than lost opportunity costs. In line with the current city policy, cars come fifth in a list of five; people walking are first.

    re: "...Next to expect an anwser.." What? pls clarify the word salad.

    The old proposal is withdrawn. The question was does JP need a parking structure. The Alderman provided an effective answer to the question, Mr Garrido did not.

    The $2.5M from Six Corners TIF fund is for keeping the theater open for public and non-profit use.

  • A&K,
    Which section of the videowould you volunteer to transcribe appropriately? Your despised usage is the best that I could transcribe what Mr Garrido said.

    Why are you introducing financing into the parking garage question?

    Did Mr Garrido answer the question?

Jan 20

Updated 46 min ago

Looking to Adopt a pup

Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2...

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Hi there neighbors! We are looking to adopt a puppy next month and I was wondering if anyone has a suggestion or past experiences to draw upon to help me decide where to adopt. Here are a few facts about us:

-We will only consider adopting. We do not believe in "designer" dogs.
-We have a large yard with 8' high fencing.
-We are adamant about getting a young puppy so that we can peacefully introduce it to our 2 cats and 4 chickens. The dog MUST get along with the other animals and be able to be in their presence unsupervised without threat.
-We are looking for a large breed with protective instincts.
-We are looking to spend no more than $300 for adoption fees.

If you've adopted, I'd love to hear what your experience was. Did you have a good experience? A negative experience? Why? Any HELPFUL comments are appreciated. All off topic comments will be ignored.

Thank you!

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Our schedule right now goes a little something like this:

    Wake up and go outside to do business.
    Outside playtime for 10-15 mins.
    Inside training session for 10-15 minutes.
    Crate or playpen for 1-2 hours next to me (he's usually sleeping during this time)

    Outside to do business... repeat repeat repeat...go to bed in crate.

    The biggest problem is that when he's out of the crate or playpen, all he's doing is trying to bite bite bite.

    :(

  • Ruta Gardener/Animal Lover

    Try soaking a rope toy in water or no sodium chicken broth & freezing it. It may help with his teething/biting. You may also want to try using a spray bottle filled with water & spritz him when he bites you.
    Ahh, the joys of owning a puppy.

4 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Election update: Michelle Baert endorses Garrido in 45th Ward aldermanic runoff

Baert finished third in the Feb. 24 aldermanic race in the 45th Ward. The runoff is a rematch of 2011: incumbent Alderman John Arena vs. police lieutenant John Garrido. Both candidates will be trying to identify Baert supporters in order to ask for their vote. Baert received about 1,700 votes.
http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/02/27/election-update-michelle-baert-endorses-garrido-in-45th-ward-aldermanic-runoff-race/

  • joanie 20+ year Resident of Jefferson Park

    I'm a single woman without children but realize the importance of having good schools to attract young families to the neighborhood. Families support a vast array of goods and services that benefit all residents in the community. Having excellent schools helps prepare young people to become good citizens and productive...

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    I'm a single woman without children but realize the importance of having good schools to attract young families to the neighborhood. Families support a vast array of goods and services that benefit all residents in the community. Having excellent schools helps prepare young people to become good citizens and productive adults. If you are a single homeowner, having excellent schools benefits you by helping to maintain property values.

    John Garrido emphasized the importance of safety and crime in his opening remarks at the Copernicus Center. This is a very important issue to me. While everyone could potentially become a victim of street violence, women are targeted more frequently because of our gender and smaller stature. As an alderman, I expect that Garrido would be more effective at addressing issues related to law enforcement. We need more police resources to combat the uptick of crime in the 45th Ward.

    We're glad to have the support of the "45th Ward Mom" Michelle Baert going forward. I recall that she said that "imitation is the greatest form of flattery." Not too long after she entered the race, her FB page, where she listed child friendly and community events, was hi-jacked and copied by team Arena.

  • joanie,

    re:"I'm a ..."

    The tone of your writing seems different.

    You support good schools? Is that Profitized Public Education that you support or do just dangle "...the importance of having good schools..." so you can pivot to your crime point?

    You've been a long time City of Chicago employee....

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    joanie,

    re:"I'm a ..."

    The tone of your writing seems different.

    You support good schools? Is that Profitized Public Education that you support or do just dangle "...the importance of having good schools..." so you can pivot to your crime point?

    You've been a long time City of Chicago employee. When do you remember a candidate having to state the obvious *I'm against crime in the safest police district in the city* as his plank? Fact: People are being gunned down in other police districts in relatively large numbers. What does the 16th District uptick consist of? Garage tagging? Snow blower theft?

    re: "We're glad...": are you now the spokesperson for the very shy to write anything down Mr Garrido?

2 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • Ryan, I thought my question was succinct. I think a lot of us are more interested in preserving the integrity and character of our neighborhood. My question is geared more toward the positive and negatives of altering that character. Which leads to the second, do they understand community? Like Arena you want to put zoning first and respecting "the process." I want to know if the candidate can put community first and respect the residents?

  • Happiness,

    You've asked Ryan Richter a 'loaded' question, I'll spare you chapter and verse of what a 'loaded' question is as I've provided that to numerous times already. Also, you've not defined "community". Do you assert some citizen's have more rights than do others?

    I also noticed that you've taken your question
    from "...an alderman..." in the comment re 'your question is not more interesting'
    to "..they.." in the comment re 'I thought my question'.

46 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

What's with the speed camera on Cicero just North of Lawrence?

Just after the bend, passed the overpass, is a speed camera. There is no park there, no school, and I believe there isn't even a crossing or sidewalk on the east side of the street. Not sure I understand why there's a camera there.

  • Danny,

    re: "...clout within CPD..." In my observation, there are alos individual officers who get off on a power trip. Up here in 45, there are many police neighbors and most seem pretty good in a neighborhood setting. I haven't experienced any of my neighbors in a police setting though....

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    Danny,

    re: "...clout within CPD..." In my observation, there are alos individual officers who get off on a power trip. Up here in 45, there are many police neighbors and most seem pretty good in a neighborhood setting. I haven't experienced any of my neighbors in a police setting though.

    I commented previously about CPD officers testi-lying and while this is most certainly not part of any written CPD document, it may be a part of a particular district's culture.

    The federal government ongoing militarization of police agencies also contributes to an "us vs them" mentality.

    Read secondcitycop.blogspot.com posts and comments sometimes and then we'll chat about what cops do vs what cops bosses want themto do.

  • Danny,

    re:"...a policy that allowed the neighborhood..." I generally prefer to the "community" discussing a set of rules, rather than that same "community" addressing anecdotal situations via a vote. Here,I'd compare speed camera and red light camera location to the ongoing 45th ward zoning discussions. The "community" as represented by the JPNA reads only a select few of the zoning rules and comes up with an opinion. When professional opinion and dissenting resident opinion comes up, they are summarily dismissed by the JPNA "community".

4 days ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Picked her up in a bar

Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys...

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Harry met Sandy at a nightclub one evening, and she finally invited him back to her apartment to spend the night. Her roommate was out of town, so this was the perfect opportunity.

The couple went back to her house, and after a few minutes the pair proceeded into Sandy's bedroom. When Harry walked through the door he immediately noticed all of these stuffed animals.

There were hundreds of them - stuffed toys on top of the wardrobe, stuffed toys on the bookshelf and stuffed toys on the window sill. There were more on the floor, and of course, stuffed toys all over the bed.

They cleared off the bed, jumped in, and went at it. Later, after the sex, Harry turned to Sandy and asked, "Well ... How was I?"

Sandy replied, "Well, you can pick anything from the bottom shelf."

  • A kid comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. "Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?"
    His father looks up, thoughtfully, and then says, "I'll demonstrate. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a...

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    A kid comes home from school with a writing assignment. He asks his father for help. "Dad, can you tell me the difference between potential and reality?"
    His father looks up, thoughtfully, and then says, "I'll demonstrate. Go ask your mother if she would sleep with Robert Redford for a million pounds. Then go ask your sister if she would sleep with Brad Pitt for a million pounds. Then come back and tell me what you've learned."
    The kid is puzzled, but decides to ask his mother. "Mum, if someone gave you a million pounds, would you sleep with Robert Redford?"
    "Don't tell your father, but yes, I would," she replies.
    He then goes to his sister's room. "Sis, if someone gave you a million pounds, would you sleep with Brad Pitt?"
    She replies, "Omigod! Definitely!"
    The kid goes back to his father. "Dad, I think I've figured it out. Potentially, we are sitting on two million quid, but in reality, we are living with two s.l.u.t.s."

  • OK, taking a sabbatical. Some will just have to pick up the slack here ;^

Feb 19

Updated 6 hours ago

The 200 Businesses That Have Closed in the 45th Ward While Arena Has Been Alderman

The long awaited list of the 200 businesses that have closed since Arena took office.

  • Jenny G. Forest Glen homeowner

    Thank you both for the recommendation of Pho No. 1. We'll definitely check it out this weekend. This weather always makes me crave Vietnamese!

    B-NWside - I'm sorry to hear that about your service at SG. That is pretty bogus. We just always did carry-out because we live so close so I didn't know about that delivery issue.

  • Loulu Me

    This is EXACTLY why what opened is more important that what closed. Before a business opens, the proprietor may go to the alderman for assistance for any number of reasons.

    I am confident the city has a lot of hoops to jump through, red tape to break, etc. in order...

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    This is EXACTLY why what opened is more important that what closed. Before a business opens, the proprietor may go to the alderman for assistance for any number of reasons.

    I am confident the city has a lot of hoops to jump through, red tape to break, etc. in order to open a business. So the owner may have lots of questions the alderman's office may clarify regarding licensing, insurance, building code, professional certifications, zoning, and any number of other rules and regulations related to various aspects of a business. The alderman may offer all sorts of assistance.

    Yes the alderman may be of assistance once the business is open, but they can only do so much. Once the business opens, it is up to the business owner to make and keep it a success. Lots of folks fall in love with idea of owning their own business, but fail because they don't plan well enough. Usually they don't have enough capital because they expect to turn a profit long before it actually happens (if it happens). Restaurants are especially difficult, and some don't become profitable for up to three years. Most people cannot sustain that wait.

    So once the doors open the alderman DOES NOT HAVE CONTROL of...

    how well the owner maintains inventory
    the quality of the inventory
    how the owner treats customers
    how the owner manages the business
    how the owner treats employees
    how the owner markets/advertises the business
    hours of operation
    how or if the owner adapts to market, demand, or product changes
    how experienced/qualified/trained the owner is in the chosen type of business

    ...failure in any of which may contribute to the failure of a business.

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Jan 27

Updated 11 hours ago

Downtown Jefferson Park

I cross posted this on the JPNA facebook site, but wanted input here. What would you like to see in downtown Jefferson Park? It could be anything - stores, restaurants, residential, parks, bike lanes, anything. Downtown is ill defined but for this purpose let's assume it centers around Milwaukee and Lawrence and extends east to the Kennedy Expressway, west to Central Avenue, north to the Metra bridge on Milwaukee and south to Wilson Park. Any ideas?

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Six more weeks...

The illusive Chicago voter has poked out through its burrow and made it mark, calling for 6 more weeks of stuffed mailboxes and call bank calls.

  • It's the way the city works. When they WANT something to happen, they make it happen. Beg, borrow, steal, whatever. Full day K, free community college, whatever. When the city DOESN'T want to pay for something, they suddenly get broke and really, really wish they could pay that pension bill...but they simply can't.

    Sometimes in the paper the exact same day are city announcements that they can't afford something AND that they just agreed to spend more than that on a different project.

  • I think the city should reroute some of the TIF monies into schools and other things.

2 days ago

Updated 26 hours ago

Bravo to Robert Murphy for getting 43% of the 39th ward!

Although he didn't win, this was a great showing and an indictment of "Marge".

Margaret Laurino 5,840 53%
Robert Murphy 4,740 43%

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

    Chitowngal wrote: "Bottom line people aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Make that "Bottom line (some) people (a minority) aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Aldertrack (http://www.aldertrack.com/) projected and reported on many wards that were anticipated going into a runoff. No one ever predicted that Laurino...

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    Chitowngal wrote: "Bottom line people aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Make that "Bottom line (some) people (a minority) aren't happy with how things are being run."

    Aldertrack (http://www.aldertrack.com/) projected and reported on many wards that were anticipated going into a runoff. No one ever predicted that Laurino wouldn't be re-elected.

    The elections ended, get over it. Give congratulations and best wishes to Mr. Murphy, and encourage him to stay active. We need more people who are active and willing to participate.

    Elections are about disagreements. Now is the time to bring back agreements. I would encourage Mr. Murphy to keep in touch with Ald. Laurino, and to offer constructive criticism and suggestions.

  • Reasonable advice from Bob assuming that there is not too much ill-will (ie. water under the bridge). Following there runoff, I don't feel that Bob's line of reasoning will apply to Arena and Garrido and their opposing factions. Kiss and make up is just not going to happen.

2 days ago

Updated 33 hours ago

Married ?????

A man and a woman, who have never met before, but are both married to
other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were
both very tired and fell asleep quickly ... he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.
At 1:00 AM, the man leaned over and gently woke the woman
saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you...

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A man and a woman, who have never met before, but are both married to
other people, found themselves assigned to the same sleeping room on a transcontinental train.

Though initially embarrassed and uneasy over sharing a room, they were
both very tired and fell asleep quickly ... he in the upper bunk and she in the lower.
At 1:00 AM, the man leaned over and gently woke the woman
saying, "Ma'am, I'm sorry to bother you, but would you be willing to reach into the closet to get me a second blanket? I'm awfully cold."
"I have a better idea," she replied. "Just for tonight, let's
pretend that we're married. "
"Wow! That's a great idea!" he exclaimed.
"Good," she replied. "Get your own ****** blanket!"
After a moment of silence, he farted.

  • heh heh heh,,,,Good one :)

  • I look forward to your weekly jokes.thanks for sharing the laughter. You are a gem!

  • Here's a real stupid joke:

    There are these two dogs who enjoy heading over to the local horse track to watch the horses run in practice. One day, the dogs are watching the horses and they notice a little horse, about 2/3 the size of the others, trying to run...

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    Here's a real stupid joke:

    There are these two dogs who enjoy heading over to the local horse track to watch the horses run in practice. One day, the dogs are watching the horses and they notice a little horse, about 2/3 the size of the others, trying to run with them. The bigger horses are toying with the little guy, letting him think he's going to win, and at the last moment, they speed by him, winning the practice race. They do this for over a half hour.

    "That's terrible what they're doing" one dog says to the other
    "It is, and I can't stand to watch any more of this. I'm going over there to give those bigger horses a piece of my mind!"
    And with that, the dogs head over to where the horses are. The dog goes up to the biggest horse and says:

    "Look, I've been watching you guys! I've seen how you're picking on that little horse, letting him think he's going to win, but then beating him and making him feel miserable. It's terrible sportsmanship, and I think you should stop this immediately!"

    The one big horse looks around, then looks at another of the big horses and says

    "Get a load of this, a talking dog."

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Feb 13

Updated 46 hours ago

Two thumbs up for Amigo Chino

My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one...

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My husband and I just popped over to Amigo Chino on Lawrence for dinner and all I have to say is WOW! I was very impressed!

I ordered the Tampiquena dinner and it was ENORMOUS! I thought it would be filling for the $23 price tag, but I had no idea that it would be enough to feef 4 people. The platter came with a gigantic grilled skirt steak, beans, rice, guac, and a quesadilla. The steak was probably one of the best steaks I've had in Chicago. It was popping with flavor and so tender it practically fell apart. The rice and beans were delicious as well. I probably only finished about 1/8 of the dinner. The portions are that huge.

My husband got the taco dinner, and for $12, he thought it was a pretty good deal. He got 1 chicken, 1 steak, and 1 chorizo taco. He said they were all pretty good, and the flavor of the beans and rice was excellent.

I will 100% be going back and ordering that steak, but next time I'll being 2-3 friends to help me finish it!

Way to go, Amigo Chino! You ROCK!

Taqueria Amigo Chino
5959 W Lawrence Ave
773-853-0170

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Yuck that place is nasty gross no english I am calling the city to report the filth!!!!

  • Marcin Talaga Realtor/General Contractor

    Bella V, try El Gordo on Belmont. In particular the Botana Mix for an appetizer. I think they have they best Mexican food on this side of the city :)

6 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Girl Scout cookies have arrived!

I have plenty to go around. Our troop is going to Savannah GA with their earnings. I can meet at walgreens on foster/milwaukee
$4 thin mints, tagalongs, trefoils, savannah smiles, dosidoes, raison, samoas

Feb 17

Updated 2 days ago

Our Very Own Tunnel?

Alderman Laurino "join[ed] Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Mike Quigley, and officials from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MRWD) to announce" that a storm water tunnel will be built in Albany Park. It is to begin in Eugene Park, go under Foster Ave, and 2 years and $45-55M later. empty into North Branch. She "will be engaging the Albany Park community through a series of community meetings and public forums." (per 2/17/15 email)

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

    It's "Eugene Field Park" - Eugene Field was the name of the author of several poems and he lived in Chicago. Calling it "Eugene Park" is wrong.

5 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

If you live in the (new) 45th ward, who would YOU vote for if you lived in the 38th ward?

Just wondering who you would vote for out of the 38th ward candidates. They are:

Belinda Cadiz
Tom Caravette
Michael Duda
Carmen Hernandez
Jerry Paszek
Heather Sattler
Nicholas Sposato

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Heather sattler and sposato its going to be a close race we will see!!!!!

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Its over soar losers sposato won get with it..the pencil neck geek has won....

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Feb 19

Updated 2 days ago

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Stewart should hang it up he is lost in the 60s probally hits the peace pipe every night! Favors candidates that give him a envelope of 100s!!! Who knows!!!!

  • He is never correct and he makes me happy:)

Feb 18

Updated 2 days ago

State Budget

Newly elected Gov. Bruce Rauner announced in his budget speech that the Regional Transit Authority can lose up to $128 million in state funding, while downstate gains $120 million in capital projects. Yet we pay higher gas, property and sales tax than downstate Illinois while they reap the benefits of Chicago/ suburban taxpayers. Downstate Illinois is draining state resources and it's all brought to you in part by our corrupt governor.

Dec 16

Updated 3 days ago

Submit Your Questions for the 45th Ward Aldermanic Debate on Jan. 21

The debate will be held at 7 pm Wed., Jan. 21, in the 1,890-seat auditorium at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence (Free parking). The debate is sponsored by the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association and Nadig Newspapers. Please submit your suggested questions for the candidates to: 45thWardDebate@nadignewspapers.com

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    PAC52us

    Then I gave you a definition, as I am a good neighbor.

  • ccc,

    You gave an example, perhaps, not a definition

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Feb 04

Updated 3 days ago

Alderman Arena - 80+ Business commitent

Someone told me that Alderman Arena was challenged to publish all the new businesses he opened in the 45th ward within 24 hours. Arena accepted the challenge and time is up. Rumor or truth?

  • Annabelle,
    And yet Garrido's campaign is now going negative in addition to his surrogate's past rampant negativity.

  • How has it gone negative?

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Six Trees on One Portage Park Block Cut Down: 'I Woke Up to a Buzzing Saw'

Molina's block, along with the 5000 block West Cullom Avenue, the 5000 block of West Dakin Avenue and the 5200 West Winona Avenue will be at the top of the list to get new trees once the weather warms up, Brugh said.

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By the time the city crew was finished Tuesday morning, six ash trees in the 5100 block of West Cullom Avenue had met the business end of a chain saw, all victims of the Emerald Ash Borer, a pest that has devastated hundreds of trees throughout Chicago, officials said.

Molina's block, along with the 5000 block West Cullom Avenue, the 5000 block of West Dakin Avenue and the 5200 West Winona Avenue will be at the top of the list to get new trees once the weather warms up, Brugh said.

  • I have silver maples planted in the 80s/90s by the previous owner. We had 5 of them, we cut down the one in the backyard because it competed with every perennial I planted. (And it was too big to grow under the power lines.) But the ones on the parkway...

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    I have silver maples planted in the 80s/90s by the previous owner. We had 5 of them, we cut down the one in the backyard because it competed with every perennial I planted. (And it was too big to grow under the power lines.) But the ones on the parkway stayed. Silver maple would not be my choice for a tree but they are there. So I take care of them.

    PP46, when you speak of 5-6 feet big trunks - that's happens only if the tree is living in a very wet ground, and less harsh conditions, we experience too much drought here for that. Even the 100 year old silver maples I saw here didn't get to that size. So if that happens it will take a long, long time.

    We have a window upstairs that lets us see the crowns all the time, and the silver on the leaves moving in the summer wind is a pretty sight. Not as shady as sugar maple. More willowy. More palmate leaves. All in all, handsome.

    I have never experienced 2 drops of seeds. There is one that drops the flowers in the spring but seeds - once a year. But we feed and water our trees well. That's the bottom line: feed and water your silver maple and it will reward you with fewer helicopters. Some may skip a year all together. One of our silver maples did that the year when we did extensive gardening work around where it grows. It produced no seeds that year at all.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hahaha that would be the forestry department getting a head start on spring trimming people common get with it be happy you get tree trimming plus you got ex alderman levar and allen in the area...

4 days ago

Tuesday is election day! GO VOTE

Not sure where to vote tomorrow on election day? Check your polling place here: http://www.chicagoelections.com/en/your-voter-information.html

Feb 14

Updated 4 days ago

Love this.

So happy to be able to communicate instanteanously with so many neighbors on so many platforms - EveryBlock, Twitter, Facebook, NextDoor.

Please know that I am listening to all of you, including those who disagree. I value all your opinions.

There has been lots of things happening lately in the 39th ward race, including that I received the Tribune's endorsement and a poll administrator at the N. Park Village Admin building who works for Ald. Laurino was removed.

I'm happy to answer any questions you all have about these or other issues. Please feel free to reach out on social media, on my website, or by phone 773.710.8431.

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Petition Regarding the Consolidation of Area Catholic Schools

The Coalition for Responsible Catholic School Planning has created an online petition asking Archbishop Cupich to re-vamp the planning process for the consolidation of four area Catholic elementary schools (now including St. Tarcissus, St. Cornelius, St. Pascal and Our Lady of Victory). The petition calls for launching a new process that is authentically collaborative and that respects contributions from parents and parishioners from the outset, instead of imposing a pre-determined solution and threatening financial sanctions on those who decline to...

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The Coalition for Responsible Catholic School Planning has created an online petition asking Archbishop Cupich to re-vamp the planning process for the consolidation of four area Catholic elementary schools (now including St. Tarcissus, St. Cornelius, St. Pascal and Our Lady of Victory). The petition calls for launching a new process that is authentically collaborative and that respects contributions from parents and parishioners from the outset, instead of imposing a pre-determined solution and threatening financial sanctions on those who decline to participate. The plans is to expand this model to other parts of the Archdiocese, so even if your school or parish is not currently involved, it may be in the future. Please consider signing the petition and promoting the voice of lay people in any future planning for their schools and parishes. Here is the link for the petition:

https://www.change.org/p/archbishop-blase-cupich-replace-the-regional-planning-pilot-program-for-the-northwest-side-with-an-authentically-collaborative-planning-model?recruiter=234653231&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=share_email_responsive

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    I hope parents you send your kids go to st ignIgnatius a great roman Catholic high school...

Feb 17

Updated 4 days ago

Get ready for Election Day

You can learn more about the aldermanic candidates in the 39th ward with this forum hosted by Albany Park Neighbors: http://ow.ly/Jeabt

  • CC.

    Pretty good forum. They asked some good questions.

Feb 19

Updated 4 days ago

Jefferson park question

I'm considering an apartment at Lawrence and Menard. How many blocks is that from the Jeff Park blue line transportation center at Lawrence and Milwaukee/the Gale street inn etc, are there any businesses (coffee shops etc) at Lawrence and Menard?
Thanks a bunch

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Puerto Rico is a commonwealth of usa people 4th grade history hello....going to galvins for a pint now!!!!

  • Thanks for pointing that out. I think you get my meaning.

Feb 20

Updated 5 days ago

OLV and Windsor Tavern Night

Tuesday, February 24, 2015
7-10pm

  • Karma for Mo

    He done died again!

  • Omg you lost all credibility when you used slurs for ethnic groups...go back under your rock troll.

5 days ago

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Feb 20

Updated 5 days ago

DRY CLEANERS

Anyone know of an inexpensive dry cleaners?

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Go the greek cleaners on irving park across from marino jeep...

  • FFMChris Warner Ave. Resident

    Pert Cleaners on Irving Park next to Berrista, while not expensive, costs a bit more than One Price Cleaners on Cicero. But in 6 years they have yet to ruin or shrink anything I have brought in to them. That beats everyone I have dealt with since I started wearing clean clothes.

Dec 05

Updated 5 days ago

Argyle and Long Update

During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came...

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During the past week, my office has received several calls and emails regarding a potential project at the empty lot on the northeast corner of Argyle and Long, across the street from the Jefferson Park Metra station.

I want to update you on the status of the site. Right now, there is no pending proposal.

Earlier this year, the owner of the land had proposed a 4 and one-half story, 48-unit development on the site. In late Spring, residents came to my office and expressed concerns about the project. I took those concerns back to the property owner, and, at this point, we are waiting on an updated proposal.

I want to assure you that, as with every other zoning change, any proposed zoning change must be presented to residents during a community meeting. I require that anyone seeking a zoning change send a notice to everyone owning property within 500 feet, and we plan those meetings for evening hours at locations in the community.

Once we have a pending proposal for this site, we will schedule that meeting.

  • I heard a new plan has been proposed. Any updates?

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Feb 17

Updated 5 days ago

Free Beverage for you!

Hello!

My name is Hannah, I'm the Pastor of Elston Avenue UMC, and for Lent instead of giving something up I'm adding something - getting to know my neighbors better. For the next seven weeks I'm going to try and take a different person out each day for the beverage of you choice - coffee, juice, beer, smoothies, whatever - at the place of your choice, to hear more about your experiences of this community and what you hope for...

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Hello!

My name is Hannah, I'm the Pastor of Elston Avenue UMC, and for Lent instead of giving something up I'm adding something - getting to know my neighbors better. For the next seven weeks I'm going to try and take a different person out each day for the beverage of you choice - coffee, juice, beer, smoothies, whatever - at the place of your choice, to hear more about your experiences of this community and what you hope for for it and for yourself.

I promise not to be weird (beyond the regular person amount), pressure you into anything, or try to get you to do something. I genuinely just want to know more people in our neighborhood, to see if the church can do more to meet your needs. If you'd like to chat and get a free drink just call 773-775-3399 or e-mail revkardon@gmail.com to schedule. Either way, my prayers are with you.

Thanks and peace,

Pastor Hannah

  • Randy Stroller

    Not sure. Do you have it? I am an equal opportunity hoper. Homeless, alcoholic sleeping in the Parklet that was my first encounter with anyone outside my building in this neighborhood told me mosque are not willing to help as that was his area of religeous expertise so he did not want to go to Pacific Garden. Of course that is second hand so someone else will have to deal with any specifics of that.

  • SPIRO 1983 sergeant 19

    Hannah look forward to seeing the church..

6 days ago

Today is the LAST day of early voting!

Please remember to vote!

If you are not registered at your current address, you can register and vote today ONLY at any of the 51 polling places in the city. The 39th ward polling place is at North Park Village. To register you need 2 pieces of ID, like your driver's license and utility bill.

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

6 days ago

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Feb 17

Updated 6 days ago

Miss Colleen, Please Take Down Your Xmas Tree!

It's almost spring.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Well done, people, you got my lazy self to finally take down that tree! Please get on my case again next year. It was kind of a sickly grayish green color. It's laying outside by my gate, dog already christened it.

  • that reminds me of a story, when we were growing up, we were playing chase, a popular thing at the time in which one car chases another and you try to lose them. well my friend was driving and we were the chase car. we turned down an alley and...

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    that reminds me of a story, when we were growing up, we were playing chase, a popular thing at the time in which one car chases another and you try to lose them. well my friend was driving and we were the chase car. we turned down an alley and the car we were chasing passenger got out and put a Christmas tree in the road (it was fair game to move dumpsters, trashcans, washers and stuff in the way if you got a lead). well my friend feeling confident went to go over the tree (just got new rear air shocks). the bottom part of the tree got in-between the shock and rear differential and blew out the right rear shock. we took it back to forest city on western because they had a lifetime warranty and they did not want to honor it at first after we told them it broke running over a Christmas tree, but after creating a big scene they finally replaced the shock. note... don't run over any Christmas trees.

Dec 20 2012

Updated 6 days ago

Long-time residents of Jeff Park, what used to be on Milwaukee Avenue?

My wife and I moved to the area about 18 months ago, and we really enjoy the area and particularly our neighbors. We had a neighbor over this past Saturday, and she was regaling us with stories of what Jefferson Park was like when she a teenager back in the early 60's. She said that she used to be able to do all of her Christmas shopping just by walking down the street (she lived on Higgins, near the park)....

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My wife and I moved to the area about 18 months ago, and we really enjoy the area and particularly our neighbors. We had a neighbor over this past Saturday, and she was regaling us with stories of what Jefferson Park was like when she a teenager back in the early 60's. She said that she used to be able to do all of her Christmas shopping just by walking down the street (she lived on Higgins, near the park). She mentioned 4 or 5 department stores, many restaurants, and NO transportation terminal. From what she can remember, the area residents were told that building the terminal would bring tons of people and their money to the area. I asked her how that turned out, and she replied, with a sly smile, "Go take a look downtown."

I'm fascinated with history, and particularly local history. I'd love to hear from long-time residents about what used to be along Milwaukee in Jefferson Park, and where these places were. Was Ideal Bakery always the way it is now? What used to be in the corner building across from Hoyne Savings on Lawrence/Milwaukee? Seems like it must have been a pretty fancy joint at one time.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    What about Yo-Ho potato chips? Remember those? I think they were on Armitage.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    @B-NWside: Yes, Yo-Ho chips, the ones in the box.

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