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Anna Goral Announces Candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 23rd Ward!

Garfield Ridge resident and local business woman, Anna Goral, announced her candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 23rd Ward today. Anna believes residents need an alderman who really cares to acts as a true public servant. For far too long politicians have destroyed our economy, neglected our public safety (e.g. Chicago is the new murder capital of the USA, according to National Review Online), ignored our educational needs (closing 50 Chicago public schools) and taken us to the brink of disaster,...

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Garfield Ridge resident and local business woman, Anna Goral, announced her candidacy for Alderman in Chicago’s 23rd Ward today. Anna believes residents need an alderman who really cares to acts as a true public servant. For far too long politicians have destroyed our economy, neglected our public safety (e.g. Chicago is the new murder capital of the USA, according to National Review Online), ignored our educational needs (closing 50 Chicago public schools) and taken us to the brink of disaster, by ruining our pension system and making our property taxes so high most cannot afford to pay them.
The 2011 municipal election brought us one of the closest aldermanic races in 23rd Ward history. A mere few hundred votes prevented Anna from facing Zalewski in a run-off election. Four years have passed, and we face even greater problems as a community. “People are just sick and tired of the same old politicians running their lives and I want to change that”, Anna said. “I am a problem solver, a good listener, and a visionary. I can see our ward growing into a vibrant community where every child gets a world-class education, local businesses get support from their officials, residents feel safe in their homes and protected on their streets and their alderman is available to serve the entire community not just privileged few. Being an alderman is a tough job and probably not for everyone, but I know I am the right “man” for the job!” Goral concluded.
Friends of Anna Goral.

For more information about Anna Goral and her campaign go to www.AnnnaGoral.com
or call (773) 586-4444.

  • This is the REAL Anna Goral not some name alike sham that the other candidate has next to him

  • Tom

    Oh that's great! Congratulations on running again. You were so close last election. Best wishes.

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Innovative Survival Arts

Their instructors did a presentation at Monday night's Garfield Ridge Neighborhood Watch meeting so last night, my son and I attended one of their classes.

The instructors are knowledgeable professionals who are great teachers. I highly recommend their classes for kids, women and men who want to learn about self defense.

You can read about them online at Southwest Chicago Post or visit their website - gorillahammer.org.

  • Thank you for the kind words. We look forward to our next demonstration, and we hope to see you in class again.

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Greetings neighbors!

Innovative Survival Arts is happy to serve the community by offering the best in self-defense & survival instruction. Feel free to go to gorillahammer.org for more details!

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Power outage this morning

We experienced a power outage at about 3:00 a.m. this morning in the vicinity of 52nd and Massasoit. It came back on about half an hour later (so many digital clocks to reset!) but now I'm just curious as to how widespread it was.

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CTA Orange Line

  • Easy Money "Ask not what your country can do for you; ..."

    I wonder if Rahm or McCarthy will blame the passengers for .. ya know - going to work, carrying wallets and purses, etc.

    Blame the gun NOT the criminal. Right, Gerry?!

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Updated Jul 17

  • I am the new supervisor at Strohacker Park. Like many people already said, I personally can not fix that park in one day. I did submit many work request to Chicago Park District. Also requested for big capital budget improvements for 2015/2016. There are over 250 parks in the city...

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    I am the new supervisor at Strohacker Park. Like many people already said, I personally can not fix that park in one day. I did submit many work request to Chicago Park District. Also requested for big capital budget improvements for 2015/2016. There are over 250 parks in the city and work order requests are submitted daily. Little patience here. This park is not a $500 fix. Little things can slowly be done but other things need budget approvals. So far we are getting new playgrounds in Fall of this year and I think that's a big step in the right direction. This park stayed unstaffed due to economy crisis few years back and budget cuts. Many business shut downed, many people lost their jobs, including park employees, and many lost their homes. I am still young but I do understand that when economy is bad, then there is not much that we can do. Economy is slowly picking up, Chicago Park District secured some funds and they are doing everything in their power to fix over 250 parks in the city of Chicago. Give me a chance as a supervisor to fix it up. Chicago Park District is aware of the situation. To my knowledge, I am the NEW supervisor and I am the ONLY one with Chicago Park District that will do something about it. If ANYONE has any issues or concerns about this park, please see me. I grew up as a kid at the parks, my parents worked 10-14 hrs shifts so park was my 2nd home. I learned sooo much from park staff at the time and with the love of the park patrons and the staff I made my decision as young kid that this is what I want to do in life. I want my 2nd home to be also 2nd home to many kids in the neighborhood. I worked soooo hard to where I am today. I started with the parks as volunteer since age 13 and started working once I turned 16. Park is my life. 15 years later I am here fighting strong. I don't have to say much more. Chicago Park District is not only my job, it's my passion and most important it is my life, my one and only life.

  • You will do great things because your passion drives your spirit. I will not say good luck cause I don't believe in luck. Its all about working hard for what you believe in. I will be in there soon to lend a hand if you allow it. Take care.

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Stray cat spotted

I saw a grey cat with yellow eyes (no collar) on the west side of the 5100 block of Neenah. The cat was obviously a housecat, and didn't seem to have been on the street very long.

Please, neighbors, be aware of your pets when you open doors, and please keep your cats indoors. Earlier this month, I saw a cat killed by a car on 52nd and Rutherford (brown tabby with a purple collar). Please protect your cats by keeping them inside.

  • Oh, MOST unfortunate... poor cats! I agree, to your reminder 'Neenah'. There is an 'epidemic' of lost pets (I would say, this is MAINLY being caused by an epidemic of careless people-- not being careful about monitoring or containing their pets-- or perhaps having a misguided attitude of letting their...

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    Oh, MOST unfortunate... poor cats! I agree, to your reminder 'Neenah'. There is an 'epidemic' of lost pets (I would say, this is MAINLY being caused by an epidemic of careless people-- not being careful about monitoring or containing their pets-- or perhaps having a misguided attitude of letting their pets be 'free' to wander and roam.

    This only ends up like the cat I too, saw today It was newly hit by a vehicle (as it was not yet smashed), but was, fortunately dead by time I saw it (disembowled!-- yes, this is the frequent and unfortunate ending for such pets, on our city streets....we can't look away from that fact).

    But, I would like here, to identify it as much as I can, so, IF someone IS still wondering what happened to their 'kitty', at least, they might have some 'closure' (and if I were that person, I would go to the site and make sure to check and then honor their pet by burying its remains, if possible):

    Cat seen dead on Archer Avenue (between S. Keeler and Tripp Avenues--):
    Mostly white w. black markings and perhaps some greyish coloring too; The body was lighter, the head was darker; it seemed like a younger or a smaller-boned animal from what I could tell in passing, but NOT a kitten). Like I said, it was certainly dead, but seemed like it just recently had happened (circa 3:30 PM, today). I am sorry, for the animal, and for you (if you recognize your cat). This happens, people; so please, please, please, take better care of your pets!

  • Thank you to all the neighbors who have found this thread helpful, and thank you, Up2uUp2me, for posting the information regarding the cat you saw, so that the owners who may still be looking for it are at least informed of the cat's death.

    Last night, I saw another stray...

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    Thank you to all the neighbors who have found this thread helpful, and thank you, Up2uUp2me, for posting the information regarding the cat you saw, so that the owners who may still be looking for it are at least informed of the cat's death.

    Last night, I saw another stray cat, black and white (tuxedo), with yellow eyes, again on the west side of the 5100 block of Neenah. When I tried to approach it, it ran back through the alley toward Nashville.

    I hope that we all can look out for the strays in our neighborhood in hopes of helping their owners to find them and bring them home.

  • You're welcome, Neenah. Certainly, if it were my pet companion, I would want to know what became of it, however heartbreaking to learn such news....

    I kept thinking about that poor cat through the evening. I sat down to read some collected local papers, and lo and behold, came across...

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    You're welcome, Neenah. Certainly, if it were my pet companion, I would want to know what became of it, however heartbreaking to learn such news....

    I kept thinking about that poor cat through the evening. I sat down to read some collected local papers, and lo and behold, came across an article entitled:

    'Fireworks and Thunderstorms: Guide to Keeping Cats Calm'. Well, we just had
    both back to back days of such noise, so, likely the cats we saw, may have been unfortunates that had panicked and ran off due to the booming....

    This article gives common sense advice-- that owners should take EXTRA of their sensitive animals around such times of loud, extended noise:

    1) Provide them an extra "Safe Space...comfortable...secure"

    2) "Stay Calm" yourself (your pet picks up your emotional energy)

    3) Consider pet-calming products (e.g. 'Bach Rescue Remedy"); would you believe that there is a "Calming Collar for Cats", based on science (laced with natural pheromones that mimics a mother cat's chemicals that calm her kittens-- and calms cats in general). Supposedly large chain pet-stores carry this product.

    4) "Be there"-- stay home with your pets at such noisy times; if you can't, make sure a responsible adult they are familiar with can be with them (i.e. don't just abandon them to an empty house or yard).

    5) If your pet is super-stressed by such noise, consider advice from your veterinarian to help your pets through such crises.

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Anna Salinas Corral for 23ward Alderman

"Empowering the 23 ward" let's help each other in these communities (West Lawn, Chicago Lawn, Archer Heights, Garfield Ridge, and Clearing. Together we can make our community known in the South side.

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Princess Closet looking to relocate

by: Princess Closet

Hello Fans,

The Princess Closet is in search for donated permanent space of 2000 sq ft or more.

We would like to be in the areas of Pilsen, Bridgeport, McKinley and Brighton Park or Canaryville.

Do you have space to help us grant prom wishes? If so, please contact us at princess.closet@live.com.

We do have a tax write off letter in exchange for the space.

Thank you all!

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Crime

What happened at Wentworth Park on Friday June 27,2014. There was alot of CPD activity going on. Concerned neighbor ?

  • nothing, if something did happen it would be here

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Found cat (garfield ridge - major and 52nd)

Found a sweet cat under our porch last night (after the storm.) It is a mixture of tan, white, maybe some grey and brown tones too. Had a marking (or maybe scar) on its nose and one ear was bald. May have been on the street for a while, seemed to have a cough. We brought it to the animal welfare league in Chicago ridge. They said he/she has a chip but it was not in their database.

If you think this could be your cat or someone you knows cat, please contact them as soon as possible.

  • Hi Jody.

    Maybe send the City NewsHound this info? They put free lost and found ads in their weekly paper. They could put the cat's picture with the Animal Welfare League info in their next edition.

    The City NewsHound's email is Media@CityNewsHound.com

    Joan

  • Mmichele Concerned citizen

    Cat was picked up and reunited with owner. Thanks for posting

  • Mmichele! Thank you so much for letting me know! I was very concerned about this little guy...

    For my own curiosity was this post what reached the owner? Also I'm unsure of the situation, but would love to get a little gift pack together for him/her (treats, toys, etc...) Let me know if you could help facilitate that.

    Thanks
    Jody

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Updated Jun 26

Neighborhood is getting worse.

We have been chaining things down for years. Some people see things they like and just take them as if there was a sign on them saying "Free."
Why ask the neighbors to do the police job. Shouldn't the police be patrolling the neighborhood? There are always whiskey bottles and beer bottles in the alley.
Also, one day as I was coming out of the garage, I saw a man urinating on the side of his car in broad daylight....

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We have been chaining things down for years. Some people see things they like and just take them as if there was a sign on them saying "Free."
Why ask the neighbors to do the police job. Shouldn't the police be patrolling the neighborhood? There are always whiskey bottles and beer bottles in the alley.
Also, one day as I was coming out of the garage, I saw a man urinating on the side of his car in broad daylight. Really classy. Where are the police? At home?
I have lived here a long time and this neighborhood is turning into a toilet.
Not only human waste but dog waste too!
It seems that the older neighbors are afraid to say anything, so they turn a blind eye. The kids run the streets and no one can stop them. Call the police, usually they say they don't come out for that.But let someone egg a fire man's car and they police will be out in a flash. The thin "Blue Line" does exist.
To serve and protect ( their own ) yes.
This was a good neighborhood but not anymore.

  • me

    Obviously, you haven't read a word I've said. It was I who suggested you be more interested in gangs, thefts, assaults etc., rather than alcohol bottles, dog poop, block parties and carnivals. You also never mentioned gangs or assaults till your 3rd post. All you did was complain about city...

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    Obviously, you haven't read a word I've said. It was I who suggested you be more interested in gangs, thefts, assaults etc., rather than alcohol bottles, dog poop, block parties and carnivals. You also never mentioned gangs or assaults till your 3rd post. All you did was complain about city workers especially the police not doing what you think is their job!! Suddenly you twist your word and tell me to do what I have already made obvious that I already do
    But no matter. Each post you make you make no sense, twist words around and try to make it seem as tho you didn't say what you said.
    I hope you get your problems straightened out and if in fact, your children were flashed I do hope they find the guy. One suggestion, change your attitude..if you disrespect the people who are there to help you, why in the world should they respect you.

  • I think we all need to work together stop blaming others I.E the police. They are doing all they can. To use the old CAPS motto "Together we Can" I have been involved with CAPS fir many years. Yes there are good & bad in everything. Another saying we use ate beat 813/833 beat meetings "Don't Curse The Darkness Light A Candle"

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Updated Jun 24

broken fence by 4 teens

Does anybody have this problem on 59th in newcastle i lived here a long time an the neghiborhood is getting worst

  • srapach Rutherford Ave resident

    Did you introduce yourself to your neighbors and let them know you are the new owner and ask them to call you and the police if they observe illegal activity? Talk to the

  • Id like to thank everybody for there help

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Updated Jun 24

What's the date?

Is today the Fourth of July? I thought fireworks were illegal. I can guess who has all the fireworks, can you?

  • yes they are but to hard to inforce

  • Must be someone is using up their old stash or already got a BIG delivery of illegal
    fireworks (if you KNOW specifically who they are) call in a report.

    On Friday (6/22) I was waiting at the bus stop in Garfield Ridge right across from the
    Family Dollar store. It...

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    Must be someone is using up their old stash or already got a BIG delivery of illegal
    fireworks (if you KNOW specifically who they are) call in a report.

    On Friday (6/22) I was waiting at the bus stop in Garfield Ridge right across from the
    Family Dollar store. It had rained and then stopped while I stood there, so it was wet,
    yet I all-of-a-sudden heard about ten loud and distinct 'pops' (not all one after another, but disjointed w. a slight pause between one or two; and, there also seemed to be a ricochet). To me, it didn't sound like firecrackers; it sounded like pistol shots. And they sounded like they were coming from the alley behind this store (and the next door hotwings store)-- or very nearby to them. Unbelievably, just as this was happening, a police 4x4 drove by. They heard the 'shots' and turned their heads in that direction, yet drove on. I saw them turn into the driveway of the Home Run Inn Pizza.

    As I continued to stand there, I felt 'exposed', should it be someone w. a gun. So,
    I walked to the next bus stop west, in front of HRI, and there saw the police car.
    I informed the two women officers of my experience, and they said, "It was firecrackers". I replied, "It sounded like shots, to me". So, why didn't they at least
    have a look anyway, and ticket them for firing the crackers, IF they WERE firecrackers!
    I mean they were 'ear-witnesses' AND another 'ear-witness' spoke w. them.
    Maybe the pizza break was more pressing?!

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