15 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Park/Speed Camera on Lawrence @ Cicero

This camera is a joke! The park that it's supposedly protecting is behind the car wash on a side street and is not accessible to Lawrence Ave ! The camera needs to be moved to Lavergne where there is an actual park. I lived on the south side of Lawrence at Lavergne and its nearly impossible to cross the street. They put up the "people crossing signs" in the middle of the street and they were immediately run down. Kids and adults alike can not cross here. Move the camera.

6 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

To Dib or Not to Dib

Looks like Sunday will bring the first serious snow of the 2014-2015 season delivering 8-12" of snow followed by a various array of furnishings and yard accoutrements appearing along the curbs. Who dibs and what do you dib with? Or feel free to enjoin an anti-dib debate.

11 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

For the Parking discussion library

Underpriced assets
“negative externalities” – overuse, congestion, pollution
"encouraging wasteful consumption...”
"additional tax for non-residential off-street parking spaces"

"Making parking more expensive for land owners, encouraging them to find other uses for their land.
"Making parking more expensive for drivers, spurring them to shift to carpools and mass transit.
"Raising revenue for city governments that they could use on schools, parks, and other needs."

"employer-provided parking... a taxable fringe benefit"

"land could be used instead for what planners call “economic generators,” offices, malls, museums, etc."

"the costs of (parking) oversupply are shared widely by tens of thousands of taxpayers

http://blogs.rollcall.com/the-container/planners-seek-to-get-prices-right-on-parking/?dcz=

  • Happiness,

    A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often, sometimes sneakily, used to fool people.

    One type of logical fallacy is termed 'strawman'.
    Misrepresenting someone’s argument to make it easier to attack.

    By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely...

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    Happiness,

    A logical fallacy is a flaw in reasoning. Logical fallacies are like tricks or illusions of thought, and they're often, sometimes sneakily, used to fool people.

    One type of logical fallacy is termed 'strawman'.
    Misrepresenting someone’s argument to make it easier to attack.

    By exaggerating, misrepresenting, or just completely fabricating someone's
    argument, it's much easier to present your own position as being reasonable,but this kind of dishonesty serves to undermine rational debate.

    Example:
    After Will said that we should put more money into health and education,
    Warren responded by saying that he was surprised that Will hates our countryso much that he wants to leave it defenceless by cutting military spending.

    Source: https://yourlogicalfallacyis.com/

    None of the parking discussions I've read here on EB or in Ryan'sJPNA FB page (before it was a closed group) ever discussed exclusively mass transit and bicycles and the exclusion of personal autos.

  • Happiness,

    One of the Rules of Disinformation is the 'Hit and Run'

    Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in...

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    Happiness,

    One of the Rules of Disinformation is the 'Hit and Run'

    Hit and Run. In any public forum, make a brief attack of your opponent or the opponent position and then scamper off before an answer can be fielded, or simply ignore any answer. This works extremely well in Internet and letters-to-the-editor environments where a steady stream of new identities can be called upon without having to explain criticism reasoning — simply make an accusation or other attack, never discussing issues, and never answering any subsequent response, for that would dignify the opponent’s viewpoint.

    I've asked you several times "what 45th Ward aldermanic candidate's positions do you find attractive?" and you've scampered away, ignoring the question.

    Rahm has a history of bringing in outside agitators under the guise of community support. Maybe you are, maybe you aren't,but until you stop your 'hit and run' tactics, you'd be better off spending your time looking for Minerva.

Jan 21

Updated 1 hour ago

45th Ward "Debates" Tonight

OMG, you guys see how many mouthbreathers were there tonight? Seats downstairs were about 2/3rds full and there had to have been at least a hundred. Droves of satin blackhawks jackets and Payless dirty gymshoes. What's happened to this Ward? Where did the class go to? Niles and Morton Grove?

  • Carlene,

    Don't Tread on Me. The Yellow Gadsden Flag with the snake as its emblem. The snake represented union,and the motto from Franklin was join or die. Here's another founding sentiment:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator...

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    Carlene,

    Don't Tread on Me. The Yellow Gadsden Flag with the snake as its emblem. The snake represented union,and the motto from Franklin was join or die. Here's another founding sentiment:"We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness..."

    It's the Board of Education handpicked by the Mayor to hamstring the public education system that chooses what kind of school is in your neighborhood. You don't want 50 schools to close, making your children go thru neighborhoods with people as intolerant as you, necessitating police presence for safe passage? Too bad,this is what you get says the BofE!

    There is someone in the ward sounding selfish and exclusionary to me and that's you, Carlene.

    You advocate economic and housing apartheid: "No, density does not bring economic success: Wealth does. That is why Cabrini Green did not bring in stores (bad schools, no safety); but when replaced with expensive condos, stores opened." Enclaves of the exclusively Wealthy are just as destitute as enclaves of the exclusively poor.

    I knew someone who lived in public housing in its early existence in Chicago. It was an appreciated step up from where and how that family had been living. When the city decided to pack public housing with almost exclusively poor for solely political reasons (that's what the white "community" wanted), they doomed the promise and experience of good public housing. I would submit to you that this economic stratification you prefer affects negatively all neighborhoods.

    People who live in studios spend a greater proportion of their wealth in their neighborhood than any of the people in wealthy suburbs. This is why the middle class that you grew up experiencing in being hollowed out by growing income inequality.

    Truth is whatever confirms your fears. You sound very fearful

  • O M G

    Carlene would love Del Webb in Huntley if she can afford it.

5 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Aldermanic Poll

Did anyone else just get a phone call asking whom you'll vote for? Remember, they're only going to call dedicated voters.

February 24, 2015 is Election Day.

YOUR VOTE COUNTS!

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    Who you calling old? And that's Ma Bell to you.

  • O M G

    OK you're not old Patty. And you're what? 1/2 Italian? Which doesn't make you too white.

Sep 12 2012

Updated 4 hours ago

Street Handicap parking

Does anyone know where I can find the laws of being allowed a "fixed" handicap parking area in front of your house? Is it legal to have this space if you OWN your home AND have a garage that you park in EVERY night? I have a neighbor who had these signs put up in front of his house. He parks OUTSIDE of the "allocated" handicap area and when his company comes he will move his car to his handicap...

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Does anyone know where I can find the laws of being allowed a "fixed" handicap parking area in front of your house? Is it legal to have this space if you OWN your home AND have a garage that you park in EVERY night? I have a neighbor who had these signs put up in front of his house. He parks OUTSIDE of the "allocated" handicap area and when his company comes he will move his car to his handicap spot. At night he parks in the garage. The area is almost enough to park TWO cars. He has never liked anyone parking in front of his house and I think this is an attempt (that is working thus far) to prevent others from parking there. Any help, links, or advice is welcomed.

  • HoneyBadger resident

    39th Warder - when I had and legitimately needed my reserved spot, I paid for its installation and had to pay annually to renew it. I also called the city when I no longer needed the spot. If memory serves me, a physicians signature is required once a placard expires...

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    39th Warder - when I had and legitimately needed my reserved spot, I paid for its installation and had to pay annually to renew it. I also called the city when I no longer needed the spot. If memory serves me, a physicians signature is required once a placard expires and renewal is requested - and no reputable doctor is going to perjure himself and be subjected to a $1000 fine plus loss of his own drivers license.

    Now, I have to hunt for parking like everyone else. A "lady" across the street obtained a reserved spot because she caretakes her sister who is handicapped. She repeatedly parks outside her reserved spot in order to save the spot for a tennant she likes and then pulls back into her reserved spot when that other tennant comes home and pulls into the saved spot. Gets my goat because parking is difficult around here but I'm told it's a public street and she can park anywhere she wants. That is a loophole that needs closing.

  • SpamAlert Hates being spammed

    Caution: 2-year-old thread.

16 hours ago

Updated 4 hours ago

What happened to Minerva?

I enjoyed her posts and input.

13 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Property tax Increase

Am I the only one in Jefferson Park that has had a significant increase in their 2014 property taxes?

Jan 20

Updated 6 hours ago

Archdiocese Releases Names of Six Schools Under Consideration to Merge

...not until the 2016-2017 school year: St. Constance, 5841 W. Strong St.; St. Cornelius, 5252 N. Long Ave.; Our Lady of Victory, 4434 N. Laramie Ave.; St. Pascal, 6143 W. Irving Park Road...

This article has 5 other Chicago locations (Show)

...schools are invited to consolidate, but not until the 2016-2017 school year: St. Constance, 5841 W. Strong St.; St. Cornelius, 5252 N. Long Ave.; Our Lady of Victory, 4434 N. Laramie Ave.; St...

...Constance, 5841 W. Strong St.; St. Cornelius, 5252 N. Long Ave.; Our Lady of Victory, 4434 N. Laramie Ave.; St. Pascal, 6143 W. Irving Park Road; St. Tarcissus, 6040 W. Ardmore Ave.; and St...

...Cornelius, 5252 N. Long Ave.; Our Lady of Victory, 4434 N. Laramie Ave.; St. Pascal, 6143 W. Irving Park Road; St. Tarcissus, 6040 W. Ardmore Ave.; and St. Thecla, 6323 N. Newcastle Ave...

...of Victory, 4434 N. Laramie Ave.; St. Pascal, 6143 W. Irving Park Road; St. Tarcissus, 6040 W. Ardmore Ave.; and St. Thecla, 6323 N. Newcastle Ave...

...Pascal, 6143 W. Irving Park Road; St. Tarcissus, 6040 W. Ardmore Ave.; and St. Thecla, 6323 N. Newcastle Ave.

9 hours ago

Updated 9 hours ago

Super Bowl Party?

Which local drinking establishment has the best Super Bowl Party?

3 days ago

Updated 9 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?

  • Happiness,

    Per the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 introduction

    "...Making bicycling safer and more convenient will increase bicycling activity which will have positive impacts on the quality of life for the people of Chicago, including:
    • Improved physical health
    • Reduced transportation costs
    • Increased economic development

    "Chicago’s Streets...

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    Happiness,

    Per the Chicago Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 introduction

    "...Making bicycling safer and more convenient will increase bicycling activity which will have positive impacts on the quality of life for the people of Chicago, including:
    • Improved physical health
    • Reduced transportation costs
    • Increased economic development

    "Chicago’s Streets for Cycling Plan 2020 sets forth a bold blueprint to implement Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s vision of a world-class bike network in Chicago: the best big city for bicycling in the United States."

    Bike routes are for everyone, not for any one segment of the population.

  • @bob, roller skaters and skateboarders are human powered transport just like bicyclist and should be given the same consideration.

Jan 11

Updated 13 hours ago

Question

Those of you who are still talking/texting on your cell phone while driving, in spite of it being illegal for more than a year, would you please explain your reasoning? I'm just curious.

28 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Lost Dogs are found

The two pit bull breed dogs that were found in Dunham Park were claimed by the rightfull owners. The owners picked the dogs up at the police station. We thank Lidia for finding the dogs and contacting the police department. Thank you Lt. John Gurrido for your assistance!

  • O M G

    Oh I didn't know there was a box to deposit city payments inside the station.

    I'm only there when bad bad things have happened in life.

  • When I lived in RP someone tied a pitbull to a fence in back of the building, after calling CACC for 3 days, I tried slipping the rope off of the fence post with a broom stick, bad mistake. Eventually the rope broke on the 4th day and no more dog. CACC never showed up after daily calls.

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Jan 20

Updated 26 hours 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!

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    Bella, this weekend is the International Kanine Club Dog Show at McCormick Place. Rescues have booths there. That's where we found ours last year. Strongly suggest you go.

  • Dennis 25 year Jefferson Park resident

    International Kennel Club.

Jan 22

Updated 28 hours ago

  • Pac52, just trying to break up the monotony.

    Tom, thank you. I think that explains why our city is bankrupt. This is a perfect opportunity to generate revenue from drivers with heavy feet by placing a Dunkin Donuts in their paths. Nothing attracts a police office faster.

  • The tired cop donut joke. Back to the Catskills with you already.

2 days ago

Updated 35 hours ago

IT'S OFFICIAL, Rep Chi is expanding their store!

Rep Chi in Jeff/Portage park, just signed the lease on the store directly next to them so they can expand. Stay tuned over the next few weeks for more exciting news! Love your local

  • Do they sell androgynous threads?

  • Does this mean the store will feature even more products? I love it too but wish they'd regularly rotate out their tshirts and so forth. I like the designs.

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Jan 19

Updated 2 days ago

Whomever posted the Business review for Sportif Importer

Certainly struck many chords on Yelp, me being one of them and I didn't post the review. I had similar negative experiences and learned the tried and true: Rudy's on Irving. It maybe a 30 minute walk but, it beats the alternative . . . just an FYI

  • Milwaukee isn't some neighborhood side street. It is a major street with a state route designation. Check out the Wikipedia page http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milwaukee_Avenue_(Chicago)

  • i went there twice, years ago, once was to true a bike rim in which they were high and said would take a few days. then they had an 80's Raleigh bmx there for a few years, I broke the frame on mine and was just going to see how...

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    i went there twice, years ago, once was to true a bike rim in which they were high and said would take a few days. then they had an 80's Raleigh bmx there for a few years, I broke the frame on mine and was just going to see how much the bike was so I could buy and swap parts. I asked to see how much he would take for it and said $275, I asked if he could do better on the price since it was way over list (msrp was like 190). he said that was the price, if I wanted it, it was $275.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

City of Chicago: Integrys Electric Aggregation Program

I'm aware there has been much discussion regarding this program, I originally opted for the program and a year later later opted out. Yesterday, I received a letter from Integrys stating that if I don't opt-out by January 30, 2015 I'm automatically re-enrolled. I was surprised by this auto-enrollment, interesting.

  • There has also been discussion regarding the $7.95 monthly customer charge that Integrys instills on everyone.

  • That is a good point, there may be additional fees from Integrys that push your bill higher. I was strictly focused on actual supply charges.

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • O M G

    Have Joe color balance that photo residing on your website, Scoop. All the people look like Smurfs.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Leadbelly Burgers Gladstone Park will be featured on Check, Please!

Tune in this Friday, Jan. 30th at 8pm, our very own Leadbelly Burgers Gladstone Park will be featured on Check, Please WTTW. I'm proud to announce that Nicole and I are working together on yet another new business in the 45th Ward!

It'll air Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 4:30pm, and Sunday at 1pm.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Fruitmania opens in Jefferson Park

I'd like to welcome another new business to Jefferson Park, Fruitmania at 5035 N. Montrose. Stop in and grab a fresh fruit smoothie. Love your local.

2 days ago

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Anyone but arena

No trolls, people post like adults. You don't have to put up with the immature postings of arena's trolls.

  • Oh honey, we don't need you to admit it. Tell Junior Art Garfunkel wants his hair back.

  • Nice try MaxwellJ. I get emailed the troll list then asked to name them? Pass it on? I don't want to participate in this game.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Little Ladies Antique closing

After shopping at Little Ladies for years I have found out that they will be closing in March. I was quite sad to find out but did find some great finds at their clearance sale.

3 days ago

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6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Anybody But Arena!

I was sent a link to a page called Anyone but Arena. At this point I am undecided on who I will vote for. But I do know it will not be John Arena. I think this page is a great idea. We need to band together and vote for the other 3 candidates. The vote needs to be split so Arena does not get 51% on Feb 24. Better yet hopefully one of the other 3 will take it...

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I was sent a link to a page called Anyone but Arena. At this point I am undecided on who I will vote for. But I do know it will not be John Arena. I think this page is a great idea. We need to band together and vote for the other 3 candidates. The vote needs to be split so Arena does not get 51% on Feb 24. Better yet hopefully one of the other 3 will take it and win feb 24th. It is predicted to be Arena and Garrido in the run off. At this point I will take Garrido or either of the other 2. Please get out and vote and spread the word that we need to vote on Feb 24th for Anyone but John Arena! I am not sure if links are allowed here so please go to facebook and search Anyone But Arena, Thank You!

Jan 19

Updated 4 days ago

Stinky basement foul smell moving through house?

I noticed a smell in my basement a few weeks ago. I really just thought it was a dead mouse / rat since we have that issue going on. So I have been looking for a dead decaying rodent. No luck.

I read on here that the smell may be coming from the floor drain pipes? Can anyone give me more information. The smell is starting to reach the living room and kitchen in the past weeks. Thanks

  • O M G

    p-trap is below the wash tub. It holds water in it so air doesn't flow from the drain pipes in the floor up into the basement. If the p-trap becomes empty in a week it's probably leaking at it's base. turn the water on in the sink for a minute. Put a bunch of toilet paper right under the p-trap. Come back the next day or two and see if the toilet paper is wet.

  • Mmm easy enough. Thanks!

Jan 23

Updated 4 days ago

Jefferson Park Transit Center To Get $25M Renovation

The $25 million renovation of the transit center at 4917 N. Milwaukee Ave. — which includes stops for nearly a dozen buses, the Chicago Transit Authority's Blue Line and Metra's Union Pacific Northwest Line, is expected to include an improved bus turn-around, new canopies, lighting, escalators and stairs, officials said.

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150123/jefferson-park/jefferson-park-transit-center-renovation-get-5m-from-tif-districts

The Renovation will be funded in part by $5M from the Jefferson Park and Portage Park TIF Districts.

During the station renovation, a new crosswalk will be installed across Milwaukee Avenue, Brugh said. Plans for the crosswalk have been in the works since May 2013, when 45th Ward residents set aside $125,000 of Arena's discretionary budget for the project.

  • There have been more than a few times when I've seen a rat here and there crossing over the railroad tracks upstairs by Metra. The problem has not gone away. Can someone please take ownership and fix this problem please?

  • O M G

    Whats wrong with rats on the railroad property? There's deer too.

4 days ago

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Jan 06

Updated 5 days ago

Lavergne blocked at Montrose

I probably have missed the reasoning for this, but I'd really love to know how you have the juice to close down a street just to park your crane? I see no work being done in the spot, yet the crane sits there between two sets of fencing?

  • Drewski Don't feed the trolls.

    It has drastically reduced the ridiculous amount of cut-through traffic in the neighborhood though. That has been a welcome relief.

  • O M G

    My taxes pay for your street, I can cut through wherever I want.

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Truck Driver-

A truck driver was driving along on! the freeway. A sign comes up that reads,
"Low bridge ahead." Before he knows it, the bridge is right ahead of him and
he gets stuck under the bridge. Cars are backed up for miles. Finally, a
police car comes up. The cop gets out of his car and walks around to the
truck driver, puts his hands on his hips and says, "Got stuck, huh?"
The truck driver says, "No, I was delivering this bridge and ran out of gas."

5 days ago

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5 days ago

Property rentals provided by Trulia

Jan 23

Updated 6 days ago

Looking for Line Cook & Wait Staff

Local Irish pub restaurant looking to hire locals. Experience required with references. Please send your information to galvin5901@aol.com.

Jan 22

Updated 6 days ago

Gladstone Plaza is finally getting its long awaited upgrade!

After several years of vacancy and dilapidated condition, the Gladstone Plaza is finally getting its long awaited upgrade!

Construction has been ongoing for the past few weeks!

After successfully negotiating a plan with the Department of Planning & Development and the developers, Revision, we can finally bring this parcel online and activated with business tenants!

6 days ago

6 days ago

St. Constance School Open House Tomorrow!

Join us for a reception, and Open House on Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 11:30 am t0 1pm. The Open House will feature a Health, Social Studies and Literature Fair, and Book Fair as well.

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Update: Long/Argyle

As a neighbor who is not in favor of up zoning this parcel, I called the alderman's office to get an update. It seems there is no current proposal by the developer. Whew! Just wanted to throw that out there as it seems many people are actively worried that a project is in the works. It is not; it is stalled.

  • O M G

    Maybe it's in the water supply?

  • Ryan Richter Transportation Planner in Jefferson Park

    That initial concept in the Press was not even an official proposal anyway.

Jan 23

Updated 6 days ago

Amish Grocery Store in the City

I've seen many threads where neighbors are looking for good quality, organic foods and grass fed meats. A small store in Ukrainian Village features Amish products and the prices are really great.

Find out more on Grocery Gal: http://grocerygalblog.com/amish-healthy-foods/

  • A&K

    I have seen only two threads asking for good quality meats and veggies. I see far more complaints about how much low quality food costs. Including one about finding cheaper meat compared to jewel. You get what you pay for. We get ours from the family farms that come to...

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    I have seen only two threads asking for good quality meats and veggies. I see far more complaints about how much low quality food costs. Including one about finding cheaper meat compared to jewel. You get what you pay for. We get ours from the family farms that come to the farmers market. All of the meat is ethically raised and processed. The costs are only slightly higher. A pound of chicken runs $6-$7. The veggies are non-gmo and little or no pesticide.

    Whole foods step 4 is also a good choice. However, even step one is far better quality compared to jewel. The up front cost to switch to non-gmo and organic food was costly. Now that it's done our food bills are very reasonable.

  • Forest Glen Vince

    Remember that movie where Harrison Ford nailed the Amish girl?

6 days ago

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