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Some times you are searching for one thing and find another: Chicago Tribune, May 29, 1981

From Sec. 2 , page 8 Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 29, 1981
Action Line, Sound Off
"We have been hearing a lot about the awful conditions inside city schools. However, I would like to call attention to a most favorable aspect of one of these schools. That is the cabinet-making department of Schurz High School. I happened to see a display in the Brickyard Mall of the students' work, and it was a revelation, these beautiful pieces of furniture, desks,...

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From Sec. 2 , page 8 Chicago Tribune, Friday, May 29, 1981
Action Line, Sound Off
"We have been hearing a lot about the awful conditions inside city schools. However, I would like to call attention to a most favorable aspect of one of these schools. That is the cabinet-making department of Schurz High School. I happened to see a display in the Brickyard Mall of the students' work, and it was a revelation, these beautiful pieces of furniture, desks, breakfronts, tables and cabinets were turned out by youngsters from that school and I wish everyone would take a closer look at the display. The teacher or teachers of these young people involved should be commended and given more publicity."
Mrs. S. Kerzak, Oak Park
http://archives.chicagotribune.com/1981/05/29/page/26/article/action-line

  • Rose,
    I am not angry, I'm incredulous that Bob Bank throws out any accusation that he can think of. Why, Bob's first comment on his own OP was a complaint about CPS.

  • You need a better mirror, and some long, self reflection.

Mar 05

Updated 19 min ago

What does John Garrido say about Milwaukee Avenue

Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw...

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Copernicus re Complete Streets Project

Q: The Milwaukee Av CSP is intended to make Milw safer for pedestrians, motorists and bicyclists. Under consideration for the project is the removal of 1 lane of traffic in each direction. How can this project best achieve its goal?

Garrido: "So, I live in GP. So this project would definitely directly impact my neighborhood and our community. When we heard that one of the possibilities was to remove a lane of traffic from Milw Av, we knew immediately that that's something we didn't want to do in our community & we didn't want to wait and sit on the sidelines because we know we learned from the past that once city gov't comes & says "Here's the project", it's very, very difficult to undo. So I initiated, I drafted, a petition, myself together with members of the community & the GPCC, we passed that petition & we gathered 4,000 signatures from people from the GP community and beyond that said "we don't want to remove a lane of traffic". We support the CSP, Milw Av needs it, it's a mess, absolutely, we want everything that comes with it, bumpouts, medians in the center, we want all of that but we do not want to remove a lane of traffic. And,he fought us all the way, every single time we tried to talk to him about it, he didn't want to sit down, he didn't want to meet. So thankfully, because of our petition, we were successful and they took out the possibility of the protected bike lanes, but on the table is still unless he's saying now, here today, that they are not going to remove a lane of traffic, that would be great."

Now, after Mr Garrido's response, do you know if answered the question: How
can this project best achieve its goal (safety for all)?

What does John Garrido say?
so I initated, I drafted, a petition
We want bumpouts, we want medians, We support Complete Streets

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

  • cont,

    3. Keep Your Eyes Moving
    The third standard of the Smith System asks drivers to remain alert. Energy drinks can only do so much before they cause the body to crash, and any repetitive motion sends us into a trance. Consistent eye movement prevents your body from entering the...

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    cont,

    3. Keep Your Eyes Moving
    The third standard of the Smith System asks drivers to remain alert. Energy drinks can only do so much before they cause the body to crash, and any repetitive motion sends us into a trance. Consistent eye movement prevents your body from entering the trance state, keeping you alert to every driving condition ahead of you.

    4. Leave Yourself an Out

    The fourth principle of the Smith System states to leave yourself a way out. This means ensure that other drivers do not box you in while selecting their lanes. Do not follow other vehicles too closely, and always anticipate what choices other drivers make.

    5. Make Sure They See You

    The worst thing a driver can do is assume. Assume other drivers can see them, assume other drivers are not dangerous, or even assume that they will just get to their destination safely. The final rule for the Smith System is “Make Sure You Are Seen”. This rule prevents accidents by removing assumptions made behind the wheel. As a driver, make sure that other drivers can see you and anticipate your move. If you feel you are coming into another driver’s blind spot, use the horn to get their attention.

  • IU,
    re:"the reason that that part of Milwaukee is sped up"
    Drivers slow when there is a need to do so, so appropriate design for the speedway would be to continue a one lane condition from downtown Jefferson Park to the Elston intersection.

    re:"you cut that down and it would...

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    IU,
    re:"the reason that that part of Milwaukee is sped up"
    Drivers slow when there is a need to do so, so appropriate design for the speedway would be to continue a one lane condition from downtown Jefferson Park to the Elston intersection.

    re:"you cut that down and it would back up Milwaukee all the way to downtown."
    That's not what the Average Daily Traffic Numbers show. One lane from Milwaukee plus one lane from Elston going NB becomes a two lane Milwaukee thru the Devon intersection and points north.
    Nagle south of Devon has a 17,000ADT, only two lanes and a 25mph speed limit
    Milwaukee south of Elston has a 13, 000ADT, 4 lanes and a 30mph speed limit.
    Clearly, to avoid that 2 mile feeling of freedom the Speedway needs to be shut down to one lane between Elston and the Metra viaduct.

    Traffic signal interconnection was part of the protected bike lane option but I don't think it is part of the let's keep speeding option that was selected.

    re:"delivery vehicles"
    Injecting people bicycling into the higher speed traffic lane is dangerous and illegal. I'll wait for the CDOT to clarify what the proper procedure should be on any particular roadway cross section. Trucks and other vehicles should keep off of the bike lanes.

    re:" they would push a button for a solar powered red led "
    a beg button says the person walking is less important that the driver and has to beg for permission to cross. Imagine how ludicrous it would be if each car had to stop,push a button and wait for a signal to cross an intersection. In the new modal hierarchy,people walking come first.

    I'll agree with your smith system suggestion if a person is riding in a protected bike lane.

19 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

John Garrido is Following His Own Tea Party Election Strategy

John Garrido (candidate for 45th Ward Alderman) says Tea Party candidates like himself need to hide as "Independents" in order to get elected in Chicago:

http://www.chicagotalks.org/2011/01/an-examination-of-the-tea-party-movement/

Branded as extremists, crazies and “tea baggers,” many individuals affiliated with the party believe the movement would stand a better chance if deemed something else. The heavily rooted negative connotations that accompany the Tea Party has undeniably affected its progress.

“In order to go in and actually win races, we’re going to have to run candidates who appeal to all voters. It has to be more of an independent thing,” said Garrido.

3 hours ago

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  • Point was about civility and the first comment includes finger pointing.

  • Hey, I recognize that the Republicans are better at some things and get called on the carpet? What would you call someone who lied to get us into 2 wars?

4 days ago

Updated 2 hours ago

  • Shouldn't you be monitoring what they are doing rather than misspelling words on your cheap Korean phone?

  • AnnabelleB,
    We know Mr Garrido is a police officer and an attorney who specializes in hiding ownership. You only self-identify as a teacher, once again no proof in your assertions.

15 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Gardening Yet? All Gardeners Welcome!

Portage Park Garden Club meets Saturday March 28 at 9:30 am, in Austin/Irving Library at 6100 W Irving Park. There will be an auction to benefit the club, including and not limited to: yard tools, gnomes, trellises, plants, vases, windchimes, seeds, planters, gloves, trugs, fairies, pots, containers, planters, chairs and blue bottle trees. Coffee and light refreshments, too.

24 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Is it really a New Business if it's in place of one that Closed?

I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he...

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I'm getting so frustrated with John Arena bragging about all the new businesses he's brought to our ward. If those businesses don't have staying power or community support- they will fail. and that is not success. Two businesses CLOSED here, and two new ones moved in. To me, it is ridiculous to call that a triumph. Brandy's would not be here, if STEERS hadn't closed down. LeadBelly's would not be here if CASPIAN CAFE hadn't closed down. And, is he counting Caspian Cafe as one of his 80 new businesses? They opened under his term- (or just before he started office) and they Closed during his term. Steers as well. Open your eyes folks. If businesses keep shutting down, and other businesses replace them- that isn't progress, it's stagnation, and redundant.

  • Sounds like Annabelle is jealous that someone else's kid went to college and her deformed child will be selling pencils on the corner.

  • "Cars are so evil" are your words, Annabelle, not mine. I maintain that we should stop subsidizing maximum convenience with out taxes paying for road construction and maintenance and for the provision of free on street parking. Drivers should pay their fair share and only expect their fair allocation of space on the public space that is a city street. I maintain that the"drivers-own-the-road" attitude exhibited on the Milwaukee Speedway is harmful and illegal.

    Are you stalking the Alderman now?

17 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Frustrated

Does anyone know what is going on with the eyesore at central and Irving(the Mexican restaurant)?Ever since the fire over a year ago they started construction and there it sits still abanded,not only the restaurant but the whole corner. It looks horrible. I wasn't really that concerned until yesterday when I was driving west on Irving and noticed the old bowling alley was going to be a dollar store and then 3 blocks west a tobacco shop, are you kidding me? Enough is enough.

  • Look yo Noodles at Austin and Higgins. Had a fire started remodeling stopped remodeling and started again only to stop. Sometime trucks parked in the lot. Nothing gone on for a couple of years now.

  • Tim was eating pies all day. Good thing his protege "single mom" Sattler lost.

4 hours ago

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23 hours ago

Updated 6 hours ago

Grout Cleaner recommendations?

Does anyone have a good kitchen tile and grout cleaner they can recommend?

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    Make a paste with vinegar and baking soda, add a couple of drops of tea tree oil

6 hours ago

12 hours ago

Sirens and someone screaming at sunnyside and merrimac/mobile

Tonight we heard a firetruck and ambulance fly down our street. When we went out to see what was going on, we heard a blood curdling scream. We didnt hear any information on the police radio. Does anyone else know anything about this?

40 hours ago

Updated 13 hours ago

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you

Imagine standing in your back yard and you look up, and 48 windows are looking back at you from the 48 unit apartment building at the end of you block. How will you feel laying out to get some sun, or your kids playing in the splash pool? Never going to happen on your block, maybe not, but would you wish that on anybody? John Arena loves density, and if there is an empty lot or tired old commercial building, a closed church nearby, you are extremely vulnerable. Our old alderman's "spot zoning" was bad enough, but Arena is bad up-zoning on steroids. Before you vote, ask yourself, COULD YOU BE NEXT?

http://jeffersonparkfreepress.com/eyeballcartoonindex.jpg

  • A&K

    Fred I have been non-union and am now union. Sometimes I get stuck going to a non-union jobs. The difference is night and day. The last big non-union job I had to work on was junk. Two weeks prior someone died due to improper safety requirements. The workmanship was the...

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    Fred I have been non-union and am now union. Sometimes I get stuck going to a non-union jobs. The difference is night and day. The last big non-union job I had to work on was junk. Two weeks prior someone died due to improper safety requirements. The workmanship was the worst I have ever seen, and the jobsite was a disaster. It was very similar when I worked non-union. Build it cheap, pocket what they could at the expense of labor and quality. Everyone seems to want to blame unions without truly understanding the good that is created by having them around. A few misguided people ruin it for the rest of us.

    The last big union job was downtown. Northwestern memorial hospital. Zero injuries, zero deaths. Organized jobsite, large safety team and a building that will last longer than I will be alive. We build what we are required to build. You want cheap? We can do that. Although, we suggest you don't.

    Btw unions built many buildings downtown you enjoy to this day.

  • Loulu Me

    Bob-

    In the future if you have an issue that will be decided at the ward level, than please only post it to the ward thread. Posting in multiple places weakens your argument and invites confusion.

    Thanks

Apr 09

Updated 15 hours ago

Apartments proposed for site near Jeff Park Metra station

Features include large landscaped courtyard, 48 units in two five-story buildings, interior parking:
http://nadignewspapers.com/2014/04/09/48-unit-apartment-complex-proposed-for-site-at-long-and-argyle-near-jeff-park-metra-station/

  • The original post is almost one year old.

  • Bob,

    One of the Rules of disinformation:
    Alice in Wonderland Logic. Avoid discussion of the issues by reasoning backwards with an apparent deductive logic in a way that forbears any actual material fact.

Mar 20

Updated 18 hours ago

What does John Garrido say about Long & Argyle?

Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido:...

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Copernicus2 re Long & Argyle

Question: "One of the most hotly debated issues in the ward over the past year has been the proposed 48 unit apartment building at Long & Argyle near the Jefferson Park Metra station. In letters distributed in the neighborhood, Ald Arena charged that his opponent, John Garrido, has made the issue political. Meanwhile, John Garrido has criticized Ald Arena's zoning review process. Will each candidate please elaborate and discuss his vision for the site?

Garrido: "So the letter says I made it political. The residents of thatcommunity found out about the project when it was leaked out in the Nadig newspaper, they didn't find out about it from the Alderman. The Alderman himself admitted that he was aware that there were proposals coming in as much as a year before it finally came out in the Nadig newspaper. 1,500 people signed a petition against this project, that's why it got tabled not because of any other reason. He states in his letter that he had a zoning meeting, one of his secret zoning meetings, that nobody's really quite sure who's on the board and when they happen. So, these are the reasons why people get aggravated. I'm not making this political, I had nothing to do with passing that petition around to get those signatures. It's just another example of how he doesn't really, ..
he says that he includes the community but he really doesn't include the community. The community finds out about these projects either being leaked out or they start to, where people start getting signatures on petitions and then finally, maybe he'll have a community meeting, maybe. There still hasn't been a community meeting about this. So the difference is that when I'm in office I will put any proposal, immediately make it available to the community within the first 24 hours. And that's so everybody knows about it. ....

21 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

Talk about pandering

Well that's enough of me talking about me, I will stop and let you talk about me.

And silly me I thought the two mailers a day that have been stuffed into my mail box everyday. Funny thing is not one of the mailers touts any single positive thing that has been brought into the ward, only finger pointing and name calling.

“Relationships with negative people are simply tedious encounters with porcupines. You don’t have the remote knowledge how to be close to them without quills being shot in your direction.”
― Shannon L. Alder

  • Chuck,
    How can Mr Garrido then stand associating with the TeamGarrido AllStars (Bob Bank, Tami, Carlene, Miss Colleen, J. Hathaway, etc.) who seem to have nothing to say other than Garrido will do what we tell him to do, you know, pledges and all.

    Keep up the good quotes.

24 hours ago

Join St. Constance School's Mom's & Tot's Group

St. Constance School invites all moms and their kids to our new mom and tot group. Enjoy a variety of projects, toys, and snacks in a friendly and safe environment. Please call 773-283-2311 x.17 to save a spot!

25 hours ago

Join St. Constance School's Pre-S, Pre-K and Kindergarten Program & Save!

Now accepting registrations for the upcoming school year. Join our early childhood Preschools & Kindergarten and prepare your child for a successful school career. Visit our website for more information about the school: www.stconstanceschool.org

Upcoming Open House days:
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Tours & shadow days available by appointment! (773)283-2311

Also accepting registrations for grades 1-8!

28 hours ago

robo call for rahm

Got a robo-call from Congressman Michael Quigley supporting rahm.. He better hope the payout or promise he got from the rahmfather offset the votes he's losing by kissing the ring....

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3 days ago

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Dying LOL

Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for...

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Barry returns from the doctor's surgery one day and informs his wife that the doctor has told him he only has 24hrs to live. As she wipes away her tears Barry asks if they can make love. "Of course my darling", and they are at it for 6 hours. A few hours later Barry asks if he can give her another one as he only has 15 hours to live. Once again she agrees and of they go again for another hour. A little later they are getting into bed when Barry realised he only had 8 hours to live. He touched his wife's shoulder and said "Honey? Please? Just one more time before i die". She agreed then afterwards rolled over exhausted and fell asleep. Barry however, heard the old clock ticking in his head, and he tossed and he turned until he was down to only 4 more hours. He tapped his wife on the shoulder to wake her up. "Honey i only have 4 hours left! Could we...?"
His wife sat up angrily, turned to him and said, "Listen Barry, i have to get up in the dam morning! you don't."

  • ha ha ha ha,,,,,good one Frederick....Thanks!

  • A mother was teaching her child about the side-effects of alcohol.
    She gets two short glasses, filling one with water and the other with whiskey.
    She says "I want you to see this." She puts a worm in the water, and it swims around.
    She puts a worm in the whiskey, and the worm dies immediately.
    She then says, feeling that she has made her point clear, "what do you have to say about this experiment?"
    The child responds by saying: "If I drink whiskey, I won't get worms!"

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • They live here now thanks to Mayor Daily and Section 8 😜 and Momma cops responded within seconds ! Chicago has its own terrorist andd we are worried for issis ?

  • Caps Concerned Resident

    Agree!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

  • This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for...

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    This collection of Garrido clips illustrates the candidate's integrity problem.
    Consider:

    ---Heis a different person depending on the group/person being addressed
    he's Mexican if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's Irish if that's convenient when talking to CPD brass,
    he's a Republican if that's convenient to run for office,
    he's an Independent if that's convenientto run for office,
    he's against the expansion of charter schools if that's convenient,
    but his "closest advisors" benefit from the profitization of public education,
    but he's hidden that conveniently,
    he's like a windsock, blowing with the wind and to continue the analogy,
    provides no stable direction to take us where we need to go as a ward.

    ---He's secretive. In his chosen profession as a lawyer specializing in wills, estates, trusts, he has experience in hiding ownership. Hidden interest in the Prohibition Club is an issue that has dogged him for quite some time now.
    -Who were the ownership partners in the Gladstone Park Senior development project that Candidate Garrido says the whole GP community supported?
    -What are the other businesses and financial interests that Mr Garrido has hidden?

  • Avast

    He claims to be running as an independent in this race, but because it's nonpartisan everyone is lol.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    So if he is conveniently Mexican is this how he addresses CPD brass?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C7txPU6efos

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

What does John Garrido say about a plan for goind forward in the 45th?

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  • Jeffpark JoAnna New resident to Jefferson park

    Thank you for clarifying. Well, they are now and not just because he is the incumbent.

  • They did support Arena in the runoff election.

Jan 20

Updated 2 days 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!

  • Avast,

    An assumption? Why ask a leading question that presumes an answer that is as irrelevant as the question? My turn to pose a question. Is there a compelling reason for not calling the dog by the non-biblical name that BellaV gave her pup? Religion and mythology aside, I think Odin is quite the cool name.

  • Avast

    Some people call Sinatra Ole Blue Eyes. Deal.

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Medicine cabinet makeover

Two months ago I ordered some essential oils from Young Living and since then there is no single day I wouldn't be completely WOWed by how they work. I started reading a lot about them, thinking I must be in a placebo mode, because they work instantly for many issues.. The more I read, the more amazed I was..
This morning my son woke up with terrible stomach issues, I was ready to leave him home, but decided to try...

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Two months ago I ordered some essential oils from Young Living and since then there is no single day I wouldn't be completely WOWed by how they work. I started reading a lot about them, thinking I must be in a placebo mode, because they work instantly for many issues.. The more I read, the more amazed I was..
This morning my son woke up with terrible stomach issues, I was ready to leave him home, but decided to try the oils.. Guess what - 2 minutes later he was as good as new.
I used to have daily headaches (4-6 pain killers/day). I haven't used any since beginning of February (when I started the oils).
I just lost 15 lbs (!!!) of stubborn post-baby weight..
I have so many examples to share because I am just amazed how easily it was to remove the medicine from my household since I started using those therapeutic grade essential oils.
Let me know if you want more information - I will be more than happy to give you what I have, because I feel like it would be completely unfair to keep it for myself.

  • Sorry, Avast, I don't sell the oils. I am using them because I really hated what the over the counter medications were doing to me and thought I should share what I know. Looks like all I got here was bunch of accusations and lost my interest in helping out, since people apparently are more determined to criticized someone rather than saying 'thank you'.

  • I do find anecdotal evidence and testimonials as the best way to treat any medical problem. (Sarcasm) This post is completely unsolicited as well as pointless. I think a visit to Quackwatch.com is in order.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

We made Fox News!

Fox 32 and the folks of Good Day Chicago interviewed us at our gym on Monday in Portage Park!

Check it out!

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/Clip/11267212/exploring-chicago-chicago-muay-thai-studio-in-portage-park#

  • Avast

    Didn't you post this already?

3 days ago

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5 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Jefferson Park Special Service Area

I got an email today from JPNA, which was a forward from the JP Chamber of Commerce, about a survey being conducted to explore a Special Service Area. There's not a lot of information available, but this comes directly from the original email:

"SSAs are local tax districts that fund enhanced services and programs, which are paid for by an additional property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through...

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I got an email today from JPNA, which was a forward from the JP Chamber of Commerce, about a survey being conducted to explore a Special Service Area. There's not a lot of information available, but this comes directly from the original email:

"SSAs are local tax districts that fund enhanced services and programs, which are paid for by an additional property tax levy within contiguous areas. The enhanced services and programs are in addition to those currently provided through or by the City of Chicago."

I have no general issue with the concept. IMO we'd be better off generally with more SSAs and fewer TIFs.

I just find it very odd that this is being talked about in the midst of such a heated runoff election where so many people who are speaking up seem to be loudly opposed to any kind of positive development in the area.

If I had a vote, I wouldn't today approve an SSA, because I believe a lot of people would actively try to block a lot of their work. It's ironic that I found out about this survey from JPNA, because JPNA seems especially dead set on not listening to new ideas. One of the side effects of this ugly election is that it's made me feel like talking about improving Lawrence/Milwaukee is a waste of time because there's such hostility. I'm certainly not alone in that respect.

I'd like to see some positive things happen at Lawrence/Austin and I think an SSA could definitely contribute to that and that there's a lot of potential for bringing in the community to talk through what other couple of businesses we'd like to see and working to bring them in. But I'd really want to see signs that any positive work wouldn't just be sabotaged by people who *want* their property values to stay *down* because they hate the prospect of higher taxes more than they like the prospect of the neighborhood improving.

  • Dennis 28 year Jefferson Park resident

    "Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds cannot change anything."--George Bernard Shaw

  • Nice quote. Dennis.

Mar 13

Updated 3 days ago

DRUNK LOL

A drunk gets up from the bar and heads for the bathroom. A few minutes later, a loud, blood curdling scream is heard from the bathroom. A few minutes after that, another loud scream reverberates through the bar.

The bartender goes into the bathroom to investigate why the drunk is screaming. "What's all the screaming about in there? You're scaring the customers!"

"I'm just sitting here on the toilet and every time I try to flush, something comes up and squeezes the hell out of my testicles."

With that, the bartender opens the door, looks in and says..."You idiot! You're sitting on the mop bucket…..

  • After three years of marriage, Kim was still questioning her husband about his lurid past.

    "C'mon, tell me," she asked for the thousandth time, "how many women have you slept with?"

    "Baby," he protested, "if I told you, you'd throw a fit".

    Kim promised she wouldn't get angry, and convinced her hubby to tell her.

    "Okay," he said, "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven - then there's you - nine, ten, 11, 12, 13..."

  • Holy cow Frederick... Tears ( of laughter) are streaming down my face!! I really needed a good laugh!! Thanks for always readily supplying us with the awesome jokes!

  • Frederick Jakubowski live near Gunnison and Nagle

    Your welcome, glad it made you smile.

3 days ago

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Sep 05

Updated 3 days ago

A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park

While 45th Ward Alderman promises his "Pedestrian Street" designation will limit curb cuts and prevent strip malls, he doesn't clearly define what the trade-off is with such a legal designation as "Pedestrian Street". The trade-off could include efficiency apartments of less than 200 square feet, and with greatly reduced parking requirements that come with the "Pedestrian Street" designation.
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

Mar 13

Updated 3 days ago

45th Ward aldermanic debate is set for Tuesday

45th Ward aldermanic debate is at 7:30 pm Tuesday, March 17, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W Lawrence, free parking, one block from Jefferson Park Blue Line stop. Ben Joravsky of the Chicago Reader will moderate. The candidates are John Arena and John Garrido, a rematch of 2011.

  • Loulu Me

    Anna I am sorry for you to have been dragged into this mess. You tell her to leave you out of it, and she still won't believe you. She once claimed I was someone I am not, although she never contacted me directly or spoke to me. Just that "someone"...

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    Anna I am sorry for you to have been dragged into this mess. You tell her to leave you out of it, and she still won't believe you. She once claimed I was someone I am not, although she never contacted me directly or spoke to me. Just that "someone" messaged her and told her it was so. I guess I was 'lucky' in that when I told her I was not she decided to believe me. (I myself prefer not to assume who is behind a name, and often wonder why others are so sure of who is behind a name.)

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    This line is getting boring!!!!

Mar 19

Updated 3 days ago

Exciting projects and developments are taking place in the 45th Ward!

We have many of them on display at the ward office, or you can head over to ward45.org/business/economic-development/current-projects/ and learn more about each project!

4901 W Irving Park Rd | Eris Brewery & Cider House | Gladstone Plaza | Condor Development | Irving - Avondale - Keeler Development | Jefferson Park Transit Center | Nick Cave Studios

Onward and Upward!

Jul 25

Updated 3 days ago

New boutique in Jefferson Park opens Saturday

I AM TRENDII Boutique opens this Saturday, July 26, from 10 am to 6 pm at 4760 N. Milwaukee Ave. (located just south of Lawrence). The store's ad from Nadig Newspapers is in included in this post. Please mention that you saw the ad. After you visit the store, please stop by JEFF FEST at the park, 4822 N. Long Ave.

  • This is such a lovely store! I have bought so many cute things to add to my wardrobe! I will be back!

3 days ago

Get ready to vote!

Check out this video and see where 45th ward aldermanic candidates Ald. John Arena and John Garrido stand on local issues: http://ow.ly/KKyYm.

4 days ago

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4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Cable / Internet Advice?

We finished renovations to our house and just moved back in. I'd like your advice. We bought a new connected TV, so I've been looking at TV choices in our area (DirecTV, Dish, Comcast & AT&T for some). I wanted to share a free site my brother told me about: www.10channels.com. It let us choose the TV channels we want, then the site found packages with these channels in Millbrae — all for less than we're paying now. Changing will...

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We finished renovations to our house and just moved back in. I'd like your advice. We bought a new connected TV, so I've been looking at TV choices in our area (DirecTV, Dish, Comcast & AT&T for some). I wanted to share a free site my brother told me about: www.10channels.com. It let us choose the TV channels we want, then the site found packages with these channels in Millbrae — all for less than we're paying now. Changing will save money.

We had a Comcast bundle before but are thinking using AT&T internet and DirecTV. If we switch we'll save about $50/month. We also bought an antenna. Have any of you tried satellite TV or AT&T or an antenna? All ideas are welcome.

Mar 17

Updated 4 days ago

  • @Maria...what the Dept Aviation said can change. The Dept has already changed from earlier statements on things like noise monitors. Public pressure causes change.

  • GOLDUST COMMANDER

    Yeh this summer at portage you wont know if its a gunshot or a gang flying overhead...

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Where can I buy BBQ Wood pellets around here? Also, Any smoker recipes you'd like to share?

Hey guys!

Our 11 year anniversary is just around the corner, and the traditional gift is steel, so my husband (the awesome man that he is) finally got around to getting me that smoker that I've been wanting! The smoker is a Traeger Junior Elite, so it uses wood pellets rather than actual wood. I looked around online, and couldn't find anywhere around here that sells wood pellets for smokers. I ended up ordering the Traeger brand pellets from Amazon,...

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Hey guys!

Our 11 year anniversary is just around the corner, and the traditional gift is steel, so my husband (the awesome man that he is) finally got around to getting me that smoker that I've been wanting! The smoker is a Traeger Junior Elite, so it uses wood pellets rather than actual wood. I looked around online, and couldn't find anywhere around here that sells wood pellets for smokers. I ended up ordering the Traeger brand pellets from Amazon, but $25 for 20 lbs of pellets is going to get expensive really fast.

Does anyone around here have a wood pellet smoker? Where do you buy your pellets from?

Also, does anyone around the neighborhood do any smoking? I'd love to hear some recipes! I have a feeling I'll be trying to smoke anything that I can fit into the contraption for awhile LOL.

Thanks!

Mar 21

Updated 4 days ago

Community Meeting - Renovation of Gladstone Plaza

The renovation of the long-derelict Gladstone Plaza, Northwest Highway and Foster, continues. The owners, ReVision Group, are recruiting more tenants to join ImmediateMD in the plaza.

ReVision plans for bring a quick-service restaurant and a retail store to the location. However, to do so, they will need to change the zoning from M1-1 to B3-1.

I'll host a meeting on the proposed zoning change at 7 pm Tuesday, March 31, at Hitch School, 5625 N. McVicker (enter through the back). I hope you'll join me there.

  • Didn't it have multiple retail tenants before? I noticed the new zoning allows residential too. Are they building up at all? That would be rather odd.

  • Avast

    And you would know odd.

Mar 20

Updated 4 days ago

  • I know, but he must literally have no life to be posting inside jokes to himself and what I suspect is one or two other neighbors. They should all get together and have a BBQ instead.

  • Avast

    You amateur Nancy Drews couldn't find your own toes. The Kenji personas are easily identifiable, both in style and content. The Greek of the Glen is a free agent.

4 days ago

St. Constance Summer Camp Back By Popular Demand

Summer camp for 4-12 yr olds from Tuesday, June 16- Friday, August 7, 2015. New location at St. Rosalie Parish 6750 West Montrose Avenue - temporary for 2015 due to renovations at St. Constance. Visit us at http://www.scsummercamp.weebly.com. Weekly field trips, presentations, games, sports, art activities, special lunches, and a lot of fun. Great, experienced staff and excellent supervision. Accepting registrations now!

Mar 13

Updated 4 days ago

Lowering my cable tv bill.

We could use your advice. We've been paying almost $180 for TV & Internet together through cable. I've been asking friends and neighbors to see who they use for service.

My sister shared a site she found through ND that recommends the right TV service based on channels you want:www.10channels.com. It's telling me a bundle from AT&T would be $50 less each month for the next year. The Internet speed looks fast. There's another good offer from DIRECT if we want a satellite.

Before I call, has anybody tried AT&T or a satellite? If so, how is the connection and speed?

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    Haha betsey get out of the laundry room!!! Your bocus comments are irrelevant. .dont stick your beek in my talks with people!!!!

  • My hate with Comcast has to do with their customer service as well as their awful hardware. I just can't go with them for cable. The DVRs are garbage. DirecTV is superior. However, I do have Comcast for Internet because they flat out provide the best speeds in the area. AT&T can't come close.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Windy City Music Theatre to re-open Jefferson theater as playhouse.

The site of the first movie theater in Jefferson Park will return to its roots next month when the Jefferson Playhouse opens inside the 100-year-old building at 4766 N. Milwaukee Ave.

The Windy City Music Theatre, formerly Youth Company Chicago, has signed a long-term lease for the site and has been renovating the building since January. The performance center, which will include a lobby, a concessions counter and dressing rooms, will have 77 seats, about 200 fewer than when the Jefferson Theater, a silent film house, operated there.

http://nadignewspapers.com/…/windy-city-music-theatre-to-r…/
http://youthcompanychicago.org

  • This is such a neighborhood jewel! My son did their camp last summer and had an amazing experience and we continue to go see every show they produce.

    I just noticed their crowd-funding to get their new theater up and running if anybody wants to support their efforts with a donation:
    http://www.gofundme.com/ycc-new-theatre

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