2 days ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Waveland Avenue at Milwaukee WILL be permanently removed if John Arena wins another term.

Why should I care about Waveland Ave, I live up here on Sunnyside? I care because the next move by Arena may be at my back door. Why should you or I care about a 48 unit apartment building being built next to single family homes and 2-flats at Long and Argyle? Why should you or I care that a 98 unit low income housing complex for 55 year olds and up, has been built across the street from brand...

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Why should I care about Waveland Ave, I live up here on Sunnyside? I care because the next move by Arena may be at my back door. Why should you or I care about a 48 unit apartment building being built next to single family homes and 2-flats at Long and Argyle? Why should you or I care that a 98 unit low income housing complex for 55 year olds and up, has been built across the street from brand new $400,000 homes ( thanks for investing in the city, here's your Arena thank you) at Kilpatrick and Berteau? WHY?BECAUSE YOU MAY BE NEXT! All our neighborhoods need to stick together and get Arena out of office, before he destroys the whole ward, precinct by precinct! Where it really matters is in zoning, where your one alderman is king over all zoning matters in his or her own ward. No matter how much other aldermen may despise each other, they never vote against an alderman on a zoning matter in his own ward, it's called "Aldermanic Prerogative" . Your quality of life can change in a matter of months, if your alderman decides to change zoning near you. John Arena, not even sworn into office, but merely "Alderman Elect", told an entire neighborhood that was dead set against the low income housing project at Kilpatrick and Berteau, "IN THE END I'M THE ALDERMAN, AND IT'S MY DECISION" and no matter that the entire surrounding homeowners were against it, Arena approved the up-zoning. It's time for all of us to stick together, Arena's supporters like to call other neighborhood's resident's such as in Jefferson Park, "mouth-breathers", "unenlightened" make comments such as "it's already trashy up there" etc. I have never though of myself as being in a war with Portage Park, Old Irving, Independence Park or any other area; all these neighborhoods have played a role in my family's and my life. I will not succumb to the divisiveness that Arena's style of leadership has created.
Robert Bank,
Editor of the Jefferson Park Free Press
www.jeffersonparkfreepress.com

  • From the Nadig, "Garrido said that the project would directly affect him because he lives in Gladstone Park and that he worked with local businesses to organize a petition drive that obtained more than 4,000 signatures against the lane reductions and moving the bike lanes."

    Arena listens to his constituents after a petition is presented and published in the newspaper ONLY.

  • Loulu Me

    Bob

    And why do you insist on calling anyone that likes low density single family homes and 2-flats "homophobic" "xenophobic" and "racist"?

    Where were these words used?

1 hour ago

Gardening Yet? All Gardeners Welcome!

The Portage Park Gardening Club meets Saturday March 28 at 9:30 am, in the 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, benches and frogs.
Coffee and refreshments, too.

7 hours ago

Updated 6 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.

5 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Fish Fry

My daughter and son-in-law just moved into Old Irving. Recommendations for Fish Fries please.

  • Irish American Heritage Center has a great one every Friday during Lent.

  • Mike Q. Portage Park resident

    Takeout from Hagens or Franks works too.

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3 days ago

Updated 38 hours ago

Thank you, alderman Arena!

For all the businees you have facilitated bringing to,our ward, the beautification with art murals at viaducts, the continued listening and working for our community health and well-being! A great job! You have my vote gladly.

  • Kathleen McGrath Neighbor

    Dear Ellen,
    Sorry for your bad experience. I have no experience that Arena has lied or broken promises. More business in our community, more beauty without using tax money. Obviously everyone does not always get what they want. All my experince with Arena has been positive in helping our community.
    Blessings

  • Beautifully said Kathleen.

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2 days ago

What has John Garrido done to bring officers to the 45th ward?

After hearing the debates between alderman Arena and John Garrido and hearing their main arguments, my question is what has John Garrido done as a police lieutenant to bring more police officers to the ward since he works at the 16th district police station?

On his website he states "Portage Park is on the front line of this bat­tle, and we need all the resources we can get to keep this and other ward neigh­bor­hoods safe. I know and under­stand...

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After hearing the debates between alderman Arena and John Garrido and hearing their main arguments, my question is what has John Garrido done as a police lieutenant to bring more police officers to the ward since he works at the 16th district police station?

On his website he states "Portage Park is on the front line of this bat­tle, and we need all the resources we can get to keep this and other ward neigh­bor­hoods safe. I know and under­stand how the Chicago Police Department works. As alder­man, I will demand that our com­mu­nity is pro­vided with the nec­es­sary police man­power and equip­ment to com­bat these vio­lent gangs and keep our streets safe."
http://johngarrido.com/issues/public-safety/

At his current position has he demanded more officers be brought to the ward? Many may say that is not his job, but when you google "What does a police lieutenant do?" you get
"As a police lieutenant you lead. You're the frontline commander of the police department. You pass orders from the top level of command to the police sergeants, who in turn relay those orders to the police officers and detectives."

He says he will demand more officers as alderman but has he done the same as a lieutenant? If he has not at his current position why would that change when he is an alderman?

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Hello Neigborhood

Hello all,

My wife Rebekah and I just moved to the neighborhood. We bought our first house and are super excited!!!

  • Lynn OIP Resident / CPS Mom

    Welcome, Tim and Rebekah. I'm not sure where you live, but if you are in Old Irving Park, you might want to check out our neighborhood association. www.oldirvingpark.com. We have a monthly newsletter delivered to your door, weekly e-mail blast with activities, daily facebook updates, and monthly meetings. Oh - and a really active google group!

  • Welcome! I hope you like it, it's a great place to start and stay. You have come at an excellent time; the six corners area has been slowly turning around and filling in more vacant spots, you'll never know what new store or business will open up next. If you have any questions or concerns, this is a great web site to get support from your community. :)

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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.

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4 days ago

St. Edward Open House 9-11 AM on Thursday, March 26

Come see how we can give your child so much more than just a seat in the classroom! Our next Open House is on Thursday, March 26 from 9 – 11 AM with tours beginning in the main school building, 4343 W. Sunnyside. Registrations will also be accepted on that day. See our new state of the art science lab, meet our wonderful students and see our fantastic faculty in action! We look forward to meeting you. Email events@stedwardschool.com for more information. www.stedwardschool.com

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5 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

  • MSQ,
    Far from your 40th Ward home? Patrick O'Connor votes with Mayor 1% 90% of the time, another rubber stamp for Rahm. Even though you post relatively infrequently, I'm guessing that you know what "motivated by politics" means in your ST link.

    "The lawsuit is politically motivated and the accusations...

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    MSQ,
    Far from your 40th Ward home? Patrick O'Connor votes with Mayor 1% 90% of the time, another rubber stamp for Rahm. Even though you post relatively infrequently, I'm guessing that you know what "motivated by politics" means in your ST link.

    "The lawsuit is politically motivated and the accusations are without merit, said Joanna Klonsky, a spokeswoman for Arena.

    "This effort to score cheap political points harkens back to a kind of old Chicago politics that we should all have moved forward from by now," Klonsky said.

    Neither Przyby nor her attorney, Sean Baker, returned phone messages Thursday afternoon."
    http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20150116/jefferson-park/ald-arena-pushed-poked-woman-wearing-rivals-campaign-button-suit-claims

    Our 45th ward candidate, a police lieutenant who is also an attorney, Mr Garrido, has quite the history of spurious lawsuits.

  • Avast

    Well the police and State's Attorney dropped the matter, so what do you think? And the fact that a group of people were there but no one corroborates her lie?

  • But that doesn't stop TeamGarrido from soliciting assistance from Mayor 1%'s floor leader's surrogate, MayorSQ, from dredging Mr Garrido's politically motivated stunts up again.

    Facts be damned, TeamGarrido is campaigning.

Mar 19

Updated 5 days ago

My latest RedEye Column

Hey folks, I've been lucky to write a few columns for the RedEye. Here's my latestes with a li'l shout out to Old Irving. http://trib.in/1CwHo0E

  • Laurie, I took offense also then read he's a comedian and I think he's describing the exact opposite of us OIP folk?

  • SPIROS 85 CAPTAIN A2

    Leave dont come back here!!!

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Mar 18

Updated 6 days ago

Belding Elementary's field is not a dog park

My wife's a teacher over at Belding Elementary. Every morning I drop her and my daughter off for school. While dropping them off I always notice people on the school's artificial turf field letting their dogs run free. Despite the posted signs prohibiting dogs from being on the field, these owners are letting their dogs use the field to do their business.

If this is you, please stop. It's not a grass field. It's astro turf. Your dog's urine is...

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My wife's a teacher over at Belding Elementary. Every morning I drop her and my daughter off for school. While dropping them off I always notice people on the school's artificial turf field letting their dogs run free. Despite the posted signs prohibiting dogs from being on the field, these owners are letting their dogs use the field to do their business.

If this is you, please stop. It's not a grass field. It's astro turf. Your dog's urine is not being absorbed into the turf like it would grass. What is absorbed is the urine smell. As a former aid working at Belding during outdoor recess I can attest to the field stinking of urine, especially in hot weather.

Kids play on the field before and after school. It's where they have recess and gym. Please be considerate of this fact and keep your dogs off the field.

  • BBB

    I stand corrected Tom. Now that I know the field "belongs" to CPS, our tax dollars obviously did not fund its construction. Our tax dollars allocated to CPS go toward reducing the billion dollar annual deficit created by the corrupt and dysfunctional combination of public employee unions and career politicians....

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    I stand corrected Tom. Now that I know the field "belongs" to CPS, our tax dollars obviously did not fund its construction. Our tax dollars allocated to CPS go toward reducing the billion dollar annual deficit created by the corrupt and dysfunctional combination of public employee unions and career politicians. We are simply paying the interest at above market rates on the debt used to pay for this essential piece of educational infrastructure. Since you have determined that having a dog run on that plastic grass is illegal, just go find someone to enforce the law and stop whining.

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    Linda you sound like that nut on kostner get with it!!

Mar 20

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Mar 20

Lawn Care Suggestions?

Its been 25 years since I had a regular lawn service. Time to start it again (now retired 5+ years). Any suggestions? What are costs like now? How often should it be done? Any other hints/do & don'ts on this? Thanks for comments!

Mar 18

Updated Mar 19

Preschool at St. Edward or St. Viator?

Hi neighbors. I know something like this has been posted before, but I'd like to see if there are any new/different responses. We are considering both St. Edward and Viator, and would like to get your opinions if you've had experience with either preschool program. Thank you!

  • SPIRO 104 lieutendant

    St johns is better both my kids are attending the fine school. No public school at all for my kids nasty.

  • All 3 of our children attended preschool at St. Viator (and are still there). It is a wonderful, flexible program (full-time & part-time) that does offer before and after school care for full-day kids as needed.
    The preschool teachers and aides are wonderful, nurturing people who help make the transition...

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    All 3 of our children attended preschool at St. Viator (and are still there). It is a wonderful, flexible program (full-time & part-time) that does offer before and after school care for full-day kids as needed.
    The preschool teachers and aides are wonderful, nurturing people who help make the transition into school years a safe, fun and exciting experience.
    The preschool kids enjoy time in the computer lab, library, gym and with the music teacher.
    The new principal is a dynamic, motivated leader who has a great vision for the future of the St. Viator.
    Finding the right school for your kids and your family is a very personal decision with lots of factors to consider. Good luck with your search!

Mar 19

Flea Market

The Portage Park Sr. Center is having a Flea Market Friday, March 20 from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Location 4100 N. Long, inside the Park. Parking available at Berteau & Linder. Box Lunches - $1.00

Mar 19

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Mar 18

Jefferson Park Sunday Market Volunteer meeting

Our next volunteer meeting will be held Wednesday March 25, 6:30p.m., at
the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, 5320 West Giddings, in the basement.
This meeting will be followed immediately by the JPNA meeting at 7pm. More info aton the market at www.jeffersonparksundaymarket.com and the neighborhood association at www.jpna.net

Mar 16

Updated Mar 18

Block party suggestions?

Hi there!

We're planning our 51st annual block party this year, and I was hoping for suggestions. The neighbors who normally do the planning have stepped down, and this will be my first year planning, so I'd like to make a good impression :)

For those of you who are familiar with the process, I have a few questions:

What bouncy house rental company do you use? How much do you pay?
What DJ do you use? What's included? How much do you pay?

Does anyone have any suggestions on fun things we can do? It seems like every year people tend to stick to themselves and their own yards. I'd like to encourage more involvement. Any ideas?

Thanks!

  • I think that the 2014 applications have closed, and they haven't updated the site for 2015 yet. It looks as through they release the new applications in April each year, so you can check back then or confirm with the alderman.

  • BellaV 1st time Homeowner in Jefferson Park since 2012

    Thanks Mrs. L! I found the wording on the website to be a little confusing. I'll call and ask about it today.

Mar 15

Updated Mar 18

Office Stuff Free

I cleaned out our office and have a bunch of nearly new colorful hanging folders, gently used file folders, mostly unopened photo paper, computer labels and one lonesome "blue" 3 ring binder. If you need these supplies let me know and I will leave them on our front porch.

  • Office supply Items no longer available.

  • Katybeth..... Someone is always there 3 to 8 during the week or 8 to 530 Saturday. Thank you very much. 4024 Cicero. Next to City News and across from Sears.

Mar 18

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Mar 15

Updated Mar 18

shoots fired

Just walking my dog 50 min. ago and heard two shoots fired over by 4300 W. Addison area. A few min. later cops came by and asked if I heard gun fire and in what direction it was. Started walking back home and there are cops driving all up and down Old Irving neighborhood.

  • A&K

    Tami which Starbucks? Pulaski or kostner? I don't remember that. Or maybe it's coffee blinders.

  • SPIRO 1983 COMMANDER D25

    They were standing around with a newport a blunt and a bottle of hennisey okey!!!!

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Mar 14

Updated Mar 16

Got Rocks?

Chicago Rocks and Minerals Society Silent Auction TONIGHT 6pm to 9pm
(formerly held at Salvation Army Pulaski near Irving Park Road)
St Peter's United Church of Christ, 8013 Laramie, Skokie, across from the Skokie Public Library
Rocks, semi precious stones, crystals, geodes, fossils, shark teeth, handmade jewelry and all kinds things made from rocks, tools for cutting rocks and special children's section. Refreshments. Twelve tables, tables close every ten minutes and are refilled. First table closes at 6:30pm. Bargains galore, bid by small increments, kids can bid.

  • Turtle, there is a similar event coming up: The DesPlaines Valley Geological Society's Annual Show. That one is March 28-29 Sat 9:30 to 5 and Sunday 10 to 4.
    At Des Plaines Park District Leisure Center 2222 Birch Street. "Just west of River Road off Touhy" in Des Plaines. Free Parking children under twelve free, students with ID one dollar, seniors two dollars, adults three dollars. This event includes gold panning, silent auction, raffles, educational exhibits, live demonstrations and kid's room. And refreshments.

  • Excellent! Thanks!

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Mar 14

Updated Mar 15

Missing dog

My 13 pound Boston Terrier is missing! Female, black and white, named Delilah. She is not wearing a collar. I ran into a family who saw a young gentleman pick her up at Kenton & Leland around 6pm today. If anyone has any info, please call me Kathy 773-576-1921.

  • So sorry she got away Kathy. I saw that you posted on LDI. You may want to consider posting on nextdoor and craigslist for more coverage.

    Prayers she finds her way back to you soon.

  • Delilah is home with me! A very nice neighbor took her in for the night until he say my posters that I had plastered all over the neighborhood this morning. I can relax now.

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