3 hours ago

Updated 37 min ago

Looking for best place to buy poppyseed & nut rolls

My sister usually does the traditional holiday baking but this year she just doesn't have time. I'm not a baker and I've seen the poppyseed roll at the Produce Center. I'm wondering if anyone knows if there is any other place that sells both poppyseed and nut rolls.

  • joanie Resident of Jefferson Park

    Interesting information and historical perspective on the recipes and region. Thanks OI Anna for the lesson and translations.

  • Are you looking for povatica? (I don't have any recommendations, but would love to get my hands on a loaf).

18 hours ago

Updated 1 hour ago

Polish School

Anyone in the area know where I can send my young daughter to learn Polish?

  • OldIrving Anna on a quest for craft brewed "zimne piwo"

    Hi Lisa--although there are many Polish language Saturday schools in our area, most require that your child speak Polish to attend. I would start by getting in touch with St. Ferdinand's Polish School, near Belmont/Austin. You could go to the May 3 Polish Parade downtown, and talk to the various school groups as they're waiting to march to see what they offer. My children attended the Polish School at St. Constance; they did not offer Polish lessons to English speakers.

  • The Polish American Association gives English lessons so perhaps it might be a resource.

6 days ago

Updated 2 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/

  • I thought the laws used to be that if you owned less than 2 rental properties, you didn't need a broker's license (is that even required these days?) and could pretty much make your own rules, you were exempt from many of the OBRE rules and regs. Maybe stuff has changed, I've been out of this for many years.

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    Oh Kenji, you just love to stir the pot....you are a smart individual, do the math.

    Just a guess, but if the first two are high, you may not need the third, but you never can tell.

29 hours ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Blue Star Memorial at Harlem and Avondale

To whomever restored the Blue Star plaque it looks great. I took the flag down because it was a disgrace.

Dennis

5 days ago

Updated 3 hours ago

Forestry Cutting Down Infected Trees

As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected....

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As many of you have noticed, the City's Bureau of Forestry is cutting down many trees in our community. We expect this to continue throughout the spring and summer. There are, at this point, 402 trees slated to be cut down, with more awaiting inspection.

Most of the trees that are coming down are infected with the emerald ash borer, an invasive bug that eats the tree from the inside out. Almost every ash tree in the area is infected. And even if a tree looks well, the ash borer is likely killing the tree and creating a hazard.

It is going to take years for us to work through the devastation caused by this insect.

The good news is that the city is beginning to plant trees again. If you would like a tree, please email us. Please note, we cannot guarantee a specific type of tree.

ward45@cityofchicago.org

Apr 08

Updated 4 hours ago

Tree trimming

I have a large tree that needs trimming - by a licensed and insured service. Does anyone have a recommendation?

  • If the trees are in the parkway they need to be cared for by the City or a company authorized by the City. The Care of Trees is authorized. There are probably other companies, too.

    We have used The Care of Trees for years.

    Good luck.

  • I don't know about what PeralK says about Care of Trees being authorized by the City to trim parkway trees...but I heard they have had and might still have a business relationship with Wright College, working on their trees and supplying them with wood chips for landscaping.

Apr 07

Updated 6 hours ago

Putting a stop to doorstep litter? (RedPlum & Yellow Pages)

I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a...

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I am getting really tired of seeing these Tribune/RedPlum coupon newspaper things showing up at my house and every other house in the neighborhood, only to either build up on doorsteps or be taken directly to the recycle bin (at our house anyway; maybe others don't even recycle them). I believe that there are ways to opt out of receiving these things, but, by and large, it seems that most people have no desire to receive them. This is a huge waste of paper and an eyesore in all neighborhoods across Chicago as they sit out. I personally think that people should have to opt-in to receive these sorts of things not go through time consuming steps to *try* and opt-out of receiving them.

How is it that this sort of unsolicited material that arrives at our homes only to be thrown out is allowed? Why does the city not consider this to be littering or some other violation?

I hardly know anyone that uses a phonebook these days, yet they arrive on our doorsteps only to sit there for weeks/months rotting in the rain, until they are finally all picked up and disposed of. The Tribune/RedPlum papers may not sit out for as long as phone books usually do, but they arrive a couple times a week and I am getting really tired of picking them up.

Can't we get these things to stop? I know that there was a law suit filed over the RedPlum papers last summer; not sure how that ended up though, if it has even been resolved yet... http://www.suntimes.com/news/metro/20318975-418/residents-sue-chicago-tribune-over-nuisance-coupons.html

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    and FYI I love my weekly "Red Plum" papers, I'm actually mad when I don't get them.
    I get tired of the flyers taped to my garage, find it creepy that someone is walking behind my house looking around. I never get my Nadig paper anymore. lazy kid!

  • @inactive--curious as to where her loyalties might be.

3 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

What a Good Idea!!!

Anybody notice the homemade doggie doo plastic bag dispensers secured to the trees around Onahan School??? Great thought!!! Anybody know how that came to be???

  • The girl scout troop made them for the neighbors that walk there dog's around the school. Now there should be no excuse for not picking up after there dogs. Great idea!!!

  • Our 2nd grade Brownie troop made them. Many people walk their dogs around the school without cleaning up after them. Our girls needed to earn a service patch and we came up with the idea after seeing them around Olympia Park. The girls were very excited to make them!!! Hopefully people will "get the message" and use the bags so our poor students don't have to step in doggie poop on their way to/from school. Thanks for noticing our hard work. :-)

  • Or step on doggy doo doo on the field where they have recess. I think it's a great idea and now I have a place to put my plastic bags.

32 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Softball Leagues

Jefferson Park is still looking for Adult Softball teams/players for the Men's and Co-Rec Leagues. Call Kevin at 773.685.3316

  • B-NWside Lifetime Northwest Sider....

    It's Chicago...12" softball is king.

  • These are both 16" leagues!

    B-NWside if your wife knows at least 4 teams that want to play we can start a Women's league (for this season).

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29 hours ago

Updated 20 hours ago

FOUND CAT -- Is he yours?

Is this your cat? Was found near Irving Park YMCA in Portage Park. Male, neutered, no microchip. Seems like an indoor cat. If he is yours please call 773-240-4177 ASAP! Or if you know anyone who lost him, please pass this on!!!

3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Evening Pumber Needed - Kitchen Sink Clogged

I have a nasty clog in my kitchen sink drain.
I've used commercial-strength drain cleaner and plunged i. Neitehr worked.
I'm seeking a reasonably priced plumber who could fix it one evening this week after 6:00 p.m.
Any recommendations?

Apr 09

Updated 25 hours ago

Entrance on Narragansett to the Mall (off of Irving Park)...

My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that....

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My mother wanted to go to the store in the Dunning Mall and crossed over Narragansett from Cuyler to go through the gate where the cars enter and leave the Mall...because she was careful not to get hit by cars coming out of the Mall she went to the left and since there isn't much walkway she tripped and fell and was bruised and scraped and cut on her face and arms...she looked horrible...I never saw my mother like that. This is all to say that I am sure that my mother isn't the only one that has trouble entering the Mall on foot...I, too, do, however, for the most part I drive and will drive two blocks so I don't have to enter through the gate where the cars travel through. Is it possible to have a pedestrian entrance on Narragansett and on Irving Park....there are many elderly people that shop at the Jewel in that Mall. Thank you....it is nice to have a place to share my conerns.

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Feb 02 2013

Updated 37 hours ago

Power Outage

So apparently there is a power outage affecting over 1,800 Com Ed customers near Carman and Menard. Com Ed estimates power should be restored around 11:15 pm. Sign up for alerts on comed.com

Apr 06

Updated 47 hours ago

Anyone see this ugly accident around 8:00 am on Lawrence ??

2 people taken away in an ambulance

  • That doesn't look like a head on, the car on left looks like it got hit on the drivers side. Is that the Kennedy off ramp? It could have been coming off there and hit by the other car coming westbound.

  • Me

    Mike... this is in the 45th ward, you can't blame her this time

    Pamela, yes that was the I-90 exit ramp at Lawrence @ Leclaire. I believe the car on the left was coming off the ramp when it was struck by the car on the right. the car on the right is all front end damage.

Apr 09

Updated 47 hours ago

People's Gas shutoff for no inspection?

I'm in a bit of panic as we got a disconnection notice (due to me not calling them to set up a time for a mandatory safety inspection). It's completely my fault but I wasn't aware and now that I'm aware I'm trying to call with no luck. I call in the am and pm and get the same message that they are too busy and try back another time. Grrrr. They gave us 1 866 524 0795.

Any suggestion to get a hold of someone to schedule this inspection? Before my gas is off! Any help appreciated!

  • I called 1-866-573-6880 and chose the option to speak to a representative.
    You will hear a message that the hold time is extremely long, but I only waited about 10 minutes.

  • I believe that I scheduled my inspection on line!

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

TEKS Computer Service

Are you tired of paying outrageous fees to get your computer repaired? I can help! I fix computers, cell phones, televisions, etc. at reasonable fees. Free diagnostic on your first visit!! 773-969-8357

  • BillsDigital Photos Local Photographer in Norwood Park.

    Can you post the
    Belmont Ave. address where they fix the phones? Thanks, Bill.

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    7010 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
    (773) 860-4201

    http://www.gsmsolutionsinc.net/

    Hey Bill, I saw your ad in the Nadig. Is the ad working for you?

Apr 09

Updated 2 days ago

Higher Property Taxes, Better Schools??

Reading the paper today our Mayor thinks our property taxes are to low compared to the suburbs. Now the decision falls to the City Council (Our Alderman). The only reason I'm still residing in the City of Chicago is because of the low taxes compared to suburbs. Emanuel aides claim that an owner of an $250,000.00 home would pay an additional $58 per year on top of a $4,000.00 property tax bill each of the next five years. For them to even consider this is a complete joke. If this was going for a bump in city services I might consider. What do you all think?

  • arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin...

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    arnie, once the Depression generation passed on I bet that human characteristic has not changed in either direction. Ever.

    What has killed retirement savings after the loss of the enforced savings of a traditional company pension has been other employment trends. (1) The viscious rising dominance of the benefitless twin practices of part time work and borderline criminal use of the 'independent contractor' employment designations. These two evils are crushing low and middle income retirement savings potentials by eliminating structural discipline and economies of scale. Consider that when these two practices spread into the lower half of the workforce, wages did not rise. But the cost to employers went down. (2) Failure of real wages to increase to make up for the loss of paid benefits. (3) Rising medical and educational costs will in advance of general cost-of-living inflation.

  • InTheManor Edgebrook resident

    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than...

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    The Social Security trust fund is officially named the "Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund." In 1940 (the year in which "modern" Social Security started), only 54% of males and 60% of females who survived to age 21 would live long enough to receive any benefits at all (other than the burial benefit). Today those numbers are around 75% and 85%.

    Another quip -- my grandmother lived during the income tax amendment campaign. She once told me that if people knew then what it would become, there would have been a revolution. The income tax was sold as applying only to the wealthy, and started at 1% for the very well to do. It was a very different time then. My grandparents (an elementary school teacher and salesman) did well in retirement, due to pensions, savings, stocks with dividend payments. Social Security for them was just icing, letting them travel internationally and extensively in retirement.

    They also happened to have lived during a unique period, where the United States survived 100% intact following an incredibly destructive war, with massive industrial capacity, and leveraged that into economic dominance and great prosperity. Times change though, and we've been living through that. One facet of people is that we tend to view what we experience as "normal" and don't really conceive of or plan for different times. Look at the income tax, and the implications that has for our form of government. How many people today can conceive of a time where the income tax didn't exist, and the (much much smaller) federal government survived on nothing but excise and other non-direct forms of taxation?

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2 days ago

German Shepherd Spotted

Headed towards Foster on the 4900 block of Mulligan. No visible collar.

Apr 05

Updated 2 days ago

Welcome to Grilling Season

Normally I would be grilling all winter, but until the last couple of weeks, my grills were buried under the snow. Did a couple of steaks last weekend, but this weekend will be back in full swing. Tonight catfish on the Weber. Tomorrow ribs on the Traeger. Happy spring, neighbors. Enjoy!

3 days ago

SprinG CleaninG

Donations of ‘unwanted items’ from your spring cleaning can be left under the canopy by the garage in back of the Norwood Park Historical Society (5624 N Newark Ave) at any time. The only items we cannot accept for our GIANT YARD SALE in June are mattresses, clothing, shoes, large appliances and electronic equipment.

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3 days ago

Water main break

Was just curious, how many people have had water main breaks near them in the last year? I'd say within 2 or 3 blocks? If so then where? And how about people who took in water to the basements?

6 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Anyone else sick of the constant sales calls from Neighborhood Restoration?

Men from the company Neighborhood Restoration have been to our door several times over the course of the year (including twice last night) telling us that we had storm damage to our siding and offering to replace the siding on our house. They have continually told us that they would "smooth it over with the insurance company." This sounds suspicious to me, especially because my siding does not look damaged.

Anyone dealt with this company? Has anyone successfully gotten them to stop ringing the doorbell in the middle of dinner?

  • kenji Find us here --> http://reddit.com/r/greatNWside

    We do answer the door for our Nadig Newspaper girl.

    Tip yours well.

  • I don't have a home phone so I don't get these calls. it's pretty nice.

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Mar 29

Updated 5 days ago

Dogs and Stairs?

We recently adopted an English bulldog from a rescue who refuses to come up our back stairs (6 steps). She will go down the stairs, but not up, even when bribed with treats. However, she has absolutely no problem going up our front steps--scampers right up. Back stairs are wooden with carpeted treads and closed wooden backs. Front steps are concrete and about twice as wide. She's apparently refused to go up others' stairs too, as reported by the lady who fostered her. She's around 3 years old. Have any of you experienced anything similar? What did you do about it? Thanks so much for any advice you may have.

  • I mean like on top of the stairs itself, not exactly like in the picture.

  • Inactive, don't think so. Too narrow. Maggie almost tried it today. Thinking if she's on leash and I run just ahead, she might follow. That's what she does in front. But guess she will when she's ready. Thanks.

5 days ago

PB45 2014 Project Expos This Month, Voting in May

As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot....

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As you may recall, last year, I used a participatory budgeting process to allocate $1 million of local infrastructure funds, also known as the Aldermanic Menu. Voters approved pigeon abatement in viaducts, a new turf field at Beaubien School, and several other projects, in addition to extensive street resurfacing.

We're continuing with the process this year. In the fall, residents offered their ideas. Now come learn how we have turned many of those ideas into projects for the 2014 ballot.

I am hosting three project expos where you can learn more about what is on the ballot. Those expos will be:

Tuesday, April 22, 6:30-8 pm
Disney II Magnet School (Kedvale Campus)
3815 N. Kedvale

Wednesday, April 23, 6:30-8 pm
St. Tarcissus School
6040 W. Ardmore

Saturday, April 26, 10:30 am-1 pm
Congregational Church of Jefferson Park (basement)
5320 W. Giddings

This year, projects include:
• Renovations to the Wilson Park tennis courts ($67,000);
• A new playground at Independence Park ($100,000);
• More pigeon abatement and viaduct remediation ($150,000);
• Refreshed bike lanes on Lawrence between Cicero and Long ($70,000);
• New fencing on the pedestrian walkway to the Gladstone Park Metra station ($25,000);
• Tree planting throughout the ward ($535 per tree, vote for 150, 300, or 450);
• Branded street light banner holders throughout the Jefferson Park business district ($17,500); and
• Improved lighting at the Irving Park Road-Kennedy bridge ($35,700) and the Pulaski-Union Pacific viaduct ($10,000).
• Additionally, voters will again select a percentage of the $1 million to go toward street resurfacing. You can learn more about potential street projects during the expos.

Voting will be Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Wilson Park Field House, 4630 N. Milwaukee, with early voting in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, May 5-9 between 8 am and 6 pm.

For more information, email my office. ward45@cityofchicago.org 773-286-4545

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