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Updated 5 days ago

North Avenue needs attention NOW

Here's a link to our letter to the Oak Park Wednesday Journal re: spending on Lake St. vs. North Ave. You can add your own comments online.

http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/10-7-2014/North-Avenue-needs-attention-now/

  • Thanks for your response. While I am not pleased with the increased traffic down our street, I am most concerned about the alley traffic. I think it is a combined problem of cars turning off North and finding they can't go through and then driving block after block to find...

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    Thanks for your response. While I am not pleased with the increased traffic down our street, I am most concerned about the alley traffic. I think it is a combined problem of cars turning off North and finding they can't go through and then driving block after block to find a street they can go south on in addition to people just attempting to avoid North Avenue traffic by speeding through the alleys. I know there are "No Thru Traffic" signs, but these do nothing. Is it possible to have speed bumps installed in the East-West alleys? What can we do about the obnoxious honking at T-intersections and streets? There are afternoon/evenings where it is obscene to sit in our backyard due to the incessant honking and revving of engines in the alley.

  • Ben, I suggest you attend the next resident beat officer meeting and bring this up, if you haven't already done so. The RBO has no authority over installing speed bumps, but s/he can bring the problem to the attention of Chief Tanksley and also can monitor alleys and issue tickets....

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    Ben, I suggest you attend the next resident beat officer meeting and bring this up, if you haven't already done so. The RBO has no authority over installing speed bumps, but s/he can bring the problem to the attention of Chief Tanksley and also can monitor alleys and issue tickets. I vaguely remember a discussion about speed bumps. If I'm not mistaken, the Oak Park police are opposed because it will slow them down in pursuit of bad guys. But you could bring that up as well. If you live east of Ridgeland, the next NE Oak Park RBO meeting is this coming Tuesday, 10/21, at Hatch School, 7 PM.

Oct 15

Updated 6 days ago

What would you think of a medical marijuana dispensary on North Ave.?

Sounds like a medical marijuana dispensary may be coming to western end of North Ave. in Oak Park. http://tinyurl.com/o44rv8o . If you live in north Oak Park or Galewood, please let me know how you feel about this.

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    Don't see the need for stand alone dispensaries. If the marijuana is to be used for medical reasons then let the drug stores dispense it - better yet, the hospitals.

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Oct 15

LLoyd Elementary LSC

Another great meeting with the LSC members of LLoyd Elementary School. What a another group of terrific parents,staff and community members. Seeing these groups of volunteers makes what I'm doing worth every minute.Thank You

Oct 15

Thanks Locke LSC

I would like to thank the Locke Elementary LSC for allowing me the time to introduce myself and to meet such a terrific group of people. I can not stress enough the incredible sacrifice that all members of our Local School Councils make for the betterment of our kids, schools and communities. I look forward to future meetings and working closely with these truly dedicated people to make our community a better place to live.

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Updated Oct 12

Need brick and cement contractor

I am looking for recommendations for someone to rebuild the front steps and brick railing on my Galewood bungalow. Thanks!

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Sep 08

Updated Oct 12

Tuckpointing & Outside Painter Recommendations?

My garage needs re-tuckpointing - any recommendations?
Also need someone to paint the front porch - any recommendations?

Aug 02

Updated Oct 11

29th Ward Aldermanic Elections 2015

I have officially announced my candidacy for 29th Ward Alderman see:http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-1-2014/29th-Ward-race-could-be-packed-/

We are planning a volunteer meeting on August 25, 2014 details to come. The election season officially starts September 1, 2014 We can start petitions on August 26, 2014. This will take a huge effort to win this election! We need 1500 signatures to secure a place on the ballot. We need your help and ideas! Please volunteer to get signature on your block or in any capacity you...

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I have officially announced my candidacy for 29th Ward Alderman see:http://www.oakpark.com/News/Articles/8-1-2014/29th-Ward-race-could-be-packed-/

We are planning a volunteer meeting on August 25, 2014 details to come. The election season officially starts September 1, 2014 We can start petitions on August 26, 2014. This will take a huge effort to win this election! We need 1500 signatures to secure a place on the ballot. We need your help and ideas! Please volunteer to get signature on your block or in any capacity you can. We cannot do this alone! Please link with my email at andolino@sbcglobal.net.
If you are in the 38th Ward please remember Alderman Sposato has a kick off meeting on August 5, 2014 6936 W. Diversey 6pm-8pm please support him.

All of us together can make a strong Northwest Side and ensure our communities are safe and a great place to raise our families!

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Free food, fun, health testing/info

Custom Care Pharmacy -- 7007 W North Ave. in Oak Park -- is hosting a free health fair and open house on Saturday, 10/11, 9 AM - 2 PM. Free blood pressure, blood glucose and cholesterol testing. Free food, too.

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N. Oak Parker Jill Salzman, founder of Founding Moms

Just saw a Channel Two news story on the first all-day conference of Jill Salzman's Founding Moms. She rocks, and Jill and Adam Salzman are a dynamic Oak Park duo. North Oak Parkers, I might add...

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Oct 03

Is Mariano's coming to North & Harlem?

Is Mariano's coming to North & Harlem? Hopefully, but a lot of things have to happen first. Best case is that construction starts in 13 months. The developer shared preliminary plans at Ald. Graham's monthly community meeting on 10/1/14. 4 local papers covered the meeting. Email opfolk@comcast.net for an update on North Avenue. In the meantime, here's a link to the most comprehensive story on the meeting (accurate except that Judith lives in Oak Park, not Austin). http://tinyurl.com/pl2gmco

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North Ave. Clean and Green on October 11th

Help clean up and beautify North Avenue and meet neighbors & local business owners on Saturday, October 11, 8 AM TO 1 PM, at the North Avenue Business Association's Clean and Green event. Meet at 8 AM at US Bank, 6700 W. North Ave. in Chicago (1 block east of Oak Park Avenue). Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Please register by October 7th. To sign up or for more information, contact NABA President Lee Owens: 773-610-3800; info@northavenuebusinessassociation.com

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Sep 30

Updated Oct 01

Garage Question

I have a question. I purchased a townhouse about 2 years ago which included a de attached garage which I've never used. I recently decided to begin using but noticed that someone was using it as storage. Upon noticing this I politely asked three other owners of the town-homes of it belonged to them and one of them who currently has a car parked in one of the available 4 spots confirmed that some of the stuff in the spot...

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I have a question. I purchased a townhouse about 2 years ago which included a de attached garage which I've never used. I recently decided to begin using but noticed that someone was using it as storage. Upon noticing this I politely asked three other owners of the town-homes of it belonged to them and one of them who currently has a car parked in one of the available 4 spots confirmed that some of the stuff in the spot belongs to him as he's using the spot as storage. I politely asked him to please remove his belongings with-in the next two weeks or I will remove them myself. He gave me the impression that he is not going to be cooperative. What are my options in terms of getting this resolved as adults?

We don't a townhome association.

Trying to be nice

  • This is the craziest thing I have ever heard!!!! He should have asked your permission. And now he should just politely apologize and move his stuff.

  • David Thorne http://thorne.veretekk.com RECRUITING

    You could calculate what garage space rental might cost for two years and hand him a bill for that amount. Give him the option to pay or move his stuff or bill him for moving his stuff or do both. Bullies (intimidation to prevent your use of your property) and thieves (using your space without permission) can be held accountable for their actions.

Sep 30

Updated Oct 01

Community Meeting on Harlem/North Mariano's Tomorrow Night (10/1)

Just found out that Ald. Graham is holding a community meeting on Mariano's tomorrow night (10/1) at Shriner's Hospital, 2211 N. Oak Park Ave. in Chicago. Hopefully, we'll find out whether they're really coming to North and Harlem. I've heard that a Mariano's representative is expected to be there.

  • If you'd like to receive occasional email updates on efforts to revitalize North Ave., please send a request to opfolk@comcast.net, and you'll be added to the North Ave. Neighbors Association email list.

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Great food & raffle prizes at Evening Networking Event TONIGHT 9/24

Some tickets are still available for an evening networking opportunity hosted by The West Side Business Network, a collection of networking groups with over 500 members. The Network was started by Austin Weekly News, the print and online news source for Chicago's West Side.

All are welcome to attend this event that will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 24th from 5pm - 7pm at Sergio's Place, 6966 W. North Avenue in Chicago.

Tickets are $25 per person and include a dinner buffet, as well as an entry into a raffle for one of two prize packages. Details here: bit.ly/1u6RaS7

Jun 29

Updated Sep 23

All Public School's trees drastically overmulched throughout NW & W sides!

Does anyone have a direct connection to representatives at Chicago public school district who can attend to this massive problem caused by unknowing contracted landscape workers? Since these "Volcano Mulch" method applications have been repeated over the last five years or more, correcting each individual tree involves not just removing shredded wood, but carefully locating Root flair and original soil line level while cutting away all incorrect fine root growth above it. As each one matures, they will become dangerous...

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Does anyone have a direct connection to representatives at Chicago public school district who can attend to this massive problem caused by unknowing contracted landscape workers? Since these "Volcano Mulch" method applications have been repeated over the last five years or more, correcting each individual tree involves not just removing shredded wood, but carefully locating Root flair and original soil line level while cutting away all incorrect fine root growth above it. As each one matures, they will become dangerous to the public since tight girdling root growth surrounding trunk will cause tree to fail by breaking away whole above ground portion at base in lite wind. Park district is also improperly overmulching remaining tree collection, along with their new replacements for 96,000 dead Ash. With so much increasing wood supply from acres of dead ash trees, overmulching of trees, Shrubs & Plants will only get worse. Especially since these applications of landscape mulch looks so sharp, particularly when done wrong.

  • OK zachary, I'll figure out what they were.

  • Zachary, those trees were not very old and at least one was Ash, but I could not identify rest from old Google street view and satellite photos. Park dist. could have removed them for a number of reasons before dead. Now new trees are overmulched and under watered so also dying. If each person entering park brings water, their lives can be saved instead of leaving it up to blundering Chicago park district. Otherwise don't expect tree situation to get any better without public volunteers helping.

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Sep 16

Cease & Desist Order Issued to Urban Myth Nightclub

The Chicago Department of Business Affairs has issued a cease-and-desist order to Omar Bryant -- the owner of the illegal Urban Myth Nightclub. He's operated this nightclub in the basement of 1610 N. Moody for several years without a business license, and sold drinks even though the precinct is dry.
Let's hope Mr. Bryant doesn't ignore the order, because his nightclub is causing a lot of problems for the community. At a community meeting on 9/11/14, neighbors complained of extremely...

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The Chicago Department of Business Affairs has issued a cease-and-desist order to Omar Bryant -- the owner of the illegal Urban Myth Nightclub. He's operated this nightclub in the basement of 1610 N. Moody for several years without a business license, and sold drinks even though the precinct is dry.
Let's hope Mr. Bryant doesn't ignore the order, because his nightclub is causing a lot of problems for the community. At a community meeting on 9/11/14, neighbors complained of extremely loud music until 4 AM, litter and overflowing dumpsters after parties, nightclub patrons using up all available street parking, having sex in their cars and throwing used condoms on the streets and alleys. These problems have overflowed into Oak Park, which is why an Oak Park police representative attended the meeting.

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