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Chess in CPS Schools and Beyond, like Libraries and Parks, Too!

Chess provides a fantastic way to develop critical thinking and plus through strategic play. There is a current movement to bring chess to every CPS school and it would be great to bring on board all of our neighborhood kids soon.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-11-24/news/ct-met-schmich-1124-20131124_1_illinois-chess-association-chess-part-mike-bologna

http://www.myfoxchicago.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10078666

One can easily develop the basic skills with the following:

"Learn to Play Chess with Fritz & Chesster: Chess Complete 3-Pack" CD-ROM;

Free or paid membership on https://www.chesskid.com/ ;

Attending free Saturday chess games with some lessons during the school year at Edgebrook Library;

Attending a chess camp like Chess-Ed at Edgebrook Lutheran Church, http://www.chess-ed.com/camps.htm; Dynamic Chess, Oak Park, at http://dynamicchessinc.com/page5.php; or Active Learning at DePaul's O'Hare Campus, http://www.chesscamp.com/camcategorysearch.php?cpid=1&anc=USA%20Chess%20Camp .

Our family's ultimate learning tool is http://www.chessmagnetschool.com/

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Updated Jul 25

Where is Alderman Nicholas Sposato?

Why isn't Alderman Nicholas Sposato on everyblock for Ward 36? I know Tom for the 38th is (I Used to be in the 38th and we got remapped)

  • The biggest issue was the cut and hack of the 36th, then he jumps to the 38th (which is now MUCH larger). It is clear that favors are being done and once again, we are punished. I just hope the voters in the 38th are smart enough to see what it is and not reward this deceptive behavior.

  • Mike, I am in the 36th and voted for Alderman Sposato. I think he is a fine Alderman and would be thrilled if he is still my Alderman when my address is changed to the 38th. I will vote for him again if he runs.

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Join us at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, 7/27

Join us at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, 7/27

Stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items, cheese, fair/trade coffee drinks from MoJo Coffee. Food trucks, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch.

Here's what's happening at the market this Sunday:

Personal trainer John Haley will offer group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate.

Free hotdogs for all police/fire personnel from 11...

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Join us at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday, 7/27

Stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items, cheese, fair/trade coffee drinks from MoJo Coffee. Food trucks, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch.

Here's what's happening at the market this Sunday:

Personal trainer John Haley will offer group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate.

Free hotdogs for all police/fire personnel from 11 AM - 1 PM.

Ms. Rosa's Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tameles and snow cones,

The talented Local-Motions kids will perform selections from the musical "Guys and Dolls" at 12:30 PM.

In the parking lot just east of US Bank, 6700 W. North Avenue, Chicago

Jul 13

Updated Jul 23

Oak Park's North Ave. Fresh Market closes

We're very sorry to see this business close, especially so soon after the Mobile/North Walgreens closing. But it turns out that the closing is due to the bankruptcy of the owner, rather than a problem with this particular store. That's somewhat comforting. Here's a link to the story:
http://elmwoodpark.suntimes.com/2014/07/11/north-avenue-fresh-market-closes/

  • How were you able to find that out, Johnny? I'm wondering if we should inform the Village of Oak Park about this. Do you think they can do anything?

  • My girlfriend worked for the company I don't know what the village can do but they'll have to pay unemployment their money because she took them her W2's as proof she worked there

Jul 23

Updated Jul 23

Black Lab Mix Looking for Loving Home

Hi! My name is Kane and I am a 4-5 year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Check out my photos! I love to fetch and be in nature and I'm good off-leash if we go to the forest or a nice open space but not in the city. I'm good on the leash too and I've lived in the city so I'm fine with that. I really like people and I'm great with children. Sometimes I'm a little timid when a person...

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Hi! My name is Kane and I am a 4-5 year-old Labrador Retriever mix. Check out my photos! I love to fetch and be in nature and I'm good off-leash if we go to the forest or a nice open space but not in the city. I'm good on the leash too and I've lived in the city so I'm fine with that. I really like people and I'm great with children. Sometimes I'm a little timid when a person I don't know comes into the house for the first time but I warm up pretty quickly to them once I see you're okay with them :) I live with two other dogs right now and we get along well. We never fight and oddly enough the 15 lb Bachand is my boss but I'm okay with it.

If you'd like to meet me I'd love to meet you! Shoot me a line and we can hang out and get to know each other.

Sincerely,
Kane

  • isis millward Living between Puerto Viejo and Logan Square

    Why is Kane losing his home?

  • elan weiner Soccer Player and Dog Lover

    I sent you an email, Isis. Thank you for asking!

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Jul 22

Updated Jul 22

Galewood Block Party

I've been told there is an awesome block party that occurs on Newcastle in July. When does it occur?

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Updated Jul 11

Apartment needed

Apt. Needed
Mature ,responsible person,former homeowner on fixed income looking for large 1bdrm or sm .2bdrm apt.in decent,clean respectable blgd.Hope to move before end of summer. Thanks

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Jun 29

Updated Jul 10

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.

  • The trees were cut down in Shabbona Park between Sayre and Newland just south of Roscoe. The trees were part of a grove across from the food truck parked from May until Nov. The trees removed were east of those remaining trees. They were healthy and just beginning to leaf. If you find out why they were removed, please post. Thank you for your advocacy.

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

Jul 10

Fire truck tour, Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market 10 AM, Sunday, June 13th

Bring your kids to explore a full-sized fire truck and meet firefighters at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 10 AM on Sunday, July 13th. John Haley’s group exercise at 9 ($20; bring an exercise mat or just come and watch for free). Stock up on locally-grown fruits and vegetables, French bakery items, and artisanal WI cheese. Food trucks, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch. In the parking lot just east of US Bank at 6700 W. North Ave., Chicago, 9 AM to 2 PM.

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Jul 08

What’s happening with the shuttered Mobile/North Walgreens?

As you know, the Walgreens at Mobile and North Avenue closed at the end of May. Walgreens has promised the community to keep the property well-maintained and well-lighted at night to prevent it from becoming an eyesore and attracting crime. They are attempting to buyout their lease, which runs for another 4 ½ years. If they are unsuccessful, they have promised to work with the community to market it actively to the kinds of potential tenants we would welcome (or...

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As you know, the Walgreens at Mobile and North Avenue closed at the end of May. Walgreens has promised the community to keep the property well-maintained and well-lighted at night to prevent it from becoming an eyesore and attracting crime. They are attempting to buyout their lease, which runs for another 4 ½ years. If they are unsuccessful, they have promised to work with the community to market it actively to the kinds of potential tenants we would welcome (or at least find acceptable).

But if they are able to buyout their lease, we’ll have to deal with a landlord based in California, who obviously has no commitment to the community. For this reason, Alderman Graham has introduced an ordinance to zone the parcel residential at the community’s request. Those of you who live within 250 feet of the property have received notices of this proposed zoning change. Residential zoning will give us a chance to vet prospective tenants when they apply for a zoning variance. (I’ve been told that auto parts and beauty supply stores typically take over vacated Walgreens. Wouldn’t you rather have something like Baker’s Square?) In addition, Ald. Graham introduced a liquor moratorium that applies to the property after she learned of community concern that it will become a liquor store. Unless they are appealed, both ordinances will go into effect by the end of July, after the next City Council meeting.

The Northwest Side Community Coalition is also seeking to put a referendum making the property permanently dry on the February ballot – 192 petition signatures are needed. If you are a Chicago resident and would like to sign the petition, please email Perry Abbasi – pericles1@gmail.com.

Jul 08

Support Local-Motions' annual rummage sale with your donations and purchases

Please bring your fully tax-deductible donations any day this week between 2:00 and 3:00 PM to Local-Motions, 6272 W. North Ave. in Chicago (~ 1/4 block east of Ridgeland). They're accepting clothing (including baby clothes), bikes, small appliances, home furnishings, computers, shoes and handbags.

Please also come to the rummage sale at Local-Motions this Saturday, July 12th, 7 AM - 4 PM. (In the case of bad weather conditions, the sale will be held on Saturday, July 19th.)

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Please bring your fully tax-deductible donations any day this week between 2:00 and 3:00 PM to Local-Motions, 6272 W. North Ave. in Chicago (~ 1/4 block east of Ridgeland). They're accepting clothing (including baby clothes), bikes, small appliances, home furnishings, computers, shoes and handbags.

Please also come to the rummage sale at Local-Motions this Saturday, July 12th, 7 AM - 4 PM. (In the case of bad weather conditions, the sale will be held on Saturday, July 19th.)

Since 2001, Local-Motions has been helping at-risk youth in Chicago and Oak Park develop self-confidence and self-esteem -- and stay in school -- with performance arts programming. (You'll have a chance to see a free performance by some of these kids at 12:30 PM on Sunday, July 27th, at the Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market, 6700 W. North Ave., in Chicago.) Learn more about Local-Motions here: http://www.localmotions.net/About_Us.html

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Jul 05

Updated Jul 07

Looking for 2BR in Oak Park for Aug/Sept

My fiancé and I are interested in moving to the Oak Park, Forest Park area (we are currently in Ravenswood and the commute to his job is too long). We are both responsible, gainfully employed. Looking to spend up to $1300 for a large, sunny 2BR for August or Sept move-in. We have a small, well-behaved dog.

If anyone has any leads or suggestions, please comment or message me! Thanks so much!

  • You may want to check the rental listings on OakPark.com: http://www.oakpark.com/Real-Estate/Listings/?Type=Residential+Rental

  • Hi there. Kat can help you, she lives in the area and a real estate agent. She has an APP to search oak park easy and if you see something that you like, click to contact her
    Text KRGGMT to 87778
    She is quick to respond

  • Mrs. Brooks SAHM of a preschooler and a rambunctious toddler.

    I highly suggest stopping by the Oak Park Regional Housing Center. It's a free service, and if you give them the specifications of an apartment you're looking for, they can help you out with listings to look at. It's really an invaluable resource. Here's their website, but you do have to go into the office and fill out some paperwork for your first visit.

    http://www.liveinoakpark.com/

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Work up an appetite or just savor treats at Galewood-North Ave. Farmers Market this Sunday, 7/6

This coming Sunday at the Galewood-North Ave. Farmers Market, John Haley will be offering group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate. Either way, work up an appetite for delectable sweet or savory items from two French bakeries (check out those croissants and tarts!), gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express, and artisanal, locally-produced cheese (don’t miss the Bouchon and horseradish-chive cheeses). Stock up on delicious,...

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This coming Sunday at the Galewood-North Ave. Farmers Market, John Haley will be offering group exercise at 9 AM. Come watch him put folks through their paces, or bring a mat and $20 to participate. Either way, work up an appetite for delectable sweet or savory items from two French bakeries (check out those croissants and tarts!), gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express, and artisanal, locally-produced cheese (don’t miss the Bouchon and horseradish-chive cheeses). Stock up on delicious, farm-fresh, locally-grown fruits and vegetables, including the season’s first black raspberries. Ms. Rosa's Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas, tamales and snow cones, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch. Hope to see you there – parking lot just east of bank at 6700 W. North Ave., Chicago. Open 9 am-2 pm.

Check out this story about the market:
http://oakpark.suntimes.com/2014/05/31/galewood-north-avenue/

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Jun 26

Updated Jun 27

North Avenue Gets Attention from Local Government & Newspaper

Check out the Oak Park Wednesday Journal's story on local government's 6/17 walk to assess North Avenue conditions: http://tinyurl.com/mjmub73. They also wrote an editorial in favor of fixing North Avenue: http://tinyurl.com/ldanlrv. I'm sending a letter correcting some errors.

  • Doesn't Alderman Grahams' ward extend east to Central Ave ? Try going to the bus stop on North ave & Central or Austin at night, or even the laundromats and store that are on North ave. It's scary to have to walk past 5-10 young thuggish looking males blocking corners,sidewalks...

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    Doesn't Alderman Grahams' ward extend east to Central Ave ? Try going to the bus stop on North ave & Central or Austin at night, or even the laundromats and store that are on North ave. It's scary to have to walk past 5-10 young thuggish looking males blocking corners,sidewalks & store-way entrances.Yes they sell drugs in the area too. Planters do improve the streetscape but, all the vacant storefronts , potential criminal elements & drugs that permeate that stretch of North ave east of ridgeland , austin & central. That is what needs to be fixed more so than pretty plantars. & Bike Lanes. That area is dangerous & blighted.Where are the Police on Bikes? Their presence would help as a deterrent to some of the negative behavior on that stretch.Many of us are law abiding, ,hardworking citizens who should not have to be subjected to such deterioration of the neighborhood.Those that are able to move , are doing so quickly.

  • Alicia from North Oak Park Wed. Journal & Austin Weekly News employee

    Thanks for posting the links to these stories, and thanks to Nerak for the opinion. Conversation like this is why I appreciate this site! As a Wed. Journal employee, I would like to invite you both to check out our sites and feel free to include comments in the available space after each story. Plus, you might find others who are interested in the same conversation as you! :) http://www.oakpark.com, http://www.austinweeklynews.com

Jun 26

Season’s 1st crop of green beans & raspberries at Galewood-North Avenue Farmers Market this Sunday

This coming Sunday, our farmers will be offering their first crop of green beans and raspberries. You’ll find potatoes, cherries and particularly delicious tomatoes and strawberries, too. Enjoy gourmet (fair trade/organic) coffee drinks from Mojo Express, which will go great with a yummy sweet or savory item from our two French bakeries. Try an artisanal Wisconsin cheese slice with a croissant or a crusty roll. Ms. Rosa's Kitchen will be back at 11:30 AM serving amazing flautas and snow cones, too. Come to shop. Stay for lunch. Hope to see you there – parking lot just east of bank at 6700 W. North Ave., Chicago

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