9 hours ago

Updated 8 hours ago

Victim Advocacy Support Program to be shut down.

Learned today that the Board of Directors at Northside Community Resources has decided to shut down it's Victim Advocacy Support Program, or VASP, effective 12/31/14.

The VASP program provides support to victims of domestic violence and other violent crime in Rogers Park and throughout the city. Last year, they assisted over 900 victims of violent crime, and secured 214 Orders of Protection/no contact orders on behalf of people struggling with domestic violence. They've been around for 28 years, and are...

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Learned today that the Board of Directors at Northside Community Resources has decided to shut down it's Victim Advocacy Support Program, or VASP, effective 12/31/14.

The VASP program provides support to victims of domestic violence and other violent crime in Rogers Park and throughout the city. Last year, they assisted over 900 victims of violent crime, and secured 214 Orders of Protection/no contact orders on behalf of people struggling with domestic violence. They've been around for 28 years, and are a mainstay of victim support services in Rogers Park.

Reportedly funding for VASP was actually increased last year. My own opinion is that this is not a program RP can afford to lose, and a local home needs to be found for it before critical services to clients are interrupted.

VASP advocates are running a Facebook page- https://www.facebook.com/rogersparkdv, or you can search for it on fb by typing "Show your support for the victim advocacy support program."

Hopefully its not too late to save this vital program.

  • robin in WRP misanthrope

    It's my understanding that they are about $6,000 short.

    This is an amazing, unique program, and would be a major loss to the community

  • JJ RP RP resident

    Any amount that has been reported is an accounting convention and does not portray the reality of the situation.

38 hours ago

No Parking Sunday

Hey all... Due to the Oktoberfest in
Jarvis Square tomorrow... there is no parking on the 1500 block of Jarvis from 8am - 8pm tomorrow Sunday September 21st... please help spread the word... don't want anyone to be towed... and make sure to come down to the Square and join the festivities...
Prost!!!

4 days ago

Updated 43 hours ago

Pritzker Parking Garage -- Adding Another Floor + Sold Out?

Remember all of the controversy surrounding this? My husband just spoke to one of the foreman on this project at the corner of Sheridan & Sherwin. The gentleman from the construction company informed my husband that the parking spaces are all sold out, they are pushing construction to finish in November and if they have time they will be adding another level to the entire structure. Anyone else hear of this??

  • Roger, you obviously know nothing yet claim to know everything. That has to get confusing after a while.

    But d&amn if this isn't the best loony bin in town. Do other EB neighborhoods have this many cray crays getting all worked up about so little every day?

  • Roger Stein master carpenter

    So tell us "Sandra"; where do you get all your confidential inside business information? Are you dating someone from the Tawani Enterprises inner circle or is it coming from a bong-induced dream? What other insider scoops can you share with us today?

43 hours ago

Roof Top Farm Event and Jarvis Square Oktoberfest Highlight Weekend

As you plan your weekend, I want to draw your attention to two fun events you may want to check out:

ROGERS PARK FOOD CO-OP BENEFIT RAISES THE ROOF TOP FARM

Join the Rogers Park Food Co-op as they "RAISE THE ROOF TOP FARM," an autumn afternoon for the whole family to benefit the food co-op. The event takes place TODAY (Saturday, September 20th), 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon (at Glenwood).

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As you plan your weekend, I want to draw your attention to two fun events you may want to check out:

ROGERS PARK FOOD CO-OP BENEFIT RAISES THE ROOF TOP FARM

Join the Rogers Park Food Co-op as they "RAISE THE ROOF TOP FARM," an autumn afternoon for the whole family to benefit the food co-op. The event takes place TODAY (Saturday, September 20th), 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon (at Glenwood).

Celebrate the fall harvest and hear about the progress towards opening a community-owned grocery store. Learn more about the benefits of food co-op ownership and see how Uncommon Ground's Rooftop Farm grows one ton of one ton of organic vegetables annually on their rooftop, all of which ends up on their menu!

The event is only $20 per person (kids 12 and under are FREE). All of the proceeds from the event will go towards funding the food co-op's ownership campaign, including printing brochures and applications. Join your neighbors at a beautiful venue for delicious food, great live music, free face-painting and Taffy apples for the kids and, of course, Rogers Park camaraderie!

If it's raining, look for them under the tent!

Rogers Park Food Co-op is a group of neighbors, who are organizing to open a community-owned grocery store in Rogers Park that will feature fresh, local and sustainable foods and build up the community and local economy.

CELEBRATE OKTOBERFEST ON JARVIS SQUARE THIS SUNDAY

I know it's not quite October yet, but it's close enough. Enjoy Oktoberfest in Rogers Park this Sunday, September 21st, 12 Noon to 6:00 p.m. at Jarvis Square (Jarvis and Greenview).

Participate in a bag tournament ($40 a team) while enjoying music and some cold libations. Sponsored by R Public House, Taste Food and Wine, Towbar and Poitin Stil, Jarvis Square continues to host awesome special events. Support this terrific group of businesses who bring frolic and fun to the community!

3 days ago

Updated 45 hours ago

WRPCO: Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News

Please find in the below link information on the Touhy Vacant Storefront Hearing 9/19 and Green Committee News from the West Rogers Park Community Organization (WRPCO).

Click here for the newsletter: http://goo.gl/QCqdUY

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    ....don't care....so boring....much sighing...

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    Don't nod off, Al,....it's almost lunch time!

2 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Helicopter and Sirens

Any idea what's going on right now? Hearing lots of activity.

  • Watching them from the peir. Bird just doing a patrol. Spot light was on earlier.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Social Life

New to the area and looking meet new people in their late 20's/early 30's! Any suggestions for this weekend??
Thanks in advance!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    I've probably made a dozen new friends from going to the Oasis on occasion, Sheridan at Pratt. It's a dive bar but people are friendly.

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    It's one of, if not the, oldest bars in Rogers Park. It was originally, "Frank's Oasis". When Frank died, they dropped the Frank's. His brother, Pat took over at that time. I have a "Frank's Oasis" t-shirt, given to me by Frank.

4 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

Beware

I'd just like to remind everyone to be careful about giving personal info. over the phone.
I received a phone call yesterday from a man saying he represented my bank and that our call may be monitored. He then asked me for the last 4 numbers of my social security #.
Needless to say, I didn't give him anything and said goodbye.

  • Love the humor, Mr. Rogers!

  • ABianca CeaseFire Illinois

    Mr. Rogers the IRS does not put out warrants for people. The police would not leave a message for you they would simply come and take you into custody so this also may be a scam. Call the 24th police district and ask them. I would not go anywhere that the message told you to go to turn yourself in. That is not how it works. Trust me I know. I use to be a criminal before turning my life around to a law abiding citizen. AB

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Choppers again?

Helicopters flying around rp again, anyone know what happened?

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Confused

Anyone else curious as to why the news fails to show all the shootings in uptown and Rogers park? I see lots of coverage on the south side shootings.

  • Need for change:

    There is a difference between statistics and figures. Just thought you should know.

  • The media is in the pockets of the politicians. If you have been reading the news since the beginning of the year, you will see shooting numbers when reported by the news are numbers from only a day or two on the weekends. They used to show an entire weekend. They started to split it up and stop reporting a full weekend a few months back. heyjackass.com is probably one of the best sources to find out about shootings.

6 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Gunfire at Rogers & Clark

At 8:45pm, a call from a Walgreens emloyee reported shots fired at Rogers & Clark.

Responding officers report three male offenders ran to 2nd floor of 7411 N Clark, and officers are calling for the helicopter to light up the building.

  • The officers that were placed in beat cars were only taken away from specialized units that were already out there fighting crime. That was one of the reasons that contributed to the spike in murders back in 2012. These unit has been reestablished to fight crime again. So what Rahm did was useless. The Department is still short at least 1000 officers. It is budgeted for over 13000.

  • Anyone that believes Rahm is a fool. Cry broke but still has millions to spend on all kinds of projects. IE: DePaul Stadium, bike paths, Divvy bikes, holels, maggie daley park, etc... If you ever pay attention to anything that comes out of Rahm, over time you will see the guy is a liar.. If you go on secondcitycop you can read all about it.

3 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

What's Replacing Rolland's?

Was looking to grab a quick bite yesterday evening, and noticed the space where Rolland's (and Hop Haus...and previously a Greek restaurant?) used to be was under interior renovation. Does anyone know which establishment is moving to that location?

4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Halfstack Magazine piece on Rogers Parks

http://issuu.com/halfstackmag/docs/hsm-master-fall-9-16-final

Starting on page 162. What do you guys think of this article?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Back to the article. Kind of disjointed IMO. Rambling from the BBQ on National Night Out to the Clark St. Festival. While the writer apparently lives in NoH he doesn't write much about our little area. As d3 notes, we've had a community garden on Juneway for 20 years. And,...

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    Back to the article. Kind of disjointed IMO. Rambling from the BBQ on National Night Out to the Clark St. Festival. While the writer apparently lives in NoH he doesn't write much about our little area. As d3 notes, we've had a community garden on Juneway for 20 years. And, of course, he had to include "...an area pejoratively known for decades as The Jungle" without knowing this area was actually called Juneway Jungle and that the name was not originally pejorative--certainly not when it was a lily-white Juneway Jungle when I moved here.

  • The history of the concept and intent behind the big, tall housing project is interesting. I think the untested idea was advanced by Le Corbusier, a giant of Modernist architecture and design.

    Le Corbusier and his contemporaries had optimistic beliefs that residential buildings like these, new, and with modern conveniences...

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    The history of the concept and intent behind the big, tall housing project is interesting. I think the untested idea was advanced by Le Corbusier, a giant of Modernist architecture and design.

    Le Corbusier and his contemporaries had optimistic beliefs that residential buildings like these, new, and with modern conveniences and comfort (relative to the slums), would symbolically and emotionally lift up disadvantaged poor people from their decaying surroundings. The hypothesis was that by combining new theories of and sociology, the architecture could serve poor people by helping them see themselves anew; as the equals of the mainstream society, full of potential and hope.

    Clearly it didn't work out that way. Then the first Mayor Daley chose to physically segregate the city by building the Dan Ryan Expressway, which cut off the housing projects from the city and it resources.

    (steps away from lectern)

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Did anyone else see Welcome 2 East Rodgers (officail DVD) vol. 1 on you tube?

I saw this on you tube while checking out some of the references made on other threads in Everyblock. I thought it was disturbing to say the least...

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Crime Stalkers

A local challenger for Ward Alderman spent a morning (according to his Facebook page) stalking and putting together a folder on a local criminal including street address, his real name and detailed information through a link to a DNAinfo newspaper article. Don't we need more of this kind of information to know who is living where?

  • Suzanne Devane Ward 49 Republican Committeeman

    Ah yes, Roger. Now Republicans are more dangerous than gang bangers! If you need a roomie, contact Bang. But maybe he already is your roomie, and you're his homie?

  • Ahh...the next rumor...Bang had an abortion.

4 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

How Do I Mute A Conversation?

I enjoy reading and taking part in Everyblock, but I don't care to get an email
notification every time there's a post about something I'm not that interested in.
How do I mute that particular thread? I appreciate your help.

  • The "X" at the top right of the original post or, if you've "thanked" or commented so that you're subscribed to the thread, you can click on the star icon on the bottom right of the original post to unsubscribe. Yellow star = subscribed; grey star = not subscribed.

    Hope that helps.

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Helicopters flying around last night

Does anyone know why there was one or maybe two helicopters flying around last night between 8-9? This also happened last Thursday at the same time.

  • Apparently shots were fired at Rogers and Clark, and apparently there are suspects in custody. Not too sure about specifics, but there are like 4 other threads posted last night on the subject that might be able to offer you more info.

  • According to the Alderman, the helicopters are part of a new 'regular' policing effort to supplement the on-the-ground efforts.

Feb 05

Updated 4 days ago

SHOOTING AT McDonalds Clark and Pratt: Someone Better Go to Jail

I don't care what the circumstances are: someone without a CCW permit carried a firearm and discharged it killing one and wounding at least 2 others. I don't care who or why unless it was law enforcement or a licensed and bonded security guard with a permit acting in self defense: No ands, ors, ifs or buts; SOMEONE SHOULD GO TO PRISON FOR A LONG TIME FOR THIS VIOLENT ACT http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/chi-chicago-shootings-at-least-2-shot-on-far-north-side-20140205,0,3123950.story

  • John Warner 14 year resident - Rogers Park Positive Loitering

    Thanks Helen - it's been a long day. I still apologize for not being able to post what the Commander said here. It was quite interesting. ;)

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Bump. Who were they shooting at again?

6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

Where Are The Buddha Heads?

Does anyone know what happened to the wonderful buddha heads that were
placed throughout Rogers Park last year? They were great, as was the artist
who made them. They brought not only art, but a soul to the community.

Sep 10

Updated 6 days ago

Chicago Police

I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept....

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I want to start by making it clear I'm extremely grateful to the brave men and women on the Chicago Police who risk their safety every day on the streets of our city, day and night, in all types of weather, daily encountering the lowest elements of our society, working too many hours for too little money and not hearing the thanks they deserve often enough.

Unfortunately, there are too many on the force that do the Chicago Police Dept. a grave disservice by discrediting the organization with very unprofessional behavior. Too many who abuse their authority by being bullies, by disrespecting law-abiding citizens, by demonstrating racist and sexist biases. In short, they are not nice people and they take no pride in doing their job with professionalism, integrity or honor. These are the members of the CPD who drag the entire organization down, making a reputation for the department that sullies it in the eyes of a lot of us Chicagoans.

I've had a number of encounters with officers of the CPD in the last 10 years, and I'm afraid it's been that long since I had one that was positive. Too many of these encounters have left me with outrage, disappointment, disgust and resentment. As a result, I have very little respect now for the CPD.

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6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Helicopters

Does anyone know why a helicopter keeps circling? 8:15 pm Monday night

6 days ago

Updated 6 days ago

Chicago Police tonight

I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the larger CPD presence on Morse today - I saw officers on foot patrol, officers stationed in front of the el entrance, and at least three cars driving around as I came home and walked my dog. Given the craziness going on lately, I really appreciate their presence.

I'm not one for fear-mongering, but it really does seem that all of this nonsense is escalating. Between the retaliatory shootings in RP...

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I just wanted to take a moment to recognize the larger CPD presence on Morse today - I saw officers on foot patrol, officers stationed in front of the el entrance, and at least three cars driving around as I came home and walked my dog. Given the craziness going on lately, I really appreciate their presence.

I'm not one for fear-mongering, but it really does seem that all of this nonsense is escalating. Between the retaliatory shootings in RP and Uptown, the car fire/explosion/whatever on Saturday, and the innocent bystanders becoming victims by merely walking on the sidewalk in front of popular businesses, I'm tired of feeling terrorized in my own neighborhood. It's way past time for things to change.

I hope that the additional CPD resources can help deter these guys and stop this nonsense.

  • Mac I complain on EB on the regular.

    The increase in cpd presence is probably trying to prevent retaliatory shootings from the weekends car fire. Loooooong overdue.

Sep 12

Updated 6 days ago

How is Sprint?

We live near Fargo and Sheridan, and pay about $250 / month for two people on Verizon. It looks like Sprint will be much cheaper for roughly the same plan. I can't find any recent posts relating to Sprint's quality of service. Is it still terrible? Thanks for any advice.

  • Megan L 6 yr RoPa resident

    Just wanted to add, I've heard great things about Platinum Tel mentioned above!

  • NYCtoRP NewToRP

    I've had Sprint for six years. Very accommodating. Had one or two spats. However it ended in my favor.

    I have six people on the Framily Plan.

Sep 09

Updated 6 days ago

Unleashed dogs on the beach

Every morning at 7am when I walk to the lakefront there are at least a half dozen dog owners letting their dogs run loose on the beach. It it illegal. I have politely asked a few owners to obey the law, usually met with an aggressive response. Today I called the police. I hope they ticket these inconsiderate people. Nobody hates dogs but nobody wants to get bit by an excited dog. It doesn't matter if it's a pit bull or a cocker spaniel. Dogs have teeth and they evolved from wolves. They are meant to be leashed in a crowded public community. Also nobody wants to play in poo sand.

  • JeffHinkson Jeff - Crime watcher and avid Bridge player

    I would be more worried about the squirrels if I was to be honest. They can be ferocious little SOB's! Why, I was walking Mr Squiggles about the neighborhood the other day ( he likes his little kitty walks) and Im not sure if it is because they are 'urban'...

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    I would be more worried about the squirrels if I was to be honest. They can be ferocious little SOB's! Why, I was walking Mr Squiggles about the neighborhood the other day ( he likes his little kitty walks) and Im not sure if it is because they are 'urban' squirrels, but they grouped up and started attacking him. I tried to fend them off but we could only run. The whole event was quite scary! We owe our lives to a neighbor walking his dog which eventually chased them off. I am going to write a letter to the Alderman about the squirrel issues. It need to be resolved!!

Sep 14

Spanish Group Cancellation

So sorry, but our conversation group won't be meeting again till Sept. 29th.
Sincere apologies for the late notice. I look very much forward to our getting
together again on the 29th., 7:30 p.m., at the Heartland Cafe.

Sep 14

Updated Sep 14

Spanish Group Reminder

Our Monday night group is meeting at 7:30 p.m. at the Heartland Cafe...
9/15/2014. Newcomers welcome.

  • KandD Rogers Park native, third generation

    just checking -- I can come and hang out even if I only know a few words in Spanish? :)

  • First off, I hope you've seen the second post cancelling tomorrow's group and also the following. Very, very sorry. We'll resume on Monday, September 29, 7:30 p.m., at
    the Heartland Cafe.

    Secondly, absolutely come and hang out with us in a couple of weeks! People have come to join us who only know a few words in Spanish. Listening is a terrific way to learn. Again, apologies for having to wait till the 29th.

Sep 14

Spanish Conversation Group

I'm very, very sorry. Our group will not be meeting 9/15/2014 after all.
It will not meet next week either.
Let's have some great conversation at the Heartland Monday, September 29,
at 7:30 p.m.

Again, apologies for any inconvenience.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 14

Zone 56 Visitor Pass

Does anybody know how I would obtain one of these?

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Looks as though Kat knows. I don't live in an area with zoned parking so don't know how it works. I just figured the alderman's website would have the info.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Your only other choice is probably to visit the City Clerk's office.

Sep 13

Updated Sep 14

Again...

Helicopters over Rogers Park again.
Any idea why?

  • My guess is that the police do a helicopter patrol "regularly". They send it out regularly, but to a place that needs it that day.

  • Holman Pettibone Long-time resident

    The Police Department Flying Unit should build itself a heliport in Rogers Park and save themselves the travel time to get there.

Sep 14

How About That Eclipse Last Night

Did anyone catch that amazing eclipse last night? It looked like
a jewel at the horizon as I stood by the lake and marveled at it.
One more wonderful thing about Rogers Park.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 14

Does anyone know the total number of shootings that have happened in RP/WRP this summer?

From June to now? I'm just curious and it's been hard to keep track.

  • No. But I have found this forum to be a good indicator. Police won't report on 'shots fired' so I'm hoping to go thru this timeline and tally up everything. A few weeks ago shots were fired from cars on Fargo AND Farwell. I'm tallying up them ALL. The escalation...

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    No. But I have found this forum to be a good indicator. Police won't report on 'shots fired' so I'm hoping to go thru this timeline and tally up everything. A few weeks ago shots were fired from cars on Fargo AND Farwell. I'm tallying up them ALL. The escalation of random shots fired during the day and shootings where people were hit have been exponential. Someone...has moved (or moved back) into this neighborhood and has armed his ignorant underlings with deadly weapons with no directive but "if you are mad or irritated....shoot then run." The longer we let this go....the more we are giving this "leader" who is pulling the strings carte-blanche to over run this neighborhood. The shootings will escalate and innocent people WILL die. Remember 10 years ago when a gang of 12 year old boys trolled RP streets in search of men walking alone and beat them to a pulp? They finally found the 'leader' inciting these boys. He was put away and that violence ended.
    Why aren't we getting detectives to work on this? We need to rise up and ask what is being done and DEMAND something be done!

  • ChicagoGirl0042 30+ Years in Logan Square/Edgewater/Andersonville

    The only problem with going off of reports of shots fired without having proof of it is that telling when it was fireworks vs shots fired. 4th of July is a great example of when people abuse the calling in shots fired because they know that on busy nights cops...

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    The only problem with going off of reports of shots fired without having proof of it is that telling when it was fireworks vs shots fired. 4th of July is a great example of when people abuse the calling in shots fired because they know that on busy nights cops are not responding to anonymous firework complaints (which to be perfectly fair, with all that is going on, I rather have the cops going to the more serious calls when we don't have enough of them to go around).

    I know not everyone can tell the difference, and there have been times I have questioned it. But I have heard the police scanner get the calls for "shots fired" for times when I have seen the fireworks myself from my bedroom window.

    I totally get why you would want the stats, I would love to see them myself, I am sure somewhere those stats exist, but from a science point, I just don't know how accurate they would be. I would be interested in seeing those stats compared to when they are verified as being actual shots fired compared to coded out and what was the code used. Now to me, that would be some really interesting results, but I think that would require some lengthy FOIA requests that I just am not in a position to go up against the city on...

Sep 13

Updated Sep 13

Creative ideas to improve Rogers Park

So, since moving here I've been a lot more active on EveryBlock. I haven't really cared as much about other neighborhoods my girlfriend and I lived in, because I knew we'd move on to other places sooner rather than later. We were hoping to make Rogers Park more of an extended stay. That said, I feel like there's been a post about a shooting or gang-related activity almost every day I've checked this app. The heartwarming story of neighbors helping...

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So, since moving here I've been a lot more active on EveryBlock. I haven't really cared as much about other neighborhoods my girlfriend and I lived in, because I knew we'd move on to other places sooner rather than later. We were hoping to make Rogers Park more of an extended stay. That said, I feel like there's been a post about a shooting or gang-related activity almost every day I've checked this app. The heartwarming story of neighbors helping out another in need from yesterday was a welcome change, and it highlighted our community's ability to get together, get creative, and come up with an actual solution to a problem.

I wonder if we can apply the same creativity and problem solving skills to resolve other pressing issues our community faces. I get that violence is a natural part of living in the city, and it's never going to permanently disappear, but surely there must be some sort of an organized effort that we can put together, or support if one already exists, to cull the violence and keep it to a minimum, while also helping our neighborhood grow and develop.

I think a part of the frustration and the reason why a lot of these threads about violence devolve into mudslinging, name calling, and a blame game is that either programs and organizations that make this very effort do not exist, or that many of us may not know about them existing. So we call on the heads of our government to come up with a magic pill that will solve everything once and for all, but I think we all know that a simple solution does not exist. I've seen the TIF fund being thrown around here as a part of the problem, and it sure seems like getting more money would help, but the pessimist in me tells me that we may not have much control over how that money can be spent.

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    Violence, gangs, homelessness, and mental illness, they're all a part of a very complicated equation that most of us simply won't be able to comprehend and resolve on our own. I think we may have some bright minds among us that can sort through that...

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    Violence, gangs, homelessness, and mental illness, they're all a part of a very complicated equation that most of us simply won't be able to comprehend and resolve on our own. I think we may have some bright minds among us that can sort through that mess, or help others sort through it, and come up with actual activities we can engage in to achieve some positive results. We each have our strengths, and if we come together as a community, we can leverage these strengths.

    I'm down to brainstorm creative ideas. I would love to hear yours, but let's avoid talking about impeaching everyone and reelecting officials because I think if we really want to see some change, we may just have to take it upon ourselves to enact it. If there's a better forum to discuss this, I'd love to know about it, but I think that this is a great place to share and explore potential solutions. I'm open to meeting in person or as a group if we can set something like that up.

  • Hugh M. Nuclear Scientist

    Kamiljk... Tif funds are complicated. Here is a link to learn more about them. They have been used as the mayor's personal slush fund for many years. Lots of taxpayer money sits in the fund that should be reinvested in neighborhoods. Here is a link: http://www.cookcountyclerk.com/tsd/tifs/pages/tifs101.aspx. Go to the Chicago Reader and look up Ben Javorsky's articles about TIFs. He is a TIF guru.

  • kamiljk Pizzalord.

    Awesome, I'll check that out! From your perspective, do you think there's any hope to get these funds reappropriated?

Sep 12

Updated Sep 13

Political Troll Gathering Place

Here's a new thread for you to gather and bicker among yourselves.

  • Says the poor soul who so wants to be taken seriously yet call himself Pot Hole.

  • Pizza Boy angry with the universe

    Good heavens. Are the Gordonian trolls getting rambunctious again?

Sep 13

Updated Sep 13

Join us for the Bike Ride on Sunday and Enter a Drawing for Free Bike Accessories

Do you need to supplement your bike accessories? Through a donation secured by the Healthy Rogers Park Community Network, we will be giving away a limited number of bike helmets, locks and tire pumps at my 6th Annual 49TH WARD COMMUNITY BICYCLE RIDE. The event kicks off TOMORROW (Sunday, September 14th), 7:30 a.m., at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

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Do you need to supplement your bike accessories? Through a donation secured by the Healthy Rogers Park Community Network, we will be giving away a limited number of bike helmets, locks and tire pumps at my 6th Annual 49TH WARD COMMUNITY BICYCLE RIDE. The event kicks off TOMORROW (Sunday, September 14th), 7:30 a.m., at the 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis).

Get to my office by 7:30 a.m. to put your name in for a drawing of this bike equipment meant to encourage active lifestyle for residents Rogers Park. In order to qualify for the drawing you must have a bicycle with you for the ride.

Traffic is light and the morning air is fresh--the perfect time for a bike ride. We'll start the day by enjoying a light breakfast snack compliments and then embark on an hour-long bicycle tour of the 49th Ward.

Each year we explore another part of Rogers Park and the 49th Ward. This year, we'll tour the large number of park improvements our neighborhood has received courtesy of the 49th Ward Participatory Budgeting process, Chicago Plays Playground Replacement Program and Baby Wranglers of East Rogers Park. For everyone's safety, we ask that all bike riders be at least 16 years of age.

The Chicago Bike Ambassadors will provide a safety escort and will be on hand to answer questions about the rules of the road for cyclists. We'll stop for some snacks at Langdon Park along the way, courtesy of Beat 2432 Facilitator Pat Kenny. We'll conclude our ride at the Glenwood Sunday Market where you'll be able to pick up fresh local produce.

Whether you're a hardcore bicycling enthusiast, or simply want to spend a nice summer morning riding your bike through the neighborhood, this is the place to be.

I look forward to seeing you this Sunday morning the 14th!

  • Ald. Moore,

    Snacks at Langdon Playlot :

    .....Cheese or Mushroom Omelet ?

    .....Oatmeal ?

    .....Coffee cake ?

    Sorry I can't serve Bloody Mary's or Screwdrivers that early.

    .....Water is all I can offer.

    pjk ( Beat 2432 )

Sep 12

Updated Sep 12

Last nights commotion

If anybody knows anything about the helicopters and if anything was in fact going on at Howard (police chase, or shooting, etc.) please post here. If you read anything on any news link please copy those links here. I don't know why nothing has been mentioned in the media about this yet.

  • Pot Hole professional pothole tracker

    Why don't you look at one of the 57 other threads about this topic before starting another one, Scott?

  • I have been, but nothing has been updated confirming what was actually going on. If I posted this question to one of those past threads the only people who may see it are the ones who have already commented and therefore get an email notification of a new post. How about you don't comment on posts unless you can actually provide helpful information? Thanks.

  • Pot Hole professional pothole tracker

    Scotty Troll.

Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

helicopters?

Anyone know why the helicopters are flying over the area? Sounds like they r somewhere in the Howard St area?

Sep 11

Updated Sep 12

Using Mute

Recently, I started to mute people. It's not because I disagree necessarily. It's because I feel confident I know what they will post or comment without needing to read. Muting is a time saver. I've also muted people whose comments seem only designed to belittle others. I have too many real world sources of negativity as it is. I'm not sure what muting may do to how EB treats those people, but it has helped me enjoy this site and use my time here more productively.

  • Pizza Boy angry with the universe

    Pure wisdom. Thanks for sharing. Your kindness is almost overwhelming.

  • David Lightman Part time head turner, full time jaw dropper

    mute me bro

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

tons of police and emergency equipment going west on

I'm here at Jewel and I noticed that there was lots of police and fire equipment going west on Howard and north from the fire station its a lot of fire and police equipment I was wondering does anybody know anything

  • Second City Cop has posted many items over the past years referring to the manpower shortage and how it impacts crime in the city. That includes the OEMC and CPD (a distinction without a real difference). As for the bias from SCC: I find their reporting more useful than most stuff put out by the Sun-Times, the Tribune, or the Office of the Mayor.

  • realize roger I lived in Rogers Park for over 20 years. I love m

    Michael your so right the people who live in that building keep trafficking going on on that one block all day blocking the side walks smoking playing loud music all day long that building need to be investigated

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Books to donate

I believe someone posted about this awhile back but I have about 5 boxes full of books from beginners to chapter books. I would love to donate them, hopefully to a school. Any one know any places? Thanks!!

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Great tips. Thanks.

  • Chicago public libraries won't take them for what ever reasons, but Evanston library will in case you need another option for donating.

Sep 11

Kid Congo Powers / The Amazing Heeby Jeebies

Kid Congo Powers and the Pink Monkey Birds W/ The Amazing Heeby Jeebies - Tonight! Doors at 8 / Show at 9

Tickets are Still available at the door $18.00

To Tide you over until the show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr_pM84eAhQ

Sep 08

Updated Sep 11

My Decision to Support the Renaming of Jarvis Beach and Park

You may recall earlier this summer I asked your opinion on a proposal to change the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photo on right) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961). I also solicited opinions on my Facebook page and various social media sites in the neighborhood.

Based on the comments I've received, which have been overwhelmingly supportive of the proposed name...

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You may recall earlier this summer I asked your opinion on a proposal to change the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photo on right) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961). I also solicited opinions on my Facebook page and various social media sites in the neighborhood.

Based on the comments I've received, which have been overwhelmingly supportive of the proposed name change, and the absence of any compelling argument against the proposal, I have informed the Park District that I plan to support the name change.

Below is some background information about the proposal, a brief summary of Ms. Mahony Griffin's illustrious life and her connection to Rogers Park, and my reasons for supporting the renaming:

http://www.ward49.com/site/epage/154783_322.htm

  • mclnoh RE Broker & Photographer

    My 2 cents....The name, Jarvis Beach came about because of the name of the street that ends there, Jarvis. So, it's actually the street that was named for the elusive Mr. Jarvis, not the beach. As to the name change, I'm against it because I think if we are going to rename, then it should be to honor a Rogers Park woman who truly contributed to our community. There are numerous worthy candidates throughout the history of RoPa who could be considered.

  • It continues to amaze at what gets people all worked up about. And they usually are not the items that REALLY need to be addressed.

Sep 09

Updated Sep 11

This is an alderman's comment: mocking a symptom of mental illness.

Say what you want to say Alderman Moore, but do not mock people who live with mental illnesses. Over the top and I hope mental health advocates call you out. Unnecessary and discriminatory against people with disabilities.

Here is the alderman's comment: "Anyone is welcome to read the 100-plus emails that were sent to me on the topic--all of them. Then you can determine for yourself if I was selectively hearing voices that agree with me or if the Aussie conspirators were sending emails to me from fake accounts. Of course, there are some people posting on this site who already are hearing voices, but that's another matter.

  • I wonder if EB is cracking down on users with multiple identities. "Monica Harkin Dillon," "Mark C. Campbell" and "Ginger M. Anderson" (such creative names) all appeared with this thread, as a chorus voicing the same syntax and content as the original poster, and all subsequently disappeared with EP Ex. Mr. Campbell appeared after the others vanished, but he, too, was out within minutes of posting.

  • Much like the way in which I vouch for you, Carl, as a real live person, I can vouch for Monica Dillon. She is a real live person and she is passionate about public health and wellness, including the failure of our city to care for the mentally ill.

Sep 10

Updated Sep 11

Free never used Panasonic cordless phone set

I have a 1 year old never used Panasonic cordless phone set KX-TG7623 from Best Buy that I'd like to donate to a not for profit org. It includes 3 handsets, 3 bases with embedded answering machine and ability to link to cell phones and transfer cell contacts to it.
Any ideas?
Thanks!

  • Melody Stanley Crafty/Techy Geek

    I am sure FreeGeek Chicago would love it. We have a single handset, older phone and the 3 handsets would make it a lot easier to share the phone responsibilities. We get a lot of calls and have to pass the handset off frequently. http://freegeekchicago.org. We can give you a...

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    I am sure FreeGeek Chicago would love it. We have a single handset, older phone and the 3 handsets would make it a lot easier to share the phone responsibilities. We get a lot of calls and have to pass the handset off frequently. http://freegeekchicago.org. We can give you a donation receipt for taxes. If you like I can pick it up and bring you the receipt since I live fairly close. You can call the phone number on the website, ask for James. He will verify my involvement with the organization (my name is Melody Stanley).

  • RedPanda Lunt Lake Resident

    I will call today. Thanks Melody!

  • Also you can contact Cathie Bazzon at H.O.M.E. an agency for the elderly in Rogers Park. 7734849880

Sep 09

Updated Sep 10

BEAT 2431 CAPS Meeting?

Does anyone know what the schedule is for CAPS Beat 2431 meetings? I understand that there's a meeting this evening for Beat 2432, but when does 2431 have it's next meeting? Thanks

  • The CAPS meeting for CAPS Beat 2431 is Tuesday, September 23rd and is being held at St. Jerome's cafeteria. The time for the meeting is 7 pm. This is also a meeting that the officers will not be present at the meeting. The meeting that officers will be present will be October 28th at St. Jerome's.

  • Pizza Boy angry with the universe

    Is there an address for the cafeteria? I've never been there.

  • The church address is 1709 W. Lunt. I don't know if there is an address for the cafeteria, but signs will be up.

Jul 23

Updated Sep 10

What do you think of a Proposal to Rename Jarvis Beach and Park?

I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor...

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I am writing to determine if you would have a strong objection to changing the name of the Jarvis Beach and Park (see photos below ) to the Marion Mahony Griffin Beach and Park in honor of the renowned Rogers Park artist and architect, Marion Mahony Griffin (1871-1961).

The Chicago Park District and the Australian Consul-General in Chicago, Roger Price, asked me recently if I would consider supporting the naming of a park or beach in Rogers Park in honor of Ms. Mahony Griffin.

Below is a brief summary of her illustrious life:

Mary Mahony Griffin (see photo below taken in 1930 with husband, Walter Burley Griffin) was of the first female licensed architects in the United States, an ambassador of the Chicago-style architecture to the world, and a pioneer for professional women in the first decades of the 20th Century. She was the first employee hired by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, and became his right hand person. Her design work and watercolors became synonymous with the Prairie Style of architecture.

Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes became known as a staple of Wright's style, though he never gave her credit for her work. Despite her talents, her work went largely unrecognized during her tenure with Wright.

Mahony Griffin's talents finally emerged from Wright's shadow when she and her husband, Walter Burley Griffin, won the international design competition for designing the capitol city of Australia, Canberra (this is why the Consul-General of Australia is advocating for her to be honored). She is celebrated in Australia and Asia, but remains overlooked in the United States, her hometown of Chicago and the neighborhood of Rogers Park where she spent her final years.

Below is a Wikipedia biography of Mahony Griffin's amazing life:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marion_Mahony_Griffin

  • Helen North of Howard for 50 + years

    Reid, but Nextdoor is mostly boring except when you and and a couple of you-know-whos (one of each gender) go at each other.

  • Al I. Not Defender of Cartoon Cows

    Chicken McNuggets?

Sep 05

Updated Sep 10

FRIDAY SEPT 5: ANOTHER Rogers Park Shooting

http://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20140905/rogers-park/man-shot-rogers-park

Do you think that maybe it is time to begin prosecuting those who commit these acts rather than treating the perpetrators like they are victims? I am sure that the Alderman's version published through email or posted on EveryBlock will be some sanitized fabrication of an accidental discharge or stray shot of another magic bullet from an impossible distance. It seems as if the truth is getting evasive as gun violence is escalating in the 49th Ward.

  • d3 NOH

    Willye park... the picture shows too ;p

  • d3 NOH

    though, the officers whom were stationed last night were also stationed over triangle park as well. there were 3 units watching over triangle park after 10pm when I rolled by ... I was actually trying to avoid posting the specifics of that but...

Sep 09

Updated Sep 10

LOTS of sirens near Loyola

About 9:30 there was an unusually long string of sirens passing.
Anybody know what's happening?

  • Someone pulled the fire alarm by mistake. Just heard on scanner

  • Been two or three fires there I can remember. I guess both things happened back to back. That may be why I thought it went on for longer than most I hear. The last of it had some cop car horns mixed in.

Sep 03

Updated Sep 09

Dominicks/JJ Peppers closing

Hello everyone, my name is Nosadeba Obaseki I am 17 years old and I attend Northside College Prep High School. I've never really posted anything on this before but I do read a lot of different entries from my fellow residents of Rogers Park. Our neighborhood has been going through a lot as of late in regards to gang activity and gun violence but I would like to point out something that directly effects me. This isn't necessarily a top...

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Hello everyone, my name is Nosadeba Obaseki I am 17 years old and I attend Northside College Prep High School. I've never really posted anything on this before but I do read a lot of different entries from my fellow residents of Rogers Park. Our neighborhood has been going through a lot as of late in regards to gang activity and gun violence but I would like to point out something that directly effects me. This isn't necessarily a top priority but the two closest grocery stores to my house have been shut down (Dominicks and JJ Peppers). I was told by someone awhile back a whole foods might replace the Dominicks but the space is still empty. Just wanted to know if anyone knew what was going on and if there would be a store coming to that lot soon. I now have to travel an extra 10-15 minutes by car with my mom to pick up groceries. We go to the Jewel on Howard next to the Best Buy and Target.

  • I didn't know they also purchased the store on McCormick. That one seems a much bigger risk, with the Walmart and Mariano's right down the street.

  • Bruce Mayberry, Roger Parkansas

    Yes they own stores in Aurora and Milwaukee. Rising beyond small and not quite mid teir.
    Seems like they would post job openings if they were about to open.

Sep 08

Updated Sep 09

Mr. Jarvis never existed?

Wait for it. Alderman Moore is renaming Jarvis Beach to Marion Mahoney Griffin Beach...and his justification is that (1) his heavily censored FB page contributors campaign supporters agreed with him and (2) Mr. Jarvis never existed.

This latest sell job is right up there with the Pritzker Parking Garage sell job.

This is nothing short of epic and was predicted as soon as Joe proposed the change.

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