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@paul, you mean a 7 story affordable gun range

— On the neighbor message Proposed Gun Range & Lounge - REALLY?!
11:58 p.m.

because after spending money on the new yeezys, going over on their cell phone data plan, buying the new Nintendo switch, and putting a kicker box in their 1996 ford explorer that gets 9 miles per gallon because it never had a tune up.

— On the classroom fundraiser Not a Basic Student, but Need Basic School Supplies
11:54 p.m.

the way I see it, they won't let you shoot if you drink first, but you can drink after you shoot.

so you get a good practice in, have some alcohol and drive home with your gun and sign a wavier that you will not shoot anyone on your way home.

— On the neighbor message Proposed Gun Range & Lounge - REALLY?!
1:37 p.m.

Joanie, just to clarify as I am trying to visualize the "boulder"

"a boulder is a rock fragment with size greater than 10.1 inches in diameter"

is that correct?

1:33 p.m.

@paul, that's right a couple months ago, the truck... did you hit your insurance up for that one?

11:40 p.m.

@david, they are still probably using sawz-alls to get catalytic converters.

8:42 p.m.

"i still have the wagon somewhere, if i come across it i will take a pic"

oh, here is that wagon I found it in the garage

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
8:27 p.m.

it looks like the same bird as on nextdoor,

props to the poster that found the bird at the Walgreens parking lot (tiffany)

@robin, it looks like they relayed your contact information to who found the bird, bird should be home soon if not already.

— On the neighbor message Lost Super Sweet Cocktail
5:04 p.m.

@spam alert, just bumping the thread to get the word out and keep the post from being buried.

the quicker the bird is found the better.

— On the neighbor message Lost Super Sweet Cocktail
4:35 p.m.

if you are bolting to concrete, use a masonry bit to drill the appropriate hole, drop in a concrete anchor and bolt down using correct size bolt. use the railing mount to make your holes or make a templet of the mount using cardboard.

if you are setting into concrete, drill several holes into the concrete where you are mounting post, make the hole 1 inch bigger all round then the post,

paint the hole with bonding adhesive wait to dry, and pour in concrete and add post make sure to mark post depth, plumb and brace, you could use a couple of 2x4 's screwed together with 3 inch drywall/deck screws to use a clamp to hold in place while dries, drying time is quick 20-40 minutes depending on weather.

10:10 a.m.

are you bolting into concrete or setting into concrete?

1:01 p.m.

A young man comes home and says "Dad, just got my driver's license and would like to use the family car."

Father replies, :"O.K., son. But, first, you have to get good grades in school, keep your room clean, make the yard is neat, and cut your hair. Come back in a few months and then we'll see."

Well, several months pass and the young man comes into the house with his report card in his hand. "Dad, I got great marks on my report card. I've been keeping my room as neat as a pin, and the yard is always ship-shape. How about letting me use the car?"

Father replies, "That's all true, but son you didn't cut your hair."

Son says, "But, dad, Jesus had long hair."

Father replies, "Yes, son, you're perfectly right. And he walked everywhere he went."

10:44 p.m.

@uptown arts council,

it is somehow connected to the nadig newspapers and gets automatically attached when pasted from nadignewspapers links.

1:39 p.m.

what are these kids doing? I mean when I was a teen there was not much time to do anything after homework, work, helping parents and spending time with girlfriend.

these kids are lost, they need to find their value...

12:02 p.m.

@mjk, but with a hardware store people are not encouraged to throw them, as to what could go wrong, I am taken back to my first time bowling, my friend was teaching me I took a big swing and brought the ball back, it slipped off and fell on his foot.

— On the media mention Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
10:03 a.m.

one concern would be if there was a fight, everyone is armed... things can go wrong and escalate quickly, it only takes one crazy person.

— On the media mention Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
9:37 p.m.

@bob, I really don't think the temperature of the school matters, in fact I would much rather go to a school that had less degrees and was cooler then one that had more degrees and too hot.

9:26 p.m.

"Seeding remains our primary tool for lawn repair."

good thing they did not destroy a tree, that seed could take forever to grow.

2:40 a.m.

@sam, z,

I just assumed it was 9-64-100-G, maybe a ticket writer with bad penmanship and there G looks like a 6, my best guess as the last character should be a letter.

g. Within 30 feet of an official traffic signal or stop sign on the approaching side.

— On the neighbor message Violation Code 9-64-1006?
2:38 a.m.

check on line for payment, you can look up by, plate number or violation notice, etc.

violation code 9-94-100
Parking prohibited – Fire hydrants, firelanes and various locations

i have not seen warnings for these types of tickets.

— On the neighbor message Violation Code 9-64-1006?
8:02 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:20 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:20 p.m.

it looks like they failed a city inspection on 4/18/2017

Inspection ID2028466
License #1495371
RiskRisk 1 (High)
Inspection Date04/18/2017

Inspection TypeCanvass


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— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:19 p.m.

so if you see him, say hey you! brick thrower. Stop! if he is the brick thrower he will run, if he is not the brick thrower, he will say who me? are you talking to me?

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
10:18 a.m.

the problem is that it is in the yard and it is a common area, I don't think signs will do much or talking to the neighbors as this could cause friction since they already showed they can be disrespectful for property that is no theirs.

maybe you can get a smaller set or one that folds that you can take inside when you are done, I personally feel this would be the most effective option.

you could possibly a cover with a cable lock, but that may be vandalized as others that previously used it may feel spited.

a patio set in an apartment, best on a personal terrace if equipped, but will assume that is not the case.

perhaps if you moved into another apartment with less units, there may be less of an issue.

for sake of argument, when I lived in an apartment, I had never considered putting a patio set in a common area yard, but It was one of the first things I looked forward to when getting a house.

— On the neighbor message In need of neighborly advice, please....
10:13 a.m.

i have to agree with paul with the construction of the homes, I stopped by for the open house awhile back just to see what I will never probably live in. it is lacking in a few areas including lack of trim, I found some corners of the walls imperfect, especially the border wall at the top of the stairs and did find some imperfections in fit and finish overall.

I personally did not like the openness of the kitchen blending to the living room, but I guess it is ideal for someone that does entertaining as it is also equipped with several bathrooms.

2:49 a.m.

sorry, bad link

try this one:

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
9:09 p.m.

you can use this as an example, do it yourself or get with friends, i know home depot will cut lumber for you if need be, but it should not be that much cutting since you are looking for 8 feet and lumber comes in 8 foot lengths

funny side story of how i know home depot will cut lumber for you. my dad was getting rid of an 8 foot wide x 5 foot high solid wood entertainment center and said my friend could have it, but he had to take it today. it weighed a ton and would not fit into my truck so we designed a "wagon" with measurements and went down to home depot and they cut everything to length, we got back to my house screwed it together and i used some air filled caster tires that i had. we pushed this thing on this big "wagon" about a mile to his house, and boy did we get some looks as we were pushing this huge piece of furniture across Ashland ave.

i still have the wagon somewhere, if i come across it i will take a pic

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
8:54 p.m.

i say to each their own, if everyone liked the same thing there would be only one coffee place.

8:31 p.m.

yes, I recommend those people should sell them

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
6:23 p.m.

my car got bricked along time ago, they took my pull out car stereo... and even thou I did not physically get hurt, it hurt vacuuming up the broken glass out of the car, those that been there probably know the feeling.

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
6:22 p.m.

@paul, in my experience I do both call 911 and pray that they come in time

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
6:42 p.m.


my diet is the perfect American diet.

my standing order for taco bell, 10 hard shell tacos, a nacho supreme with no sour cream and a large diet pepsi, but I have not been to one in awhile

here are some of what i order around here:

chipotle is 2 steak burritos brown rice, black beans, salsa, corn, and cheese then a cup of hot sauce to pour on top.

jeffs double cheeseburger with bacon everything, including hot peppers no mustard, fries and a cup of cheese

burger king texas whopper, 1 bacon cheeseburger, onion rings with onion ring sauce, and a large diet coke

hot dog express, double bacon cheeseburger, fries with a cup of cheese, diet pop

al's pizza small sausage pizza, mozzarella sticks and a cannoli

hong kong restaurant. tomato pepper steak, order of egg rolls, 2 packs almond cookies, watermelon smoothie (no tapioca), sometimes bbq pork

mr submarine roast beef king with hot peppers, mozzarella cheese sticks, large diet right (sometimes a bag of doritos)

lucky grill Irish breakfast, coffee

eat local, support local buisness

— On the neighbor message PPNA Position on Irving/Central development
9:17 p.m.

what's wrong with taco bell?

4:52 p.m.

I wonder if someone could make copies of correspondence to stop, when they receive confirmation keep it and if they get it again, report it as a police matter of intentionally littering on your property.

— On the neighbor message RED PLUM PAPER
1:47 p.m.

"A suggestion: when they honk, and the light is red, put your transmission into REVerse. Your backup lights will come on and scare the hell out of them."

not a good idea in my opinion, if they honk and you choose not to turn it is better to do nothing then to engage in a behavior that may escalate the situation. this can cause the wrong type of person to provoke another action I have seen such as they may get out of the car and cause you or your car physical harm, throw something at your car, follow you, getting in front of you and slamming on the brakes down the road, stuff like that.

if you choose this advise I would use it at your own risk, I do not see much good that can come from this action other then spite.

3:08 a.m.

yes, left turns would be bad... some people have trouble making right turns, even when they can legally do so.

— On the neighbor message WPPNA supports Irving & Central Development
2:52 a.m.

i would be curious to know how much the sign not being there has effected their sales.

there is lot of traffic on cicero and a sign might have prompted impromptu visits

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
4:06 p.m.

i would like a taco bell, I miss the one that was on cicero.

— On the neighbor message PPNA Position on Irving/Central development
3:52 p.m.

I walked by the other day and seen more women in there then guys throwing axes, I guess It could be a good date night, not sure if they were open, open or it was a party, event or a soft open.

then I was thinking of it and I am not sure I would be that comfortable with my girlfriend being proficient in throwing axes.

8:57 p.m.

yeah, it is different... where if binnys sells the same products cheaper or closer to the customer, that will effect other businesses.

coffee is different, they shops have their own unique brews, it is not like they are selling the same coffee.

Ie I cant get portage ground coffee at a starbucks and I cant get dunkin dounuts coffee at mcdonalds.

I know people that go to starbucks exclusively and same goes for portage grounds, dunkin doughnuts and mcdonalds and if another opened right next door it would not change their routine.

8:49 p.m.

I seen people honk in front of a house or apartment when they are picking them up, or to get ladies attention while they are walking down the sidewalk. I have also seen people honk when the cubs won. then I also seen people at a 4 way stop beep at the other to go.

8:23 p.m.

I will continue to be courteous to other drivers and make every effort to turn on red when it is safe and legal to do so.

if some choose to stay and wait the light out so be it, but I believe if you know how to execute a safe and legal turn you should, not because it is the law, but the courteous thing to do.
I consider others when I am driving and do my best not to impede traffic. I think it makes me a good driver.

if anyone is selfish it is those that don't think of others, impedes traffic, gets beeped at and down votes people all day.

10:10 p.m.

good point, david... ryan, maybe you can check with neighbors/landlord as to if the old tenant had any issues, maybe that is why they left.

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
4:59 p.m.

musico turn downo

— On the neighbor message 4700 block west warwick
4:14 p.m.

sounds like your roommate may have struck a cord with someone the wrong way, is there anyone that comes to mind that may want to send him a message or retaliate for something they may have done?

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
4:11 p.m.

so don't count on a replacement sign, the owner said that the sign is too expensive to replace/repair in the area of $6,000.

I wish I was one of those happy peppy people that could start a go fund me to get a new sign. I kinda miss having the sign there.

maybe someone can step in here

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
5:28 p.m.

so everyblock neighbor is also concerned about cost.

so to give an idea. when recommending a shop or if you have recommended one already,

"what body/paint work was done and what was the cost."


my neighbor went to to car star on 5430 w Montrose with a smashed rear quarter panel and tail light on a 1991 Plymouth acclaim and they were quoted over $3,500 to repair the damage.

he said if he could have found a flyby night shop to fix it for like $900 and it not be perfect, that would be fine, but it just was not worth it to put that much money back into the car.

kinda reminds me of those old earl scheib commercials "i'll paint over anything for $99" emblems, flies, dust weather stripping, tires, windows... lol

— On the neighbor message Body shop recommendations
2:47 p.m.

I think I got some from chris before, she and a guardian met me at a convenient location, cookies were great

— On the neighbor message Girl Scout Cookies
10:18 a.m.

If you are refusing to turn right on red when it's safe and legal to do so, and are willfully inconveniencing other drivers, just for the sake you don't have too...

I would say that is discourteous... it certainly is not courteous.

I don't beep, but if someone gave me a tap on the horn because I was not paying attention and could safely make a turn, I would take no offense to it.

9:17 p.m.

I won't pick up any phone number I don't know, they can leave a message.

I coded most of the people that I know in my contact as a certain ringtone so anyone that is not in the phonebook gets the default ringtone. when I hear that ringtone, I know not to get it.

— On the neighbor message Telephone Scam Alert - Avoid Saying "Yes"
9:05 p.m.

good body work is not cheap, just to prep and shoot a panel not including body work from a decent shop with clear coat is going to cost you at least a couple hundred, if not more. figure paint labor at $50 and hour + paint/materials.

I have been looking for a bodyman that can do side work out of their garage, one that can weld, sand and can work a can of duplicolor for acceptable results.

— On the neighbor message Body shop recommendations
6:25 p.m.

also, by the same token "you may let people merge or allow them to turn in front of you in heavy traffic" but, you do not *have* to, but some do it as a courtesy to other drivers.

1:35 p.m.

if it is not your car, I would think it was intended for your roommate, the owner of the car. I probably would not be too concerned unless the notes got more specific. it could even be the roommate or someone you know messing with you, because they know they will get a reaction .
I would be more concerned if I got an "i know what you did last summer" type of note.

— On the neighbor message Strange Notes on Car
2:53 a.m.

I don't understand why they don't put these billions of dollars into fighting Chicago crime, then once the city as a whole is safer as a whole, build the bike paths.

9:09 a.m.

@nw-sider, same here not that much of a coffee drinker, if I do go to star bucks, probably once or twice a year just because someone else would want to go and I am not just going sit around doing anything, so when I do drink star bucks I usually will go for a venti cappuccino with 2 expresso shots, 4 shakes of cinnamon and 4 splendas. but, majority of the time I drink tea, nothing special, just lipton most of the time, sometimes pj tips, jasmine, green and last but least sleepy time (the one with the bear on the box)

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
10:22 p.m.

i ride my bike faster then he drives his car.

5:25 p.m.

@chris, tailgating is not the best idea, there are those that may drive slower or brake check you in an attempt to scare you that you would hit them and it would be your fault, so they expect you to back off, thou many times it may cause the issue to escalate.

a headlight flash also know an an "optical horn", maybe a better alternative to tailgating.

remember this would be flashing headlights (not high beams), just once to ask permission for the vehicle to make way for you to overtake them.

Drivers often flash headlights to indicate the intention to overtake or pass another driver,[ or to signal a driver who has just overtaken that he or she is far enough ahead to change back into the lane of the overtaken vehicle. Flashing is also commonly used to request or insist that a leading driver speed up or change lanes to get out of the way of a faster following driver.

also, in a two lane road (one lane in each direction), remember that if you have the dotted lines to your left, you can go into the opposing lane to overtake a slow vehicle, pending speed limits and when it is safe to do so.

6:39 p.m.

people have road rage now days, you need to be careful, you never know who is behind the other wheel, i drive with the flow of traffic up to the speed limit and driving to conditions.

if someone is on my tail, I move out of the way and do not engage aggressive drivers, I let them pass. I do not hold them acting like I am oblivious that they want to pass, I do not brake check them or try to teach them a lesson. in these changing times it is best to avoid conflict.

if they are driving in a manner that is reckless, I will pull over and call the police.

there are several examples of how slow driving can be dangerous, times are changing and people need to be aware, being aware of dangers can save lives:

11:17 a.m.

thanks Karen, it is always good to hear the outcomes, updates on these post.

10:16 a.m.


courtesy to other drivers that may be behind you.

not: curiously to other drivers that may be behind you.

9:35 p.m.

yeah, but if you can make the turn, just make it as a curiously to other drivers that may be behind you.

just because you can be a jerk does not mean you have to be

the next thing people are going to say, is drive 10 miles per hour on a street with a 35 mile per hour speed limit because it is safer and speed kills and 35 mph is the limit and there is nothing posted to minimum.

be nice to each other guys and girls, be respectful of other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclist.

5:07 p.m.

can you take the stuff off the top of the cabinet and just raise it?

also, just go to home depot get some wood and make a box under the dishwasher, just make sure you leave room for the dishwasher door to open and close... done

7:25 p.m.

when the light is red, and there is no "no turn on red sign", by law you must abide the same rules a stop sign has. you must come to a complete stop, wait two seconds and proceed to make a right turn when it is safe to do so.

this was explained to a friend that got a ticket doing a rolling stop at an intersection and making a right turn on red that had no sign prohibiting turning on red.

the officer stated that he had to come to a complete stop before making the turn and the same rules that apply to a stop sign apply to making a right turn on red.

this also, counts for red light cameras if you do not come to a complete stop and make a right turn you will be issued a ticket, but if you do come to a complete stop before turning you would not receive a ticket.

6:27 p.m.

it was paul?

7:31 p.m.

polish people are scared of this:

11:07 p.m.

@porterson park,

I was taught even on the streets you pass on the left lane, you yield and merge from the right. drivers should not use the right lane as cheater lane to pass. i find it to be good advice.

9:51 p.m.

many people can't leave 10 minutes from work early to get to pick up kids or to get to other obligations.
for some people in this world there is just enough time, and when you have people driving 10 miles below the speed limit, not turning on red when they could, holding up turning lanes, playing on the phone, not putting on their turning signal and just stopping to turn, or simply not going when the light is green because they have time to kill because and can't push their foot on the pedal without shoving some fries down there throat. then you have the few that drive like they are in a tour bus looking at shops and stuff instead of aiming high in steering and getting the big picture.

drivers are put behind and are pressured to speed to make up time for all the people that don't know how to drive and keep traffic flowing.

another thing is that Slower traffic to the right lane!!! the left lane is the passing lane! if you are going to drive slow, be considerate of others and stay to the right.

8:31 p.m.

i am not too fond of the drivers that stay in the turning lane and don't move up into the intersection when the light is green, preventing you from crossing the solid white line and legally making a turn should the light change. sometimes they will even wait til the light is red before turning, even if there is the opportunity to turn. leaving you in the turning lane when the light changes.

when if they simply would have moved up into the intersection on the green and turned at a safe opportunity the both of you would have been able to turn.

6:26 p.m.

"There was snow/ice on the road, so jamming on the brakes wasn't a good option"

a cop would call it driving too fast for conditions, I had a friend go down that road once. the officer issued him two tickets.

4:26 p.m.

wow.... I mean bow wow!

4:16 p.m.

is it just me or does the picture in the caption remind anyone of johnny 5?

2:40 a.m.

big mac attack?

— On the neighbor message McDonalds on Irving and Central Park
8:24 p.m.

sorry to hear they have clout, diet changes and limiting meat and seafood can help, they can take inflammatory drugs, but avoid aspirin because it can make the clout worse.

— On the neighbor message Police presence
3:50 p.m.

this is the song that goes thru my mind as I think about this

— On the neighbor message 16 DISTRICT POLICE...WHERE ARE THEY?
9:55 a.m.

maybe they recycled it

10:08 p.m.

Drinks. Is that the most important thing?

no, it is who goes home with you after them

9:59 p.m.

also, according to the hennery winkler, there is help for seniors. a reverse mortgage can keep you in your own home. the more that the home is worth, the more you get. then since you still own it, you can leave it to family and they can either sell it or pay it off and buy it back. I mean i would be skeptical if it was endorsed by Opie or someone, but this is the fonz (he jumped a shark)

11:40 p.m.

what is a "costumer base" as stated in the article?

7:57 p.m.

and if you do you will get a free bottle of my miracle tonic

5:28 p.m.


they are sheltered, given 3 meals a day, access to gym, library, medical and dental and wifes on weekends.

if it weren't for the violence in prisons everyone would want to go.

— On the neighbor message Status on our local terrorist...
1:25 p.m.


"It's hard to get retailers to move in when the local neighborhood association president tells his members to go shop in the suburbs."

I think it would be easier to get retailers to move in, showing people go to the suburbs for specific stores, shows that there is demand for those stores nearby.

" Much easier to claim you aren't racist that way."

the comment in itself is racist, as there is the connotation that all section 8 are minorities.

8:28 a.m.

the simon city royal most feared when I was growing up was poochie, he used to live by roscoe and paulina in later years. we used to go to the ymca as kids, but as he got older and tougher, we grew further apart. he used to hang out on the corner of Cornelia and Paulina when school let out and the r dogs on Lincoln. he also used to hang out with some Latin eagles and up on southport. I think he was shot when he was 18 and one of the eagles was in the car when it happened. they rushed him to Illinois masonic, but he was doa.

there was a time this kid went up to him and offered to pay him 50 bucks to get his bike back from some gypsies that stole it. the bike was a chrome dyno with pink mags, he went to the gypsies house and pushed his way in, I think it was on hermitage and got the bike back. when the kid went to poochie to claim the bike he said that he was going to keep it because he liked it. the kid asked for his 50 bucks back and he said hey, you gave me the money to get the bike back and I got it back.

— On the neighbor message Status on our local terrorist...
9:36 a.m.

how bout marital law, I will never forget this. I was with a friend a long time ago and we got out of work late and went to angels on harlem to eat because they were open 24 hours. while we were at the restaurant his wife paged him (before cell phones), he blew her off. well on the way back i wanted to stop off and wash my car so we went to the car wash on Lawrence and cicero. so we pulled into the slot and then some jerk pulled up right behind us with high beams on right up to my bumper. i was about to put the car back in drive and take off because the lights were so bright i had no idea who it was, but then... i seen her, yep his wife popped out dragged him by his ear and took him home. to this day don't know how she found us. all i heard was, so you don't call me back when i page you huh! we're going home!

if more people had wifes like his, more guys would be at home.

— On the neighbor message Shots fired
8:09 p.m.

if they built $250,000 condos in jeff park by the transit center they would sell, but it is a big up front investment and jeff park is probably about 5-7 years away from seeing that happen if no low income projects are built. you can still build density around jeff park station, but that way your preserving the values of Jefferson park.

the reason that they want low income projects in good neighborhoods is pretty much to spread out the crime. they have learned that if you have too much low income in one location crime in the area is high.
government feels it is better to spread out low income housing to spread out the crime.

then cops will send out alerts and tell everyone to patrol their neighborhood and call 911 if you see a crime go down, then you have to testify and hope there is no retaliation to you or your family.

jeff park is one of the safest neighborhoods so it has the biggest market for crime, hence the best place to put some more low income projects.

full circle gets kickback from the government for building these projects, they then continue to be compensated for managing the property. the not for profit is just a loophole to not pay any taxes, but the people that work for full circle are paid well.

or in the words of a song:

And let me tell you something
Before you go taking a walk in my world, better take a look at the real world
Cause this ain't no Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

second time i used lyrics in the same song this week, hat tip for those that know it without looking it up.

6:53 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, stunt show flashback for you

9:44 p.m.

another one rides the bus

— On the neighbor message Attempts made to bring back Elston bus
9:25 p.m.

I remember a time once at kolfields, it used to be a restaurant on Lincoln by foster. there were 2 huge guys on steroids, they came in together (yeah, like they seriously, they had muscles on their fingers) they were seated at a table next to us, my friend and i were in a booth. then they just got up and started pushing each other and were yelling and getting ready to fight. well, it was one of those days for me and I got up and got between them pushed them apart and asked what the f is going on, they started yelling back and forth and I said, if your going to fight do it outside! people are trying to eat! why you so mad? relax, what dude relax .. . you too, pointing at the other guy. so I don't want to draw out the story, but I pretty much asked if they were friends and they said yes, then it told them to act like friends then, sit down eat and talk what ever out, if not you are not real friends and just take it outside... and the one guy said ok, you want to talk or what? and they actually did, they sat down and talked.

my friend I was with had his jaw dropped and when I returned to the table he ask whispering leaning toward me. what? what in the world would make you do that? you nuts? do you see the size of those guys? I don't mind jumping in if you got in trouble, but I was real scared of you getting in trouble, not for you, but for me. you do know you like really pushed them right? and then you yelled at them right? listen it is over now I just want to eat. long island iced tea and London broil.

at the end of my meal I was getting ready to leave and one of the guys grabbed the back of my shoulder and pulled me around to face them. the one guy I spoke to first said, hey I just wanted to say thanks I do not know where we would be right now if you did not step in. i said no problem, but I will probably not be doing anything like that ever again, because when he pulled me around and the two of them were looking at me I did not know what was going to happen.

7:35 p.m.

probably for developers, businesses, planners with self interest in getting their way. if there is an "overwhelming need" for affordable housing not sure how many can afford to drop $200 to go.

— On the neighbor message Thursday fundraiser for Alderman Arena
2:56 a.m.

not everyone is going to agree on the same place, because people have different taste and preferences. some prefer different flavors, types of filling, quantity of filling, texture. etc. I do like that we share why we like such places, giving more options to possibly discover something that we may like as well.

the best is what you like and that is all that really matters.

in the words of a song:

Just cause you don't understand what's going on
...don't mean it don't make no sense

And just cause you don't like it,
...don't mean it ain't no good

points to who knows the song without looking it up

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
8:23 p.m.

@ward, never knew that. i know someone that has a audivox and had a few issues with it. i had a viper auto start installed on my car close to 17 years ago and it still works at the time it was very expensive to install like $300 complete. i got it installed at gold sound on irving park.

— On the neighbor message Car Explosion last night
7:05 p.m.

nik, when I was young I got hit by a drunk driver that blew a red light swerved to try to avoid me, getting hit with the side of the truck and going under the truck and the truck hit a pole. I was dragged and my pants and shirt was ripped. I was around 8 at the time. at that time kids were free. I crawled out from underneath, i was kinda stuck but wiggled free. dragging my bike out from underneath the truck, back rim bent over the frame. people were telling me I could not leave a site of an accident, but I did not care I was terribly shaken and just wanted to go home. people tried to stop me and get me to sit down, but I left screaming at them to leave me alone. I carried my bike 2 and a half blocks home, it hurt to carry it that far, but I made it home. I got home and asked my dad if he promised not to ground me from my bike before I told him. he said what is it? what is it? ok, I promise. I got hit by a truck! where! what happened! I told him where and he said Inactive, you are grounded from your bike. he went to the accident site to see what had happened. I was taken to the hospital with bad bruising on my whole thigh and shoulder, other then that I was lucky. i got what seem to be a 2 day lecture about how to be careful crossing the street.

this was at grace and ashland, i was on my way to the open panty or was it white hen, hmm don't remember now, then to the corner store for those 10 cent smoke bombs to put on my bike. yeah, they sold smoke bombs to kids then. also, those were the days parents could send kids to the corner store to get cigarettes if they had a note.

at the end of the day, it does not matter who's fault it is , but whether you made it though the day safely.

7 p.m.

just making the point not take it for granted people are going to stop because they have a stop sign or a light, they could be drunk, high or just don't care. even if there is enforcement and police, it is worth while to be careful. I am sorry for those that did not understand.

6:08 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Mail Delivery
5:59 p.m.

prunes and chipotle don't mix

— On the neighbor message Gas leak at Portage Park Senior Center
5:49 p.m.

@chris, I think people are not taught to look both ways anymore. there is a stop sign, they have to stop, and therefore if should get killed by them not stopping, it is not my fault.

3:24 p.m.

And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true

— On the neighbor message Show some love for the Jeff Park TOD
2:43 a.m.

@krissy, talk with your neighbors, check to see if they are having issues or see if it is the same/regular carrier, usually there are issues when they are filled in by subs or could be a new carrier.
if you are in a position to talk to your carrier directly, it seems to be the quickest route to finding what is happening, if not definitely check with your neighbors to see if they are having the same issues and report the incident to the post office.

@pattymelt, that is because you know how keep mails in line.

I have not been having issues with regular mail, but did have some issues with fee mail. typically every 28 days, then there is a period when things are unpredictable it is like they are carefree about it, it always last about a week then cycles back to normal.
when I talked to the carrier about it, they claimed it was not their fault, but a friend had come to visit. I think they said this just to string me along, since I heard this story before.

— On the neighbor message Mail Delivery
8:21 p.m.

things remembered
Google for nearby location

— On the neighbor message Engraving
2:07 p.m.

tami, I see what the article says, but

the dna info article also, says:

any money raised in the GoFundMe that isn't used to fight the development will be split between the charities Miserocordia and Team Rubicon, according to the page.

the go fund me page says:

Any funds raised but not spent to oppose the development will be donated to a reputable Veteran's support organization and a support organization for individuals with disabilities.

there are some discrepancies, that is why I asked if anyone had first hand knowledge, not hearsay or by reading an article.

8:27 p.m.


Who are the "neighbors" behind this fund raising?

that is a very interesting question, is there any way to know what group the money is going to for sure?

NW Side Unite
Campaign Organizer
Not Facebook Verified

I would not be surprised if arena set it up.... would be very ironic.

can anyone affirm with personal first hand knowledge that "nw side unite" is legit

7:37 p.m.

if you arrive to the meeting early or stay later you can talk to police directly about the matter. that or you can bring up the concern during the meeting and follow up with the officer after with next steps to verify something is being done. more likely then not they will give you a number of someone to follow up with.

— On the neighbor message What is Going on With the Crime on Cullom?
8:12 p.m.

it sounds like laws need to be enforced, perhaps bringing it up at a caps meeting would help, as well as times/intersections that drivers are most aggressive.

6:31 p.m.

i agree owners need to take some ownership, litter is like cancer the more there is the more people will think it is ok or that nobody cares so it does not make a difference and it will get worse.

I seem to be one of the few on my block to kill my weeds around my garage and sweep the alley. sometimes I will venture down to my neighbors garage as well.

— On the neighbor message Garbage on 4800 and 4900 block of Nelson
7:36 a.m.

and that is one way how gangs get guns, probably never would have found out if she did not report them stolen

10:07 p.m.

the best way to follow up on a specific area to know if they may be related is to go to local beat meetings and asking officers. even if you go once, you may be able to get some answers. they have reports of incidences reported on the beat and if they do not have the information they will get it for you at a later time or have you call the district.

it is also a good way to meet with neighbors that may have similar concerns

— On the neighbor message What is Going on With the Crime on Cullom?
10:05 p.m.

@zip60630, with any bakery they make hundreds of these in advance. you can ask when they were made. I always ask if they have any that were just made.

they will go to the back and get them for you. this especially if you go early in the day as this is when they have to most premade. I think I picked up around 3pm so they were putting out new trays as I was there. I usually say I am taking these to a friend to morrow , do you have any that were just made?

I remember going to dunkin doughnuts once and I got a strawberry frosted, it was like a rock, I took it back to the girl and told her this doughnut is hard as a rock, she agreed that it was and gave me another. ever since then I usually ask when stuff was made/delivered. I find this helpful with bakery goods.

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
3:02 a.m.

funny thing happened the other day, I drove my friend to the doctor and she seen a kid come out of the doctors office and the person at the desk had her choose a lollipop. the kid took the lollipop and started to eat it. so she asked does that make sense, a kid is sick and instead of giving the kid something heathy they give the kid sugar candy? I responded well, what you think they are going to start handing out apples? they would go out of business... especially if they gave out "an apple a day".

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:29 p.m.

here is a picture, the one on the left is rose, the two on the right are strawberry, maybe I should have got 12... hmm

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:19 p.m.

oak mill bakery
8012 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Ph: (847) 318-6400

I am actually eating one right now as i just got back from picking up some.

funny so I was asking what flavors they had and they were going down the line and said rose. I ask the girl rose? what is rose? she responded, uh a flower. so I got one to see what it taste like and yeah, it taste like a flower... a rose indeed, almost reminded me of eating a glade.

anyway I also got my usual strawberry and blueberry, they are the bomb and I would highly recommend, not so fond of the rose thou.

they also, had apricot, raspberry, prune to name a few, and had some others as well.

there are like $1.80 each and like 21 something for a dozen, I only got 7 I would not want to eat a dozen, so far I ate 3 after eating my two steak burritos from simons tacos. I am pretty full right now, but at least I am drinking diet pepsi.

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:07 p.m.

yes, I find ford thunder bolt, f150 lightning and gmc typhoon very soothing as well, I also like syclones.

— On the neighbor message Lightning Strike last night
3:21 a.m.

you stolen goods have been recovered! you will just have to pick them up from impound between the hours that you are at work and pay applicable storage fees of $50 a day, plus applicable taxes and handling. parking for our location is $14 a minute and is quarters only, our location cannot make change. you must bring original receipts, documentation or pictures of items stolen. if you have pictures you must bring a picture of the picture or all the people in the picture need to come in to make a claim, in the event someone has passed or a member of a group picture cannot attend to make a claim, they will be photo shopped out of the picture.

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
7:06 p.m.

i miss the solo oscos, to me they seem to have had a good seasonal presentation, and most of the time it was quick check out.

— On the media mention 11 CVS stores in Chicago are closing
3:11 p.m.

There must be another option...

yeah, well list the other option, because hoping ain't gonna make it so. if you can't list another feasible option, then there is not another option.

this ain't no Philippines, and you can't be scared of police getting help with enforcing the law. when you choose to live your life with a what if attitude, you paralyze yourself to realize the greater good.

play devils advocate all you want...

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
1:50 p.m.

@wes, why don't you welcome it? what are you scared of? do you even know?

if you had to choose you are telling me you would rather choose what is going on now, anarchy, gangs and drugs in the streets and people and kids getting shot daily, then military simply helping police enforce the law.

police need help, it is the most feasible option, unless you have a better one... as they say put up or shut up.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
11:30 a.m.

I think the law abiding citizens will welcome the protection as it is a small price to pay, they will look at is as tsa, if they are not doing wrong and it gets killers off the streets more power to it.

the criminals or even the "good people" that do criminal things would not like it and would scream what about their rights, this is an outrage, blah, blah. blah.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
10:14 a.m.

it is great that more people are getting into the sport

— On the neighbor message Wheel Chair Ramp Builder
9:55 a.m.

if trump has his way, gangs will be reclassified as "urban terrorist", in which anti terrorism laws apply.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
8:47 p.m.

they probably got a written confession and it probably does not state intent to kill. maybe he confessed to just scare or hurt the victim by shooting. with multiple felonies, it is easier to get through trial if they just plead guilty, accepting lower chargers are a way to get this to happen.

8:16 a.m.

could be people watching one of the fast and furious episodes and got a hold of some bad crack. where da keys, where da keys....let me think, I want to call someone I want to call some one, who you going to call, I don't know, I want to call someone, what happened? a seamonster ate my icecream, a seamonster ate my icecream!! ahh, man you got one of those I always wanted one of those. it ain't goin run, lightum up lightum up, maybe I should show you how to press the button, the button, some cereal, hey mikey.... Aardvark!! Aardvark!! lets go, go, go, go!

9:36 a.m.

anyone old enough to remember the little lock box they used to keep on the drivers window?

anyway, I wonder if the dealership will carry the 2018 dodge demon. someone told me the car is so fast that if you need to arrive at work at 7am and leave the house at 7:10am, you will arrive at work at 6:55am.

4:02 p.m.

jeff park has low crime rates and is a solid community, it is one of the last nicest places in the city to live, centrally located and reasonable traffic, that is part why several cops and city workers live there.

why are people so brainwashed to add people to it and mess it up? it is not going to make jeff park better. it will just make it the same as the rest of the messed up city. Chicago is one of the worst places to live. jeff park is one of the last sanctuaries.

the road diet would make traffic rough, not condoning speeding, but it would add to traffic times. some people have family and children and rely on Milwaukee's traffic flow to be able to balance work and obligations, maybe it does not mean anything to people that are retired or have no responsibilities to get to or people that rely on them. they continue to lack understanding why people chose jeff park to live, maybe they would be happier to live somewhere else where they can live without complaining, but I feel these people will be unhappy wherever they go, they are the type that find something wrong with everything and it is easier to stay put and put other people down then to find time to enjoy there own life. bottom line if you are not happy where you live or prefer a place that is more dense, there are plenty of places, be good to yourself and move where you will be most happiest.

3:23 a.m.

you must use the jeff park transient center..... no car for you

6:07 p.m.

@zinon p., the song: ridin' by cahamillionaire

2:55 a.m.

They see me trollin'
They hatin', protesting', and tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Grindin' to see if they can see me lean
I'm dense, so it ain't easy to be seen
When you see me upzone, they can see these gleam
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty

6:27 p.m.

@nw-sider, now since the cat is out of the bag. so I was about 7 years old and my dad sent me down to the basement to the basement to get something out of the dryer, there is an area in the basement on opposite side of the dryer, that had a pull chain light so the light was off. so i turned around and seen like 6 sets of glowing eyes at me so i ran upstairs to tell my dad. dad, dad, dad, dad, there are something in the basement with glowing eyes, help, help. quit being silly and get my clothes. i was semi hysterical and hugged him and pleaded with him pleeeeeese don't make me go down there. so finally he agreed to go in the basement to show me there was nothing in the basement, as soon as he turned on the pull chain light there were cats running everywhere. meow, meow, meow, meow.... meow!

so to set the story, there was this guy at the end of the block "john the cat guy" and he took care of and feed off of his porch close to 30 cats, these were street cats and his house was like the playboy mansion of street cats. cats lounging on his back porch, gangway, etc the place was swarming with cats always walking up and down his gangway.
at the time we had a female tabby cat, well , she was never fixed and my dad left the basement door open.

my dad had built wood boxes around all the pipes in the basement and also, had a suspending ceiling, the cats were in the ceiling and running along the boxes around the pipes around the whole basement. it took my dad forever to get them out, he pretty much climbed through areas of the ceiling and tried spraying lysol at certain points to get them to exit where he wanted them to go. he had to take apart some of the boxes as well to get them out. he was hitting the boxes and parts of the ceiling with a broom, yelling "get out of there! hah, hah!" with a Rawhide type twang to his voice in which was replied to with meowing and hissing. he was running around like a bear having a panic attack while playing whackamole.

5:17 p.m.

this reminds me of one time when I was a kid, I used to catch butterflies. well one day my dad took me somewhere, don't exactly remember where, but there were tons of monarchs, reflecting back now, maybe this was during one of the migrating times, thou as a kid I did not know. well, that day I caught 12 monarchs and proudly showed them to my mom when I got home with my dad. then my dad said ok, you showed mom, now let them go.... let them go, dad you know how much time it took me to get these? inactive, you need to let them go! so I let them go....... in the house! they were everywhere on the curtain rods ceiling fan, flowers in the vase. it was pretty funny. my dad went ballistic. I never seen him so ballistic other then when 12 stray cats snuck into the basement, but that is another story.
my dad then took me around to catch them and let them go outside, he would lift me up to the curtains and fans, carrying me around the house to get me to catch them. what a long day. I will tell you one thing, they are a lot easier to catch outside then in a house... lol

2:17 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Basketball hoops in the park?
2:35 a.m.

wow, not only do they steel the rims off cars, they get the basketball ones too.

— On the neighbor message Basketball hoops in the park?
5:40 p.m.

@retired, wood, aluminum or vampire.

12:21 a.m.

I hope no one got electricmicuted

— On the neighbor message No power
8:41 p.m.

but... what if the previous owners are dead?

— On the neighbor message Tired of receiving Red Plum publications?
6:26 p.m.

i agree that it is impossible for police to patrol every block, however people are less likely to commit crimes if they see police cruising around or close by.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
5:40 p.m.

ouch.. paul, my car is not even worth 2000

what kind of converters were they, what did it turn cats into?

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
8:37 p.m.

this wheely bad, please keep an eye out for these lugs stealing, it's nuts. I am sure they are probably just starting again and will not tire anytime soon. be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles in late night early morning.

as Robert said they focus mostly on newer import, with newer tires and rims

due to the way this is going down and the study of all these thefts, I would say my profile would be 2-3 people in a conversion van that is empty. not that many people would suspect it, being a conversion van and it could park and hold people till the time is right, the doors would provide quick access to throw in and hide multiple sets of tires.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
7:31 p.m.


Taurus will have brick oven pizza

— On the business license TAURUS RESTAURANT
5:55 p.m.

when I first moved in I thought my neighbors were old and they thought i was cool, now I think they are cool and they think I am old.

3:10 a.m.

isn't that one of the reasons we founded America, for religious freedom and to escape taxes?

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
3:08 a.m.

@craig, I could not agree more, if there was a new sign that said imminent death ahead I wonder how many would proceed?

when they put the turn only lane put in the first thing I noticed was the faded sign stating no left turn. I did not use the lane until this sign was removed even thou the turning lane was there.

I saw the clearly marked 2 way arrow sign if going north on lamon at dakin, and the clearly marked do not enter sign on lamon and dakin if going south. these signs are located on the right, where any typical traffic sign would be. you should always look for traffic signs as they can alert you to conditions of the road.

it is habit for me to look to the right, since I am always looking for speed limit, school zone, red light camera and other signs, that I seen these signs when they were posted.

3:04 a.m.

"There is a guy with a black dog who walks on Menard between Montrose and Irving who is of concern when he walks by without a lease."

well, maybe it is hard for him to find an apartment

— On the neighbor message Dog attack
10:18 p.m.

your neighborhood is so bad, that we have to put people that can't even afford to live in it to revitalize it.

yeah, what?

10:16 p.m.

the city is segregated by property and land values, those that can afford property in an area earns their right to live there (quite literally) there is no racism to this, this is America and any race is free to buy where they can afford and want to live.

there are plenty of areas that affordable property could be build on affordable land available, thou this may not be in an area of preference, but people that live in an area of preference pay for that preference.

if full circle community are indeed good for the community and generate tax dollars and attract retail and are supposed to bring all these good things, I wonder why they are not looking to go into more underdeveloped neighborhoods in where these projects can make areas better...

the only reason that they would not is because they can't

6:18 p.m.

1) name 1 new business that will be coming or shown interest to the area as a result of this project, the stores in the bottom per arena are to have a "retail presence" and are better suited for non profits then an actual retail business. so if the building itself cannot sustain a retail business how will it attract others around it?

estimates are known to be wrong

2) the warehouse has been there for years without blighting it, if not for this project most would not even known it was not still operating. ohh, we found out it was closed for 3 years... so is this a hindsight blighting?

3) this project is not about veterans, this was about sneaking in a low income project under the veil it would be for veterans and to fool people into spreading propaganda.

if it is truly about veterans and the argument that there are 877 veterans in jeff park and several 1000's homeless and stuff...

then there should be no problem reserving 100% of the spots for veterans

then there should be no problem reserving 100% of the spots for veterans

100% for veterans

so if it is for veterans, make the whole thing for veterans or "get the hell out of Dodge" or in this case jeff park.

in reality, only 20% would be truly reserved for veterans, and as full circle stated "people in the area would not have preference" so the project is really not for veterans or veterans in jeff park. it is more for the 80% low income because if you break that down 60% low income, and 20% expected, but not guaranteed market rates that could not be refused if there was a voucher. ain't no one going to pay market rate to live in low income housing, and if you believe they are I hope you have a prescription for what you are smoking.

8:45 p.m.

@tj in ep, I see what you did there

"Go Parkers!"

ahhhh! "parkers", because they drive cars.... nice ;)

8:10 p.m.

they have this French toast for a buck, can't go wrong, really was not that bad either

11:04 p.m.

a lot of people in jeff park are the buy and die type, they buy their home in terms of living out their whole life there. they are strong in community standing, have traditional views, hard working, and family values and will not tolerate anyone steam rolling their community with an influx of new people. they will not let jeff park be overtaken. it is unfair for them to kill themselves to be able to afford where they live and some slacker comes in and gets the same thing for a few hundred bucks. through hard work jeff park residents have earned and sacrificed to live in jeff park, so you really can't blame them for being protective of their community, family and values.

this is directly the opposite of what the density people want to do, they want jeff park to be a transitional pass thru neighborhood.

some density is fine, but it has to be right, it has to be homes and condos so the same values of jeff park can be preserved.

11:19 a.m.

@Porterson Park,

"- depending on what happens in the coming 6 months or so, I find it very VERY unlikely Arena gets to see term 3."

it was pretty apparent in the meeting that he was there to shut down any negatively about the project and play god in which he knows what is best for the community. that people should just shut up and swallow.

He was not there to listen to his constituents and their wishes irrigardless of reason, or at least that is what his actions and body language suggest.

even if the project does not go through at this point, I think people are going to remember this come election time and that respect is a two way street.

interesting that arena said that there is a need in the community and that the people that would move into this project was his "constituents" that already live in the area, however full circle was honest to say that no priority will be given to residents in the area.

I respect full circle for their honest presentation in answering questions, even thou it may have received some boos. maybe they are not a bad company in the overall scope of things, but not good fit for jeff park.

10:51 a.m.

what's up with technology, it looks like we are slower now then in 1940...

I mean the cashier even takes the items out of the cart, types in everything manually, and bags them in less than 4 minutes.

look at 9:38-13:28

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
10:20 a.m.

my neighbor was like, so low income housing is ok and arena will fight for that, but then he will ball bust star bucks business from coming in across the street from a dollar store. he said he wonders how many other businesses were given the urban ultimatum... I never really thought about it.

9:59 p.m.

so if anyone wants to watch the meeting it is on john garrido's facebook page, it is in a few parts.

9:52 p.m.

thank you insert name here for letting us know about John Garrido's live stream

Also, John Garrido where ever you are thank you for streaming, so that the ones that could not attend could see what transpired.

9:11 p.m.

they are ending now, people are starting to exit

9:08 p.m.

oh, it is back on

8:46 p.m.

darn, the live stream just ended

8:43 p.m.

well, a friend just drove by, said channel 7 is outside, there are picketers outside, cops standing on the sidewalk.

8:27 p.m.

I try to separate in the bags the way things get put away, ie pantry, fridge, freezer

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
7:26 p.m.

we may find out after this meeting, he may be walking for re-election

6:59 p.m.

@Joe Kaminski,

lookout the window joe, update

6:23 p.m.

I had a bag similar to this, but I ended up losing it, it was given to me so I don't know where to get another one. it was handy when walking to the store for small items. so if anyone seen something similar to buy in a real store around here, let me know.

also, for small items the vitamin Shoppe reusable bags are pretty good too, they are smaller then a traditional reusable bag and they fold and fit in a jacket pocket well.

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
6:04 p.m.

"In the olden days"

retired reminds me of my friends dad that I grew up with, always with a pocket full of rocks and if you spray paint his garage he'll bust your knee caps.

not meant as bad, just brought back some memories... "the olden days"

4:20 p.m.

I really don't like carrying bags, for me it seems unnatural, however I find that I like burlap bags for my grocery shopping. I open them up in the cart and just bag as I am being rang out. I figure I can bag faster especially if there is no bagger. if there is a bagger I have the bags opened up in the cart ready for them.

here is an example of a bag similar to what I have:

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
4:11 p.m.

@zip 60630, my point was jeff park has more density then any of the other suburbs if density is a factor in relation to attracting business, then we should have more businesses in the area, maybe we need to do more to attract them, now maybe they won't be lord and taylor, but we can at least shoot for something like a 5 below.

let's look at the facts six corners hit a wall because businesses left and were never updated over the last 20 years also, the economy and all the construction on Milwaukee that shuddered businesses. now that the economy is coming back so is 6 corners and so will be the same for jeff park. there is a list of 100's of businesses that arena help bring back to six corners.

now this project next to the transit station is a good idea, I think it will do well.

the 5150 location on the other hand. well, as ryan said the other suburbs are successful because they have more income and less density and I cannot see a low income project will attract people that have more income or businesses that would attract people with a higher income.

3:59 p.m.

I had their maple bacon doughnut at Somethin' Sweet, and yeah it was pretty good.

— On the neighbor message Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city
3:40 p.m.

my only guess is, if this is in fact true...... i can see jeff park forward chartering a bus to get members to the meeting (they have over 100 members). it makes sense as not to congest parking in the area, and jeff park forward supports alternative methods of transportation other then cars. they are organized and ryan is smart enough to get this to happen.

I would advise all that plan on going to either take a bike, public transportation, cab, uber, hover board, etc. I can imagine if you do drive and get there and find parking, it will be hell to get out. expect a police presence at the event.

make sure to have constructive comments and valid questions, write them down before the meeting. in my opinion the more professional you can voice your opinion, it will hold more weight and strengthen your credibility.

those that support the project are more likely to be better prepared to overcome any objections of the project so if you are against the project bring facts and relevant information (ie. history of the developer track record).

you can't just say section 8, every landlord has to except the voucher, so leave it out of the conversation. also, even thou there opportunities with section 8, there are those that use the program the way it is intended.

some may have opinions that low income housing spread out over several 3 and 4 flats is a more successful than a project of low income housing. also, others may have an opinion on what types of businesses would the project attract or what businesses would not come because of it. then you have the increase density and traffic like what will it do the on ramp by foster? or the cars merging on Milwaukee, what is plan to handle the additional traffic? what about the track record of the developer, how is this project going to be different than those that had challenges.

3:36 p.m.

much better, no carpet

2:35 a.m.

I can see Starbucks pulling out and waiting. It is not a first choice location for them anyway. They prefer corner lots on two busy streets or in front of a large mall lot. I think they are bending to take the location as is. Then to put conditions on it. It is really letting Starbucks know you really do not want their business.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
10:50 p.m.


this is the last I heard

Ald. John Arena (45th) said the proposal to transform Family Fruit Market's overflow parking lot at 4151 N. Cicero Ave. into a Starbucks with not only a drive-thru but also an inside seating area, 15 parking spots and an expanded patio was exciting.

"With this addition, we have the makings for a vibrant shopping area," Arena said.

Arena has been working since he was first elected in 2011 to reverse more than two decades of stagnation at Six Corners, which was once known as the city's premiere shopping destination outside the Loop.

"A Starbucks can help change Six Corners' reputation as a place to get through rather than a place to stop or a destination," Arena said.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
7:24 p.m.

@cheesecake chick, I did not even know they had a fish sandwich, I may get one next time I am there just for the.............. halibut.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
7:17 p.m.


I seen it on a squad the other day "to serve and protect" has been changed to
"to warn and alert".

then I seen this squad in another area, needless to say I drove under the speed limit.

7:10 p.m.

@Jamie, businesses in the area.. .come on Jamie. I have stopped by dunkin doughnuts to pick up coffee and burger king to pick up food on my way to jewel, walgreens, vitamin shop. I would find it hard to believe I am the only one.

6:54 p.m.


"Which by the way - Evanston's downtown was left for dead. It has high incomes now precisely because of it's success. Same is true in Arlington Heights."

but, jeff park still has the highest density of them all (per square mile)... why can't we have a downtown movie theater and parking garage and all the shops like downtown Evanston? the median income is not that much off, then if your looking at places like Arlington heights and park ridge, there are a lot of expensive houses out there, maybe we should build more of them over here. for heaven sake there are $500,000 homes going up in portage park.

I know as an urban planner it is your job to push these projects, but I still am not sold on the density thing. please help me understand as when I look at the numbers it does not make sense.

jeff park
• Total 26,975
• Density 11,000/sq mi
Median Household Income $66,846

• Total 75,430
• Density 9,695/sq mi

Median Household Income $ $68,769
arlington heights
• Total 75,101
• Density 4,500/sq mi

Median Household Income $73,778
park ridge
Population (2010)[1]

• Total 37,480
• Density 5,286.3/sq mi

Median Household Income $88,705

6:12 p.m.

A Starbucks with drive thru does 40% more business then a non drive thru. Not sure why an area would not only want the extra business, but also in attracting all those consumers to an area that would also patronize neighboring businesses

4:54 p.m.

"the community meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, February 9 at The Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster"

for the record I will make a prediction the location for the meeting at the church will be changed again last minute.

hopefully I am wrong

8:18 p.m.

any insight to what is going in the old dollar tree space on Milwaukee?

7:42 p.m.

@glovina, what did you have

12:19 p.m.

@c.m.d.,5150 is police code for mental

11:54 a.m.

@Robert, also note the source comments noted at the bottom of the article, appears that the article is his opinion and written to manipulate what other people believe.

if it were true, the country would see better success and benefits with these types of projects and it would be known and not challenged.

from the article:

A closing thought

I should say: though I’ve thought about this stuff, I’m not an expert, nor have I lived in public housing.

"Pete Rodrigue is a social policy researcher at a think tank in DC,

though all opinions expressed here are strictly his own.

He grew up in Arlington, lives in North Michigan Park, and saves money on groceries with his rudimentary knowledge of edible weeds.

another person that works for the government a policy worker that eats weeds.

11:44 a.m.

Thief of cars, your victim has a message for you

In seconds the car of a 70-year-old father was snatched by thieves at Belmont Cragin, his family asks for help.

— On the neighbor message Car theft
11 a.m.

today around 5pm

6:25 p.m.

@john Louis, that is a great idea. Make the building veterans only.

7:16 a.m.

violent crime increases with density, keep in mind these are just reported crimes.

you can check the links for property and quality of life crimes. property crimes coming in low for low density (ie forest glen 20 reports) and high for high density (ie Belmont craigin 152 reports)

the reporting period is Nov. 30 - Dec. 30, 2016, these are for places that neighbor jeff park, they are not of Seattle or Portland oregon, or an out of the way suburb.

forest glen 0 reports of violent crime density 5,800/sq mi
edison park 2 reports of violent crime density 9,600/sq mi
jefferson park 5 reports of violent crime density 11,000/sq mi
portage park 8 reports of violent crime density 16,000/sq mi
belmont craigin 45 reports of violent crime density 20,000/sq mi

forest glen
• Total 18,508
• Density 5,800/sq mi

edison park
• Total 11,187
• Density 9,600/sq mi

jeff park
• Total 26,975
• Density 11,000/sq mi

portage park
• Total 64,124
• Density 16,000/sq mi

• Total 78,743
• Density 20,000/sq mi

5:19 p.m.

@tj in ep, how bout a new release movie theater

2:12 p.m.


"Drive by on a bike and you can see all the shops"

maybe if bicyclist focused on the road instead of looking at shops there would be less incidents.

"Ride by in a car and you miss everything."

people that drive cars have a destination, they are not missing anything.

1:25 p.m.

@glenn, there was this old thread in which there was a meetup awhile back..... maybe another meetup would be a good idea to make connections.

— On the neighbor message Seeking Gay Friends in Jefferson Park!
5:57 p.m.

@wayne, i am truly am sorry for your loss thou, I hope you found some solace in knowing that karma spent her last days being loved, and sounds like she was loving as well as she played well with your 5 yr. old granddaughter, I am sure she brought you and your wife joy as well. if I was karma, I could not think of anyone as caring and thought full as you and your wife to spend my last days. god bless.

— On the neighbor message NEED A HOME!
5:41 p.m.

The new location is the Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster Ave., which can accommodate about 280 to 300 people.

so what will happen if the 2000 people that signed that one petition show up??

5:33 p.m.

I am leary of these post that come out of nowhere.
to me it sounds like the developer of the project.

I respect the opinion of people that have been on every block awhile with the same name (even a nickname) for a period of time. people that I have come to know and
even thou there are times I may not agree with their opinion, I respect that they continue to be who they are.

I consider these people my true neighbors.

as for the problem, it seems that this project started to divide the people. the project made people upset on both sides of the argument.

everyone needs to come together and compromise what the community wants as a whole first before any proposals are announced.

all neighborhood groups should come together and work things out so both sides give and take till they agree on a go forward for the area, then look for contractors to meet the need. starting another group is not the answer, through collaboration and compromise lies true success.

the issue is that in order to meet the needs of both groups and the community as a whole, there needs to be an unbiased leader to hear the community and both neighborhood groups and work with what they agree on and go from there. until this happens, jeff park will always be divided.

5:21 p.m.

"Sure they might not being higher end businesses but in time those will come too."

business tailors to demographics. is a trader joes coming to the neighborhood because of developments like this... probably not.

will it attract businesses based of demographics that this project will influence? probably more likely.

jeff park is soon to be up and coming, businesses are starting to realize the gentrification trend to the northwest and have already started rooting.

now a development like this can sway that trend....

4:40 p.m.

so I did not intend to but, just happen to be driving by and decided to stop in. they had people on Lawrence directing traffic in and out of the portillo's.
the ordering was pretty quick typical, but waiting for the food took longer then typical. the food was on point with other portillo's I have went too. inside seems to smaller. it was not jam packed, but was pretty steady.

the buona beef across the street was dead, there were employees standing inside standing there... I did not see any customers inside.

they have a model of the original dog house outside, which is interesting.
they also have a sign outside that they are hiring if anyone is inclined.
pictures below for those that have not been there yet:

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
8 p.m.

"residential = people, people support retail"

with the building of people. arena feels that the front of the building would not be suited for retail businesses...

from the article:

Arena said that the front of the building would include a “retail presence” that may be better suited for a nonprofit agency than a retail business.

7:13 p.m.

lol... I just showed my neighbor this and he said "are you sure it is not a zoning meeting?"

7:34 p.m.

"Strange that I have seen nothing about this meeting in any other media. Has anyone seen it posted anywhere?"

"Who will show up it's at 9:30 in the morning unreal!!!!"

they probably really don't want anyone to show up.
they will get some doughnuts and coffee, sit around for a bit and hope no one shows.

maybe they will get to talk to a mom that may pop in and be in their sweat pants from just dropping off the kids at school, or some one in some spandex work out gear that just finished doing bicep curls with her starbucks, or that weird guy... maybe a couple real people will show that would be surprised they are the only ones there.

I think, I mean if they were going to do that early, I would think they would do it on the weekend or maybe had it later in the day like 4p or something.

7:26 p.m.

@tami, I get your point and I probably would not gamble and make waves if I knew it would jeopardize them from building. at this point what is done is done and we just have to see if the gamble paid off.

I would imagine he knew he could play his cards, because it would look poor if they backed out because of it. he may have known what starbucks was holding.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
8:47 p.m.

for that type of food around here, I usually go to jeff's, hot dog express, or sussies.

once and awhile I would go to portillo's, probably 3- 4 times a year.

the thing about portillo's is you could bring any group of friends and there is always something for everyone, so good if you want to get a group together and all agree on something.

I had a taste today for a burger from charcoal delight, by foster and kedzie, but could not justify the time or expense to make the hike.

when I go I typically to portillo's I would get a beef with hot peppers, large fries, a cup of cheese and a diet coke or a bacon double cheese burger with hot peppers, large fries, cup of cheese and a diet coke. I ordered their ribs once for their Monday special. I don't feel anything is superior, rather than different. a burger from jeffs, sussies, and hot dog express are all good in their own regard, just depends on the mood you are in, or at least that is my take.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
8:35 p.m.

@tami, you have to arena props, he lead them in, now the only thing that matters is that they build. urban, suburban, rural... as long as they are still in is the only thing that is relevant now.

overall I think arena has made some great progress with the 6 corners area

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
4:32 p.m.

so I just called portillo's

Address: 7308 W Lawrence Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706
Phone: (872) 484-1919

and they told me that they are opening up tomorrow at 10:30 am

so just incase anyone was wondering when they will be open, it will be tomorrow.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
4:27 p.m.

you suggested that the project would be ideal for college grads with high debt

i was inquiring for those college grads looking to take advantage of low income housing with high debt.

for you to explain how for them to take benefit of reduced rate housing

how ever instead of explaining, you go off on another tangent

you continue to fail in understanding and routinely misconstrue information

4:07 p.m.

I never realized low income housing is full of college graduates, I can't help to wonder how they would be approved for such a large loan and then be offered a reduced rate on housing. please explain

3:50 p.m.

you miss my point entirely and now your are going off of another tangent.

5:41 p.m.

please relax pacedeck

no fear, just showing the example that just density in itself is not the answer, it has to be the right type of density for the community.

what types of businesses are attracted to low income housing areas?
what types of businesses are attracted to higher end areas?
what type of businesses does jeff park want to see down the road?

these are the questions the community has to answer, they should weigh pros and cons of the effect developments like this will attract in the future, then consider if that is what they want for jeff park long term. if it is so be it and it will be.

I don't think everybody is thinking of the end game. I don't wish to change anyone's opinion on the matter, but make sure they are looking and weighing pros and cons of the development.

people can be easily fooled into idealistic visions, but instead of being a tool and agreeing with everything you hear and look at only the pros and not the cons.

if you are not weighing pros and cons, you know your agenda

I challenge you to state some of the cons of the development.

5:14 p.m.

"@jp more density = more customers to support businesses."

too bad most will be low income, with little money to spend..

better to have density in condos, with mid to high level income, than low income apartments. jeff park deserves better. better to wait for something good then settle for something less. the area is short to be up and coming as portage park gains ground, not time to take a step backward.

the Robert Talyor homes at one time, it was the largest public housing development in the country, and

"it was intended to offer decent affordable housing."

at one point 95 percent of the housing development's 27,000 residents were unemployed and listed public assistance as their only income source


The increase in density, did not help the area and led to it's demise

yes, I agree we need density, I agree it should be around the transit center, but it has to be done right and I am not sure low income density is right for jeff park.

most of jeff park is comprised of home owners proud and committed to their community, something that jeff park is known for. something that attracts one to raise a family, an area that has traditional values and charm.

4:39 p.m.

maybe you could pour some water down the drain or temporary cover the drain with something, if they are working on the water main, it should only take a few days for the smell to dissipate. can't be too good to let those fumes into your house..

— On the neighbor message Smell like rubber cement or burnt plastic?
1:19 p.m.

paul I think binny's and culvers are still a go.

11:40 a.m.

i don't care either way, as long as it comes and it is done.

i am not a big starbucks fan, but starbucks is known to attract other businesses to the neighborhood.

overall, i am pleased with majority of the developments at and around 6 corners

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
9:09 p.m.

i agree i am sure many do, i also contend that many intelligent people don't.

i hope you are not intending to infer that if you do not agree with the alderman, that means your not intelligent.

8:49 p.m.

@Anthony, I think urban starbucks would be parking in the back and the starbucks entrance right at the sidewalk. where as a suburban style would have the lot in the front and Starbucks toward the back having a walkway to the starbucks.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
6:53 p.m.

@pacedeck, thanks for your answer

you mention you live in the ward instead of saying you live in jeff park.... you in portage park or are involved in politics of the ward, you come off as having close ties to arena.

6:48 p.m.

Pamela, happened to me once too with a spatula

— On the neighbor message Smell like rubber cement or burnt plastic?
6:15 p.m.


i thought the overwhelming majority of jeff park residents did not vote at all...

also, just because people voted for arena does not mean they want projects.

they want development and business. condos with mixed retail, larger built up homes, movie theaters, etc, stuff like that... and stuff like that stuff brings to the community.

others may have been encouraged and/or compensated to vote by the contractors, committees, and developers to suit their own agenda. big business has big influence, flyers and advertising is not free and is used to sway voters.

what is your benefit to this pace deck?

truth, not what sounds good... how will you personally benefit from this?

are you one of the "constituents" police officers, teachers and nurses are demanding the housing? are you planning on living there?

6:12 p.m.

norridge / harwood heights is not dense and it is attracting more business then ever. ain't no portillio's in jeff park.

what businesses are interested in the area based on the context of this being built?

3:06 a.m.

this article does not make sense to me so maybe someone can explain, because this is how I interpret it.

$1400 a month for rent to live next to someone that pays $300 a month? that is on par to moving next to someone in a double in a trailer park. is that what they want jeff park to be "the new and improved projects?" it is called a project in the article. I am knocking, trailer parks, but it currently is not reasons one would typically look to move to jeff park.

would be targeted for veterans and working families, but often things miss their target.
Police officers, teachers and nurses are the type of applicants the project is expected to attract, Arena said. “These are my constituents,”

"these are my constituents", police officers, teachers and nurses are demanding this housing?

how many police officers, teachers and nurses are looking to move into a low income housing (affordable housing...not, low income housing, call it what it is... just like saying "it is not a used car, it is pre-owned)

some wards they have 3,000... what are pros/cons? why mentioning some wards have 3,000 how is that significant?

has set a goal of leasing up to 50 percent of the units to veterans.
I too can announce to set a goal for 50 percent veterans to sound good to the public. but, they are not claiming facts. not saying that they are reserving 50% for veterans only. lets say they get 10% for veterans, ohh, well..we did not make our goal...

“We’re not providing affordable housing for the people who are living here.”

what? if we are not providing affordable housing to people that "are living here"? where is the demand for the housing if they are in fact living here?

people moved to jeff park to get away from both low income housing neighborhoods and high taxed housing such as up and coming neighborhoods (ie Wrigleyville).

Jeff park has always been the middle ground.

now, I am not sure what it is aiming to be

8:18 p.m.

good job!

2:49 p.m.

I guess I was right...

this would lead me to guess he was either on foot, or bike

"When Tim saw the footage, he was like 'I know that guy, he's walking around the neighborhood all the time,'"

2:40 p.m.


funny.... personally, the thought of her in front of me in a treatment chair is enough to get me to go... lol

1:58 p.m.

the culvers by six corners is still on thou right?

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
9:02 p.m.

i did originally want to move to harwood heights, it is a nice neighborhood, but out of my price range. there was this house with orange and white awnings, wood paneling, finished basement, nice driveway (always wanted a driveway), etc.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
9:18 p.m.

@dennis, could be that they are under cover or doing this on the down low. they are offering another avenue of contact that may give them more freedom to be honest in what is really going on instead of the protocol of "issuing warnings and alerts".

kind of remind me of the commercial, I am not a crime stopper... I am a crime monitor. I will let you know when crime is going on. alert burglaries in area.

the fact of the matter is, this person is offering resources and I would not judge until we see what they are able to offer.

it is just like watching America got talent and saying they will bomb after their intro. let them perform before passing judgement.

5:09 a.m.

can you turn these stolen keys into the police?

if the car was stolen, and the police made a report identifying the car as stolen, they maybe able to locate the owner

— On the neighbor message Found keys to stolen car
10:53 p.m.

we will all have to wait to see, thou he may be crass with some things, maybe the country needs a president that is not afraid to play hard ball to cut the bull and get things done... at least get the economy together. i am to be cautiously optimistic, only due to how much more bad can it get. i really don't think trump is doing this to end his legacy by being a president that failed the united states, he is in the role because he wants to be historic in power.

that is if he truly has any power at all. i always viewed the president as a figurehead, being controlled by someones... take your pick, trilateralist, lluminati, skull and bones, the sun god Ra, or even aliens (real aliens, not the illegals).

every time there is a new president i am reminded of my friends ex girlfriend. yeah, she looked good and said the right things, she was positive and people liked her, but oh brother after 4 years with her, he was ready to run. i told him she had the crazy eye.

time will tell

— On the neighbor message Lets here it for new president
10:15 p.m.

@hocky mom X3,

where did you get sneak peek tickets?

I heard there may have been some free lunch coupons floating around, but it came form someone that heard from someone that thinks they heard it from someone, that lives closer to the new restaurant.

also, if anyone has any info on grand opening specials, coupons, tickets or announcements continue to list them here.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
5:45 p.m.

I find it curious that he knew that there would be money in the drawer. there are a lot of businesses that relocate tills or money to the safe at the end of the night, somehow he either knew or assumed that this was not the case, maybe a knowledgeable customer may have known and tipped him off.

I would also find it curious that he did not just take the drawer as a whole, he actually took the time to break it open, maybe he also had knowledge that there was no alarm or that the response time would be significant. if he had a car, it would make sense to take the drawer and get out of there as quickly as possible.

this would lead me to guess he was either on foot, or bike. or maybe he had an accomplice in a car a block away. he did not want to be caught carrying a drawer of cash.

just some food for thought in the investigation. the damage to the restaurant cost more than the loss off the cash. I can't help but wonder if he had a "beef" with the owners.

5:28 p.m.

did it have an alarm? if not that would be the first thing I would do. the alarm may alert you or you neighbor's that something is going on. also It may detour a thief, by it just being there.

make sure you do not leave anything in your car like on the seats or console as it can invite a break in, if you have gps or radar, take it down and put it away before you park your car, maybe on a couple blocks before you get to your house. if a thief sees you taking it down when you park, they may assume you will keep it in the vehicle.

also, another option if you don't have a garage, you can look into renting one in the area, or maybe a neighbor has a space available that you may be able to use.

I have some neighbors that are up late, and at times I try to park in front of their house, as if there is any noise, they are more likely to go to the window.

— On the neighbor message Car Break In
4:50 p.m.

@wayne, great to hear that you are happy after over 40 years, just that you mention appreciation shows your sincerity.
make sure if not already, surprise her with something, it does not have to be big. maybe her favorite dessert, a flower, or something to remind her of a time of when the two of you met or milestones along the way. it maybe hard and she may read you like a book by now, but do something to surprise her, something unexpected.
sometimes just taking time to reminisce some of the road traveled together, to reflect and appreciate each other together is a good time all in itself.

— On the neighbor message NEED A HOME!
12:08 a.m.

then going years back there was angel's restaurant (2539 N. Harlem Ave.), it was 24 hour and awesome, so sad that it closed.

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
11:05 p.m.

I recall a little house on the prairie

5:45 p.m.

dennys seems to taste better at 2 am for some reason, maybe it is just me

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
5:41 p.m.

maybe she can call the city clerk and they can advise how she could only pay one of the tickets and get the other dismissed.

also, now is a good time to check your neighbors plates as well, let them know, as soon as I get new city stickers, plate stickers I put a reminder on my email a couple months before they are due or put it on the calendar.

— On the neighbor message Plate Sticker tickets
10:08 a.m.

buy a sticker, put it on, take a couple of pictures of the sticker on the plate, send them both in and contest the tickets. say a prayer and go from there.

— On the neighbor message Plate Sticker tickets
10:04 p.m.

I really miss the mr k's that used to be on harlem. across from sally's

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
9:33 p.m.

gone are the good old days lugging those 8 pack 16 oz glass bottles to the jewel for 80 cents.

9:26 p.m.

go to or call:

Office of the City Clerk 5430 W Gale St, Chicago, IL 60630, (312) 744-6770

they will explain the process, but you buy a permit sticker after showing proof of residence and you can buy guest stickers too.

if you need a temporary sticker until you have proof or residence, you can get a note from the alderman's office to take to the City Clerk to authorize the sale of the stickers.

— On the neighbor message Permit Parking Question
11:01 p.m.

i know if I go to fox lake I need to turn when I see the boat, I don't actually know the street names, if the boat goes so does everything else.

funny about a few weeks ago I was driving thru "lakeview" where I grew up, have not really drove around there in about 13 years. well, I was driving with a friend down some streets we grew up on and there is a lot that changed. it was funny because she made the comment.

"wow, it is like we are driving in our old neighborhood, but in the future"

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
9:23 p.m.

"let the music play"

— On the neighbor message Stereo receiver repair shop
9:38 a.m.

hmm, i wonder if they could fix my cassette deck

— On the neighbor message Stereo receiver repair shop
11:09 p.m.

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— On the classroom fundraiser Lights, Camera, Science!
11:03 p.m.

If you click on the link "contribute to this project", then scroll down " where your donation goes", it itemizes how the total comes to that amount. It looks like the bulk of the cost comes from a lot of accessories for the go pro.

— On the classroom fundraiser Lights, Camera, Science!
9:07 p.m.

just curious, have you looked at the option of freestanding units like this:


or porch gliders.


not trying to swing you either way, but wanted to make sure you looked at all options, before embarking on this.

— On the neighbor message Porch swing install
5:43 p.m.

the sign was removed and hauled away this afternoon.

please note if you use the mr submarine sign as a landmark, it is not there at this time.

ie. when you see the mr submarine sign, irving park is the next street.

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
3:57 p.m.

sounds like someone may need a reboot.

go to sleep, when waking up blink repeatedly

get control and make sure you ate

check your bio rhythms for the day

if all are in order..... run

go buy some new boots and install on feet, the install should not take long. throw out old boots.

just kidding, I think he is just asking for advise and to see if anyone else is having issues and to share solutions.

— On the neighbor message My Client in Irving Park had Network Issues
10:51 a.m.

I don't think we need another car wash...

9:06 a.m.


yes, it does

— On the neighbor message Chicago LED Light Conversion
11:02 p.m.

uh oh, where did it go, I just looked away for a second?

— On the neighbor message Osprey helicopter
12:22 p.m.


"Didn't see it, but sure heard it! It was loud!"

because when It landed in Chicago earlier, it got it's catalytic converter stolt.

— On the neighbor message Osprey helicopter
10:20 a.m.

@lifelong portage resident,

make sure you contact the alderman about your concern.

in my experience hoping does not help anything....

I have been hoping to win lotto for 20 years with no luck... maybe I should buy a ticket

— On the neighbor message Browns chicken signs
8:39 a.m.

also, it helps to know where your circuit breaker/fuses are just in case if it is just you....

verify by looking outside or calling a neighbor to see if you are not the only one to lose power.

have com ed number as well as your account information handy to get updates, they can also send you text updates on power situations as well as estimated times that power will be restored.

it can be helpful to unplug sensitive devices such as computers, tvs, etc, since when power is restored their might be a slight surge, the surge can even burn through some cheap surge protectors.

if you are not going to go to bed, have some place to go.... that has power. go see a movie, out to dinner, go walk the mall, hang out with an old friend, go to the grocery store maybe get some food that does not have to be refrigerated incase it looks like power will be out an extended period of time. when you are texted power is restored you can return home.

make sure you always set a back up alarm for work that is battery powered, this will keep you on point if there is an outage overnight.

8:34 a.m.

they were open?

— On the neighbor message Browns Fried Chicken
5:12 p.m.

@P B R, I am not 100% sure, but in recollection I guess it is possible. I remember an old episode of quincy that some bad spaghetti or something had an issue with a drain and it went into the drinking water, kids at a school or ballpark were getting sick from water fountains because of it. as a kid I never drank form fountains because of this. does anyone else remember that episode, it was some time ago.

— On the neighbor message Car Wash polluting our water!!!
10:37 a.m.

ok, stopped by there today, had 2 steak burritos... the steak was fresh and cooked right and had good flavor, the cut of the steak was also good, not too big, and not too small. place is clean and bright (like bright, bright) and people were friendly. I would definitely go again.

— On the neighbor message Simon's Taco's aka Old Palapita
3:53 p.m.

when the leaves are up against the fence I would get some 3m spray adhesive and spray the fence with it, the leaves will stick to the fence and make a wall that will prevent leaves from going into your yard

— On the neighbor message Neighbor dumping leaves onto my property
3:14 p.m.

"My neighbors are constantly losing mirrors and getting sideswiped.. "

I would try to avoid parking on streets like that and if you do, obviously you knew and take the risk and made the choice to park in an area that you knew was dangerous.

you can minimize chances by not parking overnight, folding in your mirrors, and or parking as close to the curb as possible. i would also park on streets like that if it was a last resort and no other parking was available looking to move as soon as possible.

there are always streets or sections of street that are going to be particularly bad because of traffic, narrowness and other conditions.

sometimes by me if there is no parking and I make the choice to park on this street that is notorious for stuff like that especially overnight, I seldom park there and if i do, i always look out for a parking spot opening to move it.

— On the neighbor message Traffic flow and car damage on Long
7:45 p.m.

the way I see it, viewing only the information that was presented

she fled "leaving the scene of an accident, without trading information"
the only reasonable explanation would be that she fled because she feared for her life and was on the phone with 911 reporting such, but then again she pulled over so she may have thought the husband was on the phone with 911 and she should pull over because if not, it would not make sense that she was trying to get away if police were on the way.

does not sound like she thought he was at fault if she was trying to get away instead of her having to get him to pay, because if she did she would just stay.

also, not sure if it makes any sense, because there is no intersection that has a stop sign and street light. "Nissan blew a stop sign " not saying he did but, even if he did blow a red light there would have been a block between the stop sign and street light.

at a stop sign, a vehicle must remain stopped until it is safe to proceed so, even if he blew the light it would have gave ample time for her to judge if it was safe to proceed.

also, if she got hit by him and did not see him coming.... how the hell could she have seen the light was red? and if she seen it was red, seen him blow it, then in my opinion she would be at fault either way because she was at a stop sign.

— On the neighbor message Looking for an Accident Witness
12:30 p.m.

You pretty much have to know someone or be a volunteer to a politician for a spell, then they will get you in.

— On the neighbor message How difficult is it to get a City job?
12:14 p.m.

I don't like the drivers that are behind you and pull over with you to let the emergency responder drive by, then try to switch lanes immediately behind emergency vehicle to get in front of you, or when they are behind you and you slow down and pull over they jump in front of you before pulling over... the thing is when you don't let them and they end up in the wrong lane they start beeping at you.

11:19 a.m.

@every, any reason you did not lay on the horn when he was backing up?

I have been in the situation in which I thought someone was going to turn so I moved up, and then with traffic it looked like they could not make it, so they started backing up my first reaction was to lay on the horn so they knew I was there, they stopped backing suddenly and just sat in traffic and waited for someone to let them go

this could go either way depending on how insurance views it, it may be easier for them to settle then risk a suit.

reminds me of a time I got a ticket for speeding in a school zone in Skokie, I was not speeding and at the time a silver car blew by me, I believe they were clocked and the cop thought it was me. I got a lawyer and told him that I went back to the light I was at and even with me flooring it my car is not even capable of reaching that speed at where the ticket was issued. at the time speeding in a school zone was a mandatory suspension of license. the lawyer told me to plead guilty and I had such a hard time with it because I was not, he said that if you don't plead guilty and are found guilty it would be worse... I told him, but I am not guilty, I did not do it, it was the guy in the silver car that blew by me.....why the hell would I plead guilty, to me it is almost worse even to lie. well long story short, the lawyer pled me guilty, the judge said this looks like an open and shut case mandatory suspension of license, the lawyers asked to approach the bench and since my record was clean they gave me supervision. but, I still never felt right about it as I did nothing wrong.

8:17 p.m.

whenever I hear of shortage of police this song plays in my mind, and by the way don't blame me if your singing it all day ;)

— On the neighbor message Extreme Weather & Pets
7:53 p.m.

it will be converted to a two way, ending at dakin, this is for the binnys going in.

— On the neighbor message Wrong way on lamon
11 p.m.

i heard long ago that they were planning on turning it into like a late night bar and grill, I am not sure if that has come to begin or something else is happening

— On the neighbor message Old Nite Cap's location
10:42 a.m.

@gearhead, another classic...

— On the food inspection Simon Tacos Inc. passed inspection
2:13 p.m.

@gearhead, I would bet when "simon says" open.

— On the food inspection Simon Tacos Inc. passed inspection
1:51 p.m.

"go to the head of the class"

classic. they have a few versions, but all good fun

— On the neighbor message Any Favorite Educational Games?
12:18 p.m.

interview questions

Do you have any issues salting in the winter ?

dude, I assault in the winter summer what ever

Do you have any battery experience ?

yes, but I personally never been charged

what does the flashing yellow lights mean on a tow truck?

that I can drive like an ambulance driver on crack

8:30 p.m.

@robin in wrp,

— On the neighbor message Crazy
7:01 a.m.

"came up to my wife and gave her a stern talking-to"
I am sorry, I would have said listen, buddy, If I ever here of you harassing my wife again, the next broom you will be seeing is going to be upside your head.... you want to be a good neighbor, mind your own business.

he is a bully, bullying your wife... tell him in your own words to step off.

I am sure if someone would stand up to him, he would back down, but since everyone thinks he is loony they let him be. remember, just because people may have a handicap does not give them the right to be an "ahl".

— On the neighbor message I have a weird neighbor, what do I do?
11:03 a.m.

when it happened to me... paranoia, anger and distrust toward the world set in. I found it helpful to see a psychologist for about a month to cope with the strong feelings that I had at the time in order me to move on from it.

— On the neighbor message Wondering
8:15 p.m.

yeah, I did it and got back $15 from an old primeCo account

— On the neighbor message Hidden Treasure - Unclaimed Cash
10:22 a.m.

@joanie, that is what I think about those planters and trees in the middle of the road.

9:33 a.m.

H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !

— On the neighbor message happy thanksgiving
9:27 a.m.

the signs in the middle of the road should be cutouts of people holding a sign to stop for pedestrians in cross walk, it should be a steel pole filled with concrete, if you hit one you are probably distracted and hitting a fake pedestrian and fixing your car may be a wake up call to drive better.

the stupid thing about that law thou, is 8 times out of 10 after I stop for the pedestrian(s) to in the crosswalk they wave me by or just stand there like they are waiting for the starship enterprise to beam them up.

7:54 p.m.

@Harold, so for a woman it would be... Caucasian. Doe

— On the neighbor message Community Alert
3:48 a.m.

well, I heard when he went to a local church they said....
you got too much for us to handle here, you have to go rome for your confession.

— On the neighbor message Why is this not considered a gift?
12:29 p.m.

Taxes may be cheaper if we were back under the British Parliament.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
12:14 p.m.


7:16 p.m.

"From what she can remember, the area residents were told that building the terminal would bring tons of people and their money to the area." maybe that is what urban planners believed at the time." thou, I think the opposite happened... it enabled residence to go somewhere else to shop

7:14 p.m.

it is a new thing, if the marriage does not last.... they just split the house in two.

7:02 p.m.

Save when you buy 20 2-liters, must buy 20 for offer, also when is that 7 cent per bag tax supposed to roll out, for those not using recyclables yet.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
6:49 p.m.

if pop is so bad for you I would like them to put a surgeons general warning on it. in big letters something like "drinking pop has been known to lead to fatness and or diabetes" or what ever it is that makes pop bad for people.
right now if you ask me the tax will kill me faster than the amount of pop I would consume.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
6:54 p.m.

well, someone weighted so much they broke the machine.

6:23 p.m.

i guess he felt he did not knead to

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
9:40 a.m.

my car went into limp mode twice, once it was the transmission solenoid ($150), and the other time was one of the speed sensors ($26).

get a good transmission flush, filter and new fluid and see if issues are resolved, sometimes transmissions are finicky and if it was overdue for service or has the wrong transmission fluid in there it can cause issues.

— On the neighbor message Good Transmission Place?
8:18 p.m.

@beeb, How did the Doughs come into this?

it all started when someone paid Cash

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
5:14 p.m.

you, just have to roll with it, and hope it will get butter

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
4:22 p.m.

@portatge parker, what shops would you suggest, hope to see? where there any places in the 80's that you wish would return to the area.

7:04 p.m.

Who the heck names their kid Cash?

Bill Dough and his wife Moola Dough which is odd, because most Bills are single, they own a bread company.
other kids:

Chadd'r Dough
Fin dough
Buck dough
Lou T dough
Nick L dough
and daughter Penny (she is a copper, but sometimes she does not make a lot of cents).

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
1:31 p.m.

I think people are for density for some of the following reasons:

increases property value

adds more money to taxe bases

stimulates economic growth and attracts business, that perpetuate more density.

pushes out residents that can't afford area, which is viewed as a positive since they have less money to spend in the area... this attracts buyers with more disposable income.

anything that adds value to an area is translated a progress.

i think the people against density for some of the following reasons:

increasing property values increases property tax, if this increases too fast they will not be able to afford the increase of their property tax, and be forced to move, some will be in their retirement years... some will plainly have less money to spend.

they moved to Jefferson park because they liked that is was not dense, and some may have moved to get away from dense neighborhoods such as wicker park and wrigleyville

increased traffic, pedestrian bike or other, some people chose jeff park to the relatively low traffic and commutability. being centrally located in Chicago, you could head off in any direction in your car and your commute would be even set. with places with increased density you have pedestrians jaywalking and bikes zigzagging in and out of traffic. for those that work long hours, adding an hour to a commute can add up over the course of the year, taking time from family, friends or errands.

parking, even if all the people in the up zoned properties do not have cars, friends and family may, which may add to parking opportunities in the area.

these are just what I see from both sides, feel free to list more bullet points positive and negative of up zoning. by listing positives and negatives in bullet points it may lead to a more constructive understanding of both sides and promote more of a healthy conversation on the issue.

12:31 p.m.

this picture makes so much more sense now...

— On the neighbor message Fosters Urgently Needed
7:54 p.m.

with all the taxes and such, I can't even afford them at face value....

— On the neighbor message Poor Alderpeople
6:01 p.m.

the us bank on 5850 w belmont Belmont has a coin counter

— On the neighbor message Change
9:15 a.m.

sounds good, thank you

5:11 p.m.

@jimmy, well, it is not for the fact of not wanting too, but between work and obligations I have little free time. I used to go see my parents every week, but now it has been 2 months since I have seen them.

12:48 p.m.

that is what I am saying post recipes to the original thread below, that way all are there.

8:46 a.m.

if you want, you can post the updated recipes to the old thread, that way all recipes are together and others add some new recipes as well and they will all be in one thread.

11:33 p.m.

no, I did not get the email, so what I assumed was correct and the email feature is proven to be defective at this point.

11:22 p.m.

lets go for both if not too much trouble, but I will probably do the soup first, since believe it or not a friend brought me over a stock pot of chili today... I don't know what recipe it is, but it is pretty basic and has green peppers in it, so I will probably be eating chili for the next couple days.

I also found that oil of oregano extract adds great flavor to soups and stews much more then regular oregano. I would usually add a couple drops to my bowl (stuff is strong), mix well. do not be tempted to taste it directly, always dilute it with something.

11:20 p.m.

ok, here is the test, I sent it @1:058pm and geo the reply that it went thru, did you receive it? if not there is an everyblock email issue.

Hi there,

You just sent the following message via EveryBlock. We're sending you
this so that you have a copy for your records.


To: JimmyMac

please let me know if this message gets through

11:02 p.m.


" I sent you an EB email in this regard."

I did not receive it.

it would appear there is an issue with every block emails.
i emailed a friend to test it and got this reply

Hi there,

You just sent the following message via EveryBlock. We're sending you
this so that you have a copy for your records.
then a link below

however, he never received the email

that may explain why david could not find the email because of an everyblock email issue, on your end it says the message is sent, but on his end he did not receive anything.

i checked if you had an email thru everyblock enabled, but you do not, i was going to send you an email to send me an email, but not only is it not enabled, but probably would not work until they fix the error.

6:50 p.m.

"The box is set on a timer and will explode 40 seconds after it has been moved"

40 seconds is along time, I cannot think of a package thief moving a box and waiting on the porch for that long, they would probably be in a car or halfway down the block.

next time you walk down a porch do 40 Mississippi's and see how far you are away from it.

— On the neighbor message Resolution for Stolen Packages
10:02 p.m.

@gearhead, "I'm flag you agree with me"

your flagg.... colonel is that you...

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
9:54 p.m.

or that Italian sausage soup,HKdsvTV#0

8:04 p.m.

@jimmymac, thank you for your clarification and explanation, I am more of a cut paste person myself, so I did not think the information had to be attached. I now understand why you were requesting dave's email.

oh, by the way fall season... time to make jimmymac's one.. two.. chilli ;),127EbkT#0

or that Italian sausage soup,127EbkT#0


7:32 p.m.

it is a good idea to contact peoples gas, I am not sure if they will replace the bad value, but probably give you the best advise.
try penetrating oil on the valve, shoot it a couple times during the day and let it set over night. after shutting off the gas at the meter, run the stove burners to get rid of excess gas, replace the bad line/valve, turn on gas, check for leaks, remember to re-light other pilots if you have them such as hot water heater, dryer, boiler.

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
6:20 p.m.

@jimmymac, curious... why the hoops? it seems like dave walsh is reaching out to help your cause and I know your statement technically does not say you sent the archive, but would imply that you did.
"Dave Walsh, I've got you covered. Check your email. I created the archive for you."
then when he asked where it is
"When I receive that email, I will send you an email with attachments of EB archive"
also, have you thought of contacting media on this matter?

11:49 p.m.

do you have a shut off by the meter?

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
8:16 p.m.

@big oaks, your thinking of a gentleman's club

— On the business license Portage Gentlemen Shop
8:11 p.m.

i do not know of an attorney, but believe that you may have a case if it is related to sexual harassment or discrimination, you would also have to have enough evidence to prove your case. so if you feel you were wrongfully terminated, but cannot provide evidence of what led to the wrongful termination, you may not have a case.
the reason that i am commenting is if you do find an attorney to consult, you may want to be ready to present them with your evidence or witness statements so they may take your case. if you do not have that ahead of time you may be paying consulting fees for nothing.

— On the neighbor message Employment lawyer
7:49 p.m.

barber shop for men

— On the business license Portage Gentlemen Shop
7:11 p.m.

I usually get take out from one of these two places and have for sometime. even thou I have not had Mongolian chicken (more of a beef guy) from either place, it is on their menu and may be worth a try.

— On the neighbor message Good Mongolian Chicken
9:29 a.m.

someone please explain this pension thing to me?
where did the money that was supposed to support it go? I mean I invest in a 401k and if I have a loss, there is a loss
if there is a loss in money the pension fund is in there is a loss just the same right?

— On the neighbor message NW Side aldermen differ on water rate hike
9:11 a.m.

@jimmymac, i have been down similar roads before and would like to share some advise that was given to me.
in reviewing your comments, you have a lot of valid points, but maybe they were not presented in the way you intended for them to be presented.
somewhere there was a disconnect in them really listening to your concerns enough to for them to consider change. perhaps they considered your opinions an agenda of its own.
somehow you did not effectively communicate your points concisely enough for them to be considered.
then again maybe the plan was set in stone...
people don't like to work, if you want to change something big you need to have overwhelming documentation on all your points, also petitions as well as online petitions help. getting, groups (such as neighborhood groups) local alderman, state representatives and political figures involved help as well. you have to go to the news outlets, etc.. i am sure if you presented a concise story to news team with all the safety concerns and all, they would have considered taking the story.

3:04 a.m.

the money should be found elsewhere thru cuts, and restructuring. with all the extra money in taxes that we will be paying for others retirement comes out of money that would otherwise be put in my 401 k.

— On the neighbor message NW Side aldermen differ on water rate hike
10:08 a.m.

I like the idea, especially in winter/rainy times, nothing worse then repairing fuel lines in the snow. it also depends on the price thou, if you get stuck and have to let it sit overnight, it could prove more costly then to take it in. I also wonder if the lift is a ramp lift or 4 post, I will be guessing ramp. also, I assume there will be power and air lines for all bays as well as recycling service for oil and antifreeze.

11:22 p.m.

@an infinite member,

Inactive User... What's your music? Does it involve a tuba? <JK>

mostly classic rock, metal... but most other music as well
when outside I will only play with respect to my neighbors

I ain't going to go blasting some angelspit or something

— On the neighbor message Does anyone have anything good to say?
10:22 a.m.

i used to ride my bike a lot when I was younger, of course I had more time to then. I rode 20 miles a day after work at night mostly 5 days a week, but there were exceptions. i rode primarily to relieve stress, unwind from the day and stay fit. I did not ride in rain, unless I got caught in it, but I would do and liked snow as long as it was not too high.
I do ride now but just around the neighborhood for errands or to ride with a friend, primarily due to time, my job is physical and long shifts, then I also have home obligations that do not give me the time to ride for pleasure. it is pretty much I am at home or at work type thing. I am not an enthusiast, but enjoy riding when I can.

10:07 a.m.

I am grateful for all my great neighbors, and that they like my music

— On the neighbor message Does anyone have anything good to say?
12:44 a.m.

yeah, I will be going to culvers... i like the cheese cubes, It is American food.

— On the neighbor message Binnys, Culvers?
12:42 a.m.

if you feel something is out of the ordinary, but does not warrant a call to the police at the time, document it, times, dress, description, plate numbers, tattoos, etc. pictures if you can. then if something does go down you have pertinent information that you can share with detectives.

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
12:03 p.m.

any music should be played at a volume considerate of your neighbors.

— On the neighbor message evening inside
11:35 p.m.

@competitor, I patrol my neighborhood when coming home and if I am about, I report suspicious activity to police, and document other suspicious activity. and know and frequently talk to most of the neighbors on my block. not to go into too much detail but Tim Cullerton and I have brought down a couple troubled buildings in my immediate area, even thou not his ward he has been able to help.
the key is to identify the bad guys and share the information with your neighbors. monitor them with yourself and your neighbors and report any thing that may be illegal in violation of a building code. then don't stop dropping the hammer, be united talk to neighbors and share information that you discover, monitor routines cars that come and go, plate numbers etc. record them so if an event in the immediate future happens you have plate and description info.
also, in my day competitor, people were not that free to be belligerent and disrespectful to police, in my day you did not listen to a cop you got taught a lesson. police were respected, the thing is if they told you to stop, you know what, you stopped. you say yes sir no sir you were ok.. I mean not saying that It was right, but people followed the law. I followed the law and was not harassed that much, a little, but yes sir, no sir and telling the truth got you a long way.
police used to come by the house and talk to us ask us what is going on and such, they knew the good people on the block and got intel from us, then they would shakedown the troublemakers and telling them to stay away from certain areas. they would also confiscate drugs and weapons. I remember so many times cops rolling up and asking me where I was going, where I was coming from, to turn out my pockets etc, but I did not have a problem with it because I knew I was ok. cops patrolled, they protected and served their turf, they were the peoples gang. now, with all the hands off stuff you get no patrols no service.... you get warnings and alerts.

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
12:10 p.m.

section 8 needs improvement, I think maybe something has to be amended in order to get the voucher, members of the household have to commit to so many hours of volunteer community service, like to beautify the neighborhood or something , it would be based on how many hours one spends at their verifiable job. if one has a child work could be done at home such as on a computer or making community flyers.

many people around here worked hard to live here, many have earned their way on their own... so I can understand how it feels to live next to someone that has not.

— On the media mention Man shot in Belmont Heights
10:54 p.m.

I remember the days of "freeze or i'll shoot".

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
10:34 p.m.

yeah, some friends I had a block down from me moved because of the crime. I asked them you are really going to move, the neighborhood is safer then most. he said, it only takes 1 bullet and it is easier to move while I am still alive.... it is a dice roll. I would rather move to an area with better odds.

10:26 p.m.

sometimes it is not so much more criminals, but more victims, more people, more opportunity. most crimes (not all) are committed by people that do not live in the immediate neighborhood.

8:17 p.m.

what a terrible situation for those that were held hostage to go through. events like this could be traumatic and have impactful psychological effects. i hope 7-11 offers counseling for the hostages/employee that were involved, thou some may not feel like they need it is helpful for those that go through this type of stress.

6:14 p.m.

I have been thinking about it too, I found it troubling when I was on amazon and saying maybe I should buy some quick clot to have in my car in case I get shot by a stray bullet.

I had a close friend driving with her kid and there was two cars, one of the people in one car shouted while hanging out the window is that them and pointed at her car, someone else in the car shouted , no the other car and the guy hanging out the window shot it up with bullets, she was so scared she gunned it right though the red light and never looked back, she was shaken for a good amount of time.

6:01 p.m.

a good practice is to check your side mirror first, look over your shoulder, then open your door. also, get out immediately and don't have the door hovering open while you try to get one last thing. I usually wait for traffic to calm a bit before I get out and sometimes just climb over the seat to get out the passenger way.

also, while we are on the subject of mirrors, you should be checking your rear view and side view mirrors every 8 seconds and glance in your rearview mirror before you use your brake giving additional stopping distance if needed for the car behind you.

5:52 p.m.

@paul, no I think they used confiscated fireworks

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:02 p.m.

bob, some people work 10-12 hour days, have a commute and responsibilities, some of labor is physical, not everyone has a sit on their butt job, and may not be physically able to ride after say unloading trucks all day. some are just too tired to ride after a physical or long stressful job, some people have to wear a suit to work and it could be difficult to manage riding a bike, I understand this because I know people that do it. not everyone is lucky enough to get a job close to home. also, many people have two jobs to make ends meet. some have nanny's or daycare to pay for, some moms and dads use cars just to get home earlier to do homework or spend more time with their kids. some use cars to pick up kids from care or take relatives for medical treatment.
maybe you don't know people like this, I am trying my best to educate you that in the city why some need cars, and at times it is not so much a choice but needed to take care of responsibilities and obligations. hopefully this will help you in having a more open mind. people should ride bikes when they can, but it is only another form of transportation to be used. I do a fair bit of walking as well as riding my bike, I use my car when I need to... and there are times I need to.

12:41 p.m.

from what I heard they got the guy alive, the sounds where probably flash grenades used by swat

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:25 a.m.

CʜɪᴄᴀɢᴏSᴄᴀɴɴᴇʀ ‏@Chicago_Scanner · 5m5 minutes ago

"The rear office, you'll see where it was breached by SWAT" #Chicago #ChicagoScanner #ShitCPDSays #HBT

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:16 a.m.

CʜɪᴄᴀɢᴏSᴄᴀɴɴᴇʀ ‏@Chicago_Scanner · 2m2 minutes ago

Milwaukee is now open #HBT

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:15 a.m.

according to report on channel 7 right now standoff is still ongoing

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
11:55 p.m.

I think I just heard story coming up on channel 7 in the next couple minutes

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
11:53 p.m.

@ruta, well, they have been hanging around awhile

— On the neighbor message A&G Fresh Market on Belmont
8:59 a.m.

I wonder if you also get a tax credit for an electric mower

10:02 p.m.

city income tax? pretty soon there is going to be a tax on tax... tax

8:18 p.m.

@bob, "More bike racks are needed to fix the parking problem"

I have never seen a bike rack full around here, I do ride a bike and I do fairly often, I have never used a bike rack, always a pole or tree, call it habit. if you are riding a bike, you just find a spot to lock it, been doing it for years.
an extra bike rack in my opinion is not going to convince someone that drives to ride their bike because of a new bike rack, it is personal choice to ride or not. they are not going to say oh! another bike rack, I think I will stop driving and take a bike.
when I need to pick up a few things I take my bike, when I am buying $200.00 in groceries I take the car. if I need to get somewhere and have time, I take my bike, if I need to be cross town in 30 minutes and be back to get some other obligations taken care of by a time frame or need to pick someone up I am taking the car, if I am taking the neighbors out to dinner, we are taken the car. I actually have 4 bikes and a bike I am redoing. i understand that some people have errands, task and responsibilities that due to time can only be accomplished by a car. I like my bike, I like my car.

4:27 p.m.

Not all people are physically able to ride bikes

7:18 a.m.

what is the suggested detour for northbound Milwaukee traffic.

2:37 p.m.

@thecity24, they already started making a spot for the culvers

10:39 p.m.

in addition to what others said, take your trash cans in the yard and put hem out during trash day, this may alleviate some of the irritation until the authorities come out and remedy the other issues.
also, you should report any animal abuse, including the animal getting loose, all animals are different, but would hate to see a small child injured because an owner was routinely neglectful. authorities are probably quicker to respond to that then any of the other violations.

— On the neighbor message Need help with dirty neighbors
7:12 p.m.

@randy, that song was brutal.... try this one

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
6:44 p.m.

I think you'd better clarify what you mean by the placement of the board at a 60 degree angle.

I did not dig a perfect 90 degree clearance toward underneath the concreate, I dug angled down underneath the concrete, so when putting the board under the concreate, It was angled and the jack went on the board on an angle, to dig enough to get the jack completely underground would require so much extra digging for the handle to have clearance.

— On the neighbor message Small Concrete Job?
5:32 p.m.

@sandy 1225

4939 n irving park road

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
5:12 p.m.

if the slab is a solid square and not connected to the other squares you can do what I did for my sunken sidewalk, and next door neighbors, here is what we did. dig on the side of the sidewalk about two feet wide and about 8 inches under the sidewalk. get a board like a 2x6 and put it in the hole under the sidewalk so it is at like a 60 degree angle, put the jack on the board and jack up the side walk with an 2 ton hydraulic jack, then start putting bricks and rocks under that side and lower the jack, jump on it a couple times and move to the other side, do the same thing. continue to do this till it is an acceptable level, then refill the dirt, try to pack it in tight underneath and toward the concrete. do not make the mistake and flip the concrete block and then try to level it, it is almost impossible. I did that on one square flipping it then put some stuff under- neath and put it back, it sounds like it would work, but the irregular shape of the bottom of the concreate made it difficult. a 5 foot crowbar, was also helpful, but use the jack for the heavy lifting, I slightly bent the crowbar and broke the tip off which I had to regrind. if is it connected to the other squares you might have to borrow or rent a grinder to make the cut in the square.

also, if not too deep of a hole you might be able to use a concreate resurfacer to build it up a bit, but probably not more then a 1/4 of an inch.

— On the neighbor message Small Concrete Job?
5:09 p.m.

I was under the impression both were coming

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
9:10 p.m.

maybe even if you are on your way to work or something, you can pick up an extra coffee for a friend or co-worker.

11:29 p.m.

not sure on the numbers you posted, but i feel the percentage will continue to drop as people are pushed out. gentrification has started, in 20 years jeff park will not be as you know it now. gen x'rs are split and there are not enough of them to hold the line. it can be slowed down, but there is no stopping it. some older people that are well off will support change, but those that are just making it will continue to be threatened by progress for fear of being pushed out. it is what it is.
millennials call it progress, in their eyes those that are opposed are against progress.

11:19 p.m.

jpna is mostly a baby boomer group, they seem to be traditionalist and preservationist that want the same things for new parents to raise a family in the same environment that they found to make jeff park what it is, suburban living in the city, yards, parking, quiet neighborhoods.
jeff park forward is more of a millennial group that focuses on changing what they believe their image of jeff park should be, tailoring to a younger group or older alternative group, to create a dense city lifestyle atmosphere.
this is how I view the groups, but if I misrepresented either group in either way please, let me know and extrapolate on where your views are on the misrepresentation.

7:54 p.m.

so much for the theory traffic calming and reduced parking is supposed to stimulate business by driving pedestrian traffic.

9:43 p.m.

But, with flexseal you may be able to rid yourself of that pesky leak in just seconds, it even works on boats...

— On the neighbor message Plumber for Gas Line
5:01 p.m.

this should be it, I went there with my dad as a kid, glad to see it is still there. from what I remember you could give them measurements and they can custom make your storm window.

— On the neighbor message Storm window companies
10:20 p.m.

didn't there used to be a place up on Pulaski years ago that made storm windows to order, is it still there?

— On the neighbor message Storm window companies
9:17 p.m.

well, I have to tell you I am surprised they did not just take the rims and tires and left it on a couple of bricks.
I think they probably seen that since it is good enough to lock up, it would be bad to lose and anything bad to lose is good to steal. the good news it is was damaged anyway and did not seem like a huge loss due to the unsatisfactory speed, but still the principal of the matter it still sucks, to steal a kids toy from your property. I would use this as an opportunity to go door to door and across the street and introduce yourself to any neighbors you don't already know while using the premise if they seen anything. the more people you know on your block the better.

— On the neighbor message Stolen off our porch
2:42 p.m.

here is some food for thought, thou not ideal my neighbor and i were talking (she is a teacher) and maybe they should actually slightly cut pay for both cops and teachers and put that money for more cops and teachers. this would provide more safety in numbers for cops and more easier jobs for teachers. I know if I was a cop on a beat I would take a slight pay cut if it meant I had a partner or another backup on my shift and if I was a teacher I would take a small pay cut it if it I had another teacher to cut my class size down. both jobs are important, if we can educate well, maybe less will turn to crime.
would you sacrifice part of your pay if it meant your job was safer, easier or less stressful?

1:44 a.m.

post any tomato recipes below

6:47 p.m.

"Pets are a commitment just like children"

so just curious how come if you lose a child, the child is missing
if you lose a dog, the dog is lost
I have not seen many missing dog postings or for that matter lost children postings.
both not the fault of the owner, in the case of the dog the dog is lost, in case of the child the child is missing.
if an owner was truly at fault, it would read more like neglected dog or abandoned child, right?

4:38 p.m.

Lord, hear our prayer

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
7:08 p.m.

Carlene, do you happen to know what % of rentals in the jeff park are section 8?
also, do you know section 8 voucher redemption in Jefferson park on the increase?
is there was a general demand for apartments in general due to gentrification from the southeast or is this fueled by an increase in voucher redemption?

7:06 p.m.

and there comes the flashbacks, gotta say competitor, you are over the

— On the media mention Man shot in Irving Park
5:03 p.m.

my one neighbor used this technique once. he didn't answer the door, then when they are were ready to leave and got to the bottom of the stairs he opened the door, and said hi! the salesman turns around and heads up toward the stairs, my neighbor smiles then closes the door. sometimes confused, they leave. if they continue to knock on the door, he runs out the back way around the block and starts walking toward his house if the person is still there and says to the person, I don't think anyone is home, and smiles again.

— On the neighbor message Amway or Scamway? FYI
9:48 p.m.

@beep, maybe ask the owner if he is interested in selling the house... say you seen it go into foreclose and wanted to see if you can help him out, get to talking and see if you could come up with anything .

— On the neighbor message Foreclosure question
9:39 p.m.

I would check with some of the parents in the kids classes or ask the teacher to ask around, if a parent of the other kid is picking up their kid anyway it could help out, also, at least one of the kids would be with another kid they know and at least one of the kids homework is going to be the same. that is the road I would explore if I was in that situation. It being a catholic school there may be a community board or parent club that you can get more information.

— On the neighbor message Looking for an After-School Sitter ASAP
9:37 p.m.

i was trying to think of the most logical reason someone would have for keeping a dog in a panel van with food and water and the more i think of it maybe the dog was dog napped and was being held for ransom.

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
7:16 p.m.

it may work but, it taste terrible

— On the neighbor message ** Chemical Free Insect Repellant "Recipe"
9:10 p.m.

@dpancakes, good job for calling the police, at least if they thought the dog was in immediate danger, they probably would have reacted. at any rate, the guy leaving the dog in the car got him two tickets, two ticket he would have not got if he did not leave the dog in there.
maybe write a note on the car to the driver as well, maybe he is not educated that it could be dangerous for the dog, print out an article or something and put it under his wiper. if he is leaving food and water for the dog, there is caring there, could be he does not see a danger or feels the dog is safer in the van then home alone.
just curious was the dog barking or appear to be in distress. how did you come to know there was a dog in the van.

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
8:39 p.m.

if she does not read "don't walk... the kids aren't learning what "don't walk means.
if she screams at her kids.... she is teaching them that to get attention screaming is ok
if she disobeys the law/rules.... she is teaching them it is ok to disobey the law/rules.
if she is disrespectful towards others... she is teaching them it is ok to be disrespectful
if she almost got hit 3 times and does not care.... she is teaching them it is not important to be careful
all and all responsibility and consequent are of no regard to this mother.

a child will learn to treat others the way you treat others and they way you treat them.

— On the neighbor message 35 and under CAN'T
7:49 p.m.

not sure what is worst, 2 cars or the radio is stuck on 95.5 big country.

then again, some police departments are just shaking it off... lol

but, two cars are unacceptable, they should have so many cars to cover and "patrol" a certain amount of miles. things are so backed up that we cannot get back to the basics of patrolling areas like we should. more patrols over a period of time detour crime, not only due to visibility and support, but quicker response times. this helps keep insurance rates low for residents and areas safe for residents. when areas are not safe youth may have a higher chance of being affected by gang activity either joining or becoming a victim.

in watching old episodes of chips and starsky and hutch you will notice that several times police were not called most of the time. someone would go out into the street and flag a cop on patrol down, not the same anymore.

4:46 p.m.

same goes for wading pools, a neighbor down the street called me to say their was a dead bird in her wading pool, I told her maybe it was because of the spraying. she ended up cleaning the pool before her kid went in today. if not for the dead bird in the water she would have never known, I wonder what effect if any if the child sat in that water in the sun today. so for those that may have some wading pools out there,to be safe might be a good idea to rinse them out.

3:08 p.m.

oh, one more

— On the neighbor message 35 and under CAN'T
9:32 p.m.

times have changed, rarely do I see idle cashiers anywhere during prime time. I usually shop late at night, not on the weekends and usually see no lines. I had to go around 6pm once and wonder how people deal, i am so used to going late and it be pretty easy to get in and out...lines at 6pm were long, but it is what it is, I try not to go when it will be busy. ever since the economy changed things have gotten worse in the retail landscape, with the convenience of online and delivery options, mortar stores are extremely competitive to maintain profit margins, margins that will never be the same as in the past, you can only cut so much payroll. unfortunately it means overworked managers forced to make minimum wage workers do twice the work expected then in the past, claiming workers need to work more efficiently to meet the expectation of the business. to get around getting rid of senior positions, the position is eliminated and a new one created, forcing a layoff or requiring a senior employee to interview for a new position. the landscape has changed, it will never be what it used to be.

— On the neighbor message Jewel Six Corners
8:09 p.m.

I am not sure a speed bump would have helped in this case, if they did not see the cars, or where driving too fast they would have missed the speed bump. probably under the influence.

— On the neighbor message Hit and Run
7:48 p.m.

if you have not used them by now I would look at selling them, you can take them to an auction house that specializes in antiques or look on ebay to see what they are going for, what they are worth and what they sell for are two different things, some sell higher then they are worth some lower. post it up on ebay with a high reserve see what the bids go up too, that may give you a good idea.
also, check with your home insurance, let them know you wanted to have them appraised for insurance and they may be able to refer someone that can do an appraisal.

— On the neighbor message Any Waterford Crystal Experts?
7:39 p.m.

I go to the college of naprapathy, they are affordable and take insurance. they helped a friend avoid surgery, I went to a chiropractor once for an assessment and they said I carried my head forward, and they can correct it for several treatments costing only $1,800.00. something front carriage or something to that effect.
I told the concern at the college and they gave me simple exercises can do at home to correct the issue over a few months.
I can go on, but it is one of those things try it and decide if it is right for you, if it is, it is an affordable convenient option. I don't go all the time only when needed, like when I get knots in my back/shoulders or strain in the neck, arm calves, etc. also, if you ever get that thing in your neck that you can't turn your head that way, they can usually work that out same day. the students have to rack up so much patient time before they get their diploma, so students come and go, some are better then others, but they are around awhile.
if you like them, when they graduate, they usually leave their info on where they will be practicing, but most of the time it would be double the cost.
appointments are pretty easy, usually I will call the day of and ask if they have any open appointments or a couple days out. I have not had an issue getting in. they are pretty close by and the appointments are usually to the point, I have never waited more then 10 minutes max.

— On the neighbor message Chiropractor
7:30 p.m.

the two last times I encountered someone riding on the sidewalk, on the Irving stretch between cicero and Laramie.

1st encounter, bicyclist coming from behind pretty quick came real close, I caught my elbow at the last second when I realized it was a bicyclist, otherwise they would have got an elbow to the chin, not that I would hurt anyone on purpose, just a natural self defense reaction.
then about a couple weeks ago I sensed a bicyclist on the sidewalk behind me and I moved out of the way, he said good job, thank you.
I think if you feel the need to ride on the sidewalk, then ride slowly, people that are not expecting you may inadvertently walk in front of you, there maybe small children walking out of stores, or you might get and elbow.

1:26 p.m.

I am surprised no one has seen anything yet, this has been going on for awhile all over portage park.

is there anyone that have seen anything suspicious, even thou maybe not at the time of the theft, like people scoping out the area, suspicious vehicles anything?

they seem to use the same type of bricks, is anyone missing any on the block? are they bringing there own..... landscaper?

it has to be a van or truck, hauling this stuff... anyone see anything, probably 3 people minimum would be my guess.

most of these are happening overnight, early morning.

most target newer Honda and Toyota foreign, but now going into larger suvs (high end wheels and tires).

we need to brainstorm, how do you think they are doing it? we need to establish a profile, if we are going to help stop this.

7:14 p.m.


"If police act as judge and jury",

— On the neighbor message What the media doesn't report
12:36 a.m.

the only way to resolve any issues is to talk to the store manager or ask for a call back from the district manager regarding concerns. jewel is pretty responsive to addressing issues when the store manager is notified.
you can also call direct to the corporate office if your concerns are not addressed. not sure if letting the service desk person know is going to get anything to happen. ask to speak to the store manager, make sure it is the store manager and not the assistant and you will get results.

— On the neighbor message Jewel Six Corners
7:22 p.m.

@fredsedhead, yeah, they freak me out and bring back the nightmare that I remember long ago....

let me set the story, when I was about 14 years old my dad used to drive me to Winnetka and I used to spend my weekend mowing lawns, not small lawns mind you but large lawns, some where larger then others, i would get from $75 to $150 per lawn. but it was ok, I had my mower with chrome spoked wheels, chrome air cleaner, and a height adjustment handle that was a hurst shifter, and my 105.9 wckg classic rock hat to keep the sun out, I felt boss. well arriving at one of the lawns, it was covered in cicadas, I mean you could not even see the lawn, it was all bug, all noisy and all. I asked my dad what is that (pointing at the lawn), hearing thousands of chirpy sounds. he said they are just bugs, I will pick you up in an hour and a half. wait, what, I can't mow this... it is all bugs, maybe we should come back. no!! you made an obligation to mow, now mow! you mow! (pointing his finger at me with a deathly glare in his eye) my dad turned around got in the car and drove away. so I cringefully started to mow, crunching up the bugs as they hopped over my feet and some clung to my pants. thinking this was not too terrible, just make it through the day, I closed my eyes on the long stretchs. then I had to empty out the bag dumping all the pieces of bugs out... at that point I don't even think the lawn had to be cut, it was all bugs. uhhrugh. thank god it was the only time I had to mow cicadas. the strange thing is the rest of the lawns i had to mow that day were not covered with cicadas only that one, and it happened to be the largest one. brutal. why only that lawn I never understood. I mean it was covered in bugs.

— On the neighbor message Cicadas !!!
10:41 a.m.

the original concern was that they were playing in the streets, if they were off on the sidewalk like many other street musicians and performers, this post may have not even been created.
so many times people try to change the conversion to change it into something that was never intended to be.
that being said, there is a place for arts, but not sure if the middle of the street may be the place for a music session, an artist painting, or even some form artistic dance.

— On the neighbor message Bucket drummers
10:43 p.m.

@paul, we already do... that is why they send out all the police alerts and warnings so that when we see the criminals, we make the call to 911, then either they catch them or arrive late to take another report and issue another police alert or warning .

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
11:33 p.m.

probably not a bad idea to have the cat chipped when it gets here. if the cat is already chipped, make sure to update owner information. seems like pets around here for one reason or another get lost, coming from California, if the cat gets out who knows where it would go.

— On the neighbor message Best Vet?
4:42 p.m.

we just need a federal government bail out for Chicago, if we can send money to other countries to help them out, help out car companies and mortgage lenders, I cannot see why bailing out a top city is out of line.
people that were responsible for the mismanagement of funds should be penalized as well. with every new city worker hired there needs to be changes to the pension program so this does not happen again, the bleeding needs to stop.
the tax payers cannot pay for the mistakes of city management, when people are suffering and paying for government mistakes and government accepts no responsibility for wrong doing it is no different then a dictatorship.

then where is Obama? where is the federal bail us out already, how quickly you forget your roots and the people of Chicago that put you where you are today, or do you hate Rahm too.

— On the neighbor message Proposal to Raise Water Bills
10:56 p.m.

yep, I seen this dog fighting the other day, owners should be respectful of the common good.

— On the neighbor message Portage park Dog park
4:32 p.m.

found this, thought it was interesting, like history or something

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Such has been the patient sufferance of Chicagoans ; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Mayor of Chicago is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Mayor, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our Mayor brethren. We have warned him from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded him of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to his native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured him by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. He too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold him, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

— On the neighbor message Proposal to Raise Water Bills
4:14 p.m.

break the granite with a hammer and throw it in the garbage, or put granite on freecycle or craigs list, as someone might take for a small project.

— On the neighbor message Question about building material removal
3:52 p.m.

wood needs to be sealed or painted.

— On the food inspection Old Irving Brewing failed inspection
3:48 p.m.

I don't see why everyone is surprised, it is sooo obvious..... this is a perfect example of WRI or writing under the influence.

if you read this while drunk it will make perfect sense.

it is like secret code to confuse those known as the sobers

7:09 p.m.

yep ,i heard they are changing the wording on squad cars to serve and protect will be replaced with "to warn and alert."

while in some areas law enforcement is more aggressive

— On the media mention Police warn of Northwest Side burglaries
3:57 p.m.

Ahh, I see.... You saw

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
9:01 p.m.

This girl used to do call backs which is sending back merchandise to vendors, or items called back. Well one time she was asked what she did at work and she responded... Oh I am the call back girl. Then one of her brothers gave her hermit crabs for her birthday that he had got at the mall. In a conversation with another friend when asked if she got anything for her birthday, she responded. Well, I didn't expect it but my brother gave me crabs for my birthday.

— On the neighbor message Way too many plants !!!
9 p.m.

my friend calls them hostages, funny story she said did you see the hostages that I put in front of my house?
one of my favorites from the other day that it was hot, she said it was so hot she was suffer-cating and that she had a mindgrain headache.

— On the neighbor message Way too many plants !!!
5:19 p.m.

@pam, the six that is what I said above, great minds think alike.

I just thought of something distinctive enough for people to remember, how bout kenjington korners

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
5:13 p.m.

@joanie, ahh, Rammstein .... if you were next door to me play that lullaby all day.

I may have said this before, but I remember once in while working in the yard I had judas priest going and the neighbor two houses down said, inactive the radio the radio... I said, I'm sorry is it to loud? no, you need to turn it up, I can't hear it over here.

he had the doors playing in his yard the other day and I said the same to him. the neighbors between us, don't mind.

I am sure if anyone had a concern and let us know we would adjust it thou.

— On the neighbor message Your Family Barbecue Music
11:48 p.m.

six coins, I guess that makes cents....

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
6:11 p.m.

no, I don't think the alderman would be able to do anything unless multiple noise complaints were filed.

best case scenario is go talk to them.

if they do not respond you would have to continue to call the police and make a disturbing the peace complaint. the police will tell come out and verify if the noise is too loud, then tell them to turn the music down and they will for about 30 minutes and turn it back up.. you would have to keep calling and complaining and waiting at times hours for police to show up. after an extended period they may get a fine. if you have multiple neighbors on your block call and complain that it is a disturbing the peace call you may have quicker results.

of course my preferred option would be playing music I like at a higher level to drown out the sound, sometimes a big fan helps as well..

— On the neighbor message Your Family Barbecue Music
6:04 p.m.

so with the plethora of lost dogs, I would like to get everyone's best practice in numerical order of what to do.

you lose a dog:

what steps do you take in order to find your loved one? what do you do 1st, 2nd. 3rd and so on

you find a dog

what steps do you take in order to find the owner ? what do you do 1st, 2nd. 3rd and so on

I don't own a dog and have not found any, but I would like to know all the options from those in the know. This way if something happens we have a list of different options to go to in order like a checklist.

I lost my dog

1. I drive around the neighborhood
2. I post to lost dogs
3. I post on every block with picture
4. I start posting pictures on tress in the area the dog was lost

I found a dog

1. I take them to __________ to scan them for a chip
2. I post to lost dogs
3. I take them to animal control on the weekends
4. I keep them and have a dna test done

9:53 p.m.

@HRDKOR1, good job, it looks like the force was with you

— On the neighbor message Found Dog: Elder Irish Setter
8:46 p.m.

@pamela, what would you name it?

the six
del boca vista
the seventh corner
the place to be
or how bout the traditional "coming soon"

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
10:36 p.m.

but, wait now, it says they are open 7 days a week until 2am..... if their food is good and depending the size of their burgers there may be something too this.
i'll be waiting for someone to chime in on the food to see if it is even worth it.. other then that, I guess it is still driving to Susie's for that double bacon cheese burger, or that philly steak. oh, and by the way if you do go to Susie's and if you have not already, their honey almond shake taste just like those almond cookies at the Chinese restaurant.

— On the neighbor message Anyone met Ray yet?
10:23 p.m.

it was originally the pointe and then they decided to drop the e because there was not point to having it. no, really I think they dropped the e on the name of the project.

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
9:39 p.m.

so you have hot dog places like jeffs that do cash only, they have an atm, but typical of some hot dog places, cool. mr submarine that will charge you a quarter or something...or may be a minimum whatever, but still takes credit cards .

but this is the first time I seen a "bar and grill" cash only, I don't think it fits the typical business model for this type of establishment and may turn some people off.

— On the neighbor message Anyone met Ray yet?
8:16 p.m.

updated photo,

— On the Open311 service request Abandoned Vehicle was closed
7:43 p.m.

Eisenberg said he hopes to break ground on the new building this summer, with opening slated for summer 2017.


— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
6:45 p.m.

i hope it is not some of the more common communication issues:

-make sure you get all the leaves this time

ok, we will leave it this time.. goodbye thank you

-something is wrong with my bill

well, I hope he gets well soon

-I need more gladious in my yard, can you help

yes, "glad to know ya"

-can you not blow the yard waste into the street or neighbors yard

it's not me..... it is the machine

-you cut the grass to low

if you want to give tip, it is ok

-can you put mulch around the house

yes, I do "much" work around the house, make nice

-is that your kid you brought with you?

ehh, waiting for the maury povich, you think he looks like me

-were where you, you are supposed to come every sunday

yes, i come every some day

-where is the cow manure you were supposed to deliver i told you to put it on my front porch?

it is there, look there it is on the front of your Porsche

-what is that white powder all along the front of my house

yes, you say you want lots of flour along the front of the house, is good


oh, you want the wheat flour, huh

— On the neighbor message Lawn Care Recommendations?
6:27 p.m.

what is the point?

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
1:06 p.m.

— On the neighbor message MAIL DELIVERY
8:35 p.m.

maybe also check with the realtor to investigate for you, you can use it as leverage in the purchase of the house.

— On the neighbor message Sidewalk Curb= blocked driveway
8:32 p.m.

check with the alderman, you would need a permit to have the driveway and I believe there is a yearly charge by the city, maybe the previous owner decommissioned the driveway due to the additional fees to have it.

— On the neighbor message Sidewalk Curb= blocked driveway
8:21 p.m.

If it were august, I would be thinking the same thing

6:50 p.m.

i have a hard time remembering the details because I was just a kid but, I think my grandfather once had rodan in his basement, nebula 71 star was able to rid his basement of rodan by sending this guy George. then ponch gave me a snickers bar because he thought I was diabetic and starsky and hutch drove me home in a red tomato.

2:55 p.m.

if you feel strongly against reporting her, you can let her know that the pets deserve better and you are willing to help her in putting her in contact with agencies that can help her in finding alternate homes for some of the animals. explain to her that she is breaking laws and you have been informed that a neighbor is going to report her if she does not improve conditions for the animals (don't let her know the neighbor is you), but at least this way you can be a good neighbor and attempt to help her to resolve the issues while giving her fair warning

— On the neighbor message Neighbor has too many loud pets.
4:32 p.m.

it sounds like you need to report her, you say you believe the animals are being treated unfairly and the conditions that you report indicate neglect and possible poor living conditions that border on abuse for these pets. then you also indicated she is breaking the law.

are you more concerned about the animals or the noise?

being sweet and old is not an acceptable excuse for neglect, abuse and breaking the law in the care of animals.

do the right thing for the right reasons and all will be fine in the end

— On the neighbor message Neighbor has too many loud pets.
4:16 p.m.

@helen, how sewn could we see you sew.

3:02 p.m.

i believe that dollar tree bought family dollar and that store is going to be converted tp a dollar tree..

the family dollar closer to 6 corners 4828 irving will continue to use the family dollar name and signage , at least for now, but be ran by dollar tree.

— On the neighbor message Family Dollar
9:54 a.m.

I am sure the Irving park sewing center (singer store) on 4914 w Irving can or know someone that could do that. They are very friendly.

10:14 p.m.

Dollar tree

— On the neighbor message Family Dollar
10:05 p.m.

sorry that it has happened, but it has happened a lot around the northwest side so be aware.

as preeti stated they have what they call ups access points that the package can be delivered to either directly or a failed delivery attempt at your location.

depending where you are ordering from you have the option to chose how your package is delivered. I had a package that could not be delivered because I was not home so the package was dropped off at an access point about two blocks away from my house, at that point you are given one of those slips on your door and you have 7 days to pick it up from the access point before it is returned to sender. I use that option or delver to a neighbor option if I know my neighbor will be home on the day of delivery.

also, it is always a good idea to sign up for tracking updates, although sometimes not timely ( Ie it will be delivered at 7pm and you get a message at 8pm that your package was just delivered), but at least it will make you aware of any missing packages.

I would let my neighbors typically know if I am expecting a package, that way they can keep a look out, if they see a delivery truck.

there was one day my neighbors had a package on their steps and I knew they were not home, so I secured the package and let them know I had it. I knew if I would have left it there someone would have taken it as it was a package from the united center.

just curious, a tow hitch... what would you tow, and what is towing capacity of a smart car?

— On the neighbor message Package stolen.
11:12 p.m.

so is this one of them transgender things

— On the media mention July 15, 2016 Newsletter
9:46 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, I dare you to go to a walgreens drive thru and ask for a case of beer, if the pharmacist says that you have to come in and that the drive through is for prescriptions only, tell him that is your prescription for fun.

8:58 p.m.

when you say you don't want to sound racist the first thing I ask myself is would a person of the other race make the same comment toward the group of people that you are addressing.

— On the neighbor message Irving Pk..Kimball..11pm
8:52 p.m.

they should have a moat that you canoe up to the drive thru

8:09 p.m.

no, not missing it, any respecting jeff parker has a case on hand, and probably knocks back a few to relax before ordering.

then you have your ipa jeff parkers that buy by the pint

there was once i knocked back a couple of pints of stone ruianion ipa, and by the time the pizza got to my house i forgot i ordered it.

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
8:08 p.m.

@wayne, Aug 13 2009 is when bellav joined everyblock, as the comment previous to hers we are looking for the oldest active everyblock member in Portage/Jefferson park.

I would guess portage parker 46 may be one of the oldest and wisest people, I think I heard him mention his first grade teacher once, I think it was Mrs. T Rex.

7:58 p.m.

residents are different too, a Englewood victim might, retaliate, don't go out like a chump and go out and get a gun

where as a jeff park victim might, make a police report, file an insurance claim and stay in and order a pizza, maybe even blame the alderman

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
5:57 p.m.

I think law states if a door leads to outside it has to be openable without a key, like fire code or something. So turning on the inside is a good idea.

11:26 a.m.

also, park with the wheels real close to the curb, most of the time if they can't get all the wheels, they are not going to go for it.

10:12 p.m.

when they asked bones what he was doing there he said, they are all dead jim and started to ramble that he is the real McCoy. then something about some beam me up scotty pills, and asked if yous mad bro

— On the media mention Bones found in Northwest Side cemetery
9:53 p.m.

speaking of blockstar, I just thought of something interesting. I wonder who is the first person that joined everyblock in Portage/Jefferson park that is still active in posting.

lets see, wayne joined every block

June 4 2011

if you joined before that state your join date, then if someone is prior to that date state that until we have a winner.

9:32 p.m.

@tom, "with a little brute force, wheel locks can be defeated"

even with devices that can remove wheel locks, the locks typically will get stuck in the socket, it will definitely slow them down.

normally it is a good thing when someone has to retire.... I guess there are always exceptions to the rule

9:15 p.m.

when I was around 10 years old I lit a 1/4 stick and took off on my bike, I was probably about 15 feet away when it went off and the force blew me right off my bike. I have never lit a qtr stick again and if I did it will be with a long wick. now that I think about it those roman candle fights were dangerous too, just didn't seem so at the time, but then again I was a kid around drunk people.... maybe that is why I don't drink much.... hmmm.

9:06 p.m.

@nw-sider, the first thing to come to mind is that is tucked up

— On the neighbor message Tuckpointing
8:57 p.m.

I am only getting the daily digest, when going to main page says site not available due to updates

— On the neighbor message Everyblock?
4:59 a.m.

a bluebird sent a note that they are turning over a new leaf and taking their whole armada, but it goes to stanza the skyline will never be the same, altima 8ly probably better thou as a rouge fairlady went on a quest to be the pathfinder to find their new home that has more cube, as it was found on the x trail.

suburu used to be a brat, but they are having a new legacy coming from their experience with their forester's in the outback. even thou base models justy little short on horsepower i am really impreza with their line. also, i would not worry about catching any sti's from any suburus as they can be pretty hard to catch.

— On the neighbor message Mid City Nissan Moving
1:20 p.m.

@dennis, don't limit just to saving a few bucks, you can even cut back and save some doe

1:09 a.m.

I hope everything works out without you having to get all up in his grill.

maybe you can post this on the side of your house to prevent future events after this one is resolved.

10:53 p.m.

@zapper, make sure you documents dates times and conversations with this person and the organizers regarding this situation as well as take pictures of the damage.

this will be helpful in court if it comes to it

due to the perceived jerky nature of what you represent of this person, do not be surprised if you come home from work and the siding is fixed (by his friend), which may or may not be to your satisfaction. this will obviously be done without your permission.

at that point when you ask what is going on the neighbor can simply state that the organizer asked him to take care of the damage and that is what he did. that is the only issue with adding a third party such as the organizer to arbitrate on your behalf, you have no clear record of the conversation they had.

then what are you going to do? take him to court for fixing the damage?

no, that adds another element of the friend working on your property without permission which can even classify as an element of vandalism and trespassing.

be prepared with documentation

9:52 a.m.

first step file a police report for the property damage....

3:48 p.m.

how bout the ymca?

Candidates must be over 21 years of age and fill out a credit check and a background check.

Candidates with prior felonies and violent or sexual offenses will not be considered eligible.

Our resident facilities are limited to men only.

One-year lease minimum. Resident applications are available at our front desk. No security deposit is required.

— On the neighbor message Too much section 8 in one place is no good
10:51 p.m.

yeah, but a bit too poppy for me

if you want someone that is even easier on the eyes

— On the neighbor message Anonymous Letter- Good Neighbor
10:23 p.m.

some people throw chairs, it is instinct....they get mad you pick up a chair and throw it, some times just to throw it.

9:37 p.m.

most businesses that have an outdoor dinning area, have increase sales... the concept is not old.

i wish the seating was bolted down thou like a bench or something, mark my prediction, someone will throw a chair.

8:45 p.m.

not sure about the people spot, but that blue chair across the street sure is hard to get in and out of.

6:47 p.m.

I see advertisements for single family homes all the time, are they breaking the law?

— On the neighbor message Too much section 8 in one place is no good
6:40 p.m.

well, it probably was someone you know that does not approve or someone you know told someone else and they don't approve. it may even be your wife if she does not approve, but is not sure how to tell you or maybe one of her family members (does she have nosey

then again if you think the person is crazy, just throw the letter out and let it be.
maybe there is a reason for concern and that is why you are questioning here instead of just tossing it out, maybe not, but something is making you give the letter more attention then it deserves.

i throw out all crazy mail unless part of me thought it was not crazy or maybe i had some suspicions. maybe the person knows something about the other person that you don't know, maybe something happened between them. there is not enough information. i would not however ignore any i know what you did last summer letters.

that said i would not say you are a bad neighbor, nor the person needs to get with it. i think if the person had a concern they should be more specific in stating why and if there was a valid enough concern or it directly affects your neighbor for you to consider their opinion, but they should respect your opinion if you choose to continue choosing to rent out the spare bedroom and mind their own business.

— On the neighbor message Anonymous Letter- Good Neighbor
7:44 p.m.

reminds me of some parnks my friends used to play when I was younger.... not that I am condoning but thought i would share some of the memories.

you see, you go to your friends house with a pack of Saturn missles with a long wick and duct tape it to the back of his gas grill, so it it well hidden, then run the wick underneath to the burner. when he goes turn on the grill burllll booooo booooo.

you can also run it to a pack of jumping jacks under the grill or snakes on the burner that will not be detected and omit a bunch of smoke if you wanted to go that route. then wait for the moment of what the?

any memories anyone have from the past. I remember flying trashcan lids and roman candle fights, looking for duds in the school parking lot, taping smoke bombs to my bike, etc

— On the neighbor message be careful with fireworks !
4:22 p.m.

I never thought about that, the bird could have even died from.............
fowl play...hmm!

— On the neighbor message No Rain for Days - Wild Birds Need Water
8:20 p.m.

remember, do not blow yourself up this year!
some other good ideas are to wear safety glasses, light fireworks with incense, and most importantly don't hold fireworks in your hand while lighting, put them in a spot or have someone else hold them.

— On the neighbor message be careful with fireworks !
7:49 p.m.

I found 2 this year, one in the front yard and one in the backyard.

— On the neighbor message No Rain for Days - Wild Birds Need Water
7:15 p.m.

@gearhead, everyone has their circumstances, most home owners are hard working and civic minded people.

i had some unforeseeable expenses that put things tight financially, had these expenses have not presented themselves, it would not put me in a situation. i did foresee and expect an increase, but did not anticipate i would be paying more for property tax in my little shack of a house compared to properties in the next class and is to reason that i purchased such small house.

it is not that people will like paying it or not, it is what they have to do to manage the extra expense.

for some it may be easier than others.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
6:34 p.m.

say nice costume and throw candy at them and close the door.

— On the neighbor message Suspicious door-to-door solicitation
2:41 p.m.

Time to make minimum wage $20 an hour now... Lol

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:43 p.m.

@brian, check if they accidently changed your square footage or your classification.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
2:49 p.m.

I am getting my homeowners exemption

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
12:22 p.m.

nw-sider, thanks for letting me know the unknown reason for classification change happened to you too. again, I think these bizarre things just happen to me.

even thou I won the appeal and they changed the classification down back to 2-02, the value still went up. I will assume before they made the correction they compared to other properties that were 2-03, since I can see no way my house value could have increased property value by $50,000, assessed value up 5,000, and equalized assessed value up 13,000.

so even thou they corrected and reclassified to original 2-02 status, taxes are up $900 over prior year.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:52 a.m.

After my property tax bill I am glad we are getting an aldi nearby

12:52 a.m.

it states under property value that it increased in value by over $50,000 the only thing that I have done to it is pull the weeds and mow the lawn, maybe I should put the weeds back. in comparison a house on the same block as mine exact same construction, except in much better shape has increased in value by only $10,000.

i had to correct an error that they made in 2014 (payable in 2015), as they changed my square footage and classification to 2-03, in which is not accurate. i had an attorney appeal and they fixed the classification back to 2-02, but did not correct all the square footage, and i am not sure if that makes a difference.

does anyone know when appeals open again in Jefferson park township?

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:25 p.m.

omg, the second installment was a little over $1,000 over previous years second installment! is there a lawyer in the house? if you add both installments and compared to last year for the entire year it is over $900 for the year.

it looks like my assessed value in 2014 payable in 2015 was 15,000

my assessed value in 2015 was 20,500 and I contested and that brought it down to 20,000 but still my assessed value is not worth that much

I have neighbors on my block with same style houses and their assessed value did not change by that much and that is what I originally submitted when contested.

anyone got any ideas why this happened?

I guess I have to file a new complaint this year, submitting the same comparable properties again this year.

oh no this is going to enroll into my escrow and now the mortgage is going to go up for next year, which is pretty tight the way it is.


— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
6:30 p.m.

how much did it go up?

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
11:06 a.m.

And they are lighting our stairway to heaven

— On the neighbor message City Lights in Portage Park
6:37 p.m.

the most important thing is that if you do carry something that you practice and know how to use it, like role play. that way if the situation arises you will know how you will react.
I had a friend that said that he carried a knife for protection, however when I said ok how will you use it pretend I am a bad guy, I grabbed his arms and he pulled out his knife and dropped it on the ground. so practice, so anything that your going to carry so you are comfortable in how you will retrieve and use it in different situations.

so if you have a whistle, make sure it is easily accessible and you practice how to blow, if you are nervous and taken by surprise you may not take a deep enough breath in to get a good blow.

6:33 p.m.

this is getting wheelie out of hand, talk about jacked up, some lug gave a ticket on top of it. are their any leads?

this has been going on a lot around portage park / jeff park, more than is published in media reports. I am suspecting a van and at least a 3 person team.

has anyone seen anything suspicious, even after the fact. maybe you seen something that did not seem out of the ordinary at the time, but looking back could have been the thieves.

anyone have any ideas?

it seems like they are targeting newer cars, Hondas, Toyotas, import

what other observations and thoughts does anyone have?

— On the neighbor message Welcome to the hood
2:33 p.m.

if areas of the frame are bad and you want to refurbish them yourself and they are painted, I have used bondo in the past to repair rotted wood windows, I did it in my parents house about 25 years ago and it is still holding together. just clean rotted areas and start filling in with layers of bondo, sand, paint. done. if they are loose use and adhesive to stop the rattling before adding the bondo.

— On the neighbor message window frame replacement
1:13 p.m.

if it is a small shrub and you know someone that has picked up some fire works, you may be able to blow it out with a 1/4 stick, just bury it as close to the base of the root as possible, light and run. repeat if needed. wear ppe gear such as eye and ear and leather glove protection. check local laws before continuing.

just the first thing to come to mind.

— On the neighbor message Shrub removal?
1:09 p.m.

i am not really sure what kind of dog it is but, i am pretty sure about the dna results , and i predict that you are not the father... lol ;)

4:17 p.m.

also, for wttw producers circle members, show your current plastic member card to receive a 2-for-1 menu item discount at superdawg.

superdawg drive in
6363 n Milwaukee

page 11 of summer 2016 guide to membership.

not that many people know that is a participating restaurant.

— On the neighbor message Bike 45 Whoopski Ride!
3:54 p.m.

It's not possible to threaten to attack them in any way either.

the difference between the possible and impossible lies within a persons determination.

I have seen some moms yell at questionable people around their kids, not threating.

kind of questioning, condescending, speaking in commanding tone and waving their finger in the air shifting their hips back and forth, sometimes even putting the other hand on the hip. kind of like lecturing them away.

words that hit hard as a fist. things like "i need to know what your doing here", "oh so you think your are a big man taking pictures of kids", " i am sure yourr mom would be proud of you, wait you probably don't even have a mom", etc; etc; ( a real mom could do it better, but you get the idea)

this techniques seems to get most people to move on (there are always exceptions), if you get a couple or few moms on the block to go lecture the individual they are quicker to retreat.

you can see this technique from time to time on that one show "what would you do?" with John Quiñones

— On the neighbor message BOLO parents please be aware
11:25 a.m.

@portage parker 46, it was not me, someone that went inactive, you can tell by the "user" with the small "u"

— On the neighbor message Noisy O'Hare Take offs
10:45 p.m.

@tami, so you have not tried it?

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
10:57 p.m.

usually, free diagnostics is only if it shows a code on obd 1 and obd 2 and may only point to part of an issue at times.

— On the neighbor message Needing a trustworthy auto mechanic...
12:48 p.m.

electrical shorts can be expensive to repair, best to do a quick shot at fixing yourself.

what you have could probably be a bad relay, which looks like a small square box

get yourself a repair manual for your car if you don't have one already, like $20 at oreilly's

when you hear the buzzing remove the fuses one at a time until you hear the buzzing shut off. when you do, you know the issue is on the circuit. refer to the manual to see where a relay may be for that circuit. plug back the fuse and see if you can locate the relay. take the relay out, if the buzzing stops, go get a replacement relay.

if the buzzing is still there follow the wiring diagram to see what else may be replaceable on that circuit. if you cannot find the error at that point you may have to take it in. but these quick checks can possibly save you hundreds of dollars.

also, what year make and model is the vehicle, maybe there is someone on here that had the same issue and can recommend an easy solution.

— On the neighbor message Needing a trustworthy auto mechanic...
10:49 a.m.

now if they can get every starbucks to sponsor a divvy, then you can ride from starbucks to starbucks.

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
10:36 a.m.

it moved?

— On the neighbor message Neglected house
10:12 p.m.

@dennis, so if a bad guy breaks the window, they will feel double pain?

— On the neighbor message Old Chicago bungalow doors?
10:11 p.m.

if jimmy johns can deliver a sub, there has to be a place that will deliver coffee. I think that is what the future holds.

— On the neighbor message Starbucks in Portage Park?
7:42 p.m.

I heard it was a starbuck/stripmall and was wondering if they had an idea on how many storefronts that there will be. if they are taking suggestions for places needed in an area

I would recommend something like this:

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
10:21 a.m.

No, he had a clear one but your real close

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
8:04 a.m.

sorry, I know it is for irving and central, but is the proposal for mall or what else

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:43 p.m.

@a&k, this for a specific development?

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:42 p.m.

@gary, makes a lot of sense, maybe the experienced techs don't knock the power, and the new techs do. as I said the person that came to do mine was suited up full face shield and everything.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
11:41 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:30 p.m.

@Philip m, thanks, maybe you had the same guy I did, at least I know I was not the only one.

paranoia was setting in I was beginning to think since I gave him the 3rd degree before he started that he thought just to cut the power on purpose so I would have to reset the clocks.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
10:03 p.m.

I did not have any issues other then them coming unexpectedly, power was off for a couple of minutes and I was told of such, so I had to reset all my clocks. my neighbor had an older meter and they have to come back with the proper box that houses the smart meter.

I wonder why the guy that did my house had to disrupt power and all you all were uninterrupted.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
9:20 p.m.

no, they are for it and want them jeff park ... this would be single family homes for portage park

but, jeff park is trending toward getting new apartments and condos and portage park is trending toward getting new single family homes

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
8:39 p.m.

@tami, it is an empty lot and they are proposing to change the zoning to single family dwellings.

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
8:25 p.m.

I really miss analog tv, did not seem to have the interference issues as digital. I thought it was better and when they switched all my pocket tvs that I used to have did not work anymore. there really are not a lot of readily available digital pocket TVs like there were the analog ones.

— On the neighbor message Noisy O'Hare Take offs
7:31 p.m.

I moved from lakeview about 13 years ago. taxes and homes in the area were way out of my range. my dad still lives there and his property tax is more then my mortgage, property tax and insurance combined.

@nw-sider, I was under the thought process that people that are selling should not contest their property tax because it states that the property is worth more and it is easier to command a higher price, this assumes a sellers market in which we are in now. if you plan to be in your home long continue to contest property taxes. I predict that with this surge in build ups and rehabs in portage park we can easily see property tax tripling in the next 15-20 years, mark my words.

@durandurann1231, that is good to hear, for some people a condo is better because some people may not know how to do home repair, mow the law or shovel the snow.

— On the neighbor message O'Hare noise influencing home buyers?
6:29 p.m.

jpna would be jealous

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
6:15 p.m.

@psmonkey, they did not "advance notice me either", I was heading out the door when they came, they said that they were here to install a smart meter, I was skeptical and said really... I was told I would get advance notice, he said that the notices were sent out.

maybe that soon to your area notice was the notice. how do I know your legit? he had a face shield on and I told him for all I know he could be a star wars character. here is my id and I am driving a com ed truck, points at truck. I told him to show me the meters that he was installing in which he showed me in his truck both old and new meters. the process was done in less then 10 minutes, I made sure everything was turned off.

for information purposes they only replace the glass dome unit part not the whole box, it is digital and yes it does have the time on it.

I am just glad they did not blow up my tv like the water department or break my water main like peoples gas. yep, nothing broke due the electric company..... I am shocked to say the least.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
6:13 p.m.

it sounds great, but if is one thing that I learned is things change, do not celebrate until everything is done and the issue is resolved.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
6 p.m.

If I buy them a case will that get me my house built?

no, but it will get them in the door.

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
2:47 p.m.

what if the bike is lost or stolen

Immediately notify us by calling 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889). You must do this within 24 hours. The customer service representative you speak with will ask you to fill out a Divvy Theft Report form. In addition, we request that you call or visit the police precinct in which the theft occurred within 24 hours to file a theft report. Your credit card may be charged for the cost of recovery or replacement of the bike. Please note, you must contact Divvy within 24 hours of the loss or theft of your Divvy bike.

in addition

If your Divvy bike has not been returned and correctly docked at a station after 24 hours, the bike is considered stolen and a fee of up to $1,200 plus administrative fees will be charged to your credit or debit card.

What do I do if there are no empty bike docks when I want to return my bike?

that would really be an inconvenience if your destination was nearby the station. you may even spend the day driving around looking for a station, I hope it is not raining.

If you want to return your bike at a station that’s completely full, we'll add an extra 15 minutes of free time to your trip that you may use to return the bike to another station. Simply go to the kiosk at the full station, dip your Divvy key (for Annual Members) or re-swipe your credit or debit card (24-Hour Pass holders), and select “Station Full?” to add the free time to your trip. You may also check the real-time status of nearby stations to find an available bike dock using the “Nearby Stations” option on the kiosk.

If you have a smartphone, download the CycleFinder app for your iPhone or Android device to view real-time information on bike and dock availability, then plan your trip accordingly.

If you have any problems, please call to speak with us at 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889).

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
9:55 p.m.

how are locations chosen

Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding where to place Divvy stations. These include things ranging from population density and business permits to things such as solar power access consideration and other stations in the surrounding network. We coordinate our station siting efforts through the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and area aldermen. You can suggest a station location at any time at
If you are interested in purchasing a station, or sponsoring a station location, please email for more information.

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
9:55 p.m.

i get sensitive at times too, i guess we all have our sensitive periods

this one always gets me

— On the neighbor message Window repair
5:52 p.m.


i would guess if their window for calling was between 11-1130, that they would not be able to take a call at 12.

it could be they intended to call and misplaced the number, if they are booked and good at plumbing, i can see how some things can easily go down the drain, sorry that the only thing that went down the drain is the expectation.

maybe give them another chance, talk to who is in charge let them know that you were disappointed that they did not return your call when they promised, but instead of going with someone else you wanted to give them the opportunity to make it right and that you hope that you made the right decision. they may possibly give a discount or make sure that they provide you with exceptional service.

right now you really don't know why they did not call, maybe within that 30 minutes something came up. we really don't know.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
5:05 p.m.


"Today was the day that Jerry at Olympic Plumbing - 708-846-0029 was supposed to call me at 11-1130 this morning to set a time"

that just sounds odd someone saying that they will call you at 11-1130am to set up a time, are you sure that you were not supposed to call them between 11-1130am to set up a time?

usually if a business is going to call they would say something like will give you a call sometimes Tuesday or Tuesday afternoon to set something up, odd that they mentioned a specific time, unless they were intending you to call.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
4:11 p.m.

it looks like it single family homes and more build ups/gut rehabs for portage park, and apartments and condos for jeff park, reason being jeff park transit center.

— On the neighbor message O'Hare noise influencing home buyers?
2:54 p.m.

@nwgal, no need to be sorry, I was not calling you out, i am sure everyone including myself know what you meant, but found it to be an amusing play on words, thought it would add some levity to the conversation and bump the thread as well :)

I was just trying to be nice too. and for the record I make typos all the time. it is all in good pun. as your probably already know, I thanked and appreciated your comment.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
3:23 p.m.

well, I guess if all the above does not work

is your garage door insulated? nylon rollers? that may minimize some of the noise as well as tight weather stripping.

how bout install a shock sensor alarm on the door. they can't be mad at you if their actions are causing the alarm.

get a garage exhaust kit

when they are playing ball in the alley start your car, maybe you can smoke them out.

or you could use my dad's technic of dealing with his neighbors with loud music and bright lights, for those of you that remember the story,n6xrRYd,uzz1BzC,nejZbGT,CV0OoW2#4

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
9:27 p.m.

@david, I showed my neighbor your comment, because I thought It was good, and he said
"yeah, but that would only work if after you took the shot, the ball did not bounce back and hit your garage door"

if it did, then you might sound silly saying try to keep the ball off my garage door. maybe, a pass back option could be safer.

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
9:05 a.m.

Work is scheduled to start June 13th

8:32 a.m.

seems like "to protect and serve" has evolved to "to warn and alert"

1:57 a.m.

@paul in Jefferson, this is for you enjoy

11:56 p.m.

6052 W. Addison

— On the neighbor message Store closing....
11:04 a.m.

I would let them play as long as they are not creating damage or using foul language. I would rather have decent neighborhood kids in my alley. it keeps the bad kids away. we had a lot of alley hoops growing up and our biggest challenge back then was keeping unauthorized users from playing on the net. the neighborhood and neighbors seemed closer then and everyone had an interest in seeing kids stayed out of trouble. now it seems like everyone just don't want kids around their house. I remember kids playing baseball in the alley and they would all day ring the bell because the ball would go in our yard, my dad usually gave a lecture so they would try not to hit the ball in our yard because they knew they would have to sit through a lecture to get it back, still happened thou.

this is why it is important to know the neighbors all around you, it is easier to have a conversation when there is a true community of people watching and helping each other. I have introduced my self and got to know who the neighbors all around me are, I might not hang out with them all, but I do talk to them ask them how they are doing, etc.

so if you want to fight it and don't want a sandwich. when they are playing ball open the garage door, do busy work in the garage. when the ball comes in the garage close the garage door.

option 1 if they come asking for the ball have a conversation with them. since it is unreasonable to have them play ball and it not hit the garage, maybe there is a better time they can play when it won't disturb you or try to minimize the ball hitting your garage.

option 2 if they come asking for the ball hand them the flat ball (let the air out), have a ball needle handy

option 3 if they come asking for the ball don't answer the door at all, enjoy your new ball

look at the timing when do they play? maybe earlier wash your car in the alley use soapy water. or simply hose down outside your garage making the alley wet.

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
10:43 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
12:14 a.m.

so is the concern the noise or is there damage to the garage door?

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
10:20 p.m.

@bellav, wish I seen this earlier as I was rowing my boat down the same stream

— On the neighbor message Store closing....
2:19 p.m.

Thank god I used my neighbors email.

1:52 p.m.

I registered for email updates, so if i see any new info come down i will post it here.

Department Of Water Registration Confirmation

Dear inactive,

Thank you for registering to receive Email Notifications from the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management.

12:03 p.m.


I wish I had the psychokinesis power to "look the window out".

— On the neighbor message Window repair
9:44 a.m.

maybe they need some inspirational music

— On the neighbor message 30th ward
9:36 a.m.

Restauran is thai for Restaurant

— On the neighbor message Grand Opening!! 50% OFF Thai&Sushi
2:07 a.m.



this is a grand opening on 6/6/2016, mark the date

would the 50% be automatically applied for online orders at the Irving location on grand opening?

what is the chefs recommendations or top selling items at the Addison location (customer favorites)?
I understand it is easy to say everything is good, but what are some of the top selling items.

— On the neighbor message Grand Opening!! 50% OFF Thai&Sushi
12:54 a.m.

@a&k, so did they give you a raincheck

— On the neighbor message Rain barrel city of Chicago program
11:44 p.m.

i used to go to ace hardware and have a window cut and put it I'm myself at home just make sure you measure correctly. you could however take in the window and they could do it for you. it has been awhile so call your local ace hardware first.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
11:43 p.m.

to my understanding official dates have not been set, you can register for alerts to be informed of any updates to the destruction. I believe that arena will let us know if official dates are released.

Please be aware that starting in June, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along Irving Park Road, from Central to Cicero.

The main dates back to 1916 and needs to be replaced to avoid main breaks.

With crews working in the street, there may be closures or lane restrictions for safety reasons. During these times, detours will be available to ensure residents will still be able to reach their homes and businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.

Crews will post “No Parking” signs in work areas as needed, generally between 7 am and 4 pm. Parking outside of those hours will still be permitted, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday.

If you would like to receive regular email updates about the progress of the project, please register []online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this project is 1601123.

12:36 p.m.

maybe she has not met the right person yet

11:58 a.m.

probably till it is done

10:03 p.m.

meant English captain

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:36 p.m.

gunna have to take you down to English lieutenant colonel now

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:30 p.m.

short for "the are", so " the are ain't no free lunch" this is pirate dialect....

such as the are there matey some spell it arr

remember the date September 19th is talk like a pirate day

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:10 p.m.

i would think this would have been better off in portage park

10:02 p.m.

nw-sider, your mention of toxic brought this to mind it is an entertaining cover, enjoy ;)

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
9:36 p.m.

also, if he is chipped, just make sure they don't put the chip in the shoulder area

— On the neighbor message Found Male Beagle Dog
7:04 p.m.

i heard at the jeff park library by the time the librarian reached the third story, everyone started to complain.

5 p.m.

@portage parker 46, the only reason I can think of wanting to know the rules for permits is if i were inviting a few friends over and supplying them with beer till my garage add ons and deck was built. then there is the fort. now as long as there are no "ripples".

the progress would be led by miller general draft, with a bunch of hamms like Sam adams and Pilsner Urquell that kirin a lot about doing a good job.

the fort will be fort lager

the add ons will include lites which will be installed by my buds in old English style

they can give 2 Schlitz about a permit, since they are building it old style and unless micky opens his big mouth it should be cool

the garage will also have a red stripe down the center and a water fall with rolling rocks
with saint paulis girl helping with the details.

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
3:54 p.m.

here are a couple examples of value and maintaining the history of the item

so maybe if it does not fit with your newer décor and your prefer having a painted one for display consider a cheap knock off for stopping the door and place your grandmothers on a mantel or someplace where it can be appreciated for what it is and what it means to you.

2:42 p.m.

The fatal shooting occurred around 5:15 a.m. inside a BP gas station at the corner of Narragansett and Montrose avenues on the Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man was arguing with two other men, and one of them shot him in the head. The man died on the scene.

No one was reported in custody in any of the fatal shootings

— On the neighbor message BP on Montrose & Narragansett
9:55 a.m.

and I thought Napolitano was a type of ice cream

11:07 p.m.

@pattymelt, did you get those whistle tips installed

— On the neighbor message Muffler/exhaust shop recommendations?
11:03 p.m.

that is what I like about you portage parker you always understand what I am talking about ;).

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
10:27 p.m.

ahh, it is raining in my kitchen again (due to an improper flashing). for those that might have an issue with leaks spanning a large area a plastic sled does well in collecting drips, just thought i would share if anyone else was there.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
9:11 p.m.

you will most likely need a permit for a large add on such as a fort/deck, which may include documentation of existing garage or inspection to see if it is up to code to hold a deck, several deck conversions in lakeview required teardown of old garages and new built to be up to code, if you have a brick or cinder block garage you should be in pretty good shape to legally go with a deck. this is not one of those weekend beer projects, whoever is building it would have to submit plans for permits and they would need to be approved before construction.

best to contact a qualified good rated professional/contractor for a free estimate to get an idea of what can be done.

the other option would be to get a copy of the building codes, then you may need a lawyer to translate most of it. it covers most building, municipal and zoning codes:

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
8:08 p.m.

depending on how much detail you want and not to make it look over painted, probably looking for a good airbrush artist. see it they can do a matte clear coat to keep the paint longer.

take pictures from all angles for painters reference

if there are rust spots have them lightly sanded or rubbed with steel wool and rust converter applied before painting.

but take the pictures from all angles first.

I personally think it is great the way it is, it has character that was developed over several years, sometimes when you try to renew something old it is never the same.

4:29 p.m.

the ones that are doing it and that are inconsiderate of others probably will never change or look at the consequences their actions could have.

they probably just blame their kids or will make comments that pedestrians should have the common sense to get out of their way.

when parents show no respect for law and authority it teaches children the same.

this sets a bad example for children and even if the parent never gets caught or nothing bad happens, the child usually grows up to not be so lucky and they end up accidentally causing harm to others, then they don't understand why because their parents did it....then when you ask them what happened the response is it is not my fault, it is just bad luck.

— On the neighbor message Prussing Parents - OBEY THE STOP SIGNS!
2:33 p.m.

speaking of taxes, not a chance the garbage fee is tax deductible.... they are not for profit right?

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
1:38 p.m.

ahh, jumped the shark.... that takes me back

1:35 p.m.

it has been going in my head since yesterday, actually i am singing it now, i just talked to my neighbor this morning and she had not heard, so i told her.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
8:43 a.m.


.33928571 then multiply that by the 13 days you get 4.41.

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
2:45 a.m.

@sue, nw sider, john arena

so trying to figure this out my bill was $42.43

so from the bill explanation page it states 2 months for march and april, 2 months for catch-up garbage fee for January and February. so that put's it at $38

then on the bill page under message center it states "based on your billing cycle, the catch up billing for garbage fee is prorated to match the water and sewer billing dates reflected on this bill"

key words being "to match the water and sewer billing dates reflected on this bill"

the dates on my bill say account for billing period march 15-2016 thru may 13-2016

so may 1st thru 13th $4.43

so my best guess would be

9.50 jan catch up
9.50 feb catch up
9.50 march
9.50 april
4.43 may 1st thru 13th,
42.43 total

so if you take a month as 4 weeks (28 days) and divide it by 9.50 you get .3.928571 then multiply that by the 13 days you get 4.41.

and that is my 2 cents.... wait they still owe me 2 cents, what am I missing here.

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
2:43 a.m.

@oandel, i got to thinking and I was just wondering if you heard:

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
12:24 a.m.

@jimmy mac,

nice ;)

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
10:58 a.m.

I call it "chair that sits o'ber by dare"

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
12:31 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Make Your Own Glass Souvenir
9:05 p.m.

@portage parker 46, flashback

— On the neighbor message Need a good fence builder
11:08 p.m.

@psionic moo, I have to know was he talking to you

— On the neighbor message Comcast Cubs Sox
10:12 p.m.

great to see young kids inspired at an early age.

also, brings some flashbacks of Ray Rayner and his umbrella hat on the days it would rain...

come to think of it, I think all meteorologist should wear those on rainy days, maybe even sunglasses on sunny days.

10:09 p.m.

paul's last name must be "patrol"

— On the neighbor message Did you see?
3:38 p.m.

maybe they got police presents and police presence confused.

— On the neighbor message Did you see?
3:05 a.m.

Correction, not GNC. Meant to say vitamin shoppe.

7:37 p.m.

if you look for negative that is all you will see

if you are too busy focusing on all the weeds you may miss smelling that one rose

let's see I went to dunkin dounuts and had one of those 99 cent green teas (between 2-6pm), smelled that lovely smell coming form las tablas and walked down to the currency exchange, smelled the flowers on the way, I think they were lilac or something of similar, and picked up my plate sticker, there was no line, just a friendly lady that called me over to the counter. I then went to gnc and picked up some stuff because of their buy one get 1 50% off on everything in the store today (ends at 9pm tonight, also, online). came home and started planting some mini roses and getting my containers ready to fill with flowers.

I remember things my mom used to say. like I ran back in the house as a teenager upset and said that I forgot my keys..... my mom responded, then what are you doing here? I told her I forgot my keys.... no you did not forget, you remembered and that is why your are here, always think positive.

but, the best thing that she ever said to me, no matter what happens or what you are going through, "try to enjoy every day in some way"

5:08 p.m.

Did the damage happen on private or city property?

— On the neighbor message Lawn damaged by tree trimmers.
2:58 p.m.

beware of the mesh shoes, some are kinda sketchy, I bought a pair of the mesh shoes not that long ago, they were comfortable, light and kept feet cool, had the memory foam, but my big toe made a hole in the mesh area by the toes in a couple of weeks, I was able to sew it together and it held for awhile, but then the mesh started to wear away. to get a little more out of it I put an iron on patch on it which gave me a couple weeks, but then there was just no saving it. so if your rough on shoes, beware of the mesh. maybe I walk to much or got a bad batch, it I were to buy them again I would wear them as light duty (walk around the house, lounging or something).

I have a friend that gets the skechers d'lites religiously and they hold up well.

they usually run a buy one get one 50% off sale, so if you are a couple or have a friend you can get a pair for each of you. however please call before you go to make sure the promotion is still running and if there are any exclusions.

— On the neighbor message Skechers shoes
9:24 a.m.

Now days, more than before it seems like:

"its only against the law if you get caught"

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
5:37 p.m.

hat tip to the 45th ward email

11:58 a.m.

reminds me of Robert McCall

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
10:41 p.m.

if you do display a flag, please make sure it is made in the usa

— On the neighbor message Is your flag ready for Memorial Day?
1:49 p.m.

well, they posted all those pictures and got everyone longing for the food, so I am sure when the doors opened it was like black Friday at Walmart.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
9:37 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
9:25 a.m.

so I heard this place opened on the 17th at 12pm, who went already!

I figured if there is no reviews by now people might not know they are open.

so now you know ;)

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
8:38 a.m.

well, family fruit market lost one of their best customers, even a spokesman that referred to family fruit market as his refrigerator and used to highlight great deals from time to time.

— On the neighbor message Musings about Family Fruit Market closing
7:29 a.m.

I think they said it was generic developers banners, kind of like the serving suggestion on boxes of food.... somehow it never turns out like the picture thou.

9:27 p.m.

if this were jeff park there would be a petition regulating the height of the chair and would probably end up being a step stool.
then also something thrown in to keep the zoning for all chairs in jeff park not to exceed the height of a anyone that lives in a single family home.

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
9:21 p.m.

@drewski, my neighbor said the way around that is to drop it of in the 2 liters, milk jugs, etc. in front of the door when they are closed.

— On the neighbor message Where to Recycle Used Oil
8:55 p.m.

You should go knock on their door and when they answer, say politely that you are their neighbor and are concerned about the unexpected events and it needs to stop. When the neighbor ask what unexpected events start barking at them.

— On the neighbor message Barking Dogs.
4:40 p.m.

what did you order?

9:37 p.m.

these wild violets are pretty tuff, the weed b gone killing them, but slowly.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
8:56 p.m.

for some reason this tune comes to mind

— On the neighbor message Musings about Family Fruit Market closing
8:34 p.m.

I mean, it is too early for dibs, maybe bbq fest holding a spot

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
8:07 p.m.

I think fast food uses different oil, I don't think the mighty 190 will run used motor oil.

ref. The Mighty 190 - That Grease

— On the neighbor message Where to Recycle Used Oil
2:52 a.m.

probably easiest to go with your original plan and get a landscraper

— On the neighbor message Sod Disposal
10:08 p.m.

@hvicki, what is the best rate on a 30 year fixed, no points about now. I don't think it is going to get any lower than now. thoughts?

— On the neighbor message East Jefferson Park/Forest Glen
11:29 p.m.

isn't cicero and berteau portage park?

not sure why it is posted to Jefferson park.....hmm

11:20 a.m.

depending on the condition you could try renting a sod cutter and craigslisiting it


either that or if the sod is in good shape and cut well for easy transport, you can get some people from every block to take some off your hands. I am sure with some of the lawns around here you may get some takers.

before cutting you could get a commit list by seeing how many square feet you have and cut them into 6 foot lengths to see how much you have then ask what people would want.

ie. john stamos will take 4 rolls, once everyone commits to all or majority of the sod set the date for cutting and have the neighbors pick up that day.

— On the neighbor message Sod Disposal
10:59 a.m.

yes, jeff park is gaining momentum, If you plan to move there, move while you can as I can see it filling up. with new developments going on and home interest rates being what they are now. this is the best time to get it while the prices are still low. once more density hits, home prices will go up because property will have more value, so expect a property tax jump in the next 10 years and expect to refinance if needed, but try to pay down early because interest rates are likely to go up by then.

from a quick read I thought portaged said "downtown is by the transient center" .. lol

— On the neighbor message East Jefferson Park/Forest Glen
12:29 a.m.

*sorry meant cicero by city news

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
8:42 p.m.

I think it is a good idea, but would i personally would prefer it on the sidewalk, I just wonder what other bicyclist think about it.

does anyone use it? please chime in. I seen the one on lamon too and down from there a bike chained to a pole.

maybe I am just walking by at the wrong times, but I have not really seen anyone of them in use. well, I seen the one on Milwaukee by city news in use, but then again that is on the sidewalk so, does it make a difference if it is on the sidewalk?

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
8:37 p.m.

I was walking by this evening... do people even know it is a bike rack?

or are there just more people like me

"if I need to lock up my bike I will still look for a good old fashion pole or bike rack on the sidewalk. old habits die hard I guess, I would just feel more comfortable."

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
7:47 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
8:06 p.m.

actually, I have never been to fishmans....

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
7:28 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I am not sure a fair guess, since I have not been to a fair in awhile, can you fair guess my weight?

I am not sure there are that many active generals inthertents around here, maybe a few.

I completely agree too many people literate the streets with newspaper, maybe that is why they voted for those decorative garbage cans.

not to sure why people that wear specs will be late, maybe it is because they have trouble seeing the time.

really have not heard much of divergent or if it was substantial, did you read the book or see the movie? What did Tris and the mysterious Four do?

most facts come from email or computer because there are not that many facts machines as there used to be.

as for motivation, be water my friend

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
5:41 p.m.

technically if they took your fence, you could report it stolen...

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
2:45 p.m.

I knew you were pregnant

— On the neighbor message Happy Mother's day
7:45 a.m.

@Chi-girl portage park, so beside the language barrier would you recommend the roofing company for minor repairs like yours, was cost, time frame of service, and quality of work satisfactory?

— On the neighbor message Window leaking in corner
11:20 a.m.

@ruta, I guess a lot of people are trying to find out that same answer.

the delay may be licenses and inspection and some last minute detail. if someone has a spacebook page send earl the link to comment here.

however saying soon, soon, soon and showing provocative pictures reminds me of high school dating.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
10:38 a.m.

@portage parker 46

"While you could say it speaks well of Fischmans, what does it say about neighborhood priorities? :)"

it says maybe we should be at fischmans.... that or Jefferson park forward aren't big drinkers.... lol

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
12:22 a.m.

i wish we could use some for more cops, bike cops or something.

wait, how bout 2 cops on a pair of decked out kawasaki ninja 1000's for the ward.

flash back

12:18 a.m.

@Maggie45, you can call the city on the fence to see if she got a permit for it. i believe that any fence 6ft or higher require a permit and there may be limits on height as well. if she did not get a permit she may be fined and even be ordered to take the fence down.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:31 p.m.

what is the easiest way to get rid of these purple things in my yard? what are they like vines or something?

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
12:10 p.m.

does simplisafe provide you with a certificate to show your insurance to get a reduction on your homeowners insurance? if your not sure, you should inquire as it can reduce your home owner premium for having an alarm system. you just ask for a certificate from simplisafe and show it to your homeowners insurance and usually get a discount off your premium.

11:47 a.m.


my dad have a neighbor at one point cut a tree growing on the my dads side of the fence, one of the branches was going over into the neighbors property and the neighbor cut the tree through the fence instead of just cutting the branch over his property.

dad took him to small claims court and got $200 bucks for the tree, it was the principal of the matter.

go ahead and sue to get your $1000 or so for a new fence.

the tree can be tricky I had a neighbor tree that was on their property and branches was over mine. fall was crazy with all the leaves going in my yard gutters etc and stuff will fall into my yard all the time , large branches. like 8 foot branches falling. it lifted my concrete in the back yard as well. i originally talked to the owner and he said you have the right to cut any branches hanging over your property, which is true and the estimate to cut the branches over my property was an insane $1,600.00. during a storm a large branch fell on my house and caused damage to the gutter, even thou the tree is growing on his property the only way it would be his fault is to prove negligence in the court of law, and having proof that he was put on notice that he knew the tree was unsafe and did nothing about it. other than that it is considered an act of god.

found the tree may have been infected by the beetle, summited evidence to the city to state that the tree was a danger and a public nuisance

got the response back

Mr. User

Had the tree inspected in the backyard, the tree is alive and does not need trimming. Lifting of the catwalk in the backyard does not constitute a public nuisance.

****** *********
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Streets and Sanitation
Bureau of Forestry
2352 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

about 6 months after that branches stated falling on the neighbors property, upon inspection by a tree care provider it was recommended that the tree was unsafe and should be cut down.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:33 a.m.

the feeling you get when you get home and know something is not right is terrible, then the panic sets in as you look for important stuff just to realize it is gone....and it gone, you probably ain't ever going to get it back. things past down, pictures, information, gone.

you then think what if someone is still there and franticly look around to see not realizing that if the person does not think they will be caught with burglary, they probably don't think they will get caught killing you either.

you call the police shaken and a little stirred and they show up an hour later to take the report, not being optimistic about getting your stuff back.... forget the tj hooker episodes because the words "don't worry, we will get these perps" never are spoken, then later after that an evidence technician comes to see if they can get a print, just to inform you later that it is your own.

the piece of mind that I have is knowing when I get no alerts on my phone and I open up my front door and hear disarm system now, at least I know there is no one in my home.

also, I have panic buttons on the pinpad to talk to an adt agent and dispatch police.

the piece of mind knowing that if something does happen the police will be on the way to a crime in progress instead of waiting for them for an hour to take a report. that my neighbors will be notified of potential danger.

it is hard to explain, i would never have dropped the money for adt if it did not happen to me. but things change you.

if I had a wife I would want her to feel comfortable coming to an empty home, and if that happened to cost $50 a month, so be it.

1:04 a.m.

I had a plat survey done in 2004, don't remember what I paid, but you can call and find out:

MM Surveying Co
5812 W Higgins Ave

I recommend after you get a copy of the plat survey, make a smaller copy, then scan and save it to a flash drive. they may do that now, but I had to send a copy in for one thing and email it for another so it would have been easier to have that set up already. I file my survey with my property tax paperwork for easy reference.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
8:15 p.m.

well, for the homeowners insurance it does not say much as I had state farm. they paid my claim and after depreciation and not having jewelry items specially covered it was about a third of what I lost. that being said, my insurance went up 15%. when I called state farm to ask why my rate went up, they said it did not go up... you just are not getting your 15% claim free discount, but you will be eligible for it in a five years. well the five years of 15% more paid more then they paid me out, so almost worth it not to have even made a claim.

also, I am sure the other place does it too, but adt gives me a certificate that I give to my homeowners and they take a % off for having an alarm.

best thing to do is layers or protection, if you have 2 doors at the front lock them both, dead bolt steel reinforced frames, etc. same with the back, if it is not used that much throw in a crossbar. get a locking security screen door on top of that.
pretend that swat is coming to your house.
all windows in addition to alarm system additional audio alarm. those mr beams led motion lights above all exterior windows. lock your gates, if they are short consider going to 5 or 6 feet etc. dead bolt your garage and throw a hasp lock on it. when you are home put 2x4's in the frame of your garage door, so they cannot lift up your garage in addition to zip tying your emergency release.

also, have all the doors that lead into other rooms locked before you go, that way if they want to get into another room, they have to break into it, anything to slow them down.

the best deterrent is make sure your neighbors and surrounding neighbors know who you are, that way if they see someone that is not you doing something suspicious they can call the police. instead of just assuming it is the home owner moving out.

4:41 p.m.

"She's suggested Simplisafe"

uh oh, this could be a trap.

if you do not go with simpli safe and go with someone else that looks better and something goes wrong, it is your fault and you will be reminded the rest of your life because nothing can replace grandma's jewelry that were passed down that are now gone.

if you do what the wife says and something goes wrong it is her fault, but you have to forgive her if you want to live happily ever after or technically it can still be your fault for just agreeing with her instead of checking other options.

I do not know much about simplisafe, but I got adt. i had a couple false alarms, but police response time was quick. also, adt will not only will they contact me if there is an issue, but my neighbors are listed as contacts as well. that way if there is an issue they will be alerted to potential dangers.

2:54 p.m.

just drove by there today, thought I would take a pic just incase some where wondering what it was looking like.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
2:29 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:42 a.m.

you did the right thing in calling the police, much better than

cutting the power to the garage, barricading the side door and hitting the remote start.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break In
5:49 p.m.

reminds me of this

How does a lawyer sleep?

First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other

— On the neighbor message Lost retainer
5:36 p.m.

"Bill Dahms studies his new garbage bill with his cat"

the cat litter alley said "mewowww, they can't be feral", then proceeded to have a hissy fit and spent the rest of the time catatonic.

4:26 p.m.

I own a shredder, but it depends on how many documents you may have. ie you have your daily stuff that you may shred everyday, but If you keep a box(es) of papers for documentation for years and the year is up, it is time to shred. some may not want or have the patience or time to sit in front of a shredder for hours and every 20 minutes clear jams because they just want to get done and over feed it.

— On the neighbor message Shred-a-Thon not going well.
2:55 a.m.

so those that go to fischmans, after they close, what is your second? where do you plan on going instead after they close?

this may give others the chance to preview where they may want go after fischmans closes.

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
2:36 a.m.

i am surprised, usually lawyers are quick to claim them.... must not be a good case

— On the neighbor message Lost retainer
4:12 p.m.

@tony60641, maybe put out a mason jar and put a label on it "sign money" and have people, groups, etc. just start donating for the cause.

you can even list donations over $10 on your facebook page so those in the community could get recognition for helping support honest local business.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
10:19 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Vehicle
9:03 p.m.

I just told my neighbor about this and he said. you know all these people say that crimes happen around here because of the Kennedy because it adds a fast getaway and easy access to this area.

now you got these dudes on bmx's, you got the guy on the pink bike stealing cars.... now only if they did not put in all those bike lanes.

— On the neighbor message Gas Station Robbed at Irving Park & Laramie
8:32 p.m.

or maybe could get a custom vinyl sticker to put over the existing sign, it does not have to be complicated, could even be something like this:

just food for thought.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
4:10 p.m.

"I do wish they could get rid of that Pizza by Alex sign, though. I've had folks argue with me that it's still the pizza place because of the sign."

maybe someone from art alive 45 can paint it. or maybe an upcoming artist can donate their time and paint it to showcase their talents on a creative sign. a box of automotive spray paint and a talented individual could work wonders.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
4 p.m.

hey, by the way does anyone know what happened over there? it looks like someone took out a bunch of trees and damaged the light pole in front of the hoyne savings. looks like a car might have lost control ober by dare*.

***portage parker 46
"over by dare" is the more formal usage. From the German, in which the "by" stands in for the German word meaning "near."

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
3:55 p.m.

but, the big question is where will Jefferson park forward meet now?

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
3:26 p.m.

ok, just found it on the site

Fannie's serves Sunday Brunch! Join us every Sunday from 10am2pm for our fantastic brunch buffet. $15 adult $8 kids $4 toddler

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:44 p.m.

so just to confirm Bellav's comment

"Fannies has an all you can eat brunch for $15."

it is all you can eat for $15?

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:39 p.m.

@david, you had me at bacon.... I remember growing up we used to make packs of bacon and put them in a bowl and eat it like it was popcorn.... last time we did that we seen a movie final destination 2, then I had to drive home on the highway at 2am... I was so paranoid on the way home.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:29 p.m.

just walked by today,

Hands On is proud to bring you a contemporary style of thai and sushi within the comfort of a neighborhood restaurant. We represent the new generation waiting to take your dining experience to the next level.

Grand opening 6/6/2016

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
6:29 p.m.

@durandurann1231, make sure you hit us up with your review of what you tried.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
11:50 a.m.

joanie, you are completely correct.

"Our mindsets were different, there were clear distinctions on what constituted right and wrong behavior"

I wish that many shared the same mindset; some still do, however kids acquire a family members gun or a gun without parental knowledge more often these days.

I know when I went to school we did not have active shooter training for kids/teachers in school, now in many areas they have it because of the anticipated potential dangers that were not realized before or happened at such rarity that it was never a thought.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
11:47 a.m.

I agree being observant and defensive is your best deterrent... also, knowing and associating with your neighbors may help when possible to do so.

it reminds me of something my dad used to say growing up, typically when I was asking for help: "ain't no one coming to save you, you need to save yourself"....

that and "as long as you blame someone for your problems, you don't give yourself the power to change them"...

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
8:55 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
8:31 a.m.

@joanie, we also need to also consider the times, the treat for kids is greater now days, I can see a kid taking a gun to school now for protection than I could have 20years ago. also, there maybe more single and working parents then before leaving the kid feeling like they have to fend for themselves.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
8:29 a.m.

you could pull another line (wire) through the ridged conduit if you wanted to run another breaker (line) or wanted to upgrade to 220, with cable you would have to dig up and run another cable if you needed more power.

ideally if you can and will use the power, run 60 amps to the garage and have a breaker box in there, that way when if you trip a breaker you would not have to run back to the house to reset it.

— On the neighbor message Garage Builder Rec's
8:24 a.m.

my friend always referred to it as road destruction, ie, look out there is road destruction ahead.

4:44 p.m.

The only concern is if the bad guy has a gun and gets you by surprise or the drop on you if you will... Then they can end up with 2 guns.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
6:29 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson
@be Atkinson

you seem to disagree that my comment of district 16 has some of the best cops in Chicago.

if i am wrong, I would be curious what district in Chicago do you think has some of the best cops?

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
3:25 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, what bad experiences have you had with officers in district 16? The ones that I have come into contact with, shout out to beat 1634 have been positive.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
8:29 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I missed your point... were you glazing it?

6:29 p.m.

i have said it before and I will say it again, for the few we have in our district, I truly believe we have some of the best cops in Chicago.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
6:27 p.m.

I guess Andersen windows is beginning to become a real "pane"

4:25 p.m.

I am surprised no one is saying the post is racist because the dog is german... lol

— On the neighbor message German Shepherd on the loose
4:23 p.m.

"The police won't be able to prevent bad things from happening. They will only be able to react after it happens."

I would say for the resources they have, they try, but cannot be as proactive in patrols and crime prevention as they have before.

karl, you forgot to mention they send out alerts and warnings when there are more victims.

I wonder if these alerts will become so sophisticated right after you become a victim you will get a text or email... "you just got robbed", to file a police report hit 1, for robbery press 2, if you just got killed press 3, etc, etc:.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
4:18 p.m.

He has sent me harassing text messages that are rude and inappropriate. How did he get your number?

is it possible that you could block his number or get another number?

anyway, if you have the harassing text, rude and inappropriate messages saved you can use them as evidence against him and file charges for harassment. depending on the level of rude an inappropriateness it could even fall under more severe charges.

on making up things to your landlord, how did you find out? did the landlord confront you? did you complain to the landlord about the loud music? what was the landlords response to the complaint? you maybe able to break the lease if you have one if the landlord is not responsive to maintaining the environment you agreed to lease.

I know my dad would reply to the music with louder music that would be the opposite of his preference.

also, keep a detailed record on everything days times etc, if anything it will record a history of harassment. if you bring this to the landlord the history and depending on the lease, the landlord maybe able to evict them due to creating a hostile environment.

the most important is you find a way to deal with it, and let your teen boys know you are handling it.... I know myself as a teen boy and if anyone was harassing my mom I would find a way to stop it, teens can be resourceful at coming up with temporary and permanent solutions and do not look at long term consequences.

stay safe

— On the neighbor message Apt or home for rent Jeff park/ forest glen
10:08 a.m.

from a do it yourself perspective depending on the crack if I had to do it myself I would shoot some liquid concrete repair epoxy into the thing, they sell a kit, you put paste on the outside and shoot out of a caulking gun liquid epoxy that fills the crack permanentl (it is meant to repair concrete foundations), as portage parker said if the crack is deep you can insert backer into it, they sell this to it is like a foam strip thing, then to make it look good you can hit it with some concrete paint or go with one of those do it yourself concrete resurfacers.

— On the neighbor message Bungalow front steps
1:45 p.m.

@miss colleen, thanks for the clarification.

— On the neighbor message Auto body shop recommendations?
3:43 p.m.

@miss colleen, I was unaware those places did auto body work as well, that is good to know.

— On the neighbor message Auto body shop recommendations?
4:55 p.m.

oh, jeopardy question...

Who cares bank?

what is bank of america

4:50 p.m.

here are a couple examples of superyards, you can google superyard under images to determine what may be best to block off the exterior basement stairs, they are pretty versatile and some of them you can link together to make a longer configuation.

link to all google images: superyard:

— On the neighbor message Fencing Recommendations
4:36 p.m.

you may be able to pick up a superyard to position it around the exterior stairs. I think they have these at target or walmart.

send your husband the dimensions of the gate and garage door to like home depot.
most are standard sizes and easily swapped out with common homeowner tools. the sales people can help by giving advise how to install. but, again sounds like remove and replace unless there are any details not listed.

I am not sure the situation, but it is typically it is the husband's role to get these things to happen. you should let him know how appreciative you will be when everything is done and constantly remind him of how important the safety of the family is.

to get things to happen quicker you can employ a wife technique commonly referred to by men as nagging. this works because men typically don't listen more then they have too and to hear the same thing over and over, most fall to submission.

the most important take away would be to continue to motivate him to get it done, by complementing his ego by giving him sincere complements and rewarding him for good jobs done is the best way to keep him doing task and being happy doing them.

— On the neighbor message Fencing Recommendations
7:58 p.m.

@pattymelt, I hope you don't get jacked around by the cure either.... are they still even together?

— On the neighbor message mudjacking
3:46 p.m.

i imagine bbq

shrimp, ribs, gumbo, brisket, etc

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
4:01 p.m.

I heard you can spray your garage where they stick the flyers with some no touch tire spray, the silicones in the spray prevent it from sticking. worth a shot.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
10:46 a.m.

how about a specialty store that carries an assortment of jerky, nuts and premium dark chocolate.

bread is too many carbs for me, however I still would like a place nearby that I could get a fresh Danish on occasion.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:42 a.m.

thanks to the firefighters who chose a profession to help, save lives and prevent danger to others.

it speaks of character, as you cannot convince anyone to run to a potentially dangerous or life threating situation with the expectation of being the hero.

also, in maintaining professionalism and composure in times of crisis.

from cats in trees, to kids in cars to burning buildings, you never know what the day will bring. the celebration of those that were saved today or the ones that didn't make it, all emotions that are dealt with the job on a daily basis and doing your best to make a difference everyday.

@francie, thanks for sharing your story

— On the neighbor message Thank You to Chicago's Firemen!
10:14 a.m.

I did not realize how many people were against it . I went to a Spanish bakery and simplely asked if they had an item and they said " no mosque". I told them I heard about it, but do you have the pastry... No mosque, no mosque. OK, I said and ended up getting a doughnut from dunkin doughnuts.

7:10 p.m.

since you have a new car, it may not hurt to get an alarm system. some insurances will give you a discount if you show you have an alarm system on the car.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
10:12 p.m.

i agree joanie, fed ex kinkos is needed. i usually go to the one on Harlem and Irving. not only for shipping but for printing needs.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:09 p.m.

no, mine seems fine, I did not notice any issues with the trigger. It shoots weeds about 4 feet. i like how you cock it like a shotgun. like your the weedanator.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
10:05 p.m.

@paul, i found a video of the paper towel hack, it is the first tip

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
9:46 p.m.

@paul, I personally prefer a method not to scratch/chip the socket.

another tip on a loosely fitting or stripped bolt is to put aluminum foil over it before putting on the socket, there is both thin and heavy duty aluminum foil. if you have it handy and can forsee an issue this method works as well.

I have also used aluminum foil in a semi stripped thread in a transmission solenoid bolt hole, after putting in the aluminum it allowed me to torque to spec, before that it was just turning, most important, no leaks.

a method to hold a bolt in a socket is to put a piece of paper towel in the socket hole then undo the bolt....the bolt will stay in the socket and not fall out, this is great in cramp quarters. where a bolt can disappear forever on a frame rail never to be found.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
9:22 p.m.

I think I will put up a flyer on my garage to say "do not put up flyers!"

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
8:12 p.m.

so being skeptical, but trusting portage porker's endorsement of the fiskers weeder I was able to get the item from menards.

hat tip to gearhead for pointing out the out of stock locations.

so the item being sold out in Illinois, I ordered it from the menards in Beloit Wisconsin and got it for the 12.99 plus nominal shipping.

the fiskers 4 claw weeder with auto eject arrived today. looking at it I was still skeptical, but as I went to use it and shot the weed to the sidewalk, the little voice in my head saying, you gotta be kidding me, really. I mean the thing really works pretty well, even on those flat big weeds that are always a pain to pull out.

I want to thank portatge porker because if not for his endorsement, I may have passed on it completely as I would have never thought it would work so well.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
8:06 p.m.

@paul in jefferson,

yeah pounded on a smaller socket 1mm less was best fit, but then it got stuck, it is easier to get the lug off an extractor than a socket, you just put the socket in a vice grip and hit forward.

with the smaller socket it involves twisting and using a punch on the other side of the socket, re-tightening it on the stud, but not to tight to get it loose or banging it on the concrete.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
7:54 p.m.

after going through the process, the wheel lock may be the easiest to remove, I have pictured the lugs on the vehicle

pic 1 super tight lugnut rust welded 250lb impact and jumping on a 40in breaker bar would not budge without penetrating oil.... almost thought I was going to break the god blessed parking gear in the trans hopping on it.

pic 2 stripped lug nut without chrome cap, needed stripped lug extractor (odd size without cap)

pic 3 chome cap that comes off lugnut and gets stuck in socket, takes time to remove from socket before going to the next lug

pic 4 brand new wheel locks $12 autozone

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
6:48 p.m.

sad thing is I went out and bought some wheel locks for my car yesterday as a deterrent and even with an impact and breaker bar I could not get some of the lugs off. then the caps off the lug nuts got stuck in my socket and I had a bit of a hard time getting it out, some of the lugs are missing the caps so it is an off size in which some are stripped. I finally got the wheel locks on, but it probably was mores secure the way it was with the rust and stripped lugs.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
2:40 p.m.

@Daniel, well, that makes sense that it is in the street then.

in my opinion it would have been more convenient to have 2 racks instead of 1. imagine the current rack cut in half and both placed at 1/3rd points on the sidewalk. that way it can run parallel and not make it difficult to walk by.

I guess time will tell how the bike racks will function in the street. hopefully everything works out long term and the racks continue to be viable.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
10:51 a.m.

did you say reunited?

— On the neighbor message Loose dog Portage Park 4pm Saturday
1:22 a.m.

i personally like them, but would prefer them on the sidewalk.

if I need to lock up my bike I will still look for a good old fashion pole or bike rack on the sidewalk. old habits die hard I guess, I would just feel more comfortable.

most of the time it is helpful too if I want to take a peak at it from where I am at.... it may be harder if it is in the street to see it down the block.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
12:53 a.m.

@portage porker, I did see that in the menards ad and was wondering it's effectiveness. your endorsement might sway me to pick one up.

traditionally i would get the hand weeder and a bucket.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
11:15 a.m.

@andy, I think if you link the forms or where to get the forms here people will be more inclined to do so. also, it would provide a reference point to go back to if the issue still needs attention. at least those that complain have the proper resource to complain to.

then the people that it does not bother can continue to throw them away or use them for grocery list.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
8:20 a.m.

I have neighbors that keep their garbage cans in their yard on the side of the garage and either wheel it out the night before garbage pick up or morning of. that has seemed to resolve all their issues.

— On the neighbor message Garbage pickup
6:11 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
12:17 p.m.

@dog fan, thanks for your explanation. i would think if it was because of the photo op they would want the bike on the rack in the picture to show the use. Maybe I just think differently than others.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
10:51 a.m.

cooked over a steel drum with hole punched in it

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
7:42 a.m.

@retired, so I come home and there is someone in my house opening a window I should ask if he is a burglar or with Anderson?

maybe they do this from the outside, I think by law they have to identify themselves as an Anderson rep and have a warrant of probable cause listing specific windows before entering a home... maybe they have video surveillance of you having difficulty opening a window. how the window business operates is not entirely clear. with garage doors it seems to have it's ups and downs.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
7:36 a.m.

I would imagine if that was done here then a competitor would copy or make up competitors flyers and start posting them to get them fined out of business..

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
6:58 a.m.

@scc, I would just call and set up an appointment to look at your garage, when they come to your garage you can hand them the flyers and say that you did not need them and just wanted to turn them back in.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
6:44 a.m.

not sure how bike friendly it is, there is a bike off to the left in the picture. you would think it would be parked on the new rack.... right?

also, I would like to know what benefit it serves putting the rack in the street over the sidewalk. I understand divvy in the street because of the space it takes up, but people are traditionally used to parking their bikes on the sidewalk and or bike racks on the sidewalk. I am not sure I understand why a rack in the street is a better option. so if someone can explain so I understand.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
5:50 a.m.

this amusing river flashback to bump the thread, enjoy

5:10 a.m.

@pattymelt, you can be a window model

— On the neighbor message Smokey's BBQ Reopening!
2:58 p.m.

I agree avis, probably a system with some of the most viable pictures that I have seen posted on every block.

— On the neighbor message Packages stolen from front porch
2:57 p.m.

does the radio station tag have a code on them? some keychains have a keyfinder service that you can just drop them in the mailbox to get back to the person.

if not I would probably turn them into the radio station. why? because if they like that station so much they have a key chain of them , they may listen to the station a lot and maybe the station can announce that they found the keys and the person can retrieve them.

not sure, but maybe they are Spanish, I seen a lady chasing some kids and pointing at the ground saying a key, a key... maybe she lost them

— On the neighbor message Found keys
2:55 p.m.

I would print the pictures out and let everyone on your block know, if he was not following the truck, this could have been a normal path for him and a crime of opportunity. someone on the block might recognize him. note the time and day and maybe he will be walking by again, let neighbors know that maybe home that time and day to keep an eye out.

wow, that is some pretty clear video, do you mind mentioning what camera system you have? you can pm me if you don't want to mention it on the public forum.

I really thought about this and why people steal packages, maybe because they are not happy with their own package.

— On the neighbor message Packages stolen from front porch
2:36 p.m.

it is 460.475

wait, I think I have an old map somewhere...

ohh, there it is got it

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
10:25 p.m.

yeah, I went there before they closed and it was easy to get to. I heard last week that they were reopening, but did not know it was new owners.

it is finally great to be getting all this new bbq around. it is funny I have been saying it all along and now it is happening, maybe it is positive wishful thoughts.... hmmm, i will win lotto..... i will win lotto

— On the neighbor message Smokey's BBQ Reopening!
9:32 p.m.

it is nice to have the phone free and a simple separate device for scanning, this way you don't have to have it plugged in or worry about running your battery down. also, if you don't have an unlimited data plan, you may not want to burn data on an app when you can use the scanner.

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
8:03 p.m.

I have a radio shack pro 82, had it for years. it has a headphone jack that I would plug into the radio in my car as well. It can run regular or rechargeable and recharge in the unit with adaptor.

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
3:44 p.m.

duffs dogs is converting to a bbq place, which will probably do well if they are good.

sometimes I miss the ponderosa, maybe I just miss the times thou...

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:25 p.m.

i am just wondering how do they compile the letters? it would be easy to say that out of the number of residents in the 38th ward that so many oppose.

now if they are looking for both oppose and support... who is opening them all up and reading them? or do they just go into an oppose pile and a for pile, what about the details of the letters?

it may be more easier to have a poll and voting center. you take your voters card to indicate that you belong in the ward to vote for what you support.

8:38 p.m.

@portage park association, does that also mean if there are more supporters for the liquor license they will be granted regardless of how many oppose it?

12:57 p.m.

@portage park neighborhood association, thanks for clarifying, i was under the assumption that they were only looking at the opposition letters.

12:54 p.m.

@beenafix, if you are in favor, you do not have to do anything to show your support, they just want to see how many oppose. if you do not send a letter of opposition it shows that you support the license. it is not like voting.

12:18 p.m.

be nice to have a dinner like this, but 24 hours on that filament side of Milwaukee.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:50 a.m.

@allan, good to know there is someone else like me out there. i missed that taco bell too. especially since it was open late night, not to many late night places around here.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
8:30 a.m.

instead of culvers?

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
12:23 a.m.

ahh, the heat, that takes me back

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
11:26 p.m.

@portage porker, you are right. I just pulled it up quickly, mainly for size, but there are several other vacancies of similar size to choose from both on Milwaukee and around to the west on irving. those are the types of shops which i would think would do enough margin to do well for the area.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:55 p.m.

sorry paul, grew up with too much Charlie chan, hardy boys and nancy drew.

does anyone know the color of the vehicle from paint transfer or the bumper left

also, i am assuming the front bumper was left, is that correct? so we are looking for a car with recent front end damage?

potential make?

i want to keep an eye out for cars with damage, but it might help with any info. also, if anyone knows of any neighborhood cars with the same color that have been damaged recently it may help with the investigation.

also, for those that were victims it may help to check with local body shops to see if the someone that did this might be trying to repair the damage quickly.

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
9:33 p.m.

@portage parker 46, so have you ever contacted the alderman? what did they have to say? what can people that care about a resolution do to address the infraction?

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
8:14 p.m.

@paul, how do you know it was a he? do you have information.

the poster stated

" I just hoped that he/she did not hit a person after hitting the parked cars."

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
8:11 p.m.

promises promises

— On the neighbor message Management Change at Portage/Patio
5:45 p.m.

that is jacked up... I would buy some wheel locks just to be on the safe side, thou they can be defeated, they will definitely help in deterring to some point. also a cheap alarm will go off if the vehicle is lifted, also another possible deterrent.

they took my spare tire for my truck a couple times. I am glad they did not get yours. tires are so expensive now days.

— On the neighbor message Tire theft Austin and Dakin
5:38 p.m.

you state the person was a drunk driver, how did you find out the person was drunk?

this may help with investigation.

if the person came from a bar? they may have video.

if the person appeared drunk from a residence you can report the residence to the police and they can investigate.

also any details, paint transfer to indicate color of car, etc...

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
10:50 p.m.

probably easier to get someone that has been drinking to buy something too, some say things look better after a few drinks, whatever it is you may regret what you go home with when you see it in the morning.

10:10 p.m.

@oandel, I know the feeling... I usually don't listen to the band linked below, but once this song gets in my head it is in there for days, click at your own risk...

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:13 a.m.

darn mattrasses.. lol

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
9:02 p.m.

Trader Joes have been bought out by Aldi and will be converting former Trader Joes stores to Aldi stores. Having access to financial data it would appear that Aldi's stores have a higher profit margin then Trader Joes.

6:32 p.m.

I'm with you chris, I am not a big fan of gelato or ice cream either, other than ice cream cake (don't do regular cake). I prefer frozen yogurt and itailian ice and I too go to josi's.

— On the neighbor message New ice cream shop
4:46 p.m.

omg all this plant talk has brought back a flashback

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
4:34 p.m.

@portage parker 46,

IMO shouting is called for.

4:26 p.m.

Chickity China the Chinese Chicken

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
4:19 p.m.

i never had brunch, is this common for a particular culture or do many people do brunch?

— On the neighbor message Brunch at Community
4:58 p.m.

i have seen in some areas parents and older students would work as "safety patrol" to help with crossings. this was typical when I was growing up, but have seen less of it as time went on.

— On the neighbor message Please bring bike lanes even further north
3:14 a.m.

In almost 40 year's annual use we've only grown 1 1/2 extra heads among us

I guess I keep having flashbacks to the Gilligan's island episode when Gilligan found those radioactive seeds.

I have only grew vegetables in containers, even at home with my parents growing up they grew vegetables in containers on the deck.

that makes sense far from the garage as possible because of the oil. growing up people would dump oil from changing their car on the side of the garage. I remember as a kid asking my older friend, why are you pouring oil on the side of the garage? where do you think oil comes from kid? it comes from the ground, it is called recycling.... anyway it keeps those tall weeds from growing on the side of the garage.

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
10:31 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I was thinking about a garden once, but how do you know the soil in your yard is safe. I did a tomato plant in some store bought soil a few times, but that was pretty much it.

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
6:32 p.m.

technically I believe passing on the right is illegal, you can merge but not pass. then I think your are also not supposed to pass 150 feet before an intersection.

if you race at a light, in the right lane and try to get ahead and cut off the other car you can possibly face, exhibition of speed charge, public endangerment, reckless endangerment, illegal lane change, too fast for conditions, failure to yield right of way, etc.. depends on the cop and situation.

you should be able to pass on the straightaway in the opposing lane when there is a dotted line, it is safe to do so, and you are not exceeding the speed limit to pass.

someone correct me if I am wrong on anything, this is what I remember when I was learning to drive.

— On the neighbor message Please bring bike lanes even further north
6:27 p.m.

the tiles remind me of the old burger king tiles

— On the neighbor message Cement porch demo and rebuild needed ASAP
5:06 p.m.

yep there is brown paper up, and in case if there are any doubts:

I am really not surprised thou, there are not that many ewoks in the neighborhood, I think I seen one once on his way to a star wars convention.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:19 a.m.

i personally liked wong's better. funny story I called to order one day and it came up disconnected. I asked my friend if she gave me the right number... she said no I gave you the "wong" number.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:12 a.m.

@t&c, this one is for you

1:45 p.m.

next up, stop sign cameras.... lol

stop signs will help.

I think the point chris is trying to make is that all pedestrians should be careful crossing the street irregardless if there is a stop light or stop sign, this can only benefit them to exercise caution because even if they are in the right of way, they can potentially lose a life. key take away, watch out for idiots, and don't expect everyone to stop just because they should.

— On the neighbor message Boy hit on Austin at Cornilia tonight?
12:20 p.m.

@portage parker 46, you are correct, I typed it too fast.

I recall this image from my archives....

— On the neighbor message Questions/Opinions
7:05 p.m.

we use words like fruther and over dare, over here... lol

— On the neighbor message Questions/Opinions
6:53 p.m.

6 corners appeal of the past was primarily because it had a huge draw area, there were not so many options to shop as there are now. if you needed something pretty much sears had most of it, the surrounding stores had the rest. the draw began to shrink as other malls and stores surrounded the perimeter of the draw area cutting off shoppers at the pass.

that in addition to larger malls which appealed to more options in product selection became bigger draws and pulled away from 6 corners at the same time retailers started to drop out. in addition to online stores, this changed 6 corners.

right now for a person that does not live in 6 corners with lots of shopping a one stop shop that used to be 6 corners is now the hip, golf mill or old orchard, or even small strip malls such as addison mall even thou not particularly close the variety of shopping can make it worth the trip.

now we have to define ourselves, we may not reach the draw power of the malls in product selection, but how can we compete? by bringing arts and culture that those places do not have, something that arena is pushing, that is one of our options for draw. but also, by providing stores and neighborhood favorites that can provide a large part of basic local needs, keeping shoppers closer to home.

6:51 p.m.

@Jorge, 6 corners is an underrated up and coming. in 10-15 years from now I can see property values going up at a good clip, old houses are being rehabbed and sold. now is the best place to buy. in my opinion the alderman is taking the area in the best direction that it can go at this time.

i like that you are pretty much centrally located in Chicago and can head out in almost any direction. you have close access to ohare and downtown.

if safety is your #1 priority, I am not sure i would include Chicago as a choice to live, but as far as Chicago goes, it is one of the safer places.

i have lived in the area for 13 years and the following has personally happened to me:

house was burglarized, spare truck tire stolen a couple of different times, car broken into once and things stolen, passenger side view mirror has been knocked off. i think that is the worst of it, if i missed anything it was minor. the house now has updated security, i don't carry a spare tire anymore and i fold in my mirror now.

my one neighbor had a catalytic convertor stolen last year, but my neighbors have not seen that much crime and have been here over 30 years. that said, i still am happy i live here. i have excellent neighbors and most of the people in the neighborhood are friendly... but,as with anywhere you do have some people that are defective.

— On the neighbor message Questions/Opinions
4:11 p.m.

A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one’s murder.

— On the neighbor message 20th Century Fox film crew in Old Irving
8:39 p.m.

@alderman arena,

thank you for your input.

I posted factual studies with respectable references only to show where some of the thought processes may be coming from. I personally have an open mind on the subject.

if you have factual references or studies that are contrary please share them here.

1:19 p.m.

i would suggest that the license be contingent on the programing.

12:24 p.m.


"and renters are not criminals"

10:58 a.m.

renters do not bring crime to an area and renters are criminals, but based on studies, rental properties often have more criminal activity than owner-occupied.

There are several reasons that homeowners might be both less likely to be victimized as well as less likely to commit crime. First, homeowners are less mobile than tenants (Dietz and Haurin 2003; Rohe and Stewart 1996). They are less likely to move because of the transaction costs associated with buying and selling. As a result, they may have a heightened awareness of any changes in their surroundings and have established better neighborhood social networks (Rohe, Van Zandt, and McCarthy 2002; DiPasquale and Glaeser 1999; Rohe and Stewart 1996). Second, homeowners are more likely to be sensitive to decreases in property values and changes in underlying quality of life factors such as crime that might detract from these values. Their interest in preserving the value of properties creates a “vested interest in neighborhood conditions” (Rohe and Stewart 1996) and a greater likelihood of investing in property maintenance and security (Dietz and Haurin 2003; Rohe and Stewart 1996). Third, homeownership has been connected to better child outcomes (Dietz and Haurin 2003; Rohe, Van Zandt, and McCarthy 2002; Harkness and Newman 2002). This relationship may exist in part because homeowners exhibit lower household mobility which in turn fosters a more stable home environment. Therefore, homeowners may produce children who are less likely to engage in juvenile crime. Fourth, homeownership has been linked to better physical and mental health outcomes (Dietz and Haurin 2003; Rohe, Van Zandt, and McCarthy 2002). Therefore, homeowners may be more resilient in stressful situations and less likely to react violently or unpredictably.

10:56 a.m.

portage parker 46, i agree some shows do not mix well with alcohol, especially with some of the artist that have lyrics that promote a criminal lifestyle or are degrading to women.

to me it is all about the venue and types of shows that would be presented. i think once we know the type of programing that is expected it would be easier to make a decision on being for or against the license.

the other aspect of this is the owners have not developed a reputation of being responsible and proactive at resolving issues, that leads to doubt of what is going to happen if problems arise and how they will handle them.

the best solution will be to see how the theater operates without liquor first for a year of uninterrupted operation and if there is no serious complaints or violations look at a license then. if they show they can run a theater responsibly without liquor, then take the training wheels off and look at the possibility of approval, but if they can't run it right without liquor.... they may have more opportunities running it with liquor.

10:26 a.m.

@portage parker 46, I agree that it needs diagnosis and not all slabs are the same, but if I was in a situation with just a surface scars, top coat spalling or scaling. this or similar product/method could be an economical solution. this would be a situation in which there is no cracks through the concrete.
when stated "It cannot be fixed. It has to be replaced" I feel it is not entirely true, because it can possibly can be fixed... just not as well as if it were poured correctly in the first place. then you have people that don't have the option with dropping money on new slabs. in some contracts it states there may be some minor cracking and determining on the extent some contractors will replace the slab and others it would be at the owners expense.
just brining attention to affordable option to minor scaling for those where replacement or hiring a professional is not an affordable option.

where there is unevenness and deep cracks or irregularities there maybe additional work required that may require a professional for some steps like mudjacking to level the surface, cutting out of cracks for epoxy repair etc. before resurfacing.

— On the neighbor message Garage Builder Rec's
10:11 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Package Grabber Interrupted
3:58 p.m.

@Debbie, between my dad, neighbors and friends growing up, I have seen a lot of things.

— On the neighbor message OK Pub is not a good neighbor
12:48 p.m.

@pamela, i'll give your bump a bump.

it is important to recognize and give kids good recognition for positive accomplishments at a young age. so if you get to see the student on tv, let them know they did a good job when you see them in real life.

6:17 p.m.

reminds me of the bottle trick. when growing up my older friends would drink on their front porch and leave the bottles out on the porch and the concrete area right before the sidewalk, usually they would clean up the next day, it was just how it was done. there was this older tough guy type neighbor a couple houses down and one day he said make sure you guys don't leave your bottles out this time. my smart alec friend said, hey tough guy if you don't like them why don't you take care of them for us. the neighbor said, you know what, if you let me take care of them for you, I will. then do my friend said.

so the next day at the bottom of the stairs was a neat row of empty bottles standing up about 6 inches from the stairs almost the full length of the stairs. so my friend was thinking this guy is stupid. so he went to pick up the bottles, but he could not lift them..... because they were epoxied to the concrete.

— On the neighbor message OK Pub is not a good neighbor
6:07 p.m.

its all about da Benjamins baby

5:49 p.m.

thanks for the heads up, I would not want her to grab my package.

I am glad there are neighbors that still look out for each other and even go to the extent to monitor and report the suspicious activity.

I think If we took more time out to look out the window a little more, talk to our neighbors and be aware of the neighborhood we can continue to detour unsavory activity.

I make a habit of going around the block before I go home , not only does it give me time to check out my block, but also as a double check to ensure I was not followed.

i am surprised they did not try to get her for assault for throwing that pop at him.

— On the neighbor message Package Grabber Interrupted
9:19 p.m.

it would be nice it you can sign up for alerts or something, maybe there is an app for that.

anyway, reminds me of a time I was taking a drive, the girl I was with said, look road destruction ahead... pointing at a sign. I said no, it says construction..... she said well it looks like destruction to me, maybe the sign is wrong.

but, then again this is the same person that says windshield softener instead of windshield solvent and when her lemonade or drink is too strong she pollutes it with water.

well, on the road again:

— On the neighbor message Construction on Montrose
3:02 p.m.

with some of the non family friendly shows at the portage theater, i am thankful that arena did not support a liquor license for that location.

2:24 p.m.

@Daniel, have to ask do you own white vans

— On the neighbor message Threat Made, Orders Carried Out? Ald. Arena?
8:38 p.m.

type in a user name, accept conditions and your in

no registration or sign up

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
8:51 p.m.

no just type

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
8:50 p.m.

ok, 830 check in anyone

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
8:30 p.m.

so it seems we have people checking into the room to check it out, but we can't get people in the room at the same time, I guess I just may have missed pparker46.

so maybe if you want to check into the room to see if anyone is there maybe we should check in on the 1/2 hours. that way there is more of a chance people will be on at the same time.

so an example would be to check in at 6:00 pm, 6:30pm etc.

I am going to the room now for a bit

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
5:45 p.m.

@gary, I have rode my bike several times thru 6 corners before, with anything involving traffic, you just need to be alert.

anyway, I do think it is that bad, learned to live with it and welcome new developmenst.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
9:22 a.m.

@vickiz, adjusting the timing at that intersection will not help. if you lengthen the time on the irving light there is still too much traffic heading westbound. you will still get cars up to the line at the intersection going west.

if you lengthen the light at Kilpatrick it adds to the problem of people on irving going west.

the biggest concern is the cars east of the jewel and west bound Kilpatrick traffic, if you are under the viaduct you can be sitting there for 10 minutes because the jewel traffic and west bound Kilpatrick left turners muscle there way in and prevent the line from moving forward. there had been some times I would be under the viaduct and it take me 30 minutes just to make it cross cicero. sometimes I will duck out in the jewel lot, pick something up at jewel and exit out cicero going south for a right turn going west on irving. even stopping at the store sometimes is quicker than holding a spot on irving.

for aldi and ross the main entrance is going to be off of Milwaukee, possibly a back door entrance from Kilpatrick, but I can see most on traffic on Milwaukee. the killer will be if they allow left turns out onto Milwaukee ave, which could back up Milwaukee unless they add a light. I would guess it would be an idea to make it right turn only (northwest). out of Milwaukee, maybe back door out Kilpatrick to go (southeast). the thing is if they make a light at the center that could cause backup on Milwaukee leading to overflowing cars at 6 corners intersection, so I would lean more toward a no left turn.

maybe the aldiman arena will chime in.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
9 a.m.

ok, I will be in the room for the next 10 minutes or so if anyone wants to do a test run

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
9:17 p.m.

there is no solution, or at least one that anyone is going to entertain. you will not get anyone to change timing on the lights. to turn left on Milwaukee is another challenge, you will get feed back that the intersection is dangerous enough. you have people that are scared to death to cross the street,etc etc...

you have to cycle thru light changes on 3 streets, traffic is only bad during rush hour realistically. my suggestion is probably not likely to happen, but probably most realistic of being considered of happening.

i think if you pursue a losing battle you will get flooding with responses such as "all busy streets have traffic" and others like if you don't like it ride a bike or walk.

i pretty much learned to live with it and it really does not bother me.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
8:29 p.m.

now that the chipotle is there I would suggest on Kilpatrick south of irving going north a no left turn between 4pm and 6pm.

this is on a bunch of side streets as well, I have a friend that lives by Ainslie and central and he can't even make a left down the street he lives on between 4 and 6pm to help alleviate traffic and the thing is his house is right there, he has to go around the block to get to his house.,-87.767593,3a,37.5y,349.91h,90.24t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sw5F-7_VvSqy1vGdhZ6fnpQ!2e0!7i13312!8i6656!6m1!1e1

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
8:14 p.m.

you would have to go from cicero, as I remember there is no left turn on milwaukee from the south. this suggestion was long ago, before the chipotle.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
8 p.m.

well, part of the problem is the jewel lot, Kilpatrick from the south and Kilpatrick from the north all funneling in on irving park before a 1 minute stoplight at cicero.

my solution to the alderman was to make Kilpatrick south of irving one way going south to alleviate the congestion funneling in on irving park.

this would alleviate the congestion at the light (kilpatrick and irving) which is a main contributor to the problem (people turning left (west) onto irving from Kilpatrick.

Kilpatrick to the north will remain 2 way.

this idea was shot down

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Traffic
7:16 p.m.

I'd much rather see a 38 special cover band

but, that is just how I roallh

— On the neighbor message We are no longer the best kept secret.
11:34 a.m.

not sure, but I just chatted with an chat name "arodriguez", so thanks for confirming it works.

I think you just cant go on and expect everyone to see you, in the lower corner it will say how many people are in the room and then you would have to chat something.

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
10:22 p.m.

i seen you on, did you type anything? i did not see you type anything

[20:57] tami has joined the room

[20:58] inactiveuser: hi tami

[21:00] tami has left the room

— On the neighbor message ok, this is a test for neighborhood live chat
9:04 p.m.

i forgot to mention... thank you guys for selling me 2 bottles of namman muay liniment last month. glad to know you have it.

8:14 p.m.

I don't know, you could strip the paint off the glass and shoot the wood with some black semi gloss to go for that contemporary look.... that may be more appealing to buyers.

not sure how many people are looking for anything with that particular artwork.

— On the neighbor message Dinning room table with chair for sale
8:16 p.m.

i was optimistic that alderman tim would continue to comment on every block as a neighbor... maybe as "the alderman formerly known as tim" or something.

unfortunately i have not seen him on every block in some time.

2:53 p.m.

@chris, if you are ever up south, huck finn's has 9 inch doughnuts. I used to go by there when I had friends up on the south side.

— On the neighbor message Earl's BBQ coming this spring!
7:21 p.m.

@chris, a bit out of the way, but if your up that way a nice place to stop by. usually if I am up that way I will pick up a few...

— On the neighbor message Earl's BBQ coming this spring!
8:30 p.m.

@dave, I remember my first time going to smoque, I had a big order for carry out, I picked up the order and did not think twice, when I got home there was no pop in the bags. I called up to say that my pop was not in the bag and they said: what you didn't grab a pop from the cooler? no, I came to pick up my order, the person at the counter handed me my bag and said I was all set, I paid and walked out. yeah, well you were supposed to grab your own pop from the cooler, you can come back and pick it up if you like, just bring your receipt.

— On the neighbor message Earl's BBQ coming this spring!
3:32 p.m.

I think a whole university could be smart enough to take charge and raise some of the funds themselves in the meantime. maybe they sell worlds finest chocolate or something.

8:50 a.m.

I am catholic and do the Nam Myoho Renge Kyo chant from time to time.

peace be with you....

— On the neighbor message Transcendental Meditation
8:43 a.m.

i would agree smoque is a bit on the high side, at least for me. but, they could pretty much charge what ever they want because they are the only game in the immediate area and the demand is there, hopefully pork and mindy's adds some healthy competition.

I used to go to mom's bbq, but they closed, they were good and prices were reasonable.

it would also be nice to get a restaurant like feed around here, another good real food place with good prices, that is just my opinion.

— On the neighbor message Earl's BBQ coming this spring!
8:24 a.m.

@Pamela, very interesting, so far you have the most responses to answering your question.... I guess we can add the little birdy that told

— On the neighbor message What are your sources for neighborhood news?
12:02 a.m.

so is there any word on the property on the south west corner of Byron and cicero?

— On the neighbor message 4901 W. Irving Park Project Moving Forward
11:36 a.m.

thanks john, always could use more bbq

— On the neighbor message Earl's BBQ coming this spring!
10:19 a.m.

neighbors, and neighborhood businesses (shout out to Josie's), reddit, arena emails, scanner

— On the neighbor message What are your sources for neighborhood news?
6:41 p.m.

i don't think he deals with gray, super cuts will wash that gray right out of my hair.

hey, flashback

— On the neighbor message We are no longer the best kept secret.
6:22 p.m.

for awhile there I thought jpna stood for "just people nagging arena"

— On the neighbor message Threat Made, Orders Carried Out? Ald. Arena?
6:05 p.m.

i would want the supercuts to come back, when they closed on cicero, I went to the one on Lincoln, the one on Lincoln burned down so I went to the one on harlem, which was kinda far so I just cut my own hair, then a supercuts opened at dunning square and I go there... now it would be nice if It came back to 6 corners again. I know when they closed they said that that owner was looking for a place by 6 corners that had parking, so this may be a possibility.

— On the neighbor message We are no longer the best kept secret.
5:16 p.m.

also, what happens if you change it back now to your yahoo address now that your verified. will it work if you reset back to yahoo address. maybe it was a fluke.

8:09 p.m.

Some settings on yahoo let you check multiple account s, or you may be able to auto forward messages from your ISP to your yahoo account.

8:04 p.m.

I think the nanny's name is Bruce.

— On the neighbor message Nanny share?
5:01 p.m.

@cheesecake chick, brilliant

— On the neighbor message Pizza Delivery
5:05 p.m.

@chis, no, i heard about it, same thing with that potbelly's thou, a bit out of my way. i like to go to places in route to places to make the most use of my time and i just don't head that way that much.

i concur, the more the better, it will be nice to have that culvers.

i am not completely sold about the elly's, but welcome them and hope if they come, they are 24 hours.

there are not that many places to get something to eat close by in the middle of the night around here, it is pretty much Susie's or Denny's really, unless anyone else knows of any restaurants open at 2 am. and i ain't going to no i hop, golden nugget or big top, not saying that it is not good, but just not for me.

— On the neighbor message 4901 W. Irving Park Project Moving Forward
4:59 p.m.

@chris, I get that it is close, I can drive 5 minutes to smoque as well.

maybe I can explain what I am trying to convey better... 6 corners being a destination

there is a vacant property at Byron and cicero, I think being two blocks away from 6 corners it would do well.

sorry for the confusion

— On the neighbor message 4901 W. Irving Park Project Moving Forward
3:30 p.m.

You totally missed the point. A bbq place would do well around 6 corners. Walking 30 minutes to smogue ordering and walking 30 minutes back with a few slabs back is not what I would consider walking distance for food carryout, nor would I want to eat a couple slabs there then attempt to walk 30 minutes back.

— On the neighbor message 4901 W. Irving Park Project Moving Forward
9:59 p.m.


you stated today:

"It's 2015, and the Chamber still has no funding from the City!"

I thought it was 2016, maybe I am living in the future.

i thought members paid dues.

what did the funds pay for? what was purchased?

do you know if Jefferson park forward getting funds?

— On the neighbor message Threat Made, Orders Carried Out? Ald. Arena?
6:05 p.m.

did elly's pancake house state their intended hours? are they going to be like jeff park and open 6-4pm or like north ave and open 24 hours.

does that take up all the space or will there be openings for other small businesses that have not signed on that block?

also, is there any word on the property on the south west corner of Byron and cicero?
maybe a bbq place will do well, I mean we have rib fest at 6 corners and no real bbq rib places "walking distance" at 6 corners.

— On the neighbor message 4901 W. Irving Park Project Moving Forward
5:48 p.m.

did you try updating/changing your email in your account setting in everyblock

click your name in upper left
scroll down to manage account settings
click on change email enter your same email again and see if it will update it or enter another email and see if it verifies your account when you post then you can change your email back

if worse comes to worse, just use your wife's account and change the name and email, then she can easily create a new account or you can create one for her. it does not look like she uses the account that much anyway, other then reading post.

3:23 p.m.

that is right, mice don't like poison, crank it up

— On the neighbor message Eek! Mouse in My Apartment
3:17 a.m.

it may have been in the pool

— On the neighbor message Strange "Tracks"
3:13 a.m.

with the amount of traffic where they pan handlers are they can see thousands of cars and people, so it could just be visibility.

in politics they are not referred to as pan handlers, but low income pedestrians.

I did see drawings for a new combination pan handling/pedestrian island that was talked about as well as drawing a small circle for them to stand in.

then I heard someone mentioning that they wanted a homeless depot on irving and Milwaukee, but other people were saying that the space would not be big enough.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Panhandlers
3:12 a.m.

I know on my yahoo account I have an unsubscribe function that allows me to block selected emails, if you yahoo check your unsubscribe box.

5:22 p.m.

Go into your settings and check that your email address in your profile is correct, or update to a new email address. Maybe it was accidentally changed.also check your Email settings to make sure you did not block, spam, or auto delete emails from the EveryBlock verification email.

5:12 p.m.

if I give up one can, can I pay 4.75

— On the neighbor message Garbage fee starts in April!!!
3:53 p.m.

•Whole Foods does not focus on income demographics when considering a franchise location and instead focuses on the per capita population that has college degrees.

9:44 p.m.

@dude, having the means where would you move to.

— On the neighbor message Six Corners Panhandlers
3:10 p.m.

last time I shopped at a the gap, I think it was 1986 and I got a stonewashed black jean jacket. it was the one on western and roscoe when it was there, I think there was one near Lincoln and Belmont years ago.

— On the neighbor message BOA Clark Street Development Plans
3:05 p.m.

muggers, home burglars, vicious animals, and domestics among outer calls have priority. if you have a scanner, you'll see our cops are pretty busy, sometimes in backlog.

I have never heard coming over the scanner that a man is selling cotton candy in the street, all units please respond. please be advised diabetic officers proceed with extreme caution.

have you called on this, what do they say?


— On the neighbor message Six Corners Panhandlers
2:18 p.m.

@portage porker,

so this is the lyrics we promote in the neighborhood?

I'd prefer taylor swift and shake it off... lol

— On the neighbor message Shooting on Hutchinson/Lamon
12:08 p.m.

i would not send her, not only would it cost a lot in postage, but there is a chance of getting lost in the mail.

also, make sure you don't pamper her, women say they want to be pampered, but when you get them on, they don't like it and trying huggies ain't any better.

I would consider getting a car service to pick her up and drop her off at the spa, a nice touch that is not much more and will score you some points, women may say they don't want it, but appreciate the details. then take her out someplace nice/romantic.

I have treated my girlfriend to a Mario package once, looks like package may hit all of what your going for, keep in mind packages do not include tip.

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9:06 a.m.

here is a picture of some of the ones I used, the old fashion wooden one was the one that did it. I guess that is why there is that sang to build a better mouse trap, the old ones seem to still be the best.

— On the neighbor message Eek! Mouse in My Apartment
8:40 p.m.

@chis you are correct,

I don't think thou that trader joes is successful because it chooses areas that don't meet their demographic and hope that I drives people to the area, which could take years. despite peoples hopes, thoughts and wishes for the area, facts are based off of the numbers, right or wrong, we are not there yet.

3:49 p.m.

I think we have to be honest and look at the neighborhood as a whole. with what we look like now... that is what we attract.

we might not be aware of just how many apartments and homes have this demographic and those that criticize and would like trader joes and higher end stores may be the minority, maybe we like to think of our neighborhood as "better" then it really is, not saying it is not great.

same with this, we are lucky to have businesses come since it has been so long.

if it is true and people do not patronize aldi and ross, they will go out of business, but the buildings will be built wiring run and any business could just move right in. that is a good thing.

to me it is a step toward bigger things.

2:49 p.m.

am I the only one that got the pete the cat song stuck in my head

i love my pink gloves, i love my pink gloves, i love my pink gloves, oh, no i lost a glove. did i cry, goodness no!

i just kept walking along singing my song. i love my pink glove, i love my pink glove, i love my pink glove.

— On the neighbor message pink glove
12:50 p.m.

I had a mouse in the house once, I kept setting traps to catch him/her with peanut butter then that, liquid gel mouse bait. I had set up close to 30 traps, both catch and release and regular wooden. (yes, really 30 traps). I knew the mouse was in the area by the stove/under kitchen sink.. in 3 days i I could not catch the mouse. then one day I said this is not a normal mouse, I am a man and I got to do something. I took out my sony camcorder that had night shot (night vision) and turned off all the lights and waited during the time I usually hear the mouse.... I seen the mouse in the pitched dark on the camera, it did not run along a wall it ran straight threw the middle of the kitchen floor from under the center of the stove, not typical of a mouse. I turned on the lights and repositioned the traps, making a uninterrupted line of traps that the mouse would have to go thru , turned the light back off, the mouse came out ran around made it thru the line, I was watching on the camera and he stopped, I zoomed in as he looked right at me... he charged me, he looked so big on the zoom on the camera, I stumbled back and tripped over my wheeled office chair (no I did not record it). I turned on the lights and repositioned traps, this went on for 3 hours till click, one of the wood traps got him, the safety and catch and release traps did not seem to work for this one. when my neighbor stopped by, she did not believe that I so many traps till she saw it. her comments were really? really inactive?

— On the neighbor message Eek! Mouse in My Apartment
8:30 a.m.

@nwgal, and they say the area is not dense enough.....

8:23 p.m.

— On the neighbor message pink glove
9:10 p.m.


here is a true ridiculous one.

I had an issue with people cutting through my yard so I locked it, they jumped the fence so I got a 6 foot fence. then they started cutting through my neighbors yard, they never locked their gates and would find them open more often since my gates. I bought them locks so they would not go into their yard to get to my yard since I was burglarized once. so they started jumping the neighbors gate. I helped my neighbor with putting in a larger 6 foot fence. then the neighbor next to my neighbor had people cutting through his yard, he had a lock on his gate but did not lock it all the time, but now started to lock it. this year he called true link and had a 6 foot fence installed. the neighbor next to him already has a 6 foot gate, locks it and does not have issues.

— On the neighbor message Problem with trespasser(s)
9:58 p.m.

sorry, forgot the link for the demonstration video on the scarecrow:

— On the neighbor message Problem with trespasser(s)
8:21 p.m.

get a taller fence, assuming you have a metal fence cover the top rail of the fence with lithium grease, a great detour for people jumping fences. you can also spray the climbable section of the fence with cooking oil, get an audible motion alarm, lock or get a lock for the front gate. you can also rig up dental floss across the area where they trespass, either zig zag it, to get them tangled in it or tie it to cans with rocks in it and have them on the side so when they trip the wire it makes a noise and moves that cans so you know if someone was there. have the dental floss rigged about 6 inches off the ground. put up obstacles in path to the assumed destination, tables, storage shed, large planters, rose bushes (thorny ones) with trellises, etc

in the spring get one of these so that if someone does enter your yard they will get wet:

— On the neighbor message Problem with trespasser(s)
8:14 p.m.

happy valentines day!
this time could be helpful to some... I usually celebrate valentines day early, this way I am not overwhelmed by crowds going out. this year i did valentines on the 11th, some times it changes, but i shoot for a few days before. you end up getting the best tables and best flowers etc. you may not get all the "valentine's day deals", but it sure beats making way through crowds with your date. i thought i would bring this up since i stopped by jewel today and seen everyone scrambling for last minute cards, flowers and such.... then i thought that i do not miss those days.

— On the neighbor message Today
10:53 p.m.

I would say raccoons, since I have lived in my home I have seen raccoons 2 times, so you may not see tracks all the time.

@pattymelt, you give me flashbacks of:

— On the neighbor message Strange "Tracks"
4:20 p.m.

or a pedestrian bridge... that is the future

9:31 a.m.

I here they are trying to pass new zoning on bus shelters too... here is a picture of what is proposed:

9:08 p.m.

my take away from the linked tinely park article:

low income housing attracts local businesses, like dollar stores and payday loan stores.

people with low income have less money to spend on local businesses.

maybe there is a conspiracy, far fetched, but dollar stores and payday loan stores open up first, with the promise of pushing thru low income housing in the area, and payoffs are made, directly or indirectly.

it is a lot quicker to get lower income housing, density and cheap stores and state stimulating economic development, then it would be to attract median or higher income to spend more and attract more mainstream stores and services. the issue with these type of businesses is they typically don't move the area forward and it just seems to hover in the is what it is for years.

low income housing does need to be incorporated into the landscape as long as it moves the community economically forward by being balanced with median and higher income. only by increasing the median income of the area to attract better and not lesser businesses, services, investors. the key is to balance this slow enough to keep property taxes in line so the older people will not be priced out of their homes, but fast enough to stimulate stable growth.

1:30 a.m.

well, now focusing on the positive, what are the top 3 places anyone has been to for an anniversary dinner, here is my top 3 places that I have been to.

1 avanzare
(161 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611
out of business now, but was awesome at the time, maybe some may remember.

attentive service, great food, and carriage rides right out front

2. ruth chris steak house
There is one downtown and northbrook.
USDA Prime served sizzling on a 500° plate - every bite is as
delicious as the first.

attentive service, great food, porterhouse for 2 is a favorite.

3. maggianos
4999 Old Orchard Shopping Ctr.
Skokie, IL 60077

attentive service, good food (steak and fish), mix drinks made well, good deserts.

please share your top 3 places and if you have any recommendations in the area.

10:07 p.m.

be alert stay safe.... now if only the flashbacks would stop.

— On the neighbor message Roberrys warnings !
9:20 p.m.

ok, thank you...

11:33 p.m.

you sell it, that is awesome!

when would be the latest I would be able to come like tomorrow to purchase some?

11:23 p.m.

do you know if "namman muay thai liniment" is available from a local source?

it would be nice at times just to pick some up, without having to wait on delivery.

11:18 p.m.

So how did you unclog it? We have been in suspense for 2 years.

— On the neighbor message Evening Pumber Needed - Kitchen Sink Clogged
10:31 a.m.

went straight to the site, no trojans , let's just be glad he got it up, and move on.

— On the neighbor message 45th Ward Website
11:13 a.m.

to stereotype all chicago cops is just as bad as being prejudice. there are a lot of good cops, more good than not.

not that many people will take a job to rush to the aid of people being shot at or victimized. it takes a special character to choose to deal with unknown crisis situations daily. especially now days with less staff.

i especially feel fortune for many of the ones in our district as i truly believe that we have some of the best cops in chicago.

i grew up with a respect cops, don't give them a hard time and always tell them to be safe.

5:05 p.m.

what was the outcome of this, was there a reduction?

12:40 p.m.

the new police manual has replaced the word "patrol" with "alert"

instead of "we will send out more patrols to the area"

it is "we will send out more alerts to the area"

this means that community policing is more important then ever and that everyone needs to not only be alert, but report suspicious activities promptly.

7:31 a.m.

just some food for thought.

one dog owner told me that when you are taking care of a dog, you should care for them similar to a 2 year old child and that was his baby and he did not even take the dog to the store because he would never leave his 2 year old kid outside chained to a pole.

I would imagine the same would be true for a yard. even if you had a locked yard would you let a two year old child alone in it for any amount of time?

I guess taking care of a dog is like parenting. usually those that leave there children unattended or in hot cars is no different from a dog owner doing the same, unless someone is "it just a dog type", or thinking their dog is different.... like so many people that think their child is different, then it is the same I only left him alone for a second, how could this happen to my baby, etc.

not saying that this is the case in this situation and sometimes unavoidable accidents do happen in which require the community support and understanding to bringing their family member home.

— On the neighbor message Demon is still missing. .
7:27 a.m.

just kidding, it was the first hall to come to mind.

approximately how many people would be attending the party? an open hall or with food?

i have not been there, but heard about them, bee day party

close to portage park, I have been to lavilla before for an after baptism party once and it seemed nice and kids were there.

not in portage park, but there is chuck e cheese in Skokie, it is not as far as it seems and depending on age of the kids, could be a good time.

— On the neighbor message Hall Rental Recommendations
8:40 p.m.

my friend that used to rent a lot said always take pictures/video when you first get the apartment, then when you leave take pictures as well. this way if their was any prior damage, they would not be able to say it was you. also, it shows how you left the apartment should you need evidence for court, that you left it clean or cleaner then you got it. also, pictures might show damage that you may have caused, but did not remember or thought it was already there, for your peace of mind.

also, a good practice, ask for a walk thru before you leave and this way you can point out the rooms are clean and address any last minute concerns. then at that point you can ask when you can expect your full security deposit.

the main thing is in court you would need to prove that when you left the apartment that you left it in the same condition as when you moved in. also, courts are big on evidence, if the landlord has pictures of damage and hired a legit cleaning service as opposed to "paying someone cash" and having a list of damages with no evidence of it, they may have a case as well.

if you have evidence or think that the landlord cannot prove their case, sue take them to small claims pay the fees and spend the time, but it is not a guaranteed win.

what you could do is call the landlord request evidence of the damage and copy of the cleaning invoice. let them know that you do not agree with the charges and would like to see the invoice to see what was done, say that you do not agree with the amount and find it suspect and are considering taking them to court, because you expected that the condition that you left the apartment in would entitle you to most if not all of your security deposit. see where the conversation goes.

10:46 p.m.

that falls into

neighborhood Belmont Central

which is part of community Belmont Cragin

— On the neighbor message Belmont and Harlem Neighborhood
4:17 p.m.

@handyman rich,

done, I added it to the list

— On the neighbor message Pizza Delivery
11:59 a.m.

comment for:

Handyman Rich

I can add Tony's (6700 N.W. Highway)

— On the neighbor message Local Restaurant Recommendations ?
11:58 a.m.

I still say just make quieter planes, we have to make cars more fuel efficient and safer and stuff every year. why not legislate to make quieter planes? noise cancelation technology... something.

11:52 p.m.

I can see it now....

— On the neighbor message Concrete Work
8:13 p.m.

I believe the neighborhood is Belmont heights, belonging to the Dunning community area

it is probably a good neighborhood, someone built a castle over there.

— On the neighbor message Belmont and Harlem Neighborhood
7:42 p.m.

@i love cheesy poofs, i don't think she is associated with rainbow.
it maybe u gro daycare or as an independent.

— On the neighbor message Home Day Care
5:40 p.m.

@portage parker 46,today 1/23/2016, 1245:pm.... I just happened to be driving by

— On the neighbor message Noodles Restaurant truck watch
1:30 p.m.

I agree that is an act of kindness, to take care of a child for 31 years.... that must be one big child.

— On the neighbor message Home Day Care
4:05 p.m.

maja, I agree with you on chicken broasted royal, food is made to order. I usually get 2 chicken breast, fries and a diet coke.

— On the neighbor message Restaurant opening
2:03 p.m.

@joanne, I am not sure if amigo chino was ever in danger of closing due to not enough patronage, it always seemed busy.

my point is that if it is going to be there anyway, people that patronage it (the ones that do go there on the regular) can suggest to make it better and they should not settle.

maybe by making portions slightly smaller and quality better they can be more profitable as well.

— On the neighbor message Restaurant opening
1:06 p.m.

el gordo has the best steak burritos that I have ever had. not only is it good, but it is a good size and price as well.

— On the neighbor message Restaurant opening
12:57 p.m.

@ruta, please update us if you get it repaired and who you used.

— On the neighbor message Welder in the area?
12:42 p.m.

@pattymelt, because then you have cats... reminds me of the old lady that swallowed a fly

— On the neighbor message Concrete Work
4:13 p.m.

i have never been there, but hopefully with new equipment, possibly newer staff, a remodel and someone paying attention to these comments.... we will see an improved restaurant.

the goal should be if they are there and in business to make them successful. the way to do that is to make sure that if you do go you are relentless in being vocal about concerns when you are there, if the restaurant receives a plethora of complaints in the beginning and going forward they will be more likely to make changes. this would include reporting any violations witnessed promptly.

— On the neighbor message Restaurant opening
4:10 p.m.

your probably looking at over $10,000 worth of concrete work. concrete can be expensive especially if leveling and putting in a crawlspace. I would put outdoor baits around the perimeter of the building and monitor monthly.

— On the neighbor message Concrete Work
12:23 p.m.

@robin, i am glad if you have had success with it, I have not, it has helped with puffiness, but not so much the circles and it a quick temporary fix.

also, not sure if you know, but it is not recommended as a long term solution and should be used on occasion only.

the phenylephrine can up-regulate the opposing beta receptors, making the it less effective. if you suddenly stop using it you can have rebound swelling.

also the hydrocortisone which is in most formulations of Prep h can thin the skin, showing more dark circles.

5:48 p.m.

anyone recommend a product that they have used or treatment to reduce dark circles under eyes?

4:19 p.m.

and a partridge in a pear tree... sorry had to go there

— On the neighbor message Noodles Restaurant truck watch
12:22 p.m.

if it helps I got one similar to this when I replaced my old dial thermostat, they also have one with a backlight for a few dollars more. works fine.

— On the neighbor message Her Unit is Cold
11:09 a.m.

if your shooting for Chinese, I would hit up Chinese chef , small place, but good stuff.

chinese chef
9444 Irving Park Rd
Schiller Park, IL 60176

— On the neighbor message Local Restaurant Recommendations ?
7:42 p.m.

maybe he came down with that illness that effects some wahns, it is called derings

— On the neighbor message Drywall, mud, tape & sand
7:48 p.m.

if the thermostats are in the same location, the first thing I would do is take a temperature reading next to the thermostats to ensure that they are recording the same temperature (not the set temperature, the actual temperature). could be simple as changing a thermostat if you take a reading and it is different then what the thermostat says, about $20 (you can also get a digital programmable one if you don't have one already.

the next thing is humidity, if the humidity is low it will feel colder. optimal humidity is between 30 and 50%. verify that both units have the same humidity. if you are under 30% you can save money on your heat by getting a humidifier.

mitigating factors, does one person use stove verses microwave? hot shower verses cold, does one have high wattage lights (it can generate heat), how long or how many times is the door opened each day. does one have more visitors than the other? maybe one is a heavier breather.

the next thing would be to use an infrared thermometer and point it at the heat unit itself on both units once you verified the thermostats are correct. if the heat on the units are the same it could be the other factors. if the heat is different, there could be a loss of heat between the two units, maybe insulation of the connection would be needed or it is possible the heat pump needs to be upgraded to circulate the water faster resulting in more even temps.

— On the neighbor message Her Unit is Cold
7:01 p.m.

@a&k, I do not think the price seems that out of line. Remember John Baethke and Sons did the work. that is at least 3 people.

"Destination Visual Diagnostic" = stare at it, point at it, walk around it, sit on it. talk about it, check the flux capacitor. yes, your are correct the toilet is clogged.

Remove Toilet, Reseal & Re-install"= 3 people minimum as the 2 bolts need to be unloosed at the same time to prevent toilet warpage, one person to hold the toilet while one goes out to by the wax ring and the other watches to make sure the other does not put the toilet down. toilet then has to be positioned and lasered for plumb and level.

"Power Clean Toilet Line"= one uses the rodding tool while one tells to move up or down, or to stop then go again.

"Video Inspection Toilet Line"= you have your director and camera man, editor narrator and then the final posting to you tube.

"Service Agreement"= we are just going to charge you this because we can

— On the neighbor message Know a good plumber??
10:20 p.m.

@joh, if your going out in just a hat 'n gloves , you the man.

I have to wear a jacket. I layer 2 or 3 jackets depending and hat, sometimes gloves.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
10 p.m.

so how is everyone doing out there...

problems, solutions... share

I had the issue where my door would not stay closed , so I just did the old hold it close and lock it. I guess I forgot to wd40 the door latch lock mechanism, so after it warmed up it was fine and I wd 40' it.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
9:20 p.m.

*no I am not from Hawaii

— On the neighbor message Safe at night/early morn?
5:10 a.m.

@lava girl, no I am from Hawaii, but I have been there and did like it. ever since I watched that episode of the brady bunch when they went to Hawaii, I always wanted to go, so i saved up and went there about 12 years ago. I stayed on maui pretty much, but did some research on the area. the only negatives were I almost drount in the ocean and for the first time in my life got a sunburn (from being in the water, I guess).

— On the neighbor message Safe at night/early morn?
5:03 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Safe at night/early morn?
10:02 p.m.

poo or no poo it comes down to this... are you ok with people dumping their garbage in your can?

I would not throw my trash, poo, drywall, concrete, beer bottles in my neighbors can.

people are given a can for their garbage, most people will not mind the occasional cup or bottle thrown in their can, but the intention of the can is for the resident's garbage.

I think it comes down to respect. dog poo can attract rats and flies. when you put the poo in someone else's can you are almost putting a rat and fly attractant to the back of their home. I have seen garbage cans chewed and damaged by rats trying to get inside.

maybe the people that throw poo in other peoples cans don't see the issue because they are always throwing it in other peoples cans.

— On the neighbor message Doggie Poop debate in our household :-)
8:49 p.m.

@robin, what benefits do you find from coconut oil?

7:54 p.m.

@lava girl, Waikiki spam jam?

— On the neighbor message Safe at night/early morn?
7:38 p.m.

so while we are on the subject of beauty products, what beauty products does everyone recommend.

does anyone have a favorite product?

7:03 p.m.

@lava girl, what part of Hawaii, did you ever do the road to hana?

— On the neighbor message Safe at night/early morn?
11:04 p.m.

@escobar, but to be fair, there are a lot of men looking for the same qualifications:

looking for young, energetic women ages 23-34, must be business minded, looking to earn a part-time or full-time income, determined, willing to be trained, must have some capital to start

6:52 p.m.

You request that it may be removed by contacting EveryBlock, if you go down to the bottom of this page there is a box that says feedback and support.

6:40 a.m.

ok then, charlie chan

— On the neighbor message Noodles Restaurant truck watch
9:44 p.m.

@ randy, I just had 2 chipotle steak burritos and a protein water so I probably go for a lighter dinner, most likely shoulder steak, green beans and potatoes....

6:51 p.m.

@megan, that is bizarre, it looks similar to the previous comment, and posted 13 hours ago. is it possible that you posted another draft by accident? if not your every block password may have been compromised, but I am not sure why someone would post that type of similar information. i would reset your everyblock password to be on the safe side, since it looks like it was sent from your account and not a clone account.

6:45 p.m.

@portage parker 46, it's like your jim rockford...

— On the neighbor message Noodles Restaurant truck watch
6:13 p.m.


iu - no photo from you either?

well, if you must ask

there is the in process photo, do not have an after as it would not come out with a fork and was just falling apart so tender.

1 chopped onion, soy sauce and italian seasoning, slow cooked 10 hours low

6:08 p.m.

I am doing a roast in the slow cooker now.

7:42 p.m.

where is the picture?

6 p.m.

@jaut, that is how I would interpret it from the page.

"An oasis where women gather to support and learn from one another. Offering a variety of classes and private events for women."

5:30 p.m.

there should be a movie,

crocheting tiger knitting dragon

1:39 p.m.

if I had time and knew of it, I would see skid row.... I even still have a cassette of them... now only if I had time to fix my cassette player in the car.... hmm.

7:29 p.m.

everytime I see the word epoxy it brings me back to this:

2:10 p.m.

@andy, if the can has been there a whole year and it has not been picked up, maybe the recycling can be used elsewhere... maybe a neighbor. due to unique situation and small amount of recycled items over the year, it maybe easier just going back to the basics and using the regular garbage. this should eliminate any frustrations over the matter. with any new programs and new workers there are definitions as to not enter private property, the recyclers might be more abiding to these due to the newness of the program. then again you can always paint the can black and maybe the regulars will take

— On the neighbor message Recycling Changes Jan 1st!
9:39 a.m.

@carlene, did you contact wgn? what did they say?

"I will contact WGN and ask for equal time and ask it to just contact Arena directly instead of a minion."

— On the neighbor message Jefferson Park Forward on WGN Radio
7:43 a.m.

"So I park the car in front of my house no damage but I can't park their either in the winter time. I clean the parking spot and if I don't get home on time someone else will have my clean spot. "

shovel the spot, put out a chair and dibb it, now you know why it is done. dibb it and so be it, not that I am pro dibbs, but seems like the easiest solution.

— On the neighbor message Vandalism
7:33 a.m.

I unfortunatly could not, hopefully the new year is better. Happy new year.

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
4 p.m.

lol, yeah a whole lot of them...

merry christmas portage porker..

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
11:02 a.m.

walgreens by 6 corners is open til 10pm if anyone needs anything last minute.

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
8:59 a.m.

pete's auto is

5413 W Higgins Ave, Chicago, IL

it is right next to the ed paschke art center

— On the neighbor message I need my Brakes done on my car
7:57 a.m.

hmm, viceroy reminded me of this, here are some hot winter tips

— On the neighbor message Service for a 2002 Toyota Corolla
5:55 p.m.

yeah, I was going to go to chipotle for a quick bite after long night and just wanted to go to bed, but they open at 12 and I could barely keep my eyes open, so the 11am's have it.. then I had no cash so jeff's was out.

I have not really had anything else other then fish chips from there, anything else recommended?

— On the neighbor message I need my Brakes done on my car
5:36 p.m.

I had fish chips and mushrooms there the other day, I originally wanted the zucchini but they were out. did you know they open at 11am.

— On the neighbor message I need my Brakes done on my car
5:20 p.m.

i had my sidewalk (walkway in the parkway) done a couple years ago, peoples gas broke my water pipe, water company came out and broke my new concrete and replaced it with concrete at beginning of winter when it was cold. concrete started flaking and chipping after. concrete looks worst then what I paid to have it redone. water company said since they had to replace the pipe because of peoples gas, peoples gas is responsible for replacing the concrete, when calling peoples gas they said that since the work was completed by the water company, the water company is responsible for their own work. so if peoples gas did not do you yet, don't get it.

— On the neighbor message Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 12
2:12 p.m.

this is crazy, both sides are on opposite sides of the spectrum.

Jefferson park cannot afford to stay the same and does need to move forward with improvements, however it does not need to change it's character by building huge buildings or doubling population. just like people, change is good, but not to the point you lose who you really are.

the answer to everything Jefferson park needs is on middle ground, a place where both sides refuse to meet. either because of stubbornness, wanting their own way, political, financial motivations, or lack of skills to work collaboratively.

bob and ryan, is there no way you guys can meet in the middle with your ideas?

the first step is understanding the others point of view. you need to understand why and realize that there are some truths to both sides.


— On the neighbor message A Trojan Horse Comes to Jefferson Park
8:55 p.m.

I think basic updated old school home economic course will do well, people can vote on task/subject and bring items to further discussion as well as share tips..

also, a craft center with mending pieces, glues, epoxies, clamps, angles etc so if a person has a broken home item, they can bring it in and fix it there instead of sitting under a chair in there home in the corner for 10 years. people may even be able to help each other fix things as well.

a sell board, have a board/wall of items people want to sell, each person can put up a picture of their item to sell every month. if a person buys another persons item, they get to put another picture up for an item to sell for the month. each month everyone resets to 1 picture, and you cannot have the same picture up 2 weeks in a row, pick something else to sell or forfeit your turn.

bridge or card club, vote to play certain games at certain times or set up permanent schedule.

leather crafting

scented candle making

knitting/ latch hook

car stereo repair

7:03 a.m.

that was an actual project in an old issue of popular mechanics, obviously it is a joke,

but also to show how we have become more sensitive to dogs in the past 20 years, you can even get seatbelts for dogs now as well as clothing, shoes, boots and they even have their own parks.

dogs have graduated to the same level as children and an item like that resonates at the same level as you would never let a child ride outside the car.

ahh, brings me to think of the Subaru brat... is it even legal to sit in the back of a Subaru brat anymore?

— On the neighbor message dogs are not disposable !!
8:32 p.m.

has anyone ever used one of these?

— On the neighbor message dogs are not disposable !!
1:09 p.m.

@dude, I tried the tape head cleaner before, but when you put the cassette in it keeps attempting to auto reverse back and forth, you gave me an idea and I took one of those long wooden q-tips and cleaned the head with alcohol to see if that would do anything..... it did not work, but was worth a shot.

I am going to take a wild guess at one of the belts, I was hoping I did not have to remove it from the car and take it apart and guess what could be wrong. you would think that someone would have had a similar issue or can verify my assumption holds some weight. I would guess that if there was a loose belt or slipped spring the head might not fully engage therefore making the cassette adaptor not function. I am suppressed there aren't any electronic wizards out there.

— On the neighbor message cassette car stereo repair ?
1:06 p.m.

its the people are only breaking the law if they get caught shenanigans....

crime is down because arrest are down or people just are not getting caught

— On the neighbor message Shots fired near Portage Park?
2:46 p.m.

well, thinking about your statement, I think shooting sprees are less about killing the people and more about making a statement. it is not the people that are bad in non targeted shootings, maybe it is something the people represent that the shooter does not have or to make a statement that other people should have been paying attention to them.

— On the neighbor message Personal Safety
8:27 p.m.

you know what i don't get? you see these people going on shooting sprees killing good people in malls, movie theaters and schools, why do people that go on these shooting sprees kill like regular people.

now maybe it is not reported, but i am surprised that there are not an equal amount of people going on shooting sprees killing bad guys.

the way the world is going reminded me of this clip

and before anyone jumps on the band wagon, i do not condone vigilantism, but i think we may see some as time goes by and more people go to concealed carry.

— On the neighbor message Personal Safety
3:33 p.m.

I have mixed feelings about conceal and carry. bad guys are going to carry guns illegally most of the time.

concealed carry gives the only option for good guys to carry guns too, and to that if you were surrounded by bad guys with guns, wouldn't you hope there was a good guy around that has a gun to protect themselves and other good people?

here is where the mix comes in, if the bad guy gets the drop on a good guy with a gun... then the bad guy has two guns..

then I also think growing up in an environment that if you have a gun you must be bad, unless your a cop... this confusion might result in a good guy shooting another good guy when he has a bad guy at gunpoint that he just saved someone from and the other good guy does not know and see's him pointing a gun at someone and shoots them.

— On the neighbor message Personal Safety
12:06 p.m.

@robin in wrp,

for food...

favorite recipes for dishes for thanksgiving. the ones you would traditionally do this time of year and probably during thanksgiving only.

— On the neighbor message happy thanksgiving
7:52 p.m.

Anyone got any favorite recipes? Anyone?

— On the neighbor message happy thanksgiving
12:58 p.m.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
1:33 p.m.

@portage porker,

the ramps are pretty heavy and heavy duty, when I bought them several years ago they were used by some highway patrols, can't remember which one. in every instance I have used them they worked every time and they bite in quite well even on slick ice, If you seen them in action you would see there is little chance of flying.

there was one time I parked in a parking lot on ice on an incline and my car started sliding down when I got out of it, well, it was the spot I always would park so I put the ramps where I wanted to park and was able to get my car onto the ramps and it held my car in place.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
1:13 p.m.

here are a few of the items I have, the steel traction ramps are great on ice. I have been using the orange shovel for more then 20 years.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
11:05 a.m.

basic winter car tips

also, i like to keep a couple packets of beef jerky and combos in the car for those times i am stuck in traffic and hungry.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
8:18 a.m.

I had one of these snow brums for years and it was really great, especillly when there is a few inches on the car/truck. however, a couple years ago I left it with my dad and it went missing in action... I was reminded again how useful it is on those snowy mornings. so I just broke down and ordered another one.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
7:54 a.m.

thanks for the reminder jon, I still have not replaced the spare for the truck since it has been stolen for the second time. I had the cable lock off of it since I changed a flat and
did not put it back on, so they stole the flat spare.

so for those that have suvs, make sure your spare is locked and still there.

— On the neighbor message winter tech tips
8:52 p.m.

@Jefferson park enthusiast,

"It sounds like you have a leak or a toilet running"

you have excellent hearing

so to check if your toilet is leaking, turn off the valve that feeds water to the toilet at night and mark the water level. in the morning if the water level is below the mark, you may have a leak and most likely have to replace the flapper (most common). also, if the water level is high that it is close or near the top adjust the float, there also might be a bad seal in the feed line so after flushing the tank and water is filling move the float up and down while the water is filling to see if it shuts the water off right away or if there is a gradual reduction, if the seal is weak replace it. best to replace with a new unit.

if you have not replaced your valve and it is older, cheap insurance to replace with a new unit like this.

— On the neighbor message Water Bill
12:46 p.m.

@portage parker46,

"dropped a dime on him", some how reminded me of this

— On the neighbor message Basement renovation question
2:11 p.m.

@a&k, I got some strange for you

— On the neighbor message Dr. Howard J. Marans, MD
7:16 p.m.

looks like I got a down vote, someone does not want to be investigated.

— On the neighbor message Stunning Message From JPNA President
10:20 a.m.

a, it would seam that way.. awl, so I pleat guilty, but I had to make alterations to my original plans. so if I am not batting 100, please forgive me. where is it binding that I need to point it out.... it's notion seams bias to me. welt, that is about all I have for now since I will feed dog, then take my walking foot out the door, I just weft the house now and no, i have not overlocked it is overcasting outside.

9:06 a.m.

not in Chicago.

— On the neighbor message Sposato takes illegal campaign contribution.
6:12 a.m.

the singer shop on irving is friendly too, the lady demonstrated various stich patterns on one of the machines for me.... and for the record they don't carry iron on patches.

5:52 a.m.

if this is real fraud, and have real evidence of it, it needs to be on the news.

other than that to post it on every block is just rumor and gossip.

was this reported to the police as fraud? who was responsible to collect the signatures? are there criminal charges pending? it is not fraud until proven in a court of law with evidence that there was fraud, other then that it is alleged fraud or heresy.

contact the media if you have evidence of fraud

— On the neighbor message Stunning Message From JPNA President
1:22 a.m.

office is nice and friendly, I walk in all the time to pay my policies there or if I have questions/changes on my coverage. they just remodeled the office.

12:56 a.m.

just paint the joist, put some can lights in-between the joist, epoxy coat the floor and use area rugs.

option 2 put suspending ceiling in-between the joist, with the joist still showing, thou a lot of cutting will be involved.

then for sake of argument, have a sign leading to the basement, no shoes, 80's hair, or jumping allowed.

— On the neighbor message Basement renovation question
12:50 a.m.

@latina04, a friend that has vinyl windows had an issue since he wanted to put a window mounted air conditioner in but the window did not support it and if it did it would be one of those small 5000btu units , so he got one of those portable ac units 10,000 btu and was good to go, might something like that work for the attic.

— On the neighbor message Cold Bungalow Attic
9:03 a.m.

we need more bbq places! walkable, carryout, late night, etc.

speaking of, I have a great name for one.... Barbie Q

8:01 a.m.

@portage parker 46, I have expanded baseboard heaters on the back porch, but by they time the water gets to them it is not the greatest (and yes they are insulated), this could be the same with attic space. I think deutsch may have been referring to the electric units, most of them run 220 volt, you can get them with a thermostat and do a good job heating.

— On the neighbor message Cold Bungalow Attic
7:54 a.m.

@pattymelt, there are a "bunch" of bradys, speaking of here is a variety of them

— On the neighbor message Found: Water bottle belonging to Brady
7:20 a.m.

A little old lady was walking down the street dragging two large plastic garbage bags behind her. One of the bags was ripped and every once in a while a $20 fell out onto the sidewalk. The policeman noticed this and stopped her, and said, "Madam, there are $20 bills falling out of that bag."
"Oh, really? Darn it!" said the little old lady. "I'd better go back and see if I can find them.. Thanks for telling me officer."
"Well, now, not so fast," said the cop. Where did you get all that money? You didn't steal it, did you?" "Oh, no, no", said the old lady.
"You see, my back yard is right next to a Golf course. A lot of Golfers come and pee through a knot hole in my fence, right into my flower garden. It used to really tick me off. Kills the flowers, you know. Then I thought, "Why not make the best of it? So, now, I stand behind the fence by the knot hole, real quiet, with my hedge clippers. Every time some guy sticks his thing through my fence, I surprise him, grab hold of it and say, "OK., buddy! Give me $20, or off it comes."
"Well, that seems only fair," said the cop, laughing. "OK. Good luck! Oh, by the way, what's in the other bag?"
"Not everybody pays."

10:52 a.m.

"After decades of car-centric planning and design, telling OP to now switch to bike/bus or walk more is ridiculous. That change takes time."

change does take time

one of the smartest statements I have heard in a long time zip60630

there are many people with children and people with disabilities or injuries that prohibit them from walking well or riding a bike. telling everyone that they just should ride a bike or walk is insensitive to those that have issues walking, this would include walking to a bus. not everyone is healthy/able and people need to be sensitive to these individuals.

I think the best approach is if you are pro walking or biking... encourage people that can to walk, encourage those people to ride to ride, but don't be bitter to those that choose not to or can't... this is still America and last I checked complete streets was to cater to all modes of transportation. start a walking or cycling group to the park, encourage those that are able to participate.

programs like slow roll Chicago is great, they encourage biking without being bitter to those that drive a car

I think that we can enhance and encourage people not to drive if they don't need to by car pooling and using other modes when feasible, but not to be bitter to those that can't.

also, paying for parking is everywhere in the city, even in parks in some suburbs they have metered parking. it is not going away.

— On the neighbor message Access to Jefferson Park
8:23 p.m.

portage parker 46, there was this guy in my old neighborhood that stripped cars to the shell, cut them up and threw them away, he would sell the parts from stripping the car. he stated that he would get more from the car in pieces then if sold whole. as a kid growing up we always suspected the cars were stolen. that was not you was it?

— On the neighbor message City garbage pick ups Do's and Dont's...
8:15 p.m.

it is a shame, with a lot of folks.... the only good humor they have is in their freezer.

12:10 a.m.

"Room", as in enough room, is a function of equipment. All Metra, rapid transit and bus facilities have more than enough unused capacity to add equipment.

not sure if I get this one, aren't the cta/rta having budget issues? how would they add more equipment if they are having trouble with the equipment they have.

also, I am not sure with enough room, maybe it is because every time I ride a train or bus I end up standing because there is rarely a seat. buses seem to be more comfortable and frequent when I was younger, even if I had to open the window.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
7:13 p.m.

concrete patio blocks are pretty tough, they should last awhile

11:33 a.m.

@proctor, I have to ask..... do you gamble

— On the neighbor message RIP Pac52us!
7:04 p.m.

he is not gone, if you hover over his name it states that he is temporary suspended for guideline violations.

— On the neighbor message RIP Pac52us!
9:25 a.m.

@spam alert, you know when you say "indeed" I hear Zachary smith saying it in my head.

— On the neighbor message Cleaning available for homes and businesses.
9:23 a.m.

whatever works, even police call for backup... no matter how much effort someone puts into something is worthless unless it has results, in that case a little effort netted a good result.

— On the neighbor message 45TH Ward Participatory Budgeting
8:13 p.m.

he is more like batman, blocking bulldozers, confronting catalytic converter theives and stuff on the down low

In July, 45th Ward Ald. John Arena noticed two men out early in the morning.

“One of them got up from underneath the car, put a small sawzall into a bag,” he says. “I asked if they stole a catalytic converter actually. They said no.”

“They started running to the car and I just ran up to the car as it was taking off, took the license plate down.”

Arena’s quick thinking helped lead to felony theft charges to be filed against two men last week.

— On the neighbor message 45TH Ward Participatory Budgeting
7:57 p.m.

thank you for the clarification, I guess there was some confusion based off of the integrity of the original post and responses thereafter. when questioned with the inconsistent nature of the information instead of providing honest information, they prompted more questions that were left unanswered.

in order for anyone to take anyone around here seriously, honesty goes a long way. people want to know who they are letting into their homes and trusting with their property.

the other person stated that "I'm trying to help a couple kids that have had a really tough life get a leg up".

"I know her very well and she has cleaned my home several times. Her rates are reasonable and she is reliable."

also, you commented that "My mother posted under her account.", but where the other post is the poster says. "She is not my daughter. She has no mother"

the other poster stated that cas started his own business, but could not answer what the name of the business was.

can you please clear this up?

also, how have you come to know stacy? right now she is the only reference.

how you answer these questions will be a reflection of your integrity and character and hopefully move past the questions the other poster placed on it.

— On the neighbor message Handyman available
7:33 p.m.

this is what happens when people post under someone's account and do not specify that you are a different person, this has happened before with other recommendations and it all goes down all the same way. the group is pretty good at screening out when something is not quite right, and will call it out. with all the scams going on, you really cannot blame them. then it comes down to one simple thing and that is the response, is it bitter down voting everyone and calling everyone unreasonable and mean or is it genuine and honest and clarifying the information in a way that can show the true character of the individual they are promoting based on the genuine character of the person doing the recommending.

— On the neighbor message Cleaning available for homes and businesses.
11:16 a.m.

@spamalert, if it makes you feel any better they removed my elo and ratt links....

— On the neighbor message Cleaning available for homes and businesses.
9:50 a.m.

could be a professional name, cas sounds more handyman than ashley. where ashley experienced in deep cleaning and yard work sounds more handy than a man.

— On the neighbor message Handyman available
8:46 p.m.

ahh, the parklet was so much richer with randy there.... i miss those pop up events he did. he even handed out sandwiches....

we should do another parklet get together some time

2:13 p.m.

here's a flashback, funny cullerton was not always popular.

I am glad to come know him and even thou he was not in my ward, he was always willing to give me advise and helped me through some situations by connecting me with the right people and resources from saving geese, to combating crime, getting rid of dangerous trees and even fixing the electric in my home, etc... a great guy.

1:56 p.m.

i miss culleton's comments on here, I was thinking after he retired he would chime in from time to time, maybe even change his handle to "just tim" or something.

1:18 p.m.

because I think arena could have only one ward;)

11:39 a.m.

when I was younger I did a lot of cycling and always was in the street, there were no bike lanes then and you hugged the cars on the right making sure that no one was getting ready to get out, if there was someone in a car you slowed down, just in case they were getting out. I think that bike lanes are great and some can be widened, but I would rather see more bike lanes in the city than protective lanes. I think we need to get there first.
I would also like to see more encouragement of riding on side streets. I think if you are in heavy traffic just like driving a car, it may be more comfortable to take a side street.
i think someone suggested before that streets should be 20 miles per hour since they were safer for cyclist, if that is correct then the side streets are a viable option for cyclist and i am surprised there are not more cyclist on side streets.

— On the neighbor message Rush Hour Parking Restrictions on Milwaukee??
8:01 p.m.

@spam, funny receiver of rocks, reminds me of rock fights we had as a kid, it started by throwing small berries from some type of vine behind my friends house and somehow evolved to rocks. not real big rocks, like nickel size or so like was found abundantly in the alleys at the time. even though there was some injuries I don't recall anyone getting hit in the face.

11:59 p.m.

everyone wants things their way and think it is the best way.

i think once the community can respect each other, understand each other and come to a compromise what is best for the "whole" community it can move forward on a firm foundation.

— On the neighbor message Planning for the future in Jefferson Park
11:32 p.m.

@portage parker 46, i have to ask, what animal/character is your profile photo

4:42 p.m.

my friend from 3rd grade moved to portland, oregon. he says they are very friendly out there. he bought a van filled it with what ever he could fit and left everything else. he has no regrets.

— On the neighbor message I'm done with Chicago!
2:36 p.m.

@pac52us, just curious if you were not tied down here where you would move? you seem to be able to give examples of what would be utopia, but that's like in london and stuff. so if there was nothing holding you here, would you still live here or would you move somewhere else?

i like minnesota in the summer, but winters can be a little brutal, bru-tal i really have not traveled much and would not want to move somewhere too hot or too humid, but also not too cold. i can tolerate chicago weather well, but everything else, not sure. i think it would be safer and a less demanding work environment in more rural setting.

— On the neighbor message I'm done with Chicago!
2:15 p.m.

the killer part is some older family here that plan to die in their homes, you want to be close to help if they need anything and want to spend time with them since they don't have much left, it is easier to see them once or twice a week if your in the same city.

— On the neighbor message I'm done with Chicago!
1:52 p.m.

i hear Minnesota is nice, there are some nice small towns out there. simple life and piggly wigglys.

— On the neighbor message I'm done with Chicago!
1:38 p.m.

@chuck, I would agree that i doubt a cop will give a parent or guardian a ticket, but am curious on the legality. just something I wondered about.

— On the neighbor message Rush Hour Parking Restrictions on Milwaukee??
10:44 a.m.

you can also mess with the kids, when they say trick or treat they either hold out their bags or you can tell them to hold out their bags and then say.... trick or treat.....oh, I think I will go for a treat and start looking in their bag, then say hmm I wonder what treat I want. then the kids usually pull the bag away and explain that you are the one that is supposed to give them a treat. then you explain, no you said trick or treat and I just tricked you, as the confusion settles give them handfuls of candy. my dad used to do it all the time. that and things like trick or treat what does that mean, and have the kids explain it. or you can do the bowl of rocks, go to the door with a bowl full of rocks and say oh, I have some great rocks for you kids..... after the confusion dissipates, then say or would you rather have candy... I have only seen one kid take a rock, he was kind of heavy set and I am afraid that he maybe ate it.

10:35 a.m.

I don't believe it is available this time of year at many of the big boxes as I seen them on clearance at lowes some time ago, and not sure if it will really take at this time of year, I would look at the possibility of cultivating and planting seeds and it should come up well next spring.

— On the neighbor message Where can I buy sod this time of year?
10:25 a.m.

@ryan, so just out of curiosity if a parent wants to ride their bike with their 4 year old kid, does the kid rides on the sidewalk and the grown up or parent over 12 legally have to ride in the street? I really would like to know, can a grown up over 12 ride the sidewalk if they are accompanying a under 12 rider say like 4 or 5 years old... legally speaking.

— On the neighbor message Rush Hour Parking Restrictions on Milwaukee??
10:21 a.m.

I would get estimates first and if they are lower then the $500, do not submit them to peoples gas and just accept their offer of the $500 check to cover the inconvenience of the matter.

— On the neighbor message Bush replacement
8:21 p.m.

so to recap, how many trick or treaters did everyone get?

7:26 p.m.

nobody went

— On the neighbor message trick or treating today
7:25 p.m.

I have used jb waterweld in the past with good results, just make sure you remove any rust first.

— On the neighbor message Fix Plumbing Pipe
7:22 p.m.

Due to peoples gas? did they damage your bush? they may be responsible for replacement if they damaged or killed it during installation of laying pipe or putting in the meter.

— On the neighbor message Bush replacement
7:14 p.m.

@pac52us, I thought you could use exclamations for shouting as well right?

you see in all my handwritten communication I write in all caps since high school. and no one ever said I was shouting. also in school I was never told that all caps was shouting, so I just wanted clarification if this was a real proper english thing, I have been hand writing in caps for so long I would be concerned if I was being offensive and no one telling me.

I am also surprised that I ask a simple question for clarification stating that I really wanted to know, then i ask for a source and I get a down vote... to me that is a little rude.

cpk 99 thank you for you contribution. I know that it is not a English thing, but more of an internet etiquette thing now.

— On the neighbor message Property tax increase and the budget vote
8:12 p.m.

To be a good neighbor... Maybe they don't know there is an issue with the alarm. Maybe they can't park close to there house so they got an alarm figuring if something happened it would alert neighbos to call police. Growing up I parked a block away from my house due to limited parking in the area since I got home late. I had an alarm on my car, one day I got to my car and my windshield had a baseball bat holes thru the front window. After it was repaired, I got a note to fix my alarm, it goes off in the middle of the night unless I want to replace another window. They had also damaged the dash as well. I found that it was the wind at night that was setting off the alarm and adjusted the sensitivity and it was fine. I just wish I got the note first. Same thing with plate stickers if I see my neighbor sticker is expired,, I either personally let them know or leave a note, my first reaction it not to beat or call police on my neighbor if they may not even be aware of the issue.

7:43 p.m.

I am surprised no one has thought to leave a note on the car letting the person know that ther may be an issue with the alarm or that it may be overly sensitive. Also, I have seen trucks, loud exhaust, loud music set off car alarms.

7:16 p.m.

where is it written in any grammar book that all caps is shouting? I thought that was what the exclamation was for. I really would like to know if this is a fact of proper english or just a made up internet thing.

Maybe pac52us can post a source from a proper English book

— On the neighbor message Property tax increase and the budget vote
7:02 p.m.

you probably have a worn or expanded seal or caulk on the outside of the window, try to look for any obvious separation, if found re-caulk or seal the opening.

— On the neighbor message Window leaking in corner
12:42 p.m.

car window, home window?

just use flex seal

— On the neighbor message Window leaking in corner
12:32 p.m.

yeah, I did not like the apples either. you just have to avoid that house. you were right to correct the kid, also hoping that people do not do something is also not effective.

I think all kids think trick or "treat".... they are expecting a treat, something they normally do not get.

I guess it did not make sense to me because there was never candy in my house growing up, but there was apples and I did eat apples on the regular, so as a kid to go trick or treating and get an apple.... well, really did not classify as a treat to me since it was something I always had access to.

7:17 p.m.

goes to show we need more good bbq places around here...

1:09 p.m.

@wayne, I grew up by Addison and Ashland, near bert weinman ford.

when I trick or treated in my neighborhood, I have never come across a bowl of candy... full or empty, only a couple times in the suburbs when we had a friends dad drive us out , I seen bowls of candy outside, there were a couple with signs on it saying "take one".

I remember my parents inspecting every piece of candy for needles and razor blades, I guess it was a thing back then. did anyone else's parents do that?

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
1:47 p.m.

so where are the links to the blog, ain't no bbq in texas?

— On the neighbor message Should have been in the Parklet
1:22 p.m.

@tracy, I think if you put a bowl of anything out around here people will either take it or smoke it. bad weather,halloween or not.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
11:34 a.m.

I would do it myself, you can even search you tube to see if they have your specific model.

I was thinking about upgrading my super old furnace from pilot to igniter, I understand this will also require changing the gas valve.... anyone do this conversion? is it worth it?

— On the neighbor message Furnace Maintenance
4:28 p.m.

I hope they say yes..... and invite us to the wedding

— On the neighbor message Furnace Maintenance
11:27 a.m.

I am surprised that there aren't more homeless trick or treating.... I always thought if I were homeless that I would trick or treat.

maybe the same reasons that hot dogs come in a 10 pack and hot dog buns an 8 pack

also, what is with the braille lettering on drive thru atms, how may blind people are driving?

10:47 a.m.

@wayne, this one

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
9:12 p.m.

wow, I did not know people in their mid 50's trick or treated.... maybe it should get some softer candy....

11:08 a.m.

@betsey wow, the honeymooners is a classic, I cannot believe you never seen it. I used to watch reruns before bed every night growing up. you can watch episodes on you tube. another favorite is the jack benny show....rochester...... hey...........rochester

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
10:32 a.m.

also, with state farm your claim free discount goes away for a number of years. I ended up losing money by making a claim.

— On the neighbor message Heads up for Catalytic Converter Thefts
10:25 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Widow washers
10:22 a.m.

I would not chase someone with a chainsaw or even wave any fake weapons for that matter in an attacking or threatening way, since now days with everything going on I'd fear getting shot by someone stupid.

9:09 p.m.

@Betsey, omg flashback

@pattymelt, I would just make a sign saying teal pumpkin and stick it in a regular pumpkin.. done

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
8:54 p.m.

maybe it's that one pizza delivery driver going home....

8:48 p.m.

I thought you were going to fly in to do those parklet pop ups

— On the neighbor message Should have been in the Parklet
11:15 a.m.

I had a non candy trick or treat experience once, they were handing out apples.. plain red apples. I said trick or treat and they said how would you like a nice apple, they presented a bunch of apples on a cookie sheet. I responded with "you ain't got no candy" no, just apples...

11:13 a.m.

@Betsey, I am not going to ask what he taste like.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
11:10 a.m.

there was one house in which before trick o treaters would get to the porch, like right about to walk up it, the guy would take a bucket of candy and throw it on everyone as they headed up the stairs. that house was nicknamed piñata house, since everyone would be scrambling on the ground picking up candy as you would from a piñata.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
9:16 p.m.

yes, the neighborhood was pretty stringent on retreaters.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
9:13 p.m.

come to think of it, what about the organic kids, where do they go trick or treating?

I remember on Halloween my dad used to send us out early trick o treating so we had candy to pass out for trick o treaters.

I used to then come home and change costumes and hit the good houses again.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
8:21 p.m.

and use a sign to say the street is closed

10:55 a.m.

I don't know about that, I here their boss is a real clown... ;)

8:08 a.m.

yep, and windows too...

8:06 p.m.

@marbear45, I lock them when I am in the house too....

4:46 p.m.

i myself would not even hire any logical fallacies... I wouldn't even hire any illogical fallacies.

— On the neighbor message JPNA Elections - bylaws
4:45 p.m.

i just heard there was another one on that block last night. I guess there was a fire and the people left there house to see what was going on and when they went back to there house it was burglarized.

3:38 p.m.

i wish I can pass out hundreds an hour, must be nice.

doe, I got only 1 buck in my pocket now, and oh deer, he is trying to get out.

wait... I also have a quarter, dime and a nickel... so at least I have common cents.

— On the neighbor message Trick or treat times?
3:29 p.m.

@wayne, did you ever get your windows done?

— On the neighbor message Windows
3:08 p.m.

@stacy, to post a pic (no sign up, or email is needed to use this)

go to

click upload images (blue box on top)

click browse your computer and select images to open

click start upload

after it uploads, copy the url at the top and paste it to everyblock and it will link to the picture

here is an example of how the linked picture:

you can do multiple pictures at one time as well

— On the neighbor message He Can Do It All!
2:52 p.m.

so just to get all the questions out of the way.

this is meant to be a positive thing, so be positive on how you respond as it will reflect the character of your recommendation and give valuable details that can help promote cas.

amazing is yada yada yada for most people, specifics and details help promote someone. give some specific examples of what was done for you or specifically what amazed you (was it the speed of work, quality, etc) .

he has worked on several projects in the house? what projects? pictures?

provide some detail (ie tore down plaster in master bedroom 14x14, replaced 5/8 drywall, replaced some missing insulation on the west wall, taped, mud and sanded perfect, painted purple with glitter sprinkled on the top half, with white wainscoting, and put a decal of a unicorn in the one corner, kept area clean and dust free, worked around our schedule and was prompt in returning calls, etc.

"He's just started his own business".... what is the name of his business that he started

— On the neighbor message He Can Do It All!
2:13 p.m.

won't you be my neighbor, flashback

2:03 a.m.

@psmokeyz, my garage needs some help... what are they doing to yours?

— On the neighbor message Contractor recommendations for front porch
1:59 a.m.

@stovewhisperer... that's hot, figuring you live on the range, this one for you, hopefully you find it a gas.

— On the neighbor message Gas Range Restoration
12:18 a.m.

@jon, sorry the intent of my posting was not to suggest that she find a contractor off home advisor, more or less so she can see the average cost involved in a bathroom remodel to make sure they are inline with estimates. thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify.

— On the neighbor message Bathroom Remodel
6:02 p.m.

I would like to see supercuts come back

5:59 p.m.

The guys were all at a deer camp. No one wanted to room with Bob, because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn't fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns. The first guy slept with Bob and comes to breakfast the next morning with his hair a mess and his eyes all bloodshot. They said, "Man, what happened to you? He said, "Bob snored so loudly, I just sat up and watched him all night." The next night it was a different guy's turn. In the morning, same thing, hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot. They said, "Man, what happened to you? You look awful! He said, 'Man, that Bob shakes the roof with his snoring. I watched him all night." The third night was Fred's turn. Fred was a tanned, older cowboy, a man's man. The next morning he came to breakfast bright-eyed and bushy-tailed. "Good morning!" he said. They couldn't believe it. They said, "Man, what happened?" He said, "Well, we got ready for bed. I went and tucked Bob into bed, patted him on the butt, and kissed him good night. Bob sat up and watched me all night."

— On the neighbor message Water Polo
5:58 p.m.

@joanie, so I say I would like to know places as well and get a thumbs down...
not really sure why... not something I would expect from you.

I even gave you thumbs up on your great suggestions.

— On the neighbor message Buffalo Wings
5:42 p.m.

or have someone else order for you....

— On the neighbor message Godzilla Sushi
10:26 p.m.

reminds me of the plan of all those single family houses and that senior building on Kilpatrick.

things change, instead of looking at the negative, list the positives the development will add to the area.

8:56 p.m.

oh, on the last part they would say that they did not want the fries since they were the wrong price and leave the drive thru.

6:47 p.m.

well, you can try something like this:

turn off the car in the drive thru and walk inside to talk to the manager. if the manger raises his voice and ask you to move the car, state loudly "what, you threatening me!" when they try to reel it in and say that they really need you to move the car, get down on one knee and start crying. state that your used to getting it your way at burger king and you just don't understand why they are trying to take extra money from you, that you are a good person. "why are you doing this to me"? "everyone is trying to destroy me" see if your concern is listened to/resolved, tell them that you will move the car and the split second that you see relief on their face. go with an "uh oh... I think I locked the keys in the car". as soon as you see the look change, state oh, you got them. when you see he look change again, say no these are the wrong keys... look change, oh, yeah these are them.

or you can keep it simple and have you and or all your friends go thru the drive thru daily and order the incorrectly priced item and when they all get to the pickup window if the price is not correct, they are to say "no your sign says 1.69" that price is not correct. when they get buried with bag of fries at the window, they may resolve the issue.

6:31 p.m.

blue, helicopter, flashback

— On the neighbor message Helicopter
5:24 p.m.

"there is a craft fair on Nov 13 and I want to know if anyone has attended"

if you get anyone that attended the event before it happened, let me know.... they have a working flux capacitor.

— On the neighbor message Need info about the Sugar Plum Craft Fair
5:11 p.m.

if so, check the screen to make sure the prices are correct during your order.

refuse to pay if price is incorrect

ask to speak to he manager, if you complained but not to the manager it could be reason why it was not resolved.

ask to speak manager and if not resolved let them know you intend to call or write corporate, you can probably email them pictures if you wish detailing the situation.

call the corporate number, most places have a number you can call if you are charged differently at the window, usually posted by the pick up window.

if you complain to corporate and they find your reporting the issue of value you may get a free happy meal or a coupon for 10 cents off your purchase.

and the last and probably best suggestion, don't go to mc donalds..

4:59 p.m.

speaking of chickens, anyone remember this?

— On the neighbor message Cooper's Hawk
9:29 a.m.

hopefully it is as nice as this one ;)

— On the neighbor message VIN Report Question
7:20 p.m.

@a&k, it is a step up from what was there, and will help move the area forward.

5:40 p.m.

i would like to know as well.

I think the key as insert name here is "great wings", most pizza places around here can deliver wings, but most are just good at best....

I have always made the carryout run to buffalo joes, I have been doing it so long that I have not even thought to check anywhere else.

— On the neighbor message Buffalo Wings
5:02 p.m.

oh, wait I retract.... I thought that was going to be a rendition of the old bank of America building on irving and lamon, the binny's one.

4:34 p.m.

i like it, kinda looks retro modern... I would not call it a shame, it is a shame that what is there now for as long as it has been.
when they said they were going to keep the old building, I did not expect them to add a level, it may work in houses, buildings not so much. in order for it to be a larger story building would merit new construction. for retaining the old building,
where did you get the scoop on the pictures?

4:28 p.m.

thinking about this and what my dad would probably do if he were in this situation... ya see you rent or purchase a couple 42" industrial fans and point them toward the property blowing any dust back their way.
but, seriously maybe running a tall sprinkler in your front lawn while they are working will keep some of it away from your house.

— On the neighbor message Dust from neighbor's gut-rehab dumpster
12:02 p.m.

it is a shame that cooper cannot keep better tabs on his hawk, it seems to be all over the place... funny thing is I have never seen cooper with a hawk... are we sure it is his?

— On the neighbor message Cooper's Hawk
11:55 a.m.


11:46 a.m.

also, if it is plain drywall consider replacing at least lower sections or sections that have high moisture with green board or sheetrock. if it is near a bathroom and you don't have an exhaust fan, installing one may help with moisture.

— On the neighbor message mold removal
11:44 a.m.

plastidip it and if you want to change the color, just peel it off.

— On the neighbor message Paint Metal Awnings
11:40 a.m.

I was thinking that the other day, that the binnys would kill them. then I got to thinking
where will the people that stand in front of it stand now?

— On the neighbor message What's up with P & S Food and Liquor?
11:39 a.m.

@conor, good to hear! it was pretty easy to misconstrue your intended meaning.

the word "sincerely" , then the "ick", did not come off as tongue and cheek (also no smiley face... lol ). then the phrase "my home" implied nimby attitude. I thought you were one of those only eat plants and thinks everyone that eats meat is evil types and was looking to move to jeff park for the sole purpose of joining the jpna.

11:32 a.m.

or make it 4000 obo, so when they talk you down, your right at 3050

— On the neighbor message VIN Report Question
5:47 p.m.

yes, I had a flicker. called my neighbor same thing. everything is working now thou

— On the neighbor message Rolling Power Outage?
5:25 p.m.

@connor, I disagree. I think that It is valuable to not to hope businesses stay 10 miles away from my home, even if I won't patronize them as long as they are reputable businesses.

I will be not far from binnys. I don't drink much let alone buy a lot of liquor, but I welcome them to the neighborhood. I probably will never go there.

if you do not want to move forward in attracting new business, that is your call and I respect that, but would like to understand why. you may have some valid reasons that I have not thought about.

I would say that even thou I would also welcome portillio's, I believe that there will be some traffic concerns and that the patio might be a better fit for the area.

also, baring businesses from a 10 mile radius is pretty big as well, maybe a smaller radius, so maybe jeff park can accommodate them.

not sure if you know, but there are a lot of people that like bbq around 6 corners, we even have a bbq fest yearly on Milwaukee.

also, what about you thoughts on culvers? they signed a letter of intent next to the binny's .

again, I welcome them and will probably patronize them? would you welcome culvers or do you want them to move 10 miles away?

I am just trying to understand your view.

9:58 a.m.

you may even find a bus shelter...

— On the neighbor message Bungalow Trim
11:07 p.m.

@aidan, portillo's would be nice, but I would rather see the patio at 6 corners

maybe they could take that vacant property at cicero and Byron.

we need more bbq around here

10:11 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I have always referred to jewel as jewel, but funny that I always refered to osco as oscos.

9:12 p.m.

apholstery - furniture with downloadable apps, most popular app I-sit

— On the neighbor message Saving spots already?
8:57 p.m.

@wanyne, not a remedy, but might make you laugh.

— On the neighbor message Any suggestions for a cat deterrent?
8:44 p.m.

did you check the house? sometimes spare trim will be in the basement or crawl space.
you could take from another non conspicuous window (like behind a curtain) and make that one a plane frame.
some resellers that sell reclaimed trim from rehabs
it almost looks like a picture framing wood, you may have luck looking under picture frame lumber.
lastly you can see if you have any router bits that match the grooves and make a duplicate.

— On the neighbor message Bungalow Trim
11:35 p.m.

it could be an experiment in someone creating their own protected bike lane, the chairs also create a people space encouraging people to linger.

— On the neighbor message Saving spots already?
8:32 p.m.

how bout a talent show, buy in is $15 to perform, $5 for spectators, prize is split the pot of by in. this way if anyone has kids or family or friends to perform there you go.

they can even separate the buy in for different categories.

— On the neighbor message Idea Factory for the Patio Theater
1:43 p.m.

my clear internet service is shutting down in November too. so does anyone offer similar broadband or is it all a line to the house?

— On the neighbor message RCN
1:16 p.m.

oh, my god sue you triggered a flashback

10:03 a.m.

i heard it, sounded like fireworks to me as well. I talked to a friend driving and they said people are going a little crazy out there with the cubs.

10:32 p.m.

A child asked his father, "How were people born?" So his father said, "Adam and Eve made babies, then their babies became adults and made babies, and so on." The child then went to his mother, asked her the same question and she told him, "We were monkeys then we evolved to become like we are now." The child ran back to his father and said, "You lied to me!" His father replied, "No, your mom was talking about her side of the family."

— On the neighbor message Woman and Dr.
8:36 p.m.

every time I see or hear community, it takes me back to the days of community discount store.

that and the golden bear restaurant.

7:22 p.m.

I had a friend that used to take pictures of things or people that are odd. what he would do is pretend that he is taking my picture with his camera phone and really be pointing it at the people or things in back of me. he said that way if anything comes of it, he could say that he got a picture. its kinda weird, but if he sees a suspicious car parked with people in it he would like drop his keys or something and take a picture of the plate. we would be walking and he would say hold up, let me take your picture. not sure if it helps but, he said if you see something suspicious and you are unsure what to do, at least try to get a picture of it, then if anything becomes of it, it will make it easier to remember the details and share with police.

— On the neighbor message Parents be Careful at Portage Park Playground
10:05 p.m.

so while we are on the subject of alcohol and for fun, what is everyone's favorite drink?

i rarely drink, but mine would be a long island iced tea.

what is your poison?

Ie. i like stone ruination ipa

9:49 p.m.

@Stephanie, will you have danishes?

— On the neighbor message Fannies cafe opening soon in Jefferson Park
9:32 p.m.

are you referring to like a storm window (metal frame)? if so some ace hardware and true value stores might do them if you take them in. broken glass can clearly be a real pane.

— On the neighbor message Metal Frame Basement Windows
9:22 p.m.

not sure if it works, but it has good reviews on amazon... keep in mind it will also deter bears. I would imagine if you have dogs on both sides to position you could try this

it has lower reviews, but its range is only 22 feet, so you may position it in a way that it is in-between your property and encompassing the area of your porch.

7:54 p.m.

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7:42 p.m.

to tag on an example of a more positive professional response would be:

lol... no we are open to all patients. we have a state of the art facility with new equipment and specialize in (insert specialty here), we also do pediatric dentistry (if you do that) and take many forms of insurance as well as payment plans (if applicable). i look forward to serving the community for their dental needs. if you have any questions about our services, call us at 773-647-1093. we look forward to hearing from you.

i hope this helps

— On the neighbor message Brighter Smile
4:46 p.m.

@michelle, it was clearly a pun and I apologize if you do not understand the humor, but by saying that I have nothing else better to do or that I am a coward is a personal attack in violation of every block guidelines.

you can see my history and I usually will put a pun on a thread to bump it so it gets more attention (more attention to your post and business).

I am sure if you had a more positive response other than attacking me this thread would have not taken the negative direction that it has.

— On the neighbor message Brighter Smile
4:41 p.m.

I picture kenji convincing god that it is 2015 and heaven needs wifi, also greatnwside reddit and that god needs to post and text to add content. that and god should probably have another kid. then there probably was an incident when he started a fire in for a bbq and it was rain out.

— On the neighbor message Sad News
10:23 p.m.

very sorry to hear this, prayers to all family and friends.

— On the neighbor message Sad news about our favorite troll.
7:01 p.m.

if you get mace one with a flip cap can be easier, you should be able to operate the unit without looking at it. keep in mind you would have to have it in your hand or easily accessible when your being attacked, so look for a model that you would be carrying or is easily accessible, otherwise it may be difficult to get to while being attacked. mace expires and has to be replaced periodically so make record of the date, also make sure the nozzle stays clean. make sure you know how to use it, if your attacker gets to your mace before you do they can use it against you.

they also have models that have strobes and alarms

two issues that I had in the past with mace, on one occasion it did not work (did not fire) and on another, it barely phased the person. so if it does not work, what are you going to do? two is one and one is none.

also, make sure to role play situations often, make it a habit so if/when something does happen your reaction is automatic.

something like below could be an alternative

— On the neighbor message Alert
5:17 p.m.

@pp46, I agree who is making these cars..... I mean every time I stop, my car brakes.

I guess my car is pretty healthy, it runs almost every day, I don't even do that.

my car likes bbq , I mean it comes with it's own front grill, I just have not figured how to use it yet.

I notice my truck is not so tired, but that is because someone stole the spare tire again (this is twice now).

when I found a crow bar to change my tire, the bird behind the counter asked what I wanted to drink... what a lug.

speaking of Cadillacs. what car does Satan drive? a Cadilac Devil-le

— On the neighbor message WARNING!
8:50 p.m.

now if your car was wonton, i would say someone ate it.

— On the neighbor message WARNING!
12:08 p.m.

most seniors are out of high school or college, thou I guess there may be a few that go back for a ged or take additional college classes, it "depends" on the senior.

good luck with your search ;).

— On the neighbor message Babysitter
11:13 p.m.

my point exactly, I see lights I signal and pull over instantly where it is safe to do so, i roll down my window as i am pulling over and leave both hands on the wheel. i wait for the officer to approach and talk. when he ask for my license and insurance, i respond with yes sir, no sir, i tell him my license is in my wallet i and i move slowly. i started to type some situations, but i guess there were more then i thought so lets just say that i was respectful and everything was fine.

there was one case thou that i was ticketed for speeding and it was not me, it was a car that blew by me in skoke. i told my lawyer that i wanted to plead not guilty because it was not me and i even took my car back there and my car was not even capable in reaching that speed in that short of a block (i was really not guilty) my lawyer told me to plead guilty, i had a conflict in doing so because to me it was the principle of the matter, but he insisted that if i did not, it would be worse, i pleaded guilty and i was given supervision and everything was fine.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
10:31 p.m.

and for the record, I walked to vitamin shop, currency exchange, oh chatted with barb at josi's too, they have a new flavor cherry amaretto.... darn I forgot to scan my belly card.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
7:57 p.m.

I just seen an officer at vitamin shop, I told him stay safe officer, he said thanks.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
7:36 p.m.

Yes, I agree but until that time comes... I am not taking a chance.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
7:05 p.m.


"Are you making light of what's being recognized as a legitimate problem nationwide?"

no, there you go with the assumptions again, if the dude just let it go and walked away peacefully he would have been fine. I am stating it is not smart to antagonize or jerk someone around that can hurt you. you need to choose your battles. compliance is key, same thing goes for criminals you may have heard the phrase your money or your life, you may have a better chance of living if you comply, again not saying its right, but it is what it is.

the only thing stopping someone from hurting someone else is their own self control, and you have no way of knowing how dangerous a human being can be, if there is a cop with a baton, a gun, a tazer, a partner, backup and potential and resources to frame me up.... guess what? I ain't going to get on no soap box and talk about rights, if it goes to court that is where I will fight anything if need be. if I start smarting off and he shoots me dead, it isn't going to do me any good.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
6:04 p.m.

reminds me of this

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
10:18 p.m.

I am not going to take a chance and get kilt, I think I will just do what they say. If you want to argue, and they start shouting at you stop resisting, break your wrist and put their knee in your back and cuff you so be it. If I have an issue, I will just fight them in court.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
11:22 a.m.

thought this was interesting and probably the place for it, i personally would never have thought to even question the cop.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
4:21 a.m.

Other modes like :
1) walking
2) transit
3) bike

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
1:27 a.m.

this is interesting, I was brought up with the yes sir no sir upbringing. I had friends beat up by cops for smarting off. I also had a friend with a water gun and a female cop drew a gun and said drop it or I will shoot you, we were like 11. he dropped it instantly and did not debate that it was a water gun. cops were tough in my day they would stop and talk to us and ask us what was going on in the neighborhood, we would tell them who the bad guys were, they would shake down the people that had drugs and cut it loose in the wind. I have been jerked around by cops a few times, but always complied with yes sir no sir and keeping my hands in sight and asking permission if I needed to move and always came out fine. I think if Deutsch may have been brought up the same way, not saying that it is right, but it was how we were brought up, we always complied so know no different.

— On the neighbor message Cops like to stop
10:36 p.m.

an svt mustang would actually be a horse with heart issues

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
10:22 p.m.

Other modes, like horses?we can make a horse lane. We can have shared bike and horse racks for parking with a trough. Come to think of it the dodge colt comes to mind.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
2:21 p.m.


"I do think the speed limit should be maintained and not reduced.... this does not mean I condone speeding."

addition, areas of high density on the strip should be reduced speed to 25.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
9:38 a.m.


as I said, major businesses would probably not even survive if they did not provide a parking lot... there is no free as you buy scheme, it is a cost of business. a case in point would be the supercuts that used to be on cicero, they closed and moved by Lincoln and devon, the owner was looking for a place to move back to six corners, but said that he needed a place with a parking lot for it to be worth it. he realizes that if he did not provide free parking, it would not be worth it to relocated the business..

we maintain roads to support drivers to not only deliver, but purchase goods from stores, it support infrastructure. I am sure you shop at places that have goods delivered by delivery vehicles.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
9:33 a.m.

@pac52us, please don't go out of your way to twist my words..... I am sure you have the intelligence to understand what I have to say, please don't pretend you don't.

current light timing does not work, traffic does not flow. if traffic was timed properly like you say there would be less issues.

•Improve air quality and reduce fuel consumption.
•Reduce congestion and save time for commercial and emergency vehicles, buses, and the public.
•Reduce the number of serious accidents.
•Reduce aggressive driving behavior, including red-light running.
•Postpone or eliminate the need to construct additional road capacity

using a button would help in pedestrian safety, they can cross whenever they want, I even proposed that the button give them more time.

I stated that we need to fix the traffic issues to the south before killing off the lane between central and elston. there was never anything said about me advocating or saying leave the lane so people could blow off steam or that I advocate endangering people. I never advocated speeding, so don't say that next.

I do not think the speed limit should be maintained and not reduced.... this does not mean I condone speeding.

I like the video, to me it was entertaining.... I shared it with another cyclist, I said I did not condone anything in it. it is irrelevant to our conversation.

in terms of pennies being added to goods delivered, same can be said for the pennies that are rolled into the cost of business to provide a parking lot, that is the only point I was attempting to make.

for the I am not sure what time this is now, but I agree with you about bus lanes, I agree that everyone should use their portion. I want bike lanes, I want safety enhancements, but I also want traffic improvements, as I feel will add to safety.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
9:33 a.m.


"You are laboring under the misunderstanding that drivers pay for all of the public way that is the street improvements"

i am laboring, when did i say drivers pay for all of the public way that is the street improvements?

we all share the cost, just like one pays for public schools, but has no kids

delivery trucks deliver goods to stores, restaurants, home, services, us postal, police, ambulance, fire, etc all use, wait for it....roads. major retailers provide parking so people can purchase enough merchandise to keep them in business, no parking, no cars, limited business, business closes, maybe a rinky dink shop would survive, but not a major retailer. close the lot to the jewel and see what happens. you think jewel could survive on just bike and walk in traffic, no they provide parking because it is a need of the business.

you slow down delivery trucks to 20mph, I am sure that is going to roll into the cost of goods since they will make less stops per day, resulting in more trucks for meeting demands of all deliveries.

I do support other modes of transportation, I even use a push scooter from time to time.

and lets not forget, i do want bike lanes, i follow the speed limit, i support all modes of transportation.

@warland, this is for you, at 3:18 it reminds me of when i merged my bike onto lakeshore drive, crossing over to get to grant park... lol, no not condoning, but an entertaining video


"In this pattern of design, it makes it very difficult for anyone to get to a home depot unless they drive. But what if you don't, or can't drive? What if you're elderly? Or a teenager? Or disabled? Or you can't afford a car? You are effectively screwed."

no, your not screwed, you just get it delivered...

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
1:32 a.m.

@warland, I ride a bike and walk as well, and probably put less miles on my car per year than most. Under 3,000. Yes, I probably walk and bike more than I drive, and I don't characterize cyclist as freeloaders.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
3:39 p.m.

there are not free places to park, they are paid by the business to spur business. you close up jewel, sams club, menards and home depots parking lots and lets see if they drop in sales. they are there because if the businesses did not provide them, they would not be as profitable. street parking there are meters.

cars pay for plate stickers, license, parking etc. cyclist pay for nothing, riding is free, no license, no street parking fees, etc.

we provide places for bike parking everywhere, cyclist for years park where ever they want, trees, poles, gates, old parking meters, and free bike parking racks.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
11:18 a.m.

@ryan, I agree with that part of Milwaukee, but only after the traffic issues on the other parts of Milwaukee are addressed, right now that is what is releasing the backed up traffic and that is why people speed, it is like releasing a caged bull. if you lock that part down now without alleviating rush hour backups through other effective methods, there are going to be compounding issues, if you want to take down the lane, fix traffic flow from the south during rush hour, then when that is corrected through traffic control and safety enhancements, kill the lane, make it bike lanes bus lanes what ever... at that point it does not matter because the traffic issues have been addressed.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
5:07 p.m.

the main focus needs to be to convince people that complete streets will help with traffic, i think people are confused when you have a 30mph street that they are doing 5 mph in rush hour and then people want to drop that down to 20mph, it gives the assumption that they will be going 3mph. you would need to explain that by using traffic calming that even thou it would lower the overall speed limit that people may in fact reach their destination quicker.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
2:32 p.m.

It is why no one drives 30 mph down Lincoln in the heart of Lincoln Square,

"because there is a perceived (and real) risk of getting into an accident or killing someone."

so by increasing the risk of killing someone we slow speeders down....

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
2:23 p.m.

@ryan, maybe my point is getting misconstrued. my first comment was:

"many people are thinking in terms of traffic" people are looking at some of the bad traffic now and when people want to make it slower it does not make sense to the people that are stuck in it.

if you can regulate the flow of traffic, you can speed up traffic and get it flowing, this does not mean making the speed limit higher, but making the traffic faster.

look at the overly built lawrance in harwood heights, west of harlem.... not really a lot of speeders, not really a lot of traffic. why? good light timing and law enforcement.

The normal function of traffic lights requires sophisticated control and coordination to ensure that traffic moves as smoothly and safely as possible and that pedestrians are protected when they cross the roads. A variety of different control systems are used to accomplish this, ranging from simple clockwork mechanisms to sophisticated computerized control and coordination systems that self-adjust to minimize delay to people using the road.

Dynamic control

See also: Traffic signal preemption

The controller uses input from detectors, which are sensors that inform the controller processor whether vehicles or other road users are present, to adjust signal timing and phasing within the limits set by the controller's programming. It can give more time to an intersection approach that is experiencing heavy traffic, or shorten or even skip a phase that has little or no traffic waiting for a green light. Detectors can be grouped into three classes: in-pavement detectors, non-intrusive detectors, and detection for non-motorized road users.

Non-motorized user detection

Non-motorized users are classified as pedestrians, bicyclists, and equestrians. Provisions for detecting these users include demand buttons and tuned detectors.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
2:19 p.m.

So, 4 cars on Austin in the a.m. "rush" got more green time than 35 cars on Milwaukee in the signal cycle. Why?

so as i said proper light timing that changes during times of the day and cars would help, the light times should coincide with traffic patterns. there can be a bump out on Austin to shorten the crossing space done. or just shorten the light to match traffic and put as you would call it a beg me button when pedestrians are present to ensure they have ample time to cross, that would be most efficient.

I'm proposing 20 mph design speed.

so what will be the penalty for cyclist going over 20mph and how do you intend to enforce it? skinner protected bike lanes?

as i said this is not the uk, this is chicago and people are different. they will not easily adapt, they will barrel down side streets doing 30, stop at a stop sign for only 2 seconds and speed off to the next stop sign...., i know the consequences of what traffic does, i have delivered pizzas when i was younger. you can see how people take side streets and blow stop signs now or barrel down side streets taking speed bumps side ways.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
1:34 p.m.

many people are thinking in terms of traffic, we do not have the issue of lines of bikes lined up in bike lanes stuck in bike traffic with cyclist leaning on cars waiting for traffic to let up, nor do we have crowds of people on sidewalks of people beeping at each other waiting 10 minutes to cross at a light, however we do have car traffic and gridlock especially during rush hour. with some of the comments like slow cars down, move next to your work or why don't you ride a bike leaves a bad impression with someone stuck in traffic everyday with a legitimate reason to drive. this has also left a tarnished image on what complete streets stands for.

with proper traffic light control and safety improvements we can make it easier for other forms of transportation to be more viable in which may help traffic overall, this is the goal of complete streets i believe, to balance all forms of transportation in which will eventually elevate car traffic, thou this is not for everyone, cars will still have their role in many peoples lives.

the solution is not to slow car traffic to a point of 20 miles per hour in the city, when a bike can hit speeds of 25 or 30 with little traffic. it needs to be to preserve the speed limit over the course of the day. I have seen proper light timing in areas and you can pretty much set the cruise control at 30 and make every light, at that point speeding will only get you to a red light, but if you do the limit, you'll reap the benefits. also, in all due reality... this is not the uk and will never be the uk.

— On the neighbor message Complete Streets Safety
11:07 a.m.

@dennis, you were helpful in brining awareness to the topic, at the end of the day, I think everyone knows more now.

— On the neighbor message Dog Flu Epidemic Crisis
12:19 a.m.

was there any embroidery found at the scene?

— On the neighbor message Thanks for ruining our egg hunt ...
5:24 p.m.


there are two points of view with pros and cons with getting shots and everyone has a right to make their own choices.

we can all discuss pros and cons and share important information that may help one make the best decision for their pet while being careful not to put anyone down.


— On the neighbor message Dog Flu Epidemic Crisis
5:23 p.m.

1633 Beat Meeting May 19, 2015 7:00 PM-8:00 PM

1633 Beat Meeting
Details: Come join your neighbors at the CAPS meeting where you will meet your beat officer(s) and talk about crime-related problems on your block and together we can improve our neighborhoods.
Contact Details: 016th District CAPS Office 312-742-4521
Location: Merrimac Park 6343 W. Irving Park Rd. 7:00 PM

4:51 p.m.

@brian4 real, what beat are you?

1634 is april 23 2015, 7:00 PM-8:00 PM 1634 Beat Meeting

1634 Beat Meeting
Details: Come join your neighbors at the CAPS meeting where you will meet your beat officer(s) and talk about crime-related problems on your block and together we can improve our neighborhoods.
Contact Details: 016th District CAPS Office 312-742-4521
Location: St. Bartholomew Church Kreuger Hall 4910 W. Addison

4:40 p.m.

caps meetings can be helpful, at least you can meet some of your neighbors that you may not otherwise meet that are concerned with attempting to be more informed about what is going on in the neighborhood. I have seen where groups of people of a particular block came to caps meetings to complain about a particular house and more things were done, usually one person does not cut it. so I would suggest if there is a problem building or corner on your block, it is a good point to invite your neighbors to the meeting and voice concern, usually the police will respond with some action if there is a bunch of neighbors with the same concern. also, the cops can provide more information on specific events that happened recently around you, sometimes they run down the events and ask if anyone wants more information and sometimes you can just ask. It is a way to support the police in letting them know the neighborhood wants to be involved, the more people that go the better. I would encourage if you do go or are a long term resident you encourage new people that moved into the area to go.

4:13 p.m.

@ryan, thank you, I plan to continue, i have appreciated your comments as well. You explain your points well without being overbearing. You have a way of getting people to understand your point instead of convincing people your point is right.

1:01 p.m.

even thou I don't have the car anymore, I still have my hat... lol

7:21 a.m.

I had a 61 impala turquoise blue at one time, thanks for sharing,
my dad owned a couple of 60 impalas at one time as well.

there was actually this lady that used to collect 1961 chevys that lived by irving park and Rockwell, her name slips me at the moment, but she had this sweet 61 convertible with a 348 big block.

7:09 a.m.

omg, killer flash back... you better run

— On the neighbor message Run Again in Portage Park?
6:59 a.m.

@pac, what is your favorite classic car?

6:42 a.m.

check with a high schooler that has a high school jacket, if I remember there were places that supplied the jacket and patches also did embroidery. there used to be a place on western long ago, but I believe it is gone. maybe the singer store on irving park would know some place.

— On the neighbor message embroidery in the neighborhood?
6:22 a.m.

There’s now even a recommendation from scientists: “The researchers...suggest that people with influenza-like illness distance themselves from their pets.”

— On the neighbor message Dog Flu Epidemic Crisis
8:07 p.m.

I know who the winner is and I will be the first to announce it on everyblock.

the winner is John!

— On the neighbor message well...
7:41 p.m.

this is not the plague, it is the flu, and as with any illness complications can happen.

what a&k is saying is that his pets are well cared for and "if" his pets, "if" they happen to catch it, he would notice it right away and take them in for care immediately ensuring their survival and protecting other dogs. some people do not believe in shots, and they should not be ostracized for it. I rarely get sick, then I got a flu shot years ago and got sick, I know everyone is going to say you can't get sick because the strain is not active, but you know what... I got sick. I have never got one again. also, I had a friend that is allergic to egg and could not get the flu shot or serious complications would have resulted. I do not think less of a&k for believing in sticking to mild or "natural" medications, this is a believe that many parents even share with their children, wanting only natural medications.

it is obvious that a&k cares about his pets since he has questions and doubts because he has never heard of this before, a parent would be overly protective of their children also. questioning a relatively new shot that came out in I believe 2009.

If CIV is quickly diagnosed and treated, the fatality rate is quite low.

Because CIV is a virus similar to the flu in humans, there is no specific antiviral medication available. However, supportive care and appropriate treatment of secondary infections are important. Your veterinarian may advise the following to soothe your dog while the condition runs its course:
•Good nutrition and supplements to raise immunity
•A warm, quiet and comfortable spot to rest
•Medications to treat secondary bacterial infections
•Intravenous fluids to maintain hydration
•Workup and treatment for pneumonia

Be advised, while most dogs will fight the infection within 10 to 30 days, secondary infections require antibiotics and, in the case of pneumonia, hospitalization.

— On the neighbor message Dog Flu Epidemic Crisis
4:17 a.m.


it is pretty much over. garrido had a great opportunity to bring more of his vision to the table and there were some on the fence waiting.... but nothing ever came. arena had a track record and some good momentum in the last few months. some were expecting more from garrido then, I can do better. the question came how and the answer pretty much came out that he would listen to you, get more police, and get the potholes and curbs fixed. there may have been more, but it was not really broadcasted out. that is all that people heard.

so in conclusion you have the ones that continue to support arena,

the ones that continue to support garrido

the ones on the fence that arena swayed by recent events

the ones on the fence that just don't like arena's vision so to vote for garrido

the ones that supported garrido that were swayed by arena

the few that supported arena that were swayed by garrido, not for garrido's vision but the disagreement of arena's vision.

then you have the rest that just don't care

and lastly the ones that want pac52us, countless what does garrido postings to just stop consuming everyblock.... sorry pac

— On the neighbor message Arena Leading Garrido By Nine Points
5:37 p.m.

If I get sick and say I am sick as a dog.... what does a dog say when they are sick?

— On the neighbor message Dog Flu Epidemic Crisis
5:20 p.m.

@jan, maybe it was cheaper to plant a seed

— On the neighbor message How about those trees we lost last year?
5 p.m.

it may be interesting to set a few eggs out again and see if it happens again you can hide them pretty well and leave the candy unwrapped put it where only an animal would know where they would be by smell. a kid would not go into your yard a few days after easter to look for eggs. just for the sake of science, at least it may bring peace of mind.

— On the neighbor message Thanks for ruining our egg hunt ...
4:50 p.m.

I am sure not one peep was heard.

— On the neighbor message Thanks for ruining our egg hunt ...
1:13 p.m.

@flourgrrl, you say broke in. Just curious did they break a lock on a gate? Also, must be someone that knows you were doing it overnight, as I know a lot of people that do it early morning. Someone had to know the eggs would be there.

— On the neighbor message Thanks for ruining our egg hunt ...
12:57 p.m.

I thought it was dibble?

10:14 a.m.


"My neighbors and I understand if we keep the car-centric vibe, we promote people driving through rather than lingering and shopping."

omg, you triggered a flashback

1:32 a.m.

@dunning neighbor, I call it some timers. similar to Alzheimer's, but just some of the time.

— On the neighbor message Leadbelly Burgers
10:48 p.m.

As a general rule, your ideal sodium level is 139, with an optimal range of 136 to 142. If it is much lower, you probably need to eat more salt (natural and unprocessed varieties, of course); if it is higher, you’ll likely want to restrict your salt intake. Keep in mind that if you have weak adrenals, you will lose sodium and need to eat more natural salt to compensate.

for those that criticize my salt intake, I am within the optimal level at 141

— On the neighbor message Leadbelly Burgers
8:41 p.m.

@bella, your new picture looks very bunny

— On the neighbor message Dog friendly place in the hood?
4:38 p.m.

That is where I Falcon Excel.

10:34 a.m.

Actually, when I had leadbellys I had 2 burgers and parmesan fries... lol

— On the neighbor message Leadbelly Burgers
10:29 a.m.

@southsideandy, there Yugo again, are you Cirrius? what a Vailant effort and Caviler of you, you must think your some kinda Galant Diplomat now, no.. probably a Celebrity. i have to admit, you got Soul, a new Dynasty has been created . Yukon go make me Probe ably work now.. Laser focused to be the Avenger, there is no Escape, so time to Flex and show i got the Edge. i am tired Sonoma time and it is hard to be Versa, well don't go holding your breath Hombre or should we say Amigo. now you created a whole new Frontier and i guess i won't be Holden back. now i have to Acclaim a response and keep the Spirit alive, i do this not because of you, but on my own Accord because it is the Civic thing to do. i hope you are not Calais about me commenting so long, but you can be the 4 runner or the Pathfinder to carry the torch, it is the same Rodeo. i have been doing this a fairmont of time.

9:50 p.m.

i would hope they don't do it on a bad Friday, i know you can only plant palm trees on palm sunday.

— On the neighbor message How about those trees we lost last year?
9 p.m.

funny how berteau is a plane lane, you would think that if they lined up the runways with busier streets such as irving park and lawrance, maybe the noise would be a little less noticeable, not always but some of the buildings on the busier streets seem built better to deal with noise. just a thought, not sure if it would make a difference. I wonder if they deliberately don't want it on a busier street just because if there is a crash there might be less people killed, but then again I guess if the crash is on a busier street it may be better, since it would make it easier for responders to get to the site...

— On the neighbor message Alderman Arena on Airplane Noise
4:38 p.m.

@southsideandy, if I had more time I can probably do a whole starion car names for sho, I agree even a horizon won't beat your eclipse, but that is a whole nother endever.

10:56 a.m.


i don't have grout to clean, i was posting the procedure off robins in wrp lead as it is widely posted as accepted to work, at least online. maybe along time ago it was one of the only ways to clean grout, but since then other ways have been found to be better, just not as popular.... the weakness of the google search.

thank you for taking the time to break things down, i do not think that anyone would have learn any other way.

i do believe that allexa is smarter then bob vila

also, since you might know:

what do you use for baked grease on top the stove?

how do you get the silverware marks off the dinner plates?

— On the neighbor message Grout Cleaner recommendations?
7:50 p.m.

i agree, this story blows the other away. come to think of it the closest I have seen to a old tornado in jeff park was a olds toronado.

a scyclone and typhoon also come to mind. funny all gm... I thought there was a Mitsubishi too, but that turned out to be a mirage.

7:23 p.m.

@Minerva, yes I have been there before, every time I go I have to convince myself not to get a slot car set.

I guess micheal's has some stuff too, but I don't pass by those places often. I prefer not to go out of my way if I can avoid it. too bad Stanton is gone.

I picked up the wheels at menards today as I was passing by. it was the last one.

time will tell if I will make it, just wanted to give an update.

6:36 p.m.

wow, first I have ever heard of a tornado touching down near here, honestly I thought this was like a tornado free zone. has there been any others?

3:46 p.m.

Elvis, were you at ihop?

3:16 a.m.

I don't know pp46, now you are using "if" as you are doubtful, even thou I said thank you and that I was sincere in making he correction.....

see you did teach me... was that a test?

— On the neighbor message Assault/Mugging
11:47 p.m.

@Minerva, I never made it back to the car, I was going to order a wheel and axle set on amazon just to restore the memory and just did not get around to it, I think I have some wood putty in the basement, also budget has been a little tight so ordering wheels has not been at the top of my list. is there any local hobby stores that carries pinewood derby supplies? I do not have my schedule for that week, but if it looks like I might be off and able to make it at that time, I might pick up the wheels and get it together and consider stopping by, I can pick up an al's pizza while I am over there. be nice to see some other cars, I am sure much has changed since I was a kid.

right not the car is with jesus,

11:37 p.m.

i concur and thank pp46 for showing my error, in which i sincerely corrected.

— On the neighbor message Assault/Mugging
6:01 p.m.

i "d"eserve that

5:44 p.m.

I am having a bad day today, so before someone catches it


5:31 p.m.

nice ;)

5:28 p.m.

here is what bob vila says:

— On the neighbor message Grout Cleaner recommendations?
5:24 p.m.

i apologize the intended humor was not understood or well received.

thanks pp46

— On the neighbor message Assault/Mugging
5:14 p.m.

I thought the joke was obvious, by me saying write. I am far from perfect, or the last one to correct errors, but thought some levity was appropriate. I apologise if the intended humor was not understood or well received.

— On the neighbor message Assault/Mugging
4:40 p.m.

But, there are a lot of criminals that are only caught because of routine traffic stops.

11:32 a.m.

I did here that with the economy there were a lot of business that were under water.

11:26 a.m.

Hmm... you mean site, wright?

— On the neighbor message Assault/Mugging
11:22 a.m.

@mf, I did the same thing I quoted statics of the number of people that died.

but what % is the 32,719 of total car crashes, so out of the total of "all" car crashes what percent were fatal? so do you have how many total car accidents happened that year so we can get the percent of deaths?

same thing with planes out of the total number of all plane crashes what % were fatal.

so an example would be if there were 100 total car crashes and 50 were fatal that would be 50%

and if there were only 1 plane crash where there was a fatality that would be 100%

then again, this conversation was in the 80's so if the fatal incident rate had declined steadily ever since 1997, I am not sure what argument I would have had back at the time.

— On the neighbor message Alderman Arena on Airplane Noise
4:22 a.m.

that reminds me years ago my friend and I were having a debate about plane safety, my argument was that statistically planes are safer then cars.

he said that is the biggest croc that he has ever heard, it is just common sense.... if your in a car and crash into another car what are your chances, lets say for sake of average for argument 50/50... now If your in a plane and crash into another plane what are your chances?

if you are in a car and run out of gas, you pull over. if your in a plane and run out of gas, what do you do?

if you were to go in a car with me or a stranger to go 200 miles which would you choose?

probably you

then why would you choose a stranger and go twice as fast in a plane? you are really going to risk your life with someone you never met? you even meet with a surgeon before he cuts you open.

you want to look at statistics take a look at total plane crashes and what % of total plane crashes are fatal?

now take a look at total car crashes what % of total car crashes are fatal?

yeah, don't have those statistics do you....

— On the neighbor message Alderman Arena on Airplane Noise
1:17 a.m.

if you build a city for planes you'll get planes.... this is true we built more runways and got more planes.

so we need to apply the same logic as complete streets.

1) eliminate one of the runways and put a protected bike lane.

2) slow down the planes to 20 miles per hour

3) do not fly during rush hour, only fly at night

4) more low flying human powered planes

5) put bike lanes on the interstate so people could get to different states without the need to fly

6) instead of flying to an airport, and getting into a car or cab and being inefficient, you should be able to parachute to your exact destination.

— On the neighbor message Alderman Arena on Airplane Noise
11:07 p.m.


"Agree, we need something that differentiates JP not something that makes it like somewhere else"

something that would make us different then anyone else would be putting in a drive in movie theater, an a&w root beer drive in with car hops, bring back flukey's complete with weekend car shows and cruise nights and put it in jeff park , and just for kicks.... throw in a sonic burger and a soft touch car wash that plays this on a loop

put it on the speedway, the increase in traffic should get people to slow down.

just kidding, you don't have to debate or state reasons against it.

— On the neighbor message Downtown Jefferson Park
4:30 p.m.

you should have left the quarter at home, i think you would have made it, I do my best not to carry change on long walks.

— On the neighbor message Stroller Spring
3:57 p.m.

pattymelt, were you there?

3:55 a.m.

@queen of insanity, no not the house on the rock, more like xanadu, not sure if that was the specific one I went too thou, but there was something like that out there, it was a long time ago.

12:35 a.m.

@ffmchris, hard to say, I don't drink that much beer, the last beer I have been drinking lately was stone ruination ipa

8:40 p.m.

so here is the thoughts on the video, yes certain areas could support that.

driving is not free, I pay for state plate, sticker, license, gas and gas taxes, insurance, then any part or service to maintain the car that also pay taxes on, then you have tolls, parking meters, etc.

i do use other forms of transportation, such as walking, public and not as much as i used to, but i do bike.

i think the main differences that we have, is you say we need to design the areas for people and not for cars. i say that we need to build for both, i think both sides can compromise, there is nothing wrong with having safe transportation to an area with cobbled streets.

2:02 p.m.

can anyone confirm or deny, wasn't there talk that hooters restaurant was interested in the location?

— On the neighbor message What? No Dollar Store?
11:39 p.m.

that is pretty innovative apartment, it reminds me of that house of the future that was in Wisconsin dells. I can't wait to see what the finished version looks like.

11:35 p.m.

For the record I am walking back from shopping now, on irving if randy looks out his window he could probably see me.

7:37 p.m.

if you are referring to:

All transportation projects and programs,

from scoping to maintenance, will favor pedestrians first, then transit riders, cyclists,
and automobiles."

yes, i agree

so why are you surprised that i support your bus lane idea when it is 2nd on the list in the hierarchy?

6:21 p.m.

will favor pedestrians first, then transit riders, cyclists,
and automobiles."

Do you agree with it?

I reviewed the complete streets guidelines, there is a lot of information there and I would say that I agree with the information that I have reviewed, but feel they have to have more of a plan for public safety.

to see the police blotter weekly of pedestrians getting mugged does not exactly make me want to go for a walk from the bus stop at 1am.

also, take in consideration cta crime, I see it is getting better and I do use public transportation on occasion, if it was less crowded times I would probably take it more often, these are opportunities they need to address.

I would like to see more pedestrian bridges, it is common in higher pedestrian areas.

on page 10 there was that article about the speeder that wanted the whole street.

I find the page stating that if you get hit by a car going 30 mph that your chance of survival is only 60%. even more reason to cross at he light in my opinion.

i do like the refuge islands, but i challenge the issue of some crossings, lets say a park has a big event, essentially people could be crossing he street all day and holding cars at a standstill, i think that at any major street crossing around a park such as irving park should have signal crossing. i would like to see a traffic signal by portage grounds, even if it is one of those beg me traffic signals, i feel it would be safer.

I like to see more bike route overlays on side streets

i would like to see more police on bikes to enforce both bike and car laws, in some jurisdictions, they have bike cops going through traffic issuing ticket to people on their cell phones.

I do agree with page 123 and the delivery process especially the design phase which takes, community needs, alternatives and feedback into consideration. I think that there will always be exceptions.

5:49 p.m.

since we are starting over,

why don't we start with the questions I posed in my last comment first, above yours?

this way I know you are in good faith and are not being one of those "me first" people

also, this will give me time to completely review the link and give my honest assessment.

4:36 p.m.


you stated about the dedicated bus lane, I agreed, said it was a good idea

the statement I am a realist and take everyone's needs into account. this is a statement. by me stating i am a realist, I am implying that it is not realistic that everyone move next to their job or take public transportation, there are some people that need to drive to meet commitments. the needs of bicyclist and needs of drivers need to be addressed. I feel there are safety improvements that can be made that can benefit both drivers and bicyclist without removing a lane.

"...maybe not, it depends if you can understand that some people are different from you..." you have not conceded that you understand that some people need to drive, to go to work or family commitments. so i guess to eliminate further misunderstanding, do you have an understanding that that some people need a vehicle for work or family commitments?

"I believe that there are other ways to control speeding control speeding is to kill off lanes is narrow minded..."

the road diet if off the table, they are not eliminating the lane..... it is done. so the question is how to move forward and make things safer, yet you still are stating
the removal of unnecessary, superfluous lanes is the best choice from an engineering point of view for the speedway. Rather than narrow minded, removing the speedway lanes is enlightened.

how is it enlightened, it is done they are not doing it...we need to focus on other ways now.

also, while we are on the subject what is your opinion of the thousands of people that signed the survey not to eliminate the lane?

do you think they are all me first thinking speeders?

what reasons do you feel they signed not to reduce the lane?

show me you have an understanding of others points of view, a lot of your comments have been one sided.

please, I am not having a conversation to debate or fight you, just trying to find common ground and promote understanding on both sides.

4:14 p.m.

@pac52us, I don't understand I am looking at things we agree on to move forward and come to compromise to make things better and your looking for things I don't agree on with you and being condescending. even though I don't agree with all of your opinions I do respect them, maybe you can extend same consideration.

2:48 p.m.

"pacus52us: Let's make the right hand Milwaukee Ave lanes north of the Metra viaduct bus & brt only. Fewer speeding vehicles will be next to the bike lanes."

sorry, I misunderstood your comment, It made it sound like you supported the bus lanes next to bike lanes.

2:32 p.m.

hey, how bout that I found the mr smith video...

2:06 p.m.

just because a person does agree with some of your points and not all does not make them more or less important than you, nor does it mean they don't want the same things, just in a different way, and through compromise and understanding of all parties is how we can move forward to benefit all.

what is good for the goose is good for the gander

I want a protected car lane, put the guardrails

1:03 p.m.

don't believe everything you read, if all the studies were accurate we would be living in a perfect world by now. sometimes statistics do not take in account analog events, things change, by the time most of the studies are complete and a plan and action put in place the data has changed. I am a realist, am considerate of the big picture and take everyone's needs into account, I believe that we can compromise and move things forward instead of arguing the point. I don't agree with everything you say, but what I don't agree with I make it a point to understand and compromise to take into consideration, maybe you could do the same, maybe not, it depends if you can understand that some people are different from you and need a car for their commitments, not everyone can take a different mode of transportation and not everyone can move next to their work.

also, just to set the record straight just incase you were inferring , I am not for speeding, I believe that there are other ways to control speeding then killing off lanes. to make the point that the only way to control speeding is to kill off lanes is narrow minded, I agree that using it for buses and police are a better use of it than a protected bike lane.

a button is not saying the person is less important, but in notifying drivers that they intend to cross and helping in safety, there is obviously an issue with cars not stopping at crosswalks... do you have a better solution then the led? just like marked crosswalks or those state law signs in the middle of the street bringing awareness to drivers that there is intended crosswalk there. I have stopped several times for people just standing at the crosswalk and not intending to cross, there has to be a way to differentiate the crossers from the standers.

1:03 p.m.


3. Keep Your Eyes Moving
The third standard of the Smith System asks drivers to remain alert. Energy drinks can only do so much before they cause the body to crash, and any repetitive motion sends us into a trance. Consistent eye movement prevents your body from entering the trance state, keeping you alert to every driving condition ahead of you.

4. Leave Yourself an Out

The fourth principle of the Smith System states to leave yourself a way out. This means ensure that other drivers do not box you in while selecting their lanes. Do not follow other vehicles too closely, and always anticipate what choices other drivers make.

5. Make Sure They See You

The worst thing a driver can do is assume. Assume other drivers can see them, assume other drivers are not dangerous, or even assume that they will just get to their destination safely. The final rule for the Smith System is “Make Sure You Are Seen”. This rule prevents accidents by removing assumptions made behind the wheel. As a driver, make sure that other drivers can see you and anticipate your move. If you feel you are coming into another driver’s blind spot, use the horn to get their attention.

11:42 a.m.

i find the smith system helpful so i decided to post it, the same principles can be applied to bicyclist.

Make the roads a safe place by employing the same methods we use with our drivers. The Smith System states that following these five rules can dramatically reduce the risk of major accidents on highways and roads.

1. Aim High

The first rule for this method is “Aim high in steering”. Staying alert of the dangers and traffic ahead not only avoids rear-end collisions, but it also alerts other drivers behind your vehicle to slow down. The driver should steer and focus their attention high, so as to view the road as whole and not just a few feet ahead.

2. The Big Picture

“Be aware of your surroundings at all times” may seem obvious to say, but distracted drivers are just as dangerous as intoxicated ones. Erratic and angry drivers take up a large portion of the traffic we see daily, so avoid major accidents by noticing how other drivers behave on the road. Having the whole picture means that you are doing your part to keep your vehicle as safe as possible while moving 1000ft a second. There are a variety of hazards between your own vehicle and other drivers, and a keen awareness of these dangers will reduce these risks.

11:41 a.m.

i do stop for people walking in a legal crosswalks and i think there needs to be a better system like they would push a button for a solar powered red led or something. there have been times when i stopped and waved them by when they just waived me by, apparently they were just standing there. i was always taught to cross at the light growing up so, i think it is kind of crazy to have people crossing a major artery 4 lane street. if i had kids, i would teach them to cross at the light.

i have not seen people biking buzzed by cars, i had a car hit my handlebar biking down western south of Peterson once.

i have seen delivery vehicles, but they are pretty easy to get around, sometimes when biking i have to stop, but same with the car, i think most bicyclist aim for uninterrupted driving.

i see drivers running red lights, but i seen some run it fast and some slow

collisions are usually caused by human error, usually it was an error in judgment or skill. i think that if at fault that a mandatory defensive driving course have to be taken.

i used to ride a bike a lot when i was younger i was hit by 2 cars, one was a drunk driver that blew a red light and the other one that was supposed to yield, but did not. at the end of the day if i was more careful i could have avoided both, but was in that way too often i have the right of way mentality that many people have and not accepting responsibility for my own well being. same for crossing the street, i got hit by a truck when i was younger, because he had the red light and had to stop.... not.

11:40 a.m.

I rarely speed, thou I find it difficult at times to find people doing the speed limit.

the reason that that part of Milwaukee is sped up is because traffic is so congested and held back that right when it opens up at two lanes it alleviates that traffic. you cut that down and it would back up Milwaukee all the way to downtown.

if better light timing where in place where you can set the cruise at 30 and make most of the lights, everyone will drive the limit. I do light timing and have a count down timer in my car, I rarely have to stop, but not all stoplights are the same. I used to have a chart in my car that had the time of the lights so by aiming high in steering I can see when it changes to red hit the timer and time myself to get to the light when it is green. i think the best way to control traffic is thought light control and that light timing needs to be adjusted and if so more traffic lights put in place during long stretches. it has also been proven to provide better fuel economy and less road rage.

Rental car? wait.... so you don't even own a car?

11:40 a.m.

Also, you make it sound like everyone with a car has a me first persona. I don't believe everyone meets this stereotype, to say so is unfair. It is almost like saying if people don't agree with your ideology they are selfish, which seems a little hypocritical.

10:33 a.m.

I agree with improving all modes of traffic, I agree with better bike lanes, I agree with using the one Milwaukee lane for bus, and express bus traffic over a protected bike lane.

I disagree that the only way to make the roads safe is to slow down traffic and make it more difficult for emergeny reponders.

10:22 a.m.

Pac, my job transfers me every couple years within 20 miles of my home location. My example was not of me specifically, but to move every two years is not practical, I do have understanding that not all jobs you can move next too. I do realize people have it tougher than me with their commutes. My one neighbor is a union painter, one a union electrician, and one works for jewel. The two union guys sometimes have long commutes, sometimes not. They need their vehicle for their equipment and can't move everytime they get a new project. Then the guy that works at jewel, they had him in probably 6 different stores in the time I have lived here, he is in his 60s works 8-10 hour days. I am not asking that you agree, just that you acknowkege some of these people's situations, they do not have jobs they can simply move next to.

10:01 a.m.

@ randy are you waking up now or getting ready for bed?

3:45 a.m.

maybe they are turning it into a Mexican bistro, I know the 6 corners bistro took awhile.

— On the neighbor message Frustrated