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2 days ago

'Blues For Mister Charlie' burns with intensity

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    'Blues For Mister Charlie' burns with intensity
    Echo Theater Collective has mounted a production at Madison Street Theater.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

2 days ago

Third Unitarian continues four decades of dedication to education

Choosing from about 40 eligible applicants, the church's scholarship committee selected 20 students to each receive a $1,000 scholarship. The Austin church has awarded hundreds of scholarships to West Side students since 1974.

    Third Unitarian continues four decades of dedication to education
    For the 44 th consecutive year, Third Unitarian Church and its Austin scholarship committee has awarded scholarships to high school graduates in Austin, bringing the total students honored to more than 500 since 1974. Choosing from about 40 eligible applicants, the scholarship committee selected 20 students to each receive a $1,000 scholarship.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

Updated 4 days ago

Number of patrol cops down on West Side

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    Number of patrol cops down on West Side
    The Chicago Police Department has fewer beat cops today than the department had when they hired an additional 1,400 cops roughly two years ago.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

  • gpblight 22 Yr East Garfield Resident

    There is a misconception that MORE cops means something good. That is not true. Efficiency is what we need. There is also a lack of perspective. The city has lost more than 35% of its' population. That means we should have a commensurate drop in 35% of police. Every other...

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    There is a misconception that MORE cops means something good. That is not true. Efficiency is what we need. There is also a lack of perspective. The city has lost more than 35% of its' population. That means we should have a commensurate drop in 35% of police. Every other City department has been downsized, blended into other departments or complete eliminated.

    Police is the only department where staff numbers have been maintained despite a serious drop in residents. We were 2.8 mil. are we now 1.7 mil? Anybody know how many head we lost?

    I am not going to feel sorry for Police. I feel sorry for those who live in high crime neighborhoods who can be shot, killed, or terrorized by dealers who take over their blocks.

    This is not to denigrate the wonderful on the force. They are worth their weight in gold. However, we have a high % of those who don't do much and collect a high salary for not doing much.

    Reports by the Justice Department Civil Rights Department, Mayor Task Force, Illinois States Attorney and Cook County Prosecutor have all written reports on the gross inefficiencies.

    Nobody checks the numbers and says eeps this is a problem. It is a problem if in one Beat 450 red lights were fixed and police called in 5. Why? Ordering red stop lights out is a serious emergency and can result in a car crash. If 14,450 911 calls are made and 68 police responses are made; there is something wrong.

    We need EFFICIENCY not quantity.

4 days ago

Gardening icon Mary Peery honored in Heroes Park

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    Gardening icon Mary Peery honored in Heroes Park
    For years, Mary Peery - the revered founder of the Austin Green Team presided regally over these brick-laying memorials at Heroes Park.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

4 days ago

Warming up to The Hatchery

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    Warming up to The Hatchery
    Trini's Tasty Pastries, owned by West Garfield Park resident Trinisa Williams, is at least one West Side small business that stands to benefit once The Hatchery, a food business incubator, opens in the area.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

4 days ago

A few side notes on the royal wedding

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    A few side notes on the royal wedding
    I watched the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this past weekend. I wasn't able to see the live broadcast. However, thanks to modern technology, I did find an online site that had the ceremony available for view.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

4 days ago

CPS seeks input from West Siders

Chicago Public Schools is holding a town hall meeting with CPS CEO Janice Jackson on May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison.

    CPS seeks input from West Siders
    Chicago Public Schools is holding a town hall meeting with CPS CEO Janice Jackson on May 24 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Michele Clark High School, 5101 W. Harrison.
    http://austintalks.org

5 days ago

A 'farm lab' grows in Chicago

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    A 'farm lab' grows in Chicago
    On a windy Saturday morning at a former soccer field in the Belmont-Cragin neighborhood, just outside of Austin, students from Prosser Career Academy gathered to begin their work digging in the soil.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Wanted %u2014 workers seeking clean slates

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    Wanted %u2014 workers seeking clean slates
    Maurice Person, 28, of North Lawndale, had been bouncing around from one temporary job to another and exhausted from "a thousand" fruitless interviews when an old friend recommended on Facebook that he look up an organization called Cara.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

5 days ago

Cleanslate brings $300,000 beatification investment to 29th Ward

The initiative, funded by six sponsor families, will employ individuals to improve city areas with work like litter abatement, landscaping, graffiti removal and more over the next three years.

    Cleanslate brings $300,000 beatification investment to 29th Ward
    Cleanslate, a social enterprise of Chicago's Cara nonprofit, will contribute more than $300,000 over the next three years in the 29 th Ward to beautify the area through its ward-by-ward initiative ― creating about 60 jobs in the process.
    http://austintalks.org

May 20

Monday is deadline for youth to apply for summer jobs

Youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online through May 21.

    Monday is deadline for youth to apply for summer jobs
    Youth ages 14 to 24 can apply online through May 21.
    http://austintalks.org

May 17

Found small black terrier dog

Hello. We found an adorable dog yesterday roaming around Kostner and Kamerling. She was going south on Kostner and almost got hit by a car when She decided to go east. She is safe now, took her a bath, fed her and will take her to the vet later on today to see if she is chipped. I posted on Ilinois lost dogs, pawboost and also craigslist. I contacted 311 and reported the dog as well. If this is your dog or if you have any information regarding this dog please contact me at 773 936 9979..call me or text me anytime. I am really hoping the owners are found. Thank you

May 17

World Vision to host run for clean water this weekend

La Grange Park pastor Tim Hoekstra will join Austin residents as they participate in Saturday's World Vision 6k - which is roughly the distance many living in Africa must walk to get clean water.

    World Vision to host run for clean water this weekend
    In certain parts of Africa, the average walking distance to a water source is just shy of four miles. That's why Tim Hoekstra leads Austin residents in World Vision's Global 6k for clean water every year; he wants clean water to be more accessible to a greater number of African families.
    http://austintalks.org

May 16

Free community shred day Saturday

29th Ward residents can bring up to five boxes of paper documents and watch them get shredded, assuring their personal information doesn't get into the wrong hands. Ald. Chris Taliaferro is sponsoring the event, which will be held in at the parking lot at 1606 N. Mobile Ave. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 19.

    Free community shred day Saturday
    29th Ward residents can bring up to five boxes of paper documents and watch them get shredded, assuring their personal information doesn't get into the wrong hands. Ald. Chris Taliaferro is sponsoring the event, which will be held in at the parking lot at 1606 N. Mobile Ave. from 9 a.m.
    http://austintalks.org

May 15

Marseil Jackson launches new radio show

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    Marseil Jackson launches new radio show
    West Side native, entrepneur and activist Marseil "Action" Jackson, 30, recently launched a daily radio show.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

Dealing with carjacking

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    Dealing with carjacking
    Every year, hundreds of troubled teenagers from all over the state of Illinois run afoul of Illinois' laws and find themselves in the juvenile justice system.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

Austin teens look to launch new business

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    Austin teens look to launch new business
    Austin teens look to launch new business
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

A conversation with Lonnie Bunch

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    A conversation with Lonnie Bunch
    Lonnie Bunch, the founding director of the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington D.C., was in suburban River Forest last week.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

Fear of the blue and white

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    Fear of the blue and white
    I love to drive. That's one of the reasons I have a part-time job doing it. I like discovering areas of the city I have never been to.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

Austin bakery opens brick-and-mortar shop

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    Austin bakery opens brick-and-mortar shop
    Austin residents and customers from as far away as Atlanta filled a tiny storefront space on May 12 to get some cheesecakes and other pastries at Schweet Foods, 5051 W. Chicago Ave.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 15

City Sticker Sale Tomorrow

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our City Sticker Sale from 11am - 3pm. The City Clerk Office will also be issuing the new City Key ID cards. We are expecting a high turnout tomorrow. It is a limited supply and it will be on a first come, first serve bases.

May 15

Second chance resource fair set for Friday

Learn about job and educational opportunities, workforce training and resume writing. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at 5138 W. Division St., is sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and pastor David Kay.

    Second chance resource fair set for Friday
    Learn about job and educational opportunities, workforce training and resume writing. The event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 18 at 5138 W. Division St., is sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin and pastor David Kay.
    http://austintalks.org

May 14

In praise of mothers

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    In praise of mothers
    Members of Greater St. John Bible Church worship during a special Mother's Day service held at Ella Flag Young Elementary School in Austin on May 13. Far left, the church's pastor, Rev. Ira Acree.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 14

Budgets to increase at Austin schools

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    Budgets to increase at Austin schools
    Fewer Austin schools will see funding cuts next year compared to this year.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 14

City vehicle stickers available Wednesday in Austin

City Clerk Anna Valencia's office has some reminders for West Side residents who will be stopping by 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's office, 6272 W. North Ave., on May 16 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

    City vehicle stickers available Wednesday in Austin
    City Clerk Anna Valencia's office has some reminders for West Side residents who will be stopping by 29th Ward Ald. Chris Taliaferro's office, 6272 W. North Ave., on May 16 between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
    http://austintalks.org

May 12

You're Invited to the Launch of Nonprofit Utopia!

I will be launching Nonprofit Utopia, the ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders on June 26, 2018. I would love for you to come out. Register here. https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nonprofit-utopia-launch-tickets-45200346453

    Nonprofit Utopia Launch
    What if you could be a part of a community where you can get your questions answered, from the comfort of your own office, by people who have been there, done that? We are building Nonprofit Utopia, the ideal community for emerging nonprofit leaders.
    https://www.eventbrite.com

May 11

Most Austin schools will see a bump in their budgets next year

CPS officials released school-by-school budgets in April, three months earlier than last year.

    Most Austin schools will see a bump in their budgets next year
    Fewer Austin schools will see funding cuts next year compared to this year. Six of Austin's 17 schools will see cuts ranging from -.17 percent to -6.5 percent, while the remaining 11 schools will see increases ranging from .06 percent to 3.97 percent.
    http://austintalks.org

May 10

Enjoy a free meal with your neighbors on Saturday

Friendship Baptist Church will hold the monthly meal from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5200 W. Jackson Blvd. All are welcome.

    Enjoy a free meal with your neighbors on Saturday
    Friendship Baptist Church will hold the monthly meal from 1 to 4 p.m. at 5200 W. Jackson Blvd. All are welcome.
    http://austintalks.org

May 10

May 09

Help clean Madison Street this weekend

Volunteer for the clean and green day being held May 12 in Austin. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at By The Hand Club, 415 N. Laramie Ave., and return at 1 p.m. Service learning hours are available, and breakfast will be served.

    Help clean Madison Street this weekend
    Volunteer for the clean and green day being held May 12 in Austin. Volunteers will meet at 9:30 a.m. at By The Hand Club, 415 N. Laramie Ave., and return at 1 p.m. Service learning hours are available, and breakfast will be served.
    http://austintalks.org

May 08

COPA will Offer Satellite Hours at Austin Branch Library

COPA begins the launch of its satellite office tomorrow at the Austin Branch Library in partnership with Chicago Public Library. Through this partnership, COPA will host a full day of services where investigators will be available on the appointed dates and times to receive complaints and compliments of Chicago Police Officers. Also, COPA staff will be available to answer any questions community members may have regarding the agency, investigative process and/or receive an update on a pending case.

May 08

State lawmakers promise action on gang database

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    State lawmakers promise action on gang database
    After being notified that her 17-year-old son was wanted for questioning by police, Carolina Gaete, a community organizer and activist on the West Side, brought the teen to the 10th District.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Fresh paint

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    Fresh paint
    Chicago artist Max Sasing sits on May 7 near the mural he completed last week near the entrance of Michele Clark Magnet High School in Austin.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Austin manufacturer lights up streets, minds

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    Austin manufacturer lights up streets, minds
    The Will Group is not only an electrical supply company working with ComEd to restore light fixtures in Austin, but is also working with youth interested in aviation careers.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Brandon Johnson meets with Austin business owners

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    Brandon Johnson meets with Austin business owners
    Brandon Johnson wanted to make clear that he understands the importance of helping small businesses in Austin.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Popup BBQs happening throughout summer

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    Popup BBQs happening throughout summer
    Volunteers of Austin's Good Neighbor Campaign did not let the cold, rainy weather put a damper on their effort on April 27 to stop gun violence in their community.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

The fallacy of choice

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    The fallacy of choice
    The fallacy of choice
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Local school council candidates still needed

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    Local school council candidates still needed
    Openings on 12 of Austin's 17 Local School Councils remain after last month's elections.
    http://www.austinweeklynews.com

May 08

Tell your story through the blues – with help from Larry Taylor

Discover how to tell your story in your own three-line blues verse. Born of African-American poverty and struggle, blues music came to Chicago with the Great Migration. “Barrelhouse Bonni” McKeown, piano player, teaching artist, journalist, and Austin resident, will help everyone make up and sing our blues. Another West Side neighbor, legendary bluesman Larry Taylor, will stop by to sing a song, tell a bit about his blues life and music, and encourage us to learn more. All are welcome.

    Tell your story through the blues - with help from Larry Taylor
    Discover how to tell your story in your own three-line blues verse. Born of African-American poverty and struggle, blues music came to Chicago with the Great Migration. "Barrelhouse Bonni" McKeown, piano player, teaching artist, journalist, and Austin resident, will help everyone make up and sing our blues.
    http://austintalks.org

May 08

May 07

LSC candidates still needed at many Austin schools

Officials results from last month's two-day election won't be available until June, CPS officials say.

    LSC candidates still needed at many Austin schools
    Openings on 12 of Austin's 17 Local School Councils remain after last month's elections. Official results from the elections, held April 17 and 18 at each school, aren't expected until next month. It's not too late for local residents or parents of CPS students to be appointed to the vacancies, says CPS spokesman Patrick Mullane.
    http://austintalks.org

May 04

West Side women invited to pre-Mother’s Day celebration

The event - sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, the Park District of Forest Park and Roman Morrow - will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4th at 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park.

    West Side women invited to pre-Mother's Day celebration
    The event - sponsored by Cook County Commissioner Richard Boykin, the Park District of Forest Park and Roman Morrow - will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. May 4th at 7501 W. Harrison St. in Forest Park.
    http://austintalks.org

May 03

Unleashed dogs. What's the best course of action?

Feels like I've been seeing an uptick in the number of unleashed dogs over here K-Town. Sometimes just let out to wander the block, sometimes being "walked" without a leash and sometimes who the heck knows, but most of the time these are clearly dogs that someone owns, often wearing a collar.

I keep my dog leashed or inside our fenced yard, but he gets really worked up when there's a dog loose wandering around. I'm worried that another dog...

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Feels like I've been seeing an uptick in the number of unleashed dogs over here K-Town. Sometimes just let out to wander the block, sometimes being "walked" without a leash and sometimes who the heck knows, but most of the time these are clearly dogs that someone owns, often wearing a collar.

I keep my dog leashed or inside our fenced yard, but he gets really worked up when there's a dog loose wandering around. I'm worried that another dog will come after him on a walk or he or the other dog will find a way in or out of our yard and get in a fight.

As I understand it, Chicago law requires all pets to be leashed when not on their own property and there's a $300 fine for not doing so. So what's the best way to handle this? It's dangerous and illegal, but more and more folks just seem unwilling to properly leash their pet? Should I just call 911 every time?

I've tried suggesting to owners that they leash their dog, but I feel like a jerk and generally the response is not positive. I've only had one owner actually listen and that was because I gave him a leash and a piece of wood to cover a hole in his fence.

May 03

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