3 days ago

Updated 21 hours ago

Rest In Peace

For the cat I called Buddy who was TNRd and then abandoned by his "caretaker" I want to tell people that you will be missed and you were loved.

I was feeding him and the other abandoned cats that were left behind. On Saturday some neighbors told me different versions of the same story about a cat being killed in the street. I have since come to believe it was Buddy. No one else may have cared but I am terribly sad and it is a shame that he died like this.

Rest in peace Buddy. You deserved better.

  • future alderman future alderman

    sad...i think tree house has a program that helps find caretakers and/or move colonies elsewhere. why couldn't the new tenants feed them? and why would you say someone moving into senior housing "abandoned" cats that had been tnr'd?

  • I had contacted Tree House and other "contacts" and I was told to gradually change the feeding location and that it was better to leave them in their own area. The new tenants were not living there yet. The "landlord" was fixing the place up and he didn't want the...

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    I had contacted Tree House and other "contacts" and I was told to gradually change the feeding location and that it was better to leave them in their own area. The new tenants were not living there yet. The "landlord" was fixing the place up and he didn't want the cats there anymore. And I say she abandoned them there because she had "indoor" and "outdoor" cats which I believe she interchanged so that the cats were not actually a colony of outdoor cats. They came to rely on her for their lives and she left them behind. The colony was registered to her at her patio apartment. She moved and left the cats where they would no longer be welcome, abandoned. She was reaching out to try and get some help but as you can see from my posts there was no help except for what I have tried to do, which considering what has happened to Buddy, was not enough. The problem of abandoned and unwanted animals is widespread and no matter how much people with good intentions try to do there is always more to be done. I hope you will be an alderman one day and maybe you could work from inside the political system to help the animals.

    And one last thing. People don't have to help, but they also don't have to be mean. I'm not saying anyone posting comments here. I'm talking about people in general who go out of their way to chase off cats or speed up to hit animals with their cars. I doubt anyone like that would take the time to read this post.

2 days ago

2 days ago

Register for the Dunning Community Wide Garage Sale!

Be sure to sign up to have your garage sale listed on a community map for the:

Dunning Community Garage Sale - West of Harlem
July 14th and 15th

&

Dunning Community Garage Sale - East of Harlem
July 21st and 22nd

Email subject “Dunning Community Garage Sale” to jaquaglia@yahoo.com w/ your name, address, and phone number to register.

Jun 07

Updated Jun 09

Rooster

My mother saw a rooster (YES a rooster) on Belden and Marmora this morning. She didn't tell me until now so I have no idea what might have happened since then. If you live in that area or know someone who does, and see the ROOSTER, please call Chicago Bird Collision Monitors. The number is 773 988 1867. Thank you.

  • My hope was that a person in the area could call and have it rescued. I had one rescued from Walgreens at Fullerton and Central some years ago. Pet or not it doesn't belong walking around on the streets of Chicago, the same as with any other pet.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Maybe the bird is the owners moneymaket.

Jun 03

May 30

Housing Application Workshops Available for Senior Citizens

Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH), a partner of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)’s Community Alliance is offering seniors and caregivers free educational workshops throughout Chicago in the neighborhoods of Belmont Cragin, Gage Park, East Side and New City. Highly skilled bilingual coordinators will explain what documentation is needed, the waiting process, and how to fill out the new online-only application using computers. Through this process, SCH has been successful in helping over 400 seniors apply for affordable senior housing units....

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Spanish Coalition for Housing (SCH), a partner of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA)’s Community Alliance is offering seniors and caregivers free educational workshops throughout Chicago in the neighborhoods of Belmont Cragin, Gage Park, East Side and New City. Highly skilled bilingual coordinators will explain what documentation is needed, the waiting process, and how to fill out the new online-only application using computers. Through this process, SCH has been successful in helping over 400 seniors apply for affordable senior housing units.

The next workshops available are:
• June 7, 2018- 3:00 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue (Belmont Cragin)
• June 11, 2018- 1:00 pm, Kelvyn Park Satellite Senior Center, 2715 N. Cicero Avenue (Belmont Cragin)
• June 14, 2018- 3:00 pm and 5:00 pm, West Belmont Public Library, 3104 N. Narragansett Avenue (Belmont Cragin)

Here are important things to consider that are discussed at the workshops including how to qualify for senior housing:

• You must be 60 years or older to apply but can only be housed at age 62. However, if you have a disability, you can apply and be housed at age 55
• Income for 1 person cannot exceed $44,250 and $50,600 for a 2 person household
• A criminal background check of the last 3 years is required for single or double occupancy
• A studio or 1 bedroom are the only options available for senior housing
• You must only select 1 out of the 46 different senior housing locations (see here for a map listing http://www.thecha.org/residents/public-housing/find-public-housing/?pt=2)

For a complete list of available workshops in your neighborhood visit http://sc4housing.org/cha-community-alliance/ or call Spanish Coalition for Housing offices: north location (773-342-7575), south location (312-850-2660) and southeast location at 773-933-7575. For individuals who would like to apply for senior housing on their own, they can visit https://applyonline.thecha.org.

    Find Public Housing | The Chicago Housing Authority
    http://www.thecha.org

May 17 2015

Updated May 28

Hostas! Hey, hostas! Who needs hostas!

What it says. They are medium green tipped with white, not sure of their formal name but they look like this:

http://www.wavecrestnursery.com/00perrenialpic/wb%20Hosta%20%27Albo%20Marginata%27.JPG

I also have some all green ones that are nice.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    E-mail me if you want either, just click on my user name to get the option to e-mail me.

  • pattymelt is mostly in charge

    I have more hostas that need to be divided but this time only the all green ones. E-mail me if you want some.

May 22

Info for families with a kindergartener entering Portage Park School this fall

Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening...

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Welcome Portage Park School Class of 2027 Parents! Here is some important information for you to act on.

Please join the ​Portage Park School Community on SimplyCircle ​now​ by following these directions:

Go to www.simplycircle.com and enter Invite Code: Q6QEUQ

Note: This code is not unique and can also be entered in the FREE apps available for
SimplyCircle in iOS and Android. The​ Portage Park School Community​ on SimplyCircle provides up to date info and reminders of what is happening at Portage Park School. It is NOT a social network - posts only go in one direction: out to users. You will need an email address to sign up. We have over 550 members on the PPSC, please ​join today​ ​and make our circle complete!

You’re invited to a ​Kindergarten Orientation​ for Class of 2027 families on
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 at 4:15 pm.
Enter at Door # 16 on Berteau.
Please RSVP for this event online at: https://tinyurl.com/PPS2027OrientationRSVP
This event is intended for families with students who will be attending kindergarten at PPS in the fall. It is ok to attend if you have not registereed yet, but registration will not be done at this event. Any changes or updates to this event will be posted on the Portage Park School Community circle on SimplyCircle (see above) and on the school website.

If you would like to join a Google group for Class of 2027 parents, you can do so at:
https://tinyurl.com/pps2027class

PPS is a neighborhood school. For more info: https://www.portageparkschool.org/

    Parent Portal | SimplyCircle
    SimplyCircle parent portal makes it easy for classrooms, schools, PTAs and other groups to organize and communicate. It's private, secure, and easy to use.
    http://www.simplycircle.com

May 03

Updated May 22

Water seepage after the rain

Did anybody get some water in their basement after last nights rain? It looks like the water came in to our basement through the wall in 3 spots... did anyone have the same problem? Does anyone have someone they can recommend and give me a ballpark idea of how mich it would cost to fix?

  • Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was...

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    Hello everyone, I know that some of you were interested in this topic. I was waiting to see if with more rain everything will be fine and not even one drop after Mark came out to fix the cracks in our basement. Flat fee of $275 per crack (which was wayyyyyy less than other companies that I called.) He came out quickly and did the work professionally the same day! We are very happy with his work, glad that he's right in the area so he could come out right away. So here's his info as I recommend him 100% Mark 773-517-2390

  • Thank you.

May 20

Reboyras blames upset citizens, then tries to blame Ald. Ramirez-Rosa

"Rubberstamp" Alderman Reboyras, who voted almost 100% of the time for Rahm Emanuel's agenda is trying to play the "blame game".
https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/after-chaotic-hearing-on-civilian-oversight-of-cops-alderman-to-change-format/

    After chaotic hearing on civilian oversight of cops, alderman to change format
    The format of public hearings on four rival proposals for civilian police review will be dramatically altered after a chaotic first hearing that encountered so much resistance, it had to be cut short. Ald.
    https://chicago.suntimes.com

May 17

Apr 30

Updated May 16

Great Rivers Project Needs YOU!

Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the...

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Dear Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

Active Transportation Alliance recently launched a campaign (we had our kickoff meeting in late February) to bring together key stakeholders, from local elected officials to Country, State, and Federal agencies to regional planning bodies, to form a coalition aimed at addressing access and connectivity issues along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail, from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue.

Among the objectives of the coalition are to dive into understanding the political, geographic, and funding barriers that exist along this section of the trail. We’ll also be examining how the forming of a coalition, the release of a Phase I engineering study, and the formation of a “Friends Of” group for this section of the trail can serve as instrumental elements in identify solutions and ensuring improvements are made.

You are invited to the next meeting of the Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition, which will take place from noon – 2 pm on Wednesday, May 23rd at the Franklin Park Police Department building (9451 Belmont Avenue, in the Community Room). Lunch will be provided. At this meeting, we’ll have a thorough discussion of the physical constraints (connectivity, flooding, access, etc.) along the southern end of the Des Plaines River Trail (from Touhy Avenue to North Avenue). We’ll also hear from one of the founders of the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and the Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail on how they formed their organizations and how they identified and achieved their goals.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP at the following link: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

We hope to see you at noon on Wednesday, May 23rd!

Matt Gomez
Trail Advocacy Manager
Active Transportation Alliance
35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
Chicago, IL 60601
P 312.216.0474 (direct)
F 312.427.4907
matt@activetrans.org

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  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Anyone can attend. Please do!

  • By Neighbors For Neighbors Problems do get solved when neighbors get involved

    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If...

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    Good Afternoon Des Plaines River & Trail Stakeholder,

    This is just a reminder that the next Des Plaines River & Trail Coalition is scheduled for next Wednesday, May 23rd (from Noon – 2 pm at the Franklin Park Police Department building - 9451 Belmont Avenue). Lunch will be provided. If you’re interested in attending and haven’t yet RSVP’d, please do so at: http://go.pardot.com/l/213232/2018-04-24/2whlr

    For this meeting, we’ll be exploring in great detail the existing trail connections and some possible access points along the southern segment of the DPRT with the project managers from Christopher B. Burke Engineering (who are conducting the Phase I engineering study). We’ll also have a presentation from Diane Banta (of the National Park Service), who helped found the Cal-Sag Trail Coalition and Friends of the Cal-Sag Trail and was instrumental in getting the Cal-Sag Trail moving forward.

    See you next week!

    Matt Gomez
    Trail Advocacy Manager
    Active Transportation Alliance
    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 1782
    Chicago, IL 60601
    P 312.216.0474 (direct)
    F 312.427.4907
    matt@activetrans.org

May 11

Updated May 14

30th Ward Aldermanic Election

Who would you vote for if the election were held today?

A) Ariel Reboyras (incumbent)

B) Jessica Gutierrez (Congressman's daughter)

C) Anyone but these two

  • Drain the swamp. Anyone in there, or is related to someone in there, or even knows anyone in there, should not get any chicagoans vote. Haven’t you seen enough. Dems, keep everyone poor and stupid. They just want your vote. Business as usual. This tax payer is tired of business as usual. Aren’t you?

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Mark is 100 per cent correct .

May 14

May 14

tony281258 posted 2 photos to Flickr:

May 14

3176-3198 N Mason Ave, Chicago, IL 60634 posted 1 photo to Fotella:

May 12

May 11

MUMS 'N ROSES

Get away with the daily thorns and show HER a special thanks this Mother's Day with a unique rose ice cream [with rose water and edible rose petals] from BISTRO 6050 [6050 W. Irving Park road, just befor the Chicago Public Library]

Mar 21 2015

Updated May 10

Is the Chicago Gaylords gang still active?

A few days ago a friend of mine told me they were still around in the Belmont-Cragin/Portage Park area... but I don't believe that. Simply because I haven't spotted a group of European gang members in years.
What do you guys think/know?

  • Kathy in 60630 10 yr. resident

    European gang members, huh! They are there. Watch out, they're probably the ones who will rob you. And I know this for a fact.

  • Spotted atleast 7 GLS last nite around pulaski ave. And a few at kilbourn park 6 days ago.

May 08

Updated May 10

Atrocious Experience at Slice Factory in Elmwood Park

This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the...

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This isn't a particularly hyped type of place, but it does seem to be fairly popular in the new neighborhood I moved to. Just wanted to share my experience for anyone who might happen across it.

Absolutely atrocious. Delivery arrived damaged and the driver handed me my food in various boxes outside the bag. I told him I didn’t want to accept the order because it was mostly damaged and leaking and I couldn’t even get it inside in the state it was in. He more or less shrugged and said take it up with the restaurant. This jerk didn’t even bother to help me carry it upstairs even though it was no longer in deliverable condition.

Called the restaurant to complain and they said they could make me a new order. I declined because I’m not waiting another two hours to deal with the same delivery guy. They said they would refund. When I didn’t get an email saying it was refunded, I called Grubhub. Shocker, the restaurant never called to refund. Grubhub then had to contact the restaurant, who admitted they had received my call but not taken action, and again, offered to remake the order. No dice. I demanded a refund for the portion of my order that was damaged and inedible and for the driver's tip to be refunded.

Even the items that were not damaged were just terrible. A burger and fries are not supposed to be so damp they are falling apart and the Buffalo fries were missing the chicken and bleu cheese that were supposed to come on them (also completely soggy and inedible, I could mush them with a fork they were so soft). I've tried this restaurant once before and they left an item out of the order, but their Cobb salad was great so I decided to give them another shot. Mistake on my end.

Terrible food, terrible service and the delivery guy should be fired. You don't hand someone destroyed, leaking boxes of food, refuse to take it back and not even help them get the order inside. Anyone in the Belmont Cragin and Elmwood Park area steer clear.

  • If it's the one on Grand this this must of happened a while ago because the slice Factory been closed for at least 6 months to a year

  • No. Harlem

May 10

Local Landscaper Wanted

Hello,
We are looking for a local company to do some heavy work on our front and back lawns. We need tilling, some sod, stumps removed and recommendations on what to do with bushes that appear dead to me as well as removal of wood chips and gravel. Looking to get this all done before it gets too far into summer. Thank you!

May 09

May 08

  • St Ferdinand Parish School reviewed by a parent

    I am a very active parent in this school and have been for years. The teachers and principle do a great job of teaching, inspiring and guiding our children. My only disappointment with this school is in my fellow parents, it is so hard to get anyone to step up and get involved. We should be so much stronger if we all can together for the benefit of our children.

    St Ferdinand Parish School (3131 North Mason Avenue) Published on GreatSchools May 7, 2018 Comment

May 05

May 05

May 04

  • Permit issued for signs

    PROFESSIONAL SERVICE BUSINESSNON-ILLUMINATED PVC BLOCK LETTERS, 1" THICKNESSCOLOR : BLACK, RED, GREEN, BLUE, ORANGE

    5947 W. Belmont Ave. Issued May 3, 2018 Comment

May 03

May 03

Apr 26

Updated Apr 27

Lost dog

4/26 lost white female Maltese near belmont and Laramie...

  • 773-791-9486

  • PetParent Founder of Pitter Patter Parenting

    Does she have I'd tags? A microchip? Have you posted flyers yet? Can you upload a photo?

Apr 26

Plumbing company recommendation?

Can anyone suggest a good reasonable plumbing company to replace my hot & cold water valves for the washer. No need to open wall, just shut down water line in the building. Anyone might be able to give me an estimate? So far I was told $325. I think kinda high. Thx

Apr 21

Updated Apr 25

Concrete stair repair and iron railing repainting contractors

I saw a post on this same topic from 2014, but was looking for more up to date information. I am looking for a contractor to do concrete repair on the front steps of my house. Specifically, I have a crack and separation along the base of the first riser at the walkway (see photo). Other than this there is no major problems with the concrete. Ultimately, what I would like to have done is crack repair, new parge coat, and iron railings prep and paint. Looking for suggestions on contractors used for similar projects in my area. Thanks in advance.

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