2 days ago

Updated 5 hours ago

LOST BLACK CAT! Please help bring him home

My black cat Ramses got out a few days ago and hasn't come back. He likes to wander out in the yard but never for more than an hour or so
*HAS CLAWS but won't use them on people
*PINK COLLAR with black tag, my cell # and his name are on it, if he still has it on
*KINK IN HIS TAIL near the tip
*VERY FRIENDLY
*LOVES TO PLAY WITH DOGS
*LOVES PEOPLE

  • LadyHawk Lifelong resident

    I'm so sorry. You must be heartbroken. Hope he is home soon!

  • Susan in the Oriole Park area resident in Oriole Park area

    I, too, am sorry to hear about your missing cat Ramses. I will keep an eye out. In the meantime,

    I must relay a cautionary tale: our neighbor's cat ended up locked in someone's garage for 2 weeks at a time TWICE because the cat was an "outdoor cat." I...

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    I, too, am sorry to hear about your missing cat Ramses. I will keep an eye out. In the meantime,

    I must relay a cautionary tale: our neighbor's cat ended up locked in someone's garage for 2 weeks at a time TWICE because the cat was an "outdoor cat." I know cats like to go out, but vets recommend that they NOT go out. My personal experience is that my older cat, 15 yo Tigey, went out ONE TIME on a leash with me and my husband to our backyard for an hour, rolled in the dirt and developed "Farmer's Disease." People can catch this too, by the way. It is a serious bacterial infection. Tigey developed a large, pus/blood filled boil on his neck (the main first symptom). Even tho he was old, the vet operated to remove the boil and its contents. After only ONE WEEK, another huge boil appeared. The vet operated AGAIN (with anesthesia, which is life-threatening to older cats, due to their compromised immune systems). Sadly, it did not work For eight months, I often lay with Tigey in the basement in the evening on soft fleece. We'd look into each other's eyes and I'd pet and kiss him. He looked so sad. He became weak and we had to have him euthanized. He had always been my favorite cat. He was the sweetest, most loving cat I know.

    So, think twice before allowing any cat, but especially a cat over the age of 9 go outside at ANY TIME. Hope you find Ramses!

6 days ago

Dog Found

A white/black shih tzu was found early this morning around Carmen & Oak Park. The dog was brought to the 16th police station. Please pass the news to neighbors.

Jun 06

Updated Jun 08

    Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects
    The economic bustle in and around O'Hare International Airport yields a strong job market for working-class Chicagoans, a market that's only going to get stronger when O'Hare's long-awaited expansion starts. Plenty of mass transit, including the Blue Line and an array of CTA bus routes, connects Far Northwest Side neighborhoods with the rest of the city.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    "A look at the latter case first. Near Norwood Park, GlenStar Properties wants to build a 299-unit apartment complex along the Kennedy Expressway, just east of O’Hare. As many as 30 of the units would be deemed affordable housing, which means rent for those units would be within reach for...

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    "A look at the latter case first. Near Norwood Park, GlenStar Properties wants to build a 299-unit apartment complex along the Kennedy Expressway, just east of O’Hare. As many as 30 of the units would be deemed affordable housing, which means rent for those units would be within reach for people making 60 percent or less of the neighborhood’s median income.

    The location would be ideal — within walking distance of CTA bus routes, the Blue Line’s Cumberland station, and a Greyhound bus stop.

    Up until recently, however, GlenStar’s proposal looked like a victim of aldermanic prerogative — an unwritten rule that gives aldermen veto power over projects within their wards.

    The complex is proposed in the predominantly white 41st Ward, where Ald. Anthony Napolitano presides. Last fall at a city Zoning Committee hearing, Napolitano said he opposed the project because of concerns about the impact on traffic and local schools. In a lawsuit seeking to get the project approved, GlenStar says Napolitano failed to back up those assertions with data. GlenStar says the real reason for Napolitano’s opposition was the project’s inclusion of affordable housing.

    The zoning committee deferred action on the project indefinitely, and the deadline for a vote on the project expired in January. However, GlenStar officials were recently told their proposal will be put on the agenda for the Zoning Committee’s meeting June 26."..."What do the GlenStar and Full Circle proposals share in common? They each offer affordable housing in a part of the city where the job market’s arrow is up and the demand for lower-wage earners is sure to grow. That’s something that should be enabled. Neighborhoods are at their healthiest when they strike a balance between growth and affordability. Arena gets that. Napolitano doesn’t."

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    Why do the developers and their supporters insist on wanting to make this and other projects about race or poverty when all many of us are asking is not to put in high density housing? Keep the buildings to 4 stories or less and include the 30 assisted housing units and I believe they would find a lot more support.

  • Robert Rohdenburg Activist Citizen

    6/7/18 Letter to the Chicago Tribune Editor in response to the 6/6 Tribune Editorial:"Letter: Aldermen have too much control over housing in their wards
    June 7, 2018, 1:40 PM

    The Chicago Tribune editorial “Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects” urges affordable housing to be...

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    6/7/18 Letter to the Chicago Tribune Editor in response to the 6/6 Tribune Editorial:"Letter: Aldermen have too much control over housing in their wards
    June 7, 2018, 1:40 PM

    The Chicago Tribune editorial “Affordable housing in the Far Northwest Side: A tale of two projects” urges affordable housing to be considered in the Far Northwest Side of Chicago. For over a century, Far Northwest Side communities have, by design, been residentially segregated. Even today, aldermanic prerogative, an informal practice with no grounding in law, has been manipulated in an unjust manner to exclude under-represented populations. The Far Northwest Side of Chicago needs local and citywide leadership to step up and ensure healthy, inclusive and affordable communities are designed for the future, especially in light of plans to expand O’Hare International Airport.

    The O’Hare expansion is expected to generate 60,000 construction jobs and tens of thousands of permanent jobs in upcoming years. Airport workers will need affordable housing to eliminate hours of commute time. Lessening daily commute time improves quality of life for individuals and families, allowing more time to be spent with children, attend school, work out and become engaged community volunteers. Because of misuse of aldermanic prerogative, the GlenStar Properties project development, containing 299 units, including 30 units of affordable housing, has been in limbo for almost a year. Unless City Council zoning committee members take the high road for the greater good of the city and choose to ignore aldermanic prerogative, in a rare and almost unprecedented manner, the project will not be approved."

    Aldermanic prerogative needs to be re-examined to ensure it is not used to promote segregation in the future.".."Monica Dillon, Chicago"

    SEE the entire letter at:http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/opinion/letters/ct-letters-chicago-ohare-jobs-segregated-20180607-story.html

May 31

Updated Jun 01

Operation Help A Hero

Operation Help A Hero
There are hundreds of homeless Veterans in Chicago. The City of Chicago is working hard to create a system where any episode of homelessness is rare and brief through the End Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI). As we house these veterans, the transition from shelter or transitional housing to permanent housing, means many veterans do not have basic items to set up a home. Mayor Emanuel, the City Council, and Jewel-Osco are joining together in the month of June to help homeless Veterans in Chicago by creating move-in kits. Please help by donating new household items.
https://www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/depts/fss/veterans/veteran-news/operation-help-a-hero.html

    operation-help-a-hero
    There are hundreds of homeless Veterans in Chicago. The City of Chicago is working hard to create a system where any episode of homelessness is rare and brief through the End Veterans Homelessness Initiative (EVHI). As we house these veterans, the transition from shelter or transitional housing to permanent housing, means many veterans do not have basic items to set up a home.
    https://www.cityofchicago.org

May 22

Updated May 30

Who drove across our lawns today?

The 7200 block of Oketo Ave. is in the process of being paved, so someone decides to avoid the barriers by driving across our lawns today to the end of the block about 1pm.

  • I wouldn't complain about that if it is all that happened. A few years ago, someone drove up onto my parkway and right over a sapling tree. One tire on each side of the trunk, and snapped it off just above ground level. Then went back into the street.

May 07

Updated May 08

I wasn't able to access the Every Block Oriole Park site to ask a question.

I wasn't able to access the Every Block Oriole Park site to ask a question. We live in the area and are seeking a reputable company to remediate mold in our closet. It is black mold and needs to be removed ASAP. I used Home Advisor but the contractor they referred me to wanted to charge us a lower price if we would pay cash instead of by check or credit card. We do not feel comfortable with that, as...

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I wasn't able to access the Every Block Oriole Park site to ask a question. We live in the area and are seeking a reputable company to remediate mold in our closet. It is black mold and needs to be removed ASAP. I used Home Advisor but the contractor they referred me to wanted to charge us a lower price if we would pay cash instead of by check or credit card. We do not feel comfortable with that, as we would have no recourse, if something went wrong with the work. We are looking for a company that is licensed and bonded and that is EXPERIENCED and COMPETENT. We would like a contract to have the mold removed, assess for any tuckpointing damage, identify any moisture source/s and then repair the closet. We might be willing to use a separate contractor to put insulation against the bricks, install green board drywalls and re-install the few shelves and coat rack.

We are hoping to find someone any of you have used who can help us within the next two weeks. Has anyone used a qualified company they can recommend to us?

  • OParker Native Chicagoan

    Tricky topic,I'm by no means an expert but have some limited experience.
    Not all mold species are harmful in small amounts and may be addressed with a solution of bleach,depending on the size/severity of the area. If moisture is coming from the exterior it's recommended to open up the wall...

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    Tricky topic,I'm by no means an expert but have some limited experience.
    Not all mold species are harmful in small amounts and may be addressed with a solution of bleach,depending on the size/severity of the area. If moisture is coming from the exterior it's recommended to open up the wall and dry out the wall cavity, naturally you'll need to address the moisture infiltration problem prior to closing up the walls . You never really know the full extent until you see inside the wall cavity which can make estimating the cost/scope difficult. Possible risk to persons can be elevated if there are people in the home with compromised immune systems,elderly,or infants.
    I no longer have contacts that specialize in that field,thus no one to recommend, but you may end up with a few different contractors, carpentry, masonry for repairs and remediation for removal, as not all companies have staff or credentials that will/can do the entire job. I would recommend if you are to hire contractors to get several bids and have the company(ies) you select provide you a certificate of insurance prior to starting work.

  • We have a raised ranch house with a front closet that does the same thing. No ventilation mixed with no insulation makes moisture a problem in that closet. Mold wasn’t bad kind so we used a mold killer spray and now use a rechargeable hanging mini dehumidifier for the last 2 years. No mold since then.

    New and Improved Eva-dry E-333 Renewable Mini Dehumidifier https://www.amazon.com/dp/B000H0XFCS/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_LNy8Ab0JQP2J3

May 02

Updated May 03

Fence

Can anybody recommend someone to dig out a small, maybe 6-8ft, fence

Apr 28

Updated Apr 29

Participatory Budget for 41st Ward

Spread the word to all of your friends in the ward about the opportunity to have a say on how the 41st Ward budget of $1million gets allocated.

First, you will be asked to vote on the % of the budget that gets spent on street resurfacing.

Second, you will be asked to vote on how the remaining money should be allocated by ranking 3 bundled community project packages. One of these packages includes the repair/replacement of the NORWOOD PARK sign near the train station. Each voter can rank the projects (from 1 - 3) in order of importance to them.

Voting through 5/11 @ Alderman Napolitano's office:
7442 N Harlem Ave
Mon. 9am-7pm, Tu-Fri 9am-5pm

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    I voted again this year and as part of the Edgebrook Community Association (ECA), we had Board members staffing the voting. I'm glad the 41st Ward has a form of PB. This is a good thing.

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