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Apr 08 2016

Updated 22 hours ago

    Feral cats weapon of choice for some residents facing influx of rats
    A year ago, it wasn't unusual for Andrea Swank to look outside her Lincoln Park home and see hundreds of little rat footprints in the snow. This year she hasn't seen a single track in her yard. The difference? Swank took in three feral cats, and the results are indisputable.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • KW

    That post is referring to feral cats that are not in a community where the colonies are maintained and contains some misinformation regarding disease. The Cook County Feral Cat Ordinance has specific rules to address all of the concerns posed in that article. Please see here for the full ordinance....

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    That post is referring to feral cats that are not in a community where the colonies are maintained and contains some misinformation regarding disease. The Cook County Feral Cat Ordinance has specific rules to address all of the concerns posed in that article. Please see here for the full ordinance. http://www.whiskersandtailsfoundation.org/info/display?PageID=16827

    1 - Feral cats avoid humans - they do not attack them unless they are being forcefully handled, and they are required to be vaccinated, so they do not spread rabies.

    2. Feral colonies in Chicago are required to vaccinate their cats. "...the species of parvovirus that infects humans is limited to the human species. Viral human parvovirus is a common childhood ailment that is passed strictly by other humans."
    https://www.petmd.com/dog/wellness/evr_dg_parvovirus_across_species

    3. They are required to be spayed/neutered, so they do not breed incessantly breed.

    4. By vaccinating, spaying/neutering the cats disease, breeding and fighting is minimized, while pest control is optimized.

    5. Again, strong odors from urine marking is not an issue since these cats are neutered.

    7. Dying kittens are not an issue in maintained colonies where cats are fixed. Animals die - it's part of life. I see far more dead birds, raccoons, and squirrels than cats.

    6. Any animals allowed outside can get fleas from normal outdoor sources - neighborhood dogs, rabbits, raccoons, opossums all can have drop fleas and fleas can be found in grass and gardens. They exist in nature without having cats around. But the main spreader of fleas is vermin - rats and mice whose populations are controlled by cats.

    8 & 9.Feral colonies do not live in people's attics, sheds, etc, because a requirement of being a feral cat colony caregiver is providing shelter.

    10. Litters of kittens are not an issue with feral cat colonies because, again, they are all spayed/neutered

  • Actually, I'd rather have feral cat colonies than feral rat or mice colonies.

2 days ago

Updated 28 hours ago

Farewell Dear Neighbors

It’s been a good run here on Everyblock. May you all do well and be safe. Thank you for being caring neighbors.

  • Catbus Philosopher, Third-Class

    Having seen the conversations from other neighborhoods, I'm grateful that our share of trolls and racists was relatively low. Relatively.

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3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

    Comcast to end hyperlocal site EveryBlock, agrees to send users to rival Nextdoor
    Comcast is pulling the plug on EveryBlock, the Chicago-based hyperlocal news site it revived four years ago. The website, which features blurbs about restaurant closings, building break-ins and community events, will go dark July 19, with a link steering EveryBlock users to sign up with Nextdoor, a rival hyperlocal platform.
    http://www.chicagotribune.com
  • Maggie neff

    Well, since you haven't an answer to my question, I guess I'll just say..you're welcome,"Rob". You're quite welcome.

  • Joe Lake Facebook, Twitter, Klout, EveryBlock, Yahoo Groups

    Bye, bye Rob. EveryBlock will be shutting you down, too.

Hello, neighbor. This thread was closed due to violations of the EveryBlock community guidelines, which intend to keep discussions informative, friendly and respectful.

3 days ago

Updated 2 days ago

One last week for hyper-local snark. R.I.P. Everyblock.

I'll miss you Everyblock - and all you blockheads too.

  • djstranger

    It was fun! See ya Everyblock. Thanks for all the local news.

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Parking Needed in the vicinity of the 6400 Block N. Leavitt Street

Desperately in need of monthly parking in the vicinity of the 6400 Block N. Leavitt Street.

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6 days ago

Updated 5 days ago

50th Ward alderman seat draws a challenger

This should be a race with clearly defined visions about the future of the 50th Ward.

https://50thwardfollies.com/2018/07/09/andrew-rowlas-challenging-silverstein-for-alderman/

    Andrew Rowlas Challenging Silverstein for Alderman
    Andrew Rowlas, a community activist and former educator, has announced his candidacy for alderman of the 50th Ward, challenging two-term incumbent Debra Silverstein. Rowlas is campaigning on a progressive platform of economic development centered around small businesses, improved educational opportunities for neighborhood students, and civic engagement by neighborhood residents.
    http://50thwardfollies.com
  • robin in WRP I support a 28th Amendment 4Free & Fair Elections!

    Hopefully, there won't be multiple candidates and we will get a new alderman

  • wendy carson community activist,and Ilove to bake

    Finally a candidate with an excellent record and a clear progressive vivion for all residents of the 50th ward.

6 days ago

Lend a Hand at Stewardship Work Day--Volunteer at West Ridge Nature Reserve

Lend a Hand at Stewardship Work Day
Sunday, July 15 10 a.m. to noon.

Sign up here. http://www.westridgenaturepreserve.org/contact or contact Steward Tom Murphy at tjmurphy4@comcast.net.

These workdays have resulted in great growth in the preserve, now in its third year. The woodland area has been transformed and a much greater variety of flowering plants can be seen and deer and coyote visit regularly. While the number of waterfowl. is down this year (perhaps due to the unusual weather we have...

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Lend a Hand at Stewardship Work Day
Sunday, July 15 10 a.m. to noon.

Sign up here. http://www.westridgenaturepreserve.org/contact or contact Steward Tom Murphy at tjmurphy4@comcast.net.

These workdays have resulted in great growth in the preserve, now in its third year. The woodland area has been transformed and a much greater variety of flowering plants can be seen and deer and coyote visit regularly. While the number of waterfowl. is down this year (perhaps due to the unusual weather we have had) overall the number of nesting and migratory birds continues to increase.

As for the work day, there are a number of invasive species–including garlic mustard, white sweet clover, pigweed, bedstraw and others that need to be controlled. We may also begin collecting seeds from the golden Alexanders, starry false Solomon's-seal and perhaps other spring-blooming plants. There continues to be invasive woody species and resprouts that need to be removed.

    West Ridge Nature Preserve
    Chicago nature preserve
    http://www.westridgenaturepreserve.org

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Updated Jul 06

Cops on bikes taking pictures of car license plates

At 430pm today cops on bicycles taking pictures of cars on the 6500 block of maplewood. When I asked what they are doing I was told "enjoying the neighborhood"

  • Did you photograph him back?

  • Helen NoH North of Howard for 55 + years

    So you were there and saw them Jimmy? I think not.

Jul 06

Jul 03

Looking for tree stumps or logs (4 - 8 inch diameter) for a children’s nature backyard play area.

I’m creating a child’s nature’s play area in the yard for my home daycare kids.
Thank you,
Laura
773-330-5829
Email, call or text

Jul 01

Updated Jul 02

DO YOU KNOW THIS DOG??

Found this sweet boy wandering alone, no tags, near Montrose and Pulaski. Is safe in a private home at Sunnyside and Springfield. Please help find his owners.

Jul 02

Fed Up With Busted Playgrounds, Mom Starts Twitter Campaign To Put Pressure On CPS

https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/07/02/fed-up-with-busted-playgrounds-mom-starts-twitter-campaign-to-put-pressure-on-cps/

Cassandra Kaczocha is documenting playground neglect through social media in hopes of forcing the district to do something about it.

(click url for entire article on Stone and Boone Elementary Schools)

    Fed Up With Busted Playgrounds, Mom Starts Twitter Campaign To Put Pressure On CPS
    These are selected by the writer and confirmed by the editor This article contains new, firsthand information uncovered by its reporter(s). This includes directly interviewing sources and research / analysis of primary source documents. As a news piece, this article cites verifiable, third-party sources which have all been thoroughly fact-checked and deemed credible by the Newsroom in accordance with the Civil Constitution.
    https://blockclubchicago.org

Jul 02

Jun 29

Updated Jul 01

Has your car's city sticker expired?

Purchase Your New City Sticker
Saturday is the last day of June, which means many City Stickers – particularly those belonging to seniors – will soon expire. Check the expiration month of your stickers and, if necessary, purchase a new one ASAP. Please remember, there is no longer a grace period, so you must have a valid sticker by the end of the month or potentially face ticketing.

If your sticker expires in June, you can purchase one at more...

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Purchase Your New City Sticker
Saturday is the last day of June, which means many City Stickers – particularly those belonging to seniors – will soon expire. Check the expiration month of your stickers and, if necessary, purchase a new one ASAP. Please remember, there is no longer a grace period, so you must have a valid sticker by the end of the month or potentially face ticketing.

If your sticker expires in June, you can purchase one at more than 350 locations throughout the city. Click here ttps://webapps1.cityofchicago.org/ezbuy/locateStore.do?utm_source=50th+Ward+Chicago&utm_campaign=04154b667f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_28_04_53&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9b54b7a4e-04154b667f-321138397 to find a vendor near you. You can also purchase at the City Clerk’s North Side Satellite Office at 5430 W. Gale Street weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

If your sticker is expiring, purchase one as soon as possible to avoid costly and unnecessary tickets. For more information, please click here.http://www.chicityclerk.com/city-stickers-parking/purchase-options?utm_source=50th+Ward+Chicago&utm_campaign=04154b667f-EMAIL_CAMPAIGN_2018_06_28_04_53&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_d9b54b7a4e-04154b667f-321138397

    EZ>Buy - Office of the City Clerk
    https://webapps1.cityofchicago.org
  • I buy one every year for my car. My neighbor from across the street has two cars in his driveway, but never buys a sticker. I guess as long as he does not park on the street he can get away with it. Is that how it works? Seems unfair to me.

  • From what I can tell, he can "get away with it" as long as he never leaves his driveway. He can receive a ticket when parked on the street or when parked in a public garage or parking lot, or even if he is stopped by the Chicago police for any other reason. Sounds risky to me...

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West Ridge Nature Preserve July Activities

Wet Ridge Nature Preserve, 5800 N. Western
Insect Family Nature Day
Saturday, June 30, 11 am - 2 pm

Next PAC Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 3-4 p.m.
Budlong Woods Library
5630 N Lincoln Ave,
Come out and meet your neighbors, find out what's going on at West Ridge and make your voice heard.

July Activities in the Preserve

Kids Fishing Clinic, Wednesday July 11th, 9 - 11 a.m.
Stewardship Work Day, Sunday, July 15th, 10 - a.m. - noon
Kid's...

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Wet Ridge Nature Preserve, 5800 N. Western
Insect Family Nature Day
Saturday, June 30, 11 am - 2 pm

Next PAC Meeting
Saturday, July 7, 3-4 p.m.
Budlong Woods Library
5630 N Lincoln Ave,
Come out and meet your neighbors, find out what's going on at West Ridge and make your voice heard.

July Activities in the Preserve

Kids Fishing Clinic, Wednesday July 11th, 9 - 11 a.m.
Stewardship Work Day, Sunday, July 15th, 10 - a.m. - noon
Kid's Fishing Clinic, Saturday July 21st 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kids Fishing Clinic, Wednesday, July 25th 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Kids Fishing Clinic Sunday, July 29th 9 a.m. - 11 a.m.

For more information on these, contact Gary Morrissey at gmorrissey@backyardnaturecenter.org or Tom Murphy at
tjm2040@rcn.com

Support the Nature Play Area!
As children explore and interact in the West Ridge Nature Preserve’s Nature Play Area, they will also improve their cognitive, creative, social and physical skills. In the process, we hope they’ll also fall in love with nature and become future stewards of the environment. https://www.crowdrise.com/o/en/campaign/wrnp-nature-play-area ;

TICKS
Sign produced by Tom Murphy
Of course there are ticks here
They are native to the area and feed on the blood of mice, voles and other mammals (that makes us fair game, unfortunately). Here's a lot of great information on ticks to help ease your concerns. Another interesting nature story is that possums, those less-than-lovely native marsupials, are great tick eaters. They destroy 90% of all ticks they encounter and a single possum may eat as many as 5,000 in a season.

    Backyard Nature Center
    Not one place, but thousands- even your own backyard! Come explore BackYard Nature Center!
    http://backyardnaturecenter.org

Jun 23

Updated Jun 26

Crime

On Friday June 22nd my husband and I witnessed three males trying to steal a car from a garage in the 5800 of Artesian . I notified the Tennant who lives there . They took off walking north towards Peterson Ave . The tennant was going to call the police . Then again tonight five males showed up but the garage was empty as the tennant decided to park on the street( the over head door is broken and won’t...

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On Friday June 22nd my husband and I witnessed three males trying to steal a car from a garage in the 5800 of Artesian . I notified the Tennant who lives there . They took off walking north towards Peterson Ave . The tennant was going to call the police . Then again tonight five males showed up but the garage was empty as the tennant decided to park on the street( the over head door is broken and won’t come down) This is an absentee landlord and he doesn’t take of the building . I called the police . I will call the building department on Monday to report the landlord . This is the second break-in in this alley in a week

  • Roger S. Park Teller of truth in a fake news world.

    Just as an FYI, 5800 on Artesian is neither 49 nor 50. It’s Ward 40, whose aldercreature is Patrick O’Connor. Unless Mr. O’Connor has suddenly gone “non-binary”, he is indeed, a he. So, your pedantic pronoun distractions missed the mark, dear NOH poster.

    Back to the subject: attend your CAPS meetings, get to know your beat officers, get to know your neighbors, clean up the trash outside your house or apartment, call cops when needed, this applies no matter your ward number.

    Peace.

  • Gabriel Resident of PRRP

    The majority of machine alderman fall in line and use the talking points that shield 16 shots Rahm. Choose most anyone of them and they will pretty much respond in the same way to an incident of crime. It’s rare to hear anything come out of their mouths that seriously...

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    The majority of machine alderman fall in line and use the talking points that shield 16 shots Rahm. Choose most anyone of them and they will pretty much respond in the same way to an incident of crime. It’s rare to hear anything come out of their mouths that seriously attempts to address the problem.

    Helen has been an apologist for quite some time of the local alderman (who recently repeated the standard line in an interview about the woman who was punched on the CTA) But watch for the next loyalist newspaper report or comment by yet another alderperson who will remind us that crime is down the next time someone is raped, assaulted, or shot.

    The insensitivity of the comment often escapes us. Imagine telling a person who has just been diagnosed that cancer numbers are down. It does not address the specific problem. It prioritizes face saving and avoids responsibility.

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Updated Jun 20

New West Ridge library growing fast, seeks residents' memories

Here's an excellent article by a reporter familiar to West Ridge, Linze Rice, about the new library at Western and Pratt. BlockClub is a worthy successor to the much-missed DNAInfo.

https://blockclubchicago.org/2018/06/19/colorful-new-west-ridge-library-rises-at-the-corner-of-western-and-pratt/

    Colorful New West Ridge Library Rises At Corner Of Western And Pratt
    These are selected by the writer and confirmed by the editor This article contains new, firsthand information uncovered by its reporter(s). This includes directly interviewing sources and research / analysis of primary source documents. Indicates that a Newsmaker/Newsmakers was/were physically present to report the article from some/all of the location(s) it concerns.
    https://blockclubchicago.org
  • Block club is good; Rice is a good reporter except for one mistake: the senior citizen housing is not "affordable" housing--a euphemism--it is subsidized housing forcibly extracted from taxpaying citizens making their housing more unaffordable.

Jun 18

Updated Jun 19

Shooting around 10:50pm Monday

We heard gun fire near Kimball and Montrose. I believe someone was shot on the 4400 block of N. Bernard. Does anyone have any details about this incident?

  • Chicago Tribune on June 19, 2018
    Most recently, a 30-year-old man was shot in the torso while sitting in a vehicle with two friends around 10:45 p.m. in the 3400 block of West Montrose Avenue in the Albany Park neighborhood on the Northwest Side, police said. The shooter had approached on foot.

  • nimblewitted busy grandma

    thanks for the info

Jun 15

Updated Jun 17

Internet Service Providers

Moving to Albany Park from Rogers Park next week and need to get internet setup. What Internet Service Providers do you use? I currently have RCN and am sad that it is not available in my new area. I've already checked with AT&T and they can only provide 10MBPS. I need at least 50MBPS. Thank you.

  • We’ve had xfinity for several years w/o problems - except you do have to threaten to cancel every year or two

  • See if AT&T fiber is available at your new location. It's $80 a month, no taxes or fees. It's internet only but then you can get subsribe to Hulu, Netflix, YouTube TV and Amazon Prime TV etc. Won't need dish or cable.

    I have fiber and normally get 800mbps upload and download speeds, makes other providers feel like 4800 baud modem from 1980's.

Jun 17

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