3 days ago

Updated 46 hours ago

Half-staffing of the United States Flag for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, 2017

Greetings My Neighbors,

For National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, please place your flags at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Thursday, December 7 from sunrise to sunset. National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, as a mark of respect for those American patriots who died as a result of their service at Pearl Harbor.

If you cannot place your flag at half-staff, attaching a black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. (See the attached picture).

Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com

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4 days ago

Updated 3 days ago

Black Cat Found

Last night a very friendly black cat tried to follow my husband into the house. I took him in because he seemed scared, so he's in my bathroom right now. Is anyone missing their cat? He's very friendly, sweet, and seems well fed so I don't think he's a stray.

- Adult male
- All black, short hair
- Not neutered
- Not declawed

  • Thanks for taking him in! I hope his owners are found soon (and they get him neutered!).

Dec 01

Updated Dec 01

Rain Barrel Programs

Does anyone know if Chicago offers rain barrels to home owners? Does the city offer any rebates or free barrels?

  • cheesecake chick i want to be the person my dog thinks i am

    got mine free from metropolitan water reclamation district program they run periodically.
    did you want one? are you anywhere around harlem and irving park? I have an extra.

  • J

    Contact either the Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago or Center for Neighborhood Technology. If you need help, post an additional question.

Nov 27

Updated Nov 29

Thank You - Thanksgiving With Our Troops...and...What You Can Still Do?

Greetings My Neighbors,

Some pics of our annual American Legion Post gathering and a huge thank you for the folks who came out to share their Thanksgiving with our Troops. We had 49 sailors and marines enjoy a full day of R&R. Hope to see our volunteers and more again next year.
The Troops will be back.

Also, more than a few of you have reached out and asked what else can be done. Easiest and quickest is to make...

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Some pics of our annual American Legion Post gathering and a huge thank you for the folks who came out to share their Thanksgiving with our Troops. We had 49 sailors and marines enjoy a full day of R&R. Hope to see our volunteers and more again next year.
The Troops will be back.

Also, more than a few of you have reached out and asked what else can be done. Easiest and quickest is to make an online donation to our local young veterans via Chicago Veterans. Here's their webpage to donate and learn more: https://chicagovets.org Thank you!

That's it. Look well at the photos. They are of those who are headed into harms way for you and for me. They will all give some and some will give all.

Questions on donating? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com

    Chicago Veterans
    What is Chicago Veterans? We're a community of military veterans who share a common passion for helping our brothers and sisters in arms. Whether it's veteran homelessness, PTSD awareness, trauma, benefits or camaraderie building we are committed building a better community.
    https://chicagovets.org
  • It was a beautiful celebration of our young heroes! Thank you for all you do!

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

    Thank you Julie! I've got more pics than these. If you want to see them, just email. Great having you join us this year!!

Nov 28

Snow removal needed

Anyone know a dependable snow removal company for a residence this winter? I'm in Gladstone Park.

Nov 26

Nov 20

You Can Say "Thank You on Thanksgiving" - US Navy Sailors Visiting Our Community on Thanksgiving Day

Greetings My Neighbors,

In case you had not heard, we will have 50 of our US military personnel with us right here in our community on Thanksgiving Day. You are invited to join with them as we serve them a great Thanksgiving Day meal and help them enjoy some well deserved shore leave. You can stop by for 15 minutes or a couple of hours. Have something to bake and bring over - you can do that too.

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Greetings My Neighbors,

In case you had not heard, we will have 50 of our US military personnel with us right here in our community on Thanksgiving Day. You are invited to join with them as we serve them a great Thanksgiving Day meal and help them enjoy some well deserved shore leave. You can stop by for 15 minutes or a couple of hours. Have something to bake and bring over - you can do that too.

Full details are on the event link. It's Thursday, Nov 23 from 9 AM - 3 PM at the American Legion Post #134, 6144 W. Dempster. Please contact me if you wish to stop by, drop off some homemade goodies or have another idea. These are our Troops and they deserve our time and thanks.

Can't make it but want to donate to our Post so we can continue doing this every Thanksgiving? You can do that too.

Thank you for those who are already signed up to come on over. Questions? Please ask Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Happy Thanksgiving to you!

https://chicago.everyblock.com/neighbor-events/nov23-thanksgiving-troops-right-here-in-our-own-community-8384413/

    Thanksgiving with the Troops - Right Here In Our Own Community!
    Greetings Again My Neighbors! This Thanksgiving you can spend some of your day supporting our troops. My American Legion Post (#134) in Morton Grove will hold its 11th Annual "Adopt-a-Sailor-Navy-Day" on Thanksgiving, November 23. We will host 50 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base at the American Legion Post (6144 W.
    https://chicago.everyblock.com

Nov 13

Updated Nov 17

Sirens/Milwaukee Ave 11pm last night - 12 squad cards

Anyone know what happened last night. at 11pm 12 or more squad cars were ripping down Milwaukee headed South near Montrose.

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    Maybe they should open up a marijuana depository with a drive up liquor store and an escort service! That would cover most of the bases.

  • paul in jefferson jefferson park resident

    Not crack use around that area

Nov 14

Thanksgiving with the Troops on November 23: What You Can Do Right Here In Our Neighborhood

Greetings My Neighbors!

Here's yet another way to support our troops. My American Legion Post (#134) in Morton Grove will hold its 11th Annual "Adopt-a-Sailor-Navy-Day" on Thanksgiving, November 23. We will host 50 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base. They should arrive by 8:30 a.m. and we'll greet them - which means you can join us in greetings them - to thank them for their service. And we'll spend the day with them, giving them time to relax.

Sailors will...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Here's yet another way to support our troops. My American Legion Post (#134) in Morton Grove will hold its 11th Annual "Adopt-a-Sailor-Navy-Day" on Thanksgiving, November 23. We will host 50 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Base. They should arrive by 8:30 a.m. and we'll greet them - which means you can join us in greetings them - to thank them for their service. And we'll spend the day with them, giving them time to relax.

Sailors will be served a full Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Entertainment will be available along with nationwide long distance and international phone service
all day long, compliments of AT&T. Computers will also be available. They will have the opportunity to talk and email their loved ones throughout the day.

After graduation many of these young men and women will be sent into harms way. The day’s events will be filmed and a DVD will be sent to their families. We owe them a thank you for their service. Let’s show them a beautiful day to remember.

To join us, to discuss an idea, to lend your support, or if you have questions, please contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

In addition, anyone wishing to make a donation to support the 11th Annual Adopt-a-Sailor-Day, please make checks payable to:
Sailor Fund
American Legion Post 134
6144 Dempster St.
Morton Grove, Il.
60053

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Nov 11

Updated Nov 12

Western & North of Peterson

I believe this is the 50th ward. The not so famous wife of Ira.

  • karen returned to my roots

    No, she gerrymandered that area, including the section where Starbucks is as well.

Nov 10

Updated Nov 11

How You Can Support Our Young Local Veterans. It's Very Little to Ask. You Can Do It.

Greetings My Neighbors!

Veterans' Day 2017 is almost upon us. I hope to see many of you at the ECA 5th Annual Veterans Day Flag Ceremony on Saturday, Nov 11 at 4 PM. This is a very special year because for the first time ever we will raise the POW/MIA flag over Edgebrook and it will remain that way from here on out. It lasts 30 minutes. A very good use of your time.

And before or after the Veterans...

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Greetings My Neighbors!

Veterans' Day 2017 is almost upon us. I hope to see many of you at the ECA 5th Annual Veterans Day Flag Ceremony on Saturday, Nov 11 at 4 PM. This is a very special year because for the first time ever we will raise the POW/MIA flag over Edgebrook and it will remain that way from here on out. It lasts 30 minutes. A very good use of your time.

And before or after the Veterans Day Flag Ceremony everybody can also support our newest, local veterans - women and men who have served our nation, some of whom are still serving in the National Guard and Reserves. You can make an online donation to Chicago Veterans (Milwaukee & Montrose) at https://chicagovets.org.

The mission of Chicago Veterans is to empower veterans to take control of their transition throughout life.

More on the 5th Annual Veterans' Day Flag Ceremony at the ECA website: http://edgebrookcommunity.org/

Questions? Please ask Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com. See you there at 4 PM on Saturday at Lehigh, Devon and Caldwell. Remember to make your online donation to Chicago Veterans.

    Chicago Veterans
    What is Chicago Veterans? We're a community of military veterans who share a common passion for helping our brothers and sisters in arms. Whether it's veteran homelessness, PTSD awareness, trauma, benefits or camaraderie building we are committed building a better community.
    https://chicagovets.org

Nov 09

All Honorably Discharged Veterans - Please Read For Veterans' Day 2017 DoD Announces New Benefit

Greetings My Fellow Veterans,

***There is newly announced DoD AAFES benefit for ALL Honorably Discharged veterans - all branches, active, National Guard, Reserves, retired - doesn't matter as long as you were Honorably Discharged. The key is that you were Honorably Discharged. Read on...

From the Department of Defense, AAFES
"All honorably discharged veterans can go to ShopMyExchange.com today to verify their eligibility to shop their military exchanges."

AAFES to Open Online Shopping to Veterans
From an Army and Air...

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Greetings My Fellow Veterans,

***There is newly announced DoD AAFES benefit for ALL Honorably Discharged veterans - all branches, active, National Guard, Reserves, retired - doesn't matter as long as you were Honorably Discharged. The key is that you were Honorably Discharged. Read on...

From the Department of Defense, AAFES
"All honorably discharged veterans can go to ShopMyExchange.com today to verify their eligibility to shop their military exchanges."

AAFES to Open Online Shopping to Veterans
From an Army and Air Force Exchange Service News Release

DALLAS, Oct. 23, 2017 — With less than a month until the much-anticipated official launch of the veterans online shopping benefit, more than 225,000 honorably discharged veterans have already been verified to shop at online military exchange websites when the sites open to veterans Nov. 11.

The Army and Air Force Exchange Service online shopping benefit is the first military exchange benefits expansion in nearly 30 years. Beginning on Veterans Day, America’s 18.5 million veterans will be able to shop online at the military exchange websites: ShopMyExchange.com, shopcgx.com, mymcx.com, and mynavyexchange.com.

Shopping the military exchanges online provides veterans an opportunity to reconnect with their military community, allowing these soldiers, airmen, sailors, Marines and Coast Guard “members for life” to save money with tax-free shopping and military exclusive pricing while also supporting critical military quality-of-life programs.

Full notice of this new veterans benefit is here: https://www.defense.gov/News/Article/Article/1049558/

Nov 08

For the First Time: Flying the POW/MIA Flag Over Edgebrook

You are cordially invited to a very special Veterans' Day on Saturday, November 11 at 4 PM.

For the first time the POW/MIA flag will be raised and flown over Edgebrook. As part of the ECA 5th Annual Veterans' Day Flag Ceremony, you are cordially invited to take part in the raising of the POW/MIA flag. We'll also read some of the Illinois servicemembers from the DoD POW/MIA official accounting.

We'll meet on Saturday, November 11 at 4 PM at...

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You are cordially invited to a very special Veterans' Day on Saturday, November 11 at 4 PM.

For the first time the POW/MIA flag will be raised and flown over Edgebrook. As part of the ECA 5th Annual Veterans' Day Flag Ceremony, you are cordially invited to take part in the raising of the POW/MIA flag. We'll also read some of the Illinois servicemembers from the DoD POW/MIA official accounting.

We'll meet on Saturday, November 11 at 4 PM at the Edgebrook triangle at Devon, Lehigh and Caldwell. Please bring the name(s) of current service members so they can be read at the Ceremony. Veterans' Day celebrates our living veterans. Veterans in attendance will be recognized for their service.

All are invited. You do not need to live in Edgebrook to attend the ceremony. Kids very much welcome.

Full information is on the ECA website here: http://edgebrookcommunity.org

Questions? Please ask Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Nov 06

Updated Nov 08

Presidential Proclamation: Flag at half-staff

The White House
November 05, 2017
Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church. As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who...

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The White House
November 05, 2017
Presidential Proclamation Honoring the Victims of the Sutherland Springs, Texas Shooting

BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

A PROCLAMATION

We are deeply saddened by the shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which took the lives of more than 25 innocent victims while they were attending church. As we mourn the victims of this unprovoked act of violence, we pray for healing and comfort for all the family members and loved ones who are grieving.

As a mark of respect for the victims of this senseless act of violence perpetrated on November 5, 2017, by the authority vested in me as President of the United States by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, I hereby order that the flag of the United States shall be flown at half-staff at the White House and upon all public buildings and grounds, at all military posts and naval stations, and on all naval vessels of the Federal Government in the District of Columbia and throughout the United States and its Territories and possessions until sunset, November 9, 2017. I also direct that the flag shall be flown at half-staff for the same length of time at all United States embassies, legations, consular offices, and other facilities abroad, including all military facilities and naval vessels and stations.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fifth day of November, in the year of our Lord two thousand seventeen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and forty-second.

DONALD J. TRUMP

**Unable to lower your flag?
Attaching this black ribbon to the top of a U.S. flag is an acceptable alternative for flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff. See the attached picture.

Questions? Please ask. Jac.Charlier@gmail.com

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  • Thanks for the info. I did not know about the black ribbon alternative.

  • Am Imo

    Banning assault weapons would be a more fitting tribute.

  • J

    Wow, Jac acknowledging the president. There is a surprise.

Oct 29

Updated Nov 05

Doctor recommendation

Hi there, looking for a good general doctor preferably out of Lutheran General who has a good bedside manner. Any suggestions? Thanks

  • I put in Ciszek's name back at the begining of this post with all his info, phone number address, room number, etc. and it is no longer there. So thanks Paul, for putting it in again.

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    What's up with that, are you Ciszek's PR firm?

Nov 04

Veterans' Day 2017 - Four Steps We Can All Take To Celebrate It Together....

Greetings My Neighbors,

Saturday, November 11 is Veterans' Day. On this very special US holiday, we celebrate all of our living veterans who have served or are serving in any branch of the military, active, reserve or National Guard, peacetime or wartime. We also take time to remember our POWs and MIAs in active hope of their imminent return to their loved ones and our nation's soil.

Everybody can take part in Veterans' Day activities. Here's how in four steps....

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Greetings My Neighbors,

Saturday, November 11 is Veterans' Day. On this very special US holiday, we celebrate all of our living veterans who have served or are serving in any branch of the military, active, reserve or National Guard, peacetime or wartime. We also take time to remember our POWs and MIAs in active hope of their imminent return to their loved ones and our nation's soil.

Everybody can take part in Veterans' Day activities. Here's how in four steps....

1) Thank a veteran. If you do not know a veteran, head out to one of the many Veterans' Day ceremonies as you will surely be able to thank a veteran there.

2) Support a veteran. You can make a monetary donation to a wide variety of veterans' organizations. A good local organization right here in the Northwest Area is Chicago Veterans. chicagovets.org. You can also Google for other agencies to support.

3) Remember a veteran. Because Veterans' Day is about those veterans still living, we read the names of our POWs and MIAs. You can do that by going to the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency here: dpaa.mil. Once there, select "Our Missing" and choose the list by war/conflict and then the state. You can also search the list by name as well as select names by branch of service. Take a few minutes to read the names.

4) Join with veterans. There are numerous Veterans' Day ceremonies going on. Give it a search for one near you. All are welcome to attend the annual Edgebrook Community Association Veterans' Day Flag Ceremony on Saturday, November 11 at 4 PM at Kinzua, Hiawatha and Lehigh. For the first time, we'll be raising the POW/MIA flag over Edgebrook. Check social media and the ECA website for more information as it comes out.

That's it. I hope you are able to join in Veterans' Day 2017. Questions? Please ask...Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

    Chicago Veterans
    What is Chicago Veterans? We're a community of military veterans who share a common passion for helping our brothers and sisters in arms. Whether it's veteran homelessness, PTSD awareness, trauma, benefits or camaraderie building we are committed building a better community.
    https://chicagovets.org

Oct 29

Updated Oct 31

These shootings need to stop.

Maybe we can think of a way to help with violence also besides getting 50 posts about housing from one person.

http://www.fox32chicago.com/news/crime/7-people-wounded-in-chicago-shootings-in-weekends-first-12-hours

    3-year-old boy among 16 shot, 1 fatally, in Chicago weekend violence
    CHICAGO (Sun-Times Media Wire) - A 3-year-old boy was among 16 people shot, one fatally, in separate incidents across Chicago since Friday evening. The boy was shot and seriously wounded about 12:30 a.m. Sunday while traveling in the back seat of a car in the Washington Park neighborhood on the South Side.
    http://www.fox32chicago.com
  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    Or maybe standing in front of them so they'll feel protected after all do you expect them to go after gang bangers with only their guns, mace, tasers, and bulletproof vests?
    They are too lazy or stupid to fill out incident reports, so they just let the gangs do what they please!

  • @Brushman: well, Brushman does make a point although I'd word it differently. I'd say, "In todays political climate any Police Officer who does one bit more than eat his doughnut and collect his paycheck is too stupid to be a Policeman."

Oct 30

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Oct 20

Updated Oct 27

Lost dog in jefferson park 60630 5400 n central ave

Our dog got frighten by the thunder and took off running around 5413 n central ave on north side chicago jefferson park neighborhood he is a mix breed yellow golden small maybe 15 ponds his name is shrek very calm dont bark or bite .he is my 8 year old son best friend can any one call 7732974240 or 773800 3172 im daniel with any information on him thank you for your time. Im posting this again he was not found and he been missing since 10/14/17 .

  • Maggiemay 45 year resident @ PP

    I will keep my eyes open for him. Sorry that he took off like that. Hope he makes it home soon

  • Daniel a Daniel

    Thank you every one for your kind words and your help .some one called me yesterday at 7am and said she might of seen him by balmoral and central which is where we live but he took off running towards fransworth school and disappeared.i was at work already but called the school. With no luck .we are praying his safe return .bless every one thanks

Oct 21

Updated Oct 26

Inside the 45th Ward Participatory Budgeting process

Last January, I responded to a request from the Alderman's office for volunteers to work on this year's capital improvement plan. This process is called Participatory Budgeting (PB). In my first meeting, some 20+ residents attended. Following orientation, we were charged with reaching out to the community for input on the capital needs of the Ward.

The PB volunteers organized the input into categories. Once organized, the community input tended to fall into four categories. To fully consider each category,...

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Last January, I responded to a request from the Alderman's office for volunteers to work on this year's capital improvement plan. This process is called Participatory Budgeting (PB). In my first meeting, some 20+ residents attended. Following orientation, we were charged with reaching out to the community for input on the capital needs of the Ward.

The PB volunteers organized the input into categories. Once organized, the community input tended to fall into four categories. To fully consider each category, the PB volunteers divided into 4 committees, one for each category. The task was to study each recommendation and vet them for appropriateness given City capital improvement guidelines and the cost of each recommendation. Determining cost was fairly easy as the City's capital funds can only be committed to approved vendors by the City and at the City agreed upon cost.

I served on the Beautification Committee. Our Committee had 37 recommended items to consider. By the September 15th deadline, we narrowed the list to a final four recommendations. I am rather pleased with the work our small Committee did. The final four recommendations were ours and ours alone.

As volunteers, if residents don't vote, our work was in vain. Thus, I encourage you to vote. The first vote you will cast is one determining the percent of the one million capital dollars to be spent on Streets. If you do not like any of the PB's sixteen recommendations you are free to vote for 100% of the budget to be devoted to Streets. Similarly, you are then asked to vote for up to six improvement projects. If you can't support more than a few of the projects, vote for a higher percent to be allocated to Streets and Alleys.

Independent of your political preferences, consider volunteering for next year's PB process. I enjoyed meeting with fellow Ward residents and found the experience illuminating in terms of community needs and how the City works.

Oct 26

question about St. Hilary's craft fair (N. Fairfield)

Hi all,
A friend of mine is scheduled to be a vendor on Nov 4 @ St. Hilary's. She's wondering if anyone has done this fair and what the outcome was (good/bad/ good crowd?)

Oct 22

Updated Oct 23

Police activity on the 5200 block of N Leamington Sunday morning?

Does anyone know what happened? I saw about 10-15 police cars around 8:30am.

  • s

    brushman i apologize but you are being a very over dramatic liberal

  • Brushman4 Serving the best since "53"

    @s I just hope you have no access to children.

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