32 hours ago

Updated 52 min ago

People who don't deserve pets.

A few minutes ago, your little dog ran out. You shouted at him to come back. And when he did, whatever you did TO him, made him squeal not once but twice. I yelled at you for it and I hope you heard it. And I'm not the only one who witnessed this.

Whose fault is it that the dog ran down the block out of YOUR control? What did you do to the dog that made him squeal in pain? You sir, are a jerk.

  • David Barnett Lived along Ravenswood since 1997.

    The Anticruelty Society has a page that tells what counts as abuse under statute 510 ILCS 70/3 and how to report it. Since you don't know where he lives, you can't. But, if you see him again, follow him home (if that feels safe) and then you can turn him in.

    https://anticruelty.org/services-local-resources/report-abuse/

  • Literally makes me ill. I love how people "blame" the dog as if the dog has the ability to discern that running out is a bad idea. Im really proud of you for saying something because normally, no one says a thing. I speak up if i can ANY TIME i see something. GOOD FOR U!

28 hours ago

Updated 2 hours ago

What would you do?

I am on my bicycle crossing California by the Popeye's heading east, there is a car coming Westbound on Diversey, making a right hand turn to get onto the Kennedy, the woman driving the car, doesn't want to stop for me, despite me having the crosswalk signal to go, she honks, flips me off, does stop only cause I was in the crosswalk.
I have her car pictured and plate number.

  • @Fiat124 You are flat out wrong. I have data. Last month my stop sign camera logged around 650 flagrant no excuse violations (>10mph) like you saw in that small sample on youtube. There were 0 bike violations. April there were 750 car violations, 0 bikes exceeding my threshold. No cars...

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    @Fiat124 You are flat out wrong. I have data. Last month my stop sign camera logged around 650 flagrant no excuse violations (>10mph) like you saw in that small sample on youtube. There were 0 bike violations. April there were 750 car violations, 0 bikes exceeding my threshold. No cars actually stop.

    Getting hit by a car is around 100 times worse than a bike. It's false to equate the two like so many here have. Car drivers must burden 100% of responsibility. If you can't drive a car and avoid idiot bikers and pedestrians we would all be safer if you stuck to Uber.

  • Tim

    No comparison between impact that cars and bikes have. However, the conclusion is that both cars and bikes need to follow the rules. It sounds like the car in question, did, in fact follow the rules by stopping and giving way to the bicyclist...albeit with unnecessary honking and using the...

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    No comparison between impact that cars and bikes have. However, the conclusion is that both cars and bikes need to follow the rules. It sounds like the car in question, did, in fact follow the rules by stopping and giving way to the bicyclist...albeit with unnecessary honking and using the middle finger. On the contrary, the bicyclist in this example, Bart, did not appear to follow the rules and could have been seriously hurt as a result of his actions. Bart appears to be grossly misguided and misinformed about how to properly ride his bicycle.

2 days ago

Updated 7 hours ago

Any suggestions for recycling plastic ware from carry outs?

Somehow, we have ended up with dozens and dozens of pre-wrapped plastic cutlery sets, and a lot of individual ketchup packages. It's crazy! I don't want to contribute to the landfill problem we're facing, so I'm putting this out there. hoping for suggestions. We can mail them to where ever they can be put to use.

  • Tomorrow is another day Happy resident of North Park Village

    herd, and others, why do I consume water in single-use bottles? well, let's see, it's been awfully hot this weekend, and I've been out and about. No way to carry water, so I buy it. Or perhaps I've been busy managing properties and going here, there, and everywhere. The water...

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    herd, and others, why do I consume water in single-use bottles? well, let's see, it's been awfully hot this weekend, and I've been out and about. No way to carry water, so I buy it. Or perhaps I've been busy managing properties and going here, there, and everywhere. The water in my reusable bottle has turned hot, and I need something cold to drink. Or maybe I'm on the road, and I've drunk all the water in my reusable bottle, and I'm thirsty. The water in some fountain somewhere might be questionable, so my option is to buy water in a single-use bottle.

    I agree that consuming water at home in bottles is such a waste! I have a Brita water pitcher and have reusable bottles. But sometimes, just as I have described, we do need cold water sometimes and the only option is to buy it. I do recycle them, BTW.

  • Water bottles may be single-use, but at least they're recyclable. They can also be refilled from the tap (I won't tell). However, I have a question about the carry-out containers from some restaurants, especially Chinese food. Does anyone know why many have no resin-code number (recycling symbol) on the container? Interestingly, the plastic lids do have a symbol, but not the main container. I hate to land-fill them, but the recycling companies will not accept them without the recycling symbol.

2 days ago

Updated 19 hours ago

Lost pig

Surprised me to see a pig on the loose yesterday! It came out of the alley of 4800 block of w argyle st then went to Lamon st stopping on grass looking for food. It was dark grey.

2 days ago

Updated 38 min ago

Racist on a Bike

Yesterday morning my wife was walking near Gunnison and Western with our two-year old daughter, when an old white guy, possibly drunk, possibly mentally unsound, rode over to the stroller and said “F***in immigrants! Where are the real Americans. You’re not real Americans.” Then wobbled away on his bike. Does this guy sound familiar to anyone?

  • Andrew Linc Sq Lifer

    sounds like another fake news post that are almost daily now on hyper-local sites like this. I wonder who is doing this....

  • Some kid in Bridgeport referred to me with an anti-gay slur because I was riding a bike, oddly enough, but I guess that he was just expressing his economic insecurity.

27 hours ago

Updated 5 hours ago

Local Animal Shelter for Donations

Hi Neighbors,

Doing some spring/summer cleaning & we have a bunch of stuff we would like to donate to an animal shelter - towels, unused/lightly used dog toys, cat boxes, etc.

Can you recommend a local shelter that we can donate this stuff to? It's gotta go!

Thanks.
🐶🐱

2 days ago

Updated 10 hours ago

Energy Scam Folks Making Their Rounds

I just had a man knock HARD on my front window while ringing the doorbell, and THEN jiggling the door handle excessively hard. I came from a back room and saw him walking down the front steps and I thought it may have been a delivery driver, so I opened the door (oops) and he came flying back up the steps with the whole spiel of "Just need to see your energy bill, etc." I politely told him no thanks,...

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I just had a man knock HARD on my front window while ringing the doorbell, and THEN jiggling the door handle excessively hard. I came from a back room and saw him walking down the front steps and I thought it may have been a delivery driver, so I opened the door (oops) and he came flying back up the steps with the whole spiel of "Just need to see your energy bill, etc." I politely told him no thanks, and he just kept talking over me. Told him "no thank you, I'm not interested", and closed the door. He then went huffing across my lawn hollering about how black men in Chicago don't get any respect...
So, that was pleasant.
He was wearing a blue polo, tan pants, lanyard around his neck and had dreads.

Just an FYI to the people in the Pratt/Wayne area.

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

    It would be a good idea to call the cops when this type of aggressive “salesmanship” occurs.

  • We had that.
    2 girls I swear we're coming home from highschool.
    They produced a tattered card .
    I laughed and said do you really think I'm letting you one step anywhere here?
    Scam over she swore at me, walked around the fence to meet her friend who was waiting.
    I also pointed out she had nothing to "write down information on".
    I swear it's a training exercise for future scamming.

3 days ago

Updated 27 hours ago

Monarch Butterflies need "Common Milkweed"

For anyone interested in helping restore Monarchs by planting milkweed; not all milkweed offers full life-cycle Monarch support (not all gardeners/naturalists know the distinction). All types of milkweed will attract pollinators/butterflies.
But only Common Milkweed (Asclepias syriaca) supports the full Monarch lifecycle; as the necessary food source for caterpillars of the Monarch butterfly that feast on its leaves.

Never saw the visitor to our garden, but we found its caterpillars! (pic)

  • Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood...

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    Really, I think the firefly population has recovered somewhat from the 1970's when they had kids catching them, putting them in sandwich bags, freezing them, then sending them or taking them to someplace where scientists were studying them. When I was about 9 or 10 EVERY kid in our neighborhood wanted to "help scientists" and we decimated the population of fireflies in the area. After those years you'd see maybe 10 or 20 fireflies at dusk. I suspect it was pretty much the same all through the region.

    Anyway, last summer I went outside right at dusk and the yard was blinking with literally thousands of fireflies. So beautiful. Made my heart glad.

    I never saw flocks of monarchs, but as a kid saw many, and the caterpillars too, and many other kinds of butterflies that I don't see anymore. Now I might see one or two monarchs a season, and hardly any other kind of butterfly except those little white ones. Makes me sad.

    Don't know a thing about the junebug... :-)

  • In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern...

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    In addition to Common Milkweed for Monarchs, there are other butterfly-species-specific plantings that help support other pollinators. Wild blue lupine is the only food for the 'Karner Blue' butterfly's caterpillar. Wild blue lupine is native and quite attractive. And a number of common full-sun plants serve as host for Eastern Swallowtail butterflies -- the Fennel family (finocchio is cool.
    [*keep fennel segregated; it spreads]), dill, parsley, and rue.

    Karner blue info:
    https://www.fws.gov/Midwest/endangered/insects/kbb/lupine.html
    Swallowtail info:
    https://texasbutterflyranch.com/2014/07/01/how-to-raise-eastern-swallowtail-butterflies-at-home/

    Be patient watching for lightning bugs this year. Remember we had a long, cold Spring, even the plants are a few weeks off their regular schedule!

3 days ago

Updated 4 hours ago

Cats Outside?

What is the policy on housecats being allowed loose outdoors? I frequently see one leaving an apartment near my house and it has been “aggressive-defensive” to my dog. Tonight was the most concerning because it sliced at my dogs face unexpectedly from underneath a car.

I dont know exactly know which apartment it comes from and dont plan to go knocking on doors asking who's cat it is. Im just curious if there is a cat “leash law” and who enforces it.

  • While I appreciate the sentiment, in this specific case, I've seen the exterior door left open for the cat. While many dogs would ALSO love to be outside and roaming free, they simply are not allowed and I personally believe the same should be overtly true of housecats as well,...

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    While I appreciate the sentiment, in this specific case, I've seen the exterior door left open for the cat. While many dogs would ALSO love to be outside and roaming free, they simply are not allowed and I personally believe the same should be overtly true of housecats as well, ESPECIALLY if they aren't fixed.

    Accidental or not, pet owners are 100% responsible for their pets. So if this person's cat swiped my dog in the nose and he had to get stitches, that should be on the owner.

    I essentially wanted to see if this was something we could avoid by getting ahead of it and having a grasp on the legality of the situation. I googled it but found ambiguous results and was hoping someone had more expertise here.

  • I totally understand! I was more responding to the other commenter who said cats who are allowed out are not loved. Obviously I would have to make more decisions if I felt our cat would be mean or distructive in anyway. She is super sweet and I am more concerned...

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    I totally understand! I was more responding to the other commenter who said cats who are allowed out are not loved. Obviously I would have to make more decisions if I felt our cat would be mean or distructive in anyway. She is super sweet and I am more concerned someone will catnap her and drive away where she won’t know how to find her way home.

    I have never run into issues with cats like you are but hate when people choose to leave their dogs off leash. My dog is very scared and becomes aggressive when a dog, even a friendly one, approaches her. So I get that!

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