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I recently attended a benefit to buy games for Lurie Children's Hospital. I wonder if they accept gently used toys.

— On the neighbor message Where to Donate Toys?
9:40 a.m.

I have Comcast AND DirectTV for work purposes (don't ask). Comcast has the worst customer service of any utility I've ever had. That said, they negotiate great starter packages. Usually for six months, or a year, then the rate goes up substantially. I've had DirecTV for about 10 years. I've lost signal twice: one for a few hours during "Snowmageddon" on Feb 1 2011 and again during another storm when my dish was buried in snow (I wiped it off and signal was restored). Dish network I understand has dropped a number of networks permanently or never carried them. DirectTV and Comcast both occasionally lose stations in contract negotiations, but never permanently. For reliability and quality, def DirecTV for me. For price, Comcast, but you get what you pay for.

— On the neighbor message Cable and Internet providers
7:44 a.m.

The Case of the Errant Moose Call, Nancy Drew. We need to go on a Saturday night investigation. Sign me up. It'll be fun to unravel the mystery. ("She.S.I."?)

— On the neighbor message War horn? Tuba?
11:46 a.m.

Any clues as to where Aldine got its name?

— On the neighbor message Names of our streets - origins
9:03 a.m.

I have nothing but nice things to say about my Alderman in the 44th Ward. Tom Tunney has always been available when I've requested a meeting. And from what I can tell, he is usually working from first thing in the morning to late at night, and always approachable in the community. Whenever he is going to vote on an ordinance in the City Council, I have found him to do meticulous research and to ask detailed and informed questions in committee. I don't know about other Aldermen, but I believe mine works hard for his salary and do not begrudge him having benefits.

— On the neighbor message Tired of Alderman Model-How about you?
6:54 p.m.