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i have always wondered what makes them think a role call will reduce crime? I want to see statistics.

7:29 a.m.

i don't like relish.

here is what I would put on a hot dog. ketchup (not a lot, just a thin line) , sport peppers, tomatoes (lightly salted), pickle.

6:03 p.m.

for the record I like this ketchup, it has no corn syrup

12:05 p.m.

Littleton paintings need ketchup

10:02 a.m.

i have not seen anything new, however the culvers seems to be coming along. probably next month if we are lucky, anyone have any insight?

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
3:56 p.m.

I think that is the point to shut out people that work (opposition)


" Developers also are looking at potential mixed-use developments in the 4900 block of North Milwaukee Avenue, across from the terminal"

so it is not so much getting feedback on what the neighborhood and constituents need, it is developers looking to see what they need.

if history repeating itself this will gauge any opposition to any of the projects and come up with some type of bashing.

also, these master plans don't actually work very well as we can see the six corners master plan of the aldi/ross retail development aka, the crater. maybe it was a good plan, and poor execution.

plans need to be realistic, both wanted and needed, time bound and executable to be successful.

12:16 p.m.

not that much of home economics either.

that is probably why there are more people that can't budget or fix things on their own.

— On the neighbor message Anyone's Child Go to DePaul College Pre?
2:03 a.m.

@mute, they care about the cameras, they stole those too.

4:26 p.m.

can anyone say where the no ketchup on hot dogs originated...who said and who are they to say, it has come to be like a pop culture thing.

It is definitely more of a cultural thing than a culinary thing.

my guess is someone in the mustard industry to boost sales and solidify its product placement.

In my opinion mustard is god awful, you definitely have to purposely acquire a taste for it.

4:17 p.m.


"People in city who follow too close and too fast honking their horns take note."

I think he meant it as a general statement, letting those know that follow too close, drive to fast, or honk their horns to get people to move so they can speed as to "take note" of what could happen so that more people are careful.

3:53 p.m.

they probably start the day in the starbucks in the alley and go from there

— On the neighbor message Giving Thanks for O’Hare Jet Noise 2017
1:30 a.m.

@mute, see a lot to do with timing, and location... yuppie rats in Lakeview and Lincoln park are up earlier.

— On the neighbor message Giving Thanks for O’Hare Jet Noise 2017
9:15 p.m.

@mute, a lot has to do with time. I have seen a few running in alleys, but like at like @ 12-2am. other than that have not seen much, then again there are not that many times I am out in the alley that late. there may be other factors, but that is to what I would attribute it to.

— On the neighbor message Giving Thanks for O’Hare Jet Noise 2017
7:46 p.m.

happy new year!! hopefully this year is better for everyone ;)

— On the neighbor message happy new year!
12:06 a.m.

@bob, in that case, you incur the loss, depending on the amount of loss, you may be able to deduct something off of taxes.

then your option is to find the responsible party and see if you can sue to recover losses incurred.

— On the neighbor message Hit and run
6:31 a.m.

hopefully by airing the footage, someone is able to identify the driver, by seeing their vehicle or damage. great way to help your neighbors potentially recover losses to their vehicles.

— On the neighbor message HIT AND RUN VIDEO 4100 BLOCK OF DRAKE
12:40 p.m.

@kalijunfan, my point is just like technology, you are not going to stop it, it will be there just like every other dangerous technology. your best bet would be limiting your exposure, wearing protective eyewear, taking additional supplements such as melatonin should your body need it. bottom line is look at ways to minimize your risk.

in reality full spectrum lighting or candle light would be the best benefits when light is required at night in regards to health, but can be expensive and not practical.

most electrical technology has health risk and looking at it from a health perspective the Amish should be outliving us all.

— On the neighbor message Status of new LED street lights?
7:37 p.m.

i think the stress and worry over it could be more harmful than potential risk.

I would like to see clinical trials of harmful effects of expose to street light leds, but then again it is not like I am spending much time under led streetlights.

to paul's point, I am not sure that they would be more dangerous than cell phones, wi fi's, radar in new car avoidance and safety systems, the gauss and electromagnetic fields given off by computer and electrical equipment, geographical stress, ley lies or astrological signs.

— On the neighbor message Status of new LED street lights?
12:37 p.m.

get an appraisal, send it in with your appeal

— On the neighbor message Appealing Property Taxes
11:15 a.m.

do not look into the sun either

— On the neighbor message Status of new LED street lights?
10:08 a.m.

well, they ended up taking it back to target, they could not find the receipt, and even though they asked to do an even exchange and just get a different size target gave them 1/2 off credit because of no receipt (which may or may not have been the last sale price) and got me another pair.

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
7:51 p.m.

millennial classroom....

girl sitting on the floor when there is a sofa right behind her

also, I would question why a student would do there best work sitting on something that wobbles.

— On the classroom fundraiser Flexible Seating Options for Busy Kids
8:44 a.m.

so much for that master plan

8:34 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Compassion
8:30 a.m.

now, back to the presents worst thing this year was a pair of pajamas that was way to big, when I ask the person why they got me that size, they said I look that big.
I mean really, I can hold it up and do a slim fast commercial.

they said they got it from target, how are they about exchanging without a receipt for another size? they are going to go look for the receipt, but I will not hold my breath.

one time I was on the phone with them and they were running late because they could not fine something, I asked them what the hell they were looking for and they said their cell phone.... "you mean the one your talking on!" , oh.... got it, on the way.

anybody get any, oh, this is nice (really?) presents this year

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
7:44 p.m.

@joanie, early detection can help with treatment plans, you can take steps to minimize damage.

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
7:33 p.m.

knowing my luck, i would take the test and fail it

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
6:57 a.m.

@mute, like an ancestry dna test?

— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
2:05 a.m.




— On the neighbor message merry christmas !
7:44 a.m.

starbucks, it is the church of latte day saints

11:07 a.m.

@mute, I don't think there is a cover charge. so no denomination is needed, unless you want to make an offering.

— On the neighbor message Looking for a Church on Christmas Eve?
11:05 a.m.

@joanie, thank you for the information. I was able to locate my pattern. that is awesome ;)

— On the neighbor message Christmas ideas
8:44 a.m.

actually come to think of it I found one in my jeans pocket once

— On the neighbor message Christmas ideas
1:13 p.m.

I think that is why they call it mail....if it was femail it would be right even if it is wrong

— On the neighbor message Do you leave mailperson a holiday gift?
1:11 p.m.

back of the drawer, under a cabinet or stove, or accidently and unknowingly thrown out.

— On the neighbor message Christmas ideas
1:09 p.m.

maybe that should be the tip I give him, deliver to the right address

— On the neighbor message Do you leave mailperson a holiday gift?
12:48 p.m.

I would guess they are the most used, so maybe they have more of a chance of going missing.

— On the neighbor message Christmas ideas
12:47 p.m.

I just literally got the mail right now and I got a wrong letter (right address number, different street) that I will now deliver to the correct address. should I let my mail carrier know so he can tip me?

— On the neighbor message Do you leave mailperson a holiday gift?
12:24 p.m.

@mute, my sister got my mom one of those salt lamps last year for Christmas and she loved it.

thanks, for reminding me about a silverware set, I have all my pieces from the original set, but somehow a lot of the forks went missing and I can't find a match.

I guess if you are buying a set of silverware, make sure you can order a few extra forks as those seem to be the most popular for missing.

— On the neighbor message Christmas ideas
12:21 p.m.

I would make the suggestion that if you have an "indoor/outdoor" cat, have a collar with name, address and phone number on a tag.

— On the neighbor message My cat is forever maimed
11:05 a.m.

beezil, this one for you

— On the neighbor message Too many carjackings!
12:37 p.m.

@big oaks, this for you only

search LaWanda Page Pipe Layin' Dan

— On the neighbor message Package thief in the area
12:16 p.m.

I disagree, I think harsher punishments for rape like death is appropriate. I think if you kill them, they won't rape again.
imagine if you have a wife or daughter mentally scared for life... no it ain't right.

7:59 p.m.

don't worry I think you will see it come up soon, high school students need massage chairs so they can be more comfortable with their studies.

— On the classroom fundraiser Three More Chairs Needed
10:26 a.m.

i could use another dibs chair, someone stole mine last year

— On the classroom fundraiser Three More Chairs Needed
8:18 a.m.

@mute, must do a lot of upselling. oil change, wipers, bulbs, battery testing, tire rotation, windshield washer flush, flux capacitor recalibration, etc.

7:45 p.m.

in my opinion a troll is someone that goes out of their way not to have a common sense opinion of the reality of any situation.

10:09 a.m.

sidewalk chalk

— On the neighbor message Found keys
10:07 a.m.

looks like she is related to aunt ester

— On the neighbor message Package thief in the area
9:14 a.m.

so far, so good... so what!

5:49 p.m.

anyone know the opening date for culvers, I heard it was mid December, but driving by I don't think it is opening for awhile.

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
11:52 a.m.

@paul in Jefferson,

sledge hammer, that was a good show

— On the neighbor message Please clear snow and ice from sidewalks.
9:03 a.m.

i would imagine big pimpin does not use a shovel to clear snow, he probably uses a hoe

— On the neighbor message Please clear snow and ice from sidewalks.
8:15 a.m.

what was the reason for denial? does it fall within the policy guidelines?

— On the neighbor message Insurance attorney?
12:57 p.m.

I have state farm for home and auto

— On the neighbor message Recommend good local insurance agent?
12:55 p.m.

so sad to see sears going down, their tool department is half empty, then you go to harbor freight and if you walk down the aisle too fast the very wind has wrenches that are packed just falling off the shelves. sad to say craftsman is not the brand it used to be.

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lots
8:45 a.m.

arthur treacher's fish and chips

7:49 p.m.

@Anthony, thank you for finally going and giving us your review, seeing that you were so amped to go I was looking forward to hear what you thought of the new place, there were not a lot of comments on every block about the place and I figured if anyone had went and been able to comment it would be you.

I know you said you were planning on going on Monday with the wife, but i guess she had other plans and was unable to go... welcome to married life.

7:45 p.m.

@mute, what don't you like about it?

10:54 a.m.

darn, eric now I got that "Keep Yer Hands Off My PBR" stuck in my head.

— On the neighbor message New to the area
10:51 a.m.

so much for the hairbrained review.

any one else give their review on westons, some one that actually went, what's good?

9:21 a.m.

if I am hungover, I am going anywhere to find my house.

1:38 p.m.

@beezil, you can expect the police to post an alert now... usually alerts are posted after a couple of the same types of crimes take place in an area and the police have no suspects.

9:37 a.m.

@Anthony harebrained, congratulations on your marriage.

11:25 a.m.

@competitor, sad to hear the news of your loss, thou we are left with memories. peace be with you,

9:55 a.m.

sometimes you can go on the website and look up the model to download a manual. this is helpful and I have done so for a printer once. even now most new stuff have the manuals online only and not with the items anymore.

if you can provide more information on make an model of the surround sound how many channels and what you are hooking it up to it may be helpful to potential people looking to hook it up for you and barter services.

I am not sure why someone that knows the system that gave it to you would not help you or guide you how to hook up the system, or why they would intentionally give you an item that does not work.

11:22 p.m.

anthony hairbrained review?

8:59 p.m.

does popeyes use "olive oil"

— On the neighbor message Church’s chicken Lawrence and Central
10:39 a.m.

hence the gentleman

— On the neighbor message Suspicious black gentleman
9:13 a.m.

sounds fishy to me

— On the neighbor message Fahlstrom fish market worms in fish!!!!
7:50 p.m.

@roland, nice... you knew and answered the question just like any professional stylist.

not that many people know how a good shear cuts the hair compared to lessor quality, there is a difference in the "cut".

— On the neighbor message New to the area
12:51 p.m.

@roland, what kind of scissors do you use?

— On the neighbor message New to the area
11:55 a.m.

I moved here 14 years ago

— On the neighbor message New to the area
9:28 a.m.

if only we could get a taco bell back in the area

— On the neighbor message Church’s chicken Lawrence and Central
9:27 a.m.

this is the original landlords fault for being discriminatory in only renting to Latinos.

the law is the law, they bought the building and by law can evict, who ever is in the building as long as they follow the law in doing so.

I do not think when they are buying these buildings they are specifically looking for buildings that are only occupied by Latinos, they are looking for buildings that they can develop and make a profit.

I don't understands why some minorities think that they are above the law and when ever they do not get their own way they scream racism.

it reminds me of the kid that got D's and F's in school and said it was because the teacher did not like him.

it is not because of Latinos that they are buying the building , it is because of the buildings location.

5:03 p.m.

"and wearing ski masks, figures."

darn ski mask..

4:44 p.m.

is it possible to raise the ceiling/floor?

on the next level how much head room is there?

just thinking out of the box

— On the neighbor message Digging out basement in bungaliw
6:11 p.m.

According to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Frosted Flakes cereal and Pop Tarts are healthy foods.

— On the classroom fundraiser Healthy Snacks, Healthy Students
9:58 p.m.

@Debbie, I don't think people care how old that you are, just that you are in need and are a good hearted person deserving of a donation.

maybe if you are not getting support here, tell more of your story and how your condition came to be, there are also other ways to raise the money such as a go fund me account if you do not raise the money here.

— On the neighbor message Medical fundraiser
8:52 p.m.

I think I seen Anthony hairbrained already camped out outside waiting for them to open

— On the food inspection Weston's Coffee & Tap failed inspection
8:54 a.m.

happy thanks giving everyone !

— On the neighbor message happy thanksgiving
11:04 a.m.

@mute, no he has never dated the cop. I would imagine the only dates that were had were medjool dates....

7:31 p.m.

I don't think people that practice ballet should start reffer, unless it is medicinal.

both city and county both seem to be on something, either the refer or the dum

this cost the tax payers

I say 3 strikes.

— On the neighbor message How to get a referendum started?
7:43 p.m.

" a great place for hostess gifts during the holidays"

they sell snack cakes like twinkes, ho ho's, and cupcakes?

— On the neighbor message Splendid Soap Shop
2:12 p.m.

does mike slomski still work there?

— On the neighbor message Staubers Reopens as Lakeview Ace Hardware
10:06 a.m.

@mute, there are several businesses that usually fail on the initial one. the ones prior to a first time open are also more critical.

— On the food inspection Weston's Coffee & Tap failed inspection
11:36 a.m.

I would see if any of your neighbors could help you.

— On the neighbor message Any recommendations on medicar?
12:14 p.m.

@anthony, sorry, if you took going with arena as a negative. it was not meant to be

— On the food inspection Weston's Coffee & Tap failed inspection
11:58 a.m.

@Anthony, I take it you are going with arena

— On the food inspection Weston's Coffee & Tap failed inspection
10:56 a.m.


when I was younger one of my older friends used to run a tow truck and could jim cars.

one day there was a guy that parked near his house got out of his car and dumped a fast food bag under the driver side of checkers burger place. my friend jimed his car and opened the door then opened the bag of left over food dropped it on his seat and smeared it with middle bag and locked the door back.

he used to do other things for people that littered on the block too, not really people that lived on the block, but those visitors that would park on the block and walk a block over.

most of the time just putting things on or under the wipers by the top of the hood as it , but not limited to smearing stuff on the windshield or door handles. some times if there was fries or something he would spell out some two word phases on the windshield.

not saying it is right, just brought back some memories.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
7:33 a.m.

have you tried febreze, oust or ozium??

— On the neighbor message Paint thinner smell
2:38 a.m.

since Chicago politicians are so in support of mixed housing, I think that it should not only a requirement that they live in Chicago, but also live in a mixed housing building (they could pay the market rate), or next to one.

I think if they did this, mixed housing and section 8 buildings would improve along with the negative stereotypes that go along with it due to their influence.

— On the media mention Alderman John Arena added an event.
3:43 p.m.

2.4 hours would be installing a can light where it is a new installation with no existing fixture or wiring and wires have to be pulled or added. this would include cutting a hole for the fixture. union rates may vary.

— On the neighbor message Electrician
7:26 p.m.

@cubshawksbears, RUN!

— On the neighbor message Sweetened Beverage Tax
12:01 p.m.

sorry happily, I am taken...

— On the neighbor message Sweetened Beverage Tax
10:59 a.m.

sorry George, I am taken...

— On the neighbor message Sweetened Beverage Tax
10:43 a.m.

there is that pick up guy... I think he works at burger king, but he can be seen walking around picking up random trash on irving park, Milwaukee and side streets. funny before I "knew" him I seen him by my car and bending down so I really could not see what he was doing, so I hit him up with the "you need some help buddy?" he said no, just picking up some trash.... I asked where he lived and he said up by Belmont which sounded odd so I followed him incognito a bit and he was walking along picking up trash and throwing it in the garbage cans in the alley. I have been seeing him ever since everyday just picking up stuff and throwing it the trash.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
10:41 a.m.

@joan, poster is asking for a place that has sports on tv and drink deal, so I would say they are looking for affordable... now if she ever hits 30, then I would say that may be fancy.

— On the neighbor message Surprise Party
2:47 a.m.

@beeb, gracie allen is the best! just don't tell George, I don't want him to think something is going on.

— On the neighbor message Sweetened Beverage Tax
7:26 p.m.

see is turning 30

— On the neighbor message Surprise Party
11:12 a.m.

I guess the chair did not sit well with someone that it was removed.

thinking about it, it reminds me of that unrecorded ac/dc song

"have a seat on me"

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
10:52 a.m.

I will take a guess at "Hurricane chuck wagon"

— On the Open311 service request Building Violation was closed
10:46 a.m.

"can anyone recommend a reliable plumber who can provide references? "

to clarify, are you asking for a plumber to recommend an electrician?

— On the neighbor message Electrician
10:43 a.m.

@Jeffery Littleton, who did you not attack? why would someone press charges?

9:25 a.m.

@janu, no they should charge you at the register, not in the refrigerator section.

— On the neighbor message Sweetened Beverage Tax
9:17 a.m.

i'll do a robert rohdenburg......

when is Jeffrey Littleton going to explain what happened?

— On the neighbor message Jeffrey Littleton Arrested
7:38 p.m.

I wonder what the statistics are violent criminals that got shot versus law abiding citizens.

are more criminals being shot or law abiding citizens?

— On the neighbor message Portage Park shooting
1:13 p.m.

maybe he should have just went

— On the neighbor message Jeffrey Littleton Arrested
9:10 a.m.

"Coyotes are pretty smart and have adapted to city living. They're not just found along railroad tracks, some are downtown. "

same can be said for cougars, also, downtown... mostly in bars thou

— On the neighbor message COYOTE
9:03 a.m.

I think they should do robots or dinosaurs, this way both kids and adults will be attracted to see it.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
7:24 p.m.

@mute, try calling the alderman, when I needed help with rescuing the injured goose I contacted Tim Cullerton and he worked with me (through a series of emails) till it got helped, the dawn information I got, I got from him. he followed up with her to make sure the goose was taken care of.

— On the neighbor message Injured goose
12:43 p.m.

yeah, I did not see any broken cows either

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
10:18 a.m.

the poster is referring to a rust repair.
to give deeper insight on cost, those that had work done at any of the places listed

was it a rust repair?
what was the damage to your car?
what was the total cost for the repair?

— On the neighbor message Auto Body Repair Recommendations
10:14 a.m.

I think how a student relates to teachers are important, but all needs are different. like I got straight a's in algebra, because my teacher was hot and for some reason it was important to me to let her know I am not stupid. for the rest of the teachers it really didn't matter, but I feel if I had hotter teachers I would have paid more attention and learned more and got better grades.

race was not important to me, I had several variants of teachers of all races including black and Hispanic and did not think of one more then the other.

maybe specific schools/classes are needed

7:23 p.m.

"Who steals chairs?"

well, there are people in portage park that paint them, chain them to trees, tell you not to sit on them and call them art. so yeah, strange new world.

7:37 p.m.

too many people using vouchers to live in high end areas, it lessons the financial resources to help others.

— On the neighbor message Whats going on at portage park
7:35 p.m.

Thanks chi-girl portage park, when I think of stray cats this is what comes to mind

7:33 p.m.

i think i seen it on the bottom of the participatory budget list, restore art chair corner of Irving park and Milwaukee ave $10,000.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
7:11 p.m.

@spam, if it was a loveseat the name of the piece would be "broken heart"

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
9:53 a.m.

@Daniel, I was just thinking thank god it is not a arm chair..... then it may be "armed" and dangerous.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
9:24 a.m.

@paul in Jefferson, you moving paul?

are you looking moving local or out of state

— On the neighbor message Movers who are good
9:16 a.m.

poor chair... chained to a tree, it has 4 legs and can't even walk away

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
4:16 a.m.

maybe the chairs are part of the 6 corners panhandlers association, if they are union they are entitled to a sit down break.

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
12:21 a.m.

I believe tactical gang units do make more then regular patrol officers, same goes for narcotics officers, but limited manpower, resources, alleged profiling, and not strict enough laws make it hard to do their job to bring crime down to a level that most would feel acceptable.

the days of a cop catching some drug dealer and putting his cocaine to the wind, and a couple taps with the baton when he becomes difficult are gone.

the days of cops shaking down gangbangers and just taking their weapons are gone.

it is a process to log and document everything and the criminals are out before the officer even gets a chance to finish the paperwork.

usually police cannot respond unless there is a complaint, there is not that much patrolling or going after most property crimes, basically if you had anything stolen, they just give you a report for insurance. if they find a warehouse of stolen merchandise they just post it and if you miss it you miss it.

the issue is most criminals that "exercise their rights", don't deserve to have them.

the issue is the police now are the residents.... so if you as a resident are not "patrolling" your neighborhood, it ain't getting patrolled.

why do you think "you" are getting alerts and warnings from police?

alerts and warnings..... if "you" have any additional information contact police.

5:07 p.m.

traffic is not the politically correct term, the political term is safety. so not increased traffic. it is getting drivers to slow down so there is increased safety.

the idea is to get drivers to go so slow, so even if they do hit a pedestrian, it will not harm them.

people that don't commute along these routes cannot understand how it impacts people stuck in daily traffic. I am sure that increasing density will lead to increased "safety".

— On the neighbor message Even more improvements coming to Central Ave!
2:39 p.m.

all these atms should have a camera right?

instead of issuing an alert to check the machine, maybe they should launch and investigation and have an alert for the suspects

where are the pictures of the suspects, with all those locations there should be something, right... like all walgreeen entrances have a camera. what about parking lot cameras, etc vehicle photos

Anyone with information should call police at 312-746-9661.

2:22 p.m.

it is my impression that an alderman can be influential, but has limited powers over police. The alderman would have to demand or request action and present facts to back up the request.

someone told me that a majority of gang members vote and that is how democrats stay in power and are able to keep their government benefits. it is part of the reason their is no major crackdown on eliminating gangs in Chicago.

2:13 p.m.

with the argument that he was working, I am not sure that fed ex and ups drivers are allowed to bring their babies on the route.

so in doing so, he should take additional precaution, such as locking the vehicle with electronic door locks if equipped and ensure the vehicle is in sight.

i have a remote start on my car in which I can hit a button on and remove the key and the car will keep the car running, but it anyone tried to drive it, it would shut off unless the key was inserted and the brake applied, this would keep the car running, during brief time away, if children or unauthorized persons tried to drive the vehicle.

also, I wonder if he had a baby on board sticker on the car. possibly could have been a deterrent.

I delivered papers before briefly taking over a friends route, many times you do not have to leave the vehicle or you may take a couple steps away, some apartment buildings and special request such as left side of the porch may vary and require additional foot steps, but mostly you either pitch, stand and pitch, or run and toss.

I am sure that if anything the driver learns from the experience and is able to take additional precautions to prevent something like this happening again.

thank god the children are ok, and hopefully this will get others to take additional precautions so something like this does not happen to them.

1:58 p.m.

dibs chair

— On the neighbor message We don't need this.
8:10 a.m.

The article says 11,800

12:53 a.m.

does a majority of these protestors/activist have jobs?
I would be curious if they request a day off work to protest.

how does that request off look,

I can't work on Tuesday because I have to protest some gay guy from Britain that I don't want going to a theater on the north side to speak his mind about politics for an event he legally booked. I have the free choice not to go, but just don't want others to go because they don't have the right to hear political views that are not my own.
I need to go out of my way to make it my business and be offended because I think he is a threat to society. I think I am smarter then everyone else and fear that if people hear him, they may believe some of his views.

8:36 a.m.

@cubshawksbears, maybe she's on strike.

— On the classroom fundraiser Preserving Our Learning
12:33 a.m.

I would guess the girl on the right as she is wearing a cubs hat and looks injured.

11:46 p.m.

@ paul, you can't..

it is like a bank, if you don't do everything just right... there is a fee to pay. if you do everything right, you must be up to no good.
if it is something that you should have known.... there is a fee to pay. if you did however know, you have an ulterior motive.
if you are not a mind reader... there is a fee to pay. if you are a mind reader, your just doing it to get lucky, not because you care.
if you believe them when they say nothing is wrong... there is a fee to pay. if you don't believe them, you are supposed to know what to do and when you do.... it is wrong.
if you answer do I look fat with yes maybe a little, you are a jerk, if you answer with no your a liar.

— On the neighbor message Disabled Parking Signs Front Of Home
9:43 p.m.

@Daniel, what is your favorite beef in neighborhood?

— On the neighbor message BeefBelly restaurant has closed.
2:51 p.m.

@huddie, brgr, it is your business and if people don't like it they don't have to go.

your business should be content with your offerings and not make it personal by responding to people with "I" and "your", these conversations are better held offline.

when representing the business talk for the business as the business would like to be represented.

in my opinion I would continue to make positive statements.

"Their beef was terrible"

ie response: we are sorry that you didn't enjoy the beef, thou there are many that did and we understand individual taste may vary. any suggestions would be appreciated.

"Sloppy, fatty, fried glop, but serve alcohol and all should be OK. Does the area need more Mexican food?"

Ie. response: We have reviewed demographic and growing food needs in the area and discovered that there is more demand for quality Mexican food. We are proud to offer our neighborhood high quality Mexican food in a fun atmosphere.

""Tipsy Cow Cantina” That name certainly conjures inglorious images."

ie. response: We decided on this name because it is different, fun and will definitely get people talking about the name.

this comment was intended to give positive direction to help, even if you don't agree, don't argue with it. think about it or forget it. but, realize it's true intent to help.

— On the neighbor message BeefBelly restaurant has closed.
1:10 a.m.

@as50, you would have to have coverage added onto insurance for certain things, I think sewage back up is one of those which you may add to a policy. without it, it would not be covered.

— On the neighbor message Flooded basement
5:57 p.m.

@mute, I have dealt with this person in the past with a goose, not sure if she is still there, but she was very helpful :

Dawn Keller
Flint Creek Wildlife Rehabilitation

— On the neighbor message Injured goose
10:55 a.m.

In 1960, McKee Foods founder O.D. McKee was trying to come up with a catchy name for their new family-pack cartons of snack cakes. Packaging supplier Bob Mosher suggested using a family member's name. Thinking of what could be a good fit for the brand, O.D. arrived at the name of his 4-year-old granddaughter Debbie. Inspired by a photo of Debbie in play clothes and her favorite straw hat, he decided to use the name Little Debbie® and the image of her on the logo. Not until the first cartons were being printed did Debbie's parents, Ellsworth and Sharon McKee, discover that their daughter was the namesake of the new brand.

— On the neighbor message Flooded basement
12:19 a.m.

the equipment would be similar to what one may find on a runners trail, not like Venice beach.

see link below:

1:10 p.m.

At the top of the post it says w Leland ave and N Whipple st

— On the neighbor message Cars Vandalized
12:25 p.m.

is any of your neighbors able to help you? I would check with them.

they may have flooded also and either used services or could recommend them.

also, they may have a pump that they can hook up for the day to help you out.

— On the neighbor message Flooded basement
10:12 p.m.

@weebis, that reminds me of something a friend said. she was looking for a small metal truck and was having trouble. she said where is all the toys with the sharp edges? everything is all plastic and rounded. I told her it was for safety. I asked, why in the world would you want a toy with sharp edges?. she said how else are you supposed to teach children to be careful? it was an unexpected point, but does make some sense I guess.

— On the classroom fundraiser Giant Games=Giant Fun!
1:39 p.m.

@allan, not saying that I am against it, just as long as the better of the community uses it and that it is maintained and monitored. sometimes these things are set up
with good intent and there are sometimes undesirable consequences. there are two sides to every coin.
I like a good pump too L-Arginine and Citrulline all day

10:12 a.m.

oh, I left one out

some people protest to get attention

12:44 a.m.

when i think of this, why do i envision gangbangers working out

12:26 a.m.

those that protest feel threatened.

those that are firm in there own beliefs do not need to prove anything to anyone.

to show someone is insignificant is to ignore them.

to show someone has power and significance you protest them or fight them.

same goes for wars, when the united states feels threatened by another countries actions we protest or fight them, when we feel they are not a threat we ignore them or help them.

what would be the outcome of protesting against free speech?

my guess would be violence, then blaming the speaker because protesters showed up. thou, there would be no violence if no one showed up to fight.

just be safe and if you do decide to protest, do so in a manner that best presents your reasons for protesting.

12:23 a.m.

for everyone's safety when dropping it off, make sure it is an agreed public place.
ie meeting in front of the service desk at jewel or something.

you can also turn it in to lost and found at the service desk and let them know the person is coming to get it, that way if you can't be there at the same time it can still be picked up.

— On the neighbor message John Juszynski - I found your Ventra U-Pass
10:47 a.m.

keep in mind there are risk to protesting and the potential for violence, irrigardless of what happens everyone makes their own personal choice to go or not go.

6:11 p.m.

this got me thinking, in the past we had those big wastebasket looking trashcans and they did the job just fine. now in the state of the cities finances I think it would make more sense to use a cheaper can then a decorative one.

just like those fancy decorative light post bottoms made of fiberglass that many are damaged already, not sure the best investment. the plain metal would have still been fine. funny thing too as I only noticed they were decorative when my attention was drawn to a broken one.

5:58 p.m.

@tom, yes I have used seeclickix a few times for an alley light and some pot holes. the light was fixed in 3 months. you can also get neighbors to vote on your request and in terms may get a quicker response.

5:52 p.m.

this is how people want to spend $25,000?
people like to stare at flowers in the street lights?
how bout getting all the street lights to work first.

9:09 p.m.

how about tattoo removal, anyone have success with having a tattoo removed ie laser or other method ?

i know someone that wants one removed, not covered up.

8:34 p.m.

jeff park residents are smart, you lie to them, try to trick them, call them racist,
for them just for them having pride and want to preserve their community being one of safest in the city of Chicago. it is the safest because of the residents. they know what is best, they have proven it over time. they see right through the lies.

if you think they are just going to roll over and take it, i think you got another thing coming.

10:13 p.m.

ohhh.. ohh, and that one person that works at the walgreens

8:54 p.m.

@zip60630, thanks for reminding me, i know it may have changed depending on who their audience was.

8:29 p.m.

how many lights do you have, are any of them ceiling fans, how high are the ceilings?

— On the neighbor message Monthly cleaning lady needed
8:21 p.m.

I wish there was more details to this story other then they both got their point across. In my mind I envision them both stabbing each other, then realizing what had happened calling a "time out" and agreeing to a truce in calling an ambulance.....

the thing is after they are released from the hospital i wonder what that trip home for both of them is going to be like. i hope they both find peace.

8:12 p.m.

those that live for free should not cast stone on those that work to live.

like anyone else, no one is perfect... there are laws, penalties and fines in place for a reason, some stuff is bound to happen.

just like some people can't work, some people miss deadlines, there are things in place to address these issues.

7:56 p.m.

real people won't be fooled

7:39 p.m.

"People leave 1/2 to 3/4 space between their cars."

better then some areas in lakeview where some people park bumper to bumper and will bump cars 15 times before they are in or out of a spot, when confronted you'll get the "that is what bumpers are for response."

— On the neighbor message Car pinned in Parking
7:37 p.m.

any group that tries to go into a neighborhood and "take it over" against current residents is no different then a gang in my opinion.

7:31 p.m.

"The proposed building would have 80 units rented at below-market rate and 20 of those set aside for people with Chicago Housing Authority vouchers. Opponents say it’s too dense for the bungalow belt neighborhood. Backers say Jefferson Park homeowners are fighting against racial integration."

so 80 units below market and 20 for cha vouchers

and there you have it, no mention of veterans, as this was to originally be passed off for as one to help veterans, also no mention of any going for "market rate".

7:28 p.m.

when the city realizes something is a scam and won't fund it, you know it would have worse even if it did....

— On the neighbor message 5150 Didn't get the City of Chicago funding
9:17 p.m.

I can see it now, in the future several years from now a homeless person. asking people if they have any spare $20's and it is ok, they take credit and debit on their ipad.

then when asked how they came to be.... well, several years a ago my teacher was trying to get us pillows to read, but no one donated. I never felt comfortable enough to read, after being told I needed a pillow.

I ended up hating reading and hating pillows. I was very disappointed that the library did not have pillows. I would have thought they would have several.

I tried using a top of the line pillow once to read a good book, but I did not enjoy the book as I ended up falling asleep.

and here I am now sleeping on books and looking at the clouds in the sky that look like pillows...... darn pillows.

— On the classroom fundraiser Making Reading FUN!
9:12 p.m.

this may detour him from parking too close to the front of the car.

you can have her take the next space up, see if her parking there will change, if he inquires, just say that when I park where I used to park you park to close. i just don't want either of us to get stuck.

you can have two cars parked in both locations giving a space in-between so even if others park too close you can still get out.

either get or if you have a car alarm, be observant when he is parking in front of your daughter hit the panic alarm, wait a couple seconds and then go outside. question him "did you hit my car?" "well, car alarms just don't go off" etc... look for small scratches, let him know you don't want to call the police, tell him it does not look that bad and tell him he is lucky your neighbors.

— On the neighbor message Car pinned in Parking
5:50 p.m.

I know some schools ask parents and students do fundraising such as sell candy, gift cards, or school functions. maybe a bingo night in the gym.

— On the classroom fundraiser Flexible Fun Learning
11:16 p.m.

@paul, I heard people have been know to shoot red light cameras with paintball guns.

11:14 p.m.

@paul, someone is working with a cooked book

6:09 p.m.

there is always an exception to the rule

8:32 a.m.

@mute, actually I believe that mr rohdenburg lives in affordable housing in wrigleyville/lakeview

12:12 a.m.

"Barking deters criminals cuz they are dumb generally."

if I am held up I am now considering barking at the criminal....

— On the neighbor message Caught Man casing my house
4:46 p.m.

is any of these apartment developments going to include "affordable housing"?

4:39 p.m.

i am going to assume you meant a block and a half away.

glad he was found

— On the neighbor message Cat found!!!!!
8:45 p.m.

i was never spanked by a teacher, but in 3rd grade my teacher took my plastic kelloggs rice krispie paper clip, and I never got it back. to this day I miss that paper clip...

in catholic school I held out arms with books

in public school wrote out sections of the dictionary

in preschool since I did not take a nap i could not go out to the playground in the back of the school (adler school on damen/montrose, not there anymore). so they had me kneel and look out the sliding doors and watch the children play, a teacher would sit in a chair next to me watching the children, i could not sit and if i wavered i was forced to kneel again. i was always the only one. i never got dessert because in order to get desert you had to eat everything on your plate which included cottage chesse and spinach at times... no. i hated preschool.

8:42 p.m.

Activist are just activist trying to get someone else to do something instead of doing something themselves.

I wonder what would happen if every activist invited a homeless person to live with them and actually started helping people instead of complaining about the people that do not help.

12:34 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Blasted Skunks!!
2:53 p.m.

that stinks, are they sitting in a p-ew

— On the neighbor message Blasted Skunks!!
3:55 p.m.

So what did the tech say was wrong with the dryer and washer?

— On the neighbor message Appliance repair needed ASAP
3:42 a.m.

egg toss, running or bike races (you can run heats if there are a lot of people), simon says, line dances, hooky pookie, best disco moves dance contest, hot dog eating contest (ask Vienna for deal or sponsor),

go to local business and ask if they would like to donate something or a gift card or special coupon for your block party raffle, make sure you show them your block party permit so they know you are legit. even places like state farm may give you a couple small state farm foot balls, or maybe retro fitness would give a free guest pass, maybe josis will give a free frozen yogurt (up to $3) or something. could not hurt to ask.

the most important thing of a block party is get to know your neighbors.

sometimes people stay in their own little area, in groups, or invite and party with their family, and there is nothing wrong with that.

but, make sure to make time to at least introduce yourself and get to know something about your neighbors. if you are having a raffle you can even knock on the doors of the select people that will choose not to be outside or maybe shy, this is a great way to get them out and know how cool their neighbors actually are.

— On the neighbor message Block Party Ideas
5:43 p.m.

a sticker or sign may detour some,but not all.

make sure it is some place visible and it could not hurt if put next to a "we call police sign".

— On the neighbor message Do "No Soliciting" signs really work?
5:24 p.m.

if he is doing something illegal file a police report.

5:21 p.m.

Lincoln towing will tow anything

6:40 p.m.

volleyball, badminton

— On the neighbor message Block Party Ideas
6:36 p.m.

front yard sale, donations for a raffle, bounce house (if kids on block), name badges, soccer, double dutch,flag football, live music, hoola hoop contest, limbo, karaoke, water balloon fight, potato sack race, have a firetruck stop by.

also, great time to form a neighborhood block club (tools on c.a.p.s website)

— On the neighbor message Block Party Ideas
6:29 p.m.

it may have been this company's original location

Dress Rite Forms
3817 N Pulaski Rd
Chicago, IL 60641
(773) 588-5761

— On the neighbor message Just curious....
11:17 p.m.

"The 5150 N. Northwest Hwy. proposal, which would include 30 Chicago Housing Authority and 50 affordable (below-market rate) apartments, has generated an intense debate on social media and has divided the community."

9:29 p.m.

@ward, no i did not notice your gas bill went up.

below are a copy of my gas bills, you can compare to yours

08/23/2017 Payment $56.76
07/24/2017 Payment $55.86
06/22/2017 Payment $62.46
05/22/2017 Payment $82.23
04/20/2017 Payment $119.30
03/21/2017 Payment $136.43
02/21/2017 Payment $156.51
01/24/2017 Payment $174.26
12/22/2016 Payment $152.44
11/23/2016 Payment $84.92
10/25/2016 Payment $56.90
09/23/2016 Payment $54.00
08/25/2016 Payment $53.59

compared to last month it went up .90, it could be that there were a couple more days in the billing period.

— On the neighbor message Peoples Gas bill
3:18 p.m.

is it true that the majority of people who buy sugary drinks that have a link card and not subject to the tax? i heard purchases made on link are exempt from the tax.

2:24 p.m.

i don't like when people racist their car on side streets when children are present.

— On the neighbor message Really that bad?
10 p.m.

have each kid in the class take get 10 salt packets from mcdonalds each day until you have enough salt.

— On the classroom fundraiser Salt Needed for Our Classroom Saltwater Reef Tank
6:31 p.m.

when i was growing up the only specra we had was Spectreman

5:41 p.m.


so this is the correct video/post, the shots came from the car not the van, is that correct?

— On the neighbor message Shots fired
2:27 p.m.

"residents are planning to set up chairs and a table in two or three metered spaces in front of the terminal from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on parking day. “We are going to roll out Astroturf to delineate the space,”
"Think of camp chairs, lawn games, (can we bring a grill?)"

so I am thinking of all this and wondering how many people are going to drive their cars to the event or use their cars to drop off materials for the event.

I cannot see someone lugging a roll of astoturf over their shoulder from home, or walking several blocks with chairs and dragging a grill behind them.

but, then again I could be wrong, if you have nothing better to do then to sit in the street maybe lugging a roll of astroturf does not seem that far off either.

then again, by limiting cars to an area, you are also limiting the draw of local businesses, not all local businesses cater to people that are local only, there are some businesses that people find the need to drive to due to factors of distance, time or convenience

11:46 p.m.

where is this at?

— On the neighbor message Texas Corral
4:55 p.m.

whole foods, target

12:49 p.m.

i don't think it has anything to do with texas

12:43 p.m.

a protest in front of his office maybe more effective in getting his attention, maybe pay the meter and camp out in the street.... if you have a pontic aztek break out the optional tent and start making hot dogs.

the way i see it, we already know he did not listen, he already knows he is not going to listen.

so the only point would be to get others to listen and maybe he will listen to them.

4:22 p.m.

@cubshawksbears, if he did not consider thousands of residents, not sure if a couple of thumbs up going to sway him.

3:46 p.m.

i would never think of doing something like this, where do people get this stuff. i mean the last thing i want to do is go sit in some street.

i understand the need to encourage pedestrian activities, but i am not sure the street is the place, i think it is a slippery slope.... after this event you may still have people feel entitled to start bbqing in the street and having parties in the street on their own accord.

is there a need to belong to something so much?

it's like dibs in the summer with people and meters.

anyone else have a perspective on this? on both sides

3:44 p.m.

@Daniel, it probably materialized as a result of a conversation like this:

I can't stand this area...some thing is missing.

you can't stand it you say, can you sit it? maybe it needs a bench.

yeah, kind of like to mark this spot... like a benchmark

hey, that is a good looking bench, I think people will come to look at it, most likely people that ride their bike or walk because the bench is not car friendly.

you build a bench and people will come to sit on it.

3:31 p.m.

i will say a prayer for you....

10:25 p.m.

wow, get a grip robert, it was just a joke, if you took that as an insult you have bigger issues then i can help you with.

are you even serious or are you playing like you really don't know? i mean i have no idea who would think i was serious.

your friends don't joke around with you? i get razzed at work all the time, many people do, it is a thing, levity humor. i don't take anything personally and you should not either.

my neighbor an older woman slugs me in the arm when she sees a slug bug, i don't care, but maybe if she hit you in the arm you would call her abusive.

i will give you some advise, not every one is evil, you don't have to fight everyone, and you just need to lighten up and not be so obsessive, it is not healthy.

comment on other stuff like a person, like you walked to jeff park or you seen a new restaurant by lakeview. people will take you more seriously if you are not so one sided.

is the new target up by school and ashland? that is where they were going to put it right?

what are some of your favorite things in the city?

10:10 p.m.

kettle one and diet coke for me

9:44 p.m.

geez, the way you go on you would think you were roberta rohdenburg.....

if you think he did anything wrong file a police report or take him to court.

other then that i don't know what you are looking to gain by attempting to defame the guy, or were you hired to replace pac52us?

do you really think he is going to come on every block to answer your questions?

i mean do your really think he even has to explain himself? people are not dumb, they already know. it would not change anything.

same as 5150, it won't end segregation, it just won't

and what is with all these radical extremest groups alt right alt left.... whatever

when i look at my computer and see my alt right and alt left key, i think of the space in the middle, the biggest key. this makes up majority of the population and it is not so simple to say you are one way or another.

ain't know body want to compromise anything, every one so greedy..

if you ask my opinion everyone is wrong until someone comes to the space in the center and starts to compromise.

perfect example i would not want to live next to 100 rich people just as much as 100 non-rich people. i want a balance, most others do too.

balance yourself my friend, and remember don't walk to slow or you will get stuck in the wind.

6:22 p.m.

I don't think he is obligated to pay back anything as he was covered by the city/state, same as you are....

5:27 p.m.

I heard if you have an issue with a livery driver, then call the alderman

— On the neighbor message Two dumb kids trying to act tough.
7:43 p.m.

6050 W Irving Park Rd, Chicago, IL 60634

I think they are open til 7 today, weekdays til 9pm

— On the neighbor message homemade ice cream
5:14 p.m.

it does not appear that lt garrido is subscribed to the post.

it sounds like all the concerns you listed were recorded as public record (not hidden)and lt garrido has already answered the concerns by the laws that govern him.

it is to my understanding that there is currently are no charges filed against or any arrest warrants issued for lt garrido at this time.

3:13 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson,

— On the neighbor message Pet dermatologist ?
2:33 a.m.

all yeah, get busy that's my jam

— On the neighbor message Average rent prices in portage park area
1:10 a.m.


you forgot to mention that he also lives in the affluent neighborhood of lakeview/wrigleyville, a neighborhood that I lived in and I had to move from because I could no longer afford.

with the amount posted/commented I am sure that he could have wrote a book on affordable housing. thou it seems like there is more energy focusing on that he can't work then what he can (or is willing to do). Quite frankly, I believe he is comfortable in his situation and will refuse to admit that he can earn a living.

plain and simple many people know how to take advantage of the system, I am not saying that he is not entitled to benefits, but he seems intelligent enough to get a job and maybe intelligent enough to work the system.

12:09 a.m.

for the record, I am not, nor have I ever been the alderman.

11:39 p.m.

how bout one of those cat toys you fill with catnip?

— On the neighbor message Feral cat
8:39 p.m.

maybe make a trail of food leading into the trap and a pile of food in the trap, like tender vittles or something....

also, some people report by saying "here kitty, kitty kitty" and holding their hand down cats will come to you, this phase has been past down so long, I would guess it could work.

— On the neighbor message Feral cat
7:26 a.m.

it did not say, I would guess by the name it is not junk in the trunk

— On the business license JOSE TOVAR
11 p.m.

@paul, where can I get a neighborhood watch..... I have a casio

10:54 p.m.

under business activity it states "junk peddler"

— On the business license JOSE TOVAR
4:11 p.m.

Regulated Business License

— On the business license JOSE TOVAR
4:06 p.m.

i was concerned, I was trying real hard not to look toward the sun, I did not want to go blindnt. there seem to be a natural reaction to look for it.

9:05 p.m.

1:19pm I think

10:06 a.m.

they were doing a drawing to win that grill today at the 6 corners jewel at 2pm today I thought.

anyone know someone that won it?

3:35 p.m.

culvers update,

the 2 containers that were in the culvers lot have been moved out of the lot and replaced with an excavator.....

can you dig it.

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
3:39 p.m.

Also, ellys is supposed to be coming next to the binnys and a little further west a mexican restaurant. I still think we can use more bbq places in the area.

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
3:13 p.m.

@Deutsch, have you tried las tablas?

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
2:31 p.m.

people need to look at things objectively if they have no hate, we cannot stereotype all people that stand up for something,

those that actually went to Charlottesville to fight, was nothing more than

white racist versus black racist

there were also people on both sides of the rally that were truly there for a peaceful protest

if you are stereotyping both sides and saying that anyone that stands up for general lee is a Nazi, or that only black lives matter you need to take a look at your own true believes and how you view others.

"All men are created equal"

"All lives matter"

peace is not to condemn, but to bring together, we need to quit talking about how people are different and talk more about how people are alike. only then there will be common ground for peace.

3:20 a.m.

@deutsch, what do you want to see come to the area?

i would like to see something like a 24 hour diner, not much to go grab a quick bite late night around 6 corners.

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
2:55 a.m.

all forms of racism need to stop

"All Lives Matter"

6:57 p.m.

I am sure the places will have different food options and different vibes, people will tend to go to places they feel most comfortable.

sometimes dependent on mood or company, you may prefer once place over the other at any given time.

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
5:54 p.m.

there are no restrictions on any specific races moving into Jefferson park.

it is a persons choice to select where they live based on the type of neighborhood they want to live in and what they can afford

just because a particular group does not want to or cannot afford to move to a particular neighborhood, does not mean the neighborhood is not welcoming.

there are some areas that seem to follow a trend, areas like boystown.... it does not mean that straight people are not welcome.

2:20 p.m.

"I am hoping you can help manage the politics of this."

my interpretation : help me pay off the right people to get my own way

12:41 a.m.

@cubshawksbears, thinking of it even as a kid, I have always referred to it as just "elston"....

come to think of it, I call the office of the city clerk just "gale street" too.

4:35 p.m.

property value is what it is....most people live in an area they can afford and when they can no longer afford the area they.... wait for it..... they move to an area that they can afford. I have known several people that lived in Wrigleyville that moved up here because of increasing rents. that does not mean they are being discriminated against. it was one of the reasons I moved, among others.

same goes for houses, my friends parents that were retired that owned a house in Wrigleyville and on a fixed income, the increasing property taxes for their home put it in a state of disrepair, in which neighbors called the city for gutters out of code, peeling paint, broken garage door, tall grass etc and were served with fines and violations to fix the item(s), they grew tired and funds were tight as they took out a second mortgage to complete the repairs, they ended up selling the house and moving to Wisconsin, a developer bought the property, tore it down and build a 3 unit condo.

just because you can't afford the rent does not mean someone is being discriminatory.

2:43 p.m.

older people are more likely to carry more change in there pockets and with that more common sense then young adults.

12:09 a.m.


the only reason you, littleton and manticore are posting here in Jefferson park is to take any focus off arena.

you continue to deflect

likely invited as pac52 in the past, in an attempt to fulfill an agenda

I hope you are compensated well for your efforts

12:05 a.m.

@George F in Ravenswood, this ones for you:

11:37 p.m.

my friend used to hang out there along time ago, he has passed about 14 years ago, god rest his soul ... I miss him.

and to this day, if I see a black grand prix pull up, I can't stop myself from looking to see if it is him.

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
11:13 p.m.

@Daniel D,

"Alderman really enjoys painting Jeff Park as racists and segregationists."

if the alderman really believes that jeff park is full of racist and segregationist and he believes there is true hate.

why would he want to build this building 5150?

what type of person would pursue so strongly to build a building for people and surround them by people that hate them?

sounds cruel... unless you really don't believe the majority of jeff parkers are racist and segregationist. maybe you are using it as a smokescreen to mask a true agenda, maybe mask that the storage place was jerked around with zoning or the forgetting about the 4 stories discussion, maybe to mask the agreeing to the plan with full circle and having a community meeting to say nothing was agreed on yet.

would you as a tenant of this building feel comfortable living in a building surrounded by racist and segregationist? in an industrial corridor?

9:10 p.m.

scientifically, no one gene, or any set of genes, can support the idea of race.

race has not always existed. sorting people by physical differences is a recent invention, only a few hundred years old.

the day everyone is counted equal on those race and census surveys and not put into a category will be the day that true equality has begun.

there will not be segregation for Caucasian, African American, Hispanic, Asian, etc everyone is to be counted as 1.

based on science, we all came from the same place, we are all human:

the science museum of minnesota has an interesting exhibit, if anyone is up that way.

7:06 p.m.


their honey almond shake taste like a Chinese almond cookie turned into a shake

11:43 a.m.

i lived in Wrigleyville and did not like the attitude of some of the affluent of the area, I tried to blend in, but it just did not work and I did not feel comfortable, I also, did not like the increased traffic and density of the area.

now I live in an area more on my level, I associate better with my neighbors even thou they are of different races and ages.

I would not want to live in a high income area, and I would not want to live in a low income area.

I would want to live in an area with similar incomes to best fit in and to best associate with the people.

11:39 a.m.

was walking by today, here is a picture of the new signage

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
4:47 p.m.

dude looks like Richard Simmons illegitimate secret love child

10:06 p.m.

wet paint

— On the neighbor message AT&T Door to Door Sales - Ken Robson
10:04 p.m.

what about soda stream, does anyone have it and is it worth it?

— On the neighbor message Soda Tax
10:52 p.m.

Must be a zoning meeting

7:34 p.m.

Suzie's honey almond shake

2:07 p.m.

I am surprised that so many people on here have an interest and is drawn to watch this play....

I am not one of them... and I am ok with that.

12:32 p.m.

wow, I never thought Madonna was that popular that people had statues, of course I like more rock and roll then pop music.

— On the neighbor message Gutter Downspouts stolen
11:03 p.m.

@keyser Soze,

"So many waves in it you could surf on it!"

lol... that is why you have that statue of Frankie Avalon on your roof

— On the neighbor message Recommendations
3:52 p.m.

"The bugs are manable"

I did not know bugs got married

— On the neighbor message Pest control
3:49 p.m.

unfortunately, many people believe a law is a law only if there are people around that will enforce it.

3:44 p.m.

@keyser soze, then yes we are on the same page or as my friend would call those people, people that go out of there way to be stupid.

9:43 a.m.

@keyser soze, if they don't have the ability that is one thing, i will wait all day long if grandma dynamite wants to cross. I am more talking about those who walk slow on purpose just to spite drivers.

1:27 a.m.

it may sound a little on the extreme side but, how about a medical bracelet tattoo with "tbi" on it, just thinking a little out of the box. it does not have to be as big as a full size bracelet. maybe something small.

— On the neighbor message My son Keith, who was missing.
1:24 a.m.

@joe kaminski, they were probably not union mechanics or, I think it is union 701 that is on strike

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
9:07 a.m.

@count, you could get him one of these... he could wear it while striking if it is still going on by the time it arrives.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
11:56 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
11:35 p.m.

the most irritating thing for me is when I come to a stop, sometimes upsetting people behind me for stopping.... the person crossing would wave me by. this happens to me 90% of the time. 5% of the time people cross and wave in a friendly manner and walk quickly and 5% of the time they walk in slow motion staring off into an oblivious space on purpose because it makes them feel like god to make people wait.

11:14 p.m.

@count, I am not unhappy... but I still would want to know of a place nearby that can resurface a rotor.... looks like you might too.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
10:38 p.m.

@peter, I would completely agree on some cars rotors are cheap enough that it is more cost efficient to purchase a new one that to cut an old one. then there are also cases where resurfacing a perfectly good rotor would be more cost effective depending on the cost of a new rotor and condition of the old one.

for my car there is a big difference between $37 for a new rotor and $15 to have a good rotor turned, I would have had them cut, but they stated they did not do it anymore, I was on a deadline so it had to be new.

I have already purchased rotors and they have been installed:

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
6:42 p.m.

speaking of, oreilly's does not turn rotors any more.... any where around here that does? and how much per rotor if you know.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
5:04 p.m.

a battery explodes in my face when undoing a stuck battery clamp, the battery popped and exploded, battery acid went to my face and clothes, at first I did not realize what it had done to my clothes as I put them in the wash right away, but when i took them out they had a bunch of holes in it. thank god i was in the house at the time as I just cut the cable and took it in the house to take the clamp off off since it was winter and below 0 and at the time and I just could not get the clamp off, i was able to get to a sink right away with minimal damage, there were some small holes on my face, but they were able to heal, at the moment that it happened I was quite worried about my eyes, but I guess I was able to flush them in time. they did burn thou, I was at the sink for a good 20 minutes flushing my eyes and face,
a suspension dropped and caught part of my hair while under a 78 Malibu when the shock gave way I was able to get my head out from under the axle just in time.
I got my finger caught in between a spring compressor and a spring, the spring compressor slipped and caught my finger in-between the spring and compressor, in which thank got I woke my dad up and he was able to unscrew the spring compressor, quite painful and it was hard to twist and hold with the other hand while being pinched I was 17 at the time. I am sure there was others, but just what comes to mind.
no real major incidents lately, last week i did blow a brake line while in mc hennery, it had a good hole and was pouring out when i hit the brake. a shot of brake clean on the line and layering several small strips of paper towel dipped in super glue wrapped tightly around the line held the line together for me to be able to get home, kinda like a cast... but no injury's there ;). i since then replaced the line.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
5:01 p.m.

yeah, mechanics are worth the money, it can be hazardous for them, or as I would like to think maybe less hazardous for you. If you don't think they are worth the rate, you can do it yourself

some of my worst times most along time ago when I was a teenager, but thought I would share if anyone had similar close calls.

I had two cars catch fire, one in the jewel parking lot when I dropped a bottle of power steering fluid on a hot exhaust manifold and the engine compartment caught fire, I was able to run into the jewel and grab a fire extinguisher and then it would not start, after separating and taping up all the burnt wires and throwing in a new set of sparkplug wires it was good to go, but that yellow stuff from the extinguisher was a pain to get off.
the other when i was torching under a wheel well and my back interior caught fire, it was in my dads garage at the time and I was debating getting in the burning car to drive it out of the garage, thou I was in luck a neighbor gave me a fire extinguisher.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
5 p.m.


12:08 a.m.

also, mechanics need to get their own tools and box, some are still paying the tool truck on their snap on long handled ratchets with comfort grip...

especially if you are working flat rate, you need quality tools to get the job done faster, there are several custom tools that are vehicle specific or for a particular application which can cut down labor time.

tool trucks are like dealers to mechanics, they know you need your tool fix and they flash it in front of you to hypnotize you, they come to get their money each month. they hit you with what you working on now? and tell you why you need a particular tool and you can have it now.

also, if you are on a particular job and having difficult time, they say they have the perfect tool to save you and it just so happens to be on sale this week only, and to at that point you just want to the job done, so put it on my tab.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
7:13 p.m.

@robin slack dassinger, let me know how it goes and if you come across anyone that can say it perfectly 3 times fast.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
3:24 p.m.

best if you write it on a piece of paper, hand it to them and tell them to say it 3 times fast

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
12:52 p.m.

@robin slack dassinger, here is something you can have fun with at work... try to get the people that you work with say these 3 words 3 times fast:

real rear wheel

have fun with it.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
12:51 p.m.

@robin slack dassinger, it was an obvious joke, please take it no other way. many people don't know that parts managers have a lot of responsibility to ensure correct parts get to correct vehicles as well as marking parts for warranty not only for customers buying and ordering parts direct, but also mechanics ordering parts. many times good part people will often recommend additional parts that may be required that the mechanic may forget or go to use old parts that would not be recommended in some cases. Ie replacing wheel bearings a good parts person would make sure that new cotter pins are also ordered for the repair. there are a lot of behind the scenes inventory responsibilities that many don't see as well.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
9:46 a.m.


ms. guzman is now asking for I pads for her students to do the math to see how much they can save at menards. a rental bus to go to menards, go pro to documents the field trip to menards, a garmin to track student field trips and a uniden r3 radar detector so the bus driver can do so quickly, and lastly a can a steele reserve for the bus driver after he gets home.

— On the classroom fundraiser Expressing and Assessing Understanding with Art
9:02 a.m.

the guaranteed hours that is one of the things they are fighting for is mostly on mechanics, I would guess parts gets paid the same as they have to sit on a stool and be condescending all day.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
8:54 a.m.

Now could be a good time to time to talk to a couple of the strikers to see if they are up for some side work for your car. They can use the extra money and you can save some extra money.

— On the neighbor message Mechanics on strike
8:30 a.m.

thanks for the update, I truly am glad that he is home safe....

now I can begin to understand why he was barefoot, if he had shoes, he might of made it to Wisconsin ;).

— On the neighbor message My son Keith, who was missing.
9:30 p.m.

if you see something suspicious like people in your neighbors back yard or lurking around their house you know that they would probably not know, call 911 if you second guess it will be too late, if you watch them it will be too late... if you see something suspicious call 911.

9:17 p.m.

@nw-sider, uh, ohh... sometimes I can even be sweet... I hope I am not taxed for it.

12:26 a.m.

"I have detailed my unemployment and other problems that employers have a problem with elsewhere on EB, but I am basically unemployable now, considered too old, too long unemployed despite my many years of previous job searching. I may be able to earn some extra money with a paying job, but I , most private employers,and the government decided years ago that I will never be self--supporting again.

It took me years to accept this fact and those around me must accept it too."

some people never give up trying, if not for anything less then pride

some people accept what people tell them and never reach their true potential.

1:01 p.m.

do you know if he pulls permits or is it left to the homeowner

— On the neighbor message Wooden fence co?
12:42 p.m.

hacks from uptown, and people that are oblivious and believe only what they read verses people that live in real life.

12:11 p.m.

I don't care if they have legitimate id's, how do I know it is not a legitimate fake id. like they expect you to be an expert on their id. if you ask to see their "com ed" id's an additional level of protection would be to ask to match it to their drivers license or state id.

If I feel they are legit, I call com ed directly to verity that they are an employee and they are suppose to be at my house. normally they would make an appointment and if you ask they will tell you how is coming to verify.

bottom line is all major companies will either contact you by mail or phone, if come ed calls me I ask to call them back to verify the phone is to comm ed.

if they just start with their pitch, I tell them I review all offers in the mail in writing, please send me the offer.

7:47 a.m.

where they wearing green and backpacks?

10:04 p.m.

@Anthony harebrained, are you waiting on housing?

10 p.m.

@david-ap, a year ago... why didn't you ever go back?

— On the media mention French toast at T&B Grill
8:19 p.m.

Robert, but really.... no one cares bro!

he missed a deadline like others and like others will be held accountable.

7:26 p.m.

at the end of the video, someone said: "yo he's on bath salts" not sure of the validity of the voice or source or truth thereof, thou it is plausible.

bath salts also known as
Synthetic cathinones can produce effects that include:
paranoia—extreme and unreasonable distrust of others
hallucinations—experiencing sensations and images that seem real though they are not
increased sociability
increased sex drive
panic attacks
excited delirium—extreme agitation and violent behavior

3:15 p.m.

I am guessing that they will support it since it will replace a food establishment business that was already there, and probably promote more bicycle and pedestrian traffic then a chicken/carryout/catering restaurant.

the other location at irving and central did not have a pre existing business so determining traffic would be a prediction at best, it is a troubled intersection as it is and it could go either way what effect it would have on traffic.

— On the neighbor message PPNA supports Central/Lawerence Starbucks?
1:31 p.m.

oh, I like French toast, hmmm anyone else been ober by dare

— On the media mention French toast at T&B Grill
1:22 p.m.

he sustained minor injuries nothing was cut off

Despite "reports that he had chopped off his privates," as the New York Post wrote, police said the man "sustained minor injuries." He was taken to Swedish Covenant Hospital for a mental evaluation.

11:26 a.m.

I used the chiller to chill a 2 liter of diet pepsi

— On the neighbor message Binny's is open!
11:13 a.m.

I think citizen pain was just stating he is glad his cats don't bark

— On the neighbor message Consistent Barking
10 p.m.

@d3, your comment:

"Being drunk is to blame here ehh"

yeah, I would say that sounds like you were blaming the victim for being drunk enabling the situation to happen.

maybe it was not your intention, and maybe you intended it to be construed another way, but that is definitely the way it comes off.

9:56 p.m.

I stopped by today too,

they do have a good selection and some $5,000 whisky in the locked high end section.

they do have some ping pong balls and ping pong ball games, they do have a limited selection of soda pop and flavored mineral water, they do have the whatchamacallit candy bar, and a walk in humidor and a small section of cigar accessories.

in the back of the store to the left of the humidor is a water activated chiller, I think it was 3 minutes for cold, 5 minutes for colder and 7 minutes for ice cold. which I thought was pretty neat.

I bought a barrel of those sourdough pretzels, they were pretty good, would be really good if I had some velveeta to dip it in.

if you sign up for a binny's reward card you get $2 off your purchase.

also, for the record just in case anyone was looking there is no 64 oz old English.

— On the neighbor message Binny's is open!
9:50 p.m.

i tend to see the less witnesses to an event or the less family and friends one has after the event has less coverage. it is just an observation. in the eyes of the news it may have not been worth it to them to be story worthy (sad).

6:42 p.m.

i envision long sermons at mc donalds.... but realistically probably make a great car salesman and tell you all the reasons your rust proofing needs rust proofing

6:39 p.m.

@danh78, what did you end up getting?

— On the neighbor message Binny's is open!
2:54 p.m.

@bluebelle, we await your lucky grill review...

2:47 p.m.

I have sprint pocket wifi hooked up to my computer

— On the neighbor message Internet services in the area?
2:46 p.m.

when it is possible it is always best to have a designated driver if drinking, more of the time the designated driver knows you, cares and they know it is their primary responsibility to get you home safely.

2:35 p.m.

Chicago game company, forest city auto parts.... those where the days

10:12 p.m.

what time did this happen?

well, unlikely that they drove it away, but possible. maybe a van to throw it in, but that could be too obvious if someone seen them loading.

i would guess one of those junk trucks possibly, very easy to throw it in back and no one to notice. unfortunately they will probably sell it for the scrap. but, bikes are frequently visible from junk trucks and no one gives a second guess that they could be stolen.

was the window slat open or did they damage or remove a slat, also was it your rake or did they bring and leave their own.

you could use a piece of plywood on hinges on the inside. that closes over the window with a slide lock, that way you can fold it and lock if from the inside of the garage and unfold it when you need to use the window, just from a security perspective.

if you have the serial number be sure to report the number to police, if you registered the bike even better.

— On the neighbor message Bike stolen from garage
7 p.m.

and can create demand for more affordable housing, by increasing the number be people "disabled" by noisy aircraft.

9:42 p.m.

i remember when hammer was on top

— On the neighbor message My wishes are coming true!
5:58 p.m.

did they make a police report?

also, just curious is it really classified as being stolen or is it dognapping?

the reason I ask is if the dog is considered property that was stolen it may be covered and have to be reported to homeowners insurance as well. if it is covered under the policy I wonder if the homeowners policy may assist in recovery of the dog.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Dog
10:10 p.m.

the hardest thing is finding a place that is good that actually give you enough to be worth it.

the balance is tricky...either it is good, but not enough or they give you enough, but it isn't that great to be worth the price.

also. what one might deem as affordable another might not based on what they have to spend on food allowance.

10:03 p.m.

I don't think her point in doing so was well taken

3:06 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, this one is for you:

A thief stuck a pistol in a man's ribs and said, "Give me your money." The gentleman, shocked by the sudden attack, said, "You cannot do this, I'm a congressman!" The thief replied, "In that case, give me MY money!"

@nwsider, when I was a teenager a friend and me used to bike ride up to that hooters, not sure if they still are but they were open late back then. they had the breast chicken wings, uhh... I mean the best ;)

3:05 p.m.

Just like arena is open and honest.

12:42 p.m.

the picture in the caption is a good picture of her considering the others, I would suspect the photographer was probably drunk as to why she looks better in the captioned picture then the others.

3:14 p.m.

san francisco.... is't that where rice a roni is a treat

3:43 a.m.

I like "me tv", "antenna tv" and "cozi tv" on the digital antenna stations

— On the neighbor message Comcast has got to go!!!
10:10 p.m.

let me guess... they are out of this world

10:02 p.m.

I think it is like divvy... so if you are walking, by the time your are finished with your starbucks, you can pick up another starbucks.

6:29 p.m.

now I understand why he is unemployable

6:01 p.m.


I watch antenna tv too, I never got to the point I could afford cable... also, I don't think I would be in front of the tv that long to even enjoy it.

— On the neighbor message Comcast has got to go!!!
5:45 p.m.

@gail, on the bright side at least she did not start replanting the weeds you pulled

— On the neighbor message Strange lady lurking around
3:14 p.m.


Lorrie Ide

Villa Safety Committee Co-Chair


9:28 p.m.

good job!

where was he?

9:27 p.m.

lower property tax then.... that is why rents are going up, affordable housing for everyone.

9:11 p.m.

sounds like you should call the police to report a suspicious person, or possible someone in need of assistance. could be a metal, someone that lost their memory, senile, etc.

— On the neighbor message Strange lady lurking around
9:09 p.m.

@future alderman, not that many pale caucasian girls with 4 foot arms and walks like a confused giraffe have a blue back pack with white markings on it.

if there was a girl that fit the description and had a blue backpack like the one in the video it may help aid in identifying the subject.

9:06 p.m.

the blue backpack stands out, can't imagine that many people would have that blue back pack and match the description. I would look for the backpack first then see if the girl matches the description, most people may change clothes, but typically use the same backpack.

5:33 p.m.

but, are you really glad you drive a saturn

8:03 p.m.

@ paul in Jefferson, it does look like a thunder jacket, but the first thing that came to my mind is someone sprayed him with some GLH.

7:03 p.m.

I look at it this way... browns chicken or starbucks, I would think it was a trade up.

6:54 p.m.

I went to mother cluckers today and had pulled pork sandwich, with a side of mash potatoes...great!

but just so you know if you are going there today, their pop fountain is down so I had to drink water... I put some equal packets in it but it just tasted like sweetened water.

6:51 p.m.

this is it... someone in the area has got to have an idea who this is, show your neighbors, and friends (not everyone is on every block).... maybe take the video to a nearby school and show school security, or a caps meeting even.

check a time window during the same type of day and see if you see either kid, the guy that kept walking may know who the other person is. he is most likely to follow the same path if he is walking home due to him not doing anything.

9:08 p.m.

Probably smoking the weeds too

— On the neighbor message Stolen flowers 🌺
8:31 p.m.

@cubshawksbears, thanks for mentioning, I love those almond things, I just never knew what they were called.

So mention everyblock when I go

7:22 p.m.

@cubshawksbears, so they have Danishes? always in search of a good Danish.

4:53 p.m.

yeah, I seen that too... also seen a couple of dudes working in there. I just hope it is good. I did like pineda's when it was there, the lady behind the counter was always friendly when I came and the food was decent.
but, for the love of god can someone open up a small affordable bbq place around here.

— On the neighbor message New Mexican Restaurant
11:42 p.m.

5150 will be built with legos

— On the classroom fundraiser Creating a City of Diversity Just Like Our Own!
11:17 p.m.

I just realized I did not post pictures of what my dad did (see above for story).

4 pictures

— On the neighbor message new flood lights next door
9:56 p.m.

what does she look like

— On the neighbor message Door knocker scam?
2:14 p.m.

@nw-sider, profile picture change, is the horse inside?

— On the neighbor message Door knocker scam?
9:01 a.m.

don't park along any entrance ramps to the Kennedy.

11:56 p.m.

can someone that knows someone that knows someone that knows someone that may have worked there and ask them what is the status of the place.

11:01 p.m.

@Anthony harebrained, how is it you know her?

— On the neighbor message Door knocker scam?
9:33 p.m.

@connie, they are both 12

— On the neighbor message 2 cats looking for a new home
8:09 p.m.

seems more like the JP transient hub

6:13 p.m.

@chris, i am with you, see you there at the opening

— On the neighbor message Culver's -- No Building Permit Issued?
4:31 p.m.

even a box of rocks have 4 corners that are sharp

1:53 p.m.

yeah, I think the availability could do more harm then good, I seen some pretty crazy things with fire works, the funniest (it was funny only because no one got hurt) has got to be when my friend duct taped 2 boxes of Saturn missiles to the front of his ninja motorcycle and shot them at friends after watching an episode of streethawk.

but, yeah there are some real dangerous things you can do with fireworks if you know and increasing the availability increases chances of things happening.

kinda like the availability of spray paint, even thou I do not like the fact I have to go to the suburbs to get it, I am sure it plays a role in minimizing graffiti, as I feel if it were easily available in the city we would see more of it.

— On the neighbor message How late do the fireworks go
10:49 a.m.

I would not be quick to assume it is easy to give them up, I am sure a lot of thought went into the decision.

— On the neighbor message 2 cats looking for a new home
12:44 p.m.

if this is on your property make sure you check with your home owners insurance, a long time ago this guy rented his spot and the renters car was torched.

there was a lot of finger pointing in terms of responsibility , but in the end the car was covered by homeowners insurance which caused rates to go up. also, he had to pay the deductible to pay out on the policy, because the renter threatened a lawsuit and he did not want to go through all that so he just paid it.

it maybe possible lawyer write up a waiver excluding responsibility for any damage to car on property.

just something to look into

— On the neighbor message Off alley parking Wilson and Kimball $75.
10:39 a.m.

I would guess that it is paperwork approved, but not yet issued. I am sure culvers legal would advise not to do a ground breaking and pass out free publicity stuff if it was not a done deal.

— On the neighbor message Culver's -- No Building Permit Issued?
10:15 p.m.

" please remind your neighbors " i think it was supposed to be you to remind them

— On the neighbor message Please remind your neighbors
6:29 p.m.

@zloduska, I am down with the eye of the tiger, but I would think I would need some extra motivation to get through listening to nkotb:0.

here is a good song, move with the beat and look into each others eyes and just start lip syncing or singing it to each other.... magic.

— On the neighbor message 4th of July noise
4:34 p.m.

a thank you for Culvers for coming to 6 corners and giving me a culvers cooler, pen and keychain and some frozen custard.

a shout out of appreciation for Webster dental that handed out gift bags which included, toothbrush, mouthwash, dental floss, a pen and a jar opener.

and a special shout out to the cops that were on site to ensure public safety.

3:24 p.m.

nice, glad you are "back on track"

— On the neighbor message Lost toy train brown line
5:16 p.m.

thanks ward, this is for you:

— On the neighbor message Angry Homeless guys
4:37 p.m.

@portagerules, just in case you are serious about the cat food, meow mix is not that bad (dry), tender vittles is god terrible. i have not tried any others.
i have had it mixed with plain canned tuna before too, which is actually not bad.

I know because when I was a kid I was not allowed to eat until I finished all my homework and if it was wrong I was sent back to my room to correct it, so usually did not get to eat until real late. so being a starving kid, i ate the cat food to tied me over, part of me thought it would give me cat like agility, well maybe that was part of me trying to accept it at the time.

— On the neighbor message Why your taxes are going up.
4:18 p.m.

like a 1962 with a 440 or like a newer one?

— On the neighbor message Parking spot
2:52 p.m.

for the record i like long island ice tea, or rum and diet coke

— On the neighbor message Please remind your neighbors
7:18 p.m.

it is probably not an affordable car wash

4:06 p.m.

Illinois needs a federal bail out.

— On the neighbor message Why your taxes are going up.
4:04 p.m.

omg, you had to say bomb, now the flashbacks, ahhhrgh

— On the neighbor message Please remind your neighbors
11:25 p.m.

does anyone know the background story to this?

11:48 a.m.

I would second the art of pizza

— On the neighbor message Where is some good Spaghetti?
11:44 a.m.

A priest

8:54 p.m.

@keyser soze, also used to go to charcoal delight almost everyday for lunch.

— On the neighbor message City Construction Noise
11:35 p.m.

I was told that the sears by six corners is staying for now, the one on harlem is going, post up if you are by the harlem store and see some good markdowns.

— On the neighbor message Binny's Update
9:46 p.m.

@keyser soze , you have mr psczola, ms Cullen, mr jakubiec?

those were the most memorable ones... well, the ones that kept a close eye on me.

— On the neighbor message City Construction Noise
9:42 p.m.

culvers update the mounds of soil/gravel that were in the culvers lot is now gone, also it looks like the ground has been leveled, refer to pictures on jun 22 above for comparison.

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
8:44 p.m.

and let me guess, while your at the Sybaris your playing this:

— On the neighbor message 4th of July noise
4:26 p.m.

for rabbits, especially rascally ones, I would try something like this ;)

— On the neighbor message rat problem
6:53 p.m.

I went to von stueben

— On the neighbor message City Construction Noise
4:26 p.m.

arugh, I hope the picture is not one of the prostitutes, if it is I can only guess it was a B.Y.O.B. establishment.

4:19 p.m.

maybe if there are no feral cats around you can use fake cats like this:

like a scarecrow for rats

— On the neighbor message rat problem
9:05 p.m.

@Robert, here is a direct question.

do you plan to be dependent on government assistance the rest of your life?

there are several intelligent people like yourself with "disabilities" that manage to work from home or get some sort of job placement through social services or temp agencies that could lead to a fulfilling career not requiring government assistance.

maybe a job in research in which you can work from home can be great for a person with your talents. maybe even a columnist or a public relation firm.

the reason I ask is I wanted to know if these programs are helpful in getting people off government assistance or do they just enable people to want to stay on it.

8:47 p.m.

there is no real "sound" solution so to speak.

I do know people that use earplugs for noise so they can sleep and use a bed shaker alarm clock, like this to wake up for work:

but, that will not stop your house from shaking if you got quarter sticks going on around you.

I had one friend growing up that his family would rent a hotel room every year on the fourth, they would try to get an upper floor and watch the fireworks, then when it was time for bed, they got a sound sleep. my friends father had work usually so he would take the car and he then had a car service take the family home around check out at the time the car service was like .

whether or not these are options for you are to be determined, but they are options, fact is you are never going to be able to call the police on everyone on the fourth of july, and usually by the time the cops get around to getting there, the fireworks are usually already done and someone else starts with it.

— On the neighbor message 4th of July noise
8:28 p.m.

@bob, he has got nothing else better to do.

10:03 a.m.

is there a voucher for the sticker?

— On the media mention City Sticker Sale June 30
9:42 a.m.

I think I seen a piano like that once used for dibs in the winter.

9:39 a.m.

"They wish to remain ignorant of information that they may find useful."

or they may just be smart at avoiding useless information.

4:12 p.m.

@paul, like a candle in the wind.... mon

2:39 a.m.

i don't know which one is higher, but there are times i think both sides are smoking something.

7:42 p.m.

and seems

— On the neighbor message Install faucet
11:12 p.m.

"began urinating near and on the nacho stand and food without permission of the owner"

this is terrible, he should have got permission from the owner

11:09 p.m.

culvers update, seen two added containers in the culvers lot

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
8:48 p.m.

stick to paintings

— On the neighbor message "Muck"(?) graffiti
7:05 p.m.

I am sure since there is a record of not filing timely, john garrido would incur any consequence in not filing timely. I do not believe he filed late intentionally for any sort of malicious intent on affordable housing.

now arena on the other hand, your hero has done some shady things in regard to affordable housing project, misleading constituents and some questionable zoning changes, but lets not mention those since they benefit your agenda.

6:03 p.m.

it states in hospital building/grounds.... probably dr. feelgood

4:37 p.m.

hey, I just seen they put a chain link fence around the lot of the culvers location, could be a good sign they are getting ready to build;)

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
4:30 p.m.

The violation had nothing to do with affordable housing

4:06 p.m.

Could be the next Littleton

— On the neighbor message "Muck"(?) graffiti
4:02 p.m.


have you considered upgrading to a tankless water heater? upfront cost would be a little more, but you will save on your utility bill every month. just a thought if you have not considered it already. also, there is a benefit of saved space and you have unlimited hot water.

— On the neighbor message Hot water heater toes up
2:44 a.m.

maybe extraterrestrials were looking for affordable housing

10:13 p.m.

no paul, this is the good one

"those that take care of those that forget to take care of themselves"

10 p.m.

@bob, that is what bullies do.... villianize a late filing

then to top it off trying to tie it to affordable housing

probably someone that would never risk their life to serve and protect others.

9:26 p.m.

also, the 51% of mortgage burdened, have the increased responsibility of the cost of home maintenance and other expenses not incurred by renters.

6:15 p.m.

according to the sheet posted for 2010

Paying over 30% income for mortgage 51.5%

Paying over 30% for rent 41.5%

seems like there is a higher percentage burdened paying mortgages.

maybe this should be addressed first or at least addressed as it seems like it is a larger issue, does not seem right that someone making less and on assistance has more disposable income as a % then a homeowner.

"That whole "my home value will decline" argument is pretty much a false and non-issue in Jefferson Park"

Yeah, well if it was not a concern there would not be a program in place For a few dollars a month, homeowners can be assured that they will NOT loose money on their home if their property values decline.

why should home owners (or at least the 51% of home owners that are mortgaged burdened already) have to pay a few extra dollars a month.

I have never seen such prejudice against homeowners, especially when attempting to bully this project in a community under the false notions that it is to revitalize the community, for veterans and if you are not for the project you a racist.

the day this project was tainted was the day people found out the lies and that had nothing to do with race, it had to do with integrity. now spinsters continue to detract from the what caused the project to be tainted in the first place.

5:57 p.m.

let me know when they start building that culvers

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
1:27 p.m.

anyone know where they are at with this

— On the neighbor message New Nite Cap
1:08 p.m.

When you are a home owner you want projects in your area that is going to maintain or secure the value of your home that you worked so hard for.

Multiple projects of smaller scale would be more welcome in the area then one big project. like 2 4 story buildings instead of 1 7 story building.

Unfortunately, those that have not had to work hard to become a homeowner, may never understand and will continue to use energy to change the minds of others instead of using energy to improve ones self.

1:05 p.m.

there is not enough police presence.

— On the neighbor message "Muck"(?) graffiti
12:47 p.m.

probably in time.... right now however the main focus for development has shifted to jeff park and revitalizing the community with low income housing and other apartment projects.

— On the neighbor message Six Corner's Portage Park
12:45 p.m.


— On the neighbor message "Muck"(?) graffiti
12:04 p.m.

when I was growing up, most people walked their dog in the alleys.

it is so strange how times have changed and now they have their own parks

— On the neighbor message Please keep your dog out of my back yard
2 a.m.

some people still want to buy radiators, so consider selling them outright.

I have radiators and one is still holding together with epoxy, but I would consider buying one if the size fits my application.

what size height, width, length are the radiators and as far as you know are they in decent shape?

— On the neighbor message ISO Pickup truck with good suspension
1:52 a.m.

then the dispatcher will dispatch the officer to themselves...

1:48 a.m.


yeah, like radiators from a home right?

I think ward is thinking they are car radiators at 5#'s each.

if they are not home radiators, what kind of radiators are they?

— On the neighbor message ISO Pickup truck with good suspension
1:10 a.m.

@ward, he is probably talking about home radiators.

— On the neighbor message ISO Pickup truck with good suspension
11:31 p.m.

The way it was worded I thought they were missing the photo

2:01 p.m.

So if a 4 story is not viable by the developers, and a 7 story is not viable by the community. It would just seem like the project in that location is not viable.

9:31 p.m.

a majority of opponents of the project want a compromise and to have a smaller building built, there is no objection to the previously agreed 4 story.

while people that are for the project are not willing to budge, like bullies at a lunchroom table.

9:28 a.m.

according to the original article he ain't living in no basement.

the man walked down from his second floor apartment in the same clothes the man in the video was wearing.

8:45 a.m.

keep posting locations where you see these happening, also if possible what kind of car it was. maybe we can identify a trend and warn neighbors that have newer Hondas, accuas, Toyota, etc

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
3:48 p.m.

I would stick to glass windows

— On the neighbor message Diamond Windows
2:37 p.m.

on the bright side thou, it looks like your not alone, by the down vote it looks like someone else had trouble understanding too and has not limited herself to hating.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
2:35 p.m.

@berteaubungalow, let us know who you go with and how the experience was

— On the neighbor message Concrete Repair
2:27 p.m.

@nwsider, I agree. I went to an estate sale once and seen a beautiful old crowbar (36in), real solid and heavy, not like the ones now days, it had a bit of rust built up on it, but restorable. I bent my old crow bar lifting concrete and chipped another so when I seen that one I was ahhh. so I took it the people running the estate sale and asked how much.... they said $50! I offered them $25 and they declined, I asked them if they were willing to come down and they said no, $50 and I was not about to pay $50 for a rusty crowbar, sad thing is that I am pretty sure they did not sell it and probably ended up in the trash I still think of the crowbar.

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
2:21 p.m.


Sorry you had trouble understanding the communication, most people are able to ascertain the meaning of the word by context.

Please replace "that have been stolen" with the word "stolt" for a more English feel.

don't hate because someone does not wish to communicate in only English, there are many effective ways to communicate. don't limit yourself to just English.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
5:52 p.m.

if he hangs out all the time he probably does not have a job... most likely an affordable housing recipient.

3:34 p.m.

i think taxes are bad for health......

all these taxes are going to give me hearta-tax

— On the neighbor message Soda Tax
3:12 p.m.

the girl did the right thing and she was brave to do so, I am sure her guardians are proud of how she handled herself in this situation.

also, good to know that a person that has a history of harassing people is finally held accountable for his actions as a result of this brave girl and valiant reporters efforts.

6:40 p.m.

I remember I walked into the jewel once and they had 2 liters on sale and you had to buy 8 to get the deal, I was not going to walk with 8 two liters. it's like you have to invest in a radio flyer or something unless you have a car.

— On the neighbor message Soda Tax
6:36 p.m.

I would not roll over any hoods carrying that 12 pack of pepsi ;)

— On the neighbor message Soda Tax
5:58 p.m.

if someone writes something and it is not read, it means nothing.

5:55 p.m.

harwood heights cops still sit in that butera lot?

— On the neighbor message Car wash at old Elliots
4:49 p.m.

@ladyhawk, true to your name, most people wood have not noticed, hopefully this set him straight

— On the neighbor message ALERT : Construction Trash Dumper Nailed!!
4:44 p.m.

I seen another car on Milwaukee the other day with rims stolt on the east side of the street, any one seen anything else anywhere else.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
4:30 p.m.

@superman, let us know who you go with and how it turned out

— On the neighbor message Garage Door Opener
4:13 p.m.

picture of my pride and joy

4:11 p.m.

maybe it is one of those new bikini car washes

— On the neighbor message Car wash at old Elliots
3:39 p.m.

I wish you well George

— On the neighbor message Speeding through the neighborhood
7 p.m.

" I stand there and give him a stern look. So he slams on the Gas, grabs the wheel and swerves around me and almost takes out a lady and her children in the other crosswalk!"

George, keep in mind actions have consequences, how would you have felt if the lady and children where ran down in a hit and run just because you did a face off and he was so riled by he hit the gas to swerve around you, just to end up hitting them.

I am not telling you that you should not continue to do what you are doing, but sometimes actions of the other person are unpredictable and should be considered.

I am sure if you knew by standing there, that there was a chance of him swerving around you and hitting the lady and children, maybe you would not have done so.

— On the neighbor message Speeding through the neighborhood
6:47 p.m.

it is easier for him to use his intelligence and energy to justify his need for affordable housing for himself then to put his intelligence and energy in getting a job enabling him not to require it.

in general too many people fake disabilities to get benefits.

4:34 p.m.

i walk quickly to get out of their way, I don't know if they are driving under the influence or just shot someone, or driving a stolen vehicle. there are enough hit and runs and I am not willing to take a chance. the only one that would loose in the situation of me getting hit is me, even if it is their fault , it puts me at risk for life long injuries. I have too many people depending on me then to take a chance, and if you walk slow in front of these people you are really not teaching them a lesson , you are increasing chance of a conflict. if you are willing to take that chance so be it, good luck, and more power to you , but I am just not one to do so.

— On the neighbor message Speeding through the neighborhood
4:10 p.m.

@weebis, yes I miss woolworths too, used to shop look at parakeets and eat all in one shot, then there was the wieboldts that was more of a wish store and goblatts down the street, then the sun drug for that skeleton candy that used to come in a mini coffin or an astro pop..

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
12:48 a.m.

Yes, Eggcellent

— On the neighbor message Breaking Eggs... or not...
3:16 p.m.

oh, another not so pleasant, my dad got part of his shoe caught in the escalator once, they where running shoes and the thin rubber on the bottom had come loose by the toe and got sucked into the escalator on the last stair while going down, ripping the whole bottom part off, I was behind him and ended up pushing him as he stopped and tripped and the escalator kept going. I have been cautious of escalators since and usually jump to avoid the bottom stair.

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
9:36 p.m.

c'est super

— On the neighbor message Dog Found
9:19 p.m.

what are peoples favorite memories of sears?

here are a few:

my first purchase of a craftsman usa made tool set as a teen, the sears catalog that we used to pick up every year, my first cub scout uniform , the candy counters, sitting on the riding mowers,

then the not so pleasant... when I got my finger caught in a drill press was probably about 7, something was defective on it and it fell and pinched my finger, still hurts when I think about it.

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
6:45 p.m.

he is a "friend" of Littleton

2:10 p.m.

medium well

— On the neighbor message Goat sounds
1:40 p.m.

sorry, flashbacks

— On the neighbor message Goat sounds
8:52 a.m.

@bob, your better then that bob, or at least I think you are

what seems odd to me is that it appears in my experience that lower income neighborhoods have more gas guzzling cars, expensive clothes/shoes, bling, and sound systems then higher income neighborhoods.

9:54 p.m.


no one is that obsessed in pulling up all that information unless they have an agenda.

7:28 p.m.

I bet they use virgin olive oil

4:10 p.m.

@big oaks, v1000 to the front

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
3:13 a.m.

you have to know a member of the club, they have to invite you to join and pay club dues.

— On the neighbor message Brothers Lounge (key club)
10:59 p.m.

it is a lot to estimate without seeing what is being started out with in where pipes are, is there an existing bathroom, wiring, existing lights etc. also if you are just painting walls and floor or adding insulation drywall and a floating floor, suspended ceiling or painted rafters, adding electrical outlets, also do you have electrical or do you need to upgrade your service panel.

I would say on the low end assuming walls, electrical, bathroom, paint looking at around $10,000.

you could drop $6,000 in just making a bathroom if there is none already and you are just adding one.

— On the neighbor message Referral for basement
10:58 p.m.

@ALHPP, several post has been talked about during every block for past few years on what trader joes would consider to come to the area. trader joes was asked by various groups to try to get them to come to Jefferson park and that was the response given at the time.

obviously you do not trust the information provided by every block neighbors or it would not be questioned.

if you are sincere in your request for the truth and have questions about trader joes responses, please contact trader joes directly. that way there would be no question in your mind the accuracy of the information.

maybe you can also ask that there are 100 new households coming and see if it would have a positive influence their decision in coming to Jefferson park. if they say it will not encourage them to come to jeff park... it is possible that trader joes maybe racist.

10:31 p.m.

@tami, everyone in uptown muted him so he is posting in jeff park now

— On the neighbor message Farmers Market Time
3:32 p.m.

by indirectly increasing factors that create more crime , more officers will be shifted back to the 16th district.

political translation: committed to adding more officers to the 16th district.

— On the neighbor message 3 Shot at 5348 N Milwaukee
3:48 a.m.

i think simply safe is like $15 a month,

10:59 p.m.

And be sure to replace any pepper spray by the expiration date for maximum effectiveness.

10:15 a.m.

i was really hoped if they pushed an online yearly sears catalog, and optimized their omnichannel ship to home and ship to store options that they would have survived.

please let me know when the tools go on clearance

— On the neighbor message Bye bye sears
10:12 a.m.

probably only if you are a member

— On the neighbor message Brothers Lounge (key club)
9:23 a.m.

so by the same token uptown is more racist then jeff park?

that is why they are pushing for affordable housing in jeff park so they could push them out of uptown.

9:22 a.m.

for some reason this post got me to remember a candy bar that I had as a kid, the company I think was Nippon. so if you where eating one and someone said what's up, you said just nippon some cratch... mon. anyone else remember that candy bar?

8:05 a.m.

Lou Czars

— On the neighbor message Brothers Lounge (key club)
9:02 p.m.

does rep chi carry
"straight outta jeff park"

12:29 p.m.

@portage rules, well arena upset a lot of cops too, I would not be surprised if he called 911 one day and they told him, he's got the wrong number.

— On the neighbor message Violent Crimes in Portage Park
8:49 a.m.


it is open to interpretation, and there are more than one group, take your pick.
if you are confused by that, best to let it go

— On the neighbor message WTF
8:42 a.m.


well, all and all I guess someone still gives a tuck, and someone else might still be looking to get tucked.

— On the neighbor message Tuckpointing recommendations?
5:01 p.m.

"Arena probably scared everyone off"

if that is true, to scare off an aldi, takes some doing

6:58 p.m.

maybe they call it that because it is a dangerous intersextion.

6:54 p.m.

kitty castle.... very nice ;)

— On the neighbor message Looking for home for 2 cats.
6:51 p.m.

Schiller Park police conducted a search of the area and determined there was no immediate danger to residents.

The West Suburban Major Crimes Task Force is assisting the Schiller Park Police Department in the investigation.

6:39 p.m.

the article reads the incident happened in Schiller Park, not chicago

6:37 p.m.

@joanne, no... please do not promote more full circle developments in the 45th.

3:05 p.m.

"Not sure who is left"


2:55 p.m.

The Home Depot
Civic Center Plaza
(847) 967-3200
Opens at 6:00 AM

— On the neighbor message Where Can You Buy Spray Paint?
2:57 a.m.

this is the only fast eddie I would listen too... that's my old skool jam

8:54 p.m.

"What could go in the retail spaces that would serve the community at large?"

how bout a weight watchers or jenny craig?

there are none around and there are many a round that can benefit from heathier eating choices.

5:19 p.m.

irving and belle plaine?

— On the neighbor message Irving and BellePlain shooting around 2am
4:02 p.m.

@nwsider, there is an urgent care already nearby

Physicians Immediate Care
5228 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60630

maybe a medicinal marijuana facility.. .
"help end pain for those that can't afford to have it."

11:09 a.m.

probably not your demographic anyway

7:52 p.m.

@Jeffery Littleton,

Are they really calling it a "retail presence space"?

below is a statement from the alderman

Arena said that the front of the building would include a “retail presence” that may be better suited for a nonprofit agency than a retail business given that the site is somewhat isolated from the heart of the Jefferson Park retail corridor, which is primarily south of the Kennedy Expressway. The development site is north of the expressway and adjacent to a railroad embankment.


6:59 p.m.

unfortunately traffic problems are usually addressed after someone dies, faster if it is a child. at least that is how it seems to usually work.

6:18 p.m.

@Jeffrey Littleton, are you planning on moving your art studio into the "retail presence space" at 5150?

4:15 p.m.

a home depot would be nice

9:26 p.m.

the big deal is the size/height of the project in the location selected and the number of affordable units in one spot, it has nothing to do with race, but they want to make it seem that way since they have no other card to play. they have the race card up their sleeve and they are trying to play it.

all I heard so far was compromise, but have yet to see any compromise. instead I have heard double talk and remarks calling people racist, in which is a racist comment in itself.

I have not seen over the course of these discussions jeff park residents making any statements calling out that they were against the project because they did not want people of a particular race living in their community.

better two 50 unit buildings spaced apart then one big complex, history tells us these big units don't work and you have better integration when you spread equally through an area. i have not heard any objection to integrating within blocks ie. 2 and 3 flats. in fact there has been comments in support of it.

if 4 stories won't be feasible because it would not be "profitable in some way"... find another developer to meet the needs of the community. 4 story, mixed income done deal. there will be no complaints.

anyone that calls people racists that aren't racist to promote their personal agenda and defame the residents of jeff park speaks volumes of their ethics and character.

5:20 p.m.

Earlier in May, Arena said that the meeting would be an attempt to “pursue a realistic compromise"

so what was arena willing to compromise?

compromise: is a an agreement or a settlement of a dispute that is reached by each side making concessions.

11:15 p.m.

just curious, how can you vote neutral? when voting isn't it a for or against thing?

10:48 p.m.

I understand the devastation. about 27 years ago I left a pair of gloves in church, when I went back they were gone and no one had turned them in. even thou I bought new gloves since then, it still bothers me that I left them.

— On the neighbor message Cub's Jacket/Kid's Plea
6:23 p.m.

coat the top part of the fence with some hd 30 or black grease. you can do a light coat of hd 30 on the garbage can lid too.

— On the neighbor message Bike theft @ 4000 N Monticello block
6:20 p.m.

@carl thuringer,

thank you for explaining that being close to friends was important then what is actually around where you are going to live, at least that makes more sense and i can understand why you made those comments.

I am not sure if you know the history that spurred some of the controversy regarding bringing low income housing to jeff park, but then the first thing that comes to your mind is to promote cha low income housing because we need to increase density.

" I don't see any solution to this but increased density" and making the comment in this post

usually, not typical of someone that just moved here, just seemed odd, thanks for explaining.

8:48 p.m.

@wes, i don't feel that the impact of a single building of this nature will have the benefits that you believe.

a smaller building would be more appropriate for the area and it should be split, 1/3 high rent, 1/3 medium rent (smaller unit), and 1/3 affordable rent (low income).

you want to do it right, you do it like have to take a look at the community and see that the project will be well received for it to be successful.

7:26 p.m.

then people that are home owners that live on the property should get their mortgages payments capped too. I know a few people in jeff park that committed to buying a home and mortgage payments with property tax and insurance are more than 30% of there income.

I am right about 34%, so not too bad (and that is just the payment) it does not include maintenance of the property in which these people would get free since it is included in the reduced rent.

there are several in jeff park that are home owners that worked hard to move out of lower income areas and put a lot into purchasing a home there due to the safety and low density of the area, now after that, people want to move the lower income areas back to them... that is one of the reason why several are concerned about this, the density, traffic, possible crime increase.

if you don't get it, you are just not going to get it.

also, i am not sure if i understand carl's comments...

it is like slamming jeff park, but somehow he picked it to live, does not make any sense to me. when i was looking for my house i picked an area that i was happy with.

"I did take notice that 'Downtown' JP is shockingly dominated by vacant buildings and low walking interest."

"We can walk to the transit center, but there's nothing there "

" I don't see any solution to this but increased density, or some streetcars to ferry people down who don't want to walk a mile for a bite to eat, and don't want to wait half an hour-45 for the higgins or Nothwest Pkwy bus"

6:56 p.m.

also, if these are supposed to be so good for the community and attracting businesses why aren't they built to spur economic development in under developed neighborhoods like Englewood?

4:38 p.m.

yeah, right portage rules, I agree it depends on the type of density and that it adds value to the neighborhood.

and it has noting to do with race, businesses cater to demographics, income is one of them. you add more low income housing to an area. more businesses that cater to the lower per capita income may be attracted and higher end businesses that could add value to the area maybe no so much. so yes, it may attract business, but is it businesses that would add value and be welcome by the majority of the community.

if it is built, ain't no trader joes going to go banging on the door to build next to it.

4:33 p.m.

they got it backwards, they should not force low income people into higher income areas, they should give incentives to higher income people and businesses to reside in low income areas.

don't do things to make good areas worse, do things to make bad areas better.

5:46 p.m.

some do, depends on the help you need and if it is appropriate content,

what is your question?

— On the neighbor message Question
5:33 p.m.

you just did

— On the neighbor message Question
5:16 p.m.

best to get an auto alarm, probably best you are going to do to scare crooks away if it goes off

also, probably the best way to draw attention to your vehicle in order to identify subjects or notify police.

also, probably not the best idea to leave spears in the vehicle, best left in the house for home protection or when hunting.

— On the neighbor message Be alert
11:03 a.m.

were they wearing a jersey with a number on it ?

that is the only way I could identify a chicago bear from a distance... I am guessing retired and fallen on hard times.

— On the neighbor message Bear in Ravenswood?
8:57 a.m.


"Christianity is at a precipice and teetering."

brings me flashbacks of this

7:58 p.m.

@weebis, funny you say mad max... seen this commercial today.

— On the neighbor message More disturbance on 5200 Hutchinson
5:57 p.m.

@black and white, it would be the valve in the tank, it would continue till it went into the overflow tube and slowly go into the toilet, you probably would not even notice it in-between flushes.

— On the neighbor message Water Meter
5:25 p.m.

Leaky toilet, check the meter and dont use the water check it in 20 minutes see if it moved, if it did shut off the water to your toilet and check again, if it did not move it was the toilet, if it did, repeat the process, shutting off valves to outside faucets then sinks, when it stops, you found you leak

— On the neighbor message Water Meter
1:03 p.m.

i went to a friends party at porrettas, it was for his kids communion, he had about 30 people there, there was food and alcohol. there were bar options as if you wanted it open hourly or on tab, he did it on tab and once it reached a certain amount they let him know. the food was good. I told him it was really pretty nice, probably expensive ... he said cheaper then you think, and way worth it, I think he said it was under a grand.

worth looking into for your wife, this is one of those things she will remember forever, so if you are going to spend the money make it count.

— On the neighbor message Party Room Recommendations
5:30 a.m.

@Ronald zek, is that public info or something that you found out?

5:29 p.m.

@Jeremy, actually a "retail presence", so I would not expect traditional retail, if that is the way it was made to be inferred.

Arena said that the front of the building would include a “retail presence” that may be better suited for a nonprofit agency than a retail business given that the site is somewhat isolated from the heart of the Jefferson Park retail corridor, which is primarily south of the Kennedy Expressway. The development site is north of the expressway and adjacent to a railroad embankment.


4:49 p.m.

@spamalert, they probably took the head to get a... head start. anyway this is still disturbing.
st bart's is a strong parish and if anyone could catch who did it they can, none the less father rick will lead the parish through this troubling incident. my prayers with father rick and the church.

4:30 p.m.

Below is a list of many prevalent amateur and pro bodybuilding federations. each have there own rules.

◾NPC – National Physique Committee
◾IFBB – International Federation of Bodybuilding
◾NANBF – North American Natural Bodybuilding Federation
◾ABA/INBA/PNBA ◦ABA – Amateur Bodybuilding Association
◦INBA – International Natural Bodybuilding Association
◦PNBA – Professional Natural Bodybuilding Association
◾OCB – Organization of Competitive Bodybuilders
◾IFPA – International Federation of Physique Athletes
◾INBF – International Natural Bodybuilding & Fitness
◾WNBF – World Natural Bodybuilding Federation
◾ANBF – American Natural Bodybuilding Federation
◾SNBF – Super Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness
◾USBF – United States Bodybuilding Federation
◾DFAC – Drug Free Athletes Coalition
◾WBFF – World Beauty Fitness and Fashion
◾Fitness America Tour
◾NGA – National Gym Association
◾NPA – Natural Physique Association
◾NMA – Natural Muscle Association
◾OPA – Ontario Physique Association
◾CBBF – Canadian Bodybuilding Federation
◾UFE – Ultimate Fitness Events

4:59 a.m.

mostly the posing and how they are judged, in some amateur bodybuilding contest they will award pro cards to enable you to compete professionally.

The path to becoming a Pro is also a little different from federation to federation. If you have aspirations of becoming a pro, your goal would be to qualify and/or compete in shows that are awarding pro cards. For example, in the NPC, you must compete in regional contests and place in the top 5 or top 2 of an open class to go on to national level contests where pro cards are awarded.

In the NANBF, you can compete in any amateur pro-qualifying contest in an open class to obtain a pro card. There are only a certain number of pro cards awarded per division at any given pro qualifying show. Once you obtain a pro card, you are only a pro in that federation (such as IFBB or IFPA) and can compete in shows that accept the federation you are a pro in. Professional bodybuilding athletes are awarded cash for winning and may be offered sponsorship by companies to endorse their products.

4:59 a.m.

@paul, it happened because he got a salad..... need to stick to cheeseburgers.

To my knowledge I have not seen any updates on the investigation.

There is nothing at this time to prove it was intentional or accidental; the investigation is still on going. The owners and employees have been more than cooperative.

until I hear an update, I would take it as an isolated incident.

9:08 p.m.

I was a cub scout, it was a good experience.

10:37 p.m.

I am glad the officer is ok from this, I have eaten there on occasion and always had a good experience, I wish they were open a little later thou.

now, I can't get the song "throat full of glass" out of my head, hat tip to those that know the band without looking it up.

9:46 p.m.

also, cleaning with a couple microfiber clothes dedicated to glass cleaning eliminates any streaks, one to wipe one to dry... wax on, wax off danielson

— On the neighbor message Window cleaner products
4:30 p.m.

try this

if that does not work, it could be old glass that may have water spots in it (most likely on the outside glass), and it that case needs to be polished out with a glass polish first.

if the glass has deep scratches that may be catching some of the dirt or the scratches not reflecting the light making it look dingy this may require glass resurfacing.

— On the neighbor message Window cleaner products
4:14 p.m.

out of all the 16 stories, this one does not make any sense at all.

8:21 p.m.

good to hear that he is still providing the service. If i remember correctly he does some gutter repairs as well.
last time i heard his there was some sort of altercation with the cta last year and really not much after that.

— On the neighbor message Need Someone to Clean Gutters
5:05 p.m.

"You'd think a gun store should at least have security glass to help thwart break-ins/thefts."

I would think it would be bullet proof....

— On the neighbor message Proposed Gun Range & Lounge - REALLY?!
12:11 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Dollar tree
12:08 a.m.

@paul, you mean a 7 story affordable gun range

— On the neighbor message Proposed Gun Range & Lounge - REALLY?!
11:58 p.m.

because after spending money on the new yeezys, going over on their cell phone data plan, buying the new Nintendo switch, and putting a kicker box in their 1996 ford explorer that gets 9 miles per gallon because it never had a tune up.

— On the classroom fundraiser Not a Basic Student, but Need Basic School Supplies
11:54 p.m.

the way I see it, they won't let you shoot if you drink first, but you can drink after you shoot.

so you get a good practice in, have some alcohol and drive home with your gun and sign a wavier that you will not shoot anyone on your way home.

— On the neighbor message Proposed Gun Range & Lounge - REALLY?!
1:37 p.m.

Joanie, just to clarify as I am trying to visualize the "boulder"

"a boulder is a rock fragment with size greater than 10.1 inches in diameter"

is that correct?

1:33 p.m.

@paul, that's right a couple months ago, the truck... did you hit your insurance up for that one?

11:40 p.m.

@david, they are still probably using sawz-alls to get catalytic converters.

8:42 p.m.

"i still have the wagon somewhere, if i come across it i will take a pic"

oh, here is that wagon I found it in the garage

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
8:27 p.m.

it looks like the same bird as on nextdoor,

props to the poster that found the bird at the Walgreens parking lot (tiffany)

@robin, it looks like they relayed your contact information to who found the bird, bird should be home soon if not already.

— On the neighbor message Lost Super Sweet Cocktail
5:04 p.m.

@spam alert, just bumping the thread to get the word out and keep the post from being buried.

the quicker the bird is found the better.

— On the neighbor message Lost Super Sweet Cocktail
4:35 p.m.

if you are bolting to concrete, use a masonry bit to drill the appropriate hole, drop in a concrete anchor and bolt down using correct size bolt. use the railing mount to make your holes or make a templet of the mount using cardboard.

if you are setting into concrete, drill several holes into the concrete where you are mounting post, make the hole 1 inch bigger all round then the post,

paint the hole with bonding adhesive wait to dry, and pour in concrete and add post make sure to mark post depth, plumb and brace, you could use a couple of 2x4 's screwed together with 3 inch drywall/deck screws to use a clamp to hold in place while dries, drying time is quick 20-40 minutes depending on weather.

10:10 a.m.

are you bolting into concrete or setting into concrete?

1:01 p.m.

A young man comes home and says "Dad, just got my driver's license and would like to use the family car."

Father replies, :"O.K., son. But, first, you have to get good grades in school, keep your room clean, make the yard is neat, and cut your hair. Come back in a few months and then we'll see."

Well, several months pass and the young man comes into the house with his report card in his hand. "Dad, I got great marks on my report card. I've been keeping my room as neat as a pin, and the yard is always ship-shape. How about letting me use the car?"

Father replies, "That's all true, but son you didn't cut your hair."

Son says, "But, dad, Jesus had long hair."

Father replies, "Yes, son, you're perfectly right. And he walked everywhere he went."

10:44 p.m.

@uptown arts council,

it is somehow connected to the nadig newspapers and gets automatically attached when pasted from nadignewspapers links.

1:39 p.m.

what are these kids doing? I mean when I was a teen there was not much time to do anything after homework, work, helping parents and spending time with girlfriend.

these kids are lost, they need to find their value...

12:02 p.m.

@mjk, but with a hardware store people are not encouraged to throw them, as to what could go wrong, I am taken back to my first time bowling, my friend was teaching me I took a big swing and brought the ball back, it slipped off and fell on his foot.

— On the media mention Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
10:03 a.m.

one concern would be if there was a fight, everyone is armed... things can go wrong and escalate quickly, it only takes one crazy person.

— On the media mention Ax throwing comes to Portage Park
9:37 p.m.

@bob, I really don't think the temperature of the school matters, in fact I would much rather go to a school that had less degrees and was cooler then one that had more degrees and too hot.

9:26 p.m.

"Seeding remains our primary tool for lawn repair."

good thing they did not destroy a tree, that seed could take forever to grow.

2:40 a.m.

@sam, z,

I just assumed it was 9-64-100-G, maybe a ticket writer with bad penmanship and there G looks like a 6, my best guess as the last character should be a letter.

g. Within 30 feet of an official traffic signal or stop sign on the approaching side.

— On the neighbor message Violation Code 9-64-1006?
2:38 a.m.

check on line for payment, you can look up by, plate number or violation notice, etc.

violation code 9-94-100
Parking prohibited – Fire hydrants, firelanes and various locations

i have not seen warnings for these types of tickets.

— On the neighbor message Violation Code 9-64-1006?
8:02 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:20 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:20 p.m.

it looks like they failed a city inspection on 4/18/2017

Inspection ID2028466
License #1495371
RiskRisk 1 (High)
Inspection Date04/18/2017

Inspection TypeCanvass


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— On the neighbor message Subway on Milwaukee and Belle Plaine
5:19 p.m.

so if you see him, say hey you! brick thrower. Stop! if he is the brick thrower he will run, if he is not the brick thrower, he will say who me? are you talking to me?

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
10:18 a.m.

the problem is that it is in the yard and it is a common area, I don't think signs will do much or talking to the neighbors as this could cause friction since they already showed they can be disrespectful for property that is no theirs.

maybe you can get a smaller set or one that folds that you can take inside when you are done, I personally feel this would be the most effective option.

you could possibly a cover with a cable lock, but that may be vandalized as others that previously used it may feel spited.

a patio set in an apartment, best on a personal terrace if equipped, but will assume that is not the case.

perhaps if you moved into another apartment with less units, there may be less of an issue.

for sake of argument, when I lived in an apartment, I had never considered putting a patio set in a common area yard, but It was one of the first things I looked forward to when getting a house.

— On the neighbor message In need of neighborly advice, please....
10:13 a.m.

i have to agree with paul with the construction of the homes, I stopped by for the open house awhile back just to see what I will never probably live in. it is lacking in a few areas including lack of trim, I found some corners of the walls imperfect, especially the border wall at the top of the stairs and did find some imperfections in fit and finish overall.

I personally did not like the openness of the kitchen blending to the living room, but I guess it is ideal for someone that does entertaining as it is also equipped with several bathrooms.

2:49 a.m.

sorry, bad link

try this one:

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
9:09 p.m.

you can use this as an example, do it yourself or get with friends, i know home depot will cut lumber for you if need be, but it should not be that much cutting since you are looking for 8 feet and lumber comes in 8 foot lengths

funny side story of how i know home depot will cut lumber for you. my dad was getting rid of an 8 foot wide x 5 foot high solid wood entertainment center and said my friend could have it, but he had to take it today. it weighed a ton and would not fit into my truck so we designed a "wagon" with measurements and went down to home depot and they cut everything to length, we got back to my house screwed it together and i used some air filled caster tires that i had. we pushed this thing on this big "wagon" about a mile to his house, and boy did we get some looks as we were pushing this huge piece of furniture across Ashland ave.

i still have the wagon somewhere, if i come across it i will take a pic

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
8:54 p.m.

i say to each their own, if everyone liked the same thing there would be only one coffee place.

8:31 p.m.

yes, I recommend those people should sell them

— On the neighbor message Large flower boxes-front of house
6:23 p.m.

my car got bricked along time ago, they took my pull out car stereo... and even thou I did not physically get hurt, it hurt vacuuming up the broken glass out of the car, those that been there probably know the feeling.

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
6:22 p.m.

@paul, in my experience I do both call 911 and pray that they come in time

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
6:42 p.m.


my diet is the perfect American diet.

my standing order for taco bell, 10 hard shell tacos, a nacho supreme with no sour cream and a large diet pepsi, but I have not been to one in awhile

here are some of what i order around here:

chipotle is 2 steak burritos brown rice, black beans, salsa, corn, and cheese then a cup of hot sauce to pour on top.

jeffs double cheeseburger with bacon everything, including hot peppers no mustard, fries and a cup of cheese

burger king texas whopper, 1 bacon cheeseburger, onion rings with onion ring sauce, and a large diet coke

hot dog express, double bacon cheeseburger, fries with a cup of cheese, diet pop

al's pizza small sausage pizza, mozzarella sticks and a cannoli

hong kong restaurant. tomato pepper steak, order of egg rolls, 2 packs almond cookies, watermelon smoothie (no tapioca), sometimes bbq pork

mr submarine roast beef king with hot peppers, mozzarella cheese sticks, large diet right (sometimes a bag of doritos)

lucky grill Irish breakfast, coffee

eat local, support local buisness

— On the neighbor message PPNA Position on Irving/Central development
9:17 p.m.

what's wrong with taco bell?

4:52 p.m.

I wonder if someone could make copies of correspondence to stop, when they receive confirmation keep it and if they get it again, report it as a police matter of intentionally littering on your property.

— On the neighbor message RED PLUM PAPER
1:47 p.m.

"A suggestion: when they honk, and the light is red, put your transmission into REVerse. Your backup lights will come on and scare the hell out of them."

not a good idea in my opinion, if they honk and you choose not to turn it is better to do nothing then to engage in a behavior that may escalate the situation. this can cause the wrong type of person to provoke another action I have seen such as they may get out of the car and cause you or your car physical harm, throw something at your car, follow you, getting in front of you and slamming on the brakes down the road, stuff like that.

if you choose this advise I would use it at your own risk, I do not see much good that can come from this action other then spite.

3:08 a.m.

yes, left turns would be bad... some people have trouble making right turns, even when they can legally do so.

— On the neighbor message WPPNA supports Irving & Central Development
2:52 a.m.

i would be curious to know how much the sign not being there has effected their sales.

there is lot of traffic on cicero and a sign might have prompted impromptu visits

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
4:06 p.m.

i would like a taco bell, I miss the one that was on cicero.

— On the neighbor message PPNA Position on Irving/Central development
3:52 p.m.

I walked by the other day and seen more women in there then guys throwing axes, I guess It could be a good date night, not sure if they were open, open or it was a party, event or a soft open.

then I was thinking of it and I am not sure I would be that comfortable with my girlfriend being proficient in throwing axes.

8:57 p.m.

yeah, it is different... where if binnys sells the same products cheaper or closer to the customer, that will effect other businesses.

coffee is different, they shops have their own unique brews, it is not like they are selling the same coffee.

Ie I cant get portage ground coffee at a starbucks and I cant get dunkin dounuts coffee at mcdonalds.

I know people that go to starbucks exclusively and same goes for portage grounds, dunkin doughnuts and mcdonalds and if another opened right next door it would not change their routine.

8:49 p.m.

I seen people honk in front of a house or apartment when they are picking them up, or to get ladies attention while they are walking down the sidewalk. I have also seen people honk when the cubs won. then I also seen people at a 4 way stop beep at the other to go.

8:23 p.m.

I will continue to be courteous to other drivers and make every effort to turn on red when it is safe and legal to do so.

if some choose to stay and wait the light out so be it, but I believe if you know how to execute a safe and legal turn you should, not because it is the law, but the courteous thing to do.
I consider others when I am driving and do my best not to impede traffic. I think it makes me a good driver.

if anyone is selfish it is those that don't think of others, impedes traffic, gets beeped at and down votes people all day.

10:10 p.m.

good point, david... ryan, maybe you can check with neighbors/landlord as to if the old tenant had any issues, maybe that is why they left.

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
4:59 p.m.

musico turn downo

— On the neighbor message 4700 block west warwick
4:14 p.m.

sounds like your roommate may have struck a cord with someone the wrong way, is there anyone that comes to mind that may want to send him a message or retaliate for something they may have done?

— On the neighbor message Bedroom window got bricked, hit my room mate.
4:11 p.m.

so don't count on a replacement sign, the owner said that the sign is too expensive to replace/repair in the area of $6,000.

I wish I was one of those happy peppy people that could start a go fund me to get a new sign. I kinda miss having the sign there.

maybe someone can step in here

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
5:28 p.m.

so everyblock neighbor is also concerned about cost.

so to give an idea. when recommending a shop or if you have recommended one already,

"what body/paint work was done and what was the cost."


my neighbor went to to car star on 5430 w Montrose with a smashed rear quarter panel and tail light on a 1991 Plymouth acclaim and they were quoted over $3,500 to repair the damage.

he said if he could have found a flyby night shop to fix it for like $900 and it not be perfect, that would be fine, but it just was not worth it to put that much money back into the car.

kinda reminds me of those old earl scheib commercials "i'll paint over anything for $99" emblems, flies, dust weather stripping, tires, windows... lol

— On the neighbor message Body shop recommendations
2:47 p.m.

I think I got some from chris before, she and a guardian met me at a convenient location, cookies were great

— On the neighbor message Girl Scout Cookies
10:18 a.m.

If you are refusing to turn right on red when it's safe and legal to do so, and are willfully inconveniencing other drivers, just for the sake you don't have too...

I would say that is discourteous... it certainly is not courteous.

I don't beep, but if someone gave me a tap on the horn because I was not paying attention and could safely make a turn, I would take no offense to it.

9:17 p.m.

I won't pick up any phone number I don't know, they can leave a message.

I coded most of the people that I know in my contact as a certain ringtone so anyone that is not in the phonebook gets the default ringtone. when I hear that ringtone, I know not to get it.

— On the neighbor message Telephone Scam Alert - Avoid Saying "Yes"
9:05 p.m.

good body work is not cheap, just to prep and shoot a panel not including body work from a decent shop with clear coat is going to cost you at least a couple hundred, if not more. figure paint labor at $50 and hour + paint/materials.

I have been looking for a bodyman that can do side work out of their garage, one that can weld, sand and can work a can of duplicolor for acceptable results.

— On the neighbor message Body shop recommendations
6:25 p.m.

also, by the same token "you may let people merge or allow them to turn in front of you in heavy traffic" but, you do not *have* to, but some do it as a courtesy to other drivers.

1:35 p.m.

if it is not your car, I would think it was intended for your roommate, the owner of the car. I probably would not be too concerned unless the notes got more specific. it could even be the roommate or someone you know messing with you, because they know they will get a reaction .
I would be more concerned if I got an "i know what you did last summer" type of note.

— On the neighbor message Strange Notes on Car
2:53 a.m.

I don't understand why they don't put these billions of dollars into fighting Chicago crime, then once the city as a whole is safer as a whole, build the bike paths.

9:09 a.m.

@nw-sider, same here not that much of a coffee drinker, if I do go to star bucks, probably once or twice a year just because someone else would want to go and I am not just going sit around doing anything, so when I do drink star bucks I usually will go for a venti cappuccino with 2 expresso shots, 4 shakes of cinnamon and 4 splendas. but, majority of the time I drink tea, nothing special, just lipton most of the time, sometimes pj tips, jasmine, green and last but least sleepy time (the one with the bear on the box)

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
10:22 p.m.

i ride my bike faster then he drives his car.

5:25 p.m.

@chris, tailgating is not the best idea, there are those that may drive slower or brake check you in an attempt to scare you that you would hit them and it would be your fault, so they expect you to back off, thou many times it may cause the issue to escalate.

a headlight flash also know an an "optical horn", maybe a better alternative to tailgating.

remember this would be flashing headlights (not high beams), just once to ask permission for the vehicle to make way for you to overtake them.

Drivers often flash headlights to indicate the intention to overtake or pass another driver,[ or to signal a driver who has just overtaken that he or she is far enough ahead to change back into the lane of the overtaken vehicle. Flashing is also commonly used to request or insist that a leading driver speed up or change lanes to get out of the way of a faster following driver.

also, in a two lane road (one lane in each direction), remember that if you have the dotted lines to your left, you can go into the opposing lane to overtake a slow vehicle, pending speed limits and when it is safe to do so.

6:39 p.m.

people have road rage now days, you need to be careful, you never know who is behind the other wheel, i drive with the flow of traffic up to the speed limit and driving to conditions.

if someone is on my tail, I move out of the way and do not engage aggressive drivers, I let them pass. I do not hold them acting like I am oblivious that they want to pass, I do not brake check them or try to teach them a lesson. in these changing times it is best to avoid conflict.

if they are driving in a manner that is reckless, I will pull over and call the police.

there are several examples of how slow driving can be dangerous, times are changing and people need to be aware, being aware of dangers can save lives:

11:17 a.m.

thanks Karen, it is always good to hear the outcomes, updates on these post.

10:16 a.m.


courtesy to other drivers that may be behind you.

not: curiously to other drivers that may be behind you.

9:35 p.m.

yeah, but if you can make the turn, just make it as a curiously to other drivers that may be behind you.

just because you can be a jerk does not mean you have to be

the next thing people are going to say, is drive 10 miles per hour on a street with a 35 mile per hour speed limit because it is safer and speed kills and 35 mph is the limit and there is nothing posted to minimum.

be nice to each other guys and girls, be respectful of other drivers, pedestrians and bicyclist.

5:07 p.m.

can you take the stuff off the top of the cabinet and just raise it?

also, just go to home depot get some wood and make a box under the dishwasher, just make sure you leave room for the dishwasher door to open and close... done

7:25 p.m.

when the light is red, and there is no "no turn on red sign", by law you must abide the same rules a stop sign has. you must come to a complete stop, wait two seconds and proceed to make a right turn when it is safe to do so.

this was explained to a friend that got a ticket doing a rolling stop at an intersection and making a right turn on red that had no sign prohibiting turning on red.

the officer stated that he had to come to a complete stop before making the turn and the same rules that apply to a stop sign apply to making a right turn on red.

this also, counts for red light cameras if you do not come to a complete stop and make a right turn you will be issued a ticket, but if you do come to a complete stop before turning you would not receive a ticket.

6:27 p.m.

it was paul?

7:31 p.m.

polish people are scared of this:

11:07 p.m.

@porterson park,

I was taught even on the streets you pass on the left lane, you yield and merge from the right. drivers should not use the right lane as cheater lane to pass. i find it to be good advice.

9:51 p.m.

many people can't leave 10 minutes from work early to get to pick up kids or to get to other obligations.
for some people in this world there is just enough time, and when you have people driving 10 miles below the speed limit, not turning on red when they could, holding up turning lanes, playing on the phone, not putting on their turning signal and just stopping to turn, or simply not going when the light is green because they have time to kill because and can't push their foot on the pedal without shoving some fries down there throat. then you have the few that drive like they are in a tour bus looking at shops and stuff instead of aiming high in steering and getting the big picture.

drivers are put behind and are pressured to speed to make up time for all the people that don't know how to drive and keep traffic flowing.

another thing is that Slower traffic to the right lane!!! the left lane is the passing lane! if you are going to drive slow, be considerate of others and stay to the right.

8:31 p.m.

i am not too fond of the drivers that stay in the turning lane and don't move up into the intersection when the light is green, preventing you from crossing the solid white line and legally making a turn should the light change. sometimes they will even wait til the light is red before turning, even if there is the opportunity to turn. leaving you in the turning lane when the light changes.

when if they simply would have moved up into the intersection on the green and turned at a safe opportunity the both of you would have been able to turn.

6:26 p.m.

"There was snow/ice on the road, so jamming on the brakes wasn't a good option"

a cop would call it driving too fast for conditions, I had a friend go down that road once. the officer issued him two tickets.

4:26 p.m.

wow.... I mean bow wow!

4:16 p.m.

is it just me or does the picture in the caption remind anyone of johnny 5?

2:40 a.m.

big mac attack?

— On the neighbor message McDonalds on Irving and Central Park
8:24 p.m.

sorry to hear they have clout, diet changes and limiting meat and seafood can help, they can take inflammatory drugs, but avoid aspirin because it can make the clout worse.

— On the neighbor message Police presence
3:50 p.m.

this is the song that goes thru my mind as I think about this

— On the neighbor message 16 DISTRICT POLICE...WHERE ARE THEY?
9:55 a.m.

maybe they recycled it

10:08 p.m.

Drinks. Is that the most important thing?

no, it is who goes home with you after them

9:59 p.m.

also, according to the hennery winkler, there is help for seniors. a reverse mortgage can keep you in your own home. the more that the home is worth, the more you get. then since you still own it, you can leave it to family and they can either sell it or pay it off and buy it back. I mean i would be skeptical if it was endorsed by Opie or someone, but this is the fonz (he jumped a shark)

11:40 p.m.

what is a "costumer base" as stated in the article?

7:57 p.m.

and if you do you will get a free bottle of my miracle tonic

5:28 p.m.


they are sheltered, given 3 meals a day, access to gym, library, medical and dental and wifes on weekends.

if it weren't for the violence in prisons everyone would want to go.

— On the neighbor message Status on our local terrorist...
1:25 p.m.


"It's hard to get retailers to move in when the local neighborhood association president tells his members to go shop in the suburbs."

I think it would be easier to get retailers to move in, showing people go to the suburbs for specific stores, shows that there is demand for those stores nearby.

" Much easier to claim you aren't racist that way."

the comment in itself is racist, as there is the connotation that all section 8 are minorities.

8:28 a.m.

the simon city royal most feared when I was growing up was poochie, he used to live by roscoe and paulina in later years. we used to go to the ymca as kids, but as he got older and tougher, we grew further apart. he used to hang out on the corner of Cornelia and Paulina when school let out and the r dogs on Lincoln. he also used to hang out with some Latin eagles and up on southport. I think he was shot when he was 18 and one of the eagles was in the car when it happened. they rushed him to Illinois masonic, but he was doa.

there was a time this kid went up to him and offered to pay him 50 bucks to get his bike back from some gypsies that stole it. the bike was a chrome dyno with pink mags, he went to the gypsies house and pushed his way in, I think it was on hermitage and got the bike back. when the kid went to poochie to claim the bike he said that he was going to keep it because he liked it. the kid asked for his 50 bucks back and he said hey, you gave me the money to get the bike back and I got it back.

— On the neighbor message Status on our local terrorist...
9:36 a.m.

how bout marital law, I will never forget this. I was with a friend a long time ago and we got out of work late and went to angels on harlem to eat because they were open 24 hours. while we were at the restaurant his wife paged him (before cell phones), he blew her off. well on the way back i wanted to stop off and wash my car so we went to the car wash on Lawrence and cicero. so we pulled into the slot and then some jerk pulled up right behind us with high beams on right up to my bumper. i was about to put the car back in drive and take off because the lights were so bright i had no idea who it was, but then... i seen her, yep his wife popped out dragged him by his ear and took him home. to this day don't know how she found us. all i heard was, so you don't call me back when i page you huh! we're going home!

if more people had wifes like his, more guys would be at home.

— On the neighbor message Shots fired
8:09 p.m.

if they built $250,000 condos in jeff park by the transit center they would sell, but it is a big up front investment and jeff park is probably about 5-7 years away from seeing that happen if no low income projects are built. you can still build density around jeff park station, but that way your preserving the values of Jefferson park.

the reason that they want low income projects in good neighborhoods is pretty much to spread out the crime. they have learned that if you have too much low income in one location crime in the area is high.
government feels it is better to spread out low income housing to spread out the crime.

then cops will send out alerts and tell everyone to patrol their neighborhood and call 911 if you see a crime go down, then you have to testify and hope there is no retaliation to you or your family.

jeff park is one of the safest neighborhoods so it has the biggest market for crime, hence the best place to put some more low income projects.

full circle gets kickback from the government for building these projects, they then continue to be compensated for managing the property. the not for profit is just a loophole to not pay any taxes, but the people that work for full circle are paid well.

or in the words of a song:

And let me tell you something
Before you go taking a walk in my world, better take a look at the real world
Cause this ain't no Mr. Rogers Neighborhood

second time i used lyrics in the same song this week, hat tip for those that know it without looking it up.

6:53 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, stunt show flashback for you

9:44 p.m.

another one rides the bus

— On the neighbor message Attempts made to bring back Elston bus
9:25 p.m.

I remember a time once at kolfields, it used to be a restaurant on Lincoln by foster. there were 2 huge guys on steroids, they came in together (yeah, like they seriously, they had muscles on their fingers) they were seated at a table next to us, my friend and i were in a booth. then they just got up and started pushing each other and were yelling and getting ready to fight. well, it was one of those days for me and I got up and got between them pushed them apart and asked what the f is going on, they started yelling back and forth and I said, if your going to fight do it outside! people are trying to eat! why you so mad? relax, what dude relax .. . you too, pointing at the other guy. so I don't want to draw out the story, but I pretty much asked if they were friends and they said yes, then it told them to act like friends then, sit down eat and talk what ever out, if not you are not real friends and just take it outside... and the one guy said ok, you want to talk or what? and they actually did, they sat down and talked.

my friend I was with had his jaw dropped and when I returned to the table he ask whispering leaning toward me. what? what in the world would make you do that? you nuts? do you see the size of those guys? I don't mind jumping in if you got in trouble, but I was real scared of you getting in trouble, not for you, but for me. you do know you like really pushed them right? and then you yelled at them right? listen it is over now I just want to eat. long island iced tea and London broil.

at the end of my meal I was getting ready to leave and one of the guys grabbed the back of my shoulder and pulled me around to face them. the one guy I spoke to first said, hey I just wanted to say thanks I do not know where we would be right now if you did not step in. i said no problem, but I will probably not be doing anything like that ever again, because when he pulled me around and the two of them were looking at me I did not know what was going to happen.

7:35 p.m.

probably for developers, businesses, planners with self interest in getting their way. if there is an "overwhelming need" for affordable housing not sure how many can afford to drop $200 to go.

— On the neighbor message Thursday fundraiser for Alderman Arena
2:56 a.m.

not everyone is going to agree on the same place, because people have different taste and preferences. some prefer different flavors, types of filling, quantity of filling, texture. etc. I do like that we share why we like such places, giving more options to possibly discover something that we may like as well.

the best is what you like and that is all that really matters.

in the words of a song:

Just cause you don't understand what's going on
...don't mean it don't make no sense

And just cause you don't like it,
...don't mean it ain't no good

points to who knows the song without looking it up

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
8:23 p.m.

@ward, never knew that. i know someone that has a audivox and had a few issues with it. i had a viper auto start installed on my car close to 17 years ago and it still works at the time it was very expensive to install like $300 complete. i got it installed at gold sound on irving park.

— On the neighbor message Car Explosion last night
7:05 p.m.

nik, when I was young I got hit by a drunk driver that blew a red light swerved to try to avoid me, getting hit with the side of the truck and going under the truck and the truck hit a pole. I was dragged and my pants and shirt was ripped. I was around 8 at the time. at that time kids were free. I crawled out from underneath, i was kinda stuck but wiggled free. dragging my bike out from underneath the truck, back rim bent over the frame. people were telling me I could not leave a site of an accident, but I did not care I was terribly shaken and just wanted to go home. people tried to stop me and get me to sit down, but I left screaming at them to leave me alone. I carried my bike 2 and a half blocks home, it hurt to carry it that far, but I made it home. I got home and asked my dad if he promised not to ground me from my bike before I told him. he said what is it? what is it? ok, I promise. I got hit by a truck! where! what happened! I told him where and he said Inactive, you are grounded from your bike. he went to the accident site to see what had happened. I was taken to the hospital with bad bruising on my whole thigh and shoulder, other then that I was lucky. i got what seem to be a 2 day lecture about how to be careful crossing the street.

this was at grace and ashland, i was on my way to the open panty or was it white hen, hmm don't remember now, then to the corner store for those 10 cent smoke bombs to put on my bike. yeah, they sold smoke bombs to kids then. also, those were the days parents could send kids to the corner store to get cigarettes if they had a note.

at the end of the day, it does not matter who's fault it is , but whether you made it though the day safely.

7 p.m.

just making the point not take it for granted people are going to stop because they have a stop sign or a light, they could be drunk, high or just don't care. even if there is enforcement and police, it is worth while to be careful. I am sorry for those that did not understand.

6:08 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Mail Delivery
5:59 p.m.

prunes and chipotle don't mix

— On the neighbor message Gas leak at Portage Park Senior Center
5:49 p.m.

@chris, I think people are not taught to look both ways anymore. there is a stop sign, they have to stop, and therefore if should get killed by them not stopping, it is not my fault.

3:24 p.m.

And faith unfaithful kept him falsely true

— On the neighbor message Show some love for the Jeff Park TOD
2:43 a.m.

@krissy, talk with your neighbors, check to see if they are having issues or see if it is the same/regular carrier, usually there are issues when they are filled in by subs or could be a new carrier.
if you are in a position to talk to your carrier directly, it seems to be the quickest route to finding what is happening, if not definitely check with your neighbors to see if they are having the same issues and report the incident to the post office.

@pattymelt, that is because you know how keep mails in line.

I have not been having issues with regular mail, but did have some issues with fee mail. typically every 28 days, then there is a period when things are unpredictable it is like they are carefree about it, it always last about a week then cycles back to normal.
when I talked to the carrier about it, they claimed it was not their fault, but a friend had come to visit. I think they said this just to string me along, since I heard this story before.

— On the neighbor message Mail Delivery
8:21 p.m.

things remembered
Google for nearby location

— On the neighbor message Engraving
2:07 p.m.

tami, I see what the article says, but

the dna info article also, says:

any money raised in the GoFundMe that isn't used to fight the development will be split between the charities Miserocordia and Team Rubicon, according to the page.

the go fund me page says:

Any funds raised but not spent to oppose the development will be donated to a reputable Veteran's support organization and a support organization for individuals with disabilities.

there are some discrepancies, that is why I asked if anyone had first hand knowledge, not hearsay or by reading an article.

8:27 p.m.


Who are the "neighbors" behind this fund raising?

that is a very interesting question, is there any way to know what group the money is going to for sure?

NW Side Unite
Campaign Organizer
Not Facebook Verified

I would not be surprised if arena set it up.... would be very ironic.

can anyone affirm with personal first hand knowledge that "nw side unite" is legit

7:37 p.m.

if you arrive to the meeting early or stay later you can talk to police directly about the matter. that or you can bring up the concern during the meeting and follow up with the officer after with next steps to verify something is being done. more likely then not they will give you a number of someone to follow up with.

— On the neighbor message What is Going on With the Crime on Cullom?
8:12 p.m.

it sounds like laws need to be enforced, perhaps bringing it up at a caps meeting would help, as well as times/intersections that drivers are most aggressive.

6:31 p.m.

i agree owners need to take some ownership, litter is like cancer the more there is the more people will think it is ok or that nobody cares so it does not make a difference and it will get worse.

I seem to be one of the few on my block to kill my weeds around my garage and sweep the alley. sometimes I will venture down to my neighbors garage as well.

— On the neighbor message Garbage on 4800 and 4900 block of Nelson
7:36 a.m.

and that is one way how gangs get guns, probably never would have found out if she did not report them stolen

10:07 p.m.

the best way to follow up on a specific area to know if they may be related is to go to local beat meetings and asking officers. even if you go once, you may be able to get some answers. they have reports of incidences reported on the beat and if they do not have the information they will get it for you at a later time or have you call the district.

it is also a good way to meet with neighbors that may have similar concerns

— On the neighbor message What is Going on With the Crime on Cullom?
10:05 p.m.

@zip60630, with any bakery they make hundreds of these in advance. you can ask when they were made. I always ask if they have any that were just made.

they will go to the back and get them for you. this especially if you go early in the day as this is when they have to most premade. I think I picked up around 3pm so they were putting out new trays as I was there. I usually say I am taking these to a friend to morrow , do you have any that were just made?

I remember going to dunkin doughnuts once and I got a strawberry frosted, it was like a rock, I took it back to the girl and told her this doughnut is hard as a rock, she agreed that it was and gave me another. ever since then I usually ask when stuff was made/delivered. I find this helpful with bakery goods.

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
3:02 a.m.

funny thing happened the other day, I drove my friend to the doctor and she seen a kid come out of the doctors office and the person at the desk had her choose a lollipop. the kid took the lollipop and started to eat it. so she asked does that make sense, a kid is sick and instead of giving the kid something heathy they give the kid sugar candy? I responded well, what you think they are going to start handing out apples? they would go out of business... especially if they gave out "an apple a day".

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:29 p.m.

here is a picture, the one on the left is rose, the two on the right are strawberry, maybe I should have got 12... hmm

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:19 p.m.

oak mill bakery
8012 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Niles, IL 60714
Ph: (847) 318-6400

I am actually eating one right now as i just got back from picking up some.

funny so I was asking what flavors they had and they were going down the line and said rose. I ask the girl rose? what is rose? she responded, uh a flower. so I got one to see what it taste like and yeah, it taste like a flower... a rose indeed, almost reminded me of eating a glade.

anyway I also got my usual strawberry and blueberry, they are the bomb and I would highly recommend, not so fond of the rose thou.

they also, had apricot, raspberry, prune to name a few, and had some others as well.

there are like $1.80 each and like 21 something for a dozen, I only got 7 I would not want to eat a dozen, so far I ate 3 after eating my two steak burritos from simons tacos. I am pretty full right now, but at least I am drinking diet pepsi.

— On the neighbor message Fat Tuesday Paczki
5:07 p.m.

yes, I find ford thunder bolt, f150 lightning and gmc typhoon very soothing as well, I also like syclones.

— On the neighbor message Lightning Strike last night
3:21 a.m.

you stolen goods have been recovered! you will just have to pick them up from impound between the hours that you are at work and pay applicable storage fees of $50 a day, plus applicable taxes and handling. parking for our location is $14 a minute and is quarters only, our location cannot make change. you must bring original receipts, documentation or pictures of items stolen. if you have pictures you must bring a picture of the picture or all the people in the picture need to come in to make a claim, in the event someone has passed or a member of a group picture cannot attend to make a claim, they will be photo shopped out of the picture.

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
7:06 p.m.

i miss the solo oscos, to me they seem to have had a good seasonal presentation, and most of the time it was quick check out.

— On the media mention 11 CVS stores in Chicago are closing
3:11 p.m.

There must be another option...

yeah, well list the other option, because hoping ain't gonna make it so. if you can't list another feasible option, then there is not another option.

this ain't no Philippines, and you can't be scared of police getting help with enforcing the law. when you choose to live your life with a what if attitude, you paralyze yourself to realize the greater good.

play devils advocate all you want...

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
1:50 p.m.

@wes, why don't you welcome it? what are you scared of? do you even know?

if you had to choose you are telling me you would rather choose what is going on now, anarchy, gangs and drugs in the streets and people and kids getting shot daily, then military simply helping police enforce the law.

police need help, it is the most feasible option, unless you have a better one... as they say put up or shut up.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
11:30 a.m.

I think the law abiding citizens will welcome the protection as it is a small price to pay, they will look at is as tsa, if they are not doing wrong and it gets killers off the streets more power to it.

the criminals or even the "good people" that do criminal things would not like it and would scream what about their rights, this is an outrage, blah, blah. blah.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
10:14 a.m.

it is great that more people are getting into the sport

— On the neighbor message Wheel Chair Ramp Builder
9:55 a.m.

if trump has his way, gangs will be reclassified as "urban terrorist", in which anti terrorism laws apply.

— On the neighbor message Protest tonight and tragedy
8:47 p.m.

they probably got a written confession and it probably does not state intent to kill. maybe he confessed to just scare or hurt the victim by shooting. with multiple felonies, it is easier to get through trial if they just plead guilty, accepting lower chargers are a way to get this to happen.

8:16 a.m.

could be people watching one of the fast and furious episodes and got a hold of some bad crack. where da keys, where da keys....let me think, I want to call someone I want to call some one, who you going to call, I don't know, I want to call someone, what happened? a seamonster ate my icecream, a seamonster ate my icecream!! ahh, man you got one of those I always wanted one of those. it ain't goin run, lightum up lightum up, maybe I should show you how to press the button, the button, some cereal, hey mikey.... Aardvark!! Aardvark!! lets go, go, go, go!

9:36 a.m.

anyone old enough to remember the little lock box they used to keep on the drivers window?

anyway, I wonder if the dealership will carry the 2018 dodge demon. someone told me the car is so fast that if you need to arrive at work at 7am and leave the house at 7:10am, you will arrive at work at 6:55am.

4:02 p.m.

jeff park has low crime rates and is a solid community, it is one of the last nicest places in the city to live, centrally located and reasonable traffic, that is part why several cops and city workers live there.

why are people so brainwashed to add people to it and mess it up? it is not going to make jeff park better. it will just make it the same as the rest of the messed up city. Chicago is one of the worst places to live. jeff park is one of the last sanctuaries.

the road diet would make traffic rough, not condoning speeding, but it would add to traffic times. some people have family and children and rely on Milwaukee's traffic flow to be able to balance work and obligations, maybe it does not mean anything to people that are retired or have no responsibilities to get to or people that rely on them. they continue to lack understanding why people chose jeff park to live, maybe they would be happier to live somewhere else where they can live without complaining, but I feel these people will be unhappy wherever they go, they are the type that find something wrong with everything and it is easier to stay put and put other people down then to find time to enjoy there own life. bottom line if you are not happy where you live or prefer a place that is more dense, there are plenty of places, be good to yourself and move where you will be most happiest.

3:23 a.m.

you must use the jeff park transient center..... no car for you

6:07 p.m.

@zinon p., the song: ridin' by cahamillionaire

2:55 a.m.

They see me trollin'
They hatin', protesting', and tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Grindin' to see if they can see me lean
I'm dense, so it ain't easy to be seen
When you see me upzone, they can see these gleam
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty
Tryin' a catch me upzoin' dirty

6:27 p.m.

@nw-sider, now since the cat is out of the bag. so I was about 7 years old and my dad sent me down to the basement to the basement to get something out of the dryer, there is an area in the basement on opposite side of the dryer, that had a pull chain light so the light was off. so i turned around and seen like 6 sets of glowing eyes at me so i ran upstairs to tell my dad. dad, dad, dad, dad, there are something in the basement with glowing eyes, help, help. quit being silly and get my clothes. i was semi hysterical and hugged him and pleaded with him pleeeeeese don't make me go down there. so finally he agreed to go in the basement to show me there was nothing in the basement, as soon as he turned on the pull chain light there were cats running everywhere. meow, meow, meow, meow.... meow!

so to set the story, there was this guy at the end of the block "john the cat guy" and he took care of and feed off of his porch close to 30 cats, these were street cats and his house was like the playboy mansion of street cats. cats lounging on his back porch, gangway, etc the place was swarming with cats always walking up and down his gangway.
at the time we had a female tabby cat, well , she was never fixed and my dad left the basement door open.

my dad had built wood boxes around all the pipes in the basement and also, had a suspending ceiling, the cats were in the ceiling and running along the boxes around the pipes around the whole basement. it took my dad forever to get them out, he pretty much climbed through areas of the ceiling and tried spraying lysol at certain points to get them to exit where he wanted them to go. he had to take apart some of the boxes as well to get them out. he was hitting the boxes and parts of the ceiling with a broom, yelling "get out of there! hah, hah!" with a Rawhide type twang to his voice in which was replied to with meowing and hissing. he was running around like a bear having a panic attack while playing whackamole.

5:17 p.m.

this reminds me of one time when I was a kid, I used to catch butterflies. well one day my dad took me somewhere, don't exactly remember where, but there were tons of monarchs, reflecting back now, maybe this was during one of the migrating times, thou as a kid I did not know. well, that day I caught 12 monarchs and proudly showed them to my mom when I got home with my dad. then my dad said ok, you showed mom, now let them go.... let them go, dad you know how much time it took me to get these? inactive, you need to let them go! so I let them go....... in the house! they were everywhere on the curtain rods ceiling fan, flowers in the vase. it was pretty funny. my dad went ballistic. I never seen him so ballistic other then when 12 stray cats snuck into the basement, but that is another story.
my dad then took me around to catch them and let them go outside, he would lift me up to the curtains and fans, carrying me around the house to get me to catch them. what a long day. I will tell you one thing, they are a lot easier to catch outside then in a house... lol

2:17 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Basketball hoops in the park?
2:35 a.m.

wow, not only do they steel the rims off cars, they get the basketball ones too.

— On the neighbor message Basketball hoops in the park?
5:40 p.m.

@retired, wood, aluminum or vampire.

12:21 a.m.

I hope no one got electricmicuted

— On the neighbor message No power
8:41 p.m.

but... what if the previous owners are dead?

— On the neighbor message Tired of receiving Red Plum publications?
6:26 p.m.

i agree that it is impossible for police to patrol every block, however people are less likely to commit crimes if they see police cruising around or close by.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
5:40 p.m.

ouch.. paul, my car is not even worth 2000

what kind of converters were they, what did it turn cats into?

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
8:37 p.m.

this wheely bad, please keep an eye out for these lugs stealing, it's nuts. I am sure they are probably just starting again and will not tire anytime soon. be on the lookout for suspicious vehicles in late night early morning.

as Robert said they focus mostly on newer import, with newer tires and rims

due to the way this is going down and the study of all these thefts, I would say my profile would be 2-3 people in a conversion van that is empty. not that many people would suspect it, being a conversion van and it could park and hold people till the time is right, the doors would provide quick access to throw in and hide multiple sets of tires.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Wheels
7:31 p.m.


Taurus will have brick oven pizza

— On the business license TAURUS RESTAURANT
5:55 p.m.

when I first moved in I thought my neighbors were old and they thought i was cool, now I think they are cool and they think I am old.

3:10 a.m.

isn't that one of the reasons we founded America, for religious freedom and to escape taxes?

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
3:08 a.m.

@craig, I could not agree more, if there was a new sign that said imminent death ahead I wonder how many would proceed?

when they put the turn only lane put in the first thing I noticed was the faded sign stating no left turn. I did not use the lane until this sign was removed even thou the turning lane was there.

I saw the clearly marked 2 way arrow sign if going north on lamon at dakin, and the clearly marked do not enter sign on lamon and dakin if going south. these signs are located on the right, where any typical traffic sign would be. you should always look for traffic signs as they can alert you to conditions of the road.

it is habit for me to look to the right, since I am always looking for speed limit, school zone, red light camera and other signs, that I seen these signs when they were posted.

3:04 a.m.

"There is a guy with a black dog who walks on Menard between Montrose and Irving who is of concern when he walks by without a lease."

well, maybe it is hard for him to find an apartment

— On the neighbor message Dog attack
10:18 p.m.

your neighborhood is so bad, that we have to put people that can't even afford to live in it to revitalize it.

yeah, what?

10:16 p.m.

the city is segregated by property and land values, those that can afford property in an area earns their right to live there (quite literally) there is no racism to this, this is America and any race is free to buy where they can afford and want to live.

there are plenty of areas that affordable property could be build on affordable land available, thou this may not be in an area of preference, but people that live in an area of preference pay for that preference.

if full circle community are indeed good for the community and generate tax dollars and attract retail and are supposed to bring all these good things, I wonder why they are not looking to go into more underdeveloped neighborhoods in where these projects can make areas better...

the only reason that they would not is because they can't

6:18 p.m.

1) name 1 new business that will be coming or shown interest to the area as a result of this project, the stores in the bottom per arena are to have a "retail presence" and are better suited for non profits then an actual retail business. so if the building itself cannot sustain a retail business how will it attract others around it?

estimates are known to be wrong

2) the warehouse has been there for years without blighting it, if not for this project most would not even known it was not still operating. ohh, we found out it was closed for 3 years... so is this a hindsight blighting?

3) this project is not about veterans, this was about sneaking in a low income project under the veil it would be for veterans and to fool people into spreading propaganda.

if it is truly about veterans and the argument that there are 877 veterans in jeff park and several 1000's homeless and stuff...

then there should be no problem reserving 100% of the spots for veterans

then there should be no problem reserving 100% of the spots for veterans

100% for veterans

so if it is for veterans, make the whole thing for veterans or "get the hell out of Dodge" or in this case jeff park.

in reality, only 20% would be truly reserved for veterans, and as full circle stated "people in the area would not have preference" so the project is really not for veterans or veterans in jeff park. it is more for the 80% low income because if you break that down 60% low income, and 20% expected, but not guaranteed market rates that could not be refused if there was a voucher. ain't no one going to pay market rate to live in low income housing, and if you believe they are I hope you have a prescription for what you are smoking.

8:45 p.m.

@tj in ep, I see what you did there

"Go Parkers!"

ahhhh! "parkers", because they drive cars.... nice ;)

8:10 p.m.

they have this French toast for a buck, can't go wrong, really was not that bad either

11:04 p.m.

a lot of people in jeff park are the buy and die type, they buy their home in terms of living out their whole life there. they are strong in community standing, have traditional views, hard working, and family values and will not tolerate anyone steam rolling their community with an influx of new people. they will not let jeff park be overtaken. it is unfair for them to kill themselves to be able to afford where they live and some slacker comes in and gets the same thing for a few hundred bucks. through hard work jeff park residents have earned and sacrificed to live in jeff park, so you really can't blame them for being protective of their community, family and values.

this is directly the opposite of what the density people want to do, they want jeff park to be a transitional pass thru neighborhood.

some density is fine, but it has to be right, it has to be homes and condos so the same values of jeff park can be preserved.

11:19 a.m.

@Porterson Park,

"- depending on what happens in the coming 6 months or so, I find it very VERY unlikely Arena gets to see term 3."

it was pretty apparent in the meeting that he was there to shut down any negatively about the project and play god in which he knows what is best for the community. that people should just shut up and swallow.

He was not there to listen to his constituents and their wishes irrigardless of reason, or at least that is what his actions and body language suggest.

even if the project does not go through at this point, I think people are going to remember this come election time and that respect is a two way street.

interesting that arena said that there is a need in the community and that the people that would move into this project was his "constituents" that already live in the area, however full circle was honest to say that no priority will be given to residents in the area.

I respect full circle for their honest presentation in answering questions, even thou it may have received some boos. maybe they are not a bad company in the overall scope of things, but not good fit for jeff park.

10:51 a.m.

what's up with technology, it looks like we are slower now then in 1940...

I mean the cashier even takes the items out of the cart, types in everything manually, and bags them in less than 4 minutes.

look at 9:38-13:28

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
10:20 a.m.

my neighbor was like, so low income housing is ok and arena will fight for that, but then he will ball bust star bucks business from coming in across the street from a dollar store. he said he wonders how many other businesses were given the urban ultimatum... I never really thought about it.

9:59 p.m.

so if anyone wants to watch the meeting it is on john garrido's facebook page, it is in a few parts.

9:52 p.m.

thank you insert name here for letting us know about John Garrido's live stream

Also, John Garrido where ever you are thank you for streaming, so that the ones that could not attend could see what transpired.

9:11 p.m.

they are ending now, people are starting to exit

9:08 p.m.

oh, it is back on

8:46 p.m.

darn, the live stream just ended

8:43 p.m.

well, a friend just drove by, said channel 7 is outside, there are picketers outside, cops standing on the sidewalk.

8:27 p.m.

I try to separate in the bags the way things get put away, ie pantry, fridge, freezer

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
7:26 p.m.

we may find out after this meeting, he may be walking for re-election

6:59 p.m.

@Joe Kaminski,

lookout the window joe, update

6:23 p.m.

I had a bag similar to this, but I ended up losing it, it was given to me so I don't know where to get another one. it was handy when walking to the store for small items. so if anyone seen something similar to buy in a real store around here, let me know.

also, for small items the vitamin Shoppe reusable bags are pretty good too, they are smaller then a traditional reusable bag and they fold and fit in a jacket pocket well.

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
6:04 p.m.

"In the olden days"

retired reminds me of my friends dad that I grew up with, always with a pocket full of rocks and if you spray paint his garage he'll bust your knee caps.

not meant as bad, just brought back some memories... "the olden days"

4:20 p.m.

I really don't like carrying bags, for me it seems unnatural, however I find that I like burlap bags for my grocery shopping. I open them up in the cart and just bag as I am being rang out. I figure I can bag faster especially if there is no bagger. if there is a bagger I have the bags opened up in the cart ready for them.

here is an example of a bag similar to what I have:

— On the neighbor message Bag tax
4:11 p.m.

@zip 60630, my point was jeff park has more density then any of the other suburbs if density is a factor in relation to attracting business, then we should have more businesses in the area, maybe we need to do more to attract them, now maybe they won't be lord and taylor, but we can at least shoot for something like a 5 below.

let's look at the facts six corners hit a wall because businesses left and were never updated over the last 20 years also, the economy and all the construction on Milwaukee that shuddered businesses. now that the economy is coming back so is 6 corners and so will be the same for jeff park. there is a list of 100's of businesses that arena help bring back to six corners.

now this project next to the transit station is a good idea, I think it will do well.

the 5150 location on the other hand. well, as ryan said the other suburbs are successful because they have more income and less density and I cannot see a low income project will attract people that have more income or businesses that would attract people with a higher income.

3:59 p.m.

I had their maple bacon doughnut at Somethin' Sweet, and yeah it was pretty good.

— On the neighbor message Best Donuts in the area, maybe in the city
3:40 p.m.

my only guess is, if this is in fact true...... i can see jeff park forward chartering a bus to get members to the meeting (they have over 100 members). it makes sense as not to congest parking in the area, and jeff park forward supports alternative methods of transportation other then cars. they are organized and ryan is smart enough to get this to happen.

I would advise all that plan on going to either take a bike, public transportation, cab, uber, hover board, etc. I can imagine if you do drive and get there and find parking, it will be hell to get out. expect a police presence at the event.

make sure to have constructive comments and valid questions, write them down before the meeting. in my opinion the more professional you can voice your opinion, it will hold more weight and strengthen your credibility.

those that support the project are more likely to be better prepared to overcome any objections of the project so if you are against the project bring facts and relevant information (ie. history of the developer track record).

you can't just say section 8, every landlord has to except the voucher, so leave it out of the conversation. also, even thou there opportunities with section 8, there are those that use the program the way it is intended.

some may have opinions that low income housing spread out over several 3 and 4 flats is a more successful than a project of low income housing. also, others may have an opinion on what types of businesses would the project attract or what businesses would not come because of it. then you have the increase density and traffic like what will it do the on ramp by foster? or the cars merging on Milwaukee, what is plan to handle the additional traffic? what about the track record of the developer, how is this project going to be different than those that had challenges.

3:36 p.m.

much better, no carpet

2:35 a.m.

I can see Starbucks pulling out and waiting. It is not a first choice location for them anyway. They prefer corner lots on two busy streets or in front of a large mall lot. I think they are bending to take the location as is. Then to put conditions on it. It is really letting Starbucks know you really do not want their business.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
10:50 p.m.


this is the last I heard

Ald. John Arena (45th) said the proposal to transform Family Fruit Market's overflow parking lot at 4151 N. Cicero Ave. into a Starbucks with not only a drive-thru but also an inside seating area, 15 parking spots and an expanded patio was exciting.

"With this addition, we have the makings for a vibrant shopping area," Arena said.

Arena has been working since he was first elected in 2011 to reverse more than two decades of stagnation at Six Corners, which was once known as the city's premiere shopping destination outside the Loop.

"A Starbucks can help change Six Corners' reputation as a place to get through rather than a place to stop or a destination," Arena said.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
7:24 p.m.

@cheesecake chick, I did not even know they had a fish sandwich, I may get one next time I am there just for the.............. halibut.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
7:17 p.m.


I seen it on a squad the other day "to serve and protect" has been changed to
"to warn and alert".

then I seen this squad in another area, needless to say I drove under the speed limit.

7:10 p.m.

@Jamie, businesses in the area.. .come on Jamie. I have stopped by dunkin doughnuts to pick up coffee and burger king to pick up food on my way to jewel, walgreens, vitamin shop. I would find it hard to believe I am the only one.

6:54 p.m.


"Which by the way - Evanston's downtown was left for dead. It has high incomes now precisely because of it's success. Same is true in Arlington Heights."

but, jeff park still has the highest density of them all (per square mile)... why can't we have a downtown movie theater and parking garage and all the shops like downtown Evanston? the median income is not that much off, then if your looking at places like Arlington heights and park ridge, there are a lot of expensive houses out there, maybe we should build more of them over here. for heaven sake there are $500,000 homes going up in portage park.

I know as an urban planner it is your job to push these projects, but I still am not sold on the density thing. please help me understand as when I look at the numbers it does not make sense.

jeff park
• Total 26,975
• Density 11,000/sq mi
Median Household Income $66,846

• Total 75,430
• Density 9,695/sq mi

Median Household Income $ $68,769
arlington heights
• Total 75,101
• Density 4,500/sq mi

Median Household Income $73,778
park ridge
Population (2010)[1]

• Total 37,480
• Density 5,286.3/sq mi

Median Household Income $88,705

6:12 p.m.

A Starbucks with drive thru does 40% more business then a non drive thru. Not sure why an area would not only want the extra business, but also in attracting all those consumers to an area that would also patronize neighboring businesses

4:54 p.m.

"the community meeting at 7 pm on Thursday, February 9 at The Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster"

for the record I will make a prediction the location for the meeting at the church will be changed again last minute.

hopefully I am wrong

8:18 p.m.

any insight to what is going in the old dollar tree space on Milwaukee?

7:42 p.m.

@glovina, what did you have

12:19 p.m.

@c.m.d.,5150 is police code for mental

11:54 a.m.

@Robert, also note the source comments noted at the bottom of the article, appears that the article is his opinion and written to manipulate what other people believe.

if it were true, the country would see better success and benefits with these types of projects and it would be known and not challenged.

from the article:

A closing thought

I should say: though I’ve thought about this stuff, I’m not an expert, nor have I lived in public housing.

"Pete Rodrigue is a social policy researcher at a think tank in DC,

though all opinions expressed here are strictly his own.

He grew up in Arlington, lives in North Michigan Park, and saves money on groceries with his rudimentary knowledge of edible weeds.

another person that works for the government a policy worker that eats weeds.

11:44 a.m.

Thief of cars, your victim has a message for you

In seconds the car of a 70-year-old father was snatched by thieves at Belmont Cragin, his family asks for help.

— On the neighbor message Car theft
11 a.m.

today around 5pm

6:25 p.m.

@john Louis, that is a great idea. Make the building veterans only.

7:16 a.m.

violent crime increases with density, keep in mind these are just reported crimes.

you can check the links for property and quality of life crimes. property crimes coming in low for low density (ie forest glen 20 reports) and high for high density (ie Belmont craigin 152 reports)

the reporting period is Nov. 30 - Dec. 30, 2016, these are for places that neighbor jeff park, they are not of Seattle or Portland oregon, or an out of the way suburb.

forest glen 0 reports of violent crime density 5,800/sq mi
edison park 2 reports of violent crime density 9,600/sq mi
jefferson park 5 reports of violent crime density 11,000/sq mi
portage park 8 reports of violent crime density 16,000/sq mi
belmont craigin 45 reports of violent crime density 20,000/sq mi

forest glen
• Total 18,508
• Density 5,800/sq mi

edison park
• Total 11,187
• Density 9,600/sq mi

jeff park
• Total 26,975
• Density 11,000/sq mi

portage park
• Total 64,124
• Density 16,000/sq mi

• Total 78,743
• Density 20,000/sq mi

5:19 p.m.

@tj in ep, how bout a new release movie theater

2:12 p.m.


"Drive by on a bike and you can see all the shops"

maybe if bicyclist focused on the road instead of looking at shops there would be less incidents.

"Ride by in a car and you miss everything."

people that drive cars have a destination, they are not missing anything.

1:25 p.m.

@glenn, there was this old thread in which there was a meetup awhile back..... maybe another meetup would be a good idea to make connections.

— On the neighbor message Seeking Gay Friends in Jefferson Park!
5:57 p.m.

@wayne, i am truly am sorry for your loss thou, I hope you found some solace in knowing that karma spent her last days being loved, and sounds like she was loving as well as she played well with your 5 yr. old granddaughter, I am sure she brought you and your wife joy as well. if I was karma, I could not think of anyone as caring and thought full as you and your wife to spend my last days. god bless.

— On the neighbor message NEED A HOME!
5:41 p.m.

The new location is the Branch Community Church, 6125 W. Foster Ave., which can accommodate about 280 to 300 people.

so what will happen if the 2000 people that signed that one petition show up??

5:33 p.m.

I am leary of these post that come out of nowhere.
to me it sounds like the developer of the project.

I respect the opinion of people that have been on every block awhile with the same name (even a nickname) for a period of time. people that I have come to know and
even thou there are times I may not agree with their opinion, I respect that they continue to be who they are.

I consider these people my true neighbors.

as for the problem, it seems that this project started to divide the people. the project made people upset on both sides of the argument.

everyone needs to come together and compromise what the community wants as a whole first before any proposals are announced.

all neighborhood groups should come together and work things out so both sides give and take till they agree on a go forward for the area, then look for contractors to meet the need. starting another group is not the answer, through collaboration and compromise lies true success.

the issue is that in order to meet the needs of both groups and the community as a whole, there needs to be an unbiased leader to hear the community and both neighborhood groups and work with what they agree on and go from there. until this happens, jeff park will always be divided.

5:21 p.m.

"Sure they might not being higher end businesses but in time those will come too."

business tailors to demographics. is a trader joes coming to the neighborhood because of developments like this... probably not.

will it attract businesses based of demographics that this project will influence? probably more likely.

jeff park is soon to be up and coming, businesses are starting to realize the gentrification trend to the northwest and have already started rooting.

now a development like this can sway that trend....

4:40 p.m.

so I did not intend to but, just happen to be driving by and decided to stop in. they had people on Lawrence directing traffic in and out of the portillo's.
the ordering was pretty quick typical, but waiting for the food took longer then typical. the food was on point with other portillo's I have went too. inside seems to smaller. it was not jam packed, but was pretty steady.

the buona beef across the street was dead, there were employees standing inside standing there... I did not see any customers inside.

they have a model of the original dog house outside, which is interesting.
they also have a sign outside that they are hiring if anyone is inclined.
pictures below for those that have not been there yet:

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
8 p.m.

"residential = people, people support retail"

with the building of people. arena feels that the front of the building would not be suited for retail businesses...

from the article:

Arena said that the front of the building would include a “retail presence” that may be better suited for a nonprofit agency than a retail business.

7:13 p.m.

lol... I just showed my neighbor this and he said "are you sure it is not a zoning meeting?"

7:34 p.m.

"Strange that I have seen nothing about this meeting in any other media. Has anyone seen it posted anywhere?"

"Who will show up it's at 9:30 in the morning unreal!!!!"

they probably really don't want anyone to show up.
they will get some doughnuts and coffee, sit around for a bit and hope no one shows.

maybe they will get to talk to a mom that may pop in and be in their sweat pants from just dropping off the kids at school, or some one in some spandex work out gear that just finished doing bicep curls with her starbucks, or that weird guy... maybe a couple real people will show that would be surprised they are the only ones there.

I think, I mean if they were going to do that early, I would think they would do it on the weekend or maybe had it later in the day like 4p or something.

7:26 p.m.

@tami, I get your point and I probably would not gamble and make waves if I knew it would jeopardize them from building. at this point what is done is done and we just have to see if the gamble paid off.

I would imagine he knew he could play his cards, because it would look poor if they backed out because of it. he may have known what starbucks was holding.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
8:47 p.m.

for that type of food around here, I usually go to jeff's, hot dog express, or sussies.

once and awhile I would go to portillo's, probably 3- 4 times a year.

the thing about portillo's is you could bring any group of friends and there is always something for everyone, so good if you want to get a group together and all agree on something.

I had a taste today for a burger from charcoal delight, by foster and kedzie, but could not justify the time or expense to make the hike.

when I go I typically to portillo's I would get a beef with hot peppers, large fries, a cup of cheese and a diet coke or a bacon double cheese burger with hot peppers, large fries, cup of cheese and a diet coke. I ordered their ribs once for their Monday special. I don't feel anything is superior, rather than different. a burger from jeffs, sussies, and hot dog express are all good in their own regard, just depends on the mood you are in, or at least that is my take.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
8:35 p.m.

@tami, you have to arena props, he lead them in, now the only thing that matters is that they build. urban, suburban, rural... as long as they are still in is the only thing that is relevant now.

overall I think arena has made some great progress with the 6 corners area

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
4:32 p.m.

so I just called portillo's

Address: 7308 W Lawrence Ave, Harwood Heights, IL 60706
Phone: (872) 484-1919

and they told me that they are opening up tomorrow at 10:30 am

so just incase anyone was wondering when they will be open, it will be tomorrow.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
4:27 p.m.

you suggested that the project would be ideal for college grads with high debt

i was inquiring for those college grads looking to take advantage of low income housing with high debt.

for you to explain how for them to take benefit of reduced rate housing

how ever instead of explaining, you go off on another tangent

you continue to fail in understanding and routinely misconstrue information

4:07 p.m.

I never realized low income housing is full of college graduates, I can't help to wonder how they would be approved for such a large loan and then be offered a reduced rate on housing. please explain

3:50 p.m.

you miss my point entirely and now your are going off of another tangent.

5:41 p.m.

please relax pacedeck

no fear, just showing the example that just density in itself is not the answer, it has to be the right type of density for the community.

what types of businesses are attracted to low income housing areas?
what types of businesses are attracted to higher end areas?
what type of businesses does jeff park want to see down the road?

these are the questions the community has to answer, they should weigh pros and cons of the effect developments like this will attract in the future, then consider if that is what they want for jeff park long term. if it is so be it and it will be.

I don't think everybody is thinking of the end game. I don't wish to change anyone's opinion on the matter, but make sure they are looking and weighing pros and cons of the development.

people can be easily fooled into idealistic visions, but instead of being a tool and agreeing with everything you hear and look at only the pros and not the cons.

if you are not weighing pros and cons, you know your agenda

I challenge you to state some of the cons of the development.

5:14 p.m.

"@jp more density = more customers to support businesses."

too bad most will be low income, with little money to spend..

better to have density in condos, with mid to high level income, than low income apartments. jeff park deserves better. better to wait for something good then settle for something less. the area is short to be up and coming as portage park gains ground, not time to take a step backward.

the Robert Talyor homes at one time, it was the largest public housing development in the country, and

"it was intended to offer decent affordable housing."

at one point 95 percent of the housing development's 27,000 residents were unemployed and listed public assistance as their only income source


The increase in density, did not help the area and led to it's demise

yes, I agree we need density, I agree it should be around the transit center, but it has to be done right and I am not sure low income density is right for jeff park.

most of jeff park is comprised of home owners proud and committed to their community, something that jeff park is known for. something that attracts one to raise a family, an area that has traditional values and charm.

4:39 p.m.

maybe you could pour some water down the drain or temporary cover the drain with something, if they are working on the water main, it should only take a few days for the smell to dissipate. can't be too good to let those fumes into your house..

— On the neighbor message Smell like rubber cement or burnt plastic?
1:19 p.m.

paul I think binny's and culvers are still a go.

11:40 a.m.

i don't care either way, as long as it comes and it is done.

i am not a big starbucks fan, but starbucks is known to attract other businesses to the neighborhood.

overall, i am pleased with majority of the developments at and around 6 corners

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
9:09 p.m.

i agree i am sure many do, i also contend that many intelligent people don't.

i hope you are not intending to infer that if you do not agree with the alderman, that means your not intelligent.

8:49 p.m.

@Anthony, I think urban starbucks would be parking in the back and the starbucks entrance right at the sidewalk. where as a suburban style would have the lot in the front and Starbucks toward the back having a walkway to the starbucks.

— On the neighbor message Arena now not happy with Starbuck's design?
6:53 p.m.

@pacedeck, thanks for your answer

you mention you live in the ward instead of saying you live in jeff park.... you in portage park or are involved in politics of the ward, you come off as having close ties to arena.

6:48 p.m.

Pamela, happened to me once too with a spatula

— On the neighbor message Smell like rubber cement or burnt plastic?
6:15 p.m.


i thought the overwhelming majority of jeff park residents did not vote at all...

also, just because people voted for arena does not mean they want projects.

they want development and business. condos with mixed retail, larger built up homes, movie theaters, etc, stuff like that... and stuff like that stuff brings to the community.

others may have been encouraged and/or compensated to vote by the contractors, committees, and developers to suit their own agenda. big business has big influence, flyers and advertising is not free and is used to sway voters.

what is your benefit to this pace deck?

truth, not what sounds good... how will you personally benefit from this?

are you one of the "constituents" police officers, teachers and nurses are demanding the housing? are you planning on living there?

6:12 p.m.

norridge / harwood heights is not dense and it is attracting more business then ever. ain't no portillio's in jeff park.

what businesses are interested in the area based on the context of this being built?

3:06 a.m.

this article does not make sense to me so maybe someone can explain, because this is how I interpret it.

$1400 a month for rent to live next to someone that pays $300 a month? that is on par to moving next to someone in a double in a trailer park. is that what they want jeff park to be "the new and improved projects?" it is called a project in the article. I am knocking, trailer parks, but it currently is not reasons one would typically look to move to jeff park.

would be targeted for veterans and working families, but often things miss their target.
Police officers, teachers and nurses are the type of applicants the project is expected to attract, Arena said. “These are my constituents,”

"these are my constituents", police officers, teachers and nurses are demanding this housing?

how many police officers, teachers and nurses are looking to move into a low income housing (affordable housing...not, low income housing, call it what it is... just like saying "it is not a used car, it is pre-owned)

some wards they have 3,000... what are pros/cons? why mentioning some wards have 3,000 how is that significant?

has set a goal of leasing up to 50 percent of the units to veterans.
I too can announce to set a goal for 50 percent veterans to sound good to the public. but, they are not claiming facts. not saying that they are reserving 50% for veterans only. lets say they get 10% for veterans, ohh, well..we did not make our goal...

“We’re not providing affordable housing for the people who are living here.”

what? if we are not providing affordable housing to people that "are living here"? where is the demand for the housing if they are in fact living here?

people moved to jeff park to get away from both low income housing neighborhoods and high taxed housing such as up and coming neighborhoods (ie Wrigleyville).

Jeff park has always been the middle ground.

now, I am not sure what it is aiming to be

8:18 p.m.

good job!

2:49 p.m.

I guess I was right...

this would lead me to guess he was either on foot, or bike

"When Tim saw the footage, he was like 'I know that guy, he's walking around the neighborhood all the time,'"

2:40 p.m.


funny.... personally, the thought of her in front of me in a treatment chair is enough to get me to go... lol

1:58 p.m.

the culvers by six corners is still on thou right?

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
9:02 p.m.

i did originally want to move to harwood heights, it is a nice neighborhood, but out of my price range. there was this house with orange and white awnings, wood paneling, finished basement, nice driveway (always wanted a driveway), etc.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
9:18 p.m.

@dennis, could be that they are under cover or doing this on the down low. they are offering another avenue of contact that may give them more freedom to be honest in what is really going on instead of the protocol of "issuing warnings and alerts".

kind of remind me of the commercial, I am not a crime stopper... I am a crime monitor. I will let you know when crime is going on. alert burglaries in area.

the fact of the matter is, this person is offering resources and I would not judge until we see what they are able to offer.

it is just like watching America got talent and saying they will bomb after their intro. let them perform before passing judgement.

5:09 a.m.

can you turn these stolen keys into the police?

if the car was stolen, and the police made a report identifying the car as stolen, they maybe able to locate the owner

— On the neighbor message Found keys to stolen car
10:53 p.m.

we will all have to wait to see, thou he may be crass with some things, maybe the country needs a president that is not afraid to play hard ball to cut the bull and get things done... at least get the economy together. i am to be cautiously optimistic, only due to how much more bad can it get. i really don't think trump is doing this to end his legacy by being a president that failed the united states, he is in the role because he wants to be historic in power.

that is if he truly has any power at all. i always viewed the president as a figurehead, being controlled by someones... take your pick, trilateralist, lluminati, skull and bones, the sun god Ra, or even aliens (real aliens, not the illegals).

every time there is a new president i am reminded of my friends ex girlfriend. yeah, she looked good and said the right things, she was positive and people liked her, but oh brother after 4 years with her, he was ready to run. i told him she had the crazy eye.

time will tell

— On the neighbor message Lets here it for new president
10:15 p.m.

@hocky mom X3,

where did you get sneak peek tickets?

I heard there may have been some free lunch coupons floating around, but it came form someone that heard from someone that thinks they heard it from someone, that lives closer to the new restaurant.

also, if anyone has any info on grand opening specials, coupons, tickets or announcements continue to list them here.

— On the neighbor message Portillo’s.... just in case you are a fan
5:45 p.m.

I find it curious that he knew that there would be money in the drawer. there are a lot of businesses that relocate tills or money to the safe at the end of the night, somehow he either knew or assumed that this was not the case, maybe a knowledgeable customer may have known and tipped him off.

I would also find it curious that he did not just take the drawer as a whole, he actually took the time to break it open, maybe he also had knowledge that there was no alarm or that the response time would be significant. if he had a car, it would make sense to take the drawer and get out of there as quickly as possible.

this would lead me to guess he was either on foot, or bike. or maybe he had an accomplice in a car a block away. he did not want to be caught carrying a drawer of cash.

just some food for thought in the investigation. the damage to the restaurant cost more than the loss off the cash. I can't help but wonder if he had a "beef" with the owners.

5:28 p.m.

did it have an alarm? if not that would be the first thing I would do. the alarm may alert you or you neighbor's that something is going on. also It may detour a thief, by it just being there.

make sure you do not leave anything in your car like on the seats or console as it can invite a break in, if you have gps or radar, take it down and put it away before you park your car, maybe on a couple blocks before you get to your house. if a thief sees you taking it down when you park, they may assume you will keep it in the vehicle.

also, another option if you don't have a garage, you can look into renting one in the area, or maybe a neighbor has a space available that you may be able to use.

I have some neighbors that are up late, and at times I try to park in front of their house, as if there is any noise, they are more likely to go to the window.

— On the neighbor message Car Break In
4:50 p.m.

@wayne, great to hear that you are happy after over 40 years, just that you mention appreciation shows your sincerity.
make sure if not already, surprise her with something, it does not have to be big. maybe her favorite dessert, a flower, or something to remind her of a time of when the two of you met or milestones along the way. it maybe hard and she may read you like a book by now, but do something to surprise her, something unexpected.
sometimes just taking time to reminisce some of the road traveled together, to reflect and appreciate each other together is a good time all in itself.

— On the neighbor message NEED A HOME!
12:08 a.m.

then going years back there was angel's restaurant (2539 N. Harlem Ave.), it was 24 hour and awesome, so sad that it closed.

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
11:05 p.m.

I recall a little house on the prairie

5:45 p.m.

dennys seems to taste better at 2 am for some reason, maybe it is just me

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
5:41 p.m.

maybe she can call the city clerk and they can advise how she could only pay one of the tickets and get the other dismissed.

also, now is a good time to check your neighbors plates as well, let them know, as soon as I get new city stickers, plate stickers I put a reminder on my email a couple months before they are due or put it on the calendar.

— On the neighbor message Plate Sticker tickets
10:08 a.m.

buy a sticker, put it on, take a couple of pictures of the sticker on the plate, send them both in and contest the tickets. say a prayer and go from there.

— On the neighbor message Plate Sticker tickets
10:04 p.m.

I really miss the mr k's that used to be on harlem. across from sally's

— On the neighbor message Sallys on Harlem/ Higgins
9:33 p.m.

gone are the good old days lugging those 8 pack 16 oz glass bottles to the jewel for 80 cents.

9:26 p.m.

go to or call:

Office of the City Clerk 5430 W Gale St, Chicago, IL 60630, (312) 744-6770

they will explain the process, but you buy a permit sticker after showing proof of residence and you can buy guest stickers too.

if you need a temporary sticker until you have proof or residence, you can get a note from the alderman's office to take to the City Clerk to authorize the sale of the stickers.

— On the neighbor message Permit Parking Question
11:01 p.m.

i know if I go to fox lake I need to turn when I see the boat, I don't actually know the street names, if the boat goes so does everything else.

funny about a few weeks ago I was driving thru "lakeview" where I grew up, have not really drove around there in about 13 years. well, I was driving with a friend down some streets we grew up on and there is a lot that changed. it was funny because she made the comment.

"wow, it is like we are driving in our old neighborhood, but in the future"

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
9:23 p.m.

"let the music play"

— On the neighbor message Stereo receiver repair shop
9:38 a.m.

hmm, i wonder if they could fix my cassette deck

— On the neighbor message Stereo receiver repair shop
11:09 p.m.

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— On the classroom fundraiser Lights, Camera, Science!
11:03 p.m.

If you click on the link "contribute to this project", then scroll down " where your donation goes", it itemizes how the total comes to that amount. It looks like the bulk of the cost comes from a lot of accessories for the go pro.

— On the classroom fundraiser Lights, Camera, Science!
9:07 p.m.

just curious, have you looked at the option of freestanding units like this:


or porch gliders.


not trying to swing you either way, but wanted to make sure you looked at all options, before embarking on this.

— On the neighbor message Porch swing install
5:43 p.m.

the sign was removed and hauled away this afternoon.

please note if you use the mr submarine sign as a landmark, it is not there at this time.

ie. when you see the mr submarine sign, irving park is the next street.

— On the neighbor message mr submarine blown and bent sign
3:57 p.m.

sounds like someone may need a reboot.

go to sleep, when waking up blink repeatedly

get control and make sure you ate

check your bio rhythms for the day

if all are in order..... run

go buy some new boots and install on feet, the install should not take long. throw out old boots.

just kidding, I think he is just asking for advise and to see if anyone else is having issues and to share solutions.

— On the neighbor message My Client in Irving Park had Network Issues
10:51 a.m.

I don't think we need another car wash...

9:06 a.m.


yes, it does

— On the neighbor message Chicago LED Light Conversion
11:02 p.m.

uh oh, where did it go, I just looked away for a second?

— On the neighbor message Osprey helicopter
12:22 p.m.


"Didn't see it, but sure heard it! It was loud!"

because when It landed in Chicago earlier, it got it's catalytic converter stolt.

— On the neighbor message Osprey helicopter
10:20 a.m.

@lifelong portage resident,

make sure you contact the alderman about your concern.

in my experience hoping does not help anything....

I have been hoping to win lotto for 20 years with no luck... maybe I should buy a ticket

— On the neighbor message Browns chicken signs
8:39 a.m.

also, it helps to know where your circuit breaker/fuses are just in case if it is just you....

verify by looking outside or calling a neighbor to see if you are not the only one to lose power.

have com ed number as well as your account information handy to get updates, they can also send you text updates on power situations as well as estimated times that power will be restored.

it can be helpful to unplug sensitive devices such as computers, tvs, etc, since when power is restored their might be a slight surge, the surge can even burn through some cheap surge protectors.

if you are not going to go to bed, have some place to go.... that has power. go see a movie, out to dinner, go walk the mall, hang out with an old friend, go to the grocery store maybe get some food that does not have to be refrigerated incase it looks like power will be out an extended period of time. when you are texted power is restored you can return home.

make sure you always set a back up alarm for work that is battery powered, this will keep you on point if there is an outage overnight.

8:34 a.m.

they were open?

— On the neighbor message Browns Fried Chicken
5:12 p.m.

@P B R, I am not 100% sure, but in recollection I guess it is possible. I remember an old episode of quincy that some bad spaghetti or something had an issue with a drain and it went into the drinking water, kids at a school or ballpark were getting sick from water fountains because of it. as a kid I never drank form fountains because of this. does anyone else remember that episode, it was some time ago.

— On the neighbor message Car Wash polluting our water!!!
10:37 a.m.

ok, stopped by there today, had 2 steak burritos... the steak was fresh and cooked right and had good flavor, the cut of the steak was also good, not too big, and not too small. place is clean and bright (like bright, bright) and people were friendly. I would definitely go again.

— On the neighbor message Simon's Taco's aka Old Palapita
3:53 p.m.

when the leaves are up against the fence I would get some 3m spray adhesive and spray the fence with it, the leaves will stick to the fence and make a wall that will prevent leaves from going into your yard

— On the neighbor message Neighbor dumping leaves onto my property
3:14 p.m.

"My neighbors are constantly losing mirrors and getting sideswiped.. "

I would try to avoid parking on streets like that and if you do, obviously you knew and take the risk and made the choice to park in an area that you knew was dangerous.

you can minimize chances by not parking overnight, folding in your mirrors, and or parking as close to the curb as possible. i would also park on streets like that if it was a last resort and no other parking was available looking to move as soon as possible.

there are always streets or sections of street that are going to be particularly bad because of traffic, narrowness and other conditions.

sometimes by me if there is no parking and I make the choice to park on this street that is notorious for stuff like that especially overnight, I seldom park there and if i do, i always look out for a parking spot opening to move it.

— On the neighbor message Traffic flow and car damage on Long
7:45 p.m.

the way I see it, viewing only the information that was presented

she fled "leaving the scene of an accident, without trading information"
the only reasonable explanation would be that she fled because she feared for her life and was on the phone with 911 reporting such, but then again she pulled over so she may have thought the husband was on the phone with 911 and she should pull over because if not, it would not make sense that she was trying to get away if police were on the way.

does not sound like she thought he was at fault if she was trying to get away instead of her having to get him to pay, because if she did she would just stay.

also, not sure if it makes any sense, because there is no intersection that has a stop sign and street light. "Nissan blew a stop sign " not saying he did but, even if he did blow a red light there would have been a block between the stop sign and street light.

at a stop sign, a vehicle must remain stopped until it is safe to proceed so, even if he blew the light it would have gave ample time for her to judge if it was safe to proceed.

also, if she got hit by him and did not see him coming.... how the hell could she have seen the light was red? and if she seen it was red, seen him blow it, then in my opinion she would be at fault either way because she was at a stop sign.

— On the neighbor message Looking for an Accident Witness
12:30 p.m.

You pretty much have to know someone or be a volunteer to a politician for a spell, then they will get you in.

— On the neighbor message How difficult is it to get a City job?
12:14 p.m.

I don't like the drivers that are behind you and pull over with you to let the emergency responder drive by, then try to switch lanes immediately behind emergency vehicle to get in front of you, or when they are behind you and you slow down and pull over they jump in front of you before pulling over... the thing is when you don't let them and they end up in the wrong lane they start beeping at you.

11:19 a.m.

@every, any reason you did not lay on the horn when he was backing up?

I have been in the situation in which I thought someone was going to turn so I moved up, and then with traffic it looked like they could not make it, so they started backing up my first reaction was to lay on the horn so they knew I was there, they stopped backing suddenly and just sat in traffic and waited for someone to let them go

this could go either way depending on how insurance views it, it may be easier for them to settle then risk a suit.

reminds me of a time I got a ticket for speeding in a school zone in Skokie, I was not speeding and at the time a silver car blew by me, I believe they were clocked and the cop thought it was me. I got a lawyer and told him that I went back to the light I was at and even with me flooring it my car is not even capable of reaching that speed at where the ticket was issued. at the time speeding in a school zone was a mandatory suspension of license. the lawyer told me to plead guilty and I had such a hard time with it because I was not, he said that if you don't plead guilty and are found guilty it would be worse... I told him, but I am not guilty, I did not do it, it was the guy in the silver car that blew by me.....why the hell would I plead guilty, to me it is almost worse even to lie. well long story short, the lawyer pled me guilty, the judge said this looks like an open and shut case mandatory suspension of license, the lawyers asked to approach the bench and since my record was clean they gave me supervision. but, I still never felt right about it as I did nothing wrong.

8:17 p.m.

whenever I hear of shortage of police this song plays in my mind, and by the way don't blame me if your singing it all day ;)

— On the neighbor message Extreme Weather & Pets
7:53 p.m.

it will be converted to a two way, ending at dakin, this is for the binnys going in.

— On the neighbor message Wrong way on lamon
11 p.m.

i heard long ago that they were planning on turning it into like a late night bar and grill, I am not sure if that has come to begin or something else is happening

— On the neighbor message Old Nite Cap's location
10:42 a.m.

@gearhead, another classic...

— On the food inspection Simon Tacos Inc. passed inspection
2:13 p.m.

@gearhead, I would bet when "simon says" open.

— On the food inspection Simon Tacos Inc. passed inspection
1:51 p.m.

"go to the head of the class"

classic. they have a few versions, but all good fun

— On the neighbor message Any Favorite Educational Games?
12:18 p.m.

interview questions

Do you have any issues salting in the winter ?

dude, I assault in the winter summer what ever

Do you have any battery experience ?

yes, but I personally never been charged

what does the flashing yellow lights mean on a tow truck?

that I can drive like an ambulance driver on crack

8:30 p.m.

@robin in wrp,

— On the neighbor message Crazy
7:01 a.m.

"came up to my wife and gave her a stern talking-to"
I am sorry, I would have said listen, buddy, If I ever here of you harassing my wife again, the next broom you will be seeing is going to be upside your head.... you want to be a good neighbor, mind your own business.

he is a bully, bullying your wife... tell him in your own words to step off.

I am sure if someone would stand up to him, he would back down, but since everyone thinks he is loony they let him be. remember, just because people may have a handicap does not give them the right to be an "ahl".

— On the neighbor message I have a weird neighbor, what do I do?
11:03 a.m.

when it happened to me... paranoia, anger and distrust toward the world set in. I found it helpful to see a psychologist for about a month to cope with the strong feelings that I had at the time in order me to move on from it.

— On the neighbor message Wondering
8:15 p.m.

yeah, I did it and got back $15 from an old primeCo account

— On the neighbor message Hidden Treasure - Unclaimed Cash
10:22 a.m.

@joanie, that is what I think about those planters and trees in the middle of the road.

9:33 a.m.

H A P P Y T H A N K S G I V I N G !

— On the neighbor message happy thanksgiving
9:27 a.m.

the signs in the middle of the road should be cutouts of people holding a sign to stop for pedestrians in cross walk, it should be a steel pole filled with concrete, if you hit one you are probably distracted and hitting a fake pedestrian and fixing your car may be a wake up call to drive better.

the stupid thing about that law thou, is 8 times out of 10 after I stop for the pedestrian(s) to in the crosswalk they wave me by or just stand there like they are waiting for the starship enterprise to beam them up.

7:54 p.m.

@Harold, so for a woman it would be... Caucasian. Doe

— On the neighbor message Community Alert
3:48 a.m.

well, I heard when he went to a local church they said....
you got too much for us to handle here, you have to go rome for your confession.

— On the neighbor message Why is this not considered a gift?
12:29 p.m.

Taxes may be cheaper if we were back under the British Parliament.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
12:14 p.m.


7:16 p.m.

"From what she can remember, the area residents were told that building the terminal would bring tons of people and their money to the area." maybe that is what urban planners believed at the time." thou, I think the opposite happened... it enabled residence to go somewhere else to shop

7:14 p.m.

it is a new thing, if the marriage does not last.... they just split the house in two.

7:02 p.m.

Save when you buy 20 2-liters, must buy 20 for offer, also when is that 7 cent per bag tax supposed to roll out, for those not using recyclables yet.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
6:49 p.m.

if pop is so bad for you I would like them to put a surgeons general warning on it. in big letters something like "drinking pop has been known to lead to fatness and or diabetes" or what ever it is that makes pop bad for people.
right now if you ask me the tax will kill me faster than the amount of pop I would consume.

— On the neighbor message Update: county okays soda tax
6:54 p.m.

well, someone weighted so much they broke the machine.

6:23 p.m.

i guess he felt he did not knead to

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
9:40 a.m.

my car went into limp mode twice, once it was the transmission solenoid ($150), and the other time was one of the speed sensors ($26).

get a good transmission flush, filter and new fluid and see if issues are resolved, sometimes transmissions are finicky and if it was overdue for service or has the wrong transmission fluid in there it can cause issues.

— On the neighbor message Good Transmission Place?
8:18 p.m.

@beeb, How did the Doughs come into this?

it all started when someone paid Cash

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
5:14 p.m.

you, just have to roll with it, and hope it will get butter

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
4:22 p.m.

@portatge parker, what shops would you suggest, hope to see? where there any places in the 80's that you wish would return to the area.

7:04 p.m.

Who the heck names their kid Cash?

Bill Dough and his wife Moola Dough which is odd, because most Bills are single, they own a bread company.
other kids:

Chadd'r Dough
Fin dough
Buck dough
Lou T dough
Nick L dough
and daughter Penny (she is a copper, but sometimes she does not make a lot of cents).

— On the neighbor message Fight 4400 school
1:31 p.m.

I think people are for density for some of the following reasons:

increases property value

adds more money to taxe bases

stimulates economic growth and attracts business, that perpetuate more density.

pushes out residents that can't afford area, which is viewed as a positive since they have less money to spend in the area... this attracts buyers with more disposable income.

anything that adds value to an area is translated a progress.

i think the people against density for some of the following reasons:

increasing property values increases property tax, if this increases too fast they will not be able to afford the increase of their property tax, and be forced to move, some will be in their retirement years... some will plainly have less money to spend.

they moved to Jefferson park because they liked that is was not dense, and some may have moved to get away from dense neighborhoods such as wicker park and wrigleyville

increased traffic, pedestrian bike or other, some people chose jeff park to the relatively low traffic and commutability. being centrally located in Chicago, you could head off in any direction in your car and your commute would be even set. with places with increased density you have pedestrians jaywalking and bikes zigzagging in and out of traffic. for those that work long hours, adding an hour to a commute can add up over the course of the year, taking time from family, friends or errands.

parking, even if all the people in the up zoned properties do not have cars, friends and family may, which may add to parking opportunities in the area.

these are just what I see from both sides, feel free to list more bullet points positive and negative of up zoning. by listing positives and negatives in bullet points it may lead to a more constructive understanding of both sides and promote more of a healthy conversation on the issue.

12:31 p.m.

this picture makes so much more sense now...

— On the neighbor message Fosters Urgently Needed
7:54 p.m.

with all the taxes and such, I can't even afford them at face value....

— On the neighbor message Poor Alderpeople
6:01 p.m.

the us bank on 5850 w belmont Belmont has a coin counter

— On the neighbor message Change
9:15 a.m.

sounds good, thank you

5:11 p.m.

@jimmy, well, it is not for the fact of not wanting too, but between work and obligations I have little free time. I used to go see my parents every week, but now it has been 2 months since I have seen them.

12:48 p.m.

that is what I am saying post recipes to the original thread below, that way all are there.

8:46 a.m.

if you want, you can post the updated recipes to the old thread, that way all recipes are together and others add some new recipes as well and they will all be in one thread.

11:33 p.m.

no, I did not get the email, so what I assumed was correct and the email feature is proven to be defective at this point.

11:22 p.m.

lets go for both if not too much trouble, but I will probably do the soup first, since believe it or not a friend brought me over a stock pot of chili today... I don't know what recipe it is, but it is pretty basic and has green peppers in it, so I will probably be eating chili for the next couple days.

I also found that oil of oregano extract adds great flavor to soups and stews much more then regular oregano. I would usually add a couple drops to my bowl (stuff is strong), mix well. do not be tempted to taste it directly, always dilute it with something.

11:20 p.m.

ok, here is the test, I sent it @1:058pm and geo the reply that it went thru, did you receive it? if not there is an everyblock email issue.

Hi there,

You just sent the following message via EveryBlock. We're sending you
this so that you have a copy for your records.


To: JimmyMac

please let me know if this message gets through

11:02 p.m.


" I sent you an EB email in this regard."

I did not receive it.

it would appear there is an issue with every block emails.
i emailed a friend to test it and got this reply

Hi there,

You just sent the following message via EveryBlock. We're sending you
this so that you have a copy for your records.
then a link below

however, he never received the email

that may explain why david could not find the email because of an everyblock email issue, on your end it says the message is sent, but on his end he did not receive anything.

i checked if you had an email thru everyblock enabled, but you do not, i was going to send you an email to send me an email, but not only is it not enabled, but probably would not work until they fix the error.

6:50 p.m.

"The box is set on a timer and will explode 40 seconds after it has been moved"

40 seconds is along time, I cannot think of a package thief moving a box and waiting on the porch for that long, they would probably be in a car or halfway down the block.

next time you walk down a porch do 40 Mississippi's and see how far you are away from it.

— On the neighbor message Resolution for Stolen Packages
10:02 p.m.

@gearhead, "I'm flag you agree with me"

your flagg.... colonel is that you...

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
9:54 p.m.

or that Italian sausage soup,HKdsvTV#0

8:04 p.m.

@jimmymac, thank you for your clarification and explanation, I am more of a cut paste person myself, so I did not think the information had to be attached. I now understand why you were requesting dave's email.

oh, by the way fall season... time to make jimmymac's one.. two.. chilli ;),127EbkT#0

or that Italian sausage soup,127EbkT#0


7:32 p.m.

it is a good idea to contact peoples gas, I am not sure if they will replace the bad value, but probably give you the best advise.
try penetrating oil on the valve, shoot it a couple times during the day and let it set over night. after shutting off the gas at the meter, run the stove burners to get rid of excess gas, replace the bad line/valve, turn on gas, check for leaks, remember to re-light other pilots if you have them such as hot water heater, dryer, boiler.

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
6:20 p.m.

@jimmymac, curious... why the hoops? it seems like dave walsh is reaching out to help your cause and I know your statement technically does not say you sent the archive, but would imply that you did.
"Dave Walsh, I've got you covered. Check your email. I created the archive for you."
then when he asked where it is
"When I receive that email, I will send you an email with attachments of EB archive"
also, have you thought of contacting media on this matter?

11:49 p.m.

do you have a shut off by the meter?

— On the neighbor message Need help with gas li e
8:16 p.m.

@big oaks, your thinking of a gentleman's club

— On the business license Portage Gentlemen Shop
8:11 p.m.

i do not know of an attorney, but believe that you may have a case if it is related to sexual harassment or discrimination, you would also have to have enough evidence to prove your case. so if you feel you were wrongfully terminated, but cannot provide evidence of what led to the wrongful termination, you may not have a case.
the reason that i am commenting is if you do find an attorney to consult, you may want to be ready to present them with your evidence or witness statements so they may take your case. if you do not have that ahead of time you may be paying consulting fees for nothing.

— On the neighbor message Employment lawyer
7:49 p.m.

barber shop for men

— On the business license Portage Gentlemen Shop
7:11 p.m.

I usually get take out from one of these two places and have for sometime. even thou I have not had Mongolian chicken (more of a beef guy) from either place, it is on their menu and may be worth a try.

— On the neighbor message Good Mongolian Chicken
9:29 a.m.

someone please explain this pension thing to me?
where did the money that was supposed to support it go? I mean I invest in a 401k and if I have a loss, there is a loss
if there is a loss in money the pension fund is in there is a loss just the same right?

— On the neighbor message NW Side aldermen differ on water rate hike
9:11 a.m.

@jimmymac, i have been down similar roads before and would like to share some advise that was given to me.
in reviewing your comments, you have a lot of valid points, but maybe they were not presented in the way you intended for them to be presented.
somewhere there was a disconnect in them really listening to your concerns enough to for them to consider change. perhaps they considered your opinions an agenda of its own.
somehow you did not effectively communicate your points concisely enough for them to be considered.
then again maybe the plan was set in stone...
people don't like to work, if you want to change something big you need to have overwhelming documentation on all your points, also petitions as well as online petitions help. getting, groups (such as neighborhood groups) local alderman, state representatives and political figures involved help as well. you have to go to the news outlets, etc.. i am sure if you presented a concise story to news team with all the safety concerns and all, they would have considered taking the story.

3:04 a.m.

the money should be found elsewhere thru cuts, and restructuring. with all the extra money in taxes that we will be paying for others retirement comes out of money that would otherwise be put in my 401 k.

— On the neighbor message NW Side aldermen differ on water rate hike
10:08 a.m.

I like the idea, especially in winter/rainy times, nothing worse then repairing fuel lines in the snow. it also depends on the price thou, if you get stuck and have to let it sit overnight, it could prove more costly then to take it in. I also wonder if the lift is a ramp lift or 4 post, I will be guessing ramp. also, I assume there will be power and air lines for all bays as well as recycling service for oil and antifreeze.

11:22 p.m.

@an infinite member,

Inactive User... What's your music? Does it involve a tuba? <JK>

mostly classic rock, metal... but most other music as well
when outside I will only play with respect to my neighbors

I ain't going to go blasting some angelspit or something

— On the neighbor message Does anyone have anything good to say?
10:22 a.m.

i used to ride my bike a lot when I was younger, of course I had more time to then. I rode 20 miles a day after work at night mostly 5 days a week, but there were exceptions. i rode primarily to relieve stress, unwind from the day and stay fit. I did not ride in rain, unless I got caught in it, but I would do and liked snow as long as it was not too high.
I do ride now but just around the neighborhood for errands or to ride with a friend, primarily due to time, my job is physical and long shifts, then I also have home obligations that do not give me the time to ride for pleasure. it is pretty much I am at home or at work type thing. I am not an enthusiast, but enjoy riding when I can.

10:07 a.m.

I am grateful for all my great neighbors, and that they like my music

— On the neighbor message Does anyone have anything good to say?
12:44 a.m.

yeah, I will be going to culvers... i like the cheese cubes, It is American food.

— On the neighbor message Binnys, Culvers?
12:42 a.m.

if you feel something is out of the ordinary, but does not warrant a call to the police at the time, document it, times, dress, description, plate numbers, tattoos, etc. pictures if you can. then if something does go down you have pertinent information that you can share with detectives.

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
12:03 p.m.

any music should be played at a volume considerate of your neighbors.

— On the neighbor message evening inside
11:35 p.m.

@competitor, I patrol my neighborhood when coming home and if I am about, I report suspicious activity to police, and document other suspicious activity. and know and frequently talk to most of the neighbors on my block. not to go into too much detail but Tim Cullerton and I have brought down a couple troubled buildings in my immediate area, even thou not his ward he has been able to help.
the key is to identify the bad guys and share the information with your neighbors. monitor them with yourself and your neighbors and report any thing that may be illegal in violation of a building code. then don't stop dropping the hammer, be united talk to neighbors and share information that you discover, monitor routines cars that come and go, plate numbers etc. record them so if an event in the immediate future happens you have plate and description info.
also, in my day competitor, people were not that free to be belligerent and disrespectful to police, in my day you did not listen to a cop you got taught a lesson. police were respected, the thing is if they told you to stop, you know what, you stopped. you say yes sir no sir you were ok.. I mean not saying that It was right, but people followed the law. I followed the law and was not harassed that much, a little, but yes sir, no sir and telling the truth got you a long way.
police used to come by the house and talk to us ask us what is going on and such, they knew the good people on the block and got intel from us, then they would shakedown the troublemakers and telling them to stay away from certain areas. they would also confiscate drugs and weapons. I remember so many times cops rolling up and asking me where I was going, where I was coming from, to turn out my pockets etc, but I did not have a problem with it because I knew I was ok. cops patrolled, they protected and served their turf, they were the peoples gang. now, with all the hands off stuff you get no patrols no service.... you get warnings and alerts.

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
12:10 p.m.

section 8 needs improvement, I think maybe something has to be amended in order to get the voucher, members of the household have to commit to so many hours of volunteer community service, like to beautify the neighborhood or something , it would be based on how many hours one spends at their verifiable job. if one has a child work could be done at home such as on a computer or making community flyers.

many people around here worked hard to live here, many have earned their way on their own... so I can understand how it feels to live next to someone that has not.

— On the media mention Man shot in Belmont Heights
10:54 p.m.

I remember the days of "freeze or i'll shoot".

— On the neighbor message Gunshots on Cullom just east of Albany
10:34 p.m.

yeah, some friends I had a block down from me moved because of the crime. I asked them you are really going to move, the neighborhood is safer then most. he said, it only takes 1 bullet and it is easier to move while I am still alive.... it is a dice roll. I would rather move to an area with better odds.

10:26 p.m.

sometimes it is not so much more criminals, but more victims, more people, more opportunity. most crimes (not all) are committed by people that do not live in the immediate neighborhood.

8:17 p.m.

what a terrible situation for those that were held hostage to go through. events like this could be traumatic and have impactful psychological effects. i hope 7-11 offers counseling for the hostages/employee that were involved, thou some may not feel like they need it is helpful for those that go through this type of stress.

6:14 p.m.

I have been thinking about it too, I found it troubling when I was on amazon and saying maybe I should buy some quick clot to have in my car in case I get shot by a stray bullet.

I had a close friend driving with her kid and there was two cars, one of the people in one car shouted while hanging out the window is that them and pointed at her car, someone else in the car shouted , no the other car and the guy hanging out the window shot it up with bullets, she was so scared she gunned it right though the red light and never looked back, she was shaken for a good amount of time.

6:01 p.m.

a good practice is to check your side mirror first, look over your shoulder, then open your door. also, get out immediately and don't have the door hovering open while you try to get one last thing. I usually wait for traffic to calm a bit before I get out and sometimes just climb over the seat to get out the passenger way.

also, while we are on the subject of mirrors, you should be checking your rear view and side view mirrors every 8 seconds and glance in your rearview mirror before you use your brake giving additional stopping distance if needed for the car behind you.

5:52 p.m.

@paul, no I think they used confiscated fireworks

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:02 p.m.

bob, some people work 10-12 hour days, have a commute and responsibilities, some of labor is physical, not everyone has a sit on their butt job, and may not be physically able to ride after say unloading trucks all day. some are just too tired to ride after a physical or long stressful job, some people have to wear a suit to work and it could be difficult to manage riding a bike, I understand this because I know people that do it. not everyone is lucky enough to get a job close to home. also, many people have two jobs to make ends meet. some have nanny's or daycare to pay for, some moms and dads use cars just to get home earlier to do homework or spend more time with their kids. some use cars to pick up kids from care or take relatives for medical treatment.
maybe you don't know people like this, I am trying my best to educate you that in the city why some need cars, and at times it is not so much a choice but needed to take care of responsibilities and obligations. hopefully this will help you in having a more open mind. people should ride bikes when they can, but it is only another form of transportation to be used. I do a fair bit of walking as well as riding my bike, I use my car when I need to... and there are times I need to.

12:41 p.m.

from what I heard they got the guy alive, the sounds where probably flash grenades used by swat

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:25 a.m.

CʜɪᴄᴀɢᴏSᴄᴀɴɴᴇʀ ‏@Chicago_Scanner · 5m5 minutes ago

"The rear office, you'll see where it was breached by SWAT" #Chicago #ChicagoScanner #ShitCPDSays #HBT

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:16 a.m.

CʜɪᴄᴀɢᴏSᴄᴀɴɴᴇʀ ‏@Chicago_Scanner · 2m2 minutes ago

Milwaukee is now open #HBT

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
1:15 a.m.

according to report on channel 7 right now standoff is still ongoing

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
11:55 p.m.

I think I just heard story coming up on channel 7 in the next couple minutes

— On the neighbor message Hostage situation now: JP terminal 7-11
11:53 p.m.

@ruta, well, they have been hanging around awhile

— On the neighbor message A&G Fresh Market on Belmont
8:59 a.m.

I wonder if you also get a tax credit for an electric mower

10:02 p.m.

city income tax? pretty soon there is going to be a tax on tax... tax

8:18 p.m.

@bob, "More bike racks are needed to fix the parking problem"

I have never seen a bike rack full around here, I do ride a bike and I do fairly often, I have never used a bike rack, always a pole or tree, call it habit. if you are riding a bike, you just find a spot to lock it, been doing it for years.
an extra bike rack in my opinion is not going to convince someone that drives to ride their bike because of a new bike rack, it is personal choice to ride or not. they are not going to say oh! another bike rack, I think I will stop driving and take a bike.
when I need to pick up a few things I take my bike, when I am buying $200.00 in groceries I take the car. if I need to get somewhere and have time, I take my bike, if I need to be cross town in 30 minutes and be back to get some other obligations taken care of by a time frame or need to pick someone up I am taking the car, if I am taking the neighbors out to dinner, we are taken the car. I actually have 4 bikes and a bike I am redoing. i understand that some people have errands, task and responsibilities that due to time can only be accomplished by a car. I like my bike, I like my car.

4:27 p.m.

Not all people are physically able to ride bikes

7:18 a.m.

what is the suggested detour for northbound Milwaukee traffic.

2:37 p.m.

@thecity24, they already started making a spot for the culvers

10:39 p.m.

in addition to what others said, take your trash cans in the yard and put hem out during trash day, this may alleviate some of the irritation until the authorities come out and remedy the other issues.
also, you should report any animal abuse, including the animal getting loose, all animals are different, but would hate to see a small child injured because an owner was routinely neglectful. authorities are probably quicker to respond to that then any of the other violations.

— On the neighbor message Need help with dirty neighbors
7:12 p.m.

@randy, that song was brutal.... try this one

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
6:44 p.m.

I think you'd better clarify what you mean by the placement of the board at a 60 degree angle.

I did not dig a perfect 90 degree clearance toward underneath the concreate, I dug angled down underneath the concrete, so when putting the board under the concreate, It was angled and the jack went on the board on an angle, to dig enough to get the jack completely underground would require so much extra digging for the handle to have clearance.

— On the neighbor message Small Concrete Job?
5:32 p.m.

@sandy 1225

4939 n irving park road

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
5:12 p.m.

if the slab is a solid square and not connected to the other squares you can do what I did for my sunken sidewalk, and next door neighbors, here is what we did. dig on the side of the sidewalk about two feet wide and about 8 inches under the sidewalk. get a board like a 2x6 and put it in the hole under the sidewalk so it is at like a 60 degree angle, put the jack on the board and jack up the side walk with an 2 ton hydraulic jack, then start putting bricks and rocks under that side and lower the jack, jump on it a couple times and move to the other side, do the same thing. continue to do this till it is an acceptable level, then refill the dirt, try to pack it in tight underneath and toward the concrete. do not make the mistake and flip the concrete block and then try to level it, it is almost impossible. I did that on one square flipping it then put some stuff under- neath and put it back, it sounds like it would work, but the irregular shape of the bottom of the concreate made it difficult. a 5 foot crowbar, was also helpful, but use the jack for the heavy lifting, I slightly bent the crowbar and broke the tip off which I had to regrind. if is it connected to the other squares you might have to borrow or rent a grinder to make the cut in the square.

also, if not too deep of a hole you might be able to use a concreate resurfacer to build it up a bit, but probably not more then a 1/4 of an inch.

— On the neighbor message Small Concrete Job?
5:09 p.m.

I was under the impression both were coming

— On the neighbor message crumbling down
9:10 p.m.

maybe even if you are on your way to work or something, you can pick up an extra coffee for a friend or co-worker.

11:29 p.m.

not sure on the numbers you posted, but i feel the percentage will continue to drop as people are pushed out. gentrification has started, in 20 years jeff park will not be as you know it now. gen x'rs are split and there are not enough of them to hold the line. it can be slowed down, but there is no stopping it. some older people that are well off will support change, but those that are just making it will continue to be threatened by progress for fear of being pushed out. it is what it is.
millennials call it progress, in their eyes those that are opposed are against progress.

11:19 p.m.

jpna is mostly a baby boomer group, they seem to be traditionalist and preservationist that want the same things for new parents to raise a family in the same environment that they found to make jeff park what it is, suburban living in the city, yards, parking, quiet neighborhoods.
jeff park forward is more of a millennial group that focuses on changing what they believe their image of jeff park should be, tailoring to a younger group or older alternative group, to create a dense city lifestyle atmosphere.
this is how I view the groups, but if I misrepresented either group in either way please, let me know and extrapolate on where your views are on the misrepresentation.

7:54 p.m.

so much for the theory traffic calming and reduced parking is supposed to stimulate business by driving pedestrian traffic.

9:43 p.m.

But, with flexseal you may be able to rid yourself of that pesky leak in just seconds, it even works on boats...

— On the neighbor message Plumber for Gas Line
5:01 p.m.

this should be it, I went there with my dad as a kid, glad to see it is still there. from what I remember you could give them measurements and they can custom make your storm window.

— On the neighbor message Storm window companies
10:20 p.m.

didn't there used to be a place up on Pulaski years ago that made storm windows to order, is it still there?

— On the neighbor message Storm window companies
9:17 p.m.

well, I have to tell you I am surprised they did not just take the rims and tires and left it on a couple of bricks.
I think they probably seen that since it is good enough to lock up, it would be bad to lose and anything bad to lose is good to steal. the good news it is was damaged anyway and did not seem like a huge loss due to the unsatisfactory speed, but still the principal of the matter it still sucks, to steal a kids toy from your property. I would use this as an opportunity to go door to door and across the street and introduce yourself to any neighbors you don't already know while using the premise if they seen anything. the more people you know on your block the better.

— On the neighbor message Stolen off our porch
2:42 p.m.

here is some food for thought, thou not ideal my neighbor and i were talking (she is a teacher) and maybe they should actually slightly cut pay for both cops and teachers and put that money for more cops and teachers. this would provide more safety in numbers for cops and more easier jobs for teachers. I know if I was a cop on a beat I would take a slight pay cut if it meant I had a partner or another backup on my shift and if I was a teacher I would take a small pay cut it if it I had another teacher to cut my class size down. both jobs are important, if we can educate well, maybe less will turn to crime.
would you sacrifice part of your pay if it meant your job was safer, easier or less stressful?

1:44 a.m.

post any tomato recipes below

6:47 p.m.

"Pets are a commitment just like children"

so just curious how come if you lose a child, the child is missing
if you lose a dog, the dog is lost
I have not seen many missing dog postings or for that matter lost children postings.
both not the fault of the owner, in the case of the dog the dog is lost, in case of the child the child is missing.
if an owner was truly at fault, it would read more like neglected dog or abandoned child, right?

4:38 p.m.

Lord, hear our prayer

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
7:08 p.m.

Carlene, do you happen to know what % of rentals in the jeff park are section 8?
also, do you know section 8 voucher redemption in Jefferson park on the increase?
is there was a general demand for apartments in general due to gentrification from the southeast or is this fueled by an increase in voucher redemption?

7:06 p.m.

and there comes the flashbacks, gotta say competitor, you are over the

— On the media mention Man shot in Irving Park
5:03 p.m.

my one neighbor used this technique once. he didn't answer the door, then when they are were ready to leave and got to the bottom of the stairs he opened the door, and said hi! the salesman turns around and heads up toward the stairs, my neighbor smiles then closes the door. sometimes confused, they leave. if they continue to knock on the door, he runs out the back way around the block and starts walking toward his house if the person is still there and says to the person, I don't think anyone is home, and smiles again.

— On the neighbor message Amway or Scamway? FYI
9:48 p.m.

@beep, maybe ask the owner if he is interested in selling the house... say you seen it go into foreclose and wanted to see if you can help him out, get to talking and see if you could come up with anything .

— On the neighbor message Foreclosure question
9:39 p.m.

I would check with some of the parents in the kids classes or ask the teacher to ask around, if a parent of the other kid is picking up their kid anyway it could help out, also, at least one of the kids would be with another kid they know and at least one of the kids homework is going to be the same. that is the road I would explore if I was in that situation. It being a catholic school there may be a community board or parent club that you can get more information.

— On the neighbor message Looking for an After-School Sitter ASAP
9:37 p.m.

i was trying to think of the most logical reason someone would have for keeping a dog in a panel van with food and water and the more i think of it maybe the dog was dog napped and was being held for ransom.

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
7:16 p.m.

it may work but, it taste terrible

— On the neighbor message ** Chemical Free Insect Repellant "Recipe"
9:10 p.m.

@dpancakes, good job for calling the police, at least if they thought the dog was in immediate danger, they probably would have reacted. at any rate, the guy leaving the dog in the car got him two tickets, two ticket he would have not got if he did not leave the dog in there.
maybe write a note on the car to the driver as well, maybe he is not educated that it could be dangerous for the dog, print out an article or something and put it under his wiper. if he is leaving food and water for the dog, there is caring there, could be he does not see a danger or feels the dog is safer in the van then home alone.
just curious was the dog barking or appear to be in distress. how did you come to know there was a dog in the van.

— On the neighbor message Who leaves a puppy in a van overnight?
8:39 p.m.

if she does not read "don't walk... the kids aren't learning what "don't walk means.
if she screams at her kids.... she is teaching them that to get attention screaming is ok
if she disobeys the law/rules.... she is teaching them it is ok to disobey the law/rules.
if she is disrespectful towards others... she is teaching them it is ok to be disrespectful
if she almost got hit 3 times and does not care.... she is teaching them it is not important to be careful
all and all responsibility and consequent are of no regard to this mother.

a child will learn to treat others the way you treat others and they way you treat them.

— On the neighbor message 35 and under CAN'T
7:49 p.m.

not sure what is worst, 2 cars or the radio is stuck on 95.5 big country.

then again, some police departments are just shaking it off... lol

but, two cars are unacceptable, they should have so many cars to cover and "patrol" a certain amount of miles. things are so backed up that we cannot get back to the basics of patrolling areas like we should. more patrols over a period of time detour crime, not only due to visibility and support, but quicker response times. this helps keep insurance rates low for residents and areas safe for residents. when areas are not safe youth may have a higher chance of being affected by gang activity either joining or becoming a victim.

in watching old episodes of chips and starsky and hutch you will notice that several times police were not called most of the time. someone would go out into the street and flag a cop on patrol down, not the same anymore.

4:46 p.m.

same goes for wading pools, a neighbor down the street called me to say their was a dead bird in her wading pool, I told her maybe it was because of the spraying. she ended up cleaning the pool before her kid went in today. if not for the dead bird in the water she would have never known, I wonder what effect if any if the child sat in that water in the sun today. so for those that may have some wading pools out there,to be safe might be a good idea to rinse them out.

3:08 p.m.

oh, one more

— On the neighbor message 35 and under CAN'T
9:32 p.m.

times have changed, rarely do I see idle cashiers anywhere during prime time. I usually shop late at night, not on the weekends and usually see no lines. I had to go around 6pm once and wonder how people deal, i am so used to going late and it be pretty easy to get in and out...lines at 6pm were long, but it is what it is, I try not to go when it will be busy. ever since the economy changed things have gotten worse in the retail landscape, with the convenience of online and delivery options, mortar stores are extremely competitive to maintain profit margins, margins that will never be the same as in the past, you can only cut so much payroll. unfortunately it means overworked managers forced to make minimum wage workers do twice the work expected then in the past, claiming workers need to work more efficiently to meet the expectation of the business. to get around getting rid of senior positions, the position is eliminated and a new one created, forcing a layoff or requiring a senior employee to interview for a new position. the landscape has changed, it will never be what it used to be.

— On the neighbor message Jewel Six Corners
8:09 p.m.

I am not sure a speed bump would have helped in this case, if they did not see the cars, or where driving too fast they would have missed the speed bump. probably under the influence.

— On the neighbor message Hit and Run
7:48 p.m.

if you have not used them by now I would look at selling them, you can take them to an auction house that specializes in antiques or look on ebay to see what they are going for, what they are worth and what they sell for are two different things, some sell higher then they are worth some lower. post it up on ebay with a high reserve see what the bids go up too, that may give you a good idea.
also, check with your home insurance, let them know you wanted to have them appraised for insurance and they may be able to refer someone that can do an appraisal.

— On the neighbor message Any Waterford Crystal Experts?
7:39 p.m.

I go to the college of naprapathy, they are affordable and take insurance. they helped a friend avoid surgery, I went to a chiropractor once for an assessment and they said I carried my head forward, and they can correct it for several treatments costing only $1,800.00. something front carriage or something to that effect.
I told the concern at the college and they gave me simple exercises can do at home to correct the issue over a few months.
I can go on, but it is one of those things try it and decide if it is right for you, if it is, it is an affordable convenient option. I don't go all the time only when needed, like when I get knots in my back/shoulders or strain in the neck, arm calves, etc. also, if you ever get that thing in your neck that you can't turn your head that way, they can usually work that out same day. the students have to rack up so much patient time before they get their diploma, so students come and go, some are better then others, but they are around awhile.
if you like them, when they graduate, they usually leave their info on where they will be practicing, but most of the time it would be double the cost.
appointments are pretty easy, usually I will call the day of and ask if they have any open appointments or a couple days out. I have not had an issue getting in. they are pretty close by and the appointments are usually to the point, I have never waited more then 10 minutes max.

— On the neighbor message Chiropractor
7:30 p.m.

the two last times I encountered someone riding on the sidewalk, on the Irving stretch between cicero and Laramie.

1st encounter, bicyclist coming from behind pretty quick came real close, I caught my elbow at the last second when I realized it was a bicyclist, otherwise they would have got an elbow to the chin, not that I would hurt anyone on purpose, just a natural self defense reaction.
then about a couple weeks ago I sensed a bicyclist on the sidewalk behind me and I moved out of the way, he said good job, thank you.
I think if you feel the need to ride on the sidewalk, then ride slowly, people that are not expecting you may inadvertently walk in front of you, there maybe small children walking out of stores, or you might get and elbow.

1:26 p.m.

I am surprised no one has seen anything yet, this has been going on for awhile all over portage park.

is there anyone that have seen anything suspicious, even thou maybe not at the time of the theft, like people scoping out the area, suspicious vehicles anything?

they seem to use the same type of bricks, is anyone missing any on the block? are they bringing there own..... landscaper?

it has to be a van or truck, hauling this stuff... anyone see anything, probably 3 people minimum would be my guess.

most of these are happening overnight, early morning.

most target newer Honda and Toyota foreign, but now going into larger suvs (high end wheels and tires).

we need to brainstorm, how do you think they are doing it? we need to establish a profile, if we are going to help stop this.

7:14 p.m.


"If police act as judge and jury",

— On the neighbor message What the media doesn't report
12:36 a.m.

the only way to resolve any issues is to talk to the store manager or ask for a call back from the district manager regarding concerns. jewel is pretty responsive to addressing issues when the store manager is notified.
you can also call direct to the corporate office if your concerns are not addressed. not sure if letting the service desk person know is going to get anything to happen. ask to speak to the store manager, make sure it is the store manager and not the assistant and you will get results.

— On the neighbor message Jewel Six Corners
7:22 p.m.

@fredsedhead, yeah, they freak me out and bring back the nightmare that I remember long ago....

let me set the story, when I was about 14 years old my dad used to drive me to Winnetka and I used to spend my weekend mowing lawns, not small lawns mind you but large lawns, some where larger then others, i would get from $75 to $150 per lawn. but it was ok, I had my mower with chrome spoked wheels, chrome air cleaner, and a height adjustment handle that was a hurst shifter, and my 105.9 wckg classic rock hat to keep the sun out, I felt boss. well arriving at one of the lawns, it was covered in cicadas, I mean you could not even see the lawn, it was all bug, all noisy and all. I asked my dad what is that (pointing at the lawn), hearing thousands of chirpy sounds. he said they are just bugs, I will pick you up in an hour and a half. wait, what, I can't mow this... it is all bugs, maybe we should come back. no!! you made an obligation to mow, now mow! you mow! (pointing his finger at me with a deathly glare in his eye) my dad turned around got in the car and drove away. so I cringefully started to mow, crunching up the bugs as they hopped over my feet and some clung to my pants. thinking this was not too terrible, just make it through the day, I closed my eyes on the long stretchs. then I had to empty out the bag dumping all the pieces of bugs out... at that point I don't even think the lawn had to be cut, it was all bugs. uhhrugh. thank god it was the only time I had to mow cicadas. the strange thing is the rest of the lawns i had to mow that day were not covered with cicadas only that one, and it happened to be the largest one. brutal. why only that lawn I never understood. I mean it was covered in bugs.

— On the neighbor message Cicadas !!!
10:41 a.m.

the original concern was that they were playing in the streets, if they were off on the sidewalk like many other street musicians and performers, this post may have not even been created.
so many times people try to change the conversion to change it into something that was never intended to be.
that being said, there is a place for arts, but not sure if the middle of the street may be the place for a music session, an artist painting, or even some form artistic dance.

— On the neighbor message Bucket drummers
10:43 p.m.

@paul, we already do... that is why they send out all the police alerts and warnings so that when we see the criminals, we make the call to 911, then either they catch them or arrive late to take another report and issue another police alert or warning .

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
11:33 p.m.

probably not a bad idea to have the cat chipped when it gets here. if the cat is already chipped, make sure to update owner information. seems like pets around here for one reason or another get lost, coming from California, if the cat gets out who knows where it would go.

— On the neighbor message Best Vet?
4:42 p.m.

we just need a federal government bail out for Chicago, if we can send money to other countries to help them out, help out car companies and mortgage lenders, I cannot see why bailing out a top city is out of line.
people that were responsible for the mismanagement of funds should be penalized as well. with every new city worker hired there needs to be changes to the pension program so this does not happen again, the bleeding needs to stop.
the tax payers cannot pay for the mistakes of city management, when people are suffering and paying for government mistakes and government accepts no responsibility for wrong doing it is no different then a dictatorship.

then where is Obama? where is the federal bail us out already, how quickly you forget your roots and the people of Chicago that put you where you are today, or do you hate Rahm too.

— On the neighbor message Proposal to Raise Water Bills
10:56 p.m.

yep, I seen this dog fighting the other day, owners should be respectful of the common good.

— On the neighbor message Portage park Dog park
4:32 p.m.

found this, thought it was interesting, like history or something

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.

Such has been the patient sufferance of Chicagoans ; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present Mayor of Chicago is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:

He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Mayor, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.

Nor have we been wanting in attentions to our Mayor brethren. We have warned him from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded him of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to his native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured him by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. He too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold him, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

— On the neighbor message Proposal to Raise Water Bills
4:14 p.m.

break the granite with a hammer and throw it in the garbage, or put granite on freecycle or craigs list, as someone might take for a small project.

— On the neighbor message Question about building material removal
3:52 p.m.

wood needs to be sealed or painted.

— On the food inspection Old Irving Brewing failed inspection
3:48 p.m.

I don't see why everyone is surprised, it is sooo obvious..... this is a perfect example of WRI or writing under the influence.

if you read this while drunk it will make perfect sense.

it is like secret code to confuse those known as the sobers

7:09 p.m.

yep ,i heard they are changing the wording on squad cars to serve and protect will be replaced with "to warn and alert."

while in some areas law enforcement is more aggressive

— On the media mention Police warn of Northwest Side burglaries
3:57 p.m.

Ahh, I see.... You saw

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
9:01 p.m.

This girl used to do call backs which is sending back merchandise to vendors, or items called back. Well one time she was asked what she did at work and she responded... Oh I am the call back girl. Then one of her brothers gave her hermit crabs for her birthday that he had got at the mall. In a conversation with another friend when asked if she got anything for her birthday, she responded. Well, I didn't expect it but my brother gave me crabs for my birthday.

— On the neighbor message Way too many plants !!!
9 p.m.

my friend calls them hostages, funny story she said did you see the hostages that I put in front of my house?
one of my favorites from the other day that it was hot, she said it was so hot she was suffer-cating and that she had a mindgrain headache.

— On the neighbor message Way too many plants !!!
5:19 p.m.

@pam, the six that is what I said above, great minds think alike.

I just thought of something distinctive enough for people to remember, how bout kenjington korners

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
5:13 p.m.

@joanie, ahh, Rammstein .... if you were next door to me play that lullaby all day.

I may have said this before, but I remember once in while working in the yard I had judas priest going and the neighbor two houses down said, inactive the radio the radio... I said, I'm sorry is it to loud? no, you need to turn it up, I can't hear it over here.

he had the doors playing in his yard the other day and I said the same to him. the neighbors between us, don't mind.

I am sure if anyone had a concern and let us know we would adjust it thou.

— On the neighbor message Your Family Barbecue Music
11:48 p.m.

six coins, I guess that makes cents....

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
6:11 p.m.

no, I don't think the alderman would be able to do anything unless multiple noise complaints were filed.

best case scenario is go talk to them.

if they do not respond you would have to continue to call the police and make a disturbing the peace complaint. the police will tell come out and verify if the noise is too loud, then tell them to turn the music down and they will for about 30 minutes and turn it back up.. you would have to keep calling and complaining and waiting at times hours for police to show up. after an extended period they may get a fine. if you have multiple neighbors on your block call and complain that it is a disturbing the peace call you may have quicker results.

of course my preferred option would be playing music I like at a higher level to drown out the sound, sometimes a big fan helps as well..

— On the neighbor message Your Family Barbecue Music
6:04 p.m.

so with the plethora of lost dogs, I would like to get everyone's best practice in numerical order of what to do.

you lose a dog:

what steps do you take in order to find your loved one? what do you do 1st, 2nd. 3rd and so on

you find a dog

what steps do you take in order to find the owner ? what do you do 1st, 2nd. 3rd and so on

I don't own a dog and have not found any, but I would like to know all the options from those in the know. This way if something happens we have a list of different options to go to in order like a checklist.

I lost my dog

1. I drive around the neighborhood
2. I post to lost dogs
3. I post on every block with picture
4. I start posting pictures on tress in the area the dog was lost

I found a dog

1. I take them to __________ to scan them for a chip
2. I post to lost dogs
3. I take them to animal control on the weekends
4. I keep them and have a dna test done

9:53 p.m.

@HRDKOR1, good job, it looks like the force was with you

— On the neighbor message Found Dog: Elder Irish Setter
8:46 p.m.

@pamela, what would you name it?

the six
del boca vista
the seventh corner
the place to be
or how bout the traditional "coming soon"

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
10:36 p.m.

but, wait now, it says they are open 7 days a week until 2am..... if their food is good and depending the size of their burgers there may be something too this.
i'll be waiting for someone to chime in on the food to see if it is even worth it.. other then that, I guess it is still driving to Susie's for that double bacon cheese burger, or that philly steak. oh, and by the way if you do go to Susie's and if you have not already, their honey almond shake taste just like those almond cookies at the Chinese restaurant.

— On the neighbor message Anyone met Ray yet?
10:23 p.m.

it was originally the pointe and then they decided to drop the e because there was not point to having it. no, really I think they dropped the e on the name of the project.

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
9:39 p.m.

so you have hot dog places like jeffs that do cash only, they have an atm, but typical of some hot dog places, cool. mr submarine that will charge you a quarter or something...or may be a minimum whatever, but still takes credit cards .

but this is the first time I seen a "bar and grill" cash only, I don't think it fits the typical business model for this type of establishment and may turn some people off.

— On the neighbor message Anyone met Ray yet?
8:16 p.m.

updated photo,

— On the Open311 service request Abandoned Vehicle was closed
7:43 p.m.

Eisenberg said he hopes to break ground on the new building this summer, with opening slated for summer 2017.


— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
6:45 p.m.

i hope it is not some of the more common communication issues:

-make sure you get all the leaves this time

ok, we will leave it this time.. goodbye thank you

-something is wrong with my bill

well, I hope he gets well soon

-I need more gladious in my yard, can you help

yes, "glad to know ya"

-can you not blow the yard waste into the street or neighbors yard

it's not me..... it is the machine

-you cut the grass to low

if you want to give tip, it is ok

-can you put mulch around the house

yes, I do "much" work around the house, make nice

-is that your kid you brought with you?

ehh, waiting for the maury povich, you think he looks like me

-were where you, you are supposed to come every sunday

yes, i come every some day

-where is the cow manure you were supposed to deliver i told you to put it on my front porch?

it is there, look there it is on the front of your Porsche

-what is that white powder all along the front of my house

yes, you say you want lots of flour along the front of the house, is good


oh, you want the wheat flour, huh

— On the neighbor message Lawn Care Recommendations?
6:27 p.m.

what is the point?

— On the neighbor message "The Point" opening date?
1:06 p.m.

— On the neighbor message MAIL DELIVERY
8:35 p.m.

maybe also check with the realtor to investigate for you, you can use it as leverage in the purchase of the house.

— On the neighbor message Sidewalk Curb= blocked driveway
8:32 p.m.

check with the alderman, you would need a permit to have the driveway and I believe there is a yearly charge by the city, maybe the previous owner decommissioned the driveway due to the additional fees to have it.

— On the neighbor message Sidewalk Curb= blocked driveway
8:21 p.m.

If it were august, I would be thinking the same thing

6:50 p.m.

i have a hard time remembering the details because I was just a kid but, I think my grandfather once had rodan in his basement, nebula 71 star was able to rid his basement of rodan by sending this guy George. then ponch gave me a snickers bar because he thought I was diabetic and starsky and hutch drove me home in a red tomato.

2:55 p.m.

if you feel strongly against reporting her, you can let her know that the pets deserve better and you are willing to help her in putting her in contact with agencies that can help her in finding alternate homes for some of the animals. explain to her that she is breaking laws and you have been informed that a neighbor is going to report her if she does not improve conditions for the animals (don't let her know the neighbor is you), but at least this way you can be a good neighbor and attempt to help her to resolve the issues while giving her fair warning

— On the neighbor message Neighbor has too many loud pets.
4:32 p.m.

it sounds like you need to report her, you say you believe the animals are being treated unfairly and the conditions that you report indicate neglect and possible poor living conditions that border on abuse for these pets. then you also indicated she is breaking the law.

are you more concerned about the animals or the noise?

being sweet and old is not an acceptable excuse for neglect, abuse and breaking the law in the care of animals.

do the right thing for the right reasons and all will be fine in the end

— On the neighbor message Neighbor has too many loud pets.
4:16 p.m.

@helen, how sewn could we see you sew.

3:02 p.m.

i believe that dollar tree bought family dollar and that store is going to be converted tp a dollar tree..

the family dollar closer to 6 corners 4828 irving will continue to use the family dollar name and signage , at least for now, but be ran by dollar tree.

— On the neighbor message Family Dollar
9:54 a.m.

I am sure the Irving park sewing center (singer store) on 4914 w Irving can or know someone that could do that. They are very friendly.

10:14 p.m.

Dollar tree

— On the neighbor message Family Dollar
10:05 p.m.

sorry that it has happened, but it has happened a lot around the northwest side so be aware.

as preeti stated they have what they call ups access points that the package can be delivered to either directly or a failed delivery attempt at your location.

depending where you are ordering from you have the option to chose how your package is delivered. I had a package that could not be delivered because I was not home so the package was dropped off at an access point about two blocks away from my house, at that point you are given one of those slips on your door and you have 7 days to pick it up from the access point before it is returned to sender. I use that option or delver to a neighbor option if I know my neighbor will be home on the day of delivery.

also, it is always a good idea to sign up for tracking updates, although sometimes not timely ( Ie it will be delivered at 7pm and you get a message at 8pm that your package was just delivered), but at least it will make you aware of any missing packages.

I would let my neighbors typically know if I am expecting a package, that way they can keep a look out, if they see a delivery truck.

there was one day my neighbors had a package on their steps and I knew they were not home, so I secured the package and let them know I had it. I knew if I would have left it there someone would have taken it as it was a package from the united center.

just curious, a tow hitch... what would you tow, and what is towing capacity of a smart car?

— On the neighbor message Package stolen.
11:12 p.m.

so is this one of them transgender things

— On the media mention July 15, 2016 Newsletter
9:46 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, I dare you to go to a walgreens drive thru and ask for a case of beer, if the pharmacist says that you have to come in and that the drive through is for prescriptions only, tell him that is your prescription for fun.

8:58 p.m.

when you say you don't want to sound racist the first thing I ask myself is would a person of the other race make the same comment toward the group of people that you are addressing.

— On the neighbor message Irving Pk..Kimball..11pm
8:52 p.m.

they should have a moat that you canoe up to the drive thru

8:09 p.m.

no, not missing it, any respecting jeff parker has a case on hand, and probably knocks back a few to relax before ordering.

then you have your ipa jeff parkers that buy by the pint

there was once i knocked back a couple of pints of stone ruianion ipa, and by the time the pizza got to my house i forgot i ordered it.

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
8:08 p.m.

@wayne, Aug 13 2009 is when bellav joined everyblock, as the comment previous to hers we are looking for the oldest active everyblock member in Portage/Jefferson park.

I would guess portage parker 46 may be one of the oldest and wisest people, I think I heard him mention his first grade teacher once, I think it was Mrs. T Rex.

7:58 p.m.

residents are different too, a Englewood victim might, retaliate, don't go out like a chump and go out and get a gun

where as a jeff park victim might, make a police report, file an insurance claim and stay in and order a pizza, maybe even blame the alderman

— On the neighbor message Police staffing in the district
5:57 p.m.

I think law states if a door leads to outside it has to be openable without a key, like fire code or something. So turning on the inside is a good idea.

11:26 a.m.

also, park with the wheels real close to the curb, most of the time if they can't get all the wheels, they are not going to go for it.

10:12 p.m.

when they asked bones what he was doing there he said, they are all dead jim and started to ramble that he is the real McCoy. then something about some beam me up scotty pills, and asked if yous mad bro

— On the media mention Bones found in Northwest Side cemetery
9:53 p.m.

speaking of blockstar, I just thought of something interesting. I wonder who is the first person that joined everyblock in Portage/Jefferson park that is still active in posting.

lets see, wayne joined every block

June 4 2011

if you joined before that state your join date, then if someone is prior to that date state that until we have a winner.

9:32 p.m.

@tom, "with a little brute force, wheel locks can be defeated"

even with devices that can remove wheel locks, the locks typically will get stuck in the socket, it will definitely slow them down.

normally it is a good thing when someone has to retire.... I guess there are always exceptions to the rule

9:15 p.m.

when I was around 10 years old I lit a 1/4 stick and took off on my bike, I was probably about 15 feet away when it went off and the force blew me right off my bike. I have never lit a qtr stick again and if I did it will be with a long wick. now that I think about it those roman candle fights were dangerous too, just didn't seem so at the time, but then again I was a kid around drunk people.... maybe that is why I don't drink much.... hmmm.

9:06 p.m.

@nw-sider, the first thing to come to mind is that is tucked up

— On the neighbor message Tuckpointing
8:57 p.m.

I am only getting the daily digest, when going to main page says site not available due to updates

— On the neighbor message Everyblock?
4:59 a.m.

a bluebird sent a note that they are turning over a new leaf and taking their whole armada, but it goes to stanza the skyline will never be the same, altima 8ly probably better thou as a rouge fairlady went on a quest to be the pathfinder to find their new home that has more cube, as it was found on the x trail.

suburu used to be a brat, but they are having a new legacy coming from their experience with their forester's in the outback. even thou base models justy little short on horsepower i am really impreza with their line. also, i would not worry about catching any sti's from any suburus as they can be pretty hard to catch.

— On the neighbor message Mid City Nissan Moving
1:20 p.m.

@dennis, don't limit just to saving a few bucks, you can even cut back and save some doe

1:09 a.m.

I hope everything works out without you having to get all up in his grill.

maybe you can post this on the side of your house to prevent future events after this one is resolved.

10:53 p.m.

@zapper, make sure you documents dates times and conversations with this person and the organizers regarding this situation as well as take pictures of the damage.

this will be helpful in court if it comes to it

due to the perceived jerky nature of what you represent of this person, do not be surprised if you come home from work and the siding is fixed (by his friend), which may or may not be to your satisfaction. this will obviously be done without your permission.

at that point when you ask what is going on the neighbor can simply state that the organizer asked him to take care of the damage and that is what he did. that is the only issue with adding a third party such as the organizer to arbitrate on your behalf, you have no clear record of the conversation they had.

then what are you going to do? take him to court for fixing the damage?

no, that adds another element of the friend working on your property without permission which can even classify as an element of vandalism and trespassing.

be prepared with documentation

9:52 a.m.

first step file a police report for the property damage....

3:48 p.m.

how bout the ymca?

Candidates must be over 21 years of age and fill out a credit check and a background check.

Candidates with prior felonies and violent or sexual offenses will not be considered eligible.

Our resident facilities are limited to men only.

One-year lease minimum. Resident applications are available at our front desk. No security deposit is required.

— On the neighbor message Too much section 8 in one place is no good
10:51 p.m.

yeah, but a bit too poppy for me

if you want someone that is even easier on the eyes

— On the neighbor message Anonymous Letter- Good Neighbor
10:23 p.m.

some people throw chairs, it is instinct....they get mad you pick up a chair and throw it, some times just to throw it.

9:37 p.m.

most businesses that have an outdoor dinning area, have increase sales... the concept is not old.

i wish the seating was bolted down thou like a bench or something, mark my prediction, someone will throw a chair.

8:45 p.m.

not sure about the people spot, but that blue chair across the street sure is hard to get in and out of.

6:47 p.m.

I see advertisements for single family homes all the time, are they breaking the law?

— On the neighbor message Too much section 8 in one place is no good
6:40 p.m.

well, it probably was someone you know that does not approve or someone you know told someone else and they don't approve. it may even be your wife if she does not approve, but is not sure how to tell you or maybe one of her family members (does she have nosey

then again if you think the person is crazy, just throw the letter out and let it be.
maybe there is a reason for concern and that is why you are questioning here instead of just tossing it out, maybe not, but something is making you give the letter more attention then it deserves.

i throw out all crazy mail unless part of me thought it was not crazy or maybe i had some suspicions. maybe the person knows something about the other person that you don't know, maybe something happened between them. there is not enough information. i would not however ignore any i know what you did last summer letters.

that said i would not say you are a bad neighbor, nor the person needs to get with it. i think if the person had a concern they should be more specific in stating why and if there was a valid enough concern or it directly affects your neighbor for you to consider their opinion, but they should respect your opinion if you choose to continue choosing to rent out the spare bedroom and mind their own business.

— On the neighbor message Anonymous Letter- Good Neighbor
7:44 p.m.

reminds me of some parnks my friends used to play when I was younger.... not that I am condoning but thought i would share some of the memories.

you see, you go to your friends house with a pack of Saturn missles with a long wick and duct tape it to the back of his gas grill, so it it well hidden, then run the wick underneath to the burner. when he goes turn on the grill burllll booooo booooo.

you can also run it to a pack of jumping jacks under the grill or snakes on the burner that will not be detected and omit a bunch of smoke if you wanted to go that route. then wait for the moment of what the?

any memories anyone have from the past. I remember flying trashcan lids and roman candle fights, looking for duds in the school parking lot, taping smoke bombs to my bike, etc

— On the neighbor message be careful with fireworks !
4:22 p.m.

I never thought about that, the bird could have even died from.............
fowl play...hmm!

— On the neighbor message No Rain for Days - Wild Birds Need Water
8:20 p.m.

remember, do not blow yourself up this year!
some other good ideas are to wear safety glasses, light fireworks with incense, and most importantly don't hold fireworks in your hand while lighting, put them in a spot or have someone else hold them.

— On the neighbor message be careful with fireworks !
7:49 p.m.

I found 2 this year, one in the front yard and one in the backyard.

— On the neighbor message No Rain for Days - Wild Birds Need Water
7:15 p.m.

@gearhead, everyone has their circumstances, most home owners are hard working and civic minded people.

i had some unforeseeable expenses that put things tight financially, had these expenses have not presented themselves, it would not put me in a situation. i did foresee and expect an increase, but did not anticipate i would be paying more for property tax in my little shack of a house compared to properties in the next class and is to reason that i purchased such small house.

it is not that people will like paying it or not, it is what they have to do to manage the extra expense.

for some it may be easier than others.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
6:34 p.m.

say nice costume and throw candy at them and close the door.

— On the neighbor message Suspicious door-to-door solicitation
2:41 p.m.

Time to make minimum wage $20 an hour now... Lol

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:43 p.m.

@brian, check if they accidently changed your square footage or your classification.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
2:49 p.m.

I am getting my homeowners exemption

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
12:22 p.m.

nw-sider, thanks for letting me know the unknown reason for classification change happened to you too. again, I think these bizarre things just happen to me.

even thou I won the appeal and they changed the classification down back to 2-02, the value still went up. I will assume before they made the correction they compared to other properties that were 2-03, since I can see no way my house value could have increased property value by $50,000, assessed value up 5,000, and equalized assessed value up 13,000.

so even thou they corrected and reclassified to original 2-02 status, taxes are up $900 over prior year.

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:52 a.m.

After my property tax bill I am glad we are getting an aldi nearby

12:52 a.m.

it states under property value that it increased in value by over $50,000 the only thing that I have done to it is pull the weeds and mow the lawn, maybe I should put the weeds back. in comparison a house on the same block as mine exact same construction, except in much better shape has increased in value by only $10,000.

i had to correct an error that they made in 2014 (payable in 2015), as they changed my square footage and classification to 2-03, in which is not accurate. i had an attorney appeal and they fixed the classification back to 2-02, but did not correct all the square footage, and i am not sure if that makes a difference.

does anyone know when appeals open again in Jefferson park township?

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
10:25 p.m.

omg, the second installment was a little over $1,000 over previous years second installment! is there a lawyer in the house? if you add both installments and compared to last year for the entire year it is over $900 for the year.

it looks like my assessed value in 2014 payable in 2015 was 15,000

my assessed value in 2015 was 20,500 and I contested and that brought it down to 20,000 but still my assessed value is not worth that much

I have neighbors on my block with same style houses and their assessed value did not change by that much and that is what I originally submitted when contested.

anyone got any ideas why this happened?

I guess I have to file a new complaint this year, submitting the same comparable properties again this year.

oh no this is going to enroll into my escrow and now the mortgage is going to go up for next year, which is pretty tight the way it is.


— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
6:30 p.m.

how much did it go up?

— On the neighbor message Property Tax Bill
11:06 a.m.

And they are lighting our stairway to heaven

— On the neighbor message City Lights in Portage Park
6:37 p.m.

the most important thing is that if you do carry something that you practice and know how to use it, like role play. that way if the situation arises you will know how you will react.
I had a friend that said that he carried a knife for protection, however when I said ok how will you use it pretend I am a bad guy, I grabbed his arms and he pulled out his knife and dropped it on the ground. so practice, so anything that your going to carry so you are comfortable in how you will retrieve and use it in different situations.

so if you have a whistle, make sure it is easily accessible and you practice how to blow, if you are nervous and taken by surprise you may not take a deep enough breath in to get a good blow.

6:33 p.m.

this is getting wheelie out of hand, talk about jacked up, some lug gave a ticket on top of it. are their any leads?

this has been going on a lot around portage park / jeff park, more than is published in media reports. I am suspecting a van and at least a 3 person team.

has anyone seen anything suspicious, even after the fact. maybe you seen something that did not seem out of the ordinary at the time, but looking back could have been the thieves.

anyone have any ideas?

it seems like they are targeting newer cars, Hondas, Toyotas, import

what other observations and thoughts does anyone have?

— On the neighbor message Welcome to the hood
2:33 p.m.

if areas of the frame are bad and you want to refurbish them yourself and they are painted, I have used bondo in the past to repair rotted wood windows, I did it in my parents house about 25 years ago and it is still holding together. just clean rotted areas and start filling in with layers of bondo, sand, paint. done. if they are loose use and adhesive to stop the rattling before adding the bondo.

— On the neighbor message window frame replacement
1:13 p.m.

if it is a small shrub and you know someone that has picked up some fire works, you may be able to blow it out with a 1/4 stick, just bury it as close to the base of the root as possible, light and run. repeat if needed. wear ppe gear such as eye and ear and leather glove protection. check local laws before continuing.

just the first thing to come to mind.

— On the neighbor message Shrub removal?
1:09 p.m.

i am not really sure what kind of dog it is but, i am pretty sure about the dna results , and i predict that you are not the father... lol ;)

4:17 p.m.

also, for wttw producers circle members, show your current plastic member card to receive a 2-for-1 menu item discount at superdawg.

superdawg drive in
6363 n Milwaukee

page 11 of summer 2016 guide to membership.

not that many people know that is a participating restaurant.

— On the neighbor message Bike 45 Whoopski Ride!
3:54 p.m.

It's not possible to threaten to attack them in any way either.

the difference between the possible and impossible lies within a persons determination.

I have seen some moms yell at questionable people around their kids, not threating.

kind of questioning, condescending, speaking in commanding tone and waving their finger in the air shifting their hips back and forth, sometimes even putting the other hand on the hip. kind of like lecturing them away.

words that hit hard as a fist. things like "i need to know what your doing here", "oh so you think your are a big man taking pictures of kids", " i am sure yourr mom would be proud of you, wait you probably don't even have a mom", etc; etc; ( a real mom could do it better, but you get the idea)

this techniques seems to get most people to move on (there are always exceptions), if you get a couple or few moms on the block to go lecture the individual they are quicker to retreat.

you can see this technique from time to time on that one show "what would you do?" with John Quiñones

— On the neighbor message BOLO parents please be aware
11:25 a.m.

@portage parker 46, it was not me, someone that went inactive, you can tell by the "user" with the small "u"

— On the neighbor message Noisy O'Hare Take offs
10:45 p.m.

@tami, so you have not tried it?

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
10:57 p.m.

usually, free diagnostics is only if it shows a code on obd 1 and obd 2 and may only point to part of an issue at times.

— On the neighbor message Needing a trustworthy auto mechanic...
12:48 p.m.

electrical shorts can be expensive to repair, best to do a quick shot at fixing yourself.

what you have could probably be a bad relay, which looks like a small square box

get yourself a repair manual for your car if you don't have one already, like $20 at oreilly's

when you hear the buzzing remove the fuses one at a time until you hear the buzzing shut off. when you do, you know the issue is on the circuit. refer to the manual to see where a relay may be for that circuit. plug back the fuse and see if you can locate the relay. take the relay out, if the buzzing stops, go get a replacement relay.

if the buzzing is still there follow the wiring diagram to see what else may be replaceable on that circuit. if you cannot find the error at that point you may have to take it in. but these quick checks can possibly save you hundreds of dollars.

also, what year make and model is the vehicle, maybe there is someone on here that had the same issue and can recommend an easy solution.

— On the neighbor message Needing a trustworthy auto mechanic...
10:49 a.m.

now if they can get every starbucks to sponsor a divvy, then you can ride from starbucks to starbucks.

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
10:36 a.m.

it moved?

— On the neighbor message Neglected house
10:12 p.m.

@dennis, so if a bad guy breaks the window, they will feel double pain?

— On the neighbor message Old Chicago bungalow doors?
10:11 p.m.

if jimmy johns can deliver a sub, there has to be a place that will deliver coffee. I think that is what the future holds.

— On the neighbor message Starbucks in Portage Park?
7:42 p.m.

I heard it was a starbuck/stripmall and was wondering if they had an idea on how many storefronts that there will be. if they are taking suggestions for places needed in an area

I would recommend something like this:

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
10:21 a.m.

No, he had a clear one but your real close

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
8:04 a.m.

sorry, I know it is for irving and central, but is the proposal for mall or what else

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:43 p.m.

@a&k, this for a specific development?

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:42 p.m.

@gary, makes a lot of sense, maybe the experienced techs don't knock the power, and the new techs do. as I said the person that came to do mine was suited up full face shield and everything.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
11:41 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Meeting 38th Ward
11:30 p.m.

@Philip m, thanks, maybe you had the same guy I did, at least I know I was not the only one.

paranoia was setting in I was beginning to think since I gave him the 3rd degree before he started that he thought just to cut the power on purpose so I would have to reset the clocks.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
10:03 p.m.

I did not have any issues other then them coming unexpectedly, power was off for a couple of minutes and I was told of such, so I had to reset all my clocks. my neighbor had an older meter and they have to come back with the proper box that houses the smart meter.

I wonder why the guy that did my house had to disrupt power and all you all were uninterrupted.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
9:20 p.m.

no, they are for it and want them jeff park ... this would be single family homes for portage park

but, jeff park is trending toward getting new apartments and condos and portage park is trending toward getting new single family homes

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
8:39 p.m.

@tami, it is an empty lot and they are proposing to change the zoning to single family dwellings.

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
8:25 p.m.

I really miss analog tv, did not seem to have the interference issues as digital. I thought it was better and when they switched all my pocket tvs that I used to have did not work anymore. there really are not a lot of readily available digital pocket TVs like there were the analog ones.

— On the neighbor message Noisy O'Hare Take offs
7:31 p.m.

I moved from lakeview about 13 years ago. taxes and homes in the area were way out of my range. my dad still lives there and his property tax is more then my mortgage, property tax and insurance combined.

@nw-sider, I was under the thought process that people that are selling should not contest their property tax because it states that the property is worth more and it is easier to command a higher price, this assumes a sellers market in which we are in now. if you plan to be in your home long continue to contest property taxes. I predict that with this surge in build ups and rehabs in portage park we can easily see property tax tripling in the next 15-20 years, mark my words.

@durandurann1231, that is good to hear, for some people a condo is better because some people may not know how to do home repair, mow the law or shovel the snow.

— On the neighbor message O'Hare noise influencing home buyers?
6:29 p.m.

jpna would be jealous

— On the neighbor message Vacant Lot at Central & Waveland
6:15 p.m.

@psmonkey, they did not "advance notice me either", I was heading out the door when they came, they said that they were here to install a smart meter, I was skeptical and said really... I was told I would get advance notice, he said that the notices were sent out.

maybe that soon to your area notice was the notice. how do I know your legit? he had a face shield on and I told him for all I know he could be a star wars character. here is my id and I am driving a com ed truck, points at truck. I told him to show me the meters that he was installing in which he showed me in his truck both old and new meters. the process was done in less then 10 minutes, I made sure everything was turned off.

for information purposes they only replace the glass dome unit part not the whole box, it is digital and yes it does have the time on it.

I am just glad they did not blow up my tv like the water department or break my water main like peoples gas. yep, nothing broke due the electric company..... I am shocked to say the least.

— On the neighbor message ComEd and Smart Meters
6:13 p.m.

it sounds great, but if is one thing that I learned is things change, do not celebrate until everything is done and the issue is resolved.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
6 p.m.

If I buy them a case will that get me my house built?

no, but it will get them in the door.

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
2:47 p.m.

what if the bike is lost or stolen

Immediately notify us by calling 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889). You must do this within 24 hours. The customer service representative you speak with will ask you to fill out a Divvy Theft Report form. In addition, we request that you call or visit the police precinct in which the theft occurred within 24 hours to file a theft report. Your credit card may be charged for the cost of recovery or replacement of the bike. Please note, you must contact Divvy within 24 hours of the loss or theft of your Divvy bike.

in addition

If your Divvy bike has not been returned and correctly docked at a station after 24 hours, the bike is considered stolen and a fee of up to $1,200 plus administrative fees will be charged to your credit or debit card.

What do I do if there are no empty bike docks when I want to return my bike?

that would really be an inconvenience if your destination was nearby the station. you may even spend the day driving around looking for a station, I hope it is not raining.

If you want to return your bike at a station that’s completely full, we'll add an extra 15 minutes of free time to your trip that you may use to return the bike to another station. Simply go to the kiosk at the full station, dip your Divvy key (for Annual Members) or re-swipe your credit or debit card (24-Hour Pass holders), and select “Station Full?” to add the free time to your trip. You may also check the real-time status of nearby stations to find an available bike dock using the “Nearby Stations” option on the kiosk.

If you have a smartphone, download the CycleFinder app for your iPhone or Android device to view real-time information on bike and dock availability, then plan your trip accordingly.

If you have any problems, please call to speak with us at 1-855-55-DIVVY (553-4889).

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
9:55 p.m.

how are locations chosen

Many factors are taken into consideration when deciding where to place Divvy stations. These include things ranging from population density and business permits to things such as solar power access consideration and other stations in the surrounding network. We coordinate our station siting efforts through the City of Chicago Department of Transportation and area aldermen. You can suggest a station location at any time at
If you are interested in purchasing a station, or sponsoring a station location, please email for more information.

— On the neighbor message Divvy bikes MIA on NW
9:55 p.m.

i get sensitive at times too, i guess we all have our sensitive periods

this one always gets me

— On the neighbor message Window repair
5:52 p.m.


i would guess if their window for calling was between 11-1130, that they would not be able to take a call at 12.

it could be they intended to call and misplaced the number, if they are booked and good at plumbing, i can see how some things can easily go down the drain, sorry that the only thing that went down the drain is the expectation.

maybe give them another chance, talk to who is in charge let them know that you were disappointed that they did not return your call when they promised, but instead of going with someone else you wanted to give them the opportunity to make it right and that you hope that you made the right decision. they may possibly give a discount or make sure that they provide you with exceptional service.

right now you really don't know why they did not call, maybe within that 30 minutes something came up. we really don't know.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
5:05 p.m.


"Today was the day that Jerry at Olympic Plumbing - 708-846-0029 was supposed to call me at 11-1130 this morning to set a time"

that just sounds odd someone saying that they will call you at 11-1130am to set up a time, are you sure that you were not supposed to call them between 11-1130am to set up a time?

usually if a business is going to call they would say something like will give you a call sometimes Tuesday or Tuesday afternoon to set something up, odd that they mentioned a specific time, unless they were intending you to call.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
4:11 p.m.

it looks like it single family homes and more build ups/gut rehabs for portage park, and apartments and condos for jeff park, reason being jeff park transit center.

— On the neighbor message O'Hare noise influencing home buyers?
2:54 p.m.

@nwgal, no need to be sorry, I was not calling you out, i am sure everyone including myself know what you meant, but found it to be an amusing play on words, thought it would add some levity to the conversation and bump the thread as well :)

I was just trying to be nice too. and for the record I make typos all the time. it is all in good pun. as your probably already know, I thanked and appreciated your comment.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
3:23 p.m.

well, I guess if all the above does not work

is your garage door insulated? nylon rollers? that may minimize some of the noise as well as tight weather stripping.

how bout install a shock sensor alarm on the door. they can't be mad at you if their actions are causing the alarm.

get a garage exhaust kit

when they are playing ball in the alley start your car, maybe you can smoke them out.

or you could use my dad's technic of dealing with his neighbors with loud music and bright lights, for those of you that remember the story,n6xrRYd,uzz1BzC,nejZbGT,CV0OoW2#4

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
9:27 p.m.

@david, I showed my neighbor your comment, because I thought It was good, and he said
"yeah, but that would only work if after you took the shot, the ball did not bounce back and hit your garage door"

if it did, then you might sound silly saying try to keep the ball off my garage door. maybe, a pass back option could be safer.

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
9:05 a.m.

Work is scheduled to start June 13th

8:32 a.m.

seems like "to protect and serve" has evolved to "to warn and alert"

1:57 a.m.

@paul in Jefferson, this is for you enjoy

11:56 p.m.

6052 W. Addison

— On the neighbor message Store closing....
11:04 a.m.

I would let them play as long as they are not creating damage or using foul language. I would rather have decent neighborhood kids in my alley. it keeps the bad kids away. we had a lot of alley hoops growing up and our biggest challenge back then was keeping unauthorized users from playing on the net. the neighborhood and neighbors seemed closer then and everyone had an interest in seeing kids stayed out of trouble. now it seems like everyone just don't want kids around their house. I remember kids playing baseball in the alley and they would all day ring the bell because the ball would go in our yard, my dad usually gave a lecture so they would try not to hit the ball in our yard because they knew they would have to sit through a lecture to get it back, still happened thou.

this is why it is important to know the neighbors all around you, it is easier to have a conversation when there is a true community of people watching and helping each other. I have introduced my self and got to know who the neighbors all around me are, I might not hang out with them all, but I do talk to them ask them how they are doing, etc.

so if you want to fight it and don't want a sandwich. when they are playing ball open the garage door, do busy work in the garage. when the ball comes in the garage close the garage door.

option 1 if they come asking for the ball have a conversation with them. since it is unreasonable to have them play ball and it not hit the garage, maybe there is a better time they can play when it won't disturb you or try to minimize the ball hitting your garage.

option 2 if they come asking for the ball hand them the flat ball (let the air out), have a ball needle handy

option 3 if they come asking for the ball don't answer the door at all, enjoy your new ball

look at the timing when do they play? maybe earlier wash your car in the alley use soapy water. or simply hose down outside your garage making the alley wet.

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
10:43 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
12:14 a.m.

so is the concern the noise or is there damage to the garage door?

— On the neighbor message Alley basketball hoops
10:20 p.m.

@bellav, wish I seen this earlier as I was rowing my boat down the same stream

— On the neighbor message Store closing....
2:19 p.m.

Thank god I used my neighbors email.

1:52 p.m.

I registered for email updates, so if i see any new info come down i will post it here.

Department Of Water Registration Confirmation

Dear inactive,

Thank you for registering to receive Email Notifications from the City of Chicago’s Department of Water Management.

12:03 p.m.


I wish I had the psychokinesis power to "look the window out".

— On the neighbor message Window repair
9:44 a.m.

maybe they need some inspirational music

— On the neighbor message 30th ward
9:36 a.m.

Restauran is thai for Restaurant

— On the neighbor message Grand Opening!! 50% OFF Thai&Sushi
2:07 a.m.



this is a grand opening on 6/6/2016, mark the date

would the 50% be automatically applied for online orders at the Irving location on grand opening?

what is the chefs recommendations or top selling items at the Addison location (customer favorites)?
I understand it is easy to say everything is good, but what are some of the top selling items.

— On the neighbor message Grand Opening!! 50% OFF Thai&Sushi
12:54 a.m.

@a&k, so did they give you a raincheck

— On the neighbor message Rain barrel city of Chicago program
11:44 p.m.

i used to go to ace hardware and have a window cut and put it I'm myself at home just make sure you measure correctly. you could however take in the window and they could do it for you. it has been awhile so call your local ace hardware first.

— On the neighbor message Window repair
11:43 p.m.

to my understanding official dates have not been set, you can register for alerts to be informed of any updates to the destruction. I believe that arena will let us know if official dates are released.

Please be aware that starting in June, Department of Water Management crews will begin to install a new water main along Irving Park Road, from Central to Cicero.

The main dates back to 1916 and needs to be replaced to avoid main breaks.

With crews working in the street, there may be closures or lane restrictions for safety reasons. During these times, detours will be available to ensure residents will still be able to reach their homes and businesses. Outside of working hours, a travel lane will be left open for local traffic only.

Crews will post “No Parking” signs in work areas as needed, generally between 7 am and 4 pm. Parking outside of those hours will still be permitted, but cars will need to be moved by the start of the next workday.

If you would like to receive regular email updates about the progress of the project, please register []online for the WaterALERT program. Simply enter your name, email address, and the project identification number. The project identification number for this project is 1601123.

12:36 p.m.

maybe she has not met the right person yet

11:58 a.m.

probably till it is done

10:03 p.m.

meant English captain

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:36 p.m.

gunna have to take you down to English lieutenant colonel now

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:30 p.m.

short for "the are", so " the are ain't no free lunch" this is pirate dialect....

such as the are there matey some spell it arr

remember the date September 19th is talk like a pirate day

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
4:10 p.m.

i would think this would have been better off in portage park

10:02 p.m.

nw-sider, your mention of toxic brought this to mind it is an entertaining cover, enjoy ;)

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
9:36 p.m.

also, if he is chipped, just make sure they don't put the chip in the shoulder area

— On the neighbor message Found Male Beagle Dog
7:04 p.m.

i heard at the jeff park library by the time the librarian reached the third story, everyone started to complain.

5 p.m.

@portage parker 46, the only reason I can think of wanting to know the rules for permits is if i were inviting a few friends over and supplying them with beer till my garage add ons and deck was built. then there is the fort. now as long as there are no "ripples".

the progress would be led by miller general draft, with a bunch of hamms like Sam adams and Pilsner Urquell that kirin a lot about doing a good job.

the fort will be fort lager

the add ons will include lites which will be installed by my buds in old English style

they can give 2 Schlitz about a permit, since they are building it old style and unless micky opens his big mouth it should be cool

the garage will also have a red stripe down the center and a water fall with rolling rocks
with saint paulis girl helping with the details.

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
3:54 p.m.

here are a couple examples of value and maintaining the history of the item

so maybe if it does not fit with your newer décor and your prefer having a painted one for display consider a cheap knock off for stopping the door and place your grandmothers on a mantel or someplace where it can be appreciated for what it is and what it means to you.

2:42 p.m.

The fatal shooting occurred around 5:15 a.m. inside a BP gas station at the corner of Narragansett and Montrose avenues on the Northwest Side, police said. A 23-year-old man was arguing with two other men, and one of them shot him in the head. The man died on the scene.

No one was reported in custody in any of the fatal shootings

— On the neighbor message BP on Montrose & Narragansett
9:55 a.m.

and I thought Napolitano was a type of ice cream

11:07 p.m.

@pattymelt, did you get those whistle tips installed

— On the neighbor message Muffler/exhaust shop recommendations?
11:03 p.m.

that is what I like about you portage parker you always understand what I am talking about ;).

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
10:27 p.m.

ahh, it is raining in my kitchen again (due to an improper flashing). for those that might have an issue with leaks spanning a large area a plastic sled does well in collecting drips, just thought i would share if anyone else was there.

— On the neighbor message Did your basement flood?
9:11 p.m.

you will most likely need a permit for a large add on such as a fort/deck, which may include documentation of existing garage or inspection to see if it is up to code to hold a deck, several deck conversions in lakeview required teardown of old garages and new built to be up to code, if you have a brick or cinder block garage you should be in pretty good shape to legally go with a deck. this is not one of those weekend beer projects, whoever is building it would have to submit plans for permits and they would need to be approved before construction.

best to contact a qualified good rated professional/contractor for a free estimate to get an idea of what can be done.

the other option would be to get a copy of the building codes, then you may need a lawyer to translate most of it. it covers most building, municipal and zoning codes:

— On the neighbor message Searching for resources
8:08 p.m.

depending on how much detail you want and not to make it look over painted, probably looking for a good airbrush artist. see it they can do a matte clear coat to keep the paint longer.

take pictures from all angles for painters reference

if there are rust spots have them lightly sanded or rubbed with steel wool and rust converter applied before painting.

but take the pictures from all angles first.

I personally think it is great the way it is, it has character that was developed over several years, sometimes when you try to renew something old it is never the same.

4:29 p.m.

the ones that are doing it and that are inconsiderate of others probably will never change or look at the consequences their actions could have.

they probably just blame their kids or will make comments that pedestrians should have the common sense to get out of their way.

when parents show no respect for law and authority it teaches children the same.

this sets a bad example for children and even if the parent never gets caught or nothing bad happens, the child usually grows up to not be so lucky and they end up accidentally causing harm to others, then they don't understand why because their parents did it....then when you ask them what happened the response is it is not my fault, it is just bad luck.

— On the neighbor message Prussing Parents - OBEY THE STOP SIGNS!
2:33 p.m.

speaking of taxes, not a chance the garbage fee is tax deductible.... they are not for profit right?

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
1:38 p.m.

ahh, jumped the shark.... that takes me back

1:35 p.m.

it has been going in my head since yesterday, actually i am singing it now, i just talked to my neighbor this morning and she had not heard, so i told her.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
8:43 a.m.


.33928571 then multiply that by the 13 days you get 4.41.

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
2:45 a.m.

@sue, nw sider, john arena

so trying to figure this out my bill was $42.43

so from the bill explanation page it states 2 months for march and april, 2 months for catch-up garbage fee for January and February. so that put's it at $38

then on the bill page under message center it states "based on your billing cycle, the catch up billing for garbage fee is prorated to match the water and sewer billing dates reflected on this bill"

key words being "to match the water and sewer billing dates reflected on this bill"

the dates on my bill say account for billing period march 15-2016 thru may 13-2016

so may 1st thru 13th $4.43

so my best guess would be

9.50 jan catch up
9.50 feb catch up
9.50 march
9.50 april
4.43 may 1st thru 13th,
42.43 total

so if you take a month as 4 weeks (28 days) and divide it by 9.50 you get .3.928571 then multiply that by the 13 days you get 4.41.

and that is my 2 cents.... wait they still owe me 2 cents, what am I missing here.

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
2:43 a.m.

@oandel, i got to thinking and I was just wondering if you heard:

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
12:24 a.m.

@jimmy mac,

nice ;)

— On the neighbor message Water and Garbage Bill
10:58 a.m.

I call it "chair that sits o'ber by dare"

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
12:31 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Make Your Own Glass Souvenir
9:05 p.m.

@portage parker 46, flashback

— On the neighbor message Need a good fence builder
11:08 p.m.

@psionic moo, I have to know was he talking to you

— On the neighbor message Comcast Cubs Sox
10:12 p.m.

great to see young kids inspired at an early age.

also, brings some flashbacks of Ray Rayner and his umbrella hat on the days it would rain...

come to think of it, I think all meteorologist should wear those on rainy days, maybe even sunglasses on sunny days.

10:09 p.m.

paul's last name must be "patrol"

— On the neighbor message Did you see?
3:38 p.m.

maybe they got police presents and police presence confused.

— On the neighbor message Did you see?
3:05 a.m.

Correction, not GNC. Meant to say vitamin shoppe.

7:37 p.m.

if you look for negative that is all you will see

if you are too busy focusing on all the weeds you may miss smelling that one rose

let's see I went to dunkin dounuts and had one of those 99 cent green teas (between 2-6pm), smelled that lovely smell coming form las tablas and walked down to the currency exchange, smelled the flowers on the way, I think they were lilac or something of similar, and picked up my plate sticker, there was no line, just a friendly lady that called me over to the counter. I then went to gnc and picked up some stuff because of their buy one get 1 50% off on everything in the store today (ends at 9pm tonight, also, online). came home and started planting some mini roses and getting my containers ready to fill with flowers.

I remember things my mom used to say. like I ran back in the house as a teenager upset and said that I forgot my keys..... my mom responded, then what are you doing here? I told her I forgot my keys.... no you did not forget, you remembered and that is why your are here, always think positive.

but, the best thing that she ever said to me, no matter what happens or what you are going through, "try to enjoy every day in some way"

5:08 p.m.

Did the damage happen on private or city property?

— On the neighbor message Lawn damaged by tree trimmers.
2:58 p.m.

beware of the mesh shoes, some are kinda sketchy, I bought a pair of the mesh shoes not that long ago, they were comfortable, light and kept feet cool, had the memory foam, but my big toe made a hole in the mesh area by the toes in a couple of weeks, I was able to sew it together and it held for awhile, but then the mesh started to wear away. to get a little more out of it I put an iron on patch on it which gave me a couple weeks, but then there was just no saving it. so if your rough on shoes, beware of the mesh. maybe I walk to much or got a bad batch, it I were to buy them again I would wear them as light duty (walk around the house, lounging or something).

I have a friend that gets the skechers d'lites religiously and they hold up well.

they usually run a buy one get one 50% off sale, so if you are a couple or have a friend you can get a pair for each of you. however please call before you go to make sure the promotion is still running and if there are any exclusions.

— On the neighbor message Skechers shoes
9:24 a.m.

Now days, more than before it seems like:

"its only against the law if you get caught"

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
5:37 p.m.

hat tip to the 45th ward email

11:58 a.m.

reminds me of Robert McCall

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
10:41 p.m.

if you do display a flag, please make sure it is made in the usa

— On the neighbor message Is your flag ready for Memorial Day?
1:49 p.m.

well, they posted all those pictures and got everyone longing for the food, so I am sure when the doors opened it was like black Friday at Walmart.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
9:37 a.m.

— On the neighbor message Red Toyota in area
9:25 a.m.

so I heard this place opened on the 17th at 12pm, who went already!

I figured if there is no reviews by now people might not know they are open.

so now you know ;)

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
8:38 a.m.

well, family fruit market lost one of their best customers, even a spokesman that referred to family fruit market as his refrigerator and used to highlight great deals from time to time.

— On the neighbor message Musings about Family Fruit Market closing
7:29 a.m.

I think they said it was generic developers banners, kind of like the serving suggestion on boxes of food.... somehow it never turns out like the picture thou.

9:27 p.m.

if this were jeff park there would be a petition regulating the height of the chair and would probably end up being a step stool.
then also something thrown in to keep the zoning for all chairs in jeff park not to exceed the height of a anyone that lives in a single family home.

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
9:21 p.m.

@drewski, my neighbor said the way around that is to drop it of in the 2 liters, milk jugs, etc. in front of the door when they are closed.

— On the neighbor message Where to Recycle Used Oil
8:55 p.m.

You should go knock on their door and when they answer, say politely that you are their neighbor and are concerned about the unexpected events and it needs to stop. When the neighbor ask what unexpected events start barking at them.

— On the neighbor message Barking Dogs.
4:40 p.m.

what did you order?

9:37 p.m.

these wild violets are pretty tuff, the weed b gone killing them, but slowly.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
8:56 p.m.

for some reason this tune comes to mind

— On the neighbor message Musings about Family Fruit Market closing
8:34 p.m.

I mean, it is too early for dibs, maybe bbq fest holding a spot

— On the neighbor message ok, what is the chair for?
8:07 p.m.

I think fast food uses different oil, I don't think the mighty 190 will run used motor oil.

ref. The Mighty 190 - That Grease

— On the neighbor message Where to Recycle Used Oil
2:52 a.m.

probably easiest to go with your original plan and get a landscraper

— On the neighbor message Sod Disposal
10:08 p.m.

@hvicki, what is the best rate on a 30 year fixed, no points about now. I don't think it is going to get any lower than now. thoughts?

— On the neighbor message East Jefferson Park/Forest Glen
11:29 p.m.

isn't cicero and berteau portage park?

not sure why it is posted to Jefferson park.....hmm

11:20 a.m.

depending on the condition you could try renting a sod cutter and craigslisiting it


either that or if the sod is in good shape and cut well for easy transport, you can get some people from every block to take some off your hands. I am sure with some of the lawns around here you may get some takers.

before cutting you could get a commit list by seeing how many square feet you have and cut them into 6 foot lengths to see how much you have then ask what people would want.

ie. john stamos will take 4 rolls, once everyone commits to all or majority of the sod set the date for cutting and have the neighbors pick up that day.

— On the neighbor message Sod Disposal
10:59 a.m.

yes, jeff park is gaining momentum, If you plan to move there, move while you can as I can see it filling up. with new developments going on and home interest rates being what they are now. this is the best time to get it while the prices are still low. once more density hits, home prices will go up because property will have more value, so expect a property tax jump in the next 10 years and expect to refinance if needed, but try to pay down early because interest rates are likely to go up by then.

from a quick read I thought portaged said "downtown is by the transient center" .. lol

— On the neighbor message East Jefferson Park/Forest Glen
12:29 a.m.

*sorry meant cicero by city news

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
8:42 p.m.

I think it is a good idea, but would i personally would prefer it on the sidewalk, I just wonder what other bicyclist think about it.

does anyone use it? please chime in. I seen the one on lamon too and down from there a bike chained to a pole.

maybe I am just walking by at the wrong times, but I have not really seen anyone of them in use. well, I seen the one on Milwaukee by city news in use, but then again that is on the sidewalk so, does it make a difference if it is on the sidewalk?

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
8:37 p.m.

I was walking by this evening... do people even know it is a bike rack?

or are there just more people like me

"if I need to lock up my bike I will still look for a good old fashion pole or bike rack on the sidewalk. old habits die hard I guess, I would just feel more comfortable."

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
7:47 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
8:06 p.m.

actually, I have never been to fishmans....

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
7:28 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I am not sure a fair guess, since I have not been to a fair in awhile, can you fair guess my weight?

I am not sure there are that many active generals inthertents around here, maybe a few.

I completely agree too many people literate the streets with newspaper, maybe that is why they voted for those decorative garbage cans.

not to sure why people that wear specs will be late, maybe it is because they have trouble seeing the time.

really have not heard much of divergent or if it was substantial, did you read the book or see the movie? What did Tris and the mysterious Four do?

most facts come from email or computer because there are not that many facts machines as there used to be.

as for motivation, be water my friend

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
5:41 p.m.

technically if they took your fence, you could report it stolen...

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
2:45 p.m.

I knew you were pregnant

— On the neighbor message Happy Mother's day
7:45 a.m.

@Chi-girl portage park, so beside the language barrier would you recommend the roofing company for minor repairs like yours, was cost, time frame of service, and quality of work satisfactory?

— On the neighbor message Window leaking in corner
11:20 a.m.

@ruta, I guess a lot of people are trying to find out that same answer.

the delay may be licenses and inspection and some last minute detail. if someone has a spacebook page send earl the link to comment here.

however saying soon, soon, soon and showing provocative pictures reminds me of high school dating.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
10:38 a.m.

@portage parker 46

"While you could say it speaks well of Fischmans, what does it say about neighborhood priorities? :)"

it says maybe we should be at fischmans.... that or Jefferson park forward aren't big drinkers.... lol

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
12:22 a.m.

i wish we could use some for more cops, bike cops or something.

wait, how bout 2 cops on a pair of decked out kawasaki ninja 1000's for the ward.

flash back

12:18 a.m.

@Maggie45, you can call the city on the fence to see if she got a permit for it. i believe that any fence 6ft or higher require a permit and there may be limits on height as well. if she did not get a permit she may be fined and even be ordered to take the fence down.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:31 p.m.

what is the easiest way to get rid of these purple things in my yard? what are they like vines or something?

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
12:10 p.m.

does simplisafe provide you with a certificate to show your insurance to get a reduction on your homeowners insurance? if your not sure, you should inquire as it can reduce your home owner premium for having an alarm system. you just ask for a certificate from simplisafe and show it to your homeowners insurance and usually get a discount off your premium.

11:47 a.m.


my dad have a neighbor at one point cut a tree growing on the my dads side of the fence, one of the branches was going over into the neighbors property and the neighbor cut the tree through the fence instead of just cutting the branch over his property.

dad took him to small claims court and got $200 bucks for the tree, it was the principal of the matter.

go ahead and sue to get your $1000 or so for a new fence.

the tree can be tricky I had a neighbor tree that was on their property and branches was over mine. fall was crazy with all the leaves going in my yard gutters etc and stuff will fall into my yard all the time , large branches. like 8 foot branches falling. it lifted my concrete in the back yard as well. i originally talked to the owner and he said you have the right to cut any branches hanging over your property, which is true and the estimate to cut the branches over my property was an insane $1,600.00. during a storm a large branch fell on my house and caused damage to the gutter, even thou the tree is growing on his property the only way it would be his fault is to prove negligence in the court of law, and having proof that he was put on notice that he knew the tree was unsafe and did nothing about it. other than that it is considered an act of god.

found the tree may have been infected by the beetle, summited evidence to the city to state that the tree was a danger and a public nuisance

got the response back

Mr. User

Had the tree inspected in the backyard, the tree is alive and does not need trimming. Lifting of the catwalk in the backyard does not constitute a public nuisance.

****** *********
Deputy Commissioner
Department of Streets and Sanitation
Bureau of Forestry
2352 S. Ashland Ave
Chicago, IL 60608

about 6 months after that branches stated falling on the neighbors property, upon inspection by a tree care provider it was recommended that the tree was unsafe and should be cut down.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:33 a.m.

the feeling you get when you get home and know something is not right is terrible, then the panic sets in as you look for important stuff just to realize it is gone....and it gone, you probably ain't ever going to get it back. things past down, pictures, information, gone.

you then think what if someone is still there and franticly look around to see not realizing that if the person does not think they will be caught with burglary, they probably don't think they will get caught killing you either.

you call the police shaken and a little stirred and they show up an hour later to take the report, not being optimistic about getting your stuff back.... forget the tj hooker episodes because the words "don't worry, we will get these perps" never are spoken, then later after that an evidence technician comes to see if they can get a print, just to inform you later that it is your own.

the piece of mind that I have is knowing when I get no alerts on my phone and I open up my front door and hear disarm system now, at least I know there is no one in my home.

also, I have panic buttons on the pinpad to talk to an adt agent and dispatch police.

the piece of mind knowing that if something does happen the police will be on the way to a crime in progress instead of waiting for them for an hour to take a report. that my neighbors will be notified of potential danger.

it is hard to explain, i would never have dropped the money for adt if it did not happen to me. but things change you.

if I had a wife I would want her to feel comfortable coming to an empty home, and if that happened to cost $50 a month, so be it.

1:04 a.m.

I had a plat survey done in 2004, don't remember what I paid, but you can call and find out:

MM Surveying Co
5812 W Higgins Ave

I recommend after you get a copy of the plat survey, make a smaller copy, then scan and save it to a flash drive. they may do that now, but I had to send a copy in for one thing and email it for another so it would have been easier to have that set up already. I file my survey with my property tax paperwork for easy reference.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
8:15 p.m.

well, for the homeowners insurance it does not say much as I had state farm. they paid my claim and after depreciation and not having jewelry items specially covered it was about a third of what I lost. that being said, my insurance went up 15%. when I called state farm to ask why my rate went up, they said it did not go up... you just are not getting your 15% claim free discount, but you will be eligible for it in a five years. well the five years of 15% more paid more then they paid me out, so almost worth it not to have even made a claim.

also, I am sure the other place does it too, but adt gives me a certificate that I give to my homeowners and they take a % off for having an alarm.

best thing to do is layers or protection, if you have 2 doors at the front lock them both, dead bolt steel reinforced frames, etc. same with the back, if it is not used that much throw in a crossbar. get a locking security screen door on top of that.
pretend that swat is coming to your house.
all windows in addition to alarm system additional audio alarm. those mr beams led motion lights above all exterior windows. lock your gates, if they are short consider going to 5 or 6 feet etc. dead bolt your garage and throw a hasp lock on it. when you are home put 2x4's in the frame of your garage door, so they cannot lift up your garage in addition to zip tying your emergency release.

also, have all the doors that lead into other rooms locked before you go, that way if they want to get into another room, they have to break into it, anything to slow them down.

the best deterrent is make sure your neighbors and surrounding neighbors know who you are, that way if they see someone that is not you doing something suspicious they can call the police. instead of just assuming it is the home owner moving out.

4:41 p.m.

"She's suggested Simplisafe"

uh oh, this could be a trap.

if you do not go with simpli safe and go with someone else that looks better and something goes wrong, it is your fault and you will be reminded the rest of your life because nothing can replace grandma's jewelry that were passed down that are now gone.

if you do what the wife says and something goes wrong it is her fault, but you have to forgive her if you want to live happily ever after or technically it can still be your fault for just agreeing with her instead of checking other options.

I do not know much about simplisafe, but I got adt. i had a couple false alarms, but police response time was quick. also, adt will not only will they contact me if there is an issue, but my neighbors are listed as contacts as well. that way if there is an issue they will be alerted to potential dangers.

2:54 p.m.

just drove by there today, thought I would take a pic just incase some where wondering what it was looking like.

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
2:29 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Property lines?
11:42 a.m.

you did the right thing in calling the police, much better than

cutting the power to the garage, barricading the side door and hitting the remote start.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break In
5:49 p.m.

reminds me of this

How does a lawyer sleep?

First he lies on one side, then he lies on the other

— On the neighbor message Lost retainer
5:36 p.m.

"Bill Dahms studies his new garbage bill with his cat"

the cat litter alley said "mewowww, they can't be feral", then proceeded to have a hissy fit and spent the rest of the time catatonic.

4:26 p.m.

I own a shredder, but it depends on how many documents you may have. ie you have your daily stuff that you may shred everyday, but If you keep a box(es) of papers for documentation for years and the year is up, it is time to shred. some may not want or have the patience or time to sit in front of a shredder for hours and every 20 minutes clear jams because they just want to get done and over feed it.

— On the neighbor message Shred-a-Thon not going well.
2:55 a.m.

so those that go to fischmans, after they close, what is your second? where do you plan on going instead after they close?

this may give others the chance to preview where they may want go after fischmans closes.

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
2:36 a.m.

i am surprised, usually lawyers are quick to claim them.... must not be a good case

— On the neighbor message Lost retainer
4:12 p.m.

@tony60641, maybe put out a mason jar and put a label on it "sign money" and have people, groups, etc. just start donating for the cause.

you can even list donations over $10 on your facebook page so those in the community could get recognition for helping support honest local business.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
10:19 p.m.

— On the neighbor message Stolen Vehicle
9:03 p.m.

I just told my neighbor about this and he said. you know all these people say that crimes happen around here because of the Kennedy because it adds a fast getaway and easy access to this area.

now you got these dudes on bmx's, you got the guy on the pink bike stealing cars.... now only if they did not put in all those bike lanes.

— On the neighbor message Gas Station Robbed at Irving Park & Laramie
8:32 p.m.

or maybe could get a custom vinyl sticker to put over the existing sign, it does not have to be complicated, could even be something like this:

just food for thought.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
4:10 p.m.

"I do wish they could get rid of that Pizza by Alex sign, though. I've had folks argue with me that it's still the pizza place because of the sign."

maybe someone from art alive 45 can paint it. or maybe an upcoming artist can donate their time and paint it to showcase their talents on a creative sign. a box of automotive spray paint and a talented individual could work wonders.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
4 p.m.

hey, by the way does anyone know what happened over there? it looks like someone took out a bunch of trees and damaged the light pole in front of the hoyne savings. looks like a car might have lost control ober by dare*.

***portage parker 46
"over by dare" is the more formal usage. From the German, in which the "by" stands in for the German word meaning "near."

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
3:55 p.m.

but, the big question is where will Jefferson park forward meet now?

— On the neighbor message Fischmans Liquors and Tavern to close in July
3:26 p.m.

ok, just found it on the site

Fannie's serves Sunday Brunch! Join us every Sunday from 10am2pm for our fantastic brunch buffet. $15 adult $8 kids $4 toddler

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:44 p.m.

so just to confirm Bellav's comment

"Fannies has an all you can eat brunch for $15."

it is all you can eat for $15?

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:39 p.m.

@david, you had me at bacon.... I remember growing up we used to make packs of bacon and put them in a bowl and eat it like it was popcorn.... last time we did that we seen a movie final destination 2, then I had to drive home on the highway at 2am... I was so paranoid on the way home.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
5:29 p.m.

just walked by today,

Hands On is proud to bring you a contemporary style of thai and sushi within the comfort of a neighborhood restaurant. We represent the new generation waiting to take your dining experience to the next level.

Grand opening 6/6/2016

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
6:29 p.m.

@durandurann1231, make sure you hit us up with your review of what you tried.

— On the neighbor message Brunch
11:50 a.m.

joanie, you are completely correct.

"Our mindsets were different, there were clear distinctions on what constituted right and wrong behavior"

I wish that many shared the same mindset; some still do, however kids acquire a family members gun or a gun without parental knowledge more often these days.

I know when I went to school we did not have active shooter training for kids/teachers in school, now in many areas they have it because of the anticipated potential dangers that were not realized before or happened at such rarity that it was never a thought.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
11:47 a.m.

I agree being observant and defensive is your best deterrent... also, knowing and associating with your neighbors may help when possible to do so.

it reminds me of something my dad used to say growing up, typically when I was asking for help: "ain't no one coming to save you, you need to save yourself"....

that and "as long as you blame someone for your problems, you don't give yourself the power to change them"...

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
8:55 a.m.


— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
8:31 a.m.

@joanie, we also need to also consider the times, the treat for kids is greater now days, I can see a kid taking a gun to school now for protection than I could have 20years ago. also, there maybe more single and working parents then before leaving the kid feeling like they have to fend for themselves.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
8:29 a.m.

you could pull another line (wire) through the ridged conduit if you wanted to run another breaker (line) or wanted to upgrade to 220, with cable you would have to dig up and run another cable if you needed more power.

ideally if you can and will use the power, run 60 amps to the garage and have a breaker box in there, that way when if you trip a breaker you would not have to run back to the house to reset it.

— On the neighbor message Garage Builder Rec's
8:24 a.m.

my friend always referred to it as road destruction, ie, look out there is road destruction ahead.

4:44 p.m.

The only concern is if the bad guy has a gun and gets you by surprise or the drop on you if you will... Then they can end up with 2 guns.

— On the neighbor message Stolen vehicle
6:29 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson
@be Atkinson

you seem to disagree that my comment of district 16 has some of the best cops in Chicago.

if i am wrong, I would be curious what district in Chicago do you think has some of the best cops?

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
3:25 p.m.

@paul in Jefferson, what bad experiences have you had with officers in district 16? The ones that I have come into contact with, shout out to beat 1634 have been positive.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
8:29 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I missed your point... were you glazing it?

6:29 p.m.

i have said it before and I will say it again, for the few we have in our district, I truly believe we have some of the best cops in Chicago.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
6:27 p.m.

I guess Andersen windows is beginning to become a real "pane"

4:25 p.m.

I am surprised no one is saying the post is racist because the dog is german... lol

— On the neighbor message German Shepherd on the loose
4:23 p.m.

"The police won't be able to prevent bad things from happening. They will only be able to react after it happens."

I would say for the resources they have, they try, but cannot be as proactive in patrols and crime prevention as they have before.

karl, you forgot to mention they send out alerts and warnings when there are more victims.

I wonder if these alerts will become so sophisticated right after you become a victim you will get a text or email... "you just got robbed", to file a police report hit 1, for robbery press 2, if you just got killed press 3, etc, etc:.

— On the neighbor message Garage Break-Ins
4:18 p.m.

He has sent me harassing text messages that are rude and inappropriate. How did he get your number?

is it possible that you could block his number or get another number?

anyway, if you have the harassing text, rude and inappropriate messages saved you can use them as evidence against him and file charges for harassment. depending on the level of rude an inappropriateness it could even fall under more severe charges.

on making up things to your landlord, how did you find out? did the landlord confront you? did you complain to the landlord about the loud music? what was the landlords response to the complaint? you maybe able to break the lease if you have one if the landlord is not responsive to maintaining the environment you agreed to lease.

I know my dad would reply to the music with louder music that would be the opposite of his preference.

also, keep a detailed record on everything days times etc, if anything it will record a history of harassment. if you bring this to the landlord the history and depending on the lease, the landlord maybe able to evict them due to creating a hostile environment.

the most important is you find a way to deal with it, and let your teen boys know you are handling it.... I know myself as a teen boy and if anyone was harassing my mom I would find a way to stop it, teens can be resourceful at coming up with temporary and permanent solutions and do not look at long term consequences.

stay safe

— On the neighbor message Apt or home for rent Jeff park/ forest glen
10:08 a.m.

from a do it yourself perspective depending on the crack if I had to do it myself I would shoot some liquid concrete repair epoxy into the thing, they sell a kit, you put paste on the outside and shoot out of a caulking gun liquid epoxy that fills the crack permanentl (it is meant to repair concrete foundations), as portage parker said if the crack is deep you can insert backer into it, they sell this to it is like a foam strip thing, then to make it look good you can hit it with some concrete paint or go with one of those do it yourself concrete resurfacers.

— On the neighbor message Bungalow front steps
1:45 p.m.

@miss colleen, thanks for the clarification.

— On the neighbor message Auto body shop recommendations?
3:43 p.m.

@miss colleen, I was unaware those places did auto body work as well, that is good to know.

— On the neighbor message Auto body shop recommendations?
4:55 p.m.

oh, jeopardy question...

Who cares bank?

what is bank of america

4:50 p.m.

here are a couple examples of superyards, you can google superyard under images to determine what may be best to block off the exterior basement stairs, they are pretty versatile and some of them you can link together to make a longer configuation.

link to all google images: superyard:

— On the neighbor message Fencing Recommendations
4:36 p.m.

you may be able to pick up a superyard to position it around the exterior stairs. I think they have these at target or walmart.

send your husband the dimensions of the gate and garage door to like home depot.
most are standard sizes and easily swapped out with common homeowner tools. the sales people can help by giving advise how to install. but, again sounds like remove and replace unless there are any details not listed.

I am not sure the situation, but it is typically it is the husband's role to get these things to happen. you should let him know how appreciative you will be when everything is done and constantly remind him of how important the safety of the family is.

to get things to happen quicker you can employ a wife technique commonly referred to by men as nagging. this works because men typically don't listen more then they have too and to hear the same thing over and over, most fall to submission.

the most important take away would be to continue to motivate him to get it done, by complementing his ego by giving him sincere complements and rewarding him for good jobs done is the best way to keep him doing task and being happy doing them.

— On the neighbor message Fencing Recommendations
7:58 p.m.

@pattymelt, I hope you don't get jacked around by the cure either.... are they still even together?

— On the neighbor message mudjacking
3:46 p.m.

i imagine bbq

shrimp, ribs, gumbo, brisket, etc

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
4:01 p.m.

I heard you can spray your garage where they stick the flyers with some no touch tire spray, the silicones in the spray prevent it from sticking. worth a shot.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
10:46 a.m.

how about a specialty store that carries an assortment of jerky, nuts and premium dark chocolate.

bread is too many carbs for me, however I still would like a place nearby that I could get a fresh Danish on occasion.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:42 a.m.

thanks to the firefighters who chose a profession to help, save lives and prevent danger to others.

it speaks of character, as you cannot convince anyone to run to a potentially dangerous or life threating situation with the expectation of being the hero.

also, in maintaining professionalism and composure in times of crisis.

from cats in trees, to kids in cars to burning buildings, you never know what the day will bring. the celebration of those that were saved today or the ones that didn't make it, all emotions that are dealt with the job on a daily basis and doing your best to make a difference everyday.

@francie, thanks for sharing your story

— On the neighbor message Thank You to Chicago's Firemen!
10:14 a.m.

I did not realize how many people were against it . I went to a Spanish bakery and simplely asked if they had an item and they said " no mosque". I told them I heard about it, but do you have the pastry... No mosque, no mosque. OK, I said and ended up getting a doughnut from dunkin doughnuts.

7:10 p.m.

since you have a new car, it may not hurt to get an alarm system. some insurances will give you a discount if you show you have an alarm system on the car.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
10:12 p.m.

i agree joanie, fed ex kinkos is needed. i usually go to the one on Harlem and Irving. not only for shipping but for printing needs.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:09 p.m.

no, mine seems fine, I did not notice any issues with the trigger. It shoots weeds about 4 feet. i like how you cock it like a shotgun. like your the weedanator.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
10:05 p.m.

@paul, i found a video of the paper towel hack, it is the first tip

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
9:46 p.m.

@paul, I personally prefer a method not to scratch/chip the socket.

another tip on a loosely fitting or stripped bolt is to put aluminum foil over it before putting on the socket, there is both thin and heavy duty aluminum foil. if you have it handy and can forsee an issue this method works as well.

I have also used aluminum foil in a semi stripped thread in a transmission solenoid bolt hole, after putting in the aluminum it allowed me to torque to spec, before that it was just turning, most important, no leaks.

a method to hold a bolt in a socket is to put a piece of paper towel in the socket hole then undo the bolt....the bolt will stay in the socket and not fall out, this is great in cramp quarters. where a bolt can disappear forever on a frame rail never to be found.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
9:22 p.m.

I think I will put up a flyer on my garage to say "do not put up flyers!"

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
8:12 p.m.

so being skeptical, but trusting portage porker's endorsement of the fiskers weeder I was able to get the item from menards.

hat tip to gearhead for pointing out the out of stock locations.

so the item being sold out in Illinois, I ordered it from the menards in Beloit Wisconsin and got it for the 12.99 plus nominal shipping.

the fiskers 4 claw weeder with auto eject arrived today. looking at it I was still skeptical, but as I went to use it and shot the weed to the sidewalk, the little voice in my head saying, you gotta be kidding me, really. I mean the thing really works pretty well, even on those flat big weeds that are always a pain to pull out.

I want to thank portatge porker because if not for his endorsement, I may have passed on it completely as I would have never thought it would work so well.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
8:06 p.m.

@paul in jefferson,

yeah pounded on a smaller socket 1mm less was best fit, but then it got stuck, it is easier to get the lug off an extractor than a socket, you just put the socket in a vice grip and hit forward.

with the smaller socket it involves twisting and using a punch on the other side of the socket, re-tightening it on the stud, but not to tight to get it loose or banging it on the concrete.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
7:54 p.m.

after going through the process, the wheel lock may be the easiest to remove, I have pictured the lugs on the vehicle

pic 1 super tight lugnut rust welded 250lb impact and jumping on a 40in breaker bar would not budge without penetrating oil.... almost thought I was going to break the god blessed parking gear in the trans hopping on it.

pic 2 stripped lug nut without chrome cap, needed stripped lug extractor (odd size without cap)

pic 3 chome cap that comes off lugnut and gets stuck in socket, takes time to remove from socket before going to the next lug

pic 4 brand new wheel locks $12 autozone

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
6:48 p.m.

sad thing is I went out and bought some wheel locks for my car yesterday as a deterrent and even with an impact and breaker bar I could not get some of the lugs off. then the caps off the lug nuts got stuck in my socket and I had a bit of a hard time getting it out, some of the lugs are missing the caps so it is an off size in which some are stripped. I finally got the wheel locks on, but it probably was mores secure the way it was with the rust and stripped lugs.

— On the neighbor message Monday Morning Surprise
2:40 p.m.

@Daniel, well, that makes sense that it is in the street then.

in my opinion it would have been more convenient to have 2 racks instead of 1. imagine the current rack cut in half and both placed at 1/3rd points on the sidewalk. that way it can run parallel and not make it difficult to walk by.

I guess time will tell how the bike racks will function in the street. hopefully everything works out long term and the racks continue to be viable.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
10:51 a.m.

did you say reunited?

— On the neighbor message Loose dog Portage Park 4pm Saturday
1:22 a.m.

i personally like them, but would prefer them on the sidewalk.

if I need to lock up my bike I will still look for a good old fashion pole or bike rack on the sidewalk. old habits die hard I guess, I would just feel more comfortable.

most of the time it is helpful too if I want to take a peak at it from where I am at.... it may be harder if it is in the street to see it down the block.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
12:53 a.m.

@portage porker, I did see that in the menards ad and was wondering it's effectiveness. your endorsement might sway me to pick one up.

traditionally i would get the hand weeder and a bucket.

— On the neighbor message Earth friendly lawn care?
11:15 a.m.

@andy, I think if you link the forms or where to get the forms here people will be more inclined to do so. also, it would provide a reference point to go back to if the issue still needs attention. at least those that complain have the proper resource to complain to.

then the people that it does not bother can continue to throw them away or use them for grocery list.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
8:20 a.m.

I have neighbors that keep their garbage cans in their yard on the side of the garage and either wheel it out the night before garbage pick up or morning of. that has seemed to resolve all their issues.

— On the neighbor message Garbage pickup
6:11 p.m.


— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
12:17 p.m.

@dog fan, thanks for your explanation. i would think if it was because of the photo op they would want the bike on the rack in the picture to show the use. Maybe I just think differently than others.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
10:51 a.m.

cooked over a steel drum with hole punched in it

— On the neighbor message New Drive thru BBQ Coming to Jefferson Park
7:42 a.m.

@retired, so I come home and there is someone in my house opening a window I should ask if he is a burglar or with Anderson?

maybe they do this from the outside, I think by law they have to identify themselves as an Anderson rep and have a warrant of probable cause listing specific windows before entering a home... maybe they have video surveillance of you having difficulty opening a window. how the window business operates is not entirely clear. with garage doors it seems to have it's ups and downs.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
7:36 a.m.

I would imagine if that was done here then a competitor would copy or make up competitors flyers and start posting them to get them fined out of business..

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
6:58 a.m.

@scc, I would just call and set up an appointment to look at your garage, when they come to your garage you can hand them the flyers and say that you did not need them and just wanted to turn them back in.

— On the neighbor message Garage Flyer Redux
6:44 a.m.

not sure how bike friendly it is, there is a bike off to the left in the picture. you would think it would be parked on the new rack.... right?

also, I would like to know what benefit it serves putting the rack in the street over the sidewalk. I understand divvy in the street because of the space it takes up, but people are traditionally used to parking their bikes on the sidewalk and or bike racks on the sidewalk. I am not sure I understand why a rack in the street is a better option. so if someone can explain so I understand.

— On the neighbor message Bike initiatives launched at 6 Corners
5:50 a.m.

this amusing river flashback to bump the thread, enjoy

5:10 a.m.

@pattymelt, you can be a window model

— On the neighbor message Smokey's BBQ Reopening!
2:58 p.m.

I agree avis, probably a system with some of the most viable pictures that I have seen posted on every block.

— On the neighbor message Packages stolen from front porch
2:57 p.m.

does the radio station tag have a code on them? some keychains have a keyfinder service that you can just drop them in the mailbox to get back to the person.

if not I would probably turn them into the radio station. why? because if they like that station so much they have a key chain of them , they may listen to the station a lot and maybe the station can announce that they found the keys and the person can retrieve them.

not sure, but maybe they are Spanish, I seen a lady chasing some kids and pointing at the ground saying a key, a key... maybe she lost them

— On the neighbor message Found keys
2:55 p.m.

I would print the pictures out and let everyone on your block know, if he was not following the truck, this could have been a normal path for him and a crime of opportunity. someone on the block might recognize him. note the time and day and maybe he will be walking by again, let neighbors know that maybe home that time and day to keep an eye out.

wow, that is some pretty clear video, do you mind mentioning what camera system you have? you can pm me if you don't want to mention it on the public forum.

I really thought about this and why people steal packages, maybe because they are not happy with their own package.

— On the neighbor message Packages stolen from front porch
2:36 p.m.

it is 460.475

wait, I think I have an old map somewhere...

ohh, there it is got it

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
10:25 p.m.

yeah, I went there before they closed and it was easy to get to. I heard last week that they were reopening, but did not know it was new owners.

it is finally great to be getting all this new bbq around. it is funny I have been saying it all along and now it is happening, maybe it is positive wishful thoughts.... hmmm, i will win lotto..... i will win lotto

— On the neighbor message Smokey's BBQ Reopening!
9:32 p.m.

it is nice to have the phone free and a simple separate device for scanning, this way you don't have to have it plugged in or worry about running your battery down. also, if you don't have an unlimited data plan, you may not want to burn data on an app when you can use the scanner.

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
8:03 p.m.

I have a radio shack pro 82, had it for years. it has a headphone jack that I would plug into the radio in my car as well. It can run regular or rechargeable and recharge in the unit with adaptor.

— On the neighbor message Police Scanner
3:44 p.m.

duffs dogs is converting to a bbq place, which will probably do well if they are good.

sometimes I miss the ponderosa, maybe I just miss the times thou...

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:25 p.m.

i am just wondering how do they compile the letters? it would be easy to say that out of the number of residents in the 38th ward that so many oppose.

now if they are looking for both oppose and support... who is opening them all up and reading them? or do they just go into an oppose pile and a for pile, what about the details of the letters?

it may be more easier to have a poll and voting center. you take your voters card to indicate that you belong in the ward to vote for what you support.

8:38 p.m.

@portage park association, does that also mean if there are more supporters for the liquor license they will be granted regardless of how many oppose it?

12:57 p.m.

@portage park neighborhood association, thanks for clarifying, i was under the assumption that they were only looking at the opposition letters.

12:54 p.m.

@beenafix, if you are in favor, you do not have to do anything to show your support, they just want to see how many oppose. if you do not send a letter of opposition it shows that you support the license. it is not like voting.

12:18 p.m.

be nice to have a dinner like this, but 24 hours on that filament side of Milwaukee.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:50 a.m.

@allan, good to know there is someone else like me out there. i missed that taco bell too. especially since it was open late night, not to many late night places around here.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
8:30 a.m.

instead of culvers?

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
12:23 a.m.

ahh, the heat, that takes me back

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
11:26 p.m.

@portage porker, you are right. I just pulled it up quickly, mainly for size, but there are several other vacancies of similar size to choose from both on Milwaukee and around to the west on irving. those are the types of shops which i would think would do enough margin to do well for the area.

— On the neighbor message Local Soap Opera: All Our Vacant Buildings
10:55 p.m.

sorry paul, grew up with too much Charlie chan, hardy boys and nancy drew.

does anyone know the color of the vehicle from paint transfer or the bumper left

also, i am assuming the front bumper was left, is that correct? so we are looking for a car with recent front end damage?

potential make?

i want to keep an eye out for cars with damage, but it might help with any info. also, if anyone knows of any neighborhood cars with the same color that have been damaged recently it may help with the investigation.

also, for those that were victims it may help to check with local body shops to see if the someone that did this might be trying to repair the damage quickly.

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
9:33 p.m.

@portage parker 46, so have you ever contacted the alderman? what did they have to say? what can people that care about a resolution do to address the infraction?

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
8:14 p.m.

@paul, how do you know it was a he? do you have information.

the poster stated

" I just hoped that he/she did not hit a person after hitting the parked cars."

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
8:11 p.m.

promises promises

— On the neighbor message Management Change at Portage/Patio
5:45 p.m.

that is jacked up... I would buy some wheel locks just to be on the safe side, thou they can be defeated, they will definitely help in deterring to some point. also a cheap alarm will go off if the vehicle is lifted, also another possible deterrent.

they took my spare tire for my truck a couple times. I am glad they did not get yours. tires are so expensive now days.

— On the neighbor message Tire theft Austin and Dakin
5:38 p.m.

you state the person was a drunk driver, how did you find out the person was drunk?

this may help with investigation.

if the person came from a bar? they may have video.

if the person appeared drunk from a residence you can report the residence to the police and they can investigate.

also any details, paint transfer to indicate color of car, etc...

— On the neighbor message MARCH 25 2016 Hit and Run
10:50 p.m.

probably easier to get someone that has been drinking to buy something too, some say things look better after a few drinks, whatever it is you may regret what you go home with when you see it in the morning.

10:10 p.m.

@oandel, I know the feeling... I usually don't listen to the band linked below, but once this song gets in my head it is in there for days, click at your own risk...

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:13 a.m.

darn mattrasses.. lol

— On the neighbor message Old "Noodles" Restaurant Austin and Higgins
9:02 p.m.

Trader Joes have been bought out by Aldi and will be converting former Trader Joes stores to Aldi stores. Having access to financial data it would appear that Aldi's stores have a higher profit margin then Trader Joes.

6:32 p.m.

I'm with you chris, I am not a big fan of gelato or ice cream either, other than ice cream cake (don't do regular cake). I prefer frozen yogurt and itailian ice and I too go to josi's.

— On the neighbor message New ice cream shop
4:46 p.m.

omg all this plant talk has brought back a flashback

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
4:34 p.m.

@portage parker 46,

IMO shouting is called for.

4:26 p.m.

Chickity China the Chinese Chicken

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
4:19 p.m.

i never had brunch, is this common for a particular culture or do many people do brunch?

— On the neighbor message Brunch at Community
4:58 p.m.

i have seen in some areas parents and older students would work as "safety patrol" to help with crossings. this was typical when I was growing up, but have seen less of it as time went on.

— On the neighbor message Please bring bike lanes even further north
3:14 a.m.

In almost 40 year's annual use we've only grown 1 1/2 extra heads among us

I guess I keep having flashbacks to the Gilligan's island episode when Gilligan found those radioactive seeds.

I have only grew vegetables in containers, even at home with my parents growing up they grew vegetables in containers on the deck.

that makes sense far from the garage as possible because of the oil. growing up people would dump oil from changing their car on the side of the garage. I remember as a kid asking my older friend, why are you pouring oil on the side of the garage? where do you think oil comes from kid? it comes from the ground, it is called recycling.... anyway it keeps those tall weeds from growing on the side of the garage.

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
10:31 p.m.

@portage parker 46, I was thinking about a garden once, but how do you know the soil in your yard is safe. I did a tomato plant in some store bought soil a few times, but that was pretty much it.

— On the neighbor message First Time Gardner
6:32 p.m.

technically I believe passing on the right is illegal, you can merge but not pass. then I think your are also not supposed to pass 150 feet before an intersection.

if you race at a light, in the right lane and try to get ahead and cut off the other car you can possibly face, exhibition of speed charge, public endangerment, reckless endangerment, illegal lane change, too fast for conditions, failure to yield right of way, etc.. depends on the cop and situation.

you should be able to pass on the straightaway in the opposing lane when there is a dotted line, it is safe to do so, and you are not exceeding the speed limit to pass.

someone correct me if I am wrong on anything, this is what I remember when I was learning to drive.

— On the neighbor message Please bring bike lanes even further north
6:27 p.m.

the tiles remind me of the old burger king tiles

— On the neighbor message Cement porch demo and rebuild needed ASAP
5:06 p.m.

yep there is brown paper up, and in case if there are any doubts:

I am really not surprised thou, there are not that many ewoks in the neighborhood, I think I seen one once on his way to a star wars convention.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:19 a.m.

i personally liked wong's better. funny story I called to order one day and it came up disconnected. I asked my friend if she gave me the right number... she said no I gave you the "wong" number.

— On the neighbor message New resturant?
10:12 a.m.

@t&c, this one is for you

1:45 p.m.

next up, stop sign cameras.... lol

stop signs will help.

I think the point chris is trying to make is that all pedestrians should be careful crossing the street irregardless if there is a stop light or stop sign, this can only benefit them to exercise caution because even if they are in the right of way, they can potentially lose a life. key take away, watch out for idiots, and don't expect everyone to stop just because they should.

— On the neighbor message Boy hit on Austin at Cornilia tonight?
12:20 p.m.

@portage parker 46, you are correct, I typed it too fast.

I recall this image from my archives....

— On the neighbor message Questions/Opinions
7:05 p.m.

we use words like fruther and over dare, over here... lol

— On the neighbor message Questions/Opinions
6:53 p.m.

6 corners appeal of the past was primarily because it had a huge draw area, there were not so many options to shop as there are now. if you needed something pretty much sears had most of it, the surrounding stores had the rest. the draw began to shrink as other malls and stores surrounded the perimeter of the draw area cutting off shoppers at the pass.

that in addition to larger malls which appealed to more options in product selection became bigger draws and pulled away from 6 corners at the same time retailers started to drop out. in addition to online stores, this changed 6 corners.

right now for a person that does not live in 6 corners with lots of shopping a one stop shop that used to be 6 corners is now the hip, golf mill or old orchard, or even small strip malls such as addison mall even thou not particularly close the variety of shopping can make it worth the trip.

now we have to define ourselves, we may not reach the draw power of the malls in product selection, but how can we compete? by bringing arts and culture that