Sunday, January 25, 2015

informed voters or sheep?

As I was reading this week's Beverly Review, I appreciated the letters regarding Alderman O'Shea's comment about debates being "silly."  I'd like to thank Helen Mlynarski for her very candid letter and will quote a portion of it here.

"Frankly, I think debates are silly."

What type of statement is that, and what type of political official would make that statement?

Does it come from someone who is a political puppet and believes he has an election shored up because the voting public are sheep that don't want or can't understand the issues? A statement like that is a slap in the face to anyone who is offended by complacency. 

Don't we deserve an alderman whose priorities represent the whole ward, not just the political machine? Having only one hour on Tuesday night for voters to hear what the candidates have to say is ridiculous. It's an insult to all who want to be informed and are not sheeple.

If you'd like to be informed, come to the candidate forum on Tuesday 1/27, 7:00 p.m. at Morgan Park High School, 1744 W. Pryor Ave. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Parking is available in the school lot on Monterrey Ave.

More info here.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

thinking about opening a restaurant?

A bit of info courtesy of BAPA:

Chicago Restaurant Week kicks off on Jan.30 with a workshop on Establishing Your Restaurant Concept and Writing a Business Plan, 9:30 to 11 a.m., City Hall, Small Business Center, 121 N. LaSalle St. Expo information and workshop registration: or 312-744-2086.

Friday, January 9, 2015

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme: 3 interpretations of "A Case of You"

Friday, January 2, 2015

Sunday, December 28, 2014

community alert: theft of car wheels

From Chicago Police 22nd district:

Wanted for Theft of Car Wheels 22nd District (Morgan Park)

About This Crime:
This alert gives notice to residents of the Morgan Park (22nd) District of five recent Theft incidents that occurred in the Beverly neighborhood on December 9th, 10th & 17th. In all of these incidents, unknown offenders use a hydraulic jack to lift up a car, remove all four wheels from the car, and leave the car on cinderblocks. Three of the thefts occur in the daytime in the area of the Metra Tracks while the owners were at work. The other two thefts occurred during the midnight hours on the 9900 Block of Western and 11000 block of Campbell.

About The Offenders:
On December 5th one Male African American Adult and one Juvenile were arrested for taking the wheels off a car on the 9400 Block of South Damen. Offenders were driving a Purple Monte Carlo. This car may still be involved in the recent thefts.
Safety Tips:
  •   Consider installing an audible car alarm on your auto.
  •   Park your car in a well lit and high traffic area.
  •   Be aware of this situation and alert neighbors in the area about this crime.
  •   Call 911 immediately and provide a detailed description of any suspicious people
    including any vehicle description and license plate information.

    If you have any information about this incident call:
    Area South Property Crimes Bureau at 312-747-8273
    Reference RD#s HX-536281, HX-536903, HX-537611, HX-537900, HX-546027 

Friday, December 26, 2014

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

give yourself a gift of wellness

If you'd like to give yourself a gift of wellness in this holiday season, check out a homegrown small business.  E'a Williams has created a warm, energetic space on 95th St. 


Shepherded by Beverly resident E'a Williams, BE Fit! Tri Wellness Studio is Beverly's premier fitness and wellness studio. She opened in April to provide you out of the box fun and effective dance/ fitness classes set in a community atmosphere. She collaborates with artists to bring you African Drum and Dance class, Double Dutch and Jump Rope Games, Hip Hop Fusion, Belly Dance and more. Offering complete services for your holistic health - you can also enjoy yoga classes, massage services and body treatments.

Visit www.BeFitTriWellness.Com to find out more or even better stop by at 1836 W 95th St and Longwood.

Friday, November 21, 2014

simple gifts

5:45 p.m., 96th & Longwood: I was walking home from the train. A speeding driver approached the intersection, barely slowing down for the 4-way stop, then hitting the gas again and flying down Longwood. About a minute later, a similarly lead footed Texas driver stopped for about one second, then stepped on the gas when I was in the crosswalk, about to step in front of his car.

First responders: unless you are working and on your way to an urgent call, this applies to you too. We respect you more when you have respect for the most vulnerable road users.

How many 19th ward residents make unnecessary car trips to walkable destinations because they are afraid that someone will run over them or their kids if they were to walk there?  Too many.  This has a significant impact on quality of life in the ward, and it needs to change.

Take a holiday season pledge: yield to pedestrians. Better yet, slow down for a little while and walk to a neighborhood business or two. Say hi to a neighbor along the way. You may find that you enjoy it and even make a habit of it. If each of us makes more more walking trip each week instead of a car trip, the ward becomes a more pleasant place to be. It's a simple gift that we can give to our neighbors and ourselves, and it costs nothing.