Friday, April 18, 2014

non sequitur Friday

A little taste of the tropics to help counteract the effects of this week's weather...

Click here for an hour-long program of Colombian cumbia music.

Monday, April 14, 2014

103rd St. detour

Starting on Wed. 4/16, 103rd St. will be closed from California to Kedzie while CSX Railroad replaces the crossing at Sacramento. Work should take a week, and the street should be re-opened to traffic on Wed. 4/23.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Friday, March 21, 2014

Friday, March 14, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014

summer lifeguard jobs with Chicago Park District

If you or someone you know is interested in a summer lifeguard job with Chicago Park District, check this out info from a flyer I received.

You must complete a swim test to be eligible for the lifeguard training program.  Upon completion of the program, you'll get an interview for a lifeguard position.  Over 90% of those complete the training are offered jobs.  Starting pay is $13.38 per hour.

To get started, go to www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/lifeguards or call the Aquatics Division at 312-742-5121.  Financial assistance is available for training fees.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Thursday, March 6, 2014

bicycles as vehicles for opportunity

U.S. Dept. of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx spoke at this week's National Bike Summit about bicycles as vehicles for opportunity and the need for safe pedestrian and bike facilities.  He's posted a related blog piece.  Aside from any infrastructure investments, we can each do our part to make our streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists.

When residents and visitors in our ward can safely access local businesses, schools, parks and other destinations safely without getting into a car, it's a win for quality of life. Businesses can serve more customers with less parking. Employees at businesses have more transportation options. Traffic congestion can be reduced.

When you are a driver or passenger, do you look before opening your door to avoid creating a hazard for approaching cyclists?  Are you aware that injuring someone with your car door is a violation of Chicago law?

Are you also aware of these laws regarding pedestrian and bike safety?

The number of 19th ward driver who slow or stop to yield to pedestrians at crosswalks is disappointingly low.  Can we make a commitment as a ward to be more conscious of the idea that people on foot and on bikes have as much right to get where they're going safely as anyone in a car?  If a pedestrian is waiting to cross Longwood Dr., 99th St., or any other street where drivers tend to disregard anyone on foot, will you slow or stop in compliance with the law to allow that person to cross safely?

Let's make 2014 a safer year for pedestrians and cyclists in our ward. Each of us can make a difference.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

winter farmers market TODAY 3/1

The Beverly Unitarian Church (in the Irish castle) is hosting a winter farmers market today (Sat. 3/1) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Stop by 103rd & Longwood and check it out!