Sunday, March 1, 2015

don't be that guy

How many days has it been since our last significant snow?  Too many sidewalks still look like this.

And this.  If you can clear this sidewalk this well, please do the neighborly thing and clear a path all the way to the street.

If there's a wall of snow at the curb (and many are bigger than this one), clearing your sidewalk isn't nearly as effective as it could be in helping people to get out and walk in the neighborhood.

Yes, winter got old a long time ago for many of us. Facing unnecessary difficulties when we want to get out of the house and walk makes it worse.

If you haven't already cleared your sidewalk - and the walls at the curb and alley if those apply to you - please do the kind and considerate thing while it's warm today.  If elderly or ill neighbors can't clear their sidewalks, please help them, too.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Mardi Gras

Gotta have a special musical feature on Mardi Gras day. Love that NOLA music!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail meeting on 2/18

If you're interested in events and stewardship on the Major Taylor Trail, please join us for our monthly meeting on Wednesday 2/18 at Ridge Park fieldhouse, 1817 W 96th St. (just east of Longwood Dr.), 6:30-8:30 p.m.

We are a non-profit advocacy group working to improve and maintain the Major Taylor Trail and promote its use. We have an active working relationship with the Chicago Park District, Friends of the Parks, Openlands, Forest Preserve District of Cook County and other non-profits and government agencies. We organize bike rides, volunteer workdays,  and other events.

In the past few years, we've done 5 tree planting projects with the Openlands TreeKeepers program: near 87th Street and between 122nd and 127th. In the future, we'd like to add public art projects and other improvements along the trail. We'd love to have your ideas and help with future events and projects.  Please join us!

Monday, February 9, 2015

early voting begins

Early voting starts today for the 2/24 municipal election and continues through Sat. 2/21.

The 19th ward location is Mount Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St. If you work downtown, Chicago Board of Elections at 69 W. Washington might be convenient for you.

Both sites are open Monday to Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 am - 3:00 pm.

Not sure if you're registered or where your regular polling place is (if you prefer to vote on 2/24)? Click here to find out.

Friday, January 30, 2015

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.