Saturday, March 17, 2018

Ridge Park tree workday on Sat. 3/24

Would you like to help TreeKeepers volunteers do a tree inventory of Ridge Park (1817 W 96th St.) on Saturday 3/24?  We'll meet at noon by the fieldhouse and work for a few hours, taking measurements and making observations about the health of trees in the park.

It helps the park district get an accurate picture of how many trees we have in the park, and the species, size and general health of each tree. It's not strenuous work. You don't need to have any special skills.  Each team will be led by a TreeKeeper and you'll get instruction at the workday. 

Afterwards we'll adjourn to Horse Thief Hollow. 

For more info, send an email. We hope to see you on 3/24 at noon by the fieldhouse.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Metra LaSalle St. station construction starting Mon. 3/19

If you're dealing with construction here in the neighborhood, be prepared to deal with more on the downtown end of your Metra trip starting on Monday.

The conductor announced on my train today that they'll start working on Monday 3/19 on areas between the individual platforms and the waiting room, so there will be barricades requiring some detours. 

Starting on 3/26 (as noted on the sign above), the east tunnel will be closed, so there will be no access from the LaSalle St. side of the station.  Everyone will have to use the Financial Place side, so it will be crowded and slow.

If you're trying to catch a train there, or arriving there to get somewhere downtown at a specific time, allow yourself a few extra minutes.  It will be a mild annoyance starting Monday, and a much bigger annoyance starting 3/26, when the east tunnel is closed. Good luck with that.

non sequitur Friday

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Beverly Bee Enthusiasts

If you're interested in learning about beekeeping, enjoy having bees in your garden, want to learn more about bees, etc., come to Wild Blossom Meadery on Thurs. 3/8 at 7 pm.

This will be an informal gathering organized by a beekeeper from the neighborhood. Come on down to 9030 S. Hermitage (close to the 91st St. Metra station). Bee there!

Saturday, February 24, 2018

water and sewer main replacement projects coming soon

According to the 19th ward office, we have the following projects to look forward to.

Water main:
Winchester from 97th to 101st - 3/12/18 thru 5/21/18
97th from Damen to Longwood - 3/12/18 thru 5/21/18

111th St from Rockwell to Western - 5/21/18 thru 7/19/18

Homan Ave. from 107th St. to 115th St. - 7/10/18 thru 11/23/18
108th St. from Homan to Kedzie - 7/10/18 thru 11/23/18

Sewer main:
94th St. from Longwood to Vanderpoel - time frame TBD.

Friday, February 16, 2018

in memory

It's not often that we have someone like Commander Paul Bauer, who was so well liked after many years on the job. Officers who knew him describe him as someone who always wanted to make a positive difference.

Rest in peace, Commander Bauer. We will be thinking of you and your family as your funeral procession passes through Morgan Park and Mt. Greenwood on 111th St. tomorrow.


Additional information from BAPA:

Funeral services for Chicago Police Commander Paul Bauer will be held Saturday, Feb. 17 at Nativity of Our Lord Church in Bridgeport. Following the ceremony, the procession will travel south on the Dan Ryan Expressway to 111th Street, and then head west on 111th Street through our community to Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

If possible, we are asking 19th Ward residents to line 111th Street between Vincennes Ave. and Pulaski Rd. in tribute to Commander Bauer. We expect the procession to reach 111th Street around 12:45 p.m.

Volunteers working with the 19th Ward office will be attaching blue ribbons to light poles along 111th Street, and signs honoring Commander Bauer will be offered to businesses along the 111th Street. If you would like to print a sign in support of Commander Bauer to carry or display in your window, please click here.

To accommodate the funeral procession, there will be no parking on the north side of 111th Street throughout the entire 19th Ward from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Supporters are encouraged to gather on the north side of 111th Street to achieve maximum visibility.

Please help the 19th Ward show our condolences to the Bauer and Malloy families and our appreciation for Commander Bauer's service to and sacrifice for the City of Chicago.