Saturday, December 31, 2011

wishing everyone a better year in 2012

I just got back from a walk through the neighborhood. As I crossed 95th St. into North Beverly, I was passed by fire trucks with lights and sirens on. A little while later, I found their destination - a house fire on Bell near 92nd Place. Helluva way for the residents of that house to end the year. My sympathy to them, with a wish that no one suffered serious injuries.

On my walk south, I saw the start of a few private fireworks shows. Wishing everyone a fun New Year's Eve, with a safe trip home, and a good start to 2012. I sure hope that it's a better year than the dismal reality that was 2011. Cheers!

Friday, December 30, 2011

non sequitur Friday

A couple of musical thoughts to end the year:


Money for Nothing


Sunday, December 25, 2011

Merry Christmas

Wishing you and yours a peaceful and merry Christmas.





Wednesday, December 21, 2011

an oddity

Yesterday I was walking past a spot in the neighborhood that always leaves me puzzled.  Does anyone know why this crosswalk does not meet the sidewalk?  Seems rather odd to have this kind of discrepancy right in front of a school.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

how to gift wrap a cat for Christmas

A friend sent me this. Good silly fun.

Friday, December 16, 2011

non sequitur Friday

A few old seasonal favorites.





Thursday, December 8, 2011

community alert

Got this news from the alderman's office last night:  

Yesterday, two African American males were arrested in the area while stealing UPS packages from the front porch of two homes. This holiday season, please be mindful of having items delivered to your home and left unsupervised on your porch. If you cannot be home when a package is set to be delivered, consider having your items sent to a friend or neighbor who is available to receive them. Remember to call 9-1-1 to report ANY suspicious activity and encourage your neighbors to do so as well. 

Don't forget to shop locally this holiday season - many local merchants are offering Deals of the Day during the month of December. For a complete list of Deals of the Day, please visit www.bapa.org.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

attack at St. Margaret of Scotland

Every day we hear about people being robbed in various settings.  It's especially sad when it happens to a more vulnerable member of our community - an 80 year old priest.  Rev. Dan Mallette was robbed and assaulted last night at St. Margaret of Scotland Church.  I hope that he's able to make a full recovery from his injuries.

Monday, December 5, 2011

you can help make Chicago more bike friendly

A recent blog piece on Grid Chicago talked about the issues we face on the south side that make parts of our area anything but bike friendly. (Here's Part 2 of that piece.) 

Protected bike lanes can help create safer conditions for transportation riding, and the mayor has pledged 100 miles of new protected lanes between now and 2014.  You may be asking "what do these lanes look like and how do they help?"  Check out this link and view the videos and pictures there.  The 18th St. video offers a "before" and a "partially completed" view. The Kinzie St. video shows an "after" view.

Whether you are an everyday cyclist, someone who rides occasionally in the neighborhood, or someone who would like to be able to ride to neighborhood destinations but doesn't feel safe riding on anything but quiet streets or paths, the Streets for Cycling 2020 Plan would like to hear from you over the next several weeks.

The goal of this plan is to create conditions that will make it possible for a wider range of people to ride for transportation, so that people all over the city have more transportation options. 

What do they want to know?  Take a look at a map and spend a few minutes making a list of destinations you where would like to go by bike - library, work, train station, school, restaurant, a friend's home, the lakefront, etc.  Then make a list of barriers that currently make it difficult or impossible for you to ride to places you'd like to go - heavy traffic streets connecting neighborhoods, railroad viaducts, expressways, bridges with fast traffic and no safe place for bikes, etc.

The first public meeting will be next Saturday 12/10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 23 E. Madison.  There will also be public meetings in January and February.  Our south side meeting will be Wednesday 1/25 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Woodson Regional Library, 95th & Halsted.  If you're unable to attend one of the public meetings, but would like send your lists by e-mail, please click here.

You can find additional updates on the Chicago Dept. of Transportation Bike Program page.


Please share this information with anyone you know who rides for transportation and anyone who currently does not but might like to if conditions were safer.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

building urban gardens - learning opportunity

Want to learn about organic gardening? Building Urban Gardens (BUGs) equips city-based community and backyard gardeners with the knowledge and hands-on training necessary to plant and grow organically. The next 6-week class starts 1/28/12 at Garfield Park Conservatory.

Monday, November 28, 2011

bold burglars

What common thread do you notice between these incident listings from EveryBlock?  Most of them happened between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. on a weekday morning, when there's usually a bit of traffic as kids go to school and people go to work (or come home from overnight shifts).  This is a change from the pattern we were seeing for a while where a lot of burglaries were happening at 3 or 4 a.m.

Friday, November 25, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Here are two by an old favorite band from New England.



Friday, November 18, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Two takes on a classic...

The Bangles' cover


And the Simon and Garfunkel original

Friday, November 11, 2011

non sequitur Friday

More musical time travel...



Friday, November 4, 2011

ward remap public meeting on 11/9

If you're interested in attending a public meeting about the proposed ward remap, there's one in the neighborhood on Wed. 11/9 at Morgan Park High School auditorium, 1744 W. Pryor Ave., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

If you're unable to attend that meeting, there will be another on Thurs. 11/17 at City Hall City Council chambers, 121 N. LaSalle St. from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. I'm betting that one will be a bit more crowded.

non sequitur Friday

1980s flashback





And the Talking Heads' cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River."

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

household hazardous waste collection on Sat. 11/5

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will collect household hazardous waste and electronics for recycling Sat. 11/5, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. (the Castle). For details on which items are accepted, click here and scroll down on the Green Sanctuary Group page.

Modest contributions to help offset transportation costs are appreciated. For more information, call 773-233-7080.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Saturday, October 29, 2011

last call

If you need one more Rainbow Cone fix before they close for winter, this weekend is your last chance. Give yourself a treat and give them a good fall sendoff.

Tomorrow is also the last farmers market of the season. They'll be at 95th and Longwood for that last visit, with plenty of delicious things.

I plan to enjoy both.

Friday, October 28, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Two takes on California Dreaming



Friday, October 21, 2011

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

proposed Metra fare increases

Will proposed Metra fare increases affect your commute? Want to voice your opinion? There will be public hearings in several locations throughout the metro area on 11/2 and 11/3.

In Chicago, the hearing will be held on Thursday 11/3 at 547 W. Jackson, 13th floor board room, from 4-7 p.m.

If you would like to comment on the proposed 2012 Program & Budget, but can't attend the scheduled public hearings, you can email your comments to onthebilevel@metrarr.com (please enter 2012 budget in the subject field) or via fax to 312-322-7094.

Comments must be received by November 4, 2011.

Friday, October 14, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Two versions of a spooky psychedelic tune, the original and a bluesy take.



Thursday, October 6, 2011

beat 2212 alert

There have been recent daytime home burglaries and robberies in the area of 104th St and Wood where electronics and computers have been stolen.

Don't leave windows, doors unsecured! Be aware of your surroundings and make note of details about anyone unfamiliar to you. If you see suspicious activity, call 911.

Friday, September 30, 2011

East Beverly Assoc. meeting on 10/3

from an e-mail received today:

East Beverly Association (EBA) will hold its monthly meeting on Monday 10/3 at 7 p.m. This meeting is open to the entire community served by The Beverly Review. Topics may include ward remap status and 91st & Western retail development proposal.

Alderman Matt O’Shea will be their guest speaker discussing neighborhood issues. You are welcome to attend and bring a friend. The meeting location is The Music Station (the old World Music) at 1808 W. 103rd St. Refreshments will be served.

If you live in East Beverly and are not a member, please consider joining.

non sequitur Friday

Here are two by a promising young local singer who I saw at last weekend's Hyde Park Jazz Festival.





If you want to learn a little more about her, check this one out. Her appearance starts about 2:00 into the video. Next year she'll be performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Beverly All Stars at Favia Cafe Fri. 9/30

Can't make the show tonight? You can catch the Beverly All Stars in their first appearance at Favia Cafe tomorrow, Friday 9/30, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Enjoy some jazz with your soup, salad, sandwich or dessert.

If there are several in your group, you might want to call ahead to reserve a table, since it's a small space. 773-881-3284

Beverly All Stars at Music Station TONIGHT

Want a dose of jazz tonight? Stop by the Music Station between 7:00 and 9:30 p.m. tonight for some fine tunes by the Beverly All Stars. Never been there before? It's easy to find at 1808 W. 103rd St. No cover charge.

You could even make it a double header by having dinner just down the street before you go. You've got choices: Cafe 103, Calabria, or Subway - something for any budget.

Monday, September 26, 2011

BACtoberfest on 10/1

Join the Octoberfest party at Beverly Arts Center, with live music, German foods and a Goose Island beer tasting. It's happening Sat. 10/1 from 2:00 to 10:00 p.m. 2407 W. 111th St. ($10)

Friday, September 23, 2011

Hyde Park Jazz Fest this weekend

It's here! The Hyde Park Jazz Festival starts tomorrow, and it's two days this year! Who are you going to hear?

non sequitur Friday

Today I'm featuring a few artists who will be be performing at this weekend's Hyde Park Jazz Festival.

Tatsu Aoki - here with his Miyumi Big Band



Dee Alexander



Paulinho Garcia

Thursday, September 22, 2011

99th Street update

The replacement of the 99th St. Metra crossing is done. The street is open again. Thank you, Metra, for making quick work of this project. It's great to have a smoother crossing again.

Monday, September 19, 2011

meeting on 9/20 re: red line extension to 130th St.

I just got the following information from Developing Communities Project and wanted to share it with you.

The Red Line Oversight (Extension) Committee (ROC) is preparing to push for more jobs and transportation spending as part of National Support Transit Day
on Tuesday 9/20, 6:00-7:45 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Sign In) at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 1335 W. 115th St. (fully accessible space)

President Obama’s newly proposed “American Jobs Act” prioritizes transportation spending as the key component to “Jump Start” the economy! Eliminating slow zones along the South branch of the Red Line and station improvements at the 95th street station are both “Shovel Ready” projects. Fast tracking the Environmental Impact and Engineering Study for the Red Line Extension is now “Center Stage”. Come prepared to participate!

We need you to join us to:
• Roll up your sleeves, bring your hard hats and prepare to push for Jobs and Transit!
• Kick off the Far Southside’s Environmental Impact Study and related Projects.
• Add to the public call to include the Red Line Extension in the State’s 5-year Transportation Budget Plan. Comment period ends September 30th.

This season over $80 billion in Federal/State Transit dollars are up for grabs!
The Red Line Extension Deserves SOME!

Confirm your attendance by calling John Paul Jones, DCP’s Community Organizer @ 773-928-2500 ext. 15 or via email jpjones.dcp@gmail.com. Check out the website: www.dcpchicago.org. Join us on Facebook @ developing communities project.

construction everywhere!

Right now it really seems like there's construction almost everywhere we want to go. At the moment, the combination of the 99th St. Metra track/grade crossing replacement and the continuing utility project on Longwood Dr. is doing a number on me.

I just passed by both sites. It's possible to go east-west on 100th around the Longwood construction when the guys aren't working. It's also possible to go north-south on the east side sidewalk - if you're on foot. That one was supposed to be done by mid August, but I see no end in sight.

The 99th St. project should be done a bit sooner. They've taken out the old tracks and grade crossing. Today they were putting the new tracks in place. Looks like that one could be done within a week. Thanks, Metra!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

internet safety and your children

Are you concerned about the safety of your kids online? Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez and the 22nd police district will be offering a presentation on internet safety on Wed. 9/21 at the 22nd district police station, 1900 W. Monterey, 6:00 p.m. For more information, call 773-783-5109.

Friday, September 16, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Just read about these guys - old school soul/funk - playing tonight at Double Door.



Thursday, September 15, 2011

Blue Island historical architecture walking tour

There are some amazing old houses in Blue Island. If you've never seen them, this tour sounds like a great excuse to explore.

The Blue Island Historical Society will offer a historical architecture walking tour on Sun. 10/18 from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. It starts at BIHS/Albee House, 13018 Maple Ave., Blue Island. You can buy tickets ($10) at the Blue Island Public Library, 2433 York St., or call 708-371-8546.

used bike drive Sat. 9/17

Got any old bikes in need of new homes? Bring 'em to the Beverly Unitarian Church 10244 S. Longwood. Bikes will be donated to Blackstone Bicycle Works, a youth education program in Woodlawn. Stop by on Sat. 9/17 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

shredding day

Got old documents you don't want to risk in the trash, but no shredder in the house? The Chicago High School for Agricultural Sciences will host a free shredding day on Sat. 9/17 at 3857 W. 111th St., 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.

It's sponsored by the 19th Ward and Midway Document Destruction.

Monday, September 12, 2011

does anyone know what happened here?

I was reading through today's EveryBlock items for our area, expecting to see the usual stuff, and this item popped out. Does anyone know more about what happened there on the afternoon of 9/2?

Friday, September 9, 2011

used bike drive tomorrow 9/10

Got some old bikes that could use a new home? Bring 'em to the bike drive tomorrow.

It's happening at two locations:
Christ The King, 9235 S. Hamilton and
Bethany Union Church, 1750 W. 103rd St.

The drive is organized by Working Bikes, an organization that sends bikes to developing countries for use as basic transportation. Bring your bikes tomorrow, Sat. 9/10, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

non sequitur Friday



Friday, September 2, 2011

non sequitur Friday

It's Jazz Festival week, so let's enjoy a few of the featured artists.





Friday, August 26, 2011

lost dog - near 101st & Talman

Got this from EveryBlock and wanted to share it in case any readers might have seen this missing dog.

"We lost our baby girl 'Ava' - a white Toy Maltese with no tags. She wandered off yesterday (8/25/11) early morning. Please contact us immediately if you have seen her!!! 630-524-1337"


opening up

For those of you who have been wondering if and when Pizzeria Deepo would ever open its doors on 99th St., today's the day. They're offering deep dish pizza samples between noon and 2 p.m. You can check it out at 1742 W. 99th St. (773) 840-3087. They'll be BYOB, too.

Friday, August 12, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Two takes on a country classic. The first is a real oldie.



Friday, August 5, 2011

non sequitur Friday

How many of you know why I put this particular combination together?





Do you give up? Here's a clue.

Monday, August 1, 2011

household hazardous waste collection on Sat. 8/6

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will collect household hazardous waste and electronics for recycling Sat. 8/6, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. (the Castle). For details on which items are accepted, click here and scroll down on the Green Sanctuary Group page.

Modest contributions to help offset transportation costs are appreciated. For more information, call 773-233-7080.

Friday, July 29, 2011

Friday, July 22, 2011

Beverly Art Feast on Sunday 7/24

The 103rd Street Merchants present the Beverly Art Feast this Sunday 7/24, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on 103rd Street from Longwood to Hale. Come out and enjoy local artists' work, food, music, children's activities and more. Free admission.

non sequitur Friday

Two versions of an old song



Friday, July 15, 2011

non sequitur Friday

A couple of tunes by fun Robbie Fulks, who's playing the Hideout on Monday.



Friday, July 8, 2011

non sequitur Friday

An entertaining wake-up by a fun local band - Twang Bang.

Friday, July 1, 2011

non sequitur Friday

This one is appropriate to the week's news. TGIF!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

all that jazz

The Beverly All Stars are back at the Music Station this Thursday night, 7-10 p.m., with special guests Andre Mills and his energetic young group Perfect Pitch, George Wells (vocals), Bob Helme (woodwinds) and maybe others. Come on down! No cover. 1808 W. 103rd St. (near Wood).

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

from flooding to fixed

In the last few weeks, flooding on Longwood Drive and other nearby areas has happened a few times due to heavy rains. Last week, construction began on a project that should help ease the problem.

You may have noticed road closure signs at 99th & Longwood, 103rd & Longwood, and on other adjacent streets. Right now construction is under way to replace old sewer pipes (as old as 1895) on Longwood between 100th St. and 101st Pl. The work area extends west to Seeley. Aside from reduced flooding, this will mean repaving of the affected streets (many of which are now in rough condition). The area behind St. Barnabas School (Walden south of 101st) is being used as a staging area for equipment and materials.

The project is supposed to be completed in approx. 6 weeks. If you have any problems or questions, you can call 311, Alderman Matt O'Shea (773-238-8766) or Asst. Water Mgmt. Commissioner Tom LaPorte (312-742-1029).

Friday, June 17, 2011

non sequitur Friday

My Dad always loved bluegrass, so here's a little taste for Father's Day in memory of Dad. If you've never heard these guys before, they are some seriously talented musicians.



Friday, June 10, 2011

weekend flood pickups

From a 19th ward e-mail received today:

Many homeowners in our community were victims of basement, yard or street flooding during yesterday's storm. To aid in the cleanup efforts, the Dept. of Streets and Sanitation will have additional crews collecting flood damaged materials tomorrow, Sat. 6/11 from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Any areas not picked up tomorrow will be collected early next week.

Also, we would ask any homeowner who experienced a flooding problem to contact 3-1-1 or our office to make a report. It is important for us to document every instance of flooding so that we can accurately address any sewer problems we may have.

I apologize for your any losses you have suffered as a result of this storm and appreciate your ongoing patience as we work to address these problems.

Thank you,
Matt O'Shea
(773) 238-8766

non sequitur Friday





Monday, June 6, 2011

tree watering

A couple of sources that I've read give a reminder about watering to keep your trees healthy during dry times in summer. Trees need enough moisture to prevent drought stress, otherwise they are more vulnerable to disease, insect problems or death.

A regular sprinkler does not water a tree efficiently and wastes a lot of water. Use a soaker hose instead. Start with a wrap around the trunk, working outward in circles towards the edge of the tree canopy (otherwise known as the drip line). Give the tree a good soak for about 2 hours per week in weeks when there is no rain. The soaker hose will let the water go just where it's needed, without a lot of evaporation or runoff to the street. Your tree will stay healthier.

Monday, May 30, 2011

next weekend

We've got a fine doubleheader on tap to kick off summer: the 57th Street Art Fair and Printers Row Book Fair. In Hyde Park, you get two fairs for the price of one, since the Hyde Park Community Art Fair is right next to the 57th St. fair.

Between the two Hyde Park fairs and Printers Row, it's a great gift shopping opportunity for all price ranges. Of course, you can buy a few gifts for yourself, too.

Friday, May 27, 2011

keep your eyes open

We've had a few recent crime patterns worth noting.

In central and north Beverly, there were several incidents of teens being assaulted and robbed of iPhones and other electronics in the last two weeks. These incidents happened when the teens were just walking down the street. A suspect was arrested, and he identified his accomplices, who were also arrested.


Several home burglaries were reported in north Beverly in the last few weeks - on Hamilton, Leavitt, Hoyne and Winchester, all at the north end of the neighborhood. All homes were entered via first floor windows. According to police, laptops, cell phones, cash and small valuables were taken. An observant neighbor, knowing that the neighbors weren't home, called 911 after seeing activity at their house. Speedy response by a beat car resulted in the arrest of 3 suspects.

A few days ago, I went to the 99th St. Metra station to catch a train to the Loop. As I reached the station, I noticed something odd: the copper downspout on the street side of the station was missing, and the wire that ran inside it was just dangling. As I noticed where the straps attaching it to the wall had been ripped out, a Metra police officer pulled up and asked what was up. I showed him where the downspout was missing and he called it in. This is part of an ongoing problem with vandalism and theft at this beautifully restored station. When the officer was talking to the station attendant, she said that a customer mentioned seeing something odd but didn't understand what was happening, so she didn't call police. That customer had actually seen the copper thieves getting away with the downspout. If she'd thought a little more about what she was seeing and called police, the thieves might have been caught red handed.

Want to see information on recent crime in the 22nd district? Click here.

Observant neighbors can make the difference between being plagued with crime and making the neighborhood safer. Police can't be everywhere all the time. Our information has helped them solve recent crimes. If we continue to keep our eyes open and report problems or suspicious activity, we can help them keep us safer. Look out for yourself and your neighbors. Help keep our neighborhood safe by calling 911 when you see suspicious activity.

in the neighborhood this week

There's an adult open mic tonight 5/27, 7 to 10 p.m. at the Music Station, 1808 W. 103rd St. $5 cover. 773-840-3005.

On Monday, Memorial Day, we'll have the Ridge Run, starting and ending at Ridge Park, 96th & Longwood. There's still time to sign up if you'd like to do a 5K run/walk or 10K run. The event starts at 8:00 a.m.

Race packets, information, and t-shirts can be picked up prior to the day of the race at Ridge Park 96th & Longwood Drive: Today 5/27 noon to 7:00 pm, Sat. 5/28 11:00 am to 5:00 pm, or Sun. 5/29 noon to 4:00 pm. For more information, click here or call 773-233-3100.

The Memorial Day parade will follow the run, starting from 110th and Longwood at 10:30 a.m. and continues up Longwood to Ridge Park. This year's Grand Marshall, Air Force Brigadier General James F. Smith, will be joined by an Air Force Color Guard.

Next week's BACinema feature is the documentary "Queen of the Sun: What are the bees telling us?" on Wed. 6/1 at 7:30 p.m., Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. $7.50 ($5.50/BAC members). 773-445-3838

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Major Taylor Trail Ride to the River on Sat. 5/14

This Saturday 5/14, Friends of the Major Taylor Trail and Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago present Ride to the River.

It will be a casual ride of approx. 14 miles, along the Major Taylor Trail from 83rd St. (Dan Ryan Woods) to Whistler Woods.

Time: May 14, 2011 from 8:30am to 1pm
Location: Dan Ryan Woods, Grove 16
Street: approx. 2260 W. 83rd Street

This event is intended to be a readiness event for Bike the Drive & the Late Ride to encourage physical and mechanical preparation. Peter Taylor will be leading the event.

8:30 – 10:00 a.m.: Pre-ride festival of bike preparation and wellness
(with mechanics and representatives of Advocate Health)
10:00 - 10:15 a.m.: Welcome address and points of interest
10:15 – 11:00 a.m.: Ride to Whistler Woods
11:15 - 11:45 a.m.: Chicago River Day Presentation & rest stop
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.: Return to Dan Ryan Woods

Please share this info with anyone you know who may be interested in the ride.

Beverly-Morgan Park Home Tour on Sunday 5/15

Five beautiful homes will be open to visitors for BAPA's 41st Annual Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour. All tours leave from the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participants can choose to self-guide in their own vehicles, take the tour by bike or, for an additional $5, take the guided tour of the historic districts by trolley. Trolleys will leave at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and are available by calling 773-233-3100 or online.

Bike the Home Tour! Thanks to the Active Transportation Alliance, bike racks will be available at the Home Tour stops this year. Go green, get great decorating ideas AND get fit!

The home tour is an great way to see more of the neighborhood. Homes will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. With the bike option, now there's another fun way to experience it.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

neighborhood events this week

There are a LOT of events happening in the neighborhood this week. I don't think I'll catch all of them here, but I'll try for a good cross section.

Tuesday 5/3

Running Excels group run starting at 6 p.m.

Wednesday 5/4
Garden Club of Morgan Park/Beverly Hills plant auction, 10 a.m., 10726 S. Fairfield. The sale is open to all and features plants divided out of the gardens of club members, so you know they'll grow well in our area.

"Barney's Version" at Beverly Arts Center, 7:30 p.m.

Thursday 5/5
Beverly Bike Club ride, 6:30 p.m., starting at Starbucks, 103rd & Longwood.

Running Excels group run starting at 6 p.m.

Saturday 5/7
Plant sale, 2260 W. 108th Pl. from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pam Holt, whose yard features many beautiful and unusual species of plants, has divided some of her plants and has them for sale. I've bought some from her in the past and been very pleased with the selection of healthy plants at reasonable prices. For more info, call 773-412-1232

Pre-season flower market - before the official start of the 95th St. farmers market, this special flower market is happening from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the 95th St. park & ride lot, 95th & Longwood Dr. For more info, call 312-744-0565 or send e-mail.

Sunday 5/8
Mother's Day Breast Cancer Walk - The 3 mile walk starts at 8 a.m. at Ridge Park (96th & Longwood). To register and get more information, click here.

how blogging has changed

It's truly amazing how blogging has changed in the last 5 years. There are some amazing blogs out there - on Open Salon, Blogger, Wordpress and other sites, as well as stand-alone blogs. The variety of content keeps getting more amazing, and the quality of some of the work is exceptional.

I just checked my comments and found 44 spam messages waiting for review - in English, Russian, Polish and Japanese. That's just from the last 10 days. Spam comments weren't much of a problem 5 years ago, but they sure are now. I'm grateful that the Google folks have good spam filtering, so that this garbage rarely sees the light of day. I wish that all blog sites handled spam this well.

As technology continues to progress, I expect the blog world to keep evolving. I'll be curious to see how it looks in another 5 years.

Friday, April 29, 2011

non sequitur Friday



This next one is a really beautiful take on Chicago's "If You Leave Me Now."

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beverly home tour 5/15

News from the latest BAPA e-newsletter:

Five outstanding homes will be opened to visitors for BAPA's 41st Annual Beverly Hills/Morgan Park Home Tour. All tours leave from the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants can choose to self-guide in their own vehicles, take the tour by bike or, for an additional $5, take the guided tour of the historic districts by trolley. Trolleys will leave at 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door, and are available by calling 773-233-3100 or online.

Bike the Home Tour! Thanks to the Active Transportation Alliance, bike racks will be available at the Home Tour stops this year. Go green, get great decorating ideas AND get fit!

Volunteers are needed to help with the Home Tour. To learn more, contact us.


Save the date. The home tour is an interesting way to see more of the neighborhood. With the bike option, now there's another great way to experience it.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

CAPS meeting - beat 2213

The community policing meeting for Beat 2213 (95th St. on the north, 103rd St. on the south, Vincennes on the east, Western on the west) will be happening at 7 p.m. on Thurs. 4/12 (2nd Thursday of each month) at Ridge Park fieldhouse, 9625 S. Longwood. Call 312-745-0620 for further info.

If you see problems on your block, come to the meeting and be part of the solution.

Friday, April 8, 2011

non sequitur Friday

Here are a couple of tunes by a very talented local group.



Wednesday, April 6, 2011

late winter farmers' market on Sat. 4/9

The Beverly Unitarian Church will host a Late Winter Farmers' Market featuring locally raised produce, meat, mushrooms, sauces, condiments, herbs and pastries.

The farmers' market will be happening on Saturday 4/9, 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the church (otherwise known as the Irish castle), 10244 S. Longwood Dr.

Monday, April 4, 2011

CAPS meeting - beat 2212

The community policing meeting for Beat 2212 at 7:00 p.m. on Thurs. 4/7 at the 22nd District police station, 1900 W. Monterey. Call 312-745-0620 for more info.

If you see problems on your block, come to the meeting to talk with police and your neighbors to help solve those problems. If you're not part of the solution, you might be part of the problem.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

CAPS meeting - beat 2221

The community policing meeting for beat 2221 will be happening at 7 p.m. on Tues. 4/5 at Christ the King School, 9240 S. Hoyne. Call 312-745-0620 for more info.

If you see problems on your block, come to the meeting to talk with police and your neighbors to help solve those problems. If you're not part of the solution, you might be part of the problem.

Friday, April 1, 2011

household hazardous collection TOMORROW 4/2

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will collect household hazardous waste and electronics for recycling Sat. 4/2, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. (the Castle). For details on which items are accepted, click here and scroll down on the Green Sanctuary Group page.

Modest contributions to help offset transportation costs are appreciated. For more information, call 773-233-7080.

non sequitur Friday



Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Red line oversight committee meeting on 4/8

Are you interested in the proposed CTA red line extension to 130th St.? DCP (Developing Communities Project) encourages residents and community leaders to get involved in their CTA Red Line Campaign to focus on Local, State and Federal 2011-12 Budget Plans and Policies.

DCP will be holding a meeting on Friday 4/8 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit, 1259 W. 115th St. (corner site).

If you plan to attend, please contact John Paul Jones, DCP’s Community Organizer,
at 773-928-2500 ext. 15 or via email. Check out the DCP website.

teen dating violence workshop on 4/12

Please share this with teens in your life. Info is from a flyer I received.

Are you in a healthy relationship? Learn more about what a “healthy relationship” looks like. Find out about resources in your community to help you or someone you know. Earn service learning hours for participating in this workshop. Bring a friend.

Tuesday 4/12 from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the 22nd District Station, 1900 W. Monterey (Community Room)

Sponsored by the 22nd District Peer Jury/Explorers/Youth Subcommittee

Space is limited, reserve your seat by calling Judy Ollry, CAPS Community Organizer, at 312-745-0620.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

new Rock Island schedule effective 4/3

As of Sunday 4/3, the Rock Island Metra schedule will be revised to include the new 35th Street Station. The new schedule will be available at the downtown stations starting Monday 3/28, so you can pick up your new schedule then.

I'm looking forward to using the new station for easier visits to friends in Bridgeport and to 31st St. beach, as well as easier transfers to the red line for trips to the north side.

Friday, March 25, 2011

Friday, March 18, 2011

Major Taylor dinner on 3/25

On Friday 3/25, there will be a special event in Pullman that might interest you. The Greenstone Church will be hosting a presentation and dinner. DeWayne Ferris of the Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago will do a presentation of the life of Marshall "Major" Taylor, the first African American world champion cyclist.


It's happening at the Greenstone Methodist Church, 11211 S. St. Lawrence Ave., Chicago on Friday 3/25 at 6 p.m.

We will have a soul food dinner theme: Catfish, fried chicken, spaghetti, salads, candied yams, greens, blackeyed peas & beans, peach cobbler.

This is a fundraiser for the Pullman Youth Group and Friends of the Major Taylor Trail. Tickets are $12, $5 for kids under 14. Contact Blanca at 773-785-0599 to reserve your tickets.

non sequitur Friday



Sunday, March 13, 2011

sign of the times

I've often found humor to be a fairly effective barometer of our society's mood. This joke has been making the rounds via e-mail, and I've seen it several times in the last few weeks.

A union worker, a member of the Tea Party, and a CEO are sitting at a table.
In the middle of the table there is a plate with a dozen cookies on it.
The CEO reaches across the table, takes 11 cookies, looks at the Tea
Partier and says: "Look out for that union guy, he wants a piece of your cookie."

Saturday, March 12, 2011

spring treat

This morning I passed by Rainbow Cone and noticed that they've reopened for the season. Yeah!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

community alert

On Friday 3/4 at around 3:25 in the afternoon, a 10 year old girl was playing on a sidewalk in the vicinity of 11400 S. St. Louis. Two men in a van approached and tried to lure her into the van. She ran away.

The first man was described as a black male, 40-45 years old. The second man was described as a white-Hispanic male, 40-45 years old. They were in a rusty white work panel van. If you see anyone in a vehicle matching this description, call 911.

If you have any information, call Area 2 detectives at 312-747-8271 and reference RD #HT188511, or call the 22nd district station at 312-745-0570.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Mardi Gras in Beverly

We've got a few special events for Mardi Gras week, and not all of this is Mardi Gras-related.

Now thru Tuesday 3/8, you can order paczki at Beverly Bakery and Cafe, 10528 S. Western. Place orders at 773-238-5580.

There's an Irish Sing-along with Katie Sullivan, 4 p.m. Sun. 3/6, $5 adults, kids free. The Music Station, 1808 W 103rd St., 773.840.3005 or www.the-music-station.com.

On Tues. 3/8, you can enjoy a special Mardi Gras meal at Cafe 103, 1909 W. 103rd St. Make your reservation at 773-238-5115.

The Beverly All Stars, will be playing Thurs. 3/10, 7 p.m., at The Music Station, 1808 W 103rd St. $5 cover, all ages. 773-840-3005.

Friday, February 25, 2011

opportunity to show support for Borders on 95th

Channel 2 (CBS) will be at the store on Monday 2/28 to film a segment on the community's crusade to save the Beverly Borders store from closing its doors. Bring signs, your wallet, or just yourself in support of keeping our store alive in Beverly. Join us between 4:30 and 5:15 p.m.!

non sequitur Friday



Friday, February 18, 2011

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Borders on 95th Street

This week we got the disappointing news that the Borders bookstore chain has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. They plan to close many stores, including our 95th Street store. According to their web site, they intend to close the store by the end of April at the latest.

This will leave only two of their stores open in the city: Borders on State St. and Walden Books on Madison.

Our neighborhood store has been a big piece of the 95th Street business district for the past several years. If they do close it, this will be a big loss to the neighborhood. So many people from our neighborhood and nearby areas have enjoyed coming there in search of new books, music and videos, and visiting over coffee. It's a favorite destination for many local children.

If you'd like to speak up in favor of the store remaining open, the first thing to do is spend some money there. That will make the biggest difference. You can also make your voice heard by writing to Michael Edwards (President and CEO of Borders) and to Mary Davis (PR Manager of Borders).

There are two Facebook pages to support the cause: BAPA's Keep Beverly Borders Open page and a Facebook group with the same goal.

Speak up now - with your $$ and your words. It could make a difference.

Monday, February 14, 2011

better late than never - be a good neighbor

Over the weekend, I noticed some folks who hadn't previously cleared their sidewalk out with shovels. There are still too many sidewalks that haven't been touched.

If you haven't yet cleared yours, please do so, or get someone to help you if you're not physically able to do it. Snow removal from public sidewalks is required by law. While enforcement has been spotty, it's been almost 2 weeks since the storm and we've had more than enough time to deal with the snow.

I intend to make a few 311 calls. There are a few houses that are on frequently traveled paths to and from train stations, bus stops, parks and schools where the owners are physically or financially capable and have been around, but have chosen to clear only their driveways and perhaps a path from their front door to the curb, neglecting the sidewalks that so many of us need to walk safely out of traffic.

Making a path through the wall of snow at the curb would be helpful, too, if there isn't one now. Those walls will take the longest to melt and trap water that could otherwise run out to the street and find a drain, making it easier for pedestrians to get where they're going.

Want to leave a reminder for a homeowner or business? You can find a handy flyer here.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Thursday, February 10, 2011

community alert

I'm sharing a community alert received from BAPA.

On the morning Wed., Feb 9, two 9-year-old girls were approached by a stranger outside Sutherland School, 10015 S. Leavitt, and asked if they wanted to get in his car. The girls ran into the school and the offender drove away. The car was described as a dirty gray 4-door with a male driver. Please warn your children never to enter a stranger's car and not to walk alone.

If you see a car matching this description engaged in suspicious activity, call 911 or 22nd District Police, 312-745-0570.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Hallelujah! I've seen a miracle

Sometime in the last 24 hours, a miracle occurred. The huge mountain of snow on the Damen side of the Trinity UCC community center has been moved! The mountain had actually gotten bigger between when the picture was taken and when it was plowed.

I offer a big THANK YOU to the parties responsible for moving the mountain.

19th ward blizzard response

And there has been no response from Matt O'Shea or Phil Sherlock to my question as to how they might handle a future blizzard if they were elected.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Tribune and Sun-Times endorsements for the 19th ward

The Tribune endorses Anne Schaible.

The Sun-Times endorses Matt O'Shea
and also speaks favorably of Anne Schaible.

19th ward blizzard response - the candidates respond: Ray Coronado

On Friday, I mentioned pedestrian safety issues in the wake of last week's blizzard. I've asked the candidates how they would handle future blizzards if they were elected alderman. I previously posted Anne Schaible's response and continue to will post responses as I receive them from other candidates.

The following is Ray Coronado's response:

My father spent 33 working for Streets and Sanitation so I know a little about the workings of the department. When we have a storm or blizzard like we did last week the main focus has always been to attack the main streets and make sure they are clear for the public and emergency traffic. Once the main streets are clear the next priority are the side streets.

While this is happening, they pull the garbage trucks from their regular duty to plow city streets. This leaves the laborers free. This labor force has always been utilized to clear sidewalks, crosswalks, bus stops, and around fire hydrants and generally make sure that pedestrians can safely get around the neighborhood.

What happened last week was inexcusable. What have the laborers been doing since they can't pick up garbage?

It is the responsibility of the Ward Superintendent to make sure the streets and sidewalks are cleaned and salted for the residents of the ward. The Alderman also needs to be held accountable for not making sure the Ward Superintendent is getting the job done. I believe this plan is a good one if followed. The question is: why wasn't it?

Anne Schaible has proposed changing to a grid system for trash collection to save money, which would mean we would lose the labor force we currently have in our ward to combat snow removal. Can you imagine how much worse the neighborhood would be if we lose the manpower to help with snow removal? I am against this plan.

Monday, February 7, 2011

19th ward blizzard response - the candidates respond: Anne Schaible

On Friday, I mentioned pedestrian safety issues in the wake of last week's blizzard. I've asked the candidates how they would handle future blizzards if they were elected alderman. I will post responses as I receive them.

Here is Anne Schaible's response.

There is an 83yo lady on the **** block of W ***th St who has a 9' ridge of snow blocking her from getting her car out. She is fearful that it won't melt "till April". I have contacted the Review for her. The City plows did this. She can't get to the grocery store.

What would I do differently?

I've proposed a 19th Ward snow command. All too often, we don't have a handle on what's the response to these types of situations in our neighborhood. I would address:

* 19th Ward school closings
* Open pharmacies
* Open grocery stores
* Open gas stations
* Plowing requests/needs
* Com Ed restoration of power
* Metra delays/cancellations
* CTA delays/cancellation
* ER/hospital bypass information

This is the information we need LOCALLY. This is the information we need while the emergency is occurring.

Friday, February 4, 2011

what's wrong with these pictures?

I just took a walk to the Beverly library to return a book and pick up a couple of new ones. I was appalled by the conditions I found at 95th & Damen.

This is an intersection where there is normally a crossing guard because many children cross 95th St. here to go to and from school. There is currently no safe access between the north and south sides of 95th St. at this intersection, no way to go from North Beverly to South Beverly on Damen without walking in the street on both 95th and Damen. There is no access for CTA passengers to go from the street to the sidewalk, and no way for library patrons coming from the south to take a direct and safe path.

There is nothing acceptable about this. I've e-mailed and called the alderman's office to complain. If this isn't fixed by tomorrow, I will call again. I hope that others will, too.





non sequitur Friday



Thursday, February 3, 2011

let's finish the job!

So many people have done a great job clearing their sidewalks so that pedestrians can safely walk on the sidewalk. Once the plow comes through on your street, don't forget to finish the job! Let's all clear those walls of snow that the plows left at the corners, keeping the pedestrians from getting to those newly cleared sidewalks!

I did mine. How about you?

cross country skiing in Dan Ryan Woods

When there is 4" or more of snow on the ground, there will be Sunday afternoon cross country skiing meet-ups at 1 p.m. at Beverly Bike and Ski, 9121 S. Western. You can find friends to ski with, and enjoy hot chocolate at the shop before you go out. Encourage your friends to come, too.

What? No skis? You can rent skis, boots and poles for $15/day or $25/weekend. Snowshoes are available at the same rates. X-c skiing or snowshoeing is easy. If you want to learn how, call Paul at the shop (773-238-5704) and he'll call one of the regulars so you have someone to go with. It's a great way to enjoy the outdoors in winter and see the peaceful beauty of Dan Ryan Woods in snow.

Seems like a safe bet that we'll have enough snow this weekend.

19th ward aldermanic candidate forum TONIGHT 2/3

There will be another 19th ward aldermanic candidate forum tonight, with introductions at 6 p.m. and Q&A at 6:45 p.m. This one will be at Smith Village, 2320 W. 113th Place.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

19th ward aldermanic candidate forum on 2/1

There will be an aldermanic candidate this Tuesday, February 1 at 7:30 p.m. It will be at the Beverly Arts Center, 2407 W. 111th St. It's my understanding that all the candidates have agreed to attend.

It's being presented by BAPA, Beverly Improvement Association, Vanderpoel Improvement Association, Mount Greenwood Civic Association, Southwest Beverly Improvement Association, Southwest Morgan Park Civic Association and League of Woman Voters of Chicago.

I hope that many residents from all areas of the ward will be able to attend.

For more information, call 773-233-3100 or e-mail Matt Walsh.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

1/11/11 aldermanic candidate forum

Have you read the Beverly Review write-up on last week's form? You can find it here.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

19th ward aldermanic candidates - Matt O'Shea

This is the final installment in a series on our 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

Matt O'Shea has gotten the most exposure of our aldermanic candidates. As a long-established member of Ginger Rugai's staff, he's had an unfair advantage over the other candidates. You can read more about where he's coming from on his official campaign web site.

Are you aware that O'Shea favors a Chicago casino as a source of revenue, and that he would consider additional privatization of city assets, such as Midway Airport?

You can't read his responses to IVI-IPO's candidate questionnaire, because he apparently didn't bother to respond.

Here's a 19th Ward blog posting, which includes a recent Beverly Review piece on O'Shea.

I have to question how well we will be represented by a candidate who can't be bothered to respond to questionnaires or attend candidate forums. I haven't spoken directly to him or anyone from his campaign to find out why he's been so non-responsive. The message these actions send, in the absence of words to explain them, is that he arrogantly expects 19th ward voters to be compliant sheep and vote for him simply because he's Ginger Rugai's heir apparent.

His campaign web site mostly talks about what he has done. We need to know more about what he will do to listen and respond to the needs of all 19th ward residents.

If Matt O'Shea or anyone from his campaign would like to provide more information, I hope that they will both share it in comments and attend future candidate forums in the ward.

19th ward aldermanic candidates - Phil Sherlock

This is the fifth installment in a series on our 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

The 19th Ward blog ran a piece on Phil Sherlock. He has not answered the IVI-IPO questionnaire, but he did respond to the Chicago Tribune's questions.

In his answers to the Tribune editorial board questionnaire, note that the candidate favors video gambling and one or more casinos in the city of Chicago as a source of revenue.

Here's his official campaign web site.

19th ward aldermanic candidates - George Newell

This is the fourth installment in a series on our 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

George Newell is a Chicago police officer in our community. There isn't much information available about him online, except for this 19th Ward blog piece, which includes a recent Beverly Review article. I have asked him for more information about his plans and will update this post when I receive a response.

To date, he has not answered the Chicago Tribune editorial board questionnaire or the IVI-IPO questionnaire, which would have been helpful to get a better sense of how he compares to other candidates on the issues.

Good luck to you, Officer Newell! Diving into a campaign like this is not for the faint of heart.

19th ward aldermanic candidates - Diane Phillips

This is the third installment in a series on 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

Diane Phillips was on the ballot until recently, but was apparently bumped due to a petition challenge on the legitimacy of signatures. This is a common tactic when other candidates (especially an incumbent) want to knock a rival off the ballot. She is still running as a write-in candidate.

Since she does not have a web site and hasn't gotten as much exposure, there is less information available about her qualifications and ideas compared to most of the other candidates. I have asked her for more information about her plans and will update this post when I receive a response.

Here's a link to a 19th Ward blog piece, which includes information from a recent Beverly Review article. She responded to the IVI-IPO questionnaire.

I wish Mrs. Phillips luck. Running as a write-in is a difficult route.

19th ward aldermanic candidates - Anne Schaible

This is the second installment in a series on our 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

I met Anne Schaible recently at a community meeting. We discussed her positions on environmental issues. She is a regular volunteer with Friends of the Forest Preserves at habitat restoration workdays. She strongly supports expansion of the city's recycling program and replacement of the city's fleet vehicles with hybrid or electric vehicles when old vehicles are due for replacement. She favors preservation of existing green spaces, creation of new green spaces on vacant blighted land, and better care for our city's trees. Addressing pollution issues to improve air quality is an important priority for her. She supports pedestrian safety measures to make the 19th ward a safer place to walk.

This information supplements what is available on her official campaign web site.

I also recommend reading her responses to the Tribune editorial board questionnaire. She has not responded to IVI-IPO's candidate questionnaire, so there is no additional information there. To date, only Ray Coronado and Diane Phillips have responded to the IVI-IPO questionnaire.

Chicago mayoral candidates - Miguel del Valle

Miguel del Valle brings his experience as a lifelong Chicagoan as well as his job experience into his candidacy for mayor. He has many years of experience in city government, but not in a position with the scope and intensity of the mayor's office.

So far he has been the only mayoral candidate to address many significant environmental issues, including sustainable transportation.

To get a sense of his ideas on specific issues, I recommend reading his answers to the Tribune Editorial Board's questionnaire and the IVI-IPO questionnaire.

Chicago Tonight has an election blog, which provides continually updated coverage of his campaign.

His official campaign web site adds more information.

All of these sources are worth reading to get a better sense of the candidate.

Monday, January 17, 2011

tonight's Chicago Tonight forum

Chicago Tonight did a superb job in hosting a fine mayoral candidate forum with Miguel del Valle, Gery Chico, Carol Moseley Braun and Rahm Emanuel. Carol Marin moderated as the candidates took questions from Chicago high school students.

Towards the end of the forum, one student asked a question about how candidates would deal with bullying of GLBT teens. She got some interesting answers. Miguel del Valle gave a thoughtful response, in which he told of his own experiences with bullying when he was in Chicago public schools, and talked about ways to promote a healthier, more accepting culture in schools.

Carol Marin asked the candidates how many of them were bullied when they were in school. Three of the four raised their hands - all except Chico. She then asked how many students in the audience had been bullied in school. Nearly half raised their hands.

Carol Moseley Braun struck the right tone with her answers about public transit, but on this and many other issues, she had few concrete plans on how to implement the ideas she discussed.

I thought that Rahm Emanuel gave better answers to these students than I've seen him give in some other settings.

All the candidates answered with varying degrees of responsiveness and concrete plans to questions about school safety and the quality of a CPS education. No one connected these particular dots in one way that seems rather obvious to me. They mentioned that much youth violence happens in the afternoons, when kids are the streets after school. They talked about how our kids are shortchanged in terms of the number of hours of classroom time they get in a school year, and how it affects the quality of their education.

Wouldn't it be logical to sell a plan for longer school days as both a boost to quality education AND a public safety measure, keeping kids in school longer so that they have more time to learn and less time to get into trouble?

If you missed the forum, you can watch it online here.

I will be curious to see how the candidates respond in Wednesday's forum on environmental issues.

a few thoughts to ponder

In these weeks leading up to the mayoral and aldermanic election, I ask you to consider these thoughts.

If a candidate can't be bothered to respond to questionnaires from respected organizations or attend candidate forums, will that candidate take the time to consider and respond to the needs of his or her constituents once elected?

All voters deserve to have full information about their candidates and their positions on important issues. If a candidate does not bother to share information we need to make an informed choice, is this really a candidate we should vote for?

Just my $0.02.... Your mileage may vary.

19th ward aldermanic candidates - Ray Coronado

This is the first installment in a series on our 19th ward aldermanic candidates.

Ray Coronado is a running a grassroots campaign, making face-to-face contact with voters. He is accepting no campaign contributions, because he does not want to be biased by them or have any personal obligations to donors if he is elected. If elected, he intends to make alderman his full-time job, and to hold regular town hall meetings to get input from constituents.

His answers to the IVI-IPO questionnaire provide more detail on his positions.

If you're interested in following his campaign or volunteering, here's a link to his Facebook page.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

last night's aldermanic candidate forum

I was not able to attend last night's forum, because I had a meeting in another part of the city. I heard that attendance was good - about 100 constituents.

Most of the candidates attended, and the audience appreciated being able to hear what they had to say. Matt O'Shea was the only candidate who did not attend. I have not heard any satisfactory explanation for his absence.

I know there are at least a couple more forums scheduled in the next few weeks. I will provide information as I get it.

Monday, January 10, 2011

quiet cars on Metra

Metra is beginning a test period for quiet cars on weekday rush hour trains on the Rock Island starting today. Loud conversations and music spilling out of headphones will not be allowed, and those who want to talk on cell phones will be asked to move to the vestibule or another car. I hope this experiment works. I know a lot of people who would be grateful to have peace and quiet on their ride. It would be even better if we could have this on off-peak trips.

Saturday, January 8, 2011

19th ward aldermanic candidate forum on 1/11

This morning's planned aldermanic candidate forum was derailed by a last-minute heavy-handed move against free speech. Vanderpoel Improvement Association (VIA) had invited all the candidates to address their meeting at the Beverly public library. Late yesterday afternoon, the candidates were notified by the library director that the event was cancelled. VIA found out through one of the candidates. They were told that "the library does not host political events," even though this was to be an open non-partisan informational forum so that residents could learn more about ALL the candidates, and that no candidate was endorsed through this forum.

I will update you with whatever information I'm able to get about why this forum was squelched.

With less than one day to go, VIA was not able to arrange for an alternate venue. They were able to join forces with a church in Mt. Greenwood for a forum this week, in which their key issues will be heard: ward redistricting, crime and safety, education, economic development, and accountability for services.

That forum will be held this Tuesday 1/11, hosted by Parkwood Baptist Church, 11355 S. Central Park, starting at 7 p.m. All 19th ward residents are welcome to attend.

Friday, January 7, 2011

where to recycle old holiday lights

Do you have old burned out or broken holiday light strings? You can drop them off for recycling at one of the following locations during their regular hours between now and Tuesday 1/18.

Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento
City Hall Lobby, 121 N. LaSalle St.
RecycleTech, 11235 S. Cottage Grove
Chicago Police Dept., 5101 S. Wentworth
Edgebrook Ace Hardware, 5423 W. Devon
Whole Foods South Loop, 1101 S. Canal
Wright College Campus Center, 4300 N. Narragansett
Logan Theater, 2646 N. Milwaukee
Southeast Senior Center, 1767 E. 79th St.
Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, 1414 N. Ashland
Southwest Senior Center, 6117 S. Kedzie
North Community Bank, 5235 N. Western

after Christmas

When your Christmas tree has dropped too many needles and it's time for it to go, please consider recycling it. The Chicago Park District will be accepting trees for chipping and mulching at several locations between now and Sunday January 17th.

In the Beverly area, trees will be accepted at Mt. Greenwood Park, 3721 W. 111th St., and Kennedy Park, 11320 S. Western. You can pick up free mulch beginning today.

non sequitur Friday



Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Chicago mayoral candidates - Carol Moseley Braun

This is the first of four installments on our Chicago mayoral candidates.

After a lot of media coverage and discussion, the dust has settled, and Carol Moseley Braun has been declared the "black consensus candidate." This leaves me scratching my head. When Barack Obama launched his campaign here for the 2008 presidential election, wasn't he supposed to be a "post-racial" candidate? Wasn't the era of racially loaded campaigning supposed to be over? How many black voters still buy into the concept of a consensus candidate, and how many would rather vote for the most qualified candidate whose positions on the issues are the best match for their own ideas?

WTTW's campaign blog is being updated daily with all media coverage of mayoral campaigns.

Here's her official campaign web site.

What's your opinion?

Walk Bike Transit

Do sustainable transportation issues matter to you? Would you like to be part of a grassroots effort to make sure that walking, bicycling and public transit issues are on the agenda of all our candidates for mayor and alderman in Chicago? Contact the Walk Bike Transit political action committee to get involved today!

19th ward aldermanic candidate forum on Saturday 1/8

I just found out last night that there will be an aldermanic candidate forum this Saturday, January 8, at the Beverly Public Library, starting at 9:30 a.m. Want to know what the candidates have to say on issues that matter to you? Come to the library and bring your questions. The library is located at 1962 W. 95th St. (at Damen).