Friday, April 20, 2018

Friday, April 13, 2018

Thursday, April 12, 2018

garage burglaries

They're at it again. Another wave of garage burglaries has started.

Sun-Times story here.

CPD community alert, including phone # for detectives if you have info.

Hopefully these guys will get caught soon.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Friends of the Major Taylor Trail workday on Sat. 4/21

Please join Friends of the Major Taylor Trail, Out Our Front Door and Major Taylor Cycling Club Chicago in a spring clean-up project in honor of Earth Day.

We will be cutting brush and picking up trash, in preparation for warm weather events on the trail. Hiking boots, work boots, or other shoes that offer good support and can handle a bit of dirt are recommended.  If you have work gloves you like, please bring them along, otherwise gloves will be available for use during the workday.

To register as a volunteer, please click here. We'd love to have your help to get this section of the trail in good shape for the season.

We'll be working on a section of trail just east of 12900 S Eggleston, the nearest area for parking. This location is easy to reach by bike from the Major Taylor Trail.  You can also park at Whistler Woods and take a short walk or bike ride to the site, just north of the Little Calumet River.

We plan to work from 9 am to noon on Saturday 4/21.  We hope to see you there.

Friday, April 6, 2018

non sequitur Friday

A bit of creative musical silliness...

And another...

Monday, March 26, 2018

Metra LaSalle St. construction - track and schedule changes

Metra has made some changes to the Rock Island schedule for the duration of the LaSalle St. construction project.  Read here for more details.

There are also some track changes from what you're used to.  It's gonna be some extra special fun. ;)

Friday, March 23, 2018

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.

non sequitur Friday

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Dan Ryan Woods habitat restoration workday Sat. 2/17

It's great to get outside. Come out and volunteer at Dan Ryan Woods this Saturday 2/17 from 9:00 am-noon for Friends of the Forest Preserves' monthly habitat restoration workday.

Tools, gloves, and training provided. If you have work gloves you like, bring those. Wearing hiking boots or work boots is recommended.

91st St. parking lot (just north of the 91st St. Metra station).  Please contact Benjamin Cox at 773-398-1178 or for more information and to let him know if you plan to attend.

Friday, February 9, 2018

Friday, February 2, 2018

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme...

And the original...

Friday, January 26, 2018

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Updated - lost dog in Colorado found

The original posting was updated saying that the lost dog was found and reunited with his family. Yeah!
This was posted on the Lost Dogs Illinois Facebook page.

"This is Cliff. Cliff has been found in the foothills of Littleton, CO. He had a collar with a piece of paper wrapped around the collar. Hard to read....Prospect Ave, Chicago, IL

If you know the owner, please private message LDI so we can contact the finder.

Thank you."

Friday, January 12, 2018

non sequitur Friday

Warm thoughts for a cold day.

Friday, January 5, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Whistler Woods habitat restoration workday Sat. 1/6 CANCELLED

Update - CANCELLED due to subzero wind chill.

It's great to get outdoors. Volunteers are needed this Saturday 1/6 from 10 am to 1 pm for a habitat restoration workday - brush cutting and bonfires.  Snacks and water will be available.

Hiking boots or other boots or shoes that offer good support and traction are a good idea. When you arrive, look for volunteers along the lefthand side of the main parking lot, near the end of the parking lot. If you have work gloves, bring them, otherwise gloves will be available.  

How to get there:   Whistler Woods is just east of 13400 S Halsted in Riverdale.

By bike: if you're coming from the north, ride the Major Taylor Trail south until it ends in Whistler Woods and continue to the parking lot to find the volunteers.

By car: take Halsted to Forestview (13400S) - parking lot is the first left turn after you turn east onto Forestview.

From I-57, exit at eastbound 127th, then turn right on Halsted, then continue to 13400S and follow the directions above.

From I-94, exit at westbound 130th.  Continue past the viaduct, right (northbound) on Indiana, then continue left on 127th. Follow the directions above.

By transit:  Pace 352 Halsted bus

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

please recycle your Christmas tree

If you bought a real tree this year, please consider holding onto it until 1/8 and then taking it for recycling.  If you do this, it will be chipped and used for mulch instead of taking up space in a landfill. Full news story here.

Locations include:

Kennedy Park, 2427 W. 113th St. , Mount Greenwood Park at 3721 W. 111th St., the city’s forestry site at 900 E. 103rd St., Lincoln Park at Cannon Drive and Fullerton Avenue, Margate Park at 4921 N. Marine Drive, , North Park Village at 5801 N. Pulaski,Warren Park at 6601 N. Western Ave.,  Bessemer Park, 8930 S. Muskegon Ave. Clark Park, 3400 N. Rockwell St. Garfield Park, 100 N. Central Park Ave. Grant Park, 900 S. Columbus Drive Kelvyn Park, 4438 W. Wrightwood Ave. Lake Meadows Park, 3117 S. Rhodes Ave. Marquette Park, 6700 S. Kedzie Ave. McKinley Park, 2210 W. Pershing Road West Chatham Park, 8223 S. Princeton Ave. North Park Village, 5801 N. Pulaski Road Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma Ave. Portage Park, 4100 N. Long Ave. Riis Park, 6201 W. Wrightwood Ave. Sheridan Park, 910 S. Aberdeen St. Walsh Park, 1722 N. Ashland Ave. and Wentworth Park, 5701 S. Narragansett Ave.