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.