Friday, November 30, 2012

non sequitur Friday

Variations on a theme: three takes on a modern jazz classic.

And for Jaco fans....

Thursday, November 29, 2012

when smoke isn't such a bad thing

If you are in north Beverly today, be aware that a prescribed (controlled) burn is planned for Dan Ryan Woods.  If you see smoke coming from the woods today, you don't need to call 911.  This burn (to help in restoring the health of native plants and trees) was scheduled with the forest preserve district. The fire dept. has already been notified that it is happening.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

completing a missing piece at Ridge Park

I've wondered why Ridge Park has a partial sidewalk from the fieldhouse to 96th St., ending short of the street. In recent weeks, I've noticed spray paint outlines connecting the end of the sidewalk to the curb at 96th St.  This morning on my way to the train I saw a crew jackhammering out the curb and digging, presumably in preparation for pouring concrete. 

Thank you, Chicago Park District.  Once the work is complete, we'll finally have a sidewalk (presumably with curb ramp) so that pedestrians can go all the way to/from 96th St. on a solid surface without having to walk on the often-busy driveway.

Monday, November 26, 2012

after the fire

On Saturday afternoon, the Chicago Fire Department spent several hours attacking and containing a major fire that severely damaged a 5-story residential building at 2030 W. 111th St.  About 120 fire fighters and EMTs and 40 trucks and ambulances were involved in the effort.  All residents, fire fighters and EMTs are safe.  Unfortunately, the building is uninhabitable, leaving 64 Morgan Park residents without a home.

In order to help those displaced by the fire, Alderman Matt O'Shea and State Rep. Monique Davis are working to provide assistance to residents of the burned building.  If you would like to help, donations in the form of gift cards to retailers such as Jewel, Walgreens, Target, Kohl's and others, or Visa gift cards, are being collected at the offices of Alderman O'Shea (10400 S. Western) and Rep. Davis (1234 W. 95th St.).

Friday, November 23, 2012

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Chicago parks closed on Friday

Chicago Park District administrative offices and facilities, except for McFetridge Sports Center, will be closed this Friday. This mandatory shut down day is Friday, Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving.

Friday, November 9, 2012

non sequitur Friday

A little something to get me in the mood for a visit to Toronto.  Cheers!

Friday, November 2, 2012

household hazardous waste collection on Sat. 11/3

The Green Sanctuary Group of Beverly Unitarian Church will collect household hazardous waste and electronics for recycling Sat. 11/3, 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. in the church parking lot, 10244 S. Longwood Dr. (the Castle). The following items are accepted if properly sealed: antifreeze, used motor oil, old gasoline, OIL-BASED paints, paint thinners, aerosal paints, car batteries, reusable batteries, herbicides, insecticides, pesticides, lawn chemicals, solvents, drain cleaners, pool chemicals, and hobby chemicals.  Also, computers, laptops, printers, monitors, stereo equipment, boomboxes, mercury-fluorescent lamps and bulbs, televisions, cell phones, eyeglasses, shoes, textbooks and small microwaves.  They CANNOT accept any latex, acrylic or water based paint, freon, incandescent bulbs, or products you can clean up with water, or any type of medicine or needles.

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

non sequitur Friday

Playin' the blues for all the folks recovering from Sandy.