Friday, March 30, 2012

Today in Rogers Park - March 30th, 2012


Today in Rogers Park
is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton



The Alder Kings are a three piece, high octane, high gain, instrumental psycho surfabilly band from Chicago. Since forming in 2011, The Alder Kings have gained exposure on the national and international level. Rooted in the classics, but definitely not your Daddy's surf.

Friday, March 30th, 2012 8pm

at The Red Line Tap

7006 N. Glenwood Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626




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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Desk


This is where it happens. My desk.

- Bill Morton


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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Squirrel poison killing our pets

click image to enlarge

Just in from Rogers Bark:

This is an alert for pet owners in the area, specifically those with small dogs. 
I received some sad news at the salon yesterday; that one of our clients had eaten squirrel poison on her afternoon walk with her mom and as a result, had to be put down that night. The vet informed her that there were 3 other cases of "squirrel poison ingestions" very similar to hers within the last 30 days. I then called a few other vets in the neighborhood and they also confirmed they have had a handful of cases recently. 
Please keep an eye on what your pet is picking up in the neighborhood. Squirrell poison is illegal in addition to being inhumane, and because it is targeted for large rodents, small dogs are extremely vulnerable. The picture below is the closet I could find to what my client described and is something you should keep an eye out for. If you do happen to come across a location with these pellets, please post the cross streets on our facebook page and to everyblock.com so we can keep track of the locations. I am currently waiting to hear back from the Alderman's office to see what other steps can be taken. 
This is not a fun issue, but with the support of and information from the neighborhood, we might be able to prevent any more tragic deaths of our pets.




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Lake Manor




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Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Paula Basta Saved My Life


"Paula Basta Saved My Life"

Lilya Zhilina came to America with no job and no home. Lilya Zhilina was nearly on the street...

Until she met Paula Basta

"I couldn't find a job. I couldn't find an apartment. I could find nothing. Paula helped me find a job and she helped me find a home. Paula Basta saved my life"

- Lilya Zhilina




This is Paula Basta for 14th District Representative weekend here at Rogers Park in 1,000 Words.

For the past 30 years, Paula Basta has given her time and energy working directly with seniors, families, the disabled, and the LGBT community across Chicago. Because of her deep understanding of the intricacies of aging and City services, and her unique gift for coalition building, she has built bridges with partners and officials alike while helping to give these constituencies a voice for the issues that affect their daily lives.


Senior accomplishments:


Paula began her career as a social worker at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago and later as the parish social worker for St. Clements Parish in Lincoln Park.

These experiences eventually led to becoming Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). She managed the nearly 30 staff and many volunteers and grew that organization into a million-dollar, multi-disciplinary service agency. This deepened not only Paula’s executive and leadership experience, but also her years-long commitment to making life better for seniors and their families.

As Director of the Chicago Department on Aging’s citywide hotline, Paula learned first-hand both the emergent and long-term needs of the people government is intended to serve. Today, Paula manages one of the busiest senior centers for the City of Chicago – the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center. She also oversees the Northeast Region’s Golden Diner program that provides 4200 meals a week to seniors. She not only keenly understands these needs, but she also works tirelessly through volunteer and advisory capacities to meet the needs of the 4,000 individuals who come through the door of the Senior Center every month.


LGBT highlights:


Paula is also extremely active in the LGBT community. She is the crucial bridge between LGBT organizations and the traditional aging networks. Paula has been a tremendous asset to LGBT community.

Paula served for seven years on the Board for Equality Illinois and as its Board President from 2005 – 2006 – an exciting time during which the Illinois Human Rights Act was enacted and the groundwork was laid for the recent passage of the Illinois Civil Unions law, resulting in the improvement in the lives of thousands of couples starting in June of 2011.

Paula has taken the lead at the city and statewide level in forging alliances between the traditional aging network and LGBT agencies and organizations. She has helped The Center on Halsted’s SAGE Program become a congregate meal site and supported its move to become a center where LGBT seniors can meet and discuss their issues. She is also the go-to community leader and City representative to whom legislators and council people look to ensure that legislation encompasses vital LGBT and senior issues.

She is currently a member of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, Cook County State’s Attorney’s LGBT Advisory Council and a Board member of TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network). She was a 2009 inductee into the Mayor’s Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.


Community involvement:


Paula’s political experience and involvement is long-term and based solidly in the kind of grassroots organizing and leadership she will re-awaken and reinforce in the north lakefront communities. In 2010, Paula completed the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership as one of only 12 women selected statewide – a program recognized for actively recruiting and developing Democratic women leaders for political office.

Believing that all efforts should arise out of and not simply dictate what constitute community issues and needs, she devoted her earliest efforts to the women’s equality and pro-choice movements, to which she added LGBT and senior organizing

Paula’s knowledge of community needs is broad and inclusive: She has served in member, board and advisory capacities with Partners for Rogers Park, Willye B. White Park, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, the Inter-Community Housing Corporation and her local CAPS program.

Her political role model has always been Paul Simon because of his direct appeal to the voters and his skill in forging consensus where no one thought effective compromise possible, and his unerring integrity. Paula wants a return to that kind of politics, and that kind of politician, and believes that only with the election of truly independent legislators will that happen.


Real Life:


Born in Cleveland, Ohio to a mother who owned a beauty salon and a father who ran an auto repair shop, Paula saw first hand the unique challenges that small businesses faced daily and she embraced their strong spirit of hard work and commitment to family and community. She finished her undergraduate studies with a degree in social work from University of Dayton.

On arriving in Chicago in 1978, Paula found an exciting, diverse, ecumenical movement devoted to issues of racial, economic and social justice and she dived right in. She became active with Chicago Catholic Women, which led to her completion of a Masters in Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1989.




Her stand on The Issues


For Seniors


Paula began her career as a social worker at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago and later as the parish social worker for St. Clements Parish in Lincoln Park.

These experiences prepared Paula to be the Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). She managed nearly 30 staff and many volunteers, growing that organization into a million-dollar, multi-disciplinary service agency. This not only deepened Paula’s executive and leadership experience, but also her proven commitment to making life better for seniors and their families.

As Director of the Chicago Department on Aging’s citywide hotline, Paula learned first-hand both the emergent and long-term needs of the people who government is intended to serve. Today, Paula manages one of the busiest senior centers for the City of Chicago – the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center. She also oversees the Northeast Region’s Golden Diner program that provides 4200 meals a week to seniors. She not only keenly understands these needs, but she also works tirelessly in volunteer and advisory capacities to meet the needs of the 4,000 individuals who come through the door of the Senior Center every month.

In 2011, the state legislature tightened eligibility parameters for seniors in “Illinois Cares Rx,” a popular prescription drug program for the elderly. Around twenty percent of those who once qualified will lose coverage under the new state budget. Furthermore, budget cuts have weakened state programs that deliver food to the seniors’ homes. Paula will take her advocacy experience to Springfield and push to expand Illinois Cares Rx along with other programs that provide seniors with the care and support they deserve.


LGBT Issues


Paula is a long term and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.

Paula worked with the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, establishing ties between two traditionally separated advocacy fields in Cook County. Paula has been a strong voice for lesbian, gay and transgender seniors, realizing that they face a uniquely challenging set of issues. She has served organizations like the Department of Family and Support Services, the Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health Center and Equality Illinois. Paula also served on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s LGBT Advisory Council.

The Illinois Civil Unions Act was a major step forward for LGBT rights in Illinois. The legislation indicates that Springfield is finally starting to get serious about gay rights. Paula will mobilize her ties with the LGBT community to fight for further legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in Illinois.

Paula will join advocates in putting pressure on Springfield to adopt a comprehensive approach to providing members of the LGBT community with a voice and the full measure of their civil and human rights.


For Economic Development and Small Businesses


Paula supports the small business districts in our community and continually reaches out to hear about the local business environment, the challenges and potential opportunities for the area. She has worked closely with the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce to support the locally owned businesses that are so important to our community.

Paula is invested in giving small businesses strong footing through incentive and tax-credit programs. She knows that local companies are an investment in local communities, providing new jobs and revenue for nearby residents.


On Public Safety and Gun Control


Working with her community CAPS program, Paula Basta makes public safety a priority. As State Representative, Paula would be a leading advocate to reduce gun violence with common-sense legislation.

Locally, Paula continues to work to make the streets of our community safer for our neighbors. Paula is part of her neighborhood CAPS program, which addresses safety concerns on the street and sponsors numerous meetings and events with neighbors. Public safety is an issue that demands community action in addition to the efforts of the Chicago Police Department.

There are no legal provisions for concealed-carrying of firearms in Illinois, a contentious point in Springfield. In May 2011, a concealed-carry law failed to pass the House by six votes, with all but two Chicago area representatives voting against the bill. Paula contends that the concealed-carry laws are out of touch with the day-to-day reality of city residents. Paula will always prioritize residents’ safety over national lobbying interests.


For Education


Paula understands the importance that receiving a quality education plays in the development of a child’s life. Paula will fight for funding for Chicago Public Schools, advocating reduced class sizes, retaining quality teachers, and adding vital programs for students. Paula strongly supports early childhood education and will work to help secure funding to add additional pre-school and full-day kindergarten classes at local schools.

Senate Bill 7 has far reaching consequences for education in Illinois, but only if it receives the necessary financial support. Among other long needed changes, the bill mandates obligatory annual training hours for school board members, reduces class sizes, and clarifies the dismissal process for incompetent teachers.

Meanwhile, many teachers, superintendents, and school administrators are concerned that the new state budget cuts will make it harder to implement the broad and on-going reforms. Paula is a strong supporter of financing for Illinois’ educational system. She firmly believes that children should not bear the burden of balancing the state budget. Paula insists that we must adequately fund education to make good on Springfield’s promises for reform.


On Healthcare


Paula will work to expand vital healthcare services statewide and will work for better funding and expansion of services. These efforts will lead to improved healthcare services for women. Paula believes strongly in a woman’s right to choose, and will fight vigorously in Springfield to protect that right.

Paula realizes that the budget cuts for this fiscal year have taken a toll on senior health care. The state cut programs that help seniors receive supplies and care at home, which might have the unintentional effect of increasing the state’s expenses when those seniors are compelled to move to state funded hospices and retirement homes. With her tested experiences advocating for the elderly, Paula is devoted to making certain that seniors are not left behind due to budget issues.

Paula also understands the importance in ensuring quality, affordable healthcare for children. The “All Kids” program currently provides universal, broad and affordable health care for 1.6 million children in Illinois. Paula supports the funding of the “All Kids” program, ensuring inclusive healthcare coverage for all children in Illinois.


On the State Budget


Springfield settled on steep budget cuts for the current fiscal year. The House collectively reduced Gov. Quinn’s original $36 billion down to $33.2 billion, which the governor further reduced to the final $32.9 billion budget. The end product is around $2 billion lower than last fiscal year’s budget.

They drew spending cuts primarily from Medicaid reimbursements and educational coffers. The budget cuts roughly $276 million from Medicaid and a further $89 million came from school district transportation. Superintendent offices face an $11 million cut. The reductions to education, in particular, make recent reforms harder to implement.

Paula knows that some of these cuts burden many hard-working families and individuals in economically hard times. She believes that it’s time to take a hard look at the cuts and who pays the price for fiscal irresponsibility in Springfield. Paula will make sure that children, students and the elderly do not take the fall for the state’s problems.


Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform


Paula believes in open, efficient and transparent government, free of the influences of corruption stemming from campaign donations.

Current campaign caps limit political contributions to $5,000 per individual, $10,000 per business, and $50,000 per PAC. Paula supports enforcing and expanding caps on political donations to candidates to help eliminate negative influences of large campaign contributors.








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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Paula Basta for 14th District State Representative weekend



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Today in Rogers Park - March 18th, 2011



Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626


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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Today in Rogers Park - March 17th, 2012

Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Charmers Cafe Summer Hours!

Monday - Friday  6:30am - 8pm

Saturdays and Sundays 7am - 8pm






Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626



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Friday, March 16, 2012

Paula Basta for 14th District Representative


Paula and her partner of 9 years, Terri Worman, live in Rogers Park.

For the past 30 years, Paula Basta has given her time and energy working directly with seniors, families, the disabled, and the LGBT community across Chicago. Because of her deep understanding of the intricacies of aging and City services, and her unique gift for coalition building, she has built bridges with partners and officials alike while helping to give these constituencies a voice for the issues that affect their daily lives.


Senior accomplishments:


Paula began her career as a social worker at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago and later as the parish social worker for St. Clements Parish in Lincoln Park.

These experiences eventually led to becoming Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). She managed the nearly 30 staff and many volunteers and grew that organization into a million-dollar, multi-disciplinary service agency. This deepened not only Paula’s executive and leadership experience, but also her years-long commitment to making life better for seniors and their families.

As Director of the Chicago Department on Aging’s citywide hotline, Paula learned first-hand both the emergent and long-term needs of the people government is intended to serve. Today, Paula manages one of the busiest senior centers for the City of Chicago – the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center. She also oversees the Northeast Region’s Golden Diner program that provides 4200 meals a week to seniors. She not only keenly understands these needs, but she also works tirelessly through volunteer and advisory capacities to meet the needs of the 4,000 individuals who come through the door of the Senior Center every month.


LGBT highlights:


Paula is also extremely active in the LGBT community. She is the crucial bridge between LGBT organizations and the traditional aging networks. Paula has been a tremendous asset to LGBT community.

Paula served for seven years on the Board for Equality Illinois and as its Board President from 2005 – 2006 – an exciting time during which the Illinois Human Rights Act was enacted and the groundwork was laid for the recent passage of the Illinois Civil Unions law, resulting in the improvement in the lives of thousands of couples starting in June of 2011.

Paula has taken the lead at the city and statewide level in forging alliances between the traditional aging network and LGBT agencies and organizations. She has helped The Center on Halsted’s SAGE Program become a congregate meal site and supported its move to become a center where LGBT seniors can meet and discuss their issues. She is also the go-to community leader and City representative to whom legislators and council people look to ensure that legislation encompasses vital LGBT and senior issues.

She is currently a member of the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, Cook County State’s Attorney’s LGBT Advisory Council and a Board member of TPAN (Test Positive Aware Network). She was a 2009 inductee into the Mayor’s Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame.


Community involvement:


Paula’s political experience and involvement is long-term and based solidly in the kind of grassroots organizing and leadership she will re-awaken and reinforce in the north lakefront communities. In 2010, Paula completed the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership as one of only 12 women selected statewide – a program recognized for actively recruiting and developing Democratic women leaders for political office.

Believing that all efforts should arise out of and not simply dictate what constitute community issues and needs, she devoted her earliest efforts to the women’s equality and pro-choice movements, to which she added LGBT and senior organizing

Paula’s knowledge of community needs is broad and inclusive: She has served in member, board and advisory capacities with Partners for Rogers Park, Willye B. White Park, Jane Addams Senior Caucus, the Inter-Community Housing Corporation and her local CAPS program.

Her political role model has always been Paul Simon because of his direct appeal to the voters and his skill in forging consensus where no one thought effective compromise possible, and his unerring integrity. Paula wants a return to that kind of politics, and that kind of politician, and believes that only with the election of truly independent legislators will that happen.


Real Life:


Born in Cleveland, Ohio to a mother who owned a beauty salon and a father who ran an auto repair shop, Paula saw first hand the unique challenges that small businesses faced daily and she embraced their strong spirit of hard work and commitment to family and community. She finished her undergraduate studies with a degree in social work from University of Dayton.

On arriving in Chicago in 1978, Paula found an exciting, diverse, ecumenical movement devoted to issues of racial, economic and social justice and she dived right in. She became active with Chicago Catholic Women, which led to her completion of a Masters in Divinity at McCormick Theological Seminary in 1989.




Her stand on The Issues


For Seniors


Paula began her career as a social worker at Little Brothers Friends of the Elderly in Chicago and later as the parish social worker for St. Clements Parish in Lincoln Park.

These experiences prepared Paula to be the Executive Director of H.O.M.E. (Housing Opportunities and Maintenance for the Elderly). She managed nearly 30 staff and many volunteers, growing that organization into a million-dollar, multi-disciplinary service agency. This not only deepened Paula’s executive and leadership experience, but also her proven commitment to making life better for seniors and their families.

As Director of the Chicago Department on Aging’s citywide hotline, Paula learned first-hand both the emergent and long-term needs of the people who government is intended to serve. Today, Paula manages one of the busiest senior centers for the City of Chicago – the Northeast (Levy) Senior Center. She also oversees the Northeast Region’s Golden Diner program that provides 4200 meals a week to seniors. She not only keenly understands these needs, but she also works tirelessly in volunteer and advisory capacities to meet the needs of the 4,000 individuals who come through the door of the Senior Center every month.

In 2011, the state legislature tightened eligibility parameters for seniors in “Illinois Cares Rx,” a popular prescription drug program for the elderly. Around twenty percent of those who once qualified will lose coverage under the new state budget. Furthermore, budget cuts have weakened state programs that deliver food to the seniors’ homes. Paula will take her advocacy experience to Springfield and push to expand Illinois Cares Rx along with other programs that provide seniors with the care and support they deserve.


LGBT Issues


Paula is a long term and dedicated advocate for the LGBT community.

Paula worked with the Chicago Task Force on LGBT Aging, establishing ties between two traditionally separated advocacy fields in Cook County. Paula has been a strong voice for lesbian, gay and transgender seniors, realizing that they face a uniquely challenging set of issues. She has served organizations like the Department of Family and Support Services, the Center on Halsted, Howard Brown Health Center and Equality Illinois. Paula also served on State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez’s LGBT Advisory Council.

The Illinois Civil Unions Act was a major step forward for LGBT rights in Illinois. The legislation indicates that Springfield is finally starting to get serious about gay rights. Paula will mobilize her ties with the LGBT community to fight for further legislation guaranteeing marriage equality in Illinois.

Paula will join advocates in putting pressure on Springfield to adopt a comprehensive approach to providing members of the LGBT community with a voice and the full measure of their civil and human rights.


For Economic Development and Small Businesses


Paula supports the small business districts in our community and continually reaches out to hear about the local business environment, the challenges and potential opportunities for the area. She has worked closely with the Rogers Park Business Alliance and the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce to support the locally owned businesses that are so important to our community.

Paula is invested in giving small businesses strong footing through incentive and tax-credit programs. She knows that local companies are an investment in local communities, providing new jobs and revenue for nearby residents.


On Public Safety and Gun Control


Working with her community CAPS program, Paula Basta makes public safety a priority. As State Representative, Paula would be a leading advocate to reduce gun violence with common-sense legislation.

Locally, Paula continues to work to make the streets of our community safer for our neighbors. Paula is part of her neighborhood CAPS program, which addresses safety concerns on the street and sponsors numerous meetings and events with neighbors. Public safety is an issue that demands community action in addition to the efforts of the Chicago Police Department.

There are no legal provisions for concealed-carrying of firearms in Illinois, a contentious point in Springfield. In May 2011, a concealed-carry law failed to pass the House by six votes, with all but two Chicago area representatives voting against the bill. Paula contends that the concealed-carry laws are out of touch with the day-to-day reality of city residents. Paula will always prioritize residents’ safety over national lobbying interests.


For Education


Paula understands the importance that receiving a quality education plays in the development of a child’s life. Paula will fight for funding for Chicago Public Schools, advocating reduced class sizes, retaining quality teachers, and adding vital programs for students. Paula strongly supports early childhood education and will work to help secure funding to add additional pre-school and full-day kindergarten classes at local schools.

Senate Bill 7 has far reaching consequences for education in Illinois, but only if it receives the necessary financial support. Among other long needed changes, the bill mandates obligatory annual training hours for school board members, reduces class sizes, and clarifies the dismissal process for incompetent teachers.

Meanwhile, many teachers, superintendents, and school administrators are concerned that the new state budget cuts will make it harder to implement the broad and on-going reforms. Paula is a strong supporter of financing for Illinois’ educational system. She firmly believes that children should not bear the burden of balancing the state budget. Paula insists that we must adequately fund education to make good on Springfield’s promises for reform.


On Healthcare


Paula will work to expand vital healthcare services statewide and will work for better funding and expansion of services. These efforts will lead to improved healthcare services for women. Paula believes strongly in a woman’s right to choose, and will fight vigorously in Springfield to protect that right.

Paula realizes that the budget cuts for this fiscal year have taken a toll on senior health care. The state cut programs that help seniors receive supplies and care at home, which might have the unintentional effect of increasing the state’s expenses when those seniors are compelled to move to state funded hospices and retirement homes. With her tested experiences advocating for the elderly, Paula is devoted to making certain that seniors are not left behind due to budget issues.

Paula also understands the importance in ensuring quality, affordable healthcare for children. The “All Kids” program currently provides universal, broad and affordable health care for 1.6 million children in Illinois. Paula supports the funding of the “All Kids” program, ensuring inclusive healthcare coverage for all children in Illinois.


On the State Budget


Springfield settled on steep budget cuts for the current fiscal year. The House collectively reduced Gov. Quinn’s original $36 billion down to $33.2 billion, which the governor further reduced to the final $32.9 billion budget. The end product is around $2 billion lower than last fiscal year’s budget.

They drew spending cuts primarily from Medicaid reimbursements and educational coffers. The budget cuts roughly $276 million from Medicaid and a further $89 million came from school district transportation. Superintendent offices face an $11 million cut. The reductions to education, in particular, make recent reforms harder to implement.

Paula knows that some of these cuts burden many hard-working families and individuals in economically hard times. She believes that it’s time to take a hard look at the cuts and who pays the price for fiscal irresponsibility in Springfield. Paula will make sure that children, students and the elderly do not take the fall for the state’s problems.


Ethics and Campaign Finance Reform


Paula believes in open, efficient and transparent government, free of the influences of corruption stemming from campaign donations.

Current campaign caps limit political contributions to $5,000 per individual, $10,000 per business, and $50,000 per PAC. Paula supports enforcing and expanding caps on political donations to candidates to help eliminate negative influences of large campaign contributors.


Relative links:

Paula Basta for 14th District State Representative official website

Paula Basta Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame induction (2009)




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Today in Rogers Park - March 16th, 2012



Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626



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Thursday, March 15, 2012

Heat and Crime

Heat effects on affective, cognitive, and arousal variables have proven quite consistent. Exposure to hot temperatures increases heart rate, endorsement of aggressive feelings and beliefs, and feelings of hostility, all the while decreasing feelings of arousal and comfort. The heat-induced increase in endorsement of aggressive attitudes and beliefs looks, at first glance, like a cognitive priming effect, automatically increasing the accessibility of aggressive thoughts.

Read more at The 312 Chicago Magazine's Staff blog - Heat and Crime: It's Not Just You Feeling It Mar 15, 2012 By Whet Moser

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Jarvis Porch Improvement










Photography by: Autumn Davids
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Rogers Park puppies






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Charmers Cafe Summer Hours


Charmers Cafe Summer Hours are coming soon!

Monday - Friday  6:30am - 8pm

Saturdays and Sundays 7am - 8pm


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Today in Rogers Park - March 15th, 2012



Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626


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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Walking the old Sam Leone Pier



I'm pretty sure that no one else has walked the old Sam Leone Pier in at least 40 years!

"The lifeguard, 25-year-old Sam Leone, made the most of his opportunity. During the next 40 years, until his death in 1965, he improved lifesaving methods; whipped his 75-man lifeguard crew into a tough, alert and well-trained unit; developed a corps of "junior guards" into one of the city's biggest and best recreational programs; and racked up one of the best safety records at any beach, anywhere. Along the way, Leone took on the role of second father to thousands of Rogers Park youngsters and earned the reputation as Chicago's greatest lifeguard".  source: Chicago Tribune - The Tyrant Of Touhy Beach June 11, 2000|By Chris Serb

This was his pier.

Appreciate your history, Rogers Park.

Bill Morton


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A Charmers Cafe morning






Charmers Cafe
1500 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

perfect



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Gunfire wound in Rogers Park

From the article:
About 10:45 p.m., a 22-year-old bystander was shot in the leg in the 6300 block of North Ridge Boulevard, on the cusp of the Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods, after he saw two men arguing across the street, then heard gunfire. He walked into Saint Francis Hospital in Evanston and is in good condition.

Read more here.


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Today in Rogers Park - March 13th, 2012



Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626



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Public Spaces and Social Movements



“Public spaces become a place for conversation,” Shepard said, “and the best public spaces are well used public spaces.”

“I think people aren’t looking for politicians to solve their problems…We have to lead ourselves".

Shepard said direct action creates change. Use your voice, or your impact becomes smaller and smaller, he said.

Read more at Loyola Student Dispatch - Author speaks about social relations at Loyola.

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Monday, March 12, 2012

Another great job at Rogers Bark



A big Thank You to Marie at Rogers Bark for taking care of my dog Rock N Roll this afternoon. Rocky is now the cleanest, happiest dog in town!

Due to my camera being in need of replacement/repair, I'll post a great photo from the past with Marie and Rock N Roll at Rogers Bark.

Marie and my dog Rock N Roll enjoying an afternoon at Rogers Bark.

Rogers Bark
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626

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False Alarm at Levy House


Five fire trucks and many other emergency vehicles rushed to Levy House this morning. Fortunately, it was only a false alarm.




 Levy House 1221 W. Sherwin Avenue Chicago, IL 60626


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Sunday, March 11, 2012

J.B. Alberto's


J.B. Alberto's 1324-26 West Morse Avenue Chicago, IL 60626


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Today in Rogers Park - March 12th, 2012



Today in Rogers Park is a series to inform our community of relevant daily events, including the arts, entertainment, presentations and community meetings. - Bill Morton


Idle Muse Theatre Company presents Shakespeare's R&J

February 16th - March 18th, 2012

Thursday - Saturday 8pm, Sunday 3pm

at The Side Project Theatre
1439 W. Jarvis Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Rogers Park Lightning

This was a large lightning bolt that hit so strong that night turned blinding.






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Now Trending on Rogers Park in 1,000 Words


We can only hope that the search trend of Lake Shore Drive extension has little to do with any swell of the Friends of the Parks horrible plan. Author Ursula Bielski is often a guest of Chicago Ghost Hunters Group events at Charmers Cafe. Bowling alleys in the basement must be referring to one of the first hand-made bowling alleys ever built in Chicago in the basement of the former North Shore School.

Businesses in Rogers Park are supported by the Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce and of course Rogers Park in 1,000 Words. Devon Market is one of our great local markets that caters to the ethnic diversity of our neighborhood. I recently featured Kaymak by Atour Foods which is sold at Devon Market and many other locations along Devon Avenue. And everyblock Chicago is another great resource for Rogers Park information and communication. Rest in Peace Broken Heart of Rogers Park, morsehellhole.blogspot.com. You were the vehicle for community activism before your author supported Alderman Joe Moore.

#1   Lake Shore Drive extension
#2   Ursula Bielski
#3   bowling alleys in basement
#4   business in Rogers Park
#5   bonfire photos
#6   Clark and Howard fire station Chicago
#7   Devon Market
#8   everyblock Rogers Park
#9   Michigan Avenue Bridge pillars
#10 morsehellhole.blogspot.com


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Friday, March 9, 2012

7225 N. Sheridan Road

7225 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626



Photography by Autumn Davids

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The Lighthouse Tavern


The Lighthouse Tavern 7301 N. Sheridan Road Chicago, IL. 60626


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Thursday, March 8, 2012

Birds in the Loyola Park trees







Birds in the Loyola Park trees



Photography by Autumn Davids

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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Revisiting The Three Trees

Only two of the three trees remain at Pratt Boulevard Park after a lightning strike took one out.



Video of the three trees before the lightning storm.



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Now Trending on Rogers Park in 1,000 Words



Rogers Park, Rogers Park blog, and even Broken Heart of Rogers Park searches land here at Rogers Park in 1,000 Words. Bonfire is also common due to the beach bonfire events that I host starting on March 20th of each year. What is interesting, are the two locations that popped this morning, 1705 W. Jonquil and the Farcroft building.




1705 W. Jonquil Terrace Chicago IL 60626 is a residential building built in 1928. This building is one of the many reported bed bug infestations. A report is as follows:

"This building is still infested!! I started getting bit the first night I moved in. For a month I didn't know what was biting me, until one night I woke up and saw one crawling on my pillow. The landlords tried to say that I had them already which I didn't according to neighbors they said the same thing to them. He came and sprayed himself but never called an exterminator. I talked to my alderman office and they confirmed that this building has had problem with bed bugs before an addition to this site. I wish I knew about this site before I moved in that building thankfully I didn't take any with me when I moved. It was a nightmare". - former resident





The Farcroft building is located at 1337 W. Fargo Avenue and is also a residential building built in 1928. Currently undergoing a renovation that began two years ago, the Farcroft is the northernmost highrise building in Chicago.

An interesting feature of the Farcroft are the various comic grotesques that decorate the lower floors, including relief carvings symbolizing human vices (vanity, gluttony, and greed), and a portly character proudly displaying himself as "The Owner".




#1   Rogers Park
#2   Broken Heart of Rogers Park
#3   bar b-que flyer
#4   bonfire
#5   Rogers Park blog
#6   Touhy Avenue Beach
#7   1705 W. Jonquil Chicago, IL. 60626
#8   Anne Sullivan
#9   Chicago Fire Department
#10 Farcroft Chicago, IL.

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Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Now Trending on Rogers Park in 1,000 Words


The address 1705 W. Jonquil is trending this morning. For Chicago thin crust pizza, I recommend J.B. Alberto's on Morse Avenue. The Alderman for the 49th Ward was searched and landed right here at Rogers Park in 1,000 Words. The Historic Frank Lloyd Wright masterpiece, Emil Bach House and the former movie palace Granada Theater round out our Rogers Park Arts and Culture for the day.

#1   1705 W. Jonquil Chicago, IL. 60626
#2   Rogers Park
#3   Chicago thin crust pizza
#4   Rogers Park blog
#5   Alderman for 49th Ward
#6   Anne Sullivan pictures
#7   Broken Heart of Rogers Park
#8   Emil Bach House
#9   fitness
#10 Granada Theater Chicago



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