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City Stats Show Theft Up, Burglary Down

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 28, 2012
City Stats Show Theft Up, Burglary Down

The coverage area of Roscoe View Journal saw 176 reported incidents between Oct. 15 and Nov. 18, slightly up from the 144 total incidents between Sept. 14 and Oct. 14, according to data from the city. Theft and burglary, once again, were the most commonly reported crimes in Beats 1911 and 1912, with 72 and 31 Read the Rest…

Pawar: Mayor and CTA ‘Out of Touch’ On #11 Bus Elimination

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Pawar: Mayor and CTA ‘Out of Touch’ On #11 Bus Elimination

The #11 Lincoln Avenue bus will cease to be on Sunday, Dec. 16, according to a recent clarification from the Chicago Transit Authority’s Media Relations office. But the route’s inevitable future speaks to the lack of concern shown by the Chicago Transit Authority in regard to area residents, said Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th). “The #11 bus Read the Rest…

Twitter Debate: CPS Data Cruncher Discusses CSJ-Area Class Sizes With Local Education Activists

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Twitter Debate: CPS Data Cruncher Discusses CSJ-Area Class Sizes With Local Education Activists

Last night, CPS’ top data cruncher, Jimm Dispensa, commented on Tuesday’s CSJ’s report on local school class sizes. Local education activists Josh Kalov, founder of Raise Your Hand, Wendy Katten, Jill Wohl and Jean Marie Olson then started a discussion about neighborhood school class sizes with Dispensa that ended up lasting more than three hours. The fascinating Read the Rest…

Study: Local Schools Overcrowded By State, City Standards

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Study: Local Schools Overcrowded By State, City Standards

The 2012 Chicago Teachers’ Union strike left many questions unanswered. Though contract disputes between the union and CPS were resolved, questions of school closures lingered even after teachers left the picket line and returned to the classroom. CPS and the union both acknowledged that some schools would be closed. Those schools on the chopping block, Read the Rest…

City Crime Stats: Area Battery Up, Theft Down

By Sam Charles | Monday, November 26, 2012
City Crime Stats: Area Battery Up, Theft Down

Between Oct. 26 and Nov. 18, the Center Square Journal‘s coverage area saw 226 reported crimes, with 43 of those leading to arrests. In that period, beats 1713, 1911, 1912, 2031 and 2032 saw 48 battery incidents, 44 thefts, 25 incidents of criminal damage, 24 motor vehicle thefts and 24 burglaries. Between Sept. 25 and Oct. 25, Read the Rest…

Bell School Construction Set For Next Spring, Coonley’s Next

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Bell School Construction Set For Next Spring, Coonley’s Next

Expected to be completed in the next six months, the addition to Alexander Graham Bell Elementary School, 3730 N. Oakley Ave., will feature a new science lab, art room, music room, multipurpose cooking kitchen and multipurpose room. The project consists of a new addition on the south side of the existing school and specific renovations on the interior Read the Rest…

Kidical Mass Building Community, Safety Awareness

By Sam Charles | Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Kidical Mass Building Community, Safety Awareness

In the same vein as the global bicycling gathering Critical Mass, Chicago’s branch of Kidical Mass so too operates in the hope of garnering more attention for alternative forms of transportation. But the main goal, organizer Saskia Hofman said, is to get families out into the neighborhood and encourage children to practice bike riding safely. Read the Rest…

Despite Prior Objections, Riverfront Developments On Track

By Sam Charles | Tuesday, November 20, 2012
Despite Prior Objections, Riverfront Developments On Track

Within the next two years, despite community opposition, two additions to the Chicago Riverfront near Roscoe Village will be completed with the hope of garnering more attention for the body of water so frequently subjected to playing second fiddle to Lake Michigan. The Clark Park Boathouse and Kerry Wood Cubs Field, scheduled to complete construction in Read the Rest…

Art Sale Fostering Creativity, Community

By Sam Charles | Monday, November 19, 2012
Art Sale Fostering Creativity, Community

Hoping to provide a chance for residents to shop locally for the holidays, the fourth annual Waters School Holiday Art Sale is slated to be held on Dec. 1. Featuring the work of artists across the city, the art sale will showcase different mediums of creative expression available for purchase at reasonable prices, said organizer Read the Rest…

Science Fair Judges Elevate Competition

By Sam Charles | Monday, November 19, 2012
Science Fair Judges Elevate Competition

Science fairs are serious business at McPherson School, 4728 N. Wolcott Ave. But this year, an extra dose of real-world influence was added to the formula. A panel of distinguished and diversely qualified judges lent their time to this year’s 5th-8th grade science fair. Their presence took the competition up a notch, said Kimberly Silver, president Read the Rest…

The Lakeview Guide Is Here!

By Mike Fourcher | Monday, November 19, 2012
The Lakeview Guide Is Here!

If you haven’t gotten one already, check your front stoop because the Lakeview Neighborhood Guide is here! Produced in conjunction with the Friends of Lakeview, a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation dedicated to the enrichment of the Lakeview Community, affiliated with the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce, the Guide is chocked full of local businesses you can support this Read the Rest…

32nd Ward Alderman Unhappy With Lathrop Plans, Process

By Sam Charles | Friday, November 16, 2012
32nd Ward Alderman Unhappy With Lathrop Plans, Process

As redevelopment planning for the Julia C. Lathrop Homes moves forward, local officials are dismayed by the Chicago Housing Authority‘s approach at gathering community insight. The CHA and its chosen property developer, Lathrop Community Partners, have proposed three potential plans that would nearly double the number of housing units, going from the current 925, the vast majority Read the Rest…

WTTW Veteran Takes A Walk On Lakeview’s W.I.L.D. Side

By Sam Charles | Friday, November 16, 2012
WTTW Veteran Takes A Walk On Lakeview’s W.I.L.D. Side

Ben Hollis has made a living by showing Chicagoans how to live the W.I.L.D. (“What I Love Doing) way. An Emmy winner and 1980′s WTTW Channel 11 icon, Hollis has picked up his signature safari hat and handheld camera again, made famous by the series “W.I.L.D. Chicago,” to help promote local businesses in Lakeview. Combining the Read the Rest…

Ravenswood Station Ordinance Passes City Council

By Sam Charles | Thursday, November 15, 2012
Ravenswood Station Ordinance Passes City Council

Fresh off its unanimous recommendation for passage by the Finance Committee yesterday, the ordinance to fully approve the development of the land at the northwest corner of West Lawrence and North Ravenswood avenues passed the city council today, with a vote of 48-1. According g to Ald. Ameya Pawar (47th), the lone “no” vote came Read the Rest…

North Park Elementary Celebrates Veterans’ Day

By Mike Fourcher | Wednesday, November 14, 2012
North Park Elementary Celebrates Veterans’ Day

For Veterans’ Day on Monday, North Park Elementary School, 2017 W. Montrose Ave., honored four veterans for their service to our country. Each veteran spoke to an all-school assembly of about 200 students and then 5th through 8th grade students learned more about their experiences in the military through a question and answer period.  The NPES Read the Rest…

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