December 31, 2009

Happy New Year 2010

We're settling in for the big hoopla at midnight!

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But first, we begged and pleaded until Mom got out the good stuff! Yum, Cosmic Catnip!

OK, I'll do anything for catnip!It's all mine right?Lover Boy invades MizAli's catnip   Fine - I'll wait until I can have it to myself  Forget it - It's mine now!    Yumm - good stuff!This is better than anything on Howard StreetHappy New Year!!!


December 29, 2009

Terrorist Undies

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration was on the defensive Monday over how a Nigerian man who tried to destroy Detroit-bound Northwest Flight 253 on Christmas Day held a valid U.S. visa, was allowed to board the plane in Amsterdam even though he was on a terrorist watch list, and was able to bring an explosive substance undetected on the aircraft. From the Sun-Times

Meanwhile, Abdulmutallab, who was allegedly in the US database of suspected terrorists, is recovering at our expense. Diagnosis: Torched Man Things

December 24, 2009

Santa Is Airborne

The Jolly old fellow and his faithful raindeer have begun delivering presents.

May everyone have a peaceful and happy holiday.

December 20, 2009

December 17, 2009

Kayla - please call your parents

Kayla - Everyone is trying to figure out what to do with their life. It's part of being day we want to be rock 'n roll stars and another day we want to be social workers. That's the beauty of having choices - as long as we make sensible and positive choices.

We don't know what your disagreement was with your parents but you made a choice to leave. Try to understand that part of growing up is dealing with issues with parents, teachers, friends and yourself. You may be angry, upset and afraid but try to see how your parents may feel too. There are mediators who can help all of you work through this.

Try putting your anger and pride to the side and call your mother.

The Ambassadors

There are new neighbors to meet every morning. Here’s Minnie in her bright sweater held by Mom because she is camera shy.

Minnie and Mom

This bright eyed little lady is Jewelry but Dad says they call her Jewel for short. She was curious and posed for the photo.

Jewelry aka Jewel

It’s impossible not to smile at these happy little faces that open many doors for humans to interact. We have a lot to learn from our animal ambassadors.

December 12, 2009

Help The US Census in Rogers Park

In this economy with the unemployment rate in the double digits – please consider helping yourself and Rogers Park by applying to do census work. It is important work that needs to be completed – especially in areas of low income. The amount of monies funneled back into these neighborhoods for starters is contingent on neighbors being counted. Accurately.

Census App

To take the practice test visit this Census Link

We hear the same reason over and over – there’s not enough funding…well, here’s one source to assist in receiving some of that funding. Many neighbors will be wary of a stranger knocking on their door, but if the face and name are familiar perhaps they will cooperate.

It’s money in your pocket and it’s future money for your neighborhood.

December 10, 2009

Do Unto Others....

Here’s a neighborhood story that never hit the blogs to my knowledge. It’s unfortunate these young people have experienced the unwelcome attitudes of their peers.

Refugee Teens...from the Chicago Tribune

December 9, 2009

Business Alert - Armed Robbery

I'm not sure if this incident happened today but 12/9 is the date on the alert. Business owners and customers - please be alert to what is happening in our neighborhood. What happens on your street has its effect on everyone's street.

It is OUR problem.

Reminder, Beat 2422 meets tomorrow, December 7 at 7 PM 7450 N Rogers.

December 7, 2009

CAPS Beat 2422 Meeting Reminder

Don't forget:

CAPS Beat 2422 meeting is this week - the second Thursday!

Thursday, December 10

Gateway Senior Apartments
7450 N. Rogers - Community Room
7:00 PM

T'is the Season To Attend At Least One Beat Meeting!

Day of Infamy - 68 Years Later

Click the headline for an interesting historical development on Pearl Harbor Day from the LA Times.

December 4, 2009

The Local Tourist

Walking is one of my favorite things to do, especially when I’m not restricted by time. After work I headed east and north with Water Tower Place as one destination. It was a brisk 1.6 mile walk as the sun was setting. State Street was busy as were the other streets. Some passersby smiled as I took photos no doubt thinking I was a tourist. I was – just of the local variety.

The Local Tourist

Wacker Drive may be one of the most confusing streets downtown since it curves and has East, West, North and South on street signs. Wacker and Wabash has to be one of the coldest corners in the city! My first job upon arriving in Chicago was at an ad agency on Wabash where the el derailed years ago on the curve. Every so often I trekked across the river to the Tribune to drop off layouts to meet a deadline.

The city has changed over the decades. A certain store is still known as Marshall Field’s to many of us while the great old Carson’s building is wrapped in scaffolding and signs – but it’s still State Street. The Magnificent Mile is always an awesome sight especially when the holiday lights sparkle in the barren trees. The Tribune building didn’t have its greenery around the arched entrance but further north the Water Tower Park was shimmering with white canopy lighting over the sidewalk.

I hope you enjoy the virtual walk with this local tourist.

December 3, 2009

Gun Toting Gang Member Law

"Under the new law, if a suspect identified as a "gang member" is convicted of possessing a loaded firearm in Illinois, the person will face a minimum of three years in prison and maximum 10 years regardless of whether the gun was fired or used in a crime."

Charles Thomas - ABC 7 Chicago

Yes, we'll wait for the ACLU's take on the new law.