Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Lots more photos from yesterday's Norwood Park Memorial Day Parade

This post is a continuation of a post that began on page one. If you just came from there, you saw the large group of from Taft High School that marched yesterday.

Well, a lot of the local grammar schools and Scout groups participated as well.

Here's a group from Garvey School.

And there was a large group from Immaculate Conception Parish, including several Scout groups and a contingent of junior high students.

Girl Scout Troop 41640, sponsored by the Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, marched in the parade...

...as did Lutheran Unity School...

... and Cub Pack 3958, sponsored by the Norwood Park Lutheran Church.

Norwood Park School also had a good sized turnout.

Also marching were Cub Scout and Girl Scout units from Edison Park Elementary School.

St. Thecla Parish had a large group participating.

And Boy Scout Troop 943 and Cub Pack 3943 from St. Monica Parish also marched...

...as did Cub Pack 3965 from St. Juliana's.

The Marching Eagles Band from Smyser Elementary School also performed along the parade route.

There are more pictures I could share -- my daughter Brigid will be mad at me for not including any pictures of the marchers from the Norwood Park Dog Association -- and I haven't shown any of the old cars that rumbled by. Some of these old cars were new in my lifetime, and I'm not thrilled by that realization. But I can't leave the parade without showing these two ladies, who marched behind a car bearing placards for the Norwood Park Historical Society.

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Wait -- I thought Mayor Emanuel said we needed speed cameras because pedestrians in Chicago are in such mortal peril

In today's Chicago Sun-Times Rosalind Rossi reports that Chicago is among the safest cities for pedestrians, ranking no. 45 out of 51 metropolitan areas in a Smart Growth America survey of pedestrians killed per 100,000 residents in traffic accidents between 2008 and 2012.

(Finally! A survey where it's good to be down near the bottom!)

So that's good news for a change.

Still, I'm confused. Didn't Mayor Emanuel tell us that we need speed cameras because our streets are so dangerous?

Saturday, May 10, 2014

45th Ward "ecoFair" today from 10:00 to 1:00

I saw this earlier, but when I went looking for it, I couldn't find it.

Ald. John Arena (45th) is hosting the ward's annual ecoFair, paper shredding and electronics recycling event, cosponsored by the Chicago Park District and the University of Illinois Extension, today, May 10, from 10:00 to 1:00.

The ecoFair will be at Wilson Park, 4630 N. Milwaukee, and will feature booths where you can learn about ecologically-friendly practices, such as composting, creating rain gardens and sustainable back yards.

There will also be a drawing for a free rain barrel.

Electronics recycling and paper shredding will be available across the street and next to the fire station. Used shoes, clothing, and books will also be collected for charity.

Friday, May 9, 2014

Another Northwest Side electronics recycling event tomorrow

The first thing you have to realize is this: Not all trash is created equal.

You can throw out your coffee grounds or the dust picked up by your vacuum cleaner and lots of other gooey and gloppy stuff, but, in Illinois, if you put your old TV out in the trash, you could be fined a hefty sum of money (see, Sec. 80 of the Electronic Products Recycling and Reuse Act, 415 ILCS 150/80). In addition to televisions, the Act also prohibits folks from throwing out any computer, computer monitor, printer, electronic keyboard, facsimile machine, videocassette recorder, portable digital music player, digital video disc player, video game console, electronic mouse, scanner, digital converter box, cable receiver, satellite receiver, digital video disc recorder, or small-scale server.

So if you have any of this stuff piling up in your garage, and you're in the area, tomorrow may be a good time to responsibly dispose of your old electronics at St. Priscilla's, 6969 W. Addison. Ald. Nicholas Sposato and State Representative Luis Arroyo are hosting tomorrow's event.