Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday, June 17, 2011

non sequitur Friday

My Dad always loved bluegrass, so here's a little taste for Father's Day in memory of Dad. If you've never heard these guys before, they are some seriously talented musicians.

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

crime in Jargowood

I just got the following alert from one of our Jargowood neighbors.

Yesterday, (Wed. 6/8) at approx. 8:00 a.m., there was a home invasion in the 1600 block of Jarvis.

The criminal broke the glass in the front door, entered the home, and was on his way up the front hall stairs to the second floor when the homeowner screamed and scared the guy back out the front door onto the street and a clean get-away. Yes, 911 was called and the 24th District cops took blood samples from the front porch. CSI has arrived in beautiful Jargowood.

The description of the criminal is “a young black guy in a white t-shirt and jeans”.

If you happened to see anything that might provides clues regarding this incident, please contact the 24th district police station: 312-744-5907. The police dept. web site also has an online crime reporting tool for non-emergency incidents.

It pays to be aware of what's happening around your home and your neighbors' homes. If you see a crime in progress, call it in via 911. We can all make a difference.

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Morse & Glenwood streetscaping - a mystery

I got an e-mail recently about a ribbon cutting to mark the completion of the Morse & Glenwood streetscaping. That event will be happening at 8:45 a.m. tomorrow at the corner of Morse & Glenwood. I had a delicious lunch at Noon Hour Grill today, so I spent a little time checking out the newly completed streetscaping. What's there is attractive (except for the poor little broken tree just north of Noon Hour).

What puzzles me is what's missing. Where are the bike racks? I had to lock my bike to a light post. With the parking meters gone, all that's available near most places is trees (not good for the trees' long-term health) and light posts (challenging). Since bike racks have been fairly high on the priority list in participatory budgeting votes, it really surprised me that the only bike racks I could find near the restaurant were under the El tracks - not my favorite place to park a halfway decent bike and expect it to be there when I get back.

Will bike racks be added in the near future? I hope so. If any readers have information they'd like to share on this puzzle, I welcome comments on the subject.

Monday, June 06, 2011

tree watering

A couple of sources that I've read give a reminder about watering to keep your trees healthy during dry times in summer. Trees need enough moisture to prevent drought stress, otherwise they are more vulnerable to disease, insect problems or death.

A regular sprinkler does not water a tree efficiently and wastes a lot of water. Use a soaker hose instead. Start with a wrap around the trunk, working outward in circles towards the edge of the tree canopy (otherwise known as the drip line). Give the tree a good soak for about 2 hours per week in weeks when there is no rain. The soaker hose will let the water go just where it's needed, without a lot of evaporation or runoff to the street. Your tree will stay healthier.

Saturday, June 04, 2011

Glenwood Sunday Market starts tomorrow

The Glenwood Sunday Market starts up tomorrow for the summer season. Alderman Joe Moore and religious leaders will have a community bread breaking ceremony at 8:30 a.m. at the corner of Morse and Glenwood. The market will start at 9:00 a.m. and run until 2:00 p.m. VISA, MasterCard, Link and SNAP transactions are accepted.

There are a few special events happening nearby. The Hog Wild Benefit and Pork Roast is happening in front of Duke's Bar, 6920 N. Glenwood from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Rogers Park Garden Group's "Divide and Donate" Spring Plant Sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 1434 W. Greenleaf.

Pick up some good fresh food and some plants for your garden. Cheers!