Jane Rickard

About Jane Rickard

Jane is a native of Western New York and a proud graduate of Rochester Institute of Technology and the SUNY system. How many people move to Chicago for the weather? In 1999 Jane moved to Chicago to escape Buffalo’s 68” (average) inches of snow each winter. Years ago with the encouragement of friends she returned to an old passion--- photography. Jane is known world-wide as the photographer who burned out a Canon Rebel by shooting roughly 80,000 images over two years followed by a 50D in 18 months for grand total of 230,000 images in 42 months. Even Canon was impressed. She has written for the Chitowdailynews and has been a stringer for the Chicago Tribune and the Atlanta Journal Constitution. She was a an early voice of caution and for research in post concussion syndrome in hockey at all levels long before it was considered a serious matter outside of the medical community. Presently Jane lives with her husband, Patrick and their three cats. She is impatiently waiting for a daughter to return from art school in California and her garden to bloom.

Signs of the season-CTA Holiday Train!

One of the great holiday traditions of Chicago visited our neighborhood the Chicago Transit Authority’s Holiday Train.  This train decorated with holiday lights and with an open carriage carrying Santa and his sleigh. The train is greeted at each station by families, children in strollers all looking to capture that special holiday photograph or video.


Holiday Train arrives at the Rockwell Station. Photo credit: Jane Rickard




The train will return to our area tomorrow linkage to the full Brown Line schedule here. http://www.transitchicago.com/travel_information/holidaysched/20111202.aspx

It is a fitting way to start our Holiday images.

Santa himself arrives in his sleigh. Photo Credit: Jane Rickard



Gordon Tech Thanksgiving Tournament: first up; Ida Crown Aces Tame Lake View Wildcats

Opening tip off! Photo Credit D.X. Boylan

Game on!  Last night the high school basketball season started early with the tip off between the Lake View Wildcats and the Ida Crown Aces.  Both teams came out to make an impression and did not take the early start to the season lightly.  At first glance the Aces out sized  the the Lake View players .  However despite the early and consistent lead held by Ida Crown the fight never left the Wildcats.  Stand out players for the night were  the Aces was forward number  12 Avi Eisentein who’s 2nd period pass was a thing of beauty. In Lake View’s Red and white Junior Marino Cantu (4) who plays with heart and determination beyond his size.

Lake View’s next home game is against North Side Prep on December 6th at  4:00pm

The Gordon Tech Tournament continues tonight and ending tomorrow with the final game starting at 7:30.

Photo Credit: Jane Rickard Please go to our Facebook for more photos of the game!

For full photo gallery please go to our Facebook page , linkage below.


Welles Park Bulldog added 24 new photos to the album 111121 Lave View v Ida Crown mens basketball. — at Gordon Tech High School – Chicago.

Eric Liang goes for the lay up. Photo Credit D.X . Boylan

Two missing cats!

These two boys seem to have taken a quick run for the back door of their owners home,  missing since October 15 in North Center Area. – The  small black cat with white paws and white nose, is about 3-4 years old and has claws. The other, a 6 year old is a large brown and grey tabby cat.   They were last seen at 7:00 pm  10/16 near Herimatige and Grace they were acting as if frightened and did not respond to their owner or her friends.

If found please call Kimi at 414.378.0219.

Raise your Hand Town hall meeting at Coonley


Raise Your Hand told a town hall meeting that its survey of parents found broad support for a longer school day.

The group, self-described as a coalition of parents, educators and citizens working towards improving public education, conducted the survey through a voluntary online form. 1,200 responses were tabulated. RYH says each was reviewed by volunteers in the organization.

The informal survey was unable to suggest a broad agreement on use for the longer day, with some participants suggesting ‘enrichment time’, other suggesting greater emphasis on art, music and other subjects, according to the survey.

The town hall style meeting at Coonley Elementary School was attended by about 100 people.

RYH noted the group’s involvement in the mayor’s committee to extend the school day and took aim at the Chicago Teachers Union for not sending representatives to the committee.

The group has taken a stand on state support for primary education and appears to be maneuvering toward support of a longer school day with the survey.

The survey was not scientific and shouldn’t be understood that way. The respondents included friends of the RYH according to comments speakers on the RYH board. In short, the survey probably represented those predisposed to support  longer school day.

RYH claims to include members from 500 Chicago Public Schools. The group claims to be responsible for over 150,000 emails sent to Illinois legislators “which played a critical role in halting a $1.3 billion budget cut;” successfully advocating for the return of $200 million in surplus Tax Increment Financing money to the Chicago Public Schools; and advocating for 8,000 CPS students receiving recess.

Ravenswood is a center of RYH strength, with several of the nine-board members children attending Bell, Coonley and Waters schools.


Read the RYH Power Point presentation

Read the selected comments of the RYH presentation