Rahm: Blue cart “we do it or we don’t”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel told an virtual town hall that the city has a commitment to environmental programs. He critisized the blue cart program, which does not serve about 359,000 households in the city. “Either we do it or we don’t,” he is quoted by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The mayor held two town halls through call-ins and social media last week. The Sun-Times indicates he ducked questions about shrinking the size of city council and the p0lice detail assigned to Finance Committee Chair Ald. Ed Burke.

Read more in the Chicago Sun-Times.

Electronic recycling at NEIU

An electronic recycling event is being held at Northeastern Illinois University. The event is intended to allow residents to safely dispose of computers, monitors, fax machines and other electronic devices.

  • Electronic Recycling
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • 5500 N Saint Louis Ave., Parking Lot L
  • Fri- Sat., Mar. 25-26. 9A – 3P.

Floods cancel sweeping, recycling

Cook County Board President Todd Stroger (D-Chicago: Marynook Park) declared the county a disaster area Tuesday, clearing the way for the County Department of Homeland Security to release more resources to stressed local governments and for the State of Illinois to seek Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance following the storms of July 23 and 24.

Residents are urged to contact local government officials, such as their local aldermen, with documentation of loss. Stroger’s Tuesday morning presser noted that residents can use photographs taken before, during and after clean-up to document the extent of loss, the water line and the clean-up required.

Locally, 47th Ward Alderman Eugene Schulter (D-North Center) noted that the city was suspending recycling pick-up and street sweeping for the remainder of the week as it put extra crews out to pick-up flood losses.

Saturday morning in our ‘hood

8 AM: Electronics Pickup

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation organized a pickup of unwanted electronics for recycling this weekend.

The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation organized a pickup of unwanted electronics for recycling this weekend.

11 AM Epiphany United Church of Christ Summerfest

Epiphany UCC Summerfest attracted a load of children to its neighborhood festival.

Epiphany UCC Summerfest attracted a load of children to its neighborhood festival. Credit: Patrick Boylan



11: 10 AM Epiphany Summerfest

Women's Guild Ice Cream Shoppe. Betty Johnson and Audrey Dievall were ready to scoop the Bulldog.

Women's Guild Ice Cream Shoppe. Betty Johnson and Audrey Dievall were ready to scoop the Bulldog. Credit: Patrick Boylan



11:30 AM Wheel chair softball

Wheelchair softball tournament at California Park.

Outfielder Curtis Lease at bat.

Outfielder Curtis Lease at bat. Credit: Jane Rickard

Charles Clausen lays down a pitch.

Charles Clausen lays down a pitch. Credit: Jane Rickard

Weekend picks and traffic

Picks and Traffic

North Center Farmers Market, Saturday. RMIA Garden Walk, Sunday California Park Wheelchair Softball, Saturday. Montrose Water Main and Sewer Construction. Lane restrictions, detours and delays The NorthCenter Neighborhood Association Garden Walk, Sunday Epiphany UCC Summer Fest, Saturday Chicago Pride Parade, Sunday Electronics pickup or drop off, Saturday

The 47th Ward electronics pickup is scheduled for early Saturday morning. Let’s face it, you’re not going to restart that Apple II+ again. Get rid of it in an environmentally sound manner.

Electronics have both toxic materials that can harm groundwater and humans and valuable metals that will pay for the recycling.

Place your unwanted electronics (no appliances) on your sidewalk by 8 AM Saturday morning. Or you can bring those electronics to the Streets and Sanitation Yard at 4141 N. Rockwell.

California Park, located at 3843 N. California Ave., is holding the first of three summer wheelchair softball tournaments. Teams from the city and suburbs will compete for the top prize.

The field was built in 2005 specifically for wheelchair competition, and will also host the Midwest Wheelchair Federation tournament July 10-11, and the Junior National Tournament August 6-7-8.

This weekend the tournament is presented in cooperation with the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago and Cubs Care.

The NorthCenter Farmers Market is one of the few such events that take place on the weekend. It happens on Saturdays at the NorthCenter Town Square, Cuyler St., between Damen and Lincoln from 7 AM – 3 PM.

Epiphany United Church of Christ is holding its annual Summerfest on Saturday from 11 AM – 5 PM. The church, at 2008 W Bradely Pl., says this is a neighborhood event, with live music, food and fermented spirits.

The NorthCenter Neighborhood Association is presenting its annual garden walk in the same area on Sunday. There are more than 40 gardens this year, with live music, lemonade stands and a children’s scavenger hunt.

The walk sets off from Bell School, 3730 N Oakley on Sunday at noon – 6 PM. $3 donation to the Common Pantry.

The Ravenswood Manor Improvement Association is holding its garden walk on Sunday. It starts at LaPointe Park, Manor and Giddings, 1 – 4 PM. This is a smaller and more intimate garden walk featuring 15 or so gardens.

The Montrose water and sewer construction is continuing this weekend, with continuing effects on Montrose and Ashland.

The Lincoln Avenue median will receive a makeover north of the hood. Construction delays should be expected.

Slightly out of area but having a huge effect on local traffic will be the annual Chicago Pride Parade. This is expected to attract close to 450,000. Sunday, in the area of Halsted and Belmont.

Also out of area are two big events that will effect travel to the South Side. The Taste of Chicago launches this weekend. Traffic will slow on Lake Shore Drive. Also, the Crosstown Classic is being held on the South Side. The games are scheduled for 3:05 PM Friday, 6:10 PM Saturday and 1:05 PM Sunday.