Sunday, February 28, 2010

Saturday, February 27, 2010

More activity at the Lerner Hole

Bill you must have talked things up lol. This site had been silent for a few months, and yesterday after reading your blog the trucks came back. This morning I have seen more activity at this site than ever before. Pickup trucks, dump trucks, and tractors.Feb 26


We need to know if they are digging or dumping dirt on the contaminated land. - Bill

Dumping instead of digging?


Feb 25 RH - Well I really dont know any more than that lol. Thats what I was told by a few people including my landlord when I moved into the building. The only thing I have noticed is 2 or 3 dump trucks per day coming to dump dirt in the hole. They did it for a couple of months this past fall. Since the winter I have not seen the dump trucks, but this afternoon a flatbed cam and dropped off a bulldozer at the site. I can e-mail you a couple of pics I took today of the site if you want them. 3:47 pm


Does this seem like the devolopers are trying to cover up the contamination instead of removing it from the Lerner Hole?

Does the IEPA know about this?


Does the IEPA know about the possible land contamination of the Wisdom Bridge Theatre property directly next door?

I need some comments with your thoughts on this.

Friday, February 26, 2010

This needs further review

Unveiling The Wisdom Bridge Theatre Plan - 24/7 North of Howard Watchers

There are some interesting new comments following the article.


Related articles:

proposed new development at 1557-61 Howard - Fargo Observer

More on the 'Wisdom Bridge Theatre site" proposal - North Howard Neighbors Association

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Man shot on Hamilton Avenue dies

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Man shot in Rogers Park dies from wounds.

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Physical Research of the Area

Feb 18 Bill Morton - Picasa - Public - Muted
http://picasaweb.google.com/BillMorton.RogersPark/RogersParkIn1000Words12
Rogers Park - Show map Lerner Hole.jpg

Bill Morton - This is a photo of the contaminated Lerner Hole in Rogers Park at Howard Street and Ashland. I wrote a story about it here: http://rp1000.blogspot.com/2010/02/its-time-to-revisit.html

Feb 18 RH - Thank you so much for this info. I live directly across the street from this hole. I was told that they would be building condos on this site.

Feb 25 Bill Morton - Tell me more! I am very interested in this.

Feb 25 RH - Well I really dont know any more than that lol. Thats what I was told by a few people including my landlord when I moved into the building. The only thing I have noticed is 2 or 3 dump trucks per day coming to dump dirt in the hole. They did it for a couple of months this past fall. Since the winter I have not seen the dump trucks, but this afternoon a flatbed cam and dropped off a bulldozer at the site. I can e-mail you a couple of pics I took today of the site if you want them. 3:47 pm

Bill Morton - I would love to check out your Lerner hole pics. 6:36 pm

RH - Here are the 2 photos I snapped this afternoon.
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/ReganH22/DSC00544.jpg
http://i41.photobucket.com/albums/e267/ReganH22/DSC00545.jpg 11:09 pm

Stephanie Fitzgerald - RH, it says the photo has been removed. 11:11 pm

RH - It should be fixed now. Sorry. 11:11 pm

Stephanie Fitzgerald - Yes they are working, thanks for the photos! I think I can see Bill in the second one!! You gotta zoom in! 11:16 pm

Bill Morton - Very Awesome! Hopefully the one where you can see me, It was not when I slipped on the ice! I was seriously laughing at myself in this moment. 11:20 pm

Parked behind the former Dev Corp office


Wisdom Bridge Theatre 1557-61 W. Howard Street, Chicago, IL. 60626

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Loyola University Chicago Chorus and Orchestra

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - University Chorus and Orchestra plans concert.

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Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society Press Release

Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE





LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY HOSTS ANNUAL HOUSE WALK

ON MAY 2nd in INDIAN BOUNDARY PARK AREA

Chicago – March 15, 2010 - The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society will host its Annual House Walk on Sunday, May 2, 2010 from 12 Noon to 5:00 p.m.

This year’s tour will highlight homes surrounding Indian Boundary Park, including the notable Park Castles and Park Gables apartment buildings.

Registration for the house walk is available at www.rpwrhs.org or by calling (773) 764-4078. Admission is $25 for society members and $30 for non-members.

A discounted rate of $20 for members and $25 for non-members will be offered through April 25. Day-of registration will be available at the Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, 2500 West Lunt Ave. beginning at 12 Noon. The last tour will start at 3:30 p.m.

Several units of the Park Castles and Park Gables will be open for the tour as well as the buildings’ spectacular Art Deco swimming pools. The structures grace the eastern and northern boundary of the park – a magnificent group of Gothic and Tudor Revival style structures built in the late 1920s by developers Gubbins, O’Donnell & Blietz.

Indian Boundary Park was opened in 1922 as the centerpiece of the Ridge Avenue Park District. The 13-acre park was designed as a pastoral landscape with picturesque gardens, a lagoon with a small island, rolling lawns, and meandering paths. Its field house, now the Indian Boundary Park Cultural Center, was designed by prominent architect Clarence Hatzfeld, and is noted for its unusual combination of Tudor Revival design and Native American images and sculptures.

Several other homes near the park owned by notable 1920s personalities will be included in the tour. The Indian Boundary area is a hidden gem on the north side, with an abundance of historically and architecturally significant buildings and landscapes.

A new exhibit in the park’s cultural center, A Park is Your Front Yard: Indian Boundary Park and the Gubbins, McDonnell & Blietz Co-ops, 1915-1929 will be open to tour participants on May 2.

The Rogers Park/West Ridge Historical Society was formed in 1975 to preserve the history of Rogers Park and West Ridge as a vital part of the City of Chicago, and to provide interactive education about these communities to the public.


Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A quick note: Rich Aronson

At last nights meeting, developer Rich Aronson dropped two very suspicious names. He stated "I'm good friends with Jay Johnson and Tariq Siddiqui".

More coverage on these three developers coming very soon.



...and... How does Alderman Joe Moore fit in with this bunch?



file under: Wisdom Bridge Theatre 1557-61 W. Howard Street Chicago, IL. 60626

Wisdom Bridge Theatre meeting link list

Here is the complete link list to date of the Wisdom Bridge meeting commentary, opposition and notices.

Wisdom Bridge Theatre
1557-61 W. Howard Street
Chicago, IL. 60626


Unveiling The Wisdom Bridge Theatre Plan - 24/7 North of Howard Watchers

An Open Letter to Alderman Joe Moore - North Howard Neighbors Association

Last Night's meeting - North Howard Neighbors Association

Oppose Rich Aronson Tonight - Rogers Park in 1,000 Words

A ROGERS PARK RESIDENT HAS COMMENTS & QUESTIONS REGARDING THE POSSIBLE DEVELOPMENT AT 1557-61 HOWARD STREET... - North Howard Neighbors Association

It's time to revisit - Rogers Park in 1,000 Words

Community Meeting on Proposed Development at 1557-61 W. Howard - North Howard Neighbors Association


Meeting photo galleries:

Photos from the Rich Aronson meeting - photography by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Photos from the Rich Aronson meeting II - photography by Stephanie Fitzgerald

Photos from the Rich Aronson meeting II




Thank you to photographer Stephanie Fitzgerald.



file under: Wisdom Bridge Theatre 1557-61 W. Howard Street Chicago, IL. 60626

Photos from the Rich Aronson meeting






Thank you to photographer Stephanie Fitzgerald.




file under: Wisdom Bridge Theatre 1557-61 W. Howard Street Chicago, IL. 60626

North Town News Magazine

One more time for the recent Rogers Parkers on North Town News Magazine:


February 22, 2010 — Bill Morton of the newly formed Rogers Park Chamber of Commerce gives us a progress report on his group's efforts to boost the Rogers Park Business Community.



February 22, 2010 — Elizabeth Vitell, Executive Director of the Rogers Park Community Council fills us in on upcoming events.

Monday, February 22, 2010

Oppose Rich Aronson tonight

I would like to advocate the historic preservation of the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, located at 1557-61 W. Howard Street Chicago, IL. 60626.


The community meeting will be held today at 7:00 p.m., at the Willye B. White Recreation Center, 1610 W. Howard Street. I encourage everyone who attends to oppose Alderman Joe Moore and developer Rich Aronson's plan to demolish one of the last of our historic theatres in Rogers Park.



Here is what I have to say about this:http://rp1000.blogspot.com/2010/02/its-time-to-revisit.html

Here is what Don Gordon has to say about this:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NorthHowardNeighborsAssociation/~3/InxjBAR2As0/rogers-park-resident-has-comments.html

Don Gordon raises questions about the Wisdom Bridge teardown


Read it here:
http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/NorthHowardNeighborsAssociation/~3/InxjBAR2As0/rogers-park-resident-has-comments.html

Rogers Bark - Fun February Fashions!



Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626


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It's time to revisit


Joe Moore and Rich Aronson, tearing up our neighborhood again!

Whose great idea is it to put a mixed-use building (another storefront), on empty-storefront Howard Street? Nearly every storefront in Rogers Park along Howard Street is completely empty.

You know, the condo skyscraper on Howard Street (nearly a block away), went into foreclosure shortly after it opened. What makes Rich Aronson's condos any better?


This post that I read recently, sums it up nicely: http://fortysomething-politics.blogspot.com/2008/05/evanstons-howard-street-condos-view.html


This is the Adelphi Theater, the North Shore School and Lerner building all over again. Another dangerous eyesore hole in the ground for years and years to come.

Joe Moore has a long history of supporting fraudulent and foreclosure developers.

Just look at Swanette Triem's rush demo of the North Shore School to avoid the IEPA busting her for exposing our community to Asbestos in the air we breathe.






Remember Chad "Cedomer" Zuric, and the now defunct Golden Hands Construction corporation that demolished the Adelphi Theater and left our neighborhood with that dangerous abandoned Hole of a Mess.






Wisdom Bridge Theatre
1557-61 W. Howard Street
Chicago, IL. 60626


For more information about Joe's meeting, and where/when you should oppose this deal, please visit:

http://nhna.blogspot.com/2010/02/community-meeting-to-consider.html



Another very important note is that, Joe Moore did not have an inspector check the land that the Wisdom Bridge Theatre stands upon.

The land directly beside it, the Lerner Hole, once was a laundry facility that contaminated the land. Because this land is contaminated, no one can build anything on it.

Ever wonder why the Lerner hole, located on Howard Street and Ashland Avenue (across from Willye B. White Park and directly next to the Wisdom Bridge Theatre), still has large equipment digging holes?

It is because no one knows how deep the contamination goes from the former laundry facility. Until the contamination is cleared, no buildings can legally be built on the property.



++Those of you at Al Goldberg properties and Jay Johnson properties have seen this++




Ask Joe and Rich Aronson about the land contamination and catch them in a jitter.

If the Wisdom Bridge Theatre is demolished, it is guaranteed to remain a dangerous hole in the ground for at least a decade. Just like the former Lerner Building Property.

Joe Moore is not looking out for the best interest of our community on this one. He has a financial stake in this deal.

Remember this plan for the Adelphi Theater property that Alderman Joe Moore presented years ago "complete with a clock tower"?


Well, Here it is now:




Sunday, February 21, 2010

Alhambra Cafe and Coffee House

Alhambra Cafe has changed their schedule. Edward Yeo and Will Netherland are no longer performing on their previously scheduled nights.

Keep it locked onto Rogers Park in 1,000 Words for the latest updates.



Alhambra Cafe and Coffee House
1622 W. Morse Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626

Saturday, February 20, 2010

Rogers Park Fire Rescues

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Many rescued from Rogers Park apartment fire.

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Deadliest Catch


We are watching the Deadliest Catch marathon on the big screen at Quest Network Services tonight. Stop by to watch with us and have some free popcorn.

Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL. 60626



Relevant link:

Rest in Peace Captain Phil Harris




Rogers Park Buzz


Utilizing the new Google Buzz to promote Rogers Park businesses. (click to enlarge)

Quest Network Services 7301 N. Sheridan Road, Chicago, IL. 60626

Friday, February 19, 2010

Another 1,000 Views

Just want to thank everyone again, for reading Rogers Park in 1,000 Words.

This week alone, RP1000 is set to gain another 1,000 views.

I would guess that this has something to do with recent RP1000 posts:

It's time to revisit

Another Contaminated Demolition site

Chicago's Hidden Financial Scandal

Especially on Election Day.


Or RP1000 photography features on article Pocket Cultures, Topics of the World: Navigating Chicago’s Cultural Stew which was later picked up by Lonely Planet.


Either way, I would like to advocate the historic preservation of the Wisdom Bridge Theatre, located at 1557-61 W. Howard Street Chicago, IL. 60626.


The community meeting will be held on Monday, February 22nd, 7:00 p.m., at the Willye B. White Recreation Center, 1610 W. Howard Street. I encourage everyone who attends to oppose Alderman Joe Moore and developer Rich Aronson's plan to demolish one of the last of our historic theatres in Rogers Park.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Another Contaminated Demolition site

These photos are of the IEPA (Illinois Evironmental Protection Agency), inspecting the North Shore School demolition site for contaminants that could poison residents of Rogers Park.


IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park IEPA inspecting the demolition of the North Shore School in Rogers Park

The demolition was ordered to stop, but Swanette Triem, had it continued over the evenings and weekends when the IEPA would not be watching. this poisoned the air of thousands of nearby residents with asbestos and other hazardous substances. Alderman Joe Moore approved the rezoning, then demolition after accepting campaign contributions. You can read more about this here: http://rp1000.blogspot.com/2010/02/its-time-to-revisit.html.




relevant links:

IEPA at North Shore School

Spreading Asbestos in the Air
North Shore School - Before and After

Memories of North Shore School

North Shore School
1217 W. Chase Avenue Chicago, IL. 60626

Rogers Park man wanted for robbery

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park man wanted for alleged robbery.

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Rogers Park Speedskater Wins Gold

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Rogers Park speedskater Shani Davis wins gold.

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Chicago's Hidden Financial Scandal

Do you remember when RP1000 broke the International story of the Sunrise Equities Scandal?

Visit The Bench: Chicago's Hidden Financial Scandal for a retrospect.

Especially on election day.

Thank you for producing this video of the last days of the Adelphi Theater in Rogers Park. This video advocates the preservation of our history, not only in Rogers Park or Chicago, but everywhere. I know many who have watched this video agree that the demolition of the Adelphi Theater was a tragedy that should never be swept under the rug or forgotten. We should learn from this and hold those who disregard the importance of our history and culture responsible. Especially on election day.




Adelphi Theater
7070-78 N. Clark Street
Chicago, IL. 60626


See also:
Alderman Joe Moore Supports Teardown of the Historic Wisdom Bridge Theatre

No Support from Alderman Joe Moore to Save the Adelphi Theater

Rogers Park 2010 - A Decade of Despair?

Alderman Joe Moore's Bribe Gave Us This

Lonely Planet

Pocket Cultures, Topics of the World: Navigating Chicago’s Cultural Stew (which features RP1000 photography) has been picked up by Lonely Planet.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Topics of the World

RP1000 photography featured on Pocket Cultures, Topics of the World: Navigating Chicago’s Cultural Stew

http://pocketcultures.com/topicsoftheworld/2010/02/17/cultural-stew-chicago

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

New Open Mic at Zips Lounge

Every Monday night, from 10 pm til midnight at Zips Lounge in the basement of the Centennial Forum Student Union at Loyola. (That's the big gray box-type building on the southeast corner of Loyola and Sheridan for all you non-campus types.)

Monday, February 15, 2010

Charges of first-degree murder in the death of Isiah Stroud

Read about it at Loyola Student Dispatch - Fugitive charged in East Rogers Park stabbing.

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Rogers Bark - New Product!



Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626
 
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Saturday, February 13, 2010

Friday, February 12, 2010

Thank You


I just want to take this time to thank my readers for sticking with me throughout the years that I have been writing, photographing and recording our neighborhood of Rogers Park. I have traveled the World, but my life in Rogers Park is more fulfilling than I ever imagined.

I will continue to use a personal approach, and pay attention to even the smallest details while contributing Rogers Park in 1,000 Words.

Be a good person, be a good neighbor and contribute to your community.


Bill Morton's Rogers Park stats

281,898 Visitors to RP1000 since June 22, 2007
400,000 Blogger profile views (It stopped counting last year)
21,443 Youtube Views of RP1000 videos since February 4, 2008

Adelphi Theater interview

Leaning in the Wind

Can you identify the location of this tree?

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Rogers Park Musician on Evangelical Catholic Life television show

Bishop James Alan Wilkowski with Rogers Park Musician Will Netherland at CANTV Studios.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monday, February 8, 2010

Rogers Bark - What Can I Do About My Dogs Dry Skin?




Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626

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Friday, February 5, 2010

Rogers Park

Monday, February 1, 2010

Another time for the Charmers Cafe Coffee Mug!

A picture really is worth a thousand words!


Another 1,000 Words Charmers Cafe
1500 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626

Rogers Bark - Why Is it So Important to Trim My Dogs Nails?


 
Rogers Bark Pet Salon
1447 W. Jarvis Avenue
Chicago, IL. 60626
 

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