Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Would you know what to do if a warning was issued?
We're smack-dab in the middle of tornado season. Are you prepared? According to the National Weather Service, Illinois had 30 tornadoes in 2012, including an EF4 that hit Harrisburg on Feb. 29 and killed eight people. In all, Illinois' 30 tornadoes caused 111 injuries and nine fatalities. "The 30-year average in Illinois is 46 tornadoes," according to the National Weather Service. "Illinois ranks fifth in the nation in tornado frequency per square mile." Here are some facts about severe weather from the National Weather Service and the Illinois Emergency Management Agency: Are You Prepared? The Illinois Emergency Management Agency recommends that residents purchase a NOAA all-hazards weather radio. Along with having a weather radio, the …
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Just sign up for our free daily newsletter and you'll be entered into the drawing for tickets to their June 6 show.
Returning hit-makers Don McLean and Judy Collins open Ravinia's 2013 season on a double bill early next month, and we want you to be there! McLean’s 1971 hit song “American Pie” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, and he was inaugurated into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters’ Hall of Fame. Known for her blend of folk songs and contemporary themes, Collins has enjoyed a career that has spanned over 50 years. She continues to produce new music and recently released her album Paradise, a collection of songs and duets. We want to send you and a friend to their show at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, June 6 for free. All you have to do is sign up for our free daily newsletter. The deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, when we…
Sunday, May 19, 2013
Some people are destined to draw more attention than others, apparently.
Friday, May 17, 2013
Looking for a way to spend your Friday? How about with music, dancing, food and much more in honor of a noble cause. The Arthritis Walk steps off tonight at The Dock at Montrose. It's not too late to take part!
Friday tends to give most people a little extra spring in their step. Use yours for a good cause tonight by stopping by the dock at Montrose Harbor, 200 Montrose Drive, to help raise money and awareness to fight the nation's leading cause of disability. Online registration for The Arthritis Walk is now closed, but those wanting to participate are free to register or donate on site. They can also hang out at the beach or The Dock restaurant, where a blues band and DJ are sure to keep them entertained. "We aren't just fighting arthritis and helping the millions of people who live with arthritis pain," the event listing says. "We're making the impact of arthritis unacceptable and taking a stand, moving together to help prevent and treat this …
Thursday, May 16, 2013
It's been a long week. You need a pick-me-up.
Friday's here. Thank goodness. One more day of work, and that's it. Here's a little inspiration to get you through to Saturday. For more than a month now, Patch and Grape-Nuts have teamed up to present stories about your neighbors, neighbors who have faced challenges that would seem insurmountable to many of us. But not to the people we've featured in this series, Journeys. Not surprisingly, the stories have generated dozens of comments on Patch and on Facebook: "Great story..." "Thanks for sharing..." "So wonderfully inspiring..." And, so, here they are again. Great stories shared to inspire. Take a look at what these people have faced. Then click on the story to see their responses. And feel better about your tough week. Pit Bull …
Here's the story of Marlene Konkoly, who found creative ways to spend less and save more so she can retire at 50. This story is the first in our series about Extreme Savers.
Americans may be living longer, but our retirement plans aren’t keeping up. Which means people are living longer with smaller bank accounts. But Marlene Konkoly will retire at age 50. How did she do it? She contributes a whopping 45 percent of the gross annual income she earns as a procurement officer for an automotive finance company to her retirement—all while owning a home and remaining debt-free. Konkoly is actually well ahead of the retirement savings curve compared to many of her fellow Americans. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, fewer than half of Americans even know how much money they would need to retire. And nearly a third of employees who had access to a defined contribution plan such as a 401(k) did not participate …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
More accurate train times and improved schedule information are now part of the updated interface. See the full list of features here.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the Chicago Transit Authority teamed up Wednesday to announce the new and improved CTA Train Tracker. New features include a more efficient way to find train stops as well as an improved train schedule. The CTA says the popular tracker receives more than 2 million web page and data requests each month. “CTA Train Tracker has been very popular with our customers, and we’re pleased to expand the features of this easy-to-use technology to increase its usefulness to passengers,” said CTA President Forrest Claypool in a statement. “The information available through CTA Train Tracker helps thousands of riders plan and manage their commutes every day, and planning those trips just became easier.” Join North Side Patch for …
The second annual event, local politicians Sara Feigenholtz, Ann Williams and John Cullerton, collaborates with the YMCA for a day of education and fun.
State Representatives Sara Feigenholtz and Ann Williams and Senate President John Cullerton will collaborate with the Lake View YMCA to host a women’s health and resource fair. Scheduled for Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., the event will be held at the Lake View YMCA, located at 3333 North Marshfield. “Women should take every opportunity to learn more about our health and ways to improve our well-being,” said Feigenholtz. “Not only is this event informational and a great way to find out about the resources here in our community, but attendees can have a lot of fun trying a new fitness class or relaxing with a mini-massage.” At this free event, guests can enjoy free mini-massages, food provided by the local Lakeview Whole Foods, …
As part of our new Smart Spending series, Patch wants to uncover the true going rate for various goods and services in town, so you'll know exactly how much you should pay for what you need. Help us out by replying in the comments.
Wednesday, May 15
This week: How much do lawn services cost? Your own personal green space is tough to come by on the North Side. If you're lucky enough to have a yard, however, you're surely going to want to make it look good. How much do you pay for your lawn service? And what does that cover - just mowing, or does it cover weeding, pruning, planting? Please share in the comments below - we promise we won't judge you! And if you've got a lawn service you love, tell us that too. This is the first of an ongoing series, "What's the Going Rate for..." where Patch seeks to uncover how much things cost so you never have to ask again.
Sunday, May 12, 2013
April showers brought flood of problems to an already troubled state.