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CHICAGO NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS - EDGEWATER, GOLD COAST, LINCOLN SQUARE, EDISON PARK, EVANSTON

Jennifer Garrity - Dean's Team Customer Service CoordinatorBIKES, POTHOLES, THEATRE AND MORE!

EDGEWATER

With Chicago facing, perhaps reeling, under the worst pothole crisis, something needs to be done.

Most of this is being blamed on the temperature fluctuations from single digits to more than 60 degrees in recent days.

A victim of the pothole crisis from Edgewater last June had his car submerged in the water due to heavy rains on the intersection of Ravenswood and Montrose in Chicago. There was also a severe drainage problem at the Irving Park and Ravenswood intersection nearby.

It was later learned that a drainage pipe had burst and had flooded local houses and businesses.  Many vehicles even SUVs where underwater.  Click here to read the story. 

GOLD COAST

The new soccer field under construction near the south end of Lincoln Park has become a battleground between the Chicago Park District and neighborhood and park advocacy groups due to open use of public property.

Over 100 residents from surrounding Lincoln Park and Gold Coast neighborhoods crowded into the Lincoln Park Library to express their anger over of the $2 million field.  Most of the funding for which is being provided by the private Latin School of Chicago.

Herbert Caplan, a lawyer for the Committee to Keep Lincoln Park Public, who also happened to organize the meeting said, "This is the wrong location, the wrong construction, for the wrong cause."

A Lincoln Park resident Jan Koch agreed.  "What are we going to have left for the next 100 years? We're chipping it all away."  Click here to find out more about this debate.

LINCOLN SQUARE

Law enforcement officials say they have no plans to file criminal charges against the organizers of the Tour Da Chicago.  This is not good news.

The unsanctioned bike race through city streets ended in tragedy a week ago when rider Matthew Manger-Lynch was struck and killed by a vehicle as he rode against a red light through the six-corner intersection.

Although this was surely a tragedy for Manger-Lynch's family, it could have been worse. The vehicle could have swerved to avoid him and smacked into a hapless pedestrian, another car, a storefront or a building.  Bystanders could have been killed.

That intersection is usually busy with left-turners, right-turners, bus passengers milling about and consumers from area shops wandering aggressively about.

Those who planned to send bike racers through that spot or through any of the red-light intersections along the route showed contemptibly reckless disregard for public safety.  Read the entire article by clicking here.

EDISON PARK

Irish folk music and step dancing were not at all popular back when the Irish Rovers first started performing in the early 1960s.

"It was more folk music than it was Irish music," says George Millar, one of the founding members of the Irish Rovers.  

All the same, the music that the Rovers played was typically Irish.  Millar formed the band in Toronto with Jim Ferguson, a fellow immigrant from Belfast, and they soon added Millar's cousin, Joe, and brother, Will.

"Most of the songs we started with were songs we heard growing up," Millar says.

Some songs were 200 or 300 years old, but they had evolved as each generation sang them in pubs.  

Learn more by clicking here.

EVANSTON  

An ambitious but little theater company from Evanston comes up with the notion of turning Elmer Rice's 1923 thudding expressionistic drama "The Adding Machine" into a brand new musical!  A very serious musical!   By a totally unknown composer from Milwaukee! The major Chicago critics love it! (Even though the characters are dead-eyed automatons who go by digits rather than names.)   A visiting New York critic loves it too!

A New York producer reads the Chicago reviews of David Cromer's Next Theatre production, flies in to see the show, falls in love with Mr. and Mrs. Zero and the director's pitch-black staging.  The producer writes a big check and mounts a commercial production in New York. 

But Joshua Schmidt and Jason Loewith's new musical version of "The Adding Machine," which just opened here at the Minetta Lane Theatre in the West Village, has enjoyed some significant critical kudos this week.

Learn more by clicking here.

JENNIFER GARRITY & DEAN'S TEAM CHICAGO

Posted: Thursday, March 06, 2008 7:18 AM by Dean's Team

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