One thing I can almost guarantee is that these gales will sweep through my subdivision on the night before recycling pick up, dotting yards and bushes with junk mail and other residue. I know my neighbors are trying to do the right thing by recycling, but failing to take simple precautions to keep paper from blowing out of the 22-gallon bins provided by the city creates problems for everyone.
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The upcoming elections are an opportunity for homeowners to directly impact their real estate’s value while addressing matters of importance to families and neighborhoods. Votes are being cast for education (school and community college boards), recreation (Park District), and government (municipalities and townships). This is …
Spending a good part of Monday walking through the Flower and Garden Show at Navy Pier was a great way to prepare for the Vernal Equinox. While I did not think this year’s show had the “wow” factor of past exhibitions, gazing across fields of tulips and watching koi swimming in a pond helped recharge senses beaten down by weeks of wintertime “house arrest.”
Despite the weather, harbingers of spring are all around us. Pitchers and catchers checked into Arizona earlier this week, and position players are not far behind. Another season kicking into high gear is the local political one.
When last seen in 2012, the Naperville Electoral Board had dismissed the requests for an advisory referendum on smart meters because the proponents of that question had failed to find a sufficient number of legitimate city of Naperville registered voters to sign their petitions. This time around, the hearing, was not about smart meters. Instead it addressed a move by a group of residents to undo the 2010 referendum vote that Naperville should be divided into five City Council districts.
While not quite sure I understand all the math, a 15 percent rate hike by the city of Chicago becomes a 20 percent wholesale rate increase from the DuPage Water Commission. This bump up in costs is then passed on to the city of Naperville and other area municipalities whose residents rely on Lake Michigan water for drinking, cooking, bathing, gardening and other household needs.
This week’s column represents a milestone. Not only is it my last column for 2012, but also my 101st since I started doing this almost four years ago. In the event there is some truth to the Mayan calendar predictions, and this is the last …
Is there an “age-divide” in Naperville? Is there a fundamental disconnect between the expectations and preferences of those born before and after Richard Nixon’s presidency? While I do freely advocate that pre-1975 music is superior to what has come since, I never thought that my hopes, dreams and vision for life in Naperville were that much different from those of folks a few decades younger.
I learned something new Monday night while sitting in City Council chambers. All along I had assumed that the reasons my grown kids no longer live in our town were because of their jobs or the ability to grab more house for the buck in other communities. Instead, we were told that, if we turn downtown Naperville into something more akin to Wrigleyville not only will our kids stay in town but more will move in from around the country to ensure a bright future for our community.
Tucked away in a corner of Bob Fischer’s basement, next to bowling balls, luggage and out-of-season holiday décor, are two relatively nondescript blue 32-gallon storage totes with the word “train” scribbled on them in magic marker. These childhood mementos are seeing new life this Thanksgiving, thanks to two grandchildren.
Looking for reasons not to rake the leaves in his yard, columnist Bob Fischer finds time to read “Cronkite” on his Kindle and finds roots of current political landscape.
While I have, on more than one occasion, been told to “go fly a kite,” a chilly late September Sunday morning was the first time I had ever been invited to go out and hoist a balloon. A small group of interested citizens wanted to …
In response to a call for applicants, I was selected to a term of office on the Fair Housing Advisory Commission. This group exists to help ensure that all people, without discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, gender, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, familial status, physical or mental handicap or disability, military status, sexual orientation or legal source of income, have a fair and equal opportunity to purchase, own, lease or occupy housing within the city of Naperville.
While I am certain analog-meter-loving luddites will find fault with my smart meter analysis, the situation long ago deteriorated beyond rational dialogue. My adding further convenient “facts” to the discussion, no matter how outrageous, merely highlights the absurd direction of the discourse.
This Saturday, the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation kicks off its 2012-2013 general meeting schedule by giving residents the inside scoop on how our city government functions. Joining Dr. Bob at the podium will be 14 city government team members led by City Manager Doug Krieger and Deputy City Manager Marcie Schatz.
Columnist Bob Fischer sets the record straight about the Naperville Homeowners Confederation’s by-laws, and how the group’s positions are developed and presented.