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In Support of Loyola Park Baseball Improvements

With improved fields that can drain water, the majestic backdrop of Lake Michigan, and volunteer participation by people in our community, the youth in Rogers Park and surrounding communities can learn and develop skills as baseball players, and achieve all of the benefits of being accomplished athletes. The community will benefit immensely with proposed improvements in one of Chicago’s most special parks.
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Posted by Mike G on June 10, 2016 |

Support Sullivan’s “Shoulder Pads” Campaign at May 18 GoFundMe “Kickoff” Campaign

Our challenge now is to raise the $8500 that Sullivan’s football team needs to purchase the shoulder pad and its other needs. On Wednesday, May 18th, from 5:00 – 9:00, we are joining Sullivan staff to host a “Celebrate Sullivan” event with the aim of encouraging folks to contribute to a special “Go Fund Me” campaign designed to aid the football program. The cost to attend the event, which we are holding at Pub 626, 1406 W. Morse, is $15 prepay; $20/person at the door; $5 for teachers, staff at any CPS school and to any parents of students presently enrolled in a CPS school. In the meantime, please be an early contributor to the Go Fund Me campaign, at this website… (add link.)
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Posted by Mike G on May 05, 2016 |

Minutes Gained and Minutes Lost

Mitch was in Dallas playing baseball and I was there to watch him play and hang with him. Some father-son time. The day after his game, an “off day” for him, we opted to tour Dallas. In the morning, the Dallas Art Museum. In the afternoon, we decided to hit the “George W. Bush Presidential Museum,” on the outskirts of town, just at the entrance to Southern Methodist University. None of us were huge fans of George W., but we heard that the museum was pretty well done, and out of the dignity of the Office of President, we thought it would be worth our while to pay that museum a visit. Besides, I thought, it will be interesting to see how this Museum could make one of who I think was our country’s worst Presidents look any good. I was also interested to see how they treated the Bush Administration response to catastrophes like 9/11, Katrina and the crash of the financial markets.
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Posted by Mike G on April 02, 2016 |

In Defense of Alvarez

Yet, many will ask, how do we know that Alvarez is impartial? Prosecutors and police officers rely on each other in order to do their jobs effectively. Can prosecutors and police dependence on each other taint the ability of a prosecutor to vigilantly prosecute a cop – even a bad cop – let alone prosecute cops who do such things as falsify reports to protect their brethren, or alter evidence, as people allege police may have done to video surveillance at the Burger King outside of the parking lot where McDonald was shot. That is precisely why I feel that Alvarez deserves credit. Shortly after receiving the evidence, Alvarez reached out to US Attorney General and requested that the AG partner with her office in investigating and prosecuting this claim. Alvarez took important steps to be sure that she was not in this alone. How can anyone claim that Alvarez carried a pro police bias when she reached out to a trustworthy and competent partner to help independently investigate the case?
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Posted by Mike G on December 19, 2015 |

Soldiers Field Men’s Room Conversation Made Me feel like a Turkey!

As we entered the Men’s Room and took our place in line (lined several men deep at each urinal), I told Neal about how I had tried making a trial turkey a few days earlier – my first turkey. “I made a mistake,” I told Neal. “Thinking that any time a recipe calls for the oven to be set above 400 degrees means we use the broiler, I accidentally broiled the bird instead of bake it.” Neal looked at me in amazement. “Well, that’s a first. Cook a turkey by zinging it with intense heat from the top.” He giggled.
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Posted by Mike G on November 25, 2015 |

You Can’t Pete - I mean Beat - this Place for Great Local Breakfast

love Pete’s because the two owners, Pete Frustis and his father, Teddy are wonderful people, as is his staff. The folks at Pete’s Grill take customer satisfaction to a great level, found only in owner/family owned restaurants – and they offer great respect and service to everyone who passes through its doors – whether a commuter fresh of a bus, local residents, or, in my case, exhausted local guy walking in, sweat stained shirt, fresh from a morning work out down the street – looking to replace calories I just took off minutes ago. Pete’s offers reliable breakfast food (and lunch as well), and the faire at Pete’s is always fresh and good.
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Posted by Mike G on November 18, 2015 |

JB Albertos 50th Year Celebration this coming Wednesday

We ask this question knowing that consuming a late night slice is not always the best choice - that it violates any kind of diet or healthy eating regiment we might be on - yet, the fact that a quick slice is readily attainable - fast, affordable, and delicious - causes many of us to submit - and we do so without little regret as JB Albertos pizza is delicious.
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Posted by Mike G on October 26, 2015 |

Republicans: Look to NCAA Hoops For New Debate Format

How ironic to think back only five months. At that time, had I been in the same gym, people would be glued to their sets, all focused on one particular event – the NCAA basketball tournament – the college basketball tournament that begins with 64 teams, and through a round of single elimination play-offs, the field slowly whittles down to a mere 16 teams, and then four, and finally, a national championship. Suddenly, an idea! With 17 Republican candidates, why not create a sweet 16 debate format – a series of 1 on 1 debates – four fields of four – and through single elimination have a single Republican prevail. (But, there are 17 candidates?
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Posted by Mike G on August 07, 2015 |

Complete ArtSpace Survey by June 2nd!

Late last year, the Rogers Park Builders Group joined a collaboration, spearheaded by the Rogers Park Business Alliance, to attract a major non profit developer named Artspace to convert an existing structure in the neighborhood (the identify of this parcel not yet determined) into a thriving Arts based development. Artspace is renown for completing many exciting projects throughout the country and in Illinois and we would be thrilled to see them do the same locally. Artspace has shown interest in doing a development in Rogers Park, and their willingness to proceed, and the size and scope of their development, will likely be impacted by the responses to a special survey which interested parties must complete on or before June 2nd.
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Posted by Mike G on May 23, 2015 |

Bored Doodling

Though I typically don’t plan what I am going to draw, from time to time I do set out to draw particular person. At certain particularly boring meetings (or interesting meetings where the topic at that moment simply doesn’t hold my interest) I find myself settling on one of my Board colleagues sitting around the table, and I draw a caricature of that person. This proves to be quite challenging - not because drawing is so hard (which it is) - but because there are other people at the table who might observe me drawing instead of focusing on the subject at hand. Worst case, my colleagues sitting on either side of me, able to see what I am drawing, might bust me.
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Posted by Mike G on May 06, 2015 |

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About the Author

Mike G's photoMike Glasser

Mike has a long term relationship with Rogers Park, having lived here at various times in his life, most recently returning to the neighborhood in August, 2009. While living here as a third year law student, he remembers drunken nights at Biddy Mulligan’s and hosting a couple of memorable parties that he, hypocritically, now forbids his own tenants from having. Years later, after completing his stint as a lawyer, Mike started investing in apartment buildings in Rogers Park (and elsewhere), and soon after, did what many newly divorced real estate investors do: he moved into one of his buildings. In 1992 Mike was one of the founding members of the Rogers Park Builders Group, an organization that he eventually headed for six years, until yielding those reigns three years ago. Around a decade ago, on a whim, he reserved the web site “Rogerspark.com,” which he has been developing ever since, and which co-hosts RP BizArts networking events. Mike is the proud father of three wonderful children, Amy, Mitch and Ella.

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