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This is me with my friend Scheri, posing with the entire MercyMe band and our newly signed CDs!
Sal April 16, 2014 at 07:12 am
Our younger selves would also have to be willing to accept the advice. Often easier said than done.
Pearl Gannon April 16, 2014 at 09:47 am
I believe both of you have very good points. @Sal, who's to say that we, as younger children orRead More people would actually listen to that advice that we were given? We want to be free, do the opposite of what our parents say, etc. And @Bob, I wish more people realized that they can be THAT PERSON for others. We can be that for our children, friends going through rough times, strangers...you name it. The possibilities are endless. I just hope people learn that!
Willie Wilmette April 16, 2014 at 11:29 am
Sal is so right. Younger me would not have listened to me.
Megan Huntsman: Credit KLTV screen grab
John April 15, 2014 at 01:23 pm
Well gee officer, I was throwing out some old stinky boxes my wife had in our garage and the nextRead More thing you know......
Geoff Burton April 15, 2014 at 04:05 pm
Nothing new there Black panther o Poetry the human race has been delving the depth of depravity forRead More eons. There are a lot of good people in our world, but unfortunately evil is hyper active
D Penta April 15, 2014 at 04:29 pm
It says Around Town but the headline is UTAH. Utah is not near Natick!! I think everyone should notRead More open an article on Patch unless they see their town's name in the headline. So If it doesn't say Natick, then we all know it is not LOCAL to the Natick Patch. The less clicks these Patch sites get, the fewer advertisers they will get and then perhaps they will realize if we want sensational news from across the country we'd go back to Patch's former owners AOL and the HuffPost! Those here from other Patch sites - I think you should do the same only click on articles that mention your community's name. No name. No click!
ED April 10, 2014 at 06:42 pm
Sounds great really needed. Presently there is no direct route to the lake front and it is a veryRead More risky and dangerous peddle. thx for seeing it,
jim April 10, 2014 at 06:51 pm
Didn't sound like a route to lakefront. My article must be different
Deerfield Resident April 9, 2014 at 09:59 am
Vote republican if you have any self esteem!
Gene April 9, 2014 at 08:02 pm
Deerfield, is that where the Deer take a dump? I think Deer vote Republican because they just followRead More the herd to nowhere. How's all your Walmart friends? Nice outfits
Gene April 9, 2014 at 08:08 pm
Hey Johnny on the spot. Sounds about right...
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Mildred March 27, 2014 at 07:05 pm
I prefer Downtown Wilmette
Bernadette Krol March 28, 2014 at 12:38 pm
Not updated. Not helpful!
Jordan S. Zoot March 28, 2014 at 01:54 pm
Downtown Evanston needs a Hooters or better yet an old school strip club. Maybe call it FrancisRead More Willard's Pig Pen!
First Daughter seen wearing leggings while touring the Great Wall of China, 2014. Is this "distracting" -- and to whom?
Pat Martin April 3, 2014 at 03:01 pm
What a lot of hooha for nothing! Leggings, especially the cheao kind, are like panty hose orRead More tights. They go UNDER something. It is a liberal policy that allows students to wear longer shirts over leggings. Come on, baby boomers, get back to parenting and stop giving your little darlings the "rights" to unearned benefits.
jürgen April 5, 2014 at 02:19 pm
The rule applies only to leggings. http://haven.district65.net/Dress_Code No one is obliged to wearRead More anything below shirts/skirts/dresses according to this rule. Quite transparent nylons are neither affected, i.e. remain allowed. By the way, if someone believes "leggings are not pants" and "go under something", then she/he should admit that nylons indeed are produced to attract views. Objections to going topless are also not mentioned in the rules. As it is a middle school and winter, students may not have yet taken advantage of these opportunities.
Jake Brockton April 15, 2014 at 09:07 pm
@ChristineWolf, if you want administrators and principals to address the 'important' matters thatRead More you listed, don't you think they could if they weren't having to address "behavior" issues of their students because parents don't know how to address their own child's behavior starting at home? Admin & Principals could focus more on the areas of improvement then if students had more respect for one and other and acceptable moral behavior in school. Hey, we were all young once, and our hormones were kicking too at one time or another in school - but you kept it in check because if your grades weren't good or you got in trouble, whoa once your parents found out! Not today though! It's never your 'Johnny' or your 'Suzie' that is the problem! Wake up parents - too many of you suck at your parenting skills! I am not a teacher, nor do I work in the school system, however, on a regular basis I see the ineptness of today's parents on the whole. And it crosses race, religion and wealth lines. It doesn't discriminate. Be a parent first to your child!
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neighbor March 23, 2014 at 07:48 pm
Notably (and ironically) the picture accompanying this article is not from Penny Park. Penny ParkRead More is special and unique in part because it is constructed entirely from wood. We can only hope that the supposedly necessary redesign doesn't result in another generic pile of plastic.
Yik Yak Screen Shot (Christine Wolf)
Jordan S. Zoot March 13, 2014 at 09:57 am
The appropriate response is not a petition.....the authors of the application should be arrested,Read More publicly caned and then hanged...thats the American way. Oh and while we are at it....just to make sure it doesn't happen again lets repeal the First Amendment in its entirety...that seems to be the Libritard Progressive way of dealing with what they don't like. Sounds extreme??? .....well thats what the lunatics have been trying to do with the Second Amendment.
Ken March 13, 2014 at 10:32 am
So kids who shouldn't be using this product in the first place and using it in a manner that isRead More harmful is the fault/problem of the developer? Why can't this logic be applied to alcohol companies? Kids underage drink so you the beer companies should be put out of business.
Chuck Pint March 13, 2014 at 10:53 am
Seems the backlash against this app has already caused it to be taken down. The main website isRead More "temporarily under maintenance".
Patch asks residents if a new group should come in to help run the Evanston Animal Shelter.
Erin Chrusciel March 17, 2014 at 12:09 pm
When people understand what they are doing even "mean" cats and dogs can turn around andRead More become wonderful loving pets. I took in a feral cat from a woman that rescues cats in the city to see if I could socialize him. This poor animal had been severely abused, had cigarettes put out on him, starved, tail broken, he was very much not a fan of humans at all. Well after several months of patience and love this cat now is very friendly, outgoing and at peace with the rest of my cats. My point being that "good" dogs and cats can snap and "bad" dogs and cats in the properly trained and supported home can become the most loyal, loving companions
Michelle Rupley Demos March 17, 2014 at 12:35 pm
Just to be clear here, CARE DOES adopt dogs and cats to families with children. CARE does aRead More thorough assessment to know if the dog or cat would be a good match for a family with children and age ranges. ALL families that I have worked with as an adoption counselor appreciate that CARE is careful when placing our dogs and cats with children. By the way, I have three young children who I have taught about behavior with our dog, regularly. Do they always listen, no, what kid does? That is why my husband and I both strongly agree that we want a dog that would pose MINIMAL risk to our children, and children who visit our home. We will not live in fear that our dog could bite one of our kids or one of friends. Period! Robert, I do have a 60 lb rescue dog.
SEG March 17, 2014 at 12:52 pm
Michelle you must be very special to have adopted a dog from CARE....many potential adopters haveRead More been put through the ringer and because of that go elsewhere. I think Robert will a agree with you about adopting an animal that was minimal risk... but what about the animals that need more time adjusting....that would be great pets given more time and effort but instead of giving more time and effort Evanston chooses to euthanize them. So if your 60lb rescue dog nipped at your child would you give him up?
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Jordan S. Zoot March 7, 2014 at 10:49 pm
I asked the same question...the point I didn't agree with was the comparison to Quinn's last fiasco.
Betsy March 8, 2014 at 03:55 pm
I am no expert, but my understanding is that the use of RJ methods in the US has not been widespreadRead More enough to allow for the amount of data collection necessary for long-term empirical studies. The use of these practices is still relatively new, and further research is necessary to develop an adequate knowledge base. That said, many of the shorter term studies are promising, and there have been any number of individual success stories of RJ, especially when applied in academic settings (see Fenger High School, Oakland, CA). When you look at countries that have employed RJ principles in the criminal arena for longer periods of time (New Zealand, for example, which mandates family conferencing in all youth criminal cases and has also broadened the application to adult cases) studies show reduction in recidivism rates. What studies here have shown pretty clearly thus far is that victim "satisfaction" rates with RJ are much higher than in the traditional system, and the perception that the issue was handled fairly is also higher. The same is true for offenders. It could be argued that when offenders experience satisfaction in the process, as well as believe in the fairness of that process, they will be less likely to reoffend. The RJ process also allows offenders to make meaningful restitution--repair the harm caused--which is not really possible in the traditional system. What empirical data does show is the failure of the traditional methods of justice, especially as they apply to persons of color. There is a crisis in our country. Many populations who could be a part of a community effort to fight crime feel targeted and marginalized. Jails are overflowing. Kids are being suspended from school too often, frequently for issues that could be dealt with restoratively. A staggering number of incarcerated people have untreated mental health issues. Clearly, the status quo is not working. We need to consider other options, and from my experience, I think restorative justice could be an important piece of a more progressive and forward-thinking approach.
Tantor March 8, 2014 at 07:27 pm
One may gather then that there are no studies showing RJ reduces crime compared to other methodsRead More because it is too recent an approach for that kind of data to be collected. The experience in other countries does not show a reduction in crime but in recidivism. Ideal would be to start collecting such data in the US in areas where it is applied to see if the approach is cost effective in reducing crime or not compared to approaches other than the present ones. If I sound skeptical is because I have seen too many "new" approaches to crime that sound great but which data eventually does not show reduce crime. It is not true that "the present approach," whatever that means, has not been modified many times. Many "new" and "innovative" approaches to reduce crime have been used in Chicago at huge monetary costs, including the "interruptors" approach, using ex gangsters. It has not reduced crime. Neither have the other ones. After all these years the number of gangsters has not been reduced and seems in fact on the way up, with 70000 gangsters in one gang alone (Vice Lords) and with school kids who have to be guarded to go from one area dominated by one set of gangsters to another area dominated by a different set of gangsters, something that was not the case twenty years ago. Ergo the situation has dramatically deteriorated. On the other hand, it is certainly worth trying the new approach in certain areas to see if this one really works. But one eventually needs data to judge the effectiveness of any new approach before throwing more money at it.