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    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- Thanks to public outcry after an ABC7 I-Team investigation, the East Bay Regional Parks District is revising its feral cat management program. However, the proposed guidelines stop short of a pledge to never resort to lethal force.The ABC7News I-Team first uncovered the controversial policy in December, through the eyes of Cecelia Theis, who had been feeding and caring for a colony of about 30 feral cats at an East Oakland office park -- only to discover that a dozen had been shot and killed by EBRPD staff, after the cats wandered into a nearby marsh, inhabited by endangered species.RELATED: I-TEAM: East Bay Regional Park Dist. staff admit to shooting cats, policy sparks controversy EMBED More News Videos A major development after an I-Team investigation, the East Bay Regional Park District has suspended a program to shoot and kill cats. Park staff opened fire on the cats,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Nearly a year after the city’s lakefront, playgrounds, and indoor swimming pools were closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chicago Park District plans to begin reopening them soon. Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s office said the Chicago Park District will announce the reopening plans on Tuesday as the city continues to see improvements in coronavirus metrics. READ MORE: COVID-19 Vaccines Delayed After Weather Affects Shipments Across Country The mayor’s office said the Park District will begin reopening public access points to parks east of Lake Shore Drive, and will lift restrictions on lakefront parking. In the coming weeks, the Park District also will unlock gates and prepare all 500 playgrounds and nature spaces in the city to reopen. READ MORE: Man Fatally Struck By Metra Train In LaGrange; Delays Expected On BNSF Line Indoor pools at Park District facilities also will reopen and offer limited aquatics programming during...
    Another year, another reminder that white privilege still exists in America. Amy Cooper, the infamous dog owner who used her white fragility to terrorize a Black man bird-watching in New York’s Central Park last year, had her misdemeanor charge dismissed on Tuesday by the Manhattan District Attorney after completing some classes on racial equity. She had been charged with falsely reporting an incident to police after she’d been caught lying on camera to a 911 operator that Christian Cooper, a Black, gay bird watcher who isn’t related to her, threatened her and her dog in Central Park. Although Christian Cooper declined to press charges, the District Attorney’s office had gone ahead with their case against Amy Cooper because they found her actions to not be just about him but also “a threat to the community if allowed to go unchecked.” But then it let the threat that Cooper was far...
    A Bucks County burglar is facing charges after he chased a family out of their home with a knife then stabbed himself Tuesday, authorities said. The family called local police reporting of an unknown man let himself into their South Third Street home through the back entrance then chased them out with a large kitchen knife around 6:50 p.m., according to the Perkasie Borough Police Department. Soon after, officers received a report of a stabbing victim in the area, police said. When officers arrived at the scene, they determined that the person -- later identified as James Jisung Park -- was the suspect in the home invasion and appeared to have self-inflicted injuries, police said. Park, 52, of Yardley, was taken to an area hospital where he was treated and released back to police. Park was charged with robbery, burglary, criminal trespassing, aggravated assault, simple assault, possessing instruments of crime,...
    DENVER (CBS4) – As the state of Colorado works on distributing the COVID-19 vaccine to people 70 and older and people in underserved populations, they’re also opening vaccines to people ages 65 to 69. (credit: Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images) “Finishing up everyone 65 to 69 will take until the first week of March, meaning some will get it this week, some next week, others the week after that,” Gov. Jared Polis said. RELATED: For First Time In 100+ Years, Denver Looks To Drastically Improve Civic Center Park Educators will also get the vaccine within the next three weeks, Polis announced Tuesday at a news conference. “If you’re an educator, you work with your school district, and educators are not competing against people 65 to 69, or people 70 and up,” said Polis. “You don’t sign up anywhere other than if your school district or private school employer gives you a link....
    NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Plans for Manhattan’s first public beach are moving forward. (credit James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust) The Hudson River Park Trust says construction on a major waterfront redevelopment in the Meatpacking District will start in the spring. RELATED: New Jersey Man Who Suffered Stroke Reunited With Rescue Dog That May Have Saved His Life The $70 million project at Pier 52 features a sand-covered area with access for kayaks. RELATED: NTSB: Pilot Likely Became Disoriented By Clouds In Kobe Bryant Helicopter Crash No swimming will be allowed. (credit James Corner Field Operations, courtesy of the Hudson River Park Trust) It will be called “The Gansevoort Peninsula” and it will also include green space, a sports field and a dog run. MORE: I Am Over It: Tri-State Area Sees Another Coating Of Snow, More To Come It is expected to open in...
    ALAMEDA — The park district is looking at expanding Crab Cove Visitor Center — a place for biking and hiking, family picnics and where kids can marvel at an 800-gallon aquarium as they learn about the wonders of San Francisco Bay. The East Bay Regional Park District, which runs the center, wants people to weigh in on how the additional land for the expansion should be used, as well as possible changes along the shoreline to adapt to climate change and anticipated sea-level rise. The district acquired the 3.89 acres behind the visitor center at 1252 McKay Ave. in 2015 from the U.S. General Services Administration. The parcel is mostly paved and currently fenced off. Previously, it was used for vehicle parking by workers in nearby federal offices that are now permanently closed. “It’s actually pretty cool to think that people may actually get some more open space, especially along...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Small businesses in Los Angeles City Council District 13 are eligible for a second round of grants, it was announced Thursday. Small businesses in the 13th district with an annual gross revenue of up to $5 million will be eligible to apply for the money, L.A. City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell said in a news release. FILE — Small business owners protest in front the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Dec. 12, 2020. (Getty Images) The grant receivers will be selected at random from the application pool. The 13th district includes East Hollywood, Echo Park, Silver Lake, Atwater Village, Elysian Heights and Westlake. The application window runs from Jan. 28 at 8 a.m. through Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. To apply, click here. This is the second round of grant funding for the 13th district through the city’s Economic and Workforce Development Department. Back in July,...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Park District announced Wednesday that it will resume in-person programing next week. Winter programs will resume on Monday, Jan. 25 at parks around the city in accordance with the state-adjusted metrics that determine COVID-19 restrictions. On Monday, Gov. JB Pritzker’s office announced Chicago had moved to Tier 2 of the state’s COVID-19 mitigation efforts, allowing for gyms and fitness centers to reopen at 25% capacity and to resume group fitness classes (with masks and social distancing required), for the return of lower-risk youth and recreational sports, and for the reopening of museums, theaters, and other cultural institutions at 25% capacity. At the Park District, winter programs previously scheduled to begin on Jan. 4 were suspended in accordance with tighter Tier 3 mitigations. Under the new guidelines, the Park District will offer limited, socially-distanced programs – including sports, cultural programs, and nature opportunities. Programs will run...
    CHICAGO HEIGHTS, Ill. (CBS) — A new twist has emerged in a shady spending spree in south suburban Chicago Heights. CBS 2’s Jermont Terry has reported before on hundreds of thousands of dollars that were questionably spent at the public library there – and now, there are allegations that the problem is broader, and worse. Drive around Chicago Heights and you will find blight. In the south suburban city, one out of every four residents lives in poverty. “We’re stretching taxpayers’ money as much as we can to provide the essential services,” said Chicago Heights Mayor David Gonzalez. Yet how money is being spent keeps getting called into question. “Huge problem – this is a huge problem,” said Chicago Heights Park District Commissioner Mangiaracina. “To waste taxpayer dollars is a huge problem.” CBS 2 first exposed how an audit of the Chicago Heights Public Library uncovered how $400,000 may have...
    UPTOWN — Last summer, Chicago’s beloved piping plovers had all of Montrose Beach to use as their nesting ground thanks to coronavirus restrictions that closed off the city’s beaches. But with the expected return this spring of the Great Lakes piping plovers — and the return to more normal lakefront activity — neighbors and bird enthusiasts are asking the city to safeguard the birds’ favored nesting ground by incorporating it into the nearby nature preserve. A group of birders has petitioned the Chicago Park District to add the easternmost portion of Montrose Beach to the neighboring Dunes Natural Area, a protected portion of the lakefront. WTTW first reported on the request. The proposal would add about just over an acre of beach space to the natural dunes area, which is accessible to the public but shielded from the recreation of the nearby beach. “It’s such a treasure...
    MENLO PARK — After Las Lomitas school board member Cynthia Solis Yi heard about the racism scandal in her daughters’ school district, her first thought was to return to New York City. Surely, the former Wall Street trader thought, the home she’d made in Menlo Park was not the inclusive community she had expected after vulgar social media comments directed at Vice President-elect Kamala Harris made by the wife of the then school board president surfaced and made headlines. “The first thing I thought was I wanted to move out of the district,” Solis Yi said. Then co-president of the La Entrada Middle School PTA, Solis Yi, like many other parents in the small two-campus Las Lomitas school district, was enraged when back in November Mehridith Philips Venverloh — wife of board president Jon Venverloh — posted racist, misogynistic and homophobic comments about Harris. In one tweet Mehridith Philips Venverloh...
    CHICAGO — The Park District has delayed its in-person winter programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The programs were scheduled to begin Monday, but their start will be postponed indefinitely to comply with the state’s current COVID-19 safety rules. The in-person programs will come back when city and state officials “determine it is safe to resume,” according to a Park District news release. People who had registered for affected programs will received prorated credit that can be used for future programs, according to the Park District. The agency’s virtual programs will continue. Park field houses will remain open during regular hours so people can use the restrooms and can take shelter in them if needed. Block Club Chicago’s coronavirus coverage is free for all readers. Block Club is an independent, 501(c)(3), journalist-run newsroom. Subscribe to Block Club Chicago. Every dime we make funds reporting from Chicago’s neighborhoods. Already subscribe? Click here to...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – Robert Doyle, general manager of the East Bay Regional Park District for the past decade and a fixture at the district for more than four decades, is retiring at the end of December. Doyle, who started with the park district as a park ranger in 1973, is credited with being instrumental — in various positions within the district — in the preservation of tens of thousands of acres in urban areas for habitat preservation and recreation; for helping create the district’s regional trail system, including 200 miles of new regional trails; and expansion of parks in urban areas for multicultural communities, including increasing private fundraising for Regional Parks Foundation programs that help connect youth from underserved communities to nature. “Preserving land for parks on a large landscape scale has been something I’ve been passionate about and is worth fighting for,” Doyle said in a statement released...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Grab your video game controllers as Chicago's first esports tournament kicks off Tuesday,The goal is to connect youth ages 13 to 17 on a virtual platform with an NBA 2K21 single-elimination 32-player bracket tourney.Each participant must be a Chicago resident and have access to an X-Box or Playstation and zoom.The event will take place from 2-4 p.m. Players need to register online ahead of time at https://www.chicagoparkdistrict.com/events/nba-2k21-tournament-online.The competition can also be viewed on twitch at https://www.twitch.tv/ipg_esports and there is limited in-person viewing at the Chicago Park District offices at 541 N Fairbanks Ct.
    The following Long Island schools and school districts have announced closures for Thursday, Dec. 17 due to the Nor'easter: Babylon School District, closed Baldwin School District, closed Bayport-Blue Point School District, closed Bay Shore School District, closed Bellmore-Merrick Central School District, closed BOCES Eastern Suffolk, closed BOCES Nassau, closed BOCES Western Suffolk, closed Central Islip School District, closed Cold Spring Harbor School District, closed Commack School District, closed Comsewogue School District, closed Connetquot School District, closed Copiague School District, closed Deer Park School District, closed East Islip School District, closed East Meadow School District, closed Eastport-South Manor Central School District, closed East Rockaway School District, closed Elmont Union Free School District, closed Elwood School District, closed Freeport School District, closed Garden City School District, closed Glen Cove School District, closed Great Neck School District, closed Green Vale School, closed Hauppauge School District, closed Half Hollow Hills Central School District,...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff SOUTH PARK, Pa. (KDKA) — South Park School District will be switching to all-remote learning for its students amid the wave of new COVID-19 cases in the region starting on Monday. The district made the announcement on Friday, Dec. 11. All-remote instruction is expected to last through Jan. 8, 2021. There will be no instruction held from Thursday, Dec. 24 to Friday, Jan. 1 due to Winter Break. “Cases in South Park Township have increased by 57% in the last two weeks, according to the Allegheny County Health Department,” the district said in a news release. “More cases mean more individuals, including school staff members, are being told to quarantine after exposures to confirmed cases in their households, families, or communities. Maintaining school building operations and ensuring adequate staffing, supervision and consistent classroom instruction cannot be sustained at this point in the pandemic.”...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to federal prison in the rapes of young male victims in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to federal prosecutors. Dusty William Oliver, 41, and Richard Graham, 49, both from Blaine, Tennessee, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville on Monday, according to a Department of Justice statement. Oliver and Graham pleaded guilty to an indictment charging them with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Oliver was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release and Graham was sentenced to just over 19 years in prison, with 15 years’ supervised release. Prosecutors alleged that in June 2012 and in November 2015 the defendants raped two different male victims in the national park, which straddles the line between North Carolina and Tennessee. The defendants sought out men who were...
    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two men have been sentenced to federal prison in the rapes of young male victims in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, according to federal prosecutors. Dusty William Oliver, 41, and Richard Graham, 49, both from Blaine, Tennessee, were sentenced in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee in Knoxville on Monday, according to a Department of Justice statement. Oliver and Graham pleaded guilty to an indictment charging them with two counts of aggravated sexual abuse. Oliver was sentenced to 25 years in prison, followed by 15 years of supervised release and Graham was sentenced to just over 19 years in prison, with 15 years’ supervised release. Prosecutors alleged that in June 2012 and in November 2015 the defendants raped two different male victims in the national park, which straddles the line between North Carolina and Tennessee. The defendants sought out men who...
    OAKLAND — East Bay Regional Parks District confirmed district workers shot and killed cats that were part of an “out-of-control” colony threatening protected and endangered wildlife along the Oakland shoreline. About 30 feral cats were living at the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline, a sensitive ecological area with hundreds of bird species, some of which are at risk or engaged species (such as Ridgway’s rail, California black rail and salt marsh harvest mouse), according to the district. Animal rescue activist Cecelia Theis was shocked to find out that some of the cats were shot and killed in November, before she and others had an opportunity to trap them and find them new homes. The park district contends that she was told that she needed to move the colony of cats. Theis has been feeding the cats for almost a year nearly every night. She first discovered the cats after a...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The East Bay Regional Park District has a little-known policy that is now the center of controversy -- park staff shoot and kill cats that may pose a danger to wildlife. The I-Team's Dan Noyes has been investigating what else can be done to protect both the cats and endangered birds.Park staff shooting cats comes as a shock to many people, including the viewer who tipped us to the story, and even to people who work in animal welfare.It's 7:30 at night in an East Oakland office park, Cecelia Theis is trying to trap what's left of the colony of cats she's cared for over the past year. She tells the I-Team, "I really want to get them out of here."RELATED: Puppy scams on the rise as people seek out pandemic petsAfter Theis came here to work for the county, training poll workers in the last...
    OAKLAND, Calif. (KGO) -- The East Bay Regional Park District has a little-known policy that is now the center of controversy -- park staff shoot and kill cats that may pose a danger to wildlife. The I-Team's Dan Noyes has been investigating what else can be done to protect both the cats and endangered birds.Park staff shooting cats comes as a shock to many people, including the viewer who tipped us to the story, and even to people who work in animal welfare.It's 7:30 at night in an East Oakland office park, Cecelia Theis is trying to trap what's left of the colony of cats she's cared for over the past year. She tells the I-Team, "I really want to get them out of here."RELATED: Puppy scams on the rise as people seek out pandemic petsAfter Theis came here to work for the county, training poll workers in the last...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Starting Sunday evening, all campgrounds, visitor centers and playgrounds throughout the East Bay Regional Park District will be shuttered to comply with new orders from county health officers. Park officials said the facilities that will be closed until further notice include Ardenwood Historic Farm in Fremont and the Regional Parks Botanic Garden in Berkeley. Other parks and trails will remain open, but park district officials advise visitors to wear masks when within six feet of others and follow COVID-19 safety requirements. Meanwhile, campgrounds in Del Valle Regional Park in Livermore, Anthony Chabot Regional Park in Oakland and Robert Sibley Regional Preserve Backpack Campground in Oakland are closed until further notice. The closures are effective at 6 p.m. Sunday, park district officials said. Health officers in five Bay Area counties and the city of Berkeley on Friday announced a new stay-at-home order to prevent the spread...
    WICKER PARK — Recent carjackings in Wicker Park and Bucktown are prompting neighbors — already rattled by attacks over the summer — to seek answers from their new police commander and local prosecutors. In a virtual community meeting Wednesday, neighbors questioned 14th District Cmdr. Elizabeth Collazo about at least three carjackings reported in Wicker Park and Bucktown in the past month, according to Chicago Police data. Police also investigated a similar rash of at least four attacks occurring within a few days of each other in August. RELATED: Wicker Park Mother Carjacked At Gunpoint While Dropping Off 6-Year-Old At Camp Carjackings are surging citywide this year, including increases in Lincoln Park, Lakeview and Calumet Heights. In the 14th police district, which also includes Humboldt Park and Logan Square at least 46 carjackings have been reported this year, compared to 28 in 2019, data show. Collazo, who...
    WICKER PARK — Police seized $200,000 in weed that was delivered to a Wicker Park vacation rental — and then took to Twitter to warn away other potential pot parcels. The Shakespeare (14th) District’s tweet showed side-by-side photos of a mailbox meant for letters to Santa and bags stuffed with cannabis. “Fyi, if you send a letter to the Jolly Ole Elf you might not always get a response, if you send your narcotics to a vacation rental in the the 14th District you might not get your goods. Especially if the 14th District tactical team sniffs out your $200,000 delivery.” The police poster added emojis of Santa, a sleigh, a mailbox and hands clapping to underscore the point. The at least six boxes of weed shown in the tweet weren’t delivered by the U.S. Postal Service or another commercial service, police said. Instead, officers got a tip from...
    MENLO PARK — The Las Lomitas Elementary School District Governing Board is in disarray as it continues to face scrutiny over a racism scandal that forced the resignation of one trustee and has parents crying out to recall another. Atherton mother Brianna Caldwell started a change.org petition asking parents to support a recall of trustee John Earnhardt for “failing to formally denounce racism present in Las Lomitas Board leadership.” The call to oust Earnhardt comes in the wake of trustee Jon Venverloh’s resignation over racist and vulgar comments made by his wife Mehridith Philips Venverloh about Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Venverloh, who was a former Google executive, announced he would resign in early November to focus on his family, while Earnhardt and other trustees condemned Philips Venverloh’s social media comments in a formal statement to the public, calling the derogatory racially-based and gender-based comments “abhorrent.” But parents who have signed on...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Illinois State Representative Emanuel Chris Welch is isolating at home after he tested positive for COVID-19.The Hillside Democrat said his symptoms are minor."I woke up Wednesday with a scratchy throat," said the 7th District representative.He shared the news on Twitter when he found out the results of his coronavirus test."I will be here for the next 14 days, monitoring my symptoms constantly," he said.Welch, who is leading the Madigan investigation, said he has stayed within his family circle, but still got sick."We were able to do some tracing and it looks like it was within our circle. A couple of family members also tested positive," Welch said.RELATED: Chicago hospitals, COVID-19 testing sites brace for post-Thanksgiving surge following holiday travel weekendWelch represents the 7th district, which encompasses the western suburbs."There were a couple of hot spots right here in the district," he added.COVID-19 tracker data shows those areas...
    CHICAGO — The Park District has canceled in-person programs due to the coronavirus pandemic. The state’s new restrictions on Chicago — and every other region of Illinois — go into effect Friday in a bid to slow down the virus’s spread and prevent more deaths. As part of that, the Chicago Park District has canceled its in-person programs “until further notice,” according to a news release. Park field houses will remain open during their regular hours so people can use their bathrooms and use the spaces for shelter, though. RELATED: Illinois’ New Coronavirus Restrictions Kick In Friday. Here’s What’s To Expect And all parks continue to remain open, with the exception of land east of Lake Shore Drive. The lakefront has been off-limits since the spring, since officials worried Chicagoans would gather there and potentially increase the risk of COVID-19 spreading. People can’t have large gatherings at parks or partake...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — With trolls and bots fighting back and forth all the time, social media can be a breeding ground for negativity. But as this story demonstrates, it can also be a post for positive change. As CBS 2’s Lauren Victory reported Wednesday morning, a simple post from Pilsen turned a teen’s frown around. Christine Nelson-Berg may be embarrassed when her son, Corvin, fails to cover his mouth when he’s yawning. But his sleepiness is actually quite endearing. “The last couple of days have been exhausting,” Nelson-Berg said. Corvin, 14, was bone-tired, stemming from an encounter in the park last month. “I saw boys and girls,” he said. School is all virtual, and Corvin, who has Down syndrome, was feeling lonely and isolated a lot of the time. He craved social interaction. Nelson-Berg realized this, so she posted to Facebook. “I floated out to my neighborhood group in Pilsen,...
    CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – The family of Paul Wilson is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or people responsible for his death. Wilson was assaulted and left for dead in a popular Cambridge park in 2019. Wilson was beaten to death in Danehy Park. Police found a baseball bat nearby, but forensic examination later ruled it out as a potential murder weapon. Wilson suffered significant head trauma in the attack. Paul Wilson (WBZ-TV) Investigators ruled out robbery as a potential motive because Wilson’s belongings were found on him, including an Apple watch. Wilson, who worked for years at IBM, was a towering presence at six feet, six inches tall. The Middlesex District Attorney’s office determined that the day he was killed, Wilson took a Blue Bike to and from work at IBM. He arrived at Porter Square MBTA station, rode the bike home and...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Large parts of the city have found themselves under attack. Police on Tuesday night were asking the public to pay special attention if they live or work around where a string of carjackings and robberies are going down. As CBS2’s Charlie De Mar reported, the Lincoln Park neighborhood is among the affected areas. There has been a large cluster of armed robberies and carjacking incidents in the neighborhood- two of them right on streets that go through Oz Park. West Dickens Avenue runs right to the lion statue at Oz Park. It is also where a coward saw an opportunity to rob someone and steal a car last month. The same thing happened a few minutes later on Burling Street. In fact, Chicago Police warned of 12 armed carjackings starting in mid-October up until last week – with a large cluster in Lincoln Park and Lakeview on...
    WOODLAWN — A project bringing $3 million in upgrades to Jackson Park Outer Harbor is underway to better protect the surrounding area from high water levels, according to the Chicago Park District. The Park District and marina management company Westrec, which manages the harbor, will build a new breakwater at the harbor’s mouth and replace a section of failed barrier wall along its perimeter, a Park District spokesperson said. A sheet pile wall will be built at the harbor’s southern edge near the intersection of Marquette and Lake Shore drives, replacing an existing concrete wall which has suffered “severe damage” from high lake levels. Though water had receded from the Lakefront Trail’s pedestrian walkway Nov. 2, warped concrete and dead grass shows the effects of flooding along Jackson Park Outer Harbor. Maxwell Evans/Block Club Chicago The pedestrian portion of the Lakefront Trail in this area has been closed indefinitely due...
    Election Day is here at last. With Democrats offering an extremist agenda that will only deepen the problems of the nation, the state and the city, The Post has endorsed the following candidates: PRESIDENT Donald J. Trump (R) US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES 11th Congressional District (Staten Island-B’klyn): Nicole Malliotakis (R-C) 14th CD (The Bronx-Queens): John Cummings (R-C) STATE SENATE Senate District 1 (Riverhead, Montauk): Anthony Palumbo (R-C) SD 3 (Brentwood, Sayville, Patchogue, Mastic Beach): Alexis Weik (R-C) SD 4 (Bay Shore, Deer Park, Babylon): Sen. Phil Boyle (R-C-I) SD 5 (Huntington, Oyster Bay, Glen Cove): Edmund Smyth (R-C-I-L) SD 6 (Hempstead, Garden City, Levittown, Bethpage): Dennis Dunne (R-C-I) SD 22 (Gerritsen Beach, Marine Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge): Vito Bruno (R-C-I) SD 40 (Mahopac, Brewster, Peekskill): Rob Astorino (R-C). STATE ASSEMBLY Assembly District 63 (Staten Island): Anthony DeGuerre (R-C-SAM) AD 64 (Staten Island-Brooklyn): Michael Tannousis (R-C) AD 76 (Upper East Side):...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Officials with the East Bay Regional Park District on Monday announced the closure of 11 parks in the East Bay hills would be extend through Wednesday morning due to concerns over continued high winds and fire danger. The closure will now go to Wednesday morning at 8 a.m. Continued high winds gusting up to 60-70 mph in the ridgelines are expected through Tuesday evening, parks officials noted in a press release. Parks that will remain temporarily closed to the public include Wildcat Canyon, Tilden, Reinhardt Redwood, Roberts, Huckleberry, Sibley, Claremont Canyon, Leona Canyon, Anthony Chabot, Lake Chabot and Kennedy Grove. The overnight “20-year wind event” that spurred a red-flag warning and public safety power shutoff by PG&E caused 14 downed powerlines in or near the closed East Bay hill area parks. Sustained winds of 21-45 mph were measured in higher elevations with gusts at Mount Diablo...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — Several public parks in the East Bay hills will be closed Sunday in anticipation of high winds, low humidity and dry vegetation that will combine to pose a significant fire risk, the East Bay Regional Parks District officials have announced. The closures include Anthony Chabot Regional Park, Claremont Canyon Regional Preserve, Huckleberry Botanic Regional Preserve, Kennedy Grove Regional Recreation Area, Lake Chabot Regional Park, Leona Canyon Open Space Regional Preserve, Reinhardt Redwood Regional Park, Roberts Regional Recreation Area, Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve, Tilden Regional Park and Wildcat Canyon Regional Park. The parks will be closed from Sunday through Monday due to the increased chance of fires, according to the Parks District. Much of the Bay Area is under a fire weather watch from the National Weather Service, spanning Sunday morning through Tuesday morning. In some mountainous parts of the Bay Area, wind gusts could reach...
    ANAHEIM (CBSLA) – Disney announced Friday that it will be soon be reopening Buena Vista Street in California Adventure Park to shoppers and diners. Beginning sometime in November, Downtown Disney will be expanding into Buena Vista Street, the company announced on its blog. People walk through the Downtown Disney District on Sept. 30, 2020 in Anaheim, Calif. (Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times/Getty Images) It will open up stores including Elias & Co., Julius Katz & Sons, Trolley Treats, Carthay Circle Lounge and Smokejumpers Grill. “Only the shopping and dining experiences along Buena Vista Street will be accessible from the Downtown Disney District at this time, as Disney California Adventure park is currently closed,” the company wrote on its blog. Disney did not provide an exact date fort he reopening. Disneyland and California Adventure and all other theme parks statewide have been closed since mid-March when the coronavirus pandemic began. The...
    He’s no gem. A treasure hunter was busted for digging up parts of Yellowstone National Park while searching for a chest of jewels hidden by an art collector, authorities said. Rodrick Dow Craythorn, 52, of Syracuse, Utah was looking for the loot — valued at more than $2 million — last year when he allegedly began rooting through the park’s national cemetery, federal prosecutors said in a press release. Craythorn is accused of causing more than $1,000 in damage to the site between October and May 2019 as he searched for the chest, which contained gems and rare gold coins, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Wyoming. On Sept. 16, Craythorn was indicted by a grand jury on two federal counts of removing or altering archaeological resources in the sprawling greenspace. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and was released on his own recognizance, according to...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) — The East Bay Regional Park District opened a new shoreline park in Oakland Wednesday, near the eastern terminus of the Bay Bridge. The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline includes a 600-foot-long by 40-foot-wide public observation pier, a 24,000-square-foot former train maintenance building from the 1930s that was renovated to host large events, and amenities such as walking paths and a connection to the Bay Bridge Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail. Park district officials said the park is the culmination of two decades of collaboration with agencies and organizations, including Caltrans, the city and port of Oakland and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission. “Opening this park has been a landmark partnership between Caltrans, who has provided much of the land, the Bay Area Toll Authority who is provided much of the funding and the Park District who manages and operates world-class regional parks,” said park district General...
    WICKER PARK — A man accused of robbing a 7-Eleven repeatedly over the past two weeks was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly punched and kicked a 40-year-old Chicago Park District staffer in Wicker Park. David Williams, 32, was arrested 11:15 a.m. Tuesday on charges of battery and violating his bail bond, police said. He was also cited with a city ordinance violation for public urination. The alleged attack occurred just one hour after Williams allegedly stole from a 7-Eleven, 1508 N. Damen Ave., for what store owner Harish Doshi said was the seventh time in 11 days. During that theft, Williams told Doshi, “You bitch, I’m going to kill you,” Doshi said. Williams then kicked in the cashiers’ plexiglass barrier, the store’s security camera footage shows. That theft was the second time Williams had threatened to kill Doshi and the first time he had actually become violent, Doshi...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Students in north suburban Highland Park aren’t back in the classroom today. Late Tuesday afternoon, North Shore School District 112 switched from a hybrid plan to all remote learning, due to rising numbers of coronavirus cases in Lake County. In DuPage County, the health department recommends remote learning. However, officials are impressed with schools that have been able to stay open, even as COVID cases are rising. There are protocols in place to protect students. The regional schools superintendent says the schools are safe. Also From CBS Chicago: After Seeing 10-Year-Old Son On News Vandalizing West Pullman Seniors’ Building, Mom Brings Him Right Back To Apologize Two Milwaukee Women Suspected Of Drugging, Stealing $85,000 From Chicago Men Glenview Jewel Employee With Special Needs Fired For Yelling At Customer He Says Called Him Derogatory Terms, Bullied Him For Months   ...
    HIGHLAND PARK, TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – It’s been around two months since the unusual new school year began, and opinions are coming in hot. Some North Texas parents say, whether school is in-person or virtual, the students are losing. “The fear is worse than this pandemic,” said Highland Park mom Amanda Nobles. She hasn’t liked what she’s seen and heard from her children and their classmates at Highland Park ISD. “Our children are sitting beyond fogged-out Plexiglass. There are literally blinders on the sides,” she said. Highland Park ISD students So she and a group of fellow parents formed Park Cities Parents Unite to protest the district’s handling of COVID-19. “These kids are isolated, and that’s where I just turn into mama bear. I’m not okay with this. I see the struggle. I see these kids, the sadness that they have,” said Aimee Urista, also a member of Park Cities Parents...
    LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A man was charged Friday for allegedly trying to kill two transgender women in separate incidents in the Westlake District over the past three months, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced. Donoban Fonseca, 24, was charged with three counts each of attempted murder, conspiracy to dissuade a witness, attempting to dissuade a witness and two counts of extortion. The charges include allegations that the crimes were hate crimes and were committed for the benefit of a gang. Fonseca is accused of being involved in the stabbing of a transgender woman in MacArthur Park on Aug. 21. The same victim was stabbed again in the park on Sept. 1, according to the District Attorney’s Office. Fonseca also allegedly took part in the stabbing of another transgender woman in the same park last week. He was arrested Wednesday by officers from the Los Angeles Police Department’s...
    HUMBOLDT PARK — A group of residents are fighting to be recognized as the new leaders of the Humboldt Park Advisory Council, which was shut down by the Chicago Park District several months ago after the agency deemed the council’s election illegitimate. The role of the Humboldt Park Advisory Council is to organize events and programming at the park. It is made up of volunteers. The park district shut down the group nine months ago after determining it did not follow election protocol. RELATED: Park District Shuts Down Humboldt Park Advisory Council After Fights, Threats And Chaotic Election: ‘This Is Not OK’ But the residents pushing to be recognized say the election was nothing but fair. On Friday, they staged a press conference outside of the Humboldt Park Field House at 1400 N. Humboldt Dr. to make their stance known. “We we were elected fairly and squarely by the voting members of...
    AN adults-only theme park has opened in Tokyo's red light district where guests are served by porn stars. Built across five floors, the attraction in Kabukicho also includes private video booths featuring the adult entertainment. 6You can now visit a "theme park" in Japan where you can drink with adult video performers The theme park has been designed by Japanese adult film producer Soft on Demand (SOD), called SOD Land, who have dubbed it the "amusement park for adults". Only open to guests aged 18 and over, each floor has a different theme. According to local media, the basement will be the "Newcomer Adult Film Actress Floor," where punters are served by new and up-and-coming adult film stars, with food and drink offered at the bar. The second floor, the Kakubutsu Salon, offers more risque entertainment such as erotic massages, while the third floor - the Famous Adult Actress Floor...
    RAVENSWOOD MANOR — After a surge in gun violence in recent months, Ravenswood Manor and Albany Park neighbors said they’re relieved to know more officers, technology and violence interrupters are coming to help. But more still needs to be done to curb violence in the long term, they said.  Ald. Samantha Nugent (39th) announced Friday nine additional officers were assigned to the 17th Police District on the Northwest Side, where shootings and murders have more than doubled since last year. Police leaders have said the violence stems from escalating gang-related conflicts. Neighbors have demanded police and elected officials add more resources to combat the violence, including by bringing in more officers. Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd) previously said some police resources shifted to Downtown due to the ongoing protests and civil unrest over police misconduct. But after some neighbors complained, and elected officials sent letters to Mayor Lori Lightfoot...
    SAN ANTONIO – Gabriel Gonzales and Natalia Tovar, with St. Timothy COPS Core Team, have helped turn Benavidez Park, which was once crime-ridden, into a thriving community space. Gonzales said the park was used as a meeting spot for nefarious activities before the beautification. “It was a place where hookers were hanging around, and their Johns were here doing business,” Gonzales said. According to the duo, a splash pad was supposed to open in the spring. The opening has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tovar said the park’s beautification came after a lot of persistence and push from community members. Now, Gonzales and Tovar are starting to see families and children enjoying the space. “I’ve noticed that North Side parks have everything, and we are striving to get the same thing that the North Side has,” Tovar said. “Just because we live here in the West Side does...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It has been one of the most violent months ever in one Northwest Side Chicago neighborhood. Now city departments are coming together to try to get it under control. Chicago police say they are stepping up patrols in Albany Park. It’s one thing being done to try to reverse an alarming spike in shootings in the 17th Police District. Lawrence Avenue in particular has been a corridor and hotspot for that violence. One police source told CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov it is the result of at least a half dozen gang wars in the area. Graffiti blasters hit the Albany Park neighborhood hard Friday morning, getting rid of gang tags on garages and buildings. It is a small way to try to erase signs of what police believe has been fueling so much violence in the area over the past month. “This is a unique thing. We usually...
    BRIGHTON PARK — City Council has approved plans to build a new headquarters for the Chicago Park District in Brighton Park. The approval sets in motion the Park District’s move from Streeterville to the South Side neighborhood. As part of the plan, the new headquarters will include an 88,000-square-foot office space, a field house, playground, spray pool and three artificial fields across 17 acres at 4800 S. Western Ave. The facility will also include a teen center in the field house, a new traffic signal and crosswalk nearby. The plan also includes two fitness centers and a gym with a full-sized basketball court, according to city officials. Park district officials previously said they aim to start construction in the winter. John Ronan Architects has been contracted to design the new headquarters. No price tag for the facility has been revealed. Park District Supt. Michael Kelly said officials are working to secure more...
    BAY AREA (CBS SF) — Dogs are once again allowed off leash in designated areas of East Bay Regional Park District parks as COVID restrictions are lifted, district officials said Wednesday. Park officials required all dogs to be on a leash in March when the coronavirus pandemic began in an effort to prevent crowds and potentially unsafe interactions between park visitors. As of Friday, the district’s leash rules have returned to their pre-pandemic state. According to the district, dog walkers account for 39 percent of park users, second only to hikers. “The restrictions have helped keep parks and trails open and safe,” parks district General Manager Robert Doyle said. “Regional parks, now more than ever, play an important role in maintaining mental health and providing places where people and their pets can exercise in a safe, socially distant manner.” Dog owners must keep their pets in view and under control...
    UPTOWN — A $3 million upgrade to Chase Park, including a new turf playing field and track, is close to opening to the public after six years in the works. The 77,000-square-foot artificial turf field and running track at Chase Park, 4701 N. Ashland Ave., will open in late October or early November, according to Chicago Park District officials. The new track and field are part of a long-planned project to improve Chase Park. The field will contain two baseball diamonds and a soccer field. Other improvements include new lighting, drainage and a new roof for the park’s field house. The field is still fenced off, but the fencing will come down late this month or in early November, a Park District spokesperson said. Some landscaping work still needs to be finished, they said. Work on the park upgrades began in late March — around the time...
    BETHEL PARK (KDKA) — The Bethel Park School District is moving to a hybrid learning model on Monday. In addition to heading to class, some families are dealing with another change this morning. Parents learned over the weekend that several bus routes were forced to consolidate. According to the Bethel Park School District, there were several people who unexpectedly left the transportation department. This morning, parents need to be aware that their child’s bus stop may have been eliminated. The district says they were notified of the departures late last week. This forced the consolidation of five of the school districts 58 planned bus routes. If possible, the district is encouraging families to take their kids to and from school. Also, all students who ride school buses will be required to wear masks on the buses, at the bus stops, and when they enter their buildings. Meanwhile, today is the...
    Dogs and dog-related rules are the focus of a new informational campaign just launched by the East Bay Regional Park District. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the district had been asking dog owners to keep their pets on leash at all times while visiting the regional parks, but as of Oct. 2 the district has reverted to its normal rules. In summary, these rules require dogs to be on leash in picnic areas and other developed park sites. Dogs are also supposed to be leashed on paved interpark trails such as the Iron Horse Regional Trail in central Contra Costa and the Alameda Creek Regional Trail in Fremont. Some areas exclude dogs altogether, such as swim beaches (by state law) and the Tilden Nature Area in Tilden Regional Park near Berkeley. Watch for signs and check information in park brochures. Generally speaking, dogs are OK off-leash in the backcountry away...
    WICKER PARK — The Chicago Police Department tapped a new Shakespeare (14th) District commander to oversee policing in Humboldt Park, Logan Square, Wicker Park and Bucktown, filling a job that has been vacant since late summer. Commander Elizabeth Collazo, a 21-year veteran of the department, was appointed to the job Thursday. Collazo’s arrival in the 14th District comes after residents questioned for weeks why that leadership position was left open for so long, even as the area struggled with some high profile crimes. The district’s previous commander, Melvin Roman, was moved from his post in late July, according to a police source. Two leaders from elsewhere in the department stepped in temporarily at the 14th District. Since late July, the district logged a string of four armed carjackings and the mugging of a 29-year-old woman at knifepoint outside her home. Overall crime is down this year but those incidents left...
    During the pandemic, the East Bay Regional Park District has proven once again to be an invaluable community asset. Elizabeth Echols (Anda Chu/Bay Area News Group) With indoor activities a threat to public health, residents turned to the nation’s largest regional urban park district for escape. And the district, consisting of 73 parks with 1,250 miles of trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties, has met the challenge. It’s an organization that generally works cooperatively for the common good. When longtime Director Whitney Dotson stepped down shortly before his death in January, the board appointed former Obama administration official Elizabeth Echols to fill the vacancy. It was an excellent choice. In the only contested park district race of the Nov. 3 election, voters in Ward 1, stretching from Berkeley to Richmond and El Sobrante, should elect Echols to a full four-year term. She’s the sort of smart, collegial, environmentally sensitive leader...
    HAYWARD (CBS SF) — An illegal marijuana growing operation was cleared out at a regional park in Hayward Friday, authorities said. The East Bay Regional Park District said in a press release Friday park police officers on routine patrol found the pot farm in the interior of Garin Regional Park, in a remote area with rugged terrain and high fire danger. Some 500 plants were eradicated Friday, and officers also found evidence suggesting another 500 plants had already been harvested, the park district said. Officers found and eradicated plants at two sites about 1/10 of an acre to 1/4 of an acre in size. No one was found at the site and there was no threat to the public, the park district said.  
    CHICAGO (CBS) — The Chicago Park District is exploring new safety options on The 606 Trail, after several incidents involving cars getting onto the popular jogging and cycling path this year, including when multiple people had to dodge a pickup truck zipping down the trail last week. Ald. Daniel La Spata (1st), one of three aldermen whose wards include portions of The 606, vowed changes in an interview with CBS 2 Morning Insider Tim McNicholas, La Spata said a pickup truck exited the trail from the Western Avenue ramp on Thursday, after driving nearly 2 miles along the trail from the west trailhead at Lawndale Avenue. “That is a dangerous position to put our pedestrians and cyclists in,” La Spata said. People like Brennan McDowell had to scurry out of the truck’s way. McDowell said it was going about 30 to 40 mph with no headlights. “I’m frankly amazed that...
    It’s hard to overstate the need for new faces on the Santa Clara City Council. To understand why, consider some of the council’s failures: Bungling of the costly voting rights lawsuit against the city; poor relationships with neighboring cities; overpaying of high-ranking staff; and the ongoing, costly legal battles with the San Francisco 49ers over management of Levi’s Stadium. All at considerable expense to Santa Clara taxpayers. Habir Bhatia  The heart of the problem is that three councilwomen — Kathy Watanabe, Debi Davis and Teresa O’Neill — vote in lockstep with Mayor Lisa Gillmor on Santa Clara issues. Gillmor is smart and knowledgeable. But her combative, “my way or the highway” approach to governing hurts the city. Santa Clara residents this fall will vote by district for the first time. With four seats up for grabs, four candidates are working together to break Gillmor’s stranglehold on city politics. Voters should elect...
    NAPERVILLE, Ill. (WLS) -- Illinois officially became the only Midwestern state to not allow fall high school football and other competitive sports, but not all parents disagree with that decision.More rallies demanding a return to in-person learning and fall high school sports like football were held in Naperville and Villa Park."We deserve better. Our children deserve better," said Catherine Kingsbury, whose children go to Naperville Central.RELATED: Orland Park rallies to demand return of fall sports, in-person learningEMBED More News Videos Orland Park is the latest suburb to hold a rally demanding the return of fall sports and in-person classes, despite the governor's insistence it's not safe. "We are on the right side of history, so what I say is we have a voice. We deserve a choice,' said Jaclyn Cook, parent of Naperville students.Minnesota officially joined other Midwestern states Monday in allowing high school football, but Governor JB Pritzker has...
    BERKELEY — The Berkeley City Council wants Vollmer Peak renamed, claiming the man it’s named after was instrumental in instilling “systemic racial bias in policing.” At its meeting Tuesday, the council agreed to send a letter asking the East Bay Regional Park District to find another name for the peak which is part of Tilden Regional Park. August Vollmer (with glasses) pictured with Aurelia Reinhardt (middle) in the 1940s. They were part of the original five members of the the board of the East Bay Regional Parks District. (Courtesy of East Bay Regional Park District) East Bay Regional Park District The peak is named after August “Gus” Vollmer, dubbed the “Father of American Policing” in history books, who served as the city’s first appointed police chief in 1909 and last elected town marshal. He was known for being ahead of his time when it came to policing — a pioneer in...
    BRIGHTON PARK — A proposal to build a new Chicago Park District headquarters in Brighton Park received the green light from the city’s Plan Commission on Thursday. The park district’s proposal aims to build an 88,000-square-foot office space, a field house, playground, spray pool and three artificial turf fields on 17 acres at 4800 S. Western Ave., shifting the current headquarters from Streeterville.  In response to community feedback, the Park District added a teen center to the field house, and a new traffic signal and crosswalk at Western Avenue and 48th Place. The plan also includes two fitness centers and a gym with a full-sized basketball court, according to city officials. Guests also can expect a green roof with more than 30 varieties of plants, more than 200 parking spaces and bicycle parking, officials said at the meeting. John Ronan Architects has been contracted to design the new headquarters. Planning commissioners lauded the project for bringing...
    ALBANY PARK — Residents in Albany Park were again rattled by gunfire Wednesday night — while they were in a virtual meeting about the ongoing violence with police and elected officials. This was the third public safety meeting in the area this week, and while neighbors threw more than 100 questions at officials, yet another man was killed and a police commander had to leave the meeting to respond. At 6:20 p.m., a man was shot dead in the 3600 block of West Lawrence Avenue, police said. Tuesday night, five people were shot one block over. In response to the gang-related violence, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has agreed to send more resources to the 17th Police District, Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd) told neighbors Wednesday. Left to right, top to bottom: 17th District Police Cmdr. Ronald A. Pontecore Jr., Officer Jerry Zanders, Ald. Carlos Ramirez-Rosa (35th), Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd),...
    ALBANY PARK —  Shootings linked to gang feuds in Albany Park and Ravenswood Manor have alarmed neighbors in recent months. And just hours after venting to police and the area’s alderman about the issue Tuesday night, yet another shooting wounded five people, including two teenagers. Ald. Rossana Rodriguez (33rd) and 17th District Police Cmdr. Ronald A. Pontecore Jr. were grilled by neighbors during public safety meetings this week, where neighbors demanded to know what will be done to stop the violence. Before the Tuesday night mass shooting, the district had recorded seven homicides and 44 shootings so far in 2020 — a big jump from the five homicides and 20 shootings the district recorded in all of 2019. Neighbors complained about the violence in 2019 as well, but they said things just keep getting worse. “At this point in time, right now, we’re dealing with at least 10 different conflicts...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Questions about recent shootings in Ravenswood Manor dominated a virtual Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy meeting Tuesday night. At the meeting, Albany Park (17th) District Cmdr. Ron Pontecore said there are numerous gang conflicts going on. “We’ve had a definite uptick in shots-fired incidents, as well as acts of violence against individuals,” Pontecore said. “I think what we need to realize is at this point in time right now, we’re dealing with at least 10 district conflicts gang-wise, not only in our district, but neighboring districts as well.” Last week, CBS 2’s Tara Molina reported on a woman who lives near Lawrence and Manor avenues and was terrified after learning a bullet had crashed through her bedroom window and landed on her pillow. She found a second bullet behind her mirror. State Rep. Jaime Andrade (D-Chicago) has been part of a call for more police officers in that...
    Authorities confirmed Friday morning that they are investigating an incident in which two Fair Lawn students sexually assaulted another with special needs while other youths looked on. One boy is seen holding the victim by the shoulders while the other pulls his pants down to his ankles in a video shared on TikTok. The boys stare at his exposed genitals for a moment and then walk away, leaving the victim standing there before he pulls up his pants. Other students alerted parents and district administrators to the recorded assault in Berdan Park, which they allege was directed by a 19-year-old woman while current and former students of various ages as young as 10 looked on. A borough police investigation "is in the initial stages," a law enforcement official with direct knowledge of the incident told Daily Voice early Friday. "Interviews are being conducted." Fair Lawn Schools Supt. Nicholas J. Norcia...
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- The Chicago Park District has approved a proposal to rename Douglas Park after a backlash over its namesake's ties to slavery.Douglas Park was named after slave owner Stephen Douglas in 1869. He was a U.S. senator from Illinois who lost the presidential election to Abraham Lincoln in 1860. He died in 1861.The West Side park is situated in a largely Black neighborhood, and proponents have pushed for the name change for years.Wednesday the Chicago Park District Board voted to officially remove the park name Stephen A. Douglas, and in a separate vote initiated the 45-day notice to rename the park Anna and Frederick Douglass Park.During the 45-day notice period, the public can submit their support or disapproval for the board names.Please note: The video in this story is from a previous reportThe Associated Press contributed to this report.
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Chicago Police, kids, and other neighbors gathered for a little fun on Saturday at a community fair. The 11th District Concert and Resource Fair was held at Hamlin and Chicago avenues in the Humboldt Park neighborhood. The spot was turned into a place just to have a good time this Labor Day weekend The 11th District Office of Community Policing and volunteers had games, toys, and other treats on hand. Police Supt. David Brown was in attendance.    
    CHICAGO (WLS) -- Registration for fall programming with the Chicago Park District is expected to open this week, officials announced Tuesday.The District says they will offer limited in-person programming to provide residents with opportunities to be active and engage in a safe manner, including the Park Kids after school program.While the after school program may come as much-needed relief to many families throughout Chicago, officials say it will run as a modified version but will be available at 127 parks across the city."Chicago parks have remained a source of respite and activity throughout the pandemic," said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly. After seeing success with day camp and other summer programs, we are excited to continue offerings in neighborhood parks this Fall."Other fall programming includes tumbling, fitness classes, seasonal sports, advanced water safety, as well as a virtual water safety program based on the American Red...
    WICKER PARK — Wicker Park residents want to know why their local police district has been without a full-time leader for more than a month this summer. Commander Melvin Roman was released from his job overseeing the 14th District in late July, according to a source. Since then, the district has seen serious crimes — including a string of four armed carjackings and the mugging of a 29-year-old woman at knifepoint outside her home — but there’s been no word from police on when Roman will be replaced. Despite these recent high-profile incidents, most crime in the district is down. The area’s aldermen said they’ve gotten no information from the Chicago Police Department. Police sources said they’ve received no updates from department leaders. A police spokesman did not respond to Block Club’s requests for comment about the effort to find Roman’s permanent replacement. RELATED: Wicker Park Shops Destroyed By Looting:...
    As you may imagine, East Bay Regional Park District firefighters and operations staff have had their hands full dealing with the unprecedented series of lightning-caused fires that are burning in East Bay regional parks, counties and throughout the state. Aileen Theile, the East Bay Regional Park District’s fire chief, provided this information about the park district’s firefighting efforts: “During a period of 90 minutes on Aug. 16, there were 12,000 lightning strikes statewide, of which 560 caused fires. As part of a multiagency firefighting team under the overall direction of Cal Fire, park district firefighters fought fires on park district land and other open space, wherever needed, from Round Valley and Morgan Territory near Brentwood to Sunol and Ohlone Regional Wilderness in southern Alameda County. “Fires started within five regional parks. To give an idea of the area involved, the Calaveras and Canyon (zones of the SCU Lightning) Complex fire,...
    WEST RIDGE — The Chicago Park District is seeking public input on what to name the park known as West Ridge Nature Preserve. Officially the park at 5801 N. Western Ave. is named Park No. 568. The park district gives every park a number, and uses that number as the official name if a more original name hasn’t been bestowed. Now the park district has received a request to name it West Ridge Nature Preserve Park. The district will take community input on the park’s name until Sept. 28. The grassy, 21-acre park along the western border of Rosehill Cemetery was known as West Ridge Nature Preserve by the time it opened to the public in September 2015. The park site was previously used as a dumping grounds for the cemetery. It was acquired by the park district in 2012 and now holds a pond, wetlands, native planting...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Austin Beutner announced on Monday that the district is launching a COVID-19 testing program for staff and students, which will be a critical part of plans to safely reopen campuses."The ability to quickly isolate any occurrence and test those who may have come in contact should help keep schools open while mitigating risk to all at a school," Beutner said.Testing starts this week for staff working at schools, along with kids enrolled in the district's childcare program.Beutner says, for now, the district will keep a close eye on school reopenings across the country.Meanwhile, the district has just received a $1 million donation from Nature Made to help pay for free lunches handed out through its Grab and Go food relief program.As LAUSD starts school year online, Echo Park center offers students outdoor space to take remote classesEMBED More News Videos...
    Concord-based developer Albert Seeno III and Discovery Builders have filed a lawsuit against the East Bay Regional Park District, which could impact its plans to develop a new regional park at the former Concord Naval Weapons Station. The action came only days before the developer and Faria Land Investors was to ask the Pittsburg City Council to approve its master plan, environmental documents and development agreement to build up to 1,500 homes in the hills southwest of Pittsburg. That virtual meeting was set for Monday but abruptly canceled due to an undisclosed medical emergency. It will be rescheduled for a later date. Late last month Pittsburg’s Planning Commission voted 4-3 to recommend that the City Council approve the Faria project, which sits above and to the east of the planned new Concord park. As part of the deal, Seeno promises to build a recreation center in Pittsburg. The developers’ lawsuit...
    EAST BAY Due to the extreme fire activity in the region, all parks in the East Bay Regional Park District as of Aug. 19 were closed until further notice, except paved regional trails and some shoreline parks. The park district has experienced an unprecedented number of wildfires, including Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. Extreme heat, poor air quality and extreme fire dangers were expected to continue throughout the coming days, adding to park safety concerns. While some parks are remaining open, the district is advising against using regional parks at this time due to poor air quality. For a current list of the district’s open parks, visit ebparks.org. — East Bay Regional Park District CLAYTON Rotary Club donates $1K for computers in school district In...
    OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The East Bay Regional Park District announced Wednesday the closure of all but its shoreline parks because of wildfires burning across the Bay Area, including in many parks. There are fires in the Round Valley Regional Preserve, Morgan Territory Regional Preserve, Del Valle Regional Park, Sunol Wilderness Regional Preserve, Ohlone Wilderness Regional Preserve, Mission Peak Regional Preserve and Pleasanton Ridge Regional Park. The fires are part of what Cal Fire is calling the SCU Lightning Complex, which includes fires in five counties – Alameda, Contra Costa, Santa Clara, San Joaquin and Stanislaus – that have burned an estimated 85,000 acres and were only 5 percent contained as of Wednesday afternoon. Still open are paved trails and Crown Beach State Park, Hayward Regional Shoreline, MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline, McLaughlin East Shore State Park, Oyster Bay Regional Shoreline, Point Isabel Regional Shoreline and Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation Area....
    By Minwoo Park SEOUL (Reuters) - Designed to combat summer heat, monsoon rain and the coronavirus, the smart bus shelter has arrived on the streets of the South Korean capital. The glass cube "Smart Shelter" has air-conditioning and ultraviolet light sterilisers to clean and cool the air, surveillance cameras and digital screens to warn when your bus approaches. It is equipped with hand sanitiser and you can charge a laptop or mobile phone while using the free Wi-Fi. "I felt uncomfortable at first as I had to take my temperature before I entered, but it didn’t take that long," said 25-year-old university student Park Sung-yeon. "I hope we can have more of these so that we can overcome the coronavirus." A thermal imaging camera on the doors allows entry only to those with temperatures lower than 37.5 degrees Celsius (99.5 degrees Fahrenheit). A separate camera is installed at a lower...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff BETHEL PARK (KDKA) – Bethel Park School District students most likely will not be back in the classroom next month. On Tuesday night, interim superintendent Dr. Joseph C. Dimperio introduced a new timetable for students returning to school. Students would begin learning remotely on September 1 and would only return under a hybrid model on October 5. The hybrid model would stay in place for the entirety of the fall term. The Bethel Park School Board still has to take a vote on this plan.
    DOWNTOWN — Chance the Rapper’s charity, SocialWorks, donated 45,000 masks to the Chicago Park District so kids and staff at day camp can be protected from coronavirus. The Chicago Park District is offering day camp during the pandemic, though with social distancing and mask rules to prevent spread of coronavirus. SocialWorks’ donation is “particularly valuable” as it provides needed personal protective equipment so campers’ don’t have to face interruptions if they need a mask replaced, according to a Park District press release. “As we resume programming, our main objective is to offer recreation opportunities in a manner that protects the health and safety of our patrons and staff. These masks help us do just that,” said parks CEO Mike Kelly in the press release. The current session of camp finishes Friday. After that, a two-week extended camp will run Aug. 17-28. “The Park District is vital for the city of...
    SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — The sunny and mild weather attracted a large crowd of people to Dolores Park in San Francisco’s Mission District Saturday, but not everyone was mindful of the COVID-19 risks. From a view from the top park, it was hard to distinguish the chalk circles meant to encourage social distancing. While some people respected the rules, others spilled outside the circles, or overcrowded them. Required mask-wearing was also spotty. “It doesn’t matter if you’re inside or outside, if you have enough noses and mouths together, it doesn’t take very far for the virus to jump from somebody’s droplet to somebody elses nose or mouth,” said UCSF Infectious Disease Specialist Dr. Peter Chin-Hong. Chin-Hong called the behavior in video shot by KPIX 5 disappointing. He said while the risk of getting COVID-19 goes down when you’re outdoors, the circles, which were first drawn in May, can still...
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The attorney for the family of a Colorado man fatally shot by a U.S. National Park Service ranger in New Mexico said she was disappointed with a district attorney decision to not pursue criminal charges against the ranger. Civil rights lawyer Shannon Kennedy said Charles “Gage” Lorentz's parents Kimberly Beck and Travis Lorentz were disappointed, and that the district attorney had omitted “some key factors” when explaining the decision. “Legally and factually there is evidence that the Ranger acted in a manner that was objectively unreasonable and unconstitutional,” Kennedy said. “We believe we can prove that at trial and we believe that what happened to Gage Lorentz is more than a tragedy, it’s a crime.” Fifth Judicial District Attorney Dianna Luce announced earlier this week that the actions of Park Ranger Robert Mitchell were “objectively justifiable" during a traffic stop at Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Mitchell...
    CHICAGO (CBS)– Teachers from three southwest suburbs say until there’s a COVID-19 vaccine, it is not safe for students to return to school. They are pushing for students to stay home and do all learning online. “We have to take protective measures and the only way to do that is to start school remotely,” Michelle Etchason, District 230 Teachers Union president, said. The group organized a car caravan through Orland Park, Palos Hills and Tinley Park and circled in front of the administration building.
    A whole bunch of individuals, many with out masks, turned up for the 10th annual “White Trash Bash” in Illinois over the weekend — regardless of authorities warning that coronavirus circumstances are on the rise within the space, in line with a neighborhood report. At the least 200 boats crammed with revelers packed the Illinois River in East Peoria on Saturday for the all-day bash that consists of consuming and socializing in massive teams, WMBD reported. Not one of the round 500 partygoers have been seen carrying masks or working towards social distancing, in line with the outlet. Authorities had issued a warning forward of the blowout, reminding people that “Covid 19 numbers are rising in our space.” “This occasion has the potential to show everybody to the virus,” The Fon du Lac Park District Police Division wrote on Fb. “Please use frequent sense and social distancing.” However, in...
    Hundreds of people, many without masks, turned up for the 10th annual “White Trash Bash” in Illinois over the weekend — despite authorities warning that coronavirus cases are on the rise in the area, according to a local report. At least 200 boats filled with revelers packed the Illinois River in East Peoria on Saturday for the all-day bash that consists of drinking and socializing in large groups, WMBD reported. None of the around 500 partygoers were seen wearing masks or practicing social distancing, according to the outlet. Authorities had issued a warning ahead of the blowout, reminding folks that “Covid 19 numbers are increasing in our area.” “This event has the potential to expose everyone to the virus,” The Fon du Lac Park District Police Department wrote on Facebook. “Please use common sense and social distancing.” But, ultimately, officials said there isn’t much they can do to ensure...
    WILL COUNTY, Ill. (WLS) -- We all think our dog is the cutest, but does your dog have what it takes to be featured in a calendar?The Forest Preserve District of Will County is hosting a casting call for its 2021 dog park calendar.Organizers say they are seeking dog park patrons' pups to be photographed and featured in their second annual calendar.The casting call deadline is Wednesday, August 19 for photogenic pups from the district's six dog parks. Calendar sales benefit the Will County Humane Society.The calendar also features dogs that have been helped by the humane society, including Woodie the Wonder Pup, who was found abandoned after his back paws were severed but placed in a loving home by the shelter.Officials say their 2020 dog park calendar netted almost $6,000 for the humane society, which is the oldest no-kill shelter in Will County and runs solely on...
    K-12 school districts have begun announcing their fall 2020 reopening plans.COOK COUNTYAlsip-Hazelgreen-Oak Lawn School District 126See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteArbor Park School District 145See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteArgo Evergreen Park Reavis Oak Lawn Special Education CooperativeSee the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteAtwood Heights School District 125See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBarrington Community Unit School District 220See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBellwood School District 88See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBerkeley School District 87See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBloom Township High School District 206See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBrookfield-Lagrange Park School District 95See the district's Fall 2020 school reopening planVisit the district's websiteBurbank School District 111See the district's Fall 2020 school...
    BETHEL PARK (KDKA) – Bethel Park’s school board approved plans to fully reopen schools this fall. The reopening plan does have exceptions for distance learning due to health and safety concerns. The first day of school for Bethel Park will be August 26. Once students return, they will be required to wear masks or shields on buses and in the buildings. Those that play school-sanctioned sports will also be required to wear a mask or face covering. The district is also telling anyone who has traveled out of state or been exposed to COVID-19 that they may be asked to quarantine. You can read the full details of Bethel Park’s phased reopening plan on the district’s website.
    DOWNTOWN — Chicagoans can participate in the 8th season of Night Out in the Parks from home, and enjoy an abbreviated lineup of Movies in the Parks this year. Starting Monday, “Your Night Out at Home” will host more than 40 artists and organizations starring in virtual performances posted every week this summer. This week will feature Jabberwocky Marionettes, Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, About Face Theatre, and Synapse Arts in performances recorded across the city and streamed on the Park District’s website and YouTube channel. “We’re creating new opportunities to safely celebrate and support Chicago’s diverse arts community and vibrant culture by bringing live performances and entertainment from our neighborhood parks into your backyard, balcony or living room,” Chicago Park District Superintendent Michael Kelly said in a press release. “Everyone is invited to connect virtually and enjoy dance, jazz, theater and world music by established companies and...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — City leaders mostly ignored West Side youth and organizers for three years as they campaigned to rename Stephen Douglas Park in honor of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. Now the students are finally seeing their goal realized — only to have their years of work overlooked and undervalued again, they said. Earlier this month, students from Village Leadership Academy relaunched their campaign to rename the North Lawndale park and demanded Chicago Park District officials explain their years of silence around the issue. Then, with no advance notice provided to the students or their mentors, the Park District Board voted unanimously at an emergency meeting Wednesday to begin the process to strip the name of Civil War-era slavery advocate Stephen Douglas from the park in favor of Frederick Douglass. RELATED : Douglas Park Will Be Renamed For Frederick Douglass, Park District Board Says: ‘We Have Heard You’ Students said they...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — It’s a landmark decision – the first time officials are removing the name of an historical figure from a Chicago park, and replacing it with another name. The park known as Stephen A. Douglas Park would be renamed Frederick Douglass Park. CBS 2’s Jim Williams on Wednesday introduced us to the activists who made it happen on the city’s West Side. The campaign’s champions are young. They are students at Village Leadership Academy. Jazzmin Johnson is 13. “It was inspirational to me that people my age were doing big things like this,” she said. Raniya Thomas is a classmate. “It’s a predominately Black community,” Raniya said, “and it’s a slap in the face.” It is a slap in the face, the students said, that the park in North Lawndale – bounded by Roosevelt Road on the north, 19th Street on the south, California Avenue on the east,...
    NORTH LAWNDALE — The Chicago Park District could move Wednesday to change the name of Stephen Douglas Park to Frederick Douglass Park, a long-awaited renaming that could signal a tide of change as officials assess the statues, parks and street names honoring racists and other controversial figures in the city. Students in North Lawndale have lobbied the city to rename the West Side park for years but have been met with silence. Just days after protesters tried to pull down the Christopher Columbus statue in Grant Park, someone at the city now appears to be listening. The Park District called a special board meeting for 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to consider the issue. If approved, the motion will kick off a process to officially rename the park for Frederick Douglass — a Black hero who escaped slavery to become a national leader in the abolitionist movement — after a 45-day public...
    CHICAGO (CBS) —  Only on 2. Some Chicago parks are closed due to COVID-19. CBS 2 Political Investigator Dana Kozlov has more from a park in Logan Square where employees are speaking out over safety concerns for themselves and for the families that use the parks. Haas Park is the latest to shut down. Employees said it’s closed because of COVID. But you’d never know it by walking by or even calling. There’s no explanation. But a long time Chicago Park District employee, their identity hidden for job protection purposes, said the park’s closed due to COVID. And it’s not the first one. “We, as employees, are not being notified. There’s no protocol in place. lt’s word of mouth that we’re finding out from each other,” said the employee. A memo now circulating among park district employees mentions the COVID case at Haas by name, then asks staffers to help come...
    HAYWARD (KPIX 5) — Park Elementary is one of four schools in Hayward that resumed classes Thursday. The district admits this is a work in progress. And no, it’s nothing like getting back to normal. “This is definitely one for the books,” said parent Joel Carr. “It’s new for me. It’s new for them.” At the oldest year-round school in the country, just about everything was new on this first day of school, right down to the bags teacher Kendra Capen assembled for her students. “My mom and I worked together to make them,” Capen explained. “To provide books to students before distanced learning.” On Thursday, teachers were doing the curbside service part of educating amid a pandemic, introducing themselves to parents and students. Back to school does not yet mean back to campus here. “I do miss the classroom,” one student lamented. “And friends.” The district is still trying...
    GLENVIEW, Ill. (WLS) -- Three more employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at Flick Aquatic Center in Glenview, prompting the pool to close again.The pool reported two lifeguards had contracted the virus last week, prompting them to first close last Thursday for deep cleaning.RELATED: IL reports 1,187 COVID-19 cases, Gov. Pritzker updates Restore Illinois plan health regionsFlick Aquatic Center reopened Monday morning. Glenview Park District Officials said none of the three additional staff members who tested positive had been at the pool Monday.The pool will remain closed until further notice, the park district said. Officials do not believe any members of the public who visited the pool had close contact with the public.The park district will also carry out another deep cleaning of the facility out of an abundance of caution.
    OAK PARK, Ill. (WLS) -- Most of the students at Oak Park and River Forest High School will likely start the fall semester at home, the superintendent said Monday.Though the plan is not finalized yet, the district has proposed that only some students will return for on-site instruction.RELATED: Illinois schools reopening: Naperville District 203, Indian Prairie District 204 offering choice of hybrid, E-LearningThe superintendent said that remote learning would work differently than it did in the spring.The plan includes structuring online learning more like in-person learning with a set schedule of class periods and mandatory student attendance.
    CONCORD (CBS SF) – The final land use plan for public access improvements and open space preservation at a planned new 2,540-acre regional park on former Concord Naval Weapon Station land on Concord’s northeast edge has been finalized, the East Bay Regional Park District said. The final land use plan for what is, at least for now, being called Concord Hills Regional Park, includes a joint visitor center with the National Park Service highlighting the history of the Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial and the history of the Diablo Valley, as well miles of recreational trails for hiking, biking and nature viewing The park district’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the final land use plan at its July 7 meeting. “This is the true culmination of a decades-long community effort,” said Beverly Lane, a Danville-based historian who has represented Concord on the park district board since 1994, in a...
    ANAHEIM, Calif. (KABC) -- Downtown Disney reopened on Thursday - but fans will have to wait longer before they can enjoy the full Disneyland theme park.After months of closure, some people lined up as early as 5 a.m. for the outdoor shopping district's 10 a.m. opening.For some, it was about being able to buy Disney merchandise.For others, it was simply a way to get out of the house.Joselyn McCutcheon drove 90 minutes from Lake Elsinore so her young daughter could be at the Downtown Disney reopening"She's bored at home. She can't wait to get out and about. That's why she's excited to be here."The business district filled with shops and restaurants outside Disneyland reopened with new protocols meant to promote social distancing and sanitation. Parking was intentionally kept limited and workers were frequently sanitizing heavily used areas.Guests were required to wear masks and submit to temperature checks at the entrance.The...
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