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Live Cockroaches, Corn Meal-Diving Flies, and Kitchen Sink Muff Up Palace Gate Africa Restaurant

Here's the litany:

North Side Restaurant Shut By City Health Department

Insect Infestation Will Not Be Tolerated
 
A North Side restaurant was shut down today when Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) inspectors discovered live cockroaches in the kitchen, small flies in a bag of corn meal, and a clogged three-compartment sink.
 
Palace Gate Africa, 4548 N. Magnolia, will remain closed until it has eliminated the infestation, fixed its sink and passed re-inspection.
 
Today’s visit was a routine, unannounced inspection.
 
The enforcement action was the 142nd time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for Health Code violations.
 
Representatives of Palace Gate are scheduled to appear at an administrative hearing set for October 8 and pay a fine expected to total $1,500.
 
CDPH inspectors ordered restaurant staff to discard the corn meal.
 
The restaurant also was cited for failing to post “No Smoking” signs, as required by Chicago’s Clean Indoor Air Ordinance.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

DuPage County Fair 2009

Here's a set of photos I took at the DuPage County Fair last month. After spending time on a real farm this summer, and seeing where people prepare cattle for showing at a real county fair, I was curious to see what a county fair in a Chicago collar county looked like.

DuPage County Fair 2009 > Hillbilly Homebrew

The answer is that looks a lot like a traveling carnival, with hand-painted rides and impossible-to-win games of skill. There were vestiges of fairs past, to be sure-- tractors, chickens, and good-looking pigs. The chainsaw sculptor was a highlight. We had a blast.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures - August 15-16

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays through August 22 for Summer Streets: Centre Street between the Brooklyn Bridge exit and Reade Street; Lafayette Street between Reade and 9th Streets (west side); Wanamaker Place (east side)/4th Avenue between 10th and 14th Streets; Park Avenue between 14th and 72nd Streets; 72nd Street between Park and 5th Avenues.

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Fort Royal Fourth of July > Study of a Contemporary American Family Farm

Here's a photo essay I did about the workings of a successful American family farm in 2009:

Fort Royal Farm, July 3, 2009 > Grain Bin, Constructed 1970

It's a pretty good personal document (for the Coppler family-- my girlfriend's wife's mother's family) and general document of smaller-scale farming in north central Ohio today.

I took these pictures while a tour that her uncle gave to me and the kids. The photos, notes, links, and tags provide info on a wide range of modern farm topics:

All hail thriving American farms.

NYC Weekend Bridge and Street Closures > August 8 - 9

The following streets in Manhattan will be closed from 7:00 am to 1:00 pm on Saturdays through August 22 for Summer Streets: Centre Street between the Brooklyn Bridge exit and Reade Street; Lafayette Street between Reade and 9th Streets (west side); Wanamaker Place (east side)/4th Avenue between 10th and 14th Streets; Park Avenue between 14th and 72nd Streets; 72nd Street between Park and 5th Avenues.

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Health Department Squeezes Orange

If you've ever waited in line on the sidewalk outside of this place on a Sunday morning, just to get a warm yogurt served to you with dirty hands, you may feel slightly foolish at this time.

Food at Unsafe Temperatures, Poor Hand Washing

A North Side restaurant was shut down earlier today when inspectors from the Chicago Department of Public Health (CPDH) found multiple health code violations.
 
Orange, 3231 N. Clark, was cited for three faulty reach-in coolers found at 50, 59 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit, considerably warmer than the required 40 degrees or colder.
 
Food inside the coolers was also found at unsafe temperatures. CDPH inspectors ordered and supervised the discarding of about 30 pounds of food, including eggs, sausage, sliced ham, sliced cantaloupe and watermelon, milk, yogurt, and blue, brie and mozzarella cheese.
 
Additionally, the restaurant was ticketed for failing to have a hand washing sink in a basement food preparation area, and for using a hand washing sink on the first floor for food preparation and for washing utensils.
 
CDPH inspectors also found no certified food manager on duty.
 
Today’s visit was a routine, unannounced inspection.
 
The enforcement action was the 133rd time in 2009 that Health Department inspectors have shut a food establishment for health code violations.
 
Representatives of Orange will have an opportunity to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on September 17 and pay a fine expected to total $3,000.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

 
Representatives of Orange will have an opportunity to explain themselves at an administrative hearing on September 17 and pay a fine expected to total $3,000.
 
Chicagoans who believe that a restaurant or other food establishment is operating in an unsafe manner are encouraged to dial 311 and report it.

ABOUT ME

Daniel X. O'Neil: Chicago-based writer and internet developer. I am a co-founder of and the People Person for EveryBlock, a site that pulls together local news and public information. I run dozens of personal projects and websites for clients, and also own half of a poetry book company.

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EveryBlock: A news feed for your block.
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Wesley Willis Art: Site dedicated to the fact that Wesley Willis was an artist.
Wide Right Turn: An incomplete look at the role of variation in a capitalist society.

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