I would like to remind residents of the Jefferson Township that they have through Tuesday, January 9, to submit their their property tax assessment with the Cook County Board of Review. The Cook County Board of Review has set up an online portal to help simplify the appeal process. I recommend that homeowners file annually.
Additionally, records from the Cook County Treasurer’s Office indicate that hundreds of homeowners in the ward might have forgotten to apply for their Senior Exemption and Senior Freeze last year. The senior tax breaks must be applied for annually. Check if you received all the exemptions to which you were entitled at the Treasurer’s website.
Recycle Your Christmas Tree Jan. 6 – Jan. 20
Beginning Saturday, Jan. 6, and continuing through Saturday, Jan. 20, Chicago residents can begin to recycle their Christmas tree at any of the city’s 25 locations.
The city has partnered with the Chicago Park District to provide residents with this free service. Trees can be dropped off anytime during normal business hours. Free mulch will also be available on a first come, first served basis starting January 8 at Lincoln Park, Margate Park, Mt. Greenwood Park, North Park Village, Warren Park, and the Forestry Site.
The closest recycling locations for 45th Ward residents are at Norwood Park, 5801 N. Natoma, and Portage Park, 4100 N. Long.
Only live/natural trees free of flocking will be accepted (this means no garland or wreaths). All trees must have any tinsel, ornaments, lights, and stands removed in order to be recycled. Any plastic bags used to transport the tree to a drop off location must also be removed.
View a map of all drop off locations at my website.
Shared Cost Sidewalk Program Opens Jan. 9
Homeowners interested in splitting the cost of sidewalk replacement with the city can join the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. The program allows homeowners to have new sidewalks installed at a significantly reduced cost over what they would pay a contractor.
The Chicago Department of Transportation will open the 2018 Shared Cost Sidewalk Program at 12:01 am on Tuesday, January 9. Those interested should call 311 or log onto the 311 website. When you call, make sure to specify that you are interested in the Shared Cost Sidewalk Program. Applications made prior to this date will not be accepted.
This is a very popular program that fills up within hours. Do not delay enrollment on January 99 if you are interested.
Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Flashback Jan. 17
The Northwest Chicago Historical Society in partnership with the Edgebrook Library presents “Chicago Tribune’s Chicago Flashback” on Wednesday, January 17 at 6:00 pm at the Edgebrook Library, 5331 W. Devon.
Chicago Tribune photo editor Marianne Mather, senior writer Ron Grossman, and collaborative editor Stephan Benzkofer, will be on hand to show the audience how Flashback is put together each week, where the ideas come from, the research involved and more. They will show historic photos and discuss the Tribune’s archives, with some historic front page stories on hand. This event is the perfect way to connect Tribune readers to Chicago’s rich history through the newspaper’s historic pages and archived photos
“Chicago Flashback” will be available to purchase after the presentation. The event is free to attend. More information is available online.
Volunteer for the Citywide Homeless Count on Jan. 25
The City of Chicago’s 2018 homeless count will take place on Thursday, January 25. The Department of Family Support and Services (DFSS) is asking for your help in assisting with the count.
Chicago’s Homeless Count is a point-in-time tally and survey of individuals in shelters and on the street conducted by trained volunteers. Information gathered from the Count is used for service and resource planning, advocating for continued federal funding for the city’s programs to prevent and reduce homelessness, and to raise public awareness about homelessness in Chicago.
For 2018, DFSS has a goal of recruiting and training more than 300 volunteers to work in teams of three or four, counting individuals in shelters and on the street. Other city departments and partner agencies will also assist by counting the homeless on CTA buses and trains, in parks, and at other key locations.
Full information about the Count and how to volunteer is available at the city’s website.
Home Delivered Meals: Volunteers Needed
Since 1994, the Norwood Seniors Network, a nonprofit senior services agency affiliated with Norwood Crossing, has helped oder adults enjoy a safer, more independent lifestyle by bringing affordable services and home delivered meals to seniors in need.
Hot and cold meals are delivered by volunteers Monday through Friday between 11 am and 1 pm. Volunteers are provided mapped routes that include deliveries to homes on the northwest side of Chicago and the northwest suburbs of Park Ridge, Harwood Heights, and Norridge. Each route takes one to two hours to complete, and volunteers must have their own vehicle and insurance.
Volunteer drivers may have a free lunch on the day they deliver and 25% off every day in the Norwood Life Society Thrift Shop. All it takes is a 2 hour per week commitment, and you’ll likely find that your service enriches your own life. Fore more information or to volunteer, fill out an online application or call 773-577-5329.
Plumbers Apprenticeship Opportunity
The Joint Apprenticeship Committee for Local 130 will accept applications for admission to the Plumbing Apprenticeship Program starting Tuesday, January 23, through Thursday, February 22.
Applications will be accepted in-person only at the following times and locations:
- Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1-4 pm; and Thursdays from 6-8 m at both the Chicago and Joliet offices:
1400 W. Washington Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60607
2114 S. I-80 Frontage Rd.
Joliet, IL 60436
- January 23 & 25, and February 6th, 20th, & 22. From 1-4 pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays and additionally from 6-8 pm on Thursdays at the Volo office:
31855 N. U.S. Hwy 12
Volo, IL 60073
There is a $25 registration fee. Please have a money order or cashier’s check payable to Plumbers’ JAC Local 130. There is also an optional test staking tip book available to purchase for $10. If you choose to purchase the tip book, please make sure the money order is in the amount of $35. No cash, credit cards, or personal checks will be accepted.
You are required to apply in person and bring the following items:
- Valid driver’s license
- Birth certificate or U.S. passport
- Original high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent OR sealedhigh school transcripts OR college diploma WITH transcripts
- A $25.00 non-refundable application fee.
You must meet the following qualifications:
- Must be able to read, write, and speak English
- Must have a high school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent
- Pass an aptitude test, a drug screen, a physical exam, and an agility test
- Applicants must possess a valid driver’s license
- Must be at least 18 years of age (applicants who are 17 years of age may be placed on the eligibility list if proof is provided they will be 18 years of age prior to being registered by the JAC).
There are absolutely no exceptions to these requirements and qualifications. Applicants submitting the required documents will be given all the information as to where and when to appear for the aptitude test, drug screening, physical, and physical agility test.
At the time of indenture you must:
- Have a valid driver’s license
- Have a reliable form of transportation
- Pass a drug test
Be a Hero for Children in Need of Warmth in the 17th District
The 17th District Police Station is collecting donations for Operation Warm, an organization that provided kids in need with new winter coats. CAPS will provide students in school throughout the 17th district with coats from donations they collect.
The average cost of a new child’s winter coat is about $20, which helps keep them warm throughout the season. If you make an online donation, Operation Warm and People’s Home Equity will be matching dollar for dollar. That means a $20 donation will be able to provide 3 children with new coats.
Help the 17th District meet their goal of providing 150 children with new coats by making an online donation in any dollar amount.
Help Students Succeed: Become a College Success Mentor
Pass With Flying Colors (PWFC) prepares Chicago’s underserved first-generation students for college and career success. With 8 years of unwavering support, PWFC scholars will graduate college at dramatically higher rates and will be equipped to thrive in their careers.
When you volunteer as a college success mentor, you play a key role in helping each PWFC student successfully navigate the unfamiliar college experience and transition into a career. Mentors make a 5-year commitment to one scholar beginning their junior year of high school. As a mentor, you provide the support, encouragement, and guidance they need to solve problems and celebrate successes.
Mentoring with PWFC is flexible. Training and ongoing support are provided to every volunteer.
PWFC is currently seeking mentors for 22 scholars. Individuals and companies interested in learning more about this opportunity should contact the Executive Director, Jessica Paulsen, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Changes to Ventra Card
The first Ventra cards, issued in 2013, began to expire Dec. 31, 2017. As a courtesy, Ventra will send email notifications to registered customers two months before their cards expire. The email notifications will ask customers to confirm their current mailing address so they can receive their free replacement card through the mail.
If you haven’t already, register your card at the Ventra websitewith your current address, and a new card will be mailed to you for free. Registering allows customers to manage their accounts via the Ventra app or online, protects balances if cards are lost or stolen, allows for the setup of autoload of unlimited-ride passes or transit value, provides account notifications, and more.
If you’ve already registered your Ventra card but have moved since 2013, be sure that Ventra has your current address bylogging into your account or by calling customer service at (877) 669-8368.
Because customers who do not register their Ventra cards will lose unused balances on their account once the card expires, the CTA strongly recommends customers to register their cards ahead of time.
Ventra also discontinued the prepaid debit function as of Dec. 31, 2017. Customers who have opened prepaid debit accounts as a part of their Ventra accounts can transfer funds to new prepaid debit cards. Customers can also spend down their prepaid balances, transfer their funds to a new prepaid debit card, or have their funds returned to them via check. For more information, visit the Ventra website.
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Tue., Jan 9, 11 am,17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N Pulaski. The Domestic Violence Liaison Officer and community partners host a Domestic Violence Sub-Committee Meeting. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 9, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Wed. Jan 10, 7 pm, Athletic Park Fieldhouse, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Jan 11, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Powers of Attorney and Advance Directives: When, What, and Why? seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.
Sat., Jan 13, 5 pm, St. John’s Episcopal, 3857 N. Kostner. Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this celebration of peace and love – an ancient Christian tradition with a Sixties spin. St. John’s hosts Peace and Love – A Beatles Mass. This worship service of live Beatles’ music, featuring Tim Menard and The Flying Nowakowski Brothers, will include sing-alongs, a Holy Communion, and a celebration after mass. Free.
Sat., Jan 13, doors open 5:30 pm, show at 7 pm, Our Lady of Victory Parish Hall, Laramie & Sunnyside. Our Lady of Victory presents Elvis Tribute, Featuring Ronnie Vegas. Admission includes a beef sandwich, salad, chips, dessert. Beer and wine cash bar. More info and tickets:Event website.$25.
Mon., Jan 15, 7:30 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Association meeting. More info: online. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 11 am, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Receive resources and tips on senior-related topics during the Senior Sub-Committee Meeting. Features activities and informative talks. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Tue., Jan 16, 1-3 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn about personal property and safety crimes that target seniors during the Senior Meeting. Refreshments served and BINGO games with great prizes. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 6 pm, 2444 W. 16th Street, Suite 3E.Empower yourself with the tools for success during a Chicago Women in Trades Open House. Learn how a career in welding or construction can work for you. Their free training programs empower women with the tools for their success. Get answers to questions, meet industry partners, and more. Connect with women in trade on Facebook. More info: 312-942-1444. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 7 pm, 16th District Police Station, Community Room, 5151 N. Milwaukee. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1623 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 16th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., Jan 17, 7 pm, 17th District Police Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski. Learn what you can do about crime during the 1722-1723 beat meeting. Find your beat at the17th district beat map. More info: 312-742-4588.Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 4-5:30 pm, Portage-Cragin Branch, Community Room, 5108 W. Belmont. Kids ages 7 and older can play Giant Word Winter. Sign up: 312-744-0152. Free.
Thur., Jan 18, 5-6:30 pm, Belding Elementary, 4257 N. Tripp. Belding hosts Winter Wellness Fest. Engages students and families around the importance of eating well. movement, safety, and mental health. 5 health-related workshops, 5 physical activity classes, vendor fair. Bring non-perishable food items for Irving Park Community Foods Pantry. More info: online.$5/family.
Thur., Jan 25, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts a Reverse Mortgages: What You Should Know to Make An Informed Decision. RSVP: 312-603-9233.Free.
Sun., Jan 28, 10 am-2 pm, Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. The Jefferson Park Sunday Market continues in the annex space at the Copernicus Center. There is even a cash bar to make those brunches a little more interesting this winter. Cost of purchases.
Tue., Jan 30, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee. Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting.Free.
Wed., Jan 31, 7 pm, Basement Auditorium of the Congregational Church, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association meeting. Policy adviser and CTU member Kurt Hilgendorf will be a guest speaker. He will be discussing transparency and budgeting. Free.