We still have a limited supply of free yard signs reminding neighbors to leash and clean up after their pets available. Due to a limited number of signs, we can only provide one sign per yard while supplies last.
Swing by my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee, during office hours to pick one up!
Money Available for Businesses in Jefferson Park
Jefferson Park businesses looking to spruce up their storefronts or do any remodeling should apply for a $100,000 city grant. I will be hosting a meeting about this great city program at 10 am Thursday, March 29, at Weston’s, 4872 N. Milwaukee Ave.
The $100,000 grants – not a loan — are available through a city-funded program called the Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF). All sorts of building repairs and improvements are eligible for SBIF funding, including improvements to windows, sign structures, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as interior build-outs and HVAC and ADA upgrades.
To be eligible, the business must be within the Jefferson Park TIF District, which runs along Milwaukee between Montrose and the Kennedy Expressway, and branches out along Lawrence between Linder and the Kennedy. The application deadline is April 30. If you have any questions or cannot make the meeting, call my office for more information.
Learn more about SBIF at the SBIF website.
Save the Date – Child Safety Seminar April 17
16th District Police are hosting a seminar entitled Keeping Your Child Safe: A Conversation about Sexual Abuse and Internet Safety. The seminar is Tuesday, April 17, at 7 pm, at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Speakers will include Det. Charles Hollendoner of the Special Investigations Unit, and retired social worker Tom Plach.
I hope you’ll be able to make it to this important seminar on protecting our children.
Independence Park Tree Walk March 17
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a tree walk in Independence Park!
Openlands TreeKeepers Program Manager Al De Reu will lead a tour to see and discuss newly planted as well as mature trees. The tour will focus on tree identification, the importance of trees, and appreciation.
Meet outside the eastern entrance of the fieldhouse located at 3945 N. Springfield at 11 am on Saturday, March 17. Please dress for the weather. This event is open to the public but people should register in advance so that Openlands know how many people to expect.
Vehicle Theft Prevention Tips from the 16th District
Recent news reports have featured motor vehicle hijackings throughout the city. In order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim of a carjacking, always lock your car doors as soon as you enter your vehicle. Remain aware of your surroundings, and avoid sitting in your parked vehicle for a prolonged period.
There has also been an increase in thefts of vehicles left unattended and running. Consider a remote starter if you want to warm or cool your vehicle before getting into it.
As always, do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle, especially in plain view. This also includes your garage door opener. Also, remember not to leave you ID or financial documents inside your vehicle.
If you suspect a crime is happening, please call 911. For more safety tips, call the 16th District Community Relations Office at (312) 742-4521.
Play-Doh Collection at 16th District Police Station
16th District Police, along with 36th Ward Ald. Gilbert Villegas, are collecting Play-Doh to benefit the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Please drop off unused packages of Play-Doh at the 16th District Police Station, 5151 N. Milwaukee, through March 30.
Flower Arrangements at Keeler Gardens, Discounts to the Flower and Garden Show
Join Keeler Gardens, 3631 N. Keeler, for an afternoon of flowers and foliage on Saturday, March 10, from 1:00 pm until 4:00 pm.
They will have an abundance of dried flowers and branches for you to choose from, four colors of eucalyptus, tow different yarrows, birch branches, yellow and red dogwood, curly willow, and some unique accents like lotus flower seed pods and botanicals adorned with glitter.
Although there is no formal registration, Keeler Gardens is asking that you RSVP as they can only accommodate 20 participants. They ask that you also consider a suggested donation of $20. You can find more information and RSVP at the Facebook event.
Also, with Spring in the air, many of you may be planning to attend the Chicago Flower & Garden Show March 14, through March 18, at Navy Pier. Friends and followers of Keeler Gardens can use the discount code KEELER18 to receive a $2 discount for tickets. Tickets and more information are at the garden show website.
Disney II ABC Auction
Disney II Educational Foundation Inc. is auctioning off a number of fun and unique items to raise money.
You can show your support by either donating an item to the bid, becoming a sponsor, or purchasing a ticket to the final event.
The final auction will take place on Saturday, March 10, from 7-11 p m at Biagio, 4242 N. Central. Buy your early bird ticketsonline or in person before February 24.
Election Judges Needed
The Chicago Board of Elections is looking for election judges to serve during the primary election on March 20. The pay is $125, plus $45 for attending a training.
I hop you’ll take the opportunity, if you are able, to help further democracy and serve as an election judge. Apply online or download an application for this personally rewarding job at the Board of Election website, or pick up an application in my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
Greencorps Chicago Job Training Program
Greencorps Chicago is actively recruiting people that enjoy working outdoors and are looking to begin a career path.
Greencorps is a paid green-industry job training program of the Chicago Department of Transportation in partnership with WRD Environmental. Trainees receive classroom and hands-on training in horticulture, tree care, ecological restoration, and environmental health and safety.
Those interested in this training program must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- At least 18 years of age
- City of Chicago resident
- Pass on-going drug screening
- Able to meet physical requirements of the work
- Able to work Tuesday through Friday and occasional Saturdays, 7 am – 4 pm
- Pass a background check
For more information or to register for an open house, call 312-746-9777.
Chicago’s Free Tax Preparation Assistance Program Now Open
Eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $7,202 from the federal and stated Earned Income Tax Credit alone, and that’s not including other valuable credits. Many Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers.
Families earning up to $55,000 or individuals earning up to $30,000 are eligible to take advantage of the city’s free and confidential income tax assistance at 18 sites across Chicago.
Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist eligible tax payers with federal and state income tax returns for the 2017 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2018. For specific information on location and site hours, visit the Tax Prep Chicago website.
The closest sites for 45th Ward residents are:
Wilbur Wright College, 4300 N. Narragansett
- Fridays from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, through April 13 (closed March 30); and
- Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, through April 14 (closed March 31)
Mather’s – Portage Park, 3235 N. Central
- Thursdays and Fridays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through April 13 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Mathers – Norwood Park, 7134 W. Higgins
- Mondays from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, through April 9 by appointment only (call 888-600-2560)
Last year, the City of Chicago’s free income tax assistance helped 20,000 families and individuals receive $30 million in tax refunds and credits. This added income not only has a direct impact on the lives of Chicago residents – it also helps sustain small businesses, strengthens neighborhoods, and infuses millions of dollars into the local economy.
For more information and to view additional locations, visit theTax Prep Chicago website.
Concrete Form Builder Apprenticeship
Through Thursday, March 22, the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters Apprentice & Training Program will be accepting applications for future concrete form builder pre-apprenticeship training classes.
Each candidate must present the following documents at the Apprentice Program Office – 1256 Estes Avenue, Elk Grove Village, Illinois – between the hours of 9:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, no later than Thursday, March 22:
- Letter of recommendation on a local union letterhead signed by an officer;
- Must have attained the age of 17 (driver’s license or state I.D. card required);
- Copy of high school diploma, high school diploma transcripts (must have official school seal – 8 credits minimum), or copy of G.E.D. certificate;
- Copy of Social Security Card or receipt showing duplicate card has been applied for;
- Veterans – form DD214 copy;
- A $25 non-refundable application processing fee. Money orders and cashiers check only. No cash will be accepted.
All (6) above-listed documents must be submitted at the time of filing or the candidate will not be permitted to file an application.
Further details will be mailed to each applicant regarding the required pre-test session and aptitude test dates.
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Sun., March 11, 8 am-1:30 pm, St. Robert Bellarmine Church, Kernaghan Hall (basement), 4646 N. Austin. St. Robert Bellarmine and St. Cornelius Boy Scout troops will be hosting their16th Annual Pancake Breakfast and Raffle. Tickets can be pre-ordered at the school. Make checks payable to Pack 3949.$6/advance; $7/door; free/5 years and younger.
Sunday, March 11, 3 pm, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 3857 N. Kostner. The St. John’s concert series continues with anorgan recital by John W. W. Sherer, organist from Fourth Presbyterian Church, playing the music of Bach, Buxtehude, and Schumann on the church’s 1891 Lancaster-Marshall Tracker organ. Free.
Mon., March 12, 7 pm, Irving Park Baptist Church, Basement, 4401 W. Irving Park. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Old Irving Park Association meeting featuring CPD 17th District Commander Susan Moss. More info:online. Free.
Tue., March 13, 6:30 pm, Eden United Church of Christ, 5051 W. Gunnison. Eden UCC hostsWalking Together: Community Conversations on Mental Well-being. The second in its monthly series, the session will focus on supporting the wellbeing of our loved ones. A light dinner will be served, followed by discussion. RSVPS requested by Monday, March 12. More info or RSVP:email David Angelor call 773-655-4357. Free.
Tue., March 13, 7 pm, Oriole Park, 5430 N. Olcott. Lean what you can do about crime during the 1613 beat meeting Find your beat at the 45th Ward beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Tue., March 13, 7 pm, Kilbourn Park, 3501 N. Kilbourn.Learn what you can do about crime during the 1731 beat meeting. Find your beat at the45th Ward beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Wed., March 14, 7 pm, Athletic Field Park, 3546 W. Addison. Learn what you can do about crime during the1732-1733 beat meeting. Find your beat at the 45th Ward beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., March 15, 7 pm, Location TBD.Meet neighbors and get involved in the community during the Jefferson Park Forward monthly meeting. More info:online. Free.
Sun., March 18, 10 am-2 pm,Copernicus Center, Annex Space, 5214 W. Lawrence. TheJefferson 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.
Sun., March 18, 2 pm, Irving Park Lutheran Church, 4100 N. Harding.The Irving Park Fine Arts Committee presents Ling’s Classical Strings.Free.
Mon., March 19, 7:30 pm, Location TBD. Meet neighbors and discuss ways to become more involved in your community during the Portage Park Neighborhood Associationmeeting. More info:online. Free.
Wed., March 21, 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 the45th Ward beat map. More info: 312-742-4521. Free.
Wed., March 21, 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 the 45th Ward beat map. More info: 312-742-4588. Free.
Thur., March 22, 12-1:30 pm, Cook County Elder Justice Center, 50 W. Washington, Courtroom 2005.The senior enrichment seminar series hosts A Senior’s Guide to Property Tax Savings seminar. RSVP: 312-603-9233. Free.
Tue., March 27, 7 pm, Pasta D’Arte, 6311 N. Milwaukee.Meet neighbors and get involved in your community during the Gladstone Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Free.
Wed., March 28, 7 pm, Congregational Church of Jefferson Park, Basement Auditorium, 5320 W. Giddings. Meet neighbors and discuss how to improve your community during the Jefferson Park Neighborhood Association monthly meeting. Chicago attorney Elizabeth Jurkacek will speak on a relatively new statute which provides a modest option on how property owners can transfer their real estate upon death without probate. Also, Jacob Dimuzio from Turning the Page, a North Lawndale organization, will discuss their commitment to link public school, families, and the community in receiving valuable educational resources.. Free.