I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend. And while everyone is barbecuing and spending time with loved ones, let us not forget the reason for this national holiday. Please take a moment to honor the women and men who courageously died while serving the United States. Their heroic actions are worthy of more than a few kind words, so let’s all take a moment to reflect on the significance of their service.
Please be aware that in observance of the holiday weekend, my office will be closed Saturday, May 27 through Monday, May 29. We will re-open on Tuesday, May 30, at 9 AM.
Help Homeless Veterans by Donating Basic Household Items & Toiletries
My office is partnering with Operation Help-A-Hero for the second annual donation drive.
There are currently hundreds of homeless veterans who live either unsheltered or in shelters throughout the city. When a veteran leaves a shelter or transitional home to move into a more permanent residence, they often do not have basic household items.
Through July 4, we will be collecting basic household items and toiletries in an effort to help the hundred of Chicago veterans who are homeless. All donations will be delivered to the United States Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA)/ The VA will then distribute materials to qualifying veterans in need.
New, store bought items that will be collected include:
- Personal Hygiene Items such as bath soap, shampoo, conditioner, razors, feminine pads, shaving cream, deodorant, combs, hair brushes, nail clippers, toothpaste, and toothbrushes;
- Kitchen & Cleaning Items such as plastic kitchen trash cans, Windex, Pine Sol, dish washing liquid, dishcloths, sponges, mops, buckets, brooms, dustpans, and paper towels; and
- Bathroom & Miscellaneous Items such as shower curtains, toilet paper (4 or 6 pack), plungers, toilet brushes, toilet bowl cleaner, bath towels, wash cloths, smoke detectors with batteries, flashlights with batteries, garbage bags, laundry baskets, hampers, and laundry detergent.
For more information on this program, please email my office.
Community Alert: Attempted Child Luring
The 16th District Police issued a community alert for an attempted child luring.
The incident occurred at approximately 5:20 PM on Sunday, May 21. A girl was running southbound on the 5400-block of North Neenah when she noticed a silver or gray 4-door Nissan sedan pull up to her. The man in the car asked the minor, “Are you okay? Do you want some candy? Come to the car and get in.” When the offender became aware of the presence of the minor’s brother, he fled eastbound from the location. The girl was able to return home in the company of her two brothers. They related the story to their mother, who then called 911.
The offender is described as a white male between 50 and 60 years old. He was bald with gray hair on the sides of his head and wearing prescription eye glasses and a gray t-shirt.
Anyone who has information regarding this incident is asked to call the Area North Bureau of Detectives at 312-744-8200 and reference RD# JA-273450. Anonymous tips can also be submitted online.
If you witness suspicious activity, please call 911. Also make sure to remain aware of your surroundings at all times and try to walk in pairs.
Refuse Collection Schedule for Memorial Day Holiday
In observance of the Memorial Day holiday, please be advised that the Department of Streets and Sanitation will be making minor changes to the refuse and recycling schedule the week of May 28.
The Department of Streets and Sanitation will collect all refuse Tuesday through Friday. To ensure refuse is collected, residents should leave their black carts accessible throughout the week of collection, not solely on the regular day of collection.
Waste Management will collect recycling Tuesday through Saturday. To ensure recycled items are collected, residents should continue to put out blue recycling carts throughout the week according to their typical schedule.
For more information on your regular collection day, you canemail my office or call 773-286-4545.
Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting June 19
What’s your vision to improve the Jefferson Park station area? What types of amenities and uses would you like to see? Consider pedestrian crossings, signage and plazas, restaurants, housing, and stores.
Join my office and Teska on Monday, June 19, from 6-7:30 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence to learn more and share your input.
Ward City Sticker Sale June 30
On Friday, June 30, I will host a City Sticker Sale from 10 AM to 2 PM at my office, 4754 N. Milwaukee.
To purchase a vehicle sticker, you must bring your 2017 Chicago city vehicle sticker courtesy reminder form. If you have lost your courtesy reminder, please bring your state vehicle registration card, which includes your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).
The Ward Sale is limited to drivers with vehicle stickers expiring June 30. All motorists must purchase and display their vehicle stickers purchased in June by July 1 to avoid tickets.
This year, absolutely no cash payments will be accepted. Please plan ahead and bring an alternative form of payment. Accepted forms include check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover cards.
If you would like to purchase your city sticker before June 30, you can purchase one at the City Clerk’s satellite office located at 5430 W. Gale Street, at most currency exchanges (service fees may apply), online, or by via mail following instructions on the back of your renewal notice.
If you have any questions leading up to the sale, please emailmy office.
Kids’ Summer Meal Program
Children can receive free healthy, nutritious summer lunches during their summer break in the social center at St. Cornelius Church, 5430 W. Foster.
From noon to 1:00 PM Mondays through Thursdays June 26 through August 3, children 18 years and younger can pick up cold, individually wrapped lunches. Each lunch is pork and peanut free so parents do not have to worry about any potential dietary restrictions.
Since lunches are free, there is no requirement to register. Just swing by during the hours listed above!
For more information, call 773-283-5222.
Red-Light Camera Community Meeting June 14
There will be a community open house to discuss a CDOT plan to install two additional red-light cameras in the 45th Ward. It will take place on Wednesday, June 14, at 6:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence.
Representatives from the Chicago Department of Transportation will be present to get community input on the potential relocation of red-light cameras at the intersections of Milwaukee Avenue/Central Avenue and Foster Avenue/Northwest Highway. Pending community input, the Department of Transportation plans on installing two cameras at each intersection.
There will be no formal presentation made at this meeting, rather residents are encouraged to stop by anytime between 6:30 and 8:30 PM. CDOT representatives will be available to discuss the issue with individuals and answer questions about the location selection process and operation of the red-light system.
Connect with Schurz Students by Sharing Your Professional Experience
(Photo Credit: Jim Young/Chicago Tribune)
Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee, is running a pilot program for Yolobe, a professional social media platform à la LinkedIn. As a part of this experience, they are inviting business professionals and community members alike to speak with graduations seniors from their Career & Technical Education Academies.
These students have spent four years in concentrated studies within the fields of digital media, pre-engineering, business and finance, and transportation and are eager to connect with working professionals.
These conversations will take place on Wednesday, June 7 at Schurz High School, 3601 N. Milwaukee. The hour-long time slots begin at 11:30 AM and will be comprised of three 20 minute discussions. Refreshments will be served. You can sign up for a time slot or learn more online.
Jefferson Park CTA Public Art Meeting Rescheduled for May 31
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Jefferson Park CTA station on Wednesday, May 31, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence Avenue.
Jamie Pawlus was selected by the Chicago Transit Board for her renowned conceptual artwork that focuses on the urban environment. Her work has been exhibited in many places both nationally and internationally — including St. Louis, Kansas City, New York City, Indianapolis, and Cusco, Peru.
The installation of the new artwork will be installed in conjunction with a $25 million renovation scheduled for 2018, helping breathe new life into the Jefferson Park CTA terminal.
Vietnam Transformed: New Exhibit at the National Veterans Art Museum
The National Veterans Art Museum (NVAM) opened a new exhibition featuring the artwork of Vietnam veteran artist Richard J. Olsen on May 19. The exhibit will run through August 12, 2017.
Olsen served in Vietnam as a helicopter pilot early in the war, before the countryside was ravaged by bombing and defoliation. His approach to art reflects his optimistic personality in that instead of merely fixating on the horrors of war in his work, Olsen also considers the multi-faceted beauty of the country and uses imagery that invokes the mythology, history, and cultural landscape of Vietnam in tandem with his own wartime experience.
For more information on the National Veterans Art Museum and their exhibits, visit their website.
Attend the Seventh Annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11
Join neighbors, friends, and family for the seventh annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11. Gates open at noon on Saturday, June 10 and close at 10 pm. On Sunday, June 11, gates open at noon and close at 9 pm.
Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer-sweetened lemonade, and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. This year they’re shaking things up a bit by offering a roller rank, classic lawn games, giant Jenga, and more.
Don’t forget your dancing shoes as this year’s festival will feature music from the legendary Lurrie Bell, Antony and the Tramps, Junkyard Groove, and more!
For more information, view the event on Facebook.
Public Artwork Meeting for Addison and Irving Park Blue Line Stations Scheduled for June 12
The community is invited to attend a public meeting to provide input on the design of new public artwork at the Addison and Irving Park Blue Line stations on Monday, June 12, from 6:00-7:30 PM at the Independence Park Field House, 3945 N. Springfield Avenue.
Francesco Simeti was selected by the Chicago Transit Board to create a site-specific installation at the Addison Blue Line station. He is known for creating thought provoking imagery using wallpapers, sculptures, and 3D collage. His work has been featured both nationally and internationally – including in Brooklyn, London, Milan, Finland, Rome, and more.
Dan Devening was selected to create the artwork installation at the Irving Park Line station. Devening is a curator, artist, and Adjunct Professor of painting at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Since the mid 1980’s, his paintings and works on paper have been featured nationally and internationally.
The installation of the new artwork at both stations will add value to the station, community, and enhance the experience of daily commuters. The anticipated installation date is 18 months from the community meeting. I hope you will join me in providing input to guide the direction of both of these projects.
Murphy School Walk-A-Thon June 2
Cheer on the owls during Murphy School’s 2nd annual Walk-A-Thon!
At 9 AM on June 2, Murphy students will meet to begin their walk on the route below. They will walk with their classes to celebrate the neighborhood and demonstrate their school spirit.
Friends of Murphy is asking residents to set up lawn chairs along the way to cheer on students and show their support as they walk by. This is a perfect opportunity to strengthen the relationship between the community and the school!
Three Brothers Garden Paid Summer Internship Open
Are you a college student interested in environmental science, biology, or non-profit management? Do you like vegetable gardening? Do you like people? Do you need a fun summer job? Then Carlson Community Services’ Three Brothers Garden needs you!
Three Brothers Garden is an organic food pantry garden located on the corner of Pulaski and Belle Plaine Avenues on the north side of Chicago. To be considered for the position, you must be able to work Tuesdays from 5:30-8:00 PM and be able to drop off produce Wednesday mornings by 9 AM throughout the summer. You must have access to a car and a valid driver’s license for produce delivery to Irving Park Food Pantry located at Grace and Keeler. Must be able to lift 20 pounds and be personable and willing to get your hands dirty. The internship pays $11/hour, and is part time (4-5 hours/week) for 11 weeks.
If you’re interested, please send an e-mail of inquiry firstname.lastname@example.org and she will send you a longer job description and an application. Deadline for applications is Friday, May 26.
Carlson Community Services is a 501(c)3 non-profit connecting the Irving Park community with programs that enrich lives through education, culture, and service. For more information, visit their [www.carlsoncommunityservices.org.]website.
Garden Donations Needed at Irving Park Food Pantry
The Irving Park Community Food Pantry has begun work on their herb garden for the new season. The garden -just outside the pantry’s door at 3801 N. Keeler – grows basil, chives, cilantro, mind, orgeano, parsley, rosemanry, and thyme.
They are seeking any donations of herbs and gardening materials or tools. They harvest the herbs weekly to include in their food distributions.
Donations can be dropped off on Wednesdays between 9 AM and noon at the Irving Park Community Food Pantry, 3801 N. Keeler. Any and all donations are greatly appreciated.
Help Beard School Raise Money by Recycling Paper
Beard School, 6445 W. Strong, is participating in a community paper recycling fundraising program. For every ton of paper collected, Beard School will receive additional funding.
Beard has placed a recycling bin on the school’s property in the parking lot on Natchez. If you have newspapers, magazines, or any other paper materials that need to be recycled, consider taking them to Beard School. This is an easy, free way to help give back to one of our local schools.
Filament Summer Camp Registration Now Open
Filament Theatre, 4041 N. Milwaukee, is back with their popular summer camp for children ages 7 through 12!
August 7 through August 11, campers can create their own dream roles as they develop unique, never-before-seen performances. Jameson, a camper, said, “It’s not like regular play camp where you are given a script to memorize — you are creating your own script so it feels more natural. It’s your own play and words.”
Receive a $25 gift certificate to a future Filament class or performance when you refer a new parent/guardian to register their child for camp. Learn more for rules and conditions at the Filament website. Register your child for summer camp online.
Flipped Summer Camp at Irving Park Lutheran Church
Are you looking for a fun summer camp for your child? Flipped at Irving Park Lutheran Church, 3938 W. Belle Plaine, is offering a 4-week curriculum summer camp starting July 31 for children aged 3 years old through 6th grade.
Each week, children will participate in arts and crafts, critical thinking activities, group games, and a weekly field trip. Snacks are provided, but children attending full-day camp will need to bring a sack lunch.
Pricing for half day camp costs $65/week and $120/week for the full day camp. There is also a $20 registration fee. Applications for flipped are available online. For more information, email Janeth at email@example.com.
Be a Part of Chicago Canine Rescue’s Art Unleashed Event
Chicago Canine Rescue (CCR) is gearing up for their annual Art Unleashed event – a creative fundraiser featuring local artists, food, music, and cocktails – on Friday, June 16 from 7 PM to 11 PM at Architectural Artifacts, 4325 N. Ravenswood.
They are seeking your help in collecting various items so they can put on a great event and raise money to save more dogs.
CCR is seeking the following donations:
- Art set up supplies (easels, narrow set up tables)
- Food (They have a managing caterer, but are looking for as many culinary donations as possible)
- Beverages: wine, beer, alcohol, water, pop, club soda
- Music: live band and/or DJ
- Goodie bags and inserts
- Printing services
- Raffle prizes
- Silent auction items
- Auction paddles
- Sound system
If you’d like to donate an item, services, are interested in becoming a volunteer, or have a lead on any of these mentioned items, please firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. If you’re interested in attending the event, tickets are available to purchase online.
Help make this year’s event another howling success for the shelter pups!
Schedule Your Free Energy Efficiency Assessment
By 2018, every Chicago residence will have a smart meter. Smart meters are digital meters that give more detailed information about a building’s electricity usage. By increasing awareness of energy use and signing up for programs that take advantage of energy spikes, smart meters will allow residents to lower their costs while remaining comfortable at home.
Most homes in Chicago, even newer ones, waste more than 15% of their energy, resulting in discomfort and high bills. Elevate Energy, a local non-profit that works with ComEd on generating interest in energy efficient programs, is offering single family homeowners and owners of 2-4 unit buildings a free home energy assessment to find out where their homes are losing energy.
To schedule a free energy assessment or to learn more about your options for energy efficiency, contact Foluke Akanni from Elevate Energy via email at email@example.com or by calling 773-321-2673.
Elevate Energy is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. For more information, visit their website.
CSBG Scholarship Program
Scholarships are now available for post-secondary education at an accredited institution of higher education or vocational training in the State of Illinois for the 2017-2018 academic year.
The CSBG Scholarship Program offers financial aid ranging from $500 to $3,000 for income-eligible residents of the City of Chicago who demonstrate academic achievement, career potential, and educational motivation. Displaced and under employed workers, high school graduates (or equivalent), and those aspiring to higher education and employment are invited to apply.
Candidates must submit a complete scholarship application with all required documents and provide proof of residency and income eligibility. Application deadline is Friday, June 9, no later than 5:00 PM. Scholarship award must be used for the 2017 fall semester/quarter. Income eligibility requirements and the application are available online.
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