Weekly Update – April 24, 2020

April 24, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Yesterday Governor Pritzker announced the extension and modification of the Stay at Home order through May 30. As part of the new order, masks or face coverings will required when out in public, effective May 1. The order states that people over the age of 2 who are medically able must wear a face covering when they are unable to maintain at least six feet of social distance from others. This includes making visits to the grocery store and pharmacy, however I also encourage you to wear a face covering when taking a walk in the community. As we live in one of the densest communities in Chicago, it can be difficult to take even a walk around the block without passing neighbors on the sidewalk. Click here to read more details about the Governor’s order.

As I have shared in previous updates, masks are meant to protect others from contracting Coronavirus and even people who do not have symptoms should wear them. Please think about the many healthcare workers, delivery drivers, and grocery store employees who are working on the frontlines to keep our community and city going during the crisis. When you wear a mask, it is to protect others and to protect our entire community. See more information about masks/face coverings, including how to make your own no-sew version, here on the CDC website.

This health crisis has affected us all, and some in our community have been deeply impacted by this virus. Some of our neighbors have died, others have been hospitalized. Kate Merrill, owner of Edge of Sweetness bakery, has seen the effects directly as she has stepped away from running her business to return to her former profession as a nurse. The Chicago Sun-Times published an article today with a heartbreaking story of a family in our neighborhood who has endured the death of a mother and son due to Coronavirus. Luis Tapiro II was 22 years old, a Senn High School graduate and student at Harold Washington College, and he passed away two weeks ago. His mother Josephine, a nurse, passed away a few days later from Coronavirus, and his father Luis remains hospitalized in recovery from the virus. I can remember meeting Luis at Senn High School and am heartbroken to hear his family’s story. Please hold the Tapiro family and their friends in your thoughts and prayers during this devastating time.

Tomorrow my office is collecting donations of handmade cloth masks in partnership with the Mayor’s Office. Masks donated will be distributed to those most in need in our city, with a focus on the south and west sides which have been disproportionately impacted by Coronavirus. We will be in the St. Ita’s Church parking lot, 5500 N. Broadway, from 10am to 2pm accepting donations. Please click here for more information on how to ensure a safe donation.

City Council will meet virtually today at 1pm, and you can view the livestream of the meeting on the City Clerk’s website. We will be voting on an Emergency Powers Act which will give the administration power to make decisions about contracts, procurement, and other financial considerations related to the City’s Coronavirus response, without having to go through the usual City Council legislative process. I will be voting in favor of this ordinance because we are in a crisis and the Mayor and her team need to be able to make quick decisions to benefit our City. Click here for details on the ordinance.

CTA and Walsh-Fluor continue to work in our community to prepare for the upcoming Red Purple Modernization project. This weekend, due to this work, there will be service disruptions at the Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, and Granville stations. From tonight at 10pm through Monday 4am southbound Red Line trains will bypass these three stations. Northbound trains will make stops at these stations all weekend. Click here to read the customer alert.  

Have a safe, healthy and peaceful weekend.


Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward48th Ward Community Response Team Weekly Highlight This week two teams of four volunteers helped staff at the Pines of Edgewater distribute more than 200 bags of groceries donated by the Greater Chicago Food Depository to residents in the building! Thank you!

Additionally, our response team distributed food and medicine to vulnerable neighbors in about 30 households. 

Our office has been working with a team of more than 600 volunteers to help support our neighbors in need. As need in the neighborhood increases, we expect the work for our volunteers will increase.For more information about our Community Response Team, click here.48th Ward Mask Donation Drop-Off We are working with Chicago Mayor’s Office and other aldermanic offices across the city to collect donations of handmade masks. Through the citywide drive, residents can make and donate homemade cloth masks that will be provided to homeless shelters, community health clinics, essential public sector workers, and other organizations to prevent outbreaks among the City’s most high-risk residents, which data has shown to be vulnerable residents on Chicago’s South and West Side communities.We will be collecting masks on Saturday, April 25, 10am – 2pm, in the St. Ita’s Church parking lot, 5500 N. Broadway. Click here for more information.Please follow the guidelines below if you would like to donate handmade cloth masks/face coverings:Completed masks should be placed in a clear, sealable bagWhen residents are dropping the masks off, they should be wearing a mask or face covering and glovesDonated masks should be made of machine washable fabricSee the CDC website for tutorials on how to sew masksThese masks will be distributed throughout the city to neighbors who need them. Click here for more information about this effort. Care for Real Update

Care for Real’s volunteers, staff and are working extraordinarily hard to make certain our neighbors have enough food to carry them through the pandemic. More than 250 volunteers come to Care for Real each month to help us distribute food four days a week. Care for Real is fortunate to have this group of dedicated, passionate individuals who continuously put the needs of their neighbors before themselves. Without them, we would not be able to operate.

Nancy Meyerson, Care for Real’s Board president, emphasized, “The safety of everyone who comes to Care for Real is our highest priority. We are continually making adjustments to our daily operations to assure we adhere to the most recent recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control. Due to the generosity of our donors, we are now stocked with masks, gloves, wipes, and hand sanitizer. We thank everyone who is stepping up to meet this expansive community need.”

Maintaining social distancing in the pantry, warehouse, and outdoor waiting lines is key. Clients register outside, at the south door, and receive food at the north door. Care for Real practices a “no touch” system. Filled grocery bags are placed on a table by a volunteer. The clients then pick up their own bags eliminating the chance of physical contact between client and volunteer. While we regret not being able to interact more with clients or to let them have a choice in the foods they receive, these are the safest and best practices.

Volunteers and staff all wear masks and rubber gloves. There is plenty of hand sanitizer to use, and there are well-provisioned sinks for hand washing. All “high touch” surfaces – carts, pens, chairs, computer keyboard, countertops, etc. – are cleaned throughout the day and the entire facility is professionally cleaned after each food distribution.

An Emergency Contingency plan is in place to ensure Care for Real can operate with minimal downtime should someone who has been in the facility becomes ill with COVID-19. It divides our staff and volunteers into two teams who alternate weeks being on-site and working from home. If someone becomes ill and a team needs to be quarantined, Care for Real shut down for sanitizing, after which the second team will step in for the next 14-day period. As an added level of assurance, a backup team of volunteers remains off-site in the event they are need.

Care for Real is open for food distribution Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings. If someone you know is in need of Care for Real’s services, please go to the  Care for Real website, www.careforreal.org, or call (773) 769-6182 for more information.  Public Safety Update Domestic Violence Resources
The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office created resource guide for survivors of domestic violence which details how to get protective orders during COVID-19 pandemic and additional resources. Click here to view the guide.Free Gus Giordano Jazz Dance ClassSaturday, April 25 @ 1:00PM / CST
Host Amy P Giordano
Learn Gus’ signature piece “Sing Sing Sing”! 
Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Arlxb3Fa5YsEdgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) UpdateAs we navigate the acute COVID-19 crisis and the long term climate change crisis, this 50th anniversary of Earth Day is an opportunity for both reflection and action. Both crises require a commitment to community-minded, collective action. Time to roll up our sleeves!Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project (EESP) asks you to please share with your mailing lists, friends, and neighbors:1) We are committing to keeping our streets clean. We are developing a volunteer network to make Edgewater litter-free. Each volunteer will pick a block (or more). Our goal is not just to reduce litter. We want to take care of our earth and each other in ways both large and small. We can demonstrate to people individual actions can add up.We are kicking cleaning up off on 4/25. More info below and attached. Email us with questions or anything additional you think we can help with. Sign-ups are here: bit.ly/litterfree-edgewater2) Make a green theme Earth Day poster for your window or front yard. Let’s remind our neighbors this is a problem we can solve together.Please use the attached flyer to share with your network and read how to clean up safely. We encourage gloves, masks, trash pincers; similar to WBEZ’s suggestions. We stress that this is not a group endeavor and to follow all safety precautions. ASCO Minutes of Togetherness
Saturday, April 25, 8pm   
Click here for more information
Use your balcony, porch, or just open a window. Relieve your stress of COVID-19  by making some noise: clap, yell, whistle, wave your hands,blow a horn, bang on a pot, wave a flashlight, flick your unit/house lights. No fireworks to be used.
Join your neighbors in Streeterville, Lakeview, and other Chicago areas to recognize first responders, city workers, building workers, and each other!

 6018 North Workshops and Virtual Artist Tours
Click here for more information about 6018 NorthMask-Making Sewing Workshop with Aram Han Sifuentes
Saturday, April 25 at 1-3 PM
Come make masks on Zoom with Aram Han Sifuentes. Bring needle and thread or sewing machine, pre-washed cotton fabrics, bias tape or elastic (you can use hair bands, ribbons, shoelaces, etc), nose wire (you can use any wire, pipe cleaners, bag ties), ruler and scissors. No experience required. Aram’s masks will be donated to inmates at the Cook County Jail.For information on safe mask creation and use, please visitcdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.RSVP for Zoom Link
Click here to RSVP on Facebook

Sanctuary Sessions – Wellness during Quarantine Workshops on Wednesdays at 1pm. 
Acknowledging our vulnerability together can help transform this moment from fear to strength. Join us for weekly Zoom sessions where Alice Berry and healer Rhonda Wheatley create safe spaces for weekly self care:

Wednesday, April 29 at 1 PM – Alice Berry discusses the physiology of what we are experiencing now and how we can respond. RSVP for Zoom link!  

Wednesday, May 6 at 1 PM – Rhonda Wheatley helps ground oneself and envision. RSVP for Zoom link!Virtual Club – Pedersen-McCormick Boys & Girls ClubWe are excited to announce the launch of our new online platform – the BGCC Virtual Club!  Starting at this page, BGCC will be offering virtual lessons, activities, and challenges to share with our members and their families at home! 

We are also excited to launch the Pedersen-McCormick Club Facebook group.  Staff and club members will be posting updates, community resources, videos, challenges and activities! If you are interested in posting videos or updates on our page please email me at dleef@bgcc.org! COME JOIN!  To sign-up and become a virtual club member you can click here and scroll down to the bottom, click on, “Become a Member”To sign-up for our Facebook group, click on the subscribe button.Mikva Challenge Youth Programs – Applications Open!

Mikva Challenge is now recruiting youth for programming!

Mikva wants youth who are passionate about making change in their community and who want to have a voice in our city. Programs are for youth currently in grades 6-12 who live in the city of Chicago or Cook County. Youth are paid, provided lunch on days of their session, and provided with transportation assistance. See the link for more information and the program application Youth Screenwriting Online Classes – Chicago FilmmakersThe Youth Screenwriting course is for young artists (ages 11-16) who want to express their creativity through visual storytelling. It’s online, but you can expect the same rigorous and rewarding curriculum you’d get from any of our in-person courses.

Students will…Dig into theory and writing fundamentals to discover what makes a great screenplayLearn tools and strategies for how professional screenwriters bring stories to lifeWrite their own screenplay, drawing on their own experience and interestsCollaborate with their peers and learn how to constructively criticize other filmmakers’ workGet 1:1 mentorship, feedback and industry secrets from an award-winning professional screenwriter, Charles Borg Click here to registerCentro Romero Fundraiser – $100 for 100 familiesThe Centro Romero board of directors, administration and staff are committed to helping the most vulnerable in our community during the coronavirus pandemic. With your help we can help 100 families receive $100 each.

On April 1, we launched our $10,000 campaign to help 100 families in most need to buy $100 worth of groceries and medicine and pay rent and utility bills. Our five program managers and directors will each identify 20 families and distribute gift cards to them as funds are received.

Click here for more information and to donate.Misericordia Candy Days Goes Digital!

As many of you know, ever since 1987, the last Friday and Saturday of April have been known around town as “Misericordia Candy Days.” More than 7,500 volunteers, consisting of families, friends, residents, companies, organizations and schools, annually hit the streets of Chicago to hand out Jelly Belly candies in return for donations at various levels. Sadly, due to the shelter-in-place policy, our collection effort will not be taking place this year for the first time in 34 years.  

Candy Days will continue in a virtual format, and people can make donations just as they would if they saw our volunteers at intersections, in front of storefronts and at train stations. Simply click on: Support Misericordia Candy DaysTwo great friends of Misericordia who wish to remain anonymous will MATCH EVERY DONATION DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, up to $100,000, for our collective FirstGiving effort just for today and tomorrow.  They recognize that there are many charities in need during these especially difficult times, including Misericordia, and want to make a difference. In addition, our friends at the Coleman Foundation will also be matching donations DOLLAR-FOR-DOLLAR, up to $25,000 collectively, for FirstGiving donations.  Candy Days is the largest fundraiser for Misericordia, and raises about $2 million each year toward our annual fundraising goal of $20 million.
Please know that donations at every level will be greatly appreciated by the children and adults of Misericordia, their families, and our 1,200+ staff. Also, kindly consider passing this note on to your friends, family, and colleagues. Every donation will certainly make a difference, especially now as we strive to provide the very best care possible during this challenging time to our most vulnerable population. Everything Will Be Okay

The Lytle House Art Initiative is launching Phase II of their “Everything Will Be OK” project to complement their large scale art installation near Broadway and Catalpa. “Everything Will Be OK” yard signs are available for pickup or delivery at Pizzeria Aroma in Edgewater for $20. 100% of the proceeds will go to Care For Real. Order some pizza for the family, pop the sign in your yard or window, and please help us in spreading this message of hope while raising money for our neighbors who are in need.State Farm Insurance and LISC Announce Small Business Grant Fund

LISC and State Farm] announced that LISC has received a $10 million low-interest loan through State Farm’s Good Neighbor Relief response to COVID-19 to help Chicago and Central Illinois small business owners and nonprofit organizations work through the economic fallout from the pandemic. With the loan, LISC will establish a Small Business Rescue Fund to distribute loans to small businesses and nonprofit social enterprises for urgent needs, including operational costs like paying employees, vendors and rent. 

For more information, click here.How to Shop Local During COVID-19 Crisis

A big thank you to our local Chambers of Commerce who have been working around the clock to support our local businesses and get them timely information. Please follow each organization on social media to keep up with news on local businesses’ hours and offerings. While you are home practicing social distancing, this is also a great time to make sure you’re connected digitally to all of your favorite local businesses and to leave a positive review for them on Yelp, Google, Facebook, etc.!

Andersonville Chamber of Commerce 
Check andersonville.org/updates for guidance on supporting Andersonville businesses. They’ve also got a handy list of what’s open available here.

Follow the Andersonville Chamber here: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Edgewater Chamber of Commerce
Visit edgewater.org to see the Edgewater Chamber’s Dining Guide, outlining who is open and what they’re offering.

Follow the Edgewater Chamber here: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter

Business Partners – The Chamber for Uptown/Uptown United 
Our partners in Uptown are reminding us all to Keep It UPtown during this crisis. To keep an eye on what’s open and what they’re offering, visit exploreuptown.org/keepituptown. This page will be updated regularly.

Follow Business Partners – the Chamber for Uptown here: Facebook | Twitter
Follow Uptown United here: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter48th Ward Senior Shopping HoursALDI, 6221 N Broadway
(855) 955-2534
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:30 am to 9 amDollar General, 5725 N Broadway
(872) 810-3693
8 am to 9 am on a daily basisEdgewater Produce, 5515 N Clark St
(773) 275-3800Jewel-Osco, 5343 N Broadway
(773) 784-1922
Tuesday and Thursday, 7 am to 9 amMariano’s, 5201 N Sheridan Rd
(773) 506-0558
6 am to 8 am on a daily basisWhole Foods Market, 6009 N Broadway
(773) 506-7600
8 am to 9 am on a daily basisCOVID-19 ResourcesChicago Department of Public Health COVID-19 page (Comprehensive information, one-stop shop)
48th Ward COVID19 Resource Guide
Small Business Resources, for Business Owners, Employees, & Consumers – Chicago BACP
Small Business Resources – Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity
Guidance for Older Adults & Others with High Risk48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman*We are operating remotely*

Ward Office                                                          City Hall Office
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Chicago, IL 60640                                                  Chicago, IL 60602
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Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am – 5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment