Weekly Update from your Alderman – August 3, 2012
August 3, 2012
This weekend we usher in the month of August with the first ever Edge Fest– a two-day summer arts and music festival on Broadway from Ardmore to Thorndale, August 4th and 5th. Please visit many of our local businesses near the festival. On Tuesday, I sent out a newsletter outlining many details of the weekend. Click here to read that newsletter. Broadway will be closed to auto traffic from Ardmore to Thorndale. Please plan your transportation accordingly. Both Granville and Thorndale CTA stations will be open.
This time of year little league seasons across the northside and city wrap up for the year. I want to congratulate all the kids who played their hearts out this summer, their parents who cheered them on and the coaches, umps, volunteers and sponsors who helped make it a fun summer for the kids. I also want to commend ward resident Joe Perona who, along with many volunteers, has led a revitalization of the Warren Park Youth Baseball program which now has over 700 kids participating in baseball and softball. If you are interested in learning more about Warren Park Baseball please visit their website.
On Tuesday, I joined the 48th Ward Master Plan Sheridan Rd. Committee for our second walk down Sheridan Rd. to discuss infrastructure improvements, traffic, bicycles and other ideas for Sheridan Rd. If you live on Sheridan Rd. and want to get involved in this committee, it’s not too late to sign up
Alderman, 48th Ward
National Night Out – August 7th
This Tuesday is National Night Out! Come out to Buttercup Park for a great night of family-friendly activities. National Night Out is a great opportunity for community members to be a safe, positive presence on your street. If you cannot join us at Buttercup Park, please consider walking your block that night.
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Street Resurfacing Update
Street resurfacing in the 48th Ward is about 50% complete. On Wednesday, I joined residents of Edgewater Beach Apartments, 5555 N. Sheridan Rd., to celebrate their resurfaced street. Please feel free to contact our office if you have any questions regarding street resurfacing.
Repaved Walking Paths East of Sheridan
The Meadow walking paths East of Sheridan Rd between Berwyn and Bryn Mawr have been repaved. I would like to extend a special thanks to the Chicago Park District and all who helped with this project. Be sure to take a walk down to the lakefront and check it out!
Chicago’s First People Spot Comes to Andersonville
The Andersonville People Spot is a small urban park created by replacing three on-street parking spaces with public seating, native plants, and bike parking. Almost 100% of the People Spot was created with material that were sustainably manufactured and/or recycled. The goal is to install a total of three People Spots in Andersonville: one each in south, central, and north Andersonville. An on-street bike parking corral will be installed in front of the Hopleaf at 5148 N Clark in the fall of 2012.
Berger Park Ice Cream Social
On Saturday, July 28th, Berger Park held an Ice Cream Social to encourage community engagement and involvement. It was a huge success! The crowds enjoyed the music and dance that the Berger Park Arts Partners offered. The park volunteers, staff and Advisory Council pulled together as a team and scooped ice-cream, offered Park specific information on programs and clubs, they also had fun announcing the raffle prizes; all of which engaged the community as they walked through the park and enjoyed the entertainment. Stay tuned for even more Berger Park programming!
48th Ward Summer Film Fest
This week on Tuesday, August 7th, we will be showing Up (Rated PG) at Buttercup Park – 4901 N Sheridan. It’s also National Night Out, so grab your blankets and chairs and join your neighbors for a night out under the stars! Click here for the full list of 48th Ward films this summer.
Explore Edgewater – August 9th
Visit the Edgewater Historical Society for their extended summer hours and enjoy live music in the garden, refreshments and a tour of the historical fire house. Click here for the full list of Explore Edgewater events.
Save the Date for Explore Edgewater – August 23
Visit the Edgewater Beach Apartments (also known as the “pink” building), 5555 N. Sheridan Road from 5:00pm – 7:00pm. Tours will leave every 15 minutes from the EBA lobby. Guests will have the opportunity to learn about the history of the EBA and to tour the lobby, swimming pool and 2+ acre garden.
Education and Summer Programs Update
CPS and CTU Agreement
CPS and CTU have reached an interim, binding agreement that students will have a longer school day on day one this year. That means – 7 hours for elementary students, 7.5 hours for high school students. As contract negotiations continue, you can check the Chicago Public School website and the Chicago Teachers Union website for the most up-to-date information.
The children of Chicago deserve a high-quality education. I continue to work closely with the education leaders in our community to ensure a successful 2012-2013 school year. Thank you to the constituents who have shared their ideas and concerns throughout this transitional time. I invite you to continue the education conversation at an informational meeting on Tuesday, August 21st at Senn High School at 6:30 pm in Senn Auditorium. If you have any questions, please contact Karen Dreyfuss email@example.com.
Back-to-School Volunteers Needed
On Friday, September 7th from 3-5pm the 48th Ward will host its annual back-to-school welcome for students and families. There will be food, arts & crafts, a bouncy house, and much more. We need volunteers to help make this year’s event another huge success. If you want to help out, please contact Karen Dreyfuss firstname.lastname@example.org.
The General Contractor, Burling Builders will be working Saturday Aug 4, 2012 from 8:00 AM until 4:30 PM
. One crew of 6 people will be installing radiant heat piping to the second floor metal decking. This will allow the second floor concrete to be placed next week.
Metal eyebrow framing roof decking (7/27/12)
Fireproofing of columns and beams (7/31/12)
Forming and pouring the building perimeter curb (8/1/12)
Electrical conduits on 2nd floor (7/31/12)
Welding final connection angles to precast panels and steel structure (7/27/12)
Masonry CMU interior walls (20% complete)
Radiant tubing 2nd floor (50% complete)
Galvanizing steel masonry lintels (50% complete, 1st delivery 8/3/12)
Glenwood Watermain Project
Glenwood watermain project construction is completed. Cement work is currently underway which includes ADA ramp and curb repair and installations.
Broadway Watermain Project
The construction of the watermain improvement is about 80% complete. Currently they are resurfacing Phase 1 which is Broadway from Bryn Mawr to Ardmore. Phase 2 is approximately 80% completed. Punch list items and restoration to follow.
Upcoming Events – This Week
Friday Night Lawns: Live Music on the Lawn
Friday, August 3 starting at 7pm
Senn High School’s Lawn
5900 N. Glenwood Avenue
Live Music by
Chicago’s very own Country gal, Angela James
Click here for her website
And at 8pm, if you’re a little bit rock ‘n’ roll, dance to the music of Thomas Comerford
Click here for his website
Bring a blanket and chairs.
On Broadway from Thorndale to Ardmore
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Illinois Warrior Summit – 5th Annual Welcome Home
30 employers will be in attendance
Monday, August 6th from 10 am – 4 pm
Click here for more upcoming job fairs
National Night Out
August 7th at 6pm
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National Night Out 5k Run
August 7th at 6:30pm
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Click here for the registration form
Friday Night Lawns: Shakespeare in the Parking Lot
Friday August 10 at 8pm
SW Corner of Summerdale/Clark St. in Andersonville
The Back Room Shakespeare Project Presents:
ROMEO AND JULIET
Bring a blanket or chair, and enjoy an urban adventure. Backroom Shakespeare performs the Bard’s play in the spirit of his times — no director, one rehearsal and a lot of fun!
Click here for the Back Room website
Upcoming Events – Save the Date
Andersonville Dinner Crawl
Wednesday, August 15th at 6-9pm
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Movies in the Park: “The Whale”
Friday, August 17th at 8:30pm
Sandcastle Open sponsored by Edgewater Community Council and Alderman Harry Osterman
Saturday, August 18th
Click here to register
Saturday and Sunday, August 18&19th
1429 W Ardmore
E-Waste Recycling Event
Saturday, September 8th
Save the Date for our Fall 48th Ward recycling event!
At 48th Ward Streets and Sanitation Yard – 5856 N Broadway.
More details to follow.
Raven Theatre – Raise the Curtain
Saturday, September 15th at 6pm
Raven Theatre – 6157 N Clark Street
Click here for more information
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR