Weekly Update from Your Alderman – January 10, 2020

Weekly Update from Your Alderman
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January 10, 2020
Dear Neighbor,

Many of you received new books as gifts over the holidays. Please take the opportunity this weekend before the snow comes to load up the Edgewater Reads Little Free Libraries in the community with older books you’ve already read. And if you didn’t get the book you had on your wish list this year, there are great finds around the neighborhood. Click here to view a map of the little libraries in the community.

On Tuesday, the Committee on Housing and Real Estate, which I chair, passed an ordinance giving the City of Chicago and the Public Building Commission the ability to acquire land for the construction of a new annex building at McCutcheon Elementary School, south of the existing building. The Chicago Public Schools Board had previously authorized the funds to build a new gymnasium and multi-purpose building. Alderman Cappleman and I are in strong support of building a gym at McCutcheon. The measure passed in Committee and will be voted on at next week’s City Council meeting. Negotiations for purchase and construction of the new building will follow. This is an important development for the students at McCutcheon who deserve a gym and a space they can use throughout the week. I will keep you posted as this matter develops.

On December 23, 2019, lawyers representing the owners of 6106 N. Kenmore filed for a demolition permit for the building. This house, known locally as the “Nordine House”, is viewed as an historic building in our community as it was the long-time home of renowned vocalist Ken Nordine. The Edgewater Historical Society and others have voiced concern about demolishing the building. Because the building is “Orange Rated”, which is defined by the Landmarks division of the Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) as “possessing some architectural feature or historical association that makes it potentially significant in the context of the surrounding community,” the demolition permit application triggers at 90-day review by DPD Landmarks division. Based on the outcome of the review, if the demolition permit is denied, this decision will be recommended to the Landmarks Commission for review. If the Landmarks Commission approves the DPD Landmarks decision, this matter will come before City Council. I strongly support the preservation of historically significant buildings. I will be following this process throughout and will provide updates to the community on this issue.

Beginning next weekend, January 17-19, there will be consecutive weekend-long closures of the CTA stations at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, and Granville. These closures will run Friday 10pm through Monday 4am each weekend. We expect this will last at least six consecutive weekends. During station closures, the CTA will operate a bus shuttle on Broadway making regular stops at Bryn Mawr, Thorndale, and Granville. We had previously shared that these impacts would begin this weekend (January 10-12), but the work has been delayed until next weekend. See below for a schedule of upcoming community open house meetings with CTA where you can get your questions about the Red Purple Modernization (RPM) project answered. You can also email ally@48thward.org with any questions you have about upcoming service disruptions and construction impacts.

It has been balmy January so far, but that will change this weekend as rain turns to snow. Please be sure to make sure sewers in front of your home or business are free of debris to help with street drainage. Additionally, call 311 if your basement takes in any water this weekend. If we do get the snow that is expected, please help your elderly or disabled neighbors to clear snow and ice from the sidewalks. And be careful along the lakefront as we expect the weather will create dangerous high waves.

It will be a good weekend to stay inside, and there’s plenty of fun to be had:Tomorrow Peirce Elementary School is hosting their second annual Peirce Winterfest, a day of family fun including games, bounce houses, magicians, and more. The event is from 1-4pm at Peirce Elementary School, 1423 W. Bryn MawrClick here for more information.Join us tomorrow for 48th Ward Day at Loyola University Men’s Basketball. The Ramblers will face off against Evansville University at 3pm at Gentile Arena on Loyola campus. Tickets are just $7 for 48th Ward residents with code WARD48.
Click here for more information.You can also catch some high school basketball not far from our community at DePaul College Prep at Addison and California on Sunday. There will be games all day Sunday in the Second Annual Steve Pappas Shootout. This tournament brings together some of the best teams in Chicago and is named after Steve Pappas, a former basketball coach who died at a young age. Steve was my English teacher and great individual, and I am glad to see his legacy live on. Click here for game schedule.Have a safe and peaceful weekend.

Sincerely,

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

CTA Red Purple Modernization Community Open House Meetings
There will be four Open House Community Meetings at the end of the month to allow neighbors and businesses learn more about the RPM project. As these are Open House format meetings, you can arrive at any time, though Alderman Osterman will make a brief presentation during each.

We have divided the meetings up geographically and with focuses on residential impacts and business impacts to help tailor the content, but please attend whichever session best fits your calendar and you will have your questions answered. See schedule below:Meeting for businesses between Foster and Leland
Tuesday, January 28, 9:30am – 1:00pm
Furama, 4936 N. Broadway
Brief presentation from Ald. Osterman at 9:30am
Representatives from BACP will be in attendance to share City resources for your business
Click here to RSVP on Facebook
 Meeting for Residents between Foster and Leland
Tuesday, January 28, 4:00pm – 8:00pm
Furama, 4936 N. Broadway
Brief presentation from Ald. Osterman at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP on Facebook
 Meeting for businesses between Foster and Thorndale
Thursday, January 30, 9:00am – 1:00pm

St. Ita’s Church, 5500 N. Broadway
Brief presentation from Ald. Osterman at 9:30am
Representatives from BACP will be in attendance to share City resources for your business

Click here to RSVP on Facebook
 Meeting for Residents between Foster and Thorndale
Thursday, January 30, 4:00pm – 8:00pm

St. Ita’s Church, 5500 N. Broadway
Brief presentation from Ald. Osterman at 6:00pm
Click here to RSVP on FacebookIf you have any questions about the RPM project, please email ally@48thward.org.

Public Safety Update
2020 Beat Meeting Schedules
 Beat meetings ensure that any community issue on your block is addressed as a part of the problem solving process that we as a community work collaboratively. Also, we work together to discuss trends that may be emerging in the beat and to discuss beat statistics.

For this new year, the 20th police district has consolidated Beat 2022 and Beat 2023 meetings to the Kenmore Plaza, 5225 N Kenmore Ave on the second Thursday of every odd month.

Click here to view the schedule for the 20th District CAPS Beat Meetings

Beat 2433 meeting is on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at the Engine 70 Firehouse, 6060 N Clark St.
If you want to know which police district and beat you belong to, click here to find out.

Resolution Andersonville
January 6-31
Various locations in AndersonvilleWhether you’re aiming for a new fitness routine, healthier eating, increased mindfulness, or finding your next great service provider, this month is designed to help you explore and activate your New Year’s resolutions and goals locally within the neighborhood. Click here for details.

48th Ward Day at Loyola Men’s Basketball
Loyola vs. Evansville
Saturday, January 11
3:00 pm
Link: https://tinyurl.com/w9jthyb
Promo Code: WARD48
Tickets: $7 each

Soul Collage WorkshopLooking for a great way to start the new year?  For fun and self-discovery get this Soul Collage(R) workshop on your calendar!  Saturday, January 11, 1-4pm in the Edgewater Presbyterian Church building, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr (corner of Kenmore).  Advance registration (use link) $25; $35 at the door.  Limit 20 people.  Sponsored by Spirit Space.  For more information contact SpiritSpace1020@gmail.com or click here to register.

Queer Soup Night
Sunday, January 19, 2020
6-8 pm
Women and Children First, 5233 N. Clark St.
Click here for more information

Queer Soup Night is kicking off 2020 with a bang! Come join us at one of the largest feminist bookstores in the country and support building local queer communities across the country through sharing space, sharing food and contributing to something bigger than ourselves.
This month, our donations will benefit Affinity, a social justice organization that focuses on health and wellness, leadership development, and community building within the LGBTQ and Black Communities in Chicago! Four amazing Queer Chefs will be cooking up their best soups for us to warm up during this cold winter and DJ Club Chow will create the perfect soundtrack to kick off our inaugural 2020 QSN event!!Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration
Saturday, February 1
12 – 4pm
Argyle & Winthrop
Click here for more information

The annual Argyle Lunar New Year Celebration is a decades-old Uptown tradition celebrating the start of the new Lunar Year. Join us as we kick off the YEAR OF THE RAT with music, colorful lion dances, live entertainment, and our community parade which will start at Argyle & Winthrop at 1:00pm sharp. Join 48th Ward Alderman Harry OstermanUptown United, and the Argyle business community for this special event!  FREE!

Does Your Building Recycle?

The City of Chicago Office of the Inspector General is auditing the Department of Streets & Sanitation’s efforts to ensure that all commercial and high-density residential buildings (5 units or more) are providing tenants access to recycling services. Click here for more information on how you can share your building’s practices with the OIG.

What’s Happening at the Libraries

The Indian Relocation Act of 1956 & Chicago
Presented by Edgewater Historical Society
Saturday, January 25 
2pm
Edgewater Branch Library, 6000 N. Broadway

The Indian Relocation Act of 1956 ended the government’s support of reservations across the United States in an effort to force assimilation. Native Americans were encouraged to move to large cities like Chicago for opportunities, but then many faced discrimination, poor housing, low wage jobs, and suffered from homesickness and lack of traditional support. Join Les Begay from the American Indian Center as he discusses the history and impact of this legislation.

The No Book Club begins Jan. 27
1-2 p.m.
Edgewater Library
6000 N. Broadway

Welcome in the new year: Share your thoughts about a book you’ve read and hear what others are reading. Your book may be any genre; the discussion is fun and informal, and you may get some recommendations for your must-read list. Click here for 2020 schedule. Stay for the movie that begins at 2 p.m.Bingo begins Jan. 31; prizes wantedHave you been thinking about cleaning out your drawers and closets? Haven’t got around to returning or exchanging items that you didn’t want? If so, we have just the opportunity for you! We’re asking for your help in donating inexpensive, new, re-gifted or handmade prizes such as notecards, toiletries, candles, office supplies, jewelry and kitchen items. Promotional items, such as T-shirts, hats and mugs, will be accepted. If you have questions, email info@FOELChicago.org.Please place your donations in the container next to the Circulation Desk during the entire month of January. Friends of the Edgewater Library supports the Bingo program for adults. Join us 2-3:30 p.m. at the Edgewater Library on the last Friday of most months. Free.The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway St., and the Bezazian Public Library, 1226 W. Ainslie St., offer a wide variety of programs and events each month. 
Click here for a listing of Edgewater Library events
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events

Census Workers Needed
There are plenty of employment opportunities available with the US Census Bureau. Click here for more information.

Misericordia Job Fair
Wednesday, Jan. 15, 11am-2pm
Misericordia, 2001 W. Devon
Click here for more information

Mentor a Child with Big Brothers Big Sisters
January is National Mentoring Month! Get started on your New Year’s resolution to do well by doing good. Big Brothers Big Sisters is a 1-to-1 mentoring program for kids 7-14. Bigs and Littles are matched based on gender identity, location and interests. Matches meet at least twice a month for a minimum of one year. You have the opportunity to help shape a child’s future by inspiring positive change and empowering them to achieve what they never dreamed possible! For more information, visit www.bbbschgo.org. To enroll, contact Casey at Nunes@bbbschgo.org.

Volunteers Need for 2020 Point-in-Time Homeless Count
The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) is looking for volunteers for the 2020 Point-in-Time Homeless Count on Thursday, January 23rd, from 9:00 p.m.-3:00 a.m. Please join us and make a difference!The Point-In-Time Homeless Count provides DFSS and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. Collecting the data every year allows Chicago to demonstrate the need for funding, helps with service and resource planning, and raises public awareness about homelessness.

During the hours of the count, the City shelters conduct a tally and survey of every homeless person while volunteers canvass the streets and public spaces. Volunteers will be placed in teams and will be assigned to specific areas of the city to look for homeless persons. Volunteers may have an opportunity to interview homeless persons to gather data about street homelessness.

Individuals must be 18 years of age to volunteer. Participation is not limited to City employees, so bring a friend or family member along! Anyone interested in volunteering can visit the following website for all the details: https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/depts/fss/provdrs/emerg/alerts/2019/december/volunteer-for-the-2018-homeless-count.html

If you are interested in volunteering, please click on the following link to register: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2020homelesscount

2020 Tax Prep Chicago Volunteer Tax Training
Tax Prep Chicago volunteers produced $26 million in tax refunds and credits for more than 17,000 Chicago families and individuals in 2018.
 
Tax Prep Chicago would not be possible without the dedication of the over 1,400 volunteers trained and IRS-certified by our non-profit partner in this program – Ladder Up.

The four- to nine-hour tax training is free. Volunteers are only asked to commit from 18-30 hours of their time serving clients at tax sites during the tax season, or 6-10 hours per month. Volunteering to be a trained and certified tax preparer is a unique and highly impactful way to help fellow Chicagoans and give back to your community.  As one volunteer points out: “There’s nothing more rewarding than getting someone a tax refund who really, really needs the money… when you’re done, you feel great!”
 
Putting these extra dollars in the pockets of low- and moderate-income Chicagoans has a direct impact on their lives and also infuses millions of dollars into our City’s economy, sustains our small businesses and strengthens our neighborhoods.
 
Thank you for your continuing support.  If you have any questions about the Tax Prep Chicago program, please contact Beth Berendsen at Elizabeth.Berendsen@cityofchicago.org or (312) 746-7116.

Snail Mail Penpal
Friday, Jan. 10
1:30-3 p.m.
Edgewater Library
6000 N. Broadway

Edgewater Village and Chicago Methodist Senior Services invite you to connect with someone new through a handwritten note. We’ll explore safe ways to locate a penpal, topics to discuss and topics to avoid that will retain your privacy.  You’ll create a colorful envelope, too. Free; all materials will be provided. Registration required: email edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com (please include the title of the program in the subject line) or leave a voicemail at (773) 382-0764. Ensemble: An Oral History of Chicago Theatre
Thursday, Jan. 30, 6-7:30 p.m.
Loyola Information Commons, 6501 N. Kenmore, 4th floor

Edgewater Village Chicago and Loyola University Chicago Libraries present author Mark Larson as he explores the story of the Chicago theatre movement from 1953 to the present, almost exclusively in first-person accounts. Autographed books will be available for purchase. Parking available in Loyola’s garage for $7; enter on Kenmore. To register for this free program, call (773) 382-0764 or email edgewatervillagechicago@gmail.com. (Please include “Ensemble” in the subject line.)

48th Ward Youth Advisory Council
The purpose of this council began with our desire to make a difference in the way youth engage, learn, and participate in the community they call home. The council plans community events that others in the community will enjoy. They get the opportunity to meet with other leaders in our community. Our next Youth Advisory Council meeting is scheduled for Thursday, January 23 at 5 pm. This will provide youth ages 13 to 17 to participate in community projects and event planning. If you want to learn more or have any questions contact Alan Oviedo at alan@48thward.org.

Movie Night: Dora and the Lost City of Gold
Friday, January 10, 6pm
Swift Elementary, 5900 N Winthrop Ave.

Join us for Dora and the Lost City of Gold on Friday, January 10 at 6:00pm. Donations are accepted at the door. Concessions available: pizza, candy, drinks (cash only). Doors open at 5:45pm. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Uptown Moves –  Children’s Dance/Movement Class:
Sundays, January 12 – February 9
10-10:45 a.m.
Ages: 5-7
Third Space, 4956 N. Sheridan Rd.
 
Uptown Moves is a free dance class where students learn to develop their creativity, gross motor skills, and learn about dance. No prior dance knowledge is required. In class, students will have fun learning basic technical skills and creative movement activities. A healthy, peanut-free snack will be provided. Click here to register.

Peirce Day at Jerry’s Sandwiches
Tuesday, Jan. 14
11:30am – 11pm
Jerry’s Sandwiches, 5419 N. Clark

Save the date to plan a delicious lunch or dinner (dine in or carry-out) from Jerry’s Sandwiches Andersonville on January 14th and 20 percent will be donated back to support Peirce! Friends of Peirce of Peirce’s parent-led fundraising organization. We use these funds to support all students and bring enrichment to every classroom including arts partnerships, assemblies, capital projects like the new water fountains and more.

Families Together Cooperative Nursery School Admissions Coffees
Click here for full schedule

Parents/caregivers are invited to tour the school and learn about our unique approach to learning through play, implementing anti-bias practices, and supporting, connecting, and involving families through our cooperative model. RSVP to admissions@ftcns.orgConstruction Activity Notices – CTA RPM Utility Relocation WorkTrack Work – Near Berwyn Station – 12/8-12/9 — Click here for detailsTelecom utility work – Alley west of 5700-5812 N. Winthrop – 12/2-1/31 — Click here for detailsCable pulling – Alley west of 5300-5600 N. Winthrop – 12/2-1/31– Click here for detailsCTA RPM Project UpdateCTA continues to make progress on the advance work we need to complete before we begin major construction on the Red and Purple Modernization (RPM) Phase One Project. The work we’re doing includes relocating utility lines and equipment to make room for new track structure that will be built as part of RPM. Below is the weekly utility and demolition update for the LBMM project area:Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Leland and Foster and at all cross streets from Leland to Foster:Lawrence:  RCN and Comcast pulled express innerduct into the east alley between W Lawrence Ave and W Leland Ave.Ainslie:  Comcast pulled express innerduct into the east alley between W Ainslie St and W Lawrence Ave.Argyle:  ComEd continued joint ductbank installation in WB W Argyle St.Winona:  RCN and Comcast installed pedestals in the parkway on the south side of W Winona St.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Foster and Balmoral and at all cross streets from Foster to Balmoral:Balmoral:  ComEd removed overhead cables and topped utility poles between W Balmoral Ave and W Berwyn Ave.Balmoral:  RCN and Comcast installed pedestals in the parkway on the north side of W Balmoral Ave.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Balmoral and Bryn Mawr and at all cross streets from Balmoral to Bryn Mawr:Bryn Mawr:  ComEd replaced the first utility pole north of W Catalpa Ave and AT&T transferred the telecom wires to the new pole.Bryn Mawr:  AT&T installed alley arms in the east alley between W Bryn Mawr Ave and W Catalpa Ave.Catalpa:  ComEd replaced utility poles at 5450 and 5430 N Winthrop Ave.Catalpa:  RCN and Comcast installed pedestals in the parkway on the north side of W Catalpa Ave.Alleys east of and parallel to the CTA Red/Purple Line between Bryn Mawr and Thorndale and at all cross streets from Bryn Mawr to Thorndale:Ardmore:  RCN and Comcast pulled cable into the east alley between W Hollywood Ave and W Ardmore Ave.Hollywood:  AT&T installed an XBOX on the utility pole at 5618 N Winthrop Ave.

Community Glue Workshop Repair Clinic
Sunday, January 19
4-7pm
Edgewater Workbench, 1130 W. Thorndale
Click here for more information
 See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

Death Tax
Produced by Redtwist Theatre
December 15 – January 19
Redtwist Theatre, 1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

Voice of Good Hope
Produced by City Lit
January 10 – February 23
City Lit Theater, 1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Leopard Play, or sad songs for lost boys
Produced by Steep Theatre
January 24 – February 29
Steep Theatre, 1115 W. Berwyn
Click here for more information

Chicago Musical Theatre Festival
Produced by Underscore Theatre Company
February 3 – 23
The Edge Theater, 5451 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

A Doll’s House
Produced by Raven Theatre
February 6 – March 22
Raven Theatre, 6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

48th Ward Alderman Harry Osterman
Ward Office                                                           City Hall Office
5533 N. Broadway,                                                121 N. LaSalle Room 300,
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