Weekly Update from Your Alderman – January 13, 2017

Weekly Update from Your Alderman: CTA Federal Funding, Year of Public Art, Upcoming Events, and More!
January 13, 2017

Dear Neighbor:

On Monday morning, I announced the award of a $1.1 billion federal grant for the CTA to move forward with Phase One of the Red Purple Modernization Program. This money will go toward the largest modernization project in CTA history and the largest infrastructure project in the 48th Ward’s history, helping to move our community and the city of Chicago into the 21st century. Funding from the grant, in concert with funds already appropriated to the project and raised through the recently passed Transit TIF, will go toward rebuilding century-old rails, embankments, and stations at Bryn Mawr, Berwyn, Argyle, and Lawrence. Improvements to the stations include ADA accessibility, which does not currently exist.

A big thank you to the leadership of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Senator Dick Durbin, and Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, as well as CTA President Dorval Carter on making this happen. This is a big win for the city and for our community. The RPM project is expected to create over 6,000 jobs, and construction is expected to begin in late 2018. Click here for more information on the RPM project.

The City of Chicago has named 2017 the Year of Public Art, and is committed to adding new public art in each ward throughout the city through the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) 50×50 Neighborhood Arts Project. This program allows aldermen to dedicate a portion of their 2017 menu allocation to commission public art for their ward. These menu funds will be matched up to $10,000 by DCASE. In addition to the $20,000 from our ward’s menu and DCASE, I am working with our local chambers of commerce and Special Service Areas (SSAs) to put together additional funding with the goal of adding close to $100,000 worth of public art throughout Andersonville, Edgewater, and Uptown in 2017. We have assembled a working group made of local artists, urban planners, and arts professionals to advise the art and site selection.

If you have suggestions of locations for public art in the ward, please fill out this form on our website, or reach out to Jerry Goodman at jerry@48thward.org. If you are an artist interested in being considered for a commission, please click here to respond to the city’s RFQ. The city has also created a Public Art Youth Corps as part of the Year of Public Art, and will be employing youth throughout the city to assist in the creation and installation of public art. I will share more information about this program as it becomes available.

This weekend Truman College and Chicago Park District are hosting a Teen Opportunity Fair. Please bring your teen to learn about programs available to them throughout the city, and to meet organizations and companies ready to hire young people. The event is tomorrow, Saturday, Jan. 14, 10am to 2pm, at Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Click here for more details.

Please click here to read an article in Loyola Magazine about a fantastic initiative in our community called Edgewater Kids United. Each Friday night, in partnership with Sacred Heart Schools, Becoming a Man (BAM), and Loyola University, over 150 youth from our neighborhood gather to play basketball, hang out, and receive mentoring. Thank you to our community partners who make this program possible.

Lastly, congratulations to Senn Arts student and performer Ireon Roach for making it into a New York Times article this week! The article is a compilation of quotes from well known performers about their relationships with the work of August Wilson. Ireon is in good company in the article, among the likes of Laurence Fishburne and Phylicia Rashad, to name a few. Click here to view the article. Congratulations to Ireon and Senn Arts!

Have a great weekend!

Harry Osterman
Alderman, 48th Ward

Call for Volunteers – Lunar New Year Parade

The 48th Ward and Uptown United are looking for volunteer parade marshals for the Lunar New Year Parade, taking place Saturday, Feb. 4, 12pm at Argyle and Broadway. If you are interested in supporting this effort, please email PC Gooden-Smiley at pc@48thward.org.

Overture Edgewater Beach Revised Plans
After meeting with residents in the community over the last year and with my office, the developer of the proposed Overture Edgewater Beach project at 5440 N. Sheridan has agreed to the following changes to the plan:

  • Reduction in height of building, from 18 to 16 stories; 200 ft to 179 ft
  • Reduction in overall unit count from 186 to 174 dwelling units
  • Minor changes to facade appearance
  • South setback reduction

This project was formerly the Bluewater Project, and the developers have been meeting with residents in our community for a number of years. The building is designed to cater to individuals ages 55 and above. They will seek a Planned Development to develop the site. In accordance with the city’s Affordable Requirements Ordinance (ARO), 10% of the units will be set aside as affordable housing. As part of my zoning process, we will host a community meeting regarding this proposed development on Thursday, Jan. 19, 6:30pm at St. Andrew Greek Church, 5649 N. Sheridan. We’ll have a further announcement on the community meeting next week.

Christmas Tree Recycling & Free Mulch
How do you stuff a Christmas tree into a garbage can? You don’t! Recycle your tree instead!

Drop off your tree at any of the 24 locations listed here through Saturday, Jan. 21 to be recycled. The closest location for 48th Ward residents is Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Dr. Free mulch will also be available to residents for pick up at Margate Park. For additional information, please call 311 or visit chicagorecycles.org.

Free Tax Prep Assistance

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 19 sites across Chicago. Volunteer tax preparers certified through IRS-approved training will assist them with federal and state income tax returns for the 2016 tax year. Sites will be open between late January and mid-April 2017, but please refer to the links below for specific information on the location and hours of the sites.

This year, eligible individuals and families with children could receive up to $6,896 from the federal and state Earned Income Tax Credits alone, not including other valuable credits. But many eligible Chicagoans may not claim all the income tax credits they deserve without the help of knowledgeable preparers. The closest location to the 48th Ward is Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson. Click here for more information about the program.

For more information about how to access free tax assistance, Chicagoans can:

Volunteer for Point In Time Homeless Count
Thursday, January 26
8 pm to 2 am – CitywideThe Point-In-Time Homeless Count is conducted every two years to provide the Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) with a “snapshot” of Chicago’s homeless population. The data gathered on the actual number of homeless in Chicago serves as a basis for federal funding, for service and resource planning, and to raise public awareness about homelessness.

DFSS is presently conducting one hour-information sessions about volunteer opportunities for those interested in assisting us with this effort. If you are interested in volunteering, and have not previously volunteered for the Point-In-Time Homeless Count, you are encouraged to attend.

To RSVP for a session or to register as a volunteer, please visit www.cityofchicago.org/fss; or email homelesscount@cityofchicago.org. Click here for more information.

Peirce Students Honor MLK Day with Drive for Refugee One

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and his commitment to service, a volunteer group of students from Helen C. Peirce School of International Studies will be canvassing Andersonville on Monday, January 16, between 2 and 4 p.m. collecting donations for the non-profit RefugeeOne.

RefugeeOne creates opportunities for refugees fleeing war, terror and persecution to build new lives of safety, dignity and self-reliance. Donations needed at this time include supplies to help furnish/supply refugees’ new residence, in an effort to make their transition as welcoming and stress-free as possible.

Click here for more information about what the students will be collecting.

Winter Advisory
In anticipation of the coming inclement weather, please report all street and alley potholes to my office so we can add them to the list for repair.

Sidewalk Snow Removal
According to the City of Chicago Municipal Code, “Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant or other person having charge of any building or lot of ground abutting upon any public way or public space shall remove the snow and ice from the sidewalk.” It is everyone’s responsibility to make sure the sidewalks are clear of snow and ice. If you do not own your residential or business property, consult your rental agreement, lease agreement, or management company to determine your shoveling obligation.

Sidewalks must be shoveled 7 days a week. If the snow falls between 7am and 7pm, clear the snow as soon as possible, but no later than 10pm on the day of the snowfall. If the snow falls between 7pm and 7am, clear the snow before 10am the next day. Individuals who do not comply can face fines of up to $500 per day of violation, and non-compliant businesses can face fines of up to $1,000 per day of violation. Please contact my office with any questions about the ordinance.

DFSS Warming Centers

A Warming Center is a heated facility where Chicagoans can go to find safe refuge from extreme weather.

The Chicago Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) operates six Warming Centers during work weekdays when temperatures dip below 32 degrees. Additional facilities are opened as needed including Senior Centers, libraries, and Park District buildings. The Warming Centers that DFSS operates are not open on weekday holidays unless specifically indicated. This is why it is so important to contact 3-1-1 for Warming Center information, especially during off hours or on holidays.

The Garfield Center, located at 10 S. Kedzie Avenue, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to connect residents to emergency shelter. The closest Warming Center to the 48th Ward is located at 845 W. Wilson Ave.

9 a.m.– 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
Click here for more information about DFSS Warming Centers.

Public Safety Update

2017 CAPS Meetings Schedules – 20th District
Please join your neighbors in the new year to collaborate on improving community public safety issues and new initiatives. To learn more about CAPS (Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy), click here.

Click here to see schedule for 20th District CAPS meetings
Click here to identify your CAPS beat
Beat 2433 meetings are held at 7 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of every month in the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway. Click here to download a schedule.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Certification
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training class training and volunteer program offers members of the public an opportunity to learn basic hands-on disaster response techniques. The program is a 20-hour class that covers:

  • Disaster preparedness
  • Fire safety
  • Light search and rescue
  • Team organization
  • Disaster psychology
  • Terrorism response
  • Disaster medical operations

Upon completion of the class, participants have the option to become a Chicago Citizen Corps CERT volunteer and assist professional emergency services following a disaster. Past participants have played a role in emergency exercises and assisted the City during the recovery and evacuee welcome efforts after Hurricane Katrina. The training is free to participants, and funded by the Department of Homeland Security. For more information or to sign up for the CERT program, contact chicagocitizencorps@cityofchicago.org or Christopher.Schenk@chicagopolice.org.

Auto Theft Prevention
The 24th Police District has information regarding reported motor vehicle thefts occurring in the district. With the arrival of colder weather, residents in the area have been starting their vehicles to warm them up. Along with this practice, some residents have been leaving their vehicle doors unlocked with the keys inside, providing would-be thieves with an opportunity to steal their vehicle. The Chicago Police Department would like to see the following theft prevention tips practiced and to serve as a reminder to residents to lock their vehicles, especially when unoccupied. Click here to view tips.

Snack Break – A Short Play Festival/Fundraiser

Senn Arts student-run theatre company The Yard is hosting a short play festival/fundraiser in partnership with Victory Gardens Theater Jan. 12 – 14. Snack Break features short plays by: Lauren Gunderson, Philip Dawkins, Ike Holter, Isaac Gomez, Kristiana Rae Colon, Hansol Jung, and Brett Neveu. All proceeds go toward helping support the second season of The Yard and the mission of young people making theatre. Tickets are $20, $10 for CPS students. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

School Announcements

New Infant-Toddler Center at South-East Asia Center

  • Welcomes 6-week to 2-year olds
  • DCFS licensed.  Qualified teaching staff.
  • Nice classrooms full of required educational toys.
  • Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 6 PM
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks
  • Free full-day parking space for parents who go to work
  • Childcare fee assistance
  • Convenient location and CTA accessible

Enrolling Now!!  Please contact South-East Asia Center, 1134 W. Ainslie Street, 773-989-7433

Swift Elementary School Open Houses
Swift is a Level 1+ CPS elementary school with a fine arts magnet cluster program. We are a proud Edgewater neighborhood school. Our administration, teachers, and parent community celebrate our school’s incredible diversity, with over 50 countries and 65 home languages represented. Prospective Swift families are invited to meet Principal Cannella and tour the school with Swift parents. Kids are welcome, and coffee will be served. Come see what our school has to offer!
January 24, 8:30-9:30 am
March 28, 8:30-9:30 am
May 30, 8:30-9:30 am

RSVP requested: (773) 534-2677 or swift.bulldogs.parents@gmail.com
George B. Swift Specialty School, 5900 N. Winthrop

Swedish Language ClassesSwedish language lessons will begin this month at the Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark St. The 15-week courses will be offered on Mondays, January 9 through April 17, for Beginners I and II, and Wednesdays, January 11 through April 19, for Intermediate and Conversation/Advanced.

Tuition for each class level are $210 for Museum members and $245 for non-members. Books are not included. Registration with payment may be made online at SwedishAmericanMuseum.org. Access the tab, Events/Classes/Programs, and click on Classes.

Senior Updates

Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.

What’s Happening at the Libraries
The Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, 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

Become A Chicago Police Officer!

Becoming a police officer provides more than a great source of income, it provides a great source of pride.Make a lasting difference in your community, start a well-paying job, and gain competitive benefits. Applying is easy and free! Visit chicagopolice.org, fill out a quick application, and submit your application. Applications will only be accepted until January 31, 2017 – be the change! Click here for more information
Our police force is working hard and earning a salary that allows them to live comfortably. After just 18 months on the job our officers are earn $72,510 a year. The opportunity to apply to the police force only comes around every few years. Applying is simple and quick. The first step is to apply to sit for the entrance exam.
Once you apply you’ll be sent details for the exam, which be held April 1 & 2, 2017, as well as plenty of materials to help you prepare for the test. But don’t be concerned – the pass rate for the exam is over 80%. Applications will be accepted through January 31, 2017.
Minimum requirements to take the written examination:

  • Minimum age of 18 (must be 18 by April 30, 2017)

Requirements for hire (NOT required at time of application):

  • 60 semester hours (90 quarter hours) from an accredited college or university, or 3 years active duty, or one year active duty and 30 semester hours (45 quarter hours)
  • A valid Driver’s License
  • A valid FOID
  • Actual Resident of the City of Chicago
  • Permanent resident of the United States (Citizenship is NOT required)

Those who pass the written examination will be randomly referred to CPD for further processing which includes:

  • POWER test (Police Officer’s Wellness Evaluation Report) – tests for physical ability
  • Background investigation
  • Drug screening
  • Medical Examination
  • Psychological Examination
  • Other tests as required by CPD

Care for Real News
Crew Bar and Grill, 4804 N. Broadway, will be hosting their Annual Chili Contest Saturday, January 28.  Proceeds benefit Care for Real. More to come!

Sustainability Tip of the Week
Winter Bird Feeding Tips

  1. Birds need rich sources of fat and calories to combat low temperatures and severe storms. Suet, nuts and high-oil seeds such as nyjer, black-oil sunflower seeds and sunflower hearts are all great choices
  2. Since you didn’t cut down your final autumn flowers you know that the dried flower heads of aster, black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, sunflowers and other plants are seed havens. These wildflowers’ stalks also may house insects for birds that need a little protein.
  3. Make sure to leave berries and other fruit on your native trees and bushes.
  4. Finally, if you left your fallen leaves on the ground since autumn, the decaying leaf litter will provide a feast of insects, seeds, nuts and other treats for your backyard birds.

Courtesy of the National Wildlife Federation

Sustainability Tips brought to you by Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project

“Like” the 48th Ward Community Page on Facebook
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Ward Office Info

Ward Office
5533 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60640
T: 773-784-5277
F: 773-784-6630
Office hours: Monday-Friday 9 am-5 pm;
Evening hours available by appointment

City Hall Office
121 N. LaSalle Room 300
Chicago, IL 60602
T: 312-744-6860

Upcoming Events
Dance Meditation Technique
Every 1st and 3rd Friday, January through March
Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1500 W. ElmdaleWhat better way to spend 90 minutes ?! DMT is workout for mind, body and spirit that leaves one feeling more grounded, centered and balanced. No dance experience necessary! Bring a water bottle, a yoga mat (we have a few extras if you don’t have one). We’ll bring the lemon, lime & cucumber water. Dress in comfortable layers, ready to get all toasty from the inside. Doors open at 6:40. Enter through the western single door in the courtyard and head upstairs. Please arrive early to settle in. We’ll lock the front door at 7 pm sharp.

Reserve your spot here, $15: https://paypal.me/traceydobson/15

Resolution Andersonville: Health and Wellness Weekend
Jan. 13 – 15
An array of Andersonville businesses will open their doors on the New Year, with a Health & Wellness open house January 13-15. Whether you’re aiming for a new fitness routine, healthier eating, or increased mindfulness, this weekend is designed to help you explore and activate your New Year’s resolutions and goals.
Click here for a list of participating businesses.

Teen Opportunity Fair
Saturday, January 14
10am – 2pm
Truman College, 1145 W. Wilson
Teens will enjoy a day of learning about programs available throughout the Chicago area and through the Chicago Park District. They will gain a variety of information on topics that cater to them while experiencing presentations and performances. Opportunities for job readiness and introductions to organizations and companies ready to hire young people will be presented.
Click here for more information.

Uptown Business Mixer
Wednesday, Jan. 18
5:30 – 7:30pm
Emerald City Coffee Uptown, 1224 W. Wilson
$15-20; Click here to registerMeet other business owners and community members while enjoying light food and drinks generously provided by our host.  Non-members welcome! Our monthly Member Mixers build community among Uptown businesses, non-profits and neighborhood groups, strengthening our local economy through the development of strategic partnerships.

The Future of Quaker Education in Chicago
Saturday, Jan. 28
2:30 – 5:00pm
Chicago Friends School, 1246 W. Thorndale
Please join us for a community-wide conversation about the future of Friends Education in Chicago. We are inviting a variety of community members, parents, founders of the school, and friends from our neighborhood, the community and beyond.  Every voice is valued and you have a perspective we want to hear. This event will be the first step in creating a strategic plan for Chicago Friends School that will guide our growth and development.
Click here for more information. 

Restorative Justice Forum: How Cook County Can Promote a New Approach to Justice
Thursday, Feb. 2
6 – 8pm
Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
Jon us to hear from professionals doing restorative justice work in the courts, schools, and our communities. Learn more about what Cook County is doing — and can do — to change the way we think about justice and respond to offenses.
Click here for more information

Arts & Culture

See the full calendar of arts events by clicking here.

LIVE TALK: We Shall Overcome
By Pivot Arts
Wednesday, Jan. 18, 7:30pm
Uncommon Ground, 1401 W. Devon
The January show celebrates Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and voting rights, hosted by comedian and Second City National Touring Company Member Dewayne Perkins. Journalist Mark Guarino (Washington Post, The Guardian) interviews civil rights attorney Ryan Cortazar and activist Bella Bahhs (Let Us Breathe Collective) about voting rights issues. Jorge Silva (Goodman Theatre, Neo-Futurists) and spoken word artist Tiff Beatty share stories about access and voting, and actress and educator Quenna Barrett leads the Pivot DIY. Celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and prepare for inauguration all in one week!
Click here for more information

The Sundial
Performances Jan. 6 – Feb. 12
City Lit Theater
1020 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

That’s Weird, Grandma: Revenge of the Winter Matines
By Barrel of Monkeys
Performances through Jan. 29
Neo-Futurist Theater
5153 N. Ashland
Click here for more information

Snack Break – Short Plays Festival
By The Yard Theatre Company
Performances Jan. 12-14
Victory Gardens Theater
2433 N. Lincoln
Click here for more information

All proceeds go to helping support the second season of The Yard and its mission of young people making theatre.

By Rivendell Theatre Ensemble
Performances begin Jan. 15
Rivendell Theatre
5779 N. Ridge
Click here for more information

Survey: Art Exhibit
Chicago Industrial Arts & Design Center
6433 N. Ravenswood
Reception: Saturday, Jan. 21, 1-3pm
Click here for more information

The Assembled Parties
By Raven Theatre
Performances begin Jan. 31
Raven Theatre
6157 N. Clark
Click here for more information

Death of a Salesman
By Redtwist Theatre
Performances Feb. 4 – March 5
Redtwist Theatre
1044 W. Bryn Mawr
Click here for more information

The Snare
By Jackalope Theatre Co.
Performances Feb. 22 – April 1
Broadway Armory
5917 N. Broadway
Click here for more information

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