Weekly Update from your Alderman – July 6, 2012
Weekly Update from Alderman Harry Osterman: Bring Public Art to the 48th Ward, Hopleaf Expands, Upcoming Events and much more!
July 6, 2012
I hope you and your family had a great July 4th holiday! This coming week, I hope you will join me on Wednesday for a bike ride from Andersonville to the lake front as part of Andersonville Green Week. We will have the chance to envision possible future greenways and east/west bike connections for our community.
This past Monday, 48th Ward business The Hopleaf opened their expanded space at 5146 N. Clark Street. Owners Michael and Louise Roper began planning this expansion four years ago. The new space adds almost 100 additional seats to the popular restaurant and 20 new jobs. Michael is known throughout the community not only as a great businessman, but a giving philanthropist to our community schools. This year he was awarded Andersonville’s Kurt Mathiasson Award for Community Service. The Hopleaf is now open for lunch – so visit the new space day or night!
Alderman, 48th Ward
Basketball Clinic with Loyola University Men’s Basketball Team
On Wednesday, July 11th, the Loyola U Men’s Basketball team will be hosting a clinic for boys and girls grade 6 and below. Meet at the Norville Building at 6526 N Winthrop. The clinic will run from 1-2:30 pm. Best of all, it’s free! Make sure your child brings gym shoes, shorts, and a t-shirt. For more info contact, Tom Hitcho at (773) 508-2567.
48th Ward Outdoor Summer Film Fest
Come out and enjoy a movie under the stars with your neighbors. This Tuesday night, July 10th, we will be showing The Goonies
at Peirce School Playground. Click here
for the full summer long schedule.
Help Us Bring Public Art to the 48th Ward
On July 16th, our first outdoor sculpture piece will be installed at the NE corner of Granville and Broadway. The piece, “Soar”, is a metal sculpture by artist David Noguchi (www.davidnoguchi.com
). To raise the money for it, Alderman Osterman, the Edgewater Community Council and the Edgewater Development Corporation will hold an event on July 11th at the Pumping Company from 5:30-7:30. Requested donation will be $35. Click here for the flyer.
Alderman Osterman Launches Explore Edgewater!
Discover special buildings, businesses, or organizations that might be off the beaten path. We’ll be going to the lakefront, firehouses, churches and more. This week, on Thursday, July 12, we’ll be headed to Edgewater Presbyterian Church at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr. Enjoy tours of this architectural wonder and learn how this building serves youth, immigrants, and artists through its many functions. Click here for the flyer*. Let us know if you have any suggestions for places to explore, and we’ll add it to the list! *Subject to change
Bike Ride with Your Alderman
Wednesday, July 11 4:00-5:00pm
Join 48th ward Alderman Harry Osterman for a leisurely bike ride from Andersonville to the lakefront. The ride will start at Balmoral and Clark at 4:00pm, will head east on Balmoral to the lakefront, and then will head west on Berwyn ending at the Andersonville Farmer’s Market around 5:00pm. Enjoy a leisurely bike ride while envisioning possible future greenways and bike connections from Andersonville to the lake. All ages are welcome.
Ride for AIDS Chicago
Join the Alderman and his staff for Ride for AIDS, an annual cycling event to be held next weekend, July 14-15. Alderman Harry Osterman will be riding a portion of the journey on Saturday, July 14 and his staff will have a tent set up on Sunday, July 15. The ride is two days, 200 miles, and is produced by Test Positive Aware Network and designed to raise needed monies for TPAN and other community partners. This fundraiser allows TPAN to continue to provide and grow their wonderful services.
Click here to make a general donation to the ride. Registration is now closed.
Care For Real Fan Drive
Past summers have taught us how hard the heat can be on some of us, particularly the very young and old. Together, Alderman Osterman, Alderman O’Connor, the EBNA block Club (Edgewater Beach Neighbors Association) and CFR (Care For Real) are teaming up to collect fans and air conditioners for our neighbors who could use a little cooling. Please check your closet, your basement, your storage or garage for any spare cooling devices – and if you’re not using it anymore, let us recycle it.
Since 2007, the monthly visits of your neighbors to Care For Real food pantry has gone from 700 a month to over 5000. The majority of CFR clients now are neighbors aged 40 to 60 and their kids – folks who have worked their whole lives, but have some challenges now. Let’s give them a break from the heat. We’ll be collecting through the end of July.
Questions? E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you drop it off, CFR will pick it up. Four locations:
5339 N. Sheridan Rd (Care for Real), Monday thru Friday: 9:00 to 4:00, Saturdays: 9:00 to 1:00.
5253 N. Kenmore (Epworth Church), south side entrance, 2:00 to 6:00 on Tuesdays and Thursdays
5533 N. Broadway, (Alderman Osterman, 48th), Mon, Wed, Thur, Fri, 9:00 to 5:00, Tuesdays 9:00 to 7:00.
5850 N. Lincoln, (Alderman O’Connor, 40th), Mon & Thur, 9:00 to 7:00, Tue, Wed & Fri, 9:00 to 4:30.
Vaudeville Show at Unity Lutheran Church
Unity Players announces auditions for a Vaudeville 2012 show. Singers, dancers, comedy routines, magicians, acrobats, animal acts and any specialty acts are welcome to audition.
Auditions at 1212 West Balmoral:
Saturday – 7/21 from 10 am to 12 pm
Sunday – 7/22 from 12 to 2 pm
9/7-8 and 9/14-15 @ 7:30 p.m.
9/9, 9/16 @ 2:00 p.m.
Please contact Hank Keil at (773) 275-5125 or Unity Lutheran Church at (773) 878-4747
Education and Summer Programs Update
Edgewater Presbyterian Church Youth Group
Edgewater Presbyterian Church at 1020 W. Bryn Mawr Ave is hosting “Worship Wednesday”, a youth group gathering open to all 7th-12th graders. Join us every Wednesday starting July 11th – Aug 29th at 4pm-5pm for spoken word, rap sessions, workshops, community service and more! Contact Ericka Elion to RSVP or for questions 312-852-5473. Click here for the flyer.
Summer Book Drive
Help us keep kids reading this summer! 48th ward is sponsoring a summer book drive to support our local summer camps and schools.
Please drop off GENTLY used children’s books at our office, 5533 N. Broadway. We will run this drive through the end of the summer so stop by whenever is convenient! Click here for the flyer.
“Planet Pre-School” is an innovative program at Berger Park that utilizes the irresistible power of the creative arts to give children ages 3-5 the fundamental tools they’ll need to become successful in early academic life. They will learn critical thinking while they play in the puzzle zone, shop at the market, or cook in the kitchen! Dancing and movement introduces physical fitness, while planting a garden and tending to pets helps them learn responsibility. It’s a busy, fun-filled planet! Cost: $144 for 8 weeks. Contact Justin Ostergaard at (773) 761-0376 if you’re interested. Registration now open at Berger Park for fall preschool.
Kegs for Kids Needs You!
Kegs for Kids is a fundraiser for Helen C. Peirce Elementary School at Hopleaf Bar on Sunday, September 9th from 1-6pm. They could use an extra set of hands in almost all areas of the fundraiser, both planning and the night of. Click here if you’re interested in volunteering your time and talent. K4K is also in search of Silent Auction items – this is a crutial part of their fundraiser. If you have access to event tickets, vacation rentals, art, services, dinners, etc., please consider donating them. Click here if you’re interested in donating.
Are you a parent of a 48th Ward Student? We’d like your feedback. Please take a few minutes to reflect on your school experience and fill out the following survey. We value your voice and need your input to make our neighborhood schools the top choice for families in our community. Click here to take the survey.
Welding of structural steel and precast will be complete by Friday July 6. Burling Builders is forming and pouring the concrete curb around the perimeter of the building and their mechanical contractors have started installing the underground utility lines within the footprint of the building.
The masonry mockup sample panel will be set next week. This is done to insure that all the proper materials are being used and they can be installed in a manner that will be acceptable to the Architect of Record.
Glenwood Watermain Project
Monday 7/2/12 – Friday 7/6/12
Crew continues to transfer individual water services from old main to new main. Final connections at cross streets tentatively scheduled to begin at end of week or at beginning of the following week of 7/16/12.
Main-line water main is approximately 98% complete as of Friday 6/29/12.
Service transfers are in progress and 80% complete
Water main phase of project is approximately 80% complete.
Complete remaining service transfers
Complete 4 final connections and 1 connection abandonment (at Foster)
Remove old hydrants and mobilize equipment and materials to next project
Street and parkway restoration
Minor fallen branch removal by Forestry
Residents are advised to open a lower-level laundry tub faucet, bathtub faucet or outside sill cock after the crew completes their individual service transfer to the new water main. Doing this will allow any loose mineral sediment in older house plumbing to clear without blocking kitchen and bathroom faucet aerators. Residents can expect a moment without water when the remaining faucets are first turned back on as air is expelled from the house plumbing.
Broadway Watermain Project
This week the contractor has managed to get all the way to Balmoral. At the beginning of next week all that’s left would be to finish the crossing at Balmoral and install some hydrants. No parking signs will be removed afterwards and the job will go into disinfection status which would take up to the end of next week. Concrete cap work should be completed by today. All traffic control and signs should be removed from the job site on Monday.
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR