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. The meeting location will alternate between the Edgewater Library, 6000 N. Broadway, and Engine 70 Fire House, 6030 N. Clark. Click here to download a schedule.
Operation Help a Hero
Currently, there are hundreds of homeless veterans in Chicago. When a veteran leaves a shelter or transitional housing and moves to a permanent residence, they often do not have the basic items needed to setup a home. These are things that you and I take for granted, but the men and women who bravely fought to defend our freedom often go without. Alderman Osterman is collecting household items to support our vets as they move into permanent homes. Click here to view a complete list of items that will be accepted at the 48th Ward Office from Memorial Day through July 4th.
CTA Issues RFQ for Phase One Red Purple Modernization Project
As part of a two-step procurement process, the CTA announced it today will issue a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to select a pool of the most qualified contracting teams that can demonstrate the ability to design and build RPM Phase One.
The entire RPM plan, to be completed in multiple phases, will rebuild part of CTA’s Red and Purple lines, sections of which are more than a century old. The tracks, structures and stations are well past their useful lifespan, and can no longer handle additional trains to meet the increasing demands of growing ridership – which is up 40 percent during the rush hours since 2008.
The RPM project is among more than $8 billion of transit investment announced, under way or completed by Mayor Emanuel since 2011, including the mayor’s “Red Ahead” program, a series of projects to improve the Red Line. Once a pool of candidates is finalized, expected later this year, CTA will then invite the potential bidders to submit proposals on how they propose designing and building RPM Phase One when the agency issues its Request for Proposals (RFP) in 2018. The proposals will be considered on a variety of criteria, including experience, price and other factors.
The first phase of RPM is expected to create 5,700 construction jobs. CTA will host numerous outreach events to encourage participation by Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)- certified firms and other minority owned firms that wish to participate in the project. Additionally, the project RFP will include a community-based workforce development component.
For more on this project, visit transitchicago.com/rpmproject.
Peterson Garden Project – Feasts of Resistance
Resistance doesn’t only take the form of protests and marches—it’s in the food we share, the stories we tell, the gardens we grow. Food shapes culture and conflict shapes food—that’s the premise of Peterson Garden Project’s new Feasts of Resistance cooking class series starting May 25. Explore, cook, and eat iconic dishes from around the world—Burma to Ethiopia, Syria to Haiti, and beyond—that were created or affected by social or political unrest. Sign up for one class or all six at http://bit.ly/PGP_Feasts.
Proceeds from this hands-on cooking series fund PGP’s summer programming for teen refugee girls in GirlForward, dedicated to creating and enhancing opportunities for girls who have been displaced by conflict and persecution.
The locations featured in the classes highlight the countries of GirlForward participants. This summer, PGP will be working with Camp GirlForward campers to share stories from their countries as they garden and cook together. Each week, girls will tend and harvest herbs and vegetables for class, cook a dish focused on that week’s region, and sit down at the end of class to share what they’ve made.
Feasts of Resistance is just one way Peterson Garden Project supports refugees in our community. Learn more about all of PGP’s refugee programming, including garden scholarships and free cooking education, and donate to help ensure everyone is welcome at the table at http://bit.ly/PGP_EveryoneisWelcome.
Go Edgewater – Walking and Biking Tours
Buildings–Historic & Newer; Tues. June 13, 6:00 pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop. Explore the contrast of Edgewater’s historic buildings with newer buildings reflecting changing economic times.
Bike Tune-up: Sat., June 17, 10 am–1 pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop, for minor adjustments on bikes. Courtesy of ChainLinks Bike Shop.
Evening ride to Evanston; Tues. June 27, 5:45pm. Meet at the Thorndale “L” stop and take side-street bike routes to Church St. at the Purple Line station in Evanston.
Click here to view the 2017 calendar of Go Edgewater tours.
Edgewater Reads Little Free Library Build Day
Do you have Little Free Library envy? Are you interested in becoming part of a growing network of library hosts and readers? Join the Edgewater Reads crew at 10:00 am on June 17 behind Senn High School (5900 N Glenwood) for our 2nd community build day of the season!
Limited materials and tools will be provided so feel free to bring your own. We also advise bringing a building buddy to help with the assembling process and coordinating transportation for taking home your very own “LFL.”
Libraries will be free for Edgewater residents and $50 for those joining us from outside the community. These events are made possible with our amazing volunteers and by community donations. Please consider donating your time, resources or skills for future community build days and more Little Free Libraries in our community!
Limited kits will be available so please RSVP to Taylor at email@example.com. For questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website at edgewaterreads.org
Andersonville Midsommarfest – June 9-11
Head to Clark Street between Foster and Catalpa for two days and three nights of music, dancing, kids’ entertainment, and delicious food. Vendors from around the region will sell their wares to passersby, local shops and restaurants will welcome the warm season with specials and sales, and dance troupes, DJs, and cutting-edge plus longtime favorite bands will keep the party going. Click here for more information.
Senn High School Fundraiser – Brews for Bulldogs
Saturday, June 10, 6:30pm
Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N Ravenswood
Please join the Friends of Senn for this year’s Brews for Bulldogs fundraising event on Saturday, June 10th at the Ravenswood Event Center, 4011 N. Ravenswood Street, Chicago from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Enjoy unlimited food, beer, wine and soft drinks, and a silent auction and raffle. It’s a great way to meet other Senn parents, staff and friends, have fun and raise money for Senn. Click here for more information and to buy tickets.
Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!
Senior Sewer Rebate
Seniors aged 65 or over, who live in their own condominium, townhouse or co-op unit are entitled to receive a $50 rebate for their share of the associations’ sewer costs. If you’ve applied for and received this rebate in prior years, you may have received a letter from the City’s Committee on Finance to sign and remit. If you haven’t received the letter or a rebate in prior years, you’ll need to file an application form. Please click here for instructions and the correct form to use. You’ll need to submit an application form along with copies of 3 documents: 1) water bill from the homeowner’s association, 2nd installment Property Tax bill (2015), and drivers license/state ID. Send any questions to Jerry Goodman, email@example.com, 773-784-5277. Letters or forms with required attachments are due in the Alderman’s office by July 1, 2017.
Senior Enrichment Seminars
“Managing Evictions and Code Violations: Useful Tools”
Thursday, June 22, 12:00 – 1:30pm
Richard J. Daley Center, 50 W. Washington St.
Courtroom 2005 – 20th Floor
Topics to include:
- City of Chicago Residential Landlord Tenant Ordinance
- Conditions that create housing code violations
- Housing inspection process
Seminar Speaker(s): Claire McFarland, Esq., Executive Director, Elder Law & Wellness Initiative, NFP; Harriet J. Parker, Esq., Administrative Law JudgeChicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.
School & Youth News
Congratulations to St. Thomas of Canterbury and St. Mary of the Lake Class of 2017May 27 marks the graduation of the class of 2017! This group of 42 young men and women distinguished themselves with their character, their maturity and their academic achievements. A very demonstrative sign of their success is the fact that these young people will enter private high schools next fall with scholarship awards that total $513,000. When we project these scholarships over the four years of high school it totals over $2 million!
Who are these budding young scholars? These students are recent immigrants from : Cuba, Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Greece, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Peru, Viet Nam, Togo. Fourteen of these students entered our school with no knowledge of English. Tragically, four members of the class have lost a parent within the last several years. All members of the Class of 2017 qualify for free lunch under the federal standards.
One student, a sixth grader, when writing her farewell message to the class to the Class of 2017 said “Destroy Obstacles!” The Class of 2017 is well on their way to fulfilling that mandate!!
Tiger Tutor Test Prep – Free SAT Practice Test
Tiger Tutor, a test program sponsored by Chinese Mutual Aid Association, will be holding a free SAT practice test day on Saturday, June 10, 2017, from 10 am to 2 pm, at the Bezazian Branch, Chicago Public Library (1226 W. Ainsle Street.) You will have the opportunity to take a complete SAT test and receive test-taking tips. Register at www.TigerTutor.com to reserve your space.
Tiger Tutor Scholarships Available
A new ACT and SAT tutoring service based out of Chicago, Tiger Tutor focuses on individualized, high quality instruction. The program is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic and collegiate goals and works closely with both students and parents to provide unique study plan and curricula. Tiger Tutor is a program run by Chinese Mutual Aid Association, an over 35-year-old community-based social services agency with offices in Chicago and Elgin. Click here for a flyer with information about scholarships. For further questions about Tiger Tutor or the scholarship opportunity, please contact Tiger Tutor’s Academic and Enrollment Adviser, Grace Chan McKibben, at GraceM@TigerTutor.com.
Swedish American Museum’s Pioneer Day Camps
Swedish American Museum will once again be hosting their “Pioneer the World” Day Camp!! For five days from 9am – 2pm, the Museum will be holding two sessions of imaginative five-day experiences for children 1st – 6th grade. The first session will be held July 31 – August 4, and the second session will take place August 14 – August 18. Registration fees for members is $200 and $250 for nonmembers. Extended care from 2pm – 4pm will be available for an additional $75 per week. To register or receive more information, please click here or email Stacy Nyman.
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
Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Summer Parent-Tot Play Date
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Summer Parent-Tot Play Date on Saturday, June 17, from 10-11:30 am.
Parents and children ages 2-5 are invited to a morning of outdoor fun! Event will include a summer activity, outdoor art, and playtime. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other families with young children and to learn more about NCA’s Preschool and Kindergarten Program. The Summer Play Date will be held at NCA’s Primary School Campus Preschool Play Lot, located on the west side of 1401 W. Granville Ave. Space is limited for this free event.
Please RSVP by June 16, to Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is not a drop off event and all children must be accompanied by a parent. In case of inclement weather the event will be moved inside to 6216 N. Glenwood Ave.
Preschool and Kindergarten Spots Still Available for 2017-18
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA believes that a stimulating, joyful environment with a child-centered curriculum gives children the best start in school. NCA offers flexible half-day and full-day preschool options, and a full-day kindergarten program. NCA’s early childhood curriculum stimulates learning through play, hands-on activities, music and art. The small class size, individual attention and nurturing environment helps students thrive.
Call 773-743-6277 ext. 207to schedule a tour today.
Register for AYSO Soccer! Sunday games – Northside Chicago
Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 3-18. Fall 2017 season from Sept. 10 – Oct. 19 and Spring 2018 starts in April – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground & Schoolyard Program for kids ages 3 – 5
Registration fee for Soccer teams or 3-5 year old program: $155 for Fall 2017 & Spring 2018 season (includes uniform). Family discount $10 off per sibling if you register for full fall/spring season! Want to only play the fall season? Only $105 (no discounts apply).
Register online at http://ayso.bluesombrero.com/region1206. Scholarships available for those in need.
In person registration date for new players: Sun. 6/11 from 2 – 4 pm at Rogers Park Fieldhouse, corner of Rockwell & Jarlath. If you miss this, it’s not too late, you can register online and submit child’s proof of age separately.
Questions: email email@example.com or call/text (773) 262-9871.
Northside AYSO EXTRA Team tryouts
Interested in competitive soccer? Any boy or girl, ages 8 – 11, is invited to tryout. EXTRA is a program for those players who want to play soccer at a more competitive level. EXTRA players get weekly professional instruction from UK Soccer in addition to the certified team coaches. EXTRA teams play an additional game on Sunday evenings against other EXTRA teams.
Tryouts: Tuesday, May 23rd from 6-7 PM at Lerner Park
Parents and players should meet at the field at Lerner Park, 7000 N. Sacramento. Players must wear shin guards and bring a size 4 soccer ball to try out. Water is also recommended. UK Soccer, our professional training partner, runs the tryouts. They evaluate the players and determine who makes the teams.
If your child is interested in trying out or you have any questions about the EXTRA program, please email Natalie Dumstorff at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 312-927-9555. GOAL!