March 10, 2017
Congratulations to the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce on an incredibly successful International Dinner Crawl on Wednesday. Over 150 people attended the event, strolling along Broadway to experience the plethora of international, women-led food businesses in our community — from locally made tofu by Phoenix Bean (hosted at Steep Theatre), to carnitas sliders at Edgewater’s newest restaurant The Growling Rabbit, to a sneak peek of soon-to-open Edge of Sweetness Bakery. This event received a lot of attention from the press (click here for a Tribune article and video highlighting the event), letting the whole city know that Edgewater is home to collaborative and successful entrepreneurs and community groups. The Chamber used a portion of the night’s proceeds to donate six Chrome Book computers for girls in Camp GirlForward to use while practicing their English over the summer. GirlForward is a local organization that supports and advocates for refugee girls.
This week, our community lost a very special woman with the passing of “Miss Ollie” Latiker. Our community has been blessed to have Miss Ollie among us, spreading her kind spirit, warm smile, and a helping hand to anyone in need. She will be dearly missed. Services for Miss Ollie will take place this Saturday at Epworth Church, 5253 N. Kenmore. Visitation will take place from 9 to 11am, with a funeral service beginning at 11am.
Please join me on Monday, March 13, 10am to 1 pm, for the annual 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway. Attendees will enjoy light refreshments, fun activities, and freebies. Our fair will include over 50 information tables featuring senior housing providers, in-home service providers, nutrition consultants, doctors and nurses for back pain and vascular treatment and consultation, blood screening, and organizations offering numerous programs for health and well-being. Click here to view a complete list of participating vendors and service providers. Boxed lunches will be provided.
On Thursday, March 16, Loyola University Men’s Volleyball invites the entire community to join them as they take on #1 seeded Ohio State. Please come out to support our local team — $5 tickets are available here when you use coupon code “48”. During the midpoint of the game, outstanding students from our local elementary and middle schools will join me on the court to receive certificates recognizing their achievements. See below for more details.
Please join me in welcoming the Chicago Mosaic School to Edgewater, as they open their doors at 1101 W. Granville next week. The Chicago Mosaic School is the only non-profit school for mosaic arts in North America. Introductory classes and weekend workshops will take place at this location through summer. Ultimately, the school will take permanent residence at 1127 W. Granville, which is currently under construction. I am thrilled to have Chicago Mosaic School in our community as a strong anchor for the burgeoning arts district in the Granville area. Click here for more information on the school and its offerings.
This Sunday, come out to Bar 63, 6341 N. Broadway, 12-6pm, for a St. Baldrick’s Day event to help raise money for childhood cancer research. The event will include head shaving, live Irish music, face painting, a photo booth, raffle prizes, and live auction. Click here for more information.
This weekend, my family and I are marching in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade. I hope to see many familiar faces along the parade route. The parade is a great way to come together and celebrate our city.
Have a great weekend, and remember to set your clocks ahead for Daylight Savings Time on Saturday night.
Alderman, 48th Ward
Development Meeting – 5691 N. Ridge
There will be a community meeting to discuss a proposed zoning change for the building at 5691 N. Ridge, from the existing RT3.5 to a B2-1 zoning classification. This zoning change will allow for a mixed-use development which will include ground floor commercial spaces with nine residential units above and nine parking spaces. The property owners, their attorney, and the architect will be in attendance to talk about the project and answer any questions.
We invite neighbors who live near this development to come to learn about the proposed zoning change. Please contact the 48th Ward office with any questions about the project.
48th Ward Day at Loyola Men’s Volleyball
Join us on Thursday, March 16 for 48th Ward Day at Loyola University Men’s Volleyball. At this game, we will recognize outstanding elementary and middle school students from our neighborhood schools. Loyola University (#9) will take on Ohio State (#1), it’s sure to be a great game! Use code “48” for $5 tickets.
#9 Loyola vs. #1 Ohio State Men’s Volleyball
Thurs., Mar. 16 – 7:00 pm
Special Offer Code: 48
Ticket Link: http://bit.ly/2l01Waf
Hate Has No Home Here Signs
Local families launched a “Hate Has No Home Here” campaign and have been distributing signs throughout the city. Signs are available at the 48th Ward office, 5533 N. Broadway. If you know a group or individual who would like a yard or window sign, check out our local GoFundMe Page for pick-up locations, to make a small donation, or to order a sign.
Parkway Beautification Grants Available
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project will provide a limited number of $100 Grants for material expenditures for pre-approved Edgewater parkway and circles. Thanks to generous donations and support of the Overhead Project; Sen. Heather Steans; and Rep. Kelly Cassidy the program will continue through 2017.
Landscaping and consulting services will be provided at no charge to grant recipients by Kim Kaulus, Inc.
Deadline for grant application is June 1, 2017.
Apply here: https://goo.gl/iwDGBY
Buttercup Park Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting
Saturday, March 11
10:00 am – Noon
Margate Park Fieldhouse, 4921 Marine Dr.
- Election for New Officers (All term positions are open)
- Plan Yearly activities
- Organize committees
- Fundraising Opportunities
Anti-Cruelty Society Spay/Neuter Clinic
The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s oldest and most comprehensive humane society, is running a special spay/neuter promotion from now until the 1st of May called “The Great Fix.” Come by Alderman Osterman’s office to pick up a voucher for a free spay or neuter surgery for your pit bull or pit bull mix. Each voucher also covers the full cost of vaccinations. This is a limited time promotion – so hurry in soon! The Anti-Cruelty Society’s spay/neuter clinic is located in Chicago’s River North neighborhood at 169 W. Grand Avenue. Free parking is available on-site. Click here for more information.
Public Safety Update
Earlier this week a bomb threat was phoned into Chicago Jewish Day School, 5959 N. Sheridan. The Chicago Police Department responded immediately and school administration evacuated the premises to ensure the safety of students and staff. CPD Canine officers assisted with the investigation, which rendered the area clear and safe. Students returned to the school later in the morning. I want to thank the Chicago Police Department officers who responded to the incident. This was a despicable and hateful crime that targeted innocent children from our community. The Chicago Police Department and FBI are actively investigating this incident. If anyone has any information, please contact Area North Detectives at 312-744-8263. If you observe hate crimes, please report them the 911.
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.
Andersonville Honors Voting is Open!
Cast your vote for your favorite businesses and local organizations in Andersonville! Voting is open through Friday, March 17. Winners will be honored at the annual Andersonville Honors Party on Wednesday, April 5 at Mary’s Attic, 5400 N. Clark St.
Click here to vote.
Click here to buy your tickets to the event.
Celebrate 40 Years of the Swedish American Museum!
Swedish American Museum will be holding their 40th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, April 2nd 5pm – 8pm. Hors d’oeuvres from Tre Kronor and Wikstrom’s Foods will be served along with wine and a champagne toast. Like Minds Trio will be playing, and activities include a scavenger hunt and video covering 40 years of the Museum. All of this is included at $25 per person. Pre-registration is required, which can be done here.
Northside Chicago AYSO Soccer League
Two Free Drop-In Anytime Soccer Clinics for kids, ages 3 – 18
Sunday, March 19 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm at St. Margaret Mary Gym, 7341 N. Claremont
Saturday, April 1 from 12:00 – 2:00 pm at St. Gertrude Gym, 1401 W. Granville
Bring water and shin guards
(will have some to purchase if needed). On day of, parents will sign a waiver. The clinics are not drop-off. For children’s safety, parents are required to remain onsite.
Play AYSO Soccer! Have Fun!
Soccer teams for girls and boys, ages 4-18. Spring season from April 23 – June 11 – games on Sunday afternoons at Rogers Park (Rockwell & Jarlath)
Playground Program (parent child classes) for kids ages 3 – 5
Fee for Soccer teams or Playground Program: $100 for Spring 2017 season (includes uniform)
Register online at https://www.eayso.org and select Region 1206. Scholarships available for those in need. Learn more at http://www.rpayso.org/register.php or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Edgewater Satellite Senior Center
The Edgewater Satellite Senior Center is located at the Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway.
Click here for the March schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.
Click here for the 2017 full year schedule of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center.
Oak Street Health Events
Oak Street Health, 1541 W. Devon, offers a full calendar of community events for seniors. A few highlights for March:
– HearUSA Hearing Screeening on Tuesday, March 14 at 9:15 AM
– Everybody’s Irish Party! on Thursday, March 16 at 2 PM
– Internet Basics on Fridays at 10 AM
– Beginner’s Spanish on Mondays at 10 AM
Click here to view the complete calendar.
Senior Sewer Rebate
News for Seniors living in Homeowner Associations
Did you know that 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?
Many seniors have applied for this over the years, and received a letter (click here to see an example) from the City of Chicago asking for a signature to re-confirm residency. If you’ve applied in the past and haven’t yet received the letter, please give the US postal system some time to catch up, but you should receive this letter in the next week or two.
If you haven’t received the rebate before, 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.
Chicagoland Methodist Senior Services offers regular computer classes for seniors. Click here for a calendar and more information.
School & Youth News
Senn High School Fundraising
Friends of Senn’s annual fundraising appeal is underway. Last year’s campaign raised money to install cafeteria TVs to support the digital journalism program and to purchase new uniforms for the Senn Bulldogs football team. Click here for more information and to donate.
Future Leaders in Planning Summer Program
Future Leaders in Planning (FLIP), CMAP’s youth leadership program, is now accepting applications for the summer 2017 program. High school students with an interest in urban planning, civic engagement, and learning how to make their communities better are encouraged to apply. Application materials are due May 15 for the July program.
Dining Out for Swift – Ethiopian Diamond
Bring a friend to enjoy an authentic Ethiopian meal, as well as soft and classical Masinqo (a traditional Ethiopian musical instrument) at Edgewater’s Ethiopian Diamond (6120 N. Broadway). Ethiopian Diamond will donate 10% of all sales on Friday, March 10, to Swift Elementary School, 5900 N. Winthrop.
Open House at Swift School
Tuesday, March 28, 8:30 – 9:30 am
Swift Elementary School, 5900 N. Winthrop, 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! RSVP requested: firstname.lastname@example.org.
NCA Now Accepting 2017-18 Applications
Be a part of something greater at Northside Catholic Academy. A 2013 Blue Ribbon School, NCA offers half-day and full-day preschool, and a top-ranked K-8 academic program. NCA’s challenging and diversified curriculum includes music, art, foreign language, computer science, and physical education. Yet, what’s even greater is how NCA inspires its students to grow in character, intellect and spirit. Learn more about NCA at an Admissions Tour, 9:00-10:00am on March 7, 16, 21, or 30. Call 773-743-6277 for more information or apply online.
What’s Happening at the Libraries
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library events
Input Wanted About Your Public Library Needs
The Chicago Coalition of Library Friends wants your input about how the Chicago Public Libraries could better serve the community and your needs. (Friends of the Edgewater Library is a member of this coalition.) Click here to take the survey.
Chicago Monuments Presentation
The Edgewater Historical Society will be holding their 2017 Annual Meeting at the Edgewater Public Library, 6000 N. Broadway, to discuss plans for 2017-2018 and present the candidates for the Board of Directors. Additionally, you will get to enjoy a photography presentation by Larry Broutman, featuring over 250 of his photos. The meeting will take place Saturday March 18 at 10am and is free to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
Care for Real News
CHI TOWN JAZZ FESTIVAL KICKS OFF THIS SUNDAY!
Annual Chi-Town Jazz Festival is scheduled for March 5 – March 11, 2017. The festival, supporting Hunger Relief, will take place at some of the best jazz clubs in Chicago featuring incredible performers! Concert venues include Jazz Showcase, Winter’s, PianoForte and closing out at Green Mill on March 11. Tickets and more information can be found here
Save on Your Energy Cost Today!
As we may have a few weeks of winter approaching, we want to ensure that our homes stay warm and our bills affordable. However, most homes in Chicago, even newer ones, waste more than 15% of their energy, resulting in discomfort and high bills. Right now through local nonprofit Elevate Energy, homeowners and owners of 2-4 unit buildings can schedule a $99 home energy assessment to find out where their homes are losing energy. Elevate’s qualified contractors will find the most cost-effective improvements for your home, and the Elevate Energy team will be with you every step of the way to ensure the work on your home gets done right and that you are able to take advantage of all available rebates. The average homeowner will reduce their energy use by 15%, saving an average $400 per year, and qualifying their home for the Illinois Home Performance with ENERGY STAR certificate.
Another way you can start saving this summer is by putting your new smart meter to work for you! Smart meters are digital meters that give more detailed information about our own electricity usage. By increasing your awareness of your energy use, and signing up for programs that take advantage of energy spikes, smart meters will allow you to lower your costs while remaining comfortable in your home. To learn more about your options for energy efficiency and home energy savings contact Foluke Akanni at 773.321.2673 or email@example.com or by calling toll-free 844.922.1222.
Elevate Energy is a Chicago-based nonprofit organization that designs and implements energy efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure that the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them most. For more information visit their website.
Sustainability Tip of the Week
TIP: CHECK YOUR TIRES FOR SAFETY & SAVINGS
- Schedule a regular check of your tires – both the tire pressure and tread depth. Use a gauge to check that the tire pressure agrees with the label on the door, not the maximum pressure shown on the tires’ sidewalls. Uneven wear indicates a need for wheel alignment. Check the tires for bulges and bald spots.
- Look carefully to see if the wear bars are showing at right angles to the treads. Evenly spaced around the tires, wear bars appear when tread depth is less than 2/32 inch. An easy check is to insert a nickel between the treads. If the head on the nickel is fully visible, it is time to replace the tire.
These actions will protect you and your family, reduce the amount of gas used and less gas equals fewer emissions and cleaner air.
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