March 17, 2017
A big thank you to all of the vendors and seniors who braved Monday’s snow to attend our 17th Annual 48th Ward Senior Wellness Fair. This year’s fair featured a record number of vendors, over 60, and we welcomed over 600 guests at the event. I enjoyed connecting with the seniors from our community, and look forward to next year’s fair.
I continue to be amazed by the successes coming out of Senn High School. Earlier this month, student Yvette Moreales made Senn history as the first female wrestler to participate in the IHSA state tournament. Senn Arts student Ireon Roach advanced last weekend to the Louder Than A Bomb finals, an event that Senn student shone in last year. I am proud to see Senn Students getting the spotlight citywide and statewide.
Senn’s Digital Journalism program, in partnership with Loyola University, has been growing and coming into its own. I encourage everyone to check out the SennTV channel on YouTube to see what the students create. I was recently the subject of a SennTV “We are Senn-sational” profile video. Click below to watch it, and learn about my partnership with Senn High School.
Connecting local youth to opportunities outside of school is very important to me and to our community. Providing teens and young adults with jobs, internships, and after school programming has long-lasting impacts. From a public safety standpoint, it offers teens a safe and productive place to go when they are out of school. From a sustainability standpoint, it provides mentoring and leadership skills so that our young people can take an active role in shaping their community. And from an economic development standpoint, it helps our local businesses connect with schools and families, and fosters a new workforce. I encourage parents of teens and young adults in our community to make sure their kids explore the opportunities available through One Summer Chicago, After School Matters, and Public Art Youth Corps. My office is collaborating with our local chambers of commerce to work with local businesses and community organizations to apply as host sites for these programs.
On behalf of my family and staff, Happy St. Patrick’s Day to you and your families, and to all the immigrants, refugees, and their descendants who have made our country great. Please enjoy St. Patrick’s Day and March Madness locally at the many fine establishments in our community. Go Wildcats!
Have a great weekend.
Alderman, 48th Ward
Recognizing Outstanding 48th Ward Middle Schoolers at LUC Volleyball
Last night Loyola University Athletic Department hosted 48th Ward Night at the men’s volleyball game against Ohio State. After the second set, high achieving students and athletes from middle schools in the 48th Ward were called down to the court be recognized for their achievements. We are proud of the strong partnership between Loyola University and schools in our ward, and are proud of our students. Thank you to Loyola and to our schools for stepping up and helping highlight youth in our community.
Students honored last night:
|McCutcheon Elementary School
Yar Zar Soe
|Sacred Heart Schools
|Peirce Elementary School
Swift Elementary School
|Hayt Elementary School
5691 N. Ridge Development
This week my office held a community meeting related to a zoning change from RT3.5 to B1-2 at 5691 N. Ridge, to allow for a four-story mixed use development. This space was formerly a service office for C4. The proposal would allow for 9 residential condo units featuring “universal design”, with 9 parking spaces, a community garden, and 3,000 square feet of commercial space on the ground floor. Based on support from residents who attended the meeting and from local community groups, I will be supporting the zoning change.
2017 Street Sweeping Schedule
The 2017 Street Sweeping Schedule is now available. Click here to view the schedule. Please contact our office with questions or concerns.
Our office works hard to stay on top of reporting potholes in the ward. If you notice any new potholes in the street or alleys since this week’s snow, please call our office with the address at 773-784-5277.
Business Feature: Salon Echo, 1134 W. Bryn Mawr
Salon Echo is one of few: a salon where 90% of the space has been repurposed or recycled, including the roof of a garage. Maria Sigman, the owner of Salon Echo, says she wanted to open Salon Echo once she realized how environmentally unhealthy her industry is. Salon Echo holds fundraisers for charities working toward a healthier world, including their annual fundraiser for The Alliance of the Great Lakes. Salon Echo also continues to give back to the community by participating in Edgefest and Andersonville’s Midsommarfest, where they give massages, with the proceeds going to Care for Real and a local animal shelter.
Salon Echo has been open for 26 years, with 11 years spent in Edgewater. Maria Sigman, a lifelong Edgewater resident, attributes the success to her ability to adapt to the times and provide a relaxed space in the midst of busy schedules. Customers say they choose to return because of the staff’s attention to detail and their personal care of every person, ensuring that every person leaves satisfied. As customers walk past, each person stops to speak with Maria. Maria says she loves the Edgewater neighborhood, calling the neighborhood a “beautiful little gem” and says the area is more accessible to her clients. Maria’s roots and sense of culture here are deep, with her grandfather and parents having owned businesses in the neighborhood. She continues to stay connected to the community by serving in the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce on the Membership Committee and was recently nominated to the Board of Directors. Click here to view the services Salon Echo provides.
Orange Shoe Personal Fitness Grand Opening Party
Join us in giving a warm welcome to Orange Shoe Personal Fitness as the newest addition to Andersonville! There will be a grand opening party on Saturday March 18 from 4pm – 8pm at the Orange Shoe Personal Fitness, 5609 N. Clark. Come enjoy some great food, drinks, jams, and raffles at no cost, regardless of membership status! RSVP to email@example.com is appreciated.
2nd Annual Edgewater Beach Apartments Art Fair
The Edgewater Beach Apartments will be hosting its Second Annual Art Fair on Saturday, March 25, from 10:30 am to 3:30 pm at 5555 N Sheridan in the former Anna Held Storefront (corner of Bryn Mawr and Sheridan). The public is invited and admission is free. Painting, photography, and jewelry will be featured. A portion of the sales will be donated to Care for Real. Care for Real will also accept any additional donations you wish to give.
Learn More, Live More Fundraiser
Learn More, Live More is an Edgewater organization that aims to promote personal growth through the power of learning new skills.
On Friday April 14 6:30pm – 9:30pm, Learn More, Live More will be hosting a fundraiser at the Fine Arts Building, located downtown, 410 S Michigan Ave in the 2nd Floor gallery. The fundraiser will be benefiting the organization’s 8-week senior-youth pairing program, where they pair seniors with a young person to learn new skills in a intergenerational way at no cost to them. This event will also support local female artists, as Learn More, Live More helps to promote their talents.
If you would like to learn more about Learn More, Live More, click here.
Click here to view a flyer for the event or click here to buy tickets.
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
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
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 ends today. 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.
Celebrate Earth Month with Salon Echo
Salon Echo will be celebrating April, Earth Month, with a challenge from the beauty care company Aveda: raise a minimum of $2,000 for The Alliance for the Great Lakes. Salon Echo has been donating to The Alliance for the Great Lakes since 2005 and has donated over $5,000. The campaign is meant to spread awareness that clean water is not to be taken for granted and demonstrate the importance of protecting and restoring the world’s largest surface source for fresh water.
From March 15th – April 31, Salon Echo will raffle off a “An Evening in Edgewater,” valued at $300. The prize includes theater tickets and dinner for two, as well as a haircut for the two. Raffle tickets are available for $10 each or $20 for 3 tickets.
Click here to learn more about The Alliance for the Great Lakes, and click here to learn more about Salon Echo.
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 Village Meeting
Edgewater Village invites you to be a part of this new network of older adults which will enable “aging in community”. Join us at our next meeting, Wednesday, March 22, 1pm, at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center in the Broadway Armory. For more information please email email@example.com.
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:
– Internet Basics on Fridays at 10 AM
– Beginner’s Spanish on Mondays at 10 AM
Click here to view the complete calendar.
Senior Enrichment Seminars
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two senior enrichment seminars to be held from 12:00 noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington Street, Courtroom 2005, Chicago, Illinois, on the dates indicated below:
“Safeguarding Your Savings: Best Practice of Banking Institutions”
Thursday, March 23
The topics to be discussed will include:
- How to protect your finances and identity
- Laws and regulations that protect depositors; and
- Financial preparation for emergencies
- Mary Killough, Chief Development Officer, Gareda Home Care
- Michael L. Taylor, Assistant Vice President, First Midwest Bank
“Aging at Home: Safety and Support Systems”
Thursday, April 6
The topics to be discussed will include:
- Home fire safety tips
- Law-enforcement services
- Tips on how to declutter your home
- Officer Susan M. Doody, Chicago Police Department – 8th District,
Community Policing Senior Citizen Officer
- Minnie Tenort, Chicago Fire Department, Public Safety Officer
- Coralyn Hudik, Chicago Police Department, Senior Services Officer (Ret.)
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, firstname.lastname@example.org, 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.
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: email@example.com.
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.
Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Spring Parent-Tot Play Date April 1
Northside Catholic Academy is hosting a Spring Parent-Tot Play Date on Saturday, April 1, from 10am-12pm. Parents and children ages 1 1/2-4 are invited to a morning of preschool fun! The Spring Play Date will include a springtime craft, a story and playtime. It’s the perfect opportunity to meet other families with young children and to learn more about NCA’s Preschool Program. The Spring Play Date will be held at NCA’s Primary School Campus, located at 6216 N. Glenwood Ave. Space is limited. Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 29, to Melissa Soberanes at 773-743-6277 ext. 207 or firstname.lastname@example.org. This is not a drop off event. All children must be accompanied by a parent. This is a free event.
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
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
SAVE THE DATE – Care for Real’s Annual Fundraiser, A Tail to Remember, supporting our free programs and services to nearly 100,000 each year, will take place at Urban Pooch Training and Fitness Center, 5400 N. Damen, Saturday, April 29. Stay tuned for more!
Tutors Wanted at South-East Asia Center
The South-East Asia Center is looking for volunteer tutors to help people learn English. If you are interested, please contact Chris Tran at (773)-932-1141 or email@example.com or stop by the South-East Asia Center, 5120 N. Broadway.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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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