November 30, 2018
Dear Neighbor,Tomorrow is World AIDS Day, an annual day of remembrance and awareness that provides an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and to remember those who have died. Our community is fortunate to be home to several organizations that do incredible work to support those affected by HIV/AIDS, including TPAN and Vital Bridges food pantry. I encourage you to support their work not only on World AIDS Day, but throughout the year. TPAN is hosting mobile test sites around the city tomorrow, including one in our ward at Colectivo Coffee, 5425 N. Clark St. Click here for more information. These organizations work closely with AIDS Foundation of Chicago to support our neighbors across the city, click here to learn how you can get involved in their important work.
Earlier this week, the City Council Committee on Education and Child Development held a hearing to address the issue of sexual abuse in Chicago Public Schools. In June of this year, the Chicago Tribune released a series of investigative articles that uncovered a number of sexual abuse cases in CPS. My colleagues and I called for a hearing with CPS leaders to address this important safety issue for our children. Since the summer, CPS has established the Office of Student Protections and Title IX to take complaints and coordinate responses to all sexual harrassment, bullying, and assault incidents with students. Complaints will be investigated by this office and the CPS Office of Inspector General. CPS has also re-checked backgrounds on all employees, vendors, coaches, and volunteers, and has expanded its partnership with the Child Advocacy Center to support victims of abuse. This school year alone, more than 600 cases of sexual abuse have been reported to the Chicago Public Schools Office of Student Protections and Title IX. It is critical that students are safe at school. My colleagues and I will continue
to work to ensure the safety of our students and to implement better systems at Chicago Public Schools to prevent these instances from occurring in the future. We will have a follow-up hearing in March to check in on progress of policy and procedure reforms at CPS. The hotline for the CPS Office of Student Protections and Title IX is (773) 535-4400.
Please join me in congratulating Larry Swoboda and his team at Double Bubble, 6036 N. Broadway, on their 41st anniversary serving the Edgewater community. The Double Bubble is a place for neighbors to gather, and contributes to many charitable causes throughout our community. Stop by tomorrow night to support the Northside Catholic Academy (6216 N. Glenwood) Queen of Hearts fundraiser, click here for more information.
Tomorrow First Sip Cafe, 1057 W. Argyle, celebrates their first anniversary.Sisters Erin and Gigi Hoang are second-generation businesses owners on Argyle, daughters of the owners of Cafe Hoang, 1020 W. Argyle. First Sip has been a dynamic and energizing addition to Argyle St., offering coffee, tea, and artistic events. Help them celebrate tomorrow night at their First Anniversary party, click here for more information.
Congratulations are also in order for two members of the Edgewater community who are champions! Edgewater resident eight-year-old Yuvraj Rudra Chennareddy, recently won the 2018 U8 World Cadet Chess Championship in Spain. He was the official representative of the US chess team, and made it through the tournament undefeated. Click here to learn more about Yuvraj’s victory. Edge of Sweetness cake decorator Adam Gueldner earned national recognition when his team won the challenge on Food Network’s “Holiday Wars”. Congratulations to Adam, click here to learn more about his TV appearance.
There are an abundance of holiday events in and around the Ward this weekend, including concerts, parades, vendor markets, and more. See below for details, and share your experiences using #HolidaysHere48! And if your family is planning for a Friday pizza night, order from Veranda on Thorndale and 10% of your purchase will benefit Friends of Swift.
Have a great weekend and Happy Hannukah.
Alderman, 48th Ward