September 29, 2017
This Sunday, Oct. 1, 8am, is the fourth annual Edgewater Back to School 5K. This event brings together neighbors, students from schools across the ward, and businesses to celebrate our community, each other, and promote a healthy lifestyle. A portion of each registration fee is donated to the 48th Ward school of the runner’s choice, adding up to more than $15,000 for our local schools to date.
The morning kicks off with festivities on Loyola University’s St. Ignatius Community Plaza at Kenmore and Rosemont, including a visit from Edgewater resident and WGN meteorologist Tom Skilling. The course will take runners down Sheridan Road to Ardmore, where they will head toward the lakefront for a scenic run, before turning at Foster and returning to the Loyola plaza. The Edgewater Chamber of Commerce is still looking for volunteers to ensure this is a safe and successful event — click here if you’re interested in helping out. Runners who haven’t registered yet can still sign up online (click here) or register on site Sunday morning. See below for more information about the Edgewater 5K.
I met earlier this week with the principals from every school in our ward. For the first time in many years, our public schools are starting the new school year off on steady financial footing and are able to focus first on education and curriculum. Our private schools are also enjoying a positive start to the school year. Schools are the backbone of our community, and I appreciate the leadership of our principals, administrators, teachers, and staff. We will be providing highlights about the achievements of our schools throughout the course of the year. Please support our neighborhood schools. Next weekend there is an opportunity to support Senn High School at the first annual Senntoberfest fall festival on Saturday, Oct. 7. See below for more details.
This week we cut two ribbons in the ward. On Monday, Planned Parenthood celebrated the opening of their new location at 5725 N. Broadway. Planned Parenthood has been in our community for decades, serving more than 5,000 patients each year with critical, affordable health care.
Later in the week we joined the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce for a triple ribbon cutting at Clark and Thome, to officially welcome TK Photography, Heirloom Books, and K&J Global Pharmacy to the community. Please take a walk along this part of Clark St. this weekend to show these businesses a warm welcome to the community — we are all part of their success.
Join me next Friday, Oct. 6, 5:30 – 7:30pm for a community conversation about the future of development on Clark St. My office, in partnership with 40th Ward Ald. O’Connor, the Edgewater Chamber of Commerce, and the Edgewater Development Corporation, is hosting a series of three outdoor events to bring neighbors together for food, entertainments, kids’ activities, and an opportunity to build a community vision for North Clark Street between Ridge and Devon. Click here for more information on next week’s event.
This week we distributed more of the donated bikes from this summer’s 48th Ward Bike Drive to girls in the GirlForward program. GirlForward is a local organization that supports adolescent and teenage girls have been displaced from their home countries due to conflict or persecution. I am very grateful to everyone in the community who has made our first bike drive effort possible — neighbors who donated bikes, locks, and helmets; volunteers who helped fix and clean up donations; neighbors who helped spread the word about the initiative; and the Broadway Armory staff for allowing us to use their facility. I look forward to renewing this effort in the spring to distribute another 48 bikes to another 48 kids in the neighborhood.
I had the opportunity to attend Lakewood Balmoral Residents’ Council’s annual meeting earlier this week. We had a productive conversation about issues neighbors there are facing and what they would like to see in the future. I will be meeting soon with East Andersonville Resdients’ Council and the Edgewater Glen Association as well. My annual series of 48th Ward Town Hall Meetings begins the second week of October. These meetings allow me to share what my office has worked on over the past year and allows neighbors the opportunity to ask questions. See Town Hall schedule below.
Congratulations to the Chicago Cubs for winning the Central Division. Good luck in the playoffs! Have a great weekend, enjoy the beautiful weather!
Alderman, 48th Ward
48th Ward Town Hall Meetings Schedule
Each year I host a series of 48th Ward Town Hall meetings throughout the ward. These events begin with a State of the Ward presentation followed by significant time for questions and answers. Please attend the meeting in your part of the community.
- Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm – Senn High School, 5900 N. Glenwood
- Tuesday, Oct. 17, 6:30pm – Somerset Place Apartments, 5009 N. Sheridan
- Thursday, Oct. 19, 6:30pm – Swedish American Museum, 5211 N. Clark
- Wednesday, Oct. 25, 6:30pm – Emanuel Congregation, 5959 N. Sheridan
Street Resurfacing Projects in the 48th Ward
There are a number of street resurfacing projects that began recently in the ward. These projects take approximately 4 weeks to complete, weather permitting.
- Week 1 – Street asphalt is removed/milled
- Week 2 – All utilities are identified, checked and addressed
- Week 3 – Any repairs needed are addressed including any curbs, gutters & sidewalks that were damaged during asphalt removal
- Week 4 – Pending all has been addressed, street is then resurfaced
We apologize in advance for any parking restrictions throughout this project. Even if machines and workers are not visible on the street, there’s still work being done behind the scenes and parking restrictions must remain in place.
The following streets are scheduled to be resurfaced, weather permitting and are in no particular order:
- W. Ardmore Ave., from Sheridan Rd. to the Lakefront
- N. Wayne Ave., from Ardmore Ave. to Early Ave.
- W. Thorndale Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.
- W. Balmoral Ave., from Broadway to Sheridan Rd.
Finally, any speedhumps that are on these streets will be replaced before the 2017 season ends.
I thank you for your patience during these projects as we work to make our ward safer. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact my office at 773-784-5277.
Planned Water Main Project in 48th Ward
The Department of Water Management plans to install approximately 2,002 feet of 8-inch water main on Kenmore between Bryn Mawr and Berwyn. As part of this project, the east half of Kenmore will be resurfaced along with the repair of damaged parkway and sidewalk. Water main installation is anticipated to begin in late September 2017 with completion in early December 2017. Once the water main is installed, the street will be restored so that traffic is not impacted. However, final restoration is weather dependent and may not occur until the spring of 2018 or until weather permits.
Volunteers Needed – Pedestrian Counts on Argyle
The 48th Ward office, in partnership with Uptown United and Chicago Department of Transporation (CDOT), is coordinating volunteers to assist with data collection to measure the impact of the new Argyle Streetscape. We are looking for volunteers to conduct pedestrian counts on Argyle between Sheridan and Broadway from 11:30am-1:30pm and 5-7pm on Tuesday, Oct. 3; Thursday, Oct. 5; and Saturday, Oct. 7. Volunteers must be able to stay on their feet for two hours.
If you are interested in volunteering, click here for more information and to sign up. Please contact email@example.com with questions.
Edgewater 5K – October 1
Join us for the annual Edgewater 5K Run/1mi Walk, the only race course that includes Sheridan Road and the lakefront path! The Edgewater 5K raises money for all schools in the 48th Ward, both private and public. Your investment in today’s students is an investment in the future, as many of the 48th Ward graduates stay in the community. Since the race began in 2014, we have raised $15,000 for 48th Ward schools.
Register to run or walk!
Sign-up to volunteer!
All event details can be found here!
Senntoberfest – Fall Festival Fundraiser for Senn High School
Join us for the first annual SENNTOBERFEST — a fall festival to benefit Senn High School! The event will begin at the new Senn Park Playground at Elmdale and Greenview with the official dedication, followed by a Halloween costume parade along Greenview to the festival! Suggested donation of $5/person or $20/family. All proceeds benefit Friends of Senn, the fundraising chapter for the school.Thank you to our partners at Andersonville Chamber of Commerce, Senn Park Advisory Council, Chicago Park District for making this event possible!
This family-friendly event will feature:
– food and drink
– face painting
– bounce houses
– tours of Senn High School
– live music
– basketball games
Click here for more information.
Friends of Senn is looking for volunteers to help make this event a great success! Click here if you’re interested in learning about volunteer opportunities.
Get Involved: Upcoming Park District Advisory Council Meetings
Cedar Park Advisory Council Meeting
Monday, Oct 1, 7pm
Chicago Grind, 5256 N. Broadway
Monthly meeting. Public is invited. Help us grow!
Senn Park Advisory Council Meeting
Tuesday, Oct. 10, 7:30pm
Broadway Armory, 5917 N. Broadway
Agenda to include election of new officers, update from Ald. Osterman, and meet and greet with new Senn Park Supervisor Ivan Martinez.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ellipsis Coffeehouse Disaster Relief Fundraiser
On September 30 and October 1, Ellipsis Coffeehouse (1259 W. Devon) will be participating in a fundraiser with the New Gotham Coffee Community benefiting relief efforts for both Mexico and Puerto Rico. As part of International Coffee Day, cafes and roasters around the Chicagoland area will be coming together in support of these coffee producing countries badly damaged by recent natural disasters. Ellipsis will donate 10% of all coffee sales this weekend to relief efforts.
Public Safety Update
Positive Loitering Training
Thursday, Oct. 12, 6:30pm
20th District Police Station
5400 N. Lincoln Ave. Community Room
Click here for flyer
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.
Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Center North Satellite Office Open
Reminder that Kimberly Foxx, the Cook County State’s Attorney now has a satellite office open at 4956 N. Sheridan, at the corner of Sheridan and Argyle. Stop by on the 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month with any questions or concerns from 10am-12pm.
Click here for a flyer with more information
Senior UpdatesFor more information about Edgewater Village, click here.
Be sure to check out the Edgewater Village Facebook page!
Click here to view the Edgewater Village calendar of Events.
Click here for a September events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.
Click here for the 2017 calendar of events at the Edgewater Satellite Senior Center at the Broadway Armory.
Scams Targeting Seniors
Click here to view a community alert from Chicago Police Department with information about a series of scams targeting senior citizens.
Free Home Repair Program
The City of Chicago’s Dept. of Planning and Development provides free home repairs to improve safety, security and accessibility.
Applicants must meet income limit restrictions and be sixty years of age or older. Deadline is Oct. 12, 2017. Click here for more information.
To see if you are eligible, contact:
Northside Community Resources
Karla Davis, Director of Senior Services
773-338-7722, ext. 21
Elder Justice Center Workshops
Please join the Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center (CCEJC) for the following two (2) September 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, Chicago, Illinois in Courtroom 2005 on the dates indicated below:
“Everything You Want To Know About Guardianship”
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Topics to include:
- Guardians’ duties and responsibilities
- Guardianship process and procedures
- Guardianship vs. Power of Attorney
Seminar Speaker(s): Daniel Belko, Supervising Attorney, Office of the Cook County Public Guardian; Catherine Evans, Assistant Director, Guardianship Assistance Desk for Minors
“Empowering Nursing Home Residents”
Thursday, November 2, 2017
Topics to include:
- Nursing home residents’ rights
- Common problems residents encounter and resolutions
- The Illinois Department of Public Health’s role as a regulator
- Investigation and reporting procedures
Seminar Speaker(s): Bernard Cobbins, Jr., Regional Ombudsman, Chicago – Illinois Association of Long Term Care, Ombudsmen – President – Chicago Department of Family and Support Services; Michelle Millard, Special Investigation Unit – Illinois Department of Public Health
School & Youth News
Chicago Public School application account activation is now open. GoCPS is the new online system to make it easier to apply to Chicago Public Schools. CPS offers a wide variety of school and program options for students attending high school, elementary and Pre-K. GoCPS is the central hub for learning, researching, exploring and applying to them. Visit www.go.cps.edu to activate your account and prepare your applications for the 2018-2019 school year. The application period begins on October 2nd.
Peirce Harbor Night
Friday, Oct. 20, 7-10pm
Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W. Montrose
Click here for more information
Northside Catholic Academy Hosts Admissions Open House October 4
Great learning and discovery starts at Northside Catholic Academy. Discover what makes NCA a Blue Ribbon School at the first Admissions Open House of the year on October 4, 9am, at the Primary School Campus (6216 N. Glenwood Ave.). Tour classrooms, meet administration, and talk with parents and teachers. NCA offers a challenging and diversified curriculum for grades PreK-8, that includes Spanish, Technology, Music, Art and Physical Education. NCA’s Early Learning Center includes flexible half-day and full-day preschool options starting at age three. The Early Learning curriculum offers a child-centered approach focused on learning through play and hands-on activities, including Spanish, Music, Art and gym. Onsite extended care, summer camp and need-based scholarships are available. Call 773-743-6277 to RSVP for the October 4 Admissions Open House or to learn more. Applications for the 2018-19 school year are available online.
Chicago Early Learning – Applications Open
Chicago Early Learning is a citywide, collaborative effort to bring high quality early learning programs more readily to families in need throughout the city. We have reduced barriers for high-needs families to apply online to Chicago Public Schools and community-based preschool for their three and four year-olds at chicagoearlylearning.org.
Sacred Heart Schools Admissions Coffee Dates
Admissions Coffees feature informal conversation with current parents, presentations from the Head of Schools and other key administrators, and student-led tours. Reservations are strongly encouraged. 773-681-8436 or email@example.com. Sacred Heart is located at 6250 N. Sheridan Road in Chicago’s Edgewater neighborhood. Sacred Heart is a Catholic independent school serving children in Kindergarten through 8th grade.
9:15am to 11am on the following mornings –
- Wednesday, October 4
- Friday, October 13
- Wednesday, October 25
- Friday, November 3
- Friday, November 17
Edgewater Arts Festival Recap
The Edgewater Arts Festival and its organizers at Edgewater Artists in Motion, would like to extend a very heartfelt THANK you to two groups that were instrumental to its success and are crucial to its continuous growth:
- The local businesses and organizations that sponsored the Festival:
- The 120 volunteers who clocked in a total of 931 hours of work. A particular mention goes to Mather High School Art Teacher, Mr Danny Mendoza, and his 31 students who worked tirelessly all weekend. Their contribution was immense and The Festival has received a lot of positive notes about these students from the exhibiting artists.
ACT Group Shred Day Results
What a great day we had on Saturday
for our 4th
annual Shred Event to benefit Care for Real…record heat and record results!
Thanks to you and our local communities for the following amazing results:
Total Shred Volume: 5600 pounds of paper
Total Food Donated: 245 pounds
TOTAL CASH DONATIONS: $3594 (almost triple the amount collected last year!!)
These donations mean so much to Care for Real and to the families they support.
Thanks to CJ Jensen and Craig Dannenbrink from Jensen & Associates for co-sponsoring this event with us, Alderman Osterman’s Office, the Edgewater Chamber, Business Partners (The Chamber for Uptown), Rogers Park Business Alliance and Edgeville Buzz for their support and help in getting the word out…and to those selfless people who would like to remain anonymous! And, of course, thanks to Care for Real for making such a difference in our communities!
Watch for our next shred event in September of 2018!
Speaker Series at Congregation Emanuel
Congregation Emanuel, located on the Lakefront, at 5959 N. Sheridan is launching its 2017-18 Speakers Series this fall. Programs are free and open to the public. This year’s series is dedicated to Emanuel’s late Rabbi Herman Schaalman, whose insatiable intellectual curiosity inspired so many over the years.
On Sunday, October 8, Dean Jobb, the author of Empire of Deception, speaks at 10:15 am. The book is subtitled “The Incredible Story of a Master Swindler Who Seduced a City and Captivated the Nation.” That master swindler, back in Chicago’s Jazz Age, was Congregation Emanuel member, Leo Koretz, whose investors included at least six prominent Emanuel members as well as congregational Rabbi Felix Levy.
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here for more information.
Disaster Relief Efforts
In the wake of devastating impacts of Hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico City, Mayor Emanuel is encouraging residents to support the recovery and relief work by donating to reputable organizations assisting with efforts. The City has created a website – cityofchicago.org/DisasterRelief – that includes a list of verified charities and organizations assisting with these efforts. Following is a list of relief efforts happening across the city and other helpful resources. If you are hosting or aware of any other local efforts, please submit details here.
- Event Hosted by The Puerto Rican Agenda
Friday, September 22nd 7-11PM
Segundo Ruiz Belvis Center, 4046 W. Armitage Ave
- Event Hosted by The Little Village Chamber of Commerce
Tuesday, September 26th 6-Midnight
Mi Tierra Restaurant, 2528 S. Kedzie Ave.
- Event Hosted by The Latino Caucus
October 11th 5:30-7PM
Old Crow, 149 W. Kinzie St
Additionally, the American Red Cross also has a safe and well website where people can check for their loved ones and people in affected areas can also register themselves as safe and well. Link here –https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php. Please follow @ChicagoOEMC on twitter for continued updates.
And, Puerto Rico Emergency Management officials suggest the following:
- Contact the island’s disaster relief team by e-mailing email@example.com – Because of high volume, leaders are asking that you only send one email — no follow-ups — unless the status of your loved one has changed. Include your contact information and as many details about your family or friend as possible.
- Call the Puerto Rico Washington D.C. office at 202-800-3133 or 202-778-0710 – Staffers are taking names and numbers and developing plans to check the welfare of people who remain unreachable or missing as the island begins to recover. Officials say getting through to someone over the phone has been difficult because of backed-up phone lines.
- Other helpful links with information to assist with efforts in Puerto Rico – http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Enrollment begins October 2, 2017
Due to the overwhelming need for assistance, wait times at intake sites will be long and daily intake appointments will be limited.
Cook County, IL – The priority enrollment period for seniors, (60+), and persons living with disabilities to receive winter energy bill assistance through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) begins October 2.
LIHEAP is a state and federally funded energy assistance program for low-income families. The LIHEAP program offsets the cost of home energy through direct financial assistance as well as energy counseling and education. For LIHEAP eligible households, a bill payment will be made directly to the utility company(s) on behalf the household.
Cook County residents must bring all required documentation when applying for assistance, including:
- Proof of gross income from all adult household members, 18 years or older, for the 30-days prior to the LIHEAP application, including the application date itself.
- Current heating and electric bills, issued within 45 days of applying for LIHEAP assistance.
- If the utilities are included in the rent, a copy of the rental agreement is required as proof.
- Proof of Social Security numbers for all household members. The proof provided must be an original government issued document.
- If applicable, proof that the household receives Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Aid to the Aged, Blind, or Disabled (AABD), or other government benefits.
LIHEAP benefits are paid directly to energy vendors on behalf of eligible households. The exception is households whose heating costs are included in their rent and whose rent is more than 30% of the total household income. A signed lease or Rent Verification Form will be required as proof.
Families with children ages 5 and under at time of application can begin applying for LIHEAP assistance as of November 1, 2017. Households not eligible for priority enrollment can apply for LIHEAP assistance beginning December 1, 2017.
For more information on LIHEAP eligibility or to find an intake center, visit www.cedaorg.net or contact the toll free number at (800) 571-CEDA (2332).
What’s Happening at the Libraries
Click here for a listing of Bezazian Library eventsDonate your gently used books to the Friends of the Edgewater Library
From September 5 through October 14, the Friends of the Edgewater Library will be accepting book donations. We rely on your donations to stock our semi-annual book sales. Proceeds of our sales directly support the Edgewater branch library. You can bring your donations to the library at 6000 N. Broadway
Upcoming Events at Edgewater Branch
Edgewater Historical Society Annual Austin Wyman Lecture: Professor Joseph Schwieterman
2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Saturday, September 30
What will transit oriented development (TOD) mean for Edgewater? With the CTA’s Red Line running through it, Edgewater is primed to be a key front in this rapidly evolving area. Join us for a lively discussion on the pros and cons of TOD, Edgewater’s past development patterns, and what the neighborhood can expect in the years ahead.
Don’t miss our regular monthly programs:
Chess on the Edge
5:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Tuesday: September 19
Come to open chess play during which players can teach and learn new skills.
Craft & Create: Knitting
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
September 7, 14, and 28
Instruction provided by Sandy. Knitters bring their own supplies and materials which include knitting needles and yarn
6:30-7:45 p.m. in the Community Room
Tuesdays: September 12 and 26
Join other writers in the Edgewater community in an exchange of feedback and support in your writing endeavors. Held in conjunction with the Community Writing Project, we will have an experienced facilitator on hand to guide the discussion.
Graphic Novel Book Club
6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Community Room
Thursday, September 14
Join us for a lively discussion of Jessica Jones, Alias: Volume 1 by Brian Michael Bendis. Copies are available for checkout at the circulation desk.
Monday Matinee: Bend It Like Beckham
2:00-4:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Monday, September 18
Eighteen year-old Jesminder’s parents want her to be a nice, conventional Indian girl. But she just wants to play soccer like her hero, David Beckham. For Jess, that means kicking a ball around the local park with the lads until she’s spotted by Jules, who invites her to join the local women’s team
Friends of the Edgewater Library
10:00 – 11:30 a.m. in the Community Room
Saturday, September 23
Monthly meeting of the Friends of the Edgewater Library. The Friends enhance the materials, programming, and services of the Edgewater branch of the Chicago Public Library.
NEW! “No Book” Book Club
2:00 – 3:00 p.m. in the Community Room Monday, September 25
The No Book Club is for people who enjoy reading and talking about the books they’ve read. Sponsored by the Friends of the Edgewater Library, Edgewater Village, and Edgewater Reads.
CAPS: Beat Meeting
7:00-8:00 p.m. in the Community Room, Tuesday, September 26
Do you live east of Clark between Devon and Thorndale? Join your neighbors from the 24th District to exchange information about neighborhood conditions, identify crime, and discuss disorder issues. Together we will develop strategies to improve the community.
Edgewater Branch, Chicago Public Library
6000 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL 60660
Hours of Operation: Monday & Wednesday 10-6; Tuesday & Thursday 12-8; Friday & Saturday 9-5; Sunday CLOSED
Care for Real News
30 Kids, 30 Days, $33K
For the month of September, Care for Real is bringing back our 30 kids in 30 days campaign- and setting our fundraising goal of $33,000 to help ensure we feed 30 kids, 3 nutritious meals a day, for one year. Let’s come together and make sure no child has to worry about where their next meal comes from. Every dollar counts! Donate online at 30 Kids or email Lyle Allen for more information, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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