Thursday, January 12, 2012

Free snow salt, shoveling for our neighbors!

Stuck. Photo Eric Rojas

Thanks to everyone for attending the last meeting on Tuesday night.  The next meeting will be Tuesday February 21st at 7PM, Dolce Casa Cafe, 4947 N Damen (and we'll have a microphone!). Agenda is pending, but we hope to have the Winnemac Park supervisor address the group.

Please see the note below about snow salt and shoveling.  I will be able to pick up a bag or two for 2200 block of Winona.  A couple neighbors have difficulty shoveling/ de-icing thier walks.  My suggestion would be for someone (or a few people) on a block go ahead and salt/shovel areas on the block left undone.  We know it's not uncommon for neighbors to just go ahead and shovel each other sidewalks when they are out there anyway.

Thanks Mark!


---------- Reprinted message ----------
From: Dara Salk <>
Date: Wed, Jan 11, 2012 at 4:04 PM
Subject: Helpful Winter Items for the Ward


We have been given some items that can  help our neighbors this winter and wonder if you could get them picked up/distributed.

$40 Weatherization Vouchers from Home Depot are available. They must be used by April 1st for any of the following:
Programmable thermostats, insulation, caulk, furnace filters, windows, doors.
If you know of anyone in your area who would benefit from one of these vouchers, please let me know and I will bring them with
me to the Ward Council Meeting on January 17 or you may pick them up in the office. The only thing we need is a name and address of the recipient.

One of our neighbors, Mark Buban, works for Morton Salt and has graciously offered the ward approximately 100, 25lb. bags of Safety Plus snow salt.
We want to make this salt available to the ward seniors or disabled or anyone who may be shoveling for them.  
We also need a couple of people who have trucks and would be willing to pick up the salt? We can store it here in the ward office and make it available to anyone who needs it.

Also, we are partnering with the Mayor’s new initiative for helping neighbors with snow removal. When seniors or the disabled sign-up either with our office or through the city, we will be contacting you. When volunteers come forward to help with shoveling, we will get them in contact with you, as well. We will all have to be vigilant to protect our most vulnerable citizens – we don’t want to have anyone taken advantage of.

Thanks so much for all you do to keep our ward the best place to live in the city.
Dära Salk
Constituent Services Liaison
Alderman Ameya Pawar - Ward 47
4243 N Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Thursday, January 5, 2012

NEXT MEETING: Winnemac Park Neighbors (Area 2, 47th Ward) this Tuesday January 10th

Happy New Year! Please forward this email to neighbors! Print, hand-out and post fliers...bring a friend!

Winnemac Park Neighbors
(Area 2) Damen to Western, Lawrence to Foster and all those interested!
Our next meeting is this Tuesday, January 10th
7:00PM at Dolce Casa Cafe 4947 N Damen. 

Coffee and teas available to order. Please know we make every effort to respect the schedules of our host venue and our speakers, keep the meetings factual, civil and non-political, and keep the meetings to one hour.

Our first meeting heard from the Chappell Elementary School Principal Mr. Joseph Peila on performance improvements and initiatives, Bob Farster of Friends of McPherson School ( and the group North Side High School Initiative (  Winnemac Park Advisory Committee members Dave Miretzky and Amy Williamson discussed the workings and accomplishments of the park over the years. Many neighbors encouraged everyone to visit the'll be impressed!
Tuesday January 10th General Agenda:
I. General announcements and updates
1. Ward Re-Map update (Did you know you may be moved to the 40th Ward Alderman's jurisdiction?)
2. NEW funds coming to McPherson, Chappell and Amundsen through Grow 47... what does this mean for us?
3. Ideas for a neighbor group web site and neighbor "bulletin board" email exchange
4. Fundraising for Chappell classrooms through
5. Winnemac Park, event and news updates from neighbors
6. 47th Ward neighbor's focus assisting Senior Citizens
7. Next 47th Ward Council Meeting is Tuesday January 17th, 6:45PM at 4250 N Paulina (Bethany United Church)

II. The Amundsen High School Principal, Mr Carlos Munoz, will address our neighbors at the Tuesday January 10th meeting. Thank you neighbor Stephen Reynolds for booking this important guest! Please contact Stephen at or Amundsen High School directly if you are interested in a "Friends of" Amundsen Group. He and local neighbors are looking to establish a working group with the school.

III. Neighbor Jim Javenkoski will speak about a "community garden" initiative.  We think this is a great idea, very attainable and sustainable and will "brand" Winnemac Park Neighbors in a tangible way.  Please attend the meeting or contact us if you'd like to work on a Community Garden Committee. The committee would together lobby for public garden space and help administer the garden.

IV. PENDING: We've invited Park District representatives of Winnemac Park to address our neighborhood group on the "State of the Park". No confirmation yet, but we'll make this a priority at this or the next meeting if confirmed.

*We'd like to establish a web site or communications group for Winnemac Park Neighbors.  If you have ideas and would like to help establish a community site and good way to manage the contacts list, please reply to us ASAP.  We'd like to present ideas at the next meeting and make a decision.

*We have several neighbors interested in a "friends of Chappell" group. There are some Chappell parents formalizing the group and updates will be forthcoming.  In the meantime, you may contact Eric Rojas at  if you are a parent or prospective parent at Chappell.  Contact the school at  773-534-2390 to tutor, volunteer or donate. Tell the Principal and administrative office you are excited about a "Friends of" group forming!

*If you have a local service, a business, school news, or initiatives you'd like to announce that affect our immediate neighbors (Area 2), please contact us or come to the meeting a little early. You may want to speak to the group or have us make a quick announcment. All agenda items are created by neighbors and their follow up.

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