Thursday, May 31, 2012

Friends of Amundsen 1st Fund-Raiser! Tuesday, June 12th 2012

The newly formed Friends of Amundsen is already working to raise funds and awareness for Amundsen High School academics and sports programs. Show your support and meet your neighbors!
A top ranking high school will raise property values and enhance the community.  Please consider attending the 1st fund-raiser or donating at or email [email protected]


Winnemac Park Advisory Council: Voting for Board Members

Monday, June 4th 7:30PM
(Held at Amundsen High School, enter south door on North Damen Avenue)
Neighbors will be voting in nominees for the Winnemac Park Advisory Council Board. WPAC is a non profit organization working with the Park District, local schools and neighbors to keep Winnemac Park great and moving forward.
The Winnemac Park Advisory Council held a short meeting on Monday, April 30th to solicit nominations for people interested in serving on the Council Board. The nominees are Karen Kolb, Brendan O'Connor, Scott Bloom and Stephen Reynolds. Each nominee will be allowed a 2 minute speech before a vote is taken. Attendance at the next meeting is required in order to vote in the election.
Amundsen softball at Winnemac Park, photo Eric Rojas
Please attend the meeting or email us at to get involved with the Winnemac Park Advisory Council. Agenda items, goals and plans are forming. Neighbors committed to improving park amenities and programs are welcome. One future goal may be to enhance a larger Board of Directors in addition to Board Officers. Other items discussed are developing youth sports leagues specifically at Winnemac Park (i.e. Welles Park and Warner Park baseball) in sports where there is great local demand and a regular corps of gardeners to help with the prairies and community gardens.

Friday, May 25, 2012

Chappell in the News! Helping students in Japan

Read: Chappell school principal travels to Japan to aid and learn from tsunami survivors.
Chappell School main entrance: Photo Eric Rojas

Contact Chappell School for ways you can donate and support 
Mr. Peila and his group heading to Japan!

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Amundsen High School - Public Candidate Forum

Amundsen High School Principal Candidate Forum!

Football practice at Amundsen High School park campus

The event will be held on Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 PM in the Amundsen Auditorium.  Please come out and learn more about the candidates plus take advantage of this public forum to ask questions of the candidates.   Mark your calendars, spread the word and let's all demonstrate our tremendous interest in our local high school!

More information on how to support Amundsen High School!

47th Ward Council Meets & Examines it's Purpose

The sixth meeting of the 47th Ward Council took place this past Wednesday, May 16th at St. Benedict's Church. Alderman Pawar started things off speaking of  his reasoning behind his council votes on The Infrastructure Trust and speed camera ordinance. A discussion of the Infrastructure Trust led into a sobering reminder about Chicago's and Illinois' unfunded pension issues. If no solution is found, an automatic property tax increase is set to take place in 2015-16. After the Alderman spoke, we broke down into smaller groups to discuss and review the Ward Council itself.
Photo from the 1st 47th Ward Council Meeting! Eric Rojas photo

Center Square Journal sent a reporter to the meeting and published a story:

Here are the official Meeting Minutes

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Free concert or Amundsen band practice?

Neighbor Amy caught this Amundsen High School band practice outside along Foster Avenue on Tuesday morning @10:30am. Such a great thing!
Photo: Amy Williamson
We love the little things about having a large "campus park" with two schools in the neighborhood.

Monday, May 7, 2012

40th Ward Town Hall Meeting

A large part of the Winnemac Park Neighborhood is transitioning into the 40th Ward, represented by Pat O'Connor. Alderman O'Connor will be having a Ward Town Hall Meeting at Amundsen High School on Monday, June 11th. From his website:
Residents of the ward are invited to come and listen to the Alderman’s State of the Ward Address regarding various area specific developments and to answer any questions residents may have. The local police commander will be on hand to answer questions and concerns as well as the 40th Ward Streets and Sanitation Superintendent and Building Department representative.
If you are unsure whether you live in the 40th ward, if you want to know when and how this transition may affect you, or if you just want to learn about your new alderman, you are invited to join your neighbors at this meeting.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Clean Up at Winnemac Park

On April 21st 2012 some thirty neighbors around Winnemac Park came together to clean the park.

Here is a photograph, more to come in a video, of this event which was part of the Chicago's Citywide Clean & Green Volunteer Clean-Up.

One just never knows what someone will "leave" behind!

-Alexandra Jamroz

Thursday, May 3, 2012

In the News! Friends of Amundsen, WPN meeting a great success

Community members and leaders gather for a great meeting at Amundsen High School

Last Tuesday, April 24th Friends of Amundsen held it's first "unofficial" meeting in conjunction with Winnemac Park Neighbors at the Amundsen High School library. About 30 active community members came out to hear talks  from Bill Higgins from the 47th Ward Service Office on the Lawrence Streetscape Project and get a primer on Amundsen High School learning communities from Principal Carlos Munoz and Asst. Principal Brian Rogers.

Read a follow-up story on Lawrence Avenue discussion HERE

Read the Center Square Journal follow-up story on Amundsen HERE for information and commentary

Community member Stephen Reynolds introduces the Friends of Amundsen effort

Asst. Principal Brian Rogers discusses learning communities at Amundsen
Neighbors were really encouraged by the Amundsen leadership.  Several "sold out" school tours have been booked for May since the April 24th meeting.  Please contact the Principal's office at Amundsen High School and tell them you're interested in a school tour...tell them Winnemac Park Neighbors sent you!

A big thank you to Stephen Reynolds for organizing the Friends of Amundsen and booking the school officials for the meeting.  Thanks to all the neighbors who came out and visited the school!

Winnemac Park Advisory Council 4/30/12 Meeting Wrap-up

The Winnemac Park Advisory Council held a short meeting on Monday, April 30th to solicit nominations for people interested in serving on the Council Board. The nominees are Karen Kolb, Brendan O'Connor, Scott Bloom and Stephen Reynolds. Each nominee will give a 2 minute speech at the next Council meeting before a vote is taken. Attendance at the next meeting is required in order to vote in the election.

Other agenda items discussed at the meeting included:
  • Park Supervisor Lisa Ragucci announced a movie night is planned for this summer at the park. Details to follow. 
  • The pool at Amundsen is open weekdays from 4:45-9:15 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 4:45 PM.  Here is the full schedule.

The next Advisory Council meeting is set for Monday,  June 4 at 7:30 PM at Amundsen High School Library. Enter at the second door to the south on Damen.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Neighbors clean-up, eat up at Clean and Green

Last Saturday, April 21st about 30 neighbors and kids came out to tidy up Winnemac Park as part of the 47th Ward's Clean and Green day. The ship-shape park just needed a little detailing but we still managed to fill a large garbage bin with bags of debris and weeds.

A big thanks to neighbors Karen Kolb and Elizabeth Mankowski who coordinated and promoted the event. Winnemac Park Neighbors provided coffee and a check-in desk. Thanks to Alderman Pawar and 47th Ward's Dara Salk for stopping by and bringing donuts!

Active Winnemac Park Neighbors fuel up on donuts and coffee

We look forward to regular clean-up day events throughout the year in the park.  There are also other opportunities to help with the park's beloved prairie plantings, paths and fields.

Check out Square Care and register to work on several projects around Winnemac Park and Chappell school this Sunday May 6th 2012.

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