Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Movies in the Park

Free Family Outdoor Movie Night 

at Winnemac Park


Saturday, August 11

7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

Come join our community for a free night at the movies in nature's wonderland, Winnemac Park. Doctor Suess' "The Lorax" will be shown.  The movie will start around dusk at the baseball diamond in the middle of the park. 

Thank you to the Chicago Park District for putting on the Movie!

Plot Summary: A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, the grumpy yet charming creature who fights to protect his world. The Lorax is Rated PG. The movie is family friendly.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

NEW! Become a Chappell Donor now for Back to School Night!

This just in!  Chappell is launching Donor opportunities to help fund Outdoor Education programs. Support your Illinois Spotlight Award winning school and receive recognition in the local community.

Chappell programs and traditions are growing. Applications to the school have skyrocketed, testing numbers are up and new programs have been added. To answer the challenge we need local business, community and parent donor support for our enrichment programs. More details soon, but here's how you may help now!
 Donor Levels:

Knight: $250.00 or above
Knights receive recognition at Back to School Night, top billing on Chappell's new Donor Page, print recognition in our monthly school newsletter, and online promotion

Squire: $150.00 to $249.00
Pages receive recognition on Chappell's web site, print recognition and online promotion

Paige: $50.00 to $149.00
Squires receive recognition on Chappell's web site and print newsletters

Jester: $25.00 to $49.00
Jesters receive recognition in school web site and print publications


We need Donors NOW! The new, new, new Chappell Donor drive will culminate with the annual Back to School Night scheduled on September 20th.  The event include a hotdog dinner fundraiser, a speaking program led by Principal Joesph Peila and classroom presentations to parents and prospective parents of students.  We need Donors now. Proceeds will fund 7th and 8th grade Outdoor Education over night trips for this year and future years.

Contact [email protected] or Eric Rojas [email protected] with subject Chappell Donor
Checks will be made payable to Chappell Elementary School, Memo "Back to School Night"
and receipts will be provided by Chappell.  Include your business or contact information.
Chappell School
2135 W Foster Ave
Chicago, IL 60625

Call Eric Rojas 773-510-1597 with questions. 
 Official Donor Drive fliers will be out soon!

Amundsen Local School Council, changes in the news!

Click HERE:  Center Square Journal reports on the latest LSC meeting and changes at Amundsen High School

Check out Amundsen's home page and the new Friends of Amundsen to support their academic, sports and arts programs!

Don't forget to "like" the Friends of Amundsen Facebook page...tons of great information!

Thursday, July 12, 2012

40th and 47th Wards "re-map re-cap": Two aldermen for the price of one!

40 plus neighbors and officials gather in the Amundsen High School library to discuss the Ward map transition around the northern end of Lincoln Square (photo Eric Rojas)

 Here's a few photos and quick recap from Tuesday July 10th's great meeting with 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor and 47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar.  The Lincoln Square North Neighbors and Winnemac Park Neighbors sponsored the meeting and appreciate the alderman and almost 50 neighbors that packed Amundsen Library. Notables in attendance included former Amundsen principal Carlos Munoz, new Amundsen principal Anna Pavichevich, Local School Council members from Amundsen and Chappell schools, Winnemac Park Advisory Council members and our neighbors!  Read more at CENTER SQUARE JOURNAL

Alderman's Pawar (far right) and O'Connor explain how they collaborate on issues affecting the re-map zone                 (photo Eric Rojas)
Winnemac Park Neighbors participated in another informational meeting last Tuesday.  The goal of the meeting was to discuss the practical issues of the ward re-map and representation issues now that the northern portion of the 47th Ward has been "re-mapped" into the 40th Ward (click the link for a map).  We discussed the actual timeline for the office change of wards, how the alderman work together on developments in this area and how they work with the schools affected by the ward change.

Without getting into fine detail, we learned the political process of the ward map change is ongoing.  The new voting precincts must be established and "certified" (my words).  Once that happens, the 47th Ward residents affected by the re-map are officially in the 40th Ward -barring any unlikely lawsuits that would hold things up.

At the immediate moment, however, issues like development and zoning that are in the area of transition will take on a more collaborative process between the 47th Ward and 40th Ward offices.  We learned from the alderman that this is already how they have been doing business.  Many developments like the Lawrence Avenue Streetscape (47th Ward) and the new Mariano's development at Lawrence and Ravenswood for, example, have been a collaborative process between the representatives and have required great cooperation. The use of TIF dollars and other details required agreement by both jurisdictions.

Alderman O'Connor answered questions concerning his philosophy regarding involvement in school improvements, communication with the ward residents and his take on bringing development proposals to the organized neighborhood groups.  I think everyone appreciated the depth of knowledge and clear explanations of Mr. O'Connor's vision and overview during his many years in the city council.

Mr. Pawar had the opportunity to update ongoing projects and discuss technical issues straddling the wards including: The Mariano's development (including an L.A. Fitness gym) passed city council committee and will go to full council vote; the shuttered Chicago Ale House space at Leavitt and Lawrence is close to having a new establishment from Ukrainian Village; his explanation on why $4.5 million in TIF was part of the Mariano's deal; how TIF funds work between the 47th and 40th Wards...and much more.  
Alderman O'Connor addresses "what now with the ward transition" (photo Eric Rojas)

The issue of 50 less parking spots for the Ravenswood METRA station was brought up in a question.  Although this was out of the scope of our transition area issues, Mr. Pawar of the 47th Ward did state the economic trade-off for the development was worth losing parking the spots now and no one involved in the development wanted to build a larger parking structure (which is a money loser and would have had to pass community muster).  We invited the attendee with the question to make this an agenda item for one of our meetings in which we can address stakeholders that need parking near the METRA stop.  Mr. O'Connor of the 40th also stated that a Peterson METRA stop is in the works just north and will relieve some of the pressure on the Ravenswood stop.

WPN feels attendees gained information that will help them plan for future progress, understand developments in the ward and they gained insight on political and funding issues of development in general. The meeting put neighbors together with neighbors working on issues concerning schools, parks, business and quality of life in and around Winnemac Park.  The Aldermen and officials were able to meet more active neighbors they can reach out to for real input and action. 

 If you'd like updates concerning Winnemac Park, Chappell School, McPherson School, Budlong School, Amundsen High School, local business chambers, and local neighbor initiatives please sign your email up at winnemac.org or email us direct at [email protected] with a subject line addressing your area of interest.  There are neighbors taking leadership in many areas!

To speak at a meeting or to suggest speakers please email [email protected] or call Eric at 773-510-1597

Saturday, July 7, 2012

New logo!

Neighbor Adam Davidson came up with this nifty Winnemac Park Neighbors logo to mimic the park district signage.  We love it!
Winnemac Park Neighbors is an informal group providing local neighborhood information, connecting neighbors with resources, sponsoring community meetings and promoting volunteerism and fund-raising for our local institutions.  Neighbors are also asked for input from our local officials and school leadership. We meet semi-regularly in various forums around Winnemac Park and send representatives to government and other community meetings.

Check  out the right hand side bar for the next meetings and events.  Please email [email protected] if you'd like to present at an upcoming meeting, make blog posts on this site or have questions that you feel neighbors can help with.

Friday, July 6, 2012

Construction at Chappell!

The Chappell school play-lot gets expanded... with new turf play surface!
You may have noticed construction at Chappell Elementary School. The school is getting new bathrooms, doors, a new science room, an elevator by the old gym and more to become ADA compliant. You will also notice the new, larger turf field and playground going in. Not only is Chappell rapidly improving academically, it is also going to have great new physical improvements for 2012-2013!
A new elevator is being installed in the "old" building.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Meet your Aldermen, Old and New

The Winnemac Park Neighbors are proud join with the Lincoln Square North Neighbors in hosting Alderman Patrick O’Connor of the 40th Ward and Alderman Ameya Pawar of the 47th Ward at a joint meeting next week. 

Our two block clubs represent the area of the 47th ward that is being redistricted into the 40th ward, and this is a great opportunity to have both aldermen join us simultaneously. The aldermen will be discussing issues relevant to our communities including the recent ward map changes, initiatives to improve our local schools, and thoughts on economic improvements in our community. There will also be a Q & A opportunity with both aldermen.

Join us on Tuesday, July 10th at 6:30pm in the Amundsen H.S. library (enter the center door / main entrance on Damen Ave, and the Library is immediately on your left).
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