Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bloggers NEEDED

The Winnemac Park Neighbors blog you are viewing needs bloggers to post neighborhood content.  Content should relate to neighbors that live in and frequent the Winnemac Park area roughly Ashland to Western and Lawrence to Foster (including Bowmanville and Giddings Square events). Content subject matter should make geographic and logistical sense (i.e. walkable 10-15 mins from Winnemac Park).

Post about new area services, art, your garden, new business, special retail sales, neighborhood people to know, garage sales, kids stuff, school meetings, pictures in the park, sports, recreation, block parties and government news affecting our immediate area. Please be factual and post a photo with the content whenever possible.

Winnemac Park Neighbors administrators collectively monitor content and can pull any postings that are deemed inappropriate at any time. Collectively, our administrators help to maintain neutral, non-political and factual content in a positive light.

Promote this great neighborhood with the only neighbor volunteer blog dedicated to the Lincoln Square/ Ravenswood neighborhood near Winnemac Park.  Business owners and proud neighbors are encouraged to post or send fun and informational content for our neighbors!  Our blog updates are sent to a large, dedicated list of neighbors and turn up on searches for the area.

Post once a day, once a week or once a month!  Contact [email protected] to become a blog administrator or to send a complete blog post with photos so they may be posted by WPN time permitting.

Park Views! Dog days of summer

Photo Stephen Reynolds

"Friends of Chappell" organizational meeting THIS WEEK

A "Friends of Chappell" organizational meeting will be held at Chappell Elementary this Tuesday evening
August 28th, 2012 at 6PM
2135 W Foster Ave

The group is seeking Board Members and volunteers that would like to support the neighborhood school.  The organizing group is prepared apply for non-profit status soon after the meeting and nomination of Board Members.  "Friends of Chappell" will work with the school administration and Local School Council towards meeting the financial needs of increased programming and enhancing the academic and social environment of this award winning and growing public school.

Many neighbors have already expressed interest in a "Friends of Chappell" group over the past 6 months.  This will be the formation of an official not-for-profit to partner with Chappell. We need "friends of" support now for Chappell's Donor Drive for Back to School Night as well as many other initiatives.

Friends of Chappell Organizational Meeting
Tuesday August 28th at 6PM
Chappell School - 2135 W Foster Ave
(Enter main doors on Foster)

Contact LSC parent representative Eric Rojas with any questions and updates.  If you'd like to serve on the board or would just like to volunteer at the school with the "friends of group" please attend the meeting or contact Eric to be nominated or added to the distribution list. (Eric will not be on the Board, but is helping with the initial organizational meeting).

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Park Views! Winnemac blooms, Amundsen football hits the field

Amundsen football team in the park last Friday at 7AM!
Neighbor Amy Williamson captures Winnemac Park last week just after the needed rain  

Damen Developer, Ravenswood Community Council, Winnemac Park Advisory the NEWS!

Active neighbors here from the Ravenswood Community Council (photo Eric Rojas)
Last Tuesday August 7th active, new and old Winnemac Park Neighbors heard from Charlie Dass - director of the Ravenswood Community Council - and Alan Candea -an active north side developer in the Winnemac Park area and Scott Bloom and Karen Kolb for Winnemac Park Advisory Council.

Read the Center Square Journal recap for Ravenswood Community Council and Winnemac Park Advisory:

Read "Trash Talk" here

Candea Development explains the construction and time line on Damen Ave (photo Eric Rojas)
 Read the Center Square Journal recap of Winnemac Park Neighbors meeting with Candea Development

The group of about 15 neighbors and community leaders had a great talk at Dolce Casa Cafe on Damen surrounding the local developments, solutions for trash pick-up in Winnemac Park and business and community services offered by the revamped RCC.

Some real solutions to the Park trash pick-up are in the works.  Please email [email protected] to get involved at Winnemac Park.  A large neighbors group is working towards enhancing programs, events and care of the park.

Thanks for all the collaboration! Look for next meeting in late September co-hosted by Lincoln Square Chamber of Commerce.

Block Party Alert! August 25th big block party day in the area

The 47th Ward Alderman's office has let us know there are many block parties in the Winnemac Park area for 
Saturday August 25th, 2012. 

Please look for parking restriction signs leading up to the weekend and plan accordingly!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Donate now for Chappell Back to School Night!

Click this Link for Donor Drive flier and instructions

Now is your chance as a business or individual to enhance our local school environment and provide opportunities for our neighborhood students!  Be recognized in our Ravenswood and Bowmanville communites as a Chappell Elementary School Donor.  Help grow the Back to School Night tradition and fund extra-curricular activities.

To donate, please follow the steps in the image above or contact [email protected] or call 773-510-1597.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Special Update! Damen Avenue developer to meet neighbors Tuesday August 7th

Candea Development, the developer of vacant lots at 4845 N Damen, will address our next Winnemac Park Neighbors meeting Tuesday August 7th at 6:30 PM, Dolce Casa Cafe 4947 N Damen Chicago.

Vacant lots to be developed on 4800 block of N Damen: Photo Eric Rojas, Real Estate Broker
View the recent plans and documents submitted to the 47th Ward Service Office

Learn more about the project and future plans in our coffee house setting. We thank local neighbor and developer Alan Candea for making himself available in these early stages!

*Also on Tuesday, general updates on local schools and Winnemac Park initiatives.

*Invite pending for 47th Ward Service Office officials to update the many nearby infrastructure and development projects.

*The Lincoln Square Chamber will be moved to a meeting in September...we are looking for a date good for everyone.  We will be taking the pulse of business on Damen Avenue.

 Volunteers from Winnemac Park Neighbors will keep the meeting on topic and moving forward to respect everyone's time.  These meetings are purely informational.  Topics and agendas are created from neighbor and local official inquiries.  If you have a meeting topic or item you feel the Winnemac Park community would be interested in, please email [email protected]
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