Friday, April 11, 2014

Easter Egg Hunting

Hopefully, the easter bunny is not going to see his shadow next weekend.  That would mean yet another six weeks of winter.  (Nooooooooo!)

Our Winnemac Park is set to host at least two separate Easter Egg hunts this year.  On Saturday from 10am to 12:30pm, Missio Dei Lincoln Square invites children up to 12 years old to search for eggs on the playground.  And on Easter Sunday at 9am, the Community Christian Church hosts their own 2nd annual hunt.  Both events are open to all.
GROW47 has created an online survey to gather much needed information for our K-12 initiative. Please support our local Elementary Schools and your Neighborhood High School by taking a moment to fill out the below survey.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Salon seeks appeal to City Ordinance to open on Damen Ave, local businesses and neighbors object

A new salon would like to locate at 4845 N Damen in the 47th Ward. They are appealing a City Ordinance that prohibits the business from locating within 1000 feet of another salon business. 

A new salon would like to open up in the new construction retail space of 4845 N Damen. Photo, Eric Rojas
Some local business owners and neighbors object and have brought this petition to our attention.  Please read the petition at the link below and sign it if you oppose granting an appeal to open a salon at 4845 N Damen.  In full disclosure, the author of this post has signed the petition after speaking with several local business owners on Damen.

Say No to more salons on Damen petition

If you support the opening of the salon at this address and feel the appeal of the City Ordinance should be granted, please contact Office of  47th Ward Alderman Ameya Pawar at:

[email protected]  or (773) 868-4747

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Community Luau Fundraiser and Upcoming Elections

Here's what's up at Amundsen High School in the upcoming week:

  • Thursday, 6pm to 8pm: Community Luau and Fundraiser
  • Tuesday, 6am to 7pm: Local School Council Election

Students are Happy at Amundsen High School.   Credit: "Happy" Video by Video by David Sullivan

In the LSC election at Amundsen High School in 2012, you elected me (Jeff Newman, Winnemac Park Neighbor and the technical administrator for our website), and Mike Cohen (our neighbor in North Center) as your community representatives on the Amundsen High School Local School Council. A lot has happened at Amundsen in the two years since, and we want to give you an update on the progress at our neighborhood high school before we ask you to come vote in the LSC Election on Tuesday, April 8, 2014.  

Most importantly, in the summer of 2012 the LSC hired a new principal, Anna Pavichevich, who has brought about tons of positive changes at the school. 

It’s hard to convey in a blog entry how enthusiastic people are at Amundsen, so we want to invite you to come see Amundsen for yourself, at the Spring Community Luau on Thursday, April 3, from 6 to 8pm.  There will be carnival games, live ukulele music, a cake walk, raffle prizes, food and much more!  (A $5 entry fee for adults benefits student activities at Amundsen. Children 12 and under are free!)

Whether or not you can join us for the Spring Luau, we hope you are excited as we are about all of the good things that have been happening at Amundsen in the last two years:

  • We have renewed our focus on being Lincoln Square’s neighborhood high school, enrolling and providing a well rounded and high quality education for neighborhood students at every ability level.
  • Our IB program is expanding in both quality and size: the number of IB diplomas awarded (the highest level of achievement within that program) more than doubled in each of the last two years over the year before.
  • Our athletic program has expanded to provide more opportunity to more students — in addition to mainstay programs in football, soccer, baseball and softball, we’ve added sports like bowling, golf and water polo, and we’ve recreated the cheerleading program, too.
  • Student clubs and other extracurricular activities also abound: our academic decathlon team regularly places well in city and state competitions, and you probably have already seen the “Happy" video produced by the student film club, which was featured by numerous local and national news outlets.
  • We have spent about three quarters of a million dollars in TIF funds allocated by Aldermen Pawar and O’Connor to build two new computer labs, and make upgrades to our auditorium and cafeteria.
  • Our school has been designated as “in good standing” for the past two years — and as a result we are no longer on probation with CPS.
  • Student absenteeism and the one year drop out rate have both been approximately halved.
  • To help you follow what is happening at school, Amundsen has built its presence on social media, including Facebook (Amundsen High School) and Twitter (@Amundsen_HS). There you can “like” the school, follow what’s happening, and communicate directly with Principal Pavichevich and other school leaders.
  • As we promised at the last election, our Local School Council’s meeting agendas and minutes are timely posted on the school website, so you can follow what we are doing month to month.
We are happy about all these positive developments at Amundsen, and excited to help see more in the future. We hope you are too, and that you’ll come show your support at the Luau on Thursday, and, if you like what you see, by re-electing Jeff Newman and Mike Cohen in the LSC elections next Tuesday.  

For this election, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 8, only at Amundsen High School (not your regular polling place). Any adult who lives in the neighborhood can vote — you do not need to be registered, nor a U.S. citizen, nor do you need to have children enrolled at Amundsen. Just bring two forms of ID (almost anything will work), one of which that provides your address in the neighborhood, and you're good to go.


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

NEW Tony's Finer Foods to hold JOB FAIR for Lincoln Avenue store in April

Photo Eric Rojas, Broker, Kale Realty

Alderman O'Connor's 40th Ward website has a report on Tony's Finer Foods job fair for the 5233 N Lincoln Avenue store anticipated to open soon. 

The fair will be held April 10th and 11th. 
Check out Tony's web site for times, updates!

Hops Farm coming to Winnemac Park

Hops. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Today Half Acre brewing has announced a unique partnership with the Chicago Park District to convert Winnemac Park into a hops farm.

“We are proud to brew our beer here in Chicago, and we are excited to join the local food movement by growing our hops within walking distance of our new brewery in Bowmanville”, the company said today, in a blog post.

The park is currently used for a variety of recreational purposes, and Half Acre does not plan to displace any of those activities.  “There’s plenty of room for both baseball and beer,” said founder Founder Gabriel Magliaro.

The Park District plans to break ground for the new hops farm next spring, on or about April 1, weather permitting.

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