GWNA Special Edition, August 14, 2017

 

Man Shot to Death on Montrose early Sunday Morning

 

A young male was shot to death early Sunday morning in front of the Holsten Wilson Yard property at 1032 W. Montrose.  Witnesses reported seeing  a thin black male emerge from a small car with Michigan plates and fire multiple shots into the victim around 6:50 am.

 

 

According to the Crime in Boystown article ,there was an earlier report of a domestic dispute that spilled out onto the street.

Click here to read the entire article.

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/08/man-shot-dead-in-uptown-sunday-morning.html

 

The Sheridan Park neighborhood has been experiencing a surge of gun violence with this most recent murder tallying domestic violence crimes with the gang related shootings.  Uptown, especially the Sheridan Park neighborhood, struggles with the highest concentration of government subsidized housing in Chicago.  Give peace a chance—starts with better, safer balance of housing. HUD guidelines for no more than 20% government housing in a community—for a fresh new start for public safety.

 

And always remember…

 

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, that is all that ever has.

GWNA Newsletter, August 11, 2017

 

Sheridan Park Yard Sale & Arts Festival coming this Saturday

 

The Sheridan Park Art Festival and Yard Sale is coming this Saturday, August 12! Come on out, shop for bargain treasures.  Head over to the Sunnyside Mall and enjoy the music, local artists selling their handmade creations. And indulge in the good food.

 

– 15+ artists
– 7 Musicians
– 5 local food vendors
– a Sidewalk Art Contest for kids to win a backpack filled with school supplies for their grade
– A raffle to win complimentary gym membership, food baskets, theatre tickets, fitness classes and much more – and with 1/2 the proceeds going to Courtenay Language Arts Center for their school lunch program
– Face painting

 

 

Event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1964748677087958

20170801 SPNA Arts Fest Flyer FINAL

 

Sheridan Park Yard Sale will take place Saturday from 9 to 3PM.  Find all kinds of bargains. Start on Magnolia & Wilson. Maps for sellers will be posted and available.

 

Join Underscore Theatre’s Animation Kingdom Trivia: 08/14/17

Theatre companies do not survive by ticket sales alone and that’s why they host crazy little evenings like Underscore Theatre’s Animation Kingdom Trivia night Monday, August 14th. The event is from 6:30-9:30 and will be held at Revolution Brewery.

 

Join the fun and prove your knowledge of animation trivia! Click HERE for all the details and to buy tickets NOW!

 

Come on neighbors, let’s show local theater the support it truly deserves!

 

And always remember….

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, caring citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it’s all that ever has.

Uptown is Chicago’s Top Neighborhood for Subsidized Housing

 

For decades, Sheridan Park  residents’ public safety has been threatened with gang shootings, murders, and blatant drug dealing on our streets. It’s time for a new approach to give peace a chance.

 

We’ve made great strides to hold the CHA and Voice of the People accountable for evicting the most active gangs who live in these properties. But this process often take years before the gang tenants are removed.  For example, the eviction process of Sims gang family living at CHA 4425 N Malden has be ongoing for four (4)years.  In the interim, one brother murdered, one brother in prison, two brothers openly conducting their drug sales at the Sunnyside Mall.

 

We want a better, effective process to bring peace to our community.  The time has come to begin the process to reduce Uptown’s subsidized housing units to HUD recommended guidelines of maximum of 20% subsidized housing.

 

According to Crain’s Chicago Business March article on Chicago neighborhoods’ subsidized housing numbers, Uptown is at the top of the Chicago subsidized housing list with a whopping 2,750 HUD housing units.

 

To give perspective to this number—Uptown has 400% more subsidized housing units than it’s Lakeview neighbor with 740 housing units.  Click on the link to read the article and the TWEET link to see the subsidized housing chart.

 

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/realestate/20170330/CRED0701/170339992/alderman-other-wards-need-to-step-up-on-low-cost-housing

 

The majority of Uptown’s 2,750 subsidized housing units are concentrated between Clarendon Ave and Malden, Montrose and Lawrence.  The Sheridan Park housing concentration areas: majority CHA and Voice of the People properties— are on Magnolia, Racine, Clifton, and Malden, within a block of Sunnyside.  Another subsidized housing concentration is centered around the Malden and Leland area.  No surprise that the majority of Uptown’s violent gang crimes are also concentrated in these areas and along Wilson Ave, a favorite gang shooting range.

 

High Crime Alert Properties include:

 

CHA 4425 N Malden—Unit # F, Sims tenants—eviction date finally set for August 8

CHA 4454 N Magnolia—Unit #E, Tracy Dixon unit

CHA 4454 N Racine—Unit # 1, Tiani Temple, has moved out

VofP 4431 N Racine—gang activity/recent shoot-out on front porch. Williams brother, who lived in building, Murdered October 2016

CHA 4650 N Malden—strongly connected to Black P Stones

 

Drug Sales Alert

Vof P 4420-22 N Clifton—active drug sales being conducted by alley entrance

 

We want CHA CEO, Eugene Jones, featured as a no-show at the May CAPS meeting to do his job.

04.12.16 – Chicago, IL – CEO Eugene Jones, Jr.

Sit down with the alderman, HUD, and City Housing Department and create a plan to reduce CHA housing to follow HUD guidelines.

Voice of the People issues should also be addressed.

Housing court is also on our public safety agenda.

 

Give peace a chance.

 

Sheridan Park’s Garden Triangles—Stop, Say Thanks & Appreciate their beauty

 

Sheridan Park is also home to dazzling public green spaces that enrich our spirit—Six Sheridan Park Garden Triangles are the front garden entrances to the Sheridan Park neighborhood.  The triangles are located:

  • Montrose & Malden
  • Montrose & Beacon
  • Lawrence & Dover
  • Lawrence & Beacon
  • Lawrence & Malden
  • Lawrence & Magnolia

 

Here’s the back story on the Sheridan Park Garden Triangles—Originally the City’s CDOT planted and maintained these garden beds. Then the City cut funding and the garden beds were neglected. Overgrown and sad looking.  Sheridan Park various block clubs took over the triangle gardens and today they are flourishing.  The triangle garden folks spend a ton of time, money and love caring for these gardens. Featuring a few triangles…

  

Carrie and Andrea adopted the Malden & Montrose triangle and transformed this dirt patch into a spectacular garden over the past few years.

They lugged tons of dead plants, crappy soil out of the bed.  Bought hardy native perennial plants with their own money. Since this triangle and the Beacon triangle have no sprinkling  system, do all the watering is manual. Today the garden triangle offers a proliferation of blooming flowers for everyone to enjoy.

Debbie and Gary are the Sheridan Park Garden Triangle pioneers going way back for their TLC in maintaining the Montrose & Beacon triangle.  They purchase every new plant, they water using the fire hydrant—which is an amazing feat to see. And they constantly attempt to educate ignorant dog owners who allow their dogs to pee on the plants.  Even creating a sign—Dog pee is killing me.

 Joanne single handedly replanted the entire Dover & Lawrence garden triangle with butterfly and bee loving perennials. She not only purchased all the plants, but faithfully weeds. And what a magnificent garden she has created!

So next time you go by the Sheridan Park Garden Triangles. STOP and LOOK—admire their beauty and say thank you to the wonderful neighbors who give so generously of their time and money.

 

 

Sheridan Park Annual Yard Sale, August 12

 

The annual Sheridan Park Yard Sale is coming soon. Saturday August 12.

Time to clean out all your stuff, empty the closets and garages and make a little money.

  • REGISTER, send an email to mm.blockclub@gmail.com with your address.
  • MAP will be provided to Alderman and posted on various sites

YardSaleFlyer.2017

 

And always remember…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful caring citizens can change the world.

Indeed its all that ever has.

Sheridan Park Grand Opening 1st Little Free Library

 

The very first Little Free Library in Sheridan Park had a very grand opening indeed on Sunday, July 9th!

 

 

Sheridan Park’s very first Little Free Library was the inspiration of Dinah Barthelmess and Sonja Solberg, after learning about the Edgewater Reads organization’s incredible mission to provide Little Free Libraries all around Edgewater.  They decided to sign up for the build-a-little-free-library class. Even though they paid a fee being outside Edgewater.

 

What a Grand Opening! Neighbors came, kids and adults, arms loaded with books. Bring a book, take a book, read a book.  We made new friends, talked about our favorite authors, watched the kids happily reading. Refreshments completed a wonderful afternoon.

 

Please read Dinah and Sonja’s personal sentiments about their wonderful event….

 

“Many thanks to all the friends and neighbors who came out to the Ribbon Cutting and Grand Opening of our new Little Free Library on the 4400 block of Racine! In addition to swapping great books, we met lots of new neighbors. We hope the library will continue to bring folks together and provide enjoyment for everyone in our community. You can even check in on Facebook when you stop by; just search for Racine Reads.

 

If you have books you’d like to donate, they can be brought to Alderman Osterman’s 48th Ward Office at 5533 North Broadway, where they collect books to source all of the Little Free Libraries in the area. Or if there is room in our Little Free Library, please leave them. Special thanks for Edgewater Reads for all they do to support our communities by bringing more than 75 Little Free Libraries to Edgewater and now Uptown! Check out Edgewater Reads on Facebook! Take a book, leave a book, read a book!

 

Any Questions? Or Suggestions? Please contact Dinah Barthelmess at dinahjaneb@mac.com and Sonja Solberg at Sonja.solberg1@gmail.com.

GWNA Newsletter, July 7, 2017

 

ONLY GOOD NEWS Edition

 

Sheridan Park’s First Free Little Library Ribbon Cutting & Book Exchange Event on July 9th

 

Sheridan Park is opening its very first Free Little Library!  Come for the Ribbon Cutting, bring a book, find a new book to read.

  • Sunday, July 91 to 3 PM, Ribbon Cutting at 1pm
  • 4434 N Racine
  • Punch and cookies will be served

 

Please bring a book and take book you’d like to read.  All book donations are welcome! Children’s books too!

Thanks to Sonja and Diana for creating a wonderful book oasis in Sheridan Park!

 

Wilson Ave. Survey Results—What people want

 

GWNA conducted a survey in May—to find out residents’ opinion on two Wilson Ave. requests:  A proposal for a package liquor store opening at the former location of Sheridan Park Liquors at 1255 W Wilson.  And installing parking meters on Wilson, between Malden and Beacon.

 

Survey results on the packaged liquor store were evenly split:

  • 44.8% support
  • 37.8% oppose
  • 17.4% no opinion

 

To make our decision—We asked neighbors living within a two block radius what they thought.  The overwhelming majority opposed another package liquor store. Comments included…” the public drinking problems along Wilson and by our homes have been reduced, panhandling and drunken partying has disappeared.”  Based on your feedback—GWNA does not support another package liquor store.

 

Residents also determined parking meters on Wilson between Malden and Beacon should not be installed at this time.

Survey results on parking meters were:

  • 56% opposed
  • 35% support
  • 9% no opinion

 

Based on your feedback—GWNA does not support parking meters be installed at this time.  We are open to revisiting parking meters at a future date.

 

Sheridan Park Block Party at the Sunnyside Mall Set for Sunday, July 16th

 

The Sunnyside Mall Block Party is coming soon!

Please join us, Sunday, July 16th with fun happening from 1pm-8pm in the Sunnyside Mall.

 

 

We will welcome back the Jumping Jack for the kids, enjoy a shared community meal, have tons of great games for the kids and enjoy our beautiful Sunnyside Mall in the heart of Sheridan Park!

 

View the July 16th event details here: http://tinyurl.com/ycwdm9jk

 

Sign up to help us with the event! We need you! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a4eabaa29a1f58-sunnyside1

This event is made possible by your Sunnyside Mall Committee and generous contributions from all of your Sheridan Park Neighbors. Your donations and volunteering will make our July 16th event bigger and better than ever!

One small victory for cleaning out the criminals living in Sheridan Park CHA housing.  As reported by

CWB Chicago, the police raided CHA 4454 N Magnolia, and arrested Raphyll  Jordon. Jordon’s very active curb-side service: Delivery of drugs from CHA 4454 N Magnolia has been at the top the Sheridan Park 911 call list for months.

 

Read entire article, click on this link http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/06/uptown-another-narc-raid-puts-veteran.html

 

CHA tenant listed on lease is Tracy Jackson.  Ms Jackson’s young children were often present while drug sales were being conducted.

 

Right around the corner—in the 4400 block of N. Racine, in this same week—gunfire erupted with a young black male running down Racine while shooting at car driving along Sunnyside. Story and article in our next edition.

 

How do the CHA and Voice of the People manage their properties? Screen their tenants? And actively address public safety problems caused by their lack of good property management practices?

 

Sheridan Park Block Party on July 16th

 

The Sheridan Park Block Party is coming on Sunday, July 16. Save the date.

Ever popular kids’ Jumping Jack will be back.  Games for family fun.

Volunteer or donate to help make this the biggest and best Sheridan Block Party ever.  Details coming in next GWNA issue.

 

Wishing all a safe and joyful July 4th Celebration!

 

And always remember….

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.

Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.

Uptown Stabbing Death of 12-Year-Old—Mom’s Boyfriend Charged with Murder

Just when you didn’t’ think the crime in Uptown could be any more hideous, a 12 year old girl was beaten and stabbed to death by her mother’s boyfriend who was recently released from prison for domestic battery.

Alexis Stubbs, who lived with her mother in the 4600 block of north Beacon, was killed her home around 9:45pm on Sunday, June 11th.  John Singleton, the mother’s boyfriend, was later arrested and charged with the murder.  Click here to read the DNAInfo article.

Coming in next GWNA Newsletter

CHA and Voice of the People criminal housing issues continue to plague our community’s public safety.

Survey results—what the community decided about Wilson Ave metered parking and package liquor store.

 

And always remember…

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.