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Graceland-Wilson Neighbors held its 2nd Annual Halloween Party last Saturday and it was a roaring success (maybe not coincidentally, given the numerous lion and tiger cubs roaming the mall).

Countless kids came out, plentiful pecks of pumpkins were decorated, spooky stories were read, cartons of candy were consumed, and much mirth was had by all.  It was lovely to see so many neighbors enjoying the beautiful morning together.  Special thanks goes to Kami McLochlin for her dynamo-like efforts in organizing the event.

Like last year, we have photographic evidence of the festival for posterity.  A small sample can be found in the slideshow below.

The full set of photos can be found by clicking here.

Thanks to all for coming out!

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It’s go time.

We’ve got a group of folks that are eager to get the block club rolling with a bit more gusto.  Come join us!

We’ll be kickin’ things off with an open meeting to anyone who lives within the boundaries of Montrose to Wilson, Malden to Broadway.  The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 7:00 PM in the dining room of the Brightview Care Center at 4538 N. BeaconClick here to view a map.

Here are the items on this meeting’s agenda:

Please stop by and also invite your neighbors.  We’re still looking for people that would like to be involved, so please don’t hesitate to speak up.

See you there!

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Sorry for the late notice on this one!

We could really use someone on within the GWNA boundaries to volunteer for this Aldermanic Crime and Safety Committee.  Please see the letter below for further information.

Responses are required by Wednesday, May 4th.

Thank you!

Dear Friends and Neighbors:

For the last several years and throughout this latest election, crime and safety have been among top concerns in our ward.  Under Alderman Cappleman’s direction, we are now in the process of forming the 46th Ward Crime and Safety Committee; a committee formed to not only discuss these issues, but work to create solutions and strategies for improvement.  We are looking for volunteers to serve on the committee and I ask you for your help.  Before you decide, I would like you to understand the commitment involved:

  • The committee will meet for 1-2 hours each for three consecutive weeks to kick-off.  The first meeting date has not yet been determined, but we want to start ASAP.  If you are interested, please reply with your best and most convenient evenings so we can accommodate everyone as we understand your time is valuable.
  • These meetings are not only discussion based, but action oriented.  We will be asking committee members and volunteers to take the lead on various initiatives which may include researching policy, writing documents, gathering data, etc.  All meetings will be at Alderman Cappleman’s office at 4133 N. Broadway.
  • During our first meeting, we will be developing our Vision Statement which will be the baseline for our future activities.  Please consider the following and have suggestions to share regarding the following questions to help us craft our statement:
  • What values do we want to preserve in the ward?
  • What is working well?
  • What needs to be changed? Identify the top 3 priority initiatives within your committee’s topic that you would like to see implemented in the 46th Ward.
  • How will these initiatives promote economic development in the ward?
  • How will these initiatives promote sustainability and environmental responsibility within the ward?
  • Who will these initiatives immediately affect and how will they be involved in attaining the goals?
  • Who else will be part of the solution (identify stakeholders and roles)?
  • What are the goals to reach these three initiatives and how will we measure success (include timeline if necessary)?

Please respond to me by Wednesday, May 4, 2011 with your contact information and dates of availability so we can schedule the first meeting.  I look forward to working with you and our new Alderman, James Cappleman, to help make Uptown a safer community.

Please feel free to forward this on to others whom you think may be interested as well!

Keith Forshaw
Cell: (773)-315-1515

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Lots and lots of community meetings coming up in the very near future. Most of them relate to the upcoming aldermanic elections, with an opportunity to meet and interact with the candidates.

If you have the time, it’d be well worth attending one of more of these events:

Also, Mercy Housing-Lakefront is presenting multiple aldermanic candidate forums throughout January and February.  Click here for more information.  Here’s the lineup:

  • Thursday, January 13 – Diane Shapiro
  • Thursday, January 20 – Don Nowotny
  • Thursday, January 27 – James Cappleman
  • Tuesday, February 1 – Andy Lam
  • Thursday, February 3 – Michael Carroll
  • Tuesday, February 8 – Befekadu Retta
  • Thursday, February 10 – Emily Stewart
  • Tuesday, February 15 – Molly Phelan

Thanks in advance for taking part in our community!

Update 1/19/2011:  Added the link to “The Great Debate” on 1/29/2011.

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Hello all,

To continue the momentum from last week’s GWNA/Beacon Block Club/CAPS meeting, we thought we’d squeeze in another short session before this Tuesday’s CAPS meeting at Truman. Please join us if you are interested in learning more about community safety actions and more; here’s the agenda:

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at Truman College Cafeteria

6:30 PM – 7:00 PM
— Recap of last week’s meeting with Q&A
— Discussion of upcoming Kids Halloween Celebration* at Sunnyside Mall
— Meet and greet

7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

— CAPS meeting

  • NOTE: We’re planning to have a Kids Halloween Celebration at Sunnyside Mall on Saturday 10/30 at 10:30 AM. Kids can dress up in their costumes and we’ll have some games, do some pumpkin decorating and then have a short parade around the neighborhood. Non-kids and pets are also invited to join in on the fun. If anyone wants to help with this (and we’d love some volunteers!), please send Kami Mclochlin a note by clicking here. Thanks!

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CAPS/GWNA Meeting Recap

We had a great meeting on Monday evening and a very impressive turnout (estimates of up to 70 people) considering a Bears/Packers MNF thriller-in-progress.

The meeting was sponsored by CAPS and had reps from Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association, Beacon Block Club and Dover Street Neighbors Association in attendance.  We primarily focused on public safety issues with some excellent information provided by a 911 dispatcher, the VP of the CHA scattered site housing (Jadine Chou) and a representative from our local court advocate team (Richard Thale).

A representative from the state’s attorney’s office (Gina Say) and our CPD commander (Kathy Boehmer) were also in attendance and were able to provide some great information as well.  Also, a very big thanks also to Irma Perres from CAPS for coordinating this meeting.

So, let’s recap of the main bits:

911 Calls: Behind the Scenes

A member of the CPD who works in the 911 center provided an excellent presentation of how 911 works, what happens behind the scenes and other useful information.  Here’s a list of the highlights:

  • The city of Chicago receives 15,000 – 18,000 911 calls per day.  On a heavy day (say, a hot Saturday night in July), it could receive upwards of 35,000 calls in a day.
  • The 911 center includes both the CPD and Fire/Ambulance teams and calls for the latter are immediately routed to the appropriate people.
  • If you call from a landline, you’ll be asked to verify your address (phone records are not always up to date).  From a cell phone, you’ll need to provide a specific location as the dispatcher will only know your location within a block radius.
  • Call 911 when the police can make an immediate difference (gun fire, loud neighbors, etc.); call 311 when they cannot (arrive to a broken car window in the morning, tree on the road, etc.)
  • When giving your name to a 911 dispatcher, anonymity is held at a premium.  Names are not transmitted to police on the street.
  • 911 process:  You call the 911 dispatcher and they take your information; it is routed in real-time to a police dispatcher (you do not need to hang up for this information to be transferred; it happens automatically); police dispatcher categorizes your call as Priority 1 (Happening Now, Weapons, Life Threatening), Priority 2 (Issue just occurred, but police presence not as crucial as a Priority 1), Priority 3 (Disturbances such as loud music complaints); Police are routed based on priority first, but not held back in the case of only Priority 3s being available. (more…)

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We’re back. Almost.

So, we decided to put the band back together.

Yes, we know, the band hasn’t played together in a couple years.  So that’s why, for instance, there’s a picture of a misty, autumnal bridge on the blog theme right now.  Let’s pretend it’s a picture we took at Graceland cemetery.

Anyway, more importantly:  Graceland Wilson Neighbors Association is back in business and, to celebrate, we’re going to have our first meeting!

So mark your calendars:

Monday, September 27, 2010
7:00PM to 8:30PM
Truman College
1124 W. Wilson

Join the 23rd District Police CAPS and Graceland-Wilson and Beacon Street Neighbors to learn about:

  • Calling 9-1-1
  • Being a Court Advocate
  • Other Block Club issues

Also, if you haven’t joined us at Facebook, please do so by clicking here.  It is by far the best way to keep up with the latest news at this time.

Thanks; see you on the 27th!

P.S. Yes, we know that the Bears and Packers are playing that night at 7:30.  But, that’s what a DVR is for, right?

P.P.S. We’re still looking for folks who want to get involved with the block club and become block captains.  Please let us know if you’re interested.

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