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OK, everyone — time to clean out that closet.  Time to do some spring cleaning in the summer.  Time to find that gift from Aunt Clara — which has been sitting in the same box for 3 years — a better home.  Time to make a little extra cash…

Magnolia Malden neighbors is organizing the 17th annual Sheridan park yard sale on Saturday, August 6th.  Here are the details:

Annual Yard Sale – August 6th

The sale will be held this year on Saturday, August 6th, with a rain date of Sunday, August 7th., from 9am to 3pm. There is no cost to participate; however if you plan to sell you MUST register by NOON on Thursday, August 4th.

Call: 773-275-0648;
Fax: 312-861-4797 or;
Give your name, phone #, email and address where you will be selling.


Sign up and get sellin’!

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A fellow member wanted to pass along the following information to any parents in our area:

“A group of parents in Uptown have started a Facebook group called the Uptown Parents Network. Any parent who is interested in improving the neighborhood for their children or themselves is invited to join. Currently the group is getting organized, and will start meeting up in local parks as a type of “positive loitering”. Eventually the group hopes to focus on school issues in Uptown or look at targeting some other issue relating to parents and kids in the neighborhood. Ideally, the group will eventually include a wide segment of Uptown parents, but we’re still getting the word out. Please join by going to our Facebook group here:

Then, click the “Ask to Join Group” button at the top.

Susan Ridihalgh”

Thanks to everyone in advance for making a difference in our community!

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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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As everyone around these parts should know by now, our aldermanic election on February 22nd produced two run-off candidates.  After the 13,906 votes were cast, we ended up with a statistical tie for first, James Cappleman had 2732 votes to Molly Phelan’s 2727.  Never a dull moment in Uptown…

OK, time to get informed; here are the important bits (note that The 46th Ward Great Debate is the one GWNA is co-sponsoring with other block clubs):


Early voting has already begun and is offered Monday-Saturday at Truman College (from 9AM – 5PM).


You can vote at your own precinct location on April 5th (just about two weeks from today).  Your polling place can be found here.


There have been at least three video interviews/debates between Cappleman and Phelan.  Check ’em out:


You’ve got four opportunities to check out the candidates live, going toe-to-toe.  It’s free, more entertaining than watching TV reruns and likely to earn you your civics badge.  Check ’em out:


Phew.  That’s a lot of info.  But, then again, this is a once in a lifetime chance to elect a non-incumbent alderman.  Dare I say, it’s very much worth your time to invest in this; it is your community after all.

Please learn about these two candidates and then get out and vote (early and often)!

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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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It’s been a rough couple years on Magnolia Avenue; we’ve had far more than our fair share of violence and gang activity.

Congrats to the CPD for its latest efforts in battling the gangs and drug trade in the area:

From the Tribune:

Police tonight announced arrests after a five-month investigation of a drug ring in Uptown, saying one of the suspects already was in custody for a slaying a block away from the narcotics sales.

Six people were being held and another four were still being sought Friday night in connection with the “Operation Sugar Magnolia” investigation of drug sales in the area of Wilson and Magnolia Avenues, which police said was a $500,000-a-year narcotics enterprise run by members of the Black P-Stones and responsible for recent violence in the area.

More at CBS News and the Examiner.

Next 2311 CAPS meeting is Tuesday, February 1st at Truman.  Might be a great opportunity to come out and thank the CPD personally for their work.

HT: Uptown Update

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The city of Chicago elections are coming up in less than two months (2/22/2011)!!!  If you haven’t familiarized yourself with the field for alderman yet, now is the time to do so.  To that end, a couple places to start:

First, Mary Dombrowski, one of our block club members, will be holding events where you can meet some of the 46th Ward candidates for Alderman in a small group setting.  Here’s the schedule:

January 9

  • Michael Carroll – 11am-noon
  • James Cappelman – 1-2pm

January 23

  • Molly Phelan – 11am-noon
  • Emily Stewart – 1-2pm

Please see the information below for details and contact Mary directly for directions:

“Candidates will give brief opening remarks on why they are running; the bulk of the time will be spent with individuals asking the candidates questions.  Space is limited. Attendees need to RSVP to me via email ( or phone (773.426.2182) with their full name, address and phone number. I live on Magnolia between Wilson and Sunnyside; my exact address will be provided to confirmed attendees.  We will provide some beverages and light snacks.  Due to the limited space, please keep the distribution limited to our neighborhood group.  Sincerely, Mary Dombrowski”

Secondly, the Uptown Neighborhood Council (UNC) held Aldermanic forums over the past few months and now have videos and written questionnaires online for those who couldn’t attend.  Please see the information below for details:

“Who do you believe is the best candidate? Who will get your vote?  Between now and the 2-22-2011 election, our intention is to provide fair and thoughtful information on the candidates.

Thanks to Corbin Smith for taking the initiative to video-tape the forums.  We’ll share future videos on the candidates and residents over the next few months.  You can watch the candidate video clips now by clicking on, then click on Episode Archive in the upper right hand corner.

What do the candidates have to say about cleaning up crime? Rehabbing the Wilson El station?  Reviving the 46 Ward’s retail streets?  All the key questions asked by UNC members are covered.  You can check out the written responses posted on the candidates’ websites.  Questions were sent to the seven forum candidates—the five responses we received are linked:

* Andy Lam
* Emily Stewart
* Molly Phelan
* James Cappleman
* Befekadu Retta

Please share the candidate information with your 46 ward neighbors and friends.  Informed voters make smart choices.  We look forward to the countdown, keeping you informed, And electing a new alderman!  Katharine Boyda, UNC President”

As we get word of further meet and greets, debates, etc., we’ll do our best to keep you posted.

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We received the following note from a member of our group.  If you’ve got a child about to head to elementary school or already attending Stockton Elementary School, please consider joining the upcoming Stockton tour on Monday, November 22nd at 9:30.

“A group of Uptown parents were posting on the Neighborhood Parents Network message board about Stockton School.  They wondered if there was any interest in learning more about the school, and perhaps starting a parent or community group to support the school.  The principal at Stockton responded, and invited all interested parents to take a tour of the school and meet with her on Monday, November 22 at 9:30.  Her message follows:

‘My name is Jill Besenjak and I am the principal of Stockton Elementary School. I would be delighted to meet with all of you to discuss starting a parent group here at Stockton. We do have a “No Child Left Behind” group that meets monthly. If anyone is interested in meeting, I would be happy to host a meeting on Monday, Nov. 22 at 9:30. I can take you on a tour of the school and we can plan future meeting dates if you are still interested after taking the tour of Stockton.I look forward to meeting you.'”

For further information, please contact Susan Ridihalgh at: susanridi [at] yahoo [dot] com.

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Hello all,

This Saturday at 10:30 AM at Sunnyside Mall, between Malden and Magnolia, GWNA will be sponsoring a li’l Halloween festival for the kids of the neighborhood.

Your neighbor Kami Mclochlin is heading up the festivities and is wondering if anyone would be interested in donating some items (or a offering a few bucks to help us to buy them) or volunteering at an activity table.

If you are interested, please contact Kami by clicking on this link and then clicking on the “Send Kami a Message” under her profile photo.

Below is a list of some of the things we’d hoping to have donated, purchase or borrow.

Thanks everyone, hope to see a big crowd out on Saturday morning!

Pumpkin decorating stations
— Painting/marker station
— Non toxic paint
— Non toxic markers
— Smocks (probably button down shirts turned backwards)

Glue station
— Glue sticks
— Glitter
— Googly eyes
— Pom poms
— Fake hair

Sticker station
— Halloween stickers

Activities for kids to enjoy while waiting to decorate pumpkins

Halloween themed coloring pages
— Print pages from free online source
— Crayons

Spooky Story Teller
— Age appropriate Halloween themed books (ie Curious George)

Ring toss game
— 3 water bottles
— Food coloring
— Rings
— Prizes (noise makers, stickers, spider rings, silly bands, tattoos)

2nd game (bean bag toss, pin the tooth on the jack, still figuring this out)

Spooky music
— Halloween CD or itunes purchase
— Ipod & docking station

Miscellaneous items also needed for event
— Tables
— Table cloths
— Tarps
— Wipes
— Pumpkins
— Treats (bags of candy, etc.)
— Sign up sheet for GWNA/neighborhood parents e-mail distribution list
— 3-4 volunteers to help with craft stations/story telling

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Though clearly not the best-named location for a spoooooky Halloween get together, please join your neighbors at Sunnyside Mall on 10/30 at 10:30 AM for a Kids Halloween Celebration.

Dress up your kids in costume and bring ’em out to strut their stuff.  We’ll have some games, pumpkin decorating, a short “parade” and, well, general mirth.  Dogs (in or out of costume) are welcomed too.

No kids? No problem.  Stop by anyway to hang out and meet your neighbors.  The details:

GWNA Kidz Halloween Celebration
October 30, 2010
10:30 AM (to 11 or 11:30 AM)
Scaryside Maul (between Magnolia and Malden)

See you there!

P.S.  If you’d like to volunteer to help, please contact Kami McLochlin; she’ll appreciate any extra help she can get.  Thanks.

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