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November 2007

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in this issue
  • Letter from the President
  • Public Safety
  • Upcoming Events

  • Public Safety
    CAPS march

    Walk the Beat -- Nearly 50 neighbors walked with members of the Chicago Police Department on Oct. 17 throughout stretches of Wilson Ave. and Sheridan Rd. that have been the site of criminal activity in recent weeks. A follow-up walk took place on Oct. 24, joined by members of the Uptown Chamber. Thanks to everyone who participated, and remember, your presence makes a positive difference!

    Upcoming CAPS meetings

    Beat 2311-- First Tuesday of every month, Truman College, Room 1905: 1145 W. Wilson.

    Beat 2312--Third Tuesday of every month, 4645 N. Sheridan: Community Room

    Beat 2024 -- Third Thursday of even months, Margate Park: 4921 N. Marine Dr.

    U-Haul Update -- In case you're wondering if attending community meetings and court hearings can make a difference, take heart. Buena Park residents are seeing their long-standing concerns about public loitering and drinking outside the U-Haul property at 4049 N. Broadway being taken to heart. Nine new security cameras are being installed on the property, a fence is being constructed around portions of the property that are currently open, and U-Haul staff is attending all court dates pressed against individuals who have repeated come on to the property. Nice work neighbors!!

    Court Advocacy-- For further information on court advocacy cases, please contact the 23rd District Community Policing Office at 312- 744- 0064 or 20th District at 312-742-8770.


    Upcoming Events

    Annoyance Theater, 4840 N. Broadway: GayCo teams with Annoyance Productions to present "Do You Fear What I Fear?" running through Dec. 21. Tickets: $15. Call (773) 561-4665; www.gayco.com.

    Bridges to Success Clothing Donation Make sure your gently used clothing finds a good home. Clothing Donor Days are held the second Saturday of each month at Bridges to Success, a program of Heartland Human Care Services that provides workplace and interview-appropriate clothing to men and women. Clothes can be dropped off between 9 am and noon at Bridges to Success' office at 4822 N. Broadway. Drop-off days continue through the second Saturday of December.

    SEND US YOUR EVENTS: Send information about neighborhood news, activities and upcoming events to: uptownchicago@sbcglobal.net.


    Letter from the President

    While the holiday season is an occasion for fun and celebration, it's also a perfect time to help those who are less fortunate.

    In Cook County in general and in Uptown in particular, the need for emergency and supplemental food exceeds the current levels distributed by the Greater Chicago Food Depository. Supplies to food pantries in 10 Chicago neighborhoods, including Uptown, have been running at lower-than-usual levels, due in part to federal funding cutbacks.

    But you can help. Here's how and where:

    To organize a food drive for the Greater Chicago Food Depository, call 773-247- 3663 or visit www.chicagosfoodbank.org; monetary donations can be sent to Food Depository, 4100 W. Ann Lurie Place, Chicago IL 60632.

    Other organizations in need are:
    St. Vincent De Paul - Collecting unwrapped, new toys for kids infants through 12; classroom supplies for their child care and early childhood programs (arts and crafts, book and learning aids); children's hats, mittens, scarves and coats; Gently used men's winter wear and other items for their Homeless Outreach Program. Donated items can be dropped off at the center at 2145 N. Halsted, phone: 312-943-6776.

    Catholic Charities - Collecting new, unwrapped toys through Dec. 5. To sponsor a family or organize a toy drive, call 312- 948-6797.

    Care For Real - Is looking for frozen turkeys up to 13 lbs to distribute to area residents, also potatoes, onions, pumpkin and other dry goods; new, unwrapped toys. Men, women and children's gently used winter wear and gear is also needed for 80 new families from Africa spending their first winter in Chicago. Drop off items at 6044 N. Broadway, 773-769- 6182.

    Heartland Alliance, 208 S. LaSalle St, #1818 - Annual Adopt-a Family for the Holidays. Visit www.heartlandalliance.org or call 312-660- 1310.

    Common Pantry, 3744 N. Damen Ave - needs non-perishable, dry and canned holiday food items. Also collecting personal care products including deodorant, shampoo and large sized diapers; gifts for teens (gift cards), call 773- 327-0553 or email commonpantry@hotmail.com

    Salvation Army Tom Seay Center - 1025 W. Sunnyside, Needs volunteers for Thanksgiving Day to serve dinner to homeless and low-income adults and families.

    Uptown Salvation Army Annual Angel Tree - Cllects 1,000 toys, books and board games, and gift cards; Volunteers needed to help sort toys and assemble food baskets. Call773-271- 6182.

    Buena Park Neighbors: Adopts several families from St. Mary of the Lake Church. Food, clothes, and other items are donated or purchased and delivered personally to adopted families. Contact: buenaparkneighbors.org/adoptfamily.html for more information.

    Thanks to all of you who so do much on behalf of your neighbors and your neighborhood.
    Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season!

    - Kathy Cook
    UCC President

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