Happy 2009 from
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Jan/Feb 2009
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As I listened to our new president in his innaugural address, the call to help resonated deep within me. He needs our help, the country needs our help; our community needs our help.  I think you will find it already in you to take up the challenge. Look around for some "opportunities", they are everywhere. For instance, it's becoming a tradition that my workplace gives me a lot of gently used toys to give away to various charities in Uptown. I am proud to be among a lot of generous people, block clubs, businesses, and organizations in Uptown that find some way to give back to the community. If for anything else, it's a great way to build a stronger community. Whether it be shoveling a sidewalk for a neighbor, or volunteering at a local charity or school, I think you will find there are many to choose from.  Wherever those opportunites may lead you, I can guarantee that you will feel good about trying to make things better. Your heart will benefit more than those who receive of your generosity.
                                   -James Cappleman, UCC Board President

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UCC Endorses Fix Wilson Yard,
At its the January 2009 board meeting, the  directors of the Uptown Chicago Commission (UCC) voted to endorse the lawsuit filed by the group Fix Wilson Yard.   UCC based this decision on the principle that the Wilson Yard TIF should be used primarily to spur needed redevelopment of Uptown's prime commercial corridor, which in it's current format it fails to do.
UCC's decision to support the lawsuit is also based on its longstanding concern that the TIF development use best practices of economic development to promote a walkable, vibrant, and safe retail district.   
Following its practice of supporting the decisions of local block clubs, UCC also notes that no area block clubs favor the Wilson Yard TIF in its current form.  As a result of these significant omissions, the UCC Board see Fix Wilson Yard's lawsuit as the most appropriate course of action at this time.  
Warning for all Uptown Business Owners,
The 23rd District has shared the following information:
There has been a number of robberies of delivery people on the 4400-4500 blocks of N. Malden.  Please visit the link to the lest to see the full alert and police recommendations.
There is also a report about counterfeit money being used at stores in Lincoln Square.  Inside Online posted an article 1/28/09 about what to look out for and how to protect your business.  To read the article go to www.yournews.com and enter your Chicago zip code. 
Maryville Site Development
Clarendon Park Neighborhood Association has taken the lead on gathering community input for the Maryville site.  There have been a couple initial meetings to discuss issues and concerns.  A meeting has now been scheduled with the developer of the Maryville site, Sedgwick Development.  At this meeting they will present their initial design ideas, and explain their construction schedule and proposed uses for the site.

Please come out to express your concerns and ask questions directly to the developer and their representatives. 

The meeting will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, February 4th, 7pm at the Clarendon Park Fieldhouse.  The field house is located at Sunnyside and Clarendon.
SitStayRead logo4th Annual "Best in Show benefit at Fat Cat
Watch the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show finals LIVE with fellow dog lovers.  Open Bar and Gourmet Appetizer Buffet, and Silent Auction. 
Event benefits the Sit, LStay, Read orgaization which helps inner-city children in Chicago learn to read with the help of dogs. 
$50 tickets in advance 
Tuesday, Feb 10, 2009, 7-10 pm
Fat Cat, 4840 N. Broadway, Chicago
Call or email for tickets:  (773)545-6629 ; info@sitstayread.org
 Art Works Events
ArtWorks is a community arts studio, dedicated to helping you connect with your creative and artistic side and with your neighbors. 
Open Studio, Wednesdays, 5-7:30pm, FREE
Personal Collage Cards Workshop, Thursday, Feb 12 and Feb 19 5:30-7:30pm, $10
Crochet and Knit Circle, Sundays, 2-4pm, FREE
For more information or to check out Upcoming Workshops go to www.artworkscommunity.org
Tax Help from North Side Community 
Fast Free Electronic Tax Preperation will be provided by the North Side Community Federal Credit Union and the Center for Economic Progress
Jan 26-April 15, 1011 W. Lawrence Ave., 5:30-8:30pm Monday evenings (by appt only; Tuesday & Wednesday evenings (walk-ins)4-7pm
Services available to families (2 or more on return) with annual incomes under $50,000 and individuals with annual incomes under $35,000.  Plese contact Jennifer at 773-769-5800 x 226 for more information or to schedule an appt.

Winter Overnight Parking Ban In Effect!
The winter overnight parking ban on arterial streets in Chicago began at 3 a.m. Monday, December 1st. The ban will be enforced on designated routes from 3 to 7 a.m. daily until April 1. Vehicles parked on designated streets will be ticketed and towed regardless of whether there is snow on the ground.

Ignoring seasonal restriction signs will cost violators a minimum $150 towing fee, a $50 ticket and a daily storage fee of $10 that will increase over time. A separate parking ban forbids drivers from leaving vehicles on designated main streets when there is at least 2 inches of snow on the ground.