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June 2007

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

  • Public Safety

    Gang-related Homicide in Uptown
    A 24-year old male was killed in an apparent gang- related shooting on Sunday, June 17th at 3:30 am. The altercation occurred at the BP gas station at Irving Park Rd. and Broadway.

    According to witnesses, a car entered the gas station and was approached by group of males on foot. A verbal altercation broke out and a weapon was fired. No one is in custody yet. The offenders were described as Hispanic males in their early twenties.

    SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, August 7, 2007 23rd District "National Night Out Against Crime" "Diversity Against Violence" Step off at 6 p.m. from McDonald's Sheridan and Wilson March ends at Clarendon Park, 4501 North Clarendon.

    COURT ADVOCACY DATES: Community residents are requested to attend court cases as Court Advocates. Requests have been made to attend the following cases:

    10 am, June 25, 26th St. and California Ave., Court Room 602. Kahleif Whitfield has been charged with aggravated assault for an incident in the 23rd Police District as well as armed robbery in the 20th Police District.

    10 a.m., July 30, 26th St. and California Ave., Room 604. Martin Spencer has been charged with aggravated battery with a handgun. Spencer is alleged to have been involved with a robbery at the BP gas station at Lawrence and Clarendon.

    11 a.m., August 14, Daley Center, Room 1107. Sam Alexander Building located at the SW corner of Leland and Sheridan. This building has been in Housing Court as part of the City's Troubled Building Initiative (TBI). This program serves as a mechanism to force slum landlords to be responsible for their properties. Some cosmetic improvements have occurred on the outside of the building but only through pressure from the community and the courts.

    For further infomation on these cases, please contact the 23rd District Community Policing Office at 312-744- 0064 or 20th District at 312-742-8770.

    Newz in the 'Hood
    Montrose Harbor

    Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary Want to get away from hustle and bustle of the city without leaving town? Head to the Montrose Point Bird Sanctuary, located at Montrose Ave. (4400 N.) at Lake Michigan, which attracts thousands of migratory birds of more than 300 species. The National Audubon Society is currently focusing on bird and wildlife and protection of open spaces adjacent to Great Lakes wetlands. The City of Chicago was recently honored for its improvements to multiple bird sanctuaries.

    Happy 95th Birthday to Studs Terkel! Pulitzer Prize-winning author, oral historian and national treasure Studs Terkel, an Uptown resident, celebrated his 95th birthday last month. Famous for talking to other people, and letting people talk about themselves, Studs is the author of Division Street: America, Hard Times, and Working, and other oral histories on World War II, race relations, and the American dream. Happy birthday and best wishes to you, Studs!

    Upcoming Events
    Summer Solstice

    Joint Block Club Mixer: Thursday, June 21, 6 pm to 9 pm, Nick's on Wilson, 1140 W. Wilson. Join your neighbors from the following block clubs of a celebration of the summer solstice!
    Participating block clubs are: -Dover Street Neighbors -Clarendon Park Neighbors -Lakeside Neighbors -Magnolia-Malden Block Club -Truman Sq. Neighbors -Graceland Wilson Neighbors $20 includes block club membership and 2 drinks. See you there!

    Walking Club: Goudy School Park. Tuesday, June 19 is the final evening of the six-week walking program co-sponsored by the 20th District CAPS office and Galter Life Center. Participants meet at the park and 6:30 p.m.at the park, located at 5120 N. Winthrop. The program begins with a brief presentation on a health or safety topic followed by a warm-up, then a walk. Volunteer who participate in the walk note city services that need attention, such as graffiti or potholes, then turn the requests over to city officials. For more information, contact Marty Cook at the 20th District CAPS office at 312-742-0963.

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

    Letter from the President

    Happy Summer! Whether it's baseball games, barbecues, or the beach, your summer calendar is probably already filling up with your favorite warm-weather activities. Although UCC traditionally spends much of its time and energy on public safety and neighborhood improvement, we have begun to participate in some new events that allow us to meet residents from different corners of the neighborhood. What better time to do that than in summer?

    Here is just a sampling of some of the fun and educational (and both!) activities we've been involved in:
    -- A free book exchange at Nick's Uptown on May 31, where participants could bring up to 15 books. About 500 of your book-loving neighbors attended!
    -- A free seminar on women and investing on June 6 at Bridgeview Bank. Attendees of all ages learned more about the steps they should take to build and protect their retirement savings.
    -- And coming up on June 21 -- a joint block party at Nick's on Wilson, from 6 pm. to 9pm. $20 includes your annual block club membership fee and two drinks. UCC is not a sponsor of this event, but we encourage everyone in the block clubs south of Lawrence Ave. to attend!

    Look for more outreach from UCC in the months ahead as we seek to find new ways to build a stronger, diverse and dedicated neighborhood organization. I welcome your suggestions, and look forward to seeing you in the neighborhood! - Kathy Cook, UCC President

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