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|Recognizing Our Great Neighbors
It's great neighbors who help make a
great community. At the Block Club Forum in May,
James Masini accepted the 2009 Good
Neighbor Award on behalf of North Side
Community Federal Credit Union, which is
1011 W. Lawrence. This financial resource
serves as a
helpful alternative to the predatory lending
that some residents face, and has truly proved
themselves to be a bank for all members of the
Nick Novich, who owns Uptown Nick's
and Nick's on Wilson, received the
Florence Bezazian Award in recognition
for all the work he does for numerous block
clubs and various community organizations.
Meeting spaces are often at a premium, but
Nick goes out of his way to offer both of his
businesses as places where residents can
meet and plan their neighborhood activities.
Both the North Side Community Federal
Credit Union and Nick's are two businesses
that take pride in the exterior facade of their
businesses, as well as the interior. With their
people can see both in and out of their
businesses, which makes it appear more
inviting while promoting a sense of safety.
UCC appreciates the hard work they do to make
Uptown a more inviting place to live.
A few years ago, UCC organized a meeting with
Uptown area liquor stores and Aldermen
Schulter, Shiller, and Smith. The result of
the meeting was an agreement that area liquor
stores would restrict the sale of certain
items that catered to the public drinker.
Since that time, it has been observed that a
few liquor stores are no longer following
this commitment. UCC is in the midst of
checking in with each liquor store and
following up to ensure that this commitment
will continue. Curbing public drinking not
only enhances the quality of life in the
neighborhood, but it helps the other area
businesses out as well.
As the weather warms up, there will be plenty
of opportunities to join your neighbors in
making Uptown safer. Stay tuned for news of
community walks, positive loitering and
other safety-related events.
meantime, please consider attending some of
cases as a Court
Shermain Miles, AKA
Charmaine Boone, June 23, 9:30 AM Rm #209,
Skokie Court House. Ms. Miles has been
charged with Robbery of a senior citizen and
is being held with bail in the amount of
The Darlington Hotel, located
at 4700 N Racine, is in Housing Court also
on June 23, 9:30 AM Rm #1107 at the Daley
Center. This building is in court for code
violations and has been operating for several
months without a license.
For further information on court
advocacy cases, please contact
the 23rd District Community Policing
Office at 312-744-0064 or the
20th District at 312-742-8770.
Upcoming CAPS meetings (times are all 7
P.M. to 8 P.M.)
Beat 2311 -- 1st Tuesday of every month,
Truman College, 1145 W Wilson.
Beat 2312 -- 3rd Tuesday of every
month, Cafe Too, 4715 N Sheridan.
Beat 2313 -- 2nd Wednesday of every
month, Clarendon Park Fieldhouse, 4501 N
Beat 2322 -- 1st Thursday of every month,
Buena Park Library, 929 W Buena.
Beat 2323 -- 3rd Wednesday, odd months,
Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted.
Beat 2024 -- 3rd Thursday, even
months, Margate Park, 4921 N Marine
Beat 2033 -- 1st Tuesday, even months,
Bezazian Library, 1226 W Ainslie.
Court Advocacy Training Seminar
is pleased to invite all Uptown residents to
a long awaited Court Advocacy training
seminar sponsored by the Cook County State's
Attorney Community Justice Center. This hour
long seminar will be focused on how to become
an effective Court Advocate. Speakers will
include a Judge, Assistant State's Attorneys
from felony court, misdemeanor court as well
as seasoned Court Advocates.
are concerned about Public Safety issues and
want to be more involved in helping address
solutions, please consider attending this
hour long seminar. The training is being
held on Monday, June 22 7:00-8:00
PM at the 20th District Community
Room, located at 5400 N Lincoln Ave. Plenty
of free parking is available and refreshments
will be served. Please call 773.334.4066 to
|Neighbors Unhappy with Upzoning on Beacon Street
Neighbors lost in their efforts to prevent an
in Sheridan Park!
Earlier this month, UCC worked with neighbors
on Beacon Street, to reaffirm their request to not
upzone 4627 N. Beacon. Almost 4 years ago,
residents met with Ald. Shiller to discuss
its zoning and the decision then was to not
upzone the property so that the oldest home
in Sheridan Park could be protected. A few
months later, the developer made the decision
to tear the home down anyway, despite knowing
that the property would not be upzoned to
build an 8-flat.
Last April, the developer again made a
request to have the property upzoned. UCC led
a petition drive that resulted in numerous
block clubs and community leaders signing a
petition, asking Ald. Shiller to respect the
wishes of the area residents.
Richard Thale from UCC also provided
testimony at the City's Zoning Committee. At
this meeting, no resident spoke in favor of
upzoning the property.
Ald. Shiller asked that upzoning be allowed
and her request was granted by the City. It's
now understood that the developer has plans
of building an 8-flat at the site of this home.
|Uptown Residents Work Hard for Chase Park
Matt and Catherine Denny (UCC members) and their
four children (2 sets of
twins) are frequent visitors to Chase Park, so to
help out with raising the needed funds to
revamp this park, Catherine joined the Chase Park
Advisory Council, and has spent many untold
hours helping organize and plan numerous events to
raise money. The latest event, The Raven,
was a large 2-day, 3-night festival, with multiple
bands, multiple vendors, and lots of activities for the
kids, including a petting zoo!
Matt went one step further and played in one
of the bands.
Despite a chilly, rainy weekend, State Rep. Greg
Harris had happy news when he surprised everyone
with his announcement that Illinois has plans
to contribute $400,000 toward the $1,000,000
goal of raising the needed funds. A special
thanks, too, to Ald. Gene Schulter who has
worked with residents to help make this happen.
With the help announced by State Rep Greg
Harris, Chase Park looks like they'll be able to meet
within 2 years. Groundbreaking is expected to
happen in the Fall.
Letter from the President
Summer has barely started and we have gotten
off to a running start with a block club
forum, various safety meetings, and managed
to get some fun in at the Chase Park
fundraiser. As you can see, State Rep Greg
Harris showed that he can play a mean game of
corn hole as I struggled along.
At the block club forum, Uptown block club
leaders spoke of their upcoming block club
parties that give a chance for neighbors to
meet one another, share some great food, and
end the day knowing some new people on their
If you get the chance, please consider
helping your block club out with these
upcoming events. It reaffirms why many of us
believe Uptown is one great neighborhood in
Chicago and it also helps out your block club
leaders in their tireless work.
- James Cappleman
Uptown block clubs