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August 2007

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

  • Public Safety

    Progress With Problem Buildings: Thanks to participation from members of the community working as court advocates in Housing Court, the landlord of the problem building located at 1001-03 W. Leland Ave. will be required to pay $15,000 in fines in the coming six weeks if long-standing violations are not corrected. The fines will double if the landlord, whose has been in Housing Court for the past two years, fails to take action. Thanks to community members who have stayed involved in holding the owner of this property accountable.

    Night Out Against Crime:
    Mayor Richard Daley, 46th Ward Alderman Helen Shiller, representatives from a variety of ethnic groups and approximately 200 neighborhood residents participated in a "National Night Out Against Crime: Diversity Against Violence," on Tuesday, August 7. The event was sponsored by the Chicago Police Department and CAPS. 23rd District Commander Gary Yamashiroya said that violent crime in the 23rd District, which includes Uptown, had decreased 18% in 2006 and was down by 10% throughout 2007.

    Uptown Baptist Hosts Gun Turn-In Event:
    More than 250 guns were turned in on at Uptown Baptist Church last month during a city-wide gun turn-in event. People who turned in a gun were given a $100 pre-paid credit card. Weapons were collected at 23 locations around the city, including Uptown Baptist Church, located at 1011 W. Wilson Ave. .

    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.

    Newz in the 'Hood

    Uptown's First Annual Sidewalk Sale! Join the growing cadre of great Uptown area merchants and restaurants in the first annual sidewalk sale on Sept. 7-9. Purchase a $10 wristband and enjoy discounts all weekend long at great local venues like Unique So Chique, Marigolds, Crew, Fat Cat, The Spot and more! Wristbands can be purchased for $10 online at: Enjoy the Labor Day weekend and help our commercial corridor prosper!

    Dine locally! Welcome to these new Uptown dining establishments, and let's remember to dine locally and support these great additions to our neighborhood!
    Dib Sushi Bar and Thai Cuisine: 1025 W. Lawrence, 773-561-0200. Dib Sushi
    Fat Cat: 4840 N. Broadway, 773- 506-3100 Fat Cat
    Faz's Bakery1218 W. Wilson Ave. Faz' Bakery

    Upcoming Events
    Summer Solstice

    Sidewalk Sale!
    Sheridan Park Neighbors Association will hold its annual sidewalk sale on Saturday, Sept. 8, from 9am until 3pm. (Sept. 9 in case of rain). Anyone who lives between Montrose and Lawrence, and Broadway and Clark is welcome to participate. Each participant must be registered for the event, however. To register by the Sept. 5 deadline, call: 773-275-0648 or fax information to: 312-861-4797. Include your name, phone and address where you plan to sell items. Enjoy cleaning out your closets and making new friends!

    Bridges to Success Clothing Donation In case you miss the Sheridan Park sidewalk sale, you have other ways to 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

    As new neighbors put down roots in the Uptown area, many want to know how they can connect with their local neighborhood group. In the densely populated 46th and 48th Wards, that often means becoming a part of your block club.

    The Uptown Chicago Commission's Website provides a list of the 17 block clubs that cover the two wards. If you don't know which block club serves your immediate neighborhood, click on this link: to find out (see block club link on left navigation bar). Please note that all of these block clubs are run on a volunteer basis, and some are more active than others. Block clubs that haven't been active in a while can often be re- invigorated by a committed volunteer (or two!) willing to reach out to their neighbors to support their community. Also, feel free to contact our office if you'd like suggestions on how to jump-start a block that is no longer active.

    While we are on the subject of block clubs, I'd like to welcome a new one to the fold -- North Uptown Neighbors Association (NUNA), which covers Lawrence to Argyle, and Clark to Broadway. The club will meet on a bi-monthly basis, and is headed by David Neubecker. Welcome NUNA, and thanks for your commitment to the neighborhood!

    - Kathy Cook
    UCC President

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