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Jul 29, 2011
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TONIGHT: Potluck & Auction at Warner Park

Graceland West Community Association (GWCA) invites you to brave the weather, bring a disk to share and come to our annual Potluck & Auction in the Park. Anyone who brings a dish to share will be given 5 votes. Use them to vote for YOUR favorite dishes (And, of course, in the finest Chicago tradition, you can BUY as many additional votes as you like! AFTER ALL , THIS IS A FUND RAISER!)

Winners will be published on the website AND have bragging rights for the rest of the year!

Come for the food and stay for the music & to bid on the auction items!
MUSIC by Gil Munoz

Admission is FREE to all paid-up GWCA members who bring a dish to share. Join GWCA above or join at the potluck. Donations gladly accepted as well!

Bring your family and friends & ENJOY an evening in the park!

Saturday (July 30) from 6 to 9 p.m. at Warner Park & Gardens (1446 West Warner).

Jul 28, 2011
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National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd at 6:00 P.M.

FYI, a message from Lt. John E. Willner:


The 19th district will be hosting our annual National Night Out on Tuesday August 2nd at 6:00 P.M.. The event will be held at the 19th district station. We will be holding an anti-crime rally and a youth forum. We will provide music and food for all. This event is open to all district residents, so please attend with your neighbors and enjoy a “National Night Out”……..

Also attached are the beat meeting flyers for the meetings being held in August. As always, these meetings are open to all district residents for all beats, not just residents of that particular beat.

Please try to attend as many of these events as possible and feel free to distribute this information to your friends and contacts. If you have received this information as a forwarded email and would like to receive the 19th district emails directly, please respond directly to me at the email address below, including your name, home address, home phone number and email address and you will be placed on the 19th district email list.


Lt. John E. Willner

District 019

2452 W. Belmont Ave.

Chicago, Il. 60618

312 744 5574 Office

312 744 3103 Fax

This email and any attachments thereto

Jul 23, 2011
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Upcoming Caps Beat Meetings

Caps Beat 1922 Meeting

For Residents above Berteau.
7pm Wednesday, August 10th, 2011, 4701 North Ashland, Chase Park.

Caps Beat 1923 Meeting

For Residents below Berteau.
7pm Tuesday, August 9th, 2011, Lakeview High School.

Jul 22, 2011
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Saturday  (July 30) 6 – 9 pm       at       WARNER PARK & GARDENS (1446 West Warner Avenue)

FREE to paid-up GWCA members who bring a dish to share.  Donations gladly accepted!
–> Join GWCA today ( – “Join GWCA” or check under “About GWCA” –> FORMS – last form there – you can print off and fill out hard copy) or join at the potluck.

B.Y.O.B. …
Soft Drinks, paper plates, plastic tableware and music all evening are all provided by GWCA — and, of course, you bring a dish to share, thus “Potluck & Auction”. Come bid on some great deals, listen to the music, visit with neighbors and enjoy the evening.  The food last year was fabulous!   Don’t miss out!
Didn’t go last year?  Well here’s how it works:  You can vote for the best dish and winners will be announced by category:   Appetizer, Entrée, Side Dish, and Desserts.
–>  In true Chicago fashion:  vote early and vote often for your favorites (additional votes may be purchased at the potluck!) 

Bring your family, friends & money (after all it is a fund raiser — to support our GWCA fest on Sept 10) 

Questions or want to volunteer to help?  Contact Kathleen Dudley  (773) 472-1221

To donate to the auction:  Drop off items at  4240 North Greenview Avenue — by July 28 …  or email certificates with contact information to:

GWCA = Graceland West Community Association.  GWCA encompasses the community bordered by Montrose, Clark, Irving Park & Ashland.

Jul 16, 2011
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Lake View High School assistance needed on painting their school fence.

Dear GWCA,

We are the new 47th Ward Alderman’s office at 4243 N. Lincoln Avenue.

We were recently contacted by Lake View High School for assistance on
painting their school fence. Unfortunately they do not have the budget
to do this so our office is helping to coordinate a community
volunteer day there.

We are also reaching out to local youth to help paint this
fence. I don’t yet have the details of date and scope of the project
but should be getting this soon from the school officials.

Ernie Constantino

Director of Constituent Services

47th Ward Alderman Pawar’s Office


Jul 16, 2011
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Memorial service for Art Geranios

Hi all,

Thanks everyone for getting back to me with your preferred dates.  It looks like the best timing for the greatest number of people will be Sunday, July 17th at 5pm.

Ann Maxwell confirmed that the GWCA Garden Walk dinner will not be taking place at Warner Park, so we will plan to get together there.  If the weather is bad, we’re happy to host everyone at our house.

I have no set thoughts on how to best memorialize Art except that I’m certain that the idea of having his friends and neighbors get together with food and drink to remember him would please him greatly.  To that end, I’m happy to organize tables, paper goods and drinks and will plan on bringing some finger food.  If anyone else is able to bring food, that would be a great help!

If anyone has thoughts about how to best memorialize Art, please feel free to share them.  The kids of Cullom Ave. may want to do something themselves to remember him.  I’ll touch base with some of the kids to see if they’re interested in writing something to read or have a song to sing.

PLEASE pass the word on to anyone in the neighborhood who would like to attend.  If anyone sees Rick, the mailman, please extend an invitation to him.

Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all!

Sharon Langshur

Jul 11, 2011
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Road resurfacing update from Alderman Pawar

From his email updates. You can sign up for these updates at
Letter from Ameya

Dear Neighbor,

Many of you have been wondering why there are some roads in the ward where the surface was removed (milled) and no resurfacing has taken place. For the past month, we have been working on the 2011 aldermanic menu. In order to get roads and alleys resurfaced in the 2011 construction season we had to move quickly. This is why we asked for your input and ideas on resurfacing projects. But there was an additional wrinkle – there were carryover resurfacing projects from previous years that were scheduled for this summer. These projects were necessary but our team found there was significant overlap between our projects and where People’s Gas was planning to work in the roadway. That is, our team discovered that the City was going resurface streets and then People’s Gas would have to tear them up again right after to complete their utility work.


In late May, I put a halt to all resurfacing projects in the 47th ward until a thorough review was completed. What we found was that there was nearly $300,000 in aldermanic menu allocations and over $700,000 in State of Illinois funding for road projects in the ward. While we are still investigating, here is what we now know:

  • Not all resurfacing projects are impacted. Some of the Peoples Gas work will only be done in the parkway. This work will not impact resurfacing and inadvertently waste tax dollars.
  • There are at least 3 projects where tax dollars (City or State) would have resurfaced the road, that would have then been torn up later this summer.

We are confirming the three projects and will be working with CDOT and Peoples Gas to coordinate projects so taxpayer dollars are not wasted. For now, we estimate that hundreds of thousands of dollars will be saved through better coordination. But more importantly, we are working collaboratively with the Chicago Department on Transportation to fix any coordination problems between utilities, CDOT and the 47th ward office. During the campaign, I heard countless stories on resurfacing projects that lacked coordination. I am going to work to fix this problem because this doubling up of efforts is likely happening city-wide. If we have saved a couple hundred thousand dollars in the 47th ward then think about how much can be saved city-wide by simply coordinating projects. Next, think about how much could have been saved over many years. The potential savings of tax-dollars is staggering.


While I don’t have all the answers yet, the 47th ward team is working hard to get them. We may not be able to get it all fixed immediately and we are sorry for any temporary inconvenience.

Stay tuned for more details. We are still planning on an aldermanic menu town hall in the near future. Thank you for your patience and input.

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