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Dec 29, 2015
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Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum

Graceland Cemetery was designated a Level 1 Arboretum in early 2014 and completed a tree tour map in October 2015.  

Winter is a terrific time to see the structure of trees and learn to identify them without their leaves. 

Here is the link to the Arboretum Tour Map on their website – you can download a copy of the map from the link on the website: 

 

http://www.gracelandcemetery.org/the-graceland-arboretum-tree-tour/

Their trees are tagged with a smartphone compatible QR code that directs visitors to a website with more information about each tagged tree. 

 

Anyone is welcome to come in and take the free Arboretum Tour.  You can pick up a copy of the map in the main office or download a copy on the website.

 

 

 

Dec 28, 2015
gracelandwest
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Vote: Elections + bylaw change – January 10, 4 pm, Jose Rizal Center

GWCA Meeting on January 10, 2015, Jose Rizal Center, 1332 West Irving Park.  Please arrive by 3:55 pm.  Parking available.

Elections and the following GWCA Bylaw changes are first on the agenda. You’re also invited to attend the Annual GWCA Council Planning Meeting, which follows on the agenda.

Current ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP 

Membership shall include people who are interested in accomplishing the purposes of the organization. These members shall include due-paying adults who shall have equal rights and privileges and who shall have one vote each in all matters put before the organization.

 

Proposed ARTICLE III – MEMBERSHIP 

Membership shall include people who are interested in accomplishing the purposes of the organization. These members shall include dues-paying adults, businesses and non-profit organizations. Only those who have been members for more than 30 days are permitted to vote or count toward a quorum. Proxy votes are not permitted.

Voting Membership is limited to:

(a) adults residing within the geographic boundaries of the Association – Montrose, Irving Park, Clark and Ashland.

(b) representatives of businesses and non-profit organizations which are located within the geographic boundaries of the Association. These businesses and non-profits shall designate one person in their organization to vote.

 

Dec 27, 2015
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Crime: Update re 12-23-15 Berteau / Greenview Attempted Street Robbery w victim Pistol Whipped

Crime: Update re 12-23-15 Berteau / Greenview Attempted Street Robbery w victim Pistol Whipped

mdv29Dec 26, 2015, 4:14:00 AM

Dec 25, 2015
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Berteau & Greenview 12-24 10:15 PM

Berteau & Greenview 12-24 10:15 PM

Attempted strong-arm robbery.  www.cwbchicago.com for much more information

“Police are on the lookout for two stolen vehicles that the crew is known to have used:

• A black 2011 Hyundai Tucson with Illinois plate FCZENIT, which the crew carjacked Wednesday morning in the 5400 block of N. Kedzie. This vehicle was used in all of the robberies in our neighborhood on Christmas Eve, witnesses said.

(Above) A black 2014 BMW SUV

• A black 2014 BMW SUV with Illinois plate 1692225. The car was stolen from a home in nearby Lincoln Park on December 19 after the owner left his keys inside. Witnesses say the BMW is noisy and not in good condition.

In the robbery pattern, three or four black men in their late teens or early 20’s approach victims and threaten or strike their targets with a black semi-automatic handgun, police have said. The offenders are described as being small in stature—perhaps 5’7” tall—and are generally said to be wearing black puffy coats and beanie hats”.

To all neighbors.  Report all suspicious activity immediately to 911.  LIGHTS ON.  We have 15 hours of darkness. Please make certain your bright porch light is on from Dusk to Dawn.  It should provide light for your front city sidewalk and for anyone entering or exiting a car in front of your home.

 

Dec 20, 2015
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Here’s how to register your new bike

Here’s how to register your new bike

BIKES

Please register bikes with the police online here:

https://portal.chicagopolice.org/portal/page/portal/ClearPath/Online%20Services/Online%20Bike%20Registration

Note: You have to set up an online account with CLEARPath first.

Dec 19, 2015
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Sunrise is 7:14 am. Are you walking?

Sunrise is 7:14 am. Are you walking?

The Lake View High School running track is a tranquil space to greet the morning.  You’ll often find a few neighbors walking at all temperatures, unless it’s slick.  Sometimes someone will do yoga or Thai chi there.  It’s a “do your own thing at your any pace you like place”.   We’re fortunate to have the only School and Community Campus Park in the city.  GWCAWalks, will you?

Dec 13, 2015
gracelandwest
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Lake View HS Begins Composting for School & GWCA

Lake View Composting Bins are in back near the back door. Easy to spot.
Rules:
Add the materials under use where the leaves are out of the bags. People can just dump them into the bin and we will mix. When the bin is full we will lock it, then we will start using the other bin.
Use:
• fruit
• grass clippings
• yard waste
• fruit waste,
• vegetables,
• vegetable waste,
• coffee grounds,
• egg shells.
Avoid
• Diseased Plants – It takes an efficient composting system and ideal conditions (extreme heat) to destroy many plant diseases. If the disease organisms are not destroyed they can be spread later when the compost is applied. Avoid questionable plant materials.
• Inorganic Materials – This stuff won’t break down and includes aluminum foil, glass, plastics and metals. Pressure-treated lumber should also be avoided because it’s treated with chemicals that could be toxic in compost.
• Meat, Bones, Fish, Fats, Dairy – These products can “overheat” your compost pile (not to mention make it stinky and attract animals). They are best avoided.
• Pet Droppings – Dog or cat droppings contain several disease organisms and can make compost toxic to handle. (Can you believe the state of Alaska actually spent $25,000 on a study to determine the effects of composting dog poop? – PDF format)
Contact jsyonan@cps.edu
contact jhorwich@sbcglobal.net to be on the GWCA ECO Committee

Dec 7, 2015
gracelandwest
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GWCA establishes scholarship for 2016 LVHS graduating senior

FYI, GWCA Members, here’s the application. This scholarship is for $1,000 to a 2016 graduate. We’d like to make it $2,000. Can you get your neighbors to join GWCA. Just email l.gillman@sbcglobal.net for a GWCA membership application.

Graceland West Community Association (“GWCA”) was established 1979 as the community association for the Graceland West Neighborhood where Lake View High School is located. The boundaries of GWCA are Montrose, Irving, Clark and Ashland.

The purposes of GWCA: Encourage a sense of community and develop a neighborhood spirit. Provide an open forum to discuss community matters and their resolution. Provide a united effort in the securing of city and neighborhood services. Develop and preserve an appreciation for the historical significance of the area. Encourage preservation, restoration, and beautification of the neighborhood. Promote an appreciation of the cultural diversity of the neighborhood. Establish a means to provide for the welfare of the community.

Scholarship Criteria:
1. Current Lake View High School Student with a GPA of at least 3.0
2. Must qualify for free/reduced lunch
3. Must provide leadership for the betterment of the community in ways that reflect GWCA’s purpose. Community can be defined as Lake View High School, your neighborhood, the GWCA neighborhood, Chicago, the country or world.
4. Must prepare and submit a brief written reflection on the student’s community leadership and how it betters his/her community. (Reflection Questions will be forthcoming).
5. Must accumulate 4 or more service learning hours from participation in at least ONE of the neighborhood events sponsored by GWCA:
a. GWCAFest, the annual block party for the entire neighborhood
b. GWCA Halloween Party
c. GWCA Leaf Cleanup, which helps reduce neighborhood stormwater flooding
d. Any upcoming GWCA-sponsored events
6. Must prepare and submit a brief written reflection on the importance of the service they provided for any of the GWCA-sponsored events (Reflection Questions will be forthcoming)

Upcoming Events

  1. GWCAFest

    August 27 @ 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  2. GWCA Halloween Party at Warner Park

    October 28 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
  3. GWCA Community-Wide Street Leaf Cleanup – Sat, Nov 18, 9-11 am

    November 18 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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