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Oct 31, 2017
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Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum now permits bicycling

Graceland Cemetery and Arboretum has previously banned bicycling, concerned about respect.  After a summer trial, it is now allowed.  Groups are asked to ride only on Sundays to avoid bothering burials.

Oct 26, 2017
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GWCA Halloween Party

Hello Neighbors,

Don’t let the cold weather & rain in the forecast scare you away. Come down to Warner Park this Saturday from 11 AM to 1 PM for Graceland West’s annual Halloween Party. There will be warm apple cider, pizza and fantastic prizes that will be raffled off. And of course, lots of fun activities for the kiddos!

Rain or shine, we will be there. And we hope you will be too!

Oct 25, 2017
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GWCA FALL MEETINGS AND EVENTS

GWCA Fall News – 2017

Thanks for being a member of GWCA!

The Graceland West Community Association, GWCA, was established in 1979. Graceland West neighborhood boundaries are Montrose, Clark, Irving Park and Ashland.

GWCA Calendar: www.gracelandwest.org. GWCA Face book. Contact us at info@gracelandwest.org

We have a PACKED, FUN and INFORMATIVE Fall. Please Join Us!

· Saturday, October 28th, 11 am – 1 pm, GWCA Halloween Party, Warner Park & Gardens. For all neighborhood kids. Contest for best costume.
· Monday, October 30th, 7:15 pm. GWCA Community Meeting. Principal Karafiol will present the $20M Lake View High School Improvement Plan. Lake View School, enter via Ashland door #6. Parking available in the faculty lot via Irving Park. LVHS scholastic achievements and interior improvements are too expensive to list here. Exterior improvements include building and roof repairs, an expanded faculty parking lot with a second entrance/exit on Greenview, a new and relocated play lot, a larger playing field with artificial turf and a longer and new cushioned track. Reservoirs beneath the campus will be installed to retain stormwater and slowly release it to sewers. Stakeholders, including GWCA Leaders, attended the initial presentation on March 20th.

· Thursday, November 2nd, 7pm. GWCAFest Block Party 2017 / 2018 Meeting Join us as we brainstorm about the 2017 and upcoming 2018 GWCAFest block party. What should we keep, stop, change and/or add? If you did not attend this year what at the event would interest you enough to try it out? We will also talk about new ideas for next year’s Fest too. RSVP to Brad Pierce at bradfordpierce@gmail.com

· Saturday, November 18th, 9-11 am. 5th Annual GWCA Neighbors Street Leaf Cleanup. We’re asking all home owners, condo owners, business owners and renters to help get all street and crosswalk leaves up. About 1/3 of our leaves fall after the final city street cleaning. These leaves get slick and can cause falls. They also clog sewers and contribute to flooded intersections, crosswalks, vehicles and basements. Join GWCA Leaders and neighbors at the Greenview intersection closest to your house. LVHS students help us too. Bring rakes, gloves, and 10 leaf bags. Dust pans are good scoops to bag leaves. Leaves will be composted by the city. We’ll have extra rakes.
· Monday, December 4th, 7:15 pm. Brief GWCA Community Meeting, Council Election and Holiday Pot Luck & Mixer (Bring a dish to share & BYOB). Rizal Center, parking lot on east side of building.

Lights On, Lock Up and Look Outside!
Lights On! Is your front porch brightly lit? Do you have a few lights on timers so it looks like someone is home from all outdoor angles? Please brightly light your front porch from dusk to dawn all year and remember to change your front porch and interior timers for Standard Time. Lock Up! Do lock your residence, garage and car doors? Please also lock up and pocket your key when you’re gardening, raking leaves or shoveling. Look Outside! Walk Around! Isn’t anyone seeing anything? Allthough our crime rate is among the lowest in the city, we are experiencing some cars broken into, wheels and catalytic converters stolen, unlocked cars rifled through and a car keyless entry cloned and the car stolen. A few unlocked houses and apartments have been entered through doors or windows and burglarized. These burglars may be arriving by foot, bicycle or vehicle. If you see suspicious behavior, please call 911 immediately.

Oct 23, 2017
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GWCA-FEST 2018 BLOCK PARTY PLANNING SESSION – ALL INVITED

Please join us for short conversation and brainstorm session about our GWCAFest block party. In follow-up to our August 2017 event, what should we keep, stop, change and/or add? Looking ahead to GWCAFest 2018, if you did not attend this year what at the event would interest you enough to try it out? We will also talk about new ideas for next year’s Fest.

Look forward to your participation on Thursday, November 2 at 7pm at the home of Barbara Sullivan (4117 N Greenview). Please RSVP to Brad Pierce at bradfordpierce@gmail.com if you can attend or if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Barbara Sullivan and Brad Pierce,
GWCAFest 2017 Co-Chairs

Oct 22, 2017
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October 30th, 7:15 pm – See details of new LVHS Campus

Lake View High School is getting $20M for interior and exterior improvements and a new campus.  Principal Karafiol will share details with the community on Monday, October 30th at LVHS. Enter via door #6 on Ashland.

GWCA meeting + LVHS Presentation.

Oct 18, 2017
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GWCA Halloween Party – October 28

Hello Neighbors,

Do you like having fun? Do your children enjoy eating pizza, decorating pumpkins and running around like little monsters? Well, we have just the event for you…join us on Saturday, October 28 from 11 AM to 1 PM at Warner Park. There will be something for everyone!

If you are interested in donating any items for the party (think juice boxes, snacks, candy, etc.) please contact Kristi Passarelli at (kristi.passarelli@gmail.com)

Hope to see you there!

Oct 15, 2017
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Home invasion despite low crime rate. Lock doors & windows when home

Please remember to lock house and garage windows and doors, whether you’re inside or outside gardening or raking leaves.  1st and 2nd floor windows should have ventilation locks engaged if open.  Please have porch lights in front and back and motion lights in the back.  Have interior lights on timers to make house appear occupied if you’re away or in another part of the house.  Install video cameras if possible.  Report suspicious behavior to 911, then alert your “phone tree”, the neighbors on all four sides.  The next GWCA meeting is Monday, October 30th at LVHS.  Enter via Ashland door #6.

Saturday, October 14, 10:10 – 10:20 pm

4100 Block of Greenview

“2 men with hoodies entered our house from backyard. Unfortunately, a back door was unlocked while XXXX was in basement watching TV. They covered 2 floors and took 4 laptops and 3 iPads. And kids backpacks/homework/etc. Unfortunately 911 wasn’t responsive but XXXX ok and that’s all that matters. More tomorrow-cops here now”.

 

1500 Block of Berteay, 10/4/17

Crime date/time

October 04, 2017 9:30 AM

Case number

JA458286

Type

Burglary Burglary: Unlawful entry

Place

Apartment

Beat

1912

Domestic?

No

 

 

 

1400 block of Warner, 9/25/17

Crime date/time

September 25, 2017 12:01 AM

Case number

JA445962

Type

Criminal trespass Criminal trespass: To vehicle

Place

Street

Beat

1912

Domestic?

No

 

1400 block of Warner, 9/24/17 – Theft over $300.

Crime date/time

September 24, 2017 4:00 PM

Case number

JA448019

Type

Theft Theft: Over $300

Place

Street

Beat

1912

Domestic?

No

 

 

1400 Block of Belle Plaine, 9/24/17 –

White Jeep Compas stolen again.  GWCA asks – was key fob cloned?

 

 

1400 block of Irving, 9/22/17

Crime date/time

September 22, 2017 6:00 PM

Case number

JA443131

Type

Criminal damage Vandalism: Criminal damage to property

Place

Apartment

Beat

1912

Domestic?

No

 

 

1400 block of Hutchinson, 9/21/17

Crime date/time

September 21, 2017 2:00 AM

Case number

JA447526

Type

Theft Theft: $300 and under

Place

Street

Beat

1912

Domestic?

No

 

 

1400 block of Belle Plaine, 9/19/17

White Jeep Compass stolen

 

July 22 – September 18 (incidents not included in this post)

 

1400 Hutchinson, 7/22/17

House broken into, items stolen, car keys taken, car stolen

Oct 4, 2017
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CUBS Post Season – Tentative Parking Restrictions, Street Closures

Tentative Parking Restrictions

• North Clark Street: from West School Street/West Aldine Avenue to West Irving Park Road (both sides)
• North Sheffield Avenue: from West Roscoe Street to West Grace Street (both sides)
• West Addison Street: from North Halsted Street to Ashland Avenue (both sides)
• West Irving Park Road: from North Clark Street to the Seminary (both sides)
• North Racine Avenue: from North Clark Street to West Roscoe Street (both sides) NOTE: Racine will be used as the Clark alternative CTA bus route.
• West Cornelia Avenue: from North Clark Street to the first alley (both sides)
• West Eddy Street: from North Clark Street to the first alley (both sides)
• West Newport Avenue: from North Clark Street to the first alley (both sides)
• West Patterson Avenue: from North Clark Street to North Racine Avenue (both sides)

Parking Restrictions for ComEd substations

ComEd trucks will stage at the following substations during both away and home games throughout the postseason, meaning there will be no parking allowed any time from Friday through Oct. 12 at the following locations:

• North Seminary Avenue: from West Newport Avenue to the first alley (both sides)
• West Newport Avenue: from North Seminary Avenue to first alley (north side)
• North Seminary Avenue: 3900 block (both sides)

Street Closures

The following street closures will be in effect approximately three hours prior to each game until the end of the game, as determined by the Chicago Police Department. Pedestrian access will remain open.

• North Sheffield Avenue: from West Addison Street to West Waveland Avenue
• West Waveland Avenue: from North Sheffield Avenue to North Clark Street

Expect street closures between West Belmont Avenue and West Irving Park Park Road from North Halsted Street to North Southport Avenue. At the discretion of the Chicago Police and OEMC, arterial streets might be closed to all vehicular traffic. You should have photo ID and proof of residence available for presentation to any public safety official, police officer or traffic management personnel.

Getting Around During Postseason

Taxis will drop off, pick up and and stage on North Clark Street between West Roscoe Street and West School Street. Limos, Ubers, Lyfts and other car services will drop off, pick up and stage on West Irving Park Road between North Clark Street and North Seminary Avenue.

Remote parking is available at the remote lot, 3900 N. Rockwell St., with a free shuttle to the ballpark. The parking lot opens approximately five hours prior to each game.

 

Oct 3, 2017
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5 Neighborhood Events; Oct 21, 28, 30, Nov 18, Dec 4, www.gracelandwest.org

  • Saturday, October 21st, 9:30 – 11:30 am. Help GWCA and GROW Community add plants to the Ashland side of Lake View High School. Meet at Ashland door #6.
  • Saturday, October 28th, 11 am – 1 pm. GWCA Halloween Party. Pumpkin painting, costume contest, spooky gazebo/selfie booth, sensory bin. For ALL neighborhood children. Warner Park & Gardens.
  • Monday, October 30th, 7:15 pm. GWCA Community Meeting. Principal Karafiol will present the $20M Lake View High School Improvement Plan. Lake View High School, enter via Ashland door #6.  Parking available in the faculty lot via Irving Park.  LVHS scholastic achievements and interior improvements are too extensive to list here.  Exterior improvements include building and roof repairs, an expanded faculty parking lot with a second entrance/exit on Greenview, a new and relocated play lot, a larger playing field with artificial turf and a longer and new cushioned track.   Reservoirs beneath the campus will retain stormwater and slowly release it to sewers. Stakeholders, including GWCA Leaders, attended the initial presentation on March 20th.
  • Saturday, November 18th, 9-11 am. 5th Annual GWCA Neighbors Street Leaf Cleanup. We’re asking all home owners, condo owners, business owners and renters to help get all street and crosswalk leaves up. About 1/3 of our leaves fall after the final city street cleaning. These leaves get slick and can cause falls. They also clog sewers and contribute to flooded intersections, crosswalks, vehicles and basements. Join GWCA Leaders and neighbors at the Greenview intersection closest to your house.  LVHS students help us too. Bring rakes, gloves, and 10 leaf bags.  Dust pans are good scoops to bag leaves. Leaves will be composted by the city. We’ll have extra rakes.
  • Monday, December 4th, 7:15 pm. Brief GWCA Community Meeting, Council Election and Holiday Pot Luck & Mixer (Bring a dish to share & BYOB). Rizal Center, parking lot on east side of building.

 

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