Jun 22, 2017
gracelandwest
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GWCA 35th Garden Walk is Sunday, Aug 6, 1-5 pm. Show your Garden!

Please email donnaforsberg@sbcglobal.net or call 773.348.1469 to show your garden.  Did all in your condo association or apartment building plant your terraces or patio?  Please email Donna and show it off!  Have a home with a great garden, patio or parkway?  Email Donna and show it off.  Have a unique green space?  Please show if off.  Formal garden, green roof, vegetable garden, native plant garden, rain garden, container garden, sculpture garden, bird sanctuary, aquatic garden?  Show it off!  Also she needs a volunteer to put together the Garden Walk dinner.

Jun 20, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Agenda for June 21 GWCA Meeting, 7 pm, Warner Park

Agenda for June 21 GWCA Meeting, 7 pm, Warner Park

AGENDA

GWCA Meeting

June 21, 7 pm, Warner Park

Board members

John Bjork (6/17), Laurie Gillman (6/17), Brad Zerman (6/17), Bruce Braun (12/17), Brad Pierce (12/17), Brian O’Donnell (12/17), Janice Horwich (6/18), Chenin Kienzler (6/18), Joanne Yonan (6/18), Treasurer: Barb Sullivan

Time

Item

Owner

7 PM Welcome, sign-in, Summer Solstice pot luck (finger-food) appetizers, introductions John Bjork
7:05 “Pollinator Party”. Panel with Ecologist Peter Leki & Beekeeper Lisa Hish. The Graceland West Neighborhood is experiencing stormwater flooding from the reduction of permeable areas. Native plants are beautiful, attract butterflies and other pollinators and help with stormwater absorption. GWCA encourages every household, business, school to add 100 sq ft of permeable hardscape and more absorptive landscape per every 3,000 sq ft of land or otherwise capture rain where it falls to reduce flooding. Janice Horwich

Joanne Yonan

7:35 19th District Police Brad Zerman
7:45 New Business / Old Business / Announcements / Minutes

CUBS Day Game Parking Needs – Brad Zerman

Block Rep expansion continues – Brad Zerman & Janice Horwich

Join GWCA / Volunteer – Laurie Gillman, Brian O’Donnell, Brad Pierce, Chenin Kienzler,

GWCA 35th Garden Walk – Sunday, August 6 – Donna Forsberg

Zoning:  4144 Greenview wants reduced setbacks

Urgent to keep leaves & grass clippings off parkways & streets + November Community-Wide Leaf Cleanup

Other

Council & Committee Chairs
7:55 Elections of three GWCA Council Members for 18-month terms (Laurie Gillman & Brad Zerman are running) John Bjork
8 PM Summer Solstice finger-food pot luck dessert, social time, meet neighbors, talk with panel, Council, Block Reps and Police John Bjork
Jun 19, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Wed, 6/21, 7 PM, Warner Park, Attract butterflies to your porch, deck, patio, yard

Wed, 6/21, 7 PM, Warner Park, Attract butterflies to your porch, deck, patio, yard

GWCA is having a “Pollinator Party”.  Ecologist Peter Leki and Lisa Hish are on our panel.  Learn how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your yard, porch, deck, patio or parkway and how doing so can help prevent neighborhood stormwater flooding and standing water.

First 30 GWCA Member households will receive a gift; a small container and pollinator attracting seeds and polling soil.

19th District Police are attending.  We had an 11 pm armed attempted holdup or car jacking on May 24th in the 4100 block of Greenview and are seeing increased wheel and cat converter thefts and garage break ins and neighbors are reporting an increase in door knocking strangers.

Celebrate Summer Solstice with our annual pot luck.  (please bring a finger food to share – homemade if you’re able)

Jun 14, 2017
gracelandwest
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Meet Ecologist Peter Leki – June 21 – 7 pm – Warner Park

Ecologist Peter Leki is our speaker for this exciting “Pollinator Party”.  1st 30 GWCA member households will receive a small container with seeds and potting soil for native plants that pollinators love.  Not a member yet?  Join GWCA that night and be eligible.  Read about “Pollinator Paths” here:https://www.pollinatorpaths.com/

Short meeting.  Elections.  Police will discuss recent neighborhood crime.  Celebrate Summer Solstice at our Pot Luck; please bring a finger-food appetizer or dessert to share.

 

 

 

 

May 20, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on GWCA Yard – Garage Sale – Rain Day is today, Sunday, 5/21 – 9-3

GWCA Yard – Garage Sale – Rain Day is today, Sunday, 5/21 – 9-3

Addresses are from 1460 Belle Plaine to 4330 Greenview.  Good thing we planned a rain day as those who sold yesterday really got cold.  Please come by and see what’s for sale.

May 14, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Neighborhood Alert! – some garage and auto break ins & cat convertor theft

Neighborhood Alert! – some garage and auto break ins & cat convertor theft

In the past three weeks, our neighborhood, from Pensacola to Irving Park, has seen the above incidents on Pensacola, Hutchinson, Greenview, and around Southport and Irving Park and teen girls committing graffiti at Warner Park .  Please report all crime as police coverage is based on crime reports AND patterns are more complete when all crime is reported.

Keep an eye out:  Please look at your street, alley, neighbors yards when you’re around and at night when you’re up.  Listen too.

Suspicious Behavior:  If something is suspicious, happening now call 911!!  Please use your name.  It adds credibility to your report.  Next call your phone tree; neighbors on all four sides and alert them.

Autos:  thieves will break in your car for sunglasses, a pen, or any item they see.  Keep all items out of sight.  Lock vehicles, even if in your garage.  Keep bikes locked, even in the garage too (and registered).

Lights On:  GWCA, the Graceland West Community Association, asks that you make sure your bright front porch light adds to street and sidewalk visibility.

Gardening:  Remember to keep your doors locked when in your yard and keep your keys and cell phone in your pocket.

Our neighborhood crime has consistently been much lower than surrounding neighborhoods because of your help.  Please be extra alert and let’s knock this down.  Thank you from the GWCA Council and Block Reps

May 13, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Attracting butterflies to your deck, porch, yard. June 21, 7 pm, Warner Park

Attracting butterflies to your deck, porch, yard. June 21, 7 pm, Warner Park

Ecologist Peter Leki is our speaker for this exciting “Pollinator Party”.  1st 30 GWCA member households will receive a small container with seeds and potting soil for native plants that pollinators love.  Not a member yet?  Join GWCA that night and be eligible.  Short meeting.  Elections.  Summer Solstice Pot Luck; please bring a finger food to share.

May 12, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on 1 week until GWCA Yard Sale!! Are you signed up?

1 week until GWCA Yard Sale!! Are you signed up?

Mark can sign you up.  He’ll pull your city permit and do group ads.  $Free to GWCA members.  $10 to non-members.  Last chance to move out books, toys, furniture, clothing, sports and hobby gear and more.  You can email Mark – mnehring4@gmail.com or call 773.472.1192.

 

May 1, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Gardening Tips

Gardening Tips

Hi GWCA Gardeners.  May 1st means frost risk is officially over.  Have you thought about adding 100 sq. ft. more in permeable space or garden this year?  If you dig down 9″, aerate your soil and add deep rooted native plants, including plants to attract butterflies and other pollinators, you’ll also prevent 2,200 gallons of rainwater a year from rolling down the hill and contributing to neighborhood flooding.

You’re encouraged to plant native trees, shrubs, plants and grasses.

Adding hardscape?  Consider permeable concrete, permeable pavers, French drains, rain gardens, bioswale, vertical gardens, roof gardens, green roofs, blue roofs.

Hope you’ll stay in town for the August 6 Garden Walk from 1-5 pm.

Apr 28, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Mosquito Season begins in late April with 50 degree temperatures

Mosquito Season begins in late April with 50 degree temperatures

To help, please do the following:

  1.  Report all water that is standing more than 10 hours to 311.  Photos help.
  2.  Keep your property free of standing water.
  3.  Keep leaves cleaned up in both roof and street gutters.  Mice love roof gutters too.
  4.  Work with nature:  maintain habitat for birds and bats, as they love to eat mosquitos.
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