Dec 11, 2017
gracelandwest
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Aircraft Noise Update

The GWCA Council has received complaints of aircraft noise since the opening of the Berteau aligned runway at O’Hare in 2015. Planes descend to about 1,000’ at Clark Street. Many of the flights over our neighborhood originate on the west coast or Asia, come east over the Eisenhower (or general area), turn over Lake Michigan and head west about Berteau to land on the new Berteau aligned runway.  This air traffic continues to increase  because of the closing of the diagonal runways at O’Hare.

 

This is from Fair Allocation of Runways…

“Since the October 2013 activation of the 10C/28C runway (aligned with Wilson Avenue in Chicago) and the full operation of runway 9L/27R (aligned with Pratt Avenue in Chicago), official noise complaints registered by residents living within twenty-five miles of O’Hare Airport has risen from 29,000 (end of 2013) to 12.5 million (cumulative through July 2017). Annually, noise complaints have increased from 29,000 (2013) to 268,000 (2014) to 4.1 million (2015) to 5 million (2016) to an expected 5.7 million (through the end of 2017). Average monthly complaints are now 472,000 (through July 2017), and for the first time have exceeded 600,000 (May 2017). Increasing complaints are the result of the aforementioned 10C/28C and 9L/27R runways, runway 10R/28L (opened October 2015) aligned with Berteau Avenue in Chicago, in addition to the closing of the two diagonal runways 14L/32R and 14R/32L. The final new runway 9C/27C (aligned with Granville Avenue south of Devon Avenue in Chicago) is scheduled for completion in 2020”.

 

If you’re bothered by airplane noise, please report it here: (http://www.fairchicago.org/ or to 311.

Please also let GWCA know at info@gracelandwest.org

 

Dec 6, 2017
gracelandwest
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Agenda + Minutes from December 4, 2017 GWCA Meeting, Elections, Holiday Pot Luck. 7:15 PM at Rizal

Council Member Brian O’Donnell chaired the meeting.

Introductions

Elections.  Block Rep Dave Barnett (Greenview) was elected.  Council Member Bruce Braun (Belle Plaine) was re-elected.  Council Member Brad Pierce (Warner) was re-elected.  GWCA is an all-volunteer organization and has 9 Council Members.  Terms are 18-months.

Questions were addressed about the new Campus Plan for the Lake View High School and Community Park.  If you have questions, please write info@gracelandwest.org

GWCA holds four quarterly community meetings annually.  Attendees were asked what meeting topics they most wanted for 2016.  Please write info@gracelandwest.org with your meeting and speaker ideas and can you help with this topic / speaker?  What are your hobbies, passions, interests, neighborhood interests?

GWCAFest is the “Block Party” for everyone living in the neighborhood (Montrose, Clark, Irving Park, Ashland).  Are you single, a grad student, married, a parent, an empty nester, retired?  What would entice you to GWCAFest?  Please email us at info@gracelandwest.org.  And let us know if you’d like to help on the committee or with a specific item.

We thank the Rizal Community Center for hosting this meeting.  Thank you to all who attended.  Thanks also for the delicious food everyone provided.  We got lots done and had fun!

Dec 3, 2017
gracelandwest
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HOW TO BUILD A COMMUNITY

One of our members sent this to me as it reminded her of all the good work we are all doing together in our community. We have an awesome community made up of caring neighbors and hard workers.

 

Dec 1, 2017
gracelandwest
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GWCA Holiday Pot Luck, short meeting, elections & Mixer – Monday, Dec 4

When:  7:15 at the Rizal Center Auditorium (parking on east side of the building)

Who:  anyone who lives in Graceland West

Agenda:

Introductions

Meet and eat (dessert & Mixer at the end)

Lake View High School Campus & Community Park remake questions.

2018 GWCA Meeting and GWCAFest ideas (all)

Elections

Budget and check approvals for LVHS Scholarship and Warner Park donation

Old Business / New Business

Adjourn, Mixer & Dessert.

Nov 24, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on GWCA thanks Council Members & LVHS students for 5th GWCA street leaf cleanup!

GWCA thanks Council Members & LVHS students for 5th GWCA street leaf cleanup!

More GWCA Council Members, Block Reps and neighbors have continued the street leaf cleanup on drier days.

GWCA asks that all neighbors in apartments, condos and homes attack remaining street leaves and get them up.  Dust pans are great leaf scoops.  Please bag leaves and put them in your black garbage can or your condo dumpster for pick up. Remaining leaves migrate with rain and snow melt, clog sewer grates and freeze on intersections and crosswalks contributing to flooded basements, vehicles and intersections and to falls.

Oct 31, 2017
gracelandwest
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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
gracelandwest
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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
gracelandwest
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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
gracelandwest
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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
gracelandwest
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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.

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