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
gracelandwest
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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
gracelandwest
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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.

 

Sep 25, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Garage broken into 9-25 between 3 and 6 am do you have video or info?

Garage broken into 9-25 between 3 and 6 am do you have video or info?

A garage in the 4100 block of Greenview was broken into on 9-25 between 3 am and 6 am.  Because the time is so specific, we’re wondering if you have video of the north south alley east of Greenview for that time and area.  Of if you noted anything suspicious.  If so, could you please contact mary.hein@chicagopolice.org.  She is the Sgt. who heads CAPS for the 19th District

Sep 24, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Auto security alert – key bob signal can be cloned

Auto security alert – key bob signal can be cloned

Auto thieves have a new gadget, a device that clones your key fob signal when you lock your car. The device can  break into and start 17 models of cars.  Thieves just need to be nearby when you lock your car with your key fob.

Tips:

  1. Lock your car manually, not with your remote
  2. Park in a well lit and more crowded area
  3. Be aware of your surroundings
  4. Banish neighborhood hiding spots with bright front porch lighting, trees trimmed
  5. Report any suspicious behavior to 911, then call your phone tree (neighbors on all four sides)
  6. Install security video cameras with good night resolution and maintain footage for 30 days
  7. Watch out for your neighbors

 

Sep 17, 2017
gracelandwest
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Drought Alert – Please water Parkway Trees

To protect the health of Parkway Trees and Trees on your property, please use a trickle water technique early in the morning or evening twice a week for a deep watering.

Sep 6, 2017
gracelandwest
Comments Off on Police issue Community Alert – 13 Armed Robberies Morse to Waveland

Police issue Community Alert – 13 Armed Robberies Morse to Waveland

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2017/09/cops-finally-issue-north-side-robbery.html

Please see link for details and description of suspects.

Sep 5, 2017
gracelandwest
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GWCA August 2017 Agenda & Budget Approval

GWCAFest                      GWCA Community Meeting

Agenda Items. Council:  Bruce Braun (Chair), Brad Pierce, Brian O’Donnell, Janice Horwich, Chenin Kienzler, Joanne Yonan, Laurie Gillman, Brad Zerman, Open.  Treasurer: Barb Sullivan.  Sunday, August 27, 2017 4:30 pm

Topic

Presenter

Time allotted

GWCAFest (magic show just ended)

Welcome

Bruce B 1 min
GWCA was established in 1979 and is an all-volunteer organization. Membership dues support GWCA efforts such as Neighbors Watching, meetings, events, and a scholarship for Lake View.  Please join or renew. Bruce B 1 min
Please take the GWCA Neighbors Survey. Bruce B 1 min
ALL: GWCA has 4 meetings a year.  What topics would YOU like us to include? What is important to YOU in the neighborhood?  On survey too. Bruce B 7 min
Budget & check approvals Barb S 5 min
Lake View High School Update. Help GROW Gardens, Saturday October 21st 9:30 – 11:30 Principal Karafiol 5 min
Election: Nominee Kristi Passarelli.

** Kristi – volunteers needed for Halloween Party, Saturday, October 28. ** Bruce – Street Leaf Cleanup. GWCA + LVHS.  The goal is to make crosswalks and intersections safe for winter walking and help prevent stormwater flooding.  November 18th from 9-11.

Bruce B 5 min

Other Information

Please sign in that you attended this meeting

Minutes:

  1.  Kristi Passarelli was elected to the GWCA Council.
  2. GWCA 2017 Budget was approved by members at Community Meeting.  $1,073 for Communication, $5,288 for Community Events, $650 for Community Initiatives, $2,000 for Community Support, $850 for Organization.
Aug 30, 2017
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GWCAFest 2017 Thanks YOU

Attendees of all ages attended GWCAFest 2017 (Sunday, August 27th – Warner Park & Warner) and said it was amazing and FUN.  Thanks go to neighbors Barb Sullivan and Brad Pierce and their committee, who put on this “block party” for the entire neighborhood”.  Lisa B sang from the Gazebo.  Neighbors raved about the bake table all day.  Randy, our favorite magician, tricked another generation of Graceland West children.  We enjoyed food, bag tossing, kids games, bouncy house, an ice cream truck, pony rides, a petting zoo, face painting.  GWCA conducted a planning survey.  GWCA and Lake View High School had information tables and LVHS Principal Karafiol met children and parents all day.

Bruce Braun chaired the GWCA Community Meeting at 4:30. Lake View High School Principal P. J. Karafiol provided a LVHS update.  GWCA members elected Pensacola neighbor Kristi Passarelli to the open 18-month GWCA Council seat.  Kristi joins the nine-member council. Members voted to approve the 2017 GWCA budget and approved checks be approved for specific expenses.

GWCA launched multi-use blue and white neighborhood parkway signs (designed by Brad Pierce), that will let you know about future meetings and events too and 48% of attendees surveyed said they saw the signs.

We don’t know how to give a large enough thanks to all neighbors who supported GWCAFest 17 and came and enjoyed the day.  We thank the 40 or more neighbors, including Council Members, former Council Members and Block Reps who helped with planning, set up, the event, cleanup and follow up.  The meeting agenda will be posted soon.

We partner with Lake View High School for every GWCAFest.  Some of their students volunteer to help and receive Service Learning Hours.  On Sunday you may have noticed 25 students in LVHS “t” shirts or athletic uniforms.  These young volunteers helped us clean the street, lug tents, tables and chairs, set up, helped with kids games and all events.  They helped tear down, put everything away and clean the street again.  Some worked one shift.  Some worked 4 shifts; the entire day.  This event could not have succeeded without their help and great attitudes.

You and all our volunteers made GWCAFest 2017 a wonderful day for all.  GWCA is an all-volunteer organization.  Let us know if you’d like to join or volunteer.  Please check our GWCA calendar for upcoming meetings and events:  www.gracelandwest.org.

 

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Upcoming Events

  1. Help GWCA & Grow add plants at LVHS (Ashland)

    October 21 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am
  2. GWCA Halloween Party at Warner Park

    October 28 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
  3. GWCA Meeting – $20M LVHS Improvements – October 30th

    October 30 @ 7:15 pm - 8:30 pm

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