Police shine a light on taggers: April 2008 EVA minutes

EVA membership meeting minutes 

Wicker Park gardener Richard Tilley was the guest speaker at the April 1 East Village Association membership meeting April 1. But the agenda at the Happy Village Tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott, included police and business reports.

The Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy will hold an appreciation day from 3 to 7 p.m. April 29 at the 13th District police station, 937 N. Wood St. Sgt. Juan Clas of the Wood Street district gave an update of community policing news, including the appointment of the district's new commander, Judith Martin, a 25-year Chicago Police veteran, and details of the city's court advocacy training on April 19 at police headquarters.

Klaus suggested that residents be vigilant for graffiti or burned-out alley lights. To request repairs, dial 311 to request city action and a tracking number to use when making follow-up calls. He warned of a string of auto thefts, from pricey global positioning devices to clothing or cartons of bottled water. The sergeant suggested homeowners keep an inventory of valuables in a safe-deposit box and consider anti-theft devices such as alarms, gangway motion detectors and door restraints.

John Hopkins reported on a meeting called by Ald. Scott Waguespack to develop a master plan for 32nd Ward development, which 28 community representatives attended. EVA planning committee chair Scott Rappe updated members on development plans for the former Pizza Hut property at Division and Ashland.

John Scheer, EVA president, gave details on 2008 street fairs organized by the West Town Chamber of Commerce:

  • Do-Division street fest and sidewalk sale, May 31-June 1 on Division Street from Leavitt to Ashlan.

  • WIcker Park Fest, July 26-27, Damen Avenue from North to Schiller.

  • Renegade Craft Fair, Sept. 13-14, Division from Damen to Wood.

  • West Fest, Aug. 9-10 on Chicago Avenue from Damen to Wood.

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