Meet your neighbors at Aug. 5 EVA barbecue

The annual tradition continues! The August EVA meeting is an informal summer social event at 7 p.m. Aug. 5. in the popular outdoor patio of the Happy Village Tavern at Wolcott and Thomas.

Please feel free to bring your neighbors and your favorite side dish or dessert.

Main food dish provided by EVA and our sponsors. Become a member at the barbecue and qualify for an extended membership term. Special guest, Alderman Manny Flores (1st Ward).

Host: East Village Association
Location: Happy Village Tavern
1059 N. Wolcott (Wolcott & Thomas), Chicago
When: Tuesday, August 5, 7:00PM

    Please support your local businesses that are contributing to this years barbecue:
  • Happy Village Tavern
  • The Boundary
  • Dominicks
  • Café Piccolo

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Bring your friends and meet new ones. Please let us know if you can attend, and what you are going to bring.

One step ahead, he found East Village

President’s Message by John Scheer 

Gonzalo Flores, better know as Charlie, made his first major move from Puerto Rico to New York City in 1947. In 1978 he moved again to what used to be called the DePaul neighborhood, then in 1980 to his current East Village home.

He has been a pioneer, and a wise investor.

Charlie Flores moved to Chicago with his wife Matilda, four daughters and three sons, and started his career as a pipefitter for Western Electric on 22nd Street and Cicero Avenue. I didn’t know Charlie, but his life moves were several years ahead of my own. I bought my first condo on West Armitage Avenue in 1982, on what would have been on the same block as Charlie. In 1995, I moved across the street from Charlie on Winchester Avenue.

His new East Village home needed a lot of upkeep. He installed new floors, repaired the ceilings and walls, and cleaned the graystone front.

Gang members, their friends and families populated most of the block. Charlie and his family learned to live there peacefully through respect and distance. He developed neighborhood relations with several other families on the block that were not affiliated with the gangs. His youngest son, Alex, the last of his children still living at home, kept out of the gang environment by completing high school in Lakeview. Charlie also kept a close eye on his son to make sure he was not part of any gang.

Charlie has continued to buy property for his children as they married and started families. He continues a tradition of family gatherings in East Village, Wicker Park and Humboldt Park as his family has spread to these communities. And he makes an annual visit to visit his sister and three brothers in Puerto Rico. Yes, Charlie owns a home there too. If history repeats itself, Puerto Rico may be my next destination.

Chicago baseball history has a page for Charlie Flores. The catcher for the Saxton team in the independent league played in Comiskey Park, Wrigley Field and Washington Park stadiums.

His family have seen a lot of East Village changes. Aldermen, mayors and police commanders have come and gone. Many other local establishments have closed or moved. Charlie is happy with his contributions to the neighborhood and views most changes as improvements.

The Flores family story has helped make East Village the community it is today. Charlie is outside his building frequently talking with neighbors or watching his dogs. Stop by and say hello.

Seven seeds to green building: July 2008 EVA minutes

General meeting minutes for July 1, 2008 Membership Meeting Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Guest speaker was Theresa Minarik-Okuley, manager of Greenmaker Supply. Minarik-Okuley introduced members to a few samples of eco-friendly, recyclable and/or sustainable cleaning solutions, building materials and household items available through Greenmaker Supply.

She explained Greenmaker's philosophy of the "Seven Seeds," which convey the green attributes of materials and enable customers to easily choose which products best fit their green building needs:

  • energy intelligent

  • water wise

  • healthy interiors

  • recycled content

  • renewable materials

  • regional growth

  • lifecycle

Questions were asked by members relating to specific building needs as well as environmental solutions.

Members discussed options to raise interest in the upcoming EVA barbecue. Suggestions included a raffle, awards presentations, and games.

Board Meeting minutes for 7/8, 2008
Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel

Attendance: Board members John Scheer, Brian Thompson, Joe Hunnewinkel
Rich Anselmo, Steve Rynkiewicz; Non-board member Margie Isaacson.

Members discussed August barbeque and established that mainly it would be a social event, but also an opportunity to sign up new members.

Greg Nagle will compose content of printed invitations, including recogniton to businesses that are supporting EVA in this event. Phil of Piccolo has agreed to handle printing, Joe and Margie will help with distribution. Steve will add invite to website. Joe will compose Evite. Steve and Brian will provide a list of current and past member contact info.

Dominick's will provide some funding. Happy Village will allow us to use the patio.
Boundary will donate food, and provide a chef. Piccolo will donate ice cream. Other businesses will be approached prior to printing/posting of invites.

Event will also be volunteer "pot-luck." Presenting awards or having a softball game during the barbecue would be distracting. Name tags will be provided. Alderman Flores will be honorable guest.

Chicago Avenue: Rich will contact Sally Timms regarding any progress.

Landmark monitoring: Process to report and correct – good attendance, a lot about what cannot be done and a lot about frustration. The two aldermen are to look into what they can do with permits and/ or building court fines. Next meeting in about two

Articles for newsletter/ web site: Margie agreed to write resaurant review.