Make it happen: Join your neighbors in East Village Association

By Greg Nagel 

It has been another successful year for the East Village Association and we are proud of our accomplishments and contributions to the neighborhood. We have received official word that a new West Town library should open next year in the Goldblatt building. EVA was instrumental years ago in saving this building at Chicago and Ashland from demolition.

We have sent a loud message regarding the desires of the community to Walgreens and continue to influence the nature of the development of the old Pizza Hut site at Ashland and Division.

We have had numerous great speakers in our meetings from the police commander to master gardeners, environmental speakers, and Aldermen Flores and Waguespack. And we have had some very fun events, including a great summer barbecue and a holiday dinner at The Boundary.

We do need everyone to renew their dues for the year. We know that economic times are tough, which is why our dues remain unchanged.

This little bit of money helps us enrich our neighborhood in so many positive ways that we hope you feel it's a worthy investment.

Our dues are as follows:
$20 Family
$15 Individual ($5 for seniors)
$30 Business

Feel free to log onto our website at http://www.eastvillagechicago.org/ and you can join and pay your dues online.

Please note that if you paid your dues last year online, you will be auto-billed for your dues this year as a convenience.

We want more than your money: We want your ideas, your friendship, and your energy to make our neighborhood as vibrant and healthy as possible. Please come to our monthly meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Happy Village tavern on Wolcott and Thomas. Also feel free to come to our board meeting to discuss issues or concerns or just to sit in. The board meetings are the following Monday after the general meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the Happy Village.

It looks like 2009 will be a tough year for our country and I feel that makes it even more important for us as neighbors and friends to support one another and our community. Your neighbors and friends at the East Village Association wish you a happy and healthy New Year.

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