No more 24/7 parking bans in 1st Ward?

All-day parking restrictions may be scaled back in a 1st Ward initiative.

"We're trying to help out local businesses," said Raymond Valadez, chief of staff to Ald. Manuel Flores. "If there's no arterial parking, where do people park to go shopping?"

A community meeting in late February will propose new hours for the parking bans, Valadez said.

The East Village Association board began discussing the prospect in January after at the request of Valadez. Board members had some concerns that lifting daytime restrictions would clog side streets with commuter parking.

Tax help at Clemente

Volunteers from the nonprofit Tax Counseling Project will give free tax preparation assistance to families earning less than $45,000 and individuals earning less than $20,000.

Help is available Saturdays mornings and Tuesday evenings at Roberto Clemente Community Academy, 1147 N. Western. Bring all 2008 W-2 and 1099 forms, Social Security cards for all household members, information on Economic Stimulus checks, a copy of the 2007 tax return and a photo ID.

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