Block out Do Division, West Fest weekends

President Message by John Scheer 

The East VIllage Association has a new set of officers. I want to extend a wholehearted thank-you to officers who have helped support the EVA group during this past year: Thank you to Brian Thompson for his support as treasurer and other roles in prior years. And thanks to Joe Hunnewinkel for his support as secretary. We look forward to both of you continuing your involvement in EVA. Thank you to Greg Nage rleturning as vice president, and to the other board members for their continued contribution.

Spring is in the air. We have moved to daylight savings time, the weather has warmed and the sidewalk cafes are open for the season. Neighborhood activity is picking up as everyone emerges from their winter seclusion. Now is also the time for everyone to renew their safety programs. There has been an increase in the number or reported break-ins and robberies. Please be careful.

The summer festivals are getting scheduled too. Do Division (May 30-31) and West Fest (July 11-12) will return this year. West Fest is looking to expand its appeal by creating a Pet Fest. There have been early indications that Around the Coyote also may be in and around Division Street this year. These are good ways to enjoy a Chicago weekend and stay close to home. We should all look for ways to help the hundreds of street festgoers get the best impression of our neighborhood.

The East Village continues to welcome more neighbors to join and be part of our community. Greg Nagel chairs the EVA membership committee and has already been scheduling attractions to draw more participation. If you have taken the time to renew your EVA membership for 2009, I thank you. If you are still pending, please renew soon so that you can retain your voting privileges. And if you prefer to remain a non-member, you are welcome and encouraged to still attend the EVA monthly meetings. Your support will be put to good use.

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