President's Message

by Mary Szpur

Thanks to all who came to the EVA holiday party at Happy Village in December. We had a nice mix of old and new members—in fact, a few people came whom we haven’t seen in years, and that was wonderful. We enjoyed delicious food and desserts brought by everyone who came, and an excellent “Holiday” cake from our new Dominick’s. Thanks to Grace Rappe
and Marjorie Isaacson for all their help.

We have had a few snowfalls so far this winter, and I would like to ask everyone to please keep their sidewalks shoveled. Unshoveled walkways can be quite hazardous. If you have an elderly or infirm neighbor who is unable to shovel his or her own sidewalk, please consider shoveling a path in front of their home. Performing this simple service can make a big difference in the daily life of our community.

Of interest regarding the upcoming EVA meeting on January 8 is the fact that a local business owner will be asking our membership to consider his request for a new liquor license. Much of the East Village community is under a liquor moratorium—please see the related article in this newsletter for more background on this issue, and please come to the meeting to discuss this issue with your neighbors.

Our other speaker scheduled for the January meeting is 1st Ward Streets and Sanitation Superintendent Manny Gonzalez. As any city service connected to waste disposal and street maintenance is of great importance to all of us, and how effectively it runs holds great sway over our day-today lives, I hope you come to hear the superintendent give his state of the ward address, and to discuss any issues you may have.

The Iowa caucuses are big news this week, and this reminds me that EVA will be having its own officer elections at the March meeting. I am proud to say that we have several excellent and qualified candidates running, but we would also like to ask you, our members, to also consider running for one of the officer positions. If you are interested, please email one of the officers at the emails listed in this newsletter, or simply come to a meeting and let one of us know.
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