Showing posts from October, 2008

Tutor in Ukrainian Village

The literacy group Open Books is seeking volunteers for the East Village Youth Program activities at Mitchell Elementary School, 2233 W. Ohio: Got an hour at lunch or before work? Join us as a reading Buddy at a local elementary school! We pair up with kids to work on fluency, comprehension, vocabulary, expression, confidence, and developing an overall love of reading. Thursdays, starting October 2 12 - 12:45pm Help students in grades 5-8 with homework after school. Tutors work one-on-one or with a small group of students. 1 day a week, Tuesday or Thursday 6 - 7:15 pm To find out more and volunteer through Open Books' partnership with East Village Youth Program, contact literacy director Erin Walter .

Vote early at Goldblatt's Building

In the primary election, Chicago led the state in early voting. Now, the Chicago Election Board says Chicago voters have cast 105,000 ballots in 10 days, more than the entire 18 days of early primary voting. If you are registered to vote, you don't need a reason to vote early through Oct. 30, but you do need to present a government photo ID. The Goldblatt’s Building, 1615 W Chicago Ave. and 50 other city locations are open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. The election board at 69 W. Washington is open on Sunday as well.

A parallel universe

President Message by John Scheer  Imagine my surprise when I introduced myself to a guy next to me, and I find he's president of another neighborhood association. The more we talked, the more amazed I was how similar his community in Milwaukee is to Chicago's East Village. Milwaukee's historic Brewer’s Hill has many homes constructed in the late 1800s. Brewer's Hill and East Village both have landmark districts. They have received significant investments in renovation and restoration. Both are just north of downtown, a couple exits off the expressway to North Avenue. Both neighborhoods have permit parking, seemingly not to give residents priority but to aid city snow removal and revenue generation. And the similarities continue. They both have beautiful commercial buildings on the major arterial streets. Brewer’s Hill buildings are being converted to residential, but most continue as commercial. There's a wonderful Crown Hardware store, an independent chocolate make

Andersen open house Wednesday

By Marjorie Isaacson  Andersen Elementary School, 1148 N. Honore St., has been reborn as the LaSalle II Magnet School. The curriculum for students in kindergarten through third grade is modeled on the successful LaSalle Language Academy, 1734 N. Orleans in Old Town. LaSalle II will focus primarily on acquisition of a second language. Classes will be taught in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Principal Suzanne Velasquez-Sheehy will be showing off the renovated building on Oct. 22 at an open house for the community. Tours times are 5-5:30 p.m. and 6-6:30 p.m., with a presentation at 5:30 p.m. The school has a new computer lab and has received a $30,000 library grant. Neighborhood residents are already enjoying the new playground equipment installed this summer. Admission to LaSalle II will be determined by lottery, with 50% of the spaces reserved for neighborhood residents. See for an online application.

October 2008 EVA minutes

General Meeting minutes for Oct. 7, 2008 Membership Meeting Submitted by Joe Hunnewinkel Attendance 7 Members: 6 Non-members: 1 Introduction and welcome to Guest Speaker Lionel Martin of the OEMC. 1. Mr.. Martin highlighted the functions of the Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications. 1. OEMC coordinates the city's delivery of police, fire and emergency medical resources to all 311 and 911 calls. OEMC is the central hub for all city services. 2. OEMC prefers to take a proactive rather than reactive approach to addressing potential problems, as well as coordinating city operations. 3. Mr.. Martin stressed the importance of emergency planning with a focus on prevention of potential problems. It is important for residents to build emergency kits and have a plan in place in case of a crisis. 4. Website is A new program "Notify Chicago" is in place for residents can sign up

Film students focus on West Town

By Matthew Wendeln Intersection Pictures, a group of students at Columbia College Chicago, is producing a documentary about resisting gentrification in Chicago, including a segment on West Town. The producers are looking for stories from people like you. For more information, contact Segment Producer Deirdre Lee .

EVA spins 'High Fidelity' at Barista movie night

"High Fidelity," the romantic comedy starring John Cusack, is next Sunday's movie at Barista Coffee House , 852 N. Damen. Join Barista and the East Village Association at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 for free popcorn and Cusack's performance as Wicker Park hipster Rob Gordon. The movie is EVA's choice for Cusack's "top five breakups of all time" and the on-location scenes from fictional Championship Vinyl at Milwaukee and Honore. The cast includes Jack Black, Lisa Bonet, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Tim Robbins and Joan Cusack. "High Fidelity" is rated R for language and some sexuality. Here's how the film is described in the Internet Movie Database : "High Fidelity" follows the 'mid-life' crisis of Rob, a thirty-something record-store owner who must face the undeniable facts - he's growing up. In a hilarious homage to the music scene, Rob and the wacky, offbeat clerks that inhabit his store expound on the intricacies of life and son

East Village alert: 4 fires in 4 days

Four fires in four days were reported in East Village and Ukrainian Village, according to an Oct. 15 statement from the office of Ald. Manuel Flores. "Law enforcement in the area is investigating to determine if there is any possible connection between these incidents," 1st Ward constituent-service specialist Jerry Gabrielatos said in an e-mail statement. "However, our office is providing this information as a precaution." Call 911 to report suspicious activity. For more information, contact Gabrielatos at (773) 278-0101 or .

No excuse not to vote--EVA meeting delayed

The Nov. 4 presidential election means the East Village Association's next monthly meeting is rescheduled to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 10 at the Happy Village Tavern, 1059 N. Wolcott. The bar is also an Election Day polling place — only in Chicago! EVA's annual holiday party is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 2, and the Nov. 10 agenda will feature planning for the event.

Have an emergency getaway? Sounds like a plan

Chicago emergency workers brought advice to East Village Association members Oct. 7 on how to prepare for family threats. "Make a plan. Know where to meet in an evacuation should something occur," said Lionell Martin of the Office of Emergency Management and Communications, which runs the city's 911 phone center. Families should prepare a communication plan with places to meet up in case of a neighborhood or citywide emergency, Martin said, and a "go bag" to take with you. Include medicines, emergency supplies and contact numbers. Update the emergency kit every six months, he said, so a power outage won't leave you holding dead batteries. A list of items to keep on hand is at the department's website, . A stealth feature of the site: Click on a Notify Chicago button under the FEMA "orange alert" graphic to sign up for city phone messages, text alerts or e-mails — on anything from from weather emergencies to traffic alerts. T
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