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Aug. 3 barbecue: This grilling bring comfort

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President Message by John Scheer  August is the East Village Association annual tradition for the summer barbecue. This year, comfort comes from burgers provided by EVA members from The Boundary, side dishes from you and your neighbors — bring one of your favorites to share — and some gelato from Cafe Piccolo. The barbecue is open to all neighbors and is one of the annual events designed to encourage new EVA memberships. In addition to an evening of good food and neighbors, new members who join at the barbecue will receive a membership through 2010. Everyone is encouraged to reach out to neighbors who are not currently EVA members and extend a personal invitation to join us Aug. 3 at the Happy Village. Special invites have been extended to our aldermen to join their constituents for an evening of food and fun. The EVA board has been working on other entertainment for the evening. So come join the tradition and join EVA. East Village Association Summer Barbecue This is a pe

Division Street mends fences

By Marjorie Isaacson The fences enclosing the Division Street tree pits will be getting a new coat of paint, thanks to funding from the Wicker Park/Bucktown Special Services Area . The SSA authorized $10,000 for this work at the July 14 commissioners meeting. These fences, essential for protecting the street trees from sidewalk traffic, have become rusty in the years since their installation in 1997. Public beverage-recycling containers will be installed soon, another long-anticipated project. Wicker Park/Bucktown SSA #33 is a tax-supported group that promotes business-district improvements. It has open monthly commission meetings, and committee meetings throughout the month where much of the work is accomplished. Committees are: Clean, Green & Safe Promote Wicker Park-Bucktown Promote the Arts Transportation: Bikes Transportation: Pedestrians & Passengers Guide Development

Crime focus shifts to East Village thefts

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After 15 months as East Village's police commander, Judith Martin says she was "naive" about the rigors of the job when she was introduced to East Village Association members in June 2008 . But she appeared no less frank in a return question-and-answer session. Minutes for July 6, 2009 Membership Meeting Submitted by Dana Palmer Guest Speaker was Commander Judy Martin with the 13th District Chicago Police Department. Commander Martin presented a brief update on crime in the East Village neighborhood and the 13th District. Commander Martin stated that for the most part, crime is down about 11-12% since June 2008 and that homicides are less than 200 for the year to date, which has not been the case since about 1965. She mentioned that the East Village neighborhood and the 13th District predominantly suffer from property crimes and have several “frequent fliers” in the area who continue to be caught and then re-offend. Commander Martin presented a Community Alert

Minutes for July 13, 2009 board meeting

Submitted by Dana Palmer Attendance Board Members: Greg Nagel, Brodi Cole, Dana Palmer, Rich Anselmo, Scott Rappe, Steve Crane and Stephen Rynkiewicz Non-Board Members: Marjorie Isaacson and Joe Hunnewinkel August barbecue: The EVA annual barbecue is set for August 3, 2009. The Boundary will provide burgers and buns as well as staff for cooking. The barbecue will be held at the Happy Village at 7 p.m. Joe Hunnewinkel is currently working on the invitations that will be printed off at Piccolo. Joe agreed to confirm with Phil at Piccolo regarding Phil's contribution of ice cream for the barbecue. He will also finalize the artwork on the invitation including an RSVP to the EVA website. Joe also agreed to help arrange a list of groceries that will be needed. Greg Nagel agreed to reconfirm with the Happy Village regarding reservation of the outdoor space for the barbecue. He also agreed to coordinate distribution of the invites and confirm with Dominick's about their
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