Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Today, Belding Elementary hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new auditorium. After more than six years of advocating for the improved auditorium, I was pleased to be able to join parents, staff, and students to celebrate this accomplishment. The new auditorium will allow the performance arts at Belding to continue to thrive and provide students with the diverse and well-rounded education that they need to succeed. I would like to thank Belding staff and parents for their advocacy efforts in helping bring this dream …

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Budget Town Hall Meeting Nov. 6

The Progressive Reform Caucus and Committeeman Robert Murphy from the 39th Ward Dems are co-hosting a community town hall meeting. Share your feedback and concerns regarding the Emanuel administration’s proposed 2018 city budget.

The event is free and open to the public. It is not required that your alderman be a member of the Progressive Caucus to attend.

The event will take place on Monday, November 6, at 7:00 pm at the Irish American Heritage Center, 4626 N. Knox. More information about the event is available online.

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Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Insurance Open Thru December 15

Enrollment for Affordable Care Act Insurance Open Thru December 15

2018 enrollment for insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act opens on Wednesday, November 1.

2018 open enrollment is shorter than in previous years, so it’s important to act quickly. If you don’t act by December 15, you can’t get 2018 coverage unless you qualify for a Special Enrollment Period.

For more information on open enrollment, important deadlines, and plans and prices, visit the Affordable Care Act website.

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Central Avenue Transformation

Central Avenue Transformation

Work began last week to transform Central Avenue to improve safety for all users.

The changes include bump-outs at Central & Giddings, Central & Leland, and Central & Ainslie. A designated bike lane will be installed from Goodman to Gunnison, and a shared lane from Lawrence to Montrose. Finally, right-turn-only lanes will be installed on Central on both sides of Lawrence.

While Central and Giddings was initially selected to receive bump-outs during the 2015 Participatory Budgeting cycle, my office took the break from participatory budgeting in 2017 to work …

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Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded

Jefferson Park Blue Line Renovation Contract Awarded

Last week, the Chicago Transit Board approved a design and build contract with Walsh Construction Company II, LLC., for the $25 million rehabilitation and upgrade to the Jefferson Park CTA station.

Final designs are not complete, but construction will include newly redesigned canopies for the bus terminal and rail station entryway, and an improved reconfiguration of the bus bays to accommodate those with disabilities and improve pedestrian flow through and around the transit center. Other work includes the installation of public art, rehabbing the train platform …

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Attend the Seventh Annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11

Attend the Seventh Annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11

Join neighbors, friends, and family for the seventh annual BBQ Fest at Six Corners June 10-11. Gates open at noon on Saturday, June 10 and close at 10 pm. On Sunday, June 11, gates open at noon and close at 9 pm.

Milwaukee Avenue will be transformed into a beloved backyard bar-b-que with sizzling charcoal grills, summer-sweetened lemonade, and red checkered table cloths freckling the city’s sidewalks. This year they’re shaking things up a bit by offering a roller rank, classic lawn games, giant Jenga, and …

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Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting June 19

Jeff Park Master Plan Community Meeting June 19

What’s your vision to improve the Jefferson Park station area? What types of amenities and uses would you like to see? Consider pedestrian crossings, signage and plazas, restaurants, housing, and stores.

Join my office and Teska on Monday, June 19, from 6-7:30 at the Copernicus Center, 5216 W. Lawrence to learn more and share your input.

Before then, I encourage you to explore the Master Plan website, complete the online survey, and sigh up for the email list to stay involved.

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45th Ward Clean Up

 

Celebrate Earth Day, April 22, by joining neighbors for a day of service. At 9 am, individuals, community groups, and organizations will gather to help beautify our neighborhoods.

This year we will be focusing on the three following areas:

– CTA Jefferson Park Terminal
– Along Avondale between Irving Park and Pulaski
– Along Avondale near Lawrence 

In addition to the supplies available at my office, the Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide rakes, brooms, shovels, and bags. Please bring your own work gloves.

To sign up, contact my office …

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Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170124/portage-park/fischmans-liquors-fischmans-public-house-karamaniolas-zoning-change

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Prussing Annex, New Pre-K Center Announced To Ease Crowded NW Side Schools

Prussing Annex, New Pre-K Center Announced To Ease Crowded NW Side Schools

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170117/jefferson-park/prussing-annex-st-cornelius-pre-k-farnsworth-schurz-turf-field-hitch

Alex Nitkin · DNAinfo Reporter

CHICAGO — A six-classroom annex at Prussing Elementary School, 4650 N. Menard Ave., and a new pre-kindergarten center are among a suite of improvements designed to ease overcrowding at Northwest Side Schools by summer 2018, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced Monday.

The alderman crystallized plans that district officials had teased in December, when they announced they’d dedicate more than $50 million toward area school improvements and additions in 2017.

Of that sum, about $4.3 million will pay for a long-term lease and renovation of St. Cornelius School, 5252 N. Long …

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