Don’t miss our next general meeting on Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m. We’ll be meeting in the St. Gregory cafeteria. We’ll have updates on the sale of Trumbull school, and Edgewater Medical Center. We’ll also be talking about some special initiatives going on this year.
All neighbors are welcome! We hope to see you there!
Join us Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 p.m. for our winter meeting. We’ll be meeting at Ebenezer Lutheran Church at 1650 W Foster Ave, This is our last meeting of the year and we’ll be discussing next year’s budget along with other neighborhood news. We hope to see you there!
Our annual Halloween event for the smaller set is scheduled for Saturday, October 29th between 5:30-6:30pm. This non-scary event features games, small prizes, donut holes and cider, and a chance for the little ones to sport their costumes! Ghostly Garden is held in the West Andersonville Gardens on Ravenswood; please enter the garden at Berwyn.
We still have need for volunteers; there are lots of opportunities with various levels of time commitment, either before, during or after the event. You can donate a pumpkin (carved or plain!), help decorate the garden, or come in costume to help during the event for example. If you would like to help, please sign up by clicking here.
WANT held its annual appreciation event for its volunteers this past Sunday. Nearly fifty attendees enjoyed the hospitality provided by Betsy Kane and Gerhard Schutte at their beautiful home on Paulina, and the food and drinks that Dorothy Nygren put together as the organizer of the event. WANT would not be able to exist without the hours of work our volunteers put into maintaining the garden, creating and distributing the newsletter, and organizing neighborhood events. Thank you so much to everyone who has contributed this year (and in all the previous years)!
Many thanks to Betsy and Gerhard for hosting and to Dorothy for organizing the event!
Alderman O’Connor announced this afternoon that Timeline Theatre will no longer be involved in the Trumbull project. The developer, Svigos, is currently looking for another theater with whom to partner. See the announcement for more details.
WANT continues to monitor this situation and will have updated information at our meeting on September 29th (at Ebenezer Church at 7:30pm). Please join us then!
A few residents of the WANT area have expressed interest in having restricted street parking zones for the neighborhood. These zones would require anyone parked on the street to show a residency permit (or a visitor pass) during the period of restriction. We’ve done a little research to determine what’s involved.
According to City Ordinances, the following prerequisites must be fulfilled before a new residential zone can be established: A petition must be signed by 65% of the vehicle owners living in the area who hold current valid city stickers showing addresses in the proposed area. The petition must specify days/hours for which restrictions are sought. Once the petitions are verified, a parking study will be done to determine whether at least 45 percent of the vehicles parked in the proposed residential parking permit zone during the time periods requested for the permit are not owned by residents of the proposed zone. The parking study must further determine that at least 85 percent of available on-street parking in the proposed residential parking permit zone is occupied during the time periods requested for the permit.
If the above conditions are met, the Alderman can recommend it for City Council passage. The new zone would then go into effect 30 days later. Annual permits for residents cost $25.00 per vehicle and visitor permits are 15 for $8.00. A maximum of 45 visitor permits can be purchased in a 30-day period. They show an expiration date on the back and are non-refundable and not reusable.
The proposal of obtaining parking areas with residency restrictions was raised at the last WANT General Meeting in June. After discussion, a majority of members were not in favor of restricted parking, either for the neighborhood as a whole or for their particular blocks. As a result, WANT will not pursue restricted parking in the neighborhood. Individual residents are, of course, free to pursue restricted parking on their own.