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.
Our next general meeting will be September 29th, 2016, at 7:30pm at Ebenezer Lutheran Church (Foster and Paulina). Please enter through the door on the west side of the courtyard on Foster. We will be discussing any developments in the Trumbull project, as well as significant upcoming changes at Summerdale Church at Paulina and Farragut. In addition, we’ve got our annual Ghostly Garden Halloween event coming up and are always seeking volunteers!
We will also be holding elections at the September meeting for the 2017 Board. The nominating committee has come up with a great slate for next year, including some new faces!
Here are the nominations:
- President: Josh Bucher. Josh has served on the WANT board for the past three years, most recently as Vice President. He also designs the WANT newsletter. Josh is a freelance graphic designer who lives on Catalpa with his wife, two children, and one dog with three legs.
- Vice President: Debby Pope. Debby is a long-time resident of West Andersonville and an active member of WANT, most recently serving as Treasurer. She lives on Rascher, was a CPS teacher for many years, and currently works for the Chicago Teachers’ Union. You’ve probably seen her walking her dog Honey around the neighborhood.
- Secretary: Dianne Daleiden. Dianne has lived in the neighborhood for 34 years and raised her son here. She’s a CPS teacher and community activist who served on WANT’s board as secretary this year. Dianne is active with St. Gregory’s, where she organized the farmers’ market for several years. Dianne lives on Paulina.
- Treasurer: Julie Nelson. Julie lives on Summerdale and works in the neighborhood (at WANT supporter Painted Light!). She’s been a big contributor to the area, especially by organizing the yard sale for the last two years. She served on WANT’s board as a member-at-large this year.
- Member-at-Large: Alan Neff. Alan has lived on Catalpa since 1987 and served on the WANT board some years ago. Alan taught at IIT and served as a lawyer for the City until 2012. His interests include cycling, hiking and writing, and he volunteers for the Recyclery, a community bike co-op.
- Member-at-Large: Miguel Trujillo. Miguel is a former CPS principal who lives on Ashland and has been a strong WANT member and volunteer, especially with his help on Ghostly Garden.
- Member-at-Large: Autumn Davidson. Autumn has lived in the area since 2012 and has been another strong WANT volunteer, with contributions to the summer event the last two years. Autumn is a physician at the University of Illinois, and she lives on Summerdale with her husband and 11 month old daughter.
Thanks to Amanda Dykema-Engblade and Margarita Leonard for serving on the nominating committee, and to the 2016 board members for their service this year!
On August 14 at 4 p.m. Summerdale Community Church, 1700 W. Farragut, will be holding a service to commemorate its 126 years of ministry in the neighborhood and the support they will be able to give, as they turn the building over to The Night Ministry.