Aug 12

Tuesday 8/7 is National Night Out!

August 7th, 2012 is National Night Out!

National Night Out is an event that unites the police, citizens, businesses, and local officials in the fight against crime. It is designed to strengthen local police/community partnerships and increase participation in local anticrime programs. This sends a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back. Come meet your local officers as well as take part in all of the events planned!

The 13th police district is holding their event at the Institute of Puerto Rican Art and Culture at 3015 W. Division from 5:00pm-8:00pm. Events include a car show with judging at 7pm, Jesse White Tumblers, Police K-9 unit, food and refreshments, jumping jack for the kids, and the police mounted unit. For more information, please call the 13th police district at 312-746-8355.

Jun 12

This Weekend: Shred or Recycle Your Stuff for FREE!

Shred or recycle your stuff for free!

WHEN:  Saturday June 23rd, 2012, 9:00am – 2:00pm

WHERE: United Center – Parking Lot E (On Wood Street between Madison & Warren Blvd)

WHAT:  SHRED up to 10 boxes of  documents and also RECYCLE the following types of electronics:

  • TVs
  • Compute r Monitors
  • PCs/Laptops/Servers
  • Data Storage devices
  • Printers
  • Fax or copy machines
  • Cell phones
  • VCRs/DVD players/Video game consoles

Only paper documents are permitted to be shredded at this event. Stapled and/or paper clipped documents are okay. Inappropriate items such as clothing, food, and garbage will be refused.

Guidelines for determining what sorts of documents you can/should shred:

  • The IRS has three years from your tax-filing date to audit, and has six years to challenge a claim. A good rule of thumb is to keep all tax returns and supporting documentation for seven years.
  • Keep credit card statements for seven years if tax related expenses are documented.
  • Keep paycheck stubs for one year. Be sure to cross reference the paycheck stub to the W-2 form.
  • Keep bank statements and cancelled checks for at least one year.
  • Bills should kept for one year or until the cancelled check has been returned.
  • Receipts for large ticket items should be kept for insurance purposes.
  • Home improvement receipts should be kept for six years or permanently.
  • Documents NOT TO SHRED:  birth certificates, social security cards, insurance policies, titles or wills should be kept permanently in a safety deposit box.


Jun 12

Join Ald. Maldonado on Monday to Name A Street in Honor of Saul Bellow

Saul Bellow - Nobel Prize winner for Fiction (1976)

Join Alderman Maldonado,  Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon,  and Oakton Community College Emeritus Program Instructor and Saul Bellow Expert, Richard Reeder to dedicate an honorary street sign on the southwest corner of Augusta and Rockwell, in memory of Saul Bellow, Chicago’s only Nobel Prize winner for literature.  The event will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, June 11, 2012, a day after Bellow’s 97th birthday.

Saul Bellow’s formative years, from 1924 to 1934 were lived in Humboldt Park, mainly in an apartment at 2629 W. Augusta in the 26th Ward.  The name of the protagonist in possibly Bellow’s greatest, novel, The Adventures of Augie March, was a nickname derived from Augusta Boulevard.

In 1976, Bellow became the only Chicago writer ever to win the Nobel Prize for fiction.  He is the only writer to win the National Book Award for fiction three times and was also the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize.

When Bellow was nine, his family moved to the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago, the city that was to form the backdrop of many of his novels.  Bellow’s father, Abraham, was an onion importer. He also worked in a bakery, as a coal delivery man, and as a bootlegger.

Bellow grew up as an insolent slum kid, a “thick-necked” rowdy, and an immigrant from Quebec.  As Christopher Hitchens describes it, Bellow’s fiction and principal characters reflect his own yearning for transcendence, a battle “to overcome not just ghetto conditions but also ghetto psychoses.”

May 12

First Annual Architectural Walk of Historic Neighborhood Churches!

On Saturday, June 16, 2012, the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (UVNA) will host  a tour of five majestic Eastern European spiritual and architectural temples of worship without ever having to leave the city boundaries.  The UVNA offers for your viewing and educational delight five architectural gems:  three cathedrals and two officially land-marked structures.

Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Cathedral

Saint Nicholas the Wonderworker Ukrainian Catholic Cathedral

Saint Volodymyr the Great Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral

Saint Helen Catholic Church

Saints Volodymyr and Olha Ukrainian Catholic Church

  For more information, see the attached press release,  or contact info@uvna.org.


Apr 12

City-wide Clean & Green Volunteer Clean-up This Weekend!

This Saturday, April 21st,  many neighborhood and community groups around our city have teamed up with the city of Chicago  to help beautify our communities by cleaning up and recycling accumulated liter and trash.  If you haven’t yet signed up to help out, check with your neighborhood group or your Alderman’s office to locate the Clean & Green activities going on in your area!