WHERE: Smith Park, 2526 W. Grand Avenue
A special forum to discuss safety issues for residents, a martial arts/self-defense demonstration, and to celebrate CAPS Partnership Day! There will be awards given along with food and prizes!
ATTENTION 13th DISTRICT
WANTED FOR ARMED ROBBERY
About the Crime: Victims are being approached by a Male Black offender who displays a silver handgun and demands their property. Taken is cash and cell phones.
Offender: Black Male, 25-30 years of age, 6’0″ to 6’2″ tall , 180/200 lbs.
What You Can Do: Be aware of this situation and alert neighbors in the area about this crime.
· Call 911 to report any suspicious person(s), vehicle(s) or activity in your neighborhood. Be specific. Provide license plate numbers, or vehicle descriptions.
· Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the Offender.
· Always be aware of your surroundings.
· Ensure you know the identity of the person at your door before opening it.
· Secure your exterior doors and don’t let unknown individuals into your building.
Case#’s: HT -532963, HT -535642, HT-550242, HT-563-552
If you have any information please contact Area 4 Detectives at (312)746-8253 or the 13th District (312) 746-8350
There will be a “Blue ribbon march” to save and support the 13th District Station next Sunday, November 6th. The march will begin at 2:30 pm at the Wood St. Station (937 N. Wood). The organizers ask that you bring navy blue ribbon and spread the word. They will be tying ribbons around the neighborhood as they march in support of the station. There will be a follow-up march at City Hall on Monday, Nov. 14, 2011 in the early afternoon. Even if you cannot attend the march you can start tying navy blue ribbons in your area now to show your support for the station.
Tomorrow night at 6:300pm Chicago Police Superintendent McCarthy will be conducting a town hall meeting to discuss the Mayor’s proposed closing of our 13th District police station. There will also be a rally in support of the police station before the meeting, at 5:30pm.
Both the rally and the meeting will take place at the Ukrainian Cultural Center, 2247 W. Chicago Ave (Chicago & Oakley).
The big topic right now in our neighborhood is the potential closing of the 13th District Wood Street Police Station. It started out as a rumor, but the the Police Supt, and the Mayor’s office informed the Aldermen that it was going to part of the budget cuts for the upcoming city budget. With crime in our neighborhood on the upswing since this summer, now is not the best time to be talking about the removal of the police station in our midst. You may have seen the flyers, or the Facebook page, or website of a newly-formed neighborhood group that has sprung up to support the continued operation of the 13th District police station. You missed an amazing opportunity tonight to sit down with the woman who has kick-started this group, as well as Alderman Waguespack, to talk about the station closing, proposed city budget cuts, and what all this means for the city and our neighborhood.
The Alderman started things off with a run-down of the the recent budget meetings at city hall as a way to put the station closing issue in perspective. So far 5 departments out of 40 have been reviewed – the Police Department budget comes next week. Here are some things you may or may not know about what our Mayor wants to do in the next fiscal cycle to tackle the 635 million dollar budget deficit that we are facing:
All this was a way of talking about how large the budget deficit is, as well as the various places that money could be saved. If heavy water-use businesses had to pay for the actual amount of water they used instead of a flat rate based on the type of building they were in, that would bring in extra revenue, along with charging valet parking companies with an actual usage fee, or even collecting city debt. These would save more money to the city and not leave us without a police station.
Next, we moved onto a longer discussion about the proposed closing of the 13th District Station and what has been done so far to get the word out, what others are saying, etc.
What can you do to help the 13th District?
- Contact Anne’s group: Volunteer to make posters, hand out flyers or just help organize groups of people. This is a big growing movement and she needs all the help she can get. (facebook, or email: Save13thDistrictPolice@gmail.com)
- Contact the Mayor!
- Call the Mayor’s Office and let him know that you do not support the closing of the 13th District station (Mayor’s #: 312-744-3300)
- Fax a letter to him (sample letter can be found on the Save13.org site here.) at 312-744-8045
- Submit an online complaint form on the city’s website here (Subject Line: 13th District Police Station and Organization: Concerned Citizens and Businesses of the 13th District)