Apr 11

UVNA Officer Elections in May – Have You Renewed Your Membership?

Join the Ukrainian Village Neighborhood Association (UVNA) today.
Volunteers are always welcome!  UVNA members are eligible to vote and serve on the board.  They also receive the newsletter and other special announcements via email.

Attention all Ukrainian Village tenants and property owners:
  • We will conduct our annual elections at the May 2011 General Meeting on Thursday May 19th at 6:30pm.
  • You must be a member in good standing (i.e. have your 2011 dues paid one month before the election) in order to vote
  • Dues can be paid in person at the April Meeting on Thursday the 14th, or mailed to the UVNA at the following address:
    • Dues can be paid in cash, check, or money order
    • Make a check or money order payable to the UVNA
    • if mailing, send to : Harriet Siller, UVNA Vice President, 2225 W. Iowa Street, Chicago IL  60622
  • Dues amounts are as follows:
    • Individual – $10
    • Family – $20
    • Senior – $5
    • Student- $5
    • Institutional ( any registered not-for-profit civic, social, educational or religious organization) – $10


Apr 11

REMINDER: UVNA Bike Meeting Thursday April 14th

Shared Lane Yield To Bikes


Don’t forget the UVNA monthly meeting is this Thursday night (4/14) at the Hoyne Avenue Wesleyan Church (Iowa & Hoyne) at 6:30pm.  This month’s meeting will focus on cycling and cyclists in our neighborhood. Aldolfo Hernandez, the Director of Advocacy for the Active Transportation Alliance here in Chicago will be on hand, as well as members from the Wicker Park/Bucktown SSA Bike & Pedestrian Committee to discuss the following topics with our members:

  • How both neighborhood organizations and the Active Transportation Alliance can work together to promote bike-friendly transportation initiatives for the 32nd ward
  • Possible events or commuter stations we can host in our neighborhood for Chicago’s Bike To Work Week 2011 ((June 11-17)
  • Bike theft in our neighborhood and best practices to avoid getting your bike stolen as well as things to do to improve the odds of recovery a stolen bike
  • Planning an Active Trans Social in Ukrainian Village


Come to the meeting and meet other cyclists in our neighborhood!

Mar 11

Come to the April Meeting & Talk Bikes in Ukrainian Village

When: Thursday April 14th, 2011 6:3opm

Where: The Hoyne Avenue Wesleyan Church at the corner of Iowa & Hoyne

What: To talk about cycling and cyclists in Ukrainian Village – hoping to cover the following topics

  • We’re inviting members of the Wicker Park Bucktown Cycling Committee to stop by and discussion bike-friendly transportation initiatives for the 32nd ward in 2011
  • What can we do in our neighborhood for Chicago’s Bike To Work Week 2011 ((June 11-17)
    • commuter station on Oakley or Damen?
    • partner with WPB or another organization for a commuter station or bike event
  • Discuss Bike theft and bike security in our area
  • Discuss the possibility of planning an Active Trans Social in Ukrainian Village

Mar 11

UVNA Monthly Meeting: Notes From March 17th, 2011

We met on Thursday night, March 17th, 2011 , at 6:30pm at the Hoyne Avenue Wesleyan Church in Ukrainian Village.   Discussions and announcements were as follows.

  • Reviewed the two petitions that we are circulating through the ward (both petitions can be found on our website where you can sign them)
    • 32nd Ward Recycling Initiative
    • Hoyne & Chicago Stoplight Installation Date Request
    • A request was made that we should follow up with the new Chicago mayor this spring regarding the lack of blue bins in our neighborhood
    • A review of the events starting in 2009 surrounding the intersection of Hoyne & Chicago, the multiple studies done by CDOT regarding the safety of the intersection and the need for a light,  the promise of a light installed being installed in 2010, and the concern that the funds for the installation will not be in the 2011 budget for the 32nd ward.
  • CAPS Meeting Update
    • Website for the 13th District can be found by clicking here
    • We will provide notes from future 13th district CAPS meetings on the UVNA website
    • The 13th district meets on the 2nd Tuesday of every month at St. Helen’s Church.  Dates and times can also be found on the UVNA website events calendar.
    • They discussed the stoplight issue as well
    • Discussed two armed robberies in the are, one at the BP station on Augusta & Western, one in the 2200 block of West Walton
    • We are considered one of the safest neighborhoods in the city, but there is a concern that if the police budget is cut, we may lose patrol cars to other ‘less safe’ neighborhoods. Please be sure to make your voice heard to our are commander, to CAPS, etc, that we do not want this to happen.
    • There continue to be a number of thefts from parked cars in the neighborhood – please remember that its best never to leave anything visible in your car.
    • Remember to lock up your bikes as spring means an increase in bike thefts – be sure to register your bike online with the CPD – using the clearpath system.
    • The 13th District will host a free Food Distribution to West Town Families on March 24th 2011, from 9:30am-10:30am at Eckhart Park, 1330 W. Chicago Avenue.
  • Introduction of our new Interim Secretary – Samantha Arnold & new online presence for the UVNA
    • Samantha has updated the UVNA website and will be adding articles and asking for articles and information from anyone in the neighborhood
    • We now have email addresses for all UVNA officers at our own @uvna.org domain.  The general email address is info@uvna.org
    • We now have a UVNA facebook page :  http://www.facebook.com/uvnachicago
    • We now have a UVNA twitter account:  @uvnachicago
  • Our next meeting will be April 14th instead of April 21st due to the Easter holiday week
    • This next meeting will be focused on bike transportation and safety issues in our neighborhood -all are welcome to attend
  • Our May meeting will focus on the UVNA elections
    • If you are interested in running for President, VP, Treasurer or Secretary, you will need to be part of a full slate of officers in order to run
    • Slates will be announced before the meeting
  • Our June meeting will focus on safety issues in our neighborhood
    • We will invite a CAPS member, and/or other city officials
  • We are still discussing the planning of some neighborhood events this year
    • garden walk/steeplechase
    • block party
    • If you are interested in helping out with any of these events please contact us at info@uvna.org
  • We are trying to work more closely with the enforcement office at the Landmark preservation commission to preserve the historic character of our district.
    • If you see any exterior construction or renovation work on a building in our neighborhood and you think it may lack the proper permits, please contact our president Paul Matwyshyn at president@uvna.org

Mar 11

REMINDER: UVNA General Assembly Meeting Thursday March 17th, 2011

This is just a reminder that we will be having a general assembly meeting Thursday March 17th, 2011, at  6:30 PM at the Hoyne Ave. church on the corner of Hoyne and Iowa streets.  All neighborhood residents are welcome to attend, both homeowners and renters.  Please join us as we will be discussing our upcoming election and various local issues, and we should have representatives from both wards.

Pleas also note that we have two petitions circling.  One is for a local recycling drop off option since we do not have blue bins.  The other is for the city to provide us an installation date of the stop light at the intersection of Chicago and Hoyne as it is approaching two years since CDOT along with the 32nd ward agreed to a stop light and one has not been installed yet.  If you have not signed them please do when you have the chance.  We will have petitions available at the meeting.  If you would like a copy to circulate please email me and I will send one out to you.  We should have the petitions up on our website shortly as well.

Thank you, and we hope to see all of you on Thursday.