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The Neighborhood Connection Project: Then (March 2010) and Now (July 2015)

Greetings Neighbors!

I am pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) has begun for Summer 2015. Beautification work will continue through mid-August at which time NCP will finally be compete. Once done, NCP will be the largest outdoor public art bricolage mural on Chicago's NW side.

To recognize the tremendous progress that has gone into this citizen-led initiative to build community, I've attached (March 2010) and now (July 2015) photos. They are the same shots with my son,...

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Greetings Neighbors!

I am pleased to announce that the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) has begun for Summer 2015. Beautification work will continue through mid-August at which time NCP will finally be compete. Once done, NCP will be the largest outdoor public art bricolage mural on Chicago's NW side.

To recognize the tremendous progress that has gone into this citizen-led initiative to build community, I've attached (March 2010) and now (July 2015) photos. They are the same shots with my son, Jean-Luc, taking center stage in the photos. He came with me on that day 5 1/2 years ago and it was he who suggested to do something more with the underpass than just repair it "How about decorating it or something Dad?" he said to me...and so NCP was born!

All citizens are welcome to be part of NCP by donating their time, talent and treasure. Contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica at gina.metelica@gmail.com on how you can make a donation or get involved.

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Started in Spring of 2010, the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) is a citizen-led initiative to build community by repairing and beautifying the underpass located at Kinzua, Hiawatha and Lehigh.

During summer 2015 we will finish the project by joining the two bricolage murals together in the center. The joining of the East and West sides of the mosaic will be done in the same way our American railroads were completed...by meeting in the middle with a golden stake. In the case of NCP, we will use golden tiles.

The themes of the mural were decided by the community and the actual art reflects both our neighborhood's history, as well as the greenery and vegetation of the area. Special homage is paid to our Native American predecessors and the famous Hiawatha train that ran on these very tracks.

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Chicago's happy campers cross city limits to soak in Great Outdoors

CAMPSITE: Chicago Park District sites: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. on Aug. 22; Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. on Aug. 29; and North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Oct. 3.

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CAMPSITE: Chicago Park District sites: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. on Aug. 22; Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. on Aug. 29; and North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Oct. 3.

CAMPSITE: Chicago Park District sites: Garfield Park Conservatory, 300 N. Central Park Ave. on Aug. 22; Gompers Park, 4222 W. Foster Ave. on Aug. 29; and North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Road on Oct. 3.

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Read it Here: FAiR Coalition Community Conversation #1 with Mayor Emanuel's Office Briefing Packet

Greetings Neighbors:

Several of you have asked for this and others have asked questions about it, so here you go. This link takes you to the PDF of the briefing packet we used at the first FAiR Coalition Community Conversation with Mayor Emanuel's Office. I

http://www.fairchicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/FAiR_Community_Conversation_One_06.29.2015.pdf

It's really a wonderful document that reflects two years of hard work and the voices of thousands of citizens in both city and suburbs, voices heard for the very first time on the historic...

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Greetings Neighbors:

Several of you have asked for this and others have asked questions about it, so here you go. This link takes you to the PDF of the briefing packet we used at the first FAiR Coalition Community Conversation with Mayor Emanuel's Office. I

http://www.fairchicago.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/FAiR_Community_Conversation_One_06.29.2015.pdf

It's really a wonderful document that reflects two years of hard work and the voices of thousands of citizens in both city and suburbs, voices heard for the very first time on the historic day of June 29 for never before had a table and seat existed at which citizens and the Mayor's office sat across from each other to discuss solutions to the O'Hare problem.

Thanks to all those who are part of FAiR. Interested in joining the largest civic movement around? Go to www.fairchicago.org and click on "Join".

Questions? As always, please ask.

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com
@citizenjac

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Jun 24

Sneak Preview: Come and See the Neighborhood Connection Project Phase III Mural on Thursday, June 25

Greetings Neighbors,

As the countdown to the start of the Neighborhood Connection Project for Summer 2015 gets closer (only 5 days to go!), you are invited on Thursday, June 25 to see the wall projection of the final phase of the mural. The underpass is located at Kinzua, Hiawatha and Lehigh. The light projection will allow you to see the outline of the mural that will then start next week. It's free. It's fun. It's community! It's only on Thursday, June 25.

Questions on NCP? Just ask....Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com. Find out more about NCP on Facebook.

Jun 24

Only 5 Days to the Neighborhood Connection Project! Edgebrook 4th of July to Celebrate NCPCompletion

EDGEBROOK — The Edgebrook 4th of July Parade will celebrate the completion of a painted and mosaic mural along the path under the Metra tracks at Lehigh, Hiawatha and Kinzua avenues, organizers with the Edgebrook Community Association said.

Work on the final phase of the mural will start Monday, the last step in completing the project started in 2010 designed to turn the underpass, once a crumbling, graffiti-covered disgrace, into a landmark depicting the area's history and lush vegetation.

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EDGEBROOK — The Edgebrook 4th of July Parade will celebrate the completion of a painted and mosaic mural along the path under the Metra tracks at Lehigh, Hiawatha and Kinzua avenues, organizers with the Edgebrook Community Association said.

Work on the final phase of the mural will start Monday, the last step in completing the project started in 2010 designed to turn the underpass, once a crumbling, graffiti-covered disgrace, into a landmark depicting the area's history and lush vegetation.

The theme of the 4th of July parade is Building Community – Discover The Connection, inspired by the mural's efforts to bring Edgebrook and Wildwood together, as well as efforts to bring new life to downtown Edgebrook, organizers said.

Marchers will step off at 11 a.m. July 4 from Edgebrook Elementary School, 6525 N. Hiawatha Ave., and head to Wildwood Elementary School, 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.

The leaders of the mural project will be the parade's grand marshals, organizers said.

The mural — known as the Neighborhood Connection Project — will cover both sides of the underpass linking Edgebrook, Wildwood and North Edgebrook when it is completed this summer.

Members of the community are invited to work on the mural — under the supervision of artists from Green Star Movement — on Saturdays in July, said Jac Charlier, a member of the ECA board of directors and mural project coordinator.

The second phase of the mural along the western side of underpass linking Edgebrook, Wildwood and North Edgebrook was completed last summer, the eastern side of the mural completed in 2013.

Once the two sides of the mural are connected with golden tiles — representing the golden spike that once joined the train tracks across America — it will be the largest public art project on the Far Northwest Side, Charlier said.

Those who are interested in donating to the next phases of the mural can go to greenstarmovement.org or email Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

Jun 24

Best new brewery to launch with only one beer

...introduced an ordinance to lift the moratorium on liquor sales in Alarmist’s neighborhood, near Peterson and Pulaski, and by early next year Gulley hopes to open an on-site tap room. The...

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Jun 23

BGA to Rahm: Don't Tune Out O'Hare Jet Noise

A voice and a few words of support from Andy Shaw, Executive Director of the Better Government Association (BGA) for FAiR and the hundreds of thousands of citizens it represents. Yet another partner joins the largest civic movement around! Thanks BGA...

It took more than a year of complaints from Chicago neighborhood groups representing thousands of taxpayers, a tough re-election campaign, a Springfield intervention, and even pleas from members of Congress, before the Emanuel administration agreed to hear grievances from...

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A voice and a few words of support from Andy Shaw, Executive Director of the Better Government Association (BGA) for FAiR and the hundreds of thousands of citizens it represents. Yet another partner joins the largest civic movement around! Thanks BGA...

It took more than a year of complaints from Chicago neighborhood groups representing thousands of taxpayers, a tough re-election campaign, a Springfield intervention, and even pleas from members of Congress, before the Emanuel administration agreed to hear grievances from homeowners concerned about excessive jet noise from O’Hare Airport.

And after all that, the mayor isn’t even sitting down with concerned citizens himself—he’s sending surrogates from the city’s Department of Aviation, according to a recent Better Government Association story.

Full article link is here:
http://www.bettergov.org/blogs/shaw_thoughts/bga_to_rahm_dont_tune_out_ohare_jet_noise_victims/

For information on how to join FAiR, go to www.fairchicago.org or contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com.

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The NCP Countdown Begins: Only 8 Days to Go Until the Neighborhood Connection Project Starts Up Aga

Greetings Neighbors!

On the heels of Father's Day, we now have only 8 days until the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) kicks off for Summer 2015! Begun in March 2010 following a suggestion from my son Jean-Luc Charlier, NCP is a citizen-led initiative to build community and is located at the Metra underpass at the connection point of Hiawatha, Lehigh and Kinzua. This critical pedestrian structure is the only physical point that connects three neighborhoods - Edgebrook, North Edgebrook and Wildwood....

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Greetings Neighbors!

On the heels of Father's Day, we now have only 8 days until the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) kicks off for Summer 2015! Begun in March 2010 following a suggestion from my son Jean-Luc Charlier, NCP is a citizen-led initiative to build community and is located at the Metra underpass at the connection point of Hiawatha, Lehigh and Kinzua. This critical pedestrian structure is the only physical point that connects three neighborhoods - Edgebrook, North Edgebrook and Wildwood. When completed in August 2015, NCP will be the largest outdoor bricolage mural on Chicago's NW side.

All are invited to come out as the first day of work begins on Monday, June 29. All are then invited to make their contribution to the mural every Saturday during Community Days. No experience needed! NCP is designed to build community by teaching us how we gather together as citizens. As such, it is not a kids mural or an art project (although it's really well disguised as such). So come on out and be part of building community by building the mural.

Learn more about NCP and our wonderful partners Green Star Movement (GSM) and After School Matters (ASM) on our Facebook page (Neighborhood Connection Project).

To donate kindly go to our GoFundMe page (http://www.gofundme.com/8fhevw). For questions, please contact me, Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica at gina.metelica@gmail.com

Looking forward to seeing you around this summer!

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    The mural looks beautiful!

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We Want to Hear From You! FAiR Coalition 2-Minute Online "O'Hare Solutions Survey" Now Ready

Dear FAiR members and supporters,

FAiR asks you to complete a survey about how you have been negatively impacted by the October 2013 changes to the O’Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns.

The survey will take approximately 2 minutes and can be found by clicking here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PoGkKvbXh0hCJKGeBebj8GazaLritv821kXE33KumWA/viewform

After you have taken the survey, please share the survey link with five (5) neighbors and friends. You can email the link, post it to social media, print it out, etc. Please complete...

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Dear FAiR members and supporters,

FAiR asks you to complete a survey about how you have been negatively impacted by the October 2013 changes to the O’Hare runway takeoff and landing patterns.

The survey will take approximately 2 minutes and can be found by clicking here:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1PoGkKvbXh0hCJKGeBebj8GazaLritv821kXE33KumWA/viewform

After you have taken the survey, please share the survey link with five (5) neighbors and friends. You can email the link, post it to social media, print it out, etc. Please complete the survey by June 25th.

FAiR seeks to include as many citizens as possible in the survey. Results of the survey will be presented by FAiR Leadership at our “seat at the table” during the upcoming community conversations with the FAA and the Chicago Department of Aviation.

Questions about the survey can be directed to info@fairchicago.org. Thank you for taking the survey and if you are not already a FAiR member, please sign up by visiting www.fairchicago.org.

We are FAiR and we are better together!

Questions? Please ask. Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com

Sincerely,
FAiR Leadership Team

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Presidential Proclamation -- Flag Day is Sunday, June 14 and National Flag Week, 2015

Greetings Citizens!

Time to fly your flag again starting on Sunday, June 14....

BY THE PRESIDENT

A PROCLAMATION (Full proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/12/presidential-proclamation-flag-day-and-national-flag-week-2015

For more than 200 years, the American flag has been a proud symbol of the people of our Nation and the values for which we stand. In hues of red, white, and blue, it reflects centuries of struggle and sacrifice -- a constant reminder of our journey from 13 colonies to a Nation united in freedom and liberty, and...

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Greetings Citizens!

Time to fly your flag again starting on Sunday, June 14....

BY THE PRESIDENT

A PROCLAMATION (Full proclamation: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/06/12/presidential-proclamation-flag-day-and-national-flag-week-2015

For more than 200 years, the American flag has been a proud symbol of the people of our Nation and the values for which we stand. In hues of red, white, and blue, it reflects centuries of struggle and sacrifice -- a constant reminder of our journey from 13 colonies to a Nation united in freedom and liberty, and of the patriots and pioneers who fought for these ideals at home and abroad. On Flag Day and during National Flag Week, we pay tribute to this banner of hope and opportunity, and we celebrate the story of progress it represents.

With broad stripes and bright stars, our flag has connected Americans across our country, around the globe, and throughout the chapters of our history. In a new world, it stood as a beacon of promise and possibility; in the dawn's early light, it offered a glimmer of hope as the fate of our young Nation was decided; and after a civil war that divided our Union, the Star Spangled Banner once again united our people. As courageous women and men marched and protested to broaden our democracy's reach and secure their civil rights, they carried the American flag, understanding the enormous potential it embodied -- even as the Nation it represented denied them their fundamental rights. Today, it is because of an unbroken chain of heroes, who have served in our Armed Forces and worn the flag they defend, that Old Glory still waves over the land of the free and the home of the brave.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim June 14, 2015, as Flag Day and the week beginning June 14, 2015, as National Flag Week. I urge all Americans to observe Flag Day and National Flag Week by displaying the flag.

BARACK OBAMA

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The Neighborhood Connection Project: Starts Up Again in Two Weeks! Were You Part of It?

Greetings Neighbors,

Were you part of the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) at anytime since we started in March 2010 until now? If so, NCP wants to recognize you by name on the golden tiles that will connect the East and West murals.
If you donated time, we need your name.
If you put up even one tile, we need your name.
If you cleaned up one afternoon, we need your name.
If you donated resources, we need your name.
If...

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Greetings Neighbors,

Were you part of the Neighborhood Connection Project (NCP) at anytime since we started in March 2010 until now? If so, NCP wants to recognize you by name on the golden tiles that will connect the East and West murals.
If you donated time, we need your name.
If you put up even one tile, we need your name.
If you cleaned up one afternoon, we need your name.
If you donated resources, we need your name.
If you donated funding, we need your name.
Heck, if you donated, helped out or pitched in no matter how or how much, we need your name.

During summer 2015 we will finish the project by joining the two bricolage murals together in the center. The joining of the East and West sides of the mosaic will be done in the same way our American railroads were completed...by meeting in the middle with a golden stake. In the case of NCP, we will use golden tiles.

Send your full name to Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica atgina.metelica@gmail.com as you would like it to appear on the tiles by June 15. Once we pass the deadline, we will have a very limited ability to add new names other than those from Summer 2015.

For more information about the Neighborhood Connection Project, contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com or Gina Metelica at gina.metelica@gmail.com. You can also check us out on Facebook and stay tuned to Nextdoor.com and EveryBlock.

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FAiR Coalition on the Radio - WGN - A Really Good Segment

Greetings Neighbors,

Lots and lots of media today following the FAiR Coalition press conference at the State of Illinois building and much more still to come. Speaking of media, here's a nice clip from WGN radio that some of you heard live but if you didn't catch it then you can here it now: http://wgnradio.com/2015/06/07/otl-451-exploring-analog-photography-in-wicker-park-fighting-airport-noise-pollution-a-pet-pig-lives-in-portage-park/

(You'll have to go about 10 minutes into the clip to get to our segment. I like the whole show and the other stories are...

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Greetings Neighbors,

Lots and lots of media today following the FAiR Coalition press conference at the State of Illinois building and much more still to come. Speaking of media, here's a nice clip from WGN radio that some of you heard live but if you didn't catch it then you can here it now: http://wgnradio.com/2015/06/07/otl-451-exploring-analog-photography-in-wicker-park-fighting-airport-noise-pollution-a-pet-pig-lives-in-portage-park/

(You'll have to go about 10 minutes into the clip to get to our segment. I like the whole show and the other stories are good too!)

It's a good story that provides details and takes it time. Like the WBEZ story from last week, it does not cut corners and gives the citizens a huge platform. Thanks MIke and Andy at Outside the Loop Radio on WGN720AM. They've had FAiR on before...

Take a listen...share the link.

Questions? Please ask. www.fairchicago.org

Jac Charlier
jac.charlier@gmail.com

Jun 07

Two Words Will Get You Free Pasta at This North Side Eatery Monday

As he grew older, he married and had kids, and in 1987 opened his very own Italian eatery, Via Veneto, at its original 3449 W. Peterson Ave. location with only six tables.

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Beginning June 8, Barbanente said he will trade complimentary pasta dishes at its 6349 N. Lincoln Ave. location to groups of six or fewer customers who come Monday-Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and say the congratulatory phrase.

The building's facade at 6340 N. Lincoln Ave. [DNAinfo/Linze Rice]

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Updated Jun 05

FAiR Coalition Legislation with Sen Mulroe, Rep Moylan: Panel approves bill to save diagonal runway

**Due to space limits, you can view the entire article here: http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/05/28/panel-approves-bill-to-save-diagonal-runways/

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by CYRYL JAKUBOWSKI

A bill that would increase the total of allowed runways from eight to 10 at O’Hare International Airport without the need for state approval and possibly lead to increased soundproofing was approved by the Illinois House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee in the House of Representatives last week, according to State Senator John...

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**Due to space limits, you can view the entire article here: http://nadignewspapers.com/2015/05/28/panel-approves-bill-to-save-diagonal-runways/

Join the FAiR Coalition at www.fairchicago.org or contact Jac Charlier at jac.charlier@gmail.com

by CYRYL JAKUBOWSKI

A bill that would increase the total of allowed runways from eight to 10 at O’Hare International Airport without the need for state approval and possibly lead to increased soundproofing was approved by the Illinois House Transportation Vehicles and Safety Committee in the House of Representatives last week, according to State Senator John Mulroe (D-10).

Mulroe said that he is working on the legislation in order to prevent the decommissioning of two diagonal runways at O’Hare. City Department of Aviation spokeswoman Karen Pride said in an e-mail that the department still plans to decommission Runway 14 Left/32 Right on Aug. 20.

State Representative Marty Moylan (D-55) sponsored an amendment to Mulroe’s bill that replaces the current aircraft noise monitoring metric, the Day Night Average Sound Level, with a new metric called the Community Noise Equivalent Level.

The Fair Allocation in Runways coalition of community groups supports keeping the diagonal runways open because it said that would not expose any new residents to increased noise and that it would allow for more options to allocate air traffic in a fairer manner.

Coalition co-founder Jac Charlier said that the legislation is a step toward saving the diagonal runways.

"I have never encountered a public agency that behaves so secretly as if they were the National Security Agency," Charlier said. "They don’t call back and they don’t release any information."

Charlier criticized Mayor Rahm Emanuel for failing to meet with the group and other lawmakers who support the issue. "This is Emanuel’s Meigs Field" he said.

"There is no down side to the mayor coming to the table and listening to people’s concerns," Charlier said.

  • Minerva Performing Schools. Performing Communities.

    Thank you! Yes, I think it would be incredibly beneficial to have a good partnership between the schools, parks and libraries. Their programming ought to complement each others' offerings and times and reflect the change in the skill set for the 21st century, while satisfying the Common Core. Many suburban...

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    Thank you! Yes, I think it would be incredibly beneficial to have a good partnership between the schools, parks and libraries. Their programming ought to complement each others' offerings and times and reflect the change in the skill set for the 21st century, while satisfying the Common Core. Many suburban systems succeeded here. Why can't we do the same in Chicago and more specifically in our own northwest side neighborhoods.

    STEM is hot, esp. robotics and computer programming! There is such huge wave sweeping across Europe and the States and changing grammar schools kids and up, just look at USFirst.org or Devoxx4Kids.org. However, writing, debating, creativity, foreign language, entrepreneurial and vocational training and citizen responsibility and its corresponding service are also very critical skills to develop.

    Great places to start the enhancements would be at our local Wright College and Portage Park, where the After School Matters takes place and where we have a Cultural Center, which for the most part, ceased to function as such and ought to be reverted back to its original, intended function. These two places could have a profound impact on many surrounding neighborhoods!

  • Jac Charlier AKA Citizen Jac Citizen-led solutions for better community

    I grew up playing in Portage Park and then lived 1 block away for years. My kids spent their first many years at Portage Park! As for Wright College (the new one, not the old one on Austin is what I think you are referring too), it's a wonderful community...

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    I grew up playing in Portage Park and then lived 1 block away for years. My kids spent their first many years at Portage Park! As for Wright College (the new one, not the old one on Austin is what I think you are referring too), it's a wonderful community institution and right next to my favorite Italian Beef stand (Jay's, of course).

    One last comment, teaching and demonstrating citizenship might be the most critical element of our future lives (already is). It is how we work together to solve shared challenges and build community that will speak much for what kind of future we will have.

    Have a great Friday Minerva!

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