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I get close and personal with Cassie as her sister Moxie and owner Agilson Lorencini look on at my 4th annual 49th Ward Community Pet Day. The City of Chicago's Department of Animal Care and Control was on hand to provide low-cost vaccines, microchips and Chicago dog registration. Local vendors and animal welfare organizations were also present to provide $5 nail trims, free dog tags and a range of pet accessories.
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Do you need a valid government photo ID regardless of your immigration status? I am partnering with Chicago City Clerk Anna Valencia and Centro Romero to offer Rogers Park residents a free Chicago CityKey ID Card next Tuesday, July 17th, 12:00 noon to 4:00 p.m., at St. Jerome’s Church Parish Center, 1709 W. Lunt (at Paulina). The CityKey Card is an optional, officially recognized government-issued identification card that you can use to access a range of public and private services. It is designed to reduce barriers to those who have difficulty accessing traditional government-issued identification, such as undocumented immigrants, youth, the homeless, transgender residents, domestic violence survivors, and those recently released from incarceration. The Program’s goals have since grown to include discounts and other benefits for all of Chicago’s 2.7 million residents. This means that not only does the Chicago CityKey give Chicagoans the dignity and peace of mind that comes with having a government-issued ID, but it also serves as your key to Chicago– serving as your library card, Ventra card and benefits card for cultural institutions, sports teams and local businesses. For more information on the CityKey program, including the documents you will need to obtain the card, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/get-your-free-citykey-id-card-next-tuesday-at-st-jeromes-parish-center/
Traffic advisory this Thursday and Friday for the construction at 1323 W Morse Ave. The following public way restrictions will be in place to protect public safety during a two-day crane deconstruction: -No Parking & Phased One-Way Thru Traffic on Morse Ave. between Wayne and Lakewood: A one-way, protected drive lane will be created on the north side of Morse Ave. between Wayne and Lakewood Avenues. Certified flaggers will be posted on opposite ends of the block to direct phased east and westbound traffic. (Please note that parking and two-way traffic access will be restored on Friday.) -One-Day CTA Bus Stop Closure: The CTA bus stop at the corner of Morse and Lakewood Avenues will be closed for one day - Thursday, July 12th. Riders may get on or off the bus one block to the west at the Wayne bus stop or further to the east at the Sheridan Avenue bus stop. -Certified Flagger at Lakewood Ave.: A certified flagger will be assisting trucks backing into Lakewood Ave. and helping cars and pedestrians navigate the area. -Partial Sidewalk Closures: There will be limited pedestrian access on the south side of Morse Ave. between Wayne and Lakewood Avenues. -Alley Access Restrictions: The north (Morse Ave.) entrance to the public alley between Wayne and Lakewood Avenues will be closed to through traffic. The south (Farwell Ave.) entrance to the public alley will remain open to the public. For more information, and for a list of previous construction updates, visit: https://www.ward49.com/zoning-development/1323-w-morse-construction-updates/
Keep your pets healthy and safe this summer at my fourth annual 49th Ward Community Pet Day. The City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control (CACC) will be on hand this Saturday to provide low-cost vaccines, microchips, and Chicago dog registration, plus we’ll be offering $5 nail trims, free pet ID tags, and much more! The event takes place this Saturday, July 14th, 10:00 a.m., at Pottawattomie Park, 7340 N. Rogers. CACC has the capacity to assist only 100 pets at this event. Services will be provided to the first 100 pets on a first come, first served basis. So please arrive no later than 10:00 a.m. to register and ensure your place. Pets arriving after 10:00 a.m. may not receive services. For more information on the event and the services provided, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/receive-low-cost-pet-vaccines-microchips-and-more-at-49th-ward-community-pet-day-this-saturday/
Contractors are scheduled to begin work this Thursday, July 5th, on the installation of new exterior channel glass panels for the parking garage at the southeast corner of Sheridan and Sherwin. The parking garage will remain open and accessible during the construction. The sidewalk on the Sherwin side of the garage will be closed to allow for the staging of construction equipment and a dumpster. Parking on the Sherwin side also will be prohibited. The sidewalk on the Sheridan side will remain open with a canopy to protect pedestrians for the duration of the project. Parking on the Sheridan side will be prohibited on weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., but allowed after hours and on weekends. For more information, including the history of the parking structure, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/glass-panel-work-begins-this-week-at-sheridan-sherwin-parking-garage/
Proud to march in the 49th Annual Pride Parade! Happy Pride, everyone!
Back by popular demand, the mobile shredding truck sponsored by Midway Document Destruction will be providing free paper shredding and recycling to residents of the 49th Ward and beyond this Saturday, June 23rd, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). The shredding truck is one of my most popular initiatives and a great opportunity to get rid of any old or unwanted papers. Because the documents are shredded, you won’t have to worry about anyone being able to read your private information. Just bring your old documents to the truck, where they will be shredded on the spot in front of you and then taken away to be recycled. Bring any documents you no longer need or want but might contain personal information. Examples include: **Bank Statements **Outdated medical records **Pay stubs **Old bills and receipts **Credit card offers **Tax returns older than seven years Clean out your home office or attic and join us this Saturday for a day of paper recycling! https://www.ward49.com/news/city-vehicle-stickers-and-paper-shredding-available-at-ward-service-office-this-saturday/
The Chicago City Clerk’s office will sell City Vehicle Stickers this Saturday, June 23rd, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at my 49th Ward Service Office, 7356 N. Greenview (at Jarvis). There is no additional service fee for this convenience. Please note you can purchase a city sticker at this event only if your city sticker expires in June or July If you live in a residential permit parking zone, you may add your zone to your City Sticker for an additional $25. Regardless of when your city sticker expires, you may purchase daily residential guest parking permits at this event. For more information, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/city-vehicle-stickers-and-paper-shredding-available-at-ward-service-office-this-saturday/
A 44-year-old woman is charged with setting last week’s fire at an apartment building on Touhy, just east of Clark, that caused the death of another woman when she jumped from the top floor of the building. The Cook County State’s Attorney’s office charged Margaret Reed, a Lincoln Square resident, with two counts of murder and a count of aggravated arson–all felonies. She is being held without bail. Reed is believed to be the person who set the fire last Tuesday morning behind 1745 W. Touhy. Surveillance cameras recorded Reed at the site of the fire shortly before it started, leading detectives to interview her. In the meantime, the victims of the fire need your help. The fire displaced 34 people, including nine children. Many were left literally with only the clothes on their backs. My office, working with Northside Community Resources, created a donation page through which Rogers Park neighbors can provide financial support to the victims. The money raised will be used to provide the families with help on a security deposit and first month’s rent, plus clothing and basic household items. To donate, visit: https://www.northsidecommunityresources.org/donate/ For more information, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/woman-charged-in-touhy-clark-fire-join-your-neighbors-in-helping-the-victims/
La policía y los bomberos sospechan que el incendio provocado fue la causa de que se incendiara en un edificio de apartamentos ayer por la mañana que obligó a una mujer a saltar a su muerte y desplazo a cuarenta residentes, incluidos 13 niños. El incendio comenzó alrededor de las 5:20 de ayer por la mañana detrás del edificio de cuatro pisos, 1745 W. Touhy, este de Clark. El incendio se extendió rápidamente por la escalera trasera y hacia los apartamentos. Trágicamente, Maria Silva, de 51 años, saltó de su apartamento de la tercera planta antes de que los bomberos pudieran rescatarla. Ella murió más tarde por las heridas sufridas en la caída. Para obtener más información sobre el incendio y cómo ayudar a las víctimas, visite: https://www.ward49.com/news/la-policia-sospecha-que-el-incendio-provocado-fue-la-causa-de-que-se-incendiara-en-touhy-clark-los-vecinos-de-rogers-park-ayudan-a-las-victimas/
Police and fire investigators suspect arson to be the cause of an apartment building fire yesterday morning that forced one woman to leap to her death and displaced forty residents, including 13 children. The fire broke out around 5:20 yesterday morning behind the four-story building at 1745 W. Touhy, just east of Clark. The fire quickly spread up the rear staircase and into the apartments. Tragically, Maria Silva, age 51, jumped from her third-story apartment before fire fighters could rescue her. She later died of injuries sustained in her fall. For more information on the fire and how you can help the victims, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/police-suspect-arson-in-touhy-clark-fire-that-killed-woman-rogers-park-neighbors-assist-victims/
Updated Jun 06
A fire broke out about dawn this morning at a six-unit building located at 1745 W. Touhy (between Paulina and Clark). Tragically, a woman died as a result of injuries she suffered after she jumped from her third-floor apartment to escape the flames. She is identified as Maria Silva, 51 years old. A second person was also injured. I do not know the condition of the second person. Fire Commissioner Jose Santiago tells me fire fighters heard smoke detector alarms as they entered the building. It is not known at this time whether the smoke detector in the victim's apartment was operating. The fire started in a dumpster behind the building and quickly went up the wooden back stairs. Fire inspectors are currently attempting to determine whether the fire was accidental or set deliberately. I will update you as I receive more information. http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/breaking/ct-met-rogers-park-fire-20180605-story.html
It's official! The Glenwood Sunday Farmer's Market launched its 9th season this morning. The First Lady of the 49thWard rang the bell officially signaling the Market's opening, while Rogers Park Executive Director Sandi Price and I cut the ribbon. The market is already teeming with neighbors buying locally produced food. Please join us! I've got a table midway in the market. Stop by and say hello!
I’m teaming up with the New 400 Theaters once again to host a free screening of a timely and thought-provoking film. Join me at the New 400 Theaters, 6746 N. Sheridan, this Thursday, May 24th, 6:30 p.m., for a screening of “The Muslim Next Door,” an upcoming episode of National Geographic’s America Inside Out with Katie Couric. The film documents the pressures and opportunities that Muslim American’s face in our nation. It runs slightly less than an hour. For more information, including a summary of the documentary, visit: https://www.ward49.com/news/the-new-400-theater-to-host-free-screening-of-katie-couric-report-the-muslim-next-door/