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NEXT MEETING … TUESDAY – JULY 13, 2010 Will’s Northwoods Inn, Summer Get-together
Meeting a Glance …
July 13, 2010
Location: Will’s Northwoods Inn – Beer Garden
Nelson & Racine
Summer evening get-together
A FEW WORDS FROM OUR PRESIDENT …
Thank You Susan Radzinowicz,
Susan strolled into a meeting four years ago. By the end of her first year of attending meetings, she volunteered for a Board position and was brought on as a Director. The following year, after volunteering for the Nominating Committee, the Committee slated her to run for President, which she accepted. A long-time Lakeview resident, board member of Friends of the Park and politically involved citizen, Susan has answered every request SLN has asked. As the volume of zoning issue items diminished, Susan’s political connections brought a period of election candidate meetings. Bringing candidates, among others, citywide candidates Tony Peraica and newcomers such as State’s Attorney candidate Anita Alvarez who scored an upset victory after appearing at an SLN meeting. Susan has solidified SLN’s working relationship with the Alderman’s office and other elected officials of the SLN boundaries. Susan ends every cell phone conversation with “if there is anything I can help you with, let me know.” The
President attends two SLN meetings a month, various neighborhood meetings and has the stress
of putting on the monthly membership meeting. Susan has been great at suggesting speakers over the last two years. She has graciously accepted a position of Board Director for the upcoming year.
Thank you Susan for your commitment and for your continued commitment to the SLN Nation.
JULY 13, Tuesday – Will’s Northwoods Inn @ 6:30PM – 8:30PM Summer Get-together
Join SLN for our 2nd Summer Get-together. Will’s Northwoods Inn at the corner of Nelson and Racine. SLN will have an open bar with free drinks and Will’s Northwoods will supply hot dogs and all condiments. Attendees may bring any snack, dessert or appetizer. All members and members guests are invited. The tab opens promptly at 6:30PM. See you there.
AT THE MAY 2010 MEETING
St. Alphonsus Parking Lot
Father James Hurlbert, Pastor of St. Alphonsus was introduced to discuss the zoning issue regarding the St. Al’s parking lots. He stated that the parking meters were originally installed to control access to the parking lot to insure parking for Mass and Parish events and incidentally to generate a modest amount of income. Unknown to St. Al’s, the zoning of the Church’s parcel and the corner parcel at Oakdale and Southport did not support a pay parking lot and in late 2009, the City of Chicago caused St. Al’s to cease operations until zoning was corrected. The current zoning of RS-3.5 needed to be increased to RT-4.0. Area residents were concerned that after the zoning upgrade, St. Al’s could legally build a large development or operate various businesses with that zoning. St. Alphonsus has agreed that after receiving the appropriate zoning and obtaining their pay parking lot license, these parcels will be downzoned back to RS-3.5 in order to protect the neighborhood from a large multi-story development being built by the Archdiocese. In a very important side issue, the parking lot at the corner of Southport and Oakdale (formerly the site of the Zum Duetschen Eck Restaurant) was sitting there zoned RM-5 since the demolition of that business. That parcel was to be downzoned years ago after the condominium development at George and Southport was completed. St. Al’s has agreed to downzone this parcel to the RT-3.5 designation. In addition, St. Alphonsus has agreed to sign a “Restricted Covenant” that after all this rezoning is complete, they will not build any buildings or expand any uses inconsistent with the RT-3.5 zoning except for licensing paid parking. Did you follow that? A vote was taken regarding the proposed zoning changes. In favor = YES 31, not in favor = NO 3. The information was forwarded to the Alderman’s office.
Cody’s Public House – Beer Garden
Located at 1658 W. Barry, the owner Gene Frankowski has been operating a beer garden, unknown to him, without an appropriate license. Mr. Frankowski presented the plan which included 7 tables with 28 total seats, wooden benches, a bocce ball and beanbag toss area. The comments regarding Cody’s operations were overwhelmingly positive. A vote was taken for the submitted plans. In favor = YES 41, not in favor = NO 1. The information was forwarded to the Alderman’s office.
3000-3100 N. Southport – updated discussion of future zoning issues
The second discussion relating to potential zoning issues on these two blocks based on the information gathered at the March and April meetings and new information based on a parking space inventory conducted by SLN. The blocks are currently zoned RT-3.0 which allows for the construction of single-family homes only. The floor was opened for general comments and discussion. The attendees representing property owners on these two blocks was overwhelmingly against the development of 3 or 6 unit condominiums as seen on Southport north of Belmont. Developers and their attorneys lobbied for condominium development. A hand vote was taken to determine if upzoning to RT-4.0 should be allowed for the development of 3-6 unit condominiums. In favor of upzoning to Rt-4.0 = YES 3, not in favor of upzoning = NO 21. This information was forwarded to the Alderman’s office.
Subsequent to this hand vote, an owner raised the issue as to support for zoning to RT-4.0 for larger single-family homes. SLN and the NDRC agreed to examine this issue during the coming months.
OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS – Election 2010
The slate was presented to the membership. Nominations from the floor were solicited. A motion was presented from the floor to nominate Susan Radzinowicz for a 3rd term as President. It was noted that the SLN By-laws allow only for a 2-year term. The motion was withdrawn. A motion was made from the floor to accept the slate as presented. The motion was accepted and the current slate was adopted.
President – David Duggan
1st Vice President – Sam Samatas
2nd Vice President – Ernie Toth
Recording Secretary – Bill Haderlein
Treasurer – Ann Sychowski
Corresponding Secretary – Marge Fahrenbach
Directors : Joseph Semerling, Robert Taugner, Joan Gatz, Daniel Clifford, Maureen Short, James Volkober, Greg Brown, James Frendreis, Perry Castrovillari and former President Susan Radzinowicz.
Thanks to all for volunteering and thank you to all officers for their past service.
SOUTH LAKEVIEW PLAYLOT – NEWS
South Lakeview Playlot Advisory Council
Here is the line-up for the Summer Schedule:
July 13 1 Chris Fascione, storyteller
July 20 Catch This Juggling Duo (www.catchthisjuggling.com)
July 27 Mary Macaroni, singer/guitarist/magic
August 3 Matt Wihelm, Pro Bike Show
August 10 Danny Orleans, magician
The next meeting is scheduled for June 21 Monday @ 7:00PM Golden Apple Restaurant (Lincoln & Wellington)
Contact Jennifer Roche at email@example.com or Carolyn Withey at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS AND INFORMATION
Alderman Waguespack 32nd Ward News
City Vehicle Stickers – Thursday June 10 from 10:00AM to 5:00PM. The City Clerk staff will be at the Alderman’s office to sell City vehicle stickers. 2657 N. Clybourn. First come-first serve basis.
Lncoln Belmont Library located at Paulina and Melrose is accepting student volunteers to help with the Summer Reading Program activities and with shelf maintenance activities. Must be 6th grade or higher. Contact Gwen Thomas at email = email@example.com or call the Library at 312-744-0166.
Movies in the Park – here are some close to SLN.
Jonquil Park – 1023 W. Wrightwood
June 30, Wednesday – Charlotte’s Web
July 17, Saturday – Raiders of the Lost Ark
August 7, Saturday – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
August 21, Saturday – To Catch a Thief
Hamlin Park – 3035 N. Hoyne
August 20, Friday – Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.
Call the Alderman’s office at 773-248-1330 or email his office at ward32.org to get his newsletter emailed directly to you.
CAPS Meetings by Sam Samatas
Beat 1932: 2nd Thursday of even months @ 7:00 pm, Illinois Masonic, 836 W. Wellington. Next meeting is June 10.
Beat 1924: 3rd Wednesday of odd months at 6:30 pm, Lincoln/Belmont Library, 1659 W. Melrose. The next meeting is July 21.
Friends of Burley School
Burley School located at 1600 block of Barry.
Rummage/yard sale – June 12, Saturday from 9:00AM to 2:00PM on the playground.
Lake View Citizens Council – LVCC
Home Safety Seminar
June 8 – 6:30
Vines on Clark – 3554 N. Clark
How to secure your home or condo. Programs that the City of Chicago offers to assist you. State of the Art locks, alarms and video surveillance systems.
See the website for an application = www.lakeviewcitizens.org
Lakeview Chamber of Commerce
Neighborhood Paper Drive : as part of the City of Chicago’s Earth Day 2010 programs, the Lakeview Chamber of Commerce has partnered with the Department of Environment on the 2010 Neighborhood Paper Drive sponsored by Waste Management. Help Lakeview become the neighborhood with the most paper collected. Starting June 5 through June 19, bring your paper to the parking lot adjacent to St. Luke’s Church.
Southport Art Walk – month of July. An exhibition of artwork by Illinois artists will be displayed in various Southport merchant windows. Special “Meet the Artist Day”, July 10 from 12Noon to 4:00PM to speak with the artists about their work.
Kiosks – note that on almost every corner of Lincoln/Belmont and Southport the new informational and directional kiosks. SLN is noted at the kiosk at Southport and Wellington near Chase Bank.
For more information www.lakeviewchamber.com, email = firstname.lastname@example.org or 773-472-7171.
Greater Chicago Food Depository / Lakeview Pantry – 25th Annual Hunger Walk
Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Hunger Walk. The 5K walk is intended to raise over $500,000 for food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. The Lakeview Pantry on Oakdale at St. Alphonsus is a beneficiary of the event. Register on-line at www.chicagosfoodbank.org. For more information, contact the Greater Chicago Food Depository at 773-247-3663.
SLN takes the Summer off. Members will be contacted by mail if a special voting meeting is required. Our next scheduled membership meeting is September 14. Until then, have safe and happy Summer and we hope to see you at the SLN July 13 Summer Get-together.
SLN – WEBSITE = www.slneighbors.org
Visit the site. It is a work in progress. Pictures and information to be added.
Josephine Nikola, past President– May 13 .
Former president of SLN, Josephine “Toots” Nikola passed away on May 13. Josephine was part of the inception of SLN over 40 years ago and served as president in the mid and late 1980’s. She received the Monsignor Quinn Award for Neighborhood Activist in 1973 and was active in the St.Alphonsus Boy Scouts. Her and her family owned and operated one of the last neighborhood stores at the southwest corner of Wolfram and Greenview. Our condolences go out to her family members.
RESTAURANT REVIEW by Joni G.
Joni G. will return in May for her final restaurant review before the summer break.
This is the last newsletter until our September issue.