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March 2013 GCA Newsletter

March 2013 GCA Newsletter

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Roos e v e l t K. Vonil, Pr esi d e n t 773.635.6500 820 2 S. Ki n g Dr.

, Box 507 C hi c a g o , I L 6 0 6 1 9
A community based, 501(c)(3) organization

a nd g e t e v e n m or e i nfo a t: gcamail@ gcachi cago. com PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
GCA is pleased to co-sponsor one of the most important resident events this year in Chatham and our w ard: The GCA and Historic Chicago Bungalo w Association’s “FREE” Energy Sa vers Grant a w ard worth $4,000. T h a t ’ s r i g h t ! $ 4 , 0 0 0 ! A n d n o ma t c hing resident dollars are required! All you have to do is this: 1. Read carefully the event flyer inside and see if your income le vel qualifies you for this grant; 2. Ha ve a bungalow that was built before 1940; and 3. th Show up on Saturday, March 16 at any of the convenient “Intake” sessions for application processing. What’s more, if you are a senior resident, (over 75), or a disabled resident, GCA and the Bungalow Association will send representatives to help process YOUR application right at your home. What could be easier than that? Please, GCA w ants to make sure you take advantage of this energy grant money. So be sure to read both sides of the event flyer. Plus, you could e v en be eligible for their “FREE” Appliance Replacement Program. So you have no excuse! Let’s turn out and grab this opportunity for “FREE” grant money!

Own a bungalow? You may be eligible for a “FREE” weatherization, energy grant of $4,000. See event flyer inside for details.


Saturday, MARCH 23, 2013
11 :00 a. m. – 1 : 0 0 p . m .
St. James Lutheran Church 8 0 0 0 S. M i c h i g a n
Now accepting GCA $30 ANNUAL MEMBER DUES per family for 2013. One vote per membership. If you choose to mail your dues, please add full contact info including phone number and email address.

Light Refreshments Served A A 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. G G E E N N D D A A

Meeting Open & Minutes Read President’s Opening Remarks Treasurer’s Report: Arthur Turnbull Vice-President Report: Craig Thomas Education Committee Report: C. Powell, Chair OPEN MIC––YOUR VOICE: Tell us what you think GCA should do more of.

BLOCK CLUBS: Please make sure that your senior residents kno w about this grant! Many seniors over 75 years old live in these bungalows that were built before 1940. FACT––Chatha m is the s econd lar g e s t co m m u n i ty in t h e city f o r bungalows.

GCA Newsletter Sponsored by the HISTORIC CHICAGO BUNGALOW ASSOC. .

Reported to the GCA Safety & Security Committee: We can’t know what’s happening in our
area unless you call us at 773.635.6500 –- after you call the police. Afraid? We can pass on your crime info for you! GCA MEMBERS and AREA RESIDENTS: Our group has decided to test a new format for relaying crime incident information. Only members and residents on email will receive the FULL crime reports from local residents and the Chicago Police in the beats stated. In our distributed newsletter, you will now see a summarized report so GCA can feature more info.

There were no resident crime reports directly called in, or emailed to GCA during this period. Let’s hope this means more of us are vigilant!
FROM POLICE REPORTS ON BEATS: 623, 624, 631 & 632––Crime Vicinity Blocks: TRENDING
SUMMARY REPORT––GCA is now adding Beat 624 crime incidents. BURGLARY: Garage break-ins are down. CTA: Incidents are down too. But the 79th El and Bus Stop is still troublesome––both robbery and purse-snatching incidents occurred. LARCENY / THEFT: What is going on? The block of 85th & Cottag e Grove had the m o st r etail thefts for this month, as w ell as th e last couple of m onths. Storeowners in that area need to be concerned; Larceny/Theft sidewalk & street theft is up. See below for details. MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: Parking on the street requires you to understand this: don’t leave anything in your car or SUV, including I.D. Vehicle thefts are trending back up! BURGLARY–– FORCIBLE / UNLAWFUL ENTRY / APARTMENT OR RESIDENCE: Thur., Jan. 31 @ 7:30 a.m., Block of 700 E. 81st St.–
Apartment; Sun., Feb. 3 @ 6 p.m., Block of 8100 S. Cottage Grove–Residence; Tue., Feb. 5 @ 10:55 a.m., Block of 500 E. th 83rd St.–Residence; Sun., Feb. 10 @ 1:41 p.m., Block of 400 E 80 St.–Apartment; Sun., Feb. 10 @ 7:00 p.m., Block of 8100 S. Wabash–Residence; Wed., Feb. 13, @ 6:30 a.m., Block of 8200 block S. Evans–Apartment; Tue., Feb. 19 @ 7:15 a.m., Block of 8100 S. Champlain–Residence; & Thu., Feb. 21 @ 6:30 a.m., Block of 8300 S. Michigan–Residence.

LARCENY/THEFT–Last time, we had 41 incidents between December 23rd. to January 23rd. This time it’s down significantly––FROM SIDEWALK OR STREET ONLY- Fri., Jan 25 @ 7p.m.–Block of 7900 S. Prairie; Fri., Jan 25
@ 7p.m.–Block of 7900 S. King Dr.; Tue., Jan 29 @ 10 p.m.–Block of 700 E. 80 St.; Wed., Jan 30 @ 5:30 p.m.–Block of th 7800 S. Indiana; Wed., Feb 6 @ 1 p.m.–Block of 8600 S. Cottage Grove; Fri., Feb. 8 @ 1:30 p.m.–Block of 400 E 87 St.; Sun., Feb.10 @ 3:00 a.m.–Block of 200 E. 78th St.; Mon., Feb. 11 @ 7 p.m.–Block of 7900 S. Indiana; Mon., Feb.11 @ 7:30 a.m.–Block of 8500 S. Wabash; Mon., Feb. 11 @ 11:50 a.m.–Block of 7900 S. Vernon; Tue., Feb. 12 @ 10:00 a.m.–Block of 8600 S. Champlain; Fri., Feb. 15 @ 6:05 p.m.–Block of 7800 S. Cottage Grove; Sat., Feb. 16 @ 8:00 p.m.–Block of 7500 S. Michigan; Tue., Feb. 19 @ 8:00 p.m.–Block of 8000 S. Cottage Grove; Sat., Feb . 23 @ 10:30 p .m.– Block of 7500 S. Champlain; & Sat., Feb. 23 @ 3:00 a.m.–Block of 900 E. 80th St. MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT: AUTO–STREET: Fri., Jan. 25 @ 6:07 a.m., Block of 8600 S. King Dr.; Sun., Jan. 27 @ 10:30 p.m., Block of 8000 S. Calumet; Tue., Jan. 29 @ 1 p.m., Block of 8000 S. Vernon; Tue., Jan. 29 @ 11:30 p.m., Block of 8000 S. Vernon; Thur., Jan. 31 @ 7:30 a.m., Block of 0 E. 83rd St.; Thur., Jan. 31 @ 10 p.m., Block of 8600 S. Cottage Grove; Tue., Feb 5 @ 7:43 a.m., Block of 8200 S. Prairie; Tue., Feb.12 @ 8:55 p.m., Block of 7900 S. Vernon; Sat., Feb.16 @ 7:15 p.m., Block of 7700 S. Champlain; Sun. Feb. 17 @ th 11:00 p.m., Block of 7500 S. St. Lawrence; Fri., Feb. 22 @ 1:00 p.m., Block of 0 E. 79 St.; Fri., Feb. 22 @ 7:00 p.m., Block of 7500 S. Prairie; & Fri., Feb. 24 @ 12:10 p.m., Block of 7800 S. St. Lawrence. ROBBERY– AGGRAVATED: Tue., Feb. 12 @ 5 p.m., Block of 7900 S. Indiana–Sidewalk; ARMED – HANDGUN / ATTEMPTED: Tue., Feb. 19 @ 2:20 a.m., Block of 100 E 75th St.–Parking Lot/Garage (Non-residence). CAR-JACKING: Sat., Feb. 23 @ 7:10 p.m., Block of 8000 S. Rhodes–Street. ARMED – KNIFE / CUTTING INSTRUMENT: Sun., Feb. 23 @ 9:05 p.m., Block of 7900 S. Champlain th –Alley. ARMED – HANDGUN: Tue., Jan. 29 @ 7:45 p.m., Block of 0 E. 84 St.–Sidewalk; Wed., Feb. 20 @ 8:30 p.m., th th Block of 0 E. 87 St.–Sidewalk; Fri., Feb. 22 @ 7:00 p.m., Block of 400 E. 79 St.–Street; Fri., Feb. 22 @ 4:15 p.m., Block th of 8000 S. Champlain–Apartment; & Sun., Feb. 24 @ 4:10 a.m., Block of 400 E. 75 St.–Restaurant. STRONGARM – NO WEAPON: Sat., Jan. 26 @ 1:02 p.m., Block of 8700 S. Calumet–Street; Wed., Jan. 30 @ 6 p.m., Block of 7900 S. State– th Sidewalk; Thur., Jan. 31 @ 3 a.m., Block of 0 E. 75 St.–Sidewalk; Sat., Feb. 2 @ 2 a.m., Block of 7500 S. Prairie–Street; & Wed., Feb. 6 @ 11:30 p.m., Block of 8200 S. Cottage Grove–Sidewalk. WHAT YOU CAN DO AS A RESIDENT: Be proactive: If you see a crime taking place; Or if you become a victim–1. Always be aware of your surroundings; 2. Keep valuables out of sight; 3. Report suspicious activity immediately; 4. Confronted by an assailant, remain calm; 5. Remember unique physical characteristics (i.e., scars, limp, acne, teeth, clothing); 6. Never pursue a fleeing assailant, provide the info to the police; 7. If approached by a witness to the incident, request contact information; & 8. Dial 9-1-1 immediately! and remain on scene when possible.

Are You Reading This Newsletter? Are You Getting Our Email Blast? Then Why
Don’t You Become a GCA Member? Help Us Keep this Community Informed and Pro-Active!

FREE TAX ASSISTANCE FROM AARP @ WHITNEY YOUNG LIBRARY Starting February 4th until April 15th, you can get free Income Tax Assistance
10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.–– every Monday or Wednesday.

79th & King Dr.

SENIORS GET FIRST PRIORITY! But everyone is invited!

Chicago Children's Museum
Located on Navy Pier since 1995, the museum is now one of the city's top cultural attractions and the second most visited children's museum in the country. The museum features three vibrant floors of exhibits and activities that provide sensory experiences and engaging educational content focusing on literacy, science, math, visual and performing arts, and health.

The museum offers FREE ADMISSION to all visitors every Thursday evening from 5 to 8 pm on Kraft Free Family Nights. On the first Sunday of every month, children 15 and under are FREE during Target Free First Sundays. For more info, please visit: www.chicagochildrensmuseum.org––or call: 312.527.1000

Notice of Availability of Environmental Assessment (EA) & Public Hearing - – CTA 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project
CTA will conduct a public hearing regarding the proposed 95th Street Terminal Improvement Project, which includes a presentation and an opportunity for public comment. People with disabilities encouraged to attend. Be heard! Thursday, March 14th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Harlan High School, 9652 S. Michigan Avenue




The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA), the nation’s second largest transit agency, is recruiting candidates for Customer Service Assistants. CTA offers competitive wages, benefits and solid growth potential. Starting salary is $12.40 hour. When: Where: Saturday, March 23rd –– 9 am to 1 pm Roberto Clemente Community Academy 1147 N. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60622

Military veterans are encouraged to attend. *NO INTERVIEWS WILL BE CONDUCTED ON SITE. ONLY APPLICATIONS..
CTA is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Friday, February 22, 2013:
This newsletter was printed by Copy Cat Copy'n Center, 400 East 79th Street - 773.783.8989


DO Y OU OW N A BUNG AL O W? IF Y OU DO, BE SURE T O RE AD THE SPE CI AL G C A & H I S T O R I C C H I C A G O B U N G A L O W ASSO CI ATIO N EVE NT FLYE R You could be eligible for a FREE $4,000 Energy Savers Grant! Who
wouldn’t want “FREE” grant money to improve and upgrade their home. Plus, there are new appliance grants available too! So, please r ead both sides of the e v ent flyer insert carefully! And also tell your friends and family members in the 6th ward too. READ THIS SPECIAL MESSAGE for GCA MEMBERS and CHATHAM RESIDENTS:
For those of us who have lived many years in Chatham, we have come to appreciate and respect the middle-class legacy of the original African-American pioneers who first settle in this community since 1950. LLately, we have been very dismayed with the reporting of crime incidents that are often mislabeled as Chatham..m It’s happening with more frequency not only in regular printed media like newspapers, but also in reports via Internet sites. Recently, a horrific double-murder took place on the 8100 block of S. Maryland where a mother and daughter were killed and their apartment set on fire. A website called DNAinfo.com Chicago, that attempts to feature Chicago area neighborhood, or community news reported this crime as being located in Chatham. The Chicago Tribune’s RedEye newsmagazine also said the murder happened in Chatham. As many of us know, that address is not located in Chatham, as we know it. Chatham boundaries start at 79th street (some say 78th street) to E. 87th street, from State St. to Cottage Grove. Maryland is located east of Cottage Grove in Alderman Michelle Harris 8th ward. Moreover, that area has always been called Avalon. Forget the police districts! GCA wants to start first with these two media outlets and hold them accountable for mislabeling an area or address as Chatham. We need YOU to call DNAChicago at: 312.508.4686 (ask for the editor) and the Redeye Newsroom at 312.222.4970. We need you to inform them of our boundaries (see above). Quite frankly, we are tired of this! By attributing these types of crimes to our community, it scares off potential new homebuyers, new businesses locating here and business representatives wanting to service our area. Even cab drivers will be afraid! We need YOU TO MAKE THAT CALL ASAP! WE NEED–– YOU–– TO STAND UP FOR OUR COMMUNITY!

WHITNEY YOUNG LIBRARY PRESENTS The world renowned Steppenwolf Theatre Company and their play: Ho w Long Will I Cry?
This play–– How Long Will I Cry?–– is a call to action for all of us to join together in search of a solution t o t h e p r o b l e m s o f y o u t h vi ol e n c e a n d i n t o l e r a n c e f aci n g o u r ci t y. T h e f u ll - l e n g t h p r o f e s s i o n a l Steppenwolf Theatre Company play production will be presented at:

Whitney Young Library, 79th & King Dr. Thursday, March 14th at 5 pm
This program offers not only the chance to see the production, but also to participate in a post- show workshop allowing the audience to explore the issues highlighted in the play.

The play is appropriate for 7th to 12th grade students, as well as adults.

Chicago Police & Firefighter (High School) Academy Class of 2015 is open to new applications until April 30th!
The Chicago Police and Firefighter Training Academy (CPFTA) program provides training for students interested in careers in public safety, law enforcement, criminal justice, and fire science. The two (2) year program was developed jointly by the Chicago Public Schools’ Department of Career and Technical Education (CTE), the Chicago Police Department (CPD), the Chicago Fire Department (CFD), and the City Colleges of Chicago (CCC). The program recruits and trains up to 250 public and non-public high school students each year. One of the immediate goals is to provide a pool of qualified applicants for the city’s police and fire academies. The CPFTA program fulfills the two career education or elective credits that all CPS high school students need in order to graduate. The CPFTA curriculum allows j juniors and seniors who are city residents to progress seamlessly from high school directly into any City College of Chicago to complete their Associate’s degree. In addition to high school and college training, students have the opportunity to participate in a paid summer internship between junior and senior year to promote a better understanding of all aspects of careers in public safety. After completion of the two years in high school and two years at a city college, students will have met the minimum educational requirements to take the Chicago Police and Fire Department examinations for entry into their respective academies.

If you have already completed the online portion of the application, all remaining application materials must be received in their office no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 6, 2013. For more info, visit: http://www.cpfta.com/
or go to site below for an application http://www.chooseyourfuture.org/cpfta-application

THE IIT COMPUTER DISCOVERY CAMP: $50 fee–– with limited number of scholarships available for need-based students. Call 312.567.3810 for more info: The IIT Computer Discovery Camp engages student in hands-on activities
that help to develop spatial visualization and problem-solving skills. The purpose of the camp is to stimulate interest in computers and to lay a foundation for CAREERS IN COMPUTER SCIENCE and related disciplines. IIT sets your child on the right path to desire a college degree. Students will learn introductory computing skills using Scratch and LEGO Mindstorms. Participants with prior computer experience will be grouped accordingly.

LIBRARY: Basic Computer Skills
I FREE Instruction provided by TEC Services . Trainers are ON-SITE from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm to assist you with everything from keyboarding to setting up emails to putting together presentations! One-on-one and class room instruction. Go see them to sign up and get all details. It’s never too late to learn! Location: Whitney Young Library, 79th & King

The Senior Life Enrichment Guide
The winter issue of the Chicago Department of Family and Support Service's (DFSS) Senior Life Enrichment Guide is now available at the DFSS office, at the department's regional and satellite senior centers, libraries and many other locations. . Inside this guide, seniors will find information about h ealth and w ell n ess, e d ucati onal, r ecr e a ti o nal an d many oth e r typ e s of events, trips, classes and lectures, along with schedules and registration details Most of these are “FREE” or at a nominal cost. This issue also highlights wellness programs at DFSS senior centers throughout the city, and includes a special section on how to avoid Medicare and medical equipment marketing scams.

The contents of this guide are also posted online at:
http://www.cityofchicago.org/ content/dam/city/depts/fss/ supp_info/SeniorServices/ Winter2013Brochure.pdf

Please call the Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) and learn about DFSS services and programs available. For more info, call 312.744.4016. Tell them the Greater Chatham Alliance told you. ( This city agency was formerly the Information, Advocacy
and Assessment –I & A).

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