Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Nominations for Winnemac Park Advisory Council Board



Good news, everybody!  If you would like to nominate yourself apply to serve on the Friends of Winnemac Park Board, it's not too late.  Nomination Application forms were available at the meeting last night, but if you missed the meeting or neglected to submit your form, you can still do so at the next meeting, tentatively scheduled for February 17 (time and location TBD).  You can download the form to use here.  (To fill it out, the park supervisor is Lisa Ragucci, and the rest should be self-explanatory.)

You should probably use a few different fancy pens to sign your nomination application form; I'm sure they will become valuable collectors items one day when people tell the tales of all the amazing things you've done for our park and community by being a member of the board.

UPDATE [1/23]: Advisory Council President Mike Vacala has informed me that I made some errors on the first version of this post.  Apparently the date for the next meeting has not been set, and might be either Tuesday February 17 or Wednesday February 18, or maybe some other date.  And the forms linked to are application forms, not nomination forms.  My apologies for any confusion.  I do stand by the fancy pen comment, though—that is still 100% correct.

We're all a-twitter



We've got a twitter account now: @winnemacpark.  If you're into that kind of thing, feel free to follow us there.  You'll get all the news from the blog, and maybe some exciting new content, too!

And maybe this will inspire you to be a contributor!  We're always looking for people to help populate tho blog and associated online outlets with valuable news, content, or observations about our neighborhood.  Now you don't even need to write a whole paragraph to contribute -- you can just tweet us your news, links, and neighborhood photos.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Friends of Winnemac Park meeting - Tuesday January 20th! Meet Alderman O'Connor, new events!

You're invited!
This month's Friends of Winnemac Park meeting will feature 40th Ward Alderman Patrick O'Connor as we discuss volunteering, issues, programs and more events. 
Announcing MORE Movies in the Park dates!

Tuesday, January 20th 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Amundsen High School Library
5110 N Damen Avenue
Enter Main Center Door on Damen Avenue

Alderman O'Connor addresses past Friends of Winnemac/ Winnemac Neighbors volunteers (Photo Eric Rojas)
There is growing interest and support for Friends of Winnemac Park as we look to increase resources and events. Please attend the meeting and consider nominating yourself for the Friends of Winnemac Park Board.  Play a role, big or small, in preserving the quality of Winnemac Park.
 Board member and officer elections to be announced in the near future.


Contact info@winnemac.org for more info!

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Dibs

It’s winter in Chicago again. There’s snow on the ground, and more coming soon. We all know what that means: it’s time for the “dibs” talk.

Last year, we reminded you that, per the "unwritten" rules (that have actually been written many times), dibs is supposed to be a reward for the hard work you have done to actually shovel the snow out of the parking space. If you don't do any shoveling, you don't really have dibs.

Here are a few more helpful tips:

Don't claim dibs using cardboard, paper, or other water soluble trash. 
If you do, your claim will be voided the instant the temperature tops 32 degrees (less on the sunny side of the street). 

Don't claim dibs using campaign signs for a candidate you oppose that you have stolen from your neighbors or local businesses. 
Both claiming dibs and stealing campaign signs are unneighborly activities, both are technically illegal but see little enforcement, and both are considered by a few die hards as longstanding traditions that are the birthright of every true Chicagoan. But that doesn't mean you should mix and match. 

Do feed the meter if you claim dibs on a metered parking space.
Did you know that the City of Chicago has to pay the parking meter company for metered spaces that are taken out of service for any amount of time? That technically includes when you claim dibs, as the space is effectively out of service for other motorists to use (and pay for). Do you think the parking meter folks wouldn't stoop so low as to bill taxpayers for your dibs?  Have you met those guys?  Their entire business model is based around screwing over Chicago taxpayers.  So don't be unneighborly-times-two, and feed the meter for your dibs spot while you are gone.

Lastly, if you really mean business on your dibs, just hire this guy:

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

This weekend! Amundsen High School Spruce Up with Aldermen O'Connor, Pawar

 Community Spruce-Up Day at 
 Amundsen High School

Grab your friends and neighbors, and come help spruce-up our neighborhood high school this Saturday morning 8:00am - 1:00pm, January 10, 2015.


Friends of Amundsen is teaming up with AHS administration, faculty, staff, parents, neighbors and Aldermen O'Connor and Pawar to give the building a little TLC. We'll be painting, hanging sports banners, doing small repair projects, minor clean-up and building community around our neighborhood high school. The Aldermen are providing the materials ... all we need is you! 



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