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May 9, 2011

Speak Up, Weigh In, Be Heard

Highlights from the Beat 34 CAPS Meeting

Calling All Green Thumbs!
Lucy Flower Springs to Life
Third Thursdays Resume May 19
Get Cooking this
 Summer at The Kids' Table

Speak Up, Weigh In, Be Heard
If you were unable to attend the Community Meeting on April 28 to discuss two development proposals with zoning changes in West Bucktown, there’s still time to share your input with the 1st Ward Office – but time is running out! Alderman Joe Moreno will be making his decisions about 2425 W. Cortland Street and 2656 W. North Avenue very soon.  

Click here to learn more about these projects and the recommendations made by the WBNA Zoning Committee.  To share your opinions, concerns or support with the Alderman, email him at, call him at (773) 278-0101, or write to him at the 1st Ward Office, 2058 N. Western Ave., Chicago IL, 60647.

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Highlights from the Beat 34 CAPS Meeting
IMAGE: CAPS LogoMany thanks to the West Bucktown volunteer who attended the Beat 34 (east of Rockwell) CAPS meeting on April 20 and captured the following information:

  • In general, crime statistics are down slightly from same two-month period last year.
  • Regarding the 4/10 shooting at Campbell and Bloomingdale:
    The victim is not cooperating with police and refuses to press charges.  Detectives have video footage of the incident and will continue to investigate to avoid a retaliation. Police officers assured us that they are watching this corner very carefully and looking to pull people over for traffic violations to slow down crime.
  • Regarding the 4/11 joy-riding incident in a stolen car:  
    No update.
  • Regarding the 4/13 gang loitering/theft at Campbell and Cortland:
    The victim was using a cell phone to take pictures of gang activities in progress when his phone was grabbed from him and thrown into the street. The person who threw the phone was caught and arrested. The Alderman and police are planning a meeting with all those involved.
  • Police said they will look into better responsiveness on calls for threats in the area of Cortland and Campbell, which is a known trouble spot for gang-related activity.
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Calling All Green Thumbs!
IMAGE: New FlowerSpring has officially sprung in West Bucktown, which means our Garden Clubs are now kicking into high gear! The Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council and Garden Clubs meet on the third Wednesday of every month at 6:30 pm at the Maplewood Park clubhouse. The next meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 18 – all are welcome to attend!
Participation in the Garden Clubs is about more than simply pulling weeds and planting flowers – it’s also a chance to bring your vision for West Bucktown’s parks to life. Garden Club members are the driving force behind some of our park’s biggest transformations, including the overhaul of Maplewood Park a few years ago and the planned children’s garden and new playground equipment at Lucy Flower.
This year, a new initiative is being organized for Maplewood that will enable neighbors and families to “adopt a plot” of the park. In this new spin on the traditional community garden concept, families and neighbors will be responsible for the upkeep of a small assigned section of the park. This will help make short work of the otherwise daunting task of keeping the park weed-free and thriving all summer long.    
If you’d like to join the Garden Clubs or would like more details about adopting a plot of Maplewood park, please email

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Lucy Flower Springs to Life
IMAGE: Lucy Flower Clean-Up 1Following on the heels of the successful April 16 Clean & Green at Maplewood Park, Lucy Flower Park has enjoyed a couple of much-needed clean-ups of its own in recent weeks.
Many thanks to the West Bucktown residents and members of the Junior Girl Scout Troop #764 who gathered on April 23 and May 2 to give Lucy Flower a thorough spring cleaning. Volunteers uncovered and de-littered the plantings from last year and protected beds with sticks and donated fencing from Elysia Root. They also planted an expIMAGE: Lucy Flower Clean-Up 2erimental wildflower garden along the perimeter of the park.
Next up? Greencorps Chicago is scheduled to build three new 8’ x 4’ raised beds at Lucy Flower. The beds are expected to be in place by early June and will be used to establish an organic children’s vegetable garden at the park.
If you missed these clean-ups, another Childrens' Gardening Date is planned at Lucy Flower for Saturday, May 14 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. So grab the kids and come on out – there’s no better way to nurture their budding green thumbs! If the weather doesn’t cooperate, we’ll meet at the same time the following Saturday, May 21.
And please remember…informal Clean & Greens can be done throughout West Bucktown at any time! There’s no need to wait for an organized effort – we encourage everyone to periodically grab a trash bag and a broom and help keep their block looking spiffy! 

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Third Thursdays Resume May 19
Nothing signals the return of warmer weather to the Chicago area quite like Third Thursdays at Maplewood Park!  Please join us on Thursday, May 19 beginning at 6:00 pm at Maplewood Park to kick off the first Third Thursday of the 2011 season.
Third Thursdays are a great informal way to meet your neighbors and make new friends in West Bucktown. So pack a picnic, fill the cooler, grab a blanket or lawnchair, and bring the kids along for a good old-fashioned neighborhood hang-out. Got a Frisbee or kickball or horseshoes? By all means…bring those too! There’s nothing like a little friendly and impromptu competition to get the conversation started.
We hope to see everyone out at the park!

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Get Cooking this Summer at The Kids' Table
IMAGE: Kids' Table LogoBring out your child’s inner Rachel Ray or Wolfgang Puck with summer camp at The Kids’ Table! Conveniently located just around the corner from West Bucktown at 2337 W. North Avenue, The Kids’ Table camps offer an exciting, hands-on opportunity for kids to explore the world of cooking.
The Kids’ Table will have your children rolling up their sleeves and donning chef’s hats as they slice, season and stir their way through an array of seasonal produce, ethnic cuisines…even recipes inspired by our favorite celebrity chefs! A different theme will be featured each week – from the Farmer’s Market Feast and Breakfast Bonanza, to Superfoods, Dough-nuts, and Viva l’Italia.
Camps begin June 13 and will run through the week of August 29. Sessions are organized by children’s ages (2-3, 4-6, 7-10 and 11-16 years). For the full camp schedule and registration information, please click here to visit The Kids’ Table website. Bon appétit! 

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Visit Us At:


Mark Your Calendar!

(West of Rockwell)
Wednesday, May 11 @ 6:30 pm
Salem Good News Bible
2038 N. California

Saturday, May 14 @ 11:00 am
(raindate Saturday, May 21)
Lucy Flower Park
Campbell & Moffet


Wednesday, May 18 @ 6:30 pm
Maplewood Park Clubhouse


Thursday, May 19 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, June 16 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, July 14 @ 6:00 pm
Thursday, August 18 @ 6:00 pm

Wednesday, May 25 @ 6:30 pm

Wicker Park Arts Center
2215 W. North Ave.
NOTE: Meeting subject to cancellation if no proposals are submitted.

Thursday, June 9 @ 7:00 pm
"Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" by Amy Chau

Every Wednesday @ 3:30 pm 
Email Angela for details.

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