Burglary seems to be a consistent problem and concern to residents in our area. You can learn more about how to keep your home safe and the signs that burglars look for when choosing their targets tonight at a presentation at the 14th District station. Details from Liz Rios, the 14th District CAPS Organizer are below:
"Keepin It Real"
A Burglary Presentation
Thursday, April 26, 2012
14th District Auditorium
2150 N. California
Meet "Real Life" Burglars - Hear The "Real Stories"
Our meeting last Thursday went very well, with the resolution of some issues that have been on the table for a long time and some news on upcoming spring/summer programs in the park. Here are the details:
The Advisory Council approved an amendment to the HPAC by-laws that sets the eligibility for voting in elections for the Executive Board. The new amendment requires that elections take place every January and members must be present at five meetings in the previous year to be eligible to vote or run in the election. It also includes a new requirement that Executive Board members be absent for no more than three meetings in a term to remain in good standing. If an Executive Board member misses a fourth meeting in their term, they may be voted off the Executive Board by a majority vote of voting eligible members. Additionally, the removed member may be replaced by a council member who is appointed by the Executive Board.
The Advisory Council approved a second amendment to the by-laws that defines the different categories of members: General Members, Voting Members and Executive Board Members.
A motion, made by President Ruth Pena, was approved to hold a meeting on June 21st. The Advisory Council does not usually hold meetings in June due to the Puerto Rican Festival, but this year the date falls after the festival is over. This will be a good opportunity for council members to discuss any issues related to the Puerto Rican Festival, among other things.
The Advisory Council is looking for volunteers to work in the concession stand at Little Cubs Field. A sanitation certification class is required, but the cost is covered by the Advisory Council. Please send an email to behack78[at]gmail[dot]com if you're interested.
Starting April 23rd, children who qualify for free lunch in Chicago Public School are eligible for a 50% discount on summer camp registration. Registration has already begun for all summer camps, please inquire in the fieldhouse (Monday-Friday, 2 pm-7 pm), or at chicagoparkdistrict.com
April 28th is opening day for little league in the park, and a new girls softball league for 8-12 year olds will begin games this Saturday, the 28th, at noon in Little Cubs Field.
"Bring the Family to the Table," the free monthly meal served at the park will take place next on June 21st. The event also includes games for children and information on healthy cooking.
The 14th Police District will give a presentation on preventing burglaries on Thursday, April 26th at 7 pm in the 14th District Auditorium at 2150 N. California.
That's all for now, please check back for more news or visit us at our May meeting on the 17th. If you'd like to get email alerts for blog posts, just sign up in the box at the top right of the page.
Just one more reminder that tomorrow is a big day in Humboldt Park with the Earth Day Clean-up event, put on by the Block Club Federation and Friends of the Park, and the Earth Day 5k Run.
The clean-up event is an opportunity for groups and residents from around the community to come out and volunteer alongside their neighbors by cleaning up trash and mulching trees. Volunteers can register at the fieldhouse starting at 9 a.m. and receive gloves, tools and t-shirts. There will also be tables set up by community organizations (including the HPAC) offering food, drinks and information about the services they provide. Starting at 11 a.m. there will be a live band playing on the veranda of the fieldhouse. The clean-up will end at noon and the entertainment will end at approximately 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to spend a few hours doing good for the community and mixing with your neighbors. There's no minimum time commitment and everyone does whatever they can to contribute.
If you frequent one of the other parks in the area, check the Friends of the Parks website for other participating parks, but please note that volunteer registration may be closed.
To learn more about the Earth Day 5K run, see their website. The run begins at 8 a.m. at the boathouse and same day registration is available.
This Thursday, the 19th, we will be holding our April meeting at the Humboldt Park field house at 6:30. Please join us to hear about upcoming events at the park and share any comments or concerns you may have regarding programs and services in Humboldt Park.
We also plan to vote on two amendments to our Advisory Council by-laws that address who can vote in Executive Board elections and define the different categories of members (voting, non-voting, etc.).
REMINDER: this Saturday is a big day in the Park, with the Earth Day Clean-up and Earth Day 5k run both starting in the morning, with the race beginning at 8 am and the clean-up beginning at 9 am. Festivities for the clean-up will take place at the field house this year.
Minutes from the March Advisory Council meeting:
Humboldt Park Advisory
Minutes for Meeting of March
Location: Humboldt Park Field
Renn, Edwin Diaz, Treasurer Maggie Martinez, Tanja Deshida, Nancy Diaz, Jose
Quintana, Maribel Quintana, Vice President Glenn Brettner, Liz Rios, Morgan
Tomaso, Berthold Boone, Luis Diaz, Richard Karwowski, Maria Gordils, Lucy Gomez
Feliciano, Amy Vega, Mikey Sanchez, Daniel Velasquez, Kurt Gippert, Alex
called to order at 6:40 p.m by President Ruth Pena; attendees introduced themselves.
·President Ruth Pena mentioned that she continues to
receive phone calls from people making inquiries about the park and requested
that her phone number be taken off of the Park District’s website. Area Manager
Cynthia Rosario responded that she was working on having her number taken down.
·Maggie Martinez had nothing to report; no money was
made or spent. Once the concession stand opens they will have the usual
Brian Hacker reported that he purchased a digital
voice recorder and copies of Robert’s Rules of Order for all the members of the
Executive Board, and that he is submitting receipts for these purchases to
Maggie for reimbursement.
from February’s meeting were read and approved with changes. Motion made by
Sergeant at Arms Nancy Diaz to approve the minutes and seconded by President
·Secretary Brian Hacker gave a brief report on the
Friends of the Park’s Park Advisory Council Conference at the South Shore
Cultural Center, which he attended with Maggie Martinez and Lucy Gomez
Feliciano. He discussed points from a presentation given by the Park District
on permitting requirements, another on PAC fundraising by Marie Poppy of
Wiesman Park, and another by Erma Tranter of Friends of the Parks on PAC best
·Maggie Martinez added that it was a great
opportunity for networking with other members of Park Advisory Councils and an
BY BONNIE TAWSE OF THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND ON THE BLOOMINGDALE TRAIL
·Bonnie Tawse acknowledged that the crowd in
attendance for the meeting was knowledgeable of the project and some of the
members have been actively involved in the Bloomingdale Trail for a long time,
like Alex Huebner, Lucy Gomez Feliciano and Maggie Martinez. She complimented
Maggie on her eloquent comments at the last meeting regarding involving the
community in the project and added that the audio of the comment is posted on the
Grid Chicago website.
·There are three phases of developing the
Bloomingdale Trail, with cooperation from three City agencies – the Park
District, CDOT and the Department of Housing and Economic Development. The
Trust for Public Land is also a partner with these city agencies. The first
phase was to write the framework plan to make recommendations for concepts and
ideas. It ended a week prior at a
community meeting. Phase two is now beginning and will address the design of
the Trail. The Trust for Public Land will handle the outreach of the second
phase and they plan to go out into the surrounding communities to get feedback,
besides having the usual large public meetings. If anyone has suggestions on
how they can best reach community members they can send an email to email@example.com.
There are no dates for public meetings yet.
·The current plan has eight access parks to the
Trail, but this is not final. There could be more options dependent on funding.
They are encouraging the creation of PAC’s for all of the parks that provide
access to the Trail.
·Lucy Gomez Feliciano commented that the Mayor just
held a press conference to announce funding for the Bloomingdale Trail. She
added that the construction of the trail is expected to add 1,200 jobs and that
the project has been given high priority to open in 2014. The entire 2.7 miles
of the trail are expected to be open at the same time. She added that it is
expected to stay open until 11 pm and will not be gated shut after this time,
which raises safety concerns.
·Glenn Brettner brought a copy of a Tribune article
regarding Mayor Emanuel’s announcement of funding for park projects across the
·An advisory council member inquired about the
proposed park at Bloomingdale and Kimball. Bonnie responded that there will
definitely be a park built there on a parcel at the intersection of the two
·Park Supervisor Jesus Perez passed out a hard copy
of his report with dates for upcoming events in the park.
·There is a new program starting in April that is a
soccer youth training program that will teach children from local grammar
schools with partner Soccer for Success.
·The new bathroom stall in the women’s washroom was
just installed and open.
·An advisory council member asked whether there is
any news about what restaurant will be in the Boathouse this summer. Cynthia
Rosario responded that she does not know which applicant was chosen to lease
the space but that there will be a restaurant in the space this year.
·Advisory council member Kurt Gippert asked whether
they Puerto Rican fest would only be four days this year rather than the usual
six. Amy Vega responded that it will take place on Thursday through Saturday.
Kurt asked what the reasons for shortening it are and Amy responded that the
cost of the festival was a factor, as well as cuts to the City budget.
·Brian Hacker asked whether the two major music
fests coming to the park this summer, World Latin Music Fest and Riot Fest,
were approved for alcohol sales. Jesus Perez responded that they don’t know
about this yet.
·Nancy Diaz mentioned the article passed out by
Glenn Brettner about funding for parks and asked what this funding would mean
for Humboldt Park and particularly structural repairs to the fieldhouse.
Cynthia Rosario responded that the façade of the building would be repaired.
Nancy asked whether a new roof would be installed. Cynthia responded that she
does not know.
- Amy Vega described the children’s race that the Puerto Rican Parade
Committee of Chicago (PRPCC) hosts every year in the park the week before the
Puerto Rican Festival. Community organizations and non-profits take part in the
event and set up tables to offer information. In previous years the event took
place at the boathouse but this year they are looking at hosting it at Little
Cubs Field to offer more athletic and fitness events for the youth. She
submitted a letter to the Advisory Council offering the opportunity to partner
with the PRPCC for this event. Ruth Pena asked what it would require for the
Advisory Council to be a partner in this event and Amy replied that it is an
opportunity to be an exhibitor at the fair that is part of the event and get
free exposure. The date of the event is June 9th. Amy asked that the
Advisory Council respond with a letter if they are interested in cooperating in
this event. Brian Hacker responded that he would be willing to set up a table
at the event to offer information on the Advisory Council, get people to sign
up for the email list and hand out water. Ruth Pena made a motion to partner in
the event, Brian Hacker seconded the motion and a majority of members approved
permits for summer festivals - Maggie Martinez voiced
her concern that the Park District would issue permits for alcohol for the two
major music festivals coming to the park this summer and asked Amy Vega if she
would have alcohol at the Puerto Rican Festival. Amy responded that she applied
for alcohol permits for a beer garden in the park on Friday and Saturday. She
added that she does not expect to be approved, which will cause her to lose a
substantial amount of money. She said that she knows the other two music
festivals – Riot Fest and the World Latin Music Fest – historically serve
alcohol at their events and if they are granted permits to sell alcohol this
year that it will be the first time in 30 years that alcohol is sold at an
event in the park. Ruth Pena asked what power the community has in whether or
not the festivals receive the permits and Cynthia Rosario responded that she
could provide the appropriate contacts to send letters to them. Kurt Gippert
commented that he feels the Park District should make the decision based on the
past histories of the respective festivals. He then asked whether the sale of
alcohol at the festivals would raise money for the park. Glenn Brettner
responded that the revenue made from alcohol sales at festivals goes to the
park District central office for redistribution and no share of it is reserved
for the location at which it is sold. Rich Karwowski made the comment that if
alcohol is allowed at the large festival in the Park that it would cut down on
the amount of people bringing their own alcohol into the park illegally because
of the greater security presence.
Day events – Maggie Martinez announced that the Earth Day
Clean-up will be centered at the field house. Two trees will be planted in the
park in honor of Maggie Daley and Francisco Colon, who is the brother of former
Advisory Council President, Lucy Roman. There will be entertainment and food
but volunteers are needed for the cleaning. Large groups should sign up with
the Friends of the Park website. There is no budget for the event, everything is
based on donations from volunteers and local businesses to the Block Club
Federation. The clean up event will
begin at 9:00 a.m. and the race will begin at 8 a.m. Glenn Brettner recommended
that the Advisory Council offer information and a sign up sheet for the Earth
·Brian Hacker made a motion to move the votes on the
amendment by-laws to the April meeting. This was seconded by Ruth Pena and a
majority of members approved the motion.
Rosario announced that because of the unseasonable nice weather the parks have
been very busy before the maintenance crews have been expanded for the warmer
Quintana commented that there is an area on North Avenue near the Burger King that
floods during rain storms.
Tomaso asked why many of the lights in the center of the park are not lit in
the evenings and commented that this is a safety concern for runners like
herself. Jesus Perez responded that there are electrical repairs that need to
be made on some of the lamps, which requires work underground. Cythia Rosario
responded that the lights are on timers that need to be set for each grid,
which needs to be done manually, and it is likely an issue related to daylight
savings time. Nancy Diaz added that Superintendent Mike Kelly told her that all
the globes on the park lamps had been replaced.
Deshida asked if there is anything the Advisory Council can do to enforce
recycling in the park more strictly because many people throw garbage in the
recycling containers. Cynthia Rosario responded that the recycling company
comes separately to empty the cans but it is difficult to enforce. There are
new cans that are being rolled out in more places, like the entrance to the
field house, that have garbage on one side and recycling on the other. Cynthia
added that it makes it difficult that many of the recycling containers are
black and look too similar to the waste containers. Tanja Deshida recommended
that the Advisory Council should consider a sticker that differentiates the
recycling containers from the waste containers. Glenn Brettner responded that
if she is willing to bring a design to a future meeting, the Advisory Council
could discuss the possibility of offering funds to get them printed. Brian
Hacker questioned whether this would be affective when the recycling containers
are not consistently placed next to the waste containers.
Gippert asked whether the Park District was doing anything to provide
electricity to the food vendors so the noise and exhaust from the generators
could be eliminated. Cynthia Rosario responded that this would be addressed in
the new contract and efforts are being made to address this issue.
Martinez announced that the concession stand did not get the grant to put in a
Diaz asked if the Park District had broken ground on the new lights for the
baseball diamonds and Cynthia Rosario responded that this had not happened yet.
Nancy Diaz made a motion to adjourn the meeting at
8:20 p.m.; this was seconded by Maggie Martinez.