Berwyn's Arts Blog
Monday, October 30, 2006
Berwyn CARES Meeting and Fundraiser
The monthly meeting for Citizens Aligned to Renew Education for Students is tonight, October 30, 2006 at 7:30 pm at the Berwyn Public Library.

CARES' first fundraiser, a concert by internationally acclaimed Justin Roberts, is being held this Saturday at Fitzgerald's, at 11 am or 3 pm. Some tickets are still available either by calling Susan at 708-484-0308 or by going to the CARES website at www.BerwynCares.Org and hitting the link for the fundraiser and buying the tickets online.

Even if you do not have children, you should come, enjoy yourself and the music and give to a worthy cause. How can you beat $12.00 a ticket?

Tuesday, October 24, 2006
3rd Ward Town Hall Meeting
If for some reason, you did not get a flyer, I am having a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church located at 32nd and Clinton.

See you there. Or not.

3rd Ward Town Hall Meeting
If for some reason, you did not get a flyer, I am having a Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church located at 32nd and Clinton.

See you there. Or not.

Saturday, October 21, 2006
Garv's, Sunday, October 22, 2006
Garv's, located at Windsor and East, is having a Chili cook-off competition on Sunday, October 22, 2006, from noon to 3 pm. Should be fun.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Neighborhood Watch Meeting, Wednesday the 18th
Neighborhood Watch

Internet Crimes Against Children
(ICAC) Seminar
October 18, 2006
7:00 P.M.

Berwyn Police Department
6401 W. 31st Street

Open to all Concerned Citizens, Parents and Educators

Berwyn’s Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force will be presenting this seminar to educate you of the dangers and risks children are exposed to while on-line.

Some of the topics that will be covered include:
ü Internet Predators
- Understanding how they operate
- Signs a child is being preyed upon

ü Understanding Computer Socializing (IM, Chat, e-mail, Blogs)
ü Safety Tips
ü What you need to know to keep your child safe

Interested in becoming a Neighborhood Watch Block Captain? Please contact Jeanmarie Hajer:
788-2660 ext. 290 or For more information please contact: Frank Cimaglia at 795-5600 ext. 106

Monday, October 16, 2006
City Council Meeting, October 10, 2006
There were four different bids to open. First, there were approximately 12 proposals for a new telephone system for the City.

Second, there were some bids for the 4th Ward speed hump installation. (Note, do not email me or contact me about speed humps-this is a test).

Third, there will be some more sidewalks paved before the winter.

Last but not least, there were bids to repair the Metra Harlem Avenue station.

There will eventually be a retail overlay for the Depot District. This is done to prevent any more non-retail places to open up on the ground floor.

The interim Finance Director's contract was deemed good enough to execute. If you know a good government Finance Director, by all means, please contact me. Many municipalities are looking for a new Finance Director, which means, finding one is very difficult.

The 2nd Ward Alderman had wanted to change some Aldermanic Committee assignments, which I was for, but this was voted down.

The new waste collection contract is being sent to law. As previously reported, Waste Management will continue to be the waste hauler, for another 7 years.

The vote on the bar hours was again delayed; by the 1st Ward Alderwoman.

The City is getting a one million dollar grant to replace the north end firehouse. The City will probably have to come up with another million.

An interim Deputy Fire Chief was appointed for another sixty days.

A new ordinance is being sent to law to be drafted concerning owners of 5 unit or more apartment rental places. If this ordinance passes, owners of such units will have to be licensed. In being licensed, the City will have the legal right to inspect the properties every year to make sure they comply with building and health codes. This is a great thing.

Since apparently the health inspection people of the Township are not doing their job, the City may do its own health inspections. This will be discussed in the future.

The most contentious part of the evening ensued. Iwill give it short shrift. Bottom line, during the Columbus day weekend, the Building Department office was moved to the first floor next to the City Collector's office. Many Alderpeople did not like the "secretive" change.

I proposed a new ordinance that would require dumpsters to be locked at night so rats and people can not get into them. This was sent to the Committee of the Whole for further discussion.

As previously discussed, the City is looking at establishing a Housing Authority. This was formally sent to the law department to figure out how to do it.

The Library received approval to replace 11 VAV terminals-whatever they are. Something to do with regulating the temperature inside the library.

Finally, we are extending the time to re-pay an 8.8 million dollar note. We ultimately, once the 2005 audit is complete, will re-finance all of the City debt, which will be a good thing.

I am having a 3rd Ward Town Hall meeting on Wednesday, October 25, 2006 at 7:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church at 32nd and Clinton.

Anything else you want to know, you know where to find me.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006
CARES Fundraiser
As many of you know, I am a founding board member of CARES, Citzens Aligned to Renew Education for Students.

As part of CARES mission, it will be giving mini-grants to teachers in the Berwyn educational system. Consequently, we are having a fundraiser at Fitzgeralds on Saturday November 4, 2006. A concert, by Justin Roberts(a children's rocker) will be held at 11 am and 3 pm that day.

Tickets are $12.00 a person or child. We hope to raise as much money as possible. If interested in buying tickets, please contact me.

Additionally, if you have a business or are an individual and want to be a sponsor, you will get your name in "lights" and help a great cause. To be a sponsor, a donation of at least $250.00 is needed. Also, being a sponsor will help defray Justin Roberts' costs and earn more money for CARES.

Kids will love the show, and so will adults. Should be fun. I will be at both shows. Hope to see you there.

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