Berwyn's Arts Blog
Saturday, September 30, 2006
City Council Meeting, September 26, 2006
A new contract was entered into with a rodent abatement company. Residential neighborhoods will be the focus. I will also soon be introducing an ordinance to lock up trash bins.

The Mayor put on the floor a change in the Aldermanic Committees, which would have shifted the Alderpeople around. It was deferred for two weeks. One of the Alderman needed more time to think about the changes.

Three police were given promotions and the Chief unveiled his crime reduction plan. As part of the plan, Berwyn has access to the Chicago police helicopter. His plan is a 6 point plan.

The Director of computer services is in the process of connecting all the City computers and telepephones via fiber optic. This will be a major upgrade and the City's new website should be unveiled in January, 2007. If anyone has any ideas for what he/she would like on the City website, please contact me.

The Harlem Avenue train station new construction has gone out for bids. So, hopefully, the station will be be made better. I have heard that Metra will not be putting a ticket office back in the station.

The library parking lot's bid for the construction company has been approved. I expect to see construction very soon.

There were 39 items on the agenda. Obviously, I never write about all of them, but only about the ones that count. 39 items is a short meeting.

3rd Ward Town Hall meeting is set for Wednesday, October 25, 2006, at 7:30 pm at 32nd and Clinton, in the Presbyterian Church. Flyers will be going out before then.

Monday, September 25, 2006
Berywn Education System
If you care about bettering Berwyn's education system, the next CARES meeting is Monday Sept. 25th at 7:30 at the Library. Agenda items include a report from the Oktoberfest fundraiser, a review of the two referenda that will be on the November ballot, and the distribution of new surveys to form new committees. Please come and bring a neighbor!

Citizens Aligned to Renew Education for Students

Tuesday, September 19, 2006
CARES Meeting
The next Berwyn CARES(Citizens Aligned to Renew Education for Students) meeting will be held Monday, September 25th at 7:30 pm at the Berwyn Public LIbrary.

Agenda items will include a report of the Oktoberfest fundraiser (This Saturday, Sept. 23rd from noon to 6pm in the Depot District!), ongoing plans for the November 4th Justin Roberts concert at Fitzgerald's, and a report from the Board of Directors regarding the advisory referendum on the November ballot.

Please come and bring a neighbor!

And please visit us online at

Sunday, September 17, 2006
City Council Meeting, September 12, 2006
The Library received bids on replacing variable air volume terminals and a rooftop cooling water tower.
We also received three bids for the Library parking lot. So, the lot better be paved and done by Halloween. The lot is in the 3rd Ward and we did receive a grant for the new lot, bounded by Riverside, 28th and Maple.
TIF monies will be given to James & Williams Jewelers on Cermak Road for new brick pavers, new roof, a/c unit and interior remodeling.
The City approved the first ever contract between the City and City Hall workers.
The City Council will hold a hearing on the MacNeal Hospital parking garage.
An Ethics Ordinance is in the works. This would give the City the vehicle to make sure that every worker, including the Alderpeople, disclose their employers, 2nd employers, businesses owned, etc.
The Library Board is once again full. A gentleman from the 1st Ward was appointed. His daytime job is being a staffmember at the American Library Association.
The new Landscape Ordinance was passed.
The City has hired a Financial Advisor. This company will help us re-do our bonds, the parking garage financing, and any other financial obligations of the City.
Ice Cream sellers, in the trucks, will now be required to have fingerprint checks.
You are now allowed to have two garage/yard sales a year.
Beer gardens are now allowed to be open one hour later. I voted against this. During the week, outdoor beer gardens can now be open until 11 pm. I do not think this is fair for any adjacent residents. On Friday and Saturday, beer gardens can now be open until midnight.

There will be a Third Ward Town Hall meeting in late October. I once again am seeking volunteers to pass out flyers before then. If you have volunteered before, please volunteer again and contact me either be replying to this blog post or at my email MarkWeiner1@Hotmail.Com As always, thank you for your help ahead of time.

Thursday, September 14, 2006
Berwyn Historical Society, 9-18-06
The Berwyn Historical Society is presenting an Illustrated program on Bungalows on Monday 9/18/06 - 7:00 p.m. at the Police Department at 6401 31st Street.

Dr. Joseph Biggot, prize-winning author of "From Cottage to Bungalow" will discuss the nature and aesthetics of the bungalow in Berwyn and the Chicago region." The program will show examples from Berwyn and other communities.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006
Berwyn Library Book Sale
Friends of the library book sale

Bargain lovers and book lovers take note! The Berwyn Public Library will hold a book sale on Friday September 15, 2006 from 9:30 am to 8 pm; Saturday September 16, 2006 from 9 am to 4 pm and Sunday September 17, 2006 from 1:30 pm to 4 pm(bck a bag).

Additionally, Special Feature: Rare Books, first editions and collectables will be sold from 6:30 PM to 8 PM Friday night and all day Saturday and Sunday .

Thursday, September 07, 2006
State of Latino Chicago Meeting September 11, 2006
The host, University of Notre Dame Latino Studies, is located right here in Berwyn. Go if you can.

You are invited to a meeting to discuss the role that Cicero and Berwyn play in larger regional planning issues.The University of Notre Dame, Institute for Latino Studies is assisting in organizing this meeting and will make a presentation on the State of Latino Chicago. Your input and participation are welcome. They would be greatly appreciate it if you are able to attend.You can make a difference!
Cicero/Berwyn Regional ConversationMonday September 11th, 2006, 6:00pm to 8:00pmMacNeal Hospital3249 S. Oak Park, Berwyn, IL 60402Staff Room, First Floor North BuildingCome and join us to:•
Discuss and recognize the individual and organizational assets of the Latino community;• Enhance the understanding of the Latino community in the region;
• Build connections within the Latino community and link Latinos to other strategic organizations and decision makers.Presented byLatinos United, University of Notre Dame,Institute for Latinos Studies, Metropolitan Chicago InitiativeAnd Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
The program includes a presentation of “The State of Latino Chicago: This is Home Now”,? a report released last year by the University of Notre Dame Institute for Latino Studies. The report highlights the assets and contributions that Latinos bring to the region. Representatives from CMAP, a recent merger of the Northeastern Illinois Planning Commission and the Chicago Area Transportation Study, will discuss opportunities for Latino engagement in the planning process. Latinos United will guide participants in that discussion and in the creation of a policy agenda.

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