Friday, November 28, 2008

Happy Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays!

We, at the Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council, heartily bestow our very best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving holiday weekend and happy holidays as your shopping spree begins hopefully with the businesses established in the Chatham neighborhood...do stop by and shop in your own neighborhood first!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Best Wishes to a New Cabinet, Barack!

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, recognize the hard work ahead for the incoming Administration and wish the President-elect and his top Cabinet choices, like Hillary Rodham Clinton for Secretary of State, Bill Richardson for Secretary of Commerce and Eric Holder for Attorney General the very best for the next four years with a great economic stimulus plan for the next two years.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

New Recycling Bins for the 6th Ward Residents

We, at Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, have learned that the City of Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation will provide new blue recycling bins for all residents in the 6Th Ward. Known as the City's Blue Cart Recycling Program, residents will have the opportunity to recycle material including paper, plastic and other approved items using a blue cart provided by the City of Chicago. This is how it works: In late November a blue recycling cart will be delivered in front of your property. Please wheel it next to your black cart where the Department of Streets and Sanitation will pick it up. Single-family homes will receive one blue cart, two and three flats will receive two blue carts and four flats will receive three blue carts. Blue carts will be delivered automatically, residents do not need to sign up for services. Beginning on December 1, Department of Streets and Sanitation crews will start collect your recyclables in a separate truck every other week. Deposit only recyclable materials in your blue cart. Recyclables do not need to be bagged or sorted. Place all remaining garbage in your black cart. Garbage will continue to be picked up weekly in a separate garbage truck. The recyclables collect from the blue carts will be delivered to a recycling center and ultimately turned into new products. The leaves and grass clippings will be transformed through a composting process in to a rich soil additive that can be used as natural fertilizer. Put these items in your blue cart for recycling: glass jars & bottles, aluminum cans, foil & pie tins, tin or steel cans, cereal boxes, paper towels rolls, etc., cardboard flatten all boxes plastic bottles & containers 1,2,3,4,5,7 (#6 not accepted), telephone books, magazines & catalogs, junk mail, paper bags, office paper & file folders, newspaper & inserts. Find your recycling pick-up schedule at bluecartschicago.org. Do not put these items in your blue cart bagged yard waste (collected April though November), garbage (not recyclable or yard waste material), household waste and electronics (take to a neighborhood event or to the permanent facility.), used batteries (Take them to any Chicago Public Library or Walgreen's store). For more information call 311 or visit bluecartschicago.org. You may also visit our website at http://www.capcc.org/.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Executive Orders

We at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council hope the new incoming Obama Administration would rescind all of the last-minute executive orders of the outgoing Bush Administration and propose legislation to deal with the 37 untouched first Bush Administration vetoes that have still to be addressed. We wish you well, Barack, our next and 44Th President of the United States of America!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Cabinet Selections

We at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council wish the incoming Obama Administration and the Obama-Biden Transition Project the very best in their selection of designates for the key post of Secretary of State, Treasury, Commerce and Defense, making new policy in all of the crucial Departments of the Executive Branch.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Business Conference at Captain Hard Times Restaurant

The Chatham Avalon Park Community Council yesterday afternoon held a conference of businesspeople from the Chatham enclave particularly from the commercial trip of 79Th Street from Cottage Grove Avenue to State Street with a concentrated attention to the rising crime rate and the incidents involved gang-related gun shootings between factional members milling up and down 79Th Street. Present were members of the Chicago Police Department (CPD) from the Gresham District who reported the City's stance on the use of cameras used for pedestrian surveillance of gang members, also know as gang bangers. Vandalism, usually in the form of rock throwing at commercial windows, have cost some business owners $4oo.oo per window for replacement. The consensus of the meeting was the general agreement and widespread opinion that the trouble in the neighborhood has its locus with the tearing down of the Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) projects creating an influx of Section 8 housing seekers who brought criminal activity with them to Chatham. The CPD already, as they assured the business owners, of their continuing and ongoing vigilance with the use of surveillance camera posted in key intersections, and pursuit by patrol car, bicycle, and on-foot officers, of the perpetrators of the crimes in the neighborhood, especially the 79Th Street commercial strip. The CPD said they will keep the Council informed of their progress and tactics against the crime wave in Chatham. You may also visit our website at http://www.capcc.org/.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Transition Agenda and the First 100 Days

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, welcome comments and suggestions to all of postings on our blog and to all entries to our blog. Fell free to interact with this blog and the website, http://www.capcc.org. Let us know what you want the new and incoming Obama Administration to tackle during the transition period for the President-elect here in Chicago, as well as, President Obama's First 100 Days in the Oval Office.

Our Monthly Meeting for November, 2008

We, at the Chatham Avalon Park Community Council, held our monthly meeting at the Whitney Young Branch of the Chicago Public Library Auditorium yesterday evening reflecting with the attendance of Alderwoman Freddrenna M. Lyle (6Th Ward) and Justice John O. Steele (Municipal Sub Circuit, now elected to the Illinois Appellate Court) about the election of President-elect Barack Obama (D) and his upcoming inauguration in Washington, D.C. on January 20, 2009. It was with great pleasure that we congratulate his election to the nation's highest public and national office are are well aware of all of the great amount of work before him and his new administration. You may also visit our website at http://www.capcc.org/.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Barack Obama's Transition Team

We, at the Chatham/Avalon Park Community Council wish President-elect Barack Obama all the best in his selection of his new White House Chief of Staff, Press Secretary, and Communications Director during this crucial transition in Washington. As well, we are thrill that the new designated President will issue executive orders immediately upon taking office in January 20, 2009 to get his agenda off the ground running straight ahead for change.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Best Wishes to a Smooth Transition, Barack!

We at Chatham Avalon Park Community Council wish President-elect Barack Obama a smooth streamlined transition to a new Federal Administration of the Executive Branch with the best appointees for key post in the Cabinet and sub-Cabinet posts.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Congratulations President-elect Barack Obama!

Chatham Avalon Park Community Council is jubilantly glad and extremely proud to heartily congratulate President-elect Barack Obama for his election to the highest office in the land, the 44Th President of the United States of America. Made official at 10:08 p.m. CST on Election Night, November 4, 2008, President-elect Obama stands as an enduring inspiration to all of our members and residents of what the future can be, and yes, ought to be for us all.

Monday, November 3, 2008

Vote 2008

On the eve of Election 2008, the Chatham/Avalon Community Council urges all of its members and the residents of our community to vote.

Another shooting

On Friday, October 31, 2008, the Halloween trick-or treat festive mood was broken by a shooting in the 79Th and Langley block late that evening. No report of anyone hurt or killed.