HPWNA Neighborhood News - January 2015
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Horner Park West
Neighborhood News
Happy New Year Neighbors!
The holidays flew by, it’s now January and that means spring must be on its way. Before then, however, there likely will be more snow. So please keep the sewer grates near your homes cleared of ice; when the snow melts, it will need somewhere to go (besides our basements).
Your Friends at HPWNA

Horner Park West

Montrose to Irving Park, California to Sacramento

33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum

HPNWA is one of eight organizations sponsoring a forum for candidates for 33rd Ward Alderman. All 3 candidates -- Tim Meegan, Ald. Deb Mell, and Annisa Wanat -- have confirmed they will participate.  Dan Ponce of WGN-TV will moderate.

The forum will be held at Bateman School Auditorium (enter on the Sacramento side) on Tues. Jan. 27 at 7 p.m.

Have a question you would like included in the forum? Submit it and see more forum details at Facebook/33WardForum.

GRATE CHECK: Hey neighbors, did you know a few simple steps now might help prevent flooding this winter and next spring? Before the snow piles up, check where the nearest street grates are and their locations at the corners. Sweep them clear of leaves now. Help us keep them clear of snow and ice throughout the winter. 

HPWNA Board Meetings: The HPWNA Board meets every month, and it is open to the public. Board members talk about what's going on in the neighborhood, things we'd like to happen, and we plan our many social events. HPWNA Board meetings are held on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. The location changes each month, alternating between the Horner Park Field House (odd months) and a fun neighborhood location (even months). Our next meeting will be Feb. 11 at 7:30 PM at Fina Estampa (2916 W. Montrose). See you there!

If YOU are interested in becoming more involved in Horner Park West, we would love to have you! Please contact us for more details.


Economic Development

DOVETAIL STUDIOS: Dovetail Studios is moving into the storefront at 2853 W. Montrose and plans to open in April. This wonderful studio will offer dance and dance fitness classes for all ages - and summer camps! Find out more on Dovetail's website or on their Facebook page. While they’re renovating the space, they’re also offering performances of The Nexus Project, weekends through Feb. 1. 

ANGELO’S: The neighborhood’s long-time go-to place is renovating its space and its menu, including adding a wine bar and drink program under the direction of a mixologist! You may have noticed the new storefront going in, including patio doors that open onto Montrose. While the work is under way, the kitchen is still open and carryout is available. Congratulations to Angelo's and we cannot wait to see the new iteration!

ALDI: The Aldi at 2431 W. Montrose has plans for a new, bigger building at its current location. In addition to wider shopping aisles and updated décor, it will have “eco-friendly” enhancements, according to reports, like rooftop solar panels and permeable pavers. It also might stock organically grown items. Renderings of the site changes are available here.

WINDY CITY PLAYHOUSE: Theatre in the neighborhood! The inaugural season at Windy City Playhouse starts March 18. We can’t wait. 

BREAKROOM BREWERY: The opening is getting closer. “Very soon” is the word from owners... follow along on their Facebook page.

All of this activity is great for the neighborhood! In addition, HPWNA is still working to create a diversified base of businesses on Irving Park and Montrose. If you have any ideas for what businesses you would like to have in our community, we would love to hear from you.

Horner Park & Area Parks

The Horner Park Farmers Market returns! Mark your calendar - the market will operate on Saturdays, June 6 to October 3. After this weekend's warm spell, Summer doesn't seem so far away - we'll see you soon at the Farmers Market!

Movie & Concert In The Park: Exciting news for Horner Park this year -- there will be a movie in the park, with a concert beforehand. This fun night is tentatively scheduled for July 11. Stay tuned for more details.

Riverfront Project: A lot of plants were put in before the cold hit, so work is progressing despite the winter season. A word of warning: A portion of the fence for the oak savannah along Irving Park Road was removed to allow worker access, but it wasn’t restored. People have been using the area as a dog run. We have asked that the fence be restored or signs posted but please know that this is not a Dog Friendly Area -- herbicide was applied there.

We will keep you updated and the Horner Park Advisory Council will continue posting project updates and details on its website.

What is HPAC? The Horner Park Advisory Council (HPAC) is a volunteer organization that oversees fundraising and programming at Horner, Ravenswood Manor, Buffalo, Jacob, and Sunken Garden parks. Interested in being involved? Check out the different committees on HPAC's contact page.

Activities: Horner Park has more activities than we can count and publish! Check out the current list by visiting the Registration Site and choosing to filter by location (Horner Park) - so many great offerings for all ages!

Bateman Elementary

Principal Selected! We have a new principal! Congratulations to Georgia Davos-Vetas. Ms. Davos-Vetas, who had been an assistant principal at Bateman, also had served as interim principal. We are thrilled that Ms. Davos-Vetas has chosen Bateman and our community is lucky to have her!

Local School Council: Bateman's LSC meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 5:30 PM in Room 118. LSC meetings are always open to the public. The next LSC meeting is Wed., Feb. 4. Stop by to learn more about your neighborhood school.

Visit and Bateman on Facebook.

CAPS Update

There is a new format, new day, and new time for our CAPS meeting. Our beat meeting, 1724, will now be held monthly, instead of every other month. The police department is grouping the beat meetings by sector, so our meeting will be held together with neighboring beats 1722 and 1723.  The meeting is being moved to the third Wednesday of each month; and will be held at the 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski Rd. at 6:30 p.m. The next meeting will be Wed. Jan. 21.

Attending your neighborhood Beat meeting can be very informative. Our Beat officers inform us of what is happening in the area, our neighbors discuss what they are experiencing, and together we talk about ways we can keep our community safe.

Updates From the 33rd Ward

Transportation Action Committee (TAC): TAC meets on the 3rd Thursday of each month, sometimes at Horner Park and sometimes at the Ward office (3649 N. Kedzie). The next meeting is Thurs. Jan. 22 at the Ward office.
Ward Information: A reminder that the 33rd Ward website is The Alderman also sends out a weekly e-mail with updates on what’s happening in the full ward. You can sign up to receive it from the ward website.

HPWNA Day Planner

CAPS 20 Sector Beat Meeting (Beats 1722-1723-1724)  Wed. Jan. 21,  2015 - 6:30 PM
Our beat meeting will be held at 6:30 PM at the 17th District Station, Community Room, 4650 N. Pulaski Rd.

33rd Ward Transportation Action Committee (TAC)  Thurs. Jan. 22, 2015 - 7:00 PM
The January TAC meeting will be held at the Ward office (3649 N. Kedzie).

33rd Ward Aldermanic Candidate Forum  Tues. Jan. 27,  2015 - 7:00 PM
Bateman Elementary Auditorium (enter on the Sacramento side)
NOT TO BE MISSED: This will be your only opportunity to hear from all 3 candidates for alderman of the 33rd Ward. Co-hosted by 8 area neighborhood groups and moderated by Dan Ponce of WGN-TV, the evening promises to be very informative. Come hear what the candidates plan for the 33rd Ward.

HPWNA Meeting  Wed. Feb. 11,  2015 - 7:30 PM
Our February meeting will be held at Fina Estampa (2916 W. Montrose). Our meetings are always open to all. Come help steer the direction of your community.
HPWNA meetings take place the second Wednesday of each month.
TGIF!  On Hiatus for WINTER... BUT!
There are no TGIF gatherings during the winter, but some spur-of-the-moment events are under discussion. Watch this space and the HPWNA e-group for info...

Neighborhood Clean Up  On Hiatus too.... BUT!
We'll take a rest on our monthly cleanups over the winter, but please help us around the neighborhood by keeping your sewer grates clean (of leaves and snow). We held a few Grate Parties last year as we toiled to uncover grates that were flooding - so watch for notices on Facebook if we end up needing to do those again. Thanks Neighbors!

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