Annual Meeting Recap
The Association met Tuesday, May 19th at 7 pm via Zoom with about 55 participants. We heard from local leaders and held the election of board members for the 2020-21 year.
Alderman Nugent reported staff is working remotely and the ward is 100% operational. The ward has distributed over 20,000 masks to ward schools for lunch distribution, retirement homes and others. The ward is participating in Neighbors Helping Neighbors, a program that pairs up volunteers with people who need help with things like getting groceries and prescriptions. If you have a need or would like to volunteer call the ward office, 773-736-5594.
We were reminded to fill out the census. Every person counted in the census will bring $14,000 of federal money back to Illinois annually for the next 10 years. If everyone does not get counted, Illinois will lose out on funds we earned and need.
Congressman Quigley’s office is also up and operating remotely and can help with veterans benefits, unemployment, repatriation and other issues; call 773-267-5926. A lot of legislation has been happening to deal with the pandemic including the CARES ACT which provides funds to hospitals and health care providers and the HEROES ACT supporting local government. Rep. Quigley also spoke about what is required to open back up, mainly testing, treatment, and tracing and decried the lack of help on the federal level. He also said we need cooperation of other countries when dealing with a world-wide problem which includes the WHO.
Sauganash School Principal Christine Munns welcomed us to her dining room and gave updates on ongoing distance learning, planned smaller classroom sizes for next year and student progress on Battle of the Books. An exceptionally large number of graduating students will be attending Northside College Prep as well as Taft. The staff misses working closely with students but were thrilled to see many at a safe distance during a car parade through the neighborhood. The school is a distribution site for school lunches and will continue through the summer. She encourages any who plan to attend to register early.
Taft High School Principal Mark Grishaber reported that the new freshman academy is a huge success academically and every freshman had bus service to the campus. He finds there is a greater engagement by students on rainy days. Taft was recognized by US News and World Reports as a “best” high school. Taft is also a food distribution site and gives out 12-1500 lunches each week, please spread the word. Principal Grishaber would love to be able to have a drive-through graduation – please support this with the city and the district. Taft is planning 7 Friday night football games next year and all are invited.
John Campos, community organizer for the 17th District Police invites all residents to zoom beat meetings. Email them for an invite: firstname.lastname@example.org. The next meeting is 5/27 at 6:30 pm. Recent crime includes theft—mainly retail but also catalytic converters, assault, battery, motor vehicle and criminal damage. Visit the 17 th District for community alerts, contact info and much more.
Dennis Hammer and Jennifer Herren of the Edgebrook Sauganash Chamber of Commerce announced the Small Business Lottery with over $7,000 worth of gift cards donated by local businesses to be split between 2 winners. Tickets are only $10+ service fee. Help out local small businesses and find out who is participating here. The Chamber is also promoting the Mary Lou Quinn Scholarship Fund – any HS senior with a 60646 zip code going into a healthcare field is eligible for the $1000 scholarship. The deadline has been extended to June 15th. Send an e-mail to email@example.com to request an application. Dennis also reported that Swedish Covenant Hospital will be doing free Covid-19 testing; call Swedish or complete an online survey to see if you qualify.
We had hoped to get coronavirus information from Dr. Linn, but he was unable to join us.
SCA president Michelle Whatley reported that we were lucky enough to avoid snow plowing this year, as no accumulation reached 4” and we have 1 more year of a 2 year contract with American Snow Removal locking in pricing. American is more expensive than firms we have used in the past but gets very high marks from other clients.
We used Clarke last year for both spraying and larval control, which is reportedly more effective and less toxic than spraying. We typically spray before Independence Day. We will check with the city to see if they are providing catch basin treatment this year and assess our needs for this season.
Because of the need for social distancing, we are sad to share that we are cancelling the 4th of July parade and picnic this summer. The Board is brainstorming ideas for alternate options; please share your ideas with us!
June marks the start of our membership year. Look for our membership mailing.
We give a monthly update to the Alderman on potholes and other road issues. If you see one, report it to the Alderman’s office. You can also keep us updated on any issues.
We are planning our annual 5K for October but not sure how it will be affected by coronavirus. We couldn’t hold our usual check presentations this year so checks will get mailed to the schools. Our holiday dinner was well attended and our next one is set for Dec. 4, 2020 at Colletti’s. We also held our 1st annual Mardi Gras celebration on Fat Tuesday which was a hit despite the blustery, snowy weather and plan on repeating it in 2021.
Comments and questions from attendees:
Please do not add speed bumps to our community (there is a new one on Keating south of Peterson) – Recommendation to check with Alderman about her policy
Response: The board was not consulted about the addition of speed bumps; we can look into that
Will the SCA be treating the standing water around the trail?
Response: We are working with Clark to discuss a quote
Will the 5k be a run or virtual?
Response: We have not made any decisions at this time
Is the testing at Swedish include antibody testing?
Will schools open for in-person teaching in the fall?
Response: We have not been given directives yet
We have put a lot of efforts towards e-learning
Sauganash School Meals Available for all Local Children
Sauganash School has bagged breakfast and lunches available for ALL children in the community that need it, whether or not they attend Sauganash school. Bagged breakfast and lunch can be picked up between 9am-1pm at the main entrance. You don’t need to check in or provide your name. Food is appropriate for all children over the age of 2. Students can take more than 1 bag at a time.
Dear Neighbors – Please consider reaching out and offering help to your elderly neighbors. Older people and people with severe chronic conditions are at considerably higher risk of developing serious illness from the virus. You can offer to buy supplies or help them set up a grocery delivery service. If you are feeling ill, stay home and call your doctor for advice.
For a safer shopping environment, these stores have set up senior-only hours:
Whole Foods: Customers age 60 and older can shop daily an hour before stores open to the general public. So if a store opens at 9 a.m., for example, seniors have access at 8 a.m.
Target: The first hour of shopping each Wednesday is reserved for the elderly and other vulnerable populations, such as those with compromised immune systems.
Jewel-Osco: Senior shoppers are being given priority on from 7-9 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Mariano’s: The grocer has set aside two hours daily — 6 to 8 a.m. — for seniors and those with underlying health conditions.
Walmart: Customers ages 60 and older can shop every Tuesday an hour before stores open. Walmart pharmacies and vision centers will also be open during this time. Starting Tuesday, March 24 through April 28.
Tony’s Fresh Market: Senior priority shopping hours are in effect 7-9 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Beginning Tuesday, March 24.
Since 1924 the Sauganash Community Association has worked to advance the interests of our northwestern corner of Chicago and to ensure our neighborhood always remains a vibrant and wonderful place to live.
We actively work to represent the wishes of our neighbors for issues like O’Hare noise and zoning as well as other affairs that come up from time to time.
We also engage in beautification projects for the neighborhood, we provide snow plowing and mosquito spraying, and we organize three events annually: a 4th of July parade and picnic, a special SCA members’ party, and a 5K run.
Sauganash Community Association • PO Box 46319 • Chicago, Illinois 60646