What a wonderful 4th of July Celebration!
Be sure to check out all the photos on our Facebook page! We are very grateful for all the volunteers, participants and an incredible Chicago neighborhood with plenty of community spirit! Special thanks to our parade and podium VIPs:
• Mayor Lori Lightfoot!!!
• Congressman Mike Quigley • State Representative John D’Amico • Alderman Samantha Nugent • QAS Father Simon
• SCC interim Pastor Joe Snedden
• QAS Boy Scout Troop 626 for Flag Raising Honors
• Paul Scavone for leading the National Anthem and God Bless America
• Resident Jeff Kirchner for managing the sound equipment
• Long-time SCA Board Member Mike Kelly for building and maintaining the podium
• 2019 Parade Marshall, long-time resident and past SCA President Bob Fitzgerald.
Much appreciation for our sponsors: Whole Foods, 15th District State Representative John D’Amico, Swedish Covenant Health, Chicagoland Smile Group and Happy Foods.
• and, of course, the work of SPCA President Don Morton
• And the extremely hard-working SCA President Michelle Whatley for coordinating the entire day from permits to parade to picnic to cleanup!
• Resident and SCA Board Member Karen Hand-Harper—Podium MC and video assistance from resident Mark Harper.
• Thanks to resident and Board Member Mo DeRose and her family for the antique fire truck that is always a favorite.
• We appreciate the Chicago Police and Fire Department for their great showing and for all the help in making the event a success!
• Gratitude to all the parade participants for their fancy cars and decorated bikes and to resident and Board Member Carmen Finch for coordinating parade prizes.
• Former Sauganash resident Phil Kritzman is always requested for his expert photography of the parade and picnic with an assist from SCA Communications Chairman Sue Witkowski.
• We couldn’t do it without the help of Sauganash Park Supervisor Kara Donaldson and her staff.
• Resident and parade coordinator Dick Parizek.
• Games coordinator Elaine Fitzgerald along with Jim and Lorraine Murphy
• Ray Knoll for coordinating with Happy Foods every year
• Entertainment by DJ Jammin’ Joe Venetico and the Barking Cat Band.
• And resident and former SCA President Dave Seglin for his support.
• The SPCA for providing hotdogs.
• The SCA for providing beer! And Board Member Steve Kehoe and his crew as our beer BARistas!
And all the Board Members of both organizations who work so hard to keep this robust event one of the hallmark perks of living in the Sauganash neighborhood and being a member of your community association!
Sauganash Parade Marshal
This year, for the first time, we are pleased to announce that our parade will be led by an honorary parade marshal and that we have chosen long-time Sauganash resident Robert ‘Bob’ Fitzgerald to serve in this role. A Sauganash resident since 1970, Bob has contributed immeasurable time and effort to the community. In addition to serving as a past President of the Sauganash Community Association Board of Directors, Bob was instrumental in getting a building addition and other new park improvements for Sauganash Park many years ago.
Prior to moving to Sauganash, Bob served in the U.S. Army from 1956 to 1958 and was stationed in South Korea. He, and his wife Paula, raised their three sons, Rob, Brian and Jim in the community. As a father, Bob was also extremely active in promoting activities for youth in the community. He worked with Fred Stummer to introduce AYSO soccer to this area, he teamed up with John Berge to bring the Cub Scouts to Queen of All Saints school, and he served as an assistant coach for Edgebrook Sauganash little league baseball.
Today, Bob and Paula are the proud grandparents of six grandsons and one granddaughter. Please join us in celebrating our honorary parade marshal, Bob Fitzgerald, and look for him in our 4th of July Parade!
See our services page for information on our mosquito control efforts and how you can help.
Open Meeting Update
The SCA annual open membership meeting was held on Tuesday evening, May 21 at Sauganash Elementary School. SES Principal Christine Munns welcomed the membership and President David Zulkey presided.
CPD Captain Hoffman reported that there were 0 robberies, 0 shootings and 2 burglaries in our area. Some points he made:
• Don’t leave your purse or your briefcase in the backseat of your car. Get the Ring or another camera system. When someone is a part of a crime, we immediately canvas the area and look for cameras.
• Pay attention and be aware of your surroundings.
• Current trends: Lots of wheel theft with Toyotas. Jeep batteries are being stolen. We are catching package thefts because residents have the Ring or other security cameras.
• There is a patrol car 24/7 on this beat.
•After the carjacking at QAS there was a significant interests in the community policing.
• Always call us with your concerns: 312-742-4410. Most of Sauganash is in the 017 District, beat 17-11. If you are west of Cicero, you are in the 16th district.
Newly inducted 39th Ward Alderman Samantha Nugent gave her contact information: office -4404 W Lawrence, phone number – 773-736-5594, and website – aldermannugent.com. She is looking forward to working with her constituents.
Mary Ann Levar represented Congressman Quigley and reported that he serves on many committees. His website is www.Quigley.house.gov. Republican deputy Committeeman Barry Bebart reported that the GOP is working on getting more candidates on the ballot. Their website is Northwestsidegop.com. Liam Kelly, president of the 39th Ward Democrats, invited all to attend their “welcome” events because the focus of the organization is bringing Democrats together. Visit www.39thWard.org for more details.
The always entertaining Taft H.S. Principal Mark Grishabar reminded us that the new Freshman Campus will open in August 2019. Bussing will be offered to the Freshman Academy from the varsity campus and back. Taft is a Level 1 school and is listed on the Great American High Schools list.
Representatives from F.A.I.R. gave an update on O’Hare noise that included a reminder that the new runway opens soon.They presented the “air-noise button” which is a new electronic way to file a noise complaint. The cost is $5 a month and the button automatically sends a complaint to the 311 centers. Email email@example.com to learn more.
Entomologist Emily Glasberg from Clarke Pest Control presented a slideshow describing the new mosquito abatement program the SCA will use. An eco-friendly larvicide will be put in catch basins and in the ditches along both sides of the bike path. Spraying will be on an as-needed basis. Residents were encouraged to get rid of standing water where mosquitoes breed.
The next SCA sponsored event is the 4th of July Parade and Picnic. Consider signing up to volunteer. Membership renewal mailers will arrive soon.
The 2019-2020 Board of Directors was voted into office. Visit our Board of Director page for the new board. Three additional applicants will be considered in the next few weeks.
Aldermanic Candidate Forum March 27
The SCA is joining several civic associations from the 39th Ward to cohost an Aldermanic candidate forum with Samantha Nugent and Robert Murphy on Wednesday, March 27, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Peterson School, 5501 N. Christiana. The run-off election is April 2nd and will also include elections for mayor and city treasurer. Ted Cox from One Illinois will moderate. Please use the main entrance at Christiana and Catalpa. Ward residents can submit questions for the candidates in advance at 39thwardcandidateforum.org.
CAPS Meeting with Commander Pontecore Jr.
Several SCA board members attended the January CAPS meeting along with a number of other residents and Alderman Laurino. We met newly installed Commander Pontecore Jr., who told the crowd that the CPD is trying to get more officers assigned to our area, and explained that even when a call goes out, there still is at least one car covering our beat. They are also enhancing technology to make their officers more effective. The new technological upgrades includes more cameras which are better than the old Pod cameras and can be controlled live. Even though it’s more reactionary than proactive, it will help. They are also upgrading the nerve center with a new system.
The commander reminded us not to leave our cars running unattended or to leave keys in the car. He mentioned the Ring video security system is a good deterrent. An audience member asked about linking up homeowners systems to the police system and the Commander said a database of people willing to share their footage to assist in investigations would be helpful. As of now, police have to walk the area to see who has videos when a crime happens.
If you have a security camera and you are willing to provide footage to the police, you can sign up on our video cam database. Include your name, address, e-mail and phone number with “Video Cam Database” in the subject line and email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will provide this information to our local police. Your information will otherwise remain confidential. The next CAPS meeting is Feb. 27, 2019 (4th Wed.) at 7:30 pm Mayfair Church 5025 N Pulaski.
Chicago Communities Mayoral Forum
Tuesday, February 5th, 7pm at Roosevelt HS, 3436 West Wilson Ave. Doors open with a candidate meet-and-greet at 6:00 pm. Free parking in the school lot at Leland & St. Louis. Moderator: Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune. To see participating candidates and more information, visit: NWMayorForum.eventbrite.com. Organized by the North River Commission.
See photos from our Holiday Party here.
Two Men Arrested in Carjacking
It is reported that 2 men have been arrested in the Dec. 3rd carjacking at Queen of All Saints School. The vehicle has been recovered. The police have pledged to increase their presence in the neighborhood for 10 days following the incident. The SCA board is working on ideas to improve community safety. In the meantime, as always, report any suspicious activity to 911. Direct general questions and concerns to 311. You can also call the 17th district at 312-742-4410 or the 16th district (for concerns west of Cicero) at 312-742-4480. Please also see tips from the 17th district.
Bob Perkaus Memorial 5K
The Bob Perkaus Memorial 5K was held Sunday, October 14 at 9:00 a.m. at Sauganash Park, 5861 N. Kostner. Everyone was invited to run or walk this fun and worthwhile community event! Proceeds not only benefit a scholarship fund at Loyola Academy in Bob’s name, but also Sauganash Park, Sauganash School, and Queen of All Saints School.
Sauganash was bursting with celebrations on July 4th, starting with the annual parade. Dick Parizek organized a line up of floats, fire trucks, vintage cars and festively decorated bikes and wagons. They were joined by members of Girl Scout Troops 25684 and 25685 and Boy Scout Troop 626 and Cub Scout Pack 3942. Paul Scavone sang the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful as Boy Scout Troop 626 raised the flag at the closing ceremony. Myron Erickson, Pastor at Sauganash Community Church, Father Simon Braganza from Queen of All Saints, David Zulkey, SCA President and Don Morton, SPCA President all addressed the crowd. Thanks to Jeff Kirchner for managing the sound system. Many thanks to our Chicago Police and Fire Departments for their participation and help.
Immediately following, Jammin’ Joe Venetico and Barking Cat provided top-notch entertainment at the picnic. Community volunteers served up hot dogs, snow cones, popcorn, refreshments and monitored the jumping jack and obstacle course. Elaine Fitzgerald and Lorraine Murphy ran the ever popular kids games. Michelle Whatley, 4th Chair, and her hardworking crew of SCA board members made sure things went smoothly.
We would like to thank our donors: Whole Foods and State Representative John D’Amico; thanks also to Happy Foods for great discounts and free holiday delivery and to Rayco Printing for the membership sign up cards. The picnic, sponsored by the Sauganash (SCA) and the Sauganash Park (SPCA) Community Associations, is funded by and open to our members. Visit our Face Book page for more great photos by Phil Kritzman.
Renew Your Dues
It’s time to renew your membership in the Sauganash Community Association. You’ll be supporting our 4th of July Parade and Picnic, curb-to -curb snow plowing, mosquito abatement efforts, community representation to city, state and federal authorities, and more. Renew here.
2018 Open Meeting
The annual community association meeting was held May 15 with presentations from the Board of Directors, Taft and Sauganash schools, Alderman Laurino and others. Everyone who attended received a free mosquito dunk to help control mosquitoes this summer. Read the recap.
Voice Your Opposition to Development at
Bryn Mawr And Kostner
Sign this petition to express your concern and opposition to development at this location. It is also suggested that you contact your elected City and County officials to voice opposition to the development, and urge them to work with the community and the owner of the parcel to reach an equitable compromise.
Sauganash School Fund Raiser
Tickets are on sale for the Friends of Sauganash Spring Benefit for Sauganash Elementary School. The event is Saturday, June 2 from 6PM-11PM at the Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore at 5300 W. Touhy Ave. in Skokie. Tickets for the event are $75 per person and are available to purchase online until Thursday, May 24 at FOS2018.gesture.com. Sorry, there will be no ticket sales at the door. Learn more.
Look for results from our survey on infrastructure repair (potholes, curbs, signage, trees etc) in our community to be posted soon. We will also share the results with our Alderman.
Updates at Police Meet and Greet
Board member Jim Murphy of the Traffic and Safety committee attended a Meet and Greet with Chicago police Feb. 1 who introduced Susan Moss, the new Commander of the 17th district, and shared recent updates. Police believe the shooting on Kedvale earlier this week was an isolated incident and that the victim’s son was an intended target. CPD does not believe that this is new gang activity working into the neighborhood. No one was hit with gunfire. The detectives are working on it and there will be more patrols rolling through the area. They also announced that the 17th District would be getting some new officers in the near future.
New Police Commissioner
Please welcome Commander Susan E. Moss who is replacing Commander Elias Voulgaris. Commander Voulgaris will now be Commander for the Office of Emergency Management and Communications. We look forward to working with Commander Moss.
You Can Help Build a Home
Did you know that there are more ways to build a house with Habitat for Humanity than on their construction site? Join them at their very own home improvement store, ReStore Chicago! ReStore’s mission is to raise funds by selling new and donated building materials to the public. Merchandise is sold at greatly reduced prices, with 100% of Restore profit funneled into Habitat for Humanity in its effort to assist the 259,000 people in Chicago facing a critical housing need. ReStore, on Chicago’s northwest side, is located at 6040 N. Pulaski Rd. They are seeking volunteers Wednesday – Sunday between 10 AM and 6 PM. Contact them at email@example.com or at 773-539-6040 ext. 210 for more information.
Time to Join or Renew
Its time to renew membership for the June 2017-18 year. Your membership makes possible the annual 4th of July parade and picnic, the Bob Perkaus 5K run, curb-to curb snow plowing, mosquito abatement and donations to local schools and Sauganash Park. The Board of Directors, who volunteer their time and talents on your behalf, provide a liaison to local police and city government, monitor local issues like overhead air traffic, listen to your concerns through our phone line, email and annual member meeting, keep you updated through emails, our website and Facebook and host complementary member parties.
Visit our Join Today page to keep the SCA going strong. Pay with Paypal, mail in your application or pay in person at the bank or the picnic. Your e-mail address, always confidential, will allow us to keep you informed. If you haven’t already, please join us!
Commander Vulgaris reports that 2 vehicle-related crimes have increased in the last few weeks. Luckily, we have not seen these crimes in 17, but you should be aware:
1. Bump and Go: Offenders are using cars to bump into the rear of people driving in their cars. Once the victim gets out to investigate the traffic crash, they are robbed. If you should be involved in a traffic crash, but don’t feel comfortable with the other party, stay in your car, call 911 and request a police officer to come to the scene, or if both cars are driveable, request that the other driver meet you at the nearest police station.
2. Carjackings have increased. Always keep your doors locked when driving, and always be alert especially when stopped at a stoplight.
Crime Alert: Lock Your Car Doors!
There have been several cases of dead-of-night/early morning car burglaries in the last few weeks, in and around Sauganash. One case involved access by smashing a window and taking a briefcase; all others appear to have involved unlocked cars. In addition, there was an attempted robbery April 2, at 5:50 am of a resident walking his dog near Keating and Ionia by 3-4 men. Fortunately, the person wasn’t hurt and nothing was taken. Since 99% or more of car break ins are to an unlocked car—and the attempted robbery was possibly connected to the break-ins—please, lock your cars and remove valuables from view. Unlocked cars not only put your possessions at risk, they draw criminal elements to our otherwise safe neighborhood. If you are the victim of a crime or suspect one is in progress, always call 911. After the fact, call 311 and file a police report.
The test rotation of flight patterns for flights arriving at O’Hare has been concluded. For results, see the report available from the O’Hare Noise Compatibility Commission.
Dispose of Pharmaceuticals Safely
Drop off expired or unused medications at the city’s disposal sites. They’re open 24/7, and two nearby are the 16th District Police Station (5151 N. Milwaukee Avenue) and the 17th District Police Station (4650 N. Pulaski Road). You can also leave them at the O’Brien Water Reclamation Plant, 7 days a week, 9 am – 6 pm, 3500 Howard Street (847) 568-8223.
Apply for Property Tax Rebate
If you are Chicago homeowner with a household income of $75,000 or less and the city portion of your most recent property tax bill increased over last year’s, you may be entitled to a rebate. You can apply at any of the 26 neighborhood locations. Residents of the 39th Ward are encouraged to use the Albany Park Library (3401 W. Foster.) Homeowners must apply for the rebate in person, and you must bring required documents.
Additional Police Officers Coming
Alderman Margaret Laurino and Alderman Ariel Reboyras tells us that the Police Superintendent has committed to assigning 12 new officers to the 16th & 17th District by the end of 2016 along with opening bid spots through March.