Holiday Sparkle at Jefferson Park Transit Center

Holiday Sparkle at Jefferson Park Transit Center

Join Jefferson Park Forward and me for the annual Holiday Sparkle event on Thursday, December 7, at 5 pm at the Jefferson Park Transit Center.

This is the perfect event to put the sparkle in your holiday season. Santa will make a special appearance with his sleigh as we light the holiday lights, sing festive songs with the Schurz school choir, sip hot cocoa from Gale Street Inn, and enjoy delicious treats from Fannies, Mariano’s, and Sicilia Bakery.

I hope to see you there.

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45th Ward school principals meeting

45th Ward school principals meeting

Forest Claypool came to listen and answer questions from the 45th Ward school principals at a meeting I hosted at Fannie’s last night. We discussed solutions to better support the needs of students and their families.

I’d like to thank our dedicated principals, the Board of Health, and the Anti-Defamation League for attending.

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Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Belting Elementary Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Today, Belding Elementary hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for their new auditorium. After more than six years of advocating for the improved auditorium, I was pleased to be able to join parents, staff, and students to celebrate this accomplishment. The new auditorium will allow the performance arts at Belding to continue to thrive and provide students with the diverse and well-rounded education that they need to succeed. I would like to thank Belding staff and parents for their advocacy efforts in helping bring this dream …

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PB45 Results are in!

PB45 Results are in!

Top Votes for PB45

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Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style

Watch “The Sandlot”, Drive-In Style

On Saturday, August 26, Cruise over to Six Corners for old-time entertainment with a modern spin.The Six Corners Association will show The Sandlot in a drive-in movie event located in the parking lot at 3930 N. Milwaukee.

All ages are encouraged to attend this family-friendly event. Those attending in their car can listen to the movie simply by tuning into their radios. Pedestrians are also welcome and should bring a lawn chair or blankets to sit on.

The cost is $30 per car, $15 for an adult …

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Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

Fischman’s Public House Scores Zoning Change For 6 Corners Bottle Shop

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170124/portage-park/fischmans-liquors-fischmans-public-house-karamaniolas-zoning-change

CITY HALL — The owners of Fischman’s Public House got one step closer to opening their hybrid restaurant and bottle shop Monday, as the City Council’s zoning committee unanimously approved their requested zoning change.

Shanna and Gus Karamaniolas had needed the change to sell bottles and cans in the same building as the pub & grub they’re readying in the Six Corners Shopping District.

Seven months after the couple uprooted Fischman’s Liquors from its decades-old home in Jefferson Park, the couple is already busy gutting the vacant storefronts next to Portage Theater, …

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$36 million in improvements for 45th Ward schools

$36 million in improvements for 45th Ward schools

https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20170117/jefferson-park/prussing-annex-st-cornelius-pre-k-farnsworth-schurz-turf-field-hitch

Prussing Annex, New Pre-K Center Announced To Ease Crowded NW Side Schools

Alex Nitkin · DNAinfo Reporter

 

CHICAGO — A six-classroom annex at Prussing Elementary School, 4650 N. Menard Ave., and a new pre-kindergarten center are among a suite of improvements designed to ease overcrowding at Northwest Side Schools by summer 2018, Ald. John Arena (45th) announced Monday.

The alderman crystallized plans that district officials had teased in December, when they announced they’d dedicate more than $50 million toward area school improvements and additions in 2017.

Of that sum, about $4.3 million will pay for …

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CAN TV Interview

CAN TV Interview

Were you unable to tune in last night to catch me live on CAN TV? Well, you can watch the whole conversation by clicking the link.

http://cantv.org/watch-now/political-forum-5/

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A Portage Park ‘Pearl’: Music, Tech Hub Highlights Booming ‘Hood, Rahm Says

A Portage Park ‘Pearl’: Music, Tech Hub Highlights Booming ‘Hood, Rahm Says

By Heather Cherone | July 13, 2016 7:35am

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https://www.dnainfo.com/chicago/20160713/portage-park/portage-park-pearl-music-tech-hub-highlights-booming-hood-rahm-says 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, second from right, and Ald. John Arena (45th), right, help cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Hangar, a film and video production facility. [DNAinfo/Heather Cherone]

PORTAGE PARK — The future of Chicago’s entertainment industry is taking shape in an overlooked industrial corridor nestled along the Kennedy Expressway in Portage Park, Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Tuesday.

Emanuel, joined by Ald. John Arena (45th), celebrated the first birthday of 2112, which bills itself as Chicago’s only music and technology business incubator. Its name is a homage to …

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45TH Ward 4th Annual Holiday Party

45TH Ward 4th Annual Holiday Party

Get ready to have a blast at the 4th Annual 45th Ward Holiday Party. It’s an event that is Outta This World! As always, we’ll have great food by local restaurants, beer by wonderful local brewers, and music that will really get you in the holiday spirit. This year we are happy to announce the return of Davis Rogan, the New Orleans piano great who was one of the inspirations for HBO’s Treme. Davis played at the inaugural 45th Ward Holiday party. After he is …

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