Park Advisory Councils, Community Policing Connect Community This Week in McKinley Park

Published March 11, 2019

Take a leading role in our neighborhood's delightful parks this week through the advisory councils that help shepherd their programs and development. On Monday night, March 11, attend the McKinley Park Advisory Council Meeting to take part in important council elections: The offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer are up for grabs, with community and council members encouraged to attend and vote. On Thursday, March 14, the Hoyne Park Advisory Council Meeting connects citizens with plans and activities at Hoyne Park, tucked next to the El tracks at South Hoyne Avenue and West 34th Street.

Community policing takes center stage on Wednesday night, March 13, at the CAPS Meeting for Beat 912, one of the most well-attended beat meetings in Chicago. This precedes the district-wide meeting to kick off the new strategic plan for community policing, slated for Thursday, March 14, as previously reported here in the McKinley Park News.

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McKinley Park Memorial Day Parade Seeks Marchers, Volunteers

Published March 10, 2019

The McKinley Park Civic Association is calling for participants to march in its annual Memorial Day parade, slated for late morning on Monday, May 27, 2019. The association, which co-sponsors the parade alongside William McKinley American Legion Post 231, seeks local community groups, organizations and other entities to participate by marching or fielding a float or vehicle.

As in years past, the route will traverse the heart of the McKinley Park neighborhood, starting at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library with a 9:30 a.m. lineup followed by a 10 a.m. parade kickoff. The parade will conclude at the American Legion post with a ceremony and likely refreshments. There is no fee to participate in the parade, said association Vice President Suzanne Pletsch.

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Community Meeting To Kick Off Rollout for Strategic Policing Plan

Published March 9, 2019

The Chicago Police Department's Ninth District has invited residents of the McKinley Park neighborhood, including its encompassing police Beat 912, to attend a meeting about the department's new strategic plan for community policing. Held at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14, at the Florence Nightingale School, 5225 S. Talman Ave., Chicago, the event includes a community "conversation" soliciting citizens' input and ideas toward the plan.

"This is part of a new strategy to problem-solve around community concerns," said Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS) Community Organizer Holger Del Cid, part of the Ninth District team serving Beat 912. "It will be happening in every district across the city."

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Civic Association Celebrates Educators, Leaders at Annual Banquet

McKinley Park Civic Association officers and award winners enjoy the association's 48th annual awards banquet on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
McKinley Park Civic Association officers and award winners enjoy the association's 48th annual awards banquet on Sunday, March 3, 2019.
Published March 5, 2019

For the 48th year in a row, the McKinley Park Civic Association celebrated the community at its annual banquet and awards on Sunday, March 3, 2019. Association officers led the award ceremonies, including presentation of Educators of the Year and William H.G. Toms Community Service awards, alongside a gala gathering and meal at Polonia Banquets.

"Everything I do has been the result of many extraordinary people," said William H.G. Toms winner Jose Negrete, the head of circulation at the McKinley Park branch of the Chicago Public Library. "I get my motivation from you."

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New Comedy Night, Unique Market Shopping Lead Events This Week in McKinley Park

Published March 4, 2019

Marz Community Brewing Yeast Party Comedy Night posterYuk it up at the first Yeast Party Comedy Night on Thursday, March 7, at Marz Community Brewing Company. Yeast Party is a new, monthly series featuring top local comics, hosted by Clare Austen-Smith. This month's edition features rising comics Max ThomasLael O'ShaughnessyTyler Snodgrass and Rima Parikh performing in the tap room.

Unique local gifts and goods are on offer alongside coffee and treats at the Arts & Crafts Indoor Market, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, at Kristoffer's Cakes. Check out the wares from local artisans and top off your trip with one of Kristoffer's new tamales.

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