High Lead Levels Found at Everett Elementary

Two drinking fountains were discovered to have high levels of lead at Everett Elementary School in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Two drinking fountains were discovered to have high levels of lead at Everett Elementary School in the McKinley Park neighborhood.
Published July 19, 2016

According to recent announcements by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) and a letter sent to parents, elevated levels of lead were discovered at two drinking fountains at Edward Everett Elementary School, 3419 S. Bell Ave., Chicago, in the McKinley Park neighborhood. Spurred by national reports of high lead in water systems, CPS has been testing at its school sites and has uncovered 75 schools that have now tested positive for high levels of lead, including Everett.

The two fountains with high lead are sited in the basement in the girls playroom at Everett; some of the tests showed levels more than five times higher than the 15 parts per billion the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sets as a cutoff for needed action. Both fountains are now disconnected, and other drinking fountains in the building tested below the EPA's action level, CPS said.

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Will the Center of Chicago Stay in McKinley Park?

The sign at 37th and Honore streets notes it is the geographic center of Chicago.
The sign at 37th and Honore streets notes it is the geographic center of Chicago.
Published July 18, 2016

As reported by Chicago radio station WBEZ, the geographic center of the City of Chicago is not at 37th and Honore streets, despite its long-held position as such, including a memorial sign. Modern mapping software makes it easy to determine the exact point, which is at 31st Street and Western Avenue.

Will the McKinley Park neighbohood keep the title? WBEZ reports 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas is moving to cement the 37th and Honore location.

Click here to read the full story at WBEZ.org.

Police Nab Two in McKinley Park Break-Ins

Shawn Reeves, left, and James Copeland, right, were arrested July 6 and 7, 2016, in separate incidents.
Shawn Reeves, left, and James Copeland, right, were arrested July 6 and 7, 2016, in separate incidents.
Published July 8, 2016

According to reports issued by the Chicago Police Department, two individuals were arrested this past Wednesday and Thursday in two separate break-in incidents in the McKinley Park neighborhood.

Shawn Reeves, 44, of Johnsburg, Illinois, was arrested at 7:50 a.m. on Wednesday, July 6, 2016, in the 1600 block of West 33rd Street. He was charged with burglary, possession of burglary tools, trespassing and possession of a controlled substance. James Copeland, 57, of Chicago, Illinois, was arrested for trespassing in the 3800 block of South Paulina Street at 5:38 p.m. on Thursday, July 7, 2016. Copeland posted a $1,500 I-bond the same day.

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Central Manufacturing District Focus of Development Proposal, Media Attention

The historic and decaying clock tower at Damen Avenue and Pershing Road anchors Chicago's Central Manufacturing District.
The historic and decaying clock tower at Damen Avenue and Pershing Road anchors Chicago's Central Manufacturing District.
Published July 8, 2016

The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and news media have spotlighted the Central Manufacturing District, a currently decrepit and underutilized set of city-owned buildings along Pershing Road adjacent to the McKinley Park neighborhood. In news reports and a CNT development proposal, the property receives scrutiny for its future development potential, as well as admiration for its storied history as a backbone of Chicago manufacturing.

"It’s exactly the kind of site that developers are increasingly repurposing into thriving centers of urban life and economic activity," the CNT study stated. "The site retains many of its original advantages: central location, solid construction, nearby rail connections, plus modern essentials like proximity to expressways and robust fiber optic capacity."

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DePaul Intern Helms Wine & Cheese Info Session at Aquinas

Aquinas Literacy Center intern and DePaul University senior Matt Welsh is ready for the Wine & Cheese Info Session on July 13.
Aquinas Literacy Center intern and DePaul University senior Matt Welsh is ready for the Wine & Cheese Info Session on July 13.
Published July 6, 2016

DePaul University senior Matt Welsh is dedicating his summer to an internship at the Aquinas Literacy Center, including management of the upcoming Wine & Cheese Information Session between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13. Held at the center at 3540 S. Hermitage Ave., Chicago, the open house-style wine and cheese event lets the public learn about the mission of Aquinas and available volunteer opportunities.

This is the first such event for Aquinas, said Volunteer Coordinator Kristen Dempey Pasyk. "The idea came about so we could engage prospective volunteers during the summer months when our regular program is closed. We are excited to have Matt on board to plan the event, and we appreciate this opportunity to deepen our partnership with DePaul University by hosting one of their students as an intern."

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