Wednesday, May 22, 2013
The Roseland Pumping Station briefly shut down Wednesday morning resulting in five water main breaks throughout the 19th Ward.
Some 19th Ward residents may be faced with flooded streets or basements after a pumping station malfunction resulted in five water main breaks in Beverly and Morgan Park. The Roseland Pumping Station, located about two miles outside of the ward, briefly shut down Wednesday morning, said Ald. Matt O'Shea. When it was restarted existing weak spots in the water system were pressured, causing five water mains to break Wednesday morning. "Some of these are 80 to 100 years old," O'Shea said. Crews are currently working on all five breaks and some repairs are moving quickly. Depending on the severity of the break, some repairs may require substantial digging, O'Shea said. The broken water mains are located on the 8800 block of South Longwood …
19th Ward crime incidents, May 8 - 14.
Last Week: Sexual Assault, 7 Burglaries: 19th Ward Crime Map Follow Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch on Facebook and sign up for Breaking News Alerts. Source: CPD ClearMap
Monday, May 20, 2013
The annual Bike Across America serves as a "fun, free, family event" for bikers of all ages
On a typical Saturday afternoon in spring, Mount Greenwood Park is awash with runners, dog walkers and energetic kids with their parents in tow. On Saturday, May 18, the park—and the neighborhood—was filled with about 200 bicycle riders participating in Bike Across America Without Leaving the 19th Ward. The event was hosted by Ald. Matt O’Shea and State Rep. Fran Hurley, who says it is unique to the ward. Bike Ambassadors provided by the city of Chicago led the group of bicyclists on a four-mile ride through the streets of Mount Greenwood, stopping at designated corners for kids to have their “passports” stamped. This year’s destinations were Hamlin, TX; Spaulding, OK; Lawndale, Calif.; and Trumbull, Conn.. Hurley, who has been involved …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Crime incidents in the 19th Ward, May 1 - 7.
Last Week: 17 Thefts, 4 Robberies Thefts: Local Crime Map Follow Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch on Facebook and sign up for Breaking News Alerts. Source: CPD ClearMap
Monday, May 6, 2013
The city has added more workers to graffiti removal crews, but the number of graffiti reports in the 19th Ward remains relatively low.
Five new painters are making their way around the city combatting a widespread graffiti problem that some officials argue should have been remedied long ago. But graffiti removal slowed down after the city's budget was cut a few years ago, according to reports. Graffiti Blasters is a city program that began in 1993 under Mayor Daley, an ABC News story says. "The point was to remove the graffiti quickly on private and public property so vandals wouldn't have a chance to put it up again," the publication reports. So far in 2013, there have been only 37 requests for graffiti removal in the 19th Ward, according to city data. The Chicago Department of Streets and Sanitation is responsible for tending to such vandalism and with the five …
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
19th Ward crime incidents, April 18 - 24.
Last Week: 2 Assaults With a Weapon, 10 Thefts: Local Crime Report Follow Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch on Facebook and sign up for Breaking News Alerts. Source: CPD ClearMap
Eighth graders from all the 19th Ward's elementary schools gathered together to meet their legislators, engage in a debate and meet other neighborhood future leaders.
It was a morning to remember for the eighth graders gathered for breakfast at Morgan Park Academy last Friday. The student council presidents from all the 19th Ward's elementary schools were here to hear from Ald. Matt O'Shea, State Sen. Bill Cunningham and State Rep. Fran Hurley. They talked about the importance of leadership and community. The students engaged in lively debates using real state legislature bills as jumping off points. It was an opportunity to use their public speaking and leadership skills while engaging with peers. "I liked meeting new people and other students," said Rachel Bullock, a student at Keller. Hurley was impressed by the students' ability to debate and engage on the issues. It was an impressive group of …
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
19th Ward crime incidents, April 9 - 16.
Last Week: 2 Vehicle Thefts, 4 Burglaries: Crime Map Follow Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch on Facebook and sign up for Breaking News Alerts. Source: CPD ClearMap
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Officials from the Chicago Police Department updated the total number of guns seized within the city's limits this week. The initiative is part of an aggressive approach to anti-violence, they said.
Chicago Police Superintendent Garry McCarthy updated the number of seized firearms in the city this week to 1,999. That total includes all illegal weapons that have been taken by police in the first 15 weeks of 2013. The effort is one aimed at reducing violence by targeting "the source of the problem," police said. “It is encouraging to see a drop in the number of murders, shootings and overall crime in the City as a result of targeted initiatives, perseverance, and collaborative relationships with community leaders, aldermen, clergy and residents,” McCarthy said in a statement. “The reality of firearms still confronts officers and our communities far too often, and we need stronger laws to keep illegal guns off our streets, and to punish …
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
A look at a week's worth of 19th Ward crime incidents, April 3 - 9.
Last Week: 1 Armed Robbery, 9 Thefts: Crime Incidents Follow Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Patch on Facebook and sign up for Breaking News Alerts. Source: CPD ClearMap