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NOTES FROM LAST MEETING OF THE YEAR

November 23, 2012

2013 EVENTS We remain excited and encouraged about the possibilities for our neighborhood. We continue to meet neighbors who share our desire for a better community.   We continue to be amazed at the number and type of resources that are available to assist in accomplishing this goal. These potential supporters are looking for...
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CANA Party Planning Meeting Tuesday

July 11, 2012

CANA MEETING ON TUESDAY Don’t miss the next CANA meeting on Tuesday, July 17.  We need your help. We’ll be putting the finishing touches on preparations for our first annual block party the following Saturday, July 21.    Next meeting Tuesday July 17, 2012 6:30 PM 301 N Mayfield Third Unitarian Church   Block...
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Be a Part of a Winning Team: Spread Beauty

April 30, 2012

It’s May and already we can see the beginnings of another summer of wonderful accents throughout our neighborhood. Thanks to our work in April, and building upon the foundation we set last year, we are well prepared to create more beauty in Austin. YOU CAN BE PART OF AN AWARD WINNING TEAM.  Come and...
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Welcome Spring on April 21, 2012

April 4, 2012

Saturday, April 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., is Central Austin Neighborhood Association’s (CANA’s) Spring Cleanup Day.  CANA’s 16 square blocks are bordered by Austin Blvd. (W), Mason (E), Washington (S), and Corcoran (N). Equipment and supplies will be provided, but feel free to bring some or your own. Volunteers will meet at 9...
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SIGNS AND DOLLAR SIGNS: Can signs help a community

March 7, 2012

Littered across the landscape of the 29th ward, you can see large 4 ft. by 4 ft. signs urging you to take action, to make a choice on one day of the year. The sign is asking you to vote for the alderman. The concept is that this choice will lead to a better quality of...
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Meeting Tonight at 6:30PM

February 21, 2012

CANA MONTHLY MEETING Come join us in: bringing out the beauty in our neighborhood, creating a neighborhood of peace with a greater sense of safety, making a positive contribution to the revitalization of our community WHAT WE BELIEVE DETERMINES HOW WE BEHAVE. 6:30pm to 8:00pm Third Unitarian Church 301 N. Mayfield Come to plan...
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MEET TO PLAN, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

February 6, 2012

MAKE IT HAPPEN !!!!! Come participate in deciding what activities take place in your neighborhood this year.  Planning meeting at  6:30PM Tomorrow Tuesday February 7, 2012  301 N. Mayfield  Because we joined together and worked on common goals, we were able to make significant, positive changes in our neighborhood last year. We want to...
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Planning Meeting

January 19, 2012

Title: Planning MeetingLocation: 301 N. MayfieldDescription: What would you like to make happen in 2012 in your neighborhood ? What events and changes would you like to see? Come together with other community residents as we plan our actions to pool our talents and time to create our future. Ideas under consideration, but not...
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Join With Others to Create a Brighter 2012 for Austin

January 19, 2012

CANA  and Third Unitarian Church closed out 2011 with a warm gathering  for an evening of celebration  and fellowship . We dined on a meal that reflected the kindness and great generosity of our neighbors. Everyone had more than enough and the cooks and servers were complimented on their fine work.  Because we joined...
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2011 Neigborhood Beautification Vision Award Received

October 14, 2011
2011 Neigborhood Beautification Vision Award Received

Joyce Charmatz, President of Keep Chicago Beautiful Inc., presented its Keep Chicago Beautiful 2011 Neighborhood Beautification Vision Award to the Central Austin Neighborhood Association  on September 27, 2011 at the Four Seasons Hotel Chicago. In the picture below Serethea and Ron Reid are flanked by the mascot “Les Waste” on the left and the President, Joyce...
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October Monthly Meeting on Tuesday

October 14, 2011

Next meeting is coming up on Tuesday October 18, 2011 at 6:30PM at 301 N. Mayfield.  Join us ! Recent Accomplishments: Alley and Vacant lot cleaning project completed 2011 Neighborhood Beautification Vision Award Recipient Upcoming Activities: Weatherization training and kit distribution Fall bulb planting Holiday celebration planning  
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Monthly Meeting HIghlights Positive Developments in Austin

September 22, 2011

We are encouraged by the outpouring of positive support we continue to receive. College alumni associations, high school students, companies and individuals have contacted us and expressed interest in joining us in actions to improve our community. The support comes from within and outside of our community. Our last meeting was held on Tuesday,...
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Polishing a Jewel in Our Neighborhood: Stretching your mind and body

September 1, 2011
Polishing a Jewel in Our Neighborhood: Stretching your mind and body

Ron and Serethea Reid, in addition to being members of the Central Austin Neighborhood Association, are leaders in the Chicago Conservation Corp, a program developed by the City of Chicago, Department of the Environment. The Chicago Conservation Corp is a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our...
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Developing a Plan vs Walking in Circles

August 2, 2011

On Saturday morning at 10:00am, we had a rare event in our neighborhood. We had the superintendent of police, the mayor, county officials, state officials and the alderman all together in Austin to spend a little less than two hours focused on Austin.  This was a potentially valuable opportunity, given our limited access to...
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Police Board Meeting Strategy for Improving Police Performance

July 22, 2011

Strategies for Improving Police Performance Austin and Hyde Park/Kenwood/Oakland  Getting there first has its benefits; bringing the community has power.  Last night CANA members arrived at the monthly Police Board meeting a half hour early to claim what has always been available to us at the Police Board meeting: the front row. We were...
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CANA July Meeting

July 22, 2011

Our last meeting took place on Tuesday, July 19th. It focused on planning for the remaining months of this year and for 2012. A summary of the plans under discussion follows:   PETITION FOR STREET SIGN Signage is one tool for controlling activity at a location. It informs everyone and provides the police with...
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Street Sign Strategy:Limit activity

July 22, 2011

The problems at the corner of Madison and Mason,   resulted in a running gun battle in the streets  in the early hours of June 25th. According to neighbors, the nightly fighting, drug and alcohol use and drug sales at this corner resulted in individuals chasing others up Mason, firing shots, turning left on Washington and...
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MONTHLY MEETING TONIGHT, TUESDAY

June 20, 2011

Usual place    301 N. Mayfield                                                                                                            Usual time      6:30PM                                             Come and help us exceed the Usual Results   WHAT WE BELIEVE DETERMINES HOW WE BEHAVE
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NOTES FROM APRIL GENERAL MEETING

April 20, 2011

Our meeting on Tuesday, April 19, 2011 focused on two topics: Beautification Safety  We would like to hold a meeting at 10:00AM on Saturday, April 30 to discuss the plans for our projects in May. Please call  (312) 952-4983 about your availability to participate. You may participate by coming to the meeting or be...
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Austin Focus Leads to Award

April 4, 2011

  AWARD ANNOUNCEMENT  The Chicago Community Trust announced 31 Local Reporting Awards through its Community News Matters program for reporting on a variety of important issues affecting Chicago’s low-income areas. The program seeks to increase the flow of truthful, accurate and insightful local news and information and encourage innovative new models for providing news...
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Another Tool for Building a Safer Neighborhood

March 31, 2011

The weather is heating up and we can expect the activity in the streets to heat up as well. We insist that Austin residents get the same level of police service as any other community. If there is a shortage of police manpower, no area of Chicago should experience a greater loss than any...
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A More Beautiful Austin, 16 Blocks at a time

March 31, 2011

Part of the mission of the Central Austin Neighborhood Association is to unite residents in the effort to transform Austin into a more vibrant and attractive place to live, work, play and raise children. We want to create and support a greater sense of responsibility for creating a better environment for our children. We...
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March 15th Meeting Forecasts Growth for CANA in 2011

March 17, 2011

Based upon the turnout and the participation level at our last meeting, we continue to be confident and encouraged about what we can achieve as a community. Our base of support continues to broaden. Our general meetings are only 90 minutes long. They are usually limited to the presentation of strategies that have been...
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Volunteers Stand Ready to Help Clean Up Austin

March 13, 2011

Great News ! This year continues to show great promise. Our next effort takes place on Saturday, March 19th at 8:30 AM at the corner of Austin and Madison. More Austin stakeholders are joining the effort to beautify Austin. Austin High School As a result of a posting about our event on AustinTalks.org, we...
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High Paying Jobs Can Be Filled By You

February 23, 2011

A unique opportunity for training exists in the Austin neighborhood, available at low cost. There are exciting, high-paying manufacturing  jobs going unfilled due to a lack of skilled workers, even in this economy. Manufacturing is an exciting and growing industry, where companies create high-tech, complex products like wind turbines and airplanes. Manufacturing companies have...
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