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Join With Others to Create a Brighter 2012 for Austin

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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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2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration

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December 8, 2011
2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration

2nd Annual Community Holiday Celebration Saturday, December 10, 2011 4:30pm-6:30pm Third Unitarian Church 301 N. Mayfield Chicago, IL 60644 Presented to you FREE By Third Unitarian Church AND Central Austin Neighborhood Association(CANA) You Are Invited Come out with your family to experience the Celebration of Life program of song and dance. Feel free to...
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Free Austin Community Weatherization Workshop Planned after November 15th Monthly CANA Meeting

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November 7, 2011
Free Austin Community Weatherization Workshop Planned after November 15th Monthly CANA Meeting

  Please join us for our next monthly meeting Tuesday November 15 th at 6:30 pm at Third Church located at 301 N. Mayfield. This monthly meeting will be a Two-For. Not only do you get to attend a CANA meeting to find out what we’ve been up to but you also get to learn about...
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The Turkey Problem in Austin

October 30, 2011
The Turkey Problem in Austin

Austin has a Turkey problem. Every year around the holidays and political elections, our local elected officials deliver free turkeys to potential voters.  One cannot underestimate the power of the turkey. Elections have been won and lost over the size, quality and quantity of turkey.  The magic of the turkey to rule over neighborhoods is...
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Let’s help our Alderman Invest in our community

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October 28, 2011
Let’s help our Alderman Invest in our community

As we all know Austin is in deep need of investment. One way this is accomplished in a small way is through help from the city through the Alderman’s Menu Fund, a $1.32 Million dollar budget to be spent on improvements here.  Unfortunately here in the 29th ward, according to an AustinTalks article, $162,584...
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CANA joins ACLU in lawsuit against the City of Chicago related to Inequitable Service in Minority Communities

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October 27, 2011
CANA joins ACLU in lawsuit against the City of Chicago related to Inequitable Service in Minority Communities

Chicago Police Deployment Scheme Results in Inequitable, Unfair Service For Minority Neighborhoods, Suit Says CHICAGO, Oct. 27, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Chicago officials have failed to deploy police equitably across the City’s many diverse neighborhoods, resulting in disproportionate numbers of delayed police responses to those neighborhoods with higher minority populations, according to the American Civil...
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CANA Bike Club Goes the Distance

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October 14, 2011
CANA Bike Club Goes the Distance

On Saturday October 8th The CANA bike club rode 24 miles from Austin to Wheaton on the Illinois Prairie Path. This scenic ride used the wonderful Prairie Path which starts in Maywood and goes through several communities between here and Wheaton with additional spurs to points west like Fermi Lab and Fox River. The path...
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CANA Neighbors and Safer Foundation Volunteers Clean Vacant Lot, Alleys, and Corners

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October 14, 2011
CANA Neighbors and Safer Foundation Volunteers Clean Vacant Lot, Alleys, and Corners

On Tuesday Oct 4th and Thursday Oct 6th Former Aldermanic Candidate and CANA member Roman Morrow led Safer Foundation volunteers in two days of corner prep, vacant lot and alley cleanings. Local residents and volunteers prepared our beautiful corner flower plantings for winter by removing Canna Lily bulbs for winter storage as well as weed removal.  ...
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2011 Neigborhood Beautification Vision Award Received

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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

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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

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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

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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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Special Bike Ride Saturday August 27 9:00 AM

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August 22, 2011
Special Bike Ride Saturday August 27 9:00 AM

Greetings Cyclist! In addition to our Wednesday Evening ride, we invite you to ride with us Saturday August 27 for a short ride from Third Church (301 N. Mayfield) to Columbus Park and take part in the Historical Tour and Clean Up. The Tour and Clean Up starts at 10:00 AM on the steps of the Refectory....
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Columbus Park Historical Tour and Clean Up

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August 12, 2011
Columbus Park Historical Tour and Clean Up

  Greetings Neighbors  We want to POLISH THE JEWEL IN OUR BACKYARD-COLUMBUS PARK. We also invited the Chicago Park District Historian to lead us on an informational tour. Please join us AT 10:00am, Saturday, at 5701 W. Jackson, on the steps in front of the refectory, to begin this adventure. Please share this information...
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Developing a Plan vs Walking in Circles

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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

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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

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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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The nightly partying, conflict and noise at the corner of Mason and Madison was Broken by the sound of gunfire at 2:19 AM on June 25

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June 28, 2011
The nightly partying, conflict and noise at the corner of Mason and Madison was Broken by the sound of gunfire at 2:19 AM on June 25

The problems at the corner of Madison and Mason, less than two blocks from the 15th District Police Station in Austin,  resulted in a running gun battle in the streets of our 16 blocks in the early hours of June 25th. According to neighbors, the nightly fighting, drug and alcohol use and drug sales at this corner resulted...
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CANA Speaks out in “AustinTalks.org” about Accountability and Lack of Planning by Elected Officials for the Austin Community

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June 28, 2011
CANA Speaks out in “AustinTalks.org” about Accountability and Lack of Planning by Elected Officials for the Austin Community

Residents seek answers, accountability in aldermen’s first 100 days by Sarah Ostman on June 22, 2011 Before Rahm Emanuel became mayor last month, his team rolled out a transition plan. The 71-page document outlines a to-do list for his first 100 days in office, his first year and beyond, and includes a number of...
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MONTHLY MEETING TONIGHT, TUESDAY

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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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Projects and Priorities for the Austin Community – CANA has a list

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June 20, 2011

CANA members have identified a list of goals and projects for the Austin community. We hope this agenda will spur community leaders, organizations and elected officials to adopt strategic projects and plans for collaboration for the benefit of Austin.  Some ideas are borrowed and some are new but all are needed. CANA is ready and willing...
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Corner Planting Wrap Up With Safer Foundation Volunteers

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June 20, 2011

CANA members were joined by new volunteers from the Safer Foundation thanks to coordination by CANA member and former Aldermanic candidate Roman Morrow. The five volunteers helped us complete the month long planting process for 14 corners in our 16 block area.  The Safer guys were great; they were hard working and genuinely happy to...
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More Scenes of Residents, Duke University Alumni and other volunteers at Corner Planting Event

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May 31, 2011

Here are more pictures from our May 21st Corner Planting Event thanks to Third Church and CANA Member Allen Matthews!  Neighbors, residents and Duke University Alumni Engage volunteers work to improve our community. 
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CANA May 17th Meeting attended by ACLU

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May 23, 2011

Our May monthly meeting was well attended and tackled diverse issues like our upcoming neighborhood beautification projects and strategy to improve police response times in minority communities. We invited the Chicago Office of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to educate our members and speak to residents about strategies to get the city to...
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CANA Collaborates on Corners!

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May 23, 2011

The May 21st  Planting of Intersection Corners was a wonderful success! We had volunteers from the community, the city and as far away as Durham NC! We had volunteers from almost every block from Madison to Corcoran and from Austin to Menard streets.  Thanks so much to so many people. A special thanks to all...
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