Category: Members Meeting

SIGNS AND DOLLAR SIGNS: Can signs help a community

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 life…

Meeting Tonight at 6:30PM

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 events…

MEET TO PLAN, TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7

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 build…

Join With Others to Create a Brighter 2012 for Austin

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 together…

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 bring…

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 well…

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 was…

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 Liberties…

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 is…

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 Charmatz…

October Monthly Meeting on Tuesday

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  

Monthly Meeting HIghlights Positive Developments in Austin

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, September…

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 neighborhoods…

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. We…

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 with…

Developing a Plan vs Walking in Circles

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 them,…

Police Board Meeting Strategy for Improving Police Performance

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 surprised…

CANA July Meeting

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 a…

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 in…

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 promises,…

MONTHLY MEETING TONIGHT, TUESDAY

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

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

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 to…

Corner Planting Wrap Up With Safer Foundation Volunteers

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 help…