Volunteers Turn Out for Neighborhood Spring Cleaning
The UVA is grateful to those who volunteered Saturday, April 20 to pick up debris throughout the neighborhood as part of the city of Chicago's annual spring Clean and Green. Studens from UIC and St. Ignatius joined local residents to clean a parking lot and a vacant lot.
Ald. Bob Fioretti's office provided T-shirts and arranged for lunch provided by 7-Eleven. A special shout-out to Patio, longtime hot dog and beef restaurant on Taylor Street, for providing mustard when it was needed.
The city's next clean-up wil be held in October.
TO VOLUNTEER FOR IT AND OTHER NEIGHBORHHOD PROJECTS, CONTACT UVA: 312-243-3773 OR EMAIL: KATHY@UVALITTLEITALY.COM.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR -- Taylor Street's Festa Italiana set for Aug. 22-25
New UVA Executive Director Starts
UVA is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathy Catrambone as the new executive director for the association. Kathy takes over on Monday, April 8th from Chris Provenzano who recently announced that he will be moving on to a new position within Cook County government. UVA president John Walsh stated, "We're pleased to welcome Kathy to UVA. She was a finalist for the position in 2009, and to have her available to take over from Chris is a great opportunity for UVA. 2013 should be an exciting year for the association and our community. We look forward to a successful year with Kathy leading UVA."
Kathy, a Tri-Taylor native, moved into a newly-constructed condo on Fillmore Street in 1999. Her father's family grew up and maried in the St. Callistus parish; her mother's family, in the Our Lady of Pompeii parish. She was a reporter and editor for more than 30 years, wrote two books, including "Taylor Street: Chicago's Little Italy," and worked as communications manager for campaigns on the state and federal levels. She operates Big Tours of Little Italy, which gives tours of the neighborhood.
Property Owners Honored by UVA for Outstanding Restoration Efforts
Four years ago, UVA created a special recognition program for exemplary restoration efforts by local property owners. Previously recipients recognized by UVA include David and Ronald Harris of Harris Brothers Realty for their restoration work on their numerous properties throughout our community as well as local realtor Bill Altier for his restoration work to his 1516 W. Taylor Street building.
At UVA's January 29th board meeting, UVA gave special recognition to business owner and resident Mario DiPaolo for his restoration efforts to his 1076 W. Taylor building as well as his cumulative restoration projects over many years. Also recognized was Mr. Robert Angevin (pictured) for his restoration work to his building at 1401 W. Taylor Street.
Mayor, Aldermen & Police Leaders Open The New 12th District Police Station
The Chicago Police Department's 12th District has a new home at 1412 S. Blue Island Ave. On Saturday, December 15, 2012, Mayor Emanuel along with Alderman Danny Solis, Alderman Bob Fioretti, Alderman Walter Burnett, Alderman Jason Ervin commemorated the opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony (pictured above). About 100 local residents came out for this special event. The new police station is 44,000 square feet in size and has brought a host of technology upgrades and advancements to better assist police personnel in their work efforts.
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