Help us raise a little dough.
Thanks to the folks at Homemade Pizza Co. (1651 N Wells St) for their generosity! On January 9th from 1-9pm a portion of your purchases will be donated to the Old Town Triangle Association. What delicious support - Mille Grazie!
Plan to attend our Annual Dinner, General Membership Meeting and Anuual Election
Thursday, January 31st (Dinner at 6:30pm, Meeting at 8) at the Triangle Building
1763 North Park Ave.
Linda Sarli came in 1st Place
on November 10th at our 2nd Annual “Anything But Turkey” Potluck Party with her amazing Apple Cranberry Crisp!
Psssst. She’s sharing her secret with us…
Message from the President
I want to thank those who attended the Old Town Triangle Safety Meeting Monday, July 30th.
A special thanks goes to Commander Kenneth Angarone, Sgts. Cynthia Schumann, Ed Wodnicki, and Dr. Ron Rufo, all of our 18th Police District, and Ald. Michele Smith of the 43rd Ward, who gave the overflow crowd safety tips and answered questions.
They informed the neighborhood about incidents of crime in the area, and what to do to protect not only ourselves, but our property.
Some of those tips are as follows:
- Be aware of crime and alert other neighbors in the area
- Remember to lock doors and windows and activate the alarm and video surveillance system if you have one
- Call 911 to report any suspicious person(s), vehicle(s), or activity near your residence
- Call 911 and provide a detailed description of the offender(s) including any vehicle description and license plate information
- If possible don't walk alone and stay in well-lighted areas
- Be aware of any persons or vehicles that my be following you
- Avoid carrying purses or bags that are visible to others. Place your wallet, cell phone, keys, and other valuables in the inside pockets of your clothing. Avoid carrying an excessive amount of currency and/or credit cards.
Safety Tips for Your Home:
- Close and lock all entrance doors
- Use strong locks and solid doors
- Reinforce door frames
- Close and lock all windows
- Keep all areas well-lighted
- Keep trees and shrubs trimmed
- Keep security gates closed
- Mark your address clearly on your garage
- Secure your air conditioners so they cannot be pushed or pulled out
- Keep an inventory for all items of value and record their serial numbers
- Consider installing residental/garage burglar alarms and or private security cameras
- Be observant
- Call the police (911) about suspicious persons
When on vacation....
- Use automatic timers for lights and radio
- Lower the tone or shut off your telephone ringer
- Leave your drapes and blinds open
- Have a trusted neighbor: Pick up mail and newspapers; use your garbage cans; visit your residence each day; and check entrance doors and windows
Safety Tips for Joggers:
- Run or jog in a familiar and well-lighted area
- Look and Listen. If running or jogging alone, avoid wearing headphones or items that can impair your hearing. Whenever you wear headphones, keep the volume at a level that allows you to maintain situational awareness
- Continue making mental notes of your exact location
- Always wear reflective or bright colored clothing, or accessories
- If possible, run or jog with a friend or in a group
- Consider carrying a whistle or high decibel personal alarm device
- If possible, change your route regularly in order to eliminate an easily detectable pattern
- If you suspect that you are being followed, go to the nearest residence or business.
- Never leave your bike unlocked
- Lock to a secure pole or bike rack
- Do not leave items (lights, bags, pump) on your bike unless you don't intent to keep them
- Secure your bicycle seat or take it with you
- Use two high-quality locks for the frame and the wheels and a third lock for the seat
- Consider installing anti-theft bolts on your front wheels, or use hose clamps around your wheel clip
- Do not leave your bicycle outside overnight
- Use a lock that takes time to break. U-Locks are good but can be pryed open. Place a plumber's tee over the protruding end and or "bad bones" in the middle of the lock. The latest U-Lock models do not have an protruding end
- Register your bike at www.cityofchicago.org.
- Register Your Security Camera System with the ChicagoPlan!
(Get involved in fighting crime and improving the quality of life
in your neighborhood. Help the Police capture the crime and the criminal by registering your private closed circuit camera system today.)
There may be self-defense or judo classes available at the Midwest Buddhist Temple or at the Triangle this fall for women if there is enough interest. Contact the Old Town Triangle Association if you are interested in either: email@example.com, or 312-337-1938.
Lastly, mark your calendar for 7 p.m., Sept. 13, which is the regular CAPS meeting at the Triangle Center, 1763 N. North Park Ave.
Services Set for Long-Time Triangle Resident
Tessa Craib-Cox 1944-2012
Memorial Service and Reception
2 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 22
St. Chrysostom's Church
1424 N. Dearborn Parkway
The Triangle office has treegators to loan to water the Triangle trees during this drought. If you don't want to use the treegators, please don't forget to water the parkway trees.
(Treegators are plastic bags that surround the trees and water them for two days at a time, slowly, so the water reaches the roots.)
Mark Your Calendars
Members of the Old Town Triangle Association are invited to a Cook County Town Hall Meeting concerning the county budget, at 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 17, at the DePaul University Art Museum, 935 W. Fullerton.
The purposes of the meeting is to discuss the preliminary budget of $3 billion and its uses, in an era of declining revenue.
Association Volunteers Walk the Triangle in 43 Ward Walk-About
Members of the Neighborhood Improvement Committee and interested neighbors walked through the Triangle on a foggy Saturday morning to identify infrastructure needs and give them to Alderman Michele Smith.
Another group identified an alley that needed extensive work, only to find out that it was going to be resurfaced .... by lifting a soggy flyer.
Hotel Lincoln is Open for Business
Check them out: http://hotellincolnchicago.com
The Old Town Triangle Was Proud to Host One of Its Own
In March Eric Klinenberg discussed his "hot" new book
Eric, an NYU professor, and PhD, grew up across the street from the Triangle Center. Triangle neighbors welcomed him home.
Old Town Artist, Architect, Now Cabaret Singer
Gunduz Dagdelen Ast launches yet another career.
"Its Time to Start Living," Collection of 14 songs in English, Spanish, Turkish, French, Yiddish.
Available on Amazon or CD Baby
New Board and Leadership Elected at Annual Meeting
Members the Association elected their board for the upcoming 2012-2013 year at the Annual Meeting and Dinner, Jan. 26.
Serving will be:
First Vice President
Take a look at this parade of pooches included in this year's calendar. Click on this link to see our entrants and winners, which are one and the same, because they are all special.
Thanks to everyone who made it to the Old Town Triangle "Anything but Turkey" pot luck dinner Thursday evening November 17th. It was a hit by any measure: neighbors (60+) coming together just to have a good time with one another. We welcomed our Alderman, Michele Smith, among our guests as well as current and former board members, and a convivial cross section of Old Town neighbors of all ages and tenures.
43rd Ward Office Has Moved
It is now at 2523 N. Halsted
9 a.m. - 12 p.m., 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
To sign up for the Alderman’s newsletter go to: Ward43.org In the upper right hand corner is a place to sign up.
I Buy Old Town launched last summer. To see participants, click on the iBOT program. Support the local merchants who support us by offering special discounts uniquely tailored to OTTA members. Come in anytime to get your OTTA member ID and loyalty card.
More than 60 Old Town Triangle residents attended a talk and reading by NPR’s Scott Simon at the Triangle Center on June 26.
Images of the 2011 Old Town Art Fair thanks to Bob Dowey
You can stream online OTTA's 2011 production of Love Letters. Thanks once again to Steve Weiss for producing and posting this video on the OTTA Vimeo Channel.
Maintain the safety, beauty, and charm of our brick sidewalks and parkways. Find out more about the continuing NIC Brick Repair and Replacement Program here.