WHAT'S HAPPENING IN SAUGANASH PARK:
For those of you who may not know (unbelievably so), there was quite a bit of excitement in our quiet little city neighborhood. On Wednesday, October 29th, our 17th District Police removed a family of squatters who had falsely filed adverse possession papers with the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. Our community unleashed its collective power on these criminals through word of mouth, social media (Next Door, in particular), our local CAPS meeting, and calls to the proper authorities to ensure swift action in this case.
While the squatters are indeed gone, Alderman Laurino strongly suggests that you take advantage of the free fraud alert service with the Recorder of Deeds office. Through this free fraud alert registration, you will receive notification should someone try to file false documentation against your property. Visit www.cookcountypropertyfraudalert.com and register your property ID number. It's quick and easy but especially important for those selling their homes. If you have a neighbor who owns an unoccupied home in the neighborhood, please share this vital information with them.
While this was a very unwelcome situation, it was great to witness our SPCA board and community members coming together to right this wrong, lawfully and expeditiously. We hope that, if you haven't already done so, you will consider supporting this great neighborhood through membership to the association. Dues remain at the very modest rate of $30 per household/$20 for seniors 64+. That's less than $3 a month to support the many events, services, and communications the board strives to provide. With another brutal winter predicted, we will need all of your help to continue to afford our snowplowing service (which will be in use soon, no doubt!).
We also need the support of volunteers, from block captains to community liaisons to helpers to maintain our community garden. Whichever appeals to you, there's room for your service! For block captains, contact Cynthia De Salazar at (773) 895-5734. For volunteering with the community garden, contact Christine Kunz at (773) 685-0051; 8th graders in need of service hours are welcome to volunteer and get credit!
Also, we still need a replacement to fill the shoes of Rich Nicholson, who has had the Herculean task of "hot dog duty" every 4th of July for many, many years. Please see Rich at the meeting to learn more about what's involved.
Our next board meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 12th, at 6:30 PM in the board room of North Shore Community Bank, 4343 W. Peterson. If you wish to join the board, please simply attend the meeting. All are welcome!
Wishing all of our veterans a very Happy Veterans Day! Thank you for your service to this great country of ours. Also, may you all be blessed with the love of family and friends during this Thanksgiving. Let's all take a little time to be grateful.