This week, the 3rd Ward Meeting WILL NOT take place at Prairie Lakes so that residents can attend the Park District Public Forum at West Park at 7pm on April 8. The forum is regarding the proposed pocket park at 968 S. Second Ave. I will be there along with Park District staff. To view a proposed layout of the park, visit www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard (no login required).
Welcome to 3rdWard.org, a website dedicated to communication and transparency between Des Plaines City Government and you. This website, maintained by 3rd Ward Alderman Denise Rodd, is designed to keep neighbors engaged in their community and informed about issues.
In early January, a vehicle accident caused the Westfield neighborhood sign at Second and Thacker to fall from its post and crack in half. The grandfather of a Terrace Elementary School student, who had re-created the Terrace school sign on Westgate, volunteered to re-create the Westfield sign. It's now hanging proudly back where it belongs. For the full story and photos of how the sign was re-made, visit the 3rd Ward Facebook page.
Watch the latest video in the Des Plaines @ Your Service series. This one features all the information about the leaf collection service offered by the Public Works Department and Republic Services.
Remembrances for Alderman Sojka
- You can sign a Book of Remembrance in the City Hall lobby to be given to Ald. Sojka's family. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also check the calendar on the City's website for Commission, Committee and Board meetings held in the evenings when the lobby will also be open.
- There will be a formal recognition honoring Ald. Sojka at the September 2nd City Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. (held on a Tuesday as Monday that week is Labor Day).
- As more information becomes available about other remembrances, I will post it to www.3rdWard.org and www.Facebook.com/DP3rdWard.
On behalf of the Des Plaines Special Events Commission, I would like to invite everyone to Woodlawn Park for the next Sunday Scoop ice cream social event. Woodlawn Park is located in the Third Ward at 875 Woodlawn Ave., between Third and Fourth Avenues just north of Greenview Ave. Come to the park to enjoy some free ice cream, sweet toppings, and quality time with friends and family. View the Woodlawn Park Map.
In the latest Ward R3PORT newsletter, local historian, Brian Wolf, takes a fond look back at corner stores in Des Plaines as a new one is about to open in the 3rd Ward. Learn about the fireworks ordinance in Des Plaines, what the plan is for ash tree removal, and much more. Read the 2014 Spring/Summer newsletter.
The Des Plaines Department of Health and Human Services is helping to coordinate the annual Paint-A-Thon to take place on September 27, 2014. This event organizes volunteers to paint the exteriors of homes owned by people with limited resources who are at least 60 years old or have a permanent disability that makes them unable to do the work themselves.
To volunteer, contact Annette Sommer at HandsOn Suburban Chicago at firstname.lastname@example.org or (847) 228-1320. Individuals who would like to apply to have their homes painted, must complete this form and mail it to the address on the form.
Take this flyer with you the next time you dine at Silver Stallion at 1295 Lee Street in Des Plaines any time during the month of March, and they will donate a portion of your bill to the Self Help Closet & Pantry!
It's a new year, and Des Plaines is gearing up for a busy one. Read about the Mayor's Address to Business and how the City Council is working together on high-priority issues. Read the Winter newsletter.