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Hamlin Park Neighbors Put Crime in The Past and Build Future

By Geoff Dankert

After a brief spate of gang-related crime in 2011 and 2012, Hamlin Park area residents are concentrating on making their neighborhood the next great place to live with plans for park improvements and lots of new construction homes.

Hamlin Shooting: ‘It’s All on Film’

By Patty Wetli

Chicago Police 19th District Executive Officer Capt. Mike Ryan insists on equipping the squad cars under his command with video cameras. In the early hours of Sept. 11, one of those cameras captured officers in pursuit of a suspicious vehicle. “A person in the car reaches out, fires two shots,” said Ryan. “You see it–’bang, Read the Rest…

Density a Hot-Button Issue as Initial Plans for Lathrop Redevelopment Revealed

By Patty Wetli

With the cancellation of a planned Sept. 27 meeting to introduce redevelopment plans for the Lathrop Homes, combined with Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) posting initial designs online (see below), the board members of Hamlin Park Neighbors (HPN) are concerned the train is about to leave the station without them and have decided to play a Read the Rest…

Hamlin Park Gets CPD Roll Call

By Geoff Dankert

The woman in the long purple dress and matching hat looked perplexed as she approached the brace of Chicago Police Department officers lined up in the service lot of Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne. “What’s going on?” she asked loudly. “Is the mayor here?” He was not, but she could be forgiven some confusion. She’d Read the Rest…

Jahn’s New Leadership Team Prepared to Move Mountains

By Patty Wetli

There’s a new sheriff principal in town at Jahn World Language School, 3149 N. Wolcott Ave. Stephanie Bloom, who was selected by the Local School Council in June to replace the retiring Sulma Grigalunas, has wasted no time in assembling her leadership team and crafting a new vision for the elementary school. Bloom, a former Read the Rest…

Initial Designs for Lathrop Homes Redevelopment To Be Revealed in September

By Patty Wetli

The Chicago Housing Authority’s plan to redevelop the Julia C. Lathrop Homes public housing complex at Diversey and Clybourn continues to inch forward. Three proposed designs will be presented to the public in late September, offering a range of options for the site’s future, according to Craig Sieben, a member of the Lathrop Homes Working Read the Rest…

New Commander Named for 19th Police District

By Patty Wetli

In a move apparently announced via the Twitter feed of Ald. James Cappleman (46th), Commander John Kenny has been replaced by Elias “Eli” Voulgaris as the head of the 19th Police District. The switch was otherwise circulated quietly. “I don’t know if they even let the community know,” said a spokesman for Chicago Police News Read the Rest…

Police Say New Gang Graffiti in Hamlin Park Designed to Taunt Rivals

By Geoff Dankert

Chicago police say a new appearance of gang graffiti around the pool deck at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., is likely designed to “taunt” rivals, leading some neighbors to fear an escalation in violence around the park. Neighbors say the latest example of “tagging” appeared after midnight on Sunday on the outside of the Read the Rest…

‘Habitat For Hamlin’ to Raise Funds for New Playground

By Geoff Dankert

Do you remember 1988? A gallon of gasoline cost 91 cents. Rain Man cleaned up at the Oscars. NASA launched the Hubble space telescope. And the Chicago Park District renovated the playground at Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave. Twenty-four years later, gas has topped $4, Tom Cruise and NASA have both lost their mojo, Read the Rest…

Principal Search: Burley Progressing Faster Than Jahn

By Geoff Dankert

With dozens of principals retiring from CPS this year, the race is on for schools to recruit and hire replacements by the beginning of the 2012-13 school year. Among those in hiring mode: Burley Elementary, 1630 W. Barry Ave., and Jahn World Language School, 3149 N. Wolcott St., which differ widely in the pace of Read the Rest…

Crime Drops Around Hamlin Park, House at Center of Gang Activity Remains Trouble Spot

By Geoff Dankert

As Chicago’s Hamlin Park, 3035 N. Hoyne Ave., prepares for an increase in visitors brought on by warmer weather and the end of the school year, a Roscoe View Journal analysis shows a decrease in reports of criminal activity near the park since the most recent shooting less than two months ago. At the same Read the Rest…

Store Near Hamlin Park Closes; Building Owner ‘Getting Rid Of Garbage’

By Geoff Dankert

The owner of a building that until recently was home to a controversial convenience store near Hamlin Park said the closure of the store is an effort to rid the neighborhood of a gang element that has been linked to a persistent trend of crime. “We wanted to get rid of that garbage on the Read the Rest…

Police Commander Promises Beefed Up Patrols Around Hamlin Park

By Geoff Dankert

People living around Hamlin Park should soon see increased police patrols and a dedicated presence during the coming summer youth baseball season, based on assurances from the man in charge of enforcement in the neighborhood. Chicago Police 19th District Commander John Kenny laid out the department’s plan for increasing presence around Hamlin Park during Monday Read the Rest…

Crime Concerns Bedevil Hamlin Park Neighbors As Group Reboots

By Geoff Dankert

Darcy DeWolfe has seen a lot of changes in the Damen Avenue corridor since she moved into her Roscoe Village home back in 1998. A lot of those changes involve the explosion of large three-flat and single-family homes on the streets around her block. However, she says she and her neighbors have started seeing things Read the Rest…

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