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Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Ellen Alexander

Last Supper
The dead Jews in Pittsburgh would have shared a fresh challah bread
After finishing Sabbath prayers.
The dead children at Parkland would have devoured their sandwiches, instead of leaving them, still wrapped, in untouched backpacks after their bodies were removed.
If you have been murdered, can you still call it a prayer service? A last supper?

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Ellen Alexander

Ode II AR-15: Pittsburgh
In the midst of the shema the elderly fall Forward.
Devout citizenry and priests wrap them in white linen.
Bodies still wet with blood.
Again and yet more blameless lives are lost in darkness.
God rules His Kingdom blindly, His outstretched arms cannot reach the dying
They will not be touched again.
The lonely, the enraged and the sickly hide their deepening despair,
They quietly sing lullabies of hatred to each other and the Cloud,
And cuddle their AR 15s, hidden, invisible and silent – until it is certain
That there will be no commandment from God.
Only a warning. Choose Grace or hate.

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association/Canal Shores

Statement About MWRD Vote
The Evanston Wilmette Golf Course Association issued the following statement on Nov. 16 regarding the 5-4 vote to allow the Cook County Highway Department to construct a road through a portion of one hole of the golf course:
“On November 15, the MWRD Board voted 5-4 to approve the request for an easement on the 10th hole of Canal Shores Golf Course that will pave the way for construction of a 426-foot-long road for the benefit of a politically-connected landowner. While this vote is a stunning setback and sets a dangerous precedent by permitting the use of public land for private benefit, this is only the first step in a much larger battle, one that is not over yet. Canal Shores has been around for 100 years, and we will fight to ensure it is around for another 100 years.
“We are grateful and humbled by the outpouring of support from golfers, neighbors, conservationists and countless others who oppose construction of a roadway at public expense for the sole benefit of a private developer.”

Posted: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Rebecca Groble Hull

Winter is once again upon with the beauty snow brings. And once again, some sidewalks in the business districts are shoveled and de-iced and others are not. Some alley sidewalks between businesses are easy to cross and others are a sheet of ice. Some meters are easy to reach, and others require mountaineering crampons and trekking poles. I want to support our local businesses, but when the city and business owners can't keep sidewalks clear including easy access to meters, I'm not able to.

Posted: Sunday, November 25, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Craig McClure

The "Yes" vote to save the Harley Clarke was a fantasy perpetuated by a common fallacy in Evanston - that "other people" will pay for it.

The ballot question was sort of like "Do you want Santa Claus to come to your house?" When Santa brings presents, they're free, aren't they? Who isn't going to vote "Yes" on that?

As I said during the League of Women Voters Evanston forum in which I was one of the panelists, no one is showing up with the BIG CHECK on the "Save" side. The last time they tried, the Lakehouse Gardens group came up short in their fundraising, and they tried to foist a financially risky lease onto the city.

I'm proud to be one of the contributors to the Evanston Lighthouse Dunes group, and I'm in good company there. Like many other contributors to that group, we live nowhere near the Harley Clarke.

Ultimately, the city needs to continue working toward getting that architecturally insignificant "McMansion" structure removed from that lakefront property using the funds raised by ELD. Hopefully the city succeeds because city funds are certainly not there for this.

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2018
Guestbook entry by: Patrick Keenan-Devlin Executive Director, Moran Center

We the undersigned urge the City Council to reject the $150,000 cut to the Mental Health Board Budget for 2019 and preserve 2018 funding levels. We recognize that many other critical services are being reduced within the proposed budget however, given our role as the social safety net within our community, we cannot tolerate any cuts. The proposed reduction to the Mental Health Board’s 2019 funding represents a 20% reduction in comparison to 2018 ($736,373). The City’s proposal to reduce the Mental Health Board’s funding lacks vision and is dangerous for those that rely on the services and programs we provide.

Our agencies drive equity, maintain diversity, and expand opportunities for vulnerable and disconnected residents. We keep community members out of broken institutions and systems, and in Evanston – working, living, and thriving.

We work together to:

• operate supportive programs and services for older adults, enriching their lives and maintaining connection with the community
• offer wrap-around, community-based housing solutions for adults with developmental disabilities, mental health challenges, and homeless youth, preventing vulnerable populations from being institutionalized while building a truly inclusive community
• counsel children, youth, and parents, managing crises, keeping families intact, and aiding in recovery
• feed kids breakfast and help with their homework, propelling their social-emotional and academic learning
• help residents access critical public benefits, helping maintain their financial stability
• screen children so they receive essential early interventions, setting them up for greater success
• deliver after school programming so children are learning in safe, nurturing environments outside of the classroom
• provide emergency shelters, ensuring that no one is pushed out of our community because of homelessness
• prepare free meals for struggling adults, allowing them to continue living in their homes and in our community and
• care for and educate infants and toddlers, while supporting their families' efforts to be self-sufficient providers and effective parents.

Collectively, we provide critical services that protect and promote the mental health and welfare of vulnerable children, youth, families, and seniors. Our impact is valued by the entire community. As reflected in the 2019 Priority-Based Budgeting Resident Survey, residents prioritized funding for the Mental Health Board over all other city services. The cut to the Mental Health Board is not only harmful to our residents, but also is not reflective of our community’s values, priorities, and commitment to equity.

The agencies currently funded by the Mental Health Board and who are presently seeking funding deliver comprehensive services and programs with minimal investment from the City – an incredible “return on investment.” Last year, we collectively served over 5,000 families with $736,373 from the Mental Health Board, providing complex services at only $147 per person. Furthermore, without these critical services, costs down the road will increase as older adults without support in their homes will require more expensive long-term care, young children who could benefit from early screening and intervention for developmental delays will be unprepared for kindergarten, and young people with untreated mental health issues or unaddressed special needs will fall behind in school, drop out, and will be more likely to end up entangled in the juvenile (in)justice system. These are long-term cost savings we cannot ignore if our community is to remain viable.

If you share our opposition to the Mental Health Board’s funding cuts, please contact your Alderman to express your disapproval. Tell your Alderman to reject cuts to Evanston’s social safety net!

Kim Hammock, Executive Director
Books & Breakfast
Carole Teske, Board Chair
Books & Breakfast

Ann Sickon, Executive Director
Center for Independent Futures
Dana La Chapelle, Board Chair
Center for Independent Futures

Patti Capouch, Chief Executive Officer
Impact Behavioral Health Partners
Renee Lanam, Board Chair
Impact Behavioral Health Partners

Carol Teske, Executive Director
Childcare Network of Evanston
Jonny Basofin, Board Chair
Childcare Network of Evanston

Colette Allen, Director
Family Focus-Evanston
Rose Johnson, Board Chair
Family Focus-Evanston

Susan Murphy, Executive Director
Interfaith Action of Evanston
Birch Burghardt, Board Chair
Interfaith Action of Evanston

Lindsay Percival, Executive Director
Learning Bridge Early Education Center
Laura Antolin, Board President
Learning Bridge Early Education Center

Patrick Keenan-Devlin, Executive Director
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy
Betsy Lehman, Board Chair
Moran Center for Youth Advocacy

Betty Bogg, Executive Director
Connections for the Homeless David Greer, Board President
Connections for the Homeless

Stephen Vick, Executive Director
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
Marcia Richman, Board President
Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

Chantal Healey, Executive Director
Open Studio Project
Dayna Block, Board President
Open Studio Project

Kathy Honeywell, Director
Elizabeth Gordon, Managing Director
North Shore Senior Center
Stuart Smith, Board Chair
North Shore Senior Center

Maureen McDonnell, Executive Director
PEER Services

John Mayes, Executive Director
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare
Stephen M. Fatum, Board Chair
Trilogy Behavioral Healthcare

Ann Fisher Raney, Chief Executive Officer
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center
Scott Kaplan, Board President
Turning Point Behavioral Health Care Center

Maggie Blinn DiNovi, Chief Executive Officer
Youth & Opportunity United
Cindy Wilson, Board President
Youth & Opportunity United

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