Evanston IL Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King

Evanston IL Celebrates the Life of Martin Luther King

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On Monday January 19th it is a an American Federal Holiday MLK was considered the countries chief spokesman for for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement. This  holiday was started in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

In Evanston IL at the Northwestern University Campus there is a program that goes on all day while at the Chicago campus there will also be activities celebrating the life of Dr King.

I quote Northwestern University:

Northwestern University celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

“Martin Luther King was born in 1929 in an America where, because of the color of their skin, nearly 1 in 10 people lived lives that were separate and unequal. In Montgomery, Alabama a rule required all blacks to sit in the rear of public buses. In 1955, when Rosa Parks was told to move to the back of the bus, she said, “No.” Martin Luther King, at that time, a young minister in a local Baptist church, then organized a boycott of the bus company—a boycott that stunned the country. Within 6 months the courts had ruled the segregation of public transportation unconstitutional. Dr. King had awakened a sense that true justice must be colorblind, and that among white and black Americans, as he put it, “Their destiny is tied up with our destiny, and their freedom is inextricably bound to our freedom; we cannot walk alone.”

During his all too short lifetime (1929-1968), Dr. King was a leader in the movement to end racial segregation in the United States. He was an advocate of non-violent protest and became the youngest man to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (signed into law on November 2, 1983 and first officially observed on the third Monday of January 1986) is an American holiday marking the birthday of Dr. King. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15.

The national Martin Luther King Day of Service was started by former Pennsylvania U.S. Senator Harris Wofford and Georgia Congressman John Lewis, who co-authored the King Holiday and Service Act. The federal legislation challenges Americans to transform the King Holiday into a day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. President Bill Clinton signed the federal legislation into law on August 23, 1994.

In 1980, only 12 years after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., before a national holiday had been enacted, and before the MLK monument was conceived, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Alpha Mu chapter at Northwestern University initiated the commemoration of this fallen leader and their fraternity brother.  What was at first the only University event and what is now known as the Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil included collaboration with the Department of African-American Student Affairs and the University Chaplain’s office.  The event was a success from the beginning and became a Northwestern staple in 1983 with the appearance of Chicago mayoral candidate Harold Washington as keynote speaker.  Then-Congressman Washington spoke to an enthusiastic capacity crowd in McCormick Auditorium in the Norris Center.  A month later he was elected mayor of Chicago.

The Northwestern University community has celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. King since 1987 with an expanded special commemoration, including stage events, discussions, lectures, films, music, theater and service projects throughout the week to inspire reflection on Dr. King’s life and legacy, including the continuation of the Alpha Phi Alpha Candlelight Vigil. In January 2013, Northwestern designated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day as an official University-recognized annual holiday for students, faculty and staff.”

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Evanston IL Talks Of Tearing Down the Harley Clarke Mansion

Last week I wrote a post about the Evanston IL Grosse Point Lighthouse and the Harley Clarke Mansion. We hear now that the City Of Evanston is considering tearing down the Harley Clarke Mansion. If you look at the building it is hard to tell without touring the inside that the building is in a deep state of disrepair.

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For many years the building housed the Evanston Art Center and when an engineering report was done to find out what it would take to get the property back to city code the figure was in the millions. This property is beautiful and it was be a tragic if it were torn down.

Evanston Now a very popular news source for Evanston and people interested in the town has an article about this situation which I will quote:

“Evanston aldermen Monday will consider whether to move toward tearing down the city-owned lakefront Harley Clarke mansion.

City Manager Wally Bobkiewicz plans to tell the Human Services Committee that efforts to reach an agreement with the state Department of Natural Resources to convert the building into offices for its Coastal Management Program have failed and that he sees little chance of finding another prospective tenant who would meet the council’s goals for having only “low impact” uses at the site.

With the building’s current tenant, the Evanston Art Center, scheduled to leave by mid-year for its own renovated building on Central Street, Bobkiewicz says it’s important that the city not allow the deteriorating building to stand empty.

So he is asking aldermen to authorize him to seek estimates for “deconstruction” of the building — dismantling it in a way that would preserve as much as possible of its parts for possible reuse.

The city has been seeking a new use — and a deep-pocketed new user — for the mansion since mid-2011, when officials concluded it needed more expensive maintenance and rehabilitation work than the city could afford.

Aldermen rejected the only firm proposal for a new use — Col. Jennifer Pritzker’s offer to expand the mansion and turn it into a 57-room boutique hotel — 18 months ago, after neighbors organized a campaign opposing the deal.

How to read an MLS sheet

Noah Seidenberg:

This was a popular blog post so for some folks who may have missed it here is it again: Now to read the Multiple Listing Service

Originally posted on The Evanstonian:

For those of you who are looking to buy a home, it’s most likely that your Realtor is providing you listings to view, either online or on paper, with information from the Multiple Listing Service (MLS).  On those listings, you’re able to see photos, address, bed and bath count, and numerous other information about the home.  But for those who haven’t done it before, it’s very common for Realtors to use abbreviations as well as the MLS is known to shorten information.  I thought this might be a good lesson in some of the more common uses on an MLS sheet.  I am going to use the information from the Multiple Listing Service of Northern Illinois, now known as MRED (Midwest Real Estate Data).  This is the MLS for the region where I work.

The first thing most buyers will look at is the bedroom and bathroom count, also abbreviated…

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Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

Evanston IL has a nice program to train people to eventually get jobs with the City OF Evanston IL. I think this is a wonderful program to help provide jobs and skills to people and help develop a higher self esteem and great job to go with it.Evanston IL Apprentice Employment Program

The city of Evanston calls this opportunity the “Utilities Apprentice Program Open to All Evanston Residents Seeking Employment” An applicant just has to be 18 years of age and have at least a High School Diploma or GED and a valid drivers license.

I quote the city of Evanston IL

“EVANSTON, IL – Looking for a new employment opportunity? The Evanston Utilities Department invites all residents age 18 and older to apply to its Water Worker 1 Apprentice Program by Wednesday, December 31.

Apprentices will have the opportunity to gain exposure to the Water & Sewer Industry; develop skills in underground utility maintenance; develop skills maintaining water plant equipment; become familiar with requirements for City of Evanston workers; and earn an Illinois Commercial Driver’s License (CDL).

Apprentice positions are full-time, two-year positions and start at $11 an hour. Applications can be completed online at cityofevanston.org/utilities until December 31. All applicants are also required to take a written test on Thursday, January 15, 10 a.m., in the Parasol Room at the Morton Civic Center, located at 2100 Ridge Ave.

No previous experience within the field is required. However, all applicants must possess a high school diploma or GED, have a valid driver’s license and safe driving record (or have the ability to obtain a license), and be a resident of Evanston (Zip code 60201 or 60202).

Chosen candidates will be subject to a qualifying pre-employment medical examination and drug/alcohol screening.

To view the program’s training guide and other information, visit cityofevanston.org/utilities or call/text 847-448-4311.” For convenience, Evanston residents can dial 3-1-1.

Evanston IL Nutcracker On Ice December 12 to 14th

Evanston IL Nutcracker On Ice December 12 to 14th

For the past 40 years as of this year The Evanston IL Robert Crown Community Center its sharing its wonderful ice show and giving 4 performances this season. It is a truly beautiful and moving Nutexperience that so many people look forward to.

The City of Evanston says:

“The Nutcracker on Ice,” Robert Crown Community Center’s beloved winter ice show, will celebrate its 40th year entertaining families with four performances this holiday season.

Two matinees and two evening performances of the special holiday show, performed by Robert Crown Center ice skating school students and competitive figure skaters, will be held the weekend of December 12-14, 2014. Show times are Friday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, December 13 at 2:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m.

To celebrate the 40th anniversary, every 40th person who attends a performance will receive a free pass to a Nutcracker-themed public skate session on Sunday, December 21. The special session will be held  from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Robert Crown Center’s main rink.

“The Nutcracker on Ice” features hundreds of skaters of all ages telling the familiar tale of Clara and her musical holiday adventures. Exquisite costumes, Tchaikovsky’s familiar music, and exciting special effects bring the characters to life, making this the perfect family show to spread the holiday spirit.

Tickets are $9 for general seating and $10 for reserved seating. Group discounts are available. New this year: general seating tickets are available online at http://www.cityofevanston.org/crown starting November 15. General and reserved tickets may be purchased in advance at Robert Crown Center or at the door, as well as by phone with a major credit card at 847-448-8258.

Robert Crown Community Center and Ice Complex is located at 1701 Main St., Evanston. For more information, please call/text 847-448-4311.

Here is a little video showing a more about the show

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Evanston IL Gets DIVVY Bike Share

Have you ever heard about DIVVY Bike share? It is a system where once you join you get access to nice bikes for a little riding around town by the hour. There are stations where the bicycles are set up and it is completely automated so you can get and return a bike whenever you want. So far this system is only available in New York City, Washington DC , Minneapolis, Miami, Columbus, San Francisco, Boulder, Boston, Houston, and Chicago Land.

Here is a photo I took today of a DIVVY bike station

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There are different types of memberships available including one I think is really cool and that is the ability to share with a non-member and get to go for a ride with a friend for 30 to 60 minutes or so when ever you want. There is no need for a reservation. I think this sounds like a lot of fun and here is a link to the City of Evanston’s DIVVY program if you want to learn more about it.

See you on the bike path at the beach (maybe next summer when it warms up).

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

Frank Lloyd Wright Trained John Van Bergen Home Moved To Evanston

The other day I wrote a blog called Historic Wilmette Home Being Moved To Evanston IL

The property was in FLW style and located in Wilmette IL which is one of my favorite villages with its cobble stone streets, vintage homes and beautiful Gilson Park Beach. The property was bought and the buyer was going to tear it down and build a modern house. Very sad for the vintage Historic home lovers like me.

Anyway, the home was saved and is being relocated to an even more favorite town of mine, Evanston IL which is my home town. During the time they are waiting to get it together they moved the home to a closed down grocery store in Evanston, the old Dominicks parking lot.

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Today I could not resist and I went over there and took some photos. I quote some of Wikipedia and its information on John Van Bergen first. Before I do that let me remind you that if you are ever thinking about property in Evanston IL or Wilmette IL you should talk to someone who really loves houses. That someone is me. I got into this business for my love and curiosity of architecture and getting to work with people. Some time check out Coldwell Banker Evanston.

I quote:

“John Van Bergen designed Prairie style homes, influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright. Prairie style homes designed by Van Bergen are often considered “excellent” or “outstanding” examples of the style and some of them have been declared local landmarks. In 1909 he went to work for Frank Lloyd Wright at his studio in Oak Park. At Wright’s studio he did working drawings for and supervised the Robie House and the Mrs. Thomas Gale Houses. The city of Chicago declared the Miller House, a 1915 example of Van Bergen’s Prairie style on South Paxton Avenue, a landmark on December 1, 1993. The Miller House was listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places in 1991. In the suburb of Wilmette the Bresbach House, another example of Van Bergen’s 1910s work, is a local landmark.”

This is the Bresbach Home

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