Neighborhood News
Friday, November 16, 2018
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Construction & Tree Trimming
Due to the early snow fall, City of Springfield will be finishing construction work for the season. Any new work will be postponed until 2019. 

11th Street Sewer Replacement: Patch 11th Street & 12th Street
Brick Street Repairs: Reynolds Street (Rutledge - 2nd Street)
Sidewalks: Finish sidewalk on Ash (5th-6th, south side) Also finish sidewalk on Lawrence (6th-7th, north side)
Ash Street Underpass: continuing work through the winter. Completion Summer 2019.

TREE TRIMMING
Beginning next week, Nelson Tree Service, CWLP’s contractor, will be trimming trees for the line clearance program in an area bound by MacArthur Boulevard, Calhoun Avenue, First Street and Madison Street. Trimming work will also continue in an area bound by Albany Street, Sangamon Avenue, Stockyard Road and Cincinnati Avenue . Additional crews will be assigned to identify and trim trouble spots around the city as well. 
Looking Ahead
CITY OF SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY HOURS
The City of Springfield offices, including Lincoln Library, will be closed Thursday, November 22 AND Friday, November 23 . Lincoln Library will be reopen on Saturday, November 24.

Residents needing assistance during those days, please contact the following numbers:
  • CWLP (Electrical Dispatch, Outage & Service Problems): 217.789.2121
  • Public Works Garage: 217.789.2246
  • Police (Non-Emergency): 217.788.8311

PUBLIC UTILITIES MEETING
The next City of Springfield Public Utilities Committee Meeting will be Monday, December 10 at 5:30 p.m. in the Springfield City Council Chambers, 300 S. Seventh St, 3rd floor . The meeting agenda will be made available in early December.

JOIN US FOR THE LAST 2018 WARD MEETING
There is one more Ward Meeting opportunity! Share your thoughts, ideas and concerns with the Mayor, Alderpersons and City Directors about your neighborhood, community and the city as a whole. It is a joint meeting with Ward 9 Alderman Jim Donelan and Ward 10 Alderman Ralph Hanauer and will take place Thursday, December 6 at 5:30 p.m. at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 2477 W. Washington Street.

COUNCIL AND COMMITTEE DATE CHANGES
The December 25 Committee of the Whole meeting has been moved to Thursday, December 20 . The following Council Meeting will be held on Thursday, January 3 .
City Announcements
TEEN POLICE ACADEMY NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS
The Springfield Police will once again offer their 3-day Teen Academy for teens 13-years through 17-years of age. This FREE program allows teens to join their peers and learn about the responsibilities of a police officer, tactics for defense, how an Emergency Response Team operates, firearms safety, gang awareness and much more. Participants are responsible for bringing their own lunch each day. The program will run January 2 - 4, 2019 and is from 9:00 a.m. - 12-noon each day.  Apply online  today! Questions? Call 217.788.8397.

PROJECT "RELIEF" ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS DECEMBER 3
City Water, Light and Power customers who need help paying their utility bill could qualify for assistance through their Project RELIEF program. Last year 112 families received utility assistance. To apply for aid through the program, please call the CWLP Project RELIEF Office at 217.789.2414 on or after December 3, 2018.  Customers meeting the minimum eligibility requirements will be scheduled for a meeting with Fifth Street Renaissance. 

Interested in donating to the program? Please know that all funds that are received for Project RELIEF go directly to those in need, without any amount being used to cover administrative costs. Individuals can sign up to add $1 or more to their monthly bill online at www.cwlp.com . One-time contributions are also accepted and may be made payable to Project RELIEF. Mail your donation to Fifth Street Renaissance, 315 N. Fifth Street, Springfield, IL 62702.

ASHIKAGA DELEGATION TO RECITE GETTYSBURG ADDRESS MONDAY
Join us as we listen to five students from Ashikaga, Japan, Springfield's Sister City, recite the Gettysburg Address. The event takes place Monday, November 19 at 10:00 a.m. at the Old State Capitol . This is the 16th year that students from Ashikaga have traveled to Abraham Lincoln's hometown to recite these words. The students competed among their peers and the top winners won a trip to Springfield to participate in this program. This year marks the 155th Anniversary of Lincoln's famous speech.

LAST CHANCE TO VOTE FOR SPRINGFIELD!
Springfield was selected to be in a national contest to receive the Levitt AMP [Your City] matching grant, which would bring 10 FREE CONCERTS to the Y-block in 2019. To make this happen WE NEED YOUR VOTE!   Go to www.LevittAMP.org and register. Then vote for Springfield!  It only takes 1 minute to vote to bring free music to our community next summer.  Voting ends November 20 .
The City of Springfield's residential fall yard waste/leaf pickup collection is now through the week of Monday, December 3 . Residents must place their leaves in paper yard waste bags or plastic containers that are no mo re than 30 gallons and weigh no more than 50 lbs. Yard waste should be placed curbside by 7:00 a.m. each Monday morning during the yard waste collection period Click her e for more information . Residents may also bring their yard waste to Evans Recycling, located at 2100 J. David Jones Parkway, Monday through Friday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. and Saturdays between 7:00 a.m. and 12-noon.  Drop off is free during the collection time period . For questions about the City of Springfield yard waste and leaf pickup, please email Public Works or call 217.789.2255.
Lincoln Library Activities & Classes
All activities are free and take place at Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7 th Street. For a complete listing of library events, visit their website .

LIBRARY HOLIDAY HOURS 
OPEN: Wednesday November 21 till 5:00 p.m. 
Closed all day on Thursday November 22
Closed all day on Friday November 23 
OPEN: Saturday, November 24 for regularly scheduled hours.

SUNDAY MATINEE: GRUMPY OLD MEN (PG-13)
Sunday, November 18  at 2:00 p.m. - Carnegie Room
Open to all ages

WINDOWS 10
Monday November 19 at 3:00 p.m.
Nancy Huntley Computer Classroom - 2nd Floor
Learn how to navigate the Windows 10 environment. Learn about changes and new features from the previous Windows versions. Look at the new internet browser, Microsoft Edge, and Cortana, a personal assistant program, as well as other tips to use Windows 10 better. Must have experience with mouse, Windows and the Internet .

COMMUNITY TUTORING
Monday November 19 at 5:00 p.m.
Community Tutoring Room - 2nd Floor
Provided in partnership with the Springfield Literacy Project, for adult learners and volunteers. Show up to receive assistance or offer to help.

TEEN SCENE SPECIAL EVENT: SNES Mario Kart Tournament
Wednesday November 21 at 2:30 p.m. - Bicentennial Room
Teen Scene Special Event: SNES Mario Kart Tournament. Ages 12-18 only. NOTE LOCATION CHANGE - EVENT WILL BE HELD IN BICENTENNIAL ROOM .
Upcoming Events
SPRINGFIELD HOLIDAY FARMERS MARKET
Saturday November 17   
9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
State House Inn, 101 E. Adams St.
Shop locally for fresh ingredients and unique gifts that will make all your holiday gatherings merry and bright. Held indoors and will feature more than 40 vendors from Central Illinois.

MEMORIAL FESTIVAL OF TREES: HOLIDAYS THROUGH OUR HISTORY
Saturday, November 17 – Sunday, November 25 
Hours vary
Illinois State Fairgrounds, Orr Building, 802 E. Sangamon Ave.
Adults - $5 and Children ages 3-12 - $3
This holiday tradition features more than 300 designed items; an elaborate hand-crafted Gingerbread Village; the Candy Cane Express train; the Little Elves’ Workshop craft area; snapshots with Santa; a boutique full of unique gift items; hand-decorated gingerbread cookies; and entertainment featuring dozens of musical performances. More info .

ART INVESTIGATION – AN ART OF ILLINOIS FAMILY TOUR
Sunday, November 18
2:30 p.m.
Illinois governor’s Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St.
Free. Art of Illinois family tours will be scheduled on the 3 rd Sunday of each month. Family tours take about 45 minutes and are designed for families with children ages 3-12. Reservations are required. Call 217.782.6450 to schedule.

OLD CAPITOL HOLIDAY WALKS AND HOLIDAYS AT THE OLD STATE CAPITOL
Saturdays - November 24, December 1, December 8, December 15, December 22
12-noon – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays – November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19
5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Downtown Springfield, 1 Old State Capitol Plaza
Time to get into the holiday spirit! There will be plenty of shopping, dining and holiday cheer to go around. During the Holiday Walks stop by the Old State Capitol and view the beautiful decorations. Children will be able to share their wish list with Santa. While you wait to visit Santa, enjoy a chat with President Grant or enjoy pioneer Christmas stories and songs. Various local musical groups will provide entertainment. Children can also make a special greeting card to celebrate the season.  More info .

HOLIDAY MARKET AT LINCOLN MEMORIAL GARDEN
Saturday, November 17, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lincoln Memorial Garden, 2301 E. Lake Shore Drive
Start your holiday shopping surrounded by nature. It’s just a short walk to the tree-shrouded Nature Center where you will find hand-crafted holiday decorations, ornaments and jewelry by local artisans. Also garden gifts ad bird feeders, pottery, holiday flags, children’s games and toys. All proceeds benefit the Lincoln Memorial Garden.

ANNUAL FUN FROSTY FRIDAY
Friday, November 23, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, 112 N. 6 th St.
Free. Come downtown the day after Thanksgiving and enjoy fun for the entire family including planes, trains, automobiles, face painting, balloon art and the signature LIFE-SIZED CANDYLAND ADVENTURE!
Phone: 217.789.2000
Fax: 217.789.2109