Help Save the High Ridge YMCA

 

The Metro Y has decided to permanently close the High Ridge Y on January 22, 2021 despite little notice and no community input.  A campaign to save the Y, started by a group of community residents, has collected over 800 signatures on a letter and hosted a virtual community meeting with 200 attendees on Sunday, January 10.  Although they asked the Y to have representatives in that meeting, the Y declined their request.  Next steps include a rally on Sunday, January 17 from 1-3PM and emails to the Y leadership and Board.  The Y has been a resource and asset to the West Ridge community for over 70 years, serving all ages and all groups.  Join in the efforts to SAVE THE HIGH RIDGE Y!


Visit the West Ridge Artist Youtube channel to view interviews with community members as they discuss the importance of the High Ridge Y in their lives. Videos produced by West Ridge Artist Mirko Popadic.


HOW YOU CAN HELP:


1. SHOW UP FOR THE Y
On Sunday, January 17th, we will rally outside the High Ridge Y (at the N/W corner of Western and Touhy) from 1-3 pm.  Bring a sign to tell the world what the High Ridge Y means to you!  

2. SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS & FEELINGS WITH THE Y LEADERSHIP
Make sure the YMCA leadership cannot ignore your voice! Please send an email to each person listed below, which includes YMCA of Metro Chicago leadership and the managing Board of Directors. Here's a sample letter:
Subject line: Please Save the High Ridge YMCA!
Content:
Dear Mr. Hayes, I request that the YMCA of Metro Chicago meet with High Ridge YMCA members and supporters to create a plan for Saving the High Ridge YMCA. Together we can find a solution to Save the High Ridge YMCA

Email your message to:
YMCA of Metro Chicago Association Leadership:
James H. Hayes Interim President and CEO: jhayes@ymcachicago.org
Cherese Ledet Vice President of Operations: cledet@ymcachicago.org
Man-Yee Lee Communications Director: mlee@ymcachicago.org

YMCA of Metro Chicago Board of Managers:
Sharon Fairley Chairperson: fairleys@uchicago.edu
Stanley Nitzberg Vice Chairperson: SNitzberg@midamericagrp.com
Joseph Tilson Co-Chair: jtilson@cozen.com
Larry Hund Treasurer: larryhund@aol.com
Bridget O'Neill Secretary: O'NEILL@sidley.com

YMCA of the USA Leadership
Kevin Washington President and CEO, YMCA of the USA: kwashington@ymca.net

3. SHARE THIS URGENT NEWS WITH YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS, NEIGHBORS AND ALL THOSE IMPACTED BY THIS DECISION

Updates: Fair Tax Amendment Meeting Video + CoVid Creations deadline change

If you were unable to attend the virtual meeting on October 1 featuring Ralph Martire, Executive Director of the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability. you can view the recording here. Passcode is: M$33BU.z
 
The deadline for West Ridge Artist's CoVid Creations call has been changed to rolling. Visit the WRA website for more information.

Help Bring Trader Joe's to West Ridge

 

We know West Ridge residents have been buzzing about opening a Trader Joe's in our community for ages. Now, the West Ridge Chamber and WRCO are teaming up to pursue this goal! Please sign the petition below and share this with friends and neighbors.  If you're already signed, kindly pass it on via your contacts and social media.

TRADER JOE'S PETITION FOR STORE OPENING

Fair Tax Amendment

When you vote this fall. you have the opportunity to vote on the Illinois Fair Tax Amendment.  Maybe you've seen recent TV ads and wonder if they are accurate.  What is the Fair Tax Amendment?  How will it affect you?  Join us via ZOOM on Thursday, October 1 at 7PM for a presentation by Ralph Martire from the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability.

If you have never used ZOOM, it's easy. Just click on this URL to join the meeting from your computer, tablet or phone. When prompted, download the Zoom installation, which is free. Then click on Open Zoom Meetings to go to the meeting. Enter this passcode to join: 807907
The meeting ID is: 83683042427


During the presentation, if you have questions you can raise them by clicking on Chat and a window will appear for you to type your message.

You do not need to register for a Zoom account to attend. Here is a short instructional video.

Plan to attend this very informative meeting and share the invite with other friends and neighbors!

 

COVID CREATIONS; CALL FOR ARTWORK

 

CALLING ALL WEST RIDGE RESIDENTS:

Show us what you've created! Be featured in the 

West Ridge Artists CoVid Creations Online Gallery!

We’ve all been home alot more than usual - through the lock down, and even now with many places still closed and events moved from in-person to virtual. WRCO wants to showcase what you and/or your children have created during this historic time. We welcome all creations (visual, performing, literary) from West Ridge residents, regardless of your experience or training - from amateurs to professionals to those who are just exploring something new!

Submission is simple - email us one of the following: 

  • a photo of your visual work (painting, sculpture, drawing, photograph, etc. 

  • written piece (poem, short story, etc.)

  • for music and videos: submit your audio or video file via a file sharing service like Dropbox, Google Drive, Icloud, etc. Do not attach file to your submission. Include the URL link to your file instead.

You can include a short description of your work with your name, or remain anonymous, if preferred. 

Work will be featured in the Covid Creations Online Gallery on the West Ridge Artists website and in WRA/WRCO social media posts.
Participants are required to sign and submit a permission form which allows us to publicly display your work. Parents and guardians - if you are submitting a piece created by your child, you are required to submit the parental consent form. You retain all rights to your work.


Deadline is October 15, 2020. 

 

For questions, email us at westridgeartists@gmail.com

View these details on the West Ridge Artists website

West Ridge Artists Video Project Fundraiser

 

West Ridge Artists has launched a Go Fund Me page to raise funds to produce more videos showcasing WRA artists, their creative process and their works.  Please consider donating to support local artists in your community. This project will not only help local artists, it will also promote and highlight West Ridge and all of its offerings! Spread the word!

 
West Ridge Artists Video Project: Go Fund Me


West Ridge Artist Spotlight

As with many events during this time,  our scheduled summer art exhibit, featuring pastel paintings by Ray Noesen and Denise Grossman,, was cancelled. In lieu of live events, we are excited to launch a new video series - the West Ridge Artist Spotlight, produced by videographer  Mirko Popadic of West Ridge. Get to know a featured artist of the WRA group - their creative process and work. Our first artist in this new series showcases Ray Noesen, a visual artist who works in oil pastels.