June 2021 Updates

July 4th Parade in Sauganash

Historically, the SPCA has partnered with the SCA on the annual picnic-in-the-park event to celebrate the 4th of July.

Due to the lingering effects of Covid-19, the party in the park event WILL NOT happen this year.

But, the SCA is still organizing a parade. And they have invited all members of Sauganash Park to share in this event on Sunday, July 4th.

The SPCA will be marching in the parade with our banner. Neighborhood children and interested parties are welcome to march alongside us. Decorating bicycles is suggested and encouraged.

We will send another email with the exact start-time and parade route as the event gets near.

We thank our neighbors from Sauganash for including us in this event and hope to join them in the park again next year.

SPCA Summer Kickoff Event on July 10th

The SPCA is planning a fun summer event to begin our new membership cycle. Details about the event will be relayed as it gets closer. But I can promise you that there will be food, friends, and community at this event.

In the meantime, save the date: Saturday, July 10th. 

Praying Mantis Egg Delivery Begins This Week

Egg distributions will begin this week. Everyone who signed up for praying mantis egg distribution should expect to receive their eggs in the next two weeks. They are headed your way!

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Snow Plows Dispatched

We try to avoid calling for private snow plows. The service causes a lot of frustrations for our neighbors and depletes our treasury. Due to record snowfall, however, we have once again called for private snow plows. They should arrive in Sauganash Park by 10 AM to clear the center of our streets.

NO End-to-End Clearance

We are NOT asking our neighbors to coordinate the movements of their cars. This is because we are not plowing the streets end-to-end this time. The plows will simply come through our neighborhood and clear the center of our roads. We hope that this allows residents and service providers to freely enter and exit our neighborhood.

The SPCA and The Economics of Snow Plowing

The SPCA Board is a group of neighborhood volunteers. We work to make our neighborhood a better place, and we do so because we care. Sometimes we fail to meet the expectations of our neighbors. That is ok. We invite these neighbors to volunteer as well if they feel that they can help us improve.

We are charged hourly by the plow company. Last time we called we were charged for 25.5 hours. They charge us a rate of $225 an hour. So the last snow plowing job cost our association nearly $6000. That’s the amount in membership dues that we receive from 200 households!

Our funds are provided by our members. There are around 750 homes in Sauganash Park. Just over 200 of these homes have joined our association during 2020-2021. Barely a quarter of the families in Sauganash Park are dues-paying members. Our membership cycle runs from July 1st to June 30th. Please consider joining for 2020-2021 if you haven’t already.

Remember that we are all neighbors. If you see a neighbor struggling in this weather, and you have the energy to help, please do. We are in this together. We will get through this together.

Thank you!

Don Morton
SPCA President

Snow Plows Dispatched to Sauganash Park

Calling private snow plows to clear our streets is a heavy expense, so we try to only call when necessary. Today, it appears to be necessary. We have already called for snow plows. They are headed to Sauganash Park immediately to clear the center of our streets. 

End-to-End Street Clearance


Initially, the snow plows will clear the center of our roads so that cars can enter and exit our neighborhood. They will return tonight to plow our streets end-to-end.

The streets running east and west (Glenlake, Granville, Rosemont) will be cleared from midnight till 8 AM. Please remove your cars from those streets overnight. This will allow the plows to clear from end-to-end, so that we may easily park on the street once again.

The streets running north and south (Keystone, Karlov, Kedvale, etc.) will be cleared from 8 AM tomorrow morning until noon. Please remove your cars from these streets at those times so that the streets can be plowed from end-to-end.

Please help us by notifying your neighbors who may not receive our emails about these plans.

Thank you!

Place Your Graduate’s Photo in this Saturday’s Sounds Newspaper

The Sounds newspaper is accepting “Grad Ads” for Saturday’s issue (June 20thif you provide the photo and the message by 5:00 PM tomorrow (June 16th).

You may have seen the Grad Ads in the June 6th issue of The Sounds and wished you had placed one for your grad. Now you have the opportunity if you act fast.

Several families from Sauganash Park are placing ads for their grads. Join in the fun.

Grad Ads are 3” x 6” and include a photo of your grad. Cap and gown optional. The text includes the grad’s name, a congratulatory message, where they are graduating from and, optionally, where they are headed. The ads generally end with “Love”, “With love”, “All our love” from the family (Dad, mom, sisters, brothers).

If you’re interested, send a photo and your message to [email protected] . The cost of a grad ad is $22 and you pay online on The Sounds website on the donation page. Select the graduation ad option.    

Covid-19 Resources

Swedish Hospital Community Helpline


Swedish Hospital has a help line that community members can call: 1-773-907-7700If you are experiencing cough, fever, or respiratory issues, you can call this number. Clinicians are screening these calls and will help you determine what to do next. This printout from the CDC offers some useful tips too.

Show Support For Healthcare Workers!


Show support for healthcare professionals by burning a candle outside or in your windows tomorrow night at 7 PM.

You or your children can also color this sheet and tape it to your windows.

Small Business Loans

The CARES Act has made money available for small businesses. Want to learn more about how to obtain one of these loans? 10 District Commissioner Bridget Gainer along with Alderman Nugent and others are hosting a virtual townhall meeting about it this Thursday, April 2nd from 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm.

The meeting will be held over Zoom at this link: https://bit.ly/NeighborhoodReliefTownHall-1

You can also call this phone number: 1-312-626-6799 and enter Meeting ID: 513 964 405

Know someone with a small business? Let them know about this great opportunity.

Other Resources

We will get through this together, even if we must stay apart for now.

Stay safe!

2019 SPCA Fall General Meeting


Tuesday, September 17, 2019 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM


Sauganash Park (in the auditorium)

5861 N. Kostner Avenue, Chicago IL 60646


Alderman Samantha Nugent (39th Ward)

Senator Ram Villivalam (8th District)

Lieutenant Alexa (17th District Tactical Lieutenant)

Plus, meet our new neighbors from the
Sacred Learning Center Mosque on Devon Avenue

(Dues may be paid at the door | Or PayPal)

Refreshments will be provided!

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