August 30th, 2015
President's Letter
Heart Check-Up
Heart in the News
Neighbors With Heart
No Place Like Oz Park
A Park in the Heart of Lincoln Central
Upcoming Events
Keep the Heart Healthy
Heart Watch
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We hope you have been enjoying our new newsletter, From the Heart. After all, we write it for you! (If you missed any back issues, you can find them here.) We'd love to hear from you about how we can make the newsletter and our website better meet your needs and interests. If you have story ideas, news items, information about upcoming events, photos or other suggestions, please share them with usIf you know someone from our neighborhood who has  achieved an important milestone or you would like us to consider for our Neighbors With Heart profiles, please let us know.
Sally Drucker, Heart at Work in the garden.
The gardens at Fire Station Park, a project of Lincoln Central, was recently featured in a DNAinfo article by Mina Bloom, which included an interview with LCA Board member and Parks Chair, Sally Drucker. If you missed the article, you can read it here.
Despite a sky filled with glittering stars on the evening of August 23rd, nothing shined as brightly in Oz Park that evening as the smile on Judy Johanson's face as she marveled at crowd the gathered to watch the move classic, The Wizard of Oz.  

"More than 300 people of all ages traveled the Yellow Brick Road to see the movie," said Johanson, President of the Oz Park Advisory Council. "There's no place like Oz Park!" 
The Wizard of Oz in Oz Park
A record breaking crowd at Oz Park
The big crowd at movie night isn't the only reason for smiles on Johanson's face these days. As first reported by's Mina Bloom, Dorothy's Playlot at Oz Park has received $157,000 in funding from Alderman Michele Smith's office, the Chicago Park District and the Oz Park Advisory Council, a not-for-profit organization that has raised more than $1,000,000 for the improvement of Oz Park. Read more about the improvements at Dorothy's Playlot.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 
Community Public Safety Seminar

Join Alderman Smith and Chicago police officers from the 18th District at 6:30 on Tuesday, September 1, 2015 for an important discussion on keeping our neighborhood safe. Location:
Cortelyou Commons | 2324N. Fremont
Enter DePaul's Campus at Belden and Fremont

Tuesday, September 8
LCA Zoning Committee Meeting 

The LCA Zoning & Planning Committee meetings are held the second Tuesday of each month to discuss ways to ensure open and fair processes for developers and homeowners. The meetings are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:00 PM in the back room of the Marquee Lounge at Halsted and Armitage. The public is invited to attend.

Thursday September 10
A Garden Party With Heart

Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 10, when LCA will hold its 2nd Annual "An Evening in the Garden," 6 p.m. to dusk. Enjoy light hors d'oeuvres, wine and other liquid refreshments, while taking in the beauty of the Fire Station Park gardens. Chat with neighbors, meet new friends, relax to classical guitar music, get a close-up look at "Fermata," the park's new sculpture. Come join us for a neighborly good time. Last year's party was a blast! Rain Date: Tuesday, September 15.

Thursday, Sept 24 
LCA Monthly Board Meeting 

You are invited to attend the discussions at meetings, which are held the fourth Thursday of each month at 6:30 PM in the back room of the Marquee Lounge at Halsted and Armitage.

Saturday October 24
Let's Have a Howling Good Time

Halloween is right around the corner, and it's not too soon to be thinking about costumes.  You and your family will want to premier your choices at LCA's Howler at Bauler , Saturday, October 24, 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Bauler Park located Wisconsin and Cleveland Streets. Plans include live music, children's games, a raffle with exciting prizes, a DJ and dancing, the Wizard's parade, and many other fun features. It will be a howling good time you and your family won't want to miss. Mark your calendar today.
heart disease," she notes. Dr. Volgman sees 1,000 heart center patients annually, six days per week. She formalized care for women because patients were arriving in dangerously poor health, their symptoms misdiagnosed or ignored by other doctors because the standard of care was designed for men.

A ten year National Institutes of Health study completed in 2006 showed that, in women, cholesterol plaque spreads evenly throughout the artery wall; an angiogram would read clear. Symptoms are unlike the "Hollywood" heart attack men tend to experience. Instead, there's a constellation of small warnings: fatigue, pain, shortness of breath, indigestion. Treatment is the same: a combination of diet and exercise, medicines, surgery. The challenge is to educate physicians and women to recognize these symptoms as signs of heart disease. 

Dr. Volgman grew up in the Philippines, surrounded by extended family. As a girl, she kept company and ran small errands for relatives enfeebled by disease. By age eight, she decided to become a doctor. At 12 she emigrated with her family to New York City, where she she tested into a top public school, a life-changing experience. 

She earned a B.A. in biology and chemistry at Barnard College, continued to Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, and did her residency in internal medicine at University of Chicago Medical Center. She landed a fellowship in cardiology/cardiac electrophysiology at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. In 1990, she joined Rush, where she is professor of medicine and medical director  of the Rush Heart Center for Women.

She and Keith have been married 27 years. Son Robert, 23, is a stock options trader and graduate of Brown University. Daughter Caroline, 19, is a sophomore at Vanderbilt University.
Daughter Caroline, now 19, playing near Bauler Park as a child.
Dr. Volgman cooks for family and friends, reads with a book  club, walks the lakefront, kayaks. She's an opera buff, theater goer, dance fan. Above all, she loves to travel, to experience different cultures. She runs on very little sleep and is known for late night emails offering life advice or research topics. 

Taking her message outside the hospital is an integral part of Dr. Volgman's work, which she does without pay. In her signature red, she lectures at corporate and private events, churches, schools, grocery stores: anywhere she can spread the word that heart diseases is the leading cause of death -- and can usually be reversed.

Anne Moore is a member of LCA 's Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Zoning & Planning Committee.

Happy Thanksgiving Neighbors!

If you think we've lost track of time, we haven't! Our neighborhood has great schools, beautiful parks, elegant streets and an eclectic blend of charming shops and delicious restaurants. When you are fortunate enough to live in our neighborhood, why should giving thanks be limited to the fourth Thursday of every November? We are blessed year round.

Of course, the blessings we enjoy in our neighborhood today didn't just happen by chance. In the words of an ancient proverb, "we all drink from wells we did not dig and harvest from vineyards we did not plant." So, let's be grateful all year round for those who came before us and dug those wells and planted those vineyards as well as for those who toil quietly in the shadows today to leave our neighborhood better than they found it. And, let's dig a few wells ourselves.
From the heart,
LCA President, Kenneth Dotson

P. S. If you are not already a member of LCA, please consider joining now.

Cardiologist and LCA member Annabelle Santos Volgman always wears red. Sure, it looks great against her dark hair and eyes, but there's more to the color than looking good. Ten years ago, Volgman
LCA member, Dr. Annabelle Volgman
vowed to wear red until fewer women were dying of heart disease than men. 

Dr. Volgman, who practices at Rush University Medical Center, has lived on the 1900 block of Mohawk Street for 24 years, drawn to the area because of its many parks. With husband Keith, CEO of NorthPoint Capital, she raised two children there, hosted countless parties and spent sun-filled days at Bauler Playlot. That playground figured largely in family life: for photos with their newborns, as a place for the children to run, bike, scooter, swing -- and rollerblade down the slide, which called for an ambulance and twenty stitches!

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the world, and more women die from it than men. Dr. Volgman made it her life's work to figure out why. She created the Rush Heart Center for Women in 2003, where patients are treated individually and holistically. (She treats men, too.) Nutrition, exercise, medicines, surgery and counseling reverse heart disease in 80 percent of her patients. "It's not enough to
Dr. Volgman, husband Keith, and son Robert in Bauler Park in 1992.
prescribe beta blockers and send them home. I listen, and I don't dismiss the non-medical. I make a point to touch, to hug. I want my young doctors to see that it's okay to be warm, to ask about family, to ask about work, to ask 'Why is your blood pressure so high today? What's going on?" The 
Rush Heart Center for Women isn't so much a place as it is a way of practicing medicine. Patients meet with a doctor, nurse practitioner, dietician and specialists, such as psychologists who treat obesity, anxiety, depression. "What we eat and what we do can cause

By Kathy Jordan

If you've passed the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Dickens Street, you've seen it many times--a tree & plant-lined triangle anchored by a bubbling fountain surrounded with benches for relaxing. The place is Lincoln Central Park, the first of three parks to become projects of Lincoln Central Association.
The park was a neglected fixture in the neighborhood until 1999, when LCA members and other residents worked to refurbish the park with the support of then 43rd Ward Alderman Vi Daley. The project, including the fountain, was funded by former Mayor Richard M. Daley's Fountain Program. On June 4, 2000, it was dedicated as Lincoln Central Park.
"We were very proud to have such a lovely park at this busy corner of the neighborhood," says former LCA Board Member Deirdre Graziano. "It was a way for LCA to make a tangible mark with a project for the entire community to enjoy."
Since then, the park has received lots of attention, thanks to Deirdre, her husband Tom, and other neighbors. They hauled large paving stones to the city to make borders on plant beds, plus smaller stones for a path leading through the upper level of the park.  Lillies that grew too large for the Fire Station Park were transplanted to Lincoln Central Park. Each spring, some annual bloomers are added for color, and Deirdre, Tom, their family and neighbors spend hours weeding and tending the garden areas.
"Lincoln Central Park is the most prominent of LCA's park projects, and we are indebted to Deirdre and Tom for taking the lead and adding so much beauty to that area," says Sally Drucker, LCA Parks' Chair. "The park is a prime example of LCA's place at the heart of the neighborhood."

Kathy Jordan is a member of LCA 's Board of Directors and Chair of the Marketing Committee.

By Sally Drucker

Chicago residents are living healthier lives. We take to the streets on bicycles, use public transportation, walk instead of drive. These and other habits make life healthier, and more important, better our quality of life. A simple addition will add to these positive outcomes: make recycling a routine part of daily living.
Recycling is easy today, thanks  to innovations such as the Blue Cart program that provides bi-weekly recycling services to single family homes and multi-unit buildings with four or fewer units. And the Single stream recycling system makes it even easier, since you don't need to sort by material tape but simply put all recyclable products in your blue cart and let the processing system do the work.
Other ways to recycle include composting food waste to keep tons of valuable nutrients out of our landfills and in our public gardens. And coming soon will be an option to conserve water at home with an opportunity to use rain barrels to retain and reuse rainwater on your own property.
In addition to our personal recycling habits, we can encourage our public representatives to continue to improve the progress they have made in waste management. Let's advocate for recycling bins next to every garbage can on all streets, especially near grocery stores, restaurants and fast-food establishments.
Finally, consider supporting organizations that promote best-practices in conservation of land and water with your volunteer time, dollars, and ideas. Let's work together to contribute to the health of our homes, citizens, and city! (Read More)
Sally Drucker is a member of the LCA Board of Directors and Chair of the Parks Committee. 

By Kathy Jordan

LCA members were among more than 500 volunteers helping to refurbish Lincoln Park High School's classrooms last week. Responding to 43rd Ward Alderman Michele Smith's launch of her #1 School Community program, volunteers scraped, taped and painted the 65 rooms to get ready for the start of the new school year.

 #1 School Community is Smith's initiative to support LPHS, which she notes has made significant achievements in the past several years. "Every resident in the 43rd Ward is eligible to attend LPHS, yet despite its accomplishments, too few of our students attend."
Smith notes that in the last year, the Washington Post voted LPHS the most challenging high school in Chicago and the third most challenging in Illinois. In addition, the LPHS  Wall-to-Wall International Baccalaureate program is the most comprehensive in the United states.
The #1 School Community initiative is a partnership of the Alderman's office and parents representing many 43rd Ward elementary schools, and LPHS parents. Its purpose is to promote and support the high school as the Number One choice for Lincoln Park, Old Town and Gold Coast students. "While painting the school may seem to be a small step, it is the first of many to come in supporting our neighborhood high school," said Smith.
LCA is one of many community organizations supporting the initiative, including Wrightwood Neighbors Association, Park West Community Association, and Lincoln Park Presbyterian Church.

Kathy Jordan is a member of LCA 's Board of Directors and serves as Chair of the Marketing Committee.
Heart Watch
 After years of delay, re-development of the former Children's Memorial Hospital site is moving closer. The projected start date for demolition of existing buildings is the 4th quarter of this year, with construction scheduled to begin in 2016.
A request by Lincoln Central Association to designate a stretch of Dickens Street "Dickie Harris Way," in honor of the beloved long-time Lincoln Park resident Richard "Dickie" Harris, is moving through the City Council via a resolution introduced by Alderman Smith. Harris passed away in 2013. Final passage of the ordinance is expected in September. Stay tuned for details on the dedication ceremony.
The dedication ceremony for Ella Jenkins Park at the corner of Sedgwick and Wisconsin will be held in the coming weeks. The dedication ceremony is a project of Old Town Triangle Association, Lincoln Central Association and 43rd Ward Alderman, Michele Smith. We will notify you as soon as a date for the dedication has been established.


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