Many thanks to the people and groups who have beautified our neighborhoods, supported our City, and enlightened us this year, with apologies to those whom I've unintentionally omitted:
City staff Godwin Chen, Joe McRae and Mary Ellen Poole, who, with my colleague, Peter Braithwaite, put together a meaningful and productive Financial Advancement Summit in May.  Thank you to Karen Singer and Patricia Hunt of our Y.W.C.A. for picking up the baton in our effort to expand financial empowerment programming and resources in Evanston. 
Deborah Weixl, for brightening the lobby of the Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center as a volunteer greeter, for serving on the board of the Central Street Neighbors Association, and for her pro bono assistance to the Evanston/Wilmette Golf Association. 
The residents of the 1700 block of Harrison Street for their ongoing attention to the Central Station Apartments construction project at 1700 Central Street and its repercussions for parking and traffic in our neighborhood. 
Officer Ron Blumenberg of the Evanston Police Department's Problem-Solving Team, for deploying diplomacy and insight in his commitment to our neighborhoods. 
Members of the District 65 and District 202 Boards of Education, for serving the Evanston community with professionalism and thoughtfulness.  Thank you to Katie Bailey, Jonathan Baum, Eileen Budde, Martha Burns, Deborah Graham, Rachel Hayman, Gretchen Livingston, Mark Metz, Andy Pigozzi, Tracy Quattrocki, Scott Rochelle, Richard Rykhus, Jerome Summers, and Kim Weaver.  Your volunteer commitment is significant and appreciated. 
The Garden Club of Evanston, which hosted the Zone 11 meeting of the Garden Club of America, bringing many gardeners to Evanston and showing off our beautiful gardens to the Zone 11 membership. 
Evanston Hospital, which shared its Simulation Lab and its high tech manikins for training Evanston's firefighter/paramedics.   
Todd Ruppenthal of Happy Husky Bakery  and Garry Apelian of Apelian Rugs, the past and current presidents of the Central Street Business Association
Every resident who offers her or his expertise, time, and treasure to the City's volunteer boards and commissions.  We are enriched by your service. 
7th Ward intern, Wilson Shirley, a sophomore at Northwestern University, who brings such enthusiasm and competence to his civic engagement. 
Every resident who uses 3-1-1 to report broken traffic signals and parking meters, request special trash pick-ups, report abandoned vehicles or overflowing garbage, and to pass along praise for work well done by City crews and personnel. 
Ann and Tom McMahon, dear neighbors who watch over our Grosse Point Lighthouse and its gardens. 
Jessica Baum and Olivia Chandrasekhar of Paint Evanston Beautiful, for conceiving of and promoting the mural at the Central Street Metra viaduct, the students of Y.O.U., who painted the mural, and to J.C.Licht/Epco Paint, 2538 Green Bay Road, for donating supplies for the project. 
Terry Prange, store manager of the Office Depot at 2722 Green Bay Road, for contributing supplies for the City's school supply give-away. 
Scott Arey, assistant athletic director of facilities at Northwestern University, and the NU athletics facilities crews who cleaned up the stadium neighborhood after seven home football games in 2012. 
Mary Lou Smith, who operated Top of the Tracks coffee shop at the Central Street Metra Station for more than 23 years and recently retired.  Thank you to Mary Lou's successors, Shelley Patterson, Gail Doeff, and Elizabeth Hubbard, three Evanston women who are in the process of renovating the space to operate the successor Café. 

The Evanston Environmental Association for accepting yard signs of all political persuasions for recycling at the Ecology Center.
Walgreens Corporation, which will build a LEED-platinum prototype retail store at 635 Chicago Avenue, helping our efforts to revitalize the Chicago Avenue corridor and adding a distinctive new feature to Evanston's green landscape. 
Carolyn Deluttri, executive director of Downtown Evanston, and the taxpayers within the special service area of our downtown, who support and promote our ever more lively and attractive downtown, generating economic activity that benefits all of Evanston. 
Adelita Hernandez, who beautifies the ward newsletters. 

Enjoy your holiday season. 

Jane Grover
Alderperson, 7th Ward
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