West Chesterfield Community Association Inc.

West Chesterfield Community Association Inc. West Chesterfield Community Association, Inc. (WCCA), was organized in 1956, and is a 501c(3) Non-Profit Organization. A small yet, mentionable neighborhood on the South side of Chicago that been known as a “community with strong roots” – West Chesterfield – it’s a place worth mentioning and a place to remember.

In the City of Chicago, West Chesterfield is considered to be a Historically African American area; bounded by the B & O Railroad tracks on the North, 95th Street on the South, State Street along the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) on the West, and, the west side of Martin Luther King Dr. (400 E) on the East. The West Chesterfield community is in Cook County on the South Side of Chicago and is loc

In the City of Chicago, West Chesterfield is considered to be a Historically African American area; bounded by the B & O Railroad tracks on the North, 95th Street on the South, State Street along the Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) on the West, and, the west side of Martin Luther King Dr. (400 E) on the East. The West Chesterfield community is in Cook County on the South Side of Chicago and is loc

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08/28/2021

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08/25/2021
We remember Roseland as it used to be.  Let's support this effort and get it back
08/15/2021

We remember Roseland as it used to be. Let's support this effort and get it back

We remember Roseland as it used to be. Let's support this effort and get it back

Attached is the May 2021 Newsletter for the West Chesterfield Community Association.Please plan to join us this Saturday...
04/29/2021

Attached is the May 2021 Newsletter for the West Chesterfield Community Association.
Please plan to join us this Saturday May 1, 2021 at 10:00 AM for our monthly Virtual Meeting.
The Zoom link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86351648126?pwd=VmZSSHBwZGgzWWI4SUQ1ZDRVZmRxZz09
Meeting ID: 863 5164 8126 Passcode: 552816 OR Dial in: (312) 626 6799 Meeting ID: 863 5164 8126 Passcode: 552816
Please forward this information and newsletter to anyone in the community that may not have received it.
Thanks in advance.
Have a great day!
West Chesterfield Community Association

This past Saturday April 17, 2021, The West Chesterfield Community Association (WCCA) hosted our annual Spring Clean & G...
04/19/2021

This past Saturday April 17, 2021, The West Chesterfield Community Association (WCCA) hosted our annual Spring Clean & Green. We scoured the neighborhood in problem areas where our streets and alleys needed special care and tackled bringing the entire neighborhood to WCCA standards. Thanks to all who assisted. You make us proud!

The April 2021 virtual meeting of the West Chesterfield Community Association will be this Saturday April 3, 2021 at 10:...
03/31/2021

The April 2021 virtual meeting of the West Chesterfield Community Association will be this Saturday April 3, 2021 at 10:00 AM. The Zoom Link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/6578096909
Meeting ID: 657 809 6909
Please see attached newsletter for further details and other information.
Hope to see you virtually on Saturday.
Please stay safe!

03/24/2021

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We are working with stakeholder groups to get their input on ways we can best provide this assistance, and to enlist their help with outreach to families and communities. FEMA will begin to implement COVID-19 funeral assistance in April.

Additional guidance is being finalized and will be released to potential applicants and community partners as soon as possible. In the meantime, people who have COVID-19 funeral expenses are encouraged to keep and gather documentation.

The 2021 OSC ApplicationIS OPEN! One Summer Chicago programs support paid, job and life-skills training for youth to gai...
03/24/2021
One Summer Chicago

The 2021 OSC Application
IS OPEN!

One Summer Chicago programs support paid, job and life-skills training for youth to gain valuable work experience and critical support services. The application is available for youth ages 14 to 24 through June 11 at www.onesummerchicago.org.


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For Summer 2021, OSC will include remote and socially-distanced in-person activities. Young people will be compensated for participating in career exploration opportunities in fields such as coding and tech, healthcare, media and more. Returning this year under the OSC portfolio include the Chicago Youth Service Corp, Everyone Can Code, Photography for All programs and more.

One Summer Chicago brings together government institutions, community-based organizations and companies to offer over 30,000 employment and internship opportunities to youth and young adults ages 14 to 24.

03/15/2021
Red Line Extension Update: https://news.wttw.com/2020/11/09/cta-hopes-start-next-phase-red-line-extension-planning-very-...
11/16/2020
CTA Hopes to Start Next Phase of Red Line Extension Planning ‘Very Soon’

Red Line Extension Update:
https://news.wttw.com/2020/11/09/cta-hopes-start-next-phase-red-line-extension-planning-very-soon?fbclid=IwAR04imRB3HH6OZZh_8lJCI7a7LV8uf6ueeYN2rhvB4bD2pmLH-UP07vn2os

For Red Line and Real Estate information contact WCCA past president
Michael LaFargue
773.252.0760 [email protected]

Plans to extend the heavily used train line south of its current endpoint at 95th Street have been discussed as far back as the 1950s. But the project has been steadily moving from idea to reality in recent years.

10/01/2020
Realtor Pitch-In Event

Organizer, Chicago Association of Realtors SE Cluster Lead Kimberly Offord a ‘77’ Chatham representative, LaShandria Sanderson Realtor, Crystal Blanton Realtor, Kim's friend Kevin Murry and Lori Burns Abbott Park’s Park Advisory Council co-chair also joined in.

08/13/2020
Woodson Library Vivian Harsh Archives Accepts WCCA Inc. Records

Mrs Beverly Cook of the Woodson Library Vivian Harsh Literature Archive Collection accepts meeting records of the West Chesterfield Community Association from past president Michael LaFargue. The records are from his administration files. The Vivian Harsh Literature Collection is the largest African American Archive Collection in the Midwest portion of the United States.

On Tuesday August 11th 2020 I delivered the agendas, minutes and committee reports of the West Chesterfield Community As...
08/12/2020

On Tuesday August 11th 2020 I delivered the agendas, minutes and committee reports of the West Chesterfield Community Association during my administration to the archive center of the Carter Woodson library. The library hosts the largest African American literature and historical collection in the United States midwest. Visit the beautiful renovated Carter Woodson Library.

07/18/2020

West Chatham Neighborhood

Progressive Leadership School 8522 S. Lafayette

Michael LaFargue RCC
Good Neighbor Team
Residential Community Commercial Realtor
773.251.0760

06/08/2020

"What's something simple I can do, that will have a positive impact on my Block?", Jamal Cole My Block My Hood My City.

With that in mind the 93rd and Michigan Block hosted its first Safe Distance BLM PORCH PARTY Sunday June 7th.

Neighbors who had not seen each other for months had a chance to safely engage, have fun and protest at the same time.

Jamal CONGRATULATIONS a your work, your marches, food deliveries, Christmas light programs, TV appearances, books... You are making a difference!! Thanks

"What's something simple I can do, that will have a positive impact on my Block?" Jamal Cole My Block My Hood My City.Wi...
06/08/2020

"What's something simple I can do, that will have a positive impact on my Block?" Jamal Cole My Block My Hood My City.

With that in mind the 93rd and Michigan Block hosted its first Safe Distance BLM PORCH PARTY Sunday June 7th.

Neighbors who had not seen each other for months had a chance to safely engage, have fun and advocate their interests at the same time.

Jamal CONGRATULATIONS a your work, your marches, food deliveries, Christmas light programs, TV appearances, books... You are making a difference!! Thanks

05/30/2020

Congratulations to West Chesterfield president Sharon Banks-Pincham and board members, Alonzo Anderson, Claudia Harris, Loretta Turner, Sheila Wilkinson Sanders, Phyllis Simpson, Sandrea Allen, David Moody and other WCCA board members for supplying the community with PPE materials provided by Ald. Beale, Rep. Smith and Sen. Sims.

GREAT FELLOWSHIP!

03/25/2020

ATTENTION
Due to the ongoing State of Illinois mandate, the West Chesterfield regular Saturday meeting scheduled for April 4, 2020 is cancelled.

Please keep safe and stay healthy during these challenging times

12/25/2019

REPORT missing electrical cover doors on your neighborhood's light poles!

It is a potential danger! Report to 311 and notify WCCA

Michael LaFargue, ABR, RPA, MBA - MPA
Coldwell Banker Residential
The Good Neighbor Realtor
773.251.0760

12/24/2019
WCCA Collage

SPECIAL ANNOUCEMENT
New WCCA Inc. President January 1, 2020

Beginning January 1, 2020 Ms. Sharon Banks-Pincham
([email protected] Cell: 312.972.8239) begins her first term as president of the West Chesterfield Community Association, Inc. (WCCA).

Ms. Pincham has served valiantly on several board positions for WCCA. Most recently she has been WCCA’s first vice president. Ms. Pincham is also a community LSC member at Harlan HS and Gillespie Technical Elementary, is a member for University Village 95 Coalition in Support of CSU, is Co-Chair of the Abbott Park Advisory Council, Chairs West Chesterfield’s 95th Street Panel of Development, is a volunteer at Senator Sims Jr.’s office and more.

President Michael LaFargue and the community agree that Ms. Pincham is highly qualified to serve as president of the WCCA.

Mr. LaFargue thanks WCCA’s officers and board of directors for their dedicated work and thanks the community for the support he has had during his ten years of elected service to West Chesterfield. Michael says it is now time to focus on his wife, aging mother and his growing real estate business.

LaFargue also plans to serve the community at a broader level possibly through the Chicago, Illinois or National Association of Realtors. In 2018 Michael was the first Chicagoan to be recognized as a National Association of Realtors Good Neighbor Honoree.

Thus, he is a life-time member of NAR’s Good Neighbor Society for his service as president of the Red Line Extension Coalition, the Chicago Parks Consortium and West Chesterfield Community Association, as well as RLEC Chairman of the 95th Street Panel of Development, community liaison for Lake Calumet Vision Committee ….

Michael says much is needed in West Chesterfield and predicts Ms. Pincham's administration will achieve great success in the community. The CTA Staging Area, for example, is in need of proper development with community input.

He made the final decision not to serve another term when his wife, Jenny, found a 2010 newspaper article about his new presidency and his goals. She sent him that article saying; Mike you have met and exceeded all your objectives by:

• Reactivating WCCA’s 501(c)3 status.

• Increasing the number of block clubs in West Chesterfield.

• Increasing active WCCA members and working committees.

• Hosting events for children as the Christmas Santa, Halloween Fun House, Easter Bunny and Egg Hunts, martial arts training, bicycle safety and decorating event …

* Organizing events that bring people with similar community interests together with a community-wide party, classic car events, his good business neighbor awards, curb appeal awards, garden walks, doggie socials, kite flying events and supporting past president Courtney Giles’ Youth Jazz events.

• Partnering with CSU to co-host community events as the Tuskegee Airman events, Classic Car Shows at CSU Jazz in the Grazz and Movie events and most recently he served on the CSU President Search Committee that selected current President Zaldwaynaka "Z" Scott.

• Continuing the WCCA’s Toy Drives, one to four Clean & Greens annually, WCCA Newsletters...

It is important to note that Michael's Administration successfully implemented the “WCCA Neighborhood Watch Security Camera Network”, an idea born by Reunite Chatham and implemented and chaired by WCCA Second VP Alonzo Anderson.

Alonzo installed a networked 40-camera system to watch common area alleys, streets and intersections that all investing community members can view 24 hours, 7 days a week.

The cameras saved the FBI, County and Chicago Police department hundreds of thousands of dollars and man hours because they lead to the quick capture of the alleged murders of Judge Raymond Miles in April 2017.

With the presidency of West Chesterfield comes the responsibility of owning, managing and maintaining a physical asset. Since 1985 WCCA has owned the West Chesterfield Cultural Center at 9351 S. Michigan.

Michael's administration installed a new roof, new floors, a new meeting room ceiling, a new front sidewalk, a new monument sign, insulated the center, and upgraded the electrical system for a future central air system.

Outside of WCCA Michael’s leadership included:

• Ongoing engagement with CTA as the 95th Street Red Line Terminal was constructed.

• Organizing the communities along to the 95th Street corridor on branding area University Village an idea Roseland Heights Community Association president, Clevan Tucker, fine-tuned to “University Village 95” and is moving forward on the details.

• Proposing university like emergency safety kiosks for 95th Street, a bell tower or electronic bell sounding system for CSU, having “Good Business Neighbor Agreements”, Installing LED marquee signage at Abbott Park and community survey-based input at the NE corner of 95th and State Street.

• Hosting annual community leader meetings that includes community councils/associations/coalitions throughout the Greater Roseland Area. The recent meeting was Dec. 10th at Wesley United Church.

• Advocating for the Red Line Extension.

• Advocating for public park land around Lake Calumet International Port District.

• Being a founding member with Dr. Carmen Palmer, Ms. Gloria Cosey and Mr. Clevan Tucker of the University Village 95 Coalition for CSU (Formerly CSU CCAC) lead by Dr. Carmen Palmer.

• Running for Public Office for 9th Ward Alderman.

Michael has worked internally and externally for WCCA and acknowledges the dedication of the leadership of the many community associations/councils and coalitions he has worked with and thanks them for their examples made, their support given, and the lessons learned from them.

Finally, Mr. LaFargue shares that with Sharon Pincham’s diplomacy, experience and contacts important ongoing projects will continue and great new achievements will occur in the community.

12/16/2019

Thank you to all who donated to WCCA's 2019 Christmas Toy Drive. We will be giving toys to Roseland Community Hospital, Gillespie Technical Elementary School and the Broken Wingz Foundation. GRATEFULLY Michael LaFargue, President.

Best Wishes to President Elect Sharon Banks Pincham and your administration in 2020.

Congratulations to the West Chesterfield Community Association on another successful Christmas Party-Toy Drive in 2019! ...
12/09/2019

Congratulations to the West Chesterfield Community Association on another successful Christmas Party-Toy Drive in 2019!

These gifts will be donated to the Roseland Commity Hospital, Gillespie Technical Elementary School and Broken Wingz, an organization that assists those who have been shot and paralyzed in shootings on the streets of Chicago.

WCCA thanks Michael LaFargue for his many years of service as WCCA Inc. President (His administration worked diligently on internal WCCA matters and worked outside the community which brought city wide and National attention to the community, including some monetary awards. We also thank his loving wife Jenny for her many years of service as a WCCA officer and board member.

WCCA says Holiday Cheers to WCCA's president elect Sharon Banks Pincham and her board of directors. Much success to you and your administration in 2020 and beyond.

Community members, Santa and your helpers Deloris Lucas, Melodi and Kendra thank you for a great year and great Christmas Party!

Dear Community:Thank you for your calls about Alderman Beales'  proposed zoning change #A-B501 for the CTA Staging Area....
11/29/2019

Dear Community:

Thank you for your calls about Alderman Beales' proposed zoning change #A-B501 for the CTA Staging Area. We are grateful for your interest and input over the years.

The community met about proposed zoning A-B501on Veterans Day and testified in opposition to the proposed SF-1 zoning on the grounds SF-1is not the highest and best use for this area...(See the attached testimony.)

10 WCCA members attended and 6 WCCA members, 2 of whom are also Red Line Extension Coalition (RLEC) members, and 1 RLEC board member who lives outside of West Chesterfield testified at the zoning board public hearing on 11/19/2019.

We turned in 34 opposition letters, 132 pages of our body of work, PLUS 10 pages of our 12/10/2013 town hall meeting with Aldermen Beale, State Rep (now senator) Simms, and a Zoning Attorney.

The zoning board made it clear they planned to support the Alderman's decision for the zoning change..... stating it is a good way for the alderman to protect community interests.

Paraphrasing the Alderman, it is IMPORTANT to note that Alderman Beale stated on record his intention is 1.) not to build a parking lot (he said that was misinformation) 2.) That zoning the area SF-1 protects the community until it is determined how to best use the CTA Staging Area and 3.) that there will be community input regarding developing the CTA staging area.

I have since met with the alderman and he confirmed his intent to attain community input on this issue...

For years the RLEC and community has been sending our elected officials data, reasearch... our wants and needs for the TOD area we are branding University Village 95.

My testimony follows with photos of some community members testifying. We will keep you up to date. Excuse my typos.

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