Nov 19th, 2002
Join with us in congratulating two of our neighbors in Hanover Square for
successfully completing the Hanover Park Citizen's Police Academy.
Mary of 1309A, and Dave of 1311A are the newest residents who have decided
to take an active part in the community and make a difference. To date 4
residents have graduated this course and more plan to sign up for the 2003
The police academy is a yearly class open to all residents of Hanover Park
over the age of 21. During the 10 week class you are taught may aspects of
the hows and whys of police work, self defense and even dispatch.
One of the highlights of the course is a "ride along" with an officer on an
CONGRATULATIONS MARY AND DAVE!
If you are interested in sighing up for this free course,
Contact Officer Ken Herman at the Hanover Park Police Dept (630) 372-4400
and fill out an application. So that students get the most out of the class
it is limited to a small class size, so if your interested sign up early.
Nov 19th, 2002
TREES, TREES, TREES
Take a walk down Kingsbury. See anything new?
The village has planted 6 trees down Kingsbury and one on Bristol. Along
with the streetlights that were installed yesterday, these trees will make
the neighborhood look better and make people feel better about our home here
in Hanover Square.
The trees were planted by the village itself and has cost us nothing out of
||THANK YOU AGAIN, to the village of Hanover Park and all
the officials you helped get this done and help us improve and enhance
Nov 18th, 2002
We'll we got em! Today The village has stood the streetlights up and ran the
wiring to them.
Here is where you'll see them, one is on Kingsbury by the 1314 building and
the other is on Bristol by the 7602 building.
Hopefully these will be fully operational by the end of the year.
Thank you to Chief Moeser, and all the village officials who made these
lights possible and improving our community!
Click on photo for a larger version
On Friday, November 15th, work was finally started on rebuilding the 7601
building that was damaged by the fire that started in the D unit garage of
that building back in May. There have been a few more changes that the
village has requested of the plans and therefore the plans need to be
modified once again by the architect and resubmitted to the village for
approval, but this should not delay work any further.
You can see more detailed information on the 7601 Page.
Nov 14th, 2002
The plans have been approved and it looks like the work to rebuild 7601 will
be starting in the next week. It is a pain staking process of getting
drawings done, approved and ok'ed. But its done now and the building can
start. Stay tuned for photos of the progress.
October 4th, 2002
I'll huff, and puff and blow that
Well unless you were not in the area you couldn't NOT notice
the wind storm we had on this day. Unfortunately for the residents of 1313 B
that very storm ripped off a good portion of the siding on the upper level
of the unit facing Kingsbury. Because of the age of the units this
particular size of siding is no longer made and will take a bit of time to
have made. But the repair crews have put up Tyvek ( a weather proofing house
wrap ) to protect the wood from the rain until the siding can be replaced.
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October 3rd, 2002
Let there be light, Part 2
It's official. At the October 3rd village meeting a proposal was made,
accepted and granted for our neighborhood to get our first 2 street lights!
Ton Schaefer, Hanover Square president, and Dave Banister from 1311A, both
attended the meeting and thanked the village for their help with lighting
As of Oct 8th when Tom met with village engineer Rodger Bolter, it looks
like one of the two lights will be placed on Bristol Lane near 7602 and the
other will be located on Kingsbury near 1314.
we will be requesting additional lights next year as well. Cross your
We also got another surprise. There will be 13 new trees
planted along Kingsbury and Bristol as well!
THANK YOU to all the village officials who have given their
time and efforts in helping better our neighborhood.
Village Clerk Sherry Creig has also helped a great deal by helping set up a
meeting between Hanover Square board president and Illinois State
Representative Terry Parke to discuss several issues concerning our
neighborhood. We will post more when it becomes available
September 13th, 2002
Let there be light!
We have been just informed by Chief of Police Ron Moser that
at the October 3rd village meeting he will be proposing that $5000 from a
grant the police dept has gotten should be used to put in at least two
street light in our area. One on Bristol and one on Kingsbury. This will be
a great improvement to our neighborhood.
Thank you to Ron and all the village officials who have
been helping us in keeping the improvements going here!
September 13th, 2002
Lights on BRIGHTENS the
WOW! The neighborhood is brighter than ever before! The "LIGHTS ON" program
is in full swing and a HUGE success. This is due to three reasons.
Tom Schaefer (board president) and Dave Banister
(resident) changing bulbs and repairing all the poll lights on their own
time and unpaid.
Many residents turning on their porch and garage lights.
And a HUGE THANK YOU to Dave
Banister who has volunteered his time and talent to help
SEVERAL residents repair and/or upgrade their garage lighting!
Have a look at these photos below. On the left is what the
area looks like without the lights, and on the right is with LIGHTS ON! See
how much difference it makes? Wouldn't you feel safer and have piece of mind
about your vehicles if your building had this many lights on?
Click photos to see them larger
Garages - No lights
Garages - LIGHT ON
|1307 /1308 Walkway - No
||1307 to 1310 Walkway - LIGHTS
September 13th, 2002
Police living in Hanover Square?
Well not really, but we have two residents who have been accepted into the
2002 Hanover Park Citizens Academy program. WAY TO GO
Dave of 1311A
and Mary of 1309A
This course is very informative. It gives Hanover Park
residents the chance to see, from the inside, how and why police do the
things they do. A few of the things learned are fingerprinting, crime scene
investigation, traffic stops, and other topics. Two of the highlights are
the ride along, where you get to ride with an officer on a patrol, and the
trip to DuCom, the 911 center for our area.
Being a graduate myself of the 2000 class, I would
recommend that anyone interested in any aspect of police work participate in
WAY TO GO for Dave as he has taken and passed the villages test for
electrical work and codes!
September 12th, 2002
Roof repairs in full swing.
You may have noticed many work trucks around the complex in the last few
days. We are working on getting the roofs that need repair done before the
So far this summer we have had roof work done on the
1301, 1302, 1309, 1312, 1315, Kingsbury and
7606, 7608 Bristol.
What can we say, the buildings and most of the roofs are 30
years old and need the work. Unfortunately all this work costs money, and a
lot of it. we have spent far over $20,000 on roofs this year alone, and more
than likely the same or more again next year.
August 20th, 2002
Repair estimate is in for 7601.
Well work has started on rebuilding the damage caused by the fire in May on the
7601 building and we have gotten the official estimate from the insurance
$176,090.82 Is the total. Yes, that is a lot of money, and that
is why our insurance went up and this is the reason we are soooo strict with the
rules in Hanover Square. Every time we have to make a claim to repair a building
the insurance premium goes up and in turn the association fees go up to pay for
PLEASE be VERY careful with your vehicles, with your grill, and
with working in your unit or garage.
August 13th, 2002
New Security on site.
You may have noticed a change around the complex. Things are a bit quieter and
less problems in general. That is due to the new security company that has been
hired to patrols our complex. This firm is much more aggressive than the former
company and has made a big impact in the short time they have been on site.
Please do not feel offended if they do not act very friendly. We
have asked them to help out when needed but not to become "Friends" with the
residents. This will help keep them stay tuned to watching for problems or
August 6th, 2002
Work to begin on 7601.
Well we have gotten the first check from the insurance company for the claim
made on the fire at 7601 Bristol.
Work should begin in the next few weeks once final demolition
work in the D & C units is complete. Several things will be done to this
building. First of all the Garage windows will not be replaced. This was a
decision made by the board due to the upkeep problems with these windows.
Second, due to the fact that we can not match the existing siding, the entire
building will be resided. Next, garages will be repaired. as well as the C & D
units. And all units will have the attics and vents cleaned from the smoke
damage. There are several other minor things that will be done as well.
Over all it looks like this fire will be over $150,000 in
damages. Needless to say that this was one of the factors that led to the huge
increase in the insurance we all have to pay for to insure the buildings. We are
now paying OVER $53,000 a year just for insurance. This is a HUGE amount, and
this is the reason we are so strict with several of the rules in the complex.
When someone ignores a rule and a fire happens, WE ALL SUFFER. PLEASE play it
safe, use common sence and follow the rules. They are hear for all of our safety
and well being.
August 5th, 2002
Talks with the village.
A meeting took place on Monday night at the village hall. In attendance were the
|From the Village
||From Hanover Square
|Chief of Police
Some of the topics discussed were speeding and parking on
Kingsbury, police in our area and response time, crime in the Hanover Square &
Larkspur complexes, lighting on Kingsbury, and several community improvements
such as the rebuild of Ranger Park, trees on Kingsbury and the island
landscaping on Bristol Ct., as well as other issues concerning our neighborhood.
This was just the first of many meetings we hope to have with
the village to help us improve the neighborhood and community. Some issues are
going to be brought to the attention of state officials as well.
We the board of Hanover Square would like to extend our
gratitude to ALL the Hanover Park Officials who attended the meeting and have
shown that they care about our area, and for their willingness to help us to the
best of their abilities. It is refreshing to know that we can work with the
village and our voices do not fall on def ears.
August 3rd, 2002
Lights, CAMERAS, action.
Sadly, while the Hanover Square Meeting was going on July 25th a security camera
was stolen and garage light was vandalized. The light has been repaired, and the
camera has been replaced. In fact, a number of wireless, hidden security cameras
have been installed. The cameras have been installed and being kept hidden for
several reasons. One, the cameras are not cheep and we don't want them to be
vandalized. Two, if the bad guys don't know where they are, they can't knowingly
hide from them. Some of the camera's have sound as well so both audio & video
||Signs, like the one to the left, have been posted at
several places in the complex. This has been done by the generosity of two
neighborhood residents who have paid for and installed the cameras and signs
at no cost to the association. It is our hope that the cameras will prevent
crime from happening, and if something does happen hopefully catch the
criminals in the act ON TAPE! And if something is caught on tape it WILL be
turned over to the police.
Be assured, the cameras are not pointing at any unit windows or
doors so there is no worry about invading any ones privacy.
July 25th, 2002
Hanover Square Meeting on the 25th..
WOW ! What can we say? It was GREAT to see so many residents at the meeting
Thursday night. Most were there for no other reason but to show support and
learn about what is happening in our complex.. This is a positive trend that I
hope we see a lot more of. If we ALL work together WE can ALL make this a place
we are all proud of!
We hope that those of you who were able to make it to the
meeting learned a lot about how things operate and see the issues that the
volunteers on the board must deal with on a daily basis.
Stay tuned, we hope to have some exciting news to announce in
the next few weeks!
July 21st, 2002
More police presence.
You may have noticed a dramatic increase in police presence in the neighborhood.
Since issues were brought to the attention of the mayor, village trustees and
Police chief at the village meeting last Thursday there has been a much needed
improvement in the patrols in the neighborhood.
We realize that this HUGE increase will only be temporary but we hope that it
will not be reduced back down to how it was before.
We have also just gotten word that our "Trespass Agreement" with
the police department is still good. What does that mean for residents of
Hanover Square? Well, now that we know it is still active we can now inform the
police department of people who have cause problems in our complex and place
them on our "Banned List". This is a list of people who we do not want on our
property. When they are seen on the grounds by police, Hanover Square residents,
or security they can and will be arrested for trespassing.
July 18th, 2002
More positive feedback on website.
Director of Community Development for Hanover Park, John Said had this to
"...I was impressed by your website. What a convenient way to
provide information to your residents and keep them
up-to-date! I also appreciated the various references to
the Village including phone numbers and web address."
Thank you John for your comments. It means a great deal to all of us here. Its
great to see the village is interested in our neighborhood.
Board presidents attend village
On Thursday July 18th Hanover Square board president Tom Schaefer along with
Larkspur board president attended the village town meeting at the village hall
to bring issues concerning our neighborhood to the attention of Mayor Irv Bock,
the village trustees and Police chief Ron Moser.
A few of the topics discussed were speeding & accidents on Kingsbury, Problems
with teens loitering, threatening residents and disturbing the peace, as well as
July 15th, 2002
On Monday Hanover Square board of directors and management met with Larkspurs
board and management to discuss several issues that concern both our
developments. Some of the items discussed were lighting, garbage, issues about
the stretch of Kingsbury between us and much more. If both our complexes can
work together we can make the positive upturn in the neighborhood going.
July 7th, 2002
A word of Thanks.
Below is a letter we received from Mary K. A resident at 1309 A Kingsbury.
To the Editor,
Since I moved into Hanover Square,
August of 2001, I found out this is a very nice place to live. The people are
nice and very friendly.
Three months ago I got sick and my
neighbors really came together and helped me out.
I want to thank Dave and Jenny of 1311A
Kingsbury. They took back and forth to the doctor, and looked in on me on a
daily basis. They are my special people and a godsend to me. Dawn from 1307A is
a special person to me too. She took me to the doctor too, as well as put up
with my depression. She was there when I really was in need.
Ursula, Dan and Kristi from 1308A and
Henry & Ella of 1308Fare very special people too, always asking if I need
I take my hat off to all of them and
they are my extended family. My love is for all of them and I am glad they live
in Hanover Square. Once again a very heartfelt thank you to all of them. I
wouldn't have made it without them.
I also want to say that the board
president of Hanover Square, Tom, in my eyes is a very good person. I believe
doing a good job being the president of the association. Thank you Tom for all
you have done for me.
THANK YOU MARY! from all of us. You and those you mentioned are
PERFECT examples of what NEIGHBORS / FRIENDS should be. Lets all try to follow