Police officials will meet with 50th Ward residents tonight to update the community on the two murders in Rogers Park earlier this week.
The meeting will take place at the Bernard Horwich JCC, 3003 West Touhy Avenue, at 7:30 p.m.
Eliyahu Moscowitz, a 24-year-old 50th Ward resident, was one of two men shot by an unknown gunman. The other victim was 73-year-old Douglas Watts.
At a community meeting in Rogers Park on Wednesday night, police declined to speculate on a motive for the murders. Mr. Moscowitz was an Orthodox Jew, and Mr. Watts was gay. Members of the Orthodox and the gay communities have expressed concern that the men may have been targeted for whho they were. Police have established that the same gun was used in both murders.
Police believe the murderer lives in the Rogers Park neighborhood. They distributed flyers at last night’s meeting that more clearly show the heavily-disguised individual believed to have committed the crimes. The gunman hid his face with a cap, sunglasses, and a scarf.
Although the police have increased patrols throughout the community, and have added plainclothes officers and detectives, many residents said that they no longer walk alone and have unplugged from cell phones while out on the street.
Tonight’s meeting will be hosted by Alderman Silverstein.
West Ridge Cook Book
The Rogers Park – West Ridge Historical Society will be celebrating publication of its new cookbook at Indian Boundary Park on October 22 from 1-4 p.m. The book, “A Taste of the World in One Neighborhood: The Varied Cuisines of Chicago’s Far North Side,” is a compilation of recipes submitted by area residents and former residents. Tickets for the event are $30 for adults; $15 for children ages 6-17 (children under age 6 free). The book itself costs $15 if ordered in advance, and $20 if ordered on or after October 22. Contact the Society for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 773/764-4078.
The Rogers Park / West Ridge Historical Society is seeking recipes for its new community cookbook. Everyone in the neighborhood–as well as former residents–can contribute a favorite recipe, from appetizers to desserts. Submissions that reflect the diversity of our neighborhood are encouraged. The Society is also willing to work with restaurants and caterers to convert recipes for home use.
Your name will appear with your recipe. You can also contribute a recipe to honor the memory of someone special, maybe the grandmother who taught you how to bake cookies, or the friend who shared her special recipe for brisket. You can even include a short comment or tip to be printed with your recipe. I once burned out the motor of a hand mixer while beating in lots of luscious cream cheese to make my favorite pineapple cheesecake, so my recipe will carry a warning to use a stand mixer. (The stench from a burned motor is far worse than that from burned toast. Unfortunately, I’ve burned both.)
The cookbook will cost $18; it’s scheduled for publication in October 2017.
Submission deadline is June 30. You can submit your recipes online or download the forms here. Or you can stop by the Historical Society’s office to pick the forms up.
(7363 North Greenview, in Jarvis Square just south of dog groomer Rogers Bark) on Wednesdays or Saturdays (10:00 am. – 4:00 pm.).