Couple donates $1 million to support Austin

The $1 million gift from Rick and Cate Waddell, given to United Way of Metro Chicago, will be used to support economic development over the next five years in Austin through the Neighborhood Network Initiative. Austin Coming Together will play a key role in the initiative.

Hear from the mayoral candidates

All 14 candidates have been invited to the candidates forum, which will be held at 1 p.m. Feb. 9 at Malcolm X College. The forum is sponsored by the Chicago Westside chapter of the NAACP and Austin Coming Together.

Michele Clark HS petitions for IB program

Michele Clark Principal Charles Anderson Jr. said many students who attend elementary school in Austin leave the community for high schools that offer an IB program, especially if they were already enrolled in the program. The hope is that having a high school program in Austin would keep some of those students in Austin.

Stop by Austin networking event

All are invited to the Aug. 7 event, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Loretto Hospital, 645 S. Central Ave. Participating organizations include: AAABNA, Austin Chamber of Commerce, Austin Coming Together, North Avenue Business Association, West Garfield Park Community Stakeholders, West Side Business Network and Westside Men’s Network.