Neighborhood News

Meet Buena Park Neighbors’ Alice Leahy

As Treasurer of Buena Park Neighbors Alice Leahy oversees the association’s finances by keeping a running track of all donations, membership dues and expenditures made on behalf of Buena Park Neighbors. She is a native Chicagoan who was born and raised on the South Side which explains why she is a diehard White Sox fan. Alice has lived in Buena Park for more than 30 years and has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and appreciate her neighborhood after becoming involved with Buena Park Neighbors following retirement.

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Buena Park Neighbors Association 2018 Event and Meeting Schedule

 

Sat. Mar. 24, 2018, Time to Be Determined
Buena Bunnies
St. Mary of the Lake Church, 4200 N Sheridan Rd.

Mon. Mar. 26, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting
Thorek Hospital, top floor Solarium Conference Room

Thu. Apr. 19, 2018, 6:00 p.m.
Wine Walk
Businesses in Buena Park

Sat. May. 12, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Clean and Green
Buena and Marine Drive

Thu. Jun. 21, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Concert in the Park
Buena Circle Park, 1049 W Buena Ave.

Mon. Jun. 25, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Community Meeting
Chicago Corinthian Yacht Club, 601 W Montrose Ave.

Thu. Jul. 19, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Movie in the Park
Buena Circle Park, 1049 W Buena Ave.

Thu. Aug. 16, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Concert in the Park
Buena Circle Park, 1049 W Buena Ave.

 

Mon. Sep. 24, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Community General Meeting with Elections
Place to Be Determined

Sat. Sep. 29, 2018, 10:00 a.m.
Clean and Green
Place to Be Determined

Sat. Sep. 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m.
Event in the Park
Buena Circle Park, 1049 W Buena Ave.

Wed. Oct. 31, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Buena Pumpkins
Buena Circle Park

 

Mon. Dec. 10, 2018, 7:00 p.m.
Holiday Community Meeting
Place to Be Determined

Pride Films and Plays Valentines Cabaret

Love and more love are featured at Pride Arts Center in February. Join us for the grand musical Yank: A World War II Love Story which is a Rogers-and-Hammerstein type musical with a contemporary twist.

The music is gorgeous, and the cast and band sound amazing. Also this month, spend Valentine’s Day with the best cabaret artists in town singing Broadway Love Songs. Other events include the monthly film fest on Feb. 13 and the lauded one-person by trans artist Jamie Black It’s My Penis and I’ll Cry id I Want to. There is something for everyone at Pride Arts Center! http://www.pridefilmsandplays.com.

Meet Buena Park Neighbors’ Asher Mayerson

Asher Mayerson leads BPN’s Block Captain Program, which brings together a diverse group of community leaders to advance the mission of Buena Park Neighbors. Block Captains raise awareness about the neighborhood, the community and Buena Park Neighbors Association; support community projects; and provide pathways to leadership within Buena Park Neighbors. In addition, Asher leads BPN’s young professionals programming, which has included community service events, happy hours, and more.
Asher moved to Chicago from Washington, DC in March 2017, but his roots in the Windy City are deep. His mother was born in Uptown and spent her early years in Rogers Park; his grandfather grew up in Hyde Park and attended the University of Chicago; and his grandmother and uncle still live in the Chicagoland area today.
Before moving to Chicago, Asher served as an aide in the Obama White House, serving as President Obama’s chief liaison to ethnic communities and supporting the White House’s public engagement efforts.
Asher graduated with degrees in mathematics and economics from Dartmouth College, where he served as President of Dartmouth Hillel and as Northeast Representative to the J Street U National Student Board. As a college student, Asher also spent a summer in Rwanda, where he worked on a project to electrify a rural village.
 
In addition to his work with Buena Park Neighbors, Asher serves as a mentor with the Mikva Challenge, an organization that empowers youth to be active in the political process. Asher is excited to continue deepening his ties to Buena Park and to the entire City, as well as meeting more and more of his neighbors in Buena Park.

Buena Park Neighbors 2018 Plan

Mission: To Improve the quality of life for everyone in Buena Park

“We are dedicated to the beautification and preservation of
one of Chicago’s most historic and diverse neighborhoods.”

Committee Missions and Activities

Executive Committee
Serves as the governing body and provides oversight for all activities.
Activities – Hold meetings every other month and make all decisions on zoning related issues. Meet regularly and be forward thinking.

Finance Committee
Track income and expenditures carry out fundraising efforts on behalf of BPN.
Activities – Raise funds to pay for BPN initiatives. Maintain all accounting and budgeting functions.

Membership Committee
Lead efforts to retain and increase memberships in BPN.
Activities – Conduct membership outreach to retain existing members and recruit new members by providing value for being a member of BPN.

Communication
Publicize and promote all events and activities. Monitor police activity and communicate as needed. Set policy for social media and monitor activity.
Activities – Produce monthly newsletter and also promotional material for all events. Utilize social media to its fullest to promote the neighborhood and activities that BPN is involved in.

Events
Coordinate and manage all major events for BPN and advise committees on execution of small events.
Activities – Lead four events in the park including two movies, one concert and one children’s event. Also, monitor and advise Halloween and Bunny events. Support new wine walk with the existing business committee. Host BPN Community Meetings.

Block Captains
Maintain a block based volunteer network to assist BPN in raising awareness on key issues in the neighborhood and assist in recruiting volunteers for projects.
Activities – Complete recruitment of block captains for all of BPN and coordinate participation of block captains in other BPN activities

Young Professionals
Create a group of young professionals within BPN to promote networking and community service.
Activities – Host networking events for members to get to know each other and do community service projects that members can participate in

Green Team
Implement green space and environmental projects that serve as a builder of cohesiveness in BPN.
Activities – Conduct Spring and Fall work days on key projects in Buena Park. Identify other opportunities for members to support community greening and community art projects benefitting the neighborhood.

Existing Business
Work with existing Buena Park businesses to help them succeed and prosper.
Activities – Create an event promoting existing business, such as the wine walk, to highlight existing business. Secure business memberships for BPN. Work with Membership Committee to develop incentives for BPN members to support local business

Planning and Development Committee
Lead BPN effort to set a long-term development plan for the neighborhood and recruit businesses that fit the needs of our area.
Activities – Host developers meeting and work with key realtors on ongoing efforts to bring new businesses to BPN.

Philanthropic Efforts
Identify and promote area services, such as Lakeview Pantry, that provide food or social services to area residents.
Activities – Recruit volunteers and encourage financial support for Lakeview Pantry. Identify other opportunities for community philanthropy including support of Brenneman Elementary School.

2018 Results Checklist

Executive Committee – Host six meetings to plan and approve all activities. Regularly update plan to reflect actions and objectives of BPN.

Finance – Raise at least $10,000 from all sources with a target of large contributions from Thorek Hospital, Cubs, the Uptown Special Assessments District, and other businesses.

Membership – Grow membership to 300 individual/family members.

Communications – Prepare and distribute 12 newsletters, promote/publicize all BPN events, and monitor social media and make changes as necessary to schedule and content of messages. Continue rapid response communication initiative to alert neighbors of police activity.

Block Captains – Build the number of block captains to at least 25 members assigned geographic area. Also, identify BPN contacts in condos where possible. Monitor performance/participation of each block captain to insure common standard of performance.

Young Professionals – Host bimonthly networking events and four community service projects.

Events – Host 4 BPN Community Meetings, 4 events in the park, and support Halloween and Bunny events. Monitor total participation in each event and insure a record of attendance exists. Prepare gift baskets for select events.

Green – Conduct at least two workdays with more visibility and impact than ever before. Promote other greening and environmental efforts including the Chicago Park District’s Montrose Harbor Sanctuary and Dunes programs.

Existing Business – Conduct the 1 st Buena Park Wine Tour in April, 2018 to promote local business. Sell 50 tickets. Also, work with Membership Committee to implement incentive program for members to use buy from local businesses.

Development and New Business – Using survey results, consult with real estate professionals to create a detailed plan on how to recruit the desired businesses to the neighborhood. Recruit 2 new businesses to Buena Park.