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December 23, 2013

Membership Matters
Post-Holiday Blues Party
WBNA Charity Drive
Lucy Flower Update

The 2014 WBNA Membership Drive is officially in full swing! Many thanks to those folks who have already stepped up and paid their annual dues — our ranks continue to grow steadily!

IMAGE: Pay ButtonDues are just $25 per household, or $50 for businesses and organizations. Best of all, 100% of the money gets funneled back into West Bucktown. From subsidizing our holiday parties, to supporting neighborhood parks and recreational activities, to funding communications like this newsletter and our website, membership dues are absolutely critical to keeping the association moving forward. 

As an added incentive, everyone who pays their 2013 dues by our Post-Holiday Blues Party at West On North on January 18 will receive a WBNA window cling and a free drink on us!  You can pay your dues in advance with your credit card or PayPal account  here, or pay with cash or check the night of the party.

Many thanks for all you have done – and continue to do – to make West Bucktown a great place to live!

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IMAGE: Post-Holiday Blues

IMAGE: Bloomingdale TrailAs we reported in last week's WindowBox newsletter, the WBNA has selected The 606 (aka Bloomingdale Trail) to be the recipient of our annual holiday charity drive. 'Tis the season for giving, and charity begins at home, right here in our own West Bucktown backyard!  Every dollar that you donate by December 31 will be matched (up to $50,000) by two generous benefactors. So whether you can donate $10 or $10,000, your contribution will have TRIPLE the impact in helping to make the Bloomingdale Trail a true hallmark of our community. Monies collected during this holiday "Mix and Match" campaign will go toward landscaping, benches, the arts, and other amenities along the Trail. 
Click here to make your tax-deductible contribution to The 606 today! And if you bring a copy of your receipt to the Post-Holiday Blues Party, your first drink is on us!  
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We realize that everyone is curious about what's happening (or more to the point, what's NOT happening!) with the Lucy Flower renovation project. Rest assured that even though you can't actually SEE any progress just yet, plans are definitely moving full steam ahead.
The Chicago Park District tells us they have completed the bidding process and awarded the project to a contractor. Unfortunately, winter descended upon Chicago a bit earlier than expected, which has kept work at a standstill. That said, we're still hopeful that a break in the weather will allow at least some initial construction activities to start as early as next month, such as demolition of the existing playground equipment and sewer and utility work.  The majority of construction will begin in early spring, with the goal of having the new playground completed by early to mid-summer.  

So patience, West Bucktown! Good things WILL come to those who wait!

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