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On March 26th, Proco "Joe" Moreno
was inaugurated as Alderman of Chicago’s 1st Ward, which includes our own West Bucktown community. He replaces Manny Flores, who was appointed by Governor Pat Quinn to be chairman of the Illinois Commerce Commission.
Joe is certainly no stranger to our neck of the woods – he was born and raised in Illinois and has been a Wicker Park/Bucktown resident for the last 14 years. The youngest Alderman in the Chicago City Council, he brings a unique mix of business experience and community activism to the job.
Fresh out of college, Joe worked his way up through the ranks of a suburban union printing company, eventually becoming Vice President before being called to public service. Armed with an MBA from DePaul, he went on to serve as an elected member of the Local School Council for Jose De Diego Community Academy, and as a board member with Humboldt Park Social Services, an organization dedicated to helping the homeless and disadvantaged in that community. Joe has also been an active participant in the CAPS program, focusing on community involvement and public safety.
As Alderman, Joe is concentrating first and foremost on public safety and building a vibrant business community throughout the 1st Ward. “I’m honored by the opportunity to serve as your representative, and I pledge to be a tireless advocate for your interests,” he emphasized.
Joe is also looking forward to working with West Bucktown residents to build on the momentum created by recent WBNA events and initiatives, such as the Clean & Green and safety phone trees. “The work done by this group to organize the neighborhood should serve as an example to other areas of the Ward,” he noted.
Got a question for Joe? He holds regular “Ward Nights” every Tuesday from 5-8:00 pm in the 1st Ward office at 2056 N. Western. We’re also planning a WBNA Community Meeting later this summer to give everyone the opportunity to meet Joe in person…stay tuned for details.
In the meantime, keep an eye out for Joe in the neighborhood – you just might spot him at the playground with his 6-year-old daughter, Ava, or jogging through the streets of West Bucktown!
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Save the Date: 7/31 Yard Sale and Picnic
The WBNA and Maplewood Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council (MLFPAC) are teaming up again this year to host the annual neighborhood Yard Sale and Picnic at Maplewood Park on Saturday, July 31st from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
. This event promises to be equal parts business and
pleasure – last year’s attendees netted upwards of $400 selling their stuff to the more than 100 people who came out for the fun!
The Yard Sale has grown steadily in attendance and popularity since MLFPAC started running it three years ago. It will be publicized throughout the city and is open to West Bucktown residents and non-residents alike. For a small $25 fee (which directly benefits MLFPAC and the many park programs it organizes) you get an assigned 10 ft. x 10 ft. area within the park to display your wares. This is a rain-or-shine event, and sellers are required to bring their own tables, chairs, supplies, etc. To reserve your spot today, send an email to email@example.com
. Cash payment is due the morning of the sale.
Even if you don’t have any items to unload, we’re encouraging everyone to stop by the park for an afternoon of “shopping and socializing.” Details about the picnic are still being hammered out, but it’s shaping up to be a great family-friendly event with lots of fun entertainment on hand for the kids.
This is a wonderful opportunity to show our support for the neighborhood while enjoying a little mixing-and-mingling in the process. We hope to see everyone there!Back to top
Just for Kicks!
Mention “kickball” to someone in casual conversation, and you’ll immediately conjure up memories of elementary school playgrounds, big red rubber balls, and frantic whispers of “back up
– this guy’s really good!”
“Kickball is one of those universal childhood experiences that almost everyone can relate to, no matter when or where they went to school,” explained Sarah Maxwell, a member of the WBNA Environmental Committee who is leading the charge to launch the city’s first neighborhood kickball league here in West Bucktown this summer. “Kickball is a low-key sport we can all rally around. It’s a fun way to get people outside to meet their neighbors, and a great way to promote social camaraderie and friendly rivalries throughout West Bucktown.”
Here’s how the league will work:
Beginning June 30th, kickball games pitting the streets of West Bucktown against each other will be held in Maplewood Park every Wednesday night at 6:30. This is non-competitive kickball, so no worries if you were always the last one picked for the team in grade school – in this league, everyone is a star! The WBNA will provide the tunes, everyone brings their own beverages and grub, and the Chicago Parks District will hook us up with bases and a game ball (as well as waive its usual fees for league play).
“The Environmental Committee is about more than just the greening of West Bucktown,” Sarah emphasized. “We’re also committed to bringing residents together to enjoy the terrific green space available to all of us at Maplewood and Lucy Flower Parks. Our hope is that these kickball games will give us a nostalgic, lighthearted way to bring a little fun and a sense of team spirit to the neighborhood.”
Everyone is welcome to participate in the kickball tournament – see below for the game roster. Even on the nights your street isn’t scheduled to play, we encourage you to stop by, hang out, and cheer on some new friends. No advance registration is required – just show up with your sneakers and game face on!
June 30 Rockwell vs. Cortland
July 7 Artesian/Wabansia vs. Moffat/California
July 14 Homer/Bloomingdale vs. Campbell/Washtenaw
July 21 Fairfield/Maplewood vs. Talman/North/Western/Armitage
July 28 Semi-finals
Aug 4 Semi-finals
Aug 11 FinalsBack to topOn the Scene at the Clean & Green
It was a cool spring morning, but the chilly temperatures did nothing to dampen the spirits of the nearly 100 West Bucktowners who participated in the WBNA Clean & Green on April 17th. Organized by the WBNA Environmental Committee, in partnership with the Maplewood & Lucy Flower Parks Advisory Council (MLFPAC), the Chicago Parks District and the 1st Ward Alderman’s Office, the event drew an unprecedented number of volunteers – one of the largest turnouts in the city.
Sporting green T-shirts and armed with rakes, brooms and trash bags, volunteers fanned out across the streets of West Bucktown to give the neighborhood a thorough spring cleaning. As they picked up trash, shoveled dirt, and planted flowers in Maplewood and Lucy Flower parks, they also met their neighbors, made new friends and shared a few laughs along the way.
“I joined the WBNA because I’m a firm believer that the future of our neighborhood is in our hands,” said Ryan van Wyk, an Environmental Committee member who worked with Whitney Kreutzer, Felicia Lyon, Kathi Pruett and Victor Quintanilla to organize the successful event. “The Clean & Green was a great way for us to mobilize like-minded neighbors to address the greening of our two parks, as well as cleaning up the streets we all walk every day. The difference was both immediate and striking, and plans are already underway to repeat the event in August.”
The Clean & Green is just one of many social initiatives being planned this year to promote the greening of West Bucktown. To find out how you can help our neighborhood go green, send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
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All West Bucktowners are reminded to stop by Maplewood Park on Friday, June 18 at dusk for a special showing of Madagascar 2: Escape 2 Africa. This feature movie presentation is part of the Chicago Parks District's "Movies In the Park" series. So grab the kids and a few friends and head on over around 8:30...it promises to be a fun time for all!
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