Archive for November, 2011

What:  Meeting to discuss new proposal by Sedgwick Properties
Where:  The Clarendon Field House at 4501 N. Clarendon Ave.
When:  Thursday December 1
Time:  7 pm
Who:  The Uptown Coalition for Responsible Development

 Sedgwick Properties has submitted a revised plan for the Columbus/Maryville site on Montrose and Clarendon. Their original plan was overwhelmingly voted down earlier this year at a community meeting held by Alderman Cappleman. Their latest plan, The Lighthouse at Montrose Harbor, is pared down from the original but there are still some concerns that need to be addressed:

1.  They are asking for $31 million in TIF funds

2.  They currently have two properties in foreclosure

3.  The current plan still has density problems

Buena Park Neighbors does not have an official position on this project; however, we believe that all of our neighbors need to be fully informed when such large-scale projects are proposed in or bordering on our neighborhood.  With that in mind, we strongly recommend that you attend this very important meeting.

This meeting is being called by The Uptown Coalition for Responsible Development, which is a private organization. Also, we have been informed that, due to prior commitments, Alderman Cappleman will not be present at this meeting.


Keeping Buena Park Clean, Green and Safe

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Buena Pumpkins A HUGE Success.

On Halloween night in Buena Park our Safe Trick-or-Treating event we call Buena Pumpkins was a huge success, with over 1,000 people in attendance. This family-friendly event keeps growing every year and this year was no exception. Buena Circle Park was packed with people, as were both sides of Kenmore from Irving Park to Montrose.

The houses competingBuena Pumpkins 2 for the George Ferak Decoration Award pulled out all the stops, to the delight of both children and parents. The organizers did a great job of turning Buena Circle Park into a haunted graveyard, as well as handing out candy and glow bracelets to all the little ones (and a few big ones as well). The weather couldn’t have been better, and from this writer’s vantage point everyone had a great time and fully satisfied their sugar craving.

Buena Pumpkins 4

BPN wants to thank Thorek Memorial Hospital, Awake CafeWorld Gym, and European & US Car Service for generously sponsoring this event. Without this kind of support from local businesses, we couldn’t put on these terrific community events.

A big thanks to Gene Tenner, a Buena Park resident, for taking over 300 photos of the event. You can check them out and download any you want at Gene’s pictures.

Finally, we want to thank all our volunteers and all the neighbors who paBuena Pumpkins 1rticipated in the house decorating and handed out candy. This was a great community event, with hundreds of people pitching in to create a wonderful festival atmosphere that thrilled so many children and gave them memories that will last a lifetime. This is a great neighborhood to grow up in, and we proved it on Halloween night 2011.

George Ferak Winning Entry!

Although there were a number of very creative and fun houses to visit, the nod for the George Ferak Best Decoration goes to…. 4322 N. Kenmore. The winning decorators are Dave Forristal, Larry Keller, Gary Roldan, and Suzanne Dines. Buena Park Neighbors will present a sign that these four Halloween artists can proudly display all year. For everyone else, don’t give up! Next year just might be your turn.

ferak winner 2011

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