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Affordable Care Act update from the BYNC ACA outreach coordinator

1. With less than 1 month left before ACA open enrollment closes, what should consumers know? Consumers need to know March 31st is the last day to select a plan from the Marketplace. The Affordable Care Act/Obamacare provides a new tax credit to help consumers afford health coverage purchased through the Marketplace. According to the […]

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BYNC annual toy giveaway brings smiles to local children

Hundreds of Back of the Yards families braved the cold weather on Saturday, Dec. 14 to pick up the presents Santa had lined up for their children this holiday season. Since Friday afternoon, the staff at the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) had been decorating the second floor of Davis Square Park, for […]

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A letter from the BYNC president

  This year the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council will embark on its 75th year of service, giving us a chance to reflect on the past, think about the present and plan for the future. This milestone is a reminder of how influential the organization has been throughout the years. The BYNC was formed […]

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Reflecting on 75 years of impact

Milestone marks a journey from organizing to service delivery in an immigrant community The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council, a community organization that became a model for other neighborhood councils across the country, is celebrating its 75 years of service this year. The organization was first founded out of a vision to empower residents […]

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BYNC celebrates its 75 year anniversary

Seventy-five years ago, a professional community organizer by the name of Saul Alinsky and supervisor of Davis Square Park, Joseph Meegan, united under a common vision- to organize the many ethnic enclaves, parishes and social clubs of the Back of the Yards community. It was through this shared vision of improving access to social services […]

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McKinley Park Resident Turns 100, Shows Grace with Age

Sitting placidly in her living room of 65 years, Marie Pasinski, who is turning 100 years old today, greeted me as if she knew me her whole life. Pasinski is a small and cheerful woman. She speaks loud and clear and moves slow but steady. She goes to church every Sunday and takes pride on […]

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BYNC Sponsoring Networking Events and Classes in 2012

As a way to help the local business community, the Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) will be sponsoring several networking events in 2012. Kicking off the series will be an event held at Restaurante Sabores, 1922 W. 47th St. on Feb. 15 at 5:30 p.m. Sabores, the newest restaurant on 47th St, will […]

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Residents’ Ideas Drive Next Steps in Quality of Life Plan for Back of the Yards

Back of the Yards residents are gearing up for the next phase of a sweeping endeavor to transform the quality of life for people in the neighborhood – including a public meeting scheduled for Jan. 25 to talk about next steps in the effort. The Back of the Yards Quality of Life Planning Process drew […]

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BYNC Launches Early Action Project for Quality of Life Plan

The Back of the Yards Neighborhood Council (BYNC) in partnership with the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), launched an early action project as part of the Great Neighborhoods Community Planning initiative last Saturday Nov. 12. Its overall purpose is to engage residents, business owners, institutions and other stakeholders to improve the quality of life in […]

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Public Workshop: Strategies to Improve the Quality of Life in Back of the Yards

To tackle some of the most troublesome issues affecting the Back of the Yards, members of the community came together for a public workshop the afternoon of Wednesday Sept. 21. Greeted with popcorn and bottled waters, over 80 attendees made their way to the second floor of Davis Square Park to take part in a […]