Beasley Badger Wants You

 

DID YOU KNOW THAT THIS SUMMER, WARD 2 RESIDENTS WILL VOTE ON HOW TO SPEND $1,000,000?


From May to August 2013, be a part of Hamilton's first true Participatory Budgeting (PB) process! PB in Ward 2 gives you and your neighbours the power to reshape the places you live, work and play. Whether it's a bike lane, a community garden, or an addition to your local park, PB offers you a chance to transform your ideas into reality.

COME PARTICIPATE!

The Beasley South Budgeting Assembly meets on Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Beasley Community Centre (145 Wilson St.). 

The Beasley North Budgeting Assembly meets on Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm at the Bennetto Elementary School (47 Simcoe St. E.)

Each assembly follows the same schedule:
May 8: Orientation meeting
May 15: Project workshop
May 22: Project workshop
May 29: Project workshop
June 5: Final project workshop
June 26: Select projects, elect a delegate
August 7: Debrief negotiations, submit late projects
August 14: Elections
August 24 & 25: VOTE

Visit PBhamont.ca or email nkearney@pbhamont.ca for more information. You can also drop in and visit our office, open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 

Participatory Budgeting Ward 2
267 King Street East
Hamilton, Ontario L8N 1B9
905.523.4444
 
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Congratulations to our New Executive Team


Congrats to our new Executive, who were elected at the BNA AGM on April 24, 2013:

  • Co-Presidents: Matt Thomson and Jeanette Eby
  • Vice President: Bill Simone
  • Treasurer: Mike Borrelli
  • Secretary: Mitchell Petersen
  • Membership and Communications Coordinators: Paul Elia and Paul Sousa
  • Activity Coordinator: Cindy Stover

Laura Ryan continues as our Beasley Park steward.

Jeanette, Bill, Sylvia Nickerson and Matt continue to serve on the Beasley Community Center Steering Committee, which is kind of like a subcommittee of the BNA Charter, with the Department of Recreation, HWDSB and Wesley Urban Ministires also sitting as part of that group.

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Beasley Fair 2013


Please join us for our annual Beasley Fair. Come find out what’s going on in your neighbourhood! This is your chance to connect with the city services, places of worship, organizations and local business that serve the Beasley Community.

From 12:00pm - 3:00pm in the Beasley Community Centre - 145 Wilson Street

 

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NOTICE: BNA Annual General Meeting to be held April 24th, 2013


The Beasley Neighbourhood Association would like to invite all Beasley residents to our Annual General Meeting to be held in lieu of our regularly scheduled meeting on Wednesday, April 24th. The meeting will be held at the Beasley Community Centre in the Dr. Davey School (145 Wilson St.).

At the AGM, members will be electing a new BNA Executive Committee for a one-year term beginning May 1st, 2013. The Executive Committee of the BNA is responsible for the ongoing operation of the Association and is entrusted to make decisions on behalf of the Association and act as its official representatives.

We strongly encourage old and new members alike to consider taking a leadership role with the BNA by running for one of the Executive positions laid out in our constitution:

President - Responsible for setting up meetings, making authorized payments, and is authorized to speak on behalf of the BNA to the City of Hamilton and the public.

Vice-President - Fills the role of the President in their absence, and performs other duties as directed by the Executive Committee.

Secretary - Prepares, distributes and maintains agendas & minutes of all meetings, and receives and prepares official correspondence as necessary.

Treasurer - Administers and co-signs for authorized payments, keeps records of all financial transactions, and performs banking functions as directed.

Membership & Communication Co-ordinator(s) - Maintains membership and mailing lists, recruits and encourages members, and prepares and distributes printed or electronic newsletters and/or web content. Duties may be divided among multiple coordinators.

Activities Coordinator(s) - Elected at the first meeting following the AGM, the Activities Coordinator chairs the Standing Committee for Activities and coordinates annual events, including the Winter Carnival, Beasley BBQ, Movie Nights and other social events. Activities coordinators also liaise with other events and organizations that build the social facbric of the Beasley Neighbourhood, including Open Streets, SuperCrawl, & Art Crawl. Other duties include maintenance and inventory of BNA assets. Duties may be divided among multiple coordinators.

Nominations for the posted roles will be accepted at the AGM (members may nominate themselves), and nominees will be able to make a short statement for members' consideration. Voting will take place by secret ballot and winners will be announced at the meeting in preparation for a May 1st transition.

If you have questions about these roles, or any aspect of the BNA or AGM, please do not hesitate to contact us at beasleyassociation@gmail.com
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Raise the Hammer's Ryan McGreal Explains Complete Streets


On Wednesday February 13th, the BNA was pleased to host Ryan McGreal, editor of Raise The Hammer, a local blog that shares the BNA's commitment to making the city a liveable place.  With a full house in attendance at the Beasley Community Centre, Ryan explained to the audience the importance of designing streets so that they serve citizens' needs, not just those of cars.

The presentation, available below or by clicking here, demonstrates how complete, two-way streets with wider sidewalks, better crossings, dedicated bike lanes, and more public spaces can help improve safety for drivers, pedestrians, and cyclists in downtown Hamilton.

We thank Ryan for coming out to our meeting, and after seeing his presentation, BNA members indicated a preference for our organization to pursue opportunities for Complete Streets in the Beasley neighbourhood.

For additional questions about Complete Streets, or the BNA, please contact us at beasleyassociation@gmail.com.


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Beasely Child and Family Centre Expanded Hours


A place for parent and caregivers to play and learn with their children from birth to six years of age. 

  • free program includes snacks, creative activities,  group time and more
  • drop in any time during the hours listed below

 New Hours – beginning February 4th, 2013

 

Monday

8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday

8:50 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday

8:50 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Thursday

8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Friday

8:50 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday

10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


See http://www.ourbeasley.com/staticpages/index.php/bcfc for more information.

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Tons of Fun at Beasley Winter Carnival


Neighbours from all around downtown came together on Saturday afternoon to enjoy the 5th annual Beasley Winter Carnival. More than two hundred Beasley neighbours visited Beasley Park in the heart of Hamilton to skate, sled, and snow-bowl in the beautiful winter weather, and warmed themselves up on hot drinks, pizza and snacks. Ward 2 Councillor Jason Farr was present to draw the winners of four family passes to the Art Gallery of Hamilton, and to crown the winners of a road hockey shoot-out competition. Congratulations to the team called MVP, winners of tickets to see the Hamilton Bulldogs!

The Beasley Neighbourhood Association would like to thank the many volunteers, donors and organizations that helped make the Winter Carnival possible:

Affiliated Services for Children and Youth
Art Gallery of Hamilton
Boys and Girls Club
City of Hamilton Community Development Office
City of Hamilton Department of Recreation
Columbia College
Dr. Davey School
Good Shepherd Centers
Hamilton Council on Aging
Hamilton Downtown Mosque
Hamilton Police Service
Hamilton Victory Gardens
Kenesky Sports
Tourism Hamilton/Winterfest
Wesley Urban Ministries

And last but not least, thank you to the many tireless volunteers and committed supporters of the Beasley Neighbourhood Association!

See you again next year!
 
 
Please find below some beautiful photos taken by Jennifer Kellner. See jenniferkellner.com for more of her beautiful photography.
 
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BNA Newsletter - Winter 2013


We are proud to release the Winter 2013 version of the BNA Newsletter. Meet the Beasley Badger, find out about the Winter Carnival and other upcoming events and more! Click either of the images below to download the PDF version of the newsletter.

 

         

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Beasley Badger visits Hamilton Farmers Market


If you were shopping downtown last Saturday, you may have gotten a glimpse of the fierce but friendly Beasley Badger.
 
Beasley's fiesty mascot was greeting shoppers at the Farmers Market and inviting neighbours from across Hamilton to the Winter Carnival to be held at Beasley Park on February 9th, 2-5pm.
 
If you missed the Badger last week, don't worry because he'll be back at the Farmers Market on February 2nd, and also at the Pier 8 Skating Rink at 1pm to launch Hamilton's Winterfest!
 
And of course, he can't wait to play at the Winter Carnival, so on Febuary 9th, bring your skates and snowpants--the Badger will hand out free food and hot drinks!
 
Beasley Badger at the Farmer's Market

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Active Young Mothers Program


The YWCA and Living Rock are partnering to offer a group for young moms called AYM (Acitve Young Mothers). It is run every Monday at the MacNab Street YWCA (75 MacNab St S) from 9:30-11:30. It is open for moms 25 and under, and women can attend with or without their chidren (ie if their children are in school/daycare they are welcome to come without them). Women have the opportunity to work out, then spend some time in the play room having a snack and chatting. Bus tickets are provided and childminding is available while moms work out.

View the flyer here

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