New Officers and Board Elected for 2012

NEWS Release: Immediate Online: CENTRAL STREET NEIGHBORS ANNOUNCES ELECTION OF NEW BOARD FOR 2012 EVANSTON, March 3 – By unanimous acclimation, members of Central Street Neighbors approved new board members and officers for 2012 at its annual meeting and neighborhood forum held Feb. 22 at Three Crowns Park. Mark Sloane was elected president and John Walsh was elected as vice president. Each will serve a one year term. Additionally, four new members were elected to the Board to serve two-year terms. They include Larry Byrne, Susan Hartnett, John Simonetti and Anne Viner. Re-elected to a two-year term was Jim Hughes. In announcing the slate, outgoing President David Staub recognized the work of the board and welcomed those who stood for election. He received thanks and appreciation for his service and commitment to the community in remarks made by incoming president Sloane. Sloane also thanked and recognized outgoing board members and officers Margi Hughes, Peter Sanchez and Joe Hill. Staub will continue as an ex-officio member of the board. The board selected board member John Zbesko to serve as treasurer, filling the shoes of Joe Hill who has served since CSNA’s founding in 2006. Other members of the Board who will continue through 2012 include Marge Anderson, Carl Bova, Jeff Smith, Mary Lou Smith and Debbie Weixl. The annual meeting featured a special forum on the three referenda that will appear on the March 20 ballot. Presentations included a full report with background on the advisory referendum relating to the possible dissolution of Evanston Township by Intergovernmental Affairs Coordinator for Evanston, Matt Swentkofske; Catherine Hurley, Sustainable Programs Coordinator for the City of Evanston spoke about the referendum that would authorize the City of Evanston to arrange for electrical supply; and Katie Bailey, District 65 Board President; Richard Rykhus, member, District 65 Board, and District 65 Superintendent Hardy Murphy who all addressed the issues surrounding the referendum that would enable the District to issue bonds in the amount of $48.2 million for building a new school and providing additions and repairs to existing school buildings. More information on the forum and election can be found at this link: - 30 - Central Street Neighbors Association was formed in 2007 to promote and preserve the vitality and quality of life of the Central Street Neighborhood in Evanston. Its purpose is to promote the social welfare of the area and help it thrive as a part of the larger community. CSNA promotes a close community of neighbors to preserve the unique character of Central Street and support projects and programs that will continue to make Central Street a welcoming, sustainable and vibrant home for residents and businesses. CSNA is a key source of information and data about the neighborhood to help the public and policymakers. Central Street Neighbors Association “Together we have a stronger voice.” P.O. Box 7050, Evanston, IL 60204