North Springfield Betterment Association Blog
NSBA Foundation Board Member Is Honored In SBJ’s Men Of The Year 2014 Award
Having participating in the North Springfield Betterment Association for more than 15 years, Tony has been instrumental in its growth with helping the organization gain its non-profit status and creating the NSBA Foundation. Over the years he has served as President and is a current board member of the Foundation. He had served as a Board of Directors member of the NSBA organization as well and continues to be actively supportive today.
The Springfield Business Journal annually selects individuals who are men of conviction helping shape the community. Men whose values have been demonstrated through leadership in business, influencing the success of others and activity in community and civic affairs.
The selections were announced at SBJ’s Luncheon held on Aug. 22 at the White River Conference Center, 600 W Sunshine St.
The Awards honorees were chosen by a panel of independent judges.
NSBA Foundation Board Member Nominated For Most Influential Women Award
Judy Spencer, Senior Vice President for BankcorpSouth received her nomination from Springfield Business Journal (SBJ) for her contribution of leadership, influence and civic involvement. She joins 19 other influential women from across southwest Missouri.
Ms. Spencer is a current member the North Springfield Betterment Association Foundation as a board member. She also has served on the Executive Board of North Springfield Betterment Association as its Treasurer for many years, receiving its Pioneer Award in 2013.
NSBA congratulates Judy in her nomination for this deserving award, offering its best wishes for her being so named the Springfield Business Journal’s Most Influential Woman Of The Year Award for 2014.
The 24th annual class of Most Influential Woman has been chosen by an independent panel of judges and will be honored at an Oct. 10 Luncheon.
The Most Influential Women luncheon will begin with a silent auction at 10:30, Oct. 10 at the University Plaza Hotel Convention Center located at 333 S. John Q. Hammons Parkway.
Springfield Business Journal has partnered with Springfield not-for-profit Women in Need for the event in an effort to raise donations and help offer resources empowering women and lending a hand up for success.
You are invited to join SBJ in honoring these influential women. Tickets are $35.00 and can be purchased at SBJ.net/MIW.
Neighborhoods Celebrate National Night Out
This year, as the new school year draws near, neighbors gather to celebrate Summers close with friends and community partners for safe neighborhoods in a fun filled party in the park. Local business donate foods, prizes and funds to help celebrate. Picnics with live music, games, drawings and activities make this night one to remember. Meeting new neighbors and making friends and enjoying the parks, NNO is famous for having a large attendance.
Local Police and McGruff, the Crime Dog often visit as does the Fire Dept, bringing a fire truck for kids to see.
Many of the north Springfield neighborhoods are celebrating Friday, August 22. Others are later…check the list below for your neighborhood’s schedule..
- Bissett at L.A. Weise Park behind Bissett elementary, 6p-9p
- Grant Beach at Grant Beach Park, 6p-10p
- Weller at Smiths Park, 6:00p-8p
- Robberson at Day Spring Church parking lot, 6p-8p
- Doling at Doling Park, 6p-9p
- West Central at McGregor Park , 6p-9p ??
- Heart of the West Side at Nichols Park, 6p-9p
- TWNA at Tom Watkins Park, Friday, SEPTEMBER 12, 4p t0 ?
- WHNA at Lafayette Park, Friday, SEPTEMBER 12, 6p-9p ??
The introduction of National Night Out, “America’s Night Out Against Crime”, in 1984 began an effort to promote involvement in crime prevention activities, police-community partnerships, neighborhood camaraderie and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and standing against crime.
NSBA Members Learn Secrets to Home Safety
On July 1o, NSBA members got the inside track on home security from Bryan Morris from American Detection Specialists, Inc. Drawing from his over 20 years of experience in the security field, Morris shared information about crime in Springfield and gave some tips on how to keep homes and businesses safe from criminals.
Morris shared that in the average home break-in, the criminal comes in through the front door at around 3:00 in the afternoon. The average length of time a criminal spends in a house is less than 10 minutes. However, in remote areas where they can work uninterrupted, criminals may take up to three hours to clean out a house. According to Morris, criminals will usually case a house for a few days to determine that no one will be home at that time.
Just a few of the helpful tips Morris shared with the group were to change the smoke detectors in your home regularly, keep pepper spray or other chemical deterrent in the home for protection, and to keep valuables in a secure location other than the master bedroom.
If you’d like to know more, you can contact Bryan at American Detection Specialists by calling (417)-883-6254. Or check out the full article in the newsletter when it’s posted in August.
We have speakers like this every month at the NSBA luncheon. Come check it out for yourself.
Neighborhoods Receive Funds to Preserve Brick Sidewalks
Five Springfield neighborhoods will benefit from a preservation project as the City of Springfield continues to maintain historic brick sidewalks. Four of the five are north Springfield neighborhoods. Springfield is home to more than 17 miles worth of original brick sidewalk still utilized today, more than any city in America.
Every three years, funds allocated from the ¼-cent Capital Improvement Sales Tax are used to restore historic brick sidewalks in areas determined to be “Corridors of Preservation”. Funding for brick rehabilitation is set at 10 percent of the budget for sidewalk reconstruction set in 2010: $3 million. This year, $250,000 has been allocated to fund the West Central, Woodland Heights, MidTown, Robberson, and Grant Beach neighborhood project sites. Total, these sites measure 28 miles of roadway, with concrete and brick sidewalks on each side. These sites were selected by a Brick Sidewalk Task Force comprised of citizens representing neighborhood associations and city officials. The project includes assessing the area, removing the old brick from the site, and getting rid of the badly damaged bricks. The historic bricks that are still usable are cleaned and restored, then put back into its place using a newer engineering model that includes other natural elements such as gravel and polymeric joint sand that fills the gap between the bricks for a stronger bond to help keep the bricks in place and preserve them into the future. In 2011, 7,349 linear feet of brick rehabilitation was done, but there is still more work to be done.
Jason Saliba, project manager and “Engineer in Training” for Public Works, gave insight into how and why these projects are done: “People like brick because of the historical element … Brick can last 100 years in some cases, while concrete will only give you 30-40 years.” Saliba said one of the main additions to the brick rehab is metal edge restraints that keep the brick from crowing out of its place—which is problematic for sidewalks. In most cases, the bricks were not engineered correctly when placed many years ago, so it is important to redo them for future use. The bricks have endured a lot of wear and tear from natural forces like heat, rain, snow, and other weather elements, being driven on by cars, and being overrun with weeds and grass.
Each Corridor of Preservation’s neighborhood association has input into the design of the newly laid brick and the segment section for rehab. This ensures public participation in the process. Every Corridor of Preservation will get rehabilitation within this project year with at least 1,000 linear feet of brick rehabilitation.
The project started April of this year and is slated to finish in April 2015. They are currently finishing work on Broadway and Lombard in the West Central site—their first project of the year. Next, they will move to the Woodland Heights Neighborhood focusing on Atlantic Street.