Thoughts from Lylene: October Update

So what has been going on this month?

  • Check the new blog post about neighborhood drug activity and its offshoots in the blog post, “Keep Your Eyes Open”.  I see those suspected of mail thefts in the neighborhood were arrested, which was good news. 
  • I received a call several days ago about recently increased train traffic and noise impacting our neighborhood and others.  The caller had some great information, and I have asked her for a blog post to share it with all of us.  The board has agreed we need to revisit the neighborhood plan to incorporate concerns over train impacts, so that will be discussed at the November 3rd meeting.  Check the blog for the full agenda.
  • Concerns regarding neighborhood plan impacts have been raised by some neighborhood residents.  The neighborhood plan is a statement from us to governmental entities regarding what we want our neighborhood to be.  Once the city accepts it, their decisions about regulations and changes to our neighborhood are determined by that plan.  I mentioned in an earlier letter that neighborhood associations have a great deal of power.  If you aren’t paying attention, you need to be.

There was a full house for the jointly sponsored Candidates Forum at the Firehouse October 6th.  It was a tight schedule, but ENA Vice President John Erickson did a great job of keeping to schedule.  It is amazing how much information one can get from a candidate in a very short time, in person.  If you missed it, hopefully you have had another opportunity to listen to the candidates.  Remember to get your ballot postmarked by Tuesday, November 8th…if you don’t vote, you give up your right to complain.

 Speaking of the value of “in person” time, remember that our neighborhood association is providing an opportunity for SSA to explain the Gateway Pacific Terminal project to residents of the 5 Southside neighborhoods on Thursday, December 1st.  It is being held at the request of neighborhood residents after the earlier presentation by ReSources in opposition to the project. The meeting will be from 7 to 9 pm, replacing our regular monthly meeting, and will be held atFairhavenMiddle School.  There will be time for questions and answers, so come ready to get yours answered

Our next meeting is Thursday, November 3rd, 7-9 pm at the Fairhaven Park Pavilion.  Emily Kubiak of Sustainable Connections will tell us about inexpensive home energy audits currently available, as well as financial incentives to help us increase the energy efficiency of our homes.  Come and learn about ways to save both your money and the planet!  Check out the blog for a complete agenda.  Hope to see you there!

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