Annual FAN Picnic July 27th, fun for family and friends|
By Bernie Corrigan, FAN Board Co-Chair Welcome in advance to the 2008 Friendly Area Neighbors Annual Picnic! Last year's picnic at Washington Park has been called the best ever. We hope to be even better this year. Washington Park has been chosen as the permanent annual picnic site. Below is a brief descriptions of what you can expect: Music! Rob Tobias and Friends and the Brainwashers will both perform at this summer's picnic. Both bands have released several CD's. Rob Tobias' influences include folks, blues, reggae, country and Jewish roots music. The Brainwashers sound has been described as surf-punk drenched in reverb. Stuff to Do! You can bring a picnic lunch, kick back, and listen to the music. There should be some goodies available (The Friendly Street Church of God is coming back and if you were at last year's picnic you know that's a very good thing!). We are trying to arrange for some food vendors but that isn't for sure yet. There shold be a games person from Riverhouse. There will be a number of tables where some of your neighbors will be providing you with information on a lot of topics. A book exchange table will also be available. We are expecting both the Police Department and the Fire Department to be represented and to provide tours of their equipment. A bicycle registration event is also planned from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM. The neighborhood-wide FAN Garage Sale (see article, last page) will conclude on Sunday. Information and facilities for recycling electronic items and donating unwanted household goods will be available. A barter/exchange area is also being planned. Door Prizes! Every person who registers will get a free ticket which will be entered in drawings for various door prizes. You will be able to buy additional tickets for $1 each or five for $4. Community! Check out the postcard about the picnic for more details. It should be arriving during the week of July 21st. The picnic begins at 4:30 PM on Sunday, July 27th. Perhaps you are a neighborhood residents and would like to volunteer? Maybe you are a local artisan or performer and are interested in sharing a talent? Please plan on attending this special Friendly Area Neighborhood celebration. For further information, please contact email@example.com. Given good weather, a great time should be had by all who attend.
Reservoir Watch Developing|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board Now who wants to watch a reservoir? It doesn't move...and you might think nothing happens around the reservoir. But lots of people do things on and around the reservoir; some things that maybe they shouldn't be doing! Part of our "deal" with EWEB not to fence off the entire top of the College Hill Reservoir was to agree to form a reservoir watch. A major argument that we made against fencing was that we, the neighborhood, really are the eyes and ears keeping watching over the reservoir activity; walking our dogs, driving or biking by and/or walking on and around the reservoir. Heck, some of us can just look out the window and see the graffiti, the parties with booze, the drug deals and the strange behaviors that occur with our youth and others! What can we do about it? You are all invited to meet with EPD Crime Prevention Specialist Tod Schneigher on or by College Hill Reservoir for an organizational meeting Tuesday, July 22nd at 6:30 P.M. He will explain what types of behavior to look for an report, and who to report it to. The Reservoir Watch will be different than a Neighborhood Watch as we will be looking out for City property; not our own personal property. A version of Neighborhood Watch will be coming soon to a neighborhood near you in a more personal form of Emergency Preparedness in the months to come. Would the person who called me about CERT from the last newsletter please re-call me. I "lost" my memory, or my phone did. Some other Colleg Hill Reservoir happenings: EWEB will be digging up the nice grass on the Lincoln Street side of the reservoir in the coming months to put in new control valves. Later this Fall they will be installing inset metal covers on the surface seams and fencing the head house on top and the door on the North by Northeast corner at the street level. To get involved, please contact Rick Grosscup by telephone at (541) 343-8484 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Outdoor Summer Concert Series|
Submitted by Andrew Fisher, FAN Board An outdoor summer concert series will be held in front of The Supreme Bean Coffee Company at Woodfield Station, 29th and Willamette, on Fridays from 6 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. Enjoy free, live music on the flower-filled patio in a family-friendly environment. Contact Jean Stover by telephone at (541) 485-2700 for additional information. Friday, July 4th, 11th, 18th, and 25th. Friday, August 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th.
Preserving Historic Civic Stadium|
By John Arle, SaveCivicStadium.org Since 1938, Civic Stadium has been the home of local and professional sporting events, 4th of July Celebrations, graduations, and even rodeos. With its covered wooden grandstand reminiscent of the first generation of American ball parks, this facility has been, and still is, a point of pride for Eugene-Springfield communities. As U of O graduate student Natalie Perrin so eloquently wrote in her graduate project focusing on Civic Stadium, "The sight of the hand turned score board, the feel of the old wooden grandstand, and smell of the grass on the field transports people back to a time when war and financial woes could be escaped from, if only for a moment, at the ball park." Preserving and maintaining structures of a city's history is the legacy of those that came before and a framework for the young to learn from and build upon. It establishes the unique character for the place called "home". Eugene is clearly one of the truly unique American cities. Sadly, however, much of its architectural history has already been lost. Cities that maintained these structures are able to renovate, refurbish, and return historic infrastructure to an appealing modern vision of what once was. I lived most of my life in a city without this consciousness or soul. In Phoenix, AZ, any 20-year old building has the crosshairs of the wrecking ball upon it and dollar signs on the bare lot. Phoenix is void of a unique identity with no apparent sense of history or culture. It's time for citizens of Springfield and Eugene to rise up to save Civic Stadium. Built in 1938 in conjunction with the Works Progress Administration, this multi-purpose facility must be returned to a modern day image of its historic past. Its current soul shines through to all that have spent a summer's evening at a ball game and calls out to everyone that is willing to listen. Given its needed attention, we would have the absolute best facility of its kind in the country and literally would embody, "Civic" pride. The SaveCivicStadium.org website provides more information. Soon, the website will provide a PO Box, voicemail box, and support/signup list. We are looking to add to the thousands that have already expressed their desire to preserve this very special place and maintain it as the continued home of our Eugene Emeralds. Civic is an integral part of the quality of life in Eugene-Springfield and we need everyone to join together in one voice of support.
Q and A, FAN and 4-J|
Questions by Nancy Ellen Locke, FAN Board. Responses by Barb Bellamy, 4J School District. Question: What percent of each local school is filled with FAN children, or, what percent of FAN children are in our neighborhood schools, in charter schools, home schooled or other? Are our current neighborhood schools meeting the needs of our parents or are they just schools that happen to be in our neighborhood? Answer: About 57 percent of the elementary students attending schools located within FAN live in the neighborhood. As the neighborhood school, Adams Elementary serves the largest number of neighborhood students. Other schools within FAN -the Arts and Technology Academy at Jefferson and Village and Ridgeline Charter Schools--tend to have a greater percentage of students from outside of the FAN boundary. Generally, students are from nearby neighborhoods in southeast or southwest Eugene. Question: Before a school is moved into, around or out of our neighborhood is a traffic impact study done to measure the effects of traffic on our neighborhood streets? Because of our location, between the outlying areas of South Eugene and Downtown, FAN has an un-usually high rate of 'cut through traffic' already. How can we work with 4j to minimize any future 'cut through traffic'? Answer: No, a traffic impact study is not routinely done in these situations. The district works with the City of Eugene to manage or address specific traffic problems, as possible. Schools encourage students to bus, walk, bike and carpool to school and ask parents to drive safely. School and district staff are always open to suggestions from FAN. Question: When 4j disposes of school land with-in our neighborhood, how does FAN affect a win-win out come that meets the needs of the FAN community as well as 4j? Now schools function as Community Parks and Green Open Space for the neighborhood. What will these spaces be in the future if 4j sells the land? Answer: At this time, 4J does not plan to dispose of any of the school sites that are located within the FAN neighborhood. The Civic Stadium site is designated at surplus, however there is no action underway or time line for selling or transferring the property. School board policy requires public involvement prior to deciding whether to sell or transfer any surplus property. The school board decides what criteria will be used in disposing of any property and may give preference to other public agencies.
Relocalizing Friendly Neighborhood in the Face of Energy Uncertainty|
Submitted by Doug Black, Coordinator of Post Carbon Eugene As we approach Summer vacations, FAN residents are beginning to realize that our energy outlook and inflation are creating some permanent changes to our lifestyles. Every day, we plan and make decisions based on the assumption that oil and natural gas will remain plentiful and affordable. In the past few years, powerful evidence has come to cast doubt on that assumption and shows that production of fossil fuels will likely reach their historic peak and then permanently decline against demand in the next few years or less. The immensity of this moment becomes clear in the Hirsch report to our US Dept of Energy: "The peaking of world oil production presents (us all) with an unprecedented risk management problem...and...without timely mitigation ("10-20 years of accelerated effort") the economic, social, and political costs will be unprecedented...". Consider food alone: it has taken ten calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver us one calorie of food! The solution: Relocalization. The goal of relocalization is to rebuild our society based on the local production of our food, energy and goods while enhancing governance and culture. It is the pro-active response to declining available fossil fuel energy and political, social, and economic trends. To see more on what your FAN neighbors are doing to prepare for these changes, join us Saturday, August 9th at 1PM, starting at Friendly Street Market, 2757 Friendly St. We'll go on a 3 hour bike tour to neighborhood homes using things like innovative permaculture, active and passive solar design, and rain-water catchment systems. Stay for as long as you want, but please bring your own water, quick energy foods, notepad, and appropriate clothing. For more on Relocalization work, visit local sites like www.suburbanpermaculture.org and www.eugenepermacultureguild.org. Please visit Post Carbon Eugene for more on the latest in Relocalization planning, events and general news. See you soon!
New Paths for Westmoreland Park.|
By Nancy Ellen Locke, FAN Board Want to see new walking and biking paths in Westmoreland Park? Lee Shoemaker, City of Eugene staff , gave a "walkabout style" presentation in Westmoreland Park to a diverse group of park stakeholders on April 17th, 2008. The workshop was designed to seek input and help locating better north-south and east-west bicycle and pedestrian connections for the park. The new connections are meant to better link Fillmore Street , Polk Street and 24th Avenue to the existing Fern Ridge Bike Trail and to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety in and around the park. Mr. Shoemaker is seeking an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Grant. We'll know more about the grant later in the year. The adjoining map is only a "Concept Plan" that is being submitted to show the basic ideas for the purpose of the grant. A "Concept Plan" is not the final word -it is just a collection of ideas showing what is being discussed. Mr. Shoemaker wants the entire neighborhood to understand that the final alignment for the bicycle and predestination paths will be determined through additional public outreach. For more information call the City of Eugene Public Works staff at 682-5471.
Saving Madison Meadow|
By Marina Hirsch, FAN resident Madison Meadow, two green, peaceful acres of open land and remnant orchards at 22nd and Madison, came up for sale back in 2003. Neighbors of the Meadow came up with a crazy idea: let's try to save the Meadow from development by forming a nonprofit group and buying the land, turning it into private property held for the public benefit. How hard can it be to raise half a million dollars? As it turned out, very hard indeed, but not impossible. Against what could reasonably be termed daunting odds, the Madison Meadow Board have actually met their goal, thanks to an outpouring of support from lovers of open space both here in FAN, and as far away as Germany and Holland. Donations ranged from pennies collected in jars to six loans of $10,000 each, to an anonymous donation of $100,000. According to Susan Jerde, a Madison Meadow Board member and illustrator, all that's left to pay off is a personal loan of $5,000. As Board member Linda Prier recalls, "We worked way too long and way too hard to fail." The Board held several yard sales, (another sale is slated for late July), sold T-shirts sporting the Madison Meadow logo (designed by Richard Quigley, a local artist of international renown), and offered "Save Madison Meadow" lawn signs. Volunteers solicited donations door-to-door and held a variety of fund-raising events, including concerts in the Meadow itself. The Save Madison Meadow email list swelled to some 400 people. The Board's marketing outreach was significantly successful, garnering coverage in the Register Guard and the Eugene Weekly, and on local TV stations. Through the age-old tactic of dogged perseverance, "We became known," says Jerde. Back in the 1970s, when FAN was a new organization, the group considered acquiring the meadow as a park; available funds, however, were allocated elsewhere. In 1984, Madison Meadow almost became a building site for 22 homes; the plan was stymied by residents at a FAN meeting in Washington Park who organized in opposition. The land remained vacant, with a For Sale sign appearing in the fall of 2003. Several dozen neighbors met and formed a committee to explore the dream of saving the Meadow as open space; thanks to their efforts, the group was able to make a down payment of $240,000 by December of 2004. The price of the land itself was $425,000, with the taxes and interest on loans kicking the actual price up to $500,000. The Board's web site, madisonmeadow.org, notes the group's support for the necessity of development in order to contain sprawl through population density. At the same time, though, "a key to wise development is knowing when not to build." According to the web site, the Meadow supports a surprisingly diverse range of wild life, far more than is found on neighborhood lawns and yards, including approximately 100 bird species. One summer, Jerde noted, bird-watchers even saw a "guest celebrity"--a rare black-throated green warbler. A kiosk at Madison Meadow displays a watercolor painting (under plastic, of course), created by Jerde, of the Board's vision for the Meadow, including a habitat for Monarch butterflies, a white oak grove, and a mowed area perfect for picnics. With the Meadow now secure, its future as a "living classroom" for school children studying habitat restoration, an open space for unfettered exploration, and a haven for community activities and seekers of solitude alike, is secure as well. To help Madison Meadow dispatch its final $5,000 debt, send donations to Madison Meadow, P.O. Box 50743, Eugene, OR 97405, call 683-3430 or visit madisonmeadow.org.
New Synthetic Turf Field at Jefferson Middle School|
By Nancy Ellen Locke, FAN Board The City of Eugene has commissioned an architect to provide a rendering for each new synthetic turf field site to be built on 4j school property. This is a picture of what is proposed for the Jefferson Middle School area down near the corner of Fillmore Street and 24th Avenue. The project manager for the new syntheitic turf fields is Don Philpot (587-4016 or philpot@4jlane,edu). I contacted Robin Alan Hostick, ASLA, Principal Landscape Architect for the City of Eugene (682-4915 or Robin.A.HOSTICK@ci.eugene.or.us) and Don Philpot, the project manager for the new synthetic turf fields and an employ for the 4j School District. Both declined to offer any comments or quotes to go with the picture. For more information, please contact the City of Eugene at (541) 682-5010 or the 4J School District at (541) 687-3123.
Ninth Annual BlackBerry Bramble and Jamboree|
Information provided by Shane Rhodes, Program Manager, Eugene Safe Routes to School. The Greater Eugene Area Riders (GEARS), Safe Routes to School (SRTS), the City of Eugene, and other sponsoring organizations are excited to bring a great new event to the streets and parks of Eugene. Joining with the success of the GEARs' annual Blackberry bRamble ride (now in its 9th year as a signature century and metric century bike ride) we are announcing a community based ride called the Blackberry Jamboree. Here are some details of the ride followed by a request for neighborhood involvement: What: Blackberry Jamboree When: Saturday, August 2nd 9am Where: Starting and ending at the EWEB Plaza. The first 10 mile loop will go into North Eugene, through Emerald and Oakmont parks coming back to the EWEB Plaza before heading out onto the second 10 mile loop going into South Eugene through University and Westmoreland parks. Why: To have a fun bike ride that shows off our community and parks, to Jam to some good music, to celebrate the bikeability of our town, to see the areas we need to change, to visit with our neighbors and see other neighborhoods, and to enjoy some blackberry pie and ice cream! Join in for the first loop, the second, or the whole thing! Ride leaders will guide those who want to ride in a smaller group or riders can go at their own pace solo or with a group! Samba Ja will be performing in the AM to send us off and in the PM to welcome us back to the bar-b-que, pie, and ice cream to refuel at the end. We'll also have a youth band, circus arts, and more. All this for only $5.00 per family!!! This ride helps to support SRTS, GEARs and BTA programs for bicycle & pedestrian Education and Encouragement. Who: You, your family and friends! We would LOVE to have some neighborhood groups join in by not only encouraging people to come out and ride but also to host a park. We will have two hour slots at each park that we would like to have a neighborhood representatives at to talk about their 'hood, hand out treats, and maybe even organize some music to be at the park for the riders who come through. Interested in joining in? Please contact us and let us know if you would be able to host a table, look for treats (we'll also be looking for those who just want to be at a table on that day), and/or book some music for your neighborhood park. We will also be having an organizational meeting on July 2nd, 8am at the Riverhouse (301 N. Adams St.) and then another on July 16th (same time and place) Information and sign up for the event can be found on the GEARs Website: http://www.eugenegears.org/rides/bramble We look forward to hearing from you! Please contact myself or any of these other Jamboree organizers: Shane Rhodes (SRTS Program Manager) email@example.com
Colette Ramirez (Lead Organizer) firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Adkins (GEARs President) email@example.com
Lindsay Selser (City of Eugene, Transportation) firstname.lastname@example.org Ride on!
Grapefruit Pie a la Barrera
1 cup sugar|
1 3/4 cups water
2 tblsps. cornstarch or arrowroot
1/8 tsp salt
1 3-oz. box strawberry Jell-O
3 Ruby Red grapefruit (sectioned and strained, remove skins from sections)
2 9" pie crust Whipped topping Cook sugar, water, cornstarch and salt until thick and clear. Add box of Jell-O, and stir until dissolved. Chill until mixture begins to set. Add grapefruit sections and pour into baked pie shell. Top with whipped cream and serve.
New Group Forming to Support Green Living in our Neighborhood|
By Barbara Sklar, FAN resident We're worried about climate change. Are you? As we move into our beautiful Willamette Valley summer, a group is coming together to think about what we can do to promote sustainability in the Friendly Neighborhood. The topic can feel overwhelming. We are presented with so many different ways to become a part of the solution, that sometimes it's hard to know where to begin. Many of these choices involve small lifestyle changes such as taking the bus instead of driving the car or hanging the laundry instead of popping that load into the dryer. Even these small changes can seem difficult to make because they involve what initially feels like inconvenience. They take time too! Nevertheless, we are on the threshold of a serious challenge that is not going away. Our appreciation and love for the planet can motivate us to rethink how we structure our time and lead our lives. Humans seem to be better able to make changes with mutual support. This is why neighborhood action can be so rewarding; it builds a sense of community! Groups have formed all over the country to tackle sustainability issues together. Friendly neighbors can do this too. Come join us in the hopeful project. For more information call Barbara at (541) 687-6879.
FAN Biz Directory in the Works|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board In order to build our community and shorten the commute (read carbon imprint) between our homes and where we do business, FAN is developing a directory of businesses - a kind of yellow page listing - of the businesses that operate in or near FAN. We are going about collecting information from the local businesses, like, you know, the typical stores that are easy to find because they have signs out front, they are in the yellow pages - somewhere -but you don't know how close to you. But there are many businesses that operate below the radar, either out of their homes, unmarked business locations, or live in our neighborhood but work downtown. We want to include all of them, at no charge, in this initial directory. In our last newsletter we asked for input and received just a few, but high quality responses, listed below - plus a few others known to frequent in or from our neighborhood. Please consider listing your business in the upcoming directory by submitting comparable information to email@example.com or call (541) 343-8484.
Letters to the Editor
The Friendly Area Neighbors Newsletter would like to hear from you. Please share your comments and suggestions in two ways:
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Friendly Area Neighbors|
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Euene, OR 97401 In the last issue of the FAN Newsletter, a request was made for residents to submit letters or articles to the editor. We'd still ike to hear from you! The Friendly Area Neighbors Newsletter provides a forum for FAN residents to exchange ideas and opinions. Please limit your letters to between 150 and 200 words. Information on the Friendly Area Neighbors is available at: http://homepage.mac.com/friendlyarea/
Avoid This Costly Mistake|
By Carlos Barrera, FAN Board Co-Chair A front page story in the Register-Guard recounts the experience of a couple who built an elaborate wall, at a cost of $8000, and were later ordered to remove it because they had built it on the public right of way. Many people are unaware that they don't own all the land around their property. Parts of "their" property may have utility easements, which restricts what can be done in that area, and virtually all properties which front on a street have a public right of way which the City reserves for its' use in case the City wants to widen the street or install utilities or sidewalks. The public right of way varies from street to street and may even differ from one side of the street to the other. Though property owners may use the public right of way for flowerbeds or to extend their lawns to the curb, permanent structures like fences or retaining walls are prohibited. If you're thinking of developing your property near the street, you could save yourself some money and heartache by first locating the line where your property ends and the public right of way begins. You can determine your property line by visiting the City planning department in the Atrium Building at 99 W. 10th Ave. or you can call their voice mail number, 682-8400, and leave your name, phone number, and exact address and request they call you back to tell you how far your property line is from the face of the street curb. You should also be aware that fences within the first 10 feet of your front property line cannot exceed 42 inches in height. Check with the City Planning Dept. for fence restrictions in other areas.
Where will you be when the lights go out?|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board Emergency Preparedness is everybody's business. The American Red Cross is in it, the City is in it with it's CERTs (Community Emergency Response Team), the Feds are in it with FEMA and Homeland Security. The fact is, that when a large scale emergency occurs there are usually not enough Police, Firemen and EMTs to cover the whole situation. So it is up to us! Learning about emergency preparedness is not about being afraid, rather it is an opportunity to understand how to have the necessary items and knowledge available to you in the event something (natural or otherwise) happens. It is also a good time to meet your neighbors, know your community little better. We will rely on each other in these times. Review the Red Cross checklist of what to have at http://www.redcross.org/static/file_cont3615_lang0_1395.pdf Establish a good communication plan within your family and let a neighbor(s) know who to contact if something should happen to you. FAN would like to sponsor a CERT training in this area. There are over a half dozen FAN neighbors who are already trained, but it costs about $4,000 for materials and equipment to put on a class. Cascade Manor sponsored a class this last year, and we are hoping to find sponsors in our area. There will be a donation taken in conjunction with the FAN Garage Sale and Annual Picnic to improve neighborhood emergency preparedness. For more information contact Rick by email at email@example.com or by telephone at (541) 343-8484.
Calling All Friendly Area Neighbors!|
By Amy Henne, FAN Board Who: The Friendly Area Neighborhood (FAN) Executive Board.
What: Invited You to consider joining us.
Where: On the board.
When: Once a month, on the second Monday, from 7 to 9 P.M. sharp on both ends.
Why: To meet your neighbors, exchange ideas & laughter, and nurture our little part of the world. Three open positions are available on the board. The next meeting, Monday, July 14th, 7 P.M. sharp at Washington Park Cottage. Questions? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bike Registration Event for FAN Residents Julyt 27th|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board Like most college towns, Eugene has a significant bike theft problem. Bicycles are valuable, portable, and easy to resell, making them attractive to thieves. In the past three calendar years, nearly 2,500 bike thefts were reported to Eugene Police--and many more went unreported. If your bike is stolen in Eugene, will you ever get it back? More often than not, the answer is no. In 2005 Eugene was ranked sixth on the Kryptonite Top 10 Cities for bike theft, totaling 1,171 thefts, a 20% increase over 2004. In 2003 Eugene's bike thieves stole $595,000 worth of bikes stolen from 1,200, prompting police and bike shop owners to urge riders to double up on their locks and to report suspicious bicycle sellers. Bike thefts that year were up 38 percent from the same period last year, crime data shows. Bike thieves, beware! Eugene police have begun a bike registration campaign that will make it easier to identify stolen property and return it to its owner. Community members are now able to register their bikes with the citywithout requiring a trip downtown. Now, police volunteers are going out into the community with registration forms in hand. FAN, working with EPD is putting on a bicycle registration Uniformed police and volunteers will check your bike's stamped ID against computer records, record your personal ownership information in their computer and affix a registration number to quickly identify your bike if it is stolen and later found. The FAN bicycle registration event will occur Sunday 27 July from 2:30 to 5:30 at Washington Park Cottage, 2025 Washington Street, just before the annual picnic. Take advantage of this opportunity to register your bike here, in your own neighborhood.
Don't Miss the Madison Meadow Garage Sale|
By Marina Hirsch, FAN resident In a fund raiser to help dispatch the last of Madison Meadow's loans, the Madison Meadow folks are holding a yard sale on Saturday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, July 20th, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The sale will be held at the light-green double garage behind 2230 Jefferson--just follow the signs! If you have items to donate to this sale, call FAN resident Lynn Ross (the sale's at her garage), at 684-0853 to arrange drop-off times. Lynn will be accepting donations after July 6th. Be prepared to unload any heavy items on your own. Lynn doesn't have an answering machine, so only call between mid-morning and early evening.
Speed Bumps Planned for Fillmore Street|
By Nancy Ellen Locke, FAN Board Chris Henry and Lindsay Selser, both from the City of Eugene Traffic Planning Department, spoke at the Regular FAN Executive Board Meeting on Monday evening, March 10, 2008. They addressed the up coming traffic calming projects for our neighborhood. The Executive Board was given a detailed background of who, what, where, when and why for each of the new projects that are coming to our neighborhood. The first project is slated to be on Fillmore Street between 24th Avenue and 19th Avenue beside the track field, the Arts and Technology Academy at Jefferson, the Boys and Girls Club, part of Westmoreland Park and many neighborhood homes of that area. There will be workshops before each project is started and near-by neighbors will be contacted before those meetings. Chris Henry noted: 'Here is an image of the preliminary traffic calming layout on Fillmore Street (19th to 24th). The speed hump layout is a revision to Alternative 2 as presented in the workshops with the spacing altered (ranging between 350-400 feet). The revisions were made after consideration of community comments, the total number of speed humps, and their proximity to driveways. There will be further field analysis necessary before a more advanced layout is shared with affected residents and a final design prepared for resident approval.' If you want additional information please contact: Lindsay Selser, at 682-5094 or email@example.com
Southtowne Business Blossoming|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board With gas prices soaring and global climate change beginning to warm up, it is time to look at reducing our carbon footprint by doing business nearby...within walking or biking distance. To that end a group of businesses in the South Willamette area have formed a nonprofit organization to recognize the wonderful shopping, dining and services that are in our area. The Southtowne Business Association (SOBA) plans to offer events and incentives for their neighbors. Founding members include: Animal Health Associates, Bgleason Design, Body Jaz Massage and Gifts, Busy Women's Fitness, InShape Athletic Club, Long's Meat Market, Pomegranates Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Grocery, The Supreme Bean Coffee Company, Tsunami Bookstore and Winestyles of Eugene. Want more info or to join? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Native Planting Beds Welcome Visitors to Friendly Park|
By Andrew Fisher, FAN Board A group of local volunteers shared a Saturday morning recently to put the final touches on a native planting bed at the entrance to Friendly Park. Volunteers prepared the soil, placed plants, applied bark mulch, and shared in the experience. The landscape design was created by local resident and FAN Board member Greg Giesy. The design includes a small Serviceberry tree, and groundcover plants such as Coastal Strawberry, Cascade Oregon Grape, and Creeping Oregon Grape. Native ferns like Deer Fern and Sword Fern were also included and a variety of flowers were planted such as Red Columbine, Douglas Aster, Oregon Sunshine, Oregon Douglas Iris, and Douglas blue-eyed and yellow-eyed grass. Native planting beds are beneficial for many reasons. They encourage awareness of local plant species and support local wildlife such as birds, squirrels, and insects. Native plants are an important component of our Natural community. Along with animals, insects, and microorganisms, they encourage stability and balance in our unique, local biosphere.
Friendly Area Neighbors Summer Picnic!
Neighborhood Garage Sale|
By Rick Grosscup, FAN Board The FAN Sale is on and we are looking for Salers who would like to participate. The sale will be listed for Friday 7/25 - Sunday 7/27 from 8:30 AM to 3 PM, You will be able to choose which days you want to participate. For those who want to participate we can offer the following: Ad in the Register Guard announcing the area covered and a single line listing of your address for the days you participate (maybe allowing you to put in you own descriptions if you pay the extra); Signage at major intersections, and colored markers/signs to put at curbside to let people find you. Distribution of maps of the FAN neighborhood with all participants marked on the map will be available at Washington Park Cottage. On the back of the map will be a matrix of what people are selling based on what you submit so that people can decide which addresses to shop. We can also put out lists of what items you have on separate sheets of paper. A coordinated listing on Craig's List Garage Sale section (I have been putting up periodic listings about it!) This is a way that you can get rid of everything.... How, you say... Well we have arranged for NextStep Recycling and St Vincent DePaul vans to be parked by Washington Park to receive your donations (NextStep has to charge for computer monitors, TVs & UPS battery backups). Donation forms and lists of what they accept will be provided so you can fill them out before you bring the goods to the vans! So, you say, not everything that you have is on their lists, what do you do with that?! Well, we will provide an area for "exchanges" of free goods, and everything else goes into a dumpster that will be curbside! So why are we doing this? Because we thought that by having a big sale we can bring more people to our nice neighborhood (a prime destination for garage salers already) and therefor sell more things! More importantly, we can get together with neighbors to sell, socialize and party/eat/dance at the FAN annual picnic at Washington Park after you recycle the last of your things past due. There is a play ground for the kids, and hopefully one for the adults to show the kids how to enjoy life when they mature!? This is a first time, dynamic event! See if your neighbors are interested in doing it together, taking turns standing watch. Some neighbors may have a few items, not enough for a garage sale, that you could sell on "consignment", neighbors helping neighbors! If you have suggestions on how to improve this, I am all ears/emails. I would like to have more distribution points than Washington Park, so if someone knows the right coffee shop/stores please contact me. If you want to be involved you must contact me now later than Monday 21 July at email@example.com or by telephone at (541) 343-8484. Remember your junk is someone else's treasure! Make them happy!
College Hill Star Parties|
Information provided by Jerry Oltion, Eugene Astronomical Society (EAS) Monthly "First Quarter Fridays" will be held at College Hill Reservoir, starting around dusk, on the Friday closest to the first quarter Moon. July 11th at 9 P.M. August 8th at 8:30 P.M. September 5th at 7:30 P.M. October 10th at 7 P.M. November 7th at 7 P.M. December 5th at 7 P.M. www.eugeneastro.org