Meadowbrook Community Council

Supporting community spirit and creating a connected environment in NE Seattle's Meadowbrook community and surrounding neighborhoods.

Special LCNA Forum on Move Seattle Levy on October 8th

Hello Friends,

Transportation is a priority issue in Seattle and in Lake City. LCNA (Lake City Neighborhood Alliance) is hosting a free and open community forum on the upcoming Move Seattle Levy in lieu of our regular October 8th meeting. This forum is at the same time and place as our regular meeting–6:30-8:30 pm, at Lamb of God Lutheran Church, corner of NE 125th Street and 27th Ave NE. We will be in the downstairs, ADA-accessible meeting room. Our hope is that lots and lots of members of our community will attend.

Forum Coordinator Phil Shack has arranged for representatives from the Let’s Move Seattle and the Keep Seattle Affordable groups to tell us why they believe we should or should not vote for this levy. We will have some prepared questions to ask them, and we will also accept questions from the floor. A flyer is attached to help spread the word. Move Seattle Levy Forum

This forum comes one night after the October 7th North District Council meeting (7-8:30 pm, Seattle Mennonite Church, 3120 NE 125th Street–note location change from library conference room) will host SDOT Director Scott Kubly, who will be speaking about the levy. At the September LCNA Board meeting, the Directors felt that this short amount of time was insufficient for a thorough community discussion of a complex levy. So, with NDC’s approval, this back-to-back session was arranged. Thank you Phil for taking it on!

Everyone, please spread the word. All are welcome to attend. We hope for a big turnout and lots of thoughtful questions so that as individuals, we will have the information we need to make our personal decisions about how to vote on the Move Seattle Levy. Please come!

SPRING CLEAN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STARTS APRIL 1!

SPRING CLEAN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD STARTS APRIL 1!Spring Clean 2015
It’s time for Spring Clean, Seattle’s premier community cleanup event. Seattle Public Utilities invites you and your neighbors to participate April 1 – May 31.

Help pick up litter, stencil storm drains, or paint out graffiti. All Spring Clean projects are on public property. Volunteers receive free litter cleanup bags, gloves, safety vests, and waste disposal permits.

Register online at www.seattle.gov/util/SpringClean
or at 206-233-7187.

Happy Birthday, America!

From your Meadowbrook Community Council

My favorite holiday is The Fourth of July. United States of America It’s certainly the least complicated – nothing to do but enjoy the sights and sounds of friends and family while relaxing in the comfort that comes from being of like-kind: we are all friends, we are all family and we are all Americans.

Try as we might (and we’ve tried mightily over the years) to destroy the dream that is the United States of America, the dream continues because America, with all it’s faults, rests upon a bedrock of beliefs that simply cannot and will never be undone. Those ideas are wonderfully articulated within the Declaration of Independence. Ideas are strong things.

People laugh at me when I mention that on The Fourth of July, I wake up, grab my morning coffee, retire to the backyard and read the Declaration of Independence. But I do. And each year I’m newly amazed at it’s simple elegance.

John Adams, not known for being “the life of the party”, declared his vision for all 4th of July’s to come.

The Second Day of July 1776 [the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 2 – however, it was not printed until July 4, hence our day of celebration], will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more. You will think me transported with Enthusiasm but I am not. I am well aware of the Toil and Blood and Treasure, that it will cost Us to maintain this Declaration, and support and defend these States. Yet through all the Gloom I can see the Rays of ravishing Light and Glory. I can see that the End is more than worth all the Means. And that Posterity will tryumph in that Days Transaction, even altho We should rue it, which I trust in God We shall not.

(The Book of Abigail and John: Selected Letters of the Adams Family, 1762-1784, Harvard University Press, 1975, 142).

So go, let’s have some fun this 4th of July!

I’ve included a link to a web site about the Declaration of Independence here.Declaration of Independence For some of you, perusing a US History website is not how you prefer to spend your time and I get that. But I prefer that you not go away empty-handed so I’ve cut and pasted my favorite part of the document below. One sentence. 55 words. Enjoy!

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. – That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Author: Roland A. Vierra
Reprinted with permission

CleanScapes Awards include Meadowbrook Community Center

Congratulations to Sue McGann and Lee LaCroix ! CleanScapes selected and funded their proposal for a Community food preservation facility (Meadowbrook Community Center)

From seed to plate – a food preservation facility and supplies for community use and public classes teaching canning, drying and other food preservation skills. ($11K) Look for improvements to the kitchen at the Meadowbrook Community Center with class offering on food prep, and preservation soon to follow!

Other winners included:

    Community play space project (View Ridge Elementary School)
    Gathering place and outdoor seating elements of the PTA-funded Phase I playground renovation as developed in a professional landscape concept design. (~ $36K)
    Gathering place information signs (Hunter Farms; NE 80th/35th Ave NE)
    Three signs describing the history, use and availability of Hunter Farms as a public gathering place ($1K)

Meadowbrook Council congratulates all the winners. A total of seven very deserving proposals were evaluated.

Well Done!