I recently received an email from Stella Chao, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ director, asking me to complete a survey. I pass this onto you.
By answering these questions about your experiences with the department, you will help them understand what you value most, and increase their positive impact on our shared community.
To participate, please click here: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=_2bVy_2b31mcihsxbxw_2fCr_2bc4g_3d_3d
The survey takes about 15 minutes to complete. There are no right or wrong answers and your responses are completely anonymous so please be candid.
Dec 22, 2009
I recently received an email from Stella Chao, Seattle Department of Neighborhoods’ director, asking me to complete a survey. I pass this onto you.
Dec 19, 2009
Dec 10, 2009
1) The holiday party for disadvantaged families will be on Saturday, 10 - 2 PM at Miller Community Center. Go here for details and go here to volunteer for the event.
2) An article in Thursday's Seattle Times notes the dwindling supplies of toys for tots, and reports that one neighboring community center (Yesler) will not be distributing toys this year. This could result in even larger crowds at Miller than last year, and an even greater need for your volunteer efforts.
The article notes this unfortunate reality of such holiday parties, but puts it in the right perspective:
Brown said he was never aware of anyone who abused the program. But he has encountered individuals that bounce from church to agency to organization, gathering all the holiday freebies they can.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:06 AM
Dec 2, 2009
The Miller Community Center and The Country Doctor's Holiday Party (for the clinic's patient families and other underprivileged Seattleites) is Saturday, December 12th from 10 AM to 2 PM.
This year we are expecting an attendance of about 1,200 people of many ethnic backgrounds. We have many activities for kids including a visit (with pictures) with Santa, games, two bouncy toys, cookie decorating, arts & crafts, and of course Christmas presents. Click here for a slide show from a couple of years ago, to get an idea of what goes on.
|From Miller Holiday Party 12/15/07|
To volunteer to help at this wonderful event, please go to this Surveymonkey survey, where you can leave contact details, and choose when and what you'd like to do to help. Many thanks,
Andrew Taylor, on behalf of the Miller Community Center Advisory Council.
For any questions, please email Community Center Director email@example.com or call the Community Center 206-684-4753.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:45 PM
Dec 1, 2009
Tuesday, Dec 8, 6-8:30p
Onsite at Nova- 300 20th Ave E
(Nova is an alternative high school which was relocated from the Horace Mann building near Garfield to the Meany School building this Fall. Entrance is on the west side of the school, NOT the main Meany entrance on 21st).
Admission is free, donations of non-perishable foods welcome.
WHAT: An "open house" style Craft Fair featuring make-and-take projects and ready-made crafts and arts shared by the Nova community. Crafts for all ages and interests starting at $1. Nothing over $10! Cider and treats too!
WHO: Nova community, family, friends, neighbors...
WHY: A fun celebration of community skills and inspiration to benefit the Nova Family Support program.
Or check their E-vite.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:39 AM
Nov 23, 2009
(from Macy's press release)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 11:00 AM
Nov 22, 2009
Our City's Department of Neighborhoods sponsors the Neighborhood Matching Fund, which helps neighborhood groups fund and administer public service projects, large and small. Our neighborhood has benefitted in larger (Miller Fountain) and smaller (traffic circles) ways from this innovative way to get neighborhood projects accomplished. (Go here and search for Miller Park to see a list).
A recent letter from the Department Director, Stella Chao, lists recent changes in the program to make it even easier to use. Maybe this will prompt some Miller denizens to leap into action. Stella notes:
Over its 21 years, the Neighborhood Matching Fund team has made continuous improvements to the program. Following up from a formal assessment in which several of you participated, we have identified improvements, and I’m pleased to announce the following changes to the Neighborhood Matching Fund (NMF) beginning in January 2010.
· The NMF guidelines are now clearer and easier to navigate. In fact, all four NMF funding programs are covered under the same guidelines document.
· The value of volunteer time has increased to $20 per hour keeping up with Independent Sector research on average volunteer time value.
Fund Category and Dollar Limit Changes:
· The Outreach Fund is now combined with the Small Sparks Fund, which will continue to provide support for community building projects with small funding needs, along with the enhancement of more flexible guidelines.
· To keep up with rising costs, fund request limits have increased for the Small Sparks Fund up to $1,000 and the Small and Simple Fund up to $20,000 per project.
· The forms have been redesigned to be easier to use, along with simplified questions, fill-in electronic formatting, and simpler work plan and budget forms.
· Signatures documenting community match pledges are no longer required for the application stage.
· To increase our outreach and assistance to projects, the Neighborhood Matching Fund staff will hold one to two technical assistance workshops every month at various locations around the city.
· Our website has been revamped to ease navigation and provide clearer information with the inclusion of a “Frequently Asked Questions” section. Watch for the launch of our new webpages on December 1. Our website will continue to expand, allowing community members access to NMF advice and technical assistance – any time, any day.
As mentioned earlier, our team is continuously looking at ways to enhance our program. We are excited about these improvements and trust you will find them helpful as you, your organization or your neighborhood participate in the NMF.
Stella Chao, Director
Department of Neighborhoods
PO BOX 94649 Seattle, WA 98124-4649
T: (206) 684-0465
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 6:41 PM
1) The City invites you to Adopt A Drain and keep it clear of leaves and debris. I told you of this program two years ago, and applied for a set of tools to share with the neighborhood......still waiting!
Ann Donovan noted (Capitol Hill Yahoo Group):
With the leaves falling in mass and the rains starting storm drains
start to clog. It is a great time for volunteers to help out by taking
a few minutes to remove any debris blocking the drains.
If you find a drain in need of further servicing (I found one yesterday
blocked with dirt) then use the form on the Seattle Public Utilities
site to report it in for service -- noting location of the problem.
2) City Light tells us:
City Light is launching a new streetlight maintenance program. Instead of relying on streetlight trouble reports, crews will replace, clean and adjust lamps for maximum illumination every four years to ensure proper maintenance. With a regular replacement schedule, repair times will improve for most problems individually reported by customers.and then in the next paragraph tells us how to report burnt out bulbs:
To report a burned out or flickering streetlight, call (206) 684-7056 or go online to www.seattle.gov/light/streetlight. Please be prepared to provide the pole number (yellow numbers 6 to 15 feet above the ground) and the nearest address.A while ago I suggested that we share in the task of noting and reporting burnt out streetlights, via a sort of "Adopt a Streetlight" program. Now that the dark is upon us again, perhaps it's time to revisit that idea and to get more of our neighbors to take part.
See map below, which shows which streets have been adopted, and see the original post for instructions.
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 6:00 PM
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Nov 19, 2009
(from a press release)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:15 PM
Nov 8, 2009
(There's more! click on title of post to see it all)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:45 PM
Seattle 2030 and Beyond … meeting the challenges and opportunities of a new world
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:26 PM
Nov 7, 2009
Captain Mike Meehan was the commander of the East Precinct from 2004 to 2006ish and was very helpful in our ongoing struggles with the street crimes that emanated from Deano's Bar / Club Chocolate City.
Since then he's been in charge of many SPD divisions, as summarized in this SPD Blotter posting from July:
Captain Mike Meehan, a 23-year veteran, is leaving the Narcotics Section to take over the Violent Crimes Section, which consists of overseeing the Homicide, Robbery, CSI, Gang, Polygraph, Bias Crimes and Fugitive Units. Captain Meehan has previously commanded East Precinct, Narcotics, Vice, Field Training and Audit, Accreditation and Policy.Yesterday I was contacted by a reporter from the Berkeley Daily Planet (a free twice-weekly paper): their paper had just broken the story that Captain Meehan will (assuming he's OK'd by their City Council on Tuesday) be the next Police Chief in Berkeley, California.
I hope you will join me in congratulating Captain Meehan on his promotion. I note that (while the East Precinct has had many commanders in my time here), quite a few of them have gone on to more senior positions: John Diaz (SPD Interim Chief), Nick Metz (SPD Assistant Chief), Landy Black (Davis, CA Police Chief), and now Captain Meehan.
More details of Mike's promotion may be found on Capitol Hill Seattle and on the Seattle PI blog, or by a quick Googling:
PS: One way to follow Captain Meehan's progress in Berkeley will be via the Berkeley Daily Planet's reporter's tweets, which of course remind Seattleites of this song.
Update (11/20/09): The Berkeley university newspaper, the Daily Cal, has an article about Captain Meehan, with quotes from me and from Stephanie Tschida, chair of the East Precinct Crime Prevention Coalition.
The Berkeley Daily Planet has another article about Captain Meehan, with quotes from me and from Dominic Holden of the Stranger.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 7:30 PM
Nov 4, 2009
Advocacy Chair, Friends of The Seattle Public Library
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Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:26 PM
Nov 2, 2009
Your ballot's around the house somewhere. Remember that it has to be postmarked by TUESDAY (good luck finding a pickup after 6 PM). A stamp (remember stamps?) is 44 cents. Safeway has 'em.
Voters' pamphlets, locations of 24 hour drop boxes, etc is all right here.
Nearest drop box: Central Area Neighborhood Service Center, 2301 S. Jackson
Ballot drop boxes will close at 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 3.
You all did so well last November. Please get out those ballots and make us all proud.
PS: You really will MAKE A DIFFERENCE
PPS: Running late? Latest mailbox pickup I could find was 7:30 PM. You're better off going to the drop box at 23rd & Jackson. BE THERE BEFORE 8PM!
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 9:16 PM
Oct 27, 2009
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Oct 25, 2009
(Reminder) The staff at Miller will be happy to see you and your children. They will be equally happy if you can volunteer to help at the event - contact Director Jeremy Doane at 684-4753. (click on image for legible version)
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 3:43 PM
Oct 14, 2009
Miller Community Center is starting a half-day preschool for 3 to 5 year olds, starting November 2nd. For further details see the brochure, available on paper at the Center, or right here (via the miracle of electrons). For more details contact Center Director Jeremy Doane at 684-4753 or the preschool: firstname.lastname@example.org
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:55 PM
Location: Pigott Auditorium, Albers School of Business & Economics - Seattle University
If you have questions pertaining to the topics above that you would like posed to the candidates, please send them to us at email@example.com. Please note that there will also be time for general audience Q&A. This is an event sponsored by the Capitol Hill Community Council with the gracious donation of space from Seattle University.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:35 PM
Oct 2, 2009
We are pleased to once again partner with Seattle Parks & Recreation/ Miller Community Center to provide this event free for the community. Cappy's boxing returns this year to Chicks, as well as belly dancing, double dutch and fencing.
Registration and more information at www.chicksplayhard.com
Thank you for helping us spread the word, and feel free to contact us with any questions.
Chicks Play Hard volunteer
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 12:21 AM
Sep 30, 2009
Saturday evening I attend the celebration of the completion of the Miller Playfield. It was well attended and the community is very happy with the results. Several people wanted me to know how helpful Karen O'Connor was in the success of the event.
One area where they need help is with the amount of on street parking that impacts the neighborhood. They asked if the Parks Department would encourage the teams and other people or groups who use the community center and especially the athletic fields to use the parking lot that is between the school and the community center.
Would you be able to develop signs or provide notice to people that the parking is available and encouraged there?
Thanks very much.
I second Councilmember Rasmussen's thanks to Karen O' Conner and would add that Ted Holden, the projec
t manager for th e field replacement, was a joy to work with and was very diligent.
Directing field patrons to the lower parking lot: I attach a specimen map I made a while ago (at end). I'd be happy to aid
in the design of an official map to distribute to teams and post on Parks websites, and would suggest that Parks require teams to distribute either the maps or
I would further suggest that SDOT post brown directional signs to point out the way to the parking lot: the attached map makes good locations obvious.
Many thanks again, both for the lovely new playfield, and for last Saturday's celebration.
And many thanks to Councilmember Rasmussen for taking the time on a Saturday evening to attend the event.
September 23, 2009
Dear Mr. Taylor and Councilmember Rasmussen:
Superintendent Gallagher asked me to respond to your email about the parking impact at Miller Playfield. It is exciting to hear that Miller Playfield Project was such a great success and I thank you for your continued support for Miller Community Center and Playfield.
I have asked Dennis Cook, Citywide Athletics Manager, to compose a letter to be sent immediately to current Miller Playfield users to direct them to the parking lot off 20th and E Republican St., adjacent to the west of Meany Middle School and east of Miller Community Center. That letter will also be sent with all new field permits so field users know in advance where to park to help mitigate the parking impacts. Also, we will ask the larger athletic organizations to post the Miller Playfield parking instructions on their websites. Dennis will work with the Athletic Field Coordinators to plan regular meetings with user groups to explain
to them the importance of parking in the assigned parking lot. We will also look into possibly developing signs or maps to help direct Miller Playfield users know where to park.
Other athletic fields have experienced similar parking problems and we have, working with the user groups, gotten the parking situation under control. It will take the support of all involved to make the parking a success, but I am confident the field users want to be good neighbors
If you have further questions or concerns please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-684-4136.
Deputy Superintendent, Seattle Parks and Recreation
cc: John Bates, Athletic Field Scheduler, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Dennis Cook, Citywide Athletics Manager, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Sue Goodwin, Recreation Division Director, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Raft Hollingsworth, Athletic Field Coordinator, Seattle Parks and Recreation
Christopher M. Williams
Deputy Superintendent/Chief of StaffSeattle Parks and Recreation
(206) 684-4136 Office
(206) 233-7023 Fax
I'm sure you'll join me in thanking the Parks Department for the elegant new playfield, and for the ongoing efforts to make it work for everyone.
Posted by Andrew Taylor at 10:53 PM