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Archive for October 2010

Mayor’s budget presentation Monday

Mayor Mary Verner will present her 2011 Budget proposal to the Spokane City Council on Monday during the Council’s legislative meeting in Council Chambers in the lower level of City Hall, 808 W. Spokane Falls Boulevard.  The Council has changed its meeting time on Monday to 4:30 p.m., from the usual time of 6 p.m.
After Mayor Verner’s presentation, the budget proposal will be in the hands of the City Council, who will hold public hearings on the budget on Mondays throughout November.  The Council must adopt a balanced budget by the end of the year to comply with state law.
Those who are unable to attend the meeting in person also can watch it live on CityCable 5, the City of Spokane’s government access cable station found on channel 5 on the Comcast cable system in Spokane, or on the web at www.spokanecity.org

 

 Via e-mail from the City of Spokane this afternoon.

Seen in Hillyard

As I’m getting to know the neighborhood better I pick up little bits and pieces here and there. I came across this very small and kind’a frozen community garden the other day - it’s just off Market, by O’Brien Furniture. Fried green tomatoes anybody?

Get ready to howl

Just a reminder that the Hillyard Howl starts tomorrow - the blog will be there Saturday afternoon. Will the blog be dressed up? Hmm… Maybe? What should the blog dress up as? A newspaper man? Here are the howling details:

Hillyard has three days of Halloween fun and scares scheduled for Oct. 29 (noon-6 p.m.) Oct. 30 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Oct. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. It’s the Hillyard Merchants and the Hillyard Kiwanis that are putting together the Hillyard Howl at 5015 North Market Street. Bring your already carved and decorated pumpkin, there will be games and apple bobbing, vendors and treats - and of course, a costume contest. Get your picture taken for $6 or knock the price down to $5 if you bring a donation of canned food for The Second Harvest Food Bank.

Lock your car - especially if it’s a Honda

The Spokane Police Department received nearly 70 reports of stolen ‘80s and ‘90s Hondas between October 19 and this weekend. Over the weekend ten arrests were made and 50 of the stolen vehicles were recovered.
That’s great news for the owners, obviously, but also a reminder to always lock your car.
Also, the Spokane Police Department would like to reminder owners of Toyotas and Hondas in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s range, that these vehicles are especially desirable for local thieves.
If you own such a vehicle make sure you lock it and consider adding a car alarm or another anti-theft device.

Hillyard is getting ready for Halloween party

 

Vendors are ready for the Hillyard Howl this weekend – apples and some candy have been donated by local businesses and volunteer groups. A decision was made to purchase more candy. Kiwanis has delivered a bunch of Halloween decorations already.

The Hillyard Howl is at the Capitol Building, starting Friday and running through Halloween. The bulding is being cleaned up and decorated right now. The thermostat was missing after a recent remodel so the Merchants purchased one and are now are able to turn on the heat. Remember to bring canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank and you’ll get a discount on your Halloween photo. The blog volunteered to be a judge at the Halloween costume contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. - so get on it! The blog is a tough judge…

Girls Day Out, November 13 – planning is still going on – businesses are participating, the next planning meeting is Wednesday at 6 p.m.at the Outlaw Cafe.



Hillyard Merchants meeting

 

Vendors are ready for the Hillyard Howl this weekend – apples and some candy have been donated by local businesses and volunteer groups. A decision was made to purchase more candy. Kiwanis has delivered a bunch of Halloween decorations already.

The Hillyard Howl is at the Capitol Building, starting Friday and running through Halloween. The bulding is being cleaned up and decorated right now. The thermostat was missing after a recent remodel so the Merchants purchased one and are now are able to turn on the heat. Remember to bring canned food for Second Harvest Food Bank and you’ll get a discount on your Halloween photo. The blog volunteered to be a judge at the Halloween costume contest on Saturday at 3 p.m. - so get on it! The blog is a tough judge…

Girls Day Out, November 13 – planning is still going on – businesses are participating, the next planning meeting is Wednesday at 6 p.m.at the Outlaw Cafe.



Waldref hosts Council Connection

Am sharing this here, too, though it has an East Central focus. Check out the Neighborhood Business Center Advisory Board.

Tune in to City Cable 5 on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. when council member Amber Waldref hosts the “Council Connection.” During the first half hour, Waldref is joined by LaVerne Biel, President of the East Spokane Business Association and owner of Access Telecom, as well as Sue Bradley, past chair of the Garland Busienss Association and owner of Tinman Gallery on Garland.

The second half hour will feature Biel and Boris Borisnov, program officer for community building at Impact Capital, and focus on teh newly released neighborhood Action Plan for Spokane’s International District, on East Sprague.

The show’s focus is on how the city and local businesses can better work together and it also features the formation of the Neighborhood Business Center Advisory Board.

Waldref will take calls during the show. The number to reach the show is: (509) 625-6337.

Youth For Christ open house tomorrow

 

 

Hillyard Youth for Christ is having an open house on Saturday 10/23 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Center is located at 4603 N. Market Street, on the corner of Hoffman, and can be reached at (509)327-7721.

Here’s a link to a story about their expansion into Hillyard.

SPD wants your Halloween photo

Spokane Police are promoting healthy role models for children and would love to showcase any child dressing up as a law enforcement officer. E-mail photos of children dressed up in police outfits to spokanepolice@gmail.com; we will post the photos on our SPD Facebook page.  Any child submitting a photo is eligible for  “lunch with a cop” at their school. Those who wish to post photos themselves may do so on our Spokane Police Department Facebook page. Spokane Police would like to remind kids of a few Halloween safety tips before they embark on trick or treating October 31:

ADULT SUPERVISION: Children should never go into a stranger’s house or ring the doorbell without a parent’s permission.  Never get into the car with someone you don’t know.  Only trick or treat friendly homes.
MAP OUT YOUR ROUTE: Be careful crossing streets, look both directions to make sure no cars are coming. 
REMAIN VISIBLE:  Make sure to always carry a flashlight, glow stick or reflective tape to be more visible to cars.
SAFETY IN NUMBERS: Stay in a group while trick-or-treating, or go with an adult.
DON’T COVER FACES:  Paint kids faces instead of wearing masks so they can see when they are walking.
QUALITY CHECK TREATS:  Instruct children not to eat any treats until they bring them home to be examined by an adult.  And finally: HAVE FUN !

Via e-mail from Spokane Police Department spokesperson Jennifer DeRuwe

This morning’s Historic Hillyard Merchant Committee meeting

Here are some highlights from this morning’s meeting:
The committee meets every Wednesday morning at 8:30 at the Outlaw Cafe, meetings are open to anybody interested. There were about 20 people at this morning’s meeting.
Preparation for the Hillyard Howl – cleanup begins on Friday to get the building ready for next weekend. If anyone is interested in helping out, extra hands are always welcome.
(The location of the Hillyard Northpole is uncertain this year as the building it’s usually in may be rented out – stay tuned for more information.)
Luke Tolley, chair of the Hillyard Neighborhood Council, had an update on Girls Day Out which is coming to Hillyard on Nov. 13. Part of Girls Day Out is ‘goodie bags’ provided by local merchants and letters are going out right now for businesses that would like to participate. The next planning meeting is Thursday Oct. 21 at the Outlaw Cafe at 6 p.m.

In terms of crime prevention, the neighborhood has been trying to work out a video surveillance deal with the city and the police department. Some businesses owners already have video surveillance that they watch via internet from their homes – it’s been a problem that the video cameras get stolen. Someone suggested putting up dummy cameras as a deterrent, but everyone agreed on approaching the city and the police department with a letter.

The HHMC is looking for input into what people would like on the new website. A decision was made to not have a public forum on the site out of concern that it would have to closely monitored and moderated.
There was a short discussion about whether to continue to produce a newsletter on paper. It was named ‘The Hillyard Voice’ and will be published twice a month.
Richard Burris, of Hillyard Communtiy Futures, is proposing a joint letter to the city and the police department asking for undercover policing to increase in the area – there is drug dealing going on every night, he says. “I’m not gonna sit back for 10 years and see all what we’ve done to make this place better go to hell again,” said Burris. He volunteered to write the letter.
Business owners say that between midnight and 3 a.m. crime is rampant in the neighborhood - burglaries, vandalism, drug dealing, it’s all over the map. 

Seen in Hillyard

I came across Blaine Burrell’s fundraising poster in Hillyard the other day. Here’s a link to Mike Prager’s story about the monument Burrell would like to erect commemorating 19-year-old Cromwell Dixon, who crashed his plane at a fair on Oct. 2, 1911. Reportedly 12,000 people were watching. The crash site is located south of Trent Avenue and just west of Fiske Street, according to Burrell, who’s been researching the so-called “boy aviator” extensively.

Open house about swim fees tonight

Share your thoughts about next year’s proposed fees at city aquatic centers, the Dwight Merkel Sports Complex and the Franklin Park Sports Complex tonight.
The Spokane Parks and Recreation Department is hosting an open forum at 6 p.m. at the Woodland Center (3404 W. Woodland Boulevard, off the Sunset Highway) at the Finch Aboretum.
Here’s a link to the proposed user fees. Tonight’s comments will be provided to the Parks Board for review before the 2011 budget can be finalized.
“The six new aquatic centers and the Merkel Complex were constructed with funding from the 2007 Parks Improvement Bond. The bond funded construction but not maintenance and operation costs, so it’s crucial that user fees or other funding cover maintenance and operation. Likewise, user fees must cover maintenance and operation at that facility,” reads a press release from the parks department.

Get ready to howl

Hillyard has three days of Halloween fun and scares scheduled for Oct. 29 (noon-6 p.m.) Oct. 30 (10 a.m.-6 p.m.) and Oct. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. It’s the Hillyard Merchants and the Hillyard Kiwanis that are putting together the Hillyard Howl at 5015 North Market Street. Bring your already carved and decorated pumpkin, there will be games and apple bobbing, vendors and treats - and of course, a costume contest. Get your picture taken for $6 or knock the price down to $5 if you bring a donation of canned food for The Second Harvest Food Bank.

The blog has arrived

… and hey, it’s feeling welcome, too. My office away from the office is The Outlaw Cafe and I had barely sat down before Richard Burris of Hillyard Community Futures came in and said hello. Burris is ready to approach his city council members and the police chief about getting some better neighborhood patrols up here. “What we need is police in plain vehicles and plain clothes,” Burris said. “Those who cause trouble can spot a marked police car from a mile away.”
A local bar owner stopped in, too, and agreed wholeheartedly with Burris. He also shared that bars are in a tight spot when it comes to keeping the good customers around while running troublemakers off their property.
Conveniently council member Bob Apple, who represents Hillyard together with Amber Waldref, showed up, too. Apple listened carefully and encouraged Burris to contact the COPS Shop and the Neighborhood’s resource officer. “It’s important to report these things,” Apple said.
Burris is going to present a letter at the Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting Wednesday morning, hoping the group will support him and agree to approach city hall.
However, everyone present agreed that a lot of good things are happening in Hillyard and that the neighborhood is doing its best to get rid of a bad reputation and replace it with a much more positive image. Look for upcoming Halloween events and a Girls Day Out coming real soon.

A roundup of Hillyard stories

If you haven’t been up to Hillyard for some time, be prepared for things to have changed. Market Street - the main stretch - was closed down for repair and restoration for a long time and it emerged with new sidewalks, parking stalls, street lights and planters.
Several organizations, like Youth For Christ and the Northeast Youth Center have moved into the neighborhood and restored buildings and opened businesses.
The neigborhood plays host for many festivals and gatherings throughout the year, including the Hispanic Heritage Festival and the Hillyard Fair and Parade.
There are more than 20 churches in the area and students in neighborhood schools such as Shaw and Rogers succeed in many different ways.
The neighborhood has a strong sense of pride, community and history, which becomes evident when someone needs help: Hillyard Lions Club raised money for swim fees, The Hobo Bulletin began publishing a newsletter online to help people stay connected, and there have been countless fundraisers for neighbors and business owners who needed help.
I have a feeling the Hillyard Blog will be busy.

Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog

My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998. When I first moved to town, I lived on Illinois Avenue and Greene Street so Hillyard was the first place I got to go shopping. That was in 1993 and a lot has happened in Hillyard since then: Market Street has been restored and improved, lots of businesses and restaurants have moved in and there are more great developments on the way.
I’ve had neighborhood blog for the South Perry District (where I live now) since April and I’m totally excited about taking my blog endeavor to Hillyard. If you have time, come in and meet me at The Outlaw Café (5012 North Market Street) on Friday Oct. 15 at noon. I’m hard to miss - I carry a laptop and a camera.

 

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Welcome to the Hillyard neighborhood blog. My name is Pia Hallenberg and I’ve worked as a journalist in Spokane since the fall of 1998; for the last six years I've worked for The Spokesman-Review.

In April, I started a neighborhood blog on South Perry Street (where I live). When it came time to expand the blog activity, Hillyard was an easy pick: There is so much going on in this neighborhood in terms of new businesses and street improvements, festivals and new construction - and there is a strong sense of neighborhood history and pride. I'm looking forward to highlighting all of that on this blog.

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