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THURSDAY, FEB. 24, 2011


Carr's one-of-a-kind museum

Check out this little story and video on Carr's One of a Kind in the World Museum. The museum is located at 5225 N. Freya, a little out of the way perhaps, but certainly worth a visit. I mean, where else in Spokane can you...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 23, 2011

Plant a tree in Hillyard  

The Merchants Committee is putting together a tree planting program in connection with Arbor Day (April 29). Young trees - mostly evergreens it sounds like - have been secured and the tree planting program will run begining on Earth Day (April 22). Stay tuned for...

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How to get a share of the cake

The blog is at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Association meeting this morning and the first item on the agenda is how Hillyard can get a share of the hotel/motel tax that's collected by the city. What's needed is proof that people are visiting Hillyard from...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 16, 2011

Wrap up in Hillyard

The meeting is just about over here around 8 p.m. with a few more announcements. Gotta say this group covered a lot of ground tonight. If you live in the area, this would be a good meeting to catch up with.

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WDOT and neighborhood clean up -

The Washington Department of Transportation (WDOT) is working it's way through Hillyard with the north-south corridor. Hillyard neighborhood representatives meet with WDOT every week. There is a bigger cleanup crew than ever before - the three neighborhoods Bemiss, Hillyard and Whitman, April 16 is the...

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The former Bridgeport Grocery at Bridgeport Avenue and Crestline Street recently housed the Olive It Cafe. The building is on Spokane’s historic registry. (Colin Mulvany)

Former Olive It Cafe building discussion

There's some conversation about whether to write a letter in support of the preservation of the building that used to be the Olive It Cafe. Here's the story colleague Jonathan Brunt wrote. The current owner would like to tear down the historice building - it...

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Hillyard Futures open office

Hillyard Futures will open an office at 5215 N. Market Street by the end of March. Hillyard Futures used to be the Hillyard Foundation. This organization works on about a dozen community issues in and around Hillyard. The office will be in the old Battleground...

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Hobo Dinner coming right up

The Hillyard Heritage Museum is having its annual Hobo Dinner on March 4 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Patrick's Catholic School, 2606 E. Queen. Tickets are $10 and $6 for children younger than 10 years. Pick up tickets at Hillyard Variety Store, at the Hillyard...

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The blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council

Tonight the Hillyard Blog is at the Hillyard Neighborhood Council meeting at the Northeast Community Center (4001 N. Cook Street) Here are some updates on neighborhood business and activities: The Festival is turning 100 years old in August - more volunteers are desperately needed. Please...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 9, 2011

There was close to 100 people at the Violence Prevention Summit at City Hall on Feb. 8, 2011. Featured speakers were Mayor Mary Verner, Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick (Pia Hallenberg)

City Hall summit filled to the brim

This blog was a twittering and facebooking fool last night at City Hall's crime prevention summit. On stage were Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. Colleague Jonathan Brunt had this story in today's paper. It was interesting that only a...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 8, 2011

Violence prevention summit Tuesday

Mayor Mary Verner, Police Chief Anne Kirkpatrick and Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich are hosting a community conversation on how to prevent violence tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. in the city council chambers, lower level at City Hall. The meeting will be moderated by Steve Becker,...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 3, 2011

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 2, 2011

Hillyard Mann Center clarification

At this morning's meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee it was brought up that Spokane Public Schools will put in an alternative high school program at the Mann Center. I just checked with Spokane Public Schools and that's not correct. Spokane Public Schools does...

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What's in a name?

Interesting conversation about what to call the part of Hillyard that's on the east side of the train tracks. A canine reference is often used in the name of this part of town - you all know what I'm talking about. Part of the area...

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Hearts in Hillyard

This neighborhood has a lot of heart, there's no question about that, and for Valentine's Day the merchants are putting together a 'Heart of Hillyard' promotion. Look for special events, promotions and discounts. And speaking of Valentine's Day, the Outlaw Cafe is once again hosting...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 1, 2011

THURSDAY, JAN. 27, 2011

Old Rogers High School is one of few art deco schools in the U.S.   (Colin Mulvany)

Rogers, a historic place

Rogers High School made it on to the National Register of Historic Places. The original building is from 1932 and one of a handful of high schools built in art deco style. Read colleague Mike Prager's story about the award here.

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WEDNESDAY, JAN. 26, 2011

How to promote a neighborhood 

One issue that's always on the agenda here in Hillyard, is how to promote the business district. At the Wednesday meetings someone usually has a question or a suggestion for advertising or some sort of promotion. And the questions remain the same: what works and...

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Bakery opening in Hillyard 

The first round of applause at this morning's Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting came after an announcement that a bakery is opening in one of the old buildings up here - stay tuned for more details after the meeting.

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TUESDAY, JAN. 25, 2011

City council decision on impact fees

The city council made a decision on impact fees last night. Here's a link to colleague Jonathan Brunt's story from the meeting. An impact fee is a one-time tax on builders; the money is supposed to go toward the development of infra structure such as...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 21, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JAN. 19, 2011

Impact fees high for Hillyard

Another issue brought up this morning was the proposed impact fees that were put on hold at the City Council meeting last night. It was noted by several people that the impact fees would be higher in Hillyard and northeast Spokane than in downtown and...

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Highlights from Wednesday morning

The blog made it - carefully on icy streets - to the meeting in the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting this morning. Councilmember Bob Apple is here today and about 20 neighbors and business owners are here, too. There's a meeting today at 3:30 p.m....

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THURSDAY, JAN. 13, 2011

From left, Bill Nighy, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1.”

Hogwarts in Hillyard

NOrtheast Youth Center is offering a magic class straight out of Harry Potter on Jan. 24 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The class is taught by Hogwarts' professors and covers potions, divination and herbology - it promises to be a magically good time. Cost:...

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Pia Hallenberg covers everything going on in the Hillyard neighborhood.