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Mayor Condon at Northeast Community Center

I stopped by the Merchants Committee meeting Wednesday morning at the Outlaw Cafe - they meet at  8:30 a.m. every Wednesday - and there's always lots to talk about. Here are a few of my notes:

There is a meeting tonight at Northeast Community Center at 5 p.m. featuring Mayor Condon and city council member Mike Fagan, addressing the proposed cuts to senior, community and youth centers across town. Northeast Youth Center, which is threatened with closure, will be there with a big presentation and encourages everyone to show up.

The Greater Hillyard Business Association is having a meeting on Feb. 9 at 6:30 p.m. at the Northeast Community Center. This meeting features a tax accountant who'll share advice for the upcoming tax season.

Hillyard business update

It's a bit of a quiet morning in Hillyard today - here are a few highlights from the Historic Merchant Committee Meeting:

The Hillyard Festival really, really needs volunteers. It's the 100 year anniversary of the festival and where many people have great plans, volunteers are needed to carry out the work during the festival. The festival is on Aug. 5 through 7.

As part of the north-south freeway project, a pedestrian bridge will be constructed over the tracks between east and west Hillyard. The Washington State Department of Transportation will construct the bridge, but not maintain the sidewalks during winter - the question remains as to who would do that?

The Chalk Art Walk will be happening again this year. It's a very popular event and businesses are trying to find a uniform way to keep the entry to their stores open (kids paint there, too). Other than that, people are looking forward to it. The Chalk Art Walk is on June 11 and this year it includes a community yard sale.

It’s meeting time

- once again. The Hillyard blog will be at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee meeting Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. (or maybe a little earlier to get breakfast…) at the Outlaw Cafe. See you there.

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The Hillyard Blog will be at the Historic Hillyard Merchants Committee Wednesday morning at 8:30 a.m. and stick around for the meeting - stop in and say hello - the cinnamon rolls can be recommended.

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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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