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Updates and News, January 2017

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Happy New Year, Eastside Hill! We’ve got A LOT of news for you. Read on…

New Group: Friends of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association

Our Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association is giving you an opportunity to give some volunteer time to our projects. Share our work and our fun. As we become more active we want to keep our Steering Committee and other regular helpers to not get burned out/have all the fun.

We have created “Friends of EHNA” for formalize and create the logistics for this transaction. If you offer to be a “friend”  that group list will be sent options for volunteering as the need arises. Leave your intent on our web site or contact MarkRuddy55@yahoo.com. Potential “Friends” would be former Steering Committee members.

Community is a two-way street. Please be open to paying back or “paying forward”.

– Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association President Mark Ruddy

Action Needed: Margaret Street Speed Limit Concerns

The current, legal speed limit on Margaret Street is 25 mph. In our Neighborhood campaign to make Margaret Street safer, our intrepid Neighbor Jason Duba researched this issue and subsequently notified the City that there existed a city ordinance that specifically posted Margaret Street’s speed limit to be 25. The City Engineer’s office admitted their mistake and removed the 30 mph signage on Margaret Street but did not repost the Street with 25 mph signage.

The City Engineering staff plans to recommend to the City Council that the ordinance be changed to make Margaret Street have a speed limit of 30 mph. They plan to request this change in January. It will be up to the City Council to leave the speed as it is now, or to raise it to 30 mph.

For a year and a half EHNA has been surveying our Neighbors and urging the City to make 25 mph the long-term limit on Margaret Street. However, the City Council usually goes along with the City Engineer’s position. So, it is up to us to contact all members of our City Council to to urge them to make 25 mph the speed limit.

Go to the City’s web site to get contact info for all Councilpersons. Act now.

Will the Council listen to the City Engineer’s office (whose reasoning we question), or listen to the clear message from the majority of our Neighbors? What is a Neighborhood  Association for if not to pass on the will of the people to the Council?  Our Association has saved the City a ton of work by surveying our Neighbors. Please take a stand. Contact the Council. When this issue comes to a City Council vote, come to the hearing and following business session to support our Taking Care of Margaret Campaign.

For more information contact Jason Duba at jasonduba@gmail.com; or Eric Anderson at eem_anderson@yahoo.com; or Mark Ruddy at markruddy55@yahoo.com

>> You can find many more details, including City Council contact info here!

humanKIND: Building Community and Celebrating Diversity on the Eastside Hill

humanKIND is a new neighborhood group focused on “Building Community and Celebrating Diversity in the Eastside Hill Neighborhood, Eau Claire, WI.” A part of the Eastside Hill Neighborhood Association, this group will hold monthly meetings and and offer information such as the interview below. Stay up to date with humanKIND on Facebook!

Getting to Know Your Neighbors: Kimberly Cronk

Kimberly Cronk has lived on the Eastside Hill for about 19 years.   She bought her house, sight unseen, when her eldest son was two years old, moving here from New Mexico with two young children.  Her mother had scouted out the house for her from Rice Lake. Kim now has three sons, aged 21, 19 and 12.  She is a registered nurse and has recently taken the volunteer position of County Board Supervisor for District 28.  In her role as County Board Supervisor she serves on the Human Services and Aging and  Disability Resource Center Committee. She loves real estate in addition to nursing and has done some gardening on the side for a local couple for several years …

Read more!

A Huge ‘Thank You’ to Eastside Hiller Deb Becker

Earlier in the year, your neighbor Deborah Becker (Deb) quickly responded to the Steering Committee’s decision to fund raise for our application for non-profit status – the next day Deb stepped up to provide the $400 fee for the application process. Even by our champion fund raising Committee Member Chad Rowekamp’s standards this was a sweet surprise. Thank you Deb!

Deb operates the State Farm Insurance Agency on Farwell Street.

January 14: Conversation Skills Workshop

Conversation skills can be valuable resource at all levels of interaction. The Chippewa Valley social justice group JONAH (joining our neighbors advancing hope) is offering a free workshop Saturday, January 14, 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM, at First Presbyterian Church, 2112 Rudolph Road. Although JONAH is predominantly a congregation based group it is has always welcomed allies not connected to a church to be full participants in their campaigns. The skill being taught is known as One to One interviews and can be used at all levels of community organizing. The interviews are predominantly listening exercises. The interviewer focuses on getting to know the other person, paying attention to stated values that might be shared values. The interviews can provide valued information about potential, shared civic involvements and civic relationships. The interview session fosters “big” talk rather than “small talk”. The interview skills can be used by congregations to assess the values and wished of their members. They can be used within our Association’s Steering Committee and within our Neighborhood to get to know each other better and then use this knowledge to improve our Neighborhood. All Neighbors within our Association are invited to learn at this free workshop. Those skills can result in identifying problems within our area, wishes for our future, and goals we can work on. Snacks and beverages will be served. Direct your questions to markruddy55@yahoo.com.

This Winter: The Eastside Hill and Volume One’s WInter After Hours

Volume One Magazine has made our Association a generous offer to be one of the sponsors of their January and February Thursday Nights at Boyd Park – called “Winter After Hours.” Along with snow sculptures, skating, and a bonfire to be found there, our Association will provide free hot chocolate to all the attendees; but not just any version of this treat. To highlight the chef credentials of our newest Steering Committee member, Michael Rasmussen, our hot drink will be called “Rasmussen’s Razzmatazz”.  This face to face contact will give us a new way to contact neighbors and encourage them to be involved with improving our community.

For “work details” like this, we are encouraging Neighbors to join Friends of EHNA as a list of folks to contact when we need some extra help. This is meant to not overburden our Steering Committee members. Contact markruddy55@yahoo.com if you can help on a Thursday evening, 6 to 8 PM, or to get added to the FRIENDS list for future projects.

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