Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Monday, December 29, 2008
In fact, you can help make that transformation happen. Bushes and benches have been ordered (thanks to the grant from the county), and we'll be doing some plantings at the site this Saturday, Jan. 3, 2009, at 8:30 AM. Anyone who enjoys a bit of outdoor exercise and community participation is invited to join in. Things to bring:
- big shovels
- post hole diggers
- some gardening gloves
- a tool or two
. . . we need big shovels and if any post hole diggers laying in a garage. We have several holes to dig for the boundry fencing and do have 1 power auger but only for a few hours. The garden area is a 12 foot circle which we need to totally dig out and till to aide the plants. Also a lot of mulch to drop.
We also need strong backs as all the park goodies are concrete piece we will put together.
This is the BEFORE shot:
When it's completed, we'll post the AFTER shot here as well.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Sunday, December 21, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Santa Claus will be making his Second Annual Firetruck Tour of Lake Sarasota on Sunday, Dec. 21, shortly after 2 p.m. We hope to have a map of his route before the event.
Also, plans are underway to repeat last year's caroling -- a walk through the neighborhood with songs and perhaps some candy canes for the kids.
Santa plans to take this route through Lake Sarasota:
Santa will enter Lake Sarasota at Mauna Loa, go all the way down Mauna Loa and make a left on Berkshire. Then he'll wind around and make a left on Brentford, a left on Marlborough, a right on Friendship, a left on Mauna Loa, a right on Lanai and a left on Jarvis.
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Thursday, December 11, 2008
First I would like to say that I think Sandy did a fantastic job! There are a lot of good ideas here and we need to talk about them while it's still fresh in our minds and implement them. However, until we get participation from all the homeowners with a wish list, the few people that actually show up and do the work won't be able to fulfill those wishes.
If homeowners of Lake Sarasota want a better community, then it's time to stand up and be counted. If we want a safer community, then we need to keep Ted Cover's phone (379-0758) ringing [or keep his email pinging] so he can set up a Citizens Patrol schedule that will let vandals and thieves know we are serious about keeping them out of here! He is doing a superb job of forwarding information from the sheriff's office to our community and needs everyone's help. This program is way too massive for 5 or 6 people to accomplish. If you want outside people to want to buy some of the empty homes in our community, this program may be one of the ways that might encourage that. People want to live in a safe surrounding.
Again I say, stand up be counted and make a difference! Let me apologize to all the people that helped on the garage sale that I didn't mention. Like Tina on Lania that got her neighbor to haul the grill to Maui. Just little things like that, people helping people, make the difference. Regardless of how short a time, each person that played a part in the sale made a difference to its success.
Thanks again Tom,
Ray & Connie
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
Thursday, December 04, 2008
More from the Harwood Public Innovators home page:
If you're interested in deeply exploring community rhythms consider attending the Harwood Public Innovators Lab. At the Lab you'll learn about Community Rhythms, the 3A's of Public Life and other key tools and frameworks to help accelerate change in your community.
Click here for a set of questions to help you determine your community's stage click here
Click here for a description of the five different stages of community
Click here to learn what efforts fit with which stage.
Thanks to April at SCOPE for the link.
Monday, December 01, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
A big thank-you to Sandy Allen for doing virtually everything to make this happen. Vigorous thanks also to Bill Pitts, Ray and Connie, Tisha, Laura, Ellie, and Ted for their magnificent efforts. Special thanks to Richard A. for allowing us to wake him up so he do some heavy lifting and driving.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
And more volunteers are needed! Contact Sandy at email@example.com.
Click here to see the latest map.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Until a few years ago, the waterways of the park were relatively clear, thanks to a deep well and a pump that kept the water moving. When a storm knocked out the power and the pump failed, things changed.
A small group is looking at ways of restoring the park - not, mind you, to the days of swan-adorned boats, but simply to healthier, cleaner water. Have a look at some of the approaches outlined here.
If you have ideas, interest and time, do get in touch - we'd love to hear from you. We'd love to see clear waters moving again.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
Three new Yards of the Month were selected.
Citizens Patrol needs you. Contact Ted, let him know when you can do a few laps around the neighborhood.
The landscaping of the front entrances looks good, but needs watering. Volunteers are welcome. Contact Tisha if you can volunteer to help out.
Habitat for Humanity is working on a ReHabitat mission in Lake Sarasota, on Samoa. Contact Laura if you'd like to be involved in this home makeover, which is improving our community and helping longtime neighbors in Lake Sarasota.
During the meeting the idea for a Lake Sarasota Trades Referral Service was revived. If you have a business or know of one operated by Lake Sarasota residents that you can recommend, let Bill know, or drop a line to the blog. The best way to get your business represented is to bring your business cards to our general meetings, the second Tuesday of every month (except December - the next one is Jan. 13th).
As a result of our very own November election, Bill Pitts is Chairman of the Lake Sarasota Group for 2009. Tisha is Beautification Director, Judy and Laura are membership directors, and Ellie is again Treasurer.
Another brainstorming session led to the idea of a list of useful numbers that can be handed out to new residents (in lieu of the welcome wagon).
Sandy needs volunteers to help with food, maps etc. for the Nov. 29th Lake Sarasota Yard Sale. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you can help, or if you want to list your home address on the map.
Sunday, November 09, 2008
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Wednesday, November 05, 2008
- a Habitat for Humanity project in Lake Sarasota
- elections for LSCG officers for 2009
- ideas for neighborhood parks
- plans for upcoming events
Tuesday, November 04, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
I passed through Mauna Loa on Sat. morning and there they were planting those plants in the median with it pouring the rain. What a great job. I would like to write them a note. They are surely to be commended.
Hopefully it's not too late to say "thank you" to Ray and Connie, Tisha, Laura, Judy and Diane. If anyone wishes to get more involved, just drop us a line and we'll put you in touch with the right person or persons.
Also, if you received the latest newsletter (thanks Laura Mathis and Mickey Schweitzer) you may have read about the interest in CERT. When we get 10 Lake Sarasotans, we can have our own course here at a time that meets everyone's needs. So let us know if you're interested!
Saturday, October 25, 2008
Thursday, October 23, 2008
Neighbors: We are having a problem with our flowers wilting due to a lack of rain. Tisha has spent a lot of time working on them but she can use some help!
Our landscaper only comes to Lake Sarasota once a week. They water every time they are here, but due to the lack of rain, once a week is not enough.
We need to come up with a rain barrel for both entrances. The landscaper will fill it up when he is here and Tisha has volunteered to try and water the plants during the week when there is no rain. The landscaper has one rain barrel and is dropping it off on Friday. WE DESPERATELY NEED ANOTHER ONE!!
If anyone has one please let Tisha know ASAP. You can contact her at email@example.com
We are in the dry season now and we really need to take care of the plants to keep them looking good!
If you can contribute a rain barrel it will be greatly appreciated and it will benefit the entire community.
Thanks in advance
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Among other info, it has the days and locations for early voting, which begins Oct. 20th and continues through Nov. 2. The nearest location: Fruitville Library.
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The complete articles can be downloaded here.
Section 1: Board of Directors (Board)The Board of Directors consists of the Chairman, Beautification Director, Membership Director, and Treasurer. Board positions will be held for one-year terms. Board vacancies will be filled by a majority vote of the membership and will serve for the unexpired portion of the one-year term. Board members and committee chairpersons may meet at their discretion and, as allowed by law, to plan meetings and make committee appointments.
Monday, October 13, 2008
A reminder from Neighborhood Services:
Sarasota County reminds all residents that October 15, 2008 is the last day an individual may file for an Economic Stimulus Payment. The Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 was enacted by Congress and the President and enables individuals to receive a one-time monetary payment. Even if you do not file taxes, you may still be eligible for a payment. Please forward this message to others who may not be aware of this.
The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the agency responsible for issuing payments, and lists Florida as the fourth highest state of citizens who have not filed for payment. Once again, even if you do not regularly file taxes, you should claim your payment. The IRS will be holding special events at retirement communities and assisted living facilities throughout Florida this week to allow citizens to file for payment. The agent assigned to our area is Ms. Andrea Tupper. Ms. Tupper is available to answer any questions regarding an Economic Stimulus Payment. Her contact information is as follows:
Ms. Andrea R. Tupper
Internal Revenue Service
Citizens may also visit the Internal Revenue Service online by going to: www.irs.gov. Please contact Ms. Tupper or visit the IRS website for further information.
Wednesday, October 08, 2008
Ted will have some interesting news about crime patterns - he's been crunching numbers and other data (locations, times of day, types of crime) from several months of Sheriff's reports.
So far, we also expect updates on several other initiatives:
- Landscaping the Mauna Loa Entrance
- Developing a pocket park at Hina and Palau.
- Fall event planning.
- CERT training.
- Grant money allocation.
- Lakeview Park Canals, pump, water quality.
- Traffic Calming, Yard of the Month, Treasurer's Report.
Saturday, October 04, 2008
Ted is doing a more in-depth analysis of the past five months of Sheriff's reports of break-ins and other police calls in Lake Sarasota. We'll update as soon as he's ready.
Also: Citizens Patrol reports still seeing many garage doors open well after dark last night - many without the lights on. This is an invitation to certain visitors, folks!
Friday, October 03, 2008
Democratic Governance at the Neighborhood Level:
What Have We Learned?
An event organized by Grassroots Grantmakers and the
Deliberative Democracy Consortium, with assistance from
the National League of Cities and NeighborWorks America
November 11th, 2008, 9am-5pm
Thirty years ago, a new democratic experiment began in a handful of American cities. In Portland, Oregon, and a number of other places, local governments created neighborhood council systems as a way of engaging citizens in public decision-making and problem-solving.
What have we learned from these civic experiments? What are their strengths and weaknesses? What lessons do they offer about how to initiate, recruit for, staff, support, and fund neighborhood-level democracy?
Please join us for a stimulating, interactive day-long session in Orlando! The meeting will feature representatives from Portland and other ‘first wave’ cities in the morning, then turn to a broader discussion of lessons and potential innovations in the afternoon.
The cost of the event will be $50 (to cover breakfast, lunch, and coffee). To RSVP, please contact Matt Leighninger at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 21st.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Sgt. Neal Scully of the Sarasota County Sheriff's Dept. will be at my house (4102 Parry Drive) at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 24 to provide the training required to participate in the Citizens Patrol. Anyone who would like to take the training, contact me by return email or call me at 379-0758.
Lake Sarasota Community Group
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Here are a few culprits that arise when homeowners who live by the lakes ignore basic precautions:
By the way, he county has two brochures of interest to anyone living near bodies of water:
Living on the Water's Edge: A Homeowners Guide to Low Maintenance Landscaping Along Seawalls, Bayfronts and Canals
Sarasota County Fertilizer and Landscape Management Code
Laura has been LSCG's official president, unofficial leader and behind the scenes go-to person for a full two years. We are deeply grateful for all she's done, and are pleased that she'll stay on as a valued contributor even as some very talented new people are stepping up to help out. Here's Laura's note:
Friday, September 05, 2008
Email Ted at TCover6161@aol.com
For more information, contact the Sarasota County Call Center at 941-861-5000 and ask about the Disability Awareness: Health and Recreation Expo and the Arlington Park Open House.
A number of important topics are on the agenda, including:
Median Tree Plantings update (Laura) (5 mins)
Front entrance landscaping update (Tisha)
Sidewalks along Lago
Planning future events/meetings (Sandy)
Park at Hina (Faith)
Lakeview Park Waterways (Ray and Connie) (nothing new)
· Treasurer’s Report (Ellie) (2 minutes)
· Yards of the Month (Renee) 5 minutes
· Traffic Calming (Judy) – no reply
· Citizens’ Patrol (Ted)
Group organization (Everybody)
Other potentially relevant concerns:
· TRIM Notices
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
We will do a cleanup along Mauna Loa on Saturday, Sept. 20th, the same day as the Coastal Cleanup.
If you'd like to help with the cleanup along Mauna Loa Blvd, please email Kim Davis:
Every year, SCOPE engages a diverse group of people in conversations that focus on what we want our future to be as opposed to problem solving the past. In these conversations, or “community studies,” SCOPE frees people to innovate and create new approaches to change. Topics are chosen by local residents and have included race and cultural relations, affordable housing, school dropout, redevelopment and infill, family violence, traffic flow and congestion, mental health and aging. With each completed study, SCOPE volunteers work as partners with public officials, individuals and organizations to put those ideas into action and create meaningful change in the community.
> Aging: The Possibilities
> Race & Cultural Relations
> Neighborhoods Initiative
> Community Change: Redevelopment & Infill (2004)
> Family Violence (2004)
> Mental Health (2003)
> School Dropout (2003)
> Affordable Housing (2002)
> Traffic Flow & Congestion (2002)