Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Park Creation and January 13th Meeting

From Chairman Bill:

Hello neighbors and Happy New Year one and all!
 
We will be planting plants and flowers at Hina Point Park (corner of Hina & Palau) Saturday morning, January 3rd at 8:30 AM.  We are in need of volunteers to help with the plantings.  If you can help us out, please be there at 8:30AM.  If you have gloves and small hand tools (spade, shovel, etc,) please bring them with you.
 
It is exciting that all of the work that went in to creating the park is coming to fruition.  We all should look forward this improvement in our community.
 
We hope that all of you can attend our next meeting.  It will be January 13th, 2009 at 7:00 PM at the Sarasota Baptist Church.  This will be an important meeting since we will be planning things for the new year.  Please try and make this meeting!
 
As previously announced, we are going to start putting together a directory of services provided by residents of our community.  If you are interested in being in the directory, you need to be at this meeting.  The cost of being in the directory is $20. and you should bring a business card that can be duplicated for the directory.  THE BOARD OF THE LAKE SARASOTA COMMUNITY GROUP HAS VOTED TO REQUIRE ATTENDANCE AT THE MEETING AS A PREREQUISITE FOR BEING IN THE DIRECTORY, SO WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO INCLUDE ANYONE THAT DOES NOT COME TO THE MEETING. 
 
We look forward to seeing everyone at the January meeting. 
 
REMEMBER, THE MORE PEOPLE THAT PARTICIPATE, THE EASIER IT IS FOR EVERYONE!!
 
Bill Pitts

Monday, December 29, 2008

Hina Pocket Park Taking Form

The picture below reflects the triangle at the intersection of Hina Dr. and Palau Dr. which is about to become a pocket park, thanks to the energies and efforts of several of our residents and to the folks at Neighborhood Services of Sarasota County.

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:
  • water
  • big shovels
  • post hole diggers
  • some gardening gloves
  • a tool or two 
In a follow-up email, Faith explained the need for post hole diggers and more:
. . . 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.
So do come out and be part of the latest Lake Sarasota beautification project.

This is the BEFORE shot:



When it's completed, we'll post the AFTER shot here as well.




Sunday, December 21, 2008

Santa was here

Thanks Santa! And thanks to Sarasota's Firefighters and Squad 8 for visiting Lake Sarasota!




Friday, December 12, 2008

Santa and Caroling coming again this Christmas



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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Here's a bit more from Bill:

Hello everyone!  We are pleased to announce that Santa Claus has consented to make an appearance in Lake Sarasota on December 21st at approximately 2:00PM.  He has decided to ride on a fire truck so that his reindeer will be rested and strong for Christmas Eve!
 
Please come out and say hello to him as he rides through the neighborhood on a bright shiny fire truck!
 
Last year when he came through, all the kids that came out to see him were amazed that he could ride on a fire truck.  They will be amazed again this year!
 
Santa has personally asked me to invite everyone in Lake Sarasota to come out and say hello as he "flies" through the neighborhood. 

SO PLEASE GO OUT AND SAY "MERRY CHRISTMAS" TO HIM WHILE HE IS HERE.  HE WILL LOVE IT.
 
Thank You in advance for your support for Santa!
 
Bill Pitts
 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

A note from our neighbors

About the recent Yard Sale and more:

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

Neighborhood Disaster Plan Meeting this Thursday at the EOC

For anyone interested in neighborhood preparedness, some of the key county people involved with emergency management and public safety will be on hand at a meeting scheduled for this Thursday, December 11 from 1:30pm-3:00pm.

 

The meeting  will be at the Sarasota County Government Administration Center,  Emergency Operations Center, located at 1660 Ringling Blvd in downtown Sarasota on the 6th floor of the Administration Building.

Here's an agenda:

* Welcome and Introductions

 

* Emergency Services Neighborhood Public Safety Program

    --Firewise Program presented by Assistant Fire Chief Dillon

    --AED Program presented by Assistant Fire Chief Dezzi

    --Stormwise Program presented by Emergency Management Chief McCrane

    --Water Safety Program presented by Lifeguard Operations Chief Ayers

    --CERT Program presented by Recovery Chief Scott Montgomery

  

* Foreclosed homes project

 

* Review of 2008 Hurricane Season and what is forecasted for the 2009 Hurricane Season     Dan Noah, National Weather Service Ruskin

 

* Review of 2008 year

    --what went well and what can Emergency Management do better to keep you  prepared

 

* Questions 

Update: A powerpoint presentation of the meeting is now available here - click on "neighborhood disaster meeting" to download. You'll need a powerpoint viewer to look at it.

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Some thoughts on Community and Change





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

Third Annual Sustainable Communities Workshop in Sarasota

We respectfully invite you to join us at the third annual Sustainable Communities workshop on Friday, Dec. 12 and Saturday, Dec. 13. We scheduled the two day workshop to include a Saturday this year to allow more attendance from homeowners and residents that often can't attend our weekday workshops. The agenda will be relevant for residents, neighborhood representatives, and members of the business community, providing updates on the latest policies and technology innovations and hands on strategies for saving energy and water in your homes and businesses.  Please share this notice with members of your neighborhood and other contacts.  Thank you!

Dec. 12-13, 2008

The POWER to learn, the POWER to lead, the POWER to change.

Searcy S. Koen Regional Campus for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida

4780 Cattlemen Road, Sarasota

Dec. 12-13, 2008

8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Information and Registration at:

http://www.scgov.net/sustainablecommunities/

or call 941-861-5000

This two-day interactive workshop convenes leaders from industry, government and university programs to share their expertise and strategies for:

·       Community solutions for climate change

·       Energy and water conservation techniques in homes and businesses

·       The relationship of transportation and land use choices to energy and health

·       Renewable energy strategies

·       Neighborhood energy and water saving strategies and funding opportunities

The workshop setting is the Searcy S. Koen Regional Campus for Girl Scouts of Gulfcoast Florida in Sarasota, a LEED Certified green building built to preserve a natural wetland.

DAY 1

Professional and commercial strategies to reduce energy and water use, develop sustainable business models, build according to green principles and incorporate societal considerations in response to a changing climate. Speakers will discuss innovative water strategies, greening your business, land use, health, and green building, and renewable energy strategies. 

DAY 2

Hear how you as an individual, homeowner or neighborhood representative can implement energy and water conservation strategies to save money and improve your quality of life.Speakers will cover alternative transportation, living locally, greening an existing home and the Water/ Energy Connection in homes and neighborhoods. 

Green holiday gift ideas. Come see exhibitors offering products and services to help consumers save money, save energy, and protect the planet.