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As noted previously, our annual Neighborhood Party is next Tuesday, August 4th, at the home of Greg & Jayne Wack – 2257 Country Lane – starting about 5:30 – 6:00.
We’ll have fried chicken, and will be grilling some burgers and hot dogs, but we ask you to bring something else to share – a salad, side dish, or dessert. There will also be lemonade and iced tea, but feel free to bring other beverages as you wish. There are chairs available, but if you can, please bring your own lawn chair. Paper plates and tableware will be provided.
In cooperation with the City of Columbia, and the Columbia Police Department, we’ll celebrate the 26th Annual National Night Out.
In addition, we’ll have our annual CCENA business meeting and the election of officers, starting around 7:00. We have several items to discuss, but we promise not to let it last too long – this is about just enjoying time with our neighbors and getting to know one another better. If you *haven’t already returned* your Directory form, please bring it along so we can get the new Neighborhood Directory completed!
Feel free to drop me an email or give me a call if you have any questions!
John and I are happy to announce the arrival of Victor Catlin Dupuy, born right here on Country Lane this morning at 12:46am with the help of the team from the Columbia Community Birth Center. He was only two weeks late, beating his big brother Dante by a full week. 9 lbs. 11 1/2 oz, 22 1/4″ long, healthy as a horse. Had a near-perfect apgar score of 9 1/2 out of 10. We’re all doing well and are being cared for by my parents for the next two weeks, thank goodness. He’s looking forward to meeting everyone at the picnic!
Thanks to everyone who has returned the neighborhood directory forms. For those of you who haven’t, please take a minute to fill it out and return it! I’d like to have the directories ready to hand out by the August 5 picnic, but there are far too many outstanding forms at this point. You can fill out as much or as little as you choose.
Socket is throwing a party for our neighborhood to celebrate the availability of their service to our area. Please join them Thursday, July 30 from 5-8 PM at Stephens Lake Park (Broadway Entrance). They’re providing free Shakespeare’s Pizza, a bounce house for the kids, trivia, bingo, prizes and more. Plus, enter a drawing to win Mizzou Homecoming tickets vs. Texas. It really *is* free–as Socket is opening up service to one small area at a time, this is the way they choose to announce it, rather than spending money on print, radio, or television advertisements.
More info at www.socket.net/neighborhoodparty
Hope to see some of you there. I’m sure you’ll find us over by the bounce house–Dante loves those things.
Quick note from the city to share:
Utility work on Alfred Street
(COLUMBIA, MO) – The city of Columbia Public Works Department announces that on Wednesday, July 22, N.J. Wilson Construction will perform utility work on Alfred Street for Landmark Hospital. This work will result in a temporary road closure of Alfred Street, north of Country Club Drive off Old Highway 63. The work should be completed and the road fully reopened by 5:30 p.m. the same day, weather permitting. Motorists and pedestrians are urged to exercise extreme caution when in the work zone and use an alternate route whenever possible.
Got this note, thought I would share it in case someone else in the area can help:
I’m the fellow who has lived in Liz Graznak’s house for the last year at 914 Fairway Drive.
Pending financing, Liz has sold her house, and I need to move out around Aug. 15. We’re circulating our interest via the posting notice below. If you know anyone in the ‘hood who wants to rent their house, or can forward along our post elsewhere, that would be much appreciated!
— POSTING NOTICE —
Professional trio offers to tend a house, condo
or apartment for 2009-2010 academic year
We are three married academic professionals who have agreed to share a house or quality three-bedroom apartment or condo in Columbia for Aug. 15, 2009 through May 15, 2010. For example, we’re willing to take responsible care of a family home while the owners are on sabbatical or travel.
OUR NEGOTIABLE PREFERENCES:
– Rent not-to-exceed $1,150/month excluding utilities
– Central air conditioning
– Near bus route to campus
– Neighborhood feel, prefer not in a complex
– Prefer furnished, but negotiable
– Collegial relationship with owner/landlord
– No lease, or lease only until May 15, 2010.
WHO ARE WE:
Bill Densmore (me) is a second-year fellow at the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, working on the Information Valet Project. Michael Skoler is a former National Public Radio correspondent and senior editor at Minnesota Public Radio, who has an MBA and is a 2009-2010 Reynolds Journalism Institute fellow studying business models of emerging local online news communities. Our third house-sharer is Clay Stalter, a photographer for nine years with the Jacksonville, Ill., paper who is starting a graduate journalism program. Michael’s family is based in Minneapolis, Bill’s is in Williamstown, Mass., and Clay’s is in Springfield, Ill., where his wife is a faculty member at Lincoln Land Community College.
CLAY’S BIO (circa 2002 — before he got the Jacksonville job)
— END NOTICE —-
There’s an email link for Bill at his bio page. Contact me if you have additional questions.