This Saturday is our PNA Annual Meeting, and we have a very full agenda. Weâ€™ll be meeting at 10:00 a.m. in meeting room D-South in Lawrence Memorial Hospital (lower level).
First, a little business â€“ we need to elect a Vice President and Secretary. Melinda Toumi has graciously volunteered to run for Vice President, but weâ€™re still looking for someone who is willing to serve as Secretary. We would be willing to split the duties between two people â€“ just meeting minutes and other PNA communications.
We also will have three speakers:
Downtown Grocery Store: Dave Crawford will join us to discuss an effort under way to try to bring an affordable grocery store to the property currently occupied by the Lawrence Public Library (formerly Borders). Dave is part of a group sponsoring a petition to urge the City Commission to convert the building to a downtown grocery store.
You can find more information about the proposal and â€“ if you so desire â€“ sign the petition, at:Â http://www.gopetition.com/petitions/lawrence-for-downtown-grocery.html
There is also a facebook page for the effort named â€śDowntown Grocery for Lawrence, Kansasâ€ť at:Â www.facebook.com/groups/DTGrocery/
In addition, two local business owners will provide information that may be helpful and of interest to the community.
Taxes: Jerry Coatney of Liberty Tax Service on 6th Street will provide some helpful tips on tax changes that will affect filing your 2013 taxes and look ahead to 2014.
Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act: In addition, Shandra Ragsdale of Day Insurance Solutions, LLC, will provide information on the ACA. Shandra will provide general information about the ACA as well as information helpful to anyone planning to sign-up for healthcare coverage through the marketplace or exchange before the March 31st deadline.
We invite all of you to join us. This is a great opportunity to get to know more of your Pinckney Neighbors.
A key bicycle transportation trunk line may become a reality if the Kansas Department of Transportation (KDOT) funds it.Â The Burroughs Creek Trail now serves the three east-side Lawrence neighborhoods that launched it in 2004 – Barker, Brook Creek, and East Lawrence.Â But currently the trail goes no farther north than Hobbs Park at 11th Street.Â If it is built from there to the Lawrence City Hall, this would be the first major bicycle corridor in the city connecting to downtown at Constant Park on the eastern edge of the Pinckney Neighborhood.
For the past six months, the Lawrence based Sustainability Action Network has been gathering endorsements from a large constituency that supports building an extension of the trail from Hobbs Park to City Hall at 6th Street.Â A local architect has been sketching possible routes for the trail that has captured the imagination of City officials.Â This bicycle link is supported by at least one City Commissioner, by members of the original Burroughs Creek Trail Planning Committee, by local developers, by neighborhood associations, and by many other groups and businesses.
At its January monthly meeting, PNA members voted to add its support to the project. We believe this expansion of the walking and bicycling trail system to the Pinckney neighborhood would be of great benefit to Pinckney residents by providing a safe and convenient link to eastern Lawrence and the existing trail system. It will also complement the new multipurpose trail being built on the former VFW property and the trail improvements that will be made between Constant and Burcham Parks.
Lawrence City Commission will receive comments on the proposed trail expansion and will be asked to commit local money as matching funds for a KDOT partial grant.Â Citizens are encouraged to add their voice and speak at the Commission meeting on Tuesday, 4 February 2013 at 6:30pm, at City Hall, 6 East 6th St.
More information about the proposed Burroughs Creek Trail extension and a map showing the proposed route can be found at: http://www.sustainabilityaction.net/burroughs-creek-trail-extension-to-city-hall
Pinckney Elementary Schoo is hosting another Really BIG Sale in the gym on Saturday, February 8th from 8am to 3pm. Clothes, toys, books, household items that you NEED! Prices you WANT!
Any donations for the sale can be delivered every MWF 8-9am or 5-6pm and large items can be brought to the school Fridays from 9am-3pm. If you need help getting your donations to the school please contact Melinda Toumi at 785-979-2477 or email@example.com
You can find the Really BIG Sale event on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/events/240815772763445/
A group of local citizens has started a petition directed to the Lawrence City Commission in favor of turning the building previously home to Borders Books – and now temporarily occupied by the Lawrence Public Library – into a downtown affordable full-service grocery store. Dave Crawford, one of the groups organizers, has offered to come to a Pinckney Neighborhood Association monthly meeting to provide us more details about the petition. We’re in the process of scheduling his visit and will post the date as soon as possible.
In the mean time, you can get more information about the reasons the group is advocating for a downtown grocery store through the links below. You can also sign the petition to the City Commission, if you so desire, through the link provided.
Downtown Grocery Facebook group page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/DTGrocery/
Lawrence Journal World article: http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2014/jan/26/residents-petition-affordable-grocery-store-former/
Happy New Year Pinckney Neighbors! It’s time for another monthly PNA meeting on Saturday, January 18th @ 10:00 a.m. in Lawrence Memorial Hospital meeting room D-South (lower level). We’ll kick off the new year with a little planning for the year ahead. There are many interesting, important and fun activities and issues coming up this year. We’ll need your input, ideas and participation to help make them happen. Please come to the meeting to help raise issues, set priorities and make plans.
Also, in February we will hold our official annual meeting and elections – this year the Vice President and Secretary positions are open. If you’re interested or know anyone who might be interested in one of these positions, please let us know.
Happy Holidays!Â Here’s some helpful information about City services!
Residential Trash Service â€“ During the weeks of Christmas and New Years, residential trash service regularly scheduled for Wednesdays will occur on Thursday, and service regularly scheduled for Thursdays will occur on Friday.
Tree Recycling â€“ After Christmas, please place your live-cut tree at the curb or alley for collection on Monday, December 30th or Monday, January 6th.Â The trees will be used for wildlife habitat.Â Please remove all artificial items including tinsel, lights, and tree stand, and have your tree set out by 6:00 a.m. For more information, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org
Christmas Lights Recycling â€“ Does anyone know where light strings can be recycled in Lawrence? If so, please contact us and weâ€™ll spread the word.
There are many great ways to give back to the communityÂ over the holidays. Here’s an opportunity the City of Lawrence is sponsoring:
On Monday, December 2nd, and Monday, December 9th (weather permitting), the City of Lawrence will be picking up new unwrapped toys and non-perishable food items for donation along the regularly scheduled yard waste collection routes. All toys collected will be donated to the Lawrence Police Departmentâ€™s Blue Santa Program and all food collected will be donated to Just Food, the Lawrence-Douglas County Food Bank.
Blue Santa asks that you donate new, unwrapped toys (for children under the age of 17) and/or grocery gift cards ($25.00 increments). Just Food asks that you donate any non-perishable food items. Some of the most needed items include boxed cereal, canned fruit and whole grain pasta.
Please set out any donation items next to your yard waste on either Monday for collection. If you do not wish to set the item out at the curb or do not have residential yard waste collection, please drop the donation items off directly at Just Food (1000 E. 11th Street) or any Toys 4 Tots collection bin
Please note, if yard waste collection is cancelled due to inclement weather on either December 2nd or 9th, the toy and food collection will not occur either. Instructions will be posted with the notice of service cancellation. (http://lawrence-ks.toysfortots.org)
Blue Santa Program
The Blue Santa Program was organized in 2011 by the men and women of the Lawrence, Kansas Police Department to provide toys and food for those who are less fortunate, living within the city limits of Lawrence, Kansas. Each year the Blue Santa Program provides every child in the family under the age of 17 with three wrapped gifts and a gift card from a local grocery store to purchase food for their holiday dinner. Lawrence Police Department personnel will deliver the wrapped gifts to the children and their families the week before Christmas. (http://www.lawrencebluesanta.org/)
Just Food is the food bank in Douglas County, supplying more than 40 partner agencies with food donated from food drives, as well as access to frozen meat, fresh produce and bread. Just Food also provides direct service to clients: it operates a food pantry, administers two federal food commodities programs, holds a monthly mobile food pantry, and participates in cooking and nutrition classes for low-income residents. Just Food and its partners play a key role in fighting hunger in our community by increasing the availability of a variety of foods, while helping to reduce waste and discarded food. (http://justfoodks.org)
For more information regarding this toy and food drive, please call 832-3030 or visit www.lawrenceks.org/swm
Friday, November 15, from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm, the City of Lawrence and the University of Kansas will host a panel of experts to answer your recycling questions and present a short documentary film in the auditorium of Ecumenical Christian Ministries (ECM) located at 1204 Oread Avenue.
Lawrence and the University of Kansas are joining thousands of local organizers holding recycling events across the country to celebrate America Recycles Day, a national initiative by Keep America Beautiful and the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. This yearâ€™s America Recycles Day theme, â€śI Want To Be Recycled,â€ť will help to educate people about the importance of recycling to our economy and environmental well-being as well as motivate occasional recyclers to become everyday recyclers.
On Friday at the ECM, the following individuals will answer questions about recycling from students and residents:
- Manny Abarca, University of Kansas Recycling Operations Coordinator
- Lydia Gibson, Missouri Organic Recycling Project Manager
- Kathy Richardson, City of Lawrence Solid Waste Manager
- Charlie Sedlock, Hamm Waste Services Director
- Donna Utter, Ripple Glass Director of Business Development
After the panel discussion, there will be a viewing of the documentary “The Wrong Bin”.Â Emmy nominated filmmaker Krishnan Vasudevan documents the trials and triumphs of the curbside recycling program in New York City.Â The audience is invited to continue the community recycling conversation after the film.
There will be great recycling door prizes donated by Cottinâ€™s Hardware, Ripple Glass and The Home Depot.Â For more information about this event and recycling in Lawrence, visit http://www.LawrenceRecycles.org
About America Recycles Day
America Recycles DaySM is a national program of Keep America Beautiful, and is the only nationally recognized day and community-driven awareness event dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the U.S.Â Since its inception in 1997, communities across the country have participated in America Recycles Day on November 15th to educate, promote environmental citizenship, and encourage action. Learn more at http://americarecyclesday.org
This Saturday, November 16th â€“ from 10 to about noon in Meeting Room D-South of Lawrence Memorial Hospital â€“ is a special meeting for the Pinckney Neighborhood Association. We will be joined by members of the Old West Lawrence Neighborhood Association to have a meet & greet session with Kirsten Wondra, the new principal at Pinckney Elementary School. That portion of the meeting will start at about 10:45 and weâ€™ll be serving light refreshments.
In addition, weâ€™ll have a quick regular PNA business meeting and talk about a proposal the City Public Works department is preparing to address brick streets in the City, including several streets in the eastern portion of the Pinckney Neighborhood. The City invites comments regarding the proposal, which will be submitted to the City Commission for consideration in about December.
The City of Lawrence is sponsoring another Electronic Recycling Event on Saturday, November 9th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Free State High School in the NE parking lot, 4700 Overland Drive. This is a rain or shine event.
Items accepted for recycling are computers, monitors, printers, copiers, scanners, fax machines, televisions, video and audio equipment, microwaves and other small appliances, cell phones and other hand held devices. There is a recycling fee for televisions, $15.00 per CRT television under 27 inches and $35.00 per CRT television over 27 inches/all big screen televisions/all console televisions.Â There are no charges for other electronic equipment. Fees may be paid by cash or check.
Electronic recycling will be provided by Midwest Recycling Center (MRC).
Items not accepted at Saturdayâ€™s electronic recycling event include large appliances and household hazardous materials such as paint, used motor oil, pesticides, and fluorescent bulbs. For information on how to dispose of large appliances and household hazardous waste, call the cityâ€™s Waste Reduction and Recycling Division at 832-3030.
For more information regarding this event, visit www.LawrenceRecycles.org