Neighborhood Elections – Thursday May 8th

What are your favorite things about our neighborhood?

Maybe you’re thinking of the Sunnyside Piazza street art, the neighborhood cleanup, all that bike parking on Belmont, the hundreds of freshly planted street trees, or the awesome Belmont Street Fair.  Your Sunnyside Neighborhood Association plays a part, sometimes big and sometimes small, in all of these things and many more.

This week we’ll celebrate another year of working to maintain a thriving, safe, and truly amazing neighborhood.  Join your neighbors, share a beverage, and talk about your ideas for Sunnyside, find out what we’ve been working on, and learn how we can work together in the coming year.

Help us as a neighbor* by joining us on May 8th at 7:00 p.m. and  voting in our new leadership. Even if you haven’t been to a meeting before we feel that it is important to involve as many neighbors as possible in the selection of our board members.  Not only will you play an important role in our elections, you’ll also be privy to insider information; getting the scoop on what’s happening in the neighborhood and across the city.

If you’re the hands on type, consider making a commitment to get involved in one of our many committees.  From helping with the newsletter to advising the city on land use decisions to keeping an eye on the (thankfully) small amount of crime in Sunnyside, there is a place (of varying time commitments) for everyone.

If you have ever spent time volunteering, you know that it takes all kinds of hard working and dedicated people to make things happen. Projects don’t complete themselves, issues don’t advocate for themselves, art doesn’t magically appear—people are the driving force. The same is true for our neighborhood,  only in this case neighbors must be the driving force!

*Neighboring isn’t just for residents; if you work or own property in Sunnyside we consider you a neighbor, too!

Help Choose Our Sunnyside Neighborhood Sign

By Heather Wilson, SNA Board Member

SNA SIGN ENTRY 1

SNA sign entry #2

SNA Sign No. 3

 

We are thrilled to have three finalists in our neighborhood sign competition.  The southwest corner of SE Stark St. and 33rd Ave has been designated as a welcome point into the Sunnyside Neighborhood.  When Laurelhurst Village expanded their facility, they set aside a space for a sign, in addition to the ground for the Blair Community Garden. Currently the spot is bare with two lonely posts awaiting cheerful signage. Our requirements were to include the text ‘Sunnyside Neighborhood, Proud Past, Bright Future’ and feature a sunflower.

The first is from John Fell.  His submission is a carved wood sign featuring a horizon of rooftops and a cluster of sunflowers

The second is from John Chandler, owner of Oblique Coffee Roasters on SE Stark St.  His sign would be made from reclaimed Douglas fir. You can see examples of his work at his café.

The third is SNA board member Bill Stites of Stites Design. Bill’s entry is mixed media of wood and metal with a rotating sunflower.

We thank these artisans for their submissions and we look forward to having one of these creations grace our neighborhood.  All entries were viewed at our February general meeting and can be viewed at our website XXX.  The neighborhood will vote on our winner at our March general meeting on Thursday, March, 8th at 7:00 PM.  Please join us and vote for your favorite!