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Summerwind Homeowners Newsletter March 2002
Debra Mikolaizik, Editor: 425-226-2926 Home, 425-430-6580 Work, E-Mail or
It’s almost Spring – soon flowers wil be popping up everywhere, including our bulbs we planted with the
Neighborhood Grant funding a while back. We have three grant requests this Spring. 1) Matching money to replace the trees at the Sunset entrance (see the Landscape Committee report below). 2) Removal and replacement of dead photinas at the Division 1 park and replacement of both picnic tables (watch out for slivers!) and replacement of missing laurels at the Division 3 park. 3) Newsletter reimbursement al ocation of $1 per HOA resident. Hope these wil qualify and become a reality. We wil let you know if we need to recruit some manpower to remove and replant bushes.
Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt The Easter Bunny’s coming early for a FLASHLIGHT EASTER EGG HUNT
FRIDAY, MARCH 29. Ages 7 and under, 7:15 pm. Ages 8 and up, 8:00 pm. Meet at Division I Park Bring
your own flashlight!
If your children want to participate, please drop off 12 eggs per child FILLED with the goodies of your choice
(candy, stickers, smal toys, McD or movie gift certificates, $$) at the Short’s House, 4927 NE 23rd by NOON on Friday, March 29. The eggs can just be left on the front porch but be sure to mark which age group they eggs are for.
Cal Marcia Short with questions, 204-0495. (And a big THANK YOU to Marcia for organizing this.)
Neighborhood Garage Sale
Our annual sale wil be held May 3rd and 4th, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM. If you wish to
be placed on the map of sales, get in touch with me by April 26th at the latest. If you get organized enough to have a list of items you plan on sel ing, let me know so I can include details on the map. Even if you don’t get listed on the map, feel free to participate . A donation of $1 wil help cover the Little Nickel ad and poster board for the signs. I hope to pass out maps a day or two before the sale so you can make more copies if you want.
Hazen High School Auditorium Dedication
A formal dedication ceremony is scheduled for Thursday,
April 11th. Watch for more info through the local media and school newsletter. Photos of the new commons area is also on their website: Kindergarten Round-Up Fal registration is Thursday, May 2nd at Sierra Heights in the cafeteria at 10:00 AM,
parents only. Children must be five by 8/3/02. Immunizations must be current, bring child’s birth certificate. Ful day classes are first come; first serve, starting on May 2nd at $260/month with a $75 non-refundable deposit LNO (Ladies Night Out) First Wednesday of every month. On April 3rd, we plan on going to the Cheesecake
Factory. Cal 271-6406 to reserve, meet at Connie Friesen’s (2030 Field Avenue NE) by 6:30 PM to join the carpool.
H.O.A. President
(Brian Mead, 425-255-5830 or There are many great activities
planned for the year, we look forward to your participation. If you would like to get involved, please contact a board member. We need your help in identifying new homeowners moving into Summerwind. If you are aware of new neighbors, please contact a board member so we make sure they receive a welcome packet. Committee Reports
Architectural Control
(Bob Richardson, 425-793-9702 or Don’t forget to get
approval on your home improvement projects (siding, painting, roofing, etc.) before you start the work.
Landscaping (Bob Rossi, 425-277-1048 or The Landscape Committee is in the
process of having the large maple trees located at the entrance or Sunset removed and replaced with more suitable trees that wil not destroy the sidewalk and landscape because of their unique root system. The large evergreen trees behind the brick Summerwind sign on the East entrance of Sunset have been removed. Al homeowners should review their CC&R’s if not familiar with the landscape requirements that make our neighborhood a wonderful place to live. Also remember we are al responsible to pick up any leftover trash dropped after refuse day pickup. A clean environment iwil discourage violaters from trashing the area. It al our responsibility to maintain a Class A neighborhood. So don’t just pass the trash, pick it up. Have a good spring!
(Becky Letterer, 425-277-4122 or Nothing submitted for this issue.
(Michael Silence, 425-227-4369 or Neighbors: I would
encourage everyone to switch to a locking mailbox as soon as possible. When “convenience checks” as wel as al other mail were stolen from our mailbox, I contacted many of the people living nearby and found that checks had been stolen and used successful y at three houses in a row including my own! $3500 in my name, $1500 more from the family next door and an additional sum from the home next to them. Identity theft has not yet happened to me, but it would be sooooo easy! A locking mailbox does not guarantee that you are safe from fraud, but it is a simple insurance policy and the cost is not great. The attached form at the end of this newsletter is al you need to get started. First survey the neighbors you share a kiosk with to see how many support the idea. Let them know that the cost is approximately $107.51 (this may change with time) and that the whole process may take a few months.
(Steve Apodaca or Larry Slough, WPI Vice-President, 206-522-8172 or
Western Security Patrol
(235-1731) Report al incidences to them, after cal ing 911 as necessary.
City of Renton Neighborhood Liaison
(Jerry Rerecich, 425-430-6615 or
Contact Jerry if you have any questions about the various neighborhood programs available to us or if you have general questions for the City and he can help direct you to the right person or department to assist you. Mark your calendars! We wil have a City sponsored Kick-Off Picnic including a barbeque and fun for everyone on Saturday, September 7th, at 4:00 PM. Think it wil be held at the Division 3 park. Watch for more details. Downtown Lots of changes happening in our little downtown. Have you been to the Melrose Grill (behind
McGowans) or the new Irish Brewpub, Giant’s Causeway? Don’t think we’l ever have too many eateries in our
fine town. What about The Met Wine and Coffee Bar? The Met is across the street from McLendons on the
corner of Second & Burnett Ave S. On Thursday, March 21st, 7 PM, The Met wil have a wine tasting event featuring Ben Smith of Cadence Winery. Try some wines accompanied by imported cheese with poppy seed crackers. Cost: $11 per person. Phone: 425-687-7989.
Starting June 18th through September 3rd, on Tuesday afternoons from 3 to 7 PM, we’re going to have a Renton
Farmer’s Market in the Piazza downtown park near our new Transit Center. Over 50 vendors have expressed
an interest so looks like it’s going to be worth checking out.
Strong possibility that Cirque Du Soleil’s Dralion show wil be coming to Renton this summer, although a
decision has not been made yet. If not Renton, they wil be here somewhere in the Seattle area. If you missed Saltimbanco, here’s a chance to see the Cirque local y. And if you attended Saltimbanco, I’m sure you’l need no convincing to start saving up now for this wonderful event.
Did you hear Kmart’s closing? Wonder what wil take its place?
Christmas Decorating Contest Winners We did something a bit different this year. We let the winners
pick which prize they wanted (those that were home). Feedback from the judges makes me think that this complicated the judging process even more than usual so watch for changes next year. By the way, judging is not easy or a fast process – it usual y takes about three hours. If you wish to volunteer for this arduous task, we’d like to know about it. Thanks to our generous sponsors (several new one’s this year and from the neighborhood), to the judges, and to each of you who helped brighten up Summerwind over the dark winter.
Pair of Sonic Tickets worth over $120 donated by John & Carolyn Bradford $50 Gift Certificate to Armondos Restorante’ donated by Try Cichos Microwave oven worth $100 donated by King & Bunny’s $50 Bon Gift Certificate donated by WPI Management $50 Ikea Gift Certificate donated by Troy Cichos Ichiro Gift Pak & Sonic End of Season Photo donated by DJ Sportcards Tin of Imported Cookies donated by the Tiede’s & a Pound of Tul y’s Coffee plus travel Papa John’s Pizza donated by Papa Johns & two Renton Centennial Coffee mugs with chocolate kisses donated by the Mikolaiziks Poinsettia donated by County Flower Shop Papa John’s Pizza donated by Papa Johns & Stuffed Christmas Moose and Chocolates Papa John’s Pizza donated by Papa Johns & Copper Dragonfly Wind Chime donated
Cold medications recalled by FDA
(Thanks to Marsha K. for sharing this bit of information with us.)
Al drugs containing Phenylpropanolamine are being recal ed. You may want to try cal ing the 800 number listed
on most drug boxes and inquire about a REFUND. This ingredient has been linked to increased hemorrhagic stroke (bleeding in brain) among women ages 18-49 in the three days after starting use of medication. Problems were not found in men, but the FDA recommended that everyone (even children) seek alternative medicine. The fol owing medications contain Phenylpropanolamine: Acutrim Diet Gum Appetite Suppressant Plus Dietary Acutrim Maximum Strength Appetite Control Alka-Seltzer Plus Children's Cold Medicine Effervescent Dimetapp Cold & Al ergy Chewable Tablets Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold medicine (cherry or orange) Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold Medicine Original Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Cough Medicine Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Flu Medicine Effervescent Alka-Seltzer Plus Cold & Sinus Effervescent Alka Seltzer Plus Night-Time Cold Medicine Effervescent Comtrex Deep Chest Cold & Congestion Relief Tavist-D 12 Hour Relief of Sinus & Nasal Congestion Day & Night Contac 12-Hour Cold Capsules Triaminic Expectorant Chest & Head Congestion Triaminic ‘s 800# says they are voluntarily recal ing the fol owing medicines because of a certain ingredient that is causing strokes and seizures in children: Orange 3D Cold & Al ergy Cherry (Pink) To confirm these findings please take time to check the fol owing URL: $12.5 Coal Creek Parkway Work Starts (Daily Journal of Commerce, 3/11/02) Ground-breaking is set for
10 AM March 16th for the $12.5 mil ion Coal Creek Parkway improvement project. The work involves adding a travel lane in each direction as wel as a center left-turn lane, bike facilities, sidewalks, lighting and storm drainage for the arterial between Southeast 72nd and Southeast 84th streets. The Transportation Improvement Board’s Arterial Improvement Program provided $8.8 mil ion of the project funding. Marshbank Construction is the general contractor and Transystems was the engineer. Attention Environmental Extremists! And all you other folks too! (Submitted by Michael Silence) I
have about a dozen Douglas Fir trees in my backyard available to anyone who would like some young trees. These trees are between 8” and 3’ in height and the only work required is to help me get them out of the ground and move and then plant them yourself. Contact Michael Silence at 425-227-4369 if a free tree is of interest to you. In my view, the most beautiful neighborhoods in our region are forested. Al the area now occupied by Summerwind was once forest, and we have the option to improve the quality of our air, water and soil by planting trees. When these trees have al been transplanted, I would be happy to start more seedlings. Let me know if you are interested in Red Cedar, Western Hemlock or perhaps Spruce. Southern Living at Home (Submitted by Leslie Wil iams) Have you heard about Southern Living at Home? It
is a home party company similar to Tupperware, Pampered Chef, and Discovery Toys. They have hundreds of high-quality products to decorate your home. It’s real y easy to have a party: Just choose a date, invite some friends and family, and that’s it. I wil do the rest. In addition, you wil receive ½ price or free merchandise depending on your party size. If you like to host a party, borrow a catalog to see the products or get more information, cal me, Leslie Wil iams, at 425-227-9600 or email at Real Estate Info (Submitted by Jim Poh) Hel o, my Summerwind Neighbors: My name is Jim Poh and I live in
Summerwind at 5040 NE 21st St. I am also a real estate agent with Coldwel banker Bain. I’ve been mailing out Summerwind updates on houses that sold and houses that are currently active in Summerwind for three years now. I know many of you find the information valuable (for refinancing, home equity loans, etc.) and I wil continue to mail it to you. For those of you who don’t want this information, I’l be happy to take you off my mailing list. Please cal or e-mail me at 206-719-0918 or Garden Recipes: Want Moss/Don’t Want Moles?
Here’s a recipe for those of you who have decided to stop fighting the moss and use it to accentuate your garden
paths. Add chunks of moss to two cups of acidophilus milk, pour into blender, and puree. Put newspaper in bottom of some old flats, add a half-inch of moist soil, and pour the moss puree on top. Place cheesecloth on top of moss puree and watch the moss grow right through. Lift cheesecloth, cut it to fit any area, and lay it down like you would a carpet of sod. And here is a mole repel ant recipe: Mix together until foamy, two parts castor oil and one part Joy dish soap. Add two teaspoons of this mixture to one gal on of water. Spray in and around mole holes. Within a day, they’l head off to your neighbors yard instead of yours. A concerned neighbor wanted me to mention that some residents aren’t picking up after their dogs, especial y in the parks. If you are reading this and are guilty of this “crime” – a gentle reminder - what goes around comes around. Someday, somewhere, when you real y are pressed for time, you’re going to step in something awful, a sticky wad of gum, a little pile of you know what, and it could real y inconvenience you. So beware and take care – it’s your responsibility. Every house in the neighborhood has a little bag they can spare if you find yourself without one and you need to pick up after your dog. Summerwind Mailbox Conversion As many of you know, mail theft has been plaguing our
community lately. Your board members have approved a company to convert us to locking mailboxes on a “per kiosk” basis. The cost is about $110.00 (including tax) for each resident, for a box that opens for residents from the back. If you want to have one that opens from the front so you can stretch from your car to grab your mail, it’s another $50 per box. Use this form to gather signatures from al the residents at a given kiosk approving the conversion. If a given resident chooses not to participate, it is stil necessary to obtain their authorizing signature – unfortunately, the other residents wil be responsible for the non- participating resident’s share of the cost. Once the signatures are gathered, please contact Dave at Lock Box & Securities. His number is 206-232-4814. You may also wish to gather checks made out to LB&S. Once payment is made, Dave wil setup a convenient time to convert the boxes without interrupting mail service. Also, although you receive 2 keys to your box, you can request additional keys for no extra charge at the time of instal ation only. There wil be one locked box designated for “outgoing” mail. For further questions, please contact Michael Silence (425-227-4369) or Dave.
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