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Central Northside News – January 2009

Presidents Message

Happy New Years! I hope everyone had a healthy and peaceful holiday season. We’ve had a busy winter at CNNC and I’m pleased to report that there are many wonderful things happening in our community.

On the development front, the Federal-North redevelopment efforts are starting to pick up steam. At our January 12th membership meeting you’ll have the opportunity to learn about two projects on the drawing board. These projects have the potential to transform this blighted corridor into a pedestrian-friendly, safe and vibrant destination.

The community planning effort is now in full swing thanks to the hard work of CNNC Board member Randi Marshak and the Community Plan Steering Group. An integral part of the community plan consulting team is Sheila Washington of Washington Consulting Group. Sheila will lead the community engagement and meeting facilitation components of the planning process. She has begun reaching out to neighbors and we will be seeing much more of her in the coming months. She will introduce herself and explain her role in this process at the meeting on the 12th.

As we embark on a new year at CNNC we have much to be proud of and yet much important work remains to be done. In 2009 we will spend a significant amount of time and energy improving the organization. One of the first steps in this process will be to conduct a new community needs and priorities assessment. The Planning & Evaluation Committee, in conjunction with the Membership Committee, is developing an evidence-based assessment process to gauge community need, priorities and preferences. This information will assist us in preparing a more robust, comprehensive strategic plan for the organization.

We have a tremendous opportunity to remake the Central Northside in a meaningful and long-lasting way that will benefit ALL residents, but we can’t do it without your help. Your membership and participation is critical as we build on past successes and move the organization forward.

Nourish your Neighbors

Tri-Hill Valley Meals on Wheels needs volunteers! Meals on Wheels volunteers deliver nutritious meals to homebound neighbors. Our consumers may be elderly, injured, or unable to prepare their own meals. Meals on Wheels kitchens rely heavily on volunteers, and would not be able to operate without them. Volunteers are needed Monday through Friday mornings to deliver meals. This not only gives our consumers access to nutritious meals, but also provides them with daily human interaction that we all take for granted. For some of our consumers, the Meals on Wheels volunteer is the only regular interaction they will have from day to day, so the delivery also functions as an important safety check.

Tri-Hill Valley Meals on Wheels is one of 73 kitchens affiliated with Lutheran Service Society. The kitchen serves Troy Hill, Spring Garden, Spring Hill, Pressly Hi-Rise, St. Michael Village, Manchester, Central North Side, East Street area, West Park Court, Allegheny Center, and the lower end of Charles Street. If you live in one of these areas and would like to help nourish your neighbors, please call Leslie Montgomery at 412- 366-9490.

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