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2017 SCA ANNUAL
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Tyee Middle School traffic calming project
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The City of Bellevue Neighborhood Transportation Safety Services is developing a traffic improvement strategy for the area around Tyee Middle School and the Eastgate neighborhood along the following streets: 138th Ave SE and 136th Pl SE, from Allen Road to SE 37th St; SE 40th St, from 136th Pl SE to 146th Ave SE; and 146th Ave SE, from SE 42nd Pl to SE 37th St.
This strategy will focus on addressing concerns about speeding and traffic volumes as well as the need for safe walking and bicycling to/from school and in the neighborhood.
During the summer and fall, City staff will be meeting with stakeholders, identifying partners, and working together with the school community and neighborhood residents to develop short and long-term actions to increase traffic safety. The actions may include improved crosswalks, additional pavement markings, and various other features to calm traffic.
We need your help!
Responses to this survey will help us determine what measures will encourage safer and more responsible driver behavior, deter cut-through traffic, and confirm specific locations of concern. This survey has 10 questions and will take about 10 minutes to complete. Thank you for your time!
Questions? Contact Vangie Ann P. Garcia, City of Bellevue Senior Project Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-452-6103
SOMERSET ELEMENTARY FUNDRAISING DRIVE
INVEST. ENRICH. TOGETHER
Let's invest to enrich our children's education together!
Somerset Elementary School PTSA is an organization that is completely operated and funded by students’ parents and supporters. Donations received through the school year will have direct impact on programs and services that PTSA provides.
Due to varying factors and changes in recent years, the number of active donors and average donation amounts have been going down year after year. Traditional fundraising methods used in the past are not generating enough revenue to support the PTSA’s vision and budget. A survey conducted by the PTSA in 2016 showed that there is a preference to do less fundraising activities and that people prefer to just donate. The PTSA organized the first ever Fall Fundraising Drive in 2016 and raised over 90K from parents, supporters and from within our local community. Based on our updated revenue projection, the PTSA is budgeted to spend over $300 per Somerset student for the school year 2017/2018, equivalent to what we had spent in 2016-2017. Thanks to the generous support from parents and community supporters, the PTSA has secured about one third of the funds ($95 per student) through our successful biennial auction (2017-2019) held back in March of this year. The rest must be raised through the Fall Fundraising Drive. Therefore we are asking for at least $200 donation per student. If you are able to donate more than suggested amount, thank you and please do so. If you cannot give the full $200/student donation, please give whatever amount you can. Every donation will help us reach our goal. These generous donations will directly benefit your child, our school and Somerset community.
Please mail your donation check to: Somerset PTSA Attn: Fall Fundraising Drive 14100 Somerset Blvd SE Bellevue, WA 98006. For more information click here
Community Emergency Response Team Training
The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a federal program that educates people about disaster preparedness and basic response skills. The Basic Training is usually an 8-week, 24 hour class that you would register for with your local jurisdiction's Office of Emergency Management (OEM). Do you want to take the CERT class but can’t spare 8-weeks during the fall or spring? Our summer 3-hour CERT program might be just right for you! This educational program is a station-style training that educates Bellevue residents in five critical lifesaving skills which we, as emergency response personnel, need you to know. Instruction includes personal preparedness, light disaster medical, fire safety, light search and rescue concepts, and a brief introduction to the Map Your Neighborhood program. Participants as young as 14 may attend; however, they must be accompanied by a registered parent or guardian for the duration of the training. Anyone 16 and older can self-register. The training will be at the Public Safety Training Center, 1838 116th Ave NE. Bellevue. It will take place on September 9 from 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM. Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cert-lite-tickets-36596008647 to register. You can also email OEMPublicEd@bellevuewa.gov for any questions.
MESSAGE FROM SCA PRESIDENT
Hard to believe we are already almost half way through 2017! It has been a wet and soggy beginning to
our year, but we look forward to a green, lush and comfortable summer!
Many wonderful things are happening this time of year, the Somerset Rec Club is now open, our 4th of
July Neighborhood Event planning is well underway and new programs are continuing to be developed
for our community.
As announced in the last newsletter a Somerset Volunteer Committee has been developed for both Adults and Teens. We had our first event in April with Earth Day! We focused much of our attention on clean up prep on the
Somerset Highland Entrance. It was fun getting to know some of our neighbors as we weeded, swept and hauled.
The Somerset Volunteer Committee is not ONLY for landscaping!!
The Board is also developing a new program called “Connect and Care”.
This program is intended to be multifaceted:
Inter-generational Buddies: Pairing Teens with 65+ community members. 1-2 hrs / mo. Teens visit their
assigned buddy to help with yard work, take out trash, small chores, aid with technology (phones &/or
computers) or just sit and chat. Our older generation has so much to offer our younger generation in
pure experience and knowledge. The goal is to develop a mutually beneficial relationship between generations within our community. In cases of emergency, snowstorms, power outages, etc. these relationships could become invaluable!
Sunshine Club (revitalization): I have heard of a group that used to exist in our community called the Sunshine club. These are the folks that would reach out to community members who were sick, just had a baby or maybe even a death in the family. They would send cards, organize dinner trains and provide support to families experiencing this life events. We would love to revitalize this club... if you have
experience or interest helping to bring this club back... please contact us!
Please go to our Website— www.Somerset98006.com— to sign up for any of our wonderful volunteer opportunities. WE ALL HAVE SOMETHING WORTHWHILE TO CONTRIBUTE... let us know how you would like to help.
Enjoy the Summer! ~ Tanya Franzen-Garrett, 2017 SCA President
SOMERSET SUPPORTS CENSE!
Visit cense.org for more information on Energize Eastside and what CENSE is doing.
Energize Eastside” is PSE’s name for a proposed 230,000-volt transmission line that would run through densely populated neighborhoods in Redmond, Bellevue, Newcastle, and Renton. PSE claims they are simply upgrading old lines because of our growing population. They say if they don’t build it, our lights will go out.
With principal and interest payments, the project would cost customers more than a billion dollars over the lifetime of the project. Installation of huge steel monopoles (75-100 feet tall) close to the aging Olympic Pipeline would compromise safety. PSE says more than 6,000 trees would be limbed or removed to stay clear of the increased voltage.
After three years of research and findings by multiple industry experts, CENSE concludes that Energize Eastside is a project with no purpose other than increasing revenues for PSE’s Australian and Canadian owners. It is not necessary to serve growth (total electricity consumption has been declining for years). It will not improve reliability by any practical measure.
Read more in our document:
PSE’S “Energize Eastside” high voltage transmission line: WRONG for our communities.
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