Monday, November 29, 2010

We thank our neighbors at the MAC!

The MAC extends an invitation to our Browne’s Addition neighbors.  You can temporarily park your car on levels 2 and 3 of our parking garage on Tuesday and Wednesday when the City plows Browne’s Addition streets.  Please do not park on the top level because we will be doing snow removal there.  Please remove your cars by Thursday, December 2nd, we need parking spaces for museum visitors.  Thank you.

Laura Thayer, Acting Director/Museum Programs Manager
Eastern Washington State Historical Society/
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
2316 W. First Avenue
Spokane, WA 99201

Plowing this week! From Marlene at the city

Tell a friend!  It's in everybody's best interests that we get the streets cleared of cars for the Big Plows.

Doug and Jonathan,
We are scheduled for Browne’s Addition plowing on Tuesday and Wednesday.  We’ll do north-south streets on Tuesday and east-west streets on Wednesday.  Cars will need to be moved to accommodate the plows or they will be towed.
I will send out the information to the media in the next few minutes.  We’ll post to the web, tweet, email out to everyone who has an email on file with us, and add to Metroguide on CityCable 5, etc.
Of course, whatever you can do on your ends will be very helpful, too.
Thanks much!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Holiday Party this Wednesday

Rick and Julie Biggerstaff are opening their home to our annual Holiday Party/Gathering this Wednesday.  We thank them for their graciousness.

2315 W First (across from the Campbell House)

We will take care of business from 6:30 to 7:00, then uncork the festivities.

Bring something to drink and an appetizer or dessert to share and plan for fun!

See  you there..

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Latest snow news

 Also, Marlene says that the tentative plan is to plow Browne's Addition Tues and Wed next week...North-South one day, East-West the other.  This is NOT definite, so stay in touch.

From: Feist, Marlene
Sent: Sat 11/27/2010 10:21 AM
To: Feist, Marlene
Subject: Updated snow removal info from City of Spokane - 10:30 a.m.

Hi all,
I've updated our release from this morning.  We will start in residential plow routes 22, 23, and 24 at about noon.  These areas typically don't have a lot of people who park on the street so the plows shouldn't have trouble.  Check out the map at to see the route numbers.  We should have 40 pieces of equipment out on the streets by around noon, including plows, graders, and de-icers.

Also, Street Department officials are reminding people not to blow or shovel snow into the street.  Please shovel or blow your snow into your yards.  That helps minimize the snow that the plows will push onto sidewalks or the end of driveways.

Thanks to all for your help in getting the word out.


Marlene Feist
Public Affairs Officer
City of Spokane
(509) 625-6740

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

It's Snow time, Folks!

Find out more information on the City of Spokane at
November 15, 2010
Contact:        Marlene Feist
Public Affairs Officer
(509) 625-6740
Mayor Verner says City is prepared; encourages residents to do the same
With lots of predictions for higher-than-normal snowfall this winter, the City of Spokane is officially marking the start of snow season.  The City has been preparing for snow and is encouraging citizens to take steps to prepare as well.
“Snow is a fact of life in the Inland Northwest, so we must be proactive in our winter preparations and our approach to snow removal,” says Mayor Mary Verner.  “Today, we’re taking an opportunity to remind people of our snow removal plan and what we all can do to make winter weather more manageable.”
The City’s snow removal plan is designed to improve safety for motorists and pedestrians, ensure emergency responders can reach citizens, and enhance movement for pedestrians, motorists and economic activity.
The City revised its snow removal plan last year, following two years of heavy snow accumulation, and committed to enhancing snow removal efforts, stepping up sidewalk snow removal around City-owned property, and enhancing communications efforts with citizens.  Citizens and business owners, meanwhile, are asked to follow parking restrictions and keep sidewalks, vehicles, hydrants, and storm drains clear of snow.
Details of the snow removal plan, along with a map of residential snow plow routes, will be available in the Nov. 18 Inlander and Spokesman-Review Voice sections.  In addition, this information has been sent out in the City’s November utility bills and is available on-line
Under the plan, the City defines the snow season as Nov. 15 to March 15.  During this time, the City may declare a snow emergen-cy when weather conditions warrant. 
Snow plan
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A Stage 1 Snow Emergency is declared when 2 inches of snow are on the ground and 4 more are anticipated during the current snow event; a Stage 2 Snow Emergency is declared when 6 inches of snow are on the ground and more is anticipated in the current snow event. 
A Stage 1 Snow Emergency will require citizens to move parked cars off of all arterials and STA fixed bus routes, while a Stage 2 Snow Emergency will require citizens to park on one side of the street in residential areas.  This year, citizens will be asked to park on the side of the street with even number addresses.  The parking changes will allow plow drivers to open up streets better, allowing for easier and safer travel during heavy snows.  The City expects to issue warnings to those who are parked incorrectly.
Removing snow from sidewalks within 24 hours of a snow storm also is critical.  A committee of citizens, local school representatives, Spokane Transit Authority representatives, and City employees looked at an enhanced approach to sidewalk snow removal that would eventually require tickets for those who failed to comply.  This year, the City is asking for voluntary compliance.
In addition to revising our snow removal plan, the City has made additional preparations for winter weather in recent weeks, including:
  • Installing the plow blades on the City’s dump trucks.
  • Purchasing de-icer and sand.
  • Stocking up on tire chains, shovels, and other winter equipment.
  • Ensuring contracts are in place with private contractors who would supplement City snow removal crews during Stage 2 snow emergencies.
  • Changing our employee schedules in the Street Department to provide 20-hour-a-day coverage.
  • Beginning 24-7 monitoring of weather conditions.
The City also would like to encourage residents to consider what they need to do to get ready for winter in the Inland Northwest.  Among other things, residents should:
  • Make sure they have adequate snow supplies at home—shovels, along with sand or de-icer are a good start.
  • Ensure that vehicles are equipped for snow.  Tires should be aggressive enough for winter weather and throw a few basic supplies in the trunk, including a blanket, a shovel, and some traction sand.
  • Check with neighbors who might need assistance keeping their driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice.  Offer to help them throughout the winter season.
  • Familiarize themselves with the parking restrictions during snow emergencies.  Those who park on an arterial or fixed STA bus route must move their cars within 6 hours of a declared Stage 1 snow emergency.  During a Stage 2 snow emergency which includes a full-City plow, residents need to park on the even side of the street for the 2010-11 winter in residential areas until the plows complete their work.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

BeGin! this Friday

The second Friday of the month is coming up; so that means its time for another BeGin!

The fun starts at 6pm and lasts till 8pm at the MAC. The music act this time is Jesi B. and the All Rites. They are an original psychedelic blues funk band from Coeur d'Alene.

Admission is free. See you there! RSVP on Facebook

Monday, November 1, 2010

November Gathering this Wed

We promise NO political ads at our monthly gathering of the Brownes' Addition Neighborhood Council and Steering Committee this Wednesday, Nov 3, from 6:30 to 8:00 pm at the Museum of Arts and Culture (the MAC).

Please plan to come and learn how you can make Browne's Addition an even better place to live!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monthly Gathering Oct 6

We will be gathering this Wednesday, October 6, 2010 at the Museum of Arts and Culture on 1st and Hemlock from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm.

This month we will have Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich and Commissioner Mark Richard on hand to discuss the county's Community Corrections strategic plan. 

Plus news about the Fall clean up, and the allocations for our Community Development human services allocation.  (Proposals for the human services allocations are available prior to the meeting.  Please contact our Community Development Neighborhood Coordinator, Ryan Nash, if you would like to review them.

Lots of stuff, but pretty interesting, too.  Don't miss it!

See you there, neighbor!

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Spokane River Cleanup this Saturday! Including Browns Addition Overlook Park area!

The 8th Annual Spokane River Clean-Up will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. This longstanding tradition of clean-up includes the Spokane River Gorge starting at High Bridge Park including Latah creek and the bluffs below Overlook Park.

This event is coordinated annually by Friends of the Falls–which works to engage people directly with the Spokane River so they will love it and work to keep it clean, safe and accessible for generations to come–with the assistance of dozens of partner organizations.

Online registration is open now at Please register in advance but Browns Addition walk-in registrants are welcome the day of the event.

In 2009 750+ people (including Browns Addition residents), collected over eight tons of trash, over two tons of it recycled.

I hope Browns Addition residents make a strong showing!

Friday, September 17, 2010

October 10th Clean-Up

Sunday, October 10th a couple of neighbors are going to get together to clean-up the 'hood.
We will be helping rake leaves, pick trash on the bluff, and anything else that jumps out.
If you are interested we will meet at 10 am by the Tully's on Pacific.
If you have any questions feel free to call Ryan Nash at 509 280 2732
See you there!

Monday, August 30, 2010

September Neighborhood Gathering

Our first Neighborhood Council/Steering Committee gathering will be this Wed, Sept 1 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm at the Gilkey Community Room in the basement of the Museum of Arts and Culture (the MAC), 2316 W First.

This should be a fun time as we learn about the Overlook Park, concert series, and have a couple of visitors.  And come learn what happened to the bees that used to live at Overlook Park. 

A lot to pack in.

We look forward to seeing you, neighbor. 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Summer Concert Series: The Angela Marie Project

Join us this Thursday, July 29th at 5pm (we will meet in front of The Radha Yoga Center 406 S. Coeur Dalene St.) for a trail walk above Overlook Park as we see the newly restored walking path and learn about the local ecology from The Lands Council. Then at 6pm we will head over to the park and listen to the awesome tunes of The Angela Marie Project.

An acupuncturist by day, a singer/songwriter by nights and weekends, Angela Marie is wowed by her current band. All songs performed by AMP are written by Angela Marie. The songs are inspired by world travels, love and mystery of daily life and the beauty of the Northwest.

**Thanks to Sherry Pratt Van Voorhis, P.S., The Elk, Cafe Luna and The Lands Council for making this night happen!

Monday, June 28, 2010

Browne's Addition Summer Concerts Series begins this week with Big Red Barn! See you there!

A funky blend of bluegrass, blues, country, and jazz!

Family Night with Jenks, children’s music that really
rocks! Crafts, games, bounce house, splash pad, and
more! Bring the whole family and a picnic dinner! Free!

Toe-tapping Hot Jazz, guaranteed to get you dancing!

Bike to Concert Night featuring local band Mon Cheri!
Hop on your bike and ride on down for some of
Spokane’s best indie pop!

Meet up at 5PM at Overlook Park for a tour of the
refinished park and trail system. Walk to CDA Park at
6PM for eclectic groove rock with Angela Marie!

Spokane’s only Klezmer Folk band!

AUG 12
CAMILLE BLOOM Edgy acoustic rock from Seattle!

Latin Night! Get ready to dance to Flamenco and Latin
Rhythm with Hispanic Food Network and DeLeon Foods.

Spokane’s own sizzling "East Coast" vintage swing jazz!


Thursday, May 27, 2010

Mmmm: A Tasty Gathering

Browne's Addition Neighborhood Council will be meeting June 2 at the EJ Roberts Mansion, 1923 W First, from 6:30 to 8:00.  Weather permitting, we will be enjoying leftover spaghetti from our community dinner.  This is a pot luck as well, so bring something to share and help launch Artfest, Elkfest, the Concert Series, and all the fun in the neighborhood this summer.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Wednesday night countdown

We will be getting together this Wednesday at 6:30 at the MAC for planning for our big weekend

  • Community Dinner
  • Neighborhood Yard Sale
  • Clean-up
  • Appliance pick-up

Lots of stuff for folks to do!  The neighborhood only works when we all chip in.  This Wednesday is a great place to start..

See you then.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Gathering Tomorrow

Tomorrow night, Wednesday, the Browne's Addition community will gather at the MAC from 6:30 - 8:00.

We will be discussing, among other things, the big weekend coming up with the community dinner, yard sale, and curbside clean-up.

This is a great time to get connected to the neighborhood.

See you there!

Monday, March 8, 2010

Sunday Dinner

Message about Browne's Addition Concert Series Benefit

Just a reminder that you are invited to attend The Browne's Addition Concert Series Benefit Dinner at Cafe Marron, featuring Mon Cheri! 100% of your ticket will go directly to the concerts series, and we really need your support to be able to make this series happen this year.

If you are planning on coming, please buy your ticket soon, so we can let Cafe Marron knowhow much food to prepare. Thanks!

For tickets go to: or call Sarah at 509.218.9398 to make arrangements to reserve your ticket.

Thank you,
Sarah and The Browne's Addition Concert Series Committee


Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Gathering Wednesday

We will gather again this Wed in the Gilkey Community Room at the MAC at 6:30 pm, out by 8:00.

Important topics include the decision on the bus route STA made, updates on the Garden, and exciting news about Overlook Park!

Also, the concert series planning is moving ahead, and Sarah will have some news about ways all of us can help make it another successful season!

See you there!

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Neighborhood Facebook Page

Some neighbors have put up a Facebook page about Browne's Addition, and have been great about keeping us all informed of some of the more interesting things around here.

Check it out!

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Wednesday's Gathering

This Wednesday, Jan 6, the Neighborhood Council will be meeting from 6:30pm to 7:58pm at the MAC (Museum of Arts and Culture, 1st and Hemlock).

While there are some important issues before the neighborhood, we also want to take this opportunity to look at how we communicate in the 'hood. We have many different and poorly integrated methods (direct mail, flyers, the Blog, a Facebook page), but not a clear model for how we let folks know what is going on. This discussion leads as well to our very organizational structure: is the chair, vice chair, etc. still the way a neighborhood should be organized in 2010, or is there a more flattened and structure that would do us well?

The point is that the neighborhood doesn't exist for the Neighborhood Council, but the other way around. Maybe we can do things better and more responsively.

come and offer some ideas and suggestions for how we can be a more communicative neighborhood.