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Annual meeting elects 2 new board members

A new president was elected by the 2019 annual meeting of the Civic Association.  Thanks and congratulations to Todd Sleeman, who’s lived in the neighborhood–on Calumet–for about seven years.   Also elected to the board was new at-large member Emily Sudbrink, who lives on Tenbrook.  Both were elected by acclamation and for two-year terms.

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Beltway program at 2019 annual meeting

Program
The proposed widening of the I-495 Beltway is an issue gaining more and more public attention, but the path of the proposal’s review, involving a series of state and federal decisions and negotiations, is both complicated and unfamiliar–and the role of the public is also unclear to many citizens.  At the 2019 annual meeting, we will hear the county’s deputy director of transportation, Mr. Chris Conklin, talk about “Beltway Basics.”   This will be a non-partisan presentation (just as Tenbrook’s Michele Moller’s “School Board Matters” was at last June’s program-meeting).

Agenda
The talk will be preceded by annual-meeting business–treasurer Glenn Moller’s report on how we’re doing financially, a vote on adding a Purpose paragraph to the Bylaws (Bylaws & proposed changes), a question about preferred meeting location, and election of new Board members to fill three positions as Aileen Schulte (at-large), Mary Moore (secretary), and Laura Mol (president) complete their terms.    (Open position info here.)

Monday, March 25th  ♦  7:15—refreshments, sociability, voter sign-in                                               ♦  7:30—annual-meeting agenda  ♦  Beltway talk, Q&A, follows til 8:45

Good Shepherd Church — 818 University Blvd W.
On foot/bike, the parking lot can be reached from Breewood Road’s dead-end, just past Snure.  ♦  By car: from the “inner loop” of  the divided Blvd (Rte 193-east/southbound, heading toward Four Corners), turn into the one-way entrance driveway and continue to the parking lot behind the church building.  ♦  Look for the preschool door right off the parking lot and down a couple steps.  There’ll be light and laughter coming from within.  All are welcome!

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January 2019’s Chilly-Winter Chili

Chili came in many delightful flavors–from lime-coconut curry to vegetarian bean to beef-broccoli–for the 28 Sligo Woods neighbors who sat down together for an informal Sunday supper on January 27th (re-scheduled from the blizzardy weather of January 13).   Potluck offerings included a variety of cornbreads, other sides, and yummy desserts.

We also enjoyed the spaciousness and convenience of gathering at the Sligo-Dennis Park Building, with its equipped kitchen and handy restrooms.

Following supper there was a brief but important business meeting, convened to fill the newly opened position of vice-president on the civic association board.  Dennis Avenue’s Sandy Hinman was elected by acclamation for a term ending March 2020.   We ended with hearty applause for the evening’s organizer, Tenbrook’s Meg DeFrancesco.

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Winter-Holiday Decorating Contest—2018 Winners

Thank you, judges, for braving the wind and rain this year.  Special thanks to our photographer, Helena Drive’s Frank Andruzzi, for the wonderful pictures.

Sit back and enjoy the lights!

Best Overall: Gabel Court
  

Best Theme:  Justin Way

Best Daytime:  Breewood Road

Best Nighttime:  Kerwin Road

3 Honorable Mentions

Robin Road

Snure Road
                                                             

Laredo Road

Best Block: Breewood Court

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Third Annual Sligo Woods Holiday Decorating Contest

Third Annual Sligo Woods Winter Holiday Decorating Contest 2018

Celebrate the winter holidays and join in a friendly decorating competition. Help transform the Sligo Woods Civic Association into a beautiful winter community. The categories are:

Best Overall
Best Theme
Best Daytime
Best Nighttime
Best Block
Honorable Mention

Rules:
1.  Open to all homes in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, except those of the judges. Neighborhood boundaries are here– http://sligowoods.org/wp/index.php/about-us/about-sligo-woods/
2. Address numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.
3, Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible.
4. Homes cannot win two years in a row for the same category.
5. Board members may not win any monetary prizes. Judges may not win.

Winners will display a sign in their yard for a few weeks and will be presented with a certificate, prize and an invitation to our January Chili Social.    Pictures of homes will be posted on our website!  

If you see a home you would like to nominate, please send an email to moorem09@verizon.net by Thursday, December 13, 2018

Judging will occur December 14- 16  and pictures will be posted right here on the website.

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Congratulations to winners of our First Halloween Decorating Contest

Congratulations to all the winners of our first Halloween Decorating Contest.  There are many beautifully decorated homes so please take a walk through the neighborhood.
Best Overall:  Breewood Court
The Madden Family
Best Nightime: Procter Street
The Reiffenstein Family
Best Daytime: Tenbrook Drive
Dorry Barry
Best Theme:  Tenbrook Drive
Melissa Stecklow
Best Block:  900 and 1000 Robin Road
Honorable Mention: Dryden Street
The Diaz Family
Honorable Mention:  Procter Street
Jose and Jessica Mendoza
Honorable Mention:  Carson Place
Melanie and Eriq Powers
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First Sligo Woods Halloween-Decorating Contest!

Sligo Woods Civic Association proudly announces our first Halloween Decorating Contest, with judging on October 26-28.  Celebrate Halloween and join in a friendly competition by decorating your yard/house.  You may also nominate a neighbor’s decorations.

Rules:
1. Open to all homes in the Sligo Woods neighborhood, except those of the judges. Neighborhood boundaries are here– http://sligowoods.org/wp/index.php/about-us/about-sligo-woods/
2. Address numbers must be visible from the street both day and night.
3. Each home can only win in one category.
4. Homes with decorations that have been left up from previous holidays will be ineligible.

Winners earn a certificate and a sign posted in their yard for 1 to 2 weeks. Pictures of homes will be posted on our website. Signs will be collected and reused next year–let’s make this an annual tradition for the neighborhood!

Please send all nominations by Thursday, October 25th to moorem09@verizon.net.  If nominating someone else, please include resident’s name and contact information, if you have it.

Want to be a judge and help choose the winners?  Please email moorem09@verizon.net as soon as possible.

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Fall Meeting with Guest Speaker about Trees

Monday, September 17, 2018; 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Come discover what is happening in our neighborhood–news about welcoming new neighbors, the just completed community yard sale and tree walk, and the ongoing SLIGO WOODS sign landscaping project.  Find out more about the up-coming Community Halloween parade and yard-decorating contest.

We will hear Kit Gage talk about neighborhood trees–their part in the beauty and in the working web of life in our community, our contribution to their health and care in our yards, and how to find the right tree for the right place when it’s the right time to plant (or have planted). Kit lives in a neighborhood a few miles south of us and brings very-local experience as a home gardener and landscape advisor, as well as many years of leadership and service within Friends of Sligo Creek.

All are welcome; light refreshments.     Come to the back entrance (the one with a couple steps down to the preschool entrance), directly off the parking lot behind Good Shepherd Church, 818 University Blvd W–from the stop light at Gabel, turn right onto University, and then right again into the driveway of the church). 

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Neighborhood Tree Walk

Looking at an Eastern Red Cedar

Sometimes by sidewalk, sometimes in the street

Lovely River Birch on Robin

Saturday afternoon (9/15/2018), fourteen people gathered for an hour to enjoy trees and learn more about the kinds we have in Sligo Woods.  We walked about a mile through the neighborhood, sharing questions and insights:

  • learning the look of the many Silver Maples planted when houses in our area were first built–quickly grown in their first 50 years but often succumbing to breakage in storms, now dying or already removed
  • admiring a graceful River Birch in a Robin Road front yard,
  • noting the abundance of Red Maples, planted or volunteers, and the occasional planted Sugar Maple
  • seeing the Porcelainberry vine, with the multi-colored clusters of pearlescent berries that has made it so popular with nursery sellers, readily overtaking trees both young and mature
  • walking past a surprising number of streetside Basswood trees on Kerwin, east of Proctor
  • experiencing the high, narrow-leaved, light-pierced branches of four huge Willow Oaks in a line along Gilmoure, just south of Kerwin, noting the un-oakish look of their narrow, linear leaves
  • searching for “regular” oaks and finding on Justin Way’s single block–surprise!–three kinds of now-large oaks–Pin Oak, Red Oak, and Southern Red Oak (and, thanks to Dom Quattrocchi, learned that oaks’ distinctive feature of clustered buds at the ends of twigs is shared with cherries, and that we saw in some of our oaks the likely signs of Bacterial Leaf Scorch); Pin Oaks appear to be the most common of the oaks in our neighborhood, from what we saw
  • observing the older Flowering Dogwoods remaining in various front yards, but way outnumbered by the more recently popular Crape Myrtles–a multi-stemmed shrub that’s colorfully in flower right now, and so often with remarkable bark
  • wondering about why there aren’t any Sycamores anywhere in the neighborhood
  • talking a bit about the great disparity in how many insect/animal species are supported by various kinds of trees, with Oaks the hands-down winner.

Thanks to Robin Road’s Dave Ottalini for photos.

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