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October 27th, 2014 at 4:17 pm

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Has the “War on Drugs” Failed?

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I’ve always thought the term “war on drugs” set the wrong tone. It was a “war” set to fail.  I dated a DEA officer in the 70′s shot in the back when he entered a known drug ring’s apartment.  They never found the partner who did it, who decided the money on the other side was too hard to resist.  He told me that he thought it was futile as long as there were people to buy there would people to harvest and sell.

So, depleting demand should change the need for supply in theory.

Mansfield is correct until there is a bed for every addict needing and wanting it with the help to find a job (usually a futile attempt since there is probably a felony record in the person’s past and when there are 5 people for every job available not much chance of it happening) and a reason for staying clean, usually reconnecting with a family worn down by years of promises broken, law enforcement will be asked to clean up the messes so they are kept out of sight, not eradicated.

And now, with the added, addiction caused by prescription painkillers, who wouldn’t go to the cheaper and more readily available heroin on the streets?

I think I finally get why the drug dealers in my neighborhood are so busy at 8 am and 5 pm- a steady stream of SUVs and late model cars pull up, a driver or passenger hops out, knocks on a door or talks to a kid on a bicycle, and 5 minutes later they pull away.

And, before you say that law enforcement does nothing, let me tell you that the battle rages on in my neighborhood and across the city. But, just like the potholes in Cleveland there are priorities, many cases just wouldn’t make it to court and if it did because of overcrowding of jails, treatment facilities, the penny ante dealer will soon be back  on the streets.

Until we treat drug addiction as a SOCIAL ill instead of a criminal one, I don’t think much will change.

 

Written by Gloria Ferris

March 5th, 2014 at 12:02 pm

Tim Ferris: putting wiring and cabling underground

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Our meeting tonight, January 9, 2014, about the proposed utility work on Denison needs to address things that have been discussed here and legislated here for over 100 years. See this piece from 2007:

Saturday, June 23, 2007

putting wiring and cabling underground

FindLaw for Legal Professionals – Case Law, Federal and State Resources, Forms, and Code — Since prior to the First World War, in the times of Mayor Newton D. Baker, the City of Cleveland has had fairly intelligent ordinances on the books for the discreet handling of public utilities. This link speaks to electrical wires, and the same ideas should apply to telephone wires and fiber optical cable, and refrigerator-sized boxes on treelawns. I’d say that now we have SB117 rolling towards us, we need to revisit why it’s in the public interest to put utilities underground, out of the way, out of sight, out of mind, and secure against compromise by terrorists and nasty weather, and the occasional careening automobile.
Let’s start talking about making the utilities invisible. We’ve had the idea for about 100 years and, like the 1903 "Burnham and Root" plan, The Group Plan, we still haven’t fully executed it. That says something about our community, and about us.
We need to make sure the interests of the public are served first, and those of the utilities are served someplace after that. I wouldn’t want to build a business in a city where my lifeline, my electrical and fiber optic cable hookups, were exposed to as much risk as they are in Cleveland. Cities with thriving commerce like Dublin, Shanghai, London, and Paris realized this long ago; business goes where it’s generally welcome.
Here’s a writer’s recounting of the wireless renovation of Brugge that paid dividends, once it created community capital. Like Cleveland, Brugge was at one time one of the richest cities in the world:

The city fell on hard times and became such a backwater that neither side bothered to bomb it during the war. The place was poor for a long while, and only began to recover during the 70’s.

But then Brugge found that History had dealt it the same kind of weird backhanded favor it did when it made Ireland too poor to put chemical fertilizers on its fields and pastures (for which reason its grass-fed beef is now famous all over Europe, and its organic produce
is becoming that way). Brugge had been ignored… and hence all the great old buildings of its medieval inner city had been perfectly preserved.

The city began renovating itself and (in a very smart move) putting all its utilities underground. Phone, electric, cable, fiber, everything went under the paving stones. Satellite dishes are not permitted to be visible on the outsides of buildings: everybody in town has affordable thousand-channel cable and broadband, and if you want something more exotic, as long as you can hide the hardware from the tourists, you’re fine.

As a result, you can walk through the Markt and all the streets around it and see nothing that reminds you of this century…except the things inside the shop windows. A big problem, there, for this is one of the great shopping towns of northern Europe.

Posted by Tim Ferris at 6/23/2007 10:03:00 AM

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Tim Ferris: putting wiring and cabling underground

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January 9th, 2014 at 11:37 am

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Walk with the Trees in W.C. Reed Park

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Here is a bit longer commentary by Larry Cornett, posted to Facebook late this afternoon, Friday, September 27th.

Larry Cornett

At last report US EPA plans to cap Reed Park and remove most of the trees. Reasons given at the public meeting on August 26, 2013 and subsequent conversations included:
* It would cost money to save them.
* If a tree blows down, exposing the roots, subsurface contamination would also be exposed
* The roots of trees only extend 8” below the surface, and putting two feet of fill above the roots of the trees to cap the soil would deprive them of oxygen and eventually kill them
* Only a few people at public meetings focused on saving the trees
* Many of the trees are old
* Some trees are sick or dead
* Some species of trees are undesirable
* Some of the trees are not structurally sound and could fall on children

Most of the above rationales could be applied to trees throughout the city, etc. As a result it looked like the government was going beyond what is reasonable to try to justify the removal of most trees from the park to try to make their removal as part of the proposed remedial action more acceptable. That approach backfired.

A previous brownfields study in the park showed concentrations of polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAH) above those acceptable for direct human contact in the fill material sampled to depths of 2’ or 4’ in most of the park. Three to six inches of grassy topsoil has been covering most of the surface of the park and subsurface fill material for about 50 years or more. Portions of the park are also covered with concrete or sand (in the baseball diamond). The topsoil was never separately sampled and analyzed to determine if it presents a significant risk from direct contact. Fungus and other microorganisms in grassy topsoil are known to destroy PAHs at a rate of 0.2% to 17% per month. Microorganisms associated with tree roots can also destroy PAHs. For details, see

http://www.academia.edu/2908115/Comparison_of_Trees_and_Grasses_for_Rhizoremediation_of_Petroleum_Hydrocarbons.

Given the amount of time that has passed and natural removal mechanisms, it is reasonable to assume that the current surface topsoil (0-3” to 0-6”) have PAH levels at equilibrium with contaminant transport mechanisms from subsurface soil due to natural bioremediation. Until the topsoil, etc. are sampled and analyzed, no significant risk from direct contact with the soil at the surface of the park has been proven. Under the circumstances, sampling the top 3” of topsoil is needed to determine if direct contact poses a threat to public health, as alleged.

Yesterday, I spoke with Partners Environmental—the contractor that did the Phase II investigation of Reed Park (upon which US EPA has been basing its planning for remediation of Reed Park). He told me that at meetings with the City of Cleveland, the health department, attorneys, etc. Partners Environmental, informed them that Reed Park presented no immediate danger to public health. (This is in sharp contrast to what the City has been telling US EPA based on the Phase II study results) However the Phase II investigation did show a need to remove and rebury or treat contaminated subsurface fill material if excavated, where and when the City does any construction in most of the park. Partners Environmental proposed to the City of Cleveland that it provide a Remedial Action Plan (RAP) and to help with specifications and bidding for the development of the park. They were not selected. Partners Environmental still has the key staff who were responsible for the Phase II investigation, and their experience could help EPA and their contractors avoid re-inventing the wheel in the development of an appropriate remedial action plan for the Park if hired to help in this work.

Under the circumstances, it would be appropriate to consider the configuration, past use, and plans for Reed Park and nearby areas:
• Divide it into appropriate operable units (including separate units for the baseball diamond, clusters of trees and major single trees in the park, areas where the City is planning construction within the park, homes on W 15 St, etc.)
• Take and analyze composite surface (0-3:or 0-4” from the surface) soil samples within appropriate operable units within the park and in nearby neighborhoods (subsurface sampling in nearby neighborhoods would also be appropriate)
• Determine where surface soil contamination levels are acceptable for residential land use in the park and release those areas for renewed public access and recreational land use
• Use EPA emergency response funding to remediate in those operable units where there is a significant hazard if the land use remains as is
• Remediate contaminated subsurface soil only
o Where surface soil contamination presents a significant risk to public health and the subsurface soil is significantly contaminated
o When and where excavation takes place in contaminated soil
For more details, see:

http://freindsofwcreedfield.ning.com/
https://www.facebook.com/events/218610251634716/permalink/218663454962729/
Sincerely,
Claude Lawrence Cornett, Jr.
http://cornettenv.org/resume.htm

Walk with the Trees in W.C. Reed Park

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September 27th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

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House, Building & Barn Movers – Heavy Hauling – Ohio & Western Pennsylvania – Stein House Movers

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Here’s a business that might come in handy. In our neighborhood, is demolition always the preferable alternative? What makes economic sense? What preserves value, conserves energy, and builds on the wealth bequeathed us by our forebearers? What can we do now to capitalize on land-bank lots?

Only a case-by-case working of the numbers will tell.

Shut your ears to all the macroeconomic platitudes you hear about how thriving communities will come about through wasting assets now. The promoters have no idea about values, or money, or communities, for that matter. The current demolition frenzy is covering up four decades of failure on the part of local leadership.

Work the numbers yourself. Call Stein for a price. You can’t build houses like these anymore for a reasonable cost.

 

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September 21st, 2013 at 1:01 pm

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Cleveland residents concerned about future of contaminated neighborhood park

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Residents want input on park cleanup

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Posted: 07/29/2013
Last Updated: 3 hours and 33 minutes ago

    CLEVELAND – Residents living around W.C. Reed Playfield in Cleveland are worried about the future their neighborhood park.

    The park was closed by the city of Cleveland in November because of soil contamination. It’s a case now being handled by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, but residents said they’ve had very little input as to how the park will be cleaned up.

    Members of the Southwest Citizens Council contacted NewsChannel5 hoping we could get them more answers as to how the park will be cleaned and renovated in the coming months.

    Residents like John Baran, who’s family has lived near the park since 1924, are worried an overly aggressive cleanup will do more harm than good.

    "They want to scorch the earth, remove the trees and remove all the vegetation in the neighborhood," Baran said. "The vegetation and the trees cleanse the soil. Is that correct approach, should the city and the EPA handle it that way?"

    Baran told NewsChannel5 residents are being left out of the loop and are being given very little information from the EPA on how the cleanup will be handled.

    Ward 3 Cleveland Councilman Joe Cimperman agrees.

    "The last meeting that was held and I wasn’t even told about it," Cimperman said. "I really feel this should be a city-led project, and many of the trees at the park should be preserved and not removed."

    Residents report the 12.5 acre park was built on a landfill that was used for the dumping of industrial debris in the 1940s and 50s. Residents told NewsChannel5 the city was set to renovate the park, but discovered soil contamination when it took a series of core samples in 2012.

    Cimperman confirmed the city has set aside $350,000 to renovate the park, but with a $2 million EPA cleanup looming, residents are wondering what will be taken out during the cleanup.

    Baran is concerned opening up the landfill and moving tons of soil will create more health risks.

    "It’s been capped, why open it? Why permit these toxins to become airborne, and possibly effect the health of these residents that live in these neighborhoods," Baran said.

    NewsChannel5 contacted the EPA Region 5 office in Chicago in the search for information. We asked if there will be yet another public meeting concerning the cleanup at W.C. Reed Playfield and whether residents would be allowed to have input into the clean-up process.

    The US EPA responded, it told 5 On Your Side it will save several large trees on the park property, and it will not move forward with the project until it meets with the residents to discuss clean-up options.

    Meanwhile, residents are hoping the park can be cleaned with minimal damage to the trees and landscape.

    "We just want more information on the cleanup plan," said resident Gloria Ferris. "We want them to save our trees. Fifty to 70-year-old trees that will be coming down and replaced with 2-inch saplings?"

    Residents are so involved with the preservation of W.C. Reed Playfield, they have set-up this website on the subject.

    NewsChannel5 and newsnet5.com will keep you updated on this developing story as soon as information become s available.

    Cleveland residents concerned about future of contaminated neighborhood park

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    July 29th, 2013 at 8:42 pm

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    Freakonomics » Should We All Just Give Cash Directly to the Poor?

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    Soon, we’ll hear the cry of the secular nonprofits, in one voice, shrieking, “What about us?”

    To paraphrase Niehaus, is it fair to say, “A typical poor person is poor not because he is irresponsible, but because he was born in a ghetto in Cleveland”?

    Perhaps it would be better to give directly. Certainly, it should be better than funneling funds through the city government, the city council, and the local councilperson.

    Silicon Valley heavyweights like Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and Google have a new favorite charity: GiveDirectly, an organization that makes direct transfers (via M-Pesa) to poor people in the developing world. From Forbes:

    “Instead of building hospitals, why don’t we just give poor people money? Research shows it’s effective,” [Hughes] said. Hughes, who purchased The New Republic magazine in early 2012 and serves as publisher, also joined the board of GiveDirectly.

    Backing up Hughes’s point was Jacquelline Fuller, Director of Giving at Google. She told the crowd Thursday night that one of her superiors at Google was extremely skeptical when Fuller first suggested that Google back GiveDirectly. “I was told, ‘You must be smoking crack,’ ” Fuller recalled. But GiveDirectly had exactly what Google wanted: lots of data on how the recipients of cash used it to improve their nutrition, their health and their children’s education. After looking at the data, Google donated $2.5 million to GiveDirectly.

    GiveDirectly stems from economist Paul Niehaus‘s research in India, where to limit corruption the government  makes direct cash transfers via mobile phones.  “A typical poor person is poor not because he is irresponsible, but because he was born in Africa,” says Niehaus, adding that GiveDirectly’s transfers have had positive impacts on nutrition, education, land, and livestock — and haven’t increased alcohol consumption.  The charity is also No. 2 on Givewell’s list of recommended charities.

    Freakonomics » Should We All Just Give Cash Directly to the Poor?

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    June 4th, 2013 at 10:24 am

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    City of Cleveland :: Division of Park Maintenance and Properties: Destroying public property at will to lighten the maintenance workload

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    We are posting this email here for the record with regard to the city’s arrogant and high-handed attempt to destroy mature, big trees in W. C. Reed Park. Portions of this communication are mine, and others are Laura McShane’s:

    Hello all-

    This kind of high handed “full steam ahead” without adequate community engagement is unacceptable.

    Destroying trees that have a value of $192,973 per tree and replacing them with 2 in. saplings because they MAY BE toxic is unacceptable.

    Trashing a neighborhood park in the name of “remediation” with funds from the EPA is unacceptable.

    For years, residents near the park have asked for routine maintenance of the trees only to be told how long the maintenance list is, how small the Urban Forestry budget is, and how short handed they are is unacceptable.

    In the light of the unwillingness for the City to provide the documentation that provides the FACTS concerning why the trees must be destroyed is unacceptable.

    I find it exceedingly strange that when new housing was proposed along the park and on Denison Avenue, these environmental concerns were down[played as “having no effect” but when park improvements that are strictly discretionary and DO NOT have to be done, environmental issues that will allow EPA funds be used for a contract for remediation the landscape changes.  WHY???

    Please provide the documents the residents requested posthaste and STOP the forward momentum until the community has answered.

    Gloria Ferris

    __________________________________________________________________

     

    On Thu, May 9, 2013 at 9:56 AM, Laura McShane <lmcshane23ATyahoo.com> wrote:

    Hello Ms. Roberson,

    Please release all planning and informational documents pertaining to the renovation and   remediation of WC Reed Field.

    Residents have not received materials as promised at public meeting held at St. Barbara’s Church in December 2012.  Commissioner Cox assured residents that these materials would be made available for review at the Cleveland Public Library Brooklyn Branch 3706 Pearl Rd. Cleveland OH 44109.

    We are now being told that the City of Cleveland plans to proceed with contract under Ohio EPA for remediation that is to include removing all trees at the park.

    For the record, residents have not been given adequate information or notice for this to proceed and residents are opposed to removal of mature oak trees in the park.

    Regards,

    Laura McShane

    216.739.1809

    City of Cleveland :: Division of Park Maintenance and Properties

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    May 9th, 2013 at 3:16 pm

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    Old Brooklyn News, Brooklyn Centre Naturalists column: BC Naturalists plan spring activities

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    by Gloria Ferris

    “Trees give you a connection to the past, and a sense of continuity in a neighborhood.”

    Benjamin Swett, New York City photographer of trees, gave the above quote during an interview with Ian Frazier in the March 4th, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. It is a fitting beginning to Brooklyn Centre Naturalists’ (BCN) annual Arbor Day article. (Arbor Day was observed on April 26th).

    The history of trees in Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn is a rich one. When the neighborhoods were initially settled in the early 1800s, a forest of oak, beech and maple trees greeted the first pioneers.
    In the 1850s, Cleveland became known as “The Forest City”. Brooklyn Centre and Old Brooklyn certainly are part of that heritage. In the 1900s when these areas became bustling communities, planting trees along streets and boulevards was part of the strategic plan. The giant sycamores along South Hills
    Blvd. in Old Brooklyn, for instance, remain as a bastion to this time of uniting nature with communities.

    Sadly, the majestic trees of Archwood Ave. were decimated by the tornado which roared down city streets in 1953. More recently (last autumn) trees in both neighborhoods were hit by Hurricane Sandy.

    In 1902, William Stinchcomb planned and oversaw the building of the bathhouse, tennis courts and main building at the new zoo at Brookside Park. Stinchcomb’s vision of the Emerald Necklace included Brooklyn north and south of the Park. Presently, our park neighborhoods are holding their own. Many
    70 to 100 year old trees remain, but storms, updated street plans and age are destroying them regularly.

    For years, City budget restraints have also taken a toll. Instead of the City automatically replacing a lost tree on a tree lawn, a home owner must request a replacement. When utility companies replace or make improvements to failing infrastructure, a disclaimer such as this one is often made: “Every effort to save
    shrubbery and trees will be made. If necessary, they will be removed. They will not be replaced.”

    Residents must act now or the neighborhood history of tree-lined streets will become only a memory of the past instead of a part of the future. Today, every resident can help to solidify Cleveland’s label of “the Forest City”. They can replace trees which have been removed because of storm damage, age and progress, instead of waiting for the City to do so. And they can plant new trees because trees contribute
    to utility cost containment and storm water management. (Older homes were built with the intention of using trees for coolness in summer and warmth in winter.)

    Planting a tree is a way to combine nature and progress. Join BCN in their effort to make sure that Cleveland — the Forest City — is a reality in the future and not just a memory. Plant a tree in honor of Arbor Day 2013. And when it’s mature, it just might increase the value of your property by many thousands of dollars.

    (This article also appears at http://www.oldbrooklyn.com/OBN/13MayOBN.pdf)

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    Old Brooklyn News—Gloria Ferris, Brooklyn Centre Naturalists

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    http://www.oldbrooklyn.com/OBN/12DecOBN.pdf is where you can see the *.PDF of this article. We got copies of the paper just yesterday. This is the text of the entire article.

     

    Jayme Lucas-Bukszar
    jaymel@oldbrooklyn.com

    Gloria Ferris
    Brooklyn Centre
    Naturalists

    Mention a community activity which
    includes Brooklyn Centre, and it’s likely that
    Gloria Ferris is/has been involved in it. The
    Brooklyn Centre resident is active with Friends
    of Big Creek; Brooklyn Centre Naturalists;
    Stockyard Clark-Fulton & Brooklyn Centre
    Community Development Organization;
    Garden Walk Cleveland; and Old Brooklyn
    Community Development Corporation’s
    Green Space Committee. She is also a regular
    contributor to the Old Brooklyn News.
    Originally from Shreve, Ohio (a rural
    community outside of Wooster), Gloria arrived
    in Cleveland in 1973 to teach junior high
    school and work as librarian at West High
    School (now Joseph M. Gallagher High
    School).

    After that, Gloria became the Campaign
    Administrator for State Senator Charlie Butts;
    a later job was taking care of national railroad
    accounts at BP America for twelve years.
    Before settling in Brooklyn Centre in
    1981, Gloria lived in several places in Greater
    Cleveland — the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood,
    Cleveland Heights and Lakewood.
    When asked why she moved to Brooklyn
    Centre and why she and Tim, her husband of
    twenty-eight years, have stayed, Gloria replied,
    “the people, convenience, transportation
    options and amenities like the Zoo and
    Brookside Reservation. And I love the small-town
    feel we have here.”

    Gloria’s involvement in all things green
    started with creating a Backyard Habitat at her
    own home. The goal of the National Wildlife
    Federation (www.nwf.org) certification program
    is to provide food, water and cover for
    wildlife. Through it, Gloria connected with
    people in Friends of Big Creek and the
    Cleveland Metroparks who were already working
    on similar initiatives.

    As Gloria forged even stronger links with
    like-minded residents in both the Brooklyn
    Centre and Old Brooklyn neighborhoods,
    Brooklyn Centre Naturalists was born. Among
    other things, they have been working to make
    the 44109 zip code a registered National
    Wildlife Community since 2008.

    In 2011, Gloria and the Brooklyn Centre
    Naturalists collaborated with employees of
    Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and members of the
    Greater Cleveland Chapter of the American
    Association of Zoo Keepers to plant a Polar
    Plot at the W. 36th Street Commons Park.
    Polar Plots is a program in which participants
    plant trees and native plants in local communities
    to help educate the public about how the
    presence of trees counteracts a warming climate.
    (See http://www.worldzootoday.com.)

    Brooklyn Centre Naturalists also received
    a Neighborhood Connections grant for a children’s
    educational program which took place
    in 2009 at the former Brooklyn Memorial
    United Methodist Church. The program looked
    at community through nature, and included
    courses on gardening, backyard retreats, and
    arts and crafts.

    In 2012 the Brooklyn Centre Naturalists
    were the impetus for getting the Old Brooklyn
    and Brooklyn Centre neighborhoods included
    in the second year of Garden Walk Cleveland.
    Gloria’s current efforts include planting
    herb and dye gardens at Art House, Inc., 3119
    Denison Ave. Dye gardens incorporate plants
    such as hibiscus (red, white and pink dyes),
    coreopsis (yellow and orange dyes) and purple
    basil because they make nice fabric and paper
    dyes. She hopes to utilize the dye plants next
    year for projects at Art House.

    Brooklyn Centre Naturalists are now
    focusing on getting the last twenty-one of the
    necessary one hundred backyard habitats needed
    for the National Wildlife Community certification.
    More information about how to  create
    backyard habitats can be found at
    http://www.brooklyncentrenaturalists.net.

    The Brooklyn Centre Naturalists have
    also compiled a cookbook using recipes from
    Old Brooklyn and Brooklyn Centre residents
    called A Taste for All Seasons. It will be for sale
    for $10 at the Art House’s Short & Sweet
    Holiday Shop, which will feature sixteen local
    vendors The dates are November 30th to
    December 2nd, and December 7th to
    December 9th, and the hours are Fridays from
    4 to 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1
    to 5 p.m. More information is can be found at
    www.oldbrooklynconnected.com/short-sweetholiday-
    shop/.

    When asked how she stays so passionate
    about Brooklyn Centre and the environment,
    Gloria replied with a huge grin, “I don’t think
    I could be anything else! I’ve always thought
    that every day is an opportunity. And after my
    heart attack and two-month hospital stay, I
    wanted even more to keep on doing as much as
    possible for as long as possible. My community
    involvement has allowed me to meet so
    many great people. My place now is to help
    younger people find those connections and
    continue this great work. At the end of the day,
    it’s about people. We’re still here and change
    is good.”

    Gloria and Tim have two daughters and
    two granddaughters. Older daughter Maureen
    and her husband, Geri, and granddaughters
    Teagan and Maggie live in Knoxville,
    Tennessee. Katie, their younger daughter, lives
    outside of Philadelphia.

    (Lynette Filips contributed to this article.)

    Old Brooklyn News

    Written by Gloria Ferris

    December 13th, 2012 at 9:31 am

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