New leaders for Highland Park Action Committee, and other toplines

(Photo by Dina Lydia Johnson)
Meet the new slate of officers for the Highland Park Action Committee! Elected at last night’s monthly meeting were, from left, secretary Mike Shilley, co-chairs Billy Stauffer and Carolyn Stauffer, and at right treasurer Michelle Glassey – to the left of Michelle, if you don’t know him, that’s now-past HPAC chair Dan Mullins. (Not pictured, vice chair Nicole Mazza.) The group also discussed the issue of a new name – something more open and inviting, some suggested; others countered that the group’s name has value since it became well-known during the jail fight. End result – Mullins, in his last meeting as chair, suggested everyone come to the next meeting with ideas, and see where it goes from there. Also last night:

NATURE CONSORTIUM: Mark “Buphalo” Tomkiewicz explained some of what’s going on along the West Duwamish Greenbelt, much of which is in Highland Park. Next month, he said, 4,200 new plants will come in. He also discussed clearing in Riverview Park – with volunteers going out right now on Thursdays and Saturdays, and more often later in the year.

ANN OWCHAR: Former HPAC chair Blair Johnson talked about how vital she was to both HPAC and Highland Park Improvement Club; he and wife Dina Lydia Johnson attended her recent memorial. Neighborhood District Coordinator Ron Angeles also talked about Ms. Owchar’s pioneering work in neighborhood organizing.

LOW-FLYING AIRCRAFT PETITION: This continues to be in circulation; Mullins said it’s up to 174 signatures. (You can see it here.)

MOVIES: They’re in the works monthly at HPIC, third Friday, admission free – next one hasn’t been chosen yet.

Highland Park Action Committee meets the fourth Wednesday of each month, 7 pm (after a 6:30 potluck) at Highland Park Improvement Club HQ, 12th/Holden.

3 Replies to "New leaders for Highland Park Action Committee, and other toplines"

  • d January 28, 2011 (1:35 am)

    Liking the team HP!
    Thanks for stepping up!

  • Dina January 28, 2011 (6:13 am)

    Everyone feels great about the new leadership. The Stauffers are dynamic young activists who have already done so much for the community.
    Thanks so much also to Michelle Glassley for accepting the role of Treasurer and Mike Shilley for remaining Secretary, also crucial to the team.

  • Nicole January 28, 2011 (12:28 pm)

    Sorry I wasn’t able to attend, but I am honored to still be the vice-chair, and am excited about this next year!!!

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