Popularity Growing with Nextdoor.com

Humans are pack animals. Our ancestors hunted and gathered as a collective, depending upon one another for protection, sustenance and companionship. Our success as a species and as individuals depends upon our ability to effectively communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. Fast forward to modern times and you’ll find that effective communication and common interest are the foundations of great communities!

The mission objectives of the Angle Lake Shore Club is provide unique events (common interest) year round for the residents living on and around the shores of Angle Lake in effort to build a stronger community. Included in the ALSC goals are objectives that include implementing tools that allow neighbors to communicate effectively among one another.

The ALSC employs the following tools to assist in reaching our effective communication goals:
  • Periodical Newsletters: Recap of past events; announcement of upcoming events; and related lake life human interest stories. 
  • ALSC Blog: Weekly updates regarding subject areas that impact quality of life and community in and around Angle Lake.
  • Facebook Page: A dynamic interface that enables unassisted communication between Lakeside residents and beyond.
  • Twitter: Short message system that allows for near real time communication and announcements with subscribers (followers).  Highly effective for instantaneous communication of event status’ and/or delivering emergency messages.
  • Nextdoor.com. Similar in function to Facebook however authorized access is securely limited to only authenticated neighbors within a designated ‘neighborhood’.

We announced the inclusion of Nextdoor.com in a blog post dated February 28th, 2013. We are pleased to report that within just one year, 72 neighbors in the Angle Lake Neighborhood have signed up for and are using this service today.  Additionally we are now actively communicating at will with 5 other SeaTac Area Neighborhoods who have also created their own secure sites! 

Recent communication threads have included brainstorming ideas and offering suggestions to help combat rampant mail theft that is common in all six neighborhoods and users have also shared and promoted local entertainment and event information as recommendations for things to do on the upcoming weekend, one individual even offered a free weekend Condo in Leavenworth due to scheduling conflicts and not being able to use the facility as originally planned! (As if that isn’t incentive enough to join the neighborhood conversation!!!)  

Effective communication isn’t simply delivering a message to a receiver – effective communication should include sharing dialog between two or more persons in active conversation. It is our hope that you take advantage of these tools to be an active part of these community conversations.

Traffic Advisory: Saturday, February 22nd

Temporary Closure of South 200th Street in SeaTac
Between 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 22, all lanes will be closed on South 200th Street at the intersection of "little 28th Avenue South" to enable the safe movement of large construction equipment across the roadway.

Recommended detour:

Eastbound on S. 200th St.:
Detour left onto 26th /28th Ave. S.
Right on either S. 192nd St. or S. 188th St.
Right on International Blvd.
Left to return to S. 200th St.

Westbound on S. 200th St.:
Detour right onto International Blvd.
Left on either S. 192nd Street or S. 188th St.
Left on 28th Ave. S.
Right to return to S. 200th St.

Detour signs will be posted to get motorists and pedestrians safely around the construction work zone. Uniformed police officers will help direct traffic for local business access.

Project website: soundtransit.org/S200thstreet
24-Hour Construction Hotline:  1-888-298-2395

2014 Event Dates Set

The ALSC Board of Directors announce the 2014 dates for all the Angle Lake Shore Club Events as follows:  
  • 04/20   Easter Bunny Dock Hop
  • 05/04   ALSC Fishing Derby
  • 07/04   Independence Day on Angle Lake
  • 07/26   Angle Lake Community Clean Sweep
  • 08/16   Tasty Tapas
  • 09/13   Horse-N-Around Race and Family Picnic
  • 12/06   ALSC Members Christmas Party
  • 12/12   Christmas Boats and Santa Cruise

Details of each event will be announced through our Blog Site; Facebook Page; and Quarterly Newsletters as the individual dates draw nearer.

Release from Liability: Recognizing that the ALSC, a non-profit neighborhood based organization run solely on a volunteer basis, will do its best to ensure a safe experience, it is important to understand that participation by any member(s) or non-member(s) in any activities sponsored by the ALSC is done so at the participants own risk.

ALSC Fireworks Survey Results

As reported earlier in the Blog, the ALSC Board sought to canvas the active membership with a survey to give guidance on how the Club should plan for future fireworks displays over Angle Lake on the 4th of July each year.

A member survey was created requesting feedback on the following four options:
  • Option 1: Turn the fireworks over to the City.
  • Option 2: Maintain ALSC control over fireworks and downsize show to our current budget
  • Option 3: Maintain ALSC control over fireworks, increase suggested fireworks yearly donation and issue capital call for securing Temporary Floating Platform (TFP).
  • Option 4: Continue to partner with the City and negotiate the best deal we can with the City and (if approved) take advantage of their offer to use the new dock sections at the park as our TFP.  
The ballots were delivered via United States Postal Service to all members in active status as of December 27th, 2014. Members were requested to mark their preferred option and return the ballot via the enclosed postage paid return envelop no later than January 15th, 2014. 

Poll statistics are as follows:
  • 249 ballots sent, 112 votes were received.
  • Option 1 received 33 votes
  • Option 2 received 19 votes
  • Option 3 received 14 votes
  • Option 4 received 46 votes

The interpretation for these results are that:
  • 13% of our members expressed that they don’t care about the fireworks and felt that the city should decide the future fate of the display.
  • 31% of our members expressed that they wish to continue having fireworks over Angle Lake of which:
    • 42% of these voting members expressed that they prefer to return to sole ownership of the fireworks by the club.
    • 58% expressed that we should continue to partner with the city in producing the firework show
  • 66% of our members did not return a ballot.
Some could speculate that the 66% may be an indication that these members also don’t care about the fate of the fireworks but I don’t see it that way. Making a conscious decision to abstain from the vote doesn’t provide any indication of preference one way or another.  Not voting basically just means you're giving away a vote for the responding majority to decide.
The ALSC Board Members will be meeting Monday, February 3rd to discuss these results and review progress that has been made toward securing a replacement Temporary Floating Platform and prospect of locating a replacement Pyrotechnical Display Firm.  Results of this meeting will be communicated via the Blog and in our upcoming Spring Edition of the Membership Newsletter.