Neighborhood: SeeClickFix; WeTransfer Virus; Homelessness: Mr Heater? Painting Party; More. Tune: Wildwood Flower

CONTENTS 02/25/2021
Columbia Neighborhood
   SeeClickFix
   WeTransfer Virus
   Rental Wanted
Soup Brigade
   Mr Heater?
   SwiftHaven Painting Party
   Mobile Outreach
   Blankets To Donate?
Music
   Radio Free Fl!p: Wildwood Flower

COLUMBIA NEIGHBORHOOD

SEE-CLICK-FIX

The City of Bellingham has introduced a new way for residents to report non-emergency issues. SeeClickFix™ – both a browser application and a mobile app – allows users to upload photos as they report specific problems, ranging from potholes, damaged street signs and illegal dumping to minor flooding and sidewalk obstructions.

SeeClickFix is an easy new option to report non-emergency issues. Using the app automatically generates a service request to Public Works and adds the problem area to an interactive map that is publicly accessible. The service request generates automatic updates on the response, assessment and repair on the SeeClickFix site. Reporting via the app may be done confidentially and anonymously, or by creating an account.

Residents should still phone (360) 778-7700 to report urgent issues such as a broken water main and can still go to the City’s Report an Issue webpage to report on separate issues.

According to Caleb Barber, Public Works Asset Manager, SeeClickFix will expand the City’s ability to respond.

“We are effectively ‘crowdsourcing’ on-the-street intelligence to learn about needed repairs we might not otherwise know about,” said Barber. “The app also provides a channel for those who would prefer not to phone or who might not have computer access. We chose to use a product with both smartphone and browser capability in order to reach more members of the public.”

More information about SeeClickFix, including frequently asked questions, available at cog.org/fix or via the “Report an Issue” button on the City homepage. The mobile app may be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play.

Mike Olinger, Assistant Director of Operations
Public Works – City of Bellingham
(360) 778-7725
molinger@cob.org

WE-TRANSFER VIRUS

I’ve been getting notices from WeTransfer, so you may have been too. The notices try hard to look like a renewal notice for something you already use. Looked it up and found this: The most important thing to note about this WeTransfer email virus is that anything can be sent to you via those file transfer links, so opening any of them and following with download can lead to trojan infections and even more serious issues regarding the personal privacy and security of your device.

RENTAL WANTED

$700/month includes utilities. 31-single-female looking for a room or studio to rent in The Columbia Neighborhood, Lettered Streets, Sehome, or Fairhaven. I am a bit of an early-bird (usually up before sunrise) though I am quiet and keep to myself. I am looking to move within three months. I moved from Seattle to Bellingham two years ago and I am saving up for a place of my own. I do not own a vehicle and rely on public transportation so access to the busses are essential for me. I have been working in the same career for three years. I project that I will be able to afford my own place within 5 years. I am not comfortable living with dogs at all. I AM comfortable living with any other pet (cats, reptiles, amphibians, snakes, rodents, birds, horses, etc). I do not have any pets of my own. Prospective landlords may reach me via text/call/email.  Kaleigh Downing kaleighdowning@gmail.com 206-698-3940 Washington Street

SOUP BRIGADE

We can always use more cooks. Contact me, Fl!p at 360-671-4511 (text is good) or flip@openaccess.org.

The flow of kindness has lately including an amazing stash of batteries; beef sticks & fine shredded jerky; string cheese; (aka healthier snack food to balance all those Fruit Snacks!); warm winter clothing; bottled water; cookies; muffins; and hot meals. I’m sure I’m forgetting things!

COMMUNITY MEAL

Tomorrow noon to 2:30 at Assumption Gym on Cornwall. Meal boxes will be handed out. Please help spread the word. Folks living without shelter generally don’t have cell phones, internet, or even newspapers. You might be the only one who tells them.

MR HEATER?

Does anyone have a spare (small) Mr Heater that runs on a small propane tank?

SWIFTHAVEN PAINTING PARTY

Saturday February 27, 11 AM on, at 1555 Puget. Come help splash some bright colors on the tiny homes. Tomorrow will be the second day. They’ve posted a wonderful photo of a brilliant purple tiny home. What a transformation! Wear grubbies and a mask.

Note that inside their fence Swifters are “at home with their family” and all tested negative before they moved in. But they will wear masks for courtesy to guests if asked.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/swifthaven

MOBILE OUTREACH

My next-door neighbor baked four dozen “omelet muffins” today with bacon & veggies. Some went to folks in an RV. Here’s a note from the Outreacher who took the rest this afternoon: “Lotta mileage out of those muffins. 4 people, 2 in wheelchairs on Cornwall, then to Geri. It was first, probably only food for Cornwallers, as wheelchairs at both camps, hard to get around.”

BLANKETS TO DONATE?

1. Dry & clean. 2. Wool 3. Washable. 4. Cheap. 5. Single bed or bunk bed size. Thanks!

MUSIC

RADIO FREE FL!P: WILDWOOD FLOWER

Ed Peekeekoot used to come to Puget Sound Guitar Workshop in the early years. He’s Canadian and Cree. I was delighted to reconnect with him this past year. I remember Ed back in the mid-1970s sitting in on the front porch with a guitar and banjo stacked together on his lap, playing Dueling Banjos with himself. With this HUGE mischievous grin! Here he is having fun, fun, fun with a song I also learned to pick, because we all did. But I never took it to the heights Ed does!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mtlKSclIxJQ

Love/Fl!p 360-671-4511  2518 Cherry Street flip@columbianeighborhood.org

If you’re willing to share your phone  with me, personally, I would love that, and would not share it further without your express permission. Nor would I ever exploit it. You might put mine in your phone so if I were to phone you, you’d know it was me. I’d also suggest adding flip@openaccess.org to your contacts because that helps keep my emails from going to your junk mail.

If you want to ask me to post something, just email me. If it’s urgent, phone. If it’s a real emergency, call 911.

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