Neighborhood Appreciation Day 2016

Neighbor Appreciation Day 2016


On Feb. 6 the Madrona Community Council teamed up with old friends and new to celebrate Neighbor Appreciation Day. On hand were many winners of Neighbor Awards in previous years. Mayor Ed Murray joined us, noting with a chuckle that he had been a Madrona resident as an infant. The Mayor announced an upcoming PreK-8 School Summit for April 30—something that has not occurred since Mayor Rice was in office. Mayor Murray credited the Madrona neighborhood, the Madrona Community Council, and Madrona PK-8 School for collaborative activities, noting it is efforts such as these that strengthen communities.

Pictured below are 2016 award winners.

The Nora Award is named in honor of Madrona activist Nora Wood, this award is given to a Madrona resident who, over time and in ways both large and small, has left a personal mark on the community. Holly Smith was named for this award for his long-term role as member and president of the Madrona Community Council. Under his guidance as the President, the MCC has been extremely active, with a number of new events organized (a summer concert series, wine tasting fundraiser), increased interaction with our neighboring communities (a stairway clean-up, a park clean-up and improvements to Madrona Park), and city interaction (streets/sidewalks/trees, crime, candidates forum, etc.). Holly exemplifies what the legacy of Nora means to the community–he has left a personal mark on the community.

Holly Smith Holly Smith

The Local Hero Award goes to a Madrona resident for an act of heroism, singular kindness or generosity. This award went to two individuals including Madrona resident Peter Mason for his contributions to restoring Madrona Woods and his forestry work elsewhere in the city. He sees what needs to be done and is willing to devote countless hours to accomplish Woods goals. He single-handedly planted many seedlings in the steep banks along Lake Washington Boulevard. He and his trusty hand saw have cleared trails when trees have fallen across them before Parks crews have been able to come out, and he has propagated hundreds of plants in his back yard that are now in the Woods. He encourages people who have a genuine desire to help and to work, but nobody works harder than Peter does.

Peter Mason Peter Mason

Also winning this award is mail carrier par excellence Musa Jutta.  While not a Madrona resident per se, Musa spends much of his time delivering mail in Madrona. He knows everyone’s name, waves, greets, and asks how everyone is doing; he even has been known to send postcards to children on his route when he travels abroad. Musa’s personality and work ethic are a great example of Madrona community spirit

Bill Mahoney and Musa Jutta President Bill Mahoney with Musa Jutta

The Tyrone Love Unsung Hero Award goes to a Madrona resident for service to others in the larger community.  This award is named after community youth activist and mentor Tyrone Love who dedicated much of his life to the youth of the community.  In her five plus years handling design for the Madrona News, Susan Steele was unfailingly professional, prompt, and thorough. And she was altogether unflappable even when things didn’t go as planned. Susan’s design skills will have a lasting effect on the newsletter.

Susan Steele

Susan Steele

The Madrona Resident for Life Award is bestowed upon a long-time, active resident who has left Madrona but remains dearly missed. Agnes Sims won this award.

The Madrona Good Neighbor Award goes to an organization whose work benefits the Madrona community. This year the award went to the staff at Sally Goldmark Branch Library.

Be thinking about nominations of Madrona neighbors for next year’s Neighbor Appreciation awards. The usual date is the first Saturday before Valentine’s Day, although this year Madrona celebrated a week earlier because of a school break beginning Feb. 12 of this year.