Enjoy Lake City Future First https://enjoylakecity.org Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:02:19 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 109906402 Imagine Lake City Together https://enjoylakecity.org/imagine-lake-city-together-4/ Thu, 22 Jun 2017 18:02:19 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=1828 Next Community Conversation June 28th – 6:30-8pm You are invited to join Lake City Future First on Wednesday, June 28, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th AVE NE, Seattle for a Community Conversation about the neighborhood planning project, Imagine Lake City Together. Free food will be provided by from Jose’s […]

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Next Community Conversation June 28th – 6:30-8pm

You are invited to join Lake City Future First on Wednesday, June 28, from 6:30-8:00 p.m., at the Lake City Community Center, 12531 28th AVE NE, Seattle for a Community Conversation about the neighborhood planning project, Imagine Lake City Together. Free food will be provided by from Jose’s Taqueria, 12336 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98125.

Imagine Lake City Together, is a neighborhood planning project led by the Children’s Home Society of Washington, Lake City Future First and Lake City Neighborhood Alliance. In June 2016, the project received a $100,000 Neighborhood Planning Grant from the Wells Fargo Foundation to support the creation of a strategy to help improve the quality of life for children and families in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood. The comprehensive revitalization plan will cover community needs ranging from affordable housing, social services, green spaces, economic development and social cohesion. Imagine Lake City Together intends to apply for implementation funding of over a million dollars in 2017.

The June 28th Community Conversation will outline the draft plan, which was developed over the past year through a process that engaged over 500 Lake City residents through surveys, assessments, focus groups, and input about parks, social services, transportation, children and youth programming, senior services, education, public safety, immigrants and refugees, and more. Attendees will review the draft and have an opportunity to help make Lake City an even better place to live, learn, work and play.

“This is not a plan that should just sit on a shelf. It needs community members’ voices and energy to move it forward and improve the quality of life in Lake City for all,”

 

 

 

 

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Cleaning Up in Lake City https://enjoylakecity.org/cleaning-lake-city/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 21:10:06 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=1824 June’s Clean Up Fun Please meet us this Sunday from 5-6pm in front of the Old Fire Station 39 (30th Avenue NE and NE 127th Street) for our monthly Lake City Clean Up. We provide everything you need to take part. Any Questions? See Annette in her clean up outfit this Thursday at the Lake […]

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June’s Clean Up Fun

Please meet us this Sunday from 5-6pm in front of the Old Fire Station 39 (30th Avenue NE and NE 127th Street) for our monthly Lake City Clean Up.

We provide everything you need to take part.

Any Questions? See Annette in her clean up outfit this Thursday at the Lake City Farmer’s Market!

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Petition to Fund Aging Parks Facilities https://enjoylakecity.org/petition-fund-aging-parks-facilities/ Tue, 20 Jun 2017 16:59:59 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=1821 The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Sponsors Petition to Fund Aging Parks Facilities LCNA is sponsoring this petition to FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES. The petition urges the Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District (all City Council Members) to consider LCNA’s request for a new, full-service, Parks-operated community center. This effort is being done […]

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The Lake City Neighborhood Alliance Sponsors Petition to Fund Aging Parks Facilities

LCNA is sponsoring this petition to FUND OUR AGING PARK FACILITIES. The petition urges the Board of Commissioners of the Seattle Park District (all City Council Members) to consider LCNA’s request for a new, full-service, Parks-operated community center. This effort is being done concurrently with the Green Lake Community Center group who is also sponsoring a petition to have the Seattle Park District fund aging community centers and pools and to abandon use of privatization.

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Imagine Lake City Together https://enjoylakecity.org/imagine-lake-city-together-3/ Thu, 15 Jun 2017 18:00:19 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=1818 Come & Review the Draft Plan The Children’s Home Society of Washington acting as the senior partner along with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and Lake City Future First applied for and received a $100,000 planning grant. The effort was branded Imagine Lake City Together. Over the next ten months the leadership team, our Imagine Steering […]

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Come & Review the Draft Plan

The Children’s Home Society of Washington acting as the senior partner along with the Lake City Neighborhood Alliance and Lake City Future First applied for and received a $100,000 planning grant. The effort was branded Imagine Lake City Together. Over the next ten months the leadership team, our Imagine Steering Committee, BDS Planning and a group of dedicated Volunteers engaged with over 500 Lake City Community Members to identify needs and priorities for our neighborhood. Through resident satisfaction surveys, focus groups (with seniors, people experiencing homelessness, English language learners, business owners, youth, families with young children, service providers and other residents) in addition to a parcel analysis of over 1,400 properties we are ready to report back on what we heard from the Community.

Come and and lend your voice and your energy as we look to applying for implementation funds to enhance the lives of all who live, work and play in Lake city

June 28th – 6:30-8pm – Lake City Community Center

http://www.childrenshomesociety.org/imaginelakecitytogether/

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Q&A with Roy Ovenell, Owner of Roy A. Ovenell Insurance Agency, Inc. https://enjoylakecity.org/qa-with-roy-ovenell-owner-of-roy-a-ovenell-insurance-agency-inc/ Mon, 12 Jun 2017 19:42:33 +0000 https://enjoylakecity.org/?p=1783 Q&A with Roy Ovenell, Owner of Roy A. Ovenell Insurance Agency, Inc. Covering Risks and Taking Risks Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Roy Ovenell at his agency on Lake City Way to talk about the upcoming Car Show, the insurance business and a few fun adventures. ELC: Can you talk a little about the […]

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Q&A with Roy Ovenell, Owner of Roy A. Ovenell Insurance Agency, Inc.

Covering Risks and Taking Risks

Enjoy Lake City (ELC) recently visited Roy Ovenell at his agency on Lake City Way to talk about the upcoming Car Show, the insurance business and a few fun adventures.

Roy Ovenell, Owner of Ovenell Insurance Agency

ELC: Can you talk a little about the Lake City Car Show and how you got involved in it?

This year, the Car Show is on Sunday, August 6 in the Bank of America parking lot during the Salmonfest street fair. We have a lot of regular attendees who have come for years. I helped out 10 to 15 years with a series of people who ran it. Eventually they all moved on and so I was kind of the last guy standing, so now I do the Car Show! I like to serve the community and this is one thing I do. Last year we had about 40 cars, but we could accommodate 70.

The Lake City Car Show has 40 plus cars to view.

We have room for all kinds of cars, vintage all the way up to the present – trucks, military vehicles, commercial type vehicles and special interests. So if somebody buys a brand new fancy car, bring it in!

ELC: Have there been any rare vehicles in the show?

One was a 1955 Mercedes 300 SL which was the first real sports car that used the gull wing. Very unique car, not very practical to drive, worth a fair amount. It was pretty cool to have that at the show.

The 1955 Mercedes 300 SL Gull Wing

ELC: How long have you been in the insurance field and why did you decide to open your own agency?

I was 24 when I started and I had very little overhead. I had a ’71 Chevy Impala and I loved Top Ramen. You don’t have to have a big investment so it’s easy to start building your business and Farmers has a program where they advance you money. If you meet certain sales goals, you don’t have to pay it all back, so they give you something to live on initially. I’ve been an agent for 29 years.

ELC: Why did you choose Lake City as your business location?

There was an agent who left the business and the manager needed somebody to take over, so I came to Lake City. I bought a house near Matthews Beach which I rent out now. We moved to Lynnwood when my daughter was born. I’ve been in this building for about a year and a half.

ELC: What are your most asked for products and services?

Home, auto, renter’s and life insurance. Also business and umbrella insurance.

ELC: What is umbrella insurance?

Umbrella insurance gives you liability coverage in excess of what you have on your home and auto. For example, I ride a bike from Lynnwood to work when the weather’s ok. A year and a half ago, I was hit by a car. I was very fortunate. I had to stay the night at Harborview for observation, but I didn’t have to have surgery, no permanent injuries, only a small scar. But if that had happened just slightly different, I could have been permanently disabled and that to me is the reason why the person who hit me would have wanted to have an umbrella policy. Homeowners coverage may not be enough to pay damages. Those claims can be really, really high. So the umbrella insurance gives you a million in coverage up and above that.

ELC: Are there any claims that stick out in your mind?
A couple years ago I had a claim that was a little unusual that actually made the news. Customer was going to work. They live on the west side of the sound and they were the first one on the ferry. It was a very stormy day and a big wave came over and crushed the front of the car. Just the amount of water dented the hood and broke the windshield. Saltwater was inside everywhere corroding things right away, and the car was a total loss.

ELC: What would people be surprised to know about you?

Most people think of insurance agents as risk averse, not taking risks. I’ve done a lot of mountain climbing, and some time ago, a group of us attempted to climb Aconcagua, the tallest mountain in North and South America.

Roy Ovenell, second on left , on Aconcagua.

We didn’t get to the top but we got stuck in a storm at an elevation of 20,500 feet which is about 6,000 feet higher than Mt. Rainier and higher than Mt. McKinley (Denali) in Alaska. So it’s possible that for those two or three days, we were the highest people in elevation in the world. There’s nothing taller in the western hemisphere and it was winter in the Himalayas when people are not climbing because it’s certain death.

It was 20 below zero and we were in a tent with 30 to 40 mile winds so the wind chill factor was off the charts. We had climbing experience and had planned for all the bad things that could happen, so we all came back alive with no permanent injuries.

ELC: Have you made any climbs this year?

My son and I hiked the Grand Canyon rim to rim last summer. You hike down a mile, spend a couple days and hike up the other side so it’s the opposite of hiking a mountain. And there was a heat wave. It hit 132 degrees at the bottom of the Grand Canyon while we were there.

ELC: What are some of your favorite places to visit here in Lake City?

I walk almost every day. I like going to the post office and Tweedy and Popp hardware. Elliot Bay Brewery is a good place to have lunch. If I need a watch battery, I go to the Watch and Battery Center. It’s great that instead of having a bunch of national companies, we have a lot of smaller family-owned businesses.

ELC: What is Lake City’s biggest challenge?

Homelessness. But it’s all over the city, not just Lake City.

ELC: What are Lake City’s biggest opportunities?

The fact that real estate investors find this area attractive. If buildings are updated or senior housing is going in, I like the idea that we’re kind of building up. People need more affordable housing. Lake City is slightly more affordable than other parts of the city.

ELC: What do you like best about Lake City?

I like the diversity of the people who live here. I’ve always been interested in what other people experience and where they’re from. My mother is from Norway. When you meet people from Asia or Africa and other parts of the world, it’s nice to find out what their experiences are like and what they like about America.

Roy A. Ovenell Insurance Agency, Inc. 13751 Lake City Way, Suite 222, Seattle WA 98125
Open M-F, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. or by appointment.

206-362-9062 www.farmersagent.com/rovenell rovenell@farmersagent.com

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