Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down

Thumbs up to the Lakeview Avenue Community Action Project, which will hold a block party and neighborhood flea market from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. The project is a group of property owners and renters interested in encouraging responsible home ownership and rentership on Lakeview Avenue. It has partnered with the Northside Pride neighborhood association and Christ First United Methodist Church for the event, which also includes a chicken barbecue. The block party comes on the heels of Neighborhood Night Out, which saw several neighborhoods host block parties. Neighbors can talk about things happening in the neighborhood, compare notes on issues and just enjoy some time with each other. Such activity is an important tenet of the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Plan and is a step toward rebuilding a sense of community that seems to have been lost in the city over time.

Thumbs down to the rough condition of Route 394 in Stow leading up to the Interstate 86 entrance ramps. The ride is quite jarring through that area with large chunks of pavement missing – a horrible first impression to the area for tourists and an incredible bother for those driving from the Jamestown area to Mayville. It’s time for the state to find a way to fix that important stretch of road.

Thumbs up to a new initiative aimed at ensuring the healthy development of young children in Chautauqua County. The Chautauqua Connections Children’s Coalition, which includes Chautauqua Connections Inc., the Chautauqua County Early Intervention Program and Chautauqua Tapestry, will work to create partnerships and foster communication to better support the social, physical, developmental and behavioral health needs of children from birth to 5 years of age. It is important to bring existing groups to the table to make sure all of the vital work for young children is being carried out and find solutions to shortcomings in the way services are being provided. The group recently hosted its first forum, and we look forward to hearing more about the coalition’s plans in the coming months.