We’re trying to make LNF Weekly into a neighborhood news magazine.
This neighborhood is a real community. I grew up in a small town, and this neighborhood has a lot of the same feel. I know my neighbors. We do things together. We run into each other on the streets and in local businesses. We know the owners and staff of those businesses. Our kids play in neighborhood playgrounds, and they walk to neighborhood schools.
We hope that LNF Weekly can contribute to strengthening that community.
I've written a pair of articles about LNF Weekly and what we're doing (I'll get to those at the bottom of this page), but I'd like to start by mentioning some of the other content in this issue.
Here are the neighbors who have contributed to our first issue. The color photos, clockwise from the top left, are Thea Setterbo (Hemisfair), Nancy Diehl (Cannoli Fund), Jane Gennarelli (LNF Weekly), Sarah Sorensen (SAISD Board of Trustees), and Jim Feuerstein (LNF Weekly).
On the subject of neighborhood animals, Jane Gennarelli has written a piece on what to do if you lose your pet. Based on the notices I see on telephone poles and Nextdoor, I’d say this happens a lot. Jane worked with neighborhood expert Lynda Ramirez on this, and she’s distilled advice from a lot of sources into a simple, readable set of suggestions.
I’ve also written something for this issue. I’m impatient, and I hate spending fifteen minutes walking when I need to get somewhere. On the other hand, I certainly don’t want to use my car to get somewhere in the neighborhood. I’ve found the perfect solution, and I’m recommending it.
For some time now, Jane has been using the works of local artists as headers for her weekly newsletter. We plan to feature local artists here in the LNF Weekly, too. Our first issue uses the work of one such artist as its ‘cover art’. That work is a bit obscured by our content, so here’s a clean view.
This is our first issue, and it has taken some work just to get the structure established and to connect with people whose voices we’re including here. But we've already assembled some good reading.
For a starter, we’ve got columns from three neighbors who have special insights into specific aspects of the neighborhood.
Sarah Sorensen is our newly-elected representative on the SAISD school board. She is writing in this issue about a $208 million dollar infusion of funds from the federal government, and she’s asking you for your input on how to use those funds most effectively.
Thea Setterbo works at Hemisfair, and she’s here to tell us that — after a pandemic-induced hiatus — Hemisfair is once again hosting live, in-person events. She’s got a bunch of them to report, and they sound great.
Nancy Diehl is a co-founder and board member of one of my personal favorite neighborhood non-profits, the Cannoli Fund, which provides assistance to neighborhood animals-in-need. Nancy will tell you what they do and how you can help.
'ABOUT US' ARTICLES
We’ve also put together two short articles about LNF Weekly itself.
First, we’ve written a bit about what we mean when we say we want more ‘voices’ for the publication.
Second, we’ve explained the 'LNF Weekly' name. It's not obvious, and, I have to admit, it's not entirely true. So let me explain.
Anyhow, that's a summary of our first issue. We'd like to hear from you. Let us know what we should include in future issues.
Jim Feuerstein is co-editor of LNF Weekly; he also designs and manages the website.