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CLOVERDALE REVEILLE, CLOVERDALE, CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4, 2009 -- Page 5 Accessibility makes ' Cloverdale livable for all of us ' By Paula Wrenn Last week's column about multi-tasking drivers focused on the widespread scofflaw mentality toward the law that prohibits i holding a cell phone to talk while operating a vehicle. Should we even be surprised that kids on bicycles are err~ulat- king the behavior of adults? I even spotted a Cloverdale elder who rides a ,)motorized scooter in traffic while talking on his cell phone. : A reader who has legitimate concerns about the obstacles to sidewalk !'traffic was motivated to write when I mentioned the scooter in the street. i-Though it didn't happen to be the case for the scooter gent in my column ~ (I d just walked, the area my self), the letter wrxter n g htl yp orated out that ~wheelchazr and scooter users often have to enter the street when side- ;W alk damage, obstacles or the lack of sidewalk renders off-street passage ~mDossible G J" I'll call my correspondent "B" since I don't have the contact informa- :tion to obtain permission to identify him/her in this column. Contribut- ing to B's frustration is that many of the sidewalk accessibility issues are easily fixed. They include por- table basketball hoops, waste containers, overgrown shrubbery, and cars parked in driveways so that they extend across the sidewalk. B is absolutely right. ! experienced these home- owner-sourced obstacles when walking with our own family elder. I would have to help her with her walk- er down a sloping driveway into the street to either cross without the benefit of a crosswalk. Or, we would loop around the cars and walk in the street until we reached the next driveway. Sloping driveway aprons are treacherous for frail or disabled people. '~ B fears that the city's good work on ramps at the corners during street reconstruction will be for naught if our neighbors won't keep sidewalks clear. The ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) was enacted 19 years i ago and it requires municipalities and businesses to address issues of . accessibility. Sadly, however, accessibility is not yet embedded in the consciousness of most "citizens. We need to understand that cluttered i~sidewalks are every bit as inconvenient and inconsiderate as when dis- "abled parking spaces are taken by non-disabled people. It is tragic that our awareness of disability issues is so low given that i the Census Bureau Community Survey of 2006 indicates 15% of the country's non- ~institutionalized population live with disabilities. I was surprised to see ~the high numbers for children and young adults, but consider too that ,41% of Cloverdale's population is currently aged 45+, 10% are aged 65+. The survey said that, on av6rage, 41% of adults were found to have disabilities after age 65. The implications are daunting on many levels for families and communities. So, it is understandable that B has been trying to communicate the urgency of the issue to city decision-makers on behalf of older adults. If -we don't pay better attention to sidewalk access, we'll have to set up a scooter lane alongside the car lane, alongside the bike lane, alongside the -sidewalk, which would be even more expensive than it is impractical and silly. Sidewalks are a community asset. They will always be subject to | , heaves (which need to be reported and fixed) and garbage containers i improperly replaced by garbage haulers. And I don't think most home- owners are deliberately inconsiderate. When one can nimbly ambulate, t obstacles are less of a concern. But the hoops that entertain many chil- !dren safely at home are portable for a reason, and y~t so many sit u~u~d for months on end. (Not only that, most appear to be positioned to place playing children in the path of moving vehicles, so I've never seen the benefit in that.) Perhaps all we need to do is take our blinders off and see the issues from each another's perspective so we can come up with satisfying solutions. One idea: Rather than simply legislating homeowner compliance, an annual sidewalk clearing effort could increase awareness and improve !,matters. July is the month when the ADA was signed. May is Older Americans Month. Perhaps the city could set aside a Saturday during one of those months to ask homeowners to clear their sidewalks and Jefferson School student Heather Sterling shares her excitement of the new dictionaries with classmates. "What's that? .... Where's that?" The books were distributed un- "Who's that?" shrieked and giggled der the direction of Jefferson princi- the third graders at Jefferson palMs. Aracely Romo-Floresin the School. The excitement and wonder classes taught by Lisa Bellone, was about a donation from the Clo- Chris Bowen, Marcy Collins, Jonni verdale Rotary Club of dictionaries Conway, Liz Miksis, Rebecca Sut- packed with pictures for each stu- ton and Becky Voelkel. dent in the seven classes Rotarians helping distribute the The lavishly illustrated books books and show the students how help to develop reading skills for~ they are used included Roger Red- students who may be learning En- man, Joan Tillman, Dave Ziegen- glish as a second language. For hagen, Elvia Osnaya, Lyn Marie some of the children, this is the first Hayer and Dave Ankrom. book they have ever owned. - Mark Thayer Mary Dixon to be installed as Worthy Matron ofthe Order ofthe Eastern Star report obstructions they cannot correct. That would be a worthy and easy community participation activity. Maybe sharing what B had to say will encourage a few homeowners to take action on their own. Without naming individual homeowners, I'd (10verdale Citrus Fair Cabaret needs your help ,love to hear from readers who notice less sidewalk clutter in the near From the Editorial Desk... Another tragic accident involving a wrong way driver For the second time in just over four months, innocent motorists have been either injured or killed by a wrong way driver on Hwy. 101 between Healdsburg and Cloverdale. Last Friday evening, Oct. 30, a young Cloverdale woman's life was taken. Because this stretch of free- way is usually lightly traveled at night, it is perhaps more difficult for a driver to determine when he or she is headed the wrong way onthe freeway. In the time that I have lived in northern Sonoma County, I have avoided a wrong way driver traveling north in my southbound lanes and witnessed a wrong way driver on the other side of the freeway. It is an all too often occurrence. As a consequence, when driving at night, or anytime, on Hwy. 101, it is recommended that you drive in the lane nearest the shoulder of the roadway. That way, if a wrong way driver is headed your way, he or she may be driving in the left hand lane, the wrong way, in your direction thinking he or she is traveling in the slow lane. If you drive in your slow lane, a serious accident may be avoided but nothing is guaranteed when you are facing an impaired driver. Our condolences go out to the family of Crystal Carillo-Martinez. NH OPEN Mon- Fri 10-6 Sat 10-5 Sun 11-5 www, gocloverdale.com Furniture. Serta Mattresses. Gifts and Collectibles Reasonable Prices. Conveniently Located, Deliver. Financing Mary Dixon, Cloverdale resident and business owner, is set to be in- == o stalled as Worthy Matron of the Sotoyome-Cloverleaf Chapter #82 of the - Order of the Eastern Star, this Saturday, Nov. 7 at the Healdsburg Masonic Center, 324 Center St. "~ This installation is the chapter s 126th installa- ~"~o~ tion of officers. Dixon has served as Worthy Ma- *"~-I =p~.~ tron three times in the past, in 1993, 1999, and HCN$ is a parent cooperative preschool 2006, and has served one time as Deputy Worthy Matron in 2003. She joins other Cloverdale worn- that offers summer school, a 3-4 year old program, en who have served as Worthy Matrons: Laurie a 4-5 year old program and O Kneeland, Jacque Garrison and Carol Romero, Spanish enrichment program ford-5 year aids. who will serve in 2012. The Order of the Eastern Star is part of theHeoldsburg Commun Nursery School Masonic family along with Rainbow Girls, Job's is more than a preschool for your child we are here to Daughters and DeMolay. The Order of the East- ern Star is one of the largest fraternal organiza- support the whOle f~lmny ... We" Provide a dynamic, creative, healthy environment for three tions in the world to which men and women, can belong. There~ are over 1,300,000 members in over to six year-aids to grow sociqlly, intellectually and physically. 180 countrjesiin the world. The organization was -Support parents in the nurturing and Ond anding of their Mary Dixon. formed in 18~0 and was created around th~es :'y~Fig ~ildren through eduCatiOn and hands-on ieaming, of five Biblical women, Adah, Ruth~ Estheri Mar- .ccedfe a community of familiesthatmeet and support tha and Electa, who according to Dr. Rob Morris, who conceived the order, each other in the awesome responsibility of child rearing. exemplified the virtues of fidelity, constancy, loyalty, faith and love. They Prepare parents to be active participants in their child's are represented by the five points on the Eastern Star. education as they move beyond the preschool. Mary Dixon is the organization's state fund chairman for the J. Clifford Lee Memorial Cancer Fund which started in 1955. Last year the fund To find out more call 433-1817, email hcns@sbcglobal raised and approved $123,000 for cancer funding and supports Relay For Life and other cancer research. The California Eastern Star Foundation or visit our websife also awards scholarships and manages disaster and benevolent funds, heolsburgcommunifynurseryschool.com The Order of the Eastern Star meets the second and fourth Tuesday evenings in Healdsburg at the Healdsburg Masonic Center. future. Thank you, B, for shining a light on the issue of accessibility in "The Cloverdale Citrus Fair Cab- who have served and are serving our community. A little extra attention to this issue will help more aret needs your help! We need pic- our country who are from Clover- people understand that accessibility is about equality, independence tures of current and past military . dale! Please call Maria at 894-9269 and dignity, men and women for our upcoming or email her at hi ;0 m Cabaret scheduled for February mrchesmore@comcast.net for more Do you have a suggestion for t s lu n or another viewpoint~ Write to 2010! information. " i~aula Wrenn c/o the Revedle, or emml paula@thewriteangle.com. We would love to honor those Calling Cloverdale veterans The Cloverdale Legion Post 293 will present a work- shop regarding veterans benefits on Wedensday Nov. 11, at 8 p.m. at the Cloverdale Veterans Building. The presenter will be Mr. Mark Sandeen he will discuss benefits for veterans, surviving spouses and families of veterans. Learn how you may eligible for long term care. There will be a question and answer period after the presen- tation. -Mike Lynch < Marine Corps Sergeant Christopher M. Gerboth, pictured with his morn, Debra Jol , has been re-activated with an extension and promotion effective Oct. 1. Christopher served in Iraq as an Air Delivery Specialist (Rigger) in 2005. Christopher attended school at St. Rose, Cloverdale High and Mendocino High and recently graduated from Sonoma State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in BusinessAdministration.Christopherisemployed at 6eorge Peterson Insurance Agency in Santa Rosa. 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