Yearly Archives: 2018


TETNA partnering with Cub Scouts to shovel snow for older neighbors in need

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association has identified a need among some of our neighbors for help with shoveling snow after winter storms, so TETNA is partnering with Cub Scouts Pack 155 to connect volunteer shovelers with those in need.

If you are an older neighborhood resident or someone who struggles to remove snow from sidewalks and driveways because of physical limitations, you are invited to submit your name and address here in our Google Form or email info@tosaeasttowne.org, and we will relay your information to leaders of the Roosevelt Elementary-based Pack 155.

Personal information will remain confidential and will only be used to dispatch scouts to residences. This is a volunteer service project intended only to help those truly in need, so please do not submit your information if you have no problems shoveling snow.

Pack 155 will be coordinating the volunteers. Pack leaders will dispatch shovelers when possible and may not be able to attend to all addresses immediately after a storm, so if you need immediate assistance you may need to make other arrangements. That said, we hope that this partnership will grow and evolve in ways that will provide a valuable service for some of our neighbors while providing experience with community service for some of our younger residents.


Vote for your favorite Tosa East Towne sign design

TETNA Sign Collage

Preview of the 6 sign designs selected as finalists by the TETNA board.

The new lamppost signs for Tosa East Towne are moving along. In October, we launched a fundraising campaign to fund the new signs, and released a request for designs. We received an overwhelming amount of support in both areas, raising over $2,000 and receiving 20 designs. We’re thankful to everyone who had a hand in supporting the project, and submitting a design.

Now comes the fun part – we want your feedback on the designs. We’ve narrowed it down to six finalists, which all feature a unique and creative design, that would look great in our neighborhood. We encourage you to view the designs and rank them 1-6 by clicking on this survey link. Part of the reason we are asking you to rank is there is possible we will choose more than one design. While resident feedback will be the most important factor when making our selection, the board reserves the right to make the final decision on the design(s) selected. Note that the survey is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. The survey will be open until 1/31.

We look forward to seeing your favorites, and will update you as soon as we have our winner!


Get involved in your neighborhood; learn more at TETNA annual meeting

TETNA board meeting

Scott Shelnutt of the North Avenue business Tosa Block Party speaks at TETNA’s January meeting. The monthly meetings are held in the Center Street Park pavilion on second Mondays. Our annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot. Photo by David Paulsen.

I’ve never met anyone who hated living in our neighborhood. Sure, we grumble sometimes about parking or traffic or maybe our neighbors’ peculiar habits. But overall, we live here because we’ve come to love it. And I suspect for many of us, a big part of why we love it traces to the countless hours of volunteer time that residents give to neighborhood organizations, such as the PTA, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts or your neighborhood association.

With TETNA’s annual meeting set for April 18 at Red Dot, I’d invite you to consider attending and, more importantly, taking on a more active role with your neighborhood association.

Events like the nighttime Trick or Treat, Spring Egg Hunt and Run Tosa Run only happen because of volunteers like you, and the help you can provide may only require a few hours. It also might turn into something you look forward to each year.

We also are looking for residents interested in taking on leadership roles:

  • Board members
  • Board officers (such as treasurer)
  • Newsletter editing
  • Event planning
  • Scholarship review

And we’re always looking for new ideas. Maybe you have a few, about how to make our neighborhood even better. Share them with us and learn more at our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. If you want to learn more in advance, email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.


TETNA scholarship now $750; neighborhood high school seniors invited to apply

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our TETNA scholarship, which this year was increased to $750.

Seniors in our neighborhood should apply by Feb. 9. Info at tosaeasttowne.org/scholarship.

Ricky Serrano scholarship

TETNA board president David Paulsen, right, presents Tosa East High School senior Ricky Serrano with a $500 scholarship check at the 2017 annual meeting.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the TETNA philosophy: “To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction.”

The scholarship competition is open to neighborhood seniors who attend public or private school, but only students whose families have a current, paid TETNA membership are eligible. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email info@tosaeasttowne.org. Email us, too, if you are a resident interested in serving on the committee that selects the scholarship recipient.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses. It will be presented at our annual meeting, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot.