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OWN town hall March 12 to include board election, community updates

       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) will hold its annual Town Hall Thursday, March 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Mother Muff's restaurant/bar, 2432 W. Colorado Ave.
       The meeting will be a chance to “learn about the latest news and efforts to better the Westside and the city,” according to OWN President Welling Clark.
       The agenda includes the annual election for the OWN Board of Directors. Five of the nine positions are open. Town Hall attendees who live or work within the traditional OWN Neighborhood Strategy Area (NSA) are eligible to run for the board or to vote in the election.
       Three of the the terms are for the full three years, while two others are partial because of elected members stepping down and others being appointed.
       The meeting will also include presentations on law enforcement and the planned Westside Avenue Action Plan in the “No Man's Land” area of West Colorado Avenue, according to Clark.
       A volunteer nonprofit, OWN was established in 1978 as the city-recognized advocacy group for a “neighborhood strategy area” (NSA) in which the city wanted to reduce blight and build community. It covered the older Westside, roughly bordered by I-25, Lower Gold Camp Road, Manitou Springs and Uintah/King streets. The city stopped funding the Westside NSA last year, stating that other parts of the city have greater needs now, but OWN members have decided their organization can still be of service.
       For more information, contact OWN President Welling Clark by e-mail at welling80904@yahoo.com .

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(Posted 3/2/15; Community: Neighborhoods)

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