Westside Briefs:
Fillmore: Pothole-patching defended

       Less than a month before the City Street Division paved Fillmore Street between Mesa and Centennial this week and last, a city pothole patching crew had made repairs on the old pavement there.
       While this may seem like a waste of effort, Dave Scalfri of City Streets said that such is not necessarily the case. After checking into the question - posed by a citizen to the Westside Pioneer - Scalfri said he found there had been “lots of complaints about potholes and seams” in that part of Fillmore. “We respond to citizen complaints on a road even if we're going to pave there in the near future.”
       The reasoning is that pothole patching is a relatively inexpensive way to make driving safer and reduce chances of vehicle damage. Doing that work a short time before the full pavement-overlay project “is not a misuse of public funds,” he said.
       Student art in space
       Student artwork submitted to the Space Foundation in conjunction with the recent National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs will be taking a longer trip than expected when digital images of the paintings, drawings and multimedia compositions lift off to the International Space Station (ISS) this week aboard the Space Shuttle Atlantis.
       Two of these are from Howbert Elementary - Hannah Marquez and Landon Vidmar, whose drawings won awards in the pre-kindergarten to-second-grade category.
       The Space Foundation Student Art Contest invited students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from across the nation to submit original artwork depicting the theme “Human Space Travel in the Year 2020,” resulting in entries from more than 150 students in 13 states. Thirty-six works of art were recognized and displayed at the National Space Symposium, held last April in Colorado Springs, where they caught the eye of a Japan Space Forum (JSF) Representative attending the event. JSF invited the Space Foundation to add images of the art to drawings, paintings, writings and photos created by Japanese students and scheduled to be sent to the ISS through a Japanese program called TERRAHEART. The launch is scheduled Friday, July 8.
       One element of the program connects children to the universe by housing their art on the ISS. "The International Space Station can be seen from anywhere on Earth as one of the brightly shining stars," said Susumu Yoshitomi of JSF. "We hope that the knowledge that their works are in the same place together faraway in the universe will awaken children's awareness of their interconnections as inhabitants of Earth."
       Free bike repair, lunch
       Free bike repair, followed by free lunch, will be available for anyone coming to the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St., Saturday, July 9.
       Lasting from 9:30 a.m. to noon, the repair clinic allows people to drop in with their bicycles during that time and get help from technicians at no charge.
       From noon to 1 p.m., the Woodmen Valley Chapel's mobile kitchen will serve free hot lunches. The public is welcome.
       An action arm of the chapel runs the Community Center on a contract with the city; it had formerly worked with low-income residents of the Express Inn (now closed) off Eighth and Cimarron streets.
       “With the Express Inn closed, we're just giving people a chance to come by and have lunch and use the playground equipment,” said Dick Siever, director of the center.

Westside Pioneer/press releases