Spring/Summer 2002 The West View - Issue #5 page 5 Message from the Chair : by Edie Trimmer Edison Kids Star in Opera erty value from Union Pacific, from realtors or whoever else: might be found responsible. Hire an independent railroad engineer to assess whether the 900 south passenger line can really handle heavy freight and if the railroad crossing signals are adequate. State and federal agencies are not living up to their responsibilities to provide for our safety and to assure an open process with opportunity for public comment. Conduct fund raising activities such for the Imagination | Celebration By Patricia Miller "You should sing Oprah!", a Bosnian boy told Patricia Miller, third grade teacher at Edison Elementary. "That's opera", Mrs. Miller laughingly replied. Last year, during the 2000/01 school year, Mrs. Miller was awarded a grant Our Poplar Grove and Glendale from the Salt Lake City Arts Council neighborhoods are disappointed by the (along with matching funds from rulings by the Federal Surface Edison School) for a project to create Transportation Board and the federal an original opera by Edison students. as our successful "Best Ever Chilli court which denied Salt Lake City's Utah Opera also became involved in Lunch". Perhaps we can show the petition requesting adverseabandonthe project. Paula Fowler, Education ment of the 900 South Line, which _"Danger on the Rails" video tape as — Coordinator for Utah Opera offered an part of a fund raiser for our legal was recently reactivated by Union. additional resident artist. The immense defense fund. I extend my thanks to Pacific. talents of resident artists, Jolene Clarke Nick Dokos, a retired railroad engiAs a citizen, I was even more sadand Ray Foote brought the dream to dened by the editorials in the Salt Lake -neer from Kennecott, for advising me fruition. About eighty Edison students | about both of the a Tribune and the Deseret News, which wrote the libretto and music for their blame. us as a neighborhood and as ideas. own version of the classic fairytale, Help educate families of school age homeowers, but do not hold the City, Sleeping Beauty. kids not just about safety, but about State, Gateway developers or Union In conjunction with the Winter Pacific at all responsible. Such politics their power as tax-paying and voting Olympics in 2002, a cultural Olympiad citizens. We are powerful together! of blame are those of the powerful, was also planned. New York's Invite public officials, newspaper who have only their owninterests and Kennedy Center funded the editors, Union Pacific officials, agendas in mind. Imagination Celebration to come to Gateway developers and other digAs a community council chair and Salt Lake City. Paula Fowler invited someone who naively believes in nataries to meetings at homes immediMrs. Miller to remount the children's democratic processes (imperfect as ately adjacent to the .900 South opera for a performance at the Rose Passenger line. Let's conduct open they may be), I believe that damaging Wagner Center. The theatre cost was discussions with all of these people in the well-being of some neighborpaid for by the Imagination the very environment they condone or hoods, so that others can enrich themCelebration. Thirty Edison students selves will ultimately damage the have helped create. worked hard to develop their voices: _ Educate ourselves on the laws entire fabric of the city. It is not in Salt and learn fifty pages of music. Here's regarding increased emissions and the Lake City's nor the State of Utah's best what children had to say about the — passage of hazardous wastes, such as interests to contribute to the decline experience: sulphuric acid, chlorine chemicals and and impoverishment of one of its old"The opera was fantastic! Some of _ other hazardous materials through our est and largest neighborhoods. the songs were beautiful to listen to. _ As acommunity, we are not alone in neighborhood. All I had to do is pretend the audience Are you willing to take on any of our outrage at the unlimited power that wasn't there." - Jay, age 8. these tasks? Do you want to add your railroad companies like Union Pacific "The play was good. What I liked voice, pro or con, to the debate? Don't have. A recent Arts & Entertainment mostly was the fairies and the wicked investigative report called "Danger on sit back. This is the democratic and witch." - Mele, age 9. community process, not in terms of the Rails" shares our same concerns. "What I liked about the opera is that political parties,but in terms of how it _ Here are other things that we can do: we all had a part in it. We got to have Work together to contract for an affects us and our neighbors, and how costumes and we got on the stage at the it inspires our children to believe in us attorney for those homeowners adjaright time." - George, age 9. cent to the 900 South line so that they and our community. "T liked when the witch put a curse on Please call Edie at 532-1948 or 671can recover damages from false the princess." - Yesnia, age 9. 5894, if you want to get involved. claims, property damage, loss in prop"I liked that we sang." - Barnsley, age 8. "I liked when Riley School Children aad Local Senior . Citizens Come Together By Connie Kulacz Each month the Sunday Anderson _ Senior Center runs a program that helps a Riley sixth grade school class relate to senior citizens. The center collabo-. rates with sixth grade teacher, Beverly Harding, with the aim of enhancing the students’ lives as well as the lives of volunteers who devote their time and talents. Ivah Doverspike, Florence Lawrence, Sally Ottlei, and Joyce Gaffney have been the persistent, loyal volunteers of this program for three years running. Volunteers experience a sense of sat_ isfaction from helping the kids. Each ‘her duet with Princess Rosalia did Prince Julio." - Latish, age 9. "I liked acting and singing. We did good and everybody liked it." - Garret, year a fundraising event takes place to age 9. "T liked the opera a lot. | ccd when help generate money to use for prizes Francisco and I died. I liked when — and gifts that are given to the kids, and Sebastian killed the witch. - Nurdine, for joint projects between the students age 9. : A lot of the volunteers, and seniors. "Tl liked the opera because it was fun." who teach such classes at the center as, . - Domonick, age 9. Leather Craft, Line Dancing, General Patricia Miller would like to publicly Crafts, and Horseshoes are also thank all the wonderful community involved. members who donated time and finanThe program is wide and diverse, and cial support to give the Edison students provides a lot of positive intergeneramemories that will last a lifetime. A tional experiences. The Sunday special thank you goes to Julie Miller, Anderson Center welcomes new volunteers who would be willing to help at Edison's Principal, Terry Thomas of | Performance Audio and Shauna and ~ Riley School in other capacities. If you George Dilley, parents extraordinaire! are interested, call Debbie at 538-2092.