Friends, for all who showed up or just drove by and had candy thrown at them from a safe, 6 foot-plus distance, thank you for making our 1st Annual, Trunk or Treat a success. Giving chocolate to kids and taking it from them was never so satisfying.

Now that things are cooling off, no wait, are they warming up,… oh, let’s go with cooling off, shall we (we’ll be right, mostly), it’s time to start gearing up for winter. With COVID on the loose, we need to think of extra special ways to help our neighbors. After all, we’re all in this together and want to help everyone see it through. On a small scale, I am still making sanitizer to give away (spray or gel); just let me know how much you need. My email and number are below.

It is most important to remember that this Thanksgiving will be hard on so many. So many families are avoiding their normal family get-togethers to make sure their loved ones can stay safe. In doing so, friends may need a few extra calls or socially distanced, front door visits, just to let them know you care. Holidays are hard without our traditions with loved ones, but, folks, we’ll get through this. Locusts don’t swarm or rivers rise, we’ll be back to normal next year!

I’ll come up with an agenda for this Thursday’s meeting (6:00pm via Zoom), but I know we’ll talk about the holiday party. We could use your help. We’ve got a good core group of volunteers now, which will make it even more fun to join in as a volunteer. Want to help? Try to get on the call this Thursday and we’ll talk about how.

I look forward to seeing all of you, soon (even if just on a screen).

Rick Eagleton
reagleton@rjeoffices.com
918-845-0637

Please check the Association’s last message for details, but this is a reminder of our invitation for you to bring kids for candy or just come by 1302 South Galveston Ave. at 4:30 this Saturday for a bit of Halloween fun and fellowship. We’ve decided to grill some hot dogs (that’s the teaser) and will have some non-alcoholic beverages. Nothing fancy. Everything will be outside and distanced. We’ll have sanitizer and masks if you don’t have them as well to make things safe.

Feel free to email, text or call for more details. Rick Eagleton

Please bring your little goblins to the Neighborhood Association’s TRUNK OR TREAT (our version of socially distanced trick or treating) on Halloween Night, October 31, 2020 a/k/a the scariest night of the year. We’re going to do this from 4:30 to 7:00, in my front yard (1302 South Galveston Ave. — the corner lot). The first hour will emphasize passing out candy to kids. After that, the emphasis will be stealing candy back from kids. Please bring masks and lawn chairs and adult beverages if you wish (the adult beverages are not for the kids).

For this new event, we’re going to pass out candy to all kids, including big kids — after all, we’re all kids, right? It may just be that adult kids get the good stuff: dark chocolate, M&M’s, Butterfingers, Reese’s… you get my drift. The young kids, well, that sort of depends.

If you want to just walk or drive by and have candy thrown at you from a distance, that’s fine. If you want to set up your lawn chair in the front yard, even better, but we’re going to stay outside. Dress warmly if need be. We ask that you remember to bring your lawn chair and your mask. We’ll have the sanitizing gel and spray. We want to see you, but no one wants to get sick. Getting COVID on Halloween would have to be bad karma.

If you have any interest in helping, feel free to call me at 918-845-0637 or email at reagleton@rjeoffices.com. Sitting around eating chocolate is pretty low impact volunteer work, so no one should be intimidated.

Rick Eagleton, President.

Friends and Neighbors,

Please join us for tonight’s Zoom meeting at 6:00pm.
If you will email me, I will get you a Zoom invite. My email address is reagleton@rjeoffices.com. Our agenda is as follows:

1. Treasurer’s Report.

2. Discuss details and planning for Riverview’s “Trunk and Treat” on Halloween night, Saturday October 31, from 4:30 -7:00 (socially distanced, of course in the front yard of yours truly – 1302 South Galveston Ave. (the corner lot)).

3. Discuss details and planning for our December “Drive-by Holiday Party,” date TBA.

4. Open discussion on how to help neighbors in the time of COVID.

5. Upcoming tentative nature events for the Spring: Home Garden Tour and then meet up at Cry Baby Plaza. What else should we do?

6. Welcoming Committee discussion and request for volunteers.

7. Request for Agenda Topics for the next year.

8. New Business.

Adjourn

I plan on keeping us to about an hour or less, so please grab a beverage or snack and get ready to Zoom.

Rick Eagleton, President.

Friends and Neighbors,

What a beautiful time of year we’ve stumbled upon. Remember when we were all cooped up in the house trying to avoid the heat? And then, all the sudden, without any warning, blammo, here we are. “Autumn seemed to arrive suddenly that year. The morning of the first September was crisp and golden as an apple.” J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.

So, let’s all get out and enjoy ourselves, breathing the fresh air and reminding ourselves what a beautiful neighborhood we are so fortunate to have.

Last month’s Zoom meeting was a success; we have new members who have great ideas and enthusiasm to help. After all, joining in is a great way to meet your neighbors. How’s about pitching in as well? We’ve got some ideas now for “socially distanced” get-togethers. Get me your email address (by sending it to reagleton@rjeoffices.com) and join in on Zoom at our October 13 meeting to learn how to help. It’ll be fun.

Right now, I’m excited to announce that we’re going to be having a neighborhood “Trunk and Treat” on Halloween night, Saturday October 31. We’ll talk more about it in next week’s meeting, but the idea is to have a safe, outdoor, stop-by or drive-by event for kids and adults. So, on Halloween, from 4:30pm to 7:00pm, we’ll be gathering in my front yard. 1302 South Galveston Ave. (the corner lot). From about 4:30pm to 5:30pm, our emphasis will be on passing out candy to kids, either in the front yard or we’ll bring it to the car window to be even safer. We figure adults can come as early as 4:30pm and stick around to about 7:00pm to share a BYOB beverage in the front yard. If you want to do that, bring a lawn chair, but you can just waive from across the street or from your car if you prefer, and that’s great, too. We want to see you, but we want everyone to be safe. Isn’t it time to start seeing each other, again? We think so!

We’re also planning our December “Drive-by Holiday Party,” which we imagine will be a similar, safe format, but we haven’t put the final touches on planning. Want to help? We know we could use some goodies to pass out. We’ll talk more about this on Tuesday, as well.

Also, we’re setting the schedule for a Spring home garden tour and a guided tour of Cry Baby Plaza by Ray Luth (and Maryhelen, if we can talk her into it). You may not know of all the eco-friendly and unique plants that we (they) planted in Cry Baby Plaza. Ray commonly posts photos on our Facebook page of the plantings: “Riverview Neighborhood Association Tulsa.” Check those out. Remember, our neighborhood worked hard to raise money and design that terrific, unique park. We should all enjoy Cry Baby Plaza, and knowing how much thought went into it just enhances the fun. Thanks, as always, to all those who raised money and dedicated so much time to making it possible.

It appears our Welcoming Committee is finally going to get underway. You don’t have to be the lead contact, but would you like to be involved? We sure want our new neighbors to feel welcomed. Join in on Tuesday’s Zoom and we’ll talk more.

Lastly, we’re going to use this next meeting to set an agenda for the next year. We’d like to know what issues folks have on their mind and how the Association can help. We know we want to try to identify how neighbors can be helping neighbors during this time of COVID. But, like so many, we’re just not so sure how. There are lots of topics which may be on your mind, so let’s visit. Remember, to get me your email address so I can make sure you’re invited.

See you, Tuesday.

Rick Eagleton, President.




To follow up my more detailed post of September 11, 2020, we have had a good response from neighbors about our upcoming Riverview Association Zoom meeting. Not only that, several folks have submitted timely agenda items for discussion. We want as many to attend and get involved as possible.

For me to include you, I will need your name and email address. Why don’t you send me an email at my personal email address reagleton@rjeoffices.com so I can get you an invite. If you’re not used to Zoom just yet, I’m pretty sure we can get you there. Send me an email or call (918) 845-0637 as soon as you can and we’ll figure a way to get you comfortable with Zoom.

Rick Eagleton, President.

Friends and Neighbors, the Riverview Association is ready to emerge, back to action, now after a COVID hiatus. Much has changed in our neighborhood and our lives since we last spoke, too many ways to list. We hope that you and your loved ones have remained safe and have been able to adopt measures to remain safe. These are times to take stock in the most important things, like supporting loved ones and close friends. We will survive.

I’ve polled some of our neighbors about how to have a meeting and have decided that even if we might be able to meet at a restaurant, it’s just not the best way to handle meetings for now. So, I am going to set up a Zoom meeting for next Thursday at 6:00pm. (That may be subject to change, but let’s go with it for now.) For me to include you, I will need your name and email address. Why don’t you send me an email at my personal email address reagleton@rjeoffices.com so I can get you an invite. Now, if you’re not used to Zoom just yet, I’m pretty sure we can get you there. Send me an email or call (918)845-0637 as soon as you can and we’ll figure a way to get you comfortable with Zoom.

Another reason to get in touch is to suggest an agenda item for our meeting. I know that many of you are still interested on re-striping “traffic calming” on South Denver Ave. Regrettably, I don’t have very much in the way of a positive report, but I’m happy to share what I know about contacts with the City. If anyone who has more detailed information can join us for Zoom, that would be helpful.

I expect to put on the agenda a discussion of crime and safety, so if you have anything to add, let me know.

Also, and certainly not last, I would like to have information on what our neighbors may need during COVID. We can talk about what is doable. Many of us want to help. It would be useful to discuss how.

Aside from all that, it’s just important to connect through all this, so I look forward to hearing from you.

Rick Eagleton, President.

Friends, we are all learning how to work, how to cope, how to survive, and, yes, doing all that tethers us to that basic goodness we all have inside. We so want to be helpful, look forward to being together and get through this damned thing… AND WE WILL. I promise. (Pinkie promise, from the Prez.)

As you may have heard, our good friends from Tulsa Tough have made the damned right decision to cancel the bike races in our neighborhood in June. It’s the right thing to do. It most surely is. I know those folks, they are serious people, and it was hard, but just as plainly, they would have known the right call. We want everyone to be safe, as do they. Thank you, Tulsa Tough, for the respect you always show our neighborhood and the courageous respect this decision demonstrates. We, and you, will come back stronger than ever. Riverview, let’s just decide it will be the best next year when we see each other at Cry Baby Hill. ‘Cause it will, folks. It will. We are a resilient crew. Let’s remind ourselves each day of that. We can surely endure anything, and this thing is just going to reinforce us in who we are. Proud, tough, and most above all….decent. Scream it from your front door, friends. As in now!

And from my little “work at home” corner, I would like to let you know I’m mixing up hand sanitizing spray for so long as my supplies last. I want to give you some, so you may be safe. Please text me at 918-845-0637, ’cause at long last, I’m still not sure I’ve got the website synced up to my email. Just text.

Friends, I promise. And it’s the real kind of promise one makes with serious stuff in mind. We can do this! You can do this! We will get through this, together! With love and support, let’s do this thing.

Rick Eagleton, President.

Friends, it seems such a long distant time when only two weeks ago I reached out to you about COVID-19 and social distancing. I’m sure were Einstein around, he could educate us on why the notion of time seems so confused in a crisis. As many of us are mostly at home now, I’d love for a physicist (or armchair physicist) to take a moment to comment on  why our concept of time now seems so out of whack.

As to these challenging times, our instincts are to care for those most dear to us with the comfort that should we, ourselves, be of need, we will be cared for. Such is one of the most basic functions of a caring neighborhood such as is ours.  Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.” Inasmuch as these may be challenging times, they present for us the hopeful opportunity to shine for each other. This is who neighbors are; this is what neighbors do.

And so, as we try to explore new normals about how to stay safe and stay in touch, in addition to our Facebook Page, “Riverview Neighborhood Assocation Tulsa,” I’d like to remind you that recently we created a Facebook “Private Group.” You may find it as “Riverview Neighborhood” when searching on Facebook. And, if I’ve done it correctly, this is the link:

https://m.facebook.com/groups/497919887524351?id=497919887524351&ref=content_filter&_rdr

When we created a private group earlier this year, we imagined it would be a good way for neighbors to reach out to neighbors. It can hardly be overstated the importance of doing that now…checking on each other, volunteering to help others with shopping, supplies, medicine, or just sharing useful information as surely will remind others that neighbors are here to lend support. Remember, we are social beings. While cooped up in our homes, it is doubly important to have constant and positive human connection.

Friends, it is said that a challenge doesn’t change character – it reveals it. In times of need, we can all take a lesson from this. I commend those in our neighborhood who have already been doing the little things for others. By taking personal responsibility and committing ourselves to keep in touch, we will better care for each other and the least among us.

Rick Eagleton, Ass’n President.

Neighbors, Regrettably, our government has not been very clear or consistent in delivering guidance to citizens on what we should be doing in light of the growing coronavirus pandemic. Because testing for coronavirus has not yet been sufficient to tell us how many people have it and where they are congregated, our local governments and health boards are not in a position to give specific guidance, or take targeted actions like closing schools in affected areas, limiting social gatherings, etc. Seems some practical guidance is called for.

You may have heard the term “social distancing.” In short, it means limiting your contact with others so that the spread is slowed. Testing, health care asset allocation and social distancing keep the cases from spiking across the nation. This is relevant to “flatten the curve.” If we can spread out the period people get infected with this thing, then hospitals can handle the most serious cases. If infections spike, hospitals can’t. So what to do as good neighbors?

We’ve all heard that most people will not die from this. This is true. Not to put to fine a point on it, but most people who contracted the Spanish Flu didn’t die either.  Young people and those who are not immuno-compromised should mostly do just fine. But that’s not the point. When not-at-risk people spread it, those at risk get it. We healthy and young folks have a responsibility to others not to take this casually. Think of everyone you know who is in an at-risk category, I have plenty of friends, family, Riverview neighbors who are at risk. We must take precautions, not because this is likely to kill the majority of folks, but because we have a duty to those who are most vulnerable. So, what it is our civic duty, our neighborly duty, now?

First, call your vulnerable friends, family, and neighbors and let them know this this is serious enough to start taking precautions and you will help if you can. Some news channels aren’t presenting it as serious. Vulnerable folks may be getting misinformation. It’s not time to panic. It’s time to be smart. And as neighbors, we can be helpful. We should check on our neighbors, volunteer to pick up groceries, medications, pet supplies, if they are at risk. We can help keep them safe.

Second, we should all wash hands thoroughly (for 20 seconds) throughout the day, soap and water. A neighborhood pediatrician has told me it’s the 20 seconds, not the water temperature, that is important. This is helpful. Use hand sanitizer if you have it, but don’t stress if you don’t.

Third, start social distancing to the extent it is practical for you: limiting your large group social activities and keeping a distance of 6 feet from folks, if you can. This may change when we have better numbers in our own, specific areas, but for now, we have to assume this is just spreading around us. We and the organizers of the Tulsa Tough race in June will keep all this in mind as the situation may warrant. We don’t want to make it worse. That said, we shouldn’t run scared or panic. There are easy things we can do, and we should do them, like common sense things such as limit hand shaking, stop touching our eyes, nose and mouth, etc. It spreads usually from coughing and sneezing.

Fourth, if you have been in direct contact with someone who has it, or if you have a fever or display any flu like symptoms, go home from work and call your doctor or local health department for instructions. It does not mean you have it; but you don’t want to spread it around if you do. The Oklahoma Department of Health coronavirus hotline is 877-215-8336.

This is unnerving stuff, but we can band together to protect the most vulnerable among us. Let’s do this and be the good people and neighbors we know we are.

Rick Eagleton, President.