Hello, all. I thought I’d take a moment to say hello and let you all know I’m recovering well. If you didn’t know already, I experienced some unexpected health problems in July which led to a hospitalization and lots of subsequent medical appointments to make sure I recover and don’t end up in the Emergency Room again. I’m satisfied with that strategy, lengthy as it is.

Coming Right Up!

Coming Right Up!

I’d like to thank those of you who expressed support and who offered to help carry the load while I take the necessary time to recover. This is one of those times when I feel the community behind me and that alone has made a huge difference in my health. In the meantime, I’ll be slowly re-integrating and have a few updates for you:

  • I’ll be hosting a fall Coffee at Kickstand event at some point soon after Labor Day. It would be great to see you all and find out how you’re doing. I’ll have a date and time for you as soon as the holiday is over.
  • I recently joined Support Arlington Center, a group dedicated to addressing the alarming rate of empty storefronts and exorbitant rent increases that occasioned them. I’m on board in an official advisory capacity and will be helping the organization coordinate their activities with other business development and municipal entities around town. I’ll also be helping to organize the first in a series of “cash mobs,” based on the flash mob phenomenon. Our cash mobs will focus on existing Center businesses. Visit Support Arlington Center for more information and to join the organization.

I’m still on the lookout for additional volunteers who could help with events (just being there would be a great benefit), groups (mostly touching base with group members by updating feeds and/or blog posts) and technical support for some of our web development projects.

Finally, special thanks to AE member Bruce Hoppe of Connective Associates for his offers of help and great community development ideas. I’d also like to thank friend and AE Partner Mike Grossman of Mike Grossman Consulting for his behind-the-scenes technical help and support. I’ve been starting to make the rounds of friends and colleagues once again and hope to see or talk with you at some point soon.

That’s it for now. I’ve got my annual physical exam coming up tomorrow and – joy! – will have Friday all to myself. Please feel free to keep in touch and let me know if you have any questions, ideas or requests.