Author Archive: Maryann Spikes

Maryann Spikes holds an Associate of Arts degree in Humanities through Modesto Junior College, manages the Positive Modesto News page on Facebook, and enjoys coordinating Orchard Park Neighborhood Alliance under the umbrella of Modesto Neighborhoods Inc. Her favorite local coffee shop is the Queen Bean, and she calls Redeemer home. Maryann is married to her best friend, Lee, and proud mom to her teens, Ethan and David. Email Maryann at ichthus77@hotmail.com with CommunityView story ideas.

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CommunityView: Five Ways to Be Modesto’s Valentine

CommunityView: Five Ways to Be Modesto’s Valentine

  CommunityView: Five Ways to Be Modesto’s Valentine by MaryAnn Spikes   Sign up for a Love Modesto volunteer project at LoveModesto.com/april-8   April 8 Festivities begin at 8:00am on I & 10th Streets, right in front of the Gallo Center (NOT at your project location).   Free “Love Modesto” t-shirts given out to volunteers […]

By February 1, 2017 Read More →
CommunityView: Fighting Poverty & Homelessness in 2017

CommunityView: Fighting Poverty & Homelessness in 2017

As we look ahead to 2017 in our focus on prevention of homelessness, we must first take stock of what led us here. David Moore was one of 39 people remembered on December 21, the first night of winter and longest night of the year, when the Salvation Army hosted the Not Forgotten homeless persons […]

By January 1, 2017 Read More →
Community View – Do Good for the Holidays

Community View – Do Good for the Holidays

Do Good for the Holidays By Maryann Spikes I am honored to know someone, who has next to nothing, who gave one of his few pairs of socks to a bare-footed elderly woman so she could put on a pair of donated shoes. Those who have less sure do seem to give more, don’t they? […]

By December 12, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView: Modesto Family Promise

CommunityView: Modesto Family Promise

  As cold weather sets in, it is time to talk warmer options for those who sleep outside Modesto’s emergency shelters, which are geared to singles, not couples or families. Do you know of a family living on the street with children? Next time you see them, please tell them about Modesto Family Promise. Modesto […]

By November 1, 2016 Read More →
Community View What’s New in the Neighborhoods

Community View What’s New in the Neighborhoods

What’s New in the Neighborhoods   La Loma Neighborhood Develops Native Plant Garden An idea to transform a blighted area in the La Loma neighborhood has blossomed into a community native garden project. Several La Loma volunteers, led by Rhonda Allen, have already spent many hours preparing the land for use.   The native plant […]

By October 1, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Neighborhood Engagement

CommunityView – Neighborhood Engagement

CommunityView By MaryAnn Spikes Would you leave a woman stranded on the street with her groceries due to a bulky item policy? Ever kick anyone who loiters in front of your store? Have you displaced families from the safety of their tent community? Maybe there are better ways to engage people experiencing homelessness. Note the […]

By September 3, 2016 Read More →
Community View: Addressing Homelessness

Community View: Addressing Homelessness

Community View By MaryAnn Spikes Would you leave a woman stranded on the street with her groceries due to a bulky item policy? Ever kick anyone who loiters in front of your store? Have you displaced families from the safety of their tent community? Maybe there are better ways to engage people experiencing homelessness. Note […]

By September 1, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Unity for Law Enforcement

CommunityView – Unity for Law Enforcement

Community View By Maryann Spikes Have you noticed the great diversity of local vigils in support of unity between law enforcement and the community? Is your porch light blue? Is there a strip of blue tape on the rear window of your vehicle? Blue paint stripe on your curb? If you answered yes to any […]

By July 30, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Beautiful to Be a Neighbor

CommunityView – Beautiful to Be a Neighbor

CommunityView By Maryann Spikes It’s a beautiful day to be a neighbor. In my neighborhood, we talk about a lot of issues in our Facebook group and on Nextdoor.com, but we also do something about them. Rather than whining that another mailbox was broken into, we petition the postmaster to go back to steel community […]

By July 2, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Cleansing Hope

CommunityView – Cleansing Hope

Community View By Maryann Spikes Cleansing Hope Shower Shuttle makes Modesto beautiful by finding a need and filling it Nothing like a hot shower when you’re grimy to give you a fresh outlook on the day, right? I was honored to interview #GreatNeighbors Dean Dodd and Doran and Kelli Ott of Church in the Park […]

By June 1, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Standing With You

CommunityView – Standing With You

CommunityView By Maryann Spikes There are several upcoming opportunities to show your support for local law enforcement – especially the May 21 “Standing with You” event! Please note updated maps. Here are updated district maps with MPD officer contact info. to send thank-you emails and keep in touch on neighborhood crime concerns: https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B8Fs6QfjIUmvR0ZMbVF5aHIzVms&usp=sharing  At Coffee […]

By May 1, 2016 Read More →
Community View – Guardian Angels

Community View – Guardian Angels

Community View By Maryann Spikes Meet one of Modesto’s great neighbors, David Lambert, leader of the Modesto chapter of the Guardian Angels (GAs) and the Facebook-born group, Homelessness & Poverty in Stanislaus. We met for the first time at the most recent Focus on Prevention meeting geared to neighborhood leaders. Then his Facebook group had […]

By April 1, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Be A Neighbor

CommunityView – Be A Neighbor

Introducing Neighborhood Spotlights By Maryann Spikes The ViewCrew would like to put a spotlight on your neighborhood to showcase everything you love about living in it. Neighbors moving into your neighborhood want to know what’s good in the ‘hood. Send your neighbors’ answers to Maryann at ichthus77@me.com<mailto:ichthus77@me.com> and yours may be the next neighborhood under […]

By March 2, 2016 Read More →
CommunityView – Yo Knows Modesto

CommunityView – Yo Knows Modesto

CommunityView By Maryanne Spikes Yo Knows Modesto – Volunteer Yolanda Newell “Pays it Forward” to Local Job Hunters Yo Knows Modesto (YKM) is a popular, one-stop Facebook page connecting job seekers and employers from Modesto and surrounding areas, as well as sharing local resources for those in crisis, and affordable activities for all ages. Launched […]

By January 3, 2016 Read More →