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Kirkland Weeds, July 24, 2020, 7:10 PM.

As a result of the COVID-19 crisis, it has cut into the city’s revenue and the ability to hire the usual number of summer hires for landscape maintenance.

As Sue Contreras was driving around town she noticed how overgrown many of the sidewalks and medians had become. She contacted the city to discover the city’s dilemma. So, she decided a volunteer program would be a great opportunity for residents to pick up the slack and help out.

Sue recruited two friends to help with the project, Pam Hynes and Karen Lightfeldt. Along with friends, neighbors, relatives and connections, they started by identifying several areas that were in desperate need of some TLC.

So with gloves, spades and forks, and recycle landscape bags, they all took off and started cleaning up several areas around town.

Sue thinks this is a great way to keep fit while the gyms are closed. It’s also a great opportunity to enlist a friend you haven’t see for ages and identify an area near you that needs some tidying up.

It may be a curb that is overgrown with weeds, or a street gutter that needs sweeping or ivy that needs cutting, or an area in a park that needs attention.  She explains to everyone, “For safeties sake we are not allowed to work on the street medians. It’s too dangerous. And of course, we need to wear masks and maintain social distancing.”

If anyone is interested is joining one of her teams, you can contact Sue through the Contact Form on the website  She would love it if you could share this with your friends and neighbors or Neighborhood Association in Kirkland and to include this on your website and in your newsletter.

You can reach Sue via the Contact Form on our front page. Or email

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