This year has created a new normal for relationships, requiring friends and family to learn how to keep in touch from a distance. While technology can be a useful solution, it can also be challenging to understand and use safely.
The MNC board has found a secure, free tool that can help you do this. The product is called Jitsi Meet. Our board (with over 40 years combined experience in IT) recommends it for the following reasons:
Cost: Jitsi Meet is free
Safety: Jitsi Meet does not sell your data and is publicly maintained by the community
Ease: Jitsi Meet can be used in one click from a web browser or mobile app, and the app downloads in seconds
Convenience: Jitsi Meet provides stable and high-quality video chat on any device, built on web standards
We share this only as a community service; none of us have any connection in any way to the product. We hope you enjoy.
These steps will get you up and running with Jitsi Meet, enabling you to create a video chat meeting and share it with those closest to you.
Creating a new meeting
If you would like to start a video chat with your friends and family, these quick steps will get the meeting set up.
1. Open the website meet.jit.si in a web browser on your device
Jitsi Meet can be used on a computer or a mobile device. If you would like to video chat, be sure that your device has a camera enabled.
2. Enter the name of the video chat meeting
You can create the meeting name in the “Start a new meeting” box, or just use the pre-filled name.
The name of the video chat meeting is meant to be long and hard to guess. This will keep uninvited people from joining your meeting.
3. Click “Go” to activate your new meeting
On a computer, this will immediately bring you into your video chat meeting.
4. If you are on a mobile device, download or open the Jitsi Meet app
The Jitsi Meet website will ask you to download or open the Jitsi Meet app, as seen in the screenshot below. Clicking “Download the app” will bring you to your phone’s app store, where the Jitsi Meet app can be installed. Once it is installed, you can click “Continue to the app” to open the video chat meeting.
Inviting others to your meeting
Once your meeting has been created, it is time to invite friends and family. These steps will demonstrate how to access the invitation tools in Jitsi Meet.
1. Make sure that you are currently in a Jitsi Meet meeting
The best way to invite friends and family is to enter the video chat yourself first, then send links to the meeting.
2. Open the sharing panel
On a computer, click the “i” icon in the lower-right corner.
On a mobile device, click the “Invite others” button just above the control buttons.
3. Send the meeting link to friends and family
On a computer, clicking the “copy” link (see below) will copy all of the meeting details. Those details can then be pasted into an email or other chat program.
On a mobile device, clicking the “Invite other” button will bring up the device’s sharing panel. From that panel you can forward the details from the app of your choosing, or copy the link to share it manually.
4. Have your friends and family join the meeting
Once your invitees have received their link, they simply need to click the link to open Jitsi Meet. On a mobile device, they will need to install the Jitsi Meet app from their app store prior to opening. See step #4 under “Creating a new meeting” for more details.
The MNC Board would like to share a message from the MEGT Co-Chairs:
As co-chairs of the 2020 Manette Edible Garden Tour, we are concerned that the corona virus pandemic and resulting restrictions on social gatherings, as well as business closures, will make it difficult for us to plan this event. There is also the possibility that social distancing guidelines may still be in effect as we approach the August 1st date. As a result, we are recommending that the MNC consider delaying the 2020 Tour until August of 2021.
We are both very much invested in the MEGT and its success and would gladly continue as co-chairs in the event it is postponed.
Wendie and Ellen, MEGT Co-Chairs
The MNC Board agrees with Wendie and Ellen, and have voted to postpone the MEGT to 2021. We will update the community next year with plans the next Edible Garden Tour.
With a record-setting 14 people in attendance, the February Public Meeting was called to order. Topics included the Manette Edible Garden Tour, the Easter Egg Hunt, and the Manette Hill Climb Clean-Up.
The City of Bremerton Public Works & Utilities department recently shared an update with the MNC. The 11th and Perry project will be conducting soil explorations in the coming weeks. More information below:
HWA Geosciences Inc will be performing initial soil explorations for the 11th and Perry Project in the second week in January. The attached maps show boring locations. Work taking place: Soil Borings and Hand Augers Work time: 9AM-3PM M-F Work Dates: 1/13/20-1/17/20 Locations: (See maps) E 11th St Boring Locations – Soil boring will occur in the parking areas outside of the drive lanes on 11th St between Pitt Ave and Perry Ave. HWA will core through the asphalt then drill down collecting soil samples at 2½ foot intervals. The noise during drilling will be considerable during the sampling periods. Sampling periods typically only last 1-2 minutes. After completion of the borings, the parking areas will be restored. Perry Ave Hand Auger Locations – HWA will perform hand augers will be conducted in grass strips adjacent to the roadway on Perry Ave between 11th St and 17th St. HWA will not need to be in the roadway and the noise from this procedure is minimal. After completion of the hand augers HWA will backfill the hole with drilling spoils and replace the sod on top.
This year’s Harvest Fest was a great success! The community came out in strong numbers with over 30 people in attendance.
The Harvest Fest spirit was proudly on display as folks brought their favorite harvest dishes to share. With choices ranging from dips inside real pumpkins to savory homemade chili, no one went home hungry.
Once dinner was done, the competition for fabulous prizes became fierce during the raffle. Over $60 was raised to support the MNC.
Finally, everyone got down to business with the Annual Meeting. The primary order of business was the election of 2020 board members, which went off with no major issues. More news on board elections to come!
The garage sale this year is August 17th. We did a survey last year and the consensus was to change the date so it no longer conflicted with the downtown brew fest. Send an email to email@example.com with the subject “Garage Sale” and your address to be added to the map. We will have follow up communications as we get closer to the event on how to download the map. Deadline for submissions is Aug 10th.
On May 4th, 2019 the MNC board and Manette community members mobilized to clean up Jennifer’s Hill Climb trail. The event was a great success! We had about 15 people over three hours trimming, mowing, and raking the winter’s debris away.
The result is a beautiful Hill Climb memorializing one of the MNC’s founding members. It is an asset to the community and a great space to enjoy our natural splendor. Thank you to everyone who came out!
About once each season, the MNC will select a submitted photo to be featured as the ManetteNeighborhoodCoalition.org header! Submit your photo of Manette, Bremerton, or anything showing off beautiful Kitsap life.
To submit your work, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the photo attached. Each season a great submitted photo will be given the place of honor with optional name and URL credit.
All media must be original, copyright-free work suitable for public display. The media must be larger than 2000 × 1200 pixels.