Manette Garage Sale Canceled

The MNC Community Garage Sale originally scheduled for August 15th has been canceled.

Kitsap County remains in Phase 2 with a rising trend of new cases. All Safe Start phase applications have been paused until at least July 16th.

Even if the county were to meet phase 3 requirements by August 15th, logistically the MNC Board would not have enough time to sponsor the garage sale.  

We love this event regret that it cannot happen this year.

E. 11th Street & Perry Ave Project Seeks Community Input

Christopher Dimmitt, P.E. is seeking community feedback on the E. 11th Street and Perry Ave street improvement project. More information about the project can be found on the Public Utilities Project Page here.

Attached is is a PDF fillable document survey document. It can be returned in two ways:

  1. Printed out and mailed back to the City at Suite 100 345 6th St Bremerton, WA 98337.
  2. Email completed survey to

How to Video Chat

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.

Click here for more information about Jitsi Meet.

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 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.

Step 1: The website at

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.

Step 2: The meeting name input showing an example name

3. Click “Go” to activate your new meeting

On a computer, this will immediately bring you into your video chat meeting.

Step 3: The meeting name input showing the “Go” button

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.

Step 4: The mobile device page showing options to download or open the Jitsi Meet app

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.

Step 1: The Jitsi Meet page on a computer

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.

Step 2: The Jitsi Meet sharing panel icon on a computer
Step 2: The Jitsi Meet sharing panel icon on a mobile device

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.

Step 3: The Jitsi Meet sharing dialog on a computer, with the copy buttons highlighted

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.

Postponing the Manette Edible Garden Tour

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.

Hill Climb History and Walking Map

In 2008, Manette Neighborhood Coalition volunteers gathered together to improve the local treasure we call the “The Hill Climb.” While graced with wonderful views and a mix of introduced and local plants, it was at risk due to noxious weeds and neglect. Volunteers committed over 500 hours for the Hill Climb improvements. Thousands of pounds of English Ivy and Himalayan Black Berry were removed. A cedar bench was added, as well as composting bins and landscape blocks to mitigate hill erosion and define a domestic planting area. Over 70 drought tolerant native plants were planted by volunteers to replace the ivy and blackberries.

To learn more and see a walking map of Manette, download the attached flyer.

11th and Perry Construction Update

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:

I thought I would provide you some advanced notice on upcoming activities for the E 11th St and Perry Ave project. Feel free to share this information with any and all constituents or refer them to the city project web page at:

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. 

Chris Dimmitt, P.E.
Civil Engineer II
City of Bremerton Public Works & Utilities
Office: (360)-473-2307 Mobile: (360)-277-7569

2019 Harvest Fest & Annual Meeting

Manette residents digging into the potluck dinner

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!

Thank you to everyone who attended, and a special thanks to the Manette Community Church for hosting.