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Central Foothills Neighborhood Association (CFNA) 2020 Annual Review

posted Dec 21, 2020, 6:36 PM by CFNA CFNA

Happy Solstice & Seasons Greetings Central Foothills Neighbors!


We hope this newsletter finds you all well, and likely looking forward to the new year ahead. While this year has been one for the books and most of us would rather not think about the year we have had, we wanted to take a moment and review some of the great things that have happened in our neighborhood. This year has definitely brought challenge, uncertainty, frustration, and isolation. We have all had to figure out a different way of going about our normal daily routine. With that said, it has been wonderful to live in an area with great weather, easy access to the outdoors, and wonderful neighbors to greet as we pass each other on a walk (socially distanced, of course).


In all of this uncertainty, we do know that there is a small light to the end of the tunnel. We also know and have seen how great and necessary a community is. Keep checking in on your neighbor (safely), keep up the great yard work, and stay positive!  Before we know it, we will be back to getting together for backyard BBQs, dining in restaurants in Hyde Park, and not having to run off the trail like a hermit to socially distance while using the trails.  


We hope you will find enjoyment and a bit of hope for the coming year as we review the great things that have gone on this past year (see below) and as we look to the plans for the year ahead.  


We wish you all a warm holiday season.  Be safe, be neighborly, be kind.  




Your Central Foothills Neighborhood Association Board

Joanie Fauci, President

Michelle Cooper, Vice President

Carolyn & Nathan Punt, Secretary/Treasurer

Dorothy Finaldi, Firewise Coordinator

Moe McGee, Neighborhood Plan Coordinator 

Helen Thorsen, Neighborhood Watch Coordinator

Sharon Hayhurst, Neighborhood Coordinator



2020 Updates


Neighborhood Association Board Member update:

It is with great sadness we inform all of the passing of the CFNA president, outdoor enthusiast, neighborhood advocate, and friend, Mat Slater.  His battle with cancer was quick.  We will miss his fun and playful spirit.  He was a great support and advocate of the outdoors and our neighborhood, and we hope to continue on with his passion.


We are grateful to prior president and board member, Joanie Fauci, who will be taking on the role of president once again.  Michelle Cooper will continue as Vice President.  We would also like to thank Moe McGee and Dorothy Finaldi, also past presidents, who will also continue to help on the board.  Finally, Carolyn and Nathan Punt will be taking on the roles of Secretary/Treasurer as Mike Wabst has moved out of the area.



Firewise Re-certification:

We are very thankful for the hard work and leadership from CFNA board member Dorothy Finaldi and other neighbors throughout CFNA! With their work, we were able to once again obtain Firewise Certification for our neighborhood!  


As mentioned, the certification required neighborhood involvement through fire safe yard maintenance by creating and maintaining a defensible space that complies with wildland/urban interface regulations while promoting water conservation. As a part of this program, a woodchipper was brought to the neighborhood for neighbors to use during yard cleanup.  This past year we had 7 people take advantage of this opportunity.  We will be looking to obtain Firewise Certification again this coming year, which means we need continued participation from CFNA neighbors.


If you are unfamiliar with the Idaho Firewise program or wildland/urban interface (WUI), check out the Idaho Firewise Website for excellent information and resources on how to keep your family, property, and neighborhood safe. (



Mutt Mitt Station and garbage at Who Now Access Trailhead:

Many hikers, especially those with four-legged hiking buddies, may have noticed the addition of a Mutt Mitt Station and garbage can at the Who Now Loop Access trailhead (at the top of Lancaster Pl).  The Mutt Mitt stations you see have been the result of City grant and work with The Land Trust of the Treasure Valley over the past few years, and we are excited to say this project has been completed with the addition of the station.  The Mutt Mitt Station is currently being maintained by Carolyn.  Please let the association know if there are any concerns or issues.



CFNA 2021 plan:

  1. Annual meeting: Due to COVID, the City of Boise has asked all neighborhood associations to move normal spring annual meetings to August-November 2021.  We hope to have a gathering and annual meeting in September.  Stay tuned!  


Please consider participating as a board member! Fresh ideas and people are always good to an organization.


  1. Neighborhood Plan: Several neighbors are starting to look into creating a Neighborhood Plan.  This is a planning document that helps with City development projects.  If you would like to be involved, please send us an email.


  1. Firewise re-certification 2021: Be on the lookout for updates regarding Firewise re-certification.  


Contacting the Central Foothills Neighborhood Association:

We will be working to update our website over the next few months.  Please be patient as we do this.  For now, the best way to contact us is by email:  


We apologize if any emails are missed or incorrect.  Please notify us of neighbors who need to be added to or removed from this distribution and/or NextDoor, or if your contact information needs to be updated.  We greatly appreciate the help!



What is the difference between a Neighborhood Association & an HOA?:

Here is a great explanation found on the City of Boise’s website:  NA vs HOA (


Here is a website to a map and list of neighborhood associations in the City of Boise: Boise NAs