February and March were busy months for the RGNA board. Working with Spieker Properties, and with a lot of help from Councilmember Cindy Chavez and her staff, here are just a few of the enhancements our neighborhood will receive:
o Spieker Properties has agreed to contribute the amount of $30,000 annually, for a period of three years, to help with improvements to sidewalks, gutters and provide appropriate street lighting within the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood.
o Spieker Properties will incorporate "Rosemary Gardens" gateway entrances to the neighborhood at First St. and Sonora Ave., First St. and Gish Rd., and First St. and Rosemary St.
o Spieker Properties will develop a 1.3 acre park which will border Sonora Ave. between Forrestal Ave. and Santa Paula Ave.
o Spieker Properties will incorporate a community room in the proposed housing development for the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Association to use.
In addition to these contributions, there will be many other benefits to our neighborhood, the most important being the increase in retail shops. We will finally have some support services within walking distance of our neighborhood.
We invite you to bring your children for a visit with the Easter Bunny!
Date: Saturday, April 15, 2000
Time: 9:30 (sign-in) 10:00 a.m. (hunt)
Place: Bachrodt School Field
Ages: 1 through 12
- Lots of Candy! Prizes! Coloring Sheets!
- Please bring your own basket to put your goodies in.
- The hunt starts promptly at 10:00 a.m. so come a few minutes early to visit with the Easter Bunny.
- If it rains, this event will be rescheduled.
We welcome you to participate!
Saturday, April 29, 2000
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Your driveway or yard!
o Make some extra money!
o Sell your own items in your own yard!
o Let RGNA do the advertising for you!
o As in the past, $2 will be collected the day of the sale to help defray the cost of advertising.
When the door of happiness closes, another opens, but often times we look so long at the closed door that we don't see the one which has been opened for us.
New to our neighborhood on Rosemary Street are Melinda Hoppe and Renee Gaff. Melinda is an engineer at Intel and Renee is a mechanic at Saturn. They have three cats (Corky, Amos and Jack), a greyhound (Max), and a turtle (Tessa). Melinda and Renee are to be married this summer! They are planning a July 1st wedding. Their roommate, Blair Cambra, is also new to our neighborhood. Welcome!
Adolfo and Tina Gomez, of Forrestal Avenue, are recent additions to our neighborhood! They enjoy local sight-seeing, gardening and roller blading. They are first time homeowners! Tina's brother, Lorenzo Valtierra and Adolfo's brother, Tavo Gomez are residing in their home on Forrestal. Welcome!
Newlyweds, Javier and Irene Jacquez are first time homeowners! They purchased a home on Forrestal Avenue. They have two sons, Fernando and Rueben, attending Campbell Middle School. They also have two pets, a labrador and a canary. Irene enjoys gardening while Javier coaches youth sports. Welcome to our neighborhood!
Congratulations to Basil and Rita Brooke, 24 year residents of Rosemary Street as they celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary! They were wed in a beautiful ceremony at the Lancaster Castle Priory Church in Lancaster, England, on March 24, 1950. Their daughter Christine and Rita's sister, Vera, joined with friends to make the celebration an unforgettable anniversary.
Happy Birthday to Mary Surico, a 44 year resident of Forrestal Avenue! Mary just celebrated her birthday on March 29th.
Happy April Birthday's to Beau Hoffman, April 19th and Domenic Surico, April 20th. Beau and Domenic have been neighbors on Forrestal Avenue since the late 1950's.
Thank you Kevin Farmer, the lastest volunteer to our neighborhood's anti-graffiti committee. Kevin is also a member of the City of San Jose's Adopt-A-Block Anti-Graffiti campaign. He will be monitoring certain sections in the neighborhood in a effort to help fight blight.
A sad farewell to Dorwin Putnam who passed away in January. Originally from Michigan, Dorwin was a crop duster in his younger days. He answered his country's call in WWII and served in the Marines. He fought in Iwo Jima and Guadacanal. A decorated soldier, he was also the recipient of the bronze star. As a sailing enthusiest, Dorwin never missed a chance to sail his boat in the San Francisco Bay. Those of you may remember him walking the neighborhood with his dachshund, Schnitzel. He was always quick with a smile, a wave, and a warm "Hello neighbor!"
If you are new to the neighborhood, expecting a baby, getting married, graduating from high school or college or know of someone that is, please call 441-RGNA and leave a message. We would like to include it in the Newsletter.
The second Saturday of each month is Recycle Saturday. Neighborhood volunteers collect your recyclables - newspapers, cardboard, CRV aluminum cans and CRV plastic soda bottles (sorry no telephone books or magazines). The money raised helps the RGNA to offset the cost of many neighborhood activities we all enjoy.
Do you know we need your help to be able to continue doing our Recycling Drive? I bet you think it will just go on forever, month after month and year after year. Well, here's the real deal - We need Recycling Volunteers! Volunteers are greeted with coffee, juice, muffins or donuts. Recycling Saturdays begin at 8:00 a.m. and usually last about two hours.
SO... Can you volunteer with a truck to drive and collect? Can you or your children volunteer to ride along and help with collection? Can you volunteer to host a Saturday morning Recycle Drive? Hosting a recycling drive does not mean you have to do the collection. Everyone is WELCOME to participate! You don't have to wait for a call or an invitation!
REMEMBER... This is where we live. If we all just invest a little bit of time we can do this easily together. It's one great way to meet new friends, protect the environment and help fund our special activities hosted several times each year.
HOW can you volunteer? Call the Message Center at 441-RGNA or come to the home of the host listed below at 8:00a.m. to be a part of this great team! You can earn a RECYCLE T-Shirt too! - Melanie Maruca
Saturday, April 8th:
1229 N. San Pedro St.
Saturday, May 13th:
1312 Forrestal Ave.
According to a Mercury News report, Santa Clara County lost approximately $75 million in state and federal funds due to an estimated 50,000 people who were not counted in the 1990 census.
Supervisor Blanca Alvarado, in her latest message to her constituents, urges everyone to take time to fill out the questionnaires from the Census Bureau and return them. This is serious business.
As Blanca's message explains, the questionnaire provides the information that will enable the federal government to determine how much federal funding Californians will receive for schools, hospitals, freeways, and other crucial programs.
And yes, the information will be kept confidential. You may also request a guide in 50 different languages.
There are also employment opportunities. To apply, call (408) 535-5175. For additional information about the census, visit the U.S. Census's web site at www.census.gov or call (301) 457-3691. For Santa Clara census information, call (408) 299-4800 ext. 7301.
To reach Supervisor Alvarado's office, call (408) 299-2040.
On March 13, the Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) unveiled its proposal to discontinue our neighborhood bus service, Route 11. The VTA cited low ridership for a service that already had limited service. If you use the neighborhood bus, or would like to see the service continued or service hours extended, call (408) 321-2300.
It's that time again. Don't forget to set your clocks ahead. Daylight savings time starts Sunday, April 2nd.
It is also a good time to replace those batteries in your smoke alarms.
Street sweeping happens on the first Tuesday of every month. The next two street sweeping days are April 4th and May 2nd. Please have your cars off the street between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.
There will be a General Membership meeting of the RGNA on Tuesday, May 23rd, at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center at Bachrodt Elementary School. We will be electing members to the Board of Directors for the 2000-2001 term. Our guest speaker will be Monica Gallgo from the City of San Jose's Crime Prevention Unit who will give a talk on the Neighborhood Watch Program.
A few of our board members will be stepping down at the end of this term. We appreciate their unselfish service to the association and wish them well as they pursue other obligations. We are looking for new people to serve on the board. The requirements are membership in the association and a commitment to attend the monthly meetings. Please call the Message Center at 441-RGNA to indicate your interest.
Thank you to everyone that has paid your 2000 dues! We now have over 130 members! This is a record setting year!
Here are some of our newest members!
Guancione, Anthony Jr.
N. SAN PEDRO STREET
SAN JUAN AVENUE
SANTA PAULA AVENUE
"We loved the Annual Picnic and Santa."
"We're really pleased with the neighborhood association. Keep up the good work!"
"Thanks for the GREAT 'Here Comes Santa Claus' - my son loved it!"
"Im glad to see family-oriented activities."
"We love the picnics and neighborhood garage sales. Nice to see everyone out and about. Thank you!"
"Thank you! for all the time, energy and resources you've given toward making our neighborhood a safe, clean and warm living community."
Celebrated in most states on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is a time to remember the U.S. men and woman who lost their lives serving their country. Originally known as Decoration Day, it was established in 1868 to commemorate the dead from the Civil War. Over the years it came to serve as a day to remember all U.S. men and women killed or missing in action in all wars.
Day is done, gone the sun,
From the lakes, from the hills, from the skies,
All is well, safely rest.
God is nigh.
Then good night, peaceful night,
Till the light of the dawn shineth bright,
God is near, do not fear
Friend, good night.
- Composed By Major General Daniel Butterfield
Army of the Potomac, Civil War
Show your support for our fallen brothers and sisters.
Fly your flag!
Old paint, insecticides, and solvents are just a few items we have around the house that improperly disposed of can harm the environment.
So what do you do with them?
Santa Clara County Home Hazardous Waste (HHW) provides a way for you to drop-off up to 5 gallons of household hazardous waste.
To schedule a drop-off at a collection event, please call the Santa Clara County HHW appointment line at: (408) 299-7300. Call early, because appointments do fill up quickly.
It's that easy and it's free!