Thank you to all of you who attended the RGNA Annual Meeting. Your membership and your support is greatly appreciated. Tuesday night's meeting saw the re-election of board members Stepahine Lykam and Melanie Maruca. With that said, I am pleased to introduce your 2002-2003 RGNA board:
Joseph Fota, President
Ransom Fields, Treasurer
Aubree' Guancione, Secretary
Barbara Burgess, Director
Monica Garduno, Director
Ben Langedyk, Director
Stephanie Lykam, Director
Melanie Maruca, Director
Liz Moscato, Director
Michelle O'Connor, Director
Retiring from the board is my Vice-President, Holly Lewerenz. Sadly, Holly is leaving us to live in Chico. Her great work on the RGNA Street Lighting Project, Project 87, Bachrodt School Committee, Traffic Calming Committee and other committees will continue to benefit our neighborhood. I have had the pleasure of working with many board members and Holly certainly was one of the best! She was always available, thoughtful, empathetic and resourceful. Holly, I'm going to miss working with you, it has been a privilege! Please join me in thanking Holly and wishing the Lewerenz family, Dan, Holly, Alex and Trevor, the very best in life.
The RGNA continues to work on preserving, protecting and improving our neighborhood and to be a resource to the community. If we can be of service, please contact the Message Center (441-RNGA) or send us e-mail (email@example.com).
Thank you, Joseph Fota, President
On Tuesday, August 6th, neighborhoods throughout San Jose are being invited to join forces with thousands of communities nationwide for the 19th Annual National Night Out (NNO) crime and drug prevention event. National Night Out, which is sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and co-sponsored locally by the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Association, will involve 10,000 communities from all 50 states.
From 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6th, residents in neighborhoods throughout San Jose and across the nation are asked to lock their doors, turn on their outside lights, and spend the evening outside with neighbors and police. The RGNA will be hosting an Ice Cream Social at Bachrodt Elementary School. Also, members from the San Jose Police Department and the San Jose Crime Prevention Unit will be visiting the event throughout the night.
On August 6th, we invite neighbors in the Rosemary Gardens neighborhood to join us to "Give Crime and Drugs A Going Away Party."
Congratulations and best wishes to the new Mr. and Mrs. Bowers of Ferrari Avenue. Tina and Todd were married on March 9th and honeymooned for ten days in Ireland taking in all of the castles of the Emerald Isle.
A belated welcome to the Aguilar family, Gaberiel, Maria, Reyna and Joshua, of San Juan Avenue. Re-doing their front yard with flowers and plants is their gardening project for spring. As first time homeowners, they enjoy doing all the home and garden projects on their list. Congratulations and Welcome!
The 8th Annual Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Picnic is scheduled for Sunday, September 15th. This year's special guests, the SJPD K-9 unit, SJ Mounted Police, and the SJPD Stealth car, have already RSVP'd and more special guests are expected.
What is the Annual Picnic? It's a chance to relax and meet your neighbors. The RGNA provides the hamburgers, hotdogs, veggie burgers, drinks, and entertainment.
As we do every August/September, our board members and volunteers will be out and about in the neighborhood with tickets to our donation drawing. What's a donation drawing? The donation drawing is the RGNA's biggest fund raising event. This is when we generate the majority of our funds for the coming year. The money goes to publishing our newsletter, printing flyers, sponsoring events such as our neighborhood picnic, National Night Out Ice Cream Social, Easter Bunny Parade, "Here Comes Santa", Star Party, etc. Prizes have included dinner certificates, See's candy, Giant's tickets, museum passes, and theater passes to name just a few.
So, mark your calendar and bring something to share: a salad, a side dish, a dessert and spend a pleasant Sunday afternoon enjoying a BBQ with your family and neighbors.
Searching for fresh or organically grown fruits and vegetables?
At the Japan Town Farmer's Market, the farmers sell directly to you. The Farmer's Market happens rain or shine every Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Jackson St. between 6th and 7th street, directly in front of Miraido Village.
Where is the closest place to work out?
Gold's Gym 90 Skyport Drive (corner of N. First St.)
Ume Chinese Food
Are there any new restaurants in the neighborhood?
50 Skyport Drive (corner of N. First St.)
M-F 10:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat 10:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
PW Super Market
What is the closest full service grocery store?
PW Super Market located at Brokaw Road and Old Oakland Road. It has a full service bakery, deli, and butcher shop.
The RGNA has received numerous reports of small item thefts from cars in the N. San Pedro St. and Ferrari Ave. area. Cars that appear to have been targeted are vehicles with unlocked doors or windows left down. Items stolen include CDs, walkie-talkies, sunglassess, and small change.
New to the neighborhood? Don't know what those "Recycling Saturday" signs are all about? On the second Saturday of each month, neighborhood volunteers collect newspapers (sorry no telephone books or magazines), CRV aluminium cans, and CRV plastic bottles. Recycling Saturday is one way the RGNA generates money to help with it's operating costs, sponsor events in the neighborhood, and produce flyers and the neighborhood newletter.
How can you help? It's easy. Save up your newspapers, CRV cans, and CRV bottles and put them out on the curb before 8:00 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. Whether it's a little or a lot, it doesn't matter, because every bit helps.
Want to do more? We can always use more volunteers, especially those of you with trucks, who can donate 2-3 hours of your time to help. Volunteers meet at the following locations for coffee, juice, donuts and instructions.
Want more information, contact the Message Center at 441-RGNA.
The next two Recycle Saturdays are:
1437 N. San Pedro St.
1437 N. San Pedro St.
We are pleased to update you on the progress of Skyport Residential. We received our Planned Development permit approval at the Director's Hearing on April 10, 2002. We completed some preliminary grading on the site in April and the project fence and job trailer were also placed on site. Signage has been placed on site expressly stating that construction traffic for Skyport Residential is not permitted along Sonora.
We are concluding our construction drawings and are looking forward to breaking ground in June 2002.
Please contact Marilyn Ponte at 510-594-8811 if you have any questions or need additional information.
- Marilyn Ponte, Bayrock Residential, LLC
There are some more crape myrtle trees lining the streets of our neighborhood.
The RGNA, working with Christian Bonner from Our City Forest (OCF), was able to secure trees for some of the bare parking strips in the neighborhood. The RGNA would like to thank OCF Tree Amigos - Anna Jacobs and Rosemary Mcquire, the Lincoln High School Christian Club, and the Boy Scouts of America for helping residents in planting the trees in our neighborhood.
Want a tree for your parking strip? Watch the newsletter for the next tree planting day.
Looks like another successful neighborhood yard sale. Approximately 76 homes participated in the first of two neighborhood yard sales scheduled for 2002.
This year's sale was accentuated by new, professional signs at the entrances to the neighborhood, printed by Accent Screen and Printing Shop, and an extra announcement in the San Jose Mercury News' new Yard Sale section of the newspaper.
This year's sale also saw some competition in the food area, BBQ'd hamburgers and hotdogs were available, and a new competitor in the tamale arena.
The RGNA would like to thank the organizer of this event, Liz Moscato, and her helpers, Barbara Burgess, Cindy Fota, Francesco Echaves, and Glendy Rodriquez. Also, to those residents who posted this event at their work, whether by signage or email, thank you for helping us spread the word about this event
The next neighborhood yard sale is scheduled for the first Saturday in October, which is October 5th.
The first phase of the new Skyport development is now complete. Equity Office's focus has now turned to leasing the retail space to retailers who can provide much needed services and amenities to the area.
We are very pleased to have Gold's Gym, which opened for business on March 31, and Ume Chinese (great egg rolls!), who opened on April 23. In addition, we have signed leases with Vito's Trattoria, Quiznos Sandwiches and It's a Grind (coffee house), all scheduled to open in late summer or early fall.
Equity Office will host a Grand Opening on August 1st, extending area residents and local businesses an opportunity to see what Skyport has to offer. Additional information regarding the Grand Opening is forthcoming.
We are almost ready to begin construction on the new park. The final drawings have been submitted to the City of San Jose for approval. We anticipate the park will be completed in the fall.
- Jonel C. Porta, Equity Office
RGNA Message Center: 441-RGNA (441-7462)
RGNA Mail: 1437 N. San Pedro St.
RGNA Website: http://rgna.tripod.com
Airport Noise: 452-0707
Acoustical Treatment Program: 501-7778
Animal Control: 654-5875
Code Enforcement: 277-4528
Crime Prevention / Neighborhood Watch: 277-4133
Graffiti Hotline: 277-2758
Household Hazardous Waste: 299-6609
Poison Control Center: 800-876-4766
Sewer Leaks / Tree or Street Repair: 277-4373
Shopping Cart Pickup: 277-4000
Sidewalk Repair: 277-2572
Signs and Markings: 277-5341
Transportation, Dept. of: 277-4373
Traffic Enforcement: 277-4341
unpaved surface & lawns: 277-5307
public streets: 277-5305
Next Door, in collaboration with the San Jose Police Department, would like to invite you to a Neighorhood Watch meeting and talk about domestic violence.
Next Door Solutions
1181 N. Fourth St., Suite A
Tuesday, June 4th, 2002
Topics to be covered are:
- What to do if you think a friend or neighbor may be in a domestic violence relationship
- Red flags to look for in a violence relationship
- Statistics on domestic violence
- How to make a safety plan with someone
- Referrals and information on where you can get help
For more information, you can contact:
Family Violence Center
125 E. Gish Rd, San Jose, CA 95112
or call (408) 279-7578
Next Door is a non-profit, multi-cultural agency dedicated to providing proactive and progressive solutions to domestic violence. Serving Santa Clara County, this organization offers services including counseling and emergency shelter to individuals and their children in abusive relationships.
- Patricia Bennett, Family Violence Center
It has been almost one year since the groundbreaking of the 1996 Measure B Interstate 880 Widening Project. The project called for widening from a four-lane to a six-lane freeway within the median between U.S. 101/North First Street and Montague Expressway. Also included was a new, wider bridge over Brokaw Road and Coyote Creek, completely replacing the existing 50 year-old structure.
During the months of April and May 2002, VTA contractors maintained an accelerated construction schedule to prepare for the traffic shift to the new bridge over Coyote Creek and Brokaw Road. Coyote Creek Bridge activities included concrete placement of new bridge stem walls (bridge footings), soffits (underside of a bridge) and a road deck. Construction activities within the median included grading and asphalt paving between Brokaw Road and Old Bayshore Highway.
Traffic will be shifted from existing northbound and southbound lanes to the new bridge and newly constructed lanes within the median in June 2002 to prepare for work within the creek. Construction activities within the creek will include the demolition of the old bridge structure, and bridge footing and column construction for the new bridge.
Reconstruction of the bridges at First Street, Fourth Street and Old Bayshore Highway began in stages starting in May 2002 and will continue through July 2002. Soundwall construction at the First Street on-ramp to southbound I-880 will be completed by the end of June 2002.
VTA contractors continue to make every effort to minimize disruption during construction. If you have any questions about this project, please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 321-7575 or e-mail to I880.firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Some days the fumes from the airport are so strong that I stay inside my house.
Who do I call to register a complaint?
Call Jerry Hetnar, Associate Engineering Technician, at Mineta San Jose International Airport, Environmental Department, at (408) 501-7706 and leave your name and a contact number phone number. Jerry will return your call during business hours to collect the details regarding the incident. This is a squeaky wheel issue. The more of us that complain about the jet fumes, the better chance we have of something being done.
2. I just got cited for parking the wrong direction on the street in front of my house.
Can they do that?
Sure can. According to the CSJ Department of Streets & Traffic, California Vehicle Code 22502(a) states:
Except as otherwise provided in this chapter every vehicle stopped or parked upon a roadway where there are adjacent curbs shall be stopped or parked with the right-hand wheels of such vehicle parallel with and within 18 inches of the right-hand curb, except that motorcycles shall be parked with at least one wheel or fender touching the right-hand curb. Where no curbs or barriers bound any roadway, right-hand parallel parking is required unless otherwise indicated.
3. I received a ticket in the mail for speeding on Sonora Avenue.
Can the RGNA send out flyers only to residents about which days speed traps are being done so people who live in the neighborhood don't get speeding tickets?
The speed limit throughout the neighborhood is 25 mph. Whether resident or non-resident, the speed limit is intended for everyone. The best way to avoid a speeding ticket in the neighborhood, is to slow down and drive the 25 mph speed limit.
Below is the list of 167 people that have paid their 2002 membership dues. Thank you!
Ralph and Letha Artacho
Yukio and Teika Kawabata
Ben and Mildred Langedyk
Luis and Cici Martinez
Gary and Rebecca Padgett
Kent and Kim Sherwood
Ken and Lucille Steen
Tod and Tracey Ullery
Rochelle and Larry Vaughn
Todd and Tina Bowers
Barbara and Edward Jacome
N. SAN PEDRO ST.
Esperanza and Fredy Cadenas
Bonnie and Ransom Fields
Joseph and Cindy Fota
Bob and Linda Fujimoto
Karl and Marisa McElmurry
Michelle and Sean O'Connor
Anna and Art Rangel
Dick and Jay Winingar
Rosa and Armando Bravo
Mary and Ray Clymer
Donald and Louise Ercolini
Ryan and Caryn Fukui
Monica and Philip Garduno
Steve and Michelle Gates
Hedley and Florence Harris
Shig and Emilie Hoki
Tom and Karen Mitchell
Jeanette and Clarence Ramsey
Jaret and Jennifer Rice
Mitsuo and Jeanne Yamauchi
W. ROSEMARY ST.
Arthur and Alma Koeplin
SAN JUAN AVE.
Serena and Salzman Alvarez
Tom and Virginia Fujishin
Atsuo and Nancy Fukuda
Kate and Luis Medina
Wayne and Becky Moore
Jose and Olivia Tellez
Raj and Asha Vyas
SANTA PAULA AVE.
Truman and Barbara Boman
Arthur and Marie Castillo
Leo and Anne Ercolini
Art and June Gonzales
Albert and Gloria Guzman
Richard and Eleanor Inouye
Court and Karen Majusiak
Tom and Helen Masuda
Max and Kathy Moreno
Shig and Sets Otani
Ralph and Lupe Saenz
Margaret and Ed Thorson
Gene Van Natta
Felix and Regine Vasquez
Levine and Stephanie Visico
Carlos and Joan Arellano
Mike and Karen de la Cuesta
Tony and Rosalie Guancione
Diane and Anthony Jenkins
Bob and Debbie Schikore
Domenic and Mary Surico
Lisa Van den Bogaerde
The City of San Josť Department of Housing has programs for low to median income homeowners
- Home repairs up to a $15,000 grant for low-income households.
- 3% loans available for major repairs for low to median-income homeowners
- Home exterior paint grant up to $5,000 for low to median-income homeowners
Also available are repairs for rental properties occupied by low-income tenants.
For income eligibility or for an application, please call 277-8403 or 277-8406.
For the paint program application, please call 277-5273.
- Maria Ruiz, Dept. of Housing, Community Coordinator
BARBECUE MARINADE FOR STEAK
Try this delicious, non-traditional marinade at your next summer party. It's sure to be a hit!
1/3 cup lite soy sauce
1/3 cup cooking sherry
1/3 cup orange or pineapple juice
2-3 cloves of garlic, pressed
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
4-6 generous drops of liquid smoke
4 8-ounce steaks
1. In large bowl, mix all ingredients (except steaks) well.
2. Add steaks to bowl; allow to marinate at least 30 to 60 minutes.
3. Cook on grill to taste.
Choosing the right steak:
The best type of meat for this recipe is already tender. Look for steak specifically marked for barbecue. Other steaks that will work well are New York and Filet Mignon. Steak marked "Prime" will be the most tender of all but will be expensive.
These potatoes will melt in your mouth.
4 medium to large cleaned, peeled potatoes
(preferably red or Yukon gold)
1 Vidalia onion, sliced
1/2 stick butter, sliced into 4 tablespoons
Freshly ground black pepper
4 sections of aluminum foil (12-14 inches each)
1. Pre-heat grill.
2. Slice potatoes into 6 to 8 pieces each.
3. Place potato wedges onto open aluminum foil sections; top with onions.
4. Sprinkle with dill, salt, and pepper to taste.
5. Top each with a slice of butter.
6. Fold over top of aluminum foil loosely and crease, then fold up ends of foil.
7. Place on medium-hot grill.
8. Cook for 8-10 minutes. Check 1 packet after 8 minutes. If the potatoes are not slightly browned, cook longer. Potatoes taste best when slightly browned.
GRILLED CORN ON THE COB
4 ears of corn
1. Butter each ear of corn, and sprinkle with curry
2. Wrap each ear of corn in a sheet of aluminum foil.
3. Place on grill for approximately 10 minutes, or until cooked.
Note: The corn is even sweeter if you soak it in milk before cooking.
GREEN TEA SPARKLER
3 cups water
3 cups ginger ale
3/4 cup Green Tea & Honey Flavor NEST Sweetened Iced Tea Concentrate
1 1/2 teaspoons honey
2 cups ice cubes
6 fresh mint leaves (optional)
PLACE water, ginger ale, Nestea and honey in large pitcher. Stir until combined. Serve over ice.