When we are busy with the daily commute or arguing with the airport about air quality or busy getting from one appointment to another, it may be easy to lose sight of what makes Rosemary Gardens such a special place to live.
The incredible activities put on here over the past few months reminded me that we are a terrific neighborhood, a special place where neighbors look out for one another. Our community events, such as National Night Out, monthly recycling, the neighborhood yard sales and the annual picnic, were wonderful. The memories from these days will stay with all of us for a long time to come.
Residents of other neighborhoods have expressed to me that they wish they could get the turn out of volunteers that join us so easily. Many of our residents are original home owners and I've had the pleasure of growing up with them and knowing them my whole life.
Recently one of our residents tripped and sustained a minor head injury. Immediately, Linda Fujimoto, Bonnie Fields, Jere Calmes, and Joe Scamardo came to help her and called for medical support. This kind of effort helps show what a very special place our neighborhood is! Thank you.
You asked for it!
The RGNA got it!
Saturday, October 14th at 8:00 a.m.
The City of San Jose Code Enforcement Department will be delivering dumpsters to various locations in the neighborhood. This will be your chance to dispose of tires, mattresses, car parts, etc. for free!
To deter individuals from outside the neighborhood from using the dumpsters, a flyer will be delivered to each house in the neighborhood showing the location of the dumpsters.
HANG ON TO THAT FLYER!
You will not be allowed to use the dumpsters without the flyer. Mark your calendars, gather your rubbish, and get ready for the Rosemary Gardens' Dumpster Day.
The RGNA is pleased to announce the return of the Star Party!
What is a Star Party?
It is basically astronomy night for Rosemary Gardens' residents. It's a chance for you, who appreciate the beauty of the heavens and would like to learn more about its order and structure, to look through telescopes and enjoy the twinkling points of light in the autumn sky.
The San Jose Astronomical Association (SJAA) will join us to celebrate the stars! They will point out special constellations, galaxies and planets and answer questions.
Monday, October 9th
7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Bachrodt Academy School Yard
You don't need to be an expert or even an amateur astronomer to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Please join us...
Congratulations to Javier and Irene Jacquez of Forrestal Ave., who were blessed with a beautiful daughter Fatima. She was born on July 20th, weighed 8 lbs. 2 oz. and was 22 inches long. Fatima has two older brothers, Fernando and Rueben, who are delighted to have a baby sister to spoil.
Welcome Paul Kramer! Paul is the new Vice Principal at Bachrodt Academy.
Congratulations to Angie Campbell and Greg Ott of N. San Pedro St! Angie and Greg were married on September 10th, and made the tough choice to honeymoon in the south of France rather than attend this year's Annual Picnic.
The love bug is contagious! Congratulations to Susie Johnson and Luke Zagar of N. San Pedro St. who were married on August 26th!
Saturday, November 11th
No one should be cold during the upcoming winter months. Some people aren't able to turn on a furnace or heater to get warm when the temperature drops near or below freezing.
Rosemary Gardens residents will have an opportunity to help those in need this winter stay a little warmer.
On Saturday November 11th, the same day as our monthly Recycle Saturday, we will be collecting gently used and clean blankets, coats and sweaters. Our donations will be given to Sacred Heart Community Service, a local non-profit, non-denominational organization helping to provide all residents with basic needs and encouraging self-sufficiency. Donations must be clean and in good condition.
PLEASE NO ELECTRIC BLANKETS!
Place your donations of blankets, coats and sweaters in a plastic bag. Clearly label this bag as "Warmth Drive Donation", and place them on the curb next to your regular monthly recyclables. We will have a special truck and volunteers collecting your donations. Volunteers and trucks please meet at 1312 Forrestal Ave.
Saturday, November 11th at 8:00 a.m.
Thank you for opening your heart to those in need.
- Melanie Maruca
The RGNA would like to express thanks and gratitude to the men and women of the neighborhood who have served in the armed services of the United States for their courage and patriotism.
In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11th Armistice Day, but the day did not become a national holiday until 1938. Its name was changed to Veterans Day by Congress in 1954. President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill into law for this day "to honor veterans...a day dedicated to world peace."
Observances are held throughout the country on this federal holiday in the form of prayer services, rallies, assembly programs, parades, patriotic speeches, and grave-side flag displays. The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery (outside Washington D.C., where thousands of service personnel are buried), is the focus of the nation's tribute on Veterans Day. Let's remember our many neighbors who have served their country so well.
"Here rests in glory, an
American soldier known but to God."
Inscription on the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
Family, friends and neighbors all came together at the 7th annual neighborhood picnic, "The Best Years of Our Lives" for a day of sun, entertainment, games and delicious dishes. What a day it was!
"The picnic was wonderful, it was great to hang out with the friends that I've made over the past 2 years. I look forward to continuing to build on those relationships, especially if we get to do it over barbecue." - Councilmember Cindy Chavez
Over 200 people attended, including San Jose City Mayor Ron Gonzales, District 3 Councilmember, Cindy Chavez, and District 3 Policy Analyst, Jose Posadas.
Music drifted across the picnic, residents played bingo, took a chance on the donation drawing, participated in many wild and crazy games, received balloon animals from Binkey the Clown, and watched magic from the Magician sponsored by Spieker Properties. This year Rosemary Gardens enjoyed the tantalizing treats served up by Armadillo Willy's. In addition to the soda and water and barbequed beef, pork, and turkey provided by the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Association, residents also contributed to the feast by bringing desserts, salads, chili, salsas, and many wonderful dishes.
Thank you to all the fabulous volunteers for making this year's picnic a great success:
Many thanks to San Jose's Community Action and Pride for their generous grant! The Annual Picnic would not be possible without their generosity.
A special THANKS to the following businesses for making our picnic such a success! Whenever possible, please support our sponsors:
America Musical Theatre
Blossom Floral Shop
Caffino, Drive Thru Espresso Bars
Cal Skate of Milpitas
California Academy of Sciences
Children's Discovery Museum
City Lights Theater Company of San Jose
District 3 Council Member Cindy Chavez
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Hornblower, Cruise & Events
JoJo's Hair Studio
Lawrence Hall of Science
Longs' Drugs Valley Fair
The Oakland A's
Paramount's Great America
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Rose Garden Shell
Safeway, Valley Fair
San Francisco Zoo
The San Francisco Giants
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Repertory Theatre
San Jose SaberCats
San Jose Sharks
San Jose Symphony
Six Flags Marine World
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Winchester Mystery House
Tuesday, August 1, 2000 was the Rosemary Gardens first ever National Night Out. Over 200 residents attended the event enjoying ice cream, which quickly turned to milk shakes in the 91-degree heat. Neighbors got to know each other a little better. A national event supported by San Jose's Crime Prevention Unit, the evening was designed to help neighborhoods say "good bye" to crime by turning on porch lights and getting together outside. Children were treated to glow-in-the- dark necklaces provided with the help of a CAP grant and a donation from a resident.
Special Thanks to all our volunteers who helped set up, serve, and clean up!
Margaret Amaro, Barbara Burgess, Kevin Farmer, Cindy Fota, Joseph Fota, Rok Gayles, Gabe Hurtado, Ben Langedyk, Brian Langedyk, Mildred Langedyk, Todd Lahaye, Holly Lewerenz, Stephanie Lykam, Court Majusiak, Melanie Maruca, Judy McQuay, Rudy Medina, Liz Moscato, Greg Ott, Michelle Riddle, Carol Rivera, Holly Lewerenz, Beryl Spalding, Roger Warton, Susie Zagar and Luke Zagar.
For next year's event, it has been suggested to have only vanilla ice cream and toppings or to make Root Beer floats. If you have ideas or suggestions, please contact the RGNA Message Center or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Airport consultants have completed the testing of nearly 1000 dwellings, including 279 in the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood. A report of the test results was sent to San Jose City Council in August. The report indicated that 34 of the 279 homes tested qualified for the architectural survey (12%). The acoustical tests were conducted to determine if interior noise exposure in the home exceeded the applicable standard in either of the two rooms tested.
A letter has been sent to each owner along with the test results. Owners of properties where an architectural survey was performed have been sent the survey results and the consultant's recom- mendations for focused acoustical treatment of their property.
Recommended treatments vary considerably for each home depending on the recommendations of the consultants. Each qualifying owner should review the recommendations for their home and contact Bert Beattie, Airport Project Manager, if they have any questions at (408) 501-7778.
The Airport has begun the process to secure funding from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to complete the focused treatment for each home. Approval for this funding could be granted in early 2001, at which time the City Council could act to establish the focused acoustical treatment program. - Bert Beattie, Airport Project Manager
RGNA Message Center : 441-RGNA (441-7462)
RGNA Mail: 1437 N. San Pedro St.
RGNA Website : http://rgna.tripod.com
City of San Jose Website : www.ci.san-jose.ca.us
Councilmember Cindy Chavez : 277-5231
Abandoned Vehicles : 277-5305
Airport Noise : 452-0707
Citizen CPR classes : CPR-4YOU (277-4968)
San Jose Sharks : 999-5757
Senior Info. and Referrals : 345-4532 x206
Street Sweeping : 432-0444
Voter Registration : 298-7400
Maple Pumpkin Pie
1 frozen unbaked 9 inch deep dish pie shell,
OR 9 inch graham cracker crust
1 can (16 ounces) solid pack pumpkin
3/4 cup pure maple syrup (not pancake syrup)
1 can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon artificial maple extract
Preheat oven to 425° F. Whisk all ingredients until blended in medium mixing bowl. Pour into pie shell. Bake on lowest oven rack 10 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 375° F. Bake 40 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center of filling comes out clean. Cover crust with aluminum foil to prevent over browning, if necessary.
Remove pie from oven to wire rack; cool completely.
Tip: Pie may be made ahead; cover and refrigerate up to one day. Makes 1 pie.
Killer Cranberry Sauce
1-1/2 C sugar
1 navel orange
1/2 t grated ginger
4 C cranberries
1/2 C (2 oz.) toasted pecans
Grate the orange peel and add to a pot with the sugar and ginger. Add the juice from the orange into the pot and simmer over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved. Add cranberries and cook until they pop - about 5 minutes. Add pecans and cool sauce.
October and November promise to be exciting at Skyport. You may have spotted a crawler-mounted crane on site recently. DevCon Construction began erecting steel for the first of three office buildings in Phase 1. Steel erection for each building begins with the assem- bly of a number of prefabricated two-story tiers of columns. Once the first tier of columns is in place the beams and girders for the first two stories are next bolted in place. The two-story tier of framing is then straightened and squared, or "plumbed," using diagonal cables and braces.
The alignment of the columns will be checked using a plumb bob and transit, then connections are tightened and diagonal braces are rigidly attached. Corrugated steel decking is laid over the steel framing. This decking serves to protect workers on lower levels from falling objects and steel connectors from long falls during erection.
The steel for each building at Skyport will be erected separately, each building will take about six weeks to complete. We will then fireproof the steel and pour the decks. This will take place October through November. After the decks, we will erect the building stone and precast panels, from November through late January.
- Slade Carlton, Spieker Properties
It's that time again. Mark your calendar, put a Post-It note on the fridge, and tie a string around your finger to remind yourself to turn the clock back an hour on Sunday, October 29th!
This is also a good time to change those batteries in your smoke detectors. This year, RGNA members will be receiving replacement batteries for their smoke detectors. (limit 3 per household).
What do you get when you add ORANGE to the Arena Green?
PUMPKINS IN THE PARK
Admission is free!
Saturday, October 14th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Arena Green will be the setting and October 14 is the day -- for a colorful pumpkin patch, a whimsical display of scarecrows, a nostalgic ride on the Children's Carousel, and lots of activities for young families focused on the Guadalupe River and the fall harvest season. The event is Guadalupe River Park & Gardens' fifth annual Pumpkins in the Park.
Admission is free and parking is conveniently located at the San Jose Water Company lot ($3) on Santa Clara Street.
Among the many-featured activities for children will be pumpkin decorating, cornhusk figures, and scarecrow making with the Children's Discovery Museum. The San Jose Sharks will welcome kids to their slap shot booth, and even Sharkie himself may put in an appearance. The Air Systems Messenger II spaceship will also be an attraction the kids won't want to miss!
Parents can take advantage of home composting demonstrations and take home a free bag of compost, courtesy of BFI, to use in their fall gardens.
New attractions for this year will focus on locally grown apples featuring free samples of 20 different varieties and a taste of fresh pressed apple cider. In addition, children can explore the environment and ecology of the Guadalupe River and learn about water conservation through various hands-on activities. (These activities can earn credit for badge work by such organizations as Girls Scouts and Camp Fire Boys and Girls.)
Food and drink will be available for purchase, and enjoyable family entertainment will include a full puppet theater and performances by top quality groups - Zun Zun, RhythMix Cultural Works, and clowns "Julietta and Jeremy."
A donation drawing will feature dinners, overnight hotel accommodations, and merchandise generously donated by downtown merchants to support the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens Corporation.
The generous corporate sponsors who have made this event possible are: Applied Materials, AT&T Broadband, the City of San Jose, the San Jose Redevelopment Agency, the Santa Clara Valley Water District, San Jose Mercury News, the San Jose Sharks Foundation, Cortese Brothers, Air Systems Foundation, BFI, South Bay Water Recycling, Waste Management, PG&E, and KARA -KLIV - KRTY.
Tuesday -- Oct. 3 -- Street Cleaning
Monday -- Oct. 9 -- STAR PARTY -- 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Bachrodt Yard
Saturday -- Oct. 14 -- Recycle Drive -- 8:00 a.m. 1204 Santa Paula
Saturday -- Oct. 14 -- DUMPSTER DAY -- 8:00 a.m. Watch for flyer
Tuesday -- Oct. 24 -- Board Meeting - 7:00 p.m. 1731 Technology
Tuesday -- Nov. 7 -- Street Cleaning
Tuesday -- Nov. 7 -- ELECTION DAY -- 7:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Saturday -- Nov. 11 -- Recycle Drive -- 8:00 a.m. 1312 Forrestal
Saturday -- Nov. 11 -- WARMTH DRIVE -- 8:00 a.m. 1312 Forrestal
Saturday -- Nov. 11 -- VETERANS' DAY
Tuesday -- Nov. 14 -- News & Ads due -- 9:00 p.m. 1437 N. San Pedro
Tuesday -- Nov. 28 -- Board Meeting -- 7:00 p.m. 1731 Technology
Tuesday -- Dec. 5 -- Street Cleaning
Saturday -- Dec. 9 -- Recycle Drive -- 8:00 a.m. 1229 N. San Pedro
Saturday -- Dec. 9 -- SANTA CLAUS... -- 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Your Street
Recycling day is the second Saturday of the month.
Members of the recycling team collect newspapers, cardboard, CRV plastic bottles, and aluminum cans which generate revenue for neighborhood activities.
Sorry, no telephone books or magazines.
October 14th - 8:00 a.m.
Carol Rivera's Home
1204 Santa Paula Ave.
November 11th - 8:00 a.m.
Melanie Maruca's Home
1312 Forrestal Ave.
Want to help?
Don't be shy! Leave your name and number on the Message Center 441-RGNA (441-7462) or show up at 8:00 a.m. at the designated locations.
The RGNA recommends a NO vote on propsition 36!
Prop. 36 would undermine Califonia's legitimate drug and alcohol treatment programs, like West Coast Recovery, by allowing individuals who have been convicted of a violent felony, arson, or a sexual crime into treatment programs housed in residential neighborhoods.
It would allow drug and alcohol treatment homes to be set up in neighborhoods without licensing, certification, or accountability guidelines.
Help keep our neighborhoods safe. Vote NO on Prop. 36!
The second "detour road" construction is moving along. Just south of the neighborhood, the abutments for the temporary over crossing over Interstate 880 can be seen. The piles will be complete by October, then the girders and beams for the road will be placed in the latter half of October. This means that the pounding and vibrations should subside. Caltrans and the contractor have been monitoring vibrations in the neighborhood. There will be night time closures on 880 in order to swing the beams out over the freeway. Motorists will be given a one-week advance notification of the closure, and detours will travel through the Civic Center area.
Detour road construction and paving around Rosemary Gardens will occur over the next six weeks. Paving will occur around the Civic Center between now and December. After the road is paved, the contractor will connect this new detour road and the one built behind your neighborhood. The traffic shift will occur in two stages: northbound is scheduled to open after Christmas; southbound is scheduled to open around Valen- tine's Day.
Generally, any night work around the neighborhood is scheduled north of Airport Parkway. San Juan Avenue residents reported they were awakened to trucks behind the sound wall. The trucks were working on the old Guadalupe Parkway location. After neighborhood complaints, the contractor was asked to concentrate his night time activities to the Airport Parkway area.
Caltrans will provide notification to the neighborhood ahead of time should the contractor be required to work around the clock.
Second Sound Wall
Questions have been raised regarding the road height and a second sound wall. The profile of the road is high over the Interstate 880 over crossing and then returns low around Rosemary Gardens-similar to what exists now. As reported in the environmental document, sound mitigation is required around this high profile road. A sound wall will be built along the road edge beginning at the over crossing and running as far as Rosemary Street, beginning in 2002.
Caltrans will keep the neighborhood informed of activities throughout this project via RGNA newsletters, fliers and project newsletters. We also have a Web site http://www.route87.org and the traffic impact hotline: 408/232-0229. The Web site will be undergoing changes to bring you current project information. The hotline is updated weekly.
We appreciate the understanding and patience of residents. Construction takes a long time and we under- stand the impact it can have on your daily lives. Thank you for putting up with our dust, cliché but true. We endeavor to keep you informed ahead of time, but we're human and we sometimes err. Forgive us and we'll work harder next time.
- Lauren Wonder, CalTrans Public Relations
Street sweeping is the first Tuesday of every month. The next two street sweeping days are:
October 2nd and November 7th
Please, have your cars off the street from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Residents have called the RGNA Message Center requesting a phone number to complain about the street sweeper doing a poor job, or sweeping too quickly, or even driving down the middle the street.
For street sweeping help, call BFI at (408) 432-0444.
Children riding scooters need to wear helmets!
Whether you're riding a scooter, skateboard or bike, you're required to wear a helmet if you're under 18.
In fact, if you're over 18, it is still a good idea!