What a pleasure it was to watch the Rosemary Garden Association in action on September 15: the festivities in Bachrodt's "backyard" were grand! My husband, Chris, and my daughter, Maddie, were impressed with the food and the variety of community participation represented at each booth. I loved meeting the neighborhood!
Many supportive and encouraging people shook my hand and made me feel welcome to this annual celebration. I loved finally meeting Barbara, our school's guardian angel. I heard about her on first arriving at my new job. Everyone knows that she picks up other people's inconsiderate litter. And she does a good job of informing us of safety concerns and the like. I look forward to visiting her soon, once I can come up for air.
It's tough being the new kid on the block, with a staff of over 50 employees and a school population of almost 600 elementary school students. But I am enjoying my work, especially meeting many interesting contacts as Bachrodt's principal. Take for instance the first "official" meeting I had with the Association's President, Joseph Fota. We talked and talked about growing up in SanJose, and then we howled with laughter and surprise to think that we might have run into each other in high school. This is certainly one of the best parts of my job: meeting people, finding common interests, and looking for ways to work together.
In fact, if you have any interest in supporting our school--by tutoring our students, donating supplies or equipment, or volunteering your time to beautify our school--I would love to meet you. After all, we are neighbors!
- Maria Evans, Bachrodt Elementary School Principal
October 5, 2002
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
It may be fall, but it's still not too late to do some spring cleaning. On Saturday, October 5th, from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m., the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood will be having its second Neighborhood Yard Sale of the year.
Sell your own stuff in your own yard and let the RGNA do the advertising for you. The RGNA places ads in the Mercury News Classified section, the PennySaver magazine and other neighborhood newsletters. We post signs at various locations in San Jose, and advertise on the web.
To help offset the cost of advertising, we ask $2.00 from each house participating in the yard sale. What a great deal!
It's getting to be that time again. Time to turn the clock back an hour on Sunday, October 27th and time to change those smoke detector batteries.
RGNA members will once again be receiving replacement batteries for their smoke detectors (limit 3). If you haven't received yours by October 27th, please call the Message Center at 441-RGNA.
On North San Pedro St., over the Labor Day weekend, a laptop and other items were stolen from a bedroom while the residents were home. The intruder or intruders entered through an open window and exited through the same window without disturbing the occupants.
On Ferrari Avenue, mail awaiting collection was stolen. Account information obtained from checks used to pay bills was used to make telephone transfers. Unfortunately, the United States Postal Service has removed our neighborhood collection box, the closest collection box is the one located at the corner of N. First St. and Sonora Ave.
Welcome Principal Maria Evans and Vice-Principal Cyndi Carter!
Principal Evans grew up in East San Jose, attended Presentation High School, Santa Clara University, and UC Davis where she received her teaching degrees for elementary and high school. She also received a Masters in Administration from San Jose State University.
Vice-Pincipal Carter has been with SJUSD for 10 years. Originally from the bay area, she was an elemetary school teacher. Currently, she is working on her Masters in Administration at Santa Clara University.
Congratulations to Allen and Marysol Tadeo of Keoncrest Ave. on the newest member to their family, Aidan Nicolas. Aidan was born on August 5th at 10:11 in the morning weighing in at 6 lbs. 7 oz. and standing 19 3/4".
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 stay a little warmer, this winter.
On Saturday November 9th, 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-de- nominational 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. at 8:00 a.m.
Saturday, November 9th
Thank you for opening your heart to those in need.
- Melanie Maruca
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.
Starting in mid-October a new coffeehouse will be in town. Located at the new Skyport center at 90 Skyport Drive, the coffeehouse's goal is to serve the best coffee and products in a comfortable and stimulating environment. The It's a Grind coffeehouse has selected appealing colors (rust and purple tones) and upholstered wingback chairs comfortable for reading or meeting amongst friends and plenty of outdoor seating. It's a Grind roasts its beans in small batches so as to achieve the maximum flavor potential, delivering the freshest roasted coffee within days of roasting, not weeks, months or years. It's a Grind's unique roasting provides an Espresso that when used in any application (i.e. cappuccino, latte, mocha) will never lose its flavor in these drinks.
- Nitin Mehta
1437 N. San Pedro St.
1312 Forrestal Ave.
Family, friends and neighbors all came together at the 9th annual neighborhood picnic, "Summer Daze" for a day of sun, entertainment, games and delicious dishes. What a day it was!
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 Macaroni the Clown, and watched magic tricks performed by the Magician sponsored by Equity Offices.
In addition to the hamburgers and hot dogs provided by the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Association, we were all thrilled with the many tantalizing treats served up by Ume Chinese Restaurant located at 50 Skyport Drive (corner of N. First Street).
Residents also contributed to the feast by bringing many wonderful dishes including: salads, chili, refried beans, cookies, fried chicken, cakes, fudge and salsa.
Thank you to all the fabulous volunteers for making this year's picnic a great success:
A special THANKS to the following businesses for making our picnic such a success!
Whenever possible, please support our sponsors:
American Musical Theatre
Aquarium of the Bay
Blossom Floral Shop
California Academy of Science
Children's Discovery Museum
City Lights Theatre Company
Corners Picture Framing
Eastridge Ice Arena
Happy Hollow Park & Zoo
Hyatt Sainte Claire Hotel
The Junglr (Fun and Adventure)
Lawrence Hall of Science
Museum of Quilts
Paramount's Great America
Pruneridge Golf Club
Ripley's Believe It or Not!
Rose Garden Shell Station
Safeway Valley Fair
San Francisco Giants
San Francisco Zoo
San Jose Earthquakes
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art
San Jose International Airport
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose Saber Cats
The Tech Museum of Innovation
Ume Chinese Food
Winchester Mystery House
Many thanks to San Jose's Community Action and Pride for their generous grant!
The Annual Picnic would not be possible without their generosity.
Your patience and understanding is appreciated as Caltrans and the City of San Jose upgrade the Guadalupe Parkway to the new Route 87 freeway. With a little more than a year to go, we're now in the home stretch.
Briefly, we'll outline two projects affecting Rosemary Gardens that have begun or will begin soon.
By publication, pile driving should have begun on the Skyport interchange. You may feel shaking and hear the pinging. To measure neighborhood vibration impacts, periodic readings will be taken from monitors placed near Sonora Drive. Some facts about this pile driving:
∑ 450 piles ∑ approximately 25 total working days ∑ may occur Mondays - Saturdays between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. ∑
The extra dirt (or surcharge) adjacent to the neighborhood will soon be removed. While some dust is unavoidable, the contractor is required to keep the job site watered down to avoid excessive dust. By November, pile driving should begin for the Hedding undercrossing. Work will occur between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. Hedding at the river will be closed for up to six months, but Taylor will remain open.
In future issues, we'll answer questions about noise control, claims and rodent abatement.
We continue to meet with the board and residents and distribute fliers. In the meantime, call Lauren Wonder (Caltrans) (408) 232-0228 or Liza Gonzalez (City) (408) 277-2889 with questions or requests. Thanks for your understanding!
- Lauren Wonder, Community Outreach CalTrans
Acoustical Treatment Program Moves Into High Gear in Rosemary Gardens:
Some neighbors in Rosemary Gardens will soon have relief. The Mineta San Josť International Airport's Acoustical Treatment Program (ACT) is moving forward with fully insulating 45 homes in the neighborhood. These 45 homes are homes that were tested two years as eligible for "focused" treatment, which would have provided acoustical treatment that would have corrected the identified noise source. Now, the funding has been approved and those 45 will soon receive $32,000 worth of sound insulation, which includes new windows, doors and air conditioning.
The ACT Program has already begun its assessments on homes, so you may be seeing our team walking the streets or measuring windows on homes.
The Airport recognizes Rosemary Gardens as very unique and we value your concerns and input. Our goal is to improve your living environment the best way possible. Next year, the Airport will conduct a noise study to determine all of the sources of noise in your neighborhood. We are also very close to receiving the approval from the FAA on our Noise Exposure Map (NEM). This map determines the future of the Program in your area. If approved, we may fully insulate approximately 130 more homes that are located within the 65 dB CNEL level. We will keep you posted.
Construction on the first 45 homes is expected to begin in the Spring. If you have any questions about the ACT Program, please call Monica Gomez at (408) 501-0955.
- Monica Gomez, SJ Airport, Acoustical Treatment Coordinator