I enjoyed seeing so many of you at this year's picnic. It was a great chance to meet new residents, make new friends, talk with old friends, and to answer questions about issues affecting the neighborhood.
If you were there, you know what a great day in the sun it was, but a successful event doesn't happen by accident. It takes planning and ideas from people like you! Join us at our monthly meetings and participate. Call the Message Center at 441-RGNA or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with your ideas on how we can make Rosemary Gardens an even better community.
It is through your support the association can continue to make contributions to the neighborhood's quality of life. Rosemary Gardens is a great community because of the great people who live here. I ask that we all take a moment at our next opportunity to intentionally say "Hello" or "Good Morning" to the next person we encounter. These small gestures help keep the community spirit alive in our neighborhood.
- Joseph Fota
The second Saturday of the month is Recycle Saturday. Members of the recycling team collect newspapers, cardboard, CRV plastic bottles, and aluminum cans which help generate revenue for community activities.
A reminder, we can always use extra trucks and helpers. You don't have to wait for a call or an invite, you can volunteer via the Message Center or just show up at 8:00 a.m at the following address:
1343 N.San Pedro St.
1421 N. San Pedro St.
On August 24, 1999, the Airport staff met with approximately 30 residents to introduce the acoustical testing program for the Rosemary Gardens neighborhood. San Jose International Airport has hired the well-qualified acoustical engineering firm of Charles M. Salter Associates to conduct noise tests for each dwelling within the boundaries of Sonora Avenue, North First Street, Highway 880 and Highway 87. The firm of C. Kell-Smith & Associates will conduct the scheduling.
The primary question of the residents was whether each home needed to be tested. The Federal Aviation Administration requires that each dwelling be tested to determine whether Federal interior noise standards are violated, in order to qualify for any future acoustical treatment. The noise reduction performance of each dwelling is different. Therefore, each dwelling needs to be individually tested. Testing is at the Airport's expense.
What's the message? TURN IN AN APPLICATION FOR TESTING!! The fact that your neighbor had their home tested is not a reason for you to not request testing. If your home is not tested, you will not be eligible for treatment.
The acoustical engineers are scheduled to complete the tests and provide a final report by May 2000. The emphasis at the neighborhood meeting was that every dwelling needs to be tested to qualify for any future acoustical treatment if that is recommended. Each owner will receive a report of the results for their property. There is no cost to you.
Don't miss this opportunity! Do you need an application? Contact C. Kell-Smith & Associates at 1-888-807-6200, toll-free. The tests take about two hours during a weekday.
- Mark Leutwiler, Project Manager for San Jose International Airport's Acoustical Treatment Program (ACT)
Please welcome Tod and Tracey Ulery and their son Joshua to our neighborhood! On June 12, 1999, they moved into their new home on Arnold Avenue. They have a yellow lab named Angus and two cats, Max and Bandit. They own a custom jewelry store "The Jewel Box" in Campbell. They enjoy golfing and working on their new home. Please join us in welcoming them!
On August 2, 1999 Jon and Debbie Krahenbuhl of N. San Pedro Street became the very proud parents of Logan Weber Krahenbuhl. Logan, their first, was 8 lbs. 3 oz. and 20.6 inches long at birth. Everyone is healthy and happy. Congratulations to his proud and loving parents!
Bonnie and Ransom Fields are very excited about their very first grandchild! Anton Jere Calmes came into the world on Tuesday, August 31, 1999 at 2:28 a.m. He weighed 7 lbs. and 9 oz. and was 19.6 inches long. Bonnie and Ransom will make such wonderful grandparents. We wish them well!
Information provided by Andy Bierle of West Coast Recovery.
The RGNA has not taken a position on this issue.
If you have comments, please call the Message Center at 441-RGNA.
West Coast Recovery sober living homes has recently moved to the Rosemary Gardens neighborhood. West Coast Recovery's mission is to provide a safe and sober living environment to their residents, which will lead to a life free of drugs and alcohol.
West Coast Recovery abides by all city laws and is certified, as well as inspected by the district attorney's office. Each and every resident MUST follow a list of neighborhood guidelines. If a resident makes the choice not to follow the strict guidelines, he is terminated. The image most of us have of a recovery home is a place for prisoners to live after leaving prison or strung-out drug addicts living in their drug infested world. A West Coast Recovery representative says "Nothing could be further from the truth." Absolutely no one with violence, arson, or child molestation charges, is admitted to the program.
Darrin Chand is the current director/house manager who lives onsite. Darrin has managed several successful sober living homes. He has been helping people regain control of their lives since 1993.
West Coast Recovery's plan is to blend into the neighborhood. "You probably will not even know we are here." Co-owners Andy Bierle and Darrin Chand welcome all question's, please feel free to contact them at (408) 281-4NOW or you may reach Darrin at (408) 453-7207.
- Information provided by Andy Bierle of West Coast Recovery
Are your children home by themselves after school? KidCall, a community service of the Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, is a toll-free telephone line for children throughout the Bay Area who are home by themselves after school. Specially screened and trained volunteers, supported by pediatric nurses, provide comfort, information and emotional support support to children by phone.
KidCall volunteers can: o answer questions o help with homework o read stories o play games o tell jokes o ease loneliness and fears
This service is not a crisis line; KidCall is meant to supplement and strengthen family networks in the community. The program does not interfere with pre-established family procedures and parental instructions. Callers remain anonymous.
Call 1-800-546-7549 between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Information provided by the Lucile Packard Children's Health Services; UCSF Stanford Health Care
Your confidential health questions can be answered by nurses. Call the Teenage Health Resource Line: 1-888-711-TEEN. 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., 7 days a week.
- Information provided by the Lucile Packard Children's Health Services; UCSF Stanford Health Care
A key was found at the Annual Picnic. Please call the Message Center at 441-RGNA, describe it and we will return it to you!
Sun, entertainment, games, food, and friends all came together at the 6th annual neighborhood picnic, "A Day of Magic and Music." What a day it was! Representatives from San Jose Mounted Police force, the San Jose Motorcycle force, the San Jose Fire Department, Officer Bob Lobach from the San Jose Crime Prevention Unit accompanied by the '93 Dodge Stealth, and the Safety Robot made an impressive appearance.
Over 200 people attended, including San Jose City Councilmember, District 3, Cindy Chaves, her husband, Mike Potter, District 3 Chief of Staff, Scott Strickland, and District 3 Policy Assistant, Jose Posadas.
While music drifted across the picnic, residents were able to play bingo, take a chance on the raffle, participate in many wild and crazy games hosted by "Music Plus Entertainment," listen to a Dixieland Band while children received balloon animals from Binkey the Clown, had their face painted by Jennifer Valladao, or played in the Jump House sponsored by Spieker Properties.
This year the 7:30 Club donated their barbecue and two of their members, Sal Oliveri and Dave Maichi, volunteered to barbecue. In addition to the hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and sodas provided by the Rosemary Gardens Neighborhood Association, residents also contributed to the feast by bringing desserts, salads, lumpia, salsa, and many wonderful dishes.
Thank you to all helpers for making this year's picnic such a great success: Margaret Amaro, Angela Campbell, Lupe Campbell,Mike Campbell, Margie Cornehl, Anthony Echaves, Bonnie Fields, Ransom Fields, Cindy Fota, Joseph Fota, Vita Fota, Matt Grimm, Rosalie Guancione, Lamar Irvin, Henrietta Jamie, Ben Langedyk, Alex Lewerenz, Dan Lewerenz, Holly Lewerenz, Trevor Lewerenz, Rachel Lira, David Maich, Melanie Maruca, Marisa McElmurry, Judy McQuay, Gloria Medina, Rudolph Medina, Rudy Medina, Liz Moscato, Bridgett O'Connor, Sal Oliveri, Greg Ott, Henry Rosas, Frank Sakioka, Sherry Sakioka, Beryl Spalding, Sarah Spalding, Rina Staehs, Gene Sylvia, Dan Valladao, Erica Valladao, Jennifer Valladao, Mike Valladao, Sue Valladao and Donna Weinman.
A big THANK YOU to the following businesses for making our picnic such a success!
AMF Saratoga Lanes
American Musical Theatre
Caffino Drive Through Espresso Bars
Cal Skate of Milpitas
California Academy of Science
Children's Discovery Museum
Chili's Grill and Bar
The Fish Market
Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
Homestead Village Guest Studios
Ice Center of San Jose
KICU TV, Channel 36
KISS FM, 98.1
KRTY FM, 95.3
Lawrence Hall of Science
The Oakland A's
P W Supermarkets
Pruneridge Golf Club
Ripley's Believe It Or Not
Rose Garden Shell
Rosicrucian Museum and Planetarium
Safeway - Midtown
Safeway - Valley Fair
San Francisco Zoo
San Jose Children's Musical Theater
San Jose Clash
San Jose Museum of Art
San Jose State University
San Jose Symphony
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Six Flags Marine World
The Tech Museum of Innovation
United Artist Pavillion Theater
Valley Heating and Cooling
Winchester Mystery House
and special thanks to Community Foundation Silicon Valley for their generous grant!
The Guadalupe River Park & Gardens presents their 4th Annual Pumpkins in the Park on Saturday, October 16th, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., located at the Arena Green across from the San Jose Arena. Admission is free! Find the perfect pumpkin for Halloween. Stroll through the fabulous "Scarecrow Row." Other activities and entertainment include the Children's Carousel, music & storytelling, scarecrow making, Ranger Activities, BFI Compost Give-Away, pumpkin decorating, and more.
For more information contact the Guadalupe River Park & Gardens at (408) 298-7657.
- Information provided by Kathy Sutherland
This year the Rosemary Gardens Yard Sale competed with over 28 other neighborhood yard sales. The result was a mildly successful neighborhood yard sale. While Keoncrest, Arnold, and San Pedro were overwhelmed with shoppers, bargain hunters were less prevalent on other streets. Yet, there were still some amazing success stories, one resident did over $400 worth of business and others averaged around $100.
A suggestion made to this year's yard sale committee for improving next year's event was to have one two-day yard sale in April instead of two one-day yards sales. Let us know your thoughts and suggestions.
Special thanks to Liz Moscato and Cindy Fota for their efforts. Normally, the yard sale committee consists of five people. Unfortunately, this year's committee was down to two. If you would like to help out with next year's event, making signs, putting up and taking down signs, contact the RGNA via the Message Center at 441-RGNA.
Here's a chance to help plan San Jose's newest playground! The Redevelopment Agency has about $700,000 dollars to spend on what could become -- with your help -- the finest playground in all of San Jose, and a beacon for families from Shasta/Hanchett and beyond. The playground will be located on the Arena Green, in a grassy area adjacent to the Carousel.
The October 9, 1999 workshop, the second public workshop about the playground, will be a casual and fun opportunity for kids and parents to discuss their ideas and insights with the project designer. At the first workshop, August 21, 1999, the landscape architect heard a wide variety of suggestions about everything from shade to slides to seating.
The upcoming public workshop will take place on October 9, 1999 at 10:00 am at Arena Green itself (adjacent to the Carousel). Lots of free parking is available on Autumn Street, across from the Arena.
See you there!
- Jill Escher, President of Shasta/Hanchett Park Neighborhood Association
1 cup. crunchy peanut butter 1/3 cup. water 2 eggs 1 pkg. chocolate cake mix M & M's (plain) Red hots
Beat together peanut butter, eggs, and water. Gradually add cake mix. Mix well. Form dough into 1-inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet. Flatten balls with bottom of glass dipped in sugar. Pinch out 2 ears at top of cookie. Add M & M's (eyes) and red hots (nose). Press fork into dough to form whiskers. Bake at 375 degrees for 8-10 minutes. Makes 4 1/2 dozen.
1/2 cup butter, softened 1 1/2 cups peanut butter 1 pound powdered sugar 1 T. vanilla extract 12 ounces white chocolate almond bark
Cream the butter and peanut butter together. Add the sugar and vanilla and thoroughly blend. Shape into small 1-inch balls and refrigerate on waxed paper for 30 minutes.
Melt the white chocolate in the microwave. With a toothpick, dip the "eyeballs" into the white chocolate, covering all but a small circle on the top. Let cool on waxed paper. Makes 40 eyeballs.
3/4 cup All purpose flour 1/2 cup Sugar 1/4 cup Cooking oil 1/4 cup Milk 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla 2 large Eggs Powdered sugar
Beat together the flour, sugar, vegetable oil, milk, vanilla and eggs until smooth. Pour batter into a plastic squeeze bottle with a narrow opening. Heat a large (preferably non-stick) skillet over medium heat until hot; grease lightly. Working quickly, squeeze batter to form 4 straight, thin lines which intersect at a common center point to form a "star" shape. To form cobweb, squeeze thin streams of batter to connect lines. Cook 30-60 seconds or until bottom is golden brown; carefully turn. Cook until golden brown; remove from skillet. Cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar. Makes about 2-1/2 dozen (4-5") cobweb cookies.