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Help us plant Milkweed for the Monarch habitat

Monarch butterflies on a blazing star by Al Batt.

Monarch butterflies on a blazing star by Al Batt.

Saturday,  Dec 5th at 9:30 am, we will be adding to the monarch habitat by extending the planting at the west end of TJ Martin Park. Please join us near the turn at Fleet St. to spend about one hour planting more habitat for the monarch butterflies. Bring a shovel and gloves, milkweed will be there ready for the planting. With the recent rains the soil is fairly soft and the planting should go quickly. The project will complement and extend a monarch trail from Oak Canyon eastward through our parks to provide a habitat trail for the butterfly population.

Map of location

Former District 10 Councilwoman Nancy Pyle suffers near fatal heart attack

TJ Martin Park 5-28-11

Shown in this photo in May of 2011 are from left to right, Pat Wagstaff, Joy Stevens, Nancy Pyle, Mike Thompson, and Larry Sasscer.

According to the Nov 6th Almaden Times, “Former Almaden District 10 councilwoman Nancy Pyle is resting in the hospital after suffering a near fatal heart attack during a luncheon Friday October 30 at the San Jose McEnery Convention Center.”

Back in July of 2013 she had surgery to remove a Carcinoid on her lung. She said the surgery went well but after surgery she suffered serious heart problems.

For the rest of the article click here.  

Fall Planting in TJ Martin Park Completed

Thanks to Martin-Fontana Parks Association Vice President Larry Sasscer and a crew from Parks, Recreation, Neighborhood Services led by Jose, 26 additional native plants were added to the large chipped area in west TJ Martin Park.

Larry's plainting Nov 2015

Poles in the picture are for native grape plants.

Funds to purchase the plants were provided MFPA.  Thanks for a job well done, guys!

Today is the 14th anniversary of our loss of Officer Jeffrey Fontana

Fontana poster

We now have a Kiosk in Jeffrey Fontana Park

Thanks to Troop 287’s Eagle Scout Candidate Joshua Harbman who, with some assistance from his Dad, and Martin-Fontana Parks Association’s Vice-President Larry Sasscer, has completed the construction and installation of the kiosk.  Some of the funds for construction were provided by Martin-Fontana Parks Association and the balance through fundraising by Scout Harbman.  Great job, guys.


Where are our plants going?

Planting the roses

Planting the roses

Every Fall, the project managers in our two parks plant new or replacement landscape plants. This is usually done after the first rains of at least 0.3 inches or more in 24 hours. Well, we haven’t had those rains yet; but we have experienced a problem with recent plantings. Plants are either being removed or they have been pulled from the soil and placed on-top of the soil near the plant location where they wither and die! Either way, this is a drain on our Martin-Fontana Parks Association resources, both people and money. We would appreciate if those residents using our two parks, T.J. Martin and Jeffrey Fontana, would keep attentive. If you see anyone carrying a plant, with the dirt root-ball exposed, crossing the park to their transportation, please use your smart phone to record the event and/or write down the license plate number. Direct confrontation is not advised. Any information you may provide that gives us a clue to whom and when would be greatly appreciated.

Pulling Weeds

Thanks, Pat Pizzo


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