Archive for August, 2010

“Heart of the Park Celebration” a success

A “Heart of the Park Celebration” (see the photos) was held on Sunday, August 29th between 2:00-4:00 in Jeffrey Fontana Park by the dog park.  We  celebrated the fact that Tree 13, the iconic Heart of T.J. Martin and Fontana Parks, is still standing and has a brighter future for survival. (See Almaden Times announcement here.)

Those attending the Celebration were given the opportunity to learn more about our newly formed Martin-Fontana Parks Association.  Thirteen trees were destroyed in our two parks on July 1st; each of them was over 25 years old.  Over the next few years, as many as 127 more trees may be destroyed.  The purpose of the association is to preserve and enhance our two parks by having the financial resources to prune trees that PG&E/the City want to cut.

At our Celebration, everybody had the  opportunity to become an association member.  Memberships are attractively  priced as we want as many people from the community as possible to become members.  Strength in numbers sends a very strong, clear message to PG&E and the City that we are united and are solidly behind preserving our two parks!

We also had T-shirts available for purchase.  Pictures of the shirts are on the attached order form.   The shirts are in Adult and Youth sizes.  If you wish to order shirts, please use the order form and send it with your donation to Margie Heldt (her info. is on order form).  If you pre-paid for shirts and did not attend our Celebration, you can email Margie and arrange for a pick up.   If the sizes you wanted were not available, you will have the opportunity to order them.  All orders must be prepaid.   All proceeds from the sale of the T-Shirts will go to the Association.

 

 

 

More news on our park Celebration

Read the Almaden Times Weekly article about our Heart of the Parks Celebration that was held on Sunday, the 29th of August.

Thanks to our Donors

We want to thank the following merchants and donors for their generous donations for our drawing that was held at the Heart of the Park Celebration, Sunday the 29th of August:

  1. $50 gift certificate from Unwined Wine Bar and Shop, 6946 Almaden Expressway.
  2. Three  1 month memberships from Almaden Valley Athletic Club, 5400 Camden Avenue.
  3. One $75 gift certificate from Bloomster’s, 5945 Almaden Expressway, Suite #170.
  4. Two $29.95 certificates from Charlie’s Cheesecake Works, 1179 Redmond Ave.
  5. Two dinners for two from La Playita, 1169 Redmond Ave.
  6. Two $20 gift certificates from Round Table Pizza, 1118 Branham Lane.
  7. A $25 gift certificate fromAlmaden Market, 5965 Almaden Expressway.
  8. One 9 inch cake from C’est Si Bon Bakery, 1375 Blossom Hill Road.
  9. One $20 gift certificate from Swirls Frozen Yogurt, 6081 Meridian Avenue.
  10. One $25 gift certificate from Almaden Valley Nursery, 15800 Almaden Expressway.
  11. Large snack bowl set from Larry’s Hallmark, 1375 Blossom Hill Rd.
  12. Two tickets to see the 49ers from Wild 94.9 FM
  13. A $50 Black Angus gift card  from Joann Shimoguchi.
  14. A one month membership from Curves, 6055 Meridian Ave., #170.
  15. Three T-shirts from the Martin-Fontana Parks Association.
  16. One large framed photo of Tree 13 from Sunny & Pat Wagstaff.
  17. Two $20 certificates from Legends Pizza, 5965 Almaden Expy.
  18. One certificate for a Qt of Ice Cream & 2 certificates for a single kid’s scoop of ice cream from Baskin and Robbins, 5353 Almaden Plaza.

We also want to thank Lucky Supermarkets, 6109 Meridian Avenue, for allowing us to participate in their S.H.A.R.E.S. card program.

When making purchases, please consider these community based merchants.

Action Alert for San Jose Residents — Guadalupe Creek-side Development

This Tuesday, August 31, San Jose’s City Council will decide whether to approve the inadequate environmental review for a significant development on land adjacent to Guadalupe Creek, the “Brookside Estates” development.  This proposal has undergone minimal environmental review, contravenes the original recommendations of City staff and the City Planning Commission, violates the City’s creek side protection policy, has the potential to threaten steelhead trout and 82 species of birds, and is being rushed through to avoid more stringent environmental policies that will soon be in place.

Numerous groups are appealing against its approval, including a joint appeal contesting the environmental review filed by Santa Clara Audubon Society and the committee for Green Foothills, as well as Citizens for a Livable San Jose.  Please contact the City Council and tell them to stand up for and protect the Guadalupe Creek Corridor and Guadalupe River!

For Additional Information Contact:

Dave Cook
Environmental Action Committee Chair
justdave50@comcast.net

Shani Kleinhaus (unavailable until 9/8/2010)
Evironmental Advocate
Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society

UPDATE:  San Jose council approves controversial housing project

No killing of park trees

In a letter to the Editor of the Almaden Times Weekly, Scout Collin presented an open letter to PG&E.  See the article here.

Palo Alto’s most treasured and storied tree spoiled by graffiti.

The coast redwood tree known as El Palo Alto — more than 1,000 years old and recognized as California Historic Landmark No. 2 — was sprayed earlier this week with white and green paint. Graffiti, most of it illegible, also was sprayed on a nearby fence in the park at Alma Street and Palo Alto Avenue.  Read more here.

We are now a Non-Profit Corporation

Valli Sharpe-Geisler indicates that we are now officially approved as a Non-Profit Corporation as of 10 August 2010!