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You Make the Difference!

Thank you all for your park advocacy!  Our members called and emailed city council members and attended  budget meetings to bring city awareness to the desperate need for increased maintenance in our older neighborhood parks.  Your message was heard.  The new parks budget contains nine newly funded maintenance positions city-wide.  This is the first increase in maintenance personnel since 2008!

Our membership now includes 165 family and single memberships, with a total of 353 actual members.  You have allowed MFPA to play a major role in advocating a turn around of the City’s attitude toward parks.  Park maintenance finally was addressed in council meetings and budget talks. We look forward to seeing a gradual improvement in the care of our parks.

 

A big “Thank You to MFPA members, Chuck and Gail Haywood,

 

who have made a generous contribution to the Martin-Fontana Parks Association with the intent that a special fund be established to restore a section of the grass area in Fontana Park making it usable by all park goers.  New water piping, removal of gophers, and new grass seeding would all be part of a long-range plan.

The Haywoods stated in their letter that they remembered a time when kids played on the grass, dogs romped, and couples would sit under the trees or families would picnic.  Our parks can be all this again if we share that dream of how it once was and work to make it a reality.

 

 

If you would like to become a contributor to this effort, please send your contribution to  our new address: 

Martin-Fontana Parks Association,
6081 Meridian Ave., Suite 70 #246,
San Jose, CA 95120.

 

We have a new Address

Martin-Fontana Parks Association
6081 Meridian Avenue
Suite 70 #246
San Jose, CA 95120

You can also reach us at:  SaveOurParkTrees@gmail.com too.

LEAF IT BE

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As the weather cools, we see the trees turn beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow signaling autumn. These colorful falling leaves also remind us of our chore of cleaning their litter off our sidewalks, lawn and properties. As I walk my dogs through the neighborhood and parks, scuffling through and crunching the carpet of leaves, I notice many homes with piles of leaves on the street waiting for the city to haul them away. My first thought is, I should come back and steal these however unpractical that is, then I realize they must not know what a gold mine they are tossing out as a nuisance.

As an avid gardener, I’ve experimented with many soil amendments throughout the years from compost, to worm casings, to stinky fish emulsions (yuck), synthetic fertilizers, wood chips…and absolutely nothing works as well to make my plants thrive and my clay soil soften better than leaf mold. What is leaf mold? Well, when you suck the leaves through your blower/vac or even rake them, put them in a black yard waste bag (must be black to stay warm and dark) loosely tied and set them aside somewhere outside. By spring the bag will be full of partially decomposed leaves covered in white mold. Spread this around your trees and plants or under your mulch as you would compost and voila! This same process also happens when you leave the leaves under the trees or shrubs they came from or if you spread them as mulch now, but the process just takes a little longer. You should always leave a few inches of leaves under the trees and plants where they came from as that is what feeds them, keeps them healthy, drought tolerant, prevents disease (never pile mulch around the trunk) and keeps them out of the landfill. Blowing all the leaves out from under your tree leaving hardened clay soil robs it of nutrients.

Leaves are great for healthy lawns too. If you have a light sprinkling of leaves on your lawn, don’t bother raking or blowing them off. Take the bag off your mower, mow right over them and leave them in place. Don’t worry about the messy look of leaf pieces, as they won’t last long. Within a couple of days and watering the soil organisms will have worked them in to your soil (they’re fast!) and your lawn will have had an organic nutrient rich treat. So next time your mow and blow guys skin your property and toss out natures free compost, tell them to black bag it for you instead. Your gardens will thank you!

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MFPA General Membership Meeting

Saturday, January 25

1:00 pm – 2:15 pm

The Villas’ Clubhouse main entrance on the east side of Meridian Ave at Norelius Ct:

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Dial 004 at the entrance kiosk to have the gate opened.

Agenda

  1. Introduction of MFPA Leadership Team
  2. Financial Report, closing 2013 and projections for 2014
  3. Status of PG&E Negotiations for 2014
  4. Overview of 2013 Accomplishments
  5. 2014 Project ideas and  MFPA goals based on Fall 2013 Survey Results
  6. Election for 2014 Board of Directors

All are welcome member or not, please join us for our fourth annual membership meeting.  The Fall Survey results will be discussed and the 2014 Action Plan will be presented.

Questions are welcomed, and suggestions from our membership are encouraged.  These are your neighborhood parks!

We began in 2010 with the goal of stopping the wholesale removal of 140 trees by PG&E.   2014 brings a new set of negotiators for PG&E and a new system of evaluating trees for removal.   Learn what changes are coming from PG&E and how MFPA is proactively working to continue saving our trees.

MFPA Member donated items for our Raffle

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103-year-old man to be buried in coffin made from tree he fought for decades to protect

Frank Knight was a professional logger but earned his true legacy spending decades protecting New England’s tallest elm tree. But as all things must, the 217-year-old tree nicknamed “Herbie” eventually succumbed to Dutch elm disease. And over the weekend, 103-year-old Knight died as well. But as a final tribute to this unique relationship between man […]

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