National Night Out 2012National Night Out had live music from an orchestrion kindly provided by Russell Kriegel with a backdrop of a 49 Star Spangled Banner belonging to Walter Soellner, all framed beneath our beautiful new gazebo in O'Donnell's Gardens Park. You can hear the orchestrion in the video below. Here is some information provided by Russ about the orchestrion:The instrument is a "Mascot" model orchestrion, made by Western Electric Co. in about 1925. Western Electric was an alternative brand name for instruments made by a larger coin piano/orchestrion company called Seeburg (who became famous later for their jukeboxes)This instrument plays perforated rolls, each carrying 10 tunes. It contains a 65 note piano, with a mandolin rail that ...
Posted Aug 8, 2012, 1:29 PM by Sun Secretary
Ice Cream Social & Gazebo Opening 2012The Annual June Ice Cream Social included a ribbon cutting ceremony for the Gazebo, recognition of people who have contributed to the neighborhood, and elections for the Board positions
Posted Jun 20, 2012, 5:23 PM by Sun Secretary
Halloween Social 2011
The Halloween Social was organized by Mike Schmidt. Highlights included live entertainment, face painting, Halloween crafts, MACLA Family Portraits, games, food, drinks, door prizes, and halloween gifts and light sticks for all children.
Posted Nov 14, 2011, 11:25 PM by Sun Secretary
Neighborhood Wide Yard Sale 2011
The neighborhood wide yard sale was organized by Mark Williams. More than twenty five households participated, drawing attention to their yards with the SUN Yard Sale Banner. The day finished with an ice cream social at the park.
Posted Nov 14, 2011, 11:26 PM by Sun Secretary
National Night Out 2011
Free ice cream, arts and crafts for kids, safety information, and meet the local police officers
Posted Nov 14, 2011, 11:27 PM by Sun Secretary
Naglee Park Garage Live Music Schedule 2011
Wed May 18 - Los Hot Boxers
Wed June 1 - Emperor Norton’s Jazz Band
Wed June 15 - Benjamin Henderson + Wild Reeds
Wed June 29 - Doctor Nurse
Wed July 6 - Northern Son + Will Sprott
Wed July 13 - Careless Hearts
Wed July 20 - Sig’s Good Time Family Band
Wed July 27 - Next Wednesday
Wed Aug 3 - Cuatro Con Tres
Wed Aug 10 - Lavay Smith Trio - JazzFest
Wed Aug 17 - Workhouse Poets
Wed Aug 24 - Littlefield
Wed Aug 31 - Altered Roots
Wed Sep 7 - Doctor Nurse
Wed Sep 14 - Bird Dogs
Wed Sep 21 - Careless Hearts
Thu Sep 29 - Bug Horn Rex - Oktoberfest
Fri Sept 30 - Hurricane Roses - Oktoberfest
Sat Oct 1 - Sig’s Good Time Family Band - Oktoberfest
Wed Oct 6 ...
Posted May 3, 2011, 4:52 PM by Sun Secretary
Parks Community MeetingOn behalf of Steve Hammack, Deputy Director of Parks, Recreation and Neighborhood Services, you are invited to attend one of three community meetings to be held to discuss the business case for alternative service delivery options for small park landscape maintenance, graffiti eradication and park restroom custodial services. The Parks Division is seeking input from the community to determine whether to include the proposals as part of the 2011-2012 Proposed Budget in accordance with Council Policy 0-41. At this time, the Department is undertaking a business case analysis to evaluate service delivery changes in order to develop a recommendation to the City Council. The meetings will be held from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the ...
Posted Mar 8, 2011, 2:14 PM by Sun Secretary
Community Energy Champions Grant OpportunityAttend a workshop and apply to be a Community Energy Champion
Would you like your community to be more energy aware? If you have creative ideas and want to be an energy champion for your community, come to a workshop and apply for a grant.
Non profit award recipients are eligible to receive between $10,000 and $25,000 and
Local government agency award recipients between $15,000 and $30,000.
Total available for all grants is $332,500.
Workshops are being offered in four locations around Silicon Valley to:
walk applicants through the grant program,
offer helpful hints, and
Light refreshments will be provided.
Register for a workshop near you by clicking on ...
Posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:59 PM by Sun Secretary
The Coming Budget CutsBy Sam LiccardoSan Jose District 3 CouncilmemberPhone: (408) 535-4903Email: email@example.comWeb: www.sanjoseca.gov/district3In what has become an annual refrain, we again sit at a crossroads of bad choices about cutting services and job, far worse even than last year. In June, we will slash many crucial services and lay off hundreds of city employees—as many as one out of every five-- to resolve a budget deficit that will likely exceed $120 million. The Great Recession has left us increasingly deaf to the familiar drumbeat of bad news—losing a quarter of the police force, closure of nearly every community center, and the like—particularly as this scene repeats itself in ...
Posted Mar 1, 2011, 4:45 PM by Sun Secretary
Summit Focuses on Fighting Gang ViolenceFrom neighborwebsj.com By Janice Rombeck NeighborWebSJ editor In the wake of a deadly gang-related shooting near Story Road and East Capitol Expressway, San Jose’s 2011 Crime and Gang Prevention Summit brought the community together on Saturday, January 22, with a message of unity.“We have a plan and with the plan we’ll stop the retaliation and take back our streets,” Mayor Chuck Reed told the 300 participants gathered at Seven Trees Community Center for the third annual event.The “plan” is San Jose’s response to gang violence that keeps the community informed, allows residents to share concerns and ideas and strives to re-establish a sense of community safety. The process involves not only the ...
Posted Jan 24, 2011, 2:15 PM by Sun Secretary
Coats for Children at Lowell
On December 16, 2010, SUN gave 75 coats to the children of Lowell Elementary School. The coats, each valued at $100, were bought at a heavy discount with $1000 dollars raised by SUN and a $500 match from the University Neighborhood Coalition (UNC). The coats contain a tag saying 'A gift from the people of SUN'.
Funding approved for the O'Donnell's Gardens Park Gazebo
On December 14, 2010, the San José City Council approved funding of the Gazebo for O'Donnell's Gardens Park. It's anticipated that the design process will begin in January 2011, construction will follow in April 2011 with completion of the project in July 2011. More details here ...
Posted Jan 12, 2011, 10:42 PM by Sun Secretary
Casa Feliz Studios Wins National AwardCasa Feliz Studios is on the 600 block of 9th Street in SUN. It was built by First Community Housing, and replaced an old apartment building with no place for tenants to socialize other than the porch and sidewalk in front. The SUN Association had input into the design and landscape, and Sandra Soellner represented SUN on the Board of First Community Housing. It is a wonderful example of SUN working with developers to add housing that contributes to the ambiance of and quality of life for our neighborhood. First Community Housing was honored in November 2010 by having Casa Feliz Studios named 'Best Rental Affordable Housing Project' by the Home Depot Foundation. As part of this process, the Home ...
Posted Jan 7, 2011, 11:54 AM by Sun Secretary
Adopt-A-Highway Coming Our WayRagan Henninger arranged a meeting where Matthew Hall from SUN and Peter Kolstad from the Market Almaden Neighborhood Association met Rebecca Strouse, who is our Adopt-A-Highway coordinator. Matthew and Peter proposed Adopt-A-Highway along northbound 280 from 7th Street to Almaden Avenue. The meeting resulted in the following email from Rebecca:"Ernesto Ramirez, Arnold Joe and I assessed the area and it looks like the site from 5th to 7th Northbound along Margaret Way is not adoptable due to the narrow sloped area and no guardrail above. The rest of the area from 7th to Almaden is adoptable. There are a few things that need to be done first:* Ragan and staff will survey the neighborhood to ...
Posted Jan 6, 2011, 6:04 PM by Sun Secretary
Halloween Social a Great SuccessAn estimated three hundred neighborhood residents attended the Annual Halloween Social at O'Donnell's Garden Park on the corner of 6th and William. Children's activities included face painting, Halloween crafts, bobbing for apples, musical chairs, and a balloon toss. Live entertainment came from all cultures including live guitar, a Vietnamese dragon dance, an amazingly accomplished six year old singing both Vietnamese songs and songs by ABBA, traditional Mexican dancing, and a jazz trio. Food and drinks were available from beginning to end, and the event wrapped up with door prizes and children in need of a costume choosing one to their liking. Many thanks to the local businesses, volunteers and beautiful San Jose weather who made the event ...
Posted Jan 6, 2011, 6:06 PM by Sun Secretary
Elections Held At Association Meeting
This year electing Community Liason Officers for the SUN board was postponed from the usual month of June until November. This gave several people interested in serving on the SUN board the opportunity to fulfill the requirement to either attend six SUN meetings in the previous year, or to attend three consecutive SUN meetings leading up to their election. In addition the office of Secretary became available through special election because Rozanne Camacho resigned as Secretary so she could attend classes on Tuesday evenings. Monica Limas, Ayse Purcell, Teresa Zuniga were elected as Community Liasons and Matthew Hall was elected as Secretary. Deborah Hudson, who has served on the Board for several years graciously withdrew her nomination as Community Liason ...
Posted Jan 6, 2011, 6:10 PM by Sun Secretary