Saturday, October 22, 2016

Halloween treats & food allergies

A worldwide movement to create a safer, happier Halloween for all trick-or-treaters is promoting the idea of placing a teal pumpkin or a special sign to show that you are offering non-food treats. Last year, households from all 50 states and 14 countries participated.

About non-food treats from the organization's website:
Available at dollar stores, party supply stores, or online shops, these low-cost items can be purchased and handed out to all trick-or-treaters, or made available in a separate bowl from candy if you choose to hand out both options. Nearly all of these items can be found in a Halloween theme or festive colors.
  • Glow sticks, bracelets, or necklaces
  • Pencils, pens, crayons or markers
  • Bubbles
  • Halloween erasers or pencil toppers
  • Mini Slinkies
  • Whistles, kazoos, or noisemakers
  • Bouncy balls
  • Finger puppets or novelty toys
  • Coins
  • Spider rings
  • Vampire fangs
  • Mini notepads
  • Playing cards
  • Bookmarks
  • Stickers
  • Stencils
To learn more and download free printable signs, go to

Add your house to the Nextdoor Treat Map

Again this year, is enabling a map of houses that are giving out treats for Halloween. You can add yourself and/or tell others that you will be sharing some treats and your house will be marked with a candy corn icon. The map is just beginning to build, but check it out!

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Holiday tree orders due Nov. 4

Did you get your order in? If not, download the form and get it over to Pam Shukait at 1023 Bird by Friday, November 4 (or send via PayPal to

Call Pam with any questions: 408-297-4388.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Look on your porch for your holiday tree flier

Thanks to the amazing Pam Shukait, neighbors are fanning out across North Willow Glen to deliver order forms for holiday yard trees. Orders must be in to Pam by Friday, November 4. 

We will be placing a PDF of the order form online in a few days after all doorstep deliveries are made. Look for one on your porch first, and then look here for the online location of the form as a backup.

Sunday, September 04, 2016

Dan Erceg, car guy

Those who know long-time North Willow Glen resident Dan Erceg know about all the good he does in our community, but we  can now add to that. Read about Dan's latest car project in the Willow Glen Resident / Mercury News. If you can get a paper copy of the Resident, though, it includes great photos of his work that are not yet available online.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

RSVP for Neighborhood Watch meeting

Thanks to all who took part in last Sunday's Party in the Park. It was a great success. It was really wonderful seeing neighbors interacting together and meeting new people. The band, the hot dogs and ice cream were pretty good, too!

On Tuesday, August  23 at 6:30, we will be hosting a group Neighborhood Watch Meeting. Neighborhood Watch wants to find households to host their nearby neighbors for street-by-street meetings. This is meant for neighbors to get to know each other so we can help watch out for each other.

Please RSVP by texting or calling Bill at 408-893-6684. The city requires at least ten households for this meeting, so we need a good turnout.

Neighborhood Watch Group Meeting 8/23/16 at 6:30
Word Of Faith Church 873 Delmas Ave (at Fuller Ave)

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Plentiful buns!

Party in the Park is today from 4:30 to 7:30 in Hummingbird Park, corner of Bird and Fisk. We have plentiful buns (and hot dogs from Willow Glen Meats) and San Joe's Treat ice cream (courtesy of Willow Glen Creamery), so join us for the fun!

Friday, August 12, 2016

Party in the Park, this Sunday!

Join us for Party in the Park, Sunday, August 14, starting at 4:30. We will be gathering at Hummingbird Park at Fisk and Bird. Bring a side dish to share and we will have hot dogs hot off the barbecue!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Mango ice cream! Chocolate Fantasy ice cream!

We are so thankful again this year that Willow Glen Creamery is donating Treat ice cream to Party in the Park! Expect big favorite flavors Mango and Chocolate Fantasy. And, let Jeff from Willow Glen Creamery know that you appreciate him and his generosity.

Party in the Park
Hummingbird Park (Corner of Bird and Fisk)
Sunday, August 14, 4:30-7:30 pm

Join us tonight!

If you are curious about joining the board, or are interested in helping our Party in the Park event, please join our open board meeting at Blue Water Cafe, corner of Bird and Willow, at 6:30 pm tonight. 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Let's be frank -- we live in a great neighborhood!

BIG thanks yet again to Willow Glen Meats for their donation of locally made hot dogs for Sunday's Party in the Park. Stop by their shop at 885 Delmas to see their selection of sausages, bacon, and other smoked meats plus sandwiches, yum.

Tuesday, August 02, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 7

Another in our occasional series about who volunteers in North Willow Glen.

Sheila Hunter

Year you moved into the neighborhood: 2010
What drew you to North Willow Glen: I had a friend who used to live in the neighborhood and I liked the walkability and neighborliness of North Willow Glen
What you love about our neighborhood: Fuller Park and Hummingbird Park provide multiple spots for meeting neighbors and letting pets and kids roam

What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you: I have been the treasurer for the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association. As a member of the board, I learned about how various neighbors advocate for our neighborhood, lead special clean-up efforts, improve our communication, and host special events. I am so grateful for my neighbors' good work; I've been happy to help by writing checks and filling out forms. It is a small way to give back to help build up this special neighborhood.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 6

Another in our occasional series about who volunteers in North Willow Glen.

Taffy Dugan

Year you moved into the neighborhood: 2008
What drew you to North Willow Glen: I used to own a cookie company and sold cookies at the Willow Glen Farmers' Market. This was when it was still at Willow Glen Elementary School.  I was struck then by how family-oriented Willow Glen was and started dreaming of living here.
What do you love about our neighborhood? I remember visiting a friend who lived here in North Willow Glen and falling immediately in love with this neighborhood. So quaint and friendly. Being originally from the South, I grew up knowing my neighbors. It's so nice to live in a place where that's true again.

What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why is it important to you? Delivering fliers mostly, and participating in events. I feel it's important to do my part, however small or large that may be, to nurture the closeness of our neighborhood. I've been delivering the fliers since we moved here almost eight years ago, so I've really enjoyed seeing how each house has changed over the years.

Friday, July 29, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 5

Another in our occasional series about who volunteers in North Willow Glen.

John Francis Maggio

Year you moved into the neighborhood: We moved onto Harrison Street in 1985.
What drew you to North Willow Glen: Our house, on that street, with that backyard!
What you love about our neighborhood: We have a beautiful tree lined street with mature camphors that keep our neighborhood shaded and cool in the hottest weather.
What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you: I keep an eye out on the railroads Joint Powers land. I watch and let them know  when they have too much trash in their lot. And I keep reminding the railroad what it  takes to be a good neighbor. They need all the help they can get in that regard! I wrote up my own flyers for the street so that they were aware when San Jose Water was going to put in a new water line and how the subsequent trenching through the street was going to affect their curb trees, i.e. our camphors. In that regard, I established contact with the water department and with the city arborist. San Jose Water agreed to keep an certified arborist on site during the digging. I was  able to confirm that an arborist from Davey Tree Company was present. I also wrote up a flyer with all my railroad contacts so that other neighbors were empowered to contact the railroad and point out when the trash or the train noise was too much.
Member of CADRE, Collaborating Agencies Disaster Relief Effort.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 4

Another in our occasional series about who volunteers in North Willow Glen.

Bill Rankin
Year you moved into the neighborhood: 1999
What drew you to North Willow Glen: The affordable housing prices and the potential we saw in North Willow Glen
What you love about our neighborhood: The many ways that neighbors help neighbors
What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you:
I lead the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association because I saw other volunteers stepping up and knew that they needed help to make great things happen. I’ve seen the positive impacts of NWGNA’s work every year in the neighborhood and it continues to get better and better. I also lead Save Our Trails, a group that advocates for trails all over Santa Clara County. I initially became involved because of the opportunity to develop a trail using the rail line that goes right through Willow Glen, and it is now becoming a marvelous trail connection. To see it lost would have been a sad occurrence and a missed opportunity. I also help out with understanding the impact of high-speed rail on our area. It’s important to keep the neighborhood intact and mitigate the effect of high-speed rail on North Willow Glen.