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.

Monday, July 25, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 3

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



Chris Davis
Year you moved into the neighborhood: 2008
What drew you to North Willow Glen: We wanted to be central to San Jose and being in a primarily single family home neighborhood within walking distance to both downtown San Jose and downtown Willow Glen couldn't be beat.
What you love about our neighborhood: We quickly became friends with several of our neighbors - some right on the day we got the keys! I soon learned about the history of the neighborhood and its eclectic architecture. When I found out the neighborhood association needed help I decided to check it out and see what it was all about and what I could do to help.
What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you: I presently help out with NWGNA communications by contributing website, Facebook, Nextdoor, and e-mail content as well as flier design and distribution. I would like to make sure that people know about what is going on in our neighborhood. NWGNA does a good job of bringing people together and neighbors getting to know neighbors is really what makes for a neighborhood. I also really like to keep blight out of our neighborhood so I report graffiti obsessively while I'm out walking my dog. From 2010-2013 I served on the NWGNA board as secretary, president, and past president. Thanks to all the people who donated their time to the cause, we were able to start new traditions like Party in the Park and revive old ones like the neighborhood garage sale. It's more fun than work and the people are great and have become good friends. I encourage anyone who has the time to meet once a month to check out the available board or committee positions.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen, Part 2

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

Karen Taylor
Year you moved into the neighborhood: 2005
What drew you to North Willow Glen: I like that it had older homes with a lot of character, that it had its own small downtown, and that it is centrally located.
What you love about our neighborhood: I love that our neighborhood is diverse and that it had a friendly "small town" feel.
What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you:  I deliver fliers whenever fliers need to be delivered on Delmas Avenue.  I wanted to be involved in the neighborhood on a regular basis without having the commitment of an office position on the board.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Party in the Park - save the date!

2014 Party in the Park
North Willow Glen's annual summer event, Party in the Park, is scheduled for August 14, 4:30 to 7:30 pm in Hummingbird Park at Fisk and Bird. Look for a flier in the next week with details and come enjoy barbecue, entertainment from Duke Mantee and the Gold Money Band, and ice cream from Treat Ice Cream in San Jose!

Thursday, July 21, 2016

This is who volunteers in North Willow Glen...

Many, many people volunteer in a lot of different ways to make North Willow Glen an amazing place to live. To raise awareness and recognize them, we are doing a series of brief bios highlighting who they are and why they take time to help the community.

If you would like to help out in the neighborhood, let us know by sending an email to board@nwgna.org.





Lorraine Round

Year you moved into the neighborhood: 2008

What drew you to North Willow Glen: We definitely loved the vibe of downtown Willow Glen, and being walking distance was a big draw originally.

What you love about our neighborhood: I love knowing our neighbors, and how everyone looks out for each other.
What you do to help out in North Willow Glen and why it’s important to you: We help deliver fliers when there are meetings or other miscellaneous things going on in the community (like Christmas Trees!) and help with Christmas decorations around the area. We like to feel connected to our community and do our part to help others feel connected too.

Sunday, July 03, 2016

Online reporting of illegal fireworks activity in San José now available

The City of San Jose has a pilot program through Tuesday, July 5 that increases fireworks enforcement efforts in neighborhoods and parks.

Fireworks cause more than 15,000 fires every year, and half of reported fires on July 4 are started by fireworks. Additionally, sparklers alone caused more than one-quarter of emergency room injuries seen in 2014. (see statistics)

All fireworks in San Jose are illegal. To report use of fireworks, use the city's online form.