Thursday, July 16, 2015

Greater Gardner Neighborhood: Historic Context Survey

Have you ever wondered about the history of our neighborhood? What led to the construction of this eclectic group of homes? Could parts of our neighborhood be considered historic?

At the request of the City of San José, the firm Archives and Architecture created a document titled Greater Gardner Neighborhood: Historic Context Survey. This 103 page document chronicles our neighborhood's history from the founding of the first pueblo in Spanish California to the document's publication in 2011. In it you will learn about significant figures and families in our area's history such as Isaac Bird and Henry W. Coe. There is a great deal of information regarding our housing inventory including some the authors regard as contributors to the historic nature of our neighborhood, potential historic resources, and even lists the 27 properties which meet the criteria to be San Jose City Landmark Structures.

If you are curious about this, you can click here to read the entire document.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Thanks to the Rotary Club for the July 4 fireworks!


In the Rotary Club of San Jose's 101th year of public service, they are again sharing with the city a professional, free fireworks show on July 4 at Discovery Meadow in downtown San Jose, 180 Woz Way. The show begins around 9:30 p.m. Residents are encouraged to take public transit. The City of San José is among the event sponsors. Visit www.rotaryfireworks.org for more details.

Also, the July 4th Fun Festival & Fireworks Show will take place at Almaden Lake Park. The festivities begin at 2 p.m. with entertainment, food, and kids' activities. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at 9:15 p.m. Read more...

But, then, at San Jose Municipal Stadium, a fireworks display follows the Independence Day game between the San Jose Giants and Visalia. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. Visit San Jose Giants website.

San Jose Family Camp - discounts!

Join the fun at San Jose Family Camp this summer with amazing discounts! You do not need to be a resident of San Jose to stay at Family Camp. From the camp web site:

Family Camp at Yosemite provides an all-inclusive camping experience where guests of all ages can fish, hike, swim, participate in organized programs, or just sit back, relax and take it easy. It's a great experience the whole family will enjoy, so join us this summer and reserve your tent today!

San José’s Family Camp is located in the heart of the Sierras near Yosemite National Park, just east of Groveland, California. Family Camp is situated on 47 acres of leased land from the U.S. Forest Service. The Stanislaus National Forest and the middle fork of the Tuolumne River serve as the scenic backdrop to this mountain playground.

During the summer season, the camp provides three meals a day to campers, along with supervised recreational activities. Groups are welcome to rent out the camp during the pre- and post-seasons.

For questions, please contact staff at (408) 794-6208 or familycamp@sanjoseca.gov.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Garage Sale 2015

Check out a some of the items available at the North Willow Glen Garage Sale on May 30 from 8am-2pm! This is just a partial list.

476 Fuller
everything is free

482 Fuller
two air conditioners, one window and one portable, women's clothes, household items, pictures, a round table, vacuum, kitchen items

508 Fuller
baby girl clothing, toddler boy clothing & shoes, women's clothing & shoes, TV's, a snowboard, handbags, a train table (child), home accessories, flower pots, a Britax car seat w/base, a breast pump, Boppy Pillow, a baby bouncer, wall art, etc.

514 Fuller
Ladies Clothes (Old Navy, Forever 21, Charlotte Russe) $1-$3, Women's jewelry (necklaces, earrings, bracelets) $5 or less, makeup and nail polish $1, kitchenware, household items, towels, bedding, blankets, twin sheet sets

664 Fuller
washer, dryer, refrigerator, free standing oven/stove, box spring & mattress

392 Hull
dinning set, sofa, and more

542 Hull
many items

345 Atlanta
maternity clothes, housewares, and some baby items

359 Atlanta
clothing, Kidarooz 2 in 1 bike trailer, kids bike

546 Atlanta
Bassett 57” bookcase/entertainment case, large Kidcraft dollhouse, Craftsman mantle clock, Norelco shaver, women’s clothes & shoes, men’s shoes (8 1/2), Takamine EF341SC electric acoustic guitar, guitar stands, comic books, iMac 20” computer with brand new 500GB hard drive, never used

428 Atlanta
white range hood with lights, teak Scandinavian Designs bed, with storage underneath and matching end tables, portable air conditioner on wheels, light fixtures, ceiling fans, paint and hardware items

901 Delmas
Household items and
Clothes & Shoes - women, men & kids

917 Delmas
kayak with paddles, woven string hammock, Nikon D70 camera body, semi-mummy sleeping bag, antique kitchenware, antique picture frames, windsurfer

975 Delmas
Tivo Series 2, toys, soccer cleats, clothes, books

569 Brooks
Pottery Barn Crib (Model - Kendall, color: Sun Valley Espresso)

1021 Bird
antique desk, iron lamp, vintage jewelry, china, clothing, notions & vintage kitchen items, upholstery fabrics, plant stand & much more

452 Shepherd Avenue
Peg Perego highchair, kids toys (lots!), boy's bike (for 10yr old), Chinese screen, Turkish chair, kids clothes, adult clothes, books, CDs, DVDs & DVD player, kitchen & household items, bedding (pillows, comforter, sheets)



Friday, April 24, 2015

Native Plant Sale This Saturday

California Buckwheat
With water conservation on everyone's mind these days, native plants have become a hot topic. There are numerous landscapes around the neighborhood featuring California native plants. Unfortunately the supply of them is not easily found at the big box stores so you may have to look a bit harder to find them for sale. Fortunately the California Native Plant Society has two sales a year and their spring sale is coming soon.

Speak with experts about unthirsty alternatives to a lawn, including native perennials, shrubs, wildflowers, and grasses. Browse books, posters, and note cards featuring native plants. This year landscape designer Carrie Jensen, habitat designer Linda Ruthruff, and landscape architect Sherri Osaka will be at the plant sale all day to help you custom design your native parking strip garden. For the first time, there will also be a wildflower show.

NWGNA is planning on picking up a California Buckwheat to test out and see if it is fit for the Bird Avenue median. All signs point to 'yes' so we are excited to get one going in Fuller Park before making the leap to the median.

Check out the CNPS website for more information including a plant list. You can also watch Carrie Jensen's presentation on parking strips, why they're important and what we can do with them, here.

California Native Plant Society
Annual Spring Plant Sale
Saturday, April 25, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hidden Villa Ranch, 26870 Moody Road, Los Altos Hills

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Generosity isn't just for year-end...

We all know that generosity isn't just for year-end, but Sereno Group Real Estate - The Benford Team is putting this into practice by making a generous donation to help refresh North Willow Glen's holiday decorations that are placed each December around our neighborhood. These decorations have been showing wear and tear after being used for a few years, and this fabulous real estate team is helping NWGNA purchase new decorations to renew our supply. We thank them now and we will continue to send gratitude at year-end when the wreaths and garland are placed again in North Willow Glen.

To extend your gratitude to Sereno Group Real Estate - The Benford Team, comment here and check out their web site for your real estate needs. Many thanks to the Benford Team!

Friday, January 09, 2015

Holiday Decoration Contest Winners

546 Atlanta - Best Lights Award
There were a lot of great lights out this season. Thank you very much to all who participated. Thank you also to our generous sponsors, Blue Water Seafood and Crab and continuing for their fourth year in a row, Aqui Cal-Mex! Without further ado, here are this year's winners along with their prizes.

  • Most Creative: 1015 Willis - Aqui gift certificate for one entree and an NWGNA tee-shirt
  • Most Unique: 550 Snyder - Aqui gift certificate for one entree and an NWGNA tee-shirt
  • Best Lights: 546 Atlanta - Aqui gift certificates for two entrees
  • Best Overall: 477 Marshall - Blue Water gift certificate for $50

Winners please contact us at board@nwgna.org to arrange your prize delivery.

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Garbage and recyling billing changes

From the City of San Jose:

Starting July 1, 2015, charges for garbage and recycling for single-family households with cart services will be on the Santa Clara County Secured Property Tax Bill, instead of the current six bills sent by the City each year.
The City will continue to bill some condominiums and townhomes, and all mobile homes, on a monthly basis.

For more information:

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Windy!

There are several reports around San Jose of wires arcing and sparking due to the high winds. Please use caution.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Neighborhood Readiness is an NWGNA Priority

Have you decided on your New Year's resolutions yet? Did you include improving your preparedness for a serious disaster? You should! Emergency responders are usually overwhelmed when disasters happen, so it will be up to us neighbors to help each other. 

SAVE THE DATE!
NWGNA Friends & Neighbors Meeting
February 24, 2015
6:30 pm – 7:55 pm
Word of Faith Church on Fuller & Delmas

There is an excellent disaster preparedness program already used in 42 states around the U.S. called the “Ready Neighborhood” program. It can help you and your immediate neighbors respond to the emergencies caused by a disaster—and help kids or elderly or disabled neighbors who are home alone.

The first step is a “Map Your Neighborhood” meeting with 15-20 of your closest neighbors. At our February 24th Friends & Neighbors Meeting, we will watch the “Map Your Neighborhood” DVD and complete a meeting handout to see how it will work. We will all walk away with a 9-Step Neighborhood Response Plan and a better idea of how we can help our immediate neighbors be more prepared.

Do you want to learn more?
If so, send an e-mail to DisasterPrep@NWGNA.org with questions or to sign up to attend the NWGNA Friends & Neighbors meeting on Feb. 24th at Word of Faith Church on Fuller and Delmas at 6:30 pm. Although signing up isn’t required for attendance, please do drop us a note with with your name, address, and phone number if you plan to attend. It gives us a starting point for the map! 

We hope to see you on February 24th!

Dev Davis, Bill Rankin, Dave Magram, John Francis Maggio, Cathy Loughman, Tom Keegan 
NWGNA Disaster Prep Committee

Saturday, December 27, 2014

Recycle your holiday tree

From the City of San Jose:
Curbside collection of holiday trees will be on your regular collection day between December 26, 2014 and January 30, 2015. Remove stands, tinsel, and decorations. Cut into 5-foot pieces. Set out by 6:00 a.m.

Sunday, December 21, 2014

Last day for holiday lights voting!

Tomorrow is the last day for voting in the holiday lighting contest. You can drop your ballots at 562 Fisk by 8:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Rain, flooding, accidents, oh my

Last night, the rain caused flooding on Highway 280 that led to a multi-vehicle accident. Pumps were not able to keep up with the pooling water, so exercise abundant caution, especially when driving in the dark.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

NWGNA Tee for #600 on Facebook


Just over five years ago we decided that Facebook might be a good way to help us interact with our neighbors. We thought if it went well we could have maybe 200 or even 300 people following us some day. Fast forward to today where we are creeping up on 600. That's nearly one follower per household in our fantastic little neighborhood. To celebrate our approaching milestone, we will be giving away a tee shirt to our six-hundredth Facebook follower. It is the latest batch with the new logo on the chest and the phrase "I don't work for the city. I'm your neighbor!" on the back.