Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Are you missing this dog?

This dog was found by a neighbor on Warren Avenue last weekend and was taken to San Jose Animal Care and Services. If you are missing him, that's where you can find him. He is un-neutered and was wearing no tags. Is he yours?

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Online Petition to Save CAP Grants

CAP grants have enabled the North Willow Glen Neighborhood Association to make great strides in the improvement of our neighborhood. With the modest funding we receive we have been able to pull our neighbors closer together to keep them involved and invested in their neighborhood. CAP grant funding has helped us to hold community meetings with guest speakers, advertise our Produce Share, hold neighborhood-wide garage sales, a summer's end Party in the Park, fight graffiti, and decorate our neighborhood for the holidays. In return NWGNA volunteers contribute hundreds of hours to the cause. CAP grants are a small outlay for such an amazing return on investment.

Please take just a few minutes to complete this online petition. It could make a significant difference in your neighborhood. The likely elimination of CAP grant funds are the greatest challenge NWGNA has faced in quite some time. If we are not able to secure funding we will need to spend time we would otherwise devote to neighborhood projects attempting to raise funds. We have a few strategies in mind to do this but it will be a formidable challenge. A reduction in capital will have its greatest impact on our outreach. We will simply not be able to reach as many neighbors because printing costs will be so high. We have been building our online audience over the years however those not connected will likely see a significant drop-off.

Please help us keep our community connected.

Chris Davis

Monday, February 06, 2012

Reminder: Signs on Posts and Trees

Throughout the neighborhood we often have some great garage or yard sales cropping up here and there and sometimes we have the unfortunate lost pet. In either circumstance, we often see signs affixed to poles or trees. Sometimes this is done properly and sometimes not so much. So if you're planning to have an event and would like to post signs to our neighborhood poles, please follow our tips, because the city does not maintain the look of our poles for us; our friendly neighborhood volunteers do that. So let's make it a bit easier on them and keep our neighborhood looking great. The number one rule is to take your sign down after your event is over. We know that after a long day, this can be the last thing anyone wants to do, but old expired signs can pile up and contribute greatly to blight. When you post your signs, please use zip ties, wire ties, or painters tape to attach signs to poles or trees. These methods are secure enough to do the job and they do not leave behind a sticky residue or remove paint from the poles. The same can not be said of duct tape or packing tape which are much too aggressive for this purpose. By all means, let's not use nails to attach signs to trees as this can be very damaging. We appreciate your help keeping North Willow Glen looking great and we wish you great success with your garage sale or the recovery of a pet.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Spring Maintenace Day

It's that time of year where things start growing again and weeds are no exception. We could watch them grow three feet high in the park and wait for the city to come take care of them. That would be pretty fun. Or, you know what would be even more fun than that? How about gathering together with fellow neighbors at the annual Spring Maintenance Day and plucking 'em out before they really take root?
Join us at Fuller Park this Sunday from 9:30-11:30a for a bagel and some good old fashioned weed tossin'. Bring your favorite hand fork if you like or just show up and we'll give you a tool and point you in the right direction. Giants fans get the north east corner and Patriots fans get the...more north east corner? I didn't really think that one through. Anyway, if we get enough people there could actually be a little pole or fence painting going on and who doesn't love that? We look forward to seeing you out there having a good time and keeping our Fuller Park looking good.