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Edward Allegretti

bulletMississippi Missives - “Strong anti-Christian sentiments” in Bay Area (4/3/05)
bulletNotable Neighbor: Dom Cortese, "The Dom" (3/6/05)
bulletEd Allegretti’s Mississippi Missives - Friendly Southern folks (3/6/05)
bulletChampion of Homeowners’ Rights Departs Historical Heritage Commission (2/5/05)
bulletLatter-Day “Jesus” Visits Future Vineyard (12/5/04)
bulletNNV Notable Neighbor: “Major-General The Hon. Paul R. Teilh” (12/5/04)
bulletProducing Wine in the East Foothills? Family-style Vista Vineyards (10/31/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission - Less onerous Preservation Ordinance (10/31/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission - Less onerous Preservation Ordinance (10/3/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission - Less onerous Preservation Ordinance (9/5/04)
bulletMystical Convergence Brings Dresser Back Home (9/5/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission, Less Onerous Preservation Ordinance (8/1/04)
bulletCalifornia Pioneers of Santa Clara County (8/1/04)
bulletCounty Historical Heritage Commission Meets Again (6/6/04)
bulletExplorer Anza in Santa Clara County, Part 2 (5/2/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission - Less onerous Preservation Ordinance (5/2/04)
bulletExplorer Anza in Santa Clara County (4/4/04)
bulletCounty Historical Commission Makes Preservation Grants (4/4/04)
bulletForsake the Bay Area for Mississippi? (3/7/04)
bulletFebruary Historical Heritage Commission Meeting (3/7/04)
bulletThe Californio - Rancho La Polka? What happened to the Indians? (2/1/04)
bulletSons of Confederate Veterans - The debate goes on! (2/1/04)
bulletThe Founding of San Jose: Eleven score and six years ago last week … (12/7/03)
bulletHistorical Heritage Commission Meeting on Proposed Ordinance (12/7/03)
bulletWhere are the Alum Rock Falls?  Why can't we go there? (11/2/03)
bulletOfficial Visit to East Foothills by President of Province of Florence, Italy (11/2/03)
bulletRecollections of Alum Rock Park - Part 2 (11/2/03)
bulletPreservation vs. Property Rights in Santa Clara County (10/5/03)
bulletRecollections of Old Alum Rock Park (10/5/03)
bulletRock Canyon Circle - Indians near Alum Rock Park (9/7/03)
bulletThe Sheriffs - Part 3: This time, Ed is caught carrying a gun (9/7/03)
bulletSchool Days at Linda Vista - Fifth-grader Ed gets in hot water (8/3/03)
bulletThe Sheriffs, Part 2 (8/3/03)
bulletThe Sheriffs (Part 1) (6/1/03)
bulletSome Old Businesses (6/1/03)
bulletOld Houses in Our Neighborhoods (5/4/03)
bulletSan Jose Country Club - More than 100 years (4/6/03)
bulletMt. Hamilton - James Lick, Rev. Laurentine Hamilton, ... (4/6/03)
bulletSan Antonio Valley - A ride over the hill in a '67 Mustang (3/9/03)

East Hills Land Ownership in Colonial Times (2/8/03)

Meaghan Clawsie (

bulletCircus Wagons Circle Peterson Trial in Redwood City (3/7/04)
bulletOn the Side of Angels: A Profile of Judge Brian Walsh (10/5/03)
bulletA Good Time For A Good Cause: Tales from YSI Thrift & Gift (8/3/03)
bulletTalking Trash (and Treasure) with Brian Bumb of the SJFM (5/4/03)

Miguelito Bridge Improvements Span Several Years (2/8/03)


Miguelito Bridge Project Update (1/6/03)


Alum Rock Branch Library Planning (12/2/02)


Reflections on the October 2000 Fire Near Alum Rock Park (12/2/02)

Dorothy "D.J." Johnson, YSI

bulletBeloved Thirty-Five Year YSI Resident Owl Passes Away (8/7/05)
bulletThe Butterflies of Alum Rock Park- Intriguing courtship habits revealed (8/7/05)
bulletCanis latrans: America’s – and Alum Rock Park’s – Barking Dog (4/3/05)
bulletWild Turkey Tales - Giant Gobblers nest and fly in Alum Rock Park (2/5/05)
bulletWest Nile Virus – “Coming soon to a theater near you” (10/3/04)
bulletBirders Flock to Alum Rock Park for Rare Sightings (8/1/04)
bulletA Tale of Two Birds  (6/6/04)
bulletBushtits, Brown Creepers and Towhees, Oh My! (4/4/04)
bulletEyes in the Sky - "The perfect predator" (2/1/04)
bulletAutumn in Alum Rock Park (12/7/03)
bulletCurious Corvids or Those Darn Jays (10/5/03)
bulletWoodpeckers - Alum Rock Park's Avian Carpenters (8/3/03)

Alum Rock Park - A Birder's Perspective (6/1/03)

Arvind Kumar, California Native Plant Society 

bulletNative Streetscaping - Lake Cunningham’s Tully Road frontage facelift (11/5/06)
bulletSeasonal Color With California Bulbs - Used in Europe for a century (9/3/06)
bulletPoppy Secrets Unveiled - Keep California poppies blooming (8/6/06)
bulletLocal Natives for San Jose Gardens - "My favorite locally native plants" (5/7/06)
bulletIn Praise of Ribes - Currants and gooseberries add color (4/2/06)
bulletSpring Native Plant Sale - Don’t miss it this time! (4/2/06)
bulletCelebrating Ceanothus - Heavenly blues, shiny leaves – blooming now (3/5/06)
bullet34th Annual Wildflower Show (3/5/06)
bullet4th Annual Going Native Garden Tour (3/5/06)
bulletThe Native Gardener’s Guide to the Thompson & Morgan Catalog (2/5/06)
bulletGardens Sought for Going Native Garden Tour – Want to Show Yours Off? (2/5/06)
bulletToyon Brings Good Cheer - Native lights up winter landscape (11/6/05)
bulletNative Nurseries for South Bay Gardeners (10/2/05)
bulletSummer Favorites - California Native Plants thrive in East San Jose (9/4/05)
bulletCNPS Fall Native Plant Sale - Natives for stunning spring displays (9/4/05)
bulletHow to Succeed With Native Plants - A plant is not a couch (6/5/05)
bulletStewards of the Land - How one couple is restoring their ranch in San Jose (5/1/05)
bulletA Planter Box in San Francisco - Native gardening in small spaces by (4/3/05)
bulletThe Wildflower Top 10 (Again!) - Annuals to evoke delight and astonishment (3/6/05)
bulletThe Garden in Winter (2/5/05)
bulletGrowing the Garden - Plants displacing concrete (12/5/04)
bulletA Native Mixed Border - Color during spring as well as summer (10/31/04)
bulletA Time for Indolence - Summer in the native garden (9/5/04)
bulletMore Plants for Summer - How to add color and habitat to your garden (8/1/04)
bulletA Sunny Threesome: Mixing colors, textures, and fragrances  (6/6/04)
bulletBunchgrasses and Forbs for the Garden Provide Year-round Interest (5/2/04)
bulletThe Wildflower Top 10 (4/4/04)
bulletGoing Native Garden Tour, Includes Eastside Gardens (4/4/04)
bullet32nd Annual Wildflower Show - Idea Resource (3/7/04)
bulletJudging a Garden by its Groundcover: Native Alternatives (2/1/04)
bulletA Sense of Place: Making your garden truly Californian (12/7/03)
bulletComments on Gardening Article (11/2/03)

Bracey Tiede, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener

bulletNovember Hot Topics (11/5/06)
bulletOctober Hot Topics (10/8/06)
bulletSeptember Hot Topics (9/3/06)
bulletAugust Hot Topics (8/6/06)
bulletInterested in Becoming a Master Gardener? (8/6/06)
bulletJune Hot Topics (6/4/06)
bulletMay Hot Topics (5/7/06)
bulletApril Hot Topics (4/2/06)
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bulletMay Hot Topics (5/1/05)
bulletDid You “Go Native”? - Going Native Garden Tour - Big Success (5/1/05)
bulletApril Hot Topics (4/3/05)
bulletMarch Hot Topics (3/6/05)
bulletThe 2005 Native Wildflower Season is here! - Behold the feast of color (3/6/05)
bulletFebruary Hot Topics (2/5/05)
bulletDecember/January Hot Topics (12/5/04)
bulletNovember Hot Topics (10/31/04)
bulletOctober Hot Topics (10/3/04)
bulletSeptember Hot Topics (9/5/04)
bulletAugust Hot Topics (8/1/04)
bulletCooperative Extension is Saved (8/1/04)
bulletJune/July Hot Topics (6/6/04)
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bulletDecember Hot Topics (12/7/03)
bulletNovember Hot Topics (11/2/03)
bulletOctober Hot Topics (10/5/03)
bulletSeptember Hot Topics (9/7/03)
bulletAugust Hot Topics (8/3/03)
bulletJune Hot Topics (6/1/03)
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Contributing Officials

San Jose City Councilmember Nora Campos

bulletCall Owner to Keep Rents Affordable in Alum Rock Village (6/4/06)
bulletCouncilmember Campos Promises her Support for Water Tender (6/5/05)
bulletSan Jose Fire Department Reductions for the East Side? (Response 4/4/04)
bulletIs Councilmember Campos soliciting ideas for the Alum Rock Feed & Fuel corner? (Response 4/4/04)
bulletAs Planes Go Up, Home Values Go Down (Response 2/1/04)
bulletDistrict 5 Community Update (9/7/03)
bulletSan Jose Budget Concerns Will Not Affect Alum Rock Library (3/9/03)

Santa Clara County Librarian Melinda Cervantes

bulletFinal Results of Santa Clara County Library May 3 Special Election (8/7/05)
bulletSanta Clara County Library passes Measure A, not Measure B (6/5/05)

San Jose Fire Department Chief Jeff Clet

bulletFire Chief Jeff Clet: Moving the Water Tender is better than eliminating it (6/5/05)

CDF Director Ruben Grijalva

bulletNeighbor Ruben Grijalva Named California’s Fire Chief - Q&A (6/4/06)

San Jose Fire Department Captain José Guerrero

bulletDefensible Space? Here's how to prepare for fire season! (5/7/06)

San Jose Fire Department Captain Juan Diaz

bulletLive in a Wildlands Urban Interface Zone? (5/1/05)

State Assemblymember Manny Diaz


State Budget Crisis and Local Healthcare Issues (1/6/03)

Regional Medical Center of San Jose CEO Bill Gilbert

bulletHealthcare “issues” spur Regional - Trauma service contract being finalized (5/1/05)
bulletRegional Prepares for Possible December Trauma Center Review (12/5/04)

James Lick High School Co-Director Joel Herrera

bulletNew Realities at James Lick - Big changes for students below grade level (9/5/04)
bulletA Report On Academic Progress at JLHS (8/1/04)

U.S. Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren

bulletPombo’s Road: $2 million for study a waste of taxpayers' money (4/3/05)
bulletSeason's Greetings: NNV Song, Message from Congresswoman Lofgren Just for You! (12/7/03)

ARUESD Superintendent Elect Norma Martinez

bulletNew ARUESD Superintendent Will “Maintain the Course” (6/4/06)

Santa Clara County Supervisor Pete McHugh

bulletCounty Parks and Recreation Celebrates 50 Years (11/5/06)
bulletCounty’s New Viewshed Policy for Hillside Development (10/8/06)
bulletState Approves $35.5 Million County Mental Health Plan (9/3/06)
bulletTwo Countywide Measures on the June 6 Ballot (6/4/06)
bulletJim McEntee Legacy Art Project (5/7/06)
bulletCounty “Ethics Task Force” on the Horizon (3/5/06)
bulletCounty Board Approves $3.2 Million for Juvenile Ranch (12/4/05)
bulletCommunity Health Partnership Implements Change (11/6/05)
bulletCounty Moves Forward on Children’s Shelter Reuse Initiatives (10/2/05)
bulletBoards and Commissions Vacancies in District Three (8/7/05)
bulletCounty Supervisors Approve Contract for RMC Trauma Center (6/5/05)
bulletCounty Names Plaza after East Hills Notable Neighbor Jim McEntee (6/5/05)
bulletCounty Receives Federal Grant, Eastside schools should benefit (3/6/05)
bulletVoters to Decide on Countywide and Local Ballot Measures (10/31/04)
bulletRecommended Budget: Countywide Service Reductions (6/6/04)
bulletBioterrorism, Disaster Preparation in Santa Clara County (5/2/04)
bulletBudget Strategies for a Sustainable County (3/7/04)
bulletState of the County Address (2/1/04)
bulletMajor County Budget Challenges, Comments Requested (5/4/03)
bulletState of the County (3/9/03)

County Supervisor Pete McHugh Welcomes New Neighborhood Voice (12/2/02)

Santa Clara County Roads & Airports Department Director Michael Murdter

bulletCounty Roads Funding Outlook (4/6/03) 

James Lick High School Principal Bernardo Olmos

bulletJames Lick Principal Olmos Addresses the Community (9/7/03)
bulletResponse to Ahmad Abu-Shumays' Letter (6/1/03) 

San Jose Fire Department Captain Ralph Ortega 

bulletNew San Jose Fire Department Wildland Program Manager (12/7/03)

San Jose City Councilmember Chuck Reed

bulletBe the First to Know (About San Jose planning permits, etc.) (10/2/05)
bulletPenitencia Creek Flood Flow Bypass Channel for Toe of ARP Landslide (6/5/05)
bulletAlum Rock Park Quail Hollow Bridge Replacement (8/1/04)
bulletPenitencia Creek Trail Plans (3/7/04)
bulletAlum Rock Park Update (8/3/03)

Alum Rock Park Update (1/6/03)

James Lick High School Co-Director Bill Rice

bulletDeath Valley: A Community Experience (12/5/04)
bulletJames Lick Moves Into New Era - API increase impressive, More to be done (10/3/04)

Santa Clara Valley Water District Director Richard P. Santos

bulletSCV Water District – Ready to Answer Water Quality Questions (5/1/05)

Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith


Mail Theft Response from Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith (1/6/03)

Alum Rock Youth Center Supervisor Ed Solis 
bulletAlum Rock Youth Center - The Model Program for Youth (12/7/03)

Lt. Kristen Tarabetz, Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office

bulletUnlawful Marijuana Cultivation (8/6/06)

Superintendent Ken Van Meter, Milpitas Christian Schools

bulletSpelling Whiz Brian Nguyen - D.C. Bound! (5/7/06)
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Contributing Writers

Roger Abe, Alum Rock Park Ranger

bulletKnock-Knock, Knock-Knock? Knock-Knock-Knock!!! (10/8/06)
bulletSpringtime Haiku (5/7/06)
bulletWhat Do You Know About the Alum Rock Railroads? (5/7/06)
bulletLet’s Protect Our Creek! Join the preservation effort (5/7/06)
bulletPoetry Event - Haiku in the Teahouse (4/2/06)
bulletRed Poison Oak - A Poem (11/6/05)
bulletAlum Rock Park - July, 2005 - Haiku (8/7/05)
bulletLooking for a Fun Date on Saturday? Try Alum Rock Park! (6/5/05)
bulletAlum Rock Park Earth Day Report (6/5/05)

Abaan Abu-Shumays

bulletPonderables - Thoughts for our unsettled times (9/7/03)

Zoroastrian Temple on Crothers Road (2/8/03)

Ahmad Abu-Shumays


Volunteering at JLHS: Preparing for Calculus Exams (6/1/03) 

Pat Accorinti 
bulletJapantown Farmer's Market: A Great Place to Shop - Open All Year (12/7/03)

Peter Albert
bulletNotable Neighbor: San Jose High-Tech Pioneer Paul Albert (4/2/06)

Janet Alexander, WCSV 
bulletWildlife Center of Silicon Valley - We're in your neighborhood! (9/7/03)

Connie Allegretti 
bulletLas Delicias Mexican Restaurant Reviewed (4/4/04)
bulletWhite Rock Café - It was the perfect place for Valentines Day (3/7/04)
bulletOur Local Supermarkets - Save Mart, Albertsons and Pak'n Save (10/5/03)

Joyce Baker
bulletChildren's Book Sale at Cruz/Alum Rock Library (4/2/06)
bulletSave the Date for a Special Date With Romance! Try a little Romance (12/4/05)
bulletEastside FISH Volunteers Provide Emergency Sustenance (11/6/05)
bulletFriends of the Library Active at New Cruz/Alum Rock Branch (11/6/05)
bulletCity of San Jose "Friends of the Library" Groups Meet to "Regroup" (11/2/03)
bulletPrusch Park Harvest Festival (11/2/03)
bulletEast Side Fish - Serving those in need in seven zip codes (8/3/03) 

Bonnie Bamburg

bulletAlum Rock Park Railroads to be Commemorated - Get on board (11/5/06)
bulletMark's Hot Dogs - East side landmark makes new home (4/6/03)

Ruth Brewster

bulletWarner Heights Loses Battle to Maintain Placid Status Quo (12/4/05)

Richard Brown

bulletRichard Brown’s Alum Rock Park - Vivaldi's Choice (11/5/06)
bulletSwallow-Tailed Aviators Train and Dine in Alum Rock Park (8/6/06)
bulletWarm Weather Brings Out Alum Rock Park Critters (6/4/06)
bulletFrom Birding to Snorkeling - Snorkeling in Alum Rock Park? (4/2/06)
bulletWhen I had the 20D - Murphy and the shutter gods (3/5/06)
bulletRichard Brown’s Alum Rock Park Holiday - Red-tails soaring high (2/5/06)
bulletAlum Rock Park - Eye-Level Hawks, a “Tentative” Tarantula (12/4/05)
bulletPressed for Time? Need New Tires? Neighbor recommends nifty new service (12/4/05)

Nancy Bugwadia, MS, RD, CNSD, Regional Medical Center

bulletHealthy Living Healthy Eating on the Run: A Month of Tips (6/4/06)

Lark Burkhart, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

bulletSpring is Busting out on the Boccardo Trail - Hike on March 11th (3/5/06)
bulletBirds and Volunteers Defy the Rain for the Annual Christmas Bird Count (2/5/06)
bulletBoccardo Trail Christmas Bird Count Scheduled for December 18 (12/4/05)

LaJune Bush 

bulletThe Coffee Cup in Country Club Villa: Be There or be Square! (12/7/03)

Kathleen Cahill & Trudi Burney, WCSV

bulletNotable Neighbors: Spaulding Norris (8/3/03) 

Terry Carolan 

bulletNora; Negligent on Noise - Airport Meeting Disappointing (3/7/04)

As Planes Go Up, Home Values Go Down (2/1/04)

Brad Clawsie

bulletEast Hills Parks For Hikers and Runners - Grant County Park (3/9/03)
bulletServing New Neighborhood Voice (3/9/03)

East Hills Parks For Hikers and Runners (2/8/03)

David Cohen

bulletDavid Cohen for Berryessa School Board (11/5/06)

Pat Congdon, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority

bulletBird counters flock to Alum Rock Park - Audubon Christmas Bird Count 2004 (2/5/05)

Alan Craig 

bulletShould BART Skip Alum Rock and Berryessa for Now? (10/5/03)

Gaye Dabalos 

bulletQualities of a Great School Board Member - Put CHILDREN first (10/31/04)
bullet Alum Rock Education Foundation - For the children of ARUSD (2/1/04)

Jenny Derry, Santa Clara County Farm Bureau

bulletFarmers’ and Ranchers’ Concerns Ignored by Conservation Initiative (8/6/06)

James Desmond

bulletWe Need Pombo’s Road – And It Must be Built! The road is essential (10/2/05)

Mike and Joan Destro

bulletAlum Rock Avenue - "One of the most delightful drives in the State" (9/7/03)
bulletAlum Rock Avenue Widening Opposition Campaign (4/6/03)

Mark DeTar

bulletMary Bumb DeTar, 1952-2006 - Requiescat in pace (8/6/06)

Sandra Dixon 

bulletHigh-Energy Dance Festival at Linda Vista was a Community Event (8/7/05)
bulletFifth-Graders' Rite of Passage at Linda Vista (8/7/05)
bulletAffordable Housing Fair Draws 3,500 (5/1/05)

Peter Drekmeier

bulletSanta Clara County Land Conservation Initiative (6/4/06)
bulletEnvironmentalists Launch Land Conservation Initiative (3/5/06)

Elizabeth Driedger

bulletPlayful, Loving Kitty for Adoption, "Shadow" (8/3/03) 

Anne Dunham, Youth Science Institute

bulletOf Time and Space - Teaching science: past, present and future (4/6/03)

Filling the Vase (2/8/03)

Craig Dunkerley

bulletClean Money Bill Passes Assembly! (3/5/06)
bullet“Clean Money, Fair Elections” – Yes, it could be done! (9/4/05)

Robin Edwards

bullet48Hour Film Challenge – Neighborhood producer confers with Paris-ites (2/5/06)
bulletTaqueria Time! Great tacos and seafood for your MHP tour - or anytime (10/3/04)
bullet“When in Rome” - Another take on Las Delicias Restaurant (8/1/04)
bulletThe Mediterranean Garden - Hillside expansive soil problems (4/4/04)

David Elizarraraz

bulletThree Strikes, You're Out - Recall Esau Herrera (3/7/04)

Rebecca Elliot, League of California Cities

bulletLocal Land Use Decisions Made in Sacramento? (10/31/04)

Victoria Emmons, Regional Medical Center of San Jose

bulletA Silent Voice (11/5/06)
bulletRegional Medical Center partners in Regional Golf for Health 2006 (10/8/06)
bulletRegional Medical Center Employee Honored For Volunteerism (9/3/06)
bulletSan Jose Regional Medical Center Duo Wins National Recognition (8/6/06)
bulletRegional Opens New Center for Advanced Imaging (5/7/06)
bulletProfile: Emiro Burbano, MD, Elected RMC Chief of Staff (4/2/06)
bulletNew Support Groups Launched at Regional Medical Center (3/5/06)
bulletMeet RMC’s New Chief Nursing Officer Darina Kavanagh (2/5/06)

Jamie Evans

bulletCo-Existing With Wildlife: The Wildlife Center of Silicon Valley (11/5/06)

Kathy Evans

bulletAuthor Chris Crutcher Shares Wit and Wisdom with JLHS Students (5/7/06)
bulletJames Lick Update - Every student “oriented” at new Alum Rock Library (12/4/05)
bulletLick Up-date - Busy, fun times at JLHS; 4.0 students honored (3/6/05)

Lizelle Festejo

bulletGive the Gift of Reading! Become a Reading/Writing Tutor for an Adult (10/2/05)

Enrique Flores

bulletIt takes a Village to Educate a Teenager - “Scholarships for girls?” (4/2/06)
bulletEast Side HEROES - You can be a hero to outstanding East Side girls (3/5/06)
bulletOne Eastside Boy’s Life - Survives gangs, enters Bellarmine and SCU (2/5/06)

Andrea Flores Shelton

bulletARNNE (“Arnie”) Ready For You to Add Your Voice - It’s free! (11/5/06)
bulletLet’s Find a Way to Communicate! Alum Rock E-List Serve? (9/3/06)
bulletAnnexation: Four Good Reasons Why We Need It (6/4/06)

Tanya Freudenberger 

bulletNNV Farewell – You’re invited (11/5/06)
bulletFarewell Party for Nora Conte - Retiring Alum Rock librarian (11/5/06)
bulletHelp ARYC add programs and resources – Sell your treasures, buy new ones (10/2/05)
bulletPACT Meeting With Councilmember Nora Campos (11/2/03)
bullet"Black Spots," Garbage and Litter at Alum Rock and White (10/5/03)
bulletEast Hills Community Association "Revival" Update (9/7/03)

David Frizzell  

bulletAlum Rock Air Disaster - Parts, engines and body parts rained down (2/5/06)

Lori Karadunis Frost

bulletWhite Road Food Lockers - A little piece of Alum Rock history (5/7/06)

Donna Furuta

bulletGrieving Parr Eves Follows Pastor Wife Mary Parker-Eves in Death (8/7/05)

Nancy Garrison, UC Cooperative Extension Master Gardener Program Coordinator

bulletMaster Gardeners & Cooperative Extension Need our Help (4/4/04)

Miki Gash

bulletYSI Volunteers find darnedest stuff in Thrift Shop donations – and return it! (2/5/05)

Kate Gates

bulletRunning the Boston Marathon on Behalf of Two Others (5/7/06)

Dan Gentile

bulletSan Jose Grand Prix Up-Close and Personal - Report to NNV Readers (9/4/05)
bulletAlum Rock Avenue’s Joe Leonard, a True Local Legend of Motor Sports (6/5/05)
bulletWilly T Ribbs, a Racecar Driver - James Lick graduate became a star (5/1/05)
bulletNora Campos Supports San Jose Grand Prix - East Foothills connections! (2/5/05)

Al Gonzales

bulletAlum Rock District Celebrates and Honors Its Employees (8/6/06)

Lara Gularte

bulletMy Father Remembers 1941 - Portuguese immigrants shaped Foothills (11/5/06)
bulletEast Foothills Turning - A poem (11/5/06)
bulletPutting My Shadows Away For The New Year - A poem (2/5/06)
bulletCalvary Cemetery, 1882 to the 21st Century, Part V - And another poem (11/6/05)
bulletFinding my Great Grandmother at Calvary Catholic Cemetery - A poem (6/5/05)
bulletGrandpa Tony's Orchard - A poem (8/1/04)
bulletCalifornia Early Spring - A Poem (4/4/04)

Leti Gutierrez

bulletPresident of Teachers’ Union Responds (4/2/06)

Nancy Gutierrez

bulletUrban Arts Festival at Lick High School Sponsored by Renaissance Academy (5/1/05)
bulletRenaissance Kids Wow Parents, Community (5/1/05)
bulletRenaissance Academy - “Small Schools” exemplar in our neighborhood (3/6/05)

Rick Hartman

bulletMeasure A Rigid, Inflexible and Insensitive - County plan far superior (10/8/06)
bulletCommittee Helps Design Building Criteria for Hillsides (3/5/06)

Marci Hayden 

bulletAttract and Protect Wildlife in Your Garden (10/5/03)

Lee Hayward
bulletARUMC’s Interim Pastor Addresses the Church Community (4/3/05)

Alan Henninger
bulletBees With PMS? Reduced bee pollination means less food! (4/3/05)

Nella Henninger

bulletRomeo and Juliet – A performance worthy of every superlative! (4/2/06)
bulletMaster Gardeners in Our Midst - Look for their green thumbs (11/6/05)
bulletJames Lick Death Valley Field Studies Program (11/2/03)

Lick High's Project Earth Turns Kids into Environmentalists (6/1/03)


Some Winners (6/1/03)

Wil Henninger 

bullet"I Feel Lucky to Have Attended James Lick" (9/7/03)

Karen Hokanson
bulletJoan Elenore Petersen Balcom, 3/29/25 – 10/22/06 (11/5/06)

Sally Holt
bulletLike to Paint? Sculpt? Want to Hobnob With Eastside Artists? (4/2/06)

Linda Karadunis
bulletRecollections of McKee and White Roads Intersection “Back in the Day” (8/6/06)

Neena Kirschner
bulletUnderstanding Bird Flu - Part 2  - How to protect your family (10/8/06)
bulletUnderstanding Bird Flu - How to protect yourself and your family (9/3/06)

Doug Kleinhenz
bulletRenaissance Kids Wow Parents, Community (5/1/05)

Judith Knutson
bullet"A Teacher for City Council" - Beth Gonzales is the right choice (4/3/05)

Lee Kopp
bulletBallet San Jose shortens name ... adds dancers (9/3/06)
bulletMt. Hamilton Neighbor, Dennis Nahat, Announces New Ballet Season (9/4/05)

Charlotte Lewis
bulletGoats on the Boccardo Trail reduce invasive plants and wildfire fuel (9/4/05)

John Leyba
bulletWhy I Am Voting For Proposition 74 (11/6/05)
bulletA New Old Way to Ride (10/2/05)
bulletAlum Rocks Again - Great jazz, fine barbeque, enthusiastic audience (9/4/05)
bulletAlum Rocks Again! Jazz and Barbecue downtown on June 17 (5/1/05)

Tony Logan
bulletWant to Find Out Who’s Stealing Your Mail? One neighbor’s solution (8/6/06)

Sylvia Lowe
bulletOverfelt Gardens – Eastside Treasure – Part 2 - Mildred Overfelt (5/7/06)
bulletOverfelt Gardens and Chinese Cultural Garden - McKee Road Marvel (4/2/06)

Deva Luna
bulletCommunity Building, One Step at a Time - Neighbors forge new ties (12/4/05)
bulletThe Farm Kitchen “We were expecting twins, but got quintuplets” (4/3/05)

Joanne Makishima

bulletWhat’s So Good About James Lick? Ten reasons to choose Lick (5/1/05)

Evalyn Martinez 

bullet110 Years Old - Lyndale resident lived eleven decades (2/1/04)

Chris Miller

bulletThai White Rock Cafe  - A neighborhood jewel reviewed (3/6/05)

Stephanie Mitchum Murphy

bulletMarguerite Terrace Now Offers New Flexible Rental Option (12/4/05)

Margaret Montgomery

bulletMusic Lives! at Foothill Presbyterian Church (6/4/06)

Tina Morgado

bullet“Celebrating Our Diversity” St. John Vianney’s Fiesta coming up soon (5/1/05)

Susanne Mulcahy, Youth Science Institute

bullet“A Splendid Autumn Afternoon” at Deckers' Gorgeous Craftsman Home (11/6/05)

Tomoko Nakajima

bullet“Operation: Sharper Image” (11/5/06)

Kirsten Nelson

bulletAfter Rafiki's - Help us get Peet's Coffee here! (4/2/06)

Lorraine Oback, San Jose Public Library

bulletOn Time AND Under Budget!! Grand Opening of Our New Library (8/7/05)
bulletApply for a Library Card, Pay Fines from Home, Work or School! (8/7/05)

Spencer Olsson Nitkey

bulletYoung Writer Pens Timely Poetry - A Winter Poem (2/5/05)
bulletFall Leaves - A Poem (10/3/04)
bulletPussy Willow - A poem (6/6/04)

Comfort Olsson

bullet"Walter the Witcher" Finds Water (12/7/03)

Thoughts on JLHS, Our Seven Children Attended Lick (6/1/03)

Doug Paganelli, Hubbard Administrator

bulletHubbard Eagles Learn On the Run (5/7/06)

Jason Papier

bulletThe Incredible Shrinking Dollar - Why is the dollar falling? Is this good or bad? (5/1/05)
bulletFunding Your Child's Education - Part 4, Creating and maintaining a plan (10/3/04)
bulletFunding Your Child's Education - Part 3, How much should you save? (9/5/04)
bulletFunding Your Child's Education - Part 2, Prices continue to rise (8/1/04)
bulletFunding Your Child's Education, Make your dollar stretch farther (6/6/04)

Eileen Parks 

bulletThe Real Estate Market in Perspective - Don’t panic! (11/5/06)
bulletBig Payoff on Home Remodeling - Update will pay for itself in $$ and pleasure (2/5/06)
bulletFoothill Presbyterian Concert Series- Music Director Jay Jordana (10/2/05)
bulletSan Jose Country Club - A New Face; Charming Brit at SJCC (8/7/05)
bulletAnother Strong Local Real Estate Year for 2005? Review and Trends (2/5/05)
bulletBiology Major Marries Med Student - Becomes the "Realestatelady" (12/7/03)

Dana Peak, SCC Historical Heritage Commission

bulletCounty Commission Readies Historic Preservation Ordinance (3/5/06)

Jennifer Pineda

bulletBrain Buster Tournament at ARYC (5/2/04)

Mary Parker-Eves, Pastor, Alum Rock United Methodist Church

bulletAn Alum Rock Pastor Discusses Same-Gender Marriage (4/4/04)

Dr. John Pollock, SJSU

bulletLetter from Home - A Prose Poem (3/7/04)

Yenda Prado

bulletEast San Jose Reads! Annual Community Literacy Event (9/4/05)

Edie Pricolo

bulletNNV Farewell – You’re invited (11/5/06)
bulletPlease Re-elect Trustee Kim Mesa to Alum Rock School District Board (11/5/06)
bulletClareview Avenue ARUESD Candidates’ Night (11/5/06)
bulletSet on Engineering Career? Society of Women Engineers offers scholarships (2/5/06)
bulletTom Dusek, “The Heartbeat of JLHS” - “Mr. Comet” serves community (10/2/05)

Salvador Quintero

bulletBrain Buster Tournament at ARYC (5/2/04)

John A. Ramos 

bulletBecome a "Friend" of the New Alum Rock Branch Library (10/5/03)

Ellen and Gary Rauh

bulletIs Water Damaging Your House’s Foundation? (4/3/05)

Lori Raymaker, Santa Clara County Open Space Authority 

bulletOSA/Boccardo Trail Christmas Bird Count Scheduled for December 19 (10/31/04)
bullet Boccardo Blooms: Boccardo Trail Hike Report (5/2/04)
bulletBoccardo Blooms: April 4 Boccardo Trail Hike (3/7/04)
bulletVolunteers Needed for Boccardo Trail Patrol (11/2/03)

Scott Restivo

bulletRichard Pombo on a Rampage, 11th District Opposition Builds (12/4/05)

Pombo’s Road: $2 million to study unrealistic, ineffective “solution” (4/3/05)

bulletCongressman Pombo Pushing For Road Over Mt. Hamilton (12/5/04)

Heather Ribbs 

bulletWhat’s In a Name: A chronicle of the Ribbs family (2/1/04)

Sally Ryan, RN, MS, MBA

bulletHomemade Healthcare at Reasonable Costs (6/4/06)

Tim Schacher

bullet"Mt. Hamilton Challenge" Cycling Event Draws Hundreds (5/4/03)

Howard Shellhammer

bulletWalking in the Park - An Alum Rock Park poem (5/2/04)

Marcella Sherman 

bulletAn 1878 Trip to the Summit of Mount Hamilton (10/5/03)

Phyllis Silva

bulletA James Lick Parent Speaks Out, “We have the best of everything at Lick” (5/2/04)

Robert Sletten


Notable Neighbors: Keith Bush, Artist in Residence (1/6/03)

Greg Smestad, Los Californianos

bulletCelebrations Honor the Founding of San José (12/5/04)
bulletExplorer Anza in Santa Clara County, Part 2 (5/2/04)
bulletExplorer Anza in Santa Clara County (4/4/04)

Ed Solis

bulletSix South American Orphans “Camp” in San Jose (9/4/05)

Gay Southwell

bulletNotable Neighbor: Eastside Pastor, Writer, Political Commentator ... (4/3/05)

Stephanie Stapleton

bullet"Illusions" at the Presentation High School Fashion Show (5/4/03)
bulletPreparing for the Presentation High School Fashion Show (3/9/03)

Gerry Stasko

bulletSchool Days in the 1940's - Unlike Ed, she really did "pick prunes" (8/3/03)

Ben Stephenson

bulletIf You’re Afflicted by Stroke, Regional is Ready! (12/4/05)
bulletRMC Institutes Specialized Cardiac Surgery Program (11/6/05)
bulletRegional Medical Expansion on Horizon - Patient Access Unhindered (10/2/05)
bulletNew COO at Regional Medical Center Oversees Hospital Expansion (9/4/05)

Sucheon Sung

bulletThe Coffee Cup - Great coffee, Michelle’s wonderful smile (6/4/06)

Peggy Susoeff

bulletEast Hills Preschool Event Draws Real Crowd (6/5/05)

Rich Tayor

bulletAlum Rock Little League Season Debuts (5/7/06)

Darlene Tenes

bulletCelebrate at the Plaza (8/6/06)
bulletNeighborhood Newsmaker: Mama Maniac receives Freedom Fighter Award (4/2/06)

Lily Tenes

bulletRAINBOWS - "From Hurt, to Healing, to Hope" (12/4/05)

Roy Terrell 

bulletThe Early Days of Mark's Hot Dogs (12/7/03)

Kathleen Boesch Tirri 

bullet"Walter the Witcher" Finds Water (12/7/03)
bullet What's Behind the Covered Bridge on Penitencia Creek Road? (11/2/03)

Fred Tombor

bullet“Things We Wish We Had Said” Department - The real school test (9/3/06)

Elaine Travers

bulletNeighbors Coalesce to Fight Auto Repair Shop at McKee/Vista (8/7/05)

Ellen Turner

bulletAlum Rock School Board Election: “Gustavo Gonzales has my support” (10/8/06)

Nancy Valby

bulletNotable Neighbor: Anne Dunham - Iowa Girl in the West Makes a Difference (5/1/05)

Jeff Villarreal

bulletThe National Hispanic University Launches Recruitment Campaign (5/1/05)

Liesl Violante

bulletJambo! Habari aku? Greetings from Kenya, Africa and Rafikis Coffee Hut (9/4/05)
bulletJambo Rafikis! Report from Uganda and Kenya (6/1/03)

Stephen F. Von Till, Attorney

bulletLegal Eyes: Spite Fences (and Trees) - Beauty and privacy? (10/8/06)
bulletLegal Eyes: Living Trusts - Don’t hold your breath in 2009 (9/3/06)
bulletLegal Eyes: Partnership Agreements - Get it in writing (8/6/06)
bulletLegal Eyes: Who Pays if Tenant’s Dog Bites? (6/4/06)

Eleanor Weber Dickman, San José Public Library Foundation

bulletSupport Our New Library With Your Gift (6/5/05)

Esther Weger

bulletMarguerite Terrace, A California P.E.O. Home - Come visit our facility (10/2/05)

Richard and Veronica Wildanger

bulletHillcrest Neighbors Honor Founding Fathers on July 4th (8/6/06)
bulletHillcrest Neighborhood Watch Hosts First Annual Halloween Parade (12/4/05)

Bill Zavlaris

bulletA Tribute to Bonnie Bamburg: The Epitome of the Committed Citizen (11/5/06)
bulletCommunity Volunteers: A tribute to Bradley and Billiana Bening (10/8/06)
bulletResponse to James Desmond's Missive on Pombo’s Road (11/6/05)

Judy and Allan Thompson

Essays, editorials and articles not credited above were written by NNV editor Judy Thompson with occasional contributions from Allan Thompson (and very occasionally from Schuster Thompson). 

Opinions expressed by other writers and contributors are not necessarily shared by NNV. 

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